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Shawn and Gus hit the home gym — and down a few pineapple cocktails — in a newly released short screened at Psych: The Movie‘s San Diego Comic-Con panel.
The footage finds James Roday and Dulé Hill back in character, as the inseparable crime-solving duo attempt to whip themselves back into “Psych shape” ahead of the feature-length revival, which is slated to bow on USA Network in December. After sharing what proves to be an unnecessary phone call, the video cuts to the world’s least-inspiring »
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Cast your all-seeing eye on the upcoming metal musick movie American Satan.
The Illuminati, where would pop music be without it? Ever since legendary blues sacrifice Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for better chops on those Crossroads, rock and roll has had a hellhound on its tale. The Beatles may have been taller than pretty much anything, or they may have been invented at the Tavistock Institute for wayward lyricists, but Jay Z, Madonna, Rihanna and former Christian singer Katy Perry tease the same in-jokes to this day. The new American Satan trailer is here to set the record straight, and the humble narrator of A Clockwork Orange is hungry for new talent.
American Satan stars Malcolm McDowell (Caligula, Time After Time, Cat People, O Lucky Man!), BooBoo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy), Andy Biersack (Black Veiled »
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Chicago – It’s coming back! One of the best annual pop culture entertainment and comic book gatherings returns to Chicagoland once again, as the Wizard World Comic Con will make its yearly visit to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., the weekend of August 24th through the 27th, 2017. Besides the fan costumes, vendor booths and comic book legends, Wizard World has appearances from TV, music and movie celebrities, highlighted by Elizabeth Olsen (“Captain America: Civil War”), John Cusack (“Love & Mercy”), Gene Simmons (Kiss) and Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk” TV series).
To preview the upcoming event, HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce shot these Exclusive Portraits from last year’s Wizard World Comic Con, which included the final appearance in Chicago of the late Carrie Fisher. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. John G. Avildsen (1935-2017) - Director, Cinematographer and Editor. He won an Oscar for directing Rocky (see below) and was nominated for his short documentary film Traveling Hopefully. His other movies include The Karate Kid and its first two sequels, all of which he also edited, Rocky V, Lean on Me, The Power of One, Joe, 8 Seconds, For Keeps? and Neighbors. He also worked on Black Like Me as an assistant to Carl Lerner. He...
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- Christopher Campbell
Chicago – His films were more popular than his name, but director John G. Avildsen did put his mark on the last 30 years of 20th Century movies. Avildsen died last week at the age of 81. He is known best for the Oscar Best Picture-winning “Rocky” (1976), but also did the controversial “Joe” (1970), “Save the Tiger” (1973, Best Actor Oscar for Jack Lemmon), John Belushi’s last film “Neighbors” (1981), “The Karate Kid” (1984), “Lean on Me” (1989) and “8 Seconds” (1994). Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com offer three essays on their Avildsen favorites.
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John G. Avildsen was born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, and graduated from New York University. He started as an assistant director for Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger, before breaking out on his own in the low budget “Joe,” featuring Peter Boyle, in 1970. He scored his biggest success with “Rocky” in 1976 – winning the Oscar for Best Director – and revisited the franchise later with “Rocky V” (1990). He also directed both sequels to “Karate Kid” with “Part II” (1986) and “Part III” (1989). At his peak, he was the original director for “Serpico” (1973) and “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), but was let go from both films. His final film as director was “Inferno” (1999), featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Avildsen passed away in Los Angeles on June 16th, 2017, of complications due to pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years old.
Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Lennon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com pay tribute to the director who was nicknamed “King of the Underdogs,” with the following film essays.
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“Rocky” is a miracle of a film, considering both its eventual prize (Oscar Best Picture) and the way it made it to the screen the first place. A broke actor named Sylvester Stallones writes a desired boxing movie script that has one caveat… he must portray the title character. As a gambit, he proposes a budget of only one million dollars, and the film gets the green light. For all of the notion of Stallone as Rocky’s prime creator, it is actually director John Avildsen who delivered the on-screen goods – the famous running scene, the freeze frame on the top of Philadelphia’s “Rocky Steps,” boxing sequences that had never been seen before and the third use of the (just invented) Steadicam by a major motion picture.
Avildsen loved to tell the stories of having Stallone write additional dialogue because the budget was so tight they couldn’t afford to match Rocky’s boxing shorts with the on-set posters or send back his too-big ring entrance robe. And remember the classic song “Gonna Fly Now”? It was Avildsen who brought in composer Bill Conti from his previous directorial effort of the Burt Reynolds film, “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings.” The underdog of underdog films was delivered to a Bicentennial audience, and the little-movie-that-could took home Oscars for Best Picture, Director and Editing, in addition to being the highest grossing film of 1976. No wonder Avildsen became the “Ka-Ching of the Underdogs.”
Gonna Fly Now: The portrayal of the character of Rocky by Stallone was never better in this film, with Six sequels now in the culture. Director Ryan Coogler of the latest Rocky adventure, the excellent “Creed,” seemed to use the John Avildsen template in approaching the sequencing of that story.
The Karate Kid (1984) by Spike Walters
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John G Avildson was a bit of a journeyman… his Oscar notwithstanding. He wasn’t one of those visionaries who develop a signature style, but his subtle gift was making a formula work. And they don’t come much more formulaic than 1984’s underdog/odd couple buddy movie “The Karate Kid.” Yet Avildson knew how to inject heart into this story of the undersized “Kid” and his quiet but powerful teacher. As the listless remake and some of its later sequels show, this is not nearly as easy as Avildson makes it look here – this is the 1980’s classic that scored Pat Morita an Oscar nomination and holds up relatively well today. It’s not exactly groundbreaking but director Avildson knew how to make the most of it.
Gonna Fly Now: You’d expect the man who directed the original “Rocky” to find the right beats in the inevitable training montage, but Kid Daniel’s “crane kick” training – which predictably but winningly leads to a triumph at the end – still delivers the goods.
Lean On Me (1989) by Jon Lennon Espino
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High school sometimes get a bad rap as a physical hell on Earth. John G. Avildsen’s “Lean On Me” does nothing to make anyone think otherwise. Avildsen, like many of his films, has fun with this one. He shows us an exaggerated look at a public school system after minorities have taken over the neighborhood. The director has long had a fascination with creating hero stories, and in this one, he gives us a breakout performance by Morgan Freeman… his performance and approach to the character is everything! This movie lives on the over-the-top action of Freeman, breathing a fun air into the entire film as he does things that may be extremely illegal in real life, but are completely entertaining within the scope of the film. Avildsen knows exactly how to set a scene, which you know right away after the opening montage that is essentially a music video. His films often have an after school special feel, but “Lean On Me” shows just how well it works even when school is still in session.
Gonna Fly Now: The opening credits where we are taken on a tour of the school while Guns-n-Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” is playing. He hilariously frames and choreographs the fighting to simulate feral animals in the jungle.
John G. Avildsen, 1935-2017
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Though it’s tempting to spend every free moment indoors in the AC (seriously, June Gloom, where art thou?), you’ll want to venture out into the heat for these events. Luckily, many of them are so cool, you won’t even notice the rising temps. Whether a movie screening suits your fancy or a little live theater is more your speed, you’ll be able to glean insight on and inspiration from evolving sets, actors’ perspectives, and characters that have survived decades. See Valley-filmed movies in the Valley.Pay yourself forward and get your tickets to the San Fernando Valley’s Summer Drive-In Nights. Showing four movies filmed in the Valley (“E.T.,” “Back to the Future,” “The Karate Kid,” and “La Bamba”) over four nights in August, we mention this event early because it’s promised to sell out quickly. Besides the thrill of seeing these blockbusters right where they were created, the authentic drive-in experience (augmented with live music, Q&As, and more) is a fun throwback. (Tickets: $15-60) Sing along with “The Sound of Music.”As if a screening of this 1965 Oscar-winning musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher »
Filmmaker John G. Avildsen, known for genuinely authentic dramas that often celebrated the heroism of everyday people, such as Rocky and The Karate Kid, has passed away according to Los Angeles Times. He was 81. The director won an Academy Award for his work on Rocky, a modestly told, winning tale about an underdog who gets the chance to fight the heavyweight champion. Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the original script and starred, earned an Academy Award nomination; the movie won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Film Editing. Prior to that, Avildsen had earned critical plaudits for Joe, which bracingly confronted the class and cultural differences that increasingly divided the country. Norman Wexler's screenplay was nominated for an Academy...
- Peter Martin
Filmmaker John G. Avildsen, known for genuinely authentic dramas that often celebrated the heroism of everyday people, such as Rocky and The Karate Kid, has passed away according to Los Angeles Times. He was 81. The director won an Academy Award for his work on Rocky, a modestly told, winning tale about an underdog who gets the chance to fight the heavyweight champion. Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the original script and starred, earned an Academy Award nomination; the movie won...
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While John Avildsen is being memorialized for his Best Picture winning film Rocky as well as The Karate Kid, Lean on Me and others, it isn’t all about film credits. Here, John Gray, who directed the film White Irish Drinkers and Glimmer, and helmed episodes of series including Grimm and The Family, recounts an act of generosity shown him by the filmmaker that made for an indelible memory in a young filmmaker’s life Another sad loss for our business. Here’s my John… »
The director John Avildsen, who has died aged 81, enjoyed his greatest success with two hit movies about sporting underdogs. Rocky (1976) launched the career of its writer, Sylvester Stallone, who also starred as the down-at-heel Rocky Balboa, an amateur boxer with an unlikely shot at the world heavyweight title.
Avildsen, who was initially sceptical about the project but declared himself “charmed” by the script, shot the film for $1m in just 28 days; the breakneck production visited insalubrious locations in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, where Stallone noted the “hot and cold-running cockroaches.” It was precisely this griminess which distinguished the film from the largely glossy sequels which followed.
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By the time he came to worldwide prominence in 1976, John G. Avildsen had already done what some of Hollywood’s greatest ever directors had failed to do: win Jack Lemmon a Best Actor Oscar. It was an an acknowledged truth, at that time, Lemmon was one of the great masters, yet where George Cukor and even Billy Wilder failed (as he rarely did) Avildsen succeeded with Save The Tiger, the seventh in in a little-noted career of well-received, little-seen small-budget movies.
Lemmon played a small-time businessman going nowhere in ’70s America. Despite Lemmon’s oft-delayed Oscar, the movie was too downbeat to set the tills ringing. In America’s Bicentennial year however, Avildsen took on another no-hoper, going nowhere, but this time he added a happy ending. Moved by the fact that Hollywood-nobody Sylvester Stallone, with absolutely nothing whatsoever to back it up, had insisted on playing »
- Cai Ross
After delivering two of the most iconic sports movies of all time, the Best Picture winning Rocky and the 1980s classic The Karate Kid, director John G. Avildsen has passed away at age 81. We remember the filmmaker’s career and contributions to cinema below. News of John G. Avildsen dead was confirmed by his son Anthony […]
- Ethan Anderton
The Oscar-winning director's eldest son, Anthony, confirmed the news to the Associated Press. "He was a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation," he said. "He was super talented and very driven and very stubborn and that was to his detriment but also often to his benefit."
Avildsen won a directing Oscar for the 1976 sports drama Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone. The two later worked together again on Rocky V. Upon hearing the news of Avildsen's death, the 70-year-old actor took to social media to send his condolences.
John G. Avildsen – the Oscar-winning director of Rocky, The Karate Kid and more – has passed away at the age of 81. His son, Anthony, told the La Times that his father died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from pancreatic cancer. Beginning his career with the Peter Boyle/Susan Sarandon vehicle Joe, and then directing Jack Lemmon in a Oscar-winning performance for Save The Tiger, Avildsen won his... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Following John G. Avildsen’s death yesterday, one of the director’s best-known collaborators has paid tribute to the departed filmmaker. Sylvester Stallone honored the “Rocky” director the way everyone does these days, with an Instagram post: “The great director John G. Avildsen Who won the Oscar for directing Rocky!” he wrote alongside a photo of the two. “R. I. P. I’m sure you will soon be directing Hits in Heaven- Thank you , Sly”
“Rocky” also won Best Picture and Best Editing at the Academy Awards, with Stallone earning nods for both his screenplay and his performance in the title role. Avildsen, who went on to direct “The Karate Kid” and its first two sequels as well as “Rocky V” and “Save the Tiger,” died of pancreatic cancer yesterday »
- Michael Nordine
American filmmaker John G. Avildsen has passed away aged 81, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Avildsen was best known for directing the 1976 classic Rocky, which saw him honoured with the Academy Award for Best director. He would receive a second Oscar nomination in 1983 for the Documentary Short Traveling Hopefully.
Having begun his career as an assistant director to the likes of Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger, Avildsen make his directorial debut in 1970 with the critically acclaimed Joe. His other credits included Save the Tiger, The Karate Kid and its sequels The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III, and Rocky V. His latest feature was 1999’s Inferno, released in the UK as Desert Heat. »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood is mourning the death of John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of “Rocky” who died Friday at age 81. Paying tribute to a long career that included classics like “The Karate Kid,” Avildsen’s peers noted his artistic legacy and character. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and “The Karate Kid” director John G. Avildsen,” said Ralph Macchio in a statement provided to TheWrap. “His earlier films, “Rocky” and “Save The Tiger” helped influence my adolescence. His guidance in the creation of Daniel Larusso and direction in “The Karate Kid” became an influence that changed my. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
Variety reports that John G. Avildsen, an Oscar-winning director with a celebrated knack for capturing the stories of beloved underdogs, has died. Avildsen—whose best-known films include Rocky and the first three installments of The Karate Kid franchise—was 81.
Avildsen’s early films arrived at a time when America was struggling with the growing counterculture of the 1970s; his first major hit, the Peter Boyle-starring vigilante feature Joe, becoming a lightning rod with its depiction of a charismatic, violent “everyman” with a lethal hatred of hippies. (The film reportedly inspired the softer-edged bigots in shows like Norman Lear’s All In The Family, and the positive reaction to the character by moviegoers who identified with Joe, instead of being reviled by him, caused Boyle to renounce violent roles.) Avildsen followed Joe with the 1973 morality play Save The Tiger, which earned Jack Lemmon an Academy Award for his depiction ...
- William Hughes
John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the iconic Rocky and also helmed all three Karate Kid movies, has passed away at 81. While no cause of death was revealed, the director's representative confirmed his death in Los Angeles today. The filmmaker leaves behind a lasting legacy of telling some of the best underdog stories ever put on film.
Variety confirmed the director's death with his rep earlier today, although no further details were given. It hasn't been revealed yet if there will be any sort of public memorial service for the filmmaker. The man was born December 21 1935, in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, graduating from the prestigious Hotchkiss School and Nyu. He got his start in the movie business by serving as assistant director on movies helmed by Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger.
The late filmmaker made his feature directorial debut in 1969 with Turn To Love, which he also served as the cinematographer on. »
Avildsen’s son Anthony confirmed the filmmaker's death to the Los Angeles Times, adding that Avildsen died at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Avildsen won the Academy Award for Best Picture for his work on 1976's Rocky. Like the titular boxer played by Sylvester Stallone, the film was an underdog itself: Despite a minuscule million-dollar budget, Rocky became the highest-grossing film of 1976, winning three Oscars »
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