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The Movie: Dick Tracy
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Now/HBO Go
The Pitch: Hard-boiled detective Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, who also directs), based on the comic strip by Chester Gould, is searching for evidence that proves Alphonse “Big Boy” Caprice (Al Pacino) is the city’s most dangerous crime boss. He may have found the key to unraveling the crimelord’s illegal empire in Breathless Mahoney (Madonna), an enigmatic barroom singer who has witnessed some of Caprice’s crimes firsthand. However, she seems more set on stealing the detective away from his girlfriend, Tess (Glenne Headly), than helping him solve the case of his career.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Dick Tracy was largely considered a flop when it was released back in 1990. With a production that was significantly over budget, Walt Disney Studios was disappointed to see the film make only $103.7 million domestically and another $59 million internationally. That’s not a bad take for a movie that came out in 1990, but for a movie that reportedly cost over $100 million, it’s less than thrilling, especially when it followed Tim Burton’s massively successful Batman, which grossed $411.5 million worldwide. But I’m here to tell you that not only should this movie not be considered a flop, but it’s one of the best comic book movies of all-time. Read More »
For the longest time, Dick Tracy had one of the most iconic gadgets in pop culture. Whenever there was trouble, the yellow jacket-clad detective could be summoned on his radio watch. But for the longest time, even through modern times, this watch was just a pipe dream. Nowadays we have the likes of the Apple Watch to satisfy our affinity for wrist gadgets, but for those who are still dreaming of specifically having the watch Dick Tracy wore on his wrist, it’s no longer a dream.
Brothers Nick and Charlie Mathis have teamed up with the Longio Watch Co. and Elite Manufacturing to create an official Dick Tracy watch that uses bluetooth technology to connect to your phone and operate like the real gadget from the 1930s comic strip. Find out how you can get it below. Read More »
Over two years ago, Warren Beatty was shooting his untitled Howard Hughes film. The actor and director prefers to take his time with each project; he’s always been more focused on quality than quantity. After almost 18 years of waiting, though, we’re finally going to see it this year.
In fact, we might even see two movies from him over the next couple of years, if he decides to try to move forward with the Dick Tracy sequel. The filmmaker indicated that potential project is still on his to-do list. Learn more about the Dick Tracy sequel and the Howard Hughes project below.
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Many times, the international version of a movie poster is much better than the domestic one. International marketing teams seem more willing to take visual risks, and therefore, we’re given more interesting and evocative artwork.
So what if your favorite limited, pop culture art was given a foreign spin? That’s the general idea behind Native Tongue, a three person show that opens November 9 at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. Jay Shaw, Jason Liwag and Rico Cabina have each made new posters that look like they’re from overseas for some of their favorite films. Shaw did Polish-inspired works, Cabina simulated Mexican designs, and Liwag did Japanese. The result is a simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar collection of movie posters for films like Dick Tracy, Eyes Wide Shut, Big Trouble In Little China, and The Rocketeer. Check out a small sampling below. Read More »
Disney just announced that 30 of their classic movies, from animation to live action films produced by their subsidiaries, are all coming to Blu-ray by the end of 2012. Among the highlights are Adventures in Babysitting, Pete’s Dragon, Ed Wood, Pocahontas, Arachnophobia, Newsies, The Absent-Minded Professor, High Fidelity, The Aristocats, Dick Tracy, Sister Act, Evita, Father of the Bride, Ransom, The Color of Money and Cocktail.
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It’s always nice to spend a weekend with old friends. It’s even better when those friends are Dick Tracy, Captain Kirk, Clark Kent, Mr. Incredible and Tony Stark. The Los Angeles Times hosted their second annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this weekend, screening classic superhero and genre films with their filmmakers in attendance. Beginning on Thursday with Dick Tracy and Warren Beatty and ending Sunday with Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr., it was a whirlwind four days of great movies, interviews and surprises. We’ve already pulled out two of the biggest bits of news (Dick Tracy 2, Iron Man 3) but, after the jump, you can read a rundown of the festival as a whole include tidbits on Star Trek 2, Cars 2 and more. Read More »
Warren Beatty‘s 1990 film Dick Tracy opened the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival Thursday night and the legendary actor and director showed up to talk about it. Beatty did a thought-provoking and hilariously candid, but also sometimes guarded, 90 minute Q&A. Here’s a small example:
I always think of making a movie like vomiting. I don’t like to vomit. But I get to a point sometimes where I think, ‘Okay, I better go ahead and do this and I’ll feel better.’ When I finally get around to making a movie, that’s why. I think I’ll feel better if I make this movie.
To that statement, it seems safe to say that, ladies and gentleman, Warren Beatty isn’t feeling well.
When once again asked about with the possibility of a making a sequel to Dick Tracy, the actor, who last appeared in front of the camera in 2001’s Town and Country and behind the camera in 1998’s Bulworth, said “I’m gonna make another one.” That long rumored Dick Tracy 2 might be on the way. Read More »
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Dick Tracy, Iron Man, Captain Kirk, Superman and the Incredibles will all be represented at the upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival. Presented by the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, it’ll not only feature screenings but in depth Q&A’s with several important and influential filmmakers.
The event runs from June 9-12 at the Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood CA and kicks off with a screening of Dick Tracy followed by Q&A with Warren Beatty. Day two starts with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn featuring writer/director Nicholas Meyer in person, followed by the 2009 Star Trek with special guests, and Star Trek 2 screenwriters, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Day three features Richard Donner discussing Superman and Superman II, with a special appearance by Geoff Johns and on the last day animator Dave Mullins presents The Incredibles and then Jon Favreau will be on hand to screen and discuss Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
After the break, find out how you can get tickets and more. Read More »