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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »

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Lenny Dykstra -- Fires Back at Mickey Rourke ... You're a Disgrace to the Facelift Industry (Video)

14 July 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_e1r2i1m8"]] More trash talk from Lenny Dykstra -- who says Mickey Rourke is so ugly, he "set the whole facelift industry back 10 years." The ex-mlb star -- who's now a NY Times bestselling author -- is in an epic war with Rourke ... after recently telling Howard Stern the actor still owes him $30k and insinuated it was for coke.  Rourke called Bs on Dykstra's story -- and said he'd "rip him a new f****** asshole" if he ever saw him again. »

- TMZ Staff

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‘The Infiltrator’ Director on Comparisons to Netflix’s ‘Narcos’: ‘It’s Different in Emotional Depth’

12 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bryan Cranston joked with guests as they waited for the opening credits of “The Infiltrator” to begin during the film’s New York City premiere Monday night at Loews Lincoln Center. “It’s playing a little slow, Brad,” Cranston said to director Brad Furman.

Met with laughs, the filmmaker retorted, “Enjoy the journey” – a phrase he had been using throughout the red carpet and screening to touch on the dangerous, chilling and entertaining storyline of the film. The feature follows U.S. customs special agent Robert Mazur, who infiltrated Pablo Escobar’s notorious Medellin Cartel and collapsed one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.

Differentiating itself from the Escobar-based Netflix series “Narcos,” Furman explained the film to be more of “an intimate portrayal of a man… an American hero” in contrast to the documentary-infused style of the television series.

“We try to get inside of [Mazur’s] soul and journey… »

- Sade Spence

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Mickey Rourke’s Face

12 July 2016 6:48 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City (2005) is playing on Mubi June 18 - July 17, 2016 in the United States. Sin CityWhat happens when a performer’s face changes? This very question animated a bewildering piece by Owen Gleiberman last month in Variety, wherein Gleiberman—a man—pondered whether Renée Zellweger’s slightly aged, maybe plastic surgery-tinkered visage made her an entirely different performer. He sustained this mediation on the basis of a whopping three-minute trailer for Bridget Jones’ sBaby, hoarily declaring his good intentions to combat Hollywood’s sexist machinations at his piece’s onset. Yet, in spite of this pretense, his approach exhibited an astonishing lack of stringency, ultimately scrutinizing Zellweger along the same sexist lines he claimed to bemoan. Like others, I find this storied practice of male critics inspecting women’s faces pretty odious. If male critics have gotten craftier than such forefathers as John Simon (who, »

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Bam: Az Films Boards 64A Films’ ‘The Elf’ (Exclusive)

12 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Linking two of Latin America’s high-profile producers, Argentina’s Az Films has boarded “El Duende” (The Elf), a horror parable lead-produced by Bogota and Cali-based 64A Films, the Colombian producer of Sundance entry “All Your Dead Ones,” TV smash hit “Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord“ and now “Blanca,” one of Vivendi’s Studio Plus mobile-first premium web series.

64A Films co-founder Diego Ramirez has also announced some of the most ambitious TV plans of any independent movie production house in Latin America: Production of 10 one-hour TV series and 10 10-minute-per-episode series. Carlos Moreno’s one-hour “El Dorado,” the story of the Spanish Conquest, based on William Ospina’s “The Amazon Trilogy,” is now in advanced development.

“The Elf” will shoot in English, said Ramirez, whose producer credits also include Carlos Moreno’s “Dog Eat Dog.” It marks the second solo feature from Jorge Navas, who debuted with 2009 Venice Days player “Blood and Rain,” described »

- John Hopewell

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A Little Serenade: Johnnie To's "Three"

5 July 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The latest Chinese film to sneak into North American theatres with little fanfare, targeting immigrant communities with single multiplex screens in a handful of major metropolitan markets, is the new film from prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To. His first crime film since 2013’s Blind Detective (yet to see a Us release) and his first film set in a hospital since his 2000 farce Help!!!, To’s latest is a bottle episode, a side-swipe at a psychological thriller about a cop, a crook and a doctor battling to see who can best exemplify humanity’s hubris in the face of chance and fate. This conflict between free will and universal randomness lies at the heart of most of the films To has made in the twenty years since he established the Milkyway Image studio, uniting both his crime thrillers and his romances, though rarely has it been stated so explicitly.Taking »

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Mickey Rourke -- Hey Dykstra ... I'll Rip You a New A-Hole (Video)

3 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_1ythumuo"]] Mickey Rourke wants to get his hands on Lenny Dysktra in the worst way ... after Lenny's rant about him on Howard Stern. Rourke railed on Lenny Saturday as he was leaving Caffe Roma in Bev Hills.  Lenny told Howard Mickey owed him $30k, and strongly insinuated it was for coke. Mickey is clearly indignant and feels Dykstra should be grateful for saving his ass because the coke dealers were after him. Note to Dykstra ... don't go to Caffe Roma. »

- TMZ Staff

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Michael Cimino, best remembered for 'Heaven's Gate,' is gone

2 July 2016 9:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are days where the Internet feels like the most ghoulish game of telephone ever, particularly when the word starts to spread that someone notable has died. Edgar Wright was the first one I saw mention the death of Michael Cimino this afternoon, quoting a Tweet by Cannes luminary Thierry Fremaux, who announced, “Michael Cimino died peacefully, surrounded by his family and these two women who loved him. We loved him also.” Without question, Cimino’s career was defined by one remarkable high and one remarkable low, and to some degree, his career is the perfect illustration of what happened as film culture moved from the ‘70s to the ‘80s, and part of what makes him such a fascinating figure is how questionable every “fact” about him was. Cimino was a mystery in many ways, and when he made his debut as a director with Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, he looked like »

- Drew McWeeny

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Michael Cimino: A Filmmaker Who Dared to Dream Big

2 July 2016 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s easy to think of the 1970s as a time of things falling apart. The counterculture was still doing its slow-burn flameout, and most of the decade lingered under the twin shadows of Vietnam and Watergate, which together blew a hole in our collective sense of faith. The great American filmmakers of the era — directors like Coppola, Scorsese, Altman — responded by holding a mirror up to our doubt and alienation. Yet as dark as some of their movies could be, the New Hollywood was never about tearing things down. It was about looking at the place that America had become and seeing it as something stirring and redemptive, tragic and effusive, intimate and grand. It was about picking up the pieces of a broken but still exhilarating landscape and finding, within them, a new kind of American dream.2

When it came to that mission, no filmmaker of his time dreamed bigger than Michael Cimino, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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R.I.P. Director Michael Cimino

2 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Cimino has died at the age of 77.

Cimino was one of the filmmakers that made up the 'New Hollywood' wave in the 1970s which pushed directors as the driving creative force behind filmmaking. He broke onto the scene with the 1974 heist film "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.

It was his second film though, 1978's post-Vietnam war drama "The Deer Hunter," which became a bonafide cinematic classic and Best Picture Winner. A scathing look at the fallout and impact of the war on the lives of people from small town Pennsylvania, it remains a major milestone in the careers of its stars like Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage.

Following up such a film was always going to be a tall order, and Cimino's third film became famous for other reasons. The 1980 western "Heaven's Gate" scored a reputation for being »

- Garth Franklin

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

“Heaven’s »

- Anne Thompson

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

“Heaven’s »

- Anne Thompson

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The 25 Greatest Comic Book Movie Roles Ever (Videos)

2 July 2016 11:39 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

25.) Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan, “Watchmen” — Some feel that Dr. Manhattan should have had a booming voice in Zach Snyder’s movie, but Crudup’s diminished delivery shows how the character’s humanity has faded as his powers distance himself from everyone around him. Captain America: Civil War 24.) Mickey Rourke as Marv, “Sin City” — Marv doesn’t start fights, but he’ll finish them. Rourke brought a brutal intensity to Frank Miller‘s violent protagonist while also revealing the softer side that rarely gets a chance to come out in the brutal world Marv lives in. 23.) Ron Perlman as Hellboy — Perlman’s. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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8 Actors Who Were Sadly Wasted In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

23 June 2016 10:09 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Across the 13 movies released under its banner so far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has featured some of the crème de la crème of Hollywood acting talent. Apart from the lead actors who it has made into stars – Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt spring to mind – it has also managed to coax a lot of very big names into roles of various sizes and importance.

Unfortunately, while it is great to see these familiar faces turning up in superhero movies, often they are portraying characters who demand a lot less of them than we are used to. A lot of Marvel’s villains alone have been played by some great actors in less than fulfilling roles, including Jeff Bridges, Mickey Rourke and Hugo Weaving.

The following stars, though, really drew the short straw when it came to dishing out parts in the McU movies. These 8 talents were more or »

- Christian Bone

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Mickey Rourke -- Johnny Depp's a Low-Key Gentleman (Video)

28 May 2016 12:37 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_9o3sk3mk"]] Mickey Rourke has Johnny Depp's back ... that much is clear. We caught Mickey leaving Caffe Roma in Bev Hills Friday and we asked him about Johnny's very serious domestic violence case brought on by Amber Heard. Check out the vid ... Mickey's almost surprised that he's asked about Johnny's temperament. Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Blood Father’

21 May 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s silly to say that actors are the characters they play, but it’s naïve to say that they totally aren’t. That’s what has caused such a problem for Mel Gibson. He’s not the first celebrity to be sunk by bad behavior, but the lingering scandal is that it’s not just the things he said; it’s that everyone heard him on those leaked recordings — heard him screaming and roaring, heard his boiling rants of hatred. How can he go back to playing a movie star we like, pretending that he’s not…that guy? (Who’d believe it?) The answer is: He can do it, just maybe, by playing a movie star who is that guy.

That, more or less, is what he does in “Blood Father.” Directed by Jean-François Richet, who made the lumpy two-part “Mesrine” gangster saga, the picture is an obvious »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Eureka

20 May 2016 7:21 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Nicolas Roeg's bizarre blend of high drama, searing sex and over-the-top brutality waited a year, only to be given a tiny American release. It then dropped out of sight. We're now in a better position to appreciate the show's great actors - especially Theresa Russell, the boldest and bravest actress of the 1980s. Eureka Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition Small>1983 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 130 min. / Ship Date May 10, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Jane Lapotaire, Mickey Rourke, Ed Lauter, Joe Pesci, Helena Kallianiotes, Corin Redgrave, Joe Spinell, Frank Pesce, Timothy Scott. Cinematography Alex Thomson Production Designer Michael Seymour Film Editor Tony Lawson Original Music Stanley Myers Written by Paul Mayersberg from a book by Marshall Houts Produced by Jeremy Thomas Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I remember Nicolas Roeg's Eureka as being one of the biggest busts of the 1980s. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Sharon Stone’s “Wee” Marvel Role Should Be the Original Wasp

9 May 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Because the McU is into “very expensive nostalgia”

Sharon Stone revealed on The Late Late Show last Thursday that she’s joining the McU, and while she had no details to share because of a confidentiality agreement, she said that it’s a “wee” part. Now, that could just be in reference to the size of her role, or it could be a sneaky hint that she’s actually playing a miniaturizing superhero.

Namely Janet van Dyne, aka the original version of The Wasp.

There are good reasons why that guess is a bad one. Ant-Man and The Wasp, which is where the character would appear, doesn’t begin filming until summer 2017 for a July 2018 release, and while it’s possible such a significant part has already been cast, or at least is in the stages of being cast, Stone made it sound like she’s doing the movie “now,” as »

- Christopher Campbell

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The Enigmatic Terrence Malick

8 May 2016 6:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the UK release of Knight of Cups this weekend, Neil Calloway looks at a unique directing talent…

Terrence Malick has directed seven films since his debut with Badlands in 1973. That might not seem like many, but when you factor in the fact that between the release of Days of Heaven in 1978 and The Thin Red Line in 1998 he didn’t make a single film, he’s got quite an impressive work rate.

Despite so few films being made, his influence on other film-makers is huge. When Malick’s The Tree of Life was released, Christopher Nolan spoke of his influence on his own films. While that’s hard to see, it’s undoubtedly true that Malick’s films has influenced many writers and directors. True Romance is Tarantino’s homage to Badlands, David Gordon Green’s work shows his influence. Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood contains very Malickian scenes, »

- Neil Calloway

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Versatile Boards Mickey Rourke Documentary ‘Guapo Siempre’

5 May 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Paris-based Versatile has come on board to handle worldwide sales on Richard Aujard’s “Guapo Siempre,” a documentary portaying Mickey Rourke in the run up to a special boxing exhibition in Moscow in 2014.

“Guapo Siempre” is produced by the shingles Bonne Pioche Cinema, the outfit behind Oscar-winning “March of the Penguins,” and Canto Bros Productions, the Cantona brothers’ outfit whose credits include Ken Loach’s Cannes-competing “Looking for Eric.”

“Guapo Siempre” plunges audiences into the mystical mind of Rourke during the days leading up to his comeback in the ring at the age of 62. His soul naked, his nerves raw, Rourke looks back over his life and career, while mourning the death of his dog, Guapo.

A renown photographer with a passion for the biking and boxing worlds, Aujard has been close to Rourke and the Cantona brothers for more 20 years. He previously directed various critically-claimed shorts and documentaries, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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