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John Cusack has made 17 films in four years. We've found the ones that have gone all-but straight to DVD and watched them...
John Cusack is a bit of a Hollywood oddity. There’s no pattern to the type of movie he will choose to do, so he’s always kept us on our toes. Sure, he’ll make a dumb action movie, but that will often afford him the chance to make a few smaller gambles later on. Up until the last few years he’s played the system very well, but recently his ethic appears to have, um, waned? A little?
Since the heady days of Say Anything and Sixteen Candles he’s come to represent a sort of slightly weird-looking, awkwardly charming, offbeat everyman that men aged 18-49 can look at and go 'me'” - which is fine. There’s a place for that, as »
Writer Jack Reher (Into the Grizzly Maze) will make his directorial debut with The Incurables, an adaptation of Jon Bassoff’s same-named novel that centers on real-life lobotomy specialist Dr. Walter Freeman. The ’50s-set film is gearing up to begin production,… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Most Bruce Willis movies right now seem to head to DVD almost immediately. We've gone through them, in search of a gem...
It’s not exactly clear when Bruce Willis went from being a big star whose name filled seats and sold tickets to being a guy whose name you see on the cover of so many direct-to-dvd and VOD outings (albeit ones that sometimes get a week or two in a cinema, in essence to promote the VOD release), but I’d like to go out on a limb here and say that Kevin Smith’s mouth might be to blame.
During one of his filmed Q&A sessions that ended up winging its way to eager fanboys and girls like myself on DVD back in the late oughts, Smith talked at length about what it was like to work on the much-anticipated fourth instalment of the Die Hard franchise, »
Daredevil introduced a character who was more nuanced than previous versions, but his spin-off series will stand or fall on villains who are worthy of him
Given the fan reaction to his work on Daredevil, it wasn’t surprising that Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of the Punisher has earned the character his own Netflix series. But the TV landscape could be trickier for Marvel’s signature hard man than even the ninja-filled streets of Hell’s Kitchen.
Bernthal should get a great deal of credit for bringing Frank Castle, the Punisher, to new life. He seized the chance to play a Punisher with more emotional range on the small screen than Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane or Ray Stevenson had in their respective films, and the Walking Dead veteran more than rises to the occasion.
The 1970s were the worst decade imaginable for the greatest city; it’s all summed up »
- Arturo Garcia
Relativity Studios, newly emerged from bankruptcy, announced that it will release four films during the remainder of 2016, the first movies to come out of the company since in slipped into Chapter 11 protection last July.
The company founded by Ryan Kavanaugh said that “Before I Wake,” a horror film starring Kate Bosworth, will debut Sept. 9. The movie was directed by Mike Flanagan and also stars Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane and Annabeth Gish. It had previously been set for release on Oct. 16, according to a declaration filed with the bankruptcy court.
Next up, the company slated “Masterminds,” a crime comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, for Sept 30. Jared Hess directed the movie, which was produced by Lorne Michaels (“Baby Mama,” “Mean Girls”) and John Goldwyn (“The Guilt Trip,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”) The company had previously set a Sept. 16 lunch.
The studio chose Nov. 18 for »
- James Rainey
Relativity Media has unveiled its upcoming release dates for films like “Before I Wake” and “Masterminds.” “Masterminds” starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, will be released on Sept. 30. It is directed by Jared Hess. That means that “Masterminds” will be released 13 months after it was intended to, thanks to the studio’s long and public bankruptcy saga. The entire slate was repeatedly shuffled, with many unreleased Relativity films spinning back to their production sources or absorbed by different parties. Also Read: Relativity's Emergence From Bankruptcy Approved by Judge Before that, Kate Bosworth‘s “Before I Wake, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
In this day and age where superhero movies rule the box office roost, it seems that every actor is getting sucked in. What these films seem to do is hedge their bets with young thespians on the upswing, and older actors that lend the film some credibility. Some examples of this might be Marlon Brando in Superman, Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Anthony Hopkins in Thor. One might also make the case for Natalie Portman in the Thor films but that is another story...
However, there are some actors who cannot play ball. Actors who, by the very definition of the craft of acting, don't see a role like Iron Man as anything to get excited about. In fact, some years ago Movieweb interviewed Thomas Jane regarding the role of The Punisher. When asked if a role like that was something he coveted Jane replied, "It isn't Shakespeare. »
The first trailer has arrived online for director Mario Van Peebles’ upcoming World War II drama USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage which stars Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane and Cody Walker. Check it out here, along with the official synopsis…
In the waning days of WWII, the USS Indianapolis secretly delivered one of two atomic bombs that would eventually end the war. The Japanese attacked and sank the heavy cruiser. The USS Indianapolis’ mission was so classified it was not reported missing. No one knew they had been attacked until four days later. Of the 1196 crewmen, nearly 300 went down with the ship. The remaining survivors were stranded in the shark-infested waters of the Philippine Sea. The crew of the USS Indianapolis endured hunger, thirst, heat, delirium, relentless shark attacks and the death of many shipmates. Five days later only 317 men survived and eventually were rescued.
- Amie Cranswick
The Punisher may have found new life through Daredevil on Netflix, but that actually wasn.t the first time the character had appeared on screen. The Punisher has actually had three movies made about him and each one was more mediocre than the last. While we celebrate that someone finally got Marvel.s number one anti-hero right, let.s not forget the long road it took to get us to that Netflix series and who better to remember bad movies than Cinema Sins? The YouTube channel Cinema Sins is known for nitpicking the mistakes and logic gaps in just about every movie (even the good ones) but this one is pretty fair. The particular Punisher film in question is the 2004 version starring Thomas Jane. This movie came out at a weird time for superhero films, which got a major boom in popularity thanks to Spider-Man but still produced massive dips »
Marvel's beloved vigilante the Punisher will soon be the focus of his own Netflix series after actor Jon Bernthal awed fans with his portrayal of the anti-hero on the second season of Daredevil. Netflix and Marvel confirmed they have green lit a full season of The Punisher, with Bernthal reprising the role of Frank Castle in the spinoff series.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, despite the Punisher's less-than-stellar success translating to the big screen, Netflix had been at work on creating a Bernthal-led Punisher series since January, nearly two months »
While in Panama for the film festival, one of the notable people I met was Jorge Ameer.
Jorge left his home in Panama at age 16 in the late 1980s due to political unrest and civil instability. The country’s dictator and drug king Noriega was recruiting young men to fight in his military army as the looming confrontation with the United States approached. In 1989, the United States invaded Panama under the name of “Just Cause” ousted the Panamanian dictator.
Living in Los Angeles, at the age of 18, he was selected to participate in the Walt Disney College Program. He worked in the marketing departments of New Line Cinema, Paramount and Columbia Pictures. In motion picture development, Jorge worked as a story analyst for Richard Gere's production company and Wendy Finerman's productions at Tri Star Pictures in the early nineties and the now defunct Fries Entertainment.
He also tried his hand at acting and was in Gramercy's "Panther" and "Tales from the Hood", HBO's "Social Friction Fables" New Line's "Friday" along with other cameos and supporting roles. He co-starred opposite award winning actor Matthew Leitch (Star of “Aka”) in the carnival romp "Sabor Tropical".
Ameer served as the coordinator for the 1988 Latino Entertainment Industry Conference and as a member of the advisory board of the Methodfest Film Festival. He was also the U.S. representative for the Barcelona G & L Film Festival and a film programmer for the Palm Springs G & L Film Festival.
In October 1997, he founded and executive directed The Continental Film Festival, better known as the first American Independent film festival held overseas on the island of Contadora, off the Gulf of Panama. There is where his film career actually began. He served as a festival coordinator during the very beginnings of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival founded by Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dehmer.
At these festivals, Ameer helped in the selection of many foreign features. After noticing a lack of recognition of foreign and independent gay themed films released theatrically, he founded the International Gay Film Awards, the Glitter Awards (2001-2008), at that time the only award show of its kind.
In 1997, Ameer also started Hollywood Independents, a distribution company which launched with the theatrical release of "California Myth" starring Tyron Powers Jr.
Thereafter, the company has released such titles as the Jamaican/American co-production "Klash" starring Jazmine Guy, "Eastside" starring Mario Lopez, "Tequila Body Shots" starring Joey Lawrence, "Poor White Trash" starring Jamie Pressley, Jason London, William Devane and Sean Young, Spain's Academy Awards Winning film (Goya Winner) "I will Survive" (Sobrevivire), and "Hotel Room" from the director of "Nico & Dani". Other releases include his film "The Singing Forest", and "Junked" starring Thomas Jane (star of "The Mist", "Punisher" and the popular HBO series "Hung") and Jordan Ladd (star of "Cabin Fever", "Hostel 2").
Jorge Ameer's theatrical distribution company Hollywood Independents International opened its theatrical distribution operations in Central and South America in 2006 with the theatrical release of "Grande Ecole" a film by Robert Salis. The French film was censored and banned in Panama due to its explicit sexual content
Ameer took a trip to Panama to denounce the banning of this film. After outrage was expressed by the Panamanian press, the film opened successfully in Panama. It opened number one at the Alhambra-Plus Transistmica beating studio films "Night at the Museum" and "Deja Vu". It broke box office records locally, playing in theaters for eight weeks.
On January 26, 2009 the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture study invited Mr. Ameer's to have his screenplays be a permanent part of "The Core Collection". The screenplays in this collection are made accessible for research purposes; students, filmmakers, writers and actors are among the patrons.
In April 2011, Mr. Ameer started his own film series in Panama called Jorge Ameer presents Cine Serie Independiente, a showcase to promote and exhibit high profile award winning independent and foreign films in Panama.
He brought in Aluzio Abranche's controversial incestuous drama of brotherly love "From Beginning to End" (“Do Comeco ao Fim”), Andre Shortell's "Psych 9" starring Sara Foster & Cary Elwes and Karee Andrew's "Altitude".
During the film presentations, directors presented their work to Panamanian audiences in person and live via skype. This is the first time in Panama's cinema history technology has allowed local cinephiles the opportunity to interact with award winning filmmakers virally before and after their film presentations.
Unfortunately, the presenting cinema and only theatre exhibitor to support independent films - the Alhambra Theatres- closed the following year, 2012, due to financial troubles. It was the last of a series of vintage stand-alone cinemas constructed during the boom of single screen theatres and drive-ins in Panama.
There are currently only two theatre chain exhibitors (Cinepolis & Cinemark) operating in Panama. Both chains have their multiplex cinemas located throughout today's popular mega malls.
Several months after his film series, Mr. Ameer produced the opening night after-party to the October 2011 edition of Screamfest, the world's premiere horror film festival based in Hollywood, California. The event was held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. The event brought luminaries of the genre such as Paranormal Activity's Oren Peli, "Saw" and "Insidious" director James Wan, as well as "Grease", "Summer Lovers", "Blue Lagoon" director Randal Kleiser and "Firestarters", "Class of 1984" director Mark Lester to name a few celebrity attendees. With a seance theme, over 400 votive candles were used to create the atmosphere. In addition over one hundred skulls, the Screamfest symbol, were featured as centerpieces and part of the morbid "look" throughout the event. A well-lit coffin surrounded by neon lights was featured in the gift room where guests retrieved their gift bags from the open casket.
Mr. Ameer has authored, produced, and directed the theatrical features "The Truth Within", "Strippers","The Singing Forest", "Contadora is for lovers", "The House of Adam", "The Dark Side of Love","Sabor Tropical", "D'Agostino". All projects released theatrically through Hollywood Independents.
Ameer has produced, written and directed countless 35mm comedic shorts films to name a few "My Straight Boyfriend", "Popcorn & Coke", "Uninhibited", "Midnight Snack", "Tease" now available on DVD as a compilation of shorts called “Straight Men & the Men Who Love Them”.
This collection has been so successful that he has executive produced, programmed and curated two more such programs “Straight Men & the Men Who Love Them 2” and the upcoming “Straight Men & the Men Who Love Them 3”. The latest compilation of shorts is a collection of international shorts curated from the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.
Ameer made a documentary "Classic Hollywood Cinemas" an in depth look at the old Hollywood movie palaces, their historic and preservation value and impact.
He's also produced and arranged the publishing of the historical and award winning first ever "Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film which has won many book awards for its detail, educational and historical contribution to independent gay and lesbian films released in theaters.
In addition to filmmaking, within the exhibition industry, Jorge Ameer was the last person to re-open the historic Vogue theatre in Hollywood as a movie theatre to showcase independent films. Films such as "Nico and Dani" (Tla Releasing) and "Just one time" from the now defunct Cowboy Releasing played at this theatre. The resurgence of film exhibition at the Vogue was short lived due to alleged hauntings at the venue where a paranormal research group leased the theatre from Mann theaters to set up shop as headquarters for their research group.
Jorge Ameer's "The Dark Side of Love " was the last film to shoot at the Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood prior to its closing. "The Regent Showcase Theatre, originally the Gordon Theatre (1938), is one of the older art houses in Los Angeles until its closing in May 2009.
A human rights activist, Ameer has spent most of his career creating controversial, cutting edge trivial stories with thought provoking subject matters to challenge audiences from the stereotypical social conventions and outdated traditional values which detract from enhancing the global human experience.
He is currently working on his latest film project “Oasis” to be shot in Panama during the month of August. Oasis” is a twisted thriller set in the backdrop of Panama's paradise its about a newlywed American who decides to visit a friend while in Panama on business, to rekindle their friendship to prove his love to his wife by killing him.
Also, on the current issue of Scream Magazine issue # 35, the worlds largest horror film magazine, his “Medusa” has received with extensive coverage. The film is currently playing in theaters in the U.S. through Regal Cinemas after having its world premiere at the Cannes Film Market.
“Medusa” had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Marche along with a horror short he starred in called "Find Pauletta" in the Short Film Corner. This was the first time a Panamanian has had two films in two different programs of the Cannes Film Festival.
VFX for “Medusa” was by Jeremy Vanneman who has worked on many studio films including the upcoming “Ghostbusters”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “San Andreas”, etc. “Medusa” also has a celebrity cameo by 80's hearthrob William McNamara.
Jorge is the only Panamanian filmmaker who writes, direct, produces and own his own production and distribution company in Hollywood.
Jorge Ameer has also pioneered and procured the opening of the first high school film program at one of the oldest (110 years) and most prestigious private high schools in Panama, the Pan American Institute (Instituto Panamericano) in Panama City.
The film program curriculum was designed by Ameer and approved by the Ministry of Education.
It launched in 2015 with the first class schedule to graduate in 2017.
In his own words:
The high school film program was an idea that started because of the lack of opportunity and education in film that I myself had when growing up. I loved film so much; film was my babysitter during my childhood years. Whenever I wasn't in school I was at the movie theatre watching several films a day until my mom picked me up from the theatre. I attended the Pan American Institute (Instituto Panamericano) from kindergarten through graduation 1989.
Decades later as a filmmaker, distributor and film buyer, I approached the principal of the high school with the high risk idea of starting a film school program for an industry that even though in its infancy I knew it would grow leaps and bounds if those who pushed hard enough would stick with it to create some semblance of film opportunities and production here in Panama. Ten years later after designing a very thorough program that includes script writing, production, distribution, film marketing, campaign strategy, film fund and grant writing as well as crowdfunding to use donors as ambassadors to promote the film, the Ministry of Education approved the program.
Last year, the first students, approximately 27 brave souls, risking the uncertainty the entertainment field has to offer, weathered the scrutiny of their parents to become the pioneering and prototype Class of 2017. This Class, now in the 11th grade, is gearing up to produce its first set of shorts for the Ipa Student Film Festival. The first film festival of its kind, it showcases the works of these film students with the goal of creating filmmakers from an early stage who will graduate with films reels in their areas of interest which will show their talents to prospective universities, scholarship programs and other international student competitions.
I got the Ministry of Industry and Commerce Film Department called Di Cine in conjunction with the Panama Film Commission to fund the projections of these works which will take place as an outdoor cinema event on the school grounds. on Friday, August 5 at 7pm. Provided the students meet the minimum Gpa, they will be required to do internships placed and provided through the Film Commission in conjunction with other private film entities such as the Tvn Channel 2, one of Panama's major television networks as well as The Panama Canal Chanel among other companies offering opportunities for these students to practice their craft prior to graduating.
Currently, under construction, is an upcoming state of the art film lab studio facility providing students with the opportunity to develop their talents. Also a new auditorium will host film events and eventually the high school graduation ceremony. »
- Sydney Levine
Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.
Chastain tweeted in memory of him.
“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.
The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016
“The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).
Ireland was nominated for »
- Carmel Dagan
Spike TV is about to get a lot scarier. No, they’re not rebooting that Criss Angel show. The cable network has greenlit the scripted series The Mist, based on the Stephen King short story. The 10-episode series, produced by TWC-Dimension Television, centers on a small town where things go haywire when a mist rolls in after a violent thunderstorm. The show will start shooting this summer and is scheduled to debut in 2017. In a statement, Spike TV’s Evp Sharon Levy said, “The Mist will take audiences on a thrilling ride through a small town grappling with a mysterious and shocking horror.” This is not the first time there’s been an adaptation of The Mist. In 2007, Frank Darabont directed the film version which featured Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden. The horror flick grossed $57 million on an $18 million budget. King first released the novella as part of the collection of horror stories, »
- David Eckstein
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In February, Spike ordered a pilot, but decided to go straight to series after hearing the pitch and reading the script.
Filming will begin this summer, the network noted, with the goal of a 2017 debut.
Another hot property from The Weinstein Company and Dimension Television has landed a full series order. Deadline reports that Spike TV has given the go-ahead for season one of The Mist, only a month after the network ordered a pilot for the small-screen adaptation. The decision to grant it a full season comes after an initial read-through of the pilot script, written by Danish scribe Christian Torpe, who is also set to executive produce.
The project is based on the Stephen King novella taken from his Different Seasons collection, that takes place in a small town besieged by beings from another dimension. If that sounds familiar, then you might recall a previous adaptation on the story that hit the big screen in 2007. Directed by Walking Dead alum Frank Darabont, the film starred Thomas Jane as the leader of a group trapped inside a supermarket while monsters run rampant outside. In the mist. »
- Gem Seddon
With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice entering its third week at the box office, most expected the superhero adventure to defend its title for the third weekend in a row. The movie faced three newcomers this weekend, Universal's The Boss, Stx Entertainment's Hardcore Henry and Relativity's Before I Wake, none of which were expected to give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a run for its money. However, while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did manage to slightly overperform in its third weekend, it still couldn't take down The Boss, which just barely won with $23.48 million.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice managed to defend its box office crown last weekend by taking in $51.3 million, although it suffered a massive drop of 69.1% from its record-breaking debut of $166 million. This weekend, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dropped just 54.3%, but it finished $23.43 million, just $500,000 below The Boss. It's possible »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
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Jennifer Lawrence, who has a Best Actress Oscar from David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," was nominated for another one as the title character in this bio-drama about Joy Mangano, the real-life self-made millionaire who created the Miracle Mop, among other things. "Joy," written and directed by Russell, is out on Digital HD April 8, and on DVD/Blu-ray May 3. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, who co-starred in "Silver Linings Playbook," are back in supporting roles in this family story that crosses four generations. When the Blu-ray shows up, it'll feature the extras "Joy, Strength and Perseverance," and "Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Times Talk with Maureen Dowd."
"Catastrophe" Season 2 (Amazon)
Amazon's smart, »
- Gina Carbone
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice managed to defend its box office crown last weekend by taking in $51.3 million, although it suffered a massive drop of 69.1% from its record-breaking debut of $166 million. That second-frame decrease was amongst the biggest ever for any superhero movie. And while it will surely suffer another big drop this weekend, it should still make enough to take down three newcomers, Universal's The Boss, Stx Entertainment's Hardcore Henry and Relativity's Before I Wake. However, this may likely be the last weekend Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice remains on top.
We're guessing that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice suffers another big drop of 60%, which would put its third weekend tally at $20.5 million. As for the newcomers, Pro.BoxOffice.com projects that The Boss will earn $17.5 million, which should be good for second place, followed by holdover Zootopia in third place with $14.4 million and Hardcore Henry »
In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.
A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”
To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.
Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”
Who are we to argue with greatness?
- Movie Geeks
This article contains major spoilers for the whole of Daredevil seasons one and two.
It's only been a week since Netflix released season two of Marvel's Daredevil, but lots of fans and viewers would already declare Jon Bernthal's take on Frank Castle to be the best screen version of the Punisher to date. He's not even the principal antagonist, but he steals scenes left and right all the way through the season.
Following the acclaimed portrayal of Wilson Fisk last season, new showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez provide a more humanised spin on the character than is traditionally depicted in the comics, without having him get pally with his neighbours, like the 2004 film did, or having him indiscriminately blow up free runners with a bazooka, »
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