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DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $249.95
Studio: StarVista/Time Life
The highly anticipated arrival of The Wonder Years: The Complete Series on DVD is upon us!
Premiering after the 1988 Super Bowl, the beloved Wonder Years captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike with the trials and tribulations of young Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) as he enters junior high and grows up during the late 60s and early 70s. From his first kiss with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to his friendship with Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and the ups and downs of the Arnold family, fans shared in laughter, love, loss, and above all, wonder.
Never before released in its entirety on DVD, the complete series arrives housed in a collectible metal locker like those at Kennedy Junior High (Go Wildcats!). The locker includes two notebooks with detailed episode information, production photos, and all 115 episodes plus over 23 hours of bonus features on 26 DVDs. »
For decades, Britain has been known across the world for producing some truly great wrestlers. Although just a small island nation with a population of 60 million, the worldwide impact of British stars has been profound. I have previously stated, when appearing on the Bwc British Wrestling Roundup show on Challenge TV here in the UK, that I genuinely believe that British wrestlers are the best in the world. When you consider our nation’s small size and the number of Brits who have made a global impression on the wrestling world, compared to the size of other wrestling countries, it is an excellent rate ‘per capita’. The British style, technical and mat based, has become slightly diluted as the American influence has crossed the Atlantic over the past two decades, but it has enjoyed a renaissance to a degree through the popularity of some of the wrestlers listed in this article. »
- Dean Ayass
Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
This review contains spoilers.
2.9 The Red Door
Let’s take a big fat internet-eraser to last week’s review, in which some idiot stated that Under The Dome had swapped its barminess for a new sensible approach. That clearly isn’t the case. What seemed, over the past fortnight, like a reboot into safer, more generic territory was really just the show rearing up and readying itself for this week’s gigantic leap back to bonkers-land.
At least the audience knows where it stands again. No longer do we have to grudgingly concede that Under The Dome has smartened up its act and started to make actual sense. We’re all back in the state of baffled-yet-entertained carbon-monoxide-leak dizziness that the series has kept us in since the dome came down. »
After close to a decade of waiting, we finally return to Basin City this weekend with the arrival Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s long-awaited sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and to coincide with the release of the film we thought we’d test your knowledge of the characters inhabiting the world of Sin City with the latest Sunday Quiz. If you’re yet to see A Dame to Kill For, you may want to do so first, as it does include a couple of characters from the sequel, but if you have – or you think you’re good to go anyway – then take the quiz below to see if you can name all fifteen characters, and don’t forget to share your results…
Question 1 Dwight Hartigan Marv
Question 2 Nancy Goldie Wendy
Question 3 Kevin Roark Junior Damian Lord
Question 4 Johnny Dwight Wallace
Question 5 Weevil Jackie-Boy That »
- Gary Collinson
The new issue of cléo, a journal of film and feminism, features interviews with Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) and Alanis Obomsawin, articles on Michael Glawogger’s Whores’ Glory, Josephine Decker’s Butter on the Latch, James Gray’s The Immigrant, Ivan Reitman’s Junior, Raffaele Brunetti and Marco Leopardi’s Hair India, Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays, Barbara Kopple’s Harlan County, USA and Sally Potter’s Rage and a roundtable on Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child. Also in today's roundup of news and views: J. Hoberman on David Lynch and Werner Herzog, Dick Cavett's steamy interview with Robert Altman and more. » - David Hudson »
A large crowd queues impatiently outside the cinema and, when the doors open, rushes in. In an instant, every available seat is taken. Toward the back of the auditorium, a dispute breaks out between two passholders over who was there first. It’s a common enough sight at film festivals the world over: Sundance, Cannes, Telluride, Toronto. Only this time, we are in the serene college town of Bologna and the coveted premiere isn’t the latest work by a prize-winning auteur, but rather an early Hollywood sound film believed to have been unseen in nearly 70 years. The movie is called “Why Be Good?” (pictured above) and it was one of the hottest tickets you could come by at the 28th edition if Il Cinema Ritrovato (June 28-July 5), which screened the 1929 Vitaphone feature in a sterling new restoration.
One of the more than 100 feature films directed by the extremely industrious »
- Scott Foundas
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
In an interview we had with director Jaume Collet-Serra, he said that no one has really made a movie like Non-Stop before. We’ve had action and disaster movies on planes, but not a murder mystery. It’s an interesting concept and, for the most part, it works. But Non-Stop just can’t seem to past above a certain level, making it only an extremely average movie.
- Luke Owen
Considering the last time he crashed into American movie theaters was for the spotty 1998 remake (more on that in a minute), it's with a mixture of trepidation and excitement that this new Godzilla is met. Still, where there are buildings to topple, there will be Godzilla.
This new "Godzilla" is a contemporary tale that follows a disparate group of characters, including Bryan Cranston's nuclear scientist-turned-conspiracy theorist, Aaron Taylor-Johnson's young infantryman, Elizabeth Olsen's nurse, and Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins, who work for a shady government agency, as they deal with the fallout of Godzilla's return to civilization. That's right: return.
But is this something you should rush out and see or is sitting through this movie worse than getting doused with radioactivity (or crushed to death by falling rubble)? Read on to find out. »
- Drew Taylor
This article contains spoilers for Kindergarten Cop.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up with director Ivan Reitman for the first time, the pair struck box office gold. The project that brought them together? Twins, the ultimate high concept movie, that paired Arnie with Danny DeVito. Much money was made, and Twins is one of the films that Arnie is now trying to get a sequel moving to as he attempts to pump life into his box office powers.
Reitman and Schwarzenegger would team up for two more comedies, to which Schwarzenegger appears less interested in resurrecting. Junior would follow in 1994, but it's 1990's Kindergarten Cop that we're focusing on here.
Everyone has their heroes…some look up to fictional characters, some look up to fireman and police officers, I however, looked to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ever since I first laid eyes upon The Terminator (and wiped them at the heart wrenching conclusion of Terminator 2: Judgement Day) at the strangely young age of seven, Schwarzenegger has been a hero that I have worshipped every day of my life through think and thin. The astounding accomplishments of the Austrian oak (Mr Universe, Hollywood actor, Governor of California) alone are enough to warrant respect and admiration from anyone. However to me, Schwarzenegger is the Hollywood superstar and the determination, discipline and talent that lead him to those amazing accomplishment’s, is why he is my hero.
In early March I had the fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity, to attend a press conference in the beautiful Savoy Hotel, for Schwarzenegger’s new film Sabotage. »
- Ben Read
If you are the son of icon Arnold Schwarzenegger you have three career paths from which to choose; politics, body-building or acting. Son Patrick has chosen option three and has had small roles in films like Grown-ups 2 and Stuck In Love. His next project should see him take on a slightly more central role as he has signed on to star in Christopher Landon’s Scouts Vs Zombies.
Landon recently brought us Paranormal Activity spin-off movie Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, but Scouts Vs Zombies is to be played purely for laughs. The plot of the film is pretty much exactly what it says in the name, a boy-scout group find themselves defending their small town from a group of zombies.
Schwarzenegger Junior has been cast as a jock who butts heads with the boy-scout troupe.
Filming starts on May 8th with no release date having been set as of yet. »
- Kat Smith
Popular wisdom has it that any film containing Emma Thompson must be irreproachably classy. Hmm ever see her opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in pregnant-man comedy Junior? The Love Punch is a grisly romcom caper about a divorced English couple who recapture their spark when they try to steal a diamond from the financier who robbed them. Directed by Joel Hopkins with what you can only call "le Michael Winner touch", this comedy is set in France, where everyone is either dastardly, cartoonish or ever so ooh-la-la. Brosnan mocks himself affably (yes, again), Thompson shoots him "oh-you're-incorrigible" looks, and the whole thing is middle-aged, middle-class and middle-budget, like a big-screen episode of Terry and June. Utterly joyless although you can somehow imagine Nigel Farage enjoying it immensely.
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- Jonathan Romney
Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Dave are four of Ivan Reitman‘s films that have stood the test of time. When Reitman was on top of his game, the now 67-year-old filmmaker hit grand slams. I’m not using these sports metaphors because his latest film, Draft Day, includes the NFL Draft, but because, like athletes, some directors have hot streaks and cold streaks. For an array of reasons, slumps happen. Reitman’s lasted 18 years. After Dave he directed Junior, Father’s Day, Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and Six Days, Seven Nights. A few of those films had glimmers of hope that Reitman hadn’t lost his touch, but during those years, only as a producer was he making quality movies. People generally focus on the films that proceeded Dave, not Old School, Up in the Air, I Love You, Man and Private Parts, and one of those acclaimed films he came close to directing. “It »
- Jack Giroux
After spending much of his career being likened to “High Noon” star Gary Cooper, Kevin Costner gets a countdown-clock movie to call his very own in “Draft Day.” Although director Ivan Reitman’s sports dramedy trades the streets of the Wild West for the equally rambunctious turf of pro football, and a duel in the center of town for one in the strategy room of the Cleveland Browns, the underlying situation is the same: A weary but fundamentally decent man must decide whether to stand his ideological ground or fall into line with the cowardly herd. It’s a role that fits the aging Costner to a tee in what’s easily the savviest sports movie since “Moneyball” — though you’d scarcely guess it from Summit’s Aarp-friendly marketing campaign and decision to hide the film from critics until the 11th hour. Opening in the mighty wake of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
- Scott Foundas
If you like comedy and you don't know who Ivan Reitman is...well, you should. After all, this is the man who produced the classic "National Lampoon's Animal House" and directed (deep breath) "Meatballs," "Stripes," the immortal "Ghostbusters," "Twins," "Junior," "Dave"...the list goes on and on. His collaborations on those first few movies, with the likes of Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis, should be taught in comedy film school somewhere.
Reitman, oddly, also produced the first two horror movies ever directed by David Cronenberg ("Shivers" and "Rabid") and has produced or directed a whole bunch of other films, but one thing he has not done is direct a sports movie -- until now. His new film, "Draft Day," stars Kevin Costner as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns and takes place on arguably the most important day of the football calendar.
Moviefone sat down with Reitman »
- Don Kaye
Gone too soon. Comedian and actor John Pinette died at age 50 on Saturday, April 5. Pinette was found in his hotel room at the Sheraton in Pittsburgh, and his personal doctor confirmed that the star, who had suffered from liver and heart disease, had died of natural causes, the Post-Gazette reports. Boston native Pinette rose in the stand-up comedy world, where he frequently poked fun at his own obesity; he appeared in such films as Junior, Dear God, Duets and The Punisher. His most TV appearance [...] »
John Pinette, a stand-up comedian who appeared in films and on TV, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room Sunday. His manager, Larry Schapiro, told TheWrap that the 50-year-old Pinette suffered from a pulmonary embolism, though there has been no autopsy. Pinette, who was on a tour of the U.S. and Canada that was to extend through June, was best known for his appearance in the finale of TV's “Seinfeld,” in which he played a man who was mugged while getting out of his car. Pinette's film credits included roles in 1994's “Junior, »
- Todd Cunningham
No cause of death has been released yet, though he was suffering from liver and heart disease, according to several outlets. Authorities have no suspicion of foul play at this time.
Along with his appearance as a carjacking victim in “Seinfeld,” his other credits include “Junior” (1994), “The Punisher” (2004) and “The Last Godfather.” (2010) His last hourlong stand-up special was 2011′s “Still Hungry.” The comedian was known for often poking fun at himself, and he was noted in the comedy world for his self-deprecating style.
He was in the middle of a live »
- Alex Stedman
Stand up comedian and actor John Pinette died Saturday in Pittsburgh after suffering a pulmonary embolism, his manager of 24 years Larry Schapiro confirms. He was 50. Pinette, a veteran of the comedy club circuit who underwent treatment for prescription drug addiction last year, was found dead in his hotel room yesterday afternoon. No autopsy was conducted. Pinette’s feature film credits include ’90s comedy films Reckless Kelly, Junior, and Simon Sez as well as Duets, The Punisher, Rio Sex Comedy, and Hyung-rae Shim’s The Last Godfather. On the small screen, Pinette was a regular on Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and appeared on Vinnie & Bobby, High Tide, and on the series finale of Seinfeld. His comedy special John Pinette: Still Hungry premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. At the time of his death the L.A.-based comedian was touring and developing his next stand-up special, titled John Pinette: They Call Me Slim. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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