If the hideous sweater, disgusting mane, and title didn’t tip you off, Paul Rudd’s character in Our Idiot Brother is supposed to be an idiot. Though the first trailer gave us a good idea of the dunderheadedness we can expect, this glimpse at a scene between Paul Rudd and Movieline pal Bob Stephenson indicates that the titular dude’s stupidity knows no bounds.
Critics enjoy the visual ride but not much else about Pixar’s latest. By Eric Ditzian Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) in “Cars 2″ Photo: Disney Animated films, much like the big-screen work of Adam Sandler, are so often review-proof. “Hop” didn’t give a hoot that critics eviscerated the Easter Bunny tale, opening to $37.5 million domestically on its way to a $176.8 million worldwide total. And hey, “Grown Ups” and “Just Go With It” were two of the most savagely critiqued comedies in recent memory, yet each one deposited a couple hundred million dollars in Sandler’s already astonishing box-office pot of gold. So does it really matter that critics have flagged “Cars 2,” Pixar’s latest offering and its first sequel outside the “Toy Story” franchise, for a dizzying array of cinematic violations? Nope. The CGI flick is poised to race away with around $65 million this weekend. Kids, and the parents who hold their hands on the way to the theater, will be leading the charge. And they won’t care at all that reviewers have harrumphed at the convoluted storytelling, because they’ll be too busy gawking at what even critics admit are top-notch visuals. But if you’re old enough to read this, perhaps you might care. And thus we present a deep dive into the “Cars 2″ reviews: The Story “Who decided to make Larry the Cable Guy the star? I don’t know, but his Mater, the dopey, good-hearted tow truck from the first ‘Cars,’ is the focus of the sequel, which is sort of like basing a fourth ‘Toy Story’ on Slinky Dog. The star of ‘Witless Protection,’ among other delights, can only carry a film so far. This time out, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is goaded, with Mater’s help, into entering the World Grand Prix to face the cocky Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro). … Mater somehow gets himself involved in international espionage. Someone is trying to sabotage the Grand Prix, and spies Finn McMissle (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) are trying to figure out who and why. Mistaking Mater for a fellow spy — the idiot act is flawless, Finn tells him — Mater is soon wearing disguises and working undercover, haplessly bumbling his way to success.” — Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic The Storytelling ” ‘Cars 2′ plays out like two scripts that have been stapled together. Scenes from one script alternate with scenes from the other, and there are separate batches of characters in the U.S., Italy and England, most of whom don’t have much to do (every movie could use more of Bonnie Hunt, who voices Lightning’s girlfriend, but that’s especially true of this movie). The testing of the Mater/Lightning friendship has charm and gives ‘Cars 2′ what heart it has, but the film spends most of its time on the spy plot, which is not terribly involving.” — Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press The Visuals “Every frame is rendered so beautifully you wish you could pause it: the uncanny wetness of the ocean waves as Finn performs a daring oil-rig maneuver; the glowing lights of nighttime Paris; the sparkling sunshine on Corsica streets as cars zoom through; the gentle gray mists of London. (Note, though, that the 3-D effects are very subtle; my guess is that you wouldn’t miss a thing by seeing this movie in 2-D.)” — Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times The Missteps “The tone and emphasis of ‘Cars 2′ veers off course from the start. Too many guns, for one thing. The whole thing is too weapons-dependent to be charming. There’s plenty to watch here, and preteens who found the first ‘Cars’ a bit pokey won’t have the same reaction to this frenetic, globe-trotting follow-up. But I got little pleasure from seeing these cars (plus boats, and a plane) thrown into the spy thriller genre. It’s an intriguing story risk at best, a protracted stunt at worst. The greatest Pixar films have sampled, free-form, an unpredictable variety of moods and styles. Here the mash-ups refuse to jell, and even Michael Giacchino’s score sounds like someone less talented than Michael Giacchino composed it.” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune The Final Word ” ‘Cars 2′ is probably the slightest of Pixar’s films — it sort of plays like an espionage-driven episode of the ’60s ‘Speed Racer’ cartoon, only with the Mach 5 doing all the talking in a universe eerily devoid of humans. But if it’s going to be diet Pixar, at least it’s action-packed diet Pixar — with overwhelming, detail-choked production design that occasionally had my jaw lowering like a forklift.” — Michael Russell, Oregonian Check out everything we’ve got on “Cars 2.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com .
The legendary British director Michael Powell ( The Red Shoes , The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp ) had been friends with Martin Scorsese for over a decade by 1988. Scorsese idolized Powell, and it appears that reverence was reciprocated in a letter Powell sent regarding an epic Scorsese-penned script that would be released two years later as Goodfellas , the same year Powell died. Dig this amazing find.
The Sundance comedy Our Idiot Brother is pretty much perfectly cast: From the titular Paul Rudd role to the hard-edged Elizabeth Banks part to the hipster Zooey Deschanel character, everyone is just right and apparently unafraid of typecasting. In this new trailer, Rudd harries his three sisters (Banks, Deschanel, and typically prickly Emily Mortimer), and Rashida Jones rushes in to act as a saving grace.
After receiving some good vibes up in Sundance, the trailer for Our Idiot Brother finally lets the rest of us sea-level schomoes see what the big to-do is. Paul Rudd stars as a sweet but dim dude who shuttles between his sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer) as he tries to get his life together after selling weed to a uniformed cop. With his preference for the sticky icky and comfort-maximizing Jamz shorts, he might remind you of another affable stoner who bounces around his intellectual superiors. Check it out below!
For all you Americans nervously fretting as to what movie you might enjoy this Thanksgiving with no fourth installment of The Santa Clause on the way, fear not. Martin Scorcese, along with a gaggle of human beings far more attractive than yourself including Jude Law, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen and America’s most foul mouthed sweetheart Chloe Moretz, are gifting everyone with the 3-D release of Hugo Cabret Nov. 23. The feel good tale of a Parisian orphan living in the walls of a train station is certain to make you feel better about your situation. And isn’t that what everyone needs during the holiday season? [ Deadline ]
So, how about My Idiot Brother ? Not only does it star Paul Rudd as the titular idiot, but also Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel as his sisters. And Rashida Jones as Deschanel’s girlfriend . High fives all around! And now you can add Adam Scott to the roster as well. The Party Down star has been cast as Rudd’s neighbor in the film, presumably the deadpan one with the air of superiority and great hair. Between this and Parks and Recreation , it looks like someone is having himself a bit of a moment. [ The Playlist ]
Forest Lawn cemetery is providing limited access to grounds, but not to mausoleum where King of Pop is buried. By Gil Kaufman Michael Jackson Photo: Sony Fans all over the world are likely preparing for the one-year anniversary of ‘s death on June 25, and officials in Los Angeles are planning to help them commemorate the sad occasion. According to the Jackson’s fans are expected to get limited access to the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California, in two weeks to mark the anniversary. In plans expected to be finalized this week, Jackson’s admirers will be allowed onto the grounds of the cemetery but not into the Great Mausoleum, where the singer’s body was interred in September. “We understand that Forest Lawn is working with the Jackson family for some kind of commemoration,” said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. “We will be working closely with Forest Lawn to ensure the safety of those who want to pay their respects to Michael Jackson while ensuring the safety of others who are coming to the cemetery to pay respects to their loved ones.” Though fans will not be allowed in the Great Mausoleum, discussions are still ongoing about how close they will be allowed to get to the structure, which is also the final resting place of such Hollywood legends as Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow and Red Skelton. “Basically, they will be viewing it from a distance,” Lorenz said. Jackson died on June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest at his rented Hollywood mansion. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office ruled that the 50-year-old singer died of “acute Propofol intoxication” in combination with the use of sedatives. Authorities have claimed that his personal physician, cardiologist Conrad Murray, administered a lethal dose of the surgical anesthetic to chronic insomniac Jackson in an attempt to help him get to sleep. Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in February in connection with Jackson’s death and has pleaded not guilty in the case. The doctor is out on $75,000 bail and faces up to four years in prison if convicted. Related Photos Michael Jackson: A Life In Photos Related Artists Michael Jackson
Rashida Jones and Emily Mortimer also join cast of comedy about a mama’s boy and his sisters. By Adam Rosenberg Paul Rudd Photo: Getty Images One of Paul Rudd ‘s next roles may be an “Idiot Brother,” but he sure has some beautiful sisters. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer and Rashida Jones will join the actor in the upcoming comedy “My Idiot Brother,” about a grown mama’s boy (Rudd) who visits each of his three successful sisters, bringing with him happiness and disaster in equal measures. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer will play the three sisters. Banks is a single, career-minded journalist who is about to make it big; Deschanel is a bisexual woman who is having a hard time committing to her lovely girlfriend (Jones); and Mortimer is a Brooklyn mother who cares more about maintaining the illusion of a happy family than actually being happy. “My Idiot Brother” will be directed by Jesse Peretz with a script written by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall. Jesse Peretz is probably known best for directing the Zach Braff/ Amanda Peet 2006 relationship comedy “The Ex.” He also directed Rudd in 2001′s “The Chateau.” Banks recently completed a multi-episode run on “30 Rock” that she will likely reprise next season. Deschanel, who is touring on She & Him’s new album, will next be seen in the 2011 David Gordon Green-directed Middle Ages stoner comedy “Your Highness.” Mortimer was most recently seen in Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” which hit DVD/Blu-ray this week. And Jones, who stars in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” also has a starring role in the upcoming David Fincher-directed Facebook pic, “The Social Network.” Rudd’s upcoming movie with Steve Carell, “Dinner for Schmucks,” is out on July 23. “My Idiot Brother” is currently targeted for a 2011 release. For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com .