19 items from 2017
Everyone knows “Face/Off” isn’t about hockey. What a new oral history presupposes is…what if it had been? ShortList recently took a deep dive into the beloved, bonkers action flick starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta (or is it the other way around?), which was almost a very different movie with a very different star. “Demolition Man” director Marco Brambilla was briefly attached to the project, and Johnny Depp was considering starring — until he realized it wasn’t about hockey.
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According to co-writer Michael Colleary, the studio was only interested in casting Cage if they could also cast Depp. Just one problem: “After finally reading the script, however, Depp refused to take part. Having read the title he thought the film would be about hockey. He was »
- Michael Nordine
As far as ’90s action trash goes, Face/Off is fairly sublime, combining a gleefully dumb premise with some great over-the-top acting from both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. But the tale of Sean Archer and Castor Troy was almost a very different film—multiple times over—as revealed in a recent oral history courtesy of Ralph Jones at ShortList. Jones’ article tracks the multiple incarnations of the film, including the time it almost starred Johnny Depp—except he was too mad that it wasn’t about hockey.
The anecdote in question comes from a period when the film was briefly in the hands of Demolition Man director Marco Brambilla, when Paramount wanted Depp in one of the starring roles, opposite Cage. When Depp finally got around to reading the script, though, he realized that, contrary to what he’d thought, it wasn’t a hockey film, and he abruptly »
- William Hughes
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
Now that a real-life dystopia is all but certainly right around the corner, it’s probably a good time to research what life could possibly be like in the crumbling, over-crowded major cities of future America. The most reliable source for this kind of research is, of course, popular sci-fi movies, which depict American metropolises in varying degrees of awful, from the sterile and Taco Bell-obsessed Los Angeles of Demolition Man to the sunken skyscrapers of New York City in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Recently, the real estate gurus at Redfin put together some handy infographics using the plot descriptions of 44 futuristic films to show which cities you’ll most likely want to be living in when the sci-fi shit hits the fan. (Hint: It’s none of them. We’re all going to die.)
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Each city has it’s own special dystopian flavor depending ...
- Dan Neilan
Simon Brew Jun 19, 2017
The Madness Of King George is a film that was sold off the back of a story that wasn’t true…
Nominated for four Oscars, and bringing the late, great Nigel Hawthorne to the attention of movie audiences (following his sensational work in television and on the stage), The Madness Of King George was a real breakout hit. Premiering in December 1994 (just two months after filming wrapped!), and released in the UK in March 1995, the film won one Academy Award, three BAFTAs, and grossed over $15m in the Us alone.
But there’s one story about the movie that continues to circle. And it’s to do with its title.
When you think of Sylvester Stallone you think of two characters: Rocky and Rambo. And then when you think about him some more his run of action films in the 90s come to mind. Movies like Demolition Man or The Specialist or Assassins top my list. But there’s one movie that I’ll always consider to be one of his best and that’s the 1981 cops chasing terrorist film Nighthawks. The movie stars Stallone and Billy Dee Williams as police detectives who are trying to tack down a terrorist in New York City who is played by Rutger Hauer. It’s one
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- Nat Berman
Most people know Sylvester Stallone from his legendary Rambo and Rocky roles, but it's easy to forget that between 1980 and 1995 he starred in some of the most beloved (and completely bananas) action and sci-fi movies of that era. Nighthawks, Cobra, Lock Up, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, Assassins, and Daylight -- sure, nobody's saying these films belong anywhere near the AFI's top 100, but this stretch of work was Stallone at the top of his game. I strongly recommend Nighthawks (co-starring Billy Dee Williams), it's seriously one of the great unsung action films of the early 80s.
Of course, we all know about Kurt Russell's epic run of action and sci-fi during this same period (starting with Escape from New York and ending with Stargate). It's arguable who's the better actor, but you have to give Stallone the edge for cultural impact during the 80s and early 90s.
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- David Kozlowski
Credit: (c) Secret Cinema / Al Overdrive
Secret Cinema has grown a lot from its humble beginnings in 2007. Now mostly known for its huge immersive productions that bring films to life, with notable experiences including Back to the Future and The Empire Strikes Back. Even right now Secret Cinema has an ongoing event that brings Moulin Rouge to life, ensuring London commuters are confused by the sudden influx of Parisian prostitutes and top hat wearing gents: although, it is London, so probably not.
With extensive lists of rules, items to bring, heavily encouraged dress codes, and sometimes even specific roles to take on, the experience can seem just as pretentious and threatening, as it is bizarre and exciting. After all, years of cinema going has often been a fortress of solitude where interaction is discouraged and you can slip into the darkness with only the sound of crunching popcorn to snap »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
This fall will mark 24 years since the sci-fi action flick Demolition Man hit theaters, but Sylvester Stallone has just filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Pictures for “intentional dishonesty” in their accounting, thereby keeping some of the profits that are owed to the actor and his loan-out company Rogue Marble. Why is this lawsuit […]
- Ethan Anderton
1993’s Demolition Man isn’t exactly the most critically acclaimed entry in the Sylvester Stallone canon, but its classic story of an overly violent cop and an even more overly violent criminal who both wake up in a peaceful, seashell-filled future still has plenty of fans. Apparently, those fans have helped the film pull in a significant amount of profits in the decades since its release, but Stallone says the studio—Warner Bros.—has been screwing him over on residuals. Now Stallone is suing Warner Bros., but he’s framing the lawsuit as a bigger issue than just him not being paid the money he was owed.
According to the BBC, Stallone’s lawsuit—which is coming from his production company Rogue Marble—calls out all movie studios for being “notoriously greedy,” and it specifically notes that Warner Bros. sat on the profits from Demolition Man for years “without ...
- Sam Barsanti
Actor claims he is owed a share of takings from the hit 1993 film, in which he played a cryogenically frozen cop fighting crime in the future
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor filed the complaint through his company Rogue Marble productions. The suit alleges “outright and obviously intentional dishonesty” on the part of Warner Bros in its accounting of the film, with the result being that Stallone and Rogue Marble weren’t paid the profits they were owed.
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- Gwilym Mumford
Ryan Lambie Apr 13, 2017
Ah, Demolition Man. The movie that gave the world John Spartan, the beret-wearing renegade cop, a future California where everyone's hopelessly ineffectual, and Wesley Snipes as the rampaging villain, Simon Phoenix. Oh, and there's the Three Seashells. We should never forget those.
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It's nearly 25 years since the film's release, but Demolition Man's far from forgotten in Hollywood - and not just because it's an amusingly over-the-top action movie.
Its star, Sylvester Stallone, is in the process of suing Warner Bros over (alleged) unpaid profits from the film. »
Sylvester Stallone is suing Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. through his company Rogue Marble Productions, claiming fraud and breach of contract. In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, he claimed that the studio isn’t compensating Rogue Marble appropriately for profits made from the film “Demolition Man,” which also starred Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock. The film grossed an estimated $58 million when it was released in theaters in 1993 and has earned at least $125 million in Defined Gross, according to the claim. “The motion pictures studios are notoriously greedy,” the complaint read. “This one involves outright and »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Sylvester Stallone’s back in the ring, but this time with a court challenge accusing Warner Bros of committing fraud with its accounting for his 1993 film Demolition Man. The actor’s Rogue Marble Productions filed the suit today Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), claiming he was supposed to collect 15% of the gross after the film generated $125 million. But it says that he hadn’t received a profit-participation report from the studio until his lawyer asked about… »
Sylvester Stallone has a bone to pick with Warner Bros. over the 1993 sci-fi movie, “Demolition Man”. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stallone, 70, is suing Warner Bros. for the studio’s handling of the accounting of the profits of the movie and, on Wednesday, filed a contract and fraud claim against the film studio. […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
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In the 1993 science-fiction film Demolition Man, Sylvester Stallone's character is brought out of a decades-long state of cryopreservation to pursue a nemesis. The actor himself has now wakened from a slumber of a different kind to take on Warner Bros. over its accounting of profits on the film.
On Wednesday, through his loan-out company Rogue Marble, Stallone filed contract and fraud claims against the studio. In a complaint lodged in Los Angeles Superior Court, he alleges that the participation statement doesn't make sense while demanding a fuller accounting on Demolition Man, which also starred Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock. The film »
- Eriq Gardner
Author: Cai Ross
Earth’s future has always proved a playground of possibility for scriptwriters and directors. Artists are rarely content to make do within the confines of what is merely possible. Setting a movie years in the future is a way of letting their minds off the leash, while usually offering an allegorical reflection of the times in which we currently live. As one fictional time-travel expert once said, “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”
Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is the latest in a long line of visual soothsayers who has made his own fate in the form of Ghost In The Shell, which offers us a metropolitan futureworld full of gymnastic augmented cybernetic agents, colossal 3D advertisements and the increasingly regular sight of Juliette Binoche in a lab-coat.
Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, Ghost In The Shell »
- Cai Ross
Sylvester Stallone has an extraordinary body of film work that has to be respected. His Rocky and Rambo franchises alone make him a legend in the film industry. However, Stallone did so much more than that. From serious roles like Copland to his amazing 90s run of action films like Demolition Man, The Specialist, Cliffhanger, The Assassins (need I go on?), the man just kept working and kept pumping out solid films. Even today movies like The Expendables are box office hits. But to know Sylvester Stallone is to marvel at all he did in the 80s. That was his
- Nat Berman
Last week on Gotham, fans of the madcap, take-as-many-liberties-as-you-like comic book crime drama caught a glimpse of Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska Aka The Joker, chilling in a deep freeze of sorts. After that teaser, many were left wondering as to just how long it would take for Jerome to be put through the “Demolition Man process”, so that he can start wreaking havoc on... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
19 items from 2017
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