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The 20th anniversary of the first Austin Powers movie is fast approaching (in 2017), and that movie’s director, Jay Roach, has been talking to Forbes about reviving the franchise. While there doesn’t seem to be any plans for anything specific to mark the anniversary, Austin Powers and his nemesis Dr. Evil may be revived is some other way.
Speaking with Forbes, filmmaker Roach said: “I am aware of [the anniversary] but I haven’t thought about it too much. I had thought that it was a long time since but didn’t realize that such a milestone was coming up so I should start thinking about it a bit harder. Now you mention it, it hits me that 20 years ago we were in the middle of shooting and editing my first feature film. It brings back a lot of loaded feelings.”
So if not for the anniversary, are there any plans »
- Paul Heath
Alex Parrish has a sleek new haircut, a young-professional pantsuit and a nagging suspicion that something very bad is about to happen: Yep, it’s time for Quantico‘s second season.
Sunday’s season premiere catches us up on what all of your favorite NATs have been up to since Simon’s Funeral of Sadness But Also Vindication (working title), and for the most part, everyone is thriving. Alex is a bored CIA analyst. Ryan is preparing to ask her to marry him. Even Caleb has found his equilibrium as a law student. But then those ol’ dual timelines kick in, »
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This Friday is Rogue Friday, which means that a whole bunch of toys, clothes, collectibles and more will be made available for Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hopefully we’ll also be getting a lot of new information on the film at that point as well, but before all that happens, Making Star Wars has revealed a couple of new character descriptions that give us a look at some of the aliens and Stormtroopers we’ll be seeing come December.
We aren’t given much, but here’s what we learnt…..
Moroff – A Gigoran mercenary who offers up his services as a gunner during the war between the Rebels and the Empire.
Rebel Commando Pao – Part of the Drabata species, Pao is a member of the Rogue One team and will help »
- Mark Cassidy
One of the biggest movies last year was Jurassic World, which had the highest domestic total for most of the year, until Star Wars: The Force Awakens started shattering box office records. The movie was set 23 years after the events of the original blockbuster Jurassic Park, although only one character from the original, B.D. Wong's Dr. Henry Wu, returned for this sequel. With production starting on Jurassic World 2 in early 2017, hopefully we'll hear about casting news soon, but today we have word that original Jurassic Park star Sam Neill will not be back for this Jurassic World sequel as Dr. Alan Grant.
Over the weekend, Sam Neill confirmed that he will be reuniting with original Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum and his The Hunt For the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi on the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel Thor: Ragnarok. During an interview with Short List that surfaced on YouTube, the »
Everyone knows “Reservoir Dogs” is Quentin Tarantino’s first movie. What “My Best Friend’s Birthday” presupposes is…maybe it isn’t? Made in 1987 but now mostly lost due to the ravages of time (and, more accurately, a film-lab fire), the once-70-minute film can now only be seen in its incomplete, 36-minute form. Watch what remains of it below.
Read More: Lost & Abandoned: 10 Movies That Were Shot, But Eventually Scrapped
Tarantino co-wrote, co-produced, directed, edited and starred in “My Best Friend’s Birthday,” which concerns a man (Tarantino) trying — and repeatedly failing — to pleasantly surprise a buddy on his birthday. He made the black-and-white comedy while working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California. Roger Avary, who later went on to co-write “Pulp Fiction,” is one of four credited cinematographers.
Avary and those other »
- Michael Nordine
Antoine Fuqua knew what it would take to get him to remake “The Magnificent Seven,” John Sturges’ 1960 classic about a band of gunslingers. The film, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 movie “The Seven Samurai,” is an oft-told story about a band of mercenaries who save a town. Its genetic code can be found in everything from “Star Wars” to “The Three Amigos.” But Fuqua knew how to give the familiar yarn a fresh spin.
In an interview with NPR, Fuqua said he turned to studio executives and told them, “Personally, what would make this an event for me to really want to make this movie is to see Denzel Washington on a horse in all black as a cowboy.'”
Of course, getting Denzel to ride into town takes a big check and often a taste of the backend. But in an era of diminishing star power, »
- Brent Lang
We live in a world of reboots and remakes. Everything that we grew up on -- that is now old -- is new again. Last year, we had a Star Wars film, a Rocky film, and the return of the Jurassic Park franchise with fun reboot, Jurassic World (cue the comments claiming the movie was stupid). While there is something special about taking an old concept and reinvigorating it for a modern audience, filmmakers are usually careful to imbue these reboots with plenty of homages to the original material.
So what about the next Jurassic World film? In the first one, we saw Ian Malcolm's book on the desk of Jake Johnson's character, but there was no real reference to Jurassic Park's original protagonist, Alan Grant, portrayed in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III by actor Sam Neill.
So will be seeing this character return to the »
- Joseph Medina
The new series will join the main Star Wars title and Star Wars: Poe Dameron as Marvel’s third ongoing Star Wars series, and will see Darth Vader writer Kieron Gillen teaming up with artist Kev Walker (Uncanny Inhumans).
At this point, it’s unclear whether Star Wars: Classified is the actual title of the book, or merely a placeholder until Marvel and Lucasfilm is ready to officially announce the details. We’ll let you know when we know more…
- Gary Collinson
This week Neil Calloway cautions against too many films in the franchise…
I love Star Wars, but I can’t help but feel more movies will chip away at the mythology of the films.. The prequels already gave us Midi-chlorians and a rather disappointing explanation or what the cool sounding Clone Wars actually were. I’m looking forward to Rogue One, and I hope it lives up to expectations, but some things are better left to our imagination.
At heart, Star Wars – the original trilogy at least, is a Western, a fight between good and evil on the margins of a lawless world, the hero rides in, saves the day and disappears, that in a way, is what happens in A New Hope, with Han Solo standing in for the archetypal hero. »
- Neil Calloway
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the plot to Avengers: Infinity War possibly being revealed, the controversy surrounding Jumanji and Transformers this week, plans for the Star Wars movie-verse post-2021 and more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.
Latest Thanos Update! He’s still sitting down.
Don’t give me that look…
If Latino Review are to be believed (a lot of their scoops amount to nothing), the story details described will probably come out in the film’s first trailer. Or maybe even before in a plot synopsis, so I’m not »
- Oli Davis
Star Wars Rebels returned to Disney Xd yesterday for its season three premiere, and the official Star Wars YouTube channel has released its customary Rebels Recons featurette, which takes us behind-the-scenes of ‘Steps Into Shadow’; check it out here…
Led by a more powerful Ezra, a rebel mission goes awry, and Kanan returns to help the Ghost crew. Grand Admiral Thrawn emerges as a new threat.
Star Wars Rebels season three premieres on Saturday, September 24th on Disney Xd.
- Gary Collinson
I’m going to guess I’m not the only person my age who did an unusual thing for them and sat around waiting for a live watching of an episode of a cartoon. In the name of Thrawn.
Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels starts in the middle of action with Steps into Shadow but I won’t be touching on any of that. You will with little doubt be able to get terrible full episode review write ups all around the web and you can listen to probably great commentary from places like Making Star Wars or Rebel Grrrl, two Star Wars podcasts I highly recommend. Add them both to your Itunes as soon as possible.
My interest is in Thrawn specifically, as while I’d catch a season of Rebels eventually, I’m not somebody who would suffer through commercials and actually look up when the season would »
- Jay Tomio
With a title like this you know it has to be good. Irvin Kershner got his start directing on this small-scale tale of kids and crime. Jonathan Haze and Abby Dalton are standouts in the cast, while the uncredited executive producer who put up the cash is said to have been Roger Corman. It's a beautiful widescreen transfer -- the film was one of the first features shot by Haskell Wexler, who is also uncredited. Stakeout on Dope Street DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 83 min. / Street Date June 22, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Yale Wexler, Jonathon Haze, Morris Miller (Stever Marlo), Abby Dalton, Allen Kramer, Herman Rudin, Philip Mansour, Andrew J. Fenady, Herschel Bernardi, Coleman Francis. Cinematography Mark Jeffrey (Haskell Wexler) Film Editor Melvin Sloan Original Music Richard Markowitz Story and Screenplay by Andrew J. Fenady, Irvin Kershner, Irvin Schwartz Produced by Andrew J. Fenady Directed »
- Glenn Erickson
Star Wars Rebels returns to Disney Xd tonight as its third season gets underway, and it is bringing with it one of the most beloved characters from the Expanded Universe, as Grand Admiral Thrawn is introduced to the official Star Wars canon.
During an interview with Comic Book, Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni has been discussing the fan reaction to the inclusion of Thrawn (which was announced back at Star Wars Celebration in July), as well as the responsibility he feels to do the character justice.
“It was pretty amazing,” said Filoni with regards to the fan reaction. “It’s definitely one of those things as you build up to it that you’re wondering, ‘Okay, is this actually … Was this a good idea’ You always have that moment. No matter how much you like it and think it’s good and made the right decisions. There comes that time when »
- Gary Collinson
Bombs in space! That's the subject of our latest sneak peek at Star Wars: Episode VIII. And if you don't like Spoilers, we suggest you stop reading right now. As this latest news brings a look at one of the action scenes in this anticipated Star Wars sequel.
As we know, John Boyega will be returning in Star Wars 8 alongside newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. The two characters have been confirmed to be paired off, on a separate adventure while Poe Dameron is being pursued by Kylo Ren and Rey is finishing her Jedi training with Master Luke Skywalker. It's not quite clear what Finn and his newfound friend are up to in Episode VIII, but at one point they will gallop across a swanky party on the back of what has been described as a space horse. But before that happens, it sounds like they will be planting bombs in »
In the latest “Star Wars” sequel, fans found out that Princess Leia and Han Solo were a couple — even producing an unfortunately evil son — but had broken up at some point over the years. While the film doesn’t exactly make it clear why the two split, Carrie Fisher spilled the beans during an appearance at […] »
- Brent Furdyk
So far, we've seen two trailers and a TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, along with sizzle reel footage from Celebration this past summer. While these first look videos have provided us with an overview of what to expect, we haven't been given a whole lot of details about the new alien creatures and all the cool new Stormtrooper armor that will be on display in this first Star Wars spin-off. That changes today, as a few character descriptions have been unveiled.
Most of this information is likely backstory for these incoming characters, as they are not the central line-up, and we doubt they'll be given much screen time. These descriptions are fun and informative, none the less. And they arrive courtesy of Making Star Wars. You can see the images of these Rogue One characters below in the order that we discuss them.
First up is »
With Alden Ehrenreich on board in the title role and the search continuing for an actor to play a young Lando Calrissian, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have now found their cinematographer for their 2018 Han Solo Star Wars Anthology movie.
The Film Stage has revealed that Bradford Young is set to shoot the movie, which is slated to go into production in early 2017. Young has recently shot Denis Villenueve’s Arrival, while his previous work includes Middle of Nowhere, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Selma and A Most Violent Year.
- Amie Cranswick
"What's this? What's this?!" These are Funko's The Nightmare Before Christmas Pop! vinyl figures for Nycc 2016, Jack. Specifically featured at this year's event is Sally in a seated position and Behemoth. Also in today's Horror Highlights: details on The Director's Chair two-hour special on El Rey Network and a new clip from Shortwave.
Our exclusives contain many of Funko’s most popular lines like Pop!, Dorbz, and ReAction!
Our goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place!
Without further ado, here is the latest installment of Funko’s New York Comic Con exclusives list!
We have awesome exclusives for Disney and Star Wars fans alike, »
- Tamika Jones
Funko has revealed another wave of its New York Comic Con exclusives which includes a Captain Barbossa vinyl figure with his Monkey from Pirates of the Caribbean, Sally and Behemoth vinyl figures from The Nightmare Before Christmas, a Bistan vinyl figure from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a Qui Gon Jinn vinyl figure from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and a Pop! Rides Indiana Jones; take a look below…
Check out Funko’s other Nycc exclusives here, here and here.
New York Comic Con runs between Thursday October 6th and Sunday October 9th.
- Amie Cranswick
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