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Blu-ray Review: The ‘Burbs (Collector’s Edition)

When it comes to the movies that get replayed frequently in my house, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs is easily amongst the top five on that list. A darkly comedic send-up of suburban horror and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, similar to many other great films of its time, The ‘Burbs was vastly overlooked during its release, only to find vindication in the decades that followed, as fans have continually caught up with its brilliant hilarity. Shout Factory recently put together a gorgeous Collector’s Edition for The ‘Burbs and while I’m grateful for how wonderful it looks, I must say the real treat here for longtime fans is the workprint version of the film, which is endlessly fascinating for those of us who know the theatrical version inside and out. And that’s what I’m going to be digging into for most of this review just because
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Matt Damon, Julianne Moore And Oscar Isaac Star In Suburbicon Trailer

In February of 1989 a fantastic gem from director Joe Dante was released into theaters called The Burbs.

Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun starred in what has become a Saturday night, cult classic where suburbanites at the end of a culdesac in Everywhere, U.S.A. went a little nuts when they began suspecting their neighbors of nefarious activities.

“Remember what you were saying about people in the ‘burbs, Art, people like Skip, people who mow their lawn for the 800th time, and then Snap? Well, That’S Us. It’S Not Them, That’S Us. We’Re the ones who are vaulting over the fences, and peeking in through people’s windows. We’re the ones who are Throwing Garbage In The Street, And Lighting Fires. We’Re The Ones Who Are Acting Suspicious And Paranoid, Art. We’Re The Lunatics. Us. It’S Not Them. It’s us.
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Rick Ducommun, ‘The ‘Burbs’ Actor, Dies At 62

Rick Ducommun, the Canadian actor and comedian best known for his role in The ‘Burbs, died earlier this month. He was 62. Rick Ducommun Dies Ducommun’s brother Pete Ducommun confirmed his death Thursday, reported People magazine. According to his brother, Ducommun died June 12 at a Vancouver hospital from complications due to diabetes. Ducommun got […]

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The 'Burbs actor Rick Ducommun dies, aged 62

The 'Burbs actor Rick Ducommun dies, aged 62
Actor Rick Ducommun has died at the age of 62.

The Canadian comedian was best known for playing Tom Hanks's friend and neighbour in the 1989 comedy The 'Burbs.

His brother Peter Ducommun said that he died on June 12 at a Vancouver hospital from complications due to diabetes.

Following his role of Art Weingartner in The 'Burbs, Ducommun continued his stand-up comedy career and appeared in several films.

His other roles included Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, Groundhog Day and Scary Movie.

"He was funny, talented and creative," said Peter Ducommun. "I think what people admired most was his stand-up.

"He was a comedian's comedian. Anyone who had the opportunity to see him live, loved his material."
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Rick Ducommun Dies; The 'Burbs and Groundhog Day Actor Was 62

Rick Ducommun Dies; The 'Burbs and Groundhog Day Actor Was 62
Rick Ducommun, an actor best known for his roles in 1989's The 'Burbs and 1993's Groundhog Day, has died. He was 62. Ducommun's wife confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he passed away June 12 at a hospice in Vancouver surrounded by family and friends; per Ducommun's widow, the actor's death was due to a "serious complication from diabetes." Joe Dante, who directed Ducommun in The 'Burbs, tweeted about the star's passing on Wednesday, writing simply, "Rip Rick Ducommun." He also shared a fond memory of his audition for The 'Burbs, tweeting, "Relatively unknown standup comic Rick Ducommon beat out Sctv's Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis for the part of...
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Rick Ducommun, ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ Actor, Dies at 62

Rick Ducommun, ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ Actor, Dies at 62
Rick Ducommun, a Canadian actor who appeared in many popular comedies in the ’80s and ’90s, has died. He was 62.

Joe Dante, who directed Ducommun in “The 'Burbs” and also helmed such works as “Gremlins” and “Small Soldiers,” broke the news on Twitter late on Wednesday.

Rip Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU

Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015

Ducommun’s Twitter also posted the news.

1989’s “The ‘Burbs” was one of Ducommun’s most notable appearances, playing Tom Hanks’ noisy, paranoid neighbor. The comedian also had small roles in “Groundhog Day,” “Little Monsters,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Last Action Hero” and “Scary Movie,” in which he played Anna Faris’ character’s father.

Dante posted several tweets honoring the late actor, noting that Ducommun, a relatively unknown stand-up comic at the time, beat out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to take the memorable role in “The ‘Burbs,
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Rick Ducommun, Star of ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Dead at 62

Rick Ducommun, Star of ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Dead at 62
Canadian actor and comedian Rick Ducommun has died at age 62, according to multiple media reports as well as director Joe Dante, who announced the sad news on Twitter. Ducommun died on June 12 in Vancouver, where he was surrounded by family. Ducommun starred alongside Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern in Dante’s black comedy “The ‘Burbs,” in which he played a motor-mouthed suburbanite who suspects his neighbor is a murderer. He also worked with Dante on “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” Also Read: Christopher Lee, 'Count Dracula' and 'Lord of the Rings' Star, Dead at 93 Ducommun co-starred alongside Bill Murray in “Groundhog.
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Rick Ducommun Dead: Groundhog Day, The 'Burbs Actor Dies at 62

Rick Ducommun Dead: Groundhog Day, The 'Burbs Actor Dies at 62
Rick Ducommun has died at 62, the Hollywood Reporter confirms. The actor passed away in hospice in Vancouver, Canada, on Friday, June 12. According to his wife, Leslie Ducommun, he had a "serious complication from diabetes." Ducommun began his acting career in the early '80s, and often did stand-up. Back in 1989, he showed off an impressive 200-pound weight loss, going from 426 to 216 pounds. The native of Prince Albert, Canada is perhaps best known for playing Art Weingartner opposite Tom Hanks in the 1989 comedy The [...]
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Rick Ducommun, Star of 'The 'Burbs' and 'Die Hard,' Dies at 62

Canadian character actor Rick Ducommun, who starred in a wide range of beloved films throughout the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 62.

Ducommun had his breakout role in 1989's "The 'Burbs" opposite Tom Hanks, and director Joe Dante tweeted out his condolences on Thursday. Dante said that the late actor was a virtually unknown stand-up comic when he auditioned for the dark comedy, but "knocked it out of the park," beating out more established stars like Rick Moranis for the part.

"Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad libbed," Dante wrote, adding that Ducommun was "A very funny guy" who was "Too young to go."

In addition to that cult classic, Ducommun also had small roles in many movies including "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (another collaboration with Dante), Bill Murray classic "Groundhog Day," "Die Hard," "Little Monsters," "The Hunt for Red October," "The Last Boy Scout,
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Rick Ducommun, Nosy Next-Door Neighbor in 'The 'Burbs,' Dies at 62

Rick Ducommun, Nosy Next-Door Neighbor in 'The 'Burbs,' Dies at 62
Rick Ducommun, the comic character actor best known for playing Tom Hanks’ prankster neighbor Art Weingartner in Joe Dante’s The ’Burbs, died June 12 in a Vancouver hospice surrounded by family. He was 62. Ducommun, who also was memorable in small roles in such films as Die Hard (1988), Groundhog Day (1993) and Scary Movie (2000), died due to a "serious complication from diabetes," his wife, Leslie Ducommun, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Then a relatively unknown stand-up comic, Ducommun beat out Sctv stars Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to land the part of Ray Peterson’s (Hanks) nosy

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Joe Dante Retrospective Hits Hollywood’s Egyptian Theaters; Sneak Peek of Burying The Ex Included!

Bringing fans quite the Joe Dante experience, the Los Angeles-based American Cinematheque is gearing up to give fans a pretty extensive retrospective of the legendary filmmaker, including a special sneak preview of Dante’s brand new film, Burying The Ex.

All playing at Hollywood’s Egyptian theater, the following Joe Dante classics will be playing for four days straight, including quite a few surprises.

Wed, June 10th, 2105- Gremlins/Gremlins II @ 7:30Pm.

A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the “mogwai” but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

With Director Dante appearing
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller,
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'Tangled' & 'Groundhog Day' Musicals Planned for the Stage

'Tangled' & 'Groundhog Day' Musicals Planned for the Stage
Two wildly different movies will be getting stage musical adaptations in the near future, with a Broadway version of the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day being developed, while Disney Parks is making a Tangled musical for their Disney Cruise Lines. The Groundhog Day musical is being developed by composer-lyricist Tim Minchin, director Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling and set and costume designer Rob Howell, the team behind the current Broadway adaptation of the 1996 movie Matilda. They will all collaborate on the play's book with Danny Rubin, who came up with the original Groundhog Day story and co-wrote the screenplay with director Harold Ramis.

Scott Rudin will produce the play with Andre Ptaszysnki's Whistle Pig Productions and Columbia Stage Live. The original movie centered on a weatherman (Bill Murray) who is assigned to cover the Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where he gets caught in a time loop and is
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Blu-ray Review – The ‘Burbs (1989)

The ‘Burbs, 1989

Directed by Joe Dante

Starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Duconnun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, Henry Gibson, Brother Theodore, Courney Gains and Dick Miller

Synopsis:

An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.

In the original series of The Twilight Zone, there is an episode entitled The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street in which a suburban street comes under the influence of a group of aliens who slowly turn the residents against each other as they fear their neighbour is not to be trusted. Director Joe Dante has stated that he was influenced by Rod Serling’s seminal sci-fi show (and he re-worked the classic episode It’s a Good Life for Twilight Zone: The Movie) and some of that is on show in under-appreciated comedy The ‘Burbs.
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The 'Burbs and Joe Dante's gleeful suburban chaos

Through his films such as The 'Burbs and Gremlins, director Joe Dante made mischief in American suburbia, Ryan writes...

Mayfield Place is the perfect 80s suburbia. There are painted houses fringed by lush green lawns cut to just the right length, separated by a wide grey road. There are white picket fences. The neighbours are out, tending to their gardens beneath a pristine blue sky.

Thirty-something resident Ray Peterson stands in his front yard, surveys the scene, and sees that it is good.

Except this is a Joe Dante film, and things are never good for long in a Joe Dante film.

Queenie, the little white dog belonging to the old guy across the road, has just left a spire of brown poop on Mark Rumsfield's lawn. Mark, a Vietnam vet and patriot, is running around in his camo shorts, threatening to eviscerate Walter's dog. Elsewhere, Ray's schlubby neighbour Art
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‘The ‘Burbs’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Henry Gibson, Rick Ducommun, Wendy Schaal, Brother Theodore, Courtney Gains, Gale Gordon, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, Cory Danziger | Written by Dana Olsen | Directed by Joe Dante

Written by Dana Olsen (Going Berserk) and directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling), The ‘Burbs is a comedy-horror hybrid that, for me, was a staple film of my childhood, a movie I was probably too young to be watching, yet couldn’t get enough of. I was very excited to hear that Arrow, a company I am a fan of, were bringing out The ‘Burbs on Blu-ray, for the first time in the UK, with a director’s cut, and a smorgasbord of extras.

A stellar cast, featuring heavyweight acting talent like Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson, this is a beautifully dark, hilarious and addictive film that deals with themes like cannibalism,
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Watch: ‘The Burbs’ Is 25: Celebrate With An Alternate Ending!

Sometimes it seems like the ’80s really were the heyday of cinematic comedy with classics such as The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Weird Science and Big.

Well if you’re feeling a trifle nostalgic you might be interested to know that it’s the 25th anniversary of cult black comedy The Burbs. Joe Dante’s offbeat movie follows life on an apparently quiet street in American suburbia. Ray (Tom Hanks) and Art (Rick Ducommun) become convinced their new neighbours, the Klopeks, are murderers, and start spying on the strange goings on to prove their theory right. An extreme case of suburban paranoia or the literal neighbours from hell? It could go either way. With a script by Dana Olsen, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson also star.

Joe Dante was a bastion of ’80s cult cinematic gold, bringing us Innerspace, Explorers and Gremlins (plus its 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch
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A Two Coreys Halloween: The Essential Horror Movies of Haim and Feldman

A Two Coreys Halloween: The Essential Horror Movies of Haim and Feldman
A Two Coreys Halloween: The Essential Horror Movies of Haim and Feldman

On October 29, just two days before Halloween, St. Martin's Press will release the long-awaited Corey Feldman biography Coreyography: A Memoir. It is a must-read for any fan, as it delves deep into the trials and tribulations of this actor's young life in Hollywood. Some of it is funny, some of it is heartbreaking and a great big portion of it is truly scary.

In the book, Feldman talks in great length about his best friend Corey Haim. In the coming weeks, you'll hear a lot about what happened to the two teenagers behind closed doors, and a lot of it's not that pleasant. Instead of dwelling on that in our own review, we'd rather look at the work Haim and Corey Feldman have left behind. Specifically, in honor of the season, their horror movies. The pair met on
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Scary **** That Happens in the 'Burbs: 9 Instances of Suburban Movie Terror

Did you know that if you live in the suburbs, you're approximately seven times more likely to be menaced by aliens (a la "Dark Skies") or stabbed by a neighbor than you would be if you lived in a major city? It's true! Just ask a Hollywood producer, who, when a writer pitches an idea related to anything creepy, will inevitably counter with, "Yes, and let's make sure we set it in the suburbs! All scary s**t happens in the suburbs!"

It does indeed, oh Hollywood producer person.

Here are nine flicks that slam home that point in all of our faces.

"Arlington Road," (1999)

It's not often that your new neighbor is a domestic terrorist - unless you live in the suburbs, of course. In "Arlington Road," widower Jeff Bridges suspects that neighbor Tim Robbins wants to blow everything up for fun. To add to Bridges's suspicions ("Bridges's Suspicions
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Link Riot: The Best Men on a Mission Movies

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

• This looks like a job for the boys. [Moviefone]

• Is it us or does Emma Stone in "Gangster Squad" kind of resemble Jessica Rabbit? It's us, right? [Vulture]

• 10 Comic Book Movies You May Have Missed. Though you've seen the David Hasselhoff "Nick Fury" movie, right? [ScreenCrush]

• See This Not That: "The 'burbs" vs. "The House at the End of the Street." Jennifer Lawrence stands no chance against Rick Ducommun (who?). [Film.com]

• Read the letter with which Daniel Day-Lewis turned down "Lincoln." Spielberg obviously had none of it. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• The 5 worst Golden Globes looks of all time. Oh, Helena Bonham Carter. [Yahoo! Movies]

Ryan Gosling reveals how his "Gangster Squad" character was inspired by Bugs Bunny. [Celebuzz]

• Watch James Franco impersonate Justin Bieber with Ashley Benson as Selena Gomez in this "Boyfriend" parody video. Hey, apparently it had to be done. [Hollywire]

• Someone's about
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