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“Inside Out” Review: The Most Entertaining Therapy Session You’ll Ever Have

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You’re entering a dimension within the realms of the human mind. A sub-psychological space where the emotional state of an 11 year old girl, Riley, is in the hands of 5 emotions. In this bizarre reality, Riley is caught in a crisis of the mind when her core memories are lost and she loses the vital connections to her own personality; it is up to Joy and Sadness to restore her memories while Fear, Anger and Disgust try to hold her mind together. This is a dimension which we call… The Twilight Zo- I mean, Inside Out. Continue reading “Inside Out” Review: The Most Entertaining Therapy Session You’ll Ever Have

Amy Poehler to Join Will Ferrell’s “The House”

Ok, I’ll admit it: Get Hard was a little disappointing. The first major project for leading man Will Ferrell since Anchorman 2 had a promising premise and a cast that could deliver, but more often than not it fell on its face and gave into the temptation of easy jokes. That being said, we are suckered for punishment here so we’re going to let ourselves get excited once again about Will Ferrell‘s next project. We’ve already heard that he’s doing a tongue in cheek Lifetime Movie with SNL co-star Kristen Wiig, and it looks as though his next movie had attracted another SNL alumnist.

Empire is reporting that Amy Poehler is in negotiations to work on The House which already has Ferrell producing and starring.

The House follows the attempts of a suburban couple to set up an illegal casino in order to replace the money they “borrowed” from their daughter’s college fund. If Poehler gets on board then she’ll be playing Ferrell’s wife, which is a combination that we haven’t really seen focused on, at least not on the big screen before.

The last time the two comedians worked together was on Anchorman 2, in which Poehler had a cameo as an entertainment tonight anchor. It will be nice to see them get some extended screen time together, which hasn’t really happened since Blades of Glory.
Poehler is already having a busy year for films, lending her voice to the Pixar creation Inside Out, as well as co-starring with Tina Fey in Sisters which will be in theatres at the start of next year.

The House is written Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J Cohen, who recently wrote the script for Bad Neighbours. So if you were wondering why a film about a suburban couple misbehaving sounds so familiat, that’s why. Even so, this sounds like it could be a lot of fun, with Poehler no doubt bringing her considerable comedic chops to the table.


Brand New Trailer for “Inside Out” Gets Down to the Plot

Between Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland: A World Beyond and Jordan Hess taking on Overnight at 42nd Street, we’ve been talking a lot about Disney recently. Oh, and did you hear about Tim Burton helming a live action adaptation of Dumbo? Sorry, sorry, I was supposed to move away from Dinsey in this post. Because now we’re getting some fresh bits and pieces from the Pixar camp.

A fresh new trailer has been released for the animation Inside Out, which will be bursting onto the big screen this summer. The two and a half minute sneak peek premiered on The Ellen Show While the first trailer we got a few months ago gave us a solid segment of the film about different emotions living inside a young girl named Riley’s brain, we didn’t get much of the plot . Fortunately it looks as though this new trailer will give us a better idea of the story arc. Check it out below, courtesy of Ellentube:

Well that’s a stunning piece of Pixar loveliness! So from the looks of things the films will focus around Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) as they try and fix a problem with Riley after an emotional move to San Francisco.

Inside Out will be out on June 19th, but don’t get too emotional about it. See what I did there?

Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year is…Chris Pratt

Forget the Oscars, sod the Golden Globes and stick the AFI awards in the bin with that grapefruit you were supposed to start having every morning for breakfast because 2015 was going to be all about you getting fit and healthy. Was that too detailed? Because if you’re anything like me, there is only one award for actors that can have any real meaning in this modern culture of pandering and engorged box office grosses. That award is the Hasty Pudding Man (and Woman) of the Year.

In case you’re not in the know, Hasty Pudding is a Harvard University Theatrical Society that every year since 1967 has nominated an actor or performer who has made made a “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment” (the Woman of the Year has been awarded since 1951).

What results from this is a list of recipients that over the years has become a random accumulation of men and woman that have very little to do with one another: it reads more like a dream party guest list than anything else. The man and woman chosen will normally just have done something particularly impressive that year, unless I’m expected to believe that Sarah Jessica Parker, who was selected in 2002, is still making valid contributions to the entertainment industry.

In any case, it’s a bit of fun – there’s parades and ceremonies and all that jazz. The Woman of the Year in 2015 is Amy Poehler, and joining in that light-hearted vein is this year’s Man of the Year, Chris Pratt. Pratt will join a long line of recipients including Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and James Franco…wait James Franco, really? Ok, whatever.

Chris Pratt in the upcoming "Jurassic World"
Chris Pratt in the upcoming “Jurassic World”.

2014 was an exceedingly good year for Pratt, marking a quantum leap into the public eye with The Lego Movie and most notably Guardians of the Galaxy. 2015 will surely be a step in the same direction, with Jurassic World set for release this year. There’s no other really solid news about upciming projects, apart from Pratt’s obvious involvement in Guardians 2. But there’s a big gap between then and now, so hopefully Pratt will be living up to his Hasty Pudding responsibilities by remaining at least remotely relevant. God speed, Chris Pratt, God speed.

Was Pratt your choice for Hasty Pudding?


Full-length “Inside Out” Trailer shows us (add inside pun here)

We’ve been in desperate need of a Pixar fix recently, and the chances are we would have happily accepted any old adorable nonsense. But fortunately, what we got was a pretty fulfilling trailer for Inside Out, ready for release in 2015. We’re living in a month of Sony hacks and bad blood, so it’s nice to get a little bit of colour and cuteness in our lives to remind us that, hey, we still have Pixar films! Well, we won’t have it for a months now, so the a short piece of footage will have to do. Check out the trailer, courtesy of Empire:

Despite the fact that very little of the film’s plot about the emotions inside our heads is revealed, we get an extended piece of footage. This is probably a better idea given the nature of the film’s concept. But don’t worry, you get more than a good look at the emotions themselves: Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Inside Out looks to be a dependable animated feature for next year. Any info on plot points will be posted as it becomes available.

What do you think of the latest Pixar offering?