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Parasite: Demi Moore’s delightfully shlocky film debut

Ryan Lambie Sep 22, 2017

It’s Alien crossed with Mad Max, and Demi Moore plays a lemon farmer. We look back at the 1982 sci-fi horror, Parasite...

All Hollywood stars have to start somewhere, and there are plenty of A-listers with low-budget B-movies in their early histories. A teenage Leonardo DiCaprio made an appearance in Critters 3; Kevin Bacon was a memorable victim in the original Friday The 13th. Then there's Parasite: a bargain-basement sci-fi horror that cheerfully slams together two popular 70s staples: Cronenbergian body horror and George Miller-style post-apocalypse. Oh, and Demi Moore makes her feature film debut as Patricia, who grows lemons.

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In a dystopian near-future, a clammy, bug-eyed scientist, Dr Paul Dean (Robert Glaudini, who looks like a gaunt, desperately-ill relative of Jeff Goldblum) tinkers away in his lab. His
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The bidding war for The Emoji Movie

Simon Brew Sep 11, 2017

The Emoji Movie took two years from rights acquisition to get to the screen. Here's what happened...

For my money – and I can say that, as I stumped up to see it – there’s been no worse feature film on a big screen this year than The Emoji Movie.

The animated film, from Sony Pictures Animation (who gave us the much better than it was reported to be Smurfs film earlier this year), has a credits list full of really talented people. Good people. Just ones who found themselves working on a fast-tracked movie that was seemingly made purely, purely, purely for business reasons. At no point in the film is there a eureka moment, an impression that somebody hatched a great story they wanted to tell. Instead, to understand quite how The Emoji Movie turned out as it did, you have to go back in time.
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director Joachim Rønning in Talks for Michael Crichton’s ‘Micro’

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director Joachim Rønning in Talks for Michael Crichton’s ‘Micro’
Joachim Rønning is in talks with Amblin Entertainment to direct its adaptation of Michael Crichton’s science thriller “Micro.”

Rønning teamed with Espen Sandberg to co-direct “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Kon-Tiki.”

Amblin’s predecessor DreamWorks acquired the film rights in 2015 to “Micro” with Frank Marshall attached to produce. The story follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company, only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rainforest with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

Darren Lemke, whose credits include “Goosebumps,” “Turbo,” and “Jack the Giant Slayer,” is attached to write the “Micro” screenplay.

“Micro” was unfinished when Crichton died in 2008, then was completed by author Richard Preston and published by HarperCollins in 2011. Crichton had teamed with Steven Spielberg for mega-hit “Jurassic Park” in 1993, a year before Spielberg co-founded DreamWorks Skg
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Ghost In The Shell (2017) review

Scarlett Johansson stars in the cyberpunk anime adaptation, Ghost In The Shell. Here's our review...

Think about some of the techno-thrillers that emerged in the mid-90s: Sandra Bullock vehicle The Net, say, or Michael Douglas-Demi Moore harassment-in-the-workplace Vr opus, Disclosure. Watch them now, and they look almost painfully quaint.

Now take a look at Ghost In The Shell, director Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga; 22 years on, and it’s barely aged a day. It imagines a future where human and machine have long since fused; typists can have their hands replaced with ten-fingered robot limbs capable of banging out 1,000 words per second. Minds can be augmented for faster learning; eyes can be replaced with more powerful optical sensors. Yet in this future Tokyo, where humanity is on the cusp of leaving its body for a life in cyberspace, there’s a growing sense
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The erotic thrillers that followed Basic Instinct’s success

Simon Brew Feb 3, 2017

When Basic Instinct hit big, Hollywood went hunting for more erotic thrillers. Er, it found some. Includes Kevin Spacey with odd hair.

When a movie hits big out of the blue, it’s unwritten Hollywood law that the imitators aren’t too far behind. That’s why, after American Pie brought Porky’s-esque sex-tinged (late) teen comedies back to prominence in 1999, the box office was flooded with similar fare for years after. The Blair Witch Project, meanwhile, hit out of nowhere, and found footage horror is only now dying away. The late Wes Craven, meanwhile, wryly noted just how quickly Hollywood had cashed in on the success of 1996’s Scream, when spoof Scary Movie popped out the year after.

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Going back to 1992, though, and it was the turn of the erotic thriller to enjoy its resurgence.
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Watch This: Much of Disclosure is dated, but its white-male paranoia sadly isn’t

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: Equity inspires a look back at other films set in the corporate world.

Disclosure (1994)

Corporate machinations. Sexual harassment. Virtual reality. CD-rom drives. Disclosure, based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name, has aged into a glorious time capsule of the early ’90s, when political correctness experienced its first backlash, technology took a giant leap forward, and someone thought it was a good idea to give Dennis Miller a supporting role in a movie. They were heady times.

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Not everyone was pleased. “White Male Paranoia” blared the March 29, 1993, cover of Newsweek, with the subhead “Are They the Newest Victims—Or Just Bad Sports?” The story, by David Gates, took its inspiration from a movie released the prior month. In Falling Down, Michael Douglas played a ...
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At 87, Walk of Fame Honoree Ennio Morricone Lives Up to His Legend

At 87, Walk of Fame Honoree Ennio Morricone Lives Up to His Legend
The career of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who on Feb. 26 will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has few — if any — parallels in the history of film music.

The composer for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Cinema Paradiso” and an estimated 375 other feature films (not to mention another 90 or so TV projects) is perhaps the most prolific in Western cinema.

He is also among the most respected. Filmmakers from Terrence Malick to John Boorman, Mike Nichols to Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski to Bernardo Bertolucci, Roland Joffe to Brian De Palma, have sought him out to contribute to their films.

Reached at his home in Rome, he says via interpreter, that receiving the star is “a great accolade,” adding, “I can only anticipate how I’m going to feel when I’m there in L.A.”

It’s just the latest honor for the 87-year-old maestro.
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Michael Douglas Just Getting Started with Career Achievement Honor

Michael Douglas Just Getting Started with Career Achievement Honor
Following in the footsteps of such previous career achievement honorees as Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas is being recognized “for the longevity of his career, the quality of his achievements, and his overall striving for excellence,” says Aarp’s Robert Love. “He’s also a great activist and well-known as an all-around good guy.”

Ironically, in a career spanning more than 50 years, the actor-producer and Oscar winner has enjoyed his biggest successes embodying bad guys, anti-heroes and jerks. And even a short list of his greatest hits — “Wall Street,” for which he won the lead actor Oscar, “Fatal Attraction,” “Basic Instinct,” “The War of the Roses” and “Disclosure” — reveals just how good he’s been at it.

The actor, who’s always had a gift for playing ethically challenged and morally ambiguous characters, fully inhabited the reptilian Gordon Gekko — his most iconic role,
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Tarantino Talks "Hateful Eight" At Comic Con

Legendary composer Ennio Morricone is set to do the score for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," marking his return to the genre after four decades away from a sound he made iconic in Sergio Leone's "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "A Fistful of Dollars"

Morricone has worked on such famous films as "The Untouchables," "The Thing," "The Mission," "In the Line of Fire," "Cinema Paradiso," "Days of Heaven," "Bugsy" "Disclosure" and "Casualties of War". He previously worked with Tarantino on "Inglorious Basterds" and "Django Unchained".

The revelation was just one of a number of reveals during the Hall H panel at Comic Con for the new Tarantino film. Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh were all on hand to show off seven minutes of footage from the film and talk about the new film's presentation.
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Film Rights to Michael Crichton’s Micro Acquired by DreamWorks Studios

From The Andromeda Strain to Jurassic Park to Prey and beyond, the late Michael Crichton offered readers numerous gateways to intelligent escapism on the printed page. Published posthumously, 2011's Micro is no exception. DreamWorks Studios seems to agree, as the company has picked up the film rights to the thriller.

Press Release: "Los Angeles--(Business Wire)--DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” it was announced today by Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Frank Marshall is on board to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.

The high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

"Micro" was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed
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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller,
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Billboard Music Awards Winners 2015: Full List

Billboard Music Awards Winners 2015: Full List
The Billboard Music Awards will kicked off Sunday night, with Ludacris returning to co-host along with Chrissy Teigen.

Taylor Swift, who debuted her highly anticipated “Bad Blood” musicvideo during the broadcast, won several top prizes, including best artist, best female artist top Billboard 200 artist. Sam Smith also made out well, scoring top male artist and best new artist.

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. See a complete winners list below.

Top Artist

Taylor Swift (Winner)

Ariana Grande

One Direction

Katy Perry

Sam Smith

Top Female Artist

Taylor Swift (Winner)

Iggy Azalea

Ariana Grande

Katy Perry

Meghan Trainor

Top Radio Song

John Legend, “All of Me” (Winner)

Magic!, “Rude”

Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”

Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Pharrell Williams, “Happy

Top Male Artist

Sam Smith (Winner)

Drake

Pharrell Williams

Ed Sheeran

Justin Timberlake

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Calvin Harris
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Revisiting Clear And Present Danger: the best Jack Ryan film

An intelligent, dense political thriller in the middle of summer? We visit Harrison Ford in Tom Clancy's Clear And Present Danger...

This article contains spoilers for, er, Clear And Present Danger.

How many times have you walked out of seeing a big summer blockbuster movie, and felt like you'd been treated like a grown-up? Christopher Nolan movies, whether you like them or not, treat you with that level of respect. But when it comes to major thrillers, there's generally something about them where you feel you've been shortchanged.

It's why it puzzles me that Clear And Present Danger doesn't get a lot more love. From the day I saw it for the first time back in 1994, and on every viewing since, I've really loved this film. I love that it isn't afraid of a dense plot, isn't afraid of putting a big movie star on the poster yet finds time for supporting characters,
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21 Top DJs Share Their Secrets for the Perfect New Year's Eve Party Playlist

21 Top DJs Share Their Secrets for the Perfect New Year's Eve Party Playlist
While some people's idea of the perfect New Year's Eve is to stay in and watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV with Ryan Seacrest (or Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin), all cuddled up with a loved one and a bottle of Cabernet, many others will dance 'till the sun comes up.

DJs are the new rock stars -- and they're the tastemakers of the year's biggest party night. So what constitutes the perfect New Year's Eve playlist? ETonline reached out to the world's biggest DJs -- many of whom regularly play to crowds of tens of thousands -- to get their go-to tracks and tips for curating the soundtrack for the perfect New Year's party.

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1. The Chainsmokers: This DJ duo had a huge 2014 - cracking DJ Mag's prestigious Top 100 list for the first time at No. 97 riding support
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Michael Douglas Wraps "Ant-Man" Filming

Filming on Marvel's "Ant-Man" continues in Georgia this week, but one cast member won't be involved - Michael Douglas. Douglas has posted on his Facebook page that he's wrapped his scenes as Hank Pym on the production, completing his final scene this past weekend. Marvel puts aside time for additional filming closer to release, so Douglas may be back as Pym for further filming down the line.

He also posted an image of himself standing alongside longtime stunt double Mike Runyard, whom he has worked with for the past twenty-six years including such films as Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," Danny DeVito's "The War of the Roses," Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct," Joel Schumacher's "Falling Down," Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys," Barry Levinson's "Disclosure," David Fincher's "The Game" and Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra".

Post by Michael Douglas.
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MTV VMAs 2014 Recap: Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran & Katy Perry Win Top Awards

The 2014 MTV VMAs were held Sunday, Aug. 24 at The Forum in Englewood, Calif., where Beyoncé took home the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award and Miley Cyrus earned the Moonman for Video of the Year.

MTV Vma 2014 Recap

Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” bested the anticipated winner “Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé and Jay Z, as well as Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” Sia’s “Chandelier” and Pharrel Williams’ “Happy.” Cyrus’s once-homeless friend Jesse accepted the award on her behalf and the behalf of America’s 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth.

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Best Male Video went to Ed Sheeran (feat. Pharrell Williams) for “Sing.” The British singer-songwriter beat out Eminem, John Legend, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams. Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” came out on top of music videos from Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Lorde to win Best Female Video.

The video for "Problem" by Ariana Grande
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MTV Vma 2014 Recap: Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran & Katy Perry Win Top Awards

The 2014 MTV VMAs were held Sunday, Aug. 24 at The Forum in Englewood, Calif., where Beyoncé took home the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award and Miley Cyrus earned the Moonman for Video of the Year.

MTV Vma 2014 Recap

Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” bested the anticipated winner “Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé and Jay Z, as well as Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” Sia’s “Chandelier” and Pharrel Williams’ “Happy.” Cyrus’s once-homeless friend Jesse accepted the award on her behalf and the behalf of America’s 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth.

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Best Male Video went to Ed Sheeran (feat. Pharrell Williams) for “Sing.” The British singer-songwriter beat out Eminem, John Legend, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams. Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” came out on top of music videos from Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Lorde to win Best Female Video.

The video for "Problem" by Ariana Grande
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Video Music Awards 2014: Winners List

Video Music Awards 2014: Winners List
MTV’s Video Music Awards will kicked off on Sunday night, 6 p.m. Et/9 p.m. Pt, airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Among the biggest winners were Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry.

See the full list of winners below:

Video of the Year

Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball” (Winner)

Beyoncé ft. Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli Xcx – “Fancy”

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Sia – “Chandelier”

Best Female

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse” (Winner)

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli Xcx – “Fancy”

Beyoncé – “Partition”

Lorde – “Royals”

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”

Best Male

Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell – “Sing” (Winner)

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

John Legend – “All Of Me

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”

Best Pop

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem” (Winner)

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli Xcx – “Fancy”

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”

Avicii ft.
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MTV Vmas 2014 Complete Winners List

MTV Vmas 2014 Complete Winners List
ETonline has the complete 2014 MTV VMAs winner list.

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are in full swing at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Beyonce, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith are among the nominees who could walk home with a shiny new Moonman on Sunday. ETonline has the full list of winners as they are announced and will be updating them live! Stay with us to find out who wins.

Best Lyric Video

*5 Seconds of Summer, "Don't Stop"

Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea),"Problem"

Demi Lovato (featuring Cher Lloyd), "Really Don't Care"

Austin Mahone (featuring Pitbull), "Mmm Yeah"

Katy Perry, "Birthday"

Best Female Video

*Katy Perry (featuring Juicy J), "Dark Horse"

Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli Xcx),"Fancy"

Beyonce, "Partition"

Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea), "Problem"

Lorde, "Royals"

Best Male Video

*Ed Sheeran (featuring Pharrell Williams), "Sing"

John Legend, "All of Me"

Eminem (Featuring Rihanna), "The Monster"

Sam Smith, "Stay with Me
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2014 MTV Video Music Awards nominees and winners - complete list

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards nominees and winners - complete list
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were handed out Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Los Angeles Forum. The show was host-less, but there were many big stars on hand to take home their moon men. A complete list of all the nominees and winners from this year's show. Video Of The Year: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli Xcx – "Fancy" Beyonce ft. Jay Z - "Drunk in Love" Pharrell Williams - "Happy" Sia - "Chandelier" Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball" - Winner Best Hip Hop: Eminem - "Bezerk" Drake ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)" - Winner Childish Gambino - "3005" Kanye West - "Black Skinhead" Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz” Best Male: Pharrell Williams - "Happy" John Legend - "All of Me" Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams - "Sing" - Winner Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" Eminem ft. Rihanna - "The Monster" Best Female: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli Xcx
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