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Alex Cox’s (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) cult classic Sid & Nancy retells the story of the self-destructive drug-fuelled relationship of The Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman in a breakthrough role) and the bands American groupie Nancy (Chloe Webb). To mark the film,s 30th anniversary StudioCanal will be re-releasing it as part of the BFI’s Punk London Season, complete with colour correction by cinematographer Roger Deakins (The Shawshank Redemption, Sicario). See the official trailer, synopsis, and release dates below.
It’s 1977 and The Sex Pistols have taken the music world by storm with lead singer Johnny Rotten (Andrew Schofield) and bass guitarist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy, The Dark Knight) enjoying all the spoils that fame and money have to offer. Vicious embarks on a relationship with an American groupie – Nancy (Chloe Webb – Shameless) – who has come to London to pursue him but »
- Matthew Lee
In 1986, Alex Cox followed up Repo Man with a biopic of Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols bassist who was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, but who died in 1979 from a heroin overdose before the case came to court. Cox cast Gary Oldman in the lead role, whose career took of meteorically as a result – even though the film incurred the displeasure of John Lydon ,aka Johnny Rotten. Sid & Nancy has been restored for its 30th anniversary and will be released in cinemas on 5 August, and DVD/Blu-Ray on 29 August.
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- Guardian Staff
As one of the funniest practical jokers on television, the four friends known as The Tenderloins will treat fans of their long-time running television show Impractical Jokers to special events during the week of San Diego Comic-Con International later this month.
One of the biggest highlights will be the Hall Of Impractical Jokers, which will allow fans to get up close and personal with the show’s most iconic artifacts and memorabilia from the show. These items will be on display at Dick’s Last Resort restaurant near the San Diego Convention Center from Thursday, July through Saturday, July 23 from noon to 10 p.m.
There will be other activities as well, including custom games like “Pin the Tail on the Ferret with Blackout Glasses” and “Pinball Punishment.” Themed food and drinks will also be serve. There will also be prize giveaways.
And on Saturday, July 23, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. »
- Gig Patta
“He’s done a lot of drugs,” Refn said, before adding that the last time he saw von Trier, the director tried to sleep with Refn’s wife.
“He found some other slut,” Refn said.
This is not the first time that Refn has had harsh words for von Trier, the director of “Breaking the Waves” and “Dancer in the Dark.” In 2011, von Trier got into hot water at Cannes for making comments that were interpreted as being pro-Nazi. Refn said he was offended by the director’s remarks, prompting a profane rebuke from von Trier. There is also a family connection. Refn’s father, Anders, edited some of von Trier’s films.
“The Neon Demon” debuted this »
- Brent Lang
Pro wrestling is fake! Did you know that? Did You?
Good, now that we have that unsavoury bit out of the way, let’s talk about how truly goddamn brutal sports entertainment can be to its participants. Because, despite what your Captain Obvious friend tells you, the repercussions of a match can be significant and terrifying.
At its best, sports entertainment is made to simply appear horrifyingly dangerous, while maintaining the safety of those performing it. Injuries happen, of course, but normally they stem from technically difficult maneuvers and otherwise precarious spots.
The garden variety pummelling that these guys give to each other is just a good blend of mild thumping and overacting. Again, it’s made to look much worse than it is.
But boy, sometimes they’re really good at making it look gruesome. Like…really good. Too good. »
- Jacob Trowbridge
Over the years, professional wrestling has been heavily influenced by the world of horror. Dating back to the days of Bruiser Brody and Ox Baker, there has always been an element of madness and terror in the business, helping to create characters that have kept fans on their toes.
Some of the most iconic and enduring gimmicks of all-time were created with the intention to strike fear in the hearts of the audience. The Undertaker, Andre the Giant, Psycho Sid, Mankind, Jake Roberts, Kane…the list goes on and on.
However, this propensity for trying to craft innovative, fearsome gimmicks has also resulted in some of the most laughable characters and ridiculed moments the business has ever seen.
But, hey, coming up with new ways to scare people is tough (just ask Stephen King.) Sometimes you just have to take a trip to the local Halloween shop, blindfold yourself, »
- Jacob Trowbridge
In the Rock ‘n Wrestling Era, it was Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, and King Kong Bundy. Into the nineties, The Undertaker, Psycho Sid, Yokozuna, and Diesel dominated main events. Undertaker held over well into the Attitude Era and beyond, standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Kane and The Big Show. Undoubtedly, the Vincent K. McMahon-era of WWF/E has been haven to a number of memorable goliaths, colossal immortals presented on the merit of immensity and intimidation factor.
Since the closing of the Attitude Era, however, WWE has failed to yield many brand new monsters with lasting power. Brock Lesnar and Batista qualify to an extent, but they’re also promoted with human qualities. If you’re talking ‘larger than life’ in the sense of going beyond human qualities, you can add Umaga to the list of successes, as well as to a very small degree, »
- Justin Henry
It’s funny how one event can be simultaneously shocking and painfully inevitable. The shocks came in the fact that after four years of disappointment, the company pulled an extremely entertaining event out of one of the most difficult contexts in recent memory. The roster is still decimated by key injuries, the build to WrestleMania has required some serious rethinking and Raw ratings have hit the skids in the mid-term.
Triple H was crowned the new champion – albeit probably temporarily – Sami Zayn returned to the ring, Chris Jericho lasted a ridiculously long time and Aj Styles made his first appearance to a wild pop by the crowd. And this was after a solid undercard that including a great Divas match, an exceptional Last Man Standing Ic Title match and two more entertaining matches. It’s like it’s the old days again.
Let’s run through the biggest and »
- Simon Gallagher
It’s rare to know what you want to do in life, and rarer still to find success at it. But for those who do, there’s usually a moment when the breakthrough comes, when it seems that you can actually do whatever makes you happy. For some, this moment might come early; for others, it may land several years into a career. At New York Magazine, we rounded up a collection of artists, writers, and famous figures to sound off on their breakthrough moments. Here are a few of Vulture’s favorite answers:George Clooney got his agent and SAG card by performing in a play in Los Angeles. It’s always bad to say you did a play in Los Angeles, because people just look at you and laugh. But I did it — a play called Vicious, about Sid Vicious. It was an incredibly brutal play about the »
- Vulture Editors
There are some things in this life that just seem to fit together perfectly: Peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips, Matthew McConaughey and not wearing shirts. It’s almost as if certain things are meant to be together, brought side-by-side with a little help from fate. Or Vince McMahon. Whichever.
Some of the most exciting and unusual moments in wrestling have sprouted from the tag team division. And some of those moments are so exciting because the tag teams involved are so unusual. There’s a rather storied history of kooky duos doing things together that nobody could have imagined.
And it can take a lot of trial and error before the truly stellar tag teams are formed. Not all great tandems come out of the womb that way (but good on ya, Hardy Boyz). Sometimes you have to mix-and-match several different combinations before you find the one that fits. »
- Jacob Trowbridge
10 items from 2016
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