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After enjoying a hearty meal and copious amounts of alcohol last night, I found myself watching one of my favorite Christmas movies: The Long Kiss Goodnight. In between the Renny Harlin action setpieces, I found myself quoting the numerous brilliant Shane Black one-liners in the film. I began to think about how we don't get very many good action one-liners these days and lo and behold this video appears to me. Coming in at just under 10 minutes, this supercut brings together 100 of »
- Alex Maidy
It is that time again when the year is drawing to a close and the cinematic twelvemonth is summed up in a myriad Best Of lists and the trophy cabinets are being prepped from the Academies on both side of the Atlantic to hand out their golden trinkets.
We, too, are continuing our tradition of awarding The Truffles – the annual HeyUGuys movie awards where when we make up the categories in order than the prizes given more accurately reflect our feelings on year in film. The team have given their choices below, if you care to you can click here to see our previous years’ awards, and finally see you all next year!
Fans of Jason Statham (you’re out there somewhere…) will have been thrilled with the amount of ‘Stath’ that illuminated the big screen this year, »
- Jon Lyus
Kellan Lutz is here to be objectified. The "Twilight" studmuffin does lots of running around with his shirt off and very little actual talking in the second official trailer for "The Legend of Hercules," the forthcoming fantasy/action film that's set to beat Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" to theaters by more than six months. This one comes from director Renny Harlin, the man responsible for such solid '90s actioners as "Die Hard 2," "Cliffhanger," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Deep Blue Sea." Well hey, a career is a career. Check out the trailer below, then let us know what you »
- Chris Eggertsen
I’ve always had a soft spot of director Renny Harlin (and not only because he was lucky enough to share a bed with Geena Davis). He’s previously brought us guilty pleasures actioners such as Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea and The Long Kiss Goodnight. However, his name is no longer amongst the Hollywood elite following so woeful genre efforts, which is why he’s effectively at the helm of the low-budget adaptation of Hercules: The Legend Begins as opposed to the epic version, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, being led by Dwayne Johnson (although the name Brett Ratner is equally fearful).
In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. »
- Craig Hunter
Could timing be everything for dueling movies about the muscle-bound god?
Hollywood's upcoming battle of the Hercules -- to mix warrior legends for a moment -- is a decidedly David versus Goliath affair.
Now comes news that the slighter of these two muscle-bound screen gods (in budget, at least) might have a crucial advantage, as Summit has acquired Hercules: The Legend Begins and slated it for a February release.
The underdog stars Twilight beefcake Kellan Lutz and was directed by Renny Harlin, who hasn't had a hit since the 1990s when he peaked with action hits like Die Hard 2 and The Long Kiss Goodnight. It stands in the immense shadow of Hercules: The Thracian Wars, a graphic novel adaptation from director Brett Ratner starring proven box office superstar Dwayne Johnson, for which MGM and Paramount are sharing a $100 million-plus price tag.
Cover Story: How Director Brett Ratner Evolved From »
- Seth Abramovitch
Another trio of names could soon be set to join the already confirmed Katee Sackhoff (Riddick), Gina Carano (Haywire) and Sharni Vinson (You’Re Next) in the all-female version of the action ensemble franchise, The Expendables. Millennium Films chief Avi Lerner has claimed in the Bulgarian press that he is negotiating with superstar actresses Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich to feature in the forthcoming untitled project currently known as The Expendabelles. Lerner also confirmed he’s looking at potential female directors in keeping with everything “all woman”.
The film has a script by Legally Blonde scribes Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith but could this all be bravado on the part of the producer (and would Steep in particular even touch anything like this)? We suspect his back-up (or addition casting) will include Terminator’s Linda Hamilton, Alien’s Sigourney Weaver, The Long Kiss Goodnight’s Geena Davis »
- Craig Hunter
The success of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Starz’s Spartacus franchise has saw Hollywood finally decide swords, sandals and sorcery are back on the blockbuster menu. Of course, they themselves owe a debt of gratitude to the likes of Gladiator and 300 for proving the genre was far from dead.
Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin will be hoping his forthcoming 3D action-adventure Hercules: The Legend Begins gets his career back on track after his enjoyable and underrated Cutthroat Island saw him (and Carolco Pictures) thrown on the Tinseltown scrap heap, despite going on to give us the ace The Long Kiss Goodnight and guilty pleasure Deep Blue Sea. It’s one of two big-screen efforts due, centring on the the hulking, mythic Greek god and has Twilight’s Kellan Lutz leading.
Following swiftly on from yesterday’s full trailer debut, we’ve an epic, imposing new »
- Craig Hunter
Will the release of the forthcoming action-adventure Hercules: The Legend Begins see director Renny Harlin return to form? Only time will tell but his most recent work has been a far cry from his Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight heyday. Lately he’s been directing episodes of the enjoyable Burn Notice, White Collar and the upcoming Graceland, although his latest big-screen effort, found-footage horror The Dyatlov Pass Incident (or Devil’S Pass), died a death in the UK and went straight-to-dvd/VOD in the Us.
Of course, things are going be a lot harder as Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnston also have their own mythic Greek god epic – Hercules: The Thracian Wars – due next year. Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz leads Harlin’s 3D version and here he is introducing the brand new teaser trailer which premiered at the recent New York Comic Con.
- Craig Hunter
True story: Geena Davis knows her way around a bow and arrow.
"I was in 'A League of Their Own,'" the 57-year-old actress says while in her uniform from the 1992 classic. "As an archer, I'm in a class of my own." And with that she pops three balloons with one shot.
If you're a paparazzo with your lens trained on Davis, just don't do it. The former Olympic hopeful -- she tried out for the U.S. archery team before the 2000 Sydney Games -- is apparently also really good with a gun.
[via Funny or Die]
- Laura Larson
Just last night I was watching The Long Kiss Goodnight and thinking back to how badass Geena Davis was in that movie. Today, I was sent this video of the actress showcasing her archery skills for the good people at Funny or Die. While archery may seem a random subject for the video, Geena Davis is in fact a skilled archer and placed 24th out of 300 trying out for the U.S. Team at the 2000 Olympics. While she didn't make the team, don't doubt her talent with a bow and arrow. »
- Alex Maidy
Since 1977, every Star Wars movie has been released in May. When Star Wars: Episode VII was announced with a 2015 release date, we all made the assumption that it would hit theaters in May of that year. But, as we learned from The Long Kiss Goodnight, assumptions will make an ass outta you and umption. There was nothing tying Star Wars: Episode VII to that month aside from tradition, and with such a short window to complete the film, we may be able to forget about a May release date. »
- Alex Maidy
Remember when director Renny Harlin was pretty awesome? Sure he hasn’t really made a masterpiece or reached the level of someone like John Carpenter, but he sure did direct a lot of fun movies: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Deep Blue Sea. Even Mindhunters is solid brainless entertainment.
What happened to that guy? The less said about The Covenant, 12 Rounds, and 5 Days of War, the better. His latest, Devil’s Pass (IFC releases it in select theaters and on VOD August 23), is not a return to form. It has far more in common with his recent work than his early career. Renny has lost his groove.
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'Oh, you'll have fun with Renny," says his assistant as I'm ushered into his office in Venice, Los Angeles, three blocks from where Orson Welles filmed the opening sequence of Touch of Evil. "He's been doing his homework on you."
My mind fills with horrifying possibilities, recalling how Don Simpson would have a journalist's credit rating, divorce papers, and even criminal record to hand for an interview. But Finland's most successful director simply appears before me with a grin and says: "Hello, John, I very much enjoyed your – " and he quotes something I wrote a month back. "I laughed all day!" he adds.
Renny Harlin, a lean, ginger-haired man of medium height with a wind-burned, tough-guy sort of face, »
- John Patterson
Based on a true story:
In February, 1959, nine Russians hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains on a trip that should have been manageable for a group with their vast experience. Two weeks later, all nine were discovered dead. A search party found the hikers’ tents ripped open from the inside and all seemed to have died from hypothermia. Aside from a few fractures and broken bones, there appeared to be indication of foul play. With no compelling evidence or witnesses to account for the puzzling night, the case quickly fell into legendary infamy. Many have theorized that a small avalanche caught them off guard, forced them to cut through their tents and make an escape into their snowy surroundings where they froze. The riddle has baffled investigators, researchers and authorities ever since. »
- Phil Wheat
Fans of a certain age and generation will be excited to learn that “The Dyatlov Pass Incident” marks the return after a quiet few years of director Renny Harlin, responsible for a variety of highly enjoyable and bombastic 1990s thrillers, including “Die Hard 2”, “Cliffhanger”, “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and shark schlocker “Deep Blue Sea”. Though enthusiasm for some might be damped by the fact that the film is yet another found footage outing, it does at least have a solid and intriguing premise, focusing on the curious events of 1959 in which a group of hikers went missing in the Ural Mountains of Russia. The nine were later found dead far from their camp, half dressed and suffering from violent injuries and having been inexplicably exposed to a high dose of radiation. Theories as to what happened have run rampant over the years since, ranging from alien abduction through to sinister military experiments, »
- James Mudge
As an A-list screenwriter in the ’80s and ’90s, Shane Black practically defined a certain brand of sardonic Hollywood action spectacle. With a track record that includes the Lethal Weapon series, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it was a pleasant surprise that the script for Iron Man 3 featured many of Black’s previous trademarks. For some of us it worked, while others had a problem with a few of the multiple story lines. The fine folks from the Hishe crew went out of their way to create this short animated video detailing some of these issues. Warning: This video clearly contains spoilers. Enjoy!
Today we have the official trailer for "Dyatlov Pass Incident," an upcoming found-footage horror film that's directed by Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2). Check it out below. Plot: Follows a group of American students on a trek to investigate the true life mystery of nine Russian skiers who befell unexplained deaths while skiing in the Russian mountains in 1959. To this day, their deaths have been one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. The new movie has already been released in several European and Asian countries, but has yet to get a Us release date. Trailer: »
The days when director Renny Harlin was the go-to-guy for big-screen action and thrills are sadly long gone. The man who gave us enjoyable madness of Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight has saw his stock plummet following the expensive disaster Cutthroat Island, which in all honesty wasn’t all that bad despite notoriously bankrupting Carolco Pictures. Lately, Harlin’s stepped into the world of TV. Directing episodes of Burn Notice, White Collar and the upcoming Graceland but he’ll be hoping to kick-start his cinematic career with one of two Hercules projects on the horizon.
Hoping to beat Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnston’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars to the punch, Harlin’s Hercules 3D will star Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz as the mythic and heroic Greek god. The film is currently shooting with a supporting cast that includes Scott Adkins, Johnathon Schaech, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, »
- Craig Hunter
Securing perhaps the biggest costume job going at the moment, Michael Kaplan has officially been chosen as costume designer for Star Wars Episode VII. It was on his IMDb page for a short while (later removed), but now the appointment has been corroborated by the man himself. “I am very excited to be working on Star Wars” Kaplan confirms to Clothes on Film “I’m so looking forward to collaborating, once again, with Jj.”
Kaplan is now director J.J. Abrams’ regular costume designer having worked with him on Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Evidently after two terms with Abrams on Star Trek, Kaplan has the sci-fi chops necessary to tackle arguably a denser franchise with even greater fan expectation. Get it right and he could have an Oscar to put alongside his BAFTA statuette and Costume Designers Guild awards, get it wrong and there will be nowhere to hide, »
- Chris Laverty
While the high-concept pitch sounds like a Disney teen movie, the cast for Barely Lethal is making us think it could be a little more interesting than that. Samuel L. Jackson and Hailee Steinfeld have signed on to star in the assassin comedy.Fanboys director Kyle Newman is set to call the shots for the comedy, which sees a 16 year-old international assassin (Steinfeld) aching to experience a more normal life. So she decides to fake her death and enrol in a suburban high school.Jackson, who has been spending time in the last few years wrangling superheroes as Nick Fury, will find his skills (and his patience) tested further as the mentor who initially trains the young woman.His presence in a film about an assassin who gives up her career for a normal life is giving us flashbacks to The Long Kiss Goodnight, but Shane Black won’t be »
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