Theodore Rex (film)
Theodore Rex known as T. Rex, is a 1995 buddy cop science-fiction family film written and directed by Jonathan Betuel and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Though intended for theatrical release, the film went direct-to-video, became the most expensive direct-to-video film made at the time of its release; the film was not well-received, saw Whoopi Goldberg being nominated for Worst Actress at the 1996 Golden Raspberry Awards. It is the first, so far only, direct-to-video movie to receive any sort of Razzie nomination. In an alternate futuristic society where humans and anthropomorphic dinosaurs co-exist, a tough police detective named Katie Coltraine is paired with a Tyrannosaurus named Theodore Rex to find the killer of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals leading them to a ruthless billionaire bent on killing off mankind by creating a new ice age. Whoopi Goldberg as Katie Coltrane Armin Mueller-Stahl as Elizar Kane Juliet Landau as Dr. Veronica Shade Bud Cort as Spinner Stephen McHattie as Edge Richard Roundtree as Commissioner Lynch Jack Riley as Alaric Calvin Scott as Smithersaurus Kevin Carlson – Ankylosaurus Dad Charles Chiodo – Guy in the Bag Edward Chiodo – Caterpillar Steven Chiodo – Guy in the Bag Tom Fisher – Ankylosaurus Terri Hardin – Molly Rex Bruce Lanoil – Theodore Rex, Oliver Rex Pons Maar – Theodore Rex James Murray – Tina the Waitress Tony Sabin Prince – Molly Rex Dwight Robers – Guy in the Bag Paul Salamoff – Michelan Sisit – Jack Tate – George Newbern – Theodore Rex Carol Kane – Molly Rex Hayward O. Coleman – Oliver Rex, Tina the Waitress Jan Rabson – Tina Rex Additional Voices provided by Billy Bowles, Rodger Bumpass, Jennifer Darling, Denise Dowse, Bill Farmer, Anne Lockhart, Sherry Lynn, Mickie McGowan, Patrick Pinney, Philip Proctor.
Theodore Rex received negative reviews from audiences. Reviewer Luke Baldock called it "a horrific mess of a movie, it starts with an opening crawl and narration that tells us'Once upon a time in the future...' it's losing me." In a 2015 interview with the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, Goldberg stated that this is the only film she regrets having done: "Don't ask me why I did it, I didn't want to", she said. Though Whoopi Goldberg had made a verbal agreement to star in the film in October 1992, she attempted to back out. Abramson filed a US$20 million lawsuit against Goldberg, settled quickly. Goldberg agreed to star in the film for $7 million, $2 million more than the amount agreed upon. One of the attorneys on the case described this as being similar to the legal battle of Kim Basinger when she backed out of the film Boxing Helena; the film was intended for theatrical release in North America. New Line decided that it was in their best interests to release the film direct-to-video; this decision came as a result of failed test screenings in Las Vegas, Portland and Providence.
The film's $33.5 million budget made it the most expensive direct-to-video release at that time. The international distributors to whom New Line had pre-sold the rights to the film adopted a different release strategy by distributing theatrically in every country except the United States and Italy. Theodore Rex on IMDb Theodore Rex at AllMovie Theodore Rex at Rotten Tomatoes
Anne Celeste Heche is an American actress and screenwriter. Following a dual role in the daytime soap opera Another World, she came to mainstream prominence in the late 1990s with the films Donnie Brasco, Six Days, Seven Nights, Return to Paradise. In 1998, Heche portrayed Marion Crane in Gus Van Sant's horror remake Psycho. A publicized relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres was followed by a significant downturn in Heche's career, although she has continued to act, appearing in the well-received independent films Birth, Cedar Rapids and Catfight. In 2004, Heche received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the Lifetime movie Gracie's Choice, a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her work in Broadway's Twentieth Century, she has starred in the television series Men in Trees, Save Me, Aftermath, The Brave. Heche was born on May 25, 1969, in Aurora, the youngest of five children of Nancy Heche and Donald Joseph Heche. Heche's family moved a total of eleven times during her childhood.
When asked in a 2001 interview on Larry King Live what her father's source of income was, Heche replied, "Well, he was a choir director. But I don't think he made much on that a week, he said that he was involved in a business of oil. And he said, but he never was involved in the business of gas and oil ever." The family settled in New Jersey when Heche was twelve years old. Due to desperate finances, Anne went to work at a dinner theater in Swainton. "At the time we’d been kicked out of our house and my family was holed up living in a bedroom in the home of a generous family from our church," she said. "I got $100 a week, more than anyone else in my family. We all pooled our money in an envelope in a drawer and saved up enough to move out after a year."On March 3, 1983, when Heche was 13, her 45-year-old father died of AIDS. Although he never came out as homosexual, "He was in complete denial. We know. Absolutely. I don't think, he was a promiscuous man, we knew his lifestyle then," Heche said on Larry King Live.
Despite her father being gay, Heche has claimed that he raped her from the time she was an infant until she was 12, giving her genital herpes. When asked "But why would a gay man rape a girl?", in a 2001 interview with The Advocate, Heche replied "I don't think he was just a gay man. I think. My belief was that my father was gay and he had to cover that up. I think; the more he couldn't be who he was, the more that came out of him in ways that it did."Three months after her father's death, Heche's 18-year-old brother Nathan was killed in a car crash. The official determination was that he fell asleep at the wheel and struck a tree, though Heche claims it was suicide; the remainder of Heche's family subsequently moved to Chicago, where Heche attended the progressive Francis W. Parker School. In 1985, when Heche was 16, an agent spotted her in a school play and secured her an audition for the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Heche flew to New York City and was offered a job, but her mother insisted she finish high school first.
Shortly before her high school graduation in 1987, Heche was offered a dual role on the daytime soap opera Another World. "Again I was told. My mother was religious and maybe she thought it was a sinner’s world," Heche stated. "But I said, ` Send me the ticket. I’m getting on the plane.' I was like,'Bye!' I did my time with my mom in a one-bedroom, skanky apartment and I was done." For her work on Another World, Heche received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 1991. In November 1991, Heche made her primetime television debut in an episode of Murphy Brown, she made her TV-movie debut the following year with a brief appearance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of O Pioneers!. In 1993, Heche made her feature-film debut in Disney's The Adventures of Huck Finn with Elijah Wood. Over the next two years, she had small supporting roles in made-for-TV movies such as Girls in Prison and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, she appeared in the straight-to-video erotic thriller Wild Side as Joan Chen's lesbian lover.
In 1996, Heche landed her first substantial role as a college student contemplating an abortion in a segment of the made-for-HBO anthology film If These Walls Could Talk, co-starring Cher and Demi Moore. In the year, she appeared opposite Catherine Keener portraying childhood best friends in the independent film Walking and Talking; the limited-release film garnered favorable reviews from critics and is number 47 on Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time" list. Heche gained positive notice from film critic Alison Macor of Austin Chronicle, who wrote in her review that she "is destined for larger film roles", she played the wife of Johnny Depp's titular FBI undercover agent in the 1997 crime drama Donnie Brasco. The film made $124.9 million worldwide, critic Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote: " does well with what could have been the thankless role."By the late 1990s, Heche continued to find recognition and commercial success as she took on supporting roles in three other 1997 high-profile film releases—Volcano, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Wag the Dog.
The disaster film Volcano, about the formation of a volcano in Los Angeles, had her star with Tommy Lee Jon
What's Love Got to Do with It (film)
What's Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 American biographical film directed by Brian Gibson, based on the life of American-born singer Tina Turner. It stars Angela Bassett as Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner; the screenplay was adapted by Kate Lanier from the book I, Tina written by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder. Both Ike and Tina Turner assigned rights to Lanier for their lives to be dramatized in the film; the film's soundtrack featured the hit song "I Don't Wanna Fight", which went to number one in seven countries. In the United States, the film grossed $40 million and around $20 million in rentals. In the United Kingdom, it grossed nearly £10 million. Born and raised in Nutbush, Anna Mae Bullock grows up in an unhappy family, with her parents leaving and abandoning her at a young age. Following her grandmother's death, she relocates to St. Louis, reuniting with her mother and close sister Alline. Anna Mae pursues a chance to be a professional singer after seeing charismatic bandleader Ike Turner perform one night.
She wins her spot in Turner's band after singing onstage and he begins mentoring her. In time, an unexpected romance develops between the two. Shortly afterwards, they begin having musical success together as Ike and Tina Turner; the marriage turns violent when Ike starts physically dominating her, leaving her no chance to escape. In public, Tina rises from local St. Louis phenomenon into an R&B superstar with Ike growing jealous of the attention given to her. Ike turns to his abusive behavior worsens; as Tina seeks solace in her chaotic life, a friend turns her on to Buddhism convincing her that reciting the Lotus Sutra and chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo will help "change her life." Tina grows confident afterwards and in a final fight with Ike musters the courage to defend herself leaving Ike after they arrive at a hotel. Winning the right to retain her stage name after their divorce, Tina continues working to pay bills, she gets a break after meeting Roger Davies, who helps her realize her dreams of rock stardom.
Despite Ike's attempts to win her back, Tina prevails and finds solo success, accomplishing her dreams without Ike. Halle Berry, Robin Givens, Pam Grier, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Vanessa L. Williams were all considered for the role of Tina Turner. Whitney Houston was offered the role, but had to decline due to imminent maternity. Jenifer Lewis originally auditioned to play Tina Turner but was cast instead as Tina's mother though she was born in 1957 and just one year older than Angela Bassett. Angela Bassett auditioned for the role in October 1992 and was chosen only a month before production began in December. During that time she had to learn not only to dance and move like her, she would have been willing to try to do the singing as well, but"not in the time we had," she said."I did think about it for a second, though." Instead, she lip syncs to soundtracks recorded by Tina Fishburne. Bassett worked with Tina Turner, but only"a little bit." Turner helped most with the re-creations of her famed dance routines.
All the Ike and Tina Turner songs used in the film were newly re-recorded versions featuring Tina Turner covering her own songs. On "Proud Mary" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", Laurence Fishburne sings Ike Turner's parts. For Tina Turner's solo recordings, the original masters were used, including the Phil Spector-produced "River Deep - Mountain High". Laurence Fishburne was offered the role of Ike Turner five times and turned it down each time."It was pretty one-sided," said Fishburne, who turned down the project based on the script he first read. Ike, Fishburne added, was"obviously the villain of the piece, but there was no explanation as to why he behaved the way he behaved - why she was with him for 16 to 20 years, what made her stay." The writers made some changes and though Ike is still shown as a pretty despicable sort, the film offers at least some insight into him - most notably a scene in which Ike recalls watching, at age 6, his father's death from wounds suffered in a fight over a woman.
The changes helped persuade Fishburne to do the role, but he says that Bassett's casting as Tina played a key part."She was the deciding factor, really," he said. Fishburne did not have Ike Turner around as a role model as much, he did meet Ike Turner once, during production of the film. "He was not welcome on this project," Fishburne says. The actor's only meeting was a brief introduction when Ike showed up at the Turners' former home in Baldwin Hills during a location shoot. Ike showed Fishburne his walk. "It was nice to meet him," says Fishburne. "Regardless of his actions, he was so much a part of Tina's life. The movie is about him just as much as her. It's unfortunate that he wasn't welcomed, that both of them weren't around more."In his autobiography Taking Back My Name, Ike Turner claims the movie damaged his reputation immensely and attacks many of the scenes for being either not accurate or fabricated. Director Brian Gibson had no contact with Ike. "I never spoke to him," says Gibson. "I was not allowed to.
Disney felt that it would not be a good idea." Tina herself admitted she wish the film had more truth to it and stated that she wasn't proud that the film had her being portrayed as a "victim". Since they sold the right to use their name and image for the film, neither Tina nor Ike had control over the script. Tina's more graphic accounts of Ike's abuse in her book were not added to the film. Bassett was injured while filming the first spousal abuse sequence, she fell off the b
Eddie is a 1996 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film broke at the box office, grossing $31,387,164 in the US; the film was directed by Steve Rash. The New York Knicks are also-rans in the NBA, their roster filled with players who either lack talent or are too distracted by off-the-court issues. Nonetheless, limousine driver and rabid fan Edwina "Eddie" Franklin attends every Knicks game in the nosebleed section of Madison Square Garden. During halftime of a game, Eddie wins a contest to be honorary coach of the Knicks for the second half, she gets on the nerves of head coach John Bailey, whom she had heckled earlier. Eddie's popularity piques the interest of the new Knicks owner, "Wild Bill" Burgess. After he forces Bailey to quit, Burgess names Eddie the new head coach. At first, she is treated with derision. However, she understands that the Knicks have the talent to win, but the players' individual problems have caused the team to underperform. Center Ivan Radovadovitch, from Georgia, focuses only on scoring, his lack of defensive technique leads him to commit unnecessary blocking fouls.
Superstar forward Stacy Patton's me-first approach causes him to force low percentage shots because he is unwilling to pass, his poor attitude hurts the team's morale - for example, he keeps referring to himself in the third person. Rookie Jamal Duncan's occupation with being a rap star keeps him from focusing on his game his free throws. Power Forward Terry Hastings' pending divorce from his wife due to an extramarital affair in Phoenix has a negative effect on his play on the court. At a pivotal moment in practice, Eddie earns the team's respect by taking a hard foul from Patton in order to demonstrate proper defense to Ivan. Eddie begins to bench Patton in favor of veteran Nate Wilson, considered washed up because of chronic knee injuries. Wilson experiences a late career resurgence, the Knicks begin to win, New York City embraces the team and Eddie's colorful personality; the team's winning streak eclipses their abysmal start, as the season winds down, the Knicks are within reach of the playoffs.
In order to qualify, they will need to beat the Charlotte Hornets, now coached by John Bailey, in the last game of the season. The night before the game, Burgess tells Eddie that if the Knicks win, he will sell the team to a group that intends to relocate the team to St. Louis, Missouri. A conflicted Eddie doesn't show to the game until right before tip-off. During the game, Hornets forward Larry Johnson proves difficult to contain, but strong play from Wilson keeps the score close. Bailey responds by telling Johnson to foul Wilson hard in the hopes of knocking him out of the game. Johnson makes an unsuccessful attempt right before halftime: Wilson is hurt, but he is able to hit both foul shots and continue playing. In the fourth quarter Johnson blows out Wilson's knee. Patton enters the game and shows a new team-first attitude on the Knicks' last offensive possession. Eddie begins to diagram a play to get Patton the ball for a final shot, but assistant coach Carl Zimmer instead suggests that Bailey, remembering Patton's tendency to force low percentage shots, will swarm him with defenders.
The Knicks instead inbound to Patton, who passes to an open teammate after three defenders come to him. The Knicks take a one-point lead with seconds left in the game. Now, with the Knicks on the cusp of winning, Eddie realizes that a victory will cause the team to be relocated to St. Louis, she decides to reveal the entire plan to the world. The fans react with shock and anger, a frustrated Burgess is forced to promise the crowd he won't sell the team or move them out of New York City; when play resumes, the Hornets have one last chance to win. Bailey tells his team to get the ball to Johnson and have him drive the lane, expecting Ivan to commit a blocking foul. Instead, Ivan remains set in his defensive position and Johnson is called for charging, which nullifies the basket, giving the Knicks the win and the playoff berth; the film ends without explaining. Whoopi Goldberg as Edwina "Eddie" Franklin Frank Langella as William "Wild Bill" Burgess Dennis Farina as Coach John Bailey Richard Jenkins as Carl Zimmer Lisa Ann Walter as Claudine John Benjamin Hickey as Joe Nader John Salley as Nate Wilson Mark Jackson as Darren "Preachor" Taylor Malik Sealy as Stacy Patton Dwayne Schintzius as Ivan Radovadovitch John DiMaggio as construction workerPlayers from several NBA teams played major roles, including Alex English as the Cleveland Cavaliers' coach, Dwayne Schintzius, Greg Ostertag, Rick Fox.
Dennis Rodman, Muggsy Bogues, Vinny Del Negro, Vlade Divac, Bobby Phills, J. R. Reid, Terrell Brandon, Brad Daugherty, Mitch Richmond, Avery Johnson, Corie Blount, Larry Johnson, Randy Brown, Olden Polynice, Scott Burrell appeared as themselves. Gary Payton, Anthony Mason, Herb Williams, John Starks appeared as streetballers. Kurt Rambis appeared as the head coach of the Lakers. Chris Berman, Marv Albert and Walt Frazier appeared in the movie as broadcasters. Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Edward Koch and David Letterman appeared in the movie. Gene Anthony Ray features as associate choreographer, one of his last credits before his death in 2003. During the production of the film Goldberg and Langella started dating, their relationship lasted until 2001; the film received negati
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story is a 1990 TV mini-series based on Elaine Shannon’s book Desperados and the Time magazine article of the same name. It was directed by Brian Gibson and starred Steven Bauer, Miguel Ferrer, Benicio del Toro, Treat Williams and Craig T. Nelson, it was the second most watched NBC mini-series of the year following The Kennedys and was followed up in 1992 with Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel starring Dennis Farina. Fact-based story of undercover DEA agent Enrique Camarena who, while stationed in Guadalajara, uncovered a massive marijuana operation in Northern Mexico that led to his death and a remarkable investigation of corruption within the Mexican government. At least four of the principal actors in Drug Wars: The Camarena Story starred in the Academy Award-winning film Traffic, a film that deals with the subject of the ongoing drug trade between the United States and Mexico. In a somewhat interesting reversal of roles, in Drug Wars actors Miguel Ferrer and Steven Bauer both play DEA agents while Benicio del Toro and Eddie Velez play drug traffickers.
In his review for The New York Times, John J. O'Connor wrote, "Perhaps not these amoral entrepreneurs provide some of the film's juicier roles. Effective is Benicio del Toro as the young and flaky Rafael Caro-Quintero". In his review for USA Today, Matt Roush wrote, "For a Michael Mann production, there's little flash to Drug Wars; some interesting camera work to be sure, including the video bits and some heightened use of slow motion, but the miniseries' chief strength is its grit, its anger". Craig MacInnis, in his review for the Toronto Star, wrote, "Interspersed with U. S. network news footage of the real Camarena incident in'85, the dramatic scenes in Drug Wars are never anything less than convincing - just as good propaganda should be". All three parts ran for four hours; the current DVD release features a edited version that runs only 130 minutes. Drug Wars: The Camarena Story on IMDb