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32 videogames that brought actors back to iconic roles

19 November 2015 1:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




From Ghostbusters 3 to a Firefly reunion, videogames are doing what movies can't...

Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.

Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.

Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »

- simonbrew

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The Must-Own Filmmaking Books This Holiday: David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, Marty McFly, and More

19 November 2015 9:05 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s holiday gift book time, and our list of must-reads includes weighty coffee table books on two iconic film franchises, some video store nostalgia, the mysteries of David Lynch, a bit of pre-Star Wars: The Force Awakens reading, and the brilliance of Terry Gilliam. Check out the recommendations below and see more here.

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History by Michael Klastorin with Randal Atamaniuk (Harper Design)

Even as a fan of the Back to the Future trilogy, I was a bit taken aback by the hype surrounding October 21, 2015, a.k.a., the date Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the Hill Valley of the future in Back to the Future II. It is only fitting, then, that part of the hype includes the wildly entertaining Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History. Featuring the participation of, well, everyone involved, from »

- Christopher Schobert

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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

11 November 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run, »

- Dave McNary

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12 Things We Learned From Terry Gilliam's Wild Memoir

9 November 2015 11:52 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Over the past half-century, Terry Gilliam has lived several lifetimes — first as the mastermind behind the surrealistically satirical animations on Monty Python's Flying Circus and then as a filmmaker with an unparalleled, singular imagination. His oeuvre contains everything from literary flights of fancy (Jabberwocky) and kid-friendly fantasies (Time Bandits) to dystopian epics (Brazil and Twelve Monkeys), kaleidoscopic romps (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and the occasional slightly warped drama (The Fisher King, Tideland).

Now 74, Gilliam looks back on his life achievements, as well as »

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Television that Home Video Forgot: Reaper (2007)

24 October 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Showcase Inventory

Created by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters

Produced by Dark Baby Productions, The Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios, Fazekas & Butters

Aired on The CW for 2 season (31 episodes) from September 25, 2007 – May 26, 2009


Bret Harrison as Sam Oliver

Tyler Labine as Burt ‘Sock’ Wysocki

Missy Peregrym as Andi Prendergast

Rick Gonzalez as Ben Gonzalez

Ray Wise as the Devil

Show Premise

Sam Oliver is a coddled college dropout who spends his daily routine living a low stakes life with his slacker friends while working at a hardware megastore named “The Work Bench”. He’s got no real skills, no ambition, and no desire for much of anything, except for maybe harboring a longtime crush on his coworker Andi. A fire is put under Sam after he learns that his parents had sold his soul to the Devil, which will be claimed upon his 21st birthday. When the Devil arrives, he »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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13 amazing things you probably didn't know about Star Wars' Carrie Fisher

24 October 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Ok, on Tuesday, on your laptop - the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer revealed a host of new titbits to intrigue and torment us. As well as, among the new and familiar faces, our first proper look at Carrie Fisher returning as Princess Leia.

And yet Fisher isn't all doughnut-hairdos and gold bikinis. After the original trilogy was released, she became as well known for her incredible life off-screen - not least for her turbulent love life and struggles with bi-polar disorder and substance abuse - as her roles on-screen.

So as she turns 59 this week, what better time to look back at some of the stranger things you probably didn't know about her:

1. She was born into Hollywood royalty

Carrie wasn't just some unknown ingénue plucked from obscurity by George Lucas - she was born »

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'Jumanji' Remake on Target for Christmas 2016 Release

23 October 2015 6:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in August, Sony Pictures issued release dates for a number of high-profile projects, all set to hit theaters between 2016 and 2017. One of those movies is their Jumanji remake, which has been in development for several years, with Zach Helm coming aboard to write the script back in 2012. Today, Deadline reports that the studio has hired screenwriter Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) to rewrite the script in hopes that it makes its announced holiday release next year.

The remake is said to be a high priority for the studio, described as a "re-imagination" of the original 1995 blockbuster Jumanji, which starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt and Bebe Neuwirth. The original movie was spawned from the board game and book by writer Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Zathura). The movie earned a whopping $262.7 million worldwide at the box office, from a $65 million production budget.

Jumanji will hit theaters on Christmas »

- MovieWeb

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Quentin Tarantino reveals different cuts for The Hateful Eight

15 October 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ve already been tantalized to breaking point with a trailer and posters for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie The Hateful Eight, but the acclaimed director has floored us once again by announcing that two versions of the film will appear in cinemas.

The distinctiveness of the two renditions will be as follows: One will be a roadshow version shown in the Panavision 70mm format only in select cinemas, which features an overture, an intermission, with an overall run time of three hours and two minutes. The other version will be released two weeks later in standard cinemas, but will actually be six minutes shorter than the initial showing of The Hateful Eight that is scheduled for release in the Us on Christmas Day.

“[I didn’t want] to treat the multiplex release like this left-handed version…but I actually changed the cutting slightly for a couple of the multiplex scenes,” Tarantino said to Variety. »

- Gary Collinson

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Matchstick Men,’ ‘The Brood,’ ‘Aladdin,’ and More

13 October 2015 6:56 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Aladdin (Ron Clements and John Musker)

The first film I recall seeing in a theater, Aladdin was certainly a formative moviegoing experience, and having recently revisited it over the summer, it still wonderfully holds up. Now coming to Blu-ray, Disney’s remastered edition includes a wealth of extra, topped by a nine-minute reel of Robin Williams outtakes, coming to life with storyboards. Also including a pair of audio commentaries, a featurette on the Broadway adaptation, and more, it’s an essential pick-up. »

- TFS Staff

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Jessica Chastain Is Totally Unrecognizable In W Magazine -- Says She Wants Play a Bond Villain

12 October 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Jessica Chastain loves to try new things!  "The Martian" star has some fun with her look on the November cover of W magazine, where she opens up about her versatile career in the accompanying interview.  Chastain looks gorgeous in the mag, rocking fuschia tresses, bold brows and a bright red lip for the edgy shoot. In a second shot (below), the actress sports slicked-back platinum blonde locks while wearing a curve-hugging red jumpsuit.  Jessica Chastain Reveals How Robin Williams Changed Her Life! While the actress prides herself on playing a variety of roles, her versatility seems to confuse people.  "It did confuse people. I would hear, ‘Who is the real Jessica?’ a lot. They rarely say that about men. They never worry about ‘knowing’ them," she tells the mag.  The red-headed beauty also says she's dying to star in the next "007" flick ... but you won't see her playing a Bond Girl anytime soon! »

- tooFab Staff

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Aladdin: unseen outtakes of Robin Williams recording Genie

11 October 2015 10:26 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




New behind the scenes footage of Robin Williams recording one of his most beloved roles, the Genie in Aladdin...

Aladdin finally gets a Blu-ray debut in the Us tomorrow, which looks like it's going to be dramatic upgrade on the release that we got in the UK a year or two back.

One of the special features on the disc includes unseen footage of the late, great Robin Williams recording the voice of the Genie. It'd be fair to say that it's one of the most iconic roles that Williams took on, and it's fascinating to get a glimpse at just some of the energy he put in behind the scenes.

ABC News debuted the clips as part of a promotion-heavy segment, but one that's worth bearing with for some chatter with the directors of the film in particular, John Musker and Ron Clements.

Hopefully, the jam-packed »

- simonbrew

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Nycc 2015: Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones Panel Recap

11 October 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

After frantically sprinting from the press to the general admission line and waiting in the queue hall for hours with the help of my Jewel (Jessica Jones’ old superhero identity) cosplaying friend Julia, I had the privilege of attending the Marvel Netflix panel about Daredevil Season 2 and Jessica Jones Season 1, which is set to premiere on November 20. The panel looked back at the first season of Daredevil while showing the first footage of the upcoming second season, and the lucky fans in the audience also had the chance to watch the first episode of Jessica Jones after a discussion with the cast and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter).

Before the panel officially started, moderator Jeph Loeb, who is Marvel’s Head of TV, trotted on stage with the Marvel Studios fanfare playing in the background with actors Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, and Mike Colter, who play Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage »

- Logan Dalton

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[Lff Review] In the Room

10 October 2015 6:28 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Love and lust across a century form the backbone of In the Room, the latest film from director Eric Khoo (Tatsumi, Be with Me). An anthology feature with five main vignettes (titled “Rubber,” Listen,” “Change,” “Search,” and “First Time” in the end credits) and a few recurring revisits to the exploits of characters who have come and gone, the entire film is set within the confines of one Singapore hotel room, bar the occasional meet-cute or tearful lament in the corridor right outside.

The film opens on the initially sinister sight of a distressed figure in a decrepit incarnation of the room, looming over a man and woman having sex on a bed, singing to himself, “This was once a grand hotel. Now it’s in ruins.” This isn’t a horror film, but a later vignette will reveal this figure is a ghost, that of the songwriter of a »

- TFS Staff

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Watch Never Before Seen Robin Williams Outtakes from ‘Aladdin’ Recording Sessions

10 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 23 years since Disney’s animated musical Aladdin hit theaters. And while it’s not a special anniversary for the film, the film comes to Blu-Ray for the first time on October 13th, which means there are some cool new special features that are coming to light. One such feature reveals Robin Williams […]

The post Watch Never Before Seen Robin Williams Outtakes from ‘Aladdin’ Recording Sessions appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Schedules World Premiere

8 October 2015 1:04 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Cue the John Williams theme music: Star Wars: The Force Awakens will make its grand debut on December 14th in a galaxy far, far away known as Los Angeles, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney and Lucasfilm did not comment on which of the city's theaters would host the premiere. It's also unclear whether any tickets will be made available to the general public, though Hollywood insiders will likely be fighting like ruthless rancors to score their own. The Force Awakens opens for the rest of the United States on December 18th. »

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Rick Moranis Passed on 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Cameo

7 October 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When the highly-anticipated Ghostbusters reboot hits theaters next year, fans will get to see the original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver in cameo roles, portraying completely different characters. One of the original stars who won't be coming back is Rick Moranis, who hasn't appeared in an on-screen role since 1997's Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. During a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor debunked rumors that he has retired, adding that Paul Feig offered him a cameo in his Ghostbusters reboot, but he wasn't interested.

"I wish them well. I hope it's terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago? I took a break, which turned into a longer break. But I'm interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role, »

- MovieWeb

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You're The Worst's Kether Donohue Talks 'Feminist' Episode, That Popsicle Scene, Her Trippy Grease Tryout

7 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

This week, possibly for the first time ever, You’re the Worst may pass the Bechdel Test.

For those unfamiliar with the term, the Bechdel Test was first put forth by cartoonist Alison Bechdel to evaluate fiction: If a film/book/TV show contains at least one scene where two female characters have a conversation that isn’t about guys, it passes muster. (Side note: Most don’t.)

In this week’s installment of the Fxx comedy, “Gretchen and Lindsay discover all they do is talk about men,” star Kether Donohue tells TVLine. “And they set out to change the status quo. »

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Disney's Tomorrowland and Diamond Edition Aladdin Blu-Rays Detailed

2 October 2015 5:20 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

If you're in the mood for some Disney on blu-ray, then you're in luck, as the classic animated film Aladdin and their newest flick, Tomorrowland, are dropping on blu-ray for the first time on the same day.  Come inside to learn more!

One of my favorite Disney animated movies is Aladdin, and it's lack of blu-ray edition is the source of great sorrow, leaving a blank spot on my shelf.  Thankfully, Disney is finally fixing this problem, and bringing the film to blu-ray for the first time with a Diamond Edition on October 13, 2015: 

Disney’s beloved masterpiece will make your heart race and your spirit soar. Experience the laughter, adventure and Academy Award®-winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score) for the first time on Blu-ray and Digital HD. And now Aladdin shines even brighter with never-before-seen tributes to the enchanting talent of Robin Williams, »

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Matt Damon Recalls How Robin Williams Made Him and Ben Affleck Cry on Good Will Hunting Set in 1997: Watch

1 October 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

One of the most emotional on-set moments for Matt Damon came courtesy of Robin Williams. Damon, 44, and childhood friend Ben Affleck, 43, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1997 drama film Good Will Hunting, which featured Williams as Damon's title character's therapist. All won their first Oscars for their work on the movie; Damon and Affleck won the Academy Award for their original screenplay while Williams, who died at age 63 in 2014, received one for his supporting performance. In an interview with E! News carried out before the film's release, Damon recalled how Williams made him and Affleck cry tears of joy. "It was the very first day of shooting and Ben »

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Is the most timely movie of 2015 a Blu-ray release of a movie from 1982?

30 September 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Based on a novel published in 1978, "The World According To Garp" was released in 1982, and yet watching the film on the recently-released Blu-ray from Warner Archive, I was struck by how timely and even urgent the material felt, and how much more adult and daring it is than most of the movies released by studios today. Not only do they not make them like this anymore, but I'd offer the opinion that they never really did. How can a film from 1978 have a better handle on the times we're living in right now than most of the films coming out this year? After all, much of John Irving's novel is a direct reaction to the late '70s and what Irving thought of the social landscape at that particular moment. How relevant could it be today, since we've obviously progressed so much since then? You'd be surprised. For those »

- Drew McWeeny

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