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Thirty years ago today, James Cameron’s The Teminator dominated the box office on its opening day.
Though the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is now considered a modern classic, it’s not exactly the best film in its franchise.
In the intervening nine years between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) became a hard-willed warrior, determined to protect her son John Connor and the future of humanity. That’s one big step up from her colourless, sometimes hysterical demeanour in The Terminator. Already Terminator 2 is the better movie.
Terminator isn’t the only franchise that has a high-achieving younger sibling. Let’s go through some of our favourites.
James Cameron makes a good sequel. Unfortunately, his follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien was postponed for years while Cameron wrote and directed The Terminator and Rambo: First Blood Part II. We’re very »
- Sasha James
Who on Castle might have a very merry Christmas? How will White Collar say goodbye? Is a Haven hook-up ahead? What happens to the Arrow on The Flash? Is a Beauty-ful family expanding? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
I saw on Twitter that you got the White Collar final season premiere. Anything you could share? — Katie H.
I can share that the final-season storyline, as laid out in the first episode (airing Nov. 6), is pretty damn nifty – a specific, final gambit with enormous stakes all involved, including on the personal front. The highly »
“’John Carter of Mars’ was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as ‘Superman,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar,’” said James Sullos, president of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. “Edgar Rice Burroughs was the master of adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a worldwide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the 11 Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops.”
It stopped at Disney, however, when “John Carter,” produced for $250 million, flopped at the box »
- Marc Graser
My guess is that it will not take as long for us to see a second "John Carter" movie as it did for the first one to get made. It still seems sort of amazing that it took almost 100 years for John Carter to jump from the pages of the stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs to the big-screen, especially considering how many other properties took direct inspiration, sometimes to the point of theft, from the writing of Burroughs. While "John Carter" does not completely work, and it definitely suffers from having to follow many of its antecedents into the pop culture arena, it at least managed to capture some of the spirit of the source material. Andrew Stanton's film may prove invaluable to whoever steps up next to try to turn the property into a viable big-screen franchise. They'll be able to learn from the casting, from the marketing, »
- Drew McWeeny
I like John Carter. It’s not a perfect film by any means, but Disney spent years trying to get an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of sci-fi novels off the ground, and I think director Andrew Stanton and his screenwriting partners Michael Chabon and Mark Andrews did a swell job of bringing the story to life. Most strikingly, Stanton’s world building in the film is magnificent; you really feel like you’re on Barsoom for the film’s two-hour runtime. I was really hoping to spend more time in Stanton’s John Carter world in future sequels, but unfortunately the film failed to catch on with audiences at the box office and its bloated budget made turning a profit near impossible. Disney’s marketing was all over the place, and many thought the film looked derivative despite the fact that it was Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars »
- Adam Chitwood
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announces that the movie, television and merchandise rights for John Carter have reverted back to the company. Walt Disney Pictures held the rights and produced the movie John Carter in 2012. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. will be seeking a new studio to continue this seminal Sci-Fi adventure.
"John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar. Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter of Mars become another major »
One unsuccessful – in box office terms, at least – attempt to bring something to the screen can sometimes soil a property for other filmmakers. But that doesn’t appear to be the case for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter Of Mars, as the writer’s estate is now trying to prove. With the rights back in its hands from Disney, the search is on for a new cinematic partner.Despite Disney and director Andrew Stanton’s efforts with 2012’s John Carter, the Mouse House couldn’t generate enough interest in the property to kick off a franchise. And while the film is increasingly being seen less as a noble effort scuppered by confusing marketing, a push away from the core concept and differences of opinion, it seems to have opened the door for others to try again, with some salutary lessons to be learned. And it doesn’t hurt that Guardians Of The Galaxy »
There's no doubt that Disney had high-expectations for John Carter when they bestowed a hefty budget upon Andrew Stanton's 2010 sci-fi/adventure film. Now for most films earning nearly $300M at the worldwide box office would be deemed a success but the production budget was nearly as much as its earning. And remember, that's just the production costs. When all was said and done Disney said that the film cost them a whopping $200M. Geesh! That put the kibosh on any further tales of John Carter. Director Andrew Stanton was so oppomistic that he had title cards made for potential sequels: "Gods of Mars" and "Warlords of Mars." Now Disney has allowed the rights to John Carter to revert back to the Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and they plan to try once again to create a movie franchise out of the material. President of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., James Sullos, »
It looks like Disney has officially given up all hope of making up their losses on Andrew Stanton's criminally underrated John Carter. After failing to recoup the $200 million budget on the mis-marketed science fiction throwback, Disney has allowed the rights to the book and characters to revert to the estate of author Edgar Rice Burroughs. While this kind of thing happens all the time, the statement from Burrough's estate is interesting in that it makes it seem like John Carter may be seen »
- Alex Maidy
Disney has lost the film rights to John Carter of Mars.
The property has reverted to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc, which is already planning to find a new studio to bring the classic pulp property to the screen, reports Film Divider.
"We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote," said company president James Sullos. "This adventure never stops."
Disney shelved plans for sequels to its 2012 film John Carter after a disappointing performance at the box office.
Warner Bros is currently developing a film based on another classic Burroughs property, Tarzan. »
And just when you thought the cinematic adventures of John Carter might be done and dusted, here comes an olive branch. Andrew Stanton's John Carter movie may well have cost a lot of money, and may not have made enough of it back to keep Disney happy, but it remains a film with no shortage of fans. Furthermore, Stanton had mapped out two further films, all based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs source material.
Yet the financial write-down that Disney took on the first John Carter film meant that plans for those follow-ups were abandoned. Bluntly, Disney had no intention of financing a John Carter 2. Andrew Stanton moved on to directing the Finding Nemo follow-up, Finding Dory.
As for John Carter? Film Divider is now reporting »
Check out the new teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out.
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, »
- Michelle McCue
More than almost any Disney character in recent memory, everyone wants a Wall-e. He’s cute, he’s got personality, he’s helpful and he cleans up after you. What could be better than that? Unfortunately, we’ll never own an actual Wall-e because they don’t exist. He’s a figment of the imagination of director Andrew Stanton and hundreds […]
- Germain Lussier
Saturday Night Live comes back tonight? Honestly, thanks to a hiatus filled with casting announcements and Update shakeups and meticulous analysis of the show’s history (not to mention Live from New York’s rerelease), it sort of feels like it never left. (Just me?)
Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be champing at the bit for tonight’s 40th season premiere—a sure-to-be splashy episode featuring a leaner, meaner cast, an all-new pair at the Weekend Update desk, and a host with potential to immediately join the list of greats. Maybe it’d be best to go over »
- Hillary Busis
It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.
Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.
"At the time I was working as a freelance »
We can't believe it's already over! We still have Stars and Stripes bunting in our living room and pretzels in the oven, but the Made in Chelsea trip to New York is now at an end (and no, we're not happy about it). Luckily, it went out in style with a shock hook-up, more Stevie romance drama (who would have guessed?) and plenty of other bits too. Read on for our 22 best bits...
1. The moment when... Lucy took a huge dog for a walk (or rather, he took her for a walk).
2. The moment when... Sam tucked into a giant ice cream sundae.
Stringer Bell and Jimmy McNulty might be sharing the screen again, sort of. But instead of confronting each other on the mean streets of Baltimore, they’ll be taking to the sea.
Wire alums Idris Elba and Dominic West are reportedly lending their voices to Finding Dory, Disney and Pixar’s followup to Finding Nemo. West revealed the news in an interview with ShortList magazine this week.
- Lindsey Bahr
We already know that Idris Elba will be lending his distinctive vocals to Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book. But according to his former Wire co-star Dominic West, he’ll also be working on Pixar’s sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory.Talking to Shortlist, West revealed that he’s in regular contact with several of the actors from the much-praised HBO series and that he and Elba are both performing voice duties on Dory. We hope they've met around a microphone once or twice in the course of their work, and exchanged some chat in flawless Baltimore accents.Finding Dory, of course, will act as the follow-up to the company’s 2003 smash hit and explores Ellen DeGeneres’ character and her family. Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton are set as her parents, Charlie and Jenny, while Ty Burrell is comic whale sidekick Bailey. Oh! Oh! We speak Whale! »
While fans keep waiting for The Wire reunion to happen, series stars Idris Elba and Dominic West are set to "reunite" on the big screen in a much different way. Dominic West revealed in a recent interview that both he and Idris Elba are voicing characters in the Pixar animated sequel Finding Dory.
Here's what Dominic West had to say in a recent interview with ShortList, where he confirmed the casting.
"I saw Idris recently. We're both in the sequel to Finding Nemo, so we were recording that. I'm in pretty regular contact with a lot of guys from The Wire - a lot of them are godparents to my kids, so I love them dearly."
No details were given regarding the characters both Idris Elba and Dominic West are voicing in the animated sequel, but they join a cast that includes Finding Nemo stars Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), Albert Brooks »
One of our most anticipated movies of 2016 is undoubtedly "Finding Dory," Pixar's sequel to their beloved underwater adventure "Finding Nemo" (which was released way back in 2003). While details on the animated movie are scarce (we were at a party with the producer a few months ago and couldn't even squeeze anything out of her), it obviously concerns Dory, the forgetful fish played by Ellen DeGeneres and features returning cast members Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe (and, as revealed at D23 last year, Ty Burrell plays a Beluga whale). But some new casting news has dropped, and it should make all those little kids who are fans of cultish HBO series very happy.
Dominic West, who played the hardened, alcoholic detective McNulty on the freakishly adored HBO series "The Wire" recently revealed to The Shortlist (via Film Divider) that both he and Idris Elba, who played ruthless gang enforcer Stringer Bell, »
- Drew Taylor
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