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9 important lessons from Cannon Films documentary Electric Boogaloo

9 important lessons from Cannon Films documentary Electric Boogaloo
Who needs good taste when you have plenty of enthusiasm? Fantastic new documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films charts the rise and fall of two movie-obsessed Israeli cousins - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - after buying a financially troubled American film studio in 1979.

The duo subsequently churned out some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s... but not necessarily on the strength of their artistic merit. Buy 'em cheap and pile them high was the initial ethos that led to titles like Hospital Massacre, Enter the Ninja and a plethora of increasingly exploitational Death Wish films. Yet occasional gems and cult classics like Runaway Train and Lifeforce emerged too, plus there's the title of a breakdancing movie sequel that entered popular culture - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

So many fascinating revelations emerge in the documentary surrounding the genesis, production and release of the films
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9 important lessons from Cannon documentary Electric Boogaloo

9 important lessons from Cannon documentary Electric Boogaloo
Who needs good taste when you have plenty of enthusiasm? Fantastic new documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films charts the rise and fall of two movie-obsessed Israeli cousins - Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - after buying a financially troubled American film studio in 1979.

The duo subsequently churned out some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s... but not necessarily on the strength of their artistic merit. Buy 'em cheap and pile them high was the initial ethos that led to titles like Hospital Massacre, Enter the Ninja and a plethora of increasingly exploitational Death Wish films. Yet occasional gems and cult classics like Runaway Train and Lifeforce emerged too, plus there's the title of a breakdancing movie sequel that entered popular culture - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

So many fascinating revelations emerge in the documentary surrounding the genesis, production and release of the films
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

Cube Reboot to Satisfy America’s Never-Ending Desire for Mysterious Death-Traps, Prime Numbers

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Cube Reboot to Satisfy America’s Never-Ending Desire for Mysterious Death-Traps, Prime Numbers
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate is preparing a remake of the low-budget sci-fi thriller Cube. The remake will reportedly be called Cubed, and like the first Cube, will strand a small group of people inside a mysterious cube, which itself is made up of multiple smaller cubes, many of which contain razor-wire grids that turn people into human cubes. If Cubed is a success, expect a remake of Cube 2: Hypercube, the Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo of Canadian sci-fi.
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'Taken 3', 'Everly' & 'Cake' Lead This Week's New DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Taken 3 Easily one of the worst movies of 2015 is coming home to DVD and Blu-ray this weekend. To quote my review, "No one cared. No one. Neeson cashed the check and good on him for that. If they want to continue making these things they better pay you."

Cake Jennifer Aniston got a lot of attention for not wearing any makeup in this movie. It almost earned her an Oscar nomination, now, you get to see what all the fuss was about. I personally never ended up seeing this movie. I just couldn't muster the energy or want to watch it. Here's the plot if you so desire: Jennifer Aniston plays Claire Bennett, who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower (Worthington) while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife (Kendrick). With her feisty housekeeper and caretaker (Barraza) ever at her side, Claire searches for human connection and self-forgiveness in this tale of redemption.
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Electric Boogaloo review

The rise and fall of Cannon Films is told in Mark Hartley's wildly entertaining documentary, Electric Boogaloo. Here's Ryan's review...

Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were famous (or infamous) for many things, but a stringent approach to quality filmmaking was hardly one of them. At the height of their success in the 1980s, the Israeli cousins, and their company Cannon Films, were synonymous with cheap B-movies of just about every kind: Chuck Norris action flicks, sex comedies, ninja martial arts epics, dance movies and tawdry slasher horrors.

Their films frequently horrified critics, but became a staple of video rental stores: with Cannon Films cranking out as many as 50 or so pictures a year at its peak, the company's distinctive logo and self-explanatory film titles (New Year's Evil, Avenging Force, Enter The Ninja) were ubiquitous throughout the 80s and early 90s. The company was eventually brought down by its fast-and-loose approach to film production,
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What Are the Movies You Hate to Love to Watch?

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We love running across great questions around movies that make you stop and go, "Hmm." That's why we just had to bring up a question posed over on the endlessly entertaining io9, asking which sci-fi or fantasy movie you hate so much you feel compelled to watch it over and over again. Some great answers out of the nearly 1,000 comments include The Dark Knight Rises, the last three Star Wars movies, Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus and, well, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. Ok then. Mine happens not to be sci-fi or fantasy: The Blues Brothers. I've seen it at least five times and still can't figure out why it's a classic. Check out the pretty hilarious answers on io9 and tell us below: What movie--of any genre--do you love to hate to watch (and...

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30 Movies Turning 30 in 2014

There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!

1The Terminator

Tagline: In the Year of Darkness,
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Gerard Butler in Talks for Point Break Remake

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Gerard Butler in Talks for Point Break Remake
Back in 2011, we first heard there were plans to remake Point Break (Point Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo? Too easy?), with a script written by Salt writer Kurt Wimmer. It appears the thing is finally moving forward, with the studio aiming to start production this summer. Invincible director Ericson Core is attached to direct. And The Hollywood Reporter writes that Gerard Butler is in talks to play Bodhi, the part played by Patrick Swayze in the original. Though the general plot will be the same, the new Point Break will be internationally set and focused on extreme sports in general, not just surfing. There's still looking for someone to play the Keanu Reeves part. Who could possibly fill his shoes, you know, other than the hundreds of people who've been able to do it, without rehearsing, at Point Break Live?
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Is Netflix Removing Your Fave Movie In 2014?

Is Netflix Removing Your Fave Movie In 2014?
You better watch Titanic, Top Gun and Braveheart while you can, because come 2014, Netflix will remove 80 films and a handful of TV shows from their streaming site.

According to Reddit, on New Year's Day, nearly 40 million streaming Netflix subscribers will no longer be able to watch some of the classic films and TV shows that have been so readily available in the past. Instead, they will have to join the seven million DVD subscribers and order their films to come in the mail.

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The heads-up came from an anonymous post on Reddit, in which the user listed every film that is to be removed from instant streaming as of Wednesday, January 1. A Netflix spokesperson told CNN that the company often changes what films will be available for streaming based on licensing contracts made with the studios and filmmakers.

The silver lining in all of this is that a few new films
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Netflix TV shows and movies expiring on Jan. 1: What are they?

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The New Year is a time to look forward at all the exciting things that are coming ahead, but is also a time of loss. That loss, of course, is with Netflix, as the streaming service will be saying goodbye to a number of previously-available TV shows and movies.

Since Netflix no longer advertises when various titles in its library are expiring, one Reddit thread (via Vulture) collected them for your pleasure. It's worth noting that some of these titles may not permanently disappear, and might return as soon as a day or several hours after being removed as per Netflix's contract agreements.

Fortunately for all your TV-loving folks out there, not many television shows are being removed. The ones on the chopping block are "The Kids in the Hall," the original "Dark Shadows," "Mr. Bean," "Saturday Night Live The 2000s" and "Perfect 10 Model Boxing: Vol. 1." So if any of
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Netflix Purging Streaming Library On January 1. See These 6 Films (And Others) Before They Expire

According to Netflix sleuths on Reddit, the streaming service will be refreshing its library as the new year (2014) begins, as rights to several existing titles expire, starting on January 1, which means, you have just 5 days to watch these films (those you are interested in) before they disappear from Netflix's library. Of note, films that are included on the list that you might be interested in, are: - Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing - Keenan Ivory Wayan's I'm Gonna Get You Sucka - Pam Grier's Foxy BrownErnest Dickerson's Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (which stars Jada Pinkett Smith) - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (the...
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Netflix Loses A Bunch Of Its Movies

A major downside of VOD services compared with having a vast Blu-ray or DVD library is timing. Services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. have contracts with content providers - contracts that expire usually around the end of a calendar year unless otherwise renewed.

Thus from January 1st, certain films will no longer be available on that service to watch when you want. Today, a Reddit post has listed the films that are about to drop off Netflix due to contract with various rights providers running out. When (or even if) they will return is anyone's guess. The list is as follows:

1492 Conquest Of Paradise

As Good As It Gets

Brick

Being John Malkovich

Back To School

Battle Of Britain

Best Of Times

Born On the Fourth Of July

Braveheart

Body Of Evidence

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Biloxi Blues

Can't Hardly Wait

Capote

Dressed To Kill

Do The Right Thing

Desperado

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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Netflix Loses A Bunch Of Its Movies

A major downside of VOD services compared with having a vast Blu-ray or DVD library is timing. Services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. have contracts with content providers - contracts that expire usually around the end of a calendar year unless otherwise renewed.

Thus from January 1st, certain films will no longer be available on that service to watch when you want. Today, a Reddit post has listed the films that are about to drop off Netflix due to contract with various rights providers running out. When (or even if) they will return is anyone's guess. The list is as follows:

1492 Conquest Of Paradise

As Good As It Gets

Brick

Being John Malkovich

Back To School

Battle Of Britain

Best Of Times

Born On the Fourth Of July

Braveheart

Body Of Evidence

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Biloxi Blues

Can't Hardly Wait

Capote

Dressed To Kill

Do The Right Thing

Desperado

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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'Anchorman 2'. Review Roundup: Comedy Sequel Receives Mostly Favorable Notices

Anchorman 2, the sequel to the 2004 cult classic, returns Will Ferrell as the thick-headed but carefully quaffed Ron Burgundy.

'Anchorman 2' Returns With Ron Burgundy

It’s now the 80s and Ron and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are co-anchoring a show together in New York City. Marital and career trouble ensues for the anchorman when his wife gets a promotion and he gets the slip. With old pals weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell), ladies’ man Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), Ron endeavors to wage a comeback with a 24-hour news channel.

The Anchorman sequel was highly anticipated with massive expectations. Overall, critics are relatively satisfied with what Farrell and director Adam McKay brought to the screen for the second go around of the comedy premise.

Critics Review 'Anchorman' Sequel

"The film’s strong suit, however, is its unhinged, anything-for-a-laugh audacity. If
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Leonardo DiCaprio's Dance Moves & More: 5 Most Important Things Online (This Week)

Leonardo DiCaprio's Dance Moves & More: 5 Most Important Things Online (This Week)
Obviously, the most important thing that happened this week was Kimye named their baby after a compass point. But in other, less Gps-savvy news, we collectively got served by Leonardo DiCaprio's sweet sweet dance moves. He's on a Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo level, people. Some other stuff happened, too - so here's your cheat sheet on all thinks clickable. Leonardo DiCaprio Pop-and-Locks in Trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street This gif is my everything. Housemate Goes Overseas for Two Months - Comes Back to a Renovated Room Roommates turn his low-key room into a bright pink unicorn and pony show palace.
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Awfully Good: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Wit the eighth Step Up sequel shuffling its way to theaters this week, we've got dancing on the mind. Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) Director: Sam Firstenberg Stars: Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones, Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers, Lucinda Dickey In order to save their community center from an evil corporate bigwig, a group of rebellious street dancers must put on the show of a lifetime! Like me, you may have used the term "Electric Boogaloo" to...
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'Spider-Man' Movies: Five Films That Almost Happened

"The Amazing Spider-Man" has been taking the box office by storm. Since opening on July 3, the film has made $75.5 million domestically, and could eventually compete with the Sam Raimi trilogy for top Spidey franchise. However, while the Tobey Maguire-starring "Spider-Man" films are praised by both critics and audiences, they were not the first attempt to get the friendly neighborhood superhero onto the big screen. Over the last three decades, there have been several versions of "Spider-Man" that almost came to be: from a corny B-movie to an R-rated epic from James Cameron. Moviefone takes a look back at the "Spider-Man" moves that almost happened. A "Spider-Man" Monster Movie, directed by Tobe Hooper ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre") The first studio to acquire the rights to "Spider-Man" was Cannon Films (the people behind '80s fare like "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo," "Masters of the Universe" and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
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Ice-t On 'The Art Of Rap,' Controversial Hip-Hop And 'Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo'

In 1992, Ice-t was considered a menace to society. His band, Body Count, had just released the song "Cop Killer," which drew the ire of law enforcement agents, the NRA and even President George H. W. Bush. Groups tried to ban his album, Tipper Gore condemned him in public, and he was almost barred from playing a concert in New Zealand. But, as is the case with most rap-related controversies, the situation soon blew over into nothing more than a small (though no less important) footnote in hip-hop history. Since then, Ice-t has spent most of his time acting in films and television, including a recurring role as -- fittingly -- a detective on "Law and Order: Svu." Now, twenty years after "Cop Killer," the actor/rapper is returning to his roots (minus the controversy). This Friday, Ice's directorial debut, "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," hits theaters. The documentary
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Drafthouse Films Picks up Us Rights to Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films

I like that director Mark Hartley is out there making movies. His previous films, Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed, went inside the sub-culture of cheap and dirty filmmaking that still provided entertaining genre fare. However, his new film, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, finally brings him closer to Hollywood. The movie explores the studio created by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Their films were still quick, dirty, exploitative fare, but among their 120+ movies they released between 1979 – 1989 they cranked out Bloodsport, Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, American Ninja (and all four sequels), Over the Top, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. That's just a slice of the trashy treasures they brought to the world. Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, is planning "a theatrical release is being planned for late 2012 to coincide with a traveling roadshow retrospective of Cannon's seminal films.
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Five Transformative Dance Scenes in Movies

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Five Transformative Dance Scenes in Movies Movement. Grace. Muppets. By Alex Heigl Ah, dance. Human emotion rendered in pure movement. It can inspire, entertain, provide emotional closure, or grant much-needed catharsis. And with a remake of Footloose coming out this week, what better time to celebrate its powers? While sadly devoid of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (thanks to a Nerve office ban on the word "boogaloo"), this profoundly serious list aims to illustrate some of the classic moments in film where dance has served to lift us beyond our sad mortal form to a more transcendent state.    5. The Mask This scene marks a turning point in this highly underrated psychological drama that launched the career of the American Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz. Jim Carrey's Stanley Ipkiss spends the first part of the film as a stammering nobody, until he pulls a crude wooden mask from a river [...]
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