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Welcome to a new series here on Cinematical where we select an actor or actress and the role we think is their all time best.
There is a widely believed theory that says anytime Robin Williams grows a beard for a film, that film will be good. Or, at least his performance will be. The idea is mostly accepted on the evidence of Williams' terrific dramatic appearances in Moscow on the Hudson, Awakenings, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Oscar. But many people like to argue against the theory because the actor shows up bearded in Jumanji, which isn't quite on the level of Williams' best work. Also, the theory holds little weight when we look at all his excellent clean-shaven turns, such as those in One Hour Photo, Good Morning Vietnam, Insomnia, Dead Poets Society, The World According to Garp and, yes, Popeye. »
- Christopher Campbell
We know how it is: You’d like to go to the movies this long holiday weekend, but you won’t be able to move off the sofa after all that turkey, plus: football! But you can have a multiplex-like experience at home with a collection of the right DVDs. And when someone asks you on Monday, “Hey, did you see Old Dogs this weekend?” you can reply, “No, I watched a bunch of other dads-suck movies that came before.” Instead Of: Old Dogs, in which John Travolta and Robin Williams get unexpectedly saddled with seven-year-old twins and go on to demonstrate what awful parental figures they are... Watch: Wild Hogs (2007), in which a bunch of suburban dads escape their terrible lives of 5,000-square-foot McMansions and mass consumerism by riding off into a motorcycle sitcom; Dogs seems keyed to appeal to the same audience, down to same star (Travolta) and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
After heart surgery and seven years away from the stage, comedian Robin Williams is ready to storm Broadway with his one-man show
It takes some confidence to extend the Broadway run of your one-man show before opening night, especially a few months after undergoing heart surgery. But then Robin Williams has never been short of nerve. His lengthy career is due in equal measure to the fearless nature of his comedy and to the frenetic energy of his performance: he has a reputation as an entertainer that is built as much on his nerve as it is on his nerves.
Now, after seven years away from the stage, a relapse into alcoholism, a divorce and an emergency operation to replace a faulty valve in his chest, Williams is returning to live stand-up. His comeback show, which opens on Monday, is already one of New York's hottest tickets, and then later »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Despite having no confirmation that either Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones will return for another sequel, Columbia Pictures is pushing forward with Men in Black 3. Variety reports that its studio has hired Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) to write the script.
The pressure's on Cohen now, who will need to write a script good enough to convince Smith, and hopefully Jones as well, to return to the franchise. Sonnenfeld just needs to make a better movie than Men in Black 2 ... or at least his last effort, the dreadful Rv.
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- Ryan Gowland
We learned that Columbia was finally moving forward with a third Men in Black movie back in April, but at the time there was no script attached to the project. While there still isn't much to report yet, we have learned that they've tapped the now-hot writer Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy) for the screenplay. There's no word yet on Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' involvement, but I can't imagine they would bring the franchise back without featuring them in some capacity. I'm also hoping that they're able to bring Barry Sonnenfeld back to direct. He's been working on the television end of things recently (we can thank him for Pushing Daisies gloriously candy-colored style), and I'm sure he'd like to get another feature under his belt to distance himself from the Robin Williams fiasco Rv. The studio is mum on what MiB3 may actually be about, but »
- Devindra Hardawar
Although it’s definitely not a popular opinion to express in certain circles these days, I am, for the most part, a Robin Williams fan. I appreciate the unbridled madcap energy of his stand-up act, as well as the nuanced, thought-provoking performances he’s given in such underappreciated films as “One Hour Photo,” “The Final Cut,” and Mark Mylod’s off-beat 2005 thriller “The Big White.” I do, however, avoid the talented comedian’s mainstream fare like the proverbial plague; anyone who has bore witness to the cinematic monstrosity that is “Rv” can attest to just how undeniably annoying Williams can be when he really puts his mind to it. Under the right circumstances, he excels at getting on my nerves. Despite my appreciation of Williams’ quieter, more subdued performances, I approached writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait’s 2009 pitch-black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad” with much apprehension. Suffice it to say, I »
Photo: Magnolia Pictures When it came to World's Greatest Dad, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, all I had heard from people was what a great comedy it was. Unfortunately the majority of this sentiment was coming from the online community, a community I tend to disagree with when it comes to comedy. And with it starring Robin Williams, I was hardly interested in watching Williams bounce himself around a Goldthwait movie yelling loud and selling every joke as if it were his last. I tend to avoid trailers and hadn't seen an ounce of footage and knew nothing of the product I was pre-judging. Fortunately, I didn't allow these factors to cause me to avoid this film altogether. World's Greatest Dad is nothing like I had expected. Instead it's a well thought out satirical drama with comedy so subtle you won't find yourself laughing out loud, »
- Brad Brevet
An astronaut in a giant white suit stands next to an American flag on the moon’s surface: one of America’s -- and MTV's -- most iconic images. Photos and footage of Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the moon 40 years ago changed the way people all around the world looked at space. It also sparked a heated debate over whether the moon landing was staged or not, one that continues to leak through in pop culture even today.
It didn’t take long after the 1969 landing for doubters to start stepping out. In fact, a public opinion poll conducted by the Gallup organization once showed that more than 6% of Americans believed the landing to be an elaborate government hoax.
Part of that disbelief was of course fueled by a general feeling that something as amazing as a man walking on the moon was the stuff of science fiction. »
- Terri Schwartz
Screenwriting newcomer Cameron Fay has been hired to rewrite the Fox comedy Don't Send Help . The film is about a grungy beauty pageant host who ends up stranded on a deserted island with a handful of supermodels. Fay has come aboard to give the project a younger sensibility. Not-quite-yet Minnesota Sen. Al Franken originated the project as a pitch with Geoff Rodkey ( Rv ). TV writers Josh Sternin and Jeff Ventimilia ("That '70s Show") wrote subsequent drafts. »
The film looks at "a grungy beauty pageant" who finds herself on a deserted island with a bunch of supermodels. Fay was tapped for this project because the studio felt he could add a younger outlook to it.
Cameron Fay is putting on his Spf 50.
The screenwriting newcomer has been hired to rewrite the Fox comedy "Don't Send Help." David Friendly ("Soul Men") is producing the film, about a grungy beauty pageant host who ends up stranded on a deserted island with a handful of supermodels. Fay has come aboard to give the project a younger sensibility.
Fay, repped by UTA and Mosaic Media Group, has his romantic-comedy screenplay "Unnatural Selection" in development at Universal with producer Scott Stuber. He later sold a pitch called "30 Days of Exploration" to Universal and Stuber. »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Visual-effects specialist Charles Gibson will make his bigscreen directing debut with the Geoff Rodkey-scripted family comedy "The Goblin." Gibson won visual-effects Oscars for "Babe" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." He performed visual effects and second unit directing on the "Pirates" franchise and "Terminator Salvation."Rodkey wrote "Daddy Day Care" and "Rv."According to Variety, the story revolves around a suburban family that moves into its new home only to find a cranky goblin who doesn't want them there. »
- Adnan Tezer
Up 'til now the only sort of Goblin movie that I had heard about was Troll 2 and that's because it's supposed to be the worst movie that's ever been made. Having seen about five minutes of it, I'd tend to agree with the critics.
But there's a new Goblin movie in tinseltown and it's got the two hypenated genres that tend to install fear into those between the ages of 18 to 39 and joy into everyone outside of that age range: family-comedy. Flee for your sanity now while there's still time!
The Goblin is being produced by Wind Dancer Films from a script by Geoff Rodkey (Daddy Day Care, Rv). It sounds like the plot of about 30 movies that you've seen before with a similar premise: a family moves into their new suburban home only to discover that there is a goblin already living there that doesn't want roomies. But »
- Patrick Sauriol
What do you get when an Oscar winning visual effects artist teams up with the screenwriter of Daddy Day Care? A monstrous family comedy called The Goblin that's poised to be the greatest film of its kind since A Gnome Named Norm.
Variety reports that visual effects wizard Charles Gibson, who has won Oscars for his work on Babe and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, will make his directorial debut with The Goblin, a family comedy about a suburban family that moves into its new home only to find a curmudgeonly goblin who doesn't want them there.
The script was penned by Geoff Rodkey, screenwriter of such modern classics as Daddy Day Care, Rv, and the remake of The Shaggy Dog. Wonder how that curmudgeonly goblin feels about crappy family comedies?
And somewhere Verne Troyer sits by his phone desperately hoping the producers don't plan to go with an entirely computer-animated creature. »
I got a chance to talk to Charles Gibson, the man behind the effects for Terminator Salvation as well as Babe, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Ring a bit ago regarding how he built Terminators for the screen. I asked him if there was any specific character that he was passionate about creating, but apparently I should have been asking whether there was a project he was passionate about directing. According to Variety, the Academy Award winner is going to step behind the director's chair for the first time with the family film The Goblin. The story focuses on a family that moves into a house where an unfriendly goblin resides and his efforts to get them to leave. I can only assume that he's also constantly throwing pumpkin bombs on innocent people and trying to kill Spider-man. It sounds fairly par for the course as far as family films go - being written by Geoff Rodkey »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
Oscar winning visual effects supervisor and second-unit director Charles Gibson (seen above) will make his big screen directing debut with the family comedy The Goblin. The project is being developed by Daddy Day Care producer Matt Berenson, Wind Dancer Films principal Matt Williams, and production head Judd Payne. The script, written by Geoff Rodkey (Daddy Day Care, The Shaggy Dog, Rv) revolves around a suburban family that moves into its new home only to find a "curmudgeonly" goblin who doesn't want them there. "It's about creating a goblin that will appeal to audiences of all ages," Williams explains. Gibson won Oscars for the visual effects on Babe and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and worked as a second-unit director on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Terminator Salvation most recently. At first, I thought this might be an interesting project, but after taking a closer look »
- Alex Billington
That's a lie. John Travolta and Robin Williams do neither of those things in the trailer for the upcoming film Old Dogs, but would you have clicked through without the sensationalism? Doubtful... Old Dogs is a "family comedy that pairs the two as close business partners whose lives are thrown into disarray when twin seven-year-olds are put into their care." Sounds hilarious doesn't it? Rife with comedic potential isn't it? Prepare to laugh along with the trailer below. I'm not ashamed to say the movie looks okay... at least better than most of either Williams or Travolta's recent comedies. License to Wed? Rv? Wild Hogs? And maybe I'm just not fully awake yet but I actually laughed aloud at Justin Long's line to Williams, "My beef is not with you old woman!" Damn... just watched it a second time to make sure the quote was correct and I laughed again. I »
- Rob Hunter
That’s “Swift” as in “Tom Swift,” the fictional inventor/adventurer concocted by Edward Stratemeyer in the early 1900s for a series of young adult books. The pitch comes from “Men in Black” director Barry Sonnenfeld and Ben David Grabinski, according to a report today in Variety. The article also reveals that Albie Hecht, who had a Tom Swift project of his own, is now in with Sonnenfeld & company to produce.
The plan laid out by Sonnenfeld’s and Grabinski’s pitch calls for a re-imagining of the Tom Swift character. The focus will actually be on a father-son configuration, both of them superstars in the inventing community. No further details were revealed about the story, though it is strongly suggested that Sonnenfeld will direct.
Sonnenfeld hasn’t delivered a major hit as director since 2002’s “Men in Black II.” It was followed by “Rv” in 2006 and a number of TV projects, »
- Adam Rosenberg
Barry Sonnenfeld is attached to helm Paramount Pictures' "The Spellman Files" which Laura Ziskin is producing. Based on the novel by Lisa Lutz, the story tells of a single private detective who struggles to juggle the demands of running the family business as well as her dating life. Simon and Schuster published the book which is being adapted for the screen by Bobby Florsheim and Josh Stolberg. Sonnenfeld has picked up a few potential directing jobs since being repped with Wma. These include "Bronwyn and Clyde," "Dan Mintner: Badass for Hire," as well as "How to Guide" at MGM. The "Men in Black" director last helmed the comedy "Rv" starring Robin Williams. He has taking the wheel for various episodes of TV's "Notes from the Underbelly." »
Barry Sonnenfeld is back back back, people, with the news that he’s signed on to direct spy comedy-thriller, The Spellman Files, for Paramount Pictures.The movie, based on a book by Lisa Lutz, revolves around a female private eye who struggles to balance her love life with her job.Doesn’t exactly sound like scintillating material, but we’re always glad to see Sonnenfeld back behind the camera. Few directors have fallen from grace quite as dramatically as the impish Sonnenfeld, whose films are almost always shot through with a dark sense of humour and a signature visual style and are, for the most part, around ninety minutes long.Since the disappointing Men In Black II in 2002, Sonnenfeld has barely been able to get arrested, directing only the execrable Rv for the big screen.However, since he switched agencies recently, he’s become attached to a number of projects, »
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