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12 items from 2016


Class of 1986: Six Horror & Sci-Fi Movies Released in 1986 That Deserve More Love

10 July 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When it comes to horror and sci-fi movies from 1986, there are several milestone titles that always come to mind first: Aliens, The Fly, Blue Velvet, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Manhunter, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, or even Psycho III, just to name a few. But like any great year of cinema, there are always a few underrated gems that get overshadowed along the way and should receive a little extra love. Here are six films from 1986 that I think deserve to be on every genre fan’s radar:

F/X: A movie about a special effects artist who gets mixed up in a government conspiracy, at a time when practical effects were in their heyday? Yes, please. F/X isn’t a film I hear a ton of folks talk about, but it has been on cable a lot lately, which means I’ve spent a few nights revisiting it, »

- Heather Wixson

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Get Hard Director Lends New Lease Of Life To The Cannonball Run Remake

16 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Get Hard director Etan Cohen will direct the long-gestating The Cannonball Run remake, according to Deadline.

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights for the property, citing that the new interpretation isn’t being viewed as an out-and-out remake; rather, Warner is hoping to relaunch the “Cannonball sea to shining sea memorial trophy race” that played out across the 80s comedy flick and its two sequels, Cannonball Run 2 and Speed ZoneBurt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise were just some of the stars that featured across the cult comedy series.

Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3) will take point to write and direct the modern rendition of The Cannonball Run, flanked by Andre Morgan, Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and Jesse Ehrman who are attached to produce.

Indeed, this isn’t the first time that a potential do-over of The Cannonball Run has flirted »

- Michael Briers

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'Cannonball Run' Reboot Once Again In The Works

16 March 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Warner Bros. has been quietly revving up the engines to get a "Cannonball Run" remake/reboot off the ground for a while now. Back in the day, General Motors was apparently willing to lend a vehicular hand with the project, and directors like Guy Ritchie and Shawn Levy were kicking the tires. Nothing happened and the project seemingly ran out of gas, but how things are humming along again. Read More: Review: 'Men In Black 3' Is A Surprisingly Decent Return To Form For The Flagging Franchise  Deadline reports that the studio are now turning to Etan Cohen to write and direct the redo of the comedy flick your dad loves starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Dean Martin and a million other actors and actresses. Cohen is the writer behind "Tropic Thunder," "Idiocracy" and "Men In Black 3" who made his directorial debut last year with »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannonball Run remake coming from Etan Cohen

16 March 2016 12:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hollywood is setting out some remake plans, this time for a classic Burt Reynolds film in The Cannonball Run. Warner Bros. are behind the film, which will be directed by Tropic Thunder writer Etan J. Cohen.

The original was a 1980s action comedy about a cross-country illegal car race, that featured an ensemble cast, including Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Dom DeLuise. We’re guessing that Cohen and co. will planning something similar for the new version, which is in the early stages of development at the studio. Deadline, who got the scoop refer to the remake as simply ‘Cannonball’. We hope that a stolen ambulance and a crazy doctor is involved somewhere.

Cohen is also behind the superb Idiocracy and the third Men In Black movie.

More as we get it. Here’s the trailer for the original.

The post Cannonball Run remake coming »

- Paul Heath

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Etan Cohen To Helm "Cannonball" Remake

15 March 2016 9:45 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the film rights to the "Cannonball Run" franchise and have set "Tropic Thunder" and "Get Hard" scribe Etan J. Cohen to write and direct a new film in the series.

The studio is deliberately saying this is Not a remake or a reboot, but rather a "relaunch" of the series which began in 1981 and ran for three films with the last in 1989, all three were helmed by Hal Needham but released by different studios - Fox, Warners and Orion respectively.

Both the old and the new film follow a variety of eccentric competitors who participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race where they will do anything to win including low-down, dirty tricks.

The original three films boasted impressive names including Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Frank Sinatra, John Candy, Farrah Fawcett, Brooke Shields, Peter Fonda, Jackie Chan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley MacLaine, »

- Garth Franklin

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Etan Cohen to Write and Direct a Remake of 'Cannonball Run'

15 March 2016 6:17 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Writer/director Etan Cohen has been hired by Warner Brothers to write and direct a remake of Cannonball Run.

The original film and its sequel were directed by legendary stuntman Hal Needham and depicted an "illegal cross-country race where the participants were not above playing dirty tricks on one another."

WB bought the rights to Cannonball Run, as well as all sequels and remakes, from Brock Yates, the Hal Needham Estate and Fortune Star Ltd.

The original films were loaded with big celebrities from the 80s including, but not limited to, Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Dom DeLuise

Who would you like see in the remake?

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Source: Deadline »

- Philip Sticco

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'Cannonball Run' Remake Moves Forward with 'Get Hard' Director

15 March 2016 5:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After several years in development, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward on a new incarnation of The Cannonball Run. Deadline reports that the studio has secured the rights to the original 1981 classic, hiring Etan Cohen to write the script and direct. This report claims the studio doesn't consider this project a "remake," but rather a "relaunch" of the franchise.

Back in 2011, we reported that Warner Bros. was in discussions to team up with auto manufacturer General Motors for a Cannonball Run remake. At that time, the studio was eyeing directors such as Guy Ritchie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). It seemed that deal never went through, but now the studio has acquired the sequel and remake rights from the copyright holders, original The Cannonball Run writer Brock Yates, the estate of director Hal Needham and Fortune Star Ltd.

The Cannonball Run starred Burt Reynolds, »

- MovieWeb

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Etan Cohen to Direct ‘Cannonball Run’ Reboot for Warner Bros.

15 March 2016 4:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Get Hard” director Etan Cohen has been set to write and direct a remake of “The Cannonball Run” for Warner Bros., sources confirmed to Variety.

The studio recently acquired rights to the film, with Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer producing. The original franchise, revolving around an illegal cross country race where participants did whatever it took to win, starred Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise.

WB acquired all sequel and remake rights to the franchise from original copyright owners Brock Yates, the Hal Needham Estate and Fortune Star Ltd. Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow are the exec producers.

Jesse Ehrman and Julia Spiro overseeing for Warner Bros.

Cohen broke onto the scene after co-writing the box office hit “Tropic Thunder” with Justin Theroux and has since penned “Men in Black 3” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” He most recently wrote and directed “Get Hard, »

- Justin Kroll

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Posterized: Hello, her name is... Sally Field

11 March 2016 8:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

M'lynn. Gidget. Norma Rae. The Flying Nun. Sybil. Edna Spalding. Mary Todd Lincoln. Mrs Gump. We know her by many names but the one we'll always love best is "Sally Field," perfectly stage-name appropriate for instant recall and audience adoration... and also her real name since birth. 

Though she's been famous for literally half a century (!) she hasn't always been properly appreciated... a common fate for stars whose work looks effortless and who excel in "light" genres like dramedies and romantic comedies. But we like her. We really really like her. Don't you?

Her biggest hits: Forrest Gump, Mrs Doubtfire, Hooper, Lincoln, Steel Magnolias, and literally every film she made with Burt Reynolds from 1977-1980 -- audiences couldn't get enough of them together back then. Most frequent co-stars: Burt Reynolds (4), Jeff Bridges, Michael Caine, Dom de Luise, Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, and Tommy Lee Jones (2). Awards haul: 3 Emmys, 2 Oscars, 1 SAG, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Mel Brooks Talks "Spaceballs 2"

25 February 2016 10:24 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

When writer/director Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" comedy spoof of "Star Wars" was first released in 1987, fans of the 'space opera' genre were delighted with the film, but most reviewers at the time dismissed the film as lame 'shtick', thinking the whole "Star Wars" 'thing' had run its course and best left forgotten. But the fans were right, the film was successful and now Brooks wants to mount a "Spaceballs" sequel:

Brooks was quoted on Adam Carolla's "Take a Knee" podcast, that he would love the original "Spaceballs" cast members to return for a sequel, with filming to start after the release of Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". 

Unfortunately the original "Spaceballs" film has seen many of the main cast pass away, including John Candy as 'Barf'...

... Joan Rivers as 'Dot Matrix', Dom DeLuise as 'Pizza The Hut'...

...and Phil Hartman as 'Dink'.

But Brooks himself »

- Michael Stevens

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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

11 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk »

- Movie Geeks

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Kino Lorber to Release Gene Wilder’s Haunted Honeymoon on Blu-ray & DVD

9 February 2016 4:14 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of Gene Wilder are in for a treat, as Kino Lorber recently announced that they will release 1986's Haunted Honeymoon on Blu-ray and DVD with a new HD master.

According to Blu-ray.com, Kino Lorber's Haunted Honeymoon Blu-ray and DVD release is scheduled for sometime later this year. The bonus features and cover art have not been revealed yet, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

Co-written and directed by Gene Wilder, Haunted Honeymoon stars Wilder, Dom DeLuise, Gilda Radner, Jonathan Pryce, and Bryan Pringle.

Synopsis (from Blu-ray.com): "At the mansion of his Great Aunt Kate (DeLuise), Larry Abbot (Wilder) is undergoing a psychological procedure designed to rid him of his irrational phobias... by frightening them right out of him! But the jolts and frights may turn out to be the least of his problems when Great Kate names him her sole heir. »

- Derek Anderson

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