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A superstar author who goes into hiding, a vault of unpublished work, a military past filled with haunting images. This is the suspense thriller of Shane Salerno‘s J.D. Salinger documentary. Making his directorial debut, the writer with credits on (no kidding) Savages and Shaft (2000) has conducted interviews with hundreds of people — including those who knew the iconic writer of “Catcher in the Rye” and creative minds like Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman who were influenced by his work. There’s no doubt that the author left behind plenty of mysteries, and Salinger purports to solve (or at least explore) them. At the very least, it should provide a well-anticipated look into the life and career of a man who was responsible for millions of worn out paperbacks. Check out the trailer for yourself: As someone who personally wore out several of those paperbacks, this looks incredibly captivating. Salinger hits theaters September 6th. »
- Scott Beggs
Scheduled for a September 6th release, here’s your first look at The Weinstein Company’s documentary Salinger.
Director Shane Salerno’s Salinger features interviews with 150 subjects including Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen.
Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger’s influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture.
The film is the first work to get beyond the Catcher in the Rye author’s meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.
Salerno has served as »
- Michelle McCue
"Mystery... we all like mystery." The Weinstein Company has released this full trailer for Salinger, the documentary by Shane Salerno (writer on Shaft and Savages) presenting one of the most comprehensive looks at the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye. The doc features lots of interviews and footage, photographs and other material painting a mysterious picture of a haunted but brilliant individual. In this trailer they show Edward Norton, John Cusack, Martin Sheen, Danny DeVito and playwright John Guare speaking briefly, with many others featured in the doc itself. This looks like a very compelling watch. Here's the full theatrical trailer for Shane Salerno's Salinger documentary, originally from Yahoo: An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye. Shane Salerno's Salinger features interviews with 150 subjects including Salinger's friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle »
- Alex Billington
Scream Factory is just unstoppable this year, with another batch of summer Blu-ray/DVD titles in the pipe. This August, they're rolling out four more cult & horror titles: a double-feature set of obscure slasher X-Ray with the twisty giallo Schizoid; Larry Cohen's comic monster flick Q: The Winged Serpent; and alien action-thriller Dark Angel. Here's the full breakdown on each: X-Ray (aka Hospital Massacre), starring former Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton, was featured in our Be Kind, Rewind feature series, as it's previously been available only on VHS. It makes its Blu debut as half of a double-feature combo pack with Schizoid, a sleazy giallo-style thriller with legendary movie madman Klaus Kinski (as a therapist, no less!). The DVD presents both features in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) and Dolby Digital Stereo, and the Blu-ray in 1080p high-definition widescreen and DTS-hd master audio stereo. Bonus features on this set include an interview with Schizoid actress Donna Wilkes, »
- Gregory Burkart
“This August, loyal fans are invited to combat the summer heat with a quadruple dose of 80s high-camp horror classics when a double feature presentation of Boaz Davidson’s X-ray (aka Hospital Massacre), starring former Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton, and David Paulsen’s Schizoid, starring cult film favorite Klaus Kinski (Crawlspace), debut on home entertainment shelves together in a double-feature Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack on August 20, 2013; Larry Cohen’s creature terror classic Q The Winged Serpent, starring Michael Moriarty Law & Order), Candy Clark (American Graffiti), David Carradine (Kung Fu, Kill Bill) and Richard Roundtree (Shaft); and Craig Baxley’s Dark Angel starring Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on August 27, 2013. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, each movie collection boasts original theatrical key art, »
- Jonathan James
From the Press Release
This August, loyal fans are invited to combat the summer heat with a quadruple dose of 80s high-camp horror classics when a double feature presentation of Boaz Davidson’s X-ray (aka Hospital Massacre), starring former Playboy Playmate Barbi Benton, and David Paulsen’s Schizoid, starring cult film favorite Klaus Kinski (Crawlspace), debut on home entertainment shelves together in a double-feature Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack on August 20, 2013; Larry Cohen’s creature terror classic Q The Winged Serpent, starring Michael Moriarty Law & Order), Candy Clark (American Graffiti), David Carradine (Kung Fu, Kill Bill) and Richard Roundtree (Shaft); and Craig Baxley’s Dark Angel starring Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) arrive on Blu-ray™ for the »
- Uncle Creepy
We were so disappointed that Zero Hour wasn’t given more time to gain an audience, but at least were pleased when ABC announced that the entire first season would air this summer, including the first three episodes that aired in the winter.
Happily, ABC has now paired those episodes with unaired episodes from another gone-too-soon show from earlier this season, 666 Park Avenue, according to Deadline. As you know from the SciFiMafia.com Spring and Summer Primetime TV Schedule and the SciFiMafia.com Calendar, Zero Hour premieres Saturday, June 15 at 8/7c. 666 Park Avenue will join Zero Hour on June 22, following it at 9/8c and continuing weekly for three more weeks.
Excellent news, I’m So looking forward to summer Saturdays, these were great shows; thanks to ABC for airing the rest of the episodes.
As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, »
- Erin Willard
"666 Park Avenue" was one of the biggest disappointments of the last TV season - both for viewers story-wise and for ABC ratings-wise. But fans of the show will finally have some closure when the network begins airing the remaining four episodes on Saturday, June 22nd.
Per TVLine the ill-fated spooker, which ABC pulled from the schedule following its December 2, 2012 broadcast, will reward loyal viewers with a finale on July 13. Speaking with the site recently, series star Rachael Taylor gave the final episode two very enthusiastic thumbs up, saying, “I love the ending. Everything gets completely flipped on its head, and it was very fun for me to play. My character is very different in the last episode. I’m really looking forward to people seeing the end, because shit gets crazy.”
At the ominous address of 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours. Everyone has needs, desires, and ambition. »
- The Woman In Black
We have an exclusive interview with actor Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the surprisingly sadistic servant Stephen to Leonardo DiCaprio’s devilish plantation owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist western, Django Unchained. A few questions were put to actor about his controversial role in what is his fourth time in working with the Oscar-winner director.
Q. Do you think this film could serve as the younger generation’s “Roots” and does it have a social message?
A. I’m sure there is but not in, like, a “Roots” way. It deals with slavery in a way that we haven’t seen slavery dealt with cinematically in a very long time. I guess, at the deep end of it, you understand that slavery wasn’t just this hard time in the lives of black people. They weren’t just out in fields picking cotton and singing songs and trying to make it. »
- David Agnew
Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
Feature Ryan Lambie 2 May 2013 - 06:57
With Fast & Furious 6 on the horizon, we revisit the entire series from beginning to end, and dig out our favourite moments...
It's strange to think that it's well over a decade since the Fast franchise began. But like a juggernaut rolling down a hill, this ageing series shows no sign of slowing down; in fact, this year's Fast & Furious 6 will be joined by yet another sequel, Fast Seven, due out in cinemas next year.
But given that the Fast movies now have such a long history, with various stars fading in and out of them as the past decade has rolled on, perhaps it's a good time to look back at how the series has evolved, and work out how its events will lead up to Fast & Furious 6...
The Fast And The Furious (2001)
The first Fast movie is something of a Frankenstein’s monster of a movie. »
Shane Salerno (Armageddon, Shaft) has been working on a documentary about Jd Salinger for the past eight years. He even spent $2 million dollars of his own money to produce it, but don’t worry, he just sold it and will make a tidy profit.
Deadline is reporting that The Weinstein Company has purchased the worldwide rites to the doc. They plan to release it in theatres on September 6. It will then air on PBS’ American Masters in 2014.
But that’s not all…
Simon and Shuster has also bought The Private War Of J.D. Salinger, a 700 page biography written by Salerno and David Shields. The book isn’t a tie in for the doc, but “an oral biography featuring more than 100 never-before-seen photos and material not found in the two-hour film.”
Source: Deadline »
- Philip Sticco
You know, that John Singleton movie with Samuel L. Jackson as Shaft, made for Paramount back in 2000; The one that no one likes. Well that's a little harsh. I'm sure it has its defenders, but it's fair to say that there was a lot of anticipation before that film came out. And there was a whole lot of disappointment after people saw it. To be fair though, it was rather obvious that the film wasn't going to live up to expectations considering all the studio compromises that Singleton had to make, which were chronicled by the media at the time. And when you think that Jackson plays John Shaft's nephew in the film, and not a new re-imagining of the original character, it sort of defeats »
Shane Salerno is best known as a screenwriter on films such as Armageddon, Shaft, Avpr: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem and more recently, Oliver Stone's Savages. This year, however, he's gone behind the camera for the new documentary Salinger, which was recently acquired by The Weinstein Co. and will be released in theaters this September followed by a release on PBS in January 2014, which is to say, yes, this will be eligible for Best Documentary this year. The film, as I'm sure you've already surmised, centers on author J.D. Salinger, the famously private literary icon and author of "Franny and Zooey", "Nine Stories" and "The Catcher in the Rye". Salerno is also co-authoring a biography on Salinger with David Shields, titled "The Private War of J.D. Salinger", which will be published by Simon & Schuster and hit shelves in September. Today The Hollywood Reporter premiered the following first poster for »
- Brad Brevet
Back when the MTV Movie Awards first started, they had a Lifetime Achievement prize. But it was sort of a joke. The winners were Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" franchise, The Three Stooges, "Shaft" star Richard Roundtree, Jackie Chan (those last two being the most "legitimate" winners, I suppose), Godzilla, Chewbacca from the "Star Wars" franchise and Ron Howard's brother, Clint (who appears in all of Howard's films). In 1999 they discontinued it, thank God. In 2005, it was brought back around with an undercurrent of sincerity and dubbed the "MTV Generation Award." The inaugural recipient was Tom Cruise and »
- Kristopher Tapley
Blu-ray Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.98
Who gets caught in the crunch of the titular Los Angeles rumble? Well, let’s see: there’s a construction engineer (Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur), his lover (Geneviève Bujold, Dead Ringers), his bitter wife (Ava Gardner, The Killers), her corporate executive (Lorne Greene, TV’s Bonanza), a weary street cop (George Kennedy, Airport), a motorcycle daredevil (Richard Roundtree, Shaft), a strange supermarket cashier (Marjoe Gortner, StarCrash) and a busty actress wannabe with a large afro (Victoria Principal, TV’s Dallas).
There are no bonus features on the Blu-ray. »
Posted without comment... because, really, what is there to say? And no, it's not April 1st. The breaking news below courtesy of Deadline: Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin will turn the groundbreaking ’70s sitcom Good Times into a feature film. They’ve set a writer, Phil Johnston, whose most recent credits include Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids. Rudin will produce the family comedy with Eli Bush. While Rudin is selective about the remakes with which he becomes involved – Manchurian Candidate, Shaft and Sabrina – I think this has a lot of potential [...] The movie will be set in the 1960s, which gives Johnston a rich and politically charged period to mine. William Bannister, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin will turn the groundbreaking ’70s sitcom Good Times into a feature film. They’ve set a writer, Phil Johnston, whose most recent credits include Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids. Rudin will produce the family comedy with Eli Bush. While Rudin is selective about the remakes with which he becomes involved – Manchurian Candidate, Shaft and Sabrina – I think this has a lot of potential. The series, which aired on CBS from 1974-79, was one in a series of socially aware Norman Lear-generated sitcoms that pushed the envelope by mixing comedy with topicality and hot-button issues. Others included All In The Family (bigot patriarch), One Day At A Time (struggling single mother) and Maude. Good Times focused on working-class couple James and Florida Evans as they raised three kids while struggling with hard financial times, unemployment and keeping their kids away from temptations that »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
According to Deadline Hollywood, The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to release Salinger into theaters. No word yet on when they plan to release the documentary about the famously reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Franny and Zooey,” and others. The deal is a testament to the quality of the work from director Shane Salerno (the writer of Savages and, no kidding, Shaft). He and his team first showed it to American Masters who made a deal to show it as part of their programming early next year. They then showed it to publisher Simon & Schuster who made a deal to publish a biography written by Salerno with David Shields. They then showed it to The Weinstein Company who made a deal to put it in theaters. Basically, everyone they show it to wants to take out their checkbooks and put a lot of zeroes on the line. In »
- Scott Beggs
TMZ is reporting that toymaker, National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (Neca), has discontinued production on their Django Unchained toyline upon the request of the film's producers, the Weinstein Company. The Weinstein Company has come under fire about the action figures by advocacy groups, like Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Project Islamic Hope. They argued that the toys trivialized the horrors of slavery. The eight-inch pose-able action figures come with tailored clothing, weaponry, and accessories. There are a total of six figures in the toyline with the likeness of actors: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar and Christoph Waltz. Clearly the most "offensive" of the figures being the depiction of Samuel L. Jackson's Stephen and Kerry Washington's Broomhilda Von Shaft, who portray slaves in the film. TMZ also learned that only 1,000 dolls were created before production was shutdown. Which means? You better go »
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