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Celebrating cinematic birthdays for 11/29. Which celebrity would you most like to spank today?
Blond³: Diane, Anna and Cathy
1895 Busby Berkeley, legendary choreographer/director. What would the early musicals have been without him?
1898 C.S. Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia which were made into unfortunately generic movies. He also wrote The Screwtape Letters which I personally pray will never see the silver screen despite Hollywood's efforts. Some books just deserve the undiluted perfection of their original form. Sir Anthony Hopkins played him in the weepy bio Shadowlands (1993)
1918 Madeleine L'Engle prolific author, most famous for Wrinkle in Time
1931 Shintarô Katsu the original blind swordsman Zatoichi
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – One of the most talked about films this year is the Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey backed “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.” Essential to the film is Gabourey Sidibe, who plays the title character of Precious.
Precious is the story of an overweight African American teenager in 1987 Harlem, who is about to have her second child. Rejected by almost every element of social order, including her immediate family, Precious is a story of survival in a world where certain people remain invisible.
Gabourey Sidbide as Precious and Paula Patton as Ms. Rain in ‘Precious’
Photo credit: © Lionsgate
During the Chicago International Film Festival in October, HollywoodChicago got to interview Gabourey Sidibe, along with her director Lee Daniels. Both participants in this one-of-a-kind production brought their perspective on the journey of both Precious and themselves.
HollywoodChicago.com: Lee, this is by far one of the hottest and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Before the tragic sudden death of John Hughes this past summer four filmmakers from Toronto -- Michael Facciolo (producer) , Kari Hollend (producer), Lenny Panzer (co-creator) and Matt Austin Sadowski (director) -- spent four years making a tribute documentary about the reclusive director, nabbing interviews with some of the main actors from his films (Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson to name a few), directors who have been influenced by his iconic work (Kevin Smith and Jason Reitman) and traveling to Illinois last year to find Hughes. After Hughes's death the project suddenly became a hot commodity and got a worldwide deal with Alliance Films which released the film, Don't You Forget About Me, on DVD today. Learn more about the »
- Jason Guerrasio
News has come out today on Variety that the Dimension Films remake of Short Circuit is set to be directed by Steve Carr who has most recently directed Mall Cop! The 1986 version of Short Circuit starred Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy and G.W. Bailey as the mean army dude trying to destroy Johnny 5 even though he was aliiiiiiive!
Variety: Scripted by Dan Milano (”Robot Chicken”), the remake is a robot reboot that brings the iconic Johnny 5 into the 21st century. Built by the military to be a highly sophisticated weapon, Johnny 5 develops a conscience and personality after being hit by lightning. He befriends a lonely boy and his fractured family.
Please don’t wreck one of my childhood favourites Steve! »
- David Sztypuljak
They're calling this a robot reboot and will bing Johnny 5 into the 21st century. If you remember, the film is about Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, who develops self-awareness after being struck by lightning.
The remake's script is written by Dan Milano from "Robot Chicken."
It was inevitable. “Short Circuit”, the story about a robot made by the military to kill, kill, kill, but who, after getting struck by lightning, just wanted to love, love, love, is getting a re-do. The original “Short Circuit” starred Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens and didn’t totally suck at all. The droid (Johnny 5) in the picture looks like a taller Wall-e. Dimension Films has signed Steve Carr ( Paul Blart: Mall Cop ) to direct. I’m assuming this movie will remain a comedy but you never know. A serious idea is imprisoned here. What happens when we build these things to a level where they think they are alive? Is this possible? What is sentience anyway? Is it just programming? Is sentience an evolutionary advantage? Thanks again ComingSoon for the tip. »
Number five is alive. Number five is alive. Number five is alive!
If you’ve forgotten the plot or are under the age of 27, here’s the deal … The military built a highly sophisticated weapon called Johnny 5. But the robot develops a conscience and personality after being hit by lightning.
It appears this time around Johnny 5 will befriend a lonely boy.
At first I was upset with the Blart director doing the remake. But it fits. The first film was cheesy as hell in 1986, so there’s no reason to expect anything else with this one. The one wrinkle is Milano writing the screenplay. »
- Jeff Bayer
Good news, everyone – Steve Carr, director of those comedic colossi, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Daddy Day Care, Rebound and Dr. Dolittle 2, will next focus his considerable talents on the much-needed and eagerly-anticipated remake of Short Circuit. Yay and, if you have the time, woo.The John Badham-directed original, which seems to assumed cult classic status over the years despite not being very good, was about a robot named Johnny 5 who is imbued with sentience by a rogue lightning bolt. On the run from the military, Johnny 5 bonds with Ally Sheedy, and hilarious adventures are had by all.The Carr-directed remake retains essentially the same premise, although this time – for added emotional impact – Johnny 5 will bond with a lonely young boy. Christ almighty.To say our expectations for this movie have plummeted seems a little harsh. After all, they weren’t that high to begin with. And it could »
Johnny Five is still alive. And unfortunately, he's in the hands of a Mall Cop director. Dimension Films has signed Steve Carr (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) to direct Short Circuit, the remake of the 1986 sci-fi film starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg. This abomination, er, remake will be penned by Robot Chicken scribe Dan Milano, and will bring Johnny 5 (originally voiced by Tim Blaney) into the 21st century. This time around, Number 5 will be a highly sophisticated military weapon who develops a conscience and personality after being struck by lightning. But instead of making friends with a babe on par with Ms. Sheedy, Johnny 5 will this time be connecting with a lonely boy and his fractured family. In a syllable, ugh. As a major fan of the original movie, I reserve comment out of sheer unadulterated anger. Please join me in protest below. »
- Neil Miller
I have mixed feelings about this week’s news about Radha Mitchell’s upcoming TV show.
On the one hand, I have wanted to see Mitchell featured ever since I saw her in High Art.
Sure, the movie was depressing, but the relationship between Syd (Mitchell) and Lucy (Ally Sheedy) was, well, hot.
So initially, I loved the idea of Mitchell as Lapd detective Maggie Bird in an A&E series, The Quickening. And the show’s pedigree — it’s written by Jennifer Salt who produces Nip/Tuck — gives the promise that the series will be well done.
However, the premise presents a bit of a conflict for me. Here’s how the press release describes The Quickening:
Mitchell’s character faces the dilemma of having to choose between her meds and her profession. She’s a brilliant detective — so long as she doesn’t take the medicine that regulates her bipolar disorder. »
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to email@example.com Question: Is it at all possible that Shonda Rhimes would bring Isaiah Washington back to Grey's Anatomy for even one episode now that T.R. Knight has left the show? —Ben Ausiello: Listen to me very carefully, because I'm only going to say this once: Never. Gonna. Happen. But Washington kinda-sorta gets a shout-out in this week's episode when Owen-lovin' Cristina utters three shocking words: "I miss Burke." Question: Sounds like you've already seen this week's Grey's, »
- Michael Ausiello
The 30th American Film Market (Afm) has announced 445 films in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres, screening to 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries. Among the seemingly endless list of films screening at Afm are (with the film’s seller in brackets) “Life During Wartime,” directed by Todd Solondz and starring Ally Sheedy, Paul Reubens, Charlotte Rampling and Allison Janney (Fortissimo Film … »
Is Welcome to the Dollhouse auteur Todd Solondz a misanthrope, or a humanist whose characters just happen to engage in ugly, perverse, cruel behavior? For me, the answer has been made clear with Life During Wartime (screening Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9pm), Solondz's quasi-sequel to 1998's Happiness, in which all of the characters are now played by different actors: Todd Solondz starts his latest and finest film to date by introducing us to Joy (Shirley Henderson), whose husband Allen (Michael Kenneth Williams) is not quite cured of his peculiar "affliction." Joy's sister Trish (Allison Janney) is hoping to stabilize her family life by marrying the recently divorced Harvey (Michael Lerner), but her soon-to-be bar-mitzvahed son Timmy (Dylan Riley Snyder) isn’t sure he wants another man in the house—especially as it seems his dead father, Bill (Ciarán Hinds), might not be dead after all. His portrait of these and several »
Every year good films show at the Toronto Film festival that never open anywhere near you. This year some good films played that may never open anywhere, even if you live in Toronto--or New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin or upstairs over a Landmark Theater multiplex. Toronto is traditionally a lively marketplace for the purchase of film rights for new non-studio product: Indies, docs, foreign films. This year Harvey Weinstein paid $1 million for "A Single Man," and that was that. One sale, one movie, one million -- probably as little as Harvey has paid for a movie in some time.
Stands at yellow, rising toward orange
The makers of independent films don't have to send to learn for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for them. The bottom fell out of the market. That doesn't mean there were no other offers, but it means there were none that »
- Roger Ebert
Trash Humpers Directed by Harmony Korine Anyone who enjoyed Korine's previous feature, the funny, surreal Mister Lonely, may have been looking forward to what he was to do next in anticipation of a further expansion into pseudo-accessible territory. Instead, Korine decided to jump off the arthouse deep end with Trash Humpers, a reasonably well-executed conceptual short that somehow found its way to an incredibly tortuous 78 minutes. An "artifact" rather than a film, Humpers is meant to act as a simulation of found art, an odd relic from an unknown universe bestowed to us through some incredibly unfortuitous happenstance. Perhaps if Korine had issued the film (shot on deliberately primitive video) anonymously in a soiled plastic bag, the film might have accomplished just such an effect after being rediscovered by the bored film students of future decades, but as it stands it's merely an intermittently funny but mostly agonizing collection of »
This week marks the end of most of our summer television coverage until news starts to trickle out for next summer. While some shows like Project Runway began in August, they run through to November and can't really be considered a "Summer" show, so with True Blood ending tonight for the season, we can put a nice little bow on the summer of 2009, call it a success, and move on to more pressing matters, like Dr. Gregory House, or Echo the Doll, and the new candy networks are giving us for the 2009 season.
The CW's Vampire Diaries premiered to huge numbers (for the CW) on Thursday night. 4.8 million people watched the show, which is the CW's highest series premiere audience to date. Ian Somerhalder, who plays vampire Damon, said at San Diego Comic-Con that Vampire Diaries "might be an edgier version of Twilight". We will certainly have to wait and see if that happens. »
- Max Alexis
I'm kind of loving Psych's love of all things '80s and Brat Packish. The USA comedy has tapped Judd Nelson to guest star in an episode to air this winter. He'll play a Cdc researcher who specializes in a made-up Ebola-like ailment called Thornburg's disease. In Psych's third season finale, Ally Sheedy was outed as the Ying Yang Killer. Who will they recruit next? Demi Moore as Shawn's quirky aunt older sister? Got a better idea? Post it below! »
- Michael Ausiello
#4 Life During Wartime  Director Todd Solondz Cast: Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy, Allison Janney Ten years ago Todd Solondz won the International Critics' prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his provocative Happiness. The film was highly controversial for its heavy sexual themes, especially its portrayal of Bill, a pedophile and rapist, as a three-dimensional human being with redeeming qualities. Life During Wartime revisits Solondz's unsettling terrain with new maturity, a resurrection of its characters with different actors; Wartime can be viewed as a sequel to Happiness. The film follows a group of people struggling to find a place for themselves in an unpredictable and volatile world. The past haunts the present and imperils the future: ghosts circle and loom, trouble and console. The question of forgiveness and its limits threads throughout a series of intersecting love stories, offering clarity and possibly alternatives to the comforts of forgetting. Visit the Tiff site   http://www. »
In the wake of news that Columbia is shopping for a third Bad Boys movie, I thought we'd take a look at the first one. Not the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence cop movie, but the teen prison movie from the 80's.
I don’t remember which Bad Boys I saw first. I believe the timing was in very close proximity to each other. It’s clear that this version made more of an impression on me, just by the fact that whenever I hear the name Bad Boys, I would think of this film first before Michael Bay’s. Bad Boys is a 1983 film starring Sean Penn, released right after he catapulted into fame with his role as Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. A dramatic film, Penn’s role in Bad Boys was a complete 180 from Spicoli, and mapped the path for his future career in being sullen. »
- Arya Ponto
A week after we all indulged in some serious reminiscing about the master of 1980s teen angst, John Hughes, Hollywood announced today that it's got more '80s nostalgia up its sleeve: the Brat Pack-flick-to-end-all-Brat Pack flicks, St. Elmo's Fire, is being reworked as a dramedy TV series for ABC. The 1985 original, directed by Joel Schumacher, starred a veritable who's-who of young stars of the Reagan era: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare Winningham. They played recent Georgetown University grads figuring out how to be proper yuppies grown-ups. Good idea, or further proof of Hollywood's lack of original thought? Since I suspect the answer to that question will depend largely on casting, let's help out the producers — they include Schumacher and Topher Grace — by throwing some ideas their way, shall we? For now, it's unclear whether Grace will take a role for himself, »
- Missy Schwartz
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