In June 1987, in an interview for The New York Times, Stanley Kubrick spoke glowingly about a series of Michelob beer commercials.
“They’re just boy-girl, night-fun,” Kubrick praised, “leading up to pouring the beer, all in 30 seconds, beautifully edited and photographed. Economy of statement is not something that films are noted for.”
That piece published on a Sunday. The following day—after interested parties tracked down who was responsible for these spots—the phone of fashion photographer turned commercial director Jeremiah Chechik started rining off the hook.
Living up to that hype, Jeremiah Chechik’s first feature, Christmas Vacation, dazzled at the box office. Over the next decade, Chechik continued to rise up the ranks, establishing himself as a profitable director and, perhaps as importantly, a director known to work well with actors and the studios. Which is why, in the mid-‘90s, he was tapped by Warner Bros. to direct a $60 million summer action film based on a popular ‘60’s British TV show called The Avengers. With a stellar cast (Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery) a legendary producer (Jerry Weintraub) and a top-tier British screenwriter (Don Macpherson), The Avengers seemed like a can’t miss film.
Unfortunately though, it missed the mark by a wide margin and drastically changed the trajectory of Jeremiah Chechik’s career. But what, at first, may have looked like a fall from grace wound up leading Chechik to terrific success in another medium. To find out what went wrong and then, ultimately, what went right, we spoke with the talented filmmaker and took a stroll down memory lane…
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With Disney CEO Bob Iger thinking that Marvel movies could go on forever, and Transformers movies planned to the end of the decade, it should come as no surprise to hear that Lionsgate hopes their revamped Power Rangers movie will be the start of a new franchise. But Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer may be just a little over zealous with his estimates for how many movies they’ll make featuring the imported super team. In a conference call with analysts today, the CEO said:
“We are really, really excited about the ‘Power Rangers’ movie. We could see doing five or six or seven.”
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Principal photography on Baywatch has completed, and with the movie exactly one year away today, Dwayne Johnson shared a postcard featuring the primary cast members hitting the beach. In addition, Paramount Pictures also released what is the first official photo from the movie. Even though we’ve seen a bunch of pictures from the set, thanks to The Rock and Zac Efron‘s Instagram posts, this is the first one released by the studio.
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It’s been 24 years since Absolutely Fabulous debuted on television in the United Kingdom. The series ended up lasting six seasons, but sporadically over the span of nearly 20 years. The second and third seasons arrived in 1994 and 1995, but the fourth season didn’t debut until 2001 with a fifth season in 2003 and the last sixth season arriving in 2011. Now the series is coming to the big screen.
The full length Absolutely Fabulous movie trailer has just arrived, showing off what Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are up to after all these years. Sadly, it looks like things aren’t going very well for the duo, and they don’t seem to be getting better after they accidentally kill beloved model Kate Moss at a posh party.
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Warner Bros. has just set release dates for the update of Stephen King‘s iconic horror thriller It and the big screen adaptation of the NBC series CHiPs. Both projects have been in development for the past couple years, and now the studio is finally ready to give them a spot on their release calendar in 2017.
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Plenty of classic TV shows have been given the big screen treatment. The Brady Bunch got a pair of spoof-esque movies, while The Addams Family got a couple movies that were a little more earnest and charming. Plus The A-Team and 21 Jump Street got two very different big screen updates, just to name a couple more. Now one more classic comedy series wants a crack at movie theaters.
New Line is currently in talks to pick up the rights to the comedy series Three’s Company, which starred John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers. Find out more about the potential for a Three’s Company movie after the jump. Read More »
Earlier this year, the first image from the reboot of Power Rangers arrived, showing off the new teenagers who will be endowed with an ancient power that will allow them to protect their city from a ruthless villain hellbent on conquering Earth. We didn’t get to see our new heroes in their power suits. Instead, they were posing for an image that easily could have been a Hollister ad.
But now we finally have an idea of the style this Power Rangers reboot will be aiming for, with a first look photo of Pitch Perfect and The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. The original version of the villain can be seen above, but the new Rita Repulsa looks much different, like a grimy version of Poison Ivy or a new alien from the saucy Species franchise.
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If there’s one big screen revival of a TV show to get excited about this year, it’s the return of Ricky Gervais as The Office boss man David Brent. The awkward former manager of the Wernham Hogg Paper Company isn’t slinging paper anymore. Instead, he’s following his dreams by trying to become a famous singer songwriter. But in the first David Brent: Life on the Road teaser trailer, it’s clear that he hasn’t quite escaped life in an office just yet, and he’s still got the gift of making people supremely uncomfortable.
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Animal Kingdom was one of the breakout debut films of 2010. Director David Michôd‘s intimate crime thriller not only created future opportunities for himself, but also his cast, which included Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, and more. It’s an excellent drama, one that’s now being adapted for television.
Below, watch the Animal Kingdom TV series trailer.
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