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The music that accompanies the start of "The X Factor" (it's a famous piece, I don't know it's name) would make one think that the final three are going to have to vanquish lions before they turn on each, armed only with a small knife. Also, Nicole and Paula are dressed like extras from "Blade Runner." This is kinda scary. But let's get to the performances.
1. Josh Krajcik, "Uninvited"
Huh. I love this song, but this is a weird song choice for Josh. The song loses some of its power when not sung by a higher, broken female voice. But then Alanis Morissette is there. Um, this is weird. I thought the finale performances would be alone. Hmm. When they start singing together, »
Maybe I’m just an old curmudgeon, but I like my Looney Tunes in brief three-minute vignettes wherein Bugs Bunny or Daffy outsmarts Yosemite Sam or Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn evades the attacks of Chicken Hawk, Daffy battles Marvin the Martian, Sylvester attempts to eat Tweety, Wile E. Coyote tries to kill and devour the Roadrunner (Beep! Beep!), or Pepe le Pew romances an unwilling cat with an unfortunate white stripe. Does that combination of events ever get old? No, because there’s some comic slapstick genius at the heart of the franchise. The Looney Tunes classics are just that: classic. Since then, Warner Brothers has attempted to revitalize Bugs and the gang by making them play basketball in Space Jam, sending them on adventures with Brendan Fraser, or turning them into superheroes (yes, that happened). Considering those other directions, The Looney Tunes Show feels much closer to the norm of the original series, »
- Lex Walker
Gary Ross’ upcoming adaptation of the first in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy is set to be one of the biggest films of next year, and we’ve been treated to some pretty great insights into the film in the past few weeks (all of which you can catch up on here), including the long-awaited first theatrical trailer, which I thought was pretty damn awesome.
Variety are now reporting that Danny Elfman, who was originally to compose the score for the film, has had to exit the project due to scheduling conflicts, and James Newton Howard will be stepping in in his place.
It had been previously announced that Elfman would be collaborating with T-Bone Burnett for the film, and Burnett will be continuing his involvement with the project, for which he’ll also be serving as executive music producer, now alongside Howard.
“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Sport has always had a place in film and every year new movies are released around a sporting theme. This relationship between sport and movies has also seen stars of sport stepping in front of the camera for memorable movie cameos. The latest high-profile sports star to make a movie cameo is Lewis Hamilton, who stars as a self-title racing car (pictured above) in Cars 2. To celebrate the 21st November release of Cars 2 on Disney 3D Blu-ray, Blu-Ray and DVD, we take a look a ten of the best sports star cameos in film.
The morning after the night before and one of the few clues as to what went down is a live tiger in the bathroom. Mike Tyson’s tiger. In a memorable scene the outlandish boxer (playing himself) sings along to Phil Collins as he suddenly punches Zach Galifianakis. John McEnroe »
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What's Daniel Radcliffe's favorite "Harry Potter" film? Take a guess before checking the answer at Moviefone (hint: it's not the first one).
Is Mickey Rourke his own worst enemy? Vulture takes a long, hard look at one of Hollywood's most unpredictable eccentrics.
Screen Junkies makes a strong case for the Muppets hosting the Oscars over Billy Crystal. Maybe Billy will say he "banged" someone and get fired?
With 'War Horse" on the horizon, Film.com offers some logistical problems with, »
- Bryan Enk
Everyone loves Legos. Film studios are on a binge of making theatrical films based on toys. It was only a matter of time before the two came together. The building blocks are embedded in popular culture. They have that nostalgia factor going for them along with the ease of access for newcomers. Variety reports that Warner Bros. is prepared to launch a 'Lego' film of their own with Animal Logic doing up the animation. On the solely animated front, they're known for the likes of 'Happy Feet' and 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.' Most of the details on the film are being kept under wraps. You don't want a wild concept like this getting leaked. It sounds kind of like 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' or 'Space Jam' in that it will be a blend of live-action and animation. Maybe not, though. It »
Like Crazy, the indie romance that earned a Sundance seal of approval from last year’s festival, is a movie that lives and breathes on the chemistry of its two stars, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Felicity Jones (Brideshead Revisited). Even off-screen, the mojo between the two is just as vibrant.
I took part in the chemistry between Yelchin and Jones during our small chat about the film, which includes a discussion about facial hair, Space Jam, and the unique occasion in which Yelchin received his first kiss.
Let’s talk about facial hair in movies for guys. (To Yelchin), Do you like your facial hair in this movie?
Felicity Jones: It’s a necessary evil (laughs).
Anton Yelchin: I think what we tried to do was that basically the first time after you meet him after he hadn »
- Nick Allen
There are many moments in your young life that you will always remember. Your first days at school for example, maybe even your first kiss (it wasn’t very good) and one memory I will never forget; the first time a film genuinely frightened me. The nostalgia of reliving that memory in your head is one of cinematic glory. Much like the time you realise cinema can effectively tug at your heartstrings and drown your face in a hail of tears. As you get older the images in front of you go from real (believing they’re happening in front of you), to the realisation of the cinematic machine (a reproduction of artificial images), until eventually you decide to lose yourself into that same machine that once fooled you. As they say the proof is in the pudding, we need only look back at the seminal Lumiere Brothers ‘Arrival of »
- Dan Lewis
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Synopsis: For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some resident has angered St. Nick by calling him “a fraudulent myth!” Skeptical Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses “and let up a little on the wonder why.” How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa’s jolly return to town – and the joyous finale of the animated fable inspired by Clement Moore’s poem and produced by the merrymaking conjures of Rankin/bass studios. The voice talents of Joel grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel make this festive fable even more fun. (highdefdigest.com)
The 12 Dogs Of Christmas (2005)
Synopsis: A girl who uses dogs to »
- Travis Keune
"Rain" is the perfect soundtrack song – a big, sweeping ballad co-written and co-produced by Mars' team, the Smeezingtons – and seems an ideal fit for "Breaking Dawn." And it got us thinking about our favorite soundtrack tunes. When a one-off tune from one of our favorite artists is tied to a movie you, it's the icing on a very tasty cake.
After the jump, a rundown of some of our favorite soundtrack tunes. We tried to stay away from musicals – with the exception of "Moulin Rouge" – because that's whole different can of worms, and we aimed for songs that we felt really belonged in the movies in which they appear.
>>> "Take My Breath Away, »
- John Mitchell
Two Irish-American actresses will be honored with one of the most prestigious honors in Hollywood on June of next year. The Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee announced that “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Patricia Heaton, and Marg Helgenberger, mostly known from her role in TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” will be among the chosen to receive their Stars on the famous Los Angeles strip. Both actresses are being recognized for their successful careers in television. Patricia Heaton is mostly known from her Emmy-winning role as Ray Romano’s wife, Debra Barone, on the popular sitcom. She has also worked in the films “Beethoven” and “Space Jam,” and is currently working on “The Three Stooges” big screen adaptation. Helgenberger is known for her TV role as a crime scene investigator in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." She shared in CSI's 2005 Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series. »
Dan Goldberg.s got the golden touch. He produced the highest grossing (in both senses) R-rated comedy The Hangover, and has just released his sixth collaboration with director Todd Phillips the sequel .The Hangover Part II.. His touch is on Old School, Road Trip, School for Scoundrels, and Due Date as well as Howard Stern.s Private Parts, Space Jam, with Michael Jordan, Ivan Reitman.s romantic adventure .Six Days Seven Nights,. starring Harrison Ford, Stripes, Heavy Metal and Meatballs.Not bad for a kid from small town Ontario, Canada. He and Reitman were contemporaries at Hamilton.s McMaster University where he served as the first Vice-President and second President of the McMaster Film Board. Reitman and Goldberg still work together under »
- Anne Brodie
New Theatrical Trailer For The Smurfs
If there was one thing in the world that was going to make my Wednesday worse it would have been a trailer for the upcoming 3D animation-live action crossover The Smurfs. And yes it looks absolutely hideous. Like Garfield or Space Jam cartoon/animated characters interact with live action actors like Neil Patrick Harris or Hank Azaria who both star in the movie.
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- Will Chadwick
This week has largely been advertised as "Leiber & Stoller" week, which means some updated doo-wop-y songs that usually tell a story. For their second song of the night, though, because they can't just sing one full song and let the show be an hour, the American Idol Top 4 will be singing "Songs That Inspire." Oh god, songs that inspire! At least the Space Jam hit, "I Believe I Can Fly" has already been done this season. Who needs another reminder that they could be watching Space Jam for 90 minutes instead of American Idol? Not me!
But seriously, "songs that inspire" almost always fail to inspire. And James Durbin is rumored to be singing "Don't Stop Believin'," which is such an obvious song choice I feel like he's already done it. But Lady Gaga is here, so maybe she can fix everything. I also think she'll do a good job mentoring »
For the teams in Movieline's inaugural basketball movie tournament, the last four days have been grueling. After all, Vcu may have had to defeat Kanas to get to the real Final Four, but Space Jam was forced to beat the Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island. Did Jam have enough to make it into the finals? Click ahead to find out, and then vote for your champion. »
Though it's not going to get much better than Bill Murray playing himself in Zombieland (or for that matter Space Jam), but the actor just picked up a great role that could end up landing him an Oscar nomination. Vulture reports Murray will play Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a big screen adaptation of the British radio play Hyde Park on the Hudson. Focus Features is behind the film which follows a love affair between Fdr and his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley. This all takes place in June 1939 at Roosevelt's upstate New York cottage during the first-ever visit to America by members of the United Kingdom monarchy. A risky love affair for sure! Richard Nelson (who also wrote the BBC radio play) has adapted the story for the big screen and production is slated to begin shooting in July with Morning Glory and Venus director Roger Michell in the director's »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s the Top Chef All-stars Finale!!!! Almost! It’s the third of four Bahamas Finale episodes, entitled “The Last Supper.” Alllthough…it’s not the “Last” Supper, it’s Supper Part 3 out of 4 Last Suppers. I don’t remember That f***in’ painting, Da Vinci! Don’t act like you’re not reading this. My exes – always stalking me. It’s been an exciting season, but by this point, even B-Roll Beach Dog is ready for this thing to wrap up: So which spritely concheftant is getting sent home one week before the finale? Will It Be… Last Quickfire of everyone’s Top Chef careers after the jump: The episode opens with the standard testimonial-jabbing, with Mike gloating about his back to back wins and Richard snapping back “Good for him, he won two challenges in his two seasons of Top Chef – I’ve won 8.” Again, I love Richard, »
- Dan Hopper
Chicago – With all the depth and nuance of a Nike commercial, “Michael Jordan to the Max” probes into the mind of its titular subject, a man as infamous for his astonishing achievements in basketball as he is for his spectacular success as a corporate spokesperson. This 46-minute feature is not about Jordan the person, but Jordan the marketable icon: family man, mentor, role model, eternal optimist.
For someone who grew up in Chicagoland during the six unforgettable championship triumphs of the Chicago Bulls, any footage of Jordan from the 1990s is guaranteed to evoke nostalgic memories. Yet this once popular, decade-old IMAX picture appears to have been made primarily for elementary school field trips. There’s very little substance to be gleaned from Jordan’s inspirational soundbites, and writer/editor Jonathan Hock’s workmanlike assemblage of game highlights.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
Viewed today, “Max” instantly dates itself with a trendy swirling pan around an airborne Jordan, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Before I even kick this bad boy off, it’s important to note (once again) the extraordinarily high level of talent we have this season on American Idol. It’s almost hard to critique these kids when they are all leaps and bounds ahead of contestants in years past. That said, three guys stood out to me the most after the Top 13 performances March 9 and I would be pleased as punch to see all of them make it to the top: Scotty McCreery, Casey Abrams and James Durbin. Meanwhile, two of my favorite girls — Lauren Alaina and Thia Megia — failed to show off their mad skill tonight. Is one of them going home?
Without further ado, here are the Top 13 contestants ranked in order of how »
- Kirstin Benson
Getty Actress and Oscar host Anne Hathaway
Who will win best picture at the Oscars this year? Will “The King’s Speech” reign supreme? Will it be Annette or Natalie? Will we see a lot of red on the carpet, as predicted?
These are some of the questions yet to be answered as we head into tonight’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards, to be broadcast on ABC starting at 8 p.m. Et/ 5 p.m. Pst. Speakeasy will be live-blogging the event starting at 6:30 p. »
- WSJ Staff
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