Animated family film The Croods won the box office this weekend, pulling in $44.7 million in its debut. Another of the week's new releases, Olympus Has Fallen, took second place with $30.5 million, followed by last week's winner, Oz the Great and Powerful, with $22 million. Halle Berry's thriller The Call took fourth with $8.7 million, while Tina Fey and Paul Rudd's romantic comedy Admission only earned $6.4 million and fifth place for its first weekend of release. Spring Breakers followed with $5 million in its nationwide opening.
It's a good week to hit the theater, because there are three hotly anticipated new releases coming. Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart are costarring in White House action flick Olympus Has Fallen, while Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have paired up for comedy Admission. And you may have also heard of a little film called Spring Breakers, starring James Franco and a couple of Disney Channel alums. Click through to see all the pictures of the new films.
In Admission, Tina Fey and Paul Rudd play opposite each other in a collaboration that's loaded with potential, but their onscreen chemistry falls surprisingly flat. Fey plays Portia, a staunchly by-the-books Princeton admissions officer who gets a call from John (Rudd) to make a routine visit to his alternative school and talk to his students about college. He has an ulterior motive for luring her to the campus in the form of Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a bright student he believes to be her birth son, but Portia has no idea until she's already immersed in their lives. The angle is far-fetched, but it could work if so many other components weren't jammed into the script.
Though it's billed as a romantic comedy, the romance between John and Portia feels forced and detracts from the story. Their combating dispositions serve as an obvious "opposites attract" romantic mechanism, but it's stale, especially given that Rudd and Fey's dynamic feels more like that of siblings. When they finally — spoiler alert — do get together, there's not much emotional payoff. To find out what else I think about Admission, just read more.
Paul Weitz is the man behind March 22's Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. The picture isn't Paul's first — he and his brother Chris also memorably collaborated on About a Boy. We caught up with Paul at a recent press day in NYC to chat about the forthcoming About a Boy TV series — and how Hugh Grant broke the news over email — and discuss what it was like directing a comic like Tina.
Tina Fey stars in the upcoming movie Admission, out March 22, opposite Paul Rudd, and the role of a Princeton admissions counselor presented some new challenges to the 30 Rock creator. Tina spoke with us at a recent NYC press day to talk about getting to know Paul on the set, the love she's gotten from fans since 30 Rock ended, and what new hobbies she's exploring now that she isn't required regularly on a TV show set.
Tina Fey and Paul Rudd joined up to premiere their new flick, Admission, in NYC last night. Paul sported a new retro mustache that he had to grow for Anchorman 2, which is currently filming in Atlanta. Paul told The Hollywood Reporter that everyone is "a bit giddy" about the highly anticipated sequel, adding that the cast members — which include Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate — "all have such fond memories of the first one."
While Paul's facial hair raised a few eyebrows at the premiere, the real focus of the night was Taylor Swift's recent slam of Tina and Amy Poehler in an upcoming issue of Vanity Fair. When asked about Tina and Amy's joke about her during the Golden Globes, Taylor recited a quote about there being "a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." Tina talked to Entertainment Tonight about Taylor's remarks during the premiere, saying that she "did not see that one coming." She added, "It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke." Admission hits theaters on March 22.
It's hard not to fall instantly in love with Tina Fey. She's wicked smart, obviously funny, and a mom of two — Alice, 7, and Penelope, 1 — dealing with bake sales and working motherhood, just like us. From her time as the first female head writer (and series regular) on Saturday Night Live to her multiple roles as the creator and star of 30 Rock, she's kept us laughing our way through political cycles and television studio politics. Now, she's taking a romantic comedy turn in Admission (in theaters March 22) as a Princeton University admissions officer who must face an applicant who could be the son she gave up for adoption 18 years ago. Lest you think the story becomes sappy, keep in mind that Tina stars alongside Paul Rudd in the flick, so the wisecracks fly nonstop.
I spent some time with the film's stars at a roundtable and asked them about their own experiences with parenting, where they turn for advice, and how realistic it is that our kids could actually attend Princeton. First up, Tina's thoughts.
There was a spot-on scene in the last 30 Rock where — as a new mom — you join an online chat group for moms and get into a catfight. Do you go to mommy blogs in real life?
That was definitely built on experience with things I have seen. I have never . . . I don't know how to post on any of those. So I promise you I have never posted. I have seen people pretending to be me post on Urban Baby. I had a friend call me and say, "Are you on Urban Baby?" I said no. I didn't know what that was. I do think some of them — Urban Baby specifically — have some of the worst human behavior I've ever seen in my life. Terrible. There is no one running [those sites] or they would fix it.
At one point in the film, Portia says where your kid gets into college is a reflection of your parenting. Do you think that's true?
I do think the line is very true. People think it is a referendum on their parenting, it's about how well they did. It's a dangerous trap that we all fall into. Like, I will go too far, like, "we're going to make the nicest cookies for the cookie thing." And then later they are on the ground and it doesn't matter. I think avoiding those kind of traps and just trying to be present for your children is best. It’s a lifelong lesson that I keep trying to learn.
What do you know now that you didn't before you had kids?
I think when your kids are really little, you just think, OK, I am going to look at What to Expect the First Year. But I got into a rut. I would still be treating the 11-month-old with the routine I had set up at 6 months. You kinda learn the longer you do it that their needs keep changing what they need and what they're capable of.
Your daughter Alice is in grade school. Do you think it's harder to get into Princeton or an NYC kindergarten?
A New York City kindergarten, for sure! There's so many kids on this little island. Plus, how can you possibly evaluate a 5-year-old? What if you take them that day and have to poop? If they have to poop, it’s over.
Paul Rudd stars in the March 22 comedy Admission, which also features Tina Fey. The two star as an unlikely pair brought together through Tina's job as a Princeton admissions counselor. We chatted with Paul about getting to know Tina on set — they actually didn't really know each other before shooting — and his similarities to his character in the film, a man who travels around the world nonstop, compulsively doing good.
Have you been sucked into a movie trailer recently because it used an awesome song you meant to look up later? That's why I've rounded up the tunes that popped out at me from recent trailers like Safe Haven, Identity Thief, and Pain & Gain. Click through to watch the trailers, find out what song is featured, and get a Spotify playlist of all the tracks at the end. Happy listening!
You know how you love Tina Fey, and you also love Paul Rudd? What if someone were to magically put them together on the screen for your viewing pleasure? Guess what — someone did! The trailer for Admission has Fey as Portia, an admissions administrator at Princeton in line for a promotion. One day, she gets a call from John (Rudd) asking her to come on a recruiting trip to check out some of his students. Little does she know, it's a ploy to get her to meet Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), who John believes may be the son Portia gave up in college. Twist!
Though the trailer for Admission provides plenty of jokes, there's an underlying seriousness that we don't always see from these actors. I love Fey, but we've seen her play the driven single female character into the ground. It's refreshing to see that there's more to Portia than a determination to rewrite the rules for middle-aged women. Look forward to Admission's release on March 8, and until then, watch the trailer after the jump.