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10. Deliverance (1972)
Scene: Squeal Like a Piggy
Word to the wise: just because someone plays a mighty fine banjo, it doesn’t mean he or any of his kin should be invited to your family picnic. Based on the James Dickey novel of the same name, Deliverance follows four businessmen as they decide to spend a weekend canoeing down a fictional river before it needs to be flooded. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) leads the crew as the most experienced, followed closely by Ed (Jon Voight). The two novices Bobby and Drew (Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) also join them. So, in remote Georgia, the four men set out to take in the beauty of nature. Before setting off, they come across a group of mountain men, all of which appear to be inbred. Drew engages in a banjo duet with one of the teenagers, but he doesn’t »
- Joshua Gaul
/Film readers, you’ve been recruited. The producer and director of a new Back to the Future documentary, Back in Time, have asked for your help. They’re well into production on a documentary about the history of Back to the Future and the long-lasting effect the film has had on popular culture. However, the twist is […]
- Germain Lussier
Thirty years ago today, James Cameron’s The Teminator dominated the box office on its opening day.
Though the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is now considered a modern classic, it’s not exactly the best film in its franchise.
In the intervening nine years between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) became a hard-willed warrior, determined to protect her son John Connor and the future of humanity. That’s one big step up from her colourless, sometimes hysterical demeanour in The Terminator. Already Terminator 2 is the better movie.
Terminator isn’t the only franchise that has a high-achieving younger sibling. Let’s go through some of our favourites.
James Cameron makes a good sequel. Unfortunately, his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien was postponed for years while Cameron wrote and directed The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II. We’re very »
- Sasha James
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.
Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)
1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13
Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.
2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
Back to the Future will return to venues next year accompanied by a live orchestra.
The classic film is to mark its 30th anniversary with a worldwide tour of screenings where an orchestral band will perform Alan Silvestri's score. The composer will also add 15 minutes of new material.
Back to the Future anniversary: 28 reasons why we love the '80s classic
Back to the Future The Musical: What we want to hear
The performances - featuring a screening of the movie assisted by the live orchestra - will begin in Lucerne, Switzerland in May 2015.
The project is a collaboration between Img Artists, the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency and Universal Pictures.
Silvestri was nominated for an Academy Award for his score to the 1985 movie starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.
Marty McFly's iconic hoverboard has sold for £26,000 at a London auction.
The device eventually went for £26,700, nearly doubling its estimate of £15,000 at the Vue cinema in London's Westfield shopping centre.
Other items that went under the hammer include the biker scout helmet from Return of the Jedi for £20,400 and the Spectre underwater tow sled from Thunderball for £24,000.
The auction collected over £1 million from the selected film props on offer.
On the other end of the spectrum, a 'one sheet' poster from Aliens sold for just £48. »
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Every single Back To The Future fan has at one point in their life pined for a fourth installment to the seminal franchise to be created. You can.t help it. Forget about how despicably average Back To The Future 3 was. There.s surely still enough plutonium left in the flux capacitor to generate another great adventure that revolves around Michael J. Fox.s Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd.s Doc Brown traveling through time. However, the film.s co-writer and producer has now provided a rather stellar reason for why it obviously won.t happen. And even though it makes perfect sense, you can.t help but hate him for saying it. Bob Gale, who co-wrote and co-produced each of the Back To The Future films, spoke to Yahoo Movies about why there will never be another big-screen instalment to the series. "Let.s face it, we.ve seen »
A Million Ways To Die In The West is out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, and today we have an exclusive look at some of the great behind-the-scenes bonus content that will be available in the package. Watch the video below to find out how they were able to do that great Back to the Future III Christopher Lloyd cameo... Everyone loves a good cameo, and Seth MacFarlane.s A Million Ways To Die In The West is packed with a number of them. Seemingly reprising his role from Ted as "Silent Guy," Ryan Reynolds. quick appearance is a nice laugh, and it.s pretty great to see Jamie Foxx strap on spurs and a cowboy hat again to play Django once again. Easily the most talked about special appearance in the film, however, is the surprise reveal of Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown from the Back to the »
Out on UK DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now is the brilliant Seth MacFarlane comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West. The film is full of comedic treats, and one of them is a superb cameo from Christopher Lloyd, who reprises one of his most famous roles, Doc Brown from Back To The Future. Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson and Neil Patrick-Harris also star.
When cowardly sheep farmer Albert (Macfarlane) backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend Louise (Seyfried) ditches him for another man. Downhearted, Albert prepares to leave the West to head to the bright lights of San Francisco, meanwhile, a beautiful and mysterious lady Anna (Theron) arrives in the town of Old Stump, set to distract him from his travels.
After Albert finds himself challenged to yet another gunfight with Louise’s new boyfriend, the sauve Foy (Patrick-Harris), experienced shooter Anna steps in »
- Paul Heath
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Directed by: James Cullen Bressack
Cast: James Brooks (Michael), Shannen Doherty (Cate), Zack Ward (Will), Christopher Lloyd (Mayor Akerman), Ciara Hanna (Nicole), Yar Koosha (Kyle), Fred Stoller (Rich), Rachel True (Marcy), Jeremy Wade (Lamprey Expert)
I’m a huge “Piranha” fan, and I’ll watch anything (anything that is!) pertaining to lake horror. Hockey masked killers, prehistoric monsters, government altered mutated fish, toxic waste mutated marine life and even zombies, are all enhanced when set at a lake. It’s in a more confined space than the ocean, there’s usually plenty of expendable characters getting their vacation on to up the body count, and it makes one think twice that fresh water is absolutely, positively safe.
“Blood Lake” is an Asylum film that deals with something that is creepy enough as »
Have you always wanted to attend New York Comic-Con but never had the chance? If that's the case, then you're in luck, because Universal Pictures and the Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, available on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack October 7, are giving a few of our lucky readers a chance to win Nycc badges in our latest giveaway.
While exploring everything that Nycc has to offer, fans can also visit the A Million Ways to Die in the West booth at New York Comic Con to take your very own "old-timey" western digital photograph! Post your picture to your favorite social media outlet (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) along with #NYCCMillionWaysSweeps for your chance to win the Million Ways Pays Sweepstakes and walk away with One Million Pennies ($10,000)!
What are you waiting for? You're just a few clicks away from winning New York Comic-Con badges, so »
The opening sequence of Back to The Future works perfectly in setting up Christopher Lloyd's Doc Brown and the movie itself. Director Robert Zemeckis captured the pan through Doc's inventions, which allowed for Brown to have an easy morning, in one single take. But it took a lot of coordinating to pull off such an amazing feat.
In a new interview, SFX supervisor Kevin Pike reveals how this scene was created for the classic sci-fi comedy, which took quite a few crew members. Is Robert Zemeckis a perfectionist? Watch the video and decide for yourself:
This is the first in a series of behind-the-scenes Back to The Future shorts from Jamie Benning which will be available on Vimeo. Stay tuned as more video from this seminal 80s classic is revealed in the coming weeks.
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
When Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his fickle fiancée (Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace) to a mustachioed dandy (Neil Patrick Harris, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas), he rebounds hard with Anna (Charlize Theron, Young Adult), a gorgeous gunslinger new to his Old West town. What he doesn’t know is that Anna’s ex, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson, The Grey), is the most dangerous desperado on the horizon and he’s on his way to reclaim his gal—whatever it takes!
The best movies leave you thinking about them long after the end credits roll. Some films marinate in the mind more than others, spawning fanciful theories and intriguing 'what ifs' from their dedicated fans.
Is James Bond really just one man? Do the Pixar films exist in a shared universe? And just how did Heath Ledger's Joker get those scars? We look at 9 mind-blowing movie fan theories below...
Heath Ledger's Joker is a war veteran
The Joker appears in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight seemingly out of the blue, an agent of destruction hell-bent on reeking havoc across Gotham. Unlike Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, we never get to see a backstory for Heath Ledger's incarnation play out.
The Joker himself offers up two contrasting "wanna know how I got these scars?" stories so we can never truly trust the Clown Prince of Crime's explanation. One »
Back To The Future Part III isn't the most popular film in the trilogy. But Simon argues this sci-fi western deserves more love...
I don't think I'm going out on much of a limb by saying that, in general, Back To The Future Part III is the least talked about film in the trilogy. It shouldn't be, in my personal view, but it's the one that generally puts technology on the back burner, introduces a love story, and visually is the most different.
Personally, I've never thought the labelling of Back To The Future Part III as the least liked film in the series - as some have - is particular fair, though. My 10-year old would go even further. It's his favourite of the lot.
So why then do some not warm to it as much? Well, let's deal with that, before I go onto the film in more detail. »
If you're looking for an utterly independent analysis of Robert Zemeckis' Back To The Future Part II, then it'd be fair to say you're probably in the wrong place. It would be remiss of me from the outset to not acknowledge that, in my youth, I absolutely adored Back To The Future Part II. I wore out two VHS copies of the movie I had (one of them ex-rental, to be fair), and Alan Silvestri's superb score has been resident in my head pretty much ever since (one I seem to have bought four times, across four different formats).
It's only over time that I've come to appreciate the film in any kind of perspective, and the catalyst for that was watching the three films back-to-back in the »
Before Robert Zemeckis brought Charles Fleischer, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Kathleen Turner to the screen in 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Disney crafted an early version of the Gary K. Wolf adaptation starring Paul Reubens as the voice of the eponymous rabbit. Rights to the hardboiled tale set in a city where humans and cartoon characters coexist were purchased shortly after the book Who Censored Roger Rabbit? was published in 1981. Disney saw dollar signs and set about hiring Darrell Van Citters for the job, casting the soon-to-be Pee-wee Herman as the lovable rabbit. Peter Renaday (The Aristocats) was cast as detective Eddie Valiant, and Russi Taylor (Disney’s current Minnie Mouse) became the dangerously curvaceous Jessica Rabbit. The early test...
- Alison Nastasi
Over the past few days, Guardians Of The Galaxy officially won the weekend box office for the fourth time since its release. That might not sound like a huge deal, but that almost never happens. In fact, only 4 movies including Guardians have done that since 2000, and only 32 movies have done it since these things started being closely tracked and made available in the early 1980s. So, yeah, Guardians Of The Galaxy is a hit. You probably knew that already, but in order to properly contextualize it, let.s take a closer look at those 32 movies that won five or more consecutive weekends. Let.s take a trip down memory lane to revisit these incredibly popular movies from our past and remember why they had such a huge impact at the box office. #32) Mr. Mom Release Date: July 22, 1983 Number Of Weeks Won: 5 Stars: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Lloyd, »
Years before Robert Zemeckis directed the revolutionary live-action/animated hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988, an earlier version was mounted at Walt Disney Studios between 1981 and 1983, which had Darrell Van Citters set to direct. Today, an eight-minute video has been unearthed that shows John Culhane taking viewers behind-the-scenes of this unmade version, which featured Paul Reubens as the voice of Roger Rabbit and Russi Taylor as the voice of Jessica Rabbit.
The video also shows a number of concept art images, that show how vastly different the earlier versions of these characters were, and we have a few split-screen photos with the 1981-1983 artwork next to the finished characters from the 1988 film. Take a look at the video and photos, then read on for more information, where you'll see that one of the animators is Frozen and Surf's Up director Chris Buck.
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