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Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

18 October 2014 2:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Departure Day: When it comes to TV, is closure important?

If you happen to follow a decent number of TV critics on Twitter, you may have noticed a minor eruption of late. A schism has emerged, prompted by accounts like The Cancellation Bear, which concerns itself solely with the topic of whether or not series are likely to survive based on current ratings patterns. That may sound perfectly innocent on its own, but quite a few admirers have expressed the notion that they refuse to dive into a series if they get the sense that it will come to a premature end, thereby robbing them of closure. This idea has, naturally, left many critics incensed: isn’t TV a medium founded on chaos, on the thrill of working within limitations and at the whims of fickle audiences? Moreover, isn’t it silly to always want tidy resolution in the context »

- Ricky

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From Batman to Birdman, Where Have You been Michael Keatonc

17 October 2014 2:37 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"It sucked... It just was -- awful," Michael Keaton says of Batman Forever in the following "CBS Sunday Morning" interview piece, which largely asks "Where has Michael Keaton beenc" It's a good little piece as we learn Keaton turned down a reported $15 million to play Batman a third time. The role would eventually go to Val Kilmer and while the question of where has Keaton been floats in the air... Well, since Batman Returns he's made The Paper, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, starred in White Noise, voiced characters in Pixar's Cars and Toy Story 3 and was an excellent contribution to The Other Guys. Granted, none of those roles stacks up to his new film, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which I had the pleasure of seeing just this morning and while I'll have my review for you on Monday, let me just say the hype around this one is for real, »

- Brad Brevet

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Fnc 2014: ‘Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau’ + Interview with director David Gregory

17 October 2014 10:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

Directed by David Gregory

USA, 2014

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014) is a documentary that tells the secret story behind Richard Stanley’s involvement, as the uncredited director and extra, in the cult movie The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). After his cult successes Hardware (1990) and Dust Devil (1992), director Richard Stanley was given an $8 million dollar budget along with the stars Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer to make his dream project based on the H. G. Wells science fiction novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896). Stanley pre-produced and developed the script for 4 years only to end up getting fired 4 days into the shoot. It’s a “what might have been movie” in the vein of films like Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013) or Lost in La Mancha (2002).

The film includes a variety of testimonials from Richard Stanley, »

- Francisco Peres

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Why Former Robin Chris O'Donnell Thinks Ben Affleck as Batman Was an "Easy Decision"

15 October 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Chris O'Donnell had the distinction of playing Robin twice: once to Val Kilmer's Batman in 1995's Batman Forever and again to George Clooney's version of the Caped Crusader in 1997's Batman & Robin. So when he stopped by our La offices recently, we had to ask what he thinks about the franchise's newest Dark Knight, Ben Affleck. "I think he'll be great. I think it's an easy decision for Ben to do that. He's got nothing to lose - he's a made man, so to speak, in Hollywood. He directed Argo. He won an Academy Award. There's no downside," Chris told us. "And the fact of the matter is, having been through it myself, there is nothing that has a greater reach internationally than a film like Batman. Ben's a smart businessman. He knows that, and if you thought you couldn't expand his brand further, he will by virtue of Batman. »

- Lindsay-Miller

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23 movies currently being turned into TV shows

15 October 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Big and Uncle Buck to Shutter Island and Rush Hour, here are 23 films that are getting the television treatment...

You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.

Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...


The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.

The TV show: Big is set to be a half hour comedy show from 20th Century Fox Television. Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are executive producing and writing, and Big the TV show is set to »

- louisamellor

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Palo Alto review: James Franco fixates on Emma Roberts

15 October 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Gia Coppola; Screenwriter: Gia Coppola, James Franco; Starring: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Nat Wolff, Jack Kilmer; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate:

Gia Coppola, the niece of Sofia and granddaughter of Francis Ford, is making her mark in the family business with Palo Alto, a striking coming-of-age film adapted from James Franco's collection of short stories. She brings a soft impressionistic style to counter the brutality of Franco's book without losing the rawness and immediacy that is integral to a story about carefree, careless teens looking for kicks.

Franco also has an on-screen role as Mr B, one of the grown-ups who hasn't quite grown up, but Coppola has narrowed the focus to centre on Emma Roberts playing his student, the shy and self-conscious April. Mr B coaches the girls' soccer team and has an obvious soft spot for April that comes across in quick glances and lingering silences that soon verge on creepy. »

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Joel Schumacher on Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, nipples

12 October 2014 10:34 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The director of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, Joel Schumacher, has been talking about his turn as Batman's director...

The summer of 1997 proved a turning point in the career of director Joel Schumacher. Up until that point, he was one of Warner Bros' go-to directors, alternating Batman films with John Grisham movie adaptations, and turning them each into box office gold. Furthermore, his directorial CV is not short of interesting movies before that, from The Lost Boys to Falling Down.

Yet then Batman & Robin happened. And whilst Schumacher has made the odd good film since - Tigerland for a start - things clearly haven't been the same since.

In a new chat with Variety, Schumacher has been looking back at his time making Batman movies. And whilst a good chunk of what he's said there is stuff has covered before, it's no less interesting.

He revealed, for instance, that »

- simonbrew

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Robin Concept Art for Tim Burton's Batman

10 October 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

After Batman Returns, Tim Burton was set to return to direct a third film in the franchise. For some stupid ass reason, though, they dropped the director's version of the film, because they wanted the him to tone down the darkness. Instead, they went with Joel Schumacher's colorfully terrible film, Batman Forever. Burton's plan was to introduce Robin in to the franchise, and Marlon Wayans was actually cast in the role. Once Schumacher came on board he recast both Batman and Robin, and we ended up with Val Kilmer and Chris O' Donnell.

Thanks to Cbm, we have a piece of concept art showing us what Burton's vision of Robin may have looked like. The sketch comes from Costume designer Bob Ringwood, and it looks… interesting. The hair poofing out of the top of his head is pretty silly looking, but the actual costume may have looked a lot different. »

- Joey Paur

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'Shaq Fu,' Val Kilmer & Slash in 'Breaking Bad 2,' and more weird crowdfunding projects

9 October 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

First potato salad, now an album made entirely of cat sounds: The ideas behind high-profile crowdfunding projects are sounding more and more like a game of Mad Libs. Some background: Killer Mike and El-p, who make music together as the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, joked in September about releasing a special edition of their next album that replaces all their beats with cat sounds. Then a Kickstarter user created a campaign to turn the joke into a reality. Soon, musicians like Zola Jesus, Boots, Just Blaze, and more clambered to contribute to Meow the Jewels. As goofy as the project is, »

- Teresa Jue

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The Reason Michael Keaton Has Never Seen Christopher Nolan.s Batman Movies

8 October 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For a generation of moviegoers, Michael Keaton defined Batman onscreen. After 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, he stepped away from the superhero franchise, making room for the likes of Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck. But just because Keaton ushered in the modern superhero movie doesn't mean he feels beholden to it nowadays. In fact, he's never watched a one of Christopher Nolan's wildly popular Batman reboot trilogy. He tells Entertainment Weekly: "Chris Nolan is great, but never seen any of the Batman movies all the way through. I know good. I just have zero interest in those kinds of movies." This comment is kind of hilarious in the context that Keaton is being interviewed about his latest, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. In the movie directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, he plays Riggan Thomsan, a washed-up actor »

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Uncle Buck TV series in development at ABC

7 October 2014 11:58 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The latest cinematic comedy getting the small screen treatment? That’d be Uncle Buck...

Regular readers of this site (or the internet in general) will know that stories about movies becoming TV shows have been a dime a dozen for the last few months.

In the comedy department, we already know that televisual versions of School Of Rock, Big and even Val Kilmer’s Real Genius are already in development.

Widen that search to action movies and dramas and you get Minority Report, The Devil’s Advocate, Westworld and Mark Whalberg’s Shooter too, amongst others.

Today, we’ve heard word that John Hughes and John Candy comedy Uncle Buck is coming to our telly-boxes. The late, great Mr Candy left behind big shoes to fill, so ABC/Universal will surely already have a name in mind if they’ve gone ahead and announced the show.

There’s no word »

- rleane

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5 must see films in Fnc’s Temps Ø Section

7 October 2014 5:08 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Festival du Nouveau Cinema has arrived and because of it’s strong line-up, there is no way it is possible to see everything worth watching. Faced with an impossible task I proposed myself to focus on just one section of this year’s festival, Temps Ø, which is celebrating it’s 10th year in 2014. This section features the more obscure and rebel films of the Fnc, programed for an audience who enjoy witty cinematic experiences. My most anticipated films from the Temps Ø section this year is a mix of genres and styles that explore different themes and influences.

Der Samurai (Last Samurai) 

Directed by Till Kleinert

Der Samurai directed by Till Kleinert, who will be present at the festival, is an under 80 minutes long feature set in a wooded region of the German-Polish border. It is a neo-giallo cat and mouse tale of Samurai (Pit Bukowski), a cross-dressing »

- Francisco Peres

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11 things Robert Downey Jr. revealed during his Tony Stark-like Reddit Ama

7 October 2014 1:22 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Robert Downey Jr. took to Reddit for an Ama on Tuesday in anticipation of The Judge, which the actor called "the closest thing to a perfect film I've ever been part of" in response to a Reddit user. In his Ama, the actor covered everything from his time as Iron Man, to upcoming film projects, to his favorite late-night snack. Here are the 11 most interesting answers, with full Downey Jr. charm intact. 1. He cleared the air about Mel Gibson and Iron Man 4. Hoping to settle a quote that has been blown out of proportion, Downey clarified his intention of doing »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Review: Annabelle

3 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

A number of films have been inspired by the cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, most notably The Amityville Horror. The most financially successful was 2013's The Conjuring, in which the couple played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga assist the Perron family (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) with the demonic presence troubling their home. That film, which made over $318 million worldwide, is bookended with the tale of another of their cases. In it, the Warrens help a young nurse dealing with the sinister presence inhabiting a doll given to her by her mother. The film closes with a scene set in the basement room where the Warrens keep demonically possessed curiosities, the doll "Annabelle" in her glass case reigning as the most evil and feared. It serves as a perfect introduction for this week's prequel, Annabelle.

I did not expect the studio heads in their mad rush »

- Mike Saulters

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Fantastic Fest 2014: Ranking All the Movies We Saw at This Year's Festival

2 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Every year in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse holds Fantastic Fest, a celebration of all things wild, weird, and wonderful in worldwide genre cinema. Most of these movies feature one or more of the following: animal cruelty, full-frontal nudity, fountains of blood and some kind of weird Japanese business. (If it's missing one or more of these elements, then it was probably admitted by mistake.)

Most film festivals are divided into the screenings and the parties; what Fantastic Fest does (brilliantly) is combine these two elements into a non-stop, week-long smorgasbord of good times. (This festival also included Mondo Con, a convention dedicated to pop culture artwork.) This was our first year at the festival and as such we tried to drink it all in.

Below are all the movies we saw at the festival -- from best to worst. One of the greatest things about Fantastic Fest is that »

- Drew Taylor

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Movie Review – Palo Alto (2013)

1 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Palo Alto, 2013.

Directed by Gia Coppola.

Starring James Franco, Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Val Kilmer, Nat Wolff and Olivia Crocicchia.


A tale of two American high schoolers and their path along their awkward romance.

Palo Alto feels like a film that has been out forever, having been shown at several film festivals dating back to June last year. It has been shown theatrically in the Us already but has only recently made it across the Atlantic into British cinemas, starting general release early next month. This could have attributed to why by the time I finally sat down and watched Palo Alto it felt so tired and boring.

Set in suburban America we follow April (Emily Roberts) who is torn between a crush on Teddy (Jack Kilmer) and her teacher and soccer coach Mr B (James Franco). We follow April through her decisions and day to day life, going »

- Gary Collinson

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'Tetris' Movie In The Works, While '80s Comedies 'Real Genius' & 'Big' Are Becoming TV Shows

30 September 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ah, Hollywood, where nostaglia isn't just a feeling, it's a product. A trio of movies are on the way to play on stuff you remember seeing or doing in the '80s, so let's dive right in.... First up, Threshold Entertainment has announced that the video game "Tetris" —yes, that one— will be turned into a movie. "It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff said to Speakeasy. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” He also added “brands are the new stars of Hollywood. We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing.” In Kasanoff's defense, he did make two "Mortal Kombat" movies. But then again, this is fucking "Tetris," so there better be a helluva story. Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Adam Sandler »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Entertainment Geekly: The Batman Top 100

29 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »

- Darren Franich

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Val Kilmer Weight Loss Secret ... Walk It Off!

28 September 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Val Kilmer is half the man he used to be ... and we're told he shed the pounds the old fashioned way with determination ... and walking his ass off.We're told 'Iceman' looked in the mirror and realized he had let himself go ... and decided to change everything.There was no personal chef or magic diet pill ... just healthy eating and exercise, especially long walks on the beach by his home in Malibu ... which doesn't suck. »

- TMZ Staff

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Fantastic Fest 2014: Epic Interview with Richard Stanley!

27 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Straight out of Austin where Fantastic Fest 2014 is winding down, our very own Rochefort met up with legendary cult director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) to discuss the new documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau which chronicles the director's big chance at a big Hollywood movie before it was stolen from him and given to John Frankenheimer.

In the interview, Stanley speaks candidly about everything from the limitations of the documentary, Val Kilmer's diva personality to the genesis of Hardware.

Here we go!


The story told in “Lost Soul” is one already known to a lot of geeks and film buffs, but now that the doc is out a potentially much wider audience will have reason to reconsider “Th [Continued ...] »

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