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Paris– MipTV turned the spotlight on U.S. food chain Chipotle, which fully-financed “Farmed and Dangerous,” the Hulu comedy show toplining Ray Wise as Buck Marshall, a cynical spin doctor navigating the industrial agriculture world.
Chipotle earned MipTV’s Brand of the Year award for pushing the envelop with “Farmed,” a smartly-written and well-polished half-hour show which doesn’t even mention Chipotle but cultivates the brand’s “food with integrity” values.
The team behind “Farmed” – Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing officer at Chipotle, and the show’s creators/writers/exec producers Tim Piper and Daniel Rosenberg — were on hand in Cannes to chat about how the show was made and how it benefited the brand.
Chipotle and Piro collaborated every step of the way, and came up with the provocative idea of having a charismatic villain, Buck Marshall, as the central character of the series. Through his eyes, audiences discover the »
- Elsa Keslassy
Two of the biggest genre guarantees in television history are spy stories – everything from the loopy comic brilliance of Get Smart to the intrigue of FX’s terrific The Americans – and historical dramas, including celebrated miniseries like Roots and, recently, Hatfields & McCoys. However, bridge the two genres together and the results do not bustle with as much promise.
AMC’s newest drama, Turn, brims with intrigue but is subpar with its execution for the first hour. It tells the true story of America’s first spy ring in Revolution-era America. Rebel farmers in the Northeastern U.S. organized the Culper Ring to monitor the occupying British, later relaying this intel to Gen. George Washington’s army. (As the brief opening text explains, Washington’s rebels retreated into the wilderness, with much of New York and Brooklyn Harbor under British control.) The Culper Ring is already in action as the episode begins, »
- Jordan Adler
DreamWorks Animation has released their fun sci-fi comedy short Almost Home online for everyone to see. You can see the short on the big screen as well. It's attached to the studio's feature film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which was actually a really fun kids flick.
Almost Home is an adaptation of the children's book by Adam Rex, and the story follows an alien race on a search for a planet to hide from a mortal enemy. The leader of the alien race is actually voiced by Steve Martin. The movie was directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and it was written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). Here is the synopsis:
An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek (Martin), invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home. Convinced they are doing a favor, »
- Joey Paur
This fall, DreamWorks Animation has their film Home hitting theaters. Formerly known as Happy Smekday!, the film is an adaptation of Adam Rex's children's book, The True Meaning of Smekday. The film follows an alien race invading Earth as their new home to hide form a mortal enemy. But when one lowly alien (Jim Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a stubborn teenage girl (Rihanna) to right all of his wrongs. Now an animated short film introduces us to the alien characters trying to find a new home planet, including the leader voiced by Steve Martin. Watch! Here's the DreamWorks Animation short film Almost Home from the studio's YouTube: Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written by Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, »
- Ethan Anderton
Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)
Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.
What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.
Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft. Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
I don’t own Blazing Saddles. I know. That’s insane. Don’t worry, that will change May 6.
Here is the news release from Warner Bros.:
On May 6, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will commemorate the four-decade birthday of the great comedy classic Blazing Saddles, by releasing a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray highlighted by a new featurette Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks’ Wild, Wild West in which Mel Brooks reflects on his own movie-making chutzpah, Blazing Saddles‘ lasting cultural impact on audiences of all generations, and alongside co-stars Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn, proves why his film is, without a doubt, the funniest and most outrageous film ever made. Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary Bu-ray will also include 10 quotable art cards with funny quotes and images from the film, plus vintage extra content including Brooks’ commentary, cast reunion documentary, and “Black Bart,” the 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie. »
- Jeff Bayer
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has added an exciting roster of screen legends and beloved titles to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including appearances by Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien, plus a two-film tribute to Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
O’Hara will present the world premiere restoration of John Ford’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941), while Brooks will appear at a screening of his western comedy Blazing Saddles (1974). O’Brien will be on-hand for Vincente Minnelli’s perennial musical favorite Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. The tribute to Dreyfuss will consist of a double feature of two of his most popular roles: his Oscar®-winning performance »
- Melissa Thompson
Director Peter Segal returns to the big screen with the new comedy Grudge Match starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro as two aging boxers with a score to settle. Along for the ride are Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin and Kim Basinger.
Segal is no stranger to comedy and directing legends. His past credits include Anger Management with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, Get Smart with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, and the now-iconic cult classic Tommy Boy with the late Chris Farley and David Spade.
We got to sit down with Segal to talk about the new film and, among other things, making New Orleans look like Pittsburgh, working with familiar faces and the status of the long-awaited Johnny Quest movie which he is developing. Check out the interview below.
Be sure to check out Grudge Match when it hits UK cinemas January 24.
The post HeyUGuys Interview: Grudge Match Director »
- Damen Norton
The British actress was a familiar face on TV and on Broadway during the 1950s and early ’60s, earning a Tony nom for her supporting role in 1959’s Goodbye, Charlie. Sarah Marshall died Saturday of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 80. Marshall appeared on dozens of TV shows from the mid-’50 through the mid-’90s, including such popular series as Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Get Smart, Daniel Boone, Three’s Company and Cheers. She also was a regular on the 1979 CBS comedy Miss Winslow & Son and appeared in the 1980 miniseries Scruples. But Marshall is perhaps best known to American TV audiences for starring roles on episodes of The Twilight Zone (the worried mother in “Little Girl Lost”) and Star Trek (the disease-curing scientist an ex-flame of Capt. Kirk in “The Deadly Years”). »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Next Friday two titans of the boxing movie will step into the ring together as Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro square off in director Peter Segal's (Get Smart) sports comedy Grudge Match, and thanks to James Kleinmann we've got an exclusive video interview with the two screen legends, which you can check out below...
In Grudge Match, De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr. (Kevin Hart; Think Like a Man), seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t »
- Gary Collinson
In Grudge Match, De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate, Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.
Grudge Match is released in the UK on January 24th. »
- Phil Wheat
Canadian actor Larry D Mann has died, aged 91.
Mann was perhaps best known for playing the train conductor in The Sting and voicing Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
He was also known for his many TV appearances including Howdy Doody and MacGyver.
The character actor also had a recurring role as a judge on Hill Street Blues.
Greetings, my friends. Hope 2014 is off to a good start for you. This will be my first article of the new year. It looks like the comic book giants, DC and Marvel, are looking to hit the ground running. The year is barely 48 hours old, and all ready there are news items pouring out of both.
First, let’s talk DC:
On New Year’s Eve, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to his Twitter to reveal to the millions (and millions) of his fans that he is in talks to work on a DC film this year.
This isn’t the first time he’s been linked to DC, even if just by rumor. Years back, there was talk about him being up for a role in a Shazam movie- either as the titular character, or as its villain, Black Adam. There were also whispers about him being cast as »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Joseph Ruskin, an actor known for roles on film and television, died on Saturday (Dec. 28). He was 89, according to the Screen Actors' Guild.
Ruskin's almost 60-year career began with TV roles -- mostly in westerns -- in the 1950s. Over the years, the character actor appeared in a wide variety of roles, some of them even in the same show. Ruskin appeared on such programs as "Peter Gunn," "The Twilight Zone," "The Untouchables," "Mister Ed," "Get Smart," "Charlie's Angels" and more.
One of Ruskin's earliest notable roles was as Galt in the original "Star Trek" series -- the actor later had the notable distinction of appearing in a "Star Trek" movie as well as two of the show's later spinoffs, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager." Ruskin played the role of Alain Christophe in three episodes of "Alias" in 2002, a departure from earlier roles in which he »
14 items from 2014
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