Rachel Bloom Talks About Playing Silver in The Angry Birds Movie 2 [Exclusive]

Published on 11 Aug 1919
movie news Rachel Bloom Talks About Playing Silver in The Angry Birds Movie 2 [Exclusive]

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is the latest sequel coming our way in a summer full of franchise fare. But this one looks like it's going to stand out amongst the onslaught of blockbusters as, rather amazingly, it's currently the highest-rated video game movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes. Could this be a late summer surprise?

Part of what helps the situation here is that the animated flick boasts an absolutely amazing voice cast. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage are all returning, but they're joined by a talented bunch of newcomers. One of those newcomers is Rachel Bloom, who people may know from her show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. But Bloom also has a budding career in voice acting, having played Batgirl in Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as roles on Robot Chicken and Rachel Bloom in honor of The Angry Birds Movie 2. We discussed her character Silver, her new comedy tour and more. Without further adieu, here's our interview.

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Congratulations on the success, by the way. The early word out of the gate is people are loving it.

Rachel Bloom: Yeah, I think it's on track to become the highest, on Rotten Tomatoes, the highest rated video game movie of all time, which is really cool.

Yeah, as right now it is. So Congratulations. That's amazing!

Rachel Bloom: Yeah. Thank you.

Of course. So, first off, you're playing a new character. Your name's Silver. Just for anyone who may be coming into this, how does Silver kind of fit into everything? And can you tell us a little bit about her?

Rachel Bloom: Well, if you recall from the last movie, the birds and the pigs are kind of at odds. But now there's a third island. There's an Eagle Island that's threatening the birds and the pigs. And so everyone has to come together and they need an engineering science genius, Which is me, my character, Silver. And she kind of puts... the best idea wins out. It's not about ego, which is literally the opposite of what Red, played by Jason Sudeikis, believes.

So that that the the that must be nice getting to play a science genius. That seems like a flattering sort of way to come into this.

Rachel Bloom: Oh it's awesome. I mean, as a writer, when you're pitching characters all the time, you hear the note, "well, do we root for this character? Do we like this character?" And sometimes you roll your eyes and you go, "Oh, okay. It doesn't matter. People are flawed." But oh, man, it's fun to root for this character. She's really great.

So as far as the cast goes, both returning and new, this is an absolutely stacked, amazing cast. What was it like for you just to be like included amongst those names?

Rachel Bloom: It's incredibly surreal. I mean, you record alone in a studio and so it doesn't seem real. And then you see the trailer and my name, Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Nicki Minaj. It's incredibly surreal. It's one of those moments that you think of as a kid. that's the most surreal moment. Those very familiar pop culture moment, like watching a trailer.

I have so much respect, genuinely. Like voice acting is one of my favorite things out there. I have so much respect for it, because I just don't think everyone totally understands what goes into it. But you've been doing quite a bit of that? What is it about the voice acting specifically that is attractive to you as an actress?

Rachel Bloom: Well, it's also that I get offered these parts. I mean, this part was offered to me and I was so thrilled. I think that because I was on a musical show people, I think when you sing, there's a certain malleability to your voice. You know how to play with just the sound of your voice. That's theoretically attractive to people. And it's the ability to play all sorts of different characters. Regardless of how I look. I mean, I can play a wide eyed bird in I'm in the new Trolls movie coming out and I can play like a hard rock troll. You're not limited by how you look. The only thing that matters is what's coming out of your mouth. It's very egalitarian in that way, and I can play up math and science genius. And I could be in all these action scenes, and I didn't have to train or get ripped at all. You record at the end of the session. You do these things called efforts where you spend an hour going, "Huh! Ooh! Eeeeaaah!" That's all I had to do!

So I know we're probably getting a little close to time here, but you did, recently, you were in the Ninja Turtles Batman animated movie, which I absolutely loved. Are you gonna be doing any more work with DC do you think down the line? Because I knew you were back girl on that and they tend to keep a lot of the same people in their rolodex.

Rachel Bloom: I would love to. That was such a ball. I think one of my favorite parts of doing that gig was I did a solid five minutes of just doing pizza eating sounds, cause, of course, that's how the movie ends. Everybody eats pizza. Which I like. I like that they embrace the pizza lore of the Ninja Turtles. But just just kind of into the mic going, "This pizza's good. It's good pizza." Delightful.

Well, Rachel, thank you so, so much for taking the time. Just as we're wrapping up here, iss there anything you got coming up that you'd like to talk about? What you working on next?

Rachel Bloom: I have a live tour going around. It's of my standup, songs. Old songs and new songs. It's called What am I gonna do with my life now? Because after my show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ended, that's all anyone asks me. So this is the answer to that. So check out the tour dates.

Awesome. Thank you so much, Rachel. I really appreciate it. Again, congratulations on the movie.

Rachel Bloom: Thank you.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is set to hit theaters Tuesday from Sony Pictures.

Source: Movieweb

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Published on 19 Aug 1919
movie news Rachel Bloom Talks About Playing Silver in The Angry Birds Movie 2 [Exclusive]

It's not as if Avengers: Endgame needed more characters, but&hellip it would have been pretty cool to see Wolverine alongside Captain Marvel and Thor.

Joe and Anthony Russo, the co-directors of the highest-grossing movie of all-time which is still making money at the box office, despite being out on home video, recently appeared on IGN&lsquos Up at Noon, where they were asked to “Snap away“ iconic teams. For instance: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. All four are allowed to live, so they can fight Thanos. But for the Scooby Gang the original Scooby Gang, not Buffy's, Fred and Shaggy are victims of “the Blip,“ because Fred, in particular, is useless. The Russos were even more ruthless when it came to the X-Men who may join the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon:

After considering who to kill on a team lineup consisting of Gambit, Jean Grey, Storm, Wolverine, Cyclops, and Rogue, director Joe Russo used a marker to strike out everyone on the team except Wolverine. “I'd love to see a fiercely motivated Wolverine going up against Thanos,“ Joe said of his extreme decision. Via

He'd kill everyone but Logan, Russo explained, because “it's not our job to give the people what they want, it's to give them what they need.“ And what they need is Wolverine using his claws against Thanos' double-edged sword, which I'm certain already exists as fan fiction on the internet. As for Jean Grey: getting snapped away is a tough, but fair punishment for how bad Dark Phoenix was.

Meanwhile, every Backstreet Boy, except Nick, is hopeless against Thanos.

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Maybe Joey Fatone, from *NSYNC, can be the next Wolverine.

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Published on 16 Aug 1919
movie news Rachel Bloom Talks About Playing Silver in The Angry Birds Movie 2 [Exclusive]

The Russo Brothers are big fans of Wolverine. The Avengers: Endgame directors have revealed that if they had the chance, they would've snapped all of the X-Men members, except for Logan. The directors, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, were left with some tough choices to make when it came time to making Infinity War. Some of the world's most beloved superheroes ended up becoming the victim of Thanos' Decimation, turning to dust with half of the universe.

As for why they would have kept Wolverine on board, the Russo Brothers had a pretty interesting reason. "I'd love to see a fiercely motivated Wolverine going up against Thanos," says Joe Russo. He went on to say, "It's not our job to give people what they want, it's to give them what they need." Apparently Marvel fans would have needed to see an angry and emotional Wolverine going up against the Mad Titan, and for some, they probably would have loved every minute of it.

Obviously, Marvel Studios did not have access to the X-Men when they were making Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. With both movies being so jam packed with heroes, there really would not have been enough room for everybody. With that being said, the Russo Brothers more than likely would have chosen some different characters if they had access to the Fox Marvel properties sooner. Whatever the case may be, the fans seem to be more than happy with the way things all worked out, though they could have done without the death of Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, and Steve Rogers.

Related: Chris Evans Reveals His Favorite Avengers: Endgame Scene

Other characters not involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the Russo Brothers would have snapped include the entire cast of Friends. Not one character from the world famous show made the cut. This is the exact opposite of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as the Russos kept all four of them to fight Thanos and figure out time travel. Scooby-Doo also would have survived, but the rest of the gang would've been turned to dust in Infinity War, except for Daphne. All of the Backstreet Boys would have been a victim of the Decimation too, though Aaron Carter would've made it through.

The Russo Brothers were able to successfully put an end to Thanos with the characters that they had from the MCU. Fans and critics have praised Infinity War and Endgame's massive storytelling and the Russo Brothers for being able to weave everything together in a cohesive and satisfying way. In the process, Endgame has become the highest grossing movie of all time and made the Russo Brothers even more in demand than they were before. While they are taking a break from Marvel Studios at the moment, there's a chance they might return, especially if they get the chance to work with Wolverine. You can check out the rest of the interview with the Russo Brothers over at IGN.

Source: Movieweb

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Published on 10 Aug 1919
movie news Rachel Bloom Talks About Playing Silver in The Angry Birds Movie 2 [Exclusive]

Separate from the upcoming movie Snake Eyes, another G.I. Joe spinoff is reportedly in the works from Paramount and Hasbro. Writers Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec, who wrote Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, are attached to pen the script. Additionally, the pair are also writing the Tom Clancy-based thriller Rainbow Six for Paramount with Michael B. Jordan producing. As of now, no director or potential cast members have been named, as only Appelbaum and Nemec have been officially announced as a part of the new project.

Full plot details remain to be seen, but the story will apparently feature an ensemble cast of characters. Reportedly, one of the featured characters will be Chuckles, a member of the team known for his undercover and infiltration work. This is notable as Chuckles didn't appear in either of the previous G.I. Joe movies, meaning this will be his big screen debut. According to the report, the character won't be at the center of the story, but that could change as pre-production moves along. Chuckles first debuted as a part of the G.I. Joe toy line in 1987 and in the Marvel Comics series that same year. It's going to be interesting to see which other names will be a part of the spinoff's ensemble.

Based on the success of the action figures and cartoon series, G.I. Joe was first adapted as a live-action movie with 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It follows American soldiers Duke Channing Tatum and Ripcord Marlon Wayans joining the G.I. Joe Team after they come under attack by Military Armaments Research Syndicate M.A.R.S. troops. After grossing over $300 million at the box office, the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation was greenlit for a 2013 release. This time, the Joes are framed as traitors by Cobra and must work together to overthrow Cobra Commander and his allies. Now with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a part of the cast, the sequel performed even better at the box office, grossing over $375 million in ticket sales.

In the years since, Paramount sought to continue the success of the franchise in another sequel. Originally, a third installment called G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant was reported to be released in 2016. After juggling directors and failing to make traction, the project ultimately wound up in development hell, but still has yet to be officially canceled. Last year, the studio began to explore other creative options, announcing the spinoff movie Snake Eyes. With Robert Schwentke directing and Evan Spiliotopoulos writing, the movie was initially given a March 27, 2020 release date before later being moved to October of the same year. Because it will serve as an origin story, Ray Park isn't expected to return to reprise the role of Snake Eyes.

G.I. Joe is due for a return to the big screen, and fans can go ahead and mark their calendars now for the release of Snake Eyes on Oct. 16, 2020. No word yet on when this newly-announced spinoff with Chuckles will be hitting the big screen, but updates should be forthcoming as pre-production moves along. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.

Source: Movieweb

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Published on 06 Aug 1919
movie news Rachel Bloom Talks About Playing Silver in The Angry Birds Movie 2 [Exclusive]

Viacom has scored a big, fat hairy deal to acquire the rights to classic cartoon Garfield. The media group has entered a “definitive agreement“ to acquire the IP from owners Paws and will develop a new Garfield animated series.

The deal, which is expected to close in the coming weeks, will add to Nickelodeon's library of big names including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and Paw Patrol.

In addition to the new animated series &ndash the first since The Garfield Show aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. in 2009 &ndash Viacom will manage the global merchandising rights to the property.

Garfield creator Jim Davis will continue to produce the Garfield syndicated comic strip as he has done since creating the lazy feline since 1976. The cartoon has chronicled the life of the eponymous cat, his owner Jon Arbuckle and Odie the dog, as well as various friends. Known for his love of lasagne and coffee and his disdain for Mondays, Garfield has spawned a slew of movies and TV shows and has received four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program.

Nickelodeon's President Brian Robbins said, “This acquisition marks another step in our evolution toward being kids' first stop for the best new content and characters, so we're incredibly happy to have Garfield join our growing roster of globally loved franchises and to introduce this cool cat to a new generation of fans.“

“Great content is core to the strength of our brands, and Garfield is a beloved character that continues to be part of the cultural zeitgeist with universal resonance across all ages,“ said Sarah Levy, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Media Networks. “The acquisition of Paws provides another opportunity for Viacom to leverage our platforms to extend the global reach of iconic IP.“

Davis added, “I've always tried to make people laugh with humor that is classic and appealing to both kids and adults. I'm delighted that Garfield is going to be placed in the capable hands of the folks at Nick. They know how to entertain and will be great stewards for the franchise. I am also excited to continue to do the thing that gets me out of bed every morning&hellipthe comic strip.“

Source: deadline.com

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Published on 19 Jul 1919
movie news Rachel Bloom Talks About Playing Silver in The Angry Birds Movie 2 [Exclusive]

Netflix has announced a brand new docuseries called The Movies That Made Us down at Comic-Con. The new series is a spin-off from the popular Toys That Made Us series, which just announced its third season at San Diego Comic-Con. The show calls itself, "the spinoff we never knew we needed but always wanted," and promises, "the same deep dive - even bigger icons." This will definitely be welcome news for fans of The Toys That Made Us.

As announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, The Movies That Made Us will start streaming in the fourth quarter on Netflix. The first season focuses on Die Hard, Home Alone, Dirty Dancing, and Ghostbusters. There are some familiar faces discussing these four iconic movies and a lot more lesser-known faces teased in the debut comic-con trailer. Talking about toys and their manufacturers seems to be a lot easier to do than trying to get ahold of some of the people involved with some of the biggest movies of all time. This could end up posing a problem down the line as the show moves forward, or it could get bigger and easier to get interviews as time goes on.

Following a format similar to The Toys That Made Us, some of the facts we'll all learn when The Movies That Made Us premieres are the reason why "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" from Dirty Dancing is "a ridiculous line," though we probably already know the answer to that. Additionally, we get to see Die Hard star Reginald VelJohnson revisits Nakatomi Plaza over 30 years after his Al Powell character stuffed twinkies in his mouth and helped John McClane take down Hans Gruber and his terrorist crew on Christmas Eve.

Netflix and The Nacelle Company, the brains behind the hit docuseries, The Toys That Made Us, are bringing a new, and equally deep nostalgic dive into pop culture that entertained and still continues to entertain the masses. The Movies That Made Us will apparently have viewers "cheering on John McClane and Kevin McCallister in the Christmas Eve battles of their lives." The show also claims to have viewers "dancing the night away with Johnny and Baby, while tapping in to the supernatural with a team of ghost-busting scientists." That's a lot of promising, but if it's done half as well as The Toys That Made Us, we should all be in for a treat.

There is no official release date for The Movies That Made Us at this time. For now, Netflix is just saying Q4 of this year. Thankfully, we won't have to wait too much longer to see the new series. Additionally, The Toys That Made Us season three is also on the way and does not have an official release date either, though it will come out this year. It tackles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, My Little Pony, and WWF Wrestling toy lines. You can check out the trailer for The Movies That Made Us below, thanks to Deadline.

Source: Movieweb

movie news Rachel Bloom Talks About Playing Silver in The Angry Birds Movie 2 [Exclusive]
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