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Production is set to begin this week on the new action-packed comedy American Ultra, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Topher Grace, Kristen Stewart, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walter Goggins.
The film is about a small-town druggie (Eisenberg) who just happens to be a highly trained, killing sleeper agent. His past comes back to haunt him and he is suddenly in the middle of a top-secret government operation where he must bring out his inner agent to survive.
This all sounds a bit like Total Recall, don’t you think? Check back later for more news!
- Ellen Daniels
"...set in the future, in 2044, 'Homer' has a new clone every time he dies. 'Lisa' is married to a zombie version of 'Milhouse' and 'Bart' deals with custody issues with ex-wife 'Jenda' (Poehler).
"Then 'Jenda' dates a crab-like alien creature, as Bart tries to get over his divorce in a 'Total Recall'-type way..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Simpsons: Days Of Future Future"...
- Michael Stevens
Fox has released a great new promo trailer for the next episode of The Simpsons that parodies the vague promo trailer style for AMC's Mad Men. I love it when the team behind The Simpsons parodies other shows and movies like this.
The episode is called Days of Future Future and it's a sequel to season 23's Holidays of Future Passed. The story is set 30 years in the future in 2044, "Jenda (Amy Poehler) is dating a crab-like alien creature and she's still not getting along with Bart, who is trying to get over his divorce and does it in a Total Recall-type way. Homer has a new clone for every time he dies. Lisa is married to a zombie version of Milhouse, while Bart deals with custody issues with his ex-wife, Jenda."
- Joey Paur
Friday is here, which means movie reviews and today we're taking a look at Draft Day and Oculus as well as discussing Stephen Colbert's move to take over David Letterman's Late Show in 2015, talking more about Wes Anderson's style and The Grand Budapest Hotel, plus games, your questions and whatever random topics pop up. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of »
- Brad Brevet
Excluding Total Recall, movies that involve Mars seem to be generally quite rubbish. Will The Last Days On Mars buck the trend and turn out to be something enjoyable? Sadly, the answer is a resounding no. Think Alien meets The Walking Dead and you’ll start to get the vibe about this movie. Nothing wrong with taking influence from those two amazing productions. Alien had people on the edge of their seats as it ramped up the tension scene after scene. And The Walking Dead brought incredible characters and great writing. Both productions also brought amazing antagonists to the table. Unfortunately though, The Last Days On Mars can’t hold a burnt out candle to either. Starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas and Romola Garai amongst an other wise unknown cast, it follows the story of a bunch of astronauts who succumb one by one to a mysterious infection after one »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Total Recall. RoboCop. Blood Sport. Godzilla. The Fantastic Four. The Pink Panther. Gremlins. For better or worse, Hollywood loves a reboot. The latest reboot to make the leap into development is Universal's Timecop. THR reports Universal has hired cousins Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, co-writers of the Dwayne Johnson action-comedy Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, to write the screenplay for a rebooted Timecop. The original 1994 movie starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and was inspired by the comic book series by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. The action flick was set in 2004, where--as the trailer below outlines--"time travel is a reality." Meanwhile, in actual reality it's 2014 and we still don't even have hoverboards, but I digress. Anyway, in Timecop time travel wasn't only possible, but also a criminal offense. It's just too tempting to go back and time and steal sweet loot (Time Bandits) or bet on sporting events you already »
The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by the public, were honoured in London last night at the 19th Jameson Empire Awards.
Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike and highlighted his work on Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire and Interview with the Vampire.
Pegg’s recent film The World’s End scooped Best British Film while »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Los Angeles, March 31: Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger says his stubborn attitude has helped him shape his career in showbiz.
The 66-year-old was awarded the Action Hero of a Lifetime accolade at the Jameson Empire Awards, which took place at London's Grosvenor House Sunday to honour his performances in numerous action films including "True Lies", "The Terminator" series and "Total Recall", reports conntactmusic.com.
In his acceptance speech, he said: "My advice is never take no for an answer. I was told I'd never get into bodybuilding. I was told I'd never make it in the movie business. They said I was too. »
- Meeta Kabra
The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by the cinema-going public, were honoured this evening at the 19th Jameson Empire Awards. Film fans from the UK and around the world selected their cinema highlights for the awards, which honour blockbusters, independent filmmaking and home-grown British films. To celebrate 25 years of the magazine, Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guestsTom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Current Empire cover-star Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike. Acknowledging his stellar career to date, the magazine highlighted his outstanding work on Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire and Interview with the Vampire. The Action Hero of Our Lifetime award was bestowed to action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger who was honoured for his performances in a host of well-loved action movies including True Lies, The Terminator series and Total Recall. Two further special awards were. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Directed by David Ayer
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s newest film, Sabotage, is violent. Violent in a way that they rarely make ’em anymore. Violent in a way that only the star of The Terminator and Total Recall can get away with. Violent in a way that will turn off a not-insignificant portion of the audience. But those who are turned away will be missing out on the most mature and fully realized film that the Austrian titan has yet made.
Schwarzenegger plays the leader of an elite DEA strike team, who break down the doors of major drug cartels with military precision. But they’re also crooked as hell, and when an attempt to rip off a cartel goes wrong, they find themselves dying one by one and with nobody to trust. An impressive collection of talent is on hand as the DEA agents – Josh Holloway, »
- Mark Young
From the Troma library of films like The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke ‘Em High to the higher concept blockbuster science fiction movies like Total Recall and Godzilla, mutants have been almost entirely bad news. While some movies have an occasional mutant that puts it in a class of it’s own – like the character of the Rainmaker in Looper – Hollywood generally considers mutations really problematic. Except the X-Men, of course. In the X-Men universe, mutants are the not-so-meek that will inherit the Earth. Senator Kelly (Bruce Davison) in X-Men tries to legally oppress them. Professor Charles Xavier provides a sanctuary for young mutants. There are constant battles brewing throughout these films between good mutants and bad ones. However, one thing remains the same in all of these scenarios: mutants have great powers bestowed upon them. As Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) states at the beginning of the first film: “Mutation. It »
- Kevin Carr
In 1974, the Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky was coming off the dual successes of his films El Topo and The Holy Mountain. The former, a violent Spaghetti Western, pioneered the concept of the midnight movie in the U.S.; the latter was a surreal tale full of tarot-card imagery that was a huge box office hit in Europe. (Deacdes later, Kanye West would claim The Holy Mountain was the inspiration for the look of his Yeezus tour.) Sensing that Jodorowsky was not just an artist but a visionary, French producer and »
Gaudy and ridiculous, Paul Verhoeven's cult classic nonetheless has its merits – just don't watch it with your parents
My Guilty Pleasure: the rest of the series
"Next up … Showgirls." The mere recollection of the TV announcer's words still strikes fear into my bones. When you're a teenager, nothing is worse – not getting caught kissing behind the bike sheds by your teacher, not forgetting your Pe kit and having to play hockey in your knickers – than having to watch a highly vigorous 1min 30sec lapdance scene while sitting in the same room as your mum and dad. I was nine when the film originally came out, so it wasn't until a few years later – once it had royally flopped at the box office and been confined to a midnight movie slot – that Showgirls came into my life. But it has never really left it since.
- Harriet Gibsone
Feature Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2014 - 06:21
The 1977 docu-drama Pumping Iron launched Schwarzenegger's career, and led to an era of fitness obsession and action heroes, Ryan writes...
In February 1976, the Whitney Museum in New York played host to a highly unusual exhibit: Arnold Schwarzenegger, clad in little more than a tiny pair of brown briefs, posing like a Greek statue on a rotating platform. Around him, some of the Manhattan art scene's most famous critics sat and pontificated.
Called Articulate Muscle: The Male Body In Art, the exhibition included two fellow Mr Universe bodybuilders, Frank Zane and Ed Corney, plus a panel of artists and historians, who discussed the notion of "the body itself as an art medium". The event was inspired and organised by Charles Gaines, a former weight lifter and author of the book Pumping Iron, a candid and in-depth account of bodybuilding with photographs by George Butler.
Originally expected to attract around 300 visitors, »
I’ve just come back from a week away where I finally managed to get through Arnold Schwarzenegger’s superb autobiography ‘Total Recall,’ and generally for fans of the great Austrian, it’s an absolute must, even if the latter third delves deep into his political career of the last ten years.
In the book, Arnie spoke about planned sequels to the fantastic 1980s comedy Twins (a film that he reportedly made, and is still making upwards of $35 million on due to a belting back-end deal – Triplets is still in the works with Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy), and of course another sequel in The Terminator universe, which will come in 2015 courtesy of Game Of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor. Well, Arnie has been on thr publicity trail for his upcoming film Sabotage, and whilst speaking to Collider about that film, he also touched upon what »
- Paul Heath
Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39
In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...
Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.
With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works »
After remake disasters like RoboCop and Total Recall, we're pretty jaded by the prospect of remaking iconic films from the past. However, what if a remake of a revered classic film was put into the hands of one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time? Deadline reports that just might happen as Fox is currently in the midst of putting together a remake of the classic musical West Side Story, but only because director Steven Spielberg is eyeing the project. At this point it's very early in development since there isn't even a writer involved yet, and Spielberg has only expressed his interest in potentially making this a future project of his. If you haven't seen West Side Story, here's a taste of the classic musical: Fox must really want to make something work with Spielberg after Robopocalypse was pushed back to polish the script and make sure the »
- Ethan Anderton
The Lego Movie was the only clear winner during a so-so February at the box office. Overall domestic grosses came in at around $700 million, which was a 13 percent improvement over last year. Still, it's way off from 2012's $818.2 million record, and is also noticeably lower than 2010 and 2009.Through the end of February, year-to-date box office is trending up 10 percent from 2013. If that pattern can continue, 2014 will be the first year in which the domestic box office breaks the $11 billion mark.The Lego Movie dominated the month of February, earning more than the next four titles combined. The surprise animated hit opened to $69 million, which is the second-highest February opening ever. In the weeks since, it hasn't dropped by more than 37 percent; through the end of February, Lego had already earned $192.7 million at the domestic box office.If it holds up well against Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Lego will wind up with at least $270 million total. »
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The Paul Verhoeven filmography screens at the Tiff Bell Lightbox through April 4th, culminating in a screening of his new “crowdsourced” film, Tricked.
Common wisdom dictates that cynicism and sentimentality are carefully linked, if not outright synonymous. In filmic terms, the most comfortable formulation of that argument is to align, for instance, romantic comedies with socially-acceptable (and, often, utterly noxious) notions of gender politics. Through the deployment of relationships and character profiles that support popular notions of how women and men behave, these movies are able to exploit comfortable mores in order to mainline easy pathos. What’s less common is to consider how that relationship between affect and effect can be subverted, perhaps because it’s relatively rare for truly subversive artists to be handed the proverbial keys to the kingdom.
- Simon Howell
Check out this awesome collection of poster art for some of our favorite iconic films, such as Jurassic Park, E.T., Predator, Batman, Total Recall, Conan, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The illustrations were created by Matt Ferguson and Marko Manev for an art show being put on at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. For more information on the show, click here.
- Joey Paur
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