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One of the most frustrating things about spending 20 years covering film as a critic and a reporter is watching the slide of even the most basic standards into total ruin, and it is safe to say that at this point, the entire wall of white noise that is “film journalism” is essentially useless as anything other than farce. Maybe it’s because there are some stories you don’t want to believe and some stories you do. Maybe that’s why certain false things get reported as fact so readily. I still see people run the “fact” that Bill Murray only appeared in Garfield because he got confused by Joel Cohen’s name on the script, thinking he was going to work with the Coen Brothers. People really want to believe that’s true, but it’s ridiculous. Just take a step back and really consider what you’re saying. »
- Drew McWeeny
At this point, the prospect of another chapter in the “Saw” series might conceivably be worse — or, perhaps, one of those movies in which the French director Bruno Dumont tries to pass off his ponderous metaphysical misanthropy as “light and funny.” Really, though, one would be hard-pressed to think of a contemporary movie form more torturous to sit through than the cutesy-wacky anthropomorphic celebrity-voiced pet comedy.
The thing that’s so excruciating about films like “Garfield: The Movie,” “Cats & Dogs,” “Beverly Hills Chiuahua,” or the new “Nine Lives” — starring Kevin Spacey as the voice of a disgruntled kitty cat named Mister Fuzzypants; are you tumbling out of your chair with laughter yet? — is not that they’re comedies about talking animals. (Many fantastic animated movies are comedies about talking animals.) It’s that they’re made by people laboring under the delusion that an animal who talks is in itself funny. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Some may consider Garfield, a staple of the funny pages since 1978, to be a relic from an earlier, much lamer era of comedy. To modern-day cynics weaned on Adult Swim and YouTube, the long-running comic strip is merely a tame, tired throwback to those pre-internet days when people were genuinely amused by a fat, orange cat making wisecracks about lasagna and hating Mondays. But Jim Davis’ cartoon creation has made an admirable effort to keep up with the times. There has been a pretty elaborate official Garfield website since the 1990s, for instance, and some say that Davis was offering something called “G-mail” long before even Google wanted that name.
But social media can be a real minefield sometimes, even for internet veterans like Garfield. The overfed tabby learned that the hard way last Friday when he attempted to interact with fans on Twitter via the hashtag #AskGarfield. Since ...
- Joe Blevins
Boom! Studios is ramping up for San Diego Comic-Con 2016 with an announcement that includes big guns, sweet mullets, cool eye patches, and two ’80s John Carpenter films! Boom! has revealed that a six-issue Big Trouble in Little China / Escape from New York crossover comic book series will debut this October:
That’s right: Jack Burton meets Snake Plissken in the most unlikeliest of team-ups that will shake the pillars of heaven! Written by Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk, Action Comics) with art by Russ Manning Award nominee Daniel Bayliss (Kennel Block Blues, Translucid), the six-issue limited series is the first time two John Carpenter creations have crossed over in any format, and he’s excited about it!
Connecting issue #1 covers by Daniel Bayliss.
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- Tamika Jones
From endless summer campfires to the Goblin King, from time traveling demons to teens with mighty morphin' abilities, Boom! Studios is bringing a wide variety of stories to Comic-Con this year.
Boom! Studios' recently announced comic book convention exclusives include Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special, Lucas Stand #1, and two Mighty Morphin Power Rangers covers:
Press Release: June 30, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA - Award-winning comic book publisher Boom! Studios and its imprints, KaBOOM!, Boom! Box, and Archaia, announced its exclusives for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California July 20-24.
The following exclusives will be available for purchase at its booth, #2229:
Adventure Time Comics #1 Sdcc Exclusive ($10)
Cover by Pat McHale & Sam McHale
The first issue of a new KaBOOM! »
- Derek Anderson
Garfield: Comic strip cat Garfield will return to the big screen in an animated movie, with hopes to launch a franchise. Jim Davis created the lazy, lovable feline for a comic strip that began running in 1978 and has inspired numerous television versions, two movies featuring the voice of Bill Murray as Garfield (Garfield: The Movie, above), and three other direct to video films. [The Wrap]. Austin Powers: Mike Myers is still mulling the possibility of a fourth Austin Powers movie. Jay Roach, who directed the first three installments, says that he and Myers talk about it every time they get together, though he describes the project as being "in a latent phase right now." Roach says that many ideas have been discussed, but none have stuck yet. The latest...
- Peter Martin
“Jim Davis’s creation has been an international sensation for all ages for decades, and we are thrilled to bring an animated Garfield feature to the big screen,” states Alcon co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove said in a statement.
Debuting in 1978, Garfield is the most widely syndicated comic strip of all time and has been the subject of two live-action/CG-animated hybrid feature films – 2004’s Garfield: The Movie and 2006’s Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties – where he was voiced by Bill Murray.
- Gary Collinson
Garfield: Comic strip cat Garfield will return to the big screen in an animated movie, with hopes to launch a franchise. Jim Davis created the lazy, lovable feline for a comic strip that began running in 1978 and has inspired numerous television versions, two movies featuring the voice of Bill Murray as Garfield (Garfield: The Movie, above), and three other direct-to-video films. [The Wrap] Austin Powers: Mike Myers is still mulling the possibility of a fourth Austin Powers...
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A new Garfield animated film is in active development at Alcon Entertainment, the guys behind the upcoming Blade Runner 2. The original comic strip’s creator Jim Davis will be executive producer on the new film, whilst John Cohen (Despicable Me) and Steven P Wegner will produce.
The character has already appeared in two movies, and was voiced by the legendary Bill Murray, who we’re not expecting to return for any more. If you don’t know Garfield, then here’s a little bit about him from his official website.
Garfield is a fat, lazy, cynical-but-endearing cat. Born in the kitchen of Mamma Leoni’s Italian restaurant, Garfield weighed five pounds, six ounces at birth and right from the start he showed a passion for Italian food. The restaurant owner, forced to choose between Garfield and closing his doors for lack of pasta, sold Garfield to a pet store. Garfield »
- Paul Heath
Even though Bill Murray.s casting as Garfield should have been a match made in cinematic heaven, his two outings as the feline with a lasagna fetish didn.t produce the films that fans of the character and actor were hoping for. But they still made a combined total of $342.5 million at the box office, which means that news of a brand-new Garfield film shouldn.t shock anyone. Rather than being a sequel though, this is a fresh iteration of Garfield and it will be entirely animated. Variety were the first to report that Alcon Entertainment signed a deal for the rights to make animated films based on the world famous Garfield comic strip, created by Jim Davis - who was also named as an executive producer on this latest incarnation of his beloved character. Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, the co-founders and co-chief executive officers of the studio, making »
The best thing about the two Garfield movies that we’ve seen to date? That’d arguably be Bill Murray’s anecdotes about how he got involved in voicing cartoonist Jim Davis’ most famous creation. Murray, goes the story, agreed to voice the cat in the CG/live action hybrid movies when he confused screenwriter Joel Cohen (Cheaper By The Dozen, Daddy Day Camp) with Oscar-winning writer/director Joel Coen (No Country For Old Men, Fargo).Whether you fully believe Murray’s anecdote or not, it was arguably more memorable than anything that happened in the two Garfield films.
Now there’s a new Garfield movie that’s gone into the works, and it’s probably fair to say that Murray won’t be involved this time. The rights have been »
Plus: Alcon plots Garfield film franchise; Nbr sets 2017 awards gala date; and more…
The Orchard secured all North American rights to the coming-of-age drama from ICM Partners and Wme Global and will distribute in autumn.
Lily Rabe earned the SXSW Best Actress special jury prize and stars alongside Timotheé Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, YouTube celebrity Anthony Quintal, Oscar Nuñez and Rob Huebel. Miss Stevens is a Beachside presentation of a Beachside and Gilbert Films Production in association with Original Headquarters.
Alcon Entertainment has secured exclusive rights from creator Jim Davis to produce animated films based on the Garfield comic strip. Davis will serve as an executive producer as the company looks to build a film franchise.The National Board Of Review will host its annual film awards gala on January 4, 2017, at Cipriani »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The reboot of Garfield is coming. With an awful pair of live-action/CGI hybrid movies that featured Bill Murray in the voice of the classic cat with a hankering for lasagna having run their course, Garfield is being brought back to the drawing board. Alcon Entertainment has secured the rights to produce an animated adaptation built around the character from Garfield creator Jim Davis, who will operate... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
After two live-action/CGI comedy adventures, everyone's favorite cat Garfield is heading back to the big screen, only this time, the reboot will be a fully CG-animated movie. Alcon Entertainment made the announcement today after it secured the exclusive movie rights to the comic strip created by Jim Davis. Jim Davis is attached to the movie as an executive producer.
Alcon is hoping to launch a new CG-animated franchise based on the grumpy feline who loves lasagna and hates Mondays. No story details have been released at this time. And it's doubtful Bill Murray will return to reprise his voice role as Garfield.
The comedian and actor originally took on the role of Garfield in the 2004 movie, thinking it was written by one of the Coen brothers. He would return for the sequel Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties in 2006, though he was prone to bad mouthing the movie »
Crack out the lasagna; The Hollywood Reporter brings words that a Garfield animated movie has found a home at Alcon Entertainment, the studio currently presiding over Denis Villeneuve’s long-gestating sequel, Blade Runner 2.
Circling back to the strip-based comic that first made its bow back in 1978, before shooting to success throughout the ’80s, THR notes that Alcon has struck a deal with Jim Davis – creative mind behind the rotund feline – who will serve as executive producer on the finished movie. It’s understood Alcon is eyeing a bona fide series of CG films based around the endearing and indeed conniving cat, along with his adventures with Jon Arbuckle and Odie, the clueless dog that fast become an easy form of entertainment for the mischievous Garfield.
- Michael Briers
Dust off the lasagna dishes: Garfield is headed back to the big screen. Alcon Entertainment said today that it has gotten its paws on exclusive rights to produce toon features starring the original grumpy cat from his creator Jim Davis, who will also serve as an executive producer. Alcon's goal is to build a franchise of CG-animated films based on the comics-spawned feline. There have been two previous Garfield films, and the property has been licensed and merchandised… »
Alcon Entertainment has obtained the exclusive rights to produce a “Garfield” animated film, TheWrap has learned. Alcon acquired the rights from the creator of the “Garfield” comics, Jim Davis, who will also serve as an executive producer. The comic strip debuted in 1978 and follows a cynical and lazy orange cat and his interactions with his owner, Jon Arbuckle. Alcon’s goal is to build a franchise of fully CG-animated “Garfield” feature films. “Garfield” originally appeared in 41 newspapers, and its immediate popularity made it one of the fastest growing comic strips of all time. It ultimately appeared in 2,580 newspapers and journals, »
- Joe Otterson and Beatrice Verhoeven
Alcon Entertainment has secured the rights to produce a animated feature film based on the iconic comic strip Garfield. Unlike the previous 20th Century Fox films, this new movie will be fully CG-animated as opposed to CG/live-action hybrid. Also the inclusion of Garfield creator Jim Davis as executive producer seems to suggest that the new movie will be closer […]
- Peter Sciretta
Alcon Entertainment has secured exclusive rights to produce animated theatrical motion pictures based on the comic strip Garfield.
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove made the announcement Monday. The company acquired the rights from Jim Davis, creator of the Garfield comic series and brand who will also serve as an executive producer.
Alcon said its goal is to build a franchise of fully CG-animated Garfield feature films. Alcon has a long-standing output deal through Warner Bros.
Kosove and Johnson said, “Jim Davis’s creation has been an international sensation for all ages for decades, and we are thrilled to bring an animated Garfield feature to the big screen.”
The Garfield comic strip debuted in 1978. It follows a cynical and lazy orange cat and his interactions with owner Jon Arbuckle and fellow pet Odie, a dog.
- Dave McNary
Hide the lasagna. Alcon Entertainment, which is in preproduction on the sequel to Blade Runner, has picked up the rights to produce an animated adaptation of classic comic strip Garfield. Alcon acquired the rights from Garfield creator Jim Davis, who will serve as an executive producer. The company’s goal is to turn the strip-turned-brand into a franchise of CG-animated films. Garfield debuted in 1978, becoming a sensation in the 1980s as the strip took over best-seller lists in the form of collected books. Merchandising and cartoon specials followed. The strip holds the Guinness record for being
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