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Middle Men – Luke Wilson will sell you porn on the internet

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2010

This one is being talked about as a cross between Boogie Nights and Goodfellas – both are amazing films so that is a lot to live up to.

Directed by George Gallo it stars Luke Wilson, James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi, Jacinda Barrett, Kevin Pollak, Terry Crews, Gabriel Macht, Kelsey Grammer, Laura Ramsey, Christopher McDonald, and Robert Forster.

Below is the synopsis and the trailer.

Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) has a faithful and loving wife, two beautiful children, and a successful career fixing problem companies. When an associate calls him about an opportunity to help turn around a business that has fallen into trouble, he decides to take the job. Little does he know, it is a decision that will change his life in ways he never expected. Jack meets with Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two genius but troubled men who have invented a way to sell adult entertainment over the Internet. The plan was brilliant but the execution wasn’t — they were making money hand-over-fist and losing it just as fast. Seeing the potential, Jack agrees to partner with Buck and Wayne, devising a way to bill the entertainment through a third party, taking the guilt out of the ultimate guilty pleasure. Before he knows it, he finds himself caught between the Russian mob, a 23- year-old porn star, the FBI, and losing his family in the process of becoming rich. Witness a story so outrageous, you won’t believe it’s true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex…getting in is easy, pulling out is hard.

Source: Variety

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The Black Hole to be remade. Maximilian to return

Posted by LiveFor on December 1, 2009

Another day another remake. This time it is the classic Disney sci-fi film, The Black Hole, that freaked out so many kids (including myself) with the trippy ending. Plus it had cool robots in the shape of V.I.N.CENT (check out this cool toy) and the evil Maximilian. 2009 is also the 30th anniversary of the film.

Joseph Kosinski and Sean Bailey, the director and producer of Disney’s new “Tron: Legacy,” and scribe Travis Beacham are teaming up for what is being labeled a reinvention of the 1979 sci-fi film, which at the time was the most expensive movie Disney had ever produced.

“Hole” marks one of the first projects to be put into development by new studio chief Rich Ross according to Heat Vision.

The original followed a group of space explorers aboard the USS Palomino who come across a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering outside a black hole. Inside the Cygnus, the explorers meet a scientist, commanding an army of faceless robots, who explains his crew deserted him as he planned to go through the black hole. The explorers soon discover that the robots are the remnants of the former crew and that the scientist has no intention of letting them leave.

The $26 million movie, which featured a menacing red robot named Maximilian and two smaller, friendlier robots, was Disney’s first PG-rated production and helped put the company on the special effects map.

The details of the update are being kept secret, though the take does involve grounding the story in the science of a black hole, much more so than in the original. Maximilian also would return.

Although news of a remake usually leaves me cold, I do feel that they could do good things with this one. True there are some iconic starship and robot designs, but some of the effects are a tad dodgy (strings holding up the robots etc). However, they did have some top actors in the original (Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Forster) so for the remake they need strong actors, great designers and some of the darkness from the original.

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The Black Hole, 1979 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on July 7, 2009

Director: Gary Nelson
Starring: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, Roddy McDowall, Slim Pickens
Running Time: 98 minutes

Another great review by the mighty Paul S

Well, it was a quiet Sunday for me for once. All house tasks done, breakfast at 2 (full English of course) and I was reviewing the glossy TV guide. That’s where i saw it, jumping out of the page in bold News-Of-The-World-glossymag font – The Black Hole, Channel 5 (who’d of thought it eh? five channels!), 15:35. OK then I thought, washing nearly finished I can make this.

But those that have seen the film will understand when I say my first thought was Maximilian. What a scary robot that was! I went to the pictures to see this. I understand it’s a Disney production so we went as a family to watch it. I definitely fell asleep. My older brother on the other hand stayed awake, ‘cos he had Maximilian as a trading card, whereas I had Oscar.

Anyway, the plot. Well, bit intense for a kids film. It’s about a doctor that robbed a spaceship, gave out a distress signal, watched all the crew die, replaced them with robots, and hung around the edge of a black hole with a hard red robot for company. Oh, and also went a bit mad.

If I remember correctly (it was 3 wks ago man) a crew had to stop there for refueling/repairs and found the doctor. (on an aside, Im sure it’s the same fella that played Hans Zarkov in Flash Gordon, can LFF work their wonder here? – Nope it’s not that dude. In this one the mad scientist was played by Maximilian Schell and Hans Zarkov was played by Topol – LFF) with his robot staff. Oh that’s it! He converted them into cyborg people to sustain their life.

Now Disney thought they could jump on the Star Wars newly-opened genre with this, but forgot that kids like explosions and fighters, laser beams and hyperspace! all this gave us was a trippy 10 min sequence when they entered the black hole. it was like 2001 for kids!

That aside, watching it as an adult on a Sunday with a beer and nice cigarettes (ahem) it was a different matter. I understood what the doctor was on about! The tension between them, the ‘accidental’ death (still a bit graphic for a kids movie), the token hot scientist. Visually it fine, but its more of a dialogue film, really well written to be honest. Kinda like Reservoir Dogs in space!

I haven’t given it the justice it deserves here, I know. So re-watch it and post your response. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

As a kid – 4/10
Re-watch as adult – 8/10

A hidden gem

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The Black Hole’s V.I.N.CENT is 30 and heading our way

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

It is the 30th Anniversary of Disney’s The Black Hole.

The Black Hole is Disney’s 1979 science fiction film about a group of space travelers who come across a long missing spaceship teetering on the edge of a black hole, and their discoveries within the ship and beyond… the vast, empty nothingness where space and time end. Anything that crosses its border enters a universe of the complete unknown or gets smooshed to nothing in the intense gravitational field.

V.I.N.CENT (Vital Information Necessary CENTralized and voiced by Roddy McDowall) was one of the cool robots from the film – the other being the sinister Maximilian, who is one of the all time evil robots.

“The Black Hole” was the Walt Disney Company’s first PG-rated production. Directed by Gary Nelson and starred Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, and last but not least, Ernest Borgnine the motion picture has found a loyal fan base.

To honour the anniversary of the film MINDstyle are working on this new action figure and it looks lovely. Still early days as you can see from the concept work, but it looks like they’ve started putting them together. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Source: ToysREvil

The ending of The Black Hole always freaked me out when I was a kid.

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