16 items from 2011
This coming Monday sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of The King Of Fighters, a live action adaptation of the popular video game of the same name. The film stars Maggie Q, Sean Faris and Ray Park, and centres around a fighting tournament held in another dimension. As such, Thn thought it would be good clean fun to look back on some of the finest fight scenes cinema has offered us over the years…
“So you essentially turned a man into a dog.”
As a film on its own merit, Unleashed is pretty darn good. Jet Li often doesn’t seem to be given an opportunity to do anything other than beat up everyone in the room, but here, his sympathetic portrayal of childlike death machine Danny is enough to allow him to flex his acting chops (as well as beating everyone up). In amongst all the tenderheartedness are »
- Ben McCann
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Decapitations have been a horror movie staple for decades. To celebrate this fact, here’s Phil’s list of cinema’s finest choppings, loppings and beheadings…
In onscreen depictions of violence or combat, when it comes to delivering a coup de grace, nothing is quite so effective or final as a decapitation. It’s the death stroke that can illicit applause, gasps, cheers, screams, or make you feel a bit queasy, but no matter what the effect, it seems that you never have to wait too long for another one to come along in the crazy, wacky, world of on-screen carnage.
However, as this list shows, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and movie beheadings have proved endlessly inventive, a fact that explains why something as mundane and straightforward as a guillotine will find no place in this top 10. This list is an attempt to celebrate the most shocking, »
With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #89): “To Serve Man” (airdate 3/2/62) The Plot: Aliens as big as Bond villains frighten mankind when they land on Earth but quickly win over humanity with the promise of technological advancements, cures, trips, and [yelled in Oprah's voice] free cars! But are they really here to help us? The Goods: Michael Chambers (Lloyd Bochner) sits in a cell and listens as a disembodied voice encourages him to eat lunch. He’s understandably belligerent towards his captors but begins to tell his story, humanity’s story, about the day aliens landed on Earth and began to offer us the moon. Suspicion soon turns to gratitude, especially after finding a book casually dropped by one of the aliens (Richard Kiel) that they »
- Rob Hunter
Bond baddie Richard Kiel has been reduced to life in a wheelchair because his balance has been destroyed.
Kiel, 72, tells the Globe, "Little by little I started losing my auto balance. We balance with our toes without thinking and a toddler learns that through trial and error. I became like a 320-pound toddler." »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the third of a five-part feature (read parts one and two)...
“You’ve got to keep stretching out and trying other stuff,” observed actor and director Clint Eastwood. “I could have chosen a lot of scripts that were different than Bronco Billy , that were less of a challenge but it was worth trying.” The native of San Francisco, California explains, “It’s about the American Dream, and Billy’s dream that he fought so hard for. It’s all the context of this outdated Wild West show that has absolutely no chance of being a hit. But it’s sweet. It’s pure.” The subject matter resembles the work of two legendary Hollywood filmmakers. “My first thought was that Frank Capra [It’s a Wonderful Life] or Preston Sturges [Sullivan’s Travels] might have done it in their heyday. It has some values that were interesting to »
Chicago – The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show kicks off on Saturday, October 1st, and for the final time it will be hosted by Ray and Sharon Courts. The dynamic duo has been bringing this show to Chicago, which connects fans with celebrities for autographs and photos, for nearly 20 years.
The show will go on in the area, as Ray Courts told HollywoodChicago.com that he has sold the rights to the event, but this will be the last for him and his wife Sharon. They began the show in 1990, and has been bringing to Chicago since 1993. Besides the celebrity guests, a collectors market with a wide range of movie posters and memorabilia is also part of the event.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Schedule to appear this weekend, on October 1st and 2nd, is “The Fonz” himself, »
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My Voyage to Italy (Italian: Il mio viaggio in Italia), 1999.
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese embarks on a journey through Italian cinema history.
Let’s get something straight, right now. If you’re a film lover, you will quite happily soak in Scorsese’s documentary of Italian cinema for all four hours of its run-time. If you’re not much of a film lover, if you still think Transformers is the pinnacle of cinematic accomplishment, My Voyage to Italy is not for you.
You’re more than welcome to go pick up a copy and gaze lovingly on Anita Ekberg’s glorious...achievements, but let me stress that run-time for you again: this documentary is four hours long. If the prospect of Martin Scorsese talking, or reading subtitles, or not witnessing explosions frightens you, take a step back.
If you haven’t been scared off by that introduction, »
The latest issue of the British James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping and is available exclusively from the MI6 web site. The issue features the usual eclectic mix of subject matters pertaining to the world of 007 including the publication of very rare behind the scenes photos taken on the set of From Russia With Love.
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“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.” – The Twilight Zone first season opening narration
William Shatner in “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”
Artist Cortland Hull is the ultimate Monster Kid. Growing up obsessed with classic movie monsters, he was lucky enough to actually be related to one. Henry Hull, who portrayed Hollywood’s first werewolf in Werewolf Of London in 1935, was Cortland’s great uncle. Cortland grew up to be a filmmaker, artist and sculptor who has specialized in the monsters. He has created elaborately detailed life-size sculptures of Frankenstein, »
- Tom Stockman
Sideshow Collectibles, long known for their generosity and social conscience, are stepping up their giving this year with a very special charity auction benefiting 5 terminally ill kids through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Bidders will be able to view for some long sold out, highly sought after collectibles and artists proofs like the Witch King of Angmar statue artist proof , Dr. Doom Premium Format Exclusive artist proof and a Darth Talon Premium Format color variant prototype. Some of this stuff is even signed by the likes of Richard Kiel, Orlando Bloom and Ron Perlman. Check out the complete list here You can read more about the kids and event at their page. Bookmark it folks Besides people offering the chance to participate in the auction, »
Tangled, Disney's 50th animated movie, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 29. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment recently held another online virtual roundtable event with co-directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, who talked about their experience working on this animated movie, the new home video titles and much more. Take a look at what they had to say below.
Did you meet each other while working on Mulan?
Byron Howard: Nathan and I knew of each other while we were working at the Florida studios. Nathan went through his training internship a year or so after me, but we really became friends during the production of Bolt. Nathan was our head of story on that project and I was one of the directors. At the end of Bolt, »
Chicago – In our latest Blu-ray/DVD combo pack edition of the HollywoodChicago.com Hookup, we have 5 Blu-ray and DVD combo packs up for grabs to “Tangled” with Mandy Moore! This combo pack will be released on March 29, 2011 from Walt Disney Studios.
The acclaimed Disney film “Tangled” also stars Zachary Levi, Ron Perlman, Donna Murphy, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Paul F. Tompkins, Richard Kiel and Delaney Rose Stein from directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard and writers Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm.
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In last week's poll we asked you to tell us who your favourite James Bond villain is, and despite the fact that Alec Trevelyan got out to an early lead, it was Jaws who ended up storming back to win the poll by a fairly large margin. It probably helps that ol' Metal Mouth appeared in not one but two Bond flicks, although I am guessing it is Richard Kiel's physical presence that actually made him so damn memorable. Goldfinger came in at number two, while Spectre head honcho Ernst Stavro Blofeld was a close third. Trevelyan and Le Chiffre rounded out the top 5, while the sole female on the list, poor Rosa Klebb, wound up in dead last. Are you satisfied with these results? 1. Jaws (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker) -- 22.5% 2. Auric Goldfinger (Goldfinger) -- 14% 3. Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Multiple Films) -- 13% 4. Alec Trevelyan (Goldeneye) -- 12.6% 5. Le Chiffre »
Disney 50th animated feature, Tangled, finally arrives in UK cinemas. And a treat awaits, reckons Simon...
Disney Animation has, these past few years, found itself in an odd place. In the shadow of Pixar, and with DreamWorks looking to seize the mainstream middle ground, it's found it hard to find an identity of its own. For where does it fit in?
Films such as Chicken Little and Bolt had tried, to differing levels of success, to find a role for the studio in the midst of one of the most golden of golden eras for animation, but Disney has nonetheless struggled to get a foothold.
But perhaps that's changing. Enchanted offered the first clues as to where Disney excelled, channelling the guts of a fairy story setup into something both timeless and modern, while The Princess And The Frog and, to an extent, Meet The Robinsons, built on that.
Tangled is the 50th Walt Disney Pictures feature-length animated movie. It all started with the fantastic Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs all of the way back in 1937, and now nearly 75 years on, the studio are still making movies… still on top… still industry leading. Through the years we have witnessed the tales of Robin Hood, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast and many more brought to the screen, as well as some original tales including The Little Mermaid and The Lion King to screens. Oscars have been won, Princesses have been crowned, frogs have been turned into Princes, little fluffy animals have met their maker and billions of dollars at the box-office have been made.
It’s classic Disney stuff. A princess is born with mystical, magical powers »
- Paul Heath
16 items from 2011
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