9 items from 2014
A Biblical action disaster fantasy epic that is completely bonkers, endlessly entertaining, and actually religious in that inspiring-and-instructional way that you don’t need to take as literal truth to see the wisdom of. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love Darren Aronofsky’s movies, love Russell Crowe
I’m “biast” (con): I worry about people who think this is based on a for-real actually-true story
I have read one of the many versions of the source material (and I recognize it as an important work of literature but nothing else)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If Sunday school — or as it was for me, Wednesday after-school — had been this much fun, eight-year-old me probably wouldn’t have gotten into arguments with the nuns about how silly it all was: I would have just shut up and went, Wow o wow o wow. Cuz Darren Aronofsky »
- MaryAnn Johanson
One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!
As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.
Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!
Nancy Allen – Blow Out, »
- Scott Hallam
Now in its 27th year, SXSW is like the late bloomer who stuns his parents by announcing his basement-based online venture is now worth a million bucks. The Austin, Texas-based festival isn’t glamorous, like Cannes, or corporate, like Toronto, or even insistently anti-Hollywood, like Sundance. Compared to its more-pedigreed rivals, SXSW is simply more chill. It puts the festive back in festival — there’s a giant music and growing interactive element as well — and artists of all sorts are eager to come to the party. Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast there for a week. Lady Gaga will drop in. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Last week, Felicia Day's YouTube channel Geek & Sundry debuted their latest live-action scripted show, Caper. Created by Amy Berg (Leverage, Eureka) and Mike Sizemore (Slingers), it concerns a team of impoverished superheroes who reluctantly turn to a life of crime, only to quickly find that it's a big mistake...
Based on the first two episodes of the show's nine-episode first season, here's why you should be watching, and how it comments on the superhero genre and tells its own story within it.
First off, it's fun. The series is directed in a fittingly comic book style, and even capers gleefully into motion comic-style animation for the action sequences; presumably not only to save on budget (superpowers can be pricey), but also as an effective stylistic choice. Our heroes (or protagonists, at least—more on that later; or, to put it another way: to be continued) are the underdogs, at »
Just as Rufus (George Carlin) predicted, Bill and Ted have had a profound influence on our culture. Maybe not as the rockers who would inspire a utopian global society by the 27th century, but look at how many other dumb-duo movies there have been since the release 25 years ago this week (on February 17, 1989) of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- there's "Dumb and Dumber," "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Dude, Where's My Car," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Dick," and all of Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob" offerings, for starters. Plus, "Bill & Ted" launched a franchise and made a leading man out of Keanu Reeves.
Still, as often as you've traveled back in time and revisited the "Excellent Adventure," there's probably still plenty you don't know about the movie, including where it was filmed (hint: Not in San Dimas, California), which historical figures almost found their way into the film, »
- Gary Susman
Top 10 Simon Brew 14 Feb 2014 - 06:13
Because we are human beings who like things that are good, it goes without saying that we love Alan Rickman. One of the finest British screen actors of his generation - and a few others too - he's had a varied career, taking in memorable Hollywood villains to smaller independent fare. But what amongst his film roles (and we've focused on films that got a cinema release) are our favourites? Glad you asked...
Kevin Smith's fourth film in some ways remains his most ambitious. In casting terms certainly, and the involvement of Alan Rickman led to the writer-director warning long time collaborator Jason Mewes that he "didn't want to piss off that Rickman dude".
Wearing 100-pound wings and »
Trekkies around the world may have to wait a while longer before seeing Star Trek return to the small screen, but perhaps an adaptation of John Scalzi’s Hugo Award Winning novel Redshirts is the next best thing. Deadline is reporting that FX is developing a limited series based on Scalzi’s work, from producers John Shestack (Air Force One, Dan in Real Life), Ken Kwapis (The Office) and Alexandra Beattie (Outsourced).
Anyone familiar with the original Trek series knows of the often tragic fates of the more, shall we say, disposable crew members of the USS Enterprise, who accompanied Captain Kirk and his crew as they visited strange new worlds. It became common knowledge that any crewman sent on an away mission wearing a red Starfleet uniform would surely be killed, and Scalzi’s novel examines that aspect of the show quite cleverly.
Here’s the description of the »
- James Garcia
Deadline reports that FX has begun developing John Scalzi's Hugo Award–winning novel Redshirts for a limited event series. The comedic sci-fi novel takes place on the Starship Intrepid in the 25th century. The story follows five new shipmates who notice that crew members die very fairly often. It appears a 21st-century TV show has encroached on their reality, subjecting these characters to the whims of the show's producers. It's kind of like a reverse Galaxy Quest. Who will be today's Tim Allen? Start practicing your grunt, young Hollywood. »
- Jesse David Fox
Chronicle scribe Max Landis has been ushered in to perform re-writes on Houdini – Sony’s planned cinematic offering, amid a sudden glut of projects about this magical man who has long fascinated filmmakers.
The infamous escapologist and illusionist appeared in several movies himself between 1906 and 1923, and has since been portrayed by many other actors – including Tony Curtis, Wil Wheaton, Harvey Keitel and Guy Pearce. Now, 88 years after his death, the world of entertainment is bracing itself for a veritable cavalcade of Houdini projects – each offering a unique angle on this dedicated showman.
While the History Channel are planning a biopic mini-series that will see Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as Houdini, Dean Parisot – who previously directed Galaxy Quest and Red 2 – is slated to helm an action adventure film featuring Houdini as the central heroic character. That film will shoot from a Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) script for Summit Entertainment. »
- Sarah Myles
9 items from 2014
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