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A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
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Regular readers may have spotted that this is now the fourth appearance of our letters page, which we all appear to be lumbered with now. It's part of our quest to be the most old-fashioned, non-interactive website on the planet. Basically, you send us a letter, by email or post, and we answer it, and leave it at that. Bonus points for writing in with Grange Hill questions, which nobody has yet.
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Name That Film!
I am usually pretty good at investigating and finding obscure films and TV shows from my childhood. But this one eludes me. I can find no reference to it anywhere. I don’t know the title but I have vivid images of this possible film/teleplay in mind.
Black Widow, Catwoman, Gamora: handy in a fight, but how about a bit more variety in female supers of the DC and Marvel movie universes?
Excited about The Falcon getting to slip into Cap’s iconic stars and stripes? The female version of Thor swinging Mjolnir around? Batgirl stomping Gotham faces with those new heavy yellow Docs she’s got?
Marvel and DC’s recent moves to further equalise their superhero line-ups have meant swapping out a few of the standard lantern-jawed white-dude-types for women and people of colour, and costume upgrades for those who’d been struggling with lycra wedgies since their creation back in more female-fleshy times. Which is great on paper – comic book paper, that is. But we may have to wait before these changes go beyond the page and make the leap into DC and Marvel’s movies universes, too.
Think of the huge array of »
Over the weekend, Olympic medalist and professional Mma fighter Ronda Rousey successfully defended her title as Ufc Women's Bantamweight Champion. It's great news for her and even better news for The Expendables 3, which is getting some an extra bit of publicity via the win. Rousey costars in the upcoming sequel alongside Sylvester Stallone and many other action stars, and she'll be in Fast & Furious 7, which isn't surprising given how much that franchise likes to employ former and current athletes in its roster of players. The last Fast & Furious movie, for instance cast fellow female Mma fighter Gina Carano, who had already proven her acting talents in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, as well as bodybuilder-turned-actor Kim Kold and of course...
- Christopher Campbell
Here are some of the hottest action heroines who could totally rule in the upcoming 'Predator' remake!
News broke today on The Hollywood Reporter that another beloved 80s classic is on the slate for a trendy millennial reboot. This time, it's the iconic action horror Predator, and it's reportedly set to be helmed by Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director/writer Shane Black, who also recently created Iron Man 3!
The original Predator starred an ensemble of classic macho '80s musclemen, led by Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-starring Rocky's Carl Weathers and the pro-wrestler-turned-Minnesota-Governor Jesse Ventura.
But does the sequel still need to adhere to the action-movie tradition of having an all-male cast with a token sexy girl they need to rescue? For a long time, studios saw this as the only way to attract legions of teenage bros to »
So maybe let's start this with a hat tip to Channing Tatum and how far he's come. From that guy in the "Step Up" movie, the actor made steady moves to work with directors of note, taking roles in films by Kimberly Peirce ("Stop-Loss"), Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), Ron Howard ("The Dilemma"), Kevin Macdonald ("The Eagle"), Steven Soderbergh ("Haywire," "Side Effects," "Magic Mike") and Bennett Miller ("Foxcatcher"), and that's not to mention becoming the star of franchises like "G.I. Joe" and "21 Jump Street." And so, don't be surprised that the Coens have tapped the actor for their next film. Indeed, the Coens have rounded up Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes to join George Clooney in "Hail Caesar." The story will follow a fixer in the 1950s who works for Hollywood studios to protect their stars, with Tatum to play a Gene Kelly-esque actor, Fiennes a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Cohen Film Collection announced recently that two major films by acclaimed director Costa-Gavras – Capital, the Oscar winner’s most recent feature, and Amen, his César-winning historical drama from 2002 – have been digitally remastered and will be released in deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions on June 10, 2014. The Blu-rays will have SRPs of $34.98 each and the DVDs will have SRPs of $24.98 each.
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Since his debut in 1965, the Greek-born, »
- Movie Geeks
Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6) stars as a fighter trying to find the men who abducted her husband in the new action-thriller In the Blood, which is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD through Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. While on their honeymoon in the Caribbean, Ava's (Gina Carano) new husband (Cam Gigandet) goes missing, and she must go on a dangerous journey into a violent underworld to find the men responsible for taking him. We have a new giveaway lined up where fans can take home a copy of the Blu-ray. Now you can watch all of the action unfold from the comforts of your own couch! Take a look at how you can add this explosive movie to your collection today.
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Though the “McConaissance” is all the rage at the moment, actor Channing Tatum has been undergoing a pretty impressive career transformation of his own over the past couple of years. After working in films like Step Up, Dear John, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra early in his career, Tatum started taking some big risks with excellent payoffs. Director Steven Soderbergh brought out a different side of the actor in Magic Mike, Haywire, and Side Effects, he proved to be fantastically adept at comedy with standout roles in 21 Jump Street and This Is the End, and he drew raves for his dramatic work in the dark drama Foxcatcher at that film’s Cannes premiere last month. With these eclectic performances under his belt, Tatum now has his eyes set on something many other actors are vying for: his own superhero movie. Tatum has been keen on playing the X-Men »
- Adam Chitwood
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Mark Wahlberg stars as real-life Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell in this action/drama based on a true story about a covert mission in Afghanistan. Peter Berg directs, and Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana co-star.
Why We're In: Despite some disputes over the veracity of Luttrell's story, "Lone Survivor" got strong reviews from critics and fans alike.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"The Nutty Professor" (50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition)
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Falling Skies: Complete Third Season"
What's It About? Aliens have invaded the Earth! Several types of 'em, »
- Jenni Miller
It is a dish best served cold, so they say. It is also, at least as far as cinema is concerned, less straight-forward than you might think. Someone might be on a mission and it might seem to be revenge-like, but if it turns into a rescue, does that disqualify it?
What if there is a revenge element to an otherwise-themed film? Take Taken, if you will. He wants his daughter back and is prepared to use a particular set of skills to do so, but he clearly wants some measure of revenge on the kidnappers as well. What are we to do? We could debate such questions endlessly.
With this week’s release of In The Blood , Haywire’s Gina Carano is going to have at those she holds responsible for her husband’s disappearance. So, instead of nit-picking, let’s visit some of the best revenge missions that »
- Dave Roper
Our wait for details on the Magic Mike sequel set to hit theaters in July 2015 is over, ladies and (gay) gentlemen. Thanks to GQ’s July 2014 cover story on Channing Tatum (read it here in its entirety) we now know the plot will revolve around our favorite male exotic dancers going to a strippers’ convention. According to GQ, that’s the first memory of his stripper days Tatum shared with his producing partner Reid Carolin when pitching the first film: “I want to do the story of when I’m in a dark U-Haul with a bunch of these guys »
- Mandi Bierly
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 19, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
The rambunctious 1990 dark comedy Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s (Broken Embraces) colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome.
The film stars Antonio Banderas (Haywire) as an unbalanced but alluring former mental patient and Victoria Abril (Walking Vengeance) as the B-movie and porn star he takes prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.
A highly unconventional romance that came on the spike heels of Almodóvar’s international sensation Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, this is a splashy, sexy central work in the career of one of the international cinema’s most beloved and provocative auteurs, radiantly shot by the director’s great cinematographer José Luis Alcaine »
Sony Pictures is hoping to send Channing Tatum undercover once again, as the studio has just picked up an untitled crime thriller which the actor will both star in and produce. Inspired by a true story, the 1970′s set film will follow an ordinary family man who “risks everything by going undercover to take down the biggest mob boss in the country.”
Scripted by Kristin Gore (who penned David O. Russell’s incomplete Nailed), this project certainly sounds like it could be a good star vehicle for Tatum. After showing off both his comedic and action chops over the past couple of years, with films like White House Down, 21 Jump Street (and its sequel), Haywire and several others, it will be nice to see him return to a more serious, grounded and dramatic role.
Plus, a crime thriller is one of the few movies that Tatum hasn’t made yet. »
- Matt Joseph
As president of Relativity Media, Tucker Tooley credits his successful collaboration with Ryan Kavanaugh to their differences. “I think any good partnership has to have completely different skill sets and bring something different to the table,” notes Tooley. “Because if you do the exact same thing, you’re just duplicating what each other does.”
Prior to joining Relativity Media in 2007 as president of worldwide production, Tooley was an independent producer whose credits include the Vin Diesel vehicle “A Man Apart” and Lee Daniels’ “Shadowboxer.” At the time, Relativity was co-financing movies, but not producing its own films.
“All of a sudden Ryan was getting scripts, movies submitted in to finance, and I think the light bulb went off,” says Tooley. “So he brought me in to really kind of launch the single picture division.”
Since then, Tooley has overseen production on such key Relativity titles as “Dear John,” “Haywire” and “We’re the Millers, »
- Jenelle Riley
Though known primarily as a film studio, Relativity has many flourishing departments, including television, fashion, sports management and digital media. The company recently announced the launch of Madvine, its inhouse agency. We spoke to the heads of several divisions about what the diverse firm’s future holds.
Co-chief operating officer and CEO of Relativity Sports
With his background in the music business, including as owner and CEO of Buzztone Music, Happy Walters originally joined Relativity in 2008 as president of Relativity Music Group. Under his watch, the company created and released soundtracks for such hit films as “Dear John” and “Bridesmaids.” A certified NBA and NFL player agent, he was already representing several athletes when he noticed the sports platform Ryan Kavanaugh was building.
Recognizing Relativity created content and had great relationships with brands, Walters suggested a test case: At the time, basketball all-star Amar’e Stoudemire was playing »
- Jenelle Riley
Long before Gal Gadot landed the coveted job of playing Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel, many fans had former mixed martial artist Gina Carano in mind for the Amazonian princess. After all, she looks the part, and could easily snap men in half without breaking a sweat.
In a recent interview with Toronto Sun, Carano weighed in on the controversial casting decision, and claims that she was never actually approached for the part in Batman vs. Superman:
“[The rumors] started about four or five years ago, even before Haywire people were saying stuff like that. I was never approached, and I don’t know if I was considered.”
As for Gadot landing the role? She seems confident that her Fast and Furious 6 co-star will do a good job, and doesn’t see her physical appearance or fitness as an issue.
“I worked with her on Fast & Furious 6, »
- James Garcia
Cavill has been spending a lot of time in Chicago, where Batman vs. Superman will be filming later this year. Carano has reportedly been joining the 30-year-old actor in the Windy City, reported Page Six. The pair has apparently been spotted having drinks at the Vertigo Sky Lounge and dining at SushiSamba.
Carano’s charisma in the Mma ring helped her launch a career in the movies, starting with Haywire, which Steven Soderbergh created specifically for her. She also scored a role in Fast & Furious 6. Though she’s also landed a part in an announced Adi Shankar project, Carano might be turning her sights on the Ufc Octagon.
"I'm confident that we will (sign her) but we'll see what happens," Ufc »
Former Mma star Gina Carano, who rose to fame following her starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 action-thriller film Haywire – although she had previously appeared in low-budget actioner Blood and Bone alongside Michael Jai White – returns to the action genre, and a leading role, with In the Blood, the latest film from actor/director John Stockwell (Cheaters, Crazy/Beautiful).
In the Blood sees Ava (Carano) and Derek (Gigandet), a newly married couple, honeymooning in the Caribbean who are befriended by a local hustler, Manny (Cordova), who talks them into going to a night club where they get into a fight with the locals. The next day, whilst out zip-lining with Manny, Derek gets into an accident and is taken to hospital. However when Ava shows up looking for her husband, »
- Phil Wheat
Click here to get caught up with Part One: Walking in the footsteps of The Expendables! The next stop on our Expendables tour was a visit with stunt coordinator J.J. Perry, who has worked as a stunt coordinator and/or fight choreographer on such films as Haywire, Get The Gringo, Bullet To The Head, Django Unchained, Machete Kills, and Divergent, amongst countless others. Perry is not only a veteran paratrooper, but also a master of various styles of martial arts, making him a guy you can »
- Paul Shirey
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