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John Lennon Quotes and Movies: Remembering an Underrated Actor, 30 Years After His Death

8 December 2010 3:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Features

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the devastating murder of music legend John Lennon. Listening to 'Imagine' and placing Lennon quotes in your Facebook status are two ways to commemorate the late great Beatle, but may we suggest remembering Lennon by watching his films?

Lennon's movie career consisted of mainly Beatles films -- among them 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'Magical Mystery Tour,' 'Help!' and 'Let It Be.' There was also 'How I Won The War,' Lennon's first and only turn at playing an entirely fictional character. (I'd include the psychedelic cartoon 'Yellow Submarine' but the Beatles didn't even do their own voices in that one.)

The Beatles movies have always been guilty pleasures for me, and I'm sure for other fans, as well. The band's members, Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, made brilliant music, »

- Gabrielle Dunn

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Thought Bubble 2010 – Comics Culture Panel

25 November 2010 12:28 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Comics Culture – Thought Bubble Panel, Saturday 20th November 2010

Host: Kieron Gillen | Speakers: Paul Cornell, Rob Williams, Antony Johnston

“Panel talk on the increasing influence of comics on pop-culture and vice-versa. Including discussion on comics in television, music, computer games, and the prevalence of product placement/contemporary culture references in comics.”

The panel started with just half the speakers until, as Williams put it, the bald cavalry arrived a couple of minutes late. Cornell commented that hadn’t received the baldness memo.

It was pointed out that comics are a more level playing field than most other media, as you don’t need a lot of people to make a comic and doing your own thing in the comics world isn’t frowned upon, and actually helps you get noticed. Falling comic book sales were mentioned, whilst the popularity of comic based movies has increased; the current form of comic distribution was blamed for falling sales, »

- Baron Fornightly

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Ten Worst Beatles Songs

19 November 2010 4:53 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Now that the Beatles library is available on iTunes (don't we already have all their CDs loaded up?) U.K. music critic Neil McCormick has ranked the worst ever Beatles songs. There are many Beatles songs to love, but quite a few to hate--most of them sung by Ringo Starr--which I've rediscovered playing Beatles Rock Band. Here are my least favorite Beatles songs--many of them from the films Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine (something Bob Zemeckis will have to deal with on his upcoming 3-D remake). The soundtracks for their two best films, A Hard Days Night and Help!, turned out far better. The double White Album was also crammed with filler. See my and McCormick's lists and selected music clips below: 1. Boys (Starr, »

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Robert Zemeckis Not Directing The Wizard Of Oz Remake

17 November 2010 5:53 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Yesterday, we reported on the news that Robert Zemeckis was in negotiations to direct a remake of The Wizard of Oz for Warner Bros, which would use the original script from the 1939 classic as its screenplay.  Thankfully, Zemeckis has now denied that that he’ll be involved in this terrible sounding project.  According to TheWrap, Zemeckis will not be directing the proposed remake and will instead continue to focus on his upcoming 3D motion-capture film based off of The Beatles 1968 movie/album Yellow Submarine.  Zemeckis also recently signed on to direct his first live-action film in years with the time travel film, Timeless.

It’ll now be interesting to see if Warner Bros will continue to toy around with this idea while talking to other directors or if the studio will just choose wisely and move on.  As always, more as we hear it. »

- Ramses Flores

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Beatles Catalog On iTunes Scores Big Sales

17 November 2010 12:42 PM, PST | | See recent x17online news »

Courtesy: Apple RecordsLOS Angeles, California (X17online) - After only being on iTunes for 24 hours, several albums from the Beatles catalog scored a place in the Top 20. The albums were: Abbey Road, The White Album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver and Rubber Soul. Also landing in the Top 20, Beatles 1967-1970, The Beatles 1962-1966 and the Beatles Box Set. In total, 59 Beatles' songs made the Top 100. Specific songs that scored big numbers: Let It Be, A Hard Day's Night and Yellow Submarine ... just to name a few. Two-dozen other songs landed outside the Top 100. »

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Warner Bros Looks To Redo 'The Wizard Of Oz' With Robert Zemeckis

17 November 2010 12:01 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Hey, who wants a remake to "The Wizard of Oz?" No one? Aw, that's a shame, because Warner Bros is trying to wrangle in Robert Zemeckis to do a remake of the classic feature. On top of that, they're looking to use the original material for this live-action remake. I guess that should be a bit of a relief to most people, the fact that it won't be some weird CG-animated flick. But really? "The Wizard of Oz?" Look at what this story's making me do now, subjecting me to use multiple questions out of confusion and or frustration. If Disney didn't have the fire lit under their ass to hurry up and throw "The Great And Powerful Oz," into production before then they certainly do now. At the moment Sam Raimi is attached to direct with Robert Downey Jr in the lead role. Hell, maybe they'll start production on »

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Robert Zemeckis in Talks to Direct The Wizard Of Oz Remake

16 November 2010 6:56 PM, PST | | See recent news »

There are some movies that should never be remade.  One of those films is The Wizard of Oz.  However, it looks like nothing is sacred anymore in Hollywood since Warner Bros is now in early talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct a live-action remake of the beloved 1939 classic.  The proposed film will be so true to the classic film that Warner Bros is even planning on using the original script from the movie.  I hope that everyone is in agreement with me when I say that I think that this sounds terrible and completely unnecessary.  You can hit the jump to find out why Warner Bros might go through with the film along with a recap of what other Wizard of Oz films are in the works.

According to Deadline, this might be a move by Warner Bros so that they can compete with Disney’s The Great And Powerful Oz. »

- Ramses Flores

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Warner Bros. Plans Wizard of Oz Remake

16 November 2010 | | See recent news »

Warner Bros. has plans to move forward with a remake of the classic The Wizard of Oz , reports Deadline . Planning to shoot from the script to the 1939 version (which, though it is by far the best known, wasn't the first filmic iteration of the L. Frank Baum story), WB is said to be in talks with Robert Zemeckis to helm the property. Zemeckis, meanwhile, is currently working on a performance-capture remake of The Beatles animated film, Yellow Submarine , and was announced to make a return to live action with a time travel story, Timeless (though that has been called into some question with the news that Phillip Noyce is now attached to potentially the same project.) Warner Bros.' version of The Wizard of Oz would go up against Disney's planned Oz-prequel, Oz, the »

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Please don't turn Michael Jackson's Thriller video into a film

4 November 2010 10:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If Michael Jackson's Thriller is made into a full-length film – just imagine some of the other music videos that might follow suit

In retrospect, Michael Jackson's This Is It was hopelessly mistitled. When you look at the mercenary way in which the singer's image and catalogue have been ransacked since his death, you get the feeling that Michael Jackson's This Is Actually Just the Tip of the Iceberg would have been slightly more appropriate.

The latest scheme to keep Jackson at the top of those creepy "dead earners" lists is apparently a movie adaptation of his video for Thriller. News that This Is It director Kenny Ortega was going to work on a Jeremy Garelick script spread across the internet so quickly last week that Ortega was forced to point out that the film wasn't actually going into production for a couple of years, if at all.

Kenny, if you're reading, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Robert Zemeckis Passed On Superman Reboot “Faster than a Speeding Bullet”

1 November 2010 9:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Mere weeks before Zack “Slow-Motion” Snyder (300 ) was cemented as director of the Superman reboot underway over at Warner Bros. — with Christopher Nolan acting as the project’s “godfather” — Robert Zemeckis was rumored to be a fellow contender among a melting pot of marquee names like Darren Aronofsky and Tony Scott. Zemeckis chalked the buzz up to just that, confidently stating, “I passed on that faster than a speeding bullet.”

More words from Zemeckis on Superman after the jump.

While Zemeckis confirmed his services were courted for the film to MTV, he claims his reply to the studio went a little something like this:

“When they asked if I wanted to make the, what is it, seventeenth version of Superman I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ “

With regards to his being labeled a top choice, Zemeckis slyly added:

“You must have read that on the internet. Don’t trust »

- Kevin Panasiewicz

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Cary Elwes Exclusive Interview: The Saw 3D Star on Bookending the Franchise, Tintin & Yellow Submarine

31 October 2010 6:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Very few actors find a project that connects so strongly with fans that it becomes an obsession.  Cary Elwes is among a smaller group that’s done it twice.  The unassuming British actor burst onto film screens as Westley in The Princess Bride in 1987 and still gets fan letters from a generation that was born after its release.  In 2004, Elwes tapped into a very different fan base with the smash hit Saw.  It scared up more than $103 million worldwide.  Not bad for a film that barely cost $1 million to make.  Additionally, more than a few industry observers have said it helped to save Lionsgate, the studio that bought it just prior to its world premiere at Sundance.  Five intervening films and $633 million in global box office later, the British actor returned to help bookend the series in Saw 3D.

Elwes filled Collider in on the film recently.  Hit the jump »

- Ron Messer

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News Shorts: October 27th 2010

27 October 2010 8:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first set photos from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and new stills from Saw 3D, The Chronicles of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Detention and Made in Dagenham and AMC's new series The Walking Dead.

"David Michod's family crime drama "Animal Kingdom," Jeremy Sims' Wwi drama "Beneath Hill 60", Jane Campion‘s poet biopic "Bright Star", the teen action film "Tomorrow When The War Began", Aboriginal musical "Bran Nue Dae" and French-Australian co-production The Tree" dominated the Australian Film Institute Award nominations announced today. All six films will compete for the best film prize"…" (full details)

"Swedish commercial and video director Adam Berg is in the running to direct the Marvel comic adaptation "Deadpool" starring Ryan Reynolds. Berg directed the Philips Electronics 'Carousel' short film which won advertising prizes in Cannes…" (full details)

"Mike Mitchell ("Shrek Forever After," "Surviving Christmas") is now in in active negotiations »

- Garth Franklin

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"Yellow Submarine" Remake Still Afloat! Or Is That Sinking?

26 October 2010 5:54 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Director Robert Zemeckis revealed that the "Yellow Submarine" remake is still on! During the "Back to the Future" 25th Anniversary celebration, Moviefone caught up with the director and he said the film was "all ahead full" but wouldn't give any other details.

The psychedelic 1968 animated flick was based on the music by the Beatles and told the story of Old Fred who meets up with the quartet and travels in a yellow submarine to Pepperland. The big bad? The Blue Meanies -- I'm wondering who will play them?

The new Walt Disney remake will feature Dean Lennox Kelly as John Lennon, Adam Campbell as Ringo Starr, Peter Serafinowicz as Paul McCartney, and Cary Elwes will be George Harrison.

The film is supposed to be released in 2012. »

- Manny

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Sitges 2010: Welcome To The Space Show Review

15 October 2010 8:11 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Following a delirious prologue featuring alien poachers locked in deadly combat with a bad-ass entity of pure fire, Koji Masunari's animated feature Welcome to the Space Show innocently begins with a group of children being dropped off at rural summer camp. It being a self-run summer camp, devoid of adults, and coordinated by a teenager, the kids are initially bored out of their skulls and pass the time looking for a camper's missing rabbit. Now fortunately, their tedium is cut short when their activities lead them to a talking dog named Poochie, who invites them to join him on a trip to the Moon. Unfortunately, the moment they get to the Moon, all travel to the earth gets banned due to an illegal attempt at wasabi procurement (re: that aforementioned action sequence with the alien poachers). You see wasabi is apparently the spice melange of the universe, part crack-cocaine for aliens, »

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Cary Elwes Gives an Update on Robert Zemeckis’ The Yellow Submarine

13 October 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It was announced earlier this year that Robert Zemeckis would direct a 3D motion-capture adaptation of the Beatles’ The Yellow Submarine and had recruited Cary ElwesDean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell to portray George Harrison, John LennonPaul McCartney and Ringo Starr respectively.

Elwes, in an interview conducted with MTV at the New York Comic-Con this weekend, provided an update on the film, saying production is expected to commence in April of next year.

He then went on to comment about the motion-capture experience, saying:

“It’s more than a voice. We actually have to perform the roles [...] If you know much about motion-capture, it’s not just voice-over work. You really have to perform the role.”

Are you looking forward to a 3D motion-capture The Yellow Submarine? Tell us in the comments below. »

- Jamie Neish

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News Shorts: October 13th 2010

13 October 2010 6:11 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Set photos for The Hangover 2, Adam Sandler in drag on the set of Jack and Jill, stills from Hereafter, more Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows character posters, promo art from Caesar: Rise of the Apes and one-sheets for Morning Glory along with And Soon the Darkness.

The first trailer for Kanye West's short film Runaway, excerpts from the Daft Punk soundtrack for Tron Legacy, and the new Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola-directed beer advertisement for Stella Artois.

Disney Home Video have confirmed that the next two classic animated titles in its DVD & Blu-ray 'Diamond Collection' will be "The Lion King" and "Bambi", with both hitting sometime next year.

A good rundown of the presentation for "The Thing" prequel at the New York Comic Con this past weekend.

Danny Boyle is rumoured to be interested in returning to the director's chair for a Russian-set third film in the "28 Days Later" series. »

- Garth Franklin

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Yellow Submarine Remake To Start Filming In April

12 October 2010 11:36 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For all of the hubbub that surrounded Robert Zemeckis' remake of Yellow Submarine, we haven't heard anything about the project since January when Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell were cast as George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, respectively. Since then, Disney shut down Zemeckis' mo-cap workshop in order cut costs. So what of The Beatles? One of it's stars says that the project is still alive and that it will start up next year. MTV caught up with Elwes at this past weekend's New York Comic Con, where he was promoting Saw 3D, and the actor announced that the plan is to begin production next April. In addition to providing the voice Elwes will also be putting on the mo-cap suit, but couldn't talk about his performance too in depth because of a non-disclosure agreement. He did, however, say that it »

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3D Yellow Submarine

12 October 2010 4:51 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Cary Elwes (Saw 3D) is going to be voicing the role of George Harrison next year in a 3D motion captured reinvention of that old cartoon, which some yield as a classlic, Yellow SubmarineRobert Zemeckis is on directorial duties and besides Elwes, Paul McCartney will be voiced by Peter Serafinowicz (the voice of Darth Maul), Ringo will be voiced by Adam Campbell and John Lennon will get the vocal treatment by Dean Lennox Kelly (Faq About Time Travel). The movie will be a mo-cap event so the actors will not only be voicing their roles, they will also be performing them as well. Personally I never saw the original flick, and truth be told I have zero interest in going to see this. While I like the Beatles music, I wouldn’t class myself as a fan and I wonder, in particular, how many Beatles fans will look upon »

- (Vic Barry)

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Nycc 2010 Round-Up: Scoop on 'Zoolander 2,' 'Predators 2,' 'Your Highness' And More

11 October 2010 1:22 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It was wild times indeed this past weekend at New York's Javits Center, where fanboys and fangirls -- many of them dressed like Chewbaccas, Predators, Princess Leias, Super Marios and N'avi warriors -- showed up in droves of thousands to geek out about comics, movies, TV and anime at New York Comic Con 2010. I was there with the rest of the MTV News crew to enjoy it in all of it's costume-clad splendor... and to interview as many actors, directors and comics masterminds as possible.

In case you found yourself occupied by football or Division Series baseball, or just simply forgot to check MTV Movies Blog this weekend (for shame), here's a little recap of what you missed and what else we've got coming down the pike from Nycc 2010.

Adrien Brody popped by to tell us about Arnold Schwarzenegger's almost-cameo in "Predators." and chatted about the potential for a "Predators" sequel. »

- Tom DiChiara

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3-D Version of Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' To Shoot In April 2011, Says Star Cary Elwes

11 October 2010 12:25 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Disney announced in March that it plans to shut down Robert Zemeckis' digital animation studio. Apparently "A Christmas Carol" — and its lackluster domestic box office showing — will be one of the studio's swan songs (get excited for "Mars Needs Moms," people!). Yet the closure, so it seems, will have no bearing on the status of "Yellow Submarine," Zemeckis' 3-D motion-capture reinvention of the classic Beatles cartoon.

"That will be going in April of next year, so we're gearing up for that," star Cary Elwes, who will be voicing the role of George Harrison, told MTV News at New York Comic Con, where he was promoting "Saw 3D."

Elwes is not only set to voice Harrison but will slip on that rather flattering mo-cap outfit to play the role. "It's more than a voice. We actually have to perform the roles," he said. "If you know much about motion-capture, it's not just voice-over work. »

- Eric Ditzian

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