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To mark the release of The Croods on DVD and Blu-ray 9th December, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps), The Croods is the must-see animated film of the year. When their cave is destroyed, the Croods set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises…and a whole new world of adventure! Led by an outstanding voice cast featuring Oscar®-winner Nicolas Cage, Golden Globe®-nominee Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Oscar®-nominee Catherine Keener, the Croods invite your whole family to travel back in time and discover their world.
Families who purchase the Deluxe Edition or Blu-ray™ can join Guy, Eep and Belt as they introduce the crazy “Croodaceous Creatures” – the striking and unique animals from the film – and much more. The Croods Coloring App unlocks additional content »
Update: Ouija is back from the dead. Michael Bay is still producing and the first actor was cast today. In the story, a gruop of teens try to contact their dead friend with a Ouija board but contact a very, very evil spirit. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star Daren Kagasoff will play Trevor, who doesn't think trying to connect with the dead friend's spirit is a good idea. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote and will co-direct, they co-wrote The Possession and the Nicolas Cage movie Knowing.
Aug. 25, 2011 - Ouija has been scrapped by Universal, allowing producer Michael Bay to shop the film elsewhere. Fandango reports that he already took it to Paramount (where he's made over $1 billion this year alone with Transformers 3) and they said no. In this case, we can safely assume that it supersucks because Paramount definitely owes Bay one. Universal's original multipicture deal »
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Though Dreamworks’ “The Croods” is set four million years in the past, make no mistake that putting together the animated box office hit took a lot of effort using modern-day technology.
Directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, star Nicolas Cage and Glen Ballard in the music department got together for a Q&A as part of the Variety Screening Series Nov. 2 to talk about the prehistoric comedy, which follows a caveman’s family as their sheltered world is destroyed.
De Micco and Sanders had at least one goal from the start: Incorporate 3D without making it a gimmick. De Micco explained his vision in the early stages, which made its way to the big screen.
“We worked with Roger Deakins, our visual consultant, on building a style for the camera that was very handheld and very Pov, like you would find a documentary that would be done for any nature show, »
- Alex Stedman
It's the last day of the countdown to the countdown -- the last day before 25 Days of Christmas officially starts on ABC Family on Sunday, Dec. 1.
The last day of the countdown to 25 Days features a special treat in the form of a "Harry Potter" movie marathon that culminates in the network television premiere of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2."
So tune in for "Order of the Phoenix, "Half-Blood Prince" and "Deathly Hallows Part 1," before "Deathly Hallows Part 2" kicks off at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC Family.
Then Sunday, 25 Days of Christmas starts off with a bang -- an all-day holiday movie marathon. Schedule below:
(7:00-8:30 Am Et/Pt) Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas
(8:30-10:00 Am »
The 34-year-old renaissance man has an undergraduate degree from UCLA, among other diplomas. He's been nominated for an Academy Award, and even (sort of) hosted the awards in 2011. Professionally, Franco has acted in a long list of movies, directed several others, and even written roughly a dozen plus screenplays.
Starting today, November 27, multi-hyphenate Franco can be seen facing off against Jason Statham in the Sylvester Stallone-penned action flick "Homefront." Franco plays Gator, a small-town meth kingpin who butts heads with Statham, a former DEA agent who shows up in Franco's town to finally settle down with his family.
Do you already know more about Franco than you'd care to? Maybe. Do you know everything there is to know about the man? Unlikely. From his middle-school shoplifting days to that time he shadowed a male prostitute, »
- Jonny Black
Director: Kimberly Peirce.
Running Time: 100 minutes.
Synopsis: A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
There hasn’t been a more ambitious retelling of a classic horror story since the absolute disaster that was the Nicolas Cage rejig of The Wicker Man back in 2006. Like that movie, which was brought to the screen by Neil Labute, Carrie is helmed by a respected filmmaker in the form of Boys Don’T Cry’s Kimberley Peirce, who returns to direct for the first time since 2008′s lukewarm war drama Stop Loss.
Carrie is a modern-day version of the classic Stephen King novel which has been »
- Paul Heath
Happy Thanksgiving week or just hello for our non U.S.-based listeners, today we have a short, but sweet episode where we review Oldboy and Homefront, answer some questions, play some games and a little more general chitter chatter. We also get to the new DVD and Blu-ray releases out this week and offer up a few brief comments on Her. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
Marvel is pretty much ruling the entertainment industry right now, comics, television and film all included. Every six months or so, we are greeted with a new installment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is vastly growing into a universe that in no time soon will be as big as the comic universe (except of course for X-Men and Fantastic Four, who are in their own universe. But hey, two universes are better than none. Or twenty). The critical reaction towards all of these films have been nothing but positive (the only Marvel movie this decade that was considered generally bad was Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance and, come on, it’s a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle played by Nicolas Cage. It’s not a bad movie, it’s a guilty pleasure).
However, things were not always this grand, as back in the dark times, we had such bombs as Daredevil, »
- Adam Pearce
Vanessa Hudgens has had a pretty wild 2013, going from Harmony Korine's neon soaked pop nightmare "Spring Breakers" to the wilds of Alaska with Nicolas Cage in "The Frozen Ground." And she'll continue to shed her good girl image heading into 2014 with a role that'll make her near unrecognizable. Sporting a choppy dew and grime splattered face, Hudgens leads the upcoming "Gimme Shelter." And a new trailer has landed for the indie that'll find her working opposite Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd and Dascha Polanco, playing a pregnant, homeless teenager, forced to flee her abusive mother, rejected by her Wall Street father and trying to survive on the street. It looks like she'll make it as hope arrives via the sympathetic folks she meets in shelters, with Hudgens herself apparently going deep to research the part. We'll see how her work pays off with "Gimme Shelter" drops on January 24, 2014. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, The Dark Knight Rises, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Luke Cage, Ant-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
While there's been plenty of rumours surrounding the Man of Steel sequel since its announcement at Comic-Con, it's rare that we've heard any comments on Batman vs. Superman from anyone involved with the project. However, producer Charles Roven - whose DC credits include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel - has given an update on the sequel's status, revealing that principal photography is set to get underway in February, as well as discussing the casting of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: "On Batman vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, »
- Gary Collinson
At midnight Thursday, Pharrell Willliams debuted the music video for his new single, "Happy." And it's 24 hours long. The video is streaming all day on 24hoursofhappy.com. The upbeat song is played on a continuous loop, and features anonymous dancers lip syncing to the song - as well as celebs like Steve Carrell and, of course, Pharrell Williams himself. Plus: A Brooklyn man live-Tweets a breakup, Harvard students don't know the capital of Canada and more of the most important random things online. • Pharrell Williams Releases First 24-Hour Video Gimmicky? Sure. But at least it's a better gimmick than the Rihanna airplane. »
- Cara Lynn Shultz
Jordin Sparks has the acting bug. Bad. After finishing her first feature film, "Sparkle," co-starring the late Whitney Houston, the singer (the last female "American Idol" winner until Candice Glover, in fact) is focusing her energies on acting.
Sparks stars in tonight's (Nov. 20) episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," called "Check In Check Out," as a teacher involved in a murder investigation at a motel. For the self-proclaimed "CSI" superfan, it was an incredibly exciting job to get. Zap2it talked to her about the episode and her future acting plans.
Zap2it: So how did this whole thing come about?
Sparks: I was actually auditioning for a couple of other things and one of the people who was in that room when I auditioned does "CSI." I noticed a whole bunch of ["CSI" scripts on the table]. I started freaking out because I was so excited. I told her, "I'm such a huge fan of the show. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
A couple of weeks back, I published an article (which can be viewed here) that took a look at ten instances when movie stars have been paid a ridiculous amount of money for appearing in a single movie. It’s a subject that I (and hopefully you guys) find interesting for a number of reasons, so I’m back with another round of ridiculous monetary madness.
The movies range in quality from very good to downright awful, and feature actors who are currently at the top of the Hollywood A-list. And, of course, some who aren’t any more. One thing is for certain; much like the last article, each of these paydays are ridiculous in their own way.
So read on, scratch your head at some baffling financial rewards and let me know what you think. If there’s any you feel I’ve missed out (again), feel free »
- Scott Campbell
Two Australian production companies have formed co-ventures with China which will see seven animated feature films produced over the next three years. In a related move, the major Chinese partner in the co-productions, Shanghai Hippo Animation Design, intends to launch a fund in Australia which will co-finance animated films. The projects were announced at the Screen Forever conference on Wednesday during a panel session entitled Working with China: Where Are We At? The Australian producers are the Zac Media Group and Alan Lindsay.s Vue Group. Xu Kerr, Shanghai Hippo Animation Design CEO, said the Chinese partners will fund 80% of the seven projects with the balance from Australia, presumably using the 40% producer offset. He told If the film fund will aim to raise $10 million initially, with an eventual target of $50 million, and it would invest in projects from development through production. Zac Media Group founder/CEO/producer Troy Zafer said »
- Don Groves
Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and sequels. That's how the phrase goes, and we won't let anyone tell us otherwise. It should be no surprise to anyone who vaguely follows Hollywood news that nothing is sacred, but even so, there's something especially galling about the prospect of a sequel to It's a Wonderful Life.
We should all bear in mind that, much like the Casablanca sequel that was rumoured last year, this may well never amount to anything. But forewarned is forearmed, and so we've put our Worst Case Scenario hat on to dream up some equally horrifying possibilities.
Here are seven of Digital Spy's very best worst pitches for movie sequels.
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid... including the ending of Gravity. You have been warned!
But wait, we hear you cry. What's the eighth deadly sin? That's exactly the »
Despite rumours suggesting he'd be included in the sequel for a cameo appearance, Kick-Ass star Nicolas Cage was ultimately absent from this year's Kick-Ass 2, but as you can see from the unused storyboards below (via KickAss2News), director Jeff Wadlow originally intended for Big Daddy to return, where he'd have offered some advice to Chloe Grace Moretz's teen assassin Hit-Girl as she recovered from the explosion during the funeral scene; click on the storyboards below for a larger view....
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010's irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass' (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding »
- Gary Collinson
During early development of "Kick-Ass 2," we heard that Nicolas Cage would return as Big Daddy. It wasn't clear if he was somehow still alive or if it was going to be a flashback. In the end, he never appeared in the sequel, but we now have a storyboards for his scene that was never shot. In the scene, Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) is knocked unconscious by an explosion that sends her flying into a large cemetery monument. At that point, Big Daddy shows up and gives her advice whether she should be a normal teenager like Marcus wants her to be, or a crime-fighter like her father raised her to be. Big Daddy encourages her to choose her own path. Check out the storyboards below and pick up a copy of "Kick-Ass 2" on DVD and Blu-ray on December 17th. Storyboard: (click to enlarge) »
Mnpp wants to watch Only God Forgives again. Are you also experiencing these deviant feelings?
Ultra Culture anatomy of most Blue is the Warmest Color "reviews"
BuzzFeed saw fit to rank every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Such a mammoth project so even if you quibble with the ranking -- and boy do I (love "Beer Bad") --you have to respect
Gawker weeping through The Best Man Holiday
Pajiba how to prepare yourself for the release of Nicolas Cage's nude photos
And while I was in Los Angeles earlier this week the Moët British Independent Film Award nominations were announced. I love little weird awards groups like this (the corporate titling not »
- NATHANIEL R
For the sake of humanity, the unthinking way in which the very privileged boast of their hard graft needs to be called out
I am keen to enlist your help in a matter of unparalleled importance for the advance of human civilisation – and we begin with an encouraging precedent. There was a more benighted time when the phrase "Do you know who I am?" could be deployed almost without risk, as the terminally indulged pulled rank.
But, thanks to progress, that inquiry is now a joke. It is an idiot klaxon. It is a byphrase for self-delusion on a comical scale. Of course, it is still used by some, but its mere utterance is now automatically deemed something worthy of reporting, and in the most disparaging of terms.
And so to the affectation for which I wish we could do the same. My dream is of a world where every »
- Marina Hyde
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