Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today we have a nice mix of shows that don’t even exist yet, shows that have already been cancelled, and everything in between. After the jump:
- Baz Luhrmann is making his first foray into television
- Tina Fey plans tostick to television after 30 Rock ends
- Carlton Cuse brings Richard Alpert to the Bates Motel
- Christopher Guest adds old friends to his HBO comedy
- Revolution star David Meunier will return to Justified
- Rita Wilson will not go naked on Girls, if you were curious
- Here’s what would’ve happened on Terra Nova Season 2
- AMC offhandedly reveals The Walking Dead renewal
- Fringe‘s final season gets an intense full-length trailer
- See Haley Joel Osment in It’s Always Sunny ad
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The Magic of Belle Isle is a dramedy about a “wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing.” But more importantly, its the new film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rob Reiner, the director of This is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, The American President, The Story of Us, and The Bucket List. With a list of credits like that, you would think a new film from such a talent would be big news, but Reiner has been playing it pretty low key for a few years now. Many people missed his 2010 film Flipped, which was a touching coming of age film of yesteryear. Reiner doesn’t seem to care about making contemporary movies anymore, and instead is aiming to make the types of films that we all grew up with.
Belle Isle stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll, Kenan Thompson and Fred Willard. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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This review has two spoilers and they are labeled as such in the article.
If that twat Leona Helmsley had seen Wall-E she probably would have left $8 billion to an unkempt robot trash compactor. Or by default Pixar. The nonpareil animation studio’s ninth film is arguably their best, a touchstone for the current culture that will outlive us all and make its way into lonely, lonely space one day strapped beside There Will Be Blood. I’m not overlooking the “contrarians’” views of the film either; Wall-E is definitely a hypocritical vacuum of sorts, vaulting its strong wake up, shape up and save-us-all-from-Wal-Mart message into millions of laps dampened by extra large sodas, fast-food flatulence and sweaty anticipation for an endless sea of Wall-E merch.
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At Comic Con this year, WALL-E director Andrew Stanton confirmed that there would in fact be a live action element in the upcoming Pixar film.
“We’re not doing anything like Happy Feet,” said Stanton. “There is a live action element involved but that’s the most I can say.”
And that is a good thing because I thought the live-action integration in Happy Feet was very off putting. Last month actor Jeff Garlin added that he is the “only animated character that speaks” in the film. Garlin plays the Captain of a starliner ship, which most of humanity (now couch potatoes) call home.
“A lot of the film is silent and they’re robots so they make noises and such and there’s sound but I’m one of the only characters that speak â€“ not one of them â€“ I am the only animated character that speaks,” Garlin said. “There’s another character but I can’t talk about it. But I’m the only animated character that speaks.”
The film follows a small Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class robot (or WALL-E for short)’s fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future. We’ve wondered for a while now who this other character was and if he was the live action element of WALL-E. And thanks to Rotten Tomatoes, we now have the answer:
The Live Action Element of WALL-E is… Fred Willard. You know, the guy from the Christopher Guest mockumentaries. Apparently Willard plays Shelby Forthright, the CEO of the Buy N Large corporation.
“[Buy N Large] practically owns everything in the world. It’s kind of a take off on Wal Mart.”
You can actually visit the official website for the fictional corporation at buynlarge.com. So how will a live-action Fred Willard look in the computer animated world of Pixar? Well…
“I appear on a TV monitor but I’m more than a voice. Jeff Garlin is a voice but people are saying, ‘Oh, you’re a voice.’ No, I actually appear. People will say, ‘Oh, that’s Fred Willard.’”
Having the live-action human character on a monitor might be a lot less jarring than seeing a human interact with with the Pixar animated characters. Willard has already recorded his footage for the film, which hits theaters in June 2008.
Photo credits: Futuristic TV, Spaceship Hallway