9 items from 2017
Can you believe Lilo & Stitch is 15 years old? Walt Disney Feature Animation's instant classic surfed into theaters on June 21, 2002 and went on to earn $273.1 million at the global box office. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the family film featured the voice talents of Zoe Caldwell, Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers, Ving Rhames and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lilo & Stitch was the second of three animated features produced primarily at Disney-mgm Studios in Walt Disney World near Orlando, after 1998's Mulan and before 2003's Brother Bear. The movie was so successful that a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was released on »
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Wayne’s World, the movie that taught us everything we’ll ever need to know about guitar lust, gelatinous cubes, and the cutthroat world of Illinois public access TV. To celebrate the film’s enduring legacy, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson—the stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City, and well-studied students of its two-buddies-slacking-off dynamic—have decided to bring Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar’s mirthful antics back to the world, in the form of a live table read at this year’s Colossal Clusterfest in San Francisco.
Glazer will take on the role of Mike Myers’ Wayne, while Jacobson will play the production’s ersatz Dana Carvey. Meanwhile, they’ve also assembled a pretty stellar guest star list, with Tia Carrere reprising her role as Cassandra, and comedian Ron Funches giving what we can only assume will be a dementedly cheerful »
- William Hughes
Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy now star on one of the biggest TV shows in the United States, but growing up in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, the future Dancing with the Stars pros had little exposure to Western culture.
American goods like a “a pair of jeans or a cassette tape” were rarities, Maks says in the current issue of People.
When the business burned down in what the »
- Patrick Gomez
I think it’s time to dip back into my childhood and make a movie recommendation. If you haven’t seen the 1988 movie Aloha Summer then I highly recommend it. It’s the movie that introduced Tia Carrere to the world but more importantly just one of those movies you smile at nearly the entire time you watch it. It’s horribly acted, the plot couldn’t be any more obvious, but the fact that it’s based in Hawaii in the late 50s and that it was made in the 80s rocks. Plus the villain from Karate Kid II is in it and there’s
Great 80s Movies You Should See: Aloha Summer »
- Nat Berman
‘Lilo & Stitch’ deserves better.
Lilo & Stitch is the “Barb” of Disney movies. Yes, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet exist. However, neither of those films have seen as much success and then sunk back into Disney-relative obscurity quite like Lilo & Stitch. The film was a full-fledged franchise in its heyday spawning multiple television series, two direct-to-video sequels, a Kingdom Hearts cameo, and its own video game. To be fair, Disney did have a reference to Lilo & Stitch in Moana — early on, Moana helps a baby turtle make its way into the ocean by obscuring it from birds under a palm frond. A solid “save the cat” moment that creates a presumption of goodness and a sly reference to Lilo & Stitch. Stitch, in a post-credit image, is seen shadowing a turtle and its child in the same way. It’s a fun little throwback to Disney’s first foray into depicting Polynesian culture.
- Francesca Fau
Don't worry about the mouse getting cancelled, Disney Junior has just renewed its animated Mickey and the Roadster Racers TV show for a second season. The first season of the young children's series just premiered on January 15th of this year.Real-life racers Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick, and Jeff Gordon recurred in season one of Mickey and the Roadster Racers , as did Jay Leno, Tim Gunn, Hoda Kotb, and Gordon Ramsay. Peter Serafinowicz, Jane Leeves, Fred Willard, Hector Elizondo, Tony Shalhoub, Kate Micucci, Tia Carrere, and Patton Oswalt guest starred.Read More… »
Independent film company Blanc-Biehn Productions’ horror film The Girl nominated for Saturn Award in the Best DVD/Bd Release in the Home Entertainment category. The Girl – which stars Michael Biehn and is directed by his Blanc-Biehn Productions partner and wife, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn – already won Best Feature Film in the Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Horror-Thriller category at the 2016 Burbank Film Festival.
The Girl features Evie Louise Thompson (Boyhood) as the kidnap victim of a psychopath (Biehn) who holds her hostage in his backyard shed. When the kidnapper’s son discovers – then rescues – The Girl, the two set off a terrifying chain of events.
Released through United Front Entertainment, eOne Films, Sony and Tony Perez at Splash House Pictures, The Girl was written by Bradley and Kevin Marcus. The film also stars Tia Carrere, Tristan DeVan, Lorraine Ziff, Hallie Jordan, Jenise Blanc, Raven Carell, Grace Powell, Dana Daurey and Nick Nicholson. »
- Phil Wheat
If you happen to be in Aurora, Illinois any time over the next six months, be sure to stop by the pop-up replica of Stan Mikita's Donuts. Feel free to take a selfie in a Wayne or Garth wig at the public library, or check out a replica of the Campbell family basement at the community college. Or maybe just enjoy any of the dozens of contests, events and celebrations the town is hosting in honor of the 25th anniversary of the movie Wayne's World.
For a comedy that »
The film, written and directed by Smarzowski, is loosely based around a battle that took place between 1943 and 1944 in Poland. The story begins in 1939 in a village between Poland and the Ukraine called Volhynia.
“Despite being in love with a Ukrainian boy from the same village named Petro, a Polish girl named Zosia (Michalina Labacz) is forced into marrying a wealthy widower,” according to a statement. “Soon World War II begins, ethnic tensions arise and a bloody battle ensues between the neighboring Polish and Ukrainians. Amidst the war and chaos, Zosia is forced to flee Volhynia, and protect the life of her children.”
- Leo Barraclough
9 items from 2017
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