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Blu-ray Review – Miracle Mile (1988)

Miracle Mile, 1988.

Directed by Steve De Jarnatt.

Starring Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, Denise Crosby, John Agar, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson, and Kurt Fuller.

Synopsis:

After answering a pay phone at four in the morning and hearing a message warning of all-out nuclear war, a young man must find his new love and try and survive the upcoming Armageddon.

Creating a rare form of genre shifting, high-concept fantasy, Miracle Mile is a memorable blend of anxiety dream, satirical humour and romantic adventure. First written in 1983, writer/director De Jarnatt bought back the rights to his compelling script and took on the project himself five years later. The decision proved to be a excellent one, and today the film stands up extremely well.

Harry (Anthony Edwards, ER, Top Gun) is a young visitor to La who happens to meet the love of his life Julie (Mare Winningham, St Elmo’s Fire) at a local museum.
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First Spider-Man: Homecoming reactions hit the web, suggest another winner for Marvel Studios

Marvel fans can breathe a sigh of relief! The first string of reactions from press members who have seen Spider-Man: Homecoming at an early screening have hit the web (no pun intended), and they claim that the summer blockbuster is a rip-roaring, crowd-pleasing good time.

Praise, in particular, is being directed towards the film’s John Hughes-inspired tone, diverse cast and Tom Holland, who many have described as the best on-screen Spider-Man yet. Even despite Marvel Studios’ spotty track record with compelling antagonists, Michael Keaton’s Vulture has been described as one of the stronger Marvel Cinematic Universe villains. Overall, if the previous three Spider-Man solo films (Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man) were examples of Spidey at his worst, Homecoming sounds like a return to form for the web-slinger. See the hugely positive reactions for yourself down below…

See Also: Spoilers: Spider-Man: Homecoming cast list confirms Jennifer Connelly,
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Marvel v DC: Who Walked Away the Bigger Hero at Comic-Con?

Marvel v DC: Who Walked Away the Bigger Hero at Comic-Con?
San Diego — With both Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios slated for panel time in the San Diego Convention Center Saturday for this year’s Comic-Con, sparks were sure to fly as the two superhero heavies revealed looks at the next phases in their quests to conquer the pop culture world. But who left the biggest mark on the geek masses?

WB was first out of the gate and, unlike in years past, led with the DC material. Other tentpoles like “Kong: Skull Island” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” were held for the back stretch.

Conan O’Brien moderated the event, which went nearly 30 minutes past its scheduled two hours and began with thoughts from the five directors behind DC’s upcoming slate: Zack Snyder (“Justice League”), Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”), Rick Famuyiwa (“The Flash”), James Wan (“Aquaman”) and Ben Affleck (“Batman”).

Things then transitioned to the first
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Sony Registers More "Spider-Man" Domains

Yesterday came word that Sony Pictures had registered a domain name suggesting that "Spider-Man: Homecoming" could be the title of the Tom Holland-led upcoming reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise.

Now, AICN has learned the company recently registered three more domains which could potentially hint at the title of the collaboration with Marvel. Those domains suggest the titles: "Spider-Man: Coming of Age," "Spider-Man: Greatness Awaits" and "Spider-Man: Suspended".

One difference is 'Homecoming' ties back into a specific "Spider-Man" storyline. Though it hasn't yet been revealed what source material or story might provide the plot for the new film, talk of its 1980s John Hughes-style vibe does fit.

Whatever it's called, the new film is slated to open July 2017.
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Gleeson To Play "National Lampoon" Co-Founder

"Ex Machina," "The Revenant" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" actor Domhnall Gleeson is closing a deal to join Will Forte in Netflix's original film "A Futile And Stupid Gesture".

The drama/comedy follows the guys who founded National Lampoon magazine and turned it into a comic force that hatched talents such as John Hughes and John Belushi along with iconic movies like "Animal House" and "Caddyshack".

Forte will play Doug Kenney, and Gleeson will play Henry Beard, the pair forming the comedy magazine with Robert Hoffman. David Wain is directing from a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud. Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing.

Source: Deadline
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Ferris Bueller’s Parents Beckon You to Attend Ferris Fest in Chicago in May

  • Slash Film
Ferris Bueller’s Parents Beckon You to Attend Ferris Fest in Chicago in May
Back in February, we learned that Chicago would play host to Ferris Fest, a special 30th anniversary celebration of John Hughes‘ classic comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There’s a whole slew of events, including a screening of the movie and a tour of filming locations in and around Chicago, planned for the event. Now the […]

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Domhnall Gleeson To Play National Lampoon Co-Founder In Netflix Film ‘A Futile And Stupid Gesture’

  • Deadline
Domhnall Gleeson To Play National Lampoon Co-Founder In Netflix Film ‘A Futile And Stupid Gesture’
Exclusive: Domhnall Gleeson is making a deal to join Will Forte in A Futile And Stupid Gesture, the Netflix feature about the guys who founded National Lampoon and turned into a comic force that hatched John Hughes, John Belushi, and movies including Animal House and Caddyshack. Forte already was set to play Doug Kenney, and Gleeson will play Henry Beard, who formed the humor magazine with Kenney and Robert Hoffman. David Wain is directing the film, which Michael Colton
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Has The Title For The Rebooted Sony/Marvel 'Spider-man' Been Revealed?

  • LRM Online
It seems like forever ago, what with how quickly the news cycle constantly resets itself, that Spider-Man damn near broke the internet when he debuted at the end of the last Captain America: Civil War trailer. Since then, updates on the wall-crawler's exploits have been few and far between. But now, thanks to some sleuthing by BBC, we may have something to chew on: A title for the film that's going to serve as the launch of this all new cinematic Spider-Man!

BBC is reporting that Sony has registered a domain name that reveals the following as a possible name for the picture:

Spider-man: Homecoming

While domain names don't always reveal a film's title, a lot of the times they do. Take the James Bond smash hit Skyfall. That title was revealed via the purchase of a domain name, and Sony had a hand in that film as well.
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Is Marvel's Stand-Alone Spidey Film Called Spider-Man: Homecoming?

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Thanks to a registered URL and the BBC, we might now know what the stand-alone Spider-Man movie coming in 2017 could be called.

If Sony’s online activities are to be believed, the stand-alone will come with a familiar name. Marvel fans will be aware that Spider-Man: Homecoming (as indicated by the catchy URL SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.com) is an existing Spider-Man comics arc (and an exciting one at that), which suggests several things about the movie.

Firstly, both Captain America and Iron Man both appear, making cameos from Chris Evans (assuming he survives) and Robert Downey Jr very likely. Both admitted on the publicity circuit for Avengers: Age Of Ultron that they were set to film together in Atlanta, which is the location for Spidey’s shoot, so that would make sense.

Homecoming also marked the first appearance of the Venom symbiote suit in the wake of Secret Wars in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man,
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Marvel "Spider-Man" Reboot Possible Title Leak?

Have Marvel and Sony settled on a title for their upcoming reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise?

Empire Online have spotted that the studio recently registered the URL SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.com which would suggest the film may follow the "Spider-Man: Homecoming" 1980s comic arc which boasts appearances from both Captain America and Tony Stark.

Those involved have previously indicated the new film owes a debt to the classic John Hughes films of the 1980s so this gels, but right now there's no guarantee of anything on the title front. Studios do register domain names that they don't ultimately use.

Tom Holland stars as the new Spider-Man who makes his debut in "Captain America: Civil War" in a few weeks.
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“Start Budgeting for Everything You Can’t Do”: Five Questions for Donald Cried Director Kris Avedisian

An acclaimed short that developed into the filmmaker’s first feature, Donald Cried, a buddy comedy set in director Kris Avedisian’s home state of Rhode Island, had its world premiere last weekend in the Narrative Feature Competition section of SXSW. Jesse Wakeman and Avedisian (as the title character) reprise their leading roles as the odd couple pairing, friends reunited in their hometown thanks to the death of a grandmother. Taking John Hughes’ Planes, Trains & Automobiles as its road trip, structural inspiration, the film finds the two men sharing a van as tensions from their past arise. Donald Cried will next screen in the Film Society of […]
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Class | Blu-ray Review

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A prolific screenwriter who emerged from the late 1970s as a promising American film director, Lewis John Carlino wouldn’t get behind the camera following his third, and least successfully received feature, Class (1983), an item which, in passing, looks to have the stamp of John Hughes and the Brat Pack all over it. Aggravating in its considerable inconsistencies, this was the director’s first attempt to film a treatment he didn’t write or adapt himself, scripted by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt (both writers who would move into mainstream film and television). The result is a rather wishy-washy prep school version of The Graduate, but the comparison is merely a pale echo, trapped inside a banal resolution with troubling misogynist tendencies.

Immediately upon meeting his new roommate Skip (Rob Lowe) at prep-school, Johnathan (Andrew McCarthy) is thrust into a rigorous new environment. Initial misgivings are set aside for a
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Zendaya Joins 'Spider-Man' Reboot in Mysterious Key Role

  • Moviefone
Marvel and Sony's joint reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise has cast a mysterious new role, with actress and singer Zendaya joining the ensemble.

Deadline reports that Zendaya will play "a key role" in the new Spidey flick, alongside titular star Tom Holland. Just what that role entails remains to be seen, however, since plot details are being kept heavily under wraps.

According to Deadline, it's unlikely that the actress will be playing a romantic role (like famous Peter Parker girlfriends Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy); her character's name is believed to be Michelle. Variety has some additional intel, confirming Deadline's report that Zendaya won't be a love interest, and adding that the actress isn't even considered to be a lead in the flick. Instead, Variety says, "She will, however, play a bigger part in future installments."

The new "Spider-Man" franchise -- the third iteration of the character to hit
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Review: "The North Star" (2016) DVD Release From Rlj/Image Entertainment

  • CinemaRetro
By Giacomo Selloni

The "coming of age" genre of American movies can vary wildly in terms of subject matter. There are the great teenage "coming-of-age" films (see: John Hughes)- which are more poignant than standard, individual teen angst stories dealing with topics such as "Why doesn't he like me?" or "How do I get rid of my acne and become more popular?" Yet other, far more dramatic "coming of age" films center on the evolution of the United States, none more movingly than those dealing with the abolitionist period of our nation's history. It was a proud time in our history; people of conviction stood up against an abhorrent societal norm in certain areas of the country. Some people went willingly and others were dragged kicking and screaming into a new age of tolerance and growth. Yes, I know, we're still not all growed-up yet but you notice that
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Watch: Why 'Sixteen Candles' Is the Ultimate Teen Comedy

Watch: Why 'Sixteen Candles' Is the Ultimate Teen Comedy
Former Chicago ad man John Hughes parlayed several print and script assignments for the National Lampoon into a writer/director gig on this, the first of a veritable onslaught of teen angst comedies that gave the world The Brat Pack, a group of young actors who went on to careers of varied length after hitting it big in Hughes movies. This one was written for 15-year-old Molly Ringwald, whose headshot Hughes pulled out of a pile of submissions. It hung over his typewriter as he banged out the script. 
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'Riverdale' hopes to take its place as a great teen drama, according to Archie writer

  • Hitfix
In case you haven’t heard, Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl, nearly every other superhero show on television right now) is branching out his comic book empire. The producer is teaming up with Archie Comics to bring Riverdale to The CW. Over the last few weeks, casting announcements have been coming at a rapid-fire pace as the show gears up to begin production of the pilot. So far the actors playing Archie Andrews (Kj Apa), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Putsch), and Mr. Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). Still no word on who will play Veronica Lodge, Kevin Keller, or the rest of the gang yet but expect an announcement any time now! Descriptions of each character accompanied their reveals. While Archie Comics is taking their freshly — and successfully — relaunched series and translating it to the small screen, there are some key differences.
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Celebrate ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ 30th Anniversay with Ferris Fest in Chicago

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Celebrate ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ 30th Anniversay with Ferris Fest in Chicago
In case you didn’t notice, this year marks the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the classic John Hughes film about one high school kid’s glorious day ditching school with his friends. And if you want to do more than just watch the movie again at home, there’s a way you can commemorate the […]

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‘Deadpool 2′ incoming – to feature Cable *Spoilers*

This week has seen a flurry of online reports regarding Deadpool and the possibility of a sequel… So why not just go to the cinema to watch the first film? Where, in the Second post-credits sequence – not screened for critics but included with nationwide prints of the film – Deadpool himself reveals that there will be *Spoilers* a Deadpool 2 and it will feature Cable.

Beware Post-credit Spoilers Below!!

The post-credits sequence screened for critics is a riff on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Deadpool stepping out from a room on to the landing of a house in a dressing gown identical to the one Matthew Broderick wore in the classic John Hughes film. A la Ferris, he walks up to the camera and asks what the audience is still doing here. He then goes on to poke fun at Marvel Studios stings, askng fans if they were expecting Samuel L. Jackson
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Life’s A Happy Song: 10 uplifting moments in film to cheer you up on Blue Monday

  • Cineplex
Monday, January 18th, has unfortunately been bestowed the most depressing day of the year, now referred to as “Blue Monday.” It’s true that January isn’t usually the happiest time—Christmas has passed, it’s cold and gross outside, and the fun, care-free moments of the holidays are over. In case you're succumbing to those winter blues, however, we have the perfect pick-me-up.

On Blue Monday, you can redeem only 500 Scene points to see any film currently in theatres! That's already one step to making our day better. The next is to check out the below 10 moments in film, where a smile is guaranteed, and if you're lucky, maybe even a laugh or two. You also may find yourself jumping into a song and dance. Take that, Blue Monday!

Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes
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Emma Stone to Play Cruella de Vil for Walt Disney Pictures

  • LRM Online
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Emma Stone is in early negotiations to star as "101 Dalmatians" villainess Cruella de Vil in a live-action film for Disney. The film will center on the villain's point of view which will be similar to Disney's approach to "Maleficent", which starred Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie.

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel is writing the current script which will be an origin story of the "101 Dalmatians" villain. The film is being produced by Andrew Gunn with executives Kristin Burr and Jessica Virtue overseeing for the studio.

De Vil was the iconic Disney villain in the 1961 animated feature, "101 Dalmatians." Actress Glenn Close portrayed Cruella de Vil in the 1996 live-action version which was produced by director John Hughes.
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