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Soundtracking: "Batman Forever"

Chris ponders the cultural death of the soundtrack and Batman Forever...

While this series is mostly curious on how music is used in the movies, it’s interesting to also consider a film’s soundtrack outside of them as well. There were times when film soundtracks were provided some of the most popular and culturally recognized music, but those days are essentially over. Perhaps one of the first films to birth the “songs inspired by” soundtrack moniker was Batman Forever.

And much of its songs are simply filler, either referencing characters or existing as discarded b-sides (make that c-sides) from hip artists with some. It’s merely a package to be merchandised and sold next to action figures and tie-in product. It started a model to be repeated in blockbusters to come, from The Hunger Games to Twilight to Space Jam.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Movie “Space Jam”

Space Jam was an unexpected treat for its time and something uniquely special that hadn’t been seen before. Cartoons and live action had been paired together before but never on this level and never with this type of talent. In creating Space Jam the writers had to put together something that was kind of silly and easy to follow, but also entertaining and dynamic enough to be called a solid story. Looney Tunes wasn’t always able to deliver on that note, but this time the effort was more than enough to make it work. How much do you recall about

10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Movie “Space Jam
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‘American Vandal’: How Two Guys Combined ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Freaks and Geeks’ and Got One of 2017’s Best Comedies

‘American Vandal’: How Two Guys Combined ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Freaks and Geeks’ and Got One of 2017’s Best Comedies
American Vandal” is one of the most delightful TV experiments of 2017, but it easily could have been something far simpler. In the parody world, it’s hard to be able to sustain a tribute to (or retooling of) a pre-existing genre or specific piece of work. Most of these riffs pick out the recognizable highlights, build a few-minute sketch around a simple tweak of the formula, and a grateful internet marvels at the accuracy or the strength of the twist.

Netflix’s latest eight-episode series nearly became just that.

“We did ‘30 for 30: Space Jam,’ ‘30 for 30: Rocky IV,’ stuff like that,” explained “American Vandal” co-creator Tony Yacenda told IndieWire. “Dan was watching ‘Making a Murderer’ and he knew I was a huge fan of true crime stuff, and he just had the broad idea for a short, to do a really low-stakes crime and treat it like it’s really serious.
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‘American Vandal’: How Two Guys Combined ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Freaks and Geeks’ and Got One of 2017’s Best Comedies

  • Indiewire
‘American Vandal’: How Two Guys Combined ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Freaks and Geeks’ and Got One of 2017’s Best Comedies
American Vandal” is one of the most delightful TV experiments of 2017, but it easily could have been something far simpler. In the parody world, it’s hard to be able to sustain a tribute to (or retooling of) a pre-existing genre or specific piece of work. Most of these riffs pick out the recognizable highlights, build a few-minute sketch around a simple tweak of the formula, and a grateful internet marvels at the accuracy or the strength of the twist.

Netflix’s latest eight-episode series nearly became just that.

“We did ‘30 for 30: Space Jam,’ ‘30 for 30: Rocky IV,’ stuff like that,” explained “American Vandal” co-creator Tony Yacenda told IndieWire. “Dan was watching ‘Making a Murderer’ and he knew I was a huge fan of true crime stuff, and he just had the broad idea for a short, to do a really low-stakes crime and treat it like it’s really serious.
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Top 5 Football Films

Grab your beer, set your lineups and welcome the new football season! Yes, thats right! The 2017-2018 NFL season is here and to help kickoff this season I’ve decided to do a top five dedicated to films about the sport. I have always loved the sport since I was a kid. From playing “Tecmo Bowl”, “Madden” just about every year and NFL Blitz to playing the real thing for a number of years. I love the sport almost as much as I love movies. When you put the two together you can get some really memorable films. Here’s my picks for top five football films.

Little Giants

It seems like each sport has at least one film made for children. Baseball has Sandlot, hockey has Mighty Ducks, basketball has Space Jam and so on. Well when it comes to football that film is Little Giants. The Little Giants
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Airball? Not Everybody Digs Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ Music Video: ‘A Whole Lotta Cringe,’ ‘So Bad’

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Airball? Not Everybody Digs Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ Music Video: ‘A Whole Lotta Cringe,’ ‘So Bad’
Katy Perry dropped the official music video for her single “Swish Swish” on Thursday, causing some Twitter users to celebrate and others to “cringe.” The so-called KatyCat superfans are generally over the moon about the “Space Jam”-style mini-movie, in which the singer assembles a team of misfits to take on a cartoonish basketball powerhouse. The production value is excellent, and the guest stars are pretty solid — the actual hoops and comedy action are neither. Think we’re being too harsh on the humor? Katy Perry plays “Kobe Perry.” Hilarious. We’ll let you decide for yourself about the actual song’s quality — this.
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How To Do Shit: Voice actor Dee Bradley Baker gives us a crash course in doing a good Taz

  • The AV Club
Dee Bradley Baker has had a long and diverse career in voice acting, giving life to Spider-Man villains, flying bisons and winged lemurs, and of course the Tazmanian Devil in Space Jam. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, he took part in the I Know That Voice panel. The 2013 documentary is being developed into a television series, with each installment focusing on a particular voice actor and exploring their creative process and career trajectory. After the panel, Baker gave us a crash course in doing a good Taz.
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Space Jam 2 director provides an update on the sequel

Back in May of last year, it was officially announced that Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek Beyond) would be directing NBA star LeBron James in a sequel to 1996’s live-action/animation hybrid Space Jam, and now the filmmaker has provided an update on the project’s status during an interview with Slash Film.

“Warner Brothers has been great,” said Lin. “I feel like it’s been very precious. Everybody at the studio’s been calling, ‘Let’s go, let’s go’ and I’m like [it’s] not right yet. To me, the challenge is we have actors who are also professional athletes, so schedule is something that is tough. I’ve been really wanting to push that genre, but to do that you need the right amount of time. So there’s a logistical challenge but also creatively, to do a sequel 20 years later with a new cast and also to be able to,
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Justin Lin says that he's "getting closer every day" to filming Space Jam 2

  • JoBlo
Do you know what time it is? That's right, it's time to bust out your Space Jam 2 bingo cards, and give yourself a chip if you have a space marked August 1st, 2017! It's been a while since we last heard of any news regarding Fast & Furious director Justin Lin's followup to the 1996 Looney Tunes theatrical animation Space Jam. Then, while promoting his upcoming CBS... Read More...
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Air Bud Turns 20: How Buddy the Wonder Dog's Legacy Changed Family Movies Forever

Air Bud Turns 20: How Buddy the Wonder Dog's Legacy Changed Family Movies Forever
The '90s were a magical time for basketball. We had Michael Jordan, the Dream Team, Space Jam, short shorts, snazzy sneakers and the Jock Jams soundtrack. And of course, there was Air Bud, the unforgettable family film about a golden retriever with a love for the game. He didn't dribble—but he did drool, and he scored a spot in the hearts of kids all around the world. It was 20 years ago today back in 1997 that Air Bud premiered in theaters. It was an independent movie based on a real-life dog named Buddy who had risen to fame thanks to his ability to shoot baskets. Yes, that's right. CGI was in its infancy back then, but Air Bud didn't utilize any special effects to show Buddy playing the...
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'The Iron Giant': THR's 1999 Review

On July 31, 1999, Warner Bros. held the premiere of Brad Bird's animated The Iron Giant in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter's original review of what would become a cult hit is below: 

After one successful launch (Space Jam) and two discouraging misfires (The Quest for Camelot, The King and I), Warner Bros.' outstanding The Iron Giant is a giant leap for the studio and robotkind. And with the steady erosion of the Disney monopoly in animation, the Aug. 6 release is a potential sleeper hit for kids and adults. 

Director Brad Bird (TV's King of the Hill, The Simpsons),...
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Amber Rose Says She and 21 Savage Are "Perfect for Each Other"

Amber Rose Says She and 21 Savage Are
Amber Rose may have found The One. Overnight, the 33-year-old talk show host shared an Instagram photo of herself snuggling in bed with 21 Savage (wearing matching Space Jam jerseys) and confessed she's fallen head over heels for him. "It's pretty amazing waking up every morning feeling love like this," Rose told her 15.6 million fans. "I've cried endlessly and been hurt a lot in my life, I've been abused, talked to like I wasn't s--t, been gaslighted and slut shamed by men that I once loved and cared about." Rose, who has a 4-year-old son with her rapper ex-husband Wiz Khalifa, continued, "I'm so thankful that God brought this amazing person in my life who genuinely has my...
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Video: 6 of the Best Film Footwear

There’s nothing like a comfortable pair of shoes, but some characters don’t just stop at comfort, they love a bit of style and it seems sports brands are all too keen to help out with that. We thought we’d take a look at some of the freshest footwear ever to grace the silver screen. So, lace up and kick back sneaker-heads, it’s time for a cinematic crep check.

6. Reebok “Alien Stomper” – Aliens (1986)

When Ripley found herself back in the bug hunting business on planet Lv-426 her shoe game was on point. Laced in Reebok’s “Alien Stomper” high-tops in the classic scarlet and grey colour-way. They went from prop to shop a few years ago on Alien Day.

5. Onitsuka Tigers – Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

If you’re going to fight The Crazy Eighty-Eight being light on your feet is a must. And the Bride’s shoe-fu was
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Rachel Lindsay: Before Anger at DeMario Washed Over Me, This Bachelorette Guy Made Me Cry Tears of Happiness

  • PEOPLE.com
Rachel Lindsay vied for Nick Viall‘s heart on season 21 of The Bachelor, now she’s on her own journey to find love on the latest season of The Bachelorette — and she’s blogging about it exclusively for People! Follow Rachel on Twitter at @TheRachLindsay!

Hey Bachelor Nation, thanks for dropping back in to get the inside scoop. The first week seriously lit the fuse as far as both romance and the drama goes! I also want to take a second to thank you all for the outpouring of support I’ve gotten on social media and in person since this has all started.
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Scooby-Doo Animated Movie Moves Back Two Years to 2020

Scooby-Doo Animated Movie Moves Back Two Years to 2020
Warner Bros. is delaying its Scooby-Doo animated movie “Scooby” for nearly two years to May 15, 2020.

The studio had announced in 2015 that it was in development on “Scooby” with a release date of Sept. 21, 2018.

Variety reported in September that Dax Shepard is in negotiations to direct the movie. Producers are Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, who were producers on the studio’s live-action films “Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.” Allison Abbate, who has credits on “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Corpse Bride,” and “Frankenweenie,” is also producing.

The untitled film is being directed by “Space Jam” helmer Tony Cervone, whose TV credits include Cartoon Network’s “The Looney Tunes Show” and “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” Matt Lieberman (“Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief”) wrote the screenplay, while Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy”) is on board as executive producer.

The new Scooby-Doo feature will be a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation under the Warner Animation Group banner,
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Turnabout: Pop Culture Homages to Quentin Tarantino

The reference-r becomes the referenced.

You can’t talk about Quentin Tarantino without talking about his penchant for pop culture references. The worlds of film, television, literature, music, art, animation, and more are all fodder for Qt’s frenetic screen language. Because of this, in part, pop culture has embraced Tarantino in a way it does few other filmmakers, it made him a figurehead overnight, a touchstone source for all things kooky and cult-y, and in fact on several occasions pop culture has returned the favor by referencing the director and his work.

Movies like Swingers, Neighbors, and Space Jam, and television shows like The Simpsons, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Office, and even the music of pop princess Lady Gaga are just a few of the various media that have paid homage to Tarantino, and now thanks to editor extraordinaire Jacob T. Swinney, you can see them all in one place.

These
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What's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on film

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What's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on filmWhat's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on filmAdriana Floridia4/14/2017 9:00:00 Am

With Easter approaching this weekend, there is no better time to spread some love for our favourite bunnies.

Bunnies have made a major impression on film. Some of the most iconic cartoon characters we know and cherish are fun-loving bunnies. You can usually find them chomping on carrots, being unusually tardy, and a lot of the time they're up to no good.

As adorable as some of our favourite bunnies are, there have also been many instances where bunnies have given us nightmares, but it doesn't mean we have any less love for them.

Whether they're being creepy, sly, or sweet, here are ten of the best bunnies to hop, jump, and skip across the silver screen. Check out the list below!

Judy Hopps, Zootopia (2016)

The most inspirational bunny on this list,
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What's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on film

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What's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on filmWhat's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on filmAdriana Floridia4/14/2017 9:00:00 Am

With Easter approaching this weekend, there is no better time to spread some love for our favourite bunnies.

Bunnies have made a major impression on film. Some of the most iconic cartoon characters we know and cherish are fun-loving bunnies. You can usually find them chomping on carrots, being unusually tardy, and a lot of the time they're up to no good.

As adorable as some of our favourite bunnies are, there have also been many instances where bunnies have given us nightmares, but it doesn't mean we have any less love for them.

Whether they're being creepy, sly, or sweet, here are ten of the best bunnies to hop, jump, and skip across the silver screen. Check out the list below!

Judy Hopps, Zootopia (2016)

The most inspirational bunny on this list,
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La La Land tops our list of movies to watch at home in April

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La La Land tops our list of movies to watch at home in AprilLa La Land tops our list of movies to watch at home in AprilAdriana Floridia4/4/2017 10:32:00 Am

The film that won over all of our hearts last Christmas is going to be available at the Cineplex Store this month! That's right, now you can watch La La Land time and again by owning a digital copy! But that's not all that's in store for April...

In fact, April is delivering a lot of our most favourite films from the last few months, and we're breaking down the best movies that you can buy or rent in the comfort of your own home. Whether you're a horror fan, a musical lover, or a Star Wars aficionado, here are our top 5 films to watch at home in April!

5. The Founder

Buy it on April 4th

We all know
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