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11 items from 2014


Review: Hilla Medalia's Documentary 'The Go-Go Boys' Remembers 1980s Hollywood

7 October 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There's nothing particularly special about Hilla Medalia's documentary, "The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films," other than its subjects, Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus. The eponymous Israeli cousins are well known to anyone over the age of -- well, never mind. Arriving on Hollywood shores in the early 80s, this filmmaking team -- Golan was the filmmaker, Globus the moneyman -- had ambitions to make it big and despite lacking certain obvious traits (such as taste) that is exactly what they did. Getting their break in 1984 with a dance film fittingly called "Breakin," only two years later their Cannon Films was making 40-plus films, paying Sylvester Stallone $10-plus million, and bankrolling not only low-brow stars Charles Bronson ("Death Wish II"), Chuck Norris ("Delta Force") and Jean-Claude Van Damme ("Bloodsport") but the likes of John Cassavettes ("Love Streams"), Norman Mailer ("Tough Guys »

- Tom Christie

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Fantastic Fest Review: Movie Studio Nostalgia Doc ‘Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films’

21 September 2014 6:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Much like the Orion Pictures logo that recently resurfaced and excited Generation Nostalgia™, you probably know the Cannon Films emblem, may remember their films and might even fetishize their library. But unlike Orion, which gave cineastes nine Woody Allen movies, unimpeachable genre classics like “RoboCop,” “The Terminator” and four Best Picture Oscar winners (“Platoon” among them), Cannon’s independent outsider brand was immediately defined by its lack of quality, good taste and sense. A schlock ‘em, sock ‘em house of shameless low-rent, Z-grade movies, the rogue and independent Cannon broke through the mainstream film market in the 1980s with its rash of no-budget exploitation pictures that even Roger Corman would be appalled by. Starting with Charles Bronson's "Death Wish II" (and its subsequent sequels), through "highlights" like Tobe Hooper's “Lifeforce," “American Ninja” and “Breakin’,” Cannon delighted B-movie genre heads with their »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Arcades in Movies Supercut

4 September 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This video supercut of "Arcades in Movies" was created by the Huffington Post. It features a lot of movies from mid-70s to the mid-90s, which was the golden age for arcades.

Back when I was a kid I wanted to own an arcade. I thought it would be such a fun job. Oh, how the times have changed. If I wanted to go to and arcade today, odds are I'd have to go to a Dave and Buster's.

Movies in the super cut via /Film:

Rancho Deluxe” (1975) “Jaws” (1975) “Jaws 2″ (1978) “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1978) “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) “Midnight Madness” (1980) “Bustin’ Loose” (1981) “Death Wish II” (1982) “Rocky III” (1982) “Tron” (1982) “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982) “Jekyll and Hyde… Together Again” (1982) “The Toy” (1982) “Joysticks” (1983) “WarGames” (1983) “Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983) “Strange Brew” (1983) “Nightmares” [segment 'Bishop of Battle'] (1983) “Never Say Never Again” (1983) “High School U.S.A.” (1983) “Rumble Fish” (1983) “Footloose” (1984) “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock »

- Free Reyes

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‘Superman’ Producer Menahem Golan Dies

10 August 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Menahem Golan, who started his film career as Roger Corman’s apprentice before going on to gain a foothold in some of Hollywood’s most lucrative franchises, has passed away in his home country of Israel aged 85. With his cousin and business partner Yoram Globus he oversaw some of the Eighties’ most highly-regarded “bad” movies. Via Cannon Films they brought us cheap and relatively cheerful productions such as Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (famously shot in Milton Keynes), Death Wish 2 – 4 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. There was also a proposed version of Spider-man that fell by the wayside with only teaser material released. The unused sets and costumes were eventually utilized for Cyborg with Jean-Claude Van-Damme. Action stars Van-Damme and Chuck Norris have paid tribute to Golan, crediting him with launching their careers.

He was reportedly one of the more flamboyant characters of the industry with a fiery temperament, »

- Steve Palace

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Menahem Golan, ‘Delta Force’ Director, Dead at 85

8 August 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Menahem Golan, the Israeli producer and director whose body of work includes “The Delta Force,” “Death Wish II” and “Masters of the Universe,” died Friday, Haaretz reports. He was 85. Born Menahem Globus in 1929, Golan traveled to New York to study film at New York University in 1960, arriving in Hollywood in the 1970s. He later became known for directing action films featuring stars such as Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 In 1977 Golan directed “Mivtsa Yonatan” (“Operation Thunderbolt”), a film based on the 1976 hijacking of an airplane from Tel Aviv bound for »

- Tim Kenneally

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Menachem Golan, Who Headed Cannon Films, Dies at 85

8 August 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Menachem Golan, the colorful, free-spending Israeli-born producer and director whose Cannon Films yielded hundreds of productions starring the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris before going bust, died Friday in Israel, according to Haaretz. He was 85.

Golan, whose first name is sometimes spelled Menahem, was famous for his overblown pronouncements and business plans, and partnered for many years with his cousin, Yoram Globus. The duo started their U.S. career making fast-paced action exploitation titles starring the likes of Norris and Charles Bronson. Then, in the ’80s, Golan and Globus headed the ill-fated public company Cannon Entertainment, which began spending more on films such as “A Cry in the Dark,” “Cobra,” “Sahara” (1983), “Over the Top” and “Bolero” with such actors as Stallone, Brooke Shields and Bo Derek.

For a decade Golan dominated the market portion of the Cannes Film Festival, booking hundreds of pages a day in trade papers »

- Richard Natale

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Tiff 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes Rec 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More; New Images!

29 July 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) runs September 4-14, 2014, and its Midnight Madness programme brings thrills, chills, and all sorts of kills to Festival audiences once again including Tusk, [Rec] 4: Apocalypse, The Guest, It Follows, and lots more!

From the Press Release:

Get your passports stamped and experience an international cinematic rollercoaster which includes: a Yakuza street gang hip-hop musical epic; spine-chilling Spanish zombies with insatiable appetites; a Finnish boy hunter rescuing the President of the United States from terrorists; and Flemish cub scouts trapped in the woods with sinister companions.

Midnight Madness has been entertaining connoisseurs of the exquisitely explicit for over 25 years and is now an essential destination for cinematic masters of outrageous expression,” says Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival. “After the sun sets on the Festival days, fearless audiences will converge at the Ryerson Theatre to be served a visual feast of the bizarre, »

- Debi Moore

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2014 Tiff: Midnight Madness Sticks Mostly To Fest Faves in David Robert Mitchell & Adam Wingard

29 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It looks like Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes might have been more inspired by what he might have seen elsewhere, than what was currently available for a potential fall fest break-out. A section commonly known for almost wall to wall world preems in the mix-up of genres and languages, is giving some inventory space to Sundance preemed Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows and Adam Wingard’s The Guest (Nicholas called it, “sleek, fun entertainment, a reminder of a bygone era when an influx of entertaining genre films existed in greater quantity“) which joins the Cannes Critics’ Week entry David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows. Sion Sono will open the section with Tokyo Tribe, but acquisition interest will go towards world preem titles of Jaume Balagueró’s [Rec] 4: Apocalypse, Jalmari Heleander’s Big Game and Jonas Govaerts’ Cub, while the A24 folks get to »

- Eric Lavallee

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Tiff Midnight Madness Selection Includes World Premiere of Tusk, [Rec] 4

29 July 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Every year, we look forward to the Midnight Madness selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, which includes a great mix of upcoming horror films around the world. Once again, many of the titles are making their world premiere at Tiff, and we have the full list, which includes Kevin Smith’s Tusk and [Rec] 4:

“Toronto — The Toronto International Film Festival®’s Midnight Madness programme brings thrills, chills and all sorts of kills to Festival audiences once again. Get your passports stamped and experience an international cinematic rollercoaster which includes: a Yakuza street gang hip-hop musical epic; spine-chilling Spanish zombies with insatiable appetites; a Finnish boy hunter rescuing the President of the United States from terrorists; and Flemish cub scouts trapped in the woods with sinister companions.

Midnight Madness has been entertaining connoisseurs of the exquisitely explicit for over 25 years, and is now an essential destination for cinematic masters of outrageous expression, »

- Jonathan James

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'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards,' 'Mash' and 32 more Netflix additions

4 February 2014 1:45 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

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 »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Cinema Retro Special Report: Paul Talbot On The Making Of Charles Bronson's "The Evil That Men Do"

1 February 2014 10:26 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Paul Talbot

The poster screamed: “Most criminals answer to the law. The world’s most savage executioner must answer to Bronson.” Since the late 1960s, Charles Bronson’s name on a marquee was a guarantee of unchained action. When The Evil That Men Do opened in 1984, fans were hit with the expected violence─but this time they were also assaulted with thick layers of sadism, sleaze and depravity. And they loved it.

Born in 1921, Charles Bronson (originally Bunchinsky) was a dirt-poor Pennsylvania coal miner before he was drafted and later used the GI Bill to study acting. After dozens of small roles, he became a popular supporting player in hit films like The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Great Escape (1963)─then went overseas to star in European pictures like Farewell, Friend (1967), Once Upon a Time in the West (1967) and Rider on the Rain (1970). Although ignored in the States─where they »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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