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Marvelous Da7e #12: Howard The Duck, The First Marvel Movie

4 September 2013 11:36 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome to Issue 12 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’

Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.

This week: What we can learn by defining Howard The Duck.

Pardon me, but I’ve been re-watching Howard The Duck. The 1986 live-action creature-feature “sci-fi/comedy,” PG-rated zoophilia and notorious flop.

It’s not a good movie. It’s an enjoyable movie, but not because of what is on screen…okay, scratch-that. It has the most physically attractive appearence of Lea Thompson on film and this time, she’s not the mother of our main character, so you can totally lust after her up until the end where it seems like she’s actually going to have sex with this duck.

Ducks, who – by the way – are basically rapists across the board. But that’s neither here nor there. »

- Da7e

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Disney's D23 Expo Teases Secret Star Wars: Orange Harvest Project

9 August 2013 12:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nostalgia buffs will surely smile at the title Orange Harvest in relation to Star Wars, as Blue Harvest was the working title for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It brings home the right amount of coolness, without going over the top, and it would please many longtime fans if this ended up being the subtitle of Star Wars: Episode VII.

That's probably not the case, though. Shipping crates arrived late last night at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim teasing a secret project titled Star Wars: Orange Harvest. The crates were found in the Imagineering pavilion, sent in care of Walt Disney Imagineering. And they were marked with references to lightsabers, protocol droids, Blue Milk, C3PO and more. One crate even had a broken and burnt slate that looked as though R2D2 himself had busted out of it. Another crate made reference to Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, »

- MovieWeb

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Set Visit: Battle of the Year with Josh Holloway

13 May 2013 11:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We visit the Battle of the Year set in Whittier, California to speak with the cast and crew

Director Benson Lee's 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy proved that the art form of breakdancing is still alive and well today, decades after the popular dance craze started in the 1980s. The filmmaker returns to put a narrative spin on B-boying in the upcoming drama Battle of the Year, arriving in theaters September 13. Back in December 2011, I was invited to spend a day at the Whittier, California set to speak with the cast and crew of this dance-fueled drama. In case you missed it, clickHere to watch the second trailer that debuted last week.

During most movie set visits I attend, we spend the day watching scenes being shot and interviewing actors, writers, directors, producers, or whoever else is available. Due to some unfortunate scheduling complications, we didn't get to see a lot of shooting, »

- MovieWeb

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Extended Thoughts on ‘Return to Oz’

16 February 2013 2:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Return to Oz

Directed by Walter Murch

Written by Walter Murch and Gil Dennis

Starring Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie

The concept of a “Disney movie” will always be accompanied by a unique set of preconceived notions, and yet we can’t ever totally agree on what it means for a film to have “Disney movie” qualities. The presumption is that a “Disney movie” is not only family-friendly but potentially neutered, enforcing juvenile ideas that can frame a child’s mind throughout their entire adolescence. But sometimes, “Disney movies” rely on intense, nightmarish imagery that dwarfs any happy ending, any predictable moralistic message. So films like Bambi are remembered now less for an evocative depiction of nature, and more because the title character’s mother is felled by a bullet halfway through. And yet, even these championed favorites do not wallow in the darkness, or let that tone pervade the entire atmosphere. »

- Josh Spiegel

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George Clooney and Brad Bird's Sci-Fi Drama Changes Name to 'Tomorrowland'

29 January 2013 7:24 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

So Brad Bird’s mysterious sci-fi drama that’s supposedly similar in tone to Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind now might be about … the futuristic section of the Walt Disney theme parks?   Ok, probably not, but Disney did confirm that Bird’s picture officially changed  its title from 1952 to Tomorrowland, leaving us to speculate on whether this is a nod to the portions of the Anaheim and Orlando parks that house such popular rides as Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Captain Eo.    Tomorrowland will be Bird’s live-action follow up to his massively successful Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The director got his start in animation, though, helming The Incredibles and Ratatouille...

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George Clooney's '1952' is now 'Tomorrowland' - Is a Disneyland tie-in in the works?

28 January 2013 1:15 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Walt Disney Studios has been keeping details about George Clooney's "1952" project under lock and key, with the exception of announcing a 2014 release date. Now comes the news Clooney is confirmed to star, and the film's title is officially "Tomorrowland."

Plot details have remained closely guarded, but it's been reported the film, written by Damon Lindelof ("Star Trek," "Prometheus") and Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol") is a sci-fi alien flick, a la "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

The title was said to reference a file box, labeled "1952," found in Walt Disney's development lab after his death.

For the uninitiated, Tomorrowland is also one of eight "lands" at Disneyland Park. Walt bought the property in 1953, so perhaps there is some connection there. Or it could just be a clever way for Disney to capitalize on the sure success of the Clooney vehicle with a tie-in for the amusement park. »

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