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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Supernatural shenanigans starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sister Act's Kathy Najimy as a trio of 17th-century witches who return to raise hell in modern-day Massachusetts. As their unwitting emancipators, it's up to teenager Max (Omri Katz), his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and a talking black cat to undo the curse and return the spell-slinging Sanderson girls to the netherworld. Former choreographer Kenny Ortega directs with the sort of tempo that made him a perfect fit for the High School Musicals. »
It was as if the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica was transformed into the Cafe Wha? circa 1962 on Nov. 13 as a star-studded crowd packed the venue to be wowed by the power of unadulterated vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments.
The occasion served as a salute to the Joel and Ethan Coen and music producer T Bone Burnett and their film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” about the early Greenwich Village folk scene and one hapless singer’s plight for artistic recognition. Oscar Isaac, who plays the title role, was among the performers, including the Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek and the Milk Carton Kids, singing such songs as “Fare Thee Well” and “Green, Green Rocky Road” from the film’s soundtrack. Steve Martin, too, got up on stage and treated the assembled to a bit of banjo, as well as a certain fiddle player named Sara Watkins, who sang a heartbreaking version of »
- Steve Chagollan
What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? In an ode to all things spook-tacular, we interrupt your daily programming with a few DVR Halloween treats: family-friendly flicks like Hocus Pocus and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! and to cut the sweetness, a Stephen King killer clown and an American entrepreneur with some serious bite. Happy Halloween!
All times listed are Eastern.
Masters of Sex, 10 p.m., Showtime
Couples are now part of their sex studies. Dr. Masters is nervous about becoming a new dad.
Two teens and a tiny »
- Jennifer Arellano
Looks like the stars of "Hocus Pocus" had a witchin' good time!
The cast of the 1993 cult favorite movie gathered last weekend for D23's special 20th anniversary screening at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It was a hoot to see the three young stars of "Hocus Pocus" all grown up and in their thirties - Thora Birch, Omri Katz, and Vinessa Shaw.
"Hocus Pocus" was a horror comedy about the three Sanderson sisters (Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bette Midler) who are resurrected after three centuries by a pair of kid siblings and their friend on Halloween night. With the help of a talking cat named Binx (Jason Marsden), the trio must defeat the witches before their town is doomed.
Najimy was the only one of the movie's adult actors to join the reunion and posed with her costume on display. She tweeted:
halla to all »
- Kelly Woo
It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus, but we witches sure love it! On Saturday, Oct. 19, Hocus Pocus castmembers reunited 20 years after the film's 1993 release at an official Disney fan club meeting (in Burbank., Calif. Among those in attendance? Thora Birch (Dani Dennison), Kathy Najimy (Mary of the Sanderson Sisters), Omri Katz (Max Dennison) and Vinessa Shaw (Allison, Dani's classmate and Max's crush). The two remaining Sanderson sisters—Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker—were not in attendance for the nostalgic get-together. Fans, however, made up for their absence by dressing in their likeness for the Hocus Pocus celebration. Props from the movie—including the Winifred »
Max, Allison and Dani together again! The stars of the 1993 beloved Halloween chestnut Hocus Pocus reunited at D23's 20th Anniversary Screening at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Hocus Pocus tells the tale of three sister witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) who are resurrected after 300 years on Halloween night by teenage boy Max (Omri Katz). To stop the witches from reigning terror of Salem, Massachusetts, he teams up with little sister Dani (Thora Birch), crush Allison [...] »
Talk about a Halloween treat!This weekend, the stars of the classic Disney flick "Hocus Pocus" reunited in Burbank to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary -- and we've got your first look at some awesome photos from inside the intimate affair.Thora Birch (Dani), Omri Katz (Max), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), Kathy Najimy (the hilarious Mary Sanderson) and Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson) were all on hand at the screening and Q&A -- an exclusive event for D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.Check out some photos from the event below:Thora Birch, now 31, posed for photos while wearing the exact same hat her character wore as part of her Halloween costume in the movie.Kathy Najimy posed next to Mary's costume, her cauldron and Winnie Sanderson's spell book. How great does she look these days?!Omri Katz, 37, took time to take photos with fans at the event, which was »
- tooFab Staff
With the eve when the veils between worlds is at its thinnest around the corner, it’s difficult not to think of the day’s most prominently featured figure: the witch. Below is an essential viewing list, ranging in genre and targeted age group, of filmic work that showcase witches (loosely defined for our purposes) and show just how badass and horrifying these heralds of the supernatural can be.
This anthology television series, which premiered last week, promises another visually stunning horrifying boundary pushing work with its third season. Coven begins by following young Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who discovers her supernatural roots in a rather gruesome incident and is then whisked off to a private school for ‘talented’ young women. Set between the present day and the 1830s, Coven promises a panoply of witch-related themes including witch hunts, »
- Pamela Fillion
As if you hadn’t already noticed, we are going through a boom of films made from comic books or graphic novels. On the whole, they’re quite a popular choice for cinema goers and to that we say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Next up is Rurouni Kenshin, which is based on the popular manga of the same name by Nobuhiro Watsuki; and tells the story of ex-assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satô) who has made a vow never to kill again. Now a wandering samurai, Kenshin protects those in need in hope of reparation. Finding a home at a failing dojo, he becomes entangled in a string of murders related to a drug ring. His vow is put to the test when those he’s come to care about are threatened by his troubled and violent past…
With Rurouni Kenshin hitting the big screen on October 4th, »
- Phil Wheat
Welcome horror fans to the UK debut of the October edition of Horror Bites, the Horror Channel’s monthly guide to some of the highlights coming your way; and which this month comes from the heart of horror in the UK – Frightfest!
This month the horror channel celebrates horror old and new, with a line-up that reflects some of my personal favourites – including the amazing thriller Crawl, the cult-classic Class of Nuke ‘Em High, the little-seen Wes Craven/Linda Blair flick Sunmer of Fear, the 80s heavy metal horror Trick or Treat as well as Goblin, Paperhouse, the Thora Birch starring Train and the remake of My Bloody Valentine. It’s a vertitable Halloween of horror! »
- Phil Wheat
Film School Rejects has already dubbed it "probably the worst Kickstarter campaign ever made" and with good reason. The Kickstarter campaign for "Kate Allen Is Getting A Life" is riddled with problems, starting with the fact that the campaign's name -- "Film W/Thora Birch, Heather Matarazzo, Jennifer Elise Cox -- doesn't feature the film's title. We don't mean to pick on this particular campaign since many others make the same mistakes, but given the fact that the campaign was created by Linda Stuart, who presents herself as an industry expert, we think it's fair to use this project as a noteworthy example of what not to do on Kickstarter, or when crowdfunding in general. With a little over $40 in funding so far, it's highly unlikely that the project will reach its goal. Here are some lessons to take from Stuart's misguided Kickstarter campaign: 1. Don't give your project a generic or vague name. »
- Paula Bernstein
This is probably the worst Kickstarter campaign ever made. Granted, it doesn’t have pay-me-to-stalk-Adam-Sandler comic appeal (or that project’s success!), but it does feature an individual with purported ties to the industry failing at every single level and offering a great teaching moment for people seeking crowdfunding (or a rubbernecking opportunity for everyone else). That’s the good news. There’s a lot of advice buried in the rubble. According to her website, Linda Stuart is a former lecturer at the American Film Institute, a former staff story analyst at Paramount and a script consultant for hire who will provide a full script overview (with handwritten and typed notes) for only $1,200 (a steal! (note: not a steal)). Now she wants $5M to make a comedy called Kate Allen is Getting a Life that might star several actresses who were popular in the late 1990s. She emailed us asking to publicize the campaign, and »
- Scott Beggs
1. The iPod is released-- and it's so damn big.
3. For the one time in history, The Backstreet Boys and *Nsync performed at the same time, on stage at the American Music Awards. Let's just say it was larger than life.
4. "Life of Pi" forever changes how we look at truth... and tigers.
5. And who can say if your love grows, As your heart chose? Only time...
7. R&B star Aaliyah tragically dies in a plane crash at 22 years old. Rip Aaliyah.
8. "Donnie Darko" becomes a cult hit, and a go-to Halloween costume for artsy high schoolers. »
- Priscilla Frank
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
DVD Release Date: Sept. 3, 2013; Digital Release Date: Aug. 6, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Wolfe Video
An offbeat family of New Yorkers, the Petunias, comes to terms with their own misgivings about life, relationships and the sheer unpredictability of love itself in the 2012 independent comedy-drama film Petunia.
The movie weaves together the lives of brothers Charlie (Tobias Segal, R.I.P.D.), Adrian (Jimmy Heck), and Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas) as they unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them.
While Michael’s cynical wife Vivian (Thora Birch, American Beauty) discovers she is pregnant, the family is also changing. Charlie’s would be boyfriend George (Michael Urie, The Decoy Bride) is in a polyamorous relationship with fitness fanatic Robin (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) and Adrian has developed an unrelenting sex addiction. Meanwhile, meddling parents Felicia (Christine Lahti, ...And Justice for All) and Percy (David Rasche, »
The cult-classic coming-of-age dramedy "Now and Then" features Gabby Hoffman, Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, and Ashleigh Aston Moore as Samantha, Roberta, Teeny, and Chrissy, four friends learning about life and love in 1970.
Pretend, for a moment, that Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson didn't play their grown-up counterparts in the 1995 movie, and that the young ladies instead blossomed into four iconic Manhattan-based besties.
[via Vulture] »
- Laura Larson
We have your exclusive first look at the poster for Petunia, in theaters tomorrow!
Petunia weaves together the lives of brothers Charlie (Tobias Segal), Adrian (Jimmy Heck) and Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) as they unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have engrained in them. While Michael's wife Vivian (Thora Birch) discovers she is pregnant, the family is also changing. Charlie's would be boyfriend George (Michael Urie) is in a polyamorous relationship with fitness fanatic Robin (Brittany Snow) and Adrian has developed an unrelenting sex addiction. Meddling parents Felicia (Christine Lahti) and Percy (David Rasche) must decide whether to reignite the spark in their relationship or start all over again.
Petunia was released June 28th, 2013 and stars Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Christine Lahti, Michael Urie, Tobias Segal, David Rasche, Jimmy Heck. The film is directed by Ash Christian. »
Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to develop a "Dungeons & Dragons" movie. "Wrath of the Titans" writer David Leslie Johnson wrote a script in 2012 known as "Chainmail" that was to be developed at Warner Bros. The as-yet untitled "D&D" movie will be based on that script, with some tweaks to it more in the style of that world-famous role-playing game. The original script took its cues from the pre-"D&D" tabletop wargame with the same name, developed by Gary Gygax. The sort of fanbase that enjoys "D&D" is the stuff that studio execs dream of, but there's not really a way to capture the spirit of the open-ended game system on film. The storyline is co-created by the players and led by one Dungeon Master, with the adventure unfolding based on throws of the dice and minute-by-minute decisions. Trying to "reboot the franchise for a new generation, »
- Jenni Miller
Warner Bros has acquired the rights to film a Dungeons and Dragons movie reboot.
The studio is reported to be "quite far along" in the project, adapting a script that was originally based on Gary Gygax's D&D precursor Chainmail.
It nevertheless went on to spawn two straight-to-dvd sequels - 2005's Wrath of the Dragon God and 2012's The Book of Vile Darkness.
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