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1980 and the Death of the Disco Musical

The AppleThe musical possesses a unique form of power rarely afforded to other Hollywood genres. In the words of film scholar Rick Altman, “The musical invites us to forget familiar notions of plot, psychological motivation, and causal relationships.” In contrast to other commercial genres, the musical is almost one-of-a-kind in its ability to arrest time and space, to suspend disbelief, to defy our lived understanding of human relationships and even the very conventions of filmgoing. In what other mainstream genre can fictional characters get away with looking into the camera lens so often? Dramatic logic is replaced in the Hollywood musical by spectacle and raw emotional appeal, with singing as the defining device for such purely cinematic priorities.But what happens to the musical when singing is taken out of it? This was the conundrum of the short-lived disco musical, a sub-genre that ended as soon as it began.Popular
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It Came From The Tube: Blackout (1985)

There’s nothing like a good mystery, and HBO’s Blackout (1985) has a central premise that’s hard to deny: You survive a car crash, but have no memory of who you were before. Until, 7 years later, someone shows up and insinuates that you were a man who murdered his entire family and then fled. Now, could you go about your life, or would you want to know the truth? And if you were a killer, would that impulse return?

HBO’s original programming was still in its infancy, so the film, which debuted on Sunday, July 28th, plays as a barely more graphic version of a network offering, which is fine anyway; Blackout offers enough story and characterization to diminish any desire for extra blood or sleaze.

Once more, to our faux TV Guide:

Blackout (Sunday, check local listings for the 42 of you who have HBO)

Following a horrific car accident,
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Film Review: ‘The Grace of Jake’

Film Review: ‘The Grace of Jake’
The next time you hear anyone dismiss all faith-based films as too heavy-handedly preachy and white-bread squeaky-clean for their taste, point them toward “The Grace of Jake,” a confidently measured and arrestingly low-key tale of redemption in a sleepy Southern hamlet where the citizenry is engagingly ordinary, occasionally profane, and matter-of-factly multicultural. Director-screenwriter Chris Hicky makes a most promising transition from award-winning music videos to indie dramatic features with this Kickstarter-funded labor of love, which he filmed on location in his hometown of Forrest City, Ark. — identified here as Palestine — and cast with a neatly balanced mix of familiar faces, up-and-comers and bit-playing nonprofessionals.

The leisurely paced yet consistently involving narrative focuses primarily on Jake Haynes (Jake La Botz), a taciturn ex-convict and unaccomplished musician who’s introduced while on his way back home to Palestine to see his long-estranged father, Henry (Michael Beck, the erstwhile hunk from “The Warriors
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Watch 'The Warriors' Reunite to Discuss Cult Film's Legacy, Fandom

Watch 'The Warriors' Reunite to Discuss Cult Film's Legacy, Fandom
Reimagining the five boroughs as a graffiti-coated war zone, Walter Hill's 1979 cult classic The Warriors made stars out of a group of unknowns and minted a confirmed midnight-movie hit. Decades later, diehard fans still congregate to quote dialogue and celebrate this punk artifact on Coney Island – and in a new exclusive video, Rolling Stone sat down with original Warriors Cleon, Swan, Vermin, Cochise, and more to look back on the film's legacy as it nears the 40-year mark.

"When you're making a movie, you're just working, you don't think 'cult classic,
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Awfully Good: Megaforce

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Megaforce (1982) Director: Hal Needham Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta When the world needs saving, there's only one team that Planet Earth calls...and they're not called NormalForce. The early 1980s saw a number of Chinese production companies like Golden Harvest.responsible for a ton of classic Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies (and also Riki-oh: The Story Of... Read More...
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Russo Brothers Will Bring The Warriors Out To Play On TV

Before gearing up for Marvel’s two-part Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have signed on to develop a TV remake of The Warriors at Paramount and Hulu.

That’s according to Deadline, confirming that the hour-long drama series will offer a new, seralized spin on Walter Hill’s cult classic that released all the way back in 1979 – itself a big-screen take on Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel of the same name. No director is currently attached to the project, though the outlet assures that the Russo brothers plan to “honor the original film while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence.”

Set against a New York City on the brink of social revolt, The Warriors chronicles a raging turf war that spans from Coney Island to the Bronx and everywhere in between. Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright and Brian Tyler
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The Warriors TV Show Coming from Captain America Directors

The Warriors TV Show Coming from Captain America Directors
Fans have feared that the 1979 cult classic The Warriors was going to get a remake any day now. It is finally happening, only as a TV show. Though, it appears to have some fan favorite directors behind it. The Russo Brothers, who directed both Captain America: The Winter Solider and this summer's Captain America: Civil War, are teaming up with Paramount and Hulu to get the Coney Island Warriors on the small screen in weekly doses.

The Warriors will be a one-hour drama that reimagines the original movie directed by Walter Hill. That film was based on the seminal coming-of-age novel by Richard Price. According to Deadline, the show will honor the original storyline, while bringing in the Russo's 'unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence.'

Writer Frank Baldwin will be helping with scripting duties on The Warriors, working alongside the Russo Brothers on each episode. As of now,
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Watch The Warriors Actors Reunite For One Final Subway Ride Home

It.s been 36 years since The Warriors hit theaters and became an iconic cult classic. The film followed a wrongfully accused gang from Coney Island as they made their way through various hostile neighborhoods of New York. Now, some of the original members of the cast have reunited for one last subway ride. Check the video of their heartwarming reunion below. Produced by Rolling Stone, the video shows the actors Michael Beck (Swan), David Harris (Cochise), Terry Michos (Vermin), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), and Thomas G. Waites (Fox) assembling in their full Warriors garb. The men have lost a step in their old age, no longer sprinting through the stations as they did in the movie. The subways themselves play an integral role in the reunion, as the entire film revolves around the gang trying to make it from train to train in an effort to evade the cops and rival
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Watch 'The Warriors' Reunite to Recreate Iconic Subway Ride

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Watch 'The Warriors' Reunite to Recreate Iconic Subway Ride
The 1979 classic The Warriors is more popular now than it has ever been. And the main cast was on the scene for a special event celebrating the movie at Coney Island. Michael Beck (Swan), David Harris (Cochise), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), Terry Michos (Vermin) and Thomas G. Waites (Fox) were all in attendance to meet fans and regale audiences with memories of making the Walter Hill cult masterpiece. They even recreated their iconic subway ride. The film still has an impact on fans to this day, 36 years after its release, and has even spawned actual gangs who've made Coney Island their turf.

The original cast of The Warriors met back up on the Q Train on September 13, taking one last ride together into Coney Island. There, hundreds of fans awaited the street soldiers. It was these same fans who had organized this event in a Diy push to reunite the stars all in one place.
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The Warriors Cast Ride the Subway Again 37 Years Later

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The Warriors Cast Ride the Subway Again 37 Years Later
The Warriors is a Coney Island tradition, and a bunch of the original cast members got together for a "Last Subway Ride" reunion event on September 13. Rolling Stone joined the cast 37 years later, including Michael Beck (Swan), David Harris (Cochise), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), Terry Michos (Vermin), and Thomas G. Waites (Fox), as they took the familiar path on the Coney Island–bound Q train. "These subways are different than they were in 1978," said Beck, head warrior in charge. It's not too late for a sexagenarian reboot!
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The Warriors cast reunite to recreate their last subway ride home

The Warriors cast reunite to recreate their last subway ride home
The cast of The Warriors have reunited 36 years after the release of the cult classic.

Stars Michael Beck (boss-warrior Swan), David Harris (Cochise), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), Terry Michos (Vermin) and Thomas G Waites (Fox) jumped on the Q Train to recreate their final subway ride home to Coney Island.

Walter Hill's 1979 film centres on a street gang falsely blamed for the death of Gramercy Riffs leader Cyrus. They must find a way through the violent streets of Manhattan and the Bronx to get home.

The cast returned to Coney Island on September 13 for a fan-organised celebration for the film. The event saw one fan journey in from Scotland, while kids were spotted dressed up like the Baseball Furies gang.

"These subways are different than they were in 1978," Beck told Rolling Stone.

"I just love being here with all the fans. I see kids coming here, 8 years old, and I go,
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Watch 'The Warriors' Recreate Their Last Subway Ride Home

Watch 'The Warriors' Recreate Their Last Subway Ride Home
Most of the cast members that made up the titular street gang in the 1979 cult classic The Warriors reunited on the Q Train on September 13th to take one last ride together to Coney Island, where hundreds waited at a fan-organized event celebrating the Walter Hill-directed film. "These subways are different than they were in 1978," actor Michael Beck, who played the head-Warrior-in-charge Swan in the film, told Rolling Stone on the voyage to the Boardwalk.

David Harris (Cochise), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), Terry Michos (Vermin) and Thomas G. Waites (Fox
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Slideshow: 2014 Hollywood Show Portraits Anticipate the 2015 Show From May 1 to 3

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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. HollywoodChicago.com was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.

Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black
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Icons Pirate Commentary: The Warriors with Sean Clark & Rob G!

It’s been a while since we here at Icons Of Fright have been able to host a new “pirate commentary.” And so we were excited when the prospect of this special Warriors one came together. I’ve always been a fan of the film; I have vague memories of seeing it during frequent re-runs on cable. A few years back when the “Ultimate Director’s Cut” came out on Blu-Ray, I picked it up, watched it. Was a little baffled as to why all the terrible comic-book panels were in there, but it’d been so long since I’d seen the original theatrical cut that at the time it didn’t bother me. However, a few months back, I caught that original version on the big screen over at the New Beverly Cinema here in Los Angeles and was blown away by just how great it really is.
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Podcast: 'Game of Thrones' Season Finale, Book Ideas, Your Questions and More

We're back to our regular schedule this week and today we start out with some book talk and Brad has a couple of book ideas he runs by Laremy. We finally get to talking about the "Game of Thrones" season finale, talk about a few trailers and clips we've seen, answer your questions, talk Michael Bay movies briefly, new DVDs and Blu-rays, games and more. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly.
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The Warriors Come Out and Play-ay This Weekend Midnights at The Tivoli

“I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle”

The Warriors screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 6th and 7th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.

Walter Hill stylized 1979 modern urban-fantasy adventure The Warriors has overcome the test of time and is now a cult classic – and not without a good reason. This action-packed movie, set in a stylish semi-futuristic version of 70s New York, is roller-coaster ride that never slows down for a second.

The Warriors” are a gang that has its home in Coney Island. One night, Cyrus, the leader of the biggest gang in NYC, the Bronx-based “Grammercy Riffs” invites 9 delegates of each gang in NYC to a meeting hoping to establish peace & collaboration between gangs. During the meeting at the Bronx, Cyrus is murdered, and soon everyone blames the
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Junkfood Cinema: The RetrosBECKtive

In this installment of Junkfood Cinema, Cargill and I discuss one of our favorite under-appreciated actors: Michael Beck. For a very brief period of time, Beck was a rising star in Hollywood. His breakout performance in The Warriors placed him firmly on the map, only to see his career stall a mere three years later thanks to the notorious bomb that was Xanadu. Still, during his all-too-short heyday, Beck appeared in some fantastic cult fare including Hal Needham’s Megaforce and the often heralded (at least on this show) Battletruck. We hope you enjoy this retrosBECKtive. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #4 Directly On This Week’s Show: Pre-Babble [0:00 - 02:28] Michael Beck Retrospective [2:29 - 41:51] Denouement [58:10 - 59:35] Films Discussed: [Click to buy, help us keep the lights on] Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show:
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In Honor Of James Franco’s “The Room” Movie, Let’s Recast Other Bad Movies!

This news is tearing me apart! Apparently James Franco is set to produce a movie based on Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, a memoir about Sestero’s acting gig in the 2003 cult classic — and touted “worst movie of all time” — The Room. Franco will star in the project too, presumably as The Room‘s director and star Tommy Wiseau, and he’ll be camping it up alongside Seth Rogen and his brother Dave Franco, who will probably play Sestero. Sigh, Dave Franco. Nudity is always a good option for him!

For the hell of it, let’s recast other notoriously bad movies for potential biopics.

Mommie Dearest

Julianne Moore as Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford

Chloe Grace Moretz as Diana Scarwid as Christina Crawford

Now this! This is the remake that Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz were made for. While the
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‘Megaforce’ Review

Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta, Edward Mulhare, George Furth, Henry Silva | Written by Albert S. Ruddy | Directed by Hal Needham

Oh the 80s, how I love thee so… From the fashion and the music to the video games and the movies. And oh, what movies! From the decades big blockbusters to the direct-to-vhs dross that clogged video store shelves I loves me some 80s flicks. So when two of the decades most infamous flicks get re-released on DVD I just knew I had to check them out… First up, Megaforce!

I’ll admit, Megaforce passed me by back in the day, during the 80s I was all about the cheesy horror and anything Star Wars-esque. But, like any movie fan, the film’s reputation had not gone unnoticed by me… The film stars Barry Bostwick as Ace Hunter, leader of a mercenary army force who uphold peace,
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Mediumrare announce 4 cult classics coming to UK DVD & Blu-ray

Mediumrare Entertainment continue their trend of releasing some of the weirdest cult films and TV shows with four films that are making their UK DVD debuts – and two are also getting the Blu-ray treatment too! Check out all the details below. I know I’ll be snapping these up, will you?

Operation Condor: Armour Of God II (1991)

Global adventurer Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) comes to Europe in search of the ‘Armour of God’, a magical relic from the Crusades. He hopes he can use it to bargain for the freedom of his girlfriend from a deadly cult. With his trusty companion (Andy Tam) by his side, his quest takes him from one perilous adventure to another. Directed by Jackie Chain himself, who performed all his own stunts, it was regarded as one of the most expensive films at the time. The third instalment of the Armour of God adventures,
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