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9 franchise-starting young adult films that struggled

25 March 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...

Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.

For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »

- simonbrew

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Cult Classic Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man to Debut on Blu-ray for the First Time

20 March 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

This spring, rev up your engines and get ready to relive the explosive action, daring stunts and high-octane thrills when the 1991 action smash hit Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man arrives for the first time on Blu-ray on May 19, 2015 from Shout! Factory. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City) and Don Johnson (A Boy and His Dog, TV's Miami Vice) star in this genre collision of biker movie, heist thriller and buddy flick that will take you to the hardline of action and adventure! Co-starring Tom Sizemore (Natural Born Killers), Chelsea Field (The Last Boy Scout), Tia Carrere (True Lies) and Vanessa Williams (Shaft), this relentlessly explosive actioner just may prove that "it's better to be dead and cool than alive and uncool." When their favorite bar is threatened with closure, »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

15 March 2015 12:05 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »

- Andre Soares

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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-up For Spotlight Program

14 March 2015 5:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.

Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.

Audiences will also see familiar performers taking on unique and challenging roles such as Jessica Biel’s turn as a yoga instructor in Bleeding Heart, »

- Sacha Hall

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Interview: Ara Paiaya, director of Skin Traffik

8 March 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe chats with director Ara Paiaya about his new film Skin Traffik

British action director Ara Paiaya has stopped by at Flickering Myth to talk about his upcoming film Skin Traffik (featuring Gary Daniels, Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen, Darryl Hannah, Jeff Fahey and Eric Roberts). Paiaya grew up studying martial arts, before developing a passion for film-making and began producing his own films. As well as directing he’s served as actor, producer, cinematographer, cameraman, writer, fight choreograph and editor on his films. A man of many talents.

Tom Jolliffe: Who or what inspired you to get into martial arts?

Ara Paiaya: Originally my Dad. I was already learning martial arts before being old enough to watch action films as I was around five years old when I started. However by the time I was in the middle of primary school I was watching films like Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee. »

- Gary Collinson

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Mickey Rourke Is Nearly Unrecognizable in New Pics: See His Evolution!

5 March 2015 12:13 PM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Way to rock that deep V! Mickey Rourke has changed a lot since he first started out in Hollywood more than three decades ago, and he's not done evolving. If not for his trademark tattoos, the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actor might have been unrecognizable at a recent event. For one thing, the 62-year-old actor had most of his longish gray hair pushed back and up, a la Ryan Cabrera in the early aughts. He also had on a white deep-v-neck T-shirt, which offered [...] »

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Tribeca Festival Adds Mary J. Blige, Cannibal Cop and a Schwarzenegger Zombie Movie

5 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will round out the second half of its 97-feature slate with a Spotlight section that includes the world premiere of a zombie movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and a documentary about New York’s “Cannibal Cop,” as well as a Midnight series and a handful of special screenings such as documentary “Mary J. Blige — The London Sessions,” to be followed by a concert performance by Blige.

A couple of work-in-progress screenings also will fill out the Tribeca lineup, following the announcement of the first half of the slate (including competition titles) earlier this week.

The 40 movies filed under Spotlight, which tend to feature the highest proportion of prominent creatives and star performers in Tribeca lineup, this year includes the debuts of films that star Mickey Rourke (Tony McNamara’s “Ashby”), Jessica Biel (Diane Bell’s “Bleeding Heart”), recent Oscar winner Patricia Arquette (Nick Sandow’s “The Wannabe »

- Gordon Cox

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"On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter" On DVD and Blu-ray

4 March 2015 6:26 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage from director Dana Brown's PG-rated motorcycle documentary "On Any Sunday", with Mickey Rourke, Scott Caan and Travis Pastrana, now available from Anchor Bay Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray:

"...following up his father's Academy Award-nominated classic 'On Any Sunday', Dana Brown shows that the passion for riding motorcycles is as strong as ever, capturing the heart and soul of motorcycle culture and the fearless riders who take riding to brave new heights all over the world.

"Go inside customized bike shops with Hollywood stars like Mickey Rourke. Soar through the air with phenomenal athlete and professional daredevil Robbie Maddison. Even ride alongside visionaries in Africa, who use motorcycles to save lives. 

"'The Next Chapter' shows that all riders, whether they're a motocross champion like Ashley Fiolek or a 'Grand Prix' champ like Marc Marquez, share the passion for the race, the love of family and friends, »

- Michael Stevens

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Wild Orchid | Blu-ray Review

3 March 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Well before the mainstream fascination with the soft-core sexual sensibilities of Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the more notable alums of such boundary pushing was American filmmaker Zalman King. After producing the infamous sensation that was Adrian Lyne’s 9 ½ Weeks, King moved into filmmaking himself, debuting in 1988 with Two Moon Junction, before collaborating with his wife Patricia Louisiana Knopp on what stands as his most high profile title with Wild Orchid in 1989, reuniting him with Weeks stars Mickey Rourke. As is often the case with cinema seriously interested in exploring eroticism and titillation, the title suffers from a lot of misplaced energy. Character development and its semblance of a narrative appear to be roughly hewn afterthoughts, its most pronounced moments revolving around extremely stylized sexual congress between several different characters (and stylized in the vein of what we see on display in Verhoeven’s Showgirls).

Emily (Carre Otis) has »

- Nicholas Bell

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Gail Berman Expands Movie Operations with Rory Koslow

24 February 2015 1:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gail Berman’s production company the Jackal Group is ramping up feature film operations by hiring Rory Koslow as senior VP of film development.

Variety reported Feb. 9 that Jackal had signed a first-look feature film deal with Fox 2000. Koslow will oversee the development of all films.

Koslow previously served as senior VP of production at Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park Pictures, overseeing “Gangster Squad,” “The Lucky One” and the “Arthur” remake along with the London stage musical of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” directed by Sam Mendes. He is also producing the upcoming feature film “Ashby,” starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman.

The Jackal Group has several feature film projects already in development, including Jesse Owens biopic “The Runner,” set at Disney, with Netter Films’ Gil Netter also producing and Antoine Fuqua attached to direct; an untitled feature for Warner Bros. based on the life of Elvis Presley, »

- Dave McNary

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Can you ace HitFix's brutal 21-question Oscars quiz?

19 February 2015 4:26 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Oscars are less than 96 hours away, so you only have a limited amount of time to brag about your insane knowledge of Academy Awards history. Ready for a brutal 21-question foray into Oscar's grisly past? Let's roll. (We give you the questions on the first page. Jot down your responses, then check the answers, along with the accompanying questions, on the next page. The videos embedded here aren't related to the questions. They're just fun!) 1. What ‘90s Best Actor winner gave the shortest onscreen performance ever nominated (and therefore awarded) in that category? This is measured by total minutes and seconds spent onscreen. 2. The first (and so far only) black female nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category was a co-writer of what biopic released in the 1970s? 3. From 1937 to 1945, the Academy guaranteed nominations in one particular category to any studio that submitted a qualifiable entry. What was the category? »

- Louis Virtel

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Hit 30 With Irreverence Intact

18 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In honor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ 30th year, the show will be broadcast live from its Santa Monica tent on IFC. If history is any indication, there are sure to be a few surprising moments — and there’s already been a big one for the show’s co-host, Kristen Bell.

“You might be shocked by this, but no one told me it would be airing live when I was offered the job,” says Bell, who’s been busy taking care of her second daughter, born just two months before the ceremony. “As long as she doesn’t want to breastfeed, it’ll be a nice change of pace.”

Even if Bell ends up breastfeeding next to co-host Fred Armisen, the crowd of 1,350 might not bat an eye. It would be in keeping with the show’s anarchic, irreverent and frequently profane hosts, presenters and winners. (The latter aren’t constrained by time limits, »

- Gregg Goldstein

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How Does Fifty Shades of Grey Compare to Other Films' in Sex-to-Runtime? (Yes, We Timed Them)

14 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

How much sex is actually in Fifty Shades of Grey? A recent Washington Post article placed the actual runtime of "actual sex and sexual-related activity" at 14 minutes and 17 seconds out of the movie's 125-minute runtime. Fun trivia fact. But it also led us to the question, "How does that fit in with the pantheon of sexy movies?" That is to say, of all the movies that are ostensibly sex-focused in the history of films (and sex), how many of them actually devote large portions of their runtime to Nsfw moments? With a subscription to nude-scene compiling web site Mr. Skin, »

- Kelli Bender and Alex Heigl

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How Does Fifty Shades of Grey Compare to Other Films' in Sex-to-Runtime? (Yes, We Timed Them)

14 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

How much sex is actually in Fifty Shades of Grey? A recent Washington Post article placed the actual runtime of "actual sex and sexual-related activity" at 14 minutes and 17 seconds out of the movie's 125-minute runtime. Fun trivia fact. But it also led us to the question, "How does that fit in with the pantheon of sexy movies?" That is to say, of all the movies that are ostensibly sex-focused in the history of films (and sex), how many of them actually devote large portions of their runtime to Nsfw moments? With a subscription to nude-scene compiling web site Mr. Skin, »

- Kelli Bender and Alex Heigl

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Win Digital Downloads of Secretary, Basic Instinct, & Another 9 1/2 Weeks!

13 February 2015 3:42 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Win Digital Downloads of Secretary, Basic Instinct, and Another 9 1/2 Weeks!

With 50 Shades of Grey now in theaters, Cinelinx is giving you the opportunity to win Digital Downloads of three movies that handle romance different ways: Secretary, Basic Instinct, and Another 9 ½ Weeks!

 

Secretary, from director Steven Shainberg, features James Spader in a sexy and daring comedy as the original Mr. Grey, a seemingly normal lawyer whose relationship with his new secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal) descends into a kinky affair that would give nightmares to any human resource director! The film is now available on Video On Demand and Digital HD, and for the first time ever, a behind-the-scenes featurette is available via Digital HD.

 

Basic Instinct: The Unrated Director’s Cut from director Paul Verhoeven, is now available in Digital HD only! Oscar® winner Michael Douglas stars with red-hot Sharon Stone in this groundbreaking and controversial film that redefined the genre of the sexy thriller. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's Baby Was Once Shushed by Mickey Rourke: Watch!

11 February 2015 9:45 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Anna Faris and Mickey Rourke are far from celebrity BFFs. The Mom actress spilled to Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday, Feb. 10, about one tense incident she had with the boxer and actor.  "I have taken my sweet little boy all over the place and most notably, the longest trip we've done is London to visit Chris when he was shooting Guardians of the Galaxy," Faris, 38, began of her husband Chris Pratt and the couple's one son Jack, now 2. "It is a long trip. Any parent [...] »

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Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's Baby Was Once Shushed by Mickey Rourke: Watch!

11 February 2015 9:45 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Anna Faris and Mickey Rourke are far from celebrity BFFs. The Mom actress spilled to Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday, Feb. 10, about one tense incident she had with the boxer and actor.  "I have taken my sweet little boy all over the place and most notably, the longest trip we've done is London to visit Chris when he was shooting Guardians of the Galaxy," Faris, 38, began of her husband Chris Pratt and the couple's one son Jack, now 2. "It is a long trip. Any parent [...] »

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Special Feature: Batman to Birdman

25 January 2015 2:05 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

F. Scott Fitzgerald once claimed that "there are no second acts in American lives." Though dismissive of the phoenix-like revival of his fellow countrymen, it's proved largely unfounded when it comes to the Hollywood leading man. Amongst the showbiz second acts, eighties relics such as John Travolta and Mickey Rourke have both managed to pick themselves up and brushed off a whole slew of bad career choices to forge another path to respectability, however lacking in quality or as fleeting a reappearance that may have been. Michael Keaton has never quite been the box office non-entity of those 1980s counterparts, but his sharp comedic presence and edgy performances have been largely sidelined for some time now.

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Al-Ghanim Entertainment Launching with Wes Craven’s ‘Girl in the Photographs’

23 January 2015 10:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim has launched Al-Ghanim Entertainment as a financing-production company based in Los Angeles and Kuwait.

Alghanim is the CEO with partners Andrea Chung, Krystal Tiffany Vayda and Brandon M. Vayda, and is a member of the Al-Ghanim founding family of Kuwait.

Al-Ghanim Entertainment will back two to four films a year with budgets up to $15 million, mostly in the action and horror genres.

The company’s first project is “The Girl in the Photographs” with horror icon Wes Craven executive producing and Craven’s protege Nick Simon (writer of “The Pyramid”) directing. Chung will produce with Thomas Mahoney; Brandon M. Vayda and Krystal Tiffany Vayda will executive produce alongside Craven and Alghanim.

The film is inspired by the “Scream” franchise and set against the backdrop of the fashion world.

Alghanim told Variety that the venture marks the first time for private Kuwaiti investment in film production outside the Kuwaiti goverment. »

- Dave McNary

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Al-Ghanim Entertainment sets sail

23 January 2015 9:44 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance: Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim announced in Park City on Friday (January 23) the formation of his Los Angeles and Kuwaiti-based financing and production company.

The Alghanim family, which owns international conglomerates and has ties to the majority of theatres in Kuwait, will back the new entity, set up to make two to four films a year budgeted up to $15m.

Alghanim (pictured, at top left) will serve as CEO and is joined by industry veterans and partners Andrea Chung, Krystal Tiffany Vayda and Brandon M Vayda.

Al-Ghanim Entertainment kicks off with The Girl In The Photographs from Wes Craven protégé Nick Simon. Alghanim will fully finance and produce and the project will shoot in British Columbia.

The Girl In The Photographs will be in a similar vein to Craven’s iconic Scream films and is set against the glamorous backdrop of the fashion world.

Craven serves as executive producer alongside the Vaydas and Alghanim. Thomas Mahoney produces »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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