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With the last-minute brouhaha over The Interview’s play in an estimated 300+ indie engagements, it would seem that the Christmas Day box office is all about the Sony political comedy and nothing less. While rival studios expressed alarm last week about The Interview’s presence in the market, they’re rather apathetic about its return. Will The Interview cut into other major titles’ showtimes in major markets such as Los Angeles, New York and Dallas? “No, not really. First, people have to figure out that it’s out there,” says one studio chief, while another observed, “The Interview is playing a bunch of little art house and sub-run theaters. If they were in the circuit first run houses it would be a different story.”
Since The Interview fell off tracking, there’s no barometer for insiders to project what it could actually rake up over four-days. And the film’s »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
What's in Netflix's '80s grab bag? Swoony Merchant-Ivory films; a trio of John Hughes romantic comedies; early films with Sean Penn and Matt Dillon; Oscar-winning turns by Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Daniel Day-Lewis; and a few classics you already know by heart.
Mixed in are probably a few critically acclaimed films you've never seen but always meant to, whether it's B-movie fun like "Big Trouble in Little China" or ultra-arty Nc-17 fare like "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover."
(Availability subject to change. DeLorean and pink prom dress not included.)
1. "A Room with a View" (1986) Nr
2. "The Accused" (1988) R
It's tough viewing, but Jodie Foster is mesmerizing as a rape victim who faces down her assailants in court.
3. "Bad Boys" (1983) R
- Sharon Knolle
"I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog."
As Jim Carrey told Digital Spy in our recent chat, it was a chance viewing of his 1994 comedy hit Dumb and Dumber on television that lured him back to that iconic bowl cut for the new sequel. But as Harry and Lloyd spread the gospel of dumb to a new generation, just how well does the original movie hold up twenty years on?
The memory can cheat. As time passes, idealisation and nostalgia can mask the truth – whether that be worshipping a movie from your childhood that would induce a cringing fit if you saw it today. Yet despite a soundtrack that includes Apache Indian and the Crash Test Dummies, Dumb and Dumber has a timeless quality. Its goofy brilliance transcends any notion that it's a relic best left in the '90s alongside Tamagotchis and the Macarena.
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Host Stephen Colbert brought back a slew of former guests for his final show in an epic, star-studded singalong. Those who weren’t able to make it (and even some who did) took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to post their messages of congratulations, appreciation and sadness to see Colbert and his conservative character go.
Comedy icon Steve Martin, »
- Ryan O'Connell
Everybody has their favourite actors, whether it be those who consistently gain Oscar acclaim, action heroes or romantic comedy stars. The most subjective types are comedy actors though. Films lovers have an extremely varying taste in leading funnymen, with some preferring more subtle comedic performers and others opting for a slapstick actor who cracks jokes in every second of the movie.
This list looks at the cream of the Hollywood comedy crop over the last 25 years, assessing how prolific these actors have been and how versatile they are.
It’s worth stressing that this relates strictly to films – someone like Ricky Gervais has created television comedy genius with The Office, but been pretty forgettable on the big screen, for example – and will only include people who have been in their prime since 1990. The likes of Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray and Leslie Nielsen have all still been working in the last 25 years, »
- Henry Jackson
The path to the big screen for Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale mashup has been long and winding. A read-through was held more than 20 years ago, with Goldie Hawn and Robin Williams as the infertile baker and his wife, Cher as the witch who commissions them to fetch bits and bobs (cow, slipper, cape, hair etc) from the forest so she can break the spell, Danny DeVito as the giant, Steve Martin the big bad wolf and Roseanne Barr as Jack’s mother, fed up with her son’s bad haggling. A fresh cast – including Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon – were cued up by Jim Henson in the late 90s, before the curtain fell on that, too. Then, after the success of rootin-tootin »
- Catherine Shoard
“Be careful what you wish for” warn the ads for “Into the Woods” — an apt summary of the movie’s theme, and also the mindset of many a Stephen Sondheim fan ever since it was announced that the composer’s popular 1987 Broadway musical was being turned into a film. But such fears are swiftly allayed by director Rob Marshall, who, um, marshals Sondheim’s cavalcade of fairy-tale all-stars on to the screen in a faithful, never particularly inspired, but supremely respectable version — one that outclasses Marshall’s prior “Chicago” and “Nine,” to say nothing of this season’s two-ton musical monstrosity, “Annie.” Strong reviews and family appeal should earn Disney much more than a bunch of magic beans at the holiday box office, with a long shelf life to follow.
It certainly took Hollywood long enough to see the forest for the trees where “Into the Woods” was concerned. A »
- Scott Foundas
Charlie Sheen could just attach a DVD of Steve Martin in "Little Shop of Horrors" to explain his defense in a lawsuit claiming he assaulted a dental technician ... because the actor blames it all on the gas.Sheen just filed legal docs responding to a lawsuit filed by Margarita Palestino, who claims Charlie grabbed her boob and came at her with a knife in October as he sat in a dental chair.She told cops »
- TMZ Staff
You want to celebrate the holidays, but want to do it a little differently? Cinelinx presents this list of our favorite non-traditional holiday films.
It’s a fact. TV networks love the holiday season. It’s their chance to program endless Christmas Story reruns and James Bond marathons. More importantly, it’s a time when the whole family is at home and sitting down in front of the TV. Let’s say you’re tired of the normal selection of holiday films that cycle throughout the day on TV. You’re tired of hearing “Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings!”. You’ve had enough of Macaulay Culkin’s self-defense antics, and Ralphie just maybe deserves to get his tongue stuck to that pole. You are very familiar with how many sizes too small the Grinch’s heart is, and maybe Frosty the snowman is just another migraine waiting to happen. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
There have been far better years for family entertainment, and for animated films, than 2014. Whilst there have been highlights - Paddington, The Wind Rises, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls - the mix of material on offer hasn't particularly sparkled.
A quick glance at the 2015 release schedule suggests, to a degree, the same, with some notably absentees from the year's releases. And yet as we dug deeper for our traditional look ahead at the year's animated films, there might just be some real treats here. Starting with this one...
Rydstrom, a hugely acclaimed sound designer, »
Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.
The sadly forgotten Christmas comedy Mixed Nuts (1994) has been a holiday viewing tradition for me since its release 20 years ago. Co-written and directed by Nora Ephron from the earlier French film Le père Noël est une ordure (1982), Mixed Nuts bears almost no resemblance to the director's more famous romantic comedies. The holiday farce deals with the staff of a Los Angeles suicide hotline (Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson) who must contend with a bickering pair of expectant parents (Anthony Lapaglia, Juliette Lewis), a melancholy cross-dresser (Liev Schrieber), a quirky ukulele player (Adam Sandler) and other assorted characters as they face eviction as well as a serial killer known as The Seaside Strangler on Christmas Eve.
So much of Mixed Nuts is the exact »
- Frank Calvillo
Michael Jackson as Star-Lord. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Drax the Destroyer. Grace Jones as Nebula. Vanity as Gamora. Christopher Lambert as Ronan the Accusser. Carl Weathers as Rocket and Andy Warhol as The Collector. Plus, it's a liitle hard to read the fine print but Frank Welker as Groot and Steve Martin as Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey. Also notice that the screenplay is written by George Lucas and Rusty Lemorande. Let this awesomeness permeate through your body and know that in some alternate reality, maybe...just maybe, this movie exists. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is now available for purchase on digital on-demand, blu-ray and dvd. »
DreamWorks Animation just unveiled the trailer for its upcoming animated "Home" movie, voiced by Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez. Check it out below. Plot: When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Parsons). The two fugitives realize there's a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime. The new movie is set to hit conventional, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on March 27th, 2015. Trailer: »
Directed by Frank Capra
Written by Robert Riskin
When Frank Capra came upon the 1933 Samuel Hopkins Adams story “Night Bus,” he thought it would make a great film. He bought the property and took it to screenwriter Robert Riskin, with whom he had worked a few years prior on Platinum Blonde (1931). The script was set to be Capra’s next feature for Columbia, then a lower-rung studio where he was their preeminent director. The problem? Nobody wanted to make the film. Several top actors and actresses of the day turned down the picture, Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard, and Myrna Loy among them. Clark Gable, not yet the caliber of star he would become, eventually accepted the male lead, and Claudette Colbert eventually (and reluctantly) took the female lead … under the condition that her $25,000 salary would be doubled, which it was. The film’s entire budget »
- Jeremy Carr
DreamWorks Animation has released another trailer for their new animated sci-fi comedy adventure, Home. The story is based on the book written by Adam Rex called The True Meaning of Smekday. Home looks like it will be a fun flick for the kids, and I'm sure there will be a few parents out there who will enjoy it as well. Will I be one of them? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. The movie was directed by Tim Johnson and stars the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons, and Steve Martin. Here's the synopsis:
When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of »
- Joey Paur
After the marching bands and giants balloon characters parade by on TV… After all the college and NFL football games are played out… After the plates are cleaned of the last turkey drumstick and final piece of pumpkin pie… what better than to cuddle up with our loved ones and watch some good, wholesome family favorites on Thanksgiving!
In honor of the holiday and before you head out the door to catch all the Black Friday sales, check out Wamg’s list of some of our favorite family-friendly movies to watch on Thanksgiving Day.
Wizard Of Oz
For many years this 1939 masterpiece was truly event television. Before home video and cable TV, the only way to see this (outside of revival movie theatres and colleges), was once a year (usually on CBS). Families would gather around the tube for a chance to visit that magical enchanted land (just think of »
- Movie Geeks
20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have unveiled the new trailer for their highly anticipated film, Home. Let this intergalactic 3D animation take you out of this world when it hits the big screen on March 27, 2015.
When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.
- Melissa Thompson
When Prince William and Kate come to New York City for their Dec. 7-9 visit, they will be staying at one of Manhattan's swankiest residential hotels, the Carlyle on Upper Madison Avenue. Not only was the landmark where William's mother, Princess Diana, stayed when she first wowed New York in the 1980s - the hotel then became her residence whenever she visited the city - but more recently it was the home of Broadway and 30 Rock legend Elaine Stritch. President John F. Kennedy maintained a suite in the towers, and his guests included Marilyn Monroe (other Presidents have gravitated toward »
- Simon Perry and Stephen M. Silverman
Following on from the latest poster comes a new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s extraterrestrial comedy adventure Home, which you can check out below after the official synopsis…
When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.
The post New trailer for »
- Gary Collinson
Five months after the first trailer debuted back in June, DreamWorks Animation is giving fans another glimpse at Home with the second trailer, starring voice actors Jim Parsons and Rihanna.
When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there's a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.
If the second trailer wasn't enough, we also have two more videos where Rihanna teaches Jim Parsons how to take the perfect selfie, and another where the co-stars interview each other.
Home comes to theaters March 27th, »
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