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Re-uniting Carpenter with Kurt Russell (Escape From New York, The Thing), Big Trouble in Little China sees Russell plays Jack Burton, a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco’s Chinatown. As his friend’s fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pan’s dark domain.
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They wear awful dresses for you, selflessly plan your parties, listen to your jitters and endless discussion of seating arrangements and flowers — the people in your wedding party are generally awesome people. Why, then is Hollywood obsessed with making best men, bridesmaids and maids of honor disastrously terrible? Because it’s good fun. In honor of The Best Man Holiday’s release this week, we looked back at the original The Best Man, along with other favorite wedding movies from Bridesmaids to My Best Friend’s Wedding, to count our blessings that none of these people were in our own big day.
Whether they’re groomsmen who get into Big trouble at the bachelor party (The Hangover) or bridesmaids who come close to ruining it all out of their own jealousy (Bachelorette), these are basically the worst friends ever. It makes you wonder why the brides and »
- Sabrina Rojas Weiss
The People’s Choice Award nominations were announced this morning, with Glee taking the most noms, with eight. The most intriguing category is for Favorite Comedic TV Actor, with Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jim Parsons and Neil Patrick Harris. How great is it that 4 out of 5 guys in one category are all out men?
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Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to animated family film.
The first images from animated feature Trenk, The Little Knight will be shown by Global Screen at the American Film Market (Afm) this week.
The film is based on the eponymous children’s books by Kirsten Boie and subsequent TV series.
Character design has been underway since May 2013 and delivery is set for autumn 2015.
The German-Austrian production is lead-produced by Blue Eyes Fiction GmbH & Co. Kg, with the help of Corinna Mehner (Lilly the Witch 1 & 2). WunderWerk, Dor Film, Universum Film and Zdf are co-producing while Universum Film will also distribute the feature in German and Austrian cinemas.
The adventure follows nine-year-old Trenk, who dreams of becoming a real knight. With the help of his friends – a little piglet, young lady Thekla and juggler boy Momme Mumm – Trenk overcomes all odds and defeats a dragon to free his family from the rule of a feudal lord.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Dok Leipzig’s Golden Dove for Best International Documentary went to the Us, while Norway scored a hat-trick at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck.
The top award in Leipzig’s International Documentary Competition went to Italian-born, Us-based film-maker Roberto Minervini’s Stop The Pounding Heart whose portrayal of a strict religious family was described by the jury as ¨refreshing and unsettling at the same time.¨
The Us-Belgian-Italian co-production is handled internationally by Doc & Film.
The Golden Dove in the German Documentary Competition was awarded to Carlo Zoratti for his feature-length debut The Special Need, while the newly-created Golden Dove for the animation-documentary hybrid form was presented to French director Daniela De Felice’s Casa.
A total of 18 prizes with cash awards totalling almost €70,000 ($95,000) included the Fipresci Prize for Gang Zhao’s A Folk Troupe; the Mdr Film Prize for Vitaly Mansky’s Pipeline; and the Youth Jury Prize to Joanna by Aneta Kopacz, a graduate »
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In the run-up to the Afm, Global Screen has inked further sales on 3D toonpics “Richard the Stork” and “Niko 2 — Little Brother, Big Trouble,” underscoring the international demand for high-quality animated features for the kids’ market.
“Richard the Stork” tells the story of a sparrow, Richard, who is adopted by a couple of storks. He is convinced he himself is a stork, but problems arise when the storks migrate for Africa. He wants to go too, and starts hitchhiking through Europe, by bus, train and boat, joined by an eccentric owl and a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet.
Latest buyers include Cis (Cinemax), Middle East (Gulf), Portugal (Lusomundo) and India/Philippines (Pictureworks). Deals with China (Bona Entertainment), South Korea (Woo Sung Entertainment) and Poland (Kino Swiat) were announced earlier this year.
The pic, which is produced by Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur and Ulysses Filmproduktion, will be ready for delivery in late 2015.
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- Leo Barraclough
The Atlanta Underground Film Festival celebrates a decade of being in the business of bringing great alternative cinema to the South. The 10th edition of the fest runs Oct. 16-20 and is screening an eclectic mix of feature films and loads of shorts.
Some of the feature include the voyeuristic drama Diamond on Vinyl by J.R. Hughto; the oddball consipracy of Crimes Against Humanity by Jerzy Rose; the rockin’ documentary Discoverdale by George Kane; the Christian shame of Bhoner by Frank Anderson and Colin Shields; the medical documentary A Body Without Organs by Stephen Graves; and more.
Short films are organized in blocks for comedy, drama, experimental and the always popular Animation Attack!.
The full film lineup is below. For more info, please visit the festival’s official website.
6:30 p.m.: Diamond on Vinyl, dir. J.R. Hughto. A complete stranger attempts to heal the shattered relationship between a formerly engaged couple. »
- Mike Everleth
WaxWord: Inside the Emmys, or How I Won $50 Off Seth MacFarlane at HBO The “Ted” director and “Family Guy” creator thought New York Times film critic A.O. Scott was obese. The assumption cost him tens of dollars. Emmys Make ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ Sweat Before Delivering Gold Too busy watching “Breaking Bad” and “Dexter” to watch the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS last Sunday? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Kurt Russell Is Definitely in ‘Fast & Furious 7′ (Photo) For those wondering when the man who played Snake Plissken in “Escape from New York” and Jack Burton in “Big Trouble. »
- Greg Gilman
London — Global Screen has sold romantic drama “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,” starring Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy, to several further territories ahead of its screening in the Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival.
The pic, which was penned and helmed by Sandra Nettelbeck (“Mostly Martha”), has sold to Italy (Officine Ubu), Russia (Cinema Prestige), the Baltic States (Estinfilm), Hungary (Vertigo) and Central America (Wiesner Distribution).
It already had been picked up in 30 territories, including Image Entertainment (U.S.), Senator (Germany), Umbrella (Australia) and Shoval (Israel).
Pic, which had its international preem at the Shanghai Film Festival, and also screened at the Munich Film Fest, is the bittersweet tale of a lonely widower in Paris who learns to love life again after a chance encounter with a beautiful and vibrant young woman.
The German-Belgian co-production is based on Francoise Dorner’s novel “La Douceur Assassine.” Lead producers are Bavaria Pictures, »
- Leo Barraclough
Dennis Farina, the former real-life Chicago cop who playing hot-tempered characters in movies and on television, died Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona from a blood clot in his lung. He was 69 years old. Farina, who starred as characters on both sides of the law, was perhaps most memorable as Miami gangster Ray "Bones" Barboni in "Get Shorty." He won an American Comedy Award for the role and shared a SAG nomination with his cast-members John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny De Vito. Farina also appeared as Detective Joe Farina in 46 episodes of NBC's "Law and Order." He left in 2006 to pursue film projects. "I was stunned and saddened to hear about Dennis' unexpected passing this morning," said "Law and Order" creator Dick Wolf. "The 'Law and Order' family extends sympathy and condolences to his family. He was a great guy." Farina also appeared in such films as "Midnight Run »
Welcome back to Beacon Hills, a world of infinite shirtlessness and perpetual danger! If you thought Teen Wolf would open with a little exposition and perhaps a naked man or two swimming and splashing around in a woodland pond beneath the light of a waning moon, think again. You had nine months to catch your breath. You and Stiles could have had a baby by now. It’s go time, baby!
Isaac Lahey is in trouble. Big trouble. Super big trouble. He’s been beaten down by something — or two identical somethings! — and it looks like it might be the end of our most tortured werecub’s little puppy life. But no! Out of the shadows like some kind of Batman comes a speeding motorcycle and a hero in full leather. You think it’s Derek, probably. Or maybe Scott. But no. It’s the Batwoman, and she is a full badass. »
- Heather Hogan
It’s a right old Doctor Who-adjacent news day today. With word that Matt Smith is leaving the cosy (if also infinite) confines of the Tardis for pastures new, his most famous companion, Karen Gillan, has just scored a huge job. She’s set to become the female villain in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.Yes The Girl Who Waited will now be The Girl Who Causes Big Trouble For Our Heroes in James Gunn’s ambitious, eclectic take on one of the weirder corners of the Marvel universe.Lee Pace and Michael Rooker are already aboard as two of the nasties the Guardians will face, while Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and – assuming her deal closed – Zoe Saldana will be the protagonists, with Glenn Close and John C. Reilly also involved.Gunn, working from a script by Nicole Perlman, Chris McCoy and more, is set to kick off »
Big Trouble for Chris Brown -- TMZ has learned the Lapd is investigating the singer, and it could trigger a probation violation that could land him in prison.What could have been a simple fender bender earlier this week is now a full-blown hit-and-run investigation ... after Chris Brown allegedly refused to give the driver he rear-ended his driver's license #. We're told he also gave the woman incorrect insurance info.What's more ... we're now told Chris »
- TMZ Staff
Big trouble on the set of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop, New York" ... TMZ has learned, the stars of the show are refusing to go to work ... and it's all because they think they're getting shafted in contract negotiations.Sources close to the show tell us, all cast members were supposed to be present Tuesday in NYC to film a trailer for the upcoming season, but only half of the cast showed up. The other half »
- TMZ Staff
It was an adventure that somehow turned into a career. When Sofia Vergara got a call to audition for a Barry Sonnenfeld movie called "Big Trouble" back in 2001, the 29-year-old Colombian wasn't an aspiring actress. She was a TV hostess on the Spanish-language Univision network, a former dental student who'd fallen into modeling and then hosting for the Latin market. She had dreams of fame and fortune, to be sure, but most of them didn't focus on the United States, and they certainly didn't include acting. "I really had no interest in »
- Steve Pond
Headed by Telepool CEO Thomas Weymar and Bavaria Media managing director Rolf Moser, Global Screen took over the responsibilities and operations of Telepool and Bavaria’s individual international sales units, handling one of the biggest catalogs in Europe and targeting sales and distribution of films and TV programming outside German-speaking territories. Both Telepool and Bavaria are majority owned by affiliates of pubcaster behemoth Ard.
“The results of the first year have been very satisfying given the fact that the company had to get started,” Weymar says. “It shows us that there is a strong market demand for our programs.”
Weymar adds that because the merger of Telepool and Bavaria’s world sales divisions was seamless and quick, the new outfit was able to immediately impact revenue growth. »
- Ed Meza
Lindsay Lohan is in Big Trouble ... She's thumbing her nose at prosecutors and flying to California tonight ... presumably to enter a rehab facility that is not part of her plea deal.Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Lindsay is about to board a private jet in NYC. TMZ broke the story ... Lindsay's lawyer and prosecutors agreed she would enter the Seafield Center rehab facility in Westhampton Beach, New York. She's required to show up by tomorrow morning. »
- TMZ Staff
This week on Dog & Beth: On The Hunt, Dog, Beth and Leland steer the mobile command center to gritty Clovis, New Mexico, near the Texas border, to come to the aid of Hank Bayless. Hank has been in the bail bonds industry for 30 years as the proprietor of Hank’s Bail Bonds. His daughter Rebeccah and granddaughter Ruby also write bonds, along with newbie Dawn. Bounty hunters Oscar and Will provide the muscle of the operation. Hank is ready to retire, but he has a guy or two he wants to capture before he turns the business over to [...]
The post Dog and Beth On The Hunt recap: Big Trouble in Little Clovis appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Lori Acken
New faces, new headaches and a new look at the Samcro table are on tap for Sons of Anarchy Season 6, which this fall will pick up “probably just a matter of days” after the events of the last finale. Speaking with TVLine at FX’s Upfront party on Thursday night, here is what else series creator Kurt Sutter shared about the hit drama’s next cycle.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
Feature James Clayton 15 Mar 2013 - 06:38
With Welcome To The Punch's striking title in mind, James offers some more interesting film names for recent hits...
Welcome To The Punch. Boom. That is a brilliant film title. It hits you and it hits you hard. It’s an inviting knuckle sandwich to your conscious awareness and its five syllables sucker punch you and say, “Yeah, now you know me. You are watching this film, sunshine.”
Imprinted indelibly on my memory right from the first mention, how could I not follow it up and discover what mysteries lie behind the bombastic moniker? It immediately impresses me with its shocking violence and promises brutal action, intense energy and all the other sadomasochistic kicks I crave in my cinema trips. Welcome To The Punch speaks directly to my psyche and is sold to my subconscious in only four words.
Getting beyond the gut-busting first impression, »
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