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Five Essential Airplane Movies

2 July 2014 11:13 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Graham with five essential airplane movies…

To celebrate the recent release of Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop on DVD, Blu-Ray and limited edition steelbox, let’s take a look at some other must-see movies that take high up in the sky…

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)

This mad-cap, over-the-top action film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer is hugely entertaining, and one of Nicolas Cage’s better films. It »

- Luke Graham

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Casting Net: Tom Hanks may be directed by Meg Ryan in WWII drama; Plus Kevin Bacon, Benjamin Bratt, more

26 June 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

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

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Ros Journal (6/24/14): Will Nathan Fillion Replace Harrison Ford as Han Soloc

24 June 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Four Major Studios Team Up For Launch of New Youth Charity

18 June 2014 11:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Celebrities involved in the cause include Dennis Quaid, Sean Astin and “The Carrie Diaries’”AnnaSophia Robb.

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.

TrueSpark has partnered with youth organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs, After School All Stars, Kipp and Imagine charter schools, as well as public school districts »

- Nikara Johns

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Celeb Sightings! See Where Your Favorite Stars Hung Out This Week

11 June 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

--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 [...] »

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'The Blind Side' Director Boards Lenny Dykstra Biopic

4 June 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock is reuniting with producer Gil Netter for yet another sports drama, with this project based on the life of former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra.

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 »

- MovieWeb

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Does This Movie Scene Feature the Worst Special Effects of All Time?

3 June 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

  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...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Summer Movies Flashback 1984: Indiana Jones, Gremlins and Ghostbusters

2 June 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Blu-ray Release: Any Given Sunday 15th Anniversary

29 May 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $19.98

Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Al Pacino (Stand Up Guys) fights battles on and off the field in Oliver Stone’s (Savages) sports movie Any Given Sunday.

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 »

- Sam

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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Innerspace’ (1987)

11 May 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Chip Proser and Jeffrey Boam

Directed by Joe Dante

USA, 1987

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

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‘Jaws 3D’: Cheap Carny Tricks and SeaWorld Sharks

2 May 2014 8:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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.

When Steven Spielberg was approached to direct a sequel to his first major success Jaws, he didn’t even bother responding. He »

- Kenny Hedges

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David Goyer goes on a Fantastic Voyage

2 May 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

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. »

- (Vic Barry)

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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

20 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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In Honor of Ex-Spouse Day, the 6 Types of Celebrity Breakups

14 April 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Briefs: “More Scenes From A Gay Marriage,” Casting “Stonewall,” And Veet Pulls Its Controversial Ad

9 April 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Charlie Hunnam (above), who is 35, Cynthia Nixon is 48, Marc Jacobs is 51, and Dennis Quaid is 60.

Comic Book Publisher Ends Relationship With Vendor Over Marriage Equality

Beyonce Liberated.

Billy Porter On Inspiring Gay Kids, Finding Forgiveness

Here’s the trailer for Matt Riddlehoover‘s More Scenes From A Gay Marriage, co-starring Charlie David and Rodiney

And no one would give up their seat. For shame.

Here’s Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway performing Broadway versions of rap songs.

Jeremy Irvine will star in Roland Emmerich big-screen Stonewall. The only thing I know about him is he starred in War Horse, and this.

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, »

- snicks

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Mammone to star in supernatural thriller

30 March 2014 5:43 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fresh from playing the lead in Fat Tony & Co, Robert Mammone will play a homeless man who is confronted by a malevolent presence on a late-night commuter train in Bunny.

The supernatural thriller is due to start shooting in Sydney in May, the feature directing debut of Us screenwriter Peter Schink, who wrote and was associate producer on the 2010 pic Legion, which starred Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid.

Mammone, who came back last week after playing a Greek general in Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner, will also serve as an executive producer on Bunny.

The plot revolves around a group of strangers on the train who find the body of a young junkie. The original idea came from Sydney-based, Us producer Jeff Wannberg, who regularly commutes to and from Sydney late at night.

.Jeff pitched it to me as The Conjuring on a train,. Schink told If on the line from the Us. »

- Don Groves

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Defending the '12 Worst Muppets Ever'

21 March 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz.  1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic, »

- Louis Virtel

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Kim Dickens Lands Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot ‘Red Zone’

17 March 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Friday Night Lights alum Kim Dickens has been tapped to star in CBS‘ drama pilot Red Zone opposite Anthony Lapaglia. Also cast in the pilot, written by Nikki Toscano and directed by James Foley, are Kevin Rahm (Mad Men) and Samantha Mathis (Under The Dome). The Universal TV drama centers on Holden Weller (Lapaglia), a retired CIA operative and intense high school football coach/athletic director who is pulled back into action when a terrorist event rocks Washington, DC, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists is being bred. Dickens will play Helen Weller, Holden’s confident and strong wife, a former CIA shrink who teaches psychology at the same high school as her husband. Rahm and Mathis play husband and wife Paul and Olivia Jordan, and the parents of Jake (Graham Rogers), the second-string Qb on Holden’s team and a friend of the Wellers’ daughter Laney. »


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Max Casella & Jack Quaid Cast In HBO’s Rock ’N’ Roll Drama Pilot

14 March 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Max Casella (Blue Jasmine) and Jack Quaid (Hunger Games franchise) have joined HBO‘s untitled Rock ’n’ Roll drama pilot, from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, George Mastras and Terence Winter. The pilot is eyeing production start in early summer with Scorsese directing. Co-written by Winter and showrunner Mastras, the untitled drama is set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), who is trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Casella will play Julian “Julie” Silver, the nurturing but short-tempered Head of A&R of the label, who struggles to stay hip and relevant in the young man’s game of the rock ’n’ roll business. Quaid, son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, plays Clark Morelle, a young A&R executive »


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Critical Mass: Can Greece lightning strike twice in '300: Rise of an Empire'?

7 March 2014 7:55 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.

Butler’s King Leonidas is dead, but Athens’ general Themistokles (Strike Back’s Sullivan Stapleton) rallies the fractured Greeks at sea against the invading Persian armada, led by Artemisia, a »

- Jeff Labrecque

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