9 items from 2012
As the calendar creeps quickly towards Christmas Day on the 25th of December, we’re counting down the days with a special advent calendar of festive films, revealing a set of rare images for each chosen film to surprise and delight film fans.
Today’s offering comes from the warped, genius mind of Dr Seuss, celebrating the family spirit of Christmas in possibly the strangest way possible as the titular anti-hero makes plans to destroy Christmas for the inhabitants of Whoville, before he is touched by the Christmas spirit and eventually rescues it from himself.
Since there are two classic versions of the story – the animated story featured famously in Home Alone, and the live action version starring a heavily disguised Jim Carrey – we’re looking at both versions. Both are equally important, and though there will be much more focus on the Carrey version, the original 1966 animated version is »
- Simon Gallagher
Reinhold Weege, creator of the memorably quirky 1980s sitcom Night Court, has died. Weege was 62 and died of natural causes at his home in La Jolla. Weege also worked on Barney Miller, Mash, Park Place and on Fish, a short-lived spinoff of Barney Miller. He grew up in the Chicago area and worked as a newspaper reporter before breaking into TV on Barney Miller where he got his first Emmy nomination as a member of the production team in 1979. Populated by an assortment of oddballs, Night Court became a staple of NBC’s schedule from 1984 through 1990, part of the network’s powerhouse Thursday primetime lineup that included The Cosby Show, Family Ties and Cheers. The Warner Bros series also launched the careers of Harry Anderson, John Larroquette and Richard Moll. Nominated for multiple production and acting Emmys, the show brought Larroquette four consecutive Emmys for comedy supporting actor from 1985 through »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Things are getting a little loony on this week's Supernatural. With a bizarre, cartoonish hunting trip involving guest star Mike Farrell (Mash), we could be looking at a Supernatural like none we have ever seen before. We had a chance to talk to star Jared Padalecki when visiting the show's set (courtesy of Warner Bros.), and he gave us a bit of scoop.
Actor, wrestler and American football star whose hardman roles included Mongo in Blazing Saddles
In Mel Brooks's 1974 film Blazing Saddles, the enforcer Mongo rides into town on a Brahma bull, and knocks out a horse with one punch. "Don't shoot him, it will just make him mad," the townspeople advise Sheriff Bart. Later, Bart asks Mongo about the things he's done. Looking up with puppy eyes, the hulking villain says: "Mongo only pawn in game of life."
Alex Karras, who has died aged 77, was a natural to play Mongo, with his larger-than-life body and rubbery face, which he could contort in exaggerated clowning, or soften to suggest his slyly sympathetic wit. Some of those skills he learned as a professional wrestler, and even as a novice actor he stole scenes from comedians as talented as Cleavon Little or Gene Wilder. Karras went on to have a successful career as a character actor, »
- Michael Carlson
Timothy Bottoms became an overnight sensation at the height of the so-called “Easy Riders and Raging Bulls” era, after landing the leading role in The Last Picture Show (1971), Peter Bogdanovich’s film about the social and sexual rites of small town Texans in the early 1950s. Internationally acclaimed for his portrait of Sonny, a sensitive kid struggling to find his way in the harsh landscape of post-war America, the then-twenty year-old Bottoms suddenly found himself not only in-demand as a rising young star, but a major celebrity, as well, with younger brothers Sam (who co-starred in The Last Picture Show), Joseph and Ben following in their older brother’s footsteps, making names for themselves on stage and screen. Bottoms reprised the role of Sonny for Picture Show's 1990 sequel, Texasville.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
George Lindsey, the Alabama native who played Goober on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry Rfd and Hee Haw, died early this morning in Nashville after a brief illness. He was 83. Goober was the cousin of the character Gomer Pyle played by Jim Nabors. Griffith issued a statement: “George Lindsey was my friend … Our last conversation was a few days ago … I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say `I love you.’ That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. `I love you’.” Best known as Goober, Lindsey had a long TV career that included roles in Gunsmoke, Mash, The Wonderful World of Disney, CHIPs, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Real McCoys, The Rifleman, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Twilight Zone. Movie roles included Cannonball Run II, Take This Job and Shove It »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
As we have been telling you, there is a new Treasure Island ahead for us this Saturday on Syfy, who is showing the four-hour miniseries all in one night. More about that below. This version bears little resemblance to any recent pirate movie, other than the ship, ocean, and island involvement. We’ll have a review for you a little later.
For now, check out what star Eddie Izzard (Riches, Oceans 13, Mockingbird Lane), Executive Producer Robert Halmi Sr. of Rhi (Tin Man, Alice, Neverland), and Syfy Executive Vice President of Programming and Movies Thomas Vitale had to say about the production, during a recent Q&A session with the media, including SciFi Mafia. They started the session with a brief statement by Mr. Halmi:
- Erin Willard
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games The Hunger Games has topped the Us/Canada box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Starring Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), the Gary Ross-directed blockbuster scored $21.5 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The dystopic action-drama was down a relatively modest 35% compared to Easter weekend. Prior to The Hunger Games, the most recent movie to achieve the four-weekend-in-a-row feat was James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar in early 2010. In fact, Avatar remained at the top for seven consecutive weekends. The Hunger Games, however, won't get that far. Next weekend, it'll surely be unseated by Zac Efron / Taylor Schilling's The Lucky One. Among the nearly 30 movies that have managed to be no. 1 for four weekends in a row are Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight (2008), Peter Jackson / Elijah Wood »
- Zac Gille
Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games The Hunger Games has topped the Us/Canada box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, the Gary Ross-directed blockbuster scored $21.5 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The dystopic action-drama was down a relatively modest 35% compared to Easter weekend. Prior to The Hunger Games, the most recent movie to achieve the four-weekend-in-a-row feat was James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar in early 2010. In fact, Avatar remained at the top for seven consecutive weekends. The Hunger Games, however, won't get that far. Next weekend, it'll surely be unseated by Zac Efron / Taylor Schilling's The Lucky One. Among the nearly 30 movies that have managed to be no. 1 for four weekends in a row are Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight (2008), Peter Jackson / Elijah Wood / Viggo Mortensen's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King »
- Zac Gille
9 items from 2012
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