When we talk about Space Jam these days, it’s usually about the proposed sequel starring LeBron James. Discussions about some kind of continuation of the Looney Tunes meets basketball film is appropriate because we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of that film, and in a perfect world, this would have been the perfect time for that King James-led reboot, but he’s still busy playing basketball against humans and winning world championships for most of the year. So maybe this will work just as well: Fathom Events has announcement that next month, they’ll be bringing the original ’96 Space Jam back to theatres for Looney Tunes versus space monsters delight. (more…)
With current election cycle being what it is, Idiocracy is a movie that gets cited a lot, so it’s somewhat surprising that when the movie was released almost 10 years ago, it got barely any kind of theatrical release. Wish you could have seen it in a theatrical setting? Well shut up. Sit your monkey ass down. Chill out. And listen. Apparently, the cult film is in the works for a traveling roadshow style re-release sometime later this year. According to one of the stars of the film, director Mike Judge is considering a tour of the film complete with screenings and Q&As in case you need anymore convincing that we’re maybe two elections away from voting for a man named Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. (more…)
Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t the biggest hit of the year, but it is one of the few summer blockbusters that is getting a lot of awards season buzz and several critics awards for Best Film of the Year. Now typically, when a movie released early in the year has a chance to win prizes in the Hollywood derby, it gets a proforma theatrical re-release, and rumors are circling that maybe Fury Road will be seen in cinemas again in the new year. The twist: it may be a black and white version of the film that George Miller apparently always wanted to make. (more…)
No, I’m afraid Black Angel is NOT a lost chapter in the Star Wars saga itself. Rather, it was a companion short and directorial debut of Star Wars art director Roger Christian shown only in select areas back in 1980 when The Empire Strikes Back first opened. It was only screened in Europe and Australia, and after disappearing without a trace, was long believed to be an urban legend by many Star Wars fans until it resurfaced in 2011.
Hit the jump for more info, and two clips from the legendary film. (more…)
When I was four my parents let me sit in on my first PG-13 film and it instilled in me a love and fear of dinosaurs for years, all thanks to Jurassic Park. Now, Twenty years and I still can’t say “Goldblum” the same way twice in a row, but in the years since, I’ve prayed to see these murderous creatures in 3D one day.
Two decades later we’re all blessed with the announcement of Jurassic Park 3D. In order to drum up interest before it’s April 5th re-release, Universal Pictures has arranged two new TV spots. “Faster” and “Welcome” are quick, thirty-second spots seem geared more towards bringing back the original, though now older audience, much like Lucasfilm did with the re-release of Episode One.
Using snippets of some of the most intense, heart-racing scenes of Steven Spielberg’s epic should bring back all those old feelings while still creating new interest. Check out the two spots below:
Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking classic JURASSIC PARK in 3D on April 5, 2013. With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film’s original release. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the film based on the novel by Michael Crichton is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen.
Jurassic Park 3D stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Richard Attenborough and opens in theaters everywhere April 5th.
Because you demanded it (probably not), 20th Century Fox is moving up the release of the 3-D version of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by a week. The re-release will now hit your 3-D enhanced screens on October 4, 2013, just two weeks after the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This, of course, follows on the successful 3-D release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace this past February 10, which made $102.7 million at the worldwide box office.
What does the competition look like now for the films? AOTC will open against Ron Howard’s latest film Rush starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, and Disney’s 3-D re-release of The Little Mermaid. ROTS, meanwhile, will face heavy competition against the Vince Vaughn comedy The Delivery Man, the thriller Paranoia, and the comic book sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
It will be interesting to see who will win the battle for nerd money between Sin City and Sith, and it will be interesting to see who gets more 3-D screens, Clones or Mermaid, but clearly Fox is trying to get the contentious prequels out of the way so that they can get to the undoubtedly more profitable 3-D re-release of the original trilogy.
It was rumored a while ago that The Avengers would get a theatrical curtain call at the end of summer, and it appears that it is so. Via Facebook, Disney announced that The Avengers will be opening wide again this weekend, increasing the number of screens its now on from its current count of 142. Disney is hoping to take advantage of a relatively slow weekend at the box office, to both give the fans a treat, and as maybe a way to get the flick that last $40 million sitting between The Avengers and the number two box office champ of all time, Titanic.
But could there be more to this release than petty greed? Possibly, the Facebook page also said, “Don’t forget to stay through the credits…” Now could that mean that there’s something new to see after the credits roll? Another extra scene or a sneak peak at Iron Man 3 perhaps? I’d hate to think it was a reminder to check out the Thanos cameo, or the shwarma gag. If you should happen to see The Avengers in theaters sometime over the weekend, let us know.
The expanded run of The Avengers will be one week only from August 31 through September 6. Check your local listings for showtimes nearest you. The Avengers will then be out on Blu-ray and DVD September 25.
Last weekend, Marvel’s The Avengers became the third highest grossing film of all time at the domestic box office; the only one standing in its way from complete box office dominance is James Cameron and his one-two punch of Avatar and Titanic. And while The Avengers has shattered a number of box office records, including some previously held by Avatar, having just made $11.2 million last weekend in fifth place and with increasing competition from summer new releases, it’s increasingly, seemingly, unlikely that The Avengers will catch Titanic’s $658.7 million domestic grab.
That’s right, Marvel’s hatching a plan to give The Avengers one last push at the end of summer for the all time box office crown. According to SuperHeroAuthority.com, Marvel is planning a release of The Avengers: The Director’s Cut sometime before Labor Day in the dog days of August. As previously reported, director Joss Whedon has said that there’s about 30 minutes of cut footage from the film that was to originally appear on the film’s Blu-ray release in September. If this plan goes forward, the director’s cut of The Avengers will bow at the box office and collect some extra coin for the coffers and give a pretty handy promotion for September’s DVD release.
But the question is, will it work? As of last weekend, The Avengers stands at $572.3 million, which is $86.4 million short of Titanic’s total haul, and $188.2 million short of Avatar’s total box office take of $760.5 million. So while it’s conceivable that The Avengers could at least catch Titanic, The Avengers would have to add another $200 million to the bank to do better than Avatar, which seems less likely.
What do you Bastards think? Would you check out an Avengers Director’s Cut in theaters, or all you all Avengered out?
If you never caught the 1984 comedy classic in theatres either when it was originally released (What was wrong with you!?) or at a more recent, special screening (What is wrong with you!?) you’re in luck. Ghostbusters is to be re-released theatrically this October. Unfortunately we have few details about the when’s and where’s.
Here’s the announcement from the film’s official Facebook page,
Alright, Ghostbusters fans. It’s time to get your cats and dogs together and prepare for mass hysteria: This October, for the first time in over 25 years, the original and unforgettable Ghostbusters makes its triumphant return to theaters!
Whoo! Yeah! But I want more info.
I’m betting this is happening in order to drum up support for the planned Ghostbusters 3, which is in a constantly shifting state of “will it” or “won’t it” happen.
But for right now who cares about another sequel, I can’t wait for the original Ghostbusters to be back in theatres! At least then I know I’m getting my money’s worth. Now we hope for it be a wide release and not one of these limited to only New York and Los Angeles, bullshit releases.