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Variety’s Maane Khatchatourian covers James Gunn’s Facebook comments regarding shared movie universe building:
“The director implies that franchises like “Star Wars,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Transformers” and “Twilight” are in the clear because they were conceived as single films and only grew into movie series following audience demand. “But these days studios are trying to grow trees without a strong seed,” he wrote. “Execs and producers and sometimes even directors are focused on the big picture, without perfecting the task directly in front of them — making a great movie.”
Read Gunn’s full comments here.
It is interesting how James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has criticised the one thing that ensured the success of his film. Of course, had Guardians of the Galaxy been produced by a different studio without the connections to the Marvel universe, »
- Simon Columb
As part of BFI's sci-fi festival "Days of Fear and Wonder", this exhibition of rare behind-the-scenes snaps from Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope are on display at the Atrium of the British Film Institute's Southbank location, and will be running through Jan. 4. The photos are from the personal collection of the continuity supervisor on the film, Ann Skinner. As you can see theer are some very nice shots, including actors David Prowse and Paul Blake (as Darth Vader and Greedo repetitively) without their masks. There's also pics of Anthony Forrest as Laze Loneozner, Koo Stark as Camie, and Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter from the deleted Toshe Station scene. »
"Banks are an essential threat to our democracy, so consider this justice."
I don’t know what happened with Adrien Brody, but after he won that Best Actor Oscar for The Pianist his career took a nose dive, and he started making bad movies. The most recent thing that I saw him in was History Channel’s Houdini, and I liked him in it. But other than that he hasn’t done anything decent in years. Now he’s got a new movie coming out called American Heist, which doesn’t look very promising.
The movie also stars Hayden Christensen, who is best known for his role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, and Jordana Brewster from the Fast and Furious franchise. So this movie is packed full of great talent! Here’s the synopsis:
Frankie (Christensen) and James (Brody) are two brothers with checkered pasts; one struggling on the road to normalcy, »
- Joey Paur
While we're all anxiously anticipating when and where the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut (SlashFilm says it's coming this week on the big screen first), there's another huge 2015 blockbuster that's definitely getting teased on Turkey Day. The first trailer for Jurassic World arrives on Thanksgiving Day at 9pm Et during NBC Thursday Night Football, and you can bet we'll be posting it as soon as it's online. In the meantime, Universal Pictures has finally released a short teaser for the trailer, and while we normally don't like these kind of videos, we actually get to see dinosaurs in action for the first time! Watch! Here's the teaser for this Thursday's trailer premiere for Jurassic World from Universal: Check out the first teaser poster for Jurassic World right here, and come back for the trailer Thursday! Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed »
- Ethan Anderton
One thing that a handful of studio development executives and some very hardcore Marvel fanboys have in common these days is an adamant belief that a "shared universe" is the only way to go with adapting certain material.
The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has certainly lent weight to the argument, but in its case it had decades of comic book source material, years of planning and plenty of careful world building across individual works before fully unveiling its wider ambitions.
Others who're attempting to jump on the bandwagon don't seem to be anywhere near as organised or patient with the process. "Guardians of the Galaxy" filmmaker James Gunn has now weighed in on his Facebook page with his thoughts on the topic, and hopes studios will become more concerned about making a good base product than concentrating on wild plans to spin it off before audiences have had »
- Garth Franklin
After the success of "Iron Man," Marvel moved forward with lots of other movies based on its superheroes. These superheroes eventually became part of a bigger cinematic universe with a shared storyline that gave the studio the ability to use Iron Man (for example) in a "Captain America" film. Today, we have Universal Pictures attempting to build a shared universe with its classic monsters, despite the fact that "Dracula Untold" wasn't much of a hit. And Sony, meanwhile, is trying to replicate Marvel's model using Spider-Man characters, even though the last two "The Amazing Spider-Man" installments were the lowest-grossing out of the last five films. James Gunn, the director of "Guardians of the Galaxy," has now updated his Facebook page with a few words about shared cinematic universes and how he believes studios are making big mistakes. He wrote: "Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. »
These days studios seem to be falling over themselves to replicate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. all looking to develop their own “shared” superhero universes, and even Universal Pictures getting in on the act with its iconic Monsters. Taking to Facebook, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has shared some concerns over the business model, accusing studios of trying to “grow trees without a strong seed.” Here’s what he had to say:
“Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. But I’m a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios, without having a strong base film to grow from – or in some cases, No base film to grow from. Star Wars had the original Star Wars, the Marvel Universe had the original Iron Man, the Dark Knight series had Batman Begins, »
- Gary Collinson
We’ve been hearing quite a few rumblings lately about the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debuting sometime fairly soon, but it turns out the teaser might be arriving much earlier than anticipated. Like, next week earlier. Director J.J. Abrams and co. wrapped production on the upcoming Episode VII a few weeks ago and the film doesn’t open until theaters for over a year, but this is one of the most anticipated movies in recent memory, so it’s no surprise that Disney and Lucasfilm are keen on giving a brief first look to fans a bit early. If a new report is to be believed, the first footage from the Star Wars sequel will arrive Thanksgiving week in the form of a Force Awakens teaser trailer. More after the jump. Word of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer release date first surfaced over on reddit. »
- Adam Chitwood
As many of you know studios have begun pushing out more shared universes and Franchises to varying degress of success and if you are one of those worried about the recent influx then don't worry you are not alone. In a Facebook post titled “Carts Before Horses & Hollywood’s New Love of Shared Universes.” James Gunn voices his skepticism saying studios are“trying to grow franchises from non-existent films or middling successes.” "Listen, I love big ass shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises. But I'm a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios, without having a strong base film to grow from - or in some cases, No base film to grow from. Star Wars had the original Star Wars, the Marvel Universe had the original Iron Man, the Dark Knight series had Batman Begins, even movies like Transformers and Twilight - »
‘Starry Eyes’: The feel disturbed movie of the year
This film is at its very core a success story. A very demented, gory, horrifying and darkly comical success story – one with tinges of satanic cult horror wrapped in psychological terror. The plot follows a young aspiring actress, Sarah, as she is called back to audition for a horror film that is being produced by a mysterious production company that pushes her to her limits – a dark exchange for fame and fortune… click here to read the article.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I’ is all prologue
In a previous review of the second instalment of The Hunger Games series for this website, I expressed some dismay that Catching Fire didn’t really have a conclusion to speak of, with its cliffhanger ending reminding me less of The Empire Strikes Back and more of The Matrix Reloaded orPirates of »
Disney and LucasFilms released the first trailer for the animated feature, Strange Magic, which was written by Lucas. The film is inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Tale and features the voice work of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter Stormare.
While taking a little from Shakespeare, the film follows goblins, elves, fairies and imps embark on a musical adventure in hopes of getting a powerful potion.
Strange Magic is opening in theaters on January 23, 2015.
- Zach Dennis
There has been more speculation about the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer alone than there is for most movies at a whole. First we learned that it had been edited, and that John Williams had recorded new music for the trailer. Then there was a series of rumored descriptions. This week a report […]
The post ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Debut Planned for Thanksgiving Week appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Gunn took to Facebook to voice his skepticism about studios “trying to grow franchises from non-existent films or middling successes.”
“Listen, I love big (a–) shared universes in movies, as well as huge franchises,” he wrote in a Facebook post titled “Carts Before Horses & Hollywood’s New Love of Shared Universes.” “But I’m a little worried about the numerous shared universes being planned by the studios, without having a strong base film to grow from — or in some cases, No base film to grow from.”
The director implies that franchises like “Star Wars,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Transformers” and “Twilight” are in the clear because they were conceived as single films and only grew into movie series following audience demand. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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Over the past we’ve heard several rumours about the impending trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm’s hugely-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens; there’s been the obligatory alleged trailer description, along with reports that it will make its debut in cinemas with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on December 17th. However, it seems we may not have to wait that long…
According to a rumour on Reddit, Disney is looking to launch the first trailer this Friday with a special even that will see it shown before every movie in 100 U.S. theaters this weekend, starting on Friday. Apparently said theaters have been told that Big Hero 6 has to be shown at the earliest showtime on each of those days, with the studio no doubt looking to boost the takings of its animated Marvel adaptation by capitalising on the Star Wars fever.
If true, »
- Gary Collinson
If we're to buy into the hype, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to have the biggest teaser trailer of all time. Every day, we hear a new rumor about its impending premiere, though nothing has been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm. While many believe the (very short) trailer will hit soon, no one really knows when or where it will debut. A new rumor claims that it is opening next weekend in 100 theaters nationwide.
Again, this is nothing more than a rumor. The hard truth is that we may or may not even get a trailer this year. Though, its looking more and more likely that we will. While Disney was reportedly going to premiere their Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer in theaters only, attached to prints of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, that was soon debunked. At least according to sources around the Internet. »
Earlier this week we posted some cool poster art promoting Star Wars Celebration 2015. Today we have a trailer to share with you that was released for the event! This year it takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and you can bet there's going to be a ton of awesome stuff for fans to see. Especially in regards to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because let's face it, that's what we're all excited about!
The official convention of a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars Celebration features appearances by Star Wars actors and creators, panel discussions, and exclusive reveals. In this special trailer, take a look back at Celebrations past, and prepare for the biggest Star Wars party ever.
Star Wars Celebration is coming April 16-19, 2015, and I really hope that I am able to attend this year.
- Joey Paur
While no Star Wars Episode 7 trailer arrived this week, there still was some decent movie news and trailers flying around, and in case you missed any, here’s a rundown of what went….um…down. Ahead of it’s trailer premiere next week, the first poster for Get Hard with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart arrived A George Lucas move that has nothing to do with lightsabers? That’ll be the first trailer for Strange Magic Meryl Streep is pretty damn awesome, especially in this new featurette for Into The Woods If anyone can, Tom can! The Cruise machine is wanted for a Highlander reboot Mike Nichols, a true Hollywood legend passed away this week Fancy working with Christopher Nolan? He needs your help JLaw talks hungry games or something Pitch up Pitches etc. The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 looks pretty damn good! Get biblical with a new »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
A day doesn’t go by without some new Star Wars Episode VII rumour exploding all over the internet. The rumour mill is grinding extra hard though with the trailer. First it was rumoured to be attached to The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. Then that rumour turned into something else entirely, where Disney was going to show it in 100 movie houses attaching it to every movie. And now the latest rumour is that it could arrive just in time for Thanksgiving! Might be the best excuse you’ll get to pull yourself away from some black Friday deals for 90 seconds!! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
The Important News Arnold Schwarzenegger might be back for a Running Man sequel. David Spade will back and mulletted in Joe Dirt 2. Samuel L. Jackson could be back as Mace Windu in a solo Star Wars movie. Chris Pratt is doing another weird comic book movie, called Cowboy Ninja Viking. Shailene Woodley will play Edward Snowden's girlfriend. Jude Law will play the enemy of King Arthur. Melissa McCarthy will play Tinker Bell. Penelope Cruz will costar in Zoolander 2. Matt Smith will costar in Patient Zero. A lot of people went to see Dumb and Dumber To. More people ought to watch El Rey's 48-hour kung fu marathon on Thanksgiving. The kids' horror series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being...
- Christopher Campbell
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