By Mr. Will Wong
We absolutely adore Penny Marshall‘s A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. The 1992 Sports Dramedy about All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Team, the Rockford Peaches, will always hold a special place in my heart. Living-up to that legacy really is a tall order and after a failed 1993 TV Series, this 2022 eight epsodes at one-hour-each reboot looks to give us all the things we love about the original Film, but also tell some of the untold stories its acclaimed Predecessor didn’t tell.
At first glance, the Series appears a very faithful remake of the original Film but before the end of the first episode, we realize there were story lines the original didn’t dare go. Though the Series doesn’t quite have that same bright energy the Film has, over eight episodes, we get a chance to let these Actors tell these women’s stories about how baseball changed their lives and the time they lived in, during World War II.
At the core of the story is Broad City’s magnetic Abbi Jacobson as Carson Shaw, teased for her dowdiness. But quickly, with a new hairdo and a spot among the Peaches, she begins to find her own purpose rising as a leader among the girls. And there might even be a sexual awakening to be had as well. We meet a new character in Max (Chanté Adams), a young black woman who struggles to land a spot because of the colour of her skin, despite a smashing try-out and having the credentials, playing regularly with male counterparts. Greta (D’Arcy Carden) has plenty of sass to balance Carson‘s calm, while Nick Offerman leads the team as Casey Porter who’s looking to get himself back on-the-map.
Though the Series doesn’t hit quite the same notes emotionally the original does, and at moments it feels outside the era it’s set, there are bright spots and fans of the original Film will appreciate that this Series gets the space and time to properly tell these women’s stories. The Series’ focus on the struggles these women face being taken seriously – and ultimately winning their naysayers over – yet are expected to adhere to gender standards of the day rings true like the original, but it goes a layer deeper with its thoughtful exploration of race relations and sexual identity among these women. And this in itself makes it warrant a watch because it’s saying something new. Be patient, you might even notice a few exciting familiar faces sprinkled throughout the Series!
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN arrives August 12, 2022 on Prime Video Canada.
We are way excited for this! Love seeing Sebastian Stan and Lily James transform completely as Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in one of the biggest scandals of the late ’90s! See the new Teaser for PAM & TOMMY!
Set in the Wild West early days of the Internet, “Pam & Tommy” is based on the incredible true story of the Pamela Anderson (Lily James, “Yesterday”) and Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan, “The Falcon & the Winter Soldier”) sex tape. Stolen from the couple’s home by a disgruntled contractor (Seth Rogen, “Long Shot”), the video went from underground bootleg-VHS curiosity to full-blown global sensation when it hit the Web in 1997. A love story, crime caper and cautionary tale rolled into one, the eight-part original limited series explores the intersection of privacy, technology and celebrity, tracing the origins of our current Reality TV Era to a stolen tape seen by millions but meant to have an audience of just two.
“Pam & Tommy” is executive produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Alex McAtee at Point Grey, and Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Ali Krug at Annapurna. The series is written by executive producers Rob Siegel and DV DeVincentis, and directed by executive producer Craig Gillespie. Dylan Sellers, Dave Franco, Chip Vucelich and Sarah Gubbins also serve as executive producers.
The drama series premieres with three episodes on February 2, 2022 on Disney+ under the Star banner. New episodes stream weekly.
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The Orchard x Mr. Will want to take Readers in Toronto to see THE HERO on Monday, June 19, 2017.
THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. THE HERO is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.
See the Trailer:
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The Orchard release THE HERO Friday, June 23, 2017.
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Mr. Will want to give Readers across North America a chance to win THE LEGO® MOVIE on DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack! We saw the Film back in February and it holds a special place in our heart and now we want you to experiencing how after seeing it, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!! Read our Review here.
The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO® minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president’s powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
Starring as Emmet’s fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO® minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC‘s Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.
In addition to entering to win a copy of it, you must check-out this crazy awesome THE LEGO® MOVIE App where you can make and record your own 6-second character clip and share it with your friends on Facebook! You even can add music!
Check it out below:
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release THE LEGO® MOVIE on DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, available now!
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Admit it. When you heard that a The LEGO Movie was in production you too were like, “What? How!??!”. In about three months’ time, we’re gonna see exactly how but for now here’s a taste and I must admit, it’s pretty darn adorable in this first official Trailer released today!
Directed by Chris Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), this 3-D Animated Feature boasts a stellar Cast which includes the likes of Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day and Morgan Freeman.
Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Neeson (Taken) voices the President’s powerful Henchman, known as Bad Cop/Good Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
Starring as Emmet’s fellow Travelers are Oscar® Winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), as tough-as-nails Wyldstyle, who mistakes Emmet for the Savior of the World and guides him on his quest; Arnett (30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO Minifigure with whom Wyldstyle shares a history; Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the Team, with a powerful secret, and Day as the spaceman Benny.
Brand-new Official Trailer below:
While we’re at it? Have you created your own personalized LEGO SigFig yet? Do it here!
See mine below:
Warner Bros. Pictures Canada and Village Roadshow Pictures releases The LEGO Movie on Friday, February 7, 2014.
I smell a new Film Franchise!
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Warner Bros. Canada and Mr. Will Wong are thrilled to give Readers a chance to win a Double Pass to Advance Screenings of We’re The Millers across Canada including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
If you haven’t yet seen the hilarious Red-Band Trailer for We’re The Millers, I insist you do so. All I have to say is Jennifer Aniston‘s Stripper moves and an amazing Homage to TLC‘s Smash Hit, Waterfalls have me obsessed. Sold!
Official Synopsis below:
David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time Pot Dealer whose Clientele includes Chefs and Soccer Moms, but no kids—after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local Teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter Punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order to wipe the slate clean—and maintain a clean bill of health—David must now become a big-time Drug Smuggler by bringing Brad‘s latest Shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his Neighbours, cynical Stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and wannabe Customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise Teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof Plan. One fake Wife, two Pretend Kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the Border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang!
We’re The Millers also stars: Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Lennon, and Ed Helms.
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See for yourself the Red-Band Trailer (NSFW) everyone’s laughing about:
Can’t wait to get home to watch it? Here’s the tame(r) version of the Trailer:
Official Artwork below:
Toronto Festival of Beer
Bandshell Park, Toronto ON
July 31, 11am
Downsview Park, Toronto ON
Millennium Waterfront Park, Collingwood ON
Warner Bros. Canada releases the hilarious We’re The Millers on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
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Mr. Will Wong and eOne Films are thrilled to give Readers a chance to see THE KINGS OF SUMMER before everyone else! The Comedy from Jordan Vogt-Roberts, known best for his work with hilarious Funny or Die, was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and centers on three teenage Friends who decide to build a house in the woods and live off the land one Summer. Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Moises Arias, Nick Robinson and Megan Mullally star.
The Screening takes place Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Varsity Cinemas. To enter to win, simply click “like” on this Post at Mr. Will Wong on Facebook. Double your chances by sharing this Post on Facebook or Re-Tweeeting the below:
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eOne Films releases The Kings of Summer on Friday, June 7, 2013 in Toronto.
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