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This should make things more interesting ahead of the early 2012 launch of Netflix’s UK video streaming service. Sony Pictures has agreed to supply Amazon’s LOVEFiLM service with exclusive access to movies including The Social Network and Salt, and animated children’s shows such as Transformers and The Karate Kid. They offer few details, but call this a “major multi-year” deal and a “milestone agreement.” Amazon’s service also is licensing content from Warner Bros, Entertainment One, Studiocanal, Disney, Momentum and Lionsgate. Here’s the release: Seattle– Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:amzn): LOVEFiLM, an Amazon company, and Sony Pictures Television have signed a major multi-year content deal giving LOVEFiLM members exclusive streaming access to new and forthcoming Sony Pictures titles during the second subscription pay TV window, as well as catalog titles and TV series, from June 2012. The milestone agreement with Sony Pictures Television is the latest in a »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
We're huge fans of the original Karate Kid here at Movies.com, to the point where we keep bugging HBO on Twitter to quit with the constant airings of The Karate Kid remake and throw the original a bone or two here and there. Anyway, last night William Zabka, who played head Cobra Kai Johnny in the 1984 karate classic, staged a live-Tweet of the film, responding to fan's questions and commenting along with little anecdotes about filming while watching the movie with everyone else. It was pretty fun, and while many actors and actresses from popular '80s movies tend to shy away from that time in their life, Zabka loves every minute of conversing with Karate Kid fans on Twitter (his Twitter avatar is a picture of a tattoo of his character Johnny...
- Erik Davis
In a video that hit the Web over a year and a half ago but appears to have only really surfaced this week, find Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and other principals from The Karate Kid rehearsing the entire 1984 classic on handheld camera for the film's director, John G. Avildsen. It's like something out of Be Kind Rewind -- except, you know, featuring the actual cast working with no budget and the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind the VHS (?) camera announcing sound cues ("Wind chimes!") and other pertinent atmospherics as the story rolls along. »
Sometimes the Internet surprises you with something so random and cool, it's unfathomable that it actually exists. An alternative version of The Karate Kid is all that and a crane kick. In 1983, director John G. Avildsen was getting ready to shoot The Karate Kid with stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and others. As part of the rehearsal process, Avildsen decided to film all of the rehearsals and edited it together into a (very) rough version of the movie. It was used as a tool for the actors to give them a sense of what the movie would be like, how their characters would change, all of that important stuff. Presumably, it was never meant to see the light of day outside of the cast and crew. Then, of course, this small film about a young man from New Jersey who moves to California and learns karate to earn the respect »
- Germain Lussier
What if I told you there was an alternate version of The Karate Kid? Well, it's an alternate version in the way that it's basically all rehearsal footage. In 1983, director John G. Avildsen shot the rehearsal in its entirety then edited all that footage together for the cast. It served as an extra bit of help so the actors could see the process as well as the set up. Of course there are scenes that you will see that did not make it to the final cut of the film. Avildsen provides a little »
- Niki Stephens
Ever wonder what it would look like to watch an entire film using only the rehearsal footage? Somehow all of the rehearsal footage for 1984's The Karate Kid has made it online, and it's been pieced together -- scene by scene -- in an attempt to recreate the entire movie. The result is this fantastic alternate version of The Karate Kid -- shot on budget cameras because that's what they used for the rehearsal stuff -- that almost looks like a bunch of folks got together and shot a "sweded" version of the film using original castmembers like Ralph Maccio, Pat Morita and all those Cobra Kai jerks. So what you have are a few on-location scenes, and then others recreated inside warehouses or gymnasiums (with alternate -- and in some cases, foul-mouthed...
- Erik Davis
Why “Revenge”? Why open with a “Top Gun”-esque volleyball scene on the beach? Why use b—- twice at the end of a confrontation between Daniel and Tyler, a la “The O.C.”? Why allude to “The Karate Kid” and “The Three Ninjas”? But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Amanda, who is now Cara, didn’t leave. In fact she returned to Jack and his boat. Nolan pays a visit to the bar and discovers Cara still there and phones Emily, »
- Alexandra Cheney
Elisabeth Shue is going back to Las Vegas. The award-winning actress, who was nominated for a best-actress Oscar for her role in Leaving Las Vegas, is joining the cast of the Vegas-based CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS announced Friday. Her character's first appearance will be in the Feb. 15, 2012 episode. Shue, 48, also known for her roles in 1980s flicks including Adventures in Babysitting and The Karate Kid, will be a series regular. She's coming on board just as longtime cast member Marg Helgenberger, who played CSI Catherine Willows for 11 seasons, prepares to leave the show. Shue's character will be the team's »
- Sara Hammel
Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue will join the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as a series regular, on the CBS Television Network. Her character will be introduced in the episode scheduled to air on Feb. 15, 2012.
"While it's difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it's exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue," said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "The new CSI also struggles with 'brutal honesty issues' and suffers no fools."
"Elisabeth's character will share a past, in another crime lab, with Ted Danson's character (D.B. Russell)," said executive producer Don McGill. "The first time things didn't go so well between the two of them. Maybe the second time's the charm, »
Marg Helgenberger may be leaving CSI in January but the veteran procedural found a pretty cool way to make up for the loss: The network announced today that Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) will join the show as a series regular.
She’ll play a CSI who just completed anger management training. Her character will be introduced in the episode airing Feb. 15.
“While it’s difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it’s exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue,” said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn in a statement. »
- Lynette Rice
This is a pretty big get for CBS, which has been trying to lure Elisabeth Shue for years. The actress, an Oscar nominee for Leaving Las Vegas, is joining the cast of CBS’ veteran crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as the new female lead opposite Ted Danson. Shue will play the newest CSI, fresh off an anger management course, amid rumors that D.B. Russell (Danson) fired her when she worked for him in Seattle. She will succeed Marg Helgenberger, who is departing her full-time gig on CSI in January but is expected to return for occasional guest sports, reprising her role as Catherine Willows. Shue, who will make her first appearance in the Feb. 15 episode, will be a new regular on CSI, her first major series role since she co-starred on the short-lived 1984 ABC drama Call Of Duty, produced by Paramount Television, the predecessor to CSI producer CBS TV Studios. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In just over a week, the rebranded WWE 12 will take to the shelves, replacing once and for all the now defunct Smackdown vs Raw title as Thq’s flagship wrestling property. While the developers are keen to promote WWE12 as an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary step, the list of developments and new features this year looks massive compared to the step-ups between earlier franchise additions, and it is perhaps better to think of WWE 12 as a new start entirely.
Fans will buy it, and those pre-disposed to snear at the “fake” sport (I suggest those nay-sayers try suplexing Mark Henry to test their philosophy properly) will probably stay away, but for the first time in a long while for a wrestling title, WWE 12 has a genuine broad appeal. Personally, I count myself as something of a lapsed fan – I cling to the classic eras, adding a rose-tinted gloss to the »
- Michael Atkinson
*full disclosure: a screener of this film was provided by Indican Pictures.
Director/writer: Jordan Galland.
This review is going back a little to late 2010 when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead was released theatrically and shortly thereafter on home video formats. This is a small film that includes certain characters from William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," but little else is borrowed from this playwright. Terse in dialogue and amusing, this film is light-hearted; however, the play could have sourced more from "Hamlet" and a little less from "Friends."
As background, the fictional characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were friends of Hamlet. They were also instructed to help assassinate him by order of the King of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle. They were unsuccessful and killed thanks to Hamlet's undoing. They are minor characters in Shakespeare's, arguably, best play. This critic would argue in favour of the "Merchant of Venice" as his best play, but »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Chicago – Glenn Ficarra & John Requa do strong directorial work yet and the script by Dan Fogelman is strong but “Crazy, Stupid, Love” works primarily due to the sheer, incredible talent of its amazing cast. With a stellar mix of Oscar-nominated veterans, two of the most engaging actors of their generation, and even a few talented newcomers, this is easily one of the best ensembles of the year. They were attracted by a film that treats love like the silly, goofy, wacky, crazy, stupid thing it needs to be. Sure, it’s broad and a bit cliched, but so is its subject matter.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
The ensemble is led by Steve Carell, giving his best performance since “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” as Cal Weaver. The film opens with his wife Emily (the radiant Julianne Moore) asking for a divorce and eventually revealing that she’s been sleeping with a smarmy co-worker (Kevin Bacon »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Sheila Variations a beautiful birthday piece about crushing on Ralph Macchio before The Karate Kid (!) and the transformational power of getting hooked on the storytelling arts and the actors who make us dream.
Thelma Adams corrals some friends to discuss the annual topic: does nudity equal bravery for actresses?
ioncinema Fox Searchlight signs the Borderline Film trio (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond) to a first look deal. That filmmaking collective operates in such a cool way, alternating in the director's chair but sticking together and supporting each other. Their latest venture being the fab Martha Marcy May Marlene (my review if you missed it).
- NATHANIEL R
We always knew that some day this would happen. It just wasn't supposed to be for another 10 years or so. Ralph Macchio turns 50 on Friday (Nov. 4).
Macchio first emerged in the star-studded cast of "The Outsiders" alongside Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe among numerous other A-listers. But it was his performance as Daniel in the "The Karate Kid" that kicked his career into a different gear. In addition to starring in two subsequent "Karate Kid" films, Macchio played a key role in "My Cousin Vinnie."
But for now, we just want to say, "Happy Birthday Ralph." Now go paint the fence. »
Everett ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’: A hit in both China and the U.S.
Co-productions and international box office were among the various topics discussed at the U.S.-China Film Summit Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles. Organized by the Asia Society Southern California, the event brought together industry executives, financiers, producers and filmmakers unified in their interest in cross-country movie-making.
Two separate panels, one focusing on the financial aspects of the U.S. and Chinese marketplaces and one focusing on the creative side, »
- Michelle Kung
For nearly two decades, Jerry Weintraub was one of the biggest powers in management. He managed Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and John Denver. In the '80s he produced such hits as “Nashville,” “Diner” and “The Karate Kid.” Most recently he handled the "Ocean’s Eleven" franchise. The subject of “His Way,” the new HBO documentary available Tuesday on DVD, Weintraub sat down to talk to us about Elvis, Frank and candy in his pants. One of your early triumphs was managing Elvis Presley’s tours. On one of the first concert »
- Jordan Riefe
The Outsiders, 1983.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Synopsis: Two rival teen gangs, the working class Greasers and the well-off Socs get caught up in frequent confrontation in 1960s Oklahoma. But when one of the Socs is accidentally killed, the youngest Greasers, Ponyboy and Johnny, flee town.
The 1980s weren't as kind to Francis Ford Coppola as the 70s. After making a handful of films that are considered some of the best of all time - The Godfather parts I & II, Apocalypse Now and The Conversation - the following decade was much more low key.
In 1983, Coppola adapted S.E. Hinton's novel about 1960s teen gangs in small town America, The Outsiders. Edited down to approximately 90 minutes for theatrical release, the film wasn't very well received on it's initial run. Here, on a new DVD and Blu-ray, »
John Hughes, writer and director of the seminal ‘80s film The Breakfast Club is often credited with the creation of the “Brat Pack”, a group of young, up and coming actors who ruled Hollywood in the mid-Eighties influencing the styles and ideology of a generation of teenagers in the process. However, it was in fact a very different and unlikely auteur that made the first true “Brat Pack” movie in 1983.
Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, had suffered a major blow when his 1982 film One From The Heart had failed miserably at the box office forcing him to declare bankruptcy. In the months that followed while looking for a project to restore his reputation he received a letter from a California high school teacher with a petition signed by the whole class requesting that the director turn their favourite novel into a movie. The book in »
- Chris Wright
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