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This week Neil Calloway comes to praise, not bury The Black List everyone wants to be seen on…
What have Juno, In Bruges, Source Code, Easy A, The Social Network and Argo all got in common? They’re all good, well written films from the past ten years. Invite me over to watch any of them and I’ll be there. They also all appeared on The Black List before going into production.
When it comes to Hollywood, the Black List has connotations; people denied employment, forced into exile in Europe or to use pseudonyms to find work when their sympathies, real or imagined, were found to be more left wing than was deemed acceptable in America. The new Black List, however, is a list of unproduced screenplays released every December. It’s a black list people are proud to be on. The tenth one was released this week, won »
- Neil Calloway
Now this is pretty interesting. There is definitetly a significant difference between an actor and a movie star. If you were to think back to Tony Scott’s 1986 high-octane action classic Top Gun, you’d probably picture roaring planes set against a sunset backdrop, young, fit men with their shirts off playing volleyball, and Tom Cruise in a role that catapulted him to superstardom. He was the definition of a movie star, and remains in that lucrative position to this very day, but Top Gun was definitely not considered an example of his best acting.
Everyone has their opinion of this movie, and perhaps the most famous one was from celebrated filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who drilled into the homoerotic elements of the film (see this clip from the 1994 movie Sleep With Me where Tarantino describes the film as a story about a man’s struggle with his own homosexuality).
- Paul Heath
According to Amy Nicholson of La Weekly, Tom Cruise's Maverick was a phony in Tony Scott's 1986 film Top Gun. Nicholson released a video essay called "Why You're Wrong About Top Gun," and she seriously makes some very interesting and valid points that makes me see this movie in a completely different light. In her opinion, Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy in the the story, he was just a scared kid who was trying to be a tough guy.
Nicholson wrote a book called Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, which is described as follows:
The Anatomy of an Actor series takes ten roles by a single actor, each studied in a dedicated chapter, and identifies the key elements that made the performances exceptional - carefully examining the actor's craft for both a professional audience and movie fans alike. This title looks at Hollywood icon Tom Cruise. »
- Joey Paur
Maverick was a phony. So says Amy Nicholson in our latest video essay collaboration about Top Gun (See our previous discussion of Synecdoche, New York, Part 1 and Part 2). Nicholson, who’s recently published an enjoyable and insightful biography of Tom Cruise, believes that Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy – he was just a scared kid playing a […]
The post Video: Why You’re Wrong About ‘Top Gun’ appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
Neil Calloway is amused but disappointed by the release of emails from Sony…
It’s an old adage that show business is High School with money, and the release of emails that followed the hacking of Sony Pictures seems to prove it’s just like Mean Girls or Heathers, but where people earn $3 million dollar salaries and spend their days making films instead of hanging out at the mall.
The whole thing has the makings of a bad film; even the group apparently responsible for the hack “Guardians of Peace” sound they’re named after a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. Throw in salacious bitching about stars, the possibility of North Korean involvement and we’re hooked. I’d be very surprised if right now someone wasn’t pitching a film about it. Given that the new Michael Mann film is about hackers, you’d be forgiven for thinking »
- Neil Calloway
Highway to the danger zone... Gunna take it right in to the danger zone!! Now these are some must-have poster prints, if you're lucky enough to get your hands on one. Our friends at SlashFilm have posted photos of the new print for Tony Scott's 1986 action-drama classic Top Gun designed by Gabz being sold by Odd City Entertainment. The print is unique because it was printed on holographic "foil" paper, meaning it shimmers like it's metallic and can be flipped and both sides show the kick ass Top Gun artwork. So awesome. I'm a huge Top Gun fan, I mean, who isn't? Tom Cruise, fighter jets, Anthony Edwards, frickin' Tom Skerrit, it's the best. This art highlights the fighter jets above all and if you're a big fan, it's a must have. Here's a look at the actual poster artwork designed by Gabz, from his official site. Plus showing it flipped. »
- Alex Billington
The highway to the danger zone is now paved with shiny foil posters. Odd City Entertainment announced that they’ve teamed with Paramount Pictures to make an officially licensed poster for Tony Scott‘s iconic action film, Top Gun. Popular artist Gabz did the work, which visualizes some of the film’s awesome F-14 dogfights on holographic foil […]
The post Cool Stuff: Limited Edition, Reversible ‘Top Gun’ Foil Posters appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
The post-apocalyptic genre has been a staple in sci-fi for decades, and Josh Ridgway is contributing to the thought-provoking genre with his new film, “The Sector.” The film stars Richard Tyson (“Black Hawk Down”), Lance Henriksen (“Aliens,” “The Terminator”), John Wesley Shipp (1990-91 series “The Flash,” CW’s “The Flash” ), Vernon Wells (“Commando, “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior”), Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (“Top Gun,” “Die Hard,” “Walker, Texas Ranger”) and Matthew Tompkins (“Machete,” “Longmire,” “Friday Night Lights”), and follows a bounty hunter living in a dystopian world who is simply trying to catch some outlaws. His mission reveals a conspiracy that reveals shocking truths about his own existence. Ridgway stated [ Read More ]
The post Exclusive: Stills From New Sci-Fi Project, The Sector, Reveal Dystopian World appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Throughout the 90s, Starfleet’s Captain Archer bounced around time meddling in other people’s lives, aided and abetted by the third-tier villain from Beverly Hills Cop 2 in holographic form. No, this wasn’t a fever dream – this was Quantum Leap: possibly the lowest-key sci-fi show ever televised (and all the better for it).
I’d argue that Quantum Leap was one of the best sci-fi shows that really didn’t need that much in the way of fictionalised science. Indeed, when the plots began to lean on this aspect more heavily, the show seemed to lose sight of what made it great in the first place. The internal logic started to unravel, the plots became increasingly far-fetched, and it even started to become a little (whisper it) naff… »
This week, Neil Calloway is suffering from trailer fatigue…
1st July 2015, 6th November 2015, 17th December 2015. What are you doing on those dates? I bet some of you know already.
For those that don’t know, they are the release dates for Terminator: Genysis, the new Bond film, Spectre, and the latest film in a small series of independent films called Star Wars. In the past couple of weeks we have had the release of the Star Wars trailer, a press conference about Bond, and the new Terminator trailer, all shortly after the Jurassic World promo was released. I like a good trailer as much as the next person, but when people start looking forward not to the film itself being released but its trailer, then we have a problem. There was even a fifteen second teaser trailer for the new Terminator trailer. We’re not getting excited about a film we’ve just seen anymore, »
- Neil Calloway
It’s Around the World week! Brace yourself for a Bollywood-style routine from the pro dancers, and adapt your usual Strictly drinking game to include shameless cultural stereotypes
So that’s it for another week. It’s the Quarter Finals next week, which means we’ve only got three Strictlys left. I’m actually quite sad about this. Anyone’s guess what’s going to happen from here on, any of the final six couples could easily win it. How exciting is that?
Tomorrow I’m heading back to the Strictly studio for the filming of the Christmas Special (get me, proper showbiz), so I’ll report back next week on whether it’s worth staying sober for a bit of Brucie action on Christmas Day.
So Sunetra and Brendan are out! I think Sunetra has been fabulous, and I will miss Brendan’s gorgeous choreography. »
- Heidi Stephens
This week, Neil Calloway was badgered by PR emails …
I don’t know where it came from; I certainly didn’t ask for it, didn’t sign up to it, had never heard of the person who sent it me, but it popped into my inbox at 9.45 on Monday morning.
It was a press release, telling me how well the latest Hunger Games had done at the UK box office. It was the biggest opening weekend of the year, taking in £12.6 million. Impressive business, which any film would be proud of. The email continued “This figure is a 4% increase on the franchise’s prior instalment marking a record-breaking opening for Lionsgate UK as well as being their widest release to date. The film also accounted for 2 of every 3 cinema tickets sold this weekend.”
Something seemed odd. The percentage increase, the “2 of every 3”, these seemed like words a soulless financial company »
- Oli Davis
Neil Calloway speaks on the ‘Comic Book Guy’ mindset of some cinema-goes with film errors…
They’re out there, waiting. They’ve watched and dissected the trailer, they’ve worked out which opening day screening they’re going to, and they may even have booked their ticket. Then, the big day comes. They see the film. They power up their smartphone before they’re out of the multiplex. Straight away they’re onto a messageboard to complain about something.
The lead character’s hair changes between shots. The chase sequence starts in daylight but ends at night. The International Space Station is not in the same orbit as the Hubble telescope.
It would perhaps be obvious to compare them to The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy, and also be cruel, but he’s such a good character because these people exist. They’re not watching the film, they’re just looking »
- Oli Davis
Whither Buck ?
Hola Gente, tis I Señor Fenix, he who must be obeyed!
In the wake of Guardians of the Galaxy I started to reflect on the pop culture landscape. At a recent visit to Midtown Comics I noticed a pile of Dynamite Comics. Dynamite is a label that publishes a few cool new titles and some really old licenses. They were the ones that noticed that John Carter of Mars was public domain in the United States and thus we were treated to dozens of covers with large breasted naked Dejah Thorises. Because of course, that’s what the comic book fans supposedly want.
One of the comics they publish is Buck Rogers. This is based on the old newspaper comic strip that was a big deal in the 1930s and 40s. Baby Boomers remember the Daffy Duck parody "Duck Dodgers" and later the 1970s Star Wars »
- Latino Review
Giorgio Moroder is mounting a comeback. The music pioneer, who helped usher in the disco era by producing a string of monster hits for Donna Summer in the late 1970s, has announced the release of his first solo studio album in 30 years. Set to be released next spring by Sony International/RCA Records, the as-yet-untitled LP will feature collaborations with such current stars as Britney Spears, Sia, Charli Xcx, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma, and more to be announced soon. "Sony/RCA constitutes one of the most groundbreaking histories in the world," said Moroder in a statement. "As my new label, I believe my record will live up to their history, but more importantly, pave the way for the future! Sony from here to eternity." In advance of the new set, Moroder has unveiled "74 is the New 24," the album's dancefloor-ready first single that will surely become an anthem »
- Chris Eggertsen
Neil Calloway outlines how cinemas should deal with etiquette rule breakers…
2014 seems to be the year of cinema rage. Earlier this week, a Us film festival screening of Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner was interrupted when one viewer asked another to turn off her mobile phone. She responded by giving him a faceful of pepper spray. This follows the altogether more tragic news that a man was shot after a confrontation during Lone Survivor earlier in the year.
Obviously the people involved are in the wrong and crossed over a line. For a start, who thinks when they’re going to the cinema “right, I need my wallet, keys, 9mm handgun”? In a cinema, the violence should be kept on the screen, not in the aisles. Having said that, those that play with their mobile phone during a film should be treated with nothing but contempt, and kicked out of the cinema. »
- Oli Davis
Aside from the shoplifting, raving, and Top Gun-ing in The Mindy Project's Nov. 11 episode "We Need to Talk About Annette," Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) once again slayed mixed prints and adorable fashions at the office and at home with her adorable boyfriend, Danny Castellano (Chris Messina). Speaking of romantic evenings with Danny, a fan favorite look of the episode was Mindy's rubber ducky sweater and navy slip. "Mindy wears a lot of pj's, so we tried to mix it up a bit this season," Perez tells [...] »
Tuesday night's episode of The Mindy Project titled "We Need to Talk About Annette" featured more of the hilarious Rhea Perlman's as Danny Castellano's mother Annette, who turns out to have a secret problem -- shoplifting!
Annette's problem comes to light when Mindy takes her shopping for a swimsuit for her water aerobics class, but this being Mindy, she ends up stealing the show in this eye-catching outfit.
Expertly pairing a bright-blue Rachel Roy blazer, a yellow Karen Millen skirt and an insect-print Tory Burch blouse, the colorful ensemble is definitely one of the fashion highlights of season 3 so far.
One of my favorite season 3 work looks. @toryburch insect blouse and matching bag, @rachel_roy blazer, @karemillen skirt and @stewartweitzman pumps
A photo posted by Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) on Sep 9, 2014 at 9:38am Pdt
.... And how does she manage to make insects look cute?!
Video: Mindy Kaling on Being Called 'Ugly and Fat' -- as a Compliment »
If Mindy Project‘s pocket-size Annette Castellano has stolen your heart, it’s no wonder: As we find out in this week’s episode, she steals lots of things.
And when Dr. Lahiri catches her boyfriend’s mom pilfering some goods from a department store, it sets off a series of events that ends with Danny wearing a bomber jacket and aviators and calling Mindy “Goose.”
Wanna know how it all falls into place? Read on as we review what happened in “We Need to Talk About Annette.”
Ma Lives Dangerously | Mindy hates paying for movies and music, so she goes to www. »
Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica series just got a little bit more awesome today with a video edit that features scenes from the series mixed with music from the classic 1986 film Top Gun. The result is just freakin' cool and worth five minutes of your time, especially if you're a fan of either of these properties. The video is called "Top Gun Galactica," and it was edited together by Nick Acosta, who explains what he wanted to accomplish with it,
"For my latest project, I recut one of my all time favorite movies to one of my all time favorite TV series. For part one of this film I wanted to show the life of a fighter pilot aboard a carrier at war. Much like a fireman, fighter pilots can be called at any moment and have to spring into action. Starbuck and Maverick are roughly the same character. »
- Joey Paur
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