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5 Greatest Movies Directed By Famous Hollywood Actors (& 5 Of The Worst)

Every once in a while, a famous Hollywood actor will show the world that they are more than just a pretty face. It is always exciting to see a celebrity take a break from being in front of the screen, and instead make their way behind the camera. Sometimes, we are wowed by the range of talent these actors are able to deliver as directors. Other times… not so much.

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We are all familiar with the brilliant talent brought on by actor-turned-directors such as Rob Reiner and Marlon Brando, but what about some of the more recent films over the past few decades made by actor-turned-directors? Which of them took us by surprise? Which flopped?

Let’s find out in the list below.

10 mid90s – Jonah Hill (Best)

Mid90s (2018) is a coming of age tale that lets you take a nostalgic dip into the era of midriffs, Capri sun, and grunge. The 90s is perhaps the era that people of the millennial age are most nostalgic about and for good reason. It was a time when bumming around with your friends and making each other laugh was all you needed to have a good time. No video games, no TV, no cell phones to distract everyone, just the pure joy of each others company.

RELATED: Mid90s Trailer Highlights Jonah Hill’s Directorial Debut

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut perfectly captures the art of kicking back in the sun and wasting time with the family you’ve created for yourself. This sunny indie flick reminds audiences how precious the simple moments in life can be.

9 Garden State- Zach Braff (Worst)

It should be noted that there is a lot of good in Zach Braff’s Garden State. The soundtrack is incredible, the cinematography and storyline are unique enough. Yet what makes Braff’s directorial debut one of the worst films directed by a famous actor on this list comes from the degradation Natalie Portman must succumb to in her role as the poster child of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

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Her character is infantilized to the core and exists solely to give brooding men her latest indie music playlists and to do quirky little dance moves that are impossible not to cringe at. Poor Nat has recently stated in an interview with Vanity Fair how much she regrets taking on the role. We don’t blame her!

8 8.Million Dollar Baby – Clint Eastwood (Best)

Million Dollar Baby is a Million Dollar Film for more reasons than one. The 2004 Oscar-winning movie has a big heart and a brilliant set of characters with quotable and authentic dialogue. Eastwood not only directs but he acts in the film as well, taking on the role of a boxing manager named Frankie Dunn. After much hesitance, Dunn decides to take on a female boxer (Hillary Swank) as his trainee.

With a cold start, the two slowly begin to warm up to each other and they eventually form a bond that is equivalent to that of a father/daughter relationship. It is a lovely and memorable connection that gives Eastwood’s masterpiece all the chops necessary to make it an instant classic. This boxing film is one that is so emotional, it’ll hit you right in the feels.

7 7.Run Fatboy Run – David Schwimmer (Worst)

What? A film with Simon Pegg as the lead that’s considered bad? Unfortunately, yes. Not even Pegg’s charm could save David Schwimmer’s 2007 directorial debut for Run Fatboy Run from being labeled as mediocre at best.

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Maybe Schwimmer should stick to playing gawky dudes who chase Jennifer Anniston-like women around and insist that they were “on a break”. Perhaps that’s the only “break” he’s gonna get because when it comes to directing, he hasn’t gotten on yet.

6 6.The Disaster Artist – James Franco (Best)

James Franco had a bit of a rocky start when it came to his career as a film director. He was often labeled as “pretentious” and therefore he was considered a bit of a joke by fans and critics alike. Fortunately, Franco was able to take all that criticism and discouragement brought on by the general public, and turn it into cinematic gold. The Disaster Artist tells the true story of Tommy Wiseau (Played flawlessly by Franco), a man whose deepest passion in life is to be seen as a true artist.

The Disaster Artist unravels the making of Wiseau’s film The Room, which has been labeled as “the worst movie ever made”. Instead of mocking Wiseau, Franco creates a film that is willing to empathize with him. Even those who aren’t familiar with the cult classic The Room will be able to appreciate the comedic masterpiece Franco has directed.

5 5.The Passion of The Christ – Mel Gibson (Worst)

The Passion of The Christ is one of the most mixed reviewed films of all time. While some people label Gibson’s movie as the greatest piece of cinema ever made, others consider it to be an exploitative anti-semitic snuff film. South Park even dedicated an entire episode to how awful The Passion of The Christ is. The episode rightfully concludes that “focusing on how Jesus got killed is what people did in the dark ages and it ends up with really bad results”. The episode decides it’s wrong to allow violence to inspire faith, and that is exactly what The Passion Of The Christ attempts to do.

4 A QUIET PLACE – JOHN KRASINSKI (Best)

While Krasinski’s days of playing a character who pulls pranks on his uptight coworker may be behind him, he is still bringing us great on-screen amusement in his films such as A Quiet Place. Krasinski not only stars in the movie but he directs it as well and we can’t help but find ourselves wildly impressed with The Office veterans chops.

What makes A Quiet Place stand out is how original its concept is. In a world of movie remakes and films based entirely off of novels, Krasinski’s masterpiece stands out as a creative individual piece which tells the story of a dystopian universe where “If they hear you, they’ll hunt you”. If you are looking for a thrilling movie with a big heart and fantastic premise, look no further.

3 Sonny – Nicolas Cage (Worst)

Sonny tells the story of a male gigolo in New Orleans played by James Franco. With an unfortunate 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear how critics felt about Nic Cage’s directorial debut and the general public didn’t seem to have much praise for it either. Sonny has even been labeled as “An instant candidate for the worst film of the year.”

Yikes! Can’t NC catch a break? The poor man managed to create one of the most laughable films in cinema history despite the fact that it is certainly not meant to be a comedy.

2 Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham  (Best)

Bo Burnham managed to deliver artistic triumph in his directorial debut, Eighth Grade. It’s hard to create a film that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking but that is exactly what Burnham’s 90-minute flick does. Eighth Grade follows 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher), an awkward young girl who struggles with social anxiety.

Anyone who has been a student in a junior high will instantly empathize with Kayla’s journey to a huge extent. Burnham’s film deserves all the praise in the world for his careful analyzation of what life is like for a socially anxious middle schooler.

1 The Brave – Johnny Depp (Worst)

Johnny Depp rarely delivers a bad film, but when he does, he directs it. In 1997, Depp decided to take his shot behind the camera (and in front of it) in the film The Brave. Depp considered it to be his passion project, yet despite how much he loved it, the general public didn’t seem to agree with his outlook on the movie.

The film has been criticized as “Further proof that Hollywood stars who attempt to extend their range are apt to exceed it.” Ouch!

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2019-04-19 07:04:24

Simone Torn

A Secret Life Of Pets Ride Is Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

A new The Secret Life Of Pets ride is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. Based on the wildly successful Illumination animated franchise, the ride will join other popular attractions of the park, including Transformers: The Ride 3D, Jurassic Park: The Ride, The Simpsons Ride, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Secret Life Of Pets ride’s conception coincides perfectly with the release of the film’s sequel coming in June.

Released in 2016, The Secret Life of Pets was a huge success, pulling in $875 million at the box office. Packed with adorable furry creatures and voices of Hollywood A-listers, The Secret Life of Pets follows a Jack Russell Terrier named Max (Louis C.K.). While his owner is at work, Max associates with other pets of the building, including Snowball (Kevin Hart), Gidget (Jenny Slate), Chloe (Lake Bell) and Buddy (Hannibal Buress). Max’s spoiled life comes to a halt when his owner adopts a stray named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The Secret Life of Pets 2 will have changes in the cast including Patton Oswalt taking over the voice of Max and Harrison Ford playing Rooster  – in Ford’s first ever voice role. After the film’s promotion by Universal at last week’s CinemaCon, the announcement of the ride furthers excitement for fans.

Related:  Secret Life of Pets 2 Trailer: Gidget Learns How to Be a Cat 

According to Deadline, the main notion of the ride is pet adoption.  Called “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!”, the ride will blend live, dimensional, and animated characters as guests zip along a track aboard ride vehicles. Theme park guests will take on the role of stray puppies as they journey through the streets of New York City, encountering mayhem and fellow animals along the way. The ride concludes at the arrival of a pet adoption center. Karen Irwin, President of Universal Studios Hollywood, expressed excitement for the ride in a statement:

We are thrilled to be able to bring another exciting Illumination movie-based ride to our guests. ‘The Secret Life Of Pets: Off the Leash!’ will capture the essence of the popular film and invite guests to live vicariously through some of their favorite characters as they embark on a one-of-a-kind experience only available at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The ride continues Universal Studio Hollywood’s consistent pattern of adding new attractions since 2012. “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” will take over the Globe Theatre and stand adjacent to the “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” attractions. As fans await the opening of The Secret Life of Pets ride, slated for 2020, park attendees can enjoy the opening of a new Jurassic World ride coming this summer.

The Secret Life of Pets franchise has found a delightful way to answer any pet owner’s most burning question: “What do they do when I’m not at home?” Along with being a fun addition to the Universal Studio Hollywood theme park, perhaps the ride will also stimulate conversation on the benefits of pet adoption. After all, it’s important to take good care of a pet, but a pet can also take very good care of its owner.

More: Harrison Ford is Rooster in New Secret Life of Pets 2 Trailer

Source: Deadline


2019-04-10 03:04:10

Bethany Guerrero

Hollywood’s Endgame: How Movie Trailers Are Designed To Manipulate Fans

Trailers are one of the most important marketing tools for Hollywood movies, but they can also be used to manipulate fans. With the internet-driven nature of film marketing and discussion, making a good and memorable trailer is an even bigger goal now. The right trailer can increase pre-existing excitement or even show why audiences should be interested in the first place, while the wrong one can actually lower interest in the film.

In many ways, the launch of the first trailer and arrival of the first footage from a film is one of the most anticipated aspects of the lead up to a movie. Studios will sometimes announce when the trailer will arrive days in advance to build excitement. However, we’ve also seen with the surprise launches for both Avengers: Endgame trailers can result in record-breaking views. As much as fans can enjoy new footage from upcoming blockbusters or indie films, what many aren’t thinking about is the time it takes to make them or the techniques to making a successful one.

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The latest video from Screen Rant’s Docs series takes a look at the intricacies of making a movie trailer. Trailers were first shown at the end of movies instead of at the beginning, but are now in many ways tailor made for their online debuts. One of the recent additions to trailers is the “trailer bumper” that features 5-8 seconds of attention-grabbing footage to entice people online to check out the rest of the trailer. But this is just the beginning, so check out the in-depth trailer making process in the video featured at the top of this post.

Trailers may take months to make, but the first reactions to them arrive just after they’ve been released. For most of the major blockbusters, this also means that the built up fan bases will immediately begin watching them endlessly to pick up even more details. That’s been the case most recently with Avengers: Endgame, and in order to try and stay ahead of fans, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have admitted that they may be digitally changing scenes from the movie just for the purpose of the marketing.

This is an extreme measure to take for Avengers: Endgame, but is also the result of trailer houses and marketing plans only having a certain amount of footage available in most cases. Their main goal is to just generate interest in seeing the movie and properly selling what the movie is going to be. While there can be footage not in the movie or jokes friendly for all audiences included in trailers, these smaller changes (and digital manipulations) are easy to look past if the trailer is still indicative of the type of movie that audiences get to see.

More: Avengers: Endgame Story Timeline & Trailer Scenes In Order


2019-03-24 06:03:58

Cooper Hood

Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer Arriving Soon

The teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been rated and is expected to arrive very soon. Tarantino, of course, made his name in the early 1990s with the films Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and has evolved from the cool new kid on the indie movie block to a widely-celebrated Oscar winning filmmaker in the years since then. His last film, the dark western The Hateful Eight, hit theaters in late 2015, but Tarantino will be back this summer with a very different period piece in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt (who previously worked with Tarantino on Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds, respectively) will share the screen in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as former western TV show star Rick Dalton and his trusted stunt double, Cliff Booth. The movie follows the pair as they try and get ahead in Hollywood circa 1969, against the backdrop of L.A.’s ’60s counter-cultural revolution and the Charles Manson murders. Those who’re eager to get their first look at the film won’t have to wait much longer, either.

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According to Trailer Track, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood teaser trailer has been rated and is expected to arrive as soon as next Monday, March 18. Sony, which is releasing in the film, presumably intends to attach the trailer to Jordan Peele’s Us – which is projected to be a big hit at the box office – when the anticipated horror movie begins playing in theaters on Thursday evening, March 21.

It was initially thought that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would focus specifically on the Manson murders, before Tarantino explained that the film really deals with life and culture during the late ’60s in general. Nevertheless, Margot Robbie will play a substantial role in the movie as Sharon Tate, who just so happens to be Rick’s next door neighbor when the story picks up. The first images from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood suggest that Tarantino and his crew here – including, costume designer Arianne Phillips (Kingsman) and production designer Barbara Ling (The Lucky One) – are really going all out on recreating the look and feel of 1969, so it’ll be interesting to see whether that comes through equally strong in the teaser trailer.

With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood due to arrive in late July, now feels like the right time for Sony to really get its marketing for the film up and going. Tarantino’s films are typically a force to be reckoned with at the box office and that will almost certainly remain the case here, given the movie’s star-power alone. Indeed, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s cast runs deep with big name talent and includes Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Margaret Qualley (among others) in supporting roles. On a tragic note though, the film will also mark the last big screen appearance by Luke Perry, following the actor’s passing back on March 4.

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Source: Trailer Track


2019-03-14 02:03:28

Sandy Schaefer

Negotiations continue to promote film set reflecting Seljuk period in Hollywood



Konya Chamber of Commerce (KTO) Karatay University has its eye on renting the set from the film “Direniş Karatay” to Hollywood producers.

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Does Bad Times At The El Royale Have A Post-Credits Scene?

Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale sees the writer-director try his hand at a ’60s-set noir thriller, but does it have a post-credits scene setting up a sequel or clearing up the ending? Goddard made a name for himself in Hollywood as a writer, working on TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias. He made his directorial debut on 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods, a film he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. The movie became a hit with critics and well-remembered by horror fans for its handling of tropes typical to the genre. Now, Goddard returns to film directing with this year’s Bad Times at the El Royale.

The movie follows seven strangers over the course of one night in the ’60s at a motel called the El Royale, which sits on the border between California and Nevada. The star-studded cast includes Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny and Lewis Pullman as guests of the motel and the concierge working at the establishment. As the movie progresses, viewers follow the various characters throughout the night and gain insight into the backstories before arriving at the El Royale.

Related: Screen Rant’s Review of Bad Times at the El Royale

Now that the movie is in theaters, fans of Goddard – and/or those intrigued by the Bad Times at the El Royale trailers – have a chance to check it out, but they may be wondering if there’s an extra scene after the credits. Unfortunately, Bad Times at the El Royale does not have a post-credits scene, which means the movie wraps up entirely before the credits start to roll. While it’s always worth it to watch the credits of a film and get an idea of who was involved in making it, Bad Times at the El Royale doesn’t feature any extra teaser or scene at the very end.

Those who have seen Bad Times at the El Royale know the movie doesn’t quite leave room for a sequel, though there are undoubtedly ways one could be done. Still, it makes sense that the film doesn’t feature a post-credits scene setting up a follow-up. It’s relatively clear that there won’t be a sequel to the movie – just like there won’t be a sequel to Cabin in the Woods – but not all post-credits scenes are explicitly sequel teasers. Some are simply an additional scene that offer added context or insight into the main movie.

For instance, a Bad Times at the El Royale post-credits scene could have cleared up the mystery of who was on the film reel that’s discussed throughout the movie. Instead, viewers are left to ponder who might be the man on that reel (which was, no doubt, Goddard’s intention). So, while there may have been a way for Bad Times at the El Royale to incorporate a post-credits scene, it also doesn’t necessarily need one. At the end of the day, whether or not a movie includes a post-credits scene is up to the director and Goddard chose not to include one for Bad Times at the El Royale.

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2018-10-11 04:10:56 – Molly Freeman

The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Is Aiming For An R-Rating

Doctor Sleep – the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – is aiming for an R-rating, according to director Mike Flanagan. Just about as long as there have been Stephen King books, there have been Stephen King movies. King’s first published novel, 1974’s Carrie, was translated into a film by no less a director than Brian De Palma in 1976. Ever since, King’s work has remained a go-to source for Hollywood studios, including several franchises. However, while sequels to King-based movies are common, very rarely are they based on actual follow-ups by the author.

The reason for that is simple: King doesn’t write sequels often. For the most part, King is content to let his stories stand alone, outside of the Easter eggs and select recurring characters he enjoys throwing in for fans as a way to establish that most of his work takes place in the same universe. While some notable exceptions exist – The Dark Tower saga, the Mr. Mercedes books – King generally prefers to tell new stories, rather than revisit his old ones. Which is what made King’s decision to release a sequel to The Shining in 2013 such a delight for his longtime fans.

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While most King diehards would be unlikely to argue that Doctor Sleep measures up to its classic predecessor – a novel many hold up as one of King’s all-time best – reaction to the book – which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), decades after the spirits of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father Jack – was largely positive. Now, five years later, Warner Bros. is prepping a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. For anyone worried that King’s sequel will be sanitized of violence, adult content, and language in order to draw in more viewers with a PG-13, director Mike Flanagan tells Collider that the film will likely be rated-R.

The news that Doctor Sleep is aiming for an R-rating is sure to please both fans of King and fans of the horror genre as a whole. While there have certainly been good horror films made with a PG-13-rating, too often studios are all too willing to compromise a story’s content in order to make it more accessible to a wider theatrical audience. For example, one need only look at the heavily compromised Dark Tower movie, although to be fair, the rating was hardly its biggest problem. Thankfully, with the runaway success of films like and Deadpool and Warner Bros’ 2017 King adaptation IT, studios are becoming less resistant to the idea that a film can be both R-rated and hugely successful financially.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years for King fans, as 2019 will see both IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary hit theaters, with both films also expected to receive R ratings. A Netflix original film adaptation of King and son Joe Hill’s novella In The Tall Grass is also slated for next year, while Doctor Sleep will arrive in early 2020. In the meantime, Hulu’s Castle Rock series is set to return for season 2, while the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes show continues to air, and CBS All Access is in development on a limited series adaptation of The Stand. It’s good to be the King, and right now, it’s good to be one of his fans.

More: 25 Crazy Facts Behind The Making Of The Shining

Source: Collider



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2018-10-10 08:10:58 – Michael Kennedy

Crazy Rich Asians Is Highest-Grossing Rom-Com This Decade (So Far)

Wildly successful romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians looks to be leader of the pack in box office receipts for the decade. It’s been roughly two months in theaters since its mid-August release, and the runaway hit adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book has handily outsold every other rom-com in the 2010s, and yet remains in theaters at time of this writing.

Crazy Rich Asians broke early ticket sales records from its premiere, dominating the box office for three straight weekends with no signs of slowing down. The film stars Constance Wu ( Fresh Off the Boat ) in the leading role, alongside veteran Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Trek: Discovery) and rising star Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8), among others. Directed by filmmaker Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians’ immediate success followed positive early buzz, making its opening weekend the biggest rom-com opening since 2015’s Trainwreck.

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That early attention simply did not waver, and the film has seen eight solid weekends of consistent sales thus far, placing in top 10 tickets sold in the first weekend of October. That momentum has seemingly secured its legacy, and, according to Box Office Mojo (via Screen Crush), Crazy Rich Asians as the sixth-highest grossing romantic-comedy of all-time at the domestic box office, with over $169 million in sales, which also makes it the highest grossing rom-com of the decade.

This news makes reports of the imminent sequel, which arrived a mere week after opening weekend, seem particularly wise on the part of Warner Bros. Titled China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel is based on the follow-up novel of the same name, and will push the story presented in the original forward. Limited information about the sequel is available at present – and there’s considerable speculation as to plot details when weighing the changes made in the Crazy Rich Asians adaptation – but the director and writers are expected to return.

Aside from its profitable reign in theaters, Crazy Rich Asians was notable as the first Hollywood studio film with primarily Asian-American leads since 1993’s award-winning The Joy Luck Club. News of the sequel aside, this distinction may have spearheaded a new trend, and Warner Bros./New Line’s recently-acquired Singles Day may represent increased trust being placed in Asian-American actors and actresses to draw audiences to theaters.

For now, Crazy Rich Asians continues its run in theaters across the country, and a mere $7 million more will see it crack the top five romantic comedies and outsell 1998’s There’s Something About Mary.

Update: Corrected the filmography of Constance Wu.

More: Crazy Rich Asians Review: This Is What Big Studio Rom-Coms SHOULD Be

Source: Box Office Mojo



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2018-10-10 06:10:50 – Leo Faierman

Roger Ailes Movie Dropped By Annapurna Shortly Before Production

Annapurna Pictures drops director Jay Roach’s untitled film about former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, just weeks before it was set to begin production. The studio had been developing the project, which chronicles the sexual harassment allegations against Ailes, for quite some time – recruiting an all-star ensemble cast to boot.

Earlier this year, Charlize Theron signed on to portray former Fox reporter Megyn Kelly, and it was only a couple of months ago John Lithgow was cast as Ailes. Other prominent thespians involved include Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, giving the film a tremendous amount of clout and prestige. Particularly in today’s climate, the Ailes movie seemed like the socially relevant film any studio would love to have on their slate, but Annapurna has to pass on it at the last minute.

Related: The Trailer for Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk

THR reports Annapurna dropped the Ailes film, with the official reasoning unknown. Some sources claim there were budgetary concerns, but that isn’t confirmed. It’s worth mentioning the project hasn’t been scrapped, and is now on the lookout for a new home. Per Variety, Focus Features may wind up distributing it.

The reported budget for the Ailes movie is roughly $35 million, which is a relatively small amount by Hollywood standards. However, Annapurna is going through quite a rough period. A separate Variety report stated Annapurna President of Film Chelsea Barnard is leaving her position as the studio also let go of the upcoming The Hustlers at Scores, which stars Jennifer Lopez as a stripper out for revenge. THR also notes the studio is hurting financially, which would explain their decision to drop two high-profile films. Last year, the indie house got in the business of distributing their own movies – an endeavor that likely hasn’t gone as well as they’d hope. To date, their biggest hit as a distributor is Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake, which earned $41.4 million worldwide.

Hopefully, Annapurna is able to find its footing soon, as it still has plenty of noteworthy films on deck. As of now, they’re distributing two of this year’s biggest Oscar hopefuls in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Adam McKay’s Vice and handling the Stateside release of Bond 25. That’s a fairly tall order, particularly for a studio trying to keep its head above water. It would be a sad day for the film industry if Annapurna ends up going under, so ideally studio founder Megan Ellison will be able to work some magic and get things back on track. In the meantime, they desperately need Vice (receiving a wide release on Christmas) to be a hit this holiday season.

More: Watch The Official Vice Trailer

Source: THR, Variety [2]



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2018-10-09 04:10:51 – Chris Agar

20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Roger Ebert once wrote that The Rocky Horror Picture Show was less a movie and more of a “social phenomenon.” This is probably the most accurate way to describe the 1975 rock musical, as it just isn’t an ordinary film. First released to a less-than-stellar reception, Rocky Horror eventually found long-lasting fame from an unlikely source: audience participation. Its original theatrical run didn’t garner much praise, but the film came into its own when theaters began showing it at midnight screenings, now infamous for the almost ritualistic ways the audience dresses, shouts, and flings objects at the screen.

Rocky Horror is a legend of cult cinema– one of the few movies that has earned that title again and again. The film follows what appears to be a whole married couple, Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon), as they stay the night at a spooky old mansion owned by Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry, in the performance that rocketed him to stardom). What ensues is a celebration of kitsch, camp, horror, and science fiction cinema, a musical that makes very little logical sense but is a ton of fun.

Naturally, a film like that has to have a riveting story behind the scenes. Written by Richard O’Brien and directed by Jim Sharman, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has just as many crazy details behind the camera as in front of it. Those details will be counted down here, and we’ll get straight to it, as we can see you tremble with antici…

Pation. This is 20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

20 It originally had a different title

The original stage version of the movie had a whirlwind creative process, with Richard O’Brien whipping up the show with his artist and actor friends fairly quickly. As it happens, they were originally rehearsing the show under a different title.

It was called They Came From Denton High due to the story being set somewhere near Denton, Texas.

Obviously, that didn’t last, but O’Brien and director Jim Sharman didn’t change it until the very last minute. Sharman suggested the name change just before previews of the stage show, based on the genres they were spoofing. Thus was “The Rocky Horror Show” born (only the movie had the extra “Picture” in the title, naturally).

19 Brad and Janet were replaced

The cast of Rocky Horror is mostly unchanged from the stage show to the movie. Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman kept their creative team mostly intact, too, so when you’re watching the movie it should really feel like you’re just seeing a filmed version of the stage show. Well, except for a few roles.

Aside from the high-profile cameo from Meat Loaf and a few other replacements, the protagonists were also switched out.

The original actors for Brad and Janet wanted to reprise their roles, but studio executives at Fox felt they needed two US actors in those parts to help sell the movie. Rocky Horror fans can’t complain, as Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon did a great job as Brad and Janet, but we feel for those two original actors whose roles were taken from them.

18 The story behind the lips

Everyone who has seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show– not to mention plenty of people who have only seen the poster– are familiar with the lips that open the film. This iconic image is actually the product of several people working together, rather than just one actress.

The lips that appear in the film are Patricia Quinn’s (who also played Magenta), but she’s only lip-syncing the song “Science Fiction/Double Feature” even though she did in the stage show. The singer is actually creator Richard O’Brien. And the lips on that famous poster are those of somebody else entirely, former model Lorelei Shark.

17 The costume designer didn’t want to do it

Costume designer Sue Blane is credited with much of The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s lasting appeal thanks to her designs that spoofed the traditions of cinema and leaned heavily into camp. The movie wouldn’t be the same without her, but it almost had to do just that, as she wasn’t interested in the project at first.

In fact, Blane herself says that it took director Jim Sharman meeting with her personally and getting her tipsy before she saw the light. Blane didn’t like the idea of doing a silly project for very little money, but when she found out Tim Curry and a bunch of her other favorite colleagues and friends were already committed to the show, she relented. Thank goodness for that.

16 Tim Curry wasn’t new to corsets

Tim Curry has a long and storied career on the stage and screen, and his rise to prominence came largely thanks to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Given that it was his first hit movie role, people tend to forget that Curry wasn’t a complete rookie. Case in point: Curry had actually starred in a similar stage show before originating the role of Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror’s stage incarnation.

Curry had also worn a corset in a production of The Maids.

Costume designer Sue Blane had worked that same production. For Rocky Horror, Blane says she simply asked the theater for the same corset for Curry to wear. Naturally, Blane remarked that Curry took to the corset “like a duck to water.”

15 Susan Sarandon’s sickness

Cinema can be a fickle thing– while you’d expect film sets to be glamorous affairs, with every possible amenity available to the actors, you would occasionally be very wrong. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was no picnic to make, as the cast and crew had to endure unheated sets while filming scenes in pools.

This might not sound like a big deal, but it was for Susan Sarandon, who fell ill during production. The filmmakers had nothing but kind words for her after her gritty effort to push through with the work, as they mentioned that she was literally “shaking with fever” on set but kept on going in spite of that.

14 Rocky was supposed to talk

Sometimes you’ve just gotta improvise when you’re making a film. While the creative team behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show might have thought they had the perfect casting when they got Peter Hinwood to play the character of Rocky Horror, they changed their minds when they found out he was a model who had zero acting experience. Rocky Horror originally had dialogue in the film, but after watching Hinwood act, Sharman and O’Brien elected to remove all his speaking parts.

Another singer dubbed over the character’s singing parts, so Hinwood’s voice never actually shows up in the film.

Clearly, they were in love with his looks, but not the way he sounded.

13 You can book a room where it was filmed

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was filmed at Oakley Court in England, a castle that had been host to several horror films in its past. While it may not have been the most welcoming place for the film crew in 1975 (at the time, it had no heating and few bathrooms), it’s doing a better job of that nowadays.

Oakley Court is now a ritzy hotel, allowing guests to stay in the location that was the home to many of their favorite spooky movies from days gone by. Nowadays, of course, the hotel advertises its proximity to LEGOLAND more than it does its connection to film history, but we’d like to think there are still a few Rocky Horror fans who make the trip.

12 The David Bowie connection

This might seem unrelated to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but it isn’t.

Pierre LaRoche was one of the creative forces behind David Bowie’s now-iconic Ziggy Stardust look, but that wasn’t the only influential job the makeup artist held.

LaRoche was also the person film producers turned to when they wanted a makeup redesign for the characters in Rocky Horror. While Sue Blane gets the lion’s share of the credit for the character designs in the film, we shouldn’t forget that it was Pierre LaRoche who actually came up with the makeup designs. Though the make-up is a touch more subtle than costumes, it’s still one of the main reasons the visuals of the film are so fun to watch.

11 Meat Loaf didn’t actually drive the motorcycle

Singer and occasional actor Meat Loaf has a memorable turn in Rocky Horror as Eddie, the delivery boy and partial brain donor to Rocky, who is tragically stabbed by Frank N. Furter. Eddie gets a fun entrance, bursting out of a freezer on a motorcycle, but the problem is that Meat Loaf didn’t actually ride that motorcycle. Aside from a few less dangerous wide shots, Meat Loaf left the actual driving to a stunt man as he says he didn’t feel comfortable doing anything risky on it.

For the close-up shots that needed to look like Eddie was on the motorcycle, the crew rigged up a wheelchair for Meat Loaf to ride.

That way, safety didn’t need to be sacrificed. Or that was the theory, anyway, as the wheelchair didn’t turn out to be that safe anyway.

10 The on-set injuries

Though it wasn’t Jim Sharman’s debut feature, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was not a film staffed by the most experienced team. This is perhaps reflected best by the apparently high number of on-set injuries that occurred– even ignoring the on-set illnesses, including Sarandon’s.

In the same interview, Meat Loaf describes an incident that happened while he was sitting in his wheelchair, where it fell off a ramp on the set, shattered a camera, caused a few cuts on Meat Loaf’s face and arm, and snapped a stand-in’s leg in two. While some efforts were made for safety, injuries ran rampant even with the wheelchair.

9 The skeleton inside the clock was real

One of the single most famous props in all of Rocky Horror is the skeleton clock; a coffin that has a clock face set on the front. The reveal that there is a skeleton inside the coffin is a fun moment in the movie, but the filmmakers dropped another bombshell in later years: the skeleton inside was real.

The skeleton clock actually lived on past the film.

In 2002, Sotheby’s auction house in London sold the clock for an exorbitant sum, 35,000 pounds. Adjusting for inflation, that would be approximately $63,000 today. Even true Rocky Horror fans might balk at that price, if the real human remains inside weren’t a turn-off.

8 Steve Martin auditioned for Brad

Whatever you think of Barry Bostwick’s performance as Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, have you ever considered how different it might have been if another actor had taken on the role? Well, according to rumors and stories even repeated by the likes of Newsday, the role almost went to Steve Martin.

Given that Martin went on to star in a fairly similar movie musical, Little Shop of Horrors, this shouldn’t be too big a surprise.

Martin apparently auditioned for the role of Brad, but lost out to Bostwick. Maybe he played the antagonist in Little Shop of Horrors as a way to soothe the hurt of rejection.

7 It got terrible reviews when it first came out

Nowadays, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is viewed as one of the greatest classics of midnight cult cinema, as its popularity has only grown amongst its fans since its release. But to become a cult hit, you usually have to be a theatrical flop, and Rocky Horror was exactly that, both critically and commercially.

Some critics straight-up hated the film when it was first released, and others simply ignored it. Partially because of the counter-culture the film represented and the lack of a conventional plot structure, some seemed offended it even existed. Even today, many critics view the film more as an audience experience than a genuinely good movie.

6 Frank N. Furter’s villainous inspiration

The unquestionable star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is Dr. Frank N. Furter, the role Tim Curry originated on the London stage and reprised in the film. Even critics who didn’t like the film enjoyed Curry’s assured and magnetic performance. That makes sense, given all the larger-than-life figures Curry took inspiration from to create the character.

Writer Richard O’Brien describes Frank as a combination of Vlad the Impaler and Cruella De Vil, which makes a lot of sense, but Curry didn’t stop there. On top of those villainous ancestors, he added a posh accent, said to be modeled on both Elizabeth II and Curry’s own mother. That’s one doozy of a mixture for the role, and obviously it worked to perfection.

5 It was a stage show first

When Richard O’Brien first set out to tell his story, it was a work of theater, as that was his primary area of expertise. Thus, The Rocky Horror Picture Show started out as The Rocky Horror Show– the “Picture” part was added for the film. O’Brien wrote the play in his spare time, then gathered some of his friends in London to help him make it.

The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1973, and it was an immediate hit, moving to larger venues soon after. The show ran for weeks and weeks and eventually attracted the notice of producers, even Hollywood. This is the origin story for Rocky Horror— we wouldn’t have the film is the London stage show hadn’t been so popular.

4 The writer is Riff Raff

Given its reputation as one of the true classics of cult cinema, viewers today may not know that the original writer– playwright of the stage show, co-screenwriter of the movie, and Riff Raff in both, Richard O’Brien had never professionally written anything before the script for The Rocky Horror Show and its film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That’s right, Rocky Horror is a debut work, by a person who never even wanted to be a writer.

O’Brien was living in London as an actor, struggling to make ends meet, and mostly wrote it just to keep himself occupied.

Luckily for him, the project resonated with his artistic friends, and they helped him turn it into the phenomenon it became.

3 O’Brien never thought it would be a big deal

Even when The Rocky Horror Show was making waves on the London theater circuit, it never registered with Richard O’Brien that he might have created a real hit. In an interview, O’Brien recalls when producer Michael White told him he thought this would be something big. “I said, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’ and walked away. It just didn’t register.”

For a while, it seemed like O’Brien was right to think it wouldn’t be a big deal. The film didn’t do well commercially when it came out, despite the popularity of the play, and it looked like that would be the end of the Rocky Horror story. But midnight viewers began to flock to the showings known for audience participation, and the film’s long-lasting appeal proved to be its greatest strength.

2 The writer thinks it was successful because it’s childish

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was originally written by a young actor with no writing experience, who just wanted something fun to occupy his time. Richard O’Brien, the writer in question, thinks that this process lent the show a quality of childlike naïveté, which contributed to its eventual popularity. In an interview, O’Brien said the show’s innocence is “very endearing and not threatening.” Continuing, he mentioned that every character in the show may appear to be intelligent or “sophisticated, but they’re really not.”

This quality allows young viewers to identify with the energy of the film, making it appeal to adolescent viewers.

O’Brien think this might be the key behind the social phenomenon that is Rocky Horror.

1 Originally, it started in black and white

The writing and directing team of Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman had a lot of grand ideas for the film adaption of Rocky Horror, but not all of them were allowed to come to pass. Chief among these was the plan to film the opening section of the movie in black and white.

The film would have burst into color when Frank N. Furter made his entrance.

Everyone who has seen the movie remembers that scene– now imagine if it had this added bit of pizzaz, with the first frame of color coming on a shot of Tim Curry’s lips. Susan Sarandon lamented that they weren’t allowed to make this vision a reality, as studio executives rejected the idea due to budgetary concerns.

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2018-10-08 05:10:06 – Eric McAdams