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14 items from 2012


"Bugs Bunny Superstar" A Decent Excuse To Watch Cartoons

26 November 2012 6:24 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Bugs Bunny Superstar has the aura of many studio documentaries: quickly produced, not particularly illuminating, and loaded with filler material. But when the length is padded with Looney Tunes cartoons (a whopping nine are presented here in their entirety), it's difficult to find fault. The story of early animation is certainly fascinating (and the animation department at Warner Brothers produced as many colorful characters as any), so any look into it is welcome, but even with the participation of Bob Clampett, it's hard not to feel slightly short-changed, or at least under-nourished.

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- Anders Nelson

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Halloween treat! New animated short by 'Hotel Transylvania' director to show in theaters

25 October 2012 5:37 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Trick-or-treat from the director of Hotel Transylvania!

Just in time for Halloween, a new animated short called Goodnight, Mr. Foot by the film’s director, Genndy Tartakovsky, will precede digital screenings of the box office hit animated flick in Regal Entertainment Group theaters around the country starting Friday, Sony Pictures Animation announced Thursday.

The animated short stars lumbering Bigfoot as he checks into Dracula’s resort, featured in Hotel Transylvania, and meets an energetic witch-maid. 

“After we finished Hotel Transylvania I got an itch to animate!,” said Tartakovsky in a statement. “Taking inspiration from my favorite directors Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, »

- Solvej Schou

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Genndy Tartakovsky's Goodnight Mr. Foot Photos

25 October 2012 5:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hotel Transylvania is still playing in theaters nationwide, and with Halloween approaching, director Genndy Tartakovsky has a special treat for the fans. Regal Cinemas is debuting the filmmaker's new animated short Goodnight, Mr. Foot before all Hotel Transylvania screenings starting Friday, October 26. Take a look at the first three photos from the short, then read all the official details in the press release.

Hotel Transylvania - the record-setting 3D computer-animated monster comedy from Sony Pictures Animation that ranked as the biggest September opening in movie history and the best opening ever for the studio - is releasing a new animated short as a special Halloween treat.

Beginning October 26, all digital showings of Hotel Transylvania in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas around the country will be preceded with a new traditionally animated short directed by the film's director, 13-time Emmy nominee (and three-time Emmy winner) Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars »

- MovieWeb

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"Mockingbird Lane" - October 26, 2012

12 October 2012 9:12 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to new reports, the $10 million NBC dark comedy TV pilot "Mockingbird Lane", created by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies"), will be 'repurposed' as a stand-alone network Halloween Special, to air October 26, 2012.

"Mockingbird Lane" stars Jerry O’Connell as 'Herman Munster', Portia de Rossi as 'Lily Munster' and Eddie Izzard as 'Grandpa'.

Producer, director Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns") developed the prime-time pilot for Universal Television, featuring a sub-plot focusing on Herman who needs a new heart and his quest for a willing donor for the replacement.

"When you come to 'The Munsters'", said Fuller, "and have 'Herman', who’s essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay, married to a woman who doesn’t age, there’s something very poignant there...we want this show to be an American 'Harry Potter'. To have that sense of a magical world that you get to go to with your family »

- M. Stevens

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"1313 Mockingbird Lane" Scares Off NBC

3 October 2012 3:18 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

VancouverFilm.Net reports that NBC’s Vancouver-lensed "Munsters" TV pilot, "1313 Mockingbird Lane", under the supervision of  writer Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies") will not receive a series order from NBC.

The "darker re-imagining" of the classic slapstick monster comedy TV series starred actor Jerry O’Connell as the re-animated corpse, 'Herman Munster'.

Producer, director Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns") developed the prime-time pilot for Universal Television, featuring a sub-plot focusing on Herman who needs a new heart and his quest for a willing donor for the replacement.

"When you come to 'The Munsters'", said Fuller, "and have 'Herman', who’s essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay, married to a woman who doesn’t age, there’s something very poignant there...we want this show to be an American 'Harry Potter'. To have that sense of a magical world that you get to go to with your family »

- M. Stevens

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Animation Director Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Animation

11 July 2012 3:53 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Pictures Animation continues to expand its stable of talented filmmakers with the signing of three-time Emmy Award winner Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai JackStar Wars: Clone Wars) to an overall agreement that extends beyond his current directorial film debut of Hotel Transylvania to include development and direction of his own projects, as well as an all-new take on Popeye. The deal was announced today by Bob Osher, President of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation.

Sony Pictures Animation is committed to attracting - and keeping - industry visionaries with the creative instincts to craft the style of vibrant storytelling that has been our trademark for 10 memorable years,” says Osher. “I have known Genndy since his Hanna-Barbera days and am thrilled we are continuing the relationship with him. This is a very exciting collaboration, one that should yield wonderful animated »

- Michelle McCue

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Edgar Rice Burroughs & John Carter: Preserving a Legacy

18 June 2012 5:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool sits in on a Q&A with the staff of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. as they discuss the John Carter movie.

Victor Medina of TheMoviePool.com recently sat in on a Q&A with James J Sullos Jr. and Cathy Wilbanks, the President and Archvist (respectively) of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. Erb Inc. owns the rights to and preserves the legacy of the author's work, including John Carter, Tarzan, and The Land That Time Forgot. In this transcript of the Q&A, the two discuss Burrough's work and the recent John Carter movie. Questions by Victor Medina are noted.

Q - Is there anything in Princess Of Mars that you regret not being present in John Carter (the movie)?

A - Jim Sullos: On the contrary, the movie included a fairly faithful depiction of the storyline from the first book "A Princess of Mars" and actually »

- feeds@themoviepool.com (Victor Medina)

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O'Connell Resurrecting 'Herman Munster'

5 June 2012 11:10 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

VancouverFilm.Net reports that NBC’s Vancouver-lensed "Munsters" TV pilot, "1313 Mockingbird Lane", under the supervision of  writer Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies") has cast actor Jerry O’Connell to star as family head 'Herman Munster'.

Producer, director Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns") directs and also executive produces the prime-time pilot for Universal Television.

Decribed as a "visually spectacular one-hour drama" (not a comedy), the show will focus on Herman, originally inspired by Universal's re-animated "Frankenstein" monster, who now lives in a constant state of decay, with a subplot involving Herman’s need for a new heart, and "finding a donor for a replacement."

"When you come to 'The Munsters'", said Fuller, "and have 'Herman', who’s essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay, married to a woman who doesn’t age, there’s something very poignant there...we want this show to be an American 'Harry Potter'. To »

- Michael Stevens

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Review: John Carter

4 June 2012 10:09 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The problem with being a trendsetter is that if you’re successful, you get imitated time and time again. Such was the fate that befell Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp heroes Tarzan and John Carter. The thriller-seeking readers of pulp magazines were enthralled by Erb’s pulse-pounding, straight-forward prose, which was strong in ideas and weak in word craft. A century ago, Burroughs, writing as Norman Bean, serialized his first Martian saga in All-Story between February and July 1912. It found an eager audience and was later collected in book form as A Princess of Mars. Through the years, there came more adventures with and without Carter set on the red planet natives named Barsoom.

I discovered the stories through the compelling Frank Frazetta covers on the Science Fiction Book Club editions and thought the stories were interesting. Clearly I was not alone because time and again, people in comics tried to »

- Robert Greenberger

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Mike Gold: Fellowship and Censorship

11 April 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

This week I’ve been ruminating about the Internet and free speech over at Michael Davis World. Whereas I don’t want to discourage you from checking out my pearls of wisdom in its awesome glory let alone the interesting and edifying comments in response thereto, I do want to clue you in on what the whole thing’s about.

I said “Arizona House Bill 2549 states if you post an offensive annoying comment online, you are guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. What is offensive? What is annoying? The bill criminalizes behavior that is used “to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend (using) any electronic or digital device.” Of course, it also outlaws lewd or profane language. You could be fined $250,000, and you could be sentenced to six months in the clinker.

 “Do you think this un-American attack on liberty could not possibly pass? Well, you’re wrong. The folks »

- Mike Gold

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Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: John Carter

13 March 2012 12:16 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, James Kirk, Luke Skywalker. Bleep those guys; as an interplanetary adventurer, John Carter has 'em all beat by at least ten years. Bringing the star of Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of Barsoom novels to the screen has been a long-sought-after passion project for a number of filmmakers, including Bob Clampett, Ray Harryhausen, John McTiernan, and Robert Rodriguez, but it was Andrew Stanton -- previously known for his work at Pixar, including directing Finding Nemo and Wall-e -- who finally got the chance, with Disney as his generous backer. Now his big-budget, live-action debut (laced with a healthy portion of computer-generated characters) John Carter, based on the debut tale A Princess of Mars, has come to the big screen, with Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe starring. beabetterbooktalker.com's Andrea Lipinski joins Cinefantastique's Lawrence French and Dan Persons to to soak in the magnificent vistas »

- Dan Persons

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Tracing John Carter's 100 Year Journey to the Big Screen

7 March 2012 7:23 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've heard a lot of reactions from people who have seen the TV spots and trailers for Disney's John Carter. Most of them are along the lines of "it looks like Attack of the Clones" or "oh, so it's Avatar in the desert?" Not quite. While John Carter might seem derivative of about a dozen other movies, the argument could be made that it's really the other way around. John Carter feels to me like a timeless, old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure movie -- the kind I remember watching with my dad when I was younger and the kind I can see myself returning to with my own children several years from now. The fact that the film is 100 years in the making might have something to do with that. Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the creator of Tarzan, first introduced John Carter in a magazine serial in 1912. His adventures on »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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Mike Gold: John Carter Returns To Earth

7 March 2012 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I was about 14 years old when Ballantine Books started their reprint series of Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter of Mars. Being a science fiction fan, a character fiction fan, and fan who’s attracted to anything numbered sequentially, I devoured the series. I re-read the first five books about 12 years ago and I enjoyed them, albeit with a nostalgically jaundiced eye.

I was both amazed and, oddly, not surprised (they’re two different emotions) when my father told me he was a John Carter fan. He started reading them around 1928 – by then, the first book was about 16 years old. Sharing this bond was quite comforting: both John Carter, my father, and I were created in Chicago over a 38 year span.

There have been numerous comics adaptations. The first was for the newspapers and for Dell Comics, created by Burroughs’ son John Coleman Burroughs. Gold Key tried a few issues; despite Jesse Marsh’s art, »

- Mike Gold

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Review: “Justice League: Doom”

16 February 2012 8:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

If you’ve been a fan of Warner Bros.’ direct-to-dvd DC Universe movies, you are no doubt eagerly awaiting the February 28th release of Justice League: Doom. ComicMix’s own Glenn Hauman and Mike Gold attended a press screening of the movie, along with the mandatory press conferences and post-game roundtable discussion. We decided to take a conversational approach to our preview – not quite a review, as we’re avoiding spoilers. Still, if you’re extraordinarily anal retentive (the fanboy/fangirl affliction), you might want to just look at the pictures.

Glenn: The story, and the universe, felt familiar – not just because we’ve known these characters forever, but because it was Dwayne McDuffie’s take on them, his Pov from Justice League and from Justice League Unlimited. One of those “you don’t realize how much you miss it until it’s gone” things.

Mike: DC’s animated universe came about organically, »

- Mike Gold

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