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Late in the second episode of HBO's Westworld, set in a theme park where visitors act out Wild West fantasies with the help of lifelike robots, the park's visionary co-founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) dresses down Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), a screenwriter who has planned a new storyline for the guests that leans heavily on blood and guts to dazzle them. The guests, an irritated Ford explains, don't return for the graphic violence, or any of the other obvious things the park's creative team shows them. Instead, he insists, "They come back because of the subtleties, the details. They come back because they discover something they imagine no one had ever noticed before — something they've fallen in love with. They're not looking for a story that tells them who they are. They already know who they are. They're here because they want a glimpse of who they could be. »
- Alan Sepinwall
With “Game of Thrones,” HBO wove dragons, swordfights, and blood magic into a demographic-crossing television hit. Now it hopes to do the same with robot cowboys and mad scientists.
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about a theme park filled with thinking, human-like machines gone haywire, “Westworld” premieres Oct. 2 on the premium cabler. Humongous in scope, the show is an ambitious gambit at a critical time for HBO, which could use a big drama to carry its flag past the looming end of “Game of Thrones.” To give “Westworld” a chance at becoming that show, HBO’s marketing team is using technology that mirrors the world of the series to rally hardcore fans.
“We knew that there would be two distinct strategies,” says Sabrina Caluori, senior vice president of digital media and marketing for HBO. The first of those is the theatrical-style campaign of on-air, online, and outdoor advertising that is a must for a big-series launch »
- Daniel Holloway
Saturday Night Live will be getting very musical (and quite historic) this October when it welcomes Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Hamilton creator and star will serve as host in the upcoming Oct. 8 episode of SNL. Joining Miranda as musical guest will be Twenty One Pilots. In addition to creating and starring in Hamilton, which won 11 Tony Awards this year and is easily the most popular show on Broadway, Miranda has also joined the Disney family in a major way. Miranda not only crafted a new Cantina song for J.J. Abrams for The Force Awakens (for those who don’t know, it’s called “Jabba Flow”), but he’s also
- Chris King
By Mark Cerulli
Cinema Retro readers no doubt remember Michael Crichton’s classic sci-fi thriller Westworld. Who can forget the chilling spectacle of Yul Brynner – sans face – stalking a hapless Richard Benjamin? When I heard HBO was “rebooting” Westworld, I was skeptical. The word “Why?” kept coming to mind. The original was so good, why go there?
I’m happy to say I was dead wrong. By expanding Michael Crichton’s original vision, the producers were able to open up new storylines and vastly enhance the earlier concept. While the 1973 film was epic, it was limited by the visual effects available at the time. Now every modern tool in the VFX toolbox can be used and the results are intoxicating, drawing the viewer into Westworld’s latex embrace.
The overall setup is still the same – a high-end resort modeled after the Old West where guests can indulge in every fantasy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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Horror fans are sure to rejoice when a terrifying trio of Stephen King’s screen adaptations -- “Salem’s Lot,” “Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye” and “Stephen King’s It” (a best-seller on DVD and one of King’s most popular TV miniseries) – debuts with all-new 2016 high definition masters on Blu-ray™ from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, just in time for a haunting Halloween on September 20.
The three films based on the best-selling author’s novels and short stories are among his most popular and feature a variety of film and TV stars, including Drew Barrymore, Tim Curry, James Mason, Richard Masur, Annette O’Toole, John Ritter, David Soul, Richard Thomas and James Woods, among others. Each title will be available to own on Blu-ray for $14.97 Srp.
Stephen King is the author of more than 50 books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. »
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After his Broadway hit Hamilton became a cultural phenomenon, Lin-Manuel Miranda became quite the in-demand performer. He collaborated with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams on a new cantina song. Most recently, he signed on to star in Mary Poppins 2 for Disney, while also coming aboard to compose new songs with Alan Menken and oversee the writing on the studio's live-action Little Mermaid remake. The actor/writer/composer/singer recently shared new details on both projects, confirming that Mary Poppins 2 is a "straight-up sequel." Here's what he had to say, explaining that his character grew up as an apprentice to Dick Van Dyke's character Bert from the original Mary Poppins.
"Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, and they find themselves in their own spot, and Mary Poppins comes back to take care of Michael's kids. I play a lamplighter named Jack who sort of grew up apprenticing to Bert. »
One of the big rising stars in today's pop culture-sphere is hot off the heels of his highly successful musical, Hamilton. Before this year, Lin-Manuel Miranda wasn't a name most mainstream audiences knew. Yes, the singer/songwriter/actor had already been in his fair share of productions, films, and TV shows, but as far as a recognizable asset, he wasn't quite there yet.
Now, things have all changed. In addition to Hamilton, Miranda seems to have nurtured a pretty profitable relationship with Disney, helping J.J. Abrams to create the new cantina song for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and more recently working on the Moana soundtrack. In addition to those films, he's also signed on to the film Mary Poppins Returns, a continuation of the story told in the original classic musical.
Speaking with Variety, Miranda discussed the upcoming film, clarifying that it is not a remake:
“It’s a straight up sequel. »
- Joseph Medina
Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton's Westworld characters Dolores and Maeve are the centerpiece of a new teaser for the hugely-hyped new HBO series, which has received scorchingly-good reviews in advance of its Oct. 2 premiere. In the clip, we watch as the artificially-intelligent residents of the title town/theme park begin to realize that their lives have been "elaborately constructed" by their human creators, an awakening that will inevitably lead to chaos. You can watch that teaser, as well as a 2-minute making-of featurette featuring soundbites from co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and executive producer J.J. Abrams, below. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Lately I've been hearing murmurs about Westworld. People are saying the new series will be HBO's "next Game Of Thrones." In short, people are getting very hyped about this show and the way it seems to blend genres while being made with the finest quality ingredients. Similar to Game Of Thrones which is equal parts political period drama and sweeping fantastical adventure saga, Westworld is going to combine science fiction and western motifs.
When you look at the team of people attached to Westworld, it's easy to see why HBO may have another massive hit on its hands. From stars like Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright, to a production team that includes Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Interstellar) and J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) the talent involved with the production is truly staggering.
HBO knows there's a large »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The film will be directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck. The adaptation will be made at Animal Logic, the Sydney-based animation and visual effects production studio behind the global blockbuster “The Lego Movie.”
Gluck and Zareh Nalbandian are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as executive producer. Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive producers.
Corden will voice Peter and Byrne will star in the live-action female lead role of Bea.
With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience. Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” in »
- Justin Kroll
The movie is a crime thriller told backward — reversing day by day through a week — following a local sheriff’s quest to unlock the mystery of three small-town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.
- Justin Kroll
If you ever saw Michael Crichton’s cheesy but enjoyable 1973 Westworld, you should go ahead and erase it from your memory before sampling HBO’s series adaptation (premiering Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9/8c). The small-screen upgrade — developed by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy, and boasting J.J. Abrams among its executive producers — is about as different from its big-screen counterpart as Ava in Ex Machina is from R2-D2 in Star Wars.
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Set in the near future, the drama focuses initially on Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), a Wild West »
Yesterday we brought you details of the upcoming Blu-ray release for Star Trek Beyond [see here], and now USA Today has unveiled a rather humourous deleted scene from the Justin Lin-directed sci-fi sequel, which takes place on Starbase Yorktown and sees a lonely Kirk trying to find some company, before being sneezed on by Soccty’s pal Keenser; check it out here…
“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
- Gary Collinson
"If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead." Horror fans already know this one well. Back in 1979, director Don Coscarelli introduced The Tall Man and his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres to the world in a sci-fi horror film called Phantasm. The film built up a cult following over the years and, believe it or not, they're just about to release the fourth sequel titled Phantasm: Ravager (see the trailer for that here). In addition to the release of that new film, Coscarelli's original film that started it all is getting a re-release as Phantasm: Remastered. This brand new 4K rereleae also features remastered 5.1 surround sound, all overseen by J.J. Abrams and the folks at Bad Robot. The film stars A. Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and Bill Thornbury. If you've never seen this film, it's worth checking out. Seriously. Here's the new high def trailer for Don Coscarelli's Phantasm: Remastered, »
- Alex Billington
This Saturday (September 24, 2016), something very cool is happening in movie theaters around the country. It's called Art House Theater Day, and it's a celebration of what both movies and movie theaters mean to their communities. Over 160 theaters are participating in the event, which will screen movies both new and old. And in one particularly serendipitous case, part of the Art House Theater Day programming includes a stunning new version of a fantastic old classic that most people have probably never seen on the big screen: Don Coscarelli's Phantasm. Lovingly remastered in 4K by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company, Phantasm: Remastered is an absolutely gorgeous presentation of a truly memorable horror movie. And it is our honor to bring a special...
- Peter Hall
HBO has a pretty big October ahead of it: The premium network is debuting a number of new shows next month, including the J.J. Abrams-produced Westworld, and web star Issa Rae’s Insecure. All of those new series—including Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce and the debut of its nightly newscast, Vice News Tonight—will be available next month to subscribers to the network’s HBO Now service.
Of course, it wouldn’t be October without a few horror films to back up those brand new shows, and HBO’s offering up some suitably spooky movies to serve as a backdrop for your Halloween. There’s the 2015 Poltergeist movie, for instance (and the 1982 original), or the old Justin Long screamer Jeepers Creepers. If you want a little silent melancholy with your horror, meanwhile, you could dip into I Am Legend or 28 Days Later, or go loud ...
- William Hughes
Paramount Pictures has announced that Star Trek Beyond will beam onto Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on November 1st in the States (with a Digital HD release set for October 4th). Check out the cover art here, along with details on the bonus features…
See Also: Order Star Trek Beyond via Amazon Us or Amazon UK
Deleted Scenes – Go Beyond the final cut of the movie with scenes you didn’t see in theaters.
Beyond the Darkness – Meet visionary producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung as they discuss the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life.
- Gary Collinson
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$2.06 billion – that’s the total box office haul brought in by Star Wars: The Force Awakens during its stellar run. Though it failed to top James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing picture in cinematic history, it was a barnstorming, record-breaking start for Disney and Lucasfilm’s rejuvenated tentpole.
However that may be, when quizzed about Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Anthology film, Bob Iger – CEO at the House of Mouse – emphasized that in no way does the company expect Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to hit the box office heights of The Force Awakens come December.
Word comes by way of Iger’s interview with Variety, where the Disney chief stressed that Rogue One represents an entirely different beast, one that isn’t necessarily a four-quadrant slam dunk in the vein of J.J. Abrams’ crowd-pleaser – in fact, »
- Michael Briers
The two-time Oscar nominee most recently seen in Toronto selections Lion and Una is attached to star in Brady Corbet’s pop star drama.
Recording artist Sia will write the original soundtrack and the film will shoot in the 65mm large format and exhibit on 70mm.
Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films will produce along with Brian Young of Three Six Zero Entertainment, an international company that specialises in music, film, television, digital media and technology.
The story follows the rise of ‘Celeste’ from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom. The 15-year odyssey takes place between 1999 and the present day and tracks cultural evolutions of the 21st Century from her perspective.
Wme Global represents worldwide rights.
Corbet previously directed The Childhood Of A Leader.
“Brady is a young »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Hollywood, Calif. – The intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise returns in “the best action movie of the year” (Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood). The “highly entertaining” (David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter) new installment in the iconic franchise, Star Trek Beyond sets a course on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs, DVD and On Demand November 1, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The sci-fi adventure will also be available as part of the Star Trek Trilogy Blu-ray Collection. The film warp speeds to Digital HD four weeks early on October 4, 2016.
Director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) delivers “a fun and thrilling adventure” (Eric Eisenberg, Cinemablend) with an incredible all-star cast including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, as well as newcomers to the Star Trek universe Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Idris Elba (Luther). In Star Trek Beyond, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, »
- Robert Greenberger
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