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Steve Pink's filmography has shades of the ridiculous. His directorial debut was the goofy Diy college comedy Accepted. His follow-up was the preposterously titled Hot Tub Time Machine. Then he took on a remake of the acerbic 1980s rom-com About Last Night. While their setups may have earned some initial sneers, each of these hysterical comedies was able to do solid work at the box office. And now Disney is getting in the Pink business, hiring him to helm their upcoming family adventure Overnight. THR has gotten word that Steve Pink has signed on to direct Overnight, which is being described as Home Alone set in an Fao Schwarz-esque toy store. My first thought on hearing this news was, "Wait, wasn't that the plot of Home Alone 2?" But while that much-loved sequel did involve a toy store (Duncan's Toy Chest to be precise), that setting was not where »
He’s better known for raunchier comedies such as Hot Tub Time Machine and this year’s remake of About Last Night, but Steve Pink is taking a stab at family adventure for his next trick. He’s on board to make Overnight for Disney.The film, which has bounced from Sony to the Mouse House in its development life, is described as “Home Alone in a toy store” with that quick pitch opening up to reveal the tale of a divorced father and his son winning a competition to spend the night in a brand new, chock-full toy store. Unfortunately for them, their visit coincides with the very night that thieves decide to break in. And even as he's trying to thwart the criminals, the dad has to salvage his fracturing relationship with his sprog. So… Yeah. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York in another toy store, then? »
Despite being fortunate enough to be raised on a healthy diet of horror, I can’t deny the fact I was born in 1990. I was born long after our most beloved genre actors got their start and made their mark in horror, and there are plenty of horror icons that I didn’t first see in their iconic roles. Tony Todd, Bruce Campbell, and Jamie Lee Curtis were three actors I was fortunate enough to see in their career changing roles. However, I know a good amount of horror icons from films they probably wish they could expunge from their resumes.
Horror Icon: Lance Henriksen
Role I Know: Kerchak from Disney’s Tarzan
- BJ Colangelo
This last week was crazy crowded with postings between the Tribeca Film Festival, the Mean Girls 10th Anniversary and regular blog bits. We managed to review (gulp) 40 festival movies and with all the Mean Girls quoting online. Mean Girls was so dominant that it reignited talk of doing a stage musical version. Surely your eyes and ears glazed over; that was a lot of Tribeca and North Shore High to imbibe. But let's make it simpler for you with five takeaway posts you shouldn't have missed...
Actress a new doc with the most appealing title imaginable ;) kicked off our Hot Docs coverage
Pocahontas Again in which I try to purge myself of "the Cymbeline of Disney Animation" from my system. (I'm addicted on Netflix Instant Watch »
- NATHANIEL R
waterworks each weeknight at 11 as we turn on the cinematic shower. Here's Andrew Kendall on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
No, it’s not December, but I'm taking a trip down memory lane to ubiqutious Christmas film. The Macaulay Culkin Home Alone films were ubiqutious during my childhood and I was obsessed with them. Kevin McCallister is just the kind of precocious child that children would be enamoured with. And, still, for all the obsession for some odd reason I never saw the first five minutes of the New York based sequel until a few years ago, which robbed me of some essential information regarding one of two important showers in it. As the family prepares to go out to a Christmas shower Kevin laments that his Uncle Frank is keeping him from getting dressed.
“My tie’s in the bathroom. I can’t go in there ‘cause »
- Andrew Kendall
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
Today, BBC relayed news of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, currently titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them...
"Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara persuaded author Rowling to adapt the book for the big screen. Last week, he told the New York Times there would be a trilogy of films based on the book, which follows a "magizoologist" named Newt Scamander. Scamander is the author of a guide to magical creatures. Set in New York, the book is neither a sequel nor a prequel, but an "extension" of Harry Potter's "wizarding world", Rowling said."
Read the full article here and our report here.
After viewing footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Monday, the scale of these cinematic universes has dominated my mind. The four comic-book worlds between the X-Men, The Avengers, Justice League and Spider-Man is simply mind-boggling. In a few years, »
- Gary Collinson
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
Though both 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad mostly failed to impress audiences and critics, director Ruben Fleischer is pressing on with a new project at Disney. Still riding the wave of his success with Zombieland, the filmmaker is headed into more family friendly territory with Overnight, a film from Original Film producer Neal Moritz (21 Jump Street), which Variety simply describes as Home Alone in a toy store. But rather than focusing on just a kid, this time it's a father and son who win the chance to sleepover in some sort of amazing toy store. But it just so happens to be the night some guys try to rob it. We already saw a bit of toy store heist action in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York when The Sticky Bandits tried to rob Duncan's Toy Chest (five floors of cash), but we're betting the toy store in »
- Ethan Anderton
Feature Simon Brew 25 Feb 2014 - 06:36
Further Warning: Bone Alone is not an adult film.
Just a few short weeks ago, this site - along with a few others - received a letter from lawyers purportedly acting for 20th Century Fox, claiming that we'd infringed copyright by posting a what-had-been-debunked synopsis for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
At the time, I thought that its legal hounds had been a bit over the top. But then I was casually browsing through W H Smith (Halesowen branch) a week or two back, and I saw this...
10 items from 2014
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