15 items from 2017
It looks like John Hawkes is carving a niche for himself on the seedier streets of neo-noir. Two years ago, the impressively protean character actor essayed a low-rent shamus who discovers himself — and finds himself wanting — while searching for a missing young woman in Dennis Hauck’s intriguingly time-scrambled “Too Late.” Now he’s back on the case as another scuffed-up gumshoe in “Small Town Crime,” a hardboiled melodrama with a heart of tarnished gold. Written and directed by sibling filmmakers Ian and Eshom Nelms with equal measures of respect and skepticism for pulp conventions, the movie comes across as neither pastiche nor parody, but rather as a seriously down-and-dirty crime story with a savage sense of humor. The just-complicated-enough plot could pass for a lesser-known narrative of Elmore Leonard. At the center of it all, Hawkes stands tall — or at least he tries to, even when his character is staggering drunkenly, »
- Joe Leydon
Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (2006) Director: Peter Hewitt Stars: Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Kate Mara With Hugh Jackman baring his adamantium claws for one final time this weekend in Logan, it’s time to revisit this unsuccessful attempt to copy the X-men franchise: Zoom: Academy For Superheroes, starring Tim Allen, Courteney Cox and Chevy Chase! If Xavier’s School for Gifted... Read More »
- Jesse Shade
The actress — whose new film “Ghost in the Shell”, from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks, premieres March 31 — will be joined by musical guest and Grammy Award winner Lorde, who will be making her first appearance on the NBC sketch-comedy series.
Johannson last hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2015. With her appearance this month, she becomes the 17th member the show’s so-called “Five-Timers Club” — a roster of performers who have hosted the show five times or more. The list includes Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Candace Bergen, Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito, Tina Fey, John Goodman, Elliott Gould, Tom Hanks, Buck Henry, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and Christopher Walken. Baldwin has hosted the show the most times with 17 appearances. Martin has hosted 15 times.
- Daniel Holloway
Conventional wisdom says no way the writers of this show kill off Joe Miller. How could they?
No. Freaking. Way.
No way would they throw down the gauntlet on the tragically hip ex-cop turned space cowboy with the boxing pedigree of Mickey Rourke's "Barfly" and the deadliest one-liners since Chevy Chase's "Fletch." Miller's the guy fans of this show tune in to see every week — the guy we all ask: what's he gonna do or say this week?
But after watching The Expanse Season 2 Episode 5 — a heart-rending, gut-wrenching tear-jerker if there ever was one — what else are we to think, after watching the sentient asteroid he hitched a ride on, with the only love of his life (or at least her consciousness) at the controls crash and burn on Venus?
Miller has already cheated death a bunch of times, so maybe, just maybe (fingers crossed), it's premature to »
- Gil Griffin
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the Oscars on Sunday, and even though he keeps telling himself it's no big deal, deep down inside he knows how much responsibility the job carries.
Former hosts Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Chevy Chase, David Letterman, Johnny Carson and Bob Hope have left big shoes for Kimmel to fill.
"What I would've loved is if the last 14 Oscar hosts had bombed miserably," Kimmel joked. "That's my dream -- get in a time machine and go back and ruin the Oscars for all those hosts."
It also doesn't »
Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017
Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.
Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.
The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III »
Comedy veteran Chevy Chase praised Alec Baldwin's impression of President Trump in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Baldwin's sneering caricature of the President was spot-on, he said. "[Trump]'s an ass ... and he is looking like an ass and hurting our country."
Chase, who identifies as "a very liberal Democrat," became famous in the Seventies for his own impression of then-president Gerald Ford. But he acknowledged that his approach to Ford was very different from Baldwin's take on Trump.
"I am not trying to compare Alec and myself – there is no comparison, »
Now, he takes delight in watching Baldwin skewer Trump on air weekly, and the president's claim that the show is nothing more than a hit job is accurate, Chase told The Hollywood Reporter.
"That is exactly what Lorne [Michaels] is trying to do, make him look »
- Ryan Parker
Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017
You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.
The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »
It seems impossible that a new television show about the undead could possibly offer anything fresh.
The mere thought of the undead bring up visions of a pleathora of zombie shows already on the air. Whether it's violent horror or light-hearted attempt at comedy, we're already doing it.
There are many ways to look at what Fresco is offering with his look at the sudden eruption of undead in suburbia. It's a reminder that life is short – and ironic, too – since it's often under the worst circumstances that we come to realize the beauty that already surrounds us.
It's also an effective tale of a marriage that needed a boost, a look at commitment and what it's like to stand by your partner through the good times and the really, »
- Carissa Pavlica
Joel McHale and his Free Period Productions will team up with go90 and Sony Music Entertainment for a new series that handsomely rewards superfans. “Crashed” will roll out its 10-episode first season this Thursday on the Verizon digital network. It’s described as a “surprise-and-delight” show that will see dedicated fans surprised by their heroes, and ordinary days transformed into adventures. First-season “crashers” include singer-songwriter Tinashe, R&B star Ashanti, gold medalist Gabby Douglas and YouTube personality Joey Graceffa, among others. Also Read: Joel McHale of 'Great Indoors' Talks 'Community' Movie and His Chevy Chase Feud “We’re »
- Matt Donnelly
2016 claimed a long list of entertainers, but the grim reaper’s most unexpected one-two punch came between the final two holidays with the death of movie icons Carrie Fisher on December 12 and her mother Debbie Reynolds a mere 36 hours later. With the premiere of the documentary about the pair, “Bright Lights” on HBO this weekend, we at the Geeks site thought we should take a look at their considerable contributions to film.
Let’s start with Carrie, who was born in Hollywood, USA on October 21, 1956, the daughter of Debbie and singer/actor Eddie Fisher. She appeared on stage with her mother throughout the late 60’s and early 70’s, even getting her first small screen credit in the 1969 TV movie “Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children”. It wasn’t until 1975, when she would make her big screen debut opposite Warren Beatty (quite an arrival) in Hal Ashby’s hit Shampoo. »
- Jim Batts
The Golden Globes has long held a reputation as the loosey-goosey younger sibling of the Academy Awards. Maybe it’s because it’s the start of awards show season, and stars aren’t yet tired of the red carpet grind. Or maybe it’s just become a self-fulfilling prophecy of the show that celebrities are going to get a little silly, but for whatever reason, the Globes annually seem to give us more double-take moments than most Hollywood spectacles. Let’s look at some of our favorites.
Emma Thompson throws her shoes (2014)
One word: Queen.
On December 23rd, Carrie Fisher boarded an aeroplane from London to Los Angeles and suffered from a heart attack. She had just completed the European tour of her book. Four days later, she passed away at the age of 60.
Fisher was raised into the Hollywood industry. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was the star of screen having found fame at the age of 19 in Singin’ in the Rain and her father was pop star Eddie Fisher. She was born on October 21st 1956, just a few years after Reynolds became a star. The two would develop a close bond, captured brilliantly in a photo where Fisher, just six years old, watches her mother perform on stage.
As a child Fisher was known as the “family bookworm”, but an opportunity to star on stage alongside her mother in Irene meant that she never graduated. She moved to London where she enrolled in Central School of Speech and Drama, »
- Luke Owen
Bill Murray is Carl Spackler in ‘Caddyshack’ a movie released in 1980 that quickly developed into a cult classic for golf fans and golfers. It is one of the many releases now available for those who use Netflix in January 2017. The film had the tag line “Some People Just Don't Belong” and mocked the elite country clubbers of the 1980s in a 'snobs vs slobs' type plot that takes place at Bushwood Country Club. 'Caddyshack' also starred Chevy Chase (Ty Webb), Ted Knight (Judge Smalls), Rodney Dangerfield (Al Czervik), Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan) and Cindy Morgan as Lacey Underall. Many of the movie’s lines are used on golf courses every day, even 36 years after it’s release. This is a classic scene from Murray and featured on the video below. “What an incredible Cinderella story! This unknown, comes out of nowhere, to lead the pack at Augusta. »
15 items from 2017
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