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Polite society has all sorts of rules, and one of them is that if you have a thing for cartoon characters, you’re some kind of weirdo all of a sudden. After all, they’re not real people, a lot of them are made for children, and it just makes you feel like a creep. But why should it? They’re designed by talented animators to be appealing to the eye, and in a way it would kind of be an insult to all the hard work they put in if you didn’t have a crush on their characters.
Plus, a lot of these films and TV shows came out when we were kids, just starting to get icky feelings about the opposite or same sex. And if most of our media diet comprised of Disney movies and Saturday morning cartoons, where else were we supposed to develop our first crushes? »
- Audrey Fox
Moviefone and Ford are gearing up to bring you a summer movie season you'll never forget! The mega-popular Summer Spectacular Sweeps is back to reward movie-lovers nationwide; we're giving away thousands of free movie tickets all summer long... and it's just a click away to win. Oh, and one lucky grand prize winner will also receive a trip for two to Los Angeles, a chauffeured Ford experience, and tickets to a major film premiere!
You can enter the sweepstakes right now, so be sure to bookmark that page and play often.
But wait, that's not all. We're traveling across America to bring unforgettable outdoor movie screenings to your city; there will be food, music, raffles, and free swag, served up alongside nostalgic classics and modern hits. Best of all, you can immortalize the family fun night with a special photo booth opportunity in the driver's seat of a choice new Ford ride. »
- Moviefone Staff
Bill Murray became a movie star 35 years ago this week, upon the release of "Meatballs" on June 29, 1979. His lead role as the head counselor at a sub-par summer camp marked a number of firsts: his first of four movies with director Ivan Reitman (the others were "Stripes" and the two "Ghostbusters"), his first of six movies with writer Harold Ramis (the four Reitman films, plus "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day"), and his first taste of mega-stardom beyond his TV fame on "Saturday Night Live."
Since then, his career has taken on a trajectory unique in the history of film, one in which he's gone from comic goofball to dramatic thespian, from universally beloved to acquired taste, and from manic cynic to soft-spoken spiritual seeker. Through it all, however, there have been a few constants; no matter whether he's a grubby groundskeeper or a morose mogul: Murray's character is always the coolest »
- Gary Susman
Jenny Slate doesn't like to get high before she performs, but she did tell Chelsea Handler that it's pretty great for everything else. Particularly before flying. On Wednesday's “Chelsea Lately,” she recalled one particular flight in vivid detail; particularly the in-flight movie. Also read: ‘Obvious Child’ Review: Jenny Slate Offers Up Choice Laughs Slate admitted that she may have gone a little overboard with the marijuana before that flight, but it did cause her to hone in with incredible focus for the plane's screening of “Space Jam,” the classic 1996 film where Michael Jordan and a bunch of other NBA stars help. »
- Jason Hughes
The always-charming Alana "Honey Boo Boo" and her Mama June came by "The Tonight Show" last night and Honey Boo Boo was urged to show off her new cheerleading skills. Naturally, Jimmy Fallon joined in for the fun. Aren't they cute together?
Jimmy also played one of everyone's favorite "Tonight Show" trivia games: Wax On Wax Off. Watch as one lucky audience gets his chest hair ripped off for your viewing pleasure! Ok, it's kind of hilarious.
The adorable Jenny Slate stopped by "ChelseaLately" and told an, er, interesting story about getting high before flying and then catching »
- Alana Altmann
With the official cast recording of Hedwig and the Angry Inch due out in a few weeks, you can stream the album now to get your fix of the Tony winners.
More than 100 members of Congress have written a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry to remove Brunei from the Trans Pacific Partner if it doesn’t repeal the new penal code implementing Sharia law in the wealthy nation. This is what we truly wanted, real leverage, when the boycott of the Dorchester Hotels began.
In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his primary election against Tea Party upstart Dave Brat, who was massively outgunned on money and exposure. While I was no fan of Cantor, someone as far right as Brat is far, »
- Ed Kennedy
On April 29th, 2014, the entertainment community lost a truly gifted and likable performer. Robert William “Bob” Hoskins was an English actor, director, and comedian who had a wonderful and diverse career spanning more than 4 decades. Known mainly for his film roles, Hoskins’ on-screen personas were often that of gruff, down-to-Earth individuals who would get themselves into sticky situations. He is perhaps best known for the Robert Zemeckis film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, where he acted alongside cartoon characters. This 1988 film noir comedy blended live-action Hoskins with animated characters, a very revolutionary form of film technology at the time.
Born in England in 1942, Hoskins had a humble beginning. His father was a bookkeeper and truck driver and his mother was a cook and nursery school teacher. After leaving school at age 15 and taking a string of odd jobs, Hoskins eventually found his calling for acting at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. He »
- Randall Unger
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find what it takes to duplicate Jesse Eisenberg in a dystopian world; Amy Schumer plays double dutch with Jimmy Fallon, James McAvoy and The Roots; Godzilla invades Youtube; the top 5 best worst Godzilla moments; and what Godzilla would be like as a musical. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
Warner Bros. is losing its digital marketing guru.
After 18 years at the Burbank-based studio, Michael Tritter is exiting to pursue other endeavors, the company confirmed. No replacement has been named.
As Svp of interactive marketing, Tritter has overseen all parts of Warner Bros. digital campaigns for its theatrical film releases, as well as online creative, production, publicity, social media, online media, promotional applications and games.
During his time at the studio, he has worked on more than 250 film marketing campaigns, including such films as “Godzilla,” “Gravity,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Lego Movie” and the “Harry Potter” franchise.
“Michael has had an incredible run,” Warners said in a statement, “While we are sad to see him go, we share his excitement for new endeavors in the future and wish him great success.”
- Alexandra Cheney
While rumors swirled that a Space Jam sequel with LeBron James was in development, they turned out to be greatly exaggerated. The NBA player will be heading to the big screen in a comedy called Ballers with Kevin Hart, but it turns out the story of his high school days before becoming a championship player consistently and controversially compared to Michael Jordan is in the works. THR has word that an untitled project is developing at Universal that James would produce along with Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter and and her husband Terence Winter, creator of "Boardwalk Empire." Isn't it too soon? Frank E. Flowers (Metro Manilla, Haven) is behind the pitch which has garnered some interest. The story takes some cues from the 2008 documentary More Than a Game, which followed James and four of his teammates in high school, navigating the competitive world of basketball at such a young age, »
- Ethan Anderton
This week on Mousterpiece Cinema, we’re feeling a bit silly. A bit wacky, you might say. Possibly even a bit…goofy. Yes, it’s time for Josh and Gabe to goof off while talking about the 1995 film A Goofy Movie. And, as you might expect with a subject like Goofy as well as his son Max, Josh and Gabe go off topic quickly and frequently. From Prince to Space Jam to Pauly Shore, they’re bouncing off the walls this week. (And, Ok, fine, Pauly Shore is in A Goofy Movie, so that’s technically on topic, but why in God’s name is Pauly Shore in this movie? Why?) There’s tons of tomfoolery and general goofiness this week, as you might expect, so start listening!
The post Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 142: ‘A Goofy Movie’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Josh Spiegel
Oh there’s Waldo! And, wouldn’t you know it, he looks a lot like a sad-sack Tony Hale character.
That’s because the Veep star is playing the stripe-clad sneak in a new photo essay published Monday in The Occasional, the Funny or Die offshoot that began as a humor magazine app and has morphed into a McSweeney’s-esque website. And needless to say, “Where’s Waldo Today?” with Tony Hale doesn’t exactly paint a rosy future for Martin Handford’s famous creation.
In this version of the story — shot by photographer Mandee Johnson — Waldo is a divorced, »
- Hillary Busis
Looney Tunes icon Chuck Jones hated it, kids loved it, and the rest of the world didn’t know what to make of it. We’re talking about Joe Pytka’s 1996 film Space Jam, of course. At the height of his popularity, basketball star Michael Jordan appeared in the movie as a mentor/captive to a slew of animated Looney Tunes characters as they planned a round of ball against a group of alien slavers. Yes, we’re talking about that movie — the one in which Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Charles Barkley, Muggsy Bogues and Shawn Bradley were all turned into giant basketball-playing “Monstars.” Everyone needs a paycheck sometimes, we suppose. Last month, a group of actors and all-star ballers got together to perform a live read of Space...
- Alison Nastasi
Cue up “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Last month, there was a live reading of the 1996 Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes “masterpiece” Space Jam, featuring Seth Green, Danielle Fishel, Ben Schwartz, Nick Kroll and many more. Unfortunately, the whole thing isn’t available online — but Funny or Die has released a 10-minute highlight reel, which clearly proves that the comedians showed up ready to (space) jam. Sadly, there is no surprise Bill Murray appearance.
Led by Blake Griffin as Jordan, the footage from the reading is intercut with interviews in which the cast explains their memories of the movie; Kroll’s »
- Erin Strecker
LILFs: Links I'd Like To... This week: good movies made bad, and vice versa. by Liam Mathews How Often Are Other People Having Sex? Refinery29 asked 12 women in relationships about sexual frequency. The answers run the gamut. An Open Letter To Cunnilingus (About Why We’re Probably Never Going To Be Friends) The comments on this The Frisky post about not liking getting eaten out are remarkably civil and definitely worth checking out. The 10 Types of Sex Dreams What it means when you dream about banging your boss and more, on Em & Lo. 'Space Jam' live read features Seth Green, Blake Griffin, Danielle Fishel and more -- Video From EW via Funny or Die, the greatest movie of all time, featuring Seth Green as Black Bugs Bunny and Shelby Fero in the background being super cute. Movie Posters Are So Much Better With Their Hilariously Terrible Amazon [...] »
- Liam Mathews
How now-adult children of the '90s feel about "Space Jam" -- the 1996 live action/animation hybrid starring all your favorite Looney Tunes characters and basketball stars including Michael Jordan -- probably depends on just how much they loved the movie as a kid. But even an impartial observer would most likely agree that the movie's premise (aliens kidnap the Looney Tunes, and Jordan and other NBA stars must help them win a basketball game to earn their freedom) is just plain ridiculous.
With that spirit in mind, a group of comedians and current NBA players gathered to stage a live reading of the "Space Jam" script last month, and the results, unsurprisingly, were wonderful. What was surprising, however, was just how seriously some of the cast members took their duties, with a handful performing almost pitch-perfect imitations of their characters' voices.
- Katie Roberts
Though a new iteration of Space Jam featuring Lebron James turned out to be a silly rumor (probably for the best), the “classic” 1996 film has been resurrected in live-read form. A reading of the screenplay recently took place, and the folks at Funny or Die were there to record the entire event. The eclectic group of participants ranged from comedians like Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Ben Schwartz to voice talents like Seth Green and Ralph Garman, and even Boy Meets World’s Danielle Fishel was thrown in for good measure. Of course someone had to fill Michael Jordan’s shoes, and who better than Los Angeles Clippers star (and University of Oklahoma alum—Boomer Sooner) Blake Griffin? Additionally, teammate DeAndre Jordan also participated, debuting a mean Charles Barkley impression. Hit the jump to watch the very funny highlights from the Space Jam live-read event. Space Jam live-read video courtesy of Funny or Die. »
- Adam Chitwood
All the exciting films debuting at Cannes this year - The Hollywood Reporter Why happily ever after is impossible on TV - HuffPost Entertainment Horror-movie goofs that will make you scream - Moviefone 6 insane stereotypes that you see in every movie - Cracked A Real Housewife gets brought in on bail - BuddyTV Guess who's coming back in "Resident Evil"? - The Vampire Diaries A bunch of comedians did a live reading of Space Jam - Splitsider Your best bet at the theater this week is . . . - Rotten Tomatoes 79 productive things to do in front of the TV - Popsugar Smart Living »
- Maggie Pehanick
When Space Jam came out in 1996, I was obsessed with it. I loved basketball and for some reason I liked the idea of the Looney Tunes recruiting Michael Jordan to team against some intergalactic monsters. I even went as far as getting one of the Tune Squad jerseys. I was sad when I finally had to get rid of the jersey because I wore it out. It was one of my most favorite possessions. When I found out a sequel was coming, I knew that they would never top R. Kelly.s ballad .I Believe I can »
- Niki Stephens
Though director Jason Reitman has been hosting special events at Lacma with live-readings of various scripts like Groundhog Day and Boogie Nights, but with different actors in the roles, awhile back, we became privy to a different live read that happened at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. NBA all-star Blake Griffin sat down with Paul Scheer, Seth Green, Ralph Garman, Danielle Fishel and Nick Kroll and more for a live script-reading of the 1996 live-action, animated hybrid Space Jam. The result is something truly hilarious and unique, and we hope more of these will happen later. Watch it! Here's just part of the live-reading of Space Jam from the Ucb Theater in La (via Funny or Die): While Reitman is busy taking classic or revered films and creating live-reads, the people at Ucb and Funny or Die could easily do this with cult classics and terrible films. »
- Ethan Anderton
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