5 items from 2014
Debbie is a bored Birmingham housewife whose life is turned upside down when she discovers an elf in her pantry. He leads her through a portal into Yonderland, a magical realm ruled by harmless idiots. And then she makes another startling discovery: her arrival has been prophesied. She is, Yonderland's elders explain, the Chosen One. Unfortunately, they can't actually explain why, since one of them lost the relevant scroll while drunk. But Debbie is more than happy to step up, as it's the first time anyone's noticed her in years.
Yonderland, which launched last year on Sky, is written and performed by the team behind the multi-award-winning kids' series Horrible Histories. And it shows. This endlessly inventive family comedy, set in a preposterous fantasy kingdom, follows Debbie as she battles to save »
If this is turning into a good, old-fashioned Hollywood feud, it’s one of the most bizarre ones in recent memory. While chatting with Coming Soon last week to promote Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver opened up about his failed attempt to make Watchmen with Time Bandits director Terry Gilliam, revealing the ending they would have preferred over director Zack Snyder’s version. If you’ll remember, Silver had none too many kind words for Snyder’s adaptation of the iconic graphic novel, calling it “too much of a slave to the material.” Now, in an interview with The Huffington Post, Snyder is hitting back.
The director, who won the admiration of many critics and the derision of others for making a painstakingly faithful adaptation of Watchmen, went with an ending very similar to author Alan Moore’s original version, simply trading out a squid-like alien (one of the more far-fetched »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a bizarro satirical vision of the future where ordinary human lives and society is even more technology-infused (and thus, alienating) than the present, an aging and socially-awkward genius named Qohen Leth (played by two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz) is tasked with proving a theorem that – if indeed correct – will demonstrate beyond any doubt that “0 (zero) must equal 100%” and that existence therefore doesn’t have a purpose… or does it? Well, once he solves The Zero Theorem then Qohen will know the correct answer, apparently.
Confused? Welcome to the world of director Terry Gilliam, the mad genius (or madman, take your pick) who gave us those deliciously twisted Monty Python animations, as well as mind-bending cult films like Time Bandits, Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – with Twelve Monkeys being perhaps his most accessible ...
- Sandy Schaefer
The latest rumors about Marvel's big budget Doctor Strange adaptation have hit the interwebs involving mega-star Johnny Depp as the Sorcerer Supreme. It's an inspired bit of speculation and it got the wheels a turning. Is Johnny Depp the best choice for the dark, brooding mystic master of Marvel? He's certainly got the chops as an actor, but it seems kind of odd given his penchant for over the top characters and relentless mugging. Would Depp be a more restrained Doctor Stephen Strange, or would they rewrite the character to work more for his over the top sensibilities?
If history is any indicator, it feels like it would be the latter. Might as well sign Tim Burton, slap a "3-D" on the end of the title, and make some space in the Disney vault for the untold billion it could potentially reap. »
- Gary Collinson
EW has a pic from X-Men: Days Of Future past, featuring Wolvie and a 70′s era Beast in Brady Bunch clothes.
Lance Bass: The First Thing My Mom Did When She Learned I Was Gay … And The ‘Miracle’ That Occurred After.
Here’s the extended trailer for Lifetime’s Flowers In The Attic. Thankfully, I don’t see any powdered doughnuts. And Lifetime has just announced that they’re already planning the sequel Petals On The Wind. I read the first four books in the series when I was a kid, and I remember silently weeping in study hall when I got to the end of #4 Seeds Of Yesterday. »
5 items from 2014
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