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Unmade Classics: Part 1 of 2:
The film industry is a place for ideas but not all those ideas will reach the big screen. Many projects are announced each year and most of them will reach the pre-production stage but many will go no further. Only about half of the films announced will ever be completed. For various reasons, many intended movies will just fade away. Some may die during the script writing stage, while other will actually begin production before the whims of fortune cause the demise of the project. Here is Part One of a list of 25 tantalizing unmade films that could have been classics.
The Adventures of Flash Gordon: In the mid-1970s, George Lucas was enjoying critical success from his American Graffiti films. Being a life-long science fiction fan, he was planning to make a big-Budget film version of Flash Gordon. He had many ideas for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
January 1st might most famously mark the beginning of a new year, but the start of 2013 also marks a very significant anniversary for American history, for it will signify 100 years since a parcel postal service became available to Americans, which helped to stimulate national trade throughout the country. To celebrate that achievement, we’ve decided to rack our brains and come up with the most memorable postal workers from film and TV, and though it’s not a profession that immediately inspires creativity within pop culture, there have been a share of gems if you look closely enough. Whether adhering to the now-classic stereotype of “going postal”, or simply trying to do their job and get a package from A-to-b, these characters are iconic relics of the postal service, for better and for worse.
Here are the 10 most memorable postmen on film and TV.
10. Myron – Jingle All The Way
- Shaun Munro
Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he does not regret Batman & Robin. The actor discussed his role as Mr Freeze in the infamous 1997 Joel Schumacher movie. "In most cases I don't regret the movies that failed or were not as good," the former Caliornia governor told Empire. "It's always easy to be smug in hindsight, right? "I don't regret it at all. I felt that the character was interesting and two movies before that one Joel Schumacher was at his height. So the decision-making process was not off. "At the same time I was doing Eraser over (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
★★☆☆☆ Remaking a film is always a tricky proposition, yet this was the task undertaken by Len Wiseman with Total Recall (2012), reinventing the narrative shell of Philip K. Dick's novel We Can Remember It for You Wholesale and Paul Verhoeven's much cherished original, yet somehow also disregarding the lewd humour of its 1990 predecessor. Colin Farrell steps into the mammoth boots of Arnold Schwarzenegger to play protagonist Douglas Quaid, a simple assembly line worker who, whilst undergoing an innovative memory implant procedure, dramatically finds himself accused of being a spy and inheriting some unknown talents in the process.
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- CineVue UK
During a lengthy interview with Empire magazine, Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about "Batman and Robin," which many consider to be one of the worst movies of all time, in addition to "Terminator 5" and how he almost played the villain in James Cameron's "Spider-Man" movie. "I don't regret it at all," he said about playing Mr. Freeze in "Batman and Robin." "I felt that the character was interesting and two movies before that one [director] Joel Schumacher was at his height. So the decision-making process was not off. At the same time I was doing 'Eraser' and Warner Bros begged me to do the movie." Empire then asked if he plans to return for another "Terminator" movie. "Producer Megan Ellison owns the rights to 'Terminator 16,' or whatever it is. Yes, five," he said. "They have been trying to put a script together but I've not seen it, »
The film industry is a place for ideas but not all those ideas will reach the big screen. Many projects are announced each year and most of them will reach the pre-production stage but many will go no further. On average, only half of the films announced will ever be completed. For various reasons, many intended movies will just fade away. Some may die during the script writing stage, while other will actually begin production before the whims of fortune cause the demise of the project. Here is Part One of a list of 25 tantalizing unmade films that could have been classics.
The Adventures of Flash Gordon: In the mid-1970s, George Lucas was enjoying critical success from his American Graffiti films. Being a life-long science fiction fan, he was planning to make a big-Budget film version of Flash Gordon. He had many ideas for the film but he »
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Let me start by saying that Mr. Freeze is my favorite Batman villain. Love Joker, he is my favorite villain of all time but Freeze is my favorite Batman villain. I grew up on the Paul Dini/Bruce Timm version. I just love that Freeze is a villain who commits crimes for a bigger and more important reason. We don't see that in other Batman villains. I'm not overly happy about the Mr. Freeze story in the New 52 that Scott Snyder wrote but I did enjoy it. As a kid yea I admit I liked Arnold Schwarzenegger's Freeze but now that I'm older, I don’t like it. I don't think it was Arnold's fault. If you watched Arnold as the Terminator he was stone cold and emotionless. I think Arnold could have played a good Freeze. The problem was how WB's wanted to make the film for toy »
Congratulations! Zach is officially off the market, as he married Kiele on Saturday Dec. 29 in Napa Valley!
The couple met in early 2010 while they were costarring in the ABC pilot The Matadors, however, it was never picked up to series.
“She is the most amazing woman in the world,” Zach told Us Weekly of Kiele during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in 2012.
In July, Zach revealed to E! News that the couple’s wedding plans were “magical.”
“We set a date,” he said. “We found a magical, magical place to get married and I’m excited. It is going to be cool.”
This is Zach’s first marriage and the second for Kiele, who is divorced from writer and film director Zach Helm.
Zach is best known for playing quarterback Matt Saracen on NBC’s Friday Night Lights. »
- Christopher Rogers
"I don't regret it at all," Arnold Schwarzenegger told Empire Magazine (in a recent issue featuring a lengthy feature on his incredible career) when asked about his role as 'Mr Freeze' in the critically panned Batman & Robin. "I felt that the character was interesting and two movies before that one Joel Schumacher was at his height. So the decision-making process was not off. At the same time I was doing Eraser over there and Warner Bros. begged me to do the movie." So, looking back, does he have any regrets about agreeing to be a part of the comic book adaptation? "In most cases I don't regret the movies that failed or were not as good. It's always easy to be smug in hindsight, right?" Batman & Robin was far from the only comic book movie that Arnie has been attached to star in. At one point, he very nearly ended »
The couple first met in early 2010 as costars of the ABC pilot "The Matadors," which wasn't picked up to series. Sanchez, 36, is currently starring on A&E's "The Glades," set to return for a fourth season in 2013.
Gilford, 30, best known for playing Qb Matt Saracen on "Fnl," most recently starred in the freshman series "Mob Doctor," canceled by Fox after 13 episodes. Next up is his big-screen role alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Last Stand," premiering Jan. 18, 2013.
The newlyweds will be especially busy in 2013: Sanchez and Gilford's first child is due very early in the year.
Congratulations to the happy couple! »
But the 82-year-old actor knocked back the invitation.
His spokesman said that the screen legend had officially retired.
West admitted that he would have loved to have Connery in the action movie.
He said that it would have been great to bring Connery back from retirement. (Ani) »
- Machan Kumar
As we look back at the year in film, we find -- as always -- there's room for improvement. Often by simply replacing a lead actor, a world of difference could be made on the overall effect of the film. Films come together the way they do for a reason. Often it's more about a star's marquee value or perceived bankability than it is about the part they are playing. Alas, here are the 2012 Movie Roles That Should Have Gone to Someone Else. Colin Farrell in "Total Recall" Farrell's casting as Douglas Quaid/Carl Hauser in Len Wiseman's remake of the Paul Verhoeven 1990 original--in which Arnold Schwarzenegger starred--was the first of many mistakes. Watching his co-star Kate Beckinsale kick more ass than him was just a reminder of how lacklustre Farrell's presence and performance was in such a CGI-heavy environment. We like him weak and pathetic, as in "In Bruges. »
- Sophia Savage
Next year will see three of South Korea’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed directors present their English language debuts. Kim Jee Woon (The Last Stand), Park Chan Wook (Stoker), and Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer) have already proved themselves in their homeland, and here at Thn we are taking a look back over their past efforts. Now on the last film of Kim Jee Woon, join us each week over the course of the next few months as we explore The Land Of The Morning Calm.
Director: Kim Jee Woon
Cast: Lee Byung Hyun, Choi Min Sik, Jeon Gook Hwan, Cheon Ho Jin, Oh San Ha, Kim Yoon Seo, Choi Moo Seong, Kim In Seo
Plot: After a serial killer murders the fiancé of a secret service agent, he is hunted down in a series of vicious revenge attacks.
Mention the words ‘Korean Film’ and one’s mind »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
On December 14, 2012, a young man named Adam Lanza broke into a primary school and fatally shot 26 people in the small village of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Twenty of them were children, aged 6 or 7. On that day, no matter where I went or what I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about the tragedy of that event, the inhumanity of it. Evidently, I wasn’t the only one.
Ann Coulter, the incendiary pundit and bellicose mouthpiece for America’s most radical right wing, said this on her Twitter account, just hours after the tragedy in Connecticut: “Only one policy has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws”.
Amongst many things, what she said got me thinking about gun violence in Canada. Earlier this year in Toronto, where I live, a gunman shot and killed two men at the Eaton Centre shopping mall, injuring five innocent bystander in the process. In »
- Justin Li
Five completely new and action-packed TV spots for the upcoming Schwarzenegger‘s movie The Last Stand have arrived, and I’m sure you’re going to love them all! As you’re going to see from these videos, it looks that one quiet town will finally see some action thanks to Sheriff Ray Owens and his inexperienced staff. Retirement? Definitely is for sissies!
Written by Andrew Knauer and directed by Kim Ji-woon, this action thriller focuses on Schwarzenegger’s character, Ray Owens, a retired Lapd officer who now works as a border town sheriff.
Sounds boring until the moment when a notorious cartel leader escapes from FBI custody, so the sheriff and his team will have to stand between the criminals and the Mexican border.
Beside Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand also stars Zach Gilford, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Eduardo Noriega, Peter Stormare & Genesis Rodriguez, »
- Jeanne Standal
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito are the unlikely twins resulting from a genetic engineering experiment in Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman's good-nurtured comedy. It doesn't take a genius to see how the comedy might evolve with Arnie as the perfect specimen and Danny as the scheming lowlife, but everyone has fun turning the concept into a naughtier version of The Prince And The Pauper. Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb play the girlfriends who help the brothers reconcile their differences. »
Arnold Schwarzenegger is the unlikely but inspired choice to play a research scientist who becomes the world's first pregnant man. Danny DeVito plays his scientist buddy who's in on the conception while Emma Thompson is the professor whose egg Arnie ends up incubating. Director Ivan Reitman reteams with Arnie and DeVito to recapture the just-go-with-it spirit of their previous comedy smash Twins. »
We previously brought you release dates from Disney's slate of 2013 films and today we have Lionsgate's line-up. The next year will include a new installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise with Texas Chainsaw 3D, Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to action in a leading role with The Last Stand, three films involving Tyler Perry and, of course, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. One guess as to which film will be the biggest win for Lionsgate next year. Hit the jump to see the whole schedule with release dates, posters and synopses. Texas Chainsaw 3D Release Date: January 4, 2013 Synopsis: Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. »
- Dave Trumbore
There's only room for one sheriff in Neiman Marcus ... at a time ... at least for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. TMZ shoppers spotted Arnold -- with his weird new haircut -- roaming the racks at Neiman's in Bev Hills on Xmas Eve. Arnold meandered from the overpriced jewelry ... to the extremely overpriced menswear ... to the restaurant area ... and then he left. Roughly 15 minutes later, guess who appeared? Maria mosied through the department store for some last minute shopping. »
- TMZ Staff
We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...
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• Beware the wrath of Carol Kane! 25 facts about your favorite Christmas movies. [Mental Floss]
• 7 holiday specials that will turn you into a Grinch. We're not sure we even knew there was a He-Man and She-Ra Christmas special. [The Week]
• 10 celebrity items for the most expensive Christmas wish list ever conjured, »
- Bryan Enk
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