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Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Palen has played key roles in the promotion and expansion of the company’s lucrative Hunger Games franchise, which has brought in $2.3 billion in worldwide box office. With the final film, “Mockingjay – Part 2,” launching in November, the new long-term agreement locks in a well-respected marketing executive for the studio.
Palen will continue to serve as the top film marketing executive, running worldwide theatrical marketing operations including marketing campaigns and strategy, media, creative advertising and digital media initiatives. He reports to CEO Jon Feltheimer in his capacity as chief brand officer and to Motion Picture Group Co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in his capacity as president of worldwide marketing.
Liosngate’s Hunger Games Exhibition nationwide tour will launch in Times Square next month, its Hunger »
- Dave McNary
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and »
- Drew McWeeny
Relativity is once again searching for a new actor to star in its remake of “The Crow,” as Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) has exited the project due to a scheduling issue, TheWrap has learned. Corin Hardy is directing the movie, which is a remake of Alex Proyas’ 1994 classic based on the comic by James O’Barr. Brandon Lee starred alongside Michael Wincott and Ernie Hudson in the original movie. Andrea Riseborough and Forest Whitaker are in talks to take on Wincott and Hudson’s respective roles as villain Top Dollar and cop-turned-ally Sgt. Albrecht. Also Read: Forest Whitaker in Talks »
- Jeff Sneider
Nb: the following contains spoilers for Jurassic World.
For Universal, the success of Jurassic World is the $500m pay-off to a story which began well over a decade ago. Work on a third Jurassic Park sequel originally began after the release of Joe Johnston’s coolly-received Jurassic Park III way back in 2001, yet the film languished in a pre-production quagmire as writer after writer seemingly struggled to crack the story.
William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) was the first screenwriter to step up to the plate, announced at a time when Keira Knightley was reportedly in the running for a major role. Around that time, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough were also thought to be returning to their respective roles of Ian Malcom and John Hammond. »
“Jurassic World” stunned the movie business this weekend with its massive $204.6 million opening.
It’s the second-biggest debut in history and a sign that a franchise that appeared to have run out of gas 14 years ago, when “Jurassic Park III” petered out with $368.8 million at the global box office, has been reinvigorated.
So how did Universal Pictures, the studio behind the dinosaur thriller, pull off the cinematic comeback? Here are five key ingredients in the summer blockbuster’s success:
1.) Chris Pratt is a star. Period.
In an era of would-be leading men like Jai Courtney and Garrett Hedlund, Pratt shows what a true movie star looks like. After “Guardians of the Galaxy” proved he was an actor to watch, with his tongue-in-cheek work as a galactic adventurer drawing comparisons to Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones, “Jurassic World” offers up a second major franchise to stick in his quiver. That’s »
- Brent Lang
Steve just tracked down two brand new logos at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, one for the upcoming Power Rangers movie and one for director Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt. Lionsgate recently recruited Project Almanac director Dean Israelite to helm Power Rangers. Israelite called Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz's script "mature but still playful" and also noted that the project is currently in a "soft pre-production." The film is due in theaters on January 13, 2017. Gods of Egypt is an Egyptian mythology-inspired action-adventure starring Gerard Butler as Set, the god of darkness who usurps Egypt's throne causing the empire to devolve into chaos. Brenton Thwaites will step in as Bek, a mortal who teams up with the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to take down Set and restore peace and prosperity to the region. Gods of Egypt is scheduled to hit theaters on February 12, 2016. Here's the official synopsis for Gods of Egypt: Magic, »
- Perri Nemiroff
San Andreas, 2015.
Directed by Brad Peyton.
In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter.
If I made a compliment like “they don’t make ‘em like this much anymore” about San Andreas I’d forgive you for thinking I’d gone mad but only if you hadn’t seen the film. Anyone who sees the movie is guaranteed at least one of two things; the most fun you’ll have had for the price of your ticket in 2015 so far, and just maybe you’ll agree just where I’m coming from with my unapologetic glee.
Make no mistake, San Andreas offers nothing new to the disaster movie genre, »
- Gary Collinson
What if I told you "Casper" was an important film in movie history? Twenty years ago today, Universal released "Casper," and it did okay. It was not a critical hit, and it was not a box-office sensation. But in its way, "Casper" was revolutionary, and at the time, I was absolutely fascinated by the movie and, more specifically, by the Ilm work in the film. In late 1994 and early 1995, I was dating/living with/engaged to a young woman who was working in marketing at Universal. She was about as low on the totem pole as she could be, but excited about what she was doing and excited about the various films she got to work on. Because she had to basically immerse herself in each of the films she was working on, that meant I had that same opportunity. I remember reading three scripts in particular during her time there that got me curious. »
- Drew McWeeny
Long in development, a new iteration of The Crow is finally underway with director Corin Hardy helming, and Jack Huston and Jessica Brown Findlay set to star as the doomed lovers whose deaths the former will return from the grave to avenge. Who will be responsible for their cruel fate? In Alex Proyas’ 1994 favorite Michael…
- Samuel Zimmerman
With a new tragic hero firmly on board in the shape of Jack Huston, director Corin Hardy is looking to make an interesting choice for his new version of James O’Barr’s The Crow. He has Oblivion’s Andrea Riseborough in talks to play the main villain.This could be a fascinatingly fresh take on the character of Top Dollar, as portrayed in the 1994 version by Michael Wincott. In the graphic novel, Top Dollar is the head of a crime syndicate responsible for the brutal murder of rocker Eric Draven and his fiancée, with Draven brought back to supernatural life to avenge the killings.Hardy has Claire Wilson working on the latest draft of the script, which will follow the graphic novel even more closely than Alex Proyas’ effort thanks to O’Barr’s contributions as consultant. Relativity Studios is backing this one, with the cameras expected to start »
Now playing around the world is George Miller’s masterpiece Mad Max: Fury Road. Loaded with some of the craziest action set pieces I’ve ever seen, Fury Road is the kind of movie you need to see on the biggest and loudest screen. Trust me, Fury Road is not just a great action movie; it’s great cinema. As most of you know from the numerous trailers and featurettes, Tom Hardy stars as Max Rockatansky, a former cop who’s completely broken after losing his family. However, when Max crosses paths with Charlize Theron‘s Imperator Furiosa, he agrees to join her cause to help a group of girls reach a safe place and escape Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).Fury Road also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nathan Jones and Abbey Lee. At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The new Power Rangers film is moved from summer 2016 to January 2017...
Lionsgate has announced a raft of changes to it and subsidiary Summit Entertainment's release schedule. And the headline news is that the Power Rangers reboot is going to be arriving later than planed.
Originally scheduled for July 22nd 2016, the new Power Rangers film - which is intended to be the start of a new movie series - is now due on January 13th 2017. It might just be us, but a January release for the film doesn't suggest too much confidence in it.
Other changes? Whiplash director Damien Chazelle's new film, La La Land - starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone - has been slotted in for July 15th 2016. Meanwhile, Criminal, starring Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Costner, has been put back from August 2015 to a new release date of January 22nd 2016.
Lionsgate has also set the comedy Dirty »
Lionsgate has just revealed a few changes/additions to their movie release schedule over the next couple years, delaying films like Power Rangers and Gods of Egypt, while finally giving a release date for action/comedy American Ultra. Come inside to see when all these movies are hitting!
It's not uncommon for movie studios to change up their release dates for their film slate. Things happen or come up that require adjustment (especially in this age when studios are setting dates so many years in advance). Lionsgate just announced some changes to their plans:
American Ultra now has an official release date for August 21, 2015.
Criminal originally had that date, but is moving to January 22, 2016.
Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt (which sounds insanely cool, by the way) has been delayed to April 8th, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
Running Time: 101 minutes
Synopsis: John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hit man who finds himself drawn back into the dangerous world of organised crime after the local mob boss’ son Iosef (Allen) breaks into his home and murders his dog, a gift left to him from his recently deceased wife.
In recent weeks we at Thn have been taking a walk down the memory lane of Keanu Reeves’ career in our series Keanu Classics. The series has looked at past victories Bill & Ted, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. Since The Matrix though it’s all been a little quiet on the Keanu front. He popped up in Christmas 2013 release 47 Ronin briefly and then vanished again. All that is about to change this »
- Kat Smith
Just days after the 39th anniversary of the conviction of Patty Hearst back on March 20, 1976, Deadline is reporting that Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to a new, untitled book being written by Jeffrey Toobin about the life and kidnapping of Hearst. The writers behind Big Eyes, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, will be adapting Toobin’s account.
Deadline is also speculating the role might also be in development for Jennifer Lawrence, but those talks are currently preliminary.
Hearst was 20 when she was kidnapped from her wealthy parents in the Hearst Publishing Family. She was later found to have changed her name to Tania and had joined up with her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army and eventually robbed a bank in San Francisco. Hearst’s story, based on her own novel, was first adapted into a film in 1988 by Paul Schrader, with Natasha Richardson in the role. Hearst is now 61.
- Brian Welk
*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Uncork'd Entertainment. Director/writer: Karen Lam. Cast: Kat de Lieva, Richard Harmon, Mayumi Yoshida, David Lewis David Lewis and Kelvin Redvers. Evangeline is a revenge tale, from director Karen Lam. This title was completed in 2013, toured festivals and now, the film is set to release on home video formats. Though, this is one release that might best be forgotten. An homage to Alex Proyas' The Crow (1994), Evangeline is more rock video than a true film. Lam's storytelling style brings lots of characters to the screen, none of whom are really developed. Even the protagonist is shallow and mute, through much of the film. As well, so many ideas are introduced into the story, that Evangeline staggers all over the place. Only the visual style, which is often dark and moody, is consistent and well produced. Almost all other film elements are incongruous, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Last month, Jack Huston was revealed to be in talks to play The Crow's Eric Draven, but nothing official was announced. Now, however, the ink has dried on the contracts, the hands have been shaken and Huston can start digging into how he’ll play the tragic hero of The Crow for director Corin Hardy. Hardy was hired as the latest man to call the shots back in December, and it appears that the film is finally back on track after a tortuous spell in development limbo, with a shoot pencilled in for this spring. Claire Wilson is currently on writing duties for the screenplay, which, like Alex Proyas’ 1994 take, adapts James O’Barr’s tale of Draven, a musician murdered by criminals before being brought back from the land of the dead by a mysterious, mystical crow to get revenge against those who wronged him and his fiancée. »
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