Think happy thoughts? Not a problem when I'm watching this. I wish it were more than just a skit, however.
Murray may be going gray, but considering how nowadays he tends to works with more serious filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson, it's good to see the older model emerge again. He really is strangely appropriate for the role, as he's the boy who never grew up.More >>
Frozen is Walt Disney Animation's biggest non-Pixar hit since The Lion King, and is poised to be their biggest hit ever when all is said and done. It's been heralded as Disney's best animated musical since the glory days of the early nineties, which produced such modern classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Since its release this past Thanksgiving, Frozen has remained in the top five each weekend, which is almost unheard of in this day of one-week blockbusters with no legs. The movie has been lauded for being Disney's most feminist fairy tale film ever, with both Queen Elsa and Princess Anna being strong female leads. For the Walt Disney Company, which had a pretty spectacular 2013 at the box office, Frozen has been the gift that keeps on giving.
But aside from being super-feminist, which is totally is and deserves every bit of recognition for being so, Frozen also happens to be Disney's gayest animated musical ever made. And, let's face it, that's saying something, as Disney's classic animated musicals are pretty damn gay as it is. Disney is even going to re-release Frozen tomorrow as a sing-along event, which ups the gay factor even more (what's so gay about a sing-along? Go to a sing-along screening of The Sound of Music or The Wizard of Oz, and see how many of my peeples shows up. I'm just sayin') Aside from the sing-a-long, here are eight ways Frozen wears its LGBT colors with pride.More >>
The first look at Nicolas Cage's performance as "Captain Rayford Steele" in the Christian apocalypse remake Left Behind - a role played by Melrose Place's Brad Johnson in the original - does not disappoint. Lea Thompson will be playing his estranged wife, with Chad Michael Murray in the Kirk Cameron role of Buck Williams. The movie is directed by...get this...Harrison Ford's longtime stunt double Vic Armstrong.
Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant, of Reno 911 and Night at the Museum, are scripting, with We're the Millers' Rawson Marshall Thurber directing.
I'm gonna be honest - like I'm ever not - and say I always thought the books kinda sucked. Growing up in Europe, I had the Steve Jackson Fighting Fantasy books first, and then I'd see these books on American visits, and comparatively, they were terrible - basically, you die almost every other choice you make, while the Jackson books had a bit more free roaming up until the final puzzle, which you only then generally failed at.
Basically, the best possible Choose Your Own Adventure games already exist - the branching Laserdisc vidoe games Dragon's Lair and Space Ace give you the full effect better than any non-interactive movie possibly can. Unless maybe you hire an alcoholic projectionist, choose what drink to give him at every reel change, then take your chances on whether or not the film will break as a result of your choice.
Don't tell me nobody projects on film any more. Nobody reads Choose Your Own Adventure books any more either.
On the one hand, it's great news for Harry Potter fans that the young wizard's theme-park space is expanding, with Diagon Alley, Knocturn Alley and the Hogwart's Express. New stores, new restaurants, and a no-brainer roller coaster ride based on the Gringott's bank vault chase from the final film are among the additions opening this summer.
On the other - the new additions are in a different park: Universal Studios Florida, versus Islands of Adventure for the current Hogwarts location. The official excuse is so that you can have the experience of riding the Hogwarts Express back and forth to "London." The actual brass tacks is that you'll need a park-hopper pass to do that. The Gringotts goblins couldn't have come up with a more money-grubbing scheme.
Do me a favor and don't tell my wife about this. Wallet's not ready for the Deathly Hollow that will ensue.More >>
I apologize to anyone offended by the religious language, which is perhaps overly hyperbolic. It's just that nothing shakes my faith in the notion of humanity being created in some divine image more than looking at the book cover above. You know what they say: big feet, big...well, you know what they say.
But what about what others say? Oh, the review quotes - and their sources - are gold:
"If you like a skillfully developed group of characters, a descriptive setting, and a plot that actually has you rooting for the characters, you'll like this read."- Natalia Darque, author of Breeding Mom and Daughter and Breeding the Millionaire
"I'm completely hooked on this series." - Katie Cramer, author of What Money Can Buy and Loving The Alien (Sci-Fi Tentacle Sex Erotica) (Quick and Dirty Reads)
"I'm totally going to drink till I vomit now" - Luke Y. Thompson, author of a post about pube-monsters earlier today.
Dubious thanks to The Daily Beast and SlyDante777 for this one.
The eighth issue of Starlog hit the stands on July 14, 1977, the fifth of the eight-times-a-year issues. Star Wars doesn't dominate quite as much as the previous issue, but it's presence is still felt, and the both the Star Trek movie and the real-life Enterprise continue to sputter.
Yes, you read right - Universal is REMAKING Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, because their total ruination of the story last time (not to mention apparent corruption of young Taylor Momsen) didn't hurt our eyeballs or molest our memories enough. The fact that there's a short cartoon version, which airs every year and is perfect, doesn't seem to matter to a company that reads a book stating "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store" and proceeds to merchandise the shit out of it.
On the plus side: it'll be animated, because Mike Myers so poisoned the well for live-action versions that Seuss' widow has basically nixed them forever (fans of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T may shed a single tear). And maybe, just maybe, it can replace the horrific prior attempt in everyone's minds.
Oh, who are we kidding. Giving the Grinch backstory and motivation, when the original book explicitly says "Please don't ask why" is bullshit. It's going to take a genius to make it anything but.
Is the director of two Gorillaz music videos and the animated parts of Tank Girl a genius? Maybe.
This came out over the weekend, yet since none of you posted it in the weekend thread that I could see, I'm guessing it's New To You (TM). I figure by the time i get around to catching up with this series, I won't remember any of the spoilers. In the meantime, keeping tabs from a premium-cable-less distance, this gives me a handy cheat sheet as to which characters are still in play.
Surprisingly, given how shocking most of the deaths have supposedly been, it seems to me that the characters I'd have pegged as everyone's favorites from the few episodes I have seen (I got screeners of the very first episodes)...are still around. I mean, we all knew what had to happen to Sean Bean, right?More >>