Today’s New Release: JOHNNY SUEDE


“Suede is a funny thing. It’s rough, but soft. It’s strong, but quiet… and it doesn’t wrinkle, and it doesn’t crack. And it doesn’t stand out so much in a crowd of leather and vinyl. You don’t notice it at first, but once you do you can’t take your eyes off of it, and you wonder how in the HELL you ever overlooked it in the first place.” ~JOHNNY SUEDE (Brad Pitt), explaining to the audience of young women in his fantasy dream the power of suede.


Today’s New Release: JOHNNY SUEDE

Click to rock-n-roll!!

Click to rock-n-roll!!

        This “Cult Classic King of Coifdom” stars 3-time *Oscar nominee Brad Pitt, 2-time *Oscar nominee Catherine Keener, *Oscar and 4-time *Golden Globe nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and *Golden Globe winner Tina Louise in a film that, without a single doubt, inspired Cartoon Network’s JOHNNY BRAVO (this is INDEED a known fact)!! *karate chop* Winner of the *Gold Leopard* Award at the 1991 Locarno International Film Festival, as well as getting a *Best Female Lead* nomination for actress Catherine Keener at the 1993 Independent Spirit Awards, and two different award nominations for Director Tom DiCillo- one from the 1991 Deauville Film Fest, the other from the 1992 Sundance Film Festival- this is the infamous production whose original director of photography sabotaged the picture’s first 3 weeks of footage out of his sheer jealousy of DiCillo! This film easily belongs in what I like to dub the early 90′s “Pompadour Resurgence Collection,” which includes such hip and quirky classics as CRY-BABY, THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE, WILD AT HEART and another Brad Pitt early career gem, COOL WORLD. Clearly, the nostalgic styles of the 50′s and 60′s is where it’s at; not present-day. As Pitt’s Johnny says about today’s cultural relevance: “NOW is a fly’s fart in the wind.” A guitar hero wannabe, who worships Ricky Nelson, Johnny’s a loveable dimwit who is gullible in every nuance of the word. Johnny wants simply to be a successful rockabilly artist, and he has been down on his luck so many times, his best pal and bandmate Deke (Calvin Levels) has come up with a harebrained scheme to rob the local barber shop in an effort to get quick cash. Johnny also has women issues (he mostly creates them himself); he gets involved with the crazy siren known as Darlette (Alison Moir), the Earth-mother teacher Yvonne (Catherine Keener), and the leggy Ellen (Ashley Gardner). But interestingly enough, Johnny is like a dual-ended Samson. You can’t tell if the source of his delusional grandeur is either his hair or his suede shoes. What’s even weirder are the dreams he has.

BIGSTAR wishes every single one of its subscribers a Happy Holiday, and what better way to do that than with this fantastic retro-cool flick! There are definitely some David Lynch/John Watersesque moments with this film. This was actually the feature film debut of director Tom DiCillo, who actually wanted Timothy Hutton in the role as Johnny (and who later stated he regretted casting Pitt due to his performance). A performance that isn’t regrettable is that of Nick Cave as the creepily swank Freak Storm, who serves as an alternate foreshadowing of what Johnny very well could become if he doesn’t check himself soon! This is a cult piece, and one of the films I think Pitt does a marvelously raw but impactful job on. It’s true that all of Pitt’s wardrobe was in fact that of DiCillo’s himself. Well, if JOHNNY SUEDE is any indication, then it just goes to show that a director may not end up liking his star… but man, he sure can make him look good! TRULY good! Merry Christmas!

Directed by Tom DiCillo

Starring: Brad Pitt, Catherine Keener, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Cave, Peter McRobbie, Alison Moir, Tina Louise

Tagline: Keeping Up An Image Can Be A Full Time Job.

(Alternate) Tagline: A SMOOTH Comedy…


Captain America

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Here’s the synopsis:

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.


Action-Packed ‘RoboCop’ Trailer Shows How Man Became Machine

A while back we showed you some behind-the-scene photos and video of RoboCop and his new motorcycle for the upcoming film remake. Today we’ve got the first trailer which gives a little background of how Robocop came to be!

After a car explosion gruesomely injures police officer Alex Murphy (played by Joel Kinnaman), brilliant scientist Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) and the villainous OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) rebuild the maimed Murphy into… RoboCop!

The movie is directed by  Jose Padilha, and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Here’s the trailer… Enjoy!

WATCH: Behind-The-Scene Video of ROBOCOP Riding His Motorcycle

A while back we showed you some behind-the-scene photo stills of RoboCop and his new motorcycle for the upcoming film remake. Today we’ve got a video from the set which gives you a close up view of Robocop actually driving around on his motorcycle in the streets of downtown Toronto!

Check it out…

First Look: ROBOCOP’s New Motorcycle

We’re still not sure about the new look ROBOCOP since we first posted the behind-the-scenes photos of Joel Kinnaman on set in Toronto.  Now new photos have surfaced featuring ROBOCOP riding his custom motorcycle… err ROBOCYCLE?

The movie is being directed by Jose Padilha, and also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Here are some more photos from the Toronto set… What do you think of the new ride?

First Look: New Suit for ROBOCOP

Robocop started shooting today in Toronto, and was nice enough to release some photos of Joel Kinnaman in his new suit.

It sort of looks like a mix between Batman and Iron Man, right? However, this is just one of four different versions of the suit that you’ll see in the film.

The movie is being directed by Jose Padilha, and also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Here are some more photos!

UPDATED… WATCH: The Avengers Hilarious Gag Reel

A hilarious gag reel was leaked today featuring some great behind-the-scenes takes from ‘The Avengers’… It’s no telling how long this will be up since it’s suppose to be a special feature when the DVD is released in September, so check it out now while you can!!

Things we see here: Stark and Pepper can’t kiss, Captain America is a dork, Loki is the master of many voices, and Hawkeye doesn’t know his elbow from ‘Star Trek’. Awesome!

If the video isn’t here, we’ll replace it with a working one shortly, so keep checking back. :)

New ‘Django Unchained’ Trailer Reveals Samuel L. Jackson

Check out the awesome new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s next big thing. Last week, we got a dose of the film due out this Christmas.

The newly released, international trailer introduces us to Samuel L. Jackson’s slave character. This trailer also provides a clearer storyline in comparison to the teaser trailer released last week.

    “Avengers” Breaks Opening Weekend Record

    “Avengers” did a number at the box office this weekend, shattering the domestic revenue record with a remarkable $200.3 million.

    This topped the previous record of $169.2 million set by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” making it the biggest opening weekend debut of all time.

    The opening weekend record-breaker pushed the films’ worldwide revenue to $641.8 million, more than the other Marvel hits took home during their entire time in theaters.

    Directed by Joss Whedon, “The Avengers” cast includes: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

    The success of “The Avengers” was critical to Marvel’s parent company, Disney, who recently suffered from the failed release of “John Carter” a few weeks ago. Disney and Marvel spent $220 million making “The Avengers.” This budget surpassed the $170 million it took to produce Marvel’s 2010 project, “Iron Man 2.” The star-studded cast of “The Avengers” was largely responsible for the increase in cost.

    Here’s how the rest of the films at the box office performed domestically this weekend:

    “The Avengers” (Disney):  $200.3 million

    “Think Like a Man” (Sony): $8 million

    “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate): $5.7 million

    “The Lucky One” (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow): $5.5 million

    “The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Sony): $5.4 million

    The Avengers, After They Save The World

    So what do you think The Avengers do when they’re not preventing Thor’s brother Loki from destroying Earth?

    Perhaps planning the planet’s defense at S.H.I.E.L.D Headquarters?

    Fat chance.

    They’re eating shawarma, of course… Hey, Avengers gotta eat too!