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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Aquaman #25 - Geoff JohnsAdmittedly, I haven't read Aquaman since Throne Of Atlantis; excluding the fantastic "Villain's Month" tie-ins. I just never had to money to commit to a book I wasn't fully invested in despite myself enjoying most of the Aquaman comics I've read over the past year and the character's badassery in Justice League Unlimited. Regardless, the reason I even read Aquaman #25 is because Geoff Johns is ending his fantastic run and if it's anything like Green Lantern: The End, it would probably be fantastic; my prediction was correct. The issue features Arthur (Aquaman) taking his last stand against the Dead King who has declared rule over Atlantis and has Mera imprisoned. To finally finish this battle, Aquaman and Vulko find an ancient scepter and use it to control "The Trench" to break Mera out of her imprisonment and vanquish the Dead King. I'm not going to talk »
In the comics, Aquaman is, more or less, King of the Seven Seas. In Hollywood, the veteran superhero is treated like a three-day-old tuna fish sandwich.
Despite his long tenure in the pages of DC Entertainment’s comics, the sea-soaked adventurer has, over the decades, seemed all wet. While Aquaman is recognized as king of the undersea country of Atlantis, writers have had problems dealing with him when he’s asked to take part in land-based adventures with the publisher’s vaunted Justice League of America, of which he’s a charter member. And despite a multitude of page-turning exploits – he’s had part of his arm amputated and, in a family tragedy rarely seen in the four-color pages of the comics, lost a baby son to villainy – Aquaman is still viewed as decidedly second-tier.
Is it his odd orange-and-green wardrobe? A writer’s fear of the water? Telepathic fish-commanding »
- Brian Steinberg
When it comes to reading, what is “age appropriate”? I’ve been thinking about this lately, especially after that school in New Mexico pulled Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from its reading list and library after a mother complained about a certain passage in it.
Yes, when taken out of context, I can see how the passage might alarm a parent on first glance. It’s about sex, and it contains cursing.
However, as pointed out on the Tor blog, in context the passage is more than the smutty little interlude the complaining mother presumably thought it to be. It’s an “intimate” moment between a couple who probably wouldn’t be behaving that way if they knew there was someone sitting next to them, intended to show how literally invisible the book’s main character, Richard Mayhew, has become to those in Gaiman’s “London Above.” This scene also furthers the relationship between two characters, »
- Emily S. Whitten
Nick Cardy (October 16, 1920-November 23, 2013) died today after an illness. He was placed in hospice care over the weekend and leaves behind an enduring legacy of memorable artwork.
Born Nicholas Viscardi in New York City, he was raised on the Lower East Side and was already dabbling with art by the time he was six years old. He was painting and having his work published during his early teen years, taking free classes at the Boys Club of America. Raised in an era of gorgeous magazine illustration, he found inspiration in the works of Charles Dana Gibson, Arthur Petty, Al Dorne, and John Gannon among others. He continued his studies at the School of Industrial Art where he met and befriended Al Plastino.
In 1937, he went to work for an ad agency but two years later joined the Eisner/Iger Studio and drew stories for a variety of publications, notably Quality Comics. »
- Robert Greenberger
Get the tissues out, it's Love and Heartache week on The X Factor. Certainly not averse to a sob story or two, this lot should have no problem honing their tales of romance and woe into their performances.
We already know Louis Walsh's remedy for a broken heart, but how will the 11 remaining contestants take on this week's theme? Will Luke Friend dedicate his song to his beloved mop of hair? Will Hannah Barrett beat the odds and make it through a second performance without crying? Will Kingsland Road sing a poignant tune expressing the pain of running out of styling gel?
Join Digital Spy when The X Factor returns to ITV at 8pm to find out the answers to these burning questions, and let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments box below and via our Twitter feed.
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Oct 2013 - 06:41
Horror. Fantasy. Animated Comedy. Here's a list of films we'd love to see rescued from the jaws of development hell...
Development hell. The place where all kinds of movies and games languish while assorted filmmakers, designers and producers fight over the minutiae of scripts, ideas and finances.
It's a topic so fascinating, entire books have been written on the subject - for a really great, geek-friendly one, check out David Hughes' fantastic The Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made. And while there are some movies that we're quietly glad are stuck in limbo (sorry, Akira), there are others we're desperately keen to see.
For this article, we've stuck to relatively recent film projects, and ones that aren't, to the best of our knowledge, utterly beyond the bounds of possibility. The Tourist, for example - an exotic sci-fi script written by Clair Noto »
Here's the full list of nominees and winners at the 2013 Emmy Awards, and while some of the winners were pretty obvious, there were still some big surprises. Look over the list, and let us know who you thought should have won.
Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC
The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Girls • HBO
Louie • FX
*Modern Family • ABC
Veep • HBO
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Julie Bowen as »
- Joey Paur
Dirk Bogarde: ‘Victim’ star took no prisoners in his letters to Dilys Powell Letters exchanged between film critic Dilys Powell and actor Dirk Bogarde — one of the most popular and respected British performers of the twentieth century, and the star of seminal movies such as Victim, The Servant, Darling, and Death in Venice — reveals that Bogarde was considerably more caustic and opinionated in his letters than in his (quite bland) autobiographies. (Photo: Dirk Bogarde ca. 1970.) As found in Dirk Bogarde’s letters acquired a few years ago by the British Library, among the victims of the Victim star (sorry) were Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia), a "ninny" who was “so utterly beastly to [Steaming director Joseph Losey] that he finally threw his script at her face”; and veteran stage and screen actor — and Academy Award winner — John Gielgud (Arthur), who couldn’t "understand half of Shakespeare" despite being renowned for his stage roles in Macbeth, »
- Andre Soares
The stars of the small screen descended on the Nokia Theatre in Downton Los Angeles last night for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, celebrating the very best in television across the past twelve months. The big winner was Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, which took home Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Michael Douglas) and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Steven Soderbergh), while Breaking Bad won its first Outstanding Drama Series award and Modern Family was named Outstanding Comedy Series. Meanwhile, Netflix's House of Cards made history, becoming the first online show to win a Primetime Emmy with David Fincher receiving Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot Episode 'Chapter 1'.
Here's a list of the winners (highlighted in red), along with a selection of Creative Arts Emmy Award winners...
Outstanding Drama »
- Gary Collinson
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this evening. The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, aired live on Sunday, September 22 (8pm Et / 5pm Pt) on CBS. Take a look at The Emmy Awards winners and nominees below.
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures TelevisionDownton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-ProductionGame of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO EntertainmentHomeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21House of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for NetflixMad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox TelevisionThe Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. TelevisionGirls • HBO »
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were upset in their respective acting categories, but Breaking Bad won the night’s top prize, taking home its first Emmy for Best Drama. It was an unpredictable night in several major categories: In addition to The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels taking home the trophy for Best Actor in a Drama and Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale winning for Supporting Actor, Veep’s Tony Hale and Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever were surprise winners — Wever was so shocked that she practically ran off the stage without delivering an acceptance speech.
Not every category yielded a stunner, »
- Jeff Labrecque
"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home her fourth career win, and her second for her HBO comedy, at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (Sept. 22), while "Breaking Bad" actress Anna Gunn earned her first award ever for her final season as Skylar White.
The complete winners list below:
Outstanding Actress In A Drama Connie Britton, Nashville Claire Danes, Homeland Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Kerry Washington, Scandal Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Morena Baccarin, Homeland Christina Hendricks, »
From gaming to films, sci-fi is loved by millions, and has diversified for our times – can other literary genres claim that?
They say the golden age for reading science fiction is 12. The cusp of adolescence when our sense of wonder is at its greatest. But the genre's Golden Age is historically dated from the mid 1930s to the late 1950s. From its humble origins in the pages of pulp magazines (the mass entertainment of the 1920s), Golden Age Sf launched its assault, lasers ablaze, on the shelves of respectable book shops around the globe.
Golden Age Sf conjured amazing visions of the future that, for many people, are still the epitome of science fiction. Vast galactic empires warring across millennia. Alien invaders from other planets. Super-science countering the threats that faced mankind. And at the heart of it all, heroic men, heroically saving the world with their problem-solving powers of reason and logic. »
- Damien Walter
By Lee Pfeiffer
In true Hollywood style, it was an offer I couldn't refuse: an invitation from Turner Classic Movies to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and inaugural roll out of the TCM Classic Film Tour of New York city movie locations. This event, which took place on August 20, was restricted to the media and invited guests. TCM host Robert Osborne was there to greet everyone along with a Hollywood legend, Jane Powell, who was clearly delighted to participate. Osborne and Powell used giant scissors to cut the ribbon on the bus, which is distinctively branded with the network's logo (and appropriately enough, the ultimate New York City "big" star, King Kong). Joining them was Dennis Adamovich, Senior VP of Brand Digital Activation and the guru behind the Turner Classic Movies Film Festivals. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Supernatural‘s Destiel was your pick for Slash Madness Champion in our 2013 Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney, putting some teeth in the claim that the characters Dean and Castiel really do share a “profound bond“.
We here at TheBacklot are in awe at the level of intensity that slash fans brought to the competition this year. An astounding 9 million plus votes were cast, and there were more than 25,000+ user comments, plus countless tweets and #slashmadness Tumblr postings.
Regardless of which of the 32 competing OTPs (“One True Pairings”) you were ultimately rooting for, everyone who participated should be proud of the result. Teen Wolf‘s Sterek fans in particular should be commended for how passionately they fought in the final round. For much of it Sterek and Destel were locked in a 50/50 split, separated by just a few hundred votes.. Here’s the closing tally…
We’ll be featuring our favorite »
- Dennis Ayers
By Todd Garbarini
Walt Disney’s The Sword in the Stone, which opened on Wednesday, December 25, 1963, may not be all that familiar to young viewers unless they grew up seeing it on VHS in the 1990s or on its maiden DVD release five years ago. I first saw it in January 1973 during a re-release and again in elementary school in the all-purpose room on 16mm in 1975, which was a real treat as it was rare to see a feature-length film in school (the obvious exception being Charlotte’s Web (1973) which was de rigueur for elementary school students.) Having just viewed the new 50th anniversary Blu-ray, I was shocked to realize just how little of the film I had remembered other than the jousting sequence.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Live Cricket: Friends Life T20 Quarter Finals | Count Arthur Strong | The Kids with No Memory | Stephen Fry's Key to the City | Make Me a German | King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons | Steve Coogan: Stand-Up Down Under | The Mindy Project
Live Cricket: Friends Life T20 Quarter Finals
4pm, Sky Sports Ashes
Traditional cricket fans harrumph at the shorter version of the game; unsurprisingly, with team names such as the Sussex Sharks and Nottingham Outlaws. But, though the current Ashes series has exhibited the joys of "proper" cricket, there's no doubt that T20 does provide a thrill as the overs count down. At the time of writing the lineups for these quarter-finals are unknown, though Nottinghamshire and last year's winners Hampshire have impressed in the group stage. David Stubbs
- Rachel Aroesti, Jonathan Wright, Ali Catterall, Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, David Stubbs, Gwilym Mumford
Skybound and Wizard World continue to release new editions of The Walking Dead #1 at upcoming Wizard World events. If you’re attending the Chicago convention in August, you can pick up the issue with new artwork from Ethan Van Sciver:
New York, July 30, 2013 – Noted artist Ethan Van Sciver will create the fifth in a series of exclusive Wizard World variant covers of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #1 comic, provided for free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 8-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Wizard World and Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, have teamed to produce the line.
Van Sciver will be on hand at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con to sign copies of the limited-edition comic, produced in extremely limited quantities and available to fans only while supplies last. The first four covers, illustrated by superstar artists Michael Golden, »
- Jonathan James
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
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