19 items from 2017
When “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened May 2, 1997, Variety described it as an “odd mix of sophisticated and lowbrow humor” but was enthused about the Mike Myers-Jay Roach collaboration. The film had cost less than $20 million so it was profitable with a modest $67 million worldwide. There was no deal in place for a sequel, but New Line execs noticed the comedy was a huge hit in home video and on cable. When the studio greenlit a sequel, many rival execs were surprised: They were still defining success solely by domestic box office.
Boosted by massive marketing tie-ins, 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” saw a spectacular domestic opening weekend of $55 million and completed its global run with $312 million. “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002) scored $296 million worldwide. After many years, rumors persist that a fourth edition is imminent. As Powers himself would say, “Yeah, baby!”
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Comedy icon Mike Myers has revealed that he would love to star in another Austin Powers movie.
For so many around the world, and particularly for audiences of a certain age, the Austin Powers series was a landmark with its goofy and often outrageous humour.
The last entry in the spy spoof series, Goldmember, arrived back in 2002, so it would seem that in the age of remakes, reboots, and sequels that it would be ripe for the picking.
And now we have learnt from Myers, during a discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, that he would be more up for a return to the character.
“I would love to do another, but you just have to see. I was devastated by my father’s death. But to have that turn into something that makes people happy is unbelievably satisfying. It’s that kind of stuff you never get used to or get tired of. »
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Author: Scott Davis
Yeah, baby! Can you believe that Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery turns 20 years old this year. The comedy, which was the brainchild of star Mike Myers, has enjoyed a long-standing place in many homes across the world and is widely regarded as one of the great parody comedies of all time.
When it was first released the film wasn’t a huge smash-hit at the box office, grossing around $67million across the globe. But when it was released on VHS and DVD the film became massively successful and helped lead to its two sequels: The Spy Who Shagged Me, released in 1999, grossed $358.2million worldwide; while it’s follow-up, Goldmember, grossed $324million.
Many had hoped to see a fourth film in the series but thus far it hasn’t yet come to fruition. But speaking to The Hollywood Reporter to mark the anniversary of the first film, »
- Scott Davis
Mike Myers may be ready to slip back into a familiar character.
The 53-year-old comedian reflected on the upcoming 20th anniversary of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and how his father's death inspired him to create the hilarious British spy character.
"After my dad died in 1991, I was taking stock of his influence on me as a person and his influence on me with comedy in general," Myers said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, published on Thursday. "So Austin Powers was a tribute to my father, who [introduced me to] James Bond, Peter Sellers, The Beatles, The Goodies, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore."
Austin Powers debuted on May 2, 1997, the sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, hit theaters in 1999, and was followed by 2002's Austin Powers: Gold Member, co-starring Beyonce. All three films were directed by Jay Roach.
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Mike Myers has expressed interest in returning to his groovy character, Austin Powers. It's been 15 years since the last Austin Powers movie and two decades since Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Now seems as good a time as ever to bring the franchise back and director Jay Roach and creator/star Mike Myers might be ready to dust off the 1960s wardrobe for Austin Powers 4.
The Hollywood Reporter sat down with most of the cast and Roach to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Austin Powers where both Jay Roach and Myers expressed interest in doing a Austin Powers 4. Myers said that he would love to do another film, but has his reservations.
" I would love to do another, but you just have to see. I was devastated by my father's death. But to have that turn into something that makes people happy is unbelievably satisfying. It's that »
It’s been 20 years since Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery was released in theaters, which means it’s been about 15 years since somebody unironically asked, “Do I make you horny?” In that time, the bawdy, madcap franchise has gone from being a surprise smash hit to a sometimes embarrassing reminder of the nation’s questionable comedic tastes. But whether or not you think the humor of Austin Powers holds up, there’s no denying the film had a massive cultural impact, giving us everything from incessant Dr. Evil impressions to this Heineken ad:
In a new piece from The Hollywood Reporter, Austin Powers creator and star Mike Myers, directer Jay Roach, and the rest of the principal cast reflect on their experience of making what is essentially the “Macarena” of films two decades after its release. The initial concept—which Myers describes as a tribute to his ...
- Dan Neilan
Exploring the director’s fascination with spying.
The cinema of Steven Spielberg is one that’s built around fascination and a need to understand. As a director he is an explorer, but not one interested in unearthing grand artifacts, rather one in search of intimate treasures, an explorer of explorers, so to speak, someone to whom the process of discovery is much more interesting than the discoveries themselves.
As such, his films are rife with surveillance, characters spying on or otherwise surreptitiously watching other characters, tracking their behavior, their actions, their being, for the purposes of gathering information, good and bad. Think of the Nazis on the trail of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark peering over newspapers, or the future crime detectives in Minority Report scanning time for illegalities, or the government scientists after E.T. creeping about suburbia.
Spielberg is constantly exploring surveillance and the various mindsets behind it, and »
- H. Perry Horton
HBO has announced that it is developing a miniseries based upon the 2016 Presidential Election and Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in what has been described as one of the biggest political upsets of all time.
The miniseries will be based upon the upcoming third instalment of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s Game Change book series, and will reunite director Jay Roach and executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, who were behind the Emmy-winning 2012 HBO film Game Change, which explored John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, whose work on their bestselling book Game Change set the bar for political reporting and storytelling inside a presidential campaign,” said Len Amato, president of HBO Films. “Reuniting Game Change director and executive producer Jay Roach and Playtone producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with Mark and John for »
- Gary Collinson
Eager to relive the 2016 presidential election? No? Well, even if you aren’t, HBO is taking us back there anyway.
The network is enlisting the team behind the Emmy-winning 2012 TV movie Game Change to make a miniseries based on President Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton — aka “the most stunning political upset of all time,” per HBO’s release. The untitled miniseries will be based on the upcoming book about the election from Game Change authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
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HBO Films has greenlit a miniseries that will chronicle the events of the 2016 presidential election, Variety has learned.
The TV project is based on the yet-to-be-released third “Game Change” novel by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, co-authors of the book series that influenced HBO’s 2012 film “Game Change.” The producers behind “Game Change” are on board for the upcoming miniseries.
The untitled miniseries will tell the story of the biggest political upset of all time, Donald Trump’s “dramatic, improbable victory” over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, as described by HBO.
Jay Roach will direct and will serve as executive producer with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, who produced HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe winning film “Game Change,” which told the story of the 2008 United States presidential election campaign of John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin, and starred Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
HBO has lined up a new “Game Change” miniseries based on the 2016 presidential election. Directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, the HBO Films series will tell the story of Donald Trump’s dramatic, improbable victory over Hillary Clinton last November. The miniseries will be based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s upcoming third installment of the “Game Change” series, which will be published by Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Halperin and Heilemann also serve as the executive producers and hosts on the Showtime political documentary series “The Circus. »
- Reid Nakamura
Donald Trump’s unconventional presidential campaign and improbable victory over Hillary Clinton is getting a miniseries treatment by HBO. The project will chronicle Trump’s road to victory in the 2016 presidential election in one of the most stunning political upsets of all time. Jay Roach is on board to direct and executive produce, with Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman executive producing. The trio also worked together on the Emmy-winning 2012 HBO film Game… »
Halfway into Donald Trump's first 100 days as President of the United States, and someone has already commissioned a cinematic treatment of the long and frequently absurd election that put him in office.
HBO is set to chronicle the events of the recent presidential election, much as they did in 2012 telepic Game Change — only this time it will be expanded to a miniseries. Also like Game Change, the yet-to-be-titled project will be directed by Jay Roach and based on source material from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The duo's book about Trump's stunning 2016 upset over Hillary Clinton »
- Michael O'Connell
The award ceremony for the oldest Japanese cinema competition took place on February 5 at the Bunkyo Civic Center, and the list of winners is:
Best Actor: Yuya Yagira (Destruction Babies)
Best Actress: Rie Miyazawa (Her Love Boils Bath Water)
Best Supporting Actor: Pistol Takehara (The Long Excuse)
Best Supporting Actress: Hana Sugisaki (Her Love Boils Bath Water)
Best New Actor: Nijiro Murakami (Destruction Babies, Natsumi no Hotaru)
Best New Actress: Nana Komatsu (Oboreru Knife, Destruction Babies)
Best Ten Japanese Feature Films
Harmonium (Koji Fukada)
Destruction Babies (Mariko Tetsuya)
Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa)
Her Love Boils Bath Water (Ryota Nakano)
Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
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- Panos Kotzathanasis
Bryan Cranston won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series on Sunday for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO’s “All the Way.” The SAG Award was Cranston’s fifth win, after winning for “Breaking Bad” and being a part of the cast of “Argo.”
“Thank you so much to all of our brothers and sisters in SAG-aftra. I am deeply honored,” Cranston said, adding that Robert Schenkkan’s “brilliant script made me feel like Lbj” and Jay Roach’s “sublime direction made me behave like him.”
Cranston also drew a connection between Johnson and current president Donald Trump. “I’m often asked how would Lyndon Johnson think about Donald Trump, and I honestly feel that 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him success,” Cranston said. “He would also whisper in his ear something »
- Graham Winfrey
There was nothing that “The Catcher in the Rye” protagonist Holden Caulfield despised more than phonies, from his own family, to strangers on the street, to silly old Sally Hayes. He might feel the same about Danny Strong’s J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye,” which frequently suffers from shallow observations about the author’s astounding life.
Based in part on Kenneth Slawenski’s Salinger biography “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” “Rebel in the Rye” is mostly occupied with Salinger’s early years, specifically the period when which he conceived of Holden Caulfield and finally completed “The Catcher in the Rye.” Despite the focus on such a fertile period, it suffers from a meandering narrative and a jarring pace, particularly as it pushes on into his later years without bothering to age star Nicholas Hoult in the slightest.
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- Kate Erbland
It’s that time of year, the time of year where the awards and awards nominations for TV and film are being announced in droves. Today is no different as the Directors Guild of America has just announced their 2017 TV nominations.
The full list of nominations follow…
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Jonathan Nolan, Westword, “The Original”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
- Samuel Brace
The Directors Guild Of America on Wednesday unveiled nominees in the documentary, television and commercials categories.
The winners will be announced at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on February 4 in Beverly Hills.
Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated
Movies For Television And Mini-series
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The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees in the documentary and television categories for this year’s DGA Awards, with O.J. Simpson present in both fields: “O.J.: Made in America” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” both picked up nods. Other contenders include “Atlanta,” “Westworld” and “The Eagle Huntress.” The feature film nominees, meanwhile, are scheduled to be announced tomorrow.
This year’s ceremony takes place on February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Full list of nominees below:
John Singleton, “The People v. »
- Michael Nordine
19 items from 2017
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