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Earlier this month, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group debuted the first trailer for the upcoming video game Lego Dimensions at Comic-Con, featuring characters from several different franchises. Today we have the official story trailer for the new game, which features even more of your favorite characters in mini-figure form. Some of these iconic characters include Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, Batman and even Scooby-Doo.
Lego Dimensions features an original story that combines characters and worlds from 14 of the most popular entertainment brands including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago, Back to The Future, Scooby-Doo, Lego Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal and Midway Arcade. For the first time in any Lego videogame, characters from iconic entertainment franchises join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. In addition to the game, »
NBC has its sights set on some big names to fill out the already-impressive cast of its upcoming live staging of "The Wiz": According to several outlets, both Beyonce and Uzo Aduba are being considered for the part of Glinda the Good Witch.
E! reports that Beyonce has already been offered the role, though no deal has been finalized yet. According to Entertainment Weekly, producers have apparently approached the singer at least twice about the part, but the singer has passed both times; EW says that NBC may be prepping yet another offer for Queen Bey, though it's unclear if that's the offer E! is talking about.
But if Beyonce doesn't take it, there's another, equally-talented actress apparently waiting in the wings: "Orange Is the New Black" star Aduba, who has a Broadway background (she appeared in a 2011 revival of "Godspell"). According to E!, Aduba is producers' second pick for the part, »
- Katie Roberts
A new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming video game Lego Dimensions, which combines characters and worlds from 14 of the most popular entertainment brands including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago, Back to the Future, Scooby-Doo, Lego Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal and Midway Arcade. Check it out below…
See Also: Doctor Who trailer for Lego Dimensions
In the game, there is an ancient planet at the center of the Lego Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of Lego worlds to help him find these building bricks of Lego civilization. Some have agreed, others have rebelled, and only the »
- Gary Collinson
Follow the yellow brick road! Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the cast of NBC’s revival of Broadway hit The Wiz, adapted from Frank L. Baum’s classic book The Wizard of Oz. Latifah, who appeared in Chicago and Hairspray, will play the Wiz, while Grammy winner Blige will take on the role of Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the live television production, set to air on Dec. 3. Sources tell Us Weekly that Beyonce is also in talks to play Glinda the [...] »
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, 2015.
Directed by Fred Wolf.
When happy family man Joe Dirt finds himself transported to the recent past, he begins an epic journey to get back to his loved ones in the present.
It’s been fourteen years now since Joe Dirt came out, during which the film has garnered a small cult following despite the fact that it’s not the greatest comedy to ever hit the sceen. I’ll be the first to admit that while I don’t find the original particularly good, there are some parts that do make me laugh and it’s something I can throw on everyone once in a while. Now here we are in 2015 and for whatever reason we’re getting a sequel that I’m pretty sure nobody asked for. We »
- Jake Peffer
“I got the results of the test back – I definitely have breast cancer!”
There will be thousands of plastic spoons flying through the air in the Tivoli’s main screen this weekend. Grown men in tuxedoes will be throwing footballs three feet away from each other in the Tivoli’s lobby. What’s going on and who will that strange man with the sunglasses, odd accent and black stringy hair be that everyone will be crowded around?
Forget Ant-Man! The wait is almost over. The St. Louis movie event of the summer is this weekend! Our city is bracing itself for the arrival of the one and only Tommy Wiseau! St. Louis-area fans of The Room will have the opportunity to meet the film’s talented, »
- Tom Stockman
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
“T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt. Can’t just suppress 65 million years of gut instinct.”
Jurassic Park (1993) screens midnights this weekend (July 24th and 25th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
Upon its initial release Jurassic Park made $920 million worldwide (in 1993 dollars) at the box office. And now it’s back, at the Tivoli midnights this weekend as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
The movie itself certainly holds up. In 1993, Jurassic Park did for monster movies what King Kong had originally done in 1933. It combines the new (at the time) visual effects technology of CG with a fantastic story and great characters to create a dizzying exciting movie packed with action, scares, intrigue, drama and humor. It was Spielberg doing what he does better than just about anybody – creating pure cinematic »
- Tom Stockman
Bart Williams, a veteran character actor who was active in Actors Equity, died from cancer at his home in Bullhead City, Arizona, on June 28. He was 65.
Born in Los Angeles, he appeared in Equity productions nationwide over many decades, often reprising roles for which he became celebrated such as Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Annie,” Cap’n Andy in “Show Boat,” Major General Stanley in “The Pirates of Penzance” and the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Film credits included “The Doomsday Clock,” “Short Circuit 2,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “An Enemy of the People,” while highlights of his career in television include “Mad TV,” “Weird Science,” “Abbott & Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld,” “Totally Hidden Video” and “General Hospital.”
He was also a successful writer, director and producer, recently garnering numerous festival awards for his feature documentary “The Last First Comic,” about Irv Benson, the only surviving burlesque comedy headliner.
For Actors Equity Association, »
- Variety Staff
Once upon a time, kids’ films were simple, but with happy resolutions. Now along comes Pixar with an adventure that embraces sadness and doubt
Inside Out, the new film from Pixar, is a dream for children, a delight for parents and a nightmare for the critics sent to deconstruct it. How do you explain the inner workings of a movie that purports to be all inner workings; that lifts the bonnet to reveal the engine? Judged on face value, Pete Docter’s picture tells the tale of 11-year-old Riley, who travels far from home and eventually learns to make sense of a strange new environment, just as Dorothy did in The Wizard of Oz. Except don’t judge it on face value, because that’s missing the point. Deliberately, audaciously, Inside Out sets out to show the cognitive wheels turning. It makes the girl into the stage and casts her emotions as the heroes. »
- Xan Brooks
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
Tarsem Singh‘s Self/less isn’t getting much love from general audiences or critics at the moment, but thankfully the filmmaker is already preparing a rebound. Singh is set to direct all ten episodes of Emerald City, NBC’s upcoming drama based on The Wizard of Oz. More details on the Tarsem Singh Emerald City project after the jump. […]
- Angie Han
Single director seasons has been a rising trend in television, with last season providing the two most notable examples in HBO’s True Detective and Cinemax’s The Knick, with David Fincher and David Lynch poised to do the same with Utopia and Twin Peaks respectively in subsequent seasons. To date, however, the trend has been limited to cable channels. NBC, however, is jumping into the ring as well, as reports have now emerged that the network channel has tapped director Tarsem Singh to direct all ten episodes of its upcoming series Emerald City.
Tarsem, whose latest feature Self/Less is currently in theatres, is known to most film fans for his work on the 2006 feature The Fall. He currently has five features under his belt, along with an assortment of music videos, including that of Rem’s Losing My Religion, but has yet to work in television.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Emerald City is a long-gestating television series based on the classic story of The Wizard of Oz that has now been taken over for redevelpment by writer and executive producer David Schulner (Desperate Housewives). The show is set to tell the story of Dorothy Gale and her K9 police-dog who “are transported via tornado to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy”.
Aria Arjona (True Detective) will play Dorothy, and today comes news that Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge) and Ana Ularu (Serena) have joined the cast in the show, which is described as a “modern and dark reimagining of the classic »
- Scott J. Davis
A $1 million reward is being offered for information leading to the return of a missing pair of Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. $1 Million Reward Offered For Stolen Ruby Slippers The shoes worn by Garland in the famous film, were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota almost 10 […]
The post Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Ruby Slippers: $1 Million Reward Set For Lost Pair appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Has anyone checked the Wicked Witch of the West's closet? A pair of ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in 1939's The Wizard of Oz are still missing from the Judy Garland Museum in the late actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minn. The museum's executive director, John Kelsch, says an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to their recovery. The offer requires the exact location of the slippers and the perpetrator's name. Kelsch says the donor lives in Arizona and is a big fan of the film. Garland's name is handwritten inside the iconic slippers. The slippers were insured for $1 million and could be worth between $2 million and »
A large reward has been offered for the return of Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz shoes nearly a decade after they were stolen from a Minnesota museum
It has been almost 10 years since the famous red sequinned shoes worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz were stolen from a museum in Minnesota. They were insured for $1m (£640,000); the perpetrator was never caught, and the shoes are still at large.
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- Ascanio Branca
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