19 items from 2014
20th Century Fox has just released a brand new trailer for the animated film, The Book Of Life.
The Book Of Life, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.
The cast also includes Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, tenor Placido Domingo, plus Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre, Eastbound and Down), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), comedian Gabriel Iglesias (Stand-up Revolution), and Danny Trejo (Machete).
The film’s original score »
- Michelle McCue
Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, Sony has released a handful of images from the forthcoming Goosebumps movie, with, presumably, more to come during the festivities! Come inside to check them out and see how many classic characters from the books you can spot!
An official movie poster is on display around the convention center perameter. The only known actor is Jack Black (School Of Rock, Nacho Libre) playing the real-life author of the popular adolesent horror book series. The following is an excerpt from the official press release:
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan M Cook)
We first reported on the project back in April, when Disney was in negotiations to acquire the screen rights for Katherine Applegate's 2011 novel, which won the Newberry Medal. The story follows a silverback gorilla named Ivan, who lives in captivity at a massive shopping center with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog named Bob. While Ivan previously couldn't remember any part of his life after he was brought to this shopping center, he begins to recall vivid memories after a baby elephant arrives. Ivan teams up with Stella and Bob to escape and return this baby elephant back to the wild.
Katherine Applegate based her story on a real life gorilla named Ivan, who spent 27 years in a Washington D.C. shopping mall before being transferred to the Atlanta zoo. »
In the upcoming Goosebumps movie, comedian Jack Black stars as spooky storyteller R. L. Stine, whose ghoulish creatures—previously confined to his bestselling children’s books—are unexpectedly brought to life by a teen neighbor (Scandal first kid Dylan Minnette). With the help of Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Israeli actress Odeya Rush), a race ensues to capture the author’s manic monsters from wrecking havoc on their small town. It’s a comedy-fueled horror (due Aug. 7, 2015) that promises to channel Goosebumps’ kid-approved brand of scary while pleasing grownup loyalists of the 1990s franchise.
The School of Rock star—who reunited »
- Nina Terrero
Mike White, the screenwriter behind School of Rock and Nacho Libre, has a very specific creative process. For starters, he’s up at 6 a.m. to start writing, and unlike a lot of writers, by 5 p.m., he’s said goodbye to his laptop for the day.
In an episode of the YouTube series Academy Originals from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, White explains why it is that he doesn’t write at night, and how he prepares for his morning bursts of creativity. (Hint: It involves sleep and yoga.) »
- Samantha Highfill
It’s the night of the tough-to-type surnames as comedy star Jason Sudeikis is to appear alongside his Campaign compadre Zach Galafianakis and Kristen Wiig in a crime drama formerly known as Loomis Fargo, currently untitled. I would have thought this is being changed due to parallels with Fargo and it isn’t clear if it’s a place or the main character’s handle. Either way, the “true” story follows an amateur heister who is betrayed by his fellows before plotting vengeance from Mexico. The actor will play an assassin, presumably a highly affable one based on his turn in Horrible Bosses (the sequel to which, inexplicably, is on the way).
Just as Wiig has been showing her serious side in The Skeleton Twins, so We’Re The Millers lead Sudeikis is getting a chance to broaden his horizons and by the looks of things director Jared Hess is »
- Steve Palace
Napoleon Dynamite turns 10 on Wednesday, so we "guess you can say things are getting pretty serious." On June 11, 2004, the delightfully strange tale of an awkward yet confident high-schooler dancing his way through life hit theaters. Made on a budget of $400,000, the film went on to earn $44 million at the box office and has grown into a comedy classic, thanks to its quirky characters, ridiculously quotable conversations and a finicky llama named Tina. School elections and tater tots will never be the same thanks to Napoleon and the rest of the crew. To celebrate the movie's anniversary, the cast reunited at »
- Kelli Bender and Nicole Sands
James Franco continues to work a mile-a-minute, and "The Adderall Diaries" is gearing up. Coming aboard the project are Amber Heard, Ed Harris, Christian Slater, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Parrack, in the movie based on Stephen Elliot's memoir about "a young man navigating the unstable terrain of truth and identity." Robert Redford is executive producing with Pamela Romanowsky behind the camera. [Variety] Kristen Wiig has joined Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in the project formerly known as "Loomis Fargo." Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite," "Nacho Libre") directs this one that's "based on the true story of four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing almost $20 million from a Loomis Fargo armored truck. Wiig will play the workplace crush of Galifianakis, an unhappy armored car driver. Using her feminine wiles, she gets him to join her and her accomplices in their plan to rob a bank vault, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The project is based on the true story of four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing over $20 million from a Loomis Fargo armored truck. Zach Galifianakis plays an unhappy armored truck driver, who is convinced by his workplace crush (Kristen Wiig) to join her crew in their plot to rob a bank vault, although neither her nor her accomplices plan on meeting up with him after the big score. Jim Carrey was previously attached to star, but he is no longer involved at this time.
Dolphin Films announced today that Academy Award Nominee Andy Garcia has signed on to the highly anticipated, live-action franchise feature film Max Steel, based on the popular superhero property from Mattel. Andy Garcia will play the pivotal role of the brilliant and mysterious scientist, "Dr. Miles Edwards."
Bill O'Dowd, CEO of Dolphin Films, had this to say about the casting in a statement.
"We're ecstatic to be working with legendary actor Andy Garcia. Dr. Miles Edwards is a very complicated character, and he is central to the entire mythology of Max Steel. The role requires a truly talented actor, and there is no one more qualified than Andy to tackle it."
Andy Garcia is one of Hollywood's most respected leading actors. He played a significant role in the 1987 blockbuster The Untouchables, and subsequently honed his multi-layered acting abilities to earn several industry awards. Garcia has been recognized for his work »
Jack Black has been tapped to play R.L. Stine, author of the beloved 'Goosebumps' series, in the film adaptation. Instead of using one of the many books for the movie franchise, it turns out Stine's monsters are real and he can only contain them by writing them into novels that double as prisons. You can read the whole synopsis over here. Sure many — sane — people would look such a meta concept and ponder if humanity has gone too far. Well I say no! In fact, we've not gone far enough into the meta wormhole! What if Jack Black as R.L. Stine as Jack Black had to keep the monsters of Goosebumps contained by being in a series of mediocre films? What If This Explains Jack Black'S Whole Career? In fact, I went back with a special Goosebumps-light* to check for anomalies and it's totally true! Jack Black »
- Donna Dickens
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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Jack Black is set to reunite with School Of Rock and Nacho Libre writer, Mike White. The two will be joined by X-men’s James Marsden for The D-train. The film will see Jack Black as the head of a school reunion committee who will stop at absolutely nothing to make sure his classes’ most popular student attends. That student will be played by Marsden, who has become a star of TV commercials. Nat Faxon and White will also star, presumably as two other ex students.
Directing the feature will be Jarred Paul and Andrew Mogel, the screenwriters of Yes Man. This will be their directorial debut. School Of Rock is still one of my favourite comedies after surprising me all those years ago, but that was helmed by Richard Linklater, a man with much more experience. Hopefully Paul and Mogel have been chosen well as the plot seems to write itself, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The story centers on a high school reunion committee chairman (Jack Black), who is still struggling for acceptance following his high school days. He sets off on a journey to Los Angeles to try and convince his most popular classmate (James Marsden), a failed actor now working in commercials, to attend their 20 year reunion. Mike White, who wrote the screenplay, co-stars as the man who was Jack Black's character's only friend in high school. Nat Faxon is in negotiations to join the cast in an unspecified role.
Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel are attached to make their directorial debuts. They both wrote the 2008 Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man, and co-created the short-lived Fox animated series Allen Gregory with Jonah Hill.
For a while, it seemed as though Jack Black was becoming the premier comic leading man of his generation, and with a couple of more hits that coronation would have been complete. Instead, Black stumbled with Gulliver.s Travels and subsequently disappeared from leading man roles. He was excellent in 2011.s little-seen Bernie but that wasn.t much of a hit, and Black has busied himself since then with television appearances and voice work. Even if you were growing tired of his schtick, you might have missed him a little. Fortunately, it looks like Black is about to return, collaborating with his School Of Rock and Nacho Libre mate Mike White for The D-Train. According to THR, Black will play a sadsack high school reunion chairman tasked with finding the most popular guy from his graduating class and bring him back to his hometown. Presumably that.s the character in »
There have been many instances in WWE history where masks were used to humiliate wrestlers. In some cases, masks were used to protect the identity of a performer too. Sometimes they were done for blatant comedic purposes, which is certainly fine for a company that bills itself as sports entertainment.
In the 50 year history of WWE, there have been some masked wrestlers. However, it’s not like there have been that many or that they have been used in major storylines too often. Part of the appeal of a wrestler is their ability to make facial expressions. If fans can see a wrestler’s face they can know if that person is happy, sad, angry, scared or whatever kind of reaction they are going for.
The mask in pro wrestling is usually something that is common in Mexican wrestling. Men wear masks to protect their identity. Most of time »
- John Canton
Jack Black and James Marsden are set to headline an upcoming comedy titled The D-Train , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . The script hails from Mike White, the scribe behind School of Rock and Nacho Libre (both of which starred Black). Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, the screenwriters behind Peyton Reed's 2008 comedy Yes Man , are set to make their directorial debut with the indie project, which sets Black as the chairman of a high school reunion committee desperate to do whatever it takes to get his class' most popular student to attend an upcoming 20-year reunion. That student, Marsden's character, is now working in Los Angeles as an actor in commercials. The trade also notes that Nat Faxon is in talks to appear and that White himself will play Black's »
Meet Rebecca Robertson
Rebecca, who was adopted by Willie and Korie 10 years ago, won them over when they fostered while she was an exchange student. Now 24, she’s flying back to Louisiana after spending two years interning in fashion in Los Angeles.
When Willie and his son John Luke pick her up at the airport, she gives her dad a pair of fashion-forward jeans.
While Korie and the women decorate the home for Rebecca’s homecoming party, Willie worries about Rebecca never moving back out of the house once she settles in and compares her to Jep. When Jase hears Jep’s wife Jessica complaining that none of the men are helping decorate, he shares with her his own brand of party wisdom.
“If you're discussing the decorations, »
The offseason’s over — it’s time to stop fussing over what’s been said and let the duck calls do the talking. Willie’s adopted daughter has arrived, Uncle Si’s sick, and Phil is still Phil. Welcome back to ‘Duck Dynasty.’
Duck Dynasty returned to A&E recharged and fully staffed on Jan. 15, with Phil Robertson still at the head of the family, and new characters like Rebecca Robertson, Willie‘s 24-year-old adopted daughter, stepping in to shake things up. And because everyone seems to hang on the Robertson’s every word, let’s recap the premiere (and the follow-up episode) by counting down the shows’ best quotes.
‘Duck Dynasty’ Season 5 Premiere: The 5 Best Quotes
“Group texts are the worst. They’re like a terrible, technological snowball, coming down a mountain, and you can’t stop it.” – Jase Robertson
To be fair, Jase is totally right on this one. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
19 items from 2014
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