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Movie taglines: an underappreciated art form

28 September 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Guy Buckland Oct 4, 2017

We salute the highs, lows and plain hilarious in the world of the movie tagline...

Hanging proudly on the wall of a room in my house where I escape to watch films and play videogames (a room that you can call anything you like, but – for the love of all that is decent – must not be referred to as a ‘man cave’) is a framed poster for a movie I have never seen. A movie that I shall probably never see.

It takes pride of place nestled between The Shining, which is the wife’s joint favourite film ever (tied with Overboard), and Batman ’89. Why? Because it has arguably the single greatest tagline ever plastered over a film advertisement:

"Unwittingly, he trained a dolphin to kill the president of the United States."

It just makes me smile every time I enter the room. As Den of Geek »

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‘Armstrong’ VOD Review

28 September 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Vicky Jeudy, Shawn Parsons, Jason Antoon, Christian Anderson, Camille Chen | Written and Directed by Kerry Carlock, Nicholas Lund-Ulrich

Lauren (Vicky Jeudy) is a recovering drug addict who is starting her first night as part of the Los Angeles Emt. Partnered with a jaded and somewhat cynical Eddie (Jason Antoon), she thinks it’s going to be a tough night. But things are about to get a lot worse.

When they get a call to attend a warehouse explosion, they are stopped by a man who collapses in front of them… A wounded drifter called Armstrong. With their communications down, they are unable to call the incident in via radio or phone, they put Armstrong into the ambulance and decide to take him to the hospital.

En route, the ambulance is attacked by a soldier. Armstrong takes out the attacker but with the crew now in danger he has »

- Philip Rogers

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The pop culture phenomenon of Smash Mouth's All Star

11 September 2017 12:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Sep 22, 2017

It first appeared on screen in Mystery Men. But then All Star began to spread...

“Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me...”

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Once upon a time, there was a movie called Shrek. Back in 2001, the world was introduced to the titular ogre, a not-so-jolly green giant, as he literally wiped his arse with the traditional fairytale and burst through his outhouse door. Cue All Star by Smash Mouth, and a generational obsession that ripened with the emergence of mashup culture.

The track was composed two years earlier for Smash Mouth's second album, Astro Lounge, after guitarist Greg Camp was told by their record label Interscope that the new record lacked “a hit single”. Their punk/ska influenced debut, Fush Yu Mang, had yielded Walkin' On The Sun, »

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‘Barry and Joe’ Is the Obama-Biden Sci-Fi Buddy Comedy We Desperately Need — Watch

30 August 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If we were to travel back in time to 1984 and quote the great Bonnie Tyler, we need a hero. He’s gotta be strong, he’s gotta be fast, and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight. We had a double whammy with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and we’ve been mourning their disappearance since before they left office. Enter animator Adam Reid, who is raising money on Kickstarter to make “Barry and Joe,” a sci-fi buddy comedy starring the former president and VP as time-traveling duo tasked with changing the course of history.

In the snappy campaign video, Reid describes “Barry and Joe” as “an adult, animated sci-fi sitcom.” Throwing another beloved figure into the mix, Neil deGrasse Tyson will guide our heroes through the particulars of messing with the spacetime continuum. “Every episode will follow Barack and Joe as they leap into the past and change a part of history. »

- Jude Dry

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‘Barry and Joe’ Is the Obama-Biden Sci-Fi Buddy Comedy We Desperately Need — Watch

30 August 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If we were to travel back in time to 1984 and quote the great Bonnie Tyler, we need a hero. He’s gotta be strong, he’s gotta be fast, and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight. We had a double whammy with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and we’ve been mourning their disappearance since before they left office. Enter animator Adam Reid, who is raising money on Kickstarter to make “Barry and Joe,” a sci-fi buddy comedy starring the former president and VP as time-traveling duo tasked with changing the course of history.

In the snappy campaign video, Reid describes “Barry and Joe” as “an adult, animated sci-fi sitcom.” Throwing another beloved figure into the mix, Neil deGrasse Tyson will guide our heroes through the particulars of messing with the spacetime continuum. “Every episode will follow Barack and Joe as they leap into the past and change a part of history. »

- Jude Dry

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Critics Reveal the TV Character They First Identified With — IndieWire Survey

15 August 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: When was the first time you saw a TV character that you felt represented you or your experience? Who was it? How did you feel? (This is jumping on the #FirstTimeISawMe hashtag about representation.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

This is a tough question, because I don’t think I’ve seen a character like me yet on television (black comics nerd who loves playing drums, has a thirst for pop culture, spent his teens grooving to Frank Zappa and Parliament/Funkadelic and has a passion for racial issues and opposing stereotypes in media. Nope, haven’t seen that character yet). But the first time I saw »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Critics Reveal the TV Character They First Identified With — IndieWire Survey

15 August 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: When was the first time you saw a TV character that you felt represented you or your experience? Who was it? How did you feel? (This is jumping on the #FirstTimeISawMe hashtag about representation.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

This is a tough question, because I don’t think I’ve seen a character like me yet on television (black comics nerd who loves playing drums, has a thirst for pop culture, spent his teens grooving to Frank Zappa and Parliament/Funkadelic and has a passion for racial issues and opposing stereotypes in media. Nope, haven’t seen that character yet). But the first time I saw »

- Hanh Nguyen

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1999’s Inspector Gadget, and its hugely underappreciated gag

14 August 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Aug 15, 2017

There's an end credits gag in Inspector Gadget that's up there with much of what Marvel offers you once the film's over...

Lots of people don’t like the Inspector Gadget movie. Released in 1999, Disney certainly had high hopes for it, earmarking it as a key blockbuster for that year. Tellingly, though, Rupert Everett would not inaccurately describe the film as “the $100m mess” in his memoir, Red Carpets And Other Banana Skins.

He went further. Talking about the elongated days of shooting on the movie, he wrote that “behind the scenes lurked a panel of executives, each with their own theory and agenda. A string of writers had written version after version, each adding to our scripts on a different-coloured paper, each one losing the plot a little bit more, so that by the end, or rather the beginning, they had managed between them to render »

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The Best Family-Friendly Shows on TV — IndieWire Critics Survey

25 July 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best family-friendly show of the past or current TV season? Live-action, animated, talk, documentary, all genres are fair game.

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I believe we’ve learned by now that the answer to all questions can be either “The Simpsons” or “Method & Red” and since this question calls for a current show, “The Simpsons” would be a truly valid answer, with its mixture of multi-tiered cultural literacy and a consistently sophisticated approach to family unity, faith and community. And I, as always, reject any snide, “That show hasn’t been good for 15 years” criticisms.

But I don’t think that’s my real answer, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best Family-Friendly Shows on TV — IndieWire Critics Survey

25 July 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best family-friendly show of the past or current TV season? Live-action, animated, talk, documentary, all genres are fair game.

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I believe we’ve learned by now that the answer to all questions can be either “The Simpsons” or “Method & Red” and since this question calls for a current show, “The Simpsons” would be a truly valid answer, with its mixture of multi-tiered cultural literacy and a consistently sophisticated approach to family unity, faith and community. And I, as always, reject any snide, “That show hasn’t been good for 15 years” criticisms.

But I don’t think that’s my real answer, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Peanuts’ & ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ To Be Acquired By Dhx Media For $345M

10 May 2017 5:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and their animated friends are about to have a new boss. Children’s entertainment company Dhx Media — whose properties include Teletubbies and Inspector Gadget — has agreed to pay $345 million for Iconix Brand Group, which owns 80% of Charles SchulzPeanuts as well as all of Strawberry Shortcake. Schulz’ family will continue to own 20% of the Peanuts franchise. Dhx expects the deal to close by the end of June, following approval by antitrust… »

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Dhx Media Acquires ‘Peanuts’ in $345 Million Purchase of Iconix

10 May 2017 5:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dhx Media has acquired classic children’s brands “Peanuts” and “Strawberry Shortcake” as part of a $345-million acquisition of the entertainment division of Iconix Brand Group.

The acquisition gives the Canadian media production, distribution and broadcasting company an 80% stake in Charles M. Schulz’s iconic “Peanuts” gang, including Snoopy and Charlie Brown, and full control of the “Strawberry Shortcake” IP. The remaining 20% interest in “Peanuts” remains with the Schulz family.

Dhx Media feels like a perfect fit for ‘Peanuts,’” Jean Schulz, widow of the “Peanuts” creator, said in a statement released Wednesday. “We respect their innovative and rich history with developing children’s shows and brands, and we look forward to working with Dana and his team to steward ‘Peanuts’ in the future.”

Dana Landry, CEO of Dhx Media, called the “Peanuts” gang “one of the world’s greatest entertainment brands, with a tremendous global legacy of comics, animated content and consumer products reaching back almost 70 years »

- Robert Mitchell

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Late Show With Stephen Colbert Mocks Rachel Maddow's Trump-Tax Reveal

15 March 2017 7:26 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Barely 24 hours after Rachel Maddow’s much-hyped yet ultimately unsatisfying exposé of some leaked pages from President Donald Trump’s past tax return, Stephen Colbert donned a deep-v and blazer and put his own spin on the MSNBC host’s reveal.

This just in: Stephen has acquired a special joke. He’s going to share it with the world. Shortly. Keep watching. #Lssc pic.twitter.com/miSmB3ZYEw

The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 16, 2017

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“I hold in my hand something very significant. It is a joke, a joke that we have »

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Animated Films and Shows That Deserve a Live-Action Reboot

15 March 2017 5:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Turning cartoons into live-action movies: Rarely has a concept sounded so much better in theory than it usually works out in execution. The thought of what animation might look like recreated with sets and actors is enough to light up the mind’s eye — but the trouble is, it almost never ends up looking that way. Instead, it looks like “Inspector Gadget” or “Mr. Magoo,” or the “Alvin” and “Scooby-Doo” movies or that epiphany of live-cartoon awfulness, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It looks chintzy and broad and fake. On rare occasions, though, you see a picture like Robert Altman’s “Popeye” or the 2016 version of “Pete’s Dragon,” and it reminds you that turning a cartoon into a live-action feature can be an act of alchemy. With Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” hitting theaters this weekend, and with “Ghost in the Shell” (starring Scarlett Johansson) around the corner, we »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Animated Films and Shows That Deserve a Live-Action Reboot

15 March 2017 5:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Turning cartoons into live-action movies: Rarely has a concept sounded so much better in theory than it usually works out in execution. The thought of what animation might look like recreated with sets and actors is enough to light up the mind’s eye — but the trouble is, it almost never ends up looking that way. Instead, it looks like “Inspector Gadget” or “Mr. Magoo,” or the “Alvin” and “Scooby-Doo” movies or that epiphany of live-cartoon awfulness, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It looks chintzy and broad and fake. On rare occasions, though, you see a picture like Robert Altman’s “Popeye” or the 2016 version of “Pete’s Dragon,” and it reminds you that turning a cartoon into a live-action feature can be an act of alchemy. With Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” hitting theaters this weekend, and with “Ghost in the Shell” (starring Scarlett Johansson) around the corner, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Stephen Colbert Reaches Out to President Obama Through a Microwave

14 March 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

You knew that Kellyanne Conway was going to get ripped to shreds for her comments regarding the fact that she’s not Inspector Gadget and suggestion that surveillance on Donald Trump was taking place through microwaves.   She also said, “I’m not in the job of having evidence.”  If you don’t think this is comical at this point, you just have to laugh right?  Well, if you really sit down and think about all this you will of course cry, but try and reach that superficial layer of your psyche that says, “don’t worry this isn’t real so feel free to laugh

Stephen Colbert Reaches Out to President Obama Through a Microwave »

- Nat Berman

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Julie Andrews Returns to TV to Teach Kids the Value of Arts Education in “Julie’s Greenroom”

14 March 2017 7:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Julie’s Greenroom”: Netflix

Julie Andrews is coming back to TV to teach kids the value of arts education with Netflix’s “Julie’s Greenroom” set to launch on March 17.

The series showcases the impact the arts can have on a child’s life with Andrews playing the fictional leader of a performing arts company made up of a host of puppet characters created by The Jim Henson Company. Created with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, an author and instructor at Suny Stony Brook Southampton, the show stars herself, Giullian Yao Gioiello (“The Carrie Diaries”), and a classroom full of puppets.

In a recent interview with the two women while on a visit to New York City to promote the show, Hamilton said that their collaboration came quite naturally.

“We’re both very passionate about the arts. Mom, of course with her arts background. I have a theater background and work with children. Mom has for a long time wanted to do a show about the arts for children, but for a variety of reasons, the time never presented itself,” Hamilton explained. “A year ago, Lisa Henson, from The Henson Company, came to us and said ‘let’s do a show, something about the arts.’”

“I said, ‘yes, please!’” Andrews added. “I jumped at it. It’s not a moment too soon. The fact is I’m now doing what I’ve wanted to do for so long. If theater stimulates children even a little bit, I’d be so happy.”

Each episode plucks from the series’ impressive roster of celebrity guests, and the two women said working with them all has been magical. “We bring in wonderfully, powerful guest stars who teach various lessons about the arts,” Andrews shared. The list includes artists such as musician Sara Bareilles, Broadway star Idina Menzel, and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actress Ellie Kemper.

The show couldn’t come at a better time, with the potential threat of the elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts. “The irony is that the arts are always the first budget to be cut, but we know that statistically there is no better way to teach skills like problem solving, critical thinking, communications, empathy, tolerance, teamwork, collaboration, and the value of the arts,” said Hamilton. “If the arts are in peril, we must do our small part to to fight the good fight and protect and preserve. Plus, if you start exposing children to this stuff when they’re young, it’s much more accessible. Later in life, it can seem elitist or scary, but if you’re submersed early enough, you feel like you belong.”

“The arts are a bridge between countries and cultures,” said Andrews.

Julie’s Greenroom” joins a roster of kids’ series on Netflix that features several DreamWorks Animation shows, including “All Hail King Julien” and “Turbo Fast,” as well as other children’s series such as “Inspector Gadget,” “Popples” and the upcoming “Beat Bugs,” “ Lalaloopsy,” “Stretch Armstrong” and “The Greenhouse.” “Netflix is so amazing because they take chances. They’ll take a risk, be edgy, be quirky,” observed Hamilton.

“They’re worldwide. I love that the show is being released worldwide, instantaneously,” said Andrews.

The mother-daughter collaboration started 30 books ago. “It’s a long time ago now,” Andrews fondly recalled. “My publisher asked me if I had anything for very young children.”

Hamilton eagerly added, ”My son was very young at the time, this was 20 years ago. My mother said to me, ‘If you were looking for a book at the library, what would it be?’ I said it would have to be about trucks, so that was our first book together.”

The book was “Dumpy at School.” The literary mother-daughter duo are now also authors of “The Great American Mousical,” “The Very Fairy Princess,” and “The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles,” amongst many other titles.

“Now I don’t ever imagine writing without her because it reinforces the process,” Andrews said. “We have different strengths. She’s structure [and] nuts and bolts — the crafts person. It’s so helpful to have another creative mind to bounce ideas off. Can you imagine having had a little girl and having had her cling to your thigh and all that kind of thing then suddenly she grows up and you face yourselves as two equal women with a real connection of minds, stimulation, and respect?”

“She’s the inspiration, the one who woke up in the middle of the night recently and said ‘We need a duck on our show!’ I’m the one who says, ‘Ok, but how do we get from act one to act two?’” said Hamilton.

Julie’s Greenroom” is aimed to preschoolers with thirteen 30-minute episodes. The two women are already hopeful it gets picked up for Season 2 so that they can teach people that theaters are often only steps away from their front door. “We purposely made this little theater resemble a regional theater because for many people, who don’t live in NYC, they might not realize that right down the road there’s a community theater or vocal workshop or dance hall to take advantage of,” said Hamilton.

Andrews added, “If we get picked up, I want to do a day of one of the kids saying ‘I’m bored.’ And we ask them what they want to do if they could, and we can recreate it on stage, using their imagination. I’d like to go to Paris for the day, for example. I also hope children will want to binge and watch these more than once.”

Sounds just like “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” a couple movies we’ve all seen more than once.

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- Holly Rosen Fink

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Late Night: Inspector Gadget Responds to Kellyanne Conway's Shout-Out

14 March 2017 5:58 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Take note, President Trump: Inspector Gadget does not want to be dragged into your wiretapping kerfuffle.

The cartoon detective broke his silence on Late Night With Seth Meyers Monday night, following statements made by presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway that she is “not Inspector Gadget” and doesn’t really believe that “people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign” — despite earlier remarks that the kitchen appliance could somehow be used for surveillance.

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“And when Inspector Gadget heard that, he said, ‘Even I think you’re crazy, »

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The Men of This Is Us Rank This Season's Top 3 'Guy Cry' Scenes

13 March 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

No one is impervious to the incredible sob-inducing power of This Is Us — not even the men who star in it.

PhotosThis Is Us: 7 Theories on How Jack Died

To warm up your tear ducts for Tuesday’s season finale (NBC, 9/8c), TVLine quizzed cast members Milo Ventimiglia (Jack), Justin Hartley (Kevin), Ron Cephas Jones (William) and Chris Sullivan (Toby) on which scenes this season made them cry. And they gave us three “guy cry” scenes that wrecked them emotionally… even if they knew exactly what was coming.

3. Kevin’s description of his painting (“The Game Plan”)

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This Is Us: 7 Theories on How Jack Died

13 March 2017 10:39 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Even though it seems like Jack Pearson is on a collision course with certain death, based on his drunk driving at the end of last week’s This Is Us, series creator Dan Fogelman has assured audiences that the Pearson pop’s demise is “a little ways away.” So it’s not likely to happen in Tuesday’s season finale.

But it will happen.

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With that morbid thought in mind, we decided to brainstorm a bunch of ways that Randall, Kevin and Kate’s dad might die. »

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