7 items from 2017
News flash! Time passes!
When I was a child, I was mesmerized by the very concept of time. How was it discovered? Why are units of time, like minutes and hours and days, all measured in multiples of 6? What was there before time? Could time ever end? If so, what would replace it? Eventually, these thoughts made me throw up, and I would have to make myself think about other stuff.
But here’s the thing: Time happens. Whether you think about it or not.
I am reminded of this when I look at the list of contributors to Mine! A Comics Collection to Benefit Planned Parenthood. In addition to talents like Neil Gaiman and Jill Thompson, there are a bunch of people whom I know personally on the list but there are also a whole lot I don’t know.
For example, there’s Gabby Rivera. And Tee Franklin. »
- Martha Thomases
June (the big wedding month) is soooo three months ago, and February (home of That holiday) is nearly half a year away, but the new indie comedy for the first of September looks at romance and marriage. Now, this isn’t a sweet “rom-com” all about the bloom of “new love” and the rocky, but ultimately smooth road to the altar. No, this basically concerns three couples who have made that committment (one hasn’t got the certificate, but they’ve got a child), but they’ve hit a bump (actually one is moments from careening off the highway). You could say that the last tier of the wedding cake is in the fridge, the foil is frayed, and freezer burn is imminent. Though somehow there are still lots of laugh at this look at relationships whose title harkens back to the big event, I Do…Until I Don”T. »
- Jim Batts
Simon Brew Aug 8, 2017
1991's City Slickers was an Oscar-winning comedy success. It was not without behind the scenes challenges...
Spoilers for City Slickers lie ahead.
Sandwiched between the two big tentpole blockbuster hits of summer 1991 was a genuine sleeper surprise. Whilst it had long been pre-ordained that the Arnold Schwarzenegger-headlined Terminator 2: Judgment Day would rule the summer season with the Kevin Costner-starring Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, what few saw coming was a film called City Slickers.
It came from the pen of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, the comedy-writing team who scripted 1989’s brilliant Parenthood. They co-write the film with Billy Crystal (who didn’t receive credit), who also conceived the idea for the film. And as with most unlikely successes, it had a bit of a history to it.
Crystal came to the idea in the aftermath of his success in When Harry Met Sally, »
What movie fan doesn't miss Rick Moranis? The star of such favorites as Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, Parenthood, My Blue Heaven and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise has been absent from the screen since the 1997 direct-to-video sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. He was last heard in the 2006 direct-to-video animated movie Brother Bear 2. While he hasn't exactly been retired completely (he's been putting out music albums as recent as 2013), he has been laying low in the decades since his wife's death from breast cancer in 1991. He's claimed he's mostly just been picky. That was his reason for not participating in last year's Ghostbusters remake, which...
- Christopher Campbell
Rick Moranis was one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood playing roles that emulated goofy, lovable, sweet characters that you couldn’t help but love. Whether it was Ghostbusters, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Strange Brew or Parenthood, you’d be hard pressed to find a character in Moranis’s career that wasn’t 100% likeable. Unfortunately for Hollywood and all of us Moranis fans out there, Rick retired from acting. Moranis opened up about it and said (you can read the entire interview at Uproxx): “Stuff happens to people everyday, and they make adjustments to their lives for all kinds of reasons.
Best News of the Day: Rick Moranis to Return to Acting »
- Nat Berman
On this day in history as it relates to showbiz!
⇱ 1946 Hayley Mills born in London. She becomes the very last winner of the special "juvenile Oscar winner" for Pollyanna (1960) and chases it with the classic twin comedy The Parent Trap (1961). Did you know she was Tfe's favorite classic child star? Now you do.
1947 James Woods born in Vernal, Utah
1953 Rick Moranis born in Toronto. Today's movie fans probably don't know this but in '89 he starred in 3 consecutive $100 million grossers in one single summer (Ghostbusters II, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood) and it was a very big deal because back then the same people weren't in every movie. Tfe's theory »
- NATHANIEL R
The appeal of Keanu Reeves – philosopher, lover, martial artist, musician, motorcycle enthusiast, movie star – is that he carries himself lightly, even in the movies that require him to turn from "cool breeze" (the Hawaiian translation of his first name, for those of you playing at home) to howling tempest. He's the type of guy who's had to deny being Buddhist, even though he's played the Buddha onscreen – because it's just widely assumed that he would swing that way religiously. ("I haven't take refuge in the dharma," he has assured us. »
7 items from 2017
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