11 items from 2016
One of Disney’s greatest treasures has been with us for 22 years. It was on June 24, 1994 that The Lion King opened in theaters across the country. The tale of a Simba stepping into the light and into his father’s footsteps was an instant hit with both audiences and critics, and it earned four Oscar nominations for its breathtaking music, winning two of those — one for Hans Zimmer’s score and one for Elton John and Tim Rice-penned song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” The Lion King has remained one of Disney’s most celebrated and beloved films, and that was clear when its 3D re-release hit theaters in 2011, becoming a box office juggernaut as parents who were young upon the original release of the film towed their young ones to the theater for the treat of seeing the beauty of the animated savannah on the big screen again. »
- Emily Rome
From Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein to Spaceballs and The Producers, legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks has been responsible for some of the most beloved movies ever made. And unsurprisingly, at various points in his career, he has discussed the making of almost all his films. Except for one—the lone dud in his canon—a film so […]
- Blake Harris
It's one of the greatest spoofs ever made, and with Star Wars enjoying a monster resurgence across all facets of popular culture, now is the time for Mel Brooks to put forth the Spaceballs sequel that was teased all the way back... well, during the first Spaceballs movie: Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. Recently Brooks has seemed open to the idea, admitting on Adam Corolla's podcast Take a Knee that it makes perfect sense to take advantage of the current Star Wars hype by dropping a Spaceballs sequel in theaters not long after a Star Wars movie. “If I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out — maybe a couple of months later — I’d have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on its ass and didn’t...
- Erik Davis
When writer/director Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" comedy spoof of "Star Wars" was first released in 1987, fans of the 'space opera' genre were delighted with the film, but most reviewers at the time dismissed the film as lame 'shtick', thinking the whole "Star Wars" 'thing' had run its course and best left forgotten. But the fans were right, the film was successful and now Brooks wants to mount a "Spaceballs" sequel:
Brooks was quoted on Adam Carolla's "Take a Knee" podcast, that he would love the original "Spaceballs" cast members to return for a sequel, with filming to start after the release of Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
...and Phil Hartman as 'Dink'.
But Brooks himself »
- Michael Stevens
It's one of the greatest spoofs ever made, and with Star Wars enjoying a monster resurgence across all facets of popular culture, now is the time for Mel Brooks to put forth the Spaceballs sequel that was teased all the way back... well, during the first Spaceballs movie: Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. Recently Brooks has seemed open to the idea, admitting on Adam Corolla's podcast Take a Knee that it makes perfect sense to take advantage of the current Star Wars hype by...
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Is Spaceballs 2 finally happening? Fans are asking that question in earnest today, as posters for the sequel mysterious appeared in New York. Last year, original director Mel Brooks teased that he was actually moving forward on a Spaceballs sequel to capture some of the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And he even had a title, Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. Here's what he had to say about a follow-up to his 1987 classic Spaceballs.
"If I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out - maybe a couple of months later - I'd have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on its ass and didn't get its money back...but that first weekend, the anticipation of seeing Spaceballs 2, would...I still have Daphne Zuniga and I still have Rick Moranis if he'd do it, and I've still got me. »
Last year, Mel Brooks got everyone excited at the mere mention of just the possibility of making Spaceballs 2 a reality. Talk of a sequel was used as a joke in the original spoof of Star Wars from 1987, and Brooks imagined what it might be like if he did follow-up with a sequel to […]
The post ‘Spaceballs 2’ Teaser Posters Appear in New York City, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Gary Rydstrom is Oscar nominated for sound mixing on thriller “Bridge of Spies.” Among the films for which he received his 17 previous noms (and seven wins) were mega-hits like “Jurassic Park,” “Titanic” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The first time his name popped up in Variety was for work in a comedy — in our review of 1987’s “Spaceballs.”
Do you remember that review?
Oh, God yeah! To get credit on a film, and then mentioned in the press — I thought, “I guess I’m actually working in the industry!” That took a while to sink in. I have always felt close to every movie that I worked on, so I get nervous reading reviews.
How did you get started?
I went to USC film school, and a teacher, Ken Miura, was a favorite of George Lucas. So I was recommended, and started working at Lucasfilm around the time of the “(Return of the) Jedi” release. »
- Tim Gray
Reading through the Euro Palace blog I’ve stumbled upon an article which talks about how some movies would make great video slot machines. No wonder they have chosen the slots as a topic – Euro Palace specializes in real money games, and slot machines are the games of choice at such venues. They’ve chosen The Bucket List, any James Bond movie, Mortal Kombat, Kick-Ass and Pulp Fiction for their list. Their reasons are plausible, and they are right – any of the above would make a great slot machine. But let me add five more to the list – hoping for developers to listen. So, here is my five cents, well, erm, movies.
1. Ocean’s Eleven
What better source of inspiration for a video slot machine than a story about a gang robbing three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously? The movie has the visuals and the selection of movie stars to make a perfect video slot, »
This past weekend we here in Washington DC got a lot of snow. Um… “A whole lot of snow”? …Okay, how about, “a metric ton of snow”? Ooh… “The fourth heaviest snowstorm dating to 1884.” There. I think that sums it up nicely.
Given this, I (not even kidding) have not left my home in five days (but I’m still sane! No really, I promise! The purple bunnies in my pantry told me so.) And of course, being a very practical person, since I knew the storm was coming I ensured I was well-stocked with all the necessary items beforehand. But then, around the end of Day 1, as the snowdrifts began inching into the two-foot range on my windowsills, I began to wonder what I would do to entertain myself if the power went out (taking with it, one might assume, the Internet).
“Ah-ha!” I said to myself. “I have »
- Emily S. Whitten
Tears running down his face, the seven-year-old said, "Stop, Daddy! Stop! I can't take it anymore!" Considering the strange holiday line-up that I shared with Toshi and Allen, ages ten and seven, it is little wonder it almost ended in tears. But what kind of tears and why is a little less cut and dry than I might have supposed when this recent run of programming first came together. I've been seeing someone for a little while now, and it's been nice. She's met the boys and they like her tremendously, and vice-versa. The Monday after the film opened, the four of us went to see The Force Awakens together, the second time for the kids, the first time for her, and it was a great evening. They were excited about the film, about the evening out, about Star Wars in general. She was the one who brought up The Star Wars Holiday Special »
- Drew McWeeny
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