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In 1975, Roger Corman released Paul Bartel’s “Death Race 2000,” a dystopian sci-fi satire starring David Carradine (“Kung Fu”) and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”) about a murderous Transcontinental Road Race and the group of drivers trying to survive and claim victory. The film has become a cult sensation in the past forty years, but now, Corman is back with a sequel entitled “Death Race 2050,” directed by G.J. Echternkamp. Watch the trailer below.
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The trailer begins with Malcolm McDowell announcing the beginning of the Death Race to the “United Corporations of America,” with such areas as One Percentia and Pharmatopia. Soon, it transitions into utter mayhem, with drivers running over innocent citizens for bonus points and other riding over cliffs into fiery explosions. In other words, it’s a Death Race.
- Vikram Murthi
After a brief hiccup, all is right once again and it's time to light the fuse. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Tom Cruise has officially closed his deal with Paramount Pictures to return as action spy extraordinaire Ethan Hunt in the highly anticipated sixth installment in his blockbuster Mission: Impossible franchise. He'll also once again produce. Chris McQuarrie, who helmed the exhilarating Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, wrote the script and will be back in the director's chair for Part 6. Production has been pushed from January to Spring 2017. No word yet on the rest of Ethan Hunt's elite Imf team, but Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson has been heavily rumored to be involved in some capacity. As for Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Paula Patton and/or Maggie Q, we'll just have to wait and see on their availability for Cruise's sixth impossible mission in the coming months. »
Ed Helms and Owen Wilson are men in search of answers in the new trailer for the upcoming comedy film, Bastards. The project is the directorial debut of The Hangover cinematographer Lawrence Sher, and is the first feature-length script from Justin Malen (Trophy Wife) to reach the big screen. With high stakes and hijinks, the movie sets itself as some comedic relief for the new year, with its post-Christmas release window.
The winning elements of this trailer include the way in which the collection of older men approached by Peter and Kyle Reynolds recall their mother (Glenn Close). These wistful memories, dripping with lust, serve to teach these young siblings a valuable lesson – that the image they hold of their mother is not the only version of her that ever existed.
While it is doubtful that Bastards will emerge as ‘Comedy Of The »
- Sarah Myles
Owen Wilson and Ed Helms are two figures that have found great success in the area of R-rated raunchy comedies, with films like Wedding Crashers, The Hangover, Hall Pass, and We're The Millers on their combined resumés. Now they're set to combine their formidable comedic forces on Bastards, a film that will serve as the feature directorial debut of The Hangover cinematographer Lawrence Sher and was written by rising star Justin Malen (Office Christmas Party, Baywatch).
You can check out the brand-spanking new Bastards trailer right here:
The premise, about a couple of brothers on a road trip to find their biological father, is simple and effective. The cast of supporting players, which includes J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Ving Rhames, and Glenn Close, is promising. In short, Bastards looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Bastards will arrive at a theater near you on January 27.
Source: Warner Bros
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Owen Wilson and Ed Helms currently have busy slates from now through the next year. Wilson will co-star in the upcoming heist comedy “Masterminds” due out at the end of September and Helms is currently filming “The One Percent,” a TV series created and written by Alejandro González Iñárritu and the team behind “Birdman.” But the two of them are teaming up for a new comedy out next year about two brothers who discover that they’re father, previously thought to be dead, is actually alive and in the country somewhere. The film also stars Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Ving Rhames (“Pulp Fiction”), Katie Aselton (“The League”), Katt Williams (“The Boondocks”), and more. Watch the trailer below.
The film is the directorial debut of Lawrence Sher, who has previously served as the cinematographer on numerous successful comedies, »
- Vikram Murthi
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer and three images for director Lawrence Sher’s upcoming comedy Bastards (titled Who’s Your Daddy? in the UK ) which stars Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Glenn Close and J.K. Simmons; check them out below…
Helms and Wilson play Peter and Kyle Reynolds, two brothers whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.
- Amie Cranswick
"Who your father is, or isn't, is totally irrelevant." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for the comedy Bastards, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as fraternal twin brothers who go on a search for their father when their mother reveals she doesn't know who he really is. This is the feature directorial debut of a cinematographer who has worked on tons of comedies like The Hangover and The Dictator. Also starring Katie Aselton, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Glenn Close, Ving Rhames, Ryan Cartwright, Katt Williams, Retta and Bill Irwin. This looks like your standard goofy comedy with lots of dirty jokes. Here's the first official trailer for Lawrence Sher's Bastards, direct from WB's YouTube: Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers (Owen Wilson & Ed Helms) hit the road in order to find him. »
- Alex Billington
Two brothers go on a quest to find the father they always thought was dead in the first trailer for Bastards, arriving in theaters January 27, 2017. Ed Helms (The Hangover films) and Owen Wilson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Zoolander 2) star in Alcon Entertainment's comedy Bastards, under the direction of Lawrence Sher. The film marks the directorial debut of the veteran cinematographer, who had worked on The Hangover trilogy and, most recently, War Dogs, starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.
Helms and Wilson play Peter and Kyle Reynolds, two brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know. This R-rated comedy was originally in development at Paramount Pictures five years ago, before it shifted over to Warner Bros., »
Helms and Wilson play brothers whose mother Helen Baxter (portrayed Glenn Close) admits at her wedding that she stretched the truth about their father dying when they were young. “I’m not sure who your father was,” she adds.
“Talk about a blast from the past,” Bradshaw responds. “She damn near cost us the Super Bowl.”
Rhames says of the name Helen Baxter, “It does more than ring a bell.”
The film is rated R for language and sexual references throughout.
- Dave McNary
On this day as it relates to showbiz history...
1882 Tchaikovsky debuts his "Overture of 1812". It's still used in movies two centuries later in a truly diverse range of movies including The Iron Lady, Laurence Anyways, V For Vendetta and The Blind Side
1918 Novelist Jacqueline Susann is born. Her trashy best-sellers become hit movies and even turn Oscar heads: Valley of the Dolls (1967 best score nomination) and Jacqueline Susann's Once is Not Enough (1975, best supporting actress nomination)
1931 Fright haired boxing promoter Don King is born. Sixty-six and a ½ years later Ving Rhames wins the Golden Globe playing him in a TV movie. Remember that sweet but odd moment when Ving Rhames invited Jack Lemmon on stage with him to share the award he had just lost for 12 Angry Men? King's »
- NATHANIEL R
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The most fascinating part of Steve Hoover‘s latest documentary Almost Holy is how its subject Gennadiy Mokhnenko parallels the life of well-known Russian cartoon Krokodil Gena. The latter deals with a lonely crocodile zoo worker named Gena and his friend Cheburashka: a young, abandoned creature rejected by the establishment employing him. The two therefore construct a home for the lonely as »
- The Film Stage
Hollywood talent manager, writer and produce Joan Sittenfield died on Sunday after a five year battle with cancer. She was 66.
Sittenfield started her career as an actor and a dancer. She later worked as a casting director in the 1980s, casting projects like “Taxi” and “The Jeffersons.” She then spent nine years as Senior Vice President of Talent and Casting for Universal Television, where she oversaw 20 series and 100 pilots.
Some of the series she worked on and help arrange regular cast members for include “Law & Order,” “Northern Exposure,” “Quantum Leap” and “Coach.” She also help give Sandra Bullock, Julianna Margulies, Catherine Keener, Patricia Clarkson, Eriq La Salle and Ving Rhames some of their early acting roles.
After Sittenfield left Universal Television, she created J&J Productions with her partner Jeni Munn where they put over 18 movies of the week projects into active development, including Nbs’s “On the Edge of Innocence” and ABC’s “Gold Rush: »
- Maria Cavassuto
Masterfully directed by Adrian Lyne, featuring a palpable performance by Tim Robbins, and swimming through an eerie score by Maurice Jarre (a must-have on your Halloween night soundtrack), 1990’s Jacob’s Ladder still sets the bar high for other psychological horror films, and it is now available to watch online for free in the Us via The Paramount Vault.
You can view Jacob Singer’s emotional journey in its entirety below, as it was revealed on Reddit that Paramount Pictures has officially posted Jacob’s Ladder on their YouTube channel, The Paramount Vault, which is also home to other films to watch for free, including 1979’s Prophecy and 2004’s Twisted.
In addition to Robbins, the cast of Jacob’s Ladder includes Elizabeth Peña, Matt Craven, Jason Alexander, Eriq La Salle, Ving Rhames, Lewis Black, Kyle Gass, and Macaulay Culkin. Dim the lights, sit back, and enjoy…
Synopsis (via Blu-ray.com »
- Derek Anderson
Before 1996, "Mission: Impossible" was a long-since-cancelled TV spy series, beloved by Boomers but forgotten by anyone younger. Today, of course, it's a popular Tom Cruise movie franchise, known for its twisty plotting and jaw-dropping stunt sequences, whose five installments to date have grossed $935 million in North America and $2.8 billion worldwide.
The change came, of course, with the release of Cruise's first "Mission: Impossible" 20 years ago, on May 22, 1996. Since then, Brian De Palma's clever, convoluted blockbuster has been watched and copied plenty. And while some of the spy franchise's secrets have become widely known, there are still some that have remained classified -- until now.
1. "Mission: Impossible" marked Cruise's debut as a producer. In a deal that would become his then-customary contract, he took no money up front but negotiated a lucrative percentage of the theatrical and video gross profits, reportedly as high as 22 percent. Cruise reportedly pocketed an estimated $70 million for the first "Mission. »
- Gary Susman
Spring Break movies are a unique beast. While there might not be direct research into this, it seems that these films are offshoots of the "beach, blanket, bingo films" from the 1960s. As the genre really seemed to catch fire in the late 1970s and then in the 80s, the connection between the two is actually more acute than one might think.
The beach movies of the 1960s were simple, fun and represented All American values. The spring break movie, truthfully, hailing more from the 1980s than the 70s, are similar in that their characters are looking for fun and a good time. However, spring break films have a devilish side, and that makes for many moments of boobs and butts that my generation has never forgotten. Yes, when you have a Spring Break movie, you can expect to see some sex!
How could we ever forget some of these cinematic moments? »
If you’ve got a zinger in your film, it helps to have a powerhouse speaker, like Ving Rhames, to deliver it. But failing that, there’s a breed of magnificently inappropriate actor who can inject fun into anything
In the unjustly neglected 2013 direct-to-the-abyss gangster film Force of Execution, Ving Rhames mouths these memorable words: “Look, I don’t know what the fuck happened to you. But I’m the big dog here now. And my bite is far worse than your bite would ever be. You know all that karate shit, that shit is cool, but we six-oh. We put one to the dome. You feelin’ me?”
It is quite a mouthful. Playing an ambitious crime underboss bucking for a promotion, Rhames warns a young thug who possesses impressive martial arts skills that even the most complete mastery of karate and tai chi and aikido and kung fu will »
- Joe Queenan
Doug Falconer (“Forsaken”) is producing for West Omaha Films along with Terry Hanna, Dave Clark and John Beasley. The screenplay was written by Gregory Allen Howard, whose credits include “Remember the Titans” and “Ali.”
The project has been in development for several years, but Bent is the first actor to be cast. Filming on “The Magician” is expected to begin in the late summer.
Bent was recently won best actor in a leading dramatic role at the Canadian Screen Awards for the miniseries “The Book of Negroes.” His feature credits include starring in three of the “Saw” films; TV credits include “Angela’s Eyes,” “Kevin Hill” and the “Kojak” reboot that starred Ving Rhames.
When the Denver Broncos hired him in 1968, Briscoe became »
- Dave McNary
A sixth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series has been in the works at Paramount Pictures even before the critical and commercial success of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" last summer. In the wake of that hit, both director Christopher McQuarrie and breakout star Rebecca Ferguson were signed on to join Cruise again in the follow-up.
But what about the others? Simon Pegg's involvement seems a given, but co-stars like Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames aren't as certain, Renner especially whose William Brandt character spent much of the fifth film seemingly sidelined with Alec Baldwin's character.
A new Twitter exchange between Renner and McQuarrie yesterday suggests he's likely to return to join the Imf team for a third time. Renner asked McQuarrie: "Hey, is the band getting back together? Should I start stretching?" to which McQuarrie replied: "Wear comfortable pants. You're gonna need 'em." Things went further from there, »
- Garth Franklin
Three years after first being put into development, Ld Entertainment's Jacob's Ladder is finally moving in the right direction. Deadline reports that Michael Ealy has signed on to star, reuniting with The Perfect Guy director David M. Rosenthal. Principal photography is now set to begin in mid-May, although no release date has been given at this time.
The original Jacob's Ladder starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who suffers from bizarre hallucinations while trying to uncover clues about his checkered past. The original movie also starred Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Alexander, Patricia Kalember, Eriq La Salle and Ving Rhames, with Adrian Lyne directing. This remake will be a modern-day take on the story, focusing on two brothers.
The fact that the X-Men franchise focuses on a team of heroes – including the immortal Wolverine and the mind-reading genius Professor X – means that these movies always need several strong villainous characters to match. At the very least, each film needs to be a tough-to-beat big bad (for the brainy X-Men to worry about) and a collection of formidable henchmen (to fight everyone else).
As the franchise has been going for 16 years, a lot of the most famous villains from the X-Men comics have already made it to the big screen. Audiences have seen multiple Magnetos and William Strykers by this stage, as well as memorable takes on Bolivar Trask, The Sentinels, Sebastian Shaw and The Hellfire Club.
So, in order to keep the franchise going for another 16 years, Bryan Singer and his 20th Century Fox cohorts will have to delve deeper into comic book lore. »
- Rob Leane
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