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11 items from 2011

San Andreas 3D: Earthquake to Wipe Out California, Bring Estranged Couple Together

2 December 2011 7:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mark Robson's Earthquake in Los Angeles An acquaintance of an acquaintance of a friend claims he has predicted several catastrophes in the not-too-distant past: the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Japanese earthquake, the George W. Bush election and reelection, the near-collapse of the international banking system. His latest claim: the Big One will shake and rattle Los Angeles next December 25. Talk about a memorable Christmas gift. Now, I'm not sure if this acquaintance of an acquaintance etc. knows someone at New Line. But perhaps he does. As per the Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames, the studio is developing San Andreas: 3D. I'm assuming you know what 3D is. As for San Andreas, that's the fault line running through California, splitting much of the state in half. Remember that old nonsense — I mean, that old saying: As California goes, so goes the nation? Well, there's another: When San Andreas goes, so will California. »

- Andre Soares

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New Line Looking To Shake Things Up With ‘San Andreas 3-D’

2 December 2011 12:20 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

While Hollywood’s preoccupation this week has been high winds, New Line Cinema is preparing for an earthquake. I’m told the studio is out to directors with San Andreas 3-D, a big-budget film hatched by scribes Jeremy Passmore & Andre Fabrizio as a pitch. They’ve written the script and Allan Loeb has done a polish for a north-of-$100 million film that’s ready to go. Beau Flynn is producing. It’s a full-scale disaster picture revolving around a massive earthquake and its devastating effect on California. This is something that hasn’t really been done since the 1974 film Earthquake, which starred Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. That film boasted of the advantages of “Sensurround” to create a lifelike feel, but the prospect of a 3D rendering holds promise. Passmore & Fabrizio are repped by Paradigm and Aperture Entertainment and Loeb by CAA. Passmore & Fabrizio are rewriting Hellified and Passmore scripted the Red Dawn remake. »


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Whatever the size, your TV is still just a TV

27 November 2011 7:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I was looking forward to seeing Juggernaut on TCM not too long ago when I saw it show up on the classics channel’s schedule.  Even in this cable/download/Netflix age of constant program recycling, the movie rarely shows up on TV, maybe because it had been such an instant and complete flop when released theatrically in 1974.  Still, this UK-produced film has always been one of my pet favorites, a flick I have long felt died an undeserved death, and I was psyched at the chance to see it again.

In synopsis, I admit the movie doesn’t sound like much.  Or perhaps I should say it sounds way too familiar.  A nutcase has put seven bombs on an ocean liner and threatens to sink the ship unless he’s given a ransom of £500,000.  The ship is far from land, no other vessels are close enough to render assistance, »

- Bill Mesce

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What would a 1970s-era "Expendables" cast look like? We'll tell you

15 September 2011 4:54 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Okay, yes, "The Expendables," ended up being better as an "idea" than a reality. Sylvester Stallone gathered a bunch of over-the-hill action stars (including his "Rocky IV" opponent, Dolph Lundgren, and his "Get Carter" pal, Mickey Rourke) for a bloody shoot-'em-up designed to show all the young whippersnappers out there that the old men still got it. The resulting film had its moments but was ultimately too confusing, too haphazard and too, well, expendable.

But what are sequels for if not a chance to make things all better (don't answer that)? Stallone has gathered an even more impressive cast for "The Expendables 2" -- Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme will be contributing to the mayhem this time around, and Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, both of whom only had cameo appearances in the original film, will have much larger roles in the new adventure. And, of course, all of the old gang is back, »


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"Earthquake" (1974): Watch The Original Trailer

5 September 2011 3:41 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »


It's one of the great guilty pleasures of 70s cinema. The blockbuster Sensurround epic Earthquake that boasted an all-star cast headed by stalwart Hollywood icon Charlton Heston. The dialogue is awful, the Universal sets are cheesy but the model work is still impressive and the effects still hold up well today. Our favorite howler is the casting of Lorne Greene as Ava Gardner's father, even though he was only six years older than her. Ross Warner pays tribute to the film in a major article in issue #20 of Cinema Retro and Thomas Hauuerslev provides a fascinating history of the short-lived Sensurround gimmick. Click here to view original trailer for the film.

Click Here To Order The Film On DVD From Amazon »

- (Cinema Retro)

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The East Coast earthquake has nothing on these five comic book foundation-shaking storylines

23 August 2011 2:49 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

With every headline being about The Earthquake (!) we just felt in New York City, we thought today was the perfect opportunity to talk about some of our the more memorable superhero foundation-shaking moments. Thankfully everyone's cleanup is minimal and no one was harmed, but that's not exactly the case in the world of comics.

"Batman: Cataclysm" and subsequent "No Man's Land"

As if Gotham City didn't have enough problems, what with the crime lords, the corrupt politicians and the clown fetishists who would be content watching the world burn, in March of 1998 the city learned a new level of chaos when it was rocked by a 7.6 earthquake (which happened on the heels of a deadly viral outbreak). As usual, it was up to the Dark Knight and his associates to "rise" to the occasion and rebuild Gotham while both the structures and order of society crumbled around them.

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Dallas Cast Photo: Jesse Metcalfe, Julie Gonzalo, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster

13 July 2011 1:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jesse Metcalfe, Julie Gonzalo, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Dallas The new Dallas, to be aired on TNT in summer 2012, brings back the old Dallas' Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton, and Linda Gray as the more mature versions of their characters. New Dallas cast members include Beyond a Reasonable Doubt's Jesse Metcalfe, Fast Five's Jordana Brewster, Christmas with the Kranks' Julie Gonzalo, and Yours, Mine and Ours' Josh Henderson. In addition to Hagman, Duffy, and Tilton, the original Dallas featured a couple of movie veterans, MGM singing star Howard Keel (Show Boat, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and Oscar nominee Barbara Bel Geddes (I Remember Mama, Vertigo). Also in the recurring cast were Priscilla Presley, Steve Kanaly, and Earthquake's Victoria Principal, among others. Photo: TNT »

- D. Zhea

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Genuinely terrible movie taglines

12 July 2011 6:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A good movie tagline can, at the very least, help in the promotion of a film. But what about when it goes wrong? Er

The art of the movie tagline is a tricky one that generally involves locking clever people into a room until they come up with something catchy. Yet, sometimes the coffee machine isn't working. Everyone is in a bad mood. There's no Toby Ziegler figure to come in and solve everything.

And that's when you end up with this collection of oddities. Here, we're looking at taglines that just do little to sell the film. In all truth, we quite like some of the ones we're about to show you (Hombre is a corker). But do they do their job? Er, not really.

Without further ado...


This Charlton Heston-headlined 1974 disaster movie was, in fairness, released at a point where poster taglines were just a little bit minimal. »

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Cinema Retro Issue #20 Now Shipping Worldwide

3 June 2011 5:24 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The latest issue of Cinema Retro (#20) is now shipping to subscribers all around the world. As we publish in the UK, those subscribers always get their copies first. However, the latest issue just arrived from the other side of the pond and has now been shipped out to all other regions. Readers will have it in their hot little hands very soon.

Cover story on Candy starring Ewa Aulin as the sexy teen nymph in an all-star fiasco that involved Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, James Coburn and Walter Matthau. Dean Brierly examines how such a sure-fire project turned into one of the worst movies ever made. This issue's Film in Focus is Earthquake, the 1974 blockbuster starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and many other familiar faces in one of the most successful films of the genre. Ross Warner reminds why the film remains a guilty pleasure and Thomas Hauerslav of the web site In70mm. »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Top 100 movies of the 1970s

12 May 2011 8:44 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Michael York dashes onto the cinematic scene as the blundering but very enthusiastic D'Artagnan in Richard Lester's hugely enjoyable period comic romp. The late great Roy Kinnear is the long-suffering vassal of aristocratic swordsmen Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay, whilst Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway shine as heroine and villainess, respectively. Producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind filmed the following year's sequel back-to-back with this more successful first part, which approach they would revisit shortly for Superman and Superman II. Dumas with wit, energy and integrity.

Notable Quotable: "That man in his time has insulted me, broken my father's sword, had me clubbed to the ground, laid violent hands on the woman I love! He is inconvenient. "

Martin Anderson

Mike Nichols and Buck Henry achieve what seemed impossible, at least on the evidence of an earlier attempt: to transliterate the pitch-dark war humour of Joseph Heller into a cohesive, »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Man/Woman Vs. Nature

1 February 2011 1:58 PM, PST | | See recent news »

In the wake of, what the Midwest has dubbed the Snowpocalypse, and with the upcoming release of Sanctum, it seems only fitting to pay mother nature a tribute…

Nature is a powerful force with the ability to change at any given time. Hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, and freezing temperatures are just some of the many ways that mother nature can put us in our places! So, without further adieu…

Top Ten Man/Woman Vs. Nature Films 10. Waterworld

If ever there was a film that exemplifies the whole Man vs Nature scenario, it.s Waterworld. Set in an apocalyptic future, after global warming has melted the polar ice caps and flooded civilization, the movie.s hero, The Mariner (Kevin Costner), is a man who has adapted by growing gills and a survivalist living on a boat on which he is growing a precious tomato plant. When he tries to sell the plant »

- Movie Geeks

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