8 items from 2017
Throughout his film career, John Carpenter was always ahead of the curve; whether finalizing the blueprint for the modern slasher or offering an ever prescient political take on alien invasions, Carpenter always seemed to be ahead of what the next big thing would be, often to decreased box office receipts. So it came as a surprise to many (myself included) that he started up Body Bags (1993), a would-be anthology series ala Tales from the Crypt for Showtime. The bigger surprise though is that it didn’t fly, because this one off is terrific entertainment.
Originally televised on Showtime on August 8th, Body Bags was met with critical approval and fans of the genre enjoyed it. However, the brass had already decided that this would be a one and done, hence the truncated anthology film format for the three segments already filmed. What a shame, because while Carpenter in front of »
- Scott Drebit
At one point in time Wesley Snipes was one of the biggest action stars in the United States, as shown by his roles in Demolition Man, Passenger 57, and the Blade franchise. However, his career suffered a slowdown following Blade: Trinity in 2004, which was not helped by his conviction for tax fraud. Said career did not come to a complete stop, seeing as how Snipes continued to make direct-to-dvd movies, but it was clear that he was no longer at the top. Since that time, Snipes has had some minor roles in movies released in the movie theaters, with
- Nat Berman
The announcement was made on Wednesday by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and COO/President David Glasser. Sellers will operate out of the studio’s L.A. office, where he will oversee all film projects in development and acquisition titles, and continue building the studio’s slate.
As part of his new role, Sellers will also be involved in television production. Negeen Yazdi will continue as president of international production and acquisitions from the London office.
Sellers served as TWC president of production from 2011 to 2014 and oversaw “August: Osage County,” “St. Vincent,” and “Southpaw.” He was also involved in the acquisitions and development of upcoming TWC titles: “The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, and “Untouchable,” starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, »
- Dave McNary
Cinema Blend reports that the trailer for the new Wesley Snipes movie The Recall is out. The movie focuses on five friends who make their way to a remote cabin in the woods for some fun and relaxation only to encounter anything but. They run into a man calling himself The Hunter, played by Wesley Snipes, who they think is crazy but turns out to be more sane than they realize. He also turns out to be their only hope to stay alive.
The only memorable part of the trailer is Wesley Snipes. I get the impression that a person would have a similar real life experience running into Wesley Snipes as the characters in the trailer did when they first meet him. Other than that, the trailer comes off as a strange hybrid of The Evil Dead, Aliens, and Passenger 57 that just doesn't work for me. The basic »
- Tim Jousma
Stars: Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Jonathan Lipnicki, Greer Grammer, Stephen Graybill, John Posey, Chelsea Edmundson, Chuck Liddell, Jordi Vilasuso, Kirk Barker | Written by Jesse Mittelstadt | Directed by Alex Merkin
FBI agent Gretchen Blair is on a flight to Washington D.C. when the man seated beside her makes an unusual offer. He explains that the plane they’re on is about to be hijacked, and promises to pay her millions of dollars if she can get him safely back on the ground. When a gang of professional thieves takes control of the plane, she realizes he isn’t joking. Soon Gretchen finds herself caught in the middle of an elaborate mid-air heist, fighting to save the passengers while the thieves tear the plane apart, searching for the stolen loot hidden somewhere on board.
Made by the writer/director duo behind 2009′s underrated mystery thriller Across the Hall (one of actress »
- Phil Wheat
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.
Two Very Different Movies Look to Divide Up the Weekend Box Office Business
With Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continuing to dominate at the box office with $90 million this past weekend, and Saban’s Power Rangers (Lionsgate) also doing exceedingly well with $40 million in second place, you wouldn’t think anyone would try to release a movie that might get overshadowed by those two blockbusters.
That said, what’s interesting about this weekend is the fact there are two very different movies that are competing very heavily for second place with DreamWorks Animation’s latest animated family film, The Boss Baby (20th Century Fox), taking on the live action English remake of Ghost In The Shell (Paramount), starring Scarlett Johansson. In most cases, »
- Edward Douglas
Have you ever wondered what the Mafioso version of The Producers would look like? Neither had I, until screenwriter Dan Gordon (Passenger 57, The Hurricane) said this: Phil said, “I’m giving you the opportunity of a lifetime and you’re giving me bullshit…you wanna be a director? Come get the ticket and come to New York. […]
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- Blake Harris
Fans of Batman are going to get an extra special treat this weekend as Will Arnett’s incarnation of the Caped Crusader introduced in 2014’s The Lego Movie gets his very own solo adventure in The Lego Batman Movie, opening Friday.
The animated film is directed by Chris McKay, who was animation director on The Lego Movie and who cut his teeth as a director and producer of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken before joining Phil Lord and Chris Miller to create a new animated Lego universe.
In the new movie, Batman has to deal with the fact that his desire to be a loner has left him rather lonely (not that he’ll admit it) and the introduction of a young orphan named Dick Grayson (voiced by Michael Cera) and the new Commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Scott), gives him and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) a chance to form a family »
- Edward Douglas
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