San Diego Comic-Con is many things to many people. For collectors, it’s both an opportunity to find something they’ve long desired and pick up new things that will only be for sale those four days. Action figures, ornaments, books, comics; you name the category, and there’s a Comic-Con exclusive.
With the limited edition poster craze lead by Mondo, Gallery 1988 and others, posters are becoming highly-sought after Comic-Con exclusives. This year, Mondo will again have their own booth filled with limited edition, exclusive delights; artist Kevin Tong will have his own booth for the first time ever; and three popular artists, Tim Doyle, Dave Perillo and Tom Whalen, will have have limited editions screenprints at the Huckleberry booth.
Presented by popular retailer Toddland, the aforementioned artists have done prints interpreting the TV shows Land of the Lost, Yo Gabba Gabba. H.R. Pufnstuf and The Aquabats. We’re proud to exclusively premiere them below. Read More »
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Honesty isn’t always fun, but in environments where it is a rare commodity honesty can provide entertainment like nothing else. Ronald Meyer is the head of Universal Studios. He’s a US Marine who co-founded the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1975 and became president of Universal in 1995. He has held that post ever since, through six regime changes. He’s doing something right, even when he does things wrong.
The question is, which of these things was wrong: making Land of the Lost, The Wolfman and Cowboys & Aliens, or publicly admitting that the movies were mistakes? While appearing at the Savannah Film Festival, Meyer talked with surprising candor about Universal’s recent fortunes and the state of the studio’s business today. The quotes in the headline are just the beginning. Read More »
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have announced the “dis-hours” for the year in film that was 2009. Michael Bay and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was the big “winner”, taking home three awards: Worst Screenplay (Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci must be proud), Worst Director and the not so coveted “Worst Picture of 2009″.
Sandra Bullock, who is up for a Best Actress Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards for the movie The Blind Side, takes home two dishonors: Worst Actress (for her performance in All About Steve) and Worst Screen Couple (shared with Bradley Cooper for, yes, All About Steve).Bullock had said that she would accept her award in person if she won, and was true to her word. You can watch a video clip of Bullock’s acceptance speech embedded after the jump.
The Razzies also awarded Battlefield Earth with Worst Picture of the Decade. Check out the full press release, which includes a full list of winners, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 by David Chen
In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley ring in the new year with thoughts on Total Recall, Land of the Lost, and Youth In Revolt. Also, some thoughts on Sam Mendes doing Bond, Spidey IV being scrapped, and the classic Casablanca. Special guest writer/director Rian Johnson joins us this week (and felt incredibly honored to do so). Rian’s latest film, The Brothers Bloom, is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray.
You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us in next week on at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review The Lovely Bones.
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A Reuters piece that’s been making the rounds this weekend speculates that Hollywood may be thinking twice about banking on A-list celebrities in the future. The piece points to recent low-budget and star-free fare like The Hangover, District 9, and Paranormal Activity that each went on to be wildly successful, and contrasts them with big-budget, star-studded flops like A Christmas Carol, Land of the Lost, and Funny People. The overall lesson seems to be that star-power doesn’t have nearly the draw that it used to, and that budgets aren’t much of a factor for audiences either.
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DRAG ME TO HELL
The only thing missing from this bit of glorious schlock-o-rama is 3D. So many gag-inducing substances are splattered in and around Alison Lohman‘s mouth, the central conflict of the film might as well be her trying to keep her face clean. This fiendish display of gore and grue, combined with an underlying sense of dark, campy comedy that’s carefully balanced against the film’s otherwise serious tone, is not something that’s likely to appeal to all horror buffs. Those looking for an original storyline and unique characters are going to walk away unimpressed. However, as I’m sure any other Evil Dead fan will also tell you, Sam Raimi‘s horror expertise extends less to the general plot of his films and more to his enthusiasm and creativity with all of the scenes in between. When a girl is being haunted in your typical horror film, it’s generally a matter of going through the motions, showing us the same damn thing we’ve seen time and time again while we anxiously wait for something exciting to happen—often to no avail. In a Sam Raimi film though, you better believe that girl is going to get the shit kicked out of her, and as her frail body flies across the room, you won’t know whether to laugh or cringe. You’d think the PG-13 rating would’ve forced Raimi to show some restraint, but the ensuing torment is presented with such relentless ferocity—always playing on just the right visual/aural buttons—he manages to leave other R-rated horror films in his dust. Without a doubt, Drag Me to Hell is one of my favorite movies of the year, and sits right alongside Trick ‘r Treat as one of the best two horror films of ’09.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Includes both unrated director’s cut and theatrical versions of the film and production video diaries.
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So classic that it will probably land an endangered video store employee on the cover of Purple magazine, the official Troll 2 shirt from Austin’s Mondo Tees more than earns its price in sunglass-dips from geek broads. Ahem, unlike a certain pair of Mooninite pants. Many of our readers know that /Film and the /Filmcast’s love for the 1980s cult classic turned pop-cult phenom runs double deep. And it’s not just us. In 2009, the magically wretched horror-fantasy became immortalized as the Best Worst Movie of all time. Generally speaking, however, this particular /staffer is not big on wearing movie-related apparel. I have an innate fear of becoming Comic Book Guy. And—Spoiler Alert—the day I get burrito sauce on a T-shirt from, say, George Lucas‘s factory while watching Magnum P.I. at 2 p.m. is the wasted day I kill myself.
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One of the most recycled, one-note, inexplicably dated bits in the history of SNL, “MacGruber,” is still moving forward as a feature film. Shooting has started in New Mexico on the 2010 release, with SNL writer and Lonely Island member, Jorma Taccone, making his theatrical debut as a director. Personally, I’d rather see Taccone reprise Cha-Ka in a spin-off or sequel to Land of the Lost, but his performance (and that rad film) sadly await discovery on Netflix. Just wait. Let’s skip the existential dilemma that is a 95-minute MacGruber sketch, and get down to its all-important rating. In an interview with Vulture, co-star, Bill Hader, defends the film, saying that a theatrical leap is by no means “a stretch.” Also, in discussing the script by star Will Forte, John Solomon, and Taccone, Hader says that the film should earn a “fucking ugly” R-rating. If so, it will join John Belushi’s The Blues Brothers as one of the rare R-rated SNL films….
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