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Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein, The Batman, And Other Film And TV Casting News Van Helming, Bride of Frankenstein, The Batman, and other films and TV shows have made recent casting news. These productions come from studios based primarily in the United States. The castings are subject to change. The Batman Warner Bros is reportedly looking for an actor [...]
- Reggie Peralta
More wigs, more mandarin collars, more anachronisms, more phalluses, more Jungian megalomania: The octogenarian, Chilean-born director, comics writer, and guru Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain, El Topo) continues to plumb his early life in Endless Poetry, the sequel to his autobiographical comeback of sorts, The Dance Of Reality. The time is now the early 1940s. The teenage, still virginal Alejandro (Jeremias Herskovits and Adan Jodorowsky, the latter closer to 40) is ready to leave behind his macho father, Jaime (Brontis Jodorowsky), and his long-suffering mother, Sara (Pamela Flores, who sings all of her lines in operatic soprano), to make it as an avant-garde poet in the bohemian circles of Santiago. He is properly outfitted with a futurist collarless jacket—the start of a lifelong love affair, perhaps—and one of those Jean Cocteau or Sergei Eisenstein Bride Of Frankenstein ’dos that attached themselves to the heads of artistic white men »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
One of the quirks of Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna's annual jamboree celebrating restored or rediscovered movies, is that expensive products of the Hollywood studio system can be just as obscure and hard-to-see as low-budget oddities, foreign arthouse affairs and forgotten silents from a hundred years ago. Dave Kehr's retrospective of neglected items from Universal's vaults demonstrates this clearly.James Whale always liked to say By Candlelight was his favorite of his own films, bypassing the more celebrated Frankenstein films. It's a romantic comedy of confused identities and it's no surprise that P.G. Wodehouse had a hand in the stage source.But in this movie, when a butler impersonates his master in order to seduce a wealthy lady who turns out to be a maid impersonating her mistress, all the irony of Wodehouse's inversion of traditional ideas about class has gone. All right, so George Orwell argued persuasively that Wodehouse »
Ryan Lambie Jun 29, 2017
Universal’s Dark Universe. Transformers. Are audiences and filmmakers alike starting to grow weary of cinematic universes, we wonder...
When Marvel made Iron Man in 2007, it didn’t just release a new superhero movie; it also embarked on something quite new in cinema. While we’ve all seen sequels, prequels, spin-offs and remakes before, the notion of a movie universe was different: a series of interlinked films, all building up to the summer blockbuster equivalent of a team-up comic.
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With each subsequent entry - well, apart from The Incredible Hulk, which people don’t really talk about much anymore - Marvel’s movies built up anticipation for the main event, so that by the time The Avengers came out in 2012, it brought with it a »
Is Kristen Stewart really replacing Angelina Jolie in the upcoming Bride of Frankenstein remake? Gossip Cop looked into this tabloid story, and we’ve exclusively learned the truth. Universal Pictures is courting Jolie for the title role in the 2019 reboot of the iconic monster movie, but an article in the latest issue of the National […] »
- Andrew Shuster
The arrival of The Mummy in theaters is more than just the big-screen return of a classic movie monster – it's also the first chapter in Universal Pictures' Dark Universe based on its famous creature characters. Future installments will feature the Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, and other popular monster movie stars, while bringing back characters introduced in The Mummy. As if one monster-themed universe wasn't enough, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment are also bringing together King Kong, Godzilla and a long list of other characters for their own crossover franchise dubbed the MonsterVerse. Sensing a trend here? Monster mash-ups are all the rage now in Hollywood, but it's not like they're a new thing. Universal and other...
- Rick Marshall
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: With “The Mummy” opening to mostly negative reviews this weekend, Universal’s attempt to kickstart its “Dark Universe” franchise is stuck in a rut. What would you do (or recommend the studio do) to make good movies out of Universal’s classic monsters?
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The obvious response is “don’t try,” but since we’re a few years away from getting back to using original intellectual property in film, I’ll give them a few options.
- Eric Kohn
Universal is trying to muscle in on the current trend of cinematic universes with their recently unveiled Dark Universe, which will be a modern retelling of their various horror properties. This includes the upcoming The Mummy, but also Bride Of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Wolf Man, Creature From The Black Lagoon, and many, many more. Though, the thing is, the Universal monsters actually invented the cinematic... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Author: Scott Davis
Wonder Woman truly is a Wonder at the box-office across the globe and again has broken records in the Us after a stunning second weekend. (via Box Office Mojo)
Continuing in the top spot over the weekend, and keeping Tom Cruise and The Mummy at bay, the Warner Bros/DC Comics film earned over $57.1million, dropping off just 44% from its opening weekend – which was enough to become the 5th smallest second-week drop for a wide release of all time, even better that Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before it and its total worldwide gross now stands at $435million thus far. It could well continue its remarkable box office journey in the coming weeks and has some terrific word-of-mouth behind it.
See Also: Read our review of Wonder Woman here.
- Scott Davis
Instead of being a strong launch title to their “Dark Universe” series, Universal has been left relying on overseas markets to help push “The Mummy” into the black. The $160 million Tom Cruise action film made $141.8 million from 63 international markets, scoring No. 1 in 46 of them. But in the United States, it is facing a disappointing opening of $32.2 million, a distant second to the $57.2 million “Wonder Woman” posted in its second weekend. With 20 months to go until the next “Dark Universe” film, “Bride of Frankenstein,” hits theaters, Universal will need to make adjustments after »
- Jeremy Fuster
The Mummy, Universal and Alex Kurtzman’s star-studded reboot that hit theatres this week, is hoping to kick off a brand new franchise for the studio. Its name? Dark Universe, an interwoven collection of creature features that will, through time, bring together the likes of The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster, among others. Dead Men Tell No Tales duo Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem will play each of those iconic monsters, respectively, but in the case of The Mummy, Kingsman breakout Sofia Boutella has been crowned Princess Ahmanet.
Once in line to become a Pharaoh, Boutella’s goddess is robbed of her right to rule by her deceitful father and buried alive within the catacombs of Egypt. Fast forward to the present day and it’s Tom Cruise’s military man Nick Morton who stumbles upon said crypt, before accidentally unleashing an otherworldly terror of biblical proportions. While that »
- Matt Joseph
With pre-production on X-Men: Dark Phoenix in full swing, it should only be a matter of time before we get some official casting news on the latest instalment in 20th Century Fox’s main X-Men series.
However, in the meantime, Jeff Sneider has popped up with a casting rumour on Meet the Movie Press, claiming that Fox is keen on Angelina Jolie for an unspecified role in the film, although he cautions that Jolie may opt instead to join Universal’s Dark Universe for long-rumoured title role in Bride of Frankenstein. He then went on to suggest on Twitter that Jessica Chastain may also be in contention for the same role should Jolie pass on the opportunity.
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- Gary Collinson
X-Men 7, officially titled X-Men: Dark Phoenix, is going to be one of three X-Men movies Fox is releasing in 2018. With production needing to get underway relatively soon in order for the movie to hit its November 2, 2018 release date, some casting rumors are starting to surface. If this particular rumor is true, Fox is going after some A-list talent in the form of Angelina Jolie for an unspecified role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
The news comes courtesy of Jeff Sneider, who dropped the revelation very subtly on the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press. While talking about Universal's possible plans of nabbing Angelina Jolie for the lead role in The Bride of Frankenstein, Sneider also slipped in that she appears to be in contention for a part in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I think Angelina Jolie needs to reassert her commercial viability and »
By the end of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, it seemed clear that the franchise would be skewing towards a younger group of X-Men for its next entry. After all, Apocalypse introduced the likes of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Jubilee, and Nightcrawler, all of whom seemed to have fantastic chemistry together (really, it’s a shame they didn’t spend more time on screen together), and with the reveal that the next X-Men film would be subtitled Dark Phoenix, it only cemented the idea that this would be focused on that generation of X-Men.
However, with this being the case, it seemed inevitable that if they focused on these younger leads, that there would be less emphasis on the actors that really sold the film. Jennifer Lawrence seemed to be out of the franchise as a whole, and while Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are always ready and willing to jump back in, »
- Joseph Medina
Fox is apparently eager to give its X-Men Cinematic Universe a shot in the arm, with reports saying that they’re targeting Angelina Jolie for an as yet unknown role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
At the moment, the franchise is in a bit of a weird place. Apocalypse was an out and out mess, opening to terrible reviews and an audience mystified at how a studio would shoot a script so self-evidently sucky. But then came Logan, with fans going wild for its dusty, bloody, revisionist take on the superhero genre. Toss in the excellent Legion (admittedly only tangentially related to the film franchise), the upcoming family drama The Gifted and 2018’s Ya targeting New Mutants – not to mention Deadpool 2 – and you’re in the strange position of having the main saga entry in the X-Men franchise being by far the least interesting looking release.
As far as Jolie’s involvement goes, »
- David James
Alex Kurtzman knows his way around a franchise. The writer-director-producer had a hand in creating million-dollar tentpoles out of Transformers and Star Trek, in addition to scripting the second installment in The Amazing Spider-Man series. With his latest, a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, he hopes to not only resurrect the iconic bandaged baddie, but spawn an entire cinematic universe of Universal Monster movies, to be known as the Dark Universe.
"It's like childbirth," Kurtzman told Et of the anticipation he feels over fans finally being able to see his take on The Mummy (in theaters now). "The head is crowning, so you're just waiting for the whole world to see your child. It's exciting! It's been a long journey."
Et: In terms of building this new cinematic universe, which came first: the idea of rebooting The Mummy or this »
Universal’s so-called Dark Universe launches this week with the Tom Cruise-led remake of The Mummy. It’s a massive endeavor that Universal seems willing to bet their next decade worth of blockbusters on. Following this first movie in the budding mega-franchise will be remakes of Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf-Man, Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame of all things. No matter what they intend to do with the franchise in the future, everything depends on The Mummy. It’s the proof-of-concept that will definitively convince studio executives whether or not there’s even a market for
‘The Mummy’ Might Be a Critical Flop, But It Could Be a Huge Hit Internationally »
- Brian Hadsell
Zhang Ziyi is set join Legendary’s Monsterverse in a major franchise role, beginning with the next “Godzilla” film, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” The Beijing-born actress will star opposite Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, and Ken Watanabe.
The film is set several years after the events of the 2014 “Godzilla,” and her character is a significant figure within the covert Monarch organization established in that film.
Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up “Godzilla vs. Kong” slated to bow the following year on May 22, 2020.
- Justin Kroll
Eyes have been resting on Tom Cruise’s upcoming film The Mummy for some time now. Ever since Universal announced that they’d be using the film as a launchpad for a shared universe of films, it’s been a project that carried the weight of more than just your average blockbuster. It carried the name of the beloved baddies that graced the silver screen back in the 1930s.
The film hits theaters tomorrow evening in the U.S., and as of this morning, the embargo has officially lifted for the film, and the consensus is…not great. Sad, I know. We always hope that when a universe like this gets kicked off that they do so on the wrong foot, but as of this writing, the majority of critics don’t seem to be on board with what Universal offered in this particular outing.
Overall, the criticism seems to »
- Joseph Medina
Last night brought the first round of press screenings for The Mummy, the first film in Universal’s ambitious Dark Universe franchise that will see remakes of classic monster movies from the studio’s history, including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, as well as recently announced […]
The post ‘The Mummy’ Review Round-Up: Some Fun to Be Had, But It’s a Derivative, Messy Adventure appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
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