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Chicago – Mother’s Day is gone (hope you were nice to mom) and so the studios begin the push for Blu-ray titles perfect for Father’s Day gifts. The coming weeks will see reissues of Clint Eastwood classics, “The Mad Max Trilogy,” and much more, but it started last week with Fox/MGM’s reissue of the super-alpha-male “The Great Escape,” timed to its 50th anniversary. It’s been half-a-century since this mas macho classic became a box office smash and Oscar nominee. It’s held up pretty well even if the Blu-ray release isn’t a great one. Dad will likely just love the movie anyway.
“The Great Escape” features a stellar story but it’s really about the massive star power of its cast — James Garner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson…sorry, Expendables, this may be the most macho cast of all time. They were almost »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Katherine Kelly Lang came by her acting career naturally. Now a first-time Daytime Emmy nominee as Brooke Logan -- her role since CBS' weekday serial "The Bold and the Beautiful" premiered in 1987 -- she has an actress mother, Judith Lang ("Count Yorga, Vampire").
And her grandfather shot some of Hollywood's most classic movies: Charles Lang was an Oscar-winning cinematographer whose credits included "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," the original "Sabrina," "Some Like it Hot," "The Magnificent Seven" and "Charade."
"He was an amazing man," the soap star tells Zap2it. "He had a great life ... I mean, 18 Academy Award nominations? He was the best of the best at that time, but I think I appreciated him more when I was older and probably not at a younger age. I grew up around that business, so it was natural for me."
Lang parlayed her early familiarity with showbiz into her professional debut, »
Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday May 7th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features and will be projected on a large screen. Admission is only Three Dollars !!!!
There’s no theme this month but we are showing four films in the jumbo, 2-reel, 35-minute format. They are: The Empire Strikes Back, Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven, and Michael Caine in The Island.
The other films we’re showing (average length: 12 minutes) are: Bob Hope and Jane Russell in Paleface, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hammer Horror Twins Of Evil, the Marx Brothers in Night At The Opera, Tarantula, Tura Satana in Astro Zombies, the skeleton battle from Jason And The Argonauts, and the Little Rascals short Hooky Spooky.
The Way Out Club is »
- Tom Stockman
Mike Epps and Katt Williams are set to headline a cowboy comedy in the upcoming Blazin Four , Deadline reports. The film, a comedy take on The Magnificent Seven , will see Epps as Noah, a preacher in search of redemption, and Williams as El Loco, the leader of a villainous band of Mexican bandits who has no idea that he isn't Mexican himself. Epps is next set to reprise his role as Black Doug in Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part III . Williams, meanwhile, is on the big screen now in the just-released Scary Movie V . Gabriel Casseus and John Luessenhop are attached to produce with Luessenhop potentially directing as well. (Photo Credit: Apega / WENN.com) »
This year, The Great Escape celebrates its golden anniversary. To honor the 50th anniversary of that film’s release, we’ve compiled 50 interesting facts about the film, actors, the true story, the novel and more, and we’re giving two lucky North American readers the chance to win the anniversary blu-ray of the film.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce that The Great Escape will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time on May 7, 2013. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is “a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs” (Variety). In 1943, the Germans opened a maximum-security prison-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. By doing so, they unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history – brilliantly portrayed by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn – who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. »
- Simon Gallagher
Cinema has been around for more than a century and in that time has evolved from a static actuality to action packed spectacles with CGI. No matter the technology, a truly great film will not fall victim to time. For all of its studio staginess, “The Wizard of Oz” still provides the same amount of vivid magic and imagination as it did in 1939. A Charlie Chaplin film such as “The Kid” or “City Lights” still has the sweetness and humanity that transcends sound and color.
In that time, however, some films have fallen victims of age. They seem antiquated or outdated by today’s standards. All the following films fall into several of the same categories. There are the message films in which it acts like an afterschool special. Then there are the special effects or action films that does not compare to modern quality. In a sense, these also »
- Patrick Hao
Actor Robert Vaughn discusses his long career and his new film, The Magnificent Eleven, a UK-sports based movie loosely based on the classic Western The Magnificent Seven in which Vaughn co-starred with other stars-to-be. He humorously relates his greatest career satisfactions and disappointment (he won't get to play Hitler) and talks about his most embarrassing scene as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Click here to read »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Akira Kurosawa Week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing "The Seven Samurai," Kurosawa's mythic and primal epic of feudal Japan that became a virtual template for latter-day action films.Bts details the troubled production of one of Kurosawa's greatest achievements, which influenced western filmmakers for decades. Kurosawa professed himself disappointed with the popular 1960 Americanized remake The Magnificent Seven, which spawned numerous sequels and ripoffs. Screenwriter John Sayles blasted the concept into outer space in 1980 for Battle Beyond the Stars. »
- Trailers From Hell
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they celebrate the magical ability of Akira Kurosawa‘s Seven Samurai to thrive despite giving birth to a plot cliche that refuses to die. In the #17 (tied) movie on the list, poor townsfolk turn to a band of samurai to help protect them from brutal bandits. But why is it one of the best movies ever? Landon: So the other day, I had the pleasure of watching a film about a band of comrades who gather »
- FSR Staff
According to internet reports, actor Tom Cruise is interested in starring as 'Napoleon Solo' for director Guy Ritchie's developing big screen Warners' remake of the 1960's classic spy TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
The dapper spies worked for the clandestine, international law-enforcement agency 'U.N.C.L.E.' ('United Network Command for Law and Enforcement').
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced 105 "U.N.C.L.E." episodes, originally developed by Sam Rolfe for executive producer Norman Felton, with"James Bond" author Ian Fleming contributing characters 'Napoleon Solo' and 'April Dancer', to series scriptwriters Robert Towne ("Chinatown") and Harlan Ellison ("The City On The Edge Of Forever").
In the TV series, American Solo (Vaughn) and Russian 'Illya Kuryakin' (McCallum) reported to 'Alexander Waverly' (Leo G. »
- Michael Stevens
Robert E. Relyea, a producer-director who worked on such movies as The Magnificent Seven and West Side Story before becoming president of production at MGM/UA in the late 1990s, has died of natural causes. He was 82. There are conflicting reports about when he died: A spokeswoman for Relyea told the Associated Press that he died March 5 in Los Angeles, although family members told The Los Angeles Times that he died March 12 at a Thousand Oaks hospital, which is just north of L.A. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 Born May 3, 1930, in Santa Monica,
- THR Staff
A spokeswoman for Relyea says he died March 5 of natural causes in Los Angeles.
Relyea started as an MGM crew member in 1955 and served as president of production at MGM-United Artists from 1997 to 2001. He released his autobiography, "Not So Quiet on the Set," in 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; five children; two stepchildren and grandchildren. »
It seems like nowadays, anytime an action flick comes out where it.s one guy taking on a multi-headed threat, it always gets compared to Die Hard, and when it.s more than one guy taking on the bad guys, the comparisons immediately jump to The Magnificent Seven or that film.s inspiration, Seven Samurai. Admittedly, it mostly happens when there are actually seven people involved. That.s exactly what.s happening with Relativity Media.s latest acquirement, a gritty thriller called Borderland, which is being developed as .a modern-day Western meets Magnificent Seven,. Deadline reports. The film is being written by Sheldon Turner, whose screenplay for Up in the Air, co-written with Jason Reitman, gained him quite a few awards, as well as an Oscar nomination. (His work on 2006.s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning wasn.t quite so well received.) There is the possibility that Turner will also »
A simple three person mission involving Lincoln's character Rick Grimes, his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) -- a third wheel both of the guys are somewhat skeptical of -- turns into one hell of a day. Rick (and the audience) finally discovers what happened to Morgan Jones (the character played by Lennie James, last seen in the show's pilot) and it's not happy news.
Morgan has become something of a mad hermit, driven crazy by the loss of both his wife and son, and isolated himself on the top floor of a building rigged with booby-traps and filled with weapons to keep out hungry walkers and stray humans alike. He writes on the walls, rants to himself, and only goes outside in full body armor. »
Hey, Supernatural fans, your Winchester Wednesday report will be brought to you by yours truly this week while your fearless leader Sandra Gonzalez is in the midst of making the big move to the City of Angels (kind of appropriate, don’t you think?).
This week’s episode, “Remember the Titans,” isn’t about football but of course, this being Supernatural, is about the actual Titans. Or one in particular, Prometheus. While Sam and Dean wait to hear back from Kevin about the next translation of the demon tablet, they take on a case of what appears to be a zombie (“boys, »
- Emily Rome
Last fall we learned that Adam Sandler was going to star in Ridiculous 6, a western comedy that seemed like it was probably a riff on The Magnificent Seven. However, it sounds like that project will have to wait as Deadline reports Sandler has instead decided to take on a romantic comedy again at Warner Bros. with his Happy Madison banner producing. The untitled film is coming together quickly, but it doesn't yet have a director. Sandler will star in the film, and while a female lead is still being locked down, his co-star Drew Barrymore from The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates has been approached for the role. More below! However, apparently there are some other unnamed actresses in the running, so anything can happen. As for the story, it follows a couple who has a disastrous blind date and somehow find themselves stuck together in a resort for families, »
- Ethan Anderton
MGM seems to be less in the business of making movies than they are remaking them. Having already had a hand in several remakes, including the upcoming Robocop, and with plans for reboots of Ben-Hur, Death Wish, The Magnificent Seven, and The Town that Dread Sundown...
We can now add The Incredible Shrinking Man to the studio's to do list.
Jack Arnold’s 1957 adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel The Incredible Shrinking Man remains to this day a bona fide science fiction masterpiece. An allegory about man’s diminishing place in the world, Matheson’s tale, penned at the height of 1950’s Atomic Age paranoia, told the tale of a man exposed to radiation and insecticide who begins to shrink in size, causing everyday things to become a gigantic hurdle or an inherent danger.
The good news according to THR’s story is that soon-to-be 87-year-old Matheson, along with his son, »
For anyone who hasn’t watched television on a rainy public holiday in the last few decades, it’s a story about seven gunmen hired to protect a small agricultural village in Mexico from ruthless bandits led by Eli Wallach’s Calvera. Tom Cruise has been attached to lead and fill Yul Brynner’s spur jangling boots but who will join him in completing one of the most famous line ups in cinema history? My potential gunslingers are ones I thought could fill (or attempt to anyway) the boots of the original cast, work well together and be as cool as the proverbial cucumber…
7. Chico – Gael Garcia Bernal
Horst Buchholz played the inexperienced Mexican hothead Chico who desperately wants to join the seven. »
- Kristopher Powell
From its very beginnings as a genre, Western film has trafficked in the iconic, in the larger-than-life imagery of the tall tale and the never-ending, expansive wilderness that forms the crucial backbone to these stories. More than perhaps any other genre, Westerns deal in types, with their characters standing in for the Other, the Immigrant, the Hero, and the Villain (in their black hat), telling universal stories of camaraderie and isolation, of running from and fighting for civilization, and morality tested by the harshest circumstances. The conventions of the genre run the gamut, from performance (heroes must be taciturn!) to costuming and scenery (gotta have a tumbleweed), and one of the most important elements to any Western is its score.
Most Westerns, particularly those from the heyday of the genre, feature orchestral scores. Given the American frontier setting, most scores tend to feature a number of specific characteristics which have »
- Kate Kulzick
So here we are once again in the midst of pilot season. But that doesn’t mean that movie-making grinds to a halt. Far from it! While the networks are busy trying to fill their fall schedules with comedies about groups of friends who are unsuccessful at dating, dramas about “no-nonsense” female law-enforcement officers, and J.J. Abrams’ crayon scribblings, the studios are busy trying to fill their 2014 slates with dystopian young-adult-trilogy adaptations, comic book movies, and J.J. Abrams’ big-budget crayon scribblings. The point being, there’s a lot going on. But in the vast dung heap of “Transformers” sequels and “Godzilla” reboots (yes, really), there are some precious jewels to be discovered sometimes, if you dig deep enough. What’s that you found there? Here, let me see. “A comedy Western starring Adam Sandler.” Uh, I’m thinking you might want to throw this one back on the heap. Called »
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