15 items from 2014
• The Lego Movie – review
• Mr Peabody & Sherman – review
• More on the UK box office
Our compact half-term school holidays always concentrate the minds of UK families, offering rich potential for bonanza box-office over a highly compressed time period. And so it has proved with the half-term just ended: from Friday 14 February to Sunday 23 February, The Lego Movie has taken an astonishing £19.72m in just 10 days of play, an average of nearly £2m per day. Add in the previews from the previous weekend, and the film's tally to date rises to a stonking £21.88m. That's more than the lifetime totals of the two lowest-grossing Pixar films – Cars and Cars 2 – and is also ahead of both Kung Fu Panda pictures from DreamWorks Animation. »
- Charles Gant
WWE Star Big Daddy V Dies Of A Heart Attack At 43
Big Daddy V will be sorely missed, and his legacy as a good man and solid entertainer will live on. On Feb. 19, The WWE issued a statement confirming his death, saying ”Our deepest condolences go out to Frazier’s family, friends and fans.”
In addition to Big Daddy V, Nelson also wrested under the aliases Mabel and Viscera. Frazier first joined the WWE as Mabel, one-half of the “Men on a Mission” tag team, in 1999, then he morphed into Viscera — a member of the Undertaker’s “Ministry of Darkness” — soon after. His famous friends, like »
- HL Intern
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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Guitarist Bob Casale, an original member of the band Devo, which was formed in 1972 and is best remembered for its 1980 hit "Whip It," died suddenly of heart failure on Monday. He was 61. "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," his brother, Gerald, also a founding member of Devo, wrote in a statement on the band's website. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got." He later tweeted, "My brother Bob — Devo's anchor. Level-headed, even-keeled and very slow to anger. If he got mad you knew you deserved it." Devo singer and co-founder Mark »
New York (AP) — Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit "Whip It," has died of heart failure, his brother and band member Gerald Casale said Tuesday. He was 61. Devo founding member Casale said in a statement that his younger brother's death Monday was "sudden" and "a total shock." "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," Casale said. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got." No further details on his death were provided. »
- AP Staff
To children of the 80s, Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as the lead singer of the new wave band Devo, whose hit song "Whip It" rocketed them to stardom. After the singer and his Devo band mates went their separate ways, he moved on to a new career as a film and TV composer, crafting the theme song for Pee-wee's Playhouse and providing the scores for Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, Slaughterhouse Rock and a number of other movies, short films and TV shows throughout the 1990s. He gained a whole new fan base by composing the scores for early Wes Anderson films such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, proving himself to be one of the most versatile composers in the business. The musician reunites with his Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 »
Bob Casale, a founding member of 1970s and ’80s New Wave pioneers Devo, has died, the band confirmed Tuesday on its Facebook page. Casale was from one of Devo’s two sets of brothers, and was known as “Bob 2,” since he played guitar alongside Bob Mothersbaugh, brother of Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh. The band had a lasting radio hit in 1980 with “Whip It,” and extended their careers by designing sound for countless entertainment properties. See photos: Hollywood’s notable deaths of 2014 Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh started the New Wave band at Kent State University and kept it going in various. »
- Josh Dickey
So sad. Bob Casale‘s brother Gerald has confirmed that Bob passed away on Monday due to heart failure. He was 61 years old.
Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dies At Age 61
Bob Casale, known primarily as the guitarist for the ’80s band Devo, passed away on Feb. 18. TMZ confirmed that the “Whip It” rocker, who was a founding member of the popular band, died suddenly on Monday due to health complications that led to health failure. His brother Gerald — also a founding member — confirmed the news when asked on Twitter:
@BuddhaRolls It’s unfortunately true.
— Gerald Casale (@Gvc3Casale) February 18, 2014
“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Gerald told TMZ. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, »
- Shaunna Murphy
Devo Guitarist Bob Casale -- known for the hit 1980 song "Whip It" -- has died, TMZ has learned.Bob's brother Gerald -- also a founding member of the band -- tells TMZ, Bob passed away suddenly on Monday from health complications that led to heart failure.Gerald tells us, "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, »
- TMZ Staff
“Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team”
Kids and adults alike went to see The Lego Movie this past weekend to the tune of $69 million in ticket sales. The film that everyone loves is set for another awesome weekend at the box office.
Visually, it is a photo-real, non-traditional computer animation style resembling stop-motion, which gives the characters and settings the endearing homemade aesthetic that defines Lego construction. The Lego Movie contains 3,863,484 unique Lego bricks. Some are reused and reconfigured in multiple scenes, making up sets, characters and props, for a total of 15,080,330 bricks—the number that a person would need if he or she wanted to recreate the entire film by hand.
As much as the visuals and storyline were important to this animated film, much of the credit to the overall success of this delightful movie has to go to the irresistible and exciting music. »
- Michelle McCue
No matter your age, get ready for one crazy, fun, exciting ride – The Lego Movie is coming to a theater near you this Friday.
Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “21 Jump Street”) the original 3D computer-animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as The Special, the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
The film rolls out an arsenal of fantastical new vehicles, enabling Emmet and his friends to evade or face their enemies on the city streets, on the sea, under the sea, or in outer space. It also introduces a cast of brand new heroes and villains, who interact with a diverse group of »
- Michelle McCue
Given that we are already over 13 years into this century, that has been plenty of time for new stars of all different varieties to establish themselves. Actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Cillian Murphy and even Gerard Butler have either arrived on our screens or firmly established themselves this side of 2000. But what of comedy performers?
Although historically the route taken by comedy performers has been from comic to dramatic roles (Jim Carrey goes from Ace Ventura to The Truman Show, Steve Martin goes from The Jerk to The Spanish Prisoner, Adam Sandler goes from Happy Gilmore to Punch Drunk Love, Will Ferrell goes from Anchorman to Stranger than Fiction) we are increasingly seeing actors with a background in dramatic roles showing themselves to have serious comedy chops too.
So, with a little artistic licence (we’ll allow actors who didn’t break into comedy until »
- Dave Roper
It may be tempting to group Mark Mothersbaugh with other movie composers who began in the rock/pop world — names like Danny Elfman, Klaus Badelt, Clint Mansell, Randy Newman, Lisa Gerrard, Trevor Rabin.
But consider that Mothersbaugh co-founded one of the 1970s most subversive, post-modern groups, Devo; composes for every conceivable kind of project from “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” to “The Royal Tenenbaums” to the infamous Joe Boxer Christmas ad; works as an artist in a seemingly unlimited number of media from wooden organ pipes to postcards; makes rugs and designs glass frames; collects bird calls, as well as a world-class assemblage of exotic musical instruments.
There aren’t too many in Mothersbaugh’s category. Probably none.
A conversation with him skips and dances over so many areas and topics that a picture forms of someone with encyclopedic range.
And yet everything about Mothersbaugh points to the same fun-loving spirit heard »
- Robert Koehler
New Zealander Zoë Bell is an unusual Hollywood triple threat. She's an internationally recognized stunt woman thanks to the documentary Double Dare and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof. She's an actress with credits opposite Gerard Butler (Gamer), Ellen Page (Whip It) and Tom Cruise (Oblivion). And with her latest movie Raze, this ass-kicking leading lady has also turned producer. While Bell is proud of all she's achieved so far and grateful for her loyal fan following, she's not done yet. When I sat down with her ahead of the release of her gritty women-in-prison thriller, we not only discussed Raze (read the first half of the interview here), but also covered a wide range of projects and challenges Bell is eager to take on. Ranging from Marvel superheroes to The ExpendaBelles and breaking into the Fast & Furious franchise, this charismatic Renaissance woman shares six dream projects she's fighting to make real. »
Rj Cutler directed the film, based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 novel about a 16-year-old who has an out-of-body experience following a car accident that puts her in a coma and kills the rest of her family. Screenplay was written by Shauna Cross (“Whip It”), Marc Silverstein & Abby Kohn (“The Vow”) and Cutler.
Alison Greenspan of Di Novi Pictures is producing, with Denise Di Novi, Forman and Brad Van Arragon exec producing. Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Stacy Keach, Liana Liberato and Joshua Leonard also star.
The project had originally been developed at Summit.
Moretz starred in MGM’s “Carrie,” which was distributed through Sony’s Screen Gems in the fall.
- Dave McNary
15 items from 2014
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