12 items from 2017
August’s home entertainment releases are off and running in a big way with this week’s crop of horror and sci-fi titles, as we have nearly two dozen movies coming our way this Tuesday.
Scream Factory is putting in overtime with a handful of stunning steelbooks celebrating three great John Carpenter films—They Live, The Fog and Escape From New York—as well as a Collector’s Edition of James Gunn’s Slither and the indie horror films Don’t Knock Twice and House on Willow Street (which they’ve teamed up with IFC Midnight for).
As far as recent genre movies go, Colossal, Shin Godzilla, and Phoenix Forgotten are all primed for their home bow on August 1st, and both Paramount and Universal are dusting off a bunch of recent titles on both DVD and Blu-ray, including Disturbia, The Machinist, Red Eye, and the unrated version of The Ruins. »
- Heather Wixson
Kim Basinger is always ready for a close-up.
The 63-year-old actress was caught a bit off guard on Friday when her daughter, Ireland Baldwin, snapped a candid photo of her while riding in a car.
“Rare moment alert Momma Kim in the flesh,” Baldwin gushed on Instagram. “I have no idea how people are born this beautiful?”
Watch: Ireland Baldwin Shares Topless Instagram Photo After Clapping Back at Body Shamers
The 21-year-old is Basinger’s only child with 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin. Ireland and her father seem to be closer than ever these days.
On Father’s Day, Ireland posted a touching photo of the pair writing, “You're unique. You're strong. You're by far the funniest person I've ever known or will ever know and you make me so proud to be related to you.”
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Simon Brew Aug 8, 2017
1991's City Slickers was an Oscar-winning comedy success. It was not without behind the scenes challenges...
Spoilers for City Slickers lie ahead.
Sandwiched between the two big tentpole blockbuster hits of summer 1991 was a genuine sleeper surprise. Whilst it had long been pre-ordained that the Arnold Schwarzenegger-headlined Terminator 2: Judgment Day would rule the summer season with the Kevin Costner-starring Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, what few saw coming was a film called City Slickers.
It came from the pen of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, the comedy-writing team who scripted 1989’s brilliant Parenthood. They co-write the film with Billy Crystal (who didn’t receive credit), who also conceived the idea for the film. And as with most unlikely successes, it had a bit of a history to it.
Crystal came to the idea in the aftermath of his success in When Harry Met Sally, »
Julia Roberts, the Hollywood actress with a huge fan following across the globe has been chosen as the Most Beautiful Woman of 2017 by the People’s magazine. And this feat, she has reportedly managed it for the 5th time.
She had apparently mentioned that she would be bragging about this accomplishment to her dear friend George Clooney.
Julia Roberts rose to fame with Pretty Woman co-starring Richard Gere. Since then she has been a part of many films such as Sleeping With The Enemy, The Pelican Brief, My Best Friend’s wedding. Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, Erin Brockovich and »
In the spirit of Fatal Attraction, Sleeping With The Enemy and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (and their endless imitators) comes yet another predictable variation in the form of the suspense thriller Unforgettable. The title alone is obvious catnip for critics, and it would just be too easy to take the Un away, but quite frankly I am not sure what the title has to do with this movie anyway. So yes, the premise is not exactly memorable, but what the movie does have going… »
When Nat King Cole sang “Unforgettable,” he meant the word as a compliment. Not so the Hollywood movie of the same name, in which two crazy exes refuse to be ignored as they attempt to ruin Rosario Dawson’s wedding — one, played by Katherine Heigl, so icily sociopathic that it’s too bad the borderline-campy movie wasn’t willing to go full tilt into B-movie “psycho-Barbie” territory.
A strange choice of directorial debut for longtime Tim Burton enabler Denise Di Novi (whose credits include producing “Heathers,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”), “Unforgettable” is anything but what its title suggests, dissipating into vapor as soon as the credits roll. But it’s tawdry “Sleeping With the Enemy”-style fun while it lasts, boasting a better cast and splashier production values than the next closest Lifetime movie, while being so ridiculous at times that audiences can’t help but talk back to the screen. »
- Peter Debruge
In today's Horror Highlights, we have details on Fathom Events' one-night-only theatrical screenings of Resident Evil: Vendetta, the podcast The Switchboard, The Final Girls' one-night-only UK screenings of Xx, Cage on Amazon Prime, and the new trailer and release details for Beacon Point.
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What: “Resident Evil: Vendetta" is the third installment in the massively popular CG animated film franchise, following “Resident Evil: Degeneration” (2008) and “Resident Evil: Damnation” (2012), and will premiere in U.S. movie theaters on June 19 only. Exclusive to the U.S., this not-to-be-missed cinema event includes a specially-produced introduction from the cast and behind-the-scenes footage.
- Derek Anderson
One year ago, the post-Oscar specialized rebound began with the release of “Eye in the Sky” and “Hello, My Name Is Doris.” Each opened with per-theater averages over $20,000; then, with support from older audiences all across the country, made $19 million and $14 million, respectively.
This year it’s “Personal Shopper,” with the French film starring Kristen Stewart showing unexpected interest. “Raw” (Focus) and “A Sense of the Ending” (Lionsgate) also managed PTAs over $10,000, indicating some chance for future success.
Ahead of any other new release in PTA was a single theater, premiere-event boosted initial date for “A Very Sordid Wedding” in Palm Springs. This week also saw the very limited opening of “Burning Sands,” the second film in the Sundance 2017 U.S. dramatic competition to find its home on Netflix. As usual, no gross for this, which is sort of beside the point.
Personal Shopper (IFC) – Metacritic: 77; Festivals include: Cannes, »
- Tom Brueggemann
A limp and lifeless historical melodrama that aspires to be the “Pearl Harbor” of the preamble to World War I and still falls well short of that ignoble goal, Joseph Ruben’s “The Ottoman Lieutenant” tries to snatch a love triangle from out beneath the Armenian Genocide but fails to get any of the angles right. Beginning in a Philadelphia hospital circa 1914 (Prague plays the city well), the film is tawdry from the very top, taking the same reckless approach to clichés that pre-war doctors took to general hygiene.
You can hear the trouble before you can see it, our wide-eyed heroine introducing herself via such startlingly trite voiceover that she’s a lost cause by the time she first appears on screen. “I thought I was going to change the world,” she says, “but of course it was the world that changed me.” Get comfortable, it’s going to be a bumpy night. »
- David Ehrlich
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies.
This Past Weekend:
It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.
- Edward Douglas
1 March 2017 4:44 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Having made a few subpar thrillers (Sleeping With the Enemy, The Forgotten), Joseph Ruben turns to romantic drama with the unabashedly old-fashioned The Ottoman Lieutenant, which sets a young American nurse at the center of a love triangle amid the chaos of war. The by-the-numbers story never achieves its aimed-for grandeur or intensity, and the striking Turkish locations prove far more interesting than the characters.
Most of the action revolves around an American mission hospital in the Anatolian village of Van, where 23-year-old Lillie (Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar) works beside a devoted young doctor, Jude Gresham (Josh Hartnett). It was »
- Sheri Linden
The first trailer for The Ottoman Lieutenant, the latest film from director Joseph Ruben (The Stepfather, Sleeping with the Enemy), has been released (via Movieclips Trailers). The historical drama follows a woman torn between two lovers, played by Hera Hilmar (Anna Karenina), Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful) and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), as they live within the Ottoman Empire in the time leading up to and during World War I; Ben Kingsley (The Jungle Book) also stars in the Jeff Stockwell-written film. Check out the trailer here…
The above trailer was first unveiled back in late 2016, but with its 2017 wide release approaching, Y Productions and Eastern Sunrise Films surely want to remind audiences members or make them aware of its existence.
Despite a decent cast, Ruben’s previous directorial effort, Penthouse North, failed to drum up enough interest to make any serious waves. Overall, it was a quiet return »
- Justin Cook
12 items from 2017
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