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Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” may have been his 28-year-old passion project, but it was mostly ignored by audiences, grossing only $7 million in the U.S. opposite a $40 million budget. Something tells us the same fate won’t meet the director’s next project, which carries an even bigger budget and bigger stars.
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“The Irishman” is gearing up for production this summer, and it brings Scorsese back to the genre he helped define in the modern era and reunites him with some of the actors he helped make iconic. Anticipation is sky high (and warranted, given everything we know about the movie). Here are the 9 most essential bits of information you need to know:
1. The Movie is Martin Scorsese’s First Gangster Movie in Over A Decade
Scorsese has built his career on iconic gangster movies, »
- Zack Sharf
To celebrate the buddy cop's 30th anniversary, Glover, Mel Gibson and Rene Russo reunited on Good Morning America for the first time since shooting Lethal Weapon 4 to reminisce about their time on set and how it feels to be back together again.
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"I think there was a lot of love between us," Gibson, who portrayed cop Martin Riggs, told ABC's Chris Connelly. "And when I see them, I just kind of get the same feeling... It's like seeing a teenage sweetheart or something."
Gibson and Glover portrayed their characters from 1987 to 1998, and it wasn’t until 1992's Lethal Weapon 3 that Russo joined the cast as Lorna Cole.
"I think you »
They’re never too old for this sh*t! Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Rene Russo reunite to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Lethal Weapon” for the first time since filming wrapped on “Lethal Weapon 4” in 1998. Despite the years apart, the actors’ camaraderie hasn’t changed at all, according to Gibson. “I think it was at […] »
- Rachel West
1987 was a big year for classic movies, but when it comes to action comedies, nothing beats the original Lethal Weapon, which defined the buddy cop genre and launched a new wave of likeminded movies in its wake. There have been three sequels and a TV show adaptation, but nothing beats the first time Mel Gibson and Danny Glover went to work on a case in Los Angeles. Today, the pair, along with future co-star Rene Russo, invaded Good Morning America to celebrate the movie's 30th Anniversary.
Today's Lethal Weapon reunion marks the first time that Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Rene Russo have shared the screen together since shooting their final scenes for Lethal Weapon 4 way back in 1998. That final sequel marked the end of an era, though it was never supposed to be the last movie in the franchise. Mel Gibson says that while they've been apart for nearly twenty years, »
The action comedy about…heavily damaged Vietnam vets?
Lethal Weapon often gets heralded at the preeminent buddy cop film, despite the fact that the genre existed for decades prior to its 1987 release. So what makes Lethal Weapon the mold-breaker? Is it (then) wunderkind Shane Black’s razor-sharp script? The legendary cast? The quotable quips? Or is that so many members of the audience identified with the characters because they too possibly felt a general sense of being too old for life’s shit?
How about the fact that Lethal Weapon is the Apocalypse Now of buddy cop movies? It’s true, Shane Black’s script is just as concerned with the heavily damaged psyches of Vietnam War veterans as was Apocalypse Now’s. Nearly every major character in Lethal Weapon, hero and villain alike, served in Vietnam and came back with a hefty amount of baggage. While this is reasonable considering the realities of that war, it »
- Brian Salisbury
Simon Brew Mar 14, 2017
The James Bond movie Spectre was in cinemas less than 12 months after production began. Here's a taste of just what a challenge that was.
A while back for this very site, I looked at the truncated production period that saw the movie Lethal Weapon 4 start filming in January 1998, before arriving in cinemas just over six months later. Warner Bros had a hole in its schedule it urgently needed to fill, and the Lethal Weapon sequel got the green light. The end result was a baggy film, more driven by comedy than action, but a very solid hit.
Lethal Weapon 4 was, whilst a very fast production, a more contained one, shot in and around the Los Angeles area. Conversely, the more I read about 2015’s James Bond adventure, Spectre, the more I’m »
Alastair Stewart Mar 2, 2017
It feels a long time ago that watching Saturday night TV with the family was the norm, but back in the 1990s, millions crowded around the box for the likes of Noel's House Party, Due South, The Generation Game, and of course, Bugs. The latter ran for four series between 1995 and 1999 and arguably holds the distinction of being embryonic of later, more intensive, tech-heavy UK shows including Spooks and Sherlock.
The general Bugs premise involved a team of crime-fighting gadget experts facing a range of modern (now charmingly redundant), technology-centred threats. The main triptych of regulars included Nick Beckett (Jesse Birdsall), Ros Henderson (Jaye Griffiths) and Ed (Neighbours alumnus Craig McLachlan in series »
7 items from 2017
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