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Songs on Screen: 'Streets of Fire's Lost Masterpiece 'I Can Dream About You'

25 June 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here.  When we talk about underrated directors, it's hard not to mention Walter Hill.  Hill is an underrated director, the way Michael Ritchie and Peter Yates were underrated directors, the way Roger Donaldson, Joe Dante, and Fred Schepisi are underrated directors. They’re all underrated because it’s only when you look at their filmographies that the numbers start to total up and you realize, boy, he directed a lot of really good movies.   In Hill’s case, that list includes "The Warriors," "48 Hours," "The Long Riders," "Southern Comfort,: "Hard Times," "Trespass," and "Wild Bill."  Some great.  Some solid.  (My personal favorite of those is Hard Times, a pulpy film about bare-knuckle boxers in the Great Depression.)  There were clunkers »

- Michael Oates Palmer

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Voltage Developing Charles Bukowski Movie

18 June 2015 4:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Voltage Pictures is developing Charles Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novel “Women” into a movie.

Voltage topper Nicolas Chartier will produce with Dominic Rustam overseeing. Ethan Furman has adapted a script from the 1978 novel, in which protagonist Hank Chinaski is a celebrated poet and writer and is faced with a variety of women who provide him only temporary fulfillment.

The Chinaski character appeared in eight other Bukowski novels: “Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live With the Beasts” (1965), “Post Office” (1971), “South of No North” (1973), “Factotum” (1975), “Ham on Rye” (1982), “Hot Water Music” (1983), “Hollywood” (1989) and “Septuagenarian Stew” (1990). Bukowski died in 1994 in Los Angeles.

Bukowski also wrote the screenplay for 1987’s semi-autobiographical “Barfly,” directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring Mickey Rourke as Henry along with Faye Dunaway. The movie also features a cameo appearance by Bukowski himself.

James Franco recently wrapped production on a Bukowski biopic that he directed and produced. Tim Blake Nelson stars as the author. »

- Dave McNary

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Watch: Opportunity Rocks In The First Trailer For 'Rock The Kasbah' Starring Bill Murray

11 June 2015 10:09 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Loyalty’s gotta count for something. Mitch Glazer is a veteran screenwriter (“Scrooged”), producer, the creator/showrunner of Starz’s “Magic City” and a longtime friend of Bill Murray. While he’s worked in Hollywood for some thirty years, it wasn’t until 2010 and “Passion Play” with Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Murray that Glazer directed a film. Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival that year, “Passion Plays” was universally regarded as a disaster. Read More: Review: 'Passion Play' Is An Excruciating, Unbearable Disaster  But try try again, right? Glazer’s back at it and his buddy Murray is in tow, this time as the lead. But there’s another director at the helm for the film: Barry Levinson. This dramedy is a rock and roll narrative set in the Middle East, focusing on a man who’s seen better days. Here’s the official synopsis: “Rock The Kasbah »

- Edward Davis

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9 important lessons from Cannon Films documentary Electric Boogaloo

6 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Who needs good taste when you have plenty of enthusiasm? Fantastic new documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films charts the rise and fall of two movie-obsessed Israeli cousins - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - after buying a financially troubled American film studio in 1979.

The duo subsequently churned out some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s... but not necessarily on the strength of their artistic merit. Buy 'em cheap and pile them high was the initial ethos that led to titles like Hospital Massacre, Enter the Ninja and a plethora of increasingly exploitational Death Wish films. Yet occasional gems and cult classics like Runaway Train and Lifeforce emerged too, plus there's the title of a breakdancing movie sequel that entered popular culture - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

So many fascinating revelations emerge in the documentary surrounding the genesis, production and release of the films »

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9 important lessons from Cannon documentary Electric Boogaloo

6 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Who needs good taste when you have plenty of enthusiasm? Fantastic new documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films charts the rise and fall of two movie-obsessed Israeli cousins - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - after buying a financially troubled American film studio in 1979.

The duo subsequently churned out some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s... but not necessarily on the strength of their artistic merit. Buy 'em cheap and pile them high was the initial ethos that led to titles like Hospital Massacre, Enter the Ninja and a plethora of increasingly exploitational Death Wish films. Yet occasional gems and cult classics like Runaway Train and Lifeforce emerged too, plus there's the title of a breakdancing movie sequel that entered popular culture - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

So many fascinating revelations emerge in the documentary surrounding the genesis, production and release of the films »

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Samuel L. Jackson Says He’s Not In ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ But Wants To Re-Up His Nick Fury Contract

4 June 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There was a time when Marvel Studios was so cheap they were either losing actors or cutting the cord with talent when they got too expensive. Terrence Howard was famously replaced in “Iron Man 2” after he dared to ask for more dough (the cast got more, especially Rdj), Mickey Rourke memorably carped about Marvel’s frugality before signing on to the same “Iron Man” sequel, and back in the day Samuel L. Jackson told journalists “maybe I won’t be Nick Fury” because "there seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world." Cooler heads prevailed, both Marvel and Jackson got what they wanted and the actor was signed to a whopping nine-film contract, reportedly the longest of all the Marvel deals thus far. But perhaps because of that contract, and the number of appearances left on it — two films; he’s appeared in two “Iron Man” films, »

- Edward Davis

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16 WWE Superstars And The Actors Who’d Play Them In Movies

27 May 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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With WWE Studios churning out films like Jingle All The Way 2 and The Marine 4 with all the grace of a diseased sea lion vomiting mackerel onto the backseat of a Toyota Yaris, you’d be forgiven for thinking that wrestlers and movies were not meant to mix.

But everyone from Dean Ambrose to Paige to Brodus freakin’ Clay has taken time off to shoot some film or another, and the wrestlers of the WWE show no signs of halting their nefarious plan to impersonate actors. But what about the other way around, when actors strap on tights and do their best impressions of wrestlers for the big screen?

The wrestler biopic has been a fairly barren field up until now, with the dark private lives of grapplers instead being limited to shoot interviews and Beyond The Mat-style documentaries. Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke, wasn »

- Adam Blampied

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Watch the trailer for War Pigs starring Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and Luke Goss

27 May 2015 6:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A first trailer has arrived online for War Pigs, the upcoming World War II action adventure starring Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Luke Goss and Chuck Liddell. Check it out here…

Disgraced World War 2 Army Captain Jack Wosick (Luke Goss) is given the opportunity for redemption when asked to lead a rag-tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs on a secretmission to go behind enemy lines to uncover and capture a Nazi developed Super Weapon the V3, a massive artillery canon that would give the Nazis an insurmountable advantage against the Allies.

With the help of Captain Hans Picault (Dolph Lundgren), a German Anti-Nazi serving with the FrenchForeign Legion and Colonel Aj Redding (Mickey Rourke), a battle hardened WW1 veteran, Jack must train, lead and earn the respect of his new squad to become a functioning reconnaissance unit.

War Pigs is set for release in the UK on September 14th. »

- Gary Collinson

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With 'Entourage' arriving soon, we examine classic films about boys being boys

24 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »

- Drew McWeeny

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – as it happened

23 May 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Would UK entry Electro Velvet fare better than our last duo Jemini, who got nul points in 2003? How did special guest Australia get on? Stuart Heritage was there for every last Eurovision second

11.57pm BST

And now we are done. Sincerest congratulations to Sweden, and commiserations to all the other contestants, uniformly doomed as they are to become embedded YouTube clips in endless ‘What the hell was all that about’ Eurovision precursor articles a decade from now.

Now, while we go through our own individual post-Eurovision decompression routines – I don’t know about you, but mine involves putting my head into a metal bin and shouting ‘Why?’ over and over again until I tumble into the comforting arms of unconsciousness – it’s time for me to thank you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, I appreciate you hanging out with me this evening. If you want to follow me on Twitter, »

- Stuart Heritage

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The Week in Blu-ray: Us Edition – American Sniper, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and more

19 May 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis returns with his weekly look at what’s on offer in the world of Blu-ray…

Box-office juggernaut American Sniper, comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and the second season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black Season 2 are on the agenda this week…

American Sniper

A juggernaut of massive proportions in the Us, American Sniper was 2014’s highest grossing domestic film with a whopping $350 million. Clint Eastwood’s war/sniper epic saw the film earn six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Director and Actor for Bradley Cooper. Sienna Miller co-stars.

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See Also: Read our review of American Sniper here

 

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Another in a line of comedy sequels that no-one really wanted (see Dumb and Dumber To), Hot Tub 2 sees Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry return sans John Cusack as they inadvertently travel »

- Scott J. Davis

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Vmi infiltrates Cannes with 'Riot'

17 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Vmi Worldwide has been tempting Croisette buyers with action titles Riot starring Dolph Lundgren and Perfect Weapon with Steven Segal.

Riot falls under the company’s new multi-title production deal with Lundgren and goes out in North America via output partner Cinedigm.

Director John Lyde is in production in Utah on the revenge story about a former police officer who infiltrates a prison to strike at a mob boss. Matthew Reese and Chuck Liddell also star.

“This is now the third time that we’ve had the pleasure and honour to work with action Legend Dolph Lundgren and it’s looking like there will be many more film collaborations to come,” said Vmi president Andre Relis. “We couldn’t be happier to once again be associated with such a professional and inspiring partner.”

Lundgren also stars alongside Mickey Rourke, Liddell and Luke Goss in the WWII action title War Pigs.

The $3m action »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Paramount nabs Tribeca hit 'Ashby'

13 May 2015 2:44 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Studio swoops on Mickey Rourke comedy-drama in North America, UK, Australia, more.

Paramount Home Media Distribution (Phmd) has snapped up all rights to Tribeca debut Ashby in North America, the UK, Germany, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, and Switzerland, as well as Pan Asia Pay TV and worldwide airlines. 

Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Sarah Silverman (School of Rock) and Emma Roberts (American Horror Story) star in the well-received coming-of-age comedy-drama, written and directed by Tony McNamara.

In what is understood to be a multi-million dollar deal, including a theatrical component, the film will get a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release in the Us. The release is tentatively scheduled for fall 2015.

The deal was negotiated by Paramount Home Media Distribution, CAA, UTA Independent Film Group, and Bankside Films.

In Ashby, breakout star Wolff plays a high-school student who enters into a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby, a retired »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1987

13 May 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...

Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.

What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »

- ryanlambie

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Time Machine: Sensational Scarlett J. in Purple

7 May 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »

- D. Zhea

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18 films that took their inspiration from James Bond movies

3 May 2015 4:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bourne and Mission: Impossible, right back to Harry Palmer and Danger Diabolik - meet the many pretenders to James Bond's throne...

Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.

Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.

The Ipcress File (1965)

Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »

- simonbrew

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Time Machine: Paltrow Silvery Oscar Dress at 83rd Academy Awards

1 May 2015 6:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »

- D. Zhea

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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

24 April 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »

- D. Zhea

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The Surprisingly Prolific Comic Book Actors

20 April 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).

Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »

- Brendan Bergmanski

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Tribeca Review: 'Ashby' Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts And Sarah Silverman

20 April 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

No one knows their neighbors anymore. Tony McNamara’s off-kilter but admirably good-hearted “Ashby” makes such a case. Young Ed Wallis’ (Nat Wolff) neighbor is a former CIA agent with nearly a hundred kills under his fashionably distressed belt. Who would want to live next door to someone like that? Conveniently enough, Ed would. He's the new kid in town and doesn’t have any friends to speak of, and the combination of a contrived school assignment (basically, “meet an old person, talk to them, write about it”) and the discovery of the bluehair next door inspires Ed to make a pal out of Ashby (Mickey Rourke). Too bad the guy has secrets —government-sanctioned murder the least among them— that just might keep him from letting Ed in. Just kidding! Ashby takes to Ed well enough, or at least he doesn't mind having a fresh-faced teen available to tote him to complete some mysterious missions, »

- Kate Erbland

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