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We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast and yet it still fell just short of the two hour mark and we really tried. That said, today we hold the Fall Box Office Draft, we review Frank and Starred Up and revisit The Trip to Italy as Laremy caught it this week and had a few things to say. We also play our regular assortment of games including the longest "Buy or Sell" edition ever, plus clear out a backlog of "Watch This or Watch That". Also included is a conversation as to whether you can be too apologetic in reviews, a listen to the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and even a voicemail sneaks in. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that »
- Brad Brevet
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Luke Owen with his top five movies of the summer…
Celebrating 60 years of destruction, the King of the Monsters made his return to the big screen in this American reboot to the classic series. Godzilla saw Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as a husband and wife duo who are trying to reunite after The Big G shows up and starts tearing through cities chasing after alien-like creature M.U.T.O.
Director Gareth Edwards clearly loved the classic Godzilla movies from the character’s 50s and 60s heydays as the movie was a call back to those films. It had a slow, methodical pace and it focused on the human characters and their dramas while Godzilla fought in the background as the ever looming presence and metaphor for nuclear war. Sadly, the movie only takes our fifth spot here as the human element (including »
- Gary Collinson
Just in time for Halloween, horror fans will be able to watch killer worms attack in high definition when Scream Factory releases Squirm to Blu-ray. We’ve been provided with official release details, a look at the cover art, and the list of bonus features:
“It was a violent summer storm. Millions of volts slashed the earth, sending hundreds of thousands of writhing, seething creatures, oozing out of the mire hungry for human flesh. It was the night of the crawling terror for the residents of Fly Creek in the 1976 horror cult classic Squirm from celebrated horror filmmaker Jeff Lieberman (Just Before Dawn, Blue Sunshine). This sought-after creature thriller stars Don Scardino (director, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 30 Rock), Patricia Pearcy (Delusion), R.A. Dow and Jean Sullivan (Escape in the Desert) and features gory make-up effects from Oscar®-winning artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Planet of the Apes, »
- Jonathan James
The definition of spoiler used to be pretty black-and-white. Back in the summer of 1980, was it a spoiler telling someone Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father? Without a doubt. How about telling someone Bruce Willis is actually a ghost in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense? Absolutely. Or what about in 2001 how Captain Leo Davidson discovers the Apes inexplicably took over the Earth in Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes? Nobody probably cared in that case, but the point stands. Lately, for some, the definition of “spoiler” has altered, mainly because people have been growing increasingly spoiler sensitive over the past few years. Some people actively seek out spoilers before they see a film or a television episode, but for others the mere mention of a relatively small plot detail can be enough to send them into a rage. The most recent film to dredge up new debate on the topic is The One I Love, a »
- Jack Giroux
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find the top 10 video games of the 3rd generation; honest trailers for Captain America 2 and Diablo 3; an epic trailer for Predator; a bad movie review for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014); and kids reenacting Emmy-Nominated TV shows. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, io9 has a timeline and an explanation of Planet of the Apes.
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
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- Justin Vactor
Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer
New York (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" became the summer's top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama "If I Stay," while the long-delayed "Sin City" sequel, "A Dame to Kill For," flopped.
With an estimated $17.6 million in its fourth weekend of release, the Marvel space adventure passed "Transformers: Age of Extinction" to become the summer's biggest domestic hit with a cumulative total of $252 million. The film, released by Disney, was an unlikely August sensation (late summer is usually an afterthought in Hollywood's lucrative summer season) that helped the box office rebound somewhat after big-budget sequels like "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "How To Train Your Dragon 2" failed to ignite the multiplexes.
"This movie just couldn't have come at a better time," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. »
- The Associated Press
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 4 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon really is where the show hits its peak. It's possible that it can't equal the heights of Day 2 and Day 3, but there's a depth to the episodes between "Round Springfield" and "Grade School Confidential" that no other day can top. How good is this day? I even like the big Abe episode, "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish.'" How good is this day? We didn't even consider "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and it includes the immortal line, "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems." And we considered, but didn't write up "Homer's Phobia," with John Waters in one of the show's best guest vocal turns. And nobody even mentioned "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" even though Homer's Guatemalan insanity pepper hallucination is an aesthetic highlight. »
- Daniel Fienberg
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Somehow, despite including two different clip shows, Day 3 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon leads us deep into the show's Golden Years, as we finish Season 4, go through Season 5 and most of Season 6, spanning from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" through "The PTA Disbands." For the second straight day, we had no trouble picking two favorites apiece and we left out a slew of great episodes including Krusty's Kancellation, Bart's rise to "I Didn't Do It!" fame, James Woods' stint at the Kwik-e-Mart, Homer's trip into space and Lisa's attempts to design a new Malibu Stacy. [The image accompanying this story is from "Marge in Chains" which, if I'm being honest, didn't come close to making our list, but it's the only official image Fxx was able to provide for the episodes airing on Saturday.] My own greatest regret is that I couldn't pick "Treehouse of Horror V," which features "The Shinning" and "Time and Punishment," which are two of my five "Treehouse" segments. However, I stand by the two episodes I chose. And guess what? Day 4 was even Harder, choosing-wise. But that's tomorrow. »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis
I can’t stop gushing about Image Comics. Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class is my favorite series on the stands at the moment. And between the Hickman powerhouse (East Of West, Manhattan Projects) and the Brubaker-Phillips (Fatale, The Fade Out) deal they inked earlier this year, Image is unstoppable in every genre market. Here are three more series to look forward to: epic Sci-Fi, explosive (and purposefully exploitative) satire, and broad strokes of fantasy… starring animals.
From the press release: “Mankind has spread across the universe in a frantic rush to survive and has colonized and strip-mined countless planets in the process. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. This world’s unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town. »
- Holly Interlandi
Benedict Cumberbatch will trade in his deerstalker to earn his stripes as the voice of man-eating tiger Shere Khan in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's “The Jungle Book.” Andy Serkis, famous for his motion capture work in “Planet of the Apes,” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is making his directorial debut with “Jungle.” “Sherlock” star Cumberbatch is the first voice talent cast in the ensemble, which will also include characters such as Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. The late George Sanders famously voiced the tiger character in the 1967 Disney animated version of the story. »
- Gina Hall
As we already documented (see video above), Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge admirer of his "Hobbit" co-star Andy Serkis - and now he's re-teaming up with the man behind Gollum for the latter's directorial debut. The "Sherlock" star is set to voice villainous man-eating tiger Shere Khan in the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation, which is based on Rudyard Kipling's classic stories, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be a mixture of live-action and performance capture, the latter of which Serkis has become famous for thanks to his work on Peter Jackson's Tolkien films and in Fox's "Planet of the Apes" reboots. The Callie Kloves-scripted project is one of two "Jungle Book" films currently in development; Disney has a live-action/CGI version in the pipeline with Jon Favreau directing, Bill Murray (Baloo), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela »
- Chris Eggertsen
It’s hard enough to pick movies that connect with audiences. Today, studio chiefs like Gianopulos must navigate a rapidly shifting landscape where consumer demands, piracy and the collapse of the DVD market, as well as increasing competition from online diversions and quality cable TV shows, are wreaking havoc on the financial underpinnings of the film business. Media companies like Fox’s parent 21st Century Fox are on a quest to grow bigger in order to compete with digital superpowers like Google and pending mergers between cable and telco giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and At&T and DirecTV. Gianopulos’ uberboss, 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, made a surprise $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner that was rejected and he subsequently withdrew. But consolidation, it seems, is coming.
Photo by Art Streiber for »
- Brent Lang
No big surprise this weekend, at least not at the top, where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the #1 spot for a second weekend in a row with $28.4 million as its domestic cume climbs to $117.6 million while Guardians of the Galaxy was closely behind in second with $24.7 million as it is now over $222.3 million domestically. We find the first of the weekend's new releases in third and no, it doesn't star Sylvester Stallone and a rag tag group of aging action stars. It's Let's Be Cops, a comedy Fox didn't even screen for critics here in Seattle, and while it brought in $17.7 million, falling short of the $20+ million tracking, I'd say it's doing decently after a big start on Wednesday, bringing in $26.1 million total over the last five days. The "B" CinemaScore suggests it will drop as pretty much all films drop, maybe a little faster, but with a $17 million budget »
- Brad Brevet
As studios continue to take their pick of the best release dates years in advance, two of the most highly anticipated movies from the next few years have been dated for 2016 and 2018 respectively.
First up is Lionsgate and Saban’s Power Rangers reboot. With a story from producer Roberto Orci and a script from X-Men: First Class contributors Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, it is now set to be released on July 22nd, 2016. It is there that it will open against Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur in the already crowded month.
- Josh Wilding
With the just-dated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, another Smurfs movie and Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg all arriving within three months of each other, the summer of 2016 is looking like an unusually nostalgic one. Now, another familiar face from our childhood appears to be mounting a comeback around the same time, with Lionsgate’s announcement that it has dated a live-action Power Rangers movie for July 22nd, 2016.
The announcement puts Power Rangers on a direct collision course with Warner Bros.’ King Arthur, another potential series starter. Chances that one or both will move at some point are heightened by the fact that the fifth Bourne movie opens one week earlier, on July 15th, and the third Planet of the Apes hits one week later, on July 29th.
- Isaac Feldberg
Later this month, we’ll see the release of a brand new Hellraiser comic book mini-series. This time, the series will go with an anthology format, giving us new tales in the Hellraiser universe from a variety of popular and upcoming writers. The first issue contains the start of a six-part serial written by Mark Miller and Ben Meares, where a group sets out to steal Pinhead’s pins, and I caught up with both of them for the latest installment of our Q&A series.
Ben Meares: Hellraiser, in my mind, has always had a certain magic to it because the rules of the mythos can be applied to almost any kind of story.
Mark Miller: Right. »
- Jonathan James
No director or cast is yet attached, but Lionsgate has announced a July 22nd 2016 release date for their upcoming reboot of the "Power Rangers" franchise.
That puts the film up against "Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur" on the same date, and between the fifth "Bourne" film the week before and the third "Planet of the Apes" film the week after.
Roberto Orci recently signed on to executive produce and develop the story with screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz ("Thor," "X-Men: First Class"). Originally thought to be a reboot, Orci revealed the new film will tie into the original series continuity.
Source: Lionsgate »
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate has given Power Rangers a release date. The studio will open the movie, which hopes to launch a franchise, July 22, 2016. The move puts the title on the same date as Warners’ King Arthur, another movie that hopes to launch a franchise. It also sandwiches the movie in between Universal’s next Bourne movie, which opens July 15, and Fox’s next installment of Planet of the Apes, which is to bow July 29. X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are penning the script while Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Allison Shearmur and Roberto Orci are producing.
- Borys Kit
Since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers launched over two decades ago, the series has been in almost continuous production, with merchandise still selling well and a loyal fanbase in place. However, they no longer have anywhere near the same level of popularity, but a movie like this however could potentially move them right back into being the huge brand they used to be. That's what Lionsgate are banking on anyway, as they have now set a release date of July 22nd, 2016. It was recently revealed that Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (who are credited somewhat controversially for X-Men: First Class) will pen the movie based on a story by Transformers' Roberto Orci. July 2016 is a busy month, with new Bourne and Planet of the Apes movies set to open alongside Angry Birds, Ice Age 5, The Bfg and more. What do you guys think? From a story by Executive Producer Roberto Orci »
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