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Not all Hollywood blockbusters are about rampaging dinosaurs, time-traveling cyborgs or spandex-clad heroes.
Some big-budget movies get by just fine focusing on real-life moments of danger and drama. "Apollo 13" is one of those films.
Released 20 years ago today on June 30, 1995, here are 20 things you need to know about how director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks worked to deliver one of the best space movies in the history of always.
1. It may be one of the most iconic lines in movie history, but "Houston, we have a problem" isn't exactly what was said during the mission. Jim Lovell actually said, "Houston, we've had a problem." The edit was made for the film because "we've had" implies that the problem is over.
2. On that note, Jim Lovell wasn't the only astronaut to speak that famous line. Jack Swigert first radioed in with "Okay, Houston -- we've had a problem here. »
- Phil Pirrello
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, musical artists like Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Toto, Hall and Oates, and dozens of others regularly popped up on each other's records, creating a golden era of smooth-music collaboration.
And 10 years ago (June 26th, 2005), an internet phenomenon was born. In 12 short but memorable episodes — first via the the short-film series Channel 101 and then online — Jd Ryznar, Hunter Stair, Dave Lyons, Lane Farnham and their friends redefined an era and coined a term for the sultry croonings of McDonald, Fagen, et al. »
Musicians Sky Ferriera, Sharon Van Etten and dee-jays Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi are now part of the expanding Sundance Film Festival family. Sundance’s Next Fest (August 7th to the 9th) kicks off early on August 2nd, with a showing of Jon Watt’s Cop Car — the filmmaker made the industry news headlines this week when he signed onto direct the new Spiderman. Now in its third year, the fest which intertwines filmmakers and musicians or surprise mentors of the arts is comprised of films from the ’15 edition of the festival with only a pair of Next titles being re-programmed in Rick Alverson’s Entertainment and Michael J. Larnell’s
Sunday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. – Sundance Next Fest Kick Off Event
Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Cop Car / U.S. »
- Eric Lavallee
Top brass at the Los Angeles event set to run from August 7-9 in Los Angeles have announced the film and music roster.
Next Fest will present the Los Angeles premieres of six films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Special conversations involving the filmmakers and the luminaries who inspired them will be announced later this summer.
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper said, “Los Angeles is home to a huge audience of people on the cutting edge of what’s new and next in film and music. Our Sundance »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After a long casting process, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have announced that Tom Holland (The Impossible) as been hired to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next "Spider-Man" film, which is set to hit theaters on July 28th, 2017. It was also revealed that the reboot will be directed by Jon Watts, the man behind Kevin Bacon's upcoming "Cop Car" film. "Sony, Marvel, Kevin [Feige] and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world," said producer and former Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal. "With Tom, we've found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man's story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe." It's being reported that Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans were brought in to read scenes with Holland. This was obviously done to see if the young actor had any chemistry with "The Avengers" stars. »
Find out about Kevin Bacon's accident with his son - Us Weekly Lorde isn't afraid to be an outfit repeater - HuffPost Celebrity Here's how Channing Tatum approached the Magic Mike sequel - Lainey Gossip The drama isn't over yet for Brian Williams - Dlisted This former Disney star is reigniting an old romance - Et Mariah Carey rocks some serious cleavage at the beach - Just Jared Joanna Krupa makes a supersexy Playboy appearance - Hollywood Tuna This is why Jaden Smith wore that white Batman suit - Pink Is the New Blog Kylie Jenner is definitely channeling her big sister Kim - The Superficial »
Nineteen-year-old British actor Tom Holland, or candidate No. 2, has been selected to play the next Spider-Man, following "a series of complex screen tests," Marvel announced Tuesday. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, who made Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, and will be released July 28, 2017.Holland might be best known so far for his work as Thomas Cromwell's son in Wolf Hall, but he'll also be appearing this winter in Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea as a cabin boy who survives a whale-induced shipwreck alongside Chris Hemsworth, who can give him tips on how to lead a Marvel franchise. Sorry, other white-boy contestants, maybe you should have uploaded some Spider-Man stunts onto your Instagram. »
- E. Alex Jung
After an extensive search for both an actor and director, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have finally found their new Peter Parker, with The Impossible and Wolf Hall’s Tom Holland stepping up to the plate to take on the role of a much younger Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his first big screen appearance coming next year in Captain America: Civil War. Holland’s name has been on the radar for some time now, being on a shortlist that also included Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo) and Natt Wolf (The Fault in Our Stars, the upcoming Paper Towns). Holland is said to have impressed both studios and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal with his screen work and a series of complex screen tests. While Holland will be swinging his way onto the big screen next year, a solo Spider-Man movie won’t come our way till »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Rumors suggested a “Spider-Man” announcement was coming this week and yep, it’s here. Marvel announced today that Tom Holland (“The Impossible”) has landed the coveted gig of “Spider-Man.” In a surprise move, the director was unveiled too. He wasn’t one of the bigger names on the various short lists, he’s relative new comer Jon Watts who directed Kevin Bacon in the intense thriller, “Cop Car” which debuted at Sundance earlier this year (here's our review). Expect Holland to appear first in “Captain America: Civil War” in what is probably a smaller cameo role, but the first "Spider-Man" movie won't arrive until summer 2017. Here’s Marvel’s press release Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, »
- The Playlist
DreamWork’s AwesomenessTV has hired former Lionsgate executive Matt Kaplan to run the recently created Awesomeness Films, the digital media company announced Tuesday. Kaplan — once the Svp Development and Production at Lionsgate — previously founded Chapter One Films, from which Awesomeness Films also recruited two more new team members, Robyn Marshall and Max Siemers. The production company most recently produced Blumhouse horror flick, “The Lazarus Effect.” Before that, Kaplan produced “6 Miranda Drive,” starring Kevin Bacon. Also read: YouTube's New Projects Include AwesomenessTV Feature Films, Fine Brothers and More 'Prank vs. Prank' Awesomeness Films aims to release between 12 and 15 films for theatrical and. »
- Greg Gilman
Kevin Bacon probably didn’t receive a “World’s Best Dad” mug on his first Father’s Day. With the recent holiday on his mind, the Cop Car star, 56, revealed to Vulture that he made a big parenting mistake back in 1989 right after his son, Travis, was born. “When my son was born [wife Kyra Sedgwick and I] took him back from the hospital. We locked a newborn in the car with the keys in the car and the motor running,” Bacon told Vulture at BAMcinemaFest on June [...] »
Cop Car follows two 10-year-old boys who stumble upon a police cruiser and take it for a joy ride, only to get entangled in the drama of a scummy small-town sheriff, played by Kevin Bacon. Vulture caught up with Bacon at BAMcinemaFest Sunday night to ask him if he’s ever left anything in the car, and, well, he has. “When my son was born — it’s Father’s Day, so I’m thinking about him, especially since he’s here — [Kyra Sedgwick and I] took him back from the hospital. We locked a newborn in the car with the keys in the car and the motor running,” Bacon said. “A guy from the garage put his fist through the window and broke in because my wife and I were obviously panicked. My publicist is laughing at me. We were new parents. You know, it was hard.” We made sure to note that his »
- Trupti Rami
Last night, LeBron James came as close as any player has in 46 years (since Jerry West in '69) to winning the NBA Finals Mvp for a losing team. What he did in carrying a team of scrubs and/or Knicks castoffs to within two games of a championship was otherworldly, not just for his own play, but for the complete ineptitude of his supporting cast whenever he wasn't on the floor. It had me wondering if there was a TV equivalent. I'm not talking about a great performance in an otherwise bad show, because we've seen plenty of those (Matthew Perry in "Studio 60," for instance), but a Hall of Fame performance that transforms a show that would otherwise be unwatchable into something seemingly great in its own right. I put the question out on Twitter this morning, and got some interesting responses: @sepinwall Orphan Black ... — Tormund Clientsbane (@LukeMayeux) June 17, 2015 Certainly, »
- Alan Sepinwall
There's a reason why Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have been married for 27 years and are still going strong. Well, there are probably a number of reasons, but it's still lovely to hear that this devoted duo are still totally hot for each other after nearly three decades together. "I don't think there was a moment where it was like, that thing happened and then we got pissed at each other. It was sort of the opposite," Bacon recalled during a Q&A in NYC with GQ editor-at-large Michael Hainey, when asked about how his marriage fared when they ended up among the victims of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. "We kind of went, 'Holy s--t. Let's... I don't know. Let's have sex or »
The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival is right around the corner. Though the full lineup for the festival won't be unveiled until early next month, the second wave of Fantasia titles have been revealed and horror fans have a lot to look forward to.
Press Release: "Montreal, June 11, 2015 – The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
- Derek Anderson
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
From The Official Press Release:
The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
A Special Screening »
- BJ Colangelo
A little over one month away, the Fantasia Film Festival announced it’s second wave of titles this morning. Fantasia Film Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Sound on Sight and we could not be more excited for their upcoming edition which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Arguably the largest genre film festival in the world, Fantasia will run from July 14th to August 4th this year and feature a large number of world and international premieres. The full-lineup, including special events, will be announced on July 7th.
From the official press release, here are some titles we can now look forward to:
- Justine Smith
Rome – Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Patricia Arquette, Rosario Dawson, and Dolph Lundgren are among Hollywood stars booked to make the trek to Italy’s Taormina Film Fest, the Sicilian shindig mixing movies and glamour where Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing and international distribution Sue Kroll will be feted with a Taormina Arte Award.
As previously announced, Disney/Pixar’s 3D “Inside Out” will open Taormina’s 61st edition in the seaside town’s 8,000-seat open-air ancient Greek theater, segueing from its Cannes world preem, on June 13, ahead of the hot summer pic’s U.S. release June 19.
Pic made a splash in Berlin.
More than one hundred titles will be sandwiched in-between, including a selection of recent U. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Read More: Sundance Review: Kevin Bacon Takes on Troublemaking Kids in Entertaining 'Cop Car' As the mustache makes clear, Kevin Bacon is in creepy predator mode for writer-director Jon Watts' "Cop Car." The road thriller premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and co-stars James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Camryn Manheim and Shea Whigham. The official synopsis reads: "When two rebellious young boys stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden in a secluded glade, they decide to take it for a joyride. When the small town sheriff (Kevin Bacon) goes looking for his missing car, the boys find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse, and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them." Focus World will release "Cop Car" in select theaters on August 7. The film will be available On Demand and »
- Zack Sharf
Following on from the first two trailers [watch them here and here], a new poster has arrived online for Black Mass, director Scott Cooper’s (Out of the Furnace) upcoming crime thriller starring Johnny Depp as Boston mobster Whitey Bulger…
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Black Mass is set for release on September 18th in the States and on November 13th in the UK, with a cast that includes Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness), Kevin Bacon (The Following), Adam Scott (Parks »
- Gary Collinson
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