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We rewatched the classic 1980s comedy, Top Secret! It took surgeons two weeks to wipe the smile off our face...
"Is this the potato farm?"
"Yes, I am Albert Potato"
If you're laughing at the quote above, then it's fair to say that you're already a Top Secret! fan. But if you're wondering what that actually means, then chances are you've missed out on one of the very best comedies that the 1980s had to offer.
Now the classic comedy Airplane!, rightfully, has been the beneficiary of some hugely forensic work, just to try and keep on top of its many, many background jokes. In fact, one DVD edition had a special feature just to point out all the things you may have missed on your first, tenth or fiftieth time around. Turns out there were quite a few in my case.
The Naked Gun, made just under a decade later, »
One of the regular sticks used to beat Joel Schumacher's pair of Batman films with was the decision to put nipples on the Batsuit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever. It's not the main area of contention with the films, certainly, but let's just go with that it didn't help.
Digging through my back catalogue of magazines last week, I discovered an old issue of Premiere magazine, dating back to the film's release in May 1995. As it turns out, even before the film came out, and even before the world wide web as we know it today had risen, the nipples were an issue.
In a big interview piece to promote the film just prior to its release, Jim Carrey - who played The Riddler in the movie - »
July 14th may not have a lot of genre-related titles arriving on DVD and Blu-ray, but the films making their home entertainment debuts this week are a rather stellar bunch nonetheless. For anyone who may have missed two of the best indie films this year in theaters—Ex Machina and It Follows—you’ll have a chance to catch up with both this coming Tuesday.
Scream Factory is also keeping busy this week with their high-def release of Philippe Mora’s cult classic, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, and they also have two double feature Blu-rays coming out as well. Severin Films has put together an extensive special edition release of the recent documentary Lost Soul, which follows the troubled production of Richard Stanley’s Island of Doctor Moreau and looks pretty incredible and for all you X-Men fans out there, the Rogue Cut version of Days »
- Heather Wixson
It was a major power move when Warner Bros. put two of the biggest comic heroes of all time in one movie. You could almost hear them saying, "Take that, Marvel!" At Saturday's Comic-Con panel the studio wowed Hall H with a dramatic three-panel display running down the sides of the massive space. And threw up all the DC titles in the works: "Justice League" 1 and 2, "Suicide Squad," "The Flash," "Cyborg," and "Aquaman." Warner Bros. has been through many iterations of DC's Batman at this point, from Tim Burton and Michael Keaton through Val Kilmer, George Clooney and finally, the winning Chris Nolan trilogy starring Christian Bale. Now Ben Affleck is taking on the role of an older Dark Knight (influenced by Frank Miller's take on the character) who decides to get back into his Batgear in order to set his vigilante sights on too-powerful evil alien Superman. (See trailer below. »
- Anne Thompson
Regular readers of the site will know that earlier this year we ran a series looking at the classic films of Keanu Reeves. This was to co-inside with the release of the fantastic John Wick; now we turn our attention to another big name from the nineties, Tom Cruise. Each week from now until the release of the highly anticipated fifth Mission Impossible film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we’ll be taking an in depth look the films that we feel are his classics.
Tom Cruise, born Thomas Cruise Mapothor IV, got into acting during high school, abandoning his original plans of becoming a Catholic priest. He then moved to New York at the age of eighteen to start acting. His on-screen début came in Endless Love where he had a small role. He also has a starred in Taps, The Outsiders, Losing It, All the Right Moves, and Legend before studios started taking notice. »
- Kat Smith
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"7 Days in Hell" (Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
Bless whoever came up with this random 45-minute mockumentary about an epic seven-day tennis match. Andy Samberg -- looking more "Joe Dirt" David Spade than Andre Agassi -- and Kit Harington (Jon Snow + comedy = win) are the players, with real tennis stars like Serena Williams and John McEnroe giving commentary.
"The Spoils Before Dying" (Wednesday on IFC at 9 p.m.)
Are you ready for this three-night television event? Not possible! But it's coming anyway. "The Spoils Before Dying" is the comedy follow-up to "The Spoils of Babylon" miniseries. This spoof once again stars Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and more, this time following a 1950s jazz pianist »
- Gina Carbone
Now playing in theaters is Magic Mike Xxl. Gregory Jacobs takes over as director this time around, though Steven Soderbergh is still onboard as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor. Written by Reid Carolin, the story takes place three years after the events of Magic Mike, as Channing Tatum’s character has bowed out of the stripper game for good…or so he thinks. The rest of the Kings of Tampa decide to throw in the towel as well, but not before one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach with Mike sharing the spotlight. As the boys embark on a rowdy road trip, they renew old acquaintances and make new friends. As you can see in these fifty images, Jada Pinkett Smith plays a club owner, while Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Andie MacDowell fill other supporting roles. The film also stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With Comic-Con 2015 just around the corner, fans will surely get a new look at Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during the studio's Hall H panel on Saturday, July 12 at 10:30 Am. While we wait for that footage to arrive, a much different Batman video has surfaced, through the shared Instagram account of child actor Seth Lee, who co-stars alongside Ben Affleck in the Warner Bros.' drama The Accountant. The video gives us a look at Ben Affleck uttering the famous line, "I am Batman" for the first time.
Ben Affleck isn't wearing his full Batman costume in the video, where he trades saying the iconic line with Seth Lee. While we did get a few brief glimpses of the actor in the first Batman v Superman trailer that debuted in April, we didn't hear the actor speak at all, so we'll have to wait »
There's a new crop of celebrity model kids coming on the fashion scene! Pierce Brosnan's son Dylan, Gary Oldman's son Charlie and Val Kilmer's son Jack stole the spotlight at Saint Laurent's runway show for Men's Fashion Week in Paris on Sunday. The boys hit the catwalk sporting an array of grungy looks from the collection, all three of them sporting leather jackets and black skinny jeans. Dylan's proud parents, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shayne Smith, were spotted in the crowd during the show. This isn't the first time Dylan and Jack have represented the famed fashion house though. Last year, the teens were named the new faces of Saint Laurent's menswear line. Check out a snippet of their editorial debuts above. These guys are just three members of a new group of celebrity model offspring, which already includes Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Cindy Crawford's daughter, »
- tooFab Staff
Make way for the next generation! Pierce Brosnan's son Dylan, Val Kilmer's son Jack and Gary Oldman's son Charlie all took to the runway at Saint Laurent in Paris for Men's Fashion Week and, well, they're a chip off the ol' (very handsome) block. The boys hit the catwalk sporting an array of grungy looks from the men's permanent collection (notable features included plaid button-downs, leather jackets and black skinny jeans). Dylan and Jack, by the way, were announced as the new faces of Saint Laurent's menswear line back in 2014, but this is their full-fledged runway debut. The duo, alongside Charlie Oldman, were reportedly handpicked by Saint Laurent honcho Hedi Slimane to model for »
It was 20 years ago that the third modern Batman movie was released. An uncertain time for the character who just six years earlier had revolutionized the modern blockbuster, helped launch the modern age of comic book adaptations, and made an untold millions for Warner Bros. The follow-up, Batman Returns, was seen as a disappointment by the studio who felt the series had taken a dark turn and lost much of its mainstream appeal.
The third installment would be a departure both for Michael Keaton and Tim Burton who left the franchise in the hands of Joel Schumacher. Joel Schumacher… who would one day brutally murder the franchise with reckless abandon and shelve the Dark Knight for nearly a decade before Christopher Nolan found a way to make him interesting (and profitable) again. We all know that Batman & Robin is a »
- Anghus Houvouras
It.s safe to say that Joel Schumacher forever ruined his legacy with the Batman franchise because of Batman & Robin. However, despite the Bat-nipples and Arnie.s campy Mr. Freeze, it turns out that a third Batman film that Scumacher had planned actually sounded rather incredible. Joel Schumacher originally took to the Batman franchise with 1995.s Batman Forever, which had Val Kilmer as the titular caped crusader and was an enjoyable, family-friendly take on the character. It was forgettable fun. That all changed with Batman & Robin, which is widely regarded as one of the worst superhero films ever made, and proved to be such a colossal failure that it took Christopher Nolan.s Batman Begins to rejuvenate the hero. Joel Schumacher would have gone some way toward salvaging his reputation if he.d been given the chance to create his third Batman film, though. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumacher »
First there was "The Spoils Of Babylon," IFC's miniseries soap opera parody that brought together a ton of big stars (Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer) for one big goof. Now, the creative team behind that is back with "The Spoils Before Dying," and the first trailer for this mystery riff is here. Read More: Watch An Extended Look At 'The Spoils Of Babylon' Michael K. Williams leads the effort with Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment (all three appeared in 'Babylon'), Maya Rudolph, Michael Sheen, Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, and Chris Parnell joining in the fun that follows a jazz musician who discovers his lover and another man dead. And it gets pretty surreal from there. “It was the weirdest world to be in. There was just no up, no down,” Williams told EW. “[My character] wakes up and the love of his life is dead, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A tense trailer for a post-apocalyptic thriller, variant cover art for The Walking Dead #1 featuring Michonne and her pets, and Blu-ray / DVD release details for Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau comprise this round-up.
Z for Zachariah: Directed by Craig Zobel from Nissar Modi's screenplay that's based on the 1974 novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. The film is slated for a limited theatrical release from Roadside Attractions beginning August 21st.
Synopsis (via Collider): "In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. »
- Derek Anderson
One of the marketing trends today is for consumers to take a brand and make it their own. An example is the phenomenon of customizing phones. I’m sure that just about everyone you know has selected a cellphone case so that their phone has really become their phone. And a few years ago, I had a role in a Kia Soul marketing campaign. The big idea was that you, as a car owner, could customize the Soul in whatever way worked best for you. And there’s more of this brand customization in the future. Centennials, the group that comes after Millennials, are even more passionate about personalizing brands.
Geek Culture’s passionate fans already have their own personalized visions of popular entertainment brands and characters. They are a finicky bunch, especially when it comes to change. Long gone are the days when they blindly accepted reboots or revisions »
- Ed Catto
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
“Welcome to Wayward Pines, where paradise is home”.
The louder a fictional small town shouts about being heaven on Earth, the higher the probability that it is in fact, an axis of evil. As a rule, if the town sign features a beaming family and a cheery slogan, you’ll be lucky to make it to sundown without being kidnapped, cannibalised or having your severed spine used as a xylophone in the local middle school’s ossuary orchestra.
(It’s all a matter of irony. Small towns with dark secrets love irony in a town slogan. It gives them a pleasant break from all that ritualised murder and alien probing.)
Did Will Forte create The Last Man on Earth, in which he plays humanity’s worst living representative, because he is in fact the best dude on the planet? Talking to his friends and spending a couple of hours eating breakfast burritos and strolling around Venice Beach with him for a New York Magazine feature certainly gave this reporter that impression. More stray observations and stories emerged than could fit in the printed piece, so in honor of Last Man’s finale last night, please enjoy the many things one learns about Will Forte from spending time with him (and talking to a bunch of people he knows), including just how nice he is, what happened when he stuck his hand in Andy Samberg’s urine flow, and what it was like having Val Kilmer as a roommate. 1. Will Forte is the most polite man in Hollywood, according to everyone »
- Jada Yuan
It’s be a divisive road for “Suicide Squad” and the movie is still in principal photography. After director David Ayer posted an image of Jared Leto’s Joker covered in tattoos, lines were drawn in the proverbial sand. Either you loved the idea of a modern Joker or you loathed the new Jokalo. Of course, now there are rumblings that Ayer was merely paying homage to 75 years of Joker’s history with that Joker’s tattooed photo, citing DC Comics tweet in the aftermath. It was pretty rad. But, I heard it was just a troll @GregCapullo #BatmanChat https://t.co/mP1PSLuWtd — DC Comics (@DCComics) May 1, 2015 With one hornet’s nest settling down from being kicked, Ayer released another salvo on Twitter. Meet the “Suicide Squad.” Image Credit: Twitter As with any marketing bomb detonated on social media, the blowback was hard and fast. Twitter is alight with opinions, »
- Donna Dickens
Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
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