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I’m having a hard time focusing this week. See, Sunday is my annual Hanukkah party, and I’m in a tizzy making sure that I have enough food for my guests. My parents taught me that if I don’t have leftovers, I didn’t get enough. I don’t know how many people are coming.
Which is complicated even after the food is ordered. There’s the entertainment.
There was a time when I had a day job and most of my friends had day jobs, and we’d see each other at the various office parties we attended. In my time, I’ve attended holiday parties at DC and at Marvel. Both were fun. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough, but I never saw any of the shenanigans associated with office parties. No one was photocopying his naked butt. No one was having sex in a closet, »
- Martha Thomases
Got any big Hanna-Barbera fans in your life? You might want to keep an eye on the Mondo Twitter feed tomorrow because that’s where you’ll see the on-sale announcement for what could be the perfect holiday gift, five new Hanna-Barbera posters. There’s a Flintstones print from Dave Perillo, a Yogi Bear design by Andrew Kolb, Tom & Jerry from Anne Benjamin, a Jonny Quest poster by Matthew Woodson and a Hong Kong Phooey one from Drew Millward. Hit the jump to check out all five Hanna-Barbera Mondo posters and to get some additional details on each print. If you've tried to get your hands on a Mondo poster before, you're well aware that these things tend to go fast. Better keep checking that Mondo Twitter page if you want a shot at getting your hands on one of these. Ten Little Flintstones by Dave Perillo. 18"x24" screen print. »
- Perri Nemiroff
At first sight, Paddington Bear looks monstrous, his creepy photorealistic fur bringing to mind 2010’s astonishingly misconceived Yogi Bear. You can almost hear the soft, squelching sound as audience’s hearts sink, the sound of teeth gritting as they prepare for yet another sacrilegious plundering of a beloved children’s classic. What nightmares are we going to have to endure? Is Paddington Bear going to have an attitude? Is he going to wear a puffa jacket? Oh god.. he’s going to rap, isn’t he?
This consuming sense of dread isn’t director Paul King’s fault. It’s just that we’ve been burned so many times by overblown, gagless, soulless cinematic abortions that we expect the worst; to look into the eyes of a CG bear is to see a grinning studio exec staring back (probably doing some warped approximation of the hated “Dreamworks face”).
This is a pity, »
- David James
Outside of a 100 shots being outsourced for wire removals and clean-ups, Method Studios was given the sole responsibility of bringing the world of The Maze Runner (2014) to the big screen. “We did 530 shots on Maze and 150 were creature shots,” states Method Studios Visual Effects Supervisor Sue Rowe who did not have to deal with an intermediary. “It made communication a lot faster and sharper as I was speaking to the director every day.” Despite of making his feature directorial debut Wes Ball is familiar with visual effects. “With Wes’ background in animation we had a quick shorthand in how we wanted to describe things. Wes knows a lot about filmmaking and if he didn’t know about something he’d read up about it. The great thing about Wes is »
- Trevor Hogg
The first thing to remember when you watch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover is that it is an episode of Family Guy. This is when you groan, because Family Guy is an unoriginal rip-off of The Simpsons that retells tired old gags with an ironic approach. Or maybe you cheer, because you're over The Simpsons: It hasn't even been good in 13 years. Those aren't my opinions. Those are the implicit opinions of the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover–or at least, those explicit self-mocking assertions are how "The Simpsons Guy" portrays every possible critique you could have about the two shows. »
- Darren Franich
Another beloved childhood character is heading to the big screen. Universal recently announced that an adaptation of Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the children’s book series by Norman Bridwell, will be hitting theaters on April 8th, 2016.
Plot details for the film are scarce, but Bridwell’s series centered on a dog named Clifford, born the runt of the litter. When he was given to Emily Elizabeth as a birthday present, the little girl’s love for him caused Clifford to swell in size to a height of over 25 feet. Given the dog’s size, his owner’s family had no choice but to move to the wide open spaces of Bridwell Island, where Clifford encountered new friends like Cleo, Mac and T-Bone. Over 70 installments of the book series, which also spawned a popular PBS Kids TV show, have been released.
As for the film, it’s being »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last week's disturbing trailer for Paddington likely helped a lot of people make up their mind about the live action/CGI adaption. It looks terrible; I'm talking Yogi Bear terrible. Well perhaps Colin Firth, who was set to provide the voice of Paddington Bear, thought the same and has actually left the production. In a statement he said: It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply »
- Graham McMorrow
A new Paddington poster promises it will rise to the standards set forth by the Harry Potter franchise, as both share the same producers. Paddington Bear is making quite the name for himself these past couple of days, with a well received trailer and a series of creepy new photos. Now the bear, with his infamous jelly-stained jacket and red hat, is introducing himself to the real world in a glorious one-sheet that should make fans happy. Sure, it looks like the second coming of 2010's Yogi Bear...But so what? Families will surely make the movie a hit when it arrives in theaters this Christmas.
Paddington comes to theaters December 12th, 2014 and stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Samuel Joslin, George Newton. The film is directed by Paul King. »
22 Jump Street is in theaters this weekend, and its one of the few TV-to-Movie franchises that has gotten it right. This comes after so many have gotten it really wrong! Adapting a hit television show to the big screen seems like it would be an easy thing. The source material is great, there's an existing audience, it should be money in the bank. But bigger does not mean better. There's more than enough examples of great TV turned into garbage cinema. So much so, there was a fair amount of difficulty and debate narrowing it down to ten, epically awful movies. Criteria had to be established. There must be a method to this madness. Terrible films like The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, or The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas still has an appeal to younger audiences who might actually be entertained by it. It does have some value. Once »
It has been almost ten years since the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, a feature-length adaptation of the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon that grossed an impressive $140 million at the box office and received strong reviews. In some ways, it’s surprising that this long has passed without a cinematic follow-up, seeing as the show is still going strong and is now in fact gearing up for its tenth season. Regardless, at last, fans of the franchise can look forward to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which is set for release next February.
No one really knows what exactly to expect from the sequel, seeing as the plot has not been announced. However, a new poster for the film has been unveiled, featuring a CGI SpongeBob on a beach with a live-action crab. Going by that poster, it looks like Sponge Out of Water is going to follow in »
- Isaac Feldberg
Tim here. Ordinarily, I take this space to talk about animation, but with it being 1964 Month at the Film Experience, I wanted to go someplace else – not least because the state of animation in 1964 was not terribly exciting, unless you’re one of those people for whom a semicentennial tribute to Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear sounds like the absolute best conversation we could be having.
Instead, I’d like to use this bully pulpit to call attention to one of my perpetual favorite picks for Hugely Underrated American Film Masterpiece You All Need to Have Seen, Like, Yesterday: The Pawnbroker, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Rod Steiger, who received an Oscar nomination. It premiered 50 years ago this very month, in competition at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival (they festival’ed differently in those days), not premiering until the following year in the States due to its nudity and generally sour tone. »
- Tim Brayton
Census to change the way it counts gay married couples
Gay Dads’ Brain Activity Pattern Resembles Both New Mothers And Fathers, Study Finds
Dustin Lance Black gives us a fascinating glimpse into his writing process.
And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and »
The Weinstein Co. unveiled its upcoming slate at a market presentation in the Cannes Majestic Hotel on Friday afternoon, with COO David Glasser introducing Harvey Weinstein, who in turn introduced some of his stars in attendance — Ryan Reynolds, Naomi Watts and Eva Green. Variety attended and graded some of the best — and worst — trailers that debuted. Many of these films don’t have release dates yet, though the more Oscar-friendly fare will likely open before the end of the year.
Macbeth: Michael Fassbender gave the best trailer performance of the bunch as the future king of Scotland, in what looks like his most scenery-chewing (in a good way) role yet. As Jada Yuan at Vulture noted, the story looks like the Shakespeare tragedy told through the lens of “Braveheart (but again, in a good way). My one quibble: Marion Cotillard is barely seen as Lady Macbeth.
Big Eyes: This — fingers crossed! »
- Ramin Setoodeh
“Animation is built on plagiarism. If it weren’t for someone plagiarizing The Honeymooners we wouldn’t have The Flintstones. If someone hadn’t ripped off Sergeant Bilko, there’d be no Top Cat. Huckleberry Hound, Chief Wiggum, Yogi Bear? Hah! Andy Griffith, Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney.” – Roger Meyers, Jr. “The Day The Violence Died,” Season 7 of The Simpsons.
The Simpsons has introduced television audiences to a cast of thousands in its 25 years on television, and not every character is 100% original. Most of the Simpsons’ family is named after creator Matt Groening’s own family, with many more characters named after pets, street names, and more in Groening’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. And then there are the characters that are more than just “named after” someone or something else.
Call it an homage. Call it a parody. Or call it flat-out thievery. Whatever you prefer, The Simpsons have done it many, »
- The 'House
I was supposed to review the first Rio two years ago but on the way to the Saturday morning press screening, my daughters and I were involved in a car accident which caused us to miss it. We caught up with the movie a couple of weeks later but I fell asleep and can’t remember a thing about it. I don’t fall asleep at movies often and never at ones I’m planning on reviewing (I fall asleep in church a lot – my wife’s always elbowing me in the ribs since I snore). Other films I’ve slept through include The Score (w/ DeNiro), Yogi Bear, Winter’S Bone, and all eight Harry Potter movies. In 1992 I slept through most of Map Of The Human Heart at the Shady Oak Theater in Clayton. When I awoke, all the other patrons had moved to seats as far away from me as possible. »
- Tom Stockman
The 8th grade adventures of Nikki Maxwell are finally coming to the big screen as Summit Entertainment announces a new franchise based on Rachel Renee Russell's popular Ya novel series Dork Diaries. No director is in place, and casting is underway.
Here is the official press release:
Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) company, has acquired all rights to author Rachel Renee Russell's #1 New York Times best-selling, worldwide sensation book series Dork Diaries. Karen Rosenfelt is in negotiations to produce via her Sunswept Entertainment banner.
Rachel Renee Russell stated:
"Summit Entertainment bringing Dork Diaries to life is a dream come true! My book series could not be in more capable hands. My fans and I are super excited to see Nikki Maxwell and her dorky world come to life."
Dork Diaries follows eighth grader Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles her not-so-fabulous life of navigating the halls at a new school, »
Dork Diaries follows 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell as she navigates her way through new school, mean girls and first crushes.
The series has sold around 13m copies worldwide. The seventh book is due out this summer followed by the eighth in autumn.
“Summit Entertainment bringing Dork Diaries to life is a dream come true,” said Russell. “My book series could not be in more capable hands. My fans and I are super-excited to see Nikki Maxwell and her dorky world come to life.”
Rosenfelt produced all five instalments of The Twilight Saga franchise with Summit. Her credits include Marley & Me, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Yogi Bear and The Book Thief.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The book follows eighth grader Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles her new school, mean girls, best friends and first crushes.
Published by Aladdin, a division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, “Dork Diaries” has over 13 million copies in print with a seventh book due out in the summer and and eighth in the fall. Publishing rights for the series have been sold in over 35 countries with translation into 32 different languages.
- Dave McNary
When it comes to modern adaptations of beloved children.s media, Hollywood has many, many more failures than successes - at least critically. (I don.t care if Yogi Bear made $100 million; it was a picnic basket full of trite garbage.) But the upcoming StudioCanal/Heyday Films feature transition for little old Paddington Bear is high on my list of anticipated 2014 releases for quite a few reasons, not the least of which is the impeccable cast and the lifelong love I have for Michael Bond.s book series. Plus, Paddington isn.t as annoyingly self-aware as any of The Smurfs or the Chipmunks. The teaser above gives us our first look at the CGI ball of fluff, complete with his beat-up hat, and it makes me want to start traveling more. Academy Award .winner Colin Firth gives his voice to the duffle-coated bear, whom it appears will be found much »
Photo: AMPAS Oscar Musts: Predictions | Nominees | Presenters | Printable Ballot It's that time of year again and I welcome you to the 2014 Oscars Live Blog with up-to-the-minute live winners, commentary, red carpet coverage and overall merriment. We are kicking this thing off around 3:30-4 Pm Pst or so and carrying on until 9 Pm Pst or whenever this thing ends, which means you better have food, water and perhaps a tasty beverage or two because it's going to be a long night. I've already posted my predictions and have collated the reader polls into one, easy-to-read place along with my predictions as well as my Oscar-blogging co-hort and podcast partner Laremy Legel. You can find all three, one after another with the differences highlights right here. As far as my predicting prowess is concerned, the last two years I've ended the night getting 19 out of 24 correct, I really want to at least get 20 this year. »
- Brad Brevet
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