18 items from 2017
From August 4th through August 6th, Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con took over the Windy City, and Daily Dead was on hand for all the horror-fied festivities. Throughout all three days, this writer served as one of Flashback’s co-hosts, and brought back some highlights from several of the panels held over the course of the convention.
Below is the first part of our excerpts from the panel featuring the women of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, and Ronee Blakley. The trio discussed their careers at the point of being involved with the first film in the Nightmare franchise, how the project came about, and their experiences seeing Wes Craven’s landmark film for the very first time.
Be sure to check back here on Daily Dead for more from the women of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
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- Heather Wixson
Ever wonder what the stars of your favorite movies and TV shows got up to when the cameras weren’t rolling? Well, we have some partial answers for you.
Keep scrolling to see the best behind-the-scenes shots from decades past. They’re totally phat, gnarly, groovy and … you get the idea:
- Lydia Price
Rob Lowe has always been into the supernatural — and we’re not talking about his ability to never age.
“From the time I was a kid, I’ve always been interested in unexplained phenomena and spooky mysteries,” Lowe, 53, says in the current issue of People. “When I had kids of my own, we would tell campfire stories, and I would share that with them. It was a way that we bonded as father and sons.”
Now Lowe has taken his sons Matthew, 23, and John Owen, 21, on the road with him to explore supernatural locations and urban-legend sites as part of »
- Patrick Gomez
In 1967, Tulsa teenager Susie Hinton published her first novel, The Outsiders. The first-person narrative of Ponyboy Curtis discussed his brothers and friends in the Greasers as they faced off against the local rich kids, the Socs. The novel has never been out of print, having sparked a sense of identification with the first teenagers who read it, and every generation since. The book was also made into a now-legendary movie in 1983, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring seemingly every young actor in Hollywood at the time, including Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Cruise. The success of The Outsiders helped boost the popularity of Hinton’s subsequent books like Tex, Rumble Fish, and That Was Then, This Is Now, all of which were also made into films.
- Gwen Ihnat
In 1983, while adapting The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton’s famous novel about young, full-blooded Oklahoma gangs with names like Ponyboy and Sodapop, Francis Ford Coppola was dissatisfied. He didn’t like the style of his adaptation, finding the color and direction too saccharine; here was a film about hard times that risked making those times look like the good old days. During production he started reading another S.E. Hinton young adult book about young, full-blooded Oklahoma gangs with names like Motorcycle Boy, Smokey, and Rusty James: Rumble Fish. While finishing work on the former, Coppola dreamed of filming the latter, which he found personal and saw as the perfect avenue for artistic expression.
The story of Rumble Fish takes us back to the rougher, poorer areas of Tulsa, Oklahoma. High schooler Rusty James is trying to fill a hole that started to fill up space when his brother, Motorcycle Boy, »
- Trevor Berrett
On Wednesday, Et's Nischelle Turner caught up with Lowe at the Los Angeles premiere of How to Be a Latin Lover -- which hits theaters on April 28 -- and he admitted that he was flattered upon hearing of the 43-year-old actress' fondness for him. Last week, Beckinsale disclosed her crush by sharing a photo of a postcard she wrote as if it was from Lowe. The note read: "Dear Kate, Yes I will marry you. See you soon. Love, Rob."
"Either I was a really tragic 13 year old with time on my hands." Beckinsale quipped in the caption, "Or Rob Lowe was all kinds of casual proposing marriage via a postcard of himself, signing his last name And drawing a dick instead of using a stamp. (found at my mum's »
This Week in Home VideoPlus 20 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.
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Pick of the WeekCatfight
What is it? Two old college friends cross paths as adults and beat the ever-loving crap out of each other.
Why see it? Onur Tukel’s latest is also his best thanks in part to the lead performances by Sandra Oh and Anne Heche. They do a good job of manipulating our sympathies and concerns ensuring that our loyalties shift from act to act. Themes of female friendships, class distinctions, and redemption run through alongside a satirical look at modern life, and there’s a terrifically wicked streak throughout. Funny, smart, and brutal are all apt descriptors for this cynical look at our violent selves.
[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentaries, featurette, deleted scenes]
- Rob Hunter
As much as I love movies, and that is a lot or I wouldn't be here, there are certain things that turn me off almost immediately. Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish, a kind of response to the populist storytelling of his infinitely more successful The Outsiders, does almost every single thing that I hate about consciously artistic films. Yet, here I sit, in awe. Rumble Fish takes S.E. Hinton's novel and turns it into an exercise in artifice, utilizing black and white photography to immerse the audience in the world of its color-blind muse, The Motorcycle Boy, and an aggressively avant-garde rhytmic soundtrack that turns the film into what should be an interminably long jazz exploration. So far, that's two strikes on the list of...
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Rob Lowe is taking on a new role and it is finger-licking good. The “Parks and Recreation” actor stars as the new face of KFC in their space-themed commercial. Lowe takes on the role of the brand’s iconic Colonel Sanders and introduces KFC’s latest addition to the menu. Related: Rob Lowe Visited ‘The Outsiders’ House For […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Rob Lowe stops by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday and reveals he took a trip back in time for his 53rd birthday. The actor went down memory lane when he brought his sons to the house where “The Outsiders” was filmed. The family took an excursion to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for his birthday celebrations and […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
He adds, "If I'm in a crowd and he's anywhere nearby, he will scream at the top of his lungs my least favorite nicknames, and they're really embarrassing."
Exclusive: Rob Lowe Reveals His Surprising Secret to Staying Young
Going along with being a teenager trapped in a man's body, Rob and his sons celebrated the actor's 53rd birthday by paying a visit to the house where he filmed The Outsiders in 1983, which has now been turned into a museum dedicated to the beloved movie.
"[The museum] has some of my wardrobe [from the movie]," Lowe reveals. "I was like, 'Dare I try to put on my 18-year-old shirt? And I »
24 March 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On March 25, 1983, Francis Ford Coppola and Warner Bros. brought The Outsiders adaptation to theaters, featuring a cast that included many rising stars. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.
Francis Coppola's first directorial effort since Apocalypse Now and One From the Heart is a curiously unconvincing excursion into a (supposed) teenager's world, circa 1966, that will need massive support from high schoolers, circa 1983, to pay off in its initial runs.
The fact that its lineage somersaults from the S.E. Hinton book that has had wide popularity with youthful readers since it was initially published in 1967 means a plus, »
- THR Staff
Destitute and clinging to threadbare hope, an aspiring Hollywood high-flyer rehearses her Oscar speech at one point in Mike Ott’s is-it-or-isn’t-it docufiction “California Dreams” — though as her earnest sentiments gush forth, it’s entirely someone else’s acceptance speech that springs poignantly to mind. “You can’t trade in your dream for another dream,” said Viola Davis at the SAG Awards a few years back, and so it proves for the troubled human subjects of Ott’s film: a ragtag ensemble of small-time underachievers whose shared, cherished fantasy of making it in the movies gets them up in the morning, but not much further than that. Well, they’re in a movie now: As is Ott’s wont, “California Dreams” blurs the line between simulated vérité and authentic observation, making it often impossible to tell whether those on camera are playing themselves, simply being themselves or a combination of the two. »
- Guy Lodge
It’s been 50 years since the first publication of The Outsiders, a small novel that rocked the publishing industry and arguably set the stage for the Ya genre as a whole. Susan Eloise Hinton was an Oklahoma teenager (who had just failed a creative writing class) when she wrote her first novel. It describes a gang of lost boys who form their own family as they face off against rival gang the Socs. Hinton was only 18 when the novel was released, and it has sold millions of copies since then and is still required reading in many schools. Cementing the novel’s legendary status was its 1983 film adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola, starring the brightest young stars of the day, like Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane, and a young Tom Cruise at the start of his career.
In honor of the ...
- Gwen Ihnat
C. Thomas Howell has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” TheWrap has learned. The former “Outsiders” star will recur on the upcoming fifth season of the drama, playing Dr. Brogan, the court-appointed therapist for Liev Schreiber’s title character. Howell is the latest actor to be cast on the show, joining “Quantico” alum Graham Rogers, who will star in a season-long arc next year. Adina Porter, Brian White and Lili Simmons will also appear. Also Read: Showtime Partners With Alex Gibney for 'American Jihad' Documentary In addition to his breakout role in “The Outsiders,” Howell »
- Reid Nakamura
Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.
The actor: Rob Lowe is living proof that any young man can, with proper determination, grow up to play the president of the United States. Although he began his acting career in television, appearing in the ensemble of a short-lived sitcom (A New Kind Of Family) and turning up in TV movies and ABC Afterschool Specials, Lowe soon transitioned to the big screen, with his performance in 1983’s The Outsiders serving as a springboard into movie stardom. By the late 1990s, however, Lowe was back on TV in a big way, playing Deputy White House Communications Director Sam Seaborn on The West Wing, and he’s flipped back and forth between movies and TV ever since. Although ...
- Will Harris
Four new movies are coming to the Criterion Collection this April: Juzo Itami’s “Tampopo,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish,” Wim Wenders’ “Buena Vista Social Club” and George Stevens’ “Woman of the Year.” In addition, two musicals directed by Jacques Demy already in the Collection are receiving new standalone editions: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and “The Young Girls of Rochefort.” More information below.
Read More: The Criterion Collection’s 2017 Lineup: What Movies Are Being Added This Year?
“The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges, our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café »
- Michael Nordine
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”
Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
18 items from 2017
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