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Too Much of a Good Thing? Are We Facing Superhero Film Overkill

25 June 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 In the cinematic arms race between Marvel and DC, 23 films are scheduled to be released over the next three years. Is this ambitious plan from the two companies a good strategy or are they creating a self-defeating situation where the public will say “enough already!”

Most of us love superhero adaptations—at least, some of them. But as much as we enjoy it, is there a danger of an overdose of comic book films? Will it become like eating too much chocolate and getting a belly ache?

Look at this list…

Marvel has…Guardians of the Galaxy; The Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ant-Man; Captain America 3; Dr. Strange; Thor 3; The Avengers 3; The Fantastic Four; X-Men: Apocalypse; The Wolverine sequel; The Fantastic Four 2;  Spider-Man 3 and 4, Sinister 6, Venon and an untitled project which could be the Sub Mariner.

And DC has…Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice; Shazam; Sandman; Justice League; Wonder »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Are We Facing Superhero Film Overkill

25 June 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 In the cinematic arms race between Marvel and DC, 23 films are scheduled to be released over the next three years. Is this ambitious plan from the two companies a good strategy or are they creating a self-defeating situation where the public will say “enough already!”

Most of us love superhero adaptations—at least, some of them. But as much as we enjoy it, is there a danger of an overdose of comic book films? Will it become like eating too much chocolate and getting a belly ache?

Look at this list…

Marvel has…Guardians of the Galaxy; The Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ant-Man; Captain America 3; Dr. Strange; Thor 3; The Avengers 3; The Fantastic Four; X-Men: Apocalypse; The Wolverine sequel; The Fantastic Four 2; And an untitled project which could be the Sub Mariner.

And DC has…Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice; Shazam; Sandman; Justice League; Wonder Woman; Flash and Green Lantern team-up; Man of Steel 2. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Industrial Light & Magic pioneer Jim Nelson dies, aged 81

22 June 2014 6:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jim Nelson - who helped to launch Industrial Light & Magic with George Lucas - has died, aged 81.

Nelson, whose real name was James M Falkinburg, died June 18, and his family announced his death through an obituary in the Los Angeles Times. No other details about his death were made public.

The sound editor, producer and post-production editor worked on 21 films and 38 television series over the course of his career and is best known for helping to establish visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm.

He also founded another post-production facility called Edit-Rite in 1965, and launched James Nelson Enterprises in 1972 so that he could produce his own films.

From 1975 to 1977, Nelson worked as the uncredited associate producer of Star Wars, during which time he looked after the management of Ilm and built the company by helping to make and acquire equipment for the films.

During his career, he »

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James Nelson Dead: Sound Editor, Producer Dies at 82

20 June 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Nelson, a sound editor, supervising sound editor and producer for film and television with more than 180 credits, including “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Exorcist” and “American Graffiti,” has died. He was 82.

Director Monte Hellman, on whose classic 1971 film “Two-Lane Blacktop” Nelson worked, said, “He was one of my closest, dearest friends. He’s worked on all my movies. His first work was in sound editing and he did that on all my movies and even on the last one, ‘Road to Nowhere,’ he came in as a consultant just to make sure everything was right because I just wouldn’t do anything without his approval.”

Nelson was the supervising sound editor, often uncredited, on some of the classics of 1960s and ’70s cinema: Richard Rush’s film “Psych-Out” and Rafelson’s classic “Head,” both in 1968; “Easy Rider” in 1969; Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces”; Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun »

- Carmel Dagan

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James Nelson Dead: Sound Editor, Producer Dies at 82

20 June 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Nelson, a sound editor, supervising sound editor and producer for film and television with more than 180 credits, including “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Exorcist” and “American Graffiti,” has died. He was 82.

Director Monte Hellman, on whose classic 1971 film “Two-Lane Blacktop” Nelson worked, said, “He was one of my closest, dearest friends. He’s worked on all my movies. His first work was in sound editing and he did that on all my movies and even on the last one, ‘Road to Nowhere,’ he came in as a consultant just to make sure everything was right because I just wouldn’t do anything without his approval.”

Nelson was the supervising sound editor, often uncredited, on some of the classics of 1960s and ’70s cinema: Richard Rush’s film “Psych-Out” and Rafelson’s classic “Head,” both in 1968; “Easy Rider” in 1969; Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces”; Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun »

- Carmel Dagan

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We dig deeper into the rumored schedule of Warner Bros' 'Justice League' films

13 June 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday was a long travel day for me, featuring an eleven-hour flight from London to Los Angeles, and the most memorable part of the day was when we touched down at Lax last night, turned on our phones, and saw that Nikki Finke had blown up the internet with a rumor about the schedule that Warner Bros. will be following for the next few years as they try to ramp up their own DC Films division with as many as seven films between now and 2017. We'll know at Comic-Con if Nikki's report was right. Let's assume it is for the time being, and break down the plan that she laid out, film by film. It sounds extraordinarily ambitious by any standards, and I'm fascinated by the idea of three DC movies a year. Even Marvel must look at that and think, "Hey, slow your roll there, Warner." "Batman vs Superman: »

- Drew McWeeny

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Briefs: Kathy Griffin To Host Daytime Emmys, Misha Collins’ Funky Dance Moves, And Hodor Plays “Family Feud”

13 June 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …

“And then the casting for the role of “Tooth Fairy” turned ugly..”

Thanks to David (The new David, not the old David, I mean, the David that signed up last week, not the David who’s been around forever) for this week’s winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! Aaron Taylor-Johnson (above) is 24, The Olsen twins are 28, Helen Hunt is 51, Leah Remini is 44, and Neil Patrick Harris is 41.

How D-List has the Daytime Emmys become? First they can’t find a network to air it, now it’s being hosted by … Kathy Griffin! Actually, this should be a lot of fun, and Kathy should have a field day skewering everything daytime.

Misha Collins appears on Whose Line Is It Anyway on Monday, and here’s a sneak peek. »

- snicks

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Watch: Jim Parsons, Rihanna Team Up in Animated ‘Home’ Trailer

12 June 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Animation has released the trailer for “Home,” which shows Jim Parsons and Rihanna voicing an unlikely pair.

Parsons is the alien Oh — a named taken from the annoyed groans of his peers whenever he shows up — and Rihanna provides the voice of a teenage girl named Tip. The two team up to save Earth in the animated pic.

“Home” also features the voices of Jennifer Lopez, who plays Tip’s mother, and Steve Martin as the leader of the Boov, Oh’s alien race. The film is based on Adam Rex’s novel “The True Meaning of Smekday.”

The trailer comes as DreamWorks releases “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ this weekend. The movie has seen widely positive reviews.

Tim Johnson directed “Home,” with Matt Ember and Tom J. Astle (“Epic,” “Get Smart”) co-writing the adaptation.

“Home” will be released March 27, 2015, via Fox.

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- Alex Stedman

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First Trailer for DreamWorks’ Home with Jim Parsons & Rihanna

12 June 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In recent years, DreamWorks has been upping their output significantly, and though the studio has had some icy patches, the future is looking very, very good. Home, the studio’s 3D animated buddy comedy, kicks off a trio of movies for next year, with the hugely anticipated Kung Fu Panda 3 closing the year over the Christmas weekend.

2015 is pretty much guaranteed to be an awesome year for animation lovers everywhere.

The studio is continuing the How to Train Your Dragon franchise this year with the second instalment in the upcoming trilogy, with talk of expanding it into a quadrilogy, and they’ve used the family-friendly sequel to introduce Home to the masses.

When the galaxy’s most annoyingly optimistic alien finds himself on the run from his own alien race, he’s forced to team up with a fiercely stubborn teenage girl. Together they become the most unlikely fugitives ever to save the planet. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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what’s on Amazon UK Instant Video and blinkbox (from Jun 09)

9 June 2014 5:51 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

The Monuments Men: as jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way; could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

Death Proof: Kurt Russell, in a genius bit of casting, is serial killer Stuntman Mike, in Quentin Tarantino’s wickedly funny and smartly teasing grindhouse pastiche [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Downfall: audacious German film about Hitler’s final days, and source of the gone-viral clip in which the insane leader raves to his subordinates [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Inception: Christopher Nolan’s brilliantly twisty film is always good for another viewing [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt is the English queen as a young woman, in love and not yet in mourning black [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Get Smart: cheerfully goofy, surprisingly James Bond-ishly exciting, but not so good »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Mad Men: The Story Behind That Softcore Sex Film Don and Megan Went to See

19 May 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Nowadays, the title I Am Curious (Yellow) is probably better known than the film to which it belongs, having been parodied or referenced in everything from Get Smart to Superman comics to The Simpsons and now, Mad Men. It's the film that Don and Megan went to see off-screen in last night's episode. (Don: "[I'm] still scandalized." Peggy: "Of course Megan would want to see a dirty movie.") In 1969, and for some years afterward, this Swedish movie was the highest-grossing foreign film in the U.S. by a wide margin, thanks to a censorship scandal that helped pave the way for more explicit material to be shown on American movie screens.The film is an arty doc-narrative hybrid about sexual mores, class struggle, and political attitudes in Sweden. Director Vilgot Sjoman cast himself as a filmmaker following a politically committed and sexually liberated young drama student, Lena Nyman, around Stockholm, about »

- Bilge Ebiri

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'Green Acres' is the Place to Be with a Feature Film in Development

5 May 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Though lately there haven't been as many revivals of 60s TV series on the big screen lately as there were years ago, Lost in Space, The Fugitive, Get Smart and Bewitched all hail from that decade, and coming up we've got new versions of Gilligan's Island and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the works. Now another show from the 60s will hit the big screen as Deadline reports the CBS sitcom Green Acres has just been picked up by director Richard L. Bare for a feature film adaptation. Bare is one of the original directors of the TV series, and he's teaming up with Phillip Goldfine and his Hollywood Media Bridge to make it happen. The two producers are looking for a writer and director though, so the project is just in the nascent stages of development. You may know the Green Acres theme song better than the actual series, »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Blazing Saddles,' 40 years later: A conversation with Mel Brooks -- Exclusive

1 May 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When Mel Brooks demands a harumph, you give Mel Brooks a harumph.

Harumph, harumph, harumph!

After all, he’s carving time out of his day to speak about Blazing Saddles, the delirious western that is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special edition Blu-ray, out May 6. Time is of the essence: “I have people coming in to give me awards,” Brooks jokes. “Every 45 minutes, roughly, someone will knock on my door and give me the United Jewish something or other. I always get an award every day, some kind of award.”

Well, it’s good to be the king. And »

- Jeff Labrecque

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What DC Comics movies has Warner Bros got up its sleeve?

30 April 2014 4:41 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Rob Leane 2 May 2014 - 06:47

Warner Bros has announced nine new comic book movies over the next couple of years, but what could they be?

With the news dropping recently that Warner Brothers have set plans for nine DC comics-inspired movies, it looks like we might finally see some further exploration of DC’s wide-reaching universe.

Since Richard Donner invented a genre with Superman: The Movie in 1978, DC has always played it relatively safe, mainly sticking to Superman and Batman sequels and reboots. On the other hand, Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios have pushed forward with such confidence that they are now making standalone movies for lesser-known heroes like Ant-Man and the Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Despite having their fingers burnt on the dissapointing Green Lantern movie, the lure of cashing in on Avengers Assemble levels of success has clearly forced Warner Brothers into action, with building a »

- sarahd

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MipTV: Chipotle And Piro Discuss The Making And Future Of ‘Farmed And Dangerous’

12 April 2014 4:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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Turn Series Premiere Review: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

6 April 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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DreamWorks Animation's Sci-Fi Comedy Short - Almost Home

12 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

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

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Watch: DreamWorks Animation Short Introduces Aliens from 'Home'

11 March 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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Eulogy For Sid Caesar By Cinema Retro's Eddy Friedfeld

22 February 2014 8:52 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Arrives May 6

11 February 2014 12:35 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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

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