19 items from 2013
I’m not your typical movie crier. Unlike most of my friends, I don’t tend to cry at big romantic gestures or when anyone in a Nicholas Sparks movie dies. But there is one thing that will always get me, as well as most of the other people in the theater: killing an animal. I just can’t. So this week, I quite literally have a pet peeve to discuss with Hollywood.
First things first, there’s a big difference between an animal film in which one dies and a film that includes an animal just to kill it. »
- Samantha Highfill
Tune in alert for the Veterans Day Weekend on The Military Channel watch the live broadcast of the Homeward Bound Telethon Benefitting Veterans with Ptsd and Tbi for Veterans Day Weekend on The Military Channel www.homewardboundtelethon.org From Military Channel Join Alan Alda, Joe Mantegna, Connie Francis, Patti Austin, Michael Feinstein, Jason Gould, Charlie Hirsch, Gloria Loring, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ben Vereen, American Military Spouses Choir, The Temptations Revue, and more, including decorated American veterans. These celebrities join veterans who support the Homeward Bound Telethon - Donations can be made at www.homewardboundtelethon.org or by calling 1-855-824-7873. Homeward Bound, a live four-hour national telethon to support American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) and Traumatic Brain Injury (Tbi) will »
- April Neale
Celebrities, musicians and comedians and, most importantly, American armed forces veterans will come together this upcoming Veterans Day Weekend, for Homeward Bound, a live, four-hour national telethon to support veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) and Traumatic Brain Injury (Tbi). Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host the live event, to air on the Military Channel, on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 7-11 p.m. Et in Hollywood's historic American Legion Hall #43. Other stars, along with veterans and other dignitaries, will staff the phone banks to accept donations. People is teaming up with Homeward Bound because of the magazine's commitment to »
Bryn Terfel is a Welsh bass-baritone opera singer. Born in Pant Glas, Caernarfonshire, Terfel attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1989 with the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial award. He has since performed leading roles in Mozart, Puccini and Wagner at some of the most famous opera houses in the world. In 1996 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for singer of the year and he became the second recipient of the Queen's medal for music in 2006. His new album Homeward Bound, recorded in Salt Lake City with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is out now.
Actor: Rhys Ifans
The weekend hasn’t even started yet, but it would appear that everybody’s favorite gravelly-voiced action star is already hinting at potential sequels involving his stoic, night vision equipped anti hero, Riddick.
The original film, Pitch Black, came out in 2000 and was a bit of an underdog that managed to gross $53 million dollars despite its dead of winter release date. The film then went on to become a sleeper hit/cult classic amongst action movie fans. What’s interesting to note is that the film itself was a decent popcorn affair, but people really liked Vin Diesel’s characterization of the anti-hero, which, in Hollywood, translates into a sequel and a video game tie-in. You could literally hear the ‘Ca-ching!’ shortly after the credits rolled.
Thus, we have The Chronicles of Riddick. The game was excellent. The flick, on the other hand, was weighed down by its own ambition »
- Jay Russell
It's probably a good thing that dogs can't talk. Can you imagine what they'd say? Most dogs' hobbies are limited to sleeping, eating, playing and drinking out of toilets, so you can imagine they might not be the most talented conversationalists.
But in the movies and TV, we get to experience the fantasy that dogs can talk, and they have incredible things to say. Is it possible to watch "Up" or "Homeward Bound" without wishing just a little bit that we could hear our pups' thoughts?
Check out the video above for the only supercut you'll ever need of dogs talking.
Video produced by Hannah Levy. »
- The Huffington Post
by Brett White
Yesterday, "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn revealed via his Formspring page that there are three other comic book properties he'd be interested in getting his hands on: "We3," "Hit-Monkey," and "Thunderbolts." While this talk was in no way an announcement or even an indicator of what's to come, I can't even begin to explain how awesome it would be to see a James Gunn adaptation of "Thunderbolts."
"Thunderbolts" began way back in 1997, the brainchild of writer Kurt Busiek and artist Mark Bagley. While they were initially marketed and presented as a new superhero team, the first issue's big twist ending revealed that they were actually the Masters of Evil in disguise! The series, which has been around in one incarnation or another ever since, has become the home for Marvel's many underused—and underappreciated—villains and minor characters as they either try to become superheroes. »
- Splash Page Team
This week we found ourselves cracking up over some hilarious Internet finds, including a laugh-out-loud commercial and the most perfect, sassy Gif of President Obama. Also on our radar were Jimmy Fallon's impression of "Carlos Danger" and a dog who seems to feel strongly about the end of the '90s film Homeward Bound. Ease into the weekend with a laugh by checking out the pictures, GIFs, and videos that made us Lol this week! The Camp Gyno It was the tampon ad seen around the world this week, gaining almost 3.5 million views in a matter of days. After getting her "red badge of courage," one girl becomes the go-to girl at camp - the other campers' "Joan of Arc," if you will. Obama Gets Sassy It's what Gif dreams are made of - Mike Hayes tweeted what's arguably the most perfect Gif of President Obama, who pulls off a sassy snap with ease. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Rihanna was seen heading home on July 29, after two months of touring Europe, but it’s not likely she’ll reunite with Chris Brown upon her return to the United States, a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. Rihanna’s over Chris’ drama and she learned a big lesson during their most recent love affair.
Rihanna and Chris Brown have given their romance multiple chances, and after many failed attempts, Rihanna’s finally learned the biggest lesson of all. In fact, because of what she’s learned, she’s not in a rush to have any man in her life.
Rihanna: Chris Brown Relationship Lessons — Without Trust, You Have Nothing
RiRi’s not a fan of Chris’ drama, a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. And the 25-year-old singer learned that the lack of trust in her relationship with Chris, 24, was a crippling factor in their romance:
“[Rihanna] learned that without trust, you »
- Christopher Rogers
by Joseph Leray
Given all the intellectual property auctions going lately -- Thq just wrapped theirs up, only to be followed by Atari -- I've been a little curious about how it all even works. Is it a silent auction? Is there a cowboy-hatted Texan fast-talking, "1.35 million, 1.35 million for 'Homeworld'"?
According to a refreshingly frank Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, it mostly happens over the phone.
During a Pax Australia panel last week, Gearbox announced its plans to remaster "Homeworld 1" and "2" and release them on Steam. Pitchford also took the opportunity to explain how high-level rights purchases go down.
"When Thq started to evaporate, Brian [Martel] kept coming to my office everyday and saying, 'Hey Randy, you got to get Homeworld,'" he explained. Brian Martel is Gearbox' chief creative officer. It's "sort of a weirdly long process."
During initial bidding, interested parties had to put money into a special account, »
- MTV Video Games
Lassie or Homeward Bound this is not. The third in the Adventures of Bailey series, A Night in Cowtown, will continue to make its fans happy, and bore everyone else. Meant for white Christians living in Texas, the writing is one-dimensional and cartoony dubbed voices clumsily overlaid on images of dogs don’t warrant a scratch behind the ears. The great tragedy is that Hollywood doesn’t make these movies at all anymore, leaving small production companies a window to supply subpar content for desperate families searching for an appropriate kids flick. What happened to the days of Michael J. Fox with Oscar-Winners Sally Field and the peerless Don Ameche as the hilariously heart wrenching trio Chance, Sassy, and Shadow?
- Kyle North
We are saddened here at Thn to learn than long time Disney editor Norman Palmer has passed away at the age of 94. Palmer worked at Disney for 45 years on their documentary shorts as well as some of their live action feature films, including The Incredible Journey that was later successfully remade as Homeward Bound.
Palmer worked with famed director John Ford and assisted on editing Disney classics Pinocchio & Fantasia when he first started out in the company. He is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren. We here at Thn send our condolences.
- Esben Evans
After seeing Safe Haven this weekend and not shedding a tear, I realized I don’t cry at Nicholas Sparks movies — even though they pull out all the stops: war, cancer, the beauty of nature, Alzheimer’s … sometimes all in the same film. Although this fills me with pride, it also makes me think about when I do cry at movies, and it turns out, the issue might be with me. So here goes my confession: I cry at all the wrong movies.
If you look through EW’s top 25 tearjerkers ever, I’ve only ever cried at two of them — Brokeback Mountain (Heath! »
- Samantha Highfill
Writer / director / composer / editor / cinematographer / auteur / weirdo Quentin Dupieux is a guy who pulls the mat right out from under the Hollywood norm and takes bold and colorful chances. A couple of years ago, Dupieux created a feature-length film about a killer tire called Rubber. He broke every rule he could and created something pretty fucking incredible. With Wrong, Dupieux turns a little story about a man's quest to find his missing dog into a mind-bending, chopped and screwed reality where almost nothing makes sense. Dear reader, this ain't your average Homeward Bound. Dolph Spring (Rubber's Jack Plotnick) is having a bad week. He wakes up every day at 7:60Am (not a typo), but on this day, something is...
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ScreenWest and the ABC have funded a new series of mini-documentaries produced by Joined Up Films. The West Australian screen agency has invested $250,000 into five five to eight minute indigenous contemporary documentaries to screen on ABC1.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has announced Joined Up Films had been selected to series produce the new ABC and ScreenWest indigenous mini-documentary, Seasons.
“Experienced producers Jacqueline Willinge, Anthony Willinge and Daniel Brown from Joined Up Films will work closely with ScreenWest, the ABC and the indigenous filmmakers to manage the production of the documentary series in the first half of the year,” Mr Day said.
Through this initiative, up to five, five to eight minute indigenous contemporary documentaries will be developed and produced for broadcast on ABC1.
The Minister said the State Government, through ScreenWest, had invested $250,000 into the Indigenous Short Documentary Development and Production Initiative to provide ongoing »
- Colin Delaney
Western Australia-based Joined Up Films will produce new indigenous mini-documentary Seasons.
The project will deliver up to five, five-to-eight minute indigenous contemporary documentaries, which will be broadcast on ABC1. It has been supported via ScreenWest.s $250,000 Indigenous Short Documentary Development and Production Initiative.
Joined Up Films has previously produced two one-hour Sbs documentaries: My Mum Talks To Aliens and Extreme Cleaners; a half-hour ABC documentary: Homeward Bound; and two eight-part ABC1 series Who.s Been Sleeping in My House? The company was funded last year via Screen Australia.s Enterprise Program.
In a statement, Wa culture and the arts minister John Day said: .The Wa indigenous film sector has grown considerably in recent years with projects including Bran Nue Dae, Jandamarra.s War, Yagan and Satellite Boy and this is a great opportunity to develop the skills of the state.s new and emerging indigenous writers and directors."
Seasons is »
- Brendan Swift
Former stunt co-oridinator-turned-director David R. Ellis has been found dead in South Africa while prepping production on his latest project Kite – an action thriller based on the same-titled Japanese anime and set to star Samuel L. Jackson. There is no word yet on his cause of death but it was said to be ‘sudden’ and unexpected.
Ellis began his film career in the 1970s, working on the likes of Smokey & The Bandit, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Sharky’S Machine and William Friedkin’s classic, modern noir, To Live & Die In L.A. Countless others include Scarface, Lethal Weapon, Roadhouse and Patriot Games, before making his directorial debut with 1996s Homeward Bound 2 and then moving on to fun horror sequel Final Destination 2, seven years later.
- Craig Hunter
David R. Ellis, director of the infamous Samuel L. Jackson movie Snakes On A Plane, died today at the age of 60. While not a recognizable name to all, Ellis was a consistent figure in Hollywood, having directed the movies Homeward Bound II, Final Destination 2, Cellular, Asylum, The Final Destination, and most recently Shark Night 3D. Ellis also worked as a second unit director on major studio films such as Harry Potter And The Sorceror's Stone, The Matrix Reloaded, Master And Commander: »
- Alex Maidy
Okay, okay. So we don’t actually know if the Evil Dead remake is going to be any good. Remember the Prometheus trailer? That thing is a work of art where as the movie itself…well, it was a work of fart. A true work of fart. As huge Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell fans, we were more than a little leery of an Evil Dead remake, but today’s new (incredibly gory) red band trailer fills us with glee. And by “glee,” we mean “some kind of gross black ooze that slides out of our mouth like a waking nightmare.”
And that ooze got us thinking. From Total Recall to Dredd, there were so many mediocre remakes last year (see also: every movie coming out in the next three years), it’s hard to remember that a lot of remakes are actually really, really good. Don’t believe us? »
- Halle Kiefer
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