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Venice - If you liked "The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!," the "Wallace & Gromit" films, anything by Monty Python or just funny, witty movies in general, make sure you catch Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls." Based on the book "Here Be Monsters" by Alan Snow, I can't remember the last time I saw a family animation so visually rich, tightly scripted and charmingly performed which was also built on a sound and progressive message. It's unlikely to become a cultural juggernaut on the level of something like "Frozen," but I think it is as enjoyable. The set up has the magical feel of a traditional fairytale blended with the weirder sensibility of a revisionist fable along the lines of "Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes." In a city where fancy cheeses are prized by the upper classes as the epitome of fine living, the middle classes live in fear of The Boxtrolls, »
- Catherine Bray
"Kids' TV isn't what it used to be."
We've all said it, our rose-tinted spectacles firmly affixed - but there's an animated show airing right now on Cbbc that's earned plaudits across the board.
Strange Hill High - a fantasy mystery series created using a combination of puppetry and digital effects - was nominated for a BAFTA in 2013 and has been branded "sharp, funny" and "a sure-fire success" by critics.
Set in a school filled with fantastical secrets, the series follows the quick-witted and street smart Mitchell Tanner (Doc Brown), ever-confident Becky Butters (Emma Kennedy) and class nerd Templeton.
"It's my favourite thing that I've ever done - even more than The Simpsons," says head writer Josh Weinstein, who penned some of the Springfield clan's most memorable episodes - 'Who Shot Mr Burns?' , '22 Short Films About Springfield' and more - and worked as showrunner on the long-running animation »
The French New Wave, that cinematic movement from the 1960s that essentially defined iconoclasm for film, has undoubtedly had its impact on nearly everything, from film to music to style. And given its indelible impact on cultural history, it’s one of the easiest artistic movements to pull from, as demonstrated from three key music videos inspired by, ripped off from, and celebrating the auteurs from Godard to Truffaut.
There’s a bit of irony and wordplay going on here. First, the band’s name is Nouvelle Vague, nodding to both the French New Wave and the New Wave in music during the 1980s. Then there’s the name of the album that the French cover band chose to use: Bande à Part, from the Jean-Luc Godard film of the same name. Then there’s the actual music video. Rather than go about “creating” a music video for their single, »
- Kyle Turner
You know the hair. The glasses. The voice. The sheer talent. Richard Ayoade spoke to HeyUGuys about The Double, which is out now on DVD and Blu Ray. Other subjects included The It Crowd, a new book, Ingmar Bergman, and trying not to bore audiences.
I’d like to start by going back a little bit to your first feature, which was obviously Submarine. I think for many people, they didn’t realise that a comedy actor was also going to be a great director. So I was wondering, did you feel that was a liberating experience?
Erm, I don’t know. I’d directed TV before – I directed a show called Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and music videos and things, so the main thing at the time [was I] felt the writing of something that was much longer than anything I’d done, and the structure of doing a film that has ninety minutes to it. »
- Gary Green
Focus Features has released a new poster for The Boxtrolls, the upcoming animated adaptation of Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure Here Be Monsters from Laika, the stop-motion specialists behind Coraline and ParaNorman…
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are »
- Gary Collinson
Whether you know him as the charming cop from Bridesmaids or the grumpy computer technician from "The It Crowd" ("Have you tried turning it off and on again?"), Chris O'Dowd has become a character actor fixture in the last few years. Now the 34-year-old Irishman is taking a bold leap from more comedic roles into darker territory for John Michael McDonagh's Calvary. »
Residents of Cheesebridge lock themselves indoors at night for fear of the Boxtrolls. But Eggs, an orphan raised by the Boxtrolls, knows they would never do humans any harm, and he just might bridge the divide between the two species. Based on the popular novel from Alan Snow, Laika’s The Boxtrolls hits theaters on September 26th, and the film will have a Hall H panel at Sdcc later this week.
Featuring Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, and more, The Boxtrolls Hall H panel will take place on Saturday, July 26th from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. There will also be an Eat Like the Boxtrolls event at Petco Park on Friday and Saturday afternoon, in which Bug Chef David George Gordon will be creating a menu of edible bug and insect creations for attendees to dig into. Signed limited edition posters will also be available at these eating experiences. »
- Derek Anderson
If the script for something you're dying to see leaks online, it's tempting to read it... but you're better off waiting, as Mark explains
In the age of online entertainment journalism, it seems like information about big productions, including spoilers, is generally freer than ever before. The onslaught of casting rumours, set pictures and videos of filming has only led producers to double down and become more secretive about their big projects.
As a proponent of the oft-criticised “Mystery Box” mode of marketing, Jj Abrams would be a prime example. It worked for Super 8, because we knew very little about the film by the time it came out, but infuriated people when he and his team wouldn't admit the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness for months on end, when we all guessed who he’d be playing pretty early on. We’ve »
The creator of Beavis and Butt-head has turned his attention to tech start-ups. It's relatable, autobiographical and, according to Tyler, The Creator 'dope'
He created and voiced puerile, metal-loving dunces Beavis and Butt-head, but in real life, Mike Judge speaks softly and is unfailingly polite. Which makes his impression of Tyler, The Creator even funnier. He recalls a recent meeting with the notorious rap tyro where the conversation turned to Judges current project Silicon Valley. I guess Tyler had seen the billboards for the show, explains Judge. And he said, and I wont get this exactly right, but it was something like: Man, I thought it was going to be some fucking show about how fucking hard it is to make a fucking computer. Then I saw it, man, and that shit is dope. The 51-year-old sounds half-embarrassed and half-proud. He chuckles at the memory, and you can hear the faintest echo of Butt-head. »
- Graeme Virtue
Creator: Hugo Blick
Synopsis: Powerful businesswoman Nessa Stein is thrown into a game of political cat-and-mouse.
*Please Note: This Review Contains Major Spoilers From Episode One Of The Honourable Woman*
“Who do you trust?” says Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in the opening monologue of Hugo Blick’s spy thriller The Honourable Woman. While we are hooked by the soothing tone’s Gyllenhaal (rather brilliant may we add) British accent, we witness a young Nessa and Ephra Stein watching their father being killed while they eat dinner. Within three minutes, we get the on edge thriller tone of the drama, but just because we are getting that so quickly does not mean we’re in for a easy ride.
Each scene plays out like a jigsaw puzzle. It is usually a play on good vs. »
- Lucy Cave
The Musketeers, True Detective: 14 thrilling new shows for 2014
"The Honourable Woman tells the story of one woman's personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life," said the BBC.
"As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
"Now in her 30s, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. But when she awards a lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman, who is later found dead, she finds herself under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service."
There’s a chance you may have caught Boyd Hicklin’s cricket comedy Knocked for Six at London Film Festival 2012 – where it went by the name of Save Your Legs. However now seems a far more appropriate time to indulge in this quirky piece, as we enter in to the cricket season (otherwise known as the Summer, over ‘ere), with a film that taps into that annual excitement amongst fans of the sport. A sport that, while mostly untouched in cinema, has shown that it can translate well onto the big screen, following on from the brilliant documentary Fire in Babylon.
Teddy Brown (Stephen Curry) lives and breathes cricket, spending the vast majority of his time focusing on being the president of the Abbotsford Anglers, where he plays alongside his two closest friends, Rick (Brendan Cowell) and Stavros (Damon Gameau) amongst others. His biggest dream, however, is to embark on »
- Stefan Pape
What could be better than one Jesse Eisenberg? Two, perhaps. Unless one of them is driving you crazy. The star is pulling double duty as a man who is slowly being driven insane by his doppelganger-cum-rival in The Double, which heads to theatres in limited release this week. The film is totally on trend when it comes to cinematic doppelgangers with a few upcoming and recent releases getting more bang for their buck with having actors perform dual roles on screen.
The Double comes on the heels of recent release Enemy which found Toronto professor Jake Gyllenhaal obsessed with a look-alike after spotting him in a movie, and the recently released The Face of Love which sees a grieving widow (Annette Bening) fall in love with a dead ringer for her, well, dead husband played by Ed Harris. All three films premiered last September at the Toronto International Film Festival. »
- Rachel West
Today is Richard Ayoade’s birthday. You might know him as the random British inclusion in The Watch, the filmmaker behind the Jesse Eisenberg doppelganger movie, The Double, and of course, he’s Moss from The It Crowd — a character that Christopher Campbell once dressed up as for Halloween. He’s also a great serving of comedic joy. Ayoade wouldn’t agree. He self-deprecatingly says he’s “just terrible. At talking. With words.” But if Ayoade is not, by his estimation, an actor, he is certainly a man who can banter brilliantly and absurdly in ways that make every manner of words seem natural. Even better: he has his own much-needed spin on nostalgia, one that replicates old styles rather than old toys, and relishes in the remnants of real life rather than computer-crafted graphics, as these 8 examples reveal. The It Crowd Ayoade broke into North American consciousness when he co-starred with Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson »
- Monika Bartyzel
After a successful festival run, Richard Ayoade's film "The Double" is making its way to screens this weekend. This "Gilliamesque" take on Fyodor Dostoyevksy's 1846 novella sees a man come to terms with his doppelgänger, where a far more confident and aggressive version of himself makes his life quite a chore.
What the hell does "Gilliamesque" mean?
Terry Gilliam established with a number of movies (including the much-lauded "Time Bandits," "Brazil," and "12 Monkeys") a particular style of film, one that mixes time periods with quirky retro props and a darkly comedic ethos. At their best, films of this type create an incredibly rich world, one that feels lived-in and inviting while at the same time appearing oblique.
So who's this Ayoade fellow, then?
- Jason Gorber
Richard Ayoade is quickly establishing himself as one of the more interesting young directors working today. The Londoner gained loads of fans as a performer on quirky Brit TV shows like "The Mighty Boosh" and "The It Crowd," and his 2010 directorial debut "Submarine" gained plenty of fans after its Toronto Film Festival premiere.
His latest film, "The Double," takes a Dostoyevsky novella and turns it on its head, creating a quirky, cerebral-yet-darkly funny take on the drudgery of work and the promise of love. Star Jesse Eisenberg is perfectly cast as both sides of the doppelgänger, carefully fine-tuning his performance to create two unique characters who share more than just the same face.
Moviefone spoke to the director and star during Tiff, discussing everything from the source material to the challenge of playing two very dichotomous characters.
Moviefone Canada: Were you sitting around and thinking, hey, that Dostoevsky guy was pretty funny? »
- Jason Gorber
Laika, the company that brought us ParaNorman and Coraline, have been hard at work on their their latest feature based on the popular novel from Alan Snow. Due out on September 26th, here’s the brand new trailer for The Boxtrolls:
“The Boxtrolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. The Boxtrolls is being directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director of the hit animated feature Open Season) and Graham Annable (story artist on Coraline and ParaNorman), and produced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Elle Fanning (marking her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcoming The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The It Crowd »
- Jonathan James
Focus Features and Laika have released a new trailer for The Boxtrolls, a stop-motion animated adaptation of Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure Here Be Monsters from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman. Check it out after the official synopsis…
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. »
- Gary Collinson
The BBC have revealed the first image from the new eight-part political thriller The Honourable Woman, which will see film actress Maggie Gyllenhaal make the move to the smaller screen. Set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this looks to be a very powerful new drama for the BBC and with Gyllenhaal leading the impressive cast, it seems everyone involved is very excited by this project.
Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama for the BBC, has said:
“Maggie Gyllenhaal makes a perfect Nessa Stein. Hugo Blick has created a complex character in Nessa, with an extraordinary story. The combination of Hugo’s stunning scripts and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role is an exciting and powerful combination.”
The cast also includes Lindsay Duncan (The Hollow Crown), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Tobias Menzies (Game Of Thrones) and many more.
Stay tuned »
- Amanda Keats
By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.
Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »
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