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Blu-ray Review – The Running Man (1987)

The Running Man, 1987.

Directed by Paul Michael Glaser.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jesse Ventura, Mick Fleetwood, Richard Dawson, Jim Brown, Dweezil Zappa.

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In 2017 a TV show host seems to hold sway over what happens in America – yeah right!

Viewing The Running Man in 2019 is a very strange experience for many reasons, one of them being that the film is set in 2017 and we are now past that point in time. Another reason is that in the ‘future’ that the film is set in, America seems to be controlled by the media and a TV host with an inflated ego seems to have the citizens of the USA in the palms of his hands as people are hounded, tortured and killed in the name of entertainment – as if that would ever happen! It is also weird that Arnold Schwarzenegger went into political life to hold some
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McM Comic Con returns to London in 2 weeks!

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McM Comic Con London, the largest UK pop culture event is gearing up for its return to the capital later this month, on 26th-28th October. This year’s McM Comic Con London is packed with bigger guests, exclusive products and more explosive and interactive content, as thousands of cosplayers, movie buffs, comic fans, families, gamers, collectors and anime enthusiasts are set to descend on ExCeL London.

Among McM’s special guest line up this October, we have WWE superstar-turned-Hollywood actor Dave Bautista, best known for playing Dax the Destroyer from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and James Bond villain Mr Hinx. Paul Bettany, aka Jarvis and Vision from the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe films will be also meeting fans, alongside the cast from Us supernatural TV series Shadowhunters.

Joining the party, stars of popular Geek & Sundry web series Critical Role, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Liam O’Brien,
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8 Exhilarating Winter Olympics Movies, From ‘I, Tonya’ to ‘Cool Runnings’

8 Exhilarating Winter Olympics Movies, From ‘I, Tonya’ to ‘Cool Runnings’
There’s nothing quite like the drama (and, on occasion, trauma) of Olympic-level sports to rally even the most relaxed of audience members. When this year’s Winter Olympics — the 23rd in the contemporary iteration of the event — stages its opening ceremony this Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, it will herald in over two weeks of the very best that the athletic world has to offer. Even better: it’s all real.

But for those interested in cinematic renditions of stories of grit, determination, and often a metric ton of sequins, the movie world has provided a few choice picks. From the drama of such classics as “Downhill Racer” to the joy of “Cool Runnings” and the wacky happenstance of “I, Tonya,” check out eight solid gold picks for some Olympics-centric binge-watching below (if you can find the time during watching the actual events unfold in the coming weeks).

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Stephen King adaptations, and straying from source material

Riyad Emeran Dec 11, 2017

Should filmmakers stick religiously to the source material? In the case of Stephen King adaptations, it can work very well both ways...

I watched The Shining recently, a film I haven’t seen for at least 15 years, maybe more. The first time I watched The Shining I was far too young for what was an X certificate movie at the time – VHS had opened the door to a whole host of viewing options for young teens – and I remember being disappointed at the lack of 'horror' on show. But when I revisited The Shining with more mature eyes, I realised that horror wasn’t just about violence and gore, and the truly disturbing nature of the film and its underlying story became clear.

Watching it again, now, I’m surprised at how powerful it still is. Yes, Shelly Duvall’s performance is still as comically insipid as it has always been,
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What The Running Man teaches us about 2017

Ryan Lambie Oct 26, 2017

Eighties action flick The Running Man was set in a dystopian version of the present. So what did the movie get right about 2017?

"By 2017, the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand. Television is controlled by the state and a sadistic game show called The Running Man has become the most popular program in history..."

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So reads the opening crawl of The Running Man, a Stephen King novel loosely adapted as a sci-fi action vehicle for brawny star Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987. If you've been loitering around Twitter, you may be familiar with its angular white typeface set against a blood red background, as users have screencapped and shared
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James Gunn Discusses His Starsky And Hutch Series and Reveals it Will Be a Continuation of the Original Series

When I hear the words remake or reboot, I think “not as good as the original”. In 99% of the cases, this is true. There are anomalies like The Departed that are far superior to the original, but like I said, it is a rare case. Now, in the case of James Gunn, the thought of a reboot is rather interesting.

Recently it was announced that Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) would be taking on the rebooting of the 1970’s buddy cop TV show Starsky and Hutch. The series will be on Amazon and Gunn himself will be directing the pilot.

James Gunn went to Facebook to announce not only his involvement in the project but to get us as pumped as he is as well. This is what he had to say:

You may have just read the news that I’m doing a version of Starsky & Hutch over at Amazon,
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‘Starsky & Hutch’Reboot is Picked up by Amazon

Remember “Starsky & Hutch”, that highly entertaining television buddy cop show from the 70s that lasted for 93 episodes? It entertained many of us for endless weeknights from 1974 to 1979 on ABC and starred David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser, as well as one really hot car, namely a two-door Ford Gran Torino. The mismatched cop duo was resurrected in the 2004 theatrical release of the same name directed by Todd Phillips with Ben Stiller playing David Starsky, the high-strung workaholic. Owen Wilson played Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson, who’s a laid-back ladies’ man. The two were detectives patrolling the Bay

‘Starsky & Hutch’Reboot is Picked up by Amazon
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Update: James Gunn developing Starsky & Hutch with Amazon

According to Deadline, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is developing a reboot of the classic 70s detective show Starsky & Hutch, which Sony Pictures TV Studios is pitching to potential networks.

The site reports that Gunn will pen the script with his brother Brian and cousin Mark, screenwriters of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and will serve as executive producers, with James potentially directing the pilot. However, Gunn took to Twitter to post the following comment:

Lots of misinformation about Starsky & Hutch TV show out there so be wary of what you read! More to come soon, okay?

James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 24, 2017

Update: Gunn has now taken to Facebook to confirm the news, revealing that it is set to be a continuation of the original series, rather than a reboot, remake or spoof:

Starsky & Hutch aired on ABC between 1975 and 1979 and followed detectives David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser
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Starsky & Hutch: Amazon Co-Producing Script-to-Series Reboot

James Gunn's Starsky and Hutch reboot has found a home. This week, Amazon announced they will develop a revival series from the Guardians of the Galaxy director.As reported earlier, Gunn is working on a reboot of the classic '70s cop show that starred Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul as Starsky and Hutch, two Southern California police detectives. The original show ran on ABC from 1975 to 1979 and in 2004, the series was adapted as a film starring Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.Read More…
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Starsky & Hutch: Amazon Co-Producing Script-to-Series Reboot

James Gunn's Starsky and Hutch reboot has found a home. This week, Amazon announced they will develop a revival series from the Guardians of the Galaxy director.As reported earlier, Gunn is working on a reboot of the classic '70s cop show that starred Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul as Starsky and Hutch, two Southern California police detectives. The original show ran on ABC from 1975 to 1979 and in 2004, the series was adapted as a film starring Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.Read More…
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Starsky & Hutch: TV Show Reboot from Guardians of the Galaxy Director

Is Starsky & Hutch coming back? Deadline reports Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is developing a reboot of the classic TV show with Sony Pictures TV.The originals series starred Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul as Starsky and Hutch, two Southern California police detectives. The show ran on ABC from 1975 to 1979. In 2004, the series was adapted as a film starring Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.Read More…
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Reel TV: James Gunn Rebooting 'Starsky and Hutch'; Jamie Bell Developing New 'Jumper'

James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) is ready to help shepherd a new version of Starsky and Hutch for television. Sony Pictures TV Studios is currently pitching the concept to broadcast, cable and streaming networks, according to Deadline. If things work out, James Gunn, his brother Brian Gunn and their cousin Mark Gunn will write and serve as executive producers for the series. James Gunn might even direct one or more episodes, depending on his availability. Starsky and Hutch debuted in 1975, starring David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser (above) as streetwise cops. The action may have been routine, but the two actors had good chemistry together. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson starred in a 2004 movie version, directed by Todd Phillips, that was played for...

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A Starsky & Hutch TV Reboot Is On The Way From James Gunn

Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn is set to executive produce a brand new Starsky & Hutch TV series. The project is being set-up over at Sony Pictures TV, and is about to be pitched to broadcast, cable and streaming networks, according to Deadline.

James Gunn is writing the one-hour ‘procedural’, along with his brother Brian and their cousin Mark.

Starsky & Hutch was a hugely popular television series, which ran for four seasons from 1975 to 1979. The original work, created by William Blinn, centered on two detectives, David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and the by-the-book Kenneth Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul), traversing the streets of the fictional Bay City, California in a two-door Ford Gran Torino.

It was also turned into a Todd Phillips-directed movie starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in 2004.

Neal Moritz’s Original Film, which produced the movie, will also work on the potential new series.
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Amazon grabs James Gunn's Starsky & Hutch TV reboot

Kirsten Howard Tony Sokol Sep 1, 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn will produce a rebooted Starsky & Hutch series for Amazon, it's been confirmed...

Amazon have snatched up the recently-unveiled Starsky & Hutch reboot show from James Gunn's production company.

This is the first time the popular director has wanted to pursue a project on the small screen.

“When I was a kid, Starsky & Hutch was the first ‘adult’ show I ever saw, and I fell in love,” he explained in a statement. “It instilled in me a lifelong love of gritty street shows, of killer 70’s threads, and muscle cars. So when Neal Mortiz asked me if I wanted to be a part of an all new Starsky & Hutch on TV, I was instantly intrigued. I teamed up with the two writers I trusted most in the world to work with us, my brother Brian Gunn and my cousin
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James Gunn is Developing a Reboot of the Classic Cop Series Starsky And Hutch

Sony Pictures Television is developing a reboot of the classic cop series Starsky and Hutch and they have hired James Gunn to develop it as an executive producer! The fact that the guy behind the Guardians of the Galaxy films is working on this series reboot means that it has a good chance of being a great and enjoyable series.

Gunn will also most likely write the project with his brother Brian Gunn and their cousin Mark Gunn. They will all serve as producers as well.

The original series starred David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser as detectives David Starsky and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson. Together they would fight crime in the fictional Bay City. It ran for four seasons from 1975-1979 on ABC.

This is one one of those series that I'm familiar with, but I never really watched it. In 2004 Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made a film adaptation that I remember enjoying,
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Starsky & Hutch Reboot in the Works From Guardians of the Galaxy Director

Starsky & Hutch Reboot in the Works From Guardians of the Galaxy Director
Time to drag that old Ford Gran Torino out of the garage: A reboot of the ’70s cop show Starsky & Hutch is in development.

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The reboot comes from Sony Pictures TV Studios, according to our sister site Deadline, with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn attached to co-write the pilot and serve as executive producer. (Gunn might direct the pilot as well, depending on his availability.)

The new take on Starsky & Hutch is described as a “character-driven, one-hour procedural,” and is currently looking for a home
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‘Starsky and Hutch’ TV Reboot in Works From James Gunn

  • The Wrap
‘Starsky and Hutch’ TV Reboot in Works From James Gunn
It’s time to rev up the Gran Torino, as a “Starsky & Hutch” TV reboot is in the works with James Gunn writing the pilot. Sony Pictures Television is shopping the one-hour procedural series, having picked up interest from broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Gunn will write the script with brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn. They will executive produce with Neal Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Films, which has an overall deal with Sony. Also Read: 'Jetsons' Live-Action TV Reboot From Robert Zemeckis Flies to ABC The original “Starsky & Hutch” starred David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser as the eponymous cops.
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Running Man

Rebecca Lea Jun 26, 2017

Our lookback through the screen adaptations of Stephen King brings us to Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Running Man...

The film: In the totalitarian dystopia of 2017, Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finds himself wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Recaptured after an escape attempt, he’s placed into a television gameshow called The Running Man, in which prison convicts attempt to stay alive in the Game Zone in order to achieve prizes such as a suspended sentence or even a pardon. However, Richards has links to the Resistance and they’re on hand to assist with his game-changing TV appearance.

To say that The Running Man is a loose adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, is something of an understatement. Stephen E. de Souza takes a hacksaw to the original everyman Ben Richards, an unemployed family man desperate
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Here Are Three Alternate Versions of ‘The Running Man’ We Almost Saw

Here Are Three Alternate Versions of ‘The Running Man’ We Almost Saw
Before Paul Michael Glaser directed The Running Man, four other directors worked on Stephen King‘s big screen adaptation. Here are the three The Running Man alternate versions we almost saw. Earlier this week, Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles presented a 30th-anniversary screening of The Running Man. Yes, it’s 30 years old this November. Screenwriter Steven E. de […]

The post Here Are Three Alternate Versions of ‘The Running Man’ We Almost Saw appeared first on /Film.
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Why Miami Vice Fans Should Be Racing to Watch Band of the Hand

Junkfood Cinema keeps it very manly this week.

Cursing one’s birth is a self-indulgent, melodramatic action usually reserved for ancient Greek theater. I however find myself regularly cursing the cruel circumstances that lead to my being born in 1984 and thus only getting an infantile gumming of this amazing era instead of ravenously feasting on its offerings as I do now retrospectively.

I truly believe that being only two years old when Miami Vice premiered on television is one of my greatest shortcomings as a human being. Fortunately, I was born to a father obsessed with the seminal prime time action crime series. His enthusiasm caused me to, as a teen, flash-consume reruns as if I was trying to snort them through my eyeballs. I began to lament not being old enough in 1986 to shove up my silk blazer sleeves and cruise around the neon oasis of Miami in a car I can, to
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