Despite the fact that there are more films available for home viewing than ever before, there is a significant crop of films that never hit DVD. One of the most serious omissions on the format has been Rolling Thunder. The 1977 film casts William Devane as a Vietnam vet who is out for revenge against a crew of seriously bad guys, enlisting Tommy Lee Jones in the process. It is an understated and magnificent film, and for too long has been difficult to see. It got a bit of exposure in the ’90s when Quentin Tarantino borrowed the title to name his distribution company, but has since fallen back into movie geek obscurity.

Luckily, if you live in Atlanta you can see a projected print on Friday, November 5 at the Plaza Theater. For everyone else, be happy that the film is streaming online and will finally hit DVD (hooray!), albeit not quite in the way you probably want. Details are after the break. Read More »

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“When he pours, he reigns.” In another sign that New York City is losing its edge, prominent stage producer, Marty Richards (Chicago), is bringing the straight-laced yet tutti-frutti Tom Cruise vehicle, Cocktail, to Broadway. *Attempting to hold back a smirk* Richards is teaming up with the film’s screenwriter Heywood Gould—who actually adapted the flick from his book Cocktail, see below—to create a musical based on the story of a young man thriving in the world of “flair bartending” who vacates NYC for a gig (and two romantic female flings) in Jamaica. So, who would play Elisabeth Shue‘s heartbroken, humble, and secretly rich cutiepie who is left preggo after a one-night stand with Cruise…mon? Gould tells the NYP: “Marty Richards is on board and he’s working on the score. It’s far too early to talk about casting. We haven’t approached anybody yet. But I do like Katie Holmes.”  Get out. Tons of tourist-friendly jams to consider after the jump…

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