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SyFy (formerly known as the SciFi Channel) has acquired the Us broadcast rights to the K-9 solo series, produced in Australia in 2010. They will run the entire 26-episode series in a 13-hour marathon on Christmas Day.
Featuring an updated K-9 design and a new group of characters, the series has been shown in many countries since its initial premiere. The Us is one of the last regions to see the series on TV. The series is live-action, featuring a streamlined CGI K-9, voiced by John Leeson, the original voice of the “tin dog”.
K-9 is one of the most popular companions from the classic series of Doctor Who, with two different “models” traveling with The Doctor from 1977 – 1980, and making quite a few appearances afterwards.. Making his first appearance in the Bob Baker / Dave Martin adventure The Invisible Enemy, K-9 was the creation of Professor Marius, who built him as a »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
With Sam Raimi's Spider-Man outings still fresh in the mind (his troubled third instalment was as recent as 2007), one might expect a hot-on-the-heels series reboot to bring something audaciously new and revolutionary to the table, in the manner of Chris Nolan's game-changing The Dark Knight. Remarkable, then, that The Amazing Spider-Man (2012, Sony, 12) adheres so closely to the template that Raimi established only a decade ago, albeit in a shinier and occasionally more self-consciously "smart" fashion. While (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb talked of a more down-to-earth view of the parentless Peter Parker's struggles with angst and adolescence, there's little in this enjoyable romp that hasn't been touched upon in previous instalments – for all their kinetic frenzy, Raimi's films never lost sight of Peter's very personal problems. What you get is a well told origins tale that draws »
- Mark Kermode
Sketchy continues October-Themed Halloween Month in November with “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” We then cover some Wallace & Gromit shorts and some other British animations. There’s also a Name Game and a bad British accent. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
The prior four articles of the good and ugly in comedy horror, all of it was in the run down to this final part. We’ve looked at Frank Henenlotter, Joe Dante, and an unfathomable number of pratfalls, puns, sarcastic one liners and gore, gore, gore. If you’re favourite comedy horror hasn’t appeared, tell us what it is in the comments section below. Maybe a variation on this article will appear in 12 months with some of those omissions included.
Now to the meat of the matter, what are the greatest films that combine both comedy and horror?
Wallace & Gromit And The Curse Of The Were-rabbit
Wallace & Gromit made their debut feature length with one of best horror homages in many a year. Maybe that’s a biased viewpoint as a Brit, Wallace and his pet dog can do no wrong on these shores. »
- Rob Simpson
Paranorman is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, whose locals profit from mining the town’s history as the site, 300 years ago, of a famous witch hunt. 11-year-old Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee of Let Me In and The Road) spends much of his days appreciating the finer points of scary movies and studying ghost lore. In fact, Norman is gifted with the ability to see and speak with the dead, such as his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch). Most days, he prefers their company to that of his flustered father (Jeff Garlin), spacey mother (Leslie Mann), and deeply superficial older sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick). At middle school, Norman dodges bullying Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), confides in the impressionable Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), and tries to tune out his blowhard teacher Mrs. Henscher (Alex Borstein).
Credit: Laika, Inc
Norman is unexpectedly contacted by his odd uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman), who floors »
- Michelle McCue
Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is spooked by Mr. Prenderghast (voiced by John Goodman) in ParaNorman, the new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from Laika and Focus Features, directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler. Credit: Laika, Inc.
The National Alliance of People and Zombies reminds you that life shouldn’t just be for the living.
Paranorman is set in the town of Blithe Hollow, whose locals profit from mining the town.s history as the site, 300 years ago, of a famous witch hunt. 11-year-old Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee of Let Me In and The Road) spends much of his days appreciating the finer points of scary movies and studying ghost lore. In fact, Norman is gifted with the ability to see and speak with the dead, such as »
- Michelle McCue
Norman Babcock, the 11-year-old hero of Laika and Focus Features. new animated comedy thriller ParaNorman, will bring his .ghoul whisperer. expertise to the Yahoo! Movieland Experience this week at Comic-Con in San Diego. On Friday, July 13th @10:45 Am in Comic-Con.s Hall H, ParaNorman will be presenting an exclusive panel in advance of its August 17th nationwide release; confirmed to participate are directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler; and actors Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
The Movieland space is across the street from Comic-Con (located at 520 5th Avenue) and will be completely open to the public; festival passes are not required.
Yahoo! Movies, which reaches over 26 million users a month, will be in full force at Comic-Con this year as it brings to life Movieland, a visually rich, interactive game on Yahoo! that was created in partnership with several major film studios. Throughout the entire Yahoo! Movieland »
- Michelle McCue
Hollywood has often been described as "The Dream Factory," but when it comes to animated movies cartoonists can fudge the line between a dream romantic coupling and a laughable OkCupid date gone wrong.
Be it chunky monkey Ray Winstone sexing up Angelina Jolie in "Beowulf" or Meryl Streep winding up Mrs. George Clooney in "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" (which even she admitted was hilarious), there are many examples of said pairings — and here are ten more for you to fantasize about.
With her sassy boisterousness and his whiney timidity, Latifah and Romano are a match made in … well, somewhere. Their portrayal of wooly mammoths Manny and Ellie in the last three "Ice Age" movies produced not only brilliant chemistry but also a cartoon daughter, Peaches. Whether that vocal chemistry could translate to live-action success remains to be seen … "Bringing Down the House »
- Max Evry
I feel like I'm so behind on the 2013 Oscar race and I say this as we are just entering June. Yeah, it's become ridiculous, but that's primarily because I'm working on a brand new back-end for my predictions and it's taking a while to get things right. However, I can't neglect the conversation as Kris Tapley over at HitFix posted a great piece yesterday previewing the Animated Feature slate for 2012 heading into the 2013 Oscar race, a race that looks to put last year's to shame. Last year Pixar was out of the race as Cars 2 didn't hit home with the Academy just as it missed the mark with the majority of critics. This year they are coming back with the hotly anticipated Brave, a film I cannot wait to see and will actually be sitting down to watch in less than a week. Disney also has a couple of »
- Brad Brevet
The big winner on Friday appears to be a movie that isn't even out yet*audiences largely rejected all four brand-new movies, which may be the latest sign that anticipation for The Avengers is reaching a fever pitch. Thanks to the middling performance of the newcomers, Think Like a Man and The Lucky One easily held on to the top two spots.Think Like a Man fell 55 percent to an estimated $5.5 million on Friday. It's now made $48.4 million, and is just two days away from topping Titanic 3D to become April 2012's highest-grossing movie. Meanwhile, The Lucky One dropped a slightly steeper 57 percent to $3.9 million. The Zac Efron-Nicholas Sparks romantic drama has earned a solid $32.5 million through eight days.Even with what looked like the formula for rom-com success, The Five-Year Engagement only managed to generate $3.5 million in ticket sales on Friday. That's less than half the opening »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Happy Friday! It’s the last minute run-up to summer blockbuster season, and since no one wants to even contemplate challenging “The Avengers” next week, a swell of smaller, independent, and foreign pictures are hitting theaters this weekend. And with the Tribeca and San Francisco International Film Festivals in full swing, we’re happy to go along. Despite the blockbuster-less slate, there’s still plenty of mystery, horror, and gun-filled action to (temporarily) sate any action lovers’ palate. Plus a romantic comedy and a maybe-for-children-maybe-for-adults animated feature. Enjoy!
Edgar Allen Poe’s tales of horror and woe are put into practice in this week’s “The Raven” from James McTeigue. The part-biography/part-thriller stars John Cusack as Poe, who, after cleared of initial suspicions, is tasked with solving a series of murders fashioned after gruesome deaths from his own stories. Like “E.T.” and Elliott, the life of the film seems »
- Emma Bernstein
I first fell in love with Aardman Animations when Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit arrived in 2005. Since then they’ve had some ups and downs but their latest is a gem. Co-founder Peter Lord is back in the director’s chair for The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which also marks their first foray into 3D. While that technology is still lacking effectiveness since the post-Avatar market, the film is still a delight. Last month I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Peter Lord for a roundtable interview. We touched on how he got a song from Flight of the Conchords into the film, using CG to populate the crowds, casting Hugh Grant as Pirate Captain, and much more.
The Film Stage: The first thing that jumps out at you about the movie is that it is such a complicated claymation thing. There is CGI elements and »
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On what will forever be known as "that weekend before The Avengers opened," four new nationwide releases hit theaters. With its strong cast and connection to Bridesmaids, The Five-Year Engagement appears to have the best chance of finishing in first, though its theater count (2,936) trails that of Aardman Animation flick The Pirates! Band of Misfits (3,358). The Raven and Safe also debut this weekend, though neither of these titles has much of a chance of cracking the Top Three. The Five-Year Engagement reteams Forgetting Sarah Marshall writer-director Nick Stoller with writer-actor Jason Segel. That movie opened to $17.7 million in April 2008 on its way to $63.2 million, and it's fairly well-regarded among comedy fans today (it has a 7.3 rating on IMDb, which is identical to the rating for Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin). For The Five-Year Engagement, though, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall connection has taken a backseat to a potentially much more »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last weekend was a bit of a disaster as Think Like a Man roared ahead of the pack while playing in a mere 2,015 theaters. Very impressive. Can it repeat? Nope. But let's break it down anyway! Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 0 Weeks In A Row The Five-Year Engagement I think we're nearing the point, with both Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, where the market is "comfy" with them. You know what you're going to get. Now, does that mean Jason Segel can do a horror, or that Emily Blunt could carry a biopic all by her lonesome? No, of course not. But for this genre, and this weekend, the two are perfectly suited to dominate the marketplace.
Do we worry about the R-rating? A little bit. But 100+ films rated R have opened stronger than this, so we're not asking for much. Plus Bad Teacher opened higher than this, though admittedly »
- Laremy Legel
To our American and Canadian readers, we’d like you to do something for us. Can you turn Aardman’s The Pirates! into a hit for us?
We’re very lucky at Den Of Geek to not only have people in the UK who put up with our daily mutterings and incomprehensible writing, but that we have chums in the Us who endure the same thing. We welcome you all, and would gladly offer you coffee and cake were we able.
However, if it’s okay with you all, this particular piece is directed towards Den Of Geek readers living in America and Canada. We promise we won’t do this too often, but this is important.
Anyway, here we go.
Last Christmas, some very clever people in Bristol here in England conceived, wrote, designed and put together a film (with a lot of help from some equally clever people »
As the co-founder of Aardman Animations, the British studio known for their Oscar-winning stop-motion animation movies like Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and of course, Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" video, Peter Lord has been busy producing movies and TV series but hasn't directed a movie since 2000.
It was Gideon Defoe's book "The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists" that delighted him enough to take on the project himself and the result is a high seas adventure that finds the humour in piracy and plays with what we know about the cutlass-swinging, peg-legged characters who are notorious for their pillaging ways.
But not the Pirate Captain, a sweetly incapable doofus with a luxuriant beard, loyal crew and not much else, brought to life by Hugh Grant in his first voice actor role, and whose desperate need to win Pirate of the Year is at the centre of The Pirates! »
- Andrea Miller
If you’re a fan of Aardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, and Flushed Away), I’m pretty sure you have April 27th circled on your calender. That’s because on that date, we finally get a new movie from one of the best animation companies in the world. In their latest film directed by Peter Lord, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain who is trying to win the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award with his rag-tag crew (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen). However, with a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and bitter rivals like Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) trying to stop him, it’s not going to be an easy task. David Tennant is also along for the ride as the voice of Charles Darwin. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
There's something a little discordant about this UK TV commercial for Reggae Reggae Sauce, created by stop-motion greats Aardman Animations (of the Wallace & Gromit films and the upcoming "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"). It's not just that the ad's star, a plasticine version of sauce-maker and reggae musician Levi Roots, is more realistically proportioned and less cartoonish than the usual Aardman figure (compare his look to that of the characters in "The Pirates!"). It's those singing and dancing drumsticks, kebabs and sausages, which remind me of the fact that Aardman has always seemed kind of... vegetarian? Consider the non-kill rabbit traps and veggie-growing focus of "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," or that the escape on which "Chicken Run" is centered was motivated by the farm owners' switch from eggs to chicken pies. Or for more overt messaging, consider this this spot Aardman did »
- Alison Willmore
There's something a little discordant about this UK TV commercial for Reggae Reggae Sauce, created by stop-motion greats Aardman Animations (of the Wallace & Gromit films and the upcoming "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"). It's not just that the ad's star, a plasticine version of sauce-maker and reggae musician Levi Roots, is more realistically proportioned and less cartoonish than the usual Aardman figure (compare his look to that of the characters in "The Pirates!"). It's those singing and dancing drumsticks, kebabs and sausages, which remind me of the fact that Aardman has always seemed kind of... vegetarian? Consider the non-kill rabbit traps and veggie-growing focus of "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," or that the escape on which "Chicken Run" is centered was motivated by the farm owners' switch from eggs to chicken pies. Or for more overt messaging, consider this this spot Aardman did...
- Alison Willmore
While the end of April 2011 did deliver a blockbuster with Fast Five, the time period traditionally serves as an opportunity to clear out some modest movies ahead of the beginning of Summer. Since late April 2012's most ambitious movies are a Nicolas Sparks adaptation, a Judd Apatow production and an Aardman Animation flick, it seems like late April 2012 fits more in the traditional model. April 20 - Zac Efron Vs. Steve Harvey Vs. ChimpsOn paper, at least, The Lucky One seems to have the most going for it among the three movies opening nationwide on April 20. Similar to Dear John, it's a Nicolas Sparks romance that has a hunky young guy spend at least some time in the military. Dear John opened to $30.5 million in February 2010 on its way to over $80 million. The Lucky One probably won't reach either of those numbers*Zac Efron is no Channing Tatum (his last romantic movie, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
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