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12 items from 2016


Mike Gold: Holy Geriatrics, Batman!

24 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Bear with me once again as we step into the “borrowed” Wabac machine to visit another era – one fraught with its own cultural peccadillos, its own world-view, and its own sensibilities.

You’ve probably heard that WB is extending their never-ending line of direct-to-disc DC-based animated features this fall to include a new, original, and undoubtedly awesome story set in the world of the 1966 Batman teevee show. In order to do this effectively they needed to procure the services of the sadly few surviving series stars, so they wisely put Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar in a recording studio to belt out their performances as Batman, Robin and Catwoman-the-first, respectively.

None found this a new experience. West has been voicing all sorts of stuff – most notably, Family Guy, although he returned to Gotham City in several of the subsequent animated Batman teevee series. Ward voiced Robin in numerous animated shows, »

- Mike Gold

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New 'Batman' Animated Movie Reunites Original Cast

17 August 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will reprise their 1960s TV Batman roles – in vocal form, at least – for the new animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. In a trailer, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Batman (West) and Robin (Ward) approach death in a giant oven (conveniently labeled "Giant Oven") before hatching an escape plot.

"Holy spoiler alert!" Robin exclaims. Batman teases the film, vowing, "A good crime-fighter always keeps his fans informed." Caped Crusaders – available October 11th on Digital HD and November 1st as a Blu-Ray »

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The 20 Best Voice Performances of the Last 20 Years

13 July 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Movies’ voice performances used to be something of an afterthought, at least for audiences. Most people have seen “The Little Mermaid,” but few could tell you the name of the actress who breathed life into Ariel. (Her name is Jodie Benson.)

That’s changed. Dreamworks and the growing legion of Disney imitators realized there was real commercial value in casting celebrities for animated movies. (See: Martin Scorsese as a fish with huge eyebrows in “Shark Tale.”) And, as technology developed a life of its own, the sound of a recognizable human voice has grown especially comforting.

These days, we don’t need to call anyone to have a conversation with our phones. And yet, even in an age when computers can generate photorealistic people, the fully human voice is still inimitable. It’s safe to say that Siri has never made anybody cry (unless it was frustration), but Scarlett Johansson »

- David Ehrlich, Kate Halliwell, Steve Greene, Russell Goldman, Ben Travers, Zack Sharf, Chris O'Falt and Kyle Kizu

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Female Superheroes Ranked: See How Wonder Woman Stacks Up Against Catwoman, Black Widow and More

24 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This Friday, a little movie titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. Perhaps you may have seen an advertisement or two about it. The film marks the first official pairing of Bats and Supes in a feature film. Surely there are longtime fans eager to see them pec-to-pec, but some fans will be excited about the film's other big debut: Wonder Woman. Ever since Gal Gadot was cast in the role, comic book (and TV) fans have been eager to find out how Wonder Woman would be realized on the big screen. Shockingly, the character has never had »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Female Superheroes Ranked: See How Wonder Woman Stacks Up Against Catwoman, Black Widow and More

24 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This Friday, a little movie titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. Perhaps you may have seen an advertisement or two about it. The film marks the first official pairing of Bats and Supes in a feature film. Surely there are longtime fans eager to see them pec-to-pec, but some fans will be excited about the film's other big debut: Wonder Woman. Ever since Gal Gadot was cast in the role, comic book (and TV) fans have been eager to find out how Wonder Woman would be realized on the big screen. Shockingly, the character has never had »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Life | DVD Review

8 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A troubling hush seems to follow Anton Corbijn’s fourth and least enthusiastically received Life, a snapshot on the short but intensely felt celebrity of actor James Dean revolving around a famed photo shoot for the titular magazine administered by Dennis Stock. Considering the film stars Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson in the lead roles, the lukewarm reception of the film seems surprising, beginning with a muted response at the premiere at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, where it played as a Special Gala Screening. Based on the film’s marketing and demure DVD release, one would be surprised to note Us distributor Cinedigm collected a titch over one million in box office following a limited theatrical and VOD release in December of 2015.

Following his 2014 John Le Carre adaptation A Man Most Wanted, director Anton Corbijn delves into the life of another desired individual, cherished cinematic icon James Dean with Life. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Sheba, Baby | Blu-ray Review

1 March 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Strangely enough, Pam Grier’s last Blaxploitation feature, 1975’s Sheba, Baby, would be the title to introduce her to a much wider audience thanks to its PG rating. Though undoubtedly adult in theme, it’s a kittenish exercise compared to the violence, gratuitous sex, and shameless taken-for-granted racist and misogynistic antics of earlier efforts. Its classification as the final chapter of Grier’s Blaxploitation days is also sort of a misnomer, since this refers to the last time she’d don her famous persona as an action star in pursuit of a more serious career, heading into Drum (a sequel to the infamous Mandingo), starring opposite Richard Pryor in Greased Lightning, and even a Ray Bradbury adaptation in Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). But 1975 was one of several sterling years for Grier, headlining three films, though none of them would eventually reach the same iconicity as the prior year’s »

- Nicholas Bell

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Contemporary films reflecting on Hollywood’s Golden Age

25 January 2016 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…

Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.

In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »

- Sara Hemrajani

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5 Late Greats We'd Like to See Tyler Henry Channel on Hollywood Medium

24 January 2016 3:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry is, as you may have guessed, a show in which Tyler Henry acts as a spiritual medium to members of the various echelons of Hollywood. In one recent clip, he connects Bella Thorne with her deceased father. While Henry, 20, usually works with the living to channel their relatives, it would be pretty interesting if he were able to channel the souls of any deceased Hollywood celebrity. In that spirit (pun intended), and with the show's new season premiering Sunday, I'd love to see an episode or five of the show where Henry spends time channeling »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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5 Late Greats We'd Like to See Tyler Henry Channel on Hollywood Medium

24 January 2016 3:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry is, as you may have guessed, a show in which Tyler Henry acts as a spiritual medium to members of the various echelons of Hollywood. In one recent clip, he connects Bella Thorne with her deceased father. While Henry, 20, usually works with the living to channel their relatives, it would be pretty interesting if he were able to channel the souls of any deceased Hollywood celebrity. In that spirit (pun intended), and with the show's new season premiering Sunday, I'd love to see an episode or five of the show where Henry spends time channeling »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Catwoman now looks like Michelle Pfeiffer, completing the circle of art imitating life

14 January 2016 10:11 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Anne Hathaway tried to wrest away the crown, but Michelle Pfeiffer remains the queen of playing Catwoman…on film, anyway. After all, no one holds a candle to Eartha Kitt. But if you think “Catwoman,” you probably think of Pfeiffer slinking around in red lipstick and a skillfully sewed latex suit. Selina Kyle has gone through many transformations since Pfeiffer’s take. Since the New 52 revamped the DC universe, Kyle has been Catwoman, a member of the Justice League of America, and most recently the head of the Calabrese mob family. But in Catwoman #48, things go off the rails and Selina goes into hiding. In New York City and framed for a murder she did not commit, Catwoman is now on the run! And to uncover whoever is out to get her, she’ll have to ask for help from some unlikely—and untrustworthy—sources. Her hunt to uncover the »

- Donna Dickens

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A Happy New (Twitterful) Year

2 January 2016 5:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

2016 is upon us. So far it's been a wash since a cold has attacked me without warning but while I sleep and stay hydrated (not simultaneously) and procrastinate here are some favorite tweets of the week. But the year started beautifully with two of our favorite film thinkers and Oscar historians Nick Davis and Mark Harris announcing new projects. Nick will be expanding his "Best Actress" section and Mark Harris will be celebrating 1966 movies all year as he preps for the 50th anniversary of those Best Picture nominees he celebrated in his first book "Pictures at a Revolution" which was on the Best Pictures of 1967.

Our first tweet is a perfect message for the "survey the greats" season we're in via filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Our friend Nick has an interesting solution to this favorites versus perfection equation. He has two top 100s, greatest and favorites. He just wrote a »

- NATHANIEL R

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