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The fascinating prescience of Tomorrow Never Dies

Mark Allison Dec 12, 2017

It's 20 years today that Tomorrow Never DIes first landed in UK cinemas. But was it, in its own way, ahead of its time?

Imagine a world in which deceitful news reporters and mysterious computer hackers are conspiring to destabilise the geopolitical status quo. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has developed delusions of grandeur about its place in the world, and begun to embark upon an effort to restore itself to former imperial greatness. All this might seem a little familiar to anyone who has glanced at a newspaper recently, but it’s not a summary of recent events – this is a synopsis for the seventeenth James Bond film, Roger Spottiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies, which has just turned 20 years old.

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With ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ Matt Reeves Crafts a Personal Blockbuster

With ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ Matt Reeves Crafts a Personal Blockbuster
Before he took the helm of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise in 2014, Matt Reeves had no intention of ever directing a studio blockbuster. In fact, he figured he had a foolproof plan for getting himself out of any potential tentpole assignment: Insist on doing the story he wanted to do, the studio’s franchise-development apparatus be damned.

So when he was approached to direct “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the second entry in the rebooted series inaugurated by Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Reeves put his foot down right away.

“I was initially excited, and then I saw the [studio’s] outline and I said, this isn’t really the story I would want to tell, I don’t think this is for me,” Reeves says. “To my shock they said, ‘no, no, wait, just tell us the story you want to do.’ I said, ‘I
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Great Job, Internet!: A brief history of famous people being assholes

Some celebrities handle fame with grace and humility. Others use it as a means to set ablaze whatever lies in their wake. A new video from Looper exposes the latter, chronicling the shifty eyes and bad attitudes of 12 different celebrities in a way that will no doubt cause them to flick the chip from their shoulders and repent. Probably not, but it’s still pretty entertaining.

There are a few obvious ones on there: Nobody should be all that surprised to see Alec Baldwin, Shia Labeouf, or Katherine Heigl here, but to hear Mandy Patinkin say how “abominably” he has behaved on sets is surprising. Gwyneth Paltrow, Bruce Willis, and Patrick Dempsey are also represented, as is Steven Seagal, whose despicableness surpasses mere dickish behavior. During a “private audition” for Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Seagal allegedly urged Jenny McCarthy to strip nude for him, despite there being no ...
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Great Job, Internet!: In the ’90s, Hollywood took computer hacking to the next level of absurdity

From Jurassic Park to Office Space, films in the 1990s were peppered with plot lines based around computer hacking, seemingly all of which featured random keyboard tapping, unnecessary video game-like 3-D interfaces, and everyone yelling “Hack the Gibson!” for some reason. Computers were exciting, hacker culture was cool, and almost none of it was remotely accurate.

In part two of his ongoing series about hacking on film, Rich Haridy at New Atlas explores the quintessentially ’90s approach to the new and exciting world of computer systems. On his trip through the decade, Haridy examines the hacker evolution from loner nerd characters of the 1980s to rave culture infused black-hats of the 1995 movie Hackers. Plot lines range from the laughably absurd—like hacking Steven Seagal’s Apple Newton in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory—to the mundane yet realistic depiction of uploading a computer virus in Mike Judge’s Office ...
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Wet Hot American Summer’s Undefinable Brand of Smart Stupidity

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Wet Hot American Summer’s Undefinable Brand of Smart Stupidity
If I'd listened to the guy at Blockbuster, I might never have seen Wet Hot American Summer at such a pivotal time. "Don't get this," the Blockbuster guy said when I brought the DVD to the register. "You'll regret it." In all my years of Blockbuster-ing I had never been told that I'd "regret" a rental, not even Under Siege 2: Dark Territory or Rob Schneider's The Animal. I asked him why he hated it so much. "Because it's dumb as hell and it makes no sense," he clarified. I rented it anyway. And then I took it to my friend's house where we proceeded to laugh harder than we'd ever laughed before, all the while wondering: What were we seeing that this other guy didn't? And: Why wasn't this a thing that everyone was talking about? Looking back on the initial reviews of the film — and they are famously,
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Cannes: Steven Seagal’s ‘End of a Gun’ in the Works

Cannes: Steven Seagal’s ‘End of a Gun’ in the Works
The Exchange has acquired international sales rights for its specialty label The Exchange Extreme for Steven Seagal’s upcoming crime-thriller feature “End of a Gun.”

The Exchange is introducing the feature at Cannes. Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired U.S. rights.

Seagal will play an ex-atf agent who comes across a woman being beaten by her boyfriend in a mall parking lot. He’s forced to kill the assailant and finds himself facing possible criminal charges and an offer from the woman to help her steal $2 million hidden in the trunk of her boyfriend’s car in the police impound lot.

Keoni Waxman is directing from a script by Chuck Hustmyre. Producers are Daniel Grodnik and Binh Dang. The film is a Mass Hysteria Entertainment/ActionHouse Pictures production.

“We are thrilled to be working on a new Steven Seagal film,” said Brian O’Shea of The Exchange in a statement.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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Morris Chestnut Inks 3-Picture Deal With Screen Gems; Set For Thriller Opposite Regina Hall

Exclusive: Morris Chestnut, who made his film debut in John Singleton’s seminal 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, has signed a three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut. The next film to follow will be When The Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall.

Bough, directed by Jon Cassar, tracks a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. The pic is being produced by New Line founders and Lord of the Rings EPs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and Chestnut will exec produce.

Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be The Syndicate, from writer Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell.
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Afm: Seagal Signs for Aldamisa’s ‘Cypher’

Afm: Seagal Signs for Aldamisa’s ‘Cypher’
Aiming for a resurgence of his long career as an action star, Steven Seagal has come on board “Cypher” at Aldamisa Intl.

Aldamisa topper Sergei Bespalev and Seagal are producing the $25 million project, targeted for an April launch of production. The project has been quietly unveiled at the American Film Market with preliminary discussions about international sales.

Seagal will portray a special forces operative who — frustrated with the bureaucracy of war — goes rogue and tries to exterminate terrorists being protected by the government.

Seagal has written the script. No director is attached.

Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor and broke into show business in 1988 with “Above the Law” and saw his career peak with “Under Siege” in 1992. Other credits include “On Deadly Ground,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “Exit Wounds” and “Half Past Dead” in 2002.

Since then, most of Seagal’s films have been direct to video
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

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We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best.
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Steven Seagal May Run for Governor of Arizona

Move over, Governator, here comes the … Aikidonator? Hey, if Arnold Schwarzenegger can get himself elected governor of California, why can’t Steven Seagal? The action movie star and Aikido master recently told a news outlet that he is, indeed, mulling over a run for the Governor’s seat of the great and very arid state of Arizona. The star of such badass flicks as “Marked for Death,” “Under Siege,” and “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory” recently told news station Knxv-tv about his possible plans: Joe Arpaio and I were talking about me running for governor in Arizona which was kind of a joke… But I suppose I would remotely consider it…but probably I would have a lot of other responsibilities that may be more important to address. Seagal goes on to discuss various political hot button topics, quotes Reagan, and takes a little jab or two at Obama. You
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9 Movies That Ripped Off the 'Die Hard' Formula

"Olympus Has Fallen" hits theaters this weekend and if you've seen the trailers, well, it might look just a little familiar to you. Gerard Butler plays a disgraced Secret Service agent who finds himself trapped inside the White House when it's overrun by terrorists. Armed only with courage and, well, a gun, he wages a one-man war to save the President — and America itself.

In other words, it's "Die Hard" in the White House.

Not that we're bagging on "Olympus Has Fallen." Since "Die Hard" hit theaters more than a quarter century ago, dozens of films have completely ripped off its formula of one man, trapped inside ... something, facing down an overwhelming force in order to save ... someone. And since many of those ripoffs were actually totally cool action movies, we thought the release of "Olympus Has Fallen" would be the perfect time to take a look at some of
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Top 10 Best Steven Seagal Movies

"I don't have rage. I'm a happy guy. You see this face? This is a happy face."

The second season of True Justice kicked off with a bang — and a thud, crunch, slice, thwack, and several booms — on Friday, with Elijah Kane (Steven Seagal) and his new team racking up some serious numbers. In celebration of the return of Seagal's own personal brand of, ahem, justice to ReelzChannel, we decided this would be a great time to look back at his action-packed movie career. Put on your gi, focus your chi, and help us choose Seagal's best movies.

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True Justice | Steven Seagal | Under Siege | Under Siege 2: Dark Territory | Above The Law | Hard to Kill | Out for Justice | Marked for Death | Executive Decision | On Deadly Ground | Machete | The Glimmer Man | Exit Wounds | Fire Down Below | Half Past Dead
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Tonight's MovieMovie: Under Siege and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

"I'm just a cook."

Back in the early 1990s, Steven Seagal was slowly becoming an action star with movies like 1988's Above the Law and 1990's Hard to Kill, but it was 1992's Under Siege that made Seagal a legitimate star. The movie saw Seagal play former Navy Seal Casey Ryback, who works as a cook on the USS Missouri after losing his security clearance. But when an ex-cia operative (Tommy Lee Jones) and a rogue Naval commander (Gary Busey) take control of the Missouri with the intent purpose of stealing the ship's Tomahawk missiles, there's only one man that can stop them. You guessed it, Seagal.

Directed by Andrew Davis, who would go on to direct The Fugitive next (and earn Jones an Oscar), Under Siege earned $156 million worldwide and spawned a sequel, 1995's Under Siege: Dark Territory, which sees Ryback have to protect his niece (Katherine Heigl
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Matt Reeves Leaves ‘The Twilight Zone’ & May Head For ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Matt Reeves has left his adaptation of one of the world’s greatest television series, The Twilight Zone. The film, produced by Warner Bros. is based on the astonishing horror/sci-fi anthology series, and seemed the perfect fit for the director of Cloverfield (2008) and Let Me In (2010). It is reported that scheduling conflicts are to blame for Reeves’ exit. Reeves has recently been set to develop TV shows for 20th Century Fox, and has also mentioned he is developing Cloverfield 2, and adaptations of vampire novel The Passage and Frankenstein variant This Dark Endeavor, although he has been quiet about these projects for some time.

It now appears that those films may have to wait even longer. After Rupert Wyatt left the ape revolution sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Reeves is reportedly heading the list of potential replacements for 20th Century Fox. Other names in the pot include Guillermo Del Toro,
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Steven Seagal joining Sylvester Stallone and company on The Expendables 3?

A couple of weeks ago we heard from Randy Couture that he expected filming to commence on The Expendables 3 later in the year, despite the fact that the second installment in the star-studded action series doesn't arrive in cinemas until August. Well, if that proves to be the case, we could be seeing another former big-name action star lining up alongside Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren and company as several sites are reporting that Stallone has made an offer to rescue Steven Seagal from direct-to-video-land with a role in the third movie.

The report originally emerged from Joblo's Arrow in the Head, who found a quote from Seagal stating that "He [Sylvester Stallone] plans to do another one and I have already been made an offer. We’ll see…" The quote came from an interview over at Excessif.com, which took place at the back end of 2011; if true,
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Katherine Heigl’s “One For the Money” trailer

HollywoodNews.com: This one dropped a couple days ago, so pardon the tardiness. Anyway, I know nothing about the Stephanie Plum character or the Janet Evanovich novels that this film is adapted from.

All I can say is that it’s a big clearer why Lionsgate moved this film from its original mid-summer 2011 slot to January 27th, 2011. It’s no secret that I’d be all smiles about a female-centric action franchise. But this looks quite terrible, borrowing the worst parts of The Bounty Hunter and, most crucially, refusing to take its premise remotely seriously. Again, I can’t say if this is faithful to the novels, but why must this female-driven action film be burdened by camp and in fact sell the idea that women cannot be convincing action stars?

Before she became a star on Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl dabbled in action (macing Everett McGill in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
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New Movies Streaming on Netflix Instant Watch: July 4 – 10

New to Netflix Streaming On Thursday July 7th:The Tourist (PG13 | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #4688

Times Ranked: 3030

Win Percentage: 42%

How Many Top-20′s: 5 Users

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The Netflix Api is spitting this one out but we can’t verify it and it seems like this is a casualty of the Sony/Starz contract dispute that pulled a bunch of movies of Netflix Instant Watch. Check back Thursday to see if it’s available.

Directed By: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Starring: Johnny Depp •� Angelina Jolie •� Paul Bettany •� Timothy Dalton

Genres: Drama •� Paranoid Thriller •� Thriller

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Four Rooms (R | 1995)

Flickchart Ranking: #1934

Times Ranked: 23088

Win Percentage: 28%

How Many Top-20′s: 33 Users

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Directed By: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Tim Roth •� Jennifer Beals •� Quentin Tarantino •� Paul Calderon •� Sammi Davis

Genres: Comedy •� Farce

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New to Netflix Streaming On Friday July 8th:The Winning Season (PG13 | 2009)

Flickchart Ranking: #9636

Times Ranked: 221

Win Percentage: 30%

How Many Top-20′s: 0 Users
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For Better Or Worse, You're Probably Going To Get A Cloverfield 2

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Cloverfield was one of the more heavily divisive films of 2008 (and is it me, or does it feel like it came out more than three years ago?). Our own Dan Carlson enjoyed it, though noted that it's not without its flaws, an opinion I pretty much agree with -- I thought it was a tightly made, entertaining bit of monster mayhem that got bogged down and had some really annoying characters. But overall, I really dug it. But a lot of people hated it, or thought it was shaky-cammed to the point of nausea-inducing, or just thought it was crap. Each their own, right?

Well, either way, you're probably going to see a sequel. Total Film interviewed director Matt Reeves, and he had this to say about it:

"Well, you are going to see it -- we just don't know when [laughs]. At the moment we are talking about the story quite a lot.
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Before They Were Famous: Katherine Heigl in ‘My Father the Hero’

Oh, how 1994 seems sooo long ago. Bill Clinton was president, “Internet” was a scary new word, and the lumbering, shaggy-haired Frenchman Gerard Depardieu was a bona fide A-list movie star.

The ’94 family comedy “My Father the Hero” may have the distinction of being the film that put a swift end to Depardieu’s brief stint as a Hollywood leading man (see also “Green Card”), but we’d rather think of it as the film that introduced us to “Life As We Know It” star Katherine Heigl, who played Gerard’s fastidious 14-year-old (sorry, 14-and-a-half-year-old) daughter.

Most consider Heigl a TV star (first on “Roswell,” then in the career-making “Grey’s Anatomy”) who crossed over into movies (“Knocked Up,” “The Ugly Truth”) but the actress got her start on the big screen, debuting in 1992′s “That Night,” a romantic drama co-starring C. Thomas Howell and Juliette Lewis.

Roles in “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
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