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19 items from 2012


'Law & Order: Svu': Cast members new and old close book on 300th episode

24 October 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In the cottage industry that was "Law & Order," one show remains: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

And this alone proves procedural shows can shine. Stories make sense, writing is tight, and actors are sharp. The result is a gritty drama celebrating its 300th episode Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Though the show shoots all over New York, its home base is a cavernous studio on a Hudson River pier. Here, actors, directors and producers speak with Zap2it while shooting the milestone episode.

This plot, as expected, deals with an excruciating topic -- kidnapping. As a dad bends down to retrieve a $20 bill on a subway platform, a stranger snatches his 7-year-old son and jumps onto a departing train.

The cops are off and running, stopping at nothing until they find the perps. Three actors have starred on the show since the 1999 premiere: Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer and Dann Florek as Detectives Olivia »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Dirty Dancing': 25 Things You Didn't Know About The Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey Classic

20 August 2012 4:31 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Admit it: You've seen "Dirty Dancing" more times than you'd care to admit. You're drawn in by its blend of music, dance, nostalgia, and romance between macho-yet-tender Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and awkward-yet-brave Baby (Jennifer Grey) every time it's on TV. Which is often: it seems to have been running on endless loop since its release 25 years ago, on August 21, 1987. Still, as much as you love "Dirty Dancing," you may not realize how often the production skirted disaster, from almost not being made at all, to almost not casting Swayze, to almost cutting a key subplot to please a squeamish potential corporate sponsor, to its catastrophic test screenings that almost led the film's backers to let the film go unreleased and write it off as a bad investment. How did all that trauma lead to moviegoers having the time of their lives? Read on. 1. Writer/producer Eleanor Bergstein based the story on her own childhood. »

- Gary Susman

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'Judge Dredd': Duane Swierczynski heads Idw series - Comic-Con 2012

14 July 2012 6:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Idw Publishing has announced its Judge Dredd series' creative team at San Diego Comic-Con International. Duane Swierczynski will write the new title alongside artist Nelson Daniel. "I'd like Idw's Dredd to feel like a transgressive sci-fi black comedy police procedural - like Law & Order, if, say, Jerry Orbach were a violent inflexible fascist," Swierczynski told Comic Book Resources. "[He'll be] someone who (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Comics: Duane Swierczynski To Write New Judge Dredd Ongoing For Idw Publishing

13 July 2012 5:03 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Earlier this year, Idw Publishing revealed plans for a new Judge Dredd series. However, at the San Diego Comic-Con earlier today, they confirmed that it will be released this Novemeber with the creative team of writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Nelson Daniel. As the 2000Ad character returns to the big screen this September with Dredd (starring Karl Urban), the series will serve as an introduction of sorts to American comic book readers. "I'd like Idw's Dredd to feel like a transgressive sci-fi black comedy police procedural -- like 'Law & Order,' if, say, Jerry Orbach were a violent inflexible fascist," Swierczynski told Comic Book Resources. "Someone who readers can't help but root for, since he's up against overwhelming odds in a city gone insane." "The possibilities are exciting as hell, especially when you factor in future tech," he added when talk turned to the storytelling possibilities. "I'm finding inspiration in »

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From 'Dirty to Dancing' to 'An Affair to Remember': Vacation movies worth staying home for

12 July 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Rv" (2006): Certainly there are families who enjoy being trapped together in tight quarters and on wheels, but the Munro family is not, initially, among them. Dad (Robin Williams) has the idea for this trip, and daughter Cassie (JoJo Levesque) sets the tone with: "Mom, some idiot just parked this ugly Rv outside our house." Soon they learn just how awful their Rv is and encounter rogue raccoons and an overly friendly family, the Gornickes, played by Jeff Daniels, Kristin Chenoweth and Hunter Parrish. It's one of those films that no matter how bad your vacation is, this could make it seem like paradise.

"Dirty Dancing" (1987): The movie that made Patrick Swayze a star and made everyone who ever danced to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" try to do that lift. Swayze plays the older, slightly dangerous dance instructor Johnny Castle, with whom Dr. Houseman's (Jerry Orbach »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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5 Things You Might Not Know About John Carpenter's 'The Thing'

25 June 2012 10:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

June 25, 1982, was a good day for genre fans. Hell, that summer saw a spate of genre classics released, including "The Road Warrior," "Poltergeist," and "E.T." But June 25th in particular saw not only the release, as we discussed earlier today, of "Blade Runner," but also another legendary sci-fi picture, which like Ridley Scott's film, wasn't well-received at the time, and flopped at the box office, but went on to be enshrined in the geek hall of fame. No, it's not Barry Bostwyck vehicle "MegaForce," but John Carpenter's terrifying "The Thing," which despite the efforts of last year's poor retread/prequel, remains one of the greatest sci-fi/horrors ever made.

Technically a remake of Howard Hawks' well-loved 1951 "The Thing From Another World," which Carpenter pays tribute to in the opening moments, the new film took a very different approach, ramping up both the paranoia and the eye-popping physical effects, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Before They Were Famous: Leighton Meester in 'Law & Order'

13 June 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

For over two decades, appearing on "Law & Order" -- or one of its nearly nine thousand spinoffs -- has been a rite of passage for actors looking to make it big in television, film and theater. If you haven't ended up dead in a back alley, on the stand in front of a righteous public defender or being grilled by a tough cop while ominous chimes chung-chung in the background, well, you're probably a nobody.

But you know who is a somebody? Leighton Meester, who appeared on "Law & Order" way back in the '90s when she was just 13 years old.

These days, of course, Meester is about to appear opposite Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in the new comedy "That's My Boy," which hits theaters on June 15. And over the past few years she's turned her starring role on the hit CW drama "Gossip Girl" into a launching pad »

- Scott Harris

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Blu-ray Review: ‘80s Hits ‘Gremlins,’ ‘Dirty Dancing’ & Their Sequels

15 May 2012 2:06 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The generation raised on movies of the ’80s is now the one that buys the most Blu-rays. And so it makes sense that more and more of the films of our youth are hitting the format. Again. And again. Lionsgate has turned releasing and re-releasing “Dirty Dancing” into an art form (and would never pass up the 25th anniversary without another re-release). And Warner Bros. has finally given both “Gremlins” and “Gremlins 2” an HD polish although one wishes they had given more care and love to Joe Dante’s gems. Oh yeah, you can also now own “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” on Blu-ray if there’s anyone out there who considers that valuable information.

It may say something about the war of the sexes but I imagine more men would choose the “Gremlins” 2-pack and more women would lean toward the “Dirty Dancing” 2-film collection on the new releases shelf. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: Beauty and the Beast 3D

1 May 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Beauty And The Beast 3D

Review by LondonFilmFan

Stars (the voices of): Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers | Written by Linda Woolverton, Roger Allers | Directed by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

With the immense box office success of The Lion King‘s 3D conversion last year, it was only a matter of time before similar films followed suit. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is highly regarded as an animated classic, so who is to argue with a 3D theatrical re-release then? Well, this reviewer volunteers (may as well add “as tribute” since this unpopular opinion just might spell my end). Over twenty years after its initial release, there seems little reason for the film to be occupying cinema space again.

While the hand-drawn animation has an uneven charm, there isn’t much that holds up visually when compared with modern animation. »

- Guest

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The Films Of Sidney Lumet: A Retrospective

9 April 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been a year since Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9, 2011. Here is our retrospective on the legendary filmmaker to honor his memory. Originally published April 15, 2011.

Almost a week after the fact, we, like everyone that loves film, are still mourning the passing of the great American master Sidney Lumet, one of the true titans of cinema.

Lumet was never fancy. He never needed to be, as a master of blocking, economic camera movements and framing that empowered the emotion and or exact punctuation of a particular scene. First and foremost, as you’ve likely heard ad nauseum -- but hell, it’s true -- Lumet was a storyteller, and one that preferred his beloved New York to soundstages (though let's not romanticize it too much, he did his fair share of work on studio film sets too as most TV journeyman and early studio filmmakers did).

His directing career stretched well over 50 years, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The '80s Strike Back! Here Are Six Remakes to Look "Forward" To

6 April 2012 5:05 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It's official: every single film from the 1980s, aside from Mannequin, Krull, and Weekend at Bernie's has been remade. Here's a quick update on the final half-dozen, all of which will make you complain and whine. Even the good ones. Dirty Dancing (1987) -- A headstrong young woman discovers love and sex-tastical stuff during one nostalgic summer somewhere silly. Who Made It: The writer of It's My Turn (1980) and the director of Three Men and a Little Lady. Also Jennifer Grey and cool dudes like Jerry Orbach and Patrick Swayze. (Rip) Who's Remaking It: All we know at this point is that Lionsgate has it earmarked for July of next year, and considering how well remakes like The Karate Kid and Footloose have done, this one seems inevitable. Why? Are you...

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- Scott Weinberg

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Exclusive: Robby Benson Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D

20 January 2012 4:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Robbie Benson Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D, in theaters now

Walt Disney's 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast is back in theaters for a limited 3D release to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. Already a box office hit its first week back on screens, we now celebrate this timeless tale's second weekend out with a chat from its leading Beast, Robby Benson.

We are longtime fans of Robby, so it was a great honor to speak with the man behind the voice of Beauty and the Beast's title character, an arrogant Prince turned into a frightful monster, who must earn the love and respect of another before breaking the spell.

A voice actor since childhood, and star of such live-action classics as Ice Castles and Ode to Billy Joe, we chatted with Robby Benson about the legacy of Beauty and the Beast, his work looping Godzilla, King of the Monsters! »

- MovieWeb

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Mark Wahlberg/Contraband Surprises, Meryl Streep/The Iron Lady Strong: Box Office

14 January 2012 2:39 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ben Foster, Contraband According to Deadline.com, this four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend the North American box office could reach $165 million — or up about 4% compared to last year. Considering the disappointing returns in late 2011, a modest increase is good news indeed for the jittery Hollywood studios. Helping things out are the Mark Wahlberg crime thriller Contraband, which earned an estimated $9 million on Friday and may reach $30 million by Monday evening. Box Office Mojo was expecting the film to bring in only $18.5 million. Anyhow, if those early estimates are correct, that's a solid start for a movie that reportedly cost $25 million (not including marketing/distribution expenses). A remake of Óskar Jónasson's 2008 Icelandic hit Reykjavik-Rotterdam, Contraband was directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the original film's star-producer. In addition to Wahlberg Contraband features Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Diego Luna, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, and J.K. Simmons. Disney's 3D-ification of »

- Zac Gille

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'Beauty And The Beast' Voice Cast: Where Are They Now?

13 January 2012 12:44 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

For those of us who grew up during the "Little Mermaid," "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast" era of Disney films, the re-releasing of these childhood classics hits on some very nostalgic nerves. At least for this writer, anyway. I have very specific childhood memories tied to all of those animated classics and am looking forward to seeing "Beauty and the Beast 3D" during its limited release (which began today).

Anyway, in thinking about the magic involved in this film - the first animated movie ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar- I can't help but wonder about the talented voice actors who brought the characters to life. Where are they now? Click through to see what the actors who brought Belle, Beast and Mrs. Potts to life are up to now.

Paige O'Hara - Belle: O'Hara, a trained Broadway actress, has been working with Disney since she won the role of Belle. »

- Kara Warner

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Weekend Box Office sees Contraband, Beauty And The Beast 3D, Joyful Noise debut

12 January 2012 9:09 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Box office pits 3D Beauty and the Beast against Contraband, Joyful Noise. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, reincarnated in 3D should top the box office charts this weekend, playing in 2.625 theaters. Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers and Angela Lansbury voice the main cast of the Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise-directed film which first saw theaters back in 1991, and went on to capture two Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song. Universal Pictures' Contraband action thriller helmed by Baltasar Kormákur, finds 2,836 theaters, with a cast including Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones and Lukas Haas. Pic should take second place with relative ease over Paramount's current number one horror The Devil Inside, running in its sophomore weekend. »

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Weekend Box Office sees Contraband, Beauty And The Beast 3D, Joyful Noise debut

12 January 2012 9:09 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Box office pits 3D Beauty and the Beast against Contraband, Joyful Noise. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, reincarnated in 3D should top the box office charts this weekend, playing in 2.625 theaters. Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers and Angela Lansbury voice the main cast of the Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise-directed film which first saw theaters back in 1991, and went on to capture two Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song. Universal Pictures' Contraband action thriller helmed by Baltasar Kormákur, finds 2,836 theaters, with a cast including Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones and Lukas Haas. Pic should take second place with relative ease over Paramount's current number one horror The Devil Inside, running in its sophomore weekend. »

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Weekend Box Office sees Contraband, Beauty And The Beast 3D, Joyful Noise debut

12 January 2012 9:09 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Box office pits 3D Beauty and the Beast against Contraband, Joyful Noise. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, reincarnated in 3D should top the box office charts this weekend, playing in 2.625 theaters. Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers and Angela Lansbury voice the main cast of the Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise-directed film which first saw theaters back in 1991, and went on to capture two Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song. Universal Pictures' Contraband action thriller helmed by Baltasar Kormákur, finds 2,836 theaters, with a cast including Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones and Lukas Haas. Pic should take second place with relative ease over Paramount's current number one horror The Devil Inside, running in its sophomore weekend. »

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Be our guest and watch these clips from Beauty and the Beast

10 January 2012 11:20 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It was 21 years ago that the story of Belle (Paige O'Hara) and Beast (Robby Benson) flooded into theatres and enchanted audiences with the fairytale story of a small-town girl who, in order to save her kooky, inventor dad, ends up a captive of Beast, a prince under a spell that can only be broken by true love.

Though based on the 18th work by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Disney's instant-classic version added talking objects - a candlestick, a clock, a teapot, etc. voiced by the likes of Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury - and a fiercely independent heroine who was able to see beyond Beast's horrific outside to the loving heart that was beating within. Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, which was a major coup for an animated film, it's being brought back to theatres this weekend in 3D, allowing young parents to introduce the movie to their »

- Andrea Miller

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Tangled Ever After Clip

5 January 2012 10:49 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Pictures is set to re-release Beauty and the Beast on January 13th, bringing the classic animated tale to theaters for the first time ever in 3D. Debuting alongside this timeless romance is the all-new animated short Tangled Ever After, which finds Rapunzel and Flynn heading for the alter. We have your first look at this bit of mischief with the clip below.

Beauty and the Beast comes to theaters January 13th, 2012 and stars Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce, Rex Everhart. The film is directed by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise.

Tangled Ever After comes to theaters January 13th, 2012. »

- MovieWeb

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