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What's in Netflix's '80s grab bag? Swoony Merchant-Ivory films; a trio of John Hughes romantic comedies; early films with Sean Penn and Matt Dillon; Oscar-winning turns by Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Daniel Day-Lewis; and a few classics you already know by heart.
Mixed in are probably a few critically acclaimed films you've never seen but always meant to, whether it's B-movie fun like "Big Trouble in Little China" or ultra-arty Nc-17 fare like "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover."
(Availability subject to change. DeLorean and pink prom dress not included.)
1. "A Room with a View" (1986) Nr
2. "The Accused" (1988) R
It's tough viewing, but Jodie Foster is mesmerizing as a rape victim who faces down her assailants in court.
3. "Bad Boys" (1983) R
- Sharon Knolle
Hopefully you’ve been paying your dues and your check is in the mail, pal, because early next year Funko is releasing Pop! vinyl figures based on John Carpenter’s 1986 Kurt Russell-starring cult classic, Big Trouble in Little China. Good ol’ Jack Burton will be available in popular Pop! form, along with his friend Gracie Law, big baddie Lo Pan and the imposing trio of Thunder, Lightning, and Rain.
Funko will release the 3.75-inch tall Big Trouble in Little China Pop! vinyl figures to store shelves in February 2015. We have images of the figures below (via Bloody Disgusting):
The post Big Trouble in Little China Pop! Vinyl Figures from Funko appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
The Fast & Furious franchise will never be the same without Paul Walker, but at least we'll get to see him one more time in Furious 7. The film's trailer showcases more stunts than ever, and now, pictures are out. Walker costars alongside Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, and more familiar faces in the movie, but now we also have a look at newcomers Jason Statham (who appeared briefly at the end of Furious 6) and Kurt Russell. Check out all the pictures before the movie is released on April 3! »
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday last month, Samuel L. Jackson gave fans the first look at part of Quentin Tarantino's assembled cast of The Hateful Eight during a rehearsal session. Yesterday, the actor gave fans our first look at the set in Colorado as production got under way on this highly-anticipated revenge Western. Hopefully this will be just the first of several photos as production continues, but we'll have to wait and see.
We reported back in September that director Quentin Tarantino will start shooting The Hateful Eight on December 8, somewhere in southwestern Colorado. The Colorado state film commissioner David Zimmerman confirmed that "the whole movie's going to be shot here," with sets to be built on an existing ranch. Colorado awarded the production with a $5 million tax incentive to shoot in the state, which represents 20% of the film's Colorado budget. The project will be the first major motion »
It's been almost a year since details from Quentin Taratino's The Hateful Eight script leaked, soon after which he claimed that he was going to drop the project completely. Fast-forward to today and filming has begun! With a killer ensemble featuring the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Channing Tatum, the story will focus on a group of bounty hunters who seek shelter during a blizzard but get involved in »
- Sean Wist
“Snake Plissken… I’ve heard of you. I heard you were dead.” At their Comic-Con panel in July, Scream Factory revealed they would be releasing a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Escape From New York sometime in 2015. News on the much-anticipated fresh home media release of the John Carpenter classic has been relatively quiet since then, but today the diligent distributor announced the Blu-ray’s official release date.
Scream Factory has marked April 21st, 2015 as the release date for their Escape From New York Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. The title’s new artwork and pre-order links will be unveiled early next month and bonus features will be announced in February. Scream Factory plans to make this a 2-disc memorable release that can be treasured by Carpenter and Kurt Russell fans, so stay tuned for more announcements.
“**Update on Escape From New York (Collector’S Edition)**
We can now report that »
- Derek Anderson
If you’ve been paying attention to the news in the past two weeks, it seems like the United States has dissolved into a less cartoonish, more realistically ugly version of the kind of dystopian landscape you used to see in John Carpenter films that starred an eyepatch-sporting Kurt Russell. Civil rights are being violated left and right, people are taking to the streets in protest, and every day seems to bring yet another gross injustice. Perhaps that’s why this new twelve-minute video pastiche —a collage of cinematic dystopias ranging from the original “Logan’s Run” to the more recent “Hunger Games” films— packs more of a punch than it might under more ordinary circumstances. Dystopian science fiction has evolved into several permutations, from box office friendly Ya likes of this year’s “The Giver” to neglected cult comedies like Mike Judge’s sorely slept-on “Idiocracy,” but the genius »
- Nicholas Laskin
Looks like Kendall Jenner has found her new Bff in the modeling world.
And it's none other than supermodel Cara Delevingne.
Kendall, 19, and Cara, 22, are definitely raising eyebrows for this brand-new cover of Love magazine, which showcases the two in a super-intimate embrace.
Photos: Adorable Celeb BFFs
The picture of Kendall straddling Cara is just the latest photographic proof of the ladies' close friendship.
Kendall and Cara recently made a stunning duo and held hands while both walking the runway at the Chanel Metiers d'Art Collection 2014/2015 show in Austria Tuesday. Cara was seen rocking a tiered white dress while Kendall sported a sheer, all-black ensemble.
— MyDaily (@MyDailyUK) December 3, 2014
Just one day earlier, the two made no secret about their affection for one another at the British Fashion Awards, with Cara embracing »
In celebration of Sound on Sight’s 7th anniversary, writers were asked to come up with articles that present their childhood favorites in the realm of films, TV shows, books or games.
I chose films and anyone who has any familiarity with my writing knows I am virtually incapable of writing an article about a single film so I’m going to focus on a number of movies I saw in my youth.
Growing up in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, I was fortunate enough to have my own room and my own TV set.
My family didn’t go out to the cinema very often so my introduction to movies was primarily through television.
The household cable television was limited to the family room and the parental restrictions that went with that so a far as movie watching went, it was mostly just me in my room where there were no »
- Terek Puckett
Julianne and Derek Hough challenged celebrities like Kate Hudson, Maria Menounous, Taylor Swift, and Nina Dobrev in a Thanksgiving dance war, and Kate gladly took on the task. The actress - along with her father Kurt Russell, brothers Wyatt and Boston Russell and Oliver Hudson, and model Cara Delevingne - got down for the cameras and shared all the fun in a series of Instagram videos on Thursday night (they were shot by Kate's mom, Goldie Hawn, and feature the new Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars song "Uptown Funk"). Kate's killer moves come as no surprise, as she showed them off in a few episodes of Glee and credited dancing for achieving her amazing figure. Scroll through to watch all of the rebuttal videos from Kate and her family, then check out more stars celebrating Thanksgiving. »
R.J. MacReady, Jack Burton, Wyatt Earp… screen legend Kurt Russell has brought many memorable characters to life on the big screen over his storied career and perhaps one of his most-loved performances is his portrayal of Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s Escape from New York. Neca is paying homage to the convict-turned-rescuer with their new Snake Plissken figure that’s featured in a new batch of images.
Due out in January 2015, Neca’s 8-inch tall, posable Snake Plissken figure depicts the character as he appeared in the beloved 1981 film, complete with enough firepower to take on the Duke of New York’s forces. Neca also reveals that their Snake figure has the iconic tattoo. We have up-close images of the figure and its official details below (via Neca):
“Action figure and action movie fans will both rejoice at our latest offering: a brand new Snake Plissken doll »
- Derek Anderson
Cast members such as Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson are seen in the images, alongside writer-director Quentin Tarantino.
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade »
The Hateful Eight is slated for release some time next year, with a cast that includes Tarantino alumni Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins and Samuel L. Jackson alongside Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Demian Bichir (A Better Life) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Spectacular Now).
The post Behind the scenes photos of The Hateful Eight appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Thomas Roach
The cast of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight has been revealed thanks to a behind the scenes picture taken by Samuel L. Jackson and posted on Twitter. The film has had a long journey thus far, after the script was leaked and Tarantino refused to make the film, suggesting it may surface as a novel instead. Thankfully Tarantino changed his mind and has now assembled a fantastic cast of old and new faces. The cast includes:
Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren Kurt Russell as John ‘The Hangman Ruth’ Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix Demian Bichir as Bob Tim Roth Oswaldo Mobry Michael Madsen as Joe Gage Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers
Although not pictured, Channing Tatum has also signed to the cast in a role. The film will see a group of 8 people travelling across snowy terrain some time after the American Civil War. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
What a difference a year makes. At the beginning of 2014, Quentin Tarantino shelved The Hateful Eight after a draft of the script was leaked online. But as the year has progressed, Tarantino has gone from suing over the leak to having a staged reading to casting and is now ready to film entirely in Colorado next month. Samuel L. Jackson is once again reuniting with Tarantino, and tweeted a couple images from behind the scenes. Admittedly, there’s nothing major here—no costumes or sets—but it is nice to see the assembled cast and have a reminder we’re getting a new Tarantino movie next year. Hit the jump to check out The Hateful Eight images. The film also stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Channing Tatum, Demian Bichir, and Bruce Dern. The Hateful Eight opens late 2015. Via Samuel L. Jackson. H8ful Eight rehearsal! »
- Matt Goldberg
Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated The Hateful Eight is currently in production, but star Samuel L. Jackson still found time to post the first behind the scenes image from the movie to Twitter, featuring himself and Tarantino with the rest of the titular group (from left to right) Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason leigh, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Damin Bachir. The Hateful Eight is expected to hit the big screen late next year. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Amir here. Mike Nichols was a true giant of show business, with a career that lasted more than six decades and sprawled across many different media and genres. Nathaniel's heartfelt eulogy already highlighted the dreamy number of classics he directed and the collaborations with Meryl Streep that resulted in some of her most memorable roles; but Meryl wasn't the only performer whom Nichols guided to career-best work.
Team Experience decided to make a list of ten great performances from Mike Nichols' films; we were truly spoilt for choice. If you want a testament to the man's sheer brilliance and chemistry with his actors, look no further than the missing names from our list. An equally long, equally illustrious alternative list can be made of the likes of Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War, Jude Law and Natalie Portman in Closer, »
- Amir S.
Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.
Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »
- Gary Susman
Gavin Logan with five reasons why Quentin Tarantino shouldn’t retire…
Quentin Tarantino has recently hinted that he is thinking about retiring from making movies once he hits movie number ten. While I don’t truly believe a word of it, the thought of not having another Tarantino movie every couple of years make me want to cut off my own ear and repeatedly scream scripture into it. If it is indeed true (I applaud his noble reasons behind the retirement talk) then nobody has the right to tell him otherwise. However at the risk of sounding extremely selfish and because I thoroughly enjoy every one of his movies, the industry needs Quentin Tarantino and here’s 5 reasons why.
Whether you like or dislike the man or his movies, the one thing you can’t argue with is the respect he has garnered from actors, writers, directors and everybody »
- Gavin Logan
Earlier in the week, it was reported that Universal Pictures wanted Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to return for a multi-part finale that would end the lucrative franchise. Most assumed this would be a two-part adventure, and that The Fast and the Furious would wrap up with 9 films. Now, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley is claiming that the franchise might come to an end with ten movies, as three more sequels are being planned. Though, it may not end there.
"We think there's at least three more...I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there. But we're »
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