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Robert Zemeckis on board for “Ghostbusters”-esque “Charles Fort” comic book adaptation

Article: Robert Zemeckis on board for “Ghostbusters”-esque “Charles Fort” comic book adaptation

While plebes like us continue to wring our hands over rumors, mumblings and rumblings of a third “Ghostbusters” movie, producer Robert Zemeckis is actually doing something about it, setting up his own “period ‘Ghostbusters’,” based on a Dark Horse comic about real-life writer-about-the-paranormal Charles Fort. In 2002, Dark Horse released the series “Fort: Prophet of…

In Defense of “Back to the Future Part II”

Article: In Defense of “Back to the Future Part II”

“Back to the Future Part II” is one of the best sequels ever made about sequels. The movie has a poor reputation amongst those who see it as a pale imitation of the original film. What those critics fail to realize is that the film itself acknowledges that inferiority, and the inherent inferiority of all…

Never-Before-Seen Footage of Eric Stoltz in “Back to the Future”

Article: Never-Before-Seen Footage of Eric Stoltz in “Back to the Future”

I know this is shameless promotion. I know this is only designed to whet my appetite for the “Back to the Future” 25th Anniversary DVD and Blu-ray, which comes out two weeks from today. It’s working. From CNN.com, a brief snippet from the “Tales from the Future” documentary, in which director Robert Zemeckis, writer Bob…

“Hey old man, you home tonight?”: Seven cinematic atheists.

Article: “Hey old man, you home tonight?”: Seven cinematic atheists.

Friday sees the release of Alejandro Amenabar’s “Agora” (alliteration!), which stars Rachel Weisz as a philosopher/scientist and courageous atheist suffering at the hands of rabid Christians in fifth-century Alexandria. The Catholic Church, predictably, is not pleased: “Your film is going to awaken hatred against Christians in today’s society,” wrote Antonio Alonso Marcos, president of the…

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Article: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

type=”text/javascript” src=”http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js”>I can imagine Robert Zemeckis — whose botched motion-capture animated features “The Polar Express” and “A Christmas Carol” were full of rubbery, dead-eyed, freakish-looking human constructs — watching James Cameron’s “Avatar” with an expression on his face not unlike F. Murray Abraham’s Salieri listening to his first Mozart composition in “Amadeus.” From a technical…

Thinking Outside the Box

Article: Thinking Outside the Box

A week loaded with oh-so-worthy awards season contenders is offset with the comic relief of Jim Carrey’s performance captured flailing, George Clooney’s self-deluded staring, and the teasing promise of an affordable(!) trip to the ballet. Download this in audio form (MP3: 16:59 minutes, 15.6 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “The Box”…

Mumblecore mocks itself.

Article: Mumblecore mocks itself.

I guess one sign that you’ve really made it is when you can poke fun at yourself and it’s not just an inside joke for your friends. With “Birthday Suit,” a new three-minute short on “Funny or Die,” mumblecore figurehead/sometime colleague Joe Swanberg achieves the latter, if only barely — hanging at a 48% approval…

How to outhype “Avatar.”

Article: How to outhype “Avatar.”

Robert Zemeckis is still trying to make motion capture happen. His upcoming Jim Carrey-starring version of “A Christmas Carol” will be his third made using the process, despite the fact that neither 2004′s “The Polar Express” nor 2007′s “Beowulf” was an overwhelming triumph at the box office. There’s little indication that the public cares what…

John Boorman, sinner and sinned against.

Article: John Boorman, sinner and sinned against.

It seems like every day brings ever more remake announcements. The entire internet is frothing at the mouth with ongoing discussions about childhoods being metaphorically raped and the point of it all. Most notable this week was the outcry when it was reported that Robert Zemeckis and Disney are in negotiations about a 3-D motion-capture…

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