Let’s get one thing straight: replicants within a film are way, way cool. The original Blade Runner fashioned a world few flicks have ever touched, with Ridley Scott’s vision of Philip K. Dick’s original dystopian tale still influencing directors some 30-plus years after its initial release. The icy cool robotic replicants that inhabited Ridley’s world – nearly indistinguishable from their human counterparts - are primarily the reason why. Thing is, now Scott is reportedly looking at replicating Blade Runner itself, with Harrison Ford on record saying the two have “been chatting about it.” Need a red flag why this shouldn’t happen? The script is now in the hands of Green Lantern writer Michael Green. Yes, that Green Lantern. Be afraid, film fans. Be very afraid. Here’s hoping this replicant has a built-in termination date well before its release, saving it a fate similar to these vastly inferior second stanzas to some really enjoyable opening installments.
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
When one of the two main actors of a film has already gone to that great gig in the sky, why bother making another installment ? It certainly wasn’t because the world was clamoring see John Goodman dance. Bad from note one.
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
A film so horrid it reportedly prompted angry audience members to chase studio execs down the street after viewing it for mere minutes, Exorcist II is lesser-than its original in every way. Maybe the devil made them do it.
Tron: Legacy (2000)
Want a glimpse what Blade Runner 2 might look like? See Tron: Legacy. Better technology isn’t worth a flying disc if the story isn’t there. This sequel should have titled Tron: Lethargy. Total snoozefest.
Escape from L.A. (1996)
In therapy, many a session was spent trying to help me forget the vision of badass Snake Plissken surfing with Peter Fonda. Man. Why did I have to bring this up again? Booking another appointment . . . now.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Why, Tobe, why?! You can almost forgive a studio for cranking up the sequel machine for pure monetary reasons. When the original director undertakes said assignment (and fails as miserably as this) however, it’s unforgiveable. A massacre indeed, just not the one intended.
Hollywood veteran Peter Fonda has taken legal action against Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana over a T-shirt featuring his character from Easy Rider. The 73-year-old movie icon claims designers for the brand used an image of him from the iconic 1969 film on the clothing without his permission.
He filed a lawsuit at the Superior Court of California on Friday (19Jul13) alleging the T-shirts, which feature a black and white picture of him in character, have damaged his "happiness, feelings, goodwill, reputation, image".
The lawsuit also targets U.S. retailer Nordstrom, which has been selling the shirts for around $295 (£197) each.
Fonda is seeking at least $6 million (£4 million) in compensation, as well as legal fees and all profits made from the range, according to Wwd.com.
Movie veteran Peter Fonda is eager to bring his career full circle and return to Broadway, more than 50 years after making his acting debut on the New York stage. The Easy Rider star launched his career at the age of 21 in a 1961 Broadway production of Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole before moving into Hollywood, but he's keen to build on his theatre resume and is flipping through scripts in a bid to find the perfect project.
The 73 year old tells New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, "What I want is Broadway. I'm reading stuff now. I don't want comedy; I want drama... I saw the recent South Pacific revival here and it had me weeping... I'm an emotional fella. I saw my friends Ben Foster and Alec Baldwin in Orphans before it closed. I love live theatre. Love the stage."
Journalist, broadcaster and Oscar-winning documentarian Howard Smith's radio interviews with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Frank Zappa are to be made available for the first time in 40 years. Over 100 interviews, which only aired once, are to be released in monthly installments via iTunes and Amazon MP3.
The Smith Tapes feature five interviews with Lennon & Yoko Ono, beginning with the couple's Bed-In for Peace, which the radio personality covered for his Village Voice column.
Smith played edited segments from his indepth chats with celebrities and cultural figures during his weekly WPLJ-FM radio broadcasts in New York and meticulously saved and filed the original uncut audio reels in the back of his West Village loft, where they sat unheard for four decades.
The unearthed interviews, which are now being made available to fans, have been restored and remastered, and are available in their entirety.
Highlights include one of Jagger's final interviews weeks before the Rolling Stones ill-fated gig at Altamont, a chat with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda following the release of cult movie Easy Rider at the Cannes Film Festival and an indepth conversation with Janis Joplin recorded just days before her death.
Aerosmith stars Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and R&B singer John Legend were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Saturday night (22Jun13). The musicians were all honoured during a star-studded concert at the Los Angeles venue to mark the beginning of the summer concert season.
Actress Angela Basset hosted the event, and presenters included Glee star Darren Criss and funnyman Arsenio Hall, while music legend Stevie Wonder was on hand to induct Legend.
In a subsequent post on Twitter.com the Green Light hitmaker wrote, "Stevie Wonder inducted me into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame tonight. Feeling very grateful."
Veteran actor Peter Fonda inducted the Aerosmith stars, and Perry tweeted about the honour, "Thanks to the amazing Peter Fonda for our great introduction introduction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame... Thanks to all who congratulated us tonight on our induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. We couldn't have done it without you."
Jazz singer Patti Austin was also among the inductees.
The event raised money for the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the organisation's music education program for youngsters.
What do Eddie Murphy, Bette Midler, Paul Newman, and Angie Dickinson have in common? No, they all haven't been at the same party at Brett Ratner's house. They are all winners of a Golden Globe. No, Murphy didn't get one for Pluto Nash he got one in 1982 as the New Star of the Year. The what now?
The Hollywood Foreign Press Agency started giving out the Most Promising Newcomer award in 1948, four years after their inception, to the person they thought was going to be hottest new thing to take Hollywood. The first winners were Richard Widmark and Lois Maxwell, people your grandparents might not even remember. From 1954 to 1965 the award was given out to three to four men and women who the European journalists thought were going to take the world by storm. In 1966 the award switched again and went to an actor and actress for a specific movie and, possibly because so many newcomers didn't show any promise, was renamed. The first winners were Robert Redford for Inside Daisy Clover (I'm sure he was!) and Elizabeth Hartman for A Patch of Blue.
Those first winners highlight exactly the problem with this specific category: more often than not the winners wound up being duds. Sure Robert Redford is one of the biggest stars in the world but Elizabeth Hartman? Let's look at 1969 Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey were given a pair of trophies for their portrayal of Romeo & Juliet. Whiting retired from films by the mid-'70s and Hussey went on to star in some crappy horror films and then become a crazy agorophobic who had a hard time leaving the house. These are your New Stars of the Year, ladies in gentleman.
By 1983 the Globes were sick of giving this award to turkeys and gave out the final salutes in the category to Ben Kinglsey and Sandahl Bergman. All in all, the awards have a pretty lousy track record. Of the 59 actors and 58 actresses given the honor, I count only 17 actors (Richard Burton, Anthony Perkins, Paul Newman, James Garner, George Hamilton, Warren Beatty, Terence Stamp, Peter O'Tool, Omar Sharif, Albert Finney, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, James Earl Jones, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddie Murphy, and Ben Kingsley) and 14 actresses (Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Wood, Jayne Mansfield, Sandra Dee, Angie Dickinson, Jane Fonda, Ann-Margret, Patty Duke, Mia Farrow, Tatum O'Neal, Jessica Walter, Diana Ross, Jessica Lange, and Bette Midler) who achieved any sort of lasting modicum of celebrity (gauged by, well, whether or not I know who the heck they are). That's a 28% and 24% success rate predicting the promisenessness of newcomers. You have better odds playing Scratch-a-Millions from your local lottery system.
I reached out to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a comment on why the category was struck from the record and if they ever hope to bring it back. They didn't return my request for comment. They're probably still embarrassed about just how lousy their crystal ball is.
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Director Cate Shortland's film was named Best Movie at the event, while it also claimed prizes for Best Cinematography and Best Music and newcomer Saskia Rosendahl took home the Best Actress honour.
Tim Roth was named Best Actor for his role in Broken, and the Jury Award for Best Debut went to Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Peter Fonda served as the chairman of the jury.
Veteran actor Peter Fonda has been unveiled as the head of the jury at next month's (Nov12) Stockholm Film Festival in Sweden. The Easy Rider star will oversee a five-member panel that will pick the winners of the event's Bronze Horse awards.
Malala Yousufzai, who fought tirelessly for girls' rights to education, is receiving treatment in a U.K. hospital after a masked gunman shot her in the head on 9 October (12) as she made her way home from school.
Fry has now backed the 14-year-old schoolgirl by posting a link to the United Nations' Education First campaign on his Twitter.com page, writing, "We must add our voices to Malala's and call for girls' education. Please sign."
A petition for the U.N. initiative states, "We call on Pakistan to agree a plan to deliver education for every child. We call on all countries to outlaw discrimination against girls. We call on international organisations to ensure the world's 61 million out-of-school children are in education by the end of 2015."
Angelina Jolie, Peter Fonda, Michelle Rodriguez and Madonna have also spoken out to praise Yousufzai, who was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England on Monday (15Oct12).