It’s official! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood has an official opening date! There are already Wizarding Worlds at Universal Studios in Orlando and Japan, but now the magic is being brought to the West Coast. Fans of the J.K. Rowling novels have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the attraction for almost five years. Until today, no one was quite sure how long that wait would be, as Universal officials have all remained very tight-lipped about the project. After all, everyone knows that Golden Snitches get Golden Stitches. We’re sorry. We don’t even know what that means. Anyway, Universal released a video to announcing the opening date with special guest star, Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch, delivering the news. Let’s watch the video below now!
I was just saying to myself last week, “Self – it’s been far, far too long since Uwe Boll has done something bat-crap crazy.” Well, now I can rest easy, because everyone’s favorite B-list Hollywood maniac is at it again. After famously challenging movie critics to a boxing match – and actually going through with some of them – almost a decade ago, Boll posted multiple videos to YouTube over the weekend, blasting his fans, the Kickstarter staff, the crowdfunding model in general, Hollywood “elitists,” and even his potential future investors. (more…)
Ah, the glitz and glam of a Hollywood premiere… Wish you were there? It’s all good, because Marvel is providing a YouTube sized window on the festivities from the world premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which you can watch in the comfort of your home, in the comfort of your underwear. (more…)
The Chinese market is becoming very important to Hollywood; China-centric scenes were added to the Chinese release of Iron Man 3, and a role in the upcoming Transformers 4 was being raffled off on a Chinese reality show earlier this summer, and that’s just two examples. And now nerdery is pegging its hopes on a follow-up to Pacific Rim on the average Chinese film-goer as the film opens in the country this week, but not all is cozy between Tinseltown and, um, Chinatown, as one might think.
Both Variety and Deadline are reporting that there’s a showdown on the horizon between Hollywood and the Chinese government over how much money America studios get back from Chinese movie tickets. As it is, Hollywood makes back 25 per cent on the all tickets sold in China, but China’s government is now thinking their getting screwed and want to send back a little less money to Hollywood with a new tax called VAT.
Obviously, Hollywood doesn’t like the idea of getting less money, so its a deadlocked dispute that’s gone nowhere fast the last couple of months. Enter a United States Trade Representative who is now working with the MPAA and their “counterparts within the Chinese government to resolve the issue.” Good luck with that because there’s only so much money, and it seems that everyone wants more of it.
As for Pacific Rim, and the odds for a sequel, things are looking up. The film made $9 million since opening on Wednesday, which is a very good number for the Chinese box office. Pacific Rim has so far made over $225 million worldwide, barely $90 million of that at the domestic box office. So all eye’s turn to China to see if they can push the film into greener territory (the film cost around $190 million to make), and Pac-Rim is still slated to open in several other markets across the globe later this month.
So hope lives! Maybe not so much for Hollywood getting more money out of China, but hey, we never thought we’d get a fourth season of Arrested Development either. Pigs can fly!
More news as it develops.
Source: Bleeding Cool
After the shit show that was my high school production of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors, I thought that would be the last of it I’d see in my lifetime. I thought I’d escaped it. Apparently not.
Warner Bros. is considering remaking it, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt producing and starring and possibly with screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the thing.
Some sources are saying that JGL and Aguirre-Sacasa are great choices to get this show on the road; one can sing and act and the other is a decent writer. Whether or not that is the case, I’d like to call attention to the fact that this is another remake out of the 73628 we’ve seen recently. Even if this is the right time with the right people… What the goddamn fuck happened to Hollywood creativity? The magic of Hollywood apparently now lies in re-creation.
This story has received quite a bit of love over the decades: it started in the 1930s and became two movies, a musical play and an animated series. Now… it’ll be another musical movie. Go figure.
We may soon have yet another adventure in the little shop, little shop of horrors where suddenly, Seymour has completely disappeared and ohmygoddon’tfeedtheplants.
Check out the trailer of the 1986 Warner Bros. rendition of Little Shop of Horrors.
Earlier in today, we mentioned that Universal Studios would possibly replace the dated Jaws ride with more Harry Potter shit. We can now confirm that the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be a reality. In addition to adding new HP stuff to the Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Universe will also bring the magic to it’s west coast theme park. Read the full press release from Universal after the jump:
We’ve got our very first look at the upcoming Transformers ride for Universal Studios! Transformers: The Ride will be a 3D experience that will open at Universal Studios Singapore in December 2011 and Universal Studios Hollywood in Spring 2012. I’d definitely check this out in a heartbeat if I was anywhere near Singapore or Hollywood, but, alas…
The two pictures above show the orientation room and the All-Spark Vault at Universal Studios.
According to Thierry Coup, the creative director behind the ride:
“The technology at TRANSFORMERS The Ride is something the world has never experienced before in an attraction. The motion base simulator system integrated into the ride vehicle is state-of-the-art, together with ILM photo-realistic 3-D projections, will create an experience that is going to be a thrilling breakthrough in ride experience.”
And, below, we’ve got a teaser video for the ride as well as an introduction video.
He-Man says “Hey”.
Yep, talk of a He-Man movie has reared it’s ugly head again. Mind you, I am a huge Masters of the Universe fan. It’s like my go-to cartoon. In fact, the only stuff I purposely go out and buy (if you consider Ebay as going out) anymore is He-Man related merch. So, being that I am a die-hard fan, I won’t a accept a movie that’s anything less than an EPIC, high-budgeted, stylistic, Sci-Fi, fantasy, action flick that’s dark and bleak with a modicum of humor (for the kiddies). 300 meets Lord of The Rings. Since He-man is just too weird and perhaps too gay (quite a few homo erotic undertones), anyone besides Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Toro will royally fuck it up. But I digress.
The last word we heard on the project was over a year ago when two new writers were hired to re-write a script by Justin Marks (who apparently wrote Heman as a warrior astronaut and had Skeletor wearing a metal mask ala Doctor Doom). Predators screenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak, are the ones working on the most recent draft.
Now, according According Sony Vice President DeVon Franklin the He-Man film adaptation Masters of the Universe is not only still on, but the script should be turned in very soon. He expressed his excitement for the film saying,
One of other things I’m really excited about is we’re doing a reboot of the 1980s franchise Masters of the Universe. The He-Man franchise. Very excited about that. Should have that script very soon. I’m praying that we can start figuring out how we’re going to make it.
“start figuring out how we’re going to make it”? Oi, fuck me with a black dildo why don’t you (please don’t). That’s not a show of confidence. Not at all. It’s almost like he’s admitting “yea were gonna have zero budget and we’re gonna make it as kid friendly as possible”. I’m of course putting words in his mouth. I have no idea what he thinks or what his intentions are, but knowing Hollywoods aptitude for adapting and ruining 80’s cartoon franchises, I’m sure my assessment is not far off.
I can only hope the writing team and creatives behind this wish to preserves the heart of the source material, take it in a new direction, and add a bit of mythos and depth. Perhaps something representational to the nerd fan art above. That would be nice.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe started out as a toy line that spawned a popular animated series that ran from 1983 to 1985. They later created a couple animated TV remakes, and a memorable live-action film in 1987, which stared Dolph Lundgren. Frank Langella was the shit as Skeletor!
I wrote about the outrage of TV’s most spectacular Batman, Adam West not having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in March. Thankfully those boneheads finally got their act together and when they made the announcement on Tuesday, Adam’s name was on the list. Hooray! He’s joined but a varied list of celebrities ranging from The Simpson‘s creator, Matt Groening to Jennifer Aniston. Oddly, she’s listed in the film category and not the television one. Umm…Friends has been her only real hit, right? Or is there some award winning Jennifer Aniston film I’m forgetting? Whatever..::cough:: overrated ::cough::
But Adam finally being awarded his star is real victory. As is fellow television icon, Walter Koenig, finally getting one. Basically, this was a good round for geek icons. Which only means we nerds have done something right for these guys to get the honor they deserve, so, go us!
Below you can check out the video from the original Kickstarter campaign to get Adam West a star as well as funding for the a documentary about the 82 year old icon. Seriously guys, he’s 82 and only now recieveing a star! WTF!?!. Well, I guess it’s better than poor Richard Burton whose only now getting one, posthumously.
Over 2400 stars are currently on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with an average of 20 added each and every year. Directors, fictional TV shows and even an entire crew of intergalactic heroes are a part of this tradition…well almost. The entire cast of the original Star Trek has their own star but where the hell is Walter Koenig‘s piece of the walk? That’s easy, it’s getting shined up for this year’s Walk of Fame ceremony trekkies.
The last of the crew of the starship Enterprise is finally receiving his very own star to walk on, being honoured at a ceremony some time this year. Koenig, who played the young Russian Pavel Chekov in Star Trek, as well as the brutal Alfred Bester in Babylon 5 is the last of the original cast to recieve a star on the legendary Walk of Fame, even years after creator Gene Roddenberry.
“I certainly do feel honored,” Koenig told us. “It means that my modest body of work has some meaning and has been acknowledged. That’s always a very nice feeling.”Countless Star Trek fans pushed hard to make today’s news a reality, and Koenig had a special message for them: “They’ve been incredible and I’m deeply grateful for their support,” he said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
The nominees for the Walk of Fame are voted for by the people which is weird because this means that Koenig could have earned his place years ago. The man was tortured by Khan and it took this long for his fans to recognize that sacrifice, what a rip off. Thankfully he can finally call one of those stars his own. The votes for 2013 are still open and can be voted for here, you can vote for your favorite actor, director, producer, writer and yes, even fictional character. That means a Harry Potter star in 2013 bitches.