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From legendary director John McTiernan, Nomads will arrive on Blu-ray on August 18th. The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein Blu-ray, as well as details on a screening of Pernicious at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, are also showcased in this round-up.
Nomads: Press Release: "If you’ve never been frightened by anything, you’ll be frightened by this! Scream Factory presents Nomads, the chilling tale of supernatural evil, in its Blu-ray debut on August 18, 2015, complete with new bonus feature interviews.
Lesley-Anne Down (Sphinx, Death Wish V) and Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, The November Man) is top-notch in "the most stylish supernatural-themed chiller... since Carrie" (Variety)! Also starring Adam Ant (Slam Dance), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000) and Frank Doubleday (Escape from New York) and written and directed by John McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October).
They creep. They kill... and no one knows who they are or where they came from. »
- Tamika Jones
Actor Rick Ducommun has died at the age of 62.
His brother Peter Ducommun said that he died on June 12 at a Vancouver hospital from complications due to diabetes.
Following his role of Art Weingartner in The 'Burbs, Ducommun continued his stand-up comedy career and appeared in several films.
"He was funny, talented and creative," said Peter Ducommun. "I think what people admired most was his stand-up.
"He was a comedian's comedian. Anyone who had the opportunity to see him live, loved his material." »
Rick Ducommun, a Canadian actor who appeared in many popular comedies in the ’80s and ’90s, has died. He was 62.
Rip Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015
Ducommun’s Twitter also posted the news.
1989’s “The ‘Burbs” was one of Ducommun’s most notable appearances, playing Tom Hanks’ noisy, paranoid neighbor. The comedian also had small roles in “Groundhog Day,” “Little Monsters,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Last Action Hero” and “Scary Movie,” in which he played Anna Faris’ character’s father.
Dante posted several tweets honoring the late actor, noting that Ducommun, a relatively unknown stand-up comic at the time, beat out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to take the memorable role in “The ‘Burbs, »
- Alex Stedman
Canadian character actor Rick Ducommun, who starred in a wide range of beloved films throughout the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 62.
Ducommun had his breakout role in 1989's "The 'Burbs" opposite Tom Hanks, and director Joe Dante tweeted out his condolences on Thursday. Dante said that the late actor was a virtually unknown stand-up comic when he auditioned for the dark comedy, but "knocked it out of the park," beating out more established stars like Rick Moranis for the part.
"Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad libbed," Dante wrote, adding that Ducommun was "A very funny guy" who was "Too young to go."
In addition to that cult classic, Ducommun also had small roles in many movies including "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (another collaboration with Dante), Bill Murray classic "Groundhog Day," "Die Hard," "Little Monsters," "The Hunt for Red October," "The Last Boy Scout, »
- Katie Roberts
Jurassic World is shattering box office records across the globe, but what happened to the stars of the movie that kick-started it all? Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was flawlessly cast, mixing well-known stars and fresh faces in a perfect blockbuster thrill-ride.
A one-time contender to play James Bond, Neill's early credits include espionage series Reilly: Ace of Spies, Dead Calm and The Hunt for Red October. In the years after Jurassic Park he notched up roles in Event Horizon, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. Neill »
Note: 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' screens this Sunday, June 21, as the closing night film at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City. In this installment of Shadow And Act's Frame By Frame series, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Laurens Grant, who produced 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," discusses the process of research, cold calls, and funding for historical documentaries. For info on tickets for this Sunday's screening of visit: http://www.ifccenter.com/films/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution/. The Hunt for Red October / The Hunt for Archives Working with archival documentaries often feels »
- Laurens Grant
Director John McTiernan at La Cinémathèque Française's masterclass.Last autumn, my friend and colleague, Christopher Small, and I took the vacation of a lifetime to Paris. Did we go to eat macarons, drink wine and sneak a peek at the Mona Lisa? No, no we didn’t. We went to Paris to watch movies. Movies? Yes, movies. Did we go to Paris to watch the latest Godard, visit the site of the first cinema screening or drink beer with friendly Parisians until 4 in the morning? No, but we did anyway. What Christopher and I went to Paris to do was to watch John McTiernan’s movies on glorious 35mm at the Cinémathèque Française. To understand how special this trip was, I should probably provide a bit of background information: my husband, Jake Barningham, and his best friend, Daniel Gorman, started Mission:McTiernan back in 2010. They were right there with Notebook alum »
- Sara Freeman
"Sense8" is a show that could only exist on Netflix (or another streaming service like it), because no human would have the patience to watch it weekly. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Among its originals, Netflix has some great shows ("Orange Is the New Black" and "BoJack Horseman," to name two) and some lesser ones, but good or bad, the Netflix series only occasionally seem made with the Netflix distribution model in mind. Though they have serialized elements, most of them are structured in the exact same way as their counterparts that air in a traditional pattern on cable or broadcast TV. (Ditto most of Amazon's originals.) Previous attempts to design shows explicitly for the streaming/binge world — like Mitch Hurwitz's aborted plan to make "Arrested Development" season 4 viewable in any order — haven't worked out, and I'm still waiting for someone to find a way to explicitly »
- Alan Sepinwall
The hallmark of a great character actor is familiarity even if you don.t know their name. Scott Glenn is one of those actors you recognize when you see him even if the name doesn.t ring a bell. Having appeared in over sixty films including Apocalypse Now, The Right Stuff, The Hunt For Red October, Backdraft, The Silence Of The Lambs, and The Bourne Ultimatum, the 74-year-old actor has a resume that Hollywood actors dream about. In the last couple of years, Glenn has made the segue to the »
- Alex Maidy
Scott Glenn has spent 35-plus years playing the toughest of tough men. Since his breakthrough performance as John Travolta's rival in "Urban Cowboy," he's played astronauts ("The Right Stuff"), cowboys ("Silverado"), vengeful bodyguards (the original "Man on Fire"), submarine commanders ("The Hunt For Red October") and FBI agents ("The Silence of the Lambs"), among other jobs, always looking lean, weathered, and alert of everything around him. With rare exceptions — a "Monk" two-parter years ago, a handful of TV movies — he's played all these roles on the big screen. His career started in television (his first two screen credits were minor guest spots on "The Patty Duke Show"), but unlike many of his contemporaries, Glenn never tried to take a regular TV job as he got older. Then last year, he agreed — with some reluctance — to play Kevin Garvey Sr., the possibly-crazy, possibly-psychic father of Justin Theroux's cop hero of HBO's "The Leftovers, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
When a DVD gets a reissue, its distributor tends to change the artwork. Er, not always for the better...
Movie studios love having large catalogues of older movies. They guarantee a revenue stream after all, through TV sales, streaming services, and the occasional repackaging of a DVD and/or Blu-ray edition.
But new packaging means new artwork, and a star who was hot when the film first came around may have faded since. Plus, audience trends change. Plus, there's the added bonus of luring people to buy two copies. Marvellous!
Most of the time, artwork updates go without a hitch. But in recent times, particularly with 90s movies we've noticed, some of the updates, er, 'dumb things down' slightly. Most of these exhibits are from the UK, we should note. If we broadened it more than we had into the Us - which we may do in a future piece »
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of director John McTiernan‘s release from jail after being convicted of lying to the FBI in a case involving wiretapping and a disgraced private investigator. He hasn’t made a film since 2003’s rough-to-watch Basic, but he has some great ones on his resume including Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, The Thomas Crowne Affair and… 1987’s Predator. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a mercenary tasked with leading a team into the jungle on a mission only to be interrupted by an alien presence. It remains a ton of old-school action fun nearly three decades later, and while four sequels/spinoffs/reboots have come and gone the original is still the best remembered. McTiernan recorded a commentary track for a special edition DVD release several years ago, and we gave it a listen to celebrate the anniversary of his freedom from the hoosegow. Keep »
- Rob Hunter
Of all the tech categories, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing may be the toughest to predict, not least of all because many have trouble distinguishing between the two. For this, let's focus on Sound Editing, which is the selection and assembling of the various recorded tracks – dialogue, effects, and music – before the final mix occurs. The Motion Picture Sound Editors honored "Unbroken" (for Dialogue and Adr), "American Sniper" (Sound Effects and Foley) and "Birdman" (Music), and since 1987, when Mpse first started giving out their Golden Reel Awards, at least one of their winners has repeated at the Academy 16 times: -Break- 1988: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (Dialogue and Adr) 1990: "The Hunt for Red October" (Dialogue and Adr; tied with "Total Recall") 1993: "Jurassic Park" (Sound Effects and Foley) 1994: "Speed" (Sound Effects and Foley) 1995: "Braveheart" ...' »
Walking spoiler Sean Bean has bitten the dust in film and television more than any other actor. But how well do you know his big-screen demises?
With Bean starring in this week's Jupiter Ascending, the film is naturally going to be loaded with tension over whether he makes it to the end credits in one piece. With that in mind, we've assembled a Sean Bean Death Quiz to test your knowledge on the many downfalls of Sheffield's favourite son.
1. Which on-screen death has Sean previously claimed is his favourite?
A) Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Correct! "It was a good, slow, heroic death," Bean told Digital Spy in a 2012 interview. Watch the entire 'Death Reel' chat below:
2. What were the final words of Sean's Bond villain Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye? »
Chicago – I’m on board with Jude Law leading a film and neutral about submarine movies as a genre. My primary pre-screening interest in the quietly marketed thriller “Black Sea” was what Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald would do with this material following his hit with the hard-hitting drama “The Last King of Scotland”.
As it turns out, Jude Law as a desperate, angry and greedy skipper is not nearly as impactful as Forest Whitaker’s brutal Ugandan dictator. And “Black Sea,” which dives down to oceanic hull break point, isn’t propelled by nearly as deep of a story as the Oscar-winning Whitaker film.
As for standing the test of time, “Black Sea” won’t. The film will not appear on favorite submarine film lists in the company of greats including “The Hunt for Red October,” “Crimson Tide,” “U-571,” “K-19: The Widow Maker,” “The Abyss” and “20,000 Leagues Under »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Note: Shadow And Act's Frame By Frame series continues with Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Laurens Grant, who produced the upcoming Sundance documentary 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.' Here, she discusses the process of research, cold calls, and funding for historical documentaries. Find Part 1 of Grant's article Here. The Hunt for Red October / The Hunt for Archives Working with archival documentaries often feels like searching for a needle in a haystack. I hear countless stories of how local news stations threw out film footage because there were no funds to preserve it or retain an archivist. Or how local libraries don’t have the funds to preserve »
- Laurens Grant
Black Sea stars Jude Law as Robinson, a submarine captain who, as the movie starts, is laid off from his job at a salvage company and ends up commiserating with his former workers who haven’t been employed in ages. In desperation, Robinson resorts to working with a shadowy backer who informs him there is a German submarine at the bottom of the Black Sea which is said to be loaded with gold.
Along with his friends, Robinson pilots a weathered submarine into that territory with the hope of a big pay day for everybody. But, as they get closer to their destination, one begins to wonder if they’ll fall victim to the crushing depths of the ocean or to their own increasing greed before they’re able to get their hands on the treasure.
Director Kevin Macdonald is as familiar as anyone with the great submarine movies of the past, »
- Ben Kenber
Take a bunch of grizzled character actors and stick them in a metal tube under the ocean, add some depth charges and torpedoes and the like, and drama is bound to result. From "The Enemy Below" and "Run Silent, Run Deep" to "The Hunt For Red October" and "Crimson Tide" by way of "Das Boot," the submarine thriller sub-genre has been a popular one for decades. But in recent years, it has run aground, without a major new film in the genre since Kathryn Bigelow's misfire "K-19: The Widowmaker" over a decade ago. Kevin Macdonald is hoping to change that. The Oscar-winning documentarian-turned-features-director is coming off a few disappointments ("State Of Play," "The Eagle," "Marley"), plus his last film "How I Live Now," which was pretty good, but which literally no one saw. Now he's heading under the waves for "Black Sea," a below-the-water thriller that hopes to reinvigorate. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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