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“Why do I always think gettin’ you home for Life Day is gonna be easy?”
So says a languid Han Solo to an excitable Chewbacca in the legendarily awful 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Perhaps the most infamous Television Christmas Special ever made, The Star Wars Holiday Special is a mythic assault on fanboy watchability. There are shows that are so good they’re bad, the kind of outing where laughable moments and poor production add an air of ironic, even classic credibility. Then there’s The Star Wars Holiday Special. So bad its good just doesn’t apply here. This two-hour spinoff is utterly unwatchable save for a brief section of animation wedged between the overcooked buns of this whopper of a fail.
- Tony Nunes
The paper's purportedly well-placed source insists, "He's an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible. The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films."
No worry that Vader was killed saving Luke Skywalker from Emperor Palpatine in "Return of the Jedi." The alleged film mole points out, "This is science fiction, »
To mark the launch of its new game, Stratego Sci-Fi has surveyed more than 2,000 Britons to chart the Stratego Sci-Fi 100 – the nation’s top 100 stars of the sci-fi world – as well as a separate poll charting the best sci-fi battles from the silver screen – and has crowned Superman the greatest sci-fi character of all time
Following up the Man of Steel in 2nd place in the Stratego Sci-Fi 100 was Harrison Ford’s gruff but lovable rogue Han Solo, with Frank Oz’s jedi master Yoda coming third, both representing Star Wars in the top three and rounding it out firmly in George Lucas’ favour. Steven Spielberg’s E.T may be one of the most lovable characters of all time, but only made it to fourth in the list, followed by Will Smith’s Agent Jay from the hugely popular Men in Black series at number five.
The Stratego Sci-fi »
The two companies will co-develop Australian content (financing, production, local distribution and world sales), while Jump Street will also exclusively distribute Cargo.s international slate in Australia.
Cargo acts as a production company, sales agency and packager of filmed entertainment.. The company, founded in 2011 by Marina Grasic, Jan Korbelin and Mark Lindsay, is also affiliate of the multi-platform production studio Curious Pictures.
The first film to be distributed in Australia under the new partnership will be comedy The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, starring Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, James Earl Jones, Melissa Leo and Peter Dinklage. Future releases include Andy Garcia.s Hemingway and Fuentes, which will star Anthony Hopkins as Ernest Hemingway and Annette Bening as »
- Brendan Swift
Arnold Schwarzenegger has tweeted a picture of himself on set for the new David Ayer film Ten. The film sees an elite team of DEA agents hunting down and executed one-by-one after they rob a drug cartel. Schwarzenegger will be playing John ‘Breacher’ Wharton. The film has flip-flopped between titles, at one point being called Breacher, but now it’s back to Ten. A silly title if you ask me, as in this internet age it’s a lot harder to search for material on Ten than it is Breacher. The film is loosely based on the Agatha Christie story, 10 Little Indians.
Meanwhile, there is talk about a Conan reboot starring Arnie, which will ignore the recent Conan The Barbarian (2011) and the 1984 sequel to the original Conan The Destroyer. According to producer/writer Fredrik Malmberg:
The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Wow, I’m still a bit positively shaken with this next piece of news, and i’m sure there will be lots of divided opinions on it. What am I talking about, you might ask? I’ve just found out that one of the ‘action granpas’ will reprise his role in another reboot I am already looking forward to – The Legend of Conan. And this came soon after the pics of him in Ten that we supllied a minutes earlier.
The reboot comes from Universal, which has worldwide rights on the film. The studio released the original film, Conan the Barbarian in 1982 with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Robert E. Howard’s titular barbarian, with the beautiful music score by Basil Poleudoris and of course, memorable cast and ‘what’s the best thing in life’ response and other quotes, heheh.
The film got a bit of a set-back with the 2011 reboot »
- Vesna Sunrider
In 2011, actor Jason Momoa attempted to spark a flame with the R-rated Conan The Barbarian reboot. Unfortunately, and deservedly so, it flopped pretty hard. Though there were talks of a sequel, the box office totals from the film squashed all chances of any follow up to Momoa’s failed effort.
While it seemed like the franchise was dead in the water, now we’re hearing that it’s getting another reboot with the original star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, set to play the titular character.
Titled The Legend of Conan, the film will take place after the ending of the 1982 original.
“This movie picks up Conan where Arnold is now in his life, and we will be able to use the fact that he has aged in this story. I love the property of Conan so much that I wouldn’t touch it unless we came up with something worthy. We think »
- Matt Joseph
Fredrik Malmberg and Christopher Morgan will produce for Universal, who hold worldwide rights to the film. Christopher Morgan may write the screenplay as well. This action adventure based on the works of Robert E. Howard will serve as Universal's tentpole picture for the summer of 2014. Christopher Morgan is currently working on the seventh Fast & Furious script for the studio now, and if he is not finished in time to write this himself, he will stay attached as a very active producer.
This will be Arnold Schwarzenegger's third time playing the legendary barbarian. Though there was an attempt to reboot the franchise in the summer of 2011 with Jason Momoa playing Conan the Barbarian, producer Fredrik Malmberg claims this is the movie they really wanted to make. »
Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to one of his best roles in The Legend of Conan. The film is coming from Universal and is being produced by Fredrik Malmberg and Chris Morgan, with Morgan writing the treatment and possibly the script.
Where will the film pick up? Here’s Malmberg with all the details:
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.
“After the original seminal movie, all that came after looked silly to me. Robert E. Howard’s mythology and some great philosophy from Nietzsche »
- Philip Sticco
“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Field Of Dreams.
No truer words were ever spoken about America’s Pastime. Baseball began this past Spring with 30 teams vying for the chance to become World Champions and now it’s been decided. The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers will play ball in the 2012 World Series. Before the final hurrah of nine innings, stats, bases and 3 strikes you’re out, Wamg has compiled a list of the Best Baseball Movies. Did we leave any in the dugout or are there some that should be sent to the showers? »
- Movie Geeks
From Darth Vader to Judge Dredd, a mask can make a man – and it could prolong the careers of Hollywood's heartthrobs
From the moment Dredd gets dispatched to clean up a futuristic mess in a dystopian-era society where things are not running smoothly, until the moment the futuristic mess is cleaned up, leading man Karl Urban never takes off his helmet. Not even to rub some perspiration off his sweaty brow. All you see throughout the film is the lower portion of his face. It makes him look like a grizzled, dystopian-era Roman centurion. Meanwhile, his sidekick, trainee judge Cassandra Anderson, played by Olivia Thirlby, never bothers to don a helmet, partly because it would interfere with the brainwaves she needs to read in her capacity as a psychic law-enforcement officer, but mostly because she is lovely, which Karl Urban is not.
None of this would be worth mentioning, except »
- Joe Queenan
by Ryan Rigley
It's been several years now since we've heard any updates about the rumored "Thulsa Doom" movie, of which Djimon Hounsou was said to star in and produce. Thulsa Doom, of course, being the sinister sorcerer played by James Earl Jones in the original "Conan the Barbarian." In a recent interview with Hounsou, we found out what the deal is with the "Thulsa Doom" movie.
"I’m still trying to get somebody interested in it," Hounsou told MTV News regarding the project. "I certainly have been working on it for some time. It’s written and I’ve just been trying to put it together."
"It’s sort of like one of my projects; I put my own money on it and it’s sitting there for now," he added. "There are other projects that I’m also trying to get going as well and, like those projects, »
- Splash Page Team
Looks like Daniel Day-Lewis won the debate.
While both sides grumbled about the performances of their candidates during the first exchange between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Wednesday night, a new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln seemed to wow viewers across the board.
We’ve seen the confident, folksy Lincoln before. But have we ever seen one with such a haunted, hunted look in his eyes?
I found this trailer to be vastly superior to the first one that came out, which leaned a little heavily on the swelling orchestral score and didn’t quite place the 16th U. »
- Anthony Breznican
By Sam Negin
Theater Editor & Columnist
Last night, a Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen‘s play An Enemy of the People opened on Broadway. I had the great pleasure of being in attendance at the performance, which I will review here along with a summary of the reviews found in several leading trade papers.
Among the enthusiastic crowd were several theater and film regulars, including Manhattan Theatre Club Artistic Director Lynne Meadow, costume designer William Ivey Long, Emmy winner and two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale, four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell, film and theater star Tate Donovan, TV and stage star Sam Waterston, Tony nominee and stage vet Jessica Hecht, acting duo Dylan Baker and Becky Ann Baker and the great stage and screen vet James Earl Jones.
- Sam Negin
By Sam Negin
Theater Editor & Columnist
A number of casting and production notices have come up lately and unexpectedly caught my attention. It seems to me, for starters, that a number of these celebrities are coming to Broadway for no other reason than to get themselves a Tony.
First up came the announcement that Renee Zellweger will star in a Broadway-bound adaptation of the 1961 film The Hustler. Though it has not been announced what role Ms. Zellweger will play, the choice to cast her is hard for me to wrap my brain around. To me, what that made the film so memorable were the performances of Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. They were so strong that I don’t even remember there being a woman in the film other than in the background.
Would Zellweger take on Newman or Gleason’s role? I vaguely remember Piper Laurie playing a bit part in the film, »
- Sam Negin
The delectable Mila Kunis has teamed up with comedy legend Robin Williams in the forthcoming The Angriest Man In Brooklyn and from the look of these brand new set shots, they’re up for a wrestle in the river and no, that’s not a metaphor. Williams is still class in my book and although he may not have hit those heady heights in recent years, this one could be a lot of fun.
The Angriest Man In Brooklyn is directed by Phil Alden Robinson (Field Of Dreams, All Of Me) and it’s good to see him back behind the camera again. The film tells of the story of a stand-in doctor who accidentally tells an obnoxious patient that he has 90 minutes to live. She then has to hunt him down after her rye comments lead him to tour the city to try and right all the wrongs in his life. »
- Dan Bullock
Overture Films is currently in production on The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, director Phil Alden Robinson's dramatic comedy about a man who is told he only has 90 minutes left to live, although he doesn't know it is an incorrect diagnosis. Robin Williams stars as the title character, who goes on a mad dash throughout New York City to make amends with the people he has wronged in his life. Apparently, this quest involves taking a fully-clothed dip with Mila Kunis, as you can see in these photos.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn: On SetSee All 22 Photos »
The Black Swan beauty, Mila Kunis found herself in one of those more uncomfortable situations when she saved Robin Williams‘ character from drowning on Tuesday during filming for her latest movie The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.
Williams plays Henry Altmann, an ageing lawyer who, on the day before Thanksgiving, finds out he has a rare and progressive form of cancer that leaves him with just an hour and half to live.
Actually, the film centers on a stand-in doctor (Kunis) who mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient (Williams) that he has an hour-and-a-half left to live and while the patient goes on a tirade in New York City, attempting to right his wrongs, the doctor tried everything to track him down, but in vain.
- Nick Martin
Props to Mila Kunis and Robin Williams. You couldn't pay us to get in the East River. But on Tuesday, the Angriest Man in Brooklyn costars got drenched and immersed themselves in NYC's famous waterway for a rescue scene in their film. In the scene, Kunis, 29, wears what appears to be medical scrubs as she helps a sopping wet Williams, 61, make his way out of the water. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, due out in 2013, also stars Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones. »
Mila Kunis and Robin Williams were spotted filming the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn in New York yesterday and we've got some photos from the shoot. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson, the film is story of a stand-in doctor who mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient he has 90 minutes to live. The medic tries desperately to locate the man after her comments sends him on a contrite tour of the city to right all the wrongs in his life. Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones co-star. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
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