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It has been dismissed over the years as cheesy, cheap and laughable but, as has been the case on many occasions, Hammer Films have had the last laugh. They boast a back-catalogue that is to horror movies what The Rolling Stones’ discography is to rock music. Fifty-nine years after the release of their first horror movie proper (The Quatermass Xperiment), Hammer’s films have survived scrutiny and re-evaluation and have now attained National Treasure status. Moreover, in terms of sheer importance, the Hammer films were some of the most influential of the past half-century. The ripple-effect of their imitators cashing in on their success would beget the careers of some of the biggest names in Hollywood today.
And yet since 1984 Hammer has been a dormant entity, existing only in the memory: a pile of ashes, a cape and a signet ring waiting to be reanimated by the crimson, jugular discharge of some poor, »
- Cai Ross
ABC wants to expand Good Morning America to three hours, the New York Daily News claims, which would let it compete against the four hour Today Show. The article gets confusing, however, since it seems to discuss local programming
Own has ordered Tulsa, a mini-series starring Octavia Spencer about the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 that left one of the wealthiest African-American communities destroyed. The event has been suppressed from the history books until recently. Additionally, Toni Braxton will star in the channel’s upcoming movie about Darlene Love.
Which musicians have benefited the most from judging reality shows?
David Letterman‘s resignation announcement has prompted the expected speculation about his potential replacement. That includes Vulture‘s call for Neil Patrick Harris, Slate‘s argument for Ellen DeGeneres and Think Progress’ list of 12 unexpected suggestions.
Amid all the speculation about Letterman’s replacement, »
- Lyle Masaki
Grace, Liam Neeson, and Famke Janssen are set to reprise their roles while Forest Whitaker has also joined the cast. Luc Besson will produce the film which begins production next week. [Source: Variety]
Neve Campbell ("Scream") has scored a voice role in Lawrence Guterman's CG animated feature "Bremen Town Musicians". This reimagining of the Russian folk tale and Brothers Grimm story about an incompetent wizard's search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe in creation.
Campbell will portray Princess Lielle, who is betrothed to the narcissistic Duke Henri (Jeffrey Wright), trapped in a gilded cage and dreaming of freedom from a life she never wanted. [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
Neve Campbell has joined Jeffrey Wright and Alan Cumming as the voice stars of Bremen Town Musicians, the animated reimagining of the Russian folk tale and Brothers Grimm story being directed by Cats & Dogs director Lawrence Guterman. D. Matt Geller (Night Witches) and Igor Dobrovolsky of Luxor Entertainment are producing. Exclusive: Alan Cumming Joins Animated 'Bremen Town Musicians' Guterman is taking the animal-centric folk tale and reimagining it as a bent comic romance. The story is set in motion when the king of Bremen demands his incompetent wizard search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe
- Borys Kit
Feature Ryan Lambie 28 Mar 2014 - 06:12
It's another selection of crowdfunding goodness, this week including a cybernetic sasquatch and a documentary about Ishtar...
Having devoted the last edition of Crowdfunding Friday to a revival of a classic game from the 80s (that would be Chaos), we're back to our usual format this week.
We've chosen four worthy projects from the ocean of campaigns on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, which this week includes a documentary about the once infamous 80s comedy, Ishtar, a top-down 2D action RPG, and a potentially brilliant comic book about a war between giant airships.
First, though, here's a brief look at a promising horror project about a cybernetic sasquatch...
What could possibly be more powerful and terrifying than a Bigfoot, sasquatch or yeti? Why, a cybernetically enhanced Bigfoot, that's what. This is the concept behind Justin Martell's Project: Megafoot, which sees the Us military create an ill-advised hairy Terminator. »
In a sign of the changing times, it was ABC and NBC atop the network demo rankings last week — and Fox’s “American Idol” was nowhere to be found in the top 10.
It was another week of mostly originals (CBS aired repeats of its Tuesday dramas), and ABC prevailed in adults 18-49 in large part due to its strong Monday with the conclusion to “The Bachelor” and Sunday with its “Resurrection”-centered lineup. The new drama about deceased residents in a Missouri town who return to their loved ones held up pretty well in its second week and was again the No. 1 broadcast drama in demos.
Overall, according to Nielsen estimates for the week of March 10-16, ABC led in adults 18-49 with a 1.9 rating/6 share, rising 13% from last year. It was followed by NBC (1.7/5), CBS (1.6/5), Fox (1.4/4) and Univision (1.0/3). The Alphabet also squeaked past CBS and NBC to win in »
- Rick Kissell
Angelina Jolie is at her evil best in a new trailer for Disney’s “Maleficent,” the retelling of the Brother’s Grimm classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the evil sorceress’s point of view. Can she do evil! Jolie stars in the Robert Stromberg-directed fantasy along with Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. The new trailer, released today (Mar. 18) shows Maleficent in all her glory. ...Read More »
As a lover of old, rustic folktales and being married to a descendant of an eastern European Jew, Baba Yaga holds a special place in my heart. Creepier and more twisted than the Grimm Bros' tales, Baba Yaga tells a story of a witch who lives in a hut that stands on giant chicken legs and eats children who get lost in the forest. In its many variations, the witch is often perceived as both venerable and monstrous.Jessica Oreck's ravishing new film is not a mere anthropological documentary on Eastern Europe. As with her first two beautiful films, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo and Aatsinki: The Arctic Cowboy, Baba Yaga also falls neatly into region specific ethnographic study at first, this time, of the Slavic world....
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Beware the unloved.
If there is a lesson to be learned about the cruelest among us, it might be that one. Most villains, when you find them in real life, are born from pain, and pour it back on the world to keep from drowning in it. A few are heartless sociopaths who derive their power from persecution, and care about nothing else in the world but their own force of will.
And some are just mad they didn’t get a party invitation.
Consider Disney’s Maleficent in this latter category. Unhinged, and irrational. Or at least, she was. »
- Anthony Breznican
Opening this week
■ Grimm Tales
Immersive theatre for children in the bowels of Shoreditch Town Hall. Do you dare to follow Red Riding Hood into the forest or watch Rapunzel let her hair down? Philip Wilson adapts and directs tales in versions by Philip Pullman. Shoreditch Town Hall, London (020-7739 6176), Friday until 24 April.
A mixed programme of contemporary dance includes a revival of Christopher Bruce's swaggering Rolling Stones tribute, Rooster. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold (0845-330 3565), Wednesday until 15 March and touring.
Programmes featuring Ives, Adams and Berlioz, and Mahler's Third Symphony are on the menu for the UK leg of Michael Tilson Thomas's European tour with his fine orchestra. Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121‑345 0600), Friday; Royal Festival Hall, London (0845 875 0073), Saturday & Sunday. »
- The Guardian
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) and Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys, Brothers Grimm) are offbeat visionaries with cult followings, which explains why there’s been so much interest among cinema-lovers in their respective upcoming sci-fi films – Snowpiercer and The Zero Theorem – despite neither having received an official release date in the U.S. yet.
Snowpiercer is a graphic novel adaptation that takes place in a wintery post-apocalyptic wasteland, where the last remnants of humanity are living aboard a train – powered by a perpetual-motion engine – one where rebellion is brewing amongst it passengers, in response to the forced class system that’s formed onboard. Gilliam’s Zero Theorem, by comparison, takes ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
The Little Mermaid is usually credited with kick-starting Disney’s first animation renaissance, but this often-discussed period started 3 years prior with The Great Mouse Detective. Similarly, Disney’s second animation renaissance has been credited to Frozen and Tangled when it started years earlier. While it is convenient to think that all Disney needed was Idina Menzel and a great power ballad to rediscover their movie musical roots, the path that led to Frozen’s nearly $1 billion box-office gross worldwide has been rough and messy with one major loss for the company along the way.
Good – The Princess and the Frog
In many ways, The Princess and the Frog serves as a bridge between The Little Mermaid and Frozen. The story is based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. For casting, they chose actors like Anika Noni Rose and Michael Leon-Wooley who are better known on Broadway than for work on the big screen, »
- Rachel Kolb
Michelle Obama will appear in a cameo on the season finale of Parks & Recreation.
Canadian channel Showcase has ordered a fifth season of the very gay inclusive Lost Girl. That should make it easier for Syfy to continue airing it stateside.
The New York Daily News claims that CNN doesn’t know who will take over Piers Morgan‘s soon-to-be-vacated time slot but the channel’s top choice is Rosie O’Donnell. Joy Behar, Ann Curry, Star Jones and Rachel Maddow are also on CNN’s list. That’s »
- Lyle Masaki
Patrick Wilson is in negotiations to star in Edgar Wright's upcoming "Ant-Man" film for Marvel Studios. Wilson has reportedly scored the last major role in the film, but details of that role are unknown. Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily and Michael Pena co-star in the project which is scheduled to begin shooting in April. [Source: Deadline]
Howard Hughes Biopic
Bejo plays a mother who can't accept the accidental death of her five-year old son and instinctively hides his body. »
- Garth Franklin
Alan Cumming has joined the voice cast of Bremen Town Musicians, the animated reimagining of the Russian folk tale and Brothers Grimm story from Cats & Dogs director Lawrence Guterman. Story: Oscars: 'Frozen,' 'Croods' Animators Reveal the Secrets Behind Their Breakout Characters D. Matt Geller (Night Witches) and Igor Dobrovoslky of Luxor Entertainment are producing the feature, which already has Jeffrey Wright on board as the piece’s villain. Guterman’s take on the folk tale begins in 1713 with the King of Bremen demanding his incompetent wizard search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe ever to perform at his
- Borys Kit
Halfway there, people! Save One Show 2014 is at its midway point, with ten shows left in the competition and they need you now more than ever in our annual tournament that finds the network series most deserving of a renewal. Eliminated in the last round? Hawaii, Five-0, Grimm, The Following, Nashville and Parenthood. So let's have a moment of silence for our fallen friends before continuing, Ok? We're not savaged here! And we're back! The top three vote-getters were Beauty and the Beast, The Mentalist and Dracula. Well done! Fret not, fandoms of The Tomorrow People, The Mindy Project, Hart of Dixie, Almost Human, Trophy Wife, Revolution and Community, as today kicks »
Dolce and Gabbana show typifies year in which Milan has dressed down for a look that shuns the usual Hollywood glitz
With one week to go before the Oscars, Hollywood is getting ready for its glitziest night out. In Milan the city's designers are showcasing their newest designs. Despite the distance between these two places, there has been a direct correlation between these events in the past: the red-carpet opportunity has meant that flashbulb-ready gowns featured heavily on the catwalk.
But this season there is a disconnection. Milan fashion week is having – by Milanese standards – a quiet moment, with flat shoes, sliced neoprene skirts and medieval fairytales rather than sequinned, floor-length va-va-voom dresses. The collections are arguably all the better for it.
Dolce and Gabbana, which topped the bill on Sunday, was a good example. The duo took their native Sicily as their starting point – not Hollywood. The label has »
- Imogen Fox
Jinju Lee Doosan Gallery, NYC February 6 - 27th, 2014
Korean native Jinju Lee paints existential narratives of making do and coming-to-terms in arduously solitary indoor and outdoor conditions. Lee’s stories have allegorical implications as the situations and environment she depicts with so much precision and clarity seem to have as to do with the mental as well as the territorial landscape in which the subject (or is it victim?) finds herself.
The set-like scenarios Lee depicts are hideous and bleak, as if the isolated, evacuated worlds we see have undergone a persistent state of depredation. Jinju Lee’s paintings are poignant in that we really feel for her character or characters. The artist resists easy clichés and sensationalized visual punch lines. Her complex vision takes on undertones of distress and undertones without signaling that what is at hand are the results of wartime conditions or after effects of a polluted, »
- Dominique Nahas
Bremen Town Musicians
Jeffrey Wright will voice the villain in Lawrence Guterman's animated feature "Bremen Town Musicians," a reimagining of the Russian folktale and Brothers Grimm story which Luxor Entertainment is producing.
The comic romance is set in 1713, with the King of Bremen demanding that his incompetent wizard search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe ever to perform at his daughter's wedding. Wright plays the narcissistic, power-hungry future son-in-law to the King. [Source: Heat Vision]
Wilson plays a successful family man who risks losing everything due to his inability to fight off his obsessive temptation for other women. Dreyfuss will portray the role of political kingmaker. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Jeffrey Wright will voice one of the lead roles in Bremen Town Musicians, the animated reimagining of the Russian folktale and Brothers Grimm story from Cats & Dogs director Lawrence Guterman. The bent comic romance is set in 1713, with the King of Bremen demanding that his incompetent wizard search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe ever to perform at his daughter's wedding. The rest of the plot is being kept under wraps. Wright will voice the role of the film's antagonist Duke Henri, the narcissistic, power-hungry future son-in-law to the King of Bremen who
- Borys Kit
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