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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
Alex Gibney’s powerful exposé paints a sinister portrait of Scientology, straight from the mouths of former insiders
Alex Gibney interview: journey into the seductive world of Scientology
Alex Gibney’s typically engaging and increasingly alarming history/exposé of Scientology (from Pulitzer prize-winning Lawrence Wright’s book) hears from those who have embraced and then escaped the teachings of L Ron Hubbard and his cult disciples. From Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor, who worked closely with celebrity Scientology flag-waver John Travolta, to Oscar winning film-maker Paul Haggis, who only slowly became aware of the barefaced lies and Wtf-mumbo-jumbo he was living with, Going Clear presents an insider’s view of post-Thetan existence.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Bring me Louis Theroux! There are many moments during this disappointing depiction of Scientology where you may be crying out that very same plea.
Unlike the staggeringly good Amy, this documentary fails to muster any sense of objectivity towards the subject matter and frequently comes across as overly manipulative - the very trait it seeks to expose and demonise when it comes to Scientology. It's epitomised by the use of footage featuring key figures in the religion, including John Travolta, Tom Cruise and its founder L Ron Hubbard, which often dwells or freeze frames on the blazing eyes or wild laughter in a bid to make them look crazy. It devalues its objectives.
Such subjective treatment needs a stronger authorial presence in the film, beyond the occasional off-camera voice of the interviewer. »
Us actor Richard Gere is to receive the highest honour of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) during its 50th anniversary edition, which runs July 3-11.
Gere, star of American Gigalo, Pretty Woman and Chicago, will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the festival in the Czech spa town.
This year’s Kviff will open with Time Out Of Mind, starring Gere who will present the film alongside director Oren Moverman and co-star Jena Malone. The psychological drama follows a man seeking a way to reach his estranged daughter.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
For the last half a century or so, Americans have been on a seemingly never-ending quest for physical perfection. This has manifested itself in the proliferation of cosmetic surgeons, health food stores, diet books and programs, and the wide spread, often popping up overnight, health clubs (Aka spa, the gym, the fitness center, etc…). So, naturally these places would become a movie location, in comedies (in the 63′ classic original The Nutty Professor, Jerry Lewis causes havoc at a “Vic Tanny Gym”) to documentaries (the Pumping Iron flicks). Then there’s those hybrid comedy/drama/romances like the John Travolta 1984 vehicle Perfect and the Robert Altman ensemble called, simply, Health. Now, in this new low-budget “indie” flick, three unlikely (and often unloveable) characters come together when one of them heads into a health club (sounds like an old joke set-up, “A guy walks into a spa…”), hoping, needing ,to achieve eventually, »
- Jim Batts
Director John McTiernan at La Cinémathèque Française's masterclass.Last autumn, my friend and colleague, Christopher Small, and I took the vacation of a lifetime to Paris. Did we go to eat macarons, drink wine and sneak a peek at the Mona Lisa? No, no we didn’t. We went to Paris to watch movies. Movies? Yes, movies. Did we go to Paris to watch the latest Godard, visit the site of the first cinema screening or drink beer with friendly Parisians until 4 in the morning? No, but we did anyway. What Christopher and I went to Paris to do was to watch John McTiernan’s movies on glorious 35mm at the Cinémathèque Française. To understand how special this trip was, I should probably provide a bit of background information: my husband, Jake Barningham, and his best friend, Daniel Gorman, started Mission:McTiernan back in 2010. They were right there with Notebook alum »
- Sara Freeman
However, this is far from the first time that The Punisher has appeared in live action – and it might not even be his first appearance in Marvel's shared film universe.
1. His origin story was truly explosive
The story of Frank Castle began to unfold in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man in February 1974, as a creation of iconic Marvel writer Gerry Conway, art director John Romita Sr and artist Ross Andru. »
The annual Cannes Film Festival is a wonderful reminder that the world is full of films; some are award-worthy, some are truly terrible, and still more are just plain forgotten. Thanks to our own Talia Soghomonian, we have a pictorial representation of some of those films captured in the form of over 30 posters. Some are the highly anticipated films due out later this year like Terminator Genisys and The Peanuts Movie. Others aim to capitalize on the recent stardom of a principal actor, like Jennifer Lawrence in the 2008 film The Poker House. Still more are fantastic just because of how insane they look, how inane their premise is, or the caliber of the actors they're advertising. Look no further than John Travolta in Warbirds and Nicolas Cage in USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. Though we don't have these two gems in the same film, we do have them in the same image on side-by-side posters. »
- Dave Trumbore
This just in: Sarah Paulson is the cutest person on the planet. She's also just like us, at least in terms of girl crushes. With American Crime Story, Paulson has a tough job ahead of her. Not only is she tasked with playing a real, living person, but also a person who Tina Fey has already played/parodied perfectly on Netflix's The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The FX drama, from executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, follows the infamous murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark, and is joined by a cast that includes Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Selma Blair, just to name a few. Fey's hysterical portrayal of a »
McCarthy stars as Susan Cooper who, despite being scary-capable as a CIA field operative, spends her time parked at a desk, calling the plays for super agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). He gets all the glory and she gets all the, well, not that. But when Fine is seemingly murdered in cold blood by the big-haired villainess Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), Cooper -- armed with increasingly bad (and hilarious) false identities -- is sent out into the field to stop Boyanov and save the world.
Still on the fence? Here are 5 reasons why you need to see "Spy" at least twice this weekend. »
- Phil Pirrello
There are few filmmakers considered as thoroughly cool as Quentin Tarantino, the genius behind blood-stained genre romps Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds, but it turns out the director took that label very seriously on the set of The Hateful Eight. In order to maintain the realism of the period piece, set during a brutal winter blizzard, Tarantino apparently shot the film on a refrigerated set.
Samuel L. Jackson, who has a key role in the star-studded film, revealed to Collider that working on the film was “taxing in a very interesting way.” He went on to explain:
“Quentin shot on a refrigerated set, and it was 30 degrees every day in there. We were miserable in the environment. You could see our breath, but the stuff that we were doing was amazing. We would finish doing a scene and look at each other and just grin like, ‘this is incredible.’ And »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Karlovy Vary film festival, one of Europe's top international festivals, unveiled the lineup for its 50th anniversary edition on Tuesday, including a slew of world and international premieres. The festival in the Czech Republic has a reputation for discovering new talent and attracting top Hollywood guests. Mel Gibson, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, John Travolta and Helen Mirren have all graced its red carpet. Organizers on Tuesday in particular touted the young-skewing lineup of competition directors. "This year, we are excited to present the youngest competition lineup in the Kviff's recent history, the average age of the filmmaker
- Nick Holdsworth
The network has given Brewer a script commitment to adapt the love story of young Texans set against the rodeo scene, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The world’s biggest celebration of Indian cinema, the S-cross Iifa Awards will be held in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, June 7th at the Putra Stadium.
The Videocon d2h Iifa Weekend, which begins from June 5 will bring together the world’s largest film industry to celebrate the success and magic of Indian cinema with a song-n-dance spectacular entitled Iifa Rocks, the Iifa Fashion extravaganza, Iifa Gala Screening of the much-awaited blockbuster, Dil Dhadakne Do and then the finale S-cross Iifa Awards.
The S-cross Iifa Awards will be headlined by the biggest superstars Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh-Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Shraddha Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra-Farhan Akhtar and Riteish Deshmukh-Pulkit Samrat.
- Press Releases
Urban Cowboy will be the next movie to get a small-screen makeover. Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV are firing up a TV remake of the 1980 John Travolta movie about love and drama in a Houston bar. Craig Brewer (Footloose, Hustle and Flow) will write, executive produce, and direct the pilot. More on the […]
- Angie Han
Another media channel is severing ties with the Duggars.
Hulu has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its site following eldest son Josh Duggar’s admission that, as a teenager, he sexually molested underage girls, TVLine has confirmed.
RelatedTLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
TLC dropped all episodes of the reality program, which follows Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar and their ever-expanding family, from its schedule last Friday in light of the controversy.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
Fox already has Minority Report slotted for the fall, but the network is far from done mining respected films for TV continuations. Today brings news that Fox is partnering with Paramount TV to remake 1980 flick Urban Cowboy, which starred John Travolta and Debra Winger.
Craig Brewer (Footloose, Hustle & Flow) will write, direct and exec-produce the new take, which is a modern reimagining of the romance between Sissy and Bud, two star-crossed lovers challenged by the difficulties of life in the oil refinery business, on the rodeo circuit and under the brutal Texas sun. Music will again play a key role in the series.
Fox has agreed for Brewer to write a script. If the network likes what it sees, it can begin casting for a pilot with hopes to get Urban Cowboy onto the air either midseason or in the fall of 2016.
Robert Evans, who produced the original movie, is »
- Isaac Feldberg
The original film helped cement John Travolta’s reputation as a movie star and brought both country music and, er, bar-based mechanical bulls more mainstream recognition. Now 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV are hoping that a series based on 1980 drama Urban Cowboy will stay on the ratings bull for a while. Hustle & Flow’s Craig Brewer is attached to write and direct the pilot, and oversee the potential series as executive producer. It’ll chronicle the star-crossed relationship of Bud Davis and Sissy (played in the film version by Debra Winger), who meet in a Texas bar, fall in love and marry quickly. Yet their relationship is filled with the push-and-pull of their differing outlooks on life, which causes them endless emotional friction. Though the movie was praised for the depiction of the romance and the world around it, the series should offer possibilities to explore it even more deeply, »
Fox, which already has a Minority Report reboot on its fall schedule, is looking to add another movie adaptation to its roster. The network is teaming with Paramount TV to remake the 1980 John Travolta and Debra Winger soap Urban Cowboy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Hustle & Flow's Craig Brewer — who wrote and directed the 2011 Footloose remake — is attached to write, direct and executive produce the drama, which has received a script commitment at the network. Robert Evans, who produced the original feature, and HBO alum Sue Naegle will also exec produce the co-production between
- Lesley Goldberg
Brewer is on board to writer and direct the pilot and exec produce the series for Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV. It’s eyed as a possible companion piece for Fox’s mega hit “Empire” although the project is still in the early script stage.
From the small-world department, “Empire” is toplined by Terrence Howard, who starred in Brewer’s breakthrough feature, 2005’s “Hustle and Flow.”
Chris Levinson (“Tyrant”) is set to serve as showrunner and exec producer. Robert Evans, who produced the original Paramount film, and HBO alum Sue Naegle are also on board as exec producers. Robert Evans Co.’s James Sikura will co-exec produce.
Like the movie, the TV adaptation of “Urban Cowboy” will follow the star-crossed relationship of Sissy »
- Cynthia Littleton
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