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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Uncross your fingers, stop rubbing that lucky rabbit’s foot, cease your prayers to the Dread One Dormammu: Marvel have knocked it out of the park again.
Possibly their most daring gamble so far has totally paid off in the form of Guardians Of The Galaxy, a gloriously ramshackle-yet-tightly structured space faring adventure that just so happens to star a talking raccoon, a big tree, and Andy Dwyer from Parks And Recreation as a believable action hero. The way things are paying off for the studio, you’d think they had the whole thing rigged.
They must be gaming the system a little bit, at least. This is a big summer blockbuster where half the cast are CGI aliens, the other half are slathered in multi-coloured makeup, the “heroes” are a band of outlaws who just broke out of prison, and the director is »
- Tom Baker
Hollywood — You might not have heard the name Nicole Perlman much as it pertains to Marvel properties, but she's a big reason why "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be making its way to theaters next weekend. She toiled away as a screenwriter for a few years after her days at Nyu, cooking up projects with a science bent because that's where her passions lie — projects like "Challenger," a fascinating account of the investigation of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster written as a love letter to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Then, she made her way to the comic book giant under the company's now-defunct screenwriting program and plucked the intergalactic heroes from obscurity, setting them on a crash course for the silver screen. It may be largely James Gunn's colorful vision on that screen, but it's definitely Perlman's passion that helped bring the property to the table in the first place. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Book two in Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter series is probably the least interesting of the lot. That is not to say it isn’t enjoyable, but it’s hard to care about a story that ends much like its predecessor.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, forces are plotting to keep Harry away from Hogwarts but, miserable at home with his aunt, uncle and cousin, Harry is determined to get back to school by any means necessary.
Though the storyline doesn’t really differ all too much from the first book, Chamber of Secrets does introduce an array of fantastic new characters into the mix, including the youngest Weasley, Ron’s little sister Ginny. Eleven-year-old Ginny is new to Hogwarts, has a crush on Harry and doesn’t have many friends. This book also sees the introduction of the fabulous house-elf Dobby, the elf owned by the Malfoy family. »
- Amanda Keats
The news that the Power Rangers franchise is being rebooted with a new movie was met with a mixed response from fans, with many wondering whether there’s still room for the fairly dated characters in a world with the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the way.
However, since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers launched over two decades ago, the series has been in almost continuous production, with merchandise still selling well and a loyal fanbase in place. A movie like this however could potentially move them right back into being the huge brand they used to be.
It has been revealed this evening that Lionsgate and rights holder Saban Brands have drafted in a pair of writers who know all about rebooting a stale franchise; X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
- Josh Wilding
Today we bring Kevin Jagernauth in to help us review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to bring some balance to the conversation and we talk television as Laremy watched "The Leftovers" as well as the Emmy Awards, wondering if they are even remotely important at all. In addition to this we talk about the Internet spoiling TV and movies, does Andy Serkis deserve an Oscar and we also call a listener and that listener actually answers this time, plus a whole lot more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Clearly emboldened by the success of Maleficent and without waiting to see how its latest adaptations of Cinderella or The Jungle Book perform, Disney has been digging through its animated archives again and has come up with Dumbo. Transformers: Age Of Extinction writer Ehren Kruger has been hired to turn the elephant tale into a live action adventure.Presumably, this updated take on the 1941 classic will blend CG with real-world settings to retell the tale of the elephant born with comically huge ears. Initially mocked for his giant lobes, Dumbo has the last laugh – and learns some important life lessons to boot – when his best pal, Timothy Q. Mouse, helps him learn how to fly.It’s early days for the new project, which so far only boasts Kruger on writing duty with Tron: Legacy producer Justin Springer set to produce. Dumbo represents the latest ‘toon title the Mouse House »
As part of its on-going quest to devalue every happy cinematic memory from our childhoods, Disney is looking to turn its animated classic Dumbo into a live-action affair with the help of (wait for it) Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger. Because everyone knows that, when you want to make a movie about a kindly elephant with over-sized elephants, there’s no one better than the guy who gave us such gems as “There’s a missile in the living room,” “Prime’s taken my trophy case, and he will feel my wrath,” and my personal favorite, “Autobots, we’re going to prove who we are, and why we’re here” (and that’s just from Age of Extinction).
Justin Springer, who worked on Oblivion and Tron: Legacy, will be producing along with Kruger. Their version will adapt the original movie while “adding a unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s story. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though your first reaction to this news may be, “Seriously?”, it’s actually fairly shocking to think that the classic animated Disney movie has never been remade since first being released in 1941.
Dumbo is of course a timeless classic, and numerous home video rereleases mean that you would struggle to find a member of any generation who haven’t grown up watching the movie.
Well, a live-action remake is now in the works at Disney, with Transformers: Age of Extinction writer Ehren Kruger set to pen the screenplay for the studio. He also wrote the previous two instalments in the popular franchise from director Michael Bay, but obviously seems like an odd fit for this type of project!
Dumbo was Disney’s fourth animated feature after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia, and is one of their shortest with a running time of only 64 minutes.
This is »
- Josh Wilding
Disney is developing a live action “Dumbo,” based on the animated classic of 1941.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” scribe Ehren Kruger is writing the script that will build a family tale around the circus elephant who is ridiculed for his enormous ears and learns to fly through the help of his only true friend, a mouse.
The toon was Disney’s fourth animated film after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia.” It’s also one of Disney’s shortest animated film at 64 minutes.
“Dumbo” becomes the latest animated film that Disney is looking to bring to the big screen in live action form, after scoring with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Maleficent” is a spinoff of “Sleeping Beauty.”
Kruger, who co-wrote the previous »
- Marc Graser
One wonders why, if Paramount were so keen to reboot the Jack Ryan franchise -- and in fact developed a pretty good movie to do it with -- that they would suddenly treat the whole endeavor like an embarrassment. How else could they explain such a high-end production given the feckless title of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, followed by a January release and the kind of ad campaign normally reserved for direct-to-video Russian imports? Jack Ryan died an unsurprising death at the box office, a lamentable state of affairs obscuring a film that deserved better. Hit the jump for my full review. Proof of the film's credentials starts with director/co-star Kenneth Branagh, someone miles away from the studio hack one expects from a production like this. Add to it a reliable cast -- topped by a surprising return to form from Kevin Costner -- and you have something much »
- Rob Vaux
You’ve heard of the ‘McConaissance’. Well now another movie star considered past his best makes a high profile return to the big screen, as Kevin Costner toplines kinetic thriller 3 Days To Kill.
Though associated with a sequence of megabuck flops, Costner has been one of Hollywood’s true risk takers. It paid off in Oscars for Dances With Wolves (1990), where he did everything except sing the theme tune. Roles in hits such as The Bodyguard (1992) followed. But after Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World (1993) came Waterworld. Throwing money at a sea-based knock-off of Mad Max was never going to set the box office alight, more give it a drenching. The Postman (1997) actually had Costner singing the theme tune and that failure appeared to round off his career as a big leading man. Yet the movies never forgot about Kev and in recent years he’s been rediscovered, with prestigious »
- Steve Palace
Creator: Henning Mankell
Running Time: 540 minutes
The most famous of Swedish detectives returns for a further 6 feature length episodes in Wallander Collected Films 27-32 The Final Season. That’s a lengthy title for a lengthy package. Fans of Wallander will be drawn to the final exploits of the hero who had a Kenneth Branagh makeover in 2008, and rightfully so.
This set offers up 6 90 minute episodes that kind of supply us with a sense of finality to proceedings. Wallander (Henriksson) continues to battle drink and his attitude, but this time the aging detective, now in his 60s, also displays signs of dementia beginning to set in. Those familiar with the character will find these additions to be conclusive and also upsetting, but they don’t always play well into the crime portrayed in each film/episode.
At its core, Wallander is still your generic detective thriller. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Never say never when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It all began with a relatively unknown character in Iron Man, and has since become one of the most popular movie franchises at all time, with each entry in the interlocking franchise smashing box office records and expectations. A Thor movie directed by fancy pants Shakespearean type Kenneth Branagh? Sure! Relying on Guardians of the Galaxy, a bonkers sci-fi trip that most fanboys hadn’t even heard of and directed by oddball James Gunn, as the next summer tentpole release? Of course! A comedic take on Ant Man by the director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz? Bad example.
What we’re getting at is that Marvel (and their parent company, the House of Mouse) have rarely taken the obvious path when it came to them dominating the Hollywood blockbuster. They ventured down the road less travelled and, »
- Tom Baker
Merchandise featuring Marvel’s superheroes, Disney’s princesses, Pixar’s toons and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” helped the Mouse House ring up a record $40.9 billion in global retail sales in 2013.
The sales topped 2012′s $39.4 billion, $37.5 billion, in 2011, and $28.6 billion in 2010, according to Disney Consumer Products. Those kinds of numbers have long made the company the world’s top licensor.
Disney isn’t likely to give up that title anytime soon.
It’s ramping up several major product pushes around “Cinderella,” the animated films “Inside Out” and “Big Hero 6,” Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: Rebels” and “Star Wars: Episode VII” coming out through the end of 2015.
With those brands in hand, Disney will be one of the largest exhibitors at the Licensing Expo, which kicks off today from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
See Also: ‘Star Wars’ Lightsabers Now a Lucrative Business »
- Marc Graser
The last time we spoke with Vic Armstrong, it was to promote his autobiography The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life As Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes. But Armstrong doesn't really do stunt work anymore. He transitioned from stunt coordinator to second unit director, which means that he's been the guy responsible for the amazing action scenes in dozens of big Hollywood movies like Thor, Salt and War of the Worlds. Armstrong's latest second unit director job was on Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, where he helped deliver some of the movie's best scenes, particularly Chris Pine's first fight in the movie. We spoke with Armstrong about the project for its Blu-ray and DVD release this...
- Peter Hall
Just in time for Father's Day this weekend, Paramount has released the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit DVD and Blu-Ray in stores and online. We have an exciting exclusive featurette clip for you to check out before picking up your own copy for Dad (or for yourself). Watch as star Chris Pine and other members of the cast and crew discuss working with co-star Kenneth Branagh, and his directing style as he takes over this popular franchise with a prequel that sets up the long history of Tom Clancy's iconic CIA analyst.
Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (Chris Pine) from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow. Available now on DVD and Blu-Ray. »
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Running Time: 105 minutes
Special Features: Extended and deleted scenes – including the alternate ending, audio commentary with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Kenneth Branagh, behind the scenes documentary ‘Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room’ including interviews with cast and crew.
Jack Ryan has had many adventures over the years, thanks to the author who created him, Tom Clancy, and Ryan’s numerous film outings. In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, however, his adventure is just beginning. In this origins story, Jack Ryan is introduced as the bright young student who enlists after the attacks of 9/11. When a helicopter crash ends his service, the CIA tell him there is another way to serve his country – go back to school and keep an eye on the financial markets.
Chris Pine does a great job as the young idealistic Ryan, »
- Amanda Keats
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Paramount - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, Kenneth Branagh. Full cast + crew It'll be a bummer if Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit doesn't spawn a new franchise of films based on the beloved character created by Tom Clancy (previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck). However, even if no Jack Ryan sequels get green-lit, it'll be okay because at least we got this version, which holds up quite well to repeat viewings. What's so nice about Shadow Recruit is how measured and balanced it all is. It's a smart, patient spy thriller that isn't filled with ludicrous end-of-the-world scenarios. The...
- Peter Hall
22 Jump Street is in theaters this weekend, and its one of the few TV-to-Movie franchises that has gotten it right. This comes after so many have gotten it really wrong! Adapting a hit television show to the big screen seems like it would be an easy thing. The source material is great, there's an existing audience, it should be money in the bank. But bigger does not mean better. There's more than enough examples of great TV turned into garbage cinema. So much so, there was a fair amount of difficulty and debate narrowing it down to ten, epically awful movies. Criteria had to be established. There must be a method to this madness. Terrible films like The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, or The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas still has an appeal to younger audiences who might actually be entertained by it. It does have some value. Once »
When Tom Clancy died last year at the age of 66, even as us fans mourned his loss, one thing that we could all agree on was that he succeeded in creating a character who would never die, in the form of spy Jack Ryan. So far, in addition to the nine Ryan novels Clancy penned, we’ve seen Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and now Chris Pine in films featuring the character.
Hopefully, we’ll have more names to add to that list in a few decades – Jack Ryan is up there with James Bond as one of the best literary spies, so there’s a strong chance we’ll see more cinematic adventures with him. However, ntil more Jack Ryan films come out of Hollywood, we can take a look at his latest iteration, as played by Pine in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and ask the crucial question, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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