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PostSubject: Evan Almighty   Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:16 am

The last time we saw Evan Baxter (Steve Carell), he was being tormented by rival Bruce Nolan onscreen, live from their Buffalo TV station. But as time passed and Evan has made up with Bruce, he's gone onto bigger and better things. Newly elected to Washington D.C. as a congressman, Evan has left Buffalo, New York in pursuit of a greater calling. But that calling isn't serving in the illustrious ranks of America's politics, but being summoned by the Almighty himself (Morgan Freeman), who has handed Evan the task of building a new ark, much as Noah did before. With time passing by and his family belittled by Evan's newfound realization, Evan will have to do the work that God has given him in what promises to be an unusual adventure for a man who just wanted to serve his country, might actually be serving humanity.





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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:10 am

By David Germain
Associated Press


Jim Carrey already learned his lessons from God. Now it's Steve Carell's turn.

A bit player in the 2003 hit "Bruce Almighty," Carell leaped to stardom in the interim, giving the filmmakers a ready-made stand-in when Carrey decided not to return for what became the sequel "Evan Almighty." The movie opened Friday.
"It is a unique situation. We aren't really using the word 'sequel' that much," said Michael Bostick, a producer on "Bruce Almighty" and "Evan Almighty." "We've landed on referring to it as the next installment of the 'Almighty' series."
It's not uncommon for studios to resurrect a franchise with new actors, trying to wring a few more dollars out of an idea even if the original stars don't return.
With a budget that climbed to $175 million, a colossal sum for a comedy, "Evan Almighty" was not just a quick knockoff. The movie is a centerpiece of distributor Universal's summer lineup, and the studio needs it to be a strong successor to "Bruce Almighty," which took in $242.7 million domestically.


Playing GodOne of the biggest comedy hits ever, "Bruce Almighty" starred Carrey as a Buffalo TV reporter whose constant grousing prompts God (Morgan Freeman) to turn his powers over to this mortal malcontent to see if he can do a better job running things.
Carrey's Bruce initially uses his supreme powers for mischief, including turning rival Evan (Carell), his TV station's news anchor, into a babbling idiot during a live broadcast.
It was a scene-stealing moment for Carell, who shot to celebrity afterward as star of TV's "The Office" and 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
Carell also co-starred in last year's acclaimed "Little Miss Sunshine" and provided one of the voices in the animated hit "Over the Hedge."
This fall, he stars in the romantic comedy "Dan in Real Life" and has the lead as agent Maxwell Smart in next summer's "Get Smart," a big-screen update of the 1960s spy sitcom.
"We felt like we just caught lightning in a bottle in the way Steve's star was rising," Bostick said. "His own trajectory in the world coincided neatly with where we are today, so we got the greatest comedian we could have dreamed of having in our summer movie"
"The stars kind of lined up. This just felt like a good idea. It felt right, given the character he had created in 'Bruce.' "
In "Evan Almighty," Carell's character has been newly elected to Congress and moves to suburban Virginia with his family. God (Freeman again) pays him a visit, telling Evan he has to build an ark, with the almighty delivering tools and construction materials along with an instruction book, "Ark Building for Dummies."
As animals of all sorts start following him around two by two, Evan realizes his calling is for real and sets to work on the ark with a passion, even growing long white hair and a flowing beard like a modern incarnation of Noah.


They loved himSmall as Carell's part in "Bruce Almighty" had been, he grabbed the audience's attention, said Lauren Graham, who plays his wife in "Evan Almighty."
"Steve really popped out of it, so it made total sense that they could do some sort of spinoff around that character. It would be strange if it was Steve playing the Jim Carrey part, but it's not strange at all when they spin someone off. It happens in TV all the time. This doesn't feel like a sequel. It's its own movie. Morgan is the constant, and the idea of a man having interaction with God."
"I can't think of another situation where that happened, where a person who had a small part in a big movie was able to pull off a sequel," said "Evan" co-star Wanda Sykes, who plays a congressional aide to Carell. "Although his part was pretty small in 'Bruce Almighty,' it was so memorable. And also, he's a big star. He's on fire. Everyone loves him and he deserves it. I think people are going to stay with it."
The role in the new movie had been written for Carrey, who generally is not a fan of reprising parts. When Carrey declined, the filmmakers cast about for another comic actor who could fill his shoes.
Tom Shadyac, director of both movies, ultimately settled on Carell, who said he never imagined when he did his small bit in "Bruce Almighty" that he would be starring in the sequel.
"Even when Tom Shadyac came and wanted to speak to me, I thought he was talking about a sequel starring Jim Carrey in which I would play the idiot thorn in his side.
"Then when he said, 'No, we're thinking about you as the main character,' I said yes immediately. I didn't even think about it."

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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:12 pm

This movie looks a little lame. Maybe it's just me. I am a big Carell fan but this flick looks a little kiddy-cheesy-preachy.

I'm a dick and fart joke type of person, I admit it. Low brow, crude, random chestal shots, I'm down.

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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:33 pm

if you thought Bruce Almighty was funny this would probably be funny.

It's about a guy named Evan who lives in suburban Virginia and desperately needs to shave and get a haircut.

sounds familiar....
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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:58 pm

I read that this is more bible thumpy. Stupid "Americas Funniest Videos" type humor.

Jim Carrey making Aniston's tits grow, dog taking a shit on the toilet, giving Aniston all ripe, finding Jimmy Hoffa, that's good stuff.

Evan Almights looks like your grandma's movie. Like a church group is going to go see it, play bingo at give away their life savings to the 700 Club. :::extends hand to face and makes fart noise::: Screw that.

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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:09 pm

Dekka00 wrote:
It's about a guy named Evan who lives in suburban Virginia and desperately needs to shave and get a haircut.

sounds familiar....
Hahaha comedy.

Evan Almight = sequal = sucky. As easy as that, no doubt.

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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:24 am

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Although several box-office analysts had commented that Universal was being especially cautious when it estimated that its $200-million Evan Almighty would likely earn around $40 million in its opening weekend, the reality turned out to be that the movie earned substantially less -- just $32.1 million, according to estimates, less than half the $68 million that the original Bruce Almighty earned in its opening four years ago. The film had been promoted strongly in churches, and exit polls indicated that about half the audience identified themselves as frequent churchgoers. Studio executives predicted that these same audience members would spread the word about the film, thereby keeping it afloat. "I'm very optimistic about it playing out over the course of the summer," Universal distribution chief Nikki Rocco told the Associated Press. But today's (Monday) Los Angeles Times commented that it would likely become "the first big-budget bomb of the summer." Evan was not the only film that disappointed in its opening. Paramount Vantage's A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie, barely made it into the top ten as it earned just $4 million. On the other hand 1408, based on a Stephen King story, debuted in second place with a solid $20.2 million.

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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:18 pm

They didn't market it right. I saw previews for it and it looked blasphemius to me, like they were trying to make fun of Godly things, then later I read an article says they are going for the Christian market.

They didn't know what they were going for I think. They tried to make it both, and pissed off both the crude/rude/vulgar crowd and the stuck up religious crowd. They corned their own movie.

I plan on seeing it, but on DVD. That guy makes me laugh just looking at him.

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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:48 pm

I admit, I don't even believe in God and I thought the previews looked blasphemous. Very uncool.

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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:39 pm

Thing is, they will blame us christian folk, call us stupid for not going to see a "christian movie". We just fell off the turnip truck, we are so very very stupid. Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Evan Almighty   Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:13 am

I've always found that when all else fails, blaming Christians is always the best way to go.

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