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The Boy Who Lived, Daniel Radcliffe, is The Boy Who Talked About American Football On The Empire Podcast this week, while Alexander Payne doesn't mention sport of any kind, instead sticking to his latest, Nebraska.Elsewhere, movie A.I.s get the once over, the team wonders about Wonder Woman in the Batman Vs. Superman project and the amazing Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer and imminent arrival of X-Men: Apocalypse also sneak into the superhero portion of the news section.In the reviews department, Kill Your Darlings gets dissected (hence the Radcliffe factor), alongside Frozen, Homefront and, of course, Nebraska. So for all that and a slightly wonky (but still impressive) performance of David Bowie's 'You Remind Me Of The Babe' from Labyrinth, you know which movie podcast to listen to...P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our »
Watch the full version of Louis Vuitton’s L’Invitation au Voyage – Venice featuring David Bowie and Arizona Muse, a character in a previous Louis Vuitton ad. The short takes place in 18th century Venice, is directed by Romain Gavras, and features the rock legend’s song “I’d Rather Be High,” from his new album The Next Day. Enjoy!
Surviving members of Flying Circus prove they are no dead parrots by announcing show at Playhouse Theatre in London
The parrot was, we were assured, no more. It was definitely an ex-parrot. But there is a glimmer of hope that it could fly again, after fans greeted the news that the full remaining Monty Python crew were set to re-form with dazed delight.
Monty Python fans from Buenos Aires to Bacup have reacted with joy after hearing that the five surviving members of the Flying Circus – John Cleese, 74, Terry Gilliam, 72, Terry Jones, 71, Eric Idle, 70, and Michael Palin, 70 – are set to re-form for a stage show, the details of which are due to be revealed on Thursday.
"Monty Python is set to be a flying circus all over again", John Cleese posted on Twitter, confirming the news that fans have been yearning for for more than a quarter of a century. »
- Alexandra Topping, Maev Kennedy
No joke: Monty Python are reuniting! The five surviving members of the famed British cult comedy group - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Eric Idle - are preparing to make a comeback almost 45 years since their first TV shows together. "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real," Jones confirmed to the BBC early Tuesday. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!" The comedians are all in their early 70s now. A sixth founding member, Graham Chapman, »
- Simon Perry
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes production details for the documentary, Why Horror?, trailers for Muck, House of Last Things, and Xmas Tales, details on a horror novel giveaway, reviews for The Facility and In the Woods, and much more:
“Why Horror?” Production Details: “Why Horror? is a documentary look at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we love to be scared.
You either love it or hate it … but horror entertainment is truly a global phenomenon. If you’re reading this, chances are you count yourself among the millions of people who love it. We do!
This documentary aims to be the most comprehensive film ever assembled on the topic. We have an incredible line-up of horror experts on hand to talk. From legendary filmmakers to performers to authors, »
- Tamika Jones
Oh boy, you’re going to need a lot more than the “luck of the Irish” to make it through Red Clover – maybe some Irish whiskey, Irish coffee, or a whole slew of Irish car bombs? The sillier of a mood you’re in for this Celtic horror film the better, because you’re going to have to make your own fun with this one. Suffering from almost every horror cliché in the book, and filled with distractingly laughable performances, director Drew Daywalt’s Leprechaun revival is a curse of its own, haunting viewers with a legend better left buried.
Karen O’Hara (Courtney Halverson) is out hunting with her grandfather (William Devane) when she stumbles upon a bright red four-leaf clover, which she picks out of curiosity – bad idea. Right after plucking the oddly colored clover, a fawn-like being emerges from the ground, and Karen finds a strange marking on her hand. »
- Matt Donato
Review Andrew Blair 14 Oct 2013 - 10:26
Andrew checks William Hartnell's final story, newly released and restored, The Tenth Planet...
This review contains spoilers.
The Tenth Planet, Mondas, is a vampire. So are its inhabitants. This vaguely supernatural aspect of the Cybermen is promptly never mentioned again. Author Dr. Kit Pedler – co-creator of Doomwatch – had begun Doctor Who's glorious tradition of turning scientific theories into fantasy yarns, the pseudo-science in the background just as motivated by narrative necessity as before.
Compared with the titular entity, there's a lot that's grounded about the final First Doctor story. Set on an Antarctic Base in the distant future of 1986, the space programme is in full swing, and it's a multi-national organisation (courtesy of the script and good casting decisions by director Derek Martinus). Sexually frustrated men of all creeds and colours gather to supervise routine probe flights. It's like a British version »
Every now and again, while mining the depths of the interwebs, a rare, precious jewel is found. Earlier this week, we uncovered something truly weird and wonderful that made us so glad that the information superhighway is around for people to put their odd talents on display. One fellow who has a knack for recognizing similar chord progressions and rhythms in completely different types of songs has made a mashup of Jay-z's "99 Problems" and "Magic Dance" from the 1986 Jim Henson classic Labyrinth. It's not just a silly gimmick either, it's a really good mashup, and it makes us hope that David Bowie and Jay-z will collaborate in the near future. Watch the video to appreciate the amazing mix of what were both already excellent songs, but be warned that it is the uncensored version of Jay-z's song so it's definitely Nsfw due to language.
Link | Posted 10/13/2013 by reelz »
- reelz staff
Syfy Greenlights Jim Henson’S Creature Shop Challenge (working title) From The Jim Henson Company, Showcasing The Creation Of Elaborate And Awe-inspiring Life-like Characters Brian Henson To Judge New Reality-competition Series Coming To Syfy In 2014
New York – October 8, 2013 – Syfy greenlights an eight episode order for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (working title), a competition series featuring ten aspiring creature creators competing to out-imagine one another in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts, bringing high-end inanimate creature designs to life. The contestants compete for $100,000 and the opportunity for the job of a lifetime – a contract working at the world-renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™. The announcement was made today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy.
- Erin Willard
Syfy has ordered up eight episodes of the reality competition series "Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge." The series will find ten aspiring creature creators competing in a number of challenges to build the sort of elaborate, life-like beasts seen in such Henson productions as "Labyrinth," "Farscape," and "Dinosaurs." The contestants will compete for $100,000 and a contract to work at Creature Shop itself. Henson's son, Brian Henson -- Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop -- will serve as lead judge on the series, while mentors will include Creature Shop artists Peter Brooke, John Criswell and Julie Zobel. "As 'Face Off' »
- Dave Lewis
The show will see 10 aspiring creators who will be competing in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to beasts. There is a nice little reward for the winner, they will get $100,000 and a contract with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
Jim Henson’s son Brian will serve as head judge, alongside long time Creature Shop artists Peter Brooke, John Criswell and Julie Zobel. If you have never heard of Jim Henson (and if you haven’t we will be judging you!) he was a puppeteer, director and writer best known for creating The Muppets and directing Labyrinth.
It is expected to premiere early 2014.
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- Lucy Cave
The Dark Crystal was a huge part of my childhood and on heavy VHS rotation. Now fans like me who love to write have an opportunity to get published in the form of a contest held by the Jim Henson Company and Penguin Books to write a series of Young Adult novels based on the world of the amazing movie.
The contest was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con and this panel is provided via The Nerdist.
The Dark Crystal Author Quest panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2013. Lisa Henson (CEO, The Jim Henson Company) and Cheryl Henson (Labyrinth, The Muppet Show) are joined by Grosset and Dunlap’s Francesco Sedita (president and publisher) and Rob Valois (senior editor) to discuss the exciting contest to find the author of the first installment of the upcoming Young Adult book series set in the world of the classic Jim Henson fantasy film The Dark Crystal. »
- Jess Orso
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
In his review of The Grandmaster, Josh Spiegel notes that the American cut of Wong Kar-Wai’s new film “never stops letting its audience know that a fuller cut exists.” The blame for those missing 20 minutes appears to rest squarely on the shoulders of Harvey Weinstein, studio executive and co-founder of The Weinstein Company. While behind-the-scenes details of The Grandmaster aren’t entirely clear, Mr. Weinstein has already established an extensive history of providing his editorial input on films, even when the directors don’t necessarily want it.
Earlier this year, Weinstein was met with criticism at the possibility of his shortening Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer as well. Weinstein’s meddling goes well beyond 2013, however, but back to his tenure at Miramax, which, in 1997, released Mimic, a monster film from a still green Guillermo Del Toro. »
- David Klein
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. »
Art by Benoît Dromby
To be a nerd or geek is quickly becoming mainstream thanks to Hulu and Netflix making binge watching a socially acceptable pastime. The social structure is changing to honor those with detailed knowledge of the minutiae of shows and movies from the '70s, '80s, and beyond. No longer are geeks just those who are odd or non-mainstream. They have moved from the enthusiast and hobbyists to the Warlock level, Jedi Masters of knowledge when it comes to the minutiae of their chosen universes. No longer are they just the people who got picked on in high school who the bullies end up working for. The geeks have grown up and taken over not just the computer world but also the movie industry, with folks like Peter Jackson, J .J . Abrams, and Joss Whedon creating homages to the multiverse of geekdom. Technology has facilitated the »
- Alisha Geary
Feature Andrew Blair 28 Aug 2013 - 07:23
Andrew reports back on Brian Henson's session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, on the evolution of puppetry...
That Puppet Game Show is the unlikely combination of B-list celebrities and new creations from the Jim Henson Company. Brian Henson, director of modern classic The Muppet Christmas Carol and 'How to Introduce the Unique Stylings of Tim Curry to children' (aka Muppet Treasure Island), is a puppeteer on the show, and as such was around to give a presentation at the Edinburgh TV Festival about the history of his father's creations.
Starting with a rare clip from a 1956 episode of Sam and Friends (featuring a pre-recorded back projection and the then non-gender-or-species specific Kermit puppet), Brian Henson documented his father's approach »
The eighties are noteworthy for so many reasons. I may be biased, as I grew up during that decade, but I think it's the most radical decade ever. The eighties were so colorful, so excessive... so tubular. Back then, the attitude seemed to be "Anything goes." The eighties brought us Jem and The Holograms, Leon Neon, Pogo Balls, the Mad Scientist Monster Lab, the slasher boom, bangle bracelets, MadBalls, and Pee-Wee Herman. The eighties are also responsible for a variety of somewhat regrettable hairstyles that, while fun at the time, should never be worn again. Just like disco, bellbottoms, and The Partridge family from the '70s, some things are best left behind in the decade in which they were popularized... but that doesn’t mean that we can’t glance back at them from time to time. To be clear, we aren’t attacking the hairstyles of the eighties »
- Tyler Doupe
Opening this weekend in limited release is director Jerusha Hess’ comedy Austenland. The film stars Keri Russell as a woman in her 30s who is so obsessed with the Pride and Prejudice character Mr. Darcy that no real-life man can compare, and her love life pays the toll. She decides to spend her life savings on a trip to a Jane Austen-themed resort in England. Once there, she quickly realizes that finding the perfect Regency-era gentleman may be much more of a challenge than she ever could have imagined. The film also stars Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart, James Callis, and Bret McKenzie as the male love interest. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an extended video interview with McKenzie. During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about making Austenland, his Sundance experience, how it feels to be an Oscar winner (he won for writing a »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Sharkey Shines A Light On Struzen, Misses The Mark
There’s no doubt you’ve seen and at least admired the work of Drew Struzen. His meticulously painted film posters for Steven Spielberg alone have become iconic images of pop culture royalty, but the list doesn’t start or end there. It’s honestly a bit mind boggling when listed together – Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, The Shawshank Redemption, Harry Potter, The Muppets, you name it, he probably made the jaw dropping one sheet. Painting in broad, geometric strokes, director Erik Sharkey has worked together Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, a portrait of the artist that rains deservingly unanimous praise from the likes of George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Guillermo del Toro and Spielberg himself, but it’s possible that Struzen’s success doesn’t justify a feature length celebration that utterly fails to »
- Jordan M. Smith
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