10 items from 2017
Since original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have suddenly stepped down from the Han Solo movie (which is the polite way of saying that they were fired), it would be natural for Star Wars fans to be concerned about the spinoff’s future. Now, Ron Howard has been hired to finish the yet-untitled project, but even though he’s a fairly reliable filmmaker who can make tortured slogs like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code books into hit movies, it still hasn’t alleviated everyone’s concerns. Thankfully, there’s no need to worry about the Han Solo movie, because it turns out that Ron Howard is a unique advantage when it comes to making a Star Wars movie: He’s a Star Wars fan.
That’s right, he actually likes those movies about the robots and the laser swords. In fact, Variety says that Howard willingly revealed at »
- Sam Barsanti
The impenetrable fifth film in the franchise proves that director Michael Bay has run out of ideas
I would hazard a guess that Michael Bay would sooner lose his own testicles than hand over the reins of the Transformers franchise. In fact, given the swilling testosterone that sloshes around these battling space robot movies, the two are perhaps inextricably linked. Bay has effectively been waving his balls in our faces for five films now. But given this latest blitzkrieg of blah, it seems the best thing that could happen to this series would be a new director, with new ideas and, ideally, a passing familiarity with storytelling. That, or consigning the whole metal mess to the scrapheap.
Despite the fact that Bay employs his usual technique of having characters shout descriptions of what is happening on the screen (sample dialogue: “Oh my God, look at that, it’s a big alien ship! »
- Wendy Ide
Jeffrey Katzenberg has a lot of money, ideas and plans, but few immediate announcements about his new digital media and technology investment vehicle WndrCo, which he discussed at Cannes Lions on Thursday.
The mogul touted what he called the “new TV” business, modeled on the bite-sized consumption of content in chapters akin to Dan Brown and James Patterson novels. He called the authors “genius” in the way they changed the consumption model of the novel and aims to do the same with TV shows.
He said he envisions short episodes of shows of 6 minutes-10 minutes with a strong advertising component. »
- Rhonda Richford
This review contains minor spoilers.
Following on from the recent ‘The Lazarus Contract’ storyline, Titans #12 sees DC’s superhero team in disarray, with each of the Titans still coming to terms with recent traumatic events. As such, this issue is more about establishing where the characters currently stand rather than hitting the ground running with the new arc. That said, it does set up some super exciting developments to be explored down the line.
Titans #12 kicks off an arc titled ‘Bad Omen,’ with this part one seeing Lilith Clay Aka Omen visit psionic supervillain Psimon at Rikers Island in order to get some important information. Unfortunately, their mind-melding contest seemingly doesn’t go as planned and Psimon ends up browsing through Lilith’s recent memories. It’s a nifty framework narrative as it ensures that there’s some tension and drama to keep things moving forward while also allowing the »
- Christian Bone
Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 20, 2017
The references and nerdy spots we caught in Doctor Who series 10: Extremis...
This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.
Whether you like it or not, we’re now halfway through this series of Doctor Who, and it’s time for the stakes to get higher; we now know who’s in the vault (or at least, who the Doctor thinks is in the vault), there’s a massive alien invasion waiting to strike, and oh yeah, the Doctor’s still blind. While you bite your nails waiting for next week’s instalment, here are our viewing notes with all the vaguely interesting things we noticed about this week’s episode. As ever, if you’ve noticed things we haven’t, »
David Crow Mar 6, 2017
Homeland has rebounded from its previously mediocre seasons and found its feet again...
This review contains spoilers.
6.6 The Return
During the past five episodes of Homeland, I’ve been enjoying both the series’ premature expectation of Hillary Clinton being the 45th President of the United States, as well as its likely unexpected prescience in predicting a new Potus at war with her intelligence communities. However, as the smoke clears from the fictional terrorist attack in last week’s Homeland, we are clearly entering a true alternative realm of events far removed from real-life Us politics.
This is actually a huge asset to Homeland, because for the first time since Brody died in season 3, I feel like the producers have a »
Back in August, Image Comics and Skybound resurrected Robert Kirkman’s Demonic in a new comic book series penned by Christopher Sebela, and this March they will release a trade paperback of the series’ first six issues.
Press Release: Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Sebela (High Crimes, Escape from New York), artist Niko Walter, colorist Dan Brown (Wolverine Max, Ghost Rider), and letterer Sal Cipriano will release a trade paperback collection of their darkly twisting vigilante series Demonic this March from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.
Detective Scott Graves will do anything to protect his family…even bargain away his soul. Now, the only thing to fear isn’t New York’s worst criminals, but what’s already raging inside of him. »
- Derek Anderson
Updated: Three years ago, Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai made it clear that the need for improved results at Sony Pictures Entertainment was urgent. At the time, he vowed to become a more prominent presence at the studio’s Culver City lot and to exert his authority to ensure a drastic makeover of the conglomerate’s struggling motion picture studio.
That was in February 2014, when the Japanese corporate leader signaled he would no longer tolerate substandard performance at his American entertainment operation, which, under the watch of studio chief executive Michael Lynton, had faced a revolt, with an activist investor calling for Lynton’s head.
In the 35 months since, Sony has not been able to extricate itself from financial woes, management turmoil, and a string of movie flops.
Last week, Hirai was back in the news, this time with an even more resolute, pointed agenda: He was assuming a new »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
Pyrotechnics and Michael Fassbender can’t save this preposterous adaptation of the computer game
Director Justin Kurzel’s primal, blood-drenched assault on Macbeth in 2015 marked him out as a good fit to bring the computer game Assassin’s Creed to the big screen. He’s both an aggressive visual stylist and a propulsive storyteller. However, as Duncan Jones demonstrated with Warcraft last year, in computer game adaptations, the talent of the director – and both Jones and Kurzel are unquestionably talented – is of secondary importance if the screenplay doesn’t work.
Kurzel is particularly poorly served. The script is filled with logical leaps as reckless as any of the medieval parkour that sends the key characters scurrying over terracotta-tiled rooftops. With its portentous, declamatory dialogue and sound design perpetually cluttered with the crash of battle drums and clashing swords, it feels like a Dan Brown movie hopped up on a cocktail of steroids and mescaline. »
- Wendy Ide
“Finding Dory,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and other blockbusters helped drive the domestic box office to record heights in 2016. However, it’s not like moviegoing suddenly saw a surge in popularity. Attendance was essentially flat with last year’s 1.32 billion and a far cry from the record 1.57 billion admissions from 2002. The record came from a new high-water mark in ticket prices, as well as the added cost that comes with Imax and 3D releases.
Overseas, the numbers are still being tallied, but many experts believe that a slowdown in China will lead to revenue declines.
The story of 2016, when it is written, will be a mixed one. Despite the rise of streaming services and quality television, the movie business continues to be resilient. Audiences are still turning up en masse for the new Star Wars or Avengers films, regardless of how adept “Game of Thrones »
- Brent Lang
10 items from 2017
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