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“Into the weenie mobile, weenie man away!”
Okay, you have a big decision to make this weekend: do you seen Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe Friday and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight on Saturday, or do you see Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight Friday and Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe on Saturday? Either way, there’s a couple of fun midnight shows in St. Louis this weekend (read my take on the Return Of The Living Dead screening Here)
If you’re unacquainted with the origin of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, a cult cable series on the Sci-Fi Channel, fret not. Think of Mad Magazine meets a live-action version of Beavis & Butthead, and you’re on your way to the moon. Instead of having Burger »
- Tom Stockman
Jerry Bruckheimer has been a part of some of the most influential blockbusters in film history. Top Gun, Armagededdon, The Rock, Pirates Of The Caribbean are only a few titles from his incredible history in Hollywood. And now, the legendary producer is taking on horror with the demonic thriller Deliver Us From Evil. With Scott Derrickson in the director’s chair and Eric Bana taking the lead, he is trading in the big guns for a good old-fashioned scary movie. To say that sitting »
Scott Derrickson, as evidenced by this interview, is one of the most thoughtful, sure-handed American directors the genre has working in the field today. If you’re not convinced of that after Sinister alone, then Deliver Us From Evil just might make you a believer.
Inspired by the true events of officer Ralph Sarchie and his dealings with the occult and assistance with actual exorcisms in some of the darkest corners of New York City, Derrickson and company will do their worst in trying to convince us that these occurrences are based in fact.
In doing so, Derrickson will also probably wind up scaring the crap out of you.
When we spoke to Derrickson on set in the South Bronx back in July of 2013, his usual soft, inviting demeanor was still on full display even though he was neck deep in the minute-to-minute stress of shooting a nuanced film that »
- Drew Tinnin
It's almost impossible to believe that Tom Cruise turns 52 today! We seriously need to learn what his secret is! From Top Gun to Edge of Tomorrow, the hunky star certainly has an impressive résumé, starring in numerous memorable movies over the past three decades. The birthday boy has also had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest and brightest in Hollywood during his career. His beautiful costars include Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Renée Zellweger and Demi Moore! Talk about an awesome day job! Happy Birthday, Tom! »
Glenn here with this week's Tuesday Top Ten. Wikipedia tells this Australian that the Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a day usually celebrated with “fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and political speeches and ceremonies.” Curious that they don’t include movies since, at least since 1991 when James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day premiered to one of the then biggest opening weekends of all time, the big July 4th blockbuster is an annual trend with the likes of Independence Day, the Transformers franchise, Superman Returns and seemingly anything starring Will Smith.
With the holiday this Friday, most lists of movies to watch over the long holiday weekend will feature masculine, almost brutish titles that celebrate America’s achievements in war and rah-rah bravura (The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, Top Gun) or the coming of age of a nation and its people in almost gooey fashion (Field of Dreams, »
- Glenn Dunks
When it comes to America, the values, the principles, and ideals that we strive for are great. Freedom, liberty, truth, justice, happiness and the right stand up against tyranny are ideas that we can all believe in... but what about the stuff? The tangible things that distinguish this great nation from others are worth taking note of as well. That’s why we’re taking a moment, in honor of our great nation, to say “Thanks” to the movies that celebrate uniquely American cultural artifacts.
Hot Dogs — Father of the Bride
Bread has been around for tens of thousands of years and sausage too has been around for a couple millenia, but it was only in America that a hot dog could be created. And only an American comedy legend like Steve Martin could bring to the big screen the hot dog conundrum that has perplexed us all.
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- Mandy McAdoo
In honor of Independence Day, we're taking a look at the most patriotic movies ever made. From war movies to sports flicks to biopics, there are a whole slew of genres that incorporate patriotic themes. But which flick best represents the spirit of America? It's up to you to decide. Put your top ten on the list, and see which movie comes out on top.
Click here to cast your vote >>
Link | Posted 6/26/2014 by Mandy
Captain America: The First Avenger | National Treasure | Top Gun | Rocky IV | Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde | Independence Day | A League of Their Own | Patriot Games | Forrest Gump | Lincoln | Miracle | 1776 | Glory | Saving Private Ryan | The Patriot »
- Mandy McAdoo
Chester Gould’s famous yellow-coated detective, Dick Tracy, has appeared across various mediums since his first comic strip appearance in 1931, but it wasn’t until 1990 that the character made his way into blockbuster territory. It may have been considered less than successful on release and forgotten to a certain extent since then, but there is a lot to love about Warren Beatty’s film, imbued with an infectious sense of fun and comic strip visuals that continue to impress.
Dick Tracy went through several hands before it finally landed Beatty in the director’s chair, though the actor had had a concept for it as far back as 1975. It’s a long and rocky development history that saw names such as Steven Spielberg and John Landis offered the »
In almost every set of “dueling” movies, whether they’re competing biopics or similar-premise disaster flicks out within months of each other, there’s a right one and a wrong one as far as which you’re supposed to prefer. It’s okay to enjoy Michael Bay’s Armageddon, but you should recognize Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact as the better movie. Capote over Infamous. Observe and Report over Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Top Gun over Iron Eagle. Dantes Peak over Volcano. Tombstone over Wyatt Earp. 1492: Conquest of Paradise over Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. The Prestige over The Illusionist. Mission to Mars over Red Planet. Chasing Liberty over First Daughter. Leviathan over DeepStar Six, and The Abyss over both of them. Some pairs are nearly a draw as far as neither actually being worth a preference, such as Lambada and The Forbidden Dance. Here’s a more recent one: Cheap Thrills over 13 Sins. The »
- Christopher Campbell
Denny McNamara hasn’t been having the best of luck lately. His girlfriend Renee dumped him, his brother is threatening to to sell Denny’s house if he can’t come up with next month’s rent, and he’s become so unsure of himself, he’s beginning to question his real purpose in life. Like many horror fans, Denny has a soft spot for horror hosts of the 1980s, like Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, or Mystery Science Theater 3000. Denny’s personal favorite has always been Ghostman, a jolly, sarcastic host of the underworld with a painted face and a single mission: to share his love of the genre with all who care to watch. Sadly, Ghostman has recently been replaced with a younger, more attractive frontman named Rick, who prefers to be called by his stage name, “Count Dracool”.
After drinking his sorrows away one night with his best friend Carlo, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
While the combination of sunny weather and sporting events like the World Cup tends to be a mood-improver for most, it's bad news for the box office. Most cinemas will be bracing themselves for a lean weekend, but what about those picturehouses that go the extra mile to stand out?
We've rounded up 8 of the world's most unusual movie-viewing venues below...
Guantanamo Bay Lyceum cinemas, Cuba
There's a great sense of irony in the fact that while the self-confessed architect of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, sits in his guarded prison cell in the world's most notorious detention centre, just the other side of the wall, Us soldiers can watch Oliver Stone's World Trade Centre on the big screen.
There are, in fact, two outdoor cinemas within Guantanamo Bay for the 1,000-strong guard force and people who live and work there. They show the latest Us releases on huge grass areas with tiered stadium seats. »
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
I never really had my Godzilla moment as a kid. The closest I ever came was a Godzilla franchise marathon one Saturday afternoon. I watched while everyone else was outside doing outside things, and my main memory of the marathon was thinking to myself, “Geez, these movies really drag when Godzilla’s not onscreen.” I think I was 10?
Now, I don’t begrudge anyone their peculiar childhood fixations; I can’t be in »
- Darren Franich
After the initial launch for the upcoming Secret Cinema Back To The Future event sold out quicker than a quick thing doing something so very quickly, they’ve announced that more dates go on sale today – Wednesday 11th June at 1pm!
The additional dates for ‘Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future’, after 42,000 tickets to the shows running between 24th July – 10th August sold out on Thursday 5th June 2014 just 4 hours after going on sale, with 34,000 tickets selling in the first 20 minutes and nearly 17,000 tickets selling in the first 4 minutes. The ticket sales are not just unprecedented in terms of numbers, but also in terms of the scale of tickets sold geographically, with 22,000 tickets purchased in London, and 20,000 across the rest of the UK and abroad. 1.5% of overall sales were outside the UK with tickets purchased from as far as Brazil, Afghanistan, Bermuda and Cameroon. Tickets for the additional dates »
- Dan Bullock
Clatter! Clash! Sword fighting noises!! Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis take a deep dive into the episode-long Battle of Castle Black, an epic hour long on action but curiously short on just about everything else (whither Mance Rayder?). Check out Jame’s Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A »
- EW staff
When Quentin Tarantino riffed on the homoeroticism of “Top Gun” in his famous cameo from the otherwise forgotten 1994 indie “Sleep With Me,” little could he have known that, two decades later, the Lgbt community would get a fighter-jock opus to call its very own. Optimistically dubbed “Brokeback Top Gun” in some quarters of the internet, writer-director Dmw Greer’s “Burning Blue” certainly harbors such outsized ambitions, but they’re poorly matched by Greer’s leaden direction and a didactic screenplay about the tortured lives of military personnel living in the shadow of President Clinton’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Bearing a distinctly musty odor confirmed by its 2011 copyright date, this day-and-date Lionsgate pickup never achieves dramatic liftoff.
Poorly concealing its origins as a stage play (first produced in London in 1995), “Blue” unfolds mostly as a series of stilted, talky scenes set in and around a U.S. »
- Scott Foundas
The Tom Cruise movie that immediately came to mind in the opening scenes of Edge of Tomorrow, the entertaining Groundhog Day-meets-Starship Troopers movie that opened Friday, wasn’t one of his previous science-fiction blockbusters. It was A Few Good Men.
In the new film, directed by Doug Liman, Cruise plays Major William Cage, a charming, TV-ready spokesperson for the global military who’s successfully recruited millions of volunteers for the war against invading aliens. But he’s hardly a soldier — he coasted through Rotc and then ran an advertising agency — and the commander in charge (Brendan Gleeson) of »
- Jeff Labrecque
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
Exclusive: Following the release of his latest feature, the true story marijuana trafficking pic Kid Cannabis, multi-hyphenate John Stockwell has signed with Paradigm. The actor, writer, director and producer started his career acting in films like Losin’ It and Top Gun, both opposite Tom Cruise, starred in miniseries North and South, and battled a killer car in Stephen King’s Christine. Stockwell’s screenwriting credits include Blue Crush, Rock Star, Under Cover, Dangerously Close, and Kid Cannabis. He also wrote the Emmy-nominated telefilm Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, episodes of Showtime’s The L Word, and Cheaters. The latter earned Stockwell an Emmy nod for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie. He broke through as a director with 2001′s Crazy/Beautiful and 2002′s surfing pic Blue Crush, following with a run of features behind the camera including Into the Blue, Turistas, Cat Run, and Dark Tide. »
- JEN YAMATO
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
(Full disclosure: Moviepilot worked with 20th Century Fox on this title)
“The Fault in Our Stars” is a social-media phenomenon riding a huge wave of social buzz and fan anticipation as it starts in theaters. Based on the New York Times bestseller by John Green, the movie has a large, fervent, built-in fanbase that couldn’t be more excited about its release — the official trailer is the most liked trailer in YouTube history, and fans have driven well over 1 million tweets in release week, »
- Tobias Bauckhage
As you've probably heard, "Edge of Tomorrow" has been blowing critics' minds. It's easily one of the most fun films of this summer blockbuster season. This latest sci-fi/action/whizbang movie to star Tom Cruise has a ton going for it -- plenty of action, great effects, a clever storyline, and committed performances from the leads, along with assured orchestration of all these elements from a well-regarded director.
But, wait, I hate Tom Cruise!
First of all, you shouldn't hate the guy. Beyond the lunatic antics on talk shows, there's not a performer out there who seems more committed to doing whatever it takes to give wide audiences a fun experience at the cinema. As a film nerd I can applaud his work with Kubrick in "Eyes Wide Shut," but at the same time I can celebrate his more visceral thrills brought out via a slew of "Mission Impossible" films, »
- Jason Gorber
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