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As The Expandables 3 arrives in the UK, Duncan meets Terry Crews for a chat about action, working with Sly and the sequel's PG-13 rating...
Now this doesn’t happen every day. I don’t mean having some face to face time with the lovely man mountain that is Terry Crews, but meeting someone who actually seemed to love The Expendables franchise even more than me. As the gang’s own Hale Caesar, Crews was able to blend his former NFL physique and combine it with his background in comedy acting to great effect, and it’s amazing that his action movie roles have been so few and far between on his CV, but he’s a man who clearly loves the genre and all its underappreciated virtues.
For those of you who have yet to see the hysterical Brooklyn Nine-Nine (the first season of which finished earlier this year) it comes highly recommended, »
“Twenty five years. Makes a girl think.” So said Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, and she was rarely wrong about anything, except maybe her taste in husbands. Cinematically, an awful lot can happen in 25 years and Hollywood as we know it today, emerged from seismic developments that took place a quarter of a century ago. 1989 was a game-changer; an absolutely pivotal year in the evolution of 21st century Hollywood. Chances are, whatever you watch at the multiplex this weekend will be genetically traceable to that dark, iPad-less, internetless, Jedwardless time. For those of us who are not going gentle into the dark night of their forties, the specific date of this Big Bang was August 11th 1989. That was the day that Batman finally opened in the UK.
I had never seen a line of people actually queuing around the block, except in vintage documentaries about Star Wars, but »
- Cai Ross
The ’90s was an interesting decade to say the least. Growing up, nothing was better to me, than sitting down to watch either a horror film or one of my favorite HBO programs, whether it be Tales From The Crypt or The Kids In The Hall, most of my nights were spent eating McDonald’s and being stuck to the TV. Once in a great while, HBO would premiere films exclusively on their channel, and sometimes those films would be just what I was looking for. Whether it be 1991′s Lovecraftian, Phillip Marlow meets Black Magic type of film Cast A Deadly Spell, or the subject of this A Look Back At article, the 1993 Werewolf Cop film Full Eclipse, HBO really did a hell of a job offering some fun programming.
- Jerry Smith
Director Anthony Hickox comes from a strong cinematic lineage. His father, Douglas Hickox was also a director (Zulu Dawn, Theatre of Blood) whilst his mother is critically lauded editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence of Arabia). A career in the film industry seemed destined, even if his start would require a lot of persistence and a lot of luck.
His debut film Waxwork almost didn’t see the light of day. Hickox met the producer, Staffan Ahrenherg when he crashed his car into the back of Ahrenberg’s. With barely a penny to his name, Hickox managed to persuade Ahrenberg to let him pay for the damage by letting him write a script for him on the cheap. Ahrenberg agreed, and Waxwork was written by Hickox in three days. The script was rejected from almost every studio, »
- Gary Collinson
Though this year’s breakout comedy hit Ride Along was almost entirely the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart show, Universal’s upcoming sequel, Ride Along 2, has been putting together a pretty terrific supporting cast over the past few weeks. First, we heard that 24: Live Another Day actor Benjamin Bratt had come aboard in an unspecified role. Next, Attack of the Show! host and geek goddess Olivia Munn joined the cast, taking on the role of a tough Miami homicide detective who becomes the object of Detective James Payton’s (Cube) affection. Now, we’ve learned that The Hangover and Community star Ken Jeong has hitched a ride on the comedy sequel.
Jeong will play “a cocky computer hacker who fancies himself a ladies man but is also important in solving the case that Cube and Hart are working on.” The part is described as similar to Joe Pesci »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back in the summer of 1989, Rick Moranis had three films in the Us top 20 - each going on to be a $100m+ hit....
On August 4th 1989, the film Parenthood opened at number one in the Us, taking $10.5m on its opening weekend. It knocked Turner & Hooch off the top spot down to second, with Lethal Weapon 2 rounding out the top three.
Parenthood is lots of things. It's a very strong comedy. It's a film that boasts one of the finest comedic ensembles brought together in one movie in the last 25 years. And it's a movie that's spun off two really quite different television series.
But if you look at that top 20 box office chart for the weekend of August 4th-6th 1989, then you might just notice a pretty impressive achievement on top of all of that. For one actor had three films in the top 20, at the same time. »
As an executive producer and writer on “Lost” and showrunner of “Bates Motel” and the upcoming FX series “The Strain,” Carlton Cuse knows how to keep a secret. But the two-time Emmy winner said that seeing his name alongside Army Archerd’s in the pages of Variety meant he wasn’t a secret any more.
What do you recall from that time in your life?
I started my career as a development executive. On the side, I was writing, honing my craft so that I could jump across the desk and be the person coming in and pitching projects rather than the person trying to develop them.
Did you learn a lot from reading scripts?
I learned what it meant to be a good writer and what it meant to write a script that would get made. It also inspired me to put in the hours honing my craft.
- Jenelle Riley
Chicago – “22 Jump Street” is a big budget Hollywood sequel that actively comments on the diminishing returns of sequels. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller know that for every “Lethal Weapon 2,” that manages to surpass the original, there are a dozen “Another 48 Hours”.
..that try and fail to give audiences an approximation of what they enjoyed before.
The original “21 Jump Street” succeeded because it wrapped its own crappy jokes in a cocoon of meta commentary and irony. If anything “22 Jump Street” takes that element to even more hyper self aware extremes, but it also risks becoming its own self fulfilling prophesy.
The plot sends the team of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill undercover in college to sniff out the supplier of a new drug after a young girl’s untimely death. The drug is called why-fy and it offers 4 hours of adderal-type laser focus followed by an acid trip. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With the holiday weekend about to begin, Amazon has updated their site with a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you see anything you like don't wait too long since prices are subject to change. Marvel Bundle (The Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men 3, X-Men First Class, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Daredevil, Elektra) [Blu-ray] (2014) - $64.99 (68% off) Moonrise Kingdom (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $9.99 (71% off) Fantastic Mr. Fox (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - $10.95 (56% off) 4 Film Favorites: Batman Collection (Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) [Blu-ray] (2013) - $12.96 (48% off) 4 Film Favorites: Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon 4 [Blu-ray] (2013) - $12.96 (48% off) Django Unchained (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy/UltraViolet) - $12.99 (68% off) Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection (Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Live Free or Die Hard / Decoding Die Hard) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (67% off) Boy Meets World: »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Comic relief characters are written to try and make us laugh. Some of them are better than others. Join us as we discuss some of the best and worst comic relief characters in film.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. We’ll even submit reviews of the films we discuss so that you can get a better idea of what we’re talking about. April is National Humor Month, and because of this we will honor comedy in film. What makes you laugh? Feel free to add your own comments or reviews of movies that tickle your funny bone.
Comic relief characters play an important part in film. They can be major characters or minor ones, but their purpose »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Voiceover artist Hal Douglas has died at the age of 89.
Douglas was known to millions around the world as the voice of numerous blockbuster movie trailers, narrating promos for films including Forrest Gump, Meet the Parents, Philadelphia and Lethal Weapon.
Douglas died on Friday (March 7) at his Virginia home as a result of complications from pancreatic cancer, his daughter Sarah told the New York Times.
Born in Connecticut in 1924, Douglas trained as a pilot and served in the navy during World War II. He then trained as an actor, starting his radio career in the 1950s before moving into voiceover work full-time.
Based in New York and later Virginia rather than Hollywood, he lent his distinctive voice to countless movie trailers, documentaries and promos for TV networks.
Douglas made a rare appearance on screen in a trailer for the Jerry Seinfeld documentary Comedian playing Jack, a voiceover artist who can only speak in trailer clichés, »
This year marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most important years in film. The year 1999 truly changed how movies are made and perceived. Twist endings, low-budget pseudo documentaries, classic book adaptations, darker-than-dark comedies, and that loathsome Jar Jar Binks character: 1999 had it all. Not since the summer of 1989 (Batman, Lethal Weapon 2, Ghostbusters 2, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) has a year been more fruitful and transformative at the box office.
Why, exactly, there was suddenly a surge in creativity in Tinseltown during this particular year remains a mystery. Maybe the hysteria of the coming Y2K “apocalypse,” which, as we now know, never materialised, panicked Hollywood executives, and they took risks green-lighting more daring and out-there scripts (just think of Being John Malkovich). Whatever the reason, their anxieties were the movie-loving world’s gain. It’s hard to believe, but all of these »
- Michael Perone
12 items from 2014
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