Most out there have witnessed the critical tirade that is Honest Trailers. Brought to the world byScreen Junkies, this amusing series of YouTube videos takes the movies that we all know and love (and sometimes hate with a passion) and tear them into little pieces for all the stupid crap that the writers, producers and directors decided would make good cinema. And it appears as if the Screen Junkies crew has now achieved a milestone, what with this, their 200th episode. The parody series takes an honest look back at Hugh Jackman in FOX’s 2017 third and final solo Wolverine film, Logan. Oh, and they seek the help of Ryan Reynolds Deadpool to do it. (more…)
Being the first in anything isn’t easy, but being the second is even harder. Having said that though, sometimes being third has its advantages, like longevity. If there’s a lesson from the life and career of Sir Roger Moore, that may be it. Moore, who passed away from cancer today at the age of 89, was not the first actor to play James Bond 007, but he did it the longest for seven films, and he left more than just his mark on the character. The British actor is being remembered today for all that he brought to Bond, and the lasting legacy he left behind in film and TV. (more…)
Pinocchio was Walt Disney‘s second feature length film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and despite being made in 1940, it’s one of the few early works of Disney to escape modern cultural criticism. Perhaps that’s why the good folks running Disney’s eponymous studio in 2017 are now eyeing the classic story of a wooden puppet that wants to become a real boy as their next live-action success story. Disney’s last effort, Beauty and the Beast, collected over $1.2 billion at the international box office in just two months of release, which is about how much director Sam Mendes made for James Bond in Skyfall. Can anyone say “strange bedfellows”? (more…)
Vanity Fair has just released four new covers celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars giving us a good look at many of the characters we’ll see in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Annie Leibovitz took the cover photos which also features the first time Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) has shown her face. Check out all four below. (more…)
When The Force Awakens was released in 2015, fans began to the chant the name of Mel Brooks‘ 1987 classic Spaceballs. A parody to the original Star Wars film, Spaceballs became a cult hit that fans wanted to see make a comeback with the release of episode seven. Rumors began to swirl during the early release of The Force Awakens, but all has been quiet since then. That is until last night during a Q&A session after a screening of Young Frankenstein. That’s when Brooks let word out that he and MGM have been talking about getting a sequel done.
Nowadays, it seems like everything has their own cinematic universe. You gotta give Marvel (and now DC) credit for fully implementing the idea of a coherent universe, spread across multiple films expanding the narrative for each of their films in the subsequent films. Of course, they weren’t the first ones to do it. Way back in the 1920s, Universal Studios made a series of films based on the classic monsters including: Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, The Mummy, The Werewolf, The Invisible Man, and many others. Now, it looks like Universal is going back to the well with planned reboots of these monsters in their new shared universe: Dark Universe.
There’s been a lot of rumours about the status of Justice League recently, but in a development no one was expecting, it’s been announced this evening that director Zack Snyder is leaving the production in a critical time during its post-production to deal with a family tragedy. As Snyder and his wife and co-producer Deborah Snyder deal with their grief, the Justice League has been left in the capable hands of a filmmaker that knows something about bringing superhero teams to the big screen, The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon. (more…)
Tom Rothman. If you pay close attention to genre filmmaking, then you’re probably right to be concerned when you hear that name. This is the guy that “didn’t get” Deadpool, and put it on the shelf for years. This is the guy that ordered the original X-Men and Fantastic Four be made on shoe-string budgets (so far as superhero movies are concerned) and offered no support from the studio. And this is the guy that oversaw not just one, but two crap-tacular Alien Vs. Predator movies. And now he’s had another bright idea: Let’s make an Uncharted movie about a young Nathan Drake! (more…)
Historically, films based on video games have been unsuccessful. For some reason, Hollywood has been unable to crack the code. A video game that has made hundreds of millions of dollars, might not do so well in their film adaptation (see: just about every video game adaptation in the movies). However, one franchise that has proven to be the exception to the rule has been the Resident Evil franchise. Although the films have taken a dramatic turn away from the video games, they are considered certified hits, generating more than $1.233 Billion at the box office through their 6 movies. Although the last film, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was the last of that film series (hence the word “final”), Hollywood is not done with this series.
Arguably, the Terminator franchise has been in a slump. After two classic and awesome films, the franchise has been having diminishing returns (at least critically). The last film, Terminator Genisys was the least receptive of all the films surrounding the war of mankind versus Skynet. So much, that the further sequels had been canceled after that film. Lucky for us, earlier this year, James Cameron announced that he would produce the new films, to give them his touch that has been desperately been missing in most of the sequels and even though Paramount Pictures wasn’t going to make future films, the franchise was in no way “terminated.” It looks like their franchise star actor is ready to return as well.