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The Frankenstein Monster is arguably the greatest monster in all fiction. There have been a few genuinely excellent films made about him, but all too many of them are pretty bad. While the latest attempt in Victor Frankenstein falls flat, Cinelinx looks at the film history of Frankenstein to see which of them worked and which of them didn’t.
The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Sci-fi cinema has seen all kinds of aliens visit our planet, from hostile invaders to benign envoys of peace. Yet relatively few movies have seriously explored what the philosophical impact of a visitation would be. What if their language was so different from ours that communication seems impossible?
This is, at least in part, the premise behind Story Of Your Life, due out next year. It’s to be the next film from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, whose extraordinarily intense 2015 drama-thriller Sicario recently left biting our nails in a darkened cinema. Story Of Your Life is a huge departure for the filmmaker, whose work, which also includes Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy, commonly charts the darker continent of the human experience. This next »
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Things can’t get much camper than a gyrating, can-can kicking Jackman taking us through his life and times, complete with glitter maracas and disco balls
Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to Oz show is an all-singing, all-dancing arena cabaret variety revue. In silver pants and lots of glitter, the action movie star belts out the showtunes, tap-dances, projects the family photo album and soars across the audience on a flying fox – last night, at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, above the heads of a packed, ovating, rapturous crowd.
If the juxtaposition of the star of the X-Men blockbusters reeling off a tender number from Carousel amuses, it’s a joke that Jackman enjoys. He began his career both playing a crim on a TV crime show as well as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at the Princess Theatre, and much mirth is made in the »
- Van Badham
It has taken time but 20th Century Fox has now quietly pulled the sequel to this year's "Fantastic Four" reboot from its Summer 2017 schedule.
The studio had previously set a June 9th 2017 date for the follow-up to the Josh Trank-directed superhero property. In the wake of the film's critical and commercial failure, it was widely expected that the film would be pulled right away but at the time the studio insisted it was "committed" to the franchise.
Now though it has yanked the movie, and at the same time announced new dates for several others including a February 26th 2016 date for the Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman-led "Eddie the Eagle," a March 11th 2016 date for horror film "The Other Side of the Door," and a November 10th 2017 film for Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express".
The big question now though »
- Garth Franklin
Well, the jam-packed comic book movie slate of 2017 just got a little less crowded as 20th Century Fox announced late Monday night that they've officially removed Fantastic Four 2 from their upcoming release schedule. The June 9, 2017 date is now solely occupied by Paramount Pictures' World War Z sequel. There's now an increased chance Fox decides to place an X-Men universe film here, with a Deadpool sequel and Channing Tatum's Gambit being the most likely candidates, however, if they really wanted to up the ante, they could always push back Hugh Jackman's final X-Men outing, Wolverine 3, from March to June. What this removal means for the future of the Fantastic Four franchise is yet-to-be seen, could the film be scrapped entirely? Tough to say and rationally speaking, discussion of a potential reunion with Marvel Studios seems a bit premature at this point. There is really no urgency on either »
Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.
Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.
Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »
Somehow, despite the best efforts of Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman was not named the 2015-2016 Sexiest Man Alive. However, the Australian hunk just proved he has always been ridiculously, "Zoolander"-level good-looking, sharing a throwback photo from the 1980s that illustrates his flawlessness. 'Cause, don't forget, No One looked good in the '80s. The '80s were specifically designed to make everyone look awful, especially in hindsight.
Summer Lovin in the mid 80's. #ThrowbackThursday pic.twitter.com/4l7HgXKKRW
- Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 19, 2015
Hugh was born in 1968 and he's now 47, so he was probably in his mid-to-late teens here. He doesn't even have bad '80s hair, or a cheesy '80s swimsuit. It's almost cheating.
- Gina Carbone
One of the stand-out sequences of X-men: Days Of Future Past was when Quicksilver (Evan Peters) displayed his powers in a remarkable ultra slow-mo scene which had him saving the lives of Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). As Quicksilver will be a part of the upcoming X-men: Apocalypse, it's only natural that Bryan Singer would want to... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
It.s no secret that 2017.s Wolverine 3 will be Hugh Jackman.s last time playing the savage clawed mutant. Wolverine has always been one of the most famous X-Men, but starting with the first movie in 2000, Jackman.s portrayal propelled the character to new levels of fame. Despite the X-Men typically being ensemble stories, it was clear that Logan was the main character in the early entries, and he grew so big that eventually it was necessary to feature him in spinoff movies. In fact, Wolverine got so much screen time at that it ended up eclipsing nearly all the other protagonists, much to the frustration of some fans. Alas, that time is at an end. With Jackman.s departure, Wolverine.s prominence in this film series is likely to shrink (if not disappear entirely), which means there.s an opening for a new, spotlighted mutant hero in the next »
The upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse" has been touted as something of a final film in the series, closing off the six films of Bryan Singer's original "X-Men" trilogy and the more recent 'First Class' trilogy.
Fox no doubt has plans to continue the franchise beyond both 'Apocalypse,' Hugh Jackman's third and final "Wolverine" solo film, and the two X-Men related TV series it recently greenlit. There has been questions though regarding Singer's involvement beyond that point. Will he stay around for what could well be a reboot of the franchise?
According to a new report over at Journal De Montreal (via Heroic Hollywood), Singer is likely involved in whatever the film is as they have reported that production on another "X-Men" film will take place in Montreal at Mel's Studios in early 2017. Pre-production on said film would commence November next year.
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- Garth Franklin
Don't be too shocked, but Jennifer Lawrence, the movie star who seems to have everything except a sense of balance, is 2015's most valuable star, according to New York magazine. She was also 2014's most valuable star, so, way to keep it going, J-Law! The list, which factors in box office numbers, social media mentions, "likability ratings," and critical darlingness, was compiled with help from FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten. After Lawrence, there's Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, and The Rock -- er, "Dwayne Johnson." Rounding out the top 10 are Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Scarlett Johansson. And now for the fun part: the stars whose valuableness plummeted from 2014. Getting little red down arrows next to their entries, indicating a drop of more than 20 places from last year, are Daniel Radcliffe, Amy Adams, Mila Kunis, Andrew Garfield, Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Russell Crowe, Kate Winslet, »
- Sara Morrison
Universal is pressing ahead with its plans to reboot Van Helsing as part of its cinematic Monster universe, with Variety reporting that Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) have signed on to co-write the script.
Spaihts has previously penned Universal’s upcoming remake of The Mummy, which will launch the new cinematic universe when it is released in 2017. Details are currently being mapped out as to how the shared universe will incorporate Van Helsing, a character who first appeared in Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.
See Also: Syfy acquires female Van Helsing series
- Gary Collinson
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fan Film of the Day: Marvel and/or Sony may never make a Miles Morales Spider-Man movie, but here's a pretty decent fan-made short for the character (via Geek Tyrant): Dream Casting of the Day: Since it's already been suggested by Hugh Jackman himself that Tom Hardy should take over the role of Wolverine, here's a fan rendering of what that might look like (via Live for Films): Supercut of the Day: The future looks bright in this supercut of movies set in years to centuries from now (via Geek Tyrant): Scene Re-creation of the Day: We previously saw an image of Jamie Lee Curtis redoing her mother's iconic shower scene from Psycho for...
- Christopher Campbell
When Vulture talked to Glenn Close at the third-annual Bring Change 2 Mind charity gala at the Garage earlier this week, she spoke passionately about mental illness — a condition two of her close family members suffer from — and how the way it’s often treated in the media has led to a reconsideration of the projects she might take. “I am keenly aware of what stigma does, so I’ve decided not to be in anything that enhances the stigma of having a mental illness,” she said. “Giving mental illness is a voice is important, and I will not take any role that furthers silence or shame. Mental illness is not entertainment.” Has Close been sent scripts that stigmatized mental illness? “Yes, I’ve definitely turned down roles for that reason,” she said, including the recent Hugh Jackman film Prisoners, where Paul Dano and Melissa Leo play devious, possibly deranged characters. »
- Jamie Sharpe
Pan may have only hit movie theaters last month, but today Warner Bros. has revealed that the blu-ray will be landing just in time for the Holidays with a bundle of special features as well. Come inside to learn more.
Critics and audiences didn't respond all too favorably with the new Peter Pan movie, so perhaps that's why the film is getting a blu-ray release just two months after it's theatrical debut. Today, WB revealed that Pan will hit blu-ray on December 22nd, just Barely in time for Christmas (if you're looking for a last minute stocking stuffer).
Discover how Peter got to Neverland when “Pan” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”) comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Notorious monster-hunter Gabriel Van Helsing is back in vogue. Barely a week has passed since we brought you the news that Syfy had acquired a gender-swapped treatment of the title mercenary for an all-new TV series and the long-gestating film reboot, simmering in development over at Universal, has recruited Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer to pen a screenplay.
Word comes by way of Variety, noting that the proposed film will dovetail with the studio’s ambitious shared monster universe, which will house such nightmarish creations as Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolf Man. It’s unclear yet how the titular mercenary will be integrated into the interconnected movie-verse, though the outlet suggests that cracking that degree of synergy is still being mapped out.
- Michael Briers
Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures have hired screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer to co-write the new "Van Helsing" reboot for the studio. Spaihts' film credits includes Ridley Scott's "Prometheus", Scott Derrickson's "Doctor Strange", and Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy" reboot. Heisserer is known for "The Nightmare on Elm Street" remake, "Final Destination 5", and Paul Walker's "Hours."
Plot details are unknown at this time. Universal is currently rebooting their classic monster franchises such as 2014's "Dracula Untold" and "The Mummy" reboot, which will be set in present day and directed by "Star Trek" and "Transformers" screenwriter Alex Kurtzman. There’s no word yet on when “Van Helsing” will take place. Universal first released a "Van Helsing" film in 2004 which starred actors Hugh Jackman ("Pan") and Kate Beckinsale ("Underworld"), but the film managed to flop at the box office.
Their is currently no release date set »
- J.B. Casas
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will produce the film which will be a part of Universal's push to establish a classic monsters on-screen universe made up of interconnected films which start with a reboot of "The Mummy".
Hugh Jackman starred in the 2004 film adaptation very loosely based on the character from Bram Stoker's famed novel "Dracula". In this version, he was also hunting other supernatural creatures like Frankenstein and the Wolf Man.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Variety is reporting Universal has signed Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) and Eric Heisserer (Hours) to co-write their upcoming Van Helsing reboot, which will build upon their still-developing classic monsters universe. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are on-board as producers. Plot details remain scarce as do details on the shared monster movie universe, but what we do know is that a reboot of The Mummy will launch the universe when it hits theaters in 2017. The Van Helsing character was last seen on screen in the hit 2004 film of the same name, which starred Hugh Jackman (Wolverine 3) as the titular vampire hunter and Kate Beckinsale (Underworld 5) as his ill-fated lady love. At one point, Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) was attached to the reboot, but according to Variety reporter Justin Kroll, that is unsurprisingly no longer the case. What do you guys think of this latest development? Excited for a shared monster universe? »
Universal’s new production endeavor will expand and unify a network of classic monsters; it is led by narrative architects Kurtzman and Morgan. The interconnected slate of monster films will begin with a reboot of “The Mummy” and how Van Helsing would work into the rest of the universe is still being mapped out.
Plot details are unknown at this time. The studio has already said its first film in the monster universe, “The Mummy,” with be set in present day, but there’s no word yet on when “Van Helsing” will take place. The character first appeared in Bram Stroker’s “Dracula” and dedicated his life to killing the monster. In 2004, Hugh Jackman starred »
- Justin Kroll
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