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Let’s face it. We can’t hide it. We all have those movies that we like that others would shun. These are guilty pleasures: the ones that aren’t that great but we love for some reason or another. Here are mine. Be sure to list yours in the comments, if you’d like.
Last Action Hero (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Here’s the thing: I will defend this movie’s concept till Doomsday. A movie about a kid with a magic ticket that gets pulled into an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie? Genius concept. Yes, the kid is annoying. Yes, the movie doesn’t reach the heights of a McTiernan/Black team-up as well as one might think. It’s interesting to note that McTiernan isn’t working as much »
- Zack Parks
Charles Dance is a veteran of British stage and screen but is probably best known to American audiences for roles in For Your Eyes Only and Alien 3. He also played the villain in Last Action Hero but the less said about that the better. More recently he played the patriarch of the Lannister clan, the wealthy and ruthless Lord Tywin in HBO's Game Of Thrones. In an interview with Attention Deficit Delirium Dance discusses his upcoming roles in Neverland and Underworld: Awakening as well as reprising the role of Tywin in the next season of Game Of Thrones. We have heard a rumor that HBO have given the go ahead to a third and fourth season of the show although there has been nothing official on this. Here Dance seems to confirm a third season at least.. We finished [filming] season two. I think that will air in February or »
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
On December 8-11 and 29-30, the Aero and Egyptian Theaters in Santa Monica and Hollywood will present a 70mm film festival. Titles to be screened are:
For details click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) has had it with the movies in "The Artist"Over at Fandor's Keyframe blog I'll be musing about the Oscar race on a biweekly basis. This week's topic is the unusual abundance of movies about movies in this year's Oscar race from Marilyn Monroe (My Week With Marilyn) to George Melies (Hugo) to Hollywood's seismic sound shift in the late 20s (The Artist). But one thing I didn't dwell on too much in the article (which I hope you'll go and read!) is the lack of Oscars won for movies about movies.
Everyone predicting a win for The Artist (2011) before the nominations are even announced should consider the following list and sobering fact: No movie about movies has ever won Best Picture.
Movies About Movies: How Do They Do With Oscar?
(Best Picture Nominees are in red)
Janet Gaynor (already an Oscar winner) was nominated again »
- NATHANIEL R
Michael London and his Groundswell Prods. have set up horror comedy Final Girls at New Line with A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D helmer Todd Strauss-Schulson directing, reports Variety. Described as a mix between Back to the Future and Friday the 13th, the story follows a girl grieving the loss of her mother, who was a scream queen in the 1980s. When she and her friends are mysteriously sucked into the world of her mother's most famous horror movie, Max is reunited with her mom and must face the pic's crazed killer. It sounds more like Last Action Hero to me, and the title alone is absolutely hilarious (although, I'm not sure if anyone outside of the horror community will understand). Scribes Mark Fortin and Josh Miller are currently doing revisions on the spec script they sold to Groundswell. »
Let's start with Friday night TV.
Grimm 1x04, "Lonelyhearts," airs at 9 pm on NBC. Synopsis:
In the meantime, a stranger shows up looking to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a Grimm, but he’ll have to get past Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz). Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch and Reggie Lee also star.
Sanctuary 3x07, "Icebreaker," airs at 10 pm on Syfy. Synopsis:
Henry, Declan and a »
Sharon Stone Oscar-nominated Actress Sharon Stone arrives at the 2011 Governors Awards, which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Taxi Driver, Death Becomes Her), however, showed up to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Sharon Stone was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Martin Scorsese's Casino. Among Stone's movie credits are Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Sliver, Last Action Hero, The Quick and the Dead, Diabolique, Catwoman, Broken Flowers, Basic Instinct 2, and When a Man Falls. »
- D. Zhea
Cast your mind back to the late eighties/early nineties when Arnold Schwarzenegger was the biggest star on the planet. The Austrian-born bodybuilder-cum-toast of Tinseltown had an incredible run at the box office, and managed that rare feat of transcending his nationality (little explanation was ever attributed to his character’s thick Teutonic accents) and somehow became an all-American icon.
He established that mould for future contenders to the action throne, such as The Rock and Vin Diesel, and they even tried to emulate his career path by applying the same tactical steps in trying to reach out to an even wider fan base by appearing in family-friendly fare (and somehow making an even more ham-fisted attempt at it than Arnie himself).
Having stepped down from his seven year role of Governor of California at the beginning of this year (failing to adequately tackle the state’s disastrously escalating budget »
- Adam Lowes
Like Crazy, the indie romance that earned a Sundance seal of approval from last year’s festival, is a movie that lives and breathes on the chemistry of its two stars, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Felicity Jones (Brideshead Revisited). Even off-screen, the mojo between the two is just as vibrant.
I took part in the chemistry between Yelchin and Jones during our small chat about the film, which includes a discussion about facial hair, Space Jam, and the unique occasion in which Yelchin received his first kiss.
Let’s talk about facial hair in movies for guys. (To Yelchin), Do you like your facial hair in this movie?
Felicity Jones: It’s a necessary evil (laughs).
Anton Yelchin: I think what we tried to do was that basically the first time after you meet him after he hadn »
- Nick Allen
I guess I’m feeling pretty violent these days, since last week I talked about how more people on TV needed to die and we’re revisiting the subject of death again this week. Though, with a slightly different slant – whereas previously I wanted more death, now I want that same amount of death, but slower. In television, everyone seems like they’re in a huge hurry to die. Granted, the world of make believe is at least as dangerous as the real one, in fact, it’s infinitely more so. In a regular day, most of us won’t contend with tornadoes, Megasnakes, Sharktopi, advanced alien civilizations, primitive monsters, serial killers, psycho killers, bank robbers or mutated man-beast hybrids. Sure, there are some exceptional days, but for the most part we don’t have as much to worry about. Regardless of what Last Action Hero says, I think we also have it safer, after »
- Robert Fure
You've no doubt noticed that almost every phone number in the movies starts with "555." But you may not have realized just how many movies actually mention these phone numbers.
The "555 Supercut" gathers together clips from just a handful of movies that feature the magical digits and, oh my, there are so many! Someone with a lot of free time and even more patience should put together a "Movie Phonebook" with every fictional character and business listed with their respective numbers -- there's probably a lot of overlap.
(Actually, someone probably already has done that -- at least sort of, anyway.)
Put a call into "Ghostbusters," "Dumb and Dumber," "Scream," "Back to the Future," "The Fog," "Carlito's Way," "Do the Right Thing," "Say Anything," at least two of the "Die Hard" adventures and, of course, "Last Action Hero," among many others, courtesy of YouTube.
- Bryan Enk
I figured all hope was lost when it didn't look like Matthew Vaughn would reconnect with Kick-Ass comic book writer Mark Millar for a sequel. My hope is now slightly restored with news that Vaughn has purchased the film rights to another one of Millar's comics, Superior, a press release from Comic Book Movie revealed.
The comic is considered by some as a combination of Last Action Hero, Big and Superman. The series is about a young boy with multiple scelrosis who dreams of becoming his favorite movie superhero. »
- Get The Big Picture
It was less than two weeks ago that Mark Millar finally admitted that Matthew Vaughn likely wouldn't be back to direct Kick-Ass 2 simply because he had become too big and the project wouldn't be able to afford him. It was a sad, albeit expected, announcement that pretty much cements the idea that we will never see a sequel to the 2010 comic book film. But that doesn't mean that Millar and Vaughn are done working together. The proof of that can be seen the press release sent to Comic Book Movie. It has been announced that Matthew Vaughn has purchased the rights to Mark Millar's comic series Superior with the intention of bringing the project to the big screen. A mix of Last Action Hero, Big and Superman, the series is about a young boy with multiple sclerosis who dreams of becoming his favorite movie superhero. When his wish is granted, »
Bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician plans to call the book Total Recall
There were so many options for Arnold Schwarzenegger when the former bodybuilder and governor of California was deciding on a title for his just-announced new memoir, from Judgement Day to True Lies via Last Action Hero, but the actor-turned-politician is currently planning to call the autobiography Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.
Acquired by Simon & Schuster for publication around the world next October, the memoir – which the publisher is calling "one of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation" – will trace Schwarzenegger's life from his journey to the Us from Austria as a young bodybuilder through his career as an actor to his appointment as California governor. Simon & Schuster promised "a larger-than-life portrait of his illustrious, controversial and ever-entertaining life in and out of the public eye", but did not reveal whether Schwarzenegger's total recall would cover the news earlier this summer that his wife, »
- Alison Flood
The Scorecard Review news
Source: L.A. Times
Thoughts by Tsr: If you don’t know who Black is, he’s the guy who wrote Lethal Weapon along with some others like Last Action Hero. Most importantly for me, he’s the guy who directed Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. If you haven’t seen that film, do it now. I don’t feel like Jon Favreau needs to go from the Iron Man franchise. Iron Man 2 was just a little worse than the original. Downey Jr. seems excited to have Black directing and writing and had this to say to the L.A. Times …
“He’s more than the sum of his parts and he’s also kind of been a sleeper for a long time, »
- Jeff Bayer
Robert Downey Jr already has four screen appearances as Iron Man under his big red belt (including his cameo in The Incredible Hulk), and as The Avengers almost wraps up filming, the actor spoke to the L A Times about Iron Man 3 and its announced director, Shane Black.
‘He’s more than the sum of his parts and he’s also kind of been a sleeper for a long time. We’re not talking much about the script right now, because Shane is off writing, but we talked before that and when we are talking again the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we’re on the same page]. It’s kind of like we’re fighting on the same side and at the same time we’re circling each other, so it’s all great. It should be great.’
- Ben McCann
Movie hits and misses on the dancefloor as clip joint looks at the be- Everybody Dance Now!
A Japanese proverb lurks behind this week's Clip joint: "We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance."
As probably our earliest form of storytelling, dance is an elemental expression of our humanity. It can embody every emotion, from love to sorrow to the yearning for legwarmers.
Frowsty film buffs might be wary of the form, perhaps due to associations with emotionally inauthentic pop videos and musicals. Perhaps that's why, sometimes, dance is smuggled into film, barely hinted at by all that has gone before. The surprise can be funny, magical and/or jarring. It can gild the viewer's goodwill or dash it to smithereens in one fell kick ball change. Let's one-two-step through five of the best examples:
If you want to understand America — what we are, what we were, and most of all, what we want to be — then you have to understand Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. The two actors exemplify two of our country’s most primal national myths. Stallone is a classic Horatio Alger protagonist, rising from impossibly humble beginnings into a world of fame and fortune and triumph and tragedy. Schwarzenegger is simply the Great American Immigrant Success Story, a boy from the forests of Austria who became a national celebrity, a canny businessman, and the chief executive of the eighth-largest economy in the world. »
- Darren Franich and Keith Staskiewicz
John McTiernan had a killer action movie run in the '80s with Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt For Red October, and the '90s weren't so bad for him either, thanks to Last Action Hero and Die Hard: With a Vengeance. But the 2000s weren't so hot, first because of Rollerball, and then because he was implicated in the 2006 Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering scandal. McTiernan ultimately perjured himself while testifying about his involvement in the Hollywood private investigator's activities, which led to a one-year prison sentence. John McTiernan's conviction is waiting to go through the appeal process right now. In the meantime he has been trying to pull together  a film called Shrapnel, based on a script by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and provisionally starring  John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. So that Face/Off reunion is finally going to happen? That's what it »
- Russ Fischer
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.
It’s a thrilling week in movies! Hordes of Potterheads will mob theaters at midnight to see the much-anticipated Battle of Hogwarts, while a silly old bear tumbles back with a new tale from the Hundred Acre Wood, and a master documentarian brings a twisted true tale to light. To take the excitement home, screen this selection of streaming features from the comfort of your couch.
In the final film of the world-thrilling film series, The Boy Who Lived (Daniel Radcliffe) prepares for the final showdown with He Who Must Not Be Named (Ralph Fiennes). But come on, you knew that! Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman co-star.
For more tales of magic and mayhem, try this »
- Kristy Puchko
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