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  • Hank Azaria has joined Christopher Guest in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. He’ll be playing the Egyptian pharaoh Kahmunrah. I like Azaria in just about anything. I wish his mummy would go fight Brendan Fraser, as a matter of fact.
  • Werner Herzog is directing a remake, not a reimagining dammit, but a remake of Bad Lieutenant. Nicolas Cage is in the Harvey Keitel role with Val Kilmer as his partner. Also in the film are Xzibit and Eva Mendes.
  • The Berkeley Pit was thought to be so terribly toxic that nothing could live there. Fish died. Birds who just stopped by to ask directions died. Things that were already dead came back to life just to die again. But–! They found 160 species of extremophiles living in there. Which is exactly 14 more than in most male-only dorm rooms. Source.
  • The Goon is headed for the big screen as a CG-animated film. Eventually. David Fincher will produce and creator Eric Powell is scribing it. It’s put out by Dark Horse and it’s one of the few comic books I still buy. Please do so as well. You won’t be sorry.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:16:14+00:00 July 2nd, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    The Voices of the Simpsons: A Bit Billowy

    I know this is all old footage, but damn it never ceases to make me laugh. We don’t get to see vocal casts of animated shows doing their thing out from behind the animation often enough. I think these folks could take this on the road and make a freaking fortune. I’d pay to see a live table reading, I don’t know about you.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    We were reminded of this by Digg. More after the jump…

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:42:01+00:00 August 1st, 2006|TV|3 Comments

    Dodgeball (2004) – DVD Review

    Dodgeball DVD

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written and Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
    Starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Joel Moore, Chris Williams, Alan Tudyk, Jason Bateman, and Hank Azaria

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary with actors Stiller &Vaughn and writer/director Thurber
    • Deleted/extended scenes and alternate ending with optional commentary by Thurber
    • DVD-ROM Content: Dodgeball Screenplay
    • Gag reel

    Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
    Rating: PG-13
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: At the very least, rent it…

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:48:51+00:00 March 1st, 2006|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

    The Simpsons: Bart Wars (2005) – DVD Review

    The Simpsons: Bart Wars DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Created by Matt Groening
    Starring the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith

    Features:

    • Four episodes: “Dog of Death,” “Marge Be Not Proud,” “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson,” and “Mayored to the Mob”
    • Animatics and storyboards on the first act of “Mayored”

    Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
    Rating: NR
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: N/A; released in its original 1.33:1 format

    My Advice: Grab it if you’re a Simpsons fan.

    The Simpsons are back with four classic episodes. In “Dog of Death,” Santa’s Little Helper needs an expensive operation. The family resents having to sacrifice other things to pay for it, and he runs away, only to become an attack dog of Mr. Burns’. Bart gets caught shoplifting in “Marge Be Not Proud,” and has to find a way to earn his mother’s respect again at Christmas. “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson” finds Bart sent off to military school after a typical Bart incident, and Lisa decides she wants to go, too, only to find herself the butt of the other cadets’ hazing because she is a girl.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:58:16+00:00 May 23rd, 2005|Animation, Reviews|0 Comments

    Godzilla (1998) – Movie Review

    Godzilla (1998)

    Written by: Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich, based on the character owned by the Toho Company
    Directed by: Dean Devlin
    Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer

    My Advice: Wait for MST3K

    It seemed like the match made in heaven, right? D&E, the men behind ID4, take on the king of all monsters in a cage match where the cage is Manhattan, yes? What could possibly go wrong? You name it. What need is there for a synopsis, really–I mean it is a Godzilla flick, right? Well, I won’t spoil anything that the newspapers and other reviewers haven’t by telling you that the G-Man is a G-It and can lay eggs and proceeds to do so. So you got Godzilla Babies coming to the Saturday Morning LineupTM anyday now.

    Let’s talk about the cast, all great talent–at least in other films they’ve done. Broderick must have figured he was in cash cow, um, cash lizard heaven, because his performance lacked any redeeming qualities. Instead he seemed to revert to Ferris, forgetting that he’s proven his worth with films like Glory. Jean Reno is the only one to leave this flick without egg on his face, doing such a great tough guy (complete with Elvis impersonation) that Warner Bros. has him in the Batsuit for the next chapter of that particular franchise. Maria Pitillo’s character is so pitifully helpless and annoying that I was praying for her to die ten minutes after meeting her. Hank Azaria does fairly well with his New York cameraman bit, but it’s almost a one-note for this guy. Harry Shearer‘s sleazy newsman is delightfully bad, but hey, he wants to sleep with Pitillo’s character so I wanted him to die too.

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    By | 2009-08-23T04:33:06+00:00 May 20th, 1998|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments