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Kevin McCallister is all grown up now. Macaulay Culkin celebrates his 34th birthday today (August 26), so what better time to take a trip down memory lane to find out what happened to the cast of Culkin's greatest work: Home Alone.
Digital Spy goes 'then & now' with the cast of the comedy classic below...
The biggest child star of the '90s, Culkin spent almost a decade away from screen acting following 1994's Ri¢hie Ri¢h. After a stint on London's West End in Madame Melville, he returned to TV and film in 2003 with roles in Will & Grace and Party Monster. His acting parts since have been sparse - a 2010 Robot Chicken Christmas special is his last (voice only) credit - but Culkin seems to have found his calling as the frontman of a Velvet Underground pizza-themed cover band.
A 2013 YouTube video titled simply 'Macaulay Culkin Eating a »
To support the release of Prisoner of War out on DVD and for download this week, we have a DVD copy to give away! Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
This dramatic war thriller follows soldier Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) from small town America to Iraq’s most infamous prison, Abu Ghraib, where he’s tasked with guarding the Army’s highest priority detainees. Pressured by his superior (Sean Astin) into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee (Omid Abtahi, Argo), the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threatens to break him. Also stars Sarah Paxton (Aquamarine), Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga) and John Heard (Home Alone).
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- Gary Collinson
Let's be honest, sequels rarely live up to their popular predecessors.
With a boatload of cash on the line, who can blame classics such as "Home Alone" and "Superman" for spawning perfunctory follow-ups? Still, that's no excuse for some obvious mistakes. While not every gaffe is cringe-worthy, the "High School Musical 2" goof is especially painful and really makes you wonder who wasn't paying attention.
Here are 13 "oops" moments from blockbuster sequels. As usual, all photos are courtesy of MovieMistakes. »
- Jonny Black
Maybe it’s because the anniversary fell on the weekend, but it’s shocking how few tributes there are to Uncle Buck turning 25. I know, it’s only John Hughes‘s second-highest-grossing movie as a director (out of eight), and only currently (according to Rotten Tomatoes) the ninth best-reviewed of his movies in any creative capacity (out of 31). I understand that it’s a fairly insignificant comedy without a lot of cultural or historical relevance. It’s just Mr. Mom (scripted by Hughes) without the social contexts of the recession and the rise of women in the workforce that makes that movie an important piece of American cinema. It’s a sitcom that didn’t even translate well to television. A saccharine family film that’s actually not that appropriate for children — and that’s after a cut was made to the theatrical version due to parent complaints (the drunk clown scene was apparently more profane). Uncle Buck »
- Christopher Campbell
For the third week of August, there are a handful of great horror and sci-fi titles being released this week on DVD and Blu-ray including Jim Jarmusch’s stunning vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Scream Factory’s high definition release of Leviathan and much more.
The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. »
- Heather Wixson
Directed by Sajid-Farhad
The canine-hero’s name in the list of actors in the credit titles comes first because that’s how Akshay Kumar wants it.
This film tells you to love animals. It’s a simple straightforward premise structured around a comical plot about a gold-digger wastrel whose father leaves his billions to his dog.
Canine apni mutthi mein!
Playing the predatory retriever with an evil glint in his eye and wicked smirk on his face Akshay Kumar has a ball in the film. He does a wickedly amiable mean act trying to poison, electrocute and drown the canine. Admittedly the characters on screen seem to enjoy themselves more than the audience.
Not that we don’t share their enjoyment.
For a large part of the narration Entertainment is fun to watch. The script is deftly and devilishly put together. »
- Subhash K Jha
This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O’Neil in Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” but she’s not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes, although she almost turned down the part. “When I first heard of it, I thought it was a horror film,” Hoag recalls on a recent telephone call with Variety. “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is such a strange name. I wasn’t into the comic books at all.”
Hoag, 22 at the time, was in the middle of shooting the Robin Williams comedy “Cadillac Man,” and her schedule prevented her from committing to “Ninja Turtles.” Then the producers were able to make it work, and Hoag had to fly from New York to Wilmington, North Carolina, on the weekends for production. “People would be wondering where I would racing off to on a Friday, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.
Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.
And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »
- Brian Welk
Yes, Peter Dinklage has a mullet, while brandishing a bazooka, on the Toronto movie set of "Pixels."
In case you need a pic of Peter Dinklage with a mullet and a giant bazooka in your life. pic.twitter.com/h0dOoOdh1b
- E! Online (@eonline) August 5, 2014
Peter Dinklage is a boss. pic.twitter.com/hEaLOXL7dI
- Mix FM Lebanon (@Mixfmlebanon) August 5, 2014
In the sci-fi action comedy, which co-stars Josh Gad, Adam Sandler and Kevin James, Gad ("Frozen") is a conspiracy theorist and Dinklage is a felon. They're paired up, along with Sandler, by the American president to solve a big problem. Did we mention that Kevin James will be playing the president?
- Chris Jancelewicz
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
How often do you rewatch films? New research carried out for the Sky Store has found that one in four people in the UK watch some films up to ten times, often because they've forgotten the plot or are struggling to unravel a complex story. The most popular films for watching again are as follows:-
The survey found that the average person watched at least one film 29 times in their lifetime, though it's not clear if this indicates love for a particular film or simply relates to how often it's on television. »
- Jennie Kermode
It's the bad-movie franchise that Twitter built. When Sharknado – the saga of a man, his chainsaw and a bunch of poorly CGI'd sharks flying through the air in L.A. – aired on Syfy last year, it became a surprise social-network sensation, racking up enough mentions to compete with the likes of Game of Thrones. Suddenly the Asylum, the production house known for direct-to-video knockoffs like Transmorphers and Syfy schlock like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, had a hit on its hands. The sequel, which debuted tonight, had an expensive NYC setting, »
An amiable feline-led romp perhaps best described as a cat o’ benign tales, Belgian crossover toon “The House of Magic” will perhaps prove most memorable as a marker of just how swiftly Euro animation houses are catching up with their Hollywood counterparts. Rendering in sleek 3D strokes the generic quest of an abandoned kitty to save his zany adoptive household from the clutches of a heartless real-estate agent, Ben Stassen and Jeremie Degruson’s film convincingly approximates the whizzy cartoon aesthetic and full-Crayola-box palette of a DreamWorks Animation escapade. If the script doesn’t quite have the smartass snap of U.S. studio fare, that shouldn’t hinder its global tiny-tot appeal. Already released in multiple European and Asian territories last Christmas, “Magic” opens in Blighty this week.
Co-helmer Stassen’s company nWave Pictures already has form when it comes to lightweight but technologically advanced kiddie fare: His debut feature, »
- Guy Lodge
Following the release of a comedy reunion between Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler earlier this summer in Blended, we're hoping the latter has something more enticing in store with his video game adventure Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). To hype the 2015 release, the first photo has arrived online showing Sandler along with Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage suited up like astronauts from Armageddon making a slow-motion hero's stroll through fog. Michelle Monaghan is there too, but the real star is Dinklage's ridiculously gross mullet. Look below! Here's our first look at Chris Columbus' Pixles from EW (via Film Divider): And for those interested, Columbia Pictures will be hosting an Electric Dreams Factory Arcade for all four days of Comic-Con in San Diego, in honor of the forthcoming film. Any interested games who are 13 or older and have a Comic-Con badge »
- Ethan Anderton
In the high-concept sci-fi action comedy Pixels, aliens misinterpret satellite feeds of classic arcade video games such as Space Invaders and Centipede as a declaration of war and launch an attack on earth using the same eight-bit characters and strategies.
In the Chris Columbus-directed film, the U.S. president (Kevin James) recruits his childhood friends to help save the country. Back in 1982, his three buddies were arcade prodigies, but cut to the present day: “They’re really three losers,” laughs Columbus. They’ve ended up a TV mechanic (Adam Sandler), a felon (Peter Dinklage), and a conspiracy theorist (Frozen’s Josh Gad). But, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Nadya Suleman, better known as Octomom, pleaded no contest in court Monday, where she faced welfare fraud and three other charges.
Ocotmom Pleads No Contest
Suleman, 39, took a plea deal, agreeing to plead no contest in order to avoid jail time, reported the Los Angeles Times. Instead, the mother of 14 will serve two years probation and perform 200 hours of community service, according to the Los Angeles Country district attorney’s office.
During the first half of 2013, Suleman received welfare payments while failing to note $30,000 in earnings – some of which came from her sex tape/masturbation video. “While applying for public aid, the mother of 14 children allegedly failed to disclose that she was also getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos,” read a statement by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey from earlier this year.
When Suleman appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now? special, she openly »
The Home Alone director had a string of successful projects during the 80s and early 90s directing classics such as Adventures In Babysitting and Mrs Doubtfire. Not much is known about the remake apart from it being set 30 years after the first film’s events. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are also confirmed as producers for the film.
If this is true, I am sure fans of the original are breathing a little sigh of relief for having Columbus back on board. But that is not the only Columbus rumour, it was earlier announced that a sequel to The Goonies is in the works. Richard Donner has been developing ideas for the follow up to the 1985 hit film with Steven Spielberg. Not much is known about the sequel »
- Lucinda Holt
Though filmmaker Chris Columbus may not be at the top of his game right now (hopefully his big screen version of Pixels will change that), back in the day, Columbus was responsible for some of the most revered movies of the 80s. The Home Alone director wrote the script for the original Gremlins back in 1984, and also the script for The Goonies back in 1985. Now if a rumor from The Tracking Board is to be believed, Columbus will go back to his roots by producing the new versions of both those films, which are each in some stage of development. While one is a sequel, the other will be a reboot. But which is which? Read on! Let's start with The Goonies. We had already heard earlier this year that director Richard Donner was developing a sequel to the childhood adventure favorite with Steven Spielberg, and pretty much all of »
- Ethan Anderton
Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.
A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »
Steve Pink's filmography has shades of the ridiculous. His directorial debut was the goofy Diy college comedy Accepted. His follow-up was the preposterously titled Hot Tub Time Machine. Then he took on a remake of the acerbic 1980s rom-com About Last Night. While their setups may have earned some initial sneers, each of these hysterical comedies was able to do solid work at the box office. And now Disney is getting in the Pink business, hiring him to helm their upcoming family adventure Overnight. THR has gotten word that Steve Pink has signed on to direct Overnight, which is being described as Home Alone set in an Fao Schwarz-esque toy store. My first thought on hearing this news was, "Wait, wasn't that the plot of Home Alone 2?" But while that much-loved sequel did involve a toy store (Duncan's Toy Chest to be precise), that setting was not where »
After his return as Ron Burgundy is last year’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Will Ferrell has been keeping himself busy with some new material. Earlier this year, he worked on his upcoming comedy Get Hard co-starring Kevin Hart (Ride Along) and Alison Brie (Community), as well as co-starring again with Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and James Marsden (X-Men) in Welcome To Me.
Now, it seems Ferrell has already lined up his next film over at Disney. Steve Pink (About Last Night, Hot Tub Time Machine) has been set to direct Overnight, which is being produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, and could be the next vehicle for the comedian. Variety has said that the plot is said to be like Home Alone but set in a toy store.
Unoriginal for sure, but anything with Ferrell gets our vote, and we await confirmation of the actor »
- Scott Davis
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