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As one-third of fun., Jack Antonoff gets to explore many facets of his pop sensibilities. On “Strange Desire,” the debut album from his side project, Bleachers,” out Tuesday (15), he gets to indulge his quirkier side, and sing lead. Even though Antonoff wasn’t born until 1984, “Strange Desire” is so awash in ‘80s sounds, from big, echo-y drums, to funky, jangly guitars, that it’s almost possible to take each song and come up with its ‘80s analog. Squiggly guitar riffs crash into each other, layered vocals soar over synths, and it feels like a dance party could break out on the street where you live at any moment. Bleachers could share a bill with Modern English, Omd, Oingo Boingo, The Cult, The Cure, and New Order. Opening track “Wild Heart” has a light-hearted, skipping keyboard similar to The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” before it gives way to walls of synths. »
- Melinda Newman
There has been a flurry of super-important, nostalgia-drenched movie anniversaries recently, including, but not limited to Tim Burton's "Batman" (25 years), "Gremlins" (30 years), "Ghostbusters" (30 years) and "The Karate Kid" (30 years). But one movie that seems to have been overlooked completely is "Weekend at Bernie's" (find out where to watch) which came out 25 years ago this week. The story of a couple of yuppies who try to pretend that their dead boss hasn't died at all, it was a surprise hit, pulling in double its production budget at the box office and spawning a goofy, guilty pleasure sequel. (It did get a Blu-ray release earlier this summer, so you can now watch all of the icky '80s tomfoolery in HD.)
Even though "Weekend at Bernie's" was far from a phenomenon (as evidenced by the deafening silence around its anniversary), you can bet one thing: it will be remade. Look no »
- Drew Taylor
Emmy-nominated actor Meshach Taylor passed away on Saturday, June 28. The star of the hit '80s and '90s sitcom Designing Women, who played Anthony Bouvier, was on hospice care at his family's home in California after a long battle with cancer, TMZ reports. Taylor, who was 67 at the time of his passing, was also famous for his role as Hollywood Montrose in the 1987 cult classic film Mannequin with Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy. He also had a recurring role on the Nickeldeon show Ned's Declassified [...] »
Orange Is the New Black, Season 2, Episode 7: “Comic Sans”
Written by Sara Hess
Directed by Andrew McCarthy
Released Friday, June 6 on Netflix Instant
This is a show with a future. Season 3 has already been ordered, and one has to imagine there will be even more after that. As such, a lot of the structural problems mentioned previously might not be as serious as they have seemed—instead it could have just been a case of, like Vee puts it, the grasshopper and the ant. The ant knows a future is coming, while the grasshopper is a “loser” living only for today. In that sense, Orange Is the New Black is doing a good job, which is finally paying off for us. While it was a slog to just hear about upcoming contraband businesses (we have three of them going on right now if you count Bennett’s leg—three! »
Orange Is the New Black, Season 2, Episode 5: “Low Self Esteem City”
Written by Nick Jones
Directed by Andrew McCarthy
Released Friday, June 6 on Netflix Instant
This felt mostly like a “the more you know” episode of Orange Is the New Black, which I think is my least favorite type. “The more you know” don’t call a black guard a “sister” if you are a black inmate. “The more you know” black people get 20% longer sentences than white inmates for the same crimes. “The more you know” hitting your girlfriend and stealing her money will bite you karmically in the butt. That last one, by the way, seems to be most of what Gloria’s back story amounts to, as she takes center stage, kind of, in a way, in this scattered installment.
I can’t say that I expected Gloria to be the focus of an episode anytime soon, »
Orange is the New Black, Season 2, Episode 1: “Thirsty Bird”
Directed by Jodie Foster
Orange is the New Black, Season 2, Episode 2-4: “Looks Blue, Tastes Red”, “Hugs Can Be Deceiving”, “A Whole Other Hole”
Premiered Friday, June 6th on Netflix Instant
Although the anti-hero television dramas of the past have been almost consistently compelling, there is a tendency for it to be nothing but a boy’s club that girls aren’t allowed into. Orange is the New Black, however, is a breath of »
- Richelle Charkot
Michael Gottlieb, the writer and director of comedies like "Mannequin" and "Mr. Nanny," was killed in a motorcycle accident last Friday at the age of 69. Gottlieb began his career as a fashion photographer, moved into advertising, and later transitioned into a career as a producer, writer, and director. Gottlieb was also a professor at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, where he taught screenwriting.
Michael Gottlieb's "Mannequin" starred Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy as an artist who falls in love with the fashion mannequin he created. Kim Cattrall, who'd previously appeared in "Porky's," "Police Academy," and "Big Trouble in Little China," co-starred as Emmy, the mannequin that occasionally returns to life to hang out with her new pal. Gottlieb's "Mr. Nanny" starred Hulk Hogan and former New York Doll David Johansen. He also directed the comedy "The Shrimp on the Barbie" under the pseudonym "Alan Smithee," and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court »
- Jenni Miller
Michael Gottlieb, best known for the 1987 film “Mannequin,” died in a motorcycle accident. He was 69. Gottlieb was killed in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., on Friday, May 23, according to media reports. He was a writer, producer, and director, as well as a professor of film at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Gottlieb wrote and directed “Mannequin” in 1987, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall, which opened at number one at the box office. He followed that up with a sequel, “Mannequin 2: On the Move.” Gottlieb wrote the script for that film, though he did not »
- Jason Hughes
It only took one film for Michael Gottlieb to make his mark in Hollywood. The writer and director of the cult-classic comedy Mannequin, starring a pre-Sex and the City Kim Cattrall as the real-woman version of a department-store mannequin come to life, died May 23 of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident, according to reports. He was 69. "Very sad," tweeted Andrew McCarthy, who starred as the lovable nerd who wished Cattrall's Mannequin into being. The accident occurred on the Angeles Crest Highway in nearby La Cañada Flintridge. Gottlieb was on his 2012 Ducati, riding behind a 2003 Toyota when he "crossed into opposing traffic in an attempt to pass [the »
Michael Gottlieb, who wrote and directed such big-screen comedies as Mannequin and Mr. Nanny, died Friday in a motorcycle accident on the Angeles Forest Highway north of La Canada Flintridge. He was 69. Gottlieb also produced several A-list video game titles from 1995 through 2005, including Midway Arcade Treasures 3; Fire Blade; Mortal Kombat: Special Forces; Muppet Monster Adventure; Paperboy; NBA Hang Time; Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero; and Mortal Kombat 4. In addition to his work on Mannequin (1987), which starred Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall, and the Hulk Hogan-starring Mr. Nanny (1993), Gottlieb helmed The Shrimp on the
- Mike Barnes
Did you think we’d ever live in a time when you could watch a guilty pleasure like “Weekend at Bernie’s” in pristine HD? Every few weeks here at Hc, we bring to light classicc films coming to Blu-ray for the first time like “Sorcerer” or “Breaking the Waves” or “Bachelor Party.” Wait. What? Yes, we’re here to inform you, dear readers, that you can now buy “Bachelor Party,” “Revenge of the Nerds,” and “Weekend at Bernie’s” for low, low prices in HD. Use them to show off your new TV.
To be fair, not all ’80s flicks are created equal. “Nerds” is easily the best of these three films, a movie that has become such a pop culture touchstone that people forget that it’s actually a pretty damn good movie. It’s structured beautifully (and inspired So many films to this day that tried to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Creator: Jenji Kohan
Running Time: 700 minutes.
Extras: Gag Reel, 2 x Producer Commentaries, 4 x Featurettes ‘New Kid On The Cell Block’, ‘It’s Tribal’, ‘Mother Hen: Red Runs The Coop’ And ‘Prison Rules’.
Do we have to introduce Orange Is The New Black? The Netflix smash about everyone’s favourite federal correction facility is now making its way to DVD.
Jenji Kohan, known for creating Showtime’s Weeds, had big shoes to fill once the show had finished. She might not fall too far from the tree where “middle class woman has secret drug mule life” is concerned, but it is still as incredible, and possibly even more addictive, than her first creation. There is something captivating about a show that does not rely on its protagonist to keep the show going. Taylor Schilling’s »
- Lucy Cave
Rob Lowe knows a thing or two about being a teen idol; he was one at 15. He offered some startling insights about the latest teen idol Justin Bieber, what he’s going through and where his career is heading. He and a group of other young break-out actors that included Estevez, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy became known in Hollywood as the “Brat Pack.” ...Read More »
NBCUniversal’s E! said it would launch three new series and a set of specials as part of its new programming in the year ahead while it continued to focus on development as it casts about for a new hit franchise on the order of its various programs centered around the colorful Kardashian family.
The network, which the cabler’s parent has been seeking to turn into a more upscale venue since receiving the network as a result of its purchase by Comcast Corp. in 2011, is placing a bet on scripted fare – a significant maneuver for a network that has largely depended on reality series to stock much of its schedule.
“The Royals,” E’s first original scripted drama, is set to launch in early 2015. Starring Elizabeth Hurley, “The Royals” is produced by Lionsgate and will depict a set of members of a modern-day royal family as their lives are »
- Brian Steinberg
Fear can be a strange thing. It can pop up at unexpected moments, and for unexplainable reasons. While some people can have irrational fears of things like clowns and spiders, there are a select few who fear places meant to be a safe haven for people in their time of need. A place that always seems to garner a mixed feeling of either dread or serenity is a hospital. They’re big buildings full of many individuals, and yet they always feel so empty. It could be the dull colors, the odd silence, or the cold that drifts down its many dark hallways that makes one uneasy. Or maybe it’s the aroma of rubbing alcohol and latex that triggers an unpleasant past experience for a person. All of these things are enough to make one think of a horror movie, because they are the perfect setting for disastrous events. »
- Amanda Tullos
TMZ, the New York Post, and their ilk have had a lot of fun with Alec Baldwin over the years. A lot of fun. But the embattled former 30 Rock star has had enough, he says in a new New York Magazine cover story: he’s quitting public life. Just think how much the tabloids are going to be missing: They don’t have Alec Baldwin to kick around any more.
The last year has been rough on Baldwin professionally. Privately, it’s been a time of great joy, as he and his wife, Hilaria, welcomed a baby daughter. But even »
- Jeff Labrecque
So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.
courtesy of totalfilm.com
20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Joshua Gaul
New Carrie Diaries season 2,finale episode 13 spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, CW served up the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Carrie Diaries" finale episode 13 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Run To You," and Carrie quickly gets canned from her new job, decides to follow Sebastian to Cali, and more! In the new "Run To You" finale episode, things will get even more tense between Carrie and Tom. When Larissa dishes out an unexpected bomb on Carrie, Sebastian is going to end up deciding he, too, needs to come clean about something. Maggie is going to turn to Walt when she thinks Pete (guest star Claybourne Elder) is cheating on her, but will get the shock of her life. Mouse and West will end up, finding themselves in a sticky situation. Elsewhere, Samantha is going to contemplate leaving the city, and »
The director and writer of “Weekend at Bernie’s” have sued Fox and MGM over the studios’ alleged failure to pay them profits from the comedy.
Ted Kotcheff, who directed, and screenwriter Robert Kane filed the action Friday in state court in Los Angeles, alleging breach of contract, breach of covenant and implied faith, improper accounting and violations of the California business and professional code. It seeks a declaratory judgment.
The 1989 comedy starred Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as employees at an insurance company who are invited by their boss Bernie (Terry Kiser) to his beach house for the weekend after discovering fraud at the company — only to discover that their boss is behind the fraud and has been killed by mobsters.
The suit asserted that the box office gross receipts were more than $30 million and residuals for further venues were more than $16 million. The plaintiffs alleged that they had »
- Dave McNary
New Carrie Diaries season 2,episode 13 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CW. Recently,CW dropped the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Carrie Diaries" episode 13 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Run To You," and it sounds like things will get pretty interesting as Larissa hits Carrie with a major shocker,and more. In the new,13th episode press release: Things will grow increasingly tense between Carrie and Tom. When Larissa drops an unexpected bomb on Carrie, Sebastian is going to decide he, too, needs to come clean about something. Maggie is going to turn to Walt when she thinks Pete (guest star Claybourne Elder) is cheating on her, but will get the surprise of her life. Mouse and West (guest star Rj Brown) will find themselves in a sticky situation. Elsewhere, Samantha is going to consider leaving the city, and Larissa's wedding to Harlan (guest star Scott Cohen »
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