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Much like waiting for the trade I decided to combine my reviews of the first four issues of Valiant’s Divinity, the Matt Kindt written introduction of a new character into the Valiant universe, and as an aside, one of the best comics of last year. Why should you care? Well, I’m pretty smart so you should read my reviews. Actually, I’m actually not smart at all but I do actually try to give my thoughts and convey my experience from reading the comic and not just summarize them, and I enjoy people who do the same so you might too. Or you might hate it, and that’s totally cool too. I should remind people that I did these as the single issues came out, so if I look dumb with some, well tbh most, of my guesses it’s because I didn’t just read a trade and review the issues. »
- Jay Tomio
Gotta love a good old-fashioned Western. It’s a genre that’s been an American staple for decades. The image of the lone gunslinger is one that’s inspired countless novels, films, comics, and TV shows — and it’s one that’s bound to continue to do so for countless years. Though while as kids the genre may have been synonymous with fun adventure, the reality is that the majority of these flicks are slow, meditative character studies.
That’s all well and good, but I’m gonna chuck every one of those movies out the window today. You won’t find me talking about The Assassination of Jesse James, Once Upon A Time In The West, or The Unforgiven here. Granted, I acknowledge the quality of those films, but today, I wanted to highlight a handful of flicks that may be more in line with what we’ll be »
- Joseph Medina
"A man and a number — if you don't have that [in your title], and you're not making an R-rated sex comedy, then they don't want it," cracks Rob Reiner, the star of All in the Family (1971-1979) who went on to direct the instant-classics This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Stand by Me (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Misery (1990), A Few Good Men (1992) and The American President (1995). These days, not even someone with a track record like Reiner's can easily secure financing and distribution for a passion project,
- Scott Feinberg
Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its awards for 2016, with Damien Chazelle’s La La Land taking the top prize. That distinction, the People’s Choice prize, also known as the Audience Award, puts it into some very strong company (for those wondering, the first runner up was Lion, while the second runner up was Queen Of Katwe). The original musical, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been winning over viewers for a few weeks now, starting out at the Venice Film Festival, continuing at the Telluride Film Festival, and now charming everyone at Toronto. At this point, it was already considered the frontrunner in Best Picture, but now, one can say it with more distinction. Frankly, it’s hard not to consider this the one to beat right now. In terms of this particular award and its history, this is a somewhat reliable indicator of prestige. »
- Joey Magidson
Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” has just won the Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, which you probably could have seen coming a mile away. The uplifting musical is exactly the kind of film that appeals across the board en route to claiming an audience prize like this, and it’s guaranteed to be a strong presence in the Oscar season this year.
With Emma Stone’s best actress win for the film in Venice last weekend, this launches the film into the season where it is sure to be a dominant title. And should “La La Land” pick up a best picture nomination in a few months, it will join 14 of 38 People’s Choice winners to do so, including the last four in a row. Five of them went on to win the big prize.
Here’s a quick rundown of those 14 titles, and the other nominations they reaped. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Welcome to JoBlo's Inconceivable Movie Trivia Quizzes! Full of monsters, miracles, fighting and true love, Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride has a little something for everyone to enjoy. The Princess Bride is more popular today than it ever was, thanks in part to the incredibly quotable lines from Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and others. With... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
It's a scorching summer day, and four neighborhood boys are trying to beat the heat by lounging in the shade near a junkyard's water pump with a refreshing drink. As they cool off, they listlessly toss little rocks into an old tin can a few feet away, and fill the empty air with idle speculation over whether or not Mickey Mouse Club cast member Annette Funicello has started to develop breasts. Enjoying this brief interlude of nothingness, one boy happily sighs: "This is a really good time." The dated specifics »
According to The Tracking Board, Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie is writing a fantasy adventure for Warner Bros. entitled Moonland, which will reunite him with The Muppets director James Bobin.
The site reports that the film “follows a young, 11 year-old girl who winds up in a magical world via a homemade flying bike. She immediately gets wrapped up in an exciting adventure when she’s wrongfully imprisoned and escapes to go on a mission with a knight to rescue a princess.”
McKenzie won an Oscar for his last collaboration with Bobin on 2011’s The Muppets, with ‘Man or Muppet’ receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2013, he announced that he was working with Bobin on a fairy tale musical comedy in the vein of Labyrinth and The Princess Bride, which is presumably the same project as Moonland.
- Gary Collinson
Film and entertainment’s biggest weekend is coming, with three nights and two days of the best cinematic experiences money can buy as American Airlines presents Empire Live hits The O2, London on 23rd-25th September 2016.
This year, Empire Live will be hosting a special 30th anniversary screening of Stand by Me as well as a screening of Labyrinth as a tribute to the late great David Bowie. To celebrate, we take a look at some of the best films from our childhood that still strike a chord with us today.
Thirty years ago Rob Reiner sent four boys on a journey along a railway line in rural Oregon in search of a dead body. In doing so, he created a modern classic. Based on a novella by Stephen King, Stand by Me stars Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O »
- The Hollywood News
Go for the gold...fluffy! Christopher Guest's Mascots comes to Netflix October 13. Mascots is the new comedy from Guest, director of Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. Starring many of his regular troupe of actors, this latest film takes place in the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy.
The Netflix original film stars Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Brad Williams, Zach Woods, Chris O'Dowd, Susan Yeagley, Sarah Baker, Tom Bennett, Kerry Godliman, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Hitchcock, Maria Blasucci, John Michael Higgins, and Jim Piddock. The film was written by Christopher Guest & Jim Piddock and produced by Karen Murphy. Mascots will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September before launching globally on Netflix on October 13, 2016. Says Guest, who recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly. »
Thirty-five years ago today, a beautiful young woman named Lady Diana Spencer walked down the aisle at St Paul's Cathedral to wed Prince Charles in what was dubbed the "wedding of the century."The July 29, 1981 ceremony was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million. And a crowd of two million lined the route of Diana's procession from Clarence House to the cathedral to catch a glimpse of the stunning bride. From start to finish, the wedding was every bit the fairy tale. The princess bride arrived to the ceremony in a glass couch, one of the principal horse-drawn »
- Erin Hill, @erinhillny
It’s been three decades since “Stand By Me” became the little drama that could, catapulting River Phoenix to stardom, establishing Rob Reiner as a director on the rise, and racking up big ticket sales on a paltry budget.
The story of four friends from small town in Oregon, hiking into the countryside in search of the body of a boy who has been hit and killed by a train, is an unlikely coming-of-age tale. Yet in Reiner’s sensitive hands, it becomes a meditation on mortality — one that transcends its 1950s setting to have a universal appeal.
“Stand By Me” is unique in other ways. For one thing, it rivals “The 400 Blows” in its ability to evoke complex characterizations from young actors. Not only Phoenix as spiritual leader Chris Chambers, but co-stars Wil Wheaton as sensitive Gordie Lachance, Jerry O’Connell as wisecracking Vern Tessio, and Corey Feldman as hot-tempered Teddy Duchamp, »
- Brent Lang
A preview reel was released on Saturday at Sdcc for the fifteenth season of Family Guy, which sees Stewie starring in a remake of The Princess Bride with a predatory Bill Cosby, a Doctor Who parody featuring a flatulent David Tennant, and Chris’ rather unpleasant new job working for Quagmire; take a look below…
Family Guy season 15 is set to premiere on September 25th on Fox.
- Amie Cranswick
Befitting his legacy as a comedy icon, Garry Marshall was busy working up until the end of his life.
Marshall died Tuesday due to pneumonia complications. He was 81.
Most recently, Marshall proudly served as an executive consultant on CBS’ “The Odd Couple” revival, now heading into its third season. Marshall, who turned the Neil Simon play into a hit ABC sitcom in the early 1970s, spent the past two years giving advice and working with the show’s producers. Earlier this year, he even appeared on camera as Walter Madison, Oscar’s (Matthew Perry) father.
“I keep creating,” Marshall told us in 2015 at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. “I’m still pitching shows, as many people are,” he said, referring to a show he had in the works at the time about triplets. “What’s exciting is when the network gets behind it. Here, CBS is behind [the ‘Odd Couple’ revival].”
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- Michael Schneider
"You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humour and you smell"
9 to 5
"He's not ugly. He's completely unattractive"
10 Things I Hate About You
"There are really only two things I dislike about you. Your face"
All About Eve
"You're not worth the trouble it would take to hit you! You're not worth the powder it would take to blow you up"
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
"Everything that comes out »
- Benjamin Lee
Well, genre fans, we only have four home entertainment releases coming our way this Tuesday, but as the saying goes, they are quality over quantity.
Scream Factory is releasing the ’90s thriller The Crush on Blu-ray this week and we also have two great recent films to look forward to as well: The Wave and Midnight Special. Rounding out this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD offerings is Bayview Entertainment’s DVD release of the ’80s cult classic, Biohazard.
Biohazard (Bayview Entertainment, DVD)
The cult classic returns featuring an all-new 2K 16×9 widescreen film transfer from the original 35mm negative! A group of scientists, army types and a buxom psychic use a variety of methods to suck a bloodthirsty alien out of another dimension. Upon arriving, the little devil blasts his way loose, taking part of a soldiers face along the way. The psychic and her network of friends chase the beast, »
- Heather Wixson
Starring Alicia Silverstone, Cary Elwes, and Kurtwood Smith, The Crush makes its Blu-ray debut on June 21st courtesy of Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Crush.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The Crush Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on June 26th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
“A man who should know better. A much younger teenager. No way should there be any kind of romance between them. Yet from the moment 14-year-old Adrian met Nick, she was crazy about him. »
- Derek Anderson
Fans of Alan Shapiro’s The Crush, starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride) and Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman and Robin), can prepare for the film’s Blu-ray debut on June 21st with the two high-def clips and a trailer released by Scream Factory.
From the Press Release: “Romantic obsession has harrowing consequences in ‘90s cult-classic, suspense thriller The Crush, written and directed by Alan Shapiro (Flipper, TV’s The Outsiders) and starring Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride, Twister), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman and Robin), Jennifer Rubin (Bad Dreams, Screamers) and Kurtwood Smith (TV’s Agent Carter, That ‘70s Show). On June 21st, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The Crush Blu-ray edition, featuring new audio commentary with writer/director Alan Shapiro, new interviews with Kurtwood Smith and Jennifer Rubin, and more!
Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this special Scream Factory home entertainment release is a must-have for movie collectors, »
- Tamika Jones
From the director of Gomorra comes the deliciously odd adult fairy tale, Tale Of Tales. Ryan reviews a cult gem in the making...
Like The Princess Bride directed by Ken Russell, Matteo Garrone’s Tale Of Tales is a full-blooded and decidedly adult fairy tale. Set in a quasi-medieval Europe of castles, four-poster beds, bulbous gowns, the movie relates a grimly comic set of interlocking fables.
It begins with a king and queen (respectively, John C Reilly and Salma Hayek) who turn to witchcraft in order to conceive a child, before lurching to the story of monarch (Vincent Cassell) who’s so sex-obsessed that he embarks on a romance with a peasant girl based purely on her angelic singing voice. You can probably guess the king’s reaction when he discovers that the peasant girl is actually far older and more leprous than he assumes.
Weirdest of the lot is the story of yet another king (this one played by Toby Jones) who rears a giant flea and then, for reasons far too complicated and wonderful to relate here, unwillingly marries off his lily white young daughter Violet (Bebe Cave) to a hideous ogre. You might think from these brief descriptions that there isn’t very much linking these surreal, dark and sometimes violent stories, but the realisation gradually dawns that each carries echoes of the last. A pair of siblings are reunited in one story, while a pair of sisters are divided in the next; one character becomes a royal over here, while a luckless heir is cast into a filth and misery over there. To loosely quote George Lucas, “It’s like poetry. It rhymes”.
A deeper meaning behind Garrone’s mad fantasy is harder to pin down. At first, it’s enough to simply admire his often stunningly conceived images: a character dining on crimson offal in an ice-white room. Toby Jones befriending his pet flea. Tale Of Tales brings us universal stories of birth, death, marriage and desire, but viewed through a uniquely strange filter. Dramatic irony is everywhere,and there’s a recurring theme about divisions: between old and young, rich and poor, life and death.
Relying less on obvious splashes of CGI than most mainstream fantasies, Tale Of Tales’ use of real European locations and physical effects set it apart from the likes of, say, Duncan Jones' Warcraft or Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. There’s an earthiness to the creature designs and costumes that brings Tale Of Tales closer to the look and feel of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s underrated adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose, or maybe Paul Verhoeven’s American debut, Flesh + Blood. There’s also a hint of the matter-of-factness that made Garrone’s 2008 Mafia drama Gomorrah such compulsive viewing.
Where so many films leave us numbed by their swooping computerised vistas, Tale Of Tales keeps things at gut-level. There’s a wonderfully ominous funeral sequence which, thanks to some stunning competition and sound design, provides a captivating moment to pore over before Garrone suddenly shifts the action to a jarringly sordid moment elsewhere.
Cut to Alexandre Desplat’s lush score, Garrone’s film moves with between tones with ease. Some scenes have all the humour of a joke well told. Other moments in Tale Of Tales are gory on a level approaching Game Of Thrones. One sequence is genuinely terrifying. Inevitably, the film’s sheer weirdness won’t endear everybody - one or two people were checking their phones in the screening I attended. Those with a taste for the imaginative and the surreal will surely be bewitched by Garrone’s fairytale anthology, however, and there’s the strong possibility that Tale Of Tales will acquire cult status in years to come.
My advice? Cut to the chase and watch it in a cinema while you can.
Tale Of Tales is out in UK cinemas on the 17th June.
Thirty years ago this year, Jerry O'Connell made a mark on Hollywood forever with his child star-making turn in the classic, coming-of-age film Stand By Me. The co-host of new limited series People's List (premiering June 11 at 8 p.m. Et on ABC), who played happy-go-lucky Vern Tessio, recently reminisced about filming the fan-loved film, costarring River Phoenix, Will Wheaton and Corey Feldman. "What is fun about that child star thing, I have to say it's just being on a set and making a show," O'Connell tells People. "It's so fun - I have such fond memories of doing Stand By Me »
- Kara Warner @karawarner
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