13 items from 2015
David Zucker, famed Hollywood veteran known for writing and producing “The Naked Gun” and directing “Scary Movie,” is mourning actor Omar Sharif’s passing. Sharif, who died Thursday of a heart attack in Cairo at age 83, worked with Zucker on the 1984 comedy “Top Secret!” Though Sharif earned an Oscar nomination for “Lawrence of Arabia” and starred in classics like “Doctor Zhivago,” Zucker recalled forcing the Egyptian actor to endure all sorts of silliness for “Top Secret!” — from exploding cigars to whipped cream in the face. Also Read: Omar Sharif Tributes: Hollywood Remembers 'Lawrence of Arabia' Star Through it all, »
- Kathy Zerbib
Stars: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill, Corey Holcomb, Ken Howard, Colin Kane, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Aaron Takahashi, Olivia Thirlby | Written by Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender | Directed by Jeremy Garelick
Confession time. I’m not the biggest Kevin Hart fan. I don’t mind the actor/comedian in small doses – a supporting actor in films such as the remake of Death at a Funeral and the Scary Movie franchise, but I can’t sit through any of his stand-up shows in there entirety and the last movie hes was the “star” of, Ride Along, was – frankly – awful. However I am always willing to give Hart’s film a go – especially when they look, albeit from the trailer, as hilarious as The Wedding Ringer.
And I’m happy to report The Wedding Ringer is not only a fantastic bro-mance flick (yes, they Do exist »
- Phil Wheat
Looks like we picked the wrong week to quit celebrating milestones.
Hard to believe it's been 35 years since "Airplane!" took flight (on July 2, 1980) and taught us all to speak jive, order the chicken instead of the fish, and avoid calling each other "Shirley." Three and a half decades later, the airline disaster parody remains one of the funniest films ever made, one that generations of viewers have watched over and over -- though probably never as an in-flight movie.
Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's much you may not know about how it was made. In honor of "Airplane!" turning 35, here are a few facts every fan must know about the comedy classic.
1. Strip away all the jokes, and "Airplane!" is essentially a remake of a little-known 1957 air disaster movie called "Zero Hour!" The writing/directing team of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker lifted the plot, »
- Gary Susman
Ashley Tisdale is beauty and brains! The "High School Musical" alum covers the June issue of Health magazine (via E!), where she opens up about the media's misconception of her life and reveals her career goals. The blonde beauty stuns on the cover of the mag rocking black hot pants and a red crop top, which highlight the 29-year-old's fit physique. "I think people have a perspective of me that I'm this blonde and I just like to shop," she tells Health. "I'm deeper than what people expect." Aside from acting, Tisdale also runs her own production company ... which tends to surprise people in the industry when they see how hands-on she is. "Even with my production company, people think I have somebody else running it, but then they start to see, 'Wow, she does do it,'" the actress confesses. "I feel like it's so important to support other women and their dreams. »
- tooFab Staff
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been confirmed as joining the cast of “Ip Man 3.” The film is the final instalment of a biopic of martial arts ace and one time mentor of Bruce Lee, Ip Man.
After the previous episodes focused on Ip’s early life, “Ip Man 3” focuses on the master-student relationship between Ip (aka Yip) and Bruce Lee. Martial arts ace, Donnie Yen reprises his role as Ip in the film to be directed by Wilson Yip.
Tyson is set to have a significant role in Ip Man 3, playing a property developer and street fighter. He is expected going to have several intense fight scenes with Yen.
The film which has a budget of $36 million is produced by Hong Kong-based Pegasus Motion Pictures. It is executive-produced by Shi Jianxiang, founder and CEO of Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group.
Ip Man 3 is tentatively scheduled for release in 3D »
- Patrick Frater
Though A Haunted House was dismissed by critics (“It’s like watching a snuff film,” commented The Austin Chronicle, “only it’s the audience who’s dying inside”), it made $60 million on a $2.5 million production budget, so a year later audiences were treated to more of the same. As the saying goes, Hollywood was just giving the audience what it wants, so if you’ve ever wondered aloud how such films could exist, don’t restrict you ire to the filmmakers.
This is by no means a recent phenomenon. In 1985, Leonard Maltin gave his shortest ever review when discussing another bungled comedy: “Transylvania 6-5000 stank. I’m Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight.” The picture not only made its money back, »
- Ian Watson
We already know that there's reboot of the "Naked Gun" franchise in the works that will star Ed Helms (The Hangover, "The Office"). And now comes word from David Zucker, director of the original film, that the reboot will be very different from his movies. "It won't be like the 'Naked Gun' that I did. It may be good, but it won't be that kind of movie. They're going to use the title," he explained. "They asked me if I wanted to produce. They're nice people, but they don't want to do that style of spoof that I do. I would want somebody who had never been in an comedy. Ed Helms is very well known for three of the biggest comedies ever. I understand why Paramount is doing what they're doing. If my name was on it, I would be making all sorts of suggestions and trying to change it, »
Back in December 2013, we reported that Ed Helms signed on to star in Paramount's remake of The Naked Gun, although the initial story hinted that it may not be a straight-up crime procedural parody like the 1988 comedy classic The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. The last we heard about the project was in January 2014, when screenwriter Robert Ben Garant insisted that it will be more of a "continuation" of the franchise than a reboot. Now, according to original Naked Gun director David Zucker, this new incarnation won't be a parody or a spoof, essentially confirming the original report. Here's what David Zucker had to say, when asked by Yahoo! Movies if he is involved in this updated version of The Naked Gun.
"I have no involvement in it. They own it and they wanted to do it with Ed Helms and two writers. It won't be »
As is expected nowadays, every film ever made has a remake/reboot/spinoff in development. Where some proffer to remain fiercely loyal to the original source material, others dare to venture elsewhere. It seems the latter option is being adopted for The Naked Gun remake, which we know will star The Hangover‘s Ed Helms. Aside from the obvious speculation – that Helms will play Frank Drebin or a similar character – there’s not been any hint at how this remake will adapt the original.
Director of the 1988 original David Zucker chatted to Yahoo! recently and in a roundabout way, confirmed that the style for the Helms version will be drastically different:
It won’t be like the Naked Gun that I did. It may be good, but it won’t be that kind of movie. They’re going to use the title. They asked me if I wanted to produce. »
- Gem Seddon
The new Naked Gun movie won't be the kind of spoof the rest of the others are. Er...
Nothing, in truth, that we read about the planned reboot of The Naked Gun movies has cheered us up thus far. The plan is for Ed Helms to take on the role of some descendant of Lt Frank Drebin, who of course was played by Leslie Nielsen across three movies, and the TV show Police Squad!
The new version? "It won't be like the Naked Gun that I did", David Zucker has revealed. Zucker directed the first two movies and produced the third. "It may be good, but it won't be that kind of movie", he said, adding that the producers this time will be veering away from "that style of spoof".
Which kind of begs the question: what's the point?
"They're going to use the title" and "they're nice people", Zucker continued. »
What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.
And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.
You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »
- Sharon Knolle
February is nearly upon us and with it brings some exciting additions to Netflix's streaming lineup. Among the movies and TV shows set to stream on Netflix in February are RoboCop, Scary Movie 5 and Spartacus.. EW posted the list of movies and TV shows joining Netflix's streaming lineup over the course of February. Check it out below... February 1 Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse Dark Ride Departures (Season 12) Gimme Shelter Gucci: The Director Hot Pursuit Houseboat Into the Blue 2: The Reef Joe King Arthur Magic City (Seasons 1-2) M*A*S*H (Seasons 1-5) Naruto Shippuden: The Movie Now: In the Wings on a World Stage Proof Spartacus (Complete series) The Brothers Bloom We Could Be Kings We.re No Angels Zapped February 5-12 The Little Rascals Save the Day (February 5) Danger 5 (February 6) Ever After High: Spring Unsprung (February 6) Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (February 7) Elsa & Fred »
Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.
First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash, Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.
Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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