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When mixing black and white movie characters as either friends or foes on the big screen should not produce any gray areas at all. Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.
Sure, in many ways it is an overused cliched in the movies to produce racial tandems for the sake of the entertainment to allow the creative juices to overflow. In Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems we will take a look at various “salt and pepper” teams as they come together in the name of law and justice, hostile necessity, friendly frivolity or professional attachment to bring movie audiences a sense of adventure and curiosity in the name of comedic or dramatic license. Maybe you have your favorite cultural »
- Frank Ochieng
Every woman I know who is even slightly skinny-disabled adores Melissa McCarthy, and why not? She comes off as warm, joyful, and totally comfortable with her poundage in all of her print and TV interviews. Off-screen she’s a role model and an inspiration. And on-screen, she has perfect comic timing, a puppy dog’s smile that emerges now and then from her gruffest characters, plus a huge dose of self-respect. Hollywood probably hasn’t had a box office star like her since Marie Dressler in the Thirties, one who has so upended what a star should be. McCarthy might just be the anti-Julia Roberts.
Now first the good news: In the trailer for the forthcoming October release St. Vincent, which stars Bill Murray, we see glimpses of McCarthy playing a genuine human being. Yes, there’s much more to Melissa than a few bravura comic performances and a »
- Brandon Judell
Regan MacNeil, Father Lankester Merrin, Lieutenant William F. Kinderman: in The Exorcist film series, these and other characters encountered demons in varying ways, and soon you can experience each one’s trial by fire with the upcoming release of all six films in The Exorcist series on Blu-ray.
With a street date of September 23rd, Warner Bros. is spreading the high-definition treatment across The Exorcist series like never before. The 6-disc anthology Blu-ray will be listed at about $36.00, with each of the available individual Blu-ray releases set to sell for around $17.00.
While the original film, directed by William Friedkin and based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, had previously been released on Blu-ray in both its original and extended editions, the sequels have never received this type of high-definition upgrade. It should be noted that both director Renny Harlin’s (Exorcist: The Beginning) and Paul Schrader’s (Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist »
- Derek Anderson
Action star Jackie Chan is already slated to lead a new film called Skiptrace that feels like a throwback to the 90s with Seann William Scott co-starring and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin at the helm. Now he's found another odd project, and a pair of somewhat struggling actors have come aboard the film as well. Dragon Blade is a historical epic that is currently in production, heading to Dunhuang and the Gobi Desert for their next location and THR has the news straight from Chan himself at the Shanghai Film Festival that Adrien Brody and John Cusack will also star in the film that is directed by Daniel Lee. The film is inspired by a missing legion of Roman soldiers that traveled into China in 48 Bce and finds Chan playing the Commander of the Protectorate of the Western Regions who teams up with Lucius (Cusack), a Roman general »
- Ethan Anderton
We’re all eagerly awaiting Brett Ratner’s Hercules movie, which is due to land next month. After the terrible Kellan Lutz/ Renny Harlin version that hit cinemas earlier on this year, we’re all hoping for something a tiny bit better. Ratner’s version does have the added asset of a new leading man in the form of man-mountain Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, so he is kind of already ahead.
Anyway, Paramount and MGM have just dropped the new UK poster for Hercules, which is heading our way on July 25th. Check it out below.
Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ film Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25. Based on Radical Comics’ ‘Hercules,’ this ensemble-action film, featuring an international cast, is a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist. Hercules also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt. »
- Paul Heath
*Author’s Note: With this 3rd and final article on whether it’s time to say goodbye to the Halloween, Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street franchises, the subject at hand is everybody’s favorite dream stalker, Freddy Krueger. Going on nine films having to do with Krueger, this editorial article takes you fans (and myself) through the Anoes series, and asks if you fans think that Freddy has anymore dreams to haunt. Read on!
Ending this short series of articles is somewhat bittersweet, as it’s been very nostalgic to look back throughout the films that I have spent so many hours of my life watching, enjoying, and now, dissecting. It’s helped me pinpoint where the Halloween series began to frustrate me, and where the Friday The 13th series began to make me downright upset. With the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise though, things »
- Jerry Smith
Author’s Note: Dedicated to my editor, Jerry Smith. A fellow sufferer of Selachophobia and all around Thalassophobe. This one is for you.
The Reef presents quite the conundrum when contemplating how much praise to heep upon it. Here we have what is essentially an Open Water ripoff (or send up or homage, you choose) by Australian director / screenwriter Andrew Traucki. Traucki is the man responsible for 2007′s Black Water (and the upcoming The Jungle), itself inspired by Open Water. Concluding, The Reef rips off Open Water and its own director’s Black Water, itself a ripoff of Open Water (of which all three films are allegedly based on true stories). Still with me? Hence the conundrum. Do I reward a film with considerable amounts of accolades when it so blatantly cannibalizes another film, not to mention the same director’s previous film? Well as it turns out, when the »
- Justin Lafleur
The brand new trailer for the Brett Ratner helmed swords-and-sandals affair Hercules has just landed online. I really could not be less excited about this, but as long as it’s better than that Renny Harlin garbage that we were ‘treated’ to earlier on this year then we’ll be relatively okay. Dwayne Johnson shunts aside Kellan Lutz to play the son of Zeus in the mega-budgeted epic, which arrives in cinemas on the 25th July (Us and UK).
Watch the new trailer below.
Source: YouTube »
- Paul Heath
The second Hercules movie of the year (after Renny Harlin’s “The Legend of Hercules”), this one stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the half-man/half-god of Greek mythology. While the film has star power behind it, I’m not sure how audiences will take to this version of Hercules. One thing is for sure, that it will be action-packed!! Paramount Pictures and MGM released a new trailer and new poster for the upcoming release. Having completed his legendary twelve labors, Hercules (Johnson), the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. The new movie stars [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Now that we’ve had some time to forget about Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules, Paramount Pictures has dropped a new trailer and poster for its own fantasy epic Hercules, which sees Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) directing Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain) as the mythological hero….
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. This story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules. »
- Gary Collinson
Though Sylvester Stallone hasn’t been doing too hot at the box office lately (his last stand-alone, 2013′s Bullet to the Head, made a pathetic $4,458,201 in its opening weekend and never even came close to recouping its budget), no one can deny that some of his movies rank among the finest and most iconic action flicks of all time. In particular, his rock-climbing thriller Cliffhanger is rightly thought of as an action classic. And though Sly himself may be sliding, Cliffhanger is ready for a new lease on life, with news that the film is getting the reboot treatment.
Deadline reports that Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz is pushing for a remake of Cliffhanger over at StudioCanal and has in fact already locked in a writer. Joe Gazzam got the gig after making a pitch to Moritz and StudioCanal about his ideas for breathing new life into the action classic. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sylvester Stallone's wonderfully terrible 1993 action thriller Cliffhanger is getting the remake treatment. It's kind of been gestating for awhile with producer Neal Moritz and Studio Canal, but they are ready to actually move it into production. They’ve hired Joe Gazzam to write the screenplay after he pitched his take on the movie. They obviously liked the direction he wanted to take the story.
The original Renny Harlin-directed mountain climbing film focused on a traumatized mountain climber, who is forced back into an expedition after a plane crash leaves a lot of stolen cash and bad guys scattered across the Rocky Mountains.
I haven't seen the original movie in years, but I do remember when I first saw it, and how laughably bad it was. I'm sure it's even worse after all these years. I seriously can't believe someone wanted to remake this movie. It looks like the »
- Joey Paur
The early 1990s produced a plethora of great action movies, and two more of them are getting the reboot treatment. First up is Cliffhanger (1993), which features one of the all-time most awesome and frightening opening scenes -- remember the inexperienced lady mountain climber, who is left hanging by a glove as Sylvester Stallone makes a desperate attempt to rescue her? (The next sequence, featuring a shocking theft at 30,000 feet and a plane-to-plane transfer, is pretty incredible, too.) The balance of the movie follows the traumatized Stallone as he is pressed back into service by a deadly gang of thieves, led by a ruthless John Lithgow, in order to locate millions of dollars in cash in the Rocky Mountains. It's a nasty, jam-packed action movie directed by Renny Harlin and...
- Peter Martin
Yesterday, Deadline broke the news that Renny Harlin‘s 1993 minor classic, Cliffhanger, would be getting the reboot/remake/reimagining treatment, and while it’s not surprising that the Sylvester Stallone-starring mayhem on the mountain thriller is getting a new take, it is disheartening. Remakes in general tend to feel tired, but the apparent process that went into rebooting the film sounds straight up depressing — the outlet reports that newbie screenwriter Joe Gazzam, who will pen this new feature, snagged the gig when he “was among a group of screenwriters who pitched their take on a movie that still holds up as a guilty pleasure.” You read that correctly. At some point during the last few months, a group of Hollywood screenwriters (most likely up-and-comers like Gazzam, who at least has some original scripts in the tank) was tasked with thinking up ways to reboot Cliffhanger, and Gazzam turned in the best one. (Of »
- Kate Erbland
StudioCanal and producer Neal Moritz (I Am Legend, Fast Five, 21 Jump Street) have teamed to remake Sylvester Stalone's 1993 "Cliffhanger" thriller, which revolved around a traumatized mountain climber forced back into an expedition after a plane crash leaves a lot of stolen cash and bad guys on the Rocky Mountains. Many writers pitched ideas for the remake, but in the end, Joe Gazzam's version was the one that Moritz liked. As a result, Gazzam is now working on the script. A director has yet to be hired. "Cliffhanger" cost $70 million to make and grossed $255 million worldwide. It was the film that resurrected Stallone's career after several box office bombs and a bad reputation for being difficult on set. In fact, the actor begged director Renny Harlin for the job. Harlin eventually gave it to him, but only after Stallone agreed to listen to him all the time and get him coffee when he wants it. »
After meeting with a number of screenwriters who pitched their take on a new interpretation, it was relative unknown Joe Gazzam who was picked to write the screenplay.
Sony will likely distribute the movie, despite the fact that they have a far more interesting sounding mountain climbing project already in the works. Everest will be directed by Doug Liman, with Tom Hardy attached to play Sir Edward Mallory, the British mountaineer who tried to be first to summit the world’s highest mountain.
That’s not the only movie called Everest in the works, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes all starring in the Baltasar Kormakur helmed film about a disastrous attempt to summit »
- Josh Wilding
In the original Stallone played traumatized mountain climber forced back into an expedition after a failed mid-flight heist leaves three cases of stolen money and a group of crooks (led by John Lithgow) stranded in the Rocky Mountains.
TriStar distributed the original and Moritz's Original Pictures is based at Sony Pictures which will likely get first option. Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
First announced at Cannes five years ago, it's taken producer Neal Moritz until now to find the first screenwriter for his Cliffhanger remake. You can all screw up your application forms, however, because the vacancy has been filled. Sculpting a new take on the '90s Sylvester Stallone classic will be hotly-tipped newbie Joe Gazzam.Renny Harlin's original Cliffhanger proved that the Die Hard formula needn’t necessarily be restricted to claustrophobic indoor settings, plonking mountain-rescue boy Stallone on the side of a snowy peak. Sly's Gabe Walker was reluctantly trying to foil John Lithgow’s plan to recover $100m stolen from the Us treasury and deposited in the Rockies after a mid-air transfer went somewhat awry. There were deaths by gun, gravity, drowning and stalactite. And it wasn't all snow: there were caves too. As a bonus, Lithgow played the villainous ex-us Military Intelligence officer Qualen with a hilariously plummy British accent. »
Cliffhanger – the 1993 action/mountain-climbing film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone – was easily one of the more successful Die Hard-esque films ever made (in this case, Die Hard on a mountain). It was generally well-received and made over four times its budget at the box office.
But it was also a fairly self-contained film. After all, it’s one thing to have a reckless cop like John McClane constantly getting into international incidents involving terrorists or thieves posing as terrorists, but how does one contrive such a sequel featuring a guy who rock climbs for a living? And while a reboot has been in the works for quite some time, we haven’t heard much about it ...
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- Ben Moore
Ah, we thought this one had died a death. It's been three or four years since news first landed that a reboot of Cliffhanger was on the way. The original 1993 movie proved to be a comeback hit for Sylvester Stallone, with Renny Harlin directing, and for a while there were plans for a sequel to it.
Those plans never materialised, and back in 2009 producer Neal Moritz - the founder of the firm Original Film, overseeing remakes of Total Recall and 21 Jump Street - was said to be overseeing a reboot instead. That reboot would focus on younger climbers going up big mountains.
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