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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Better Off Dead”

Better Off Dead might not get made today simply because the story revolves around a high school kid that thinks he’s got nothing left to live for when his girlfriend breaks up with him for the captain of the ski team. It’s safe to say that his depressive mood and suicide attempts would strike a very big nerve with audiences today and would fail to appeal to a lot of people that have become very sensitive to such subjects throughout recent years. It was a funny movie in its own time even if it wasn’t meant to be, but that

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences,
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Whatever Happened to the Cast of Better off Dead?

Sure, we all know where John Cusack is as his star rocketed to the top since Better off Dead. As Lane Myer, he was the guy you love to root for, especially when his girlfriend dumps him and he luckily fails miserably at killing himself. Since then he has starred in the futuristic thriller 2012, and The Raven and is active on Twitter, but what about the rest of the cast? Here is what happened to the cast after filming that classic dark comedy in 1985. Demian Slade As paperboy Johnny Gasparini he hunted down the Myer family for his

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Starting off the Day with Better Off Dead’s My Two Dollars

Better off Dead is far and away one of the most random and incredibly funny movies of the 80s. It came to us from Savage Steve Holland who also directed One Crazy Summer and How I got Into College. However I think most would agree that Better off Dead was his crowning achievement. The movie starred John Cusack but I think all the highlights went to guys like Curtis Armstrong who played Charles DeMar and characters like Ricky Fitts and the Asian Guy who talked like Howard Cosell (who also played the villain in Karate Kid II). It was just

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

Full disclosure: The Amityville Horror films do not make up my favorite franchise. And it has nothing to do with the central “haunted house” premise, but rather the execution of the series thus far, from the serviceable ground zero template, The Amityville Horror (1979) through the (as yet unseen) upcoming Amityville: The Awakening, with some stops in between at DTVville (not to mention the Ryan Reynolds remake; but I said not to mention, so not mention I shall). The name is so shopworn now that “Amityville” has become synonymous with “poopy”.

But, but, But…let’s rewind to a time when a follow up to the kind-of goofy James Brolin (and his glorious perm) starrer was actually anticipated. That film was a smash success at the box office, and the powers that be wanted to revisit the village of Amityville to see what other demons they could find in the basement.
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It’s Time for Another Savage Steve Holland Feature Film

If you’re an 80s kid like me you might remember a trio of movies that absolutely rocked. In 1985 we were treated to the classic “Better off Dead” starring John Cusak. In 1986 it was “One Crazy Summer” and then in 1989 we saw “How I Got into College.” These were all films that brought a kind of comedy we had not seen before. Combining the elements of animation and just sheer weirdness, director Savage Steve Holland created a type of movie that if anything, shocked us into laughing. The movies were just so random and yet so funny that

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Drew Barrymore & Timothy Olyphant Eat People In Bloody Full Red-Band Trailer For Netflix Series ‘Santa Clarita Diet’

Netflix got off to a pretty good start to 2017, a year that will see them debut an unprecedented number of original series for a streaming service, with the debut on Friday of “A Series Of Unfortunate Events.” But they’re just getting warmed up, and they just debuted a trailer for one of their big hopes for the coming months, “Santa Clarita Diet.”

The dark comedy from Victor Fresco (who was behind the cult favorite “Better Off Dead”) has turned heads as the first show in the peak TV era to star Drew Barrymore, who headlines alongside “Justified” actor Timothy Olyphant.

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Top 21 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies To Watch

As we head into the holiday season, Wamg brings you our list of the Best Non-Traditional Christmas Movies to watch after the Holiday ham, pretty presents, and multiple viewings of White Christmas, Home Alone and Miracle On 34th Street are a thing of Christmas Past.

Our choices are filled snarky mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy – Geek style. Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. films.

We’ve made a list and checked it twice with our lineup of not just the 20 Best holiday films but the Top 21 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies. After the success of Krampus, we just had to add it!

We kick off our list with our Honorable Mention –

Jingle All The Way

Christmas; It’s the most magical time of the year. High powered businessman Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is hard at work taking last-minute orders from customers to whom he just can
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Everybody Wants Some!! Review

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It’s interesting when comparing Richard Linklater’s latest to the frat/high-school/summer-camp comedies made at the time it is set. The likes of the Porky’s and Revenge of the Nerds trilogies along with Meatballs, Screwballs and Better off Dead, were part of an 80s sub-genre spawned from the success of Animal House, before being revived with the

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Who Wants to See a ‘One Crazy Summer’ Sequel?

Who Wants to See a ‘One Crazy Summer’ Sequel?
Between One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead, it’s almost impossible not to pick the latter as the more satisfying of the two Savage Steve Holland and John Cusack collaborations. The ’80s comedies have both aged well, though. Neither film was a hit at the box-office, but time has been kind to them. Now, Holland wants to revisit […]

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80s Movies Songs That Rule: “Arrested by You” by Rupert Hine from Better off Dead

With this new segment we’re going to examine some incredible 80s songs that most of us would probably be embarrassed to play in front of people but by ourselves we would totally rock out to. My stance is to never be embarrassed by any song that you like. If a song rules, then it rules, period. And this song? This song absolutely rules. You might remember it as the main ballad from the movie “Better off Dead,” an 80s comedy which starred John Cusack as a lonely, depressed guy just looking for love…and ways to kill himself. There’s just something

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Watch: 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Pays Homage to '80s Raunchy Comedies and the MTV Era

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Watch: 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Pays Homage to '80s Raunchy Comedies and the MTV Era
Read: Watch: 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Season 11 Trailers Introduce Charlie, the Paint-Drinking Lawyer The delinquents from Paddy's Pub are at it again, reveling in the garish excess of the '80s in this promotional clip for the new season. The decade of their childhood and adolescence is revisited with love and affection by the South Philly natives, complete with an over-enthusiastic narrator, a greedy ski resort owner and bikini-clad blonde bimbos. With noticeable nods to "Porky's," "Better Off Dead," and "Hot Dog...The Movie," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is keen on keeping themselves fresh by parodying the films and TV shows that the creators grew up loving. The fun doesn't seem like it will stop anytime soon, as series creator Rob McElhenney (who plays Mac on the show) has acknowledged the fact that he would likely keep the show going, noting that "the audiences is still there.
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Beyond Fest 2015 to Feature 35mm Screenings of The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II

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Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright will be on hand for a groovy 35mm double bill of The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II at this October's Beyond Fest, held in Los Angeles and presented by Shudder. Other screening highlights include the Kurt Russell-starring Bone TomahawkKaryn Kusama's The Invitation, the Henry Rollins-starring He Never Died, and much more.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - Thursday, September 3, 2015- Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the Us, is excited to announce its full slate of 2015 programming featuring 25 events of mind-bending, movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood's famed Egyptian Theatre for 11 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Thursday, October 1st - Monday, October 12th to generate funds for co-presenter, the nonprofit American Cinematheque.  

With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to present
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8 movie burgers to get your mouth watering for National Burger Day

8 movie burgers to get your mouth watering for National Burger Day
Start salivating. Prepare for meat sweats. Dab uselessly at that pesky blob of ketchup on your shirt. Yes, today marks National Burger Day, 24 hours in which to celebrate that magical combo of juicy meat pattie and toasted sliced bun.

Burgers have been gracing the silver screen for decades, from quotable Tarantino scenes to deadly weapons in Jim Carrey comedies. So let's serve up eight iconic burger scenes to watch with relish. Fries with that?

1. Pulp Fiction's Big Kahuna

The undisputed king of movie burger moments, Samuel L Jackson's Jules tucks into a Big Kahuna seconds before laying his vengeance upon a quivering Frank Whaley. See also: the Royale with Cheese scene and its painfully awkward homage in John Travolta's From Paris with Love.

2. American Beauty's Mr Smiley's

Kevin Spacey's Lester Burnham hits peak mid-life crisis when he takes a job behind the counter at Mr Smiley's in American Beauty.
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'Better Off Dead' Stars: Where Are They Now?

Somewhere out there, a paperboy is still looking for his "two dollars."

It's been three decades, but we're still chuckling at the absurdly surreal "Better Off Dead." When it opened 30 years ago (on August 23, 1985), the dark comedy about a lovelorn suicidal teen cemented John Cusack's newly-minted leading man status. It also introduced moviegoers to the warped sense of humor of director Savage Steve Holland.

Since then, Cusack has enjoyed a celebrated career, while his castmates have taken paths as twisted as the movie that made them famous. Here's what's become of the "Better Off Dead" players in the years since they brought us one-legged ski races, dancing hamburgers, and vengeful newsboys.
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Weekly Rushes. 5 August 2015

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Ace Hotel has several amazing photos by Stefanie Zoche and Sabine Haubitz of movie theatres in India. It sure makes us wish our neighborhood multiplex gave a damn about conjuring excitement for going out to the movies.We love Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Assassin, but it undoubtedly a difficult film to market. Most trailers have tried to pass of this contemplative drama as an action movie, but the above trailer gets the closest, so far, to the tone of the entire film.Speaking of trailers, we don't know what to say or think about the one for Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which seems to be combining the lean look of his great Pain & Gain with the "seriousness" of Pearl Harbor and his gross, overall
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Binge and Purge – A Full Review of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp

Manny Camacho reviews Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Normally I have my ‘Good, Bad, and Ugly’ breakdown in my reviews but I’m foregoing my normal process for this series. Because that would presume there is significant material for me to write to fill in the sections for ‘Good, Great…And Amazing’ – which there really is not. The only saving grace (if you want to say there is one) is Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd.

This series is so forceful in its attempt at humor I continually kept wondering if my own sense of humor had melted away–lost in time or if there was something inherently wrong with this show. In one example (early on) Molly Shannon had a strange dance routine (not really strange as she always break out into dance in her skits), ending it with what appeared to be the old Superstar dance move.
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Ten Best Performances of John Cusack’s career

Following up on yesterday’s article on Love & Mercy, which features one of the best John Cusack performances to date, I wanted to look at his whole career and list his all time best work. As such, a new top ten list is here for your reading pleasure. This one obviously looks at Cusack’s best so far, which sadly has yet to garner him an Academy Award nomination. Hopefully he’ll score with Oscar one day, but regardless, he remains an underrated actor in Hollywood. Take a look below, and be sure to check him out in Love & Mercy this weekend, which again is one of his top notch turns. Enjoy! Here now is a look at Cusack’s ten best performances so far: 10. The Raven – Not many people give Cusack credit for this one, but he does a much better job than you’d expect, considering the silly premise.
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Beyond Fright Review: Beyond Clueless (2014)

It has been said that John Hughes perfected the teenage experience with films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, but the teen films that followed the Hughes empire added a tougher bite to the idyllic suburban upbringing. Between the success of Clueless and the seeming “end” of modern teen films with Mean Girls’, teen films were crafted by throwing convention and controversy to the wind. 24-year-old critic/writer/director Charlie Lyne is a man after my own heart. Thanks to the wonderful world of Netflix, I was able to catch his documentary Beyond Clueless, a film that uses the narrative of late 90s/00s teen films to analyze the high school experience. There are plenty of “coming-of-age” documentaries that sample from the world of John Hughes but Beyond Clueless gives an analysis of the teen world of the pre and post Columbine inhabitants with the assistance of over 200 teen
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Slideshow: 2014 Hollywood Show Portraits Anticipate the 2015 Show From May 1 to 3

Previous | Image 1 of 25 | NextBai Ling of ‘The Crow.’

Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.

Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black
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