11 items from 2013
I have never understood why so many people are utterly terrified of rats. They’re just little furry dudes going about their business. They’re a thousand nautical miles or more from something actually dangerous like a scorpion or a cobra, far closer in fact to a fluffy hamster or a chubby old guinea pig. Think about how the rats feel, being greeted with undeserved screaming and hostility whenever they leave their homes. The poor things.
Anyway, there’s a load of rats in the new teaser for upcoming vampire horror television series The Strain, based on the novel of the same name penned by Chuck Hogan and the legendary Guillermo del Toro (director of Pan’S Labyrinth, Hellboy and Pacific Rim). The 30-second clip, aired during The Walking Dead‘s mid-season finale, shows a number of the fuzzy critters scurrying around. Between the two shots, something very small quickly flashes up on the screen. »
- Tom Durbin
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 »
Fans of James Dashner’s book The Maze Runner will have been waiting for this casting for a while, and I won’t spoil those of you who haven’t read it, but having this Oscar nominee and Emmy winner join the group is really exciting. Meet Ava Paige!
Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island, The Green Mile, Jumanji) will be playing the most interesting adult you’ll meet in The Maze Runner. That’s all you’ll get out of me! Here’s the announcement as tweeted by book author James Dashner.
— jamesdashner (@jamesdashner) June 18, 2013
- Jess Orso
The venerable Patricia Clarkson (who’s esteemed resume includes The Untouchables, Jumanji, The East, Easy A, The Green Mile, Frasier, Six Feet Under and The Station Agent) has been added to The Maze Runner, the adaptation of the bestselling Ya sci-fi novel from James Dasher (who sounds fit to run the maze himself).
Clarkson will play “Chancellor Ava Paige, the highest ranking member of the organization trying to test children to find the strongest, most intelligent warriors.” The Maze Runner is like Lost, Lord Of The Flies and Hunger Games combined as kids with no recollection of how they got there, struggle to reach the end of a puzzling labyrinth.
The film is set to be directed by first timer Wes Ball and features a youthful cast that also includes Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Aml Ameen, Will Poulter and Blake Cooper. »
- Andy Greene
As I’ve stated in previous Fund This Film posts, one of the main benefits of crowdfunding is that it offers opportunity for projects that Hollywood literally rejects. Filmmakers like Alex Cox, Ralph Bakshi and even Zach Braff have hit Kickstarter because their visions and methods don’t fit the industry standards and preferences these days and no mainstream production and financial outlets are interested in their works as they’re intended. Similarly, with computer effects being the go-to norm in moviemaking now, people wishing to work with practical effects need to go to fans of such tactile techniques in order to pay for it. We’ve already seen a few campaigns highlighting old school movie magic, including Cox’s effort, and now there’s one from animatronic and makeup wizards Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. If you’re not familiar with those guys by name, you know the creatures and other stuff they’ve done »
- Christopher Campbell
Alec Gillis, the man who’s worked his practical FX wizardry on the Alien franchise, Starship Troopers, The Monster Squad, Tremors, Death Becomes Her, Cocoon, Jumanji and the upcoming Ender’S Game, is putting together his own project. Let me introduce you to Harbinger Down, a movie with Only practical animatronic and makeup effects, using Alien and John Carpenter’s The Thing as its inspiration. There also may be some stop-motion in honor of the late, great Ray Harryhausen. That’s not all: genre fave Lance Henriksen is committed to star in Harbinger Down.
Amalgamated Dynamics will be creating the Creature Effects for the film, with co-founder Tom Woodruff Jr. acting as producer on the project. Below you will find the synopsis and some concept art for the film. If you want to support the making of this movie, check out its Kickstarter page, with goodies attached to any donations of $10 or more. »
- Andy Greene
“The whole thing is irredeemably dreadful” cries the Guardian. “It’s a shamelessly broad, deliberately lowest-common-denominator sitcom” it continues, barely unable to contain their vitriolic anger. “It should be thrown on a pile of dung and set ablaze with a thousand gypsy women dancing and singing folk songs of yore around it” it doesn’t add. But it should. Then again that’s probably why I don’t write for the Guardian. And what is the target of this focused fury and bile?
I do think it’s pretty funny that we live in a society where unbridled anger can be unleashed so masterfully at a mass market sitcom. But it is anger from a place of regret at what this once dynamic comic has become. This man who was once the staple of 80’s political satire is now reduced to BBC »
- Sean Keating
For many families, the next two weeks signal Spring Break, which means you're either lucky enough to go on vacation or -- if you're like my husband and me -- you're trying to entertain your brood with a combination of movies, day trips, play dates, and an overnight mini holiday you stumbled across on Groupon last week. Regardless of how you spend Spring Break, one thing's for sure: Your kids will want more screen time than usual. So here are some short and sweet suggestions for family movie watching -- especially if you're roadtripping and need a break from the constant calls of "Are we there yet?" Happy Spring! G Pick - Sister Power: "Secret of the Wings" (2012, 75 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: Although parents might assume that Tinker Bell only appeals to girls, little boys will also enjoy this story about Tink and her long-lost fairy »
- Sandie Chen
Back in 1994, 12-year-old Kirsten Dunst starred in "Interview with the Vampire," along with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. In a new interview with Bullet magazine, the actress said that lots of people ask her what it was like to kiss Pitt. "I remember Brad would watch lots of 'Real World' episodes," she said. "He had this long hair. He was just a hippie, cool dude. Everyone at the time was like, 'You're so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,' but I thought it was disgusting. I didn't kiss anyone else until I was 16, I think. I was a late bloomer." Before "Interview with the Vampire," Dunst was already working in the industry for five years, but was mostly unknown. She then immediately got roles in "Little Women" and "Jumanji," and eventually appeared in the "Spider-Man" trilogy. »
Entertainment Weekly reports that a Boba Fett movie and a spin-off involving a young Han Solo will be the focus of the two Star Wars stand-alone spin-offs that Walt Disney Pictures confirmed were happening on Tuesday.
The Boba Fett movie will be set between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strike Back and would follow the intergalactic bounty hunter, probably (and this is speculation on our part) on a mission for Jabba The Hutt.
The Han Solo movie takes place in the time between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy and will require a brand new actor to step into the shoes of the loveable renegade pilot. It may or may not be based on an early Star Wars novel, 1979′s “Han Solo at Star’s End,” set two years before the events of the 1977 film.
No more specific plot details have been released yet or »
- Matt Holmes
I was a little disappointed when I heard that J.J. Abrams was directing Star Wars Episode VII. And while some of my disappoint came from the sake of Star Trek 3, I was more disappointed that Disney didn't take the path of Joe Johnston. First off, Johnston has worked on all three of the original Star Wars films, as the art director and effects producer. Not only that, but he worked on The Ewok Adventure, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, and Star Wars: Droids. He knows Star Wars backwards and forwards. And even more importantly, he knows the creatures of Star Wars backwards and forwards. This brings me to another point: He knows his way around visuals. He made Captain America: The First Avenger, which was was set in the 40s, still look good visually. He also made Jumanji and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III, »
11 items from 2013
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