12 items from 2011
Chicago – After the not-so-surprising success of the heavily marketed farce “The Hangover,” Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have quickly become Hollywood’s most overrated screenwriters. They specialize in injecting high concepts with frat-boy vulgarity, mean spirited gags and entirely superficial warmth. If Zach Galifianakis hadn’t bolstered “Hangover” with his deadpan genius, the film almost surely would’ve flopped.
Yet while Lucas and Moore borrowed familiar formulas for underwhelming duds like “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “The Change-Up,” their “Hangover” admittedly benefited from a clever structure. It allowed moviegoers to join the characters in piecing together the wacky events that occurred during an inebriated night that unfolded offscreen. The writing duo’s very next project was the barely released indie “Flypaper,” which is to “Hangover” what “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was to “Scream.”
Blu-ray Rating: 1.5/5.0
This time, Lucas and Moore work within the standard heist genre, while »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Hey there pilgrims! Got a delicious new list guaranteed to knock the stuffing right out of you! Feast your eyes and gobble down six fictional dinner parties that you should give thanks you didn’t attend! Turkey! Okay enough pandering. It’s Thanksgiving – let’s move on. I do have to admit that it is in the spirit of the holiday that I chose to talk about these films themselves and not how they were made or anything like that – sometimes when you spend all your time thinking about what goes into a film it’s easy to forget what you love about them in the first place. So for this reason here is a straight up list of the best, most delightfully intense and entertaining movies surrounding dinner parties. After all, what’s a good group meal without a little sex, mystery, and of course, fowl play. I couldn’t resist that last pun. 6. Clue »
- David Christopher Bell
FX has unleashed the seventh video clue from the weekly dose of terror that is American Horror Story, which is set to make audiences pee a little on Wednesday, October 5 at 10 Pm Et. This clue is entitled "Stairs". Click on the video below to get another rash-causing look at American Horror Story, and then check out details on how fans can get a American Horror Story House Call without any prior warning. Truly spooky!
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American Horror Story, FX's newest original drama series, premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00 Pm E/T. Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk - Glee co-creators/executive producers and Nip/Tuck producers, "American Horror Story delves into the nature of fear and the way we react to it," says Stephanie Gibbons, Evp of Marketing & Promotion for FX.
Anticipating the psycho-sexual thriller's premiere, »
Universal Pictures must have wizened up and realized that the original 1985 Clue board game adaptation was a substantial flop, and that here, some twenty odd years later, people still aren't clamoring for a big screen version of this elementary school mystery. The Studio has officially dropped Clue 2012 (Is it a remake? Is it a reboot? Is it it's own thing? Who knows?) from their roster.
Universal had originally planned to turn seven Hasbro board game properties into movies within a six year span of time, but this is the third proposed project in the bunch to fall to the wayside after Universal also kicked Monopoly and Magic, The Gathering to the curb.
None of these upcoming adaptations are dead, mind you. They're just not at Universal anymore. Hasbro still has Gore Verbinski attached to write and direct a new big screen version of Clue, which will expand the mystery on a global scale. »
Universal, in the conference room, with the telephone. That's most likely how the movie studio officially dropped their interest in a remake/adaptation  of the Hasbro board game Clue. However, Hasbro is currently so flush from films like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, they aren't worried. They've got Battleship, Stretch Armstrong, Ouija and Candyland all still in various stages of production/development and they're letting Clue go out on its own with Gore Verbinski's production company Blink Wink. In fact, screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have just been hired to take the murder mystery structure and adapt it on a global scale. Read more after the jump. Deadline broke  the news of Clue's journey away from Universal and state that, despite the company not being interested in the game anymore, their relationship with Hasbro remains strong. The two companies signed a six-year deal in 2008 to develop properties »
- Germain Lussier
We have not been shy in expressing our sadness, disappointment and utter confusion over the lack of "Psych" on our TV this summer -- but it sounds like the USA series is making good use of it's extra-long break.
Zap2it caught up with stars James Roday and Dulé Hill at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, and in addition to indulging us in a display of their real-life bromance, the duo offered up some particularly exciting details on Season 6.
"This year's 'Twin Peaks' will be 'Clue,'" Roday says of last season's much-hyped "Peaks" spoof, "Dual Spires." "I don't know if it will be as good. I'm willing to lower expectations right now -- just because 'Twin Peaks' is so near and dear to me that I would hate to set the bar that high."
The "Peaks" episode was a passion project for Roday, »
There’s nothing like your first time — at Comic-Con, that is. And James Roday remembers his perfectly. “We got really scared, because we work in Vancouver, and we didn’t really have that great of a sense of how crazy our fanbase was. It was like, ‘This is going to be a nightmare. We’re going to walk out there, and it’s going to be half-empty, and it’s going to be really sad for us.’ And we stepped out onto that stage, and it was at capacity, standing room only, people going crazy, people being turned away. It »
- Sandra Gonzalez
This was tougher to write than my previous ultra-subjective list, detailing what I love about TV. Since there’s incalculably more hours of television floating about in the ether, the nature of film’s relative brevity makes offering sweeping and categorical opinions more daunting, as the subjects of the opinions themselves are usually held to a higher standard than their sprawling little brother. Movies generally come in smaller, easier-to-digest, two-hour bursts, which makes their analysis simultaneously more and less difficult.
On one hand, when you watch a movie, it ends and you can process it; an episode of TV, on the other, almost invariably leads into another and another and so on. Discussions of television can become odd beasts when generalizations and recommendations of shows come fast and furious only to realize that when you say someone ought to watch The Wire what you’re really suggesting is they watch about thirty movie-lengths of show. »
Continuing the Reader Appreciation Series, here's a conversation with John (pictured left) from Boston. He's been reading the site ever since it launched and hearing that warms the cockles of my heart. Loyalty is definite top ten top three material as character traits go, don't you think?
Nathaniel: Do you remember your first movie?
John: I think my first movie was Cinderella. I was so frightened of the evil stepmother that we had to leave early. When I was young, every movie scared me. I didn’t sleep for years after E.T. (yet somehow/somewhere I became obsessed with this medium).
First movie obsession?
Probably Clue. I remember renting it when I was home from school with chicken pox in fifth grade. I probably watched it 10 times in one weekend. It is so campy, but so utterly entertaining. …and what a cast!!! Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock and Madeline Kahn as Mrs. »
- NATHANIEL R
Tim Curry, everyone’s favorite actor, butler and transvestite, turns 65 years young today. I’d like to offer up my thanks to the man who was the star of my favorite film, Clue, and played The Devil in my not favorite film, Legend. And then of course there’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where he plays a sexy scary transvestite, as opposed to his sexy scary clown in It. Just kidding, the clown isn’t that scary. Now let’s all watch a montage of great moments from Clue. It’s literally the best thing you could do on a Tuesday. “And monkey’s brains, though popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington D.Cl.!” Dear Tim Curry, just so you know, birthday cake and you are my favorite things. Also napping. So, if you would like to eat birthday cake today and then take a nap with me, »
- Sarah Walker
Jonathan Lynn strikes me as an underrated director. For cineastes, the classical example of a great but underappreciated auteur, the comparison would be to directors like Andre de Toth or Joseph H. Lewis who slipped under the radar in their time but obviously delivered solid pieces of work. Having directed films like My Cousin Vinny, Trial and Error and Clue, it’s fair to say he’s been behind some solid, underappreciated (in their times) comedies. Lynn may be a workman on the side of hack, but he knows what he’s doing more so than – say – an Adam Shankman or Shawn Levy. But if I were a one-man crusade to save Jonathan Lynn’s reputation, I would not be able to lift myself up to defend Wild Target. A direct-to-video title stateside, the film has everything you could hope for and still fails to amount to much. All the »
- Andre Dellamorte
1985 is something of a year of guilty pleasures. Take some of the offerings on the big screen. A View To A Kill. Clue. Weird Science. Not really movies that I'd bring up in the middle of a conversation about all-time classics, but in their own gormless way, they're actually quite enjoyable.
Ditto Attack Of The Cybermen, not really a story you'd admit to enjoying out loud. After all it's mindlessly violent, obsessed with pointlessly fannish continuity, and has a plot that might as well be written in hieroglyphics, since when you ponder on it, it makes little to no sense. It may not boast Cybermen wearing bras on their heads or Tim Curry frantically playing Lytton as a last-minute replacement, but nevertheless, I still quite like Attack Of The Cybermen.
It's the story that kicks off season 22, something of a turning point in Who history for a number of reasons. »
12 items from 2011
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