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There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and the likelihood that Parenthood‘s series finale will make us weep.
Indeed, the Bravermans’ final hour is nearly upon us (Thursday, 10/9c), bringing with it a myriad of unanswered questions.
Will Crosby and Adam work out their Luncheonette issues? Is a happy ending in store for Joel and Julia? What will become of Zeek and his ailing heart? Exactly how many boxes of tissues should we have next to us on the couch?
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
Warner Bros. Pictures
Now that it’s graduated from just sharing cat pictures, the internet lives off movie facts. It’s just a shame so many of them are completely made up.
Did you know the run-time of Titanic is the same as the time it took for the ship itself to sink? That little factoid’s recently done the rounds, despite being categorically false – the ship went down in two hours, forty minutes, while James Cameron’s Oscar sweeping blockbuster goes on for another half an hour. A quick fact check would have revealed that, but instead people run around shouting it just so they can make jokes about how long the movie is.
Despite the entirety of human history (pretty much) at anybody’s finger-tips, people seem to take facts at face value, letting rumour reign supreme and trivia become a tangle of speculation.
In the early days of the internet, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in »
- Andre Soares
The future is now -- Tony Hawk is already riding hoverboards ... and Nike's promised us self-lacing shoes later this year.Here are 10 more new realities to look forward to, as predicted by the 2015 of "Back to the Future II"! 10. Predictable weather 9. Trash compacted into laser discs 8. Two neckties as the latest fashion trend 7. Leashes that walk dogs on their own 6. Sick plastic hats Bonus: Baby Elijah Wood! 5. Pedal-powered diners 4. A stream-lined Pepsi Perfect bottle 3. Produce »
- TMZ Staff
Director: Chad Archibald
Running Time: 87 Minutes
With worldwide movie audiences currently tackling the issues of Back To The Future 2’s disappointingly inaccurate 2015 predictions and The Interview’s disastrous theatrical run…it seems that this year may hold few cinematic surprises in the grand scheme of things. After all, in a world overloaded with productions of every genre, this would lead many to predict that an alien-related narrative would be the last to offer anything remotely in the way of originality. However, despite the fact that some viewers may assume they have had their fair share of extra-terrestrial outings on the big and small screen, Ejecta offers genuinely intriguing material, as well as some exciting performances from some criminally unknown actors.
From the very beginning of Ejecta, it is clear that the film has taken strong »
- Ben Read
Everyone loves a good cameo. When someone of note pops up briefly – particularly when their appearance comes as a surprise – it can often be one of the most memorable parts of a movie, but they’re not always considered to be a success.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past got it right when it had a number of famous faces pop up at the end of the movie. After Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine had successfully completed his time-travelling exploits, he awakened in a world that reintroduced a number of characters from previous movies – some of whom were thought to be dead – including Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey and James Marsden’s Scott Summers, opening the door to a plethora of new possibilities for the X-Men franchise.
- K.J. Stewart
Hands up if, at any point in the past few months, you’ve wandered past Lego’s recent Back To The Future DeLorean or Ghostbusters Ecto-1 sets on a shop shelf and felt an overwhelming sense of pure, child-like joy overcome you.
I think it’s a fairly safe bet that a decent number of you are now sitting at your desk, on the train or even on the lavatory with a hand thrust in the air, much to the bewilderment of those around you (that last bit’s less likely if you are indeed on the loo right now). The Lego Movie catapulted the company back into the eyes of kids, adults and collectors, and there’s plenty for film fans to get involved with.
Since introducing licensed franchises in 1999 with the immensely successful Lego Star Wars range, which is still going to this day – and will be until »
- Chris Wharfe
By Anjelica Oswald
From the 79 original songs on the Oscar shortlist, five were nominated a week ago on Jan. 15: “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Glory” from Selma, “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.
Following a recent trend, none of the nominees have made it to the top of the BIllboard Hot 100 chart, which tracks the success of singles by looking at radio play, online streaming and sales.
Following the announcement of the nominations, “Glory” made its debut at No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated Jan. 31 and is currently No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When “Everything Was Awesome” debuted in January 2014, the song debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart and peaked at No. 57 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
“Lost Stars »
- Anjelica Oswald
Prolific filmmaker Frank Marshall has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (Ace) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 65thAnnual Ace Eddie Awards black-tie ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” stated the Ace Board of Directors. “From “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Sixth Sense” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made – and continues to make – a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
Marshall joins a distinguished group of past Ace Golden Eddie honorees including Steven Spielberg, »
- Michelle McCue
Costume Designers Guild, American Cinema Editors and publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild announce honorees
The honors were all announced on Tuesday. Watts will receive the Lacoste Spotlight Award from the Costume Designers Guild, Marshall the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award from the American Cinema Editors, Newhart the Lifetime Achievement Award from the publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (Icg, Iatse Local 600), and Isaacs the Presidents Award from the Icg. »
- Steve Pond
Frank Marshall has been selected by the American Cinema Editors as the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year.
The award will be presented at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards on Jan. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Marshall has received five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” ” Seabiscuit” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” said the Ace Board of Directors. “From ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ ‘The Sixth Sense’ and the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made — and continues to make — a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
- Dave McNary
While we wait to see if we actually get another Bill & Ted sequel, I thought I’d put together of list of Fun Facts for the movie that started it all: Bill & Ted’s Excelent Adventure. This was such a ridiculous yet extremely enjoyable movie. It starred Alex Winter and George Carlin and launched the career of Keanu Reeves. I really hope that we get to see Bill & Ted 3. It would be so fun to revisit these characters after all these years. I tried to show the movie to my kids a few months ago, and they just didn't bite. I guess you just had to be growing up in the 1980s to fully appreciate its excellence.
The phone booth time machine that was used in the film was given away as a contest prize in Nintendo Power magazine. It was promoting a Bill & Ted video game for the Nes, »
- Joey Paur
There are plenty of awful movies based on video games out there, but today I thought I’d switch it up a bit and put together a list of great, classic films that got crappy video game adaptations. As I looked back at many of the games, I realized how bad some of them really were. I owned and played several of these games growing up, but as bad as they were, I still had fun playing many of them. I was a little kid growing up in the 80s - I didn't know any better!
These are games I got because of how much I loved the movies they were based on. A lot of the time I spent playing these games was full of frustration because many of them were practically impossible to beat. I don’t recall beating any of these games! These were all made in the infancy of video games, »
- Joey Paur
Just after we featured the Bottleneck Gallery release of Andy Fairhurt's incredible Back to the Future trilogy prints, we have another iconic trilogy getting the collectible artwork treatment over there, but this set will be much easier to get ahold of this time. Matt Ferguson has created an epic set of Lord of the Rings trilogy posters as part of his upcoming solo exhibition "Distant Lands," each representing Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King. These are just magnificent, and they're certainly a fine way to kick off a whole new year of art exhibitions at Bottleneck Gallery. Check them all out below! Here's Matt Ferguson's Lord of the Rings trilogy posters, straight from Bottleneck Gallery: Each print measures 12x24 inches and will run you $35 each. Or you can buy all three for $100. And the good news is that the trilogy set is a »
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve all seen time travel, but we’ve never seen time travel the Michael Bay way. Bay is one of the producers of Project Almanac, a found-footage time travel movie described as Primer meets Chronicle. In the film, time travel is raw, gritty and painful. Bay’s time travel is pretty unique, and will be handled by […]
- Germain Lussier
One of life’s great pleasures is introducing someone to a new piece of popular culture that you know – just know, in your bones – that they’re going to love. Something that, as you consume it for the first time, stimulates all your awesomeness receptors and sets off those little winking neurolights that say hey, I know someone else who will literally turn inside-out with pure brainjoy when they see this. For me, last year’s prime example of this phenomenon was Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty. I can’t claim to have discovered it myself – a friend introduced it to me, telling me pretty much nothing about it beyond the title and the fact that I should give it a try – but once I’d plugged in, »
Back to the Future Part II's depiction of the year 2015 is ridiculed for its flying cars, self-drying jackets and fashion trends we hope will never catch on.
The double-tie look is still unacceptable, and Black & Decker seems unlikely to bring out a Pizza Hydrator anytime soon - but not all of the movie's predictions missed the mark.
With 2015 now in full swing, here's some of the technology from Robert Zemeckis' hit sequel that did become a reality.
1. Video calling and smart TV
Remember that scene where an aged Marty McFly holds a video conversation with his boss via his TV? This was the stuff of science fiction back in 1989, but now it's commonplace and taken for granted.
Skype and its rival video-messaging services are accessible to virtually everyone in 2015, and a smart television is the platform of choice for many households.
Although Zemeckis and his creative team were astute with this prediction, »
Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to »
As you already know, 2015 is the year that Doc and Marty traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. You know this because it’s a great movie, you love rehydrated pizza, and because the internet will not let you forget it. The constant renewal, not just of the movie, but of the technology from its version of the future is understandable. Retro-futurism is fun, and it plays to a harmless brand of narcissism. It’s us they’re talking about. We get to marvel at how wrong they were, how goofy their predictions. As a comedy, Bttfii fits that bill completely. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale weren’t doing serious prognostication — they were trying to make an audience in 1989 laugh, which is why most of their vision for 2015 is of 1989 on growth hormones. The color-burst clothing, the 19th incarnation of Jaws, Marty getting fired by, not one, but by every fax machine in the house »
- Scott Beggs
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