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Say it ain't so, folks! According to multiple reports, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have decided to call it quits after nearly three years of dating. Distance was reportedly a factor in the decision. The 52-year-old actress lives in New York City, while the 62-year-old rocker currently resides in Indiana. The pair quietly became an item in 2010 after Mellencamp split from his wife, Elaine Irwin, after 18 years of marriage. Ryan was previously married to The Rookie actor Dennis Quaid. Although they both led very private lives, the twosome was spotted spending time together on Martha's Vineyard. They also were seen enjoying coffee and running errands in New York's SoHo »
Much has been said since Robin Williams' death on Monday of his contribution to movies. Certainly, his performances in such films as "Aladdin," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Good Will Hunting" are likely to endear him to new fans among moviegoers for generations to come. But it's easy to forget that he also made indelible contributions to the world of TV throughout his four-decade career. Older viewers remember his starmaking turn as a lovable alien on "Mork and Mindy," but that was only one instance of many where he changed the medium in ways large and small that will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Here are some of those ways.
"The Richard Pryor Show." Imagine an era when you could have seen Richard Pryor and Robin Williams doing sketch comedy together every week in primetime. That era really happened; it lasted just four weeks in 1977. That's »
- Gary Susman
To celebrate the release of Into the Storm, hitting UK cinemas on the 20th August, we have put together our favourite extreme weather films.
This film reminds us that all extreme weather is 100 times worse when experienced at sea. The Perfect Storm is about the crew of the Andrea Gail, a small sword boat that fishes for swordfish. The crew decide to ignore weather warnings and risk one last fishing expedition, after a poor season of catch. Little do the crew know, they are heading into the perfect storm, one they are unlikely to survive. Watching this film will show you how far visual effects have come since it was released in 2000. However, as it stars George Clooney, we can forget the visual effects in favour of watching his face.
The Day after Tomorrow is one big lesson about global warming and a »
- Phil Wheat
Oliver Stone's American football saga stars Al Pacino as a veteran coach who is forced to play a flashy rookie (Jamie Foxx) over the team's legendary quarterback (Dennis Quaid) by the club's ruthless young owner (Cameron Diaz). If the season becomes a roller coaster for the fans, it's nothing compared to the drama off the field as money, sleaze and back-stabbing threaten to tear the Miami Sharks apart. Stone brings his customary visual razzmatazz to the soapy operatics of the plot to score an eye-popping touchdown. »
Friday Am Update: Playing at 2,651 locations, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned an estimated $4.6 million from late Thursday shows. Among Summer 2014 releases, that's ahead of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($4.1 million), Maleficent ($4 million) and Lucy ($2.75 million).While those aren't all apples-to-apples comparisons*Apes opened at 10 p.m., while Turtles started at 7 p.m.*it still suggests that the movie will have no problem earning over $40 million this weekend (Paramount is now expecting mid-to-high $40 millions).Meanwhile, Into The Storm opened to $800,000.Forecast: On what should be another busy August weekend, the latest big-screen version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will attempt to take first place ahead of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.That could be easier said than done. Marvel's last three movies have all dropped between 56 and 58 percent in their second weekends, and there's little reason to expect Guardians will have a steeper decline than that. With strong word-of-mouth, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Luke Graham with five essential airplane movies…
Disney’s Planes (2013)
This spin-off from Pixar’s Cars is definitely a must-see…
Or not. I’m joking. It’s actually pretty unpopular, at least with critics, although it did manage to gross over $200 million. Did you know it’s getting a sequel?
5. Flightplan (2005)
Now this is actually worth seeing. Jodie Foster plays Kyle Pratt, an engineer who must frantically search for her daughter who goes missing during a flight, but everyone on the plane denies the daughter exists! This twisty thriller is an exciting watch.
4. Con Air (1997)
- Luke Graham
• Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan may reunite on screen for the actress’ directorial debut Ithaca. Hanks would have a cameo role in the World War II coming-of-age drama based on William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy and already serves as an executive producer. Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) adapted the script that will also feature Ryan onscreen, as well as the previously announced Sam Shepard (August: Osage County), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), and Jack Quaid, Ryan’s son with actor Dennis Quaid. This would be the fourth time the pair has appeared on screen together after Joe Versus the Volcano, »
- Jake Perlman
If you were to look at the url of yesterday's journal post you would notice it doesn't match the title of the actual post. The reason being I was going to get into something I almost posted, but ended up trashing, which was... restrict paid="true" ...a post regarding the rumor Tom Cruise might star in Star Wars: Episode VII. It was a story that originated from The Sun out of the UK, an outlet that rarely if ever posts anything of merit and it was all based on the fact Cruise was in London and had dinner with J.J. Abrams and other members of the Star Wars team, which are currently shooting in London, where Cruise will soon begin filming Mission: Impossible 5, which Abrams is producing. Clearly the story has no merit and I would have written as much in the post, which then begs the question, "So »
- Brad Brevet
Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate have teamed up for the launch of national charity TrueSpark to help provide support for the nonprofit that uses inspirational movies to expose, immerse and engage youth on issues of character.
With the launch of TrueSpark, at-risk youths between the ages of 11-18 will be able to view mainstream movies with positive messages and participate in interactive educational lessons, discussions and activities that build character and foster ethical behavior.
The program uses 50 inspirational films such as “Rocky,” “Rudy,” “The Blind Side” and “Freedom Writers” to deliver compelling lessons about character traits including, perseverance, courage, purpose, integrity, respect, humility and optimism.
- Nikara Johns
--Newly engaged Sean Avery and Hilary Rhoda hanging with Olivia Palermo and her fiance Johannes Huebl at the Solid & Striped First Annual BBQ and Pool Party in Southampton, N.Y. --Teri Hatcher attending the 42nd Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament & Family Fun Day hosted by Dennis Quaid at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, CA. --Katie Holmes helping a fellow bootcamp-er pick out a set of weights at Barry’s Bootcamp Chelsea in NYC. --Pharrell Williams speaking to students from his One Hand to Another program [...] »
No plot details were given, and it isn't known if a screenwriter is attached at this time. It isn't known if the project will focus on his playing days, or his well-documented problems off the field, after he retired from the game. Lenny Dykstra's professional playing career began in 1985 with the New York Mets, and he was an instrumental part in their 1986 World Series win, where his hard-nosed style of play earned him the nickname "Nails." He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989, where he played until his last professional season in 1996. He briefly attempted a comeback at spring training in 1998, before he officially retired at the age of 35.
Lenny Dykstra was the subject of »
Where do we even begin with the film Jaws 3D? The 1983 movie, starring Dennis Quaid as the son of Chief Brody from ye olde Amity Island and Lou Gossett Jr., is one of the worst chapters in the Jaws franchise. Oh, did we mention that Manimal (is awesome) star Simon MacCorkindale also got suckered into a role for this mess? Jaws 3D used technology as its biggest selling point and was one of several films that popped up during the 3D renaissance. The results were less than stellar, but thankfully the movie has survived as an object of fascination — which is why website Bloody Disgusting recently examined a scene from Jaws 3D. "Does This Jaws 3D Scene Have the Worst Special Effects of All Time?" the site asked. "This isn't some home video...
- Alison Nastasi
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »
- Drew McWeeny
Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $19.98
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Not one of critics’ favorite films of three-time Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone, Any Given Sunday nevertheless clicked with fans, grossing a tidy $75.5 million in theaters and a 74% moviegoer approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Our Disc Dish critics are on the more positive side for the film. While not a favorite, it’s a good one to have in your collection if you’re a fan of Pacino, Stone or definitely football. Even if you’re not into the actors and drama, the game footage is gorgeous.
Rated R, Any Given Sunday stars Al Pacino as Tony D’Amato, head coach for the fictional Miami Sharks football team, who won back-to-back championships four years ago. When the »
Directed by Joe Dante
Science fiction is a genre in which anything is possible. Films in particular take advantage of this opportunity to transport its audience to new worlds and new ideas. In 1987, director Joe Dante and executive producer Steven Spielberg took us on a “big” adventure with the zany sci-fi comedy Innerspace. The film stars Martin Short, Dennis Quaid, and a young Meg Ryan, who all get involved with a scientific mission gone wrong. With an Oscar win for Best Visual Effects and a comic tone full of energy and fun, Innerspace is one ride from the 80s you might want to check out.
Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Quaid) is a brash Navy pilot who isn’t exactly looked upon as a military hero. He drinks, he fights, and he’s actually kind of a douche. His fellow pilots want nothing »
- Randall Unger
The summer of 2001 was especially tense. Having just been through an unending presidential election, the U.S. seemed especially on edge. Even before the towers fell in September, the media was already pushing a large, unknown insurgency, it’s face gracing the cover of Time just a month before.
The infamous “Summer of the Shark” cover is today gawked upon, like Y2K or the Africanized bees that preceded it. After a media feeding frenzy, there is always a through-the-looking-glass “What were we so worried about?” perspective that takes hold once reason sets in. And, as such, post-9/11, America stopped looking to the ocean.
Killer shark movies have since been relegated to direct-to-dvd shlock from Roger Corman and The Asylum. However, just a few decades earlier, they were franchise-bait.
- Kenny Hedges
He certainly made a mark with his keyboard for The Dark Knight Trilogy and in my books, to a lesser extent with Man Of Steel but David S. Goyer is set to write a treatment for The Fantastic Voyage. And while this is yet another reboot, the 1966 Sci-Fi classic will certainly be new for younger audiences, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of all this. The original movie involved the saving the life of a scientist, by shrinking a submarine and a small crew to a microscopic size and sticking them into his bloodstream. Hang on you say, didn’t Dennis Quaid also get miniaturized in Inner Space and go travelling inside a human body too? He did indeed. But that was so far ago, this reboot will feel like a brand new movie, especially considering the original came out weeks before the dinosaurs died out. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
April 14 is Ex-Spouse Day, a special time to reminisce about the one person you're probably sick of thinking about. Here's another option: Instead of ruminating on personal relationship pitfalls, reflect on the wild world of celebrity breakups. From conscious uncouplings to legal brawls, stars' separations are often dramatic. There are various ways for a celeb to turn a main squeeze into a former fling - the dreaded text message send-off included. In remembrance of Hollywood's exes, here are six recurring types of celebrity splits. Where do you and your ex fit? The "Uncool"The Breakup: Taken from Jennifer Aniston's post-split dig at Angelina Jolie, »
- Kelli Bender
Comic Book Publisher Ends Relationship With Vendor Over Marriage Equality
Billy Porter On Inspiring Gay Kids, Finding Forgiveness
And no one would give up their seat. For shame.
Veet Pulls Its Ad After Creating Hairy Controversy. That was … quick. What do you think? Offensive?
And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, »
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