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- Liz Cookman
Spike Lee's film has it all. Comedy, murder, politics, a stellar R&B soundtrack, and some of the best lines in cinema history. And at its centre is Jackson, on the cusp of fame, playing DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy
- Ashley Clark
In celebration of John Landis' 64th birthday, we take a look at some of the director's most cherished films.
Today, legendary director John Landis turns 64, and in his long and storied career in Hollywood, the celebrated filmmaker has managed to create some of the most influential and beloved movies the world has ever enjoyed.
So, to celebrate and honor this iconic crafter of comedies and headmaster of horror, here are John Landis' 5 highest-rated cinematic masterpieces, based on their Rotten Tomatoes score…
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
Directed by Landis, but written by David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams – the men who brought us Airplane! – The Kentucky Fried Movie is a collection of totally random, bizarre, and downright hilarious comedy sketches. No plot to speak of, the film is just a wonderful hodgepodge of 1970s weirdness.
Rt Score: 87%
It is not really difficult in coming up with cinema siblings and assessing their impact on the films they graced with humor, horror or hedonism. Whatever the combination–brother and sister, brother and brother, sister and sister–the big screen has always produced some of the most compelling siblings to entertain or shock us as the lights go dim at the local cinemaplex.
So who do you favor as your all-time favorite movie siblings? Perhaps you wouldn’t mind brothers Michael and Sam from 1987′s The Lost Boys? Or how about sisters Drizella and Anastasia from the 1950 animated film Cinderella? Maybe you could go for the transformation of television’s Brady kids into the film version of 1995′s The Brady Bunch Movie?
- Frank Ochieng
This Sunday, June 8, marks the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters debuting in theaters, and Sony Pictures is celebrating by bringing director Ivan Reitman's paranormal comedy back to theaters this summer. The studio is also releasing a new Blu-ray set including the 30th Anniversary Edition of Ghostbusters and the 25th Anniversary Edition of the 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters 2, marking its first time ever on Blu-ray. Take a look at the packaging artwork for this new set, arriving in retailers September 16, then read on for more information.
A newly restored and remastered version of Ghostbusters will arrive in over 700 theaters across the country on August 29. The theatrical presentation is the centerpiece of Sony's anniversary celebration, which also includes special events, new merchandise and the aforementioned Blu-ray set, which will include new conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, along with deleted scenes from Ghostbusters 2.
Here's what Sony Pictures' worldwide »
Darth Vader mingled. Spider Man posed. Batman signed autographs. Comic books came to life this weekend at the bi-annual Long BeachComic Con, located in the seaside Convention Center in the heart of the city. A scaled down version of San Diego’s uber fest, it still drew crowds of geeks, freaks and fans looking to see stars, buy memorabilia, andogle some really crazy costumes. When asked what the hot cosplay of today is, the answer people atthe convention was nearly unanimous: Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence;s blue alterego in ‘X-Men.’ But few in attendance were willing to pull off thenaked-looking outfit. One woman said, ‘I’m on a diet for San Diego’ (to wear that costume). Richard Hatch of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fame signed autographswhile the 501st (Vader’s Fist the world’s leading Star Wars organization) puton realistic battle scenes in full armor and artillery. When asked about thenew Star Wars, »
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: New trailer for 2014 ‘Planet of the Apes’ film shows humans are the most dangerous apes of them all (image: Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes enjoy a peaceful existence until created-in-God’s-image apes — that’s self-delusional humans — discover the Gmo apes’ hiding place in a lush forest. Much like gays were blamed for the AIDS virus a few decades ago, the virtuous and righteous humans (Gary Oldman among them) blame the Gmo apes for a virus that all but wiped out humankind. Enter the military, ever eager to save the world for peace and happiness by way of some heavy-duty weaponry. Needless to say, I’m ardently rooting for Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow Gmo apes. Check out the »
- Andre Soares
Part of the list provides a few Best Picture nominees, a number of Oscar winners, and a childhood favorite that still pops up now and again. In reality, this list could be half-full of music documentaries, but for that reason, I stayed away from them. Plus, I did my best to include only films that really are musicals in every sense of the word. Plenty of films have lots of musical components, but only true musicals have performances in the film that truly drive the story forward. The songs in movie musicals have a purpose, if there could be a true definition.
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40. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Directed by Michael Apted
Signature Song: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
- Joshua Gaul
Here’s the first official entry to “Summertime with the super heroes 2014″(Cap’s return last month would be considered Spring, one supposes). And it’s an old familiar masked face who got a major overhaul (re-boot, re-imagining, etc.) just two Summers ago. 2012′s The Amazing Spider-man proved to click with audiences, so the director and principal actors are back for number two (no bathroom jokes, please!). They’ve gotten the revamped origin story out-of-the-way, so it’s on to new challenges, and a new super villain. Well, things need to be ramped-up, so it’s three, count em’, three super villains from the classic comic book rogues’ gallery: Electro, the Rhino, and, returning to the big screen from the original Sam Raimi-directed trilogy, the Green Goblin. Will they triple the excitement factor from the first flick, or will they cancel out the charm factor, mainly being the romance of Peter and Gwen? »
- Jim Batts
Jump in the Way Back machine Tuesday night, May 6th at The Way Out Club! It’s Super-8 Time Travel Movie Madness featuring a slate of films on Super-8 Sound film, projected on a large screen with the science fiction theme and plot device of time travel.
The lineup includes the Planet of the Apes Pentalogy: Planet Of The Apes, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, Escape From The Planet Of The Apes, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes, and Battle For The Planet Of The Apes. Also in keeping with the theme we’ll show The Land That Time Forgot, Dr. Who And The Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., and a special 3-reel 50-minute edition of the 1960 time travel classic The Time Machine starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimeaux.
- Tom Stockman
You wouldn’t be able to see them in concert. You couldn’t necessarily find an old favorite of theirs on vinyl or hear their new single on the radio, or download their latest Ep as a new discovery. But for the fictional bands of cinema, their music still matters in a deep, powerful way. With the announcement that one of the most famous fictional bands of all time, Jem and the Holograms, is getting the movie adaptation treatment, it’s about time to look at the other fake bands that stepped onto the silver screen before them. Their existence may not be true, but their music is. 10. The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers are one of the rare comedy acts that transcended the barrier between fake act and legitimate band. Starting as a skit on Saturday Night Live and graduating to their own movie, the traveling act of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi and their incomparable »
- Samantha Wilson
Look at the current landscape of American comedy in TV and film, and you will see an institution that has been shaped, molded and influenced by one show more than any other, for 39 years. Saturday Night Live has consistently proven itself to be the training ground for some of the best writers and performers in the business today, and it is preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Created by Lorne Michaels, and developed by Dick Ebersol (previously NBC’s Vice President of late-night programming) in 1975, Saturday Night Live is the late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that was designed to parody culture and politics with a repertory cast, celebrity guest hosts and a musical guest performance each week. It is one of the longest-running network TV shows in America, with a bulging trophy cabinet that includes 36 prime-time Emmys, 3 Writer’s Guild Association awards and a Peabody. In 2012, it »
- Sarah Myles
With 4/20 coming around this Sunday, we could have easily given you a list of all the reasons that Super Troopers has become one of the greatest "stoner comedies" of all time. Instead, we decided to chat with all five of the Broken Lizard guys to let them tell you all about this little film they made nearly 15 years ago and how it turned into the cult classic it is today. Spark it up, cinephiles! It's oral-history time.
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Fat, drunk, and stupid may not be the best way to go through life, but it sure does create one memorable film character!
Movies have often been set in and around college campuses, but none quite like Animal House. From toga parties to food fights, the film not only introduced us to many collegiate cinematic clichés, but pretty much reinvented the entire genre. When you think of a college movie, you think of Animal House.
John Belushi made a huge leap from TV onto the big screen as Bluto, the exact opposite of what you think a fraternity boy would »
- Jake Perlman
We love running across great questions around movies that make you stop and go, "Hmm." That's why we just had to bring up a question posed over on the endlessly entertaining io9, asking which sci-fi or fantasy movie you hate so much you feel compelled to watch it over and over again. Some great answers out of the nearly 1,000 comments include The Dark Knight Rises, the last three Star Wars movies, Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus and, well, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Ok then. Mine happens not to be sci-fi or fantasy: The Blues Brothers. I've seen it at least five times and still can't figure out why it's a classic. Check out the pretty hilarious answers on io9 and tell us below: What movie--of any genre--do you love to hate to watch (and...
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The Dixie Square Mall is best known for its role in the 1980s Blues Brothers film. It is the scene of an epic car chase that sends Elwood and Jake Blues crashing through the interior of the mall in an attempt to evade police. However, the mall has a history that makes it more reminiscent of the Monroeville Mall in Dawn of the Dead.
Opened in 1966, it was your pretty standard suburban shopping mall, with over 60 shops and three anchor stores. But the town of Harvey, where the mall existed, was a failing suburb that became poverty-stricken, leading to an increase in crime. Countless robberies took place at the Dixie Square Mall, and gangs kept families away. The first death at the mall came in 1968, when an elderly woman was killed in the parking lot in a hit and run accident. A woman was fatally shot in a botched robbery »
- Alyse Wax
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Apr 2014 - 06:26
There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.
In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »
The Blues Brothers are back in business -- this time in the world of online gaming. Mx Digital, a U.S.-based developer and distributor of branded online-gambling games, has inked an exclusive partnership with Blues Brothers Approved Ventures for the use of the Blues Brothers brand, including the names and likenesses of Jake and Elwood Blues, for online gaming properties. Dan Aykroyd, who played Elwood in the original Saturday Night Live sketches as well as in the two feature films, is on board for promotional support. “We are really excited to add the Blues Brothers to our catalog of
- Kimberly Nordyke
Ellen Page is in talks to play the wife of John Belushi (Emile Hirsch) in Steve Conrad's upcoming indie biopic "Belushi". Jacklin was Belushi's loving high school girlfriend who eventually married the comedian and was left devastated by his death.
The film explores the comedian's rise to fame on SNL and films like "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" before he died of an overdose at 33. Filming begins later this year in New York. [Source: The Wrap]
Having wrapped "Fifty Shades Of Grey," Dakota Johnson is in early talks to play the love interest of Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper's true story drama "Black Mass" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Dylan Penn, daughter of Sean Penn, will make her acting »
- Garth Franklin
When Juno became a breakthrough hit in late 2007, Ellen Page seemed to have all the qualities of a true Hollywood star. However, despite a few high-profile roles here and there, most recently in 2013′s The East, the actress has kept relatively quiet. Now, Page is looking to get back in the spotlight as she’s signed on to play Judy Belushi Pisano, the wife of the late John Belushi, in an upcoming untitled biopic that stars Emile Hirsch as the beloved comic actor.
The Promotion‘s Steve Conrad is on board to write and direct while Pisano will help produce as well as provide the source material for the script, which comes in the form of a biography she wrote entitled “Belushi.” The film will explore the actor’s “rise to fame in the late ’70s, from Saturday Night Live to his starring turns in Animal House and The Blues Brothers. »
- Jordan Adler
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