8 items from 2015
Director Rob Cohen is an old hand at straightforward genre product, with a career that stretches from “Miami Vice” to “The Fast and the Furious,” and he helms the Jennifer Lopez starrer “The Boy Next Door” with the passionless precision of a filmmaker who knows the territory. That might not sound like a fatal flaw, but frankly, a hack might almost have been preferable here, injecting this silly, somnambulant thriller script about a schoolteacher who falls for a psychotic teenager with some sort of panache, distinction or perversion, or even some kind of memorable incompetence to liven up its assembly-line paces. January releases don’t get much more January than this, but given its reported $4 million budget, “The Boy Next Door” shouldn’t have too much trouble finding its way into the black.
Lopez stars as Claire Peterson, a San Fernando Valley high-school teacher who has recently separated from her »
- Andrew Barker
This weekend, Rob Cohen’s psycho-sexy thriller, The Boy Next Door, arrives in theaters. It stars Jennifer Lopez as a middle-aged woman who gets entangled in a dangerous affair with her younger neighbor (Ryan Guzman) as she struggles to make her marriage work with her philandering husband (John Corbett). As you may expect, things take a dark and deadly turn once Lopez’s character realizes that escaping into the arms of a younger man isn’t going to solve any problems- it just ends up creating more.
During the recent press day for The Boy Next Door, we heard from Lopez, Cohen, Guzman and Corbett about their experiences working together on the project (which was also co-produced by Blumhouse Productions), the challenges they faced during their tight shooting schedule, how they dealt with the film’s climatic sex scene and more.
Look for The Boy Next Door in theaters on »
- Heather Wixson
According to Karukoski, Dickerson died Jan. 10 after battling a long illness. He was living in New York.
Dickerson, who was also known for a recurring role as Police Commander Swanson on the first season of NBC’s “Hill Street Blues,” starred alongside Kyle MacLachlan in “Blue Velvet.” MacLachlan played a college student who brought a severed ear to Dickerson’s character. Laura Dern played Detective John Williams’ daughter in the crime drama.
Before acting, Dickerson has a versatile writing career, working as a poet, magazine writer, playwright and editor. He also served as a speechwriter for U.S. Congressman Robert Steele, and as a United Nations diplomat in Lebanon.
After a bout of writers block, Dickerson turned to acting, first having roles in off-Broadway plays. »
- Alex Stedman
Dickerson's son - film writer and director Dome Karukoski - confirmed that he passed away on January 10 after a long illness.
Before becoming an actor, Dickerson worked as a magazine writer, poet, editor and playwright.
He was also a speechwriter for Us congressman Robert Steele and a United Nations diplomat in Lebanon. »
From humble Irish beginnings to full-fledged Hollywood stardom, Liam Neeson has had a whirlwind career.
Heck, he even reinvented the action hero.
Coming up in the '80s, Neeson enjoyed moderate success on stage and screen. It was his star turn in a 1992 production of "Anna Christie," however, that inadvertently catapulted him to fame. After seeing a performance of the Broadway play, Steven Spielberg cast Neeson in his now acclaimed "Schindler's List" (1993) and made the Irishman a Hollywood leading man. This winter, Neeson is back as another noble ass-kicker in the action movie "Taken 3."
From his early influences to his own fighting prowess, here are 30 things you probably don't know about Liam Neeson.
1. Liam John Neeson was born June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
2. His mother was a cook, while his father was a caretaker at a local primary school.
3. Neeson was one of four children, and the only boy. »
- Jonny Black
Edward James Olmos is poised to frak up Agent Coulson’s world.
As first reported by Marvel.com, the Battlestar Galactica admiral is boarding ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the role of Robert Gonzales, a mysterious character whose arrival promises to have “massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. resumes its sophomore season on March 3; Olmos will debut sometime that month.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has just added another new face for its March return to ABC with Edward James Olmos! Olmos will play Robert Gonzales, whose debut this spring in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team. Here's what Executive Producer and Marvel's Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, had to say about the casting in a statement.
"Edward James Olmos brings an amazing gravitas to any role he inhabits, something we knew we needed for Robert Gonzales. When Olmos first appears on our series, everyone will have to take notice--including our favorite Agents."
Best known for roles in Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner and Miami Vice, Olmos twice earned the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV with his work on Miami Vice and The Burning Season. In addition, »
Marvel have announced that Edward James Olmos has joined the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as "Robert Gonzales". I've checked, and there doesn't appear to be any comic book characters of that name, but his debut when the series returns in March will apparently have massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team. "Edward James Olmos brings an amazing gravitas to any role he inhabits, something we knew we needed for Robert Gonzales," said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb in a statement released today. "When Olmos first appears on our series, everyone will have to take notice--including our favorite Agents." Intriguing, eh? Olmos is best known for roles in Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, and Miami Vice, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role with Stand and Deliver. »
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