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14 items from 2016

The Legend of Tarzan

11 October 2016 4:44 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Lord Greystoke is back in Africa righting wrongs, freeing the enslaved, smiting the Belgians and rescuing his blonde damsel in distress. We've got more 3-D scenery, irate gorillas and special effects than we can shake a stick at... but do we really have Tarzan? The Legend of Tarzan 3-D Blu-ray Warner Home Video 2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 110 min. / Video title extension: A New Threat Awaits / Street Date October 11, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent, Ben Chaplin, . >Cinematography Henry Braham Film Editor Mark Day Original Music Rupert Gregson-Williams Written by Adam Cozad, Craig Brewer based on stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs Produced by David Barron, Tony Ludwig, Alan Riche, Jerry Weintraub Directed by David Yates

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Hollywood's love affair with comic book heroes and classic pulp adventure heroes is more than a little spotty. Yes, the Marvel Universe still has the »

- Glenn Erickson

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Review: "The Legend Of Tarzan" (2016) Starring Alexander Skarsgard

12 July 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By John Lemay

For many years Tarzan was a staple of cinema—in fact from its very onset. The first Tarzan feature, Tarzan of the Apes, came out in 1918 and was followed by close to 50 other adaptations in the last century. His star started to fade in the late 1960s and there were no Tarzan features in the 1970s save for one. The 1980s somewhat provided his last gasp on the big screen with movies like the Bo Derek vehicle Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) and- more impressively- the well-received Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.  The 1990s saw only 1998’s Tarzan and the Lost City and the 1999 Disney animated version. In fact, for all many “youngsters” know Tarzan may as well have originated with the Disney cartoon. For the first time in many years, we finally have a new big-budget live-action iteration of one of the screen »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Michael Phelps Was Sought To Be "Tarzan"

6 July 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The casting gods are always tricky beasts and you'd be surprised by the way some actors seemingly made for certain roles were not only not the first choice, but essentially lucked out in scoring the part due to extentuating circumstances.

The casting of "True Blood" hunk Alexander Skarsgard in the title role in this month's "The Legend of Tarzan" seemed to make sense, especially considering the film is more of a sequel to the original novel than a direct adaptation.

However, at one time, the film's producer Jerry Weintraub had someone else in mind - Olympic champion Michael Phelps. In a new piece in Vanity Fair, Weintraub said he had his eye on Phelps for the part and thought the casting would be a coup for the project: "It's going to be like Johnny Weissmuller. the reporters are going to say, 'Weintraub found the new Johnny Weissmuller.'"

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- Garth Franklin

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Is Making a Tarzan Movie Only for Tarzan Fans a Bad idea?

2 July 2016 5:13 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 David YatesThe Legend of Tarzan does an effective job bringing the iconic King of the Jungle back to the big screen in a way that stays true to the classic books. With beautiful cinematography and a surprisingly strong lead performance by Alexander Skarsgard, The Legend of Tarzan delivers an entertaining adaptation of literature’s first super hero. However, will this film resonate with modern audiences who are unfamiliar with the character?

 The character of Tarzan was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs over 100 years ago (having debuted in All Stories Weekly magazine in 1912) and has been adapted over 100 times internationally, on film and TV. The majority of these projects have ranged from mediocre-to-poor, with only a few actual gems in the bunch.  Only a small handful of them touched upon the spirit of the Burroughs books. It’s been a long while since there has been a live-action version of »

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The Legend Of Tarzan – Review

30 June 2016 7:42 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Legend Of Tarzan brings back an old Hollywood hero for a summertime, popcorn-munching adventure in 19th century colonial Africa. The movie, which stars Alexander Skarsgard and a sterling supporting cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Margot Robbie and Djimon Hounsou, provides a certain amount of fun and serviceable entertainment. It is likely to please Tarzan fans more than the 1984 Greystoke, as this movie has a less serious tone but a story closer to the original books than some movie Tarzans. Still, the fine cast is not quite enough to rescue the film entirely from its shortcomings, some inherent in the Tarzan story.

The character Tarzan debuted in Edgar Rice Burrough’s 1912 novel “Tarzan of the Apes,” and made to leap to films in the silent era, in a 1918 film of the same name. But many film fans know the character best from the early sound era Johnny Weissmuller movies. »

- Cate Marquis

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Alexander Skarsgard interview: The Legend Of Tarzan, Leeds

29 June 2016 4:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ben Mortimer Jul 5, 2016

The new big screen Tarzan on The Legend Of Tarzan, how living in Leeds turned his life around, and being Alexander Skarsgard...

Once he'd finished his military service in Sweden, Alexander Skarsgard - the new big screen Tarzan - decided to move to the north east of England. Specifically: Leeds. On the eve of The Legend Of Tarzan being released in the UK, we picked things up from there...

How was Leeds, did you like it?

I loved it.

Can you do a Leeds accent?

No, it’s not very good. We ended up there, a buddy and I. We wanted to go to England after high school, we just wanted to go to England to have some fun.

Leeds is a fun place.

The thing is, most of our friends were in London, a lot of people from Sweden in their twenties go to London and »

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‘The Legend Of Tarzan’ Review: Alexander Skarsgard Swings Into Action As Movie Icon Gets Welcome New Take

29 June 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Certainly one of the most enduring characters in all of literature and definitely movies is Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan. In terms of cinema, beginning with Johnny Weissmuller’s immortal interpretation of the tree-swinging man brought up by apes in the jungles, there have been countless actors who have taken on the role. But as I say in my video review above, none was more iconic than former Olympic swim champ Weissmuller. Through the years, many different ripped actors… »

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Losing the Loincloth: Alexander Skarsgard Dishes on the Important Change to His Skimpy Tarzan Getup

27 June 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Alexander Skarsgard is plenty shirtless in The Legend of Tarzan but admits that fans expecting to see a traditionally loincloth-clad Lord of the Jungle - including costar Samuel L. Jackson’s daughter - may be disappointed unless they keep an extra sharp eye out. It's not for lack of his own enthusiasm: "I was trying to get a little sexy loincloth [to wear]," Skarsgard revealed during a press conference promoting the film. "I was trying to convince [director] David Yates for weeks when we were doing prep." But Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, had already conceived of story centering »

- Scott Huver

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Losing the Loincloth: Alexander Skarsgard Dishes on the Important Change to His Skimpy Tarzan Getup

27 June 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Alexander Skarsgard is plenty shirtless in The Legend of Tarzan but admits that fans expecting to see a traditionally loincloth-clad Lord of the Jungle - including costar Samuel L. Jackson’s daughter - may be disappointed unless they keep an extra sharp eye out. It's not for lack of his own enthusiasm: "I was trying to get a little sexy loincloth [to wear]," Skarsgard revealed during a press conference promoting the film. "I was trying to convince [director] David Yates for weeks when we were doing prep." But Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, had already conceived of story centering »

- Scott Huver

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Naked Costars! Carb Craziness! 10 Wildest Revelations from Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie's Live Tarzan Q&A

26 June 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When The Legend of Tarzan stars Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie swung by Saturday for a live Twitter Q&A that was broadcast on Periscope, the results were as revealing as Skarsgard's shirtless wardrobe. Not only did the costars, who put a fresh spin on the legendary Lord of Jungle and his equally capable mate Jane, demonstrate their fun-loving chemistry together, their unfiltered answers to the Twitter questions posed by People's followers revealed plenty of fun facts about the heroic duo. Here are the 10 wildest things we learned about them on the film, which hits theaters July 1: Live on »

- Scott Huver

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Swinging through the jungles of London on a visit to the set of 'Tarzan'

15 June 2016 4:41 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

London – We are here at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, where the Harry Potter films were shot, among other works.  Working at the studio today are a number of people who participated in that legendary franchise.  There is the production designer for all eight films, Stuart Craig; producer of six of them, David Barron; and the director of four (five if you include the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which Craig has also worked on), David Yates. On this September 2014 day, however, Yates and company aren't telling some improbable tale of a boy wizard, no, they're telling the improbable tale of a boy who was raised by animals in the jungle and, as a man, finds himself back in that very same jungle to save the woman he loves.  They are at work on The Legend of Tarzan featuring Alexander Skarsgard as the legendary vine-swinger.  Also appearing in the movie are Margot Robbie as Jane; Christoph Waltz as the villainous Captain Rom; Djimon Hounsou as Chief Mbonga; and Samuel L. Jackson as George Washington Williams, who is working with our hero. This film has been a long time coming.  Certainly not the first on board, Skarsgard started to talk to Yates about this project about two years before I met him on set in 2014. 18 months ago he started training, as the film was originally scheduled to shoot in the summer of 2013.   "It was really devastating," Skarsgard explains about the delay and the potential the movie wasn't going to ever get made.  That sadness though turned back to something more positive when, after going off the grid to ski at the South Pole, Skarsgard finally made it to a place where "they actually had internet there, like really slow dial-up" and received an email from Yates saying that things were looking good for Tarzan. While that may be Skarsgard's origin story for this role, the movie itself is not an origin tale.  In fact, it isn't even based on an Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan tale.  David Barron informs us, "None of it comes from Burroughs."  It is, Barron says, "based on the character" Burroughs created but an original tale.  Legend of Tarzan features its hero (John Clayton III, as he is known in England) returning to Africa as a trade emissary, Jane getting kidnapped by Rom, and Tarzan having to save her. Skarsgard promises us flashbacks to the character as a boy, but the bulk of the story is about his adult life and return to Africa, "The emotional journey isn't, you know, the man from the jungle trying to readjustment or adapt to life… in Victorian London.  It's quite the opposite. When you first meet him, he's in England… he's Lord Greystoke and he's very civilized and a British lord and then he goes back to his home—his emotional home—the Congo, and it's that kind of dichotomy between man and beast.  He's not really happy in England.  He's got an amazing wife; a fantastic manor… a really good life on the surface, but he's not happy.  He's not really himself there." As the movie progresses, Skarsgard says, there is, "more Tarzan and less John Clayton III."  Sadly for those of us on set this day, they are filming a scene relatively early on in Tarzan's return to Africa.  There is a train car set up on a stage and Tarzan is having a moderate disagreement with some Belgian soldiers, a disagreement mainly expressed through some violent physical acts.  We can't get a good look at what's happening inside the train car—although we do see a soldier wearing a harness get lifted out of the car after being manhandled by Tarzan—but we get to see the movie magic of the car rocking back and forth along with the lights moving so as to simulate the motion of the train. What is impressive is not the fisticuffs on this stage, but the jungle that exists on another.  Well, the jungle that exists on two other stages.  Rearranging the trees and paths that run through these two stages, seven total looks have been made available to Yates when filming in the trees.  Speaking of this jungle, Craig tells us that what we see on the set isn't quite the way it would be in the rain forest – the trees, for example, are grouped too close together.  He describes them as "a piece of architectural sculpture."  Try to tell the actual mushrooms growing on the set that things aren't real though.   Yes, the jungle is in England.  No principal photography for the movie is taking place in Africa—six weeks of shooting will take place in Gabon, mainly the aerial unit for visual effects background plates, says Barron—due to the difficulties of shooting there and the cost.  Barron explains that it's "not a nice place to work.  Fun place to go to, but not a nice place to spend several months shooting."  He says that with the help of visual effects, "no one will ever know this is not Africa." One of the things that will add to this verisimilitude is the number of extras who portray the tribes.  The film's makeup and hair designer, Fae Hammond, describes getting 160 people ready as "like a factory" with each individual going around to various sections (hair, scars, etc.).  It takes as long, Hammond says, as three hours for a team of about 40 to 50 to get the makeup done for the tribes people. Many questions posed to the cast and crew this day are about other Tarzan films as the character does have such a long big screen legacy.  How big?  Well, this is not Craig's first experience with the character.  He was also the production designer on 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.  While the two films may not be directed related, that film, he says, is "in a way, the kind of prequel to this."   As Craig explains things, the former movie takes Tarzan from his birth out of the jungle and this one is "his return to Africa" and consequently "they kind of follow on, in narrative terms."  He also notes though that they didn't have the use of computers for that movie.  Having people in ape suits performing stunts limited production design in a way that this film does not have to worry about.  As he puts it, "it compromised the set, the jungle set."    While Craig's previous experience with Tarzan might lead into this movie, he also acknowledges that the way the worlds that are being portrayed are not the same.  "I think there was an attempt to be deliberately different," he says after noting the use of a different look for the paddle steamer, tree house jungle home, and ancestral home for Tarzan's family (this time it's Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, last time it was Floors Castle). Discussing an entirely different sort of "look" for the film, namely nature of the action, is stunt coordinator Buster Reeves who can delve into everything from vine-swinging, to the tight confines of the train fight being shot today, to the "CGI padded suit" worn by some members of his team.  With this last one, Reeves describes how they took the measurements of gorillas for this suit so that it could be appropriately padded.  They also, "designed a set of arms to make them elongated… [since] monkeys arms are longer than the legs and we're vice-versa."  He adds, "it's a real interesting process that when you put that stuff on, how much you feel your body physically change" and just how different it is from way most people would act while doing a monkey impression. How, exactly, audiences respond to the world that Yates and his team have put together remains to be seen.  Barron promises that this is "just a great, big, fun action-adventure romp."   That is, of course, precisely what has made Tarzan so popular in both literature and on the screen.  Perhaps, if they have gotten everything just right and those who go to the theaters love it, Skarsgard will supplant Johnny Weissmuller (whom Skarsgard himself lists as his favorite) as the classic depiction of the character. The Legend of Tarzan is swinging into theaters in just a few short weeks. »

- Josh Lasser

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Marvin Hamlisch's Big Oscar Haul. And Other Stories...

2 June 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

Dr Duran Duran and the Orgasmatron

1835 P.T. Barnum and his circus begin their first tour of the Us. Wasn't Hugh Jackman supposed to play him in an original movie musical? Is that still on or did the endless Wolverine show derail it? (sigh)

1840 Novelist Thomas Hardy is born. Movies adapted from his work include multiple versions of Jude, Tess,  and Far From the Madding Crowd

1904 Johnny Weissmuller is born. We just wrote about Tarzan and His Mate (1934) which you should definitely see

1926 Character actor Milo O'Shea, aka Dr Duran Duran who tried to kill Jane Fonda by excessive pleasure in Barbarella, is born.

1937 Sally Kellerman, the original " 'Hot Lips' O'Houlihan" is born

1944 Egot composing legend Marvin Hamlisch (of "A Chorus Line") fame is born...or as Cher calls him "Marvin Hamilsmisch". Classic songs include the Oscar winning "The Way We Were »


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Swing, Tarzan, Swing! Ch.3: Lex Barker... and Queen Dorothy Dandridge?

29 May 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As we approach the release of The Legend of Tarzan (2016) we're ogling past screen incarnations of the Lord of the Apes...

After Buster Crabbe filled a loincloth beautifully and Johnny Weissmuller & Maureen O'Sullivan gave us the deservedly definitive Golden Age Tarzan and Jane, the franchise had to recast or close shop. O'Sullivan left first and by the late 40s Weissmuller was feeling too old for the role and also called it quits. The producer Sol Lesser wasn't about to let the profitable franchise go, though, and led a search for a replacement. The winner was Lex Barker, a then little known blue blood actor from New York who had been disowned by his family for choosing an acting career (!) and he took up the loincloth in 1949 for Tarzan's Magic Fountain.

I opted to watch Barker's third go at the character in Tarzan's Peril (sometimes called Tarzan and the Jungle Queen »


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Swing, Tarzan, Swing! Ch.2: Maureen O'Sullivan & Johnny Weismuller

21 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

one of many erotic moments in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)New Miniseries! As we approach the release of The Legend of Tarzan (2016) we'll be ogling past screen incarnations of the Lord of the Apes each weekend like we're going to an old timey matinee.

We began by staring hard at Buster Crabbe's loincloth so as to avoid the acting and plotting. For chapter 2 we're moving to the main event: Johnny Weissmuller. He's the actor most often associated with the the Lord of the Apes since he played it 12 times and because he played it so well. There's a genuine guileness and in the moment feeling to his work that lets the ape man read more simple and pure than stupid, despite all the broken English. A few seasons ago on a weakly attended episode of 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' we marvelled at how erotic the pre-code Tarzan the Ape Man »


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