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Earlier this week, we reported that director Shawn Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney have parted ways with Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft, because video game publisher Mojang didn't spark to their take on the property. While promoting his new sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, arriving in theaters December 19, Shawn Levy offered more details about his exit in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Here's what he had to say, confirming that his story didn't sit quite well with Mojang.
"What happened simply is, Warners asked me to develop kind of how might this ever be a story for a movie, because it's not a narrative game. We came up with an approach that felt good to us and I discussed it with Mojang, the game makers who make Minecraft, and they were like, that doesn't sound like what we want »
Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break »
- Hillary Busis
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Sidney And The Sixties: Real-time 1957-1966
Throughout the 1950s, Hollywood’s relationship with television was fraught: TV was a hated rival but also a source of cheap talent and material, as in the case of the small-scale Marty (1955), which won the Best Picture Oscar. These contradictions were well represented by the apparently “televisual” 12 Angry Men (1957), which began life as a teleplay concerning a jury with a lone holdout who must, and eventually does, convince his fellow jurors of the defendant’s innocence. Its writer, Reginald Rose, persuaded one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Henry Fonda, to become a first-time producer of the film version. Fonda and Rose took basement-low salaries in favor of future points, and hired a TV director, Sidney Lumet, for next to nothing because Lumet wanted a first feature credit. Technically, there’s an opening bit on the courtroom steps that keeps this from being a true real-time film, »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
“Demons run when a Good Man goes to war,” went the ancient line. But the problem is, The Doctor is no longer sure he’s a good man. Further problem is, neither is Clara. So The Doctor’s not quite sure what he’s going to do when he’s invited to go…
Into The Dalek
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Human rebel fighter Journey Blue is about to have her ship destroyed by a Dalek saucer when The Doctor saves her by materializing the ship around her, a move for which he expects and demands a thank you. Returning her back to her command ship, he’s quickly arrested, until Journey tells them he’s a Doctor…which is lucky because they have a patient. The patient is a Dalek, who is malfunctioning. As in, it has become good – it is raving that the Daleks must be defeated. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Warning! Spoilers: This post contains spoilers and speculation for the Doctor Who series eight episode “Into the Dalek”.
A Dalek is hatred given physical form – a closed system with a singular focus. It cannot learn for every neural pathway that deviates from its central mission is blocked. Hatred is a selective emotion. To hate is to block out light, to choose to huddle in darkness ignoring any other option. Hatred is a construct, a thing that we cling to due to our past experience or upon listening to the guiding voices whispering in our ears. It’s fueled by betrayal, deceit and fear of not only what’s going on externally but of the chaos within ourselves.
Daleks are bound to hate from the second they are born. They are not given any other choice. They are not soldiers they are slaves. Soldiers choose to carry their weapons and »
- Mary Ogle
[previous: “Deep Breath”]
It’s not the Fantastic Voyage ripoff that bothers me here — though it’s cheating to have the Doctor talk about medical miniaturization as a “fantastic idea for a movie” as if that should erase any objections. It’s the ripoff of the wonderful early episode of the rebooted Doctor Who: “Dalek.” This episode goes over all the same emotional ground that one did eight years ago: created a moral equivalence between the Doctor and his greatest enemies, used his hatred of them to define how much he — as a character in our eyes and as a man in his own eyes — had been changed by his battles with them.
And maybe all of the rewalking a path we’d already been down would have been okay if the story built around it made the slightest bit of sense in a moment-by-moment, scene-by-scene way, purely on a plot basis. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Villordsutch reviews Doctor Who series 8 episode 2 – ‘Into The Dalek’…
The Doctor: It’s not my fault, I got distracted.
Clara: By what?
The Doctor: We can always find something.
In this week’s Who episode we have a true slice of sci-fi as a miniaturising machine is introduced into the Whoniverse. Even the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) comments how great an idea it would be for a movie, though a bad idea for a proctologist. The Doctor and Clara are taking a step into the world of the Fantastic Voyage and Inner Space, but instead flailing around in a soft, squish human being they are placed within the shell of a cold, soulless Dalek; their mission to discover why this Dalek is becoming morally good.
This episode may sound initially a bit cringeworthy and I’ll be the first to admit, when the miniaturisation was suggested I dreaded to see where this was going, »
The Fantastic Voyage-style story is now a largely discredited science fiction plot, roundly avoided by Doctor Who since 1977’s The Invisible Enemy. But the Doctor’s journey into the body of Rusty the damaged Dalek shows that all it needs to work is a healthy suspension of disbelief from the audience.
Although the episode has more than a few similarities to the Series 1 episode Dalek (both stylistically and in terms of story), it also has enough originality to create a strong and engaging story. Particularly since it explores the potential morality of the Daleks more than usual, has a lot of character-specific moments, and provides an entirely new setting for most of the episode. Which allows for a lot of new concepts to be explored (like the reveal of exactly how the Daleks function), and different action elements and directorial techniques since it’s the rarely used idea of exploring a living creature. »
- James T. Cornish
I love “Doctor Who.” Ever since discovering it in my Netflix queue years ago (Christopher Eccleston is still my Doctor) this silly, sentimental show about a mad man in a box has enthralled me. But I — like many fans — worried that lately the wheels had been coming off. Too many cliches and consequence-free actions and terrible treatment of women. Not to mention an infinite number of reset buttons. But from the looks of tonight’s episode, “Into The Dalek,” it truly feels like writers heard the fans…and they’re beginning to patch up the holes this season. ******************* We begin where we’ve begun before. The Daleks are in pursuit of a spaceship, intent on exterminating all those inside. Flying through an asteroid field, the human pilot desperately tries to keep the ship from crashing while also trying to keep her co-pilot conscious. In the end she fails, and the »
- Donna Dickens
Archer, FX’s vulgar and totally awesome spy spoof, has long been one of the funniest shows on television, and it took hilarity to new heights last season by removing its lead characters from their Cold War-esque spy office and turning them into international drug smugglers.
Archer Vice, as it was titled, found Pam turning into a ravenous Cocaine Monster, Cheryl utilizing a mind-control trip to become a country singer named Cherlene and Krieger meeting his Nazi clone brothers, among other incredible developments. Some dynamics were changed for good – Lana now has a baby, named A.J., who will become a major part of the show in season 6.
According to creator Adam Reed, season 6 will mark a return to (relative) normality for the Isis gang. Vice, he said, was viewed from the outset as a fun, outside-the-box year:
“I sort of felt some pressure to shake it up a little bit, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Drew Barrymore half-sister Jessica Barrymore found dead near San Diego (photo: Jessica Barrymore) Drew Barrymore’s half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in her car early Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in National City, located between San Diego and Chula Vista in Southern California. Jessica Barrymore (née Brahma [Jessica] Blyth Barrymore) would have turned 48 on Thursday, July 31. According to a witness, Jessica Barrymore, who worked at a Petco store, was found reclined in the driver’s seat, with a drink between her legs. White pills were seen scattered on the passenger seat. Despite online rags reporting either that Drew Barrymore’s half-sister committed suicide or died from a drug overdose, the official cause of death hasn’t been announced. As per the Los Angeles Times, an autopsy will be performed in the next few days. In a statement published in the gossip magazine People, Drew Barrymore, 39, said she had "only met her [sister Jessica] briefly." Their father was John Drew Barrymore, »
- Andre Soares
Marvel’s Ant-man hits theaters next summer July 17, 2015 and as this is the week of Comic-Con, Marvel has unveiled the first poster for the film.
For more on the history of this super hero, read Here.
Although the character of Ant-Man is somewhat overshadowed by Spider-Man and the mutants of X-Men he predates all of them and is one of the cornerstones of the ever-expanding Marvel universe. A few months after the debut of the Fantastic Four, the forerunner of Marvel, Atlas comics, published “the Man in the Ant Hill” in Tales to Astonish number 27. The title was frequently the home of invading giant “beasties” and monstrous creatures, »
- Jim Batts
Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated home video release of this year is Scream Factory/Anchor Bay's Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set, which contains every single film in the franchise and is jam-packed with bonus content both new and old.
Today comes word that the set will come equipped with a newly-recorded commentary track with Jamie Lee Curtis and Halloween H20 director Steve Miner. Included with the exciting press release was a picture of Curtis and Miner recording the track, a reunion that's sure to bring a smile to your face.
Check it out below, and read on for all the information you need to know about the September 23rd release!
Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement outlining all the great newly produced interviews, featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, and more that will be included in the 15-disc Deluxe Edition.
Halloween Box Set Release Details
Last year the horror classic »
- John Squires
Anchor Bay/Scream Factory’s announcement of their joint mega-release of Halloween: The Complete Collection Bluray boxset single-handedly broke the internet when news hit, specs and goodies concerning the Bluray set, hitting shelves September 23rd, are slowly starting to come in. Today we were sent a photo that confirms that not only will there be a brand new commentary for 1998‘s Halloween: H20, but that it will feature none other than the film’s star (and scream queen of the original) Jamie Lee Curtis and director Steve Miner!
Moderated by Sean Clark, the commentary is sure to give H20‘s fans some interesting new facts and tidbits.
“For the legions of Halloween fans, the Deluxe Edition boasts 15 discs and contains all the Halloween feature films – Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, »
- Jerry Smith
Fans are anxiously awaiting the September release of the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set, which will contain all new bonus features. While the full list of special features have not yet been revealed and are still being finalized, it has been announced that Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Miner got together for a brand new Halloween H20 commentary track:
“Work continues on the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set. Bonus features continue to be added on a daily basis, and an announcement is forthcoming outlining all the great newly produced interviews, featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage and more that will be included in the 15-disc Deluxe Edition.
So, as we near our nation’s birthday, please enjoy the attached behind-the-scenes photo of the actress who helped launched the historic franchise — Jamie Lee Curtis, as she sat down with Halloween H20 director Steve Miner (r) and moderator Sean Clark (c) for a new commentary »
- Jonathan James
So the big question everyone has been wondering since the announcement of the next Halloween film was whether or not it would continue on in the universe set up by Rob Zombie. Recently Collider caught up with Malek Akkad at the Saturn Awards, who shed some light on the subject.
“I can’t talk about it too much right now," says Akkad. "It will definitely keep elements and bring in new elements. But I really want to bring it back to kind of like, the classic – because the last one got a little dark – I want to bring it back to the classic Friday night horror film that people will really like.”
When asked about the ill-fated Halloween 3D, which was announced a couple of years back...
- Steve Barton
Happy Friday the 13th! In celebration of this infamous and terror-inducing date (and with all due respect to that other masked fellow associated with today), Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly unveil the official art for the September 23rd release of the Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray. Please see artwork below of the 15-disc Deluxe Edition and the 10-disc set. Stay tuned for more details, including updates on the bonus features and photos taken from behind the scenes!
For the legions of Halloween fans, the Deluxe Edition boasts 15 discs and contains all the Halloween feature films - Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween: H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II. The set includes the never before released producers cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers »
Get ready to feast your eyes and glut your soul on the sexiest thing to hit the Halloween franchise since P.J. Soles bared her breasts and beckoned to a ghost-sheet-wearing Shape. See anything you like? Indeed!
From the Press Release
Last year the horror classic Halloween celebrated 35 years of terror for those willing to partake in its vision of unrelenting horror. But that was only the beginning of the celebration.
What producers Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill, and Irwin Yablans; writer/director John Carpenter; and stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence started in 1978 has transformed into one of the most durable, iconic – and copiously studied -- horror film franchises ever created. Before Jason, before Freddy, and before Jigsaw, there was… Michael. Over the years audiences have lived and relived the terrors of Michael Myers through ten feature films as well as various re-edits and alternate versions; yet, to date, the »
- Steve Barton
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