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

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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’

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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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Critics’ Choice Awards Love ‘La La Land’ And ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

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La La Land’s path to the Oscars got a bit clearer Sunday evening, as it received eight awards at the Critics’ Choice Awards. On the television end, The People v. O.J. Simpson was the big winner, taking home four awards (including Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series).

The Broadcast Film Critics Association gave Best Actor/Actress awards to Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Natalie Portman (Jackie), with La Land Land named as Best Picture. Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) and Damien Chazelle (La La Land) tied in the Best Original Screenplay category.

HBO were also big winners of the evening, as Silicon Valley (cast member T.J. Miller was the evening’s host) was named the Best Comedy Series. Since winter is definitely coming, Game of Thrones received Best Drama Series. Viola Davis was the recipient of the first ever #SeeHer Award which was presented by the Association of National Advertisers in conjunction with A&E network. Ryan Reynolds, seen this year in Deadpool, took home Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year Award

WINNERS BY PICTURE FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICEAWARDS

ARRIVAL (2)
Best Adapted Screenplay – Eric Heisserer
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

DEADPOOL (2)
Best Comedy
Best Actor in a Comedy – Ryan Reynolds

ELLE (1)
Best Foreign Language Film

FENCES (1)
Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (1)
Best Actress in a Comedy – Meryl Streep

HACKSAW RIDGE (2)
Best Action Movie
Best Actor in an Action Movie – Andrew Garfield

JACKIE (3)
Best Actress – Natalie Portman
Best Costume Design – Madeline Fontaine
Best Hair & Makeup

LA LA LAND (8)
Best Picture
Best Director – Damien Chazelle
Best Original Screenplay – Damien Chazelle (TIE)
Best Cinematography – Linus Sandgren
Best Production Design – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Best Editing – Tom Cross
Best Song – “City of Stars”
Best Score – Justin Hurwitz

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (3)
Best Actor – Casey Affleck
Best Young Actor/Actress – Lucas Hedges
Best Original Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan (TIE)

MOONLIGHT (2)
Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali
Best Acting Ensemble

SUICIDE SQUAD (1)
Best Actress in an Action Movie – Margot Robbie

THE JUNGLE BOOK (1)
Best Visual Effects

ZOOTOPIA (1)
Best Animated Feature


WINNERS BY PROGRAM FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICEAWARDS

AMERICAN CRIME – ABC (1)
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series – Regina King

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN – CNN (2)
Best Unstructured Reality Series
Best Reality Show Host – Anthony Bourdain

ATLANTA – FX (1)
Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Donald Glover

BASKETS – FX (1)
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Louie Anderson

BETTER CALL SAUL – AMC (1)
Best Actor in a Drama Series – Bob Odenkirk

BOJACK HORSEMAN – NETFLIX (1)
Best Animated Series

GAME OF THRONES – HBO (1)
Best Drama Series

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – NBC (2)
Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Kate McKinnon
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series – Alec Baldwin

SHARK TANK – ABC (1)
Best Structured Reality Series

SILICON VALLEY – HBO (1)
Best Comedy Series

THE CROWN – NETFLIX (1)
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – John Lithgow

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN – CBS (1)
Best Talk Show

THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON – FX (4)
Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series
Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series – Sarah Paulson
Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series – Courtney B. Vance
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series – Sterling K. Brown

THE VOICE – NBC (1)
Best Reality Competition Series

THE WALKING DEAD – AMC (1)
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series – Jeffrey Dean Morgan

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT – NETFLIX (1)
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Jane Krakowski

WESTWORLD – HBO (2)
Best Actress in a Drama Series – Evan Rachel Wood
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Thandie Newton



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‘Deadpool’ Is Fever Pitch Marvel Madness With Ryan Reynolds

deadpool55X-Men Origins: Wolverine featured a scene stealing performance from Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and though the actor took a poorly received detour in comic book land with 2011’s Green Lantern, he’s back with the suit that truly fits him. Red, not green, is the true color of the day, and the long awaited film Deadpool capitalizes on Reynolds’ quick witted sarcasm and indelible charm.Directed with panache from first time filmmaker Tim Miller, the film is true to one of Marvel’s most intriguing anti-hero, a fourth wall breaking wiseacre whose mile a minute humor who’s never boring to watch.

Wade Wilson is a mercenary for hire who, after falling in love with a tough minded ex-prostitute named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin, who has a palpable chemistry with Reynolds), is ready to settle down and possibly carve out an honest life. Wilson’s happiness is short-lived when he’s diagnosed with cancer, and in sheer desperation he agrees to enter an experiment that will cure him of the disease and give him superhuman powers. Even with the promise of being cured, Wilson knows he’s walking into a trap, especially since his medical handler, a tough guy named Ajax (The Transporter Refueled’s Ed Skrein), oozes evil from the get go.

When the inhumane and painful procedure leaves Wilson’s once pretty face an absolute mess, he names himself Deadpool (with the aid of his trusted friend, played by TJ Miller) and undergoes a one-man mission to take out Ajax and fellow baddie Angel Dust (Haywire’s Gina Carano). With X-Men members Colossus (a CG creation voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) unwittingly blocking Deadpool’s path to redemption, our anti-hero’s mission is much harder to pull off.

If you want eye-catching, adrenaline filled action sequences coupled with wall to wall humor, then Deadpool should be your cup of tea. The film is a no-brainer for Marvel Universe fans and it scores huge points by not having the end of the world plot dynamics of your average X-Men or Avengers installment.

Although the movie’s over the top and gleeful approach to comic book violence will turn off a healthy share of moviegoers, my frustration arose with the incessant comedic banter and jokes. The film takes a few moments to give us a little breathing room (especially when dealing with Deadpool’s relationship with Vanessa) but most of the narrative swims in this fever pitched madness.

This unyielding jolt of energy, whether it’s the action or nonstop comedy, will please a huge chunk of movie fans, and it’s safe to assume a Deadpool sequel is in the offing. Credit goes to Miller for fusing both Reynolds’ and Deadpool’s manic energy, but hopefully the next movie will ease up on the gas pedal. That being said, Deadpool is worth the watch, and if you feel the need for speed, you’re probably driving in the right direction.

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Deadpool opens nationwide Friday.


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