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Kevin Smith's Cop Out (formerly A Couple of Dicks) has its first trailer online at Apple -- and if you knew absolutely nothing about it, you might find it only mildly amusing. Don't get me wrong, it's funny! But other than a few scenes of wit and a few glimpses of guns, there's nothing that would suggest that it's throwback to the 1980s, or this generation's Road House. It's really cut to look like Generic Cop Comedy, heavy on the Tracy Morgan shenanigans, low on plot, and free of any Kevin Smith. Smith's name isn't even on the trailer, which I suppose isn't too surprising (I mean, Iron Man doesn't exactly slap Jon Favreau on its trailers either), but it suggests the studio doesn't want to alienate those who associate Smith with dick jokes and controversy.
Still, there's glimpses of truly funny stuff here. I love the "I was in the moment! »
- Elisabeth Rappe
It's as much of an annual tradition as turkey, football, and awkward family dynamics -- the Thanksgiving weekend TV marathon. With Thursday and Friday behind you, why not head to the fridge, get some leftovers, and settle in to that nice groove in the sofa. And look, we've already done the hard part for you. Here's our guide to the best marathon programming for Saturday, Nov. 28. *After two days of stuffing and mashed potatoes, nothing fits, right? Well, feel better about yourself by tuning in to Tlc's What Not to Wear marathon? Sure, those pants may be a little snug »
- Chris Nashawaty
The episode, "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag," began with Peter's obsession with the movie Round House (the episode was also dedicated to Patrick Swayze) and somehow led to Brian dating a fifty year old woman.
Along the way Brian proposed, cheated, and got dumped all within one hilarious half hour. Relive some of the better moments with our Family Guy quotes from the episode:
Peter: Oh my god, Road House. I want to buy this
Peter: No thank you
Clerk: No charge
Peter: I do not want it
Clerk: But it's free, sir
Peter: If that DVD even touches Road House, I will kill »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (The Barnacle)
Patrick Swayze was a charming cinematic rogue who starred as Sam Wheat in the romantic fantasy Ghost (1990). He portrayed the murdered lover of Demi Moore, who was able to communicate with his wife through a psychic, played by Whoopi Goldberg in an Oscar-winning performance.
Swayze was born in Houston, Texas, on April 18, 1952. His mother was choreographer Patsy Swayze, and Patrick trained as a dancer in the early 1970s. He made his film debut in the roller-disco flick Skatetown, U.S.A. in 1979.
Swayze earned honorary membership in `the Brat Pack’ with his role as Rob Lowe and C. Thomas Howell’s older brother in the 1983 film The Outsiders. He starred as Jed Eckert, leader of the Wolverines, the young freedom fighters who battled Soviet invaders in John Milius’ 1984 Cold War classic Red Dawn.
- Harris Lentz
The Patrick Swayze film "Black Dog" is currently available on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Released on Sept. 22, the 1998 action film, co-starring country music star Randy Travis and rock singer Meat Loaf, focuses on a longtime trucker who finds himself in dire straits and in need of cash.
Swayze plays ex-convict Jack Crews, who turns the highway into a war zone with his partner (Travis) as they struggle to escape from a psychotic rival (Meat Loaf) while delivering their final haul. The stakes get higher and higher as Jack's family is taken hostage and federal agents get thrown into the mix. The PG-13 film also features performances by Gabriel Casseus, Charles S. Dutton and Stephen Tobolowsky and is directed by actor Kevin Hooks. Hooks's directorial filmography includes the Wesley Snipes action movie "Passenger 57," the Laurence Fishburne/Stephen Baldwin vehicle "Fled," and episodes of both the Fox crime drama »
Gregg Araki is detonating his next picture.
The writer-director ("The Doom Generation") has cast Roxane Mesquida, Thomas Dekker, Kelly Lynch and Haley Bennett in "Kaboom," which follows the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Araki is shooting the indie feature now.
Dekker, repped by Icm and the Schiff Co., starred in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and recently appeared in the feature "My Sister's Keeper." He next appears in the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," releasing in April.
Bennett, repped by Wme and the Schiff Co. »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Patrick Swayze: 1952-2009
All films buffs have guilty pleasures. You know, those movies that high-minded cineastes love to turn their noses up at, especially critics for The New York Times, people with MFAs in some sort of film-related field, or just plain snobs who refuse to acknowledge anything released on celluloid that doesn’t have English subtitles and at least one reference to death, either as a character or a metaphor (and oftentimes both). Patrick Swayze was the undisputed King of the Guilty Pleasure. From his screen debut in Skatetown, USA in 1979, to his final appearance on television’s "The Beast" as a take-no-prisoners cop, Swayze was an unapologetic good ol’ boy who happened to be a classically-trained dancer, student of martial arts and Eastern philosophy, and possessor of an Iq that was nothing to sneeze at. In fact, he closely resembled Dalton, his character in »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Though he was nominated for three golden Globes over the course of his 30-year career, Patrick Swayze measured his success by lives touched, not money made or awards won. “No matter what opinion Hollywood has of you,” Swayze once told Entertainment Weekly, “the fans never forget you if you never forget them.” On September 14, at the age of 57, Swayze died after an extraordinarily brave and dignified 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Swayze had initially responded well to treatment, and spent four months working 12-hour days on the A&E undercover drama The Beast while undergoing chemotherapy. He refused to take medication that might hinder what would become his final onscreen performance – even though the pain became intense. After he passed away, tributes have poured in from friends and colleagues. “Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace,” recalled his Dirty Dancing costar Jennifer Grey. The »
- EW staff
Encore celebrates the late Patrick Swayze (The Beast, Ghost, Road House) with three films on Saturday, September 19 beginning at 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. – City of Joy - Swayze plays a disenchanted American surgeon who arrives in Calcutta seeking enlightenment - instead he’s mugged and taken to a free clinic in the slums, where he finds a new purpose for his life. 6:15 p.m. – Youngblood - As young hockey hotshots, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze make an unbeatable team in a film that counterpoints a tender love story with thrilling, on-ice action. 8:10 p.m. – Point Break - An FBI agent goes undercover to [...] »
- Brian Corder
When I first heard the news that Patrick Swayze had passed away at age 57, my first two thoughts were as follows: Point Break (1991) and Donnie Darko (2001). Those were my two personal Patrick Swayze cult classics, the ones I own on DVD, the ones I can watch again, anytime. But the next thing I saw was a tribute on morning television, and the main clips came from Swayze's biggest hits, Dirty Dancing (1987) and Ghost (1990), two films I do not own on DVD and do not particularly care to see again. Then I looked him up and saw a cornucopia of other titles, ranging all over the map, including a bunch of stuff I had never heard of. There were two I reviewed as a critic, the awful Green Dragon (2001) and the very cool 11:14 (2003).
There was an early appearance, along with a handful of other rising stars in Francis Ford Coppola »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
In life, there are often enemies that one cannot prepare for, see, or fight against, even after you understand you’re in a battle not just to win, but to live.
This week, we revel in the life and career of Patrick Swayze, a fallen on and off-screen soldier, who took an imposed 4-month death sentence, and turned it into almost 2 years of life that sealed the deal on a legacy full of integrity, memorable roles and scenes that will continue to push the envelope of television and cinema for many years to come.
Swayze started his acting career 30 years ago in a little film called Skatetown U.S.A. - tearing up the hardwood with white ball-bearinged wheels, a black leather outfit and a belt ready to smackdown each and every opponent who dared cross his path. His final career crescendo, the A&E TV series The Beast, showcased »
- Mike Wilkerson
Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.
From "Road House" to "Point Break," there's no shortage of highly watchable Patrick Swayze films on display, but the actor's most poignant work -- particularly given recent events -- is undoubtedly "Ghost," the story of a man who had to die to learn about life.
- Josh Wigler
When I heard tonight that Patrick Swayze had died, losing his battle with cancer at 57, my mind leapt immediately to Ghost (1990). Before Demi Moore's famous tear even finished falling in that movie theater of the mind the image was cross dissolving with scenes from other movies. I kept returning to Point Break (1991) in which Swayze played an improbable combo of surfing guru and bank robber and from which I nabbed this blurred screen shot.
I found it difficult to find a frame where Swayze wasn't in motion. Which, if you stop to think of it, is more than fitting. Dancing was his lifelong passion and rather serendipitously he became a household name by teaching it to the world (Dirty Dancing, 1987). His most famous roles smartly capitalized on his physicality whether he was throwing punches (bad movie classic Road House) fighting wars (the miniseries North and South) girlishly rethinking that »
- NATHANIEL R
Several networks have announced plans for tributes to Patrick Swayze, who died Monday.
Spike TV will air the cult classic film "Road House" Saturday at 10 p.m.; and Hallmark Movie Channel HD will run showings of the 2004 miniseries "King Solomon's Mines" on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
On Monday, September 15th, 2009, that dancer of the dirty kind, Patrick Swayze, passed away. After a very memorable two-decade career and a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, we will no longer have a man bold enough to chase a 50-year storm, or chivalrous enough to stop people from putting Baby in a corner.
There’s no need to be sad, though. Swayze stared cancer down and kept on high-kicking until the very end. We also got to learn from the wisdom of the characters he played. You might not realize this, but Swayze left us with some life-lesson gems in his diverse array of movies.
Here are ten quotes you may want to take to heart...
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“If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. »
- Arya Ponto
It was a bittersweet bit of kismet last night as I saw the news that Patrick Swayze had passed away as I was perusing the Internet for material I could use in a possible review of Steel Dawn, (aka Post-Apocalyptic Road House) a film I had just recently re-discovered with much of the same glee and cheeky affection that so defined the Swayze canon for me. Indeed, I could say much of the Swayze oeuvre were guilty pleasures, but then again I feel no guilt at my unalloyed enjoyment of so much of his work. In looking back on his career, I'm struck by the fact more so than almost any contemporary actor, Swayze was defined by equal appeal to both the ladies and fellas. I don't know of any woman of my generation who doesn't know »
- Will Menaker
By Josef Adalian
Several networks are planning tributes to the late Patrick Swayze.
ABC Tuesday night will rebroadcast its Barbara Walters interview with the actor at 10.
A&E Wednesday will air “Bio Remembers: Patrick Swayze” at 10p.m. Est/Pst. In addition, the network will run four episodes of its Swayze-led drama "The Beast” from 2 -6 p.m. Est/Pst. Another episode will air at 11 p.m.
On Saturday, Spike will screen Swayze's 1989 movie "Road House" at 10 p.m. The telecast will include a short tribute to the »
From rebel Johnny Castle dancing his way into viewers' hearts in "Dirty Dancing," to bad-boy surfer Bodhi in "Point Break," Patrick Swayze's most memorable movie roles turned the actor into a Hollywood favorite.
Patrick Swayze's Most Memorable Movie Roles'Dirty Dancing'Patrick Swayze played the memorable role of Johnny Castle in the 1987 romance/drama “Dirty Dancing.” At the age of 35, Patrick became a sex symbol and solidified his career as an actor. »
Just because we all knew that his death was imminent, it didn't make it any less painful when Patrick Swayze finally lost his battle with pancreatic cancer yesterday at age 57. Today, you'll no doubt read a slew of tributes to the tough-but-tender Texan's 30-year career, ticking off his steely star turn in 1983's The Outsiders, the smoldering, Astaire-like grace he wielded on the dance floor in 1987's Dirty Dancing, and the heart-breaking longing from beyond that he brought to 1990's Ghost. And don't get me wrong, those are all great films. Any actor would love to have just one film resonate in the culture like any of those did. But to me his career was always more interesting than that trio of hit films suggested. If you dig a little deeper and look beyond the obvious, you'll find several more indelible moments (sometimes serious, sometimes self-deprecating, sometimes deliciously cheesy) that »
- Chris Nashawaty
From MTV.Com: It was one of those "Is that really him? Where's that guy been?" cameos. By the time Patrick Swayze popped up in 2001's cult time-travel mind-frack "Donnie Darko," he'd become something of a pop culture punch line: the dude with the half-pompadour, half-mullet hairdo who popped up every so often on TBS to argue sincerely that nobody puts Baby in a corner.
And then his "Darko" turn reminded us why we'd loved Swayze for so long, from his breakout role in the inaugural Brat Pack movie, "The Outsiders," to the badassery of "Road House" to "Point Break," which was so fantastic it should have spawned an entire copycat industry of undercover FBI/surfer-dude crime flicks. As Jim Cunningham in "Darko," Swayze stole every scene he was in as an impeccably coiffed motivational speaker who delivers his inane coinages — Anger Prisoner! Fear Instrument! — with equal parts unwavering certainty and goose-bump-inducing creepiness. »
- Eric Ditzian
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