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When the announcement of a Poltergeist remake hit the internet, it was next to impossible to ignore the cries and groans from friends/acquaintances who were absolutely livid at the thought of one of horror’s classics being given the dreaded redux. Never letting that sway my interest in giving everything a fair shake, I decided to go for it and gave my hard earned money to my local cinema and…was it the worst thing ever, like so many fans crying “foul” predicted it to be? No. With that being said, was it the best thing ever? Nope,not even close. There have been worse remakes of horror royalty in recent years..*cough* Nightmare On Elm Street *cough*,but let’s face it…you fright fanatics work hard for your money, and well, I decided to sacrifice a small part of my weekend to watch it, so you don’t have to. »
On Thursday, I saw the Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember)-directed movie Poltergeist, a remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 masterpiece. David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful, Rise of the Guardians) re-adapted the script from the original film, which had been conceived and co-written by Steven Spielberg. I expected the new movie to completely suck, so I'm surprised to disagree with many of my fellows and say that it's not great, but it's sort of okay.
If you haven't watched the 1982 Poltergeist, which stars Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams and Zelda Rubinstein, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. Find it on disc or online. It's the apex of family horror films and the greatest haunted house movie ever made, so it's little surprise Kenan would be chosen to direct the remake, based on his earlier Monster House. Hooper's original figures heavily in this review, and you »
- Mike Saulters
Director Gil Kenan's work on "Poltergeist" is, like his work on "City Of Ember" and "Monster House," smart and focused and technically adept. He has done about as good a job as anyone would have done with David Lindsay-Abaire's screenplay based on the 1982 film, and the same is true of the cast. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams are all very good at what they do. The various visual effects houses and tech departments on the film all did what they were hired to do, and taken as a whole, "Poltergeist" is professional and slick and entirely fine. It's also unnecessary in every way. There are a few moments here and there where Kenan pieces together a few images or a few new ideas, and in those moments, we get a glimpse of the potential for doing a new "Poltergeist." For the most part, though, »
- Drew McWeeny
What made Tobe Hooper's -- or Steven Spielberg's, depending on whom you ask -- Poltergeist so iconic was how it blended a mix of humor, heart and character with the same atmosphere and tension. It became the rare mainstream Hollywood thriller with just the right technical and creative talent to shine. In turn, Gil Kenan's 2015 remake is disappointing in how it's basically the opposite: cold, generic and entirely ho-hum. It's by no means the worst horror remake of late, but that it has the skills behind-and-in-front of the camera to exceed and only settles on mediocrity makes this re-imagining almost as degrading. Kenan's take follows the Bowen family, which includes the recently unemployed Eric (Sam Rockwell), his wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children -- older daughter Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), son Griffin (Kyle Catlett) and youngest daughter Madison (Kennedi Clements) -- as they've just moved into a new suburban home. »
- Will Ashton
The argument over who directed Poltergeist - the credited Tobe Hooper or producer and co-writer Steven Spielberg - weirdly reflects the tone of the 1982 hit, which starred Craig T. Nelson as a father who moves his family into a California suburb built on a Native American burial ground. The film melds some genuinely strange and galvanizing images of the home rebelling against its new owners with a healthy dose of the thoughtful family dynamics that made E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind so distinct. In a way, one could see Hooper as the malevolent, unbound spirit trying to burst through the veneer of Spielberg's impeccably designed environs and relatively mild strain of sentimental hokum. [caption id="attachment_461657" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Associated Film[/caption] Both Hooper, the ingenious wild man behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Spielberg are obsessives when it comes to the realms of the supernatural onscreen, clearly versed in creature features, »
- Chris Cabin
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the official details for the Blu-ray release of the comedy hit Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2), Kevin Hart (The Wedding Ringer), Alison Brie (Community) and Craig T. Nelson (Blades of Glory), which is due for release on June 30th.
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When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other. »
- Scott J. Davis
For its home video debut, Get Hard is getting a new unrated cut that will extend the film's run time from 100 minutes to 107 minutes. It's unknown whether any of the deleted scenes present in the bonus features are integrated back into the film for the new cut. Get Hard also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie and Craig T. Nelson.
Pre-order Get Hard on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo for a discounted price at Amazon.com.
The high definition edition of Get Hard will be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features include the following:
Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow
Get Hard Line-o-Ramas
The Kevin Hart Workout
Face Off »
As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
NBC has announced its primetime schedule for 2015-16, with returning highlights including Season 9 of The Voice; Undateable back, shooting every episode live; and Heroes returning as Heroes Reborn (pictured below). Speaking of live programming, NBC will air the latest of its live musical events with The Wiz Live! in December. Among new series, there will be another spinoff in NBC’s popular “Chicago” franchise, with Chicago Med bowing midseason. Craig T. Nelson, fresh off the network’s Parenthood, will return to NBC in the reboot of his ’90s sitcom Coach. “We’re attacking the new season with the same programming strategy that successfully turned NBC around — a slate of provocative and innovative series and events that cut … Continue reading →
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- Jeff Pfeiffer
To quote one of the bad guys from Mortal Kombat: It has begun! In anticipation of this week's upfronts schedule, NBC dropped an announcement of their 2015-16 lineup, including hugely anticipated bows of series such as Game of Silence, People Are Talking, and Blindspot, the latest mystery series from the intensely busy Greg Berlanti. A lot of the material sounds, at the very least, interesting, but considering this being a visual medium and all, pictures speak much more than words. So, NBC has offered us a hefty look at the season of premieres that will be up for viewing upon the kick-off of the 2015-16 season, after already getting our first glimpse at Heroes Reborn. The pictures also cover Superstore, a new workplace comedy starring America Ferrera; The Player, an action-drama teaming Wesley Snipes with Philip Winchester; Heartbreaker, about one of the few female heart surgeons in the world, »
- Chris Cabin
It’s official. Kind of. Brad Bird will direct a follow-up to his brilliant Pixar movie The Incredibles. The director confirmed the news to the film website Collider as he started on his world tour to promote his latest movie Tomorrowland.
“I had a lot of ideas for the original Incredibles that I didn’t get a chance to use, that I like. I have ideas that I wanted to pursue a little bit and there wasn’t enough time in Incredibles. There are new ideas I have, and I think there are enough of those together to make an interesting movie. I’m just focusing on getting Tomorrowland out into the world and playing with the Incredibles sandbox again.”
The site asked him if The Incredibles 2 would be his next project:
“Yeah it feels like it to me, yeah.”
The Incredibles, released in 2004, revolved around married superheroes Mr. »
- Paul Heath
On the hells of yesterday's renewal announcements, NBC has unveiled its full primetime schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 TV season. Here are the highlights: Greg Berlanti's mysterious drama Blindspot starring Jaimie Alexander (Thor) lands the coveted post-voice spot on Monday Night's at 10 pm. This makes six series for Berlanti in the 2015-16 season, Blindspot and the renewed The Mysteries of Laura on NBC, Arrow, The Flash, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow on The CW and Supergirl on CBS. Heroes Reborn kicks off a new "strengthened" programming bloc on Thursdays and will lead into NBC's top-rated show, the James Spader-led The Blacklist. Heartbreaker, starring Melissa George, will fill the Tuesday 9 pm slot, followed by Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris at 10 pm. The return of Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox in Coach receives a midseason order alongside Eva Longoria's Hot & Bothered and the newest installment in Dick Wolf's "Chicago" franchise, »
- Haleigh Foutch
NBC is the first broadcast network to unveil its schedule for the 2015-16 TV season, and the biggest news regarding returning shows involves a delayed start for Chicago Fire (blame Neil Patrick Harris!) and a super-powered Thursday lead-in for The Blacklist (hello, Heroes Reborn!).
Also of note: Greg Berlanti’s new conspiracy thriller Blindspot has landed the coveted post-Voice slot on Mondays, NBC is going with comedies in Friday’s opening hour, pairing the all-live Undateable with the new Mark-Paul Gosselaar sitcom People Are Talking and Craig T. Nelson’s Coach revival is sidelined until midseason.
Related 2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? »
NBC has released full-length trailers for its new fall series. Among the nine new drama additions to the 2015-16 schedule are Jennifer Lopez's Shades of Blues; The Player, toplined by Wesley Snipes; the Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago Med; Game of Silence; Blindspot and Heartbreaker. NBC also has Heroes Reborn, the event miniseries The Reaper and Emerald City. Photos: Broadcast TV's New Shows for 2015-16 Season The network is looking to rebuild its comedy brand yet again after renewing only one (Undateable). NBC will roll out six new offerings, which are a revival of the hit sitcom Coach starring Craig T. Nelson,
- Kate Stanhope
This summer, a brand new vision of Poltergeist will arrive in theaters everywhere and terrify a whole new generation of fans. While I’m going to reserve my judgments on just how that version is going to fare until I see it on May 22nd, I thought this made for a perfect time to revisit Tobe Hooper’s original film, which has remained one of my favorite horror movies for over three decades and is still one of the greatest and most effective haunted house films of all time.
The first time I saw Poltergeist, I was only 5 years old and, suffice to say, my childhood was forever changed on that fateful day. Growing up, I was raised by a single mom and we lived in a trailer park, so I guess I always viewed families with both parents who could afford to live in a "real" home as individuals »
- Heather Wixson
“Crowded” is a multicamera series about an empty-nester couple who are starting to reclaim their wild side when their two daughters unexpected move back in. Patrick Warbuton and Carrie Preston star with Miranda Cosgrove and Mia Serafino as the daughters. Martin is exec producing for Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills banner.
America Ferrera and Ben Feldman topline the “Superstore” ensemble in the show that revolves around employees of a big-box chain store. Justin Spitzer wrote the pilot and exec produces with David Bernad and director Ruben Fleischer.
“Talking” two diverse couples who are neighbors and best friends. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Yesterday, the nominations for the 5th annual Critics Choice Television Awards were announced. The sister group to the Critics Choice Movie Awards, this is what could be looked at as a bit of an Emmy Awards precursor, if you will. I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to TV and this awards season (it’s mostly film or bust for me in that regard), but I watch a handful of shows and follow along with the race. Not enough to accurately do predictions, mind you, but I did think this nomination announcement was worthy of a mention. As such, today we have the list of Critics Choice nominees, which I’ll be revealing to you shortly. Among the titles that fared best this year with the nominations, we have Justified lead the way with five nominations. Following that, we have The Americans, The Good Wife, and Transparent with four apiece. »
- Joey Magidson
The nominations for the fifth annual Critics Choice Television Awards were announced today, and somewhat of a surprise (although a very welcome one) was the love given to Justified for its final season. The FX drama received five nominations in total, including nods for best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who received two nomnations this year, the second for guest-starring work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter, and guest performer for Sam Elliott. In addition to Carter, who is a first time nominee, there were many other brand new names that made this year’s nomination list as well. Other first time nominees include Taraji P.Henson (for Empire), Craig T. Nelson and Mae Whitman (for Parenthood), Eva Green (for Penny Dreadful), Viola Davis (for How to Get Away With Murder), Bob Odenkirk (for Better Call Saul), Aden Young (for »
- Chris King
It’s time to start honoring television again, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association has released their (our) nominations for the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
HBO comes out especially strong with a whopping 27 nominations.
Any release of nominees also means its time to talk snubs, and generally start the wheels of backlash turning, and I want to know you’re reaction.
But, before that kicks off, lets see who the nominees are.
By the way, don’t miss the awards! Sunday, May 31st at 8:00pm Et on A&E!
HBO leads the networks in nominations with 27, followed by FX which garnered 16. Topping the list of nominated series are Justified (FX) and Olive Kitteridge (HBO), both with five nominations. The Americans (FX),Bessie (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Transparent (Amazon) and Wolf Hall »
- Marc Eastman
The critics are out for (new) blood!
Nominations for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday, and the list is chock-full of first-time nominees from rookie hits and established series.
In something of a surprise, FX’s Justified parlayed widespread acclaim for its final season into a leading five nominations, including best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who’s also up for his guest work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter and guest performer for Sam Elliott. »
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