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R.I.P. Menahem Golan (1929 – 2014)

8 August 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It is with sadness we report that today Menahem Golan, co-founder of 1980′s movie studio Cannon Films, has died at the age of 85. According to multiple Israeli news outlets, Golan lost consciousness while strolling outside his house in the city of Jaffa with family members in the early hours of Friday evening. Ambulances rushed to the scene, and following attempts of more than an hour to resuscitate him, paramedics pronounced him dead.

With his cousin and business partner Yoram Globus, the duo purchased Cannon Films, which at the time was a ailing film company, in 1979 for $500,000. When Cannon was at the height of its powers in 1986/7, shares in company had jumped up $35 a share. With their speciality of producing B-movies cheaply and selling them on for profit, Cannon thrived in the mid-eighties, and for a while in 1986 it looked like they would become a new Hollywood “major”. Sadly, their business strategy soon began to unravel, »

- Scott Davis

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R.I.P. Producer Menahem Golan

8 August 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The filmmaker behind the Death Wish sequels and such 1970s and ’80s Cannon Group actioners as The Delta Force the Lou Ferrigno-led Hercules died today in Jaffa, Israel, Haaretz reports. Menahem Golan was 85. The big-personality Israeli producer, writer and director was behind dozens of films during a nearly half-century career, featuring stars including Charles Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also directed many of the films, including 1986’s Delta Force with Lee Marvin and Norris, and Stallone’s Over The Top the following year. Those and many others were produced by Cannon Entertainment, which Golan started with his cousin Yoram Globus. Cannon’s output also included such decidedly non-action fare as Bolero (1984), starring Bo Derek and George Kennedy; the Mario Van Peebles starrer Rappin’ (1985); A Cry In The Dark (1988), starring Meryl Streep and Sam O’Neill; and Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear (1987). But the action »

- The Deadline Team

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Pumping Iron and the birth of the 80s action hero

18 March 2014 6:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2014 - 06:21

The 1977 docu-drama Pumping Iron launched Schwarzenegger's career, and led to an era of fitness obsession and action heroes, Ryan writes...

In February 1976, the Whitney Museum in New York played host to a highly unusual exhibit: Arnold Schwarzenegger, clad in little more than a tiny pair of brown briefs, posing like a Greek statue on a rotating platform. Around him, some of the Manhattan art scene's most famous critics sat and pontificated.

Called Articulate Muscle: The Male Body In Art, the exhibition included two fellow Mr Universe bodybuilders, Frank Zane and Ed Corney, plus a panel of artists and historians, who discussed the notion of "the body itself as an art medium". The event was inspired and organised by Charles Gaines, a former weight lifter and author of the book Pumping Iron, a candid and in-depth account of bodybuilding with photographs by George Butler.

Originally expected to attract around 300 visitors, »

- ryanlambie

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Packer, Ratner back Cannon documentary

11 February 2014 6:46 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

RatPac Entertainment, the Hollywood financing co-venture between Brett Ratner and James Packer, is investing in Mark Hartley.s documentary on. the once-prodigious filmmakers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.

RatPac gets North American rights in return for its investment in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.

Hartley (Patrick, Not Quite Hollywood) is shooting the documentary which profiles Golan and Globus, Israeli-born cousins nicknamed the .Go-Go Boys. who bought Cannon in 1979, moved to the Us and churned out dozens of films, mostly cheap and rapidly-shot.

Their output included Missing in Action, two Death Wish sequels, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, American Ninja, Kickboxer, 52 Pick-Up and Masters of the Universe.

They also produced more eclectic fare such as Andrei Konchalovsky.s Academy Award-nominated Runaway Train, John Cassavetes. Love Streams, Jean-Luc Godard.s King Lear and Fred Schepisi.s Evil Angels.

Hartley is interviewing directors and stars who worked for Cannon »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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The Morning Read: ‘Her’s Hardest Scene, ‘Gravity’s Primalism and The Top-Grossing Female Directors

8 January 2014 6:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Jonas Cuaron on the primal instincts of Gravity” — The young filmmaker discusses his massive space spectacle and offers some practical advise for when your college girlfriend asks you to watch black & white movies. “The Toughest Scene I Wrote: Spike Jonze on Her‘s Sweet Song” — A script can be all sorts of things when it’s not tethered to a human body. “Hollywood Sexist? Female Directors Still Missing In Action” — Ramin Setoodeh at Variety focuses on the top-grossing movies from female directors to tell the incomplete story of the studio system in 2013. »

- Scott Beggs

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