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When we think of futuristic, the year 1884 just doesn't come to mind. But then, we don't have the wacky mind of a member of Monty Python. Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) will make the animated 1884 starring the voices of four Monty Python members. Variety describes 1884 as "a film made in 1848 with steam power, narrating a tale of laughable imperialist daring-do and espionage set in a futuristic 1884, when Europe is at war, steam-powered cars fly in the sky and man has landed on the moon...Plot turns on dashing, if uber-bumbler secret agent Horatio Kitchengame dispatched to Europe to foil the plans of Count Ravenoff Fafner to achieve world dominion thanks to a dastardly new war machine."
The animation for 1884 is offbeat as well: live-action puppets with CGI heads consisting of the actors mouths and eyes.
Gilliam is one of the members of Monty Python and has been involved »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
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It was back in early high school when my final Dungeons & Dragons campaign faded out — a newfound interest in the opposite sex helped to snuff out that particular fire. I suppose that’s a healthy transition for a 15-year old, but as it turned out, all I’d really accomplished was to trade in a “lifetime” of fictional success for a strong dose of real-life failure, after failure, after failure. But I’m not discouraged. With the success of the Harry Potter novels and films, it’s gotten at least a little more hip to admit to liking fantasy tales, and I can now openly take part in this fictional assembly of my cinematic spell-casting dream team, while still somehow managing to keep my head held high. So with that said, let’s get to it. Here are the Top 7 Movie Wizards »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
It has been a while since we’ve heard from the R-rated period piece/action comedy Your Highness.
Finally, a trailer has dropped for the ensemble comedy that feels like a perfect mashup of Pineapple Express andRobin Hood: Men In Tights.
The trailer has everything you could imagine in a movie like Your Highness. The cast is truly inspired – James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel should make for quite a team. Most importantly, shoving crude and contemporary humor into a period piece is something I’ve never seen before.
Sure, we saw childish humor in Robin Hood: Men in Tights and there’s plenty of modern comedy in Monty Python and the Holy Grail – but the level of vulgarity in this trailer is enough to suggest director David Gordon Green could care less about…
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- Mike Eisenberg
Merlin is in the upper echelon of fictional wizards* along with Gandalf, Harry Potter, and the The Great and Powerful Oz. Having first appeared in Arthurian legend in 1136, Merlin predates them all, but arguably lacks the definitive on-screen portrayal of the latter three.
Merlin. Present day. That’s about all we know so far, but the character has a rich history; hit the jump for background information on Merin.
Merlin is a legendary figure best known as the wizard featured in the Arthurian legend. The standard depiction of the character first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae, written c. 1136, and is based on an amalgamation of previous historical and legendary figures. Geoffrey combined »
- Brendan Bettinger
Even as a little kid, I couldn’t help but feel that some of the holiday figures I was always told about, like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, were a little off. I mean, I liked what most of them represented, like plenty of gifts and time off of school, but there was still that nagging feeling in my gut. As time went on and much to Tinkerbell’s dismay, I stopped believing, I began to see a more practical use for these holiday figures. After all, each of them has a discernible talent, so why not exploit it the best way I know how? That’s right folks, holiday horror movies. Now I’m not talking about My Bloody Valentine or any of those slashers that feed off of the holiday buzz. Nah, I’m talking about something else entirely. Sure, some of these have already been inducted »
- Calhoun Kersten
Anniversary and collectors' editions are a good way to boost DVD sales. But should they have a minimum number of specifically-commissioned extra features?
If you bought a 50th anniversary DVD of a seminal work of cinema, you'd probably hope for a clutch of decent features, ideally more than just one archive interview, one featurette, an introduction by a magazine editor and a short film starring Kris Marshall. Especially if the director was still alive and making films – and was, in fact, Jean-Luc Godard.
But that's exactly what you'll find on the new DVD release of À Bout de Souffle, aka Breathless. Ostensibly a celebration of the film's half-centenary, it's not particularly celebratory. While it contains the same restored print that saw a theatrical run in June, the extras are a bit of a letdown. The Blu-ray release has a larger smattering of features, but it's still less than the film deserves. »
- Anne Wollenberg
If Robert Rodriguez's Machete is even half as good as the trailer, the pic will certainly be the best movie featuring the knife named in the title. Meanwhile, the title character's knife-adorned wardrobe — and the clip of Danny Trejo swinging a bladed morning star and bungee jumping with entrails — begged the question: What are the most memorable movie scenes where a knife plays a leading role?
see the 10 scenes that made our list >>
Link | Posted 9/3/2010 by reelz
Psycho | Monty Python and the Holy Grail | Fatal Attraction | Conan the Destroyer | Under Siege | Kill Bill: Vol. 1 | Machete | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid | Raiders of the Lost Ark | Saving Private Ryan | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back »
- reelz reelz
The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films as ranked by the users of the biggest Internet movie site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of the Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.
It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case we is myself and Barry) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list. We’ve frozen the list as of January 1st of this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, we are watching them all in one year, 125 each.
This is our 30th update, my next five films watched for the project. You can find all our previous week’s updates here. »
- Gary Phillips
With Tsr Buzz, you’ll find links to articles, videos and other random things that will help you waste your time just a little bit more.
A woman walks through a German grocery store and comes across the American ethnic isle. Let’s see what healthy treats are in store for her, shall we?
It’s been decided that everyone who is hip, cool and out of sight should love “Mad Men.” The new season started and some of you haven’t seen every episode from the beginning (like me). Here’s your chance to catch up and become on of the cool kids in school. You’re welcome. Follow this link for a 4:40 recap on the first three seasons. What podcasts do I listen to besides Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider? Well, I’m glad you asked. I like Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. »
- Jeff Bayer
Chuck a "mega" and "giant" into the mix of tonight's Natural World and you'd have the ingredients for another straight-to-dvd B-movie: it's all about eagles who eat monkeys. After learning of the location of a nest occupied by a family of elusive harpy eagles, film-maker Fergus Beeley set up his own eyrie high in the canopy above the Orinoco rainforest of Venezuela . . . Sit back for an hour and enjoy the results of his patience. Rv
8.30pm, Sky Arts 1
If there's one thing we know about Python Terry Jones it's that he's obsessed with the middle ages and thus well placed to offer some very informative and entertaining insights into a clutch of medieval artworks at London's National Gallery, such as Paolo Uccello's Saint George and the Dragon, with »
- Will Hodgkinson, David Stubbs, Richard Vine, Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall, Rebecca Nicholson
Oh, I do love the pretty blond boys. All Creatures Great and Small was one of my first forays into British drama on PBS when I was probably 12. And I instantly fell in love with Tristan, and with Peter Davison: My crush was sealed for life with Doctor Who: (I love the fancy sideburns. David Tennant’s Doctor didn’t introduce hints of vanity into the Doctor’s appearance: Peter Davison did.) From the extras on the Last Detective box set: The beard was because he was playing King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the West End: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Here’s a bit of fun this Thursday lunchtime although if you’re going to watch the video that I’ve embedded below in an office, I suggest you use headphones. I love this video montages that people put together and today we’ve found this one on Pajiba (Put together by Harry Hanharan) called ‘The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time’ which does exactly what it says on the tin.
Some of the insults are rude, some incredibly clever but all are entertaining. Pajiba also give us a list of every single film mention in the clip so follow along as you watch.
Please note, this video contains swearing.
Movies used in the video:
0’00 – Roxanne, Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Gleaming the Cube, The Princess Bride, A Fish Called Wanda, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Casino, Three Amigos, A Clockwork Orange 1’05 – Dolemite, Glengarry Glen Ross, Bad Santa, »
- David Sztypuljak
There was a time when Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") thought he might be able to make another film while his first animated feature "Rango" was in preproduction – but that, he admits today, seems outright fantastical. In the screening room of his Blind Wink productions at Universal Studios, Hollywood, Verbinski claims newfound respect for the work that goes into animated films. “It’s very much like we’re shooting a movie… We’re very much in production,” he says.
Sitting here seven days a week, Verbinski and his team fastidiously review and tweak daily transmissions of work from Industrial Light and Magic, with trips north to Ilm studios in San Francisco every other week. In spite of what Verbinski may once have thought, directing "Rango" has definitely become a full time job.
- Greg Yolen
HollywoodNews.com: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today unveiled the network’s list of 10 Best Comedy Lines from Classic Movies, timed to coincide with the buildup to sister network TBS and Just For Laughs’ second annual comedy festival in Chicago, which begins tomorrow. The list includes lines from a number of memorable comedies, spoken by such notables as Groucho Marx, Mel Brooks, Ginger Rogers, Peter Sellers, John Belushi and Rob Reiner’s mother.
With this latest authoritative list, TCM set out to find lines that leave audiences in stitches. Many of the lines are repeated by even the most casual movie fans, demonstrating their strong foothold in pop culture.
“Great movie quotes frequently make their way into everyday conversation, and that is especially true for lines that make us laugh out loud,” said TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne.
Here are the lines included on TCM’s list of 10 Best Comedy Lines from Classic Movies, »
TCM has gotten in the habit of releasing new top tens quite frequently and every now and again one is rather interesting, such as their list of the Top 15 Most Influential Films of All-Time, which set the Internet on fire last April for about two straight weeks and even encouraged some sites to poll their users to see just how TCM's list compared to a user generated one.
I doubt today's list will be scrutinized as hard as that one considering comedy is so subjective, but I'm sure many of you will have something to add to the list that you feel should be included. What follows directly below is Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) list list of the 10 Best Comedy Lines from Classic Movies, which lines from such notables as Groucho Marx, Mel Brooks, Ginger Rogers, Peter Sellers, John Belushi and Rob Reiner's mother.
The list is presented in »
- Brad Brevet
The holiday weekend brought fairly shocking news to fans of the "Lord of the Rings" universe. Guillermo del Toro, who has long been confirmed as the director of the two "The Hobbit," announced that he's no longer able to commit to helming the films. Repeated scheduling delays have conspired to push "The Hobbit" back further and further, and del Toro is now moving on to fulfill other commitments, though he'll hang onto a co-writer credit for the scripts.
Producer and "Lord of the Rings" trilogy writer/director/producer Peter Jackson came out in full support of del Toro's decision. "Guillermo is one of the most remarkable creative spirits I’ve ever encountered and it has been a complete joy working with him," he said in a statement. "Guillermo’s strong vision is ingrained into the scripts and designs of these two films, which are extremely fortunate to be blessed with his creative DNA. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Movies from sketch comedy groups can be dicey propositions. The formats aren't really conducive to each other. Sketch comedy can be hilarious one moment, then the next moment it's crickets chirping. If the group is good, they can move on quickly and forget about things. But movies are a whole other monster to tame. what could sustain three to five minutes can be awkward in this new format. Some groups can pull it off, and you get great films like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brain Candy, or at least Super Troopers. Mess it up, and you're stuck with Miss March.
And there's not a lot on this earth that's worse, cinematically speaking, than Miss March.
Now we have Derrick Comedy, an internet sensation full of gentlemen whose names all begin with a "D". Though curiously, none named Derrick. Whether you find this clever or stupid will help determine »
Two new parodies open in theaters this weekend on Friday, May 21… MacGruber and Shrek Forever After. Just as these two films are very different from each other, as are movie parodies, ranging in style and format, poking fun at anything and everything. In keeping with this week’s box office theme, We Are Movie Geeks has formulated our own list of the ten best parody movies. The films we’ve selected broadly encompass the widely varying genre of parodies, and while we certainly left out some good ones, it gives an idea of what we think of as being the exemplary examples.
Honorable Mention: Uhf (1989)
I’ll admit, Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of public access television is not everyone’s cup-o-tea, but for truly devoted Movies Geeks, this is a modern classic of ridiculous comedy. Yankovic has already established himself as an international music star, which is saying a »
- Movie Geeks
Wow, Mr. Stark, you're such an innovator. Wounded and held hostage (with a makeshift electromagnet stuck in your chest), you take a couple of sardine cans and a used vacuum cleaner and build battle armor to get out of your predicament. A couple of revisions later, and you're now Iron Man, a metal hero the likes of which humanity has never seen.
Problem is, you ain't so original. In fact, the world is so overrun with shiny, clanking people that we had no problem working up a list of 10 others who have opted for the alloy life. Better equip your elbows with a set of battering rams, Stark. It's getting kinda crowded around here.
See our list of Top 10 Guys Gone Metal >>
Link | Posted 5/5/2010 by reelz
- reelz reelz
Show me a stake and a bunch of characters muttering about witchcraft, and I start squirming like a fish on a hook
I love films in which men wear short skirts, hack at each other with swords or say things such as: "Did you know, my dear, that this golden web was spun from the beards of shellfish?" (That's an actual line from The Ten Commandments, by the way.) So when I heard Alejandro Amenábar's Agora was set in Alexandria circa 391Ad, I went galloping off to see it, expecting dumb dialogue and peplums aplenty in a sort of arthouse variation on Clash of the Titans.
Oh dear. I should have known Amenábar was too smart to wallow in classical kitsch. Instead of laughing my ass off, I spent most of the film peeking through my fingers and whimpering. At one point I got so upset I accidentally stabbed »
- Anne Billson
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