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The notion that North Korea pulled off the digital calamity that has taken down Sony’s network is ridiculous. Unless you can imagine a team of tubby despots conniving and plotting around a conference table a la “Ocean’s Eleven,” then abandon that thought and get real. I can’t see North Korea caring about a Seth Rogen movie; on the other hand, it is easier to understand the rage of the freshly unemployed whose new priorities include maneuvering through the morass that is California unemployment and getting back at their bosses (not necessarily in that order).
Revenge would be »
- Richard Stellar
Childhood Memories: ‘Sneak Previews’
When renowned film critic, Roger Ebert, died last year, there was a huge outpouring of appreciation from film lovers around the world. He was an ambassador for cinema who introduced audiences to countless films they might have otherwise missed. Ebert and his long-time partner, Gene Siskel, started reviewing movies on their Chicago PBS affiliate back in 1975. The program was called Sneak Previews, and it laid the foundation for their hugely successful syndicated show, Siskel & Ebert, that was to follow a decade later… read the full article.
Monstervision: The Saturday Drive-In
I Got 88 Seconds and a Wookiee Ain’t One: Cinephilic Musings on the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser
I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, a friend and I had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s »
I have no recollection of the first film I saw in theatres. When I was two months old, my father passed over reruns of I Love Lucy in the middle of the night, only to lull me to sleep to Platoon. This might explain why heavy metal makes me drowsy now. According to my parents, the first movie they took me to see in theatres was Home Alone. I was two years old, and cried mercilessly every time Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were on screen. At the age of seven, my older brother, Derek, let me watch Natural Born Killers. He was eleven, and we were borrowing our Snow Bird grandparents’ Pay Per View box. Our mother wasn’t pleased when she finally found out about this earlier this year.
Whether by my own curiosity, naiveté, or fortitude (or any combination thereof), I managed to watch some illicit stuff at a very young age. »
- Ariel Fisher
“Excuse please, but why do they call you ‘booger’?”
Thanks to films like Revenge Of The Nerds, it is becoming clear that we, the nerds of this world, are here to stay and to conquer. Ok, so I don’t wear my pants up to my chest. Or use my hair full of gel. Or have that characteristic “snort” in my laugh. Still, I am a nerd. Actually, I’m a Geek, which is a sub-set of nerds, and I know I’ll always be one. It’s just that it was so uncool to be one back in the 1980’s. People used to bother us, kick us, insult us, hit us. They took our stuff away, hid it, or simply threw it in the trash. And then, Revenge Of The Nerds came along and showed us that, indeed, we are nerds, but that we must not accept a punishment for it. »
- Tom Stockman
The King Baggot Tribute is this Friday, November 14th at 7pm at Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium. A 35mm print of Ivanhoe (1913) starring King Baggot will screen with live music by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. The screening will be followed by an illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot, which will be followed by the screening of Tumbleweeds (digital source 1925), directed by King Baggot with piano accompaniment by Matt Pace. Ticket information for the event can be found Here.
Hollywood Cinematographer Stephen King Baggot, also known as King Baggot III, is a retired cinematographer and news cameraman born in 1943. Like his father and grandfather before him, he was always billed onscreen as simply ‘King Baggot’. The first King Baggot (1879-1948) was at one time Hollywood’s most popular star, known in his heyday as ‘King of the Movies’ ,’The »
- Tom Stockman
Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, Old School—all classic college comedies that inspired generations of devoted fraternity idiots. But Neighbors, the summer blockbuster that pitted Zac Efron’s fun-loving Greeks against the yuppie couple next door—Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne—realized something new and important: a woman—a mother, even—can be just as outrageously funny and asinine as a dude. When the loud fraternity parties into the night and leaves condoms for the neighbors’ darling baby to play with, Byrne’s Kelly proves to be just as formidable as the guys in the tit-for-tat war that ensues. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Adam Sandler has taken some almighty drubbings from critics (including this one) for his series of increasingly moribund comedies over the past few years, so it deserves to be stated upfront: Of the many things that go horribly wrong with his latest, “The Cobbler,” none are even remotely his fault. In fact, credit him for taking on such an unusual project — a largely serious tale about a shoe repairman who can magically take on the appearance of his customers by donning their footwear — helmed by a director, Tom McCarthy, whose track record was previously unblemished. But the result is . Picked up by Image Entertainment, the film will surely test the limits of Sandler’s drawing power, and word of mouth might not be kind.
Though “The Cobbler’s” premise might make it seem an unusual choice for McCarthy, one can almost imagine it as a magical-realist twist on his lovely 2007 film, »
- Andrew Barker
We all have touchstones in adolescent life that end up shaping who we become. I’m sure we all share a few of them. Maybe it’s Holden Caulfield. Maybe it’s Kurt Cobain. Maybe it’s The Smiths or Fight Club or Ghost World. All of those had an effect on me, but I’m not ashamed to say that the one who had the biggest effect was Seth Cohen, a character in the early 2000s Fox teen soap opera The O.C.
Seth Cohen was awesome. He was awkward and read Chuck Klosterman and drew superheroes and wore the coolest t-shirts. He brought comic books, twee indie rock and snarky internet knowingness to a show few would associate with geekiness, and blasted all those things into the mainstream. »
If you’re a child of the 80s, like myself, then your know all about what makes a good movie about friends. No, forget that Friends TV show and its unrealistic sitcom stereotypes. I’m talking about films like the 1985 classics The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’S Fire, or Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) or even Revenge Of The Nerds (1984). We knew what friends on film were all about in the 80s, but whatever happened to that great emotionally-driven, sentimental sub-genre of dramatic comedies?
I have the answer… thank god for filmmaking dynasties. In the tradition of great directors passing the torch to their children, award-winning director Edward Zwick has clearly fostered promising talent in his son Jesse Zwick, whose feature film debut About Alex manages to instill a renewed sense of sentimentality into the friendship dramedy genre. With a youthful voice, writer and director Jesse Zwick recycles what »
- Travis Keune
Written and directed by Richard Linklater
Artistic intent is an often-debated mode of dissecting a finished product. What the artist went into the project intending to render presumably dictates the manner in which we, as audience members and general consumers of art, perceive. With film, it’s also common conception that, once the piece is finished and released into the world, 50% of its production now lies in the hands of the audience. The thought is that a movie doesn’t fully exist without someone to watch and perceive it. Both concepts are true, while neither holds predominant sway over the reception of art. What we go into an experience knowing, or not knowing, can drastically alter our perception of any given event. But while in the moment of interpretation, we are subject to a series of perceptions that exist independently of pre-defined knowledge.
- Ariel Fisher
A glob of stray semen is slathered on as impromptu hair gel. A high school flutist describes all the graphic details of her "one time at band camp." A slobbering frat boy climbs a ladder for a close look at disrobing co-eds — a glimpse so revelatory that he plummets backward without batting an eye. Raunch-comedy history is littered with off-color climaxes, and the genre hasn't blown its load quite yet.
Barely Legal: 30 Nearly Pornographic Films
From full-blown sex romps to softcore substitutes spruced up with gags, Hollywood's history of »
Before The Disney Channel became the network responsible for unleashing Miley Cyrus to the world and driving Shia Labeouf to lose his damn mind, they were the pinnacle of children’s entertainment. Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon were great, sure, but were they great enough to run a channel that only showed commercials…for its own channel? The original programming always drew in a huge audience, but Disney Channel Original Movies were in a league above everything else. Before High School Musical came along and set the standard for Dcoms from there on out, The Disney Channel was consistently cranking out made-for-tv movies that completely shaped the childhoods of generation Y. Despite the family friendly demeanor, Dcoms provided some surprisingly great kid-friendly horror flicks. Horror fans are breeding their own little ones and while their four-year-old may not be ready for The Exorcist, there are plenty of kid-horror flicks at their »
- BJ Colangelo
Nerds have sure come a long way since 1984. The term today (largely replaced with ‘geek’) is largely benign, but if Revenge of the Nerds is to be believed, it’s as good as being marked for death. Then again, that might be part of its appeal. Nerds is unquestionably the product of a different era (one in which casual racism, lethal violence, and sexual voyeurism apparently failed to register with the MPAA), but also one in which a lead character’s declaration that he is a nerd could be no less sincere and provocative than John Merrick’s “I am not an animal, I am a human being” only four years earlier. It’s a hard to say what the pocket protector set would make of Nerds these days, but odds are good they’d switch over to The Social Network.
- Anders Nelson
For those who crave these modern era b-movies that couple up ocean-dwelling monstrous bastards and let them battle it out on the small screen typically over on SyFy will be pleased to be introduced to 'Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda'. The latest production from cult low-budget maestro Roger Corman and New Horizon Pictures see the return of the famed 'Sharktopus' tackling a brand new cross breed that merges a Pteradactyl with a Barracuda. Kevin O'Neill directs from a script penned by Matt Yamashita and the movie set to premiere on SyFy on 2 August 2014 stars Robert Carradine ('Revenge of the Nerds'), Rib Hillis, Tony Evangelista, Hector Then and the sexy Katie Savoy -below ('Living with Models'). »
How amazing would it be to see The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar on Game of Thrones? Seriously. "Game of Thrones!" he said when I asked him at the Critics' Choice TV Awards what show (other than his own) he'd love be on. "I've always wanted to be a badass that could wield a sword and like hurt someone." Talk about Revenge of the Nerds! Nayyar wasn't the only celeb on the awards red carpet I grilled about their dream guest spots. "Master Chef," Shameless star Emmy Rossum said. "I love that show and I love cooking. I love competition shows and I love my show. I don't want to be on any other scripted show except mine." Uzo Aduba, »
Ben Stiller gave a much-needed update on Zoolander 2 at the Taormina Festival in Sicily. He was there to host one of the Master Class events at Taormina's PalaCongressi and also received career honors on Thursday evening at the 2,700-year-old Teatro Antico.
THR caught up with the comedian at his Master Class, were Derek Zoolander himself relayed the bad news.
"The film's been discussed and in some way in the works for 10 years. But there are no plans to start production any time soon."
We last heard about the project all the way back in October of 2011, when Owen Wilson gave an update on his character, rival model turned friend Hansel.
"Hansel, he's fallen on hard times. There's been a disfiguring injury. »
Some movies, no matter how old they are, never age a day. Their situations and themes remain as relevant now as when they were first released. Watching them today, they reflect and comment on our present in ways they couldn’t possibly have anticipated. Every month we’re going to pick a movie from the past that does just that, and explore what it has to say about the here and now. Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters – now celebrating its 30th anniversary — might seem an unlikely candidate to include in this column. After all, there’s not a (sane) person on earth who would watch this movie and say “Maaannnn, is this thing dated.” The filmmaking nor the humor has aged a day, and even the special effects make you appreciatively nostalgic more than critical. Still, there are several elements of the story, characters and location that surprisingly evoke the specifics of our present more than one might »
- Alexander Huls
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »
- Drew McWeeny
Adam Shankman is developing a series for HBO focusing on the political turmoil of New York in the late 1960s, including the connections between the mob and the gay community. One of the original owners of the Stonewall Inn will work on the series as a consulting producer.
Cox’s role on Downton Abbey might have been brief but it was memorable
TMZ says that the family of Whitney Houston is thinking of filing a lawsuit to stop Lifetime’s movie about the pop star. The family is working on a movie of their own, according to TMZ and believe a star of Houston’s stature deserves a big screen movie.
Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu challenges the media narrative where the lovable nerd wears down »
- Lyle Masaki
First Encounters: 'Revenge of the Nerds' I wanted to keep watching this scene for as long as I could. by Lux Alptraum First Encounters is a series in which writers explore the media that inspired their first brush with their sexuality. Whether it was a book, a cartoon character, a film, or a painting, we all have one cultural artifact from our adolescence which informs how we think about our bodies and desires for the rest of our lives. Have a First Encounter you'd like to share? Send your story to email@example.com. I don't remember whose idea it was to watch the movie. Maybe it was mine, maybe it was the babysitter's, maybe one of my parents had suggested the activity. Maybe it was one of the videos included in the VHS collection my brother had left with us — stacked next to the seven [...] »
- Lux Alptraum
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