Monthly Archives: August 2013

Disney

Disney has kicked off production on “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” the first live-action film adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 illustrated children’s classic. The film, directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. Shooting in the Los Angeles area, with locations in the cities of Pasadena and Arcadia, the San Fernando Valley and Melody Ranch in Newhall, the film hits cinemas nationally in November, 2014.

Steve Carell (“The Way, Way Back,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” the forthcoming “Foxcatcher”) and Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “Juno”) star as Alexander’s upbeat parents. The veteran performers are joined in the film by a trio of young talents that includes 16-year-old Dylan Minnette (“Lost,” the upcoming “Prisoners”) as Alexander’s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorsey (TV’s “Ray Donovan,” “Moneyball”) as sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould (“Puberty Blues”), who makes his big-screen feature debut as the film’s title character, Alexander.

Emmy® winner (and Golden Globe® nominee) Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) also joins the cast, along with Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie,” “Legally Blonde,” TV’s “2 Broke Girls”) and Bella Thorne (“Shake It Up!”).

The film is produced by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Date Night,” “Real Steel”), Emmy® nominee and CEO of the Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson, and 21 Laps Entertainment President Dan Levine (“The Internship,” “Along Came Polly,” “Freedom Writers”). It’s executive produced by industry veteran Philip Steuer (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Oz The Great and Powerful,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy) and Jason Lust (“Whip It,” “The Waiting Game”).

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Director Arteta’s key filmmaking team includes cinematographer Terry Stacey (“50/50,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”), two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“The Blind Side,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” HBO’s “Game Change”), and two artists with whom he has previously collaborated: Oscar-nominated film editor Pam Martin (“The Fighter,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Youth in Revolt”) and veteran costume designer Nancy Steiner (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Lost in Translation,” “The Good Girl,” “Youth in Revolt”).

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” published in 1972, was written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz. The endearing, enduring classic (with more than 2 million copies in print) became an ALA Notable Children’s Book while also winning a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award, and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book. Viorst followed this book (inspired by her own three sons’ childhoods—Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas) with two sequels: “Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday” (1978) and “Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” (1995). The 1972 original was first adapted to the small screen as a half-hour HBO animated musical in 1990 before Viorst collaborated with composers Charles Strouse (music) and Shelley Markham (musical score) for a 1998 stage musical at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on the show Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films ‘The Best Offer’, ‘You’re Next’, ‘Stoker’, ‘The Rocket’, ‘Red 2′, ‘What Maisie Knew  and ‘Jobs’ . This episode also features interviews with the Sharni Vinson, Ashton Kutcher and the cast of ‘Red 2‘.  The boys also have a look at actors who have taken the brave decision to act against type.

We also launch our competition in which you have a chance to win a copy of ‘Kon-Tiki’ on DVD thanks to Transmission Films.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

In Episode #46 of ‘The Good The Bad Ugly Film Show’ the boys took a look at who they thought were the best ever child actors, let’s have a look at their selections.

GREG KING’S LIST

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Judy Garland
  • Kurt Russell
  • Jodie Foster
  • Brooke Shields
  • Anna Paquin
  • Macaulay Culkin
  • Frankie Muniz
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Roddy McDowall
  • Brady Bunch Cast (Eve Plumb)
  • Christina Ricci
  • Natalie Portman
  • Haley Joel Osment
  • Ron Howard
  • Tatum O’Neil
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Christian Bale
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Ben Oxenbould
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas
  • The Olson Twins
  • Devon Sawa
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • Angourie Rice
  • Garry Pankhurst
  • Henry Thomas
  • Jake Lloyd
  • Freddie Highmore
  • Leonardo DiCpario

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Photographed by John Tass-Parker

  • Natalie Portman
  • Jodie Foster
  • Haley Joel Osment
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Linda Blair
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • Josh Peck
  • Rufus Read
  • Jacob Kogan
  • Isabelle Fuhrman
  • Eloise Laurence
  • Pierce Gagnon
  • Asa Butterfield

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Hanna Mangan lawrence

  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Sebastian Gregory
  • Hannah Mangan-Lawrence
  • Bailee Madison
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Mila Kunis
  • Christian Bale
  • Abigail Breslin
  • Rachel Miner
  • Bijou Phillips
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Joshua Jackson
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Rupert Grint
  • Emma Watson
  • Tom Felton
  • Tom Holland
  • Tom Russell
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • James McKenna
  • Michelle Williams
  • Robert Capron
  • Matthew Krok
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • WORST LIST – Macaulay Culkin
  • WORST LIST – Jaden Smith

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Michelle Williams

  • Different Strokes Cast
  • Macuarly Culkin
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Jonathan Lipnicki
  • Michelle Williams
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Danica McKellar
  • Jack Wilde
  • David Faustino
  • Christina Ricci
  • Henry Stevens
  • Jaleel White

 

Castlecomer

Sadly, Castlecomer have experienced a significant personal loss and being a family band, have cancelled this leg of the tour to be close to home.  They apologise for any inconvenience and will be offering full refunds for tickets purchased. The boys are hugely disappointed and hope to reschedule these show dates.

Jobs

Summary: Ashton Kutcher gives the performance of his lifetime in this highly anticipated drama based on the life of the most influential figures of the 21st century. Starring as Steve Jobs, Kutcher takes us on the inventor’s rocky journey from college dropout to billionaire entrepreneur, detailing the rise of Apple computers and his take-no-prisoners attitude.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Screenwriter: Matt Whiteley

Cast: Ava Acres (Young Lisa Jobs), Paul Baretto (Reed Jobs), Ness Bautista (Carlos Kidd), Annika Bertea (Lisa Jobs), Abby Brammell (Laurene Jobs), Duncan Bravo (Zen Roshi), Amanda Crew (Julie), David Denman (Al Alcorn), Kevin Dunn (Gil Amelio), Ron Eldard (Rod Holt), Nelson Franklin (Bill Atkinson), Josh Gad (Steve Wozniak), Brett Gelman (Jeff Raskin), John Getz (Paul Jobs), Lukas Haas (Daniel Kottke), Eddie Hassell (Chris Espinosa), Evan Helmuth (Francis), Brad William Henke (Paul Terrell), Eldon Henson (Andy Hertzfield), Lenny Jacobson (Burrell Smith), Clint Jung (Gareth Chang), Mark Kassen (Jud), Aaron Kuban (Ethan), Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs), Giles Matthey (Jonathan Ive), Abigail McConnell (Joanna Hoffman), Matthew Modine (John Sculley), Dermot Mulroney (Mike Markkula), Dennis Nicomede (Professor Andrews), Ahna O’Reilly (Chris-Ann Brennan), Masi Oka (Ken Tanaka), Robert Pine (Ed Woolard), Victor Rasuk (Bill Fernandez), J.K. Simmons (Arthur Rock), Lesley Ann Warren (Clara Jobs), James Woods (Jack Dudman)

Runtime: 127 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘JOBS’:

David Griffiths: Stars(4.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Jobs’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Jobs’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Jobs’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #47

Adam Ross: Stars(2)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘Jobs’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #47

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Jobs (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Jobs′: Nil.

Trailer:

Red 2

Summary: Frank Moses and his motley crew of retired assassins return for a second outing.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, France, Canada

Director: Dean Parisot

Screenwriter: Joe Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Warren Ellis (characters), Cully Hammer (characters)

Cast: Philip Arditti (Arman), Steven Berkoff (Cobb), Nathalie Buscombe (Serena), Brian Cox (Ivan), Garrick Hagon (Davis), Emma Heming (Kelly), Tom Hodgkins (Snyder), Anthony Hopkins (Bailey), Khalid Laith (Al Said), Tristan D. Lalla (Vance), Byung-hun Lee (Han Cho Bai), John Malkovich (Marvin), Neal McDonough (Jack Horton), Helen Mirren (Victoria), Mitchell Mullen (Wade), Mary-Louise Parker (Sarah), Tim Pigott-Smith (Director Phillips), Martin Sims (Blackwell), David Thewlis (The Frog), Vlasta Vrana (General McKennon), Bruce Willis (Frank), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Katja)

Runtime: 116 mins

Classification:M

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘RED 2’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Red 2’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Red 2’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Red 2’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Red 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Red 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 47 for our in-depth review of ‘Red 2.’

Trailer:

The Rocket

Summary: Fathers, sons and fireworks sit at the centre of The Rocket, the tale of a seemingly cursed Laotian youngster beset by misfortune at every turn. Only his sheer determination in the face of danger can light the path to a new life, as he endeavours to save his family by figuratively and literally shooting for the sky – with the help of a James Brown impersonator.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Kim Mordaunt

Screenwriter: Kim Mordaunt

Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe (Ahlo), Loungnam Kaosainam (Kia), Alice Keohavong (Mali), Thep Phongam (Purple), Sumrit Warin (Toma), Bunsri Yindi (Taitok)

Runtime: 100 mins

Classification:M

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE ROCKET’’:

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Rocket’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(3.5)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘The Rocket’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #47

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  The Rocket (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Rocket′: Nil.

Trailer: