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Miley Cyrus stopped by The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to play Becky Combo, the new Bff of Sara, the host of Fallon's teen girl sketch "Ew!" Cyrus previously played a game of Phone Booth with the host on the late-night show.
For Becky, Cyrus looked close to what she looked like when portraying Miley Stewart on Hannah Montana. Becky begins her guest spot by detailing her summer, which included theater camp and a family trip to the Grand Canyon, which sucked because it "didn't have wifi." The friends took »
Graeme Robertson continues his series looking at directors who damaged their careers; next up is Michael Sarne (read the first part on Richard Kelly here, the second part on Michael Cimino here, the third part on George Lucas here, and the fourth part on Michael Sarne here)…
Joel Schumacher is a strange addition to this series, mainly because his career implosion occurred much slower than previous entries, and somehow managing to survive a colossal disaster of a film that would have ended most careers. Not only surviving, but also continuing to make films with significant backing, before almost completely finishing it off by making one stinker too many.
Schumacher originally made his name as a director in the 1980s; bringing us films featuring the then popular “brat pack” group of actors, directing successful movies like St Elmo’s Fire (1984), The Lost Boys (1987).
Schumacher continuing his winning streak into the 1990s »
- Graeme Robertson
George Clooney and Julia Roberts, now there's a dream cast. Throw in Jodie Foster as director and a story that hit's home. What could go wrong? A Financial TV host Lee Gates (Clooney) and his producer Patty (Roberts) are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor (Jack O' Connell) takes over their studio, threatening to blow Gates into a million pieces, after losing all his money after hedging all his bets on Gate's financial advice. Think Phone Booth, in a TV studio, with more clichés. And that's the issue with Money Monster. While ultimately, it shows the little guy always gets fucked over, it does it in a way that never really lifts above average. No pun intended, but this is a by the numbers thriller. The story, while adequate yet clichéd, never really raises the tension levels that the trailer promised. There are very few moments where »
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Actress Radha Mitchell is no stranger to the world of horror. She broke into the genre with Pitch Black in 2000, and since then, Mitchell has starred in films such as Phone Booth, Silent Hill, Surrogates, and The Crazies (2010), as well as her latest project, The Darkness, which has her re-teaming with director Greg McLean (who she previously collaborated with on Rogue, an excellent killer croc movie).
In The Darkness, Mitchell co-stars alongside Kevin Bacon, David Mazouz and Lucy Fry as a mother struggling to keep her family together after a sinister force invades their home, adding to the stresses she and her brood are already working their way through. During a recent press day, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Mitchell about her involvement in The Darkness, working again with McLean, and more.
Look for The Darkness in theaters this Friday, May 13th.
Great to speak with you today, »
- Heather Wixson
A man (Jack O’Connell) who lost his life savings on a single stock after blithely following the tip of a TV stock guru (George Clooney) decides to exact revenge against the easy populist target du jour—Wall Street—by holding Clooney hostage at gunpoint on live television. With the help of his trusted director (Julia Roberts), Clooney (what else?) saves the day by figuring out who is really to blame for the plight of the gunman—the invitingly named Kyle Budwell.
If the basic of plot of Jodie Foster’s fourth directorial turns sounds both incredible and intriguing, then you have the right idea about her new film which opens in theaters this weekend. At its core, Money Monster exists on two different planes—both an unabashed thriller and a cynical, satirical movie about modern American life and problems. But not all planes are created equal. While Foster’s »
- J Don Birnam
5 items from 2016
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