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.
Because life is weird sometimes, it sounds like Disney is facing down real life honest to goodness pirates (NOT the “yaar, matey” ones, but internet hacker types,) and a threat to release the first 20 minutes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales weeks before the film’s release at the end of the month. (more…)
Some pretty crazy stuff can – and often does – go down when you’ve been famous since you were a hot young Hollywood teenager and now have more money and freedom and influence than you know what to do with. Unlike most of the global population, you can buy nightclubs just so your band can perform there and, no matter how awful you are, there’s still the chance that Alice Cooper will join you on stage. You can make increasingly cringe-induing movies because you and your best buddy have enough of a reputation that film studios will throw money at you because why not? (more…)
In real life, Johnny Depp‘s had some problems lately, the most recent being a court battle with a former business manager that accuses Depp of being a spend-thrift who’s wildly loose with his own cash. When life gets you down, dress like a pirate apparently. That’s what Depp did last week when he payed a surprise visit to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland dressed as his Pirates of the Caribbean movie series character Captain Jack Sparrow to entertain visitors to the park. Naturally, pandemonium ensued because everybody still loves Captain Jack when he’s doing his Captain Jack thing. (more…)
It’s still a couple of weeks until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theatres everywhere, but let’s just admit it, the actual release of the film is pro forma. Plans for the sequel, or rather sequels, to Fantastic Beasts have been well under way for months with screenwriter J.K. Rowling having nearly completed the script for part two, release dates scheduled for parts two and three, and the announcement made by Rowling that there may be as many as five Fantastic Beasts movies before the series is over. So it only makes sense then that producers would start casting for future installments, right? (more…)
Shortly after the last Pirates of the Caribbean film was released back in 2011, Disney started planning for yet another film. After going through a little bit of development hell, the film was finally green-lit in 2014 with Johnny Depp returning as everyone’s favorite Keith Richards impersonator, Captain Jack Sparrow. Also returning are Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, Kevin McNally as Gibbs, and Orlando Bloom returning as Will Turner, who we haven’t seen since the third film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
The latest trailer from love him or hate him director Kevin Smith has arrived. Smith has always been rather polarizing to audiences but his latest movie Yoga Hosers looks to stretch even the staunchest fans. It stars Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn, along with Lily Rose Depp, Johnny Depp’s daughter, as two convenience store clerks. Before you get excited about a throwback to the days of Dante and Randall, be advised – there’s a foot tall Nazi bratwurst (played by Smith himself) involved. Clerks 2.0 this is not. Still with a PG-13 rating subversive adult commentary on the world is not what Smith was intending. Yoga Hosers seems to be him having fun, the question remains do the rest of want to join in the fun? (more…)
Hey, remember when Alice in Wonderland made a billion dollars at the box office? The year 2010 were simpler days as Alice, riding on the 3-D coattails of Avatar just needed to be in that third dimension to make money, and that’s all the movie seemed to have going for it. It’s interesting considering the recent discussion of Avatar’s culture relevance, or lack thereof, that the movie that followed in its footsteps so closely seems all but forgotten in the conversation. A billion dollars doesn’t mean what you used to, but it’s siren song is hard shake. Thus we now have Alice Through the Looking Glass, a logical follow-up to Wonderland if anything that happened here could be called logical. (more…)
Alice Through the Looking Glass opens later this month, so it would make sense that if you were to find yourself wandering around Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, you might see some promotion for the film. You know, like a poster display. Now imagine if the poster started looking back. And talking to you. That’s what some lucky people encountered in their recent visit to Disneyland, as what looked like a poster of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter turned out to actually be Johnny Depp dressed in full Mad Hatter garb, ready and willing to interact with fans to their mutual delight. And yes, the whole thing was captured on video. (more…)
One of Kevin Smith‘s recent slew of bizarre projects, Yoga Hosers is the second in Smith’s True North horror comedy trilogy. It appears betweern 2014’s Tusk and the bluntly titled Moose Jaws, which is due to begin shooting in the summer time of this year. The movie has already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival of January 2016 and now has an official release date for broader distribution, as the debut piece of new production company Invincible Pictures. (more…)