8 items from 2015
"The Grinder" debuts tomorrow night at 8:30 on Fox as the most promising new network sitcom this fall. Some of that's just by default — as I've said, this is a poor freshman class — but some of it's the fun of watching Rob Lowe (playing a former TV legal drama star who returns home to Idaho to help out the family law practice) at his most cheerfully self-parodying, and much of it is the pleasure of having Fred Savage back in front of the camera in his first regular series role since the short-lived "Crumbs" back in 2006. Savage, like Ron Howard, was a natural child actor as both a little kid (in movies like "The Princess Bride" and "Vice Versa") and a teenager (growing up as the avatar of all things Baby Boomer on "The Wonder Years"), and seemed well-equipped to make the transition into adult acting once he graduated from Stanford. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann form a classic pairing of director and composer, ranking among the very best of them, if not the best. Herrmann has been responsible for an abundance of memorable film scores, but “Psycho” is far and away his most popular work. Hitchcock himself has even admitted that the success of “Psycho” is largely thanks to Herrmann’s score. The score and the film go hand-in-hand. You simply can’t have one without the other. Who would ever dare try to pry them apart? Sean Blevins of House By The Video Store has endeavoured to as a part of his “Soundtrack Swap,” by taking the score to one of the most highly acclaimed horror films in recent memory, “It Follows,” and splicing parts of it into scenes of Hitchcock’s film. Vice versa, he utilized Herrmann’s score during a couple of scenes of “It Follows.” Does the experiment work? »
- Ken Guidry
Ben Kingsley is getting a new body — Ryan Reynolds’ body, to be specific — in “Self/less,” a sci-fi thriller that opens in theaters this Friday. “Self/less” joins a long tradition of body-swapping and new body tales, from the 1882 novel “Vice Versa” that’s inspired four films adaptations to kids-turned-grown-ups movies like “Big” and “13 Going on 30.” Whenever a character’s consciousness gets transferred to a new body, the events that follow are usually an exercise in walking in another man’s shoes, and the moral of the story is often “my own life ain’t so bad after all.” But body-swapping movies have a few other lessons to teach us. Check out the gallery below for the lessons we learned from “Freaky Friday,” “17 Again” and other body switcheroo movies. »
- Emily Rome
John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.
The advancements in animation he showed during the session earned some roars of approval from the assembled press and industry guests.
“These two studios are filmmaker-driven studios,” Lasseter said. “Our focus is on telling great stories and we celebrate the heritage of each studio. It’s exciting to be constantly breaking new ground.”
“It’s a very special movie for us,” Lasseter said. “When you look at all the films Pixar has made this could be the most important, It makes you think about your own thoughts, emotions, memories in a different way.” The film opens in France on June 17 (under the title [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
The characters in Pixar’s new 3D animation film Inside Out are getting ready to hit the Croisette. Selected in the Off-Competition category at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Pete Docter returns after presenting Up in 2009. Called Vice Versa in French, Inside Out features human emotions as characters -- and they are as colorful in every sense. The film takes place in the Cerebral Quarter, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s head, and five emotions are hard at work: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). And all five will walk the red carpet at this year's Cannes. Check out the Inside Out French posters below along with a translation of the taglines. The film opens in France on June 17th and in the U.S. on June 19th. "Move over, we’re going up the red carpet steps! »
- Talia Soghomonian
Welcome to the March 27, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: "Get Hard" is getting slammed. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart prison preparedness comedy has been dogged by controversy since its SXSW premiere, when an audience member asked Hart, Ferrell and director Etan Cohen, "Were you nervous -- and/or how nervous were you -- presenting this in front of a live audience being completely, absolutely and unapologetically ... racist and hysterical at the same time?" during an audience Q&A. Not only that, but it's been deemed homophobic by a number of critics and journalists, and our own Drew McWeeny had this to say in his review: "I just couldn't bring myself to laugh at something that will reinforce hatred, that plays into this idea that gay sex is somehow inherently more disgusting than regular sex. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Technology ruins everything. Well, it’s actually making a lot of things easier, breezier, and better in many people’s lives, but choosing a filter is also really hard work and takes a lot of time. It’s exhausting.
Here are 17 problems we have today that we didn’t have five years ago:
1. Accidentally liking someone’s Instagram while creeping on his pictures from 2011. You can’t take that back.
Once it’s double tapped, that notification has been sent.
2. Picking a filter that everyone in the picture approves of -- and no group of people can ever agree on a filter. Can’t we all just be content with Hefe? It makes everybody look tan.
3. Worry about your Insta getting to 11 likes so it’s not individual names.
If you don’t get to double digits, do you delete it? Look, another problem.
4. When you open your camera and it’s the front-facing camera and you »
8 items from 2015
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