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"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
Director: Dean Israelite
Special Features: Alternate Opening / Deleted Scenes / Alternate Endings
Project Almanac is the debut feature film for director Dean Israelite, with production backing from Michael Bay, and he puts together a solid film with likeable characters who draw you into the story. Initially centered on David (the sturdy Johnny Weston), a good-looking high school lad who gets accepted into MIT and may well be a young mastermind, the film takes us into his life via the already classic ‘handheld/found-footage’ form as he and his friends discover the blueprints for a time machine.
There’s obvious early scripting that blatantly tells us David’s Father had passed away and that his Mother is struggling to get a job, so when David and his sister Christina (the criminally underused Virginia Gardner) find an »
- Dan Bullock
Free Fire, Akira, All I See Is You, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Untitled WWII movie
Brad Pitt has been looking for a lover for his next WWII movie and he has finally found one in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s in negotiations to join him in the untitled period film that Robert Zemeckis is directing
Steven Knight wrote the script
Pitt and Cotillard will play assassins who fall in love during a mission to kill a German official. They soon marry, but their romance is cut short when Pitt is told that his wife is a double agent working for the German government and he must kill her.
- Rollo Tomasi
People have a pretty intimate relationship with music. The song that was playing when you had your first slow dance, broke up with that certain someone, or lost your virginity will rank higher for you than it will for some random listener. Even bad songs have a way of causing flashbacks, for better or worse. So when a movie ties a song to imagery we never imagined while making out in the back seat, it can shake up our reality a little. Say Anything permanently connected Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” with boom boxes and early-morning wake-ups, and who among us can hear Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” without regretting that they spent good money to see Sleeping with the Enemy? Here are some other songs that celluloid changed forever.
“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Poltergeist (1982) – A whole generation hears this song with a sense of dread thanks to its »
- M. Robert Grunwald
Radiohead has always had an originality to their music that can arguably never be reproduced. Their name though, was not an original idea. As many Radiohead fans know, Thom Yorke and company named their band after David Byrne.s song "Radio Head" which first appeared in the movie True Stories. But, as it turns out, the song was actually based on a certain actor who plays a wildly annoying insurance salesman in Groundhog Day. None other than Stephen Tobolowsky and his signature character Ned Ryerson. This little tidbit of information, that ended up influencing the name of one of the .90s most influential rock bands was revealed when Tobolowsky appeared on Chris Hardwick.s Nerdist podcast. Tobolowsky is a character actor best known for his portrayal of Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day but he also co-wrote the film True Stories with David Byrne and Beth Hanley. And though he claims »
The origins of band names are often fascinating, and many of them come from movie titles or elements of movies. Some of the best choices, in my opinion, are Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (from The Wild One), Mogwai (from Gremlins), Duran Duran (from Barbarella), Veruca Salt (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), The Misfits (from The Misfits) and The Dismemberment Plan, which comes from a line in Groundhog Day spoken by actor Stephen Tobolowsky as the character Ned Ryerson. I now have a new favorite band name origin, though, and it also involves Tobolowsky, years before his most memorable turn in that Bill Murray movie. It turns out, according to Tobolowsky himself, that Radiohead is pretty much named for his psychic powers. Dangerous Minds relayed the...
- Christopher Campbell
Though an enigma off-screen, Murray has long-established his position as one of the funniest and most consistent comedic actors in film history with an output of modern classics like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Rushmore, and Lost In Translation.
According to Emma Stone in Zombieland, Bill "has a direct line to my funny bone." We agree with you, Emma – though we probably wouldn’t go so far as punching a child for not knowing who Bill Murray is, Woody Harrelson.
- Sasha James and Amanda Wood
We love to spend the holidays with Bill Murray. There's Ghostbusters II on New Year's Eve, Hyde Park on Hudson on President's Day, Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day and, of course, Scrooged at Christmas*. Now we're going to have more of the actor to watch on that last holiday, because he's starring in a special called A Very Murray Christmas, which will debut on Netflix this December. Fans of Scrooged should be happy with the program, as one of that movie's screenwriters, Mitch Glazer, is now co-writing this with Murray and Sofia Coppola, who is also directing the special. Coppola worked with both Murray and Glazer on Lost in Translation, the former starring and the latter an associate producer on the...
- Christopher Campbell
Life is Strange: Episode 3–Chaos Theory
Developed by Dontnod
Published by Square-Enix
Available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
The latest episode of Life is Strange, Dontnod’s coming-of-age odyssey of a girl who discovers she can time travel, has dropped today, and it may have just changed gaming forever. Nobody saw that twist coming, and I would be amazed if anyone didn’t gasp audibly at the final curtain reveal. Chaos Theory is going to be talked about for the rest of the year as easily one of gaming’s most jaw-dropping moments…but let’s start back at the beginning, shall we?
Coming fresh off the heels of the second episode, an experience that left roughly half of us traumatized with good reason, one would have thought that Episode 3 might have been content to spin its wheels off of that traction alone, and milk a whole episode »
- Mike Worby
Being stranded in Kabul never looked so cool. Get your first peek at Bill Murray as a burned out, but still totally awesome looking rock manager in Rock The Kabah. Check it out below. Bill Murray is back in action, and this time the comedian is playing a washed up tour manager in Barry Levinson’s Rock The Kabah, which is currently in post production. The Hollywood Reporter debuted an exclusive look at Murray as a music manager, and, as always, the Groundhog Day actor doesn’t disappoint. The telling photo gives away a lot, but perhaps most importantly provides more clues about Murray's character, too. In the first look at Murray in Rock The Kabah, we can tell a couple of things about his personality. First off, he is one cool somebody. Check out the aviator glasses the actor is sporting while in character. You »
As media coverage of the unrest in Baltimore over Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody raged for the last week, it was “Déjà vu all over again as anchors, pundits and columnists spoke about the need for a “conversation” on racial and income divisions in America. It was a refrain in Ferguson, Missouri in the case of Michael Brown; Staten Island, New York in the case of Eric Garner; Sanford, Florida in the case of Trayvon Martin and hundreds of other overlooked communities across the country. “Whenever we go through these things, it’s like Groundhog Day,” Hub Brown, »
- Jordan Chariton
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
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