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Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Afm Daily on Nov. 10. In 2002, Franchise Pictures brought what would become an infamous box-office bomb, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, to Afm. Starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu as rival secret agents who join forces against a common enemy, the action-thriller recouped just over $19.9 million of its reported $70 million budget. For Franchise, which had become known more for its big busts (Battlefield Earth, Get Carter) than its minor hits (The Whole Nine Yards), it was the beginning of the end. Franchise had been founded in 1997 by
- McKenna Aiello
I can't stop looking at John Travolta's beard. I can't. I need to be asked to stop. Here he is Toronto bearding it up. Please make your Kelly Preston jokes elsewhere, and not in front of Bruce Vilanch because he already made them in 1997. Here are 10 things J.T. looks like with that sheet of charred Ramen on his face. He Is: 1. A satisfied customer at the Battlefield Earth Supercuts. 2. A Madame Tussaud's rendering of James Lipton. 3. Will Ferrell's character in "The Lovers" sketch. 4. Vincent Vega dressing up his chin with a Jules Winnfield wig. 5. A charming sculpture of butter and Velcro. 6. Vincent van Gogh's first attempt at a self-portrait thrown away for being "too depressing." 7. "Big Brother" star Cody Calafiore in 110 years. 8. Someone named Lars 9. A Bond villain with a side job as a mall jeweler 10. Buddy Christ's best friend Shady Christ (via Arthur Mola/Invision »
- Louis Virtel
The knives were firmly out for John Travolta's long-cherished passion project, Battlefield Earth, when it landed in cinemas in 1999. Eyed as the first in a multiple-part adaptation of the source material, with Roger Christian directing, the project attracted negative attention from the off for being an adaptation of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard's book. It would be fair to say that, while it has merits, the end movie probably didn't help either.
In an interesting new interview over at The Daily Beast, however, Travolta has stood by the film. When asked if he regretted it, he adamantly replied "no way, are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?"
He continued, saying that "I had the power to do whatever I wanted and I chose to do a book that I thought was »
The long-time Scientologist produced and starred in the sci-fi movie, based on the first half of the 1982 novel of the same name by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.
Travolta helped fund the project with millions of dollars of his own money, and the film was a critical and commercial failure. It won nine Golden Raspberry Awards - a record until 2012.
When asked by The Daily Beast if the film was a career regret, Travolta replied: "No way, are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?
"I had the power to do whatever I wanted, and I chose to do a book that I thought was worthy of making into a movie. It's a beautiful film. It's a good movie.
Travolta added that the film's failure was partly down »
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
A quick glance at box office figures suggest that critical reviews have increasingly little to do with a movie’s chances of success. The cinematic exploits of Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, Shawn Levy and others receive very little critical praise, but consistently do solid box office business. The simple reason for this is despite their many flaws, these directors provide a spectacle that audiences are willing to pay to see in theaters. They may not be universally loved, but they do have their merits.
However, there are plenty of movies that are simply irredeemably awful. We’ve all sat through countless movies and wondered if the production team knew they were making something terrible, questioning just how these cinematic abominations managed to get funding in favor of the countless superior unproduced scripts that litter the desks of every studio in Hollywood. Some of these stinkers fall into the »
- Scott Campbell
I love “Doctor Who.” Ever since discovering it in my Netflix queue years ago (Christopher Eccleston is still my Doctor) this silly, sentimental show about a mad man in a box has enthralled me. But I — like many fans — worried that lately the wheels had been coming off. Too many cliches and consequence-free actions and terrible treatment of women. Not to mention an infinite number of reset buttons. But from the looks of tonight’s episode, “Into The Dalek,” it truly feels like writers heard the fans…and they’re beginning to patch up the holes this season. ******************* We begin where we’ve begun before. The Daleks are in pursuit of a spaceship, intent on exterminating all those inside. Flying through an asteroid field, the human pilot desperately tries to keep the ship from crashing while also trying to keep her co-pilot conscious. In the end she fails, and the »
- Donna Dickens
John Travolta is as fascinating and complex a member of the Hollywood fraternity as you could wish for. Iconic performer, experienced pilot, vocal Scientologist and mangler of pronunciation of Idina Menzel.
He has managed to appear in not just some of the best known, but also some of the best-full-stop films of the past forty years – Saturday Night Fever, Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line, Hairspray and the upcoming Gummy Bear The Movie – whatever one might think of the consistency of his output (and there have been some horrendous misfires), it is hard to imagine too many actors playing Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega, Castor Troy, Sean Archer, Chili Palmer and Edna Turnblad with equal conviction.
After the temporary resuscitation of Look Who’s Talking turned out to be a false dawn, Tarantino did Travolta a favour of inestimable proportions by casting him in Pulp Fiction, »
- Dave Roper
This piece originally ran in July 2013. We are republishing it as a new season of Franklin & Bash kicks off. There are three kinds of pop-culture punch lines — by which I mean an actor, band, movie, or TV show that is regularly used as an all-purpose kicker to jokes. Type 1: The very successful person or piece of art that is deemed ridiculous by those who consider themselves to have "good taste." Examples: Two and a Half Men, Dane Cook, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Nickelback, Twilight, reality television. Type 2: The huge, high-profile bomb, often synonymous with the Hollywood’s hubris: Gigli, Ishtar, Battlefield Earth. And then there is the third type, the rarest type of punch line. Something in this category is neither wildly popular nor a huge disaster. It’s not so good it’s bad or so bad it’s good. It’s something in which every element, »
- Jesse David Fox
It suffered a 63% box office drop in its second week of cinematic release. It was nominated for eleven Golden Raspberry Awards, winning one. It has been singled out as a source of massive regret for much of its cast. It effectively ended two A-list film careers, signaled the decline of Hollywood’s most celebrated guilty pleasure strongman, and doomed its helmsman to a pantheon of lingering disgrace. It torpedoed a multimillion dollar franchise, wiped out two green-lit blockbusters and put one of pop culture’s biggest names into the dark for eight years. It is often cited as one of the worst movies ever made, and was crowned number one by Empire. Years later, its director would be compelled to actually apologize for it. When you collect your wits at last and begin to look at the mess with something approaching rationalization, you will be hard pressed to find a »
- Scott Patterson
If the franchise’s lifespan at all mirrors that of its reptilian real world counterpart, then we’re probably just exiting the throes of puberty for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. 30 years since the heroes on the half shell first surfaced, the comic turned merchandising fixture has seen many iterations over the years, surviving off the endlessly reproducible chemistry and attitude of its hyperactive stars. Like many pop culture touchstones, each “Turtles” outing provides something of a bellwether for the filmmaking environment it’s born into. When it was announced that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes would be responsible for this latest reboot, with Bay producing, many felt justified to fear the worst.
Unsurprisingly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not a very good movie, or even a half good one. Its dedication to nostalgia necessitates a story that plays like a big budget TV pilot, coasting by on the »
- Sam Woolf
What are some films that you would consider to be the worst of all time? Tommy Wiseau’s The Room? John Travolta’s Battlefield Earth? Mariah Carey’s Glitter? Well, according to film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, there are films that are much worse out there. While the movies just mentioned are bad, they still have their fair share of positive reviews on the popular website.
Today we are going to be looking at ten films that have the dishonorable distinction of having a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. These are films that apparently no reviewer can find any merit in whatsoever. We’d like to argue that these next films don’t necessarily deserve that distinction. Now, these movies are far from masterpieces (heck, they’re not even all that good) but they deserve at least a 1% rating for goodness sake!
To put this in context, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much »
- The Playlist Staff
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
When you create something for public consumption, you’re putting yourself in a very fragile position. For example, creating a popular television show means handing your beloved characters over to the world for weekly scrutinizing. Then again, it also means handing them over for weekly adoration. But no matter how beloved a show, movie, album, or book might be, no creator is perfect. And by default, no creator’s work is perfect.
That being said, there are few times in the world of pop culture where a creator has come forth and apologized for a large piece of work. Do »
- Samantha Highfill
April Fools! I needed an infamous 'bad movie we love' for today's edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot a crowd source visual party, where anyone with a love for movies can watch the pre-assigned film and chime in on the one moment that makes it or defines it or reflects it. In other words, whatever "best" means to you.
The Village People musical Can't Stop the Music (1980) starring Valerie Perrine (of Lenny & Superman fame), Olympian Bruce Jenner (long before the Kardashian days) and Steve Guttenberg early on in his career, came through. And how. You can barely believe this movie while you're watching it but you can't exactly look away either. (Credit where it's due, the lightbulb for this week's selection came to mia via an e-mail from Awards Watch, about their new series pairing Razzie winners with Oscar winners.)
This musical, the very first Razzie Worst Picture winner is awful, »
- NATHANIEL R
Filmmaking is an innately collaborative process: the director is normally the creative face the public get to see, but behind that you have producers keeping studios happy, writers trying to give something meaning and catering staff dealing with obnoxious actors. Everyone’s important.
Until the film is a success, at least.
If the critics adore it or audiences just can’t enough, the director is immediately ascended to the level of genius, maybe bringing a heavily-involved actor along for the ride. Awards notice occasionally give the smaller players a chance to shine, but for the most part it’s an individual heaped with praise for the group’s work.
Likewise, when a film fails, you can guarantee it’ll all be made out to be the fault of one person. More often than not the director’s the unlucky one, but the honour can realistically fall on anyone »
- Alex Leadbeater
Poor John Travolta. Poor, poor John Travolta. Idina Menzel, whom the "Battlefield Earth" star inadvertently rechristened at the Oscars on Sunday, has decided to have a little fun at Travolta's expense by reprinting the official Playbill for her new Broadway musical "If/Then" with the name "Adele Dazeem" listed on her official bio. To further reflect the alternate universe in which John Travolta clearly resides, "Rent" is now "Nert," "Wicked" is now "Wicked-ly" and "Frozen" is now "Farfignugen." Final analysis? Idina Menzel wins everything. At this performance... #idinamenzel #adeledazeem pic.twitter.com/rpgi4BYaLa — Janet Krupin (@janetkrupin) March 4, 2014 »
- Chris Eggertsen
Feature Ryan Lambie 21 Feb 2014 - 06:10
Last June, we were lucky enough to visit the set of X-Men Days Of Future Past and chat to some of the cast and crew. Here's what happened...
Nb: This article contains very mild spoilers for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Opposite and a little way to my left, Richard Nixon sits happily eating his lunch. Well, not the real Richard Nixon, obviously, but Mark Camacho, an actor so cunningly made up to look like the infamous Us President circa 1973 - complete with architectural nose and hairline - that it’s impossible not to stare. We’re sitting in the canteen tent of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, where tables have been arranged in long rows, one after the other, so the place looks like Da Vinci’s The Last Supper multiplied in a hall of mirrors.
Days Of Future Past marks an important »
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