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'A Beautiful Mind' with Russell Crowe. '31 Days of Oscar' on TCM: 'The Wind and the Lion,' 'The Man Who Would Be King' Turner Classic Movies' “31 Days of Oscar” continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, '16, with more recent fare – as in, several films released in the last four decades. Among these are The Wind and the Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, A Beautiful Mind, Swing Shift, and Broadcast News. John Milius' The Wind and the Lion and John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King are both 1975 releases featuring “Westerners” (i.e., white people) stranded in “exotic” and potentially dangerous locales (i.e., places inhabited by dark-skinned non-Christians) in the distant past: the former in early 20th century Morocco; the latter in a remote region in colonial India in the late 19th century. (That particular area, Kafiristan, is located in today's Afghanistan.) The thematic similarities between the two films end there, »
- Andre Soares
Earlier this month it was announced that TNT has decided to pull the plug on its Teen Titans pilot, but it seems that DC Entertainment still has plans to bring the young superheroes to to the small screen.
“We [at DC] have known about [Turner nixing Titans] for months and months and months,” DC Cco Geoff Johns tells TV Line. “That’s not new news to us. We have plans for Titans. It’s a huge piece of DC and we have plans.”
TNT’s Titans pilot was written by Akiva Goldsman (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin) and Marc Haimes (The Last Word), but it remains to be seen whether DC will stick with the same creative team, or look to start over.
Are you excited that we may still get a live-action Teen Titans show? Let us know in the comments below… »
- Gary Collinson
Back in September, we reported that the Transformers writers room had completed their work. It was originally thought that Transformers 5 would start shooting in June of this year, with Paramount aiming for a summer 2017 release date. Now that Michael Bay has been confirmed to direct, it seems production has been moved up slightly, with My Entertainment World reporting that shooting is now set to begin in May, although no specific shooting locations were mentioned.
Mark Wahlberg is returning as Cade Yeager from Transformers: Age of Extinction, but it isn't known quite yet if Nicola Peltz (Tessa Yeager) and Jack Reynor (Shane Dyson) will also be reprising their roles in the sequel. While no story details have been revealed quite yet, a recent profile on director Michael Bay teased "an underwater rendering of a crash-landed alien spaceship," along with a "new dump-truck Transformer with a cloak."
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Columbia Pictures dropped their new action/thriller movie, "The 5th Wave," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the major,top film critics, and it turns out that most of them were none too pleased with it, giving it only an overall 34 score out of a possible 100 across 26 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film features: Bailey Anne Borders, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gabriela Lopez, Maggie Siff, Matthew Zuk, Nick Robinson and Ron Livingston. We've added statements from a few of the critics, beloiw. Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it an 75 score, saying: "The 5th Wave finds a way to make the most of Moretz’s talents, with the emotionality she showed in If I Stay and the utter physical chutzpah of her Kick-Ass films." Clark Collis over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 score. He stated: "The frankly preposterous nature of the film »
- Andre Braddox
Chicago – Is there ever an end to the Young Adult Dystopia genre (“Hunger Games,” “Maze Runner,” etc.)? Or are we cursed with the end of the world every year, if it weren’t for those meddling kids? “The 5th Wave” is the latest adaptation, and if you haven’t read the source novel, good luck following it.
Yep, this is for fans of the book only, this time written by Rick Yancey, if that’s his real name. Instead of vampires or hunger or mazes, this time it’s space aliens (so obvious for the picking, good job Rick Y!). The numeric “wave” in the title refers to the step-by-step infiltration of the alien presence (1st, 2nd, etc.). At the 5th Wave, there is confrontation, and who better to confront those nasty invaders than a kid army and cute-as-a-button Chloë Grace Moretz. There is no subtlety in “The 5th Wave, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Lazy and trite, with a passive protagonist. It’s as if no one here understands the appeal of the postapocalyptic Ya genre it is attempting to piggyback on. I’m “biast” (pro): big sci-fi fan; desperate for stories about women; like Chloë Grace Moretz
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
And so we reach the point at which movies based on postapocalyptic Ya novels have simply stopped bothering, and now just toss up on the screen a pretty heroine, a couple of hot guys, and an obstacle course of an adventure to plow through, and consider the job done. This one is so lazy and so trite that it is itself a kind of disaster.
Here, there have been four waves of attack on Earth by mysterious aliens hovering over the planet in gigantic ships. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The King Arthur movie, which also stars Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Katie McGrath, will open against Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” movie. It was previously going up against Sony’s “Bad Boys 3” and 20th Century Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure.”
It’s the second time that Warner Bros. has moved the King Arthur project backwards. It announced in December that it was going to open the film seven months after its originally scheduled launch on July 22, 2016.
- Dave McNary
Is The 5th Wave Hollywood’s most zeitgeist-y Ya adaptation yet? In place of totalitarian governments or societal factions, the J Blakeson-directed pic, an adaptation of Rick Yancey’s bestseller, paints a brutally matter-of-fact portrait of human civilization torn asunder by global terror, as wrought by unseen alien enemies.
Particularly during its grim first half-hour, parallels to real-life, international terrorist attacks run rampant, with scenes set in refugee camps and quarantine zones. In The 5th Wave‘s dark and dangerous world, a mysterious alien race, dubbed the Others, has arrived on Earth, hovering above cities in menacing spaceships and unleashing wave after wave of devastation – a electromagnetic pulse that wipes out all technology, mega-destructive tidal waves, an ultra-lethal strain of bird flu, Body Snatchers-esque infiltration – on the human race, with all the mercy of an exterminator dropping bug bombs. Their motives are almost beside the point, given how »
- Isaac Feldberg
Taken on its own, “The 5th Wave” is an effectively decent post-apocalyptic, young-adult, world-in-the-balance survival thriller. Yet the multitudinous devotees of Rick Yancey’s wildly successful 2013 novel may have more issues with what has been edited or left out entirely than with what’s survived the transition. Still, the film will ride the inevitable wave of fandom and newcomers alike to moderate box office and a healthy afterlife, allowing producers Tobey Maguire and Graham King to move forward with production of the other two books in the author’s proposed trilogy, “The Infinite Sea” (2014) and “The Last Star,” to be published later this year.
Enough of Yancey’s ambitious narrative has made the final cut to reflect an arrestingly original spin on trendy genre tropes. In the present day, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) does what modern young people do: drink beer at unsupervised house parties, moon over boys — in this case, »
- Eddie Cockrell
Akiva Goldsman is a fiery dude. I mean, he doesn't seem to hold back his opinion on any subject that he is involved with, and this is going to be one of those subjects. Goldman was recently interviewed about Dark Tower, and more importantly, the fact that Idris Elba, a prominent black actor, was in the lead to nab the role. Of course, like any bit of casting news that involves someone who isn't caucasian, the internet wasn't exactly too happy about it. They were mad, they raged, they did everything in their power to cause a bunch of turmoil over this thing. So when a fire breaks out, someone is going to notice it, and Goldsman was just that person.
"I think Idris Elba is the greatest possible idea for casting for Roland, and I'm unbelievably proud of it as a collaborator on this enterprise and because I think »
- Nicholas Williams
The film trilogy and TV series adaptation of Stephen King's multi-novel fantasy epic "The Dark Tower" seems to be finally moving forward after various stops and starts over the years. At last report, Idris Elba was seen as the frontrunner to play the lead role of the gunslinger Roland - an interesting choice as the character is a caucasian in the book.
For those concerned with the change of race, the film's writer and producer Akiva Goldsman has the most appropriate response imaginable - he doesn't care. Talking about the potential choice of Elba with IGN, Goldsman could not contain his enthusiasm:
"I'm unbelievably proud of it as a collaborator on this enterprise and because I think that he's a great actor and I couldn't be more thrilled that he is likely to play a part... I understand that people who are thoughtful about the storytelling and the racial »
- Garth Franklin
The journey to bring The Dark Tower to the screen has begun to feel as long as Roland Deschain.s actual journey to find the titular building. Every time things seem to move forward, they.re then followed by a step backward. However, things looked to truly begin to move when we learned that producers were talking to actors about casting some of the key roles. The most exciting news was that Idris Elba was seen as the frontrunner to play the lead role of Roland, the last gunslinger. This news was met with some degree of concern by some corners because Roland, as depicted in Stephen King.s novels, is white. Well, the movie.s writer and producer has his own feelings about those concerns. He doesn.t give a shit. Akiva Goldsman is absolutely in love with the idea of Idris Elba playing The Gunslinger. His excitement is »
Titans centered on Dick Grayson (a.k.a Robin), who leads a group of young DC Comics superheroes that include Starfire and Raven. The series came from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman.
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Producers of Wgn America‘s upcoming pre-Civil War drama Underground blasted the trivialization of slavery by those who use the horrific history as a metaphor for everything from Obamacare to gun control. “We’ve seen a lot of hyperbolic comparison,” said exec producer Akiva Goldsman at a TCA panel today. “Everything is ‘slavery’, everything is ‘the Holocaust.’ These words have specific meaning. It’s the corruption of words that begins the corruption of ideas. That is… »
American channel TNT has rejected a pitch for teenaged superhero TV team-up Titans, but the project could yet live on…
Titans is one of those potential TV series that has been talked about for ages without seeming to gather much traction. As far back as September 2014, we’ve heard reports that Warner Bros and TNT were developing a live-action televised adaptation of DC's Teen Titans comic books, centred on Dick Grayson and a band of other young superheroes.
To add a bit of context, in our story from September 2014 I also said I was sceptical about the then-rumoured Supergirl series’ existence, as we hadn’t heard anything official about it yet. Look how that one turned out. But in the same time frame – no movement on Titans.
It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, then, that TNT have finally said no to the idea. »
That may upset some fans, or it may have no effect on anybody, but TNT has reportedly passed on the "Teen Titans" television show they were offered by DC Comics. You can thank TNT's president Kevin Reilly for this, as he made the decision that it was best for TNT not to accept the TV show, as he seems to be taking TNT into a new and different direction in the coming years.
Even with Akiva Goldsman attached to the show to write it, nothing could've saved it from it's fate. In an era where such shows like "The Flash," "Arrow," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Gotham," and "Agent Carter" thrive on network television, you can't help but wonder why TNT would turn away from an opportunity to now be involved in the comic book/superhero craze that is taking over pop culture by storm, and still making a pretty penny in the process of doing so. »
- Nicholas Williams
Back in September 2014, TNT announced the development of Titans, a live-action superhero series based on the DC Comics title Teen Titans. The initial report revealed that the series would center on Batman side-kick Dick Grayson (aka Robin) who emerges from the shadows of The Dark Knight as Nightwing to lead his own fearless band of superheroes, which may have included Starfire and Raven. We haven't heard a whole lot about the development of this show lately, and as it turns out, that was for a good reason. Deadline reports that the network has decided to not move forward with the project. Here's what TNT president Kevin Reilly had to say in a statement.
"We decided it wasn't where we wanted to go."
Given that there’s been no movement on the project for over a year, this probably won’t come as too much of a surprise, but TNT has decided against moving ahead with its live-action Teen Titans series, with network president Kevin Reilly stating that: “We decided it wasn’t where we wanted to go.”
Titans – or Blackbirds, as it had also been referred to – had been written by Akiva Goldsman (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin) and Marc Haimes (The Last Word), and would have seen Dick Grayson emerging from the shadow of Batman as Nightwing, leader of the young group of superheroes.
Are you disappointed that we won’t be getting a live-action Teen Titans series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
The beloved characters of the Teen Titans franchise won't be gracing the small screen of TNT, anymore. Today, it was announced that the DC drama won't be greenlit, after all. This comes as a surprise as TNT President Kevin Reilly had initially said to TV Line, after meeting with the show's co-creator Akiva Goldsman,
"I think it’s going to end up being a very, very interesting offering, I think it’s going to be excellent.”
Months later, Reilly has changed his tune stating,
“We decided it wasn’t where we wanted to go,”.
TNT had only ordered a pilot, so this isn't a huge loss to the network. However, this news comes as a bummer to the fans excited for Teen Titans to get an actual live action show. »
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
While fans of DC Comics properties are certainly enjoying an embarrassment of riches when it comes to seeing their favorite heroes dominate the small screen, sometimes disappointment abounds. We now have word that TNT has chosen not to move forward with the live action Titans TV series. As unfortunate as the news is, it should not come as too much of a shock since it has been nearly a year since any real news has been reported regarding the ill fated series.
It seemed the network was originally enthused about proceeding with the series’ development when TNT president Kevin Reilly told TV Line the following last May:
“I think it’s going to end up being a very, very interesting offering. I think it’s going to be excellent.”
More recently, Reilly said these heartbreaking words at TCA:
“We decided it wasn’t where we wanted to go.”
Had the series come to fruition, »
- Eric Joseph
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