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Lucy
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated R For strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality
Release Date:
July 25, 2014

 

Noah
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content
Release Date:
March 28, 2014

And So It Goes
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements
Release Date:
July 25, 2014

 

Finding Vivian Maier
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Not rated
Release Date:
April 11, 2014

Wish I Was Here
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for language and some sexual content
Release Date:
July 18, 2014

 

Sabotage
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating:
Rated R For strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use
Release Date:
March 28, 2014

Comic-Con 2014: Costumes!

posted by Nell Minow

About 10-25 percent of Comic-Con attendees come in costume and they are always willing to post for photos.  I love the way there is total fluidity of age, race, gender, and body type.  Everyone feels free to come as whatever they want to be, whether an iconic character or something they just made up.  Here are some of my favorites.

 

The Real Story: James Brown and “Ski Party”

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of this week’s “Get on Up” is a scene where James Brown and his group appear in a teen movie set in a ski chalet. The fun of the scene is seeing the R&B performers so far from their usual milieu, wearing ski sweaters and performing for a bland group of white kids perkily clapping along. It’s not far from the real story. Here’s the clip from “Ski Party,” released in 1965 and starring Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, and Deborah Walley.

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Here’s the trailer:

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The film also re-creates this performance from the T.A.M.I. Show, fire fighter and all.

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Comic-Con 2014: Days 3 and 4

posted by Nell Minow

Want to know what it looks like inside the legendary Hall H, the biggest venue at Comic-Con, the one where people camp out for days in advance to see the biggest stars and the coolest advance previews? When LAIKA CEO and animator Travis Knight asked the audience to send get-well love to “The Boxtrolls” co-star Tracy Morgan boxtroll fashion (they show approval by softly smacking their chests), here is what happened.

Some other highlights:

The writers of “The Big Bang Theory” described the episode where the characters are devastated at not getting Comic-Con tickets (yes, they know you don’t hit “refresh” anymore but it isn’t exciting television to just have them staring at their screens). Incredibly, it was the first time guest stars James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher had ever met. And of course, her first word to him: “Daddy!” Extra excitement — a surprise appearance by Wil Wheaton! And a trailer for “Serial Apeist 2!”

The masquerade competition had several “Game of Thrones” tributes, the best a mash-up with “West Side Story” titled (of course) “Westeros Side Story.”

Copyright 2014 Maisie WilliamsSeveral celebrities donned costumes to roam the Exhibition Hall, including Guillermo del Toro (Mexican wrestler mask), Peter Jackson (clown), and actors Daniel Radcliffe and Maisie Williams, who both wore Spider-Man masks. Williams won the heart of the Con by revealing her disguise on Instagram and, when she was not disguised, wearing a dress made from comic books!(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

I didn’t see a single Klingon this year. Odd. (Coming soon, my favorite costumes worn by attendees. You’ve got to see them to believe them.)

Sir Ben Kingsley spoke to me about playing the villain in “The Boxtrolls,” and said for some unknown reason he had just made three movies in a row set in ancient Egypt: “Exodus,” a TV miniseries called “Tut,” and “Night at the Museum 3.”

I was on the escalator going down as I saw getting on the escalator coming up members of the cast of “The Hobbit,” Cate Blanchett, Lee Pace, and Andy Serkis.  All I could say was, “I’m a fan!”  I got to see them all in a small press event, too, along with director Peter Jackson and a bunch of the other actors.copyright Nell Minow 2014

I also went to a wonderful panel discussion of villains “from Snidely Whiplash to Voldemort.”   My favorite comment was from an author who quoted his wife: “A dragon destroys a village, and when the people yell, ‘Monster!’ he looks behind him to see who they are talking about.”

Two different events I attended had interesting discussions of fandom.  The Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast did a live show from Comic-Con.  It was a special treat to see Maggie Thompson, mother of PCHH regular Stephen Thompson.  Maggie is revered by nerds, geeks, and fanboys everywhere as co-founder of the Comics Buyers Guide.  As always, the conversation was fast, funny, and incisive.  They talked about the difference between early fans of music or other popular culture and their mixed feelings when what they love becomes broadly successful.

And I attended the Comic Arts Conference, the annual gathering of scholars who study comics from many different perspectives, that always goes on parallel to Comic-Con.  The panel I attended this year had ten students presenting the results of surveys and studies they did throughout the Con.  They talked about cosplayers (the people who wear costumes) and families who bring young children.

I tried a demo of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality technology at the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment booth and got to accompany Professor X (voice of Patrick Stewart) into the Cerebro to track Mystique.  It was very cool.

And one of my favorite moments was unexpected and very sweet.  It happened in the middle of the seemingly endless and always packed Exhibition Hall, where everything around me seemingly twinkled, spun, beeped, and glowed, each both more inviting than the next like Ali Baba’s cave, all of a sudden the original “Star Wars” started playing on an overhead screen.  It was the scene right before they go into the garbage compactor.  I love that scene.  I’ve seen it a million times.  I probably know it by heart.  But I stopped to watch.  And all around me were thousands of fans who know it even better than I do, and they all stopped, too.

 

Behind the Scenes Clip: Adam Levine in “Begin Again”

posted by Nell Minow

I have one copy of the wonderful soundtrack to give away!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Levine in the subject line and tell me your favorite song of the summer.  Don’t forget your address!  (US addresses only).  I’ll pick a winner at random on August 7, 2014.   Good luck!

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Comic-Con 2014: Costumes!
[gallery ids="28926,28927,28928"] About 10-25 percent of Comic-Con attendees come in costume and they are always willing to post for photos.  I love the way there is total fluidity of age, race, gender, and body type.  Everyone feels free to come as whatever they want to be, whether an iconic c

posted 8:40:49am Jul. 31, 2014 | read full post »

The Real Story: James Brown and "Ski Party"
One of the highlights of this week's "Get on Up" is a scene where James Brown and his group appear in a teen movie set in a ski chalet. The fun of the scene is seeing the R&B performers so far from their usual milieu, wearing ski sweaters and performing for a bland group of white kids perkily c

posted 8:00:05am Jul. 31, 2014 | read full post »

Comic-Con 2014: Days 3 and 4
Want to know what it looks like inside the legendary Hall H, the biggest venue at Comic-Con, the one where people camp out for days in advance to see the biggest stars and the coolest advance previews? When LAIKA CEO and animator Travis Knight asked the audience to send get-well love to "The Boxtrol

posted 11:02:02pm Jul. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Behind the Scenes Clip: Adam Levine in "Begin Again"
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RhZTVijgpb8?rel=0" frameborder="0"] I have one copy of the wonderful soundtrack to give away!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Levine in the subject line and tell me your favorite song of the summer.  Don't forget your

posted 3:59:43pm Jul. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Interview: Thunder Levin of "Sharknado" and "Sharknado 2"
One of the highlights of Comic-Con was the chance to catch up with Thunder Levin, screenwriter of the sensation, "Sharknado" and the sequel, "Sharknado 2," which premieres tonight on Syfy.  The original was remarkable for its over-the-top storyline and even more for the Twitter-nado it inspired.  

posted 7:37:17am Jul. 30, 2014 | read full post »


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