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Top Gun became a box office hit in 1986 thanks to a combination of exhilarating visuals, high-octane storytelling and – perhaps most importantly – a dynamic soundtrack. Filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson had witnessed successful synergy between movies and albums before, having previously overseen the soundtracks to Flashdance and Beverly Hills Cop. While both men were […]

It’s a scene that has lived in infamy – mocked, parodied and occasionally defended. Still, all these years after the movie’s release, everyone remembers Top Gun’s volleyball scene. From a pure plot standpoint, the scene – which features Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Goose (Anthony Edwards) going toe-to-toe on the sand court against their rivals Iceman (Val […]

On May 4, 1977, Farrah Fawcett made her final appearance as a series regular on Charlie’s Angels. Her departure from the cast was something few fans saw coming. In her role as Jill Munroe, Fawcett had become the series’ breakout star. Though the blonde bombshell had turned heads in previous parts, including brief appearances on […]

Following the runaway, yet totally unexpected, success of Friday the 13th in 1980, producers were eager to make a sequel to a low budget horror flick. Just shy of a year after vengeful murderess Pamela Voorhees had her head severed in the closing moments of the first film, Friday the 13th Part 2 arrived in […]

Quentin Tarantino’s debut fictional novel, based on the film Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, is set for release on June 29. The book promises to expand on the story originally told in the 2019 movie. Characters Rick Dalton – the washed-up TV star portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio – and Cliff Booth – Dalton’s stunt double, played […]

“Biography: Kisstory” will document Kiss‘ nearly 50-year career over two nights on A&E this summer. The four-hour documentary will air over two nights on June 27 and 28 on the cable network. Directed by D.J. Viola and produced by Leslie Greif (who also produced Gene Simmons Family Jewels for A&E), the film covers the decades the band has been together, with  focus on cofounders Paul Stanley […]

For four and a half minutes on April 27, 1986, HBO’s broadcast signal was jammed. Viewers in the entire eastern half of the U.S. were beamed a protestation that read: “GOODEVENING HBO. FROM CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT $12.95/MONTH ? NO WAY [SHOWTIME/MOVIE CHANNEL BEWARE!]” Eventually, the signal returned, and the movie that had been screening at the time, The Falcon and […]

The lure of the noir crime film is so strong that it can feel like sooner or later every filmmaker is going to take a shot at making one and every actor is going to try to be in one. Often this turns out well, but sometimes you get a movie like Mulholland Falls, which […]

When Crocodile Dundee debuted in Australian theaters on April 24, 1986, star Paul Hogan wanted it to be his country’s pioneering blockbuster. “I’m planning for it to be Australia’s first proper movie,” he said at the time. “I don’t think we’ve had one yet — not a real, general public, successful, entertaining movie,” He achieved […]

To be recognized as the best of something is an achievement worthy of pride. But to be recognized as the worst – and given a physical award for it – is a considerably less triumphant moment. The Golden Raspberry Awards, or the Razzies, have served as Hollywood’s top satirical award show for four decades, annually presenting stars […]