17 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 12 Dec 2013 - 05:49
The year of Baggins, Potter and Spider-Man also had a wealth of lesser-known movies. Here’s our pick of 2002's underappreciated films...
At the top of the box office tree, 2002 was dominated by fantasy and special effects. Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers made almost a billion dollars all by itself, with Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets taking second place and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man not too far behind.
In many ways, 2002 set the tempo for the Hollywood blockbuster landscape, which has changed relatively little in the decade since. A quick look at 2013‘s top 10, for example, reveals a markedly similar mix of superhero movies, with Iron Man 3 still ruling the roost at the time of writing, followed by effects-heavy action flicks and family-friendly animated features.
As usual in these lists, we're looking »
Feature Simon Brew 19 Nov 2013 - 06:40
Just a silly comedy? There might be more to Mrs Doubtfire than it's given credit for...
This article contains spoilers for Mrs Doubtfire.
If you dig through the box office takings for the films of Robin Williams, then - taking aside his supporting performance in Night At The Museum - his most lucrative film at the Us box office remains 1993's Mrs Doubtfire. Inflation-adjusted, it tops the list.
The film was released in the aftermath of Disney's record-breaking Aladdin (and followed the fascinatingly flawed Toys), and in the years that followed, Williams would enjoy a bunch of further hits, including the likes of Jumanji, The Birdcage (two films that, fact-fans, passed $100m at the Us box office on the same weekend), Patch Adams and Flubber. He'd nab an Oscar in the midst of that run for Good Will Hunting, too. This was Robin Williams »
Let's all take a moment to reconsider Death to Smoochy, because as Edward Norton proved last night, he is a damn fine comedian. In his first-ever stint hosting Saturday Night Live, the actor had flawless timing and total commitment to his characters – even the dumb ones, like a mob money-counter who talked like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man (which was basically Norton re-creating his own performance in The Score). The two-time Oscar nominee delivered some terrifically quotable one-liners: "What would I do for a Klondike bar? I'd suck anything you put in front of me. »
Edward Norton isn’t exactly known for his comedic talents, relying mostly on intense turns in such films as “Fight Club” and “American History X” for his rise to fame. But he’s had plenty of intentionally funny roles as well, such as in “Keeping The Faith,” “Death To Smoochy,” and his recent foray into the world of Wes Anderson films. For those with even a hint of interest in the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood, Norton is also known as an opinionated talent who often provides creative input into his many endeavors, even when said input isn’t sought. But when it comes to “Saturday »
- Ryan McGee
We could all use a little more Edward Norton in our lives.
Though the Fight Club star has had a few particularly zeitgeisty moments (see 1996, which brought us Norton’s Primal Fear/Larry Flynt/Everyone Says I Love You trifecta, or 2002, when he had big roles in four movies… one of which, granted, was Death to Smoochy), he generally keeps a pretty low profile by appearing in just a few carefully chosen films each year. This, plus Norton’s closely guarded personal life, mean that he’s sort of impossible to get sick of — and makes his first time hosting »
- Hillary Busis
Not sure why SNL felt this was the right week for Edward Norton to make his hosting debut, considering all he did in 2013 was an episode of The Simpsons and he doesn't have a movie coming out until The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014. However, in spite of this or maybe because of it, we're pretty excited. If he's going to go through the trouble of getting on the show without something to promote, he must be prepared to really give it his all. It will also be a perfect time for all the writers to bust out the Death to Smoochy parodies they've had in their back pockets. »
- Jesse David Fox
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
Tonight, John Oliver starts a three-month stint hosting Comedy Central’s The Daily Show while Jon Stewart is away directing his debut movie, the drama Rosewater. To hear the British comedian tell it, the decision was a no-brainer.
“Jon called me on the phone to say they’d got the money for the movie and then asked if I would host over the summer,” Oliver explained. “I said yes just automatically. I owe him so much I will do anything he wants, from temporarily hosting a show to disposing of a body. It was only on hanging the phone up that I suddenly thought, »
- Clark Collis
Stewart has cast the 34-year-old Mexican actor as the lead in his directorial debut, according to TheWrap.com. "The Daily Show" host will take a leave of absence this summer to work on the Iranian-set "Rosewater." While correspondent Jon Oliver sits at the news desk for eight of the 12 weeks his boss will be gone, Stewart will direct the star of "Amores Perros" in the story of a journalist, Maziar Bahari, who visits Iran on assignment and ends up jailed for 118 days and roughed up by an interrogator who smells of rosewater. Hey, look, it's the title!
Stewart and writer Aimee Molloy adapted the story from Bahari's 2011 memoir, "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, »
- Ryan J Downey
Daily Show Full Episodes Indecision Political Humor The Daily Show on Facebook
"I'm not gonna even go to these conventions anymore, I'm just gonna sit on your lap."
That's Jon Stewart speaking for pretty much all of us to "Lost" mogul J.J. Abrams on how flabbergasted he is that one man gets to control the fates of both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" properties during a very engaged 12-minute geek-out on "The Daily Show" to promote "Star Trek Into Darkness."
Part of the unedited nerdgasm between the two that beamed its way online delves into the more philosophical underpinnings of "Star Trek" and how the future setting was used allegorically to underline aspects of contemporary society. Abrams explains that he wanted to up the action quotient without warping that underlying thoughtfulness, »
- Max Evry
After landing Will Arnett for an undisclosed role a couple weeks ago, Ninja Turtles has tapped Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld, Death to Smoochy, Mirror Mirror) to play Master Splinter. The film is part CGI, part live-action, so Woodburn's appearance could end up being a completely motion-capture deal. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) is directing, Michael Bay is producing, and Megan Fox is set to appear. »
- Zach Dionne
We’ve got a couple of rather interesting casting stories to report this evening. First up, Wally Pfister has added another familiar face to the cast of his directorial debut Transcendence. Pfister previously worked as a cinematographer, most notably collaborating with Christopher Nolan on all of his films, and now Batman Begins and Inception star Cillian Murphy has been tapped to play one of three male leads in Transcendence. The film stars Johnny Depp and is rumored to concern a scientist whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer, but confirmed plot details are being kept under tight wraps. News of Murphy’s casting comes courtesy of Latino Review, but further details regarding his character are unknown. Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara also star. The film is due out April 25, 2014. Hit the jump to find out which Seinfeld alum has been cast as Master Splinter in the »
- Adam Chitwood
With all four of the heroes in a half-shell lined up with Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Pete Ploszek will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard will play Donatello and Noel Fisher will take the role of Michaelangelo, the new iteration of Ninja Turtles has been looking for the teenage mutants' wise leader. Now Deadline has word that the search is over with "Seinfeld" veteran and Watchmen star Danny Woodburn taking on the role of Master Splinter in the live-action/CG hybrid film from director Jonathan Liebesman. You might not know Woodburn by name, but you'll undoubtedly recognize him from plenty of movies and TV series. Read on! Woodburn is easily recognizable because he's one of the few more notable dwarf actors in Hollywood with roles ranging from Jingle All the Way to Death to Smoochy, not to mention TV appearances on "Party Down" and "CSI." Woodburn is a good enough actor, but »
- Ethan Anderton
If you’re in the Us or Canada, then you’ll know the highly entertaining Jon Stewart well for The Daily Show and if you’ve been keeping an eye out in the UK, you may have also caught the excellent satirical show over on Comedy Central. It’s no secret that Jon laughs a little at his own acting career with a few parts in the likes of Death To Smoochy and Jay And Silent Bob Strikes Back but now the funny man with a very informed mind and is now turning his hand to serious directing.
Rosewater is an adaptation of the Maziar Bahari’s book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. He wrote the screenplay himself, which chronicles the harrowing journey of the BBC journalist after he left London to cover Iran’s presidential elections in 2009. Working on the »
- Dan Bullock
What? According to Deadline, Jon Stewart, the beloved and influential host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," has announced that he will be taking an eight week leave of absence from the show in order to direct his first feature film, "Rosewater."
And unlike "The Daily Show's" fake news, this news is very, very real.
Stewart, of course, is no stranger to the movie business, having appeared in movies like "Half Baked" and "Death to Smoochy," a resume that pretty much anyone this side of Al Pacino would be proud of. But since he took over as host of "The Daily Show" back in 1999, the comedian has focused most of his energy on lampooning the absurdities of modern life rather than building up his film portfolio.
Now, though, he's found a passion project in "Rosewater," an adaptation of the memoir "Then They Came For Me: »
- Scott Harris
Before he became famous for hosting "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart was just another comic trying to succeed as an actor. Stewart appeared in films like "Half Baked," "The Faculty," "Playing by Heart" and "Big Daddy" in the late 1990s, but hasn't had much connection to Hollywood since taking over "The Daily Show"; his last live-action role was in the 2002 film "Death to Smoochy."
As first reported by Deadline.com, however, Stewart is set to jump back into the filmmaking world with "Rosewater," an adaptation of journalist Maziar Bahari's "Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival." Stewart wrote the script for "Rosewater" and will direct the film during a three-month break from "The Daily Show" this summer. Right now, no casting decisions have been made, but Oscar-winner Scott Rudin is involved in the film as producer.
“I am a television person who »
- Christopher Rosen
Jon Stewart is trading in comedy for drama, and will take a hiatus from his “Daily Show” hosting duties this summer to film his feature directorial debut. Deadline reports that the Comedy Central stalwart will take off 12 weeks from “The Daily Show” to shoot “Rosewater,” an adaptation of the book “Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival.” Written in 2011 by journalist Maziar Bahari, the book details Bahari's 118 days in an Iranian prison in 2009, after he was arrested while covering Iran's presidential elections. Bahari, who only expected to be gone for one week, left behind a pregnant fiancee in London. He was repeatedly interrogated by a man he could identify by only one feature: the smell of rosewater. “I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m. and moving on, »
- Katie Roberts
17 items from 2013
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners