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What The Running Man teaches us about 2017

Ryan Lambie Oct 26, 2017

Eighties action flick The Running Man was set in a dystopian version of the present. So what did the movie get right about 2017?

"By 2017, the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand. Television is controlled by the state and a sadistic game show called The Running Man has become the most popular program in history..."

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So reads the opening crawl of The Running Man, a Stephen King novel loosely adapted as a sci-fi action vehicle for brawny star Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987. If you've been loitering around Twitter, you may be familiar with its angular white typeface set against a blood red background, as users have screencapped and shared
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Film News Roundup: Dania Ramirez’s Romantic Comedy ‘Off the Menu’ Set for 2018 Release

Film News Roundup: Dania Ramirez’s Romantic Comedy ‘Off the Menu’ Set for 2018 Release
In today’s film news roundup, Vision Films has bought romantic comedy “Off the Menu,” Fantastic Fest expands to satellite locations, and IndieFlix announces “Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety.”

Acquisitions

Vision Films has acquired romantic comedy “Off the Menu” for 2018 domestic release, Variety has learned exclusively.

Off the Menu” stars Dania Ramirez, Santino Fontana, Makenzie Moss, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jen Lilley, and Kristen Dalton. Ramirez plays a chef in a New Mexico town who falls for an arrogant but lovable heir to a fast-food chain, portrayed by Fontana.

Off the Menu” was filmed in Taos, N.M., with a crew that was over 50% female and Hispanic, qualifying the production for the SAG diversity agreement. Jay Silverman directed from a Jennifer Goldson screenplay. Producers are Bethany Cerrona and William Newman for Jay Silverman Productions.

Silverman’s previous film “Girl on the Edge” is currently airing on Showtime. “When we began developing ‘Off the Menu,’ I
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Josh Duhamel, James Franco Turn Death Into Entertainment in 'The Show' Trailer

Josh Duhamel, James Franco Turn Death Into Entertainment in 'The Show' Trailer
In The Show, a thriller directed by Giancarlo Esposito (of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame), Josh Duhamel plays Adam Rogers, a reality show host who finds himself in an unusual situation.

Rogers is a Chris Harrison-like figure who hosts a dating show that ends in an attempted murder, wherein the runner-up tries to shoot and kill the winner.

As a result of Rogers' quick thinking, he is heralded as a "national hero" (here, James Franco plays an excitable morning show host who heaps praise on Rogers), and
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Samuel L Jackson & Salma Hayek interview: The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and breaking into Hollywood

Rob Leane Aug 14, 2017

Samuel L Jackson and Salma Hayek chat to us about their new flick, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and how they got into Hollywood...

Samuel L. Jackson stars alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Jackson is the hitman, and a key witness in a case to bring down a despot. Reynolds is the bodyguard, tasked with getting the hitman from A to B in order to testify in court.

Salma Hayek plays the wife of Jackson’s character. She’s locked up in prison for much of the film, with the carrot of her release being dangled to make Jackson’s killing machine comply in the upcoming legal proceedings.

We were invited to chat to the pair at a swanky hotel in London. And let me tell you: walking into a room with that much star-power in it is very nerve-wracking. Jackson was sat at a
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Trailer for Van Damme’s ‘Kill’em All’

Kill’em All is the latest action flick from one of the masters of the genre, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and sees the arse-kicking star appear alongside his son Kris Van Damme (who’s finally taken his father’s acting surname, having previously acted as Kristopher Van Varenberg), the always-awesome Peter Stomare, Predator 2‘s Maria Conchita Alonso and, Daniel Bernhardt who, fact fans, took over the Bloodsport franchise – begun by Van Damme in 1988 – appearing in three sequels, the last of which bowed in 1999.

After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death. Then, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down. His nurse, the sole surviving witness to the follow-up shootout, must face an FBI interrogation that unlocks a plot of international intrigue and revenge. With enough twists and turns, Kill’Em All will keep you
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Badass New Trailer for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Kill’em All Released

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Badass New Trailer for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Kill’em All Released
“Kill’em All” by director Peter Malota. Starring: Peter Stormare, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Maria Conchita Alonso. Synopsis: After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death. Then, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down. His nurse, the sole surviving witness […]

The post Badass New Trailer for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Kill’em All Released appeared first on Shockya.com.
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Us Briefs: Shout Factory gets ‘The Ticket’ for North America

Us Briefs: Shout Factory gets ‘The Ticket’ for North America
Plus: Stx plans Bad Moms spin-off; Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominations; and more…

Shout! Factory has acquired North American distribution rights to Ido Fluk’s The Ticket and is planning a multi-platform rollout for the drama, beginning with a theatrical launch in 2017.

The film, which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Festival, stars Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman, Oliver Platt and Kerry Bishé. It was written by Fluk and Sharon Mashihi and produced by Lawrence Inglee, Oren Moverman, William L Walton and Matthew Malek.

Fluksaid: “We’re excited to be a part of Shout! Factory’s new push into the theatrical space with meaningful, envelope-pushing films. In Shout we’ve found a real home and new partners who are as passionate about the film as the people who made it.”

- Stx Entertainment is to produce Bad Dads, an offshoot from the company’s comedy hit Bad Moms, for a July 14, 2017 release. The company
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Us Briefs: Shout Factory takes ‘The Ticket’ for North America

Us Briefs: Shout Factory takes ‘The Ticket’ for North America
Plus: Stx plans Bad Moms spin-off; Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominations; and more…

Shout! Factory has acquired North American distribution rights to Ido Fluk’s The Ticket and is planning a multi-platform rollout for the drama, beginning with a theatrical launch in 2017.

The film, which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Festival, stars Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman, Oliver Platt and Kerry Bishé. It was written by Fluk and Sharon Mashihi and produced by Lawrence Inglee, Oren Moverman, William L Walton and Matthew Malek.

Fluksaid: “We’re excited to be a part of Shout! Factory’s new push into the theatrical space with meaningful, envelope-pushing films. In Shout we’ve found a real home and new partners who are as passionate about the film as the people who made it.”

- Stx Entertainment is to produce Bad Dads, an offshoot from the company’s comedy hit Bad Moms, for a July 14, 2017 release. The company
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Santino Fontana & Dania Ramirez Star In Indie ‘Galileo’; Gilles Marini Joins ‘A Little Something For Your Birthday’

Santino Fontana & Dania Ramirez Star In Indie ‘Galileo’; Gilles Marini Joins ‘A Little Something For Your Birthday’
Santino Fontana and Dania Ramirez star in the upcoming indie rom-com Galileo from director Jay Silverman. Written by Jennifer Goldson, the pic follows an arrogant heir to a Mexican fast-food franchise that goes hunting for the next culinary big thing. He soon finds himself in a small New Mexican town, where foodies come from all over to salivate over the culinary treats of a local and feisty female chef. Makenzie Moss and Maria Conchita Alonso co-star. Silverman exec…
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Maria Conchita Alonso -- Obama's Cuba Trip ... Slap in the Face to Human Rights (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_gl6zorcl"]] Maria Conchita Alonso is angry President Obama traveled 90 miles south of Miami, claiming the Prez is sending a message it's okay for the Castro regime to torment its citizens. Maria was leaving The Palm Monday night when she railed on Obama for his historic trip. Many Cubans are upset because of a rich history of the Castro family repressing residents to the point their only hope is to flee the country. Read more
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Panama and Argentina Making First Fiction Co-Production (Exclusive)

Guadalajara – Underscoring the rising collaboration among Latin American filmmakers, the first Panamanian-Argentinean fiction co-production is primed to start shooting in May. Panama Meets director Arianne M. Benedetti will be making her feature debut “Mas Que Hermanos” (“Beyond Brotherhood”) with Argentina’s Magma Cine (“El Ardor”) on board to co-produce with Benedetti’s Treehouse Studios and VFX Panama.

212 Productions, Ingrid Barajas’ U.S.- based event organizer and publisher of Flaunt Magazine, also co-produces and will handle the red carpet premiere of the pic in Los Angeles. At the end of the day, “Hermanos” will boast a cast and crew from Panama, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and the U.S., said Benedetti. Dialogue will be in both Spanish and English. “Around 90% of the above-the-line crew will be female,” noted VFX owner and senior producer Regina Barletta.

Based on her eponymously-titled bestselling novel and her own screenplay adaptation, Benedetti will draw on
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Blu-ray Review – Colors (1988)

Colors, 1988.

Directed by Dennis Hopper.

Starring Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Don Cheadle, Damon Wayans, Randy Brooks, Grand L. Bush and Tony Todd.

Synopsis:

An experienced cop and his rookie partner try to control gang violence on the streets of L.A.

One was an experienced cop who had seen all there was to see on the streets. The other was young, obnoxious and eager for the fight. Together they were… not your typical buddy cop movie. Okay, Dennis Hopper’s Colors isn’t a buddy cop movie at all but you could probably cut together a fan edit that makes it look like one. It would only look like one, though, and not play out like one because Colors isn’t about the cops – played here by Robert Duvall (The Godfather) and Sean Penn (The Gunman) – patrolling the streets of gangland L.A. and their relationship with each other,
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Fantasy Short 'The Secret of Joy' Uses Hollywood's Talent for a Beautiful Cause

Directed by Max Bartoli and Fabiola Lopez Batoli, "The Secret of Joy" is a $500K short project created to support the cause of pediatric cancer. Their noble endeavor inspired a great number of talented industry people to get on board as part of the production, and after lots of passionate work they are finally ready to share with audiences in hopes that it will not only raise awareness, but also tangible funds to be donated to the Kids’ Cancer Research Foundation.

Director Max Bartoli talks more in depth about this project below:

Cancer has unfortunately already touched my family too many times, and more recently two couple of friends lost their 4 y.o and 5 y.o. children to neuroblastoma a few months apart, thus motivating me to do something to raise awareness and funds to support the battle against this terrible disease. It is with this in mind that my wife and I decided to invest all our savings to produce "The Secret of Joy," a project made of a 12-minute short, a book and a song, three products which will be donated non-exclusively to the Kids’ Cancer Research Foundation (www.endkidscancer.org) and to three European hospitals as extra tools to raise the awareness over this topic and fundraise during their future campaigns.

When we talked about this project to our friends in Hollywood we received enthusiastic reactions. A 35-people-cast, led by 4 times Emmy winner Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond," "Remington Steele," "Christmas Vacation"), Maria Conchita Alonso ("The Running Man," "Saints & Sinners," "The House of the Spirits") and Sofia Milos ("CSI Miami"), and a 65-people-crew from 3 continents led by super talented Production Designer Giles Masters ("Angels and Demons," "The Mummy," "The Da Vinci Code") accepted to bring our story to life for free.

Shot last December in Los Angeles, "The Secret of Joy" has become in 6 months the Act Of Love of over 150 entertainment professionals and several companies (Technicolor, Red, Cameras, Hammerhead Productions., Tirelli Costumes and many others) whose contribution amounted to over $450,000 (four hundred and fifty thousand dollars), all united by the desire to support a cause which involves our children, our future and still seems to have been forgotten by the media and the audience.

This to demonstrate, if it was needed, that Hollywood often gives more than what it takes. My wife and I embarked in this project hoping to bring hope and a smile into the lives of the children battling cancer and of their families. Having two of them, Casey and Chloe, on set and seeing the joy on their faces as we were filming would be already enough to repay us of our endeavors. But we want more. We want to reach out and touch many more.

That’s why from August 28th until September 3rd "The Secret of Joy" will be screened at the Laemmle 7 theater in North Hollywood and the whole Box Office will be donated to the Kids’ Cancer Research Foundation. It’ll be an important first step to achieve our goal.

We would love for it to be successful. We know we can make the difference, touching one person’s heart at the time.

Further information can be found online at:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4152748/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

https://www.facebook.com/TheSecretofJoy

www.thesecretofjoy.org
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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Venezuelan actor Carlos Antonio León to star in 'The Secret of Joy' - Los Angeles Acting Auditions | Examiner.com

Venezuelan actor Carlos Antonio León will be joining five-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Doris Roberts ('Everybody Loves Raymond'), 'General Hospital' favorite villain Thaao Penghlis and fellow Venezuelan Maria Conchita Alonso ('Predator II') among others in Max Bartoli’s fantasy short 'The Secret of Joy' in which León will play the King of Elves. Written by Bartoli and produced by his wife Fabiola Lopez, 'The Secret of Joy' is an ambitious fable that tells a short but touching story of a child with cancer surrounded by fantasy characters. León is having a busy summer since his Venezuelan movie 'Complot' (aka 'Conspiracy') opened to great success in theaters in South America, where León will be returning soon to complete shooting on Venezuela's first science-fiction feature film titled 'Z', to be directed by Manuel Pifano. León has also been cast to appear in two upcoming Manuel Pifano films,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger May Return for 'Running Man 2'

Arnold Schwarzenegger May Return for 'Running Man 2'
Since his return to acting, Arnold Schwarzenegger has split his time equally between starring in a handful of original action movies and planning sequels to some of his biggest hits. With Terminator Genisys the first sequel to officially be wrapped, awaiting its release next summer, the legendary muscle man may be turning his attention to another long-awaited follow-up, a sequel to The Running Man.

During a Q&A in England over the weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger hinted that a Running Man 2 may very well be happening sometime in the near future. He told the crowd in attendance:

"It's an honor to be asked back after all these years, back to the franchise. This is really wild... They're doing a Twins sequel, to be called 'Triplets' I've read the first draft. There's rumblings of a new 'Running Man' movie, so it's a great honor to be asked back... [Getting in shape for these sequels] comes back to bodybuilding,
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Predator 2

Danny Glover is the La cop following the trail of destruction when the ugliest alien mutha in the universe switches hunting grounds from the Amazon rainforest to the urban jungle. But no matter what side of the law you're on, if you're armed you're fair game as the carnage never lets up after the Predator's ferocious first showdown with Arnie Schwarzenegger. Bill Paxton, Gary Busey and Maria Conchita Alonso wonder what's hit them.
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50 brilliant movie opening credits sequences

From a range of eras and genres, here's Jenny and Alex's light-hearted pick of 50 great opening title sequences from the movies...

Odd List

We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.

The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences,
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LatinoBuzz: Kiki Melendez' Debut Feature “Journey of a Female Comic” to Open in Time for Cinco de Mayo

Starring Latino comedienne Kiki Melendez, Journey of a Female Comic,is a documentary comedy that will be released through AMC Theatres’ AMC Independent Program in Los Angeles and San Diego on May 2nd, 2014 with other major markets to follow. The date will also see the release of Water & Power, which will be a historical accomplishment for Independent Latino Filmmakers just in time for the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

An award-winning actress,writer,producer, TV personality and trailblazing figure, Melendez is best known for creating Galavision’s #1 entertainment show in 2000, “Kiki Desde Hollywood”, and Showtime Network’s hit show, “Hot Tamales Live!”in2008, the longest running all-female comedy show, now available on Hulu.

Her debut feature is an inspirational film for audiences of all races,genders,and backgrounds. It centers on Melendez’ life growing up in a developing country, being raised by a single immigrant mother, and her career in Hollywood pursuing the American Dream. Never forgetting her humble beginnings, Melendez’ journey is thought-provoking, inspiring audiences to discover the difference between fame and fulfillment.

Thanks to initial enthusiastic reception during test screenings, AMC’s independent program added the 88-minute version to its slate. "Journey of A Female Comic fits perfectly within our AMC Independent programming initiative, which opens our screens to movies that resonate with our diverse audiences,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Vice President of Alternative Content at AMC. “Kiki Melendez’ story is honest and entertaining, and will connect with many of our guests

“I am so grateful to AMC Independent for the opportunity to share my story. My hope in making this film, is to encourage and inspire women to take their dreams into their own hands”, says Melendez.

The feature began as an experimental short film,which premiered at the Dr Global International Film Festival. It also opened at Miami's Hispanicize Film Showcase and The Broadway International Film Festival in 2012, where it represented the U.S. and won “Best Documentary”.

The documentary also features other prominent Latino figures in Hollywood, including interviews with Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Esai Morales, Nadine Velazquez,the late Lupe Ontiveros, Maria Conchita Alonso and Guy Ecker. Melendez also has lively conversations with international stars including Aaron Spelling, Usher, Sofía Vergara, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Shakira and Marc Anthony.

Journey of A Female Comic was produced by Latin Hollywood Films in association with Lions Kill Productions. It is produced and directed by Erick M. Crespo and Kiki Melendez, written by Lyn McCullough and Kiki Melendez. Executive Producers are David Albert Pierce, Mark Ford, Paul Lawrence, Gloria Ortiz, Vickie Leyva and Mike Levy.

To read more about this film visit: Here
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Maria Conchita Alonso Quits Play After Tea Party Sympathies Revealed

Maria Conchita Alonso Quits Play After Tea Party Sympathies Revealed
One production of The Vagina Monologues has just lost its star. Veteran actress Maria Conchita Alonso, who was set to star in the Spanish-speaking version of the popular play in San Francisco next month, stepped down from her role Friday, Jan. 17 for expressing political support in a Tea Party campaign video. After facing threats of boycotts and protests for backing California Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly in a bilingual Internet campaign video released last week, Venezuelan-raised Alonso, 56, decided it was best if she stepped down from [...]
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