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The pop culture phenomenon of Smash Mouth's All Star

Mark Harrison Sep 22, 2017

It first appeared on screen in Mystery Men. But then All Star began to spread...

“Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me...”

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Once upon a time, there was a movie called Shrek. Back in 2001, the world was introduced to the titular ogre, a not-so-jolly green giant, as he literally wiped his arse with the traditional fairytale and burst through his outhouse door. Cue All Star by Smash Mouth, and a generational obsession that ripened with the emergence of mashup culture.

The track was composed two years earlier for Smash Mouth's second album, Astro Lounge, after guitarist Greg Camp was told by their record label Interscope that the new record lacked “a hit single”. Their punk/ska influenced debut, Fush Yu Mang, had yielded Walkin' On The Sun,
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Robert B. Martin Jr. Plans Unconventional SAG-AFTRA Presidency Campaign

Robert B. Martin Jr. Plans Unconventional SAG-AFTRA Presidency Campaign
Robert B. Martin, Jr., is running for the SAG-aftra presidency in an unusual campaign — no endorsements, no fundraising, no attacks on other candidates, and no position on the contract ratification.

His most notable roles were as the first teenager to be “call blocked” in a national ad campaign and as Billy Hillbilly in 1999’s “Mystery Men.” He’s starred in hundreds of commercials and was the spokesperson for Pace Picante Sauce, Taco Bell, Blockbuster, Jiffy Lube, Snapple, Coke, Diet Coke, and Geico.

“The office of SAG President is not a vanity position or about how many celebrity endorsements you have,” said Martin. “The office of the president is and should always be about having the experience and expertise in negotiating and most importantly, executing our contracts in the best interest of the membership.”

He’s running against current president Gabrielle Carteris, national board member Esai Morales, stuntman Pete Antico, and actress Marilyn Monrovia. Martin
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Comic-Con 2017: David Harbour, the New Hellboy, to Sign Autographs at Dark Horse Comics Booth

David Harbour may be at Comic-Con for his role as Chief of Police Jim Hopper on Stranger Things, but he'll also be celebrating his role as the new Hellboy at the Dark Horse Comics booth on Friday for a special autograph signing.

Read on for the official details, and check here for all of our live coverage from San Diego Comic-Con.

Press Release: David Harbour, Mike Mignola's new Hellboy, is signing in the Dark Horse Comics booth #2615 at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 21 from 3:30 Pm to 4:30 Pm! Special posters, pre-signed by Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen director Neil Marshall and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, will be provided for attendees of the signing. The signing will be ticketed - tickets will be distributed on Thursday and Friday mornings at the Dark Horse booth while supplies last.

About Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics founder and publisher Mike Richardson
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A Batman Falls: R.I.P. Adam West

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Adam West, who was beloved for generations as the man under the crimefighting cowl in the 1960s Batman TV series, passed away yesterday at the age of 88. West had an acting career going back to the 1950s. Today, Cinelinx pays homage to a gentleman who loved his fans, as we say goodbye to Adam West

Adam West loved playing Batman. Beginning with the Batman Tv show (1966-1969), he continued being involved with DC Batman projects, including Batman: the Movie (1966), The Super Friends (or Super Powers Team), the New Adventures of Batman, Tarzan and the Super Seven, The Legends of the Super heroes, Batman: the Animated Series, the Batman: New Times video game, The 2004-2006 Batman cartoon, Batman: the Brave & the Bold, Robot Chicken, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and the upcoming Batman vs. Two-Face. Through all these projects, for over five decades, West voiced either the Batman or one of his supporting cast.
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Playback: Geoffrey Rush on 14 Years of ‘Pirates’ and Tackling Einstein in ‘Genius’

Playback: Geoffrey Rush on 14 Years of ‘Pirates’ and Tackling Einstein in ‘Genius’
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

The summer movie season is in full swing and next on the list of massive Hollywood extravaganzas is Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The franchise, which debuted to considerable skepticism in the summer of 2003 as there was no successful pirate genre to speak of, has gone on to become one of the biggest successes for the studio. Five movies deep and it’s still raking in billions of dollars.

Actor Geoffrey Rush has been along for the ride every step of the way as Captain Hector Barbossa, and without giving much away, he’s able to put something of a period on his work in the series with the new film. There’s obviously something big and robust and Baroque about playing a pirate,
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The Mystery of Kinka Usher

The answer to the eternal question: What ever happened to the director of ‘Mystery Men’?

The first thing to notice about Kinka Usher’s Twitter account — which we’ll assume is the real deal, even in the absence of a blue check mark — is its profile description: “I directed the movie that actually made All Star by Smash Mouth popular.” As far as legacies go, we can agree this would be an ignoble one, assuming that’s all there was to it. The description does not clarify the movie in question however.

So then, the second thing to notice, after a bit of scrolling, is the title of said movie: Mystery Men. The film, based on marginal superhero characters from an obscure comic book (where my Flaming Carrot fans at?) and released in 1999, stars Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, and an almost literally unbelievable list of others. Smash Mouth is indeed heard on the soundtrack
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The true story behind Dougray Scott playing Wolverine in X-Men and why Hugh Jackman took over

Luke Owen looks back at a time when Hugh Jackman was not Wolverine

There was a lot of buzz and excitement in 1999. People around planet earth were excited to see what the new Millennium would bring; while big companies panicked that the Y2K bug would kill all their hard work and shut down the working world. For Dougray Scott, 1999 was set to be the year that changed his career. He had been handpicked by Tom Cruise to play the villain in M:i:2 and he was set to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men.

The adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics property had been a long one. In 1984 Marvel writers Gerry Conway and Rob Thomas wrote a screenplay for production company Orion Pictures (Platoon) who had optioned the film rights. But when the company fell into financial troubles the rights went over to Carolco Pictures (First Blood) who began
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Michael Davis: Dream Killer 4 – Publish or Perish

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From last week:

That, boys and girl, is called knowing the game. Those who don’t shouldn’t play. So despite being blackballed by one of the big two how was I able to thrive?

Alternative means of finding distribution, budget and happiness.

The vast majority of top tier creators in the industry use one option.

There are numerous more, and I’ll touch on those next time.

As well I will break down what option was preferred and why for the project I’m using for this series. I’ve been in the game for a long time. What I use as examples are not intended as a ‘how to’ to get into the comics biz. If so the series would be named ‘how to ruin your career.’

The underlying point is to look at the big picture when entering this field. I believe with every fiber of my
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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and
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NYC Weekend Watch: Madonna, ‘In the City of Sylvia,’ ‘Amadeus’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Body of Work” presents Madonna’s more-impressive-than-you-think filmography, including the 25th-anniversary restoration of Truth or Dare. This weekend offers A League of Their Own, Desperately Seeking Susan, Shadows and Fog, and Dick Tracy.

Fantastic Mr. Fox screens on Saturday.

Film Forum

Double-billings continue with Hitchcock-Polanski, Reed-Welles, and Kelly- / Donen-Minelli.

A restoration of Howards End has begun its run.
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Film Review: Suicide Squad

It’s an amazing feat of sorcery that only the best of the worst Hollywood metahumans can pull off: to entertain you for two hours while keeping you completely bored and disinterested. Suicide Squad, the much-talked about latest entry into the DC Comics movie universe, manages to that in spades. Or an orgy of bullets if you prefer.

The characters and the plotline need no introduction here, I’m sure. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith), are freed by the hapless U.S. Government (led by the anything but hapless Amanda Waller), to deal with increasing superhuman terrorist threats. They are joined by a band of misunderstood misfits with properly comedic names—El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana, etc. –to form the titular group.

Never mind that the danger that imperils the world, an evil sorcerer known as Enchantress, was of the moronic Government’s own unleashing.
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10 Insufferable Films That Must Be April Fool Jokes

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If you go down to your local multiplex today, you’ll be reminded of the advice Thumper received from his father: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

While they should be getting us worked up with white-knuckle tension, blockbusters show more regard for their promotional partners than the audience, with characters running past billboards during dramatic scenes. At least in 1999’s Mystery Men Captain Amazing was upfront about being sponsored by Pepsi, even wearing their logo on his costume.

Some movies are so contemptuous of their audience, in fact, that you can’t help wondering if someone pulled the trigger on them to prove H L Mencken’s adage that nobody went broke underestimating the good taste of the American public. From films starring “internet sensations” who register zero onscreen presence, to slapped-together remakes that trade on famous titles, some films
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'I don't suppose they have fax machines on elephants': match the bad line to the superhero movie - quiz

As Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice breaks box office records despite a questionable script (‘I’m not a lady, I’m a journalist’), how well do you know other superbad superhero quotes?

"Even the entire cast of E.R. couldn't put you back together again"

Spawn

Deadpool

Mystery Men

Ghost Rider

"I don't suppose they have fax machines on elephants!"

X-Men: The Last Stand

Zoom

The Crow: Salvation

Batman & Robin

"Every man dreams he'll meet a woman he can give the world to. In my case, that's not just a metaphor"

Watchmen

The Shadow

Fantastic Four (2005)

Batman Forever

"I'm blind, and I see more than any of you, because I don't look"

Superman II

The Wolverine

Superman Returns

Elektra

"I've always considered you the Dutch Elm disease in my family tree"

Superman IV

Hulk

Thor

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

"Muggers don't usually wear rose oil or high heels ... at least, this
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Why Deadpool’s Success Should Surprise No One

This week, Neil Calloway argues that Deadpool’s success should not come as a surprise…

With Deadpool breaking box office records around the world (a bigger opening than The Force Awakens in Russia, oddly), and has been the surprising hit of the 2016 so far, making more than double its budget back in its opening weekend at the Us box office alone.

Deadpool has never been in among the most recognised of comic book characters; emerging in the nineties rather than the golden age of comics, Wade Wilson doesn’t have the recognition factor that Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent or Peter Parker do; we didn’t grow up with reruns of campy sixties TV shows about him, there has never been a darker animated series featuring Mark Hamill; to the general public, Deadpool was all but unknown. With that in mind, its success is an impressive achievement. Having said that, Iron Man
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Why 2016 is a ‘make or break’ year for comic book movies

Anghus Houvouras on 2016 being a “make or break” year for comic book movies…

2016 is a pivotal year for the comic book movie, and maybe not for the reasons you think.

Not just because Warner Bros. finally arrives to the party with their shared cinematic universe. And not because we’re seeing more second class characters getting their own feature films. Hollywood has dipped into the dollar bins before trying to make big screen successes out of second tier characters like Swamp Thing, Jonah Hex, Elektra, and The Punisher with varying degrees of success. In the case of those four examples, ‘success’ is merely referencing the fact that the movies were financed, produced, and released. Creatively they were toilet bowl expeditions looking to see who could make their way deepest into the drain and the public was all too eager to flush.

Deadpool arrives in theaters this weekend and the stakes have never been higher.
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Film Review: ‘Lazer Team’

Film Review: ‘Lazer Team’
The first feature by writer-director Matt Hullum’s production company Rooster Teeth, of the highly popular animated Web series “Red vs. Blue,” “Lazer Team” is a genial sci-fi action comedy that offers plenty of fun for fanboy types. The Texas-shot, Indiegogo-funded project tallied more than $1 million in Tugg presales before opening on 300 or so U.S. screens Friday. Whether this amusing if not wildly inspired spoof can build the word of mouth to cross over to wider theatrical audiences sans conventional star power or advertising muscle is doubtful. But it should do well in home formats, while announcing that Austin-based Rooster Teeth can create slick, ambitiously scaled entertainment on penny-ante means.

In 1977 the U.S. government gets a message from a “friendly alien race” called the Antarians: “You are not alone. Conflict is coming.” They also informs that a “suit of power” is on its way that will help humanity
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Happy 50th Birthday to the Batman TV Show: the Best Super Hero Parody Ever

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV show (1966-68) starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and his teen partner Robin the Boy Wonder. The show was a huge hit when first released and still has a loyal following today. The show was a clever satire, not only on super heroes but also on 1960s pop-culture in general. Cinelinx celebrates ABC’s Batman at 50.

In January of 1996, a mid-season replacement show debuted on ABC and became an unexpected hit. It was originally planned to be produced for the fall ’66 season but it was moved up to January. ABC’s Batman was part of its 1966 “second wave” programming, being one of 4 shows that debuted during the mid-season. (Along with The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Blue Light and The Baron.) While the other three are mostly forgotten, Batman became the sensation of the season—airing twice each week,
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Supercut: Improbable Weapons Part 2

Burger Fiction is back with part 2 of their "Improbable Weapons Used in Movies" supercut series. To catch up on the first entry, click here. This second edition features some pretty ridiculous items used as weapons, including a Razor scooter in Kiss of the Dragon, barstools in both The World's End and Foxy Brown, and many, many others. Check out the full list below the video:

Daredevil - Paper Clips

Aliens - Power Loader

An Eye For An Eye - Telephone

Hellboy - Payphone

Beverly Hills Ninja - Fish

Austin Powers - Toothpaste

Hot Shots! Part Deux - Chicken

Hot Fuzz - Wet Floor Sign

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 - Frying Pan

Tangled - Frying Pan

Walking Tall - Frying Pan

Kiss of the Dragon - Chopsticks

Machete - Meat Thermometer

Nacho Libre - Corn

Sleepwalkers - Corn

Project A - Chili Peppers

Hancock - Candy Bar

Law Abiding Citizen -
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'Gotham' Season 2 Gets Paul Reubens as Penguin's Father

'Gotham' Season 2 Gets Paul Reubens as Penguin's Father
The cast of Gotham made their second appearance at New York Comic-Con this weekend! During the Nycc panel, Robin Taylor announced that Paul Reubens has signed on to play Oswald Cobblepot's father, Tucker Cobblepot. Ironically, this will be the second time the actor has played this role, after his appearance as The Penguin's father in the 1992 movie Batman Returns. While it hasn't been confirmed when The Penguin's dad will make his debut, Robin Taylor revealed during the panel that he will pop up very soon.

"He will be showing up very soon. Pee-Wee Herman is playing my dad! What the hell? Oh my god!"

Emmy Award winner Paul Reubens created the iconic character "Pee-wee Herman" while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The live stage production "The Pee-wee Herman Show" premiered in 1981, followed by the hit film Pee-wee's Big Adventure and TV series Pee-wee's Playhouse,
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