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William Shatner is boldly going where only so many actors have gone before: Variety reports the Star Trek stalwart has just boarded an indie rom-com called Senior Moment. In what sounds like an homage to both Top Gun and Space Cowboys, Shatner will play a retired Navy pilot who also happened to test aircraft for Nasa. But retirement can’t clip this maverick’s wings, as he zips around town in a little hot rod (hang on, we’re not at the rom-com part yet.) The film’s being directed by Giorgio Serafini, the helmer of such, um, lighthearted fare as Game Of Death starring Wesley Snipes and the forthcoming The Executioners. We assume there’s a meet-cute nestled somewhere in all that bloody revenge, making Serafini very much the right guy to direct a movie about a twilight-years romance.
Shatner’s character will be busted for speeding as part »
- Danette Chavez
Shooting will start in the late spring in Palm Springs, Calif.
Shatner plays a retired Top Gun Navy pilot who tested aircraft for Nasa. After speeding around town in his vintage convertible hot rod with his best friend in tow, he gets caught in a major crackdown to get dangerous senior drivers off the road, resulting in his car being impounded and his license revoked.
“I’m thrilled to be working with this group of talented people,” Shatner said. “I’m really looking forward to making a wonderfully funny movie.”
Shatner is best known for appearing in the original “Star Trek” TV series and the first »
- Dave McNary
In 1997 there came a little movie called Trainspotting, adapted by director Danny Boyle and scenarist John Hodge from Scottish writer Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name. It was the loose-limbed story of a group of childhood friends spinning their collective wheels in the working-class gloom of Edinburgh, Scotland, scheming schemes, committing petty crimes, arguing the merits of Sean Connery (and, by extension, Scotland) and trying to sustain those decaying friendships all while rotating in and out of a seemingly hopeless cycle of heroin addiction, indulgence and withdrawal. For me, Trainspotting’s exuberant, hyperkinetic style decorated a somewhat sensationalistic attitude toward tragedy, on a sociopolitical as well as personal scale, and its scabrous energy always seemed too much at odds with the overwhelming lethargy which follows the orgasmic relief of a desperately needed hit. (I guess I’m more of a Panic in Needle Park kind of guy.)
But what do I know? »
- Dennis Cozzalio
This week, Neil Calloway argues against a return for The Matrix…
So, we’re getting another load of Matrix films. Or we will be if Warner Bros get their way. It would be easy just to throw my hands up in the air and go “Oh, I’m sick of reboots, can’t we have something original?” but just because it would be easy doesn’t mean it’s not true, and it doesn’t mean I’m not going to do it.
Luke Owen offered a robust defence of re-heating the series, and he almost convinced me. Here’s my main problem with it; The Matrix isn’t very good. It’s innovative use of bullet time effects aside, there’s not much there; it’s for people who didn’t manage to get to the end of the chapter on René Descartes in their Introduction to Philosophy textbook, »
- Neil Calloway
After the release of his cult classic fight flick “Fight Valley” starring Ufc stars Miesha Tate and Holly Holmes, and his most recent film with Tara Reid entitled "Worthless" ,Director Rob Hawk has become a hot new Director on the rise. However, Mr. Hawks next film venture titled Wasps Is a film that will be a modern day Top Gun. The WaSps were originated in the 1940's, but Hawk says "this will be a modern day film that will make reference to the 1940 pilots periodically in the film". The film will focus around the F--16 fighting falcon flown by a handful of new cadets fresh out of flight training school. The director has been studying fighter jets for many years preparing for his next film, He has even turned his own home into...
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In 1986, Kurt Russell ran into the mystic night in Big Trouble in Little China. That same year, Tom Cruise rode into the danger zone in Top Gun. Now, 31 years later, The Flash ventures “Into The Speed Force.”
Having learned last season that the ethereal plane the Speed Force occupies is no easy place to escape, we must tip our hats to Barry Allen for having the courage to go back there. Honestly, he probably hoped never to do so, but knowing the selfless hero that he is, there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to bring back Wally West, who also happens to be a vital element in the plan to save Iris in the future.
In this freshly released featurette, executive producer Aaron Helbing lends some insight into just how taxing this trial will be. Not only that, but facsimiles of Eddie Thawne, Leonard Snart and Ronnie Raymond will »
- Eric Joseph
This week, Neil Calloway argues that allowing viewers to decide what happens next will lead to lower quality stories…
Wednesday brought the enticing news that Netflix are planning on creating a show that has an element of interaction, where viewers will be able to choose what happens next.
Initially this will be for children’s programmes, presumably because it’ll be cheaper to make different versions of a CGI kids show rather than alternative storylines for House of Cards, but there’s no reason why it can’t be expanded to more genres. The other possible reason for starting with content aimed at children is that kids who have grown up with iPads demand interactivity from all their entertainment, whereas adults are happy to be more passive in their viewing.
It is not a new concept, of course. Anyone who grew up in the 1980s will be familiar with the »
- Neil Calloway
There’s no question what’s in Samuel L. Jackson’s wallet once you realize that the ubiquitous film star has been in practically every movie.
On Wednesday, Jackson — who is currently promoting Kong: Skull Island — partook in The Late Late Show With James Corden‘s signature “Role Call” segment, which enlists A-list talent to revisit their filmography via green-screen-enhanced reenactments all shot in one take.
In total, Jackson and Corden “recreated” scenes (or, in the case of his work as Nick Fury in the Marvel films, »
Neil Calloway thinks the supersized budget for Avengers: Infinity War makes sense…
With news this week that seems like confirmation that the nest two Avengers films, Infinity War and the so far unimaginatively titled Avengers 4 will have a budget of $1 billion, my first reaction was “I bet it doesn’t; it’s all part of the marketing campaign.” By the time Infinity War comes out in 2018, we’ll be ten years, nineteen films and nine TV shows into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even the biggest Avengers fan has to be slightly flagging by this point. But I’d bet that you’re more intrigued to see what $1 billion looks like on screen than you are $999,999,999.
My second thought was, that if it’s true, it’s probably good value. This is the week that Snapchat, a company that makes nothing and has never turned a profit, made its debut on »
- Neil Calloway
Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell had lost out 20 times before last night’s ceremony.
Sound engineer O’Connell had previously been nominated 20 times without winning, leading The Guardian to dub him the “unluckiest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards”.
After finally winning the Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge alongside Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace, O’Connell said: “I can’t even tell you the experience that it was for me. As much as I thought I was going to know what it felt like, I didn’t.
“And I have to tell you, it was the greatest feeling in my entire life and I’m so grateful for the opportunity I had, especially to work with these guys and I’m so grateful. It’s amazing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.
Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.
O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins. »
- Alex Heigl
The 21st time was the charm for legendary sound mixer Kevin O’Connell at the Oscars. He won his first Academy Award — after 20 previous losses — for his work on Mel Gibson’s WWII drama “Hacksaw Ridge.”
The win was a modest upset, as many pundits had pegged musical “La La Land” to waltz off with the prize.
“I can’t even tell you the experience it was for me,” O’Connell said backstage after the victory. “As much as I thought I knew what it would feel like [to win an Oscar] I didn’t. It was the greatest feeling in my entire life. I’m so grateful for the opportunity I had to work with [the sound mixing team].”
Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List
Wright noted the triumph was especially sweet to share with O’Connell. »
- Geoff Berkshire
Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, who has worked on films such as Top Gun and Transformers, had a rather bittersweet distinction in Hollywood — he held the record for the most Academy Award nominations without a single win.
That streak finally came to an end at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday. After 21 nominations spanning 33 years — his first coming in 1984 for the classic tearjerker Terms of Endearment — O’Connell finally heard his name called for Mel Gibson‘s directorial comeback Hacksaw Ridge.
“Thank you so much! I can’t even tell you what this means to me,” O’Connell said in his acceptance speech, »
- Stephanie Petit
It finally happened for Kevin O’Connell.
At Sunday night’s 89th annual Academy Awards, the veteran sound mixer won Best Sound Mixing for Hacksaw Ridge alongside Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright. The victory is O’Connell’s first after 21 total nominations; until Sunday, O’Connell was the most-nominated person in Oscars history without a victory.
O’Connell dedicated the big win to his mother, Skippy.
“A special thank you tonight to my mother, Skippy O’Connell, who 39 years ago got me a job in sound,” O’Connell said. “And when I asked her how I could thank her, »
- Christopher Rosen and Julie Mazziotta
Neil Calloway claims that the Academy Awards are more important than you might think…
Tonight is the 89th Academy Awards, the industry prize giving ceremony that everyone knows as the Oscars (for obscure reasons – nobody is quite sure why they’re called that, with competing origin stories for the nickname). I would argue it’s the most important event of the year.
I don’t mean the most important event in the film industry, I mean the most important event in the calendar. Obviously, bigger things happen, but they aren’t annual events. Elections only come every four or five years, the World Cup and Olympics is only ever four years. You might argue that the Super Bowl is bigger, but how many people outside the Us care? Who won it this year? It probably takes you longer to remember that than how many Oscars certain films have won. No »
- Neil Calloway
Kevin O’Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I’ve never been more appreciative, humbled and just overall excited about the fact that I’ve been nominated,” says Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O’Connell of his 21st Oscar nomination — which he shares with Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright — as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I don’t want to say I took it for granted in the past, but I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore.”
O’Connell, 59, has worked in Hollywood for nearly 40 years, and is one of the most respected practitioners of his craft. But he is best known for a dubious distinction: in Oscar history, no person has accumulated more nominations without ever winning. His noms span 33 years, from 1983’s Terms of Endearment through Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film, »
- Carson Blackwelder
This week Neil Calloway considers something that could change the film industry…
On Monday, seemingly out of nowhere, a new company announced an innovation that could change the way you experience movies. Dreamscape Immersives is not only a name that sounds like it’s out of a Philip K Dick novel, it offers the possibility of getting as close to a Total Recall experience as you’d ever want to.
They claim that their “untethered Vr headsets” allow users to be unconstrained by wires and explore films worlds in a way that has been impossible until now. Of course, if like me you’re of a certain age, Virtual Reality just makes you think of The Lawnmower Man or that early 1990s TV game shows presented by Craig Charles featuring graphics so blocky they make Minecraft look realistic. However, the technology has come on leaps and bounds since then, and »
- Neil Calloway
South died peacefully in her sleep last week, after coping with health issues in recent years, Cruise's rep confirms to Et. She was given a memorial service at an undisclosed Church of Scientology this weekend.
She was 80 years old.
The 54-year-old actor and his three sisters -- Lee Ann Devette, Marian Henry and Cass Mapother -- were all in attendance at the memorial, People reports.
Et talked to Cruise at the Jack Reacher premiere in October, when he talked about his mother's unwavering belief in him. "I know that she is just obviously very proud, and kind of I guess, just amazed, you know, because you talk about something, you dream about something, and she knows I used to work jobs so I could make money »
This Week, Neil Calloway argues that it’s time we ended the award ceremony…
When Hugh Laurie received his Golden Globe last month, he made a joke that it would be the final time the ceremony would take place; the awards are given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Hollywood, the press and foreigners are all things that Donald Trump hates.
Of course, barring a disaster, 2017 won’t be the last ever Golden Globes, but perhaps time should be called on another award ceremony. Tonight (Sunday) sees the 70th BAFTA awards. Most people are claiming their pension at that age, so maybe it’s time to shake their hand, give them a gold watch and tell them they’ll get an invite to the Christmas party, but it’s time to take up knitting or golf.
We can kid ourselves, when we see Hollywood stars on the red carpet, »
- Neil Calloway
While fans are no doubt excited to see how Baldwin lampoons the president when he gets a chance to host, the momentous occasion has us feeling nostalgic for all the great comedy the Golden Globe winner has brought to the show since his first time hosting back in October 1990.
Over the past 26 years, Baldwin's career has taken a lot of twists and turns (as has SNL), but his comedic timing and spot-on impressions have never faltered. There's a reason he's hosted more than anyone else in the show's history.
In celebration of his illustrious past with the long-running sketch series, let's take a look at some of Baldwin's best appearances (in no particular order).
1. NPR’s Delicious Dish with »
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