Screen Junkies » tarzan http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:58:01 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Margot Robbie Romantically Linked To An Apeman http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/margot-robbie-romantically-linked-to-an-apeman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/margot-robbie-romantically-linked-to-an-apeman/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258813 He, Tarzan. She, Jane.

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Get ready to see The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie everywhere. Including in tabloids next to Alexander Skarsgård. Robbie is said to be in talks for David Yates‘s upcoming adaptation of Tarzan.

She’ll play Jane opposite Skarsgård’s Tarzan. Originally, it was reported that Yates had his eye on Jessica Chastain for the role but then Margot Robbie happened and, well, look at her. Her role in Wolf of Wall Street has set her career on fire. She’s showing up on short lists all around Hollywood, appearing on magazine covers, is a favorite on late night talk shows, and has been linked to a few A-List actors. If there’s ever a time that she could be taken seriously swinging from a vine, that time is now. (The Wrap)

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‘Best Original Song’: The Other Way To Win An Oscar http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/%e2%80%98best-original-song%e2%80%99-the-other-way-to-win-an-oscar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/%e2%80%98best-original-song%e2%80%99-the-other-way-to-win-an-oscar/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:23:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246027 What do Berlin, Three 6 Mafia, Madonna, Isaac Hayes, Eminem, and Phil Collins have in common? Not much at all.

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While there are many Oscar controversies regarding who deserved what award or nomination, these conversations normally exist at least in the context of filmmaking. This is not usually the case with the Best Original Song recipients. Sure, sometimes the discussion will veer towards the song’s role in a scene or film, but for the most part, the award seems almost entirely divorced from the film itself, which is fine, because the song performances at the ceremony are my favorite part of the show. What’s that? They don’t do those any more?

I hate the Oscars so much.

8 Mile – “Lose Yourself”

One of the best singles of the 2000’s was certainly deserving of all the acclaim it got, which I can also say about its film, 8 Mile, only because 8 Mile got virtually no acclaim. What served as a fictionalized Eminem biopic fell flat with both audiences and critics alike, but the song was able to transcend, well, everything and get stuck in our heads for the next year or so.

“If you had one shot…one opportunity…”

Top Gun – “Take My Breath Away”

I wish there was an Oscars Jr. ceremony for films that people love but they know are no good. Top Gun would have been like Silence of the Lambs at that ceremony. Here, we get a cheeseball anthem to a cheeseball film taking home a Best Original Song Oscar, which is funny, because it’s hard to imagine this song winning Best Anything. The band that wrote and sang it was Berlin, and the reason you haven’t heard anything else from them is that they’re not very good. But the siren call of Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis making silhouetted love to this jam was too good for the voters to pass up. And who can blame them? They’re only human.

Hustle and Flow – “It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp”


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my honor to present to you…Academy Award winners Three 6 Mafia.

I’m glad that a year after they won this award, Martin Scorsese was able to catch up with them by winning an Oscar of his own. Now, much to his relief, people will mention Scorsese and Three 6 Mafia in the same breath.

Three 6 Mafia almost certainly will go down in history as the least likely Oscar winners of all time. Serisously, click above and enjoy their awesome Oscar performance.

Dick Tracy – “Sooner or Later, I Always Get My Man”

Strangely enough, this comic-book film (that actually did look like a comic book) boasted an all-star cast and was nominated for seven awards, taking home three, including best song for “Sooner or Later, I Always Get My Man,” which was written by Stephen Sondheim and performed by Madonna (who also starred in the film as Breathless Mahoney). The film itself was pretty lackluster, as most films that star Madonna are, and the song wasn’t much better, but it was Madonna performing a song in the context of the film, so the law said it had to be nominated and chosen. And there you go.

Tarzan – “You’ll Be In My Heart”

Tarzan and Phil Collins. A match made in the darkest depths of my hell. Adding to the travesty of this selection is that “Blame Canada” from South Park was nominated, which would have been the pick of the decade, and there’s no end to my ire.

I mean, I like 1980’s Phil Collins. I do not like 1990’s Phil Collins, who came in with Genesis’ “We Can’t Dance” and ended the decade with a song called “You’ll Be In My Heart” from the damn Tarzan soundtrack.

Shaft – “The Theme from Shaft”

This song is awesome, but it’s just hilarious that this borderline blaxploitation film got Academy recognition. It was written by Isaac Hayes, who barks out “Shut yo mouth!” and informs us that John Shaft does, in fact, deliver ten times out of ten. So let’s put that issue to rest right now, okay?

The song walks a line between funk and a porn score in such a delightful way that I’m shocked the Academy members allowed themselves to like it to such an extent that they would allow the word “shaft” to be spoken on their hallowed stage. The 1971 Academy gets props from me, but the 1972 Academy squandered that goodwill by awarding Best Song to some crappy ditty from The Poseidon Adventure.

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R.I.P. Cheetah The Chimp From ‘Tarzan’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-cheetah-the-chimp-from-tarzan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-cheetah-the-chimp-from-tarzan/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2011 17:11:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240882 Run free, Cheetah. Run free.

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The holidays didn’t pass by without tragedy. Cheetah, the beloved chimpanzee from the Tarzan films of the 1930′s and 1940′s, passed away on Christmas Eve from kidney failure. Known for his easy charm, winning smile, and knack for losing himself in a role, Cheetah was arguably one of the most famous animal actors in Hollywood’s rich history.

Apart from his acting accomplishments, Cheetah also holds the oldest non-human primate record in the Guinness Book, living to reach the age of 80. The normal life expectancy for a chimpanzee in captivity is 35 to 40 years of age.

He spent his golden years at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida alongside aside a myriad of other retired film and zoo animals who had no place else to go. You can donate here if you would like to pay your respects and help better the lives of these animals.

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Next ‘Tarzan’ To Be The First Of A Trilogy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/next-tarzan-to-be-the-first-of-a-trilogy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/next-tarzan-to-be-the-first-of-a-trilogy/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 19:04:03 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214465 'Tarzan: A New Hope'?

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You might recall earlier reports of a Tarzan movie being in development at Warner Bros. You might also recall, if your memory has been able to withstand the savage jungle, that one of the scripts commissioned for the project was to be penned by screenwriter Craig Brewer.

Well, now it seems that Brewer is not only the man for the job, but he’s come up with a Tarzan trilogy idea – not only that, but he wants to direct it, too. This guy must be a bigger Tarzan fan than George of the Jungle. The other script, being worked on by Adam Cozad, hasn’t been thrown into the pit of snakes yet, so it remains to be seen which Tarzan will come out on top. But if WB is even giving thought to Brewer’s idea for not one but three Tarzan movies, it just might be his job to lose.

No details yet on what this trilogy would entail, but it’s definitely true that there is plenty of source material to work with. Edgar Rice Burroughs wasn’t known for stopping at one, three, or a dozen books – the main series include 24 (!) novels. So a trilogy doesn’t seem like that much, does it? (Deadline)

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WB Working On A Couple Of ‘Tarzan’ Scripts http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wb-working-on-a-couple-of-tarzan-scripts/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wb-working-on-a-couple-of-tarzan-scripts/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 18:46:01 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210952 Ungawa!

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The character of Tarzan has been making money for various companies since the first novel was published in 1912. And it looks like that isn’t going to change any time soon, since Warner Bros. is saying “ungawa!” to another Tarzan movie. And they’re reportedly commissioning two scripts to be written simultaneously.

One of the scripts will be written by up-and-coming screenwriter Adam Cozad, who also worked on the script for the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot. His work on reinventing a popular character might be what attracted WB executives to him for this. The other, according to reports, is being written by Craig Brewer.

This practice isn’t uncommon for big studio movies, especially ones with franchise potential – the script that doesn’t get chosen as the first movie can often be reworked into a sequel if necessary. I just hope WB can work in a cameo from Cheetah the chimp. (Deadline)

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