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You’ve seen smoother, more elegant con movies than “American Hustle,” but probably none quite so big-hearted or so rudely, insistently entertaining. As directed by that master of modern farce, David O. Russell, this sprawling fictionalized account of the notorious Abscam case is less a dramatic FBI procedural than a human comedy writ large, ringing a series of screwball variations on themes of duplicity and paranoia against a dazzling ’70s backdrop. Deliriously funny and brilliantly acted by a cast of Russell returnees, the film is also overlong, undisciplined and absent the sort of emotional payoff that made “Silver Linings Playbook” so satisfying, which could affect its otherwise solid theatrical prospects. Still, this star-studded Sony prestige release is a near-continual pleasure to spend 135 minutes with, repeatedly hitting that comic sweet spot where corruption and buffoonery collide.
After putting his sharp but crowd-pleasing stamp on the boxing drama with 2010’s “The Fighter »
- Justin Chang
Nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards were announced and "Frozen" and "Monsters University" led the pack with 10 nominations each. "Despicable Me 2" and "The Croods" followed closely with 9 noms each.
I am rooting for "Frozen" to win! It's a return to form to what Disney does best -- affecting fairy tale with memorable musical numbers. "Monsters University," on the other hand, was bland. The film bored me on second viewing.
Steven Spielberg will receive the Winsor McCay Award for career achievement at the awards ceremony happening on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Patrick Warburton will serve as host.
2013 Annie Award Nominations
1 . Best Animated Feature
A Letter to Momo . Gkids
Ernest & Celestine . Gkids
Frozen . Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Wind Rises . The Walt Disney Studios
2 . Annie Award for Best Animated »
When it was released twenty years ago, The Nightmare Before Christmas was not an immediate success. However, over the following two decades, it has become one of the most beloved holiday movies, and composer Danny Elfman admits that autograph seekers inevitably have The Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise for him to sign above all other films he has worked on. When the 15th Anniversary 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD was released in 2008, Elfman joined in with producer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick to record a commentary track. This track, along with many of the other bonus features, is also included on the 3D Blu-ray, which was released in 2011 (and likely all other annual releases as Disney moves forward). Seeing as we’re at the half-way point between Halloween and Christmas, and since it is the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, it seemed appropriate to revisit the film and hear what the filmmakers had to say »
- Kevin Carr
With Christmas just around the corner, we have teamed up with Paramount to give away 3 bundles of festive movie titles, from classic, to cult and modern.
We have 3 copies of all-time classic White Christmas, as well as Bill Murray’s brilliant take on the Christmas Carol tale, Scrooged, and recent animation release Rise Of The Guardians to give away to 3 lucky WhatCulture readers.
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Now available in stunning high definition, White Christmas is a treasury of Irving Berlin classics, among them ‘Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep’, ‘Sisters’, ‘Blue Skies’, and the beloved holiday song, »
- Simon Gallagher
I don’t know if it’s a gift or a need to do it,” observes Rolfe Kent (Wedding Crashers). “When I heard something on the radio I would spend time figuring it out, working it out.” Movies were also a source of intrigue. “I remember seeing Railway Children  as a kid and loving it. The point when I put the two together was when I was about 11 or 12 and realized I would have music in my head when I got home from the cinema.” The epiphany led to the British youth pursuing a career as a self-taught composer. “The business doesn’t require training. I started in student theatre and then did industrial videos and student shorts. I worked my way up. »
Winona Ryder may be joining the cast of Beetlejuice 2, the sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 horror-comedy, the actress told with The Daily Beast in a recent interview. "I'm kind of sworn to secrecy," Ryder said. "But it sounds like it might be happening."
Rumors of a second Beetlejuice began circulating last month when news slipped out that Burton was in talks to direct and that Michael Keaton was expected to reprise his role as the titular wisecracking ghost. The script was written by Seth Grahame-Smith – author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
The Spoof, or Parody, movie has long been a mainstay of the comedy genre. Though it offers writers and directors the chance to transcend the formula they are imitating there is a very fine line between success and failure. An understanding of the form is as important as a healthy disregard for it, and many of the examples below do push the genres they spoof to ridiculous extremes. As we usher in the release of The Starving Games on DVD and VOD this week we wanted to look back at past efforts of this enduring genre.
There’s a case to be made that some of the films gathered under the umbrella of the Parody Movie are so successful they become notable examples of the genre they spoofing. Edgar Wright’s films in particular are loving tributes to a their particular genre but in each case they become far more than a mockery. »
- Jon Lyus
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a superhero movie... and they've taken over Hollywood with their superpowers and Spandex costumes. The Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best
• Top 10 action movies
• Top 10 crime movies
• Top 10 arthouse movies
• Top 10 family movies
• Top 10 war movies
• Top 10 teen movies
• More Guardian and Observer critics' top 10s
10. Iron Man 3
Shane Black's jagged-edged debut in the Marvel hotseat might easily have been a by-the-numbers "threequel", especially with star Robert Downey Jr out of contract and The Avengers' stupendous box office success a year earlier. Instead, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director delivered the series' best instalment so far via a perfectly-pitched twist that comes about as close as the superhero genre will ever get to its very own Crying Game moment.
Ben Kingsley's nefarious Mandarin is a preposterous, shadowy Bin Laden clone with a big bushy beard »
Even though it’s November now, we’re still not done with October-Themed Halloween Month. So, Sketchy keeps it goin’ with the “Beetlejuice” animated series. Later there’s a game, but we start the episode discussing the movie “Gravity,” and it has nothing to do with anything. Enjoy!
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by Danny Elfman
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- Ryan Clagg
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Rock Star has staked out a unique niche in the music market by releasing kid-oriented instrumental versions of just about every musical genre in existence – pop, classic rock, metal, punk, country, jazz, R&B, movie & TV themes... you name it, they've probably turned it into a soothing lullaby, or they will eventually (they take requests at their official site). Seriously, you haven't lived until you've heard bedtime renditions of Slayer's “Raining Blood” or “Sweet Transvestite” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. With Disney's animated classic A Nightmare Before Christmas back in theaters for Halloween, Ttlrs's parent company Roma Music Group has unveiled a collection of lullabies based on Danny Elfman's immortal songs from the film. The entire soundtrack is represented here, and everything from the anthem "This is Halloween," the softly melancholy "Sally's Song" and the upbeat "What's This?" gets the warm and fuzzy treatment. Here's »
- Gregory Burkart
If the last week of October arrived without a healthy dose of Halloween-oriented programming ... well, it couldn't be the last week of October.
As people of all ages get ready to celebrate, with or without costumes, various television networks will be doing the same. Here's a sampling of some of the offerings intended to be treats more than tricks.
"The Good Witch's Destiny" (Sunday, Oct. 27, Hallmark Channel): Repeating from its premiere the previous week, the sixth of Catherine Bell's fantasy movies makes the birthday of her supposed-sorceress character Cassie quite memorable.
"Paranormal Activity" (Sunday, FX): Which forces are causing a young couple (Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat) great alarm in their home? They use video equipment to find out in this cost-effective 2007 horror hit.
Animated kiddie fare is a dime a dozen these days. This year alone, we’ve seen far too many cartoons collapse due to subpar stories, from The Croods to Epic to Despicable Me 2, so much so that the occasional bright spots (Turbo) are just not enough to make most critics look forward to reviewing animated family films (Pixar aside).
Luckily, next year looks much more promising on that front; the first trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman features an immediately engaging mix of animated dazzle and cute historical gags.
I’m looking forward to seeing this new take on the Peabody’s Improbable History segments of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The Trojan horse gag in this trailer is particularly good, but there’s a lot to like about the new Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The animation is flawless, the central trio’s time-travelling shenanigans should »
- Isaac Feldberg
If something like "The Smurfs," which was based on a dated and largely unpopular animated series from the past, can spawn a franchise worth hundreds of millions in box office and merchandising, it stands to wager that the new DreamWorks Animation adaptation of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," from the old "Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," can do the same. Based on the new trailer, things are looking pretty good.
Based on the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," the movie has genius inventor dog Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell from "Modern Family") scurrying around with his adopted human Sherman (Max Charles) to fix the course of human history after Sherman and his classmate, Penny (Ariel Winter), jump in the Wabac machine and mess things up royally.
The trailer is cute and features a bunch of funny historical gags, which hopefully bodes well for the finished film, which opens March 7. DreamWorks Animation »
- Drew Taylor
Long-awaited sequel to the 1988 ghost comedy looks set to reunite director with original's star Michael Keaton
Keaton also looks likely to return to his best known role. The first film centred on a young, recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who find themselves haunting their old home. They enlist the help of Beetlejuice, a mischievous freelance "bio-exorcist" ghost, to scare away the obnoxious new family which moves in but soon discover they may have bitten off more than they can chew.
- Ben Child
News Simon Brew 22 Oct 2013 - 06:45
The story so far on the sequel to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. When the film proved to be a brilliant, surprise hit for Warner Bros in 1988, plans started then to put together a sequel. The idea that was being followed at the time was Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, which would have seen Michael Keaton back in the title role, and Tim Burton back to direct.
A screenplay for that was put together, but for whatever reason, the project never want forward. Beetlejuice 2 was packed in ice. Then, more recently, it was revealed that David Kazenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (the latter of whom worked on Tim Burton's recent movie, Dark Shadows), were working on a new script for Beetlejuice 2. At that stage, Tim Burton was not »
David O. Russell didn't tinker too much with what already worked in establishing the talent for his forthcoming "American Hustle." The picture finds him tag-teaming with "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter" stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Robert De Niro once again and his desire to continue previously satisfying collaborations extends to the score as well. 'Playbook' found Russell working for the first time with Danny Elfman, and once again, he's tasked the composer with the job of tuning up his film. "This week I’m finishing up a film for David O Russell called 'American Hustle.' I’m also starting on a big animated film for Dreamworks called 'Mr Peabody & Sherman,' " Elfman told The Big Issue. The composer, perhaps best known for his work with Tim Burton, is no stranger to dramatic fare, having delivered scores for last year's "The Promised Land" and "Hitchcock. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By Charles Webb
Does he even want to come back? That's the position the "Man of Steel" and "The Dark Knight" trilogy Hans Zimmer finds himself in according to a piece on Vulture. With the first round of shooting for "Superman vs. Batman" kicking off over the weekend in Los Angeles, Zimmer says he hasn't yet been invited back yet to score the film by director Zack Snyder--and even if he was, he's not sure he'd return.
Quite seriously, the thought right now is that no, I don't want to go and take what I did with Chris and just plonk it into another movie. There isn't one good reason to do it, and there are so many good reasons not to do it.
Zimmer goes on to say that he enjoyed working with Snyder on "Man of Steel," but he also appreciated the finality of the "Dark Knight »
- Splash Page Team
Call me a score snob, but one of the biggest issues I had with Marc Webb’s promising franchise opener, The Amazing Spider-man, was James Horner’s seemingly incongruous compositions. You couldn’t go a scene or two without some horn action or a leitmotif that seemed to plagiarise the rest of his work, making things a little distracting. Granted, it would always be hard to live up to Danny Elfman’s rousing theme from Sam Raimi’s trilogy, but Horner’s work never quite fit this Marvel outing.
Composer extraordinaire, Hans Zimmer, will be scoring Marc Webb’s 2014 sequel, and, after providing some of the most iconic themes post-John Williams, Andrew Garfield should be swinging to something pretty special. Arguably, Zimmer’s involvement will significantly change the tone from the first of Webb’s Spidey films, but the announcement of new cast members Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper »
- Emma Thrower
Fans of Midnight Syndicate know that they have been writing and developing eerie music for years. Now the band members want to bring their nightmarish music to the live stage and are looking to their devoted following to help them get there.
From the Press Release
After 17 studio albums, including three horror movie scores and a motion picture of their own, Gothic Halloween horror music composers Midnight Syndicate have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a multimedia concert experience. Entitled Midnight Syndicate Live! the Halloween horror-themed show will feature a unique blend of live Midnight Syndicate music, original films, music videos, and live theatre.
"We want it to be a feast for the eyes as much as the ears," said band member Gavin Goszka, "a unique show that is not only a »
- Scott Hallam
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