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By the mid ‘60s, the glory days of Boris Karloff were far behind him. The gentle giant forever known as the screen’s original (and best) Frankenstein monster was relegated to appearing in disappointing quickies that squandered his immense talents. However, there were some twilight standouts: Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963), a couple of animated delights, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and Mad Monster Party? (1967), and his dignified portrayal of an aging horror star in Peter Bogdanovich’s debut, Targets (1968). Nestled in between (and often shown the door) was Daniel Haller’s Die, Monster, Die! (1965), an early, colorful, and fun foray into the world of H.P. Lovecraft.
Released by Aip in the Us in October on a double bill with Planet of the Vampires (Bava again), Die rolled out to theatres and drive-ins across the land, but had to wait until February to be released in England under the ghastly »
- Scott Drebit
Mubi is exclusively showing Billy Wilder and Alexander Esway's Mauvaise Graine a.k.a. Bad Seed (1934) in the United States and most countries around the world from August 18 - September 16, 2016.In light of his illustrious Hollywood career to follow, Billy Wilder’s obscure directorial debut, Mauvaise Graine (1934), may seem like a mere curiosity. Making the film as he was passing through France by way of Germany en route to America, Wilder regarded the work with little adoration. For him, the experience was one rife with difficulty; it wasn’t fun, there was tremendous pressure, and he simply wasn’t accustomed to have such sweeping control over a production. But the writing was on the wall by 1933, and Wilder, like so many others, was keen to get out of Berlin while the getting was good. Arriving first in Paris, he met other film professionals seeking refuge from the burgeoning Nazi party, »
It's bad enough to be a werewolf, hunted by the light of the full moon. But to be a foreign werewolf? That's beyond cruel. An American Werewolf in London squirms with comic unease from the get-go, and almost immediately from its release 35 years ago — August 21st, 1981 — the bipolar horror-comedy has been celebrated on two impressively different fronts: as a landmark in startling makeup effects that legitimized the gross-out, and as a riotous piece of fish-out-of-water college humor. Calling the film a sick joke is perfectly apt. It's a sweaty, shuddery experience, »
Two of the most iconic Universal movie monsters will be celebrated in Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays due out on September 13th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Containing several discs and packed with multiple films and plenty of bonus features, both The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray and Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays are priced at $29.72 apiece. We have each release’s bonus features and a look at their cover art:
The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray details (via Amazon): “The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 7 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the »
- Derek Anderson
Last week, fans got their first look at The Mummy star Sofia Boutella with set photos as production continues. Filming has been under way since late April, when we got our first look at Tom Cruise and his co-star Annabelle Wallis. As production continues, we have even more photos of Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis who are seen springing into action.
The photos surfaced on various Twitter pages, featuring Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis going on the run from unseen enemies. There is very little we know about the scene itself, except both actors are seen running from someone, or something. It's certainly possible that both stars were running from Sofia Boutella's title character, but we don't know for certain.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella}) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, »
Universal Pictures is certainly shooting high when it comes to casting for its Classic Monsters Universe. Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are on board for The Mummy and Johnny Depp has signed on for The Invisible Man, while other rumoured names include Dwayne Johnson (The Wolf Man), Scarlett Johansson (Creature from the Black Lagoon) and Angelina Jolie (Bride of Frankenstein).
Well, it looks like we may soon be adding another name to the star-studded universe, with Variety reporting that Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No County For Old Men) is in talks to star in Frankenstein, although it’s unclear whether he’ll be portraying Dr. Victor Frankenstein, or his monstrous creation.
The Universal Monsters movie universe is set to launch with The Mummy on June 9th 2017, followed by two as-yet-untitled releases on April 13th 2018 and February 15th »
- Gary Collinson
Universal are definitely going all out for their monster movie universe which they’re kicking off with the in-production The Mummy. That film is being led by Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, but news reaches us today that they may have found their Frankenstein in the form of Bond actor Javier Bardem.
Variety reports that the Spanish actor is in talks to play Frankenstein in Bride Of Frankenstein, though it is not clear which monster movie he will first make his debut in. The word is that the character would get a debut in a feature featuring another monster before getting his own spin-off.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are heading up the new monsters universe which could also see Russell Crowe play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The word is that he will first be see in The Mummy, which is just about wrap production in London.
So, what »
- Paul Heath
Universal is currently in the middle of trying to launch a cinematic universe centered around their famous movie monsters. The Mummy reboot starring Tom Cruise is currently filming and they have plans for a slew of other movies that will connect together at some point down the line. The studio isn't messing around in terms of going after top notch talent for these projects, and they may be about to nab another Oscar winner for a big role.
Variety is reporting that No Country For Old Men and Skyfall star Javier Bardem is in talks to take the lead in Universal Monsters' Frankenstein for their new monsters cinematic universe, through it isn't known if he is playing Dr. Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. The report is very unclear as to how far along these talks are, and they didn't name any specific sources, so it is hard to know if this »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bardem is in early discussions to portray Frankenstein in Universal’s new monsters universe. It’s not yet known if Bardem would play Dr. Frankenstein or the scientist’s resurrected monster, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details.
THR also reveals that a standalone Frankenstein film—other than the Bride of Frankenstein movie that’s in the works—isn’t exactly around the corner. Since Bardem is in talks to play the iconic character in the overall rebooted Universal Monsters cinematic universe rather than a Frankenstein film, the actor would likely first appear in another monster’s movie before getting his name on the marquee.
Filming is nearly finished on The Mummy, »
- Derek Anderson
Universal Pictures' Monster universe is underway and they're eyeing an Oscar-winning actor to play Frankenstein's Monster! Come inside for more details and a few set photos from the Mummy reboot!
A laundry list of stars has been formed by Universal Pictures for their Monster Universe. A list that includes Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and now Javier Bardem as one of the most iconic monsters in cinema history, Frankenstein's Monster.
Over the years, Frankenstein's Monster has been depicted in so many different ways. From Aaron Eckhart's modern flop to 2004's Van Helsing that had him shown as a cog in Dracula's diabolical plan. However this time, Universal Pictures hopes to reinvigorate the monster by putting a massive talent, like Bardem, in his shoes.
While we don't know when Frankenstein's Monster will appear in the universe, we can assume that it won't be in The Mummy, »
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It looks like Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem is on the cusp of joining fellow A-listers Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Russell Crowe in Universal Pictures' highly ambitious Monsters Movie Universe. According to Variety, Bardem has entered talks with the studio to star as Frankenstein's monster. It's uncertain which film he'll make his frightening debut, but the report adds that like Crowe's Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, his character is expected to appear in another monster feature first before possibly receiving his own solo spin-off and/or appearing in Bride of Frankenstein, which is also currently in development. Coincidentally, Bardem was previously being courted for the Dr. Jekyll role in The Mummy before passing, which led to Crowe signing on. The Mummy, the first installment in the Monsters Universe, should be wrapping in a few weeks. Alex Kurtzman is directing with Cruise headlining a stellar cast that includes Crowe, Sofia Boutella, »
Universal is aiming to go big or go home with the casting of their Classic Monster-verse. First they locked up Tom Cruise for The Mummy. They've been chasing after Angelina Jolie to get involved with The Bride Of Frankenstein. They secured Johnny Depp to play the Invisible Man. Russell Crowe is going to be their Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. They're hoping to lure Dwayne "The Rock"... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
According to Variety, Javier Bardem is in talks to star as Frankenstein in Universal’s classic monster movie series. The site mentions it’s currently unknown which monster feature Bardem would first appear in. Cruise and Crowe’s The Mummy, the first film in the monster series, is nearly done with filming, so there might be no time for him to be in that.
It is very unclear if Bardem will play the doctor or the monster.
The Mummy is planned as the first film in a series of interconnected monster films as Universal hopes to build a cinematic universe out of its vault of classic creature features. At the moment you have Johnny Depp in Invisible Man and Russell Crowe in Dr. Jekyl And Mr. Hyde.
Bardem had been approached about playing the Dr. Jekyll role opposite Cruise in The Mummy, »
- Kellvin Chavez
What’s the most you ever lost on a science experiment? Universal is looking to answer that question, as the studio is reported by Variety to be in talks with Javier Bardem to star in its “Frankenstein” reboot. The studio’s burgeoning Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe already counts the likes of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe among its stars, and Bardem — who won an Oscar for playing a different kind of monster in “No Country for Old Men” — would be another get.
Cruise is headlining the rebooted “Mummy” franchise, with next year’s film also starring Crowe as Dr. Jekyll — a role for which Bardem was previously considered. Among the movies being developed by the studio is a new take on “Bride of Frankenstein,” but Bardem (or whoever the role ends up »
- Michael Nordine
Like just about every other franchise, “The Mummy” is in the process of being rebooted as part of a shared universe. Tom Cruise is headlining the new series, which differs from the Brendan Fraser–led trilogy in that it’s set in the present day, with Sofia Boutella as the eponymous monster. Set photos from the film’s shoot in London reveal an early look at her version of the character.
Boutella, who previously appeared in “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and will next be seen in this month’s “Star Trek Beyond,” is preceded by the likes of Boris Karloff, Tom Tyler and Arnold Vosloo. Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe all star in the film as well, with Crowe as Dr. Jekyll — part of »
- Michael Nordine
Having already filled its monster universe with a roster of A-list talent that includes Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe, Universal is now eyeing another star to bring a famous character to life.
Sources tell Variety that Javier Bardem is in talks to star as Frankenstein in Universal’s cinematic universe with rebooted versions of classic monster movies. It’s currently unknown which movie Bardem would first appear in, as “The Mummy,” the first film in the monster universe, is about to wrap shooting.
The studio is also developing a “Bride of Frankenstein” pic, but sources indicate that Bardem’s Frankenstein would likely appear in another monster movie before his own project.
Ironically, Bardem had been approached about playing the Dr. Jekyll role in “The Mummy,” but passed on the part, »
- Justin Kroll
That initiative kicks off with the currently filming reboot of "The Mummy" starring Tom Cruise as the man trying to take down an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) who has awoken and is wreaking havoc in present-day London.
Sources indicate it's currently unknown which monster feature Bardem would first appear in, but it's expected he will show up in another monster's film before the proposed "Bride of Frankenstein" feature which is currently in development.
- Garth Franklin
New photos from the set of Universal’s The Mummy, a reboot of the Brendan Fraser-led franchise of the same name, offer up a first look at Sofia Boutella’s titular villain, The Mummy, in full costume and makeup. Reportedly, the pictures, which come from ComingSoon.net (via the World Entertainment News Network), were taken in central London on Sunday and are the first to appear from the film since April, when stars Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis shot in Oxford, England. See a photo compilation of Boutella as The Mummy down below…
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- Justin Cook
Production has been under way on Universal's The Mummy since April, but there is still much we don't know about this upcoming adventure. Tom Cruise is set to star, although little is known about his character, with Kingsman: The Secret Service breakout star Sofia Boutella playing the title character, marking the first time in franchise history a female has played The Mummy. Today we have the first photos from the set with Sofia Boutella in action.
The photos surfaced on various Twitter pages, giving us our first look at Sofia Boutella's costume as the title character, which come just a few months after our first look at Tom Cruise on the set. Unfortunately, we don't get a glimpse at any of the actress' co-stars, and it isn't exactly clear what is happening in this scene. One thing is for certain, though, her costume is certainly unique.
Thought safely entombed »
Universal Studios is trying to bring a lot of star power to its planned Shared Monster-verse. The latest rumor is that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will sign with Universal to play the Wolf Man in multiple films. Will the Rock’s star power help make the Universal Monsters Shared Continuity a success?
Universal Studios is a little late getting on-board the shared Universe train (which is ironic since they actually created the first shared Universe in 1943 when Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man came out) and they’re trying to stack the deck with big stars to help their shared monster-verse have the same success that Disney is having with Marvel films. So far, they’ve nailed down Tom Cruise for a Mummy remake (due out June 2017) and Johnny Depp for a new Invisible Man film (due April 2018). Russell Crowe is appearing as Dr. Jekyll in The Mummy which will probably lead to a Dr. »
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