14 items from 2010
Burbank, CA – (December 21, 2010) – Mystical moonstones, creepy creatures and unlikely romances are on the docket for Mystery Inc. in Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, an all-new, live action movie featuring an exclusive extended cut of the film with never-before-seen music sequences coming to Blu-Ray™ and DVD March 1, 2011 from Warner Premiere and Cartoon Network. A follow-up to its smash-hit predecessor Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster will be available from Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and single disc DVD. Order due date is January 25, 2011. The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster finds the Mystery Inc. gang heading toward summer jobs at a country club owned by Daphne’s uncle, »
- Robert Greenberger
Scooby-Doo holds a special place in the heart of anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s. Whether it was one of your top Saturday morning cartoon contenders or the last-ditch option when the ones you liked ended, everyone and their grandmother has seen at least one episode of this Hanna Barbera classic. Now, after quite a few season releases and plenty of single-disc 4-episode samplers, Warner Brothers has seen fit to give us a complete series set, and they’ve had the brilliant sense to box it in a semi-functional replica of the gang’s Mystery Machine. You can’t argue with the packaging, so really the only criticisms to be leveled at the series are for the preservation of the colors, the animation, and the show formula itself.
If you’ve never seen and episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! before, consider this next paragraph to be »
- Lex Walker
Part II: The Producers Take Back The Reins
By the late 1970s, the tremendous creative license the major studios under a new generation of production chiefs had granted the young tyros of the 1960s – Coppola, Scorsese, et al – had expired as each managed to deliver at least one, major, back-breaking flop. For Scorsese, it had been the grim musical New York, New York (1977, $13.8 million U.S. vs. a budget of $14 million); Peter Bogdanovich turned out a streak of losers including period piece Daisy Miller (1974), comedy Nickelodeon (1976), and another disastrous musical, At Long Last Love (1975, $1.5 million U.S./$6 million cost); after the back-to-back hits of The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin delivered Sorcerer (1977, $6 million U.S. against a crushing $22 million cost); and Francis Coppola, after a string of commercial and/or critical home runs including The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979), turned out One from the Heart »
- Bill Mesce
He’s not acted in a film for a long time, but we still can’t help celebrating the majesty of Mr Rick Moranis. And here, for your deliberation, are his ten finest movies…
Given that he went into retirement from acting back over a decade ago now, for personal reasons, it's perhaps not too surprising that Rick Moranis' back catalogue of movies isn't as bountiful as many of his contemporaries. Yet, Moranis certainly knew how to make a comedy mark (although, as we'll discover, there's more to the man than that). And while the 10 films we're going to talk about here are of mixed quality, the common feature is that Moranis delivers a performance that tends to stand out.
I should note from the outset, incidentally, that we're not going anywhere near the risible movie of The Flintstones here. But that's just common sense for all concerned.
Starring alongside Chan is Amber Valletta (Hitch, Gamer), Katherine Boecher (Mad Men, Heroes), Billy Ray Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Aaron Shiver (Hamlet 2), George Lopez (Valentine's Day, Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and Magnús Scheving (Sportacus in Lazy Town).
While baby-sitting his girlfriend's three children, former secret agent Bob (Chan) is forced out of retirement when one of the kids accesses top secret information that places them all in danger.
But before he can take on the bad guys, he has to get three unruly youngsters to behave. Bob has to achieve the seemingly impossible without revealing his secret identity.
Directed by Brian Levant (Are We There Yet? »
- David Bentley
Production powerhouse Reveille is getting into the TV animation business.
The producer of such shows as NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and Fox's upcoming "MasterChef" is partnering with former Hanna-Barbera executives to create family-friendly animated projects for networks and the Web.
Reveille has entered into a first-look deal with Mechem Media, a company founded by Charles Mechem Jr. (a former CEO of previous Hanna-Barbera owner Taft Broadcasting). The company also includes Neal Barbera (son of Joe Barbera) as a senior writer-producer and several other former Hanna-Barbera executives and writers.
First on the slate is a comedy titled "The Gloomers," about the unluckiest family in the world who happen to live next door to the luckiest family in the world. The company will pitch the series »
- By James Hibberd
Shortly after the official announcement that Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Don Mischer would produce the 2011 Oscars, rumor leaked that the Academy was considering moving the awards ceremony to January. The events have never taken place prior to the last week of February (2009’s February 22nd airdate was the earliest), but the Academy Board of Governors may want to challenge the Golden Globes as January’s premiere awards ceremony, as well as get the jump on the SAG Awards (January 30th) and the BAFTAs (February 13). More after the jump:
Such a move would significantly compact awards season in limiting the window for voters to view such late December contenders as the Coen brothers’ True Grit, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, and Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine. To combat this, a January date may require earlier release of DVD screeners, which is problematic with regard to piracy.
There is also skepticism that »
- Brendan Bettinger
Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer Will produce the 83rd Academy Awards Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen and acclaimed television producer/director Don Mischer will produce the 83rd Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced this evening. Mischer will also serve as the telecast's director. This will be the first involvement with the Oscar telecast for both men, though the two worked together on the Academy's inaugural Governors Awards event in November of 2010.
"I'm absolutely ecstatic that Bruce and Don have accepted my invitation to produce and direct the 83rd Academy Awards telecast," said Sherak. "Their work in producing the Academy's inaugural Governors Awards was exceptional and I am confident they will bring their creative vision and extraordinary talent to produce/direct a most memorable Oscar show."
"I fell in love with the Oscars as an eight-year-old kid, the night my grandmothers let me »
In what quickly is becoming a tradition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is entrusting the Oscars to two producers, tapping Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer to guide the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
Given the job's ever-increasing demands, the Academy has used similar teams for the past two years, turning to Laurence Mark and Bill Condon for the 81st ceremony and Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman for the show in March.
Mischer also will direct the Oscarcast, set for Feb. 27 on ABC from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.
Mischer, a proven hand at producing and directing awards shows and live events, has 15 Emmys and 10 DGA awards on his mantle. This past awards season, he picked »
- By Gregg Kilday
Twin Peaks was a sensation from the moment it first aired… and still, 20 years later, the influence of David Lynch's groundbreaking series can be felt in TV drama, from The Sopranos through to Lost. Here we relive its surreal appeal and ask six veterans of the show for their memories
It's hard to recall now the excitement generated by David Lynch's Twin Peaks when it first aired on British television back in 1990. But it managed to make staying in seem urgent and exhilarating. There were Twin Peaks evenings, at which fans gathered in each other's houses to watch this revolutionary entertainment, a sort of surreal soap-cum-murder-mystery. Offices practically had to install water-coolers just so their staff could stand around them and speculate on who killed Laura Palmer. It was one of those moments when American popular culture reminded us just how cool it could be.
It also marked »
- Andrew Anthony
Sony had a problem when it released The Spy Next Door in UK cinemas last week. Given that most critics hated it, where could it find quotes for the poster? But then it had a plan…
When pretty much every critic in the civilised world hates your movie, finding a decent quote to stick on the press advertisements can prove to be quite a challenge. For Sony, it had a tougher assignment than most with its UK release of Jackie Chan vehicle The Spy Next Door, a film that it's fair to say is not in the Oscar running for next year.
Following its Us release earlier this year, it's sat with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of, er, 11%. The general consensus of critical opinion can be summed up with the following quotes:
* When even the out-take bloopers over the final credits are weak, you know you've got a pretty under-par »
Noted Hollywood script writer Steven de Souza will conduct a Master class in Script-writing on the 16th of March at Ficci Frames 2010. The Global Convention on the Business of Entertainment, Ficci Frames 2010 will be held at Hotel Renaissance, Powai from March 16-18.
Steven de Souza will also be a panelist in ‘The Screenplay: Indian Cinema's Missing Link’, a discussion on the screenplay industry in India and the impact of quality story-telling in films will take place on the 17th of March. This discussion will be moderated by Ben Rekhi, Writer, Director and Producer and the panel will comprise of Javed Akhtar, Noted lyricist, Poet & Scriptwriter, Kamlesh Pandey, Screenwriter, Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, Utv Motion pictures and Vijay Krishna Acharya, Screenwriter besides de Souza. This panel discussion will be followed by a Question and Answer session.
It's Eye Candy Weekend. 8 Days until Oscar!
Be great. Be beautiful. Ride a horse. Get married. Get divorced. Act like a total diva. Wear something spectacularly sexy, preferrably white. Make people want more.
Befriend Michael Jackson. Watch Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? again. Watch National Velvet. Watch A Place in the Sun. Be highly quotable. Get married. Flaunt every piece of jewelry you own. Donate to an AIDS charity. Nurse a sick friend. Get divorced. Show everyone your wicked sense of humor. Fall in love with Montgomery Clift in glorious black and white (any of his movies will do). Ask your best friend to refer to you as "Bessie Mae" for the rest of the day. Get married. Scream "I was the slut of all time!" at the top of your lungs. Survive the loss of someone you loved no matter how hard that is to do. Pretend you've won an Oscar. »
- NATHANIEL R
Coffee vs. Manowar? Whoop-doo!
Ripping into the chilly a.m. air, there are only two alternatives in shaking the nervous system awake. Caffeine and heavy metal. Nothing else will do the trick. But you must choose one. Manowar ride horses made of steel. Jaun Valdez rides a pack mule. Manowar fight off evil sorcerers with their guitars and drum sticks. Coffee burns the esophagus. Manowar is made of heroes who'll fight long into the night. Coffee is a perishable liquid that eventually drips from your urethra in shades of gold and green. Manowar will be around forever. On that note, Coffee will be too. Both have the ability to pep you up. And both can be quite tasty when given the right circumstances. But what do you get when you mix them both together?
Negropsy! Negropsy! The first and only Black Metal band from Oslo that is actually black. Consisting of four African-Norwegians, »
14 items from 2010
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