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Shows You Should Be Watching: 'InfoMania'

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2010 10:00AM
InfoManiaIf you're not familiar with the cable channel Current TV (the one started by Al Gore), you're probably not familiar with the show 'InfoMania'. I would describe it this way: it's 'The Daily Show' meets 'The Soup,' with a dash of 'Best Week Ever.' I know, I know, you're saying to yourself, why do I need to watch yet another show that takes news and entertainment clips and gives them a snarky spin?

Well, that's a great question, person who says things to themselves. You need to watch this because it's a one-stop for all of the things you don't have the time or energy to keep track of and watch.

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Even Movie Makers Love TV

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 9th 2010 11:23PM


I took a little break from this column last week because in my other life – the one not spent glued to the tube – I help run a 5-day film festival in the smallish Canadian city where I live. Running a film festival is not unlike running film – there are actors, directors and producers on hand, a general sense of panic, long hours, and really good after-parties, and with luck a critically-praised result.

This was my first year working on the film fest and I expected to be way out of my depth when it came to conversation. After all, I'm a small screen kind of girl. I even slipped up while introducing a panel of filmmakers, talking about how their films had "aired" the night before. Apparently, films screen, only TV shows air.

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Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly are Finished with TV When 'Lost' Ends

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:35PM
Fox, LillyYou hear it from TV stars all the time: after someone stars on a TV show (especially a popular one that lasts 5 or 7 or 10 years), they say they're never coming back to television again. They want to graduate to the film world and see how things go there. David Caruso could probably warn you against saying that, but TV stars keep saying it anyway.

The latest with that plan are 'Lost' stars Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly. Fox says he's done 300 hours of TV ('Lost' and 'Party of Five') so he wants to move back to the Pacific Northwest to be with his family and try films. Lilly? She wants to quit acting altogether! She says she might work on films, but it could be behind the scenes.

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Viewers can attend Sundance Festival via their TVs

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 18th 2010 6:30PM
The Sundance Film Festival is available on your TV on demand.If you're not cool enough (or smug enough) to head to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this month, you can now watch key moments of the event via your TV on demand through the new video on demand service, Sundance Selects.

You can put on your overpriced, ugly ski boots and over-sized sunglasses while you pet your matchbox-sized dog -- pretending you're the up and coming star of a pretentious art house flick without leaving your living room. Sundance Selects is all set to send films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to a national audience for the first time.

You'll also get a first hand look at some of the live events that take place during the fest, as the on demand service "gives film lovers coast-to-coast the opportunity to experience a major film festival as it happens."

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TCM's Classic Film Festival is coming in 2010

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 4th 2009 8:02PM
TCM logoIf we lived in a world where we could only watch five TV networks on our televisions (I don't know what type of world that would be but it sounds like one of those bleak futures you often see in sci-fi movies), I would definitely choose Turner Classic Movies as one of those networks. That's a no-brainer. I think I'd have a harder time choosing which major networks(s) I'd want on that list too.

The movie network has announced that they're doing a classic film festival in April 2010.

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What You Missed Last Night: Matt Damon isn't dead and George Clooney isn't gay

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 11th 2009 11:33AM
Matt Damon was on The Late Show last night to promote his new film The Informant! As usual, he did his Matthew McConaughey impersonation for Dave and they also talked about a recent web rumor that Damon had died (really? I guess I missed that one).

This led to Damon telling another story about the Venice Film Festival involving George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and a stripping journalist.

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Army Archerd dead at 87

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 9th 2009 10:00AM
Army ArcherdA little bit of Hollywood died yesterday.

Army Archerd wrote for Variety since 1953, when he replaced columnist Sheilah Graham. That's not a typo. That's 1953, as in 56 years ago. That means he talked to everyone, saw everything, and wrote about just about everything that happened in Hollywood for more than five decades.

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No Rocky Horror remake. Not yet, anyway

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 2nd 2009 11:03AM
rocky horror picture show
Last year, all the citizens of Transsexual, Transylvania felt a collective disturbance in their fandom force. MTV had announced that they were going to do a remake of the classic cult film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Not only would this be completely unnecessary, but it actually kind of hurt every Rocky fan's soul to hear it. Rocky Horror needs no remake because it never becomes dated. It's so far removed from, well, everything ever, it still holds up perfectly, happily doing the Time Warp again and again in its own little universe.

Well, maybe MTV got lazy or maybe they got freaked out about the insane amount of Internet sad-chatter against the idea of the new version, but MTV's Rocky Horror remake is on hold. Rejoice and prod a gold underwear-clad Adonis with a standing candelabra.

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In the year 2000 ... Alfred Hitchcock wants you to write to him

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2009 4:26PM
In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock went on his TV show and asked viewers who were watching the show in the year 2000 to write in and let him know how things are going. Not sure if Hitchcock thought he'd be alive 42 years later, but it's an interesting clip (and kudos for Hitchcock for actually assuming that this show would be watched decades later).

Conan O'Brien should have jumped on this for his bit, but now they've gone and changed the name of it.


[via Paleo-Future]

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Here are the replacements for Ebert and Roeper

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2008 1:02PM

Mankiewicz and LyonsAllison told you yesterday that both Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper were leaving their film review show, At The Movies. Ebert has been off the show since 2006 because of health problems and Roeper couldn't come to terms on a new contract. They both explained that Buena Vista wants to take the show in a new direction and that they wouldn't be a part of it. Here is that new direction.

The new hosts of At The Movies are Ben Mankiewicz, a host on TCM, and Ben Lyons, from E!. Not sure how these two got to be the new hosts, other than the fact that they're both named Ben and I'm sure we'll see some cute reference to that, maybe even in the ads or the intro. I like the fact that Mankiewicz is from TCM; makes it sound like he knows what he's talking about (he's also the son of Frank Mankiewicz and the grandson of the guy who wrote Citizen Kane). But Lyons looks about 14 years-old and comes from a network with celeb gossip and reality shows, so that has me a little worried.

Then again, he's the son of film critic Jeffrey Lyons (the host of his own movie review show, Reel Talk), so maybe it's in his blood. But the article above says he called I Am Legend one of the greatest films ever made? Yikes.

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Dragonball Z film to begin shooting soon

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 3rd 2007 7:06PM

dragon ball ZI'll blame my relative indifference toward the anime series itself, but it was only recently that I had heard anything about a live-action Dragon Ball Z flick.

Last month, IGN had a brief write-up about the alleged adaptation, but didn't have much other than speculation. Now, however, comes word that the movie will begin shooting in Montreal sometime in the near future, with plans to wrap production by next July. There has been no official word on who will star in it, or who will make it, though Roland Emmerich's name was tossed around.

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Plans change for third High School Musical

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 27th 2007 3:02PM

high school musicalDisney Channel's popular High School Musical series of TV movies will hit theaters for its third installment, but don't expect a Halloween-themed movie as reported earlier. According to TV Guide, the Halloween idea was scrapped and instead the feature film will focus on senior year and the lives of students Sharplay, Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Chad and Taylor.

The first High School Movie hit the Disney Channel in January of last year and was a gigantic success. The second installment, aptly tilted High School Musical 2, debuted on the channel this month. The TV movies also inspired a professional touring stage production that launched this year. There is no word yet on when the third installment would hit theaters, and none of the actors involved with the TV movie have signed on for the movie just yet.

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Voltron movie gets closer

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 10th 2007 11:01AM

voltron toyDon't you wish someone would make a live-action movie based on a popular cartoon from the '80s about giant robots?

No, not that one, I'm talking about Voltron. Variety reports that Voltron: Defender of the Universe is finally on the cusp of getting made. Of course, the success of Transformers has helped quite a bit as far as stirring up interest. New Regency and the Mark Gordon Company are close to finalizing a deal to start production on the movie. New Regency's other live-action adaptation is Alvin and the Chipmunks. Eek.

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Jonny Quest live-action flick is a go

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 8th 2007 8:01PM

jonny questMy friend Wild Bill sent me news that Jonny Quest, the Hanna-Barbera series about the titular lad who accompanies his scientist father on wild adventures, is being made into a live-action movie. The series, much like The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Top Cat, aired during primetime when it first aired in the '60s. New versions of Jonny Quest also popped up in the '80s and '90s.

Like the upcoming Speed Racer flick from the Wachowski brothers, reports so far say the movie will be "family friendly." The movie will serve as an origin story explaining how Jonny's bodyguard Roger "Race" Bannon and Dr. Benton Quest's adopted son Hadji join the family.

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USA invests in Universal films

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 7th 2007 9:00PM
USA network logoThe basic networks used to be the kings of theater to TV imports. When I was a kid I used to get genuinely excited about Saturday night's Wonderful World of Disney movie.

Since the turn of the new millennium -- been a while since you heard that phrase, huh? -- cable networks have been playing the movie game. TBS, HBO and others have all brought big name movies to television at a very slow pace.

USA Network has made a 11-movie deal with Universal Studios to bring films such as The Bourne Ultimatum and Children of Men to the NBC-owned channel.

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