Screen Junkies » Alvin and the Chipmunks http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:57:52 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 In Honor Of Davy Jones: 7 Manufactured Bands (That Aren’t The Monkees) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-davy-jones-7-manufactured-bands-that-arent-the-monkees/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-davy-jones-7-manufactured-bands-that-arent-the-monkees/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:33:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246558 After reading this article, you won't need to check back in with these bands...ever. Forget about them.

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The death of Davy Jones has much of America revisiting its past love affair with The Monkees, a fictional band manufactured for a TV show of the same name that found success against all odds. The group was clearly inspired by and derived from The Beatles, but the band’s members quickly won the hearts and minds of America with catchy tunes like “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”

While they may have been the first band to make the leap from fiction to reality, they were by no means the last. Several TV shows and films have tried to get their manufactured outfits to transition to music in earnest, but they haven’t met with as much success. In most instances, the line between an actual band and “novelty act” is blurred to the point that making a distinction doesn’t really seem like a good use of anyone’s time.

Let’s just enjoy them for what they are – a handful of substandard, clichéd conglomerates created for the sole purpose of making producers money.

And what’s not to enjoy?

Danity Kane

Bands manufactured through stupid reality contests count, per my arbitrary rules, so the band formed in the third season of Puff Daddy’s MTV reality show Making the Band (“Get me a sugar cookie!”) graces us with their presence on this list. Though other bands were formed in other seasons, this all-girl ensemble had the most of success of any of them, but still not all that much.

The band was formed in 2005, and after several lineup changes, eventually called it quits in 2009. They will be missed.

Wait. No they won’t.

Spinal Tap

The first Christopher Guest mockumentary was such an uncanny and accurate send-up of the bloated and weird rock and roll lifestyle that those in the band, namely Michael McKean, Guest, and Harry Shearer took the gimmick to another level and not only toured, but also released an album of original material.

Though at no point was this to be an earnest undertaking, the band’s effort still ranks as one of the most listenable and entertaining on the list, mostly due to the attention that the actors paid to detail, as opposed to just throwing on shiny shirts and pulling some dance moves.

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Naked Guy Arrested At ‘Chipwrecked’ Matinee http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/naked-guy-arrested-at-chipwrecked-matinee/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/naked-guy-arrested-at-chipwrecked-matinee/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 18:26:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241546 At least put on some popcorn, guy.

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Last Thursday, a man was arrested in Chicago while enjoying a matinee of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. And by “enjoying” I mean “sitting fully nude while surrounded by children.” Police had to evacuate the theater of 96 moviegoers unaware of the nudity before arresting Edward L. Brown. But Brown has a rock solid defense: a woman let him into the theater, told him to strip, and she’d be right back to “have sex and do drugs.”

Chris Hansen was obviously running late.

Additionally, I’d like to apologize for the lateness of this post. As you can probably understand, these last few days have been a whirlwind of stress and legal troubles. Plus, I still haven’t found the time to see the rest of Chipwrecked. (Chicago Tribune)

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9 Fox Studios Disasters More “Heartbreaking” Than The Leaked ‘Prometheus’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-fox-studios-disasters-more-heartbreaking-than-the-leaked-prometheus-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-fox-studios-disasters-more-heartbreaking-than-the-leaked-prometheus-trailer/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:55:22 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239245 Mr Popper's Penguins, anyone?

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Over Thanksgiving, sci-fi fans everywhere were stoked to find that a trailer for the upcoming Ridley Scott film Prometheus had been posted all over the internet. They were significantly less jazzed to learn that it was a badly bootlegged trailer, apparently shot with a handheld camera and featuring enough glare to blot out most of the picture. Still, what was visible was pretty exciting and reminiscent of the trailer for the original Alien, which Prometheus is intended as a quasi-prequel to.

Not everyone was happy to see the early footage though, including 20th Century Fox chairman Tom Rothman. Rothman told the press that the leak was “heartbreakingly unfair” to the finished product. We’re not sure why he’s worried. Most people are smart enough to understand that a grainy bootleg doesn’t represent what a finished film will look like, and if anything the hype generated by the trailer has boosted the film’s profile. Still, we appreciate his concern for the integrity of all of Fox’s cinematic art, especially since the last several years have taken a hammer to that sterling reputation. Here are nine Fox studios moments we found a bit more heartbreaking than the Prometheus trailer.

The Day the Earth Stood Still Gets Remade

The original The Day the Earth Stood Still is a sci-fi classic that has aged beautifully. The story, dealing with an alien race that has come to wipe out humanity before we can harm other planets with Nuclear weapons, has an anti-war message as relevant now as it was sixty years ago. Naturally, Fox decided to remake the film, only this time leaving out the strong characterization or storytelling. When a Keanu Reeves performance is only the 4th worst thing about your film, you know you have a problem. Instead of just promoting a gem of its back catalogue with a nice new DVD release, Fox forced out this turd of a remake, which not only tanked at the box office, but will likely harm the original’s reputation in the memories of future generations of film fans.

Avatar… in 3-D!

Avatar was a fine film. Its massive success has generated some backlash, and it certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s an entertaining, watchable movie, if maybe a bit too long. None of this is heartbreaking. What is heartbreaking is that it was released in 3-D… and became the highest grossing film ever. This has inspired every studio, especially Fox, to churn it out their new action films in 3-D, whether they were filmed with that in mind or not. This may grab the studios a few extra bucks per ticket in the short term, but it is turning away film goers who either get headaches from 3-D effects or are tired of paying extra for an effect they don’t want. James Cameron made 3-D an essential part of Avatar, and he labored for years to make sure every shot was gorgeous. For most of the rest however, its a cheap gimmick that is fun for a few minutes and quickly becomes annoying.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is Leaked- In Its Entirety

As stressed out as they are over a leaked trailer, imagine how pissed off Fox was in 2009 when Wolverine was released on the net, in it’s entirety. Fox tried to spin it as an early work print with unfinished special effects, but there were few noticeable differences in the finished film. Worst of all, fans who were honest and paid to see Wolverine were rewarded with two hours of incomprehensible garbage that nearly sunk the X-Men franchise. As if Fox hadn’t already killed enough good will with X-Men: The Last Stand, three years earlier. It all worked out in the end, however, as the recent X-Men: First Class has righted the ship, and Fox has no doubt upped their security to keep such leaks from happening again. Except when it comes to bootlegged trailers.

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David Cross Didn’t Like Working On ‘Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked’ That Much http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-cross-didnt-like-working-on-alvin-and-the-chipmunks-chip-wrecked-that-much/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-cross-didnt-like-working-on-alvin-and-the-chipmunks-chip-wrecked-that-much/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:54:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239783 I've heard from three different people that Theodore is incredibly difficult to work with.

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We can’t possibly be talking about the same Chip-Wrecked, can we? The third installment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks trilogy? The one that puts a bow on the saga, while introducing us to a delightful island-themed holiday?

David Cross, the embittered, middle-aged indie comic who was contractually obligated to appear in all three Chipmunks movies didn’t have a good time? Weird. Has he seen the final product? Cause he really nailed the performance. Maybe he took that vitriol inside him and put it into the role of Ian, the underhanded record executive. I hate that Ian guy SO MUCH!

Cross went around on the junket telling reporters, ”I was contractually obligated to do three, which is kinda standard.” Effusive praise for the films, indeed.

The real takeaway here lies in this quote from Playlist:

“This last film was literally, without question, the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had in my professional life,” he says of ‘Chip-Wrecked,’ where he reprises his role of record executive Ian. Without naming names, he says, “It’s safe to say I won’t be working with some of those people ever again. Not the actors. And the director [Mike Mitchell] was great. We got along. There were a couple of people, though…it was just a really awful, unpleasant experience.” Which isn’t to say the entire ‘Chipmunks’ experience has been rotten for him. “I got recognized in China,” he says, listing off the places ‘Chipmunks’ has taken him. “I got recognized in a teeny tiny town in Mozambique. In Zimbabwe. Botswana. It’s crazy.”

So there ya go.

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7 Shittiest Television Christmas Specials http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-shittiest-television-christmas-specials/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-shittiest-television-christmas-specials/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:57:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238646 More like DRECK the halls. Heheheh.

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It’s that magical time of the year again. A time to sit through sh*tty Christmas special after shitty Christmas special. Instead of filling the heart with holiday cheer, these read more as long toy commercials, blatant cash grabs, or chilling reminders of our own mortality. This is totally redundant. I don’t need any help getting depressed around the holidays. The holidays usually just take care of that themselves. But thanks for the assist, Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Outlined below are seven of the all time worst Christmas specials the networks have ever crammed down our chimneys. And, no, the Star Wars Christmas Special didn’t make the Worst Of list. It took balls to make it, and nerve like that deserves reward.

Shrek the Halls

When America screamed “No more Shrek movies!!,” the studio actually listened. However, nobody said anything about television holiday specials. Hence, Shrek the Halls. And wouldn’t you know it? All of Shrek’s attempts to pull off an awesome holiday fall flat and get screwed up by a wacky cast of fairy tale characters. Poor guy just can’t win.

A Very Brady Christmas

The Brady Family gets back together in one place for the holidays. Unfortunately, we’re invited to watch as well. It’s always awkward to share the holidays with someone else’s family, but even worse when the now grown children are neurotic messes. Jan is headed for divorce, Greg’s wife doesn’t want anything to do with him, Peter is intimidated by his bossy girlfriend and can’t get it up, Marcia married a bum, and Bobby has secretly dropped out of college. That sounds almost as bad as all the stuff that actually happened to the actors who play them.

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Did Cameron Shatter FOX’s Piggy Bank for ‘Avatar’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/did-cameron-shatter-foxs-piggy-bank-for-avatar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/did-cameron-shatter-foxs-piggy-bank-for-avatar/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "That's a huuuge bitch!!!!"There are conflicting reports about Avatar's final pricetag. Cameron and crew insist that the film cost $230 million but the New York Times guesses that it will top out around $500 million after marketing costs. At any rate, that's a lot of scratch. Is it even possible for the film to make back its money? Even if you factor in die-hard Cameron fans, the Christmas crowd, and Michelle Rodriguez's relatives, it still seems like kind of a stretch.But don't worry. FOX has a plan. The studio is going to release Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeekquel (because chipmunks squeek?) one week after Avatar's release. Sound plan FOX. If at first you don't succeed, show them your sh*t-eating chipmunks. (io9)

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"That’s a huuuge bitch!!!!"

There are conflicting reports about Avatar‘s final pricetag. Cameron and crew insist that the film cost $230 million but the New York Times guesses that it will top out around $500 million after marketing costs. At any rate, that’s a lot of scratch. Is it even possible for the film to make back its money? Even if you factor in die-hard Cameron fans, the Christmas crowd, and Michelle Rodriguez‘s relatives, it still seems like kind of a stretch.

But don’t worry. FOX has a plan. The studio is going to release Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeekquel (because chipmunks squeek?) one week after Avatar‘s release. Sound plan FOX. If at first you don’t succeed, show them your sh*t-eating chipmunks. (io9)

 

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