5 items from 2014
Odd List Ryan Lambie 17 Mar 2014 - 06:02
In his blockbuster movies, Tom Cruise likes to ride motorcycles and run with his fingers outstretched. Jean-Claude Van Damme likes to wear tight lycra and do the splits a lot. Arnold Schwarzenegger likes to make that sort of guttural "graargh" noise when he gets into fights.
Sylvester Stallone, on the other hand, has his own set of interests and habits. He likes to fire machine guns one-handed, scream while flying helicopters, and making a "hurgh!" noise when he does something athletic. Also, he has a tendency to star in films that involve prisons.
Now, admittedly, Stallone's appeared in lots of films where there's no sign of jail cells, sadistic prison wardens or metal trays with hideous food piled up on them. But then again, he has appeared in these. »
The 2013 Academy Awards telecast was a mess, but it was an understandable mess. Seth MacFarlane was going to do Seth MacFarlane things, regardless of whether they were appropriate to the setting. And the show featured multiple tributes to the 10th anniversary of "Chicago" because the Oscar-cast was being led by "Chicago" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — and, as we were reminded of by the end of Matthew McConaughey's speech tonight, people in Hollywood like to pat themselves on the back when an opportunity presents itself. Zadan and Meron were back as producers of the 2014 Oscar-cast, but the ways in which this year's show went so badly awry, so often — beyond the usual bloat and predictability of any Oscar show in this century — were harder to see coming. In lieu of an 11th anniversary "Chicago" tribute — or a random ode to the Zadan and Meron-produced "Smash" — we got a theme of "Heroes In Hollywood, »
- Alan Sepinwall
'Tis the season to gear up for the Academy Awards. And what better way to look back on Oscar history than to relish in the most creepy and crazy moments from years past.
From Roberto Benigni dancing on chairs to Anna Paquin's deadpan silence, or Adrien Brody's passionate unplanned kiss with Halle Berry to Jack Palance's one-arm pushups, we can only hope that this years Oscar winners will do something equally exciting.
Check out the madness in the video above, and let us know what you think is the craziest and/or creepiest moment. R.I.P. Angelina Jolie's borderline incestuous commentary on her brother. »
- Moviefone Staff
On Her Majesty's Secret Service might be the sixth instalment in Eon's James Bond series, but for a long time it had the feel of one of the franchise's rogue entries Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. Two years after Sean Connery signed off his initial 007 run with You Only Live Twice, producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman undertook an exhaustive casting search with director Peter Hunt to find a replacement. They believed, rightly, that the role of James Bond was bigger than anyone who played him, and in 1968 George Lazenby - an Australian model with no prior acting experience - was unveiled as the new James Bond at the Dorchester Hotel.
Lazenby, of course, would only play Bond once and Ohmss's failure to set the box office alight meant »
Not since City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold has a movie title made legends seem as unattractive as the one in Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas. Yeah, Age of Uprising by itself is a pretty bad title. There have been a lot of uprisings. You can’t really pin them on any particular age. Adding on that The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas subtitle sure doesn’t make things any better, though.
But hey, whereas the legendary City Slickers sequel had the rugged-as-hell Jack Palance, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas has the even-ruggeder looking Mads Mikkelsen. Also: I could not be more surprised that spell check did not put a red squiggly underline under the word “ruggeder,” but the English language is magical like that.
You might recognize Mikkelsen from his role as Hannibal in the TV show of the same name. »
- Jeremy Clymer
5 items from 2014
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