Over the last decade, the Portland, Oregon-based Laika Studios has not only revived old-school stop-motion animation, albeit with a CG gloss as needed, it’s produced a series of startlingly high-quality films, starting with Coraline and continuing with ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo & the Two Strings, and now their latest triumph, writer-director Chris Butler’sMissing Link, a Victorian-era set fantasy-adventure that gives Laika a perfect five-for-five record. Each film has stretched and expanded the limits of labor- and time-intensive stop-motion animation while also pushing the boundaries of family-oriented storytelling. Each film mixed humor, drama, characters, and, of course, stop-motion animation into a unique whole unlike anything in cinemas over the last decade. (more…)
News about DC Universe’s Harley Quinn animated series is starting to surface. Quinn’s new show seems to be one of the most anticipated original content coming out of the DC Universe. We already know that The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco is cast as Harley, LakeBell joins her as Poison Ivy, and Diedrich Bader comes in as Batman. Thanks to Bader letting it slip during an interview, he’s already done a session with the show’s Joker. The Joker should be very a pretty important part of the story. If used sparingly to strengthen the impact, the character could be a driving force for Harley, assuming they go with a more liberated, post-Joker-break-up-Harley. Who joins DC Universe’s Harley Quinn and the other incredible voice actors that have brought Joker to life?
Who knew Batman could beat box like that? We all knew he could box, and loved to beat up criminals, but would he dare to put the two together so musically? Will Arnett is back as everyone’s favorite caped crusader in LEGO block form to promote The LEGO Batman Movie. Arnett is joined by a fantastic voice cast that includes Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, and Mariah Carey as Mayor Marion Grange. It looks to be a whole lot of fun and perhaps just the touch of levity we’ll all need after all the seriousness of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. (more…)
There is perhaps no villain as mad or sadistic as The Joker. In the course of cinema (and television) the crown prince of crime has been played by great men. Cesar Romero. Jack Nicholson. Heath Ledger. Mark Hamill. Jared Leto. And now… Zach Galifianakis?! (more…)
Two new trailers hit the web today for flicks with two very devoted and eager fanbases: The Hangover 3 and Much Ado About Nothing. Honestly, I never thought I’d ever combine the Bard and the Wolf Pack in one article, but here we are. Hangover 3 is the culmination of a trilogy I don’t think anyone expected would come this far. After their trip abroad the guys are coming back to Vegas for more outrageous insanity. There’s really no description I can give you that’d do the trailer justice, just watch,
OMG. He buys a giraffe. No word on what bad decisions they’ll make or what mayhem will follow, but guys, there’s a giraffe. And the return of Ken Jeong‘s Mr. Chow. The Hangover 3, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, opens nationwide May 24th.
On the other side of the spectrum of comedy comes Joss Whedon‘s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s’ Much Ado About Nothing. In true Whedon fashion he gathered a cast of favorites: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg, and Tom Lenk, and stuck them in a low-budget, black and white, indie flick. Basically, the polar opposite of The Avengers.
Damn, this looks good. Leave it to Whedon to take Shakespeare and make it look unabashedly cool. Oh! And I looked up who Fillion’s playing since the trailer doesn’t say, and it’s the role of the sheriff, Dogberry. And oh man, are we in for a treat with Fillion as Dogberry. It’ll be hilarious.
Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.
A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.
Much Ado About Nothingopens June 7th.
Interested in either flick? Both? Which are more excited to see?
We touched on this briefly in Nerdy Bits earlier today, but since then Stand Up To Cancer and Lucasfilm have released a video celebrating their new collaboration. In it some Star Wars fans, who also happen to be celebrities, reenact famous scenes from the original trilogy to raise awareness for the new charitable venture.
Aziz Ansari, Emma Stone, Andy Samberg, Ed Helms, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jamie King and Samuel L. Jackson all take part is this amusing video. I really wanted this to be outstanding and hilarious, but it just didn’t quite deliver, it’s worth a watch though. Whether it’s funny or not doesn’t really matter , it’s to support the cancer-stopping powers of the organization Stand Up To Cancer. Or at least their possibly, hopefully we’ll one day cure cancer powers.
The t-shirts shown in the vid are available for purchases over at their website, www.standup2cancer.org/usetheforce. But in addition to sweet tees you can also bid on some swanky stuff, like a “one-of-a-kind Star Wars edition 2012 Volkswagen Passat and dinner with filmmakers including George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Chris Columbus and Phillip Kaufman.” Yes, dinner with George Lucas. Maybe you can mention what you thought about the Blu-rays….err, maybe you shouldn’t mention that. To bid on the auction items check out their eBay page.
For those that don’t know who “Tim and Eric” are the insane minds between Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. A show comprised of shorts sketches that ran from 2007 to 2010, starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (naturally) as a sequel to their previous show Tom Goes to The Mayor. With the show finished since May of last year what is a comedy duo to do? How about not only writing, but directing their first feature film Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, with a (bite your tongue) BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET! If that isn’t insane enough they already have a distributor lined up.
Show me the money.
Reportedly featuring Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte and William Atherton; actors that at one point appeared in Awesome Show, Great Job. As for just who is willing to distribute is has been confirmed that distributor Magnolia has officially signed their reputation away to put the “most expensive movie project” into theater for you to enjoy, with a side of coke and popcorn.
The one billion dollar project isn’t a joke either, as in a press release via IndieWire, everyone took their chance to defend the movie-
Will Ferrell said:
“You can’t put a price on creative excellence and we didn’t… maybe we should have, but we didn’t.”
As for the official release news here it is, just don’t take it too seriously. It could be the biggest joke ever seen and the biggest flop since Mars Needs Moms, either that or James Cameron is going to be doing more than kissing ass. Better start shining up those knee pads James.