6 items from 2011
Big one today. Let's begin with Movieline's St VanAirsdale introducing his interview with Wim Wenders: "Until the End of the World was conceived over most of the 80s, filmed on four continents (including video smuggled out of China), and foresaw a future abetted by such diversions as mobile viewing devices, proto-gps and a highly sought-after contraption that records images for the blind. Starring William Hurt, Sam Neill, Solveig Dommartin, Jeanne Moreau and Max von Sydow among an international ensemble of actors, the film also skyrocketed to a $23 million budget and found its distributors — including Warner Bros in the United States — requiring cuts that reduced it to barely a quarter of Wenders's original vision. Later locked in at just under five hours, it's the type of material that today would be a shoo-in for a cable miniseries that could probably win Emmys for everyone involved. Twenty years on, however, it's relatively lost to the mainstream, »
For many years one of the pleasures of going to a screening of the different traveling animation festivals ( Spike and Mike, the Animation Tournee ) was seeing a new film from one of the medium’s wildest , most outrageous artists, Bill Plympton. Well this year St. Louis Film Festival attendees get a double treat. The recipient of a Sliff lifetime achievement award will be here to present a program of works on Friday night and debut a new documentary directed by Alexa Anastasio on his life and films, Adventures In Plymptoons, the next day ( Oh, and a master class earlier that day ). The documentary serves as a great introduction for Plympton newbies while giving some great insight into the films that we long-time fans have so adored.
The film includes much biographical info on the artist. There are lots of great family photos and home movie footage. Siblings, relatives, and class »
- Jim Batts
Each year, San Diego's Comic-Con is a feast for those who want to find out about the latest and greatest comics, movies and television. There's also lots for fans of classic and cancelled TV shows as well. If you're attending this year's festivities, here are some events you might want to check out:
Thursday, July 21
11:45-12:45 Battlestar: So Say We All -- Richard Hatch hosts a panel and fan discussion of the Battlestar Galactica universe, politics, and philosophy. Richard (Tom Zarek, Capt Apollo), Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Blood and Chrome), Dr Kevin Grazier (Bg science consultant), and surprise guests for this exciting round table and Q&A session. Room 6Bcf
3:00-4:00 Classic Warner Bros./Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Going Blu-ray -- Animation historian Jerry Beck and Warner Archives' George Feltenstein lead a panel of renowned animation and restoration experts, including Spike Brandt (The Looney Tunes »
It feels like it was just yesterday I was pouring over this year's Thursday schedule at San Diego Comic-Con to put together The Discerning Film Nerd's Guide to the best programming.
Wait, that wasn't yesterday, that was like three hours ago. Boy, time sure doesn't fly when you're missing out on Comic-Con.
Anyway, Comic-Con's Friday schedule is now up as well and once again I've poured over it to bring you the most intriguing looking panels. Remember that I don't include anything from Hall H, which is a whole other beast, although I were ever going to wait in line for three hours in the hot San Diego sun behind a dude in a Chewbacca mask who smells like feet, Friday would be the day I did it. First glimpses of the "Spider-Man" reboot, Soderbergh's "Haywire," and Nicolas Cage and Neveldine/Taylor's "Ghost Rider?" I'm ready to startin hitchhiking »
- Matt Singer
He’s one of the most enduringly popular superheroes of our time and to celebrate this fact, an incredible Bluray release has been compiled by Warner Bros. Consisting of all five films from Superman: The Movie (1978) to Superman Returns (2006), each one has been transferred into 1080p high definition and is accompanied by a plethora of additional material. For Superman fans this is an impressive release that is sure to please the majority, however it’s not free from its own kryptonite…
As fans eagerly await the release of Superman: Man of Steel next year, this collection will still suffice to relieve the boredom of the wait. Released on 13th June, follow the jump to read our review.
The collection spans 28 years and develops the character of Superman (Christopher Reeve) over five films. Superman: The Movie (1978) deals with his arrival on Earth and his first encounter with evil mastermind Lex Luthor »
- Stuart Cummins
The Looney Tunes Show will bring back such classic animated characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote on a new Cartoon Network show which will debut later this year. A brand new YouTube channel and Twitter page have also been launched and we're celebrating this new influx of animation with a new contest. We're giving away a fantastic coffee table book entitled The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons to our readers, which delves through the lengthy history of this animated franchise. You know this book will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.
The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons coffee table book
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6 items from 2011
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