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Ah, the Daleks. Those psychotic little pepper pots have given us endless hours of entertainment and scared generations of children into hiding behind their sofas – well, the more easily spooked ones. At the peak of their popularity they were and still are ubiquitous with merchandising that would impress George Lucas, and appearances in practically everything from Blue Peter to Top Gear to Looney Tunes: Back In Action.
These days they’re kept on a far tighter leash, with Dalek creator Terry Nation’s executors doing their best to limit the distribution of anything featuring Daleks that could harm their image as death-dealing conquerors armed with sink plungers and egg whisks and wearing indicator lights. Some of the things they take issue with may seem kind of petty but when you think about the stuff on this list, you may find yourself agreeing with the Nation Estate….
1. A Slightly Racist Comedy »
- James T. Cornish
Using the new Doctor Who Limited Edition Gift Set, your noble author will make his way through as much of the modern series as he can before the Christmas episode, The Snowmen.
Mr. Henry Van Staaten owns the Internet. He also has a museum of alien artifacts under Utah, including a Slitheen claw, a Cyberman head, and a…
Directed by Joe Ahearne
The Tardis lands in 2012 (!) in Utah, or more precisely, under it. They’re in the personal horde of Henry Van Statten, an impossibly rich American who obtains alien artifacts, reverse engineers their technology, and sells it for profit. The Doctor picked up a distress call from his one living exhibit, a mysterious creature that Van Statten calls a Metaltron. Only when The Doctor sees it does he realize what it truly is – a Dalek, which somehow survived the Time War »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Time has most certainly been kind to filmmaker Joe Dante, best known for his “Gremlins” films (the first of which celebrated its 28th anniversary in June), as the filmmaker’s work from his early days with gonzo producer Roger Corman to later fare like the 1998 action blockbuster “Small Soldiers" continue to be watched and beloved years after the fact. While he’s remained busy working on acclaimed episodes of genre favorite “Masters of Horrors,” or dipping his feet into network fare with CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” it’s his first feature since 2003’s “Looney Tunes: Back In Action” that has folks talking about Dante and the movies once again. “The Hole,” Dante’s latest film, is an adolescent spook fest originally envisioned for 3D that harkens back to the time when “Gremlins” and “Explorers” roamed free – and the “E.T.”-influenced logo for »
- Benjamin Wright
Joe Dante has made some great films throughout his career. He started off by working with Roger Corman, making the original Piranha. He then went onto make such seminal 80s masterworks as Gremlins, Explorers, Innerspace, and our own personal favorite The 'burbs. His second to last film was Looney Tunes: Back In Action, and then he went onto make The Hole, which is often referred to as his comeback and a return to form for the director, who is known for making darker family fare that doesn't quite fit the norm.
The Hole was supposed to come out in 2009. It was shot in 3D, one of the first to jump on the bandwagon, but the conversion of other 2D films into 3D flooded the market, and The Hole was swallowed up in the storm. »
I haven’t watched Saturday Night Live in years. I think the last time I did Jimmy Fallon was still a regular cast member. Why am I mentioning SNL? The Hollywood Reporter is… Um… reporting? that SNL alum Jenny Slate has been tapped to write a new Looney Tunes adventure for Warner Brothers.
The last time Bugs and the gang appeared in their own film was 2003′s Looney Tunes: Back In Action, directed by Joe Dante. Before that we got Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan. The new film will also be a blend of live action and cartoon, but with a healthy dose of CGI as well.
Source: THR »
- Philip Sticco
Given the shoddy treatment Jim Henson’s Muppets characters got through much of the ’90s and the ’00s, last year’s refresher of their property, The Muppets, was welcomed as a huge breath of fresh air. Finally somebody with true affection for these beloved characters gave them a big screen vehicle that skillfully treated them with the respect they deserve. Things are arguably looking worse for Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes franchise than they ever did for the Muppets though. The last time these characters hit the big screen was in 2003’s already-forgotten Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and the last time they felt remotely relevant was when they appeared in Space Jam in 1996. Here is a stable of characters that was beloved for decades, whose earliest animated works are still held up in knowledgeable circles as being enduring pieces of modern art, and we can’t even get them a decent Space Jam sequel? What »
- Nathan Adams
If the runaway success of 1996's Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes collab “Space Jam” mirrored Jason Segel's solid revitalization of the Muppets in 2011, then the franchise's follow-up installment, “Looney Tunes: Back In Action,” found its spiritual partner firmly in “Muppets in Space.” While featuring enjoyable moments and performances from leads Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman, the film nonetheless disappointed on both critical and financial fronts. But now it appears the classic characters are getting another shot as a well-known comedy writer/performer has decided to take the reins. THR reports former “SNL” cast member Jenny Slate has been hired to write the latest Looney Tunes reboot, one which once again utilizes the live-action/CGI hybrid from both “Space Jam” and 'Back in Action.' A director has yet to be announced, but both David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith -- the latter of which hasn't »
- Charlie Schmidlin
It’s been awhile since the Looney Tunes tried their hands in the realm of cinema, but they are all set to return in a new film scripted by SNL cast member Jenny Slate. The film is going to be produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith via their KatzSmith production company. Over the last few decades the Looney Tunes have had mixed success, with 1997′s Space Jam reaching $230 million worldwide, but their 2003 effort Looney Tunes: Back In Action only totalled $68 million worldwide. Was it the quality, was it the timing, or was it that Michael Jordan is a bigger attraction to people of all ages than Brendan Fraser? No matter how this film turns out, it can’t be any worse than the ill-conceived Loonatics Unleashed TV series.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jason Segel's reboot of The Muppets was a big success, so looks like it is time to try and bring back another crew of zany characters. Comedian Jenny Slate, formerly of Saturday Night Live, has been hired to write the screenplay for a new Looney Tunes movie. We haven't seen Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, or any of the other classic characters since Looney Tunes: Back In Action. That movie was directed by Joe Dante and ended up just being a mess. Here's hoping this will end up being »
- Alex Maidy
Looney Tunes: Warner Bros. has decided that it’s time to put the beloved Looney Tunes characters back on the big screen, and has hired Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live) to write the screenplay. The picture will mix live action and computer animation, though it’s not known which characters will star. Will it be Bugs Bunny? Daffy Duck? Porky Pig? The studio is hoping the new movie will be a big hit, like 1996’s Space Jam, rather than 2003's disappointing Looney Tunes: Back in Action. [The Hollywood Reporter] 47 Ronin: With a budget reportedly soaring to $225 million, Universal has taken the responsibility for editing 47 Ronin away from neophyte feature director Carl Rinsch; the studio’s cochairwoman Donna Langley is now supervising the process. Keanu...
- Peter Martin
Looney Tunes: Warner Bros. has decided that it’s time to put the beloved Looney Tunes characters back on the big screen, and has hired Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live) to write the screenplay. The picture will mix live action and computer animation, though it’s not known which characters will star; will it be Bugs Bunny? Daffy Duck? Porky Pig? The studio is hoping the new movie will be a big hit, like 1996’s Space Jam, rather than 2003's disappointing Looney Tunes: Back in Action. [The Hollywood Reporter] 47 Ronin: With a budget reportedly soaring to $225 million, Universal has taken the responsibility for editing 47 Ronin away from neophyte feature director Carl Rinsch; the studio’s co-chairwoman Donna Langley is now supervising the process...
- Peter Martin
It may seem hard to believe, but it's been almost a decade now since we've seen any Looney Tunes characters on the big screen in a feature film of their own. This is largely due to the failure of Joe Dante's movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which made only $21 million in the U.S. back in 2003. Since then, Warner Brothers has been slowly trying to revive the property, recently launching a brand new animated series called The Looney Tunes Show and attaching a handful of CG animated shorts to Warner Brothers family films in theatres (ie. Yogi Bear, Happy Feet Two, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Now it appears they are starting development on a brand new Looney Tunes movie, but they may have their work cut out for them if they want to avoid another flop. According to THR, Warner Brothers has hired comedian Jenny Slate to »
Warner Bros's Looney Tunes characters are reportedly heading back to the big screen for a new feature film. Comedian Jenny Slate is on board to provide a screenplay for the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Specific details of the film are yet to emerge, but the report claims that it will blend CGI and live action in a fashion similar to that of the characters' previous outings in Space Jam and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. The first Looney Tunes theatrical short debuted more than 80 years ago, with its popular characters including (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
Details are being kept under wraps.
The success of last year’s The Muppets, undoubtedly helped Warner Bros. made this decision even easier to move forward with a new feature.
Looney Tunes, which name is a variation on Silly Symphonies, originally showcased through the adventures of cartoon characters »
- Nick Martin
Warners had big success in 1996 with "Space Jam" which mixed basketball legend Michael Jordan with the traditionally animated characters that fall under the Looney Tunes banner such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote and more.
- Garth Franklin
Kermit and Miss Piggy found their modern day comic savior in Jason Segel; now Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are looking to former SNL star Jenny Slate for the same treatment. The new live-action/CGI hybrid will be the franchise's first film since 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but we'll be crossing our fingers for at least a Space Jam quality level. Ditto for a Marcel the Shell cameo. »
- Zach Dionne
We reported back in May 2010 that the studio was bringing back the animated brand for a series of short films and the TV series The Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network, although this is the first we're hearing of a feature-length endeavor. It is said that the project will be a live-action/CGI animation hybrid, much like the most recent Looney Tunes theatrical entries, 1996's Space Jam and 2003's Looney Tunes: Back In Action.
Cue that iconic opening music: Looney Tunes is relevant again! Former SNL comedienne Jenny Slate has been tapped by Warner Bros. to pen the feature reboot. Much like Sony's successful adaptation of The Smurfs, the Looney Tunes reboot would blend CG and live-action in order to bring the characters to life on the big screen. Although no word has been released as to Slate's take on the property, fans can be almost certain of seeing Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Tweety Bird and more. Hit the jump for more on Slate and the Looney Tunes movie. From Heat Vision comes the report that WB has chosen Slate to pen the Looney Tunes reboot script. On board to produce will be David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith of KatzSmith, along with David Heyman (Harry Potter) and his Heyday Films president, Jeffrey Clifford. Slate, who has also appeared on »
- Dave Trumbore
For the first time since 2003, the Looney Tunes will be getting the feature treatment by Warner Bros. The project is moving forward with Jenny Slate, a comedian who was on Saturday Night Live during the 2009-2010 season, has been given the duty of writing the script, which will once again be a live-action/CG hybrid. David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith, best known for their work on Tim Burton's Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will be producing the movie alongside Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford. The last time the beloved characters have had their own movie was Looney Tunes: Back In Action, but that film failed with both critics and audiences, managing to pull in only $68 million internationally on an $80 million budget. Before that they appeared in the basketball movie Space Jam with Michael Jordan and Bill Murray, which was treated even worse by critics »
Warner Bros. Pictures' familiar "Looney Tunes" characters are headed back to the big screen for an all-new feature film, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Comedian Jenny Slate has been hired to provide the screenplay. Details of the project are few, but the new film is expected to merge CGI and live-action, similar to the studio's approach to 1996's Space Jam and 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action . The first theatrical short debuting more than 80 years ago, "Looney Tunes" has, over the years, become synonymous with some of its more famous characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and many, many more. The most recent theatrical iterations of the characters have been in CGI shorts. The last, "Daffy Rhapsody,", was shown before »
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