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HBO’s rise from the you’re-spending-my-subscription-money-on-that-crap? original programming basement to cable TV’s creative gold standard can be charted over a period of about ten years with the successes of several key original offerings.
By the end of the 1980s, the movie box office was becoming dominated by young-skewing sci fi and fantasy adventures, over-the-top action blockbusters, and sequels to sci fi and fantasy and over-the-top blockbusters. Box office Top Tens for 1989-1990 included the likes of Batman (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Home Alone (1990), Total Recall (1990), and Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990). Over on the small screen, the penchant was for the sweet, the nice, the inoffensive. TV series at the top of the rating charts during the same period included The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, Wonder Years, Who’s the Boss?, and Murder, She Wrote.
There were writers and directors and producers in Hollywood itching to do something different, »
- Bill Mesce
Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.
So here it is! The finale, the big unveiling, the ultimate Christmas film and right here on the Eve, the…well, you’ve probably seen their splendid famous Muppet faces on the poster by now but it has been a whimsical and wonderful journey across December to The Muppet Christmas Carol.
The Muppet Christmas Carol captures the life, love and spirit of Christmas. It is, of course, adapted from the timeless Charles Dickens novel and was originally intended to be directed by the genius of Jim Henson. However, Brian Henson – his son – took charge soon after the untimely death of his father and what a distinctive, »
- Dan Bullock
Written by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Any horror fan has lingering titles that they have not gotten around to watching yet. Typically, it’s just because of good old procrastination. Maybe a few vain attempts at watching it its entirety when it comes on TV, or maybe even going as far as renting it. It still may find itself in the Bermuda Triangle of your viewing habits. Forever stuck between the old favorites committed to memory, and the mish mash of CGI epics, kid’s movies, weekly shows, and whatever is in vogue that everyone’s watching at the moment. Most of us have been there or are there right now. This one is a major accomplishment for me, in that I finally gave it the time it deserves. Cross this off the list. It was never really lost. It’s just been waiting for me to come around all these years. »
Here's the first of our 2013 Holiday Favorites (see 2011 and 2012), a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.
We're starting off with this selection from Samantha Rae Lopez (@sraelopez), producer of short film The Book of Joe and program coordinator at Latinitas, a local organization working to empower young Latinas through usage of tech and media. Here are her thoughts on a Christmas favorite:
If you are a frequent Slackerwood reader, chances are you have some familiarity with Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. If you haven't seen this film, stop what you're doing and find it on DVD, iTunes or Amazon streaming. Despite the fact that many would argue that this movie is an "American Christmas Classic," in reality the holiday itself is merely referenced and not crucial to the plot progression. Much like films such as Lethal Weapon, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Blues Brothers director says studios 'are no longer interested in making good movies', and looks to TV for innovation
• John Landis and the film that changed his life
Speaking at Argentina's Mar del Plata film festival, Landis said studios had become "giant international things that don't pay taxes". He said most are "subdivisions of huge multinational corporations" that are "not in the movie business any more".
"Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony – these aren't companies, they are fucking nations," Landis said. "Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the 70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios," he added. "[Now] there »
- Ben Child
In a transcript up at THR, he let loose a huge amount of frustration and anger about how the business has changed. It's a lengthy speech, but it makes for an interesting read:
"Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the '70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios.
There are no original ideas. What there is -- and this is something no one understands -- is that it is never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea. The film studios are all now subdivisions of huge multinational corporations.
Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony -- these aren't companies, they are f*cking nations. They are these »
- Garth Franklin
While speaking at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, director John Landis (Coming to America, Trading Places) spoke about the current state of the movie business, pointing out everything that he believes is wrong. "The studios are not in the movie business anymore," he said. "There are no original ideas. It's never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea. The film studios are all now subdivisions of huge multinational corporations. Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony -- these aren't companies, they are f*cking nations. They are these giant international things that don't pay taxes. It's ridiculous. They're like pirates. It really has to do with desperation, because they don't know how to get people into the theaters, so they bring back 3D and make all this kind of shit." He continued: "It's very common now to spend more money selling a movie than making a movie. »
The John Landis-directed mini-movie – first shown publicly 30 years ago this week – influenced a generation of directors including Spike Jonze, turned music promos into an industry, and established MTV as a cultural force
John Landis was in London in 1983 when Michael Jackson called to ask if he was interested in making a video for Thriller, the title track of the album he'd released a little under a year before. Seemingly unaware of the time difference, Jackson had called at 2am UK time and the sleepy director had to feign knowledge of the song, which he hadn't heard. Jackson, for his part, hadn't seen Landis's films Animal House, The Blues Brothers or Trading Places; he wanted Landis because of An American Werewolf in London. Landis said he would do the video if it could be a short film, and Jackson embraced the idea. The 13-minute film that resulted changed the music video for ever, »
Remember Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America and Golden Child? It was the Golden Age of Eddie Murphy comedy, long before the tragic plague of Pluto Nash and Norbit. It was the era when Murphy was the king of comedy.
In esoTarik #4 Tarik delivers a plea to producers, writers, directors and Eddie himself to bring back the days when Eddie Murphy played to the top of his (and our!) intelligence. Tarik lets the world know how 80s Murphy can stage a return and be even better than before.
This is Part 2 of esoTarik’s discussion on Comedy Culture. Be sure to check out Part 1 to learn why a movie like Trading Places would Not get made by Hollywood today.
Watch more episodes of esoTarik. »
- Tarik Davis
Remember Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd? It was the biting satire of the 80s that changed the landscape for comedy. In the latest episode of esoTarik, Tarik Davis discusses why a movie like Trading Places would Not get green-lit by Hollywood today. He also discusses the impact the film had on the United States at large.
This is a two-part episode so be sure to tune back in for part 2.
If you missed last episode, be sure to watch esoTarik #2: “I See Kanye and Donald Glover”. »
- Tarik Davis
Director: Sang-soo Im.
Running Time: 115 minutes.
Synopsis: Young-jak Joo (Kang-woo Kim) is hired as a dogsbody for an insanely wealthy South Korean corporate-crime family. When the cold and calculating matriarch finds her husband cheating, she forces her new gofer to have sex with her, leading him deeper into the family’s entangled web of deceit and corruption.
Selected for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, The Taste Of Money is a melodramatic thriller within the same thematic vein as Sang-soo’s 2010 effort, The Housemaid, which is based on the 1960 film of the same name. Indeed, Sang-soo himself calls it “an extension of The Housemaid. You can say that it’s the story of the children of the housemaid who’ve grown up.” His apparently immense feelings of distrust towards the rich, or at least the mega rich, are not left unaired in »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
There are great Halloween movies, but then there is Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher movie, about an escaped lunatic wearing a white William Shatner mask and wrecking havoc on a small town, had a terrifying villain, a spine-tingling score, and the perfect young heroine. Jamie Lee Curtis was only 19 years old when she starred as Laurie Strode, the wholesome babysitter who becomes the target of Michael Myers’ sister obsession. It was an iconic genre role — not unlike the one her mother, Janet Leigh, played in Psycho — and she spent the next few years being chased and screaming in movies like The Fog and Prom Night. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Warning: If you have yet to watch Grey’s Anatomy’s Season 10 premiere, hit the nearest exit. Everyone else, proceed onward…
Although it’s looking grim for Richard as the two-hour Grey’s Anatomy season premiere kicks off — seriously, does it get any grimmer than lying face down in a pool of water after being electrocuted in a hospital boiler room? — is he the doctor who actually winds up in the morgue? If you haven’t seen the episode yet, read on and find out! (If you have seen it, read on, anyway, and try to act surprised.)
Photos | Fall »
- Andy Patrick
Rawson Marshall Thurber not only takes home the award for being the greatest named director I’ve yet to interview – but also one of the very nicest, as we sit down to talk comedy with the man behind the upcoming picture We’re the Millers.
Out in cinemas on August 23, and starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the lead roles, Marshall Thurber discusses the brilliance of his lead duo, and his love for improvised cinema. He also talks about finding much needed heart in a comedy, and explains the reasons for only making two films in the past decade, since his success with Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, in 2004.
The script for We’re the Millers has been floating around for roughly 10 years – you must be thrilled to finally bring it to the big screen?
Yeah, though I’ve only been involved for a couple of years, so for me it was pretty fast, »
- Stefan Pape
Movie buffs: we don't need to tell you that John Landis' Trading Places is a comedy classic. The 1983 film stars Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy as a commodities broker and Philly hustler, respectively, who (unknowingly) trade lives as part of an experiment orchestrated by the millionaire Duke brothers. Wackiness ensues. The film even inspired a real-life law dealing with insider trading, which used to be known as the "Eddie Murphy Rule." In the end, Aykroyd and Murphy's characters get rich, while the wealthy brothers who used them as human guinea pigs lose everything. Ah, justice. For those confused by the actual economics of the plot the pair pull off, NPR offers an easy-to-understand breakdown of the plan at the center of Trading Places. The...
- Alison Nastasi
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Dionne and Murray are reunited on Wednesday night's (July 10) episode of "The Exes," titled "Trading Places."
Stacey Dash guest stars as Phil's new lady, who "two years ago became a recommitted virgin." So that's fun for Phil!
All together now -- "Why should I listen to you, anyway? You're a virgin who can't drive."
In other storylines, Missi Pyle guest stars as a woman who has caught Stuart's eye, while Holly and Haskell compete for the attention of a woman they both want to spend time with. Finally, there's a special guest star as the voice of Phil's manhood. Hee!
"The Exes" airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt on TV Land. »
Despite its arrival two years after the surprise success of ‘Crocodile’ Dundee, the similarly premised Coming to America hardly seemed like a knockoff. Sure it is also about a strange foreigner who visits New York City and experiences a comical culture clash, but the 1980s were actually so full of movies of this nature (see also Moscow on the Hudson, Splash, Brother From Another Planet, Big Business, both The Muppets and Jason Take Manhattan and maybe even Big, which along with ‘Crocodile’ Dundee II had just recently come out ahead of this), so it wasn’t a big deal. Besides, with Eddie Murphy at the peak of his career at the time there was no way this thing could fail. This weekend is the 25th anniversary of the release of Coming to America (specifically yesterday), and although a lot of obvious parts are dated (some of which actually make the movie funnier now), it remains a rather »
- Christopher Campbell
As we march bravely on through 2013, Thn will take a nostalgic yet critical look at the 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD. This time, things get a little dark with The Black Cauldron.
1985/ 80 Minutes
The Black Cauldron is considered to be one of the biggest box office failures in Disney’s history, and one can sympathise. This film is dark. It’s almost completely against what many people see Disney standing for; it cranks up the drama and the tension while dialling the cute-and-fuzzy factor down to almost nothing. »
- Rob Burch
When Digital Spy spoke to Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo (aka Ronna and Beverly) last week about their new stage show, we also had a natter about the pair reuniting with Paul Feig for supporting parts in upcoming comedy The Heat.
We quizzed them on just what it was that made Feig's Bridesmaids such a success, and how the director is going to repeat the trick in the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy movie. Here's what they had to say.
"Obviously Bridesmaids was really funny, but it also took a convention that everyone - every woman - has been familiar with," Denbo said.
"New friends versus old friends, all centred around weddings. Priorities and weddings. it took that convention and put it on display in a way that everyone is familiar with but we just hadn't seen before.
"I don't »
Thirty years ago, "Trading Places," John Landis' classic comedy, premiered to critical and commercial success. Not only was it the 4th highest grossing film of 1983 (making over $90 million, behind "Flashdance," "Terms of Endearment," and "Return of the Jedi"), but the film also received praise from the likes of Roger Ebert ("This is good comedy") and Rex Reed ("Trading Places is an updated Frank Capra with four-letter words, and I can think of no higher praise than that"). The film is about two beyond-wealthy yet bored brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) who swap out a well-to-do finance guy in their employ (Dan Aykroyd) with a homeless conman (Eddie Murphy) just to watch the world burn, oh no, we mean to test the good old "nature vs. nurture" debate. Decades later, "Trading Places" is still hilarious, with its cutting commentary on class and race in America (regrettably still topical), legendary »
- Diana Drumm
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