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If you’ve ever wondered where writer-director Jared Hess came up with idea for his debut feature film, 2004’s deadpan cult comedy “Napoleon Dynamite,” Hess’s 2002 short film “Peluca” holds the answer. Hess shot the nearly nine-minute short for an assignment at Brigham Young University and premiered it the following year at the Slamdance Film Festival.
Shot on black and white 16mm film, the short stars Jon Heder as “Seth,” who is Napoleon Dynamite to a T, just with a different name. Hess shot the short in his hometown of Preston, Idaho over the course of just two days, shooting at many of the same locations seen in the feature film, like the local high school and thrift store. The title “Peluca,” the spanish word for wig, refers to a wig Seth and his friends Giel and Pedro purchase in the short. »
- Graham Winfrey
Crash mode was a divisive feature in the Burnout series. Some disliked how using your car to completely wreck an area had little to do with racing, but I absolutely adored it since it was a ton of fun. It wasn’t just senseless destruction, though, as puzzle elements rewarded creative thinking. Trying to recapture that magic, and hopefully build upon it, is Three Fields Entertainment’s Dangerous Golf.
Considering how cool the mode was in Burnout, I was excited to check out a game strictly built around that same idea of destruction. There are some differences between its inspiration and what’s on offer here, though. One of the big ones is that the game is operating on a micro scale, and instead of piloting a car into trucks and the like, you’re left steering a golf ball into dinnerware. If it sounds like a step down and a tad bit underwhelming, »
- Tyler Treese
The 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 1st, and this year’s Nightfall lineup looks to be yet another strong selection of genre films set to thrill festival-goers night after night.
For those of you in the southern California area, the 2016 Laff runs through Thursday, June 9th and is calling the ArcLight Culver City Cinema home this year. Here’s a look at what we’re anticipating once the Laff begins later this week, and for more information on the festival, please visit:
Full disclosure: Abattoir was edited by my significant other, so I am certainly biased, but my enthusiasm for the film comes from my excitement to see Bousman return to the hardboiled world of horror after working on The Devil’s Carnival musicals and his comedy-infused segment in last year’s Tales of Halloween anthology. »
- Heather Wixson
With the current TV season winding down, the networks are preparing for their upfront presentations next week, where they will announce the new fall lineups. In recent years, networks have been getting a jump on the upfronts by announcing their new shows early, and today Fox has revealed six programs that have been given series orders, including shows based on hit movies The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. The other four shows are dramas Apb and Pitch, along with comedies Making History and The Mick.
The Exorcist series hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions, with Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) writing the script for this psychological thriller. More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession. »
Title sequences don’t have to be boring. They can be just as exciting, creative, or innovative as the films they introduce. These are our picks for the 10 best opening title sequences of feature films.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
The title sequence for a film is more than a bunch of letters spelling words on a screen. A title sequence is an opportunity for a filmmaker to grab the attention of his or her audience. It’s an ideal spot to introduce musical themes, set a stylistic tone, or establish a directorial style. During the opening titles a filmmaker has the opportunity to explain a backstory, show a flashback, or even dictate the setting to the audience. »
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Actor Rizwan Manji and “Margarita, With a Straw” writer-director Shonali Bose are among the jury selections for the 2016 feature and short film contests at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla).
The Iffla, now in its 14th year, celebrates excellence in Indian cinema by showcasing films that promote diverse representations of Indian culture and perspective. Forging a connection between the entertainment industries of Hollywood and India, the five-day festival will feature over 25 productions from the Indian filmmaking community.
Joining Bose on the feature film judging panel is Variety‘s Shalini Dore and international film consultant Alesia Weston. Film director Aldo Velasco and documentary filmmaker Laura Nix will join Manji to judge the festival’s short film submissions.
This year’s festival will also feature a filmmaker roundtable conversation on the state of indie filmmaking in India. Moderated by Sundance Film Festival’s John Nein, the discussion will be held »
- Alyssa Sage
Stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan and Jemaine Clement take fans behind-the-scenes of their new comedy Don Verdean, which debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD formats on March 1. This bizarre comedy comes from writer-director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), and hit theaters back in December, after debuting at last year's Sundance Film Festival. As you can see from the preview below, this certainly isn't your typical comedy, but Jared Hess has definitely assembled an all-star cast.
Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan and Jemaine Clement put a comedic spin on evangelical fraud in the wildly funny adventure, Don Verdean, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD March 1 from Lionsgate. The "absurdly funny" (Wnyn-tv) Sundance Film Festival favorite is currently available On Demand and features laugh-out-loud performances by Leslie Bibb, Primetime Emmy® nominee Will Forte and Danny McBride.
The magic of the internet means that you can now slice and edit famous movie footage into anything you desire. Want to know what R2-D2 was thinking throughout Star Wars? You got it. What about a compilation of various movie characters uttering, "I should have killed him when I had the chance?" That.s there too. And that.s just what we found today. Yet another YouTube video that we stumbled upon today is Napoleon Dynamite re-cut as an inspirational drama, and, rather oddly, it actually works. I think I.d still rather see Jared Hess. original droll 2004 comedy, but I found myself being a tad inspired and impressed by the potential this dramatic version of Napoleon Dynamite. That abruptly came to an end when I remembered this was the same film that featured the quote, "Tina, you fat lard, come get some dinner." The dramatic incarnation of Napoleon »
Wistful for your youth? Fear not! Hollywood continues to mine our memories and is bringing back many of our favorite childhood friends!
• Expanding its universe even further, Netflix has announced a new children’s show based on the 1970s toy sensation Stretch Armstrong. The Wrap reports that Netflix is teaming with Hasbro Studios for the 26-episode series, which apparently has nothing to do with the Taylor Lautner film that was talked about for a minute.
• Speaking of throwbacks, DreamWorks has released the first teaser trailer for its film Trolls, which is based on the doll sensation from the ’60s (which is seemingly revived every generation). Check it out here!
• In keeping with the nostalgia vein, Deadline reports that Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess has signed on to write and helm a movie combining the worlds of some of Nickelodeon’s most beloved animated shows, including — but not limited to — Rugrats, »
- Harker Jones
Nickelodeon has confirmed that it’s making a NickToons movie, because no one ever went broke betting on millennials' nostalgia for their own childhood. Paramount and Nickelodeon have tapped Napoleon Dynamite's Jared Hess to direct, with a script by Hess and his wife and writing partner Jerusha Hess. There aren’t many details yet, but Deadline reports that the film will combine characters from across the Nickelodeon universe, as well as incorporate live-action segments in the manner of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? We don’t know which NickToons will be featured in the film yet, but Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Aaahh! Real Monsters, The Angry Beavers, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power, and CatDog are all on the table. (What this means for the planned Hey Arnold! TV movie is unknown.) Now we are just left to wonder who the live-action actors will be, and »
- Madeline Raynor
Depending on your age, the '90s programming at Nickelodeon was either a childhood staple or was part of late nights of your high school/college years. Either way, the run of shows was very strong, and in this era of maximizing IP value, it's a bit of a surprise the network hasn't done anything with them...until now... Variety reports that Nickelodeon is going to ambitiously put characters from all their '90s shows into a single movie, "NickToons," with "Napoleon Dynamite" director Jared Hess to helm the project. That's right, the worlds of "Doug," "Rugrats," "Ren & Stimpy" and "Ahh! Real Monsters" will collide (and, hopefully, "Hey Arnold!") for what's being described as a "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"-esque film. Hess is also writing the project with regular collaborator Jerusha Hess, and it's certainly an ambitious undertaking. Read More: Review: 'Don Verdean' Starring Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Deadline is reporting that Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) has been tapped by Paramount and Nickelodeon to direct Nicktoons, a crossover movie in the vein of Who Framed Roger Rabbit that will feature characters from classic 1990s animated series such as Rugrats, The Angry Beavers, Rocko's Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy and Aaahh! Real Monsters. Parent at Disruption Entertainment's... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Not content with creating a channel dedicated to 1990s reruns and commissioning a new Hey Arnold! TV movie, Nickelodeon has gone one step further with the nostalgia – it's announced a cinematic feature film.
This movie – going by the title Nicktoons – will include characters from Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Aaahh! Real Monster, and The Angry Beavers. They’ll all interact together in one big story, as opposed to a series of sketches.
Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos has signed up to direct. He’ll work on the script, as well, with his wife and regular collaborator Jerusha Hess (she worked on all three of those films, too).
It is being reported that kids’ cable channel Nickelodeon have hired the talents of Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess to helm a Nicktoons movie. The film will apparently feature a bunch of classic Nickelodeon characters that will include Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Aaahh! Real Monsters, and The Angry Beavers.
Deadline reports that Paramount are cooking up plans to deliver a movie which could be their version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the 1980s movie that featured most of the Disney and Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters. We’re not sure if this film will be live-action and animation, but already it’s starting to sound really cool.
More on the planned Nicktoons movie as we get it.
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- Paul Heath
Based on an idea by Ali Mendes, the feature sees the signature characters of various Nickelodeon shows coming together to create in an original narrative - a kind of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" but with the likes of "The Rugrats," "Ren & Stimpy," "Rocko's Modern Life," "Aaahh! Real Monsters" and "The Angry Beavers".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Crossovers and shared universes are certainly hot properties on both the big screen and small screen alike, as evidenced by The CW's Arrow and The Flash, along with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal's upcoming shared monster universe, and much more. Today we have word through Deadline that Paramount is developing a new movie based on the iconic Nicktoons cartoons, that will feature a slew of beloved characters. The feature will reportedly include characters from hit shows such as Rugrats, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and The Angry Beavers.
The studio has set Jared Hess (Don Verdean) to direct and co-write the script with his wife and frequent collaborator, Jerusha Hess, based on an idea by Ali Mendes. No specific plot details were given, nor was it revealed how these various animated TV worlds will cross over, but the project was said to be in »
If you fall into a certain age bracket, shows from Nickelodeon.s stable of animated properties. Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, Rocko.s Modern Life, and a slew of others.hold a significant and nostalgic place in your heart. Aside from SpongeBob, the network has never done all that much with them in terms of movies, but that is about to change. They.re working on a mash up film called NickToons, and the project just took a big step forward by hiring director Jared Hess. Jared Hess, who is best known for directing movies like indie comedy Napoleon Dynamite and the Jack Black-starring wrestling flick Nacho Libre, will, according to Deadline, take the helm for NickToons. He.ll also write the script, once again teaming up with his wife, Jerusha Hess, who has collaborated with her husband on all of his directorial efforts up to this point, including their latest, »
With studios continuing their efforts to build film universes out of their branded properties, Paramount is now looking to take advantage of its classic Nickelodeon cartoon library to do something similar.
Sources tell Variety that Paramount and Nickelodeon Films have tapped Jared Hess to write and direct “NickToons,” which would combine all the classic Nick ‘toons from the ’90s into one film.
Plot details are vague, but the film will feature famous characters from shows like “Doug,” “Rugrats,” “Ren & Stimpy” and “Ahh! Real Monsters,” combining them into a film that would bear similarities to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
Parent already has connections to this world, having recently produced the latest “Spongebob Squarepants” film, which is also a Nickelodeon entity.
Hess’ next project, “Masterminds,” is still awaiting announcement of a new release date, »
- Justin Kroll
Everybody loves The Avengers, right? Ok, now replace Iron Man and the gang with characters from Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life, The Angry Beavers and more classic Nickelodeon cartoons. Admit it: You love that idea a lot more.
PhotosAll That Reunion: Nickelodeon Stars Reunite at New York Comic-Con
No, I’m not describing the trip I had last weekend while binging eight hours of DVR’d NickToons; I’m talking about an actual movie in the works at Paramount.
19 items from 2016
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