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Last year, Tom Cruise starred in Edge of Tomorrow as a smarmy Us Army deserter caught in a time loop that keeps bringing him back to the previous morning after he is repeatedly killed by alien invaders. A cross between War of the Worlds and Groundhog Day, Doug Liman’s futuristic fantasy featured one of the 53-year-old’s smartest, most layered performances in a filmography spanning more than three decades. Many critics could not resist drawing parallels with Cruise’s own bumpy career, which time and time again has seemed to be on the verge of crashing, yet keeps bouncing back
- Stephen Dalton
One of the big surprises of last year, the Tom Cruise-led and Doug Liman-directed sci-fi flick "Edge of Tomorrow" proved to be one of the actor's best in years - a "Groundhog Day"-style take on the sci-fi war genre that had both dark humor and inventive ideas.
Liman and the film's co-writer Christopher McQuarrie have become Cruise's go to guys of late, McQuarrie penning and directing both "Jack Reacher" and this week's "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" whilst Cruise is currently filming Liman's new thriller "Mena".
In a new interview with MTV tying into 'Rogue Nation', Cruise admits he's spoken to both of them about an idea he has for a follow-up to 'Edge', and it would also mean he'd have to get his co-star Emily Blunt back:
"I pitched it to [screenwriter Christopher] McQuarrie and [director] Doug [Liman]. We were there one night and I was like, 'I've got an idea for it. »
- Garth Franklin
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
The afterlife has long been pondered and has been the subject of many a film. Idyllic and pristine is how it is usually played up, as most focus on a version of Heaven. The horror realm likes to flip the script and peer upon the underworld. Devils and demons a plenty torment mankind on screen mostly on the earthly plane, but when we are taken to their stomping grounds, it is usually fire and brimstone. Nice to see a different approach in Dustin Wayde Mills’ latest A Black Heart In White Hell. We are introduced to our main character in a state of turmoil. Covered in blood, obviously tormented by what has recently happened, she ends up getting into the bathtub and taking her own life. Where this may be the end of the line for many stories, this is just the beginning in the darkest version of Groundhog Day »
- Derek Smith
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."
It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.
Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me, one that hits me, and hits me hard every time I watch it. I think that it reinforces too »
Who you gonna call? First pictures of new Ghostbusters revealed
Everything we know so far about the all-female Ghostbusters
But what happened to the stars of the original movie after it hit big in the '80s? Digital Spy goes then and now with the stars of Ghostbusters to find out their career moves after giving up ghoul-catching.
A familiar face on Us TV screens thanks to Saturday Night Live, Murray transitioned to movie stardom effortlessly in Meatballs, Caddyshack and Stripes before hitting it huge as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.
Roles in Groundhog Day and Kingpin followed before he was embraced by indie darlings Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson. More recently Murray has kept us entertained with a handful of eccentric public and chatshow appearances, »
It's easy to appreciate the work of Allison Janney because Allison Janney is in, um, basically everything. The "West Wing" alum won two Emmys this year: one for her supporting turn as the titular matriarch on CBS' "Mom" and another for the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex." She also appeared in the Melissa McCarthy espionage comedy "Spy" and the high school satire "The Duff." Now, to add to an already full plate of 2015 kookiness, she provides a voice in the new animated movie "Minions." She might not get to be as ridiculous as Jon Hamm, but she's lovable and quaint as Madge Nelson. We quizzed Janney on her favorite actors, her love of "Groundhog Day," and the potential for a "Drop Dead Gorgeous" TV reboot. "Minions" hits theaters today. »
- Louis Virtel
"Goddamn time-traveling robots." Precisely, Jk Simmons. Precisely. Yes, I am aware that James Cameron's name is all over the commercials for "Terminator: Genisys" right now, and yes, i am aware that both of the writers on the film (Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier) are people I dig whose work I like a lot. And while I'm even willing to concede that this is probably better than either "Terminator: Rise Of The Machines" or "Terminator Salvation," that is such a low bar that I'm not sure I'd consider it a compliment. From moment to moment, "Terminator: Genisys" is decently produced, and there are a few beats here and there that are clever or decently staged. But taken as a whole, "Terminator: Genisys" is representative of the worst of franchise filmmaking, and as someone who fell in love with the original "Terminator" in a theater in 1984, it sickens me. I had »
- Drew McWeeny
Eight years after the popular teen drama ended its TV run, The O.C. is being revived for a musical version. Directed/adapted by Jordan Ross and produced by Lindsey Rosin, the one-night-only event will take place August 30th in Los Angeles, Variety reports.
Casting information has not been announced, but the roles of Luke Ward and Kirsten Cohen have reportedly been secured. Adding a meta feel, O.C. creator Josh Schwartz will also be characterized for the production, albeit with a non-singing role.
The O.C. debuted on Fox in 2003 and »
The Magic Mike Xxl star on playing a flirty, foul-mouthed mother in the male stripper movie, the southern upbringing that taught her ‘to be sexual was dirty’ – and why she wishes she had taken more provocative roles in the past
As you might expect of someone who has been modelling for L’Oréal for 30 years, Andie MacDowell looks good. In fact, at 57, she looks fantastic: Cheshire-cat grin sweet as ever, genuinely pleased with the commemorative cake the brand has baked for her. It’s teatime halfway through the Cannes film festival and MacDowell is sitting in a suite at the Hôtel Martinez, one of the most decadent pit stops on the Croisette. This passes for familiar territory: Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape, her breakthrough, won the Palme d’Or here in 1989; I assume that was her first Cannes. “I didn’t come,” she says forlornly. “I had just had a baby, »
- Alex Godfrey
Actor Rick Ducommun has died at the age of 62.
His brother Peter Ducommun said that he died on June 12 at a Vancouver hospital from complications due to diabetes.
Following his role of Art Weingartner in The 'Burbs, Ducommun continued his stand-up comedy career and appeared in several films.
"He was funny, talented and creative," said Peter Ducommun. "I think what people admired most was his stand-up.
"He was a comedian's comedian. Anyone who had the opportunity to see him live, loved his material." »
Rick Ducommun, an actor best known for his roles in 1989's The 'Burbs and 1993's Groundhog Day, has died. He was 62. Ducommun's wife confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he passed away June 12 at a hospice in Vancouver surrounded by family and friends; per Ducommun's widow, the actor's death was due to a "serious complication from diabetes." Joe Dante, who directed Ducommun in The 'Burbs, tweeted about the star's passing on Wednesday, writing simply, "Rip Rick Ducommun." He also shared a fond memory of his audition for The 'Burbs, tweeting, "Relatively unknown standup comic Rick Ducommon beat out Sctv's Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis for the part of »
Rick Ducommun, a Canadian actor who appeared in many popular comedies in the ’80s and ’90s, has died. He was 62.
Rip Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015
Ducommun’s Twitter also posted the news.
1989’s “The ‘Burbs” was one of Ducommun’s most notable appearances, playing Tom Hanks’ noisy, paranoid neighbor. The comedian also had small roles in “Groundhog Day,” “Little Monsters,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Last Action Hero” and “Scary Movie,” in which he played Anna Faris’ character’s father.
Dante posted several tweets honoring the late actor, noting that Ducommun, a relatively unknown stand-up comic at the time, beat out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to take the memorable role in “The ‘Burbs, »
- Alex Stedman
Canadian character actor Rick Ducommun, who starred in a wide range of beloved films throughout the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 62.
Ducommun had his breakout role in 1989's "The 'Burbs" opposite Tom Hanks, and director Joe Dante tweeted out his condolences on Thursday. Dante said that the late actor was a virtually unknown stand-up comic when he auditioned for the dark comedy, but "knocked it out of the park," beating out more established stars like Rick Moranis for the part.
"Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad libbed," Dante wrote, adding that Ducommun was "A very funny guy" who was "Too young to go."
In addition to that cult classic, Ducommun also had small roles in many movies including "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (another collaboration with Dante), Bill Murray classic "Groundhog Day," "Die Hard," "Little Monsters," "The Hunt for Red October," "The Last Boy Scout, »
- Katie Roberts
Rick Ducommun, the comic character actor best known for playing Tom Hanks’ prankster neighbor Art Weingartner in Joe Dante’s The ’Burbs, died June 12 in a Vancouver hospice surrounded by family. He was 62. Ducommun, who also was memorable in small roles in such films as Die Hard (1988), Groundhog Day (1993) and Scary Movie (2000), died due to a "serious complication from diabetes," his wife, Leslie Ducommun, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Then a relatively unknown stand-up comic, Ducommun beat out Sctv stars Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to land the part of Ray Peterson’s (Hanks) nosy
- Mike Barnes
Though one’s now starring in a drama, the other in a comedy, Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”) have both famously spent time in the other category — and agree that the lines are now getting blurred. Their back-and-forth banter at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” studio proved the point, as the actresses chatted about the thrill of doing theater, and the emotional toll of getting into character.
Lizzy Caplan: I was wondering what your first job on television was.
Janney: I’m not kidding you!
Caplan: Did he give you any…
Janney: Nothing untoward happened! He wanted me to play a janitor and then I was a school teacher. He kept changing what my part was. I don’t remember what the show was called. And that was my first TV show! »
- Debra Birnbaum
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