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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Top Gun’ premiered, ‘Seinfeld’ killed Susan

16 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day, »

- Emily Rome

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Dallas’ left us with a killer cliffhanger

21 March 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was 36 years ago today that the world was left with what still stands as one of TV’s greatest cliffhangers: In the March 21, 1980 episode of primetime soap Dallas, J.R. Ewing is shot twice by an unseen assailant. Viewers were left frustratedly wondering who shot the conniving oil tycoon and whether he would survive. The whodunnit mystery had everyone guessing for a while: J.R. had a host of enemies, so there were lots of suspects. CBS created a marketing campaign around the phrase “Who shot J.R.?” T-shirts and bumper stickers printed with the phrase and “I Shot J.R.” became a common sight over the summer. During the 1980 presidential election, Republican campaigners made buttons that read “A Democrat shot J.R.,” while Jimmy Carter told people at a fundraiser in Texas, “I came to Dallas to find out confidentially who shot J.R. If any of you could let me know that, »

- Emily Rome

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The Jeonju International Film Festival announced the Korean Competition

18 March 2016 2:10 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The organizers of the festival have announced the films that will be screen at the Korean Competition.

This year more than 120 entries were sent to the festival and programmers have selected only 10 films to be part of the Korean Competition. Fictions films predominated as 7 are fiction and 3 are documentaries. The 17th Jeonju International Film Festival is going to take place from April 28th to May 7th in Jeonju (South Korea). We will keep you updated as soon as more information about the films is available.

Korean Competition

No Preparation for Old Age by Lee Dongwoo

Delta Boys by Ko Bongsoo

Mrs. B. A North Korean Woman by Yoon Jaeho (*)

Breathing Underwater by Ko Heeyoung

Our Love Story by Lee Hyunju

With or Without You by Cho Sungeun

A Field Day by Kim Jintae

Worst Woman by Kim Jongkwan

Curtain Call by Ryu Hoon (*)

Press by Choi Jungmin

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- Sebastian Nadilo

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