Contemporary Hollywood is indulging its fetish for remakes a lot right now. Disney has already begun its extensive series of live action remakes of classic movies. An almost unrecognizable version of Jumanji is well on its way to the big screen, with new incarnations of classics spanning everything from The Labyrinth to Scarface planned to follow in the future. And it’s not just remakes toying with the stories we love – sequels, prequels and extended universe movies are constantly adding to the lore and histories of contemporary culture’s most popular cinematic worlds. (more…)
The latest trailer for Johnny Depp‘s return to the land of wonder in Alice Through the Looking Glass took a Guardians of the Galaxy musical cue and set the whole thing to Pink‘s incredible take on Airplane‘s classically trippy song, Go Ask Alice. The new trailer first made its debut during a Facebook Live chat with director James Bobin and Johnny Depp. Check it out after the jump. (more…)
While some time has passed since the death of actor Alan Rickman, the sadness and somberness of his passing still seems as fresh as ever. But much like with any A-List star who leaves their mortal coil too soon, their body of work becomes that much more appreciable and cements their ever lasting legacy. Alan Rickman is no exception; a big bucket of win, this guy was. Large body of work both on-screen and off in which to bow one’s head in respect and adulation. He will, of course, be remembered for his most famous roles – the maniacal terrorist Hans Gruber from Die Hard, the spoon-heart eating villainous Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, the literally dickless angel in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, and the hilariously bitter Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest. Above all, and without question, though, Rickman will likely be most immortalized for his role as the complex, hostile, skillful, and perhaps bravest Wizard of all time – Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series.
In celebration of the Master of Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and fiercely loyal wizard, comes a 1/6th scale collectible figurine from Star Ace. Nerd Bastards was fortunate to receive a product sample for review. Follow along with us as we raise our wands to Alan Rickman and this spellbindingly life-like figure. (more…)
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Fans of Tim Burton‘s 2010 film Alice in Wonderland should be chortling in their joy at all the news coming about the sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Based off of Lewis Carroll‘s Through the Looking-Glass, which was itself a sequel to his earlier Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass promises to deliver even more madcap antics and zany characters than its predecessor. Returning for more adventures in Wonderland are Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Alan Rickman, in what would prove to be his final role. Watch now below as Walt Disney Pictures has just released a new TV spot for the film!
In a week already filled with sad news, we got more sad news today as we learned that Alan Rickman, star of stage and screen, had passed away at the age of 69 after a non-public battle with cancer. One of Hollywood’s most reliable character actors, and one of its most versatile, Rickman had fans from around the globe, and built up an impressive movie resume in the last 30 years. Everyone has their favorite Rickman performance, and here are five. They are perhaps not his best (some of them anyway), but there are among his most memorable. Whatever else these movies may be, there were made better because Alan Rickman was in them. (more…)
“Talent is an accident of the genes- and a responsibility.”- Alan Rickman.
Alan Rickman, much loved British actor, has passed at the age of 69 in London. His family confirmed that at his passing he was “surrounded by family and friends”. Rickman had been battling cancer. The actor made a name for himself on the stage by establishing himself as a very compelling talent. He would return to the stage multiple times throughout his career. His breakthrough came in 1986, during his performance of Valmont in Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The character was sardonic seducer which Rickman played to perfection. Lindsay Duncan, who played alongside Rickman said of his performance:
“[You] would leave the theatre wanting to have sex, and preferably with Alan Rickman.”
The news made its way across the Internet yesterday afternoon that Paramount was developing Galaxy Questas a television series. The 1999 Dreamworks movie did quite well at the box office, doubling it’s $45 million dollar budget with a world-wide gross of $90 million. The film has gone on to achieve a cult like status in television reruns, so it was no surprise that Paramount would eventually get back to Galaxy Quest in some capacity. The question though, “Is television the right medium for a Galaxy Quest return?” (more…)
It’s been 5 weeks since the very first edition of Words Good! Read Now!and it seems clear that the existence of this column has prevented a nuclear holocaust/zombie apocalypse. Do not question my assertions for they are drum tight and above inquiry! Just look at the evidence and then send a basket full of gratitude muffins.
Alright last week was unofficially “Interview Week” and this week is the raunchy, gratuitous T&A edition of the column*. That’s right, we’re showing you articles about throwing electronics (in competition, not anger), worthless tomatoes, and the sexy sexy sexy Alan Rickman slow jamming while he tea bags. Aw yeah. Before we get this kinky party started though, it’s time for the Words Good! Read Now! Oath:
We do this because we love writers and we love words and if 100 of you read this and go read these articles and then maybe some of you recommend those articles… well, then that will be a decent amount of people reading these things. Blah, blah, blah — Words Good! Read Now!
*= Yeah, the whole T&A thing is bullshit, but now I’ve got you in my clutches so enjoy the ride.
Landon Palmer‘s Culture Warrior column on Film School Rejects takes a look at Rotten Tomatoes, and how stripping film criticism down to it’s simplest roots may not be a good thing. I rate this article as fresh, and it can be read here. In all seriousness, this is one of those times that I’m bringing you an article that I don’t entirely agree with because it is just so damn good. Read it and tell the author how you feel in the FSR comments section.
Speaking of movie critics, the once-a-decade Sight and Sound poll set off a firestorm (or the internet equivalent of a firestorm that only swirls among movie critics and film snobs) when they dethroned Citizen Kanefrom the top spot. Now though, we get to look at some of the unbelievable films that also sat on some critics’ top ten lists. Check out a few of them here in Matt Singer‘s IndieWire article.
If you read this column (Hi Mom!) then you know that there are certain sites that are almost always going to be on this list — AV Club, IO9, Film School Rejects, and for the third time now, Mental Floss. This time, Julia Davis covers the Mobile Phone Throwing championships. You read that right. Check out the article here.
Alan Rickman drinking tea in slow motion. The article is by Lauren Davis on IO9, go read it here.
The countdown begins for Harry Potter and, thanks to Collider ; we get 9 new (some we’ve featured already, but oh well twice is nice) clips of this year’s highly anticipated finale chapter to this expansive and jaw-dropping movie franchise. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Prt 2 is set to hit movie theaters in 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D on July 15. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, this David Yates-directed film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Issacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, and Kelly Macdonald.
While many may be crying, I will surely be toasting to a great run at immersing us in such a vivid world that will be remembered by every age for years to come. Go down to the comment box below and tell us what you think about the final Harry Potter film, or tell us what your favorite film has been so far ‘cause if you don’t another point goes to the Slytherin house!
The actor, who has played everything from the Sherrif of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to the Metatron in Dogma and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. The man is a consummate professional, and is always good in whatever role he plays.
That is why I was so happy to hear ten years ago that he was cast in the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movie franchise. While it is not the best role in the majority of the books, his presence is always felt (which is an ideal role for Rickman). In fact, he is almost completely absent from both the films Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. But, the role has such a bog payoff at the end, that not many actors would be able to pull it off.
If there was any doubt in your mind, cast it aside now!
Rickman wrote a very touching letter to Empire Magazine expressing his feelings on ending a ten year journey, and it perfectly encapsulates everyone who has fallen in love with the characters (through the books and movies) over the years.
There is nothing to add, but simply reading it below: