Jeff Who Lives at Home Trailer: Jason Segel and Ed Helms Get Silly

Jason Segel and Ed Helms star in the same comedy? Sign us up! The first trailer for Jeff Who Lives at Home has arrived and judging by the teaser, Segel and Helms have comic chemistry in droves. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer and is from the directing duo of brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus). Look for the flick March 16.

Paramount Vantage also released Jeff Who Lives At Home official synopsis:

On his way to the store to buy wood glue, Jeff looks for signs from the universe to determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life… and if he’s lucky, pick up the wood glue as well.

Underworld Awakening Bites off Box Office Win

It what was billed as a battle between two women who kick butt. Kate Beckinsale and her Underworld Awakening trounced the debut of MMA star Gina Carano and her flick Haywire at the weekend box office. Beckinsale’s return to the role of Selene scored $25.4 million, easily winning the box office battle.

Underworld Awakening star Kate Beckinsale
Coming in second, and doing surprisingly well, was the George Lucas produced Red Tails, the inspiring true story of the Tuskegee airmen. That film earned $19.1 million in its first week of release, followed in third place by last week’s number one film, Contraband.

In its first full week in national release after an Oscar qualifying openings in New York and LA at the end of the year, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close came in fourth. The story about the days after 9/11 for a boy who lost his father in the Twin Towers banked $10.5 million.

Landing in fifth was the Steven Soderbergh (check out our Top 10 Soderbergh movies) directed Haywire. His latest sold $9 million in tickets and what could be classified as an OK opening. Hopefully word of mouth will help the flick that Movie Fanatic adored.

Box office top 10:

1. Underworld Awakening, $25.4 million
2. Red Tails, $19.1 million
3. Contraband, $12.2 million
4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, $10.5 million
5. Haywire, $9.0 million
6. Beauty and the Beast 3D, $8.6 million
7. Joyful Noise, $6.1 million
8. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, $5.5 million
9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, $4.8 million
10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, $3.8 million

Underworld Awakening Movie Review: Vampires Fight Back

Underworld Awakening marks the return of Kate Beckinsale as the Death Dealer Selene after she sat out the third film, which served as a series prequel. She, yes, awakes at the beginning of the latest film and it is established that she has been out cold for 12 years. The mystery of how she escaped the Antigen corporation facility lies at the heart of the film’s plot.

Kate Beckinsale as Selene in Underworld Awakening
Audiences discover that humans have learned of the vampire and Lycan species and they have embarked on what appears to be a successful campaign to rid the world of the non-humans. The only thing is Antigen, who was charged with leading the systematic extermination, kept a few non-humans (Selene and this mystery individual) for tests to determine if they can find a “cure” for the “disease” that turns humans into otherworldly beings.

And there are still Lycans around as Selene learns real quick after escaping the facility. In fact, there are werewolves out there that are unlike anything she has battled previously.

The star of the film and its best asset is Beckinsale. She is in her best kick-ass mode and does not disappoint. If you had asked us if the British actress’ most phenomenal work would be in a supernatural movie series when she first emerged from the U.K., we would have laughed. But Beckinsale owns this part, and thus the film series. The third film suffered in her absence and her return in the fourth is its saving grace. Where in Contraband, she was merely a wallflower, we would adore seeing her in more roles where she can extol justice and let her brilliance shine.

Director Bjorn Stein’s 3D film, which is also available in 2D, moves at a decent enough pace. But it falters in that the plot is honestly all over the place. We learn 20 minutes in about the mystery individual who helped Selene escape and their role in the Underworld Awakening storyline. But the emotional attachment that is attempted to be established between Selene and this person never takes hold.

Other cast members do their best as well to bring what could be a poor movie into the regions of mediocre to solid. Theo James’ David and Michael Ealy’s Detective Sebastian shine in their respective roles and the film even sports an Oscar nominee in Stephen Rea as the head of Antigen, Dr. Jacob Lane. His character’s secret is the one great surprise of the film and Underworld fans will delight when it has its big reveal.

Underworld Awakening Trailer

Underworld Awakening is clearly made for fans of the series and for that, they will be joyous. It is the best film in the franchise since the first one debuted in 2003. Its 3D is an added bonus for Underworld aficionados. To see this world first crafted by Beckinsale’s husband, director Len Wiseman, in three dimensions is another pleasantry for the Underworld nation.

For everyone else — or even people who “kind of like” the series — Awakening is a slight letdown in terms of cinematic value. But again, this film is not for the masses. It is for those who have made the series hundreds of millions of dollars in the last nine years. Those moviegoers should get in line and with Selene back in action, they’ll be glad they did.

Ewan McGregor Takes Us Inside Haywire

Ewan McGregor never got to play England’s greatest cinematic spy, but when he got the script for Haywire, he figured it was pretty close. “There was a spy element, what it is like to be an undercover spy — James Bond,” he said and smiled as Movie Fanatic spoke with the Irish actor recently. But, that wasn’t the only selling point. It had star-making potential for Gina Carano and it was directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Ewan McGreggor and Gina Carano in Haywire
“At the center of it is this incredible strong female lead, which is unusual in a film like this. It was very intriguing, and for me personally, the opportunity to work with Steven was very strong. He’s a filmmaker who is on all of our lists, in terms of people you really want to work with.”

McGregor could not believe the utter professionalism of Carano and was amazed that she was making her movie debut. “I felt there was a complete ease, working together. So it was seamless really. It never crossed my mind,” he said. “I never felt that I was working with somebody that was doing their first job. I knew that going in, and then it never crossed my mind really.”

His hand-to-hand battle scene with the former MMA star was unlike what any of the other actors experienced, such as Channing Tatum. “I think my fight is very different. I’m fighting for my life. Channing is instigating, I’m defending. My Kenneth would not really, in reality, have lasted that long,” McGregor said and laughed.

The actor was never worried about going toe-to-toe with Carano in those Haywire fight scenes. She is a pro, after all. “We were in very safe hands with Gina because she’s so precise. I really never felt there was ever an issue or worry to get hurt. The only time I did get hurt was when I accidentally punched Gina in the head. I had three punches. One, two, and the third punch had to go right over Gina’s head and I messed it up. I punched her solidly right in the side of her head, and she came straight up to me and said, ‘Are you okay?’ And I was trying to be very butch, ‘Yeah, I’m fine.’”

In fact, he wasn’t. “I had broken three fingers, and Gina didn’t feel a thing,” McGregor said with a chuckle. 

The actor’s first scenes in Haywire (don’t miss our review) immediately showed him that Carano came to play, as a thespian to be taken seriously. “We had a very long scene. We had this long walk down the staircase, all one shot, ’til we walk over to this handrail which reveals all of Barcelona below. It was a lot of dialogue and there was no cut, so we had to get it right from start to finish, and she just nailed it over and over again. It was never a worry.”

Vin Diesel Posts Photo From Riddick Set

Riddick has begun its shoot and to celebrate, Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself as the titular hero on his Facebook page.

Vin Diesel is Riddick
Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick director David Twohy is back at the helm for the latest adventure of our favorite alien outlawhero. Sci-fi fans were thrilled with the return of Riddick to the big screen, not the least of which is because Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackoff is in the cast.

The story of Riddick, from what we can discern from sources, follows Diesel’s character after he was left for dead on a desolate planet by his fellow kind. He must fight for survival against the planet’s alien species and when word gets out that he is alive, bounty hunters arrive from across the galaxy to finish the job and kill Riddick once and for all.