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Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Jamie Foxx is a man of many talents! We already know the "Django Unchained" star has an amazing set of pipes, but it turns out, he is quite the celebrity impersonator too. The 47-year-old actor stopped by "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday to play the host's ever popular "Wheel Of Musical Impressions" game -- and he shocked the audience with his skills! First, the multi-talented star did a rendition of "The Lion King's" "Hakuna Matata" as Mick Jagger, but it was his second impression that took the cake. After Fallon performed "I Love You, You Love Me" as Barry Gibb from the BeeGees, the "Gold Digger" crooner tackled the "Toys R Us" jingle as John Legend! We have to admit his impression of the "All Of Me" singer is spot on -- we wonder what Legend thinks?! As if that wasn't enough, Jamie completely stole the »
- tooFab Staff
The late-night talk show's game has Fallon and his guest hitting a button to get a random pairing of a famous singer with a jingle, TV show theme or children's song. Foxx started off the game by singing The Lion King's "Hakuna Matata" in the style of Mick Jagger, strutting across the stage and perfectly imitating the Rolling Stones' singer's flamboyant swagger. »
Jamie Foxx has some mad singing skills! And moves like Jagger. The 47-year-old actor showcased several impressions of top music artists on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, channeling the likes of Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Mick Jagger while playing "Wheel of Musical Impressions" with host Jimmy Fallon. First, he did his best impersonation of the Rolling Stones frontman singing "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King. He then turned on the romance with a smooth, rather nonchalant impression of Legend singing...the Toys"R"Us jingle. Now, the question is, will Legend reciprocate? But it was Foxx's rendition of Hudson belting out a »
John Lasseter talked about the upcoming slate of Disney/Pixar animated films during an extremely detailed two-hour presentation at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday morning.
The chief creative officer unveiled new clips and plot lines of such titles as Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” and Disney’s “Moana” about a Polynesian princess. Lasseter noted how Pixar will release two movies in the same year for the very first time: “Inside Out,” which premiered at Cannes earlier this week out-of-competition, and “The Good Dinosaur,” which has a Thanksgiving release date.
He also declared that Disney Animation had bounced back, thanks to the success of the juggernaut “Frozen” and the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6,” saying that the studio had previously suffered from low morale. “It was quite broken when they came in,” Lasseter said about the business 10 years ago. He told his staff: “What would heal them »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major British stage star Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Born on May 15, 1910, actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned about six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., would have turned 105 this year. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at Rko or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or – more frequently – on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received stage performances – is all but forgotten. »
- Andre Soares
To quote the late*, great Rafiki: “The king has returned.”
VideosExclusive Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Promo: Charles’ Twisted Game Turns Deadly
Here’s Valentine’s official description, courtesy of ABC Family:
Brilliant, cunning, and dangerously handsome, Valentine is a mysterious Shadowhunter wielding immense power. His stoic, charming, and confident presence allows him control over his many followers. To seek out what he wants, Valentine executes anyone in his way, never thinking twice about it. »
If you've ever tried to sing along to your favorite Disney films, whether it be The Lion King or Frozen, and had no idea what the lyrics were, you're not alone. YouTube user pleated-jeans created a mashup of all the best misheard lyrics from Disney favorites such as Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and Tangled, and they're all equally hilarious. Before you start singing "The Circle of Life," listen to the misheard lyrics above, and then watch the real video, because we guarantee you will hear the lines "Penguin llama, Penguin I'm a buy ya." We figured it all out! »
Salim-Sulaiman are the famed sibling composer team, who have spawned some of Bollywood's iconic hits and are today two of the industry's most prolific music directors.
The sons of composer Sadruddin Merchant, a veteran of the Telugu film industry in South India, their prize pedigree in music is indubitable. After cornering the jingles market, Bollywood came to them, with director Sanjay Gupta enlisting the young talents to score the music for the 1997 Kajol and Saif Ali Khan starrer Hameshaa.
They went on to create timeless hits for countless films including Madhur Bhandarker's Fashion and Shah Rukh Khan's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi as well as producing albums for the likes of Adnan Sami, Voodoo Rapper, Style Bhai and Shweta Shetty.
With their reputation for musicianship, they have also both been enlisted as judges on TV music shows, with Salim invited to take on the coveted role as a judge »
Here's the official USA release trailer for Salma Hayek's adaptation of Khalil Gibran’s "The Prophet" - an animated feature for the big screen, co-produced with Doha Film Institute and Participant Media. Each of the chapters in the literary work was directed by a different filmmaker, including: Animation director Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), in charge of the through-line narrative, while individual chapters were handled by filmmakers like Tomm Moore ("The Secret Of Kells"), Joan Gratz ("Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"), Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your »
- Tambay A. Obenson
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Read More: Salma Hayek's Animated Passion Project 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' Acquired by Gkids "The Prophet" by Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular pieces of poetry in the world. Now, the animators behind such masterpieces as "The Lion King," "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea" have brought the story to animated life, and Gkids, the film's distributor, has just debuted a stunning new U.S. trailer. Produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The script was written by Roger Allers ("The Lion King") and blends together individual sequences based on Gibrain's poems. Each segment is animated by a different filmmaker, including Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells," "Song of the Sea"), Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") »
- Casey Cipriani
Translated into over 40 languages, never spending a moment out of print, and selling over 100 million copies worldwide, it was probably inevitable that someone would bring Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" to the big screen. And indeed, it has been given the animated treatment and today the first U.S. trailer for the movie has arrived. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For Kahlil Gibran's Animated 'The Prophet' Helmed by "The Lion King" director Roger Allers, the picture features animated sequences by Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, and more; the all-star voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina; and music by Yo-Yo Ma, Damien Rice, and Glen Hansard — this production hasn't missed a note in trying to bring the best to the table. Here's the official synopsis: Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chicago – Friday, May 1st, kicks off one of 2015 Chicago’s most special events, the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The place to be is at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, and the titles included are an exciting batch of movies making their premiere here.
Many of the films had their world premiere at festivals like Sundance, Toronto and South X Southwest, and HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the kick-off weekend. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
Be sure to check back with HollywoodChicago.com on Monday, when we finish our preview of the festival by looking ahead to the weekday schedule, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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.
Chicago – Exclusive! Free festival 7-packs! In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of guaranteed festival 7-packs up for grabs to the third-annual Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre from the Chicago Film Critics Association!
The festival runs from Friday, May 1 to Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre. The festival will premiere more than two dozen films to Chicago that are hand-selected by Chicago critics. The films, which include the latest works from Joe Swanberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Andrew Bujalski, James Ponsoldt, Francois Ozon and many more, are recent film festival hits from Sundance, South by Southwest, Cannes, Venice and Toronto and more. The full 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival schedule can be found here. Read a preview of the festival here.
Each HollywoodChicago.com winner will win Two festival 7-packs of guaranteed tickets to experience the following Chicago premieres at the times and dates below »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The nine-part feature, penned and helmed by Roger Allers (“The Lion King”), is inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece. The segments are directed by Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Mohammed Harib, respectively.
Set on the imaginary island of Orphalese, “The Prophet” centers around the unlikely friendship between Almitra, a mischievous and mute 8-year-old girl, and Mustafa, a political prisoner under house arrest.
“‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran has been read by more than 120 million people in the world without being adapted. It was therefore a challenge for me to adapt it into… an animated series. That’s why I enlisted nine of the best animation directors (Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Are you ready for an explosion of '90s nostalgia? Musicians Todrick Hall and Shoshana Bean covered classic songs from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin - with an R&B spin. Their voices are magical together, and the songs are seamlessly blended together. We're even digging the '90s-updated clothes! Check out the video above to hear "A Whole New World," "Part of Your World," and "Tale as Old as Time," and if you want more, watch Hall in his Disney version of the "Cell Block Tango." »
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
It’s still baffling to me that a film franchise that began in 2001 with a fairly forgettable movie about cars is now seven films deep and stronger than ever. Not only that, but its latest installment—Furious 7—is one of the highest grossing films of all time. And it’s only been in theaters for 17 days. Universal Pictures announced today that with Friday’s grosses included, director James Wan’s Los Angeles-centric sequel will cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. It is now the fastest film to ever achieve that benchmark, as well as Universal’s first movie to ever reach $1 billion in initial release. Those are some crazy statistics. I thought it was a mostly Ok movie; it’s better than the forgettable Fast & Furious 6 but not as fun as Fast Five, though given the circumstances it's a miracle it works this well, and »
- Adam Chitwood
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