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I’d have to say that 1987 was one of my favorite years to be a young movie fan. Because we didn’t have a ton of money, my mom and I would spend most of our weekends at the drive-in taking in double features of all kinds of now-classic films, which included John McTiernan’s eternally badass Predator.
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Shane Black, Sonny Landham and Kevin Peter Hall as the titular intergalactic hunter, Predator opened at number one the weekend of June 12th despite receiving a lackluster response from critics at the time. Predator’s theatrical success would continue for another six weeks, with McTiernan’s genre-bending blockbuster eventually taking in almost $60 million during its run that summer.
- Heather Wixson
Strippers, cougars and guns are all involved in the first trailer for the upcoming Selena Gomez comedy Behaving Badly. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) plays Rick, who does his best to win over popular girl Nina (Gomez). Somehow, this involves filling his parents' home with strippers, which leads to Nina smacking a cop with her purse. Heather Graham, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Lee, Ashley Rickards, Cary Elwes and Gary Busey round out the expansive supporting cast. Photos 'The Fault in Our Stars' and 8 Other Tragic
- Ryan Gajewski
The high-falutin' lifestyle of Beverly Hills socialite Adam Sabbagh just came crashing down to earth -- because the dude who was once flush enough to buy David Beckham's Porsche ... just went belly up.Sabbagh filed bankruptcy docs -- obtained by TMZ -- showing he has more than $200K in debts, and only about $4K worth of assets.This is the same guy who famously bought Beckham's customized 911 for $227K -- and paid Tyson Beckford $25,000 to give him modeling lessons. »
- TMZ Staff
Vertical Entertainment has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Behaving Badly" comedy, starring Selena Gomez, Nat Wolff, Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Jason Lee, Heather Graham, Cary Elwes, Gary Busey and Patrick Warburton. Check it out below. Plot: The film follows Rick Stevens (Wolff), who is willing to do whatever it takes to try and win the heart of Nina Pennington (Gomez) . even if this means making a bet with a mobster's son. If he ever hopes to land the girl of his dreams, he'll also have to deal with a group of strippers, his best friend's horny mother (Shue), his drug-abusing boss (McDermott), a perverted principal (Warburton), a priest with a really big secret (Lee), and a sultry defense attorney (Graham). The new movie is set to hit select theaters on August 1st. Trailer: »
Seen HBO’s The Leftovers, and want to chat about how it compares to Tom Perrotta’s original novel? You’re in luck—so do EW’s Hillary Busis and Neil Janowitz. Their spoiler-heavy conversation—filled with thoughts on bleakness, the new Kevin, and creepy bronze baby statues—is below.
Hillary: So you know that part in This Is Spinal Tap, where the guys in the band see the cover of their latest album for the first time? It’s just this shiny, blank, dark square, an empty void Nigel describes thusly: “There is something about this that’s so black. »
- EW staff
On last night's premiere episode of HBO's The Leftovers, about the aftermath of an event in which 2 percent of the world's population vanishes one day without explanation, there is a brief moment in which we see mention of some of the celebrities who disappeared. The Pope, naturally, but also Bonnie Raitt, Gary Busey, and Condoleezza Rice. When asked about the list last week, showrunner Damon Lindelof said, "Well, Shaquille O'Neal, Jennifer Lopez, Anthony Bourdain, and the Pope were all in the book, and my contributions were Salman Rushdie and Gary Busey. And I love Salman Rushdie’s writing, but I thought like, He’ll either get a huge kick out of it, or it’ll piss him off." So has Rushdie said anything about his disappearance? "I don’t think he’s seen the show," Lindelof said. "I think his reaction will be like, what?" »
- Renata Sellitti
"The Leftovers" debuted on HBO tonight. I published a review of the early part of the season on Wednesday, and an interview with creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on Thursday, and now I have specific thoughts on the first episode coming up just as soon as I wonder how Gary Busey made the cut... "Please come home." -Kevin Garvey In that interview, both Lindelof and Perrotta talked about how they didn't initially intend the story (first in Perrotta's book, then in this show) to be quite so bleak. (Perrotta originally set out to write "an apocalyptic comedy of sorts.") But the material kept moving them in this direction, until we got to an episode that opens and closes in the toughest fashion imaginable: at the beginning with the mother's crying baby vanishing from the laundromat (and the little boy in the parking lot losing his father) and at the »
- Alan Sepinwall
When two percent of world's population disappears in an instant, who, exactly, are the chosen ones? The departed, or those left behind? “The Leftovers,” HBO's elegiac new series from “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perrotta, grapples with that conundrum, and what it means to survive an inexplicable event, to inconclusive affect. Were 140 million people taken as part of the Rapture? Were they rewarded? Punished? Or randomly selected? The people taken offer no clues: They include entertainers as disparate as Bonnie Raitt and Gary Busey. See video: ‘The Leftovers’ Preview: What Happens When 2 Percent of People Disappear The event dwarfs even. »
- Diane Garrett
The Leftovers — HBO's new, mildy terrifying sci-fi series based on the Tom Perotta novel — begins with the sudden disappearance of 2 percent of the world’s population in an is-it-or-isn’t-it biblical-style Rapture. Babies vanish right out their car seats; celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Gary Busey ghost out with the rest. So at the series’ New York premiere, hosted by Tao Downtown, Vulture asked show creator Damon Lindelof, star Justin Theroux, and some other partygoers what they'd miss most if they suddenly got Raptured themselves. Andrew Rannells was very concerned about the end of Nashville. Justin Theroux"My cell phone … It depends on where I go. If I go to somewhere great, I probably won’t miss anything! But no, I would not want to be taken in a rapture.” Damon Lindelof“I have to take the sentimental route and say that I’d be panicked about [leaving my] family. Assuming that »
- Renata Sellitti
Though I don’t think that anyone is terribly excited for Alcon’s upcoming Point Break remake, one promising aspect of it is actor Edgar Ramirez, who will be playing the role of Bodhi, which Patrick Swayze originated in the 1991 version. Recently, while discussing his role as a demon-hunting priest in the upcoming horror thriller Deliver Us From Evil, Ramirez talked a little about his goals in playing the character:
“Well, I’m working on it. It’s very difficult to anticipate what things are going to turn out to be. I’m very organic as an actor so I’m letting the character grow out of me. The only similarity that I can tell you so far is it’s that subversive spirit, that rebellious spirit, that anti-system spirit that is what really the whole story is about. The structure is similar but the story is different. But we »
- Isaac Feldberg
If there is one thing that America does well it’s the road movie, really it should be no surprise as they do have quite a few of them. From Vanishing Point to Easy Rider these movies tend to be iconic to their fans and share moments in movie history that are hard to forget. For me though one of the best has to be Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a film where Clint Eastwood does what he does best and Jeff Bridges put on an Academy Award nominated performance as a young upstart who just wanted to be an old crooks friend.
Even though Eastwood is obviously the star of the movie it really comes alive with the first appearance of Lightfoot (Bridges) onto the screen, stealing a car in an easy grift. »
- Paul Metcalf
Luke Bracey stars as FBI agent Johnny Utah, who infiltrates a criminal enterprise set within the extreme sports world. Édgar Ramírez is portraying Bodhi, with Ray Winstone playing Utah's veteran FBI partner. Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey and originally portrayed Utah, Bodhi, Utah's partner in the 1989 original Point Break, which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Teresa Palmer is playing Johnny Utah's love interest in the reboot, originally portrayed by Lori Petty.
Ericson Core (Invincible) is directing from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall), with Alcon's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson producing alongside John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Kurt Wimmer. No production schedule was given.
There was a special guest star in this week’s Orphan Black. Midwife Alexis was played by Kathryn Alexandre, who also functions as Tatiana Maslany‘s double. Series co-creator John Fawcett talked with EW and said that wasn’t the first role they considered for Alexandre. “Back at the beginning of the Season 1 asked her to come in and read for Gracie and then we kind of realized that part was just a little too big to cast Kathryn because there was interaction between Gracie and Helena and that was just going to turn into a mess if we cast her. So we were looking for a smaller part that we could give her to get her on camera. »
- Lyle Masaki
The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the last remaining silent era actors has passed away. The actress in question, Carla Laemmle, had an easy in to the movies: her uncle Carl Laemmle founded Universal Studios and invited her family to live in a bungalow on the lot. Carla only had a small part in the horror classic Dracula (1931) but a key one: she uttered the first line of dialogue. She didn't appear in many pictures in her long life, dying at 104 years of age, but she apparently just recently filmed a role in a new horror film Mansion of Blood (2014) starring Gary Busey.
In happier news - this is not a double Rip - Lupita Tovar, a Mexican beauty who starred in the Spanish language version of Dracula that same year (in those early days of sound they made simultaneous alternative versions for other markets with the same »
- NATHANIEL R
In the mid to late 90’s, there was an almost epidemic boom of straight to video films that featured plot-lines involving submarines or fighter planes. Why? Well given the vast majority of these films were shot for about $3.00 each, the idea was to have plot-lines with these elements in order to use stock shots of F-16 fighter jets, stealth fighters, U-boats and other military based vehicles of air and sea in order to give the illusion that these films were more lavishly budgeted than they actually were, and indeed to further save time in the remainder of the shoot. If you go into a film knowing that you’ve already got 15 minutes of screen-time ready in a stock footage library, then you’ve only got to worry about »
- Gary Collinson
‘Dracula’ 1931 actress Carla Laemmle dead at 104 (photo: Carla Laemmle ca. 1930) Carla Laemmle, a bit player in a handful of silent movies and at the dawn of the sound era — e.g., the horror classics The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Dracula (1931) — and a niece of Universal Studios co-founder Carl Laemmle, died on June 12, 2014, at her Los Angeles home. Laemmle, who had reportedly been in good health, was 104 years old. Born Rebekah Isabelle Laemmle on October 20, 1909, in Chicago, Carla Laemmle was less known for her movie work than for having survived most of her contemporaries and for her family connection to the Universal mogul — her father, Joseph Laemmle, was Carl’s brother. ‘Dracula’ actress was a member of Carl Laemmle’s ‘very large faemmle’ "Uncle Carl Laemmle, Has a very large faemmle," once half-joked poet Ogden Nash, in reference to Laemmle’s penchant for hiring family members. As Laemmle’s niece, »
- Andre Soares
Stars: Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker, Heather Graham, Elisabeth Shue, Cary Elwes, Ashley Rickards, Patrick Warburton, Jason Lee, Mindy Robinson, Gary Busey, Dylan McDermott | Written by Tim Garrick, Scott Russell | Directed by Tim Garrick
Behaving Badly is a story about Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff), a boy who makes a bet with a Lithuanian from his school with mob ties that he can sleep with a Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez) before the fortnight is through. Watch Rick lie his way through insane situations as he embarks on a crazy adventure to win the girl of his dreams. Of course to do that, he needs to avoid her crazy ex-boyfriend, the mob, his best friend’s mother who has decided she loves him and more to prove that he is the perfect man for Nina, the girl who wants to be a Priest.
Rick Stevens breaks the forth wall as he talks to the audience, »
- Richard Axtell
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Synopsis: Santanico Pandemonium makes her appearance and the Gecko brothers see what really lurks in the club.
This episode began with the snake dance made famous by Salma Hayek in the original film but I’m finding Eiza Gonzalez a poor substitute and I don’t feel she has the strength to play Santanico. The dance is lacking and the added dance pole just makes it look cheesy, but I did enjoy the Spanish version of ‘After Dark’ though.
Now this is where the film takes a different road to the original From Dusk Till Dawn, Ranger Freddie Gonzalez spots Richie and a massive fight ensues. However instead of Richie getting bitten, Gonzalez is bitten and falls down a trapdoor.
- Lucinda Holt
Gerard Butler was the first actor to join the upcoming "Point Break" remake as Bodhi, the role played by Patrick Swayze in the original film. But after the rest of the cast was hired and a shooting was set to begin in June, Butler decided to drop out due to creative differences. A search for his replacement started immediately. And now comes word that he'll be replaced by Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty) and that the June start date is still in place. The new movie will be directed by Ericson Core (Invincible) and will co-star Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah (played by Keanu Reeve in the original) and Ray Winstone (played by Gary Busey in the original). The script is written by Kurt Wimmer (Law Abiding Citizen). »
The Point Break remake looks set to steady the ship after the recent departure of Gerard Butler, with Edgar Ramirez reportedly in talks to join the project. According to Variety, Ramirez is currently in talks with Alcon over the role of Bodhi, a part first played by Patrick Swayze in the original, and recently vacated by Butler. Butler was forced to leave the film due to a scheduling conflict, although Ray Winstone was recently added to the cast as Gary Busey's old character, Agent Pappas. The new film will retread the...
- George Wales
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