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Mandy Patinkin joins Showtime's 'Homeland,' AMC greenlights 'Hell on Wheels'

15 December 2010 8:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Mandy Patinkin has been cast on Showtime's hour-long drama pilot "Homeland" as Saul, "a veteran CIA Division Chief," who is the boss and mentor of Claire Danes' character Carrie. This is Patinkin's first television appearance since starring on "Criminal Minds." He won an Emmy for his performance on "Chicago Hope." "Homeland" centers on an "American soldier taken prisoner during the invasion or Iraq in 2003. Left for dead, the soldier miraculously returns to the U.S. after years in captivity."

AMC announced they have green-lighted "Hell On Wheels," a series that focuses on a Confederate soldier on a quest to avenge his wife's death after the Civil War. His journey takes him west where he works on building the first transcontinental railroad. Anson Mount stars as the confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan. The network's senior vice president of original programming Joel Stillerman says, "We are thrilled to bring "Hell on Wheels" to series. »


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What’s in Jason Schwartzman’s Amoeba Music Bag?

15 December 2010 9:39 AM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

What do 138 artists, 18 customers and 39 staff members all have in common? Each of them has been interviewed by the camera crew at Amboeba Music for the record store's series What's In My Bag? In a recent episode, Jason Schwartzman (a talented music maker in his own right) gathers up a pile of vinyl records and plops himself down on the floor in the cassette section to go through his discoveries. His mission that day was to find music to play for his soon to be born baby. Practically giddy with excitement about the notion of sharing this music with his family, Schwatzman talks about how he chooses records in manner that's half serious and half Christopher Guest. His bag reveals a diverse range of music, everything from Brian Eno's Apollo soundtrack to Harry Nilsson's playful songs. He adds albums by Rolling Stones and The Who for balance, along »

- Julie Wolfson

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The Top 9 Tron-Inspired Parodies

9 December 2010 3:30 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Who would have thought back in 1982 that “Tron” would be bigger than ever 28 years later?  Certainly no one at Walt Disney Studios, as the film was considered a critical and commercial disappointment. 

Steven Lisberger, the director of the film that started it all, has theorized, “It took 28 years because we needed the 10-year-olds (who enjoyed the original) to grow up and take their 10-year-olds to see it.”  And those 10-year-olds did just that, growing up to get jobs as writers of widely popular TV shows, comedians, pro skaters and advertising reps.

So, without further ado, let’s jump into The Grid and see where their inspiration led…

9. ‘The Simpsons’ (1995)

The year was 1995 and “The Simpsons’” annual Halloween special got folks talkin’ some “Tron” 13 years after its release.  Inspired by “The Twilight Zone” episode “Little Girl Lost,” the segment not only treated us to our first look at CGI Homer, but »

- Cybergosh

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Break Out Your Bongs April 20th for Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong

8 December 2010 2:06 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Full Moon Features will be creating a third film in the Evil Bong horror series. This latest picture will released on National Pot Day (April 20th, 2011). Film three, entitled Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath of Bong, is about an alien bong crash landing on earth, who desires world domination. No, the writers here at 28Dla are not spoofing you! This premiere will also be offering "Sniff-o-Rama," according to the press release. Have a look at other details on this film below.

The film's synopsis:

"In Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong an evil alien bong crashes on earth. Its intent; world domination. Our stoner heroes are transported to the alien bong home world and held captive by nude alien beauties. Their only hope to escape and save planet earth; EBee, the original Evil Bong. The original whacked out cast of stoners from Evil Bong 1 + 2 returns."

Release Date: April 20th, »

- (Michael Allen)

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Benicio Vs. Bale: Battle Of The Lions’ Manes!

8 December 2010 11:28 AM, PST | | See recent news »

It’s time once again to play What Movie Role Could Dignify This Crappy Haircut? Christian Bale’s long, curly locks at the premiere of The Fighter could be explained by a lot of things: he could be playing a knight in a medieval movie, for one, or a Canadian hockey star. Perhaps he’s The Cowardly Lion in a The Wizard Of Oz update? Is there a Joe Eszterhas or Chad Kroeger biopic happening? As for Benicio Del Toro’s bushy look at yesterday’s Somewhere gala…this guy’s either playing Tommy Chong or turning into him. Which of these actors do you think needs to give up the Barry Gibb look more? Check out the gallery, whip out your electric razor, and cast your vote in our TheFABLife poll. »

- Anthony Miccio

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Cheech Marin Gets ‘Outnumbered’ in New Fox Comedy

6 December 2010 1:56 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Cheech Marin is aiming for another career “high” – pun intended – with a new half-hour pilot for Fox. The comedy, titled Outnumbered, has the actor of Cheech and Chong fame hoping for a better outcome than his last Fox comedy, The Ortegas, which was pulled by the network before getting the chance to crawl, let alone fly. Marin’s last steady role in a sitcom dates back to the 1993 show The Golden Palace, a spin-off of The Golden Girls that also proved an early vehicle for Don Cheadle.

Marin’s most successful television project to date has been Nash Bridges, which spanned six seasons on CBS from 1996 to 2001. The 64-year-old actor was most recently seen on ABC’s Lost and in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete.

Outnumbered is based on the lives and familial shenanigans common…

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Sliff 2010: Wamg Interviews Stacy Keech

16 November 2010 5:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Interviewed by Tom Stockman

Conducted: November 12, 2010

Veteran actor Stacy Keach has been on stage and in front of the camera for well over fifty years. He’s performed in the highbrow ranks of Broadway, Shakespeare, and critically acclaimed films. He’s also participated in the lowbrow humor of Cheech and Chong and grindhouse quickies churned out by Italian exploitation auteurs. He’s worked for some of the great directors including John Huston, Walter Hill, John Carpenter, and Robert Altman, as well as playwright Arthur Miller. When he’s not performing, his charity work as chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation keeps him busy. Stacy Keach was invited to St. Louis last weekend to receive an honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinema St. Louis. Three of his films were screened including the classics Fat City and The Long Riders as well as his newest project Imbued, a film in which he »

- Tom Stockman

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A/K/A Tommy Chong Review

13 November 2010 9:38 AM, PST | | See recent MoviesOnline news »

As I continue my quest to watch more documentaries I now bring you my review of Aka Tommy Chong. The story of Tommy Chong half of Cheech and Chong you very likely have never even heard. Aka Tommy Chong tells the story of the Us Governments quest to get him and the lengths they went to, to make it happen. [...] »

- Michael

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New Line High Again On The Millers

7 September 2010 4:55 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Like some other genres, stoner comedies never seem to die, they just mutate into whatever style the current pot – sorry, pop – culture finds particularly funny. Back in the 70s, it was Cheech & Chong with Up in Smoke and these days it’s the likes of Pineapple Express. New Line, which brought us their own successful weed-powered comedy duo in Harold & Kumar, is hoping to keep the box office high going by digging out smuggling script We’re The Millers for another try at getting it on screen.Back in 2006, the company announced that Steve Buscemi had agreed to star in the film, which would see a veteran pot dealer looking to score one last big job and creating a fake family (the titular Millers) to run the shipment between Mexico and the Us.Wedding Crashers writers Steve Faber and Bob Fisher created the original draft of the screenplay, which The Full Monty »

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Reflections In The Blade: The Faces You'll See In 'Machete'

1 September 2010 7:54 AM, PDT | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

I remember a couple of years back when "Grindhouse" was just starting its marketing campaign.  The very first trailer was basically the fake "Machete" trailer.  I thought it looked amazing and was horribly disappointed a few weeks later when I learned that "Machete" was indeed just one of the fake trailers that would play in between the two features ("Death Proof" and "Planet Terror").

But apparently I wasn't the only one.  Soon there were calls from the fans to make an actual movie out of "Machete".  And now here we are... with a full length feature film opening this week!

Director Robert Rodriguez has pulled together quite an interesting ensemble for the flick, and I thought it would be fun to run down some of the faces you'll see on the screen, where you've seen them before and what you might see them in again soon!

Danny Trejo (Machete)

Danny »


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Shout! Factory Unleashing More Roger Corman Cult Classics - Not of this Earth, The Terror Within, and Dead Space

30 August 2010 2:01 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

And the parade of Roger Corman Cult Classics keeps marching on in with the official releases of three more lovable obscurities courtesy of Shout! Factory!

From the Press Release

This November 2, 2010, get ready for a trio of science-fiction terror palooza when Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation will unleash Not of This Earth (1988) Special Edition DVD and The Terror Within/ Dead Space Double-Feature DVD from the popular Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series.

Cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Big Bad Mama II, Chopping Mall) offers his rendition of Roger Corman’s 1957 cult classic Not of This Earth in the 1988 version, boasting campy performance of fan favorite Traci Lords (Blade, Cry-Baby). The double-feature DVD release of The Terror Within and Dead Space offers fearful futuristic thrills on Earth and in outer space. A must-have for horror fans and collectors, aggregate your Roger Corman movie collection with these »

- Uncle Creepy

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An Account Of Terry Zwigoff’s DVD Signing At The Hollywood Amoeba Records

15 August 2010 9:22 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Dateline Hollywood, California:  The Fabulous Sunset Strip –

Your humble correspondent lined up in front of the Amoeba Records stage shortly before 3Pm on August 14, when filmmaker Terry Zwigoff, new to the Criterion Collection with the past week’s release of his documentaries Crumb and Louie Bluie (the former available on DVD and Blu-Ray, the latter DVD only), was scheduled to appear to sign copies of these works.

His signing table was off to the side of the stage, but said stage was soon occupied by a quartet of red-hot musicians, led by Blind Boy Paxton and Frank Fairfield, young practitioners (both appear to be in their early twenties) of old-school music:  the hot jazz, rollicking Dixieland rhythms and vintage blues of the 1920′s.

Paxton (on guitar) and Fairfield (on a mandolin-banjo… look it up — I did) were joined by two more musicians, introduced by Zwigoff himself as his sister on »

- West Anthony

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New On Blu-ray and DVD This week

20 April 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

This week sees the release of several new movies and TV shows, some for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Of the ones coming out this week, we’re excited for a few of them in particular.

These esteemed examples of entertainment include Crazy Heart, Batman, Batman Returns, Fist of Legend, the first season of Merlin, the DVD release of the classic Battleship Potemkin and  an obscure direct t0 dvd movie called Crimes of Fashion featuring Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco and Megan Fox. And, of course, the non-3D Blu-ray release of Avatar hits stores this Thursday (pictured above with Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana).


Avatar ~ Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver (Blu-ray and DVD)

Battleship Potemkin ~ Alexander Antonov, Vladimir Barsky (Blu-ray)

Batman ~ Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson (Blu-ray)

Batman Returns ~ Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken (Blu-ray)

Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This! ~ Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong »

- Joe Gillis

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Because You Demanded It: The Best Buddies In Stoner Comedy History!

20 April 2010 12:17 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

There's an old saying that two heads are better than one, and that's certainly the case in a wide variety of movie types ranging from the romantic comedy to the buddy cop flick. But without two solid leading roles, these movies simply wouldn't be as special. Just try and think about "Back to the Future" with only Michael J. Fox — it doesn't work!

It's much the same for a variety of "stoner comedies," movies like "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle" and "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back." Those movies are only as good as the partnerships between the two main characters.

Today is April 20th, and as such, it seems like some people have stoner comedies on the brain. In honor of that, here are five of our favorite fictional stoner duos of all time!

Harold & Kumar

Between an epic quest to feast on White Castle burgers to a daring escape from Guantanamo Bay, »

- Josh Wigler

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This Week on DVD: Avatar, Crazy Heart, The Lovely Bones

20 April 2010 9:12 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

We might be jumping the gun a bit here today, but clearly Avatar is the biggest DVD and Blu-ray release of the week -- even if it doesn't actually hit stores until Earth Day (Thursday). I wonder how many people will bring it home and wonder why they aren't seeing it in three-dimensions? Other major releases include Crazy Heart (which Jeff Bridges just won the Oscar for), Peter Jackson's much maligned The Lovely Bones, British crime drama 44 Inch Chest, and Peacock starring Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page. On Blu, we have Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, The Basketball Diaries, and the Kino release of Battleship Potemkin. Do you see anything worth buying or renting this week? Avatar [1] (on Apr. 22nd) (+ Blu-ray [2]) The Lovely Bones [3] (+ Blu-ray [4]) Crazy Heart [5] (+ Blu-ray [6]) 44 Inch Chest [7] (+ Blu-ray [8]) Peacock [9] The Young Victoria [10] (+ Blu-ray [11]) Summer Hours: Criterion Collection [12] (+ Blu-ray [13]) Vivre sa vie: Criterion Collection [14] (+ Blu-ray »

- Sean

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Five Favorite Films With Cheech & Chong

20 April 2010 4:05 AM, PDT | Rotten Tomatoes | See recent Rotten Tomatoes news »

As elderstatesmen of stoner movies, a reputation achieved across a dozen films (including the classic Up in Smoke), Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have found remarkable endurance, their pothead alter egos now spanning decades in popularity. After a long hiatus, the two reunited last year for a massive comedy tour, captured on film as Cheech and Chong's Hey Watch This. Out promoting the release of this documentary (released today in limited release, DVD & Blu-Ray, and video-on-demand channels), Rotten Tomatoes sat down with the legendary duo for their Five Favorite Films. »

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Exclusive Video: Cheech & Chong Tell You to Hey Watch This

19 April 2010 11:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There is no question about it ... Cheech & Chong are comedy legends! The pot-smoking duo began their career as stand-up comics in the early '70s and gained attention for a string of popular comedy albums, which featured hit songs like "Basketball Jones." However, it was their feature film debut in '1978s Up In Smoke that made them icons to stoners all around the world. The two broke up in the mid '80s and with rumors of bad blood between the former friends; fans thought that they would never see they'd see the dynamic duo of dope together again. Chances started to look even slimmer in 2003 when Tommy was unjustly arrested and incarcerated for "conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia," but upon his release in 2004 rumors started to fly about the two comedians finally reuniting. In 2008, the team publicly announced that they would be reuniting for an upcoming tour, titled »

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Box Office Beat Down: How to Train Your Dragon Flies Back to the Top with $20 Million

18 April 2010 12:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

1) How to Train Your Dragon - $20 million

2) Kick-Ass - $19.7 million

3) Date Night - $17.3 million

4) Death At A Funeral - $17 million

5) Clash of the Titans - $15.7 million

6) The Last Song -$5.8 million

7) Why Did I Get Married Too? - $4.1 million

8) Hot Tub Time Machine - $3.54 million

9) Alice in Wonderland - $3.5 million

10) The Bounty Hunter - $3.2 million

There were big surprises at the box office this weekend as How to Train Your Dragon fought it's way back to the top spot on the charts after four weeks. The film, which stars Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig, debuted at number one four weeks ago and had fallen all the way back to the fourth spot before climbing it's way back to number three last week. The film added 182 theaters for a total of 3,825 and earned an average of $5,229 per theater »

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If There's A New Cheech And Chong Movie, Cheech Will Direct

13 April 2010 5:59 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After a successful string of comedy albums, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong opted to switch gears and hit the big screen. From there we got Up in Smoke, Cheech & Chong.s Next Movie, Nice Dreams and many more. A tumultuous time for the duo led to a lull in output, but with the rough times long gone, Cheech and Chong are back and powering forward with new material. While out promoting his latest film, The Perfect Game, Marin shared a surprising response when asked if he had any interest in directing. .Actually, if we do the next Cheech and Chong movie I.m going to direct that.. He added, still writing it right now. Tommy.s doing most of the writing because decided to divvy up the chores.. No, the choice to take care of certain elements solo didn.t have anything to do with leftover »

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Cheech Marin on Machete

7 April 2010 11:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Developed out of a rather unusual circumstance, the action-thriller Machete, from directors Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, started off as a trailer in the Rodriguez/Tarantino double-feature Grindhouse and, due to demand from fans, has now become a full-length film.

About a renegade former Mexican Federale (Danny Trejo) who roams the cities, towns and streets of Texas looking for work after a shakedown from a drug lord (Steven Seagal), Machete promises a high body count with a cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin, as Padre Benito del Toro.

While at the press day for Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This, due out on DVD on April 20th and for which we’ll have more on later, Cheech Marin talked a bit about his involvement with Machete.

Q: What is your body count in Machete?

Cheech: I don’t know yet. »

- Sara Wayland

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