12 items from 2017
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If you had to define the 1990s by using only one movie, what would it be? I would actually pick Empire Records because the clothing has a mix of ’90s grunge and the plaid skirt/midriff sweater combo, it has a classic ’90s soundtrack, and—most importantly—it takes place in a ’90s relic: the record store.
It might be terrible, but Space Jam is my quintessential ’90s movie. »
- Erik Adams, Matt Gerardi, William Hughes, Gwen Ihnat, Alex McLevy, Sean O'Neal, Clayton Purdom, Nathan Rabin, Nick Wanserski, Esther Zuckerman
Everybody get up; it’s time to get nostalgic, courtesy of today’s list of Record Store Day exclusives. The releases—which will all hit stores on the big promotional day, April 22—include the sorts of things you’d expect to catch vinyl fans’ eyes: Bowie, Prince, and Lou Reed are all represented, plus Spoon’s new album and the Thelonious Monk soundtrack we reported on earlier today.
But the real treasure—at least for the nostalgia-mining Morlocks known as ‘90s kids—was buried a little further down on the list: The Space Jam soundtrack is getting a vinyl reissue.
These days, the hextuple-platinum album is mostly known as the angelic vessel by which R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” was delivered to the earth. But the album is more than a one-trick pony, regardless of what you might think about the movie it was attached to ...
- William Hughes
As the major studios tinker with photorealistic character designs, can Hollywood find the future of animation in its past?
This weekend, families with hit their local multiplex to relive the wonder of Beauty and the Beast in its new live-action format. And whether the film is a runaway hit or only a modest success, Disney shows no signs of plugging its pipeline of live-action remakes. According to this 2016 Time piece, Disney is currently working on no fewer than twelve (that’s one-two) remakes of their popular animated films, meaning twelve more movies featuring up-and-coming actresses, revamped musical numbers, and CGI creatures that take a deep, deep dive into the uncanny valley.
While this brand new surge of Disney movies are likely to each be a technical wonder, for my money, there’s something oddly pedestrian about converting the beautiful Disney animated character designs into a series of photorealistic CGI models. While »
- Matthew Monagle
This article originally appeared on Time.
In the ’90s, Michael Jordan was everywhere, from winning multiple NBA championships to creating one of the most coveted shoe-lines in history. His success even translated onto the big screen with Space Jam, where moviegoers spent time with him talking to cartoons.
But his time away from playing professional sports has been more lucrative, and he’s continued to invest his money and watch it grow into unfathomable amounts.
In this Coinage video, discover how he continues to make all that money and where and how he likes to spend it. Here’s a hint: trains, »
Kensuke’s Kingdom follows the adventures of a boy called Michael and his dog Stella who are shipwrecked on a remote desert island. Terrified and struggling to survive, Michael soon discovers that they share the island with Kensuke – a mysterious old Japanese man who has been living on the island for decades with a family of orangutans as his companions. Keeping their distance, they treat each other with mutual suspicion. However as dangerous invaders appear on the horizon, it becomes clear they must join forces to save their fragile island paradise.
The feature film will be directed by award-winning directing team Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry, whose animation credits include The Last Belle, Junk, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Space Jam and The Snowman and the Snowdog. »
- Gary Collinson
Lupus Films and Melusine Productions, two of the companies behind critically-praised feature animation Ethel & Ernest, have identified their next project.
Directors Neil Boyle (whose credits as an animator include Space Jam and Ethel & Ernest) and Kirk Hendry (who directed 2011 Bifa-nominated short Junk) will oversee the project from a script by The Railway Man writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding of Lupus Films are producing with Sarah Radclyffe, who co-founded UK production outfit Working Title Films, as well as Stéphan Roelants of Melusine Productions and Barnaby Spurrier.
The film’s plot follows the adventures of a young boy and his dog who are shipwrecked on a remote »
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March is here, and the weather is finally getting warmer! It's not quite balmy enough yet to send the kids outside to play first thing on a Saturday morning though, so if you're looking for something to fill those early weekend hours, check out the great lineup of family movies in our Family Favourites!
Every Saturday morning at 11am in select Cineplex theatres you can watch a family-friendly feature for only $2.99 per ticket, with a portion of the proceeds going towards We.org. Enjoy a classic on the big screen one more time, catch up on a newer release you might have missed in theatres, and discover a new family favourite together!
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- Jenny Bullough and Adriana Floridia
When it comes to entertainment today, the nostalgia train is chugging along rather smoothly as Hollywood remakes, reboots and recycles anything and everything that people loved from decades ago. Now that children of the 90s are starting to have kids of their own, movie studios, TV networks and streaming services are all trying to occupy […]
The post ‘Space Jam’ Honest Trailer: A 90-Minute Commercial to Sell Air Jordans & Looney Tunes Toys appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
If you’re wondering whether or not you’re a millennial, simply ask yourself this question: Is Space Jam a good movie? If you answered yes, congratulations, you’re a millennial. If you answered no, you’re, well, pretty much anything else.
When it launched in 1996, anyone over the age of 12 could see Space Jam for the capitalist perversion of the Looney Tunes franchise it was, the filmic equivalent of tees depicting “hip-hop” Bugs in backwards jeans. Still, the movie seared itself into unblemished brains with a Taz-shaped brand, resulting in a rippling wave of modern-day nostalgia that’s birthed a Lebron James-starring sequel, live readings, and encore runs in theaters across the country.
Here to challenge your rose-tinted recollections are the folks over at Screen Junkies, who have given the movie a new Honest Trailer. “Based on a sneaker commercial comes a film that got the rights ...
- Randall Colburn
Last year, fans celebrated the Space Jam 20th Anniversary, with the movie returning to the big screen for a limited time, as news started to spread about a potential sequel with current NBA superstar LeBron James. It's a whole new year now, though, and it seems like a perfect time for an Honest Trailer, to tear this divisive movie to shreds. This four-minute video tackles everything wrong with the animated movie, including Michael Jordan's lack of acting skills, the massive plot holes in the story, and much more.
This week's video is part of Screen Junkies' "Fan Appreciation Month," where they'll create Honest Trailers for the movies fans voted for, with Space Jam the third selection in the special series. The video's narrator, Jon Bailey, jokingly calls Space Jam the "Citizen Kane of live-action animated hybrid basketball films," which "blew the minds of every kid who saw it." Unfortunately, »
While NBA superstar LeBron James continues to develop a long-gestating sequel to Space Jam, another current NBA star is working on a new basketball-themed remake. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is teaming up with the NBA's Blake Griffin and NFL star Ryan Kalil for a remake of the 1992 comedy film White Men Can't Jump. While the title for the original is actually a line in the film, delivered by Wesley Snipes' Sidney Deane to Woody Harrelson's Billy Hoyle, about his inability to dunk, it's quite ironic that Blake Griffin is producing, since he is a white man that can jump, winning the NBA Slam Dunk contest in 2011.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Kenya Barris will write the screenplay and produce this sports remake, which will fall under the overall deal he signed with 20th Century Fox last September. Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil will produce under their Mortal Media company, »
I think about bodies all time. It’s actually part of my job — I write about inspiring weight loss stories and try all sorts of fitness trends. (I’ve cleansed like Gwyneth, worked out with Adriana Lima, and eaten clay like Shailene Woodley.) Since I have to be on top of the latest workouts, I take different exercise classes around three or four times a week. I get in my 10,000 steps almost every day.
But while I’m fairly knowledgeable about what’s trending in the wellness space, until a few weeks ago, I rarely ate balanced meals. I might »
- Catherine Kast
12 items from 2017
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