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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie which very nearly became mired in controversy at one point, but people quickly moved on from those troubling rumours about reshoots, something which was no doubt helped by the impressive sizzle reel Disney released this past weekend during Star Wars Celebration in London.
One of the highlights from that footage was seeing more of the sinister Director Krennic’s Deathtroopers in action. Relatively little is known about them at this point, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards has now shed some light on how they were conceived for the upcoming anthology movie.
“The whole day goes like this, where you go through every single object you can think of. And then at the very back of the room are all of these drawers that are full of the Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie originals. The original actual »
- Josh Wilding
Thanks to the very massive success of Captain America: Civil War, the Captain America franchise can now count itself among the most financially successful and well regarded action trilogies of all-time. Many fans find the character very refreshing in a landscape of superheroes who are otherwise very flawed or dark. Die Hard director John McTiernan seems to feel very differently about Steve Rogers than most of us do.
John McTiernan was recently interviewed for the French publication Premiere, and The Playlist decided to translate it. The subject of superhero movies eventually came up, and as it turns out, the director is not a fan. In fact, he downright hates them and thinks that Marvel's Captain America is among the worst of the worst. Here is what he had to say.
"These are films made by fascists. Comic book heroes are for businesses. Captain America...The cult of American hyper-masculinity is »
The A-list cast roster for these Universal Monster reboots just keep growing. Today’s addition: Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem. The Skyfall star is “in talks” to play “Frankenstein” in the studio’s planned Marvel Cinematic Universe-style series of films, according to Variety, though the trade doesn’t specify whether the role in question is that of Dr. Victor Frankenstein -- the man who creates the flat-topped monster originally played by Boris Karloff -- or the creature himself. My guess would be the latter, given that the Monster is the more iconic role. Karloff’s performance is by far the most-remembered element of the original movies. Variety also isn’t clear which film in the interconnected franchise Frankenstein/The Monster would first appear in, citing unnamed “sources” who claim the character(s) will show up in a non-Frankenstein film prior to toplining their own movie (Bride of Frankenstein is currently »
- Chris Eggertsen
Director David Yates leaves the Harry Potter Franchise behind for the time being and gives us The Legend of Tarzan, and enjoyable boys own adventure. In this day and age of big budget action cinema mainly consisting of super hero movies, it’s a nice change to have an old fashioned hero, albeit update for a 21st Century audience. Unfortunately, although having an abundance of CGI and action, I think the film’s ,downfall at the box office could be due to old fashioned nature of the film, which for this viewer is what raised it form just a typical action/adventure. More in line with Joe Johnston’s Hidalgo than Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Legend of Tarzan is one of better big budget action movies...
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Ryan Lambie Jun 30, 2016
The multi-million dollar success of any movie will inevitably leave Hollywood executives clamouring for a sequel. And while there are plenty of movies whose stories are open-ended enough to warrant a return to the creative well, there are many times when coming up with a follow-up idea requires all sorts of imaginative leaps. Just look at something like Alien: Resurrection, which had to come up an elaborate reason why Ripley had (spoiler alert) managed to survive a swan-dive into a lead foundry in Alien 3.
Which brings us to this list, which is devoted to a few of the weirder sequel ideas that never made it to the big screen. An E.T. sequel in which little Elliott gets tortured by aliens? Forrest Gump dancing with Princess Diana? »
Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.
Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...
Early ideas stage
The long and winding »
With Universal gearing up to launch its Classic Monsters universe, Deadline is reporting that the studio is looking to bring Dwayne Johnson into the fold, with the actor rumoured to be wanted for the lead in The Wolf Man.
The Wolf Man was released in 1941 and starred Lon Chaney, Jr. as the titular werewolf, with Chaney going on to reprise the role in four sequels, making him the only Universal Monster to be portrayed by the same actor in all of his 1940s movie appearances. The film was remade by Joe Johnston in 2010, with Benicio del Toro starring as Lawrence Talbot.
Should Johnson sign on to the project, he would join Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as The Mummy and Russell Crowe (The Nice Guys) as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both of whom will appear in next year’s Mummy reboot.
- Gary Collinson
Exactly a year ago today, millions of us swamped to theaters all over the world to see a sequel we had been waiting 14 years (though some might argue 22) for. Yes, a year ago today Jurassic World stormed into theaters to the tune of very ridiculous record setting numbers and breathed new life into a beloved franchise that had been basically dead for a decade and a half. Now that we have all had some time to cool down, love it or hate it, this presents a good opportunity to reflect on Jurassic World and understand what it did and what the future of the franchise will be as a result.
Jurassic Park just turned 23 and in case you haven't watched it in a while, it holds up on a level that very few effects heavy films, or any films for that matter, ever do. A few years after that, we got The Lost World which isn't without its problems, but in hind sight is actually a really good sequel and still holds some of the most awesome moments in the franchise. And then Jurassic Park III happened. It takes a lot to almost totally kill a franchise as monumental as the Jurassic Park franchise, but Joe Johnston's third installment damn near did it.
The film is far and away the lowest grossing of the franchise according to Box Office Mojo, it was panned by critics, introduced a very big, dumb dinosaur that killed the face of the franchise and had almost no stakes because none of the characters were allowed to die after the first 30 minutes of the film. After Jurassic Park III, Universal clearly didn't know where to go with it, but development on Jurassic Park 4 started and went through countless iterations ranging from predictable to utterly ridiculous. We've all seen the human/dino hybrid concept art by now.
However, thanks to a simple yet brilliant idea from the series creator Steven Spielberg to have a fully functioning version of Jurassic Park, now we're here. Ever since 1993, we all pretty much knew that it was a bad idea to have a lot of people around man eating dinosaurs, but not one of us who grew up watching the original films wouldn't go to a dinosaur filled version of Disneyland. And that is what Spielberg realized. Jurassic Park III failed for a lot of reasons, but primarily we all just realized that dinosaurs chasing people on an island with no purpose somehow gets old fast. The driving idea behind Jurassic World gave the installment purpose and not only that, but it played heavily on the nostalgia factor of the audience that was going to see it.
Sure, there were prevalent themes of man's relationship to nature and greed present, but really this film was all about nostalgia and on that level, no matter how you feel about Jurassic World, it is incredibly effective. That is why it was able to garner $1.67 billion worldwide, good enough for the number four spot all time, behind only Star Wars, Titanic and Avatar. The film was perhaps the absolute definition of fanservice and it paid off for the studio, sure. But outside of over analytical cynicism, it is hard to imagine anyone didn't enjoy watching the movie and at least have moments of that childlike sense of wonder that the Jp franchise is good for. Plus, Chris Pratt totally rode a motorcycle alongside a pack of raptors.
The potential problem is that Colin Trevorrow and Spielberg put most of their eggs in Jurassic World's basket. They gave us what is by most accounts the Jurassic Park sequel we deserved, but in modern Hollywood one sequel isn't good enough. We are getting at least two more sequels to the film and honestly, it is hard to imagine where anyone can go with it from here that isn't pure Furious 7 style bananas kind of crazy. But here is what we do know will happen and what might happen.
First off, we know that military applications for dinosaurs are going to be a factor. Hopefully we aren't going to venture into raptorman style hybrid territory, but Dr. Henry Wu, played by B.D. Wong, made it off the island with the dino embryos and clearly had some kind of deal worked out with InGen to further their exploration of militarized dinosaurs. First they bred raptors, then they trained raptors. That whole thing. To what degree this idea is going to be explored, we don't exactly know, but we do know we are finally going into the real world with dinosaurs and not just hanging out on an isolated island, or in San Diego for a brief period in 1997.
Trevorrow won't be back to direct Jurassic World 2, but he has worked on the script and story for the sequel and has dropped some big hints about what to expect. Point blank the director has said that this stuff won't be limited to theme parks in the future of the franchise, which actually makes a lot of sense. There are lots of scientific applications for this kind of thing and those seem to be the ideas that will be explored in the future. Here is what Trevorrow said in an interview with Wired about it.
"I feel like the idea that this isn't always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it and later on we found it could be used for energy."
Some people may hate on Jurassic World, but if Rotten Tomatoes and box office receipts are to be believed, the vast majority of people are very happy that we got the fourth installment of the franchise. All we can do is hope that new installments won't totally bastardise it, but much like the Transformers franchise, people will very likely turn out in droves no matter what the quality. The only question is, are we going to get another pointless island adventure like Jurassic Park III, or is Universal going to go all out with it and do Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but with dinosaurs? We'll find out when Jurassic World 2 drops on June 22, 2018. »
Back in 2001, it was reported that Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston (who had directed Jurassic Park III) were working on ideas for a fourth movie in the series. Some rumours had it that Sam Neill and Jeff Goldbum were set to return as Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm, and would see them lead an expedition team on another island. Keira Knightly was also signed on at one point, but she was written out in later drafts.
Eventually in 2007, Aint It Cool news wrote a review of a leaked script they got their hands on, which surrounded the idea that InGen were now mixing the DNA or humans, raptors and dogs to create human-dino hybrids. Yep. And they had guns too.
- Luke Owen
Jurassic Park 3 came out in 2001, and though a lot of the effects looked fantastic and the movie delivered on the promise of dinosaurs, it really failed to live up to the expectations of the franchise. As a result, it took 14 years to finally get a sequel to Jurassic Park in the form of Jurassic World, which absolutely crushed it at the box office last year and seemed to satisfy most fans who had been waiting all of that time.
Universal hadn't just been sitting on their hands for 14 years though. They had been trying to get Jurassic Park 4 made since the moment Jurassic Park 3 hit theaters, and it went through a lot of different and crazy development phases. Recently, Carlos Huante took to his Instagram to share some never before seen concept art for an abandoned version of Jurassic Park 4 from around 2001, which he was working on with director Joe Johnston. »
Marvel Studios has come a long way in the last eight years. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the biggest franchise in Hollywood, back in 2008 the industry didn.t know exactly what audiences would make of Iron Man, and the company basically threw a series of consecutive Hail Mary plays that worked out. In the early days, every move made could sink the ship, but success has dissipated that stress and led to a much more hands-off for creatives . what writer/producer Stephen McFeely considers to be the biggest change behind the scenes at Marvel since Phase One. Writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have been working with Marvel Studios since the early days, writing the screenplay for Joe Johnston.s Captain America: The First Avenger, so when interviewing them recently over the phone I took the opportunity to ask them about how the experience working on Captain America »
There’s no doubt that the monster ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise has left an indelible mark on the movie world ever since it made its theatrical debut back in 1993. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur and effects-laden epic has quite literally changed the way in which movies have been made ever since, mostly thanks to its game-changing computer generated effects that helped bring these once earth roaming creatures back to life and up on the big screen.
Based on the high concept sci-fi novel, of the same name, penned by the late great Michael Crichton it was without a doubt the perfect fodder for a popcorn blockbuster and in the more than capable hands and incomparable imagination of legendary filmmaker Spielberg it became a hugely entertaining filmic rollercoaster ride. It was a seminal marker in the world of CGI effects and really helped open the doors to what could be achieved in the »
- The Hollywood News
Last week, I covered the latest whispers regarding who Marvel Studios might be considering to helm Captain Marvel. Nothing official came of those rumors and, instead, now there's another name that's seemingly in the mix. While Emily Carmichael was the last candidate I shared with you, if she's up for it she'll be competing against Elizabeth Wood for the job.
According to We Got This Covered, Wood is the latest director to take a secret meeting with Marvel. Best known for her film White Girl, which made a big splash at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Wood is a relative newcomer whose work tends to be a little more on the hard-hitting end of the spectrum. White Girl was a somewhat controversial coming-of-age drama with plenty of sex and drugs.
This wouldn't be the first time Marvel Studios has gone to Sundance to recruit a director. Last year they tapped »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Jake Kasdan, who directed Black in comedy Orange County, is helming the new version of the film which has Dwayne Johnson locked in as the lead. Johnson’s Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart is also set to feature in the reboot, which is based on the 1981 book by author Chris Van Allsburg.
The original Jumanji was released in 1995 and grossed over $262 million worldwide. Directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), it starred the late Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth and David Alan Grier.
Jumanji is set for release on July 28th, 2017.
- Scott J. Davis
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In reality, the later instalments of what is now the Captain America trilogy are unlikely to have been creatively mapped out at the point Marvel was delivering Captain America: The First Avenger, back in 2011. Perhaps the kernel of an idea existed, somewhere in the back an individual’s mind – there is a wealth of comic book source material to draw upon, after all. But, the specific journey of the characters involved, and the plot arc as we now know it, is something that developed incrementally – informed by the reception of the previous instalment, as well as the stories in other Marvel movies, and the climate in the superhero genre in general. Such is the nature of the cohesive cinematic universe.
This being the case, the remarkable way in which this trilogy hangs together cannot be overstated, and it is testament – almost »
- Sarah Myles
Typically, I’m in favor of articles that emphasize the world “favorite” over the word “best.” If you want to have a conversation about who your favorite superhero in any modern superhero movie is, there are dozens of candidates, and I’m sure every single character is someone’s favorite. However, I’m here today to make a case for one character as standing above every other superhero in modern movies as the best, the ideal, the person who is simply better than anyone else. After all, he’s got his third movie opening this Friday, the fifth he’s appeared in overall, and it’s time we all acknowledge what is abundantly clear by now: Captain America is the best. All three of the Captain America films are credited to the same screenwriters. Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus managed to do something that no one else has done so far at Marvel, »
- Drew McWeeny
Star Wars: Rogue One will see the dramatic return of the At-at. Ryan takes a look back at the Empire walker's creation and hidden origins...
Their introduction almost matches Darth Vader's grand entrance in the original Star Wars when it comes to sheer menace. We see the walkers first as black dots against the planet Hoth's snow-white horizon. Then we see their huge, lumbering feet through a Rebel's Electrobinoculars. Cut to a reaction shot of R2-D2 in the underground Rebel base, whistling fractiously as chunks of ice are shaken loose by the thud-thud of those metal feet.
It's only after a squadron of snowspeeders is scrambled that we finally get a proper look at the Imperial walkers: looming some 15 metres above the ice, they're a startling amalgam of tank and beast: heads bristling with cannon and blasters, armoured body mounted atop four striding legs. Compared to the Empire's rank-and-file Stormtroopers, »
Synopsis: Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.
Exhale. Since announcing the third chapter in Captain America's trilogy would be Civil War, the nights have been long. That may seem extreme, but the exhale is one of satisfaction. Captain America: Civil War is just as good as everyone wanted it to be. Do you know how rare that is? Unless we're talking about a Uwe Boll film (ugh), the last time it happened was The Dark Knight. Speaking of which, it's absolutely »
- Tyler Richardson
Joe and Anthony Russo.s Captain America: Civil War caps off the trilogy that began with Joe Johnston.s Captain America: The First Avenger back in 2011, but it is so much more than just another film about Chris Evans. Steve Rogers. In fact, there are key elements of the movie that can be traced back to just about every single Marvel Studios title that has come before it, really giving it the sense that things have all been leading to this point (even when there.s still so much more to go). Of course, this means that having a refresher course on the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be quite useful, so that.s exactly what we.re here to provide. Below you.ll find that we.ve gone movie-by-movie, starting with 2008.s Iron Man, and have examined exactly how each title has influenced the McU to this point and what »
It’s Official: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share;) To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO’s #ballers to this summer’s #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job. But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #Baywatch and #Rampage and have the opportunity reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor. It’s official. We’ll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There »
- Scott J. Davis
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