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I missed the first issue of this series, so will have to try and read that at some point, but the first thing that struck me about this series was the fact it was being written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yes, That Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Turns out the former basketball superstar is also an actor, award winning writer and a Us cultural ambassador…and a writer of comic books featuring Sherlock Holmes more intelligent brother Mycroft. Apparently Kareem is a bit of a Sherlock fan, and has co-wrote a Sherlock prose novel too. Who says comics aren’t educational, I just learnt a whole lot I never knew. But I digress.
- Dean Fuller
I was so young the first time I saw classic Star Trek, that I can’t remember a time I didn’t know about Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise. The show and I are about the same age and I enjoy it now as much as I did when I discovered it back in the early 1970s. Since this week is the 50th Anniversary of the greatest and most influential American science fiction TV show ever made, here is a look back through the eyes of someone who grew up and grew old with Star Trek.
I was too young to watch the original run of Star Trek in the 1960s (no TV in the cradle) but when I was in elementary school in the early 70s, the show went into syndication. In New York it was running week nights at »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Ryan Lambie Sep 13, 2016
How does humanity quench its thirst for progress while at the same time protecting the environment? Can technology and nature exist side by side, or will our destructive tendencies always get in the way? Those are questions that underscore many of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, from the lighter-than-air eco fable Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind to his final animated feature, The Wind Rises.
In Miyazaki’s work, there’s a constant tension at play between nature and machines, between the tranquility of rural Japan and the industrial revolution of its post war era. The son of an aeronautical engineer, Miyazaki grew up as Japan rebuilt itself in the middle of the 20th century; he was born into a generation with »
Another famous captain will be joining Hook in the cast of Once Upon a Time for season 6. EW reports that Faran Tahir has been cast as Captain Nemo. Nemo is best known as one of main characters from the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name, where he captains a submarine named the Nautilus.
When Fritz Lang began in film he was a better writer than director. This lavish two-part thriller sees him concocting a multi-genre mashup, shoehorning cowboy action thrills and an exotic lost Incan civilization into dagger-and-poison serial skullduggery. The Spiders Blu-ray Kino Classics 1919 / B&W / 1:33 flat / 173 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / Die Spinnen / available through Kino Classics / 29.95 Starring Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Lil Dagover, Georg John. Cinematography Karl Freund Designers Otto Hunte, Carl Ludwig Kirmse, Heinrich Umlauff, Hermann Warm Music (2012) Ben Model Produced by Erich Pommer Written and Directed by Fritz Lang There appears to be nothing new under the sun, even if lovers of Indiana Jones don't realize that most everything he did, had been done long before in silent serials. I have a lazy habit here of claiming that Fritz Lang invented most of the basic ideas we see in every adventure genre except the western. But these »
- Glenn Erickson
In this edition of Cast This we will be looking at casting one of the most famous literary characters of all time, Captain Nemo. The fictional character, created by the French science fiction author Jules Verne, has been in print as well as stage and screen. He’s know the world over as one of the best known antiheroes in fiction; he’s a mysterious figure who has been portrayed by a... Read More »
- Graham McMorrow
It looks like we’re going to get another Armageddon / Dante’s Peak scenario, with Deadline reporting that Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) is set to direct an adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for the Chinese financiers Bliss Media.
Gans’ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is scheduled to go into production in the fall, as it Bryan Singer’s own take on the classic 1870 sci-fi novel, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox. Meanwhile, Disney also has James Mangold (The Wolverine) attached to their own project, entitled Captain Nemo, although that is an origin story as opposed to a straight-up adaptation of the book.
According to reports, Bliss Media’s 20,000 Leagues is looking to cast two Chinese actors for lead roles, and will move the narrative to a Chinese setting; it will be multi-lingual, and is said to have an “East-meets-West visual aesthetic.”
- Gary Collinson
Summer 2017 show will include concept art and models from the films Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City
The Barbican centre in London announced the details of a sci-fi exhibition, which would, it said, be unprecedented in terms of scale and ambition using film, music, literature and visual art to explore the subject across the art centre’s full estate.
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- Mark Brown Arts correspondent
With X-Men: Apocalypse launched successfully into theaters, director Bryan Singer is ready to move on to his next project. Last September, he announced that he would next be tackling 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, based on the novel by Jules Verne about an undersea adventure. At the time, we knew that both Disney and Fox were developing movies based on Verne's classic tale. In February of this year, we learned that 20th Century Fox had boarded Singer's project and was aiming to begin production this fall. Singer said at the time that the movie will feature "not only the original characters of Captain Nemo, Ned Land and Professor Aronnax, but also some new and original characters and [sci-fi] plot twists." Shortly thereafter, we heard that Disney had...
- Peter Martin
Poor Bryan Singer. It seems like every time he goes off to work on one project, he misses the boat on one he really wanted to work on. Maybe he needs a better manager. Ten years ago, he really wanted to direct X-men: The Last Stand, but then a dream gig presented itself, and he went off to do Superman Returns. He told Fox that if they could just wait a bit, he'd definitely come back for that film. Sr ended up being a bit of a sore spot for his career and Fox, in the meantime, made X-men: The Last Stand without him- a move they, too, would regret.
Then there was a remake of Logan's Run that Singer had been talking about for years upon years. Somehow or other, that movie is getting made...without him.
This brings us to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. He's been talking up »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Now, Deadline reports that Bliss Media is launching a rival project in the works, and on which they say already has a deal in place to release in China. Christophe Gans ("Silent Hill," "Brotherhood of the Wolf") will direct the sci-fi adventure. Timing is interest here as well with both projects planning to begin pre-production this Fall.
This raises the question of how the competing project might affect Fox's release of their 'Leagues' in China, which will be the world's biggest moviegoing market by next year. Bliss isn't alone on their film either, with the likes of Wild Bunch, TF1 and Pathe all onboard to co-produce and distribute.
The Bliss version will also adapt the story for the local market with Ganes »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Bryan Singer recently got the green light to bring 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the big screen via Fox, but now comes word that another film based on Jules Verne’s popular novel has bubbled up — and this one has Chinese backing. Bliss Media told Deadline that it will produce and finance their own 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which they say already has a deal in place to release in China. Christophe Gans (Beauty and the Beast, Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the W… »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, Gambit, Wolverine 3, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Agent Carter, Marvel’s Most Wanted, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Booster Gold, Powerless, Krypton, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Batman: The Killing Joke and more…
This coming Wednesday sees the release of the fourth superhero movie of 2016, as Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox unleash the latest chapter of the X-Men franchise with X-Men: Apocalypse. Flickering Myth’s Oliver Davis reviewed the film [read his ★★★ review here], while Fox also unveiled some new promotional material including a Mystique character promo and extended TV spot [see here], a Cyclops character promo [see here], a clip of Cyclops discovering his powers [see here], and a clip featuring Professor Xavier and Mystique [see here]…
- Gary Collinson
David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:
My quick take on 2001: A Space Odyssey is that, after carefully rewatching the film and reading a fair amount about it over this past week or so, I arrived at the conclusion that it’s my favorite movie of all that have ever been made. I have said the same thing in the past, but that was many years ago, long before I had become familiar with so many classics of world cinema and Hollywood’s past that preceded my birth. My deep immersion over the past decade into a self-directed study of film history led me to temporarily suspend judgment on so momentous a question as what I consider to be “the greatest film ever made,” but now I’m pretty comfortable with saying that it’s this one, without any doubt on my part. That’s subjectively speaking, »
- David Blakeslee
By Lee Pfeiffer
The seemingly promising teaming of Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale, both at their most glamorous back in 1968, goes hopelessly astray in the comedy/crime caper film "A Fine Pair". The movie is the kind of lazy effort that makes one suspect the only motives for the stars' participation were quick, sizable paychecks and the opportunity to enjoy some exotic locations at the studio's expense. (Think "Donovan's Reef" without the fun.) The film opens in New York City and we find Hudson as NYPD Captain Mike Harmon, a conservative, no-nonsense career police officer who runs his precinct with the same strong-arm tactics that General George S. Patton employed to keep his troops in line. Out of nowhere pops Esmeralda Marini (Cardinale), a glamorous and almost annoyingly perky young woman who has arrived unannounced from her native Italy. Turns out she has known Harmon most of her life as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The next instalment in the X-Men franchise will hit our screens here in the UK on May 19 – and a week later in the Us – and it’s shaping up to the biggest and baddest of the bunch so far. To help promote X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer and the huge cast have been doing a ton of interviews and as part of latest issue of Empire Magazine, Singer elaborated on his future with the franchise and what villain he might want to see next.
Singer’s next project is the big screen adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea but the director was asked if this would be his last foray into the mutant franchise:
“Abondoning the franchise is not something I think about. But I could not roll into another X-Men movie tomorrow. And I hope not to. I hope to take a break.”
- Gavin Logan
Among the crown jewels of Scream Factory’s ever-growing library of classic horror titles on Blu-ray (and some not-so-classic) are their Vincent Price Collection boxed sets, collecting many of the icon’s greatest films including most of the Roger Corman “Poe cycle”, as well as other goodness like the Dr. Phibes movies and the brilliant Witchfinder General. Not only do these collections celebrate one of the greatest icons the genre has ever known, but also honor a kind of old-school horror of which we don’t see enough anymore.
But by the recently released Vincent Price Collection III, the third collection of Price movies on Blu-ray, Scream Factory has had to dig up some fairly esoteric titles, not all of which can be considered horror. Unfortunately, Theater of Blood is still nowhere to be found on Blu-ray and Kino Lorber has the rights for anthologies like Tales of Terror and Twice Told Tales, »
- Patrick Bromley
London — Independent producer Nevision and global production and distribution group Red Arrow Entertainment have signed a co-development deal for high-end drama projects destined for the international market.
Two initial projects are already in advanced stages of development with producer Sharon Bloom (“Silent Witness”): “Post One,” a high-concept series written by Gregory Edmont (“The Secret Adventure of Jules Verne,” “Sweet Medicine”); and “Geneva,” a spy thriller written by Matt Thorne (“8 Minutes Idle”). Both series will be produced by Nevision and distributed internationally by Red Arrow International.
James Baker, president of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, said: “They are working with some fantastic writers to develop a range of compelling new stories. It’s great to work together at such an early stage to help get these shows made and find strong homes for them around the world.”
James Cabourne, executive chairman of Nevision, added: “Red Arrow is one of the most exciting players in global drama, »
- Leo Barraclough
Deadline is reporting that James Mangold (The Wolverine) has joined Disney’s long-gestating Captain Nemo, an origin story based upon Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Mangold replaces David Fincher, who was originally attached prior to directing Gone Girl.
Mangold, who is busy prepping Wolverine 3 with Hugh Jackman, is not the only director circling the same material, as Bryan Singer is set to follow up X-Men: Apocalypse with his own 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie for 20th Century Fox.
- Gary Collinson
photo: Gage Skidmore
James Mangold is a director with a slightly odd CV, and now he’ll be throwing yet another 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film into the mix. It isn’t even the only one headed your way right now, as Bryan Singer recently took the helm for 20th Century Fox‘ version, which will stick with the classic title.
Mangold’s Disney version is Captain Nemo, and apparently focuses more on the character than the story we’re all familiar with. Apparently it’s something of an origin story. Perhaps the two films in development will play well back-to-back.
I suppose great minds think alike, but the need for a remake seems questionable, even if Singer is fantastically excited about the project.
On the other hand, if the Disney version is actually a departure from the story, at least we may be in for something new. In fact, there »
- Marc Eastman
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