Friday, June 24, 2011

The Popcorn Report: Guide to this week’s movies with ratings and trailers

‘Popcorn’ photo by Petr Kratochvil

It’s time to make weekend family entertainment plans and see if this week’s current crop of films will be part of your schedule. The following report covers motion picture theatrical releases opening nationwide beginning Friday, June 24, 2011, along with current film industry news.

The movies listed below have a rating, which has been established by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and have been provided with an italicized commentary from the Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA).

If a film has not been provided with an official rating, additional information may, or may not be provided.

If a film is designated NC-17, very limited information will be furnished.

For your convenience, each film title links directly to the Internet Movie Data Base, which provides the most comprehensive listing about the movie’s storyline, and includes a trailer, cast and crew information, initial audience reaction (if prior screenings have taken place) and parent advisories when available.

As always, you are the single best judge for determining your child’s choice of entertainment.


Opened June 24, 2011 A Better Life  – Drama-PG-13- because of “some violence, language and brief drug use.”

Opened June 24, 2011 Bad Teacher – Comedy–R- because of “sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.”

Opened June 24, 2011 Cars 2 – Animation, Adventure, Comedy- G-Suitable for all audiences.

Opened June 24, 2011 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop – Documentary- R- because of “language.”

Opened June 24, 2011 Hawaiian Vacation- Animation, Short, Comedy- G- Suitable for all audiences and being presented with Cars 2.

Opened June 24, 2011 Leap Year – Drama- NOT RATED- NOTE: Los Angeles and New York City only.

Opened June 24, 2011 The Names of Love – Comedy- R- because of “sexual content including graphic nudity and some language.” - NOTE: Los Angeles and New York City only.

Opened June 24, 2011 Turtle: The Incredible Journey – Documentary- G- Suitable for all audiences. NOTE: In limited release.

Opening June 27, 2011 The Globe Theatre Presents The Merry Wives of Windsor– Theatre – NOT RATED One performance only. “NCM Fathom, Globe Theatre and Arts Alliance Media present a four part series of Classical Shakespeare titles in movie theaters nationwide this summer and fall. Captured in 2010 from the prestigious and internationally renowned Globe Theatre in London, each performance will include a historical perspective on the Globe, the reconstruction process, the work of the Globe today, and a behind-the-scenes look at each production with interviews from the actors and creative team involved.”

Opening June 27, 2011 A Little Bit of Heaven- Comedy, Drama, Romance- PG-13- because of “sexual content, including crude references, and language.”

Opening June 14, 21 and 28, 2011 Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy – NOT RATED – “The Academy Award®-winning trilogy will be featured in an exclusive series of three in-theater events including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring™ on June 14, 2011; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers™ on June 21, 2011; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King™ on June 28, 2011. Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time. The events will begin with a new and personal introduction for each film from The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson captured from the set of his current film, and The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, and will be immediately followed by the Extended Edition feature presentations which altogether include nearly 3 hours of additional feature footage carefully selected by Peter Jackson.”  NOTE:  Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy will also be released on Blu Ray nationwide beginning June 28, 2011.

Opening June 29, 2011 The Met Summer Encore:Simon Boccanegra – Music, Opera- NOT RATED. One performance only. “Running Time: 3 hours 45 minutes; 2 intermissions. An encore performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra will be shown in select theatres on Wednesday, July 29, 2011, at 6:30 PM in all time zones. Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Plácido Domingo makes history singing the title role in Verdi’s gripping political thriller, which is written for a baritone. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, and James Morris are his co-stars in this moving story of a father and his lost daughter. James Levine conducts.”

Opening June 29, 2011 Transformers:Dark of the Moon – Action, Adventure, Sci Fi–PG-13 because of “intense prolonged sequences of sci fi action violence, mayhem, and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo.”

For information on films that opened June 17, 2011, which included:   The Art of Getting By;    Buck;    Green Lantern;    Page One: Inside the New York Times;    Mr. Popper’s Penguins;    DCI 2011 Tour Premier;     Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy;    If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front;    The Met Summer Encore: Don Pasqual and  Dudamel: Let the Children Play, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened June 10, 2011, which included:   Bride Flight;    Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer;    Super 8;     The Trip;    The Trollhunter;    Viva Riva!….. Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy; Stephen Soundheim’s Company and the Met Summer Encore: Madama Butterfly, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened June 3, 2011, 2011, which included:,   Beautiful Boy’    Beginners;    The Last Mountain;    Love Wedding Marriage;   Rejoice and Shout;   Small Town Murder Songs;    Submarine and X Men: First Class, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened May 27, 2011, which included: The Tree of Life ; John Gets Wasted and The Metropolitan Opera die Walkure encore,  please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened May 20, 2011, which included:   Bloodworth;   Cost of a Soul;   Forks Over Knives;   Louder Than a Bomb;   Midnight in Paris;   Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides;   The Annual;   The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened April 1 to May 13, 2011, please click on the link below.

For information on films that opened the weeks of Friday, February 4 to Friday March 25, 2011 please click on the link below, where you will also find previous listings and links for prior weeks in January, as well as films that opened in 2010:

G GENERAL AUDIENCES (All Ages Admitted) PG PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED (Some Material May Not Be Suitable for Children) PG-13 PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) R RESTRICTED (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) NC-17 NO ONE 17 AND UNDER ADMITTED – As determined by the Rating Board/Motion Picture Association of America.



TOY STORY TOONS: HAWAIIAN VACATION opens today, Friday, June 24 and will run with all screening of CARS 2. 
The animated short comedy brings your TOY STORY favorites back. “Set in new owner Bonnie’s bedroom, “Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation” features Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the rest of the favorite “Toy Story 3” toys as they create the ultimate Hawaiian vacation for Ken (voice of Michael Keaton) and Barbie (voice of Jodi Benson).  

It seems Ken badly miscalculated their travel arrangements, so the gang has to create a dream getaway in Bonnie’s Midwestern bedroom—in the middle of winter.  

“Hawaiian Vacation” also features the voices of Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Blake Clark, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin and John Ratzenberger.”

“DreamWorks Studios is pleased to present a special insider look at its upcoming, 3D re-imagining of the horror classic FRIGHT NIGHT at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con  International Convention. 

On Friday, July 22, a panel presentation will be held in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. On the dais will be talent from the film, including Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Imogen Poots, director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon. Activities also include a fan appreciation party as well as a screening in advance of the film’s opening in theaters on August 19th.

On Friday, June 24th, the film’s social media campaign; “The FRIGHT NIGHT Feeding Frenzy” kicks off with a chance to win a VIP trip for two to San Diego Comic-Con in partnership with Yahoo! Movies. The trip includes travel, accommodations and admittance to all FRIGHT NIGHT scheduled events. “The Fright Night Feeding Frenzy” encourages fans to use their social feeds on Facebook, Twitter and blogs to share movie content and check in to real world events to collect points. At the end of each week, the fan who has spread the frenzy the farthest wins a killer prize. 

Prizes are awarded weekly beginning July 1st through the film’s release on Friday, August 19th.  

More information about the FRIGHT NIGHT Feeding Frenzy and how to join can be found at:


"Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right— yet no one, including Charley’s mom (Toni Collette), seems to notice!  

After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charley comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charley has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.
DreamWorks Pictures’ FRIGHT NIGHT is produced by Michael De Luca and Alison Rosenzweig, with screenplay written by Marti Noxon from a story by Tom Holland, based on the film “Fright Night,” written by Tom Holland. 

FRIGHT NIGHT opens in theaters on August 19, 2011.”



A new featurette behind-the-scenes trailer was just released for the upcoming Dreamworks PG-13 film THE HELP, which opens nationwide, August 12, 2011.



It’s finally here, the new official trailer for THE MUPPETS, which opens nationwide November 23, 2011.

Directed by Enrico Casarosa
Produced by Kevin Reher
Studio Synopsis:

From Pixar Animation Studios, LA LUNA, an animated short, is all about “the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait.  A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family's most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?”

Enrico Casarosa serves as Director/Head of Story for LA LUNA, and below is his biographical background, which you may find quite interesting.

“Casarosa joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 2002.  He began working as a story artist on CARS and the Academy Award-winning feature RATATOUILLE.  Casarosa’s next project was as story artist on Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning feature film, UP and most recently, Casarosa made his directing debut with the short film, LA LUNA Currently, Casarosa is working as head of story on an upcoming Pixar film.

As a story artist, Casarosa creates visual sequences from the script. Story artists also generate new ideas and gags, and provide feedback regarding the plot, characters and overall story of the film. With help from story artists, the film’s director finds the story they want to tell and the best cinematographic way to tell it. 

Casarosa found early influences in Hayao Miyazaki’s work and grew up watching Miyazaki’s television series in Italy. Born and raised in Genoa, he moved to New York City in his twenties, to study animation at the School of Visual Arts and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  

Before coming to Pixar, Casarosa worked as a storyboard artist at Blue Sky Studios on ICE AGE and ROBOTS.  He also worked as a background designer and storyboard artist for a number of Disney Channel Television Series’ including “101 Dalmatians” and “PB&J Otters.” 

Casarosa lives in San Francisco, California with his wife Marit and their little daughter Fio Giulietta.”

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