13 items from 2014
Written by Mitch Glazer and Michael O’Donoghue Directed by Richard Donner USA, 1988 The story of Scrooge is one of literature’s most enduring and beloved tales. It is a universal tale of redemption and a staple of Christmas lore. The Bill Murray vehicle Scrooged was released in 1988 and it is one of the more unique adaptations of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece. It isn’t your typical take on Scrooge but that’s what makes it all the more fun. There are funny cameos and quirky action sequences all firmly anchored by both Murray’s brilliant lead performance and Richard Donner’s solid direction. With Christmas soon coming upon us, Scrooged is the perfect cinematic gem to be viewed with the whole family. The film is pretty straightforward and focuses on Frank Cross (Murray), a bitter TV executive, who takes out his frustration on his lowly assistant Grace (Alfre Woodard »
- Randall Unger
In a career that spans six decades, Donald Sutherland has traversed all mediums and genres, thanks to talent, preparation and, by his own admission, sheer luck.
He discovered the extent of his latest professional good fortune about three years ago in, of all places, a doctor’s office.
“I was at my dermatologist, and she asked me what I was doing next,” Sutherland recalls. “I told her I was about to do something called ‘The Hunger Games.’ She gasped and started calling everyone into the room, and they all came running. That was my first inkling it might be something big,” says the actor, who wasn’t familiar with Suzanne Collins’ popular sci-fi trilogy when he first read the script.
Thanks to his steely turn as President Snow, the 79-year-old actor has attracted a new generation of fans. He’ll reprise his role as Katniss Everdeen’s nemesis in the series’ third film, »
- Jenelle Riley
10. Deliverance (1972)
Scene: Squeal Like a Piggy
Word to the wise: just because someone plays a mighty fine banjo, it doesn’t mean he or any of his kin should be invited to your family picnic. Based on the James Dickey novel of the same name, Deliverance follows four businessmen as they decide to spend a weekend canoeing down a fictional river before it needs to be flooded. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) leads the crew as the most experienced, followed closely by Ed (Jon Voight). The two novices Bobby and Drew (Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) also join them. So, in remote Georgia, the four men set out to take in the beauty of nature. Before setting off, they come across a group of mountain men, all of which appear to be inbred. Drew engages in a banjo duet with one of the teenagers, but he doesn’t »
- Joshua Gaul
Pop culture junkies are in for a treat this weekend as Fan Expo Dallas rolls out the red carpet for Dallas Comic Con's annual Fan Days. Dozens of actors and artists from several different iconic television shows, movies, and comic books will be in attendance meeting and greeting their enthusiastic fans. Let's not forget the multitudes of vendors providing the masses with the opportunity to get their hands on hard-to-find items and merchandise. At the risk of sounding cliche, there really is something for everyone at Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days.
Actors participating in Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days for 2014 include familiar faces from across the geek spectrum. Lord of the Rings fans can participate in a mini-reunion between Hobbits with Sean Astin and Elijah Wood. The Goonies prove they never say die as Astin is joined by his comrades and Lost Boys hunter Corey Feldman and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom »
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While it may be some time before we see a new film from "retired" director Steven Soderbergh, his latest experiment on the website Extension765.com may be the closest thing we get. The filmmaker posted a new black and white "silent" cut of the 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, which has absolutely no dialogue, but does feature music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scores for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Earlier this year, he cut together mash-ups of both the original version of Psycho and the 1998 remake on the website.
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I'm assuming the phrase "staging" came out of the theatre world, »
In 2014, it’s difficult to appreciate the awe felt by uninitiated audiences who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in theaters in 1981. Think about the film’s opening scenes, which introduce Indiana Jones and his now-iconic fedora in the jungles of South America. He narrowly avoids getting shot in the back by his mutinous guides, proves his Zorro-esque expertise with a whip, cleverly maneuvers through the deadly booby-traps of an ancient Peruvian temple, flicks away tarantulas like they’re gnats, nabs the prized golden idol but sets off a chain-reaction of destruction that includes a giant boulder chasing him back out into the sunlight, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Fat, drunk, and stupid may not be the best way to go through life, but it sure does create one memorable film character!
Movies have often been set in and around college campuses, but none quite like Animal House. From toga parties to food fights, the film not only introduced us to many collegiate cinematic clichés, but pretty much reinvented the entire genre. When you think of a college movie, you think of Animal House.
John Belushi made a huge leap from TV onto the big screen as Bluto, the exact opposite of what you think a fraternity boy would »
- Jake Perlman
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
• Patrick Wilson continues to surprise. After guest starring in one of Girls’ most talked about episodes and appearing in the modestly budgeted box office smash The Conjuring, Wilson is set to go the superhero route. He’s reportedly signed on to appear in Marvel’s Ant-Man for director Edgar Wright. There are no details on his role yet. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are starring in the film about a biochemist who discovers a formula that allows him to shrink to the size of an ant. Disney has already set a July 31, 2015, release. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Feature Simon Brew 30 Jan 2014 - 06:53
The lightest, funniest Indiana Jones movie generally ranks second, behind Raiders of the Lost Ark. Simon takes a look back...
This article contains spoilers for Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and The Untouchables.
Go by the general law of Indiana Jones movies, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark is regarded as the best, Last Crusade is second, then there's a gap to Temple Of Doom in third, and the other one is fourth. I looked at Temple Of Doom earlier in the week, here, after I watched the movie with my ten-year old son. After that, we popped The Last Crusade on. And it left me wondering: is Last Crusade's stranglehold on second place fair?
Certainly by the time my ten-year old sat through it he'd have said so. He guffawed, was excited, and enjoyed the hell out of it. I don't blame him, »
Past events can fuel present problems, as the Reagans' latest cases taught them anew.
Written by co-executive producer Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, Friday's (Jan. 17) episode of CBS' "Blue Bloods," "Unfinished Business," set Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Maria (Marisa Ramirez) on the trail of Army veteran John Russelll (guest star Chad Michael Collins), who had assaulted his wife, Maryann (guest star Kelli Barrett), and taken their son Tommy (guest star Michael Capperella) from his school.
The Army, as represented by Maj. Harrison (guest star Terry Serpico), wasn't happy that Danny had started an investigation without clearing it with him first. A struggle over jurisdiction began, with Marine veteran Danny noting, "I understand protocol. I just don't like following it."
During a press conference on a weapons-selling bust, Frank (Tom Selleck) was confronted by Betty Lowe (guest star Karen Allen), who asked him "why I can't get justice for my daughter. And her killer is out there, »
Kottke has uncovered an incredible behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The 1981 film chronicled Indy’s battle against the Nazis in a race for the Ark of the Covenant, which the armies believe will make them invincible. In the tradition of the old Saturday morning adventure serials, director Steven Spielberg and co-writer/producer George Lucas (the men look like twins in this 1981 documentary) devised an updating that has spawned three films and a television adaptation. This PBS special takes us behind the scenes with candid interviews, footage from the set, and allows us to mingle with stars Harrison Ford and Karen Allen as they prepare to tackle what would become one of their most famous roles. “I want one person, whose job it...
- Alison Nastasi
News and notes from all over TV:
- "Marvel's Agents of Shield" has officially gained an exciting new cast member: Stan Lee filmed an appearance on the ABC drama. It's reported that he will have a "big role" in his episode, which is expected to air on Feb. 4. Lee has made cameos in all the Marvel-produced movies, but this will be his first on the TV show, which he also executive produces. [Hollywood Reporter]
- CBS' "Blue Bloods" has cast actor-comedian Doug E. Doug ("Cosby," "Cool Runnings") and "Raiders of the Lost Ark's" Karen Allen in guest roles. Both will appear in the Jan. 17 episode. He plays a murder witness questioned anew by prosecutor Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) as she reopens a homicide case. His character won't be hard to find: He's in jail, being held for his apparent involvement in another matter. Allen plays the victim's mother.
- The Bcs championship game drew strong, »
13 items from 2014
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