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This week on The Collision, we'll be talking about race in films, depictions of slavery, how white filmmakers approach slavery, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, the film's heavy use of the n-word, and much more. It's a heavy topic to close out the new year, but it's a great discussion with our special guest, Atlanta Film Festival Artistic Director, Charles Judson (@CharlesJudson) Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Comedy, Judd Apatow, and This Is 40"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Charles's Recommendation: The Horse Soldiers Dave's Recommendation: Blazing Saddles Matt's Recommendation: Django »
- Matt Goldberg
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web for you. Today you’ll find Triumph visiting the set of This Is 40; Louie Ck in the Peanuts universe; Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal & Jerry Seinfeld giving us the sequel to the classic comedy routine “Who’s On First?”; Shrek + Inception; and a Wolverine fanfilm. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
Marty McFly Vs. The World
Deadpool and Boba Fett Do Christmas
So Deadpool & Boba Fett hit up London with some Christmas Spirit and shenanigans this year, Wade was determined to have a go on the spinning horseys.
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- Justin Vactor
Anne Hathaway and Samuel L. Jackson are in a competition of sorts since they both have movies coming out on Christmas Day—Les Miserables and Django Unchained, respectively. In a new Funny or Die video, the two actors decide to have a straight-up competition with a "Sad Off" in order to decide whose movie is more depressing. Having seen both films, Les Miserables is easily more depressing and Django Unchained is a borderline comedy (there's one scene that could have been in Blazing Saddles). But really, their war of words boils down to which is worse: slavery or prostitution. Despite the dark subject matter, the sketch is pretty damn hilarious, especially since Jackson builds the best gingerbread house ever. Hit the jump to check out the video. Via Funny or Die. The Sad Off with Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway from Samuel L Jackson Here's the official synopsis for »
- Matt Goldberg
1.) The one glimmer of hope I had for The Lone Ranger to deliver something inspired or unexpected, was Jack White making his debut as the film's composer. However, that no longer appears to be the case as Hans Zimmer has been announced as the film's composer due to "scheduling conflicts" arising between the rocker and the film's July 2013 release date. The press release mentions White has "contributed several pieces of music to the production," whatever that means, but I was interested in seeing what he could do in terms of scoring an entire feature film. Zimmer is truly one of the best at what he does, but I'm hesitant to think he could deliver anything refreshingly different than what we already heard in The Dark Knight trilogy or (especially) Rango and the Pirates movies. 2.) Mireille Enos ("The Killing") and Scott Speedman (Underworld) have joined the Ryan Reynolds vehicle Queen of the Night. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
What you can say about Quentin Tarantino that hasn’t already been said in spades? He’s been called a genius. An idiot. A master. A destroyer of independent film. A visionary. And the “century’s biggest racist.”
Tarantino, in his affably rudimentary manner, analyzes himself best: “Possibly I just grew up watching a lot of movies. I'm attracted to this genre and that genre, this type of story, and that type of story. As I watch movies I make some version of it in my head that isn't quite what I'm seeing -- taking the things I like and mixing them with stuff I've never seen before."
The problem for some cinephiles is that much of what Tarantino sincerely adores and often emulates is pure celluloid crapola, films to digest with plenty of cheap beer and cold pizza on hand. This addiction is a sort of heterosexual camp. Where »
- Brandon Judell
Quentin Tarantino's brilliant and brutal revenge western is a wildly exciting return to form: a thrilling adventure in genre and style climaxing in a bizarre and nightmarish scenario in a slave plantation in 1858. The movie is managed with Tarantino's superb provocation and audacity, with a whiplash of cruelty and swagger of scorn. It is superbly acted by Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and, particularly, Samuel L Jackson, who creates a masterpiece with his chilling character Stephen, the grey, stooping servant-elder to DiCaprio's unspeakable slave-owner Calvin Candie.
Just to make liberals everywhere uneasy, Tarantino and Jackson make Stephen the biggest, nastiest "Uncle Tom" ever: utterly loyal to his white master, and severe in his management of the below-stairs race in the Big House. »
- Peter Bradshaw
If you don't know who Mel Brooks is, you could be a teenager, born without a sense of humor or someone who hasn't been paying attention for a really long time. Just in case, Brooks, 86, is one of the rare performers known as an Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner -- multiple times.
A comedian, actor, singer, director, producer and lyricist, Brooks is the brains behind "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." He chats openly with his pal, Alan Yentob of the BBC, in an hourlong conversation, "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" Monday, Dec. 10., on HBO. He had another open and long talk with Zap2it, condensed here.
Zap2it: What is your favorite one-liner?
Mel Brooks: "Walk this way." Don't ask me why. Groucho did it, and the double entendre was he walked in a funny way.
Zap2it: What's your favorite song?
Mel Brooks: It's probably "High Anxiety. »
Sure, Sunday is incredibly overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Homeland," "The Good Wife," "Dexter" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" Monday, December 10 at 9pm on HBO The comedy legend appears in conversation with the BBC’s Alan Yentob in front of a live audience at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, California, talking about his life and career, accompanied by clips from "Your Show of Shows," "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety." This is Brooks' second special with HBO -- in 2011 he did "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again." "Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23": "Bar Lies..." Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30pm on ABC James Van Der Beek, in his continuing role as a...
- Alison Willmore
Sure, Sunday is incredibly overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Homeland," "The Good Wife," "Dexter" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" Monday, December 10 at 9pm on HBO The comedy legend appears in conversation with the BBC’s Alan Yentob in front of a live audience at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, California, talking about his life and career, accompanied by clips from "Your Show of Shows," "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety." This is Brooks' second special with HBO -- in 2011 he did "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again." "Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23": "Bar Lies..." Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30pm on ABC James Van Der Beek, in his continuing role as a »
- Alison Willmore
Mel Brooks is one of the great comedy minds of the 20th century. He was part of the greatest comedy writing staff ever assembled — at various points, it included Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen, among many others — for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." He and fellow Caesar alum Carl Reiner gave the world the 2000-Year-Old Man, and later he and Buck Henry created the classic James Bond spoof "Get Smart." And that's all before he went into the movie business and gave us "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and all »
- Alan Sepinwall
"The Producers" (1968): Mel Brooks snagged an Academy Award for his ingenious and hilarious screenplay about a shady Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) who schemes to make a fortune by overselling shares in a musical that is so mind-bogglingly terrible that it will close on opening night, allowing him to pocket most of the cash. Unfortunately, his chosen property -- "Springtime for Hitler" -- is such a surreal train wreck that audiences embrace it as a screwball comedy. Gene Wilder also was Oscar-nominated as Mostel's high-strung accomplice.
"Blazing Saddles" (1974): On its original release, some critics must have stared aghast at "Blazing Saddles" like that "Springtime for Hitler" Broadway audience in "The Producers," as Brooks gleefully challenged good taste to a gunfight at the Oy Vey Corral with his sendup of Western cliches that, among other things, lampooned the virulent racism of that period and pointed out the logical outcome of »
On TV this Monday: The Voice feels four-tunate, the Broke Girls offer a double pump, Michael Bublé invites you Home for the Holidays and Mel Brooks sits down with HBO. (We must tell our birds.) As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | How I Met Your Mother : Barney’s New Romance Heats Up, Plus a Buffy Reunion
8 pm American Country Awards (Fox) | Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) and Trace Adkins host this live celebration of country music. Scheduled performers include Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts.
8 pm »
- Kimberly Roots
Johnny Depp and Jennifer Love Hewitt are re-imagining stories, both classic and bizarre, in upcoming movies. Depp will help give life to Miguel de Cervantes's famed character Don Quixote in a modern-day film for Disney, Deadline.com reports. The actor is set to produce the movie about the hero of La Mancha, but no word yet on whether he'll be acting in the project. Hewitt will executive produce a Lifetime movie based on a post from Heather Gattuccio's blog Derfwad Manor, Deadline.com reports. In the blog post, the happily married mother dreams of polygamy with A-list stars. The »
- Julia Haskins
“Ted” and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane is heading out west. The Wild, Wild West. Though given that this is MacFarlane we’re talking about, you’re probably not looking at a gritty Western like, say, the upcoming “Bone Tomahawk”, but more of a “Blazing Saddles” type of horse ridin’ Tomfoolery that mixes contemporary humor with a Western setting. Or something along those lines. MacFarlane and his “Ted” co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have penned “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, which MacFarlane is set to direct and star in sometime next Summer. No word on the plot of “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, but you can expect lots of racial, sexual, and otherwise “testing the boundaries of good taste” jokes if “Ted” and “Family Guy” are any indication. That’s just how he rolls. Besides an upcoming gig hosting the Oscars, MacFarlane is »
We've got a liveblog for Days of Our Lives today with the latest gaybie drama that you don't want to miss!
Cher may have released the Matt Morris-penned "Woman's World" last week, but her album isn't due to drop until mid-March. Cher herself says the album isn't one big pulsating dance track, but more like Believe, with a lot of upbeat songs in different styles, and some real tear jerkers.
You can now get an app called Nudifier for your iPhone that will add flesh colored pixels to any photo, making them look censored for nudity even if they were G-rated. I recommend it for your Christmas cards.
A man has purchased 88 acres in Tennessee to build a life-size replica of the Millennium Falcon, which he envisions as a destination for school trips. Don't laugh, there's already a Creationism museum/theme park, and one is no more ridiculous than the other. »
Too many people in the comics racket get the tribute they deserve long after they leave the medium – if, indeed, at all. So I’m going to try to write one while the subject is still in her editorial seat; possibly before she even decides if she wants to actually leave the medium.
As you probably read – presumably right here at ComicMix – Karen Berger will be leaving her position as Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of DC Entertainment’s Vertigo line this coming spring. As Glenn noted in his news story, Karen will have been at the company for a third of a century (no, that photo on Glenn’s story is recent) and will have run Vertigo for 20 years. Vertigo, which she fostered, molded, and kept alive in the face of challenge and competition, all without adequate support from the guy who ran their marketing department at the time
Most certainly, »
- Mike Gold
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) is planning a follow-up to his feature-length directorial debut Ted. A Million Ways to Die in the West has been described as a Blazing Saddles-style film that will look at how dangerous life really was in the late 1800s.
The script, written by MacFarlane and his Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, is said to feature MacFarlane's trademark racy humour. He will both direct and star in A Million Ways to Die in the West, which is set to start shooting next summer. Media Rights Capital and producer Scott Stuber are behind the Western comedy.
A sequel to MacFarlane's successful first film Ted is also currently in development, and he will be hosting the Oscars ceremony in February. »
With Universal already pushing him for a sequel to Ted and Seth MacFarlane himself recently stating that a Family Guy movie was inevitable, it seemed safe to assume that MacFarlane's next big screen project would likely be one of these two possibilities. But apparently he wants to do more than just rely on the two properties that have been big hits for him so far, and if it pays off, it could ensure that his career as a director will be more than just a flash in the pan. This week it has been announced that he is setting up another original comedy with Media Rights Capital that he will direct and star in called A Million Ways to Die in the West. As you can probably guess, it's a Western and it will likely be his follow-up to Ted. But are his legions of fans ready to embrace a »
Mel Brooks is one of the most influential voices in comedy, what with the groundbreaking TV series “Your Show of Shows,” films like “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” and, of course, the film-turned-musical “The Producers.” Now, Brooks will look back over his sprawling career in HBO’s “Mel Brooks Strikes Back!” The special, which will air December 10 at 9/8c, will feature Brooks onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, Cal. in front of a live audience. Brooks will talk about his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian. The special will also take a look at [ Read More ]
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Seth McFarlane’s success has come mainly away from the camera, using his voice ashis path to stardom. It was not until recently when the general public started to become more familiar with his face and discovering the voice behind “Family Guy.”
He has now worked his way into the movies’ biggest spotlight: hosting the Academy Awards. Along with his successful directorial debut of “Ted,” his cinematic streak will continue with the planned Western “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”
Though it has not been green lit yet, this new movie will be inspired by the comedy classic “Blazing Saddles,” and will continue the quiet resurgence of the American Western. It will also seems that there will be more than just laughs as one of the underlying themes will be the harsh realities of the time and environment.
So far, McFarlane will continue to have much involvement because he will be writing, »
- Ruben Gonzalez
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