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"Spock, I do not know too much about these little Tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered. I like them … better than I like you." –Dr. McCoy, "Star Trek" (1967)
Greetings from the apocalypse! The trouble with Tribbles is not how cute they are but how much they multiply, or in the case of "Star Trek Into Darkness," the silly plot point for which they cameo. That's the only thing I'll spoil from that movie (besides that it stinks), but luckily there's some sweet alternatives this week that boldly go where no J.J. Abrams movie has gone before … coherence.
Friday, May 17
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Oh boy. "Star Trek Into Dumbness" finally fulfills J.J. Abrams' five-year mission to run this franchise through a Cuisinart of stupidity. I would need a spoiler avalanche to make a proper case for how this sequel squanders classic characters and scenarios from »
- Max Evry
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Good morning, Brewbies! With the season four premiere of Pretty Little Liars just three weeks away, ABC Family has started raining down promo clips. Yesterday, they dropped three new teases, including an amazing one in which Hanna and Emily get into a squabble about Hanna and Mona. Poor ol' Hanna had no idea what kind of drama she was in for when she started accepting PinkDrinks.
Also, guess who's back this year?
I'm never not going to think of Maya when I see that porch.
Gallup just finished analyzing their annual Values and Beliefs poll, and it turns out more people than ever before are pretty sure you were born this way. In fact, the gap between people who think being gay is more nature than nurture is wider than it ever has been on the pro-gay side of things.
Other interesting »
Paul Verhoeven is responsible for some of the most memorable, most bonkers Hollywood blockbuster moments in recent memory: The three-breasted alien in Total Recall, a revealing leg-uncrossing in Basic Instinct, pretty much everything in Showgirls. But the Dutch director hasn’t made a American project since 2000′s Hollow Man and hasn’t made any kind of film since 2006′s well-received Black Book.
With Tricked, which screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Verhoeven returns to the directing chair, but not without a little help from his fans. The film is a bit of an experiment: Using only a five-minute script from a professional screenwriter, »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Paul Verhoeven, the director of the original Total Recall, has stated in a recent interview that he enjoyed watching Len Wiseman’s 2012 remake fail when it was released last year to poor reviews and an underwhelming $198 million box office haul.
Just for the record, Verhoeven’s version took in $261 million when it was released back in 1990 and is considered by most to be an action/sci-fi classic. Although, I suppose it depends on how you define the word “classic.” Personally, I’m a big fan of the original and if you can enjoy it for what it is, then you’ll be in for a treat.
Anyways, back to Verhoeven’s comments, here’s what he had to say:
“That was fun,” he said, “[Because] they had been arrogant in interviews. Both the producer and Colin Farrell had been bashing the old one. [Farrell] called it kitsch.”
Sure, I mean, the Total Recall »
- Matt Joseph
Paul Verhoeven is the directorial force behind some of the most groundbreaking sci-fi films of the past few decades -- between 1987's RoboCop, 1990's Total Recall and 1997's Starship Troopers, he essentially owns the genre and inspired countless filmmakers in his wake. And who can forget Basic Instinct and Showgirls, which broke ground and made headlines with their sexually explicit material. Clearly, Verhoeven doesn't shy from being a trailblazer. Which is why it's apropos that his latest endeavor could not be more different from his seminal, Hollywood-driven American films in both subject matter and production. He is again one of the first, this time directing a crowd-sourced script in his native Netherlands, the results of which are showcased in Tricked...
- Katie Calautti
From “Starship Troopers” to “Showgirls,” director Paul Verhoeven has always enjoyed mystifying audiences with his satirical intentions, but with his newest film “Tricked” (which screened recently at Tribeca), he let the viewers contribute to the end result. Featuring a crowd-sourced script from over 600 submissions worldwide, it shows Verhoeven at his most collaborative, and as such, he's spoken up about the broken creative process in Hollywood today. Verhoeven is right in the middle of seeing repeats of his own work: Jose Padilha is set to release a long-gestating “RoboCop” remake in 2014 with star Joel Kinnaman, and last summer the Colin Farrell-led “Total Recall” remake wandered into theatres with middling critical and financial returns. Verhoeven's original took in $261 million worldwide, while Len Wiseman's reboot garnered only $198 -- an underwhelming result that Verhoeven took with a grin. "That was »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Paul Verhoeven remains quick to defend "Showgirls." Actually, he has a good point about the Razzie award-winning film: 18 years after it's release not only has "Showgirls" achieved cult status, but a number of prominent critics have reevaluated it as good satire. Still, it's not often you hear "Showgirls" compared to Fellini.
To be fair, Verhoeven is quick to talk about pretty much all his films, which makes sense considering that many of them are still very much a part of the zeitgeist. Two of them, "Total Recall" and "RoboCop," are even the subject of remakes. (And, yes, Verhoeven did see the "Total Recall" remake and was less than impressed, as he discusses below.)
Verhoeven is at the Tribeca Film Festival in support of his new directorial effort, "Tricked," a movie about betrayal and blackmail that's more notable for it's creation than for its actual story. Verhoeven and his team only »
- Mike Ryan
Feature Ryan Lambie 24 Apr 2013 - 07:32
Although a respected and brilliant filmmaker long before he went to Hollywood in the late 80s, it's likely that Paul Verhoeven will always be associated with the action classics, RoboCop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers. Violent, funny and cuttingly intelligent, these movies were great in ways that the directors of their various remakes and sequels found difficult to recapture.
After the critical and financial disappointment of Hollow Man in 2000, Verhoeven quit Hollywood and returned to his native Netherlands. There, he directed the WWII thriller Black Book, which was widely regarded as a return to form.
More recently, Verhoeven's bravely thrown himself into a relatively untested area of filmmaking: the crowd-sourced (or 'user generated') movie, Tricked. Making its debut at this month's Tribeca Film Festival, »
Kane Hodder and the forever hot Tiffany Shepis are together again in yet another tale of murder, mayhem, and indie goodness as director Robert Conway is set to paint the screen red with his new film Sickle.
A group of stick-up kids rob a Mafia-run strip club and head for the Border, but when they enter the town of Redstone, they find that crime is a dish best served cold. Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet) takes the title role as Sheriff Slade Sickle, a man with a true appetite for justice. The film co-stars Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man, Dark Reel) and Rena Riffel (Showgirls, Mulholland Dr.) in this carnage-filled tribute to American grindhouse cinema.
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- Uncle Creepy
Guys, it's not like if you decide to stay in a cabin in a secluded area of the woods — oftentimes with three or four of your attractive friends — that you're all going to be killed one by one by demonic creatures/flesh-eating viruses/other people.
It's that you probably will. There's a difference.
It's true: We've been conditioned to be averse to staying in cabins for any length of time. We can't help it. Hollywood has just presented us with too many reasons to stay the hell away from cabins.
Here are ten.
1. A Hermit Might Infect You With a Flesh-Eating Virus, Like in 'Cabin Fever' (2002)
Ah, those damn hermits that hang out near isolated cabins in the woods when you and your friends are just trying to have a fun spring break. One minute you're secretly and accidentally shooting them with a rifle, and the next minute »
- Nick Blake
Following our roundup of the top 10 gay movie cliches earlier this week, Rebecca Nicholson reveals the top lesbian tropes – including high-concept deaths, sudden-onset homosexuality and spontaneous skinny-dipping
• Sad eyes and erotic socks: the top 10 gay-movie cliches
A big talk about complicated feelings in a coffee shop
Pass the double espresso with a frappuccino chaser: in lesbian films, as in lesbian life, there are a lot of feelings to be discussed. (This is what distinguishes an actual lesbian-themed film from one of those other lesbian-themed films.) These conversations can take place in any location, at any time, for any length of time – but the preferred locale is a coffee shop. It isn't as loud as a bar, and all that relationship-processing is so exhausting it makes sense to be able to call on the rallying power of an artificial stimulant.
The pensive walk in a dark forest
The 2001 doomed-teen flick Lost and Delirious »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
The first of two crowd-funding projects to notify you of: Libbie D. Cohn (co-director of People's Park) is trying to Kickstart a feature film entitled Bad As Me described as "a wild romp through San Francisco tracing the misadventures of two lovers struggling with depression and Ptsd." Next up: via Kiss Kiss Bank Bank, Emilie Lamoine is looking to secure funding for her debut feature, Nevers. Starring Jean-Christophe Folly of Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum (and forthcoming feature, Bastards), the film is "a road movie by foot" about two African lovers lost in the French countryside. Vimeo is now streaming Don Hertzfeldt's It's Such a Beautiful Day on demand for a limited time. From Vimeo: "Hertzfeldt has seamlessly combined his three short films about a man named Bill (Everything will be Ok (2006), I Am So Proud of You (2008), and It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)), into a darkly comedic, »
- Adam Cook
Birthday shoutouts go to Aaron Eckhart, who is 45, Al Jarreau is 73, and Barbara Feldon is 80. In ratings news, The Carrie Diaries held steady, and is on the bubble for renewal.. Karl Urban will star in an untitled futuristic pilot for Fox, produced by Jj Abrams. It's "set in the near future when all Lapd officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids." Good Times is the latest classic sitcom to get the big screen treatment..Jane Lynch will star in the web series Dropping The Soap, which "goes behind-the-scenes of faux daytime sudser “Colliding Lives” as the program struggles to stay afloat in the new era of TV." Jane is exec. producing as well, along with the Web Therapy team of Dan Bucatinsky, Don Roos, and Lisa Kudrow. Is Zachary Quinto getting ready to propose to Jonathan Groff? Who wouldn't? »
Early last month, in one of the more economically-depressed cities in my home state, a 19-year-old man confronted a teenager about a $20 debt supposedly owed by the younger teen’s father. The 19-year-old forced the teen to strip naked and then whipped him with a belt. We know this because one of the 19-year-old’s accomplices recorded the assault on a two-and-a-half minute video which ultimately wound up on YouTube where it garnered over 40,000 views.
How the video wound up on YouTube, no one knows, but according to The Star-Ledger, “dozens of Twitter users placed the blame on a young Newark hip-hop artist who posted the video on his personal page…”
According to the artist, who would only identify himself in the story by his stage name of Riq Bubz, “We had nothing to do with the video, had no intentions of making it say like we were promoting bullying. »
- Bill Mesce
In Amy Sherman-Palladino’s world, the men are furniture. Well, at least in the dance sequence featured in the season finale they are.
Season 1 of ABC Family’s delightful Bunheads came to a close Monday, and the word is still out on whether or not there will be a second season to follow. Throughout this season, the four bunheads have been coming into their own — growing up, growing apart, and becoming interested in boys — hence, a dance set to “Makin’ Whoopee” performed by Sherman-Palladino favorite Sam Phillips (the singer/songwriter responsible for much of the music in Gilmore Girls). Check »
- Lindsey Bahr
Everybody likes a nice dollop of sex in their cinematic palette once in a while – hey, sex is what perpetuates civilisation. Sex can be very badly done in a film. Take Showgirls for example – I’m pretty sure Paul Verhoeven wanted to make an erotic film, but he ended up with a camp piece of trash that we all tittered at. And this was from the man who made X-rated erotic classic Turkish Delight – one of the randiest films I have ever watched.
I have presented in this list, films who are chiefly erotic in their style and intent. Many of them did indeed receive an X certificate back in the day and if that system of classification were still around, many of them would be branded X rated.
It is time for you to sit back, lower the lights and mellow out as I present to you 10 Decadent Delights to float your respective boats. »
- Clare Simpson
Paul Verhoeven has cut quite a swathe through Hollywood since he arrived in the 1980s, directing several blockbuster movies – some of which I like – Showgirls, Basic Instinct – and others that are too action-y for me – Robocop and Total Recall. I did love Flesh + Blood, his American film debut as well
Verhoeven has been called a one man Dutch Film Industry. I cannot describe how much I love his early Dutch films. Whether it is because they are better than his Hollywood output or just because I have a real love and preference for European cinema to Hollywood in general, I am not sure. But I find these six films below endlessly fascinating.
Verhoeven was very lucky. Holland boasted some amazing acting talent he could use for his films – Rutger Hauer, Monique van de Ven, Jeroen Krabbe and Renee Soutendijk – to name but a few top class Dutch actors. His films »
- Clare Simpson
Gina Gershon's days as a showgirl ain't over -- because just last weekend, she took the stage at a pub in New Orleans ... and belted out some classic karaoke ... while under the influence of Everclear Jell-o shots.The "Showgirls" actress was at a place called Kajun's Pub on Friday when she grabbed the mic for an impromptu homage to The Carpenters -- singing "(They Long to Be) Close to You."Sources at the pub tell TMZ, »
- TMZ Staff
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s face swelling to the point of explosion, midget prostitutes firing semi-automatic rifles and, of course, a 3-breasted mutant woman on Mars. These are amongst the many carnal delights housed within Paul Verhoeven’s seminal 1990 sci-fi action-adventure classic ‘Total Recall’. Set in a future time where other planets in our solar system have been colonised this film tells the story, or perhaps dreams the story, of Douglas Quaid’s adventure on Mars.
Quaid, played by Schwarzenegger, is a working class miner from Earth who has longed all of his life to go to Mars. Unable to afford the expensive cost for flights he sees an advert for a company called ‘Recall’ who can provide people with the memories of certain experiences. So, as you do, Quaid decides to have the experience of being a super agent on Mars prosthetically implanted in his brain. As the procedure starts things »
- Toby Neilson
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