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 we last saw Supergirl/Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El/Girl of Steel (Melissa Benoist), in Season 2’s penultimate episode, “Resist,” she was on the wrong end of a super punch from none other than Superman/Kal-El (Tyler Hoechlin). Under Rhea’s (Teri Hatcher) control (no) thanks to silver Krpytonite (if you didn’t know silver Kryptonite existed, you’re not alone), Superman doesn’t see Supergirl; he sees his greatest, all-time foe, General Zod (Mark Gibbon). After a mutually semi-destructive pounding aboard Rhea’s flagship, Supergirl and Superman find themselves back in National City, kicking, punching, and throwing each other around a water fountain. Somehow, Supergirl gets the better of her more famous cousin, knocking the noxious effects of silver Kryptonite with one, final super punch. It’s called Supergirl and not Superman, after all. (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…)
I feel like Krusty the Klown having just watching the adventures of “Worker and Parasite”, Eastern Europe’s favourite cat and mouse team. Showtime‘s revival of Twin Peaks was highly anticipated, but it will be interesting to see what people think of the two first new episodes of the series since 1991. In short, depending on how it all turns out, Twin Peaks 2017 will either be the epitome of everything director David Lynch does well, or everything that Peak TV does badly. The tagline for the series is “It’s happening again,” and if by that they mean the weirdness, symbolism and non-sequiturs, then yes, it is happening again. (more…)