Edgar Wright's new film BABY DRIVER stars Ansel Elgort as a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. In the movies, getaway drivers are so plentiful they nearly outnumber doctors, lawyers, and private detectives. Put the pedal to the metal and check out these other cinematic speed demons!
The Transformers are back for a fifth installment of their blockbuster franchise in Transformers: The Last Knight! Based on Hasbro's mega-popular line of toy robots from the 1980s, it's by far the most successful example of toys that have made the jump from store shelves to the silver screen.
In ROUGH NIGHT, a group of friends are horrified when the male stripper they hired for a wild bachelorette party in Miami winds up dead. In the movies, as in life, things can get crazy after midnight--you can fall in (and out of) love, race cars, fight aliens...even face the end of the world.
Roger Moore entered screen immortality when he assumed the mantle of super spy 007 James Bond in 1973's LIVE AND LET DIE, going on to play the role in six subsequent adventures. Impossibly handsome, charming, and debonair, he never seemed to take himself too seriously no matter what cinematic situations he found himself in. We raise a martini glass in tribute to the great Roger Moore.
Tom Cruise enters the Universal Monster Movie Universe with THE MUMMY, where he squares off against an ancient princess who brings terror to the world after her crypt is disturbed. Check out the previous adventures of Egypt's malevolent bag of bandages starting with Boris Karloff's classic portrayal in the 1932 original!
After 75 years of fighting for truth and justice, DC Comics' Amazing Amazon stars (and stripes) in her own movie with WONDER WOMAN! While her fellow Super Friends Superman and Batman have been appearing in movies since the 1940s, Princess Diana (aka Diana Prince) had to wait until the 1970s before she started showing up in other media. Check out some of these previous adventures in anticipation of Wonder Woman finally getting to use her golden lasso on the silver screen!
Dwayne Johnson, aka as The Rock, hits the beach in BAYWATCH, a big screen version of the sun-soaked, slo-mo 90s TV show. Johnson rose to fame through professional wrestling, breaking into movies thanks to his unbelievable physique. It didn't take The Rock long to prove that he had movie star charisma to go along with the muscles, capable of tackling different genres. Now Dwyane Johnson is one of Hollywood's biggest stars, in more ways than one!
Author Thomas Wolfe famously wrote, "You can't go home again." But Wolfe never ran a movie studio, where returning to popular film franchises--sometimes even decades later--can mean big box office. In ALIEN: COVENANT, director Ridley Scott revisits the sci-fi world that sent his career into hyperspace with 1979's ALIEN. Here are some other notable examples of sequels that tried to extend their franchises for a new generation.
One of the most diverse filmmakers of all time, Jonathan Demme, has passed away at age 73. Starting out as a protege to legendary producer Roger Corman, Demme went on to win a Best Director Oscar for his white-knuckle film adaptation of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, which lodged its way into the popular culture and has never left. Whether it was comedy, drama, thrillers, horror, or documentaries, Demme made contributions to the art of film that will never be forgotten.
Screen legend Goldie Hawn ends a fifteen-year absence from movies with SNATCHED, where she and Amy Schumer play a mother and daughter who go on a vacation getaway but find themselves over their heads in trouble. Hawn won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first movie, 1969's CACTUS FLOWER. For three decades she was a major box office star, turning the silver screen into gold!