16 items from 2015
Back in 2008, there was a live-action feature film adaptation of Will Eisner's celebrated comic The Spirit. Graphic novel writer Frank Miller directed the film in the same style as the big screen adaptation of Sin City, but the film was an absolute mess, and it has been panned by critics and fans alike. But did you know that we almost got a completely different adaptation of The Spirit in the 1980s? Space Jam animation producer Steven Paul Leiva just posted a pencil test trailer for what would have been an animated adaptation of The Spirit from director Brad Bird and Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, and it looks awesome. Watch! Here's the pencil test trailer for Brad Bird's The Spirit from Moviepilot: Leiva spoke of this project back in 2008 when The Spirit was headed to theaters, and at the time he mentioned this pencil test. But the VHS »
- Ethan Anderton
How do you make a movie about an artist whose craft traverses cartooning, graphic design, puppetry, comic books, model-building, and interior design? Here’s a better question, how do you make a film about this person and condense it down into 42 minutes? Seth’s Dominion is not an exhaustive documentary about the work of the Canadian cartoonist, but it’s almost exhausting as you bounce around the various thoughts, works, and biographical details from Seth’s life as covered by director Luc Chamberland. Seth’s Dominion is a 42 minute whirlwind that really neither asks nor answers anything of its subject matter and may be best viewed as kind of a film sketchbook, a rare look inside the thought process of an artistic renaissance man.
For the record, like Seth, I live in Guelph, Ontario, a city that lies about an hour’s drive west of Toronto. I walk past his »
- Adam A. Donaldson
On this new episode of The Golden Briefcase 2.0, Tim and Jeremy share a bunch of recent Picks of the Week and touch on a variety of interesting topics including some new trailers (for Mad Max: Fury Road, Sinister 2, Insidious Chapter 3) as well as: cliffhanger endings, streaming platforms, love of video stores (including Jimmy Kimmel's amazing Vulcan Video promo), the internet's relationship with movies (hence the title), the still existent Space Jam website and so much more! We hope you enjoy this one. Send us topic suggestions, arguments, links, or whatever you want, and we will do our best to talk it through on the show. During the break, the guys took the time think about the future and mission of the podcast and have decided to return to what they love most about the show: talking about movies. Listen to our premiere episode – 2.01 – to get a re-introduction to »
- Tim Buel
Confidence is a good thing. Most of the time. It would be impossible for the greatest among us to achieve their highest potential without confidence. Imagine if Steve Jobs hadn't had confidence in himself. We wouldn't have iAnything. Or Michael Jordan? We never would have gotten Space Jam. How about Beyonce? Kanye would have nothing to complain about at awards shows without Bey's confidence...Actually, he'd probably find something. Speaking of Kanye, sometimes confidence isn't such a great thing. It can make you do things you otherwise wouldn't or shouldn't. For example, being so confident in an answer on Jeopardy that you end up becoming internet famous overnight for the creepiest Jeopardy response »
Once again, three new releases debuted in the top three spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending March 29.
This time, the leader of the pack is Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third installment in the adventure fantasy trilogy, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert overall disc sales chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The film earned $255.1 million in theaters and outsold Walt Disney Studios’ “Into the Woods,” which bowed at No. 2 on both charts, by a margin of more than 2 to 1.
“Into the Woods” is a cinematic melting pot of several classic Grimm fairy tales, with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Tracy Ullman, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt. The film was a box office success, earning $127.9 million in U.S. theaters.
The third new release, debuting at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Three new releases debuted in the top three spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending March 22, led by the 20th Century Fox-distributed “Penguins of Madagascar,” from DreamWorks Animation.
“Penguins” bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film, which earned $83.2 million in U.S. theaters, is the fourth film in the “Madagascar” franchise, which launched in 2005 and has since generated more than $2.25 billion in worldwide ticket sales.
In a tight race, another 20th Century Fox film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” debuted at No. 2, also on both charts. According to Nielsen data, the Biblical epic, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and took in more than $65 million at the U.S. box office, sold nearly 97% as many units its first week in stores as »
- Alex Stedman
In the event that you were worried about Paul Feig ruining another part of your childhood (and we.re not talking about his Ghostbusters reboot), have no fear. The Bridesmaids helmer is producing The Peanuts Movie for director Steve Martino, and he assures us that we won.t be having a repeat of Space Jam. In other words, it won.t be a completely modernized interpretation. Speaking with Collider at SXSW in promotion of his latest film with Melissa McCarthy, Spy, Feig spoke a bit about what we can expect from The Peanuts Movie. It.s very sweet. It.s totally a G-rated movie, because you can.t get edgy with Charlie Brown. That was the Schulz family.s fear, that me and Fox everybody were gonna come in and hip it up and cast Justin Bieber as Charlie Brown and have it like Space Jam or something. All of »
Though filmmaker Paul Feig is best known for female-centric R-rated comedies like "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," he's also onboard as producer of the 3D CGI animated feature film adaptation of Charles M. Schulz's beloved "Peanuts" comic at 20th Century Fox.
One fear fans have had about the film is if the classic cartoon characters would undergo a "modern makeover" to cater to contemporary audiences more ala "The Smurfs" or films like "Space Jam". Speaking with Collider at SXSW, Feig says those fans have no need to fear:
"It's very sweet. It's totally a G-rated movie, because you can't get edgy with Charlie Brown. That was the Schulz family's fear, that me and Fox everybody were gonna come in and hip it up and cast Justin Bieber as Charlie Brown and have it like Space Jam or something. All of us were like, 'No.' We cast kids that sound »
- Garth Franklin
Charles M. Schulz's beloved Peanuts comic strip characters are finally coming to life on the big screen later this year with The Peanuts Movie, a 3D CGI animated comedy from 20th Century Fox, director Steve Martino and producer Paul Feig, who is best known for his edgy comedies such as Bridesmaids and the upcoming Spy, in theaters May 22. There were several longtime Peanuts fans who were worried about a big-budget 3D animated film, and that these beloved characters might be reconceived to cater to modern-day audiences. While doing press for Spy at SXSW, Paul Feig revealed that the movie is "very sweet," confirming that it will be a G-rated movie, casting aside fear that it will be tonally comparable to a movie like Space Jam.
"It's very sweet. It's totally a G-rated movie, because you can't get edgy with Charlie Brown. That was the Schulz family's fear, that me »
Paul Feig’s name has hit the headlines with increasing regularity since he was announced as commander-in-chief on the next Ghostbusters movie. Batting aside a barrage of questions and comments from fans and trolls alike, the director is barely able to address any other projects he may be involved in. Luckily, he’s now been granted that opportunity, as the folks over at Collider chatted to Feig this week about the big-screen version of Peanuts.
The upcoming movie, a 3D CGI extravaganza, hails from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky, whose inspiration is none other than Charles Schulz’s universally-loved comic. While plenty of detractors voiced their concerns about a big screen rebrand, with Schulz’s son Craig on scripting duties, Feig producing and Horton Hears A Who director Steve Martino at the helm, this looks like a slam dunk.
During the interview, Feig offered up his opinion on the modern-day version, »
- Gem Seddon
What's your favorite sports movie? Chances are it's from the '90s. And that's because from 1990 to 1999, Hollywood produced the best sports films in the history of cinema. If Hoosiers had been made in the '90s, it would have been a perfect decade and not an almost perfect decade. Do you want proof? Or do you just want to get all nostalgic about Space Jam, The Sandlot, The Big Green and more of your favorite childhood films? Check out these 27 sports movies that the '90s so graciously gave us, and then join us in mourning the fact that we'll never get a more glorious film era ever again. 1. Space Jam (1996). Bill Murray and Bugs Bunny together at last! Oh, and Michael Jordan »
It’s usually hard sci-fi pics like Interstellar or Gravity that spark scientific discussion, but in truth you can look at just about any film through a scientific lens. You could consider the cognitive science behind cons while watching American Hustle, or try to sort out archaeology fact from fiction while watching Raiders of the Lost Ark. And this year’s Science on Screen […]
- Angie Han
After a brief one-week hiatus, DisneyCollectorBR is back in the #1 spot on the charts. The internet's premier destination for unboxing videos of adults playing with children's toys once again crossed the nine-figure view count threshold to end the week with nearly 109.6 million views. Taylor Swift is up next in second place. The country-turned-pop star's new "Style" gave her view count a 22% week-over-week increase to top out just shy of 100.4 million.
Next up in third place is PewDiePie. Felix Kjellberg's gaming channel saw a modest 4% bump in views to end the week with almost 96.4 million of them. LittleBabyBum is close behind in the #4 spot. The UK-based channel that's a repository for music videos of all the favorite songs from your childhood racked up almost 90.2 million views during the week.
And rounding out the Top 5 is mashamedvedtv. The YouTube destination for the popular Russian cartoon Маша и Медведь saw a 7% increase »
- Joshua Cohen
“Space Heroes” is such a simple and clean, yet massive idea for an art show. The possibilities are almost as large as the galaxy itself. From classic sci-fi films, to cult classics, kids cartoons, hit TV shows, and video games, Space Heroes works. iam8bit agrees, and made that it the subject of their latest exhibit, which is currently on […]
- Germain Lussier
If you happened to be at last night's Pelicans game in New Orleans, you were treated to quite the bonus surprise when someone who looked and sounded an awful lot like a drunk Will Ferrell took to the court and attempted to make a long-distance shot to win a prize. You were greeted with even more of a shock when Ferrell failed miserably, instead drilling a nearby cheerleader in the head with the ball, dropping her to the floor. Sadly it wasn't for a bizarre Space Jam remake. And no, Ferrell wasn't actually drunk, as he appears in the clip. It was all for a scene from a new comedy called Daddy's Home that reunites Ferrell with his The Other Guys costar Mark Wahlberg. In it they play two men competing for the affections of the same woman. We're guessing this...
- Peter Hall
Anyone hoping for a "Space Jam" sequel (all four of you) is about to be seriously bummed ... 'cause one of the movie's stars is telling TMZ Sports why it should Never Happen, and it's all about LeBron James.Thom Barry -- who played Mj's dad in the movie -- was out in Beverly Hills recently when we asked about rumors that LeBron might pick up where His Airness left off in a new Jam.If »
- TMZ Staff
16 items from 2015
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