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Despite an explosion of programming aimed at kids, there are relatively few live-action shows intended to appeal to the prepubescent set that won’t send parents fleeing from the room. So Amazon has scored another mini-coup with “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” a series ostensibly aimed at 6-to-11 year olds characterized by its child’s-eye-view and a whimsical perspective on those wonder years, which recalls movies such as “Stand by Me.” Services like Amazon and Netflix have pragmatically prioritized children as little platform-agnostic consumers, but in terms of kids’ TV, this sort of genuinely clever alternative is anything but normal.
Created by first-time writer/preschool teacher David Anaxagoras through Amazon’s open-door pilot submissions, and overseen by Luke Matheny, this live-action program certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel. It’s essentially just about an ordinary kid with a peculiar name (played by Sloane Morgan Siegel) who narrates his weekly adventures. »
- Brian Lowry
Treehouse screens Sunday November 16th at 8:30pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Boulevard) as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased Here
Britsih-born director Michael Bartlett made a name for himself in horror circles with The Zombie Diaries, its sequel, The Zombie Diaries 2. and The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill. His latest shocker is Treehouse. When a young girl and her little brother are the latest to go missing without a trace, their hometown imposes a curfew, and no one is allowed to go out after dark. But two brothers break the rules, and when they unwittingly stumble across an old treehouse deep in the woods, they find themselves in the middle of an unimaginable nightmare. Inside the treehouse, the brothers discover the missing girl, terrified and hiding, but her brother has vanished. Together, the trio will soon face a fight for survival against an unexpected and bone-chilling evil. »
- Tom Stockman
An old friend of Jake's who is no fan of Annie is about to surface on Marry Me. EW has learned exclusively that the NBC romantic comedy has tapped Jerry O'Connell to guest-star in an episode titled "Friend Me." The Stand by Me/Sliders vet—whose recent TV credits include The League, Drunk History, and We Are Men—will play Daniel, a pal of Jake (Ken Marino) who did not care at all for Annie (Casey Wilson), which caused friction in their group of friends, a.k.a. The Boyz. Now that Daniel and The Boyz have reentered Jake's life, »
- Dan Snierson
It's no secret that Stephen King isn't a big fan of Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining. He has voiced his opinion in the past, and after all these years he continues to talk about how much he doesn't like the classic horror film. King is my favorite author and The Shining is one of my favorite books. Kubrick's adaptation is also one of my favorite horror films. I appreciate each of them for what they are. King just can't stand it, and he sat down with Rolling Stone for an interview recently where they started discussing the 1980 classic. King made his hatred for Kubrick's Shining very clear, saying,
"I don't get it. But there are a lot of things that I don't get. But obviously people absolutely love it, and they don't understand why I don't. The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, »
- Joey Paur
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Angelina Jolie's delectably over the top performance as the Sleeping Beauty villain will suck you in to this surprisingly dark take on the fairy tale - dark for Disney, anyway. Elle Fanning co-stars as Aurora, the beautiful but cursed young princess who shows Maleficent the true meaning of love. Sam Riley puts on an entertaining show as Diaval, Malficent's transmogrifying raven.
If you've been wondering what Brett Ratner's been up to lately, well, here's your answer. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson pumped it up even more to play the mythic hero who is apparently now a mercenary for hire, along with a few other tough guys and one gal. If anything, take a gander at the fruit of Johnson's weight-lifting labor. »
- Jenni Miller
From director Alexandre Aja and author Joe Hill, Horns is a unique and unusual blend of fantasy, horror, drama and comedy. Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple) and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find that he’s grown a pair of horns from his temples. Armed with the supernatural powers that they possess, he sets out to find the true killer and prove his innocence. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, novelist Joe Hill talked about the road Horns took from the page to the screen, the story’s blend of tones, his reaction the first time he saw the film put together, and how reminiscent the adolescent years of the characters are of Stand by Me and The Body. He also talked about why Locke & Key didn’t work out for TV and the »
- Christina Radish
The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (Of course, she's not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or "classic") film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own. Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI's "100 best films" list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, I »
- EW staff
Blu-ray, DVD & VOD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014; Digital HD Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
When his estranged son leaves his daughter for him to raise, obnoxious realtor Oren Little (Douglas) recruits his sweet neighbor Leah (Keaton) to help out. In the process, he realizes it may not be too late to begin appreciating the people in his life – and even allowing a few new ones into it!
Yikes, this one did really badly, garnering a 4.1/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 82 published reviews. One particularly stinging review came from Time’s Richard Corliss, who said “And So It Goes may touch the frayed heartstrings of some older viewers, but it’s pretty »
Now that it’s finally been released on DVD, we look at the TV shows that built on The Wonder Years’ foundations…
The Wonder Years, famous for being the show that made a generation of kids nostalgic for a decade they’d never even set foot in, finally arrived on DVD this month following the resolution of a years-long music rights tangle. Neal Marlens and Carol Black’s comedy drama ran for six seasons between 1988 and 1993 on ABC, following Fred Savage’s Kevin Arnold through his late-sixties and early-seventies suburban adolescence.
Thematically, stylistically, and tonally, The Wonder Years blazed a trail for television comedy and teen-focused drama that was subsequently traipsed down by numerous shows, from the superlative Freaks And Geeks and My So-Called Life to How I Met Your Mother, Malcolm In The Middle and countless others. Its innovative film-style use of a single-camera, lack of laughter track, fourth-wall breaking, »
Director: Jonas Govaerts.
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Synopsis: A group of cub scouts go camping in the woods, but could it be that the local story of a wolf boy named Kai is more than a story.
Belgium are known for fantastic chips, magnificent waffles, beautiful cities, and astonishing beers. They’re not as well known for their cinematic output, which is such a shame given some of the great films that come from the country. Recently though things have strarted to change, with the excellent Bullhead and Two Days, One Night gaining international attention, usually reserved for Belgium’s greatest cinematic export, the Dardenne brothers.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Hey y'all, listen up: tickets for Stagecoach Music Festival go on sale tomorrow! Stagecoach is the other - and for country fans, ultimate - music festival to take place in Indio, CA, typically the weekend following Coachella. (Check out photos from this year's Stagecoach here.) The 2015 lineup was announced last week, and it features badass country couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as headliners Saturday and Sunday, respectively; a throwback to 2012 when they also had back-to-back performances at the desert fest. Country dreamboat - who has aged like a fine wine - Tim McGraw kicks off the weekend as Friday's headliner. Other performers include Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, and Justin Moore, along with a plethora of other legends (including Zz Top, Merle Haggard, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers of "Bad to the Bone" fame) and breakout stars like Maddie & Tae. True Detective »
After the huge success of "Breaking Bad," many were very interested in seeing which direction Aaron Paul would take his career. His big studio film was "Need For Speed," but before that smash-em-up film played there was a smaller, more intimate tale of a father trying to do right by his young, rebellious son.
Kat Candler's "Hellion" played well at Sundance, and this stark independent film is now making its way to home video this month. Last January, Moviefone Canada got to speak with Paul about this project, and we were joined by Candler as well as the young lead, Josh Wiggins.
Much of the conversation surrounded discussion of Wiggins, an actor Aaron was almost evangelical about in his enthusiasm.
Moviefone Canada: Mr. Paul, you've been a huge proponent of Josh's work -- what does Josh's performance mean to you, and what did you see in his performance that »
- Jason Gorber
Released in 2012, Grabbers was an immediate cult gem: an alien invasion comedy in which the inhabitants of a small Irish town avoid the attention of astral monsters by getting drunk down the pub.
Two years later, Grabbers director Jon Wright is back with another science fiction piece: Robot Overlords, an adventure that looks like The Goonies and Stand By Me with additional giant robots. Years after mechanical beings take over the Earth, and its citizens are strictly controlled by tracking devices planted in their heads, a group of teenagers decide to head out and discover what's really going on.
Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin; Screenwriters: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin; Starring: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Billy, Connolly, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull, Ben Miller; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: 12A
Rosamund Pike is about to hit it big thanks to Gone Girl, but before that she'll be seen in What We Did On Our Holiday, an off-kilter family comedy from the creators of Outnumbered. With its story of a marriage under strain, media storm and dramatic mid-point twist, it could easily be paired up with David Fincher's thriller for a slightly eccentric double-bill.
Holiday is proof of the adage 'never judge a book by its cover'. Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin's movie is not the film its trailer makes it out to be, it's a lot more surprising and ambition than the sedate fare you'd expect based on the promos. This is a comedy that turns its clichéd »
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. We Are the Best Three girls form a tight friendship over their shared interest in hairstyles, punk music lyrics and remaining true to themselves in a sea of disco-loving, brightly dressed automatons. Two members of the trio have never even held an instrument before, but their infectious determination drives them forward and helps them navigate the all too recognizable perils of being a twelve to fourteen year old. Lukas Moodysson‘s latest film is an absolute pleasure to watch and experience, a rare treat that fully immerses you in a world that’s foreign yet familiar with its story of the time in our lives when we still believed anything and everything was possible. Watching We Are the Best! is a genuinely positive experience, one that leaves you smiling inside and out even days later »
- Rob Hunter
Hulu‘s original content doesn’t get the attention it deserves, but things may change soon as Stephen King and J.J. Abrams join the mix. They’ve announced a series order for the nine-episode event based on King’s 11/22/63. The alt-history novel that surrounds the Kennedy assassination is not only a great story, and one that King himself believes fits the format, it will be an interesting series that may open some doors.
There are a lot of alt-history works that I’d like to see, whether as series or films, and something has to sell the genre to the money people. Plus, Hulu has several fantastic shows, and you don’t hear enough about them. Maybe something that has a lot of roads to attention will pull in a big range of new potential Hulu fans, who will then check out more content.
Check out all the info below, »
- Marc Eastman
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is set to star in an upcoming crime thriller called The Thicket. The movie is based on a book by Joe Lansdale, and according to the press release, the book is apparently one of the "best American crime novels to emerge in recent years." If you're not familiar with the book, it has been compared to other stories such as Stand By Me and True Grit. Here's a breakdown of the story:
Set in tough, turbulent and feral East Texas in the early 20th century, this dark thriller follows the story of Jack, an innocent young man, who goes on an epic quest to rescue his sister after she has been kidnapped by a violent killer, Cut Throat Bill, and his gang. Jack enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave, and a street-smart prostitute. »
- Joey Paur
The film will be produced by Nunnari, along with Dinklage and his long time manager David Ginsberg, who will be producing through their newly formed production company. Shannon Gaulding, who works with Nunnari, will also serve as producer on the project.
The Thicket has been hailed as one of the best American crime novels to emerge in recent years. Set in tough, turbulent and feral East Texas in the early 20th century, this dark thriller follows the story of Jack, an innocent young man, who goes on an epic quest to rescue his sister after she has been kidnapped by a violent killer, Cut Throat Bill, and his gang. Jack enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave, and a street-smart prostitute. »
Like far-reaching ripples made by a stone plopped in a still pond, three shots in Dallas changed the course of America’s history on November 22nd, 1963. The assassination of President Kennedy has been debated and analyzed for decades, but in Stephen King’s novel, 11/22/63, one man has the chance to erase it from history in a time-bending journey that’s now being adapted into a new series for Hulu.
An upcoming Hulu original series, the adaptation of 11/22/63 will be executive produced by Stephen King, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who will also script the project. J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television are backing the adaptation, which is being developed as a nine-hour event series. We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements. In the meantime, we have the official press release with full details (via TV by »
- Derek Anderson
Chad Hodge, the creator of the Fox TV series Wayward Pines, has been tapped to adapt the first book of the Darkest Minds Ya trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps banner are producing. The book is described as combining superhero conventions with tones of coming-of-age stories such as Stand By Me and postapocalyptic survivor tales like The Walking Dead. Minds is set after a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some survivors develop various superpowers, they are deemed too dangerous for society, taken from their families and placed inside internment camps. The first book tells of a
- Borys Kit
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