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Have you been itching for a television show with a name like Swedish Dicks starring Peter Stormare as a stuntman turned private detective who wears a mustache better than the love child of Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck? Then you are very lucky that such a thing exists and that the series created by Stormare will be getting a second season. We here have an exclusive clip from the American-Swedish comedy featuring Stormare, Johan Glans and Vivian Bang. No Keanu Reeves (who also has a... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
The Antichrist is here in Netflix's upcoming horror comedy Little Evil. Another original outing for the streaming service, it stars Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly in a hilarious new take on The Omen. Arriving just in time for the fall season, Little Evil will debut on September 1st.
From writer/director Eli Craig (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil); Adam Scott (Big Little Lies, Parks & Rec) and Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man, Lost) star in this offbeat comedy about love, family, and the Antichrist. Gary has just married the love of his life, Samantha, and is now the stepfather to her quirky 5 year old son, Lucas (Owen Atlas). But he soon finds himself in increasingly odd situations around the child, which drives him to believe his new stepson may actually be the spawn of Satan.
With Steven Soderbergh in the director’s seat, Logan Lucky is a smart heist film with plenty of laughs and surprises along the way. The story follows the Logan siblings; Jimmy (Channing Tatum), whose football career was ended by a bad knee, Clyde (Adam Driver), who tends bar at the Duct Tape Lounge with his one arm, the other having been blown off in Iraq, and sexy sister Mellie (Riley Keough), who cuts hair in a down-scale salon. The Logans are a working-class family known for a history of bad luck. After being canned from his job repairing sinkholes under the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmy gets the idea to pull of an elaborate heist. With his knowledge of a series of pneumatic underground tubes that connect the Speedway’s concession and souvenir stands to a large vault filled with cash, Jimmy sees the perfect opportunity to steal it all during a Nascar race, »
- Tom Stockman
Tom Jolliffe celebrates the cinematic delights of 1997…
1997. It doesn’t feel that distant but we’re now talking 20 years. This was the year I left school. That officially makes me old as fuck I believe. Lady Di passed, Tony Blair became Pm, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, Mike Tyson had a Holyfield Ear pie and more. The Spice Girls reigned supreme. Hanson were Mmmbopping all over the place and confusing horny teenagers who thought the girl singing lead was hot.
In film, the year is significant. This was the year the Titanic did the opposite of sink (erm… float). James Cameron’s historical (which icebergs aside wasn’t that historical) epic was seen by pretty much everyone on Earth. It probably grossed a further Trillion Wibblewangs outside the Milky Way (I just invented an alien currency). It thundered away as the highest grossing film ever (if you don’t »
- Gary Collinson
Four months after the casting confirmation of Zazie Beetz as Domino by Ryan Reynolds via Twitter, we have our first look at the Deadpool 2 actress in costume. Replicating the hilarious Deadpool laying on bearskin rug photo (a parody of Burt Reynolds’ bearskin rug photo from Cosmopolitan Magazine), Domino strikes the same pose lying on […] »
- Edward Nigma
"Some people just know how to work a red carpet. #Domino #DeadPool2," the 40-year-old actor captioned the snap.
While it's unclear exactly what role Domino will play in the narrative, she's a former X-Force mutant who has the ability to get luck on her side. She's linked to Cable, whom Reynolds previously revealed will be played by Josh Brolin.
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Meanwhile, Reynolds talked Deadpool 2 with Et at the Hitman's Bodyguard junket over the weekend, where he shared how glad he was to »
“Some people just know how to work a red carpet,” Reynolds captioned the photo of Domino sprawled over Deadpool in front of a fire. The photo recreates one of the early promotional images from the first “Deadpool” film, which had Reynold’s spoofing Burt Reynolds as he lounged in his Deadpool costume over a fur rug bear in front of a fireplace.
Some people just know how to work a red carpet. #Domino #DeadPool2 pic.twitter.com/llCc8JfKT6
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 31, 2017
Josh Brolin has also shared photos from set in his transformation to play Domino’s partner, Cable. In the Marvel comics, Domino is a mutant with telekinetic powers and was a founding member of Cable’s X-Force squad.
The superhero sequel will be produced by Reynolds and directed by David Leitch, with »
- Rebecca Rubin
Fans of “All Dogs Go to Heaven” might not recall a scene in which one of the gone-too-soon pooches descends into the fiery belly of hell and narrowly escapes taking up permanent residence among the other condemned souls. And that’s apparently for good reason, as the full sequence in question was cut. It’s made its way online, as all such things eventually do, and is now available to retroactively ruin your childhood on YouTube. Watch the entire uncut scene below if you dare.
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The film was directed by the underrated Don Bluth, who provided a darker alternative to Disney fare throughout the 1980s and ’90s: “The Secret of Nimh,” “An American Tail,” “The Land Before Time,” “Rock-a-Doodle,” “Anastasia.” This chthonic sequence, although found in low quality, finds canine hero Charlie B. Barkin (voiced by Burt Reynolds) sucked »
- Michael Nordine
There’s nothing like a good car chase in a movie. Maybe it’s the daring-do of the stunt drivers that makes you feel you’re in danger even though you’re comfortably in your seat, or the high stakes of the moment in which the characters we’re rooting for will either get out of the situation or have a gruesome finale, but an impressive car-chase scene can make even a mediocre movie a beloved classic. What makes a car chase legendary, you ask? They’re the ones that keep you at the edge of your seat and actually fit in with the rest of the plot.
Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28th. Baby (Ansel Elgort), is an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he »
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – His films were more popular than his name, but director John G. Avildsen did put his mark on the last 30 years of 20th Century movies. Avildsen died last week at the age of 81. He is known best for the Oscar Best Picture-winning “Rocky” (1976), but also did the controversial “Joe” (1970), “Save the Tiger” (1973, Best Actor Oscar for Jack Lemmon), John Belushi’s last film “Neighbors” (1981), “The Karate Kid” (1984), “Lean on Me” (1989) and “8 Seconds” (1994). Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com offer three essays on their Avildsen favorites.
Photo credit: United Artists
John G. Avildsen was born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, and graduated from New York University. He started as an assistant director for Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger, before breaking out on his own in the low budget “Joe,” featuring Peter Boyle, in 1970. He scored his biggest success with “Rocky” in 1976 – winning the Oscar for Best Director – and revisited the franchise later with “Rocky V” (1990). He also directed both sequels to “Karate Kid” with “Part II” (1986) and “Part III” (1989). At his peak, he was the original director for “Serpico” (1973) and “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), but was let go from both films. His final film as director was “Inferno” (1999), featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Avildsen passed away in Los Angeles on June 16th, 2017, of complications due to pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years old.
Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Lennon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com pay tribute to the director who was nicknamed “King of the Underdogs,” with the following film essays.
Photo credit: MGM Home Entertainment
“Rocky” is a miracle of a film, considering both its eventual prize (Oscar Best Picture) and the way it made it to the screen the first place. A broke actor named Sylvester Stallones writes a desired boxing movie script that has one caveat… he must portray the title character. As a gambit, he proposes a budget of only one million dollars, and the film gets the green light. For all of the notion of Stallone as Rocky’s prime creator, it is actually director John Avildsen who delivered the on-screen goods – the famous running scene, the freeze frame on the top of Philadelphia’s “Rocky Steps,” boxing sequences that had never been seen before and the third use of the (just invented) Steadicam by a major motion picture.
Avildsen loved to tell the stories of having Stallone write additional dialogue because the budget was so tight they couldn’t afford to match Rocky’s boxing shorts with the on-set posters or send back his too-big ring entrance robe. And remember the classic song “Gonna Fly Now”? It was Avildsen who brought in composer Bill Conti from his previous directorial effort of the Burt Reynolds film, “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings.” The underdog of underdog films was delivered to a Bicentennial audience, and the little-movie-that-could took home Oscars for Best Picture, Director and Editing, in addition to being the highest grossing film of 1976. No wonder Avildsen became the “Ka-Ching of the Underdogs.”
Gonna Fly Now: The portrayal of the character of Rocky by Stallone was never better in this film, with Six sequels now in the culture. Director Ryan Coogler of the latest Rocky adventure, the excellent “Creed,” seemed to use the John Avildsen template in approaching the sequencing of that story.
The Karate Kid (1984) by Spike Walters
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
John G Avildson was a bit of a journeyman… his Oscar notwithstanding. He wasn’t one of those visionaries who develop a signature style, but his subtle gift was making a formula work. And they don’t come much more formulaic than 1984’s underdog/odd couple buddy movie “The Karate Kid.” Yet Avildson knew how to inject heart into this story of the undersized “Kid” and his quiet but powerful teacher. As the listless remake and some of its later sequels show, this is not nearly as easy as Avildson makes it look here – this is the 1980’s classic that scored Pat Morita an Oscar nomination and holds up relatively well today. It’s not exactly groundbreaking but director Avildson knew how to make the most of it.
Gonna Fly Now: You’d expect the man who directed the original “Rocky” to find the right beats in the inevitable training montage, but Kid Daniel’s “crane kick” training – which predictably but winningly leads to a triumph at the end – still delivers the goods.
Lean On Me (1989) by Jon Lennon Espino
Photo credit: Warner Home Video
High school sometimes get a bad rap as a physical hell on Earth. John G. Avildsen’s “Lean On Me” does nothing to make anyone think otherwise. Avildsen, like many of his films, has fun with this one. He shows us an exaggerated look at a public school system after minorities have taken over the neighborhood. The director has long had a fascination with creating hero stories, and in this one, he gives us a breakout performance by Morgan Freeman… his performance and approach to the character is everything! This movie lives on the over-the-top action of Freeman, breathing a fun air into the entire film as he does things that may be extremely illegal in real life, but are completely entertaining within the scope of the film. Avildsen knows exactly how to set a scene, which you know right away after the opening montage that is essentially a music video. His films often have an after school special feel, but “Lean On Me” shows just how well it works even when school is still in session.
Gonna Fly Now: The opening credits where we are taken on a tour of the school while Guns-n-Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” is playing. He hilariously frames and choreographs the fighting to simulate feral animals in the jungle.
John G. Avildsen, 1935-2017
By Patrick McDONALDWriter, Editorial CoordinatorHollywoodChicago.email@example.com
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the original “Rocky” (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone, and also directed all three of the original “Karate Kid” films, has died in Los Angeles. He was 81.
A rep confirmed his death.
Avildsen also won the DGA Award for directing “Rocky,” which also won Oscars for best picture and film editing and was nominated in multiple other categories.
In 2006 Variety interviewed Avildsen, who said that a film with a boxing story didn’t excite him at first, but he was “moved by the urban character study of Sylvester Stallone’s script.” He held out on directing part two in lieu of another project — a decision that Avildsen said was “one of my greatest mistakes.” He returned to the franchise to direct 1990’s “Rocky V.”
In 1983 he was Oscar nominated again, this time for the documentary short “Traveling Hopefully.”
Avildsen developed a reputation for making movies about losers, »
- Carmel Dagan
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Netflix has acquired the worldwide Svod rights to Drake Doremus’ “Newness,” Deadline reports. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa as a couple in contemporary Los Angeles navigating the world of online dating and social media–driven hookup culture. The film was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and co-stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Courtney Eaton, Danny Huston and Courtney Eaton. Netflix acquired the rights in a reported seven-figure deal.
– Gravitas Ventures has acquired writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature film, “Abundant Acreage Available.” The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award in the U.S. Narrative Competition. The film focuses on siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse »
- Graham Winfrey
Selena Gomez goes back to High School–in more ways than one– in her highly anticipated “Bad Liar” video. She plays a not one, but four different roles to explore the hidden desires that lurk everywhere in the everyday world. The campy video, directed by Lemonheads bassist Jesse Peretz is set in the ’70s down to Farrah Fawcett hairdos and Burt Reynolds mustaches. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
Exclusive: A24 and DirecTV have acquired the North American distribution rights to Dog Years, the Adam Rifkin-directed film that stars Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Chevy Chase, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, and Nikki Blonsky. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Reynolds drew plaudits for his performance as an aging movie star who travels to an upstart film festival in Nashville to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award. That launches him on a fish-out-of-water… »
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is revving its engines on The Cannonball Run, with the studio is talks with director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) and screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum).
Described as a “relaunch” of the series rather than a remake, the new film is being produced by Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and will once again focus on the legendary illegal cross-country race. Tropic Thunder screenwriter Etan Cohen was previously attached to write and direct the film, but has left for unspecified reasons.
The first Cannonball Run movie was released in 1981, and was followed by sequels in 1984 and 1989. The original film featured an all-star cast which included the likes of Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jackie Chain, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett. »
- Amie Cranswick
Warner Bros. is gearing up for a “Cannonball Run” reboot, with “Dodgeball” director Rawson Thurber and “Reno 911” creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant in talks to direct and write, reports Deadline.
The project will relaunch the franchise begun by Hal Needham’s “The Cannonball Run” in 1981, a slapdash comedy starred Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, and many other stars of the time. The Fox release was universally panned by critics, but was one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Warner Bros. followed that up in 1984 with “Cannonball Run II,” and Orion released a third film, “Speed Zone,” in 1989. The franchise centers around a cross-country car race, inspired by a real race that took place throughout the 1970’s.
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- Jude Dry
Author: Zehra Phelan
Remakes, reboots, reimaginings – call them what you will, but 2017 is certainly turning out to be the year that Hollywood has decided to barrage us with the news that one film or another is being remade. The latest in a long line comes in the form of the 1981 Cannonball Run franchise.
Warner Bros have jumped on board to revive the franchise after acquiring the rights from the original copyright owners and are currently looking at the Central Intelligence director Rawson Thurber to take the helm with Reno 911 stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant in talks to tackle a new and improved script for the 21st century.
Back in 1981, Cannonball Run burst onto the scene with an all-star cast, Burt Reynolds took the lead as Jj McClure, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, Jackie Chan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. All starred as well as the late James Bond actor »
- Zehra Phelan
Warner Bros. Pictures have set Rawson Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers) to direct its Cannonball Run remake. The studio has also set comedy writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum franchise) to write the script, so reports Deadline.
The film is a relaunch of the 1981 Burt Reynolds classic which revolved around an illegal car race from New York to California, a cameo-ridden comedy that also featured the talents of Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Adrienne Barbeau, Dean Martin, Jackie Chan, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dom DeLuise.
It is thought that the new film will be titled simply Cannonball.
Here’s the trailer for the first movie.
- Paul Heath
The original franchise starred Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dom DeLuise. The films centered on an illegal cross-country race where the participants played dirty tricks on one another.
- Justin Kroll
More than five years after a Cannonball Run remake was first put into development by Warner Bros., the studio is finally moving forward on the project. Warner Bros. has brought on Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) to direct this new version of Cannonball Run, with the writing team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum franchise) coming aboard to write the script. Andre Morgan, who produced the original Cannonball Run movies, is producing alongside Alan Gasmer, although no production schedule was released at this time.
We first heard about a Cannonball Run remake in October 2011, when the studio was reportedly considering Guy Ritchie and Shawn Levy to direct the film. That report also claimed that Guy Ritchie was eyeing Brad Pitt to star, while Shawn Levy wanted Ben Stiller. The studio was reportedly trying to secure financing from General Motors, through a deal that would showcase »
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