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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Though it maintains a reputation for being one of Hollywood’s premiere flops, writer/director Elaine May’s 1987 movie Ishtar has developed a notable cult reputation over the past decade. Hmmmmm. Maybe Sony’s been waiting for the rep to grow before releasing this baby…
The comedy film tells the story of two past-their-prime singer/songwriters (Dick Tracy‘s Warren Beatty and Little Big Man‘s Dustin Hoffman) who go to the Far East to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel, but end up in the middle of an international melee during a layover in the fictional Middle Eastern state of Ishtar. Enter a foreign government, the CIA and left-wing revolutionary rebels….
The PG-13 rated movie came in with a budget of around $51 million, making »
Feature Simon Brew 3 May 2013 - 07:03
It's a risky business, filmmaking. Simon looks back at some bold, expensive 1990s movies where the gambles didn't quite pay off...
This summer's blockbuster season has got off to a startling start, with Iron Man 3 being widely praised for its willingness to rip up the rule book a little, as it continues the story of Tony Stark.
In fact, there's a subset of modern blockbusters - Nolan films, some X-Men features for instance - that are garnering increasing praise for taking bold choices with the material. That they're wagering a lot of movie studio money on projects and stories that once upon a time would have struggled to get through the system.
However, we'd argue that the 1990s was rich with such gambles too, it's just most of them never really made quite the levels of cash we're seeing now. So, here's a »
On the surface, this idea seems, well, sorta nuts. Despite five recent-ish seasons of Ghost Whisperer, Hewitt hasn’t been particularly relevant since her Party of Five days, and her brief early-aughts singing career was unmemorable at best. (Though you’ve got to admit, “BareNaked” is still pretty catchy.)
Dig a little deeper, though, and suddenly the rumor starts making a weird kind of sense. Hewitt’s certainly as famous as, say, Paula Abdul »
- Hillary Busis
Chicago – Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” is a steak devoid of juice. It has all the trappings of an effortlessly enjoyable genre exercise, but it doesn’t bring a single fresh idea to the table. It goes through the usual motions of a standard gangster picture while giving each overqualified member of its ensemble exactly one note to play. And they’re all exceedingly familiar notes, conveying a tune so familiar even Sam would refuse to play it again.
Josh Brolin plays a square-jawed officer with a perpetually concerned wife. Ryan Gosling plays a suave ladykiller (god what a stretch) who falls for a femme fatale (Emma Stone, looking like a kid playing dress-up). Nick Nolte wheezes and grunts. Giovanni Ribisi wears nerdy glasses, signaling that his character’s fade-out will arrive long before the final one. Anthony Mackie and Michael Peña supply different shades of skin color and little else. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
.Doesn.t your work mean anything to you anymore? Have you no sense of pride in what you do? No sense of duty?!?. Though this line comes is taken from the character Big Boy Caprice trying to rouse his boys into killing Dick Tracy, it.s as if it were the anti-advice given to digital filmmaker and video essayist Nelson Carvajal, who crossed off one of the items on my bucket list by compiling a collection of Al Pacino.s loudest and most vein-laden film scenes as a video essay for Indiewire titled .Al Pacino: Full Roar.. There are hundreds of cinematic tropes that make for interesting montages, such as people getting hit by buses, Arnold Schwarzenegger saying big words and Woody Allen stammering - and those are only the ones made this year. But none of those, and probably nothing else in film history, can top Pacino when he »
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this week with a brand-new 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, which is in stores now! To celebrate this long-awaited release, we caught up with Roger himself, Mr. Charles Fleischer, to talk about his long history as the man behind the bunny. Charles isn't only a stand-up comedian and actor, he is also a published scientist and inventor who recently did a study on Gamma-Ray bursts for Cornell University. He talks about this, the inspiration behind Roger, and more in our exclusive interview.
Will we see Roger on screen again in the near future? Will Moleeds save mankind? Here is our very interesting conversation with the man of many talents, Charles Fleischer.
Charles Fleischer: What kind of recorder are you using? Are you using your computer?
No, I am »
Seduction of the Innocent by Max Allan Collins • Interior illustrations by Terry Beatty • Hard Case Crime • Paperback: $9.95 • Digital: $6.39 • Audio: $9.18
So… Who is the worst, most evil comic book villain ever? Well, if you’re a hard-core comics fan and/or comics professional, the worst comic book villain ever might very well be Dr. Fredric Wertham. He’s the guy who spearheaded the comic books breed juvenile delinquency movement of the late 1940s and early 1950s that led to Senate hearings, state-by-state censorship (Can’t have the word “crime” in the title of your comic book? Really?), massively plummeting sales, and the dissolution of more than half of the comics publishing companies and the jobs that went along with them. An entire generation of fans grew up loathing the man. His so-called study, which was lacking in any real scientific evidence, was called Seduction of the Innocent. Suffice it to say »
- Mike Gold
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman March 6th, 2013
It all began in 1986 at the Comedy Store in La where director Robert Zemeckis saw Charles Fleischer perform his stand-up comedy act. The act consisted of a lot of voices and sound effects, but what most impressed Zemekis was what he called ”his vocal presence.” And so when auditions began for the human star of Zemeckis’ upcoming live action/animated hybrid murder mystery noir film Who Framed Roger Rabbit — the part eventually played by Bob Hoskins — they called Fleischer. Not to read for that part, but to read with the actors auditioning for that part. Fleischer eventually got the part providing the voice for Roger.
That was 25 years ago. Charles Fleischer went on to voice Roger in some Roger Rabbit shorts and has acted in movies such as Dick Tracy, Straight Talk and Zodiac and recently provided one of the voices in Rango. »
- Tom Stockman
In February, we reported that Walt Disney Studios was moving forward on a remake of the 1952 comedy The Stooge starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Only in this version, Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit would be the leads in what was described as a mix of CGI and live action that also featured cameos from Walt Disney himself and Orson Welles. This news came directly from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? creator and writer of the original novel upon which the movie is based, Gary K. Wolf.
This morning, we somehow managed to get the reclusive Roger Rabbit himself (aka published scientist and comedian Charles Fleischer) on the phone to talk about the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Blu-ray coming out March 12th, and he called this news a little white lie.
"I would say the key word of the phrase is 'rumor'. Yes. It is unsubstantiated. I would say that any »
Titan Books recently released Max Allan Collins’ Seduction of the Innocent, a hardboiled detective novel inspired by the 1950′s witch-hunt against crime and horror comic books. If the topic piques your interest and you want to learn more, check out our exclusive excerpt from the novel.
Synopsis: ”It’s 1954, and a rabble-rousing social critic has declared war on comic books – especially the scary, gory, bloody sort published by the bad boys of the industry, Ef Comics. But on the way to a Senate hearing on whether these depraved publications should be banned, the would-be censor meets a violent end of his own – leaving his opponents in hot water.
Can Jack Starr, private eye to the funny-book industry, and his beautiful boss Maggie unravel the secret of Dr. Frederick’s gruesome demise? Or will thecrackdown come, falling like an executioner’s axe…?
A hardboiled detective novel inspired by the 1950s witch-hunt »
- Jonathan James
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Washington–(February 27, 2013)–Academy Award and two-time Golden Globe winning producer Jon Landau will keynote Nab Show’s Technology Summit On Cinema on Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas. The Summit is co-produced by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (Smpte), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education. Landau has produced the two highest grossing movies of all-time, “Avatar” and “Titanic.” In addition, he produced Steven Soderbergh’s “Solaris,” co-produced Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” Nab Show and Smpte’s Technology Summit on Cinema brings together the world’s leading motion-imaging researchers, scientists, practitioners, manufacturers, filmmakers, movie theater operators and other experts focused on advancing the state of the art in cinema. The two-day summit will address critical topics such as the latest on higher-frame-rate cinema, perceptual requirements for higher quality image and sound, new technologies for exhibition and advantages and pitfalls of 3D film conversion. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
“Argo” (edited by William Goldenberg, A.C.E.) and “The Silver Linings Playbook” (edited byJay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 63rd Annual Ace Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten (10) categories of film, television and documentaries.
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing. “Brave” (edited by Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Searching For Sugar Man” (edited by Malik Bendjelloul) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).
Television winners included ”Nurse Jackie – Handle Your Scandle” (edited by Gary Levy) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Breaking Bad – Dead Freight” (edited by Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, »
- Michelle McCue
Chicago – As the stars, presenters and award recipients gathered at the Chicago Film Critics Awards on February 9th, they took some time out to mix with the media at a pre-show press conference. Jane Lynch, Paul Sorvino, Joe Piscopo, Nadine Velazquez, Regina Taylor and the other award winners offered their perspectives.
HollywoodChicago.com’s Brian Tallerico, Patrick McDonald and Matt Fagerholm covered the presser, and contributed several questions asked to the awards show participants. Photographer Joe Arce captured his stellar portraits at the event. Below is a summary of the afternoon’s best.
Jane Lynch, Recipient of “Comedia Extrarodinaire”
Accepting this year’s award for Comedia Extraordinaire was the incomparable Jane Lynch, the Chicago-bred actress who achieved mega-stardom with her portrayal of Sue Sylvester, the bullying high school coach on “Glee.” It was a role impeccably designed for Lynch’s uproarious wit and deadpan timing, which she cultivated in a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
American Cinema Editors (Ace) will honor veteran editors Richard Marks, A.C.E. and Larry Silk, A.C.E. with the organization’s prestigious Lifetime Career Achievement Award at the 63rd Annual Ace Eddie Awards on February 16, 2013 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Lifetime Career Achievement Award honors veteran editors whose body of work and reputation within the industry is outstanding. Award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne and Film Critic Kenneth Turan will present to Marks and two-time Oscar®-winning Documentarian Barbara Kopple will present to Silk. As previously announced, Steven Spielberg will receive the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor and Ace Eddie Award winners in nine categories of film, television and documentaries will be announced. The evening?s Mc will be Actor/Comedian David Cross. Nominees were previously announced and can be viewed online at the Ace website: americancinemaeditors.com. Richard Marks, A.C. »
- email@example.com (Hollywood News Team)
By Joey Magidson
I’ve always had a soft spot for films that are directed by actors. In one of my recent pieces, I spoke about how the Academy looks at actors who direct. Now, I’ll be continuing my interest by focusing in on which of these multi-hyphenates are the best at what they do.
By and large, the films that actors make when they choose directorial projects have some sort of significance for them or at least play to their strengths, so disasters are few and far between. This makes it a lot of fun to celebrate the best of the bunch, since I’m able to draw from a larger pool than you normally can when looking at one particular type of filmmaker.
I take some comfort in knowing that most films directed by actors tend to be at least decent, if not better. I »
- Joey Magidson
Dick Tracy arrives from another era in comic-book filmmaking, when Hollywood viewed it all with a lot more skepticism than it does now. Marvel efforts were nowhere to be seen and DC rested everything on its two big pillars (Batman and Superman) to carry their cinematic fortunes. So when Tim Burton’s Batman took the world by storm, studios turned to alternative comic book characters to make their mark. We saw The Shadow, The Mask, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and similar efforts rather than more traditional costumed heroes who dominate movie screens today. Dick Tracy, a pet project for director-star Warren Beatty, boasted a huge budget and treated its subject with more respect than most of its fellows. That may explain why it holds up so well in retrospect. Hit the jump for my full review. Beatty’s secret weapon was treating his universe straight as an arrow and letting »
- Rob Vaux
I'm still seeing signs for Gangster Squad everywhere, and I'm sick of not indulging my fetish for gay listmaking. So, here's my way of getting a fix: These are the nine hottest hotties of gangster films, and I hope we can agree that a gangster film can either be a classic shoot-'em-up thriller of the 1930s-40s with mensches like Jimmy Cagney and Paul Muni or a stylized modern version that's more about dress-up than White Heat credibility. I've included both versions in this list.
Here are your gangsters, ranked and dapper as hell.
Forgive me -- I am obligated to include the impossibly debonair Gosling since he makes every suit, glance, and cigarette puff a libidinous delight in Gangster Squad. How does he achieve such angles? I fear he has taken a sander to every pane on his face. I can't explain what he's achieved. »
Cinelinx takes in the colorful new Dick Tracy Blu-ray!
Square-jawed detective Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty) takes on gangster Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino), but things get complicated when a mysterious figure called The Blank emerges. Also stars Madonna and Dustin Hoffman.
Directed by Warren Beatty
I must admit, Dick Tracy is one of my guilty pleasures. Released to much fanfare by Disney in 1990, the big screen adaptation of the classic comic strip did not fare well with critics or moviegoers. It did receive high marks for its innovative, Oscar-winning art direction - which used primary colors to produce a "comic book come to life" feel. It also sported a number of great actors in supporting roles, including Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke, and Mandy Patinkin.
What brings this movie down, and ruins it for many, can be summed up in one word: Madonna. There's »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Review Michael Leader Jan 10, 2013
A starry cast has assembled for the period crime flick, Gangster Squad. Michael finds out whether the film's as good as its credits...
Gangster Squad. Bam! The title is like a punch to the face - a little bit unimaginative, a little lacking in poetry, but it gets its point across. This isn’t a musical, it’s not a spaghetti western, it’s certainly not a biographical drama. Nope, this is a gangster flick, and crime, criminals and crime-busters are the order of the day, as director Ruben Fleischer follows the boom-bust combo of Zombieland and 30 Minutes Or Less with this overcooked genre exercise.
Leading a fantastic ensemble cast is Josh Brolin, who stars as John O’Mara, one of Lapd’s finest who is tasked with forming a mob-toppling team of cops to wage war against La crime boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). The »
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