9 items from 2013
A fake psychic investigates nasty crimes in Santa Barbara: not a grim police procedural, but a cartoonish comedy with endless in-jokes and relentless repartee
In sunny Santa Barbara, psychic Shawn Spencer uses his uncanny powers to help police solve baffling crimes. Except Shawn is a fraud. His flashes of psychic inspiration are simply Sherlock-style deductive leaps, the result of being raised by a strict cop father who drilled his observational skills. If the intention was to mould a methodical, serious-minded young man, it backfired spectacularly – since Shawn is a prattling, self-dramatising dilettante. When he turns up at a funeral in casual clothes, his best friend and reluctant partner Gus (played by The West Wing's Dulé Hill) wonders aloud what kind of man doesn't own a suit. "The Joker," answers Shawn immediately. "Colonel Sanders. Matthew McConaughey." They could all be touchstones for this man-child.
Once you acclimatise to James Roday's manic performance as Shawn, »
- Graeme Virtue
For the first time ever, the first three films in the Indiana Jones saga will be available individually in high definition when they arrive on Digital HD November 19, 2013 and on Blu-ray with a digital copy available through iTunes December 17, 2013 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Relive all your favorite moments from the greatest adventure of all time-from the deserts of Egypt to the jungles of South America-as everyone's favorite archaeologist travels the globe thwarting evil villains to retrieve history's most famous artifacts.
Under the supervision of director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt, Raiders of the Lost Ark was painstakingly restored in 2012 with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel of the iconic film. Own this meticulously restored version of the cinematic classic that started it all, as well as previously remastered versions of Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, »
As a member of The Fellowship of the Ring, Orlando Bloom.s Legolas was one of the most important characters in Peter Jackson.s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The great Elf warrior from J.R.R. Tolkien.s novels truly came to life and gave the series some of its best moments, armed with some sweet archery skills and an unlikely friendship John Rhys-Davies.s Gimli. It.s a character that fans absolutely adore, and one that Bloom got the amazing chance to revisit on the set of The Hobbit trilogy. As was revealed earlier today, my last report from the set of the new Hobbit movie was partially incomplete, as myself and a small group of other film journalists on the trip not only had the chance to see some scenes being filmed, but also talk with Orlando Bloom about his return to Middle-earth and the role of »
While it isn't certain if fans will ever get to see Indiana Jones 5, Jeremy Coon (Napoleon Dynamite) is bringing another Indiana Jones story to the big screen. The producer has optioned Alan Eisenstock's book Raiders!, which tells the true story of two Mississippi kids who made a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Over the course of seven years, Mississippi friends Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 classic, starting production at age 11 and finishing when they were 18. The film, entitled Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Adaptation, wrapped production in 1989, and was forgotten about until filmmaker Eli Roth got a hold of a copy. He relayed it to Steven Spielberg, who congratulated the young filmmakers on their work.
Thn’s retrospective of Disney’s Animated Classics continues with Aladdin.
1992/ 90 Minutes
The idea of adapting the Middle Eastern folk tale “Aladdin” was first proposed by songwriter Howard Ashman in 1988. He and longtime collaborator Alan Menken were working on The Little Mermaid at the time, and production was about to begin on Beauty And The Beast. Ashman wrote an initial treatment for the project and collaborated on six songs with Menken.
After The Little Mermaid was completed, co-directors John Musker and Ron Clements turned their attention to writing a first draft script with Linda Woolverton providing a screenplay. Musker and Clements would go on to direct.
Aladdin was the second Disney animated feature to use fully rendered and textured 3D CGI moving backgrounds, in combination with the traditionally animated character animation, a process experimented on with The Rescuers Down Under and utilised to »
- Rob Burch
Insiders caution that Fox hasn't even brought on a casting director yet, but Teller reportedly met with Trank and is rumored to be the director's top choice. [Source: The Wrap]
Alex In The Afternoons
Rhys-Davies will play Signore Voza in the story of a model (Hannah Cowley) connected to a series of disturbing disappearances. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Our irregular series on smaller film festivals looks at a Polish celebration of independent cinema kicking off this Friday
Festival name: Off Plus Camera – International Festival of Independent Cinema
Location: Krakow, Poland
Dates: annually,12-21 April 2013
About: This increasingly dynamic festival of independent cinema is geared towards young and debut directors. Taking place in the picturesque southern Polish city of Krakow, the festival is staged in former palaces – such as the Pod Baranami cinema and Kino Ars just off the main square – and, to a lesser extent, at all seven of the city's other art-house cinemas. This year's festival will also offer rooftop screenings, "for those who like extreme sports", according to the artistic director. By attracting more sponsors and by vastly improving organisation and publicity, Off Plus Camera has developed rapidly under the auspices of festival director, Szymon Miszczak; artistic director, Ania Trzebiatowska (who formerly »
- James Hopkin
Face Off Episode 401
“Make It Reign”
Original Airdate: 15 January 2013
In This Episode...
A new year, a new group of artists. The game started aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, where the group was assigned a spotlight challenge: pick a crown from a selection before them, then create a queen based on it. Michael Westmore judged this competition (he also joins the season as a mentor.) Anthony won for a blue cat-like queen that Michael found to be camera ready. Anthony gained immunity for the episode.
For the foundation challenge, the contestants are randomly paired up and are tasked to create a goblin king. Each must be themed around a different geological feature. Actor John Rhys-Davies was the guest judge.
Alam and Chris’s theme was the forest. They created a tree man with a lot of details.
Katie and House created an arctic king. There was »
- Alyse Wax
Genre: Reality | Sci-Fi | Competition
Air Date/Time: January 15 at 9/8c
Syfy’s most popular unscripted series, Face Off, returns for a new year and fourth season of stunning make-up magic. Fourteen rising special effects make-up artists come to Los Angeles to compete in a series of elaborate challenges that will ultimately determine just who has the skillful hand to win Face Off.
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Face Off is simply the best reality/competition series around. It showcases really talented up-and-coming artists in the world of special effects makeup, who are given great challenges, some key mentoring by one of the best in the business, and fair assessments of their work by other people who are the best in the business, all while teaching us something about their craft, which is fascinating, often beautiful or horrific but nearly always stunning.
Along with all of »
- Erin Willard
9 items from 2013
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