6 items from 2016
Walter Hill’s 1979 action thriller “The Warriors” follows a New York City gang fighting to return to their home turf after being framed for the murder of a respected gang leader trying to establish a citywide truce between the area gangs. Now, Deadline reports that The Russo Brothers, best known for directing the “Captain America” films for Marvel, are bringing “The Warriors” to TV.
With the help of Paramount TV and Hulu, the Russos’ one-hour drama adaptation will honor the original film’s gritty pulp violence, but with their own unique spin on the material. The brothers will team up with writer Frank Baldwin on the series. No director is currently attached to the project.
Read More: The Essentials: 8 Walter Hill Films You Should Know
- Vikram Murthi
Some very upsetting news is coming out of the UK this morning, revealing that Robin Hardy, best known as the director of 1973's The Wicker Man, has passed away. This was originally reported by BBC, who received word from a friend of the family that Hardy had died on Friday.
Robin Hardy released a spiritual successor to The Wicker Man back in 2011 and he had been in development on a third "Wicker" film that he teased would focus on "the gods getting their comeuppance." The Wicker Man, which Christopher Lee previously said is one of his favorite movies he performed in, is a personal favorite of mine and its importance in horror history and influence on the genre cannot be understated. Just to name a few, it's easy to see the film's influence on Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz, Ben Wheatley's Kill List, True Detective, and Radiohead's recent Burn The Witch video. »
- Jonathan James
In absolutely devastating and shocking news, multiple sources report that Anton Yelchin has passed away at the age of 27.
TMZ reports that Yelchin was found pinned between his car and a brick mailbox structure on the fence outside of his home in San Fernando Valley in the early hours of Sunday morning. Foul play is not suspected, as it appears to have been a tragic accident in which Yelchin’s car, which was in neutral, rolled down the steep driveway and struck the actor, who was standing behind the vehicle. According to THR, news of Yelchin’s death was confirmed by his publicist, Jennifer Allen.
Perhaps best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, Yelchin provided people with a reason to seek out the cinema time after time with an impressive number of endearing and empathetic performances. First arriving on many fans’ radars with excellent work in »
- Derek Anderson
Chicago – It was announced last week on March 22nd, 2016, that a hip-hop pioneer, Phife Dawg of the group “A Tribe Called Quest,” passed away at the age of 45. It was Phife, along with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, that created a new voice in the evolution from rap to hip hop.
In 2011, a documentary regarding the group, “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest’ was released, and Phife Dawg was on the promotional tour for the film. In appreciation of his life and music contributions, HollywoodChicago.com reprints the interview from that tour.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics
HollywoodChicago.com: Phife, you talk about your childhood with Q-Tip growing up in Queens. What was that time and place like and how did it influence and inspire your eventual hip-hop career?
Phife Dawg: New York City pretty much reeked of music. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It seems that this has been a sad week for fans of both Music and Film. Unfortunately, earlier today legendary actor Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69.
After battling with cancer for some time, the British national treasure was reportedly surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death. This is absolutely devastating news and a truly tragic loss for millions across the globe.
Not only was Rickman a wonderfully talented actor, but he was also one of the most diverse in the entire world. After making his Hollywood debut as the brilliantly menacing Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard, Rickman exploded into the film industry in a career spanning almost three decades.
He went on to play a variety of highly acclaimed roles in some of the most popular films of all time, such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Dogma, Love Actually, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street »
- Ben Read
Some very sad news came in late this evening from Don Coscarelli, who revealed that Angus Scrimm has passed away at the age of 89. The Phantasm director took to Twitter not too long ago to confirm that Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully and in the company of friends and family:
"Phantasm’s Angus Scrimm passed away peacefully tonight surrounded by his friends and loved ones... Angus’s performance as the Tall Man is a towering achievement in horror film history. He was the last of the classic horror movie stars... Angus was a terrific actor and an even better friend. He will be missed."
The recently announced 4k restoration of Phantasm and upcoming release of Phantasm V will be bittersweet with Angus Scrimm not around to see them, but it's a testament to his performance that this 1979 movie and the Tall Man will continue to terrify audiences for generations to come. »
- Jonathan James
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