11 items from 2017
There's a point in this big-screen version of the ultra-cheesy beef- and cheesecake Nineties TV show in which Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron both play with a dead guy's dick and nutsack. We could not make this up if we tried. No one, including original stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, ever toyed with floppy genitalia, at least not onscreen. But that was then. The new, anatomically correct Baywatch is rated R. How else could you distinguish it from the softcore tide of hot lifeguards, all running down »
“Baywatch,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, is a stupidly entertaining trash folly, the kind that could only be made today: an obscenity-and-insult-laced, aggressively “competent” adaptation of a 25-year-old TV show that manages to repackage every aspect of the series except, perhaps, the reason it was popular in the first place. And what was that reason? If Rodney Dangerfield were around, he might say, “There were two reasons!” But actually there’s a bit more to it.
“Baywatch,” which premiered at the tail-end of the 1980s (and stumbled out of the gate, becoming a hit in syndication the way “Star Trek” did), was a muscle-beach soap opera that anticipated the sexy-youth-kitsch-for-adults appeal of “Beverly Hills 90210.” It was also an L.A. crime series where the law enforcers wore spandex swimwear; a cheeseball star vehicle that revamped the camp-stud Ken-doll mystique of the former “Knight Rider” hero David Hasselhoff; and, yes, »
- Owen Gleiberman
David Crow Mar 27, 2017
The amount of 80s nostalgia circling The Predator, a semi-sequel and reboot of the beloved action saga about one ugly freakin’ alien and the humans he hunts, just got a little richer. After all, Shane Black, who had a supporting role in James McTernan’s original Predator (1987), is writing and directing the movie. Now Edward James Olmos too is joining the project.
Olmos, who came to the attention of many genre fans for appearing in Blade Runner (1982), has had a long career as a character actor, appearing in Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice, and Dexter, among many other projects. He is also expected to reprise his role as the replicant-hunting Gaff in this autumn’s much belated sequel, Blade Runner 2049.
In The Predator, Olmos will be playing what The »
Nick Viall has been part of The Bachelor/Bachelorette nation for the past four years, but there are still a few things you don’t know about the 36-year-old romantic/reality star/model/professional smizer. Viall got very candid with us during our 5 Questions video series, and it was the most dramatic interview ever (cue Chris Harrison!).
Aside from dishing on his love affair with V-neck shirts and why he is too scarred to ever wear a skinny scarf again, Viall also reveals that out of all the women on his season, Corinne Olympios‘ style captivated him the most.
“She’s fashion forward, »
- Brittany Talarico
TV spots for “Bitter Harvest” claim that the movie reveals “Russia’s darkest secret.” That’s a catchy pitch for a thoroughly over-baked and blatantly fictionalized 1930s-set costume drama arriving at a moment when anti-Russian sentiment has reached its highest point since the Cold War. The scandal in question is the Holodomor — which is not a secret at all, but rather a widely recognized atrocity through which millions of Ukrainians died of starvation as a direct consequence of Joseph Stalin’s policies.
Like last year’s Kirk Kerkorian-backed “The Promise,” which aimed to be the “Doctor Zhivago” or Armenian genocide epics, “Bitter Harvest” represents a form of ambitious generations-later vindication, for which artists of Ukrainian decent — writer-director George Mendeluk, co-writer Richard Bachynsky-Hoover and producer Ian Ihnatowycz — joined together to expose horrific crimes that went suppressed for so long. And while “Bitter Harvest” will undoubtedly serve to raise awareness, there »
- Peter Debruge
Kurt Sutter’s “Mayans Mc” series has cast Edward James Olmos in a lead role, TheWrap has confirmed. Olmos will play Felipe Reyes, the family’s formerly strong patriarch who after years of being crushed by bullets and labor, struggles to keep his past buried and lead his own sons down a lawful and righteous path. Olmos is a film and television veteran with a career stretching back over forty years. He is best known for his roles as Commander William Adama in “Battlestar Galactica,” Lieutenant Martin Castillo on “Miami Vice,” and Mexican Mafia leader Montoya Santana in “American Me. »
- Joe Otterson
The Oscar-nominated actress has joined the Hurricane Katrina-focused Season 2 of FX’s American Crime Story, TVLine has learned. She will play Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who led the state during and after the devastating 2005 storm.
It’s the most coveted honor in all of Hollywood: the Egot.
Representing the top awards in television (Emmy), music (Grammy), film (Oscar), and theater (Tony), it’s considered the grand slam of show business — a four of a kind sweep that only the rarest of stars have been able to achieve.
The term was coined by Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas, who first told it to the Associated Press in 1984 at the height of the NBC action show’s success. “That stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony,” he said. “Hopefully in the next five years I will win all those awards. »
- Dave Quinn
The matriarch of one of Hollywood’s most enduring royal families, Tippi Hedren, turned 87 this week surrounded by her famous offspring.
Melanie Griffith, Hedren’s daughter, posted a picture of her mother’s birthday dinner, showing the Birds actress moments before blowing out her birthday candles.
“My beautiful mother Tippi at 87! Dinner with her grandchildren,” Griffith captioned, along with the hashtags #MyMamaRocks, #MyKidsAreMyLife and #WeAreBlessed.
Although not visible in the photograph, Hedren’s grandchildren include Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, Griffith’s daughter with Miami Vice star Don Johnson; Stella Banderas, her daughter with ex-husband Antonio Banderas, and Alexander Bauer, »
Miguel Ferrer lost a battle with cancer today. He was 61.
Ferrer's first credited role was on an episode of Magnum, Pi in 1981 as Ensign Robert 'Bobby' Wickes, Usn.
Various television and film roles followed, but nothing has yet compared to Dr. Garrett Macy, a character he played opposite of Jill Hennessey on Crossing Jordan »
- Carissa Pavlica
The listless, shoddy sort of remake where it feels like all of the characters have already seen the movie they’re in, “Sleepless” reduces one of the best action films of the 21st century into one of the most benign. Released in 2011, Frederic Jardin’s severely under-seen “Sleepless Night” is a French-language brawler with universal appeal — bruising, relentless, and blissfully frenetic, it remains a masterclass in how to layer cinematic mayhem so that every new punch lands where the last one left off.
Needless to say, a lot has been lost in translation. Directed by Baran bo Odar (“The Silence”) and designed to swindle money from starry-eyed January theatergoers who’ve been shut out of “Hidden Figures” or “La La Land” but might as well see something because they’ve already trekked to the multiplex and paid the babysitter for the night, this lifeless photocopy proves that American exceptionalism is »
- David Ehrlich
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