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Under normal circumstances, a failed comedy titled “The Starving Games” might inspire punny put-downs like “malnourished script” or “unappetizing gags.” But, really, a movie as lame as this one doesn’t merit the expenditure of snark. Suffice to say that it is the latest stillborn spoof from filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (whom you may remember, if not forgive, for “Disaster Movie,” “Meet the Spartans” and “Vampires Suck”), and it seems even more slapdash and desperately unfunny than their earlier work. Already available on VOD, the pic is making a fleeting appearance in a handful of theaters, not that its attempt to capitalize on the release of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will delay its passage into homevid obscurity.
This time out, Friedberg and Seltzer stick closer than usual to the plot specifics of their primary target, and only sporadically attempt collateral damage by skewering other pop-culture phenomena. Maiara Walsh »
- Joe Leydon
Among my peers, I am the Batman fan. A lot of the time, however, I am also the only Batman fan (or comic book fan in general). So taking things to the Internet instead of driving my friends crazy allows for great discussions to occur with other Gothamites – though, unfortunately, there’s no escaping the venomous conversations there, either. Batman fans can quickly become mama bear if and/or when their perceived notion of Batman is challenged. Take the casting of Ben Affleck as precedence, and how the news quickly rose to the top of the Twittersphere.
It doesn’t end with Ben Affleck, of course – there are lots of notions that Batman fans tend to get antsy about. Here are the top 10 most sensitive Batman-related arguments amongst Batman purists, many of which a lot of fans seem to have got totally and utterly wrong…
10. Batman Voice Acting
- Sven Adam Svantesson
The Starving Games, 2013.
Good morning hungry citizens of District 12! Don’t forget today is the Gathering Ceremony, so parents please bring your beloved children to the square for a random death lottery." When lithe and fearless Kantmiss Evershot (a dead ringer for Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take part in the winner-takes-all Starving Games, she takes on a whole lot more than we could ever have bargained for including... Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and The Avengers.
Some people would possibly label me as biased here, crying out that I shouldn’t be allowed to review this film due to the fact that I wasn’t a big fan of The Hunger Games film, nor a fan of any of the Scary, Epic, Disaster Movie(s), to which I’d riposte, »
- Gary Collinson
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Courtesy of Warner Archive comes the complete first season of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" on Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 5. This 2-Disc, 26-Episode collection presents the series' inaugural season in all its crisp and clear 1080p High Definition, as it was meant to be enjoyed. A galaxy of Bat-tastic team-ups await as they face any peril including other heroes Outrageously stealing the show in their relentless pursuit of justice. And fun.
Under the aegis of producer James Tucker, "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" bravely challenged modern fan conceptions of The Dark Knight while boldly utilizing the richness of the entire DC Comics universe. The result is a sly and skillful blend of Dick Sprang's Batmen, TV's timeless 1966 incarnation, Bruce Timm's animated series and scores of others which creates a unique show that appeals to fans both new and old. Lead voice »
- Matt MacNabb
Set in the most depressing corner of a post-apocalyptic future, our hero Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh) volunteers to take her manipulative younger sister's place in the 75th annual The Starving Games. In doing so, she must leave behind her smoldering just-a-friend Dale (Brant Daugherty) and team up with the geeky baker's son Peter Malarkey (Cody Christian) in a fight for her life. But wait, there's more! She could also win an old ham, a coupon for a footlong sub at a six-inch price, and a partially eaten pickle! Today, we have an exclusive look at this can't miss spoof comedy that takes aim at today's biggest pop culture milestones. Watch as . We also have two bonus clips before this crude and sexual, violent adventure hits theaters and VOD November 8 with some very colorful language and...Partial nudity! Can't wait!
Maiara Walsh and Cody Allen Christian star in the first Master of Camouflage clip, followed by Brad Daugherty in The Katmiss Fandom clip from The Starving Games. The film from frequent spoofers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Meet the Spartans) also includes Brant Daugherty, Ross Wyngaarden, Dean West and Diedrich Bader. Catch it in theaters, VOD and Digital Download on November 8th, 2013. Set in the most depressing corner of a post-apocalyptic future, our hero Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh) volunteers to take her manipulative younger sister’s place in the 75th annual “Starving Games.” In doing so, she must leave behind her smoldering just-a-friend Dale (Daugherty) and team up with the geeky baker’s son Peter Malarkey (Christian) in a fight for her life. But wait, there’s more! She could also win an old ham, a coupon for a footlong sub at a six-inch price, and a partially-eaten pickle! »
This looks hilarious! Even funnier than The Hunger Games! You knew this was coming: a raucous spoof and they’re calling it…..(get this)……The Starving Games! The title alone cracks me up! Kantmiss Evershot?!.… President Snowballs?!…..Who thinks up this stuff?!? It was Written and Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (the geniuses behind Vampires Suck!) so you know it’s gonna be funny! The Starving Games opens in Select Cities, VOD and Digital Download on November 8, 2013.
Here’s the plot: Set in the most depressing corner of a post-apocalyptic future, our hero Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh) volunteers to take her manipulative younger sister’s place in the 75th annual “Starving Games.” In doing so, she must leave behind her smoldering just-a-friend Dale (Brant Daugherty) and team up with the geeky baker’s son Peter Malarkey (Cody Allen Christian) in a fight for her life. But wait, there’s more! »
- Tom Stockman
Fans of The Hunger Games will be pretty pissed at this one, but I don't think filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (known for quite funny 300 spoof Meet the Spartans and Twilight spanker Vampires Suck, care much. The names of the characters in The Starving Games are quite funny, with Maiara Walsh of TV's Switched at Birth and Zombieland series playing Kantmiss Evershot as opposed to Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the super-successful Hunger Games franchise, the second film of which opens on November 22nd via Lionsgate. Hysterically, there's even Hugh Janus and...Jason Statham? I mean hell, there's even Iron Man and Nick Fury in this poster below. Also in the cast are Cody Allen Christian, Brant Daugherty, Ross Wyngaarden, Dean West and Diedrich Bader. »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Watchmen, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Constantine, Arrow, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Teen Titans Go!, Beware the Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and more...
This week saw Marvel expanding its Cinematic Universe with the studio's first live-action small screen offering as Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson returned from the dead for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premiered in the States on Tuesday (delivering TV's best drama debut in four years, with just under 12 million viewers) before heading to these shores last night. Flickering Myth's writing team were split over the pilot, with Anghus Houvouras delivering a glowing review, and Anthony Stokes feeling »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Archive Collection and The Paley Center for Media, in conjunction with New York Comic Con, proudly present a special event celebrating Warner Archive’s upcoming Blu-ray™ release of Batman: The Brave And The Bold on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 pm. The popular animated television series will be celebrated with an episodic screening and a lively panel discussion featuring Diedrich Bader, the voice of Batman, at The Paley Center for Media in New York City (25 West 52nd Street).
Extremely popular on Cartoon Network, Batman: The Brave And The Bold teams the Dark Knight with some of DC Comics’ favorite and more eclectic heroes, including the Blue Beetle, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Kamandi, Doctor Fate, Jonah Hex, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Mister Miracle and The Atom. The combinations create a perfect mesh of fast-paced action and humor for the first season, which spans 26 episodes.
- ComicMix Staff
Warner Archive Collection and The Paley Center for Media, in conjunction with New York Comic Con, proudly present a special event celebrating Warner Archive's upcoming Blu-ray release of Batman: The Brave and The Bold on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 Pm. The popular animated television series will be celebrated with an episodic screening and a lively panel discussion featuring Diedrich Bader, the voice of Batman, at The Paley Center for Media in New York City (25 West 52nd Street).
Extremely popular on Cartoon Network, Batman: The Brave and The Bold teams the Dark Knight with some of DC Comics' favorite and more eclectic heroes, including the Blue Beetle, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Kamandi, Doctor Fate, Jonah Hex, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Mister Miracle and The Atom. The combinations create a perfect mesh of fast-paced action and humor for the first season, which spans 26 episodes.
As the Warner Archive Collection prepares to release season one of Batman: The Brave and the Boldon Blu-ray for early November 2013, a special panel will be held October 11, 2013 at The Paley Center for Media @ 7 pm as part of New York Comic-Con.
Participating in the discussion will be actor Diedrich Bader (Batman), producer James Tucker, eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue director Andrea Romano, Warner Archive podcasters Matt Patterson and Dw Ferranti as well as some surprise guests.
Fans will be treated to one of the 26 episodes from the debut season along with a selection of clips; the animated program which aired on the Cartoon Network and featured appearances of Blue Beetle, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Kamandi, Doctor Fate, Jonah Hex, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Mister Miracle and The Atom.
A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New »
Check out this awesome behind-the-scenes video from TV Land's comedy "The Exes," featuring star David Alan Basche rapping "On My Sitcom" all around the set as his co-stars make cameos. Hilarity ensues.
"The Exes" just kicked off Season 3, it airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt on TV Land. The June 26 episode, titled "The Holly's Buddies Story," features the return of Diedrich Bader as Holly's boyfriend Paul.
For more fun with "The Exes," check out the official website from TV Land. »
The upcoming (and presumed-to-be-final) season of Psych will be extended by two episodes. For one of the episodes, viewers can vote to decide on the plot.
One thing I’ve learned from watching real estate-themed reality shows is that a dedicated TV fan can usually find a home featured on a TV show pretty quickly. It turns out that skill isn’t limited to people creating their own “Jeff Lewis worked here” maps, as one Mad Men fan found the house used in Sunday’s finale as the whorehouse where Don grew up.
Own just doubled down on soap The Haves and Have Nots, ordering 16 more episodes to go with the 16 episodes initially ordered as part of the first season. The additional expisodes are expected to air next year. »
- Lyle Masaki
Sci-fi and comedy rule this week as I empty my notebook with the latest intel on CBS’s Under The Dome, an interesting alien relationship on Falling Skies and hilarity over at TV Land’s The Exes. Let’s go!
Under The Dome: The Stephen King novel-turned-series is finally here Monday on CBS and let me tell you that you can believe the hype. The show is captivating and I trust you’ll be drawn into the mystery when a dome suddenly appears over the town of Chester Mills.
While there are familiar TV faces like Mike Vogel, Dean Norris and Britt Robertson, one new face is Alexander Koch, who plays Junior, the son of Norris' character. But, Koch advised me, the series doesn’t necessarily follow the book. “We're going in a little bit of a different direction than the book and I think it’s very good. »
- email@example.com (Jim Halterman)
With interest in Superman at an all time high thanks to Man of Steel coming out in less than a week, DC Animation have released Superman: Unbound to capitalise on the attention. And while I’m sure Man of Steel will be an excellent film, Superman: Unbound certainly isn’t.
Based upon Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s 2008 story arc, Superman: Brainiac, Unbound features Brainiac, a super-powerful, hyper intelligent green alien with tubes sticking out of his head who collects cities from around the universe and stores them in jars, who turns his attention to Earth with the intention of miniaturising Metropolis to join his collection of bottled cities and blow up Earth. Superman to the rescue!
This is Superman’s first encounter with Brainiac though his cousin, Kara/Supergirl, has faced him before. Decades earlier Brainiac stole the Kryptonian city Kandor, shrinking it into one of his jars, »
- Noel Thorne
Stars: Matt Bomer, Stana Katic, John Noble, Molly C. Quinn, Diedrich Bader, Jason Beghe, Frances Conroy, Melissa Disney, Alexander Gould, Stephen Root, Wade Williams | Written by Bob Goodman | Directed by James Tucker
With 2013 being the 75th anniversary of Superman and Man of Steel scheduled to come out this summer it was a forgone conclusion DC would release their emblematic direct to home media animated feature this year. DC certainly has been more successful than their marvelous competition at translating their classic stories to this format. Superman: Unbound however, ends up being a mediocre entry for this franchise. With a limited scope and a stereotypical plot it adds nothing to the Superman mythos. It feels less like an extended feature and more like a pilot episode of an upcoming television series. The animation and voice acting are both handled with care, but neither is given that much to work with. The »
- Dan Clark
We've seen several of the voice cast of Superman: Unbound talking about their roles in Warner Bros.' latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie, including Matt Bomer (Superman), Stana Katic (Lois Lane) [see here] and John Noble (Brainiac), and now it's the turn of Castle star Molly Quinn, who speaks about her role as Kara Zor-El, the relationship between Supergirl and the Man of Steel, and her impressions of the script by Bob Goodman (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Check the interview clips below, along with two new images from the upcoming direct-to-video release...
"Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release Superman: Brainiac, Superman: Unbound finds the Man of Steel aptly handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth’s customs and managing Lois Lane’s expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a back seat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton – Brainiac – begins his descent upon Earth. »
- Flickering Myth
So Cat Deeley thinks she can act.
Deeley will appear in a Season 3 episode as Samantha, a beautiful woman that dentist Stuart (David Alan Basche) gets set up with. The only problem? She turns out to have the world's worst teeth.
Deeley joins previously announced Season 3 guest stars Diedrich Bader ("The Drew Carey Show"), Grant Show ("Melrose Place"), Lisa Ann Walter, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Missi Pyle, Anita Barone, Estelle Harris and Leslie Jordan.
This season finds the unlikely trio of Stuart, Phil (Donald Faison) and Haskell (Wayne Knight) finally in a full-fledged bromance. As expected, Holly (Kristen Johnston), the woman who brought them all together, will still be on the hunt for Mr. Right.
Season 3 of "The Exes »
Before Zack Snyder makes us believe that Henry Cavill can fly in the upcoming Man of Steel, Superman is set to headline Warner Bros. latest animated movie as he goes head-to-head with Brainiac in Superman: Unbound, and we've just been sent over a new clip from the direct-to-video release, as well as two video interviews with voice actors Matt Bomer (Superman) and Stana Katic (Lois Lane)...
"Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release "Superman: Brainiac," Superman: Unbound finds the Man of Steel aptly handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth’s customs and managing Lois Lane’s expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a back seat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton – Brainiac – begins his descent upon Earth. Brainiac has crossed the universe, collecting cities from interesting planets – including Supergirl’s home city of Kandor – and now the all-knowing, ever-improving android »
- Flickering Myth
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