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On November 22nd, Sony announced that they’ve sold more than 30.2 million PS4 consoles through to consumers in roughly two years on the market. For those of you not keeping score, that makes it the second fastest selling console of all time behind Nintendo’s cultural phenomenon, the Wii. While the attach rate for the Wii was pretty poor, indicating that people were buying the console and then quickly abandoning it (hello, Gran!), software sales for the latest Sony console are impressive. The PS4 is a games machine that people are buying in droves, and spending a lot of time with, and not even Sony seems to know why.
Of course, sales aren’t everything. The Xbox 360 was arguably the best console of the last generation, with games galore that largely outperformed their PS3 counterparts and a strong, reliable online infrastructure, and by the end of the cycle it likely »
- John Cal McCormick
20 years ago today, “GoldenEye,” the 17th canon James Bond movie, opened in U.S. theaters. The film marked a new era in James Bond films: It was the first featuring Pierce Brosnan as the British spy, the first with Judi Dench in the role of M, and the first 007 movie made after the end of the Cold War. The fact that this was a new Bond for a new time was perhaps most apparent in the scene when we first see Dench’s M face-to-face with Brosnan’s Bond. She’s commanding, blunt, cold and — at this point — doesn’t like Bond. “I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War,” she tells him. Dench went on to play the head of MI6 in six more Bond films, plus a brief appearance in this year’s “Spectre.” Brosnan played Bond in four movies. If you »
- Emily Rome
By 1935, the Marx Brothers already had five movies to add to their already extensive Broadway and Vaudeville resume, among them the legendary Duck Soup and the near-classics Animal Crackers and Monkey Business. As we’ve often seen, however, some of our most beloved Hollywood favorites flopped upon first release. 1933’s Duck Soup, specifically, was the last of a five-picture deal the Brothers had at Paramount, and its commercial failure would spell a parting of the ways between the studio and the iconic comedy team.
Enter Irving G. Thalberg, the wunderkind who helped build MGM into a powerhouse. Perhaps best known today for the namesake honor given to producers at each year’s Academy Awards, Thalberg left an indelible mark on Hollywood before his untimely death in 1937 at the age of 36. In addition to launching such innovations as the first production code and the use of audience response questionnaires to hone »
- M. Robert Grunwald
60 years ago today, one of the most iconic cinematic depictions of youthful rebellion and alienation, “Rebel Without a Cause,” opened in theaters. The film debuted less than a month after the premature death of James Dean (who plays troubled teen Jim Stark in the film) at age 24 in a car accident. “Rebel Without a Cause” came out at a time when pop culture was fascinated with the juvenile delinquent, though director Nicholas Ray looked not so much to recent films about troubled youths (like 1954’s “The Wild One”). He has said that he strove for a classical tone and that he found major influence in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” which Ray once called “the best play written about ‘juvenile delinquents.’” Other notable October 27 happenings in pop culture history: • 1947: “You Bet Your Life,” the radio show hosted by Groucho Marx, premiered. It was later a TV show on NBC. »
- Emily Rome
He's back and he's funnier than ever. The mischievous, cagey entertainer William Claude Dukenfield starred in some of the best comedies ever. This five-disc DVD set contains eighteen of his best, all the way from Million Dollar Legs in 1932 to Never Give a Sucker an Even Break in 1941. And we get to see all sides of W.C's talent -- he was a top-rank juggler, of just about anything. W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 1932-1941 / B&W / 1:37 Academy 1316 minutes (21 hours, 46 min) Street Date October 13, 2015 / 99.98 Starring Larson E. Whipsnade, T. Frothinghill Bellows, Egbert Sousé, Eustace P. McGargle, Harold Bissonette, Professor Quail, Augustus Winterbottom, Mr. Stubbins, Sam Bisbee, Ambrose Wolfinger, Cuthbert J. Twillie, Humpty-Dumpty. Written by Charles Bogle, Mahatma Kane Jeeves, Otis Criblecoblis
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In the late 1960s there were these things called Head Shops, see, where various hippie consumer goods were sold. »
- Glenn Erickson
Read More: Nyff Review: 'Bridge of Spies' Illustrates Steven Spielberg's Unique Skill Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon made professional screenwriters everywhere feel dumber than a fifth grader on Thursday's "The Tonight Show." The duo did Fallon's recurring "Kid Theater" segment, performing Hanks' "Bridge of Spies" as rewritten by elementary school children. The catch is that the kids were only given the title of the film, and the results are nothing short of theatrical brilliance. While one kid follows the concept to its Marx Brothers-esque finale, other renderings feature darker themes like mistaken identity, the toll of a duplicitous life and the necessity of bringing binoculars to the job. In addition to making you laugh, the stage adaptation of Steven Spielberg's latest effort will make you feel older and less talented than you ever have before. Check out the clip above. Read More: Watch: Tom Hanks »
- Karen Brill
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fan Art of the Day: What would a Dune animated feature or series look like? Artist Matt Rhodes, who was also influenced by filmmaker Tarsem Singh, shows us in the below image plus more images found at Neatorama. Movie Rip-offs of the Day: Screen Rant shows us 10 hilarious foreign rip-offs of Hollywood movies, including the Brazilian Star Wars and the Italian Jaws: Filmmaker in Focus: You don't know who William Laboury is, so let the filmmaker brilliantly introduce himself through the words of movie characters (via Devour): Vintage Image of the Day: Groucho Marx wearing a Groucho Marx t-shirt. He can do whatever he want today, since...
- Christopher Campbell
Rob Zombie and Mila Kunis have teamed-up to produce a horror comedy series with Starz. The project, entitled Trapped, will see Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects) not only producing but also sitting in the director’s chair.
Trapped centers on a rich family who is attack by a murderous cult. The series, created and written by Joey Slamon (Arrested Development), will take place over a single night inside the home of the victims.
“We’re excited to work in partnership with Rob Zombie as well as Mila Kunis and her Orchard Farm Productions associates Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov on this horror comedy series,” Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik told Deadline.
- William Fanelli
Starz today announced the series development of Trapped in association with Mila Kunis' Orchard Farm Productions with Kunis (Black Swan, Ted, Family Guy, Jupiter Ascending) serving as Executive Producer alongside Rob Zombie (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween) who will also direct. Created and written by Joey Slamon (Arrested Development) and produced in association with Orchard Farm Productions, the half-hour horror comedy series takes places over a single night in the home of a wealthy family under attack by a murderous cult. Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov of Orchard Farm Productions will also executive produce. Here's what Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik had to say in a statement.
Starz retains all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, »
Long before he co-created "Big Bang Theory," Bill Prady broke into show business as a low-level Jim Henson Co. staffer, working in licensing and other tangential Muppet-related departments before eventually getting to write for Gonzo and company himself. Now, his career has come full circle, as co-developer (with Bob Kushell) of "The Muppets," a new primetime series featuring Kermit and the gang that debuts on ABC on Tuesday night at 8. Back at press tour, before I had seen a full episode of the show, I spoke with Prady for a while about his history with Henson and these characters, and the specific approach he was taking with the new show, a mockumentary where Kermit is executive producing a late night talk show hosted by Miss Piggy, featuring Fozzie as her announcer, Electric Mayhem as the house band, and all the other familiar Muppet characters working backstage. Because ABC has tried »
- Alan Sepinwall
A night of laughs at The Book House! It’s The Super-8 Comedy Show! The fun takes place Sunday, September 13th from 7pm to 10pm. The Book House is located at 7352 Manchester Rd St. Louis, Mo, 63143. We’ll be projecting, on Super-8 sound film, condensed versions of films starring Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers, Shirley Temple, W.C. Fields. The Little Rascals, Mel Brooks, Monty Python, and More! Admission is Free and this is part of The Book House’s Comedy Festival, which runs September 9th through the 16th. For more information, visit The Book House’s site Here
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- Tom Stockman
Some of the most famous Jews in the 20th Century are missing, and the Lapd is now on the case. The Jews in question are long gone, but their images live on through Andy Warhol, who famously created a series he called Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century. A family scooped up the legendary silk screens in the '80s and displayed them on the walls of their L.A. business -- a movie editing company. »
- TMZ Staff
Cover your ears and open your hearts: In French director Xavier Giannoli’s pitch-perfect comedy of manners, “Marguerite,” a shameless chanteuse with a surplus of money and a shortage of talent buys her way into the spotlight, exposing the hypocrisy of her unctuous social circle in the process. Inspired by screechy American soprano Florence Foster Jenkins — the selfsame warbler soon to be embodied by Meryl Streep in a forthcoming Stephen Frears biopic — this splendid satire benefits not only from being the first to reach the screen, but also from “The Singer” director Giannoli’s gift for striking just the right tone with such tricky material.
Time will tell what approach Frears’ version will take, though this competing project, starring Cesar-winning French chameleon Catherine Frot (whose awards record ain’t so shabby next to Streep’s), presents the ridiculous baroness in such a way that we laugh at her strangled ululations, »
- Peter Debruge
Groucho Marx in 'Duck Soup.' Groucho Marx movies: 'Duck Soup,' 'The Story of Mankind' and romancing Margaret Dumont on TCM Grouch Marx, the bespectacled, (painted) mustached, cigar-chomping Marx brother, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 14, '15. Marx Brothers fans will be delighted, as TCM is presenting no less than 11 of their comedies, in addition to a brotherly reunion in the 1957 all-star fantasy The Story of Mankind. Non-Marx Brothers fans should be delighted as well – as long as they're fans of Kay Francis, Thelma Todd, Ann Miller, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Allan Jones, affectionate, long-tongued giraffes, and/or that great, scene-stealing dowager, Margaret Dumont. Right now, TCM is showing Robert Florey and Joseph Santley's The Cocoanuts (1929), an early talkie notable as the first movie featuring the four Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo. Based on their hit Broadway »
- Andre Soares
Zach Braff, who helmed the Kickstarter-funded comedy “Wish I Was Here,” will direct from Ted Melfi’s script. Warner Bros.-based Donald De Line is producing while Tony Bill, who produced the original film, is exec producing.
The original movie, which starred Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, followed three retirees who wore Groucho Marx glasses to execute a bank heist. Directed by Martin Brest, the film was a solid performer for Warner, grossing $30 million at the box office.
The new version of “Going in Style” will center on three retired men who lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation. Desperate for money to survive, they set out to rob the very bank that’s withholding their money. »
- Dave McNary
Zach Braff might not be the first person you’d think of to be directing a remake of 1979 George Burns comedy Going In Style, but that’s exactly what’s happening. He’s now added Matt Dillon to the cast.Dillon joins Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in the film, which has a script from Ted Melfi. The original movie starred Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as bored Brooklyn senior citizens who hatch a plan to rob a bank. They pull off the caper wearing Groucho Marx disguises and then significantly increase their earnings with some casino luck. Their story becomes a media cause célèbre, but ill health and killjoy cops but a dampener on their adventures. In the new take, the three main men are retired types who lose their pensions when the company they’ve toiled for all their lives is sold to a foreign corporation. »
When Jon Stewart exits “The Daily Show,” he will join a small group of elite hosts who changed the tone and importance of talkshows. Here are a dozen others (in chronological order) whose influence was long-lasting.
He created the template for late-night talk with “Tonight Starring Steve Allen,” which ran from 1954-57 on NBC. There was a desk, chatter with multiple guests, comedy, and music guests, including Elvis Presley — even though Allen hated rock ‘n’ roll. Allen did man-on-the-street interviews and had a gallery of comic players, including Tom Poston and Don Knotts.
As more TV sets were sold in the 1950s, more people tuned in for late-night TV. Jack Paar put late-night on the map when he took over “Tonight,” partly because he generated more publicity than anyone else at the time. He wept on the show, he broadcast from the new Berlin Wall, and »
- Tim Gray
Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny!
The world’s favorite rabbit turns 75 this month: July 27, 1940, saw the debut of the cotton-tailed character’s first cartoon short “Wild Hare,” directed by Tex Avery.
There won’t be much hoopla to celebrate, because Warner Bros. doesn’t observe the birthdays of animated characters. And there’s some logic to that, especially in Mr. Bunny’s case.
There had been earlier variations: A wisecracking rabbit, voiced by Mel Blanc, debuted in the 1938 “Porky’s Hare Hunt” but the speech patterns and look were very different. In the next few years, WB’s Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons featured other rabbits.
But the 1940 “Wild Hare” was the first one where Bugs looked like himself, sounded like himself and, significantly, it was the first time he uttered the immortal words “What’s up, Doc?”
Don’t be misled by those earlier rabbits. On Sept. 10, 1940, Variety ran »
- Tim Gray
Written by Philip Ridley
Directed by Peter Medak
Gangster movies have been entertaining audiences since the inception of cinema. A well-constructed gangster film can attract respectable actors, reap critical praise, and accrue the life-long love of fans in a way that few other genres can. Mean Streets, Infernal Affairs, and Goodfellas are all classic films that continue to resonate with audiences long after their theatrical runs. While most favorite gangster movie conversations include the usual round up of The Godfather, Scarface and The Departed, there is a little known British film that warrants a place in the conversation. Back in 1990, director Peter Medak’s biographical crime/drama film The Krays, flew under the radar of everyone but the most hardcore gangster-flick nerds. With the upcoming film Legend (featuring Tom Hardy in the role of both Kray twins) just on the horizon, it seemed like an appropriate time »
- Victor Stiff
Andrew Lesnie was remembered as one of Australia.s finest cinematographers and a warm and generous bloke at a celebration of his life and career on Sunday.
Dozens of collaborators and friends including Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Cate Blanchett, George Miller, Chris Noonan, Bill Bennett, Craig Monahan, Jack Thompson and Andrew Mason gathered to pay tribute to Lesnie, who died in April after a heart attack, aged 59.
Ray Martin hosted the event, Remembering Andrew, staged by the Australian Cinematographers Society at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction.
Among the clips of his work shown were The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (for which he won an Oscar) and other Jackson-directed films, The Water Diviner, Babe, Healing and Two If By Sea. »
- Don Groves
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