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Nintendo Movie Adaptations Finally Happening?

22 August 2015 1:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

1993's Super Mario Bros. was such a disaster that Nintendo decided to never again adapt any of its video games into movies. But the long wait for their vast catalogue of characters to hit the big screen may finally be reaching its end. Nintendo's creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto has opened up to Fortune about the future of the company. And he states that they are slowly, but surely, becoming more open to the idea of movies based on their product.

Shortly after the 1993 release of Super Mario Bros., the company made the decision to carefully guard its characters, a move that has latest 15 years and counting. Some called it a genius play in the wake of one video game movie adaptation flop after the next. But convergence is more prominent in entertainment today than it ever was, and the fact that younger audiences are constantly using a multitude of platforms, »

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“Attention All Muggles! We Found Just the Right Young People to Play Harry, Ron and Hermione” – Harry Potter Cast Announced August 21, 2000

21 August 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Fifteen years ago today, the world met the faces that launched one of the biggest movie franchises in cinema history.

Here’s the official press release:

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint And Emma Watson Bring Harry, Ron And Hermione To Life For Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone”

(August 21, 2000 – Burbank, CA) – Attention All Muggles! Director Chris Columbus and producer David Heyman have discovered their Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the thousands of children who cast their names into the hat to play the roles. Young actor Daniel Radcliffe will be the film’s Harry, with newcomers Rupert Grint and Emma Watson taking on the roles of Ron and Hermione, Harry’s best friends at Hogwarts, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of the first in the best-selling series of Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. »

- Michelle McCue

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Emma Watson Wraps on "Beauty and the Beast" -- 15 Years After "Harry Potter" Milestone

21 August 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Emma Watson has two reasons to celebrate today. The actress just completed filming Disney's upcoming live-adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" -- and the date has some major significance to the 25 year old. "The 21st of August must be an auspicious day for me 15 yrs ago I began my journey as Hermione15 yrs later I wrap on my 1st musical as Belle," Watson tweeted out on Friday. That's right -- on August 21, 2000, Warner Bros. announced the cast of the first "Harry Potter" film, introducing the world to Watson for the first time as Hermione Granger. "Director Chris Columbus and producer David Heyman have discovered their Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the thousands of children who cast their names into the hat to play the roles," a press release from that day reads. "I wish Dan [Radcliffe], Emma and Rupert [Grint] the very best of luck and hope that they »

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'Goonies' House Shut Down by Angry Owner

19 August 2015 7:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Can you imagine thousands of people standing in your yard every day for years on end doing The Truffle Shuffle, made famous by Chunk in the 1985 classic The Goonies? That was the breaking point for one woman in Astoria, Oregon. She just so happens to own the exact house where Mikey (Sean Astin and his brother older Brand (Josh Brolin) lived in the Richard Donner directed family adventure. And She's decided to shut that noise down!

The house, which was once a very popular tourist destination and the site of an annual Goonies convention and multiple cast reunions, has been closed to visitors after the owner grew disenfranchised with people visiting it every single day. The most popular area of the house is the front fence, where Mouth (Corey Feldman) made Chunk (Jeff Cohen) do his infamous, bare stomach shimmy known as The Truffle Shuffle.

Before it was closed to the public, »

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93 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works

19 August 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Craft and The Birds to The Fugitive and She's All That, the many film reboots and remakes currently in the works...

Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.

Without further ado, here's what's coming up...


One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »

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Where does summer 2015 leave movie stars?

18 August 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Schwarzenegger and The Rock went head to head this summer. What did we learn about star power?

The late summer success of Christopher McQuarrie's particularly enjoyable Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation may yet give Tom Cruise the biggest hit of his career. Right now, the movie has already grossed $373m worldwide, after three weeks on release, and once done, it's got a sporting chance of getting to the $694m taken by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, its immediate predecessor in the series. Even if it doesn't, it's proven lucrative enough for Paramount Pictures to gamble again on Tom Cruise's star power, by getting Jack Reacher 2 before the cameras this year.

Cruise is one of the last few bona fide movie stars, one of the few instantly recognisable faces who can get people along to one of his productions. The problem, in recent times, »

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Ranking 2015's summer blockbusters from worst to best: Is Mad Max better than Jurassic World?

16 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Summer starts early when it comes to blockbuster movies - this year we saw Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron hit cinemas in April, with big movie following big movie as the weeks rolled on.

But which popcorn movie had you jumping for joy and which had you running for the exits? Digital Spy has ranked all of 2015's major tentpole releases below - but which movie's top of your list?

15. Terminator Genisys

He came back! But deep down Arnie probably should have stayed away from the role that turned him into a movie star some 30 years ago. Terminator Genisys was a jumbled, tired retread of the franchise's former glories that made one thing abundantly clear: if you're going to make a Terminator movie, it better be directed by James Cameron.

14. Fantastic Four

Fox's bid to resurrect Marvel's first family felt like a disaster from day one. A »

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WB Drops Another Bomb: 'U.N.C.L.E.' Flops Disastrously in North America

15 August 2015 7:31 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like remark upon the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at the North American box office. That's when the dinosaurs of Jurassic World smashed Hulk and his fellow Halloween-costumed Marvel superheroes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And smashed them good: $636.73 million vs. $457.52 million. (See also: 'Jurassic World' beating 'The Avengers' worldwide and domestically?) At least in part for sentimental (or just downright morbid) reasons – Paul Walker's death in a car accident in late 2013 – Furious 7 has become by far the highest-grossing The Fast and the Furious movie in the U.S. and Canada: $351.03 million. (Shades of Heath Ledger's unexpected death »

- Zac Gille

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Cry U.N.C.L.E.: TV Series Reboot Starring Superman and Lone Ranger One of Year's Biggest Domestic Bombs

14 August 2015 5:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Hollywood's third domestic bomb in a row Right on the heels of Chris Columbus-Adam Sandler's Pixels and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four comes The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a big screen adaptation of the 1960s television series, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Man of Steel hero Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer. (See updated follow-up post: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Box Office: Bigger Bomb Than Expected.”) Budgeted at a reported $88 million, to date Pixels has collected a mere $61.11 million in North America. Overseas things are a little better: an estimated $73.6 million as of Aug. 9, for a worldwide total of approx. $134.71 million. Sounds profitable? Well, not yet. First of all, let's not forget that distributor »

- Zac Gille

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Film Review: 'Pixels'

13 August 2015 1:19 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Instead of delivering feel-good gamer nostalgia, Chris Columbus' big budget spectacle indulges in the worst kind of self-congratulatory 1980s male egotism ad nauseam. Fuelled by a relentlessly upbeat soundtrack that covers Everybody Wants to Rule the World and We Will Rock You (twice), this clumsily reanimated, effects-laden blockbuster adds up to little more than a send-up of retro gimmicks, cheesy celebrity cameos, and casual misogyny. After aliens mistake a Nasa space probe's transmission of 'Galaga' for a declaration of intergalactic war, only Brenner (Adam Sandler, Happy Madison's favourite man-child), can save the planet from annihilation due to his unique set of hand-eye coordination skills.


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Mrs. Doubtfire 2 Is Definitely Never Going To Happen, Thank God

12 August 2015 4:14 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In news that will shock no one, but relieve all, director Chris Columbus confirmed beyond all doubt that Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will never happen now that Robin Williams has passed away. Columbus also revealed that he held discussions with the iconic comedian about reprising his role, a conversation that actually took place over the better part of a decade. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, via Time, Columbus confirmed that Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will never, ever happen, because not only to does the studio not want to go near it now that Robin Williams is dead, but neither do the filmmaker or the audience. Columbus emphatically declared: It definitely will never happen now. But how close did Robin Williams and Chris Columbus actually come to moving ahead with Mrs. Doubtfire 2? Well, it turns out, really, really close. Columbus, who made his name directing Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and »

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Pixels review: You're better off watching a game of Pong

12 August 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Chris Columbus; Screenwriters: Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling; Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Sean Bean; Running time: 106 mins; Certificate: 12A

The prospect of a new Adam Sandler movie hitting cinemas instills the same sense of trepidation as the theme from Jaws. Shivers down the spine. Heart palpitations. A cold sweat. Can the intriguing blockbuster premise of Pixels prove to be that bigger boat and offer us salvation?


Scarily similar in concept to a 2002 episode of Futurama, Pixels revolves around an attack on Earth by aliens who have received a signal beamed into outer space that includes classic arcade games from the 1980s. They interpret it as a declaration of war and use a giant size Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and other such characters to launch a wave of destruction.

It's left to childhood video game champion and adulthood loser Sam (Sandler), his »

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Movie Review – Pixels (2015)

11 August 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pixels, 2015.

Directed by Chris Columbus.

Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Brian Cox, Sean Bean and Jane Krakowski.


When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.

Sometimes you just can’t put your finger on it, no matter how hard your search. I cannot say Pixels is a good film by any stretch of the imagination and won’t tell you otherwise in this review – the directing, effects, story, characters, and acting are all well below what I usually look for from an entertaining slice of cinema, even for the summer season when expectations are lowered further with years which passes – but I can’t deny I had fun with it either.

I would even argue Pixels knows it isn’t a good film. As a ‘Happy »

- Gary Collinson

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Adam Sandler: still scraping the bottom of the comedy barrel

11 August 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pixels, the latest film from Hollywood’s falling star, is another low-brow high-concept comedy that’s lazy, juvenile and simply not funny

Regular readers of these pages will know how loudly I kick and scream and bitch and moan whenever the subject of Woody Allen’s ongoing creative bankruptcy comes up, but the Woodster’s shortcomings in his hastening, deepening, darkening dotage are as nothing to those of Adam Sandler. Sandler reached the bottom of the bottom of the barrel long ago, yet he has always acted – and been remunerated – as if said destination were the summit of Everest. I skipped Woody’s latest, Irrational Man, mainly because life’s just too short, but for the benefit of my beloved readers I stood firm and intrepid on the battlefield and took the blunt force of Sandler’s latest fiasco full in the face. You’re welcome!

Pixels sits about where »

- John Patterson

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Pixels movie review: blue screen of death (please)

10 August 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Adam Sandler imagines himself as the savior of the planet. And then it gets even more puffed up with arrogance and all manner of masturbatory fantasy. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): despise Adam Sandler

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I was prepared for “Adam Sandler saves the world, not despite the fact but because of the fact that he is a good-for-nothing slacker whose primary talent is excellence at videogames, and even at that he peaked in middle school more than 30 years ago.” I was prepared because Pixels has been gleeful in its promotion that this is what it is about, and also because — as I have noted before — there is nothing that men cannot do, or fail to do, that Hollywood will not find a way to depict as heroic. This goes triple for Adam Sandler (Men, Women & Children, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Pixels review: “Prepare to get annoyed…”

10 August 2015 12:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Pixels review: A surprising lack of nostalgia, no real heart, and an edge of misplaced snarkiness – too many negatives to be gobbled up by a giant, hungry Pac-Man. Pixels review

With a repertoire that boasts Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the first two Harry Potter films, audiences should be happy to journey with a director like Chris Columbus. Throw in the added joy of retro arcade action in all of its colourful 3D loveliness, with more than a dash of inspiration from an excellent indie short (by Patrick Jean), and surely we have the perfect recipe for a generous dollop of family fun.

…Or perhaps not. While Pixels‘ neon laden action scenes are fleetingly fun, in the quieter moments it is sadly lacking. It’s difficult to ascertain who this film is actually for. With a 12A certificate, the humour needs to be far more sophisticated- There are plenty of attempts at adult jokes, »

- Dave Bennett

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Movie Review – Pixels (2015)

9 August 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pixels. 2015

Directed by Chris Columbus.

Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Brian Cox, Sean Bean and Jane Krakowski.


When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.

Another year goes by and here we have another big budget Adam Sandler comedy. Every time I review a Sandler film I always say the same thing, the guy is talented but he continues to make films that are so low brow with their humor that they just aren’t funny. He consistently does this because he knows those types of films are what’s going to make him more money. With this latest film, Pixels, the trailer actually had me pretty interested. I though that maybe this could finally be a decent film with Sandler that will be a step »

- Jake Peffer

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‘Pixels’ Review

5 August 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Jane Krakowski, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Ashley Benson | Written by Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling | Based on the short film by Patrick Jean | Directed by Chris Columbus

During my bathroom trip following a screening of Pixels, a group of what I can only term lads yelled across the room about how good a time they’d just had. This quickly turned, as it so often does in the men’s room, into playful jibes about one another’s penis size and other things I tried to tune out as my shy bladder receded ever further into my body. One of the group even went so far as to sidle up to his friend still using the urinal – leaning on me in the process – in some kind of bonding ritual I’m not quite familiar with. Their shenanigans complete and urinal cakes marinated, »

- Mark Allen

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Colin Farrell is going to be a wizard in Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts

5 August 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Colin Farrell is moving from the gritty world of True Detective to the magical Harry Potter universe.

The Irish actor has been cast in a supporting role in the Jk Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chris Columbus wants to direct a proper Harry Potter sequel (not Fantastic Beasts)

Farrell will be a playing a mysterious wizard encountered by the inquisitive Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York City.

Fantastic Beasts follows fictional author Newt as he meets all sorts of strange and magical creatures in his travels.

Harry Potter veteran David Yates is back behind the lens, with Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol on board as well.

A worldwide talent search is underway for a young actress to play a powerful little girl in the film.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens on November 18, 2016 in cinemas worldwide. »

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Box Office: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' is Tom Cruise's 19th movie to open no. 1

2 August 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" earned $56 million domestically this weekend to easily beat another newcomer, "Vacation," for the top spot.  While Paramount and the film's major financier, Skydance, have to wonder why it didn't open bigger after rave reviews and an A- Cinemascore rating it could have been much worse.  Pre-release polling from some services were as low as a $42-50 million debut.  For comparison's sake, "M:i-2" debuted to $57 million 15 years ago.  With an estimated production budget of $150 million, "Rogue Nation" will have to fare much better overseas and it's off to a great start with $65 million internationally so far. As for Cruise, you could technically say this is his 20th no. 1 opener, but he wasn't even mentioned in the "Tropic Thunder" billing block or top credits (i.e., his name appears nowhere on the poster) and when you're going to track these things, well, that matters.  The 53-year-old actor »

- Gregory Ellwood

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