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There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. As movie premises go, this one is absolutely ridiculous, right? You'd have been forgiven for thinking so, at least, as few involved with Jan de Bont's "Speed," which was released by 20th Century Fox on June 10, 1994, could have anticipated its popularity. The film was a runaway hit, winning two Oscars and grossing over $350 million worldwide. Now, 20 years later, it's a celebrated relic of an era before blockbuster filmmaking was so awash in digital wizardry, an era when practical movie magic sold the highest of concepts to the masses. For actor Keanu Reeves, who starred as the film's hero, Lapd S.W.A.T. officer Jack Traven, it feels like that long ago if only because so much has changed over the last two decades. Though »
- Kristopher Tapley
Bad titles aren’t a big deal. You can have a bad title and still be a great movie. Just look at Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Or The Shawshank Redemption, which appears on as many lists of the worst titles of all time as lists of the greatest movies of all time. Typically, though, a bad title is assigned to a bad movie. It’s not really a coincidence, either, as a bad title is a good sign of a bad production overall. It’s a first impression of a total failure on all creative levels. So, when we see a title like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s good reason to think there’s trouble brewing with that movie. It’s not just worthy of snark and parody (although I am proud of my “Dawn of Buford T. Justice” gag). Titles of franchise installments have been getting out of »
- Christopher Campbell
Few things in life tantalize and excite like the thought of finding treasure, whether a chest full of gold buried in your backyard by Gold Rush prospectors, a lost masterpiece at a yard sale or a couture dress at your local vintage resale shop. We thrill to the exploits of Hollywood heroes on the hunt for treasure in our favorite movies, living vicariously through their adventures and secretly hoping that we can find treasure of our own. The heart of the treasure hunter dwells within Richie Marcello, the larger-than-life star of our new reality series Treasure King, who scours the world for rare and valuable Hollywood memorabilia, often finding it in the most unlikely of places. From his devilish grin to his signature wardrobe, Richie has become his own version of a swashbuckling adventurer along the lines of Indiana Jones or Allan Quatermain. What famous movie “treasure king” would you »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
The Voice UK topped the ratings for its first live show of the current series, according to overnight data.
An average of 6.21 million (27.6%) tuned in to the quarter-finals of the BBC One singing competition from 6.45pm.
After a short break for the National Lottery, the show returned to announce the results of the public vote at 8.50pm, with 5.89m (27.6%) watching as four contestants were eliminated.
Afterwards on BBC One, Casualty's latest episode brought in 5.61m (29%) at 9.25pm.
The Perfect Morecambe & Wise continued with 1.39m (6.1%) at 8pm, while history documentary The Plantagenets interested 1.16m (5.48%) at 8.30pm.
Over on ITV, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway continued to impress with 6.17m (26.9%) tuning in at 7pm, as well as an added 316k (1.4%) an hour later on ITV+1.
ABC is looking to add another female heroine to its ranks. The home to Scandal, Revenge and Once Upon a Time has picked up drama pilot Clementine, from Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life writer Dean Georgaris, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co. (Grey's Anatomy, Ray Donovan), the drama centers on a habitual criminal who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil.
- Lesley Goldberg
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