In their first season, John & Jessica won the season's opening Leg and earned an Express Pass. Then, just a couple episodes later...http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-pri
In their first season, John & Jessica won the season's opening Leg and earned an Express Pass. Then, just a couple episodes later...http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-pri
Here’s what’s up in the world of television for April 20. All times are Eastern.
Salem (WGN America, 10 p.m.): Salem? We hardly know ’em! Yes, if Zack Handlen’s pre-air review is any indication, the preceding wordplay is just about as clever as the World’s Greatest Newspaper’s first foray into scripted original content. One the bright side: If you’re looking for a way to perk up Easter dinner, the various sinners and heretics gathering in Salem ought to restore life to even the most ham-laden family gathering.
Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 7 p.m.): The Belchers are the only Animation Domination family that has to work on Easter. Figures. Alasdair Wilkins would be similarly bitter, but at least his work doesn’t involve manning a fryolator.
The Good Wife (CBS, 9 p.m.): The title of tonight’s episode ...
I'm about 1/3 of the way through A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Wartime stories are not something I delve into for light reading, but I'm finding it really well-written. It's keeping my interest, even though I don't have a lot of time to devote to it right now. So far, I'd recommend it!
Luc Besson’s return to full-tilt action filmmaking with “Lucy” revved up the crowd at the Universal presentation at WonderCon on Saturday.
Set for release Aug. 8, “Lucy,” written and directed by Besson, stars Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule who ingests some contraband and finds herself with enhanced abilities, apparently because the chemicals enable her to access more of her brain. (Johansson has been on a professional run lately, with turns in films including the Academy Award-winning “Her,” in which she gave voice to a sentient operating system; April’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Under the Skin”; and next month’s indie restaurant movie “Chef,” directed by Jon Favreau).
In Anaheim on Saturday, Besson screened two sequences from “Lucy,” the first of which showed Johansson’s character learning to exploit the powers she’s unlocked by taking advantage of more of her brain capacity. The second showed a crash-heavy car chase through the streets of Paris.
Although the reception of the footage was positive, one fan’s question — asking Besson to answer critics who said the filmmaker hadn’t released anything good recently — made for an awkward moment.
“I don’t know and I don’t care,” Besson said. “I do films for [the fans] and that’s it.”
He continued by saying, “People forget that when I did ‘Nikita’ and ‘The Big Blue,’ the critics were very bad. The films have become classics now, but at the time, they were criticized the same way.”
Besson also waved off a suggestion that he reunite with Johansson for a Marvel spinoff film centering on Johansson’s Marvel spy Black Widow.
“I’m scared of spiders,” Besson said.
He did reveal that he’s interested in opposites, which is why he has made so many action films with strong female heroes.
“We always present the man as the strongest guy and the woman in back crying that he’s gone,” Besson said. “I want to show the strongness of women and the weakness of men. If suddenly Terminator starts to cry and says he misses his mom, then I’d be interested.”
Besson’s cast has a diverse flavor — it also includes Morgan Freeman, “Oldboy” star Choi Min-Sik and Egyptian actor Amr Waked.
Although the film is about a woman accessing her own higher intelligence, Besson admitted that “Lucy” took him 10 years to write.
“I guess I’m not so intelligent,” he said.
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Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here ready to rock your cinematic universe with a handful of fun shorts created and submitted by kickass AICN readers like you and me. Below you will find a seemingly random selection of films ranging from the absurd to the down right hilarious, but please - rest assured - you will no doubt find a film you'll fall head over heals for. (It's a fact.) So fans of animation, science fiction, awkward and slightly pretentious humor - you've come to the right place. I've said this before and I'll say it again: I'm a legitimate fan of all of the film's I've been privileged enough to screen here, so if you're a filmmaker and you're sitting on a short debating whether or not to send in an email (to mike@aintitcool), do yourself/me a solid and just shoot it at me! I love finding new voices and there's a whole hell of a lot talent out there, so reach out if you're at all inclined. Now that's enough jibber jabber - let's rock some shorts, eh?
Go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:
Let's kick this punk rock party off right with a brand spanking new film from Saturday Shorts alum Phil Hawkins. Phil created this short for the Sci Fi London Film Festival wherein an individual has only 48 hours to conceptualize, write, shoot, cut,
A couple of weeks ago we revealed LOTRProject’s new interactive map of Middle-earth — complete with key dates, events and character movements for events of the Second Age and Third Age.
Now Emil Johannson has reached back into the events of the Elder Days of Middle-earth’s history, creating a similar interactive map that depicts the key events of the elves’ war against Morgoth on a map of Beleriand.
Use the menu on the right-hand-side to reveal various events, places and key dates. You can also use it to track the journeys of the three great heroes of the Edain: Tuor, Turin and Beren (and Luthien). Click here, or on the image to check it out.
Kenny Brian revealed, Emma Stone loves Jennifer Lawrence, Sofia Vergara thinks it's OK to pay for sex
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1888: Daniel Hall, art director for the movie in episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY.
1912: George J. Morgan, executive producer of the movie in episode 812- THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED UP ZOMBIES.
1914: Sue Dwiggins, writer and producer of the movie “Monstrosity,” seen in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN, and original screenplay writer for the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
1918: Herschel Burke Gilbert, musical score composer for the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1923: Joe Lanza, choreographer for the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1942: Richard Delvy, music arranger and composer of the title song for the movie in MST3K pilot, THE GREEN SLIME.
1955: Chris Balton, assistant cameraman for the movie in episode 1012- SQUIRM.*
1959: Robert Pritchard (age 65), who did the sound for the movie THIS ISLAND EARTH, riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1974: Pat Somerset (age 77), editor the movie in episode 202- THE SIDEHACKERS.
1992: Jimmy Lennon Sr. (age 79), who played the ring announcer in the movie in episode 616- RACKET GIRLS.
1996: Alexander D’arcy (age 87), who played the monster Gary in the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.
1998: Aram Katcher (age 76), who played the factory window washer spy in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1946: Marie Windsor, who played Josie in the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS, married Ted Steele.
1959: Rance Howard, who appeared in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS along with his son Ronny Howard, celebrates the birth of his other son, future actor Clint Howard.
1967: The movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007 is released in Italy, its country of origin.
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** = If this appears next to a death date, the IMDB does not have this person’s full birthday. If you can provide it (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.
Now that we have processed that Stephen Colbert replaced David Letterman next year, the focus of the comedy world can shift to other big moves that we’re made this week. Fox ADHD is being taken off the (broadcast) air, Don Rickles is getting a deserving tribute, Maya Rudolph’s variety show special is finally going to make it to NBC, and there are a lot more more hot topics at the “comedy water cooler”. Below, find out the rest of what’s going on in The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now:
And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.
Which story has your funny bone most tickled this week? Let us know in the comments below.
Nerdist News is at WonderCon in Anaheim this weekend, and Jessica Chobot and the intrepid team of ace reporters is/are all over the place to bring you all the action. On a special Saturday edition, you’ll see Jessica signing at the Nerdist booth, a whole lotta cosplay, Clarke Wolfe with Andy Serkis from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Malik Forte with Jason O’Mara from the event for Son of Batman, Dan Casey talking to writer-producer Simon Kinberg, and an epic Deadpool costume contest, featuring San Diego Padres Deadpool.
You can find us at WonderCon at Booth 1410. You can find Nerdist’s WonderCon schedule here – look for us. And be there Sunday at Noon in the Arena (one-time home of the Anaheim Amigos!) for the Nerdist Industries panel. Lots going on with us….
Although not as slick as the Step Up movies, Make Your Move is a corny delight.
Here is the central reason why dance movies work so well: They cannot be faked. Explosions are now done entirely by animators, stunt men are rendered against green screens, and even most stunt driving has been handed over to the experts in CGI. But dancing, when filmed well, has to be done by real dancers who learned real moves and real steps and choreographed a real routine. There is a very basic form of entertainment to the dance movie, and it all boils down to the dancing itself. If the dancing is great, then you need little else. Indeed, if the story begins to get in the way, it may prove to be a detriment; a natural extension of a good dance movie is a corny story.
Duane Adler’s Make Your Move (not to be confused with Step Up, Take the Lead, Stomp the Yard, or any other dance films with an imperative verb in the title) is everything a dance film needs to be. It has dance-talented leads, a hugely charismatic lead actress, an interesting enough story, and enough dance sequences to keep the movie afloat. Indeed, there is a dance sequence in the middle of Make Your Move wherein our handsomely bland hero Donny (Derek Hough) and our chirpy and wonderful heroine Aya (Korean pop idol BoA) seduce and undress one another – in dance – as a form of foreplay. The foreplay dance is one of the best dance numbers I’ve seen in any dance film.
And what is the story? Well, not that it strictly matters, but Make Your Move is essentially a Romeo and Juliet story. Romeo is a New Orleans ex-con named Donny who is trying to get a job in New York at his brother’s dance club. His brother is played by Wesley Jonathan. Juliet is the aspiring dance crew leader Aya, whose brother runs a rival dance club across town. The former club is underground and raucous. The latter club is snooty and high class. Both feature star dance acts as their draw. Donny tries to get on stage in both clubs. Aya has been forbidden. Aya also finds herself torn between her new romance with Donny, and the story’s Paris, a broad yuppie stereotype named Michael (Jefferson Brown) who seems to have escaped wholesale from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, complete with a slicked-back ’80s hairdo.
Make Your Move takes place in a very modern multi-culti universe of unbelievably sexy people. I appreciate the modern trend of an incidental rainbow coalition of characters. I think this trend was codified by the Fast & Furious movies.
As Aya, BoA is a starlet worth keeping an eye on. In a film that only required her to play a shrinking violet with a hidden dance talent, BoA brought a good deal of humanity and charm. She smiles, giggles, and sparkles her way through every scene. Hough is serviceable as a leading man, but it’s the lovely BoA you’ll be looking at. She didn’t just Make Her Move, she Took the Lead. Indeed, there are a lot of small moments of quiet personality that make Make Your Move stand out. Supporting characters have more character than they are required to have, and there are a few throw-off gags that are actually funny.
Is the dialogue awful? Yes, it is. The screenplay is built of nothing but clichés and mucilage. But like I said, dance movies kind of require a tin ear approach. The story only need to be strong enough to carry the dance. Anything more involved would overshadow the sheer, pure joy of the dance. So when BoA gets up on a stage in an abandoned church to audition for the requisite Broadway Hotshot by dancing with her drumming crew, we feel nothing but joy. There is no longer anything at stake, but to watch a pretty and talented pop star performing well. The dancing isn’t perfect (for perfect dancing, I will refer you to the now-immortal Step Up 3D), but it’s spirited.
Make Your Move. Shoddy, but good. Adler, by the way, is the mastermind behind Step Up, Save the Last Dance, and Make It Happen. The man is a genre unto himself.
Rating: 3.5 Burritos
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Joshua Stone reports from Wondercon:
IDW has announced their third Artist’s Edition featuring art by Walt Simonson, Manhunter and Other Stories, to be released in September. It will include the Manhunter story from the classic 1973 Detective Comics backups, along with Simonson Batman, Dr. Fate, Metal Men, and Captain Fear material. IDW Special Projects Editior Scott Dunbier shared that IDW will announce another DC Artist’s Edition at the Big Wow convention.
In October, IDW will be releasing an Artist’s Edition of John Buscema‘s Silver Surfer. It will not include a complete 1st issue, but as much as IDW was able to track down, plus later Buscema issues from the series and other material.
Scheduled for July is an Artist’s Portfolio for Lawnmower Man, a Stephen King short story adapted by Walt Simonson which appeared in Marvel’s Bizarre Adventures #29 in 1981. The portfolio will include 21 pages and the cover.
Follow Joshua Stone on Twitter @1Nerdyone
Besides having a bit of a recharge, watching Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews gave me lots of inspiration for Old Religion oppression. My version of the OR (reconstituted) is probably going to be a touch more semitic than celtic, but Judaism is quite pagan in its own way. And when you're dealing with a religion that's been decimated a few times and is in the process of reconstruction in its native land, Judaism is pretty good model.
This is a little bit of "repeated news," but what the hell…why not offer another update on Insidious Chapter 3.
Back in March, we spoke with Leigh Whannell, writer and co-star of the Insidious series, who said this about the upcoming third film now in development at Blumhouse Productions. "It felt like writing the first film, because I was dealing with a different family and a different group of people really, so I felt that it's very simple. I think the first film is a very simple film–a haunting happened to this family–and the second one was a bit more complicated to plot out, so this one, it's good to go back to the original way."
A recent Tweet that Whannell made – and is obviously getting picked up again – somewhat reinforces that.
Insidious 3 is a lot more like part one than two. I'm working on it right now, so thought I'd tell those who care where it's headed.
— Leigh Whannell (@LWhannell) April 18, 2014
After Insidious Chapter 2, I would presume it would be "back to the basics" for the series since the Lambert family story arc featured a modicum of closure.
The post Whannell Insists Insidious Chapter 3 is More Like First Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
i think i mentioned textsfromtng , which is stuff from texts from last night put on TNG screencaps.
and through that i discovered textsfromtos (quality varies), textsfromdeepspacenine ,stvoyagertextsfromlastnight (apparently abandoned, with varying quality & a harsh-on-the-eyes background) & brand new textsfromthearchercrew
i may have to get a tumbler thing to keep up with this stuff.