You have 90 minutes left to live, what do you do? That’s the premise of The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, a new screenplay from Daniel Tapitz (Red Dog) to be directed by Phil Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears). The picture centers on the fallout after a stand-in doctor mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient that he has an hour-and-a-half left to live. While the patient goes on a tirade in New York City, attempting to right all the wrongs in his life, the doctor tries in vain to track him down. The high concept comedy stars Robin Williams, Mila Kunis and Peter Dinklage, and has also snared Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is set to start filming this September in Brooklyn. Hit the jump for more.
Though there’s no touching the early wave of classic Disney animated features, when the studio reinvented its animation department in the late 1980’s they had a run of successful and impactful films that deserve to be shelved near those great works. 1994’s The Lion King is the best of that run (which arguably goes from 1989’s The Little Mermaid through to 1999’s Tarzan) and a film that captures much of the same terrain of those classics, but reimagines those stories in a way that feels fresh. It’s a crowning achievement, and the Diamond Edition Blu-ray presents the film in a pristine transfer. Our review of The Lion King on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced today that James Earl Jones, make-up artist Dick Smith, and Oprah Winfrey will receive honorary Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards. We all know that Jones is a legend and it will be great to see him receive an Oscar. For those who may be confused by Winfrey’s nomination, keep in mind that she previously received an Oscar nomination for her performance in The Color Purple. More importantly, the Academy is giving her an Oscar for her countless humanitarian efforts. Finally, for those unfamiliar with Dick Smith, you may have heard of the films he worked on: The Godfather, The Exorcist, Scanners, and Taxi Driver just to name a few. If you like the work of Rick Baker, you owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Smith.
Hit the jump for the press release along with the video of Darth Vader redubbed with lines from James Earl Jones’ other movies. I know it’s old, but it’s still hilarious.
In order to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, eFX Inc. and the 501st TK Project are auctioning off an autographed Star Wars stormtrooper helmet. The helmet was signed by George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Frank Oz, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Billy Dee Williams, Jeremy Bulloch, and Warwick Davis. As of this writing, the helmet is currently selling for $5,100 and would be worth far more if Lucas had written on it “Sorry for the prequels.”
Hit the jump to check out the helmet and the press release. The auction will run until December 24th.
Have you ever wanted to hear what Darth Vader originally sounded like on the set of Star Wars…before George Lucas got James Earl Jones to provide his voice? If you have, hit the jump for some awesome behind the scenes footage.
Ray Parker Jr. has continued to work. You wouldn’t probably know it unless you were a fan. But he put out an album in 2006. At this point, not only is Ray Parker Jr. not afraid of no ghosts, no one is afraid of no ghosts. People may be more afraid of Ray Parker Jr. than ghosts. We like in a post-scared of no ghosts culture. It is hard to know how good busting makes someone feel, though.
Ghostbusters is a bona-fide “classic” now. It’s a loosey-goosey movie, it’s tightly put together, but it feels free. The set pieces never feel stuck in their boxes, and the comedians seem to bring their own sensibilities to the material. Directed by Ivan Reitman from a script by Harold Ramis and Dan Ayroyd, it moves at a quick clip and balances the boo scares with the jokes successfully. It’s one of the film effects driven comedies that works as a comedy first. But it’s Bill Murray’s movie.
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There’s baseball movies…and then there’s the baseball movie.
‘Field of Dreams’ – arguably even more so than the terrific ‘Bull Durham’ – is one of a miniscule few sports flicks that possess significant appeal to the mainstream movie masses. Its dedication to explore the deep-seeded emotion that sport enlivens…versus the reverse approach so common to this genre…continues to keep this movie fresh 20 years since its inception.
W.P. Kinsella’s novel about ousted baseball player ‘Shoeless Joe’ Jackson is wonderfully executed by Screenwriter and Director Phil Alden Robinson, a visual, soundtrack (James Horner) and script gem perfectly executed by its team of A-grade actors.