20 items from 2015
Stars: Samantha Eggar, Stuart Whitman, Roy Jenson, Lew Saunders, Narciso Busquets, José Chávez, Haji, Erika Carlsson, Whitey Hughes, Al Jones, George Soviak, Ted White | Written by Alfredo Zacarías, David Lee Fein, F. Amos Powell | Directed by Alfredo Zacarías
Samantha Eggar (The Brood) stars as Jennifer Baines a woman who is visiting her wealthy industrialist husband Mark (Roy Jenson, Soylent Green) in the small city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Mark is currently planning to reopen a mine which is is rich in silver. Unfortunately for him, his workforce is comprised of superstitious locals who refuse to go deep in to the mine. To prove everything is fine, Jennifer suggests that the pair go deep down in to the mine, but they get more than what they bargained for; a severed hand. “The Devil’s Hand” to be precise. With their workforce even more terrified, things surely can’t get any worse can they? »
- Mondo Squallido
Here's the first trailer for the animated feature based on the videogame Angry Birds...
The Angry Birds phenomenon may have peaked in videogame form (although it's still popular), but Sony will nonetheless hope there's enough enthusiasm for the property to make its Angry Birds movie a hit.
The animated venture is arriving in cinemas in May 2016, and directing this one are Clay Kaytis (who's worked on Disney films from Pocahontas through to Frozen) and Fergal Reilly (whose credits include storyboard work on Spider-Man 2, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and The Iron Giant). Both are making their directorial debuts with the feature.
The first trailer for the movie has now landed, and here's a flavour as to what treats await next spring...
Here's the poster for the film too. »
Disney is bringing their treasure trove of their short films from the last deacde and a half to blu-ray/DVD for you and your family to enjoy together in one complete set. Come inside to learn more about the shorts being collected!
With each new release, Disney continues their tradition of having a short animated film play before their movies, and now they're brining all of their latest (including this year's Frozen Fever) together in one collection on Blu-Ray/DVD...and it's available Now!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes an extraordinary new collection of award-winning and beloved short films featuring the never-before-released Frozen Fever, starring Frozen's Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff, and the Oscar®-nominated Lorenzo. The Short Films Collection features contemporary shorts starring classic characters, including the 2012 groundbreaking Mickey Mouse cartoon, Get A Horse!, holiday treats like Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa as well as hailed Oscar® winners Paperman and Feast. »
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All in the family! Chris Buck, the filmmaker behind some of Disney's biggest hits, including Pocahontas and Frozen, revealed an amazing connection between a few of his most beloved characters in a new interview. Buck, who co-directed Frozen, weighed in on some Disney conspiracy theories in a chat with MTV News. The filmmaker first teased a connection between Frozen's Anna and Elsa and Tarzan's namesake character in an Ama session with his colleagues on Reddit last year. A Frozen fan asked about the movie's King and Queen of [...] »
Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart. »
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This video clip is definitely giving us flashback memories of watching Disney VHS tapes when we were children! In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Disney classic Pocahontas, Judy Kuhn, who was Pocahontas' singing voice in the '90s flick, is remixing the movie's theme song "Colors of the Wind." The awesome video starts out with the message, "To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney's Pocahontas, Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori and star Judy Kuhn (the original singing voice of Pocahontas) have some fun with 'Colors of the Wind.'" Tesori plays the piano while Kuhn sits next to her and belts out the classic jam. But this version isn't exactly like the »
Legendary Disney animator Glen Keane may be best known for classics like “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and “Pocahontas.” But at Google’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco Friday, Keane showed that he’s quite fascinated by new technologies, and the potential they have for storytelling.
Keane was invited to the conference because he collaborated with Google’s Atap research unit on a spherical animated short film called “Duet” that is only available on mobile phones, where users can freely explore the story by moving the device around to pan across the animation.
Keane said that this technology brings the viewer much closer to the way he experiences his own work. “I don’t draw to do a drawing, I draw to step into an imaginary world,” Keane said during a panel, adding that he immerses himself so much into his work that he begins to talk to his characters. »
- Janko Roettgers
It seems that even the voice of Pocahontas herself cannot paint with all the colors of the wind. Actress Judy Kuhn, who sang Pocahontas' songs in the character's namesake Disney animated feature, recently sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly and came clean about certain lyrics in the movie. Kuhn, 57, is currently starring in Broadway's Fun Home, but still counts 1995's Pocahontas as her most famous singing role to date. She lent her vocals to the Academy Award-winning "Colors of the Wind," which famously had [...] »
Jeremy Garelick, the writer/director behind this year's The Wedding Ringer, and actor Josh Gad already established their working relationship through the raunchy January comedy, but their next venture goes in a wholly different creative direction. They've recently gone around town with a pitch for an original, untitled musical comedy, with Oscar winners Alan Menken (Alladin, Pocahontas) and Stephen Schwartz (Pocahontas) attached to write the music, and it looks like Hollywood is quite interested. Gad and Garelick's story has already seen seven-figure offers from big-name studios like Disney, Paramount, New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures, Fox and Universal. Sony's Screen Gems hosted their first movie, which may give them an upper leg on this new production, though Gad's connections with Disney should not be shortchanged. It's also with Disney where Menkin and Schwartz have primarily made their legacy. The song writers have had great success with the studio thanks to their »
- Will Ashton
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
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Longmire is an absolute anomaly in the world of television, which could have something to do with the fact that it was pulled from A&E, despite consistently high ratings for the network. It’s also the reason that it was something of a no-brainer that it would be picked up by someone else, and season four will air on Netflix later in the year.
Where the first two seasons pulled us slowly into the depths of Sheriff Walt Longmire’s life on the sprawling plains of Wyoming, the third season is like the hammer blow that follows the slow, methodical wind-up.
The second season ended by bringing a lot of forces to the fore in a move of plot construction that brilliantly weaves angles and conspiracies into a show that actually makes it difficult to look away. The third season spins this all together, but uses a mode of »
- Marc Eastman
Disney: that megalith of childhood hallmarks, and a brand name as prominent in North America as Coke or McDonald’s. Their success is hardly surprising, considering they hit all the right notes: adventure, love, angst, all with incredible scores, remarkable animation and really, really great hair. It’s hard not to fall in love with Walt’s world.
However, Disney has accrued a reputation for exploiting the most shameless trope still darkening the door of North America’s media scene: the weak female, incapable of righting her own wrongs, whose ultimate triumph manifests itself solely through romantic bliss. Thank God for Prince Charming, amirite? Fret not, however, as there are exceptions to this rule.
What with the imminent Disney-gasm coming to theatres on March 13th, where the over-milked Frozen teat will attempt to carry a live-action Cinderella, let’s take a gander down memory lane and remind ourselves that Disney women aren’t always vapid, »
- Samantha Curran
The wonderfully underrated Longmire completed its third season last year and was then canceled by A&E for reasons beyond understanding. After some protracted negotiations amidst a fury of wronged fans taking to social media to save the series, Netflix announced they have picked up the series for a fourth season to air later this year.
Burbank, CA (February 23, 2015) – The stunning skies of Wyoming, and the mysteries beneath them, have never been more enthralling than in the unfolding episodes of Longmire, the popular A&E-turned-Netflix television series. Those cinematic visuals and intense situations have also never looked better than in the full 1080p HD presentation of Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-ray™ release of Longmire, Season 3, available now via your favorite online retailers.
- ComicMix Staff
The trailer for ‘Frozen Fever’ is now available. The highly-anticipated follow-up short to the global phenomenon Frozen can be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action Cinderella, starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13, 2015. In ‘Frozen Fever,’ it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk. · Walt Disney Animation Studios? 2013 feature film ‘Frozen’ won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with ‘Let It Go’) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, ‘Frozen’ posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios biggest opening ever. The »
- Josh Abraham
In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new short Frozen Fever which welcomes Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf back to the big screen, will open in theaters on March 13, 2015, in front of Disney’s “Cinderella,” a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale.
Some fun facts about the hit film, Frozen and the filmmakers:
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 feature film won two Academy Awards (best animated film and best original song with “Let It »
- Michelle McCue
The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
A Mrs Doubtfire musical is in development.
Composer Alan Menken told Entertainment Weekly Radio that the project is in the "early stages" of development.
"It's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," he said, adding: "We're really enjoying working on it."
Talk of a film sequel was halted after Williams's death last year.
Watch a trailer for Mrs Doubtfire below: »
Is Euphegenia Doubtfire bound for Broadway? Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken revealed on Thursday, Jan. 22, that he's currently hard at work on a musical based on the 1993 Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. Menken — whose music has provided the soundtracks to several classic Disney movies, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tangled — dropped the news casually in an interview with EW Radio about ABC's new series Galavant. The fairy-tale-themed show features original songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, who [...] »
You probably know every word to every Disney song ever — There must be more than this provincial life / under the sea, darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter / can you paint with all the colors of the wind? — but here are five things you probably didn’t know about how your favorite songs came to be.
Entertainment Weekly spoke with composer Alan Menken about his sprawling career working on Disney films and here are just five interesting facts from the interview. (Find the rest here!)
“Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid
Ariel Almost Sang Like Bob Marley: “We knew the whole score was going to a Caribbean place, so we toyed with the idea of reggae,” Menken explains. “But we landed on calypso because it’s poppier and more interesting. Sebastian is more of a Trinidadian crab than Jamaican.” We always knew that lobster had a little Nicki Minaj flair in him »
Producing a TV series with original songs in every episode is always an ambitious undertaking. And precious few of them have succeeded.
With “Galavant,” which debuted Jan. 4 in the “Once Upon a Time” slot, ABC jumps back into the risky musical business with some very high-powered talent. Billed as “a medieval musical fairy tale,” it offers a handsome knight (Joshua Sasse) who teams up with a princess (Karen David) to win back his true love (Mallory Jansen) from the evil king (Timothy Omundson) who has married her.
The songs are by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, best known for his Disney scores “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and others; and lyricist Glenn Slater, Menken’s songwriting partner on Disney’s “Tangled” and, »
- Jon Burlingame
20 items from 2015
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