20 items from 2014
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. »
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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 »
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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, »
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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 »
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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. »
Just two days after Easter brought religious people another moving Sunday, and people who love candy a series of pastel colored chocolates and edible bunnies, one of the signature candies of the spring holiday just struck a movie deal. Deadline reports Adam Rifkin, known for writing family fare like Mousehunt, Underdog and Small Soldiers and directing films like Detroit Rock City and The Chase, has optioned the rights to the sugary, marshmallow candy Peeps into a feature film and maybe even a TV series. Candy company Just Born was sold on a pitch for an animated feature in the vein of The Lego Movie, so whatever. Rifkin apparently came up with the idea for the film while watching his niece and nephew construct a Peeps diorama for a school project. After discovering annual contests for Peeps dioramas, including one hosted by The Washington Post, Rifkin came up with the idea »
- Ethan Anderton
21 Jump Street star Rob Riggle has joined the ensemble cast of director Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything , Deadline reports. The film, first announced in 2010 , features nearly all of the surviving members of Monty Python, including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Jones himself. Unfortunately for Python fans, Eric Idle (the only other member of the troupe outside of the late Graham Chapman) is sitting this one out, but the production is also set to feature Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley. Jones wrote the screenplay for Absolutely Anything alongside Gavin Scott ( The Borrowers , Small Soldiers ). The plot is said to follow a schoolteacher (Pegg), who is given the incredible power to make his every »
Underworld franchise star Kate Beckinsale has joined the ensemble cast of director Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything , Deadline reports. The film, first announced in 2010 , features many of the surviving members of Monty Python, including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Jones himself. Unfortunately for Python fans, Eric Idle (the only other member of the troupe outside of the late Graham Chapman) is sitting this one out, but the production is also set to feature Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley. Jones wrote the screenplay for Absolutely Anything alongside Gavin Scott ( The Borrowers , Small Soldiers ). The plot is said to follow a schoolteacher (Pegg), who is given the incredible power to make his every wish a reality »
Joe Dante‘s The ‘burbs, which turns 25 tomorrow, was a nice way to end a decade filled with a nostalgia for the simple 1950s idea of suburbia as well as a trend towards uncovering terrible things amidst the modern ideal of perfection of the new suburbia of tract house developments. In the latter camp, there’s Poltergeist and Gremlins, both produced by Steven Spielberg (whose own E.T. nearly fits) with the latter helmed by Dante (who’d go on to make another suburbia tale almost 10 years later with Small Soldiers). The ‘burbs is, more than its ’80s brethren, a satirical leveling of the former camp, particularly the early TV sitcoms re-introduced to a new generation through Nick at Nite and update spin-offs like Still the Beaver/The New Leave It to Beaver. The movie, fittingly, was shot on the same cul-de-sac neighborhood lot at Universal Studios as that Leave It to Beaver sitcom sequel and co-stars Corey Feldman »
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Justin Lin had a pretty full dance card already, but it just got a little fuller with news coming from The Hollywood Reporter that he’ll be producing a new 20th Century Fox property called Toymageddon.The live-action movie is being billed as a family adventure with “four quadrant appeal” – good news for quadrant fans – and will take place in a toy factory. Plot details are under wraps but with Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters cited as reference points, it’s safe to expect that the toys will find a way to cause maximum chaos.Maybe something along the lines of Small Soldiers is in store.The former Fast Five and 6er is directing the so-far untitled Bourne Legacy 2, a project that remains at the script stage, and may take on a narrative version of Sundance-acquired documentary The Battered Bastards Of Baseball. There’s also a Bruce Lee-inspired TV show »
20 items from 2014
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