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It's funny that I still sort of think of Patrick Lussier as a "new" filmmaker. He's not, of course, by any means. He got his start working as an assistant editor in the '80s working on TV, and then moved up to cutting shows like "MacGyver" before hooking up with Wes Craven on "Nightmare Cafe," which led to him cutting "New Nightmare," Craven's attempt at redefining his own Freddy Kruger. Lussier worked on some troubled films over the years, and must have amazing battle stories from "Mimic" and "Vampires In Brooklyn" and "Halloween H20" and especially "Cursed." His time working at »
Two weeks from tonight, my fellow Human Target fans, we get our show back. I don't know about you, but I'm literally having a party that night. I'm also celebrating a little early by giving you an advance review of "Taking Ames," the third episode of the second season, which is scheduled to air December 1.
If you've been with me for awhile, you know the character I've been most on the fence about is Ames (Janet Montgomery). Well, this episode is - as you can tell by the title - pretty much about her. She's pulled back into her criminal past, and it's Chance to the rescue. More importantly, though, it's a chance to see who Ames is and what we can expect her to contribute to the series.
After Ames does a favor for a friend (read: theft of explosives), Chance and Winston want to know what she's really »
- Brittany Frederick
Stargate Universe is a bizarrely controversial show, and if you need proof, just take a look at my initial review of the show. Somewhere in the realm of “mildly positive, but hopeful,” the review doesn’t exactly oversell the show, but there are few comments that aren’t from “Stargate Purisits” taking shots at the changes in format and tone. Not that there aren’t plenty of reasons to avoid the show without Stargate baggage, but Sci-Fi is a genre of fans who throw themselves into things, and are often rather easy to annoy.
While some of my initial concerns were dealt with as the show continued, there are many ways in which this incarnation of Stargate still hasn’t, in my estimation, gotten out of its own way. I am the wrong guy to try to sell cheap, simplistic melodrama to, especially when it is slapped into a show »
- Marc Eastman
Okay, so we’re a bit behind. Tuesday saw the release of the complete first season of Stargate Universe; while that set wasn’t available for us to review, Fox graciously provided me with a copy of 1.0, the first-half set released on February 9. If you’re like me and haven’t started on this third series in the franchise yet, allow me to shed a little light on at least half of the situation.
Stargate has taken Star Trek‘s place as the mainstream science fiction franchise on television. First there was Sg-1 for a decade, then five years of Atlantis, and now we have Universe. It’s the “dark and brooding” member of the family, which either makes it cool or very uncool, depending on who you talk to.
The show centers around a multinational exploration team who find themselves stuck on an Ancient ship called the Destiny, »
- Brittany Frederick
Stargate Universe, the latest installment series in the Stargate saga, has concluded its first season, and now you can buy the first season on DVD and Blu-ray. In celebration of this, JustPressPlay is giving away Stargate Universe: Season 1.5 on Blu-ray. What do you have to do to win? It's easy.
To win just do two things:
1) Follow us on Twitter via @JustPressPlay
2) Tweet the following message at us, each time earns you win entry towards winning (limit one entry per day):
@JustPressPlay I want to win Stargate Universe: Season 1.5 on Blu-ray. http://bit.ly/bZPZYt
Contest ends August 24th, 2010.
Now for an official summary:
The latest hit series from the creators of “Stargate Sg-1” makes a date with destiny when “Sgu 1.5” debuts on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27 from MGM Home Entertainment. Featuring the final 10 episodes of season one, the story continues to follow a group of soldiers, »
- Lex Walker
On last night’s episode of Royal Pains, Evan (Paulo Costanzo) agreed to be a young woman’s “faux beau” for cash. Paige (Drop Dead Diva’s Deb, Brooke D’Orsay) needed to send her wealthy parents photos of her and her boyfriend and didn’t think they’d respond well to her much older real beau (Peter Strauss). Cue Evan’s Pretty Woman-style makeover and him actually falling for her. I thought the writers could’ve taken the Pretty Woman references one-step further and have him leave the cash on his car seat when she dropped him off, »
- Mandi Bierly
We are going to award one of you this new DVD, MacGyver: The TV Movies, as randomly chosen in this giveaway. Fill out the entry form below for a chance to win. The odds of being selected a winner can be increased each and every day you return to enter again for as long as the giveaway is running.
MacGyver - The Lost Treasure of Atlantis: MacGyver is called on by his former archaeology professor to help verify the legend of the lost city of Atlantis and to recover its treasure. MacGyver - Trail to Doomsday: While investigating the death of his best friend, MacGyver uncovers a shocking conspiracy to hold the world hostage to terrorism. »
We're definitely excited to see Henry "the Fonz" Winkler in USA's hit show -- and we're not the only ones. TV son Mark Feurstein recently told Zap2it's Korbi TV, "I love having the Fonz as my dad.... I worshipped the Fonz growing up."
Even after over a quarter century has passed since Winkler played the role of Arthur Fonzarelli, many (like his "Royal Pains" co-star) still know him as "the Fonz." Perhaps that's because most folks don't know what exactly he's been up to since his iconic role on "Happy Days." So ... we thought we'd take a closer look into Winkler's post-"Happy Days" (1974 - 1984), pre-"Royal Pains" (2010) days to answer the burning question: where in the world was Winkler for the past 26 years? »
This weekend marks the opening of the highly anticipated film "The A-Team", the action film based on the wildly popular 80's television show. On a personal note I've been dying to see this film ever since the first trailer came out.
One of the ripest picking grounds for TV shows to be adapted into movies seems to be the 1980's, and "The A-Team" is just the lastest... but it certainly isn't going to be the last.
Right now there are a handful shows from the 80's being developed for the big screen, and right now I thought I'd run down 4 high profile ones that you may not have known were coming to an AMC near you in the foreseeable future! »
Lets just get this out of the way, Richard Dean Anderson is great. Before my little trip into Universe, I didn’t have a lot of experience with Stargate and I only knew Richard from his fun filled MacGyver days. I love him. He’s got that gravitas thing and in accompaniment, a light and funny approach. Please Stargate guys, find a way to get him on the Destiny forever. Omg a cliffhanger! Awesome. But let me be a good recapper and start at the beginning. Rush has the most vivid dream in history. But it’s pretty obvious it is neither a dream or something originally in his own head as he sees the reflection of another person in a car window. That is really a hi rez dream. I’m jealous. Resolution like that would have made my dreams of Marina Sirtis way more fun. It’s not »
Saddled with plot holes, tonal and practical inconsistencies, shallow characters and an uneven, intermittently funny script, “MacGruber” is not a good film. But it does feature a surprisingly nuanced love interest (Kristen Wiig) and an aging, slightly plump Val Kilmer as super-villain, Dieter Von Cunth — yes, Cunth — which almost make up for the film’s myriad shortcomings.
Will Forte is the legendary MacGruber, a retired special forces guru decorated with 16 Purple Hearts, 7 Presidential Medals of Bravery and 3 Congressional Medals of Honor. And he’s the only soldier ever to achieve the ranks of Green Beret, Navy Seal and Army Ranger. After years in self-imposed exile after the murder of his wife (Maya Rudolph) by Cunth, MacGruber is provoked by his former superior into taking on one last mission — get revenge on Cunth and stop him from detonating a stolen nuclear warhead in Washington, D.C.
The most immediately apparent inconsistency »
- Eric M. Armstrong
As the first big comedy of the summer, did MacGruber tickle Ron's funny bone?
There's the best of the best. The Green Berets, the Airborne Rangers, the Navy Seals? They're nothing compared to the greatest secret agent/problem solver/mankiller in history, MacGruber (Will Forte). He's got a combat record the likes of which the military has never seen, he's been a member of all of the above elite special forces units, and he's also got a heroic mullet worn in a completely non-ironic manner.
MacGruber has been gone a long time. For ten years, in fact, he's been living in a monastery in Mexico, while the world has believed him to be dead. He was attacked at his wedding by his arch nemesis, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer). Except there's no proof Von Cunth did it, and in the ten years MacGruber has been living underground, Von Cunth has »
MacGruber is the latest Saturday Night Live skit to get the full movie treatment. Like those that went before it, this means the movie's entertainment value is stretched thin over the length of a feature film. There are a few fairly funny jokes in the movie but not nearly enough to cover the running length. As for storyline and plot, well there's that skit thing again. MacGruber is a spoof of the old MacGyver TV series that ran in the mid-eighties and starred Richard Dean Anderson. The hero didn't use guns but rather fashioned weapons from ordinary household goods and materials. MacGruber (Will Forte) is supposed to have the same talent but we never get to see him do anything inventive except tear people's throats out. At the start of the movie MacGruber is recruited by Colonel James Faith (Powers Boothe) to »
- Jackie K. Cooper
For McGyver fans unfamiliar with Richman, his previous work has been on the Nicolas Cage bomb Bangkok Dangerous and the comedy dud Swing Vote starring Kevin Costner. Richman has also done uncredited work on Rush Hour 3 and wrote a draft of Beverly Hills Cop 4.
The MacGyver TV series ran for seven seasons on ABC, from 1985-1992, with Richard Dean Anderson playing the part of a secret agent who relied on his scientific knowledge and ability to solve desperate situations with common, household items rather than use a gun. No word on whether Anderson will play title role or when production will begin on the project.
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- Ryan Gowland
Now that the comedy caper MacGruber has opened (to mixed reviews) it would appear that New Line has decided to de-mothball the film’s 80s television show inspiration MacGyver - and bring it to the big screen (with a contemporary spin).
For those who weren’t around in the 80s, MacGyver starred Stargate’s Richard Dean Anderson (to me he’ll always be MacGyver) as the titular secret agent who used his quick wits and anything within arms reach to get him out of danger. If he was locked in a room, surrounded by bad guys with nothing but a toothpick, a sausage, and a piece of string…
Continue reading MacGyver Film Recruits a Writer
- Niall Browne
Saturday Night Live’s MacGyver parody MacGruber has opened in the Us this weekend (to abysmal box office receipts), and that has given New Line the opportunity to announce that their long-gestating big screen adaptation of the classic 80s television serieshas finally found a writer in Jason Richman, whose previous films include Rush Hour 3, Bad Company and the frankly terrible Nicolas Cage flick
(Source: THR) »
MacGruber squares off against Shrek Forever After this weekend at the box office, but its star and director aren’t intimidated by a franchise that’s made more than $2.2 billion in ticket sales, worldwide. MacGruber’s star Will Forte joked, “We will take those f—ers down!” Director Jorma Taccone quickly added with heavy sarcasm, “Our movie is probably gonna do better than Shrek. Right? Let’s be honest.” More on that, in a bit.
Collider caught up with Forte, Taccone and screenwriter John Solomon at the film’s press day. Hit the jump for the roundtable’s full audio, along with highlights and plenty of spoilers, including Forte’s desire to do a nude scene with celery, who stole that used vegetable afterward and the gracious gesture by MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson.
MacGruber aims to honor, more than mock 80’s action movies. The filmmaker’s conceit is to »
- Ron Messer
… and anyway, asks John Patterson, where's that 'biker gang invades Cambodia' plot I wanted?
Just as a Mars Bar eaten at 3pm will usually stay your appetite till supper time, The Losers should hold you until the arrival of whatever specimen of mega-budget action crap you're really looking forward to this summer. You may be hot for The A-Team, so let this be your B-Team. It's just good enough, as Joe Queenan pointed out a week or two ago [in the La Times] to justify bargain matinee prices, but if you ponied up full price, you'd feel cheated.
There's a lot of movies like this, a couple every summer, at least. Smokin' Aces was one, The Big Hit another. Fat cast of second-raters, TV dependables or up-and-comers; high calorific content, zero nutritional value, a ton of carbs, additives, food dyes, chemicals, antibiotics and preservatives; a plot vaguely reminiscent of other, better movies just gone or just due, »
- John Patterson
By Jeff Sneider
New Line has hired "Swing Vote" co-writer Jason Richman to write the script for "MacGyver," a big-screen adaptation of the popular adventure series that starred Richard Dean Anderson, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
From 1985-1992, the ABC series followed a crafty secret agent who used clever, science-inspired tricks to escape danger in the nick of time. The inherent problem with a "MacGyver" movie is that the audience knows th »
- Jeff Sneider
THR’s article reminds us Richman is the writer of such clunkers as Bangkok Dangerous, Swing Vote, and Bad Company. His hiring also means a MacGyver movie is far from happening any time soon, which should give Shia Labeouf plenty of time to grow a mullet until they inevitably cast him.
Lee David Zlotoff, who created the hit show in 1985, is behind the more serious take on the resourceful hero that was formally announced in March 2009. Meanwhile, Relativity Media managed to piece together the “Saturday Night Live” spoof MacGruber in time for release this weekend which takes plenty of shots at Richard Dean Anderson’s character and a list of other explosive action properties. (Check out my review here.)
Zlotoff was rumored to be “exploring his legal options” to stop the parody, »
- Jeff Leins
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