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16 items from 2011


The TVLine-Up: 6 Web Series Worth Watching

24 November 2011 12:20 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Happy Thanksgiving, people of the web! While the turducken is in the oven, pop open the laptop and consume some tryptophan-free web content before a family member sends you on a grocery run for gravy. This week, ’90s television stars awkwardly resurface, the elvin assassin wraps up her video-game inspired series, the crooner behind “Smelly Cat” logs back on and soap superstar Genie Francis turns up on a wacky mockumentary. Go ahead, be thankful.

Aim High | Just as romance begins to bloom between Nick and Amanda, the arrival of Clancy Brown’s Big Bad torpedoes their bleacher bliss. High school »

- Sheryl Rothmuller

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Brian Wilson on the Beach Boys, Gershwin and his upcoming biopic

16 November 2011 2:05 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

In 1966, after The Beach Boys masterwork, "Pet Sounds," the band planned to follow up their success with an album called "Smile." But as so often happens complications arose and somewhere during the many recording sessions between the spring of '66 and the summer of '67, the band fell apart. The master tapes were shelved, and the record was never released. Though the band was destined to release many more albums afterward, that album plagued by disputes and Brian Wilson's breakdown in '67, never saw a proper release. Wilson eventually released his own critically acclaimed solo version, but in the legendary songwriter's own words, the original 1966-'67 "Smile Sessions" just finally released after 44 years is perhaps more "interesting."

I talked with Wilson, whom I was told loved Broadway musicals more than anything, and though that proved not to be wholly accurate, he certainly loves Gershwin more than anything. We talked about his favorites, »

- Brandon Kim

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EW Extras: 'Better Off Dead...' Blu-ray has no bonus material?! Director Savage Steve Holland helps us create our own set.

2 August 2011 12:35 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

John Cusack stars as a teen who repeatedly tries to commit suicide while trying to win back his ex-girlfriend with the help of an incredibly versatile French exchange student – and gets stalked by a paperboy who wants his $2 while barreling down a mountain on one ski — and yet there’s not one extra on the new Better Off Dead… Blu-ray that’s out today? What?!

It’s time to bring back EW Extras, a recurring column that allows us to right these kind of tragic wrongs (see also: Weekend at Bernie’s) and create the DVD extras that never were. »

- Mandi Bierly

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The Alien Beach Crashers Are Here Probing Humanity One Bikini Bottom at a Time!

13 July 2011 4:29 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

That's right, kids! Scantily clad hot chicks are here to kick some alien ass, and they're taking no prisoners and breaking no nails! What are you waiting for? Bust out your lube ... err ... I mean lotion and get to ... umm ... oh, just watch the damn thing already!

Team Unicorn is back with a new spin on the classic beach party movies of the 60’s. This comedic homage, “Alien Beach Crashers”, tells the story of pesky intergalactic invaders ruining the grooviest beach party ever! The girls of Team Unicorn play classic roles from “America’s Sweetheart” Annette Funicello to the quirky Professor’s daughter who’s never been kissed. Guest starring Zachary Levi (Chuck), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Abraham Benrubi (ER, Robot Chicken) and Magda Apanowicz (Caprica).

For more make sure you dig on the official Team Unicorn website and get friendly with Team Unicorn on Facebook!

Visit The Evilshop @ Amazon! »

- Uncle Creepy

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Tomorrow, When The War Began 2 (2012): Cities Fight for Production

7 July 2011 12:46 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Tomorrow, When the War Began 2 (2012)’s, the sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began, production location has not been settled. Writer/director Stuart Beattie from Tomorrow, When the War Began is supposedly returning (written about here: I, Frankenstein’s Stuart Beattie delays Tomorrow, When the War Began (2012)) as are cast members Caitlin Stasey, Phoebe Tonkin, Deniz Akdeniz, Ashleigh Cummings, Chris Pang, and Andrew Ryan. We previously wrote about the film moving forward here: Tomorrow, When the War Began 2 (2012): Sequel Moving Ahead.

From The Herald:

The Nsw Government says it will fight to keep production of Tomorrow When The War Began 2 in the Hunter after reports the Gold Coast was trying to lure the movie sequel to Queensland.

On the original film, Tomorrow, When the War Began:

The $27 million action movie was shot around the Hunter in 2009, with Raymond Terrace, Dungog and Maitland providing backdrops…the film brought $2.9million and »

- filmbook

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Britney Spears 'Femme Fatale' tour: Who should join as Enrique Iglesias' replacement?

30 March 2011 8:54 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Now that Enrique Iglesias has backed out of a summer tour with Britney Spears, the "Femme Fatale" tour is in desperate need of an opening -- excuse us, co-headlining -- act. So who could be her hero, baby? 

We here at Zap2it have a few ideas for who should hit the road with Brit Brit this summer. Before you even get started in the comments, yes, we know that most of these would never happen. But it sure is fun to imagine, isn't it? Let's get started...

Demi Lovato: Demi is on the upswing from a very public rehab stint and we're sure her fans would flock in droves to support their girl. Aside from bringing together two generations of pop fans, girlfriend can actually sing. We think she could provide a little balance to Brit's undoubtedly lip synced spectacle. Not to mention, she kind of owes her »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Are audiences growing up – and can Hollywood grow up with them?

26 March 2011 10:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Trying to get Hollywood to change direction is not unlike trying to steer an elephant by poking it in its thick-hided ass with a matchstick; it doesn’t exactly respond like a Maserati.

And that’s a problem because there are some box office signs suggesting the American movie industry needs – may, in fact, desperately need, and soon – to change the path it’s been cannon-balling along on since the late 1970s.  Unfortunately, Hollywood’s history suggests nobody should hold their breath waiting for someone to turn the wheel until after that bus has gone over a cliff.  American moviemaking is great at glomming on to technological innovation – Dolby sound, 3-D, CGI — anything that brings in a crowd by offering a showier show.  The industry’s track record on what to do when the crowd stops coming — on divining and interpreting and appropriately responding to changes in the cultural landscape — is, »

- Bill Mesce

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Carey On

12 March 2011 1:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Andreas from Pussy Goes Grrr here, to celebrate an oft-forgotten cult figure. Friday marked the 82nd birthday of Timothy Agoglia Carey (1929-1994), one of Hollywood's consummate weirdos. Carey worked for four decades as a character actor, generally playing villains or oddballs. Whatever the size or significance of the role, he tackled it with sleazy gusto, complete with verbal tics and a grotesque snarl. His eccentric presence added considerably to movies like the psychedelic Head and two of the Frankie-and-Annette beach party movies, where he played the nefarious, scenery-chomping South Dakota Slim.

However, Carey's most memorable roles came with two renowned directors »

- Andreas

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Funicello's Home In Blaze Drama

10 March 2011 5:31 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The California home of actress Annette Funicello has been partially destroyed by fire.

The blaze broke out on Thursday morning at the Beach Blanket Bingo star's Encino home. Three occupants of the house were taken to hospital as a precaution, according to the Los Angeles Times. It is not known if the actress was one of those.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the blaze was contained in less than 30 minutes, but had destroyed memorabilia in the house and furniture.

The house is not listed in ailing Funicello's name, but neighbours insist the actress, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, has lived there for several years. »

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Annette Funicello's house burns; former mouseketeer treated for smoke inhalation

10 March 2011 3:31 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Annette Funicello was rushed to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation after her Encino, Calif. home burned early Thursday (March 10) morning.

Funicello, a former mouseketeer and star of countless '60s-era beach-themed movies opposite Frankie Avalon, was taken to a medical center for treatment and firefighters put out the blaze in less than 30 minutes. Still, pictures show massive damage to Funicello's home. According to Ktla, there is no word yet on the cause of the blaze, though investigators are, umm, investigating.

Funicello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1980s and is reportedly wheelchair-bound.

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- editorial@zap2it.com

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Mouseketeer Great Annette Funicello Suffers Smoke Inhalation in Home Fire

10 March 2011 2:01 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Annette Funicello is one lucky lady. The former lead Mouseketeer was one of three people rushed to the hospital Thursday for possible smoke inhalation after her suburban L.A. house caught fire. The blaze at the Encino, Calif., home started in the early morning hours and was first reported around 7:21 a.m. Firefighters were quickly on the scene and managed to subdue the flames in about a half-hour. The 68-year-old Funicello was taken by ambulance to a nearby medical center, along with an unidentified man and woman said to be her husband and nurse. One of the women, believed to be Funicello, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was in a wheelchair. All three are reportedly in good condition. No word »

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Annette Funicello's House -- The Fiery Damage

10 March 2011 11:00 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Original " Mickey Mouse Club " star Annette Funicello is said to be in good condition after a fire ripped through her L.A. home this morning -- and fortunately, her old movie posters survived too! After the fire was reported at 7:21 Am -- firemen raced to the scene and extinguished the blaze in 24 minutes.  Officials say three people were transported to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation ... but they wouldn't confirm if Annette was among those treated. »

- TMZ Staff

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Character actor Frank Alesia dies

6 March 2011 11:22 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Character actor Frank Alesia died of natural causes in Carlsbad, California on February 27th. He was 65 years old. Alesia was born Born in Chicago, Illinois and came to Hollywood in 1964 and first appeared in Bikini Beach from Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello films and Beach Blanket Bingo as well as the 1966 comedic horror The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Other appearances include That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Room 222, The Flying Nun and The Odd Couple. Frank Alesia also served as a director on Captain Kangaroo as well as an executive consultant on Laverne and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Sharon, two children and his sister Lucille. »

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Character actor Frank Alesia dies

6 March 2011 11:22 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Character actor Frank Alesia died of natural causes in Carlsbad, California on February 27th. He was 65 years old. Alesia was born Born in Chicago, Illinois and came to Hollywood in 1964 and first appeared in Bikini Beach from Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello films and Beach Blanket Bingo as well as the 1966 comedic horror The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Other appearances include That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Room 222, The Flying Nun and The Odd Couple. Frank Alesia also served as a director on Captain Kangaroo as well as an executive consultant on Laverne and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Sharon, two children and his sister Lucille. »

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Lisa Whelchel: What is Blair from 'The Facts of Life' up to?

25 January 2011 6:23 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Thanks to TMZ, Lisa Whelchel, best known as Blair on the '80's television show "The Facts of Life," is experiencing a little Google trends love. Whelchel spent nine years on the popular NBC show and was a Mouseketeer for "The New Mickey Mouse Club" before that. So what is the former Blair Warner up to these days?

Whelchel, 47, finished filming the show in March of 1988 and married her husband Steve on July 9, 1998. On her website, she describes him as "brilliant, good-looking and he loves to serve - an awesome combination. He holds down two jobs, which enables me to be a stay-at-home mom." The two have three children, Tucker, Haven and Clancy.

Whelchel started MomTime Ministries, which is a group of moms who meet weekly to encourage and other and learn from each other. MomTime has four main elements: Friends, Food, Faith and Fun. She is also the founder »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story DVD Review

9 January 2011 10:09 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Surprisingly, there have been very few serious and in-depth documentaries produced though the years about Walt Disney, his company, or his life as a creative genius.  Walt started his career in the first quarter of the 20th century as a pioneer of technical achievements in animated film production, and moved to the conceptualization and development of the world’s first theme park.  The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story is one of the first documentaries about a specific era in Walt’s lifetime.  The film looks into the careers of a few of his specially handpicked staff while focusing on the music of the Sherman Brothers (Robert and Richard).  The hook here is that for all of the famous and happy-go-lucky Disney music that they wrote, they did not get along with each other very well. My DVD review of the film, after the jump. The Sherman Brothers quirkiness and interpersonal »

- Rob Klein

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