May 22, 2011 |
— When Jessica Chastain, the up-and-coming actress who stars opposite Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life," had a meeting with Ben Stiller a few years ago, the actor caught her off guard with an unexpected request: "Tell Terry I said hi," Stiller told her, referring to "Tree" director Terrence Malick. Chastain assumed that Stiller was kidding. How on Earth would the star of comedies like "Dodgeball" and "Meet the Fockers" be on such casual terms with a reclusive, enigmatic auteur like Malick?
April 3, 2011 |
Tron: Legacy Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$49.99 The 1982 sci-fi adventure "Tron" was a dry piece of computer geek philosophizing elevated by trippy special effects; the belated sequel "Tron: Legacy" is much the same. Jeff Bridges returns as idealistic computer-programmer Kevin Flynn, while Garrett Hedlund plays his son Sam, who gets sucked into the computer grid and finds himself drafted into gladiatorial games and rebelling against the system, just like his pop. The technological explanations are wonky and the "fight the power" plot is pat, but aside from the creepy de-aging effects used on Bridges, the visuals in "Tron: Legacy" pop like a psychedelic light show, and the Daft Punk score is appropriately futuristic.
January 24, 2011 |
The premise Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller), a nurse in charge of a medical surgical unit at a hospital, is looking for extra income. He is approached by sexy pharmaceutical drug representative Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba), who offers him a gig as a spokesman for a new erectile dysfunction drug. She tells him the drug, Sustengo, is safe to use in heart patients because it includes a beta blocker that slows heart rate while the essential ingredient increases penile blood flow.
January 10, 2011 |
On the first box-office weekend of 2011, it was all about which holiday movie had the most staying power. That turned out to be the Coen brothers' western "True Grit," which after two weeks of nipping at the heels of "Little Fockers," surpassed it to become the No. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada with a studio-estimated $15 million in ticket sales. "Fockers" was close behind with $13.8 million, down 47% on its third weekend. Two additional movies, the Nicolas Cage historical action tale "Season of the Witch" and the Gwyneth Paltrow music drama "Country Strong," failed to make much of an impact, with just $10.7 million and $7.3 million, respectively.
January 7, 2011 |
On the first full weekend of 2011, the top of the box office chart will look a lot like the end of last year. Neither one of the two new movies opening Friday, the fantasy action flick "Season of the Witch" and the musical drama "Country Strong," is expected to sell as many tickets as the most popular two releases of the last two weekends, "Little Fockers" and "True Grit," according to people who have seen pre-release audience polling. "Witch," which stars Nicolas Cage, should gross about $12 million in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, while "Country Strong" probably will take in between $5 million and $7 million.
December 27, 2010 |
Considering that Christmas Eve ? traditionally one of the slowest days for moviegoing all year ? fell on a Friday, it would have taken a holiday miracle to keep box-office receipts from tumbling from what they were a year ago. "Little Fockers" was not that holiday miracle. The costly third installment in the comedy series starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro failed to live up to big expectations, opening to $48.3 million from Wednesday through Sunday, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures.