For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Moviemaker Terry Gilliam is revisiting his doomed Don Quixote film project a decade after the release of a documentary that chronicled his failed attempts to get the epic off the ground. The Monty Python star has been trying to adapt Miquel de Cervantes' novel to the big screen for more than two decades, and he almost got the concept up and running when Johnny Depp and French actor Jean Rochefort signed on to star in what became a disastrous shoot in 2000.
The production, which was hit by floods and financial issues, was chronicled in the film Lost in La Mancha.
Gilliam abandoned the project, but revived it again in 2009 with Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor, but that film also fell through due to financial problems.
However, the director remains determined to make a Don Quixote movie, and he plans to start shooting in the Canary Islands in September (14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Reports suggest Duvall is still onboard for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Revered author Irvine Welsh is thrilled after his iconic novel Trainspotting was named Scotland's favourite book of the past 50 years. The gritty tome, about heroin addicts living in Edinburgh, was released to huge acclaim in 1993, and was transformed into a big screen hit three years later (96) starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle.
The book has now topped a list of Scotland's best tales of the last half a century.
Welsh says, "I don't know if Trainspotting is the best Scottish book - I'm far from convinced it's my own best book.
"But I'm obviously flattered just to be on that list of great novels with those amazing writers, especially when I consider some of the brilliant books and my personal favourites that never made it onto this list."
Voters in the Book Week Scotland poll put Lanark by Alasdair Gray in second place, while Ian Rankin took the third with Black & Blue. Iain Banks, who died of cancer earlier this year (13), was at number four with The Bridge, followed by One Fine Day in The Middle of the Night by Christopher Brookmyre.
There’s a thin line between silly and too silly — many movies in the fantasy genre tread this line delicately, and a good number of these leap hastily into the unfavorable side. But when you land just the right amount of absurdity, when a film has just the right grip on the ridiculousness of its source material, the results can be remarkably fun.
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And if there’s one Jack the Giant Slayer seems to be doing in its newest trailer, it’s having fun. Timid farm boy Nicholas Hoult teams up with a gang of fairy tale warriors (led by Ewan McGregor) to take down the race of mythical behemoths who are, ostensibly, terrorizing the world up above — with beanstalk as the only available transit between lands. Throughout the video, corny jokes are cracked, wacky creatures are revealed, and too-obvious-to-pass-up callbacks to the original story are made. And all of it boasts a good time.
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We might not see anything spectacularly new or especially brave in Jack the Giant Slayer, but if the trailer is a good indication, it does look as though we can gear up for an enjoyable hour-and-a-half at the theaters come Mar. 1. Check out the new trailer below:
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I smell the blood of an Englishman!
And his name his Nicholas Hoult.
With a handful of blockbusters to his name, Hoult is one of the brightest young stars working in Hollywood. As if to embody his accelerated rise to the top, his next picture actually has the Warm Bodies actor climbing to the clouds. We see a giant beanstalk, Hoult sees a path to the A-List.
With Jack the Giant Slayer right around the corner, the movie has released seven new stills featuring Hoult, Ewan McGregor, and an assortment of grotesque, towering beasts. Director Bryan Singer's comic book movies X-Men and Superman Returns weren't stretching his imagination enough. From this batch of magical new pics, it's clear the filmmaker's pulling out all the stops. Good thing, too — adventure movies could stand to gain a bit of weirdness.
Check out the new images below and prepare for battle when Jack the Giant Slayer stomps into theaters March 1, 2013.
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Here’s the bottom line: Nicholas Hoult is better than Robert Pattinson.
Stay with me now — before you work yourself into a huff and unleash your super fandom death-stare, let me just clarify some things for you: I’m a full-fledged Twihard. Sigh. Yes, it’s true. I may not walk around with fangs or wear an exact replica of Bella’s engagement ring, but there was once a time when I would openly say to my college roommates, "Oh my God he is such an Edward!" and you could find me excitedly standing in line to see the midnight premiere of [insert Twilight movie here]. Let's just say it is was a dark time in my pop culture-centric life.
So you can imagine my skepticism when I originally saw the trailer for Summit Entertainment’s next supernatural-filled romance flick Warm Bodies. To paraphrase Mean Girls: Stop trying to make zombie movies happen! It’s not going to happen! A zombie is so not the same thing as a vampire — they're way more disgusting. And as far as leading men go, how could this dude in a dirty red hoodie even compare to the perfection that is Edward Cullen?
But then I saw the movie. And let's just say the hilarious, tongue-in-cheek teen rom-com sparked a change in my former vampire-loving heart.
Unlike the Twilight Sagas, Warm Bodies does not take itself too seriously. For one thing, all five Twilight vampire flicks are narrated by Bella Swan, the world’s most melodramatic and monotone teenager, whereas Warm Bodies is verbally guided with the quick-witted and highly sarcastic thoughts of R — a zombie who is trying to deal with his love-struck feelings for a perfectly healthy human. And while Twilight was a romantic drama with a few chuckle-worthy lines thrown in, Warm Bodies is a romantic comedy with a ton of laughs, giggles, and gasps thrown in. It’s definitely a movie that your boyfriend wouldn’t mind being dragged to. And we have Nick Hoult to thank for that.
True, Pattison and Hoult have some things in common: they’re both British, sexy as hell, and portray undead yet overly romantic monsters. But in the race for who is the better heartthrob, sorry y’all but Hoult wins by a landslide. Here are just five reasons this is true:
1. He dated Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Freakin’ Lawrence! Also known as Mystique, Katniss Everdeen, a Golden-Globe winning actress, and the world’s most entertaining interviewee ever. She’s pretty much the epitome of perfection: guys want her, girls want to be her best friend, and she just wants to be her honest, overly blunt, amazing self. And Hoult dated her for over two years! Although the two big-screen stars have recently split, they’re said to still be on great terms. In other news, Pattison is still shacking up with the unfaithful and forever awkward lip-biter Kristen Stewart. Blegh!
2. He’s endearing. As someone who has seen About a Boy seven and a half times (you know, give or take), I was worried that interviewing Hoult would erase all the fond memories I have of him looking adorable while belting out “Killing me Softly” on an auditorium stage. However, in person Hoult is just as sweet, humble, and charming as one could hope. And of course his devastatingly handsome face, British accent, and electric blue eyes, don't hurt his appeal.
3. He’s got TV cred. Hoult is not just another blockbuster babe; he’s also spent his years building up his résumé as a small screen sweetheart. Most notably, Hoult unleashed his inner bad boy as Tony in the UK hit Skins.
4. Movies galore! Unlike R-Patz, Hoult is not going to be forever pigeon-holed as a guy who makes a good zombie (how's that for a compliment?). Hoult's acting roles stretch across all genres. He’s put the fairytale fans under his spell with the upcoming action comedy Jack the Giant Slayer opposite the amazing Ewan McGregor, and in 2014, sci-fi nerds fans all across the world will camp out for days to watch Hoult revive his brilliant role of Beast at the midnight premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Plus, thanks to Warm Bodies, it’s just a matter of time before Hoult is cast as the handsome lead in some genuinely sweet romantic drama, a la The Notebook.
5. He's a great actor. Hoult's performance in Warm Bodies is believable, hilarious and unique. And all he really did was grunt! It’s hard enough to give a swoon-worthy lead performance, but take away the dialogue and you’ve got a whole new set of phonetically-fueled problems. Needless to say, Hoult handled the extra challenge, like everything else, with aplomb.
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James Bond star Daniel Craig has beaten out David Beckham to be crowned the Most Stylish Man of 2012.
Bosses at GQ magazine annually compile The 25 Most Stylish Men list - and Craig has been named the guy with the best fashion sense in 2012.
Zac Efron comes in second with soccer ace and model Beckham in third and R&B singer Bruno Mars in fourth spot.
Ewan McGregor rounds out the top five, while Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson makes the list at six.
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The Trainspotting star follows in the footsteps of actors including Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Richard Gere by landing the prize, and he spoke of his pride after accepting the honour.
He said, "It was amazing arriving and feeling the wave of love from Spanish filmgoers. Thank you."
John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Tommy Lee Jones and Dustin Hoffman were also honoured with the Donostia Award at this year's (12) film festival, picking up their prizes on Sunday (23Sep12).
San Sebastian International Film Festival organisers will recognise the Trainspotting star's contribution to cinema by handing him the Donostia Award at the 60th anniversary of the movie event.
The presentation ceremony will take place on 27 September (12) ahead of the European premiere of McGregor's latest drama, The Impossible, about a family caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
The Scottish star is in good company as the latest recipient of the Donostia prize - previous winners include Glenn Close, Pretty Woman co-stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, as well as Sir Ian McKellen, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep.
Well this one looks like a heartstrings-puller, folks. Summit Entertainment has released the trailer for their new film, The Impossible via Apple Trailers, which tells the harrowing true-life story of a couple named Maria and Henry (played by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, respectively). The married couple and their three boys are on vacation in Thailand in 2004, right at the time of the tsunami that shook the island nation to its core. The story divulges the mayhem of true-life terror and the compassion of the human spirit in times of chaos.
From the look of the trailer, the film looks like a rollercoaster of emotional interest: devastating, compassion, and the intimate relations of those in crisis; a story of heart and harrowing circumstances.
The Impossible heads to theaters right in time for the holidays, December 21, 2012.
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