8 items from 2013
"Free Birds" is more proof, as if 2013 needed it, that Hollywood has almost killed the animated goose that laid the golden egg.
No matter that in this case, the goose is a turkey. You didn't need to be told that. But a year that has produced the clever and heartfelt "The Croods" and the passably amusing "Despicable Me 2" has also had a healthy dose of sausage factory about it. "Epic," "Monsters University," "Planes," "Escape from Planet Earth," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" and "Turbo" -- all major pictures that hint at a talent pool spread absurdly thin and an industry with sneering contempt for its audience. ("Animate it, charge 3-D prices and their parents will grit their teeth and bear it!")
A start-up division called Reflex Animation did "Free Birds." Relativity is releasing it. They make the same mistakes that generations of animators made before them, having »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Devil in My Ride, an announcement of The British Horror Film Festival lineup, details on Circus of the Dead, an excerpt from Ground Zero, Five Things You Need For the Zombie Apocalypse from Michael Garza, a Q&A with Rachel and Simon Light, and much more:
Devil in My Ride Trailer and Premiere Details: “Red Band Films, the specialty genre label of L.A. based production and finance company Unified Pictures, announced today that its debut feature “Devil in My Ride,” starring Sid Haig (“Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “Jackie Brown,” “The Devil’s Rejects”), will make its much anticipated World Premiere at the Shriekfest International Film Festival, taking place October 3rd to 6th in Los Angeles.
“Devil in My Ride” is a horror comedy directed by »
- Tamika Jones
The most disappointing thing about awesome conventions and epic theme parks for this Alabama girl is the distance they are from my home. Each one is a fully planned trip. The best thing about The Marvel Experience is that it combines convention and theme park and then travels!
The Marvel Experience is the love child between Marvel and entertainment company, Hero Ventures. The Marvel Experience will feature 3D animated movies and a 4D motion ride all inside a traveling 50,000 square foot dome which will travel to 20-24 cities across the United States and will most certainly make it to a city near you (and me!). Here’s the press release.
Marvel And Hero Ventures Announce A New Super Hero Themed Entertainment Experience 4D Motion Ride Is Centerpiece of Interactive National Tour Launching in 2014 by World Class Investor and Production Teams
August 22, 2013, Los Angeles, CA – Hero Ventures, a Los Angeles based entertainment company, »
- Jess Orso
Hero Ventures, a Los Angeles based entertainment company, announced today that it is teaming up with Marvel Entertainment to create The Marvel Experience, an innovative, traveling experience, featuring dozens of Marvel's iconic Super Heroes. This attraction will appeal to a multi-generational audience and will leverage state-of-the-art interactive and multimedia technology, including a 4D motion ride and original 3D animated features, allowing fans to be a part of the action. The tour comes to life in 2014.
Founded by sports and entertainment industry entrepreneurs and Doug Schaer, Hero Ventures is dedicated to producing unique themed entertainment experiences. Solidifying the management team are Michael Cohl, former Live Nation Chairman and legendary live event impresario, along with his Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark co-producer and Prg founder Jeremiah "Jere" Harris, who will serve as lead producers. The team is rounded out by co-founding partner Jason Rosen.
Initial "A" round investors include Oscar winning film »
House of Cards has established a model for success that future Netflix exclusive series are looking to replicate. That includes the belated fourth season of Arrested Development this year and then Sense8 in 2014 – with the latter arriving from the nerd power trio of filmmaking siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon 5 and Jeremiah).
We first heard about the Wachowskis and Straczynski shopping Sense8 around to networks close to six months back, with the plot details kept under-wraps. There’s now a short logline that clarifies (or something like that) how Sense8 is “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted,” which is included within the press release about Netflix and Georgeville Television teaming for the 10 episodes that comprise season one.
- Sandy Schaefer
Paul Rudd and Tina Fey supply most of the romantic-comedy in Admission, director Paul Weitz’s new movie about a by-the-book Princeton University admissions officer (Fey) who is thrown for a loop when a charming old classmate (Rudd) suggests one of his most talented college-bound students just might be the child she put up for adoption years ago. But younger audiences who grew up watching The Naked Brothers Band will be delighted to recognize that Rudd’s academic prodigy, Jeremiah, is none other than a taller, less shaggy Nat Wolff, the older sibling from Nickelodeon’s hit musical-comedy TV series »
- Jeff Labrecque
You may know Nat Wolff for his work in Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band” and his flourishing music career with his younger brother, Alex, but Wolff is also hitting it big within the film industry and, with a number of projects in post-production, the upcoming release, “Admission,” could mark the start of a strong, extensive run on the big screen. Wolff stars alongside Tina Fey and Paul Rudd as Jeremiah Balakian, a kid adopted by loving parents, but ones that didn’t breed him for Ivy League college competition. When the time comes for Jeremiah to think beyond his alternative high school, New Quest, he’s totally unprepared with abysmal grades from [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
Nat Wolff wasn't exactly acting when he took on his new role as a teen looking to apply for college in upcoming Focus Features comedy Admission. Best known for The Naked Brothers Band series with his brother Alex, Wolff, 18, was also a full-time student when he was shooting the film opposite costars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, so the pressures of applications were very, very real. In Admission, Wolff plays Jeremiah, a Princeton hopeful who gets a leg up on the competition when the university's admissions [...] »
- Charles Thorp
8 items from 2013
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