Clint Howard

Michael Keaton Monk

This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career.  Whatever your feelings are about the new RoboCop remake, there’s no denying that it’s great to see Michael Keaton up on the big screen again with such a prominent role. The actor hasn’t been in a lot of movies over the past decade, and in those he has done he’s mostly played some young starlet’s father. Or he’s merely provided his voice for a few minor Pixar characters. And now in 2014 alone we get to see him stand out in three movies, including RoboCop, next month’s Need for Speed and, best of all, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman, in which he’ll star, reflexively, as a washed-up actor best known for having portrayed a superhero in the movies. If we’re lucky, next in line for Keaton is a return to another one of his most famous characters: Beetlejuice. Imagine if he’d not stuck with Hollywood long enough to work with Tim Burton and deliver his two most iconic performances? He also wouldn’t have gone on to notably play the same FBI character in two unrelated movies (Jackie Brown and Out of Sight), but then again he wouldn’t have done Jack Frost and Multiplicity either — not that he’s not great in the latter, only that he’s too good for how bad it is overall. If Keaton had left acting in 1985, we would still have his hilarious work […]

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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. If you woke up this morning hoping to see Clint Howard as the least sexy drag race handkerchief dropper of all time you’re in luck. Fortunately, you’ll also get to see Charlie Sheen looking stoic and riding a motorcycle. And what’s this? Today’s trailer also has Randy Quaid hamming it up as a sheriff, explosions aplenty, and Sherilyn Fenn looking doe-eyed and adorable? What decade is this? Oh, right. The 80s. Even today, though, you shouldn’t mess with a ghost driving a mysterious black car and killing gang members. Think you know what it is? Check the trailer out for yourself:

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The Austin Film Festival, which kicks off on October 22, will be hosting quite possibly one of the coolest retrospectives that any space nerd could hope for. Ron Howard, Jim Lovell and Apollo 13!

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