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God love the French, they've gone and restored Predator for a re-release. Originally released in 1987, John McTiernan's (who later went on to direct Die Hard and Last Action Hero) sci-fi horror hybird is now considered a classic from the era.
This new 2K restoration of Predator screens in France on August 17th. There is no plan to bring the film to the Us or Canada.
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.
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Terminator 2 Turns 25
It’s been twenty-five years since Terminator 2: Judgement Day descended on Us audiences. James Cameron pulled an Aliens and again managed to create a sequel that surpassed the original by switching the plot around on its head.
In The Terminator Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, was hunted down by a killer cyborg, played of course by Arnold Schwarzengger. The second time around the villain became the hero and Arnie was in charge of Sarah’s young son John Connor and had to prevent him being murdered by Robert Patrick‘s liquid-metal T-1000.
It’s a movie whose legacy continues, and we don’t mean those terrible follow-ups. The film was a landmark in special effects, story-telling, summer blockbusters and sequels. To celebrate a quarter of a century with time-travelling terminators turned saviour, here’s a list of facts that you might not know:
Terminator 2 Turns 25
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- Kat Hughes
A rush for original scripts led to Shane Black being among the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood. Ryan takes a look back...
Shane Black, 28 years old, poses for a photograph outside his Los Angeles bungalow. It’s 1990, and Black’s name has appeared all over the Hollywood trade press thanks to his latest script sale - or, more specifically, how much Warner Bros had spent on purchasing it. The script was for The Last Boy Scout, an action thriller that would eventually appear in cinemas in 1991 starring Bruce Willis. Black sold it for $1.75m - said to be the highest price ever paid for a screenplay at that time.
So here’s Shane Black, standing barefoot on the concrete paving slabs outside his house, which he and his roommates had dubbed the Pad O’Guys. Black’s wearing ripped jeans and a threadbare-looking lumberjack shirt; to his right »
Shane Black with Ryan Gosling at the Cannes premiere of Nice Guys this weekSince we've already done "Posterized" episodes on both Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, who co-star together in this weekend's new comedy Nice Guys, let's look at the man behind their bantering bros curtain, Shane Black. The 54 year-old director hit the big time with his very first produced screenplay 29 years ago, the smash hit buddy action flick Lethal Weapon (1987).
He's stuck to the high-concept action/comedy genre like glue thereafter making obscene amounts of cash during the heyday of that genre (the early 90s). If he's not interested in stretching, at least he does them better than most. Eleven years ago he finally moved into the director's chair for the underseen critical darling Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Strangely for a successful creator in a lucrative genre that isn't exactly relegated to the arthouse, he's not been that prolific in his 29 year career. »
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The Nice Guys is primarily a comedy but a movie that certainly does not skimp on the action either and at the end of the day is a completely welcomed departure from all of the animated films, huge tent poles and superhero movies audiences are going to mostly be treated to over the coming months. Shane Black hasn't directed a lot of movies, but this film proves that his longtime experience in Hollywood has been put to good use now that he is finding himself in the director's chair more often. The Nice Guys most closely resembles his 2005 directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, also from Warner Bros., but as hard as it may be for fans of that film to believe, this is at the end of the day, probably Black's best film to date.
The film takes place in 1977 Los Angeles and is centered around a pair of private eyes, »
Back in 1987, John McTiernan’s Predator helped to solidify Arnold Schwarzenegger’s status as an action star while introducing moviegoers to a new form of science fiction movie monster. A few months earlier, screenwriter Shane Black got his first big break in Hollywood when his script for Lethal Weapon was turned into a hit action-comedy for Mel Gibson. Six years later, Black would co-write Last Action Hero for Schwarzenegger.
Whether it’s coincidence or whether it’s fate, Shane Black (who co-wrote and directed Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3) is now in development on a new movie based on the beloved classic called The Predator, and when FDen Of Geek Us spoke to him about his new movie The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, »
What do Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, The Monster Squad, Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Iron Man 3, and Last Action Hero all have in common? Shane Black, of course. Whether as an actor, writer or director, Black has had a hand in some of the most likable, quotable, memorable movies ever made. But what's another thing those movies have in common? None of them are period pieces. Black's movies have always all been very contemporary, very of the moment. That's one of the reasons when people think '80s and '90s action, they think of Shane Black. He's never done a period piece until this May's The Nice Guys. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, The Nice Guys stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a mismatched pair who wind up uncovering a conspiracy...
- Peter Hall
On May 20th, Ryan Gosling will give the world a rare comedic performance in the 70s era crime caper The Nice Guys. But if it wasn't for one particular cult movie, he may have never taken on the role. In a recent interview with EW, the actor confessed a love for two 80s classics, both of which convinced Gosling that The Nice Guys was a project he wanted to be involved with.
Nominated in 2007 for a Best Actor Oscar in the drama Half Nelson, Ryan Gosling has a reputation for being a little too serious. As does his Nice Guys co-star Russell Crowe. Their recent on-screen partnership shows the duo in a whole new hilarious light, as they bring director Shane Black's script crackling to life. And it was actually an early script of Black's that greatly influenced Gosling at a young age. Yes, the actor has professed his love for The Monster Squad. »
In this, the era of the remake/reboot/revamp/revival, no property is safe from the eyes of studios always looking for the next big thing by looking backwards. Case in point, the Predator franchise, which began with one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best films, and has been in a cycle of diminishing returns ever since. Oh sure, Predator 2 had its moments, but then our beloved alien hunter got dragged kicking and screaming into the Alien vs Predator series, and the occasionally amusing but otherwise wonky and uneven Predators.
But who knows, we’ve been wrong to groan at upcoming revivals of classic properties before. People groaned and rolled their eyes when the Mad Max series was announced to return, after all. And at the very least, Fox have recruited a talented writer/director to helm the return, currently titled The Predator, in Shane Black. Black is remembered more »
- Thomas O'Connor
Shane Black is putting the finishing touches to his upcoming comedy The Nice Guys, but has revealed that his next project, the redo/ sequel to Predator, will be his most ambitious yet, and could even be on the scale of his very successful Iron Man 3 from a few years back. The Shane Black Predator movie could be the event film of 2018.
Black spoke with Thrillist about Fox contacting him to return to the franchise in which he appeared in back in 1987.
“They called me and I was reluctant”, Black told the website. “I said, ‘look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we’ve been churning out these Avp whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they’re okay, but there’s no effort to »
- Paul Heath
After tackling the comic book blockbuster, writer and director Shane Black is going back to his Kiss Kiss Bang Bang roots with the comedic detective thriller The Nice Guys. Two private investigators, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, team up to find a missing woman, but they might end up biting off more than they can chew. It's not quite as funny as the first red band trailer, but it still looks like it could be the sleeper hit of the summer. Also, keep an eye out for young Iron Man 3 co-star Ty Simpkins when a car goes crashing through his house. Does he have a dirty magazine in his hands? Probably. Watch below now! Here's the new trailer for The Nice Guys from Warner Bros. Pictures: The Nice Guys is co-written and directed by filmmaker Shane Black, screenwriter of the Lethal Weapon series, The Monster Squad, Last Action Hero, »
- Ethan Anderton
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best selling science fiction novel Ready Player One has already cast Tye Sheridan (Mud, X-Men: Apocalypse) as lead Wade Watts aka Parzival, with support from Olivia Cooke (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) and Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Now it looks like it’s about to bolster it’s ranks as THR are reporting that Simon Pegg is currently in negotiations to join the cast.
Pegg is in talks to play Orgen Morrow, one of the creators behind the Oasis, the 80’s inspired virtual reality world in which players can live out their fantasies.
Set in the year 2044, the Oasis has become the preferred living environment for humans. The plot revolves around teenager Wade Watts, who becomes the leading participant in a worldwide treasure hunt inside the Oasis after it’s creator dies. Watts must solve intricate clues »
- Gavin Logan
His rep and longtime friend Anthony Turk told Variety that Reherman’s death was completely unexpected, calling him the “epitome of health.” While the cause of death has not yet been revealed, Turk said Reherman underwent hip surgery about two months ago and had not been feeling well for the past few days.
Reherman, muscle bound and standing 6-foot-4, had first planned to go into professional football, playing as an offensive lineman at Cornell University. He failed to make the Miami Dolphins team after a stint in training camp, and subsequently moved to California to pursue a career in acting.
- Alex Stedman
Back in the day an audience’s appetite for action was sated by Glenn Ford on a horse, a sword and sandals epic, or a movie about how America won WWII for the Allies. But all of that changed when Hollywood discovered the blockbuster.
As the movies became bigger, plots got smaller and expectations had to be reduced in order sit through them. Movies like Tango & Cash or Hudson Hawk might’ve been big, but they weren’t particularly clever, and didn’t offer much in the way of thrills. Last Action Hero, hyped by Arnold Schwarzenegger as “big, gigantic, monstrous”, was basically a bad joke made at the expense of the films that had made him a star. Van Damme in Sudden Death? Steven Seagal’s On Deadly Ground? Horrendous. All of them.
But somewhere between the lows of Seagal’s oeuvre and the highs of Die Hard »
- Ian Watson
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