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Amazon vs. Netflix: An Itemized Guide to What You Should Be Streaming This Year

You time is valuable, and so are both services for different reasons.War Machine (Netflix)

Although there may be a competition going on between Amazon and Netflix for subscribers, the truth is that both company’s streaming services are essential for anyone who watches a lot of movies and TV and who wants to be part of the pop culture conversations as they happen.

There’s no denying that Amazon Prime is worth the $99/year, which not only gives you access to many movies but also a good amount of music streaming and digital media access, plus faster shipping for when you actually want some sort of physical product (you can also just get video content for $8.99/month, which oddly means paying more for less).

And Netflix is still a must-have for both its exclusive and nonexclusive content, though depending on one’s usage could be best for sporadic membership rather than continued subscription — now at $120/year
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The unmade films of Kevin Smith

Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017

Superman Lives, The Green Hornet and sadly now Clerks III: here’s a rundown of the Kevin Smith films we’ll probably never see...

Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.

Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.

The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III
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Buckaroo Banzai TV Series Loses Kevin Smith Amid MGM Lawsuit

In between the likes of Yoga Hosers and his directorial input on DC’s small-screen universe through The Flash and, soon, Supergirl, writer-director Kevin Smith has spent the past few months developing a TV spinoff based on cult MGM classic, The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension.

All of that progress has come screeching to a halt, however, with Deadline reporting that Kevin Smith has abruptly pulled out of the gestating Buckaroo Banzai TV show. Smith later posted a frank 18-minute Facebook video to explain his reasoning, which can be traced to the federal lawsuit filed by MGM against the original creator Earl Mac Rauch and W.D. Richter, the director of the 1984 flick, over complicated rights issues.

Originally set for a 2017 premiere by Amazon Studios, there’s no word of an official statement from the studio at the time of writing, though the mere fact that Smith is
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Kevin Smith is no longer involved with the Buckaroo Banzai TV series

  • JoBlo
If you were one of those who were looking forward to Kevin Smith's adaptation of The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai for Amazon, I've got some bads news for you. Earlier today MGM filed suit against director Walter D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch, the two men who brought Buckaroo Banzai to life with Peter Weller back in 1984. Both Richter and Rauch claimed to have rights in any... Read More...
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Newswire: Kevin Smith has now dropped out of the Buckaroo Banzai TV show

Earlier today, we reported that MGM had filed a lawsuit against Earl Mac Rauch and W.D. Richter, the director and writer behind The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, over some disagreements regarding the rights to the original movie and its universe. MGM has been trying to make a Buckaroo Banzai TV series with Kevin Smith, but Rauch and Richter have been claiming that they control the rights to the characters, so the studio wants to stop them from trying to prevent the further development of its TV project.

Ironically, that seems to have backfired, as the show itself might not happen now because of the lawsuit. According to Deadline, Kevin Smith has dropped out of the project, explaining that he was “caught off-guard” by this legal disagreement. “This is not what I signed up for,” he said, adding that he “literally had no idea” that Rauch ...
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Newswire: MGM gears up for a Buckaroo Banzai reboot by suing the writer and director

Way back in May, we reported that Kevin Smith had started developing a TV show based on the cult classic film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension for MGM. That project appears to be moving forward now, as MGM has begun getting its proverbial ducks in a row by filing a lawsuit against Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter, the writer and director behind that original film. The issue is that MGM claims to own the Buckaroo Banzai rights, but Rauch and Richter have apparently been sending letters to the studio indicating that they own the rights, so MGM wants to get it legally cleared up before it gets invested in this whole TV show thing.

This comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which says that the lawsuit claims that Rauch and Richter have been “aware” of MGM’s intention to make a Buckaroo Banzai TV show since
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Kevin Smith drops out of Buckaroo Banzai TV show over legal kerfuffle

Joseph Baxter Louisa Mellor Nov 29, 2016

MGM is taking the creators of Buckaroo Banzai to court over the rights to the property; Kevin Smith exits the project...

Fans of the perennial cult classic sci-fi film The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension had plenty of reasons to get excited this past July when it was reported that a belated follow-up to the 1984 film was in the works, set to be revived by Kevin Smith – in conjunction with MGM – as a television series for Amazon.

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However, it was later reported that original writer Earl Mac Rauch and director W.D. Richter were claiming the property rights. Consequently, it’s looking like this matter is destined to be settled in a courtroom.

It has been revealed (via THR) that,
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MGM Sues ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ Filmmakers Over TV Rights

It’s not a great interdimensional breakthrough, but MGM is taking legal steps to ensure it has rights to make a TV version of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The 1984 cult pic about a rock star/surgeon and his Hong Kong Cavaliers battling an alien invasion was written by Earl Mac Rauch and directed by Walter D. Richter, and both of them claim to have rights to a television remake. MGM begs to differ. “There is now a substantial controversy…
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MGM Sues ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ Filmmakers Over TV Rights

MGM Sues ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ Filmmakers Over TV Rights
It’s not a great interdimensional breakthrough, but MGM is taking legal steps to ensure it has rights to make a TV version of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The 1984 cult pic about a rock star/surgeon and his Hong Kong Cavaliers battling an alien invasion was written by Earl Mac Rauch and directed by Walter D. Richter, and both of them claim to have rights to a television remake. MGM begs to differ. “There is now a substantial controversy…
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MGM files lawsuit against Buckaroo Banzai writer and director over rights dispute, Kevin Smith departs proposed series

It was a few months ago that an excited Kevin Smith announced he was developing a TV show based on the 1980s cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and it was revealed recently that he was partnering with Amazon Studios on the project. However, it seems there is some dispute over the rights with the film’s original writer and director, which has led to a lawsuit being filed by MGM, and Kevin Smith subsequently departing the project.

MGM has filed suit against Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter, the writer and director of the original movie, who claim they own the exclusive rights to develop a TV series. Rauch and Richter’s agent Mark Lichtman claimed in July they owned the rights to Buckaroo Banzai, which prompted MGM to file a cease and desist. In August, Rauch and Richter’s attorney Kenneth Keller said,
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MGM Sues 'Buckaroo Banzai' Writer and Director Over Right to Make New TV Series

MGM Sues 'Buckaroo Banzai' Writer and Director Over Right to Make New TV Series
More than three decades after the cult science fiction classic, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, was released in theaters, MGM wishes to produce a new television series of the characters with Kevin Smith at the helm and in conjunction with Amazon Studios. But first, MGM is taking a trip to the courtroom to sort out rights.

MGM has filed a complaint in California federal court against Earl Mac Rauch, who wrote the 1984 film about a neurosurgeon/ rock star who saves Earth from malevolent aliens, and Walter Richter, who directed the picture that stars Peter Weller, John Lithgow,...
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MGM Sues 'Buckaroo Banzai' Writer and Director Over Right to Make New TV Series

More than three decades after the cult sci-fi classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was released in theaters, MGM wishes to produce a new television series of the characters with Kevin Smith at the helm and in conjunction with Amazon Studios. But first, MGM is taking a trip to the courtroom to sort out rights.

MGM has filed a complaint in California federal court against Earl Mac Rauch, who wrote the 1984 film about a neurosurgeon/rock star who saves Earth from malevolent aliens, and Walter Richter, who directed the picture that stars Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum...
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Random Roles: John Lithgow on playing Winston Churchill and passing on Cheers

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: If there’s one sure way to confirm John Lithgow’s success as an actor, it’s that he’s managed to maintain a high-profile career for the better part of four decades. Granted, he didn’t really hit household-name status until the early ’80s, but after films like The World According To Garp, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, and Harry And The Hendersons, his reputation as a character actor was permanently secured. Since then, Lithgow has also found success on the small screen, earning both laughs (3rd Rock From The Sun) and screams (Dexter), and his latest turn is toward the dramatic, playing Winston Churchill in
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The Revelations Of Raising Cain Recut

When Brian De Palma’s Raising Cain bowed in American theaters during the summer of 1992, it was anticipated by fans of the director as a welcome return to the sort of formalist genre contraption he hadn’t indulged in since the creative blow-out (forgive me) of Body Double eight years earlier. However, when the lights came up, even within the ranks of the De Palma faithful there was polarization. A handful defended it as one of the director’s masterpieces, while a greater number seemed to consider it at best middle-tier De Palma, a fully committed attempt to deal with typical De Palma-esque narrative elasticity and thematic concerns such as time, chronology and dream logic, all in the context of an examination of the morphing perimeters of American masculinity and parental responsibility which somehow, in the end, seemed as out of balance as its psychically fractured protagonist. Meanwhile, the
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Batman: Joe Dante turned movie down in 1980s

Mike Cecchini Sep 14, 2016

The 1980s Batman movie you never saw could have had Joe Dante in the director's chair - and John Lithgow as The Joker...

Tom Mankiewicz's Batman sceenplay is one of the more interesting unmade superhero movies of all time. The man who gave Superman: The Movie's legendarily difficult early drafts the polish that helped make it the timeless classic that it is (and who also wrote, co-wrote, or re-wrote the screenplays for James Bond adventures like Live And Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, and The Spy Who Loved Me) took a pass at Batman in the early 1980s, and one of the possibilities to direct it? That'd be Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, Innerspace and more films that we love).

Dante passed on the movie, and it took several more years to actually get Batman to the big screen, by which point the project had
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Midnight Run (Collector’s Edition) Blu-Ray Review – Shout Select Release

Midnight Run is one of those rare movies that doesn’t exactly take the world by storm upon release, but still manages to influence the film world, and becomes a must-see classic.

It’s hard to believe that it was 1988 when the ‘buddy cop’ and ‘road trip’ genres got this refreshing revitalization, but the film holds up exceptionally well. It may have a few oddities for the latest generation, but nothing actually problematic, and the humor is timeless. It may have a slightly “awkwardly-80s” feel to it, but with minor adjustments it might have been made today.

De Niro’s effort here telegraphed a lot of the choices he made over the rest of his career, trying even almost 30 years ago to stay out of the pigeonhole. Meanwhile, Grodin has possibly his best role, and one that works so well with his ability to jump from deadpan to outlandish,
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Off The Shelf – Episode 100 – Our Favorite Home Video Releases of All Time

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 9th, 2016.

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Episode Notes & Links Follow-up Star Wars The Force Awakens 3D Blu-ray The Thing delayed Olive Signature releases in October News Arrow Releases Criterion’s November line-up Twilight Time Sale / American Buffalo Oop Plain Archive Old Boy Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Links to Amazon The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension Beethoven The ’Burbs The Dream Team Elvis The Great Outdoors Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Microwave Massacre The Money Pit Patch Adams Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Our Top Five Home Video Releases

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Bambi / Fantasia Seven Samurai / Qatsi Trilogy / Metropolis Ultimate Matrix / Blade Runner / Alien Anthology / Star Wars Cosmos The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition set

Deadwood,
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai at8d

The new branded line Shout Selects chooses Buckaroo for special-special edition treatment, with a long making-of docu just like the ones from the heyday of DVD. And this oddest of oddball sci-fi pictures has a backstory worth documenting. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Blu-ray Shout Select 1984 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 34.93 Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli, Dan Hedaya, Bill Henderson, Damon Hines, Billy Vera Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp Production Designer J. Michael Riva Art Direction Richard Carter, Stephen Dane Film Editor George Bowers, Richard Marks Original Music Michael Boddicker Written by Earl Mac Rauch Produced by Sidney Beckerman, Neil Canton, W.D. Richter Directed by W.D. Richter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Not content with its already well appointed special Blu-ray editions,
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Smith Seeks Wright, Tarantino For "Buckaroo"

One of the more exciting small screen announcements in the last month or so has been the news that filmmaker Kevin Smith is working on a TV series adaptation of MGM's 1984 cult classic sci-fi adventure "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension".

Smith scored the gig after his job directing an episode of The CW's "The Flash" series last year. Now he plans to continue the trend of getting high profile filmmakers guest directing random episodes of a TV series they're otherwise not involved in. Speaking with ComingSoon.net at Fantasia Fest, Smith revealed the names of a handful of directors that he hopes to recruit to helm episodes he's not involved in:

"I wanna get the people who loved it as much as me, so people like Richard Kelly, Edgar Wright, I'm gonna reach out to Quentin Tarantino, see if they'll direct an episode. 'Here's a chunk of change,
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Buckaroo Banzai: Amazon Nears Deal for Kevin Smith Series

The Buckaroo Banzai series may have found a network. Deadline reports Amazon is nearing a deal with creator Kevin Smith for the show.The series is based on the 1984 sci-fi comedy The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, which starred Peter Weller as the titular scientist, pilot, and rock musician trying to save the world from aliens.Read More…
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