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Lff 2014: Electric Boogaloo – The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Review

18 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Damien Chazelle.

Running Time: 106 Minutes

Synopsis: A new love letter to exploitation cinema from the maker of Masters of the Universe and the Delta Force with Chuck Norris.

If you like your films brilliantly awful, then you would have seen some of Cannon’s work. They did the Death Wish sequels with Charles Bronson, the legendary He-Man movie Masters Of The Universe and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, a film so cheap that they used an office block next to Milton Keynes train station as the Un headquarters. That’s absolutely true and anyone from Milton Keynes will tell you so. When they’re not too busy crying.

They also made America 3000, for which the trailer includes the line, ‘It is nine hundred years after the great nuke, and the role of women in society has changed, much to the displeasure of men. And mutants.’ It is »

- John Sharp

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How a He-Man sequel and a Spider-Man movie became Cyborg

16 October 2014 3:38 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

How did an 80s Van Damme action flick emerge from a failed Spider-Man movie and Masters Of The Universe sequel? Ryan takes a look...

Cannon Films was in deep trouble by 1987. Its boom years, between the late 70s to the mid-80s, were largely thanks to an eclectic and hurriedly-made collection of B-movies: Chuck Norris action pictures, Charles Bronson revenge flicks and lots of things with the word ‘ninja’ in the title.

Thanks to its outsider status and anything-for-a-buck approach to filmmaking, Cannon Films became a major name in Hollywood, the grinning faces of its brusque founders - producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - frequently appearing in TV news reports and tinseltown trade papers.

But in the mid-80s, Golan and Globus began to change their strategy. While they would still make Death Wish sequels and Chuck Norris pics, they began to dabble in making more expensive films, such »

- ryanlambie

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Reeve Receives Standing Ovation at Oscar Ceremony (Video)

10 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »

- Andre Soares

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Remembering Superman Reeve Ten Years After His Death

10 October 2014 5:50 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies (photo: Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978) Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his horse, hitting his head on the top rail of a jump; the near-fatal accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He ultimately succumbed to heart failure at age 52 on October 10, 2004. Long before he was cast as Superman aka Clark Kent, the Manhattan-born (as Christopher D'Olier Reeve on September 25, 1952), Cornell University and Juillard School for Drama alumnus was an ambitious young actor whose theatrical apprenticeship included, while still a teenager, some time as an observer at London's Old Vic and Paris' Comédie Française. At age 23, he landed his first Broadway role in a production of Enid Bagnold's A Matter of Gravity, starring Katharine Hepburn. »

- Andre Soares

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Lff 2014: Cannon Films gets an affectionate profile in ‘Electric Boogaloo’

8 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Written and directed by Mark Hartley

Australia/USA/Israel/UK, 2014

Australian documentarian Mark Hartley crafts his third vigorous valentine to exploitation cinema, alongside Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed!, with Electric Boogaloo, an explosive trawl through the snarling ferocity of Cannon Films before its inevitable bankruptcy in the early 1990s. Whilst the former documentary in the cycle celebrated the boom in Ozploitation cinema of the 1970s and 1980s, and Maidens! took a appreciative scan of the laxly monitored Philippine film factory, this time the viewfinder shifts to the excessive and action packed oeuvre of Israeli movie moguls Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, whose 1979-founded company became an explosive production house in Hollywood during the Reagan-mandated 1980s. Much to the disgust of snooty critics and prestige-minded executives, Cannon (an apt name) forged repeated success due to their box office-incinerating brand of chaotic, »

- John

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Review: Hilla Medalia's Documentary 'The Go-Go Boys' Remembers 1980s Hollywood

7 October 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There's nothing particularly special about Hilla Medalia's documentary, "The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films," other than its subjects, Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus. The eponymous Israeli cousins are well known to anyone over the age of -- well, never mind. Arriving on Hollywood shores in the early 80s, this filmmaking team -- Golan was the filmmaker, Globus the moneyman -- had ambitions to make it big and despite lacking certain obvious traits (such as taste) that is exactly what they did. Getting their break in 1984 with a dance film fittingly called "Breakin," only two years later their Cannon Films was making 40-plus films, paying Sylvester Stallone $10-plus million, and bankrolling not only low-brow stars Charles Bronson ("Death Wish II"), Chuck Norris ("Delta Force") and Jean-Claude Van Damme ("Bloodsport") but the likes of John Cassavettes ("Love Streams"), Norman Mailer ("Tough Guys »

- Tom Christie

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Hollywood Defense Attorney Peter Knecht Dead at 78

3 October 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Famed Hollywood defense attorney Peter Knecht died Friday at 78, after succumbing to a two-year battle with cancer. His wife, Dr. Ava Cadell, a well-known relationship therapist and television personality, was by his side when he died. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 The accomplished lawyer's star-studded client roster included David Crosby, Sly Stone, Dennis Hopper, Andy Garcia, Peter Fonda, John Barrymore, Jr., Jason Priestly, Ike Turner, Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, Rob Lowe, Heidi Fleiss, Robert Blake, Charles Bronson and “Iron Man” star Robert Downey, Jr. In addition to representing top-notch Hollywood talent, Knecht was an analyst and consultant on a variety. »

- Travis Reilly

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Will 'The Equalizer's success pressure Denzel into Neeson Season?

2 October 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

It was a good run, Liam Neeson. The 62-year-old who was Oskar Schindler and Alfred Kinsey spent the last seven years kicking the crap out of much younger bad guys in bone-crushing B-movies, best epitomized by the Taken films. But as of this past weekend, there's a new sheriff in town. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, one of the biggest movie stars of the past 25 years, and almost always, the coolest guy in the room, delivered his 12th No. 1 film, The Equalizer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), The Equalizer is a Neeson-ized adaptation of the 1980s CBS detective drama series that starred Edward Woodward. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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58th BFI London Film Festival Review – Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

1 October 2014 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 2014.

Written and Directed by Mark Hartley.

Synopsis:

A one-of-a-kind story about two-of-a-kind men who (for better or worse) changed film forever.

“We’re Cannon Films, and we’re dynamite!” 

When the Israeli partnership of Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus bought Cannon in 1978, it was a near-bankrupt company but through their unique business models and ability to package exploitation movies likes American Ninja, The Naked Cage and numerous Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson vehicles that would sell to foreign markets, they became the most powerful independent film company in the world.

They hit big in 1984 with Breakin’, a breakdance movie made for $1.5million that grossed over $40million at the worldwide box office, confirming the cousins as “proper” producers, but they always wanted more, piling millions into over 30 films a year (according to Masters of the Universe designer William Stout it was over »

- Scott Davis

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Liam Neeson Will Kill Everyone In The Explosive TAK3N Trailer

30 September 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Because Liam Neeson is the new Charles Bronson, he doesn't need a wife. Her only use is being disposed of, so he can exact his unique form of justice with his special set of skills avenging her death... At least that's what appears to be going on in the trailer for Tak3n (yup, that's the way they want us to write Taken 3 for now at least) - the latest in what is essentially a new Death Wish series. And I have no problem with that whatsoever.Liam Neeson is back as Bryan Mills for another bullet ballet, mofos. Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace also return, along with director Olivier Megaton and Forest Whitaker. I cannot wait....

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Critical Mass: Denzel gets his hands dirty in 'The Equalizer'

26 September 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

My first question about The Equalizer after seeing the trailer was, “Why even bother calling it The Equalizer?”

After all, it’s not as if The Equalizer—a 1980s CBS detective drama starring Edward Woodward as a Good Samaritan retired intelligence agent—was a brand that still lured audiences. Antoine Fuqua’s violent action movie with Denzel Washington exists in an entirely different universe, the brutal and vengeful cinematic neighborhood of Charles Bronson, Liam Neeson, and Washington himself. Call it The Equalizer or call it Man on Fire 2—this is a Denzel action film, first and last.

The film doesn »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Denzel Washington: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

26 September 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Columbia Pictures

Two Golden Globes. A Tony. Two Academy Awards. A career on stage and screen which has spanned over thirty years, has seen him play such real-life figures as as Steve Biko, Malcolm X, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, and work with celebrated directors like Spike Lee, Tony Scott, and Ridley Scott. A starring role on groundbreaking hospital drama St Elsewhere, in which he starred in all 137 episodes. Denzel Washington’s career makes even his most celebrated Hollywood peer’s look like piffle by comparison, and the guy makes it look easy. And to think of how different it could have been if, at the age of 14, his parents hadn’t broken up and his mother hadn’t sent him to military school in upstate New York.

“That decision changed my life,” Washington later said, “because I wouldn’t have survived in the direction I was going. The guys I »

- Tom Baker

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New TV Spot For 'John Wick'

25 September 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

"When Russian mobsters kill his beloved dog, retired hit man John Wick returns to the game he played best - and brings bloody vengeance with him."

No, that's not the premise for a spoof of old Charles Bronson movies like Mr. Majestyk. It belongs to the new Keanu Reeves revenge thriller, John Wick. The early buzz on the film is quite positive, and I'm sure Lionsgate hopes that audiences are hungry to see Reeves back in bad-ass mode. The film's got a new TV spot.

Give it a look, right here:

The film has plenty of time before it's October 24th release. Let's see if it continues to gain momentum and land Reeves back in the A-list again.

Source: Lionsgate

Mario-f. Robles I take pride in the fact that whenever my daughter hears some kickass hard rock on the radio she asks, "Is that you, Dadda?" about 4 days ago »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Fuqua Tackles "Magnificent" Remake Next

25 September 2014 6:53 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Equalizer" and "Olympus Has Fallen" director Antoine Fuqua, out doing press rounds for the former, has confirmed to Movieweb that his upcoming remake of classic western "The Magnificent Seven" will be his next project.

John Sturges helmed the original 1960 film, which itself was based on the Akira Kurosawa 1954 cinematic classic "Seven Samurai". Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz starred in 'Magnificent' as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits.

The remake will star Denzel Washington as one of the seven, and they're currently seeking actors to play the other six. In regards to the film he says:

"Yeah, that's (The Magnificent Seven) where all of my attention is going. When I get back to L.A., I'll meet the casting team and start to get into it with the producers and everybody next week. »

- Garth Franklin

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Invaders from Mars (1986) review

24 September 2014 12:54 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Kevin Scott

Invaders from Mars (1986)

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Written by: Richard Blake, Don Jakoby, and Dan O’Bannon

Cast: Hunter Carson (David Gardner), Karen Black (Linda Magnusson), Timothy Bottoms (George Gardner), Laraine Newman (Ellen Gardner), James Karen (Gen. Climet Wilson), Bud Cort (Mark Weinstein)

The best that I can tell, nostalgia runs on a thirty year cycle. I can speculate that what everybody watches as children, shapes them into adults with a deep seated desire to emulate it or watch it being emulated. A select few make it to a position where they can actually interject that nostalgia into the contemporary mainstream, and satisfy both the fans of the original material, but also put such a spit shine on the old premise that even the youngsters dig it, and have no idea that it’s based on something way older than they are. In the 1980’s we »

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Updated With Menu! Friday Night’s Tenacious Eats Event – Mars Attacks

23 September 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“I Guess it wasn’t the dove!”

Exciting news for movie lovers, gastronomes, and bubble-headed men from Mars! After a brief hiatus, Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by Chef Liz Schuster and the other talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal (and five unique cocktails from Eclipse Mixologist Seth Wahlman) while enjoying one of your favorite movies! That’s the Tenacious Eats way! The movie starts at 8pm. The doors open at 5:30 for the pre-show which includes an hour of Super-8 Movie Madness!

The hot new locale is The Loop – specifically the main dining room at Eclipse, on the ground floor of the Moonrise Hotel in the University City Loop (6177 Delmar Boulevard, St Louis, Mo 63112). The next Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ event will be a »

- Tom Stockman

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Exclusive: Antoine Fuqua Talks 'The Equalizer'

23 September 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Antoine Fuqua is one of the most sought-after filmmakers of his generation, effortlessly blending action and character-driven storytelling. Most recently, Fuqua released the box-office hit Olympus Has Fallen. Previously, he directed Brooklyn’s Finest, with Richard Gere and Don Cheadle; Shooter, with Mark Wahlberg. Fuqua’s critically acclaimed drama Training Day earned an Academy Award® for Denzel Washington for Best Actor, and a now Fuqua re-teams with Washington in The Equalizer.

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him to lead a quiet life in peace. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Fantastic Fest Review: Movie Studio Nostalgia Doc ‘Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films’

21 September 2014 6:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Much like the Orion Pictures logo that recently resurfaced and excited Generation Nostalgia™, you probably know the Cannon Films emblem, may remember their films and might even fetishize their library. But unlike Orion, which gave cineastes nine Woody Allen movies, unimpeachable genre classics like “RoboCop,” “The Terminator” and four Best Picture Oscar winners (“Platoon” among them), Cannon’s independent outsider brand was immediately defined by its lack of quality, good taste and sense. A schlock ‘em, sock ‘em house of shameless low-rent, Z-grade movies, the rogue and independent Cannon broke through the mainstream film market in the 1980s with its rash of no-budget exploitation pictures that even Roger Corman would be appalled by. Starting with Charles Bronson's "Death Wish II" (and its subsequent sequels), through "highlights" like Tobe Hooper's “Lifeforce," “American Ninja” and “Breakin’,” Cannon delighted B-movie genre heads with their »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Ack! Ack! Ack! Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! at Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ September 26th at The Moonrise

19 September 2014 7:07 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“I Guess it wasn’t the dove!”

Exciting news for movie lovers, gastronomes, and bubble-headed men from Mars! After a brief hiatus, Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by Chef Liz Schuster and the other talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal (and five unique cocktails from Eclipse Mixologist Seth Wahlman) while enjoying one of your favorite movies! That’s the Tenacious Eats way! The movie starts at 8pm. The doors open at 5:30 for the pre-show which includes an hour of Super-8 Movie Madness!

The hot new locale is The Loop – specifically the main dining room at Eclipse, on the ground floor of the Moonrise Hotel in the University City Loop (6177 Delmar Boulevard, St Louis, Mo 63112). The next Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ event will be a »

- Tom Stockman

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Fantastic Fest – A Look at the Film, Parties, and Chaos that Await in Austin

15 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The best way to describe how I approach Fantastic Fest is like summer camp. It happens once a year. You get back together with old friends. Yet in this case, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic movies you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. This will be more third time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fourth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin every September. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night food fight, a karaoke party, a “nerd rap throwdown,” and the signature event at the festival – Fantastic Debates (which includes a verbal debate followed by a literal boxing match). These are just a »

- Michael Haffner

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