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It seems that whenever a political documentary on a controversial period in modern American history occurs, Henry Kissinger is there to talk it up. He takes centre-stage with former marines and South Vietnamese personnel to unpick one of the great war-time evacuations: Saigon, 1975. Director Rory Kennedy has stockpiled some utterly remarkable footage of South Vietnam and the descending North Vietnamese Army in this, at times, astonishing retelling of the city’s famous exodus.
Of course, as with most documentaries dealing with how America yet again saved the day, it fails to truly focus on the fact that the Us threw itself into the conflict in the first place. Meanwhile, the over-reliance on talking heads, rousing music and a ploddingly linear structure disturb and chop up the material, but the film’s shortcomings are often outweighed by the extraordinary recordings.
Us-history lovers will be aware of the four evacuation options (parodied »
- Andrew Latimer
Springfield, Oregon is hereby deemed the only true Springfield. Denizens of all other Springfields are bowing their heads in shame today with the news that the picturesque northwest burg has been chosen to receive an official "Simpsons" mural on the side of their art center, because creator Matt Groening grew up there and now has hundreds of millions of dollars. While there's no artwork available at this time, city spokesman Niel Laudati says the mural will depict Homer lounging in a hammock, Bart climbing a tree, Marge painting, and Lisa and Maggie riding a bike. So tell me, Other Springfields, which TV geniuses did you spawn hmmm? "Legendary voice actress June Foray?" offers Springfield, Massachussetts sheepishly. Psshhhh!! Did June Foray create a multi-billion-dollar empire? No! No, she did not. She did a couple dumb animal voices and now she's 96. Next! "'Grey's Anatomy' star Justin Chambers is a pretty good act --" begins Springfield, »
- Chris Eggertsen
A painted tribute to The Simpsons is going up in Springfield, Oregon this fall to commemorate the show's ties to the town in series creator Matt Groening's home state. According to the Register Guard newspaper, the mural will be painted on the side of the city's Emerald Art Center, with input from Groening himself.
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A print artist who works for 20th Century Fox is creating the original artwork that the mural will be based on. Springfield spokesman Niel Laudati said that it will »
The Simpsons is a cultural institution in its own right, but it is has always had its eye on the rest of pop culture. Music, television, and particularly movies have long been the source of much parody and satire, often done with cleverness and, when need be, a sharp tongue. Perhaps on occasion they’ve overdone it, but that’s only when they don’t succeed, and they usually succeed. Particularly in the early days The Simpsons trotted out many funny spoofs of works of cinema, classic or otherwise. This was back before the days of shows like Family Guy, when extended pop culture references were not overabundant.
With so many top=notch movie spoofs in the history of The Simpsons, it is difficult to cull a list down to a mere 10 items. Frankly, one could easily do a list of the top 10 spoofs of The Godfather, or Citizen Kane, »
- Chris Morgan
MGM is planning a reboot of the Pink Panther franchise, with an animation / live action hybrid film reportedly in the works. However, fans of Peter Sellers (or even Steve Martin) concerned about their beloved Clouseau being replaced needn’t worry… the new film will instead focus on the animated panther of the classic title sequence. The new film will revolve around a jewel heist, with the Panther set to remain silent for the duration, in tribute to his animated origins. David Silverman of The Simpsons Movie has been hired to...
- George Wales
The Pink Panther franchise is to be rebooted with a new movie.
The film - a combination of both live action and animation - is set to focus on the animated character, not Inspector Jacques Clouseau.
Further details about the project and who is attached have yet to be confirmed.
The animated panther appeared in the opening and closing credits of most of the Pink Panther film series, starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling French detective.
The panther went on to feature in a number of short films, TV cartoons and a comic book.
The most recent relaunch of the Pink Panther series was in 2006, where Steve Martin played the part of Clouseau. A sequel followed in 2009.
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Watch a trailer for The Pink Panther 2 »
MGM is developing another Pink Panther movie, and this time around it'll be a live-action and CG hybrid film. I liked the original Pink Panther movies, but was disappointed by the ones that Steve Martin starred in. They will also focus on the Pink Panther version of the character this time around, instead of Inspector Clouseau. According to the press release, it will "harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards’ films."
I'm not overly excited about seeing a new Pink Panther movie, but I'm sure they will build a good solid market for it. It sounds like this time around they are going to go with more of kid flick. You can find out more details about the project in the the press release below.
Los Angeles, CA (March 31, 2014) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is developing for »
- Joey Paur
Fast & Furious 7: Production on Fast & Furious 7, which was put on hold after Paul Walker died in an auto accident in November, has resumed. Director James Wan shared a photo to mark the occasion, captioned: "First day back filming. Better and stronger." The movie is scheduled for release on April 10, 2015. [EW.com] The Pink Panther: The year 1963's The Pink Panther introduced two memorable characters: the titular animated big cat and the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers. The movie spawned multiple sequels, TV shows and reboots with Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin. Now a live-action/animated hybrid version is under development, with animation veteran David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct an...
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Fast & Furious 7: Production on Fast & Furious 7, which was put on hold after Paul Walker died in an auto accident in November, has resumed. Director James Wan shared a photo to mark the occasion, captioned: "First day back filming. Better and stronger." The movie is scheduled for release on April 10, 2015. [EW.com] The Pink Panther: The year 1963's The Pink Panther introduced two memorable characters: the titular animated big cat and the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers. The movie spawned multiple sequels, TV shows and reboots with Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin. Now a live-action/animated hybrid version is under development, with animation veteran David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct an "international...
- Peter Martin
MGM has announced that it is working on a new Pink Panther movie, although rather than following the adventures of Inspector Clouseau, it "will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards’ films" with a live-action / CG animated hybrid from director David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters, Inc.).
“I am proud that the Pink Panther– both the feature films and the great library of cartoons created by David De Patie and Friz Freleng that sprang from it– continues to be one of the brightest jewels in the crown of Mirisch films. Now, for the first time, the live action franchise will be united with the world- famous cartoon character in a new hybrid feature film. I am excited by our concept and I look forward to an outstanding movie entertainment,” said Walter Mirisch, who will »
- Gary Collinson
MGM is lining up a reinvention of its "Pink Panther" brand - planning a hybrid animation and live-action feature.
Mirisch and Edwards' widow Julie Andrews will produce.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
News Simon Brew 1 Apr 2014 - 06:31
The adventures of The Pink Panther are returning to the big screen - albeit in part-animated form...
When it comes to the big screen, think The Pink Panther, and you're either left with the wonderful collection of Peter Sellers-headlined originals, or the not-so-wonderful pair of Steve Martin movies that eventually followed. Sandwiched in-between is Son Of The Pink Panther, which starred Roberto Benigni, who would go on to win a Best Actor Oscar for Life Is Beautiful. The signs were not clear that he would when watching the aforementioned movie.
Now, plans are afoot for a new Pink Panther film, but this time, the emphasis will be on the cartoon character, rather than trying to resurrect Inspector Clouseau again. It'll be a mix of live action and animation, with MGM hiring David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters Inc) to direct.
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Hey, remember when comedian Peter Sellers and director Blake Edwards created an accident-prone French detective who somehow managed to foil jewel robberies, murderers, and get the girl? Remember when that iconic franchise was rebooted with Steve Martin, and how hard everyone cried? If you remember all of that, you might be worried about the announcement of a new Pink Panther movie, coming soon to a theatre near you. But in this case, it might not be so bad, because this film will supposedly have nothing to do with Inspector Clouseau.
What this new Pink Panther film will feature, however, is that badly behaved panther from the cartoon title sequences, and the later series of animated shorts that many (like myself) love to distraction. David Silverman, the producer and director of The Simpsons Movie, is attached to direct the MGM film, along with executive producers Walter Mirisch (who produced the original »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
MGM is developing for production a full-length hybrid animation and live-action feature film based on the animated Pink Panther character, it was announced today by Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM and Jonathan Glickman, president of the studio’s motion picture group.
Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original “Pink Panther” films and television series will serve as the producer of the new film, along with Academy Award®-winning actress, Julie Andrews, wife of the late director Blake Edwards.
The new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau, and will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards’ films.
“We are incredibly proud to re-introduce the Pink Panther to »
- Michelle McCue
MGM has revealed it's developing a feature-length "Pink Panther" reboot, which will be a hybrid of animation and live-action. Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original “Pink Panther” films and television series will serve as the producer of the new film and animator David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie,” “Monsters, Inc”) will direct. The timing is pointed, as the production marks the 50th anniversary of the inept French cop, Inspector Clouseau, immortalized by master of slapstick comedy Peter Sellers (and later, Steve Martin). Julie Andrews is also serving as producer for the new project; her late husband, Blake Edwards, helmed the hilarious 1963 original and its sequel "A Shot in the Dark," which focused less on stealing jewels and more on the bumbling detective, and many of the sequels. This time around the focus will be on the Panther itself, as opposed to Clouseau, harkening back to the look of the Fritz »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber and president of the motion picture group Jonathan Glickman have raided the vaults and are lining up a full-length Pink Panther hybrid animation and live-action feature.
Andrews will produce alongside Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original Pink Panther films and television series. Andrews’ late husband Blake Edwards directed seven Pink Panther films from 1963-93.
The feature will harken back to the tone shared by the original cartoons created 50 years ago as well as those of the films by Edwards and Mirisch.
“I am delighted that the legacy of Blake’s iconic Pink Panther franchise will continue to grow in its new hybrid form,” said Andrews. “It is exciting that the quintessential next step for our beloved Panther will be »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is developing for production a full-length hybrid animation and live-action feature film based on the animated Pink Panther character, it was announced today by Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM and Jonathan Glickman, president of the studio's motion picture group. Walter Mirisch, executive producer of the original Pink Panther films and television series will serve as the producer of the new film, along with Academy Award-winning actress, Julie Andrews, wife of the late director Blake Edwards. David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters Inc.) will direct. The Pink Panther character originated a remarkable fifty years ago.
The new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau, and will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David H. DePatie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards' films.
Here's what MGM president Jonathan Glickman had to say in the following statement. »
The Pink Panther is coming (back) to the big screen.
MGM announced Monday it planned to reboot the franchise in a live-action/animation hybrid, focusing on the rosy-colored cat who soft-shoed his way through the intros to most of the films, rather than on the aloof Inspector Clouseau. They’ve tapped The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman to helm the project.
Based on Friz Freleng and David De Patie’s cartoons, the Pink Panther’s 11-feature film cinematic history has spanned five decades — made iconic by the collaboration between director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers, who portrayed Clouseau. MGM »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Pink Panther is not just the title of the fabulous diamond in the film series of the same name, it is also a cartoon creation that sprang from that series. Now, MGM is hot on the trail of a movie based on that cartoon. The large pink animal first appeared in the opening title sequence to the original 1963 film, “The Pink Panther,” directed by Blake Edwards. He was such a success, that the creators went on to make theatrical shorts and eventually the panther wound up on television and in the comics. According to the press release announcing the movie, the new film will be a hybrid of animation and live-action, with David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie”) directing. Walter Mirisch, who executive produced the original “Pink Panther” movies will serve as producer here along with Julie Andrews, who was married to the late Edwards. Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM »
- Josh Lasser
Continuing with its recent model of mining older properties for content, MGM is moving forward with a new take on The Pink Panther. Heat Vision reports that the studio is developing a live-action/animation hybrid iteration of the classic character, with The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman onboard to take the helm. The focus of the new movie will be on the titular panther himself instead of inspector Jacques Clouseau, and The Simpsons writer Michael Price is in talks to pen the script. Hit the jump for more on the new movie. Per Heat Vision, Clouseau will not appear in the new film at all, and the Panther himself will not speak—just as he did in the early short films. Clouseau will still exist in the mythology of the Pink Panther universe, but after the failure of the Steve Martin-fronted live-action films in 2006 and 2009, the producers decided that »
- Adam Chitwood
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