Johnny Depp will soon not be seen on screen as The Invisible Man, a new version of the classic H.G. Wells story that was first filmed way back in 1933. Forming part of a planned Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe (UMCU?) along with the already announced Tom Cruise starrer The Mummy, due June 2017, and a future Bride of Frankenstein for which Angelina Jolie is being courted, it marks a big gamble by the Hollywood studio. (more…)
To be filed under things nobody ever wanted/people actively wished wouldn’t happen: a new Tomb Raider film is, in fact, on its way to the big screen.
As many will recall, this will be Lara Croft’s first cinematic outing since Angelina Jolie stumbled her way through 2001’s Tomb Raider and its almost-so-bad-it’s-good sequel, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Ironic how a motion picture with the word ‘life’ in the title was the unintended death of a budding franchise! (more…)
The recent string of live-action fairy tales – usually twists on classic stories in an attempt to provide extra depth – hasn’t been all that critically successful. Films like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptation. Still, they’re gonna keep making em’. They’re an easy sell – a way to continue cashing in on established brands. There’s literally no new fairy tales, so of course they’re gonna keep tapping the same well.
This latest announcement, though, may have you groaning a little louder and a little more confused than usual.
Disney is planning a Maleficent sequel! Because of course. (more…)
Unless you have been actively avoiding the internet, television, news, and gossip from your best friends, you are very aware of the recent attack on Sony that resulted in the leaking of thousands of personal emails written and/or received by Sony staff, personal information (including social security numbers and birthdays) of current and past Sony employees, and even the early release of some of Sony’s upcoming movies, including the highly anticipated musical, Annie. Amid the thousands of emails, various outlets have discovered some pretty damning conversations between some of the higher ups that are borderline racist (at best), disrespectful to the talent that brings in Sony’s revenue, and even conversations criticizing Sony’s own animation unit. Now, after bowing to the hackers’ demands that Sony cancel the release of the upcoming Seth Rogan/James Franco starrer, The Interview, the public has to wonder: How can Sony survive this attack? (more…)
It didn’t take long for Disney to follow-up their live action Cinderella teaser the other day with the full trailer. There’s a lot of acting talent involved in this latest incarnation that includes Lily James as Ella, Cate Blanchett as the evil Step Mother, Richard Madden as the Prince, and Helena Bonham Carter as her Fairy God Mother. How do you think this will do at the box office? (more…)
The recent string of live-action fairy tales – usually twists on classic stories in an attempt to provide extra depth – hasn’t been all that critically successful. Films like Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptations. In theatres this weekend is Maleficent, Disney’s twist on Sleeping Beauty in where focus is put on the tale’s dark villainess instead of the young, cursed princess. (more…)
I don’t know about you guys, but I was a little freaked out the first time I say the trailer for Maleficent in the movie theater, because Angelina Jolie looks like she walked out of the damn animated movie Sleeping Beauty with her portrayal. The awesomeness of Angelina Jolie is foremost on the mind of the cast and crew of Maleficent in a new featurette for the film. Along with that, Disney’s released five new character posters, which paints kind of a dark picture of the pending events in the film, which I guess is apropos when the villain is the main character. (more…)
‘Maleficent’ Trailer Debuts Lana Del Rey’s New Take on ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Classic ‘Once Upon A Dream’
Disney took the perfect musical opportunity of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to introduce Lana Del Rey‘s update of the Disney Sleeping Beauty classic “Once Upon A Dream“. There’s also incredible looks at some of the huge effects in the movie, and Angelina Jolie makes an appearance or two . . . or three . . . I mean the whole damn thing. (more…)
Hitting theaters May 30th, starring Angelina Jolie, Disney‘s Maleficent takes us behind the curtain to shine some light on Sleeping Beauty‘s dark and foreboding villainess. This cut is mixed with scenes from the classic animated tale and shows how far special effects have come. (more…)
Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been, well, on fire. The second of 4 films, based on the book series from Suzanne Collins, burst onto the scene in November and has scorched the competition. In fact, something very important just happened. Not only has Catching Fire just become the highest-grossing release of 2013 – made a staggering $409.4 million surpassing Iron Man 3, which earned $409 million through tickets sales – it’s the first female-led film to come out on top since The Exorcist in 1973. That is a huge deal. Particularly for Jennifer Lawrence. Think about the greatest actresses in the last 40 years, none of them were able to do this until now. (more…)