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Visual-effects artist Grant McCune (above, with R2-D2), whose most notable effort was probably George Lucas's Star Wars (1977), died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hidden Hills, 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. McCune was 67. McCune won an Oscar for Star Wars, which he shared with visual-effects specialists John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Robert Blalack. Two years later, McCune was nominated for another Oscar for Robert Wise's Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Along with Bill Shourt, McCune also designed a giant white shark model for Jaws, though neither man was credited on the Spielberg film. Other efforts include Die Hard, Speed, Batman Forever, and Spider-Man. About his work with miniatures, McCune told Popular Mechanics in 2008: "I’ve always told people to get a good background in photography first. The most important thing is what you see with your eye. … All the best people who ever »
- Anna Robinson
According to Yahoo, an Abu Dhabi production company will be fronting a new feature film and has hired a "mysterious" (as of this point) Hollywood director to direct the upcoming "Jinn" film titled "The Jinn".
“The Jinn” is based on the genie in Arab folklore of the same name according to the report. At this point, source Daniella Tully could not comment on who the director will be, but stated that "I can say that he is one of Hollywood's horror genre masters,".
Jinn are supernatural creatures within Arab folklore and Islamic teachings which are made of fire and often invisible to the human eye. They can be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent, but »
It's almost time for Christmas, which means that the mood around the MTV Newsroom is getting pretty festive and everybody is going to start hitting the road soon (or just getting ready for a long winter's nap). We'll be taking off Friday (December 24) in observance of the holiday, but if anything huge happens, you know you can always count on your friends here at MTV News to deliver up-to-the-minute information on all the latest breaking news.
In the meantime, if you need to get into the Christmas spirit, we have got the best solution known to man (or beast): Run-d.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis," one of only a handful of truly exceptional pop-oriented Christmas songs (including Shane MacGowan's "Fairytale of New York," Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and the recently-released Coldplay track "Christmas Lights"). Produced by Rick Rubin in 1987 for a pair of »
- Kyle Anderson
10. With Honors (1994)
Not a film that pops up on most holiday lists, however, With Honors exudes the quintessential holiday spirit with a memorable final act, thoroughly laced with virtue, love and friendship. With Honors is the story of smug Harvard student; Montgomery Kessler (the name aptly characterizes Brendan Fraser) who meets squatter Simon (the one and only Joe Pesci) in the basement of the school library after his computer crashes jeopardizing his ticket to success – his final thesis. The one hard copy lands in Simon’s hands, and here’s the hook – for every day’s shelter and food that Monty provides, Simon will give him on page of his thesis back. A ransom of sorts that climaxes with Monty’s realization of what is truly worth striving for in life. This early 90’s film feels like a hiccup to the mastery of the great John Hughes’ movies of the 80’s. »
We’re sad to announce the passing of writer-director Blake Edwards, aged 88. Blake Edwards, the veteran writer and director behind the Pink Panther movies, has sadly died at the age of 88. In a career that stretched back to the mid-50s, Edwards was oversaw the creation of more than 30 films, including the seafaring comedy Operation Petticoat, starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis, and the classic Breakfast At Tiffany’s, which starred Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
He then went on to write and direct the enormously successful The Pink Panther in 1963, the comedy starring David Niven as the suave thief attempting to steal the gigantic diamond of the title, and Peter Sellers as the bumbling French inspector Jacques Clouseau.
Outside the Pink Panther films, »
Every Christmas, families all over the world sit down to such classics as It's A Wonderful Life, Home Alone or The Santa Clause. Some families even sit down to Jingle All The Way. This Christmas, I thought I'd bring a bit of chaos to festive TV time with a list of alternative seasonal flicks...er, well, at least every movie takes place during Christmas. So if you're tired of seeing Tim Allen in a fat suit annually, read on! By the way, this list is in no particular order! Die Hard (1988) Nearly everyone has seen it, but for those uninitiated in the most badassical film since the beginning of man, this is what a real Christmas movie is. Bruce Willis stars as the legendary John McClane, a cop whose visiting his wife in downtown La when her building is taken over by the villainous Hans Gruber and his gang of thugs. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ferg)
This is the Pure Movies review of The Expendables, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The review is by Pure Movies editor Dan Higgins. This is a Stallone film. The action is sometimes great but sometimes it drags and becomes tiring. The film itself never really develops but still manages to run too long. There are some great cameos; one jaw-dropping scene with Arnie, Stallone and Bruce Willis altogether but it was scenes like this that defined the film. The great thing about Rocky, Rambo, Die Hard, Speed, Terminator, Predators (etc) is that they were serious (to a point) action films. Sure, they are cheesy but, at the same time, thoroughly enjoyable. The Expendables, however, never really elevates itself away from anything other than ‘We have a load of really famous action stars, how cool is this? »
- Dan Higgins
It’s that time of year again; it’s dark at 4pm, the air is crisp and often below freezing, lights twinkle from every crevice and you’re already sick of hearing Mariah Carey warble “All I Want for Christmas is You”… Yes, it’s Christmas time again and as the festive period draws ever closer, avoiding succumbing to the cheer and joy is a daily battle you’re sure to lose.
Now I’m not a Grinch – in fact I’m far from it, the lead up to the big day is one of my favourite times of the year (I think inside, I’m actually still about 6 and three quarters!) – but the gloss and exaggerated schmaltz of the period can certainly become tiresome very quickly.
Now I don’t want to belittle the sickly saccharine taste of holiday romantic comedies (Love Actually is a classic), the formulaic overcoming »
- Stuart Cummins
Earlier this year it was reported that Bruce Willis and Fox were going to make a fifth Die Hard film. Let's face it, John McClane is one unlucky bastard. Latino Review got word that Die Hard 5 will shoot in Puerto Rico in 2011.
The news comes from a Puerto Rico newspaper called Primera Hora which has a quote from "Gustavo Rivera Aparicio, who's credited as general manager of 20th Century Fox offices in PR, confirming that Die Hard 5 will film in Puerto Rico in 2011. The announcement was made jointly with the Puerto Rico Film Commission." The article goes on to say that the movie will also shoot in L.A., New York and Vancouver.
After our inspired list of Die Hard sequel ideas, it’s clear that Fox is passing on all of them (including, somehow, Die Hard: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire) in favor of filming something with a bit more Latin flavor. In other news, Bruce Willis wasn’t joking about another Die Hard movie. The fifth in the series will reportedly film in 2011 in Puerto Rico, down South America way. It follows Bad Boys II and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights in the grand tradition of filming there, although there’s no word on the plot yet. Plus, it’s also filming in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver (which I’m told is also somewhere down South America way, but I can’t find it on the map). [Latino Review] »
- Cole Abaius
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Yippee kai yay, mother … well, you get the idea.
A fifth “Die Hard” film has been rumored for some time now, with Bruce Willis going so far as to admit during interviews for “Red” that he’s excited about jumping back into the role of super-cop John McClane for what should be the final installment in the action franchise. After eliminating “exceptional” thieves, military conspirators, revenge-seeking thugs, and cyber-terrorists, Willis has suggested that the next “Die Hard” would have to step up its game and take the threat to a global level. Because McClane has saved buildings, airports and cities. The evolution of the game has to put the planet at stake, right?
Well, a story breaking today at Latino Review suggests that they’ll be filming “Die Hard 5” in an exotic international locale, at the very least.
The Puerto Rican newspaper Primera »
- Sean O'Connell
With every favorites list – be it book, TV, or film – comes a bit of controversy. Several titles make the list that many feel shouldn’t have, while others are excluded that probably deserved mention. Last week we posted our Top 10 Christmas films, which more or less covered the films we felt reflected the spirit of the holidays. Due to the popularity (or lack thereof) of that list, we decided to put together an alternate Holiday Films collection without the constraints imposed upon the original list. In this instance we were free to include any and all films that took place within the holiday, whether they exuded a radiance of yuletide spirit or not. So, without further ado, hit the jump for Collider’s Alternate List of Christmas Films.
Nothing captures the spirit of the holidays quite like John McClane. The man doesn’t sing carols, »
- Jeff Ames
Lithe dancers who flit their arms and pirouette with such dreamy grace promptly go backstage, peel off their toenails and snap their tendons back into place. Such effortless beauty comes with a lot of pain and blood… and maybe a little something else in “Black Swan.”
Portman and Kunis did an intense amount of training for the film – and it probably won’t surprise you that both had ballet experience. They’re so delicate that they seem born to wear tutus and slippers.
But you might be surprised at who else in Hollywood started their dramatic careers in ballet. We’ve compiled a list of those actors and actresses who have been en pointe, abandoned the barre for time travel, machine guns, martial arts, and Johnny Depp. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Despite the fact that ‘tis the season to be jolly, getting the most out of the festive period is no joke. And when it comes to Christmas films, you can’t mess about.
There’s a great many films that are essential viewing over the Christmas period, and it’s important to stick with a tight schedule if you want to get them all done. It takes years of practice to perfect the Christmas movie routine, and this guide should help to guide you in the right direction. This is serious business.
First and foremost, it’s important to get the festive films done in the right order. You can’t just charge in there with Gremlins straight off. Oh no. You need to earn it, to work at it. After all, if you blow your load with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation early on, what’s left come Christmas Eve? »
- Tom Fordy
If you missed Sarah Walker kicking some major ass to save her beloved Chuck last week, check out my recap here.
This week's episode begins in Moscow. With the strains of a Russian anthem playing, Chuck's mother, Mary Elizabeth (aka Agent Frost), enters. Alexi Volkoff informs her that he has learned that Agent Carmichael is still alive. Mary is just as surprised as he is (though it was she who let Chuck and Sarah escape). Volkoff blames himself for underestimating the spies. He hands Mary a folder with the biographies of his top three North America-based assassins: these men will make sure Chuck is dead this time.
Chuck and Morgan wrap their hands in preparation for a bit of sparring. Chuck warns Morgan that he's had his Chuck Fu for six months, so he's a bit more practiced. Morgan reminds him that he is now "Chuck Unplugged" and he »
- Michael Salerno
I love it when a plan comes together – especially one that involves a rollicking good explosion. And in this day and age, the big bang has become an integral part of blockbuster movies. What summer is complete without a few mighty explosions to shake us off our cinema seats? It’s become such a staple that the big name directors have to deliver some bang for our buck – the likes of Michael Bay would be out of a job if it wasn’t for the movie explosion. With the all-action spectacle The A-Team about to hit the DVD shelves, now is an appropriate time to look back at the ten best explosions in movie history…
10. Speed (1994)
- Tom Fordy
British actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen may not be immediately familiar to filmgoers but with his starring role alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton in the aptly titled Faster he is sure to leave a lasting impression on audiences in the Us. The star, whose looks are reminiscent of the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Pattinson, will surely attract legions of fans over the next few years. We were able to chat with the actor who is in La during a break from shooting his next film in Serbia and he opens up about his breakthrough role, his favorite action films and, of course, his stylish clothes in Faster!
The Film Stage: Can you tell us a little bit about your character in Faster, they don’t really reveal too much in the trailer other than that you and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are each other’s nemesis? »
- John Luchetti
London, Nov 24 – Hollywood star Bruce Willis has been chosen to front a new advertising campaign for a Russian bank.
Posters of Willis have already appeared on the streets. »
Hollywood star Bruce Willis has become the unlikely face of a top Russian bank.
In a statement, Trust Bank bosses claimed Willis was chosen to front their latest campaign because he reflected the company's values of "trust and dignity".
He features in the posters with the slogan, "Trust is just like me, but a bank."
Willis, 55, also recently became the spokesman for Polish vodka brand Sobieski. »
Part II: The Producers Take Back The Reins
By the late 1970s, the tremendous creative license the major studios under a new generation of production chiefs had granted the young tyros of the 1960s – Coppola, Scorsese, et al – had expired as each managed to deliver at least one, major, back-breaking flop. For Scorsese, it had been the grim musical New York, New York (1977, $13.8 million U.S. vs. a budget of $14 million); Peter Bogdanovich turned out a streak of losers including period piece Daisy Miller (1974), comedy Nickelodeon (1976), and another disastrous musical, At Long Last Love (1975, $1.5 million U.S./$6 million cost); after the back-to-back hits of The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin delivered Sorcerer (1977, $6 million U.S. against a crushing $22 million cost); and Francis Coppola, after a string of commercial and/or critical home runs including The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979), turned out One from the Heart »
- Bill Mesce
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