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Die Hard on a Budget

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at some low budget Die Hard clones…

It may not have been the first of its kind, but when Die Hard came out, from the moment Bruce Willis entered the Nakatomi plaza, a new sub-genre all of its own was launched – ‘The Die Hard movie’. None have compared, whether it was the sequels to the original, or big budget escapades like Under Siege (Dh on a boat), The Rock (on Alcatraz), Executive Decision, Passenger 57 and Airforce One (Dh on Planes), Sudden Death (at an ice hockey stadium) or Skyscraper (Dh…back in a Skycraper…) to name a few.

There have been innumerable big screen riffs. At the same time, through the video era up until now, many a B movie god, or even Sean Astin (IcebreakerDie Hard at a Ski resort against a villanous Bruce Campbell) have delved into McClane’s territory. Die Hard on a shoe-string.
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Looking Back at the ‘Fosse/Verdon’ Dancing Legends That Inspired FX Series

  • Variety
On April 9, FX debuts “Fosse/Verdon,” about two people who may not be household names, but are certainly in the Pantheon to those who love musicals.

In the Jan. 25, 1950, issue, Variety reviewer Hobe Morrison lamented the stage revue “Alive and Kicking,” but gave one of the few positive mentions to newcomer Gwen Verdon. (Among others in the cast: Carl Reiner.) Variety’s first story about Bob Fosse ran on July 24, 1952, when he signed as a performer with MGM. The two met in 1955, when she starred in Broadway’s “Damn Yankees,” which he choreographed. In the May 6, 1955, review, Morrison had problems with the show, but high praise for both of them. For the 1958 film, they reprised those duties and he also appeared in the “Who’s Got the Pain” mambo number.

The teaming of director-choreographer Fosse and star Verdon was unbeatable for years with such Broadway shows as “Redhead” (1960), “Sweet Charity” (1966) and
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us': All the Horror References We Found So Far (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Jordan Peele’s ‘Us': All the Horror References We Found So Far (Photos)
With the release of “Us,” Jordan Peele has cemented his status as the next can’t-miss horror filmmaker. He’s also proven himself to be quite the horror expert, as he’s sprinkled in the most references to fright flicks we’ve seen since “American Horror Story.” Here are some of the references and inspirations we caught. (Warning: Minor Spoilers!)

At the start of the film, we see a commercial for “Hands Across America” on an old Crt flanked by several VHS tapes. One of the tapes is for the movie “C.H.U.D.,” which stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. While the Tethered aren’t seen eating the bodies of those they kill, the parallel to monsters that live in the sewers turns out to be very appropriate.

The Crt intro is also used by another recently released horror film, “Climax,” which premiered in Cannes last year and is in theaters now.
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Toy Fair 2019: Funko’s New Jaws Pop! Vinyl Figures Include Hooper, Quint, Brody, and Two Versions of the Shark

  • DailyDead
With the Toy Fair underway once again in New York City, all kinds of new horror-themed collectibles are getting their time to shine in the spotlight, including Funko's new Jaws Pop! vinyl figures featuring Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), Quint (Robert Shaw), Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), and two versions of the great white shark.

From Funko: "Whatever you do, don’t go in the water! Celebrate the 1975 classic film that continues to terrify beachgoers 44 years later with Pop! Chief Brody, Pop! consulting oceanographer Matt Hooper, Pop! shark hunter Quint, 6" Pop! Jaws and 6" Pop! Jaws with a diving tank in his mouth."

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Today in Soap Opera History (February 10)

1998: As the World Turns' Jack and Carly grew closer.

2006: General Hospital's Tony Jones died.

2009: Guiding Light's Phillip rescued Coop from a burning car.

2011: Oprah reunited Susan Lucci with Erica Kane's husbands."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1897: Dame Judith Anderson was born. Anderson moved to New York from Australia in 1918 and was a hit on Broadway before moving to Hollywood to make films. In 1984 she joined the original cast of Santa Barbara as Minx Lockridge. She died in 1992 at age 94.

1966: On Another World,
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The trailer for FX’s steamy ‘Fosse/Verdon’ packs all that jazz and showbiz pizzazz

For someone who has done a fair share of jazz hands in my youth as a dance student, the most exciting moment of the slog that was the 76th edition of the Golden Globes wasn’t during the ceremony. It was the teaser trailer for FX’s limited series“Fosse/Verdon,” with Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell as choreographer and filmmaker Bob Fosse and Michelle Williams as his wife, muse and Broadway sensation Gwen Verdon. Lin-Manuel Miranda is an executive producer. Also involved is the couple’s daughter, Nicole Fosse, who is a co-executive producer and oversaw the project, including the use of her father’s original choreography.

If you have ever seen 1979’s nine-time Oscar nominated “All That Jazz,” the autobiographical film directed by Fosse and starring Roy Scheider, the clip above has a similar feel of sophistication, sensuality and snap — as it should. I would never guess that Rockwell,
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5 Horror Sequels With Surprisingly Famous Stars

Good news for fans of pint-sized horror – The Boy is getting a sequel. And surprisingly it stars Katie Holmes.

With all due respect to original lead Lauren Cohan, this is heavyweight casting. Cohan gave a strong performance and is world famous through The Walking Dead. But you’d kinda expect things to be the other way around for The Boy 2, right?

There must be something that drew Holmes to the follow-up – guess we’ll find out when it lands. In the meantime here are some other cases of big names who raised eyebrows appearing down the list of a fearsome franchise…

5. Michael Caine – Jaws The Revenge (1987)

Let’s start with one of the most famous pieces of casting in horror history. The great Roy Scheider starred in the first two Jaws movies (reluctantly in the case of the 2nd).

But for some reason, the franchise’s biggest name appeared in Part 4… Michael Caine!
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Are the days of the big name headliners disappearing?

Tom Jolliffe looks at whether the days of the superstar headliner are disappearing with audiences more drawn to franchises or film concepts than the stars attached…

You could say it started in Hollywood’s classic era. The movie star. The big name. They were in some ways manufactured, or at least their image was. Rock Hudson for example, a granite carved poster boy for masculinity, was hiding the fact he was gay (which was virtually sacrilege in those days). People would flock in masses to see particular stars in action, whether it was Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, James Cagney, or the female starlets of the age, Katherine Hepburn, or a little later an icon like Marilyn Monroe.

There was a lull when the appeal of that studio led golden age was disappearing, and to an extent, the stars with it. Studios were like football teams. They had a squad of talent signed,
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‘It Was Agony’: Ozzy Osbourne Explains Staph Infection That Derailed Tour

‘It Was Agony’: Ozzy Osbourne Explains Staph Infection That Derailed Tour
Ozzy Osbourne knew he had a problem when he saw that his right thumb had swollen to “the size of a fuckin’ lightbulb.” After a Salt Lake City gig earlier this month, he had trouble putting on a thumb ring he regularly wears. The digit got larger overnight until it was 10 times bigger than usual. “I freaked out,” he says. He showed it to his wife and manager, Sharon, and she took him to the emergency room, where he learned he’d contracted a potentially deadly staph infection. Ozzy subsequently
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Lionsgate announces 4K Ultra HD release of The Punisher starring Thomas Jane

Following hot on the heels of Punisher: War Zone, Lionsgate has announced the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack release of the 2004 Marvel action thriller The Punisher which stars Thomas Jane in the lead role as Frank Castle alongside John Travolta, Will Patton, Roy Scheider, Laura Harring, Ben Foster, and Rebecca Romijn. It goes on sale September 25th, priced at $22.99.; check out the cover artwork and special features details here…

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When his family is killed, FBI agent Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) vows vengeance and becomes “The Punisher” in this thrilling adaptation of the Marvel comic.

Audio Commentary with director Jonathan Hensleigh

Deleted Scene with optional director Commentary

“Introduction of Saints and Sinners Club”

“Livia Saint Insults Mickey Duka”

“Keepin’ It Real: The Punisher Stunts” Featurette

“Army of One: The Punisher Origins” Featurette

“War Journal: On the Set of The Punisher” Featurette

Music Video “Step Up
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The Short Lived Maestro of Second Fiddle: John Cazale

Tom Jolliffe looks back at the career of John Cazale

On the 12th of August, John Cazale would have been 83. Who is John Cazale? Well here’s the thing…A late bloomer in Hollywood, Cazale broke into cinema at the same time as a good friend of his: Al Pacino. Pacino, five years Cazale’s junior, was a fresh and young actor. By the time he starred in The Godfather, he was already establishing himself as a promising young actor.

Cazale would get noticed treading the boards in a play called Line. Producer Albert Ruddy subsequently gave Cazale his first big screen role, and his most iconic, as Fredo, one of the Corleone children. When people think back to those iconic moments in the first two films involving Fredo they recollect those exchanges with Michael Corleone (Pacino). How many people can name the actor playing Fredo though? This is one of the great cinematic tragedies.
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Second Opinion – The Meg (2018)

The Meg, 2018.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub.

Starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Shuya Cai, Masi Oka, and Cliff Curtis.

Synopsis:

After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

“Jason Statham fights a massive shark,” sounds like a punch line, or some unused plot point from a yet to be made Crank film. But it’s not, and we should be thankful for it. Welcome The Meg; Statham’s Jaws, if Roy Scheider got a facelift.

There was a time in the late nineties/early noughties when these shark films were all the rage. The LL Cool J-has-a-parrot-come-morality-tale Deep Blue Sea, Open Water, The Reef and a fist load more of couple find themselves stranded in the sea with a shark.
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‘Skyscraper’ Actor Chin Han Looks Back on His First Hollywood Film Role

  • Variety
‘Skyscraper’ Actor Chin Han Looks Back on His First Hollywood Film Role
Chin Han remembers the days when he had to hang up his costumes backstage at the end of a play, before his transition to Hollywood introduced him to costume designers and dressers. The thespian spent much of his early acting career in Singapore, performing in theatrical shows like Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” It wasn’t until a friend recommended him for a film role in the 1990s that he moved out to Los Angeles, launching a TV and film career that has spanned projects ranging from superhero blockbuster “The Dark Knight” to disaster pic “2012” and biomedical drama “Contagion.” In his latest role, he stars alongside Dwayne Johnson as architect Zhao Long Zhi in the CGI spectacle “Skyscraper,” which hit theaters July 13.

Chin Han received his first mention in Variety on Aug. 15, 1997, when production began on his first Hollywood film, “Blindness,” in which he played Daniel Hong.

What was the transition to Hollywood like?
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Where it was Made: Jaws (video)

  • JoBlo
Welcome to another episode of our web-series, Where It Was Made, in which we revisit the actual filming locations for some of the most popular films ever made and see how they're holding up today, all while examining just how these locations were used in the finished film. Our latest episode heads to Martha's Vineyard, from the streets to the beach, to dig into the terror that is Steven Spielberg's Jaws, starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw! See previous episodes of... Read More...
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‘Jaws 2’ Was Almost ‘Saving Private Ryan’ With Sharks (Podcast)

‘Jaws 2’ Was Almost ‘Saving Private Ryan’ With Sharks (Podcast)
The scariest moment in “Jaws” doesn’t include a shark on-screen. It comes when Quint describes Navy crewmen, survivors of the sunken USS Indianapolis, being eaten alive in a shark feeding frenzy in 1945. Steven Spielberg wanted “Jaws 2” to tell that true story: Think “Saving Private Ryan,” with sharks.

The “Jaws” sequel that might have been is one topic of discussion in our new “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you can listen to on Apple or right here:



Our guest for the episode is Mark Ramsey, host of the stunning “Inside Jaws” podcast. Besides recounting Spielberg’s journey as he directed “Jaws,” it also re-enacts some of the hellish shark attacks that inspired the film.

Also Read: 'Inside Jaws,' About Steven Spielberg's Rise, Lures Hollywood Interest (Podcast)

What makes Quint’s story so scary is its accuracy. Almost everything he says is based in fact.

It was July 30, 1945. The
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Jaws Turns 43! How the Making of Steven Spielberg's Classic Almost Ruined Him

Jaws Turns 43! How the Making of Steven Spielberg's Classic Almost Ruined Him
It’s been over four decades since the terrifying image of monstrous jaws emerging from a calm ocean left audiences reeling in theaters across the country.

Directed by the now legendary Steven Spielberg, Jaws’ spine-tingling premise, iconic score and startling performances turned it into the movie that launched the summer blockbuster in 1975.

Despite Jaws becoming a huge success, behind-the-scenes was rocky to say the least.

In fact, according to Wondery’s “Inside Jaws,” a gripping series of Apple podcasts detailing the filmmaking process, the film underwent so many hurdles, no one could have expected it would, to this day, hold
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‘The Meg’ International Trailer Gives You More Jason Statham Fighting Massive Shark Action

For all those wondering what “Jaws” would look like if it was made today with a crapload of CGI, “The Meg” is your answer.

What if the shark in “Jaws” was a lot bigger and instead of Roy Scheider, action star Jason Statham fights the monster? That’s the basic premise of the new film “The Meg,” coming out later this summer, and if I’m being honest, this might be my most anticipated film for the rest of the season, especially with the new international trailer that just hit.

Continue reading ‘The Meg’ International Trailer Gives You More Jason Statham Fighting Massive Shark Action at The Playlist.
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Review: “Mishima—A Life In Four Chapters” (1985; Directed by Paul Schrader) (The Criterion Collection)

  • CinemaRetro
“Death As Art”

By Raymond Benson

Note: I reviewed the Criterion Collection’s 2008 DVD release of this film here at Cinema Retro. The product has now been upgraded to Blu-ray by the company. Much of the following is excerpted and/or revised from the original review, while also addressing the new Blu-ray.

Paul Schrader has always opined that Mishima—A Life in Four Chapters is his best film as a director, and I must agree. Originally released in 1985 (and executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas), the film is a fascinating bio-pic about controversial Japanese author/actor Yukio Mishima. Schrader, a successful screenwriter who has also had an interesting hit-and-miss career as a director, co-wrote the film with his brother Leonard and filmed it in Japan with a Japanese cast and crew. Ironically, the film was banned in Japan upon its release due to the controversial nature of
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‘Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

Stars: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Junkichi Orimoto, Naoko Ôtani, Masato Aizawa, Gô Rijû | Written by Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader, Chieko Schrader | Directed by Paul Schrader

Lucasfilm isn’t just about lightsabers, high fantasy and hunky archaeologists, you know. Occasionally it has produced films like this one: Paul Schrader’s truly original biopic about the Japanese author Yukio Mishima (real name Kimitake Hiraoka), a right-wing artist who spearheaded the infamous “Mishima Incident” in 1970. Despite winning awards for production design, cinematography and music (Philip Glass’s theme is instantly recognisable) at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, the film has never been released in Japan.

“Words are insufficient,” Mishima (Ken Ogata) laments early on. He’s seeking a new form of expression. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a portrait of a frustrated artist, so it’s easy to see why Schrader – the man who wrote Taxi Driver over a fevered fortnight – would be attracted to the story.
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10 Jaws Facts You Never Knew

10 Jaws Facts You Never Knew
We're gonna need a bigger budget. Steven Spielberg's Jaws went on to invent the summer blockbuster, alongside Star Wars from his pal George Lucas, which arrived two years later. But Jaws began as a troubled production that went way over budget and made Spielberg fear for his job. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Jaws.

A shark by any other name.

Perhaps some of the best-known behind-the-scenes trivia from Jaws is the nickname the cast and crew gave to the 25-foot great white shark at the movie's center, which was played by three full-scale mechanical models. Bruce. Yes, Bruce. The nickname was a good-natured tribute to Spielberg's lawyer, Bruce Ramer, who has represented the filmmaker for decades. Clint Eastwood and Robert Zemeckis are also longtime clients. After numerous malfunctions resulted in repeated production delays, Spielberg devised another nickname for the shark, too: the Great White Turd.
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