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Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." The press release adds that "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." International talent Say what you will about the Academy and their Oscar picks, »
- Anna Robinson
Comedy website Break.com signed a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures to bring about 30 films per month from the studio’s library to the free Break Movies streaming service, with “Top Gun,” “Total Recall” and “Paranormal Activity” among the initial titles available.
Break, owned by Lionsgate-backed digital media company Defy Media, launched the ad-supported movie service in January 2015. The Paramount pact adds to Break Movies’ lineup of more than 200 films from the Lionsgate library such as “Winter’s Bone” and “Devil’s Double,” as well as martial-arts films licensed from Crash Media.
Break.com will cycle titles from Paramount’s catalog each month, jointly selected by the companies, with each film to be available on the service for at least 30 days. Other movies initially available include “The Running Man” and “Bloodsport,” along with more recent theatrical releases such as “The Devil Inside” and “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.”
“The immediate »
- Todd Spangler
In an industry increasingly searching for low-risk profits, remakes and reboots have become a naggingly constant presence in modern Hollywood.
You only have to glance through our 2013 list of in-development remakes and reboots to see just how prevalent they've become - and these are all aside from the 142 movie sequels that are currently in the works.
So far, the much-loved Back To The Future series has managed to avoid the fate of such films as RoboCop, Total Recall or Big Trouble In Little China, to name but a few remakes that have either been filmed or are currently in the planning stages.
In 1995, Elizabeth Berkley was a young and fairly unknown actress who seemingly scored the role of a lifetime - that of the lead star in "Basic Instinct" and "Total Recall" director Paul Verhoeven's high-profile "Showgirls" film.
The erotic drama of course was a critical flop and box-office bomb, a very public one at the time with the actress being targeted with some harsh criticism alongside the project itself.
Yet the movie has not only survived, it has thrived. On home video, the film became one of MGM's top twenty all-time bestsellers and earned more than enough revenue to take the film well into profit. Critically it has also been revisited and become something of a cult classic.
This week, during a special screening of the movie in Los Angeles to celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Elizabeth Berkley made an appearance at the cinema and spoke to the crowd in a »
- Garth Franklin
Every now and again a movie trailer comes along that is all kinds of wrong for the movie it is trying to promote. This is a list of some of the worst head scratchers.
Just because a movie is good doesn’t necessarily mean that its trailer is as well. Many times the filmmakers responsible for the film itself don’t have much input (if any) into the trailer. When that happens, the trailer can end up misinterpreting the intent of the film. At other times, the trailer may try too hard to get audiences interested in the film, going so far as to show all the best parts from the film. This includes giving away the twists or the ending, such that people who may have watched the trailer before seeing the film already know how it ends. This is a look at some of the worst offenders, those »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and hilarious in this sketch on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The former SNL-er and the former governator link brains with a high tech futuristic device that could be straight out of Total Recall. The game is simple, "two brains working as one: the first brain providing the answer, the second brain revealing the question." The actors do it Jeopardy style, with Arnold as Alex Trebek. The 67-year-old actor starts out, "It's complicated." Jimmy Fallon answers/questions, "How does Rachel Dolezal describe her ethnicity on Facebook?" The bodybuilder recalls his political days, "Carly »
Arnold Schwarzenegger's getting extremely candid about his past mistakes. The "Terminator Genisys" star shared his biggest regrets while reflecting on his affair and divorce from longtime wife Maria Shriver during an interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday. "I had personal setbacks, but this was, without any doubt, the biggest setback and the biggest failure," the action star revealed. "Without any doubt. Not only failure, but you feel like, 'I'm to blame for it. It was me that screwed up.' And you can't point the finger at anyone else. So yeah, I was disappointed in it. It's always easy to be smart in hindsight. The thing was how do you make the best of that situation?" The two filed for divorce July of 2011, after Arnold publicly admitted to cheating on Shriver with the family's housekeeper and fathering a child with her. The 67-year-old and Maria actually tried therapy, but »
- tooFab Staff
Liam Neeson is Hollywood’s most bankable action star. That’s a statement of fact, but how do we know it is fact? How much more bankable is he than others? First off, we take a look at the box office returns for his action films and match them against the budgets and see what sort of averages and trends pop up.
1st Disclosure: I am not a sabermetrics genius, I’m just a guy that likes to write about action movies. If somebody out there who is a sabermetrics genius saw this and said “There’s a better way to do this.”, it would only bring me joy to see my amateur work improved upon.
- Dylan Griffin
Writer-director Simon Pummell goes for both thrills and emotional complexities in the tale of a sinister corporation that replaces humans with ‘identicals’
Here is a very distinctive science-fiction parable from writer-director Simon Pummell: it is filmed in a burnished, measured manner, but it has a Marmitey quality. It is as accessible as The Double, and even Total Recall, but has a texture and atmosphere that are very much its own.
Pummell is perhaps best known for his animated collage piece Bodysong, and subsequently straddled drama and nonfiction with Shock Head Soul, a highly stylised study of mentally ill judge Daniel Paul Schreber. With Brand New-u, Pummell has gone the whole hog and and come up with a film that bears some resemblance to an orthodox tech thriller, though with a Kafkaesque sense of bafflement and disjointedness.
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- Andrew Pulver
A remake of the 1990 comedy Kindergarten Cop is on its way, but Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be starring in the new version. The original followed on the heels of Twins, which established the 1980s action star as a capable comic performer -- at least when teamed with Danny DeVito! That unlikely pairing was a great selling point for Twins, and expanded the possibilities for Schwarzenegger, who'd starred in a string of macho action blockbusters until then. He promptly reestablished his action credentials with the great, exceedingly violent Total Recall, which made Kindergarten Cop all the more surprising when it hit theaters a few months later. Schwarzenegger plays Detective John Kimble, who is pursuing an especially villainous drug dealer, and ends up going...
- Peter Martin
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Sharon Stone's still got it! The "Basic Instinct" star attended the The Actors Fund's 19th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles, California on Sunday. The 57-year-old beauty stunned on the red carpet wearing a black and white quarter-length-sleeved dress, which showed off her long legs in the sheer portion of the skirt. Stone completed her edgy yet classic look with retro sunnies, a gold clutch and black pumps. Sharon styled her short blonde tresses parted to the side and sported minimal makeup for the night. While the "Total Recall" star seldom makes public appearances these days, we've never seen the actress look better! Stone likewise recently penned an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, where she shared her personal feelings about aging in Tinsel Town. "I love it when people say, 'In Hollywood, you're not allowed to get older.' Really, who gives a sh-t what Hollywood thinks about anything? »
- tooFab Staff
Care Bra-free is the way to be! Sharon Stone treated herself to a manicure in Beverly Hills Wednesday, but it wasn't only her hands that were taking some time off to relax! Stone opted to go braless for her spa outing, giving her boobs a nice opportunity to hang loose. But her nipples decided to poke through her gray shirt and brown cardigan. This isn't the actress' first foray into Tinseltown sans bra. Earlier this year the Total Recall star hit the town in another gray T-shirt, which she paired with black leggings, without a bra. We're all for letting the gals hang out but isn't she worried about future sagging?! Granted, she seems to be pretty perky without one, but still! Then again, »
In today's roundup of news and views: A new journal on television narratives; a review of a book from Raymond Cauchetier, who photographed Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and other French New Wave filmmakers at work; more long takes on Alex Garland's Ex Machina (and Joe Wright's interview with Alicia Vikander); Boris Nelepo on Manoel De Oliveira; John Powers on The Matrix; Bright Lights on Boyhood; a conversation about Don Hertzfeldt; an appreciation of Federico Fellini; Jaws at 40 and Total Recall at 25; in defense of Cameron Crowe's Aloha; and Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders, Fernando Meirelles, Walter Salles, Atom Egoyan, Bob Rafelson and Pablo Trapero are among the directors who have pledged their support to Film4Climate. » - David Hudson »
James Bond may bring his license to kill to another Hollywood studio after a lucrative stint at Sony Pictures, sources tell Variety.
The November 6 release of “Spectre” will mark the end of a multi-picture pact between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony that has encompassed “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall,” the highest-grossing 007 film in franchise history.
However, insiders speculate that the close relationship between MGM chief Gary Barber and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara could result in the super-spy shifting addresses to the Burbank studio. MGM and Warner Bros. have partnered on several films including the “Hobbit” trilogy, the May box office dud “Hot Pursuit” and the upcoming Rocky Balboa spin-off, “Creed.”
“The reality is that Sony’s had a fantastic run with the Bonds, »
- Brent Lang
Back in 2012 Total Recall was rebooted with a modern, sparkly remake that was big on FX if a little lacking in depth.
You may not remember (ahem) this feature we ran rounding up our top 10 scenes, but as this week marks the 25th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven and Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 classic we've decided to Recall it for you.
1. "Consider that a divorce"
Doug Quaid puts an end to his marriage to Lori (Sharon Stone) with a bloody full stop.
2 "Be careful, it's my head too"
Hauser tells Quaid how to get that remarkably large tracker out of his nose.
3. Three is a magic number...
The bit everyone down the pub mentions when talking about Total Recall.
4. "Hah, hah, hah! You think this is the real Quaid? It is."
Is it a hologram? Is it Quaid? These guards find out the hard way.
5. "Start the reactor"
… free Mars!
6. "I got »
Press the pause button and stretch those fingers: it’s time to roundup the news that you might have missed from the world of gaming this week.
Nintendo of America has hired a member of the Bowser family to take over as the vice president of sales in the United States. The Guardian reported that Doug Bowser, formerly of EA, joined the Nintendo family this week and nearly broke the internet. Everyone had a giggle about the happy coincidence, including Doug Bowser himself. Let’s just hope that this isn’t some long con by King Koopa to finally get his revenge on Mario.
Rockstar is suing BBC over an unauthorized documentary concerning the Grand Theft Auto series, according to IGN. Here’s what Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, had to say.
Take-Two Interactive has filed a suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently »
- Elizabeth Rico
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