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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGThe legendary institution of experimental film Canyon Cinema has composed a gorgeous trailer of their works in the event of their 50th anniversary.The Safdie brothers' latest—starring Robert Pattinson!—gets an even further hypnotic treatment in montage with its second trailer. Read our rave review from Cannes.The trailer premiere for the forthcoming restoration of Edward Yang’s (as well as cinematographer Christopher Doyle's) debut feature That Day, On the Beach. Recommended READINGJonathan Rosenbaum admirably continues his long standing case for the virtues of Jerry Lewis over at his website:Perhaps even more to the point, why do the Americans love and hate Jerry Lewis? Clearly the degree to which he challenges, provokes, embarrasses, and sometimes even scares and troubles his public already sets him apart from Allen, Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Langdon, »
Oh, the irony: As TV creators seek inventive ways to adapt the visual language of cinema, Hollywood’s big-budget, big-screen movies are increasingly becoming more like television.
With serialized TV shows, control needs to be in the hands of writers and showrunners. That’s because the story is still unfolding and the production is built from episode to episode. The director can’t be the principal storyteller, which makes it challenging to put a premium on visual storytelling.
Read More: The ‘Mr. Robot’ Experiment: Can a TV Show Be Shot Like an Indie Film?
Those who run the Marvel Cinematic Universe might sympathize. When it launched in 2008, their choices of directors seemed like head scratchers for a big action film. In retrospect, they make perfect sense.
- Chris O'Falt
Predator turned 30 recently and, even three decades later, it remains a true action classic. The movie holds up incredibly well, even by today's standards, and the creature is still a relevant part of pop culture. Shane Black is currently shooting The Predator, a sequel to the original, which is set to come out next year. Before he was a successful writer/director, Shane Black was an actor and, he actually starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original Predator. That being the case, Black recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the movie.
Shane Black took a break from reviving the Predator franchise and took to social media in order to honor the 30th anniversary of Predator. On his Twitter, he shared a pretty sweet looking poster, with Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dutch front-and-Center, celebrating the entirety of the franchise. Shane Black, who played Hawkins, did have a very simple but effective message »
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the cinematic release of Predator. Set deep in the jungle, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a band of merry muscle men found themselves stalked by an alien warrior out on a hunting trip. Check out our Predator movie facts below.
Predator movie facts! 30 things you didn’t know about the classic action movie
It’s hard to believe that it was so long ago that we first saw Arnie go toe-to-toe with an invisible alien. It’s easily one of the films that Schwarzenegger is best known for, and even today it’s a spectacular sci-fi, action horror. It’s such a strong film that it’s still inspiring further explorations into the franchise, director Shane Black (who starred in Predator) is currently hard at work on The Predator.
As turning thirty is a very important landmark we thought it only fitting to round up »
- Kat Hughes
If you’re anything like me and are a fan of film trivia, then you love to ponder and discuss what could have been throughout the annals of cinema. So, if you’re of that ilk, you’re well aware that in some parallel dimension none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme was cast as the Predator and gave Arnold Schwarzenegger a run for his stogie back in the 1980’s.
But, as fate would have it, we never saw this cut, something director John McTiernan recently touched on when speaking with Cinema Blend:
“We never shot anything with him. It was a complete screw up with his agent, trying to hustle him into a job and didn’t know what the movie was. It’s silly. It was really silly.”
It’s hard to entirely extrapolate the context of that, but it could be assumed that Jcvd’s agent thought something »
- Eric Joseph
According to John McTiernan, director of the 1987 original, the answer is far less dramatic than one might have thought. It seems the blame rests solely on the shoulders of Van Damme’s agent at the time. Speaking to Cinemablend, this is what the director had to say:
“We never shot anything with him. It was a complete screw up with his agent, trying to hustle him into a job and didn’t know what the movie was. It’s silly. It was really silly.“
It sounds like actors inclusion was doomed from the start. However, Van Damme has stated in the past that he didn’t want to play a part that covered his face so completely, »
- Jordan Jones
1 June 2017 4:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On June 12, 1987, John McTiernan's Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a special forces team that's dropped into the jungle on a rescue mission and comes face to face with an alien hunter who makes trophies out of men's spinal columns, hit theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.
Action buffs can unpack their flak jackets and dig in for this explosive, big-barrel production. Box-office prospects seem excellent for this well-made, old-style assault »
- THR Staff
A new teaser poster for Shane Black's The Predator reboot has been revealed and it puts a new twist on a classic quote from the original John McTiernan movie from 1987. While we've seen one picture of a Predator from the set in Vancouver, that's about all we know aside from the cast. Even the photo doesn't shed much light about what could be happening in the movie unless Predator hunters have teamed up with humans to fight something worse than humans and Predator hunters. Or maybe they're just joyriding in a tank. An official teaser poster has been spotted at the Licensing Expo currently being held in Las Vegas.
The new teaser poster comes to us courtesy of Collider and it contains a twist on a familiar quote from the original movie. The line, "You are one beautiful mother &@%!$" is credited to Olivia Munn's character Casey from the upcoming The Predator. »
Neca is celebrating this year's 30th anniversary of John McTiernan's Predator in style with a 20-inch tall Jungle Demon figure that has Led eyes that light up... just hope that you don't see them staring at you in the dark when you drift to sleep this September.
From Neca: "This massive, limited edition action figure marks the 30th anniversary of the original Predator movie!
The stealthy Jungle Demon Predator is cast in clear plastic with camouflage accents to capture his cloaked appearance in the jungle. We’ve even equipped him with Led effects to simulate the yellow glowing eyes and phasing effect seen on screen! The figure also features red Led lights in the mask’s targeting system and in the wrist computer, which flips open.
The Jungle Demon stands an impressive 20″ tall and is fully poseable, with retractable wrist blades and articulated shoulder cannon. It comes with removable »
- Derek Anderson
Are we in the midst of a filmmaking revolt against the overuse of computer generated effects? This latest development in the journey of The Predator to the big screen might suggest as much, as director and co-writer of the film, Shane Black, has taken to Twitter to confirm that he will indeed be delivering a real, tangible Predator, when the blockbuster is released in the summer of 2018.
I am standing on set next to a 7-foot tall gentleman in a Predator suit — so no, it is not all CGI.
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) April 23, 2017
While it may seem like a mere snippet of information, lending a tantalizing glimpse of the production process for this highly anticipated sequel, this actually speaks volumes about the growing, and welcome trend in mainstream studio movies to return to the days of practical effects, over and above the use of CGI.
The choice Shane Black is »
- Sarah Myles
The galactic hunter's return to the big screen will now take place in the summer instead of the winter, as 20th Century Fox has pushed back the release date of Shane Black's The Predator to August of 2018.
According to multiple sources, including Box Office Mojo, The Predator is scheduled to come out in theaters on August 3rd, 2018, pushing it back several months from its previous February 9th, 2018 release.
The cast of The Predator includes Alfie Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Sterling K. Brown, and Olivia Munn.
Black (who co-starred as the wisecracking Rick Hawkins in John McTiernan's Predator) is directing The Predator from a screenplay he co-wrote with Fred Dekker (director of Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad, the latter a film that he also co-wrote with Black).
Expected to be rated "R," The Predator is currently filming in Vancouver, »
- Derek Anderson
Ever wondered how many people lose their lives in any particular movie, be it action, horror, sci-fi, or even comedy? Well, we've got you covered with The Kill Counter, our new series takes out all the guesswork and counts down every death on (and sometimes off) screen. Break out your calculator and try to keep up! For the latest episode we slice into John McTiernan's classic Predator starring... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Arnold Schwarzenegger says he won’t return to the “Predator” franchise in Shane Black’s upcoming reboot unless changes are made. “They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered,” he told Yahoo Movies. The actor added: “Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that.” TheWrap can confirm that Dutch Schaefer, Schwarzenegger’s character from the John McTiernan-directed 1987 original, appears at the very end of Black and Fred Dekker’s latest screenplay draft for the reboot. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
It doesn’t take a close read of Alec Baldwin’s new, dishy memoir Nevertheless, to notice the thinly-veiled animosity he holds for for Harrison Ford, who replaced him as Jack Ryan following The Hunt For Red October. As Baldwin tells it, he had no idea that he was being ousted from the Tom Clancy franchise, and Ford was curtly unsympathetic to his situation. Ford had dropped out of a film with Hunt director John McTiernan in order to play the part that Baldwin had once had. “John told me he spoke with Ford and asked if he was aware that Paramount was in active negotiation with me,” Baldwin writes. “Ford’s reply, according to John, was ’Fuck him.’” (For what it’s worth, this is not the first time that Baldwin has shared this story, and studio exec David Kirkpatrick has disputed his account of how things went down »
- Esther Zuckerman
— A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
If you’ve watched Alec Baldwin’s life unspool through the tabloids, then you “know” all kinds of things about his first marriage, his cocaine abuse, his paparazzi anger issues, and the infamous voicemail he left long ago for his daughter Ireland. In his long-awaited memoir Nevertheless, Baldwin doesn’t shy away from those stories — they’re all here, and he takes responsibility for the things he has said and done.
But they aren’t the focus; they’re side notes in a rich, fascinating, occasionally irascible chronicle that starts »
- Tina Jordan
Alright, I admit it. I’m getting a little curious about The Predator reboot. At first I was pretty hesitant (and still am) but a new iteration of the classic John McTiernan film starring Arnold isn’t so far out of reach from my psyche. It’s just hard for me to accept the Predator doing damage outside of a jungle (let alone Space and Metropolitan areas). But apparently Shane Black is going for the suburbia thing this time around. Black (Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 3) shared a full cast-photo to announce the beginning of production, and it appears he’ll keep sharing with
New Predator Image Gives First Look At New Characters »
- Nat Berman
Simon Brew Mar 6, 2017
Steven E de Souza deals with a spoiler-y plot hole in the original Die Hard movie...
Spoilers lie ahead for Die Hard
Die Hard is pretty much a flawless film for our money, with just one or two little bits and bobs here and there that are barely worth quibbling about. Still, screenwriter Steven E de Souza has been addressing one of them.
Spoilers for the mighty Die Hard lie past Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel. Be warned...
It’s to do with the fact that John McClane twigs that Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber is a terrorist. This is at the part of the film where Gruber is pretending to be Bill Clay, something that McClane sees through but it’s never quite explained why. We just assume that McClane is very clever.
Turns out it’s all do with some deleted material, »
Shane Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are returning for the reboot as well. Fox has already scheduled “The Predator” for a Feb. 9, 2018, opening.
Major plot details are being kept under wraps other than the movie being set in suburbia. “Narcos” star Boyd Holbrook replaced Benicio del Toro as the lead back in October. The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, and Keegan-Michael Key.
The original “Predator” was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a jungle in Central America by a fearsome extra-terrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall.
Alfie Allen, who »
- Dave McNary
The original 1987 Predator is one of those movies that I can’t stop watching once I see a frame of it. If John McTiernan’s action/horror/science fiction classic is on a screen near me, I will be drawn into its gravitational pull. There’s a special power in how it builds an atmosphere of macho excess before quickly nicking the […]
- Jacob Hall
Although it may be hard to believe, it's been nearly 30 years since Dutch urged Anna to "get to the chopper!" This June, Neca will pay tribute to John McTiernan's seminal action horror film with a 30th anniversary Predator action figure collection.
From Neca: "Introducing a special action figure collection celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the classic Predator movie! We’ve brought back some out-of-production fan favorites for those who missed out the first time around and given them various upgrades – plus we’ve included one all-new figure, the Jungle Demon! Everything comes in new collector-friendly 30th anniversary window box packaging with foil accents. All Dutch figures feature the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger and have over 20 points of articulation. All Predator figures feature brand new bodies with over 30 points of articulation, retractable wrist blades and articulated shoulder cannons.
Jungle Disguise Dutch: Comes with torch, spear, bow and arrows.
Jungle Encounter »
- Derek Anderson
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