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8 December 2016 12:33 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Christopher Pearce, who in the 1980s served as head of production of Cannon Films, the legendary B-movie house known for churning out a slew of action fare, has died. He was 73.
Pearce died Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla., after a battle with cancer, family friend Polly Chung told The Hollywood Reporter.
Working for Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus at Cannon, Pearce helped take the company’s production output from a handful of films per year to an astounding 43 in 1985. Movies made by Cannon that year included Death Wish 3, American Ninja, Missing in Action 2: The »
- Mike Barnes
Eli Roth's remake of Death Wish has added yet another veteran actor to its cast. Comedian Mike Epps has joined the movie as Dr. Chris Salgadoa, a friend to Bruce Willis, who is playing Paul Kersey, the lead in the movie. It seems as though he will be playing a character that didn't appear in the original 1974 Death Wish movie.
Deadline broke the news that Mike Epps will be joining the remake, which appears to be getting closer to production as they have recently added a lot more talent to the cast. Vincent D'Onofrio and Dean Norris also recently joined Death Wish. The project finally got going when director Eli Roth came aboard along with Bruce Willis, playing a role originally portrayed by Charles Bronson. Prior to boarding Death Wish, Eli Roth had been attached to direct the giant shark movie Meg, but he exited the project and found »
Kersey, a 'liberal' thinking architect, becomes an unstoppable late-night vigilante killer, targeting muggers, after a deadly assault against his wife and daughter pushes him over the deep end.
At the time of its initial release, critics were displeased with the film, considering it an 'immoral threat to society' and an encouragement of 'antisocial behavior'.
Despite the negative reviews, producers sensed the 'primal' appeal of the premise with audiences and released five "Death Wish" films.
- Michael Stevens
The film features an all-star ensemble cast led by Paul Sloan (I Am Wrath, The Night Crew), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (A-Team, Ufc Light Heavyweight Champ), action icon Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight, Kill Bill,Black Dynamite), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill).
It’s a fun one :) Check out the trailer:
Now you can own the Vigilante Diaries Blu-ray!
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We’ll contact the winners next week! »
- Tom Stockman
Bronson’s Loose Again!: On the Set with Charles Bronson is author Paul Talbot’s all-new companion volume to his acclaimed Bronson’s Loose!: The Making of the ‘Death Wish’ Films. His new book reveals more information on the Death Wish series and also details the complex histories behind eighteen other Charles Bronson movies. Documented herein are fascinating tales behind some of the finest Bronson films of the mid-1970s (including Hard Times and From Noon Till Three); his big-budget independent epics Love And Bullets and Cabo Blanco; his lesser-known, underrated dramas Borderline and Act Of Vengeance; his notorious sleaze/action Cannon Films classics of the 80s (including 10 To Midnight, Murphy’S Law and Kinjite: Forbidden Sunjects); the numerous unmade projects he was attached to; and his TV movies of the 90s (including The Sea Wolf). Exhaustively researched, the book features over three dozen exclusive, candid interviews including »
- Tom Stockman
Earlier this year, Eli Roth signed onto, then quickly departed, the long anticipated big screen adaptation of Meg. Upon exiting the giant killer shark movie, the acclaimed horror director wasn't quick to tell the world what he was doing next instead. Now we have an answer. The man behind the Hostel franchise is going to reboot Death Wish with Bruce Willis already confirmed for the lead role of Paul Kersey.
Death Wish follows nice a mild-mannered liberal, New York City architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson), who snaps after intruders break into his home, murdering his wife (Hope Lange) and violently raping his daughter. A business trip to Tucson, Ariz., lands him a gift from a client, a revolver he uses to patrol the streets when he returns home. Frustrated that the police cannot find the intruders, he become a vigilante, gunning down any criminal that crosses his path. The public finds this vigilantism heroic. »
If you’re a fan of bad movies, then you’ll probably know The Cannon Group. Throughout the 1980s, they brought us cinema classics like Death Wish 3, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Apple, Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, American Ninja, Missing in Action, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Delta Force. They also once bought the rights to Spider-Man thinking he was a human spider before realising he was a comic book character and promptly sold the rights back.
The Israeli cousins Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan joined Cannon Films in 1979 and brought their business culture to Hollywood. Whereas most studios would release 8 movies in one year, Cannon would release 40 and used names like Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme to sell their movies.
They went out of business in 1994 after a string of unsuccessful movies left them bankrupt, but now they »
- Luke Owen
Cannon Films was a giant in the 1970s and 80s. Anyone who grew up in that era has Cannon Films running through their DNA with such cult classics as Masters of the Universe, Cyborg, Revenge of the Ninja, American Ninja, Death Wish II, Bloodsport and so much more.
In 2012, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documented the rise and fall of Cannon Films (which you can see on Netflix right now). Towards the end of the documentary, the filmmakers alluded to the fact that the studio was working on a comeback, and we're as happy as anyone to report that today, Cannon Films is back, and a new slate of movies is on the horizon including America Ninja Apprentice, Return of The Delta Force, U.S. Sniper and more.
Back in the 1980's, The Cannon Group Inc., was one of the World's biggest independent motion picture studios, »
8 items from 2016
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