8 items from 2014
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. »
Screenwriter Graham Yost, now the showrunner of FX’s Justified, admits that the plot of Speed sounds ridiculous: A bomb on a bus will detonate if the bus travels below 50 mph. But when the movie was released June 10, 1994, a funny thing happened: It became a hit with moviegoers and critics alike. To quote EW’s grade-a review: “The film takes off from formula elements – it’s yet another variation on Die Hard – but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that »
- Mandi Bierly
A very strange thing happened to NBC this year: for the first time in a decade — a period during which it has mostly been a laughingstock — it will finish a season in first place among the adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers care about most. Ordinarily, a network that wins a season can play things conservatively for the next year, but NBC's success isn't entirely replicable. Yes, the network's buoyed by regular, season-long programming like "The Voice" and hit freshman drama "The Blacklist," but a lot of credit for that win comes from "Sunday Night Football," which always goes away in January (leaving the network's ratings on that night a shambles), and some from the Winter Olympics, which won't be back for another four years. So the schedule that NBC announced for next season seems on the one hand a fairly stable one. "The Blacklist," for instance, will stay in a »
- Alan Sepinwall
When I announced that The Film Experience would be the new home of the long departed series Stinky Lulu's Smackdown last summer I figured you would be thrilled. It's our kind of party. I promised Stinky we'd do at least six smackdowns if we brought it back. With four battles already behind us -- pie throwing 1952, shady and sinister 1968, warm and kooky 1980, and troubled histrionic 2003-- let's wrap it up with four more.
Rather than announce at the end of each month, I figured we'd give you all four lineups in case you'd like more time to catch up over the hot months and cast your votes in the reader polling that accompanies each battle. Those votes count toward the final outcome, so more of you should join in.
These annums were chosen after comment reading, dvd searching, handwringing, and also to rope in prospective panelists (to be announced later »
- NATHANIEL R
The tomboyish daughter of movie stars, Martha Plimpton never got the pretty-girl parts. But by 15, she was in The Goonies and dating River Phoenix. The actor talks to Ryan Gilbey about her looks, stage fright – and growing up with the cast of Hair
Martha Plimpton steps out into the street for an early-evening smoke and is immediately pounced upon by two middle-aged men in windcheaters. "Ooh," says the stage-door manager at the Old Vic, sucking his teeth. "She walked straight into that one." We watch the autograph-hunters retreat with their signed glossies while Plimpton becomes absorbed in her mobile phone.
"It comes with the territory," she says, after climbing the stairs back to the rehearsal room. Her voice has a Marge Simpson huskiness to it, with a New Yorker's seen-it-all fatigue. Plimpton has not, all things considered, had to put up with too much intrusion, though, apart from the abusive »
- Ryan Gilbey
Bless Rick Moranis. The prolific comedian-actor had an incredible run in the 80.s, moving from Sctv to Ghostbusters, moving on to Walter Hill.s Streets Of Fire, Little Shop Of Horrors, Spaceballs, Parenthood and even his own franchise, Honey I Shrunk The Kids. Ultimately, the roles dried up and Moranis was demeaning himself in a series of sidekick and wimp roles. And ultimately, six years after his wife.s passing, Rick Moranis fled filmmaking entirely, leaving behind an unimpeachable legacy. While Rick Moranis has popped up sporadically in film and television, he.s mostly stayed home with his kids, enjoying life as a single father. He recently stopped by the podcast Bullseye with Jessie Thorn, and Uproxx collected the most notable portions. And his reasons from avoiding the limelight seem modest, respectable, believable. "Stuff happens to people everyday, and they make adjustments to their lives for all kinds of reasons. »
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I have a pleather attaché... Early in "Weight," Ava tells a visiting Boyd that she sees no end in sight to her ever-worsening miseries. While I doubt this was intended as a meta comment about the prison storyline — or the Crowe family troubles, or any of this season's other weak spots — it unfortunately played out that way. And the thing is, "Weight" really didn't do anything to improve the many problematic areas of season 5 — other than killing off Danny Crowe, in one of the season's best (and, not coincidentally, most Elmore Leonard-esque) scenes — but the parts around the parts that aren't working were kind of terrific. I still don't care about the status of Boyd's heroin shipment, about Ava's struggle to open up a new drug pipeline into the prison, or about the petty squabbles and stupid loyalties of the Crowe clan. »
- Alan Sepinwall
There's a four-year hole on the actor's IMDb page after Walk The Line. But rather than playing games, he's given himself the freedom to make more interesting movies
Around halfway through I'm Still Here, the 2010 documentary chronicling Joaquin Phoenix's short-lived rap career and apparent retirement from acting, he undertakes a shambolic press junket, snapping when a journalist asks if it's all a hoax. "It's hard not to get offended, because you're talking about my life," barks Phoenix. "As if my life's a fuckin' joke to you."
It's moderately disconcerting, having recently watched that sequence, to be here in a hotel suite with Phoenix, another journalist talking about his life. When I enter the room, though, he's standing. His hair long from filming Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, he's seemingly ego-free, loose and engaged, joking around from the off. Throughout the interview there's never a sense that he's humouring me, »
- Alex Godfrey
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