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What The Running Man teaches us about 2017

Ryan Lambie Oct 26, 2017

Eighties action flick The Running Man was set in a dystopian version of the present. So what did the movie get right about 2017?

"By 2017, the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand. Television is controlled by the state and a sadistic game show called The Running Man has become the most popular program in history..."

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So reads the opening crawl of The Running Man, a Stephen King novel loosely adapted as a sci-fi action vehicle for brawny star Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987. If you've been loitering around Twitter, you may be familiar with its angular white typeface set against a blood red background, as users have screencapped and shared
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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time

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Worst Stephen King Movies of All Time
Two months after The Dark Tower stunk up the multiplex, It came along and reminded all of us that it's possible to adapt a Stephen King story in a way that can be embraced by audiences and critics, to the tune of new box-office records, even. There are quite a few good films as you can see in our best Stephen King movies list. But while that may be true, there are probably more that just haven't hit the mark.

It's almost hard to blame Hollywood for getting it wrong so often, simply because there have been so many attempts at adaptations from wildly diverse source material, tackled by filmmakers with wide ranging levels of talent. Stanley Kubrick, Frank Darabont, Brian De Palma. There have been some real heavy hitters who have smartly adapted the work of our favorite Maine based ultra prolific author. But for every Stand By Me,
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Josh Duhamel, James Franco Turn Death Into Entertainment in 'The Show' Trailer

Josh Duhamel, James Franco Turn Death Into Entertainment in 'The Show' Trailer
In The Show, a thriller directed by Giancarlo Esposito (of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame), Josh Duhamel plays Adam Rogers, a reality show host who finds himself in an unusual situation.

Rogers is a Chris Harrison-like figure who hosts a dating show that ends in an attempted murder, wherein the runner-up tries to shoot and kill the winner.

As a result of Rogers' quick thinking, he is heralded as a "national hero" (here, James Franco plays an excitable morning show host who heaps praise on Rogers), and
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Running Man

Rebecca Lea Jun 26, 2017

Our lookback through the screen adaptations of Stephen King brings us to Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Running Man...

The film: In the totalitarian dystopia of 2017, Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finds himself wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Recaptured after an escape attempt, he’s placed into a television gameshow called The Running Man, in which prison convicts attempt to stay alive in the Game Zone in order to achieve prizes such as a suspended sentence or even a pardon. However, Richards has links to the Resistance and they’re on hand to assist with his game-changing TV appearance.

To say that The Running Man is a loose adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, is something of an understatement. Stephen E. de Souza takes a hacksaw to the original everyman Ben Richards, an unemployed family man desperate
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Legends and Groundbreakers Honoree Louie Anderson Reflects on His Long Comedy Career

Legends and Groundbreakers Honoree Louie Anderson Reflects on His Long Comedy Career
Louie Anderson got his start in comedy on a dare.

As a young man in Minnesota in the late 1970s, Anderson went to a comedy club with some friends. He wasn’t impressed.

“It was my fault because I said the comedians who were up there weren’t very funny,” he recalls. “That backfired on me. People said, ‘Why don’t you go up there?’ I said, ‘Ok, I will.’”

Within a week Anderson was performing on open mic night.

“I remember I wrote these jokes all week and I’d ask people if they thought they were funny,” Anderson says. “They were mostly about being a fat kid growing up. I was terrible with the mic technique, I was way too close.”

But almost instantly, Anderson, who is being honored by Variety as part of their “Legends and Groundbreakers” series at the Just for Laughs fest, started getting attention. A
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25 years ago today: ‘Boyz n the Hood’ opened in theaters

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25 years ago today: ‘Boyz n the Hood’ opened in theaters
Boyz n the Hood was a history-maker. It made John Singleton the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar and the first African-American honored in the category. If those celebrating that landmark had gotten a peek into America 25 years after Boyz n the Hood’s release, they’d probably be rather disappointed — probably some mix of horrified and furious too. As Black Lives Matter protests make headlines following the deaths of Philander Castile and Alton Sterling, and as the Academy recovers from a season marked by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite (though, on the other hand, Broadway got #TonysSoBlack trending), today marks a quarter century since Boyz n the Hood opened in theaters. Though the 1992 Oscar nominations announcement came with the notable milestone for Singleton, the release of the movie in July 1991 was marked by tragedy: Despite the film’s concluding words, “Increase the Peace,” the movie’s opening weekend
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Match Game vs. $100,000 Pyramid: Which ABC Reboot Is Most Faithful?

Match Game vs. $100,000 Pyramid: Which ABC Reboot Is Most Faithful?
With this Sunday’s simultaneous launch of $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game, ABC has upped its retro game show reboot roster to a full four shows, if one lumps in (Celebrity) Family Feud with the recently premiered To Tell the Truth.

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Celebrity Family Feud is now in its second season (and the “civilian” flavor has been in and out of syndicated TV), so there’s nothing much to discuss on that front — save for Kelli Pickler seemingly thinking the final round poses essay questions. To Tell the Truth meanwhile revived an oldie but goodie,
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Alec Baldwin-Hosted ‘Match Game’ to Cap ABC’s Sunday Summer Gameshow Lineup

Alec Baldwin-Hosted ‘Match Game’ to Cap ABC’s Sunday Summer Gameshow Lineup
ABC is betting big on gameshows this summer, on Thursday adding a revival of “The Match Game” hosted by Alec Baldwin to its slate.

Sundays in particular will be heavy on classic game reboots, with the network creatings what it’s calling a “Sunday Fun & Games Block.” Following encores of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC’s Sunday lineup starting June 26 will feature the Steve Harvey-hosted “Celebrity Family Feud” at 8 p.m., the Michael Strahan-fronted “$100,000 Pyramid” at 9 and now “Match Game” at 10.

Match Game,” produced by FremantleMedia North America, is a panel gameshow that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. It will be executive produced by Alec Baldwin and Fmna’s Jennifer Mullin. ABC ordered 10 hourlong installments.

“I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the chance to host a summer series of the legendary ‘Match Game,
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One of the Best Family Feud Fails in the History of Everything

If you’ve ever watched Family Feud I’m sure you know the kinds of blunders families have had over the years. From sexual undertones to answers that simply boggle the mind, the show has had it’s fair share of memorable moments. But that’s the whole point right? The pressure of time makes a human being answer questions in a way that they’re not used to thus making some of the things that roll off their tongues quite funny. Since the show’s inception we’ve seen the likes of Richard Dawson harass the women, Louie Anderson be loud and annoying, that Ray guy

One of the Best Family Feud Fails in the History of Everything
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This is the most insane 'Family Feud' response ever.

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This is the most insane 'Family Feud' response ever.
Steve Harvey's outrageous, massively popular "Family Feud" always threatens to outdo itself with shocking contestant responses. Today the ghost of Richard Dawson jolted in his grave, because this is the #1 most ridiculous answer I've ever seen. The question: What's the last thing you stuck your finger in? The response: Hair-raising. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); What’s the last thing You stuck your finger in? #FamilyFeud #FeudHighlight #SteveHarvey Posted by Family Feud on Friday, September 18, 2015 And there you have it. Survey says, "Good lord."
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DVD Review – Munster, Go Home! (1966)

Munster, Go Home!, 1966.

Directed by Earl Bellamy.

Starring Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, Debbie Watson, John Carradine, Richard Dawson, Terry-Thomas, Jeanne Arnold and Hermione Gingold.


Herman Munster inherits the title of Lord Munster and the estate of his English uncle so the family visit England but their presence isn’t welcomed by their dastardly English relatives.

TV shows very rarely make for good movies, with only a few notable exceptions such as Batman making the transition successfully. And Batman is an apt example as it was the full colour adventures of the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder that put an end to the creaky black-and-white escapades of The Munsters TV show back in 1966 after two series. As a result, The Munsters got their own movie and for the first time they were shown in Technicolor.

In this big screen adventure, Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) receives
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Ratings: ABC’s ‘Celebrity Family Feud,’ ‘Battlebots’ Score in Debuts

Ratings: ABC’s ‘Celebrity Family Feud,’ ‘Battlebots’ Score in Debuts
ABC effectively used promotion during its highly rated NBA Finals to launch two series with pre-branded recognition — “Celebrity Family Feud” and “Battlebots” — to winning numbers on Sunday, a night that also saw Fox fare well with its final-round coverage of golf’s U.S. Open.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.8 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) was followed on ABC by the premiere of the Steve Harvey-hosted “Celebrity Family Feud” (2.4/10 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), which garnered the night’s top demo score and outperformed the last 13 episodes of “Once Upon a Time” to air on the network in the Sunday-at-8 timeslot during the regular season. It also more than doubled the season premiere of “Wipeout” in the hour a year ago (1.0 in 18-49).

Though technically not a series premiere, “Feud” — a spinoff of the popular daytime
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Catch-up TV guide: from All Shook Up to British Muslim Comedy

Marc Riley’s live and leftfield three-part music series and a new series of comedy shorts celebrating Muslim culture are both available on the iPlayer

It’s probably fair to call the BBC’s commitment to leftfield music sporadic at best these days. But curios such as this Mark Riley-fronted show are surely the kind of thing that the iPlayer was invented for. The format is proudly basic – simply three bands playing live, in a room. Accordingly it stands or falls on the quality of the musical guests. Happily, we’re in good hands on that score; recent episodes feature, among others, the fragile electronic psychedelia of Jane Weaver, the folk manglings of Richard Dawson and avant-indie greats Wire. Later…With Jools Holland for Quietus readers, anyone?

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StreamFix: Movie classics on Netflix written by women over 40

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StreamFix: Movie classics on Netflix written by women over 40
Meryl Streep, who is officially a genius angel sent from a better dimension, is funding a screenwriting lab for women over 40. The initiative aims to create opportunities for that contingent, and it'll be run by New York Women in Film and Television and Iris, a collective of women filmmakers. Because this idea is so brilliant, we'll toast a bunch of 40+-year-old female screenwriters whose works are available on Netflix now. The Kids are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko) Aside from the fact that "The Kids are All Right" feels like a prime James L. Brooks feature, the 2010 family drama gives you a myriad of irresistible moments and performances. Annette Bening is biting and funny as an alcoholic lesbian mother; Julianne Moore is harried and loving as her conflicted wife. Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson add perfectly pitched dramedy with their sincere roles. You want to hug this movie, but
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Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Running Man Screens at Schlafly Dec. 3rd – ‘Strange Brew’

“Uplink underground, uplink underground. If you say that one more time, I’ll uplink your ass, and you’ll be underground!”

The Running Man screens Wednesday night December 3rd at Schlafly Bottleworks at 8pm

You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew cult film series. It’s always the first Wednesday evening of every month, and they always come up with some cult classic to show while enjoying some good food and great suds. The fun happens at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143).

In the 1987 sci-fi spandex and cheese-fest The Running Man, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Ben Richards Aka ‘The Butcher of Baker’s Field Massacre’, who becomes a contestant on the reality TV show (hosted by The Family Feud’s Richard Dawson!) “The Running Man” where various criminals play a game in which the prize is
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The Running Man Sequel Might Be In The Works

Arnold Schwarzenegger has come back in a big way. Following his pretty successful time as the Governator…I mean, the Governor of California, Arnie stepped back onto the big screen in bit parts and leading roles alike, doing everything from stints with The Expendables to ludicrously enjoyable outings as badass sheriffs and convicted criminals. But Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to remain true to his roots, as he steps back into his iconic T-800 part in Terminator: Genisys and prepares for the possibility of both a Twins and Conan return. Now, we can add The Running Man to list of iconic Arnie remakes/sequels that the action star has on the dock.

Speaking at a Q&A in England recently, Schwarzenegger let drop the idea that there might be a The Running Man sequel in the works. Here’s what he said (via /Film):

It’s an honor to be
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Arnold Schwarzenegger May Return for 'Running Man 2'

Arnold Schwarzenegger May Return for 'Running Man 2'
Since his return to acting, Arnold Schwarzenegger has split his time equally between starring in a handful of original action movies and planning sequels to some of his biggest hits. With Terminator Genisys the first sequel to officially be wrapped, awaiting its release next summer, the legendary muscle man may be turning his attention to another long-awaited follow-up, a sequel to The Running Man.

During a Q&A in England over the weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger hinted that a Running Man 2 may very well be happening sometime in the near future. He told the crowd in attendance:

"It's an honor to be asked back after all these years, back to the franchise. This is really wild... They're doing a Twins sequel, to be called 'Triplets' I've read the first draft. There's rumblings of a new 'Running Man' movie, so it's a great honor to be asked back... [Getting in shape for these sequels] comes back to bodybuilding,
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How I Met Your Mother Starts Tying Up Season 1′s Loose Ends

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I’m sure there are going to be those who are just sick and tired of How I Met Your Mother at this point. Heck, I’m not even sure –­ I know. How could you not be? You’ve been waiting near on nine years for the answer to the question: How did Ted meet his future bride? I can always hear long, exaggerated groans in regards to this, the final season’s elongated form of storytelling. Stretching out a single weekend into 24 episodes was never going to please everybody, but there’s a point to it all. A lot can happen in a weekend and Himym needs every minute to build to its long-planned (we hope) conclusion. Unlike every other season that preceded it, there are a crapton of moving pieces in Season 9, easily making it the most intricate and well thought out season to date. That doesn’t
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How I Met Your Mother, Ep. 9.13 “Unpause” delivers the season’s best episode

How I Met Your Mother Season 9, Episode 12 “Unpause”

Written by Chris Harris

Directed by Pamela Fryman

Airs Monday nights at 8pm Et on CBS

If there’s one thing How I Met Your Mother‘s always been consistent with over the years, it’s the idea of hope. Knowing from episode one that Ted Mosby would have his happy ending frames the entire show as a love story, a reflection on the many mistakes, coincidences, and bad decisions at 2am that provide us the opportunities to grow into better versions of ourselves. A person’s luck can always change, for better or worse – and even though Ted’s mother still insists that nothing good ever happens in the darkest hours of the night, the opening and closing scenes to “Unpause” are a reminder of what makes Himym‘s story so endearing: all it takes is one night, one experience, one
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Happy 40th Anniversary To “Match Game”! Who’s The Greatest Panelist Of All?

Dumb Dora was so dumb that she didn’t realize this week marks the 40th anniversary of Match Game‘s ’70s incarnation. That’s right: The game show that brought you Gene Rayburn’s Neanderthal posture, that funky think music, and the exploits of Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson and many more is 40 years old. It’s an irreplaceable treasure. There is no show like it, and I’m including other celebrity-dappled games like Hollywood Squares and Tattletales in that estimation.

Let’s celebrate with an old-fashioned countdown: the 10 best celebrities in Match Game

10. Gary Burghoff

Always the most cherished understudy in the ever-important Top Right chair, Burghoff was pleasant and game without being histrionic. Always on my Radar.

9. Elaine Joyce

Once and for all, the only Bottom Left-seated celebrity who could be both the ditzy blonde and a self-aware, naughty player too. She married Neil Simon, guys.
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