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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Remember the movie Rubin and Ed? If not, maybe you at least remember when Crispin Glover appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in character as his role as Rubin. That was the time the actor nearly kicked the talk show host in the face. The problem there was partly that Letterman didn’t know what was going on. Also, neither Rubin and Ed nor Glover were familiar enough to warrant such a stunt or for that sort of promotion to work in their favor. Years later, Joaquin Phoenix drew comparisons to Glover when he appeared on Letterman’s Late Show acting strangely. It turned out he was also in character, albeit for a project then still in the works rather than as a promotional stunt. Well, actually it sort of worked as that, too, but either way it wasn’t helpful in wooing audiences to the movie involved, I’m Still Here. Both »
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Two years ago, legendary manager Shep Gordon was lying in the hospital, recovering from gastrointestinal surgery, when Mike Myers approached him with an idea he'd been obsessing over: a documentary about Gordon's life. Gordon – a Zelig-like figure who'd befriended everyone from Michael Douglas to the Dalai Lama and was best known as Alice Cooper's manager – reluctantly agreed. "I was heavily medicated and must have been feeling sorry for myself," says Gordon.
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Myers had been fixated on Gordon ever since »
Summer blockbusters make studios happy, but they make stars nervous. That’s because a lizard is the real star of “Godzilla,” not an actor. And in franchises like “Captain America,” “Spider-Man” or “X-Men,” the superhero is the brand, while the casts seem interchangeable. The several tentpoles that emerged from “Pirates of the Caribbean” enhanced Johnny Depp’s salary, but the Depp brand didn’t enhance “Transcendence” or “The Lone Ranger.”
The art of managing a star’s career has become challenging in Hollywood’s New Economy. In years past, major projects could be pre-sold worldwide on star names, but distributors know they can’t be monetized to the same degree any more. Warners may pour $200 million or so into “Batman v Superman,” but its potential success won’t depend on Ben Affleck’s chemistry with Henry Cavill.
That’s why I have come to admire the aggressiveness, and unorthodoxy, with »
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Mike Myers has been busy since his last on-screen appearance in 2009′s Inglorious Basterds: busy painting variations on KFC’s Colonel Sanders, busy making GarageBand tunes, busy raising his two young children. But now he’s coming back to the film industry with his directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – a documentary that follows talent manager Shep Gordon.
GQ spoke with Myers about Supermensch, what it was like standing next to Kanye West when he said that one thing, and how he really was the last person to receive a letter from The Beatles’ George Harrison. Read the »
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Jessica Alba won’t do nude scenes for one simple reason: “I don’t want my grandparents to see my boobs.”
The Sin City 2 star covers the latest issue of Glamour. In the accompanying interview, she talks about how her kids inspired her to found The Honest Company – which sells toxin-free baby-care essentials — as well as her “no boobs” rule.
Really, Alba just wants to avoid any awkwardness. “It would be weird at Christmas,” she explains. “And, I mean, really, if you look at the movies I have done, getting naked would never ‘elevate’ the picture.” Something tells me »
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Update: Sir Ben Kingley (who so wonderfully played The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 and Mazer Rackham in Ender's Game) will do a turn in Night at the Museum 3! He will play a "formidable Egyptian pharoah on display in the British museum, he is brought back to life with a magical tablet." Kingsley is definitely one of the best actors alive today but is always open to having some fun, like his role in The Love Guru or Thunderbirds...you never know what to expect from him!
Jan. 9, 2014 - Love this! The hilarious Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, "Super Fun Night") will join Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Robin Williams and Ricky Gervais in Night at the Museum 3. She'll play a night guard at the London museum where the movie takes place.
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