T.J. Miller Talks “Inside Joke” Elements Behind ‘The Emoji Movie’


Remember the time you simply used a phone to call someone? The Emoji Movie is obviously inspired by our love of using emojis on our respective smartphones. Whether it’s the poop or the fist-pump symbol, emojis are simply here to stay.

T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley, Deadpool) is Gene, a malfunctioning emoji who has more than one reaction or feeling in his system. The higher ups are trying to place him in his little box, and although Gene wants to fit in with the crowd, his uniqueness stands out amidst the fray.

“It’s just a really solid, good, funny, heartwarming animated film,” said Miller. “It’s so good – and the pacing I just really loved. I really think it’s especially in films now especially (family driven movies) to move. The motion picture needs to have motion to it – and this is that . . . by the time (The Emoji Movie) it’s over you kind of believe that it’s done and you’ve been laughing the entire time.”

Click on the media bar below to hear T.J. Miller talk about the “inside joke” elements of The Emoji Movie.

The Emoji Movie is now playing nationwide. co-starring Maya Rudolph and Patrick Stewart, is now playing nationwide.

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Maya Rudolph Smiles With “Demonic” Role In ‘The Emoji Movie’


Whether we like it or not, emojis are a cutesy, to the point manner of encapsulating our feelings, passions, and what we’re doing on any given moment. There must be think pieces out in the ether about how these innocuous symbols have impacted our world, and now we’re seeing its affect on cinema with The Emoji Movie.

Maya Rudolph co-stars in the animated feature as Smiler, the resident antagonist whose pearly whites mask a darker psyche. “Smiler is a self proclaimed original emoji who takes her job very seriously and everyone else’s for that matter” said Rudolph. “She isn’t satisfied until everyone does their job properly and perfectly. But she does it all with a smile which makes her behavior very bizarre because she is practically demonic.”

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The Emoji Movie, co-starring T.J. Miller and Patrick Stewart, opens nationwide July 28.

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T.J. Miller Appreciates “Progressive Thinking” Of ‘The Emoji Movie’

theemojimovie2The Emoji Movie is a fun movie that definitely has its creative button on today’s social media universe. In the world of the messaging app a city called Textopolis exists, and highly emotional emoji named Gene (T.J. Miller) is a bit of an anomaly. Blessed with multiple expressions, Gene wants to simply stick to one expression like his fellow emojis, and with the help of his best buddy Hi-5 and code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris) he searches an answer.

While promoting the film at the Cannes Film Festival, Miller said that The Emoji Movie, while entertaining, also has a resonant theme behind it. “There’s some pretty cool and really valuable lessons in here and some pretty progressive thinking that is wrapped up in a very funny film that’s really heartfelt,” said Miller. “I love the sentimentality of it.” Along with a top notch story, the movie is also blessed with an A-list talent of actors. Click on the media bar below to hear Miller talk about the diversity of The Emoji Movie.

The Emoji Movie, featuring Maya Rudolph and Patrick Stewart, opens nationwide July 28.

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Patrick Stewart Hopes ‘Logan’s’ Lessons Reach Viewers

Patrick StewartWith its first-place debut at the box office last weekend, the X-Men spin-off Logan has found itself a huge audience, and the word of mouth has been great.  While it hits all of the usual action movie notes — fights, chases, brooding heroes, etc. — the storyline also has a contemporary feel to it.  Patrick Stewart, who reprises his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the film, told us he didn’t think the creative team was specifically trying to comment on the current state of the union (especially since the film wrapped long before the November election), but feels that Logan offers some very good advice for its viewers.

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‘Logan’ Has 2017’s Biggest Box Office Opening With $85 Million


The great word of mouth and critical acclaim behind Logan, Hugh Jackman’s last stab as Wolverine, propelled the movie to the #1 spot at the box office. The film’s $85.3 million showing makes it 2017’s biggest opening, and its success continues oversees with a $152.5 million international take! Coming in a distant second was the horror-thriller Get Out, followed by a strong third place showing by the faith based picture The Shack. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. LoganHugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart go out with a bang as Wolverine and Professor X!! $85.3 million

2. Get Out – Sleeper hit horror flick takes in $26.1 million

3. The Shack – $16.1 million

4. The LEGO Batman Movie – Another solid weekend with $11.7 million. Domestically, it’s amassed $148 million.

5. Before I Fall – Teen drama does sub-par business with a $4.9 million opening.

6. John Wick: Chapter 2 – To date, this Keanu Reeves action flick has done solid domestic business with an $83 million total. This weekend, it makes $4.7 million

7. Hidden Figures – $3.8 million

8. The Great Wall – $3.5 million

9. Fifty Shades Darker – $3.4 million

10. La La Land – Although it didn’t win Best Picture, it’s still a box office winner with $145.6 million in domestic receipts. It collects $2.9 million this weekend.

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