7 items from 2008
One of the films that caught our eye in the midnight section of the Sundance 2009 line-up was Mystery Team. In it, a group of kid detectives struggle to solve a double murder to prove they can be real detectives before they graduate from high school. Yes it sounds quirky and fun, but just wait until you see this trailer. There is no way you'll be expecting this, no matter what you've come up with in your twisted little mind. And do I still want to see it? Hell yes! I can't even place my finger on this; maybe I'll call it a odd combination of Saturday Night Live, Scooby Doo, and Mystery Men? Take a look for yourself... Watch the trailer for Mystery Team: [flv:http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/mystery-team-trailer.flv http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/mystery-team-trailer.jpg 480 320] For more info, head to the official website for the film: mysteryteam-movie.com Mystery Team is directed by first time feature filmmaker Dan Eckman, of »
- Alex Billington
The cast of Richard Levine’s marital drama, Every Day, just became officially eclectic, with the news that Eddie Izzard and Brian Dennehy have signed on to join Carla Gugino, Helen Hunt and spellcheck nemesis Liev Schreiber. The film, which is also written by debutante director Levine, is about the strife hitting a married couple (Schreiber and Hunt) when he’s tempted by Gugino’s minxy co-worker. Dennehy, who’s Mr. Reliable, will play a character called Ernie, while Izzard will play someone called Garrett. Not sure how they figure into the plot, though. Sorry.Still, our interest is always piqued by the presence of Izzard, whose early attempts at acting, in the likes of The Avengers and Mystery Men, were pretty awful. Since then, though, the comic genius has become a fine supporting actor in the likes of Ocean’s Thirteen and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. He’s yet to »
Greg Kinnear came to stardom relatively late in life, after a series of lead-up careers, first as an entertainment reporter, then as a talk-show host on The Best Of The Worst, Later With Greg Kinnear, and Talk Soup. His cinema breakthroughs came in the mid-'90s, when he co-starred opposite Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond in the remake of Billy Wilder's Sabrina, earned an Oscar nomination for his role in As Good As It Gets, and stole scenes as the smug Captain Amazing in Mystery Men. His star has risen steadily since, with key roles in the breakout audience favorite Little Miss Sunshine and the critically praised The Matador, though he often ends up as easily the best thing in less-winning movies like Fast Food Nation, Invincible, and Auto Focus. Kinnear currently has two movies in theaters: In the comedy Ghost Town, he co-stars as a ghost trying to get the. »
- Tasha Robinson
It's not too hard to find some super-sympathetic villains right now. You can travel the Internet waves and check out Dr. Horrible, or head to toon town and watch The Monarch and the other Guild of Calamitous Intent members in Venture Brothers. You can see dudes sending in applications to the evil organizations, bad guys storm the wrong building, and even crappy reassignments that suck one's loathing hatred out of their job. These incarnations are great, addictive pieces of fun.
Could the same be said of Ben Stiller's forays into the fold? (*cough* Mystery Men) Not really. But would it help with Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey? Entertainment Weekly posts that both actors are looking into joining Stiller's animated villain film, Master Mind. (Christopher blogged about it here, last year.) The premise is simple. A villain accidentally kills the guy he's arching, and loses his will to live. »
- Monika Bartyzel
More than any other film genre, comedies are all about opinion. If you watch a comedy that isn't your type of humor, you're just not going to like it. Other factors can sometimes include who you see it with or the attitude of the audience in the theater. There have been times where I have seen a comedy, like Mystery Men, that didn't seem funny the first time but then when I went again with different friends, I thought it was hilarious. Last week I had a similar experience when I saw Tropic Thunder. While I did think it had some really clever and funny parts, overall it just didn't do that much for me. Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) is the director on the set of Tropic Thunder, a film about the survival of a few soldiers during the Vietnam War. Cast in the leading roles are Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey »
- Ken Evans
Universal and Dark Horse Entertainment have signed a three-year production and distribution agreement, making Universal the studio home of Dark Horse, one of the biggest independent comic book companies outside of Marvel and DC.
The deal gives Universal access to all Dark Horse characters and properties as well as any material that Dark Horse might acquire on its own and want to develop as a motion picture.
By working with Universal, Dark Horse can finance projects that are ensured of distribution.
Many Dark Horse comics already have been adapted for the screen, including The Mask from New Line and Barb Wire from PolyGram. Universal adapted Timecop in 1994 and Mystery Men in 1999 and is behind the latest Dark Horse comic movie, this summer's Hellboy II: The Golden Army. (Revolution made the first one in 2004.)
Dark Horse, which is based in Portland, Ore., put the gears into motion in the summer when its president Mike Richardson talked to his agents at Endeavor. »
Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Entertainment have signed a worldwide production and distribution agreement, making Universal the studio home of Dark Horse, one of the biggest independent comic book companies outside of Marvel and DC.
The deal gives Universal access to all Dark Horse characters and properties, as well any material that Dark Horse might acquire on its own and want to develop as a motion picture.
Dark Horse, on its end, can finance projects and finds a distribution entity in Universal.
Many Dark Horse comics have already been adapted for the screen, most notably The Mask by New Line and Barb Wire from Polygram. Universal adapted Timecop in 1994 and Mystery Men in 1999. Most were made prior to comics' 21st century grip on Hollywood.
Universal is behind the latest Dark Horse comic movie, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
Dark Horse Entertainment is repped by Endeavor and the Gotham Group. »
7 items from 2008
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