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‘Ben-Hur’ Review: I’m With Hur – Just Not This Version

17 August 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

I just don’t get why certain filmmakers are drawn to doing big-screen remakes of major Oscar-winning movies that should be untouchable. If you want to remake something, do movies that didn’t work the first time around, like Howard The Duck or Ishtar. But why Ben-Hur, which with 11 Oscars for 1959’s William Wyler-directed classic shares an Academy record with Titanic and Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King? This hasn’t stopped Paramount and MGM (which made that 1959… »

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This Week in Marvel Unlimited

9 August 2016 7:18 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

This Week in Marvel Unlimited, I had a whole reading list planned. I was diving into the world of Howard the Duck. Then I saw this.

8/8/1961 was the debut of the first issue of Fantastic Four, starting what became the Marvel Universe. (According to Tom Brevoort from Marvel, the date listed on the comics at that time were an indication to newsstand owners when to take the issue in question off newsstands. The comics were delivered three months before, hence the August debut.) The fact this wasn’t a big deal is a little sad but anyone with a cursory knowledge of the Marvel movie rights knows why.

I won’t claim to be a big Fantastic Four fan yet to deny their impact would be foolish. Without them, there would be no Spider-Men, no Hulk, no Iron Man, no X-Men. The work on Fantastic Four brought us the amazing »

- Tim Jousma

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Remembering the Howard The Duck videogame

4 August 2016 4:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Chris Cummins Aug 24, 2016

To go with the film, Howard The Duck got a videogame in 1986. A hidden retro gem? Well, not exactly...

Following the release of Howard The Duck in 1986, I found myself becoming downright obsessed with the film. I knew that it was considered the year's biggest flop, but that didn't disuade me one bit from my mission to track down everything related to the movie I could get my hands on.

Being something of an indoor kid who spent his time reading comics and playing games on the Commodore 64, I secretly wished that the video game gods would grant me a Howard The Duck tie-in game despite the movie's failure at the box office. Then, while reading through a magazine at a local book shop some months later, I saw an ad that made my pre-pubsecent heart stop. It seemed that my wishes had come true and Activision, »

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Great Job, Internet!: Supercut proves that ’80s films loved them some dance sequences

4 August 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Tomorrow, August 5, is a special day that may be missing from calendars in a gross oversight: It’s the 30th anniversary of Lionel Richie’s hit song “Dancing On The Ceiling.” Such a momentous occasion as that shouldn’t go unnoticed and must be celebrated in some fashion. Luckily YouTuber Robert Jones has rushed to the rescue with a brand-new supercut that honors Mr. Richie’s ode to ceiling-based gyrations. While the original music video was a raucous good time with people awkwardly dancing, as was the fashion of the time, Jones has outdone that video with this tribute to all sorts of people busting moves in a multitude of ’80s movies.

There are clips from all manner of movie types throughout the decade—from The Breakfast Club to Howard The Duck, Caddyshack to Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Even werewolves and nerds get in on the action with shots ...


- Rob Dean

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This Week in Marvel Unlimited

2 August 2016 9:09 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

For This Week in Marvel Unlimited, I wanted to focus on a nice feature the app has which showcases Marvel event stories and character spotlights. Under the Discover tab you can find a wealth of stories from new events to must read classics. I chose to read Avengers Vs X-men.

This is an entertaining story but one that has some serious problems. The main focus of the story is the fact that the Phoenix Force has come back to Earth. Due to events of the House Of M event, the Scarlet Witch helped the demise of mutants by declaring there would be no more mutants. The remaining mutants on Earth have moved to the Utopia Island just off the coast of San Francisco. Scott Summers, Cyclops of the X-Men, feels he can use the returning Phoenix Force to help bring mutants back. The Avengers think otherwise. Hence, they battle.

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- Tim Jousma

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Remember When... 'Howard the Duck' Ruined Comic Book Movies Forever?

1 August 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Picture a world where Marvel comic books aren't considered a viable source for movies, and where George Lucas' creative decisions are met with eager enthusiasm. This is not the world we live in today, but it was 30 years ago, when the only comic book movies were DC's Superman and Lucas hadn't fiddled with his Star Wars trilogy yet.  And then came Howard the Duck. Based on a Marvel title, executive-produced by Lucas, and written and directed by his American Graffiti co-writers, Howard the Duck hit theaters on Aug. 1, 1986. The critics hit back. "Too scuzzy to beguile children, too infantile to appeal to adults," said Richard Corliss at Time magazine. Gene Siskel was more succinct: "Who was this stupid film made...

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Artist Spotlight: Cuyler Smith Celebrates 'Howard The Duck'

1 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Cuyler Smith has created some really cool original artwork exclusively for Fandango, like his Ant-Man Versus Yellowjacket and 2015 Box Office Blockbuster pieces, but it was his limited-edition Howard the Duck print below that grabbed our attention. The out-of-this-world piece perfectly captures the comic book cult classic starring a walking, talking duck who befriends a rocker (Lea Thompson) and must fight the Dark Overlord of the Universe to save her. To celebrate the...

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Great Job, Internet!: Break out the Quack Fu, Howard The Duck turns 30 today

1 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Not every anniversary is a celebration.

It’s been a long, strange trip for Howard The Duck. Created by Steve Gerber in 1973 for Marvel Comics, the anthropomorphic fowl was a source for social satire and various misadventures, even running for president in 1976 (and allegedly receiving thousands of write-in votes). He’s disappeared and reappeared many times in Marvel comics throughout the decades, most recently in a series written by Chip Zdarsky and drawn by Joe Quinones. But in between his various escapades in the panels of Marvel comics, the character has made a brief stop over in Hollywood with 1986’s film, Howard The Duck, which was released 30 years ago today.

The film was directed by William Huyck, who also cowrote with Gloria Katz, a man best known for his work writing on American Graffiti and Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and produced by George ...


- Rob Dean

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35 years ago today: MTV launched

1 August 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“I want my MTV.” 35 years ago, MTV launched, at 12:01 a.m. Et, with the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” paired with footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Three years later, that opening image inspired the statuette handed out at the first VMAs, the MTV moonman. MTV has morphed a lot in the past 35 years, from the line-up of music videos popularizing a whole new element of the music industry that “killed the radio star,” to today’s programming of reality shows and teen-aimed scripted series like Teen Wolf and Awkward. Other notable August 1 happenings in pop culture history: • 1944: Wilson, about President Woodrow Wilson, premiered in New York. It went on to earn five Oscars. • 1960: Aretha Franklin recorded her first non-gospel songs, “Today I Sing The Blues,” “Over The Rainbow,” “Love Is The Only Thing,” and “Right Now” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. »

- Emily Rome

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29 Crazy Ridiculous Things That Happened in Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

31 July 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The fourth installment of Syfy's mega-popular Sharknado series premiered Sunday. And in case there was any question that The 4th Awakens would be a slight Star Wars parody, the film answered that right away by opening with an "Episode IV" scrolling prologue reminiscent of George Lucas' space franchise. Ian Ziering was back as chainsaw-touting Fin Shepard, alongside Tara Reid and David Hasselhoff. With a new team of allies by their side, they battled the Sharknados - which this time have evolved into fire-breathing, hail-throwing, sand-blasting threats. They also spewed their fair share of Star Wars puns, including a "May »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Ron Howard’s documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years gets a new trailer

28 July 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release in September, StudioCanal has debuted a new trailer for Ron Howard’s upcoming documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, which will also feature the Fab Four’s legendary 30-minute performance at Shea Stadium fully restored and remastered in 4K for the first time ever. Take a look at the trailer here…

Featuring rare and exclusive footage, the film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. White Horse Pictures’ Grammy Award®-winning Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Academy Award®-winner and Emmy® Award-winner Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are producing with Howard. Apple Corps Ltd.’s Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde are serving as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years will premiere in cinemas worldwide on September 15th. »

- Gary Collinson

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Beatles Documentary ‘Eight Days’ to Include Shea Stadium Concert

28 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The upcoming documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years” will include 30 minutes of footage from the group’s iconic Shea Stadium concert in 1965.

Ron Howard’s authorized documentary about the early years of the Beatles has been set for U.S. theatrical release on Sept. 16 through Abramorama. The film will become available to stream exclusively to Hulu subscribers on the next day, Sept. 17.

The Shea Stadium event, one of the first rock concerts ever staged in a stadium in front of more than 55,000 people, was filmed at the peak of the group’s popularity about a year and a half after their “Ed Sullivan Show” appearances.

The footage was shot with 14 35mm cameras by Ed Sullivan Productions and Brian Epstein and has been restored in the 4K format with sound remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. It includes performances of “A Hard Day’s Night, »

- Dave McNary

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Films of 1986; Aliens Hits The 30 Year Mark

27 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

“Game over, man, game over!” It’s rare for a sequel to live up to the original film, but James Cameron managed to fulfill expectations with Aliens (July 18, 1986). This summer marks the 30th Anniversary of the action-packed sci-fi classic, so “stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.”

Tune-in Saturday, July 23, to an exclusive Aliens YouTube live stream Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from San Diego Comic-Con! Submit your questions in the comments below for a chance to get them answered. #Aliens30th

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens (1986), San Diego Comic-Con will host an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Attendees include director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.

Subscribe to Fox Movies and follow on so you don’t miss this exclusive live event.

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- Movie Geeks

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Jaws The Revenge: How the sequel went so horribly wrong

21 July 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016

It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...

It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.

What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »

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Cleveland According to Movies and Television

19 July 2016 12:24 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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.

Cleveland Rocks

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

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Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration Planned for Comic-Con

5 July 2016 6:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Star Trek invites fans to celebrate the iconic franchise's 50th anniversary at Comic-Con International 2016 in San Diego with a lineup of panels, events, activations and merchandise exclusives from July 21-24. Fans will be able to truly immerse themselves in a full weekend of Star Trek events and activities at the world-famous convention, including six panels, the first showing of the 50 Artists. 50 Years. art exhibit, a first look at Mac's new Star Trek makeup collection, and exclusive merchandise. Also, fans can join the conversation and celebration on social media using the hashtag #StarTrek50.

The weekend's featured panel presented by CBS is entitled Star Trek: Celebrating 50 Years}, which will take place in Hall H on Saturday, July 23 (2p.m. - 3p.m.). The legendary William Shatner (Star Trek) and Star Trek alumni Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise), Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Jeri Ryan »

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This Week on Marvel Unlimited

5 July 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Print is a dying breed. Newspapers and magazines are seeing subscriber numbers dwindle in the wake of the digital revolution. Why should folks pay for a physical copy of a publication that may not survive the wrath of a poorly trained paperboy or a malicious mailman when they can get the same content on their mobile device?

Comic book companies, while still selling pretty consistently, are finding ways to adjust to the changing ways folks buy their products. Marvel Comics stands out with their Marvel Unlimited app. For $9.99 a month or $69 a year, subscribers have access to over 17,000 comics and counting. New comics hit every Monday. Comics that are on sale at your local comic book store today will hit Unlimited about six months after they hit shelves. Marvel Unlimited is a great tool for folks that want to dive into the Marvel Universe, yet are hesitant due to not knowing where to start reading. »

- Tim Jousma

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Nicolas Cage: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

4 July 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard Jul 5, 2016

We dig through the ten recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Can we find a gem in there?

The first Nicolas Cage movie I saw wasn’t one of the cool ones. It wasn’t Wild At Heart, Raising Arizona or even Valley Girl. It was the Cher rom-com, Moonstruck.

My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical – version of love prevailed over boring old steadfast responsibility.

She would watch Dirty Dancing three or four times in a day, rewinding the ending relentlessly and bawling her eyes out. A VHS of Baby Boom was worn down until the tape resembled a type of grey, flimsy nylon. I hesitate to imagine what she was projecting with repeated viewings of Overboard, »

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Coming Soon from Marvel Comics: Deadpool: Too Soon? #1

3 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It’s the Deadpool team-up you’ve been waiting for! The Merc With A Mouth joins forces with Squirrel Girl, Rocket Raccoon, Groot,Ant-Man, Howard the Duck and the Punisher to solve a murder most foul in Deadpool: Too Soon? #1 – the newest Marvel Infinite Comic coming to digital devices everywhere on July 6th! Marvel newcomer Joshua Corin joins artist Todd Nauck for a tale mystery & mayhem in the mighty Marvel manner!

Someone has murdered the Forbush Man! Could someone be targeting some of the Marvel Universe’s funniest heroes for death? That’s certainly what Deadpool thinks – and he’s gathered a number of characters in a spooky old mansion (naturally) to help crack the case. Good thing Deadpool is known for his world renowned investigative skills! But as more bodies start turning up, can these heroes solve the mystery before their goose is cooked?

Specifically designed and optimized for digital devices, »

- Tim Jousma

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Check out a preview of Marvel’s Infinite Comic Deadpool: Too Soon? #1

1 July 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Marvel’s latest Infinite Comic Deadpool: Too Soon? #1 goes on sale this coming Wednesday, as the Merc with a Mouth teams up with the likes of Squirrel Girl, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Ant-Man, Howard the Duck and the Punisher to solve a murder most foul. Check out a preview here…

Someone has murdered the Forbush Man! Could someone be targeting some of the Marvel Universe’s funniest heroes for death? That’s certainly what Deadpool thinks – and he’s gathered a number of characters in a spooky old mansion (naturally) to help crack the case. Good thing Deadpool is known for his world renowned investigative skills! But as more bodies start turning up, can these heroes solve the mystery before their goose is cooked?

Specifically designed and optimized for digital devices, Deadpool: Too Soon? joins the ranks of other Marvel Infinite Comics such as X-Men ’92, Deadpool & Cable: Split Second and many more. »

- Gary Collinson

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