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The Mask: extra nerdy facts about the 1990s Jim Carrey hit

Simon Brew Sep 26, 2017

The Mask started life as a horror movie - but it'd turn into the film that made Jim Carrey a flat-out movie star...

Summer 1994 was an unpredictable time at the box office for Hollywood studios. The year before, Jurassic Park had smashed box office records, but twelve months on, films such as The Flintstones and Beverly Hills Cop 3 were struggling to emulate its success. There were some solid hits: The Client, Maverick and True Lies, for instance. But there was also a sense of things changing. The big money of summer 1994 was being taken by sleeper successes such as Forrest Gump and Speed.

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In the midst of this, though, emerged two brand new movie stars.

In February 1994, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective had introduced the world properly
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Blu-ray Review – Ronin (1998)

Ronin, 1998.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Michael Lonsdale, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, and Skipp Sudduth.

Synopsis:

A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.

In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being
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Batman & Robin: the apologies & thoughts of its cast & crew

Rob Leane Jun 19, 2017

Joel Schumacher has just apologised (again) about Batman & Robin, a film that lots of talented people are sorry about...

It may have shifted a fair few toys and given us some great Arnie lines to recite, but Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin will mainly be remembered as a franchise killer. What Tim Burton began with the luscious, gothic brace of Batman and Batman Returns, Schumacher well and truly wrote off with the colourful crapness of Batman & Robin.

The Bat-franchise managed to live on after Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones chewed the scenery into tiny little pieces during Batman Forever, but Bat-nipples, “cool party!”, and Alfred making a skin-tight costume for his niece was just too much for the series to survive.

Nowadays, if reviewers savage a film, the cast and crew come out and defend it. They say things like ‘we made this for the fans,
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‘The Mask’ Director Chuck Russell Boards Las Vegas Fantasy Movie ‘The Seven Sins’

‘The Mask’ Director Chuck Russell Boards Las Vegas Fantasy Movie ‘The Seven Sins’
Fabrizio Boccardi’s Tyrant One Imperium Pictures has signed “The Mask” director Chuck Russell to helm the fantasy-adventure movie “The Seven Sins” from his own script.

The project is based on John Land’s books “The Seven Sins: The Tyrant Ascending” and “Black Scorpion: The Tyrant Reborn,” which are based on the Michael Tiranno character created by Boccardi, a self-made Italian businessman.

“The books have the grit, glamour, and dark side of Las Vegas, but what makes them unique is their hero, Michael Tiranno,” Russell said.

“Orphaned as a boy in Sicily when his family was slaughtered by his father’s enemies, Michael fought his way to the top of the gaming world, opening his own casino,” Russell added. “Michael is forced to rise to a greater calling by his possession of an ancient medallion that guides his destiny. He becomes a new kind of superhero, drawn into a life
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The Films of Frank Capra III, Ranked

As The Fate of The Furious enters theaters, a ranking of its 1st Assistant Director’s oeuvre.

Friday brings us the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in The Fast & The Furious series. Thus, there could be no better time to look back and rank the previous works of one of the films most notable craftsmen, a man whose name is legendary. I speak of course of First Assistant Director Frank Capra III.

Capra III is the grandson of director Frank Capra, a Hollywood legend whose work includes It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It’s a Wonderful Life. How did that pedigree fare two generations removed? This exhaustive look at Mr. Capra III’s 1st Ad career will tell the tale.

While the film’s director often gets the lion’s share of the credit, the First Ad is one of the most critical positions on set. In
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback
This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback

Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Career In Crisis: Why the ’80s Action Icon Can’t Mount a Comeback
This can’t be what Arnold Schwarzenegger imagined 2017 to look like: Sure, there’s a reality star in the White House, the Chicago Cubs are World Series champions, and his arch-rival (/best celebrity friend), Sylvester Stallone, is a recent Academy Award nominee. Yet for the ex-governor of California, far more confounding is how he became an ex-celebrity.

Schwarzenegger spent his acting life amassing a domestic box office of more than $1.8 billion. That haul came from comedies, like “Twins” ($111 million); science fiction, like “Total Recall” ($119 million) and “Terminator 2” ($204 million); or — his bread and butter — action flicks a la “True Lies” ($146 million) and “Eraser” ($101 million). But one unfortunate connection for all of Schwarzenegger’s films grossing $100 million-plus: They were all made before the year 2000.

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Schwarzenegger’s name above the title has carried less weight at the box office, resulting in drastically lower figures. How he
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Thn Exclusive: Chuck Russell talks I Am Wrath, The Mask and Freddy Krueger

I Am Wrath revolves around unemployed engineer Stanley Hill (John Travolta), who witnesses the brutal murder of his wife Vivian (Rebecca De Mornay) after she is attacked by thugs in a parking garage. Racked with guilt, Stanley is haunted by the image of Vivian dying and when Detective Gibson (Sam Trammell) and other corrupt police officers are unable to bring the killers to justice, Stanley turns to his old friend Dennis (Christopher Meloni) and takes matters into his own hands…

We spoke to director Chuck Russell, the talented man behind A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Mask, Eraser and The Scorpion King. We discussed everything from John Travolta’s love affair with musicals to Hollywood’s love affair with CGI. We also delve into Freddy Krueger, The Mask and Dwayne Johnson’s hulking physique.

Thn: I Am Wrath is a great revenge thriller and a great action film.
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Blob

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Our series on big-screen remakes continues with a cult horror film that kickstarted the illustrious career of Steve McQueen. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Blob (1958 vs. 1988). Come inside to see how these two films stack up.

The original version of The Blob was a low-budget monster film made for $110,000. The titular creature was originally supposed to be called The Molten Meteor Monster, which then was changed to The Mass, which turned into The Glob, and Finally The Blob. The film's tongue-in-cheek title song was written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David, which became a hit. The movie was directed by Irvin Yeaworth who specialized in directing motivational educational and religious films, so this was a departure for him. The film was a moderate success, grossing over $4 million, although the critics weren’t overly kind. It has a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite its cheesiness, its reputation has grown over
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‘I Am Wrath’ Review

Stars: John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, Rebecca De Mornay, Amanda Schull, Sam Trammell, Doris Morgado, Luis Da Silva Jr., Patrick St. Esprit | Written by Yvan Gauthier, Paul Sloan | Directed by Chuck Russell

Anyone remember From Paris With Love? Director Pierre Morel followed up the 2008 Liam Neeson hit Taken with a similarly enjoyable, although less critically well received, action movie in 2010 which starred a shaven headed John Travolta as Charlie Wax. And while it was less successful and entertaining than Taken, From Paris With Love was still good fun.

So in theory then, given Travolta is – or at least was – capable of convincingly taking part in a action movie I had reasonable expectations for his latest film I Am Wrath. And then there’s the crew involved: directed by Chuck Russell whose past works include Eraser, The Mask, and The Blob; and starring Rebecca De Mornay and Christopher Meloni, I honestly thought
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Watch: John Travolta Is On The Warpath In Trailer For 'I Am Wrath'

A couple years back, an actor who doesn't always get much respect popped up in what looked like a low-rent thriller, only to have that movie turn out to be awesome. The star was Keanu Reeves, and the action vehicle was "John Wick." Can "I Am Wrath" do the same for John Travolta? Judging by this first trailer, it's not likely. Read More: Review: 'The Forger' Starring John Travolta Is A Tiresomely Average Thriller Directed by Chuck Russell ("The Mask," "Eraser," "The Scorpion King"), and co-starring Christopher Meloni, Sam Trammell, Amanda Schull, Asante Jones, Luis Da Silva Jr., Paul Sloan, Patrick St. Esprit and Rebecca De Mornay, the story follows an ordinary man who goes on the warpath after his wife is brutally murdered and the system fails to bring the culprits to justice. Here's the synopsis:  Unemployed engineer Stanley Hill (Travolta) witnesses the brutal murder of his wife Vivian (Rebecca De Mornay,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger killed 81 people in Commando? Hollywood's 5 deadliest action heroes by body counts

Arnold Schwarzenegger killed 81 people in Commando? Hollywood's 5 deadliest action heroes by body counts
Commando, the iconic Arnie action movie with one of the biggest kill counts in the world, is 30 years old. That's right, it's been three decades since we met "Chenny!" and Bennett let off some steam.

To celebrate, here are the top five Hollywood actors in order of on-screen deaths delivered, starting with - you guessed it - one Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Nb: All statistics come from the experts in this field, MovieBodyCounts.com, who spend more time watching stunt men pretend to die than you could possibly imagine.

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger - 312 career kills

5 most bloodthirsty films (by total kills)

1. Commando (1985): 81

2. Total Recall (1990): 44

3. True Lies (1994): 51

4. Predator (1987): 25

5. Eraser (1996): 29

Watch his most iconic kill (from Commando)

Matrix: "Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?"

Sully: "That's right, Matrix! You did!"

Matrix: (Dropping Sully off a cliff): "I lied."

2. Dolph Lundgren - 239 career kills

5 most
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27 Things You Didn't Know About the 'Mission: Impossible' Movies

After 19 years, Tom Cruise's first major franchise is still one of Hollywood's best.

As Ethan Hunt, the star turned himself into an action hero with 1996's "Mission: Impossible" -- going Full Cruise with all the running, punching and jumping onto a bullet train from (naturally) an exploding helicopter. The first film was a huge hit, spawning five sequels -- all from different directors, as the series aims to give each "Mission" its own unique fingerprint.

Cruise is back for the latest installment, "Rogue Nation." Before you see the movie this Friday, your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to check out these 27 facts about the "Mission" films.

"Mission: Impossible" (1996)

1. Before locking down Brian De Palma to direct, the first filmmaker Cruise approached about "Mission" was Sydney Pollack, whom he had worked with previously on Paramount's 1993 summer hit, "The Firm."

2. De Palma designed many of the
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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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Six Stars Who Started Out Playing TV Super Heroes

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They may be best known today for their later roles, but these six stars all got their first break by playing super heroes on TV. Maybe these shows aren’t the most memorable or well-made super hero projects, and they aren’t the highlight of the actor’s career, but these little shows jump-started the careers of some future celebrities.

Bruce Lee

Started out as—Kato, the Kung-Fu fighting sidekick to the Green Hornet in the TV series The Green Hornet (1966).

After that—Lee had a recurring role in the detective series Longstreet before returning to Hong Kong to star in a highly successful trio of films; The Big Boss (1971); the Chinese Connection (1972) and the Way of the Dragon (1972). His first and only Hollywood film was Enter the Dragon (1973). Lee died young and his legend has grown ever since. He is considered by many as the greatest martial arts star in the history of film.
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Now John Travolta Says I Am Wrath

Now John Travolta Says I Am Wrath
With Liam Neeson still – forgive the pun – going great guns with the action portion of his career, other older blokes are looking to muscle in. We reported back in 2012 that Nicolas Cage was all set to make I Am Wrath with William Friedkin circling the director's chair, albeit never landing. Neither man is still attached; now Eraser’s Chuck Russell is calling the shots with John Travolta in talks to tackle the lead. Wrath, which was cooked up in the brains of Yvan Gauthier and Paul Sloan (with Sloan going on to write the script), finds a man distraught after the murder of his wife. But when the police are unable to collar those responsible, he discovers that they’re mired in corruption and decides to take matters into his own hands. Cue our hero going vigilante as he wades into the officers’ behaviour and swears to take down the perpetrators,
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John Travolta Replacing Nicolas Cage in 'I Am Wrath' Action Thriller

After literally becoming Nicolas Cage in Face/Off, now John Travolta will be replacing the actor in the action thriller I Am Wrath. The film was previously in the hands of William Friedkin with Cage in the starring role, but The Wrap reports Eraser and The Mask helmer Chuck Russell behind the camera working from a script by Paul Sloan based on a story by Yvan Gauthier. That sounds like a considerable downgrade, but Travolta hasn't been doing much when it comes to quality films lately, so that's not surprising. In the film, he plays a man out for justice after corrupt cops are unable to catch his wife’s killer. It sounds like Travolta is trying to have his very own Taken, but considering we've gotten too much of that kind of thriller since the first Liam Neeson-starring vehicle hit theaters, I'm not filled with any anticipation. Production
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John Travolta Takes on Revenge Thriller 'I Am Wrath'

John Travolta Takes on Revenge Thriller 'I Am Wrath'
John Travolta is in talks to star in the action-thriller I Am Wrath for Patriot Pictures and director Chuck Russell (Eraser). While no deal has been finalized yet, the producers are already seeking supporting actors to join John Travolta. Back in September 2012, Nicolas Cage and director William Friedkin were attached to the project, although it never moved forward.

The story centers on a man (John Travolta) who becomes frustrated with the local police when they fail to find his wife's killer. He uncovers massive corruption within the department, and becomes a vigilante who swears to take down these crooked cops. Paul Sloan wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Yvan Gauthier.

Production is scheduled to begin next month in Columbus, Ohio. John Travolta is also attached to play O.J. Simpson's defense attorney Robert Shapiro in the FX series American Crime Story, but that will shoot after he wraps on I Am Wrath.
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John Travolta in Talks to Star in Vigilante Action Movie ‘I Am Wrath’ (Exclusive)

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John Travolta in Talks to Star in Vigilante Action Movie ‘I Am Wrath’ (Exclusive)
Two-time Oscar nominee John Travolta is in talks to star in Patriot Pictures’ action-thriller “I Am Wrath,” which is being directed by Chuck Russell (“Eraser”), multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Travolta will play a man out for vigilante justice after a group of corrupt cops are unable to catch his wife’s killer. Also Read: John Travolta to Star as Robert Shapiro on FX’s ‘American Crime StoryMichael Mendelsohn, Nick Vallelonga and Richard Salvatore are producing the film, which Paul Sloan wrote based on a story by Yvan Gauthier. Production is expected to start in March in Columbus,
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Wesley Snipes Adds Heist Thriller 'Five Minutes to Live' to His Slate

I expected that after his release from prison, Wesley Snipes' slate of upcoming projects would be overflowing. But it's really not - at least, not yet. Other than "Expendables 3," which was released this summer, he really has nothing else coming. Maybe this will be his next? I just learned that Snipes is attached to star in a heist drama titled "Five Minutes to Live," which will be directed by Chuck Russell ("The Scorpion King," "Eraser," "The Mask") from a script penned by Raul Sanchez-Inglis ("Continuum") and Russell as well. In the film, Snipes will play a character named Johnny, who flees to a small town, after a...
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