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Last year’s graphic novel and Tpb Top 10, was filled with some modern classics including Parker: The Outfit, Northlanders, Scott Pilgrim, and Beasts of Burden, so 2011’s offerings have a lot to live up to. As with last year’s this chart will only contain books released in 2011 that I have personally read.
1: Daytripper | Vertigo | Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá can do no wrong, and Daytripper is their best and most personal work to date. The Brazilian twins tell the story, or rather stories, of writer Brás de Oliva Domingos; each chapter is a day in the life of Brás, with each day ending in the same way. Daytripper is one of the most poignant comics I have ever read, chapter 8 especially, which is odd as Brás is absent for that story. I look forward to seeing how Moon & Bá follow this. I should also »
- Baron Fornightly
Earlier this week, Jaime Christley posted a petition calling for Fox Searchlight to give critics an opportunity to see Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret so that they might consider the film for their year-end best-of lists and/or their awards-season voting. Today, Margaret's popped up in London.
"Shot six years ago in New York, this breathtakingly ambitious drama of clashing ethics and responsibilities, plotted like a novel, was to be Lonergan's second film after the much-admired, Oscar-nominated You Can Count On Me (2000)," writes Tim Robey in the Telegraph. "Only now does it reach us — many recuts, budgetary crises and legal squabbles later. In such situations — the many vexed movies of Warren Beatty spring to mind — it's hard not to imagine that there isn't something deeply wrong at the heart of a project, or at least in its resulting shape. So what's particularly astonishing about Margaret is that it feels so burningly right. »
Manchester City barely had to flex their attacking muscles as they ran out 3-0 winners over Villarreal at Estadio El Madrigal. The injury plagued Spaniards weren’t a match for Roberto Mancini’s men, as a brace from Yaya Toure and a penalty from Mario Balotelli saw the Sky Blues leapfrog Napoli to claim 2nd place in Group A of the Champion’s league.
England’s most talked about team Manchester City were back in action, and it was once again the Yellow Submarine of Villarreal with the unenviable task of keeping David Silva et al quiet at their home ground – Estadio El Madrigal. Saying that though, the Sky Blues have yet to replicate their domestic form in Europe and currently sit 3rd in Group A. With just one point between them and second placed Napoli, it was something of a must-win game for Mancini’s prosperous lot, so they »
- Alex Moore
Long before The Life of Brian, George Harrison funded an award-winning film stuffed with British talent – so why has it taken 40 years to surface?
In 1979 George Harrison purchased, almost on a whim, what Terry Jones would later call "the most expensive movie ticket of all time". After a single reading of the script of Monty Python's Life of Brian, he mortgaged his own luxury mansion and sank the resultant funds into a project that had been abandoned, days before shooting started, by its original backer, Bernie Delfont of Emi. Why did he do it? "Because I liked the script and I wanted to see the movie," said Harrison later. A Beatle can do that.
From that almost informal exchange of favours between good friends sprang arguably the most interesting British production company of the 1980s, Handmade Films, backed by Harrison and his producing partner Denis O'Brien. Handmade gave us Brian and Withnail & I, »
- John Patterson
‘I don’t think it is as important to play well or not well – it is important we win this game’ – the words of Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. Indeed, his side didn’t play well in their game against Villarreal, but they did win. They just about sunk the Yellow Submarine at their Etihad Stadium, but their football was about as creative as Ringo Starr’s song writing (a bit harsh actually, he didn’t even write it…) The visitors took the lead early on through Cani, but an own goal from Carlos Marchena and a last gasp tap in for Sergio Aguero secured the victory.
It’s been far from a dream start in the Champion’s League for Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City. They started the day with just one point on the board after two games, with Napoli and Bayern Munich on 4 and 6 respectively. In addition »
- Alex Moore
There's something incredibly exciting about the phrase "anything is possible." Waiting for something that could be anything is an exercise for your imagination. That infinite possibility, coupled with wild speculation and prediction, is ninety percent of the fun of Mondo's Mystery Movies. Mondo, as you may know, is the ever-growing poster boutique associated with the Alamo Drafthouse. In April Mondo began a project called Mystery Movies. People buy a ticket for a movie that won't be announced until they're in the theater. That is coupled with a limited edition poster that will only ever be available at the event. So imagine buying a ticket to one of these things and speculating what it could be. You throw out suggestions with your fellow attendees, laughing at wild ones and nodding at more likely ones. Finally, you sit down for the film and all is revealed. Does it live up to your expectations? »
- Germain Lussier
The Scorecard Review news
Source: Paramount Pictures (full news release below)
Thoughts by Tsr: The bigger news here is Zemeckis will go back to live action films. The last time he did that was with Tom Hanks in Cast Away in 2000. It’s one of my favorites, but that’s a pretty big break. Yes, I know he’s been busy with those animated flicks A Christmas Carol, Beowulf, and The Polar Express.
News Release …
Paramount Pictures announced today that Academy Award ® winner Denzel Washington will star, and Academy Award ® winning director Robert Zemeckis will helm, Flight for the studio. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce under the Parkes/MacDonald production banner along with Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, and Jack Rapke under their ImageMovers banner. The movie is set to begin shooting this October in Atlanta, »
- Jeff Bayer
Pirates, Potter and Transformers have made over $3bn between them this year. But which movies failed to live up to box office expectations?
In a year when box office records have been breaking, and when three films thus far have crossed the $1bn mark, there’s still been room for some box office disappointments. So which films failed to catch on? And did they deserve their fate? Let’s find out…
Worldwide box office: $31m
A travesty, this. Disney’s latest hand-drawn film was a real labour of love, a big screen adventure for Winnie The Pooh and his chums in the Hundred Acre Wood. It wasn’t a perfect movie, granted, but its was exquisitely crafted, was willing to try a few things with the source material, and deserved to be another sizeable animation hit for the House Of Mouse.
Only it wasn’t. »
“I really like The Beatles.” “So do I, but so does everyone, right?” “No, you don’t get it – I Really like The Beatles.” “That’s cool, but again, I think I do get it, they’re literally the most popular band of all-time.” “I Bought A $50,000 Submarine And Renovated It And Painted It Yellow And Now I Literally Own A Yellow Submarine.” “…Wow. You really like The Beatles.” After the jump, check out three more pics of Doug Poole, a 73-year-old Brit who recently purchased a Canadian submarine for 9,000 Gbp (way below its original $58,000 pricetag) and painted it yellow, making him the most literal Beatles fan this side of that one guy who puts a sunhat and gardening gloves on an octopus and forces it to do his weeding: (pics via Splash News) »
- Dan Hopper
Time magazine has put together their list of the best animated films of all time. And while there are plenty of Pixar movies on this list, it was Disney's 1940 "Pinocchio" that took first place. "Wall-e" had to settle for second place, which means that Time magazine considered "Wall-e" the best Pixar film, even ahead of "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story," which took 9th and 12th places. Take a look at the full list below and let us know which movie you believe should have taken first place. 25. Lady and the Tramp (1955) 24. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) 23. Yellow Submarine (1968) 22. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) 21. Kung Fu Panda (2008) 20. Paprika (2007) 19. Tangled (2010) 18. The Lion King (1994) 17. Akira (1988) 16. Happy Feet (2006) 15. Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) 14. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) 13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 12. Toy Story (1995) 11. Toy Story 3 (2010) 10. The Little Mermaid (1989) 9. Finding Nemo (2003) 8. The Triplets of Belleville (2003) 7. Up (2009) 6. South Park: Bigger, »
Directed by: Richard Ayoade
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: June 10, 2011 (Chicago)
Plot: A young man (Roberts) becomes interested in a unique young woman (Paige) while dealing with his parents’ tense relationship.
Who’S It For?: Submarine is best for those who think movies are cute when their leads are defined by their awkwardness. Being empowered by a film’s mentioning of classic movies and musical artists is a plus. Fans of Ayoade’s earlier television material are a toss-up when it comes to enjoying the heart of this movie, though they’re likely familiar with the comedic style.
Expectations: These are the notes I scribbled down before seeing the film: “Another quirky Sundance movie? Lots of visual style? Awkward acting, quirky visual style? Lots of American Apparel?”
Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate: He is quietly amused by his misery, »
- Nick Allen
Having previously directed some episodes of “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” and that Pulp Fiction episode of “Community,” Richard Ayoade finally dives into feature filmmaking with his debut, Submarine. The Sundance hit tells the coming-of-age story of a young boy named Oliver, who meets an off-beat girl named Jordana while going through his own domestic problems.
Oliver wishes that someone would make a documentary about his life. What would the reviews of your documentary be like?
It really depends on how well it was made.
How well do you think it would be made?
I imagine poorly. It could only be of limited interest. So I guess [the reviews] would say, “Why was this made?” I don’t think it would be a theatrical release.
What would it be about? »
- Nick Allen
Beatle's Bruce McMouse Show drawings designed for never-shown animated mix with Wings tour footage will go on sale
From Yellow Submarine to the Frog Chorus, Paul McCartney has long been associated with animated films. But even diehard fans of the Beatles and Wings may not be familiar with a cartoon character he dreamt up in the early 70s – a rodent called Bruce McMouse.
McCartney imagined Bruce and his family living under the stage while Wings performed, and the idea was to release a film featuring the band interacting with the cartoon characters.
The animation film, the Bruce McMouse Show, was made but not released and largely forgotten.
Now a set of sketches of Bruce and his clan, done by McCartney and other members of his family, is to be sold, by Dominic Winter auctioneers, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on 16 June. The drawings often feature Bruce McMouse smoking a pipe. His wife, »
- Steven Morris
Directed by: Patricia Riggen
Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins
Due Out: May 24, 2011
Plot: A group of high schoolers start up a rock band after they’re sent to detention in the music room.
Who’S It For? If High School Musical was trying to sell the concept of high school to kids in elementary school, then Lemonade Mouth is aimed at middle schoolers. Boys and girls that are actually in high school won’t dig this one (or at least, they shouldn’t).
Thankfully, Disney hasn’t dished out another form of the singing dollhouse that defines the sparkly and squeaky-clean High School Musical franchise. Lemonade Mouth gets its designer jeans a little dirty, as it plays with a fuller and larger list of characters, and even the most “Disney Princess »
- Nick Allen
Disney's $150 million flop Mars Needs Moms is coming to Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on August 9 in hopes of adding to the pathetic $20.9 million it made at the North American box office.
Details on the film that put the kibosh on Robert Zemeckis' previously planned next foray into motion capture, a remake of The Beatles Yellow Submarine, have not been released by Disney as of yet but are expected to cross the wires shortly. Based on pre-order listings at Amazon.com, it can be safely assumed that the Blu-ray 3D version combo with Blu-ray and DVD has an Srp of $49.99 and the Blu-ray 2D version combo with DVD $27.99.
Click here to pre-order Mars Needs Moms on Blu-ray 3D for $34.99 at Amazon. »
Having seen his animated The Beatles movie Yellow Submarine axed earlier this year, director Robert Zemeckis has been scrambling around to find a project he could direct as his long-awaited return to live-action film-making, his first since Cast Away in 2000.
Just last week he was linked to a legal drama titled Flight with Denzel Washington but another week brings with it another potential project for Zemeckis. Vulture are reporting that Zemeckis has entered ‘serious talks’ with Warner Bros. to direct Replay, an adaptation of the late Ken Grimwood’s 1987 novel about “a 40-something radio journalist dies of a heart attack in 1988, but re-awakens back in 1963, in his 18-year-old body, with the memories and accrued wisdom of the previous 25 years intact. He always dies in 1988, and then goes back to the late sixties, but each time he has the ability to make a new sets of choices, resulting in different spouses, »
- Matt Holmes
Even though his planned adaptation of The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" is now dead, director Robert Zemeckis doesn't seem to be short on options. It was just over a week ago that he was linked to the drama "Flight" with Denzel Washington loosely attached, now another project is crossing his desk. Vulture is reporting that Zemeckis is eyeing "Replay" a project Ben Affleck was briefly linked to direct last fall (he met with the producers, gave them notes on the script but that's about as far as it got). An adaptation of Ken Grimwood‘s novel, written by Jason Smilovic (”My Own… »
Robert Zemeckis continued to smart after the disastrous box office of his recent motion capture animation feature Mars Needs Moms and Disney’s decision to pull funding for his planned remake of Yellow Submarine. According to Variety, Zemeckis landed on his feet as the producer of the R-rated live action/CG adventure How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. Zemeckis joined the Sony Pictures Animation production alongside his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke as well as Ellen Goldsmith and Eric Robinson from Gotham Group and Jackie Levine. »
"Who's your friend when things get rough?" the theme song asks us. A 7-foot, green, dragon-man with red hair, a southern accent and a mayor's sash; that's who! For a generation of kids who grew up in the late sixties (Of which I'm one) H.R. Pufnstuf holds a special, nostalgic place. Today, guys in big, rubber costumes pretending to be benign monsters went out with Barney, but there was a time when kids weren't so jaded about such things.
Looking at it today, if you aren't familiar with 60s children's TV, you might be put off by the show's deliberately psychedelic appearance and ask "What the hell were they smoking when they made this?" That's actually a valid question, since H. R. Pufnstuf was the product of a period where certain shows were marketed toward both young children and also young adult stoners. Producers Sid and Marty Krofft churned out »
- Rob Young
Super-8 Movie Madness With Live Music at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday April 5th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Three of the films at this month’s show will be silent movies accompanied by Royale on keyboards. Admission is only Four dollars !!!!
Condensed versions of the following films will be screened: Abbott And Costello Meet Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Hyde, Boris Karloff in The Devil Commands, The Beatles in Yellow Submarine, Silent Running, The Three Stooges in Tassels In The Air, Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, Peter Cushing in The Beast Must Die, It Came From Beneath The Sea, White Line Fever, Monkeys Is The Cwaziest People, and a Max Fleisher Superman Cartoon.
The talented Royal Robbins will take the »
- Tom Stockman
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