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Remembering The Brilliance of J.T. Walsh: Top Five Movie Roles

J.T. Walsh was one of the greatest supporting actors there ever was and the best thing about him is that he could be in the movie for a matter of minutes and you’d still remember him. Walsh had this knack for playing the most scummy guys you could imagine and making them come to life in a way that made audience members want to smash his teeth down his throat they were so realistic. That’s the kind of actor that can gain support from fans since it’s their charisma and nerve that people fall in love with. Before his passing

Remembering The Brilliance of J.T. Walsh: Top Five Movie Roles
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Exclusive interview with filmmaker Jonathan Mostow

david j. moore chats with filmmaker Jonathan Mostow

Filmmaker Jonathan Mostow has been making some incredibly entertaining films since his early days, directing such made-for TV movies as Flight of Black Eagle, but it was his film Breakdown, starring Kurt Russell and J.T. Walsh that really put him on the map. Following that success, Mostow wrote and directed the World War II drama U-571, the mega budgeted Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and the Bruce Willis science fiction film Surrogates, and now after a break he’s back with the hitman action drama The Hunter’s Prayer, starring Sam Worthington. In this interview, Mostow talks about his career and his latest endeavor as a filmmaker.

I wanted to start this interview off by telling you how big of a fan of Breakdown I am. I saw a sneak preview of that movie and fell head over heels in love with it.
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11 Good Movies to Watch This Month on Hulu

Satire, serial killers, swords, and Shannyn Sossamon.

I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles (for now). Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles I’ve never heard of before, but I’m not here to talk about possible gems like Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell… I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.

Pick of the Month: In the Loop (2009)

These are rough, troubling, and disappointing times we’re living in, and while it’s no cure, laughter is most definitely a medicine for the blues. To that end, Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop — a feature film riff on his series, The Thick of It — is like an epic dose of comical vitamin C. Incredibly
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Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To See Kurt Russell In Breakdown!

Hey, Toronto! The Twitch curated RussellMania! The Legend Of Kurt Russell retrospective at the Tiff Bell Lightbox may be approaching its end but we aint done yet! Things continue this week with an August 22nd screening of Breakdown and we want you to be there!While driving cross-country to their new life in California, Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) and his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) have their car break down in the middle of the desert. Accepting a ride from a friendly trucker (J.T. Walsh), Amy heads to a nearby diner to call for help while Jeff stays with the car. After several hours, the bewildered and worried Jeff makes his way to the diner on foot, and finds that no one has seen Amy at all...

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A Brief (Pun Intended) History Of Lawyers In The Movies Part II

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...

1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in the Movies

By Alex Simon

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman,
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Stephen King’s Needful Things is Coming to Blu-ray

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Nothing is ever the same again in Castle Rock after Leland Gaunt shows up and opens his antiques store, Needful Things. There’s something for everyone in Gaunt’s shop, but instead of money, the prices must be paid through devious, deadly deeds. Based on Stephen King’s 1991 novel of the same name, Needful Things (1993) is making its Us Blu-ray debut via Kino Lorber.

Kino Lorber will release Needful Things on Blu-ray this June with a new audio commentary from director Fraser Clarke Heston. Fans of the film no doubt are wondering if this home media release will include the extended TV version that features around an extra hour of footage. Kino Lorber revealed they do not at this time have the rights to the TV version, but they are pursuing them and will keep fans updated on the procuring process.

We’ll keep Daily Dead readers posted on further developments.
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'A Few Good Men' Live Staging Planned at NBC

'A Few Good Men' Live Staging Planned at NBC
NBC found great success with their stage production of The Sound of Music Live in 2013, and are now ready to unleash Peter Pan Live! this December. Already considering what they may do for an encore in 2015, the network is considering a live staging of A Few Good Men.

The 1992 movie starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore was originally based on Aaron Sorkin's play, which will serve as the basis for this live show. The network is already in the stages of working out an agreement with Aaron Sorkin to make the production become a reality. The show put Aaron Sorkin on the map as a writer when it hit Broadway in 1989. And the feature film proved to be a smash hit.

Both the play and the movie adaptation of A Few Good Men follow a court-martial case against two Marines accused of killing a fellow serviceman. Directed by Rob Reiner,
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In Memory of Robin Williams: ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ Review

Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, J.T. Walsh, Noble Willingham | Written by Mitch Markowitz | Directed by Barry Levinson

The death of Robin Williams has been publicised massively over the last number of days, a shocking loss to the film industry, Williams was a beloved performer who had many fans, and so obviously there has been an outpouring of emotion since he passed away. I was a fan of Robin Williams and as a fan I have my favourites in terms of his library of films and television, the top of the heap being the 1987 comedy-drama, Good Morning, Vietnam, which I will be reviewing here, in both a tribute to the man himself, but also as a way to talk about one of my personal favourite comedy drama films and one I revisit every year or two and always enjoy.

Written by Mitch Markowitz
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1997

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02

Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...

Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.

It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some
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Viral Website Launched For ‘Dark Skies’ – Will You Be Chosen?

Back in the late 90s, I remember a TV Show called Dark Skies starring J.T. Walsh and Eric Close, that featured spider-like creatures that came out of people’s mouths and basically then recruited them into their Alien ways. I’ve got a feeling that this in a similar ‘evil’ Alien vein for the film Dark Skies, that’s arrived via the found footage souls of Paranormal Activity and the the surprisingly impressive Insidious.

This outing is written and directed by Scott Charles Stewart, the man who directed the quite ridiculous Legion, but saying that, I bloody loved it. Now we’ve got an eerie viral website for you to enjoy with the opening slogan “Once you’ve been chosen, you belong to them“, so naturally…I’m about to sign up at Youhavebeenchosen.org but, will you?

My first report as follows, lots of foreboding music and locations on where you’ve been,
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Exclusive Media’s Still Of Night Starring Michelle Monaghan And Susan Sarandon; Jonathan Mostow Directs

Exclusive Media will finance and produce the new thriller Still Of Night, written and to be directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3, U-571, Breakdown) and starring Michelle Monaghan (Source Code) with Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) in final negotiations to star, it was announced today by Exclusive Media Co-Chairmen, Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.

Exclusive Media will produce the film alongside writer/director Jonathan Mostow and Steve Alexander.

A paranoia thriller that builds to a pulse-pounding crescendo, Still Of Night is a smart, stylish ride packed with shocking twists that will give you nightmares – because it could actually happen to you. Katie Tyler (Michelle Monaghan) is an aspiring career woman with everything finally falling into place.until her sister Gwen disappears. Fully aware of Gwen.s tainted past and suddenly left to take care of her young daughter, Katie sets out determined to bring her back. But as
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Film News: Chicago’s Music Box Theatre Pays Off Roger Ebert Bet, Will Screen ‘Red Rock West’

Chicago – In Feb. 2012, the Music Box Theatre (on Chicago’s north side) offered a challenge to Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert. If he could beat them in predicting the 86th Annual Oscars – as part of his “Outguess Ebert” contest – then the theatre would screen any film chosen by the Pulitzer Prize-winning legend. Roger Ebert presents “Red Rock West” at the Music Box Theatre on May 1, 2012.

Red Rock West” is a noir thriller from 1994 starring Nicolas Cage, J.T. Walsh, Laura Flynn Boyle and Dennis Hopper, and directed by John Dahl. Cage portrays Michael Williams, a drifter who is mistaken for a hit man hired to kill the wife (Boyle) of a local bar owner (Walsh). Williams takes the upfront money, and attempts to warn the potential victim of the set-up. Things get a bit complicated when the real hit man, “Lyle from Dallas” (Hopper) finally gets to town. Roger Ebert said in his review,
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DVD Playhouse--February 2012

DVD Playhouse—February 2012

By Allen Gardner

To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Robert Mulligan’s film of Harper Lee’s landmark novel pits a liberal-minded lawyer (Gregory Peck) against a small Southern town’s racism when defending a black man (Brock Peters) on trumped-up rape charges. One of the 1960s’ first landmark films, a truly stirring human drama that hits all the right notes and isn’t dated a bit. Robert Duvall makes his screen debut (sans dialogue) as the enigmatic Boo Radley. DVD and Blu-ray double edition. Bonuses: Two feature-length documentaries: Fearful Symmetry and A Conversation with Gregory Peck; Featurettes; Excerpts and film clips from Gregory Peck’s Oscar acceptance speech and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; Commentary by Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 2.0 mono.

Outrage: Way Of The Yakuza (Magnolia) After a brief hiatus from his signature oeuvre of Japanese gangster flicks,
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Good Morning, Vietnam (25th Anniversary Edition) - Blu-ray Review

Goooooooood Morning Vietnaaaaam! You have to yell it. I.ll wait. Well, Robin Williams. breakout performance makes the transition to high def with a 25th anniversary edition. Not that there.s much new to celebrate the occasion. 1965, Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) arrives in Saigon to work as a DJ for Armed Forces Radio. He.s picked up by Pvt. Garlick (Forest Whitaker) but when he arrives at his new job he rubs his superiors, Lt. Hauk (Bruno Kirby) and Sgt. Dickerson (J.T. Walsh), the wrong way. However, he is a hit with the audiences who eat up his comedic patter and Brigadier General Taylor (Noble Willingham) is also a fan so he stays on the air. His love life
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New Release: Good Morning, Vietnam Blu-ray

Release Date: Jan. 17, 2012

Price: Blu-ray $20.00, standard-definition digital download $14.99, high-definition digital download $20.00

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

The high-definition debut of Good Morning, Vietnam is timed to the comedy movie’s 25th birthday.

The 1987 film earned Robin Williams (Old Dogs) an Oscar nomination for his role as an unorthodox deejay who is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station during the war. His humor makes him popular with the troops, to the chagrin of middle management, but soon his job is affected by the realities of the war around him.

Directed by Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack), the movie also stars Forest Whitaker (Platoon), Bruno Kirby (Donnie Brasco) and J.T. Walsh (Pleasantville).

The other star in the drama-infused film is, of course, the soundtrack, including the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” to name a few.
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Is 'Green Lantern' co-star Peter Sarsgaard Hollywood's go-to creepy actor?

Is 'Green Lantern' co-star Peter Sarsgaard Hollywood's go-to creepy actor?
Some actors are just creepy. Check that — some actors are brilliant at playing creepy. Take Peter Sarsgaard, who plays the big-brained villain in Green Lantern. He’s built an impressive resume of delicious villains and shady characters in films like Boys Don’t Cry, Flightplan, An Education, and Knight and Day. Even when he’s playing good, like in Garden State, there’s still an element of danger lurking just beneath the surface.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, though, Sarsgaard argued that his being typecast as a villain is as much a reflection of his “rank” in the business
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‘Breakdown’ Limited Edition Set released

La-La Land Records has released a new limited edition of the soundtrack for the 1997 thriller Breakdown. The film’s music by Basil Poledouris comes in 3-cd set. Disc One features the Final Revised Film Score, Disc Two contains the Alternate Early Film Score and Disc Three contains additional Alternates. Additional music is by Richard Marvin, Eric Colvin, Steve Forman and Judd Miller. The set is limited to 3000 copies and is available to order on La-La Land Records website. Also check out audio clips from the album on the page. Breakdown is directed by Jonathan Mostow (U-571, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Surrogates) and stars Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan and J.T. Walsh.

Here’s the track list of the 3-cd set:

Disc One: (Final Revised Film Score)

1 Main Titles 2:54

2 Gas Station / Leaving Belle’s 2:05

3 Earl’s Truck By / Photos / No Help 4:13

4 Route 7-North 7:44

Composed by Richard Marvin
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The 100 Greatest Movie Threats, in video form: 'Full Metal Jacket,' Joe Pesci, Quentin Tarantino, and more!

The 100 Greatest Movie Threats, in video form: 'Full Metal Jacket,' Joe Pesci, Quentin Tarantino, and more!
Harry Hanrahan — the man who brought you the 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time — has just released a new video on YouTube which will be pure candy for fans of cinematic badassery: The 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time. Some of the threats are said with a smile: Witness Schwarzenegger in Commando, telling an evil henchman, “You’re a funny guy, Sully. I like you. That’s why I’m going to kill you last.” Some of them are hilariously ornate, like J.T. Walsh in Good Morning Vietnam saying, “I’ll burn you so bad, you’ll wish you died as a child.
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Top 5 Woody Allen Movies

Woody Allen is one of the most prolific writer directors working today. Having made over fifty movies in his time, he remains a staple of contemporary cinema. With last weeks release of You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, now seems an appropriate time to shuffle down memory lane to relive his finest moments.

5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

This low-key effort depicts the romantic entanglements of two best friends (Rebecca Hall and Scarlet Johansson) and a bohemian Spanish artist (Javier Bardem). Allen’s direction perfectly captures the beauty of Barcelona, using its unique artistic look to bring colour and shape to the film. But the heart of the movie lies in its dissection of love, romance, and relationships. It seeks to investigate the nature of happiness, normalcy, and whether the most romantic love is that which is unfulfilled.

The performances are strong throughout, particularly from Bardem, and Penelope Cruz even nabbed
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