13 items from 2014
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is just about to hit in stores, and I’ve got a copy of the Blu-Ray Combo Pack for you. The Ben Stiller vehicle didn’t have quite as much impact on theaters as I expected, but I’m hoping it gets a new lease on life with the home release.
That might be a little surprising (catch our podcast review, and my Answers.com review) considering that I haven’t exactly championed the film whole-heartedly, but I wasn’t exactly opposed to it either. It’s a fun ride, that had a few rough spots, and didn’t exactly play out the way I’d have liked. In the end, I think it’s a lot better than most are probably giving it credit for, and it has a few scenes that really shouldn’t be missed.
Also, to help celebrate the film, »
- Marc Eastman
The original Swingers, if you don’t include those crooners from back in the day, Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn will soon be on screen together again for Term Life. Having already started production, Favreau is joining the party a little late, which makes sense as he has The Jungle Book to prep for Disney as well as his own directorial project, Chef, to promote.
Vaughn stars as a heist planner who sells his ideas to the highest bidder. As you can imagine, one of his well planend heists goes wrong and he becomes the target of the buyer. Vaughn takes his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) on the run, but must survive the next 21 days so his life insurance can take effect.
Favreau and Vaughn starred together in Swingers, Made, Four Christmases, The Break-up and Couples Retreat. The latter being directed by Peter Billingsley who is best known as the child star of A Christmas Story. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
• Hangover alum Ed Helms is attached to star in Epic Fail, an original comedy about an elite Special Forces team trying to save America. The logline reads that the group is “led by the only soldier more badass and more mustachioed than a Navy Seal, The Walrus.” Helms co-developed the project with producer Nicky Weinstock. Black List scribes Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (The Grackle) are set to pen the script for Lionsgate. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Released at the height of the straight to video techno-horror phase that rode in on the coat-tails of The Lawnmower Man and also saw the release of films such as Evolver and Brainscan, Arcade was, I think, unfairly overlooked, at least in the UK, at the time due to poor distribution, a lack of big-name stars (unlike Brainscan which had a post-T2 Edward Furlong, the biggest stars in Arcade were A Christmas Story’s Peter Billingsley and St:tng’s John De Lancie), and effects that – even though they were apparently redone after the film was completed – did not compare to other CGI-heavy films at the time.
- Phil Wheat
The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down, and this fall, On the Town — the musical comedy that is considered a “love letter” to New York — will be returning to Broadway in a brand-new production, just in time to coincide with the show’s 70th anniversary. The revival will be produced by Howard & Janet Kagan (Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) and will feature choreography by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse (Smash). Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown, A Christmas Story) is set to direct.
On the Town will find its new home at The Lyric Theatre, which was most recently called the »
- Andrea Towers
It's a case of life imitating art for one unlucky student in Easthampton, Mass. A anonymous middle schooler, presumably made stir-crazy by the weather, got his or her tongue stuck to a metal pole after replicating a scene from A Christmas Story Wednesday morning, reports local Boston news station Wcvb. The student's age and gender have not been released, but he or she was not injured during the incident.Firefighters were called to White Brook Middle School to help free the pupil, which they did by pouring warm water on the tongue. In an iconic scene from the 1983 movie, a »
Director: Jalmari Helander
Producers: Altitude Film Entertainment, Cinet, Egoli Tossell Film, Subzero Film Entertainment
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
After creating a new cult Christmas film with his 2010 debut, Rare Exports: A Christmas Story, the Finnish director should finally be unleashing a follow-up this year with an equally intriguing sounding project featuring an American president played by Samuel Jackson, who must seek help with an adolescent boy in the woods. Helander describes the project as an epic adventure film. Count us in.
Gist: A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite. br>
Release Date: While Rare Exports premiered at Locarno, Helander’s latest should land a high profile premiere somewhere, perhaps SXSW or a later fall fest. »
- Nicholas Bell
Film to musical adaptations are currently thriving. Last year, every single Tony Award nominee for Best Musical was an adaptation of a film – Kinky Boots, Bring it On, A Christmas Story, and – yes – Matilda. Films becoming musicals is a tradition of the industry, of course, as they tend to be more financially-reliable because people are already familiar with the properties.
Musical theater, despite being an older medium, has grown to rely on film for inspiration and content, much as film has grown to rely on novels and comic books. A good musical adaptation of a film will highlight the strength of its original characters and story, or improve on the same as a way of creating a new piece altogether. Some succeed, like The Lion King (Tony Award for Best Musical), and some fail miserably, like Carrie (Broadway run ended after 5 performances).
2014 is seeing a new flood of »
- Robert Tiemstra
Cleveland, Ohio is the site of Ralphie Parker's house from A Christmas Story, which a mega fan of the film purchased on eBay in 2004, and turned into a museum that pays tribute to the film. The house, which was only used for exterior shots in the movie, was also meticulously restored to the way it looked on screen, and the fan even went so far as to turn the inside into an exact replica of the innards of Ralphie's house, which in the film was built on a Toronto sound stage.
Known as 'The Christmas Story House,' the museum has become a popular travel destination for fellow fans of the iconic holiday tale, and it's open for year-round tours. But are fans the only ones who like to hang out in there? Or do the spirits of the deceased also find comfort in Ralphie's home?
This past weekend, the »
- John Squires
Erin Andrews' tongue proved to be a very important topic of conversation during Fox's NFL coverage on Sunday, Jan. 6. Host Curt Menefee joked with the sports reporter about having A Christmas Story moment as she braved the cold during the San Francisco 49ers Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers. "Randall Cobb is back and so too to this show is our own Erin Andrews who, using your 'Christmas Story' reference, hopefully hasn't been licking the goal post in between. Your tongue working right now?" Menefee asked while laughing. "So far so good," Andrews replied. "But I anticipate sounding like Flick from A Christmas Story." But this wasn't the »
In case that iconic scene from A Christmas Story isn't enough proof for you, one girl found out the hard way that you really shouldn't be sticking your tongue to a flagpole in the middle of winter. A New Hampshire girl, who claims to have never seen the Christmas movie (that's even more disturbing in our opinion), was wondering what would happen if she stuck her tongue to a flagpole. So, while her father was out shoveling snow, she ventured out to their flagpole, stuck her tongue out and quickly realized she was in a bit of a pickle. “I see her standing at the flag pole her arms are waving and I’m not sure what’s going on until I got closer,” said Shawn Gilmartin, the girl's father. “She tried to pull her tongue off of it as soon as...
- Erik Davis
Somehow between the cold weather and football pandemonium, Erin Andrews' tongue became the highlight of Fox's NFL coverage Sunday night. Curt Menefee joked with the blond beauty about having A Christmas Story moment as she braved the cold during the San Francisco 49ers Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers. Andrews was on the field wearing a heavy winter coat, scarf and thick gloves in an effort to keep herself as warm as possible during her reporting. So when Menefee referenced the popular holiday flick from the warmth of the Fox studio, Andrews had the perfect response. "Randall Cobb is back and so too to this show is our own Erin Andrews who, using your 'Christmas »
Every once in a while, an actor will come on the scene with impact, impressing everyone with a powerhouse debut performance. But sometimes a great freshmen performance fails to lead to a good follow up, and the person who made the impressive debut starts to fade from the scene. It’s always sad when such potential is unmet. Here are 10 actors who started with a bang but faded with a whimper.
Heather Donahue (The Blair Witch Project-1999) She came on the scene in a big way, starring in the low-budget hit film that became such a sensation and started the ‘hand-held-camera’ style of film making (Used in Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield and others). She seemed poised to be the new Jamie Lee Curtis, the horror film “it girl”. She got a lot of offers to do other horror films but turned them down, in order to prevent type casting. Since then, »
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13 items from 2014
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