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Though they seemed to have forgotten we already had two pretty good Star Wars films in the 1980s, you can't really blame Golan and Globus for trying – a decade into their run at Cannon, they needed a big hit to rescue the company from financial ruin. They put everything they had into Masters of the Universe and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and when both flopped, it spelled the beginning of the end for Cannon Films.
Still, they sort of delivered on that Star Wars promise. With its laser guns and Earth-set plot, Masters of the Universe certainly bears little resemblance to the popular cartoon series it shares part of a title with (Filmation's iconic He-Man and the »
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
Looking for a juicy documentary to sink your teeth into on a rainy afternoon? Or perhaps you’d like to learn more about the casting or production process? These seven sensational docs provide crucial behind-the-scenes insight into various aspects of film and theater. By watching them you’re guaranteed to learn something new about this crazy industry. “Every Little Step” How’s this for meta-theatrical? “Every Little Step” chronicles the most difficult challenge an aspiring Broadway actor could undertake: booking a role in the classic show about aspiring Broadway actors. Following the ups and downs of real-life dancers auditioning for the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line,” this documentary tugs at the heartstrings of starry-eyed triple threats everywhere. The film features interviews with both struggling auditioners and the musical’s creators, providing an astonishing look at what drives Broadway hopefuls. “Looking for Richard” Al Pacino’s directorial debut is ambitious in scope yet relaxed in style. »
St Patrick's Day gets a lot of love, what with all the pub going and the Guinness drinking. In comparison, England's St George's Day tends to be a much more low-key affair, but there is a benefit to this: an evening free to catch up on some great TV.
To celebrate dragon slaying and all the other things that make our country great, we've put together a list of the best films and television shows from the UK available to watch on Netflix right now:
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have both been heaped with praise for their roles as the dynamic duo of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, in stories that bring a modern twist to the classic mysteries.
Tourette syndrome has gotten the Hollywood spotlight from stars like Amy Poehler in “Deuce Bigalow,” Bill Murray in “What About Bob?” and Elle Fanning in “Phoebe in Wonderland.” Media representation of the tic disorder has ranged from irreverently comedic to sweetly tragic. The new movie “The Road Within,” which opens in theaters Friday, aims for a bit of both – funny but also sweet and touching and respectful of those who have Tourette’s. In the film, 27-year-old Irish actor Robert Sheehan (“Misfits,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”) plays Vincent, a teen dealing with Tourette syndrome following the death of his mother. He moves into a clinic, where he meets Marie (Zoe Kravitz), a girl with an eating disorder, and Alex (Dev Patel), a boy with obsessive-compulsive impulses. When the three teens steal their doctor’s car and escape the clinic, they embark on a road trip full of rebellious antics, »
- Emily Rome
Cameron and Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10 was the second most watched programme in its timeslot, gathering 2.41m (11.9%) at 9pm (266k/1.9% on +1). Earlier, Richard III: The King Laid to Rest averaged 960k (4.6%) at 8pm (80k/0.4%).
BBC One's MasterChef continued to top the ratings outside of soaps with 5.07m (24.1%) at 8pm, while The Truth About Calories fascinated 4.01m (18.8%) at 9pm. Question Time followed with 2.62m (26.7%) at 10.45pm.
ITV's Tonight: The Pension Revolution informed 2.63m (13.3%) at 7.30pm (140k/0.7%), while Double Decker Driving School attracted 2.75m (13%) at 8.30pm (106k/0.5%). The concluding part of The Triplets Are Coming! was watched by 1.66m »
Benedict Cumberbatch paid tribute to Richard III, a 15th-century British monarch and warrior whose remains were found under a parking lot almost three years ago, with a reading of a poem at his reburial ceremony at Leicester Cathedral in England on Thursday. The late king, one of the most violent in British history, was the subject of one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays and the Sherlock actor is playing the role in an upcoming BBC series called The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses (see photo). He is also a distant cousin of Richard (as are potentially millions of other people in the U.K.), according to University of Leicester historian Professor Kevin Schürer. Inside the »
Richard III finally laid to rest in The Burial Of The King and Jimmy McGovern lets rip in Banished. Plus: the plot thickens in Fortitude, all aboard India’s Frontier Railways, and strangers share a six-berth sleeper cabin in Inside No 9
Live coverage of the overdue interment of the last monarch of the House of York, 530 years after he was clouted with a halberd on Bosworth Field, and a little over two years since his remains were recovered from beneath a car park in Leicester. Richard III: The King Laid To Rest, at 8pm, includes highlights of today’s service, and the final farewell to Richard from those who found him, along with a few of his descendants. His new tombstone will also be revealed. Andrew Mueller
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- Andrew Mueller, Jack Seale, John Robinson, Gwilym Mumford, Jonathan Wright and Hannah J Davies
King Richard III had suffered the ignominy of being buried in a churchyard that would eventually become a car park for more 500 years – but, after his body was exhumed in 2012, the final Plantagenet monarch of England has been given his final resting place at the Cathedral in Leicester, the city in which he was discovered.
After being killed by Henry Tudor’s (latterly King Henry VII’s) Lancastrian forces at the Battle of Bosworth Hill in Leicestershire on August 22, 1485, Richard III’s 26-month reign came to an end – as did the 30-year Wars of the Roses, with the final viable member of the House of York eliminated.
Buried hastily and without pomp at the Church of the Grey Friars in Leicester, Richard III’s tomb was destroyed during the Reformation and his remains became lost for five centuries before the discovery underneath the car park in 2012.
But Richard III »
- Chris Waugh
Back in November, Screenterrier reported on the casting of Asa Butterfield as lead role Jacob, and Ella Purnell as Peculiar Child Emma Bloom, joining Eva Green in Tim Burton's Peregrine's Home For Peculiars, based upon the best-selling novel 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' by Ransom Riggs.
The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (played by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
Filming has now commenced and we can meet the young actors making up the rest of the cast of Peculiar Children, who all possess incredible powers.
Eight year old Pixie Davies plays little Bronwyn Buntley, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
The late monarch's skeleton was found under a Leicester pub car park in 2012.
He was the last English King to die in battle, passing at Bosworth Field in 1485 during the Wars of the Roses.
The monarch's remains arrived at Leicester Cathedral yesterday (March 22) for his reburial.
Richard III, the power hungry English king who was the last to die in battle, laid for more than 450 years in an unmarked grave beneath a parking lot until his remains were discovered in September 2012. Today, he began his final ride before being reburied with honors. The last of the Plantagenet dynasty was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 by troops loyal to Henry Tudor. Tudor, who later become King Henry VII, establish the Tudor dynasty in British royalty, which lasted until 1603. ...Read More »
The Voice UK earned more than 7 million viewers last night (March 21), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One singing competition attracted 7.04m (32.8%) for its live quarter-finals from 7.30pm. The results show managed 5.76m (30%) from 9.35pm.
The numbers are an improvement year-on-year, with last year's quarter-finals drawing 6.21m (27.6%) for the main show.
Elsewhere on BBC One, The National Lottery Live was watched by 5.12m (26.4%) from 9.25pm.
On Channel 5, the latest episode of CSI intrigued 824k (4.9%) from 10pm. »
Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice
“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.
Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.
Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an »
- Christopher Saunders
Chicago – “Mend your speech a little, Lest it mar your fortunes…” is a fine piece of advice from the William Shakespeare play, “King Lear,” often cited as one of the greatest English language plays. Actor Colm Feore is the latest to portray the title role, which begins a film series by the Stratford Festival of Canada, to capture all of the Shakespeare plays.
The Stratford Festival is located in the province of Ontario in Canada, slightly south of Toronto, in the the town of Stratford. Under the umbrella Stratford Festival HD, the legendary theater organization aims to record every play by William Shakespeare in the next ten years – with full staging, live audiences, High Definition processing and enhanced sound design. The first play of this project – “King Lear” – screens in several locations around Chicago and North America on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Save for a mention in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “His Last Bow,” precious little is known about the latter years of Sherlock Holmes: “We heard of you as living the life of a hermit among your bees and your books in a small farm upon the South Downs,” Dr. Watson tells Holmes in that final installment of the author’s short stories — hardly the sexiest ending to an illustrious career.
Novelist Mitch Cullin caught up with the character at age 93 in “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” which finds Sherlock a bit less sharp than before, handling a case whose clues are tied up in his foggy memories of the past. “Mr. Holmes,” the bigscreen adaptation of Cullin’s novel, debuted Feb. 8 at the Berlin Film Festival, and picks up where earlier stories left off. The indie movie, which Miramax will release later this year in partnership with Roadside Attractions, »
- Peter Debruge
Ian McKellen estimates that he’s played "around 250" roles on stage and film, including a number of renowned British figures. But his turn as an elderly Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s reflective Mr. Holmes, having its world premiere Sunday night at the Berlinale, offered an interesting twist, he told a Berlinale press conference early on Sunday. "Like most people in this room I have an image of what Sherlock Homes looks like," he said. "He’s one of the great Englishmen. And he never lived. It’s astonishing. Of course, I’ve played other great Englishmen, like Richard III of whom we’re
- Alex Ritman
As noted in our previous article, we had the chance to interview the cast of Now: In the Wings on a World Stage at Tribeca, where members of the play and even House of Cards came to watch the film’s premiere. Watch the interviews below.
Nathan Darrow (Lord Grey/Henry, the Earl of Richmond):
Jeremy Whelehan (Director of the Film):
Gavin Stenhouse (Marquess of Dorset):
Simon Lee Phillips (Sir James Tyrrel/the Duke of Norfolk):
Annabel Scholey (Lady Anne):
Isaiah Johnson (Lord Rivers/Scrivener):
Andrew Long (King Edward IV/the Bishop of Ely):
- Catherina Gioino
Double trouble here! Tribeca premiered the documentary Now: In the Wings on a World Stage, which follows the cast of Richard III as they debut their performance worldwide. After the film’s premiere, the cast of the play and film joined Charlie Rose onstage for an exclusive Q&A about the making of the film as well as the challenges they faced as part of the play.
Richard III stared Kevin Spacey as the namesake as well as multiple actors who were in attendance at the film’s premiere. Some include Maureen Anderman, who played the Duchess of York, Nathan Darrow, who played Lord Grey/Henry, the Earl of Richmond, Gavin Stenhouse, who performed as the Marquess of Dorset, and Simon Lee Phillips, who was Sir James Tyrrel/the Duke of Norfolk. King Edward IV/the Bishop of Ely also made an appearance, as Andrew Long appeared at Tribeca, as »
- Catherina Gioino
What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.
And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.
You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »
- Sharon Knolle
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