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Ruben Fleischer Returns to His Roots for ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’

  • Variety
Ruben Fleischer Returns to His Roots for ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’
Recapturing the personality of a successful film for its follow-up can be a challenging task for a filmmaker, given the story told, characters involved and especially the time passed between installments. But even after 10 years, “Zombieland: Double Tap” director Ruben Fleischer knew exactly what to focus on to ensure that his sequel lived up to its 2009 predecessor.

“We really tried to carry the story forward as if we were picking up with them where we last left off,” Fleischer tells Variety. “But what I love about the first movie is the chemistry between the characters — that sense of family.”“Zombieland” was Fleischer’s first feature film, a low-budget, runaway success that launched his eclectic, thriving career. The members of that makeshift family he assembled on screen — including Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg — have since become a hallmark and good luck charm for his work. That is
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Meet Madison: Zoey Deutch Makes Her Ditsy Debut in Exclusive Zombieland 2 Clip

Meet Madison: Zoey Deutch Makes Her Ditsy Debut in Exclusive Zombieland 2 Clip
Zombieland: Double Tap is about to shuffle back into theaters nearly 10 years after the original, and it's bringing along some new faces. Lucky for you, we have an exclusive sneak peek at one of them, and she just so happens to be hilarious.

Joining the core group of apocalyptic survivors in director Ruben Fleischer's horror comedy - Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) - is actress Zoey Deutch's Madison, who is basically a pink Juicy Couture sweatsuit personified. The blonde, bouncy, bedazzled character is as optimistic as she is ditsy (read: very), who bumps into Columbus and Tallahassee while they're ransacking a mall for supplies. Columbus nearly kills her but soon discovers she's an innocent survivor who's been living in the freezer of a Pinkberry for the last 10 years.

Watch The Politician star's very funny debut in the clip above,
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Meet Madison: Zoey Deutch Makes Her Ditsy Debut in Exclusive Zombieland 2 Clip

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Zombieland: Double Tap is about to shuffle back into theaters nearly 10 years after the original, and it's bringing along some new faces. Lucky for you, we have an exclusive sneak peek at one of them, and she just so happens to be hilarious.

Joining the core group of apocalyptic survivors in director Ruben Fleischer's horror comedy - Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) - is actress Zoey Deutch's Madison, who is basically a pink Juicy Couture sweatsuit personified. The blonde, bouncy, bedazzled character is as optimistic as she is ditsy (read: very), who bumps into Columbus and Tallahassee while they're ransacking a mall for supplies. Columbus nearly kills her but soon discovers she's an innocent survivor who's been living in the freezer of a Pinkberry for the last 10 years.

Watch The Politician star's very funny debut in the clip above,
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Zombieland: Double Tap Was Delayed by Deadpool Says Jesse Eisenberg

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Zombieland: Double Tap Was Delayed by Deadpool Says Jesse Eisenberg
Zombieland Double Tap is finally here, after the breakout success of the original film which came out in 2009. It seems strange to wait a decade to make a sequel but as Jesse Eisenberg revealed during an interview with Jimmy Fallon, it was their work on Deadpool that prevented the original Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick from writing the sequel earlier.

"We waited 10 years to do the movie-we didn't wait. We were trying to do the movie right after the first one, cause the first one was so popular, and then we just couldn't like-we just waited for the best script. In the meantime, the two writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick did Deadpool and then we were kind of waiting for them to finish that, so they can write this... we're all waiting for the best script."

Considering they both used the same writers, you can tell Zombieland
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Zombieland: Double Tap Review: Worth the 10 Year Wait

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Zombieland: Double Tap Review: Worth the 10 Year Wait
Ten years was definitely worth the wait. Zombieland Double Tap returns with the same infectious humor and fantastic characters that made the original a hit. Director Ruben Fleischer takes a winning formula, sprinkles in a few hilarious new additions, and serves up a raucous adventure sure to satisy an eager fan base. The zombie genre has been boring as hell across the board. Zombieland: Double Tap is a shot of much needed adrenaline and creativity.

The story picks up a decade later with the characters still together. They've become an irreverent family. Bickering nonstop, but always looking out for each other. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) wants them to find a home and finally settle down. They decide to hang their shingles at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, otherwise known as The White House. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) loves the president's pad. He and Columbus couldn't be happier with their stately choice.

Wichita (Emma Stone) and her younger sister,
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Movie Review – Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

Zombieland: Double Tap, 2019. Directed by Ruben Fleischer. Starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Thomas Middleditch, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Luke Wilson, Al Roker, and Grace Randolph. Synopsis: Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, […]

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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Review: Undercooked Sequel Finds Only Brief Sparks of Life

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Review: Undercooked Sequel Finds Only Brief Sparks of Life
A decade after Ruben Fleischer’s feature debut became a surprise hit, quadrupled its budget, and briefly held the title of highest-earning zombie film of all-time, the “Zombieland” gang finally returns to the big screen. Fleischer and his star-studded cast are all back for more blood-spattered adventures, and the central foursome is all too eager to slip back into their roles as post-apocalyptic survivors. Yet despite the good vibes and amiable callbacks to the previous film, That just doesn’t happen nearly enough.

The good stuff is, of course, still good. There’s the core four — Jesse Eisenberg as the pragmatic Columbus, Woody Harrelson as the gruff Tallahassee, Emma Stone as the snarky Wichita, and Abigail Breslin as perpetual kid sister Little Rock — all of whom exhibit the same flinty chemistry 10 years down the line. There’s Columbus’ understandable obsession with his rules for survival, which are again introduced by
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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Film Review: Emma Stone and Co. Battle the Undead in Lively Sequel

  • The Wrap
‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Film Review: Emma Stone and Co. Battle the Undead in Lively Sequel
Most unexpected sequels — the kinds of movies you see a trailer of in theaters and ask your seatmate, “Did that really need a sequel?” — are usually watered-down retreads of the original movie. They either make you miss what made the first movie so fun or memorable, or, at worst, make you question why you liked that original film in the first place.

Fortunately, “Zombieland: Double Tap” dodges many of the signs of sequel fatigue by acknowledging the ten-year gap between movies and developing the characters from where they started. Their adventures take on delicious new turns but never stray too far from the original idea of what it means to be a family when most of humanity has turned into brain-eating corpses.

Remarkably, all four members of the original gang are back for another round: The neurotic and bookish Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is much less of a lonely college boy
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Film Review: ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’

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Film Review: ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’
The zombies have evolved in “Zombieland: Double Tap”; the comedy not so much. But that’s Ok, because Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 breakout hit — which gobbled up $75.6 million in a genre fast approaching its pop-culture saturation point — was already a few steps ahead of the curve: Its central quartet actually knew they were living in a walking-dead movie and were therefore armed to defend themselves against a breed of modern horror baddies to which previous film characters had been frustratingly slow to adapt.

Even zom-com classic “Shaun of the Dead” recycled the drawn-out routine where characters take a long time to catch on to the fact that an infected loved one is gradually transforming into a flesh-eater, too. “Zombieland,” by contrast, was blessedly meta — and downright irreverent about it — taking place it a world where the idea of zombies was already widespread, giving its ensemble a Darwinian advantage for the termination of the species.
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New Zombieland: Double Tap Clips Shows a Little T-800 Zombie Attack and More

We’ve got a couple new clips from Zombieland: Double Tap to share with you today. The first clip features Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch going out to fight and kill a small horde of T-800 zombies as the rest of the group watches. The clip comes complete with Terminator 2 references and reveals rule number 52… “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.” The second clip features another silly moment with Zoey Deutch’s character Madison.

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone are all back to reprise their roles and this is the synopsis for the film:

A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland 2: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic
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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Heading for $45 Million Launch, Topping ‘Joker’

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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Heading for $45 Million Launch, Topping ‘Joker’
Angelina Jolie will topple Joaquin Phoenix from the North American box office throne as her “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” should open in the $45 million range this weekend, while “Zombieland: Double Tap” will battle “Joker” for second place in the mid-$20 millions.

The film, told from the perspective of the sorceress in “Sleeping Beauty,” is pacing behind the first movie’s opening weekend of $69 million in 2014. “Maleficent” went on to become a box office smash, earning more than $750 million globally from a $180 million budget.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” arrives at about 3,700 theaters, including over 2,300 3D locations, 380 Imax screens, 600 Premium Large Format screens and 135 D-Box/4D locations. It’s one of the few offerings appealing to female audiences after Warner Bros.’ “Joker” has dominated domestic moviegoing for the past two weeks.

The cast includes returnees Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville and newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein and Chiwetel Ejoifor.
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Zombieland: Double Tap Review - Woody Harrelson is a National Treasure

The Zombieland gang is back a decade later -- and this sequel still manages to have fun after all this time.

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Some 10 years after the first Zombieland came out and arguably kicked off a decade of fascination with flesh-eating reanimated corpses, our quartet of fierce (and hapless) survivors returns in Zombieland: Double Tap. And surprisingly enough, they still manage to squeeze a number of laughs out of this shopworn genre even if the movie itself doesn’t have a whole lot new to say.

Getting the old gang back together both in front of and behind the camera--including Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin on the screen-- goes a long way toward making Zombieland: Double Tap more enjoyable than it has any right to be, especially after a wearying decade of the now nearly unwatchable The Walking Dead and its many spin-offs and knock-offs
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‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ To Seduce $165M-$175M Opening Around The World – Global Box Office Preview

  • Deadline
The sequel to Disney’s live-action spinoff of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, will not spread gloom and doom, rather box office boom, around the world this weekend with what is looking to be the third best October start of $165M-$175M after Joker ($248.4M) and Venom ($207.4M).

The movie in which Oscar winner Angelina Jolie reprises her role as the evil sorceress villain from Sleeping Beauty was originally expected to go over Memorial Day next year, however, pushed it up, which speaks plenty about their faith in the film. The weekend preceding Halloween use to be a dumping ground for films–anywhere from four or five titles would open here– however Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween changed all that last year with the now third-highest October domestic debut on record with $76.2M.

Maleficent 2 opens in all offshore markets this weekend, including China and Japan which often go later,
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Stage Fright,’ ‘The Preppy Murder,’ ‘The Turning’

Lost in Space Season 2

The Robinson family returns, only, something’s missing: their Robot. Between clips of unending sea and the depths of space (filmed in Iceland and Vancouver), the youngest Robinson, Will, pines for their missing comrade and resolves to find him, even if seems like a hopeless quest. “It’s not like he left you a map,” a voiceover tells Will. Of course, that’s only a minor inconvenience for this space-exploring family whose will to survive has already been proven. December 24th on Netflix.

The Preppy Murder:
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Emma Stone Talks ‘Cruella’ Transformation, New ‘Zombieland’ Sequel

  • Variety
Emma Stone Talks ‘Cruella’ Transformation, New ‘Zombieland’ Sequel
Despite inevitable comparisons to Glenn Close’s iconic turn as Cruella de Vil in 1996’s “101 Dalmatians,” Emma Stone teased that her take on the infamous villain in the upcoming “Cruella” movie will be very distinctive.

“It comes long before her story,” Stone told Variety at the premiere of “Zombieland: Double Tap” at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood, Calif., on Thursday night. “It’s a different ball game.”

Many fans were stunned upon being given a first look at Stone’s punk-rock inspired interpretation of the character when Disney released an image from the upcoming prequel during this past summer’s D23 Expo.

“Well, I saw myself in the mirror getting ready, so I wasn’t that shocked,” Stone said of the first look. “It’s been really fun. We are in the middle of it right now so it’s still sort of hard to even talk about it.
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'Zombieland: Double Tap' Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on the Immortality of Zombies

'Zombieland: Double Tap' Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on the Immortality of Zombies
A decade after the premiere of the first Zombieland, the zombie slayers are back in all their glory.

Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin reunited for the premiere of the long-awaited zombie comedy sequel. Behind them, Hollywood tour buses decked out in Zombieland: Double Tap promotional signs lined the beige carpet, and a giant, red monster truck sporting the words “Big Fat Death” loomed in the background.

"I mean, you have to really learn how to delay gratification in Hollywood," writer Rhett Reese told THR of the film’s 10-year delay. Though Reese and his writing ...
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Zombieland: Double Tap First Reactions Flood In: Was It Worth the 10 Year Wait?

  • MovieWeb
The first wave of reactions for Zombieland Double Tap has arrived. The long-awaited sequel recently held its premiere, with several people weighing in on social media afterward. So how'd it go? If these first thoughts on Twitter are any indication, this is going to be a fun-filled nostalgia blast and very likely what the fans have been waiting for.

While there aren't a ton of reactions up online, the ones that we do have all seem to skew positive. All of them say Zombieland 2 is a great deal of fun, with the word nostalgia coming up a couple of times. Mostly, they seem to boil down to, if you liked the first movie, you should like the sequel. Here's what Digital Spy had to say about it.

"#Zombieland2 is a nostalgic trip back to 2009 despite being set in 2019 and the ten years haven't updated its sense of humour. The fresh
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First Reactions To Zombieland: Double Tap Say It’s A Bloody Blast

We only have one more week to wait until the monstrous exploits of the Zombieland crew continue on the big screen. But a lot of very lucky people had the chance to check out Zombieland: Double Tap at its premiere on Thursday.

Now, the first reactions to Ruben Fleischer’s highly-anticipated sequel have hit online and – thankfully – they all seem to be very positive! You can check some of them out for yourself down below, but the consensus seems to be that the film is an absolute blast, returning to form many of the characteristics that made its predecessor so memorably charming.

#Zombieland #DoubleTap is like a time machine to 2009. I loved it. If you loved the first movie, you’ll love this one. It’s hilarious.

The original cast has the same magic and the newcomers only add to the fun. It’s an absolute blast. pic.twitter.com
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Watch Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson & More Toss Back Tequila Shots Like Pros

Watch Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson & More Toss Back Tequila Shots Like Pros
Move over, Jimmy Kimmel! During Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy's right-hand man Guillermo Rodriguez took over hosting duties, dubbing the program The Guillermo Show. The lovable security guard welcomed Zombieland: Double Tap stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin as his guests. Naturally, Jimmy was none too pleased that Guillermo had poached his guests. "You're supposed to be here with me!" the late night host quipped. To which Guillermo replied, "I want to consciously uncouple for a bit." Turning his attention back to guests, Guillermo asked a slew of questions like the...
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Amusing New Zombieland: Double Tap Clip Shows Columbus and Tallahassee Meeting Madison

An amusing new clip has been released for Zombieland: Double Tap and it Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) as they meet a new survivor named Madison (Zoey Deutch). We also learn that Madison has been surviving by staying in a Pinkberry freezer.

I also want to point out that clip features captions of what the characters are saying. I’ve been seeing this new trend more lately and it’s kind of annoying, but… what can ya do?

Here’s the synopsis that was released:

A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland 2: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four
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