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Warning: The plot of Brad (Ratatouille) Bird's Tomorrowland is an incomprehensible muddle. A Wachowski screenplay reimagined by William Burroughs would be easier to follow. I'm only telling you this out of kindness so you won't feel like a complete mental lummox when, as this action offering for pre-teen girls ever so slowly ends after 130 minutes, you realize you don't know what the fuck happened.
(That Lost's Damon Lindelof is co-writer is no surprise. Hiring Lindelof to scribe a children's film is like asking Nietzsche to write a gluten-free cookbook.)
Otherwise, Tomorrowland is highly enjoyable. Well, that's true except for the opening when George Clooney and his sidekick talk directly to the camera and you sort of want to cringe. You'll understand why they do so at the end of the pic, which just reminded me the whole picture is a flashback. Other than with Sunset Boulevard, who needs flashbacks? Anyway, »
- Brandon Judell
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group have released a brand new trailer for the upcoming franchise mash-up video game Lego Dimensions, which sees Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Doc Emmett Brown from the Back to the Future trilogy; check it out here…
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, the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack will include the Lego Toy Pad, which allows players to transport special Lego minifigures and other Lego objects into the game, bricks to build the Lego Gateway, three Lego Minifigures, including Lego Batman from DC Comics, Lego Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie, plus the Lego Batmobile.
In addition to »
- Gary Collinson
This article contains a big spoiler for Chinatown.
Ah, the mighty Brad Bird. If he'd downed tools after he made the peerless The Iron Giant and never made another film again, we'd still be sending him Christmas cards every year. But then he went and made The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol as well. Gah. Now we have to send chocolates as well.
Bird's latest film, Tomorrowland, arrives in cinemas this week, and we caught up with him to find out more about it. Here's how the chat went...
If we boil down the movies that many of us grew up loving in the 1980s, there's relatable stakes at the heart of them. So, for instance, Back To The Future is at its centre someone trying to get his parents back together. »
Director Brad Bird has an almost immaculate run of form when it comes to bringing larger-than-life entertainments to the screen. The Iron Giant was one of the most acclaimed animated films of the 1990s. The Incredibles and Ratatouille are among Pixar's best films so far. His live-action debut Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, while not perfect, was perhaps the most entertaining movie entry since the first.
Bird brings his blue-sky storytelling to bear on Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, a eyed sci-fi fairytale with elements taken straight from classic pulp magazine stories. It’s The Wizard Of Oz retold by Ray Bradbury or Hugo Gernsback, with bits of The Terminator and Buck Rogers thrown in for good measure. It’s an entertaining yet sometimes befuddling bag of intricately moving parts, not all of which fit together too well. »
Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major British stage star Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Born on May 15, 1910, actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned about six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., would have turned 105 this year. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at Rko or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or – more frequently – on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received stage performances – is all but forgotten. »
- Andre Soares
In his Pixar triumphs “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” writer-director Brad Bird proved himself not just a wizardly storyteller but also an ardent champion of excellence — of intelligence, creativity and nonconformity — in every arena of human (and rodent) accomplishment. All the more disappointing, then, that the forces of mediocrity have largely prevailed over “Tomorrowland,” a kid-skewing adventure saga that, for all its initial narrative intrigue and visual splendor, winds up feeling like a hollow, hucksterish Trojan horse of a movie — the shiny product of some smiling yet sinister dimension where save-the-world impulses and Disney mass-branding strategies collide. A sort of “Interstellar Jr.” in which the fate of humanity hinges on our ability to nurture young hearts and minds, the picture runs heavier on canned inspirationalism than on actual inspiration, which won’t necessarily keep it from drawing a hefty summer audience with its family-friendly elements, topnotch production values, Imax rollout, endless »
- Justin Chang
Chicago – The showcase and respect given to filmmakers at the recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) meant that the top directors made appearances on behalf of their featured films. James Ponsoldt of “The End of the Tour” and Patrick Brice of “The Overnight” are two prime artists at the top of their game.
HollywoodChicago.com also got a chance to talk to Ponsoldt and Brice after their screenings at the Ccff, and the insights provided context to their art.
James Ponsoldt, Director of “The End of the Tour”
James Ponsoldt is a great friend to the festival, having screened his film “The Spectacular Now” at the first Ccff in 2013. He returned with “The End of of the Tour,” a superior and poignant understanding of author David Foster Wallace (a career-defining role for Jason Segel), as he takes his last book tour promoting his famous novel, “Infinite Jest.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Stephanie Mills, the original broadway star of “The Wiz,” is on board to play a part in NBC’s live musical update of the African-American spin on the “The Wizard of Oz.” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced on Monday during the network’s upfront presentation that Mills would play Aunt Em in the production set to air on Dec. 3. Mills is the first cast member to be announced for the network’s follow-up to “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan.” Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are returning to produce “The Wiz,” which will also yield a Broadway revival in 2016. Also Read: Twitter. »
- Greg Gilman
As if the very concept of Lego Dimensions – a game that will merge and explore several geeky universes like DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, and Back to the Future – wasn’t exciting enough, several new “Level Packs” for the game have been announced, including Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo and Portal 2.
That’s right, soon you’ll be able to not only make your own miniature Lego Companion Cube and Tardis, but you’ll be able to bring those things into Lego Dimensions and add them to an already geek-tastic gaming experience.
Each Level Pack comes with a minifigure and two small Lego builds; Portal 2 (71203) will come with a Chell minifig, Companion Cube and sentry turret, Doctor Who (71204) with a Peter Capaldi minifig, Tardis and K-9, while The Simpsons (71202) comes with Homer, a television (playing The Itchy & Scratchy Show) and a miniature version of »
- James Garcia
We’ve been following the Yellow Brick Road for three-quarters of a century and Dorothy hasn’t aged a bit. It's been over 75 years since The Wizard of Oz debuted, quickly becoming a classic film that has delighted generations of the young and young at heart.
The beloved film recently celebrated its diamond anniversary with an impressive remastered blu-ray/dvd release and a tribute at last year’s past Academy Awards ceremony. Now, the movie is once again coming to the big screen this Saturday, May 9th as part of the Family Favourites programme at participating theatres with each ticket available for $2.99.
Originally released wide in theatres on August 25, 1939 (and a whole week earlier in select theatres in Canada), the move has been subject to many a myth, homage, and parody over its lifetime.
Bust out those ruby red slippers and your little dog too and check out ten facts »
- Rachel West
I wasn’t planning on watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match this weekend — I’m more of a Kentucky Derby kinda guy, to be honest — but I can’t imagine it being much bloodier than Top 8 Performance Night on The Voice.
Look, there’s no denying that Season 8 of NBC’s reality singing competition is as jam-packed with talent as Kim Kardashian’s pencil skirts are heaving with badonkadonk. It’s just that, with two more performers headed for a dinner date at The Rancor‘s basement apartment on Tuesday night, it seemed like nearly everyone was swinging hickory bats at melodies requiring butterfly-wing delicacy. »
We all love a video montage here at Thn, and here’s one which captures the first 120 years of cinema from its roots in 1895 to present day 2015. There’s a bit of everything in here, from the Lumiere brothers to Christopher Nolan, via Avatar, The Wizard Of Oz and even Basic Instinct (where it even managed to fit in ‘that’ shot); and it plays fantastically.
Joris Faucon Grimaud is the man behind the montage, which has racked up a massive 100,000 views on YouTube in just a couple of days.
Have a watch.
Source: YouTube »
- Paul Heath
While the plot is still a well-kept secret, you can now see many more levels of the upcoming blockbuster film "Tomorrowland." The first full trailer for the May 22 movie offers "tantalizing" glimpes of lethal futuristic robots, time travel, force fields, a laser wall, and secret passageways. The live action Disney action film is directed by Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") and stars two-time Oscar winner George Clooney and newcomer Britt Robertson. There are echoes of the classic "The Wizard of Oz" involving a pin that somehow alters time and space. An extended six-minute preview will be featured prior to showings of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" beginning May 1. Yahoo Movies -Break- The 2015 Billboard Music Awards add even more performers for their ceremony on May 17. Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, and Meghan Trainor will take the stage for the ABC event hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen. Others previously announced a »
Anne of Green Gables star Jonathan Crombie has died, according to CBC News. He was 48. His sister Carrie Crombie told the Canadian news organization that her brother suffered a brain hemorrhage and died in New York City on Wednesday. "He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," she recalled Saturday. "As a little kid, he just loved Broadway shows and all of that kind of stuff and would sing and dance in the living room." She added, "We've been going through lots of stories the last couple days." Born and raised in Toronto, Jonathan was discovered at 17 while performing in a high school production of The Wizard of Oz. Casting »
Looking for some new acting opportunities? Here are six from this week on Backstage including a feature film and two improv gigs! “Aspects Of Love In A Small Town”The director for this feature film is casting three leads and a handful of ensemble cast members out of Chicago, Ill. and Los Angeles. The film centers on a small town band of misfits and closeted gays who come together to celebrate friendship and their uncertain futures after a bowling alley shutters forever. Comedy Writing/Improvisation Ensemble And Training For Actorsin Studios is seeking applications for its improv acting conservatory program, which focuses on sketch performances and writing. “Students work closely with master director Scotty Watson, as well as other professional comedy coaches from around NYC.” “The Wizard Of Oz,” Non-equity National TOURThe creative team for the touring production of “The Wizard of Oz” is casting the entire ensemble for the classic tale of Dorothy, »
Following the second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we apply our caffeine-addled minds to what it all means...
There are some stories that have sidled their way into our popular consciousness so comfortingly that it's difficult to imagine modern culture without them. Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz are two examples. Star Wars, I'd argue, is a third.
That Star Wars' characters, music and designs are a part of our pop cultural furniture goes some way to explain why, even after 38 years and three not-exactly-classic prequels, fan devotion to the franchise remains undimmed.
It was moving to watch the live feed of the celebration in Anaheim, California, where hundreds of the faithful had gathered to celebrate all things Star Wars. As easy as it is to be cynical about a multi-million dollar franchise designed to have us hungrily buying up box-sets and merchandise, there's »
NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Emerald City, a show set within the world of L. Frank Baum's classic tale The Wizard of Oz. The project initially moved forward as a pilot last season, from writers Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, although the network didn't pick up the series. The project was reworked by Do No Harm series creator David Schulner, resulting in the dramatic reversal of a straight-to-series order.
Emerald City follows the exploits of 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog who are swept up by a tornado and taken to a mystical land far away, full of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. The show is said to put a much darker spin on the original Wizard of Oz tale, showcasing the transformation of a young girl into a "headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands, »
Well, this is quite the twister. According to a new report, NBC has un-cancelled their cancelled drama Emerald City, based on The Wizard of Oz. If you don’t remember, Emerald City was given a straight-to-series order by the network, but it ended up getting cancelled eight months ago before production even commenced, reportedly due to creative differences between former executive producer and writer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles) and NBC itself. Here’s the logline for the show, in case you’ve forgotten: In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported 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. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay »
- Jasef Wisener
Campy cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is close to turning 40 and fans can soon celebrate the milestone with an upcoming TV remake. Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Hocus Pocus) has been tapped to direct and choreograph the project, which is currently in development with Fox.
According to Deadline, the two-hour The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, as it is tentatively titled, will be a "reimagining" of the feature where book and score will remain untouched, but the visuals will be reworked. Lou Adler, who produced the original film, »
The Creativity of Lego Building Meets the Epic Story-Telling of Lego Videogames for Multi-Dimensional Fun. Fan-Favorite Worlds Converge in One Thrilling Adventure -- A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a Master Builder Traveling Down the Yellow Brick Road is Just the Beginning!
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group today announced Lego® Dimensions, an all-new entertainment experience that breaks the rules of traditional gaming to merge physical Lego brick building with interactive console gameplay in a manner only imaginable in the world of Lego games. Launching September 27, 2015, the game will fuse many fan-favorite universes together, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago, Back to the Future, and many more still to be announced.
Lego Dimensions, developed by Tt Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and »
- Matt MacNabb
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