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Starting off the Day with Better Off Dead’s My Two Dollars

Better off Dead is far and away one of the most random and incredibly funny movies of the 80s. It came to us from Savage Steve Holland who also directed One Crazy Summer and How I got Into College. However I think most would agree that Better off Dead was his crowning achievement. The movie starred John Cusack but I think all the highlights went to guys like Curtis Armstrong who played Charles DeMar and characters like Ricky Fitts and the Asian Guy who talked like Howard Cosell (who also played the villain in Karate Kid II). It was just

Starting off the Day with Better Off Dead’s My Two Dollars
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It’s Time for Another Savage Steve Holland Feature Film

If you’re an 80s kid like me you might remember a trio of movies that absolutely rocked. In 1985 we were treated to the classic “Better off Dead” starring John Cusak. In 1986 it was “One Crazy Summer” and then in 1989 we saw “How I Got into College.” These were all films that brought a kind of comedy we had not seen before. Combining the elements of animation and just sheer weirdness, director Savage Steve Holland created a type of movie that if anything, shocked us into laughing. The movies were just so random and yet so funny that

It’s Time for Another Savage Steve Holland Feature Film
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Iff Panama: Central America Records ‘Unbelievable’ Box-Office Surge in 2015

Iff Panama: Central America Records ‘Unbelievable’ Box-Office Surge in 2015
Panama City — The Central American and Caribbean film industries recorded significant advances in 2015, in terms of overall box-office and admissions in the region, and the commercial and critical success of select local films.

“If I had to use one word to describe box-office growth in the region in 2015 it would be – ‘unbelievable,’” said Luis Vargas, Rentrak’s managing director for Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela.

Boosted by multiplex construction, Central American box office has rocketed over recent years, $96.06 million in 2012, $108.2 million in 2014, and a massive 19.87% hike in 2015 to $129.7 million, per Vargas.

The Central American region is comprised by six territories – Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, with El Salvador recording the highest growth – 28.9% and Honduras the lowest growth – 18.7%.

In 2015, nine multiplexes opened in Costa Rica, five in Guatemala, two in Panama and one in Honduras.

Unlike some Latin American countries, such as Venezuela and Argentina where inflation is rampant,
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Who Wants to See a ‘One Crazy Summer’ Sequel?

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Who Wants to See a ‘One Crazy Summer’ Sequel?
Between One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead, it’s almost impossible not to pick the latter as the more satisfying of the two Savage Steve Holland and John Cusack collaborations. The ’80s comedies have both aged well, though. Neither film was a hit at the box-office, but time has been kind to them. Now, Holland wants to revisit […]

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‘The Duff’ Review

Stars: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Nick Eversman, Chris Wylde, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney | Written by Josh A. Cagan | Directed by Ari Sandel

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favourite teacher (Ken Jeong), she enlists the slick but charming Wesley (Robbie Amell), to help take back her ‘label’ and overthrow the school’s resident mean girl Madison (Bella Thorne) reminding everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s Duff.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If there’s one genre I have a soft spot for, even as a thirty-odd year old man, it’s the teen movie.
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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Taylor Negron Dead at 57

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Taylor Negron Dead at 57
Taylor Negron, an actor who appeared on “Seinfeld” as a hairdresser in 1993’s “Smelly Car” episode, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 57.

His cousin, Three Dog Night member Chuck Negron, took to YouTube on Saturday to tell his fans that Negron passed away over the weekend while surrounded by family.

See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos)

“May he rest in peace,” Chuck said. “I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.”

Negron, a Glendale, California-raised performer who studied acting at UCLA, began his acting
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Review: Drive Hard

It’s pretty apparent when a film takes itself a bit too seriously. On the flipside to that, it’s also apparent when you know that the actors involved in a film are well aware of it being a tad bit silly, and in turn, give performances that are not only in on the joke, but are playful and entertaining the whole time. If either of those approaches apply to Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Drive Hard, it would the latter, with Thomas Jane and John Cusack knowing how ridiculous and silly the film is, and giving viewers a fun, funny, and wild ride of car chases and over the top performances.

Having once been a talk of the town race car driver, Jane’s Peter Roberts character spends his days being a driver’s ed instructor, and being looked down on by his wife, the reason he gave his dreams up.
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Godzilla's Changing Looks (Video)

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Godzilla's Changing Looks (Video)
Godzilla turned 60 Tuesday. Arguably the most famous lizard in the world, the Big Green has starred in dozens of movies, a few television shows and countless comic books and novels. Take a look at his history in the above video. But it looks like the large lizard's had a little work between his film debut and the 2014 installment - how does he get his scales to stay so perky, nearly 60 years after his film debut? Turns out, it's taken quite a bit of work. The suits that Japan's Toho Studios used to bring Godzilla to life over the years morphed
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Remembering My Mom and the Movies We Watched Together

Every week is the anniversary of any number of films, and while they often turn into thinkpieces or lists of “things you didn’t know about…” for movie sites (like us), they sometimes stir more personal memories, too. These anniversaries are more than mere numbers or marks on a calendar. Movies can bring you back to the people and places of your past with memories both good and bad. Thinking of Manhunter for instance makes me recall how the theater wouldn’t let my friend and me see it because we were underage, and instead we had to sit through One Crazy Summer. I hate One Crazy Summer to this day. Most of my movie-related memories are far more pleasant, and recent events have led me to realize that more than a few of them involved my mom. She was never a big film buff or someone who, like my dad, could
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Film News: Chicago Critics Film Festival Opens May 9, 2014, With Full Lineup of Appearances

Chicago – Now in its second year, the Chicago Film Critics Festival opens tonight, May 9th, 2014, with the Chicago Premiere of “They Came Together,” starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poelher, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader and Ed Helms, and directed by David Wain. Wain makes an appearance after the 7pm screening at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Click here for details and the complete schedule for the week long festival.

The Chicago Critics Film Festival is the first of its kind, with members of the Chicago Film Critics Association coordinating the events and selecting the films. The schedule features mainstream and independent film premieres – weeks before their general release – plus two short film programs, late night horror films, revivals and one-of-a-kind live appearances. The festival runs through May 15th.

Included in the week-long presentations are after-film Q&As by filmmakers, actors and even the subjects of the movies on tap. Here is
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‘Better Off Dead’ Director to Helm Teen Comedy ‘Multiplexing’

‘Better Off Dead’ Director to Helm Teen Comedy ‘Multiplexing’
Savage Steve Holland has come on board to direct “Multiplexing,” revisiting the teen comedy arena of his 1980s cult films “Better Off Dead…” and “One Crazy Summer.”

Producers are Wayne 6 Entertainment’s Mark Heidelberger, Mike Massotto and David Crump with Richard Salvatore (“The Big Wedding”) and David E Ornston. A summer shoot is planned.

Crump penned the script, which tracks a ragtag group of small town teens who get the surprise of a lifetime when the studio behind a summer tentpole release decides to premiere its film at their hometown multiplex.

Holland received a Directors Guild of America nomination last year for “Big Time Movie” for Nickelodeon. He is repped by Apa and Ziffren Brittenham.

Paradigm will rep the film and handle domestic sales.
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Synapse Films Wants You to Buy a Bag So Popcorn Can Go Home in a Blu-ray Box

“Buy a Bag, Go Home in a Box.” You have no idea how thrilled I am to report that one of my absolute favorite horror movies of the Nineties, Popcorn, will get a fully-loaded special edition Blu-ray sometime around Halloween this year courtesy of Synapse Films.

For the uninitiated, Popcorn is a love letter to the golden age of b-movies in the guise of a fun slasher flick about film students putting on an all-night bad movie horror film festival; a master-of-disguise maniac begins killing them off during the show via twisted takes on old school movie theater gimmicks.

The true highlights are the fake movies-within-the-movie lovingly paying homage to the b-movies of the Fifties and Sixties: The Amazing Electrified Man, The Stench, and Mosquito!

As much as I’ve had a major soft spot for Popcorn since seeing it in theaters opening weekend, I clearly don’t love it
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Synapse Films & Scream Factory Announce Two Cult Titles For Blu-ray!

If you ask any horror fan what their top home video labels are, Synapse Films and Scream Factory will always reign supreme. Both cult companies have an impressive roster of catalog releases that’ve given them the reputation they have today, with an equally exciting slate of forthcoming releases that include Suspiria, Nightbreed, Prom Night, Ginger Snaps, and so much more.

Today they’ve announced two cult titles that’ll be hitting Blu-ray & DVD later in the year: women-in-prison exploitationer Hellhole, and the highly requested slasher favorite Popcorn!

Read on below for the full details straight from Synapse and Scream below!

Fans of 80s horror, grindhouse and women-in-prison films are in for a special treat as we are releasing the rare and long-lost 1985 exploitation film Hellhole this Summer on Blu-ray & DVD for the very first time!

Those of you who have seen this film know what fun it is. And
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Popcorn is Coming to Blu-ray

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Synapse Films has done a fantastic job with their horror Blu-ray releases to date and we’re happy to hear that they’ll be releasing 1991′s Popcorn as a special edition Blu-ray/DVD later this year:

Popcorn, the 1991 cult classic starring Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather, Cutting Class), Malcolm Danare (Christine, Heaven Help Us), Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-terrestrial, The Frighteners, The Lords of Salem) and Tom Villard (One Crazy Summer, My Girl) is coming to Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Synapse Films, Inc in 2014!

This release will give fans a brand-new 2K restoration of the film, taken directly from original vault materials. Supplementary materials from Michael Felsher’s Red Shirt Pictures will round out the exciting package. While the line-up of bonus materials has not yet been finalized, it will feature a retrospective documentary on the making of and legacy of Popcorn along with more extra features currently in the planning stages.
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Ioncinephile of the Month: Destin Daniel Cretton

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Ioncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This August, we get to once again profile an American Independent filmmaker who had the wind blowing in his sails moments before he launched his micro-budgeted I Am Not a Hipster at Sundance in 2012. Before unleashing his sophomore film, the character-rich, emotionally textured Short Term 12 in March, Destin Daniel Cretton had won over the Sundance jury with the short film going by the same name (2009 Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking). Winner of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Award (worth mentioning, of which I was a proud member of) and an Audience Award at a handful of fests since SXSW, its the folks at Cinedigm who’ll be launching the film in select theaters on August 23rd. Here is our profile on Destin Daniel Cretton and we’re lucky enough that
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From 'Dirty to Dancing' to 'An Affair to Remember': Vacation movies worth staying home for

"Rv" (2006): Certainly there are families who enjoy being trapped together in tight quarters and on wheels, but the Munro family is not, initially, among them. Dad (Robin Williams) has the idea for this trip, and daughter Cassie (JoJo Levesque) sets the tone with: "Mom, some idiot just parked this ugly Rv outside our house." Soon they learn just how awful their Rv is and encounter rogue raccoons and an overly friendly family, the Gornickes, played by Jeff Daniels, Kristin Chenoweth and Hunter Parrish. It's one of those films that no matter how bad your vacation is, this could make it seem like paradise.

"Dirty Dancing" (1987): The movie that made Patrick Swayze a star and made everyone who ever danced to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" try to do that lift. Swayze plays the older, slightly dangerous dance instructor Johnny Castle, with whom Dr. Houseman's (Jerry Orbach
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Susan Sarandon Grabbing A Paddle For Ping-Pong Summer

Could this be the Balls of Fury sequel no one was clamoring for? Unlikely, though Deadline does say that Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon will be involved with Ping-Pong Summer, a feature Michael Tully plans to direct from his own script. It.s being described as a coming-of-stage story of a New Jersey teen with a passion for table tennis and hip-hop music who embarks on a family vacation in the summer of 1985 and contends with his entire life changing before his very eyes. Get me a young John Cusack on the phone! Let.s hope Sarandon doesn.t play a seasoned beach comber who helps trigger a sexual awakening in the young protagonist in Tully.s screenplay. Will this be The Wackness, or One Crazy Summer? We.ll find out as more details emerge. If you think it.s strange that Sarandon would commit to a ping-pong-themed project, you don.t
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘God Bless America’ interview with actor Joel Murray

With origins in Chicago’s Second City Theater, appearances in films like One Crazy Summer and The Artist, and TV shows like “Dharma & Greg,” “Mad Men” and “Shameless,” actor Joel Murray has seen many different aspects of Hollywood. A self-professed character actor, the hardworking Murray (brother of Bill) now has a lead role in God Bless America, a film written and directed by his long-term pal Bobcat Goldthwait.

In Goldthwait’s latest film, Murray plays a divorced father named Frank who decides he has had enough of bratty reality TV stars, jackass political commentators, people who talk during movies, etc. With the help of a young girl named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), Frank decides to kill some people in hopes of making our world a nicer place.

I sat down with Joel Murray to discuss working in the film, the status of his part in Pixar’s Monsters University, and
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Interview: Joel Murray Takes No Prisoners in ‘God Bless America’

Chicago – Joel Murray, as most people know, comes from the Murray clan of Wilmette, Illinois, which includes his fellow actor brothers Brian Doyle and Bill. He has established himself as a memorable TV and movie character actor, and portrays a man gone wild in the Bobcat Goldthwait-directed “God Bless America.”

Murray is Frank, a middle aged man recently divorced, fired from his job and possibly terminally ill. With nothing much left to live for, he decides to take out his frustrations on what he considers the idiotic in society – he begins a shooting spree by targeting reality TV stars. He finds an unusual accomplice in a high school student named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), and together they embark on a nationwide assault on the pseudo-celebrities of America. This is Murray’s second film collaboration with director/writer Bobcat Goldthwait, having appeared in “Shakes the Clown” in 1992.

Joel Murray was one of nine Murray siblings,
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100 Best Films of the 80′s – The Missing 50

Earlier today the folks over at EatSleepLiveFilm put up a list of what they called the ’100 Best Films of the 80s’ and whilst their list was full of awesome films – covering a plethora of genres and touching base on a number of the decades best and most-loved movies – upon reading it, and as a 80s aficionado, I found there to be quite a few glaring omissions. Hence this “rebuttal” – a list of 50 films (in no particular order) that Didn’T make Eslf’s Top 100 that I think are some of the best of the 80s, including some that might surprise you…

Weird Science One Crazy Summer How I Got Into College The Burning Class of 1984 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane The Beastmaster The Sword and the Sorceror Hiding Out Battle Beyond the Stars Home Front (aka Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home) The Blob Dance Til’ Dawn My Science Project
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