12 items from 2016
Illustration by Leah BravoFive years ago, a film came and went with little fanfare, except a spattering of positive reviews, making around $4 million worldwide on a budget of about $10 million: Take This Waltz. More people know it as a Leonard Cohen song, from which its title comes. More people know Leonard Cohen than the director Sarah Polley, but as of this cultural moment, more people might know the star, Michelle Williams, than Leonard Cohen, due to her other movies and a popular TV show. These jejune concerns amplify less than we know and more than we'll admit. Name recognition: these go into the common denominators decision people look for when they decide to fund a film, a book, a play. How will it sell? How will it fit? What can it capitalize on? How can we make something that will not make people think too much or depress them? We »
Today, thousands upon thousands of fanboys and fangirls will flock toward Southern California as San Diego Comic-Con kicks off. 39 years ago today, the then-much smaller convention opened for a significant year: The first after the release of Star Wars. Though the con was still focused on comic books at the time and was contained within Sd’s El Cortez Hotel, the 1977 event did feature a “Making of Star Wars” panel. A year prior, Lucasfilm had drummed up a bit of anticipation for the movie at Comic-Con with Mark Hamill in attendance. Other notable July 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: The Men, Marlon Brando’s first film, premiered in New York. • 1965: Bob Dylan’s single “Like a Rolling Stone” was released. • 1969: Broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, proclaiming the event “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. »
- Emily Rome
Our perception of the Forest City having only seen it on screen.
All this week, Cleveland, Ohio, is being overrun with politicians, their supporters, and protestors of their platforms as the Republican National Convention is being held at the Quicken Loans Arena through Thursday. To help get a better sense of this “Cleve-Land,” as Howard the Duck calls it, we’re looking to entertainment, specifically movies and television, for what it can tell us about this city. If there’s anything we miss or misunderstand, blame Hollywood.
It’s the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s not surprising that, to an outsider, Cleveland primarily looks like a city where music reigns. You could make a nice concert with all the fictional bands based there, including Cherry Bomb from Howard the Duck, The Barbusters from Light of Day, the »
- Christopher Campbell
“Hi, my name is David Shark. If you ever need a stand-in, backup, or someone to take a hit or a fall, please consider me.” -David “Shark” Fralick to the producers on the set of Revenge of the Nerds II… Continue Reading →
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- John Campopiano
I was new to the school, and I didn’t know anyone. When you’re a kid, moving is hard. But moving when you have the last name “McWeeny” was next-level difficult, and it taught me to live by prison rules early. The first person to come at me with jokes about the last name had to be destroyed, and then I could settle into my new life. When I showed up for my first day in the fourth grade at Ooltewah Elementary School, I was coming from a fairly disastrous stay in Texas that came to a Biblical conclusion, the flooding of our neighborhood complete with an entire bridge being washed away. I had a chip on my shoulder about the entire time in Texas, and I wasn’t sure what to make of Chattanooga yet. I didn’t feel like I fit into the South, and I knew »
- Drew McWeeny
It’s interesting when comparing Richard Linklater’s latest to the frat/high-school/summer-camp comedies made at the time it is set. The likes of the Porky’s and Revenge of the Nerds trilogies along with Meatballs, Screwballs and Better off Dead, were part of an 80s sub-genre spawned from the success of Animal House, before being revived with the
The post Everybody Wants Some!! Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Daniel Goodwin
Just in time for Spring, HBO Now and HBO Go are gifting us with some brand-new titles for April that will blow through your living room like a breath of fresh air. From the nonstop laughs of Amy Schumer's Trainwreck to the terrifying dinos of Jurassic World, there are plenty of incredible titles to choose from, so don't miss your opportunity to watch them while you can. Also make sure you check out March's selection before they disappear, plus Hulu's new April movies! Theatrical premieres: April 2: Trainwreck Unrated April 9: Lucy April 11: Inherent Vice April 18: We Are Your Friends April 23: Jurassic World April 27: Dracula Untold April 30: Paper Towns Original programming highlights: April 1: El Hipnotizador April 4: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures April 7: Animals. April 9: Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper April 10: Togetherness April 14: HBO First Look: »
- Quinn Keaney
It’s very exciting to see ambition in the world of horror. Yes, pleasure can and always will be derived from one more well formed slice of the blade or swing of the axe. However, occasionally a filmmaker comes on the scene overflowing with imagination and verve, a need to spew forth fresh ideas, or at the very least, a new take on a haggard trope. And then you have Fred Dekker, who decided for his first feature to include everything he loved about exploitation, horror and sci-fi, into one glorious, hearty stew that bafflingly flew under the radar at the time of its release. And like a good stew, the more it simmers, the sweeter the taste. 30 years later, Night of the Creeps (1986) will fill you up and have you begging for more.
Released by Tri-Star Pictures in late August, Creeps pulled in under $600,000 on a $5,000,000 Us budget. The »
- Scott Drebit
We’ve got chills, and they’re multiplyin’ ... probably because the TV musical Grease: Live is on and we’re live-blogging it. Please join us on the couch for some hand-jiving, bomber jackets and those famous tunes
What a triumph. After three years of watching NBC do summer stock on national television, Fox swooped in and stole the live musical format right out from underneath them.
The sets and staging were absolutely the best part of the show, proving that a live musical could look as much like a movie as it could just a regular Broadway musical. All of that credit goes to director Mark Plait.
So it concludes with the whole cast driving off the set in golf carts and into a fairground, where they continue to perform We Go Together. It’s delightful.
This is just how we wanted Grease: Live to end. »
- Alex Needham and Brian Moylan
In “Goat,” there are blood brothers, and then there are fraternity brothers, and the trick is figuring out which ones really have your back. (There are also Jonas brothers, but that’s another story.) Based on Brad Land’s harrowing anti-hazing memoir about an Ohio teen who’s abducted and beaten by thugs after a frat party, only to find himself undergoing even more demeaning abuse during Hell Week the following fall, this testosterone-drenched indie-movie adaptation feels like something that might have come out under the MTV Films banner a decade ago (back when the book was published), as director Andrew Neel can’t quite decide whether to indict or endorse the hard-partying behavior on display — painfully aware that half the audience has pledged or will pledge the Greek system.
Judging by legitimate gasps of concern from maternal types attending the film’s Sundance premiere, Land’s Cincinnati, Ohio-lensed expose »
- Peter Debruge
This past weekend I attended the annual Sherlock Holmes fandom celebration, a.k.a. the Bsi Weekend in New York City; a time I always thoroughly look forward to and enjoy. The weekend is great both for the setting (so much to see and do in NYC, both Sherlockian and otherwise) and for the friends (new and old) that attend.
One of the Sherlockian highlights of this year’s weekend for me was the Daintiest Thing in a Dressing Gown Pyjama Party, put on by the Baker Street Babes. I always get a kick out of costume parties, and this one featured lots of fun and creative pajama costumes, both Victorian and modern, and took place in the uber-cool and historic setting of The Players NYC (seriously – read their history page. So cool). It was a blast!
A non-Sherlockian highlight of my weekend was getting to see the current production »
- Emily S. Whitten
"Revenge of the Nerds" star Robert Carradine is accusing his soon-to-be ex-wife Edith of ransacking their storage space in an attempt to pawn off his most prized collectibles. Carradine says in divorce docs he had a hunch something was amiss after noticing his key to the unit was missing. When he called the storage facility he was told his wife was there with their grown son, moving items ... a red flag, Carradine says, because their son was in New Zealand. »
- TMZ Staff
12 items from 2016
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