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Jon Stamos Without Pants on ‘Anytime with Bob Kushell’

19 December 2008 9:38 AM, PST | Tilzy.tv | See recent Tilzy.TV news »

As TV networks scale back on expensive dramas, opting instead for cheaper late-night talk, I wonder whether show hosts will run out of stuff to talk about…or if viewers will get talked to death and turn instead to the web, where scripted series still reign supreme. So what the hell is Crackle doing with yet another late-night-esque talk show? Just wait, I think this Bob Kushell guy is on to something… Who the hell is Bob Kushell, you ask? I’m not sure, but his writing and producing credits explain the talent he’s able to pull to Anytime. Upcoming guests include Jennifer Esposito, Neil Patrick Harris, Howie Mandel, Zach Levi, Christina Applegate, and Jeff Garlin, among many others. It kind of looks and feels like a cheap late-night talk show, but it’s not really, and not just because it’s actually an anytime talk show. This is »

- Jamison Tilsner

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"Wall-e" DVD Clips! Plenty in a single player!

10 November 2008 2:47 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See plenty of clips from Disney/Pixar's upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the heartwarming "Wall-e" animated sci-fi adventure. The film opened on June 27th this year with $62.5 million and is still tracking at the box office with over $222.7 million pocked for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is currently ranked at number 65 within the top 150 films of all time. See the complete list of big boy grossers here. The wonderful film comes out in the following formats on November 18th. If you haven't seen it, you're missing out possibly the best animated release of the year and an eye opener. All are embedded within the same player for your convenience. On DVD and Blu-ray: (Now selling on MovieJungle.com Direct!) Wall-e (Blu/3Disc Collector's Edition) Wall-e (3Disc/3Disc Collector's Edition) Wall-e (Blu/2Disc) Wall-e (Ws) Wall-e (Ws/Spanish) Wall-e(2008)(Released date: 6/27/2008)  -   Rate & Review this!    -   Add to your List! »

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The Rocker review

17 September 2008 11:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I actually got a look at The Rocker way back in June at CineVegas, and while their isn't anything particularly awful about it, it isn't exactly memorable either.

The Rocker is a pleasant enough diversion but it's not as entertaining as School of Rock or Rockstar, the two pictures it clearly appears to be emulating. The Rocker is the kind of vehicle picture you might expect to see Will Ferrell or Jack Black headline, but the film makers have opted to go to Office co-star Rain Wilson.

In The Rocker, Wilson plays disgruntled ex-rocker Robert "Fish" Fishman whom, years after being kicked out of a band that would go on to have monumental success, gets a second chance to rock when his lovable, butterball nephew Matt (delightfully played by Josh Gad) offers him a drumming gig in his high school rock outfit. After a hilarious appearance on You Tube, all »

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Rainn Shines!

20 August 2008 5:54 AM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

Rainn Wilson, the schlubby actor best known for the American version of "The Office," seems an unlikely prospect for stardom. He managed to be the only annoying element in a tiny role in the otherwise superb "Juno."

But Wilson channels his inner Jack Black - the similarity in inflections and physical movement is uncanny - to winning effect in "The Rocker," which manages to be a notably funnier than average summer comedy despite being a fairly shameless rip-off of "School of Rock. »

- By LOU LUMENICK

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Wall-E Wheels Into Top Spot At U.S. Box Office

29 June 2008 5:50 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Futuristic film Wall-E has outsmarted the competition in its opening weekend, taking in over $62.5 (GBP31.25 million) at the U.S. box office.

The animated movie - featuring the voices of actress Sigourney Weaver and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Jeff Garlin - triumphed over rivaling Angelina Jolie action film Wanted, which came in at the number two spot with $51.1 million (GBP25.55 million) during its opening weekend.

Meanwhile, spy-themed action film Get Smart slid from its top spot to number three, taking in an additional $20 million (GBP10 million).

Jack Black-narrated animated feature Kung Fu Panda came in number four - garnering over $11.7 million (GBP5.85 million) - making an impressive three-week run total at $179.3 million (GBP89.65 million).

The new top five is rounded off by comic movie adaptation The Incredible Hulk, which fell from its number three spot, taking in an additional $9.2 million (GBP4.6 million). »

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Film Review: Wall-E

25 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Opens Friday, June 27 (Walt Disney Pictures)

This is getting to sound like a broken record: Pixar Animation Studios has just topped itself. Again. In "Wall-E", following the sublime culinary slapstick of "Ratatouille", Pixar and director/writer Andrew Stanton -- officially the studio's ninth employee way back when -- have spun a whimsical sci-fi fantasy about robots 800 years into the future that has all the heart, soul, spirit and romance of the very best silent movies 60 years ago. Well, you don't expect robots to talk, do you? While the soundtrack is full of clanking noises, explosions, music and even dance numbers, there is little dialogue as such to get this story told. Because Stanton and his animation team punch across their terrific (and ecologically sound!) story by inventing a visual and aural language with which these robotic creatures can express a rainbow of emotions.

The film is so clever and sophisticated that you worry, slightly, that it may be too clever to connect with mainstream audiences. But like those worries last year that having a rat for a hero in "Ratatouille" might throw off audiences, "Wall-E" is so sweet and funny that the multitudes will undoubtedly surrender to its many charms.

A polluted and toxic Earth has been abandoned by mankind centuries ago, only somebody forgot to turn off the last robot. That would be Wall-E (an acronym that stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class), a mobile trash compactor who goes about his job decade after decade. He has even developed a storage system so he can self-replace his parts. His only companion is a cockroach. Well, you knew that creature would survive anything.

Mankind, grown fat and lazy after centuries of floating like lotus eaters in a Club Med spaceship above Earth, sends out a probe to search for signs of life on the abandoned planet. That would be Eve (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). Wall-E develops a mighty crush on Eve, although her fearsome temper -- she tends to blast anything that moves -- makes him shy. But their romance, an innocence in the unlikeliest of places, blossoms. Wall-E even shows her his little green plant.

His little WHAT? That's the very thing she's been looking for! That plant launches the couple on an epic journey to the Axiom spaceship, where with other "rogue robots" they overthrow a robotic controlled civilization and galvanize humans -- more robotic than the actual robots -- into something approaching Life.

The visual design of "Wall-E" is arguably Pixar's best. Stanton, who wrote the script with Jim Reardon from a story he concocted with Peter Docter, creates two fantastically imaginative, breathtakingly lit worlds -- a wretched, destroyed Earth city, not unlike Manhattan, and the spaceship where humans hover in floating couches, their bloated body fat encasing virtually useless bones, while an intricate series of robots perform all labor and a 3-D Internet is the only form of human communication.

The real stroke of brilliance, though, is the use of old movie footage, mixed in with the CG animation, to trigger Wall-E's romantic yearnings. After work, Wall-E endlessly watches a videotape from the 1969 movie "Hello, Dolly!" The musical imagery and two songs make him understand what love and passion mean. He even learns how to hold hands, something he is finally able to try out with Eve.

Sound designer Ben Burtt creates expressive sounds given off by the robots, and in particular Wall-E, that you would swear are voices speaking words. If there is such a thing as an aural sleight-of-hand, this is it.

There are lifts from "2001" -- acknowledged as such with a wink by the filmmakers -- as there are moments when the robots run riot that remind you of Pixar's own "Monsters, Inc". Yet "Wall-E" is just possibly the studio's most original work yet. Can they really top this?

Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios

Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, Macintalk, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver.

Director: Andrew Stanton.

Screenwriters: Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon.

Story: Andrew Stanton, Peter Docter.

Producer: Jim Morris.

Executive producer: John Lasseter.

Director of photography: Jeremy Lasky, Danielle Feinberg.

Production designer: Ralph Eggleston.

Visual concultants: Roger Deakins, Dennis Muren.

Music: Thomas Newman.

Editor: Stephen Schaffer.

Rated G, 97 minutes.

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'Simpsons' snags four Key Art Awards

14 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The advertising for "The Simpsons Movie" earned four trophies, including best of show in the print category, at the 37th Annual Hollywood Reporter Movie Marketing Key Art Awards. Best of show awards were also presented to "Bee Movie" in the A/V category and "Borat" in home entertainment.

Along with "The Simpsons Movie", marketing materials for "No Country for Old Men" and "300" were big winners, all earning four awards each, Friday night during a ceremony hosted by Jeff Garlin at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

"Some people care about baseball...I care about the design and creation of movie marketing materials," Garlin said.

The studios for "The Simpsons Movie" and "No Country", 20th Century Fox and MIramax respectively, snagged four awards each, the most for any single studio, BLT & Associates, Crew Creative Advertising and Mojo were the top winners on the vendor side, earning three trophies each.

The "Simpsons" best of show awarded was presented on the strength of a theatrical standee from Drissi Advertising and Idea Planet for Fox. The title also won awards for best website design, new media (special recognition) and theatrical standees.

The "Bee Movie" best of show honor was selected for a trailer from The Ant Farm/Sameth A.D.V. for Dreamworks Animation/Paramount Pictures. Best of Show in home entertainment went to a TV spot from CMP Home Entertainment and Fox Home Entertainment.

"No Country" and its studio Miramax won awards in the newly-created best campaign category, as well as for drama trailer, motion graphics and A/V (special recognition). "300" was honored for its trailer (action adventure/horror), international A/V (trailers and TV spots), new media (home entertainment) and print (special recognition).

Mojo was honored for its work on the "300" trailer, international A/V and print (special recognition). BLT was recognized on the strength of its "Grindhouse" print (action adventure/horror), "Juno" print (comedy), and "Transformers" outdoor print advertising.

Crew Creative took home awards for international print for "Knocked Up", festival/market print for LA Shorts Fest, and best copy line for "The TV Set".

Print winners included "Premonition" for drama, "Taxi to the Dark Side" for documentary, "Ratatouille" for family.

In the theatrical trailers categories, winners included "Superbad" for comedy and "Bee Movie" for family. »

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Poster: Wall-e movie poster 2

13 June 2008 8:33 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Pixar Animation has released another new movie poster from the upcoming animated film “Wall-e” by director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, A Bugs Life) and starring Fred Willard (Cat Tale), Jeff Garlin (The Rocker) and Sigourney Weaver (Aliens). Synopsis: What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? Wall-e, a robot, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will discover what he was meant for. »

- Brian Corder

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'Simpsons' leads Key Art noms

16 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

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"The Simpsons Movie" has earned seven nominations, the most for any film, for the 37th annual Hollywood Reporter Movie Marketing Key Art Awards.

BLT & Associates leads all agencies with 18 noms, while Fox and Paramount each had strong studio showings.

The Key Art Awards is the only international competition honoring the design and creation of theatrical and home entertainment motion picture marketing materials in such categories as posters, standees, outdoor, trailers, TV spots, motion graphics, new media and copywriting.

Winners will be announced June 13 during an awards ceremony hosted by Jeff Garlin at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

"30 Days of Night" was right behind "Simpsons" with six noms, followed by "300", "No Country for Old Men", "Superbad" and "Transformers" with five mentions apiece.

On the strength of "Simpsons" and titles like "Live Free or Die Hard", Fox collected 16 noms. Combined with its Fox Searchlight, Fox Atomic and home entertainment units, the studio earned a total of 27.

Paramount -- combined with its DreamWorks and Paramount Vantage brands and its home entertainment units -- earned 28 noms, collecting mentions for such films as "Sweeney Todd" and "Transformers".

BLT's 18 noms included "Sweeney Todd" and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story". Ignition followed with 17, for such trailers as "Superbad" and "30 days of Night", and the Ant Farm had 12 noms, including for trailers for "Shrek the Third" and "Surf's Up".

"The goal is to honor the best work that is done in movie marketing, and the quality of the work that is done in this area gets better and better every year and moves into new areas every year," said Bob Israel, chairman of the Key Art Awards Advisory Board and executive producer of the show.

"We have more categories and more judges than ever before," he added. "Between the print and the A/V categories, we had about 500 judges who work in movie marketing. We expanded our new-media category. ... We added a home entertainment/new-media category."

Also new this year, a special Key Art Award will be presented to honor the work of the studio/distributor that conceived the year's most innovative and successful marketing strategy and whose creative advertising materials as a whole reflect the implementation of the year's best campaign. A blue-ribbon panel will judge the category, and nominations will be announced separately.

A total of 1,335 submissions were judged this year. The Hollywood Reporter's sister company, Nielsen Research Group, administered and tabulated the ballots and will determine the winners in each category.

Judd Apatow will receive the Visionary Award, recognizing a filmmaker who inspires movie marketers, during the awards presentation.

This year's Key Art Awards sponsors include the Los Angeles Times, Crew Creative Advertising, Menagerie Creative and Weston/Mason Entertainment Advertising. Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased online at www.keyartaward.com.

37th MOVIE MARKETING KEY ART AWARDS NOMINEES

ACTION/ADVENTURE/HORROR PRINT

-- 28 Weeks Later, Intralink, Fox Atomic

-- The Number 23, BLT & Associates, New Line

-- Grindhouse, BLT & Associates, Weinstein Co./Dimension

-- 30 Days of Night, Ignition, Sony

-- Vacancy, Ignition, Screen Gems

COMEDY PRINT

-- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, BLT & Associates, Sony

-- Superbad, BLT & Associates, Sony

-- Juno, BLT & Associates, Fox Searchlight

-- Blades of Glory, BLT & Associates, DreamWorks/Paramount

-- The Darjeeling Limited, BLT & Associates, Fox Searchlight

DOCUMENTARY PRINT

-- Taxi to the Dark Side, Cold Open, ThinkFilm

-- Sicko, Bemis Balkind, Weinstein Co. »

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'Simpsons' leads Key Art noms

16 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Simpsons Movie has earned seven nominations, the most for any film, for the 37th annual Hollywood Reporter Movie Marketing Key Art Awards.

BLT & Associates leads all agencies with 18 noms, while Fox and Paramount each had strong studio showings.

The Key Art Awards is the only international competition honoring the design and creation of theatrical and home entertainment motion picture marketing materials in such categories as posters, standees, outdoor, trailers, TV spots, motion graphics, new media and copywriting.

Winners will be announced June 13 during an awards ceremony hosted by Jeff Garlin at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

30 Days of Night was right behind Simpsons with six noms, followed by 300, No Country for Old Men, Superbad and Transformers with five mentions apiece.

On the strength of Simpsons and titles like Live Free or Die Hard, Fox collected 16 noms. Combined with its Fox Searchlight, Fox Atomic and home entertainment units, the studio earned a total of 27.

Paramount -- combined with its DreamWorks and Paramount Vantage brands and its home entertainment units -- earned 28 noms, collecting mentions for such films as Sweeney Todd and Transformers.

BLT's 18 noms included Sweeney Todd and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Ignition followed with 17, for such trailers as Superbad and 30 days of Night, and the Ant Farm had 12 noms, including for trailers for Shrek the Third and Surf's Up.

"The goal is to honor the best work that is done in movie marketing, and the quality of the work that is done in this area gets better and better every year and moves into new areas every year," said Bob Israel, chairman of the Key Art Awards Advisory Board and executive producer of the show.

"We have more categories and more judges than ever before," he added. "Between the print and the A/V categories, we had about 500 judges who work in movie marketing. We expanded our new-media category. ... We added a home entertainment/new-media category."

Also new this year, a special Key Art Award will be presented to honor the work of the studio/distributor that conceived the year's most innovative and successful marketing strategy and whose creative advertising materials as a whole reflect the implementation of the year's best campaign. A blue-ribbon panel will judge the category, and nominations will be announced separately.

A total of 1,335 submissions were judged this year. The Hollywood Reporter's sister company, Nielsen Research Group, administered and tabulated the ballots and will determine the winners in each category.

Judd Apatow will receive the Visionary Award, recognizing a filmmaker who inspires movie marketers, during the awards presentation.

This year's Key Art Awards sponsors include the Los Angeles Times, Crew Creative Advertising, Menagerie Creative and Weston/Mason Entertainment Advertising. Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased online at www.keyartaward.com. »

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Judd Apatow to receive Key Art Award

13 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Judd Apatow will be honored with the Visionary Award, recognizing a filmmaker who inspires movie marketers, at the 37th annual Hollywood Reporter Movie Marketing Key Art Awards.

The awards ceremony will be held June 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Apatow, working as a writer, director and producer, has become a comedy brand name in recent years with such hit films as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad. He serves as producer of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which bows Friday. Jeff Garlin, who plays Larry David's manager and sidekick on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, will contribute to the evening's laugh quotient as host.

The Key Art Awards is the only international competition honoring the individuals responsible for the design and creation of theatrical and home entertainment motion picture marketing materials in such categories as posters, standees, outdoor, trailers, TV spots, motion graphics, new media and copywriting.

This year, the awards will introduce a new prize for best campaign, given to the studio or distributor that creates and implements the year's most innovative and successful overall movie marketing strategy. »

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