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When considering my favourite Christmas film, my thoughts weren’t first cast to movies about Santa, or Christmas spirit, or a kid left alone by unfit parents to protect the house against Joe Pesci, my first thoughts drifted to action classics which just happened to be set over the yuletide holidays. Crimbo was incidental, but my mind went firstly to Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. Let’s face it, they’re the bee’s knees when it comes to action cinema, and they just happened to feature the odd Christmas tree in the mise-en-scene. I’ve never been a huge fan of Xmas movie schmaltz. I do like a dose of It’s A Wonderful Life as much as the next guy, but equally I love to »
- Gary Collinson
This week on Showtime’s Homeland, Carrie tried to motivate Brody to get the horse off his back, while Saul got an illuminating eyeful of his wife’s gentleman “friend.”
Correct me if I am wrong, but more happened in these 50-plus minutes than the preceding eight episodes combined. For one, Brody was transported back to the States, where he arrived disoriented, dehydrated and anemic, clamoring for his “stuff.” When traditional detox measures don’t promise him to be “functional” within Saul’s time frame (i.e. before Lockhart’s confirmation hearings begin), Dar suggests Ibogaine, an illegal treatment that »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
A bit of a delay since the last instalment, it's been a hectic few days, but here we are. We started last time by talking about a vastly underrated superhero film, The Punisher (2004). Funnily enough, Marvel's gone to the bank on that intellectual property three times in hopes of a successful and popular adaptation, with it failing financially on every count. So it only seems suiting we follow that trend with a look at another adaptation of the skull-wearing vigilante with a glance at The Punisher (1989) starring Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables, Rocky IV)
The Punisher (1989)
There's a certain irony in looking at the cinematic landscape of the 70's-80's compared to now, in regards to DC's and Marvel's battle for supremacy over the cinematic market. The Superman films were highly acclaimed, »
Escape Plan is the first time Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have headlined a movie together. Asterisk 1: Schwarzenegger was one of Stallone’s weekend-cameo all-stars in the first two Expendables films. Asterisk 2: The two men already headlined a movie together. That movie was America, and the running time was the 1980s. The longtime rivals-turned-business partners-turned-surgery buddies rode astride the action genre’s glory days. They were the defining Hollywood duo, more popular — and more easily reduced to cliché — than contemporaries like Bruce Willis or Kurt Russell or Mel Gibson.
And yet, the question of who was the better »
- Darren Franich
Odd List Ryan Lambie 4 Oct 2013 - 06:41
They're funny, they're sad, they're weird. Here are 50 famous last words from characters in the movies...
Please Note: There are potential spoilers ahead. Check the name of the film, and if you haven't seen it, don't read the entry!
As someone famous probably once said, “We’ve all gotta go sometime,” and if we’re going to die, we might as well do so with a witticism or a memorable line rather than a scream and a cry for mother. Which is the subject of this lengthy but far from definitive list: the memorable things movie characters have uttered shortly (not necessarily immediately) before they’re about to meet their maker.
Some of these last words are long, tear-jerking monologues. Others amount to little more than a word or two. But all of them, in our estimation, are worthy of mention, and one »
Ostensibly concerned with reviving the art of b-boying, “Battle of the Year” proves far more effective as a feature-length testament to the wisdom of theater-hopping. Though it climaxes with a good quarter-hour of mind-boggling break moves that effortlessly deny the laws of both physics and anatomy, Benson Lee’s dance pic is so fatally frontloaded with endless training montages, awfully written, indifferently acted drama, sports-film platitudes and jaw-dropping product placements that only the hardiest of viewers will make it through to the payoff. With the presence of Chris Brown promising to attract and repel audiences in equal measure, modest box office beckons.
Taking place in an unacknowledged parallel universe where b-boying has emerged as the dominant one of hip-hop’s four elements (with rapping as invisible as graffiti writing, DJing and b-girling), “Battle of the Year” opens with a board meeting hosted by the Russell Simmons-like entrepreneur Dante Graham »
- Andrew Barker
Each of these training moments contain within them various elements of ridiculousness: Balboa guzzles half a dozen raw eggs in the original Rocky, jerks the combined weight of his trainer and brother-in-law while they sit on a wagon in Rocky IV and, according to Philly Post writer Dan McQuade, even runs past a marathon distance at the crack of dawn in Rocky II. »
Do we need another documentary involving an arcade game rivalry from the 1980s? Yes, especially if it actually ends up being better than The King of Kong. That way, we can forget that Seth Gordon ever got our hopes up about his career. Also, the competitive nature of a later, potentially greater film of this kind fits perfectly with the subject matter. This new project is called Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler, and I’ve been told directly that it began before anyone had heard about Kong. That means it’s been in the works for at least six or seven years*. Which makes sense, because directors Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy were still working as editors on Battlestar Galactica when they first discovered the game Nibbler. What is Nibbler, you ask? Yeah, I didn’t know either. And according to the Man vs. Snake trailer, not »
- Christopher Campbell
Amazon has some great deals on a number of DVDs/Blu-rays and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you're a Rocky fan and don't yet own the films on Blu-ray, Amazon's Gold Box Deal is all six films for $19.49 (which is 72% off). Like all gold box deals, it's only good while supplies last or until midnight tonight. Rocky: The Undisputed Collection (Rocky / Rocky II / Rocky III / Rocky IV / Rocky V / Rocky Balboa) [Blu-ray] - $19.49 (72% off) Up to 69% on select hit TV titles on DVD and Blu-ray, including The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, The Vampire Diaries, Chuck, Smallville, and many more Up to 53% on popular classic TV including Charlie's Angels, Sanford and Son, Good Times, Different Strokes, The Jeffersons, Tj Hooker, Soap, and many more. Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
To coincide with the release of What Doesn’t Kill You starring Ethan Hawke on DVD and Blu-ray 2nd September, Signature Entertainment have given us another of their fabulous titles Hard Rush (out 23rd September) starring Vinnie Jones, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Coutureto give away to 5 lucky HeyUGuys readers on Blu-ray.
In the frenetic underbelly of La, a DEA agent closes in on an international cocaine smuggling operation run by a criminal mastermind. When the agents love interest goes undercover with the drug dealers and finds herself deeper then she can handle – the case becomes personal and finds himself combating ruthless killers and dirty cops in an all-out action filled finale to bring the criminals to justice.
The producers that brought you Killer Joe and Oscar- winning The Hurt Locker present a new action title, Hard Rush, starring action’s elite Vinnie Jones (Snatch), Dolph Lundgren (Expendables, Rocky IV) and »
With the ever-increasing presence of computer generated imagery and special effects in today’s cinema, even the most action packed films have lost a bit of their adventure. The low budget martial arts film Bushido Man seems to be making an attempt to eradicate this unsettling trend with this tremendously fun little flick. The story follows Toramaru (Mitsuki Koga) who is on a pilgrimage at the request of his master, Gensai,(Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi) to obtain scrolls from seven masters of different martial art disciplines. Toramaru must do battle with masters of Kung-Fu, Staff, Sword, Nunchaku, Knife, Gun…and the “special weapon.” It does sound a bit like Ash trying to earn his badges at all the gyms in Pokemon, but Bushido Man is surprisingly clever and provide some of the most impressive fight sequences in recent memory..
The title of the film comes from the word meaning “The code of »
- BJ Colangelo
Ryan Coogler will pen a draft, along with Aaron Covington. It is said that Stallone will reprise his Rocky Balboa role, acting as the younger Creed’s reluctant trainer. Carl Weathers played the older Creed in the first four Rocky films until a fight with Ivan Drago in Rocky IV killed him. Stallone is also onboard as producer, with Robert Chartoff, Kevin King and Irwin Winkler.
Ryan Coogler wrote and directed Fruitvale Station, which told the story of the real-life killing of Oscar Grant by a transit policeman in Oakland, California in 2008. The film won the grand jury (dramatic) prize at Sundance 2013 as well as the audience award (dramatic), and was also selected for Cannes.
Source: Deadline »
- Laura Frances
Writer/director and lead both in line for film about grandson of longstanding Rocky character Apollo Creed
The director and star of Sundance hit Fruitvale Station are set to dramatically enter the mainstream after being taken on by Hollywood studio MGM to work on Creed, a spinoff from the blockbusting Rocky movies.
Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed Fruitvale Station, an account of the real-life killing of Oscar Grant by a transit policeman in Oakland, California in 2008, is now set to direct and co-write Creed, what in effect will be the seventh Rocky film. Reports suggest it will focus on the grandson of boxer Apollo Creed, the fearsome heavyweight (played by Carl Weathers) who dies in the ring in Rocky IV. Michael B Jordan, who played Grant in Fruitvale Station, is in talks to play the young Creed, while Sylvester Stallone is due to make an appearance as the retired fighter Rocky Balboa. »
- Andrew Pulver
However, if you’re a fan of The Wire, you’ve known about Jordan for some time now after his memorable role as young Wallace. I still can’t forget the tragic scene where Bodie and Poot executed Stringer Bell’s order to take Wallace out of the game.
Jordan continued to make major moves on the small screen with roles on Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. But after his super-powered, high flying role in Chronicle, the big screen called.
Now, Jordan is going to greater heights – in the boxing arena that is. Jordan has been cast as the grandson of Apollo Creed in the upcoming Rocky spinoff flick, Creed. The film will be helmed by Fruitvale writer/director Ryan Coogler.
Due to Hollywood ethnically thin lens, »
- Bags Hooper
A seventh installment to that long-lived bruiser "Rocky" franchise is happening, people, but before you start groaning, you should know that this time Mr. Balboa won't be throwing himself into the ring again ('cause, yah, that would just be absurd. Enough already). Instead, he'll be rustling up the old gloves to train none other than Apollo Creed's grandson.
And, yo, Adrian, we kinda like that idea.
According to Deadline, Sylvester Stallone has now gotten himself a little "Creed" dream team in the form of the celebrated "Fruitvale Station" duo, writer-director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan, so things are bound to start moving quickly on the project. We can already picture a montage of the trio locked in a room, sweating bullets as they hammer out the script, set to "Eye of the Tiger." We digress.
It's been a long time since Dolph Lungdren's Drago took Rocky's former »
- Amanda Bell
Eye of the tiger, man: Deadline.com reports that "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan are in negotiations to reunite for a Rocky Balboa spinoff movie called "Creed." The film would also feature original star Sylvester Stallone in a supporting role as Jordan's onscreen trainer and mentor.
According to Deadline.com, Jordan would star as the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Balboa's greatest opponent and friend. (Creed died in "Rocky IV" at the hands of Ivan Drago.) Stallone's Rocky would act as the de facto Mickey of the piece, training the youngster on how to fight.
Deadline.com notes that this is a passion project for Coogler, this despite "Creed" being the seventh entry in the "Rocky" franchise. For his part, the director had previously stated that hoped to make a "personal story" set in the world of high school football as his next feature. »
- Christopher Rosen
In a rather unexpected announcement, Deadline is reporting that a spinoff of the hit Rocky franchise is in the works with the Fruitvale Station team of writer-director Ryan Coogler and leading man Michael B. Jordan. Titled Creed , the new film will follow the grandson of Apollo Creed. Coogler will draft Creed alongside Aaron Covington with Stallone planning to reprise his Rocky Balboa role, acting as the younger Creed's reluctant trainer. Stallone will also produce, alongside Robert Chartoff, Kevin King and Irwin Winkler. The elder Creed, played by Carl Weathers, appeared in the first four Rocky films until a fight with Ivan Drago in Rocky IV led to his death in the ring. (Photo Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com) »
“Superman comics are a fable, not of strength, but of disintegration. They appeal to the preadolescence, (sic) mind not because they reiterate grandiose delusions, but because they reiterate a very deep cry for help.” David Mamet
Much like when losing one’s virginity, time offers many a revisionist to credibility where the celebration dulls and the reality of uncertainty presents itself as a counterpoint. In the moment, you pray for it to be something other than a complete disaster that should’ve been left to the imagination. In Hollywood this is referred to as box office. Critical appraisal has little relevance when the bottom line is whether you delivered the requisite precision required when it came to the money shots. To be concise, you either strut like Bart to a Bee Gees tune or you do the equivalent of drinking towards oblivion, waiting for enough time to pass, hoping no one remembers. »
- Brett Faulds
Downtown Los Angeles is now considerably more badass, thanks to one kick ass statue.
A 7 and a half foot tall statue of Bruce Lee unveiled over the weekend will soon stand permanent watch over Chinatown, one of the martial arts legend's famous haunts in the 1960s.
Years before all of those Chuck Norris memes, Bruce Lee fought the future "Walker Texas Ranger" in hand-to-hand combat in 1972's "Return of the Dragon" and the following year's "Enter the Dragon," Lee's best-known film in America.
Less than a week before "Enter the Dragon" was released in theaters, Lee passed away at 32, victim of an allergic reaction from an ingredient in a tablet he took for a headache. Or he was a victim of poison, an ancient curse, Chinese gangsters, a warrior demon and a number of other wacky conspiracy theories, which even the makers of the biopic "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story »
- Ryan J Downey
Dolph Lundgren is a walking piece of Hollywood history because the "Rocky IV" scene where he kills Apollo Creed is one of the greatest of all-time -- if you exclude about 400 others ... and why wouldn't you?"If he dies, he dies." Solid gold. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
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