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Review: Moonrise Kingdom

It’s one thing to make a movie feel unique, but Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is almost otherworldly. While the film’s centerpiece pre-teen romance packs the power to earn a place in anyone’s heart, some readjusting is required to appreciate the film as a whole. But, if you’re willing to let loose and fall in line with Anderson’s techniques, Moonrise Kingdom proves to be an absolutely unforgettable pleasure.

The film takes place on a small island in the summer of 1965. Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) is home with family, spending her time longingly looking out the window with her binoculars while Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is out camping with his Khaki Scout troop – or so their guardians think. One morning Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) and the boys of Troop 55 wake up to find that Sam has run away while Mr. and Mrs. Bishop (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) discover that Suzy has packed her things and left.

With a threatening storm on the horizon, Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) desperately tries to track down the missing 12-year-olds with the help of Scout Master Ward and his wilderness survival savvy troops. Meanwhile Suzy and Sam enjoy some alone time out in the woods, testing the romantic waters.

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Interview: Little Focker’s Blythe Danner

I was really looking forward to making a joke about Teri Polo being the “Motherfocker” to Ben Stiller’s “The Godfocker” in this piece, but not only are the “fock” jokes completely overdone at this point, but Polo was a bit under the weather and couldn’t attend the Little Fockers press day. However, on the bright side, that did mean the press got the Byrnes family matriarch, Blythe Danner, all to ourselves.

In the third installment, Dina Byrnes is back and ready to do whatever is necessary in order to insure her husband Jack (Robert De Niro) and son-in-law Greg (Ben Stiller) play nice. She and Jack travel to Chicago where Greg and Pam are preparing for their twin’s birthday party. While they rush to set up for the bash, attempt to get the twins into the prestigious Early Human School and Greg tries to make an extra buck promoting the erectile dysfunction medication Sustengo, Dina is busy considering more of Roz Focker’s sexual advice.

Danner may have been unexpectedly flying solo during this press conference, but she certainly had no problem fielding all of our questions. In fact, she wanted more. Danner took the time to address everything from returning to the franchise to the pressure of showing off Dina’s more sexual side and much more. Take a look for yourself below.

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Interview: Little Focker’s Robert De Niro And Ben Stiller

The third installment of the Meet the Parents series, Little Fockers, is about to hit theaters and the Byrnes family “Circle of Trust” is still intact – well kind of. Turns out Dr. Bob couldn’t live up to Jack’s (Robert De Niro) expectations, so now Jack is keeping an even sharper eye on Greg (Ben Stiller). Greg keeps telling Jack that he and Pam (Teri Polo) have their own thing going on and it works, but now that Kevin is back in the picture and Greg is spending a lot of time with the beautiful drug rep Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba), Jack is on high alert.

The press conference with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro was the exact opposite of the one with their co-stars Owen Wilson and Dustin Hoffman; it was quite orderly. The press may not have received any French fries, but the actors did have quite a lot to say about their experience making Little Fockers and some of the messages it’s trying to get across. Check out what they had to say about filming their big fight scene, getting back into character for round three and much more in the interview below.

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Review: Little Fockers

Where do you go with the third film of a franchise? According to Little Fockers, really nowhere, but what did you expect from a series that began with Meet the Parents and then dove straight into a rough patch with Meet the Fockers? Going up from there would have taken a wildly talented screenwriter, which apparently is something this production didn’t have. All director Paul Weitz could really do is aim to keep the moviegoers coming without letting the quality fall any lower and Little Fockers certainly reflects that.

The Fockers are back – plus two. After their wedding on Focker Island, Greg and Pam (Ben Stiller and Teri Polo) returned to Chicago and had twins, Henry and Samantha (Colin Baiocchi and Daisy Tahan). With their birthday fast approaching, Greg and Pam are busy arranging a big bash with the whole family and, of course, that means Pam’s father, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), will have his eye on Greg the entire time. Sure enough, Jack puts the pressure on Greg right when he arrives telling Greg of his plan to turn him into his successor as the head of the Byrnes clan and dubs him “The Godfocker.”

Not only does Greg feel the pressure to live up to his new title, but he’s also got to deal with an old friend – Kevin (Owen Wilson). When Kevin’s proposal plans don’t go as expected, he comes to Chicago for the party. As noble as his intentions may be, everything Kevin does, as usual, brings him one step closer to Pam and makes Greg increasingly jealous. However, Pam has someone to keep an eye on herself, Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba). Andi is an unusually gorgeous drug rep who recruits Greg to represent her erectile dysfunction medication, Sustengo.

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