11 items from 2016
Here's a fun fact about Milo Ventimiglia: his first credited role is "Party Guest #1" in a 1995 episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, titled "Bourgie Sings the Blues." Now that he's firmly in the spotlight thanks to This Is Us and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, it seems like the right time to dig up this one-line role from his past. Ventimiglia spoke with Interview magazine about how it changed his perspective, and you might be surprised by how seriously he took that part. "The most impactful thing for me being on that set was to see how Will Smith was with his crew. I think he was coming off of Men in Black, and was already signed up for Men in Black II. He was not just a TV star; he was a movie star already. He knew everyone's name and was inclusive of everyone and the crew. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Will Smith is one of the biggest movie stars we have, and today on his 48th birthday, we're taking a look at his evolution.
Smith's journey has been both entertaining and impressive. From his days on television, starring as "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", to space westerns, actual westerns, and a couple of Oscar nominations, let's take a look at the career of one of our favourites, Will Smith.
You may not have realized it, but before he was the Fresh Prince, Will Smith already had begun his work in film, and a franchise that would continue to garner success through the years, with the first Bad Boys movie. Co-starring Martin Lawrence, the two played bad-ass detectives who protect a witness to a murder while solving a drug crime. »
- Adriana Floridia
Warning: There are some Stranger Things spoilers below. You probably don't know Mark Steger's face, but you've likely seen his work. As one of Hollywood's top movement choreographers, the actor and artist has brought a plethora of inhuman creatures to life in such popular films and TV shows as I Am Legend, World War Z, Men in Black II and American Horror Story, to name just a few. This summer, Steger enjoyed perhaps his biggest role to date as the the petal-headed Monster in Netflix's breakout hit Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers-created series that has become a bona fide phenomenon since premiering in July. A humanoid beast dubbed the "Demogorgon" by the show's trio of D&D-loving friends, the creature also enjoys a strange, profound relationship with the telekinetic Eleven (Millie Brown), a bond that has spawned innumerable fan theories since the show's debut. For Steger, playing the Monster »
- Chris Eggertsen
This week sees yet another big-budget superhero caper hit cinemas in the shape of DC’s Suicide Squad and analysts are predicting it’ll be one of the season’s biggest hits. But can you guess the biggest global money-maker of these summers?
Angels & Demons
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- Benjamin Lee
Celebrated as a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle, the late South African freedom fighter Solomon “Kalushi” Mahlangu has life-sized statues adorning city squares and a soccer stadium named in his honor. It’s only now, though, that his story has been told on the big screen, thanks to the feature-film debut of Mandla Dube, whose biopic “Kalushi” was a hit this week at the Durban Intl. Film Festival.
Eight years in the making, the movie, which traces the short and revolutionary life of Mahlangu before his execution by the apartheid government at the age of 23, has already been hailed as a “hugely important film” by a leading South African film critic.
For Dube, who once mooted telling Mahlangu’s story in a four-part TV series, “Kalushi” offers a chance to pay tribute to one of the iconic heroes of the liberation struggle on the “large canvas” he deserves.
“I feel »
- Christopher Vourlias
From Bond to Brasco, our love affair with undercover agents in Hollywood has stood the test of time.
In his latest film, Bastille Day, Idris Elba plays a field agent who must team up with a criminal to help solve a large-scale conspiracy. To celebrate the film’s release, in UK cinemas April 22, we take a look at our favourite undercover agents in film.
Sean Briar – Bastille Day (2016)
Whether he’s playing a murder detective or an anti-apartheid revolutionary, Idris Elba can do no wrong. In his latest film, high-octane action thriller Bastille Day we see him partnering up with Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden for a hugely entertaining game of cat and mouse. Michael Mason (Richard Madden) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba), the field agent on the case, »
- Paul Heath
Here's what's new or newish for home viewing over the past two weeks for DVDs, BluRays, or Streaming. Now you can...
• see if the Pinkett-Smiths had any reason to be upset about the lack of Oscar interest in Concussion (hint: no)
• stab your eyes out while watching Daddy's Home
• find out if The Hateful Eight is Tarantino's worst (hint: yes)
• discover the stuff they left out of Pt 1 in order to make another billion with Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2
• endure yet another Paranormal Activity movie because they will never stop making those
• use Point Break (2015) discs for coasters because who needs a remake when Point Break (1991) is still such a knockout?!
Reader's Choice Streaming
We kicked off the biweekly reader's choice series with Gattaca (1997) and Cruel Intentions (1999). Time for another on Wednesday April 6th only I'm forcing a move away from »
- NATHANIEL R
March 2016 is a sad month for some Netflix subscribers.
Say goodbye to '90s films "American Pie" (1999), "Hackers" (1995), Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" (1990), "Indecent Proposal" (1993) and "Jumanji" (1995) in March. Also disappearing: Will Smith movies "Hitch" (2005) and "Men in Black II" (2002), as well as oodles of TEDTalks that are all expiring next month.
Here's the complete list of what's leaving Netflix streaming in March.
Leaving March 1, 2016
"American Pie" (1999)
"American Wedding" (2003)
"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001)
"The Babysitters" (2007)
"The Chosen One" (2010)
"Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986)
"Gone in 60 Seconds" (2000)
"Hannie Caulder" (1971)
"Hart's War" (2002)
"Indecent Proposal" (1993)
"Johnny Dangerously" (1984)
"Masters of the Universe" (1987)
"Men in Black II" (2002)
"The Monster Squad" (1987)
"Not Another Teen Movie" (2001)
"The United States of Leland" (2003)
Leaving March 2, 2016
"Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams" (2013)
Leaving March 3, 2016
"Night Catches Us" (2010)
Leaving March 4, 2016
- Sharon Knolle
It's time to bulk up your Netflix queue, people, because the streaming giant is putting quite a few movies and TV shows on the chopping block throughout March. From hilarious titles like American Pie to tearjerkers like Hardball, check out which of your favorites are disappearing soon, and then see everything that's definitely here to stay, plus the new movies and shows coming in March! Expiring March 1 Switchmas Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman American Pie American Wedding Atlantis: The Lost Empire Down and Out in Beverly Hills Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Gone in 60 Seconds Hackers Hamlet Hannie Caulder Hardball Hart's War Hitch Indecent Proposal Johnny Dangerously Jumanji Masters of the Universe Men in Black II Not Another Teen Movie Paycheck The Babysitters The Chosen One The Monster Squad The United States of Leland Wings Expiring March 2 Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams Expiring March 3 Night Catches Us »
- Quinn Keaney
Back in September 2014, TNT announced the development of Titans, a live-action superhero series based on the DC Comics title Teen Titans. The initial report revealed that the series would center on Batman side-kick Dick Grayson (aka Robin) who emerges from the shadows of The Dark Knight as Nightwing to lead his own fearless band of superheroes, which may have included Starfire and Raven. We haven't heard a whole lot about the development of this show lately, and as it turns out, that was for a good reason. Deadline reports that the network has decided to not move forward with the project. Here's what TNT president Kevin Reilly had to say in a statement.
"We decided it wasn't where we wanted to go."
While fans of DC Comics properties are certainly enjoying an embarrassment of riches when it comes to seeing their favorite heroes dominate the small screen, sometimes disappointment abounds. We now have word that TNT has chosen not to move forward with the live action Titans TV series. As unfortunate as the news is, it should not come as too much of a shock since it has been nearly a year since any real news has been reported regarding the ill fated series.
It seemed the network was originally enthused about proceeding with the series’ development when TNT president Kevin Reilly told TV Line the following last May:
“I think it’s going to end up being a very, very interesting offering. I think it’s going to be excellent.”
More recently, Reilly said these heartbreaking words at TCA:
“We decided it wasn’t where we wanted to go.”
Had the series come to fruition, »
- Eric Joseph
11 items from 2016
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