‘The Incredibles 2′: What Are Baby Jack-Jack’s 17 Super Powers?

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(Note: This post contains some spoilers for “The Incredibles 2.”)

In “The Incredibles 2,” the heroic family at the center of the movie boasts a slew of impressive superpowers that apparently stem from their genetic makeup. And the most powerful of all is also the youngest (and tiniest): Infant son Jack-Jack, whose powers were a secret from his family (but not from the audience) in the original “The Incredibles.”

Bob, a.k.a. “Mr. Incredible” (Craig T. Nelson), and Helen, a.k.a “Elastigirl” (Holly Hunter) their super-speed-powered son Dash (Huck Milner) and invisibility-force field generating daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell) spent the entire run of the first “Incredibles” movie thinking baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) was just a normal human. Audiences were in on the joke, though, seeing some of Jack-Jack’s special abilities onscreen toward the end of that movie.

But in “The Incredibles 2,” the jig is up as Bob finally finds out about Jack-Jack’s abilities while on solo dad duty as Helen is out fighting crime. And the baby has a ton of them: later in the movie, when Helen also finally finds out about Jack-Jack’s powers, Bob says he has “17 and counting.”

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So what are those powers? Turns out we’ve seen more or all of them in action between “The Incredibles,” “The Incredibles 2” and Pixar’s short film “Jack-Jack Attack,” which shows what he and his babysitter, Kari (Bret Parker), got up to during the first movie.

Shapeshifting: Jack-Jack shows off repeatedly that he can alter his shape in a variety of ways, including by mimicking other humans. In “The Incredibles 2,” he changes his face and mannerisms to mimic Edna Mode (Brad Bird).

Becoming metal: It doesn’t happen in “The Incredibles 2,” but in the first movie, Jack-Jack turns himself to metal in order to become too heavy for villain Syndrome (Jason Lee) to carry while trying to kidnap the baby.

Becoming squishy: Jack-Jack also makes himself rubbery while fighting the raccoon in “The Incredibles 2,” in order to absorb impacts and avoid sharp objects.

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Demoning out: Another Hulk-like power of Jack-Jack’s is that he can turn himself into an aggressive, very fast and strong pink demon when he’s in trouble or angry. It’s a lot like what happens to Bruce Banner when he turns into The Incredible Hulk.

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Growing huge: In addition to transforming himself into an angry demon baby, Jack-Jack can also grow giant relative to his size. In “The Incredibles 2,” he uses his bulk to crush an enemy, then smash through some walls.

Laser eyes: Bob teaches Jack-Jack how to control the lasers he can shoot from his eyes in “The Incredibles 2,” and they’re pretty powerful — although Kari demonstrates they can reflected with a mirror.

Super durability: Jack-Jack winds up using a ton of his powers while fighting an unlucky raccoon in “The Incredibles 2,” but despite tussling with the creature for quite a while, Jack-Jack finishes the fight without a scratch.

Super strength: Also in the fight with the raccoon, Jack-Jack throws chairs and other objects around with no problems. He’s apparently super-strong, at least in baby terms.

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Levitation: Just like turning into fire or metal, it’s apparently pretty easy for Jack-Jack to untether himself from gravity and go floating around. He pulls that trick in “Jack-Jack Attack” a few times.

Phasing through walls: Physical matter can’t hold Jack-Jack. He can walk, fly or float right through solid objects, and does it quite a bit.

Interdimensional travel: Likely related to Jack-Jack’s ability to pass through solid matter is his ability to pass out of his home reality and into an alternate one. It’s a bit like what happens to another child of a Craig T. Nelson character, in the movie “Poltergeist.”

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Self-immolation: Like the Human Torch, Jack-Jack can summon fire to surround his body, and he can control that fire.

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Sticking to walls: It might be related to his levitation ability, but Jack-Jack also demonstrates in “Jack-Jack Attack” that he can stick to walls and ceilings with no issue — a lot like Spider-Man.

Electricity generation: Though he mostly only does it when he sneezes, Jack-Jack demonstrates that along with creating fire and shooting lasers, he can also generate electricity in “The Incredibles 2.”

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Duplication: Like Multiple Man, Jack-Jack can create multiple copies of himself that run around independent of him, before bringing them back into himself.

Telekinesis: Under stress toward the end of “The Incredibles 2,” Jack-Jack manages to remove Helen’s goggles from her face without actually touching them.

Teleportation: Last but not least, Jack-Jack isn’t bound by the need to physically travel where he wants to go. Instead, he can just appear there by teleporting from one point to another. That might be a version of his interdimensional travel or phasing capabilities, or something altogether separate.

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‘The Incredibles 2′: In What Year Does the Series Take Place?

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“The Incredibles 2” and its predecessor “The Incredibles” take place in a world pretty much like ours, with the key difference being for a while at least, superheroes were as common as they are in comic books. And the similarities to our world have long made fans wonder when, exactly, all this is taking place. The bad news is that both movies are pretty vague about that question. The good news is that they still have a lot of hints and clues that seem to suggest a specific, highly retro time frame. Let’s take a closer look.

The first thing to remember is the context: 15 years before the start of the original film, superheroic activities were made illegal after people hurt during super-events stared suing the heroes for damages. The heroes were then forced into retirement as part of a sort of witness protection program. Furthermore, “The Incredibles 2” picks up right after the end of “The Incredibles,” meaning the two stories happen in roughly the same year.

With that context in mind, the two biggest clues aren’t lines or elements from its alternate, superhero-filled history, but real world TV shows that the family of supers watch during the course of “Incredibles 2”: “The Outer Limits” and “Jonny Quest.”

“The Outer Limits,” which appears in the movie to foreshadow the powers of the villain Screenslaver, first aired in 1963 and ran until 1965. The episode airs late at night, and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) catches the show’s famous opening after leaving his crib the night his father Bob (Craig T. Nelson) discovers Jack-Jack has powers. Meanwhile, Dash (Huck Milner) watches an episode of “Jonny Quest” one morning during breakfast. “Jonny Quest” originally aired from 1964 to 1965, and ran in re-runs for the next 20 years.

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“The Outer Limits” and “Jonny Quest” provide the earliest possible year “The Incredibles 2” takes place — 1964 — but we have some other information as to where to place it as well.

Another clue comes from the first “Incredibles” movie, when Edna Mode (Brad Bird) lists several Supers who died in cape-related accidents (it’s why she won’t make capes for the costumes she designs), and even gives years for several of them — 1956, 1957 and 1958.

If the movie took place 15 years after the last death in 1958, though, that would put “The Incredibles” into the 1970s, so it seems likely that some Supers might have been operating after the Superhero Relocation Program kicked off.

There’s one last piece of the puzzle to consider. In “The Incredibles,” Bob is seen reading a newspaper that lists the year “1962” in its date. That’s more of flavor than a hard date, though, it seems. It also seems too early, based on the other evidence in the film.

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So taking all that into account, it seems a fair bet for the year “The Incredibles 2” takes place is at least 1965. It seems more likely that it’s a little bit later, like 1968. That lines up well with the TV shows and the aesthetic vibe of the two movies, while also taking into account the deaths of the other Supers — putting those deaths after Supers were made illegal, but only by a few years. That seems to fit best with all the pieces, without dragging “The Incredibles” into the 1970s, which seems at odds with the old “James Bond”-type feel Pixar is going for.

Of course, if you really must know, writer and director Brad Bird said in a recent interview with Bustle that he didn’t intend for the first movie to have a hard date at all. He just wanted it more to have a 1960s feel, and apparently he didn’t even know that 1962 date was on the newspaper in the original film.

So we don’t know for sure what year “The Incredibles 2” is supposed to happen in, but we do know that while it happens in a completely different world, it shares a lot of similarities with our own.

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‘The Incredibles 2’ Soars to Record $18.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

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“The Incredibles 2” earned $18.5 million at the Thursday box office, surpassing “Finding Dory’s” animation preview record of $9.2 million.

“Minions” earned $6.2 million in Thursday previews, while “The Secret Life of Pets” grossed $5.3 million. The preview gross for “Incredibles 2” is higher than those for “Beauty and the Beast” ($16.3 million), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($15.4 million) and “Justice League” ($13 million).

The sequel to “The Incredibles” is looking at a weekend opening of $120 million to $145 million.  The first “Incredibles” opened to $70 million in 2004, and “Incredibles 2” will still have a higher opening than its predecessor even after inflation adjustments are made.

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Taking place right after the end of the first film, “The Incredibles 2” sees the Parr family face a new family dynamic after Elastigirl is recruited for a campaign to help bring superheroes back. While she fights the bad guys, Mr. Incredible is left to take care of his three kids, including the infant Jack-Jack, who begins to develop his own powers.

Brad Bird returns to write and direct, as well as provide the voice for fan favorite Edna Mode. Craig T. Nelson, Helen Hunt, and Samuel L. Jackson also return to the cast, being joined by “Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. Critics have nearly unanimously praised the film, giving it a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 94 percent.

Warner Bros./New Line’s “Tag” earned $1.33 million in preshows, compared to “Game Night,” which grossed $1 million in February.

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“Tag” is based on the true story of a lifelong group of friends who played a game of tag for 23 years. The film stars Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Burress, and Jake Johnson as the crew of friends, with the cast completed by Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Leslie Bibb, Brian Dennehy, and Lil Rel Howrey. Jeff Tomsic directed from a script by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen.

Sony/Silver Pictures’ “Superfly” opened on Wednesday and is looking to earn $7 million to $12 million over the five days., with the film sporting a reported budget of $16 million.

“Superfly” stars Trevor Jackson as Youngblood Priest, a career criminal who wants out of the Atlanta drug business, only to get dragged into even deeper trouble after one bad deal. Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Jennifer Morrison also star, with Director X helming the film. “Watchmen” co-writer Alex Tse penned the script, with Joel Silver producing with Atlanta rapper Future.

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‘Incredibles 2’ Is ‘One of the Greatest Superhero Movies Ever Made’ and 6 Other Fantastic Reviews

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The reviews are in for “Incredibles 2” and some critics say it is the best superhero movie to date.

“Prior to this latest effort, Brad Bird made what can unequivocally be called two of Pixar’s best movies,” said CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg. “Now that statement can be updated to say that he’s made three of Pixar’s best.”

The Epoch Times’ Mark Jackson wrote, “‘Incredibles 2 is not only one of Pixar’s best movies ever, but also arguably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.”

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TheWrap’s Robert Abele wrote, “here comes ‘Incredibles 2’ to save the day, the weekend, your summer, and maybe even your Marvel/DC/superhero fatigue.”

All in all, reviewers have given the sequel a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Most of the critics praised the animation, the score and the action, and lauded Bird for being able to pick up right where the original left off 14 years ago.

Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Catherine Keener, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabella Rossellini, Jonathan Banks and Sophia Bush voice characters in the film. Brad Bird wrote and directed the film. It will hit theaters on Friday.

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See 7 of the best reviews below.

Oliver Jones, The Observer

“‘Incredibles 2’ overflows with ideas–the characters engage in philosophic debates during chase scenes or even while brushing their teeth–while retaining the stylistically spare and refined visuals that made the original film so refreshing. This is the rare sequel that packs constant surprises while still delivering on expectations… Like ‘Black Panther’ earlier this year, ‘Incredibles 2’ is a reminder of what a collective joy it can be when a filmmaker with a singular vision and purpose makes a film of boundless scope and budget.”

Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

“Perhaps most intriguingly, ‘Incredibles 2’ is both pop-culture eye candy and a sly critique of it — albeit one delivered in the form of the bad guy, who rails against the mediation of screens as a poor substitute for unfiltered life experience. I don’t need to tell you who wins here, but it’s refreshing to see a movie sequel that can question its own existence, even as it revels in it. (A movie theater marquee advertises ‘Dementia 113’ in the background of one shot, a sight gag that evokes the kind of throwaway joke you might see on ‘The Simpsons,’ for which Bird once worked.) It’s been a long time coming for ‘Incredibles 2,’ but the punchline is worth the setup.”

Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

“Prior to this latest effort, Brad Bird made what can unequivocally be called two of Pixar’s best movies. Now that statement can be updated to say that he’s made three of Pixar’s best.”

Billy Goodykoontz, The Republic

“It’s good — funny, smart and contemporary. By definition it can’t be as groundbreaking as the first film, but never does it feel like a cash grab. The action is once again astounding, as is the animation. There are plenty of laughs. Without revealing too much, Jack-Jack and Edna Mode (Bird) steal a lot of the scenes.”

Mark Jackson, The Epoch Times

“The movie takes about 10 minutes for the pace and excitement to get rolling, but when it does, it’s an, ahem, incredible ride–the type that keeps you on the edge of your seat consistently throughout the movie. That’s a major accomplishment. ‘Incredibles 2’ is not only one of Pixar’s best movies ever, but also arguably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.”

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David Edelstein, Vulture

“Brad Bird’s ‘Incredibles 2’ is, much like its predecessor, delightful as an animated feature but really, really delightful as a superhero picture. It’s proof that someone (not anyone, mainly Bird) can make a Marvel-type movie that’s fleet and shapely, with action sequences rich in style rather than tumult. He’s a crackerjack filmmaker first and a marvelous animator a close second, and he has made the jazziest hybrid in years.”

Brian Truitt, USA Today

“Pixar doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to sequels, but this follow-up surpasses most everything without ‘Toy Story’ in the title. The animation is stellar and detailed in excellent action sequences, Michael Giacchino’s score swings harder than ever, and the first film’s family-friendly warmth is just as appealing now as it was then, even if ‘Incredibles 2’ isn’t totally incredible itself.”

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Whether you find the dominance of superhero pictures a glut or a bonanza, a cause for artistic concern or a boon to the movie business, the prospect of a sequel to “The Incredibles” always seemed to glide above that fray: Brad Bird’s whizbang 2004 Pixar feature about a nuclear/power family was atomic entertainment that in the years before our Marvel age felt like its own thrilling, funny, stylish universe.

Wanting more of the Parrs at a time when the animation studio was careful about follow-ups, and when Bird was eager to flex his fantasy-tinged stories of exceptionalism with culinary cartoon vermin (“Ratatouille”) and Imagineered live action (“Tomorrowland”), seemed like greediness from us mere moviegoing mortals. (Yes, I’m wink-teasing the whole Bird-is-a-Rand-loving-Objectivist debate, which I don’t quite buy into.)

But lately, with “Finding Dory,” “Monsters University,” “Cars 3” and the upcoming “Toy Story 4,” Pixar’s been quite OK mining its past to mint its present. And now Bird is in greatest-hits mode with “Incredibles 2,” which picks up the action directly after the closing heroics of the original, as if to say “What 14 years? Thank you, computers!”

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The good news is that this continuation is a similarly rousing and savvy adventure that energetically serves up more of what we love — from the sleek retro-futurist designs to the ticklishly severe Eurasian super-clothier Edna Mode — and yet wisely, wittily, reverses the first film’s accommodating traditionalism to make for an even richer, funnier portrait of its tight and in-tights family.

Which means this time around, Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter), aka Helen Parr, aka Mom, is the front-and-center superhero, rather than Mr. Incredible/Bob (Craig T. Nelson), whose mission-minded pride triggered the first film’s peril. And while the newly unified family works together at the start of “Incredibles 2” to vanquish the Underminer, who wields a building-sized drill bit, the Parrs are still unappreciated and illegal, reduced afterward to figuring out another normal, law-abiding, identity-shielded existence. It’s even harder now, though, since learning from government ally Rick Dicker (Jonathan Banks) that the Super Relocation program — designed to clean up messes and find supers jobs — is ending.

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A shot at redemption arrives, however, when the wealthy sibling pair behind a telecommunications empire — enthusiastic marketing giant Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and tech-genius sister Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener) — introduce themselves as fans with plans to reverse the anti-super laws. Convinced careful image handling and positive viral video will change hearts and minds, the pair zero in on Elastigirl as their role model hero. (In a ripely funny touch, the Deavors’ data shows that Helen’s crimefighting methods are considerably less costly than her more go-big/destroy-big husband’s.)

When Elastigirl steps up to save a runaway metro train, revealing a new hypnosis-deploying supervillain named Screenslaver, Helen feels a newfound sense of purpose. The campaign works, too, earning the support of a supers-friendly ambassador (Isabella Rossellini).

That leaves Bob — sidelined, jealous, but ready to pitch in — as the overly confident stay-at-home daddy, keeping house in a swanky, starburst-ornamented mid-century modern provided by the Deavors. Of course, Bob eventually realizes that dealing with the roiling emotional life of sullen, invisibility-powered teenager Violet (Sarah Vowell), the math homework of lightning-fast son Dash (Huckleberry Milner), and chasing after baby Jack-Jack, makes family home maintenance a task as tiring as any one-on-one with a nemesis.

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For us, though, it’s a domestic-comedy motherlode, especially when, in a side-splitting riff on toddler terror, the emerging, seemingly uncontrolled, multiple powers of Jack-Jack — first shown at the end of “The Incredibles” — turn him into the de facto ruler of the household. Between his explosively inconvenient gifts (best shown in a raucous tussle with a raccoon) and the animation team’s near-vaudevillian rendering of his googly-eyed reactions and blissful gibberish, Jack Jack is easily the cute-ferocious humor superpower of “Incredibles 2.”

The film’s action engine, meanwhile, gives the Screenslaver room to grow as a mysterious force, but it also introduces us to newly emboldened, fledgling supers, some outlier-cool (like Elastigirl megafan Voyd, who can create dimension holes to make objects vanish and reappear) and some perfectly off-kilter, like Reflux, a lava-vomiting codger who announces, “Medical condition or superpower? You decide!”

As ever, the package is widescreen gorgeous, from the color-popping but realistically lit visuals, to Bird’s classically rigorous framing and shot movement, and, resembling nostalgia for nostalgia, there’s the return of Michael Giacchino’s delectably brassy, spy-movie pastiche score. (Stay through the end credits for the individual, amusingly lyricized themes for our heroes, including a soul-snazzy entry for ice-generating, Samuel L. Jackson-voiced Frozone, who’s back as well.)

And by the time the secrets are revealed, alliances are broken and repaired, while family bonds prove strongest of all. That idea also encapsulates the droll, poignant pleasures of the Chinese cuisine-inspired Pixar short preceding it, “Bao.” Bird has enriched the genre beyond the usual hurrah/comic brio with piquant commentary on fan-cultism, our screen-dependent lives, and gender-role biases.

In other words, here comes “Incredibles 2” to save the day, the weekend, your summer, and maybe even your Marvel/DC/superhero fatigue.



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‘Deadpool 2’ Shoots to $18.6 Million at Thursday Box Office, Smashing Record for R-Rated Film

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“Deadpool 2” shot to $18.6 million at the Thursday box office, surpassing its predecessor which earned $12.7 million in previews two years ago.

The sequel also broke the R-rated Thursday box office record that was previously held by “It.” The horror film grossed $13.5 million last September in previews.

Independent trackers expect the film to at least match the $132 million opening weekend scored by the first “Deadpool” in 2016, which was then a record for February releases.

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For more comparisons, “Black Panther” grossed $25.2 million in previews, while “Thor: Ragnarok” thundered to $14.5 million. The former took in a total of $202 million its opening weekend, while “Ragnarok” grossed $122.7 million.

“Deadpool 2” sees the titular antihero start a new mutant team called X-Force to protect a young, surly mutant named Firefist (Julian Dennison) from falling into the clutches of Cable. In addition to starring as Deadpool, Reynolds shares writing credit with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with David Leitch directing. Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy also star. After early reviews, the film has an 84 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, nearly identical to the score earned by its predecessor.

As counter-programming, Paramount is rolling out “Book Club,” which earned $625,000 in previews. It stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as a group of lifelong friends who decide to jumpstart their sluggish love lives after reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Tracking has the film only making $10-12 million from 2,800 locations, with Paramount projecting a $9 million start.

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“Book Club” is directed by Bill Holderman in his directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Erin Simms. Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, and Richard Dreyfuss also star. The film holds a score of 61 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Finally, there’s Global Road’s “Show Dogs,” a kids’ action-comedy developed by Open Road Films prior to its acquisition by Tang Media Group. The film is expected to open to $7 million from 3,145 locations. The film stars Will Arnett as a human detective who must go undercover at a dog show with his canine partner (voiced by Ludacris). Raja Gosnell directed the film from a script by Max Botkin and Marc Hyman.

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It’s a credit to TV’s greater curiosity and openmindedness that when I beheld the four stars of “Book Club” — actresses ranging in age from 65 to 80 — my thoughts turned to how recently I’d seen them on their respective shows or in headlines about their upcoming series.

The ensemble romantic comedy benefits enormously from Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen keeping their comedic and dramatic muscles warmed up (though a stiffer Candice Bergen has her bravura moments, too). None of the women are asked to do anything too strenuous in “Book Club,” but their collective charisma — along with their male co-stars’ — add up to an irresistible charmfest.

The premise of “Book Club” sounds, to be honest, excruciatingly dumb: A quartet of elderly friends are inspired by the “50 Shades of Grey” books to spice up their sex lives. But first-time director Bill Holderman, who penned the script with Erin Simms, smartly adds a pinch of salt to the sweetness to amplify both sides of the flavor spectrum.

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The film’s aspirational, 60-is-the-new-40 fantasies feel grounded enough in emotional truths and aging concerns that the most unrealistic thing about these literate ladies, who deliver guffaw-worthy lines about Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” is that they never once mock “50 Shades” author E.L. James’ atrocious prose.

“Book Club” opens with an awkwardly Photoshopped snapshot of the four main characters in their youth, clinging to their copies of Erica Jong’s “Fear of Flying.” Now a few years shy of 70, all but one feels erotically adrift. The exception is commitment-phobic Vivian (Fonda), a luxury hotel owner (in attention-grabbing animal prints) who’s happy as a lifelong bachelorette but finds herself drawn to an old boyfriend (Don Johnson) who’s visiting Los Angeles.

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The others are in various stages of sexual shutdown. The most resistant to an erotic rekindling is federal judge Sharon (Bergen), who internet-stalks her ex-husband (Ed Begley, Jr.) and his decades-younger new fiancée and seemingly hasn’t been on a date since her divorce 18 years ago. Chef Carol (Steenburgen), the only one friend still married, struggles with her husband’s (Craig T. Nelson) utter lack of interest in sex.

Widowed homemaker Diane (Keaton, in a first-rate set of her signature androgynous garb) is needled by her condescending daughters (Katie Aselton and Alicia Silverstone) to move to Scottsdale, where she can be stuffed into the basement and supervised 24/7. Diane shows resistance even before she meets a stranger on a plane (a positively smoldering Andy Garcia) who’s willing to show her everything she missed out on during her lackluster marriage. Richard Dreyfuss and Wallace Shawn make brief appearances, but somehow Sam Elliott does not.

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To be sure, “Book Club” has more goofy gags than it does witticisms. An arrow on a plant moisture meter twitches from “dry” to “wet” when a character gets lost in Christian Grey’s Red Room, and Nelson’s character is marched into several situations fly-first after a Viagra accident leaves him fuming and erect. The cast is just as game for the broad humor as it is for the emotional beats; the latter’s familiarity doesn’t detract from its poignancy.

As movingly as each character’s romantic and/or familial storyline wraps up, though, I wish the core cast had a few more scenes to themselves. They share such an easygoing chemistry — and the inevitable scene where the friends diagnose one another on what they’re doing wrong hints at such layers of friendship — that it felt disappointing that their decades-long bond wasn’t the focus of the movie. The men are a treat. But there isn’t quite enough of the women to comprise a feast.



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Disney Pixar announced additions to the “Incredibles 2” cast Monday — including “Chicago P.D.” alum Sophia Bush and Italian film star Isabella Rossellini — and shared side-by-side images of its entire voice cast with their on-screen counterparts.

As previously announced, Catherine Keener of “Get Out” and “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk will be joining the Pixar superhero sequel. They will play Evelyn and Winston Deavor, the face of and the brains behind a world-class telecommunications company, respectively.

Plot details are scarce, with Pixar only sharing that Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) will take center stage as “a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot.” Her husband, Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), will stay at home and navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life with baby Jack-Jack and his emerging superpowers.

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Bush will also join the cast as Voyd, who is described as “a young, overeager ‘wannabe’ Super and a mega-fan of Elastigirl.” She has the ability to divert and manipulate objects around her by creating voids that allow objects to appear, disappear and shift in space.

“Breaking Bad” star Jonathan Banks plays Rick Decker, the head of the official Super Relocation Program, tasked with helping the central family keep their superhero identities a secret.

They’ll also be joined by Rossellini, whose character is only identified as Ambassador and described as a foreign official committed to the support and legalization of superheroes.

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“Incredibles 2” will hit theaters June 15. Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson and director Brad Bird also star.

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Jerry Van Dyke: Craig T. Nelson, Patricia Heaton Remember Co-Star And Friend

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Refresh for updates Craig T. Nelson and Patricia Heaton are among the costars, friends and collaborators remembering Jerry Van Dyke today. The actor, comedian and brother of Dick Van Dyke died Friday in Arkansas at 86.
“I am incredibly sad to hear of Jerry’s passing,” said Nelson, Van Dyke’s costar in Coach, the ABC sitcom that ran from 1989-97.  “He was such a brilliant comedian and we had a great time working together on ‘Coach’. It is just devastating news. My thoughts…

‘Incredibles 2’ Teaser Trailer: Jack-Jack Unleashes His Powers (Video)

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Disney has released the first teaser trailer to Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2,” which shows baby Jack-Jack discovering — and unleashing — his super powers.

Check out the clip above.

The sequel to Pixar’s 2004 Academy Award-winning animated feature will make its way into theaters next summer. In the trailer, a curious Jack-Jack finally discovers his powers, which excites Bob at first… but then high jinks ensue. “You have powers! Yeah, baby!’ says Bob.

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Full details on the plot for “The Incredibles 2” are unknown, though the film is said to center on Elastigirl’s own adventure while Bob stays at home to watch over Jack-Jack. The story will pick up immediately after the first film, as the Parr family faces off against the supervillain, Underminer.

Directed by Brad Bird, “The Incredibles 2” stars Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson, with Huck Milner joining the cast as the new voice of Dash. Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener are also joining the cast in new roles.

“The Incredibles 2” will be released in theaters on June 15, 2018.

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Craig T. Nelson Signs With UTA

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Former Parenthood and Coach star Craig T. Nelson has signed with UTA for representation as an actor, director, writer and producer.
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Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss & More Board Bill Holderman’s ‘Book Club’

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EXCLUSIVE: Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr., and Wallace Shawn have joined previously announced Andy Garcia in Bill Holderman’s upcoming comedy Book Club. The fellas as set to play the love interests to Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen’s characters, who are four lifelong friends in their 60s who read 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed.
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Craig T. Nelson Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Raised By Wolves’

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Craig T. Nelson will star in ABC’s comedy pilot “Raised By Wolves,” Variety has learned. “Raised By Wolves” is about Sheila Gabel, one tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town. Sheila will be played by the previously announced Star Georgia King. Nelson will star as the… Read more »

Craig T. Nelson To Star In ‘Raised By Wolves’ ABC Comedy Pilot From Diablo Cody & Berlanti Prods.

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Following starring turns on the CBS drama The District and NBC’s Parenthood, Coach alum Craig T. Nelson is returning to half-hour comedy as the male lead opposite Georgia King in ABC’s single-camera pilot Raised by Wolves, from Juno writer Diablo Cody and Berlanti Productions.
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‘Gold’ Review: Matthew McConaughey Digs Up the Unexpected

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Alfred Hitchcock famously insisted that no one be seated in “Psycho” once the movie had started, lest they get to the famous twists without being fully invested in the story. The producers of “Gold” should consider stopping people from leaving the theater midway through, since the film so craftily changes directions that it transforms from a movie you don’t want to see into one that you do.

It’s not that the first half of “Gold” isn’t well-made, but it ambles along like a completely unironic “Wolf of Wall Street,” showing us a hardscrabble Nevada mining company beset by the 1980s recession before gambling everything on a gold strike in Indonesia. Yet while the movie seems to be merely another celebration of grasping capitalism and dick-swinging contests of masculinity, it’s got far more up its sleeve.

Matthew McConaughey (who also turned up in “Wolf,” come to think of it) stars as Kenny, a third-generation miner in Nevada; his grandfather had a mule and a wheelbarrow, while Kenny and his father (Craig T. Nelson) have a slick office where everyone’s on the phone all day but no one has to get their hands dirty. As the film jumps from 1981 to 1988, we see that economic times are tough; the patriarch has died, the company’s in debt, and all the employees are making their phone calls from the bar where Kenny’s girlfriend Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard) waits tables.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures; Kenny remembers meeting geologist and gold-chaser Mike Acosta (Édgar Ramírez), who has a theory about a “ring of fire” where tectonic plates in the Pacific Rim rub up against each other to create a bounty of valuable minerals. Kenny digs up his literal last dime (stealing and hocking Kay’s gold watch to help pay for the trip) to travel to Indonesia to convince Mike to go into business with him.

At first, their dig deep down the river seems futile, and Kenny comes close to dying of malaria. But then they strike it rich, leading to interest from Wall Street and untold riches all around. That “mo’ problems” come next should be no surprise, but how “Gold” unfolds — and how what seemed like a celebration of wealth and exploitation retroactively becomes bitingly satirical — makes for captivating viewing.

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Director Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana”) knows his 1980s tropes well, with we’re-in-the-money montages and corporate masters of the universe indulging themselves in all the hot tubs and cold champagne they can grab. (His taste in ’80s music is a little too cool for the room, though; guys like Kenny probably weren’t listening to Richard and Linda Thompson, even if the soundtrack says otherwise.) It’s anyone’s guess how much truth is contained in the “Inspired by True Facts” screenplay by Patrick Massett and John Zinman (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”), but they skillfully change the narrative and the tone around every corner.

It’s easy to see why McConaughey wanted to play this sweaty striver: Kenny may be balding and paunchy, but he’s got a pitchman’s slick patter every time he’s backed against the wall. (The actor’s hairline remains consistent, but his fake potbelly seems to come and go from scene to scene.)

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Ramírez conveys the calm intellect of a man who can spew geological facts one minute and then calm down gun-waving Indonesian soldiers the next, but Howard’s Kay gets little to do. She’s supportive until she isn’t, and her main character trait is that she doesn’t know what to do with her hair. (No lie: Kenny cheats on her with the first decently-coiffured woman who turns up on camera.)

“Gold” contains what may be one of the year’s best final shots; not only is it well-earned by that point, but it also doesn’t tell you how to react to it. It’s a movie that both understands the basic desire to strike it rich and our deep understanding that one person’s wealth often comes at the expense of another person’s well-being. This isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s admirable for its ability to keep more than one thought in its head at a time.

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