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- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 17:28 BSTLike a kid with a box of matches. And $60 million …Big Ben? The Eifel Tower? The Statue of Liberty? Is nothing sacred?Well, not in Tinsel Town anyway…There’s nothing Hollywood loves more blowing stuff up. Especially when that stuff is rather important to the people watching.That’s why in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, out this week, Antoine Fuqua is going all ‘Independence Day’ on the White House. Ramming it full with pesky terrorists, macho one-liners, and waiting for the resulting “boom”.So, what is Hollywood’s preoccupation with pyrotechnics all about? We gave Joe a few fireworks and put him on the case.Going out with a bang, here’s the last episode in the series of Home movies...Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: Why Hollywood loves a big bang
Wanna know how to survive the apocalypse? Get a job.
If Hollywood’s morbid fascination with the end of the world has taught us one thing, it’s that being ordinary helps your chances.
Tom Cruise’s post-apocalyptic repair man in ‘Oblivion’, out this week, now joins Bruce Willis’ ‘Armageddon’ oil rigger, John Cusack’s ‘2012’ limo driver and Kevin Costner’s postman in, well, ‘The Postman’, on the list of blue-collar folk who survived disaster movie Doomsdays.
We set our Joe on the case to investigate the trend, and whilst he’s at it, maybe get a job too…
- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Wed, Apr 3, 2013 16:43 BST
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- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Thu, Mar 28, 2013 12:20 GMT
In the world of movie spin-offs, anything’s fair game. Even your childhood.
In ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ (that’s Action Man to us Brits), out this week, classic action figures are morphed into actual people. Like Bruce Willis, and The Rock.
Does exactly what it says on the tin? Not really.
So, in this week’s Home Movies, our Joe investigates the toy spin-off trend, to find out just why Hollywood wants to get its hand on your childhood.
And, if Transformers and Battleships can do it, why not Monopoly? Or even KerPlunk?
Now there’s an idea…Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: Why Hollywood wants to get its hands on your childhood
- Orlando Parfitt | Movie Editor's Blog – Fri, Mar 22, 2013 17:32 GMT
In the new cartoon adventure ‘The Croods’, early human history was a riot that featured zany animal sidekicks and brightly-coloured scenery.
In reality, our Homo sapiens ancestors’ lives were blighted by disease, violence and quite possibly cannibalism. Not great material for a DreamWorks kids flick.
That’s why we love cartoons. They take awful situations, such as fratricide within lion prides, or stepmother abuse, and turn them into jaunty, musical stories that always have a happy ending. But how do they do it? Joe Wilkinson investigates...
Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: why cartoons are better than real life
- Ben Arnold | Movie Editor's Blog – Mon, Mar 18, 2013 15:23 GMT
Maybe it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Maybe it was destiny.
Whatever the reasons, David Hasselhoff has inexorably linked with one of the most iconic and memorable moments of the 20th century - the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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The star of 'Baywatch', 'Knight Rider', and more recently 'Dodgeball' and, umm, the ‘Keith Lemon Movie', has this weekend aligned himself with a campaign to keep one of the last remaining sections of the wall from being moved by developers who want to make way for access to a new luxury housing development.
“It's like tearing down an Indian burial ground. It's a no-brainer,” he said.
“This last piece of the wall is really sacred. It's about people and it's about hearts that were broken, hearts that were torn apart and lives that were lost. That's what we're talking about today, not a piece of real estate.”
It was a typically emotive message from The Hoff.
But why has a man better knownRead More »from How did David Hasselhoff 'bring down' the Berlin Wall?
- Ben Arnold | Movie Editor's Blog – Mon, Mar 18, 2013 09:02 GMT
Ridley Scott's iconic 'Blade Runner' didn't quite grab the imagination of its producers during its early screenings back in 1981.
Thanks to some purportedly original screening notes from executives Jerry Perenchio, Bud Yorkin and Robin French of Tandem Productions, we can see precisely what they thought of it after watching some of the early cuts.
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Perenchio was among the most damning of the film, proclaiming: “This movie gets worse every screening.”
Much work still needed to be done, it seems, before its release the following year, with plot and dialogue described as 'confusing', and the film up to the death of replicant android Zhara damned as being 'deadly dull'.
While all the producers had their own views – largely negative – all seemed united in their hatred of Harrison Ford's controversial voice-over.
Under 'general comments', the VO is described as 'an insult'.
“Why is this voice-over track so terrible,” asks Perenchio.Read More »from ‘This movie gets worse every screening’ – Blade Runner slated
- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Fri, Mar 15, 2013 14:52 GMT
The magic of the movies. You can’t beat it can you? Certainly not with “real” magic anyway – just look at Paul Daniels.
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This week, our Joe takes a look at upcoming conjuring comedy ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’, starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey – asking why is it the movies make magic look so, well, magic.Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: Why magic is much better in films
- Edward Bovingdon | Movie Editor's Blog – Wed, Mar 13, 2013 18:46 GMT
Yahoo! Movies has got the inside scoop on Tom Cruise’s spectacular new sci-fi blockbuster ‘Oblivion’.
In our exclusive behind-the-scenes video the Hollywood superstar, along with director Joseph Kosinski, discuss the origins of the story.
Watch the video below:
Set in 2073, it sees Cruise star as one of the last drone repairmen stationed on earth, which was destroyed by a war with aliens 60 years before (wait, that’s this year!).
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He’s about to leave, when he rescues a young woman (played by Olga Kurylenko), who forces him to reconsider the alien war, what happened to earth, and whether he actually lives in a police state. We’re also looking forward to seeing Morgan Freeman play a 102-year-old-leader of a resistance movement.
With nods to classic sci-fi from the 70s, director Joseph Kosinski described it as “a sci-fi adventure that spans two different worlds and two different times. It's epic in terms of its scale and scope, but it's aRead More »from Exclusive: Tom Cruise takes you behind-the-scenes on Oblivion
If there's an actor in Hollywood that's harder to figure than James Franco, then do let us know.
In a latest turn of events, the actor/editor/student/artist/poet appears to have fallen foul of his neighbours, who are claiming that he's running a major production company from his house.
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The couple who live next door to him in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, say they are besieged by a 'constant stream' of people going to and from the 1920s compound, rumoured to have been built by director DW Griffith.
In an email to Curbed Los Angeles, the neighbours explained: “At first, my partner and I were pleased to have Mr. Franco living next door. His work in 'Milk' and his academic pursuits made us happy he was on our street. That is no longer the case.”
They go on to question whether he actually lives there – he reportedly paid $775,000 for the property last year – and are now angry with filmRead More »from The weird world of James Franco