8 items from 2015
In today’s climate of cannibalizing existing properties to wring out every cent possible, it’s surprising that a “WarGames” remake hasn’t happened yet (though one is certainly in development). It’s been thirty-two years since the release of the John Badham-directed Cold War and science-fiction film, and what better way to revisit it than with this vintage behind-the-scenes video via Eyes On Cinema. The 1983 film follows Matthew Broderick as a high school kid who naively hacks into the sophisticated computer system at Norad, thus nearly kicking off World War III. The cast also features a pre-“The Breakfast Club” Ally Sheedy along with character actors Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin. Running nearly four minutes long, the featurette was originally released at the time of the film’s premiere and has short interviews with both the young leads and one with director Badham as well that pinpoints exactly why genius hacker characters. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Maxine Bahns (The Brothers McMullen, Cutaway, Charlie Valentine) and Aaron Farb (Powers, Kill The Messenger) have joined SAG nominee Stelio Savante (Eisenstein In Guanajuato, A Million Colours, Ugly Betty) in the lead cast of Todd L. Green’s dramatic-thriller Avalanche.
The indie feature is scheduled to begin lensing in Houston in October and tells the story of a librarian (Savante), his wife (Bahns), and her lover (Farb), who find themselves trapped in a house together and having to navigate the chaotic fallout of their indiscretions.
Writer-director Green was the recipient of a 2015 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant and was also awarded Best Director at the 2013 Ifq Festival for Louis Grant, a seri series he co-created, produced and directed. He will be using a mostly Texas based crew and working with the local community to promote Houston as a filming location.
Savante will next be seen in the AMC mini-series »
- Gary Collinson
1981 was an amazing year for horror. An American Werewolf in London. The Beyond. The Evil Dead. The Funhouse. The Howling. The list goes on and on. However, one that always seems to fall through the cracks of time and memory is Dead & Buried.
Released in May 1981, Dead & Buried did not set any box office records. This is due to the fact that it is very hard to categorize. Is it a slasher ala Friday the 13th Part 2? No, but there are some gruesome and realistic deaths courtesy of late effects whiz Stan Winston. Is it a monster movie like The Howling? Not exactly, but the movie involves transformations (of a sort). Is there a mystery to solve? Definitely, and this is what drives the story forward and through the disparate elements at play.
60’s and 70’s TV survivor James Farentino stars as Dan Gillis, Sheriff of the seaside town of Potter’s Bluff. »
- Scott Drebit
There was a massive One Tree Hill reunion over the weekend and fans need to see the epic pics! Former co-stars Hilarie Burton, Chad Michael Murray, Tyler Hilton, Stephen Colletti, Bevin Mirskey, Antwon Tanner, Cullen Moss, Barry Corbin, Lee Norris, Colin Fickes, Kieren Hutchison, Michael May, Mike Grubbs, Vaughn Wilson and Michael Copon all reunited the other day for the EyeCon Oth event in Wilmington, N.C. Most of the Oth stars took to their social media accounts to post super-cute pics together. "Let's do this again yall!! Best fans of all time. Best friends I could ask for. Been through a lot together! #OTHfam," Hilton wrote with a fun group snapshot. Murray retweeted the »
The "One Tree Hill" gang is back together! Tyler Hilton, Chad Michael Murray, Barry Corbin, Kieren Hutchison, Lee Norris, Hilarie Burton, Antwon Tanner and more stars from the WB drama reunited at the EyeCon "Oth" Convention in Wilmington, North Carolina on Sunday. Many of your Tree Hills favs took to Instagram to share photos from the throwback event -- and these pics will take you right back to your teenage years! "Reunion time! #OTHconvention #ReturntoTreeHill," Hutchinson captioned the pic above. "Let's do this again yall!! Best fans of all time. Best friends I could ask for. Been through a lot together! #OTHfam," Hilton added with the snapshot below. Sophia Bush, James Lafferty and Bethany Joy Lenz were noticeably absent from the reunion, but the "Chicago Pd" star took to Twitter to send a message to her former TV family. "To everyone in Nc this weekend, I wish I could split »
- tooFab Staff
Writer-director Porter Farrell’s coming of age drama Windsor stars Madelyn Deutch, Quinn Shepard, Nick Krause, Adam Hicks, Peyton Clark, Ian Colletti, Mackenzie Astin, Stelio Savante and Barry Corbin won Best Narrative Feature at the 13th Annual Garden State Film Festival this weekend, with Quinn Shepard the recipient of the festival’s Rising Star Award.
The Garden State Film Festival is New Jersey’s “Premier Independent Film Festival.”
Windsor tells the story of a group of high school seniors trying to make a graceful exit from their struggling, small town, and their aging mentor serves as a modern day Diogenes while he confronts his own mortality.
- Gary Collinson
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, William Fichtner, Barry Corbin, Evan Jones, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld
Run Time: 122 minutes
Extras: The Story; Shooting The Film; The Western; The Homesman at Cannes
Sometimes a film’s released that slips quietly under the radar, with potential audiences completely unaware that they’re missing out on something marvelous. The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, is one such title, and I’m glad I had the chance to review it.
Set in 1850s midwest America, independent frontier woman Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank) lives a simple life – farming, cooking, cleaning. Desperate for a husband and family, but rejected by every man she’s propositioned marriage to, she lives a lonely life. When the local minister offers up the opportunity to travel across country, Mary suggests she volunteer herself. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank discusses her unique character Mary Bee Cuddy in our exclusive preview for The Homesman, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 17. Based on the award-winning novel by Glendon Swarthout, Hilary Swank stars as a woman who is tasked with taking three deranged women across the frontier. Along the way, Mary rescues George Briggs, played by director Tommy Lee Jones, who reluctantly helps Mary transport three women driven mad by the harsh frontier life across the treacherous land - where a kindly minister's wife (Meryl Streep) has offered them hospice.
The unlikely pair soon realize just how daunting the journey will be as the group traverses the vast Nebraska Territories, marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant danger. Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones co-wrote, directed and stars in this critically acclaimed film, which features an all-star cast including John Lithgow, Miranda Otto, James Spader and Hailee Steinfeld. »
8 items from 2015
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