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Tamed Aliens, Harmonic Nuns and a Leather Catsuit: Strange Tales from 1992’s Summer of Cinema

23 June 2017 3:43 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Cai Ross

The summer movie season of 1992 opened under a cloud; a dark cloud from the still-smouldering buildings that had burned to the ground during the La riots in April. Racial tension after the disastrous acquittal of Rodney King’s uniformed attackers had reached an all-time high and Hollywood appealed for calm.

Thus, in a touchingly bold demonstration of selfless generosity, Walter Hill’s unremarkable urban thriller, The Looters, was hastily withdrawn and held back until Christmas, re-christened Trespass (memorably starring two Bills – Paxton and Sadler – and a pair of Ices – T and Cube). Elsewhere, it was business as usual.

The Rodney King affair was briefly alluded to in Lethal Weapon 3, the second-biggest hit of the summer and one of only a handful of ‘sure things’ on the menu. Though there were mutterings about the dominance of sequels in the summer movie season, there were weird things afoot in most of the other returnees. Aside from Lethal Weapon 3 – which was essentially a watered down Lethal Weapon 2 with too much added Joe Pesci – the rest of the sequels veered off into strange tangents, with varying results.

Alien 3, for example strayed dangerously far from the template set down by the first two classics. Bravely, it has to be said, David Fincher tried to create a quasi-religious epic, following Scott’s horror movie and Cameron’s war film. Latterly, Fincher’s frustrations and behind-the-scenes interferences became legendary, but audiences didn’t click with his compromised vision and it became the first in a long line of Alien movies to fall a bit flat.

Another major sequel, Honey, I Blew Up The Baby was in fact the complete opposite of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, culminating in the spectacle of a 99 foot toddler stomping through Las Vegas. It was directed without enthusiasm by Grease director Randal Kleiser, reminding audiences once again why no one remembers who directed Grease.

It wasn’t just sequels that dared to be different. One of the strangest mainstream offerings of the year was Robert Zemeckis’s black comedy, Death Becomes Her, which might have been a delicious satire on America’s vain obsession with cosmetic surgery if only Bruce Willis had stopped shouting at everyone like he was trying to prevent a plane crash.

Back in the ‘90s, much more so than today, comedies were a vital part of the summer success story – an inexpensive sop for the grown-ups while their teenage kids watched things explode in Screen 7. There were high hopes for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn’s Housesitter, which was only a medium-sized hit, despite the bit where Steve Martin sings ‘Tura Lura Lura’ to his dad, and the other bit when his falls over his couch.

Boomerang was a bigger hit and restored some credibility to Eddie Murphy’s career after the crippling one-two punches of Harlem Nights and Another 48 Hours. It was also responsible for one of the great ironic ‘First Dance At a Wedding’ songs, Boys II Men’s The End of The Road.

Nicolas Cage embarked on a three year long career as a romantic comedy star with the rather wonderful Honeymoon in Vegas, famed for its skydiving Elvis finale. Tom Hanks and his Big director Penny Marshall reteamed to great success with wartime baseball comedy A League of Their Own, which also saw Geena Davis giving a star performance and Madonna giving a bearable one. “There’s no crying in baseball!!!” was probably the most quoted line of the summer.

As with City Slickers in 1991, comedy provided the biggest sleeper hit of the summer: Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg excelling as a murder witness hiding out in a convent. As with City Slickers, an unwise sequel was hastily made and hastily forgotten. The original though, was the sixth biggest film of the year and is still going strong as a west-end show to this day.

It wasn’t just the many and varied comic tastes of adults that were appeased; semi-literate young people were also provided for by Encino Man (or California Man as we knew it, since we don’t know where Encino is. It’s in California). Noted for Brendan Fraser’s first stab at the big time, this grungy caveman caper will be of interest to young contemporary archeologists keen to investigate who or what Pauly Shore was.

Teenagers were also palmed off with a silly-sounding comedy called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, written by first-time screenwriter Joss Whedon. Starring Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine, but marketed as a vehicle for Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Luke Perry, the producers had hoped for a chunk of the Bill & Ted audience that Encino Man hadn’t swallowed up. Sadly, they had to make do with a long-running spin-off television show regularly cited as one of the greatest ever made. Gnarly.

The stalking killer thriller phenomenon that started with The Silence of The Lambs and Cape Fear echoed into 1992 with solid hits like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Even Patriot Games – a sort-of sequel to The Hunt For Red October with Harrison Ford rebooting Alec Baldwin’s Jack Ryan – for all its CIA espionage and partial understanding of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was basically a slasher movie, with Sean Bean doing to Harrison Ford what Robert De Niro had done to Nick Nolte the year before. (Sean Bean dies, obviously).

Crimes against the Emerald Isle weren’t restricted to the gratuitous amounts of Clannad in Patriot Games. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent in Ron Howard’s Far and Away was the benchmark for all bad Irish accents until Brad Pitt graciously took the relay baton in The Devil’s Own. The film, shot in glorious 70mm was the biggest risk of the summer and proved to be the dampest squib, considering the star power of Cruise and (then-wife) Nicole Kidman. Despite looking ravishing, the script had all the depth of a bottle-cap.  It desperately wanted to be a timeless classic in the David Lean tradition but held up against Unforgiven, which was released in August, Far & Away was shown up as the glorified Cbbc TV special it was.

Unforgiven came out of nowhere. Clint Eastwood’s previous movie, The Rookie, was somehow even worse than 1989’s Pink Cadillac. However, he’d been sitting on David Webb Peoples’ script for years until he was finally old enough to play William Munny. An extraordinary, mature and masterful critique of Western mythology, Unforgiven was hailed as Eastwood’s best work from the get-go, took the summer’s number five spot and would later win a handful of Oscars, including Pest Picture.

So who was the box office champion of Summer ’92? Well, that question was never in any doubt. Tim Burton’s Batman was the cultural phenomenon of 1989, redefining the parameters of box office limitations and merchandise licensing in a way not seen since Star Wars. Speculation as to who Batman would fight next and who would play him/her began immediately. Dustin Hoffman was touted to play The Penguin and Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman, before pregnancy forced her to drop out.

On the 19th of June, all was revealed when Batman Returns opened to a spectacular $45m weekend, $5m more than the original. Michael Keaton returned as The Caped Crusader (having split up with the creditably tight-lipped Vicki Vale), while not one but three villains put up their dukes. Danny DeVito played the Penguin as a deformed, subterranean leader of a gang of circus act drop-outs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (perhaps her signature role) was transformed from a clumsy secretary into a vengeful whip-wielding dominatrix. Christopher Walken borrowed ‘DocEmmett Brown’s hair to play new villain, Max Shreck.

Despite the enormous opening weekend, things took a downward turn almost immediately. Audiences expecting more of the same were treated to a dark, nose-bitingly violent combination of German Expressionism, kinky S&M and oversized rubber ducks. The box office the following week dropped by 40%, and there was further controversy when McDonalds had to deal with the ire of horrified parents across America, ‘tricked’ by their Batman Returns Happy Meals into taking their kids to watch Burton’s deranged fairy tale, pussy jokes et al.

The backlash (against what is now considered a unique high-water mark in the superhero genre), meant that Batman Returns wound up making $100m less than its predecessor and it placed third for the year, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a film so determined to give its audience a familiar experience that it simply changed the first film’s screen directions from Int. Kevin’S House – Night to Ext. New York – Night and reshot the entire script. (The box office crown for the year was taken eventually by Disney’s Aladdin.)

Warner Bros. took evasive action, hiring Joel Schumacher to sweeten the mix, which would help to restore Batman’s fortunes in 1995, before everything, literally absolutely everything went wrong in 1997 and the world had to wait for Christopher Nolan to finish attending Ucl, become a director and save the Dark Knight from the resultant ignominy.

Hollywood was given a crash course in the perils of straying too far from a winning formula in the summer of ’92. Sadly, for a while at least, it learned its lesson.

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- Cai Ross

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The Real Difference Between Saul Goodman And Jimmy McGill, According To Bob Odenkirk

8 June 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Far and away one of the most anticipated moments on Better Call Saul’s third season will be when Jimmy McGill officially transitions into Saul Goodman.   It’s a moment fans are waiting for and it’s a moment that fans are also speculating on.  For example in the last episode with a flashback to Jimmy’s days with his best friend Marco, that was titled “Slip,” and literally featured Jimmy slipping in the music store in order to inspire litigious guilt, some loyal fans probably saw this episode as a step in Saul Goodman’s direction.  But let’s put the brakes on that for

The Real Difference Between Saul Goodman And Jimmy McGill, According To Bob Odenkirk »

- Nat Berman

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Will Ferrell as George W. Bush on Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

30 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

While one White House Correspondents’ dinner was going on over the weekend a very “not so” White House Correspondents’ dinner was also going on.  Samantha Bee threw her first “Not The White House Correspondents’ dinner and the show did not disappoint.   Far and away the highlight of the show was Will Ferrell coming out and reprising his famous SNL role of George W. Bush.  With cigarette in hand and total arrogance and attitude on display the crowd went wild. In a show were Bee and company took plenty of shots at the administration it was Ferrell who stole the show.  

Will Ferrell as George W. Bush on Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner »

- Nat Berman

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Far and Away the Best Unintentional Coca-Cola Commercial of All-Time

7 April 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

As many of you know Pepsi’s been under the hot seat all week for releasing a “protest” commercial starring Kendall Jenner.  The ad was ripped apart by the media, internet, and pretty much any person that saw it.  The criticism was so bad the Pepsi pulled the ad, tried to change the ending, and issued a full on apology.   Even Kendall Jenner herself deleted all promotional tweets and Instagram posts having anything to do with Pepsi as she’s trying to distance herself from the brand. Bottom line is that this isn’t the first time a big brand screwed up with

Far and Away the Best Unintentional Coca-Cola Commercial of All-Time »

- Nat Berman

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My Costar, My Spouse: 15 Celeb Couples Who Took Their Romance to the Big Screen

3 April 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A movie starring two famous actors who happen to be married in real-life: On paper, it sounds like it should be a sure-fire win. In reality? It’s not that simple.

It’s no wonder that famous couples might be hesitant to collaborate in a movie, even if it was guaranteed to smash the box office: Working with your spouse is hard, and it wouldn’t make it any easier to know that throngs of people would be examining the final product, looking for all possible glimpses into your personal life.

Occasionally, some famous couples have considered that possibility and decided, »

- Drew Mackie

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Finn Jones Says Game Of Thrones Will Affect Iron Fist: Here’s How

26 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Far and away one of the most anticipated comic shows that Netflix will be airing is Marvel’s Iron Fist.  So far we’ve gotten to see a few pictures and a few teaser clips but come March 17th, Netflix will unleash the beast on us in all its form.   Iron Fist will tell the origin story of Danny Rand, an heir to a corporate enterprise that went missing as a child. Having been found by the residents of a mythical city, he learns martial arts and becomes the supernatural warrior known as Iron Fist. Now he returns to New York City

Finn Jones Says Game Of Thrones Will Affect Iron Fist: Here’s How »

- Nat Berman

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"The Edit" - Enter Nicole Kidman

20 February 2017 2:06 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek actress Nicole Kidman ("Eyes Wide Shut") posing for the February 2017 issue of "The Edit" magazine,  photographed by Yelena Yemchuk:

Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm", followed by performances in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Batman Forever" (1995).

Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...

...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.

Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, "Eyes Wide Shut »

- Michael Stevens

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Hook Star Dante Basco Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Rufio Prequel

17 February 2017 4:25 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Considering all of the horrible movie ideas out there that actually make it to the big screen, I actually find this one to be completely legit.  While Steven Spielberg’s Hook never got any credit for being a good movie, I always thought it was kind of fun.  Far and away the best parts of the movie are when adult Peter Pan is trying to get his mojo back with The Lost Boys.  Their leader, Rufio, was one of the more dynamic characters of the movie.  Now some 26 years after Hook was released the actor who played Rufio, Dante Basco,

Hook Star Dante Basco Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Rufio Prequel »

- Nat Berman

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Planet Earth II Review

14 February 2017 2:13 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Roughly a decade ago, Sir David Attenborough assisted in navigating a viewership over half-a-billion strong on a journey that stretched to the farthest reaches of our world. That glorious trek, Planet Earth – “the first natural history series to be filmed in high definition” – gave humanity a groundbreaking peek at the bodies of water and landmasses that define the globe and astounded viewers with unprecedented looks at the animals and vegetation with which we share in calling this marbled-orb home.

Now, thanks to the ceaseless efforts of a community of fearless, dedicated filmmakers and researchers three years in the making. Attenborough and the BBC have returned with a visually unparalleled and spiritually uplifting sequel to 2006’s extraordinary series, simply titled Planet Earth II. Spanning a mere seven episodes, Planet Earth II takes us back to a few of the extreme locales from the series’ initial run (mountains, deserts, and jungles), while »

- Joseph Falcone

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New Dlc For Mortal Kombat X is None Other than Grammy CeeLo

14 February 2017 2:58 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Far and away one of the biggest stories of the 2017 Grammy Awards was the gold outfit of CeeLo.  I’m not sure if he wore it to become relevant again.  I’m not sure if he wore it because he knew it would spawn a plethora of internet memes.  I have a feeling it’s a little bit of all of the above.  When you’re a celebrity and have achieved much of what you want to achieve, things can get boring after a while.  CeeLo’s outfit was far from boring and it was certainly a conversation starter. I have to say however,

New Dlc For Mortal Kombat X is None Other than Grammy CeeLo »

- Nat Berman

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"Aquaman" - Nicole Kidman In "Vogue"

2 February 2017 4:53 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Further to actress Nicole Kidman ("Batman Forever") recently cast in Warners upcoming "Aquaman" stand-alone feature, Sneak Peek new images of the Oscar winner in the January 2017 issue of "Vogue" (Australia) magazine, photographed by Will Davidson:

Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm", followed by performances in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Batman Forever" (1995).

Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...

...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.

Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she »

- Michael Stevens

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Looking Back 25 Years: The Indie Film Awakening

24 January 2017 5:14 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

This month, Cinelinx is taking you on a trip back through time. Join us as we examine how movies have changed over the last 100 years. This week, we're finishing out tour by going back to 1992. 

This article is part 4 of 4 in a series. 

Read Part 1 Here: Looking Back 100 Years: The Birth of Classic Hollywood

Read Part 2 Here: Looking Back 75 Years: The War on Film

Read Part 3 Here: Looking Back 50 Years: A New Generation Takes Over

On December 26th, 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. This signalled the formal end of the Cold War, which left the United States as the sole remaining superpower, but did not necessarily usher in an era of peace at home and abroad. This shift in power instead opened a void in eastern Europe and the middle east which would come to be a source of conflict for the next two decades and beyond. A deadly civil war »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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China Box Office Crawls to 3% Gain in 2016

31 December 2016 7:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Gross theatrical box office in China grew by just 3% in 2016, reaching RMB45.3 billion in local currency terms. That compared with RMB43.9 billion in 2015.

In U.S. dollar terms the data points to a 3.5% drop in the value of the Chinese market from $6.76 billion (using end of 2015 exchange rates) to $6.52 billion (using end of 2016 rates.)

Those numbers are a far cry from the 49% surge enjoyed in 2015 and requires a sharp revision to forecasts of when China’s numbers will overtake North America. The 2017 target figure, so widely used at the beginning of the year, now seems not only wildly optimistic, but also to have misunderstood the dynamics of the market.

Full year data from tracking and consultancy firm Ent Group – likely to be corroborated in the next couple of days by official statistics – show that ticket sales increased by close to 9% over the year. They reached 1.37 billion in 2016, for an »

- Patrick Frater

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