5 items from 2010
The summer of 1985. Has it really been twenty-five years. Wow! I don't really feel old, but its amazing that era was so long ago and yet the memories feel like yesterday. I was ten going on eleven and enjoying my summer break. Though my parents wouldn't let me leave my neighborhood with my friends, they always took me to the cinema as often as they could, which is where my love of movies comes from. I consider myself fortunate to have shared some great movie moments with my family and with my parents coming to town to visit me this summer, we hope to have some more.Hollywood still makes great movies today, but the eighties were a time when most of the movies you saw were good. At least they seemed to be good at that early age. Time can often be cruel and with maturity comes the revelation »
Dennis Hopper’s long film career began with the 1955 teen angst classic Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean, and he helped usher in Hollywood’s New Wave as director and star of the counterculture anthem Easy Rider in 1969. He later became a respected character actor, specializing in such off-beat villains as the drug-addicted, obscenity-spouting Frank Black in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986), crazed bomber Howard Payne in the 1994 action-thriller Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, and Deacon in Kevin Costner’s soggy post-apocalyptic saga Waterworld (1995).
Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas on May 17, 1936. He moved to San Diego, California with his family in the late 1940s, and began studying at the local Old Globe Theater while attending high school. He soon signed with Warner Brothers and was featured in a small role in 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause. He was later featured as Jordan Benedict III, the »
- Harris Lentz
Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel Without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He was 74.Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded by family and friends, family friend Alex Hitz said. Hopper's manager announced in October 2009 that the actor-director had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.The success of "Easy Rider" and the spectacular failure of his next film, "The Last Movie," fit the pattern for the talented but sometimes uncontrollable Hopper, who also had parts in such favorites as "Apocalypse Now" and "Hoosiers." He was a two-time Academy Award nominee and in March was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.Tributes »
Last month I recommended that Hollywood throw more work at William Atherton, of Ghostbusters, Die Hard and Real Genius fame. I even encouraged the years-old plan for a Real Genius sequel so long as Atherton returned as Jerry Hathaway. Well, that support has gone unnoticed, and instead there's rumor today that Columbia Pictures and original producer Brian Grazer are remaking the 1985 science-nerd comedy. Pajiba has the scoop -- courtesy of their consistently reliable yet anonymous source -- in a post that also brings word of a House Party reboot. Which one hurts your childhood more?
For me, it's definitely Real Genius. I'm imagining computer-generated popcorn overfilling Hathaway's house and romantic leads who aren't quite as awkwardly gender-neutral as Gabe Jarret and Michelle Meyrink. The whole thing slaps this version of me right in the face. Those nerd movies of the '80s, whether as popular as Revenge of the Nerds »
- Christopher Campbell
Reboot, reboot, reboot — everyday it’s another bloody reboot. The fascinating thing about this increasingly popular trend is that studios are looking to reimagine franchises that nobody really cares about. Why not “reboot” something worthwhile, something that could actually stand a fresh coat of paint and some new crown molding. For instance, I’d love to see another installment in the “Garbage Pail Kids” series, as well as a modern interpretation of “Howard the Duck” and “My Science Project”. Those are franchises people genuinely care about. If they’re resurrected in ultra-trendy 3D, well, that’s a plus, too, isn’t it? I thought you’d agree with me. All kidding aside, it would appear that Universal is extremely eager to salvage what’s left of their floundering “American Pie” franchise. According to Digital Spy, the studio has hired “Harold and Kumar” scribes Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to deliver »
5 items from 2010
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