16 items from 2010
When the original “Tron” was released in 1982, its cutting-edge CGI animation and odd story about bits and users and data storage was a little ahead of its time for a populace whose majority had never touched a computer. It languished as a cult film for many years until Disney greenlit the splashy revival “Tron: Legacy,” which brings star Jeff Bridges back onto the gamegrid in spectacular fashion.
But if Disney is willing to fork over hundreds of millions for a direct sequel to an old underperformer like “Tron,” what’s to stop other studios from reviving cult sci-fi properties from two decades ago?
Nothing, really (unless common sense counts as something), so we compiled a list of our favorite underappreciated ’80s sci-fi titles along with our own fanciful ideas of how to expand them into a franchise.
9. ‘*batteries not included’ (1987)
Cute family of small sentient spaceships from another planet helping »
- Max Evry
Chelsea Handler made jaws drop on Friday, December 3, when she went on a nasty public rant against Angelina Jolie at a standup gig in Newark, New Jersey, calling the pillow-lipped star a “c**t” and a “homewrecker” and a “f**king b**ch” who doesn’t have any female friends.
The fall-out? According to Rob Shuter at Pop Eater, Jennifer Aniston is pissed!
Perhaps Chelsea thought she was being a loyal friend by trash-talking the woman who stole her best friend’s man. But we have to admit, we don’t blame Jennifer! Wouldn’t you feel blindsided if your Bff, someone you’ve surely confided in about men—someone who you brought with you on an »
- Jennifer Murray
It wasn’t long ago that Tom Hardy was reported as the new villain in the next Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Now rumours abound as to which comic baddie he might play. According to Ain’t it Cool News, a source is saying it could be Dr Hugo Strange. And as crazy Batman villains go, this one’s pretty high up the list. Strange is a scientist who veers towards the delusional side of things. His madness takes a darker turn when he becomes obsessed with The Batman, specifically who he is and how to kill him.
The character of Strange is most famous for his role in the graphic novel Prey, written by Doug Moench with illustration by Paul Gulacy and Terry Austin. As story-lines go, this one pretty much fits as a tie-in to the original Dark Knight film as it begins with Gary Oldman as »
- Laura Stackhouse
Usually, I don’t post any Twitter news, but….. There was an interesting Twitter message over the weekend from David S. Cohen, the associate editor for Variety. It read, “Chris Nolan told me his ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ script is due Monday or he’s in big trouble. Big trouble? What can they do? Fire him?” Warner Bros. wants this movie made or else? Maybe they will lock Chris Nolan in a bat cave somewhere until he gets the script done. So if the script is turned in, we’ll post an update if any plot news leak out. Source: Twitter »
After seven torturous years for Jigsaw's victims, the latest installment of Saw is finally here for us to say goodbye to, or maybe not. Regardless, it has been a wild ride. Who knew that a little movie from a couple of Australian filmmakers could become such a phenomenon? However, after so many years, we think that maybe the franchise and its audience need a break from each other. Absence makes the heart grow fonder!
As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...
The first theatrical feature to be shot exclusively on the cutting-edge Si-3D digital camera system, Saw 3D brings the horrifying games of Jigsaw to life like never before.
Let us know below in our »
John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China didn't make a ton of money at the box office back in 1986 -- taking in a measly 11 million dollars during its theatrical run -- but it has gone on to become a cult classic thanks to home video. It's hard to pick a favorite Carpenter flick for me -- Halloween, Escape from New York, and The Thing are all contenders -- but Big Trouble will always have a special place in my heart because it's so different and well -- bizarre. In a good way, of course.
Big Trouble satisfied the filmmaker's urge to make a martial arts film, but not just any hand-to-hand combat flick. Carpenter's movie is an action comedy with a healthy dollop of Asian mysticism thrown into the mix to balance out a hilarious performance from Carpenter's frequent collaborator Kurt Russell.
Russell plays Jack Burton, a loveable doofus who »
- Alison Nastasi
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Mel Gibson’s rants caught on tape, which have now been subpoenaed by the police, might be enough evidence for him to be charged for terrorist threats, mayhem, battery and hate crimes — and he could be facing more than eight years in jail, say lawyers.
Mel Gibson’s brutal and frightening telephone rants toward his now ex-girlfriend Oksana Girgorieva were caught on tape — and three lawyers tell HollywoodLife.com the 54-year-old actor is facing serious charges — including domestic abuse, terrorism, mayhem and hate crimes, which could mean eight years or more in jail.
“It’s as serious admission of guilt as I’ve ever heard,” divorce lawyer and author Vikki Ziegler told HollywoodLife.com after listening to Mel’s second rant, which leaked July 12. “In California, they are going to prove it as a felon, if they can prove it’s him. I think he has some major headaches — felony charges, »
- Kirstin Benson
DJ Qualls Talks Memphis Beat TNT's new series Memphis Beat is proving to be a hit with both fans and critics alike. The series follows Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother. He is "the keeper of Memphis," a Southern gentleman who is protective of his fellow citizens, reverential of the city's history and deeply rooted in its blues music scene.
DJ Qualls plays Davey Sutton, a young police officer who fancies himself to be Dwight's protégé, yet he struggles to get Dwight to even like him. Davey is not a dumb guy. More often than not, he's just a victim of trying too hard in his quest to be successful and appreciated. There's never any question that Davey's heart is in the right place. And every once in a while, »
Craig here with the second Take Three, where I look at a different character/supporting actor's work through three of their most notable films.
This week: Ben Foster
Take One: Stranger in a strange town
In watching the three films for this post there was something about seeing Ben Foster on screen that, at first, I couldn't put my finger on. It struck me particularly during 30 Days of Night that he kept reminding me of another, older actor. If you were take a look at a Ben Foster performance (in any of the three films mentioned here, and others besides) then watch Brad Dourif in any one of his countless roles, similarities in mannerism, appearance and acting style become apparent; at a push you might mistake them for being related. Dourif is one of the quintessential character actors (and a likely future candidate for this series) and if there's a »
- Craig Bloomfield
Hollywoodnews.com: At a press conference this morning, with attorney Gloria Allred by her side, another actress, Charlotte Lewis, has come forward claiming that director Roman Polanski abused her over 25 years ago … 4 years after Polanski fled the U.S. and when she was only 16 years old.
If this is true, Polanski is in hot water. Big trouble for him.
According to TMZ, Charlotte Lewis and Gloria Allred met with L.A. County Deputy D.A. David Walgren late yesterday and made the allegations. A spokesperson from the D.A.’s Office would not say if Lewis’ claims will be used for the extradition or sentencing case involving Polanski.
Variety has published an extended rundown of Hollywood's current slate of remakes. In a nutshell: it's Attack of the '80s, Part Two. Comedies like Private Benjamin and Short Circuit, horror flicks like Fright Night and Poltergeist, action movies like Conan the Barbarian and Robocop, corporate satires like Wall Street and Robocop… they're all returning to a theater near you. Sorry, fans of quaint ideals like "originality" and "not beating a dead horse": like reality TV and auto-tune, remakes are the fad that became the status quo. So why fight it? The problem isn't remakes, per se – it's that »
- Darren Franich
Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar promises that "Truth Unrevealed" is a special episode where a lot of things "come to a head" - which is a treat, seeing that most Life Unexpected viewers and critics alike have grown tired of the whole formula of Lux (Brittany Robertson) doing something stupid, only to be topped by Cate (Shiri Appleby) doing something stupid for a mother, then the two reconciling. Sometimes, replace Cate with Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) and you get the show's first five episodes.
On "Truth Unrevealed" because Portland is going crazy about the men in Cate's life, Baze has to join the two as a guest on their morning show. He needs to clarify things, says corporate. You know things are intense when busy execs fly in from Chicago to make sure things are Ok. "Big trouble" however results from this, as is often the case.
As for Lux, she »
Gwyneth shares her workout secrets from celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson!
Are you trying to get rid of batwing arms and sagging butt? So was Gwyneth Paltrow when she was preparing for her role in Iron Man. Trainer-to-the-stars Tracy Anderson came up with this exercise routine that Gwyneth could do on the road — no weights required!
Here is what she wrote in her blog Goop:
Many of you may already know of my passion for the Tracy Anderson Method and my investment in it. She has kicked my formerly sagging ass into shape and I will be forever grateful. This week, Tracy shares with us a little arm series that I did everyday preparing for Iron Man and that I take on the road. She just made it home-made style for me, lo fi. But it’s good. Especially for the batwing problem. Also, some of her dedicated clients »
Serena's mysterious, long-lost father will finally make an appearance on "Gossip Girl" in the spring, and the show has booked a very recognizable face to play him.
William Baldwin, late of "Dirty Sexy Money," has signed on to play the heretofore absent father, The CW confirms to Zap2it. He's scheduled to appear in several episodes of the series, most likely starting in April. "Gossip Girl" returns from its winter hiatus on March 8.
Serena (Blake Lively) has spent a significant portion of the season searching for her dad (when she wasn't wrecking the marriages of newly elected congressmen), while unbeknownst to her until the show's last couple of episodes, her mom Lily (Kelly Rutherford) had been secretly keeping letters from dad.
And note to the "Gossip Girl" casting agents: well done. »
Don’t you think Gwyneth should be more social off-set?
Note to Hollywood starlets: You can shoot a movie with Gwyneth Paltrow, but don’t expect to become BFFs with her! Gwyneth’s Iron Man 2 co-star Olivia Munn spoke with HollywoodLife.com at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards after-party at La hotspot Katsuya, and she told us that Gwyneth liked to keep to herself when the cameras stopped rolling. “Well, you don’t really hang out with Gwyneth,” Olivia told us. “She kind of has her own thing going. She’s got her family and her kids.”
But not everyone was as anti-social at Gwyneth! Olivia said she had lots of fun hanging out with her other co-stars, Scarlett Johannson, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau. So what’s the deal, Gwyneth? We know you’re a devoted wife and mother, but you’ve got one of the »
- Andy Swift
Generally speaking, when a comedy hits theaters to the moviegoers surprise, having not heard of the film, it’s a good sign the movie isn’t very good. There are exceptions, but Crazy On The Outside really isn’t one of them. That’s not to say Tim Allen’s directorial debut doesn’t have it’s own merits, it just simply doesn’t succeed on those merits.
Written by Judd Pillot and John Peaslee, both of whom are television writers having most recently worked on the sitcom According To Jim, this helps to explain why the film often feels a bit like a made-for-tv movie. Crazy On The Outside’s most devastating flaw is that this style of writing just doesn’t fair well for a feature film. Add that the flow of the story is disjointed and the humor is hit and miss, and what you end up »
16 items from 2010