As an avid life-long Academy Award watcher, I’ve always enjoyed attempting to see all Oscar-worthy films and selecting my personal winners. The Oscars are my Super Bowl so to speak, an activity I look forward to every year. I’ll update this blog until all of the main awards have been covered. [UPDATED 2/23/17]
Just when you thought comic book movies were played out, the villains have come to the rescue! David Ayer plans to turn the genre inside-out with his new film Suicide Squad from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. But who are the Suicide Squad? And why is this group of villains about to become your favorite heroes? As we get ready for Villains Night at Hollywood Blvd, here’s a sneak peak at the rogues we love to hate (or hate to love).
Did you know that the largest arcade in the world is in the Chicago suburbs? On Saturday, July 25th, the Galloping Ghost Arcade will be bringing some of their arcade machines to our theater to help celebrate the release of Pixels as part of our Pixels Saturday event. We visited The Galloping Ghost for a taste of nostalgic retro action and spoke with Doc Mack, owner of the arcade and Galloping Ghost Productions.
With the arrival of Marvel's movie adaptation of Ant-Man in theaters this July, we break down the diminutive defender for movie-goers who might not be familiar with his story. Who the heck is Ant-Man, and how does he fit into the Marvel universe?
By now we are no strangers to Hollywood pulling from the past to make new movies. The Summer of 2015 has a whopping 17 reboots, remakes and sequels lined up: including an updated version of the classic horror film Poltergeist. Get nostalgic with us as we examine some of the most noteworthy horror remakes of the past few decades.
One of the most innovative car-themed film series will be rebooted on May 15th in Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. The original series boasted custom-built cars seemingly made from salvaged scraps and, from the looks we've been given of Fury Road so far, the new movie is continuing the tradition. Before you see it at Hollywood Blvd Cinema, let's take a look at our favorite heavily-modded iconic cars from movie history.
This May, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits the big screen in what may be the most anticipated superhero movie of all time. However the Marvel film universe wasn't always so cinematic and successful. Most people will recall Lou Ferrigno bathed in green paint in the classic '70s television series "The Incredible Hulk." But Marvel has done far worse things to members in its universe past, and it's time to dig deeper than "Daredevil" and "Ghost Rider."
Modern movie and television-watching audiences are familiar with the zombie apocalypse concept: An out-of-control contagion quickly spreads through a population, rapidly killing and then re-animating the dead into flesh-consuming monsters which then continue the spread.
On March 27th, It Follows (2014) will be released nationally in theaters. The buzz around this film has been increasing since its premiere at Cannes 2014 Film Festival and limited theatrical run. It Follows is part of a trend of fresh new horror film franchises getting their chance to premiere in the festival circuit with hopes of gaining national distribution.
Spoiler Alert: Plot points from several Christopher Nolan's movies are revealed in this blog entry.
If you’re a fan of musical theatre, Barry Dennen has a resume that will make your jaw drop.
If you’re a Chicago-area resident, you probably know about “The Fugitive,” “The Blues Brothers,” and “Ferris Bueller” (and other various John Hughes movies). Not only are they cinema classics, but they’re among the most famous movies shot in Chicago. But what about the ones you forgot were filmed here, or perhaps, didn’t even know were set in Chicago to begin with?
No one likes a sore loser, and yet no one wants to see their contender ejected from the race too soon. Such is the case among movie lovers when the Academy Award nominations are announced in the weeks before Valentine’s Day but after Martin Luther King Day. Speaking of whom . . .
For the past thirty years, when people have heard "time travel movie," they most likely thought of “Back to the Future.” And rightfully so; the original brought in over two hundred million dollars -the most of any movie in 1985- spawned two sequels and a Saturday morning cartoon, and is regularly named one of the best films ever made.
Did you know that “The Iron Giant” is, according to Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, one of the most critically-acclaimed animated films of all time?
You know you want to tune into the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 11 -- Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting again! But unless you want to be left scratching your head once the jokes of the opening dialogue are over, you’ll need to catch up on some of the contending films and why Tinseltown is making such a fuss over them. We can help! Here’s a list of Golden Globe-nominated films currently showing at Hollywood Blvd.
When I was a kid, I remember watching “Return of the Jedi” and wondering what chapter would come next. It’s hard to believe that a couple of decades later that “Episode VII-The Force Awakens”, is a mere year away. The recently-released teaser trailer did a perfect job of raising questions while creating excitement for the upcoming installment, even for those who grew a bit jaded after the prequel trilogy. Here are seven things this hardcore Star Wars geek wants to know after that 88 second glimpse of things to come:
Director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit saga reaches its action-packed finale with the latest installment, “Battle of The Five Armies.” The last film in this trilogy relies heavily on the appendices of J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Return of the King” to expand on life in Middle Earth.
The year was 1988. To quote the marketing phrase: “Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it’s three against one.”
In 1994, an unlikely pairing of slapstick comedian Jim Carrey and serious stage and film actor Jeff Daniels brought the world a cult comedy classic. The now-famous Farrelly brothers made their directorial debut with Dumb and Dumber which launched their career when it became an instant box-office hit.
Before Paul Reubens and Tim Burton were household names, the character of “Pee-Wee Herman” was just getting his start on stage at a star-making Los Angeles comedy club called The Groundlings. Reubens honed the character throughout the late 1970’s, which then became a popular HBO comedy special before being developed into the 1985 hit classic, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”
Christopher Nolan is a creative force to be reckoned with. The man who gained overnight recognition with his 2000 independent psychological thriller “Memento” went on to write and direct “Inception” and the three most recent Batman films. Nolan’s latest film, a science-fiction space voyage called “Interstellar”, is already causing quite a stir before its release.
Batman made his first appearance in Detective Comics in 1939, following the success of Superman. However, creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger purposefully crafted a moodier, more mysterious hero whose grim origin story would be one of the few things to remain constant throughout the character’s re-interpretation by subsequent artists and writers.
Ah, fall. Time to dig last year’s cozy sweaters out of the bottom of the drawer. Along with the leather corset. And the fishnet stockings, and the water pistol. Because if you work in a community-oriented movie house, the approach of Halloween brings one more very important thing to mind.