16 items from 2012
Back at the beginning of July in the daily Briefs, I started the Official snicks Top 100 Lost Hits of The 80's, spotlighting the 100 greatest minor hits of that decade. The songs you don't hear on any 80's nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty ... or top forty, and over the last five months I hope some of these forgotten gems may have rung a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provided a pop music history lesson.
Here is the complete list, including my favorite lost song of the decade. Thank you for taking this 80's road trip with me ... but it's not over yet! I'll be featuring a new Lost Hit once a week in the Wednesday Briefs, so the history lesson will continue!
Let the countdown commence, and remember ... keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!
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Exclusive: America’s Next Top Model co-developer/executive producer Ken Mok is staying in the fashion world with a scripted project, a drama for Fox. Titled Scarlatti, the project written by Marjorie David (90210), centers on a multi-generational dynasty struggling for control of their billion-dollar fashion empire. Mok and David executive produce for 20th Century Fox TV. The broadcast networks have been trying to crack the fashion soap genre, most recently with ABC’s pilots Americana and Scruples last season. For veteran unscripted producer Mok, this marks a return to his scripted roots. He was director of current programming at NBC and director of comedy development for ABC before he joined MTV as VP of MTV TV Prods. where he started overseeing and producing reality shows, including Top Model, Stylista and Pussycat Dolls Present. Scarlatti reunites Mok with Fox chairman Kevin Reilly who worked together as junior executives at NBC. Mok has occasionally developed script projects, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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Looking at the hairstyles in movies from the 1970s is one thing, but seeing our favorite current actors and actresses sporting the 'dos for movies can be quite another.
With super-now stars like Bryan Cranston and Ben Affleck going back in time for "Argo" this week — not to mention the unforgettable images of Tom Hardy in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Mark Wahlberg in "Invincible," and then some — we figured it was high time we paid homage to some sleek '70s sideburns from movies made in this millennium.
In other words, we've put together a whole gallery of stars with chops... in chops. »
- NextMovie Staff
The fans are in the seats, the fields have been lined in white and the players are ready for some football action. Can’t you smell it in the air? The early days of Fall are here and we’re in the thick of the hallowed football time of year – high school, college and NFL. Wamg is counting down our 35 favorite football films you need to see before the kickoff of pigskin season. It’s never too early or too late to talk the sport loved by fans everywhere. Many of these true stories can be found on DVD, Blu-ray and Video On Demand. Let us know in the comments section below how you would have ranked your favorite football movies or if we left any on the sidelines.
“You’re 5 foot nothin’, 100 and nothin’, and you have barely a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there »
- Movie Geeks
Emmett/Furla Films have acquired and will finance the action thriller "Fair Trade" as a potential starring vehicle for Liam Neeson reports Deadline.
The company picked up the project, which had been in development at Alcon Entertainment, and aims to begin shooting next Summer in Pittsburgh. Final negotiations are underway with Open Road Films for domestic distribution.
A remake of the Serbian thriller "The Trap", the story follows a limo driver whose son is in desperate need of surgery - surgery his insurance company won’t cover.
A mysterious man approaches with a deal: he’ll pay for the child’s surgery if the driver kills a mobster. Warren at first refuses, but reconsiders once he realizes his child’s life depends on it.
- Garth Franklin
As we prepare for Liam Neeson to take us away once again, let us relish our finest late-era action star’s commitment to something that isn’t just another sequel — rather, a remake. The outing, in this case, would be Fair Trade, which Deadline tells us is being snatched up by Emmett/Furla and Open Road, both of whom would like to see the actor headline for director Ericson Core (Invincible).
Alcon Entertainment originally worked with Matt Aldrich to develop the picture, itself a remake of Serbia’s hit film The Trap. In this iteration, a degree-equipped limo driver, Warren, is put into a moral conundrum when his son’s brain surgery won’t be covered by insurance: kill a mobster, and receive all the necessary payment. (Something must go wrong for there to be room for an “action thriller,” however.)
A classic sort of thriller logline that instantly brings several films to mind, »
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Exclusive: Emmett/Furla Films co-founders Randall Emmett & George Furla have acquired Fair Trade, an action thriller that had been developed by Alcon Entertainment as a potential vehicle for Liam Neeson. They want Neeson, and while it isn’t immediately clear if the actor will star, Emmett/Furla will finance the film for a summer start in Pittsburgh. The film is based on the Serbian thriller The Trap. Ericson Core (Invincible) is directing a script by Matt Aldrich. Emmett/Furla is in final negotiations with Open Road Films for domestic distribution. The Open Road team is here in Toronto unveiling one of the fest’s hot titles, End Of Watch. That David Ayer-directed film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. In Fair Trade, Warren is down on his luck and works as a limo driver, despite having a master’s degree. When his son has a seizure and needs surgery, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Actress Lynn Cohen isn't exactly a household name, but she's been steadily working in the industry since the early 1980s. I know her from supporting roles in films like Munich, Across the Universe, Invincible, and Eagle Eye, but she might be better known for her portrayal of Magda on "Sex in the City" and its two film adaptations. Strangely, she's about to take on a character with a very similar name as Lionsgate has just announced that Cohen has been cast as Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, taking over the part that Melissa Leo almost took and joining Amanda Plummer as the most recent addition to the cast. It's necessary to semi-spoil upcoming events of the new movie if I'm going to talk about this character, but I'll try to keep it as brief and vague as possible as not to ruin too much for those who haven't »
- Ben Pearson
Kevin Costner fans (this is probably a wide-enough contingent) will get a fill of Hollywood’s amiable middleager next year, though I suspect this new project carries more of his charm than a Superman actioner. As it were, Variety informs us the actor has either signed for (or will imminently board) McFarland, a feel-good sports drama from Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country).
McFarland, co-written by the helmer and actor Grant Thompson, tells the true-life story of a track coach (Costner) who, in the ’80s, operated in the Hispanic community of McFarland, California; while there, he combated the students’ various social and economic problems to make a team that, eventually, became “a championship-winning dynasty.” It’s the kind of role he’s made for, basically.
Variety describes it as a mix between Remember the Titans and Coach Carter, though the point should really be driven home by the inclusion of »
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It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Kevin Costner tackle the sports genre, which he’s mastered over the years in the likes of Tin Cup and Field Of Dreams. Now Disney wants him to star in McFarland for Whale Rider director Niki Caro.Based on a true story from the 1980s, McFarland follows the travails of a track-and-field coach trying to build a team in the small California town.Looking to form a squad at the local high school, he faced social and physical hurdles but – because this is going to be an inspirational Disney film – was able to overcome them and craft a team that ended up as champions.The Mouse House has $17 million to spend on the film and producers Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, who have previously found success in the genre with Miracle, Invincible and Secretariat.Costner, last seen on screen in The Company Men, »
Set in a predominantly Latino small town outside Bakersfield, the true life story follows a coach who created a high school track team that overcame many social and physical hurdles to become champions.
- Garth Franklin
Kevin Costner is reportedly in talks to star in Disney's sports drama McFarland. The film's producers are Mayhem Pictures' Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, who have been behind movies of the same genre such as Miracle, Invincible and Secretariat. Whale Rider director Niki Caro is attached to direct the project based on a true story. The plot revolves around a 1980s small-town high school (more) »
- By Greg Laing
Kevin Costner is in talks to star in McFarland, a sports drama that Niki Caro is directing for Disney. Mayhem Pictures' Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, who produced such inspirational true-life sports dramas as Miracle, Invincible and Secretariat, are producing McFarland. Photos: Take Me Out: Hollywood's Best Baseball Movies Another true-life tale, McFarland is the 1980s story of a coach living in McFarland, Calif., a predominantly Latino small town outside Bakersfield. The coach created a high school track team that overcame many social and physical hurdles to become champions. Disney is making the movie for $17 million and using Costner to
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Gareth Evans, man behind well-known The Raid: Redemption project is now on board to direct another heist drama titled Breaking the Bank. In case this title already sounds familiar to you, I will remind you that the whole thing is actually based on the Howard Sounes’ book Heist: The True Story of the World’s Biggest [...]
The Expendables 2 doesn't hit cinemas for a good few months yet, but it seems that Lionsgate Entertainment are confident their star-studded action epic will do enough business at the box office to warrant a third installment - at least according to Randy Couture, who reprises his role as Toll Road in the $100m sequel.
Speaking to Bjj Addict in a recent interview, the former Mma champion - whose film credits include Cradle 2 the Grave, Invincible and Redbelt - said that "we're probably going to start shooting The Expendables 3 in the fall, after The Expendables 2 comes out in August." It's the first mention from anyone involved with The Expendables franchise that a third movie is in the works, so naturally there's no confirmation about further cast or crew involvement. Naturally you'd expect Sylvester Stallone to return as Barney Ross for the third offering, but of course Sly also »
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita at the Audi Pre-Golden Globes party
Three music legends celebrate birthdays today. First up is Donald Fagen, who turns 64. What are your top five Donald or Steely Dan songs? Here are mine: 5. "Deacon Blues," 4. "Hey Nineteen," 3. "Peg," 2. "Do It Again, " 1. "I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)" Rod Stewart turns 67 today. What are your top five Rod songs? Here are mine: 5. "The Killing of Georgie," 4. "Infatuation," 3. "Baby Jane," 2. "Young Turks, " 1. "Passion" Finally, the faboo Pat Benatar turns 59 today. It's painful trying to narrow down to a top five, but here are mine: 5. "Le Bel Age," 4. "Treat Me Right," 3. "Shadows Of The Night," 2. "Fire & Ice, " 1. "Invincible"
Paul Bettany has prematurely pulled out of the Showtime pilot Masters Of Sex.ABC will debut the new series Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23 on Wednesday, April 11th at 9:30 Pm Et, replacing Happy Endings, which will have ended its second season. »
16 items from 2012