Cumberbatch and ‘Penguins’ vs. ‘Bosses’ and Oscar winners

Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

In Horrible Bosses 2, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are reprising their roles as Nick Hendricks, Dale Arbus and Kurt Buckman—three friends, who at one point in their lives, tried to dispense with their respective conniving, bullying bosses.

Flash forward to three years later and the boys are set on becoming their own bosses. They’ve become entrepreneurs and manufacture the “Shower Buddy,” which is supposed to save time and make showering more convenient. Enter Rex Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his son Burt (Chris Pine) who play mind games with them and back out on a deal leaving the three boys hanging.

Verdict: Not horrible but not all that necessary either.

While I didn’t get to see Penguins of Madagascar yet, I did make it to the SDCC panel with Benedict Cumber-batch—the man who broke hearts around the world three weeks ago when his engagement was announced—a.k.a. Classified, John Malkovich a.k.a. Dr. Octavius Brine, Tom McGrath a.k.a. Skipper, and directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell.

When he was asked how he prepared for the role of an animated wolf, Comic Con first timer Cum-berbatch said, “I worked in Yellow-stone park as a wolf for a while. I was accepted by the pack quite quickly. It got a bit hairy, no pun intended, when I became the alpha male. I realized that two of the other wolves were Christian Bale and Daniel Day-Lewis.”

They showed several funny clips including the one about how Private was adopted by Rico, Skipper and Kowalski; one where Dr. Octavius Brine a.k.a Dave tries to make an online call; and one where the penguins try to go on stealth mode over a white striped floor. So far, so cute.

If you haven’t seen it, Disney’s very lovable Big Hero 6 is still out and bears the magic mark of Disney Animation and Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter. It also has the very special participation of someone from Marvel as icing on the cake. That said, stay until after the credits have rolled!

Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses opened November 26. Penguins is out on the 3D and 3D IMAX formats as well.


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