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Four new trailers have just arrived with various appeal, three of them opening next month. Check out these spots involving fish, freedom, fast cars and loud rockers below. Len and Company In this indie drama, Rhys Ifans plays an aging music icon whose son (played appropriately by Jim Morrison portrayer Val Kilmer's son Jack Kilmer ) and ingenue (played by rock film legend Julian Temple's daughter Juno Temple) pay him a visit while he's in self-declared exile. Len and Company opens on June 10. Finding Dory Your favorite fish from Pixar's classic animated feature Finding Nemo are back in a second trailer for the upcoming sequel, and this one promises familiar themes, new dangers and possibly a same-sex couple. Finding Dory opens on June...
- Christopher Campbell
It may have first entered production all the way back in 2011, but thanks to directing duties on both To The Wonder and, more recently, the Christian Bale-led Knight of Cups, Weightless fell far down the pecking order for esteemed filmmaker Terrence Malick.
It’s finally starting to display signs of life, however, with the British Board Of Film Classification (via The Playlist) posting not only the movie’s official running time – just north of 145 minutes in length – but also the ensemble cast that will be headlining Malick’s latest creative effort.
Pulling together some of the talent that also featured in existential feature Knight of Cups, the filmmaker will reteam with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman for the musical drama, while there’s also roles for Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Haley Bennett, Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Clifton Collins Jr., Angela Bettis, Bérénice Marlohe, Florence Welch, »
- Michael Briers
With Knight of Cups arriving on Blu-ray soon (albeit with some embarrassing cover art) and Voyage of Time finally getting a release date, the year of Terrence Malick looks to continue as promised. His other feature in the can is the Austin-set Weightless, which follows intersecting love triangles in the world of music. Today finally brings confirmation it’s complete with an official running time, rating, and cast.
Thanks to an update at the British Board of Film Classification, we know they’ve given the film a 15 rating for “infrequent strong sex” and “sex references,” which makes it likely the MPAA will slap the film with an R rating. They also note that Weightless runs 145 minutes and 45 seconds — nearly 30 minutes longer than Knight of Cups — and confirm the cast: Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Haley Bennett, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Clifton Collins Jr., »
- Jordan Raup
Shane Black has introduced pop culture to many brilliant, dynamic duos over the course of his career, including Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans Sr. in The Last Boy Scout, and Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. In the writer/director.s most recent film, he introduces us to yet another amazing pair . played by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe . but could we ever see them come back to the big screen for a sequel? At this point, that really all depends on you, the audience. I had the pleasure of talking with Shane Black on the phone earlier this month, prior to The Nice Guys. theatrical release, and one subject that I brought up was the idea of reuniting Ryan Gosling.s Holland March and Russell Crowe.s Jackson Healy again somewhere down the line for a »
30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day, »
- Emily Rome
Thirty years after its first release, Neil Calloway takes a look at Top Gun…
Thirty years ago this week – 16th May 1986, to be precise, Top Gun was released and pop culture was changed forever. With the possible exclusion of films where Spielberg and Lucas were involved, it is arguably the most iconic film of the 1980s, certainly if you only consider films aimed at men.
If nothing else, it turned Tony Scott into a major Hollywood player and put Tom Cruise at the top of the firmament where – couch jumping incidents aside, he has remained ever since. It gave an early role to Meg Ryan three years before When Harry Met Sally, Tim Robbins and Anthony Edwards appear eight years before The Shawshank Redemption and E.R. made them stars. Adrian Pasdar has a tiny role a full twenty years before Heroes. Add Val Kilmer (five years before The Doors), and »
- Neil Calloway
Could there be a more quintessentially 1980s movie than "Top Gun?"
All that lovingly-photographed military hardware, that synth-pop soundtrack featuring two Kenny Loggins tunes, and a grinning Tom Cruise at his cockiest. He felt the need for speed, and for 30 years (since the film's release on May 16, 1986), you've been watching Cruise's Maverick soar in his fighter jet and overcome his paternal-abandonment issues.
Still, as many times as you've re-watched "Top Gun," there's a lot you may not know about the this '80s classic. Here are the Navy pilot saga's secrets, declassified.
1. The film originated as "Top Guns," a 1983 article by Ehud Yonay in California Magazine. It profiled the Navy pilot training center at Miramar, in San Diego, and featured aerial photography by a Top Gun pilot. Co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr. researched the script by attending Top Gun classes and getting flown around in an F-14.
2. Tom Cruise wasn't actually »
- Gary Susman
In the thirty years since “Top Gun” was released, its sporty, bro-mantic volleyball scene has been parodied and oft-mocked for its not-so-subdued sexuality, set to the tune of Kenny Loggins’ “Playing With the Boys.” Director Tony Scott knew full well that women and men alike would likely be titilated by the sight of shirtless actors Tom Cruise (Maverick), Anthony Edwards (Goose), Val Kilmer(Iceman) and Rick Rossovich (Slider) — and eagerly put the film’s pretty-boy pilots on fully oiled display. “I didn’t have a vision of what I was doing other than just doing soft porn,” Scott recalled with »
- Meriah Doty and Matt Hejl
Next week, the classic Top Gun will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release on May 16, 1986. You can take part in the celebration a week early, with the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of director Tony Scott's blockbuster, which made Tom Cruise a household name and propelled him to stardom. This 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook combo pack debuted last week, and with the Digital HD arriving today, May 10, we have a contest where you can bring this Blu-ray home.
The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of Top Gun captured the imagination of moviegoers upon its release on May 16, 1986, ultimately earning a worldwide box office of over $350 million. Tom Cruise is superb as the cocky but talented pilot Maverick and Kelly McGillis sizzles as the civilian instructor who teaches him a few things »
It's been 30 years since Tom Cruise starred as Lieutenant Maverick in Top Gun - and now to celebrate the film's upcoming anniversary, fans can get a copy of the 1986 action movie plus new interviews with Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. And in a sneak peek at one of the interviews, shared exclusively with People, Cruise revealed he enjoyed working with costar Val Kilmer, who played Iceman. "Val and I, I really enjoyed the scenes I did with him also," said Cruise in the above video clip, which also featured scenes from the movie. "I remember he was shooting a film in London. »
- Mariah Haas
In the thirty years since “Top Gun” was released, its sporty, bro-mantic volleyball scene has been parodied and oft-mocked for its not-so-subdued sexuality, set to the tune of Kenny Loggins’ “Playing With the Boys.” Director Tony Scott knew full well that women and men alike would likely be titilated by the sight of shirtless actors Tom Cruise (Maverick), Anthony Edwards (Goose), Val Kilmer (Iceman) and Rick Rossovich (Slider) — and eagerly put the film’s pretty-boy pilots on fully oiled display. “I didn’t have a vision of what I was doing other than just doing soft porn,” Scott recalled with »
- Meriah Doty
I went to see “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” on opening day. Usually, the column about a movie I’ve seen gets posted within a couple of days of the viewing. This one, on the other hand, has taken much longer than I wanted it to, mostly because I needed that much longer to process it.
Superhero movies are one of those things I love. They rank right up there with books, quality cheese, better bourbon, and these incredible chocolate stout cookies a lady in my home city sells. It’s a shock to my system to walk out of a movie starring titans of the comic book circuit feeling ambivalent.
“Dawn of Justice” wasn’t a horrible movie, but it wasn’t great either. I walked out of the theater hopped up on caffeine and still couldn’t muster the energy to discuss what I’d just seen with my friends. »
This week Neil Calloway looks at a forgotten Marvel comic book film from 1990…
With the release next week of Captain America: Civil War, it’s time to look back when Marvel Films weren’t blockbuster event movies with bottomless budgets and huge all star casts.
The 1990s were an odd time for superhero movies; the Batman films were doing well at the box office, and there were several attempts to get Superman back off the ground, but most of the films were substandard versions of relatively unknown superheroes. One exception to that rule – or at least to the unknown superheroes part of it – was 1990’s Captain America film.
Before the McU came into being, the film rights for Marvel characters were owned by different production companies. Cannon Films – who produced the last of the Superman films starring Christopher Reeve – had snapped up the rights to Captain America. When founder Menahem Golan left Cannon, »
- Neil Calloway
Another Tuesday, another round-up! But first a riddle: What do Elton John, Iron Fist, and the X-Files have in common? They’re all in today’s Harker’s Hits!
• You loved the X-Files when it came back this year. You must have more. And now you can! The Blu-ray and DVD are dropping June 14. (That’s 63 days, kids! Start counting your pennies!) You’ll be able to relive every moment and search for clues with Mulder, Scully, Reyes, Skinner, and the Smoking Man. You’ll find commentary on several episodes; “Monsters of the Week,” a recap of some of the craziest creatures who crashed the series; and even a gag reel (you know you like to see Duchovny laugh!), in among other treats and treasures. Pre-order here!
- Harker Jones
Photos Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ Tm & © DC Comics
Warner Bros. Pictures’ screen pairing of the world’s most iconic super heroes has at last answered the question “Who Will Win?” by winning over movie audiences and setting box office records around the world this weekend with an estimated worldwide box office total of $424.1 million.
Batman and Superman. Gotham and Metropolis. Lex Luthor, Doomsday and—for the first time ever on the big screen—Wonder Woman. With its stellar lineup of heroes and villains and bigger and better battles with even more at stake than the destruction of the Earth, Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is an epic Super Hero journey like no other.
Pit the two greatest heroes in the world against each other and the unthinkable becomes inevitable in the form of a truly seismic clash: Batman, the underground vigilante, a knight in the darkness, »
- Movie Geeks
It’s absurd to suggest that film critics were paid to write negative reviews of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” But as absurd ideas go, it’s a mildly flattering one, since it carries with it a sliver of implication that critics actually matter — or that a studio would give a bat’s ass what critics think of a movie as thoroughly, obtusely critic-proof as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (I keep typing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in hopes that the overextended title may improve with repetition, but it doesn’t — instead it just sits there, heavy with meaningless portent and bereft of punctuation: “Who stole my period?”)
Did I mention that, unlike roughly 69% of the critics listed on Rotten Tomatoes who reviewed “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” I did not hate “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”? Well, I didn’t — and no, Warner Bros. »
- Justin Chang
Shane Black, who made a name for himself in the 1980s with his scripts for action films like "Lethal Weapon" and "The Last Boyscout," earned his directing stripes with 2005's acclaimed darkly comedic detective noir "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang". That film saw Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer teaming up to bring down a conspiracy in contemporary Los Angeles, one that ties back to the body of a young woman.
Earlier this week came the second trailer for Black's new film "The Nice Guys," a movie which essentially plays in the same wheelhouse although changes the setting to the 1970s and swaps out the leads with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. In the wake of that release, Black revealed to The Thrillist that he has no problem returning to the genre and is up for 'Nice Guys' sequels should the first fare well:
"I have no problem with a detective franchise. »
- Garth Franklin
Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor known for starring in CBS’ late ’70s sports drama “The White Shadow,” NBC drama “Crossing Jordan” and, more recently, for his appearances on “30 Rock” as well as for his presidency of SAG-aftra, died Wednesday. He was 71.
SAG-aftra announced that he died at his home near Los Angeles. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
“Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-aftra acting president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. “Ken was an inspirational leader and it is an incredible loss for SAG-aftra, for his family and for everyone who knew him. He was a light that never dimmed and was completely devoted to the membership. He led us through tumultuous times and set our union on a steady course of excellence. We will be forever in his debt. »
- Carmel Dagan
Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor known for starring in CBS’ late ’70s sports drama “The White Shadow,” NBC drama “Crossing Jordan” and, more recently, for his appearances on “30 Rock” as well as for his presidency of SAG-AFTRA, died Wednesday. He was 71.
SAG-AFTRA announced that he died at his home near Los Angeles. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
“Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-aftra acting president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement “He was an exceptional person and we are deeply saddened by his passing. He had a remarkable career and he never forgot what it was like to be a working performer. The merger of SAG and AFTRA was something of a ‘North Star’ for him and, once he fixed upon it, he never wavered from that goal. »
- Carmel Dagan
Batman and Superman have a long history with Awfully Good. We've tackled Superman III and Superman IV for the Man of Steel, and Batman: The Movie, Batman And Robin, Catwoman, and even the porno Batbabe: The Dark Nightie for the Caped Crusader. Only one movie is missing… Batman Forever (1995) Director: Joel Schumacher Stars: Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee... Read More »
- Jason Adams
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