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1999’s Inspector Gadget, and its hugely underappreciated gag

Simon Brew Aug 15, 2017

There's an end credits gag in Inspector Gadget that's up there with much of what Marvel offers you once the film's over...

Lots of people don’t like the Inspector Gadget movie. Released in 1999, Disney certainly had high hopes for it, earmarking it as a key blockbuster for that year. Tellingly, though, Rupert Everett would not inaccurately describe the film as “the $100m mess” in his memoir, Red Carpets And Other Banana Skins.

He went further. Talking about the elongated days of shooting on the movie, he wrote that “behind the scenes lurked a panel of executives, each with their own theory and agenda. A string of writers had written version after version, each adding to our scripts on a different-coloured paper, each one losing the plot a little bit more, so that by the end, or rather the beginning, they had managed between them to render
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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Roger Moore as Bond, James Bond

Chicago – “Shaken, Not Stirred.” “Bond, James Bond.” “Jaws.” All the Bond iconography was celebrated by the actor who portrayed him in the most films, and the longest time period. Sir Roger Moore brought a suave and quipping Jb to the filmgoers of the 1970s and ‘80s, so the film writers of HollywoodChicago.com – Jon Espino, Patrick McDonald and Spike Walters – bring essays in honor of their favorite Roger Moore Bond films.

Roger Moore Strikes a Familiar Pose as James Bond

Photo credit: Eon Productions

The roguish Moore portrayed Britain’s most famous spy with a air of sophistication and humor, eschewing the harder edge that the first Bond, Sean Connery, had established. From the first film, “Live and Let Die” (1972) to 13 years later with “A View to a Kill,” Moore defined Bond for a generation of 1970s and ‘80s filmgoers. Read the full HollywoodChicago.com obituary by clicking here.

Jon Espino,
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Celebrate Roger Moore With a James Bond Double Feature May 31st & June 4th at AMC Theaters

“Observe, Mr. Bond, the instruments of Armageddon.”

In celebration of the life of Sir Roger Moore, and to benefit Unicef, there will be a double feature screening of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only at select AMC Theatres on May 31st at 6pm and June 4th at 2pm. For a list of participating theaters, go Here (the only St. Louis AMC Theater participating is The AMC Chesterfield 14)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me sports a labyrinthine story involving outer-space extortion. The leading lady is sexy Russian secret agent Barbara Bach, who joins forces with Bond to foil yet another megalomaniacal villain, who plans to threaten New York City with nuclear weaponry. Curt Jurgens stars as Stromberg, Richard Kiel costars as ‘Jaws’, and other Bond lovelies include Caroline Munro and Valerie Leon.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Roger Moore was back as Secret Agent 007 in For Your Eyes Only,
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Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond

  • Indiewire
Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond
The passing of Sir Roger Moore at 89 marks the first James Bond to do so. And the response from one of my sons was telling: “James Bond can’t die — he’s immortal.”

That sentiment will be shared by many Bond fans, particularly the generation that grew up with Moore in the ’70s and ’80s. Moore, who embraced the lighter side of Ian Fleming’s superspy, was also the most enduring, making a record seven franchise movies: “Live And Let Die” (1973), “The Man With The Golden Gun” (1974), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), “Moonraker” (1979), “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Octopussy” (1983), and “A View To A Kill (1985).”

While Sean Connery defined Bond as uber-cool and free-spirited (he enjoyed killing as much as shagging), Moore redefined him as devil may care to disarm the baddies. The first Bond to hail from London, Moore’s Bond wasn’t in it for the spying, he was
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Film News: Roger Moore, Who Portrayed James Bond, Dies at 89

Switzerland – Of all the breathless hype that comes with each new James Bond movie, the man who played Bond the longest (and in the most films) is often forgotten. Sir Roger Moore – he was knighted for his charity work – portrayed Bond from 1972 to 1985, and died in Switzerland on May 22, 2017. He was 89.

The roguish Moore portrayed Britain’s most famous spy with a air of sophistication and humor, eschewing the harder edge that the first Bond, Sean Connery, had established. From the first film, “Live and Let Die” (1972) to 13 years later with “A View to a Kill,” Moore defined Bond for a generation of 1970s and ‘80s filmgoers. He had been an established British TV actor before taking on his most famous role, and even made inroads in America on the popular series “Maverick” in 1960.

Roger Moore Strikes a Familiar Pose as James Bond

Photo credit: Eon Productions

Roger Moore was
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DVD Review – Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxvii

Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxvii…

When I reviewed MST3K Volume Xxxv, I noted that you could divide Shout! Factory’s releases of the TV series episodes into the “good” and “great” categories. Volume Xxxv fell in the former category, as does the latest one, Volume Xxxvii (I skipped Volume Xxxvi). It’s certainly a worthwhile purchase for completists, but the bonus features didn’t quite hit the heights established by some previous entries in this series.

Here’s what you’ll find in this collection:

Invasion of the Neptune Men: This eighth season episode features a 1961 Japanese science-fiction movie that was later shown on American TV. It’s a great example of the nuances that exist when someone talks about a bad movie. Sure, there are bad movies like Plan 9 From Outer Space that are just ineptly made, but then there are bad
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"Suicide Squad" - 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

  • SneakPeek
From the movie review site TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly.Ca, take a look @ the good, the bad and the ugly in director David Ayer's "Suicide Squad", starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto :

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For 'The Good':

"Dazzled by all the hype leading up to this super-villain 'Dirty Dozen' update, things get off to a good start, when dead-eyed Loretta Lynch look-alike  'Amanda Waller' (Viola Davis), intros a gaggle of incarcerated scary monsters and super creeps, for a top secret mission, in writer/director David Ayer's energetic take on John Ostrander's DC Comics' series 'Suicide Squad'.

"Showcased early on, dependable Will Smith, stays the course as a buff, street-smart father, who only plays dumb when he lies to his young daughter...

"...about his lucrative moonlighting career as the high-tech costumed, killer-for-hire 'Deadshot'.

"'Joker' (Jared Leto), with his Richard Kiel choppers, is a wormy-mix of Jack Nicholson,
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Happy 80th Burt-day to Burt Reynolds! – Here Are His Ten Best Movies

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman

Burt Reynolds, one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite actors, turns 80 today. Happy Birthday Burt!

On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV job or theater role. Burt was spotted in a New York City stage production of Mister Roberts and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955), Riverboat (1959) and his own series, Hawk
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Blu-ray Review – Cannonball Run II (1984)

Cannonball Run II, 1984.

Directed by Hal Needham.

Starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Jamie Farr, Telly Savalas, Ricardo Montalban, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Kiel, Sid Caesar, Jackie Chan, Tony Danza, Henry Silva, Alex Rocco, Abe Vigoda, Michael V. Gazzo.

Synopsis:

The majority of the drivers from the first film return for a second crack at the top prize in an illegal cross-country car race.

Having had a hit with The Cannonball Run in 1981, it took three years for the inevitable to happen and a sequel to appear and, much like that first film, Cannonball Run II also became a staple of bank holiday television entertainment in the UK. However, in keeping with the tradition of inferior major studio sequels this second outing basically redoes the original but without the charm that carried that film.

Much of that missing charm comes down to the fact that
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Film Feature: Bond, James Bond – Ranking the Bond Movies Worst to First, Including ‘Spectre’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – James Bond is back in his latest adventure, “Spectre,” but what about his movie life before this film? Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com ranks the 24 official James Bond films from worst to first, an overview of 007’s movie and cultural presence from 1962 through today.

The legacy of James Bond began in 1953, with the release of the first in a series of novels detailing the spy’s escapades, written by Ian Fleming. The British agent with a “license to kill” designation (007) was featured in 12 novels and two short story collections. In 1962, the first of the 24 official films – “Dr. No” – was released, starring Sean Connery, and began a series that maintains its popularity to this day. Many fans of the series consider Connery the essential James Bond, but many other actors followed him as Bond in the official film canon – George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and the current 007, Daniel Craig.
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Best James Bond Scenes: The Roger Moore era part 1: 1970s

  • SoundOnSight
It is no secret that Roger Moore holds the record as the actor who played James Bond the most, his tally an impressing 7. There are a bevy of reasons why this was the case, the most obvious being that each one of his films were massive financial successes, the only bump in the road being his second outing, The Man With the Golden Gun, which itself speaks to the immense stature of the franchise when the film that earns 97 million dollars is the ‘bump in the road.’ There was a shift in tone that permeated in the Bond films once Roger Moore took over the mantle from Sean Connery. Whereas the latter brought toughness and grittiness to his interpretation of the famous super spy all the while proving to be as smooth as butter, the former injected some light comedic flair. It was definitely still James Bond on the screen,
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‘Moonraker’ Delivers Bond to a Post ‘Star Wars’ Generation

  • SoundOnSight
Moonraker

Directed by Lewis Gilbert

Screenplay by Christopher Wood

UK, 1979

Moonraker has the unique distinction of being the most absurd and over-the-top Bond film produced in 50 years of the series. Spy films exist in a genre unto themselves, but the Bond films sometimes like to crossover into other popular genres as well. The first clear example of this was 1973’s Live and Let Die, which mimicked the then popular Blaxploitation genre. When Moonraker was released however, the Bond series took this genre crossover to its extreme, resulting in a Bond film as much a science fiction saga as it is screwball comedy. Certainly one of the strangest Bond films to date, Moonraker holds a unique admiration among Bond fans and remained the highest grossing of all the Bond films until the release of Goldeneye in 1995.

Before Moonraker came 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me which concluded with the end credit
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‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ is a thrilling showcase of Roger Moore’s turn as the Mi-6 agent

  • SoundOnSight
The Spy Who Loved Me

Directed by Lewis Gilbert

Screenplay by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum

UK, 1977

There’s an undeniable lasting appeal to Bond. Lasting 50 years is certainly proof of that, but there’s something deeper. After all, one can point to Star Trek and Doctor Who as cultural icons that have stood the test of time, but there’s something different about Bond. Trekkies or Whovians faced ostracization for many years, the fans relegated to dark corners and hushed tones of conversation. Ordering a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, however, paints someone as the very opposite of a nerd, something that has never changed throughout the run of Bond. So what stands Bond apart? It can’t be the saving the world aspect of things; after all, there are many heroes and heroines who’ve saved the world on a regular basis, perhaps with more frequency than Bond,
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Countdown to Spectre – The Spy Who Loved Me

Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of The Spy Who Loved Me

James Bond’s previous adventure in The Man with the Golden Gun was a low point for the series that relied too heavily on camp and comedy to succeed. While The Spy Who Loved Me continues Bond’s campy trend, it is a vast improvement and a classic 007 film, marking the first time Roger Moore truly feels like James Bond. Its plot, while silly at times, is fast-paced and the characterization of both Bond and Russian spy Anya Amasova is well done. Though it may not deconstruct Bond’s character as much other films, Spy Who Loved Me examines Bond’s personality against Anya’s very well.

After two films with low-level stakes, Spy is a return to the larger than life villain who seeks world domination. Karl Stromberg, however, doesn’t just want
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U.N.C.L.E.: Will International Moviegoers Save WB's Domestic Box Office Flop?

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake:
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Time Machine: Classy-Looking 'Tangled' Singing Stars at the Oscars

Zachary Levi and guest on the Oscars' Red Carpet Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light," a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled. The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman's "We Belong Together," from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year's biggest domestic box office hit. Zachary Levi movies Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller's comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell's comedy Big Momma's House 2 (2006). Thor: The Dark World (2013). Director: Alan Taylor.
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‘Spectre’ Image Gives Glimpse of Dave Bautista as Bond Bad Guy Mr. Hinx

  • The Wrap
‘Spectre’ Image Gives Glimpse of Dave Bautista as Bond Bad Guy Mr. Hinx
New images from the set of “Spectre,” the next James Bond film, show Dave Bautista in character as henchman Mr. Hinx. Bautista, one of the breakout stars of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” joins the ranks of notorious Bond villains like Jaws (Richard Kiel), Oddjob (Harold Sakata), and Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen). Also Read: 25 Sizzling Bond Girls: From Ursula Andress to Monica Belluci and Lea Seydoux (Photos) Sam Mendes is returning to direct “Spectre” after his success with “Skyfall” in 2012. Daniel Craig is reprising his role as the British super spy, along with a supporting cast that includes Bautista, Christoph Waltz,
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Musings On The 87Th Annual Academy Awards

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Well, it's that time of year again when pundits everywhere weigh in on the merits (or lack thereof) of the previous evening's Oscar telecast.

Here are my random observations:

Host Neil Patrick Harris was affable and likable and worked like hell to put on a good show. But there lies the rub. Traditionally, Oscar hosts never had to be chosen for their ability to carry Busby Berkeley-like song and dance extravaganzas. Dear old Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson were simply there to keep the traffic flowing to the podium in between rattling off some memorable one-liners. Billy Crystal quashed that tradition with his ever-outrageous opening production numbers that razzed the Academy and some of the nominees. The idea should have been retired with him when he announced he would no longer host the event. Last evening's opening act was certainly opulent and contained some
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SAG Awards 2015: The Best, the Worst and the Most Awkward Moments

SAG Awards 2015: The Best, the Worst and the Most Awkward Moments
Every year, stars get together at the SAG Awards to congratulate each other on how awesome they all are with a lavish, unhosted ceremony that speeds along at a quick pace because everyone wants to get their naked man sculptures and hit up the after parties.

Because of the ceremony's weird place in the awards season – after the Oscar Nominations have been announced but before the Oscars actually take place - and the Golden Globes-esque mingling of television and film stars, sometimes the show can get real weird, real quick.

News: SAG Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List

Tonight’s ceremony was a rather low-key affair, but it still had some stand-out moments. Here are the best, the worst, and the most awkward moments of the night.

The Best

1. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Looking Adorable

TNT

Jennifer Aniston was one of the stars selected to tell her story of how she became an actor during the opening
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The 2015 Screen Actors' Guild Awards – as it happened

It was the final big American film and TV awards ceremony before the Oscars, and the one most likely to indicate who will be going home with Academy awards in a month’s time. Find out if Hollywood’s most celebrated actors perfect their speeches ... or losers’ faces

Screen Actors Guild awards 2015: the winners in pictures

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A quick-fire night then with a couple of surprises thrown in, mostly in TV.

Uzo Aduba started the evening by winning best female actor in a comedy series for her work in Orange is the New Black, which follows the Globes giving their equivalent to Gina Rodriguez.

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Costner is back and… well… that’s it.

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Naomi Watts on the other hand is clearly very happy to be there. Zach Galifianakis takes the piss out of Julianne Moore’s “When I was on As the World Turns” moment,
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