Category Archives: Entertainment

August 13, 2017

Val Kilmer: Kurt Russell is “solely responsible” for success of “Tombstone”

The classic 1993 western was a team effort, but Kilmer says Russell was captain of that team.

And now, as Paul Harvey used to say, here’s the rest of the story. In response to countless queries about the making of Tombstone — the enduringly popular 1993 western in which he played a grandiloquent Doc Holliday opposite Kurt Russell’s gritty Wyatt Earp — Val Kilmer insisted in a lengthy essay posted on his website this week that “Kurt is solely responsible for Tombstone’s success, no question.”

And not just because Russell gave him all of the best lines.

“I was there every minute,” Kilmer wrote, “and although Kurt’s version differs slightly from mine, the one thing he’s totally correct about is, how hard he worked the day before, for the next day’s shot list, and [the] tremendous effort he and I both put into editing, as the studio wouldn’t give us any extra time to make up for the whole month we lost with the first director.

“We lost our first director after a month of shooting and I watched Kurt sacrifice his own role and energy to devote himself as a storyteller, even going so far as to draw up shot lists to help our replacement director, George Cosmatos, who came in with only 2 days prep.


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August 10, 2017

9 Ways Hollywood Destroyed The Movie Business by John Nolte

Insulting your own customers is not only bad business, it cannot begin to make up for a deficit of talent.

For more than a decade, despite the increase in domestic population, the number of movie admissions sold has stalled. For some time that fact was papered over. Premium pricing through gimmicks such as 3D and IMAX were at least able to increase annual box office revenues (a bit). Nevertheless, the movie business is no longer a growth business, and 2017 is beginning to look like the year when the industry will have to finally come to terms with that.

Globalism was supposed to save Hollywood. The exact opposite ended up being the case. The worldwide audience became the tiger held by the tail; for the global village is one that demands shockingly expensive spectacle, which means huge investments, all-in gambles, that cannot begin to see a profit until $600 to $700 million in tickets are sold.

Worse still, leftwing filmmakers were counting on these oh-so sophisticated internationales to make political diatribes profitable, to appreciate their cinematic calls for multiculturalism, moral equivalence, anti-Americanism, and statism. Whoops! Turns out the rest of the world is even more addicted to mindless escapism than us rubes.


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August 5, 2017

Robert Davi Shares Proof of Hollywood’s Bias Against Conservatives

Actor/musician tells LifeZette of industry’s blatant political blacklist — ‘this is a reality we deal with’

Many celebrities enjoy using their platform of fame and stardom to lecture the public about social and political issues — and by and large, the media praise them for those opinions.

That’s as long as the viewpoints match the same liberal perspectives of those doing the praising.

The script is flipped for conservatives in Hollywood. Being outspoken about right-of-center issues is a risky proposition that can seriously impact a person’s career. Consider briefly the names of some avowed conservative performers: Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, James Woods, Jon Voight and Gary Sinise. There are others, of course, but these are players with long-established careers who, once entrenched, found enough security to occasionally put out their opinions.


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August 4, 2017

‘Karate Kid’ Gets a Sequel With Original Stars – On YouTube Red

The 10-episode series is set to debut in 2018.

Get ready for some more crane kicks (probably) as the original “Karate Kid” is getting a sequel television series.

Stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are returning for the 10-episode half-hour series “Cobra Kai,” which is set to debut on YouTube Red in 2018.

The series takes place 30 years after the events of the first “Karate Kid.” Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) is reopening the Cobra Kai dojo in order to help redeem himself. He then reignites his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who’s been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the help of his mentor Mr. Miyagi (actor Pat Morita died in 2005).

“The minute I heard about this project, I knew we had to have it,”Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content at YouTube, said in a statement. “‘The Karate Kid’ became an instant classic in the 1980s, and still resonates with audiences around the world and on YouTube today.”


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Hollywood Might Not Bounce Back From Theaters’ $1.3 Billion Stock Collapse (Video)

“With China cracking down on funding for AMC’s majority shareholder, Dalian Wanda, the cinema chain faces murky prospects given its high debt level and appetite for global M&A,” wrote Geetha Ranganathan, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst.

Hope is fading for a feel-good ending at the U.S. box office.

After several months of flops like Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur” and EuropaCorp’s “Valerian,” movie studios and theaters are beginning to acknowledge that their streak of record-setting ticket sales may be coming to an end. AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., the world’s biggest cinema chain, laid out a worse-than-projected outlook for the North American box office this week.

That announcement dragged down shares of theater stocks, wiping out $1.3 billion from the value of the top four cinema operators in North America since Aug. 1. Even with a new “Star Wars,” a Marvel superhero movie and the sequel to “Blade Runner” on the docket for the holiday season, the box office is unlikely to make up for a “severe hit” in the third quarter, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. To date, receipts are down 2 percent in 2017, and AMC is projecting a 1.5 percent decline for the full year.


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July 19, 2017

‘Star Wars’ Star John Boyega Blasts Lack of Diversity on Screen: ‘There Are No Black People on Game of Thrones’

Actor John Boyega decried what he called a lack of people of color in some of Hollywood’s major film and television franchises in an interview released this week.

In a cover-story interview with GQ magazine, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens star said he’s not willing to spend money to see much of the non-diverse film projects like HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones.

“There are no black people on Game of Thrones. You don’t see one black person in Lord of the Rings,” Boyega told GQ, though Game of Thrones features several characters of color — several of them slaves turned soldiers called the Unsullied — two of which, Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) are season regulars and fan favorites.

“I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen,” Boyega added. “Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”

Boyega, born in London to Nigerian parents, made his big-screen debut in 2015 in the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster. Boyega’s role in the film marked the first major black protagonist in the franchise since Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu and Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian.


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July 10, 2017

How Olivia de Havilland Bucked Dalton Trumbo And Helped Save Hollywood From Itself

Somehow, the celebrations of the 101-year-old two-time best actress Oscar winner overlooked her finest moment.

Legendary actress Olivia de Havilland received many tributes when she celebrated her 101st birthday on July 1. Appearing in 49 feature films spanning 1935 to 1988, she was Errol Flynn’s romantic partner in movies like The Adventures of Robin Hood, nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for Gone With The Wind (1935) and was the winner of best actress Oscars for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949). Also noted were her successful efforts to break the old studio system, known as the studio-contract system, where actors were bound to work solely for the company that had signed them.

Chafing against the inferior roles she believed Warner Bros. was giving her, she sued the firm in 1943. It was, The Los Angeles Times noted, a “landmark lawsuit that altered the business of Hollywood forever” resulting in the collapse of the long-term contract system by which Hollywood operated. In her honor, it is referred to as “the De Havilland Law.”

But she received little recognition for the other important political battle she fought and won—ending the alliance of Communists and liberals in Hollywood. During WWII, the United States and the Soviet Union were allies in the war against fascism and liberals and Communists worked together to support the war effort and the Roosevelt administration.


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June 29, 2017

Ford Set the Bar High

Director John Ford left behind large shoes to fill after filming the first and finest portrayal of America’s legendary Buffalo Soldier troops.

The Buffalo Soldier and his crucial role in the post-Civil War West went unacknowledged for so long in history annals that his story was rarely told on film. Just shy of a century, from the 1866 formation of the black cavalry units, John Ford made the first and finest film on the subject, 1960’s Sergeant Rutledge.

A courtroom drama as well as a Western, the movie was a complex and incendiary story— the court-martial of black Sgt. Braxton Rutledge (played by Woody Strode) for the brutal rape and murder of a child, and the murder of her father, all of which were portrayed with flashbacks of the 9th Cavalry’s fight against the Apaches. Ford’s film dealt bravely with subjects few movies of the time dared. When another soldier asked Rutledge why he ran if he was innocent, he replied, “Because I walked into something none of us can fight: white woman business.”

The leading lady of the film, Constance Towers, tells True West, “It was a project that John Ford wanted to make for a long time. He was a great champion of the men who became the most heroic unit in the United States Cavalry.”


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June 27, 2017

How Disney teaches contempt for dads

This behavior, especially on Disney shows, has become the norm to such a degree that parents regularly tell me they don’t allow their children to watch the channel.

“Every 3.24 minutes, a dad acts like a buffoon.”

That’s the conclusion of a small study done by a student at Brigham Young University after watching eight hours of the two most popular Disney “tween” shows featuring families. The results of the research — “Daddies or Dummies?” — are not particularly surprising.

Are “Good Luck Charlie” and “Girl Meets World” any different from previous sitcoms like “Roseanne” or “Home Improvement”? A 2001 study by Erica Scharrer in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media found that the number of times a mother told a joke at the father’s expense increased from 1.80 times per episode in the 1950s to 4.29 times per episode in 1990.

But what’s interesting about the new research is that the author, Savannah Keenan, also looked at the reaction of the children on screen to their fathers’ displays of cluelessness. At least half the time, children reacted “negatively” to these displays — by rolling their eyes, making fun of Dad, criticizing him, walking away while he’s talking or otherwise expressing their annoyance.


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June 18, 2017

When John Wayne Traveled the Sea with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and His Family

Take a look at some rare photos of the actor’s personal life on his massive yacht, the Wild Goose.

John Wayne liked to live off the land. When the Oscar-winning actor wasn’t making movies—like Stagecoach or True Grit, which cemented his status as a movie star—he liked to head over to areas like Mexico or British Columbia on his boat, the Wild Goose, a 136-foot Navy minesweeper that he refashioned into a sea-bound home away from home. He’d entertain his family and a number of his close, famous friends, like Henry Fonda and director John Ford, finding beaches for them to relax on, or dipping into the water to scoop up fresh abalone for lunch. The boat, anchored in Newport Beach, is so iconic that in 2011, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now, select images of Wayne’s seafaring private life are on display for the public, thanks to son Ethan Wayne (the sixth out of the actor’s seven children), who has curated a series of rare and never-before-seen photos for a special exhibit at the Balboa Island Museum in California, showcasing his father’s “rugged and remote” life on the sea, he tells Vanity Fair.


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