17 items from 2014
When mixing black and white movie characters as either friends or foes on the big screen should not produce any gray areas at all. Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.
Sure, in many ways it is an overused cliched in the movies to produce racial tandems for the sake of the entertainment to allow the creative juices to overflow. In Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems we will take a look at various “salt and pepper” teams as they come together in the name of law and justice, hostile necessity, friendly frivolity or professional attachment to bring movie audiences a sense of adventure and curiosity in the name of comedic or dramatic license. Maybe you have your favorite cultural »
- Frank Ochieng
Filmmaker Shane Black has been a pretty integral part of the moviemaking community of the last two decades. He penned the screenplays for Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Last Action Hero, co-wrote The Monster Squad, and did uncredited rewrites on a number of other major projects (including Predator). His noir-esque 2005 feature Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which he also directed, is damn near perfect, and after the success of Iron Man 3, I was eager to see what he’d tackle next—on a large-scale canvas, no doubt. The pulp adaptation Doc Savage emerged as his likely Iron Man 3 follow-up, and the prospect of seeing Black tackle a hero story set in the 1930s was wildly enticing. Movement on Doc Savage has been a bit slow in the past year, at least as far as we’ve heard, but now an update has surfaced with the news that »
- Adam Chitwood
Remember that bit part guy in the original action classic "Predator" who kept making crude jokes? Now, he's in charge.
Specifically Black is directing and writing the treatment, with Black's "Monster Squad" co-writer Fred Dekker scripting in full (which Black will no doubt have input on). John Davis is attached to produce.
The John McTiernan-helmed 1987 original followed a U.S. special forces team sent to a Central American jungle to rescue some high-level ministers. They soon learn their handler's motives were duplicitous - something is in the trees and is hunting them, something that is not of this world. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura starred.
Black had a cameo in "Predator" as the crass joke telling Hawkins, »
- Garth Franklin
After delivering the abysmal Legend of Hercules earlier this year, Die Hard 2 and The Long Kiss Goodnight director Renny Harlin is finally ready to get back to his action roots. A press release from Cannes has revealed that Harlin is set to direct Skiptrace, the film that feels like a throwback to the late 90s with Jackie Chan and Seann William Scott teaming up for the first time. Harlin is replacing ParaNorman director Sam Fell, who was previously on board. X-Men: Days of Future Past star Fan Bingbing also has a role in the film hoping to begin production in August as the project is currently being shopped at Cannes. For those just joining us, Chan came up with the story, turned into a script by Cost of Living writer and director BenDavid Grabinski, which sees the action star playing a good cop whose niece (Bingbing) finds herself in »
- Ethan Anderton
Jackie Chan isn’t yet ready to become Expendable, because he’s busy making his own big action films. One project he’s been developing is called Skiptrace, and features Jackie and Seann William Scott in a globe-trotting action buddy comedy. Now Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight) will direct the film, with a shoot planned for […]
- Russ Fischer
Finnish director Renny Harlin was once a heavy hitter in Hollywood with hits like Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Cliffhanger to his name. Then came the one-two punch of Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight, action vehicles for his then-wife Geena Davis that both flopped hard at the box office despite being pretty damn fun. Since then, Harlin has been fighting hard with a wide array of attempts to win back his old reputation. At long last, he might have the project that can get him there. THR reports Renny Harlin is in negotiations to direct Skiptrace, a Jackie Chan vehicle that will co-star Seann William Scott. Should he sign on, he'd be replacing ParaNorman director Sam Fell, who was set to make his first live-action feature here. Produced by Chinese companies Talent International Film Co. and Dasym Entertainment, it's not a Hollywood production, but with a cast »
Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing remain on board the project, in which Chan will portray a Hong Kong detective tracking a crime boss, who teams up with a mouthy American gambler on the run from his creditors. Bingbing portrays the niece of Chan’s character, who gets into trouble with a crime syndicate.
Production is set to start in August.
The project had come to Cannes a year ago via Exclusive Media, which was restructured earlier this year. The film is financed by Talent International and Dasym Entertainment, a subsidiary of Dasym Investment Strategies B. »
- Dave McNary
The '90s wouldn’t have been the same without Renny Harlin; the director brought us such greats as Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and The Long Kiss Goodnight. He also brought us one of the biggest box office flops of all time with Cutthroast Island and this year's Legend Of Hercules; swings and roundabouts I suppose. He is now in talks to direct Skiptrace, an action adventure movie starring Jackie Chan and Seann William Scott. Harlin replaces Sam Fell (Paranorman) who would »
- Graham McMorrow
Demi Lovato To Rock Gay Pride Events in L.A., New York
Michael Alig was released from prison today.
It’s official! The Comeback will return to HBO this fall for a six-episode run. “In the new episodes, HBO said, Valerie will continue her search to attain the spotlight, but this time around it illuminates a whole new series of problems when she achieves the visibility she wants.”
Notre Dame sends a message of support.
In case you missed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend, here’s the post-credits X-Men teaser, featuring Mystique, Toad, Havoc, that one mutant, and that other mutant.
Pulses are likely to remain level during “In the Blood,” a serviceable vehicle for Mma champ Gina Carano (“Haywire”). In a plot that variously recalls “True Lies,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Kill Bill,” Carano plays a new bride looking forward to a tranquil domestic life who’s forced to deploy her secret, all-purpose beatdown skills after her husband disappears. Given the limited release (the film is opening simultaneously on VOD), B.O. potency will depend on getting the word out to Carano’s fans, who may already be used to watching her on pay-per-view.
Perhaps inadvertently, the kidnapped-vacationers plot revisits territory director John Stockwell explored in 2006′s organ-trafficking thriller “Turistas,” down to a subplot involving a nonconsensual transfusion. A prologue sets the stage on the mean streets of Bridgeport, Conn., in 2002, when Ava (played as a teenager by Paloma Olympia Louvat) witnesses and avenges the murder of her self-styled »
- Ben Kenigsberg
After watching the fantastic new Marvel Studios’ production Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I was fortunate enough to attend the London press conference with the majority of the cast in attendance. You can imagine my mixed feelings of excitement, anticipation and anxiousness after learning that my first ever press conference would be directly related to one of my favourite franchises’ of all time, as well as providing 20 minutes in the same room with Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and the Russo brothers. It’s fair to say that I was pretty ecstatic at the news and after being blown away by the film itself, those feelings were only enhanced.
Of course every ‘first time’ has its speed bumps along the way, and mine came courtesy of almost following Scarlett Johansson and her agent into a large room before lunch. Some may call that a »
- Ben Read
Sly and Arnie – two of the greatest action legends star together in the one liner driven, ass-kicking, big screen, maximum devastation creation Escape Plan – breaking its way onto DVD & Blu-ray 17th March. To celebrate this momentous release we have a Blu-ray to giveaway to one lucky action film fanatic!
“Highly enjoyable” (Total Film), surprisingly intriguing and a riot of fun, Escape Plan sees both our leads bringing their ‘A game’ to propel us into a twisty juggernaut of thrillingly visceral whoop ass!
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- Phil Wheat
Before we begin, let’s take a moment to clarify that headline: The Long Kiss Goodnight is not a masterpiece. Sorry to break it to you, Renny Harlin, but your finest work falls just short of Lawrence of Arabia and all those other films about schoolteachers discovering their killer pasts. Harlin’s career is full of highs and lows, including last weekend‘s The Legend of Hercules, but everything about Harlin’s “style,” from even his lowest points, came into focus for 1996′s The Long Kiss Goodnight. When Harlin’s name shows in the opening credits for his quasi-spy thriller, a grenade appears, appropriately (and visually) declaring this is the director’s most explosive outing yet. Harlin maintains a jovial energy through the film’s entire runtime, but much of the its success is attributed to screenwriter Shane Black. Black’s sensibility rings loud and clear underneath Harlin’s bombast: a dark sense of humor, an »
- Jack Giroux
The Legend of Hercules is a dreadful origin film about the titular hero from Greek myth. Here, the fabled strong-man (played by Kellan Lutz) must overcome great adversity to accept who he is and what he must do to survive so that can become the hero he is destined to be.
Hercules’ birth starts out, indirectly, from the desire of his mother-to-be, Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee), who dreams of living in a Greece that knows peace and is not continually driven to war. War so delights her husband King Amphityron (Scott Adkins) that it has become a way of life for the Greeks. The Queen beseeches the goddess Hera and is granted divine assistance. Hercules is born to bring peace to the land.
Needless to say, the King is not too happy that his wife has had a child without him, but he cannot accept that the father is actually »
- Steven Gahm
Kellan Lutz ‘The Legend of Hercules’: New Summit release has 0% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating (photo: Gaia Weiss and shirtless Kellan Lutz in ‘The Legend of Hercules’) Starring Kellan Lutz, best known as the hunky and likable vampire Emmett in the Twilight movies, The Legend of Hercules opens today, January 10, 2014, in North America. That’s the good news for Kellan Lutz fans. Now, the bad news: The Legend of Hercules isn’t about to become the next Spartacus — or even the next Gladiator. “The only thing epic about The Legend of Hercules is what a failure it is,” writes Stephanie Merry in the Washington Post, while Newsday‘s Rafer Guzman’s complains that “this painfully feeble version of the strongman story fails on every level, from Lutz’s wooden acting to the styrofoam special effects.” In fact, out of 35 reviews, the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures release has a 0% approval rating »
- Zac Gille
The secret of every halfway-decent action director is that each has at least one other thing besides action that he or she can do really well — because, however cleanly or creatively it’s managed, action without context is nothing. Renny Harlin was one of the signal action auteurs of the nineties, with such disposably stylish, fun movies as The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, and Cliffhanger (his masterpiece). Rambling yet irreverent, these were decadent action epics that somehow never took themselves seriously. Because, action to one side, Harlin could also do comedy, and his timing was often impeccable. Think of John Lithgow’s goofy bad guy in Cliffhanger, or the unforgettable scene where Samuel L. Jackson gets eaten in Deep Blue Sea. But the director never could do romance. To his credit, he rarely tried, aside from the abortive Geena Davis–Matthew Modine love story in Cutthroat Island.So naturally, »
- Bilge Ebiri
It's awesome the amount of brawn is working over brain in The Legend of Hercules, the latest sword-and-sandals actioner - Sure, that's still a genre - which just so happens to be directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight). Harlin is a man who made similarly brawn-over-brain actioners all through the 1990's, movies which hit that awesome meter pretty much throughout. Now he makes WWE movies. Unfortunately what hobbles the enjoyment in The Legend of Hercules is not the action, but how awkwardly and lazily the movie rips off other, better films. It's just a lame knockoff of 300, Gladiator, and Braveheart, and no amount of chest meat Kellan Lutz puffs out can distract us from that. More below! Lutz plays the mythical half-man, half-God son of Zeus, birthed to Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee) and King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins). Pay attention. There's gonna be a test, but it's multiple choice. »
- Jeremy Kirk
17 items from 2014