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My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.
To a certain extent, the Kevin Spacey-as-sassy-feline comedy Nine Lives was screwed by timing. Considering the political climate of the past year and a half, there has never been a worse time to ask a mass audience to become emotionally invested in the spiritual growth of an arrogant, hyper-masculine, hyper-competitive New York billionaire intent on sticking his name on the biggest building in the world. True, Spacey’s character, Tom Brand, is overtly based on Richard Branson. A good rule of thumb for cinematic billionaires: If they’re introduced doing a crazy stunt, then they’re based on Branson. If their defining character is dumb hair, they’re likely to be modeled after the president-elect.
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- Nathan Rabin
This review is based on the first four episodes, which were provided prior to us.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was a Ya book series like few others, one that relished in the morose, the bizarre and the tragically hilarious lives of the Baudelaire children, a trio of precocious, remarkably-astute orphans struck with endless tribulations after their house is burned to the ground, everything they owned is destroyed and their parents are horrifically consumed in flames — and that’s before they meet Count Olaf, their wicked, deprived, massively selfish legal guardian who’ll stop at nothing to steal his adopted kids’ enormous fortune.
It was a deliciously absurd, gleefully disdainful, compulsively wicked and thesaurus-friendly 13-part collection, the kind that tickled the fancy of the right kind of young literary consumer (notably, those who enjoy their comedy dark), though one that didn’t quite get the cinematic transition »
- Will Ashton
Prepare yourself for a creepy and enticingly psychological series soon to hit Netflix next week. Debuting on January 13, Neil Patrick Harris stars in the new series A Series of Unfortunate Events. Set to follow the story line of the books – and movie – there is plenty riding on this series as a testament to fans everywhere, and for new fans craving that scary excitement.
Harris will be playing Count Olaf (I know, we’re excited too) while there are plenty of new names starring in the show. Usman Ally (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is set to play the Hook-Handed Man while Matty Cardarople (The Big Sick) plays the Henchperson of Indetermined Gender and John DeSantis (Van Helsing) plays the Bald Man. As for the kids Klaus and Violet Baudelaire, they’re played by Louis Hynes and Malina Weissman (Nine Lives).
While there are plenty of new names, we sure are excited to »
- Catherina Gioino
After a series of film flops such as “Miss Sloane” and “Nine Lives,” EuropaCorp knew it needed to shake up its distribution system before the release next summer of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” With a budget of more than $170 million, the sci-fi epic is one of the most expensive independent films ever made. It’s also a passion project of EuropaCorp founder Luc Besson, who directed the movie.
On Tuesday, EuropaCorp announced that it was bringing in Stx Entertainment, the studio behind “Bad Moms” and “The Gift,” to oversee the marketing and distribution of “Valerian.” The two companies have signed a multi-year pact that will find EuropaCorp outsourcing its theatrical distribution team.
“Due to Luc’s track record and the excitement surrounding the upcoming release of ‘Valerian’ and a number of other factors, we found ourselves in the attractive position of being courted by many different »
- Brent Lang
4 items from 2017
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