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Sequels are big business in the movie industry. There are no fewer than eight thousand of them being released over the course of this year alone. That might not even be an exaggeration.
But, for whatever reason, this phenomenon isn’t usually transferable to music. It appears that not enough listeners are interested in what happened to Father Mackenzie after he gave Eleanor Rigby’s eulogy. But that lack of interest hasn’t always stopped songwriters from continuing the stories that they feel have some unfinished business. It does, however, tend to stop listeners from caring.
Most of these sequels have simply been lost to time, with only the original remaining in the public consciousness. Make no mistake, there isn’t a T2: Judgement Day to be found in the bunch. No, these are the Caddyshack 2’s of the music biz. They’re Blues Brothers 2000 on the music charts, »
- Jacob Trowbridge
Films based on recurring Saturday Night Live skits run the gamut in terms of quality. For every Blues Brothers, we get Blues Brothers 2000. 2010.s MacGruber exists somewhere off the spectrum altogether. Will Forte.s MacGyver spoof didn.t exactly make a huge impression at the box office, but has since gone on to become a modern comedic cult classic. Fans of the action parody have wanted to see the maniac ex-soldier return to the silver screen, and now it seems that the creative forces behind the film share their passion. In a recent interview with EW, Forte discussed his passion for bringing MacGruber back to the big screen, as well as the sheer absurdity that the creative team would bring to the sequel.s opening scene: We have this idea for a cold open, which we just don.t know if we have the balls to do. And we »
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
It is hard to believe that creator Lorne Michaels’s legendary late night variety show Saturday Night Live has been kicking around the American airways for four decades and still remarkably standing on its hind legs even until this very day. No doubt that SNL has shaped the pop cultural minds of its avid viewers for forty-plus years on the small screen. Importantly, SNL gave birth to the careers of some of Hollywood’s major top stars in the realm of film, television and stage.
Sure, SNL is an immense institution in television. In fact, NBC-tv will acknowledge the iconic late night program when it broadcasts the 40th anniversary highlighting Saturday Night Live’s on-air staying power with many of the show’s luminaries returning and paying retrospect to the classic sketch comedy that became one of America’s most enduring and long-lasting laughfests.
Unfortunately, SNL has never had the »
- Frank Ochieng
4 items from 2015
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