11 items from 2013
by Ryan Rigley
Joss Whedon's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." may be the latest live-action Marvel TV series to sweep the nation, but it is by no means the first. In the late '70's, families would gather around their televisions every Friday night at 9 P.M. to watch a show featuring everyone's favorite not-so-jolly green giant. Starring the likes of Bill Bixby (as Dr. David Banner) and Lou Ferrigno (as the Hulk), "The Incredible Hulk" has garnered a loyal following of fans throughout the years.
In fact, "The Incredible Hulk" was so successful that recently there has been talk of a re-imagined take on the series, helmed by the great Guillermo del Toro. However, with promotion for "Pacific Rim" now underway and huge films such as "Pinocchio" and "Justice League Dark" currently on his plate, it doesn't seem like del Toro will be getting to this passion project anytime soon. »
- Splash Page Team
There aren’t a lot of modern indie movies that feature women in lead roles kicking ass. I mean, there are a handful of major Hollywood films out there — “Haywire,” the “Underworld” franchise, and most movies starring Maggie Q or Milla Jovovich immediately spring to mind — but young girls who are into action flicks currently don’t have a lot of female heroes at their disposal. When you look at the indie film scene, the well is practically dry. And while there are some women kicking copious amounts of ass in independent cinema, they are truly few and far between. In my humble opinion, that’s a damn shame. One lady who’s out there doing her thing is Tara Cardinal. She gets a lot of press here at Beyond Hollywood, and that’s all because she’s trying to make things happen. In addition to teaming up with Lou Ferrigno »
- Todd Rigney
Following our interview with Dale Lloyd of Viva VHS, Tom Jolliffe looks back at his VHS memories...
Growing up in the 80s, smack back in the birth and rise of video brings back a lot of great memories. Something about video covers just had more impact than DVD covers later would. It was the days of really great hand drawn posters, the likes of Star Wars and Blade Runner, for example.
The rise of the video market saw a mass explosion of films of all budget ranges. But unlike many of today's films which skip theatres, you’d often get a lot of effort put into making a really standout cover. Nowadays there are a lot of sub-standard Photoshop botch jobs that seem to qualify for covers. Back in the video boom however, a cover really had to sell a movie. Everyone in the business, at whatever budget level, just »
- Flickering Myth
Fans of Italian horror and sci-fi will no doubt recognize the name of director Luigi Cozzi, a genre journeyman who dabbled in just about everything and clearly had fun doing it – including flamboyant space opera like the amazingly bizarre Starcrash, starring the spectacular Caroline Munro and David Hasselhoff shooting laser beams out of his eyes; matinee fantasies like Hercules, with original Hulk Lou Ferrigno battling stop-motion robots; and the splattery Alien cash-in Contamination, which climaxed with a giant one-eyed vacuum cleaner popping off a guy's head. Cozzi is also a long-time colleague of horror legend Dario Argento; he has directed multiple documentaries about Argento's films, and runs the shop Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) in Rome, which was founded by Argento in 1989 and features a museum of props from the director's classics. Like his friend and mentor, Cozzi also ventured into the giallo domain, with the 1975 thriller The Killer Must Kill Again. »
- Gregory Burkart
Top 10 Luke Savage 18 Mar 2013 - 06:30
Better known for his brawn than his acting chops, Arnie has still turned in some great performances over the years, as Luke reminds us...
So The Last Stand hasn’t quite re-affirmed Arnold Schwarzenegger as supreme ruler of the box office. At the time of writing, its worldwide box office takings are a little over $33m. That’s someway short of its reputed $45m budget, and even less than Schwarzenegger’s rumoured $29.25m salary for Terminator 3. To be fair, it was never really going to propel him back to his blockbuster days of old. Especially when his co-star is Johnny Knoxville.
And to be fairer, it’s actually a much better film than those numbers would suggest. Surprisingly violent, funny in places, hilariously clichéd in others. But it’s not a great Arnie film. And it’s not a great Arnie performance. Too much emoting, »
The film follows the world’s top seven bodybuilders as they compete to bring home the coveted “Mr. Olympia” title. Vlad Yudin is directing and co-producing the film with partner Edwin Mejia for Vladar Co., and in partnership with American Media Inc.
According to THR, this film “explores the widely misunderstood world of bodybuilding.”
Yudin wanted to make a film about body building because he felt there hadn’t been an in-depth account of the sport in a long time.
“There hasn’t been a film dedicated to an in-depth and honest look at the sport of bodybuilding since Pumping Iron, »
- Laura Frances
A brief, but very interesting, behind-the-scenes featurette on Industrial Light and Magic (Ilm), the visual effects studio founded by George Lucas in the 1970s, has been uploaded onto YouTube by The Grantland Network.
Ruffalo's performance as Hulk was praised upon the film's release, as was Joss Whedon's writing of the character. What might have gone unnoticed at the time, however, is that Ruffalo was the first actor to portray Big Green with performance capture. Both Eric Bana ("you won't like me when I'm Ang Lee") and Edward Norton's Hulks were both constructed entirely from CGI.
- Chris Villeneuve
Phoenix -- The self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" is joining forces this weekend with action movie star Steven Seagal to train volunteer armed posse members to defend Phoenix-area schools against gunmen.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced the controversial plan in the wake of the December Newtown, Conn., school shooting that left 27 people dead, including the gunman and 20 first-graders.
The exercise is planned for Saturday at a closed school site in suburban Fountain Hills outside Phoenix where sheriff's Swat members will act as shooters and 25 teenagers will play the part of students during mock scenarios involving up to three gunmen.
Seagal, best known for his roles in movies such as "Above the Law" and "Under Siege," will lead training on hand-to-hand defense tactics, among other techniques, drawing from his expertise in martial arts, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Arpaio's office didn't respond to requests for comment Friday, and Seagal »
Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger action director Renny Harlin is making his long-awaited return to big-budget filmmaking with the just-announced Hercules 3D, and the Finnish filmmaker reveals to Et that his mythological hero will not be a "hulking mass of muscles," but rather a "real man who's struggling with being a demi-god" in a film that more closely resembles Ridley Scott's Gladiator.
Pics: Stars on the Set!
In the past, muscle-bound stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Steve Reeves portrayed the classic hero, the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene who is famous for his super strength and Twelve Labors, including slaying the nine-headed hydra and capturing the three-headed dog Ceberus. But Harlin says that his star will be of a more modest physique.
"I'm looking for a great actor to be the lead, and obviously he needs to be in good physical shape, but the size of the muscles and the size »
The Golden Globes are Sunday. Yay? Oh, wait, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting. Ahem: Yay. So before the Oscar nominations take over my life and force me to forget The Golden Globes ever existed, let's line up 10 of this year's male acting nominees in the film categories and rank their single hottest moments in film. You'll notice the battle between #1 and #2 is one for the history books.
Tommy Lee Jones is like if a post-Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal actually started to rule as he became more grizzled. In Coal Miner's Daughter, the Lincoln thesp (who was also amazing in this year's Hope Springs) was a twangy hybrid of Robert Redford and Lou Ferrigno, and he could sure fill out a flannel shirt. Pardon me as I involuntarily blurt, "Ennis, I swear."
Tune in alert for the third season of Pioneers Of Television, premiering on PBS next week . January 15th. Emmy Award-winning radio personality, television host and producer Ryan Seacrest will narrate the third season of Pioneers of Television, PBS. Emmy-nominated series that brings to life the stories of television.s most beloved stars. From PBS Pioneers Of Television returns to PBS on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Et and runs through February 5. The new season.s four episodes are .Funny Ladies. (January 15), .Primetime Soaps. (January 22), .Superheroes. (January 29), and .Miniseries. (February 5). Stars featured in Pioneers include Carol Burnett, Lynda Carter, Joan Collins, Diahann Carroll, Richard Chamberlain, Patrick Duffy, Lou Ferrigno, Tina Fey, Louis »
- April MacIntyre
11 items from 2013
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