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We've all sat through plenty of awful movies with no redeeming qualities, but every once in a while a bad movie is released that's actually a treat for the eyes. Story doesn't make sense? At least the costumes are pretty. Horrible dialogue and acting? Just hit the mute button and appreciate the cinematography. Dull, one-dimensional characters? Well then, just focus your attention on the lavish apartment they live in. In celebration of these "bad movies that look great," the HitFix staff has compiled a list of ten notable films made by everyone from sometimes-acclaimed directors such as Tim Burton and Brian DePalma »
- Chris Eggertsen, Dan Fienberg, Katie Hasty, Josh Lasser, Dave Lewis
Greetings from the apocalypse! This here is my twentieth weekend column, which seemed like as good a time as any to reach out to my fellow weekend road warriors to say if you have any suggestions for upcoming films/local weekend events to feature in future editions just write me on Twitter. Signed 8 x 10 glossies will be sent to fans at my secretary's discretion. But seriously, write away — give this wandering rōnin of the desert some feedback, yo.
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I'm admittedly not a huge fan of the "Hangover" franchise — only in America and possibly France could such a thing spawn a franchise — so when I tell you "The Hangover Part III" has nary a laugh or even »
- Max Evry
While he probably won.t be remembered for his lackluster directorial efforts like Freedomland and America.s Sweethearts, Joe Roth is quite adept at producing, and his decades-long career has been heating up over the last few thanks to some major box office earners. Oddly enough, he seems to be most successful when working with fantastical fairy tale stories, which he did with Tim Burton.s Alice in Wonderland, Sam Raimi.s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Rupert Sanders. Snow White and the Huntsman. And now he's ready to do it again. Deadline reports Universal Pictures have won a hard-fought auction for rights to the young adult novel The School for Good and Evil, and that Roth has teamed up with the studio and Jane Starz Production to get the movie made. The novel was written by first-time author Soman Chainani, and it is (of course) the first in »
This is an unused poster design for Tim Burton's original Batman film with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The poster the studio ended up using became iconic, but this one is pretty cool too. It also comes along with an interesting tag line.
In the not too distant future, law will have no meaning, courts will have no power and justice will have no champion, and then he will return.
That doesn't really sound like the movie that was made. Return from what? In fact, Cbm points out that it sounds more like Judge Dredd, and I have to agree.
You can see more unused posters for movies like Pulp Fiction, Oceans 11, The Exorcist, and Unforgiven over at daybees. »
- Joey Paur
Poster Simon Brew 23 May 2013 - 06:17
One of the most striking features of the sizeable promotional campaign for Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster Batman was the poster. A simple, straight image of the Batman logo, it was pretty much everywhere in the build-up to the film's release, and was one of many ingredients that led to Batman being arguably the first modern-era blockbuster. It was certainly the first to really show how important the opening weekend could be to a film, and arguably sowed the seeds to the first weekend-driven ad campaigns we get with modern cinema.
But things could have been different. Over at Daybees, the site has gathered together a collection of alternative versions of movie posters. These were the drafts that never made it, and amongst examples for Unforgiven, Mystic River, The Exorcist »
After a warm reception in Chicago this past spring, the musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s phantasmagorical 2003 film Big Fish will be hitting Broadway this fall, and EW has an exclusive clip to get you ready for the circus. Here in its entirety is “Time Stops”, featuring two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) and Tony-nominee Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow), one of several new tunes penned by composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party). The production features a book by John August (who also wrote the film) and is directed and choreographed by »
- Jason Clark
Oscar 2014: (Flexible) maximum of two winners in Best Animated Feature Film category (photo: 2013 Best Animated Feature winner Brave) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced another rule change for the 2014 Academy Awards. This latest change affects the Animated Feature Film category. According to the Academy’s press release, from now on there will be "a maximum of two award recipients" for Best Animated Feature Film, one of whom must have a producer credit. And that’s where things get a bit confusing. Despite the "maximum of two" Oscar recipients, "the director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded." In other words, it’s a flexible two-person maximum. Last year, at most two individuals were listed per nominated film in the Best Animated »
- Andre Soares
The Weinstein Company is in advanced negotiations to acquire all U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 3D adventure pic “The Young and Prodigious Spivet,” in what will be one of the highest-profile deals inked at Cannes.
Adapted from Reif Larsen’s novel by Jeunet and his scribe partner Guillaume Laurant (“Amelie”), the English-language “Spivet” centers on a 12-year-old boy (Kyle Catlett) with extraordinary skills who leaves his family in Montana and takes off on a cross-country adventure to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to receive a prize.
Pic will be digitally remastered by Imax and will be released in France Oct. »
- Elsa Keslassy
As mentioned in my previous article showcasing the majesty of a gun-toing Russell Crowe as Jor-El in the first character poster, there’s rarely a day goes by without some glorious Man Of Steel goodies leaving us to salivate over the upcoming Superman epic. I’ve rarely felt this excited for such an awesome superhero ensemble and brings back the memories of sneaking into a screening of Tim Burton’s Batman, way back in 1989.
Zack Snyder’s is the man tasked with breathing new life into the iconic character known for donning the red and blue spandex. Only this time, Henry Cavill’s Kal-El will look a lot cooler than the late Christopher Reeve in the costume. Fingers crossed the film is a massive hit, so we can stand behind our hero and join him in the sun for future instalments.
Check out these brand new images giving us a »
- Craig Hunter
As Cannes swings into full-throttle funhouse mode, there is much to like in this year's offerings, but the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis tops my list of competition contenders so far
At the Cannes film festival the showroom sits so close to the garage that the action in one bleeds through to the other. It's early evening and I'm sitting on the press balcony, struggling to compose a hasty review of one movie while the premiere for another plays out beneath me. The red carpet is 50 yards to the right. The music is pulsing, the crowds are roaring and the celebrities are passing just under my nose.
Standing beside me, jostling my shoulder, a European radio journalist provides an excitable running commentary. "Justin Timberlake!" he keeps screaming. "Justin Timberlake!" How many times can he scream Justin Timberlake? Either the man is having a galloping nervous breakdown or Timberlake has come »
- Xan Brooks
The most honest magicians never use the word “magic” – they’re illusionists; they make believable that which can’t possibly be, and that’s what Harryhausen was: a master illusionist who made us believe that his table-top constructions of fabric and clay and metal were massive, mighty creatures out of legend, out of fantasy, out of our nightmares. He was a master of stop-motion animation; moving his creations a fraction o
f an inch per frame to create the illusion of flying saucers toppling the Washington Monument (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 1956), a tremendous octopus threatening the Golden Gate Bridge (It Came from Beneath the Sea, 1955), or an impossible prehistory of cave men battling dinosaurs (One Million Years B.C., 1966). When he passed, a generation of filmmakers who’d grown up watching his work at movie house matinees and Saturday night monster movie TV slots saluted him, acknowledging how his work had inspired them. »
- Bill Mesce
Right after my Deadline Hollywood colleague Pete Hammond moderated a Weinstein Company panel this morning on Big Eyes, the film that Tim Burton will direct with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, I moderated another on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny, a sequel to the 2000 film that won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and at the time became the biggest grossing foreign language film in America. I was joined onstage by producer David Thwaites, Harvey Weinstein, actor Donnie Yen, director and martial arts choreography legend Yuen Wo Ping (he handled action choreography of the Ang Lee-directed original Crouching Tiger). Also with us was exec producer Anthony Wong, who translated for the director. Michelle Yeoh was seen on a screen, after being set to reprise her role. Scripted by John Fusco, this film is derived from Iron Knight, Silver Vase, the fifth book in the Wang Dulu’s Crane Iron Pentalogy. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Founded on the iffy premise, raised here by Nicolas Winding Refn, that the combination of a cult book plus a cult director would have equaled a bigger-than-“Star Wars” worldwide sci-fi sensation, “Jodorowsky’s Dune” indulges one of film history’s more entertaining “what if” stories. Before David Lynch spectacularly botched a bigscreen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” Alejandro Jodorowsky, cinema’s shaman of psychedelia, had a spectacular go at the job. Nearly 40 years later, first-time director Frank Pavich attempts to re-create that vision (in our imaginations, at least). Expect fanboys to flip and minds to be blown over the highly entertaining result.
The year was 1974. After almost singlehandedly inventing the midnight-movie phenomenon with “El Topo,” Jodorowsky had scored a second hit — in France, at least — with his massive head trip, “The Holy Mountain,” prompting producer Michel Seydoux to encourage whatever project the director might want to do next. »
- Peter Debruge
Fox and NBC have announced their fall lineup, and it’s hard not to notice some similarities between their offerings. Even beyond the standard “here’s a family comedy! Here’s a parenting comedy! Here’s some new police procedurals!” the premises of these shows are remarkably similar. So similar, in fact, that it’s like Armageddon and Deep Impact happening right in your living room. For example, both networks have… 1. A Show Based on a 90s Interpretation of a 19th Century Novel Over at Fox, we have Sleepy Hollow, about how the Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane is somehow brought back to life in modern times to fight the Headless Horseman in a modern day Sleepy Hollow… probably. It’s honestly pretty difficult to make it through that whole trailer without cringing, but it does seem to be taking its cues from Tim Burton’s 1999 Sleepy Hollow flick, in that both change Crane’s career from »
- J.F. Sargent
Like many youth in 1988, the release of Tim Burton's Batman ushered in a renewed interest in reading the Dark Knight's comic book adventures. That summer, I borrowed stacks of Detective and Batman comics and devoured them in late night cramming sessions. Many of those comics were illustrated by Norm Breyfogle.
Breyfogle's Batman continues to be one of my favorite depictions of the character. His grim look and long ears remind me of how Bob Kane first envisioned and drew the Caped Crusader. Breyfogle also co-created Ratcatcher and Anarky, which are two of the most memorable super villains of the late 1980s.
When it was announced Breyfogle was providing the art for the digital series Batman Beyond Unlimited, I couldn't have been more excited. Now it's been released in a collected paperback edition entitled Batman Beyond Unlimited: 10,000 Clowns. Breyfogle got even more recognition when DC released a comic book preview »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield will be reteaming for the film The White Circus, which is being executive produced by Terry Gilliam. The film will be a dark fairy tale that has been described as an "adventure-romance that takes place on a snowy New Year’s Eve, when a young pilot crashes his plane into a war-torn town on his first mission. There, he falls in love with a beautiful cabaret singer, befriends a talking circus bear and incites the townsfolk to liberate themselves from a despot."
The movie is being helmed by first time feature film directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who were described by producer Gregoire Melin as being "worthy heirs of Gilliam, Jim Henson and Tim Burton," adding that "their work boasts an ever bigger crossover appeal while being smart and innovative." They directed the Oscar-nominated animated short Madame Tutli-Putli, which you can watch below. It »
- Joey Paur
Things macabre, Victorian and aurally and visually arresting are in store for fans of American singer, songwriter and Devil’s Carnival actress Emilie Autumn, who sat down recently with us to chat regarding her new single Fight Like a Girl, her new band Platonic Friends, and Episode 2 of Devil’s Carnival.
Read on for the Q&A and more!
With Autumn’s video for Fight Like a Girl having dropped recently (see it below), which was helmed by Devil’s Carnival and Saw series director Darren Lynn Bousman (and based on her autobiographical novel The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls), the singer and artist riffed on her collaboration with the filmmaker, her new band with actor Marc Senter (writer’s note and an exclusive: he and fellow actor Noah Segan have signed on to star in writer and director Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch’s feature Starry Eyes!), and a whole lot more. »
- Sean Decker
No other than Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal! The actors are in early talks to join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the musical "Into the Woods" according to HuffPost. The two will be playing a pair of self-involved princes in the film. I'm guessing one will be playing Rapunzel's prince and the other, Cinderella's prince. There will be singing involved! Not quite sure about Gyllenhaal but we've seen Pine belt it out in the 2010 drama "Small Town Saturday Night" where the actor played a country singer. He even sang in the film's theme song "Someday Came Today."
But before "Into the Woods," Pine will be seen as Captain Kirk in the new flick "Star Trek Into Darkness."
For a little history of "Into the Woods" and what it's about, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Into the Woods is a musical with music »
“Circus” is the first full-length directorial effort from Canadians Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who earned recognition in Hollywood with their Oscar-nominated animated short “Madame Tutli-Putli.”
Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Gatsby’ kick off the Cannes Film Festival
“Circus” is an adventure-romance that takes place on a snowy New Year’s Eve, when a young pilot crashes his plane into a war-torn town on his first mission. There, he falls in love with a beautiful cabaret singer, befriends a talking circus bear and incites the townsfolk to liberate themselves from a despot.
- Elsa Keslassy
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce The Joker 1989 Mime Version Dx Sixth Scale figure from Hot Toys. Revisiting Tim Burton's classic Batman film, Jack Nicholson comes to life with an elegant costume, specially designed figure stage with backdrop, and Hot Toys' patented Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (Pers). The The Joker (1989 Mime Version) Sixth Scale Figure features:Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Jack Nicholson as The Joker in the Batman (1989) movieApproximately 30 cm tallTrueType body with over 30 points of articulationDetailed hair sculptureParallel Eyeball Rolling System (Pers) patented by Hot Toys LimitedHighly detailed make-up, gesture and wrinklesSix (6) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:One (1) pair of open palmsOne (1) pair of relaxed palmsOne (1) right finger pointing palmOne (1) right palm for holding featherEach piece of head sculpt is specially hand-paintedOne (1) black tall hatOne (1) black tailcoat with white flowerOne (1) white shirtOne (1) white vest with »
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