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Exclusive: In his final film performance, the late Robin Williams lends his voice to sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything for Monty Python’s Terry Jones. The legendary entertainer was the first to sign onto the long-gestating comedy about a disillusioned teacher (Simon Pegg) granted the power to do “absolutely anything” by scheming aliens, played by the Pythons. In Deadline’s exclusive clip, Pegg gives his devoted dog Dennis the ability to speak – and out comes Williams’ unmistakable voice.
“One thing we’re grateful to Robin for is he was the first to come on and he stuck with the whole thing,” recalled Jones’ co-writer Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon, Small Soldiers), who with Jones spoke with me during a recent Adr session in Los Angeles.
Jones and Scott first began writing the film 20 years ago, but it didn’t come together until Jones’ son Bill and producing partner Ben Timlett found financing. »
- Jen Yamato
Monty Python’s Terry Jones arrived during a break in the clouds Friday for an Adr session at West La’s The Village, the storied recording studio where the late Robin Williams lent his voice to Jones’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything shortly before his death this summer.
“One thing we’re grateful to Robin for is he was the first to come on and he stuck with the whole thing,” recalled Jones’ close collaborator Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon, Small Soldiers). “The kind of attitude that led him to stick with the project through all its ups and downs, he totally exhibited here. He wanted to make everybody feel good from the engineer to the lady making the coffee. It was very late in the day for him and we didn’t know that, but he was a real mensch.”
Co-scripted over two decades by Jones and Scott, »
- Jen Yamato
The graphics are so awful and the draw distance so shallow, that the perpetually foggy landscape becomes an enemy itself, endangering the player with unseen chasms and veiled ravines. The controls are so clunky when on foot and so floaty when on vehicles, that following the simplest road is a challenge worthy of the Paris-Dakar circuit. Gunfights with gargantuan bugs, which have come to harvest humans on Earth, are so confusing, such a fuzzy tangle of rainbow lasers and gelatinous blobs, occasionally interrupted by the smoky remnant of an explosion, that your Orange Glo soldier becomes lost in the visual chaos. Secrets scattered throughout each level are tucked into such distant valleys and improbable mountain ranges (cubist sculptures that only distantly resemble geological formations), that finding them is almost not worth the effort. Body Harvest has all the makings of a colossal failure, comparable, »
- Guido Pellegrini
Previously, we'd seen a colorful teaser poster for the comedy Absolutely Anything, a pseudo reunion of the infamous Monty Python comedy troupe with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones voicing aliens who bestow magical powers on a secondary school teacher and watch what happens. Simon Pegg leads the film, and Robin Williams voices his dog Dennis in one of his final film performances. Now we have some first look photos showing Pegg in the film with his talking dog, and we even get a shot of Kate Beckinsale, playing a love interest. Will this pack a hilarious Monty Python punch? Here are the first photos from Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything from Empire: Absolutely Anything is dircted by Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian), who co-wrote the script with Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers). The film follows a disillusioned school teacher (Simon Pegg »
- Ethan Anderton
Get a sneak peak at the incoming horror Ouija right here...
Arriving in cinemas on October 31st is Ouija, a spooky looking horror which, as the title suggests, centres around a Ouija board. The set up sees a group of friends who manage to awaken the dark powers of said Ouija board, with consequences that are unlikely to be pleasant.
The movie marks the directorial debut of Stiles White, who's worked on the special effects for projects such as Jurassic Park III, Galaxy Quest and Small Soldiers. And we've got a clip of Ouija to give you a taster as to what to expect. Without further ado...
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Director: Joe Dante. Review: Adam Wing. Why is Joe Dante so inconsistently consistent? I look back over his career in movies and see some of my favourite films growing up. Dante's first film was released in the year I was born, and Piranha still has more teeth than a lot of horror movies made today. It wasn't until 1984 that I started paying attention though, with the release of one of my all time favourite movies, Gremlins. Innerspace followed in 1987, The New Batch arrived in 1990 and sandwiched somewhere in between was The 'Burbs. Starring Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman (of course, it was the '80s) and Carrie Fisher, The 'Burbs is the kind of movie that gets better with age. "There go the Goddamn brownies..." Joe's output became more infrequent in the 90s, with standouts being Small Soldiers in '98 and 2003's Looney Tunes: Back In Action. I only mention this »
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Mayfield Place is the perfect 80s suburbia. There are painted houses fringed by lush green lawns cut to just the right length, separated by a wide grey road. There are white picket fences. The neighbours are out, tending to their gardens beneath a pristine blue sky.
Thirty-something resident Ray Peterson stands in his front yard, surveys the scene, and sees that it is good.
Queenie, the little white dog belonging to the old guy across the road, has just left a spire of brown poop on Mark Rumsfield's lawn. Mark, a Vietnam vet and patriot, is running around in his camo shorts, threatening to eviscerate Walter's dog. Elsewhere, Ray's schlubby neighbour Art »
Roger Corman and Joe Dante, and even Dick Miller, were in attendance at last night "Kings of Cult" art show reception at Hero Complex in Los Angeles this weekend. This latest gallery welcomed various artists to pay tribute to the works of these two men, from Attack of the Crab Monsters and The Masque of Red Death to The Howling and Gremlins (a lot of Gremlins). Hell, a couple of artists even tipped a loving hat to Dante's Small Soldiers.
- Ryan Turek
The first image from the new Terry Jones film has just been released as the film wraps up shooting.
The film stars Simon Pegg as a school teacher who is given the gift to do anything he wants by a group of aliens in space. Jones and his fellow Monty Python co-stars John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam will voice the aliens in this eagarly awaited film.
” Kate, Simon and Rob breathed such life into the characters. I couldn’t have imagined anyone else playing those parts.”
- Lucinda Holt
Chicago – Now in its second year, the Chicago Film Critics Festival opens tonight, May 9th, 2014, with the Chicago Premiere of “They Came Together,” starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poelher, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader and Ed Helms, and directed by David Wain. Wain makes an appearance after the 7pm screening at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Click here for details and the complete schedule for the week long festival.
The Chicago Critics Film Festival is the first of its kind, with members of the Chicago Film Critics Association coordinating the events and selecting the films. The schedule features mainstream and independent film premieres – weeks before their general release – plus two short film programs, late night horror films, revivals and one-of-a-kind live appearances. The festival runs through May 15th.
Included in the week-long presentations are after-film Q&As by filmmakers, actors and even the subjects of the movies on tap. Here is »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Who could begrudge Joe Dante the honor of an anthology volume dedicated to his work? Here's a director who's never quite gotten his due despite a plethora of appreciative, dedicated fans. Serious American critics, including Jonathan Rosenbaum and Dave Kehr, have stumped for him for decades, but it seems sadly unlikely that such a volume would come out in his home country. In fact, even the Austrian Film Museum press' previous subjects (e.g., Apichatpong, Karmakar, Denis, Assayas) merely emphasize how this looks, superficially at least, like a departure. As an object, of course, the book is beautiful like the other entries in the series.
The co-editors Nil Baskar and Gabe Klinger have brought together a nicely diverse set of accounts of Dante's work. Some are pieces of historicist criticism; others are textual readings of certain tropes or tensions in the movies themselves (e.g. Dušan Rebolj on “Dante's Agents, »
- Zach Campbell
Just when you were sick of seeing and mistakingly eating too many Peeps over the Easter holiday, the sugary marshamallow treat has been announced as the next branded item to receive its own movie. Surprisingly it's not going to be a horror movie in which a bunch of the little pastel-colored blobs attack a small town. Attack of the Peeps has a nice ring to it. Instead, it'll be something more along the lines of Toy Story, The Lego Movie and I guess Small Soldiers, as that last one was written by Adam Rifkin, who'll now be making Peeps: The Movie. Is candy going to be the new trend for Hollywood's mining of familiar properties? If so, perhaps another kind will lend itself to the horror genre. Gummi Worms, maybe? As for Gummi Bears, they've already been turned...
- Christopher Campbell
Peeps, everyone's favorite gooey Easter (or year-round) treat, will be heading to movie theaters, Deadline reports, with filmmaker Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City) optioning the TV and movie rights to the hugely popular marshmallow candy.
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The film will be made in a similar vein to The Lego Movie, telling the story of a wayward Peep who is misplaced the night before a Peeps diorama contest and has to venture through a slew of different shoebox worlds in order to find his way back home. »
Only in a world where Legos can be the subject of a hit movie and Transformers toys the centerpiece of a hit franchise, can we imagine a movie based on sugary marshmallow candies. But for better or worse, that is the film culture we live in now and writer/director Adam Rifkin is prepared to take advantage of it, announcing Tuesday night that he has optioned the rights to Just Born’s Peeps, that colorful sugary goodness that annually generates $2 billion in revenue, primarily around Easter time. (Psst: We’ve got a few plot ideas for him.)
Rifkin, whose varied »
- Nicole Sperling
Yes, you heard right. Marshmallow Peeps, those scrumptious little morsels of sugar, corn syrup (so, more sugar), gelatin, yellow dye and carnauba wax, have just been given the rights to their own feature film. The Peeps won’t be making the movie, though (they don’t really have the capacity for artistic thought). Right now, the Peep moviemaking is being handled by Adam Rifkin, a man with a long history of slightly off kids’ movies — he wrote the screenplays for Mousehunt, Small Soldiers and Underdog. Rifkin and the execs from Just Born (the candy company responsible for those gooey yellow bird things) are currently hashing out the story details for Easter Themed Tooth Decay: The Movie. Reportedly, what they’ve got so far is a Peeps diorama contest that sees a single candy fowl come loose and lose his way the night before judging is to commence. He (or she, or »
- Adam Bellotto
The classic marshmallow holiday treat Peeps are getting a big screen feature film adaptation! These cavity creating candies are always a big hit during Easter, and filmmaker Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, Underdog) must have got a lot of them in his Easter basket last weekend, because he's the guy pushing it into development. I'm sure he looked at them and said to himself... "How have these not been made into a movie yet!?" So he went out, optioned the rights, and has started the long process of bringing them to a movie theater near you.
According to Deadline the film will be animated, and it is described as a "Lego Movie-esque family epic set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, when a wayward Peep gets misplaced and must adventure through the fantasy lands of different-themed dioramas before the contest’s judging begins."
That sounds like it could work. »
- Joey Paur
Peeps aren’t something that are too common here in the windy British Isles, but for anyone who’s spent time around an American during the Easter period, they’ll know exactly how essential these treats are to the holiday. Peeps are marshmallow treats covered in sugar and usually take the form of a yellow chick, but have taken on many different colours and shapes over the years. Well now the confectionery is turning its sights to the big screen in a film adaptation.
It would be easy to shrug this off as another case of Hollywood being bankrupt of ideas, but let’s remain positive and remember the success that was The Lego Movie. Besides, the actual plot sounds very good and quite inventive for a film based on a snack. The film will be held on the eve of a diorama contest (something else Brits may not be well versed in). The hero, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Filmmaker Adam Rifkin ("Detroit Rock City") has secured the film and TV rights to the popular chicken and bunny-shaped candy treats Peeps. Plans are to turn the property into a new animated franchise.
Rifkin's idea is said to be a family epic in the same vein as "The Lego Movie" and set the night before a Peeps diorama contest. A single Peep goes astray and must venture through a number of different adventure-themed dioramas before judging begins.
Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin will produce the project which hopes to partner with a studio.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaker Adam Rifkin has secured the film and TV rights to the popular candy treats Peeps for a new animated franchise, along with his producing partners Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin.
The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania company Just Born, which makes and distributes the chick and bunny-shaped candies, sparked to Adam Rifkin's idea for a family epic in the same vein as the recent blockbuster The Lego Movie. The story is set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, where one Peep goes astray, and must venture through a number of different adventure-themed dioramas before the contest judging begins.
Adam Rifkin got the idea from watching his niece and nephew make their own Peeps diorama for a school project. He soon discovered that there are several, large-scale Peeps contests, such as one held by The Washington Post where this year's winner depicted Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. »
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