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16mm Double Feature Night May 3rd – Poseidon Adventure and Jason And The Argonauts

27 April 2016 6:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis) ! Join We Are Movie Geeks‘ Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday May 3rd and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up is The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The Poseidon Adventure is the breathtaking story of a cruise ship capsized by a tidal wave, the result of an undersea earthquake. At the time of the disaster, many of the ship’s passengers are celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Grand Ballroom of the ocean liner. The film then details the trials of ten survivors as they desperately make their »

- Tom Stockman

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Jon Cryer dishes 'Pretty in Pink,' 'Superman 4' and Charlie Sheen anecdotes on 'Howard Stern'

5 April 2016 4:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jon Cryer was on Howard Stern Tuesday morning to promote the paperback edition of his 2015 memoir So That Happened, a book that laid bare a number of juicy details from his life in the Hollywood trenches. After breaking through as the lovable "Duckie" in Pretty in Pink, Cryer's career went into virtual freefall as his next several films -- including the legendary flop Superman IV: The Quest for Peace -- tanked at the box office. His fortunes turned only when he booked the soon-to-be-mega-hit series Two and a Half Men in 2003, but the years in between were filled with major missed opportunities and various other career disappointments -- by his own admission, he worked just three weeks as an actor over a three-year period. So what dirt did he have to spill during the Stern Show sit-down? Below I've rounded up the juiciest portions of the interview, from his Pretty in Pink »

- Chris Eggertsen

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William Friedkin To Deliver Cinema Masterclass At This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

4 April 2016 4:01 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Iconoclastic director William Friedkin will give the cinema masterclass at this year’s Cannes film festival. The Exorcist director follows in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar-wai and Quentin Tarantino among others. The masterclass will be hosted by film critic Michel Ciment. Friedkin recently published his memoir The Friedkin Connection, the title a nod to his 1971 classic The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman as NY cop Jimmy “PopeyeDoyle… »

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9 affable action movie villains

31 March 2016 6:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Some bad guys just want to collect antiques, or sand down a nice coffee table. Presenting our pick of 9 affable action movie villains...

Villains come in all shapes and sizes, from the hulking and formidable, like Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, to the more lithe and cunning, like the maniacal Scorpio in Dirty Harry. The most memorable villains almost always have one thing in common, though: whether they're blessed with brains, brawn or both, they're intimidating and powerful in some way. They're a worthy foil for the hero (or heroine) of the piece.

So what happens when a villain comes across as, well, just plain nice? Sure, they may have the henchmen, the money, the gadgets and the guns. But some villains seem just too easy-going and friendly to be properly intimidating. This isn't to say the performances are bad; in some cases, they're scene-stealingly brilliant. »

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Howard Berk, Writer for TV, Movies, Dies at 91

28 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Howard Berk, a novelist, producer and screenwriter, died in Los Angeles on March 27 of natural causes. He was 91.

Berk’s credits included numerous episodes of television series including “Columbo,” “Mission: Impossible,” The Rockford Files” and “McMillan & Wife,” and several feature films, including the Arthur Penn-directed “Target” (1985), starring Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon.

Berk most recently wrote two episodes of CBS’ “The New Mike Hammer,” starring Stacy Keach, in the mid-’80s.

A longtime Distinguished Writer in Residence and professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (where he studied journalism as a young man), Berk most recently published an essay entitled “My Lunch With Hemingway” on the National Geographic website in which he recounted a fateful meeting with Ernest Hemingway in 1950s Cuba.

He also wrote four novels.

Berk is survived by his son, Peter; brother Robert; and two grandchildren.

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- Carmel Dagan

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Howard Berk, Writer for TV, Movies, Dies at 91

28 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Howard Berk, a novelist, producer and screenwriter, died in Los Angeles on March 27 of natural causes. He was 91.

Berk’s credits included numerous episodes of television series including “Columbo,” “Mission: Impossible,” The Rockford Files” and “McMillan & Wife,” and several feature films, including the Arthur Penn-directed “Target” (1985), starring Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon.

Berk most recently wrote two episodes of CBS’ “The New Mike Hammer,” starring Stacy Keach, in the mid-’80s.

A longtime Distinguished Writer in Residence and professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (where he studied journalism as a young man), Berk most recently published an essay entitled “My Lunch With Hemingway” on the National Geographic website in which he recounted a fateful meeting with Ernest Hemingway in 1950s Cuba.

He also wrote four novels.

Berk is survived by his son, Peter; brother Robert; and two grandchildren.

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- Carmel Dagan

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Review: BvS Is A Four-Letter Word

26 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Did you ever endure some sort of traumatic injury knowing full well that a minute or two after the moment of disaster it was going to hurt a hell of a lot worse?

That’s how I felt after seeing Batman v Superman. Bright-eyed fanboy that I am, I walked into the theater with the highest of expectations. I had heard from a couple of friends who saw the Los Angeles screening that it was pretty good. Now I’m reconsidering my position on medical marijuana. Maybe the fault here is mine: I had been on OxyContin following some dental surgery earlier in the week and I guess I quit taking that shit too early. I wanted to like the movie – for one thing, it took two and one-half hours out of my life. For another, successful movies inure to the benefit of the comics medium and, arguably, my cash flow. »

- Mike Gold

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Giveaway – Win Eureka Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD), starring Gene Hackman, Rutger Hauer & Mickey Rourke

22 March 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We have three copies to give away of director Nicolas Roeg’s unsung masterpiece Eureka.

One of the most revered figures in modern cinema; Nicolas Roeg’s Eureka was barely released at the time of its making and overlooked by critics. Now, three decades later, it returns to reclaim a place among both the front ranks of Roeg’s work and as one of the most extraordinary studio films of the 1980s.

Twenty years after uncovering an unimaginable bounty of gold in the Klondike, prospector Jack McCann, now settled in the Caribbean, finds both his wealth and soul at stake amongst a sinister web of nefarious influences, spiritual malaise and criminal elements.

A saga of almost cosmic proportions, headlined by an exceptional cast including Gene Hackman, Rutger Hauer, Theresa Russell, Mickey Rourke, Joe Pesci and Joe Spinell, Eureka is as powerfully acted, formally audacious, thematically layered and emotionally complex as any of Roeg’s work. »

- Gary Collinson

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The Manchurian Candidate

22 March 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It's the classic paranoid conspiracy that won't go away... and that seems less impossible with every passing year. Laurence Harvey is a remote-controlled assassin, and Frank Sinatra seems to be under a little hypnotic influence himself... or are we just imagining it? John Frankenheimer and George Axelrod concoct a masterpiece from the novel by Richard Condon, a movie about conspiracies, that may be hiding more secrets in plain sight. The Manchurian Candidate Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 803 1962 / B&W / 1:75 widescreen / 126 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date March 15, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh Cinematography Lionel Lindon Production Designer Richard Sylbert Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music David Amram Written by George Axelrod from the novel by Richard Condon Produced by George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer, Howard W. Koch Directed by John Frankenheimer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson »

- Glenn Erickson

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17 New Movies to Watch at Home This Week on Blu-ray/DVD

21 March 2016 5:55 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs where we check out tomorrow’s new releases today! Eureka [UK] What is it? Jack McCann (Gene Hackman) is a prospector wasting his years in the frozen north until a magical moment lands him in a cave lined with gold. Two decades later he’s one of the world’s wealthiest men, living on his own island in the Caribbean, and dying a little bit inside with every breathe. His wife is an addict, his daughter (Theresa Russell) is entangled with a suspicious suitor (Rutger Hauer), and Miami mobsters (Joe Pesci, Mickey Rourke) are after his land. Why buy it? Nicolas Roeg’s 1983 drama isn’t necessarily a great movie — despite that killer cast — but it is an endlessly fascinating one. Beautiful exteriors give way to surreal touches, and sex and violence weave their tendrils throughout what amounts to a character piece about one very determined, paranoid »

- Rob Hunter

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How Superman IV: The Quest For Peace Killed the Superman Franchise and Helped Close a Studio

19 March 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Continuing our lead up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens on March 25th,  Scott J. Davis looks back at the ill-fated Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the final film to star Christopher Reeve as the true Man of Steel

Back in 1983, the Superman franchise was in full swing, despite the tense and fractured on-set fights and fallouts which saw original director Richard Donner leave after Superman: The Movie before he was able to finish Superman II, released almost three years later under the new direction of Richard Lester. Both films were huge financial successes with Superman: The Movie 1978’s second highest-grossing film behind Grease.

A third film was inevitable, with Lester again directing the returning Christopher Reeve alongside legendary comedian Richard Pryor, who had made a joke on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at the time saying how he would love to been in a Superman film. »

- Scott J. Davis

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10 Cloverfield Lane – John Goodman Interview

11 March 2016 2:09 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last weekend Flickering Myth was given the opportunity to view a press screening of 10 Cloverfield Lane and interview stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and director Dan Trachtenberg in a roundtable discussion with other journalists. It’s needless to say John Goodman is an icon with many memorable roles under his belt spanning a career of 30 years in both live-action and animated work with his prolific voice. We discuss his role as Howard in 10 Cloverfield Lane, his love for his hometown of New Orleans and the passion of the younger generation of actors. You can read our review of the film here and our interview with Mary Elizabeth Winstead here. Check back later for our interview with Trachtenberg!

Mild spoilers follow for 10 Cloverfield Lane so if you want to avoid any other information (which I strongly recommend) check back after you’ve seen the movie.

Q: I have never seen you that scary! »

- Ricky Church

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Dennis Lehane Reviews 'The French Connection' on Trailers from Hell

8 March 2016 7:01 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On this week's Trailers from Hell, Boston novelist Dennis Lehane ("Gone Baby Gone," "Mystic River") narrates the trailer to William Friedkin's visceral New York actioner "The French Connection," which won five Oscars including Best Picture. Based on the exploits of NYPD detective Eddie Egan, who envisioned himself being played by Rod Taylor, the movie gave Gene Hackman his breakthrough role. The Department, annoyed by screenwriter Ernest Tidyman's portrayal of the force, canned Egan seven hours before he was to sign his retirement papers! Lehane sees Egan as driven by anger to bring down rich criminals living the high life. »

- Anne Thompson

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'The Birdcage': 11 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Robin Williams Hit

5 March 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At times, while directing Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in "The Birdcage," Mike Nichols found himself laughing so hard that he had to work from beneath a soundproof blanket in order not to ruin the takes. Can you blame him?

Twenty years after its release on March 8, 1996, "The Birdcage" remains a hilarious landmark. Besides being a smash hit, the film made a movie star out of Lane, gave Calista Flockhart her big break, and provided probably the only opportunity in film history to see Gene Hackman in a platinum blonde wig and a gown. Still, as many times as you've watched it on cable over the past two decades, there's still much you may not now about the beloved drag comedy. Here are the secrets "The Birdcage" has tucked away.

1. "Birdcage" was already the seventh incarnation of the story, which started out as the French play "La Cage aux Folles »

- Gary Susman

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Batman V Superman: Zack Snyder talks cutting characters

3 March 2016 10:49 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice director Zack Snyder explains why he cut Jena Malone, Ahman Green and C.T. Fletcher from the film...

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It’s already been well documented that Jena Malone’s as-yet-unnamed character from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has been cut from the cinematic release of the movie. Instead, she will now only appear in the extended R-rated ‘Ultimate Edition’ DVD release version of the film.

As it turns out, she isn't the only star of the film who is being held back for the home release version. “Ahman Green, the running back from the Green Bay Packers, he’s in it” director Zack Snyder has now told EW. “And C.T. Fletcher is like this bodybuilder muscle-guru from Compton, this awesome guy. He’s amazing, and he’s in it. And then there’s just a lot of these Easter Eggs »

- simonbrew

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Triple 9 : The Best Old-school Cop Flicks

28 February 2016 5:09 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Triple 9 is in theaters now, and to celebrate, I thought I’d share some of my favorite cop flicks with you! Directed by John HillcoatTriple 9 is an action-packed thriller starring Oscar®-nominees Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck, along with Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot and Anthony Mackie, and is in theaters now!

Below are some of my favorite cop films. You can tell that I’m heavily influenced by the 80’s. What are some of your favorite old-school cop movies? Be sure to comment below!

Police Academy

Whenever I think of cop films, the first thing that pops into my head is this. Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall,  and Michael Winslow (you know, the one who makes all of the crazy noises with his mouth) came into our lives in 1984 as recruits after the newly elected mayor banishes all former fitness, education, and »

- Melissa Howland

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Key Largo

27 February 2016 12:07 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Bogie and Bacall are back, but with Edward G. Robinson's oily gangster breathing down their necks -- "Nyah!" Excellent direction (John Huston) and great performances (Claire Trevor) have made this one an eternal classic. We want subtitles for whatever Eddie whispered in Betty's ear... A most-requested, or demanded, HD release from Warners. Key Largo Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 100 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, John Rodney, Marc Lawrence, Dan Seymour, Monte Blue, William Haade, Jay Silverheels, Rodd Redwing. Cinematography Karl Freund Film Editor Rudi Fehr Original Music Max Steiner Written by Richard Brooks, John Huston from the play by Maxwell Anderson Produced by Jerry Wald Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I'd guess that Key Largo became a classic the moment it hit the screen, »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Best Picture Oscar winners that had sequels

25 February 2016 11:50 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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More Best Picture Oscar winners have had sequels than you may think. This lot, in fact...

There’s still an element of snobbery where sequels to certain films is concerned. Whereas it’s now almost compulsory to greenlight a blockbuster with a view of a franchise in mind, it’s hard to think of most Best Picture Oscar winners being made with a follow-up in mind. Yet in perhaps a surprising number of cases, a sequel – or in the case of Rocky, lots of sequels – have followed.

These cases, in fact…

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

Followed by: The Road Back

Don’t be fooled into thinking sequels for prestigious movies are a relatively new phenomenon. Lewis Milestone’s 1930 war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, and its brutal account of World War I, is still regarded as something of a classic. A solid box office success, »

- simonbrew

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Listen to Marc Maron’s 2.5-Hour, Career-Spanning Interview With William Friedkin

25 February 2016 6:19 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He’s created one of the scariest films of all-time (The Exorcist), did the impossible by proving a remake can work (Sorcerer), put one of the greatest car chases on film (The French Connection), and much more, yet William Friedkin still seems to be under-appreciated in most circles. Although it’s been half-a-decade since his last feature, one can find him highly engaged on Twitter or around the festival circuit giving talks. Today we have perhaps his most extensive conversation yet as he’s sat down with Marc Maron for a 2.5-hour talk.

The two discuss his legendary career, who inspired him, from Orson Welles to the French New Wave, the themes of faith and fate in his features, the making of both his classics and the films that weren’t initially received well. In one of the most interesting sections, they also talk about how he got Gene Hackman »

- Jordan Raup

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'Silence of the Lambs'' original ending was even darker

17 February 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As part of Deadline's coverage of The Silence of the Lambs' 25th anniversary, the site has published an extended interview with director Jonathan Demme, screenwriter Ted Tally and Robert Bookman, the agent who brokered the deal that brought Thomas Harris's bestselling novel to the big screen. In a previous piece, screenwriter Ted Tally revealed/reminded us that Gene Hackman had originally intended to write, direct and potentially play the role of Hannibal Lecter; this time around, the tidbit that caught my attention was the fact that the film's ending -- which in the finished film sees Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) stalking Frederick Chilton (Anthony Heald) through an island in the Bahamas -- was considerably darker in the original script. From the Deadline story: "The Silence of the Lambs ends when Hannibal Lecter, from a payphone in the tropics, congratulates FBI Academy graduate Clarice Starling and gently warns her not to hunt him, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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