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How many of these madcap cartoon series do you remember?
Check out this amazing concept art for the abandoned Jurassic Park animation
Back to the Future is generally considered a perfect movie trilogy, so did we really need the further adventures of Doc Brown and his family in cartoon form? Christopher Lloyd actually appeared in this series in live-action interstitials, but the animated Doc was voiced by Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta.
2. Mighty Ducks
Remember those films about the cute outcast kids who Emilio Estevez coaches into champion hockey players? How much better would it have been if they were actual ducks? Alien ducks? It made sense to someone.
The gem in the cartoon adaptation crown, »
What's the only thing worse than a sequel? The only prospect worse than paying £10 at your local cinema to have your favourite movie ruined, forever. The answer has three words. Straight-to-video.
In the '90s, home release sequels became fairly common. You'd greet them with surprise at your local Blockbusters and then want to pull your eyeballs out when you took them home and watched them. They're probably called straight-to-dvd or straight-to-Blu-ray now, but they still exist.
With the announcement that Dolph Lundgren will be starring in Kindergarten Cop 2 (because of course), here are 21 absolute stinking sequels - the vast majority of which weren't even considered good enough for the cinema. How many of them have you watched?
2. American Pie Presents: Beta House
Maybe it's the Eugene Levy factor - just why did he keep starring in all the sequels?! - but we have weird »
“Where’s your spirit of adventure?” asks Drax, the film's villain, before setting off in search of the final skull of Touganda. This sums up The Phantom nicely. It might not work, but they went on an adventure and tried something interesting and different. Cinema would be richer with a greater sense of adventure. That said, the spirit of the film being expressed by the villain does serve as an example of what a muddle the team behind The Phantom movie got themselves into.
The 1996 film The Phantom is a bit of an oddity. It gets a lot of stuff really wrong, yet there are other areas where it comes up with a really interesting approach to the challenge of making a comic adaptation. It »
Our latest letters page, where we chat about Ted 2's trailer, the lack of Yonderland, and getting a job here.
Our monthly letters page returns! This is our outmoded, outdated and yet thoroughly regular bit of the site where you write to us, and we reply. Who needs comments, right? Ahem.
Find details of how to contribute below. And in the meantime here's the new round-up of your correspondence...
Your site is often the only place on the internet for both [redacated] geeky news, reviews and an [redacted] community. So imagine my surprise when, on Tuesday morning, I failed to find a review on Sky 1's great Yonderland. Just wondering, do you guys watch the show and, if you do, what do you think of it?
Don't take this the wrong way, I still [more nice comments about website redacted, as we're still shy]!
Louisa writes: We're big fans of Horrible Histories and the Yonderland gang »
Depending on how far into season three of Orange Is the New Black you are, you may have recognized the actress who plays Lolly. Her name is Lori Petty, and though she briefly appeared in season two, she has a much more prominent role this season. She's familiar because she's been in a ton of movies since the early '90s, including Point Break, Free Willy, and In the Army Now, but those weren't even her biggest roles. You've very likely seen her in one of the two movies here. Take a look - it might blow your mind. »
Chicago – Lori Petty will never be predictable, nor put into some show business box. The free-wheelin’ Ms. P applies her expansive performance skills to the role of Lolly – a guest spot that turned into a recurring character – on Netflix’s hot series “Orange is the New Black,” which released its third season on June 12th, 2015.
Lori Petty has gone through several show business lives. She began her career in the late 1980s, and established herself in popular films like “Point Break,” “A League of Their Own” – she wears a Rockford Peaches hat in Joe Arce’s Exclusive Portrait that accompanies this interview – and “Free Willy.” She readjusted her image from ingenue to badass in “Tank Girl,” and has gone on to character roles that exemplify that image. She even directed the film, “The Poker House” (2008), that featured the movie debut of Jennifer Lawrence.
Lori Petty at the Chicago Edition of ‘The Hollywood Show, »
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Did you feel that? No, it wasn't an earthquake. It was Shaquille O'Neal hitting the floor. The 7-foot-3 former basketball star got himself tangled up while appearing on TNT's Inside the NBA tonight during the halftime telecast of the Rockets vs. Clippers game—and in turn, we witnessed the huge celeb experience a hard, hilarious and unforgettable fall to the ground. The pro athlete decided to jump out of his seat to try and beat his co-host Kenny Smith to the Halftime Report signage, but instead, took one step and ended up leaping into the air Free Willy style before ultimately crashing down onto the floor with his shoe flying off and cords around his ankle. A computer »
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
The following equation recently appeared on a standardized math test for third graders, thanks to the Common Core State Standards Initiative:
American Idol selected 48 Season 14 contestants to perform at a showcase at Los Angeles’ House of Blues — with the goal of having its three judges (and a team of no fewer than 37 producers) whittle the field down to 24 vocalists who’ll compete for the public vote. If the final roster of contestants must be split evenly by gender — and 12 hopefuls were shown advancing on Wednesday night’s telecast, then who’s likeliest to advance in the night’s final battle: »
Michael Ironside is one of the most recognized faces among genre fans. He’s become known as the fearsome baddie who gives everyone’s hero a run for their money. Among his 229 film credits, many of those include appearances in sci-fi and horror productions like Scanners, Total Recall, Highlander II: The Quickening, Terminator Salvation, and many more.
The Canada-born actor has also racked up a number of roles in mainstream Hollywood fare. He starred in Top Gun, The Next Karate Kid, Free Willy, and others. His many appearances on television include, ER, The A-Team, V, SeaQuest 2032, Vegas, Community, and many more.
One of Ironside’s latest projects was an apocalyptic sci-fi gore fest entitled Turbo Kid. He plays the sadistic and self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland named Zeus. The movie revolves around the Kid, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books that must face his fears and become »
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10 items from 2015
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