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The Marvel Cinematic Universe can be an awfully big, noisy and repetitive place to spend your time and money, but at its best, it can also allow for humor, whimsy and lightness of spirit — all qualities that come into play in “Ant-Man,” a winningly modest addition to the ever-expanding Disney/Marvel family. Though we can mourn the more stylish and inventive stand-alone caper we might have gotten from director Edgar Wright (who left the project over creative differences and was replaced by Peyton Reed), this enjoyably off-the-cuff franchise starter takes a cue from its incredible shrinking protagonist (played by a game Paul Rudd) and emerges with a smaller-scaled, bigger-hearted origin story than most comicbook heroes are typically granted. Insofar as it feels like a bit of a tonic next to this summer’s more bloated offerings, this July 17 Stateside release won’t reach the box office heights of the recent »
- Justin Chang
Dan Lauria's good looks are a "Wonder" to behold. Here's a 43-year-old version of the actor who played the intimidating television dad Jack Arnold on "The Wonder Years" back in 1990 (left) and 25 years later ... the now 68-year-old stage actor at an opening of his latest performance last month (right). Happy TV Father's Day. The question is... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
An alien craft shaped like an artichoke? A vessel with breasts? Here's our pick of 15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships...
For decades, heroes have crossed the universe in rocket ships and modified light freighters. Aliens have conquered galaxies in disc-shaped craft of varying sizes.
Yes, as long as there's been science fiction on the silver screen, spaceships have captured our imagination, from the matinee serials of the 30s to the sci-fi blockbusters of the present.
We all have our own idea of what a great spaceship should look like. For some, it's Han Solo's fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. For others, it's the more graceful USS Enterprise, or maybe the utilitarian craft of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what about cinema's more unusual, outlandish spaceships? The ramshackle ones, the anachronistic ones, the ones that look a bit rude, or just plain scary? Those are »
According to The Tracking Board, Universal Pictures is eyeing Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) for a role in its Universal Monster shared universe, with the site reporting that she has been offered the female lead in a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Directed by Jack Arnold and released in 1954, Creature from the Black Lagoon told the story of a group of scientists who discover a human/fish hybrid during an expedition to the Amazon. The new remake will apparently be produced by Gary Ross, Robin Bissell, Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, from a screenplay by Ross, Jeff Blitz, Tedi Sarafian and Paul Schering.
Universal launched its shared monster universe last year with Dracula Untold, and has The Mummy set for June 24th 2016. An as-yet-untitled release is slated for April 27th, 2017, which you’d have to assume would be this project if casting is underway.
- Gary Collinson
As Universal attempts to breathe life back into its classic movie monsters, The Tracking Board reports that Avengers: Age of Ultron star Scarlett Johansson is the studio’s top choice to star in a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake.
No details yet on which role Johansson, one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, would take on, but Jack Arnold’s 1954 original starred Julia Adams as the imperiled female lead, so it’s possible that she could be enlisted for a similar ‘scream queen’ role. The first Creature from the Black Lagoon focused on a group of scientists who, while exploring the Amazon, discovered a dangerous prehistoric creature that was part human and part fish.
The new pic will be part of Univeral’s inchoate Universal Monsters brand, which kicked off last fall with Dracula Untold. Though that Luke Evans historical epic was weakly reviewed, it proved a box office success, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Scarlet Johansson might go from The Avengers to The Avengers of monster movies. After playing Black Widow in three movies (and a fourth and fifth on the way) in the Marvel universe, the actress is now being eyed for one of Universal.s remakes of a classic monster: The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Can you imagine one of the most badass action stars as a scream queen? According to a report on Tracking Board, ScarJo is Universal.s top choice for the leading role in the remake. The 1954 original from filmmaker Jack Arnold is considered a horror movie classic and saw a group of scientists on an expedition through the Amazon who discover a human-fish hybrid. Julie Adams played the leading female role of Kay Lawrence, and her portrayal helped define the scream queen genre. Just because Universal reportedly wants Johansson to be involved, doesn.t mean she.ll »
It looks like Scarlett Johansson might be taking a dip in the Black Lagoon. Universal’s been working on a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake since way back in 1982 when John Landis tried to get Jack Arnold back to direct. Clearly that never panned out and neither did the iteration John Carpenter tried getting off the ground or the one Gary Ross almost did with Breck Eisner. However, things might be picking up again because according to The Tracking Board, Universal has offered Johansson the lead role in the film. Arnold’s 1954 original centers on a group of scientists who go on an expedition and wind up running into a “gill-man,” a creature that’s part human and part fish. The outlet doesn’t have any information regarding the remake narrative, but assuming the new version sticks close to the original, Johansson must have been offered the role originally played by Julie Adams, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Last of the great Universal monsters, sporting a brilliant man-in-suit design that can’t be beat and has resisted years of attempted remakes and redesigns. The most iconic of the now-classic Jack Arnold/William Alland sci-fi pix and probably the most famous of sci-fi fan Richard Carlson’s numerous genre starring turns. Ditto for co-stars Richard Denning and the still-stunning Julia Adams. One of the greatest‚ 3-D movies of the ’50s. Even Marilyn Monroe was moved by the Gill Man’s doomed beauty-and-the-beast plight. »
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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
10 items from 2015
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