13 items from 2014
From the world of Peter Pan comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who's captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina's wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who'll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, The Pirate Fairy sets sail April 1, 2014. Watch the extended sneak preview.
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 15, “Just Like at Home”
Written by Ian Deichtman & Kristin Rusk Robinson
Directed by Allison Liddi-Brown
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
Parenthood has struggled this season with a handful of storylines, most notably the Julia and Joel friction and eventual trial separation. While this arc has felt contrived and frustratingly unexplored, from Joel’s perspective at the very least, the fallout from his decision two episodes ago has been fantastic, both in concept and execution. This week, Sydney and Victor head to Joel’s new apartment for their first weekend away from home, leaving Julia alone with her thoughts (and Orange is the New Black), and watching each set of characters react to this, and the way writers Ian Deichtman and Kristin Rusk Robinson »
- Kate Kulzick
Opening this weekend in limited release is Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises. Inspired by the Tatsuo Hori novel, The Wind Rises tells the tale of young Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Using historical events as a backdrop, the film also follows Jiro in his relationship with Nahoko (voice of Emily Blunt), and his friendship with his colleague Honjo (voice of John Krasinski). Expanding to a wide theatrical release starting February 28th, the English voice cast of The Wind Rises also features Martin Short, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, Jennifer Grey, and William H. Macy. Hit the jump to watch the clip. Here's the first clip from The Wind Rises: Synopsis: In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by »
- Dave Trumbore
Catch a new clip called "Creating Planes" from "The Wind Rises," which includes an English voice cast of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, Jennifer Grey, William H. Macy, Zach Callison, Madeleine Rose Yen, Eva Bella, Edie Mirman, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood, Ronan Farrow and David Cowgil. In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers, earning the respect of prominent »
This week, many celebrities were in England for London Fashion Week and the BAFTA Awards, and they made sure to snap plenty of photos along the way. From Oprah's selfie with Michael Fassbender and Emma Thompson to Lupita Nyong'o's "losers selfie," a lot of the fun was happening overseas. Elsewhere, stars like Lea Michele, John Stamos, and Emmy Rossum had us yearning for Summer with gorgeous swimsuit photos, while Rihanna enjoyed "#cabinlife" in a puffy pink coat for a prebirthday bash. Some pics were more relatable, like when The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham freaked out over the crazy House of Cards season two premiere, Mae Whitman and Miles Heizer got brunch, and Katy Perry fell in love with a tiny puppy. Keep reading to see the rest of this week's cutest celebrity candids, and be sure to follow Popsugar on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! »
- Alyse Whitney
Technophilia will only get you so far, Jonze's near-future parable suggests, as it engineers a blind date between a lonely man and a sentient operating system with no concept of privacy settings – and finds both partners wanting. More successful is the marriage of sci-fi and romantic drama: the focus is more on the heart than the hardware in this soulful, often sorrowful movie.
The Lego Movie (U)
Using pop-culture humour and star voices to overcome blatant product placement, this canny, rapid-fire comedy adventure is like a Matrix parody rendered in CGI plastic bricks.
- Steve Rose
NBC has released the first episode episode of "Friday Night at The Luncheonette," their "Parenthood" web series. The series is notable because it contains a crossover with the dearly departed "Friday Night Lights."
In the episode, Max (Max Burkholder) is documenting Amber's (Mae Whitman) work life, as she explains exactly what she does at The Luncheonette. It all starts falling apart though she she has to watch him longer than expected and it conflicts with an after hours appointment she booked.
That's where Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips come in, reprising their "Friday Night Lights" roles of Landry and Billy, respectively. Their band, Crucifictorious, is recording in the studio. You'll have to wait for the next episode to see them play, though. »
In an attempt to inform people that it has programming that is not part of the Olympics, NBC is churning out a bunch of webisodes for some of its shows. Did you know that NBC has shows? It has shows! For Parenthood, these webisodes include the reappearance of Friday Night Lights' Crucifictorious, Landry's (Jesse Plemons) band that was "extreme grindcore with heavy thrash influences." (Jason Katims executive produced both shows, hence the crossover.) There are a few cute Fnl shootouts in this first installment: Amber (Mae Whitman) calls Landry "Lance," just like Coach Taylor used to, and she appears to be wearing an East Dillon Lions T-shirt. NBC announced earlier this week that Billy Riggins (Derek Philips) would also be making an appearance, but he's not in this video, alas. »
- Margaret Lyons
Peter Pan found himself back in the headlines this week with the news that Warner Bros is launching a nationwide casting search to find a new boy who'll never grow up. The Joe Wright-directed film will explore the origins of Jm Barrie's character with Hugh Jackman as pirate Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund playing a young James Hook.
Digital Spy takes a look at five other movies that have used Barrie as inspiration to create some movie magic.
Peter Pan (1953)
There had been a Pan movie before (a silent film released in 1924), but this Disney-produced offering proved to be a big hit in the early '50s. Turning Barrie's acclaimed play into an animated musical, the Disney version even spawned a sequel (2002's Return to Neverland) and a spinoff series revolving around pixie Tinker Bell (more on that later).
A continuation of Barrie's story, Steven Spielberg took the helm »
Tinker Bell is one of Disney’s great mascots, a symbol of the enchantment that has illuminated the studio for decades. However, having been involved in a number of unmemorable spin-off’s, sadly we have another one to add to the list, as Peggy Holmes presents The Pirate Fairy. Though managing to comprise a voice cast consisting of Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston, we spend too much time referencing its originator, Peter Pan, feeling too contrived in the process. If there is one thing you should try and avoid, is to draw too many comparisons to one of the greatest animations ever created, as it seeks only in highlighting this very film’s shortcomings.
Hendricks voices Zarina, an enthusiastic and inventive fairy, who is determined to discover the true power and potential of pixie dust, and create new colours and formulas to see what the magical powder is truly capable of. »
- Stefan Pape
Accepting the fact that viewers cannot survive on luge and figure skating alone, NBC has launched digital spinoffs of some of its scripted series to satiate fans while its primetime schedule is dominated by the Sochi Olympics.
“Chicago Fire” leads things off on Tuesday with a four-part digital series titled “I Am a Firefighter.” It follows Monica Raymond’s Dawson, who must put her training and confidence to the test when she is alone in the station during an emergency.
“Parenthood’s” digital series actually celebrates a former NBC show: “Friday Night at the Luncheonette,” which debuts Thursday, features guest stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips who reprise their “Friday Night Lights” roles when “Parenthood’s” Amber (Mae Whitman) is tasked »
- Whitney Friedlander
"Parenthood" has seen its fair share of "Friday Night Lights" alumni make appearances on the show (both are executive produced by Jason Katims), but never have they played their characters from the beloved former NBC series. Until now.
NBC announced on Monday (Feb. 10) that "Parenthood" would be getting a four-part digital series, "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," as a way of keeping viewers engaged in the series during the 2014 Winter Olympics hiatus. The series will follow Amber (Mae Whitman) as she watches after cousin Max (Max Burkholder) while working after hours at the studio.
During her adventures, "Fnl" stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips reprise their roles of Landry Clarke and Billy Riggins, respectively, showing up as the band Crucifictorious. (And presumably explaining how Billy came to be part of the band.) Phillips has appeared on "Parenthood" as a different character in the past, so continuity sticklers would be advised to look the other way. »
Not going to the Berlin Film Festival? Well, there's plenty of fantastic cinema from around the world about to hit U.S. theaters this month, which should more than make up for that. From India to Palestine, Quebec to Japan, check out Indiewire's very world cinema-minded picks for February 2014's best: 1. The Wind Rises (February 21) Director: Hayao Miyazaki Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William H. Macy, Werner Herzog, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss, Elijah Wood, Ronan Farrow (voices of Us dubbed version) Distributor: Touchstone/Ghibli Current Criticwire average: A- (see all grades) Why Is It a "Must See"? Though Hayao Miyazaki's movies have always dealt with big ideas -- from anti-war arguments to the nuances of gender relations and the innocence of childhood among them -- they have always contained a steady dose of fantasy. By contrast, "The Wind Rises" (which the 71-year-old. »
- Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn
13 items from 2014
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