"I guess you really gotta watch where you step in a game called 'Hero's Doodie!'"
Journey to the magical world of video game characters and accompany a classic bad guy on his quest to transcend his programming and become a hero. no quarters needed to enjoy this animated arcade action >> Posted 03.05.13 by BrentJS
The third and final part of Disney's presentation Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con focused on the upcoming animated movie Wreck-It Ralph, which had it's first trailer released in June. If you missed it, and the panel, director Rich Moore, the former animation director on The Simpsons and Futurama, explained the movie's plot.
Wreck-It-Ralph is the story of a 1980s video game bad guy, who, after 30 years of doing the same job, he's decided maybe there's more to life than wrecking things. So he's having something of an existential crisis, a mid-life crisis. So he sets out on a journey to prove that he more than just a bad guy in a video game.
Moore announced he was going to reveal 10 minutes of the movie to the audience, starting with what looked like the opening moments where Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) explains the Fix-It Felix, Jr., a Rampage-Donkey Kong hybrid leaves him feeling alienated, even after the arcade has closed for the night. The second scene sees Ralph reveal to a group therapy session of other video game villains like Kano from Mortal Kombat and Zangief from Street Fighter that he's no longer interested in "being the bad guy." Wreck-It-Ralph is filled with video game character cameos, particularly in Grand Central Terminal, which connects all video games, and Moore admitted that getting permission for the cameos wasn't as hard as he thought it would be.
More from the panel >> Posted 07.13.12 by Ryan
At first it seemed like it was going to be very difficult, but we figured, you know what, if we're making a movie about video games we should have the actual game characters from the games in the movie. So we just went for it. We met a lot of the people from the various video game companies together and started relationships with them and little by little they said yes.
Stuck in a rut? Feeling unappreciated? Working at a dead-end job? Hey, you're not the only one. Meet Wreck-It Ralph, the title star of Walt Disney Animation Studios' latest 3D CGI-animated feature. After thirty years of wrecking stuff as the villain of the Fix-It Felix, Jr. 8-bit video game, Wreck-it Ralph has had enough of faithfully doing his job only so that Fix-It Felix can play the hero and get all of the accolades. Longing for more, Wreck-It Ralph decides to leave his game and embark on a journey to discover whether he has what it takes to be a hero or if he's destined to be the villain.
If you've ever been a gamer, Wreck-It Ralph is the movie for you. The trailer alone is so chock-full of "celebrity" cameos — Bowser from Super Mario Bros., Clyde from Pac-Man, Neff from Altered Beast, Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, Kano from Mortal Kombat, Zangief from Street Fighter, Q*Bert from, well, Q*Bert — it's like a trip down video game memory lane. watch the trailer >> Posted 06.09.12 by BrentJS
Several projects are lining up new cast members, including The Dictator, the latest comedy from actor Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles, who previously collaborated on Borat and Bruno.
THR reports that Megan Fox and John C. Reilly are making cameos in the movie, though what roles they will be playing are being kept secret.
The Dictator stars Cohen in dual roles as, clearly, a dictator, one that is deposed and ends up in the U.S., and also the goat herder who replaces him. The first official photo showed Cohen in his Dictator outfit, while new set photos see Cohen cheat during a Olympic-style running event by pulling out a gun, and another sees Cohen possibly as the goat herder character running down a New York street with a plate of food.
The Dictator is reportedly based on the novel Zabibah and the King, written by the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, and opens on May 11, 2012. Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley and Jason Mantzoukas co-star. Momoa gets a Headshot, a new romeo is found >> Posted 06.22.11 by Ryan
More cast members are being added to director Gary Ross' adaptation of The Hunger Games on a daily basis, and the latest addition is Woody Harrelson.
THR reports that Harrelson has been cast as Haymitch Abernathy, who is the mentor for District 12 tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). In the Suzanne Collins novel, Abernathy was victorious in the 50th Hunger Games, and in the decades since, has acquired a drinking problem.
John C. Reilly was rumored for the role of Abernathy last month, until it was reported that Reilly was "never offered the part." With Abernathy cast, as well as the recent casting of Stanley Tucci as Games' host Casear Flickerman, that leaves the roles of Cinna, Everdeen's stylist, District 2 tributes Cato and Clove, and series antagonist President Snow still up for grabs. Rambin calls Glimmer "a dream role" >> Posted 05.11.11 by Ryan
The indie comedy Cedar Rapids is doing the rounds at Sundance, which has given Ed Helms the opportunity to talk about the movie and debate ReelzChannel about whether Sigourney Weaver's character is a "cougar" in the movie. Helms, known for his roles in the TV series The Office and last year's hit comedy The Hangover, finds himself in his first lead role, and says that it's weird being in "an Ed Helms movie".
watch the clips >> Posted 01.25.11 by Ryan
It's incredibly exciting and daunting. The insecurity kicks in. "Well, how's the movie gonna do? How's this gonna affect me in terms of the work I can get later? Will people give me a chance to carry movies?" All of these bulls**t career questions start swirling around. But I'm just really proud of the movie. The people that I care about and whose opinions mean a lot to me, are liking it, and that's all I can hope for.
The trailer for Cedar Rapids debuted at the end of December and showed Ed Helms as a Midwestern insurance salesman who heads to the big city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for an insurance convention and has a life-changing adventure. While the movie opens in February, Cedar Rapids will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend (attendees will be able to walk into a full installation of the insurance office). Screen Junkies recently caught up with Helms, who described what kind of movie Cedar Rapids is. Hangover 2 went to "hell and back" >> Posted 01.22.11 by Ryan
John Malkovich may not up for the role of The Vulture after Sony decided to reboot the franchise, but that doesn't mean he won't have another comic book adaptation in the works. THR reports that Malkovich has been cast in the adaptation of the comic book Red, replacing John C. Reilly, who left the project in late December for unspecified reasons.
Malkovich joins an impressive ensemble cast that includes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ernest Borgnine. The movie follows an ex-CIA black ops agent (Willis) who is being hunted down by other assassins. Malkovich will play a paranoid contemporary of Willis, who joins him to find the culprit that wants Willis dead.
Production on Red begins this week in Toronto, with Robert Schwentke directing a script by Erich and Jon Hoeber (Whiteout). Posted 01.12.10 by Ryan
Earlier this week, Helen Mirren officially joined the cast of the upcoming movie adaptation of the graphic novel Red. She took her place alongside a cast that already includes Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter writes that John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker have signed on as the newest additions.
The story of Red was written by noted author Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner. It focuses on a menial clerk, Paul Moses (Willis), who is actually a CIA operative with a long history of killing enemies of the state. He must come out of retirement when the new CIA director (Freeman) discovers his past and orders his death. Mirren is rumored for the part of Moses' former boss, although it is unclear how much screen time she will have, if any.
Reportedly, Reilly will portray a retired CIA agent with a streak of paranoia while Parker will play Moses's love interest, a pension worker who helps Moses in his struggle to survive.
Red is being helmed by Flightplan director Robert Schwentke and will begin shooting in Toronto and Louisiana this coming January. Summit Entertainment has scheduled a November 19, 2010 release. Posted 11.05.09 by reelz
Variety reports that Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and John Reilly may form one of the stranger triangles in recent Hollywood filmdom. Reilly will play a divorced man who falls for single mom Tomei, and Hill will play Tomei's jealous teenage son, who also happens to be a 40-year-old studio executive. Okay, we made up that last part, but if the writers can fit it into the script somehow, it will make the whole thing more believable. Even if he shaves the beard and puts in some contacts, 25-year-old Hill is looking just a little bit too super-old to keep playing teenagers, isn't he? Posted 12.10.08 by reelz