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Post-apocalyptic thrillers don’t come cheap, so perhaps there wasn’t enough left over from the “Automata” budget to pay for a decent script doctor. Spanish helmer Gabe Ibanez (“Hierro”) and co-writers Igor Legaretta Gomez and Javier Sanchez Donate pick from “Blade Runner,” “Terminator” and countless other pics in what , yet did the producers — none of them novices — not think to ask: “Does this work?” Set in the near future, when a vastly reduced mankind is assisted by robots that suddenly become self-sufficient, this dystopic mess will get some traction from star Antonio Banderas and indiscriminate sci-fi fans, but exposure is likely to be minimal. It opens Oct. 10 Stateside.
The lure of making a full-blown English-lingo futuristic thriller must have been particularly seductive, and Bulgarian locations, with Nu Boyana’s seasoned studio crew, no doubt allowed costs to stay within reason. The production designer’s vision, however, isn’t enough »
- Jay Weissberg
With Doctor Who returning to our screens tomorrow, here’s a news update…
There’s now only one day between us and Doctor Who series eight opener, Deep Breath. Following on from his kidney-discussion-heavy appearance in 2013 Christmas special The Time Of The Doctor and a cameo for his furrowed-eyebrows in The Day Of The Doctor, we’re on the cusp of finally seeing Peter Capaldi’s Doctor helm his first full episode. We are, understandably, hugely excited.
Naturally, news has been rife about the show this week, with the suggestion that Chris Addison’s role in the series finale could be that of a new full-time companion becoming an incredibly hot rumour. Addison and Capaldi had great chemistry in The Thick Of It, which we’d be very happy to see more of in Doctor Who.
Additionally, Danny Cohen, the big cheese of BBC TV Drama, has voiced his support »
"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question: how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the »
- Drew McWeeny
Academy Award winner Robin Williams passed away on Monday at the age of 63. A star of the big and small screens, his resume boasts prestigious awards and an entire generation that recognizes him as the witty and fast talking Genie from Disney’s Aladdin. While Williams introduced himself to a new crop of fans by taking a role in the 1992 film, his filmography is peppered with memorable accents, impressions, and voices we just can’t shake.
Below, the 10 most iconic voices of Robin Williams’ many colorful characters.
10. Fender (Robots, 2005)
Williams showed off his impressive voiceover work as Fender, a goofy, discombobulated heap of metal who befriends a younger robot trying to make his way in the world. »
San Francisco – He blazed bright as lightning at his peak, but also had struggles with addiction and depression. The cosmic and comic Robin Williams died on August 11th, apparently of suicide due to asphyxia, according to authorities, although complete details are still pending. The Academy Award winner was 63 years old.
Williams was known for his whiplash speed as a stand up comic, often shifting several times and doing different characters in minutes. His improvisation was legendary, on stage, TV and film, and he portrayed a wide range of characters both comic and dramatic. He began his career on television in the mid-1970s, and soon found superstardom in that medium as Mork, a space alien living with a earthbound girl in “Mork & Mindy.” He made a natural transition to films, and continued to thrive on the stand-up stage – with several one man shows – and was a prime mover for the charity “Comic Relief, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Academy Award winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at the age of 63.
The actor’s death was confirmed by his publicist who issued the following statement: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
His wife, Susan Schneider, added: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Williams won an Oscar for his »
- Josh Wilding
Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction is a film that continues to confound. As I said in my review it's unlike anything I've seen before and in browsing through some of the film's reviews I can't say I'm a fan of the dismissive approach some have taken in evaluating this behemoth. Take, for example, David Edelstein's review where he describes the script as "incoherent" and then seems to coherently describe everything that happens in the film for the next four paragraphs before saying the film is "basically a shambles". Pardonc But when I came to Richard Corliss's review at Time I found an interesting line in which he seems to have meant as a negative, but I think he's closer to getting at a greater truth than he may realize when he writes, "The final half-hour devolves into a kind of Abstract Expressionist chaos, with commercials." To say »
- Brad Brevet
While Transformers: Age of Extinction opened to big numbers during its preview night screenings, pulling in $8.7 million, it is the lowest debut of the four movies, and it was also bested by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Godzilla earlier in the year. It's also receiving abysmal reviews across the board, with a 16% Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics don't just hate the movie, they loath it with a passion unseen in quite some time. Fans, on the other hand, have been across the board. Some love it, some like it and others are quite bothered by its lack of coherency. But that's become a franchise staple at this point. No surprise there. Despite its detractors, Transformers 4 still has a lot going for it. It's the best written movie out of the saga, and it is certainly bigger, bolder and packed with more action than anything that's come before it. »
Not only a show that made an amazing impact on the world of children’s programming, but one that continues to hold up, The Magic School Bus is a show still enjoyed by millions of kids (including my own) around the world.
In the grand tradition of that show (no pressure), Scholastic Media, in a joint announcement with Netflix, has announced The Magic School Bus 360°, created and produced by Scholastic Media, launching exclusively on Netflix as a Netflix Original Series, with Scholastic Media President, Deborah Forte, as Executive Producer.
Unfortunately, you have to wait until 2016, but the news hits a lot of positive notes, from a variety of angles. A return of The Magic School Bus franchise means not only a chance for kids to engage with science in the home, but also opens the door for countless other opportunities in the form of books and other materials to be used in classrooms. »
- Marc Eastman
Hollywood has introduced us to a ton of awesome robots over the years. Robots have always been extremely cool, and they've sparked the imagination of what is possible. The robots we've seen in the movies have inspired technology and science. There are engineers out there who have created robots of their own and are constantly trying to perfect them. One day those robots will take over the world and destroy us all.
We all have our favorite robots, and I thought I'd come up with a top 10 list of my personal favorites. Note: Cyborgs like RoboCop don't count as robots on this list.
If you'd like to share your own favorites, please feel free to post them in the comments section below!
Iron Giant - The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant is by far my favorite robot. He's the one I would have loved to play with as a kid. »
- Joey Paur
When the distribution contract that Paramount Pictures had enjoyed with Dreamworks Animation came to an end in 2012, the studio took the bold step of forming their own, new animation division – Paramount Animations – for the first time since 1967. Jumping straight in, the studio are stomping their foot on the gas with Monster Trucks, which has now added Rob Lowe to its cast list.
But this is not just a Cars imitator with bigger tires – not at all. Plot details are being kept a closely guarded secret, but we do know that this will be a combination of live-action and animation. What this means for the cast – which currently also includes Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Thomas Lennon, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover and Frank Whaley – is unclear, but with a release date set for May 29, 2015, we will soon find out who will be onscreen, and who will be there in voice only.
Though not yet officially confirmed, »
- Sarah Myles
These days animated films can go one of two ways: either you’re making something original and potentially interesting, or you’re making a sequel to that something original and potentially interesting you made previously because there’s a studio behind it that likes money. Such is the story of Blue Sky Studios and filmmaker Carlos Saldanha. Several times now Saldanha and the very talented animators at Blue Sky have given us something interesting. This includes Ice Age in 2002, Robots in 2005 and Rio in 2011. And with the exception of one (the sadly underrated and clever Robots), they’ve come back for more every single time. Four times in the case of Ice Age. Why? Because kids like it, parents will pay for it and these movies sell toys of prehistoric squirrels just trying to find a nut. Does the mere idea of a sequel discount a movie’s quality? No. Does »
- Neil Miller
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
While you might not know Stephen Tobolowsky by name, you've certainly seen him in countless films like Groundhog Day (Ned! Ryerson!), Spaceballs, Sneakers, Radioland Murders, The Insider and Memento, and his voice is unmistakable in Robots, Buried and The Lorax. Plus, there's all the TV appearances on shows like "Glee" and "Heroes." Our friends as SlashFilm and writer David Chen have been host to the unique and fascinating podcast The Tobolowsky Files, and now they're trying to turn some of the actor's stories (now available in a book) into a concert documentary film, and they need help. SlashFilm and David Chen have taken to Kickstarter to help fund the film The Primary Instinct: If you donate the right amount, you can have the opportunity to meet Tobolowsky backstage at one of the live shows, or even have him perform a private show for you and 20 of your friends. Other rewards »
- Ethan Anderton
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