18 items from 2014
Flashback to 1999: The Thomas Crown Affair was a big hit, on the back of a sexy mystery involving a stolen painting. If there was a movie that could have plausibly contributed to the art world, one would think it'd be that film. Ten years after that film's release, it was discovered that another movie released in the same year helped solve an actual mystery involving a missing painting. That film was Stuart Little, and that painting was "Sleeping Lady With A Black Vase." Good Morning America scooped the story about how art historian Gergely Barki spotted the painting after watching the Michael J. Fox film with his daughter. It looked like the long missing Robert Bereny piece "Sleeping Lady With A Black Vase". So, he reached out to the studio and eventually tracked down the painting, which had since been sold to a private collector. It was later authenticated. »
A masterpiece has been hiding in plain sight since 1999.
While watching the 1999 children’s film “Stuart Little,” which starred Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki and a talking mouse voiced by Michael J. Fox, a viewer spotted a Robert Bereny masterpiece in the background, according to ABC News. Bereny was an early 20th century painter from Hungary.
The Bereny painting, titled “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase,” was a long-missing piece. The painting appeared in scenes of “Stuart Little” involving the stars of the film, yet it wasn’t until 2009 that the painting was identified.
The eagle-eyed viewer, who is also an art historian, notified people associated with the Columbia Pictures film and the painting was tracked down. An assistant set designer had purchased the artwork for $500 as a prop for the film, and it was later sold to a private collector. Now the painting is up for auction, with a »
- Jordyn Holman
After seeing Cassie Scerbo’s fantastic performance in Sharknado I made it a point to track down and watch anything new movie she was in, which coupled with the ridiculous new re-titling (this film originally aired on Us television as Beasts of the Bering Sea), made Damn Sea Vampires! a must-watch. It doesn’t hurt that the film is also helmed by cinematographer Don E. FauntLeRoy – who cut his directorial teeth on two Anaconda sequels and a handful of Steven Seagal movies, including one of the star best post-2005 flicks, Renegade Justice (a personal fave).
Damn Sea Vampires! follows a family of treasure hunters: siblings Donna (Scerbo) and Joe and their father (Dobson), who spend their days dredging for gold beneath the Bering Sea. Having already lost a crew member, »
- Phil Wheat
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Unleash the fun at home with the hilarious comedy-adventure, DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody and Sherman! Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. "Heartfelt and snappy" (Jessica Herndon, Associated Press), Mr. Peabody and Sherman has been hailed by critics as "a great adventure for the entire family" (Mike Wilbur, NBC Newschannel), receiving outstanding audience reaction and a coveted "A" CinemaScore.
Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) and from the team behind family favorite franchises The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon, Mr. Peabody and Sherman is "fun" and "fast moving" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, »
Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a nostalgic reboot of a 1960s cartoon duo, follows Peabody and Sherman as they travel through time and then try to repair the space-time continuum.
The plot takes Peabody, a Nobel Prize winner and overwhelmed father, on a trip to fix what he broke during some leisure travel. In order to repair the damage, Peabody passes through history – hitting up Ancient Egypt, Florence during the Renaissance, the Trojan War and the French Revolution. Both Tutankhamen and Vincent Van Gogh make guest appearances.
Voicing Peabody is Modern Family’s Ty Burrell. Burrell’s costar in the series, Ariel Winter, voices Penny Peterson. Stephen Colbert, Alison Janney, Max Charles and Leslie Mann round out the top-billed voice actors.
Critics On ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’
Critics were naturally nervous that the beloved pair that came to be on the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show wouldn't be ably adapted to the big screen – but »
When I was a kid and Saturday morning was still appointment viewing for me with hours and hours of cartoons on all three networks, I would frequently get up before the sun was even up. I'd get myself a giant bowl of whatever sugary cereal was my poison of choice at the time and plant myself in front of the set so that I had control over whatever was going to be watched well before my sister woke up. There were many weeks where I was up and ready to go before the networks even began their programming, and by default, I would put on the only cartoons playing at that hour, a giant re-run block of "Rocky & Bullwinkle." At the time, I didn't fully appreciate the lunacy of the Jay Ward productions, and it was only as I got older that I began to understand the silly word play »
- Drew McWeeny
Wonderfully, sweetly geeky, and full of charm, authentic humor, and the sort of goofy yet intriguing adventures that inspire kiddie curiosity in history and art and science. I’m “biast” (pro): love time-travel stories…
I’m “biast” (con): …but they’re often terrible
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
He’s the other bowtie wearing time traveler, but he predates even the original 1960s incarnation of Doctor Who. Mr. Peabody and his son, Sherman, first appeared in the late 1950s in segments on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, and in what one can only imagine is Hollywood desperation to find some previously unmined existing material –for the built-in name recognition, doncha know — they have finally gotten their own feature-length cartoon.
Fortunately for us, no one involved took the easy, lazy, way out of assuming that that built-in name recognition was enough, and they made us a movie that is wonderfully, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Based on the 1959 Us four-and-a-half minute broadcast skits, "Peabody's Improbable History", the film is a father-son bonding adventure film laced with history and time-travel.
From the stable of Rob Minkoff, who had earlier directed "Stuart Little" and "The Lion King", "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is a light-hearted emotionally manipulative film where a super-intelligent talking dog adopts a boy, rears him and educates him in a unique manner on how important events actually happened.
The first twenty minutes of the film explain how, through a judicial precedent of a. »
- Meeta Kabra
Interview Simon Brew 7 Feb 2014 - 07:17
Simon talks to the director of Mr Peabody & Sherman about child actors, straight to video sequels, and animation vs live action
Since he co-directed The Lion King, Rob Minkoff hasn't made a full-on animated film since. He mixed animation with live action in a pair of Stuart Little movies (setting off a bit of a trend there), and went on to tackle The Haunted Mansion, The Forbidden Kingdom, and Flypaper amongst others.
Mr Peabody & Sherman brings him back to animation though, and he spared us some time to chat about. What's more, he talked too about the time he was offered the director's chair on Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2. Here's how our chat went...
If I've got this right, then this one's been on your plate for a decade, if not more than that. At one stage it was said to have a live action element to it. »
Exclusive: Management 360 has signed Geena Davis, who’s one of those actors you could see getting a second career wind. Davis, who at last blush was vying to shoot arrows for her country as an Olympics archer, won her Oscar for The Accidental Tourist, and her other credits include Thelma And Louise, A League Of Their Own, Beetlejuice, The Fly and Stuart Little. Things went awry with Cutthroat Island and Long Kiss Goodnight, though the latter was a pretty darn good B-movie from a $4 million Shane Black script. She was most recently seen in the Lake Bell-directed In A World, and the Australian indie Accidents Happen. She remains with CAA. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Here's today's latest casting news: David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher) will join A Most Violent Year, director J.C. Chandor's new film which recently replaced Javier Bardem with Oscar Isaac starring opposite Jessica Chastain. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) will lead Galveston, an adaptation of the 2010 novel from Nic Pizzolatto to be directed by Janus Metz. Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) has joined Still Alice along with Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns). Based on the Lisa Genova novel of the same name, Still Alice stars Julianne Moore and is directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Chris Colfer (Glee) and Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim) will lend their voices to Robodog, Marza Animation Planet Inc.’s first original 3D CG animated film which will be directed by the Oscar-nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little). Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from THR is news »
- Dave Trumbore
Golden Globe winners Chris Colfer (Fox’s “Glee,” Struck By Lightning) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Tangled) will lend their voices to Marza Animation Planet Inc.’s first original 3D CG animated film, Robodog, to be directed by Oscar nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little, Gnomeo & Juliet), it was announced today by Marza’s CEO, Masanao Maeda.
Written by Robert Reece (The Little Mermaid: Ariel’S Beginning) and William Schneider, Robodog is produced by Paul Wang (Astro Boy) and will be edited by studio veteran Tom Finan (DreamWorks’ upcoming Mr. Peabody & Sherman).
Currently in pre-production with voiceover work set to start on February 1st, UK-based Timeless Films is handling international rights to the project, and will present it to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Robodog is a classic, heart-warming adventure story about an unlikely duo who couldn’t be more different. »
- Michelle McCue
Timeless Films is handling international rights and will present “Robodog” to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Colfer’s voicing an energetic but overzealous robotic dog and Perlman is supplying the voice to a curmudgeonly real dog, set in his ways with little patience for anything new.
- Dave McNary
Tokyo – Chris Colfer (Glee) and Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) will voice the lead canine characters in Robodog, Marza Animation Planet's first original production, a 3D CG feature directed by Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little). "The kid in me is barely being contained right now -- I'm so happy to get the chance to work on my first animated film," said Colfer of the role. Photos: 'Glee' Season Five in Pictures "We are absolutely ecstatic that Chris has chosen Robodog as his first foray into animation. Coupled with Ron's extraordinary voiceover work, the duo’s talent will make for great
- Gavin J. Blair
It marks the first original 3D CG animated film from Marza, a Tokyo and Us-based production company owned by Sega Sammy.
Colfer is best known for his role in the Fox TV series Glee and also wrote and starred in Brian Dannelly’s Struck By Lightning. Perlman has voiced characters in Tangled and Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, and also starred in Hellboy and Pacific Rim.
The family »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Feature James Clayton 24 Jan 2014 - 06:03
Inside Llewyn Davis leaves James pondering the role of cats in films, and whether the Coens can make him learn to love the furry moggies...
Llewyn Davis is a New York musician pawing around the early 60s Greenwich Village folk scene. He's a pretentious mewling creative-type who can't connect with others around him, and he's caught up in the questions of artistic integrity versus commercial success. He's a lost soul with some hair going on. Llewyn Davis has a lot in common with a certain Barton Fink, and in my mind I can picture the forlorn pair performing "Man of Constant Sorrow" as a duet.
In spite of their similarities, though, the lead of the Coen Brothers' fresh folk yarn is arguably better off than John Turturro's doomed screenwriter. Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac) has something that Fink lacks and that is a pet. »
20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer and poster for their upcoming time travel adventure comedy Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine – the Wabac – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an adventure-comedy featuring science fiction, time travel, outlandish characters and clever dialogue, all of which are bound »
- Michelle McCue
18 items from 2014
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