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As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.
The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.
Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes »
- Terek Puckett
Over this past weekend, hundreds of hungry (literally and figuratively) screenwriters arrived in Burbank, CA to pitch their life’s dream to studio execs. The event invites people far and wide to try to catch lightning in a bottle, that ephemeral feeling that everyone searches for, and rarely finds, in La. The Great American Pitchfest not only can open doors, but is massively educational, offering an opportunity to meet like minded writers and actors and directors who all want to do the same thing, and learn from the best in the process.
There were plenty of free classes and panels, of which we attended several. All of which were illuminating, inspiring, informative, and filled with influential writers and directors. There was also free cake. So yeah, go next year.
- Andy Greene
Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.
Williams died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll.
Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure.
The extravaganzas dazzled a second generation via television and the compilation films That’s Entertainment. Williams’ co-stars included the pick of the MGM contract list, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban and Howard Keel.
When hard times signaled the end of big studios and costly musicals in the mid-’50s, Williams tried non-swimming roles with little success. After her 1962 marriage to Fernando Lamas, her co-star in Dangerous When Wet, she retired from public life. »
- Associated Press
At long last Hot Toys has revealed their new Robocop and Ed-209 figures. For those of you who’ve been collecting Hot Toys for a while you may remember they previously produced these two iconic 80′s characters back in 2006. Wow, what a difference seven years makes. Read on for the full reveal and pre-order info.
The RoboCop series is the latest addition to Hot Toys’ Mms Diecast Series in which the collectible figures are made of diecast material, specially designed to look more closely to the realistic RoboCop in the movie. The Mms Diecast Series will take fans to the next level of authenticity, focusing on the materials, fine details and engineering of the collectible figure.
The movie-accurate RoboCop Collectible Figure is highly-detailed. It features a new sculpted body, black, light grey and silver armor, interchangeable lower faces, working thigh gun holster and the ability to speak memorable quotes from the movie. »
There’s a certain feeling that comes along with reuniting with old friends, whether you knew them in person, or vicariously through a film or TV series. After a show has been cancelled, and those stories are forced to just live on via syndication or DVD Boxsets, there’s a bummer of a mood that comes with not being able to see anything new from those characters that you followed for however many seasons the show went on. Luckily, for fans of the late Reaper TV series, the chance to catch up begins May 28 on FEARnet (9 p.m. Et/6 p.m. Pt.). Having already had the chance to see the reunion special, I can say, fans will be pleased, as the cast (and creators) of the hilarious show come together to reminisce about their experiences with Reaper, telling stories and giving insight to why they feel the show has caught on with fans, »
“If they asked me, I’d certainly love to – let’s put it that way. But I don’t know what the script is. I don’t know what Arnold wants. I’m a big fan in fact of Conan. That’s a great movie and I found that the composer, Basil Poledouris, basically inspired many of my movies [the soundtracks] like Arnold, Robocop, Starship Troopers and Total Recall. The score of Conan is great. The style of editing that (John) Milius used was very beautiful, and Arnold does a great job. He was really the perfect choice.”
There’s no director yet. Hell, the script isn’t even finished, but given their past working relationship I suppose it »
- Philip Sticco
If you saw Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend and couldn't quite place Peter Weller, the actor playing Starfleet Admiral Marcus, allow us to refresh your memory: Weller starred in two of the biggest cult films of the eighties, Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and RoboCop, as well as in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of William S. Burroughs's The Naked Lunch. He's also had supporting parts on 24, Dexter, Fringe, and House. And if that weren’t enough, the man is currently finishing up a Ph.D. in art history. He talked to us recently about his stint on Star Trek, his diverse career, and his professor's problem with J.J. Abrams.How did you get this part?I had done an episode of Fringe, and I had a meeting at the Bad Robot offices about some directing work. And afterward this young guy follows me into the parking lot and starts talking to me. »
- Bilge Ebiri
With technology today and the free flow of information over the internet, rumors run rampant for our most anticipated movie releases. We try and tackle these as they come out, but for the most part, until the film comes out, it’s hard to either prove or disprove the validity of a rumor. Now that Star Trek Into Darkness has released, we take a look at a few of the rumors that swirled about the film and see what turned out to be true or pure bluster. Needless to say, many Spoilers abound, so if you haven’t seen the film, be warned.
John Harrison is actually Khan - True
This was perhaps The rumor surrounding this film, and began long before Benedict Cumberbatch even signed on to portray the villain in the film. Before the film even really got off the ground and was still in the writing phase, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Okay people. Get ready to have a good moan, as some new images and a video have made their way on-line from the reboot of the Paul Verhoeven's eighties classic RoboCop. Check them out here, courtesy of Collider...
Directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad), this updated film follows Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) in his transformation from cop to machine. The new shots don't show anything we haven't really seen before, though we get a nice look at RoboCop's new gun. No sign of a holster, so here's hoping it still fits inside his leg. Apart from the angle of these pictures doing him no favours at all (beer belly?), I'm intrigued by Murphy's right hand, which appears to be completely human. A way for a supposedly fearsome cyborg to offer a human touch?
With it's predecessor much loved, RoboCop has a tough job on it's hands, but shall »
- Chris Cooper
The giddiness of "Star Trek" is gone, but "Star Trek Into Darkness" maintains its love of character and pathos, the other great selling points of this re-booted sci-fi franchise. There's action in abundance and some production design flourishes that are as eye-popping as any science fiction ever to hit the screen.
But as our old friend Ricardo Montalban said 30 years ago in "The Wrath of Khan," still the best of the "Star Treks": "It is veeery coooooold in space." "Into Darkness," for all its dense textures and epic scale, left me cold.
Director J.J. Abrams, who has owned up to not having an emotional attachment to the TV show or the movies it spawned, commissioned his screenwriters to do a riff on "Wrath of Khan," an alternate history of the Khan myth. So knowing the classic "Trek" version -- dating from a TV episode in the '60s, updated »
Additional shooting for the upcoming RoboCop reboot is taking place in Vancouver and one lucky passerby got footage of the new RoboCop driving his motorcycle. Check out the video below and for a better look at RoboCop and his motorcycle check out this video . The film stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures, the film was written by Josh Zetumer and Nick Schenk, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner. The film is produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Bill Carraro serving as executive producer. In RoboCop , the year »
Mario Machado was born in Shanghai, China in April 1935, and immigrated to the United States in 1956. Mario’s television career began in 1967 when he took an on-air reporter job at Khj-tv in Los Angeles, making him the first Asian-American news anchor in La. Throughout his career, Mario earned eight Emmy Awards for his work in television and appeared in many films, often playing a newscaster.
Mario’s daughter Michelle told the Los Angeles Times that her father had passed away from complications of pneumonia at a convalescent facility in West Hills, Calif. on May 4. The news anchor also suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.
Mario Machado’s Television Career
After taking his first on-air job at Khj-tv, »
- HL Intern
Emmy-winning TV news anchor Mario Machado — who also played a newsman in television and movies for more than 30 years — died Saturday of complications from pneumonia, his daughter confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 78.
Born on April 22, 1935 in Shanghai, Machado was Los Angeles’ first Asian-American anchor, beginning his career in the ‘60s and rising to prominence at Kcbs-tv, among others.
“Mario was very easy to work with and appreciative of good writing and production,” his then-producer Joe Saltzman told Kcbs-tv.
Machado won eight Emmys for his work. Additionally, he announced CBS’ North American Soccer League games into the early ‘70s. »
- Adam Carlson
Mario Machado, an eight-time Emmy Award-winning Los Angeles news reporter and anchor who also played reporters in "Rocky III" and "RoboCop," died Saturday in a West Hills convalescent facility, a spokesperson told TheWrap. He was 78. His daughter, Michelle, told the Los Angeles Times that he passed away due to complications of pneumonia. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013 Machado, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease, was born April 22, 1935, in Shanghai, China, and became Los Angeles' first Chinese-American on-air television news reporter. His father was Portuguese, and his mother was Chinese-Portuguese. His »
- Greg Gilman
Mario Machado, the veteran Los Angeles TV anchor who parlayed his newsman persona into an erstwhile career playing journalists in films such as Scarface and RoboCop, has died. He was 78. Machado, who reportedly had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, passed away Saturday at a convalescent home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hills due to complications from pneumonia, his daughter Michelle confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. Born in Shanghai, the longtime newsman, who was of Chinese-Portuguese descent, became L.A.'s first Asian-American anchor, and he enjoyed a thriving career in the 1960s and 1970s working for Kcbs-tv and other local stations. He also found Hollywood fame on both the »
Mario Machado, an actor best known for his roles in films like "Scarface," "RoboCop" and "Rocky III," has died at age 78. According to his daughter Michelle, the actor and former Los Angeles news anchor passed away from complications of pneumonia.
After spending several decades working as a TV show host, newsman and producer, Machado transitioned over to starring in Hollywood films. His roles typically consisted of him playing a news anchor or reporter. In addition to the films listed above, he also appeared in projects like "St. Elmo's Fire," "The Brady Bunch" and, most recently, 2009's "The 13th Day."
Machado passed away on May 4. In addition to the pneumonia that took his life, Machado had also been ill from Parkinson's disease. He was the first Chinese-American newscaster in Los Angeles. Machado is survived by his four children. »
His daughter, Michelle, tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that Machado died Saturday from complications of pneumonia at a Los Angeles convalescent facility. http://lat.ms/13jwSEN
Kcbs-tv ( ) says Machado was of Chinese and Portuguese descent and was La's first Asian-American newscaster. Over a decades-long career, he was a newsman, producer, TV show host and soccer commentator. He worked at Kcbs-tv, its predecessor and at what is now Kcal-tv. http://cbsloc.al/10AM106
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com »
Former LA newsman Mario Machado, known for playing reporters and interviewers in movies like RoboCop and Rocky III, died Saturday in a convalescent home in West Hills, CA. He was 78. The La Times obituary says he had Parkinson’s disease, according to his daughter. Machado worked at La’s CBS-tv among other local stations, starting his career in 1967 at Khj-tv (now Kcal-tv) as an on-air news reporter, a first for a Chinese-American, according to LARadio.com. He also was a soccer commentator. His film and TV credits include Scarface and the 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Mario Machado, L.A.'s first-ever Asian-American newscaster and an actor in movies including Scarface and Robocop, died Saturday, May 4. He was 78. His daughter Michelle told the Los Angeles Times that her father had passed away from complications of pneumonia at a convalescent facility in West Hills, Calif. He had also suffered for some time with Parkinson's disease. Born in April 1935 in Shanghai, China, Machado first made his mark as a news anchor at local stations including Knxt and Kcbs-tv in the 1960s. His work as a [...] »
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
J.J. Abrams left himself a tough act to follow after the surprise success of his daring 2009 Star Trek reboot, which re-imagined the franchise as a sleeker, sexier, shiner outfit simultaneously tailored to both hardcore fans and new initiates. Though it struggles to live up to the breath of fresh air that was Abrams’ first film, this sophomore effort is nevertheless an exhilarating, entertaining thrill-ride that clips by at a confident pace, even if that ultimately might also be one of its key problems.
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the Enterprise are this time tasked with stopping John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a top Starfleet agent who has gone rogue, laying waste to London in an attack that has catastrophic consequences. With Harrison having fled to the Klingon world Kronos, putting an end to his path of destruction won’t be easy, and diplomatic relations notwithstanding, »
- Shaun Munro
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