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Hollywood Banker, directed by Frans Afman’s daughter Rozemyn, charts the bankers early days working with producer Dino De Laurentiis through to his fall out with Credit Lyonnais Nederland over the company’s financing of MGM to Giancarlo Parretti, which would result in both the bank and the studio’s bankruptcy.
It’s hard to believe that, before Afman, there really was no model for independent studios to “easily” finance their projects. Yet today Afman’s model of pre-sales and completion guarantees seems simple. It’s no wonder how easily Afman managed to make himself the go-to guy for filmmakers in the 80s. A prime example being Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong remake, which was the first film to bring Afman’s financial nous to the attention of more than just the independent studios of the time. After all, the pre-sales model not only made it easier to finance movies »
- Phil Wheat
Trying to pick the most visually striking film moments of all time is like trying to list the greatest films themselves; there are too many to pick from, you’ll change your mind within seconds of finishing and no one will ever agree with you.
Yet just because choosing the best is a fool’s errand, that doesn’t mean you can’t come up with a selection of awe-inspiring shots whose ability to make passer-bys stop and stare is beyond doubt. That’s exactly what we’ve got here, a handful of movie moments that project so much gravitas through a single frozen-in-time image that they could earn their place on a canvas anywhere.
The most striking and poignant scene from a film which set out to shock its audience, the death of Sergeant Elias is harrowing to view even without the »
- Ricky Fernandes
Although Charlie Sheen's HIV-positive diagnosis has only just been revealed, the actor has faced a variety of challenges throughout his life. The Two and a Half Men star has had his ups and downs on and off the screen, but only now does it seem his hardships have come to a head. E! News is looking back at Sheen's life, starting with his first serious girlfriend and ending with his medical news. 1980s: Sheen launches to fame with his role in several movies such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Lucas and Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning war drama, Platoon. He later reunited with Stone in Wall Street, which he later admitted was hard to film. "Those movies were so hard to make," Sheen told USA »
To mark the release of Mississippi Burning on 14th September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. This powerful film stars Hollywood heavyweights Gene Hackman (The French Connection), Willem Dafoe (Platoon) and Frances McDormand (Fargo). When three civil rights activists go missing deep in Ku Klux Klan territory, the FBI are called
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“Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells Variety. “Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”
Kreisberg compares Zoom’s appearance to Venom in Marvel’s Spider-Man, revealing, “The Zoom »
- Laura Prudom
From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
Like most talented performers who’ve doubled as quintessential movie stars, Tom Cruise doesn’t always get the chance to demonstrate that he can actually act. There’s often just too much Tom Cruise in the way for people to notice, especially when he lets his erratic personal life take center stage. Putting together an “essential” list for such an actor is a bit of a tightrope act, walking the line between crowd pleasing star turns and performances of real substance. That said, here are ten Tom Cruise films that are not to be missed:
Risky Business (1983) – The early 80s were awash in teen sex comedies, most of which have justifiably faded from memory. Then there’s Risky Business, which not only rose above the pack, but made an indelible mark on pop culture history. It wasn’t Tom Cruise’s first movie, but it might as well have been: »
- M. Robert Grunwald
By Alex Simon
2015 will most likely go down as the year that the once-taboo became respectable, with both gay marriage and marijuana finding legal and public acceptance nationwide. While the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, the marijuana initiative is having an appropriately slower, but steady climb into legality. That said, we thought we’d take a look at some of cinema’s greatest proponents of the stoner lifestyle, before it all becomes downright conventional.
10. Jeff Spicoli—Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Sean Penn not only became a star with his turn as surfer/stoner Jeff Spicoli in the 1980s’ most iconic teen movie, he established how the stoners of the ‘80s differed from their predecessors: while the rebels of the ‘60s and ‘70s viewed their use of cannabis as a symbol of rebellion, and preferred it to alcohol and the other symbols of their parents’ generation and its decadence, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Read More: The Films of Oliver Stone, Ranked Worst to Best Leave it to Oliver Stone to celebrate Christmas with an international thriller centered on controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden. After his last film, "Savages," turned out to be one of the biggest critical punching bags of 2012, there's a lot riding on "Snowden" to restore Stone's directorial clout with critics and audiences. Luckily, the political reality of Snowden and Nsa surveillance seems tailor-made for the filmmaker behind historical dramas like "Platoon," "Nixon" and "JFK." While the debut teaser above doesn't show any of the principle cast -- Joseph Gordon Levitt, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto and Shailene Woodley -- its ominous music and bold tagline ("One nation, under surveillance, for liberty and justice for all") clearly set the tone for what should be an intense drama. Open Road Films will release "Snowden" on »
- Zack Sharf
The ensemble cast for Rogue One has shaped up rather nicely over the past few months, with Riz Ahmed and Sam Claflin joining Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn, while Diego Luna was added to the line-up in May.
According to a report over at Variety, we can now add another familiar name to the list: the Academy Award-winning Forest Whitaker. Whitaker is, of course, the star of such movies as The Last King Of Scotland (the film that won him an Oscar for his portrayal of the notorious dictator Idi Amin), The Butler, Ghost Dog and, going further back, things like The Crying Game and Platoon. He was also in Battlefield Earth, but he'd probably prefer it if we didn't mention that.
Rogue One is Gareth Edwards' story of how the rebels »
Home of the Brave: Duran’s Debut a Neutered Examination of Grief During Wartime
There’s a war going on, though not one specifically referenced, mentioned or discussed. But then Daniel Duran’s directorial debut, Bravetown, seems happy examining exactly that, the ways in which people are unable to communicate clearly their emotions relating to the traumas that war has inflicted on them. Perhaps in an effort to elevate the material to a timeless realm, screenwriter Oscar Orlando Torres (Instructions Not Included) remains curiously vague on details, the only definitive reference pertaining to the Gulf War.
Josh Harvest (Josh Till) is a moderately troubled teen living with his single mother (Maria Bello) in New York. A rising DJ, a mistaken overdose lands him in court with a mandated sentence of twelve months rehabilitation. His overworked mother is done worrying about him and sends him off to live with his »
- Nicholas Bell
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their fourth piece, they will discuss David Lynch’s film The Straight Story (1999).
I am in the midst of my 1999 class and I assigned two films I had yet to see from the acclaimed year – the year that Entertainment Weekly claimed to “change movies” – Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry and David Lynch’s The Straight Story. I like doing this as a Professor, because it varies the class and keeps me from getting too settled into a comfort zone. It challenges me to be more spontaneous and in the moment, a zone I typically find stimulating and energizing. Needless to say, the sixteen year old legacy of Lynch’s The Straight Story created a certain predisposition. Having seen all of Lynch’s other films, »
- Landon Palmer
The downfall that faced Tobe Hooper's creative relationship with The Cannon Group in the eighties wasn't much different than the fate of George A. Romero's collaboration with Orion Pictures. After leaving an iconic legacy for horror in the previous decade, Hooper had a reputation to live up to when he made a three picture deal with Golan and Globus that resulted in the ambitious, but entertaining failure Lifeforce, the misunderstood parody The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and the family friendly remake of Invaders From Mars that helped sink Cannon out of Hollywood forever.
When considering the talent involved in this production that included screenwriting duties from Dan O' Bannon and special effects from legends like Stan Winston (who was simultaneously working on James Cameron's Aliens), John Dykstra (Star Wars) and Alec Gillis, this quite frankly should have been an exhilarating fantasy spectacle at the very least. Ironically, »
- Sean McClannahan
When James Cameron’s Aliens stalked into cinemas in 1986, it was at a time when videogame adaptations of major films and TV shows were really beginning to take off. Sylvester Stallone’s shoulder-padded Dirty Harry clone Cobra was turned into a surprisingly decent run-and-gun courtesy of Ocean in 1986. Things like Airwolf, Miami Vice and even Oliver Stone’s anti-war film Platoon were all shrunk down to fit the computers of the day. Many were terrible, but a few, like Ocean’s other licensed titles (RoboCop, The Untouchables and the like) were perfectly decent.
Aliens certainly seemed to be a better candidate for a game tie-in than most movies. This was, after all, about a group of heavily-armed, complacent Marines led by Ripley, the survivor of Alien, as they’re assaulted on all sides by acid-spitting, »
When Platoon won four Oscars in 1987, it marked not only a new chapter in Oliver Stone's career as a filmmaker, but also the end of a decade-long battle. Since the 1970s, Stone had been struggling to make his harrowing account of the horrors he'd seen firsthand as a soldier in the Vietnam conflict, but was famously turned down by every major studio in Hollywood.
Platoon, and Stone, finally found sanctuary at a small independent studio with a grand-sounding name: the Hemdale Film Corporation. It was Hemdale, and its co-founder John Daly, that had taken a chance on Stone, and when Platoon came out in 1986, the gamble proved to be a shrewd one: its $6m investment was covered by the first month's ticket sales, and the film »
Tom Berenger and Greyston Holt break down the the story of Lonesome Dove Church in our exclusive preview. Inspired by real events surrounding the founding of the church, the film, Lonesome Dove Church arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand March 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Awarded the "Faith-Based" Dove Seal of Approval, the stirring western stars Oscar nominated actor Tom Berenger (Best Supporting Actor, Platoon, 1986) as a preacher delivering frontier justice on his journey to find and save his outlaw son.
Lonesome Dove Church will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.98. John Shepherd (Tom Berenger) is an itinerant preacher with dreams of building his own church. When his estranged son Isaac is accused of robbery and murder, John puts his faith and future on the line by coming to Isaac's defense, facing off against a cold-blooded killer in a guns-blazing stand for redemption. »
Welcome to the March 19, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: you're all just jealous of Zayn Malik. The One Direction heartthrob, who just pulled out of the boy band's tour of Asia due to "stress," has slammed rumors that he cheated on fiancee Perrie Edwards with a "mystery blonde," writing on Twitter: I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there's a lot of jealous fucks in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x — zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) March 18, 2015 Sounds guilty to me. [Daily Mail] Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles. Outraged: Black scholar Dr. Boyce D. Watkins Target: Fox's "Empire" Why: After slamming the blockbuster Fox series set at a hip-hop entertainment company as "ghettofied hood drama" and "coonery" in a January column, »
- Chris Eggertsen
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