16 items from 2010
Two weeks ago, MTV News crowned Kanye West as the 2010 Man of the Year. However, a lot of extremely vocal fans thought that the individual picked for the number two position — rapper Eminem — should have been in first place by miles. There is an excellent case to be made for Slim Shady, as he had a tremendously successful year that saw him drop one of his most critically-acclaimed and commercially successful albums of his career (Recovery is on track to be the best-selling album of 2010), top the charts twice with two killer singles ("Not Afriad" and the Rihanna-assisted "Love the Way You Lie"), co-headline the biggest concerts of the year (the extremely well-received Home and Home shows with Jay-z) and re-ignite the debate over whether or not he is the greatest rapper of all time (an argument that will continue ad infinitum).
With all of those accomplishments (and with the »
- Kyle Anderson
Episode Title: "Ts-19"
Story: Following the assault on their camp, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors of the zombie apocalypse seek refuge at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Once there, our heroes are treated to food, wine and a whole lot of information about how the zombie infection functions and what's happening in the rest of the world. The answers, unfortunately, are not what Rick and his companions were hoping to hear.
With the Cdc on the cusp of power failure, Doctor Jenner (Noah Emmerich) springs an alternative option on the group — an option that could well be their damnation or their salvation.
Up In Smoke: That's all she wrote, folks — that's the end of the first season of "The Walking Dead." So, what did you think?
As far as season finales go, "Ts-19" was an unusual affair. »
- Josh Wigler
Interviewed by Tom Stockman
Conducted: November 12, 2010
Veteran actor Stacy Keach has been on stage and in front of the camera for well over fifty years. He’s performed in the highbrow ranks of Broadway, Shakespeare, and critically acclaimed films. He’s also participated in the lowbrow humor of Cheech and Chong and grindhouse quickies churned out by Italian exploitation auteurs. He’s worked for some of the great directors including John Huston, Walter Hill, John Carpenter, and Robert Altman, as well as playwright Arthur Miller. When he’s not performing, his charity work as chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation keeps him busy. Stacy Keach was invited to St. Louis last weekend to receive an honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinema St. Louis. Three of his films were screened including the classics Fat City and The Long Riders as well as his newest project Imbued, a film in which he »
- Tom Stockman
Like some other genres, stoner comedies never seem to die, they just mutate into whatever style the current pot – sorry, pop – culture finds particularly funny. Back in the 70s, it was Cheech & Chong with Up in Smoke and these days it’s the likes of Pineapple Express. New Line, which brought us their own successful weed-powered comedy duo in Harold & Kumar, is hoping to keep the box office high going by digging out smuggling script We’re The Millers for another try at getting it on screen.Back in 2006, the company announced that Steve Buscemi had agreed to star in the film, which would see a veteran pot dealer looking to score one last big job and creating a fake family (the titular Millers) to run the shipment between Mexico and the Us.Wedding Crashers writers Steve Faber and Bob Fisher created the original draft of the screenplay, which The Full Monty »
And the parade of Roger Corman Cult Classics keeps marching on in with the official releases of three more lovable obscurities courtesy of Shout! Factory!
From the Press Release
This November 2, 2010, get ready for a trio of science-fiction terror palooza when Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation will unleash Not of This Earth (1988) Special Edition DVD and The Terror Within/ Dead Space Double-Feature DVD from the popular Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series.
Cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Big Bad Mama II, Chopping Mall) offers his rendition of Roger Corman’s 1957 cult classic Not of This Earth in the 1988 version, boasting campy performance of fan favorite Traci Lords (Blade, Cry-Baby). The double-feature DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space offers fearful futuristic thrills on Earth and in outer space. A must-have for horror fans and collectors, aggregate your Roger Corman movie collection with these »
- Uncle Creepy
There are some rock'n'roll movies, like Floyd Mutrux's American Hot Wax and Bob Zemeckis's I Wanna Hold Your Hand, that manage to convey the palpable sense – palpable, that is, to a hormone-wracked teenager – that rock'n'roll can literally save your life. A particularly wrenching scene in the former has its lead character, a teenage Brill Building songwriter, sobbing with gratitude backstage at one of DJ Alan Freed's early Moondog Matinee rock'n'roll revues in 1955, as she gratefully acknowledges that this music came along for her at exactly the right moment in her life, and that said life would be empty and pointless for her without it. That scene always destroys me.
The Runaways has a little of this feeling, but given the already ruined lives of »
- John Patterson
Paul Vasquez (Hungrybear9562) saw a double rainbow from his yard in Yosemite National Park and decided to grab his video camera to record the meteorological phenomenon. Interesting enough, but not the sort of thing set to become a YouTube hit, let alone one that inspires a song. The video's true value — and reason for its viral success — is this dude's reaction to seeing the double rainbow.
Here at Reelz, we're split. The cynics say it's a shrewd attempt at grabbing an audience, perhaps even an audition tape of sorts; while the romantics simply see a burly-man broken down to his rawest emotions by nature's beauty. One thing we can agree on is that odds are good Hungrybear9562's screen de plume might hint at a certain recreational habit. Which got us thinking it might be fun to do a little re-casting, especially given Hollywood's relentless release of sequels and remakes. »
- reelz reelz
I am not a stoner. I say that not to preempt any accusations, but to qualify a strange liking I have for stoner comedies. Granted a good chunk of the stupid ones tend to play straight to the pothead base and no one else (here's looking at you, Sex Pot and Evil Bong 2), but there is one quality a lot of smoke-heavy comedies have that I do admire; the stoner odyssey. Screenwriters owe the plant a great debt for being such a simple cinematic MacGuffin. The quest for more pot is basically a free pass to work in all kinds of zany characters and outrageous scenarios.
Now hoping to join the stoner odyssey legacy is High School, the feature film debut of director John Stalberg. And judging from its premise and cast, it might just have what it takes to be remembered fondly alongside Up in Smoke, Half Baked, and »
- Peter Hall
As elderstatesmen of stoner movies, a reputation achieved across a dozen films (including the classic Up in Smoke), Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have found remarkable endurance, their pothead alter egos now spanning decades in popularity. After a long hiatus, the two reunited last year for a massive comedy tour, captured on film as Cheech and Chong's Hey Watch This. Out promoting the release of this documentary (released today in limited release, DVD & Blu-Ray, and video-on-demand channels), Rotten Tomatoes sat down with the legendary duo for their Five Favorite Films. »
There is no question about it ... Cheech & Chong are comedy legends! The pot-smoking duo began their career as stand-up comics in the early '70s and gained attention for a string of popular comedy albums, which featured hit songs like "Basketball Jones." However, it was their feature film debut in '1978s Up In Smoke that made them icons to stoners all around the world. The two broke up in the mid '80s and with rumors of bad blood between the former friends; fans thought that they would never see they'd see the dynamic duo of dope together again. Chances started to look even slimmer in 2003 when Tommy was unjustly arrested and incarcerated for "conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia," but upon his release in 2004 rumors started to fly about the two comedians finally reuniting. In 2008, the team publicly announced that they would be reuniting for an upcoming tour, titled »
After a successful string of comedy albums, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong opted to switch gears and hit the big screen. From there we got Up in Smoke, Cheech & Chong.s Next Movie, Nice Dreams and many more. A tumultuous time for the duo led to a lull in output, but with the rough times long gone, Cheech and Chong are back and powering forward with new material. While out promoting his latest film, The Perfect Game, Marin shared a surprising response when asked if he had any interest in directing. .Actually, if we do the next Cheech and Chong movie I.m going to direct that.. He added, .They.re still writing it right now. Tommy.s doing most of the writing because we.ve decided to divvy up the chores.. No, the choice to take care of certain elements solo didn.t have anything to do with leftover »
The legendary comedic duo talk about their upcoming animated project and a sequel to their stoner classic
There is no question about it ... Cheech & Chong are comedy legends! The pot-smoking duo began their career as stand-up comics in the early '70s and gained attention for a string of popular comedy albums, which featured hit songs like "Basketball Jones." However, it was their feature film debut in '1978s Up In Smoke that made them icons to stoners all around the world. The two broke up in the mid '80s and with rumors of bad blood between the former friends; fans thought that they would never see a sequel to the granddaddy of all marijuana comedies. Chances started to look even slimmer in 2003 when Tommy was unjustly arrested and incarcerated for "conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia," but upon his release in 2004 rumors started to fly about the two comedians finally reuniting. »
ABC's "Modern Family," Fox's "Glee," HBO's "In Treatment" as well as Kermit the Frog and Craig Ferguson were among the 36 recipients of Peabody Awards unveiled this morning by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2009, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia Campus.
The latest Peabody winners reflect great diversity in genre, sources of origination and content. The recipients included the aforementioned "Modern Family," ABC's droll, perceptive comedy about a multicultural extended family; HBO's "Thrilla in Manila," a doc that probes the hype, mythology and meaning of the politically charged Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fights in the early 1970s; and "The Great Textbook War," a fair, balanced radio doc from West Virginia Public Broadcasting about a 1974 skirmish that presaged "cultural wars" still raging in America. »
This post is from BuzzSugar Community user weffie, who added her favorite movie parties to the Movie Lists group. 1. Dazed and Confused 2. Animal House 3. Boogie Nights 4. "1979" video (not a movie, but a great party) 5. Grandma's Boy 6. Up in Smoke 7. Romper Stomper 8. Son in Law 9. Mamma Mia 10. How High (not a party, but Ben Franklin's bong is there!) 11. Anchorman 12. Requiem for a Dream (lolz) We want to read your movie lists about anything in our new BuzzSugar Community group. Click here to read more about how to be featured on BuzzSugar! »
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There has been a lot of talk this week of stoner comedies, what with Natalie Portman developing the female answer to Harold & Kumar, a pot-centered road movie titled Best Buds. And rumors have (again) been circulating about sequels in the works for both Pineapple Express and the grandfather of cult cannabis classics, Up in Smoke. None of these are certainties, mind you, but given the apparent hotness of the concept at the moment, may I suggest Universal get things lit up for...
12 years have passed since Half Baked hit theaters -- successfully I might add (Hollywood barely noticed because Titanic was still the box office sensation at the time) -- and it's only become more popular as a cult favorite, partly due to Dave Chappelle's rise in fame through his popular sketch comedy show. The movie actually saw some continuation through The Dave Chappelle Show with Jim Breuer »
- Christopher Campbell
I received an email from a reader named Brandon tonight linking to a YouTube interview with legendary stoners Cheech and Chong talking about all things geek, movies, and, well, Cheech and Chong. But at one point (about 1:02 in) they talk briefly about what they've got coming up for movies and Chong says there's three things: a concert movie, out on 4/20, called Hey Watch This! (pre-order on Amazon); an animated feature, "a bunch of those" Chong says (not just one movie), but the first one will get released "sometime after 4/20"; and lastly, they reveal that "we're also working on a movie movie, Up in Smoke 2." Hell yes! They both go on to joke that they're going to call the sequel "Avatar 2: Escape from Guantanamo," which doesn't really make sense, but whatever. The big news coming from this interview is that their are a "bunch" of animated movies »
- Alex Billington
16 items from 2010
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