12 items from 2014
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Somehow, despite including two different clip shows, Day 3 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon leads us deep into the show's Golden Years, as we finish Season 4, go through Season 5 and most of Season 6, spanning from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" through "The PTA Disbands." For the second straight day, we had no trouble picking two favorites apiece and we left out a slew of great episodes including Krusty's Kancellation, Bart's rise to "I Didn't Do It!" fame, James Woods' stint at the Kwik-e-Mart, Homer's trip into space and Lisa's attempts to design a new Malibu Stacy. [The image accompanying this story is from "Marge in Chains" which, if I'm being honest, didn't come close to making our list, but it's the only official image Fxx was able to provide for the episodes airing on Saturday.] My own greatest regret is that I couldn't pick "Treehouse of Horror V," which features "The Shinning" and "Time and Punishment," which are two of my five "Treehouse" segments. However, I stand by the two episodes I chose. And guess what? Day 4 was even Harder, choosing-wise. But that's tomorrow. »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
Monster Cereals have become a Halloween tradition, arriving in the store just in time for the fall season. This year, DC Entertainment, home to DC Comics, is putting a spin on these festive Holiday boxes, bringing you the iconic Cereal Monsters in a way you've never seen before. Comic book artist Jim Lee, best known for his work on Batman, Justice League and Superman, is working on the Boo Berry Box. Artists Terry and Rachel Dodson are responsible for Count Chocula, while illustrator Dave Johnson is taking on Franken Berry. Check out the boxes, and then read on for more information:
They say all men are created equal, but luckily for us, all women are not.
In a world where “the girl next door” rules over all female archetypes, there is a common phrase used to describe women who don’t fall into the same category as leading ladies such as Grease’s Sandy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Janet Weiss, or The Notebook’s Allie Hamilton. These women are often described as “girls you wouldn’t take home to meet Mom.”
This phrase describes a variety of women, and in film those women that you wouldn’t bring home for the holidays would include the over-sexed, the over-indulgent, the mentally unbalanced and deranged, or the socially inept/awkward. Just because these aren’t the types of girls that you’d typically see sharing a pot of Folgers with your mother in the morning doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t your type of woman. »
- Tommy Bobby Watanabe
In case you haven't heard, The Fault in Our Stars is kind of a sad film. The reaction across the pond (where the film has been out for a couple of weeks) has essentially been one long, drawn out ugly-cry, to the point where Slate have even released a handy guide to keeping your eye make-up intact.
Even the movie's stars Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Laura Dern aren't immune, as they admitted in our video interview. We also asked them what other films have made them cry, which sparked a discussion back in the office about the most effective tearjerkers of all time.
Below, Digital Spy staffers reveal the films that are guaranteed to leave them a weeping mess.
Good Will Hunting – Emma Dibdin, Features Editor
While prototypical inspirational teacher movie Dead Poets' Society is arguably a more obvious pick, Robin Williams's similarly inspirational performance here as wry, »
We're calling it now: "Maleficent" will be the Halloween costume of the year.Disney's new version of the classic "Sleeping Beauty" villain is perfectly embodied by the one and only Angelina Jolie in the upcoming film -- and we're Living for her makeup in the flick.The bold red lip, those cheekbone prosthetics and labradorite contacts all combine to create a creepy, yet gorgeous, interpretation of the fairy-gone-bad.Special makeup effects designer Rick Baker and Jolie's personal makeup artist Toni G collaborated on the look, which took four hours to apply every day.But since most of us don't have four hours and a team of specialists to duplicate the amazing makeup on our own faces, we challenged YouTube beauty vlogger Nicole Guerriero to create a look we could all do at home.And she definitely delivered!Check out Nicole's impressive how-to video below, as she utilizes the new "Maleficent" makeup collection from Mac. »
- tooFab Staff
Just as quickly as Afflicted redefined the “found footage” horror subgenre, SX_Tape came along and proved there are still Plenty of opportunities for filmmakers to exploit first-person horror normalities. One day there’s a bright hope, the next there’s a disgusting reminder that for every original idea, someone else will rehash the past few years of duds for their own ill-conceived shitfest. I want to remain positive, happily accepting an advancement in “found footage” horror – but it takes a certain type of awful to make me hate a movie in which our lead, possessed character jumps up and down screaming “Let Me Suck Your Dick!” To think some inexperienced filmmaker could just waltz into stardom with such a – wait, this was directed by Bernard Rose of Candyman fame? Oh boy, where’s Tony Todd when you need him?
When has a sex tape ever gone wrong, am I right? »
- Matt Donato
"Maleficent" week on Moviefone continues with this inside look, provided by Disney, at how the artists and designers behind the movie created the iconic villainess's style -- horns and all.
Bringing the evil Maleficent -- who first appeared in Disney's classic animated 1959 film "Sleeping Beauty" -- to life in this year's live-action "Maleficent" involved the acclaimed talents of Oscar(R)-winning actress Angelina Jolie and a team of artists and designers dedicated to create the villainess's uniquely wicked style.
Everyone familiar with Disney's classic "Sleeping Beauty" knows what the animated Maleficent looked like, so getting the look right for the live-action film was important to both director Robert Stromberg and Angelina Jolie. "Angelina was really passionate about not only who the character was, but what the character looked like," says Stromberg. "We worked together to come up with a character that wasn't that stereotype image but was close enough that »
- Moviefone Staff
Our great friends over at CineMast in the Us recently attended the Salt Lake City Comic-Con Fan Experience and just happened to run into Zach Galligan, he who played the role of Billy Peltzer in the original Gremlins movie back in 1984.
They asked the man himself if there were going to be any more Gremlins movies, to which he replied, without missing a beat; “Maybe in a year or two.”
No big news you may say, as we all know that there’s a potential reboot in the works, but we have no more official info other than that the studio behind the films, Warner Brothers, are looking to revive the much-loved series with a modern flare.
CineMast‘s own John Pugh, did however, push for more info. He asked if he would be a part of the project in any capacity and Galligan himself said that he would probably appear in a minor role. »
- Paul Heath
Director: Hwang In Ho.
Starring: Lee Min Ki, Kim Go Eun, Kim Roi Ha, Ahn Seo Hyeon, Kim Boo Seon.
Running Time: 113 minutes.
Synopsis: A mentally slow girl tries to take find the suspected murderer of her missing sister.
South Korea have given us more fantastic revenge thrillers than you can shake a bloody stick at. I Saw The Devil, Oldboy, Bedevilled, The Chaser, the list goes on and on. That being said, is there really anywhere new to go with the genre? Can it possibly be any more shocking and interesting than what we’ve already come up against? The answer is a surprising ‘yes’, as this latest effort proves in abundance.
If you’ve ever sat down and become angry at the ridiculous decisions made by characters in peril, then Monster has a new twist to offer, with its two main characters – caught in a game of cat »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Update: Seeding round is over! Go vote in Round 1 now!
Yes, it’s that time of year again, the time where bracketology reigns supreme and the cry around the nation is “Win or Go Home!” Last year’s Mix March Madness Webcomics Tournament was incredibly popular, and so we’re doing it all over again– and raising money for the Hero Initiative in the process! Find out how…
We’re giving you a list of over 300 webcomics, and we want your votes . We’re taking the top 128 and putting them in a single elimination tournament where we whittle down the contestants down to one. The top 128 vote getters make it into the tournament, with the biggest getting top seeds. The voting ends Thursday, March 13 at 11:59 Pm Edt, and brackets go up on Friday, March 14!
Take a look at the comics for yourself. You’ll see some old favorites, but »
- Glenn Hauman
12 items from 2014
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