Posts by Joal Ryan
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies2 days ago
Gal Gadot, the sorority of Wonder Womans (Wonder Women?) welcomes you.
Its membership is surprisingly large considering you've been tapped by the makers of the planned "Man of Steel" sequel, "Batman vs. Superman," to be Hollywood's first Amazonian crime-fighter of the big screen.
Here's a look at the multimedia Wonder Women (Wonder Womans?) who've come before:
1. Ellie Wood Walker
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies18 days ago
If "Dirty Dancing"-inspired wedding-dance videos were a game, Terra and Drake Otto would be winning.
The Minnesota newlyweds have gone viral (in the first video, below), and all the way to the set of "Good Morning America" on the strength of their recreation of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey's big finish from their 1987 musical favorite, complete with a "Dancing With the Stars"-esque training segment, dialogue, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" on the sound system, and a lift that "Dirty Dancing" fans know simply as "The Lift."
About the only thing the Drakes didn't do is invent the genre. Here are five other clips and couples from YouTube's extremely well-populated Johnny- and Baby-channeling wedding-video collection worth checking out.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies21 days ago
Can you really count the ways a certain cartoon rodent has influenced our modern world?
"I don't know if it is possible to calculate the overarching influence Mickey Mouse has had on pop culture," says California State University, Fullerton professor Andi Stein, author of "Why We Love Disney: The Power of the Disney Brand."
Still, in honor of Mickey's 85th birthday—the character made his debut before paying customers in the short "Steamboat Willie" on Nov. 18, 1928—we tried, and we came up with 85 things that can be traced, directly or indirectly, back to the mouse that roared.
So, yes, Miley Cyrus will be referenced.
1. Walt Disney, mogul: Before "Steamboat Willie," the indie filmmaker was flush with ideas, but light on cash. After, he was on his way to becoming as iconic as his creation. Says Stein, "The birth of Mickey Mouse essentially launched the career of Walt Disney."
Tom Clancy, who died Tuesday at age 66, probably would want to get straight to the point: He wrote best-sellers that Hollywood made into box-office hits.
"The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," and "The Sum of All Fears" were all based on Clancy's Jack Ryan thrillers. Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck each took turns as the author's signature hero. The Advocate once called Clancy "a filmmaker's fantasy."
The novels, as the movies, were driven by technology, military strategy, and plots that took off, much like the Soviet-era submarine at the center of his breakout debut, "The Hunt for Red October," published in 1984 and endorsed by then-President Ronald Reagan.
From "Red October" forward, there were thrillers and there were Clancy-style thrillers. And audiences knew exactly what to expect of the latter.
In the Disney universe, it pays to be bewitching. Especially if you're bad. Example: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is planning a new live-action movie centered on its "101 Dalmatians" villainess, Cruella de Vil.
The sequel, presently titled "Cruella," would be Disney's latest ode to its stable of storybook villains after Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," the alternate take on "Sleeping Beauty" due out in the summer of 2014. And it would be Hollywood's latest ode, as well, after Snow White's evil-queen nemesis demanded Julia Roberts' and Charlize Theron's A-list names and talents in the 2012 films, "Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," respectively.
Has our age of the antihero doomed the fairy-tale do-gooder?
Chloë Grace Moretz of the "Kick-Ass" movies, Bella Thorne of the Disney Channel's "Shake It Up" and Kylie Jenner of the Kardashians, all have two things in common: One, they're 16 years old; two, they're the same age Judy Garland was when she began production on "The Wizard of Oz."
If it's difficult to imagine any modern-day teen stepping into Garland's ruby-red slippers, it's nearly as difficult to imagine any teen of any era doing the same. Sometimes, an actor, a character and a movie come together just so. Says Tim Dirks of AMC's Filmsite.org, "It all fit."
As testament, the nearly 75-year-old "Wizard of Oz" is back in theaters this weekend. The movie has been retrofitted for IMAX 3-D. The colors are said to be brighter; the details at times revelatory. The reviews, however, are the same: glowing. "A delightful piece of wonder-working," the New York Times declared in 1939. "A wondrous experience," Newsday judged this Wednesday.
James Gandolfini is earning lovely reviews for "Enough Said," the new film, opening Wednesday, from writer-director Nicole Holofcener ("Friends With Money"). The movie marks "The Sopranos" star's first foray into love-story territory, and his last work as a leading man.
It's not the way Gandolfini intended to go out — he died unexpectedly last June of a heart attack at age 51 — but for an actor, it's not a bad way to go.
Not every great actor has done so well when it's come to that final point on their résumé. Especially when a film is released after the actor's passing, the air of expectation can be enormous, only to be deflated by a lackluster last work. Here's a rundown of how some other stars fared after their sudden deaths gave their posthumously released films the final words on their careers.
WENT OUT WITH A BANG
1. Peter Finch: He raged in "Network." He won his first acting Oscar, posthumously awarded.
Here's a box-office stat: "Iron Man 3," the top-grossing movie of the summer would have been the third -biggest grossing movie of last summer. Here's another stat: The top 10 hits of the summer, from the Robert Downey Jr. sequel to "The Conjuring," cumulatively grossed $200 million less than the top 10 hits of last summer. And here's one more: 2013 was Hollywood's hottest summer ever.
If you want to know how the movie industry, supposedly mired in the mess that was "The Lone Ranger," managed this trick, you have to follow the money. In this instance, following the money is not the same as following ticket prices. While the average ticket was up 3.2 percent, to an all-time high of $8.38, from the same time last year, the summer box office was up even more than that: some 6 percent, per BoxOfficeMojo.com stats.
When "Daredevil" was released in 2003, critics called it "depressingly average," "dull" and "kind of lousy." And so the drubbing continued, review after review, year after year, and right on through to the news this summer that the film's star had been signed to play another superhero in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel: "If you've ever watched Daredevil, you would know why we dont want Ben Affleck as Batman."
"The Lone Ranger," "White House Down" and "R.I.P.D." landed with a thud. Steven Spielberg predicted a studio apocalpyse. A general feeling of Everything Is Terrible gripped the land. Could a case could be made that 2013 was the worst movie summer ever? Sure, if the case was made by someone who wasn't aware of and/or hadn't revisited the 30th anniversary of one of Hollywood's truly terrible, really awful seasons of all-time.