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Tim's Toons: The voice of Sandra Bullock

11 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. The mission statement of this column is “something to do with animation” (I suck at writing mission statements), which would seemingly preclude me from taking part in Celebrating Sandra Week here at the Film Experience.

But wait! As it turns out, there was exactly one time that Sandra Bullock voiced an animated character, in 1998’s The Prince of Egypt (as opposed to Gravity, where she was the only thing onscreen that wasn’t animated).

An adaptation of the Biblical story of Exodus, this was only the second film ever released by DreamWorks Animation (after 16 years, it remains one of their best). It was also the second DreamWorks film to favor a voice cast chosen for marquee value over skills in voice acting, building on a tradition that the studio would proudly continue for the rest of its existence. And in this case, it continues the longstanding Hollywood habit »

- Tim Brayton

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Comic-Con: Cumberbatch in Con debut

13 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Benedict Cumberbatch earned a rapturous reception from the adoring masses in Hall H during his maiden Comic-Con appearance at the DreamWorks Animation panel on Thursday (24) and hinted at future visits.

When asked by an audience member towards the end of the panel – the first by a Hollywood studio at this year’s show – if he would return as Sherlock next year, the British actor said “Possibly.”

To the business at hand. Cumberbatch was in San Diego to talk up his first ever voice role in an animation. He plays Classified, a secret agent wolf who aids the eponymous Penguins Of Madagascar, due out in November.

“I like the idea of unpacking a spy and trying to make him more human, if that makes sense with a wolf,” he said.

Cumberbatch said he jumped at the chance to work with John Malkovich, another Comic-Con debutant in attendance who voices the part of the villainous Dave the octopus.  

Malkovich »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Comic-Con: First Look At Home & Penguins Of Madagascar

15 hours ago | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The first panel of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con kicked off this morning with Dreamworks Animation’s Hall H presentation. Starting the proceedings was a first-look clip from Tim Johnson’s Home, featuring the voice of The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as Oh, a bumbling alien from a race known as the Boov. When his people invade and take over Earth as their new permanent residence, the banished Oh teams up with Rihanna (in the guise of human girl, Tip) to save the world.The clip took place after the Boov have settled in to their new digs, in this instance the roomy rues of gay Paris, the Eiffel Tower having been rechristened The Great Antenna and floating it above the city on an inverted dome of rock like a French iteration of Warcraft’s Dalaran. Tip and Oh are surrounded by the Boovian army, led by Steve Martin »

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David Spade's 50th Birthday Surprise! Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Courteney Cox and More

23 July 2014 5:48 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We'd love to wish David Spade a big happy birthday, but we don't think it would compare to the well wishes he got last night. The funny guy celebrated his 50th with a small dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles that included Chris Rock, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Steve Martin, according to a source. But the big surprise was presented to Spade before the gathering. He was given a special video to mark the birthday milestone. And what a video it was! While it wasn't shown during the dinner, the source says the video included messages from—get ready for it!—Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Courteney Cox, Jimmy Fallon, Elton John, David Letterman, Jimmy »

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Weird Al Nabs His First No. 1 Album

23 July 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The parodist beat out Jason Mraz for Billboard's top spot this week.

A lot of people bought Weird Al Yankovic's new album.

The comedian nabbed his first No. 1 album with Mandatory Fun selling 104,000 copies in its first week. The parody album far exceeded initial expectations: according to Billboard, industry forecasters had predicted that Fun and Jason Mraz's Yes! would each sell around 70,000 to 75,000 copies. Mraz's latest opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 81,000 units sold and is the singer-songwriter's fourth top 10 album.

Perhaps it was Weird Al's buzzed about eight-day video rollout, featuring parodies of Pharrell's "Happy" ("Tacky"), Lorde's "Royals" ("Foil"), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" ("Word Crimes") and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" ("Handy"), that boosted sales, or perhaps it was his massive media blitz. Whatever it was, Mandatory Fun has become the first comedy album to reach No. 1 in more than 50 years.

The last comedy album to rule the chart was Allan Sherman's My Son »

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Getting on Track: Top 10 Films About Trains

22 July 2014 1:25 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Trains in cinema have always made for an excitable source within the realm of the comedy, drama, mystery or suspense pertaining to the plot of a particular film. The setting for the featured trains as the driving force of entertainment serves as the heart and soul of the action for the most part.

In some cases using trains as a last minute symbolic theme for a film can generate great impact that thrives and questions the motives and urgency of the characters and storyline (i.e. the climax scene in The Defiant Ones where the salt-and-pepper escaped convicts Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier try and make a desperate dash for permanent freedom on a speeding train en route to permanent freedom).  Perhaps a train could also add an extra element of action-packed excitement in a film’s conclusive ending such as the uncontrollable commuter train in Speed?

In Getting on »

- Frank Ochieng

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'Home': Jim Parsons and Rihanna are the world's last hope for survival in animated alien film

21 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

About seven years ago, director Tim Johnson was looking for a good book to read his two sons, aged 5 and 7 at the time. After a recommendation from The New York Times, he stumbled upon Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday and couldn’t put it down—literally. “The first night I read them two chapters, but I think I ended up reading the whole thing alone in one night,” Johnson tells EW. Now Johnson has compiled an all-star voice cast, including Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin to adapt the quirky book into Home, what he calls a »

- Jake Perlman

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Le Chef | Review

21 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Chef Mate: Cohen’s Poke at the Restaurant World Written for Fast Food Mentality

Connoisseurs of world food porn will perhaps take keen interest in the Gallic trifle, Le Chef, a 2012 title finally unfurling stateside this summer. So wan and frothy with its generic little plot, even fans of Jean Reno will be slightly disappointed at the saccharine ambivalence evident in every aspect. Hardly as sophisticated as other recently released French food fare, like Catherine Frot headlined Haute Cuisine, or even similarly themed American titles like Jon Favreau’s Chef, director Daniel Cohen would seem inspired by a growing universal trend in the appeal of food themes, even though it technically was written and filmed before these. While it’s certainly not a terrible endeavor to experience (to its credit, the film is certainly better than Roger Gaul’s Tasting Menu) Cohen seems perfectly fine with resting in the gutter of floundering cliché, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Chris Brown -- I'm Gonna Get Up in Drake's Grill at the Espys

16 July 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Chris Brown is assaulting Drake again ... this time right in the mouth -- but truth be told it's part of a comedy skit at Wednesday's Espy awards.Here's what we know from the rehearsals ... the skit begins in a law office, then a locker room and finally in a dentist's office with Clippers star Blake Griffin standing over Drake like Steve Martin in "Little Shop of Horrors." We're told ... Blake looks like he's about to go in deep, »

- TMZ Staff

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10 Reasons Why The World Needs Hilary Duff Again

16 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

By Christopher Rosa 

Deep breaths, millennials: Hilary Duff‘s A Cinderella Story turns 10 today. The film is cinematic gold — despite what some people think — and proved Duff is a majestic creature born to entertain us with her witticisms and girl-next-door prowess. But Lizzie McGuire’s been M.I.A. for a while, and it’s time we got her back.

Let’s face it: Duff was the teen queen of the ’00s. She had Lindsay Lohan’s va-va-voom looks and Amanda Bynes’ tear-inducing sense of humor. But what separated Duff from these chicks was her likability. With every giggle, coffee spill, and trip down the hallway, Duff melted our hearts; she was the girl we wanted at our sleepovers. Duff also become the first modern Disney triple threat with a hit show, back-to-back albums, and film roles alongside the likes of Steve Martin and Jennifer Coolidge. In other words, Duff »

- VH1

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The collateral damage of Tom Hanks movies

14 July 2014 11:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To get to a happy ending in a Tom Hanks movie, an innocent character has to pay the price. Here's the proof...

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With the best part of $10bn banked for his movies across his career, Tom Hanks remains one of the biggest and most interesting movie stars on the planet. His most recent performance in Captain Phillips, for instance, was comfortably one of his best. And looking back on Hanks’ career, the path of increased boldness and range is easy to chart.

Furthermore, he’s achieved his successes without public meltdowns, without signs of turning into a diva, and without putting us through many poor films at all. The man is a hero.

Well, to everyone but certain characters in his movies. For, on rewatching Big, we became aware of an alarming trend: that there tends to be a character in a Tom Hanks movie whose role is to »

- simonbrew

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10 of geek cinema's more curious quirks of fate

10 July 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...

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Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?

When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.

Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.

10. Instruments »

- ryanlambie

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The Tomorrow People's Robbie Amell joins The Flash

9 July 2014 11:41 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Robbie Amell is to play Star Labs worker Ronnie Raymond in Arrow spin-off, The Flash...

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Now that The Tomorrow People remake is dead and buried, The Flash has filled the gap in Robbie Amell's schedule.

Amell (yup, the cousin of Arrow lead Stephen) has joined The Flash in a recurring role as Ronnie Raymond, an employee at Star Labs "who plays an integral part in the particle accelerator incident that transforms Barry Allen into The Flash".

If you don't want to know more about Amell's character, look away now, because the name Ronnie Raymond will have rung a bell for DC comic book readers.

Raymond is of course one half of the two characters eventually fused together to create Firestorm, a kind of superhero version of the Steve Martin classic All Of Me, if you like.

Melded with Nobel prize-winning scientist Martin Stein in another lab accident (we »

- louisamellor

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Kathleen Turner Q&A as it happened

2 July 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Hollywood star, currently appearing in the play Bakersfield Mist in the West End, joined us live to talk about Ken Russell, King Lear and the joys of playing Chandler Bing's dad

2.09pm BST

We're wrapping up! Thanks to everyone who posted questions and to Kathleen for kindly answering as many as she could. We hope you enjoyed this!

This was fun. Come to the show. And we'll enjoy each other more. Goodbye.

2.08pm BST

mhepton asks:

What is your favorite film and why?

My favorite film of mine would have to be Romancing the Stone because I really like how Joan Wilder changes. Change is what attracts me to a character and because I loved shooting in South America - it was like going home.

2.07pm BST

JujuC31 asks:

I had the pleasure of seeing you and Mr McDiarmid last Friday and I thought it was such a rare »

- Guardian Staff

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A Dozen Awesome Movies That Celebrate What's Great About America

1 July 2014 10:31 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

When it comes to America, the values, the principles, and ideals that we strive for are great. Freedom, liberty, truth, justice, happiness and the right stand up against tyranny are ideas that we can all believe in... but what about the stuff? The tangible things that distinguish this great nation from others are worth taking note of as well. That’s why we’re taking a moment, in honor of our great nation, to say “Thanks” to the movies that celebrate uniquely American cultural artifacts.

Hot Dogs — Father of the Bride

Bread has been around for tens of thousands of years and sausage too has been around for a couple millenia, but it was only in America that a hot dog could be created. And only an American comedy legend like Steve Martin could bring to the big screen the hot dog conundrum that has perplexed us all.

Mount Rushmore »

- Mandy McAdoo

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50 brilliant movie opening credits sequences

25 June 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a range of eras and genres, here's Jenny and Alex's light-hearted pick of 50 great opening title sequences from the movies...

Odd List

We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.

The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »

- ryanlambie

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10 Trivia Bits You May Not Know From Tim Burton's Batman

23 June 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman. This movie was so awesome, and I personally think it still holds up today. I watched this movie again a couple months ago and was entertained from beginning to end. It was a true comic book movie. I got a chance to see the movie on opening day at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. It was actually my first time seeing a movie in the legendary theater, and I still remember the experience of walking in and being wowed by how big it was, and there was a huge Batman symbol projecting on the curtains of the screen. It was a great day, and an amazing movie. Christopher Nolan himself called it "...a brilliant film, visionary and extraordinarily idiosyncratic...".

As a way to pay tribute to the film, I've come up with 10 fun bits of trivia that you might not know about it. »

- Joey Paur

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The weekend when Rick Moranis ruled the box office

23 June 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Back in the summer of 1989, Rick Moranis had three films in the Us top 20 - each going on to be a $100m+ hit....

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On August 4th 1989, the film Parenthood opened at number one in the Us, taking $10.5m on its opening weekend. It knocked Turner & Hooch off the top spot down to second, with Lethal Weapon 2 rounding out the top three.

Parenthood is lots of things. It's a very strong comedy. It's a film that boasts one of the finest comedic ensembles brought together in one movie in the last 25 years. And it's a movie that's spun off two really quite different television series.

But if you look at that top 20 box office chart for the weekend of August 4th-6th 1989, then you might just notice a pretty impressive achievement on top of all of that. For one actor had three films in the top 20, at the same time. »

- sarahd

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Yes, These Movies Became TV Shows...and it Didn't Work Out

23 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

As viewers prepare to say goodbye to Parenthood, it's easy to remember all the tears and laughs the show has provided. But before Parenthood there was Parenthood. And Parenthood. The NBC series is based on the 1989 hit film of the same name starring Steve Martin, which spawned the 1990 NBC series, also of the same name. Ed Begley Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio were in the short-lived 1990 version. It seems 1990 was a banner year for movie to TV adaptations with several hitting airwaves that season. None of them lasted. Parenthood, the current series, is one of those rare adaptation success stories. It will join M*A*S*H, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and live on as a TV legend. These other shows? Not so much. Baby »

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How to Write Jokes for the Academy Awards

23 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Have you ever wondered how the Academy Awards gets written every year? Bruce Vilanch is the man to ask. Starting as a writer on the broadcast 25 years ago, Vilanch has been the annual show’s head writer since 2000. What he specifically writes varies from host to host, but ultimately, everything you see on the telecast goes through him. Below, in an interview with Vanity Fair writer Mike Sacks, Vilanch dishes on trying to make celebrities seem funny, the “cock joke” that Steve Martin refused to tell, and why exactly James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, and David Letterman each bombed as hosts of the Oscars. The conversation is an excerpt from Poking a Dead Frog, Sacks’s new book of interviews with notable comedy writers such as Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, and Adam McKay,which he put together as a follow-up to his similar 2009 collection, And Here’s the Kicker. You can »

- Mike Sacks

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