12 items from 2013
Over the course of his 35-year career, Robin Williams has been loathed by audiences about as often as he's been loved by them. For every Dead Poets Society and The Birdcage, there's been a Jack and a Toys. He's in our good graces again now with the TV series The Crazy Ones (ceaseless patter consisting of random vocal impersonations will never go out of style), just in time for the 20th anniversary of his biggest hit: Mrs. Doubtfire. Yes, it's been 20 years since Thanksgiving 1993, that fabled week when Doubtfire Fever took hold on America. Twenty years! If Mrs. Doubtfire were a real person, she would almost certainly be dead now. And if you saw Mrs. Doubtfire in theaters, You're Old®. Mrs. Doubtfire was a smash hit, the number-two film of...
- Eric D. Snider
Chicago – Veteran actor Bruce Dern is now up to bat. That is how he describes what is at stake in his role as Woody in director Alexander Payne’s new film, “Nebraska.” But this film icon – with an over 50 year career – also has plenty other stories to offer, regarding Jack Nicholson, his family, his life and performing a “Derns-ser.”
Bruce Dern began his on-screen career in TV beginning in 1960, taking various character parts during that era, with regular cowboy roles in “Wagon Train,” “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley.” He made his film debut in the horror classic “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” (1964), and created memorable characters in such diverse films as “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They” (1969), “Drive, He Said” (1971), “The Great Gatsby” (1974), “Smile” (1975) and “Family Plot” (1976). Recent films include roles in “Monster” (2003), “The Astronaut Farmer” (2006) and as Frank Harlow in the HBO series “Big Love” (2006-11). He was nominated »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Feature Simon Brew 19 Nov 2013 - 06:40
Just a silly comedy? There might be more to Mrs Doubtfire than it's given credit for...
This article contains spoilers for Mrs Doubtfire.
If you dig through the box office takings for the films of Robin Williams, then - taking aside his supporting performance in Night At The Museum - his most lucrative film at the Us box office remains 1993's Mrs Doubtfire. Inflation-adjusted, it tops the list.
The film was released in the aftermath of Disney's record-breaking Aladdin (and followed the fascinatingly flawed Toys), and in the years that followed, Williams would enjoy a bunch of further hits, including the likes of Jumanji, The Birdcage (two films that, fact-fans, passed $100m at the Us box office on the same weekend), Patch Adams and Flubber. He'd nab an Oscar in the midst of that run for Good Will Hunting, too. This was Robin Williams »
Feature Ryan Lambie 9 Sep 2013 - 05:56
The first trailer for the RoboCop remake landed last week, so what have we learned from it? We take a closer look...
Among the many behind-the-scenes stills from the 1987 RoboCop production, there's a picture of director Paul Verhoeven standing in front of the full-scale prop of Ed-209. He's attempting to get across to his cast the menace of this static object - an object that, in the finished film, will be a machine-gunning, growling robot on the rampage. To do this, Verhoeven's flailing his arms and baring his teeth. His long hair's almost standing on end, like a cat in a temper.
This image, more than any other, sums up the febrile, manic energy this maverick filmmaker brought to RoboCop. It's a true masterpiece of 80s cinema, and every scene comes loaded with an almost palpable intensity. So when it was announced that a remake was on the way, »
Screen acting legend and Thn favourite Bill Murray is being lined up to star in Barry Levinson’s new film Rock The Kasbah, a project written by Mitch Glazer, who penned Murray’s brilliant retelling of the Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Scrooged, back in 1988.
According to Variety, the film ‘follows a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the Uso tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, whom he sneaks back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, “The Afghan Star,” Afghanistan’s equivalent of “American Idol.”’
Sounds like a perfect Murray fare, and Levinson has a superb history of work, including Rain Man, Bugsy and Sleepers. His more comedic efforts include Toys, Wag The Dog and Bandits, but he impressed more recently with The Bay, which found »
- Paul Heath
The studio has brokered deals with more than 100 partners to help hype the Sony Pictures Animation sequel, out July 31, with the companies said to be spending more than $150 million in marketing support around the film around the world. The figure is said to be triple what partners spent around the first film in 2011. The number of deals are double what it had for the first film, as well.
That’s not unusual, given that marketers often hold off on backing a film until they know it will be successful at the box office — even in the case of the Smurfs, who are well-know around the world. The first “Smurfs” earned $563 million. A third film already is planned for 2015, which will help the studio lock down additional licensing deals with toymakers and other partners given the long lead time. »
- Marc Graser
With the third series of The Walking Dead Minimates arriving June 12th (some have already been spotted at Toys "R" Us), Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum have put together a short film starring all of the Twd Minimates to date.
While the below short is pretty awesome, be warned that it's not for the faint of heart!
With photography and editing by Alex Kropinak (Marvel's What the...?!), a voiceover by Chris Ward (the band Acorns to Oaks) and music by Matt Takacs, the film draws on Rick's famous speech from the prison arc of the groundbreaking comic book, setting it to some of the most horrifying Minimates images you have ever seen.
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- The Woman In Black
The Toy Story gang is coming to TV in a new 30-minute Halloween special on ABC this October. Toy Story of Terror will reunite the original voice cast including Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz. We have your first look at these two best friends, along with their pal Jesse, voiced by Joan Cusack, as they try to locate a missing friend in a creepy old motel.
Pixar brings all of their Toys back to life in Toy Story of Terror this October on ABC. The gang takes a road trip to Bonnie's grandmother's house, but a flat tire means they'll have to spend the night in a creepy motel.
Returning are Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) and Rex (Wallace Shawn). Jessie (Joan Cusack) will have a more prominent role in the special, while Toy Story 3's Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton »
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 »
This week: Wreck-It Ralph wonders where his Oscar is, Barry Levinson makes a scarier movie than Toys, and Red Dawn gets a ridiculous rermake. ►The consensus after last week's Oscars is that Wreck-it Ralph wuz robbed. And while there's no shame in losing to Pixar, the fact it was favoured to win against a top tier Pixar flick speaks plenty about its merits: This nostalgic and emotional tribute to video games stood out from a lot of mediocre animation last »
- John Law
What is Casting Couch? It’s a thing on the Internet that’s primarily concerned with which actors are going to be in what movies. Today it includes news regarding attractive folk like Colin Farrell and Lily Collins. For the last decade or so, Johnny Depp has largely been occupied with wearing makeup and putting on silly wigs, but once upon a time he used to play actual human beings in movies like Donnie Brasco and whatnot, and while it didn’t afford him the opportunity to use nearly as many crazy voices, things weren’t so bad. Things were so decent, in fact, that Cross Creek Pictures has announced [via ComingSoon] that they’ve cast Depp in another gangster story that’s based on real life events, just for old times’ sake. Depp will be playing infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in director Barry Levinson’s (Toys, Jimmy Hollywood) new film Black Mass. Bulger »
- Nathan Adams
Let's start this by asking, who hought selling "Django Unchained" action figures would be a good idea in the first place? Whoever it was, he or she certainly put into motion one of the more cantankerous movie stories of the month ... and "Zero Dark Thirty" caused actual protests, for crying out loud.
The Weinstein Company, in response to pressure from civil rights advocacy groups, recently directed Neca Toys, which had been licensed to produce and distribute the "Django" dolls, to discontinue the line and pull the dolls from shelves. The toys were seen as totally distasteful, because there's just something not right about kids playing with slave and slave owner action figures.
In a statement, the company said that like the Rated R film itself, the action figures were not meant for consumers below the age of seventeen.
They added, "We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was »
- Amanda Bell
12 items from 2013
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