While the mainstream is fetishizing the ’90s, a crew is still looking back at the forgotten corners of ’80s pop culture. IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon is from exec producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. (Steele and Piedmont wrote.) It is designed as a spoof of ’80s event television, and skewers stuff like The Thorn Birds; beach lit stories that, in their small-screen incarnations, are forgotten by most people who weren’t around to watch them the first time.
The series is about the Morehouse oil tycoon family, with Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig among the leads. (Jessica Alba, Jelly Howie, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, and Steve Tom also show up.) Below, watch a trailer in which Maguire narrates a brief history of the family, culminating with the ominous memory of the Morehouse son Winston. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
As James Franco prepares to debut his latest directorial effort, Child of God, at Venice and Toronto, another of his movies is on its way to a Telluride premiere. Palo Alto wasn’t helmed by Franco, but it was based on his short story collection and stars Franco in a key role.
Instead, it’s Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford and niece of Sofia and Roman) who directed this drama, which follows several interconnected plotlines in the suburban town of its title. Emma Roberts leads the cast as a teenager who gets romantically involved with her soccer coach (Franco), while Jack Kilmer (son of Val) and Nat Wolff play a pair of troubled kids. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Rick Moranis isn’t locked in for Ghostbusters 3 yet, but if you’re curious where he thinks his character Louis Tully would’ve ended up, he has some ideas. Also after the jump:
- Peter Jackson discusses the extended cut An Unexpected Journey
- … and you can check out new behind-the-scenes pic from Desolation of Smaug
- Jack Horner says the most recent Jurassic Park 4 plot “didn’t pass muster”
- Lorenzo di Bonaventura has been in touch with actors about Red 3
- Aussie electronic duo Empire of the Sun will score Dumb and Dumber To
- Benjamin Bratt talks about replacing Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2
- Doug Jones is still holding out hope for a third Hellboy
- Val Kilmer‘s Heat sequel idea involves being married to Natalie Portman
- See a poster for Warwick Davis‘ (fake) proposed Willow sequel
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are living in the past. The modern TV “event series” has its roots in, well, Roots, and other mini-series adaptations of popular epic fiction. The late ’70s and early ’80s saw a rash of highly-touted adaptations of historical novels and family sagas, with the runaway success of Roots followed by Jesus of Nazareth, Shogun, The Thorn Birds, The Winds of War, and many more.
The basic format has changed little today — you’ll still see mini-series novel adaptations with a high-profile cast and a budget that outstrips some television. but there’s a way of advertising these events that has changed a little bit.
For their IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon, Ferrell and McKay are taking aim at those TV events, and they’ve appropriated the old ’80s ad style to go along with it. Or a comic version of it, at least. I don’t know if this will work on people under 30, but anyone who was watching TV in the late ’70s and early ’80s will chuckle at this spot. (The series features Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and Haley Joel Osment, but none of them show up in this teaser, just warning.) Read More »
What kind of destruction is Electro causing on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Is there an update to the Morris Chestnut/Black Panther question? Want to see the best Iron Man 3 TV spot yet? Has Bryan Singer adopted another kind of social media on the set of X-Men Days of Future Past? Did someone post a description of the new Man of Steel trailer? Where can you see Val Kilmer as Batman, once again? How does UFC Champion Georges St. Pierre feel about appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
With Disney’s announcement earlier today of a Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, set for 2015, it’s extremely interesting that they’d also choose today release a brand new glimpse of Planes. The Dory reveal started a lot of conversation, both on this site and Twitter, about Pixar’s recent penchant for sequels. Planes isn’t a sequel, nor is it a Pixar film, but many fans are going to assume both things when it’s released this Summer. So let’s set the record straight.
Planes is a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars, created by Disney Toons Studios. They’re the company that primarily does Direct-To-DVD films, and this film was originally intended as a video-only release. When John Lasseter (who created and directed both Cars films) got his hands on Planes, he decided it was bigger than that and it’ll get a full theatrical release August 9 under the Disney banner.
What you’ll see below is your first footage from the finished film, which recently announced Dane Cook as the main voice. It looks…incredibly exciting. Visually impressive, lots of speed and action. But it does bring up the issue of Disney going back to the well time and again.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Disney’s Cars spin-off Planes is getting a boost from a high-profile voice cast. Following Dane Cook‘s casting last month as protagonist Dusty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Teri Hatcher, John Cleese, and many more have signed on to fill the supporting cast. There’s even a mini Top Gun reunion going on, with Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. Get details on and images of their characters after the jump.
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