If you've ever found yourself wondering why Anchorman 2, Wedding Crashers 2 and Zoolander 2 never came to fruition, perhaps watching the new trailer for The Hangover Part II will clear things up. Maybe it is a good thing Paramount never wanted to spend money on the Channel 4 News Team.
Every month at Movieline, we collect the best interviews, smartest features, and most compelling reviews we've produced, and curate them in one easy-to-use table of contents called the Virtual Newsstand, which pays tribute to our print magazine history. Here's the Virtual Newsstand for March 2011.
Weekend Forecast: Will Hop Poop Jelly Beans of Victory All Over Source Code, Insidious, and King George VI?
Now that everyone's seen the opening six minute sequence, Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch is poised to empower its way to a box office comeback in its second week of release. Just kidding; April Fools came early this year! Oh, laughs. (Sadface, Sucker Punch.) There's plenty more where that came from as we head into this week's candy coated weekend forecast. Monday morning prediction: Cadbury eggs and jelly beans for everyone at Universal!
Believe it or not, there is still a subset of moviegoers who have no interest in seeing anything Twilight-related. These audience members stayed strong in spite of societal pressure to see sequels New Moon and Eclipse, suffocating media coverage of its stars' real-life romance and even the intriguing revelation that Pattinson will deliver a baby with his own teeth in a future installment. But can the strongest Twilight hater resist Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn after seeing the sexy leaked photos of Bella and Edward consummating their illicit relationship, one thrust at a time?
This seems annoying at first, but trust me when I say it takes 20 seconds for this ditty entitled "Quack Attack" (by the august rapper Lil Deuce Deuce) to bloom into the funniest video -- let alone Mighty Ducks tribute -- I've seen in the past month. And this month is almost over! That's 30 days of supremacy. Please enjoy this triple deke of hysteria, and prepare to suffer a coronary when Kenan Thompson comes up.
You'll recall that we're excited for Winnie the Pooh. The cuddly bear with very little brains is always a good candidate for reanimation, and this new version seems to strike a sentimental note. In this new clip, let's watch as the ineffably moronic Piglet tries to save his friends from a pit using flowers. Oh, and Zooey Deschanel amplifies the cuteness with a piano jam.
Aside from the cryptic messages he scrawled to Bruce Vilanch, James Franco has been curiously silent about his reviled performance as this year's Academy co-host -- that is, until he sat down this afternoon with the one person who could possibly relate to his Oscar ordeal: David Letterman. Click through to watch the pair lament their failed experiences on Hollywood's biggest night.
Trust is the rare film that feels longer than its 106 minutes without having exceeded its narrative limits or strained the viewer's patience. Patience is one of the few things director David Schwimmer doesn't test, in fact, over the course of a story that seems to span a lifetime and a few scenes that stop time altogether. An indelibly rendered portrait of what lives behind a "News At 11" headline, Trust explores the various boundaries -- at home, online, and within the psyche -- sent into flux when a young girl reaches adolescence, and what can happen when the resulting vulnerabilities are exploited.
You may have been disappointed by both of Adrianne Palicki's new Wonder Woman costumes -- the one that looked exactly like a sexy Halloween costume and then the one that looked like a slightly-less-sexy Halloween costume -- but something tells me that you will not be disappointed by Amber Heard's get-up in NBC's drama pilot The Playboy Club. Especially when you hear that there is a chance she will be taking it off. Captioning pens ready?
Have you wanted to brush up on your Las Vegas mob history but refused to do so until a hologram of James Caan appeared to teach you about Bugsy Siegel from the comfort of a gaudy casino museum? Then boy, does the Tropicana Hotel and Casino have just the attraction for you.
The ads for Hop tout it as the new picture from the creators of Despicable Me; what they really mean is that it's from the director of Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. That would be Tim Hill, and his work in has none of the special charms of Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's cheerfully disreputable concoction. Hop features no misanthropic baldies, no dead-guy pancakes, no cradles made of discarded missiles. All we get is a runaway rabbit and a grown-up who's too lazy to get a real job. Talk about bait-and-switch.
Scientopoly: America's favorite real-life board game since 1954. In the newest chapter of L. Ron Hubbard's real estate stampede, the Church of Scientology is reportedly considering the purchase of LA's KCET building on Sunset Boulevard. The television station split from PBS recently and hasn't recovered from losing programs like Sesame Street and Charlie Rose. Now it's facilities are in danger of being turned into one of Tom Cruise's enlightenment obelisks. Ugh, Xenu! Enough!
Extending their profitable partnership with Tyler Perry ($520 million and counting in domestic box office), the folks at Lionsgate have revealed that at least two more Madea films are in the works following next month's Madea's Big Happy Family. I know what you're thinking, folks: Only two more Madea flicks? Whatever will we do with ourselves after 2013, the year when it might all end according to the rate at which Perry's been churning out the Madea-anchored hits? Well, rest assured: In re-upping his contract, Perry also has the option of making more Madea films. Like, until the end of time itself. So huzzah! Madea 4 Eva! [Press release]
Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's In a Better World raises a number of intriguing questions about the true meaning of masculinity, about how kids view their parents, about the necessity of knowing when it's not a good thing to turn the other cheek. But too many of these ideas simply hang in the air, like fruit that can't decide whether it's ripe or not. In a Better World won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Picture, and at the very least, it's a tight piece of craftsmanship. But it's at once too polished and vaguely unfinished, and its final act of forgiveness demands a huge leap on the part of the audience. The movie isn't just looking toward a better world; it has way too much faith in an unrealistically perfect one.