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Even though director Josh Trank is no longer on board the second Star Wars Anthology film, which is reportedly about Boba Fett, we’re still hoping for the best when it comes to his reboot of Fantastic Four at 20th Century Fox. So far the trailers have painted a pretty serious picture for the comic book […]
- Ethan Anderton
Ex Machina has been one of the biggest critical hits of the year so far - earning multiple plaudits for the quality of its leading performances. While Domhall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac have since joined up with the Star Wars universe, their co-star appears to be ready to take Hollywood by storm in her own way. Alicia Vikander received rave reviews for her bold and beguiling performance as 'Ava' - and it seems that she's piqued a lot of other directors' interest too... Deadline are reporting that Vikander is in talks to star in not one, but two action blockbusters next year - starting with Paul Greengrass' untitled Jason Bourne sequel. The new Bourne film, which also sees star Matt Damon return to the popular franchise, is currently set for a July 29 release. Following this, Vikander will then move on to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed adaptation - featuring alongside Michael Fassbender »
Between searingly-hot laser fire, a myriad of otherworldly aliens baying for blood (or joining up to fight some mysterious force) and getting your own spaceship to bomb around the galaxy in – sci-fi might just be the greatest genre on Earth.
In video game form it’s journeyed everywhere from the 2D planes of Metroid through the gore-drenched Gears of War series and even across galaxies as we joined Commander Shepard and co. to tackle Mass Effect’s Reaper invasion. In short, right next to more atypical fantasy – like the Skyrim/The Witcher-style goblins n’ blades variety, it’s the only other cross-medium genre that people get well and truly enamoured with.
Unlike franchises like Star Trek or Star Wars on the silver screen, there aren’t too many landmark series’ in gaming with so much weight and purpose. Sure you can point to Bioware’s phenomenal Mass Effect »
- Scott Tailford
Now playing in theaters is Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. The film stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with the optimistic and scientifically-inclined Casey (Britt Robertson) to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson, and was written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Damon Lindelof. He talked about what they learned from test screenings, deleted scenes, how they had an alternate ending, Easter eggs, his most memorable day on set, the fanboy experience of working with people he idolizes like Brad Bird, and why he hasn’t seen any footage besides the trailers for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Finally, if »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In a year with movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens all being released, it’s easy to forget that this November will see James Bond, 007 return to the big screen in Spectre, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Skyfall.
Daniel Craig will play the iconic Ian Fleming creation for a fourth time, while Sam Mendes is directing. That alone is reason enough to be excited, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how this instalment of the 53 year old franchise matches up to its predecessor.
As with any movie this big or highly anticipated, there are a lot of rumours surrounding Spectre. The “Sony Hack” is responsible for many of them thanks to some leaked emails and even a rough draft of the script, and they all offer up a fascinating insight into the »
- Josh Wilding
With a title like X-Men: Apocalypse, you already know that you.re not in for an easy-going, laidback time. And if what Oscar Isaac, who plays the title villain, says is true, we.re about to see a superhero movie on a scale we haven.t seen before, as things are going to get downright biblical. Now that production is well underway and rolling along, Isaac, who also stars in indie sci-fi hit Ex Machina and will show up later this year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, talked to the Monkeys Fighting Robots podcast about his approach to the destructive character. He says: I.ve been reading the script a lot and trying to come at.for me.a interesting angle, definitely focusing on the fact [that his character] is the embodiment of the second coming of the judgments of God and that energy going in. We're playing with »
While the trailers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have so far used bits of John Williams' iconic score from the original trilogy, many have wondered how much of the master composer's previous works will make it into his new score for the J.J. Abrams-directed new film. Speaking with Vanity Fair, confirmed that a few scenes will feature 'thematic pieces' from the earlier films:
"There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven't done it yet, but we're planning to do it. It's something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we've chosen to do these kinds of quotes.
There aren't many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way."
Having composed »
- Garth Franklin
The supremely talented Oscar Isaac was recently a guest on the Monkeys Fighting Robots podcast recently and briefly touched on his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse. On the latter, Isaac confirmed that he's already begun filming for Apocalypse and that he's still digesting the script and developing his take on the character. "I’ve been reading the script a lot and trying to come at for me, a interesting angle. Definitely focusing on the fact he is the embodiment of the second coming of the judgments of god and that energy going in. We’re playing with that. What we are trying to do is make his philosophy and what his mission is, one that is both simple but also holds water, that really makes sense throughout the whole movie. I think Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer, we’ve been able to come up with something very cool. »
Now playing in theaters is Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. The film stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with the optimistic and scientifically-inclined Casey (Britt Robertson) to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson, and was written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Brad Bird. He talked about his first cut of the film, test screenings, deleted scenes, how they landed Clooney, why he made Tomorrowland over helming Star Wars, the status of The Incredibles 2, the possibility of The Iron Giant returning to theaters (I’ve heard it’s happening), and a lot more. If you’re a fan of this gifted director »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With the impending arrival "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the months ahead will feature lots of reminiscences about the first time various show business big shots encountered the franchise or what the characters and films meant to so many childhoods. But no one will have J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves beat when it comes a tale of happenstance that changed their lives, starting them on the path that would lead their career's as filmmakers and see one of them get a chance to direct a bona fide 'Star Wars' movie. Chatting with Vanity Fair, producer Kathleen Kennedy shared the great story about how Abrams and Reeves first crossed her path decades ago, and met Steven Spielberg, thanks to a dusty box found in a basement in Arizona. Read on.... It was funny. I was working with Steven, and I got a phone call one day. And this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This month visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic celebrates 40 years of bringing the impossible to life. Check out some of their amazing work in the video below. All six Star Wars films (and the next one, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), every Star Trek since The Wrath of Khan, Indiana Jones (all four), […]
Read 40 Years of Industrial Light & Magic on Filmonic.
Swish, swish, zoom! Lupita Nyong'o is a great many fabulous things: an Oscar-winning actress, a Lancome model, one of the big names in the upcoming Star Wars sequel, and—perhaps most fantastically of all—an expert dress twirler! Never to late to twirl. #girlsthattwirl #windingstaircaseinspiration #skirts #whenincannesyoucan #cannes2015 Tgif A video posted by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on May 14, 2015 at 9:51pm Pdt After epic literal turns at last year's SAGs, Academy Awards, and Met Gala, Nyong'o, 32, arrived at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, May 13, spinning her [...] »
Back in the olden days, television used to be home to all sorts of variety shows and holiday specials. Whether it be the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special or something hosted by Johnny Cash or Dean Martin, the variety special is a product of the era it was in. But, Bill Murray is going to be the latest to try and bring it back. A while back, we heard that Murray and director Sofia Coppola were planning a holiday special that would showcase a lot of Hollywood all-stars joining Murray for »
- Alex Maidy
"Tomorrowland" is Disney's new sci-fi adventure starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Like the land it's named after in the Disney theme parks, the movie is a tribute to the future and how special individuals who are engineers, makers, inventors (or "imagineers" as Disney dubs them) make a difference not just in the present but in the future as well. Although director Brad Bird has been praised for his ability to shoot action sequences and handle the spectacular future landscapes, the movie is generating mixed reviews, so it's not a universally praised release. The movie does feature some frightening deaths and scenes of violence, but it also espouses so many positive messages, it's hard to find fault with taking a curious kid to see it.
Here are five questions to consider before heading out with your kids to see "Tomorrowland."
1. Do you love Disney?
In case the title doesn't make it obvious, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Alesha Dixon doesn't think much to the pressure for women to be "beach body ready", branding the phrase "bollocks".
Appearing on tonight's (May 22) Alan Carr: Chatty Man alongside fellow Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, the trio got into a conversation seemingly sparked by Protein World's controversial advert about being "beach body ready".
Dixon said: "I didn't really think much about being beach body ready [for my music video]. I had to get the choreography right.
"I spent hours and hours with amazing choreographers doing some great dancing, so I guess I was beach body ready."
She added: "I hate that saying, 'beach body ready'. Bollocks!
"You're just ready for the beach, aren't you? Who gives a s**t what size you are? There is so much bloody pressure on women to be beach body ready."
Carr then explained that men aren't immune to summer pressures. He said: "And men, I thought people were just happy with abs, »
The making of threequels can be a thorny business, especially when it comes to the most beloved of franchises, but that hasn't held back the creation of some truly phenomenal third films.
With the recent arrival of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Sky Store, we're celebrating some of the best threequels out there:
The Harry Potter series gave us a unique chance to watch a group of young actors growing up over more than a decade from cute little kids to major stars with some serious blockbusters under their belts.
As with Jk Rowling's original novels, The Prisoner of Azkaban revealed the full potential of the series. It is darker and scarier, sure, but also richer and more complex with some great character moments from its young cast.
Director Alfonso Cuarón brings a touch of magic to »
Star Wars #5
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by John Cassaday
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Chris Elipoulos
Published by Marvel Comics
Boba Fett is, essentially, the Star Wars’ universe version of Wolverine, two tremendously popular characters who built their following on the basis of a cool image, a mysterious past, and a tough guy mindset, whose popularity grew to the point that they came to dominate their respective franchises while everything that made them intriguing in the first place suffered for their ubiquity. That said, good stories can still be told featuring both characters, and with this issue, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday set out to prove it with Boba Fett.
While Han reluctantly joins Leia on a scouting mission for a new Rebel base, Luke returns to Tatooine, hoping to find some guidance for furthering his Jedi training from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s home. Unbeknownst to Luke, Boba Fett is also on Tatooine, »
- Austin Gorton
Midas Flesh #1-4 (2014)
Written by Ryan North
Art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Published by Boom! Studios
Midas Flesh is a high concept science fiction saga with down-to-earth protagonists from the creative brain of writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and frequent artistic collaborators Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time). The story is about the house shaped ship Prospect and its three freedom fighters: the human scientist Fatima, the kindly dinosaur scientist Cooper, and their straight shooting, yet intelligent leader Joey as they discover a planet completely made of gold, which supposedly has some kind of weapon that can take out the evil Federation. Midas Flesh #1 reveals this doomsday weapon to be the finger of the not so mythical King Midas, whose golden touch ended up ending life on Earth as we know because the gold particles transmuted through the air.
From this premise, Midas Flesh »
- Logan Dalton
The actor and writer - who also plays Scottie in the series - said that the studio was "worried" that a previous version of the script wouldn't appeal to casual cinema-goers.
"But it means that, according to the studio, there's still one billion dollars worth of »
It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned. I’m “biast” (pro): love George Clooney; big Sf geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We geeks have been getting teased and taunted by the prospect of Disney and director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille) Tomorrowland for so long now, without getting anything more than vague hint of what the movie is actually about, that it seems inevitable that the actual film must be a disappointment. So is it?
Not at all. In fact, it’s a glorious reminder — in this era of reboots and remakes and sequels and based-on-something-else movies — of the joy of discovery that we get far less frequently at the movies these days. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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