19 items from 2014
All dogs go to heaven! Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at the age of 86. The beloved author passed away on Friday, Dec. 12, in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., his publisher Scholastic wrote in a release. Bridwell wrote more than 150 titles with the book company, largely centered on his famed character Clifford. In Bridwell's celebrated children's books, the oversized red dog belongs to a little girl named Emily Elizabeth and grows from the smallest in his litter to a massive pup [...] »
All dogs may not go to heaven, but the good ones might! Probably! If they believe in Jesus!
That is the latest Breaking News coming out of the Vatican. Yes, Cool Pope Pope Francis confirmed that All Dogs Go to Heaven is, in fact, a documentary. Not really, but this is a real headline on a real news outlet:
Photos: Check out your favorite celebs with their adorable pets!
While comforting a little boy in St. Peter’s Square who was sad that his dog had just died, Pope Francis told him, “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ.”
Pope Francis continued that, “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures” and, according to The NY Times, cited Bible passages “that assert that animals not only go to heaven, but get along with one another when they get there.”
Which means, we guess, cats can come »
Finally, Pope Francis confirms what we've always known: All dogs go to heaven! During his weekly address in St. Peter's Square, the Catholic leader tried to console a little boy who was heartbroken over the death of his beloved pup. According to multiple reports, Pope Francis told the boy, "One day, we will see our animals again the eternity of christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures." Of course, this viewpoint goes against the conservative Catholic ideology that because animals don't have souls (!), they can't go to heaven. Some theologians have cautioned, per the New York Times, that Pope Francis "had spoken casually, not made a doctrinal statement." Others »
All Dogs Go to Heaven is one of the classic also-rans of the quote-unquote "golden age of animation." While its theatrical release was pre-empted by an unassuming Disney flick called The Little Mermaid, the film found a second life on home video, eventually becoming one of MGM/United Artists' highest-selling video titles. The film turned 25 on Nov. 17, and in celebration, we're taking a closer look at its production and legacy. 1. All Dogs Go to Heaven was produced by Don Bluth, who also made The Land Before Time, An American Tail and The Secret of Nimh.Bluth enjoys a kind »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
25 years ago today, an animated musical hit theaters—and soon became a beloved classic that sparked a franchise including multiple feature-length sequels, a TV spinoff that ran for three seasons, and oodles of merch. That movie... is The Little Mermaid. Strangely enough, though, the same description fits All Dogs Go to Heaven, Don Bluth's lighthearted romp about a very bad dog and the little girl who teaches him how to love. Aww. Except All Dogs is also a horrifying phantasmagoria of murder, demons, drinking, gambling, hellfire, and blue eyeshadow. Sure, this is all sort of par for the course »
- Hillary Busis
Opening with the decidedly non-canonical duo of Always and All Dogs Go to Heaven, this nifty eight-ish minute montage looks at the afterlife as rendered onscreen. Graphic matches and dialogue segues from one person protesting they don’t belong here to another are smoothly handled, and while it’s more for fun than study, there are some takeaways: i.e., that there’s very little difference in the degree of tackiness of the afterlife as rendered in What Dreams May Come and Little Nicky. Thanks to Press Play for the tip. (There is brief rear male nudity and a dude’s neck being torn apart, […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break »
- Hillary Busis
Tim here. We’re talking 1989 this month at the Film Experience, and as any dabbler in the history of animation knows, 1989 is most important for being the year that Walt Disney Feature Animation get back on track after some two decades in the wilderness with the smashing success of the fairy tale musical The Little Mermaid.
That’s not what we’re here to talk about. The Little Mermaid doesn’t need me: it’s a stone-cold all-time classic that everybody reading this has an opinion on already. Instead, I would like to take you to the other animated feature that opened on November 17, 1989, and which crumpled in the face of Mermaid’s juggernaut performance at the box office. That day, y’see, also bore witness to All Dogs Go to Heaven, a film which shriveled up and died in the face of Disney's singing crabs and diva octopodes.
- Tim Brayton
The Cast Inside the Strain is joined by very special guest Drew Nelson this week for a fantastic interview before we jump in and review Sunday’s action packed episode, It’s Not For Everyone!
Nelson is a hot up and comer who has guest starred in Suits, Supernatural, Smallville and Fringe, but fans of The Strain know him as none other than Kelly Goodweather’s romantic interest, Matt Sayles. We talk to Drew about his history with the role, the juicy on-set stories, and his favorite part about working with Del Toro and Corey Stoll. This is one interview you won’t want to miss!
Later on, we dive into this week’s episode of The Strain, where things really take off as Eph and company finally get their shot at the gross-out autopsy of the year. We also take a closer look at the insides of one of »
- Caleb Masters
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
All dogs go to Heaven ... and now one more rambunctious canine has checked into the big puppy bowl in the sky -- Tyler the Swamp dog. Tyler's owner Janet Mitchell -- "Swamp People" star Bruce Mitchell's wife -- says the dog's heart gave out around 1 am Monday morning after a 3-year battle with congestive heart failure.Bruce buried the swamp dog in his yard not long after ... alongside other deceased pets.Hug your loved »
- TMZ Staff
Filmmakers have been trying to crack heaven’s code for decades. Do you include pearly gates? Angels with golden halos? Just lots of people dressed in white? In the case of Heaven Is for Real, a new movie based on the best-selling novel of the same name, heaven is described as the stereotypical, above-the-clouds place where the Holy Spirit doles out help for those on Earth and God lounges around all day in a giant chair. Though star Greg Kinnear has said that the movie is not just for religious folks, it is still being marketed at faith-based viewers as a story that challenges our thoughts on death and what exists after we shuffle off. Of course, not every movie that depicts heaven is intended to spark a conversation about religion. Here is a (non-comprehensive) look at how some movies tried to illustrate the afterlife.All Dogs Go to Heaven »
- Alex Suskind
Back in the day, deeming a film “for children” didn’t carry the same negativity it does nowadays. With kid-flicks falling off of the studio conveyor belt at an ungodly pace, such a venue for family entertainment has become nothing more than a soulless commodity for studios to indulge. When the best reviewed animation is that of the ineptly written Frozen, you know there’s a problem.
Before they became akin to a self-building Matrix of CG sentinels, children’s films once carried weight, towering ambitions, fearless subject matter, mind-boggling practical effects and the most inspiring of hand-drawn animation. With time, the ideals, messages and depth of yesteryear’s many cinematic experiences have only strengthened. While the narratives of these movies haven’t changed, the interpretation of their meanings have, proving that – sometimes – things truly do get better with age….
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- Bryan Yentz
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals end tomorrow, so if you see something you like, don't wait too long to pick it up. White House Down (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $12.99 (68% off) The Master (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $11.99 (52% off) Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $75.38 (64% off) Up to 70% Off Seasons of True Blood on DVD and Blu-ray which makes it $19.99 per season on DVD and $23.99 per season on Blu-ray Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection - $50.99 (58% off) MGM Best of Romance Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $40.99 (66% off). Includes West Side Story, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Overboard, Legally Blonde, Benny & Joon, Moonstruck, Cutting Edge, Four Weddings and a Funeral MGM Best of Family Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $43.99 (66% off) includes All Dogs Go to Heaven, Secret of Nimh, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won't last, so if you see something you like, don't wait too long to pick it up. Up to 70% Off Seasons of True Blood on DVD and Blu-ray which makes it $19.99 per season on DVD and $23.99 per season on Blu-ray Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection - $50.99 (58% off) MGM Best of Romance Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $40.99 (66% off). Includes West Side Story, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Overboard, Legally Blonde, Benny & Joon, Moonstruck, Cutting Edge, Four Weddings and a Funeral MGM Best of Family Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $43.99 (66% off) includes All Dogs Go to Heaven, Secret of Nimh, Igor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fiddler on the Roof, Pebble and the Penguin, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Greatest Story Ever Told, Black Stallion Man of Steel »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
19 items from 2014
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