Most days, I love my job. Other days, I’m forced to watch the trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Yep, the squeaky-voiced CGI hellions are back for a third installment of their regrettably successful film franchise. Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney return as the Chipmunks, along with Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, and Amy Poehler as the Chipettes and Jason Lee and David Cross as human beings. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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This Friday, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will hold the fifth Crazy 4 Cult art show, an annual exhibition which I’ve called the super bowl of pop culture art. I am so jealous of all my fellow Los Angelans who are able to attend this week. I’ll be away in Texas, but I can’t complain as I’ll be bringing back my girlfriend with me (the big move, exciting). The great guys at G1988 have given me a bunch of art from the show to premiere on the site.
After the jump you will find part one of our preview, which includes a new Back to the Future-inspired piece by the great Eric Tan, Monster Squad and Better Off Dead pieces by /Film favorite Dave Perillo, an incredibly multi-level Scott Pilgrim vs. The World piece by Jim Horwat, Alex Pardee‘s tribute to a new cult classic, Rubber, and more. So what are you waiting for?
Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Scoff all you want at the Alvin and the Chipmunks series but there are two numbers you simply can’t scoff at: $217 million and $219 million. From budgets under $100 million a piece, that’s how much the first film and its Squeakquel grossed domestically. So it was absolutely no surprise when 20th Century Fox announced they’d be making a third movie and the teaser trailer has just been released. Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked, directed by Mike Mitchell, features David Cross, Jason Lee and others but no humans show up in the 35 second trailer. It’s just the chipmunks and one of the most obvious and uncomfortable movie references ever. Chipwrecked will be released December 16. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Fans of Pawnee, Indiana and Kenny Powers are going to want to pay attention. Gallery 1988 has premiered posters for NBC’s Parks and Recreation as well as HBO’s Eastbound and Down to go along with their upcoming presentations at PaleyFest 2011. For Parks and Recreations, Mike Mitchell (who did the famous I’m With Coco poster) pays homage to Casablanca while Derek Deal was inspired by 1985 Topps baseball cards for Eastbound and Down. Both posters will go on sale at their respective events this week and all leftovers will go on sale on Gallery1988.com. Check out the full images of each poster after the jump. Read More »
‘Shrek Forever After’ Director Mike Mitchell to Helm Next ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks'; May Not Be in 3D
Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 by Adam Quigley
With ‘Squeakquel’ no longer a part of the title, my feelings of disdain toward the prospect of an Alvin and the Chimpunks sequel lessened considerably. Credit for that was surely due to the current allure of 3D, as putting ‘3D’ in the title seemed to satisfy the studio’s need for gimmicky wordplay just fine. Now there’s word that the latest entry in the franchise may not be in 3D after all, which is worrying if only because it means there’s a greater likelihood that we’ll instead be subjected to some god-awful pun.
Moreover, problems have arisen for production of the film, which is set to begin at the start of the new year. The original plan was to have Squeakquel director Betty Thomas (The Brady Bunch Movie, Private Parts, Doctor Dolittle) return for the third film, but she’s decided to pass on the project for unknown reasons*, leaving Fox in need of a new director and fast.
*My guess? The project wasn’t as creatively challenging as I Spy. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 15th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
If you’re a regular reader of /Film, then you know that Gallery1988 in Los Angeles hosts some of the coolest pop culture-focused art shows in the universe. We’ve featured a lot of art from their Crazy4Cult shows in past editions of Cool Stuff.
Their latest show, The Greatest Moments in Sports History, is sports related. And while it contains some cool artwork from some of the artists we’ve grown to love and support, it isn’t necessarily /Film material. That said, a couple artists decided to pay tribute to The Coen Brothers’ comedy classic The Big Lebowski. I ran into Gallery1988 owner Jensen Karp at a cool event over the weekend (more details about that event will follow later this week) and he told me that they only have a dozen or so prints left of my favorite, Mike Mitchell‘s The Dude Invitational (seen cropped above). Prints are available of all the art included after the jump. But act fast before it disappears forever.
DreamWorks Animation has premiered the first photos from Shrek Forever After in Wednesday’s edition of USA Today. One of them can be seen above, the other (of Donkey), can be seen in the linked article. There are a bunch of new tidbits revealed in the article, including the story details, information of when we can expect the first trailer and new casting. We’ve rounded up all the tiny details, after the jump.
DreamWorks Animation has announced plans to release five feature films every two years, up from their previous two films a year schedule. The company cites their “three very successful franchises” as one of the reasons to produce an extra film every other year. Apparently the plan is to release one or two sequels a year, as well as an original project, all of which will be produced in digital 3D. Check out the full schedule after the jump.
Shrek the Third hits theaters later this month and DreamWorks Animation is already setting up the sequel. The studio is in negotiations with Mike Mitchell to direct the fourth film. Tim Sullivan penned the script, and Josh Klausner recently did a rewrite. No word on what the Shrek 4 will be about, but one would suspect that it would include all the usual players (include the three new additions to the Shrek family). Mitchell’s filmography includes Deuce Bigalow, Surviving Christmas, and Sky High. It’s interesting that a big franchise film like Shrek can’t attract a more competent director. You would think that people would be jumping at the oppurtunity to be attached to the next summer hit film. I mean, it can’t hurt your resume (especially Mitchell’s resume).