Tagged With: Comedy

Headline News Viacom Inks LOVEFiLM Streaming Deal

Amazon’s LOVEFiLM makes a deal with Viacom International Media Networks to add hundreds of hours of popular reality TV series, comedy and children's entertainment on the LOVEFiLM Instant streaming service.

Headline News Comedy Central Announces Comic-Con Lineup

Comedy Central descends upon San Diego Comic-Con with a multitude of events, including panels for Workaholics, Ubisoft' South Park video game title, The Stick of Truth, Brickleberry, and Futurama

Headline News Fox TV Restructures Animation Division

In a move that consolidates its comedy department, 20th Century Fox TV’s Jonathan Davis has been promoted to executive vice president, comedy development and animation; senior vice president of animation Jennifer Howell will report to Davis.

Blogs Madagascar 3: The Thought-Out Franchise

DreamWorks' MADAGASCAR series has always been its attempt to bring a Looney Tunes vibe to animated features. In the third installment, the frenetic pace of classic Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck shorts is turned up to 11. While the series has never produced anything truly inspired, it has delivered entertainment and here Alex and friends get into the entertainment business.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 27

Live, from the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011, entertainment's own comedy pangea, Dino Stamatopoulos, is paid to sit down with the very Joel Frenzer and Alan Foreman for the most overmodulated audiophonic conver-senation* about his animated series Morel Orel and Mary Shelley's Frankenhole. Topics include: writing for adult animated comedy while drinking, drinking for adult animated comedy while writing, star-shaped facial hair, adopting classical horror literary author names into titular innuendo forever linking them historically, and poutine.

Blogs THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011) (***)

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11:58pm

Steven Spielberg has made a rousing globetrotting adventure that harkens back to his early INDIANA JONES films. Using performance capture, he brought to life Herge's world-renowned comic strip character in a strangely realistic and surreal way. The lightning paced action scenes will be well accepted from the videogamer set, while older audiences might want it to have slowed down a bit to let us meet these characters.

Blogs SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (2011) (***)

For a continuing franchise it's so often the quality of the villain that makes the series longevity. The hero never changes, or we think that is the case. It's a good villain that pushes the protagonist to the edge. This is the case with the introduction of Professor James Moriarty into Guy Ritchie's steam punk version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective.

Blogs CARNAGE (2011) (***)

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 11:46am

Roman Polanski adapts Yasmina Reza's dark comedy play for the screen. For better and worse, Polanski, who co-wrote the script with Reza, doesn't adapt the film very much. Outside of a dialogue free opening and closing in a park, the rest of this dialogue-heavy production takes place in one New York apartment. Primarily his top notched cast keeps the film from crumbling under its weaknesses.

Blogs YOUNG ADULT (2011) (***1/2)

Director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody last collaborated on the Oscar nominated JUNO. Cody won the Oscar for her screenplay, her first produced script. Some thought she was a one hit wonder following her entertaining, but not all that original, horror flick JENNIFER’S BODY. YOUNG ADULT proves them wrong.

Blogs THE ARTIST (2011) (****)

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 11:11pm

Michel Hazanavicius' effortlessly charming dramedy is really like discovering a lost film from the silent age. The director of the popular French OSS 117 spy spoof series recreates every aspect of a black and white silent film of the 1920s. From the classic 1.37:1 aspect ratio to the title cards to the dramatic pitch, he gets all the details right. His performers nail the acting style, which is a key to the film's success. But it's not just a gimmick. It's a reminder that sometimes words get in the way of visual storytelling.

Blogs HUGO (2011) (****)

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 6:13pm

What could a 3-D family film from Martin Scorsese be like? With HUGO now as an example, the answer is magical. And it's a magic that Scorsese is best suited to bring to life — the magic of the movies. At one point, a young boy visits a movie studio and the director leans down to him and tells him if he's ever wondered where his dreams come from this is where they are made.

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