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Ten Terrible Movie Titles

  • Cinelinx
Movie titles don’t necessarily make or break a movie on their own, but this is a look at ten movies where their titles didn’t do them any favors.

In the realm of zaney movie titles, I can appreciate those that are trying to be fun or silly, like 1964’s The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies or even Dude, Where’s My Car? Those are passable because they actually give you an idea of what to expect while perhaps generating a chuckle or a shake of the head. I can even deal with lame puns and wordplay in titles, as long as they make sense for the material at hand. Examples include Blacula! or Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. Even titles that are so straightforward they end up being dumb aren’t lying or misleading to us, and so they shouldn’t
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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie review: grab the Bolly, darling

Sends up one-upwomanship, egotistical self-help, and reflexive hedonism with zing. It is a sheer triumph to see two older women being really funny onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): love the TV show

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Did model Kate Moss fall off that balcony at a glitzy London fashion party, into the Thames and presumably drowned, her body lost to the currents of the river? Or was she pushed? Oh, of course she was pushed! But was it an accident, or did legendary PR veteran Edina Monsoon mean to take out the fashion icon?

Sweetie! Darling! Anyone who knows Eddie like we do knows she would never intentionally destroy her goddess, especially not when she was hoping to snag Moss as a new client. And know Eddie well we certainly do, we lovers of the BBC sitcom that
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‘Garfield’ Animated Movie in the Works at Alcon

‘Garfield’ Animated Movie in the Works at Alcon
Alcon Entertainment has secured exclusive rights to produce animated theatrical motion pictures based on the comic strip Garfield.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove made the announcement Monday. The company acquired the rights from Jim Davis, creator of the Garfield comic series and brand who will also serve as an executive producer.

Alcon said its goal is to build a franchise of fully CG-animated Garfield feature films. Alcon has a long-standing output deal through Warner Bros.

Kosove and Johnson said, “Jim Davis’s creation has been an international sensation for all ages for decades, and we are thrilled to bring an animated Garfield feature to the big screen.”

The Garfield comic strip debuted in 1978. It follows a cynical and lazy orange cat and his interactions with owner Jon Arbuckle and fellow pet Odie, a dog.

John Cohen, producer of “Despicable Me” and the recently released “The Angry Birds Movie,
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Bill Murray Should Hire an Agent Already

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Bill Murray Should Hire an Agent Already
"Did you know that Bill Murray doesn't have an agent? He just has an 800 number and answering machine." I remember exactly where I was when I heard about how Murray manages his career, just like some people remember when they first heard about Keith Richards snorting his dead dad's ashes. It's one of the best pieces of Bill Murray folklore, right up there with how he's always crashing house parties. But it hasn't helped his work much. Just look at his recent filmography. If you forget about his work with Wes Anderson and flukes like Get Low and Zombieland, it's been a pretty dire stretch since 2005's Broken FlowersThe Lost City, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, City of Ember, The Limits of Control, Passion Play, Hyde Park on the Hudson, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, The Monuments Men, and his latest, the treacly dramedy St. Vincent,
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Blu-ray Review - Short Circuit (1986)

Short Circuit, 1986.

Directed by John Badham.

Starring Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey, Brian McNamara and Tim Blaney.

Synopsis:

An experimental military robot becomes sentient after being struck by lightning and befriends a young woman, who attempts to help him from being recaptured by the army.

Let's take a trip back to a simpler, more civilized age - the 1980s, where military robots enjoyed nothing better than settling down in front of the TV to watch old Marx Brothers movies or busting out some John Travolta dance moves to Saturday Night Fever, as opposed to obliterating humanity and taking over the world. Well, that's not quite true of course (one only needs to look at The Terminator for evidence of that), but it's certainly the case when it comes Number 5, the protagonist of director John Badham's (the aforementioned Saturday Night Fever) 1986 smash hit sci-fi comedy Short Circuit,
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Hop Director Tim Hill Pitches Playdate To 20th Century Fox

Tim Hill has come to represent a name studios can trust when it comes to family entertainment. His directorial credits include Muppets from Space, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, the first Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop. So when the writer-director . whose credits also include the massively successful SpongeBob SquarePants franchise . announces plans for a family comedy titled Playdate, you can understand why studios would be willing to take a chance on the project. Hill will write and direct this new effort for 20th Century Fox, according to Deadline. Plot details are being held close to the vest, though it is being revealed that Hill will co-write his treatment with Dave Johnson. The title suggests something that happens during a playdate, though that easily could be a bait-and-switch for any type of story, really. It.s too soon to guess. There.s very little guesswork when it comes to
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Short Circuit reboot: has its director blown a fuse?

The man who brought us Alvin and the Chipmunks is promising an edgy remake of the 80s classic about a wisecracking robot

It's probably a good thing we've all calmed down about Michael Bay's origin-molesting remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because otherwise this news might have pushed us over the edge for good. You see, not only is Short Circuit going to be remade, but this time it's going to be edgy.

Director Tim Hill has been speaking to the La Times about his plans for a rebooted Short Circuit. But, instead of addressing some of the bigger concerns about the original – like maybe not having an actor in brownface as one of the leads this time, or perhaps demonstrating a robot has gained consciousness in a way that doesn't involve him looking at some soup or laughing at Jew jokes – he used the interview to reel off
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‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ + Robots = ‘Short Circuit’ Reboot

According to The Hollywood Reporter, newcomer Matthew Lieberman has been signed to write the Short Circuit reboot going on over at Dimension Films. He’d previously written the not-at-all-liked Dr. Doolittle: Tail to the Chief which went straight to video on the coattails of the Eddie Murphy movies, but this project is an interesting way to get a foot in the door of the feature world. What’s more important is that Tim Hill is set to be the director. Hill’s recent work includes Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hop and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (apparently everyone involved loves “tail” puns). All of that sounds awful, but once upon a time, Hill also directed Muppets From Space. How someone got from weird and wonderful to boringly broad and homogenous is anyone’s guess. Forget it, fans. It’s Chinatown. That’s sad, but the most fascinating thing about bring back Johnny Five to life is
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‘Short Circuit’ Remake Snags Writer

The Short Circuit remake has been a bit of an odd prospect. In fact, unlike so many other upcoming remakes and reboots, the jury is still kind of out on whether this particular project is a good or bad thing. While children of the ’80s like myself have fond memories of the original John Badham film starring Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens, there’s a whole new generation that is pretty much unawares that that film existed. According to our own Screen Rant rules for remakes, that means this remake is fair game.

Of course, the news that Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties director Tim Hill was going to be helming the Short Circuit remake has been something of a mixed blessing - so news that ...

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Hop Director May Bring Walter The Farting Dog To The Big Screen

It pains me to say this, but apparently Tim Hill, the director of Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop, is apparently is high demand. Just yesterday it was reported that the filmmaker has been hired by Dimension Films to helm a remake of Short Circuit and now he's landed yet another gig. THR has it that Hill has been selected and is currently in negotiations to helm Walter the Farting Dog for Paramount Pictures. The Farrelly brothers, who were attached to direct while the project was still over at Fox, will now serve as producers along with Mary Parent, the former worldwide motion picture group chairman at MGM. Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, who wrote the Garfield sequel that Hill also directed, wrote the script based on the books by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, and Audrey Colman. The series follows a family who own
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Tim Hill to Direct ‘Short Circuit,’ ‘Farting Dog’

Tim Hill has landed two new directing gigs this week: Dimension Film’s Short Circuit remake and Fox’s family comedy titled (seriously) Walter the Farting Dog.

Hill is perhaps best known for directing bar-lowering hybrids like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, and Hop, and is a disappointing step sideways from the previously attached Sc director, Steve Carr, who gained recognition recently from the abysmal Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

In other words, any hopes of Dimension’s remake capturing the same whimsical camp as the 1986 flick seems to have disappeared. The original movie starred the once ubiquitous Steve Guttenberg and centers on an experimental robot named Number 5 who, when electrocuted, becomes sentient and escapes the lab. Now, Dimension is planning a 21st century update where the lovable robot “befriends a lonely boy and his fractured family.”

Deadline reports the project has languished since hiring Carr and screenwriter Dan Milano,
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Alvin and the Chipmunks Director to Remake Short Circuit

Back in 2008, Dimension Films acquired the remake rights to "Short Circuit" and hired original "Short Circuit" writers SS Wilson and Brent Maddock to pen the script. Then Dan Milano ("Robot Chicken") was brought on to do a re-write. "We're bringing Number 5 into the 21st Century and taking advantage of the improvements in robotics that are so massive that robots are now performing heart surgeries in hospitals," said producer David Foster, adding that the robot's look won't change. And then finally in 2009, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" director Steve Carr was signed to helm. Things apparently didn't work out, because Deadline is now reporting that Tim Hill (Hop, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties) has replaced him. The original 1986 "Short Circuit" film revolves around an experimental robot manufactured to be a weapon until a lightning strike fills it with intelligence. It runs away and befriends a fractured family,
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Tim Hill to Helm ‘Short Circuit’ Reboot

Number five is alive! Dimension Films signed director Tim Hill to helm the reboot of “Short Circuit.” The 1986 film is about a talking robot that becomes alive after a lightning strike. The original film starred Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg. Hill directed a few live-action animation hybrid films including “Hop,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” and “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.” Dimension Films optioned the rights to a remake film back in 2009 for director Steve Carr and screenwriter Dan Milano. According to Deadline, Hill is also brought in to supervise a new script.Source: Deadline
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New Deals: Tim Hill on 'Short Circuit', Branagh on 'Guernsey Literary'

A couple of updates on directors. First up, via Deadline, Dimension Films is signing on Tim Hill, director of Muppets from Space, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop, for their Short Circuit remake/reboot, about the robot Johnny 5 who comes alive. We've known this was coming for quite a while, so it's no surprise. The script is getting revised by Hill, from an original draft by Dan Milano. David Foster, who produced the original, is producing with Ryan E. Heppe & John Hyde. Secondly, THR/Variety are reporting that Kenneth Branagh is considering drecting the Fox adaptation of The Guernsey Literary. Kenneth Branagh is considering an offer from 20th Century Fox to direct an adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a 2008 novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows that follows an author swarmed by letters from inhabitants of her
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Hop Director May Helm Reboot Of Short Circuit

We've been hearing about a potential Short Circuit remake for half a decade now. It began in 2006 when the project was first announced, continued in 2008 when it was announced that Dimension Films picked up the rights, and kept going when it was reported that Steve Carr had signed on to direct. In all that time the project has never managed to make its way out of development hell, but leave to a Hollywood studio to never let a bad idea die the death it deserves. Deadline reports that Dimension Films is now in talks with director Tim Hill to reboot Short Circuit. Hill is best known for his work in the field of CGI/live-action hybrid films, having previously made Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Alvin and the Chipmunks and, most recently, Hop. The original film centers on a robot named Johnny-5 that is built as a weapon for
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Three More Years of Don Draper And "Mad Men"? Does That Mean We Get Disco Hamm?!?!

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My gifted gourmands, I'm sure by now you "Parks and Recreation" fans have had a chance to play on Tom Haverfoods, but you might maybe not have seen Ben & Jerry's Ron Swanson ice cream. (Pleated Jeans)

Delightful. I'm guessing, however, that the participants in Naked Bike Ride Day have been laying off the B&J. There is only a thin layer of body paint keeping these photos Sfw, so click with caution. Also, Naked Biking? Ouch. (Boing Boing)

Speaking of things I wouldn't want to do naked (or clothed for that matter), this Russian diver helps cajole a Beluga whale. . .only she has to do it naked. . .because of science or something. These photos are stunning but now I have Raffi stuck in my head. Earwhale'd. (Daily Mail)

Ahhh, sweet release, this new Britney Spears video drove the Raffi right outta my brain. Listen, she's autotuned to hell (like Cher
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Review: Hop Is as Fresh as a Stale Peep

Review: Hop Is as Fresh as a Stale Peep
The ads for Hop tout it as the new picture from the creators of Despicable Me; what they really mean is that it's from the director of Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. That would be Tim Hill, and his work in has none of the special charms of Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's cheerfully disreputable concoction. Hop features no misanthropic baldies, no dead-guy pancakes, no cradles made of discarded missiles. All we get is a runaway rabbit and a grown-up who's too lazy to get a real job. Talk about bait-and-switch.
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Let's go through the Hop poster

It may look like the contents of a clown's stomach, but the ad for this shameless ploy to sell chocolate at least talks to the kiddies

Have a guess which confectionery-centric holiday Hop aims to tie in with? There are truckloads of candy, and chicks, and chocolate bunnies, and digitally rendered bunnies sporting pink berets and layered plaid shirts. Its target is Easter, of course, or at least Easter as imagined by the creatively bankrupt residents of Hollywood's movie production world, an imagination vacuum where good and original ideas increasingly appear to be outlawed at birth.

Hop is the latest picture from the man behind Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, a double-dip directorial CV that explains why the poster-makers decided to omit any mention of his involvement in favour of some people who had a hand in creating the altogether more palatable Despicable Me.
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‘Hop’ped Up

By Chris Allsop

(March 2011)

Tim Hill, director of “Hop” and formerly head writer for “SpongeBob SquarePants,” has a proven track record of creating animated productions with a broad appeal.

In “Hop,” the Easter tradition is threatened when the Easter Bunny’s heir apparent — the young E.B. — runs away to pursue his own musical ambitions rather than follow in his father’s chocolate-egg-delivering footsteps. The family comedy combines live action with seamless CG animation, as well as a fairly eclectic cast that includes James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Elizabeth Perkins, Hugh Laurie, Gary Cole and the man or myth that is David Hasselhoff.

Besides his television work with Nickelodeon and Disney, Hill’s directorial CV includes “Muppets from Space,” “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Naturally, Hill majored in French literature with a focus on French cinema at Berkeley. He says the disparity between
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‘Hop’ped Up

By Chris Allsop

(March 2011)

Tim Hill, director of “Hop” and formerly head writer for “SpongeBob SquarePants,” has a proven track record of creating animated productions with a broad appeal.

In “Hop,” the Easter tradition is threatened when the Easter Bunny’s heir apparent — the young E.B. — runs away to pursue his own musical ambitions rather than follow in his father’s chocolate-egg-delivering footsteps. The family comedy combines live action with seamless CG animation, as well as a fairly eclectic cast that includes James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Elizabeth Perkins, Hugh Laurie, Gary Cole and the man or myth that is David Hasselhoff.

Besides his television work with Nickelodeon and Disney, Hill’s directorial CV includes “Muppets from Space,” “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Naturally, Hill majored in French literature with a focus on French cinema at Berkeley. He says the disparity between
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