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Today in Movie Culture: Conan O'Brien Tries to Be The Rock's Stunt Double, the Science of 'Pacific Rim' and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Ridiculous Audition of the Day: Watch Conan O'Brien hilariously audition to be Dwayne Johnson's stunt double for the upcoming movie Rampage:   Reworked Movie of the Day: This recut trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail turns one of the funniest movies of all time into a serious historical drama (via Geek Tyrant):   Remixed Movie of the Day: Speaking of reworking movies, Eclectic Method turns the sounds of Christopher Nolan's Inception into a dance mix:   Reformatted Movie of the Day: James Corden continues his pitch for the fake idea of 4D movies, this time with the cast of A Wrinkle in...
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Ready Player One Review [SXSW 2018]

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One escapism is the *exact* earthly distraction social media users have been generalizing and “debating” since announcements first landed. Created *for* “geeks,” *about* “geeks” and *by* “geeks” – that’s not a dig, mind you. If you’ve been raving about a nostalgia-stuffed trailer with more references than an entire season of I Love The 80s, welcome to your nastiest virtual wet dream. If you’ve been gathering others to raise pitchforks in protest, this two-and-a-half hour CGI name-dropper isn’t for you. Simple as Simon. How’s that for a straightforward take?

Upon logging into Ready Player One, we’re introduced to Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) aka Parzival – the latter name his gamertag in an expansive massively multiplayer realm known as the “Oasis.” The year is 2045 and no one wants to live their actual, crumby lives. They just want to level-up in James Donovan Halliday
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Insights: Facebook Takes A Hard Turn, But Can Publishers Follow?

We’re a couple of weeks into Facebook’s Friends & Family Right Turn, a seismic algorithmic shift that many proclaimed would be the death of publishing. So how’s everyone doing? Are we all dead?

Based on many recent conversations – at this week’s Digital Entertainment World conference where I moderated a panel – it’s been a bit like the "Bring Out Your Dead" bit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail:" We’re not dead yet.

Facebook’s moves here and elsewhere, along with Google’s just-launched Bulletin news app, do presage a push by the Duopoly to more local and less third-party content in what they serve to their billions of users. That shift has lots of implications for how publishers of all sizes negotiate their presence on the platforms that provide so many of their views.

Hammered by Congress, critics, and even Jim Carrey(!), Facebook’s
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Terry Gilliam’s Deleted Animations from Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Terry Gilliam’s deleted animations from Monty Python and the Holy Grail might have been better off left in the archives instead of being put into the extras on the Blu-Ray version. For the time the animation was charming and even kind of odd but it was loved by fans. There are still people that swear up and down that this Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the best movie to ever be made in the history of cinema, but perhaps it takes a different eye to really see how these deleted animations could have been all that great. Certainly

Terry Gilliam’s Deleted Animations from Monty Python & The Holy Grail
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Early Man review – stone age football’s finest hour

Nick Park pits British cavemen against bronze age interlopers in his gloriously funny take on the prehistoric birth of the beautiful game

Watching an Aardman animation is like taking a potted tour of the history of cinema and the humour of Britain. From the sinister penguin of The Wrong Trousers, who was based on Mrs Danvers from Hitchcock’s Rebecca, to end-of-the-pier sight gags about the Hello!-style Ay-Up! magazine in the Hammer-influenced The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Bristol’s finest have forged a distinctive brand of film-making, which is as slyly cine-literate as it is sublimely silly. Now, with its most ambitious project to date, Aardman fuses the spectacle of One Million Years BC with the innocent charm of Gregory’s Girl to conjure a film that director Nick Park describes as “Gladiator meets Dodgeball”. Unsurprisingly, it’s a hoot.

Early Man opens with a scratchy showreel of marauding dinosaurs,
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‘Early Man’ Review

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Richard Ayoade, Gina Yashere, Nick Park, Kayvan Novak | Written by Mark Burton, James Higginson | Directed by Nick Park

Aardman animation supremo Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) makes a welcome return to claymation with this engaging and warm-hearted caveman comedy that’s a treat for both adults and children alike.

Set in Stone-Age England (near Manchester), Early Man centres on happy-go-lucky caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne), whose peaceful tribe are rudely evicted from their fertile valley by snooty, French-accented Bronze Ager Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston). With the aid of his loyal wild boar Hognob (assorted grunts and snorts from Park himself), Dug succeeds in challenging Lord Nooth to a winner-takes-all football match, with the valley at stake as the prize. There’s just one problem: Dug’s tribe have never played the game, while Nooth
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Netflix UK grabs loads of Monty Python stuff for February

Den Of Geek Jan 26, 2018

Monty Python fans are in for a treat next month, as most of the group's visual back catalogue will be up for streaming on Netflix UK...

We can already envision the scenario: us coming in from an exhausting day, throwing on Netflix and scrolling through all the new films and series, looking for something to expand our horizons.

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There's that one sci-fi show everyone's raving about. Could be good. Whatshisname is in it. We like him, don't we? Then, there's that film we missed at the cinema that certainly looks like it could be worthy, but maybe it's a bit too grim for a Tuesday night? Ah well, if we keep scrolling, we'll be able to find something that fits the bill.

But out of
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The Flashback Film Fest brings old favourites back to the big screen for a limited time!

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The Flashback Film Fest brings old favourites back to the big screen for a limited time!The Flashback Film Fest brings old favourites back to the big screen for a limited time!Jenny Bullough1/22/2018 2:50:00 Pm

The Terminator. Back to the Future. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Shaun of the Dead. The Big Lebowski. The Iron Giant. All classic movies with one thing in common: they're coming back to the big screen! For one week only from Feb. 2-8, select Cineplex theatres are hosting the Flashback Film Fest, a once-a-year festival that offers you the chance to revisit fan favourite movies, all for a special lower ticket price. If you've been yearning to see your favourite classic movie on the big screen, or to introduce a friend or family member to a film that spawned a generation of catchphrases, now's your chance!

To gear up for this event,
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Movie Review – Early Man (2018)

Early Man, 2018.

Directed by Nick Park.

Featuring the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Rob Brydon, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, and Johnny Vegas.


At the dawn of time, when mammoths still roamed the Earth, caveman Dug brings his tribe of rabbit hunters together when their peaceful valley is threatened by the arrival of the Bronze Age and the destruction of their home.

Back in the days when he was a football mad Brummie stand-up, one of Jasper Carrot’s best routines involved a trip to an away match, with his beloved Blues taking on the might of Manchester United. The Man U fans were, in his words, Neanderthals. In Nick Park’s Early Man, they’re not just the fans, but the inventors of the game.

So the setting is Stone Age Manchester. While initially this looks like Park’s little joke,
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Film Review: ‘Early Man’

It’s been nearly three decades since Aardman Animations star Nick Park completed his first Wallace and Gromit adventure, “A Grand Day Out,” and in that time, the medium has advanced so much that those first shorts look downright primitive by comparison to what stop-frame animators can accomplish today (with the aid of computer graphics and 3D printers). Perhaps that’s where the Oscar-winning director got the idea for his latest feature, “Early Man,” an endearingly old-school comedy that speculates on the origins of soccer and how a caveman named Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) captained the most exciting match in all of pre-history.

Though equipped with digital cameras and all sorts of tools he never could’ve dreamed of at the outset of his career, Park and his team instead embrace the relatively rough, hand-crafted style upon which Aardman built its brand, as opposed to the more polished yet somehow more impersonal look of “The Pirates
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The Big Lebowski, The Terminator, and more in our Flashback Film Fest!

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The Big Lebowski, The Terminator, and more in our Flashback Film Fest!The Big Lebowski, The Terminator, and more in our Flashback Film Fest!Jenny Bullough1/12/2018 4:03:00 Pm

Have you ever wished you could see your favourite, classic movie back on the big screen? Or better yet, introduce your kids or friends to a beloved classic in the way you first fell in love with the film, in a theatre? This February 2nd-8th, Cineplex Events is bringing modern classics like The Big Lebowski, The Iron GiantDune, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, WarGames, and much, much more to select theatres for a special low price!

Watch the trailer below and click here for the full lineup of films! 

To purchase tickets for a single movie, a bundle of 3 movies, or a complete pass to all movies in the Fest, click here and choose your preferred theatre.
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Criterion Collection: Jabberwocky (1977) | Blu-ray Review

It was rather a rough start for Terry Gilliam’s solo directorial career. While 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which Gilliam co-directed with Terry Jones (whose next film was 1979’s Life of Brian), became an iconic, seminal film of the decade, he would follow it up with the less well-revered Jabberwocky in 1977, a haphazard medieval comedy inspired by the famous Lewis Carroll poem, the adaptation co-written by fellow Help!

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Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky on Criterion, Vital, Promising, More Quirky Than Funny

Surprise! The delightful, self-deprecating audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin is what sold me on Jabberwocky, a very British film loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem. Released in the U.K. and the U.S. in April 1977 -- two months before Star Wars -- the film was savaged by critics, as Gilliam recalls, though it did better in territories where Monty Python and the Holy Grail had not been released, such as Germany. Indeed, the original release did not leave a mark in my memory, though I recall it frequently playing on the lively repertory circuit in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and early 80s. Of course, I was a latecomer to the entire Monty Python phenomenon, since the show was broadcast on...

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Blood Feast

Blood Feast


Arrow Video

1963 / Color /1.85 / Street Date October 9, 2017

Starring Mal Arnold, Connie Mason

Cinematography by Herschell Gordon Lewis

Written by A. Louise Downe (Ghostwritten by Lewis)

Produced by David F. Friedman, Herschell Gordon Lewis

Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

1963’s Blood Feast, the infamous gorefest from director Herschell Gordon Lewis, is a pox on our culture; grossly stupid, comically inept and depressingly nihilistic. A perfect film for 2017.

Lewis’s movie was released the same year that Patsy Cline and John Kennedy died, George Wallace turned away black students from an Alabama college and Martin Luther King was jailed in Birmingham. Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and Sam Cooke recorded ”A Change Is Gonna Come”. In an already fractured country, those seismic shifts only deepened the decades-old divide along the Mason-Dixon line.

Meanwhile, in southernly states from Mississippi to Florida, Lewis and his production partner David Friedman were busy
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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John Cleese to receive honorary Sarajevo Film Festival award

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John Cleese to receive honorary Sarajevo Film Festival award
Monty Python star honoured for his contribution to film.

John Cleese will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival (August 11-18).

The prize is awarded for an extraordinary contribution to the art of film.

After the awards ceremony, the festival will screen Cleese’s comedy A Fish Called Wanda as part of its open air programme.

Monty Python member Cleese appeared in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life Of Brian and The World Is Not Enough.

Last year’s recipient of the honorary award was director Stephen Frears. Robert De Niro was given a separate lifetime achievement award.

The 2017 festival will also pay tribute to documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer.

The two-time Oscar nominee will attend the festival to participate in a masterclass and audience Q&A session.

His films The Act Of Killing and The Look Of Silence – both about genocide in Indonesia - will also be screened
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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s the story of Theresa May’s failed campaign as told by Monty Python

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May lost the general election that she herself called. Both during and after the election, Twitter whipped itself into a frenzy, mocking everything from “protest vote” candidate Lord Buckethead to the “fields of wheat” that May admitted running through when asked about the “naughtiest” thing she ever did as a child.

Both of those make an appearance—as does lightning rod Boris Johnson as a bug-eyed dragon—in this latest video, which tells the story of May’s campaign and defeat by recasting her as King Arthur in Monty Python And The Holy Grail. Huw Parkinson of Australia’s ABC News gracefully inserts May’s head over Graham Chapman’s as she spews some of her most memorable soundbites from the past year. Whether you’re into British politics or not, the video’s worth watching.

Although Lord Buckethead is rightly analogized as
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Why Am I Laughing? Rewind: Why is Monty Python And The Holy Grail Funny?

This week on Why Am I Laughing, Ben and Rj talk about Monty Python and The Holy Grail, the legendary comedy that is undoubtedly one of the funniest movies of all time. So grab your coconut halves, bring out your dead, don’t forget the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow; this podcast farts in your general direction. Listen on PodTyrant

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Silver screen slots

In an ever-increasing desire to create the most exciting and immersive experiences possible slots designers are always on the lookout for new themes and concepts for their machines. In doing this they often take the example of video games developers as a starting point and this, logically, has led on to theming many of their slots around hit movies.

These are specifically designed to appeal to fans of the film in particular or the genre in general and often the film makers regard them as an additional piece of merchandise for the franchise.

So if you’re a movie fan here are some of the very best about and, more importantly, some handy tips about how to maximise your winnings.

One of the key aspects of success on the slots is knowing when to switch machine and the common wisdom is that when you’re on a run without many wins,
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