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9 items from 2014

Meme: Joan Rivers Walks Out of Live CNN Interview, Russell T. Davies Bemoans Lack of Gay Characters, On What Planet Is Sam Smith Overweight?

5 July 2014 8:21 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Burger King upsets the haters, the rise of the intergenerational gay couple, why George Takei loves America even when it betrayed him

Fresh off calling Michele Obama a “tranny,” Joan Rivers sat down with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield to talk about her new book. After some joking around, Whitfield asked legitimate questions, like if Rivers felt she was mean to celebrities, or how she could call herself an animal rights activist and wear fur on the cover of her book. It was at that point that Rivers told her she was the wrong person to interview someone who does humor, and left the set of the live interview. I get that Joan thinks being a comedienne gives her a blank check to say whatever she wants, but it doesn’t excuse her from answering to it, and reporters aren’t just there to be a part of your PR machine. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Sr Geek Picks: Top 10 Batfleck Photoshops, ‘Harry Potter’ vs. ‘Twilight’ & More

5 July 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find a Fourth of July rap song; what happens in The Dark Knight Risesafter Bane destroys the Gotham Rogues’ Stadium; the top 10 Ben Affleck Batman fan manipulations; Elsa’s twin;  Looney Tunes’ voice actor Bob Bergen mimicking Mel Blanc’s Porky Pig. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!

To kick things off today, Flavorwire has 10 Great New-to-Netflix Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend.

If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!


Fourth of July – Rosa G (Official Music Video)

Fourth of July is here, everybody. Can you believe it? Get ready for grilling and chilling.


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- Justin Vactor

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"Woody Woodpecker" Flying Closer To The Big Screen

23 June 2014 2:06 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment ("Despicable Me") originally planned for a CG animated "Woody Woodpecker" feature, looking to 'modernize' the character with a screenplay by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky

But Illumination, flush with cash from their "Despicable Me" franchise, dropped the "Woody" movie, allowing Universal to continue working with a veteran animator who will revive the 'original' Woody for the big screen:

"It's official folks," said "Eek! The Cat" creator Bill Kopp.

"Universal Pictures has hired me to put the 'Woody' back in the 'Woodpecker'! Hooray!! There will be 3 stories woven together into a feature length cartoon - plus a 6-7 minute short that we will put into theaters..."

Woody Woodpecker was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who previously laid the groundwork for 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Daffy Duck' @ the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in »

- Michael Stevens

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What Were Hoskins' Best Films and Performances?

30 April 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Bob Hoskins dead at 71: Hoskins’ best movies included ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit,’ ‘Mona Lisa’ (photo: Bob Hoskins in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with Jessica Rabbit, voiced by Kathleen Turner) Bob Hoskins, who died at age 71 in London yesterday, April 29, 2014, from pneumonia (initially reported as “complications of Parkinson’s disease”), was featured in nearly 70 movies over the course of his four-decade film career. Hoskins was never a major box office draw — "I don’t think I’m the sort of material movie stars are made of — I’m five-foot-six-inches and cubic. My own mum wouldn’t call me pretty." Yet, this performer with attributes similar to those of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, and Lon Chaney had the lead in one of the biggest hits of the late ’80s. In 1988, Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which seamlessly blended animated and live action footage, starred Hoskins as gumshoe Eddie Valiant, »

- Andre Soares

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Live Action For "'Pepé Le Pew"

20 April 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Warners continues to develop a live-action/CG feature based on their 'French Skunk' cartoon character 'Pepé Le Pew'.

'Le Pew' and his love interest, 'Penelope Pussycat', would be CG characters, with the rest of the film, live action.

Created in 1945 by Chuck Jones, the Pepé Le Pew character starred in over a dozen animated short films for Warners, with Jones' "For Scent-imental Reasons", winning an Oscar for Best Animated Short Subject (Cartoons) in 1949.

The charming skunk, would stroll around Paris in the springtime, looking for 'l'amour' conquests, while his malodorous stank, unknown to him, chased everyone away.

Storylines typically involve Pepé in pursuit of what appears to be a female skunk, that is actually a black cat ('Penelope Pussycat') who has had a white stripe painted down her back, often by accident (as by squeezing under a fence with wet white paint). Usually Penelope runs away from Pepé, not only because of his putrid stench, »

- Michael Stevens

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"Bugs Bunny": " I Wanna' Easter Egg, I Wanna' Easter Egg !!!

20 April 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek "Easter Yeggs", the 1946 "Looney Tunes" animated short, released theatrically June 28, 1947, directed by Robert McKimson.

Story is by Warren Foster, with layouts by Cornett Wood and backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas. Voices are by Mel Blanc with Arthur Q. Bryan as 'Elmer Fudd'.

The title is a play on 'Easter eggs' and on 'yegg', a slang term for a burglar or safecracker.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Easter Yeggs"...


- Michael Stevens

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"Woody Woodpecker" Flying Closer To The Big Screen ?

13 April 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Will Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment ever make their big screen CG "Woody Woodpecker" theatrical movie, that they have been promising for years ?  

Woody Woodpecker was created in 1940 by storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who previously laid groundwork for "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930's.

The 'anthropomorphic' acorn woodpecker cartoon character soon appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio, including "Andy Panda", distributed by Universal Pictures.

Woody's character and design would evolve over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined look.

Woody was originally voiced by actor Mel Blanc, who was succeeded by Ben Hardaway and later by Grace Stafford, the wife of producer Walter Lantz.

Woody Woodpecker cartoons were first broadcast on TV in the 1957 cartoon series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show", which featured Lantz cartoons (including director »

- Michael Stevens

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Larry Moss, Dialect Coach, Dies at 83

10 March 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Larry Moss, dialect coach, as well as diction and acting tutor for many in Hollywood, died at his home in Santa Monica on Feb. 19. He was 83.

Moss prepped hundreds of film, television and theater actors for challenging roles. He was a master at accents with an ability to imitate not only dialects but the voices of many great actors, including Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. This gift extended to helping others with the various aspects of creative choices relating to voice and expressions of a character.

Moss was also an actor himself who voiced character and dialect roles in more than 300 films, appearing himself in some of them. He did half of the male character voices in one of the “Pippi Longstocking” films.

Moss taught his special abilities as a university-level lecturer and in private workshops; he also presided over Esl classes at Los Angeles City College. He frequently taught »

- Variety Staff

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Espn Sources Says No 'Space Jam 2' Planned; LeBron James Himself Shoots Down Report Too

23 February 2014 5:46 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You were so excited. Deadline reported late on Friday that development would begin on the sequel to the 1996 animated/live-action "Looney Tunes"-centered hit "Space Jam" as a starring vehicle for Miami Heat star LeBron James. But Espn writer threw cold water on the report the same evening. See the tweet below.   While the animated toon is well-remembered and perhaps adored by anyone who didn't grow up with "Looney Tunes" during the Mel Blanc era, "Space Jam" didn't even break $100 million domestically during the day and only grossed $230 million in 1996 worldwide. Adjusted for inflation, that's $343.5 million in 2014 dollars, but it's still a far cry from a major hit when you consider the $100+ million budgets, P&A and the grosses of major animated family fare these days.  Deadline reported that Charlie and Willie Ebersol were working on a script, however a person with knowledge of the situation told USA Today Sports »

- Edward Davis

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