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Keanu Reeves Says No To ‘Point Break’ Remake

31 December 2013 7:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fans of surf action film Point Break might be disappointed (or relieved) to hear that Keanu Reeves has said a firm ‘no‘ to any remake.

The Matrix star recently confirmed his lack of interest in the project on BBC Radio 5 Live, saying, “Absolutely not. It’s not my place.”

Reeves plays an undercover FBI agent in the ’90s cult film, who infiltrates the surfing community to catch a gang of bank robbers. Patrick Swayze, Lori Petty and Gary Busey also star, while Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow directs. The film quickly garnered a large fan-base and a sequel was on the cards until Swayze’s death from pancreatic cancer in 2009. Alcon Entertainment picked up the rights in 2011. Fast And Furious cinematographer Ericson Core will helm the project.

Producer Andrew Kosove recently said it’s not a literal remake of the original, like the 2011 update of 1984′s Footloose. Instead the new version »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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'Community': Best parody episodes from 'Glee' to 'Law & Order'

30 December 2013 11:32 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

It's not six seasons and a movie, but "Community" is going into Season 5. What better time to take a look back at the show so far and honor the best of the best? These six episodes feature the best of "Community" parodies, from "Law & Order" to "Glee" and more.

6. 'Basic Rocket Science' ('Apollo 13,' 'The Right Stuff')

When is product placement more than just product placement? How about when advertising Kentucky Fried Chicken in the context of "Apollo 13"?

5. 'Modern Warfare' ('28 Days Later,' 'Terminator,' 'The Matrix,' every disaster/apocalyptic movie ever)

Paintball goes horribly wrong at Greendale when the prize proves too good. And Jeff misses the breakdown of society while sleeping. Later paintball episodes ("A Fistful of Paintballs" and "A Few Paintballs More") offer parodies as well, but "Modern Warfare" started the trend and is arguably the best of the bunch. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Keanu Reeves rules out Point Break remake

24 December 2013 1:57 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Keanu Reeves has dismissed any chance of starring in a Point Break remake.

When asked by BBC Radio 5 Live if he would be involved in a potential update of the 1991 action classic, he said: "Absolutely not. It's not my place."

Reeves stated he was unsure about the project's quality, adding: "If they can find a way to do it that works out good, then God bless them."

Point Break starred Reeves as an FBI agent who goes undercover within a group of surfers while seeking a criminal gang.

Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey also starred in the film, which became one of the most popular action movies of the 1990s.

A sequel had been rumoured for many years until Swayze's death in 2009. However, Alcon Entertainment announced remake plans in 2011.

"It's not a literal remake of the original the way Footloose was," producer Andrew Kosove told Indiewire earlier this year.

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Why we need to re-evaluate the films we once called great

19 December 2013 5:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nobody wants to rock the boat when it comes to reassessing the classics, but face facts: Gregory's Girl is clunky, 2001: A Space Odyssey is never-ending, while Dirty Dancing is still brilliant

A few weeks ago I watched The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford horse opera that is routinely described by critics as one of the greatest films of all time. In 2008 the American Film Institute named it the finest western ever, as well as the 12th best American movie, while the British Film Institute slotted it in at number seven on the all-time greatest list.

Are these guys serious? The Searchers, which deals with a mysterious, morally ambivalent Johnny Reb's relentless quest to find – and perhaps kill – a niece abducted by marauding Comanches, is padded out to epic length with all sorts of daffy comedy. The gags and slapstick fistfights undercut the serious message of the film: that most white »

- Joe Queenan

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AMC Networks Says Yeah! to Mobile Movie Rentals

18 December 2013 8:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Yeah! is going mobile, with AMC Networks set to launch an iPad version of the online movie rental service.

AMC introduced Yeah! in March as an alternative way to rent movies. Titles on the site are older films that are enhanced with interactive elements like polls, links to IMDb and exclusive interviews with the films’ directors and stars on the making of the movies offered up as it plays. There are typically 400 to 500 curated elements of information per pic.

Current enhanced titles include “Pulp Fiction,” “The Shining, No Country for Old Men,” “Dirty Dancing,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Blair Witch Project,” “Caddyshack,” “Superman: The Movie,” “Scream,” “Apocalypse Now Redux,” “The Expendables,” “Kick-Ass,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill 1 & 2,” “The Terminator,” “Clerks,” “Child’s Play,” “This is Spinal Tap,” “Jackie Brown” and “The Road Warrior,” with films staying on the service from one to two years.

Directors Richard Donner, Rob Reiner, Wes Craven, »

- Marc Graser

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Randy Thom To Receive Sound Editors’ Career Achievement Award

16 December 2013 9:53 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Randy Thom, the director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, will be presented with the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Career Achievement Award at the 61st annual Mpse Golden Reel Awards next February, the Mpse announced on Monday. Thom has been nominated for 14 Oscars and has won for “The Right Stuff” and “The Incredibles” in a 34-year career that began with re-mix sessions for “American Graffiti” and sound effects recording on “Apocalypse Now.” Also read: Academy Adds 172 Oscar Voters, Tops the 6,000 Mark His more than 100 films include “Return of the Jedi,” “Forrest Gump,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of »

- Steve Pond

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Martin Sheen: Good Genes or Good Docs?

16 December 2013 12:05 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Martin Sheen's looks are not "Badlands."Here's the 35-year-old version of the "Apocalypse Now" actor giving a grimace back in 1975 (left) -- and 38 years later, the 73-year-old "The West Wing" alum shootin' the same smile at a gala in Dubai (right). The question is ...  Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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The Alamo Drafthouse 100 Essential Favorite Films

13 December 2013 1:15 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The programmers at the Alamo Drafthouse have compiled a list of their 100 favorite movies and beginning in January they'll be launching the Alamo 100 in all of their theaters with seven titles that capture the spirit of the list, with many more screening throughout the year. The list was compiled by R.J. Laforce, Tommy Swenson, Tim League, Joe Ziemba, Greg MacLennan and Sarah Pitre with information on each title, why it's on the list and which one of the names above selected it for their list available right here. Personally, I love this and am actually in the middle of developing something very similar for this very site, a way of writing about films that aren't necessarily the best ever, but my favorites. I actually hoped to have the new section ready this month, but I just couldn't get it finished. For now, however, check out the Alamo 100 and leave your thoughts in the comments. »

- Brad Brevet

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Dubai International Film Festival: Martin Sheen Lifetime Achievement Q & A, 'Apocalypse Now' Breakdown and More

9 December 2013 2:58 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

For its 10th edition, the Dubai International Film Festival awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Sheen, and the one-time "Apocalypse Now" and "The West Wing" star turned up over the festival's first weekend to give a career talk that was scheduled to last an hour but extended to 90 minutes as the actor, still robustly energetic at 73, encouraged further questions from the audience. When a career montage was presented before Sheen came up on stage, the selected clips were heavily loaded with highlights from "Badlands" and "Apocalypse Now". But Kit and Captain Willard are undoubtedly the two film roles that define Sheen's career to this day (joined latterly by his popular small-screen turn as President Jed Bartlet in "The West Wing"), and if some of his on-stage remembrances sounded familiar, it's only because Terrence Malick's lovers-on-the-lam drama and Francis Ford Coppola's operatic war epic have become such hallowed »

- Matt Mueller

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Points of Renewal: On "La última película" with Raya Martin, Mark Peranson, & Kurt Walker

9 December 2013 6:05 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Co-directed by Mark Peranson and Raya Martin, La última película is several things at once: a documentary pretending to be fiction (and vice versa), a reflexively cinephillic ode to materiality, a deconstruction and/or exploration of disparate forms, a meditation on the (false) apocalypse of the world and cinema, and an (experimental) comedy. Its one-line synopsis is as follows: "a famous American filmmaker travels to the Yucatán to scout locations for his last movie. The Mayan Apocalypse intercedes." Inspired by Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie and its subsequent documentary cousin The American Dreamer (both 1971), La última película taps into a sort of artistic freedom of spirit, an all-too-rare ecstasy of moviemaking-as-adventuring. It is a manifesto by implication for the liberation of film from convention, and as thought and life. Starring American independent filmmaker Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel, Impolex) and Gabino Rodríguez (Greatest Hits, Together) as the filmmaker protagonist's Mexican guide, »

- Adam Cook

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Critical Mass: Christian Bale revels in the shadows in 'Out of the Furnace'

6 December 2013 1:29 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Is anyone a better movie actor right now than Christian Bale? (Okay, I’ll give you Daniel Day-Lewis… but it’s close and getting closer.) The 39-year-old Welshman is fully in his prime, demonstrated most recently by two powerful performances landing in the heart of Oscar season. The flashier role might be in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which doesn’t open until Dec. 20. In Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, which opened Wednesday and expanded Friday, he plays the good-intentioned ex-con whose pursuit of justice — after his ne’er-do-well brother (Casey Affleck) goes missing — puts him on »

- Jeff Labrecque

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New on Video: Robert Altman’s ‘Nashville’

6 December 2013 8:58 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Nashville

Written by Joan Tewkesbury

Directed by Robert Altman

USA, 1975

At the Cannes preview screening of Apocalypse Now in 1979, Francis Ford Coppola infamously declared, “Apocalypse Now is not about Vietnam; it is Vietnam.” Watching Robert Altman’s 1975 opus Nashville, perhaps the best film in a career full of exceptional work, one gets the feeling that it isn’t really about America; it is America. With its eclectic cast of individuals from all walks of life (typical for Altman), its sprawling narrative of disjointed personal and professional connections (ditto), and its setting of a distinctly American city around the time of our nation’s bicentennial, Nashville comes across as more than a fictional depiction of characters embodying certain nationalistic traits; it truly feels like the film is America in a nutshell. In the words of Keith Carradine, it’s an “extraordinary accomplishment.”

Now, with The Criterion Collection release of the film »

- Jeremy Carr

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Bryan Singer Announces X-Men: Apocalypse

5 December 2013 1:41 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Not about to let Spider-Man hog all the comic-book news of the day, 20th Century Fox and X-Men: Days Of Future Past director Bryan Singer have announced the next big mutant outing, with X-Men: Apocalypse now on the release schedule (across the pond, in any case) for May 27, 2016. #Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013 What Singer's tweet explicitly refers to remains unclear at this point, but Apocalypse in the Marvel canon is an ancient and incredibly powerful mutant who has tangled with the X-Men on more than one occasion and and even turned Wolverine and Angel into his destructive associates for a time. Of course, don’t expect to see everything carried across word for word to the cinematic X-plot, since many changes happen between the page and the screen, but evil Wolverine? We'd watch that. There's also the Age Of Apocalypse storyline, which could be huge for X-Men »

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Streaming Feature: Best of New to Netflix December 2013

2 December 2013 12:21 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

We’re back! Full of turkey, ready to sit down in front of the TV and zone out with a full Netflix queue. What’s the latest and greatest to hit the streaming service du jour? There are some major Hollywood hits like “Skyfall,” “Dances with Wolves,” and “Apocalypse Now” new to the Netflix universe but we here at Hc try to focus on what you might not have seen.

Here are ten flicks to add to your queue that could have fallen under your movie radar if we weren’t here to pick them up. You’re welcome. There’s a foreign film, two documentaries, a sci-fi flick, and even a musical. Pick your favorites. Or just watch all ten.

The American

“The American”

Netflix Description:

On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The HeyUGuys Interview: John Lee Hancock Talks Rediscovering Mary Poppins for Saving Mr. Banks

28 November 2013 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Director John Lee Hancock’s preceding film was the Oscar-winning The Blind Side, and he now returns with another film that has a more than good chance of being a triumph at the Academy Awards next year, with his brilliant drama Saving Mr. Banks, based around the making of Mary Poppins.

We had the great pleasure of sitting down with Lee Hancock to discuss the title, working with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks and how fearful he was about making a film with Disney, about Disney. He also tells us what it was like to have composer Richard Sherman around on set, and what other films he’d be interested in exploring on film from a pre-production perspective.

Well I’ll start by saying that the film, deservedly, has been very well-received. Though initially I was a bit worried that the hardened critic may have been put off by the sentimentality… »

- Stefan Pape

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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Soviet Union World War II Masterpiece 'Come and See'

22 November 2013 11:05 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

All This and World War II! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing harrowing 1980s international arthouse classic "Come and See," from director Elem Klimov.Klimov’s powerful, near-surrealistic battle fantasia nearly made it into Tfh’s “More Movies You Never Heard Of” category. The title is an invitation to view the destruction caused by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The movie, from the Soviet Union, is a fixture on many critics’ Ten Best of All Time lists. Its obscurity is hugely out of proportion to its accomplishment. Commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soviet victory in Ww II, it’s the glasnost version of Apocalypse Now. The director, having made his point, never made another film.The film made it on to cinematographer Roger Deakins' greatest films of all time list. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Top 10 animated movies

20 November 2013 7:07 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best

• Top 10 war movies

• Top 10 teen movies

• Top 10 superhero movies

• Top 10 westerns

• Top 10 documentaries

• Top 10 movie adaptations

• More Guardian and Observer critics' top 10s

10. The Tale of the Fox

A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »

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Comcast Opens Digital Storefront to Sell Movies and TV Shows

20 November 2013 5:54 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comcast has launched the Xfinity TV Store — offering subscribers select movies for purchase several weeks ahead of DVD release – marking the cable giant’s entry into the electronic sell-through market to compete with iTunes, Amazon.com, Walmart’s Vudu and others.

Comcast’s new service offers titles for purchase on TV or online “weeks before they are available on DVD or for rental,” the company says on its marketing site. The cableco adds: “You can’t do this with satellite.” News of the forthcoming launch of the digital storefront leaked out last week.

The nation’s No. 1 pay TV provider, with 21.6 million video subscribers as of the end of September, is trying to carve out a piece of the $18 billion homevideo market. Comcast plays up the service as appealing to consumers who want to watch a title repeatedly, with the ability to watch them offline, as well as access to movies in “early Est” windows. »

- Todd Spangler

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DVD Review - Milius (2013)

18 November 2013 1:45 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Milius, 2013.

Directed by Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson.

Synopsis:

A look at the life of filmmaker John Milius.

If you stopped members of the public and mentioned the name John Milius they wouldn’t have a ruddy clue who you were talking about - even helping them by throwing a clue of, “He works in the movie business?” Again they’d look at you as if you were wasting their time, so you stop another John or Jane Doe and ask them, hoping that the number 526 will be your lucky number.

For those out there who can’t be bothered to quickly jump on IMDb, John Milius is the brains behind the movies Dirty Harry, Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian, etc. and thanks was even given to him for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. So now you’re brought up to speed, allow me to throw a spanner into the »

- Gary Collinson

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Epix Will Air 'Milius' in January, Alongside a Marathon of John Milius' Films

18 November 2013 8:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Premium channel Epix acquired the rights to "Milius," Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson's film about screenwriter, director and controversial Hollywood personality John Milius, ahead of its screening at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Today, Epix announced that it will be premiering the film on Saturday, January 11 at 8pm, alongside a day's worth of films written or directed by Milius, including "Apocalypse Now," "Dillinger" and "Red Dawn." The schedule, all times eastern: 9am - Apocalypse Now 11:30am - Red Dawn (1984) 1:30pm - Flight of the Intruder 3:30pm - Dillinger 5:25pm - Apocalypse Now 8pm - Milius 9:45pm - Red Dawn (1984) 11:45pm - Farewell to the King 1:45am - Milius 3:35am - Flight of the Intruder 5:35am - Dillinger "Milius" follows the title filmmaker from his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School and on »

- Alison Willmore

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