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1976 saw the publication of John Brosnan’s excellent book The Horror People. Written during the summer of 1975, it makes interesting reading 40 years down the line. Those who feature prominently in the book – Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Jack Arnold, Michael Carreras, Sam Arkoff, Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Milton Subotsky – were still alive, as were Ralph Bates, Mario Bava, Jimmy Carreras, John Carradine, Dan Curtis, John Gilling, Robert Fuest, Michael Gough, Val Guest, Ray Milland, Robert Quarry and Michael Ripper, all of whom were given a mention. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Junior, Michael Reeves and James H Nicholson were not long dead. Hammer, Amicus and American International Pictures were still in existence. George A Romero had yet to achieve his prominence and Stephen King wasn’t even heard of!
Brosnan devoted a chapter to a new British company called Tyburn Films. Founded by the charismatic and ambitious Kevin Francis, »
Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...
In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.
Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »
In 1914 Edgar Rice Burroughs gave the world the first shirtless superhero, and in the last 100 years, Tarzan has made his way into every part of pop culture, from films and TV, to comics, and even Broadway. He’s been given the Disney treatment, the porn treatment, the WB treatment, and most fabulously … the Carol Burnett treatment.
But of all the incarnations, who has been the best fit for the iconic loincloth? In 1981 Miles O’Keeffe became an instant contender in Tarzan, The Ape Man, and because today is his 60th birthday, let’s pay tribute to Miles and nine other men who we’d love to swing through the jungle with.
I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.
A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.
Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it. »
- Sam Moffitt
(Cbr) While Disney’s plans for a trilogy were derailed when 2012′s "John Carter" failed so miserably at the box office, yesterday the film’s director Andrew Stanton showed on Twitter some possible logos for the rest of the series. Noting they had “big plans,” Stanton teased what looks like a possible logo for the second film: Could have been cool. Had big plans… pic.twitter.com/xtL0KuLyAf — andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 7, 2014 "The Gods of Mars" was said to be “in development” before the first movie hit theaters, adapting the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It still has a page on the Internet Movie Database listing it as such. A potential third film, "Warlord of Mars," would have adapted Burroughs’ third Barsoom book of the same name: …That would have led to even bigger plans. pic.twitter.com/GCXet6iZ3g — andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 7, 2014 “They would very largely »
- JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources
Given the huge loss incurred by Disney with 2012′s John Carter, it’s absolutely no surprise that the studio opted against giving the green light to a second instalment of Andrew Stanton’s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom series. Nevertheless, Taylor Kitsch recent offered up some thoughts on the script for the second movie, which he described as “f*cking awesome”, and now Stanton has taken to Twitter to release the title cards for two planned sequels in John Carter and the Gods of Mars and John Carter, Warlord of Mars….
Are you disappointed that Stanton and Kitsch didn’t get to continue their story, or is that a silly question?
- Gary Collinson
Andrew Stanton was an accomplished creative force behind two of Pixar’s most successful and critically acclaimed animated features, having directed Finding Nemo and Wall•E, when Disney tapped him to take on their long-in-development John Carter. It proved to be a difficult property for audiences to wrap their heads around, to say the least.
Based on the 1917 novel A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs – the legendary sci-fi/fantasy author who also created Tarzan - John Carter had seen a series of directors come and go over the years, but fans of the book series remained hopeful that Stanton’s proven storytelling vision and knack for the more fantastical side of the film’s elements might prove successful.
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- Anthony Vieira
Studios launch potential franchise-starters every year in the hopes of spawning numerous sequels, spinoffs, and of course, plenty of merchandise. More often than not, these things fail to take off, but the ones that don't and are actually good tend to sting. An adaptation of author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ fantasy series John Carter of Mars had been in development for a very, very long time before Wall-e director Andrew Stanton finally brought the film to fruition, and while Stanton crafted a grand adventure movie that wholly transported audiences to its vast world, the box office numbers just weren’t strong enough to warrant follow-ups. In the event that John Carter did take off, Stanton had big plans for the series, and the filmmaker recently took to Twitter to share the title treatments for the sequels Gods of Mars and Warlord of Mars. More after the jump. Though John Carter was »
- Adam Chitwood
Disney had high hopes for the sci-fi adventure John Carter. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic A Princess of Mars, the studio couldn't decide on a title, originally calling it John Carter of Mars before it became something much more generic. The movie opened on March 8, earning a decent enough $30 million over the weekend. But then it went onto only generate $73 million domestically against a $250 million budget, becoming one of the biggest bombs in the studio's history. Worldwide, it would eventually take in $284.1 million, but its poor showing in the states spelled doom for the franchise.
Some blamed the title and the marketing. Some blamed director Andrew Stanton, making his first live-action movie after finding success at Pixar with Finding Nemo and Wall-e. Many fans don't blame the movie itself, a wild and rollicking old fashion space opera that has gained a strong following since it took a nosedive at the box office. »
Before it became a big write-off for the company, Disney had plans a potential franchise for its 2012 film adaptation of the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "John Carter of Mars" novels.
Last night, Stanton tweeted two images hinting at what might have been. The tweets said "Could have been cool. Had big plans... That would have led to even bigger plans." With each tweet came the title treatments for the sequels "Gods of Mars" and "Warlord of Mars".
Stanton has now moved on and is in charge of Disney & Pixar's high-profile 'Nemo' sequel "Finding Dory" scheduled to hit Summer 2016.
Source: Twitter & Twitter »
- Garth Franklin
It was revealed even before the 2012 Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation opened that Andrew Stanton and Michael Chabon were thinking big with the John Carter of Mars franchise. Already said to be in the scripting stage during the film's press junket was a sequel tentatively titled John Carter and the Gods of Mars (named for the second book in the series). Tragically for fans of Stanton's original, the project underperformed at the box office and, shortly thereafter, the studio acquired a different science fiction franchise and turned their attention to a galaxy far, far away. »
The movie world has a long and awkward association with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ half-naked hero Tarzan. Still best remembered for his Johnny Weissmuller incarnation from the 1930s and 40s, we’ve not seen a memorable live action interpretation since, though producers have certainly given it a stab with releases such as Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan (1984) and Tarzan In Manhattan (1989). Disney brought us two animated versions (one of which was scored by Phil Collins for some reason) and now Warner Bros hopes to breathe life into the old loin cloth yet. Guardians Of The Galaxy star Djimon Hounsou has been announced in the role of “Chief Mbonga” for what the studio are banking on being an action-adventure smash.
- Steve Palace
Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) is set to take the role of the eponymous Tarzan, with Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as his love interest Jane, and David Yates (Harry Potter) set to direct. Details about the particular take on the character are mostly unknown, besides the typical concept of a young orphan who is raised by apes, who then struggles to adapt to modern society.
Deadline is now reporting that Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) is set for a role in the film. Hounsou will play Chief Mbonga, a character very little is known about. Hounsou has played his fair share of antagonists and protagonists, so it’s unknown whether he’ll be a helpful ally or a treacherous foe to Tarzan. Django Unchained duo »
- Sam Thorne
Some casting news you can use... First, Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of Warner Bros' David Yates-directed Tarzan movie, which stars Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie. Hounsou will play a Chief Mbonga in the film - the wise old patriarch, as he's described by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who used the superstitious fears of his people to his own ends, with the help of a witch-doctor. Second, Joseph David Jones has been cast in a recurring role in in Amazon’s drama pilot "Hysteria," from Shaun Cassidy, Alcon and Universal TV. He joins James McDaniel and star Mena Suvari in potential series that follows an exceptionally bright »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the David Yates-directed adaptation of Tarzan that’s in the works over at Warner Bros. We learned in February that the studio had given Yates’ film a firm release date of July 1st, 2016, and even before that we knew that Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) had signed on to play Tarzan and his love interest Jane, respectively.
Today, however, we’re hearing that Djimon Hounsou, a well-respected actor best known for his roles in Gladiator, In America and Blood Diamond, has joined the cast. Hounsou will play the role of Chief Mbonga in the blockbuster adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic adventure novels.
- Isaac Feldberg
The strapping hero is saddled with added extraterrestrial superpowers in a questionable attempt to ape modern sci-fi fantasies
The problem with most Tarzan movies is the lack of dinosaurs, asteroids, exploding helicopters and glowing magic rocks, right? Well, fear not, because the creators of Animals United are here to right that wrong, embracing "the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs without becoming a slave to the text". So we open in space, crash-land on Earth (wiping out giant reptiles) and then fast-forward to the present, where the search for extraterrestrial superpowers leaves a young boy to be raised by apes after his parents die in an air crash, Now he must defend his planet sorry, "the jungle" from evil corporate invaders in search of Unobtanium. Or something. Really. While the motion-captured 3D CG has an uncanny photorealist quality, the wisdom of attempting to turn Tarzan into an Avatar-lite fantasy remains, at best, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
★★★☆☆With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of author Edgar Rice Burroughs' most famous creation, Tarzan the Ape Man, it seemed inevitable that someone would make a new film for the character. The 19th time the story has appeared on the big screen, Reinhard Klooss' Tarzan (2013) begins with an accident in which the parents of young J.J. (Craig Garner) - heir to the Greystoke Energies business empire - are killed in the African jungle, leaving the boy alone in the wild. Found and taken care of by a female gorilla and her band, J.J. grows to become the man known only as Tarzan (Kellan Lutz). Years later, Jane Porter (Spencer Locke) meets Tarzan when travelling in the jungle with her father, an employee of Greystoke.
- CineVue UK
Director: Reinhard Klooss; Screenwriters: Reinhard Klooss, Jessica Postigo; Starring: Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Les Bubb, Mark Deklin, Jaime Ray Newman, Trevor St John; Running time: 99 mins; Certificate: PG
Despite the seismic critical and commercial failure of Disney's John Carter, Hollywood hasn't been deterred from diving back into the Edgar Rice Burroughs literary archives for feature film material. Tarzan, an animated adventure arriving ahead of Warner Bros's Alexander Skarsgård-led blockbuster, will hope to fare better than the Mars-marooned Civil War veteran did in 2012.
Heroes are in vogue on the big screen right now, whether they're clad in superhero spandex or a loincloth - and Tarzan certainly has a sturdier cinematic history than John Carter, even if he did have to suffer through Phil Collins's caterwauling.
Fortunately this German-produced take on the story doesn't have the ex-Genesis man to contend with, but it does suffer from a thrifty corner-cutting »
Feature Ryan Lambie 30 Apr 2014 - 06:27
Five years after James Cameron's Avatar appeared in cinemas, we look back at its hype, its critical backlash, and how it holds up today...
Before 1960, director Michael Powell was one of the UK’s most respected directors, with a string of acclaimed films to his name, among them A Matter Of Life Or Death, The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus. Then Powell made Peeping Tom, and the critical backlash ruined him.
An intimate character study of a serial killer made at a time when such things were entirely out of the ordinary in British cinema, Peeping Tom was savaged by UK film critics, and it took a full decade for Powell’s film to be reappraised; the likes of Martin Scorsese and Robert Ebert championed Peeping Tom, but their admiration arrived entirely too late to save Powell’s filmmaking career, which was never the »
To mark the release of Tarzan on 2nd May, we’ve been given 3 prize packs containing an official Tarzan t-shirt and backpack, a pen that wouldn’t look out of place in the jungle, an official Tarzan water bottle, a Bug Inspector and a Grow Your Own Tree Set to give away
On an expedition in the remote African jungle, John Greystoke and his wife are killed in a helicopter crash while investigating a mysterious meteorite site. Only their young son J.J., who calls himself Tarzan, survives. A Gorilla discovers the boy in the wreckage and brings him up as one of her own. Quickly discovering the rules of the jungle Tarzan lives as one with the apes he now calls his family. »
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