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Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Hype Bros beat The Colons
Zack Ryder got the winning pin for his in-ring return after seven months out with injury, tagging with Mojo Rawley to beat The Colons on the preshow. A lot of people reckon a heel turn is in their future. I personally don’t see it, mainly because the last six months of Rawley’s character development appears now not to have happened.
Women’s Money in the Bank Match
The pay-per-view’s main card, however, was opened by the first women’s Money in the Bank match in history – a landmark achievement in the ongoing ‘Women’s Revolution’, the latest accolade to put female wrestling on par with how the men’s division is treated and…it was won by a man.
- Oli Davis
There's a great moment in the new History channel miniseries, America's War on Drugs, when a former DEA agent named Celerino Castillo explains why America's crusade to purge drugs from the world is doomed to fail: "America is more addicted to drug money than they are addicted to drugs."
After risking his life going undercover in the 1980s, Castillo had been disillusioned – quite a few different times – to discover that the CIA couldn't care less about stemming the flow of cocaine from Latin America. In fact, the agency ignored the Contras' drug smuggling. »
There’s a scene in the second episode of TNT’s Claws that sums up this wildly inventive, delightfully surprising show: a funeral unlike any you’ve ever seen.
This funeral features strippers dressed in black and twerking on the eulogy podium, along with a solemn reading from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography — but also a touchingly sincere song from an unexpected mourner. It’s that outlandish blend of comedy and drama, along with a top-notch cast and a colorfully vibrant filmmaking style, that makes Claws — debuting this Sunday at 9/8c — one of this summer’s most promising new shows.
If you live on the West Coast and you're a fan of Death Dealer Selene from the Underworld movies, then you'll want to mark the weekend of June 17th–18th on your calendar, because Kate Beckinsale will be a featured guest at Wizard World Sacramento. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on the Blu-ray / DVD release of Peelers and the lineup for Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest in Atlanta.
Kate Beckinsale to Attend Wizard World Sacramento: Press Release: "Sacramento, Calif., June 5, 2017 – Kate Beckinsale, star of such films as Underworld and Pearl Harbor, and Val Kilmer, standout in Batman Forever and Top Gun, have been added to the top-flight celebrity roster at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center. Both will appear on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, when they will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct interactive Q&A sessions with fans. »
- Derek Anderson
Crowning recognition of Alberto Vazquez, one of Spain’s fastest-rising young animation directors, New York’s Gkids has acquired North American distribution rights to “Birdboy: the Forgotten Children,” the first feature of joint directors Vazquez and Pedro Rivero, based on a Vazquez graphic novel and 2011 short film, “Birdboy.”
This February, Vazquez pulled off a remarkable double at the Spanish Academy Goya Awards – the country’s equivalent of the Oscars – winning best animation feature for “Birdboy” and best animated short for “Decorado,” seen at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
Also a product of Northern Spain’s building animated movie scene, “Birdboy” is set on an island in a post-apocalyptic world where Dinky, a young teen mouse, hatches a plan to escape to the big city. Birdboy, a shy teen bird tormented by psychotic nightmares of demons, shuts himself up in a nearby lighthouse.
Jumping from black or sometimes gross-out humor to school bullying, »
- John Hopewell
Rob Leane May 4, 2017
When you get to chat to two comedy geniuses at once, it doesn’t feel much like an interview. It’s more like sitting in on some well-honed hilarity, and trying not to make a tit of yourself when you try and interject with a question. This is what it felt like when I sat down with Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby for twenty minutes, in a snazzy central London meeting room, to talk about Mindhorn.
The film, if you’re unfamiliar, casts The Mighty Boosh alum Barratt as a washed up actor by the name of Richard Thorncroft. His heyday was way back in the 1980s, when »
Mila Kunis is a home design fairy godmother.
The actress and mom of two surprised her parents, Mark and Elvira Kunis, with a makeover of their Los Angeles condo.
“They’ve done so many things for my brother and I,” says Kunis, 33, in the latest episode of the online series My Houzz. “And so I desperately want to give them something that I think they deserve.”
Related: Kristen Bell Surprises Her Sister with a Basement Makeover — ‘She’s Honestly Superwoman’
Kunis’s biggest qualm about her childhood home — besides its “Miami Vice circa 1994” vibe — was that it was too closed off, »
- Megan Stein
With the respected directors making their way to television, the medium is now luring Michael Mann back into its warming embrace. The Heat director, who cut his teeth on TV shows like Starsky and Hutch, Police Story, and Miami Vice, has, along with producer Michael De Luca, snapped up the rights to Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.
Deadline reports that Mann and De Luca will shape Bowden’s book into an an eight-to ten-hour miniseries event, with Mann directing “numerous episodes.” Hue 1968 focuses on the Tet Offensive that became a major turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War, and one can see the Amazon synopsis below.
- The Film Stage
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
Continue reading Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’ at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Get ready for a south-of-the-border journey, when the animated adventure Americano arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on June 13 from Lionsgate.
Awarded the Dove Family Seal of Approval, Americano tells the charming tale of a colorful Mexican parrot named Cuco who sets off on an adventure to defend his family. Available in both English and Spanish, the film features the voices of Rico Rodriguez, Kate Del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Golden Globe® nominee Lisa Kudrow (Best Supporting Actress, Television, “Friends”), and Academy Award® nominee Edward James Olmos (Best Supporting Actor, Stand and Deliver, 1988), in addition to radio personalities Don Cheto, El Mandril, and Argelia Atilano. TheAmericano DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
Cuco is a Mexican boy parrot that would rather imitate the crazy stunts of his TV parrot superhero, El Americano, than help with his chores at the family bird circus. »
- Tom Stockman
Author: Dave Roper
Mulholland Dr. is getting a well-deserved re-release and that brings with it an opportunity to reflect again on its particular charms, including its complex, elliptical structure.
Mulholland may well be David Lynch’s masterpiece, though plenty will argue the same for Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man or Inland Empire. The Elephant Man is definitely the most conventional and therefore the most readily accessible of his films, but there remains a particular satisfaction in getting to grips with Mulholland’s structure and thereby arguably getting more out of it than something with a more traditional through-line.
For the uninitiated (for shame!), Mulholland Dr. is about (as much as it is really about anything) a wide-eyed young actress arriving in Hollywood, meeting an amnesiac car-crash victim and getting caught up in a reality-bending story of film-making, brokenness, mutating identities and a strange blue box. There is »
- Dave Roper
11 bit studios’ recently released game Beat Cop is already charming players with its non-linear story, multiple endings, irreverent humor, and bevy of 80’s cop show tropes. On top of sneaking in references to shows and movies like “Miami Vice”… Continue Reading →
The post The New Indie Game Beat Cop Features a Charming Reference to Aliens appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
Allure of small screen tempts latest batch of film stars.
Colin Farrell will play Oliver North and reunite with Yorgos Lanthimos for Amazon Studios, while Penelope Cruz will star as Donatella Versace in FX’s American Crime Story anthology, and Peter Sarsgaard is cast as a CIA staffer in Hulu’s The Looming Tower.
The project recounts the story of the National Security Council staff member involved in the illegal sale of weapons to Iran to encourage the release of Us hostages in Lebanon in the 1980s.
Farrell starred in the second season of HBO’s True Detective and is best known for a film »
Scott Watson reviews 88 Heroes…
I reckon Dr H8 has been watching far too many 80’s action movies, either that or he’s a big fan of Dr Evil. The plot to Bitmap Bureau and Rising Star Games latest release is the kind of straight up insane plot you would expect the main bad guy of these kind of movies to hatch! It’s ludicrous, it’s insane, it’s all a little bit crazy, but totally in keeping with the tongue-in-cheek humour and style of game that 88 Heroes is.
At 8 minutes past 8 on the 8th August 1988, the world teeters on the brink of total annihilation! Dr. H8’s demands are simple. Pay 88 octillion dollars within 88 hours or 88 thermo-nuclear warheads pointed directly at earth will be launched. It is indeed the kind of insane plot Dr Evil would be cackling maniacally for! …and with Earth in such danger, the best are »
- Scott Watson
There’s an old saying that goes, “Nobody comes from Los Angeles.” Rather, the city is made up of millions of displaced souls who’ve found their way to Los Angeles from someplace else, which goes a long way to explain why no two filmmakers seem to view the city in the same way — because everyone, in some way, is an outsider there. A few years back, indie director Aaron Katz moved to Los Angeles from Portland, Ore., synthesizing his impressions into the gleaming blue sapphire that is “Gemini,” a subtle, sophisticated neo-noir focused on the odd co-dependent relationship between a starlet and her personal assistant — and how that dynamic is tested when one of them drops dead.
Although Katz unveiled “Gemini” at South by Southwest (the same film festival that effectively “discovered” him 11 years earlier with “Dance Party, USA”), this sleek and playful identity puzzler would have been right »
- Peter Debruge
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make us happy. Want to know of something simple? The Miami Vice theme. It’s incredibly simple, incredibly awesome and when you mix it with just about anything in the world, it makes that thing infinitely better. So why not take that theme song and mash it up with the hottest movie in theaters in Logan? Why I’m glad you asked because the fellas at The Wood Creek Faction decided to take clips from Logan and turn them into an 80s show introduction by the name of “Logan.” There are mashup videos out
This Logan and Miami Vice Mashup is Gold »
- Nat Berman
Editors Note: This story originally ran on December 6, 2016. When a waiter comes to congratulate Naomie Harris "for all those films" on a bright afternoon at a West Hollywood hotel, it's fairly clear which ones he means. The highest profile, of course, is her work as a different kind of Moneypenny in the Daniel Craig-era Bond series; there is also the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean, Miami Vice and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on her filmography. But as Paula in Barry… »
Brooke Kennedy has produced hundreds of hours of television, much of it in New York City. But of all her experiences in the trenches, nothing quite compares to directing the first episode of “The Good Fight” at a Park Avenue location on the night of Nov. 8, as Donald Trump pulled off his stunning political upset in the presidential race.
As Christine Baranski and Delroy Lindo got to work on a particularly emotional scene in “The Good Wife” spinoff — which premieres Sunday on CBS All Access — Kennedy looked out and saw the darkness around the edges of the office-building set flecked with the blue-ish glow of smartphone screens.
“Everyone in the crew was on their phones, and you could start to read it on everybody’s face,” Kennedy recalls.
As horrified as Kennedy was on a personal level (she’s no Donald Trump fan), her first instinct was to protect the actors from the news to allow them »
- Cynthia Littleton
When “Archer” started out, it was a standard, but very funny, animated spy spoof. However, recent seasons have seen the creators throw out the narrative rule book and play freely with all kinds of genres. Season 5 saw the titular agent and his crew head to Florida for “Miami Vice” style shenanigans, while season 7 saw them cross the country to California. And now, season 8, dubbed “Archer: Dreamland,” has them going noir.
Continue reading ‘Archer’ Goes Noir In New Trailer For Season 8 at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Milo Ventimiglia makes America cry every Tuesday night as Jack, the seemingly perfect (and ill-fated) father of three on NBC’s breakout hit “This Is Us.” But acting’s just Ventimiglia’s day job: He’s also a prolific producer in his own right, with several series in the works, including Fox’s drama pilot “Kin.”
Part of the success of “This Is Us” is in the audience relating to the characters. Can you relate to Jack?
One hundred percent. I approach Jack very simply, because he’s a simple-needs kind of guy. He loves his wife, he loves his kids, and will do anything for them. He’s a good person, and inspires people around him to be good. I very much try to be a good man, too.
Is he as perfect as he seems? Will we get to see any flaws?
I don’t think he’s perfect at all. I »
- Debra Birnbaum
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