10 items from 2016
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That, boys and girl, is called knowing the game. Those who don’t shouldn’t play. So despite being blackballed by one of the big two how was I able to thrive?
Alternative means of finding distribution, budget and happiness.
The vast majority of top tier creators in the industry use one option.
There are numerous more, and I’ll touch on those next time.
As well I will break down what option was preferred and why for the project I’m using for this series. I’ve been in the game for a long time. What I use as examples are not intended as a ‘how to’ to get into the comics biz. If so the series would be named ‘how to ruin your career.’
The underlying point is to look at the big picture when entering this field. I believe with every fiber of my »
- Michael Davis
Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016
Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?
In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.
Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...
Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures
Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and »
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
“Body of Work” presents Madonna’s more-impressive-than-you-think filmography, including the 25th-anniversary restoration of Truth or Dare. This weekend offers A League of Their Own, Desperately Seeking Susan, Shadows and Fog, and Dick Tracy.
Fantastic Mr. Fox screens on Saturday.
Double-billings continue with Hitchcock-Polanski, Reed-Welles, and Kelly- / Donen-Minelli.
A restoration of Howards End has begun its run. »
- Nick Newman
It’s an amazing feat of sorcery that only the best of the worst Hollywood metahumans can pull off: to entertain you for two hours while keeping you completely bored and disinterested. Suicide Squad, the much-talked about latest entry into the DC Comics movie universe, manages to that in spades. Or an orgy of bullets if you prefer.
The characters and the plotline need no introduction here, I’m sure. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith), are freed by the hapless U.S. Government (led by the anything but hapless Amanda Waller), to deal with increasing superhuman terrorist threats. They are joined by a band of misunderstood misfits with properly comedic names—El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana, etc. –to form the titular group.
Never mind that the danger that imperils the world, an evil sorcerer known as Enchantress, was of the moronic Government’s own unleashing. »
- J Don Birnam
If you go down to your local multiplex today, you’ll be reminded of the advice Thumper received from his father: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
While they should be getting us worked up with white-knuckle tension, blockbusters show more regard for their promotional partners than the audience, with characters running past billboards during dramatic scenes. At least in 1999’s Mystery Men Captain Amazing was upfront about being sponsored by Pepsi, even wearing their logo on his costume.
Some movies are so contemptuous of their audience, in fact, that you can’t help wondering if someone pulled the trigger on them to prove H L Mencken’s adage that nobody went broke underestimating the good taste of the American public. From films starring “internet sensations” who register zero onscreen presence, to slapped-together remakes that trade on famous titles, some films »
- Ian Watson
As Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice breaks box office records despite a questionable script (‘I’m not a lady, I’m a journalist’), how well do you know other superbad superhero quotes?
"Even the entire cast of E.R. couldn't put you back together again"
"I don't suppose they have fax machines on elephants!"
Batman & Robin
"Every man dreams he'll meet a woman he can give the world to. In my case, that's not just a metaphor"
Fantastic Four (2005)
"I'm blind, and I see more than any of you, because I don't look"
"I've always considered you the Dutch Elm disease in my family tree"
"Muggers don't usually wear rose oil or high heels ... at least, this »
- Benjamin Lee
This week, Neil Calloway argues that Deadpool’s success should not come as a surprise…
With Deadpool breaking box office records around the world (a bigger opening than The Force Awakens in Russia, oddly), and has been the surprising hit of the 2016 so far, making more than double its budget back in its opening weekend at the Us box office alone.
Deadpool has never been in among the most recognised of comic book characters; emerging in the nineties rather than the golden age of comics, Wade Wilson doesn’t have the recognition factor that Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent or Peter Parker do; we didn’t grow up with reruns of campy sixties TV shows about him, there has never been a darker animated series featuring Mark Hamill; to the general public, Deadpool was all but unknown. With that in mind, its success is an impressive achievement. Having said that, Iron Man »
- Neil Calloway
Anghus Houvouras on 2016 being a “make or break” year for comic book movies…
2016 is a pivotal year for the comic book movie, and maybe not for the reasons you think.
Not just because Warner Bros. finally arrives to the party with their shared cinematic universe. And not because we’re seeing more second class characters getting their own feature films. Hollywood has dipped into the dollar bins before trying to make big screen successes out of second tier characters like Swamp Thing, Jonah Hex, Elektra, and The Punisher with varying degrees of success. In the case of those four examples, ‘success’ is merely referencing the fact that the movies were financed, produced, and released. Creatively they were toilet bowl expeditions looking to see who could make their way deepest into the drain and the public was all too eager to flush.
Deadpool arrives in theaters this weekend and the stakes have never been higher. »
- Anghus Houvouras
The first feature by writer-director Matt Hullum’s production company Rooster Teeth, of the highly popular animated Web series “Red vs. Blue,” “Lazer Team” is a genial sci-fi action comedy that offers plenty of fun for fanboy types. The Texas-shot, Indiegogo-funded project tallied more than $1 million in Tugg presales before opening on 300 or so U.S. screens Friday. Whether this amusing if not wildly inspired spoof can build the word of mouth to cross over to wider theatrical audiences sans conventional star power or advertising muscle is doubtful. But it should do well in home formats, while announcing that Austin-based Rooster Teeth can create slick, ambitiously scaled entertainment on penny-ante means.
In 1977 the U.S. government gets a message from a “friendly alien race” called the Antarians: “You are not alone. Conflict is coming.” They also informs that a “suit of power” is on its way that will help humanity »
- Dennis Harvey
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV show (1966-68) starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and his teen partner Robin the Boy Wonder. The show was a huge hit when first released and still has a loyal following today. The show was a clever satire, not only on super heroes but also on 1960s pop-culture in general. Cinelinx celebrates ABC’s Batman at 50.
In January of 1996, a mid-season replacement show debuted on ABC and became an unexpected hit. It was originally planned to be produced for the fall ’66 season but it was moved up to January. ABC’s Batman was part of its 1966 “second wave” programming, being one of 4 shows that debuted during the mid-season. (Along with The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Blue Light and The Baron.) While the other three are mostly forgotten, Batman became the sensation of the season—airing twice each week, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
10 items from 2016
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