11 items from 2013
News Simon Brew 13 Nov 2013 - 06:44
A couple of weekends back, three films converged on my eyeballs. I watched the apparent uplifting love story, An Officer And A Gentleman. The Spielbergian family adventure Batteries Not Included. And I caught a bit of Disney's The Fox And The Hound for the first time in a decade or so.
Each of these films, and the others I'm about to discuss, has a reputation of being something warm, cuddly, friendly and easy. But is that the minds of the consensus playing tricks? Because the truth is that there are films that we tend to remember as being one thing, that turn out to be far, far darker. Some of that is down how the film was originally marketed. Some down to how »
Robin Clifton, one of Australia.s most respected and successful location managers, died last Friday after a long illness. She was 71.
Born in New Zealand, Clifton worked as location manager on dozens of films and TV dramas in Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and China.
Clifton entered the industry in the early 1980s, working initially on TVCs. Her first feature was Bliss (1985), produced by Tony Buckley and directed by Ray Lawrence. She later collaborated with Buckley on Poor Man.s Orange (1987), the miniseries adapted from a Ruth Park novel, and the telemovie Heroes. Mountain (2002), the saga of Stuart Driver, who survived the 1997 Thredbo tragedy.
.Robin knew how to read a script from a director's point of view,. Buckley tells If. .No mean feat. A true professional with class. She is going to be very sadly missed..
Buckley hailed her as a .location manager par excellence. Difficult location? »
- Don Groves
Who knew Tommy Pickles could sing?!Actress E.G. Daily -- the voice behind the little "Rugrats" tyke, Buttercup on "The Powerpuff Girls" and the title character in "Babe: Pig In the City" -- auditioned on last night's episode of "The Voice," landing on Team Blake after a killer audition.Making it all even better: She actually did Tommy's voice after singing Faith Hill's "Breathe." Hello Nickelodeon flashback!Not only was her voice familiar, but Christina Aguilera recognized her from something else.E.G. also starred as Dottie in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" back in 1985 -- and she had some success as a singer around the same time, hitting it big on the club charts with the song "Say It, Say It."Check out her performance above. If you close your eyes, can you see Tommy rocking out?Want more awesome auditions? Click here for the best performances from the show's season premiere -- plus, »
- tooFab Staff
Riddick seems to be a sequel to a movie very few people liked or saw. 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick was an ill-advised attempt to turn 2000’s nasty, effective little sci-fi horror flick Pitch Black into a Star Wars–like PG-13 space opera franchise. It was a bad idea, and duly met a financially disappointing end. But it had a second life on video, and star Vin Diesel was apparently so taken with the concept that he convinced the studio to release another one, reportedly using his appearance in the Fast and Furious films as leverage. One has to admire the man’s dedication and his conviction that, whatever the wider public might have thought, this franchise was worth saving. If only the great, unfairly maligned Babe: Pig in the City had also starred Vin Diesel, maybe we’d have another one of those, too.So, Riddick (first name, inexplicably, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Are you a student who's waiting until the very last minute to do your summer reading assignments? Or maybe you're an adult who can't quite what happens in "Lord Of The Flies"? Either way, "Parks And Recreation" star Nick Offerman has just the thing for you.
On Tuesday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Offerman sat down and offered abridged versions of classic works of literature, such as "Animal Farm." For instance...
Watch Offerman's full summer reading recap in the clip above. »
- Katla McGlynn
Kids, if you blew off your summer reading this year, Nick Offerman from "Parks and Recreation" has got you covered. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday provided a public service by giving the super-brief CliffsNotes version of some of the more popular reads for students during their months off. One brief summation of Offerman's was, "'Animal Farm': It's like the movie 'Babe: Pig in the City,' but in the end it turns out communism is bad." See video: Stephen Colbert Drinks, Dances, Rages and Gets Dumped by Daft Punk Some other descriptions by the well-read actor: "'Hamlet': »
- Tony Maglio
A clever concept becomes an amiable endurance test over the perky course of “Goddess,” a just-this-side-of-too-cheerful Aussie tuner. Though the pic did so-so biz during recent domestic release, the tale of a lonely yet spunky housewife and mother who makes something of herself through song is solidly in the mold of “Enchanted” and “Mamma Mia!,” and so could spark internationally with receptive auds.
In rural Tasmania, Elspeth Dickens (legit phenom Laura-Michelle Kelly) spends her days wrangling mischievous 3-year-old twins Zack and Fred (Levi and Phoenix Morrison) while awaiting the unpredictable visits from her man, James (pop heartthrob Ronan Keating). They’ve agreed she’ll put her singing career on hold until the moppets start school, at which point he’ll shelve the whale-saving crusade that keeps him at sea for long periods of time.
After one conjugal visit, James leaves Elspeth with a webcam, which she mounts in the kitchen »
- Eddie Cockrell
Glen Canning, Rehtaeh’s grieving father, has written the most beautiful blog post about his loving daughter and how he tried to save her from suicide and get her justice. But he also writes that he is proud that four people will be saved by Rehtaeh’s organ donations. Keep reading for Glen’s full post.
Glen Canning – the father of Rehtaeh Parsons, who was allegedly raped and then driven to commit suicide by vicious bullying — had to speak out. Glen had to explain who his daughter really was; he had to speak out against how broken the system must be that a victim of an alleged rape can also become a victim of teen bullying. And finally, he had to make it clear that Rehtaeh’s death will not be in vain — her organ donations have already saved four lives. Read Glen’s full blog post from Huffington Post below. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
This week's Empire Podcast featured Ryan Reynolds, who was very funny and very interesting in equal measure. In it, he talked about both the mooted Justice League project, as well as the Deadpool script, and now the guys who wrote it - Zombieland's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick - said a little more about it to Collider."We have a phenomenal director in Tim Miller, who did about a three minute test for Fox, and Ryan came in to do the mo-cap for it and the voice," Reese explained. "And it’s like the greatest three minutes ever. I look at the three minutes and I’m like, 'That’s the movie, and it has to get made.' I think the biggest hurdle right now is convincing the-powers-that-be that it’s okay to have a hard-r rated movie within the Marvel Universe."Tim Miller is a visual effects expert who's worked on X-Men, »
“If was a numerologist I would be upset because I missed by 10 days being on the project for 3.14 years,” jokes Bill Westenhofer who served as the visual effects supervisor for Life of Pi (2012). “In August of 2009 Ang [Lee] came to Rhythm & Hues and asked the question of whether a digital animal or character looked more or less real in stereo. We didn’t know the answer to that so he asked for us to do a shot of Aslan from the first Narnia . Ang wanted it rendered in 3D but didn’t want to change a thing. Keep the fur the way it is and render without any bells and whistles. We did that and all agreed it did look more real. It had an extra sense of presence »
Oscar winner Bill Westenhofer ("The Golden Compass," 2007) is no stranger to creating animals via visual effects, having done so for that film as well as “Babe: Pig in the City” (1998) and “Stuart Little” (1999). However, he says designing the tiger in “Life of Pi” presented an exciting opportunity to try something new. “We had done digital animals in the past, and tried to make them look as real as possible, but then they get up and sing and dance, so you know it’s not real.” As he reveals in the video chat below, “Here was a chance to do a digital tiger that was a real tiger, and behaved like one. I told my crew, ‘Here’s your chance to fool your colleagues and fool the experts.’” -Insertgroups:12- He and his crew began by studying the movements of real tigers, one of which was named King. “There’s something »
11 items from 2013
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