If you’re a fan of Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve, you may remember Julia Roberts is in both movies playing Danny Ocean’s ex, Tess. She and George Clooney have some great exchanges; however, when the first movie came out back in 2001, Julia Roberts was at a peak in her career and making $20 million a movie. Even with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon signed on, it was unclear if she’d say yes, but George Clooney sweetened the pot a little with a bit of fun.
By the time Josh Boone’s The New Mutants arrived in theaters this past August, morale surrounding the release wasn’t exactly high. The film had seen its release date pushed a ridiculous number of times (admittedly sometimes due to factors that had nothing to do with the production), and it didn’t exactly inspire confidence that 20th Century Studios was willing to put it on the big screen when most big screens around North America were closed. Then the reviews came out from professional critics who had to buy tickets for the show, and they weren’t exactly brimming with positivity – with CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell describing it as, “A simplistic, unimaginative, low-budget blip on the comic-book radar that neither hinders nor furthers the superhero conversation.”
But you know what? With appropriately lowered expectations, it’s actually better than you might think.
One of these substances just so happened to be mushrooms of the “magic” variety, known to make people do all kinds of wild and wacky stuff because of the psychoactive and hallucinogenic chemical contained within. According to Dazed and Confused star Ben Affleck, some of the cast was very taken with how easy it was to buy guns in Austin, Texas, where the movie filmed, so they did exactly that and then went to gun ranges on the weekend to…I’m going to call it “practice.” You know, to be kind. Rory Cochrane, Cole Hauser, and Nicky Katt then discussed one particular range visit, which was at least partially fueled by ‘shrooms:
However, Fatman’s ending shows us that if you’re really naughty, Santa’s not going to spare you. His patience is running thin, and now that he’s dispatched of a killer who’s taken out an entire cadre of US Military assistance, he just might be in business with the government again, if he so chooses. Only instead of building weapons, he might just become one, as writer/director team Eshom and Ian Nelms hae set the table for a potential Fatman saga that sees Chris Cringle target the uber-naughty throughout the world.
One of the coolest elements of playing a superhero on the big screen has to be the moments where you get to pretend to be that hero OFF screen as well, to warm the heart of a child. Kids are huge fans of the comic-book characters that actors like Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and Gal Gadot play. And actors get instant bonus points in my book when they pretend to be those heroes, just to make a kid’s day.
Should someone mention the title of director Tony Scott’s ‘80s action-drama Top Gun in polite conversation, “the need for speed” almost immediately comes to mind. The film’s legacy has banked heavily on Tom Cruise’s bravado, and the slick period-appropriate storytelling that’s kept it at a legendary status to this day. However, there’s one hidden asset that the film’s sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, seems keen to cash in on. The first big hint towards that assumption comes from one of the film’s stars, Miles Teller, who has seen the film and feels like it delivers a pretty emotional payoff fans will really dig.
In the grand scheme of the story, even Martin Campbell admits that Casino Royale’s costly poker mistake has no bearing towards what happens. Bond tips his dealer generously, gets whipped around a little bit, and ultimately sets off on a quest of heartbroken vengeance just the same. However, it’ll be hard not to look at that moment after learning the facts behind it and have a bit of a laugh ourselves. You can get in on the unintentional laughs by watching Casino Royale, which is currently available for streaming on Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu.
A Back To The Future Hill Valley Cookbook For The Kitchen
If you are looking for a book about Back to the Future that’s more than just a collection of facts about the movie or essays on all the theories surrounding the events, then the Official Hill Valley Cookbook is perfect for the kitchen or just their bookshelf. The cookbook, which was released in October 2020, contains 65 recipes from the “past, present, and future” that either come from Back to the Future or are inspired by movie. One of the coolest things about the cookbooks is the way it is split into different eras from all three movies, including 1985, 1955, 2015, alternate 1985, and 1885. With mini pizzas from Back to the Future Part II‘s 2015, and a pie that looks like a Flux Capacitor placed on top a clock, there’s plenty to try.
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That’s pretty impressive for a movie that was once rumored to be cancelled in production, thanks to Dreamworks Animation’s tumultuous history throughout the last decade. But with The Croods: A New Age under the auspices of Dreamworks’ parent studio Universal, it seems that the project not only found its feet, but according to Deadline’s numbers, also found its audience. The same of which could be said for almost the entire run of films in theaters now. Among the titles that were mentioned as seeing a bump in their Thanksgiving portfolio were the other family comedy on the market, The War With Grandpa, as well as Liam Neeson’s action thriller Honest Thief. Though Universal was probably smiling extra hard yesterday, as they had two other films see fortune smile upon them, with both slasher-comedy Freaky and the emotional drama Let Him Go both receiving their own increases.
There comes a time, in every abusive relationship, where the person on the receiving end has to stand up for themselves and say, “Enough is enough.” As Ron Howard notes, there’s a pivotal scene in Hillbilly Elegy where the older J.D. (played by Gabriel Basso) has to make a tough decision between his future, and the past that’s anchoring him in Kentucky. Howard notes that every audience member is going to bring their own baggage to the film, but in terms of the J.D. versus Beverly debate, he had this to say: