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Legendary soul and jazz singer Johnny Mathis watched his Hollywood Hills mansion get destroyed by a fire on Monday night. Mathis -- famous for hits like "Chances Are," "Misty" and his classic Christmas records -- has lived in the home for 56 years. Its location in the Hills made it very difficult for firefighters to get to reach the house. He wasn't home when the fire broke out, but firefighters said they were able to save »
- TMZ Staff
*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for review. Director: Don Michael Paul. Writers: M.A. Deuce, C.J. Strebor, William Truesmith and John Whelpley. Cast: Michael Gross, Jamie Kennedy. More than ten years after the last Tremors film, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, (which is actually a prequel) the flesh-hungry graboids are back for more blood! Too bad nobody cares. This fifth film in the series is a sequel to Tremors 3: Back to Perfection. Even with the return of franchise star Michael Gross ("Family Ties") as Burt Gummer, and the addition of another horror franchise star, Jamie Kennedy, (Scream series) almost nothing is salvageable from the wreckage of this unnecessary fifth installment. Admittedly, this viewer has not seen any of the Tremors sequels, but thoroughly enjoyed the 1990 original, so was hoping for at least some cheesy B-Movie-type entertainment. Unfortunately, entertainment was not high on the agenda. »
- email@example.com (Kenna Rae)
Happy 77th birthday to one of our favorite actors, Christopher Lloyd!
The actor, who's played some of filmdom's most beloved characters, including Doc Brown in "Back to the Future," Professor Plum in "Clue," and Uncle Fester in the "Addams Family" films, was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Conn.
Partly because of his height, and partly because of his manic intensity and commitment to even the wildest characters, he's portrayed a series of eccentrics, from mad scientists to aliens; had an impressive, award-winning theater career; and will always be remembered as Reverend Jim on "Taxi."
In honor of his 77th birthday, we've come up with 75 reasons why he's so awesome.
1. He's played a Klingon, a cartoon, the Wizard of Oz, an angel, a leper, and a geriatric vampire.
2. He stands an impressive 6'1."
3. Because he's so tall, he had to hunch over to appear in the same frame with "Back to the Future »
- Sharon Knolle
Today, as you probably know, is Back to The Future Day. You've more than likely heard a lot about the making of the movie over the course of the past few weeks. And you also probably know that Eric Stoltz was the original star of the sci-fi comedy classic, replaced midway through the shoot by Michael J. Fox. The new book Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History has a great account of what happened, and how the firing transpired. And it contains plenty of photos from the lost Eric Stoltz footage. But, aside from a few quick clips that have been released in the past, we haven't ever seen the bulk of this footage. Will we ever?
Yes, probably, is Bob Gale's answer. He believes that they will eventually release the footage on a future anniversary for the trilogy. But when that could be, he doesn't know. »
October 21st, 2015, has been long awaited by Back to the Future fans: It's the exact day Marty McFly and Doc Brown left the roads behind and zipped ahead to the second installment of the beloved time travel franchise.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future, and to mark the occasion, the entire series is being reissued in a massive Blu-ray and DVD trilogy box set packed with bonus features and behind-the-scenes extras.
One such snippet, available to watch exclusively on Rolling Stone, offers »
The gym of the Hollywood United Methodist Church is dressed to the nines. Paper and foam fish hang from the ceiling. Blue and silver streamer curtains line the walls. A statue of Poseidon towers over tables strewn with punch bowls. About 100 people add a rainbow’s array of color to the gym with 1950s-era dresses and suits. But they’re not doing the hand jive or the bop – they’re busting out their ’80s moves as the band plays Whodini’s 1984 funk-rap song “Freaks Come Out At Night.” The scene is a nighttime shoot in mid-March 1985 on the set of “Back to the Future.” Harry Waters Jr., who played Marvin Berry, the leader of the band at the dance, recalled the surreal experience of jamming with contemporary songs in between takes for a gym full of extras in 30 years out-of-date clothes. “It was a party! It was entirely too much fun, »
- Emily Rome
Since its release 30 years ago, "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.
Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate Back to the Future Day (October 21), here are 30 things you need to know about Marty McFly's first trip through time.
"Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy" is available to own now on Blu-ray & DVD.
1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time. »
- Gary Susman
On Oct. 21, Universal Home Entertainment will host a red-carpet screening at Lincoln Center of “Back to the Future,” wrapping a week-long celebration tied to the day shown on Marty McFly’s time-machine DeLorean car. It’s a pretty impressive array of activities, considering the movie started out with nobody wanting to make it.
Bob Gale, who scripted the 1985 original with Robert Zemeckis, told Variety this week that they spent years trying to get it made, but most studios thought it was too tame, saying “very nice, very sweet, but take it to Disney.” However, when they finally met with Disney, execs thought it was too racy, nervous about Lorraine’s attraction to Marty McFly (who’s her son, though she doesn’t know it because he’s visiting from the future).
The reason he sets the DeLorean to Oct. 21, 2015? It’s the day 30 years in the future when the Cubs »
- Tim Gray
Montreal-based filmmaker Anne Emond amply fulfills the promise of her first feature, the sexually charged two-hander “Nuit #1,” with “Our Loved Ones,” a more densely populated but equally arresting and even more emotionally potent film about a Quebecois family forced to cope with the stealthy legacy of its patriarch. The pitch-perfect performances and graceful storytelling should guarantee an extended run on the global fest circuit, and the potential theatrical audience might extend beyond arthouse habitues if distributors can convey how realistically yet sympathetically the film deals with its subject matter.
After the paterfamilias of the Leblanc family hangs himself, for reasons only gradually revealed as the narrative progresses, David (Maxim Gaudette), the eldest of his five children, carries on the family business of constructing and selling marionettes. For years, he lives what appears to be an idyllic life with his wife, Marie (Valerie Cadieux), and their two children in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. »
- Joe Leydon
On Charlie's farm, anything can happen. Chris Suns' Charlie's Farm will be released on DVD on November 3rd. Also: a PSA from Tremors 5, details on two horror mobile games, Kickstarter information for Nightmares, and a trailer for Flhaunt.
Charlie's Farm: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA (October 2, 2015) — Alchemy is thrilled to announce the home entertainment release of the haunting Charlie’S Farm, written and directed by Chris Sun (Daddy’s Little Girl, Come and Get Me). Charlie’S Farm stars Nathan Jones (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Protector, Troy), Tara Reid (The Big Lebowski, American Pie, ABC’s “Scrubs”) and Kane Hodder (Se7en, Monster, The Afflicted) and will be available on DVD on November 3, 2015.
In an effort to do something different, four friends head into Australia’s outback to explore Charlie’S Farm, the site where a violent family met their end at the hands of an angry mob. Despite all warnings, »
- Tamika Jones
A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in the sci-fi comedy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD this week from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Michael Gross returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features; extended scenes and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer's hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker, find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Assblasters and Graboids. Discovering »
Fox, Gross, and Baxter have continued to work in Hollywood after the end of Family Ties, but Yothers and Bateman have left the limelight of the acting business behind. Bateman is a senior in college, and Yothers is raising a family.
The cast made it clear that the family act on television was not just an act. They formed a close bond behind the scenes as well.
Members of the Family Ties cast has reunited in the »
For the past few years, Entertainment Weekly has released a Reunions issue, where they bring back cast members from your favorite movies and TV shows of yesteryear. This year's issue, which hits newsstands on Friday, features the beloved cast of Family Ties. Stars Michael J. Fox (Alex P. Keaton), Michael Gross (Steven Keaton), Meredith Baxter (Elyse Keaton), Justine Bateman (Mallory Keaton), Tina Yothers (Jennifer Keaton) and Tracy Pollan (Ellen Reed) all got together for a photo shoot and video interviews with both EW and the Today show, where they discussed the show's lasting impact, 26 years after it went off the air in 1989. Here's what Michael J. Fox had to say about how the show affected its fans.
"People grew up with Family Ties. That's a very special relationship I enjoy with people. I was there for a lot of big things in their lives. I wasn't physically there but I »
Can you believe it's been over 30 years since Family Ties first premiered?! The hit sitcom, which aired from 1982 to 1989 and starred Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Tina Yothers and Justin Bateman, to name a few, is taking a cue from the Internet's love of nostalgia, as the beloved cast has reunited for a feature in Entertainment Weekly as part of the publication's annual reunion issue. The piece, which hits newstands Friday, features Fox (Alex Keaton), Gross (Steven Keaten), Baxter (Elyse Keaton), Yothers (Jennifer Keaton) and Bateman (Mallory Keaton), as well as Fox's wife Tracy Pollan (Ellen Reed), who all spoke about the show's »
Felicity is back between her two favorite men! "Felicity" stars Scott Speedman, Keri Russell and Scott Foley cover the new issue of Entertainment Weekly for the mag's annual "Reunions" edition. On the cover shot, Scott poses next to Russell with his hand rested on her leg ... while Foley takes the other side of Keri as she holds his hand. The popular TV drama -- which ran on the WB network from 1998-2002 -- followed the story of Felicity Porter (played by Russell) who, after asking high school crush Ben Covington (Speedman) to sign her yearbook, changes her post-grad plans and moves to NYC to attend the (fictional) University of New York in hopes of starting a romance with Ben. Shortly after making the move, Porter finds herself in a love triangle with Ben and a new romantic interest, Noel Crane (played by Foley). "To commemorate a quarter-century of EW, and »
- tooFab Staff
This week sees the return of Graboid Hunter and Survivalist Burt Gummer in Tremors 5: Bloodlines which follows the beloved character, portrayed by franchise mainstay Michael Gross, to South Africa where the subterranean monsters—as well as their beastly brethren the Assblasters—are terrorizing a small village near an area known as the "Cradle of Humankind."
Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to sit down with Gross for an in-depth discussion on all things Tremors and in this first part of our interview, the long-time actor chatted about transitioning from Family Ties to the world of oversized monsters back in 1990, how Burt has evolved throughout the years, the challenges of staying true to the franchise and what he’s up to this time around for Tremors 5: Bloodlines.
Check out the first part of our video interview with Gross below and be sure to check back tomorrow for the second »
- Heather Wixson
If you would have told me 25 years ago that Family Ties star Michael Gross would become the heart and soul of one the best modern monster movie franchises, I don’t think I would have believed it. But here we are, in 2015, and Gross’ beloved character from the original Tremors (and a few sequels as well) is back and this time he’s battling Graboids and Assblasters in South Africa for Tremors 5: Bloodlines.
The sequel picks up with Burt Gummer (Gross) as the star of a survivalist show who has become well-known as a monster hunter but hasn’t really cashed in on all his accomplishments. Burt takes on a new cameraman by the name of Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) right around the same time he’s contacted by a representative from the Wildlife Authority of South Africa who seeks out Gummer’s help after a Graboid attack leaves a villager dead. »
- Heather Wixson
This week sees the return of Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in Tremors 5: Bloodlines which has the survivalist and beloved character fighting Graboids and Assblasters in South Africa with the help of his new cameraman, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy). The latest sequel in the Tremors franchise arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday and injects the series with some new blood- and monster-fied twists- which should hopefully delight longtime fans and introduce a whole new audience to everyone’s favorite subterranean monsters that first emerged back in 1990.
Daily Dead recently chatted with Tremors 5 co-star Kennedy about his involvement with the latest sequel, his experiences shooting in the wild of South Africa and collaborating with franchise mainstay Gross as well as his thoughts on keeping up with the horror genre’s rabid fans as well over the last few decades.
Thanks for speaking with me today, Jamie. Tremors 5 was a lot »
- Heather Wixson
Michael Gross returns as survivalist extraordinaire Burt Gummer in Tremors 5: Bloodlines, hitting Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD tomorrow from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Ahead of its release, we've been provided with five Blu-ray copies to give away.
Tremors 5: Bloodlines: "A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in the sci-fi comedy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 6, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits,”) returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features; extended scenes and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. »
- Derek Anderson
1990’s Tremors was a hit with audiences and was one of the first horror comedies that really took off and appealed to its viewers, offering up likable characters, great special fx, and villainous mega-sized worms called “Graboids” that would instantly become horror favorites. The film, which starred Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward, was about two down on their luck handymen wanting to get out of a nowhere town, just to stuck there when giant creatures threatened the town’s residents, was able to instantly become a fan favorite. It spawned many sequels (Bacon would not return for any, but Ward came back for one, and series regular Michael Gross (Family Ties)’s Burt Gummer would become the one constant in the franchise and eventual TV series. While the sequels would fail to capture the magic of the first film, they were entertaining little straight to video entries that were big with cult audiences. »
- Jerry Smith
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