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20 items from 2015

W. Peter Iliff & Adam Small Sign With Apa

13 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Writer-director W. Peter Iliff has signed with Apa for film and television. Iliff is best known for his original screenplay Point Break, which starred Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. Warner Bros is working on a remake of the cult classic to open on Christmas Day. Iliff sold his surfer crime thriller Glass Axes to Netflix last year and is attached to three scripted series set up at Ucp, Relativity, and Electus and reality series Hot To Engage at Lighthouse Entertainment… »

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Review: Take One Last Ride with James Wan's Awesome 'Furious 7'

3 April 2015 5:19 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s been 14 years since The Fast and the Furious was released, and the franchise that followed has taken more crazy, left turns than the adrenaline-craving gear heads in its character roster. Good, bad, and even tragic changes have brought the series to this finish line. Furious 7 continues the insane and wholly entertaining level of action these films have taken on for the last couple of entries, and while the excitement level is clearly on par, it’s in the tribute to its characters where Furious 7 takes that step above and beyond. To look at it now, you wouldn’t think the series began as a detective story about infiltrating the street racing scene. The characters played by series stars Paul Walker and Vin Diesel had a similar relationship to that of Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break, Walker’s Brian O’Conner playing the officer »

- Jeremy Kirk

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The Riot Club: When Being Posh Is Not Enough

30 March 2015 7:38 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Those of us who lead hapless lives know how frightening getting up in the morning can be. Instead of rising and embracing the daylight with an ardent cuddle and a zealous "Yahoo!" we see grey clouds overhead and wonder aloud, "What now?" Another egg carton with broken shells? A second bedbug infestation within twelve months? Still no replies to our Christian Mingles ad even though we've noted we can recite the Book of Revelation by heart in Latin?

Ah, if only we were born into a family of elites. The ultra-rich. Aristocrats with an enviable gene pool.

But instead we're impoverished and pear-shaped with squinty eyes and in need of Proactiv+.

On top of these misfortunes, we really know the gods are against us if while fingering the remote, we accidentally come across Joshua Jackson in The Skulls (2000), and begin to watch it out of inertia. This incapacitating thriller was inspired by Yale's secretive society, »

- Brandon Judell

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Keanu Classic: Point Break

20 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. He might not be known as being the most heavyweight of actors but you have to admit the man knows how to make an entertaining movie, and he’s not bad to look at. Even if everything else about the film is terrible or ridiculously over the top, Keanu is always awesome – Jonnhy Mnemonic and Chain Reaction would be nothing without him.

Every Friday between now and the release of John Wick on 10th April, »

- Kat Smith

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You’re Back in the Room review: Keith can make people do unexpected things. Like seduce Phillip Schofield

15 March 2015 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This hypnosis show feels decidedly retro, and that’s not just because of the Patrick Swayze and Mariah Carey references

What’s the title of this song, a quizmaster asks. Two hearts, Two hearts that beat as one, Our lives have just begun … Easy, I know that. And so does Kate, a 30-year-old polo club manager from Hertfordshire. It’s Endless Love, the Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross version, 1994.

Oh, then Kate wraps herself around the man asking the questions, slow dancing (possibly grinding), then whispers in his ear. “We should really meet for a coffee some time.”

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- Sam Wollaston

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How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels

14 March 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.

However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.

Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:

Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994)

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Keanu Classic: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

6 March 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. Post-John Wick viewing I arrived home, logged onto Amazon and purchased an alarming amount of films, including Johnny Mnemonic (don’t worry, it was only 8p!). I thought I’d gotten through the Keanu phase at secondary school but it seems that it is now back with  a vengeance. It all started after seeing that little known film The Matrix which was released right in the middle of my school career. Most of my »

- Kat Smith

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Ryan Adams's Cover of a Dirty Dancing Song Would Make Patrick Swayze Proud

5 March 2015 4:51 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Eighties movie classic Dirty Dancing has given us so many gems, and now, singer Ryan Adams has resuscitated one of the film's songs for a soulful cover. While on tour, Adams and Natalie Prass covered the song, originally sung by Patrick Swayze. They're totally earnest, and the duet is beautiful, but there are some cute moments in their performance with a couple of giggles. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Chris Hemsworth Fails at 'Dirty Dancing' Lift in New 'SNL' Promos

4 March 2015 2:59 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Turns out, not every Hollywood heartthrob is good at the Dirty Dancing lift -- as was proven by Chris Hemsworth in his Saturday Night Live promos.

Taking a cue from Patrick Swayze in the 1987 classic (and later Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love), SNL star Kate McKinnon convinces People's Sexiest Man Alive to attempt "the lift." Despite being a contestant on season 5 of Dancing with the Stars Australia, Hemsworth couldn't pull off the move.

Photos: Chris Hemsworth's Hottest Moments

The Thor star will be the first of the famous Hemsworth brothers to host SNL, though Liam has appeared on the sketch show. The Hunger Games hottie joined co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence on stage for Woody Harrelson's monologue when he hosted this past November.

Will Liam also show up to assist his big brother?

Video: Chris Hemsworth Shows Off His Sexy Dance Moves on Tonight Show

Chris Hemsworth will host SNL this weekend with musical »

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Chris Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon Get Dirty in ‘SNL’ Promo (Video)

3 March 2015 10:24 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kate McKinnon certainly looks to be having the time of her life in the latest promo for “Saturday Night Live,” and wouldn’t anyone if they got to dance with Chris Hemsworth. However, she soon learns that the “Avengers” actor is no Patrick Swayze. Following a stuttered introduction as the cast member just stares longingly at the “Thor” star, McKinnon tells him: “There is something I have always wanted to do, and you are perfect host. I want to attempt the ‘Dirty Dancing’ lift.” See photos: ‘SNL’s’ 40 Most Hilarious Sketches (Photos) The Australian hunk is game, of course, but »

- Debbie Emery

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Why The NYPD Is Forcing Cops To Watch Road House

26 February 2015 8:48 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s a known fact that the 1989 classic, Road House with the late Patrick Swayze is the manliest thing ever put to celluloid in the history of modern civilization. Women and young children have been known to grow hair on their chests and develop deep voices after a single viewing, due to incidental microwaves of testosterone emitted by the film. Yet, it seems that the New York Police Department, in light of the incident which claimed the life of Eric Garner, are using a scene from Road House as a training tool to teach officers more effective ways of dealing with irate people. According to a report from The New York Post, the NYPD has instituted a $35 million, mandatory 3-day training program designed to teach its 22,000 participants that, as an instructor states, "You have to have a thick skin." The scene that was apparently utilized in the NYPD course depicted »

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Farewell, Ee Wednesdays! Watch Mr Dresden's best Orange pitch adverts

25 February 2015 5:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

After treating cinema fans for more than a decade, Ee's 2-for-1 ticket offer is coming to an end today (February 25). We'll certainly miss breaking up the week with a cut-price cinema visit, and the end of the promotion has made us all nostalgic about the classic Orange Wednesdays ads that started it all off.

Dubbed 'Orange Gold Spots', they starred Brennan Brown and Steve Furst as two clueless film execs listening to pitches from some of Hollywood's finest. Brilliantly lampooning the bean counter thinking of studio suits and the fragile creative egos of A-listers, the likes of Patrick Swayze, Macaulay Culkin and Carrie Fisher all stepped up to offer their increasingly compromised film pitches:

1. A Clockwork Orange

This early offering sought to capture that creative moment when the lightbulb flicks on... unfortunately Brown's dim-witted exec can't quite grasp what's dangling right in front of him. Stanley Kubrick would be livid. »

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Watch The Incredible 2015 Oscars Opening Song

22 February 2015 6:14 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

One can't imagine how nervous Neil Patrick Harris must have been backstage in the moments before the official start of this year's Academy Award ceremony, but all those jitters obviously left the stage once the show began. How do we know? Because his opening number, titled "Moving Pictures," is absolutely fantastic. Check it out below! As seen above, Neil Patrick Harris certainly hasn't lost his singing chops. The host's opening number, brought to us by Time, paid tribute to the long history of movies through a lyric-driven tune paired up with a montage of clips from classic films - like the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the feel-good Kevin Costner-led Field of Dreams, and everybody's favorite Patrick Swayze pic Ghost (okay, maybe our second favorite). They even gave a shout out to some of our bigger effects driven movies like Star Wars and The Avengers, which was pretty cool. »

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Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies

21 February 2015 10:38 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Ah, the sweet sound of success! Even more relevant in this movie article is the sweet movement of success. Thus, Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies will highlight some of the top-notch dance steps where moving your feet to the music is essential. Now this does not have to necessary be exclusive to musical-oriented films or dance-related flicks but hey…it could not hurt either, right?

Nevertheless folks, how about we take a free-wheeling look at some of the selections that were memorable (some more than others) spotlighted here in Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies were your finger-snapping, feet-stomping urges overcome you. Perhaps you have your brand of acceptable dance moments not included in this group? Well, let your thoughts be known if you feel compelled to do so. In the meantime, sit back and check out some of »

- Frank Ochieng

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The Top 40 SNL Skits for SNL’s 40th Anniversary

19 February 2015 5:02 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

SNL. Saturday Night Live. The place where comedy and comedians make it. Just like the city it quintessentially represents, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

And we have forty years to look at. As you might have seen, SNL is turning forty this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to get the whole gang back together and make it a night that will go down in the history books? Anyone who’s anyone is going to the reunion (well, that is anyone besides Eddie Murphy of course) and it’s sure to bring back everything that made the show what it is today.

So here we look at some of the best sketches that has ever graced our eyes thanks to Lorne Michael’s marvelous show filler for Johnny Carson. (That’s right- the whole reason the show exists is because Carson wanted »

- Catherina Gioino

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'Point Break' and 'Creed' Get New Holiday Release Dates

3 February 2015 7:32 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. has made some alterations to its 2015 release schedule, moving their Point Break remake from July 31 to Christmas Day, while also giving the Rocky spinoff Creed a Thanksgiving release. Point Break will now go up against 20th Century Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, Sony's Concussion, Fox's Joy and Paramount's Monster Trucks on December 25. If it would have stayed in the July 31 slot, it would have faced Paramount's Mission: Impossible 5, Focus Features' Selfless and The Weinstein Company's Southpaw.

The Point Break remake stars Luke Bracey as FBI agent Johnny Utah, who tries to infiltrate the world of extreme sports lead by Edgar Ramirez's Bodhi. Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze played Utah and Bodhi in the original 1991 film Point Break, which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The remake also stars Ray Winstone and Teresa Palmer, with Ericson Core directing.

Creed will now go up against Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, »

- MovieWeb

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‘Point Break’ Moved From Summer To Christmas; ‘Creed’ Coming For Thanksgiving

3 February 2015 5:32 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Warner Bros said today that it is moving its Point Break remake from the heart of summer to Christmas Day. It will have plenty of competition on the holiday, going up against Fox’s kids sequel Alvin And The Chipmunks 4 and drama Joy, the Will Smith drama Concussion and Paramount’s live-action/CGI hybrid Monster Trucks. Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey star in the reboot of the 1991 Patrick Swayze-Keanu Reeves flick, which had been set for July 31.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is now fight night. The studio also said today that it will release MGM’Rocky franchise spinoff Creed on November 25. The film starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson will put up its dukes against a quartet of challengers: Pixar toon The Good Dinosaur, Fox drama The Martian, Warner Bros sci-fi chase pic Midnight Special and Sony’s untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. »

- The Deadline Team

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‘Point Break’ Reboot Moved to Christmas 2015

3 February 2015 5:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has moved its reboot of “Point Break” back nearly five months from July 31 to Christmas — essentially swapping dates with Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible 5.”

The action-thriller, starring Edgar Ramirez (pictured above) and Luke Bracey, is directed by Ericson Core from Kurt Wimmer’s screenplay. Ramirez plays the part portrayed by Patrick Swayze in the 1991 original, while Bracey plays Johnny Utah, originally acted by Keanu Reeves.

Warner Bros. made the move a week after Paramount decided to move “Mission: Impossible 5″ forward from Christmas to July 31.

Alcon Entertainment began developing the project in 2011, when it acquired rights to the property with plans to set the reboot in the world of extreme sports. Alcon co-chairman Andrew Kosove told Variety that the new date should be attractive to moviegoers — even with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” launching a week before on Dec. 18.

“With Christmas on a Friday this year, »

- Dave McNary

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Will Ferrell Leaves Kevin Hart, Jimmy Fallon 'Frozen' in Lip Sync Battle

2 February 2015 6:32 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Katy Perry pulled out the fireworks and animatronic lions during her Super Bowl halftime show performance – but over at The Tonight Show, Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon took a more minimalist approach in their "Super Bowl of lip sync battles." The three comedians went head-to-head during a special Sunday night taping. The winner, as always, was the audience.

In the above clip, Ferrell kicks off the battle with "Drunk in Love," a seductive jam from "the Queen B: the one, the only Beyoncé." His chest-rubbing and sassy hand gestures earn huge laughs, »

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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »

- Joshua Gaul

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