Marley and Me - Training Dog Actors

There are plenty of good dogs that audiences have fallen in love with on the big screen over the years. Even the canines who play very bad dogs are good dogs. Obviously, they’re very well-trained, and if you’ve ever wondered exactly how filmmakers get the dogs to pull off key moments in movies, an animal trainer breaks down a few scenes featuring prominent canine actors being very good dogs. Find out how training dog actors makes for movie magic in Marley & Me, A Dog’s Journey, and more. Read More »

Movies Being Adapted Into TV Shows

TV companies are going crazy trying to mine film libraries for the next big television series, because why come up with an original untested idea without an established brand name title, right? I almost included the movie to television series trend in my 9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate article last month, but I decided it was too soon to make that judgement.

While I’m already tired of seeing the announcements, I really loved Fargo (and I really mean LOVED — it’s my favorite television series of the year), I’m still enjoying Friday Night Lights/Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims‘ About a Boy, and I know many people who really dig Hannibal, Bates Motel, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. So it’s hard for me to condemn it at this point.  And yes there are also GothamConstantine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I consider those shows comic book adaptations.

You might be shocked to learn that there are currently over 30 television shows in development right now based on big screen movies. Which are good ideas? Which sound horrible? After the jump, I attempt to rank all of the movies being adapted into TV shows, by concept from worst to most promising ideas.

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Over the past several weeks, we’ve cheered, sighed, and rolled our eyes as the networks have ordered project after project based on old movies. But NBC’s latest announcement may be the first to make our eyes well up.

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a Marley and Me TV series, a follow-up to the 2008 dramedy directed by David Frankel. Based on the memoir by John Grogan, the film followed the ups and downs of Grogan’s relationship with his dog. Hit the jump for more on the Marley and Me TV series.

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observeIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the ideal business situation for 3-D glasses at theaters, get excited about Duncan Jones’ Moon, deconstruct the awfulness of Marley & Me, and reflect on the brilliance of Jody Hill. Special guests Katey Rich from Cinemablend and Whitney Matheson from USA Today’s Popcandy blog join us.

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

Buy It

Generally this is where I’d try to convince you that the DVD at hand is worth buying. But given that in this particular case the movie is Slumdog Millionaire, I fail to see the point. Between the constant praise we’ve lavished on the film over the past 5 months on the /Filmcast, the almost unparalleled critical and audience acclaim its received, and the numerous awards its won at the Golden Globes and the Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Director), there’s no excuse for not having seen it (or at the very least, having plans to rent it ASAP). Considering that Danny Boyle’s previous film (the terrific Sunshine) went almost completely overlooked in 2007, it fills me with great joy to see him hitting people’s radars in such a substantial way this soon afterwards.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Commentary by director Danny Boyle and actor Dev Patel, commentary by writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson, a ‘Slumdog Dreams: Danny Boyle & The Making of Slumdog Millionaire’ featurette, 12 deleted scenes, and a ‘Slumdog Cutdown’ feature.

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Amazon – $16.99

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Where? Target.

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I recorded this short video blog the day on Wednesday, the day before Sundance kicked off. Friends from various movie news outlets around the world have begun to show up in Park City. In this video blog we talk with Kevin Kelly from Spout about what films he’s most looking forward to at Sundance 2009. Kelly turns the spotlight into an opportunity to give Alex Billington of FirstShowing “the business”. And Vic Holtreman from ScreenRant goes on a rant about why he hated Marley and Me. Warning: Possible spoilers for those who havent seen the film.

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Marley and Me Teaser Trailer

Mareley and Me

20th Century Fox has released the teaser trailer for the big screen adaptation of Marley & Me. I’ve never read John Grogan’s New York Times bestselling book, but I’ve heard from friends that it is both hilarious and heartwarming. And it seems to me that anyone who has ever had a pet would be able to relate with this story. But many of those same friends were shocked at the typical romantic comedy-esque casting of Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. And the short teaser below doesn’t quarm my uninformed preconceptions with the duo. Tell me what you think in the comments!

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The official book cover description follows: The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-pound streamroller of a Labrador Retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged into drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good -Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these.”

And yet, his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. He shared the couple’s joy at first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a 17-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

source: marleyandmemovie

Fox Reshuffles 2008 Release Schedule

20th Century Fox

Yesterday, Paramount/Dreamworks made the decision to rearrange a lot of their 2008/2009 release calendar. And today 20th Century Fox has joined the schedule reshuffle game. If the “theory of three’s” is true, another major studio will also announce a reshuffle by weeks end. Here are some of the Fox changes:

The Eddie Murphy family comedy Meet Dave (formerly titled “Starship Dave“) has been moved back from May 30th to July 11th. Dave was originally set to go head to head with Sex and the City: The Movie, and will now compete with Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Paramount’s Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder was originally set to open on this July date, but was moved to August.

With Paramount pushing JJ Abrams’ Star Trek from it’s previous December 25th release, it opened up prime real estate, which Fox will fill with the big screen adaptation of Marley and Me starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Marley was originally set to open one week before Christmas. Marley and Me will now go head to head with the Adam Sandler family fantasy comedy Bedtime Stories.

source: Variety

GI Joe

Paramount Pictures has announced domestic release dates for Peter Jackson‘s next film and the upcoming live-action G.I. Joe feature film, and Fox has set a date for Marley and Me. Let’s take a look into the future, so get out your calendars.

Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best selling novel The Lovely Bones will hit theaters on March 13th 2009. The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci star. The movie is currently in production.

Stephen Sommers’ live-action big budget G.I. Joe movie gets a late Summer 2009 date: August 7th 2009. No casting announcements have been made. Tony Scott’s adaptation of The Taking of Pelham 123, starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, is also scheduled for the same release date.

It is also worth noting that Fox2000’s adaptation of Marley and Me has been scheduled for a December 19th 2008 release. Based on the memoir by John Grogan, Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in the story of a family that learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

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