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1980s' action movie anthems: a mixtape

Tim George Feature
May 9, 2016

From 48 Hrs and Rocky III to Transformers: The Movie and Commando: we salute the action anthems of the 1980s...

12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

Ryan Lambie Odd List
Feb 8, 2016

From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

How do make-up artists create sweat in the movies?

Simon Brew Feature
Oct 13, 2015

A glistening Sylvester Stallone. A sweating Robert De Niro. Vaseline. That's a trick to making sweat on film look, well, sweaty...

Mario Kassar interview: Carolco, BOT, Hollywood

Ryan Lambie Interview
Mar 24, 2015

We chat to legendary producer Mario Kassar about the return of Carolco, its forthcoming sci-fi film BOT, Hollywood studios, and more...

Examining the prison movies of Sylvester Stallone

Ryan Lambie Odd List
Mar 17, 2014

With Escape Plan out today, we look back at the strange prominence of prisons in Sylvester Stallone movies...

The rise and fall of Carolco

Ryan Lambie Feature
Mar 11, 2014

In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...

A report from An Evening With Sylvester Stallone

Nicholas Higton Feature
Jan 14, 2014

Action star, writer and director Sylvester Stallone gave an evening of anecdotes at the London Palladium on Saturday. Here's what went on...

15 novels eclipsed by their movie adaptations

Ryan Lambie Odd List
Aug 23, 2012

From comedies to sci-fi pieces to thrillers, here are 15 novels that live in the shadow of their far more famous movie adaptations…

The movie characters who were supposed to die (but got saved by a rewrite)

Simon Brew Odd List
Jan 11, 2011

They were one rewrite away from a date with the grim reaper. We look back at the movie characters who were never supposed to make the end credits…

10 reasons why 1982 was a great year for geek movies

1982 films
Ryan Lambie Odd List
Jul 13, 2010

1982 was a vintage year for classic films of a geek persuasion and here’s our run-down of the ten very best to prove it...