20 items from 2015
Start salivating. Prepare for meat sweats. Dab uselessly at that pesky blob of ketchup on your shirt. Yes, today marks National Burger Day, 24 hours in which to celebrate that magical combo of juicy meat pattie and toasted sliced bun.
Burgers have been gracing the silver screen for decades, from quotable Tarantino scenes to deadly weapons in Jim Carrey comedies. So let's serve up eight iconic burger scenes to watch with relish. Fries with that?
1. Pulp Fiction's Big Kahuna
The undisputed king of movie burger moments, Samuel L Jackson's Jules tucks into a Big Kahuna seconds before laying his vengeance upon a quivering Frank Whaley. See also: the Royale with Cheese scene and its painfully awkward homage in John Travolta's From Paris with Love.
2. American Beauty's Mr Smiley's
Recently, CBS served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Under The Dome" episode 6 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Caged," and it turns out that we're going to see pretty intense and intriguing stuff go down as Norrie and Joe encounter a very dangerous face-off predicament. Big Jim is forced into a position where he has to manipulate Christine, and more! In the new, 6th episode press release: Big Jim Is Coerced Into Manipulating Christine For Information To Save His Own Life. Press release number 2: When Big Jim is captured by Aktaion, the dangerous private corporation that's descended on Chester's Mill to harness the Dome's energy capabilities, he is going to be forced to manipulate Christine (Marg Helgenberber) for information about her agenda. Also, when Joe and Norrie question the town's new rules, they will find themselves in a dangerous face-off with the increasingly unstable residents. »
- Andre Braddox
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Frank Whaley has signed with Gersh as a writer and director. His latest feature film Like Sunday, Like Rain, which starred Leighton Meester, Billie Joe Armstrong and Debra Messing, was released in March. Also an actor (Pulp Fiction, Swimming With Sharks, Ray Donovan), Whaley has written and directed four feature films. His first, Joe The King, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote and directed The Jimmy Show (2002) and New… »
Recently, CBS served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Under The Dome" episode 5 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Alaska," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and intense stuff go down as new info about the Dome's capabilities come to light. Christine cooks up a deadly plan, and more! The episode is called, "Alaska." In the new episode 5 press release: When Big Jim And Julia Join Forces To Discredit Christine, They Discover New Information About The Dome's Capabilities. Press release number 2: Big Jim and Julia are going to form a tentative alliance to search for proof that will discredit Christine, which will lead them to new information about the Dome's capabilities. Meanwhile, when tensions run high in town and threaten Christine's leadership, she will put a plan in play that has deadly consequences. Guest stars include: Frank Whaley (Dr. Marston »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Under The Dome" episode 4 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "The Kinship," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and dramatic stuff go down as Jim and Julia find startling things. Mind games get played by Christine, and more! In the new, 4th episode press release: Christine Plays Mind Games With The Residents Of Chester's Mill, Urging Them Towards Specific People And Projects That Remind Them Of Their Time In The Tunnels. Press release number 2: Under the guise of helping Chester's Mill rebuild, Christine (Marg Helgenberger) is going to urge the townspeople towards specific individuals and projects that remind them of their experience in the tunnels. Also, Julia and Big Jim will make shocking discoveries that reveal a new threat within the Dome. Guest stars feature: Frank Whaley (Dr. Marston), Andrew J. West »
- Andre Braddox
Lewis Black‘s latest TV role is no laughing matter.
The longtime comedian has joined the cast of Madoff, ABC’s upcoming miniseries about former stockbrocker Bernie Madoff.
Inspired by Brian Ross’ book The Madoff Chronicles, the drama will explore the rise and fall of the disgraced financier, culminating in his 150-year prison sentencing in 2009 for operating a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Black will play Ezra Merkin, who invested with Madoff and brought a number of wealthy Jewish clients into his fold. The comedian joins a cast that includes Close Encounters of the Third Kind »
Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project
Marion Cotillard is set to join Brad Pitt in an untitled project at Paramount Pictures which Robert Zemeckis is slated to direct. Steven Knight penned the period spy thriller which will be shot before Pitt gets to work on the "World War Z" sequel which Juan Antonio Bayona directs. [Source: Deadline]
Iain Glen ("Game of Thrones") has joined the cast of James Marquand's psychological thriller "Beautiful Devils" which began filming in London last week. The project is described as a contemporary music business version of "Othello". Filming began last week around areas of East London ahead of a Spring 2016 release. [Source: Variety]
Goon: Last of the Enforcers
Elisha Cuthbert has joined the cast of the upcoming sports comedy sequel "Goon: Last of the Enforcers" starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill. Filming begins June 21st in Toronto.
Scott plays hockey enforcer Doug 'the »
- Garth Franklin
The Emmy- and Tony-winning actress has joined a cast led by Richard Dreyfuss as the investment adviser-turned-felon. Frank Whaley will play Harry Markopolos, the securities industry executive who alerted the SEC of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Erin Cummings will play Madoff’s secretary, Eleanor Squillari, and Tom Lipinski will play Madoff’s eldest son, Mark.
“Madoff,” which is directed by Raymond De Felitta, is inspired by ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross’ reporting from his book “The Madoff Chronicles.” It follows the former investment adviser’s prodigious rise and very public and abrupt fall, as well as the impact it had on his family, associates and investors. Linda Berman and Joe Pichirallo are exec producing the project, which is already in production. “Madoff” is produced by Lincoln Square productions, »
- Whitney Friedlander
It’s all about the Benjamins for Blythe Danner — or so her next role would have us believe.
Starring Richard Dreyfuss as the titular former stockbroker, the drama project — which is inspired by Brian Ross’ book The Madoff Chronicles — will examine Madoff’s rise and fall, leading to his 150-year prison sentence in 2009 for operating a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
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ABC's Bernie Madoff scandal drama is filling out its cast. Blythe Danner has been tapped to co-star opposite Richard Dreyfuss in the multiple-episode drama inspired by chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross' book The Madoff Chronicles: Inside the Secret World of Bernie and Ruth, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Also joining the cast are Frank Whaley, Erin Cummings and Tom Lipinski, with Raymond De Felitta (City Island) now set to direct the drama, which is being written by Ben Robbins (The First 48). Linda Berman (Heat Wave, The Assets) and Joe Pichirallo (Hollywoodland) are on board to executive produce Madoff for ABC. The drama is
- Lesley Goldberg
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If there’s a place more dysfunctional than The O.C., Mischa Barton is about to pay it a visit.
By Alex Simon
Stress kills, goes the old saying, and can cause a host of maladies before it does. Hypertension, heart disease and even Bruxism, otherwise known as grinding of the teeth, can be its unfortunate products. In that spirit, here are ten examples of stress in on-screen, and its most masterful portraits.
Jack Lemmon took home a Best Actor Academy Award for his incendiary turn as Harry Stoner, a once-prosperous businessman who finds his carefully-tailored life crashing down around him. His garment business in downtown La is going bust, his marriage is dead in the water, and the crazy hippies who hitchhike on the Sunset Strip just don’t match his Ww II era sensibilities. When Harry decides to have his business “torched” for the insurance money, he goes on a self-destructive odyssey through early ‘70s La. His word association game with a cute »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan, Gotham) has been cast in a recurring role on the third season of CBS' summer drama series Under The Dome, from Amblin TV and CBS TV Studios. He will play Dr. Marston, a brilliant doctor and scientist with questionable motives. He will be seen next in feature The Outskirts opposite Victoria Justice and Paramount’s live action/ CG hybrid Monster Trucks. Whaley also wrote and directed indie feature Like Sunday, which was released in March. He is… »
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
Unsurprising given its laughably affected title, Like Sunday, Like Rain boasts what may be the most insufferably precocious protagonist in cinema history. Reggie (Julian Shatkin), a twelve-year-old boy genius, proclaims that art is dead, casually questions adult "mores," and composes classical music that he then practices on his cello in his Upper West Side mansion's empty indoor swimming pool. Actor-turned-writer/director Frank Whaley employs studied tracking shots and a mind-numbing piano theme to chart Reggie's quasi-romantic relationship with twentysomething Eleanor (Leighton Meester), who's hired by Reggie's cold, wealthy mom (Debra Messing) to be the kid's nanny. That job involves listening to Reggie prattle on about museum paintings and his vegan diet, al »
Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2: Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for their upcoming Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2 Blu-ray, which hits shelves on April 21st (and is available two weeks prior by ordering from Shout! Factory):
Audio Commentary With Director/Co-writer Luca Bercovici New Interviews With Executive Producer Charles Band, Composer Richard Band, Actor Michael Des Barres and Special Effects Makeup Artist John Vulich Original Theatrical Trailer
- Derek Anderson
Josh Stewart and Christopher Lloyd are starring in the supernatural revenge drama “Cold Moon” with shooting starting later this month in Louisiana, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Cold Moon” takes place in tiny Babylon, Fla., where the granddaughter of Clark’s character is murdered by a mysterious assailant, her body sunk into the black waters of the Styx River — the river where her parents disappeared from their boat a decade earlier. Suspicion falls on a duplicitous banker and his wealthy father, played by Stewart and Lloyd.
Stewart recently provided the voice of »
- Dave McNary
Well-known actor Frank Whaley has taken another step behind the camera: "Like Sunday, Like Rain" stars Leighton Meester as a young, seemingly lost woman who is hired by a busy, rich mother (Debra Messing) to care for her son. The son is played by newcomer Julian Shatkin, who is earning accolades for his breakout performance. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong also co-stars as a troubled boyfriend. The film's synopsis, courtesy of Monterey Media, reads: "Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy and all around genius Reggie, lives a solitary, bookish life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job. Fate winds her lovely fingers around these two lives to unexpectedly place the inexperienced Eleanor as the new au pair for a skeptical. »
- Casey Cipriani
20 items from 2015
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