12 items from 2016
By John M. Whalen
Back in 1978, Burt Reynolds was still at the beginning of a cycle of six action comedies that he made with director Hal Needham—a cycle that started with “Smokey and the Bandit “(1977) and ended with “Cannonball Run II” (1984). One of the best of these films was “Hooper”—a tribute to Hollywood’s unsung hero, the Hollywood stunt man. “Hooper” was a very personal film for both Reynolds and Needham who both started their movie careers as stunt doubles. Needham started doing stunt work in the early years of live TV in New York and is best remembered for his stunt driving in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” (1968). Reynolds also began in TV and parlayed his athletic ability along with his good looks to become one of tinseltown’s biggest stars. In a very real way, “Hooper” is even more personal film for Reynolds, because one of the »
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Robin Williams was as adept at drama as he was comedy, newly unearthed deleted scenes from “Mrs. Doubtfire” show. A YouTube user uploaded the footage, which shows Williams’ character Daniel dealing with the fallout after he is discovered posing as the titular British nanny. In the first scene, Daniel arrives late for a spelling bee in which his daughter Lydia (Lisa Jakub) is competing. He ends up getting into an argument with his ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field), causing Lydia to lose. Also Read: Robin Williams Widow Claims She 'Was Forced' Into Battle Over Comedian's Estate In the next scene, Lydia asks him why. »
- Joe Otterson
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman
On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk »
- Movie Geeks
If you thought making a movie was hard, try making a classic like Mrs. Doubtfire, which deftly dances between the comedic and dramatic halves of the story involving divorce, disguise, and deception. While the film was a comedic masterpiece that could be serious when it best served its purpose, these new deleted scenes show just how much more serious it could have been. Prepare some tissues and watch them below. YouTuber Matthew Keys shared two scenes from the extensive roster of deleted and alternate scenes that Mrs. Doubtfire has included in its home video releases. About 30 minutes in total was restored in the special features for the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film, and both scenes selected flesh out the subplot of discontent between Robin Williams' Daniel and Sally Field's Miranda through the lens of their oldest daughter, Lydia, played by Lisa Jakub. While these scenes are »
I tend to remember the 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire thanks to its flashy trailers, which included Robin Williams vacuuming saucily in schoolmarm drag while "Dude Looks Like a Lady" played. Though he was disguising himself as a woman in order to hang out with his kids amid a bad divorce, I tend to look back on the movie's slapstick moments most of all. But wow, don't get it twisted: This movie was sad and pretty real. The drama between Williams and Sally Field, playing a separating couple, is anxiety-inducing and emotional. In these deleted scenes, watch as their drama affects their children. Sure, Williams was compelling in other movies. I remember his sad, sweet scene with Amanda Plummer in The Fisher King and his Oscar-winning work in Good Will Hunting. But his dynamic with Sally Field is just right and just brutal. You forget that splashy comedies can sometimes do a »
- Louis Virtel
Mrs. Doubtfire was easily one of Robin Williams' best movies, making people of all ages laugh their butts off at the hilarity that ensued. But beneath the surface jokes lay a deeper message about how divorce can affect a family, and newly released, deleted scenes from the 1993 film reveal how close it came to being more of a drama than a comedy. Matthew Keys posted a few deleted scenes on YouTube, and the eight minutes of footage that could've been is absolutely heartbreaking. Daniel Hillard (Williams) arrives to his daughter, Lydia's, spelling bee late and gets into an argument with his ex-wife (Sally Field) over the lack of seat for him. The argument blows up and results in an embarrassing moment for »
With Super Bowl 50 now in the rear-view mirror, Comcast is turning its eyes to the next major TV event: the Oscars.
The cable giant is delivering a trove of content from past Academy Awards telecasts through its video-on-demand platform to X1 customers, in hopes of driving up VOD rentals and purchases of Oscar-nominated pics.
Under a pact with ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Comcast is offering 72 “Best of Oscars” moments on VOD. Those include Lupita Nyong’o’s emotional speech after winning best supporting actress in 2014; Martin Scorsese’s best director win in 2007; and Sally Field’s memorable 1985 acceptance speech for best actress.
Comcast’s goal: to generate fan excitement about the Oscars, and ideally spur cable customers to pay to watch this year’s nominees or past winners on VOD.
The Mso offers about 20 movies that have received 2016 Academy Awards nominations for pre-order, rent or own, »
- Todd Spangler
If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The Academy Awards have had more than a fair share of boring speeches. But every once in a while, the audience is treated to a slice of weird that will become more memorable than the award itself. Angelina Jolie won for Best Supporting Actress in 2000 and promptly claimed, “I’m so in love with my brother right now.” Not “I love my brother,” but rather that she’s “so in love” with him. Try and figure that one out without cringing. Also Read: #OscarsSoWhite Again? Here's How Diverse Next Year's Awards Could Be Sally Field inspired years of narcissistic impressions »
- Matt Hejl
The nine-day festival will screen 137 films, including 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres. These films were selected from 2,455 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,235 submissions.
Notable world premieres include Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key; Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence,” starring Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga; “The Master Cleanse,” starring Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel; Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” starring Adam Scott and Nick Kroll; “Shovel Buddies,” starring Bella Thorne; “The Trust,” starring Nicolas Cage and »
- Dave McNary
Join El Rey Network and Freddy Krueger for the third annual "Rip Your Heart Out" Valentine's Day Marathon. This year will bring you and your Dream Warrior closer together with five of the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street films as well as episodes from the iconic 1988 series Freddy's Nightmares. The marathon will begin with the episode Black Tickets on Saturday, February 13th at 6Am Et/Pt and will conclude with A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child on Monday, February 15th at 2Am Et/Pt.
The entire weekend will be hosted by the star of the franchise - Robert Englund. Englund's portrayal of Freddy Krueger blasted him into the pop culture vernacular as heir apparent to the horror icons of the past, destined to stand alongside Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera and Boris Karloff's monster in Frankenstein.
After five years of success in regional theater Robert Englund. »
By all indications, Not Without My Daughter should be a forgettable movie. It was a major motion picture when it premiered — 25 years ago today — starring one of the most-adored actors of the era, Sally Field, coming off the hit Steel Magnolias. But its $15 million opening weekend barely made a dent in the box office; it was largely critically panned for its Islamophobic undertones; and in re-airings, it could easily be mistaken for a Lifetime movie with a timely political pitch: Woman escapes from abusive Iranian husband, scary foreign country, and the evil clutches of Islam. In the larger cultural imagination, the film was consigned to oblivion. But Not Without My Daughter has its own curious legacy. Over the years, it’s been shown in schools, re-aired on television, and notoriously played in Paris the night before the 1998 USA versus Iran World Cup match. One journalist responded to »
- Gazelle Emami
12 items from 2016
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