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The first feature by writer-director Matt Hullum’s production company Rooster Teeth, of the highly popular animated Web series “Red vs. Blue,” “Lazer Team” is a genial sci-fi action comedy that offers plenty of fun for fanboy types. The Texas-shot, Indiegogo-funded project tallied more than $1 million in Tugg presales before opening on 300 or so U.S. screens Friday. Whether this amusing if not wildly inspired spoof can build the word of mouth to cross over to wider theatrical audiences sans conventional star power or advertising muscle is doubtful. But it should do well in home formats, while announcing that Austin-based Rooster Teeth can create slick, ambitiously scaled entertainment on penny-ante means.
In 1977 the U.S. government gets a message from a “friendly alien race” called the Antarians: “You are not alone. Conflict is coming.” They also informs that a “suit of power” is on its way that will help humanity »
- Dennis Harvey
I Hate wine! Seriously, no kidding, I cannot drink it, smell it and I don’t like to talk about it. The origin of this distaste for fermented grape juice? It was when I was in the Navy (there he goes again!) I was on liberty in Brindisi, Italy (Bill remembers!) We were in a restaurant on a bright, sunny Italian Sunday afternoon. We ordered food and wine. The wine came in pitchers, not bottles. I don’t recall the food ever arriving, don’t remember leaving the restaurant, going back to the ship, none of that, complete blackout.
Literally one minute in the restaurant, the next lying face down in my rack strangling on my own sick. I won’t go into any more sordid details, I’ll spare you that. Sufficient to note I was in trouble with the Navy, had gotten horribly sick on a liberty boat, »
- Sam Moffitt
Today we lost another beloved actor, Alan Rickman, who passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. With more than 60 credits on his resume in his almost 40 year career, he will be fondly remembered for roles like the villainous Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the put upon actor Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest, and to millions as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise. Fans of this last family of films took to the streets, or at least the train station, to show their love of the actor and character. Here was King's Cross Platform 9 3/4 a few minutes ago. So much love for our Snape. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Xzp3oTOfnD . J Fernandez (@imjfernandez) January 14, 2016 Fans of author J.K. Rowling.s teen wizard saga showed up at King.s Cross station in London, home of Platform 9 3/4, where Harry and his fellow students caught the train to Hogwarts »
It’s been a rough January 2016 so far and the hits just keep coming. This morning it was announced Alan Rickman has died. Social media immediately lit up with fans from “Harry Potter” to “Galaxy Quest” to “Die Hard” and beyond mourning the passing of one of Hollywood’s greatest actors and movie villains. But for those who knew Rickman — either personally of professionally — the acknowledgement of his passing and grief over his loss was particularly poignant. J.K. Rowling There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016 Matthew Lewis I was at Leavesden Studios today when I heard the news. As I walked through the canteen I thought of Alan queuing up for his lunch with us mere mortals. I recalled the trailer in which he »
- Donna Dickens
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The world has lost British great, Alan Rickman. The actor sadly died at the age of 69.
From the AP:
Rickman’s family said Thursday that the actor had died after a battle with cancer.
Born to a working-class London family in 1946 and trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rickman was often cast as the bad guy; with his rich, languid voice he could invest evil with wicked, irresistible relish.
Film roles included the psychopathic villain Hans Gruber who tormented Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” in 1988; a deceased lover who consoles his bereaved partner in 1990’s “Truly Madly Deeply”; the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” in 1991; and a wayward husband in 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually. »
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"Galaxy Quest" was far from the most famous Alan Rickman movie, but it may feature his most autobiographical role. As Alexander Dane, a classically trained Shakespearean actor (who's constantly boasting of the five curtain calls he received for playing Richard III) forever typecast as the alien warrior he played on a cult classic TV show, Rickman was riffing not only on Leonard Nimoy's difficult relationship with Mr. Spock from "Star Trek," but also on the strange and wonderful nature of his own career. Rickman, who died today at 69 from cancer, studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and gained acclaim for his role as the Vicomte de Valmont in the 1985 Broadway production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." And while he did spectacular and nuanced work in more highbrow films like "Sense and Sensibility" and "Truly Madly Deeply," the bulk of his fame came from a pair of genre pieces: the first "Die Hard, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Alan Rickman, the British actor who portrayed likable villains in films like Die Hard and the Harry Potter series, has passed away. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends," his family wrote in a statement confirming the actor's death, the BBC reports.
Rickman's acting career began on the stage with a stint in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as well as roles on numerous BBC productions. In 1987, a RSC production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses came to Broadway, »
London – He lived in a show age when a classically trained British actor could also portray a German villain, an indecisive husband and one of the most memorable characters in the Harry Potter series. Alan Rickman was all of these, and he did it with a signature style. Rickman died in London at age 69 on January 14, 2016.
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
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Alan Rickman was born in London, and his early college background was in art and design, while pursuing drama on the side. He worked for a few years before auditioning with the Royal Academy of Drama in 1972. After graduating, he worked his way up the British stage, both in the Royal Court Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He was doing television and narrator parts when his big break came in 1988 as Hans Gruber in “Die Hard.” Gruber was named the 46th greatest villain in »
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Some sad news to report on the same morning as the Academy Awards nominations. Actor Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69, after a short fight with cancer. This news also comes a few days after the death of legendary musician and actor David Bowie, who also passed away from cancer at age 69. Rickman was already a succesful actor on stage in the 1980's, but rose to prominence with unforgettable on screen roles like Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard, the Metatron in Dogma, Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest and of course Snape from the Harry Potter series. The BBC reports the news directly from his family. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends." Rickman was a very talented actor, beloved for both is stage and screen performances. In addition to the roles mentioned, »
- Alex Billington
Alan Rickman introducing A Little Chaos at Glasgow Film Festival Photo: Eoin Carey British actor Alan Rickman has died in London, aged 69. He had been suffering from cancer. The much-loved star began his career on stage and television before going on to create a number of memorable characters on screen.
He particularly became known for his ability to play bad guys, with roles including Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves - for which he won a supporting actor BAFTA - and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. Many of his villainous roles also allowed him to display his comic timing, a skill that also led him to provide the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and mock his own Rada Shakespearean training in 1999 space spoof Galaxy Quest.
He was far from typecast, however, »
- Amber Wilkinson
British actor Alan Rickman, known for his roles in films like Die Hard, Galaxy Quest, and the Harry Potter series, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Born in London in 1946, Rickman first made his name in theater and TV, breaking through with a Tony-nominated performance as the Vicomte de Valmont […]
The post Alan Rickman Has Died appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Alan Rickman, star of countless movies and stage productions, has died. He was 69. The Guardian reports that Rickman had cancer. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69," Rickman's family said in a statement to the BBC. "He was surrounded by family and friends." Rickman's most famous role at this point is probably Severus Snape in the eight "Harry Potter" films, but he also had memorable turns in "Die Hard," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Galaxy Quest," and "Love, Actually." He also wrote and directed "The Winter Guest" and "A Little Chaos." He is survived by his wife, Rima Horton. »
- Sara Morrison
Alan Rickman is dead. He died January 14 in London, surrounded by family and friends. Hans Gruber, Severus Snape, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Rasputin, Valmont. Gone. Like Bowie, Rickman was 69. Still like Bowie, he was (secretly, to many of us) battling cancer.
Alan Rickman, one of the greatest actors of all time, started as a theater thespian and was nominated for Tony Awards, but he was never afraid to mix with the popular crowd, too, starring in "Die Hard," the "Harry Potter" films, "Love Actually," "Robin Hood," "Galaxy Quest," "Sense and Sensibility," and literally dozens of other films. We'll get to hear his iconic voice again in "Alice Through the Looking Glass," as he was the voice of Absolem the Caterpillar, but then ... silence.
Somehow, Rickman never won an Oscar. »
- Gina Carbone
Alan Rickman, the British actor who played the iconic baddie in Die Hard and brought to life the rigid and rueful Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films has died. He was 69. Rickman's family confirmed the death on Thursday, according to multiple media outlets. The Golden Globe-winner and two-time Tony Award-nominee was battling cancer. Rickman, who worked on both stage and screen, is survived by his wife Rima Horton, whom he wed in 2012 after a 40-year romance. The actor spent several years in the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating from college in London. His turn as the wicked and iconic »
- Lindsay Kimble
The great British actor Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69, we’re sorry to report.
We’ve sad, sad news to report: Alan Rickman, the incredibly talented British actor of stage and screen, has passed away at the age of 69.
Readers of all ages are sure to have their own favourite Rickman performance: younger readers may know him as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series of film adaptations.
Others will remember him as the incomparable villain Hans Gruber in the 1988 action classic, Die Hard. Still others may think of his tender performance in the British drama Truly, Madly, Deeply, or his wonderfully broad, boo-hiss bad guy the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
Then there's his hysterical, scene-stealing character Alexander Dane in the sci-fi comedy, Galaxy Quest.
A versatile and charismatic in all his roles, from his theatre work to big-budget movies, »
2016 has gotten off to a brutal start for great British entertainers. As the world gets over the death of David Bowie a few days ago, it has been set in shock again as acting legend Alan Rickman has died in London.
Rickman had been suffering from cancer and his death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. It's the worst kind of coincidence - Bowie and Rickman were 69 years old and passed after battling cancer, and a week before that British musician Lemmy also passed away from cancer just days after turning 70.
Rickman's distinct features and immediately identifiable diction were admired by generations of actors and made him synonymous with playing antagonists - something he famously wasn't a fan of as he preferred to play the dashing leading man role which he did manage to do in some of his work.
Coming to fame with a key role in The BBC's mini-series "The Barchester Chronicles, »
- Garth Franklin
Painfully soon after we found out that David Bowie had passed away, reports are coming in that well-loved British stage and screen actor Alan Rickman has died in London after a battle with cancer, also at the age of 69. Rickman will be best known to this generation for portraying Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, but he's just as recognizable for his brilliantly villainous turn as Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard. Over the years he's left his mark playing many other diverse characters in movies such as Michael Collins, Galaxy Quest, and Dogma. The Guardian first broke this terrible news, and it has since been confirmed by the actor's family. May you rest in peace, sir. »
Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.
1.Annie Hall (1977)
2. Some Like it Hot (1959)
3. Groundhog Day (1993)
4. Airplane! (1980)
5. Tootsie (1982)
6. Young Frankenstein (1974)
8. Blazing Saddles (1974)
9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Producers (1967)
13. The Big Lebowski (1998)
14. Ghostbusters (1984)
15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
16. Bridesmaids (2011)
17. Duck Soup (1933)
18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
19. The Jerk (1979)
20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
21. His Girl Friday (1940)
22. The Princess Bride (1987)
23. Raising Arizona (1987)
24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
25. Caddyshack (1980)
26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
27. The Graduate (1967)
28. The Apartment (1960)
30. The Hangover (2009)
31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
32. The Lady Eve »
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18 items from 2016
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