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This week marks the 50th anniversary of Richard Fleischer’s Fantastic Voyage, as absurd and beautiful a film as Hollywood has ever made. It’s also a testament to what live action science fiction used to be like, before digital technology gave directors the tools to make every fantasy look realistic.
Inspired by the arms races of the Cold War, it chronicles a submarine trip into the tumorous brain of a brilliant scientist. The mission is to eliminate his cancer with a tiny laser, save his life, and preserve his miniaturization knowledge for the USA. It’s utterly ridiculous. Isaac Asimov, alarmed by the script’s plot holes, demanded the right to fix all of its problems for his novelization.
Of course, that might classify him as a bit of a fuddy-duddy. Trips into the body wouldn’t »
- Daniel Walber
“Jason Bourne” is back, and there’s no question that it’s a big hit. Questions are already being asked of both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass about whether or not they’ll return, and both aren’t making the same mistake as last time in saying that they’re done with the franchise. However, as Greengrass tells Empire, he’s […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, officially the third series in The CW's "Arrowverse," has plotted a course on the Waverider for August 23rd, 2016. That's the date DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 will make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut.
Starring Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Ciara Renée, Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow sends a team of superheroes and former villains across time and space in hunt of Vandal Savage, a man responsible for killing time traveler Rip Hunter's family in the future. Changes to the primary cast are expected over time depending on how long the series lasts.
The first season spans 16 episodes with a second season already in production and expected to premiere this fall shortly after Season 1 arrives on home video.
Bonus features included on the Blu-ray and DVD editions of DC's Legends of Tomorrow include »
Burbank, CA (May 26, 2016) – Control your own fate and catch up with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the complete first season of the epic series on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on August 23, 2016. Before the second season returns on The CW, fans can watch all 16 exhilarating episodes from the first season, plus nearly an hour of extra content, including the 2015 Comic-Con Panel, featurettes, and a gag reel. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is The CW’s #2 show among Total Viewers, coming in only behind The Flash.* DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $39.99 Srp for the DVD and $44.98 Srp for the Blu-ray including Digital HD.
*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, and <3 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16
- ComicMix Staff
That’s the pitch for Joe Dante’s 1987 film Innerspace, his last collaboration with producer Steven Spielberg until making Small Soldiers for DreamWorks in 1998. Made between his contributions to the outrageous 1986 anthology comedy Amazon Women on the Moon and his darkly comic 1989 movie The ’Burbs, Innerspace could be considered Joe Dante’s most commercial film. Not only did it carry the Spielberg brand, it was also cast with big stars (Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, and Meg Ryan) and boasted impressive, state-of-the-art special effects and a high concept that was sure to bring people out to the theater. And yet, for some reason, the movie was something of a box office disappointment when it was released in the summer of 1987; though the film’s final budget is difficult to pin down, »
- Patrick Bromley
The 2007 original, penned by sci-fi writer/author Jerome Bixby, centered on a college professor who’s actually a centuries-old caveman. Richard Schenkman is returning to direct with shooting starting next week in Southern California.
The original script was the last work from Bixby, best known for his 1953 story “It’s a Good Life,” which was the basis for a 1961 episode of “The Twilight Zone” and was included in “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” He also wrote four episodes for the “Star Trek” series and co-wrote the story upon which the movie “Fantastic Voyage” was based. »
- Dave McNary
The CW has wrapped up this season of Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, so now a perfect time for those of you that got behind to pick up the DVD/Blu-Ray. Today brings information on the first season of Legends of Tomorrow on blu-ray, including all the special features.
I really enjoyed this season if nothing for the cameos and seeing an actual kind of big team in this DC television universe. With this set you’re getting all 16 episodes of the show on Blu-Ray and DVD Plus some enhanced content including the Sdcc panels, behind the scenes, and gag reels.
Control your own fate and catch up with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the complete first season of the epic series on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on August 23, 2016. Before the second season returns on The CW, fans can »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced details of the Blu-ray and DVD release for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season, which is set to arrive on August 23rd.
See Also: Order DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season via Amazon Us or Amazon UK
From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this Super Hero team-up that combines characters from both series, as well as new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront the unstoppable threat of the immortal Vandal Savage— a threat which not only puts the world at stake, but all of time itself.
- Gary Collinson
A week has passed since the season finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow aired and while you have the option to catch reruns here and there over the next few months, we all know it’s preferable to beef up your collection by adding the latest superhero set to your shelf. On August 23, you can do just that when Rip Hunter, Firestorm, The Atom, White Canary, and the rest of the Waverider crew fly into stores.
Below you can check out the full press release, which features a detailed synopsis and a full rundown of bonus features. Not only that, a first look at the front cover art can be glimpsed. The CW has done a phenomenal job with promo images for its superhero shows over the past few years, with each looking like a high resolution still of a brilliant visual effects shot. This situation is no different »
- Eric Joseph
By Todd Garbarini
The Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting a fun-filled weekend of six science fiction classics from Friday, April 15th to Sunday, April 17th. Several cast members from the films are scheduled to appear in person at respective screenings, so read on for more information:
From the press release:
Anniversary Classics Sci-Fi Weekend
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: www.laemmle.com/ac.
Re-visit the Golden Age of the Science Fiction Film as Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series presents Sci-fi Weekend, a festival of six classic films April 15-17 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.
It was dawn of the Atomic Age and the Cold War, as Communist and nuclear war paranoia swept onto the nation’s movie screens to both terrify and entertain the American public. All the favorite icons are here: Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
We're less than a week from Hollywood's High Holy Night. Are you excited yet?
For today's trivia party we'll look at the only people to win exactly six Oscars. Four men. It's always men (sigh). Only 11 people have won more Oscars than these four men. I did not include confusing cases like Visual FX guru Dennis Murren -- IMDb argues exactly 6 but that depends on how you count them since his prizes are many and a confusing jumble of technical achievements, special Oscars, and regular competitive statues. (Unfortunately I couldn't find photographs of the set decorators)
Gordon HollingsheadGORDON Hollingshead (1892-1952)
This producer won more Oscars in the short film categories than anyone other than the legendary Walt Disney and Frederick Quimby (of Tom & Jerry fame) but he won them for live action films. His first Oscar, though, was in the inaguaral year (1933) of a category called "Best Assistant Director" which »
- NATHANIEL R
Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow and Richard Harris bring James Michener's true saga to life -- but it's the story of the destruction of paradise. A huge success just the same, producer Walter Mirisch's film testifies to the skill with which he brought together big talent for a show that doesn't compromise with a happy-happy historical revision. Hawaii Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 161 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Jocelyne Lagarde, Manu Tupou, Ted Nobriga, Elizabeth Logue. Cinematography Russell Harlan Production Designer Cary Odell Art Direction James W. Sullivan Film Editor Stuart Gilmore Original Music Elmer Bernstein Written by Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash from the novel by James Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by George Roy Hill
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Well, fans of James Michener that missed the »
- Glenn Erickson
Now that Crimson Peak has come and gone, and Pacific Rim 2 has been put on the back burner for now, Guillermo del Toro is currently looking for the next film he can sink his teeth into. And he might decide to remake one of science fiction.s classics. The Hollywood Reporter says that the director/writer/producer is in talks to direct and develop a re-telling of Fantastic Voyage. The film would be done in conjunction with 20th Century Fox and James Cameron.s Lightstorm Entertainment. This project would reunite him with David Goyer, the writer of his 2002 film Blade II. The original Fantastic Voyage, which was released in 1966 and starred Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence, among others, told a tale of sci-fi adventure filled with wonder. The story focused on a crew of doctors who are shrunk to atomic size, along with a pilot, a federal agent and an »
It is safe to say that Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak was received with very mixed reviews last year. Personally, I struggled with the film when we got a chance to see it. However, while I wasn’t alone in my thinking, there were a lot of people who really liked the movie. Well, it looks like del Toro has moved on from the film and set his sights on his next project, which could be a redo of Fantastic Voyage.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, del Toro is in talks with 20th Century Fox and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment to direct a Fantastic Voyage remake at the studio. The film will be written by David Goyer (Man Of Steel), and is about a scientist who is dying of a blood clot. His only chance for survival is for five scientist colleagues to be miniaturized in a ship, »
- Paul Heath
One of the projects that James Cameron has been working on over the past few years is a remake of Fantastic Voyage. It's a film that various directors have come close to making - Paul Greengrass and Roland Emmerich, to name but two), and it's one that Cameron can't do himself, given his immediate commitment to making a trio of further Avatar movies.
David Goyer is working on a screenplay for the movie, and will executive produce. The focus again will be on a scientist suffering from what's likely to be a fatal blood clot, who shrinks five of his colleagues and sends them into his bloodstream. »
According to new reports, director Guillermo del Toro ("Pacific Rim") is in talks with 20th Century Fox, to helm a 3D reboot of the 1966 feature "Fantastic Voyage", to be produced by James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, from a screenplay by David Goyer:
The movie also inspired an animated Filmation TV series and follow-up book series by author Issac Asimov.
In "Fantastic Voyage", both the Us and Russia work together to develop micro-technology allowing matter to be miniaturized using a process to shrink individual atoms. But the smaller an object is made, the quicker it reverts back to its original size.
"...Scientist 'Jan Benes', working behind the Iron Curtain, calculates a way to make the shrinking process work. With the help of the CIA, Benes escapes to the West, »
- Michael Stevens
More than any filmmaker I know personally, Guillermo Del Toro understands the need to always be developing more projects than you could ever reasonably actually make. He's had periods where he got derailed completely when things didn't come together, and there are several years in his filmography that are defined purely by things that didn't happen instead of things that did. That is not uncommon in Hollywood, but Guillermo is so full of ideas that it seems almost criminal for him to get sidelined by development cycles. Now comes word that with Pacific Rim 2 shelved for the moment, Guillermo is moving on and possibly signing to direct Fantastic Voyage for Fox. 20th Century Fox has been trying to get a new Fantastic Voyage off the ground for at least the last decade, but the desire to follow-up the 1966 original really started in 1987 when Isaac Asimov published Fantastic Voyage II as a novel. »
- Drew McWeeny
Frank Armitage, an artist and production illustrator who made contributions to Disney classics including “Sleeping Beauty” and “Mary Poppins” — as well as to Fox feature “Fantastic Voyage,” whose visual effects wowed audiences in 1966 — died Monday of age-related causes in Paso Robles, Calif., according to Disney Animation Studios VP of communications Howard Green. He was 91.
He also provided artwork and designs to theme parks around the world.
The native of Melbourne, Australia, moved in 1952 to Los Angeles and found a job at Walt Disney Studios, where he contributed to “Peter Pan” (1953), “Sleeping Beauty” (1959), 1964’s live action-animation hybrid “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book” (1967).
After leaving the company, Armitage worked to apply cinematic techniques to human anatomy. He was thus the perfect person to do the production illustration for “Fantastic Voyage,” the innovative sci-fi film which follows a submarine and its crew that are shrunk to microscopic size so the ship may »
- Variety Staff
He wasn’t one of the legendary “nine old men,” but his contributions to such classic films as Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins, not to mention various company theme parks, were essential to Disney’s long legacy. Frank Armitage, the Australian-born illustrator, muralist and longtime Disney imagineer who also contributed to the eye-popping visuals on Fox’s Fantastic Voyage died on Monday from age-related causes in his Paso Robles home, Disney Animation Studios… »
Frank Armitage, who contributed artwork to Disney classics like The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins, has died at the age of 91. The famed illustrator died on Monday of age-related causes at his home in Paso Robles, California, Disney Animation Studios VP of Communications Howard Green announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to his work in animation, Armitage contributed to murals and theme park designs around the world along with his wife, Karen Connolly Armitage, according to their website Armitage Images. The Melbourne, Australia, native began working for Disney in 1952 and his first project involved working on animation for Lady and the Tramp. »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
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