7 items from 2016
“My Father Die” made its world premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest festival. It’s directed by Sean Brosnan, son of actor Pierce Brosnan, who produces the film alongside Sean’s producing partners at KnightMarcher, Sanja Banic and Orian Williams.
The movie follows a man who has been deaf and mute since having his hearing knocked out at the age of 12. For the past two decades, he has been training to avenge himself on his attacker, a man who also killed his older brother. Now that his nemesis is out of prison, he will finally get his chance.
In his review, Variety’s Dennis Harvey said “My Father »
- Dave McNary
Hard to believe, but the cult comedy Beerfest is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. Released way back in 2006, the movie only made $19.1 million at the box office. But over the past decade, it has gained a loyal following. And those fans will be happy to know that this raunchy laughfest is being resurrecting as a digital series. Though, it doesn't appear as though original creators Broken Lizard are involved.
Beerfest the series is being developed by CW Seed, The CW's online destination for original content. The show will be produced in conjunction with Blue Ribbon Content, which is Warner Bros.' short form digital content production unit. Beerfest will blast its bubbly mayhem across computer screens and other streaming devices later this year to coincide with the movie's original August 25, 2006 release date.
Original Beerfest producer Billy Gerber is spearheading this project, and will serve as an executive producer. He »
A decade after Broken Lizard’s beer-soaked Warner Bros feature comedy Beerfest came out, the title is being revisited as a digital series. The project is being developed by CW Seed, in conjunction with Blue Ribbon Content, Warner Bros’ shortform digital series production unit. The idea is to launch the series later in 2016, marking the film’s 10th anniversary. Billy Gerber, who served as producer on the original movie, as well as The Dukes Of Hazzard movies, is… »
Spring has sprung! Jessica Simpson is giving us major warm weather vibes in her new Spring campaign for her clothing line, making us wishing the warm weather would arrive already. The singer-turned-fashion designer looks absolutely fab in her daisy dukes, white tank top and fringe vest as she poses beneath the trees on a sunny day. If we didn't know any better, we would think she had stepped back onto the set of The Dukes of Hazzard, in which she certified herself as the most gorgeous woman to ever wear really short denim shorts. This pair is called "Minna" and they're from her self-titled label. They can be yours for $44. "Spring 2016! See more of the collection at jessicasimpson.com »
If you look at the worldwide box office grosses from 1970 onwards there are sequels aplenty, but other than a King Kong (1976) or a Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), remakes were relatively thin on the ground until the 1990s.
Between 1991 and 1995, there were retellings of Dracula and Robin Hood, animated versions of Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin plus big screen versions of The Fugitive and The Flintstones. Each adaptation was among the top 10 earners in their respective years, and their combined box office exceeded a billion dollars.
When Mission: Impossible (1996) proved you didn’t need even a tenuous link to the source material, Hollywood appeared to go on a shopping spree, buying up the rights to remake everything in sight, be it a half-remembered TV show, foreign imports or old horror movies whose reputation exceeded their quality.
As the spree continued, standards slipped until it became apparent that »
- Ian Watson
Remember when Boyd Holbrook was just a scrawny young thing? Born and raised in Kentucky, he did some modeling, took acting classes and sent a screenplay off to Gus Van Sant, who gave him a minor role in “Milk,” launching an acting career that’s bound to lead him, sooner or later, to play a blockbuster comic-book character. In the meantime, Holbrook is proving what a capable performer he can be, turning up in indies such as “The Free World,” where it’s hard to believe the tortured soul with the prison-scarred brow, “Deadwood” goatee and haunted eyes was ever a child. Which is the effect writer-director Jason Lew (who wrote Van Sant’s “Restless”) intends with this well-meaning, well-acted but otherwise clumsily executed parable about second chances, whose damaged-goods pairing of Holbrook and Elisabeth Moss ensures at least a small release.
Having packed on considerable heft since last we »
- Peter Debruge
15 years ago today, we finally learned the cause of Homer Simpson’s sub-normal intelligence. “The Simpsons” episode “Homr” gave us an answer as to how Homer could get his arms stuck in not one but two vending machines and forget the word for spoon (“that metal … dealy… you use to… dig… food?”). In that season 12 episode — which aired on January 7, 2001 — an x-ray reveals that Homer has a crayon lodged in his brain that’s been there since he was six years old. When Homer gets the crayon removed, his Iq skyrockets, and he’s suddenly no longer the village idiot. But once he realizes he’s happier when he’s dumber (despite a newfound connection to his intelligent daughter Lisa), he has the crayon re-inserted into his brain. Other notable January 7 happenings in pop culture history: • 1929: The comic strip “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” (then called “Buck Rogers 2429 A. »
- Emily Rome
7 items from 2016
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