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The independent movie, titled “Reagan,” will cover Reagan’s life from his teenage years through his becoming the 40th President in 1981 as seen through the eyes of a Kgb agent assigned to follow him during his presidency of the Screen Actors Guild between 1947 and 1952. Reagan testified in 1947 as a friendly witness at the start of hearings by the House Unamerican Activities Committee, which led to the creation of the Hollywood Blacklist.
Reagan was governor of California from 1967 to 1975 and easily won two terms as President. He died in 2004.
- Dave McNary
Stephen King adaptations are very hard to pull off successfully. For every Misery, there’s a Graveyard Shift; Carrie soars while Cujo stalls. The small screen has had it just as bad—the elephantine The Stand benefits from its four-night rollout, while no amount of time could save The Tommyknockers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg—at last count, there were 91 King adaptations (I’ll need to double-check those figures) across all media. For this blurry-eyed cathode ray kid, however, nothing has yet to match the two-part graveyard dance known as Salem’s Lot (1979).
Originally airing on CBS on Saturday November 17th and 24th, Salem’s Lot was a huge success for the network; there was even talk of turning it into a weekly series. Alas, that never came to be. However, we were gifted with 183 minutes of measured, chilling suspense and terror helmed by none other »
- Scott Drebit
Eric Bay-Andersen on trends and the lack of originality in Hollywood…
At the beginning of this year I went to the cinema and saw a preview of all the big films coming out in 2016, and it really depressed me because almost every upcoming ‘event’ film was a sequel, a re-boot, or a prequel to the re-imagined spin-off of a TV show adaptation! It’s gotten to the point where I even get disheartened by book adaptations, which is silly I know because there are so many great published stories out there that are worthy of being adapted for the big-screen. I guess I just find it sad that most film-makers these days seem to look to the best-sellers list for their inspiration, rather than their own imagination. I mean, if a new book comes out and is a big success, then of course someone will make it into a film at some point, »
- Amie Cranswick
Helen Murdoch with ten sequels that are actually decent…
2016 has been hit and miss for sequels and reboots. So far we’ve had the dull Independence Day: Resurgence, the reboot of Ghostbusters, as well as the forgettable Now You See Me 2 and Bad Neighbours 2. Sitting through the latest Alice in Wonderland film was physically painful and a complete misfire. Whilst it seems that we’re dying for more original material, I thought it was worth reminding everyone that not all sequels are bad. In face some can argue that some sequels are better than the originals.
For the sake of this list and to keep it to a top 10, I’ve excluded the superhero genre so no Marvel or DC love here. I’ve also taken out planned adaptations i.e. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Jason Bourne.
Comment at the bottom of this article with your favourite sequels. »
- Helen Murdoch
The best is set to come… in December on NBC.
That’s when the Peacock Net will air a tw0-hour special titled Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come in honor of the crooner’s birthday, the network announced Tuesday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
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The Grammy-winning Bennett, who will perform as part of the special, will be joined by artists including Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, k. »
Simply put, cult classics aren’t made, they’re born. They’re not designed with the intention of becoming hits on the home video or midnight movie markets, they just exist as sincere creative expressions that happen to catch on with audiences and critics after in its initial theatrical run. Case in point: In 1995, director Paul Verhoeven released his erotic drama “Showgirls,” starring Elizabeth Berkeley as a street-smart hitchhikers who heads to Las Vegas to climb the ropes from stripper to showgirl. While she’s there, she’s introduced to the seedy underbelly of the dancing world and comes face to face with marginalization, violence, and exploitation. The film also stars Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”), Gina Gershon (“Bound”), Glenn Plummer (“Speed”), Robert Davi (“Die Hard”), and more.
In the twenty years since its disappointing »
- Vikram Murthi
Beverly Hills-based screenwriting consultancy ScreenCraft has finalized the jury panel for its 4th annual Action & Thriller Screenplay Competition. The competition, designed to discover new and unique voices in the genre, is open as of today and has a submission deadline of October 20th, 2016. Winners will be announced by December 1st. This year’s grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a consultation with screenwriter and jury member Steven E. de Souza (“Die Hard,” “The Running Man,” “Commando”). The winner will also have the opportunity to meet the contest’s entire panel of industry judges. Also Read: 'Jessica Jones, »
- Andrew Bernard
July 15, 1988 must have been the day to celebrate Christmas in July because it’s the day classic Christmas movie (don’t argue) Die Hard was gifted to us. 28 years after the Die Hard hit theaters, it’s difficult to accept that the movie’s great villain is gone, and it’s wild to think about the fact that this was his first Hollywood film role — Alan Rickman was in his first movie at age 42, which makes it all the more tragic that his life and career were cut short this year. Since 1988, Bruce Willis has made four more Die Hard movies. Meanwhile, director John McTiernan’s last completed film was 2003’s Basic, and these days he’s keeping busy bashing modern blockbusters, Captain America and Mad Max: Fury Road included. Die Hard is available for purchase here on Fox Connect Other notable July 15 happenings in pop culture history: • 1963: The »
- Emily Rome
Some actors were just born to be typecast.
“This man has no dick.” And neither do the movies anymore.
If you’re going to write a part specifically for William Atherton, it’s probably going to be inspired by his three most famous roles. That was clearly the case when he was cast for an episode of the TV series Lost, in which he plays a slimy high school principal character who was conceived with him in mind. It was a throwback to the assholes he embodied in Ghostbusters, Real Genius, and the first two Die Hard movies. Another one of his dicks.
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people writing dick parts specifically for Atherton to play on the big screen. It’s been 20 years since his last (slightly) memorable movie continuation of the type, in Bio-Dome, and many of his fans probably aren’t even aware that he’s still alive and working regularly. Mostly »
- Christopher Campbell
Are superheroes really champions of right-wing individualism, the Donald Trumps of the movie theatre? Die Hard director John McTiernan seems to think so, and has come out swinging in an interview with French movie magazine Premiere, declaring “These are films made by fascists”, and pointing the finger of accusation firmly in the direction of recent Marvel smash Captain America: Civil War. (Yes, I’m aware John McTiernan is the guy who directed one of the most macho Hollywood action movies of all time. We’ll get to that later.)
“Captain America,” McTiernan says, presumably spitting out the syllables like a sour grape. “The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things that has happened in the world during the last 50 years. »
- Ben Child
Don’t expect John McTiernan to be waiting in line for the next Marvel movie. The director best known for “Predator” and “Die Hard” was recently interviewed by Premiere France about his first film more than in a decade as well as the current state of the action genre. Den of Geek has translated excerpts of his conversation, with lines like “I hate the majority of [major studio] films for political reasons, I can’t really watch them. I’m annoyed the second they start” being typical of his thoughts on contemporary blockbusters.
Captain America in particular seems to irk the filmmaker. “The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things to have happened to the world during the last 50 years,” he says. “Hundreds of thousands of people have died because of this idiotic delusion. »
- Michael Nordine
Many articles have been written about the once strapping, now defunct 80s action hero/ era since the golden age of Rambo, The Terminator and Die Hard, but this flat-pack thriller co-starring Bruce Willis is no return to form for the genre, period or signature icon. Even though Willis has been cast against type in a […]
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- Daniel Goodwin
John McTiernan, director of the hugely successful ’80s action movie “Die Hard,” is disappointed in Hollywood’s recent output — specifically “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the “Captain America” films. “There is action but not of human beings. These are films made by fascists,” McTiernan told French movie magazine Premiere. When asked specifically about last year’s “Fury Road,” which won six out of the 10 Academy Awards for which it was nominated, the director said “Pffff … corporate product.” Also Read: CBS, Recording Academy Extend Grammys Deal Through 2026 McTiernan went on to grouse that movies are no longer the exemplars they used to be, »
- Rasha Ali
Thanks to the very massive success of Captain America: Civil War, the Captain America franchise can now count itself among the most financially successful and well regarded action trilogies of all-time. Many fans find the character very refreshing in a landscape of superheroes who are otherwise very flawed or dark. Die Hard director John McTiernan seems to feel very differently about Steve Rogers than most of us do.
John McTiernan was recently interviewed for the French publication Premiere, and The Playlist decided to translate it. The subject of superhero movies eventually came up, and as it turns out, the director is not a fan. In fact, he downright hates them and thinks that Marvel's Captain America is among the worst of the worst. Here is what he had to say.
"These are films made by fascists. Comic book heroes are for businesses. Captain America...The cult of American hyper-masculinity is »
In the late 1980s to early 1990s, filmmaker John McTiernan unleashed a trio of films in a row that are still considered formative films of the Hollywood action genre - primal but smart blockbusters which changed how those kind of movies were made.
Those films were "Predator," "Die Hard" and "The Hunt For Red October". McTiernan has had a few success stories since then, most notably "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and his "The Thomas Crown Affair" remake, but otherwise has yet to be able to recapture that elusive spark - making headlines more for legal woes than anything in recent years.
Even so, McTiernan remains an Academy member with strong opinions and has unleashed those opinions in a new interview with Premiere (via The Playlist) where he offers both the superhero genre and George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" some harsh words. Though he says he likes the first "Mad Max, »
- Garth Franklin
John McTiernan was once the king of the Hollywood action blockbuster. The director earned a reputation for making some of the best big screen spectacles of his day, with “Predator,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt For Red October,” and “Die Hard With A Vengeance” all to his name. However, he hit a major bump in the […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Simon Brew Jul 12, 2016
John McTiernan: “All they’re making are comic book adaptations. There’s action but no human beings, they’re films made by fascists"
John McTiernan, the man who directed the likes of Die Hard and Predator, looks set to finally be putting together a new film, for the first time since his prison release (he has continually protested his innocence, we should note, and his story is widely told elsewhere on the internet). And in a new interview in Premiere France, he’s been chatting about the project, and his views on the state of modern cinema.
These are our translations from the original French text, we should note.
On his new film first, he said that “I hope to make it with a French producer and film in France or in Serbia. The idea is to film the whole thing in Europe. There’s not much dialogue, »
God love the French, they've gone and restored Predator for a re-release. Originally released in 1987, John McTiernan's (who later went on to direct Die Hard and Last Action Hero) sci-fi horror hybird is now considered a classic from the era.
This new 2K restoration of Predator screens in France on August 17th. There is no plan to bring the film to the Us or Canada.
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.
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One of the quintessential films of the 1980s is without a doubt "Predator".
The first of John McTiernan's hat trick of action masterpieces, the subsequent two being "Die Hard" and "The Hunt for Red October," the more sci-fi bent "Predator" remains a brilliant macho men vs. monster tale that many have tried to imitate - but all have lacked its knack for suspense, its cleverly yet simple premise, its utterly believable sweaty jungle setting (just outside Puerto Vallarta in Mexico), and that wonderful score.
Unfortunately the home video releases for the film leave a lot to be desired. In particular it has been released on Blu-ray in two versions - the first came in 2008 and was encoded at a low enough bit rate and without any real work on the aged print which offers little better than the DVD. The second was issued n 2010 and is still the current version. »
- Garth Franklin
Generally speaking, fancypants restorations tend to be the domain of arthouse faves or works by revered auteurs, not pictures from the guy who directed “Die Hard” and “The Hunt For Red October.” However, there’s always a few exceptions to the rule, and John McTiernan‘s “Predator” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of them. Read More: Shane […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
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