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Review: "Cheech And Chong's Next Movie" (1980); Shout! Factory Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, which opened on Friday, July 18, 1980, had stiff competition at the box office: Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Friday the 13th, The Blue Lagoon, The Big Red One, Dressed to Kill, Fame, and The Blues Brothers were all in major release at the time. While Next Movie and did respectable business, it went on to gross even more moola when Universal released is on a double bill with John Landis’s beloved Blues Brothers later. The film picks up sometime after Cheech and Chong’s maiden cinematic outing, Up in Smoke, left off two years earlier. Written by the slapdash and seemingly always high dynamic duo and directed by the latter of the two, Next Movie plays out like their comedy album routines (“Dave” from their self-titled 1971 debut album is one of their best-known and funniest bits) which is exactly
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Why 'Slap Shot' Captures the 1970s Better Than Any Other Sports Movie

Why 'Slap Shot' Captures the 1970s Better Than Any Other Sports Movie
Over the last few decades – thanks in part to movies and TV shows like Dazed and Confused, Boogie Nights, Anchorman and HBO's Vinyl – there’s been a pronounced pop cultural tendency to reduce the 1970s to little more than a fabulous parade of campy signifiers like mirrored disco balls, brightly-painted muscle cars, platform shoes, bellbottomed jeans, tube tops, Afro hairdos, pornstaches and piles of cocaine.

It's an understandable impulse, of course. (Who doesn't love Afros or piles of cocaine?) But taking such a superficial approach to the seventies means glossing over the grittier,
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Ted Kotcheff on Making First Blood, Changing Rambo’s Suicide Mission and (Not) Working with Kirk Douglas

Most filmmakers are lucky if they can master one genre in their lifetime, but over the course of a sixty-year career Ted Kotcheff has conquered several. He helmed a grimly funny suspense classic (Wake in Fright); a literate, witty Gregory Peck Western (Billy Two-Hats); fast and funny comedies (Fun with Dick and Jane, Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe); and dramedies where the laughs coexist with unsettling insights into the dark side of the human condition (North Dallas Forty, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz). All of his films are characterized by a vibrant pictorial sense – no one […]
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Pot Gets A Pass? Debate Tonight on Jim Rome On Showtime

“I’ve had coaches tell me they’d rather have me go home at night, smoke a bowl, put [my] ass on the couch, play some X-Box, and eat some Cheetos. Rather than being out all night drinking and getting into trouble.” – Scott Fujita on NFL players using marijuana Ever since the film “North Dallas Forty” and “Longest Yard,” we have been acutely aware that painkillers and other recreational dope have been part of the sports landscape.From ShowtimeFormer NFL linebacker Scott Fujita told Jim Rome on this week’s episode of Jim Rome in Showtime this Wednesday at 9 p.m. Et/Pt that the timing of […]
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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant,
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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s
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Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79

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Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79
Frank Yablans was president of Paramount during some of the studio’s most golden years from 1971 to 1975. Working under notorious owner Charlie Bludhorn, Yablans’ tenure included such Oscar winners and nominees as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Murder On The Orient Express. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes this morning, his son, ICM PartnersEddy Yablans, told Deadline.

Frank Yablans worked in his early years for Warner Bros, The Walt Disney Company and Filmways and joined Paramount in the late 60s where he spearheaded marketing for Arthur Hiller’s Ryan O’Neal/Ali MacGraw tearjerker Love Story before ascending to the presidency. After leaving Paramount, he went on to a successful career as a producer/exec producer on such films as Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder comedy Silver Streak and Brian De Palma’s The Fury. He also wrote and produced such
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Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dies at 79

Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dies at 79
Frank Yablans, the president of Paramount Pictures during the fertile early ’70s era that produced films including “The Godfather” and “Chinatown,” died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans. He was 79.

Renowned for a hearty sense of humor and temperamental outbursts, Yablans was later COO of MGM/United Artists and co-wrote the screenplay for “Mommie Dearest,” which he also produced.

Born in Brooklyn, Frank Yablans was brother of producer Irwin Yablans. He got his start in showbiz working for Warner Bros., Disney and Filmways, and in the late 1960s became exec VP of sales at Paramount, where he worked on marketing the hit film “Love Story.”

The success of the tearjerker led to his being named president of the studio in 1971; he held the post until 1975. Yablans was a pioneer in advocating wide openings on films like “The Godfather,
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Trailers from Hell Draws 'First Blood,' Starring Sylvester Stallone

Trailers from Hell Draws 'First Blood,' Starring Sylvester Stallone
Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer talks 1982 thriller "First Blood," starring Sylvester Stallone as the legendary Rambo. As battle scarred John Rambo, star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone uses the post war traumas of real-life war veterans as fuel for a jingoistic revenge fantasy in the mode of "Death Wish" and "Walking Tall." Efficiently directed by Ted Kotcheff ("The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," "North Dallas Forty"), 1982's "First Blood" is the quintessential Reagan era action film; the beleaguered Rambo takes up arms against a corrupt Washington state police department and essentially goes to war with his own government. Andrew Lazlo’s ("Southern Comfort," "Innerspace") beautiful cinematography (utilizing the lush landscapes of British Columbia) recalls Vilmos Zsigmond’s work on "The Deer Hunter" and Jerry Goldsmith’s thoughtful score conveys an...
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First Blood

As battle scarred John Rambo, star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone uses the post war traumas of real-life war veterans as fuel for a jingoistic revenge fantasy in the mode of Death Wish and Walking Tall. Efficiently directed by Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, North Dallas Forty), 1982's First Blood is the quintessential Reagan era action film; the beleaguered Rambo takes up arms against a corrupt Washington state police department and essentially goes to war with his own government. Andrew Lazlo's (Southern Comfort, Innerspace) beautiful cinematography (utilizing the lush landscapes of British Columbia) recalls Vilmos Zsigmond's work on The Deer Hunter and Jerry Goldsmith's thoughtful score conveys an appropriately manly but melancholy mood.

The post First Blood appeared first on Trailers From Hell.
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Hoboken International Film Festival to close with Screening of Scavenger Killers, Cast/Filmmakers Set To Attend

Already hosting screenings of The Smiley Face Killers, Bloody Slumber Party and the Blanc/Biehn production Treachery, the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival (running from May 30th to June 5th) has now announced that Midnight Releasing’s Scavenger Killers has been selected as the event’s closing night film, with much of the cast and filmmakers set to attend the special event. Information on how you NY readers can attend the special non-competition screening of the film is below. Read on, and let us know if you’ll be there for this one!

What: Midnight Releasing’s Scavenger Killers has been named Closing Night Film as the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival. The special non-competition screening will take place Wednesday, June 4th, at 8pm Et at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theater. Now in its ninth year, the Hoboken International Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious and sought-after film festivals in the country.
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Scavenger Killers Heading to Hoboken

"Mind-Blowing Psychopaths!" are on their way to Hoboken, New Jersey, as Scavenger Killers has been named Closing Night Film at the 2014 Hoboken International Film Festival.

The special non-competition screening will take place Wednesday, June 4th, at 8pm Et at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theater. Now in its ninth year, the Hoboken International Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious and sought-after film festivals in the country.

Scavenger Killers star Eric Roberts, along with numerous other stars, including several Oscar and Emmy winners and nominees, will be attending the festival at its Opening Night Celebrations and Gala Awards Ceremony.

Can't make it to the fest? Midnight Releasing has a July 1st DVD, VOD, and Digital Download release of Scavenger Killers heading our way.

Release Details

Scavenger Killers will be available across the Us and Canada on a variety of platforms, for the ultimate convenience in viewing. DVD availability is set to include Walmart,
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes teaser trailers for Welcome to My Parlor 2, How to Kill a Zombie, and Kong, Ten Scary Minutes Film contest details, and much more:

Teaser Trailer for Welcome to My Parlor 2 Released: “In 2015… Horror has a new face. Here’s a glimpse into the world of Abel Worthy.”

To learn more, check out the film’s production company’s Facebook and Twitter pages at: http://www.facebook.com/jamtownfilms and http://www.twitter.com/jamtownfilms

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Kong Teaser Trailer and Cannes Premiere Details: “Billions of years ago on primordial earth, born out of turbulent lava, Kong gets caught in the power struggle between two alien civilizations: One – a highly advanced synthetic-intelligent life form with a ruthless robotic army – seeks to drive the other – a group of determined refugees led by their Chief – to extinction.
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new clip from Preservation, release details for Lfo, App, the first photo from Altergeist, an interview with Felissa Rose, and much more:

First Clip from Preservation: “Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other. But the hunted
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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.

And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement,
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Scavenger Killers to Bloody Up DVD

"Mind-Blowing Psychopaths!" is what the artwork for Scavenger Killers promises, and given the last few weeks we've had around here, we could use a little blowing... mind or otherwise. Okay, scrape your mind up from the gutter and read on!

From the Press Release

Everyone’s heard of the “long arm of the law.” What if there was a homicidal maniac attached to it? Midnight Releasing announces the July 1st DVD, VOD, and Digital Download release of Scavenger Killers, a blood and guts contemporary tale of justice gone very, very wrong.

Scavenger Killers will be available across the Us and Canada on a variety of platforms, for the ultimate convenience in viewing. DVD availability is set to include Walmart, Target, Redbox, and more. On the digital side, the film will be available on all major and minor cable VOD channels as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant,
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Wake in Fright’s Ted Kotcheff Talks Rambo, Bernie and War

The name director Ted Kotcheff may not be as instantly recognisable as some of his filmmaker contemporaries, but a fertile creative period during the 70s and 80s saw him craft a number of well-received films across a variety of genres – The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (which launched the career of a young, pre-Jaws Richard Dreyfuss), the original Fun with Dick and Jane, North Dallas Forty, Switching Channels and Weekend at Bernie’s.

Arguably, he’s best known for bringing the iconic character of John Rambo into the world with the 1982 ‘Nam-scarred survivalist classic First Blood, but another underappreciated film from his CV is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. 1971’s Wake in Fright was an early addition to the Australian New Wave cinema movement, and remains a vivid and disturbing depiction of the country’s hard-drinking, fiercely masculine subculture of that era. We talked to Kotcheff earlier this month
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'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards,' 'Mash' and 32 more Netflix additions

New Netflix movies and TV shows are plentiful in February. 

Highlights include:

"Breaking Bad's" final eight episodes (on February 24)"House of Cards" Season 2 (February 14)Showtime's "Queer as Folk" which has been off air since 2005. 

On the movie side of things, new additions to Netflix include:"Mash""The Naked Gun""Sunset Boulevard""Star Trek V: The Final Frontier""Crocodile Dundee 2""Airplane!" 

The full list of everything added:

"Airheads""Airplane!""Airplane 2: The Sequel""Bubba Ho-Tep""City of Men""Cocoon: The Return""The Dancer Upstairs""Death Wish 2""Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry""Down Periscope""Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007""Failure to Launch""Flashdance""From the Terrace""The Good, the Bad and the Ugly""The Hard Way""Harold and Maude""Heartbreakers""Home of the Brave""Intersection""Leap of Faith""A Life Less Ordinary""Marathon Man""Mash""The Naked Gun""North Dallas Forty""Patriot Games""Queer as Folk""Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
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Actor Steve Forrest Dead At Age 87; Starred In TV Series "The Baron" And "S.W.A.T."

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Actor Steve Forrest has passed away at the age of 87. The brother of famed actor Dana Andrews, Forrest had a successful career in films and television. A WWII veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Forrest was discovered by Gregory Peck and appeared in numerous films including Flaming Star, Spies Like Us, The Longest Day, Heller in Pink Tights, North Dallas Forty and Mommie Dearest. He was also a proficient vocalist and golfer. On TV, Forrest enjoyed his greatest success, starring in the short-lived, but fondly remembered British adventure series The Baron. As the titular character in the 1965 show, Forrest played an American antiques dealer living in London who would secretly undertake dangerous international missions in the service of British Intelligence. Forrest also had the lead role in the 1970s hit TV series S.W.A.T.  For more click here
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Exclusive: Director Ted Kotcheff Talks Bringing Wake in Fright Back to Life on Blu-ray

Exclusive: Director Ted Kotcheff Talks Bringing Wake in Fright Back to Life on Blu-ray
Director Ted Kotcheff Talks Wake in Fright, fully-restored and on Blu-ray now!

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Donald Pleasence, this thriller tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher's (Gary Bond) descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Believed to be lost for decades and virtually unseen in America until now, Wake in Fright returns fully-restored in stunning HD in what the New York Observer says "may be the greatest Australian film ever made."

Wake in Fright is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate this home release, we caught up with director Ted Kotcheff to chat about the film's revival and its near destruction. Ted is a luminary in the field of action cinema,
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