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4 items from 2014


The Nostalgia Files: ‘Scrooged’ (1988)

24 December 2014 3:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Scrooged

Written by Mitch Glazer and Michael O’Donoghue Directed by Richard Donner USA, 1988 The story of Scrooge is one of literature’s most enduring and beloved tales. It is a universal tale of redemption and a staple of Christmas lore. The Bill Murray vehicle Scrooged was released in 1988 and it is one of the more unique adaptations of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece. It isn’t your typical take on Scrooge but that’s what makes it all the more fun. There are funny cameos and quirky action sequences all firmly anchored by both Murray’s brilliant lead performance and Richard Donner’s solid direction. With Christmas soon coming upon us, Scrooged is the perfect cinematic gem to be viewed with the whole family. The film is pretty straightforward and focuses on Frank Cross (Murray), a bitter TV executive, who takes out his frustration on his lowly assistant Grace (Alfre Woodard »

- Randall Unger

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Jack White, Jack Black, Jeff Tweedy are on for Beck's 'Song Reader'

9 July 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's a mix of tried-and-true names along with some relative unknowns on the music version of Beck's "Song Reader." Jack White, Jack Black, Jeff Tweedy, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Laura Marling, fun., Juanes, David Johansen and more made the cut as collaborators on the forthcoming album. The songwriter has seen a surge of activity lately since releasing his critically acclaimed new album "Morning Phase" this year, and he's now circled back on what what was originally a sheet-music-only 20-song project. "Song Reader" is officially being dubbed a compilation by Warby Parker/Capitol, who will release the set on July 29. The eyewear manufacture worked with the songwriter previously on making special edition frames, and now the two together with donate proceeds from the album's sale to the non-profit 826 National, an young creative writers' institution. Warby Parker was also the sponsor behind limited engagements where "Song Reader" compositions were performed in L. »

- Katie Hasty

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10 Most Unwatchable TV to Movie Adaptations

10 June 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

22 Jump Street is in theaters this weekend, and its one of the few TV-to-Movie franchises that has gotten it right. This comes after so many have gotten it really wrong! Adapting a hit television show to the big screen seems like it would be an easy thing. The source material is great, there's an existing audience, it should be money in the bank. But bigger does not mean better. There's more than enough examples of great TV turned into garbage cinema. So much so, there was a fair amount of difficulty and debate narrowing it down to ten, epically awful movies. Criteria had to be established. There must be a method to this madness. Terrible films like The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, or The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas still has an appeal to younger audiences who might actually be entertained by it. It does have some value. Once »

- MovieWeb

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'Mannequin' Director Michael Gottlieb Dead at 69

28 May 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Michael Gottlieb, the writer and director of comedies like "Mannequin" and "Mr. Nanny," was killed in a motorcycle accident last Friday at the age of 69. Gottlieb began his career as a fashion photographer, moved into advertising, and later transitioned into a career as a producer, writer, and director. Gottlieb was also a professor at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, where he taught screenwriting.

Michael Gottlieb's "Mannequin" starred Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy as an artist who falls in love with the fashion mannequin he created. Kim Cattrall, who'd previously appeared in "Porky's," "Police Academy," and "Big Trouble in Little China," co-starred as Emmy, the mannequin that occasionally returns to life to hang out with her new pal. Gottlieb's "Mr. Nanny" starred Hulk Hogan and former New York Doll David Johansen. He also directed the comedy "The Shrimp on the Barbie" under the pseudonym "Alan Smithee," and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court »

- Jenni Miller

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