6 items from 2015
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Ritch Brinkley (1944-2015) - Actor. Best known for his roles on TV's Murphy Brown and Twin Peaks, he is also memorable as the captain in Cabin Boy (see below) and also appears in Rhinestone, Breakdown, The Man With One Red Shoe and Big Business. He died on November 5. (THR) Betsy Drake (1957-2015) - Actress. She starred in Every Girl Should Be Married (see below) and Room for One More, all with then-husband Cary Grant...
- Christopher Campbell
Coming to theaters, VOD, and iTunes tomorrow with the gas pedal to the floor and one eye on the rearview mirror is Wrecker, a new road trip horror film from XLrator Media. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Wrecker co-writer/director Micheal Bafaro.
Thanks for taking the time to converse with us, Micheal. How did you come up with the idea for your latest film, Wrecker?
Micheal Bafaro: I’ve always been inspired by the open road. For me, it’s the ultimate embodiment of freedom, adventure, and optimism. However, it can also be unpredictable as one moves away from familiar surroundings into the unknown. I’ve got an active imagination and I’m always having story ideas pop into my head. Highways themselves are an iconic part of the North American landscape and culture, and I felt that it was time to do a road film of my own. »
- Derek Anderson
Hey, Toronto! The Twitch curated RussellMania! The Legend Of Kurt Russell retrospective at the Tiff Bell Lightbox may be approaching its end but we aint done yet! Things continue this week with an August 22nd screening of Breakdown and we want you to be there!While driving cross-country to their new life in California, Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) and his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) have their car break down in the middle of the desert. Accepting a ride from a friendly trucker (J.T. Walsh), Amy heads to a nearby diner to call for help while Jeff stays with the car. After several hours, the bewildered and worried Jeff makes his way to the diner on foot, and finds that no one has seen Amy at all...
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Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? We learn about a heavy metal band inspired by The Simpsons' Ned Flanders, the new trailer for The Hateful Eight gets mashed up with The Thing and a breakdown of Wonder Woman's costume evolution. We also get to watch as a scientist dissects Fantastic Four! So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Inspired by The Hateful Eight trailer's "isolation, snow, dudes and Kurt Russell," Youtube user Paul Garrison Dean has crafted a wonderful mashup with the 1982 horror classic The Thing. The video shows The Hateful Eight footage with dialogue from The Thing that, with the help of some crafty editing, works incredibly well. »
With Terminator Genisys out in UK cinemas tomorrow (July 2), there's no better time to look back at some of the lesser known facts about the franchise that turned Arnie into a superstar.
1. James Cameron found himself in director jail in the early '80s having been fired from Piranha II. Unsure if he'd ever be able to sit behind the camera again, he sold off his Terminator script for $1 in exchange for the rights to direct it.
2. Mel Gibson and Oj Simpson were initially considered for the role of The Terminator before Arnold Schwarzenegger landed the part. Arnie had in fact originally met with director Cameron to discuss playing Kyle Reese before being cast as the T-800.
3. The Terminator's iconic line "I'll be back" was originally scripted as "I'll come back" (something that rolled »
Eric England definitely knows the meaning of patience. After shooting his feature debut, Madison County, he instantly jumped into Roadside, a thriller about a young couple whose car is stuck in the snowy roads, while a sniper takes his aim at them. It’s a psychological wild ride, and while it would have made sense to release it after Madison County, England moved onto the film that really put him on the map with the much loved Contracted. Now after recently wrapping yet another film, the dark comedy, kidnapping gone horribly wrong film Get The Girl, England’s Roadside is finally available on DVD, courtesy of Image Entertainment. Eric was nice enough to hop on the phone and chat with Icons about the journey of getting Roadside released and what’s coming next. Read on!
It’s definitely been a journey from when you shot Roadside to it finally being released. »
- Jerry Smith
6 items from 2015
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