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Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hello Cleveland! The 1984 mock rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap turned 30 last week, so the anniversary is getting a special re-release via AMC Networks' iPad app Yeah! Fans and newcomers to the movie will be able to watch the "Special Features Version" of the film for free, beginning tomorrow through April 11th, along with new interviews and extras that offer insight about how filmmaker Rob Reiner and the cast made a move that was anything but a "shit sandwich."
This List Goes to 11!: Eleven Trends Predicted by 'This is Spinal Tap »
Columbia Pictures is seeking a day player for the role of Dwayne in “Goosebumps,” starring Jack Black. The movie, based on the series of horror fiction novels by R.L. Stine, is set to come out in 2016. This gig is paid, and you can submit auditions from anywhere. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Goosebumps” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Back in 2008, director Michel Gondry made the small-budget comedy Be Kind Rewind. In it, Mos Def and Jack Black have to team up to recreate a whole bunch of different movies by themselves after an accident causes all of the VHS tapes in the rental place where Mos Def works to get erased. They wind up remaking a large variety of movies, from Ghostbusters to Driving Ms. Daisy to Rush Hour 2, but perhaps the most memorable of the group was their take on Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop. Now we have a case of life imitating art, because various groups of filmmakers have come together to recreate their own micro-budget remake of RoboCop. Brought to our attention by Giant Freakin Robot, the crowd-sourced film was created by a mix of 50 amateur and professional filmmakers from Los Angeles and New York who agreed to split the 1987 action classic into parts to be remade. »
I think most of can agree that one of the best aspects of the MTV Movie Awards is the little skits they do with the host in between the movies. I still think putting Jack Black in Spiderman so many years ago was hilarious and unforgettable. But can we take a moment to talk about [&hellip
Conan O’ Brien To Host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards »
- Remy Carreiro
"I'm his biggest fan, and I fired him." If you're a loyal follower of the NBC comedy series "Community," then you likely know about the tumultuous times the series creator Dan Harmon had behind the scenes with plenty of people. From former series regular Chevy Chase to NBC executives, Harmon became known for being a somewhat difficult guy to work with, and it turns out that just might be a regular thing. A new documentary called Harmontown premieres at SXSW this month, and it follows a comedy tour Harmon did recently mixed in with talking heads from Joel McHale, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman and more, painting a better picture of Harmon's life, career and personality. It looks pretty fascinating. Watch below! Here's the trailer for Neil Berkeley's Harmontown from Nerdist: Harmontown is a documentary film directed by Neil Berkeley and follow TV writer and producer Dan Harmon (of NBC »
- Ethan Anderton
The comedy gods really broke the mold when they made Dan Harmon, the controversial creator of "Community." When the showrunner and writer was canned from his own show, he took his live comedy show "Harmontown" on the road, broadcasting it as a podcast along with way.
Now you can watch the mishegoss unfold up close and personal-like in the documentary "Harmontown." Director Neil Berkeley went on the road with Harmon and fellow comedians Jeff Davis and Erin McGathy (who is also engaged to Harmon) to document their trip across the country, recording episodes of "Harmontown" along the way. Berkeley also talked to Harmon's colleagues and pals, like Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Chris Hardwick, Joel McHale, and Alison Brie.
If you're at all familiar with comedians, road trips, people who drink a whole lot, and/or Dan Harmon's online persona, then you know things get pretty intense. "Harmontown," which premieres at SXSW, »
- Jenni Miller
Financially, Hollywood runs on the basis of dollars and cents. But often there.s more to it than that. Which explains why Jack Black has reunited with director Rob Letterman on the upcoming Goosebumps, given that their last collaboration was the ultimately derided and forgotten bomb Gulliver.s Travels. Now, Goosebumps has a release date of March 23rd, 2016 according to THR. That.s more than two years from now, so you.ve got tons of time to leave a note in your Trapper Keeper. The adaptation of R.L. Stine.s kiddie horror novels follows Black as a kid-lit author not unlike R.L. Stine who finds his creations coming to life. In The Mouth Of Madness, but, you know, for kids! Stine.s books created an empire, selling 300 million copies worldwide based on a series of only 62 installments, with various spinoffs and offshoots. Goosebumps also had a television series »
A couple of release dates have been announced. First up, Zach Braff’s long-awaited Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here will open in limited release this summer on July 18th, after which it will be expanding into 20 cities on July 25th and even more cities on August 1st. Braff co-wrote, directed, and stars in the film as a struggling actor, father, and husband who is seeking purpose in life and trying to come to terms with the impending death of his father (Mandy Patinkin). I caught the film at its Sundance debut and was rather disappointed. While it’s quite funny and features some really solid and interesting moments, it also has a fair share of scenes that simply do not work and stop the film cold. That said, Kate Hudson turns in her best performance since Almost Famous as Braff’s supportive wife. Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, and Joey King also star. »
- Adam Chitwood
Widely billed as “the gay man’s answer to Girls,” HBO’s new comedy Looking premiered to a disappointing 338,000 viewers back in January, which immediately threw its future on the premium cable network into jeopardy. However, the network clearly likes what it’s seen so far from the comedy, which is about three gay men on the search for love in modern-day San Francisco.
Ratings are rarely the main factor in a channel like HBO choosing to axe a show, but once you factor in HBO Go and replays, Looking has been on the rise, with a score of 2 million weekly viewers. Plus, its most recent episode improved on the premiere with 519,000 viewers. More importantly, Looking has received a positive reception from critics, many of whom have praised the acting of the main cast members.
- Isaac Feldberg
Feature Louisa Mellor 28 Feb 2014 - 06:15
How films like The Lego Movie are replacing destiny narratives with messages of scepticism and adaptability…
2013 saw the release of a film that sold a message antithetical to the upbeat ‘you can do it if you really try!’ cheerleading prevalent in kids’ movies. ‘Sometimes you can’t do it’, said this film, ‘even if you really, really, really try’.
It’s not as bleak a caution as it might seem. An imaginative scenario in which the hero fails but adapts teaches a useful lesson about flexibility (a skill parents might agree can be a tricky one for kids to take on). Wishing upon a star, working your socks off, thinking you can… in real life none of that guarantees a result. Isn’t it about time kids’ movies became comfortable with that idea? »
If you grew up in the 90s and knew how to read then there’s a good chance you probably read at least one of R.L. Stine’s extensive library of scary stories in the Goosebumps franchise. For kids who weren’t allowed to watch R-rated horror movies, these spooky and frequently silly (looking at you, “Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes”) novellas were a fun introduction to the horror genre.
According to the nostalgia clock it’s about time for the Goosebumps books to get a big screen adaptation, and Sony Pictures is obliging with a Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black as a Stine-esque writer who finds his horrific creations coming to life. If the film follows the structure of the ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Sony Pictures has handed out a March 23, 2016 release date for Goosebumps, which has Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush attached to star. The movie doesn't currently have any direct competition, but it is opening one week after Mumbai Musical and Allegiant.
The project is based on author R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series, which has sold over 300 million copies worldwide. Jack Black is portraying Mr. Shivers, who is modeled after R.L. Stine himself, and lives with his niece Hannah (Odeya Rush) in Greendale, Maryland. The story centers on all the demonic characters released from Shivers' mind through a ventriloquist dummy named Slappy, with Hannah and her new neighbor Zach (Dylan Minnette) teaming up to help stop these evil creatures.
Now that the mad rush by every major studio to schedule their buzziest projects in the summer of 2015 appears to have subsided, savvy execs are beginning to look further forward to book slots in 2016. Yesterday, we brought you news that Warner Bros. had slotted romantic comedy How to Be Single for that year’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and now Sony is getting in on the action by handing their children’s book series adaptation Goosebumps a spring release date of March 23, 2016.
Currently, the Rob Letterman-helmed film, inspired by R.L. Stine’s massively popular Ya horror anthology series, has the weekend all to itself, though it will probably face stiff competition from two holdovers: Summit’s already-scheduled Divergent sequel Allegiant and DreamWorks’ ambitious Mumbai Musical. Putting Goosebumps so close to both films indicates that Sony has a large amount of confidence in the film’s ability to overcome the pair, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A release date has been announced for the upcoming big screen adaptation of the R.L. Stine scholastic horror series Goosebumps, and you're gonna be waiting a couple of years for these kid-friendly chills to shoot down your spine. Look for it in theatres on March 23, 2016.
The flick follows Dylan Minnette’s character, who moves from New York City to the small town of Greendale, Maryland, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be veteran young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Jack Black).
When all the many demons of Stine’s mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Minnette’s character and Stine’s niece Hannah (Odeya Rush) to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.
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- Uncle Creepy
We’ve been sharing news with Daily Dead readers on the upcoming Goosebumps feature film and, with the main cast now set, Sony Pictures has announced an official release date.
Fans of the R.L. Stine horror series have a little bit of a wait, as Goosebumps won’t hit theaters until March 23, 2016. Even though that release date is a couple of years away, March is already starting to fill up. Disney will be releasing an animated film earlier in the month and Warcraft will be released on March 11th, 2016.
While this movie won’t be an adaptation of a single Goosebumps story, we expect that a number of Goosebumps favorites will be among the monsters we see. Directed by Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels, Shark Tale), the movie stars Jack Black, Odeya Rush, and Dylan Minnette.
It’s been said that Black will play fictional horror author Mr. Shivers whose terrifying creations come to life. »
- Jonathan James
The film, based on the series of kids’ books by R.L. Stine, is directed by Rob Letterman and produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner. Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment, which published the books, is also producing.
Dylan Minnette is the co-lead opposite Black. Story follows Minnette’s character, who moves from New York City to the small town of Greendale, Maryland and discovers that secretive neighbor is veteran young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Black). When all the many demons of Stine’s mind are set free by a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Minnette’s character and Stine’s niece Hannah to deal with all the evil.
- Dave McNary
Sony's Goosebumps will creep into theaters on March 23, 2016. The film, starring Jack Black, is based on R.L. Stine's book series. Rob Letterman (Gulliver's Travels) is directing. The project is produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment. Photos: Iconic Horror Movies Stine published a total of 62 books in the horror/thriller children's book series, the first being Welcome to Dead House in 1992. The series, known for paying homage to classic sci-fi/horror movies such as Night of the Living Dead and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ran through
- Rebecca Ford
You Can’t Win
Director: Robinson Devor
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Gist: Scripted by Devor, Pitt, , this is an adaptation of adventurer Jack Black’s 1926 autobiographical novel of the same name which tells of his experiences in the hobo underworld, freight-hopping around the still Wild West of the United States and Canada while he explores the topics of crime, addiction, criminal justice and human folly from various viewpoints. The drama is centered on the unusual friendship between Black (Pitt) and a young prostitute (Marks).
Release Date: Cannes if hopefully it’s first “pitt” stop. »
- Eric Lavallee
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