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There.s a great joke in Mel Brooks. Spaceballs where a TV movie reviewer does a review of Rocky 5-Thousand. It was funny because there had only been four Rocky films at that point. However, in an era before the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Harry Potter films, four was a lot in one series. We stand today with six movies in the series, with Rocky Balboa about to appear in his seventh film since 1976. Will this finally wrap up the franchise? According to star Sylvester Stallone, no, not even close. The Spaceballs joke is becoming significantly less funny. Rocky will transition from fighter to trainer when Creed premieres later this month. For some, that would seem like the perfect place to wrap up the movies. The student becomes the teacher and passes on his skills to the next generation. That.s apparently not enough for Stallone, however, as according »
Halloween's here and some of us have had our fill of knife-thrusting psychos and inarticulate zombies. (Though if you want a list of the 100 best horror movies, you're not going to do any better than this.) Here's what to stream on Netflix this All Hallow's Eve in case you're in the mood for classic suspense and haunting paranoia. "Chinatown" Let's get one thing straight about Halloween: It's not really about spookiness; it's about eeriness. I'd argue there's no eerier movie of the 1970s than "Chinatown," which manages to be 100% suspenseful even though its plot is simple and its protagonist is a classically perturbed private eye. Though there are a couple of scares (namely the cameo of director Roman Polanski), you mostly find yourself awed by the lingering weirdness of the story at hand. What is going on here? What's Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) really on to? And what »
- Louis Virtel
Rick Moranis tells great stories — so great, in fact, that THR couldn't fit them all into this week's magazine, where Moranis revealed that he's not retired (just looking for the right project) and explained why he ultimately decided to pass on a cameo in the new Ghostbusters. Here are seven fun things that didn't make the print story due to limited space: 1. The massive headgear worn for Dark Helmet in Mel Brooks' 1987 film Spaceballs was originally way, way bigger. "In the original script," Moranis says, "the description of the character was that the whole costume was one gigantic
- Ryan Parker
Rick Moranis fans, rejoice! Well, maybe not just yet, but there’s hope for the future. The 62-year-old actor, known for his splendid work in Parenthood, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, My Blue Heaven, Streets of Fire, and Strange Brew, isn’t opposed to coming out of retirement. But don’t expect to see a Rick Moranis Ghostbusters cameo in Paul Feig’s […]
- Jack Giroux
The pint-sized burlap-clad Sam is back in the four-part graphic novel Days of the Dead from Michael Dougherty, the creator of Trick 'r Treat. Also: release details for Lavalantula, an excerpt from Mark Morris' The Society of Blood, and a special Halloween weekend iTunes release for Crazy Bitches.
Trick 'R Treat Graphic Novel: "From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) alongside a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields (Krampus), Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.
- Tamika Jones
I didn’t even know he was ill. When Wes Craven’s passing was announced I was numb. The gravity of the loss felt in the film world was palpable, especially in horror. Mr. Craven was one of us, a great champion of the genre. And for those that called him a hack – and there were a few – if they didn’t know it then, know it now, and remember it forever - he revived the genre not once but twice.
Slashers had choked like weeds all the freshness from horror until Mr. Craven came along with the startlingly original A Nightmare on Elm Street. And then, in the 90’s as we wept for anything fun in the genre, he came roaring back with the astounding Scream and revitalized the genre, again.
As I was asked to write this piece on Serpent and the Rainbow, I thought back on what »
- Scott Drebit
Even though Tim Russ delivered the line, "We ain't found sh*t" while combing the desert in "Spaceballs" ... Russ is best known for playing Lieutenant Commander Tuvok in the long running "Star Trek: Voyager" television show. Guess what he looks like now! Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Dick Van Patten, the popular comedic character actor, has passed away at age 86. Patten was a child actor who eventually went on to perform in 30 Broadway shows. He also proved to be a popular presence on early TV shows such as "I Remember Mama". In the 1970s, he appeared on "The Love Boat" and a decade later had a hit show with "Eight is Enough". More recently, he co-starred on "Hot in Cleveland". Van Patten also made any number of hit feature films including such diverse fare as the Clint Eastwood western "Joe Kidd" and three movies with Mel Brooks: "High Anxiety", "Spaceballs" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights". For more, click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Actor Dick Van Patten, best remembered as gentle father Tom Bradford on the sitcom Eight Is Enough and for appearing in several Mel Brooks movies, has died. He had been hospitalized for diabetes-related complications in Santa Monica, California where he passed away, according to People. He was 86.
Born in Queens, New York in 1928, Van Patten cut his teeth on Broadway – making his stage debut at age seven – before transitioning to television in 1949 with a recurring role on a comedy-drama about immigrants living in turn-of-the-century San Francisco called Mama. He would »
Having started out on Broadway at age 7, Van Patten began his TV acting career in 1949, on the Maxwell House and Post Cereal-sponsored CBS dramedy Mama. From there, his credits included (but by no means were limited to) the NBC sitcom The Partners (as Sgt. Nelson Higgenbottom), multiple installments of Love, American Style, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, the Mel Brooks-produced spoof When Things Were Rotten (as Friar Tuck »
Dick Van Patten, a Hollywood staple for six decades, has died. The actor was 86.
Dick Van Patten in 1977 (Getty)
On Tuesday, a rep for the actor confirmed to Access Hollywood that Van Patten had passed away.
Details surrounding his death have yet to be released.
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Dick Van Patten, best known for playing the dad on the classic TV show "Eight Is Enough," died Tuesday morning in Santa Monica. Van Patten's rep released a statement Tuesday, saying, "I am sorry to report this sad news. His family will not be doing any press at this time." He reportedly died of complications from diabetes. Van Patten started acting when he was just 7 -- often appearing on Broadway. Besides his huge TV role »
- TMZ Staff
Dick Van Patten, best known as the loving father on the '70s sitcom "Eight Is Enough," has died at the age of 86. People reported that Van Patten passed away this morning in a Santa Monica hospital from complications due to diabetes.
Van Patten was born in 1928 in Kew Gardens, Queens, and got an early start in acting, making his Broadway debut at the age of 7. After performing in a dozen other plays, he moved to Hollywood to make movies and TV shows. Van Patten starred in "Mama" from 1949-1957, then played patriarch Tom Bradford on "Eight Is Enough" from 1971-1981. He also appeared in episodes of "The Love Boat," "Sanford and Son," "Happy Days," "Arrested Development," and "Hot in Cleveland," as well as several Mel Brooks movies, including "Spaceballs" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."
Van Patten was also an ardent dog lover who promoted canine causes. He founded »
- Kelly Woo
If for some reason you’ve seen Star Wars but you haven’t yet partaken of Mel Brooks‘ classic parody Spaceballs, it’s about time you fixed that. In classic Mel Brooks fashion, Spaceballs mocks everything about Star Wars with self-referenctial humor, fourth wall breaks, and jokes about sci-fi tropes and goofy characters like Dark Helmet. It’s a favorite among […]
The post Cool Stuff: ‘Spaceballs’ The Lego Sets appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
We can't help but feel a warming wash of nostalgia when we think back over the golden age of '80s cinema and the classic comedy, horror and teen movies it gave us.
And the further we leave that increasingly distant decade behind, the more fondly we recall the school discos, questionable fashion choices and giant hairdos of the past.
Father's Day is on the horizon (on Sunday June 21 - don't forget!) - with a recent Netflix survey revealing that one of the things British dads most want to pass on to their children is a love for classic '80s cartoons including Danger Mouse. This got us thinking about the great nostalgic films and shows featured on Netflix.
In honour of all fathers out there, here's a look back at a time when our dads were young (or at least younger) with some '80s gems, all available to »
An alien craft shaped like an artichoke? A vessel with breasts? Here's our pick of 15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships...
For decades, heroes have crossed the universe in rocket ships and modified light freighters. Aliens have conquered galaxies in disc-shaped craft of varying sizes.
Yes, as long as there's been science fiction on the silver screen, spaceships have captured our imagination, from the matinee serials of the 30s to the sci-fi blockbusters of the present.
We all have our own idea of what a great spaceship should look like. For some, it's Han Solo's fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. For others, it's the more graceful USS Enterprise, or maybe the utilitarian craft of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what about cinema's more unusual, outlandish spaceships? The ramshackle ones, the anachronistic ones, the ones that look a bit rude, or just plain scary? Those are »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Sony Pictures Animation just dropped the trailer for the new Hotel Transylvania followup and it just so happens to be a winner. The first film was a blast fit for the family and it looks as though Hotel Transylvania 2 will keep all eyes glued to the tube as well. Check it out below The voice cast includes Adam Sandler (50 First Dates) Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom) Steve Buscemi (Fargo) Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) Andy Samberg (Brooklyn NineNine) David Spade (Joe Dirt) Mel Brooks (Spaceballs) and KeeganMichael Key (Pitch Perfect 2). »
Back in February, Mel Brooks revealed that he was keen on making the long-rumoured sequel to Spaceballs – a.k.a. Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money – and now the official Facebook page for the classic comedy is teasing something “epic” for Friday…
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens slated for a Christmas release, an attempt at rejuvenating Mel Brooks’ cult classic parody from the 80’s is logical. Who would actually star in it, I haven’t the faintest idea since many of the original stars are either retired, old, or dead.
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When Spaceballs premiered in 1987, four years after Return of the Jedi and with no other Star Wars films on the horizon, critics said director-writer-star Mel Brooks had waited too long to make it and that Lucas's trilogy was too easy a target. Audiences seemed to agree - the film only did moderate box office, taking just $38m on its Us run (with a reported budget of $22m) and finishing 31st in the list of hits for that year. However, it subsequently became a cult favourite on video, Laserdisc and DVD, and was popular enough to receive the full-blown 25th Anniversary treatment (complete with Mel Brooks commentary) on Blu-Ray in 2012.
Needless to say, Spaceballs wasn't Mel Brooks's first foray into parody - he had enjoyed enormous success with his previous films and had already targeted Westerns (Blazing Saddles), horror movies (Young Frankenstein), silent movies (Silent Movie), Hitchcock thrillers (High Anxiety »
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