10 items from 2014
Maybe it’s because the anniversary fell on the weekend, but it’s shocking how few tributes there are to Uncle Buck turning 25. I know, it’s only John Hughes‘s second-highest-grossing movie as a director (out of eight), and only currently (according to Rotten Tomatoes) the ninth best-reviewed of his movies in any creative capacity (out of 31). I understand that it’s a fairly insignificant comedy without a lot of cultural or historical relevance. It’s just Mr. Mom (scripted by Hughes) without the social contexts of the recession and the rise of women in the workforce that makes that movie an important piece of American cinema. It’s a sitcom that didn’t even translate well to television. A saccharine family film that’s actually not that appropriate for children — and that’s after a cut was made to the theatrical version due to parent complaints (the drunk clown scene was apparently more profane). Uncle Buck »
- Christopher Campbell
The summer of 1989 was brimming with blockbusters. A number of high profile sequels were set to light up the box office. Massive franchises like like Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, and Lethal Weapon were debuting new installments guaranteed to rake in fat stacks of cash. But this summer would be ruled by another movie. A film that had been widely speculated about since it started production. A movie with an unproven dramatic leading man and a director seen as something of an anomaly in the studio system. This film would forever change the landscape of the summer blockbuster and serve as an influence for a generation of movies.
It’s easy to see the impact of Batman 25 years later as »
- Anghus Houvouras
There’s still a lot of love out there for Michael Keaton, who was an A-list superstar in the 1980s when he starred in Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, and Batman, among other hits. Today, he’s more of a character actor who does voice acting for Pixar films and lends some manic energy to movies like Need for Speed.
But for better and worse, he’ll always be Batman. It’s a shadow that follows any actor who dons a cape and mask for a modern Hollywood franchise – which makes Keaton the perfect star for Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s upcoming »
- Jeff Labrecque
I miss Michael Keaton. The man was an 80s staple, from Mr. Mom to Beetlejuice to Batman. Regardless of the quality of films he's in these days, I love to see him pop up. He was my favorite part of The Other Guys . . . and almost convinced me to see the latest Robocop. Fortunately, I don't have to stomach that in order to get my fix, as he's heading up a film of his own, Birdman. If you're not familiar with the premise, a teaser trailer has hit that really nails the vibe. Get your dose »
- Sean Wist
Happy birthday, Sixteen Candles, you’re really weird. Perhaps you’ve forgotten just how weird Sixteen Candles is, but rest assured, it’s weird. John Hughes’ directorial debut arrived in theaters on May 4, 1984 (Star Wars Day, as the Internet recognizes it), making it officially thirty-years-old today. At the time, Hughes had already penned Mr. Mom, National Lampoon’s Vacation and a bunch of episodes of Delta House, but Sixteen Candles marked his first foray behind the camera in a directorial capacity. The fact that the film is rarely referred to as a very, very weird little comedy is both a total shame and fairly understandable, if only because it’s much easier to forget the skewed nature of Hughes’ comedic sensibilities and instead focus on the important thing – it’s a teen romance starring Molly Ringwald – that defined a large section of Hughes’ career, for better or worse. Plenty of eighties films were just plain weird – consider »
- Kate Erbland
It was a family affair at “Mom’s Night Out” starring Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins, Sarah Drew and Sean Astin. Cast and crew, along with kids and spouses, were all smiles on the red carpet Tuesday night the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as they arrived for the premiere of the family friendly film that “celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.” Much in the vein of “Mr. Mom” and “Daddy Daycare,” the premise of the film leaves the dads in charge while the moms have a night of fun and, of course, chaos ensues. The film, from the directing team of Jon and Andrew Erwin, has been generating good buzz. It opens on May 9 during the prime Mother’s Day weekend. Tri-Star is banking on a strong family turn-out to edge out the stiff competition of Universal’s “Neighbors” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and Clarius Entertainment’s animated sequel, »
Michael Uslan knows more about Batman than you do. Alongside Benjamin Melniker, he's been a producer on every Batman movie since Tim Burton brought a becowled Michael Keaton to the world in 1989. His autobiography is called The Boy Who Loved Batman. He was the first person to teach comic-books as a university course. He's also, as you'd expect, hard at work on Batman Vs. Superman, and he recently spoke to Ep about his plans for the film.You can watch the interview in full below, but just to wet your whistle here are some choice quotes about the casting controversy surrounding Ben Affleck:"We went through it all with Michael Keaton. I lead the charge from the first time I heard Tim [Burton] was thinking of hiring Michael Keaton to play Batman. I'd go, 'Oh my god, all the work, I've put in all these years to do a dark and serious Batman, »
Producer Michael Uslan has been involved in getting Batman on the big screen for pretty much longer than anyone - years before the original 1989 Tim Burton film became a phenomenon. He's since served as producer on all the live-action films and animated series/movies in the series.
Out doing promotions for "The Lego Movie" on which he's also a producer, he spoke with Ep Daily about Zack Snyder's casting Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" project and how it compares to the backlash Michael Keaton faced all those years ago when he scored the role:
"I feel great. First of all, Zack's a fanboy, and he loves these characters as much as any of us do. Everybody grows as filmmakers, as actors, all of us in life, if we don't continue to evolve, something is radically wrong.
It's so interesting to see the »
- Garth Franklin
While directors and actors will come and go, there is one man who has been involved with every Batman movie since director Tim Burton's 1989 adventure, producer Michael E. Uslan. Now, almost 18 years later, Batman is finally meeting Superman on screen as he crosses over into the Man of Steel sequel Batman Vs. Superman, which begins production this spring. The producer recently spoke with Ep Daily, where he was asked about Zack Snyder's take on the character, and his thoughts about the negativity swirling around Ben Affleck's casting as Batman.
"I feel great. First of all, Zack is a fanboy, and he loves these characters as much as any of us do. Everybody grows as filmmakers, as actors, all of us in life, if we don't continue to evolve something is radically wrong, »
When it comes to performing in uncomfortable superhero suits, Michael Keaton has been there and done that. The legendary comic actor best known for Mr. Mom or Beetlejuice blazed a trail for the modern movie hero by strapping himself into an immobile Batsuit for Tim Burton.s two Batman movies. And now that he.s acting alongside Joel Kinnaman in the latest RoboCop reboot, Keaton says he doesn.t want to hear any bitching and moaning about how complicated it can be to act in what.s essentially a casket. Keaton doesn.t go anywhere near a suit in the new RoboCop, from director Jose Padilha. Instead, he plays Raymond Sellers, owner of the futuristic OmniCorp who has a hand in the creation of the groundbreaking half-human/half-cyborg hero at the center of the story. And while Kinnaman never approached Keaton for tips given his experience in Burton.s Batman »
10 items from 2014
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