9 items from 2012
Chicago – It is with mixed emotions that one regards the tenth anniversary edition of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” On one hand, it evokes memories of the crowded theaters that guffawed in delight during the film’s year-long theatrical run. On the other hand, it serves as a bitter reminder of the failed career it had promised to launch.
It was through serendipitous circumstances that Nia Vardalos’s affectionate stage show about her quirky Greek family was transformed into one of the most financially successful indies of all time. On the film’s 2002 audio commentary (included on this disc), Vardalos said that it was the most difficult for her to play the sad scenes because she was so blissfully happy offscreen. Her giddy excitement proved to be infectious in the film, but in all of her subsequent screen efforts, the actress seemed to mistake a chipper demeanor for a performance. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
What, you didn’t learn enough about everyone’s favorite meta fairy tale from EW’s exhaustive Princess Bride oral history — and you’d like the skinny on the New York Film Festival’s 25th anniversary Bride screening? As you wish!
Last night, director Rob Reiner, screenwriter William Goldman, cast members Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Carol Kane, and Wallace Shawn, and a thousand-odd lucky Princess Bride superfans gathered in Manhattan’s Alice Tully Hall for a special showing of the 1987 classic (now out on blu-ray). After hooting and applauding at their favorite iconic lines »
- Hillary Busis
I obviously don't watch enough TV to know that Alphonso McAuley must be quite the talent for Universal Television to want to sign a talent holding deal with the young actor, with plans to cast him in a comedy pilot for the studio. McAuley currently co-stars in Fox’s comedy series Breaking In - his first major series role, in which he plays a genius gadget wiz named Cassius "Cash" Sparks. In the past, he played Bucky in the Fat Albert movie, Orsten Artis in the 2006 film Glory Road, and Walt in the film Pride. He went on to co-star with Tatyana Ali in the sitcom Love That Girl!. And with this new talent deal with Universal, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
I obviously don't watch enough TV to know that Alphonso McAuley must be quite the talent for Universal Television to want to sign a talent holding deal with the young actor, with plans to cast him in a comedy pilot for the studio. McAuley currently co-stars in Fox’s comedy series Breaking In - his first major series role, in which he plays a genius gadget wiz named Cassius "Cash" Sparks. In the past, he played Bucky in the Fat Albert movie, Orsten Artis in the 2006 film Glory Road, and Walt in the film Pride. He went on to co-star with Tatyana Ali in the sitcom Love That Girl!. And with this new talent deal with Universal, with a potential comedy series all his own, he's certainly one to keep a closer eye on. Alright, let me go watch episodes of Breaking In so I can get caught up, before he really blows up! »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: Universal Television has signed a talent holding deal with Alphonso McAuley, the breakout co-star of Fox’s comedy series Breaking In, with an eye to cast him in a comedy pilot for the studio. In his first major series role, McCauley played genius gadget wiz Cash on Breaking In. His feature credits include Fat Albert, Glory Road and Pride. McAuley is with Paradigm and Mosaic. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Continuing our coverage of the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con comes the programming for Thursday. For the full run down, go to the con’s website. Thursday is the first full day of the Comic-Con and is filled with awesome panels about zombies, monsters, The Walking Dead, Dexter, The Hobbit and others. Including our very own panel at 7:30 Pm in 24Abc in Hall H. We hope to see you there.
For the events that cater more to the sensibilities of FM, check the highlights below:
10:00-11:00 The Witty Women of Steampunk— The Victorian era was one marked by constraints on behavior, morals and bosoms. When you add a bit of sci-fi to the mix, however, those corset laces begin to loosen. The steampunk genre has allowed a new wave of female creators and personalities to explore how liberating, sexy, and adventurous the age of steam can be. Robin Blackburn »
- Andy Greene
Comic-Con 2012 is so close we can taste it! The epically badass geek convention is set to invade San Diego from July 11th to July 15th, and we can't wait to get over there and get crazy!
Comic-Con International has released the full schedules for Wednesday July 11th and Thursday July 12th, and there's a ton of stuff going on! It's going to kick off with a great first couple of days that will give you plenty of stuff to do! Wednesday looks like it's going to be an awesome day of pilot screens and Thursday has got stuff like Twilight... (fart) and Disney will be holding their big panel, along with a ton of other great stuff to check out!
I've gone through the schedule and put a *** next to all the event's we hope to be able to cover. If there's anything on the list you would like information on please let us know, »
Sorry I couldn't resist that headline, but can you blame me? For you Generation Xer's out there who grew up watching Fat Albert cartoons on TV, and still miss them terribly, you will be able to soon own everything and everything Fat Albert. Shout Factory, which has been releasing DVD collectors sets of favorite old TV and cartoon shows from the 60's to the 80's, has announced that, on July 31st, they will be releasing the ultimate 16-dvd disc collection title, Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids: The Complete Serries. The set will include all 36 of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids episodes, 24 episodes of The New Fat Albert Show, and all 60 episodes of The Adventures of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids. Extras features will include audio commentaries by, who else, Bill Cosby, a documentary on the history of Fat Albert, and a 20-page book featuring an essay by Dr. Gordon Berry, »
Top Ten TV to Film Adaptations This weekend 21 Jump Street scored the top spot at the weekend box-office and Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall are busy preparing a sequel and after posting my review someone on Twitter told me one of the reasons they liked it was because it was a huge improvement compared to most TV-to-film adaptations. While I enjoyed it, I wasn't as excited over it as some people seem to be and I never even thought to compare it to other TV-to-film adaptations, especially considering a film needs to stand on its own, whether it's simply better than other films that tried to make the leap from the small screen to the silver screen is irrelevant. But it did get me to thinking... what are the best TV-to-film adaptations? So I started the process of compiling a list and while 21 Jump Street is a good flick, it »
- Brad Brevet
9 items from 2012
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