14 items from 2014
There have been many TV bios of Elvis Presley but Elvis, The Movie, the once-elusive 1979 feature starring Kurt Russell, was the first and is still the best. An 18-minute condensed version of Elvis The Movie on Super-8 sound film will be screened at Super-8 Marlon Brando Movie Madness on November 4th at The Way Out Club – (yes, we’re aware that Elvis, The Movie has nothing to do with Marlon Brando, but it’s the variety that makes it the madness!)
When Elvis died August 16 1978 at age 42, it sent shock waves around the world, comparable to the deaths of Princess Diana or Michael Jackson in later decades. A carnival atmosphere developed in Memphis as thousands of mourners gathered around the gates of Graceland and sales of Elvis’ music skyrocketed. The 3-hour epic Elvis The Movie, produced by Dick Clark for the ABC network premiered 18 months later on February 11 1979 and, despite »
- Tom Stockman
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Tokyo Tribe should be a ridiculous, gleeful spectacle, and for one wonderful minute, it is. Shion Sono opens the film with an amazing tracking shot through the neon-lit hip-hop hellscape that the movie is set in. You don’t want to pay attention to the subtitles, because there’s just so much to take in. The production design is a dazzling flurry of gleaming light and color that Sono gets you high off of in one sweeping take. In this dystopian world, an earthquake-ravaged neo-Tokyo has been divvied up by street gangs, who speak in verse as they vie for dominion over the city. It’s The Warriors by way of Escape from L.A., written as a musical. This should be Awesome.
But what starts as an energetic celebration of hip-hop quickly devolves into a tribute to hip-hop misogyny. In adopting the look and worldview of a music video, the »
- Sam Woolf
Well, chalices don't come much more poisoned than this one. Kurt Russell, in the eyes of legions of moviegoers, is Snake Plissken, a character he brought to the screen in some style across Escape From New York and Escape From L.A. But as had been revealed earlier this year, plans are afoot for an Escape From New York remake, mooted as the first of a trilogy of films. And it looks as if things have been progressing.
For we now have word of the potential choices to take on the role of Plissken in the new movies. The three candidates? Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest). Charlie Hunnam is believed to be in pole position for the role, unless »
Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?
While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)
After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and »
John Carpenter is one of the greatest directors of all time, but you already knew that. Is there a more influential director that has transcended genres with such ease, all the while creating massively iconic characters and becoming a “master of horror” in the process? A director who’s scores you can play on loop and never tire of, or films you can seasonally watch year after year with the same delight as the first time? Carpenter is the definition of an auteur, which is highly evident throughout the majority of his oeuvre. Director; producer; writer; actor; composer; editor; it’s this unity that makes his vision truly realized to create the masterpieces we hold so dear still to this day. However, that doesn’t mean the now 66-year old director hasn’t had his share of missteps. For every shining diamond, there exists something not quite so lying in the rough. »
- Justin Edwards
El Rey came out of the gate strong with its first original program, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," and up next is "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair" with John Carpenter set for the premiere!
From the Press Release:
El Rey Network announces the start of production on "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair," a new hour-long series featuring the industry's most notable directors as they engage in a revealing and unexpected exchange about the world of filmmaking.
The first of ten primetime installments will premiere Saturday, May 10, 2014, on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's new genre-busting English-language cable network.
The series will provide a forum for two directors to go one-on-one, offering viewers access inside the minds of some of Hollywood's most celebrated and iconic filmmakers. On the roster for Season One is legendary filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from L.A., They Live), whose segment was shot last week in Los Angeles. »
- Debi Moore
Today on Trailers from Hell, Neil Marshall -- director of "The Descent," one of the best horror movies of the last ten years -- takes on John Carpenter's kick-ass "Escape from New York," starring Kurt Russell as one-eyed Snake Plissken. John Carpenter's 1981 film was conceived as a political parable in the mid-seventies (with Watergate as his inspiration) but the resulting movie dropped most of the social commentary and focused instead on tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thrills with a comically taciturn Kurt Russell (doing his best Clint Eastwood impression) as grizzled anti-hero Snake Plissken. Boosted by its rogue's gallery of classic character actors like Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Pleasance, Carpenter's film was a good-sized hit, spawning a sequel, "Escape from L.A.," released in 1996. »
- Trailers From Hell
It has been announced that the El Rey Network started production on The Director’s Chair, a new hour-long series that will feature some of the industry’s top directors talking with Robert Rodriguez about their work. Here’s a look at the official press release, which has details on the series and an upcoming John Carpenter movie marathon:
“New York – February 26, 2014 – El Rey Network today announced start of production on “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” a new hour-long series featuring the industry’s most notable directors as they engage in a revealing and unexpected exchange about the world of filmmaking. The first of ten primetime installments will premiere May 10, 2014 on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s new genre-busting English-language cable network.
The series will provide a forum for two directors to go one on one, offering viewers access inside the minds of some of Hollywood’s most celebrated and iconic filmmakers. »
- Jonathan James
John Carpenter’s 1981 film was conceived as a political parable in the mid-seventies (with Watergate as his inspiration) but the resulting movie dropped most of the social commentary and focused instead on tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thrills with a comically taciturn Kurt Russell (doing his best Clint Eastwood impression) as grizzled anti-hero Snake Plissken. Boosted by its rogue’s gallery of classic character actors like Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Pleasance, Carpenter’s film was a good-sized hit, spawning a sequel, Escape from L.A., released in 1996.
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- TFH Team
By Alex Simon
If you’re a guy of a certain age (think Gen X), Kurt Russell was that actor you discovered as a child who wasn’t just a familiar face on the big and small screen, he was your buddy you grew up with. Not a peer, necessarily, but the cool, slightly older kid who lived next door who you just knew, if you played your cards right, you might grow up to be: handsome, self-assured in sports, with girls and in your place on the planet. Especially if you could hang out with him on a regular basis and learn the tricks to his magic, and magic was something Kurt Russell had from the beginning.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Last year producer Joel Silver regained the rights to Escape From New York, and the plan is to remake it and develop it into a trilogy. At least the first film will focus on Snake's backstory. The film is still early in its development – there's not even a script for the movie yet. But in a recent interview with Collider, Silver gives an update on what they are planning for the films and how it is partly inspired by the video game Batman: Arkham City.
“There was a videogame that came out a few years ago called Arkham City, which shows how Gotham became this walled prison. And they never deal with that in the story of Escape From New York, so part of our idea was to see how the city became this walled prison and how the Snake Plissken character was a hero and how he became not looked at as a hero. »
- Joey Paur
In March of last year, producer Joel Silver and StudioCanal announced that they were moving forward on a reboot of John Carpenter's 1981 action classic Escape From New York. Then we heard nothing else about it. Now, Collider has caught up with the man himself for an update, with Silver revealing that this sci-fi thriller will actually be set up as a trilogy, and it will be inspired by the video game Batman: Arkham City.
The seminial 80s classic Escape From New York takes place during a time in the United States when crime is at an all-time high, and the entire island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum-security prison. Kurt Russell plays the now iconic Snake Plissken, a dangerous criminal that is tasked with breaking into Manhattan to save the President of the United States, who has been kidnapped. Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy, and Jeremy Renner were »
14 items from 2014
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