Movies that put the "story" in prehistory!
For the first time since 2008's 10,000 B.C., a caveman movie was the number one movie at the box office this weekend, with DreamWorks Animation's The Croods raking in $44 million domestically and another $62 million in international ticket sales. The Croods takes place during the "Croodaceous Era," a time when modern animals had yet to fully evolve and a neanderthal girl like Eep (voiced by Emma Stone) could fall for a homo sapien boy like Guy (Ryan Reynolds).
Our prehistoric past has long been a source of entertainment on the big screen, inspiring movies of all different genres, from goofy comedies like Encino Man to gritty dramas like Quest for Fire. However they are depicted, cavemen are infinitely fascinating because, quite simply, they are us, but without cars, microwaves, cell phones or personal hygiene. Put on your wooly britches and bone jewelry and help us choose the movies that best depict our prehistoric ancestors.
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Posted 03.25.13 by BrentJS
We have to wait until tomorrow to hear the Academy Award nominations for 2009. While we await word on the year's best, we can certainly have fun with the year's worst.
Earlier today, the Razzie Awards announced their nominations. For the uninitiated, the Razzies have "celebrated" the most laughable, horrific, and jawdroppingly awful movies and performances each year since 1980. Past "winning" actors include Pauly Shore, Andrew Dice Clay, Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, and The Spice Girls. Past "winning" pictures include Showgirls, Battlefield Earth, Freddy Got Fingered, Gigli, and Catwoman.
This year, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Land of the Lost were singled out for shame, receiving seven nominations a piece. In the running for acting "honors" are The Jonas Brothers, Megan Fox, Miley Cyrus, and Steve Martin, among others.
Interestingly enough, Sandra Bullock may have a chance to win both an Academy Award and a Razzie in the same year, which no one has ever done. She will more than likely get an Oscar nod for The Blind Side, and she is up for a Razzie for All About Steve. For the latter, she's also nominated with Bradley Cooper for Worst Screen Couple. Their competition includes:
Kristen Stewart & EITHER Robert Pattinson OR Taylor Whatz-His-Fang for The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Cue the Team Edward and Team Jacob outrage.
The Razzies also announced their picks for the decade as well, singling out actors and movies that got multiple awards or received large percentages of votes. Choices included Ben Affleck, Eddie Murphy, Mariah Carey, and Paris Hilton.
You can view the entire history of nominees and recipients here. This year's Razzies will be announced on Saturday, March 6, the night before the Oscars. Posted 02.01.10 by reelz
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|The Hangover ||$43.9M ||$43.9M ||Touted as "The Sleeper of the Summer" by People and several other publications, the R-rated romp backs it up in first week of release. |
|Up ||$44.1M ||$137.2M ||Tiny Week 2 dropoff nearly allows Pixar to hold off Vegas bachelor party pic. |
|Land of the Lost ||$19.5M ||$19.5M ||A Universal executive was quoted saying, "We didn't do the business that we hoped." Good one! |
|Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ||$14.6M ||$127.3M ||What museum should Museum 3 take place in? |
|Star Trek ||$8.4M ||$222.8M ||Trek slowing but still at low-digit Warp Speed. Franchise reboot is current 2009 box office leader. |
Bomb of the Week: Land of the Lost isn't just up for Bomb of the Week, it's a leading contender for Bomb of the Year, with just $19.5M in box office receipts against a $200M bill to produce, market, and distribute. Wither Will Ferrell? Or wither big-screen adaptations of cheesy '70s TV shows?
If Land of the Lost was the Fat Man, Nia Vardalos's My Life in Ruins is Little Boy. Her attempt to recapture some of that Greek Wedding magic failed with just $3.2M and an anemic $2,771-per-screen average. Posted 06.08.09 by reelz
Only last week, it appeared as if a sequel to the wildly hilarious 2004 comedy Anchorman would be forthcoming. Now, however, Will Ferrell, who played chauvinist journalist Ron Burgundy in the original, has cast some doubt on that possibility.
In a recent interview, Ferrell said:
I thought we were. I kept saying that. I was told we were, and now I've heard it's too hard to get everyone together. So, hopefully (director) Adam McKay is going to be able to talk to all the guys individually and see if there's a time and place that were can figure out how to do it.
When asked if he thought a sequel to Anchorman could live up to the original, Ferrell said:
Oh, we don't. It's just that it would be really fun to do. It could be terrible. But, if they're going to pay us to do it, why not?
I agree that sequels are hard. I think we would use that as a challenge, to try to make it the craziest sequel you've ever seen, with a live by the sword, die by the sword kind of feel.
Ferrell's latest release, Land of the Lost, debuts today nationwide. Ferrell plays Dr. Marshall, a disgraced scientist who, along with his assistant, Holly (played by Anna Friel), and Will, a backwoods survivalist (East Bound and Down's Danny McBride), tumbles through a space-time vortex and ends up in a mysterious place. Posted 06.05.09 by BrentJS
Early reviews of Will Ferrell's Land of the Lost suggest that yes, it does look as bad as the trailer, and may be the summer's first big disappointment.
"...has stray amusing tidbits, but overall it leaves you feeling splattered."
-- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...halfway toward amusing, which means it's just as close to awful."
-- Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Lame sketch comedy, an uninspired performance from Will Ferrell and an overall failure of the imagination turn Brad Silberling's Land of the Lost into a lethargic meander through a wilderness of misfiring gags."
-- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"...a laborious mess."
-- Brian Lowry, Hollywood Reporter
Check back here to see what the First Fans tell host Travis Oscarson about how they liked the movie, as he gets their reaction on Friday. Posted 06.04.09 by reelz
The marketing campaign for Land of the Lost has gone into overdrive with all sorts of previews in advance of the movie's premiere next week.
Most of the new material features the T. rex, which has admittedly evolved quite impressively from its predecessor in the 1970 cult TV series. The toothy dinosaur rips right through the latest poster for the movie in hot pursuit of expedition leader Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell). Then in a pair of new clips we get an extended look at its attack across a stone bridge...
...and its attempt to gobble up the members of the expedition, who have been left dangling from the ceiling of a cave as the result of some other ill-fated encounter.
If that's not enough Land of the Lost for you, you can check out the barrage of new TV spots that have been released over the past few days, some of which do contain bits and pieces of new footage. Posted 05.28.09 by reelz
Out promoting Land of the Lost, Will Ferrell joins Bear Grylls in a comically tinged episode of the Discovery Channel's Man vs. Wild. The pair go out into far north reaches of Sweden, where they practice survival skills, and even eat reindeer eyeballs together.
It's not dinosaurs and Sleestaks but, as is evident in a preview clip from the episode, there is a heaping helping of Ferrell's trademark one-liners. Summing up the experience, Ferrell quips,
To be able to participate in an episode of Man vs. Wild was a thrill of a lifetime, even though I did get urine-drunk which is sad.
From the look of the trailers, far more disgusting things than that await his character, Dr. Rick Marshall, in Land of the Lost. Posted 05.28.09 by reelz
A new Land of the Lost clip has debuted on MTV showing how the intrepid party of adventurers first encounter the iconic Sleestaks, a race of slow-walking, bug-eyed, sentient humanoid lizards.
As the group wanders into Sleestak territory, their ape-like guide Chaka (Jorma Taccone) tries to warn them, but alas they think he is taking about chorizo tacos. And, of course, they all miss the big sign in the background that says "Beware of Sleestak." Posted 05.25.09 by reelz
Until he invents a tachyon amplifier and stumbles into the Land of the Lost, Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell) just isn't getting any respect. Actually, he doesn't get much respect afterward either. Especially not from one relentless T-Rex, whose intelligence he repeatedly insults. The ensuing chase scenes, and lots more trippy eye candy (and Sleescks!), round out this second trailer for Land of the Lost, which is evidently aiming to be your rock-and-roll dinosaur movie. Posted 05.11.09 by reelz
The clips aren't on line yet, but a review of five scenes from Land of the Lost screened by a reporter at Hit Fix provides one of the most detailed looks yet at the movie adaptation of the campy '70s TV series. There's a lot of CGI, of course, and plausible-looking dinosaurs -- something the bargain-basement original clearly lacked. But in most of the clips he describes, what really stands out is the movie's kaleidoscopic disrespect for time and place, and its trippy brand of humor.
One representative scene takes place at a motel pool that has somehow found its way intact (and full of water) into the middle of a surreal desert. The band of intrepid travelers drinks a strange concoction. Then their ape-boy guide Chaka (Jorma Taccone) treats them to exponentially more and more dire translations of what exactly they have ingested -- what starts out as "joyful lightness" is soon revised to "howling loneliness" then to something that makes your bowels feel like they are "being pierced by a ghost serpent" and then into the zombie beyond. "It might be narcotic," he adds, almost as an afterthought. Cue "All Along the Watchtower."
Pretty good evidence, it seems, for the reviewer's conclusion that weird is in this movie's DNA. Posted 05.07.09 by reelz