17 items from 2012
He might be a closed-minded, sexist, homophobic Daily Mail-reading bigot with alarming illusions of grandeur and a tendency to immediately alienate almost everyone he meets, but even a stopped clock shows the right time twice a day.
In the midst of his painfully bumbling and lethally awkward adventures, I do believe that it’s possible to glean some genuine inspiration from the life and opinions of Alan Partridge.
5. A Curiously Bright Outlook On Life
Alan Partridge’s career is a train wreck and his life is a disaster. He’s divorced, his children don’t want to see him, and at time of writing, he’s filling the mid-morning slot on a radio station that might not even be the biggest station in North Norfolk.
And yet, Alan’s outlook always seems to be bright and optimistic. He never got depressed. Rather, he was “officially fed up”. During his lowest ebb, »
- Elliot Davies
When Jeff Wayne released his The War of the Worlds album in 1978, the winds of fashion were not behind him. In a musical era defined by post-punk's minimalism and deconstructionism, a sprawling concept album based on a Victorian novel about a Martian invasion of Earth appeared a gargantuan folly.
The British public were not concerned with such critical niceties, and The War of the Worlds became a commercial phenomenon, taking root in the album chart for more than five years. Wayne has frequently returned to his rock opera, this year rerecording the album and producing this "next generation" tour.
His musical adaptation of Hg Wells's 1898 sci-fi classic has not aged particularly well, largely because it seemed slightly silly even a third of a century ago. However, this time-capsule missive from the era of Star Wars, Alien and Close Encounters of the Third Kind has acquired an engaging retro-futurist sheen. »
- Ian Gittins
Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of a radio performance of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds has become the thing of legend. But it's also the kind of legend that's spread so wide and lived for so long that it's evolved into fantasy status. Surely the amount of people that tuned in their radios that evening and believed Earth was under attack from Martians was exaggerated, right? It didn't actually cause terror and panic in households, right? It did. And here's the proof: A seven-minute video of a very young-looking Welles (he was 23 at the time) addressing an onslaught of press members on October 31, 1938, the day after the broadcast. It's fascinating how this footage captures a bewildered storyteller, one who would soon go on to become one of the...
- Peter Hall
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Mondo is releasing a special three print “mini-series” of George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones and artist Kevin Tong will be releasing new prints based on H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.
Game of Thrones posters by Martin Ansin (24 x 36 inch, edition of 430, on sale Saturday), Daniel Danger (17 x 32 inch, edition of 380, on sale Friday) and Vania Zouravliov (24 x 33 inch, edition of 330, on sale Thursday »
More and more people are watching live-entertainment television shows while simultaneously interacting with the content on mobile devices. But could 'second-screen' viewing also work for documentaries?
With the adoption of tablets and smartphones, watching TV has become something audiences participate in rather than just sit back and watch.
According to former Channel 4 executive Matt Locke, founder of multiplatform producer Storythings, some 60% of UK viewers now have a laptop or tablet computer running while they are watching television and are very often commenting on the show unfolding. "There has been a big consumer uptake of tablets and iPhones; we started noticing people talking about shows while watching them," says Locke.
Given this boom in so-called "second screen" viewing, there are some cutting-edge television creatives in the industry who predict that the traditional TV set in the corner of the lounge is in danger of turning into the second screen. "Tablets »
Independence Day is returning to theaters on July 3, 2013 with a full 3D post-conversion, 20th Century Fox revealed today. The original film, released in 1996, starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid and was directed by Roland Emmerich with a screenplay by Emmerich and Dean Devlin. A loose re-telling of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," the sci-fi actioner grossed over $800 million worldwide. Rumors of a sequel have persisted ever since the original film's release, but over the years, nothing solid has materialized. Still, with Men in Black 3 a box office hit 15 fifteen years after the original, ID4 's 3D re-release could potentially also serve as way of gauging viewer interest in a second big screen invasion. The July 3rd release date »
The term “genius” is perhaps applied a bit too liberally when we, as fans of film and television, discuss the people we admire and their works. But it’s a word that doesn’t do justice to Orson Welles. An unparalleled talent of stage, radio, and silver screen, the man left an indelible impression on each medium. In 1938, he conducted the most infamous radio broadcast of all time, an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds that, because of its ‘news bulletin’ format, led many listeners to believe an actual alien invasion was underway. A few years later, still in his mid-20s, he wrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane, often lauded as the greatest cinematic achievement of all time. And let’s not forget: he was the voice of Unicron in 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie. Hit the jump for more, and to watch the final »
- Matt Currie
Sony Pictures has closed deals to acquire action script White House Down and the literary-themed action-adventure pitch The Royal Honours Society , according to Variety and Heat Vision . White House Down , from The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt, is described as Die Hard meets Air Force One . Vanderbilt will also produce with his Mythology Entertainment partners Bradley Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis. The Royal Honours Society , meanwhile, comes from Ernest Lupinacci and will be produced by Joe Roth and Palak Patel. According to the trade, the movie is "described as the iconic stories of some of England's greatest writers from the late 19th century - among them H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues »
Think of this new movie project like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but done for the writers of the League characters. Sony Pictures has bought an idea for a movie called The Royal Honours Society which postulates English 19th century novelists H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and some unrevealed others.
The idea was pitched by Ernest Lupinacci and has producers Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) and Palak Patel (Snow White and the Huntsman) working on it. Lupinacci hasn't any screenwriting credits to his name but he sold another idea, called the Museum of Supernatural History, to DreamWorks a while back.
THR is describing The Royal Honours Society as an action-adventure, which would fit in the same sort of style as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I admit there's some decent »
- Patrick Sauriol
In a pre-emptive move, Sony has picked up The Royal Honour Society, a literary-themed action-adventure pitch from Ernest Lupinacci. Joe Roth and Palak Patel are attached to produce. Details are vague, but it's described as the iconic stories of some of England's greatest writers from the late 19th century -- among them H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) -- together in an action-adventure tale. Think of it as a reverse
- Borys Kit
And there are those films which maybe didn’t achieve cinematic greatness, but through their inexhaustible watchability became genre touchstones, lesser classics but classics nonetheless, like The War of the Worlds (1953), Godzilla (1954), Them! (1954), The Time Machine (1960).
In the realm of science fiction cinema, those are the cream (and below that, maybe the half and half). But sci fi is one of those genres which has often too readily leant itself to – not to torture an analogy — producing nonfat dairy substitute.
During the first, great wave of sci fi movies in the 1950s, the target audience was kids and teens. There wasn’t a lot in the way of “serious” sci fi. Most of it was churned out quick and cheap; drive-in fodder, grist for the Saturday matinee mill.
By the early 1960s, »
- Bill Mesce
As we just mentioned in our Photo Tour of the New Mondo Gallery, the folks at Mondo opened their gallery today to a great deal of fanfare. Lines of soaking wet devotees stretched down Guadalupe St., press packed in early to mingle and in some cases (yours truly) spend all of their hard-earned allowance, and despite the terrible weather, an incredible time was had by all. And now that we’ve presented you with a photo tour, it’s time to give you a close-up look at some of the art presented for the opening. There’s a little Tyler Stout, some Phantom City Creative, some Aaron Horkey and plenty more to satiate your hearts desire for great cinematic art. And this is just the tip of the iceberg… Be warned: We’ve decided to keep this gallery to all one page (it looks better that way), that may cause some slower than usual load times for »
- Neil Miller
Celebrities will invade Los Angeles this weekend for the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. Searchlights will blaze and flashbulbs will pop as Hollywood stars will descend from the heavens -- or maybe just the Malibu hills -- to touch the ground that regular Angelenos walk on each day. They'll smile and snarl our traffic. They'll toss their hair and forget to thank their husbands. They'll praise each other for their bravery, while collecting $75,000 gift bags. L.A. is accustomed to such strange invasions, of course. If you're a movie fan, you already know that L.A. has been invaded over the years by everything from giant atomic ants (Them), to buff cyborgs (The Terminator), to rampaging 3D zombies (Resident Evil: Afterlife). So Angelenos take invasions from movie stars in stride. But this weekend marks an anniversary of an invasion you might not know about: L.A.'s first alien invasion. This »
- Jason Apuzzo
Are found footage movies a cheap-to-make fad, or are they a natural extension of classic storytelling? Here’s Ryan’s view of a divisive genre…
The finest storytellers are confidence tricksters. It’s their ability to convince us that what they’re telling us is real that makes their tall tales so engrossing – they blur the lines between fiction and reality, to the point where are brains struggle to see the join between one and the other.
This is why so many novels and short stories were written in the first person, or incorporated real-world events: their writers wanted to convince their readers that what they were reading was fact, even as the stories span off into unreality. Robinson Crusoe was written by Daniel Defoe as a first-person account of a castaway. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels was written in the style of a traveller’s work of non-fiction, »
It.s a new year. Perhaps we could use a New Year.s resolution to improve science-fiction. I.ll propose one: No more stupid alien invaders. I suggest this with a certain trepidation, knowing as I do that hostile extraterrestrial dumbasses have a long, proud history in sci-fi dating back to H. G. Wells. "The War of the Worlds," you may remember, is a story in which Martians invent interplanetary travel and the heat ray to conquer us but fail to notice our planet has germs on it. As a result, they catch Earth sniffles and die. Despite the unlikelihood of this, we enjoy the novel because it.s a seminal work and Wells was a brilliant writer. But science has advanced since his day, and countless sci-fi writers have mulled over the underlying logic of the tropes he invented. We could have »
As videogames have grown in popularity, their influence is becoming increasingly apparent in the movies. Ryan takes a look at how games have affected film...
Forty years ago, a series of mysterious objects appeared in bars across America. These brown, wood-effect cabinets were home to Pong, a crude simulation of tennis that played out on flickering black-and-white screens. Like the dark monoliths of 2001: A Space Odyssey, these blocks of chipboard ushered in a new cultural era: that of videogames.
The game industry’s growth since 1972 has been stratospheric, and something that was once regarded as a strange, passing fad has grown into a lucrative strand of popular culture.
It’s easy to see the effect that movies have had on the evolution of games. When creating what would become the seminal Space Invaders, designer Tomohiro Nishikado was inspired to switch tanks and planes for aliens after reading a magazine article about Star Wars. »
Walt Disney and the word “simple” don’t go together. Disney and the concept of simplicity don’t go together, either. This isn’t to say that some attractions at the various Disney theme parks aren’t simple in their design or their impact, or that some classic Disney movies don’t have simple story structures or character development. No, this means that while Walt Disney was able to tap into the inner recesses of people’s psyches for maximum effect, something that may seem simple, he rarely created something that didn’t have some complex thought placed behind it. So there is–I hope–some complex idea behind the first fully live-action film from Walt Disney Productions, 1950′s Treasure Island. I just don’t know what it is.
- Josh Spiegel
17 items from 2012
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