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Following the massive success of Furious 7, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Jurassic World at the Chinese box office this summer, Hollywood is really seeing the importance of the Chinese market. A number of key productions are now scrambling to cast Chinese actors with the hope of maximizing their potential desirability with Chinese audiences in the years to come. Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily is reporting this morning that Donnie Yen has signed on to join Star Wars Episode VIII, and will be jetting off to London next month to start filming. The article also talks about Yen joining Harrison Ford on screen, even though currently only Oscar Isaac is confirmed to be appearing in Rian Johnson's film. Reportedly other actors being considered for the...
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The 7th annual Montreal Comiccon, was held at the Palais des Congrès this past weekend and for the first time in seven years, I was able to attend the event. Past Cons were held in early September, conflicting with my coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, but this year, the organizers decided to change the date allowing me to geek out to a variety of attractions catering to fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, games, television and film. I’m pleased to announce that I was pleasantly surprised with the event as a whole. Montreal’s geek extravaganza is extremely laid back. There was little time spent waiting in line and everyone seems to be having a good time. I counted over two dozen booths filled with comic book artists ready to draw up an original piece on the spot, sign an autograph »
Some of the most memorable characters in movie history are antagonists. Here are our picks for the franchises that have make the biggest impression based on their villains alone.
A great antagonist in a film can make the effort of the protagonist seem more important. The hero’s plight becomes elevated to have meaning beyond just simple entertainment. It is those struggles that define some of the best movies ever made, and give the audience something to really cheer about.
It’s challenging enough to make one good antagonist, but what happens when you need to make a sequel? What happens if your antagonist has died but your protagonist needs more adventures to keep them busy or complete their story? Maintaining quality villains in a movie franchise is not easy to do. Some movie franchises have had better success at maintaining great antagonists, to the point of often being more »
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With Star Wars Celebration happening all weekend long, we thought it would be a good time to revisit a hidden gem in the franchise's canon, the 1983 TV documentary From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga. The entire 65-minute film was split up into nine segments on the official Star Wars YouTube page last May, but in case you missed it last year, you can watch it all right here. The documentary, which aired on PBS in December 1983, was written by Richard Schickel, who previously wrote the TV documentaries The Making of Star Wars (1977) and Sp FX: The Empire Strikes Back.
Ever wonder how they ever made Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi? Well this documentary explains it all as we're taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of »
Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd have been transformed into characters from cult 80s film The Breakfast Club in a parody for the ABC's Insiders show. Video editor Huw Parkinson, who previously dropped Christopher Pyne into Star Wars, as well as Barnaby Joyce into Pirates of the Caribbean, has drawn on the ABC's Killing Season interviews with the former Labor prime ministers for inspiration. Video courtesy ABC Insiders Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Director Josh Trank has had a tough time in the media when it comes to marketing his upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. He's had to navigate reshoot rumors, explain the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, and weather the rumored disagreements behind the scenes that led to his departure from a Star Wars anthology film. Now, regarding Fantastic Four, it sounds as if Trank will be bringing us a spiritual sequel to his feature debut, Chronicle. In an interview with EW, Trank had the following to say: “Chronicle was all about the discovery and evolution of those powers,” Trank says. “This is like, ‘What if it’s a couple years later and it sucks?’” So in an unprecedented era of blockbuster comic book films that encourage audiences to enjoy the fun side of cinematic superpowers, Trank's take will aim to go in the other direction. The title heroes »
- Dave Trumbore
Are you ready for the mecca of geekdom known as San Diego Comic-Con? Because it is barreling towards us, ready to shower geeks of every flavor in exclusive coverage and limited edition swag. Whether you’re making the pilgrimage or just keeping up with the latest breaking news via the Internet-Machine, here are some of the biggest burning questions looming on the horizon. #1: Will Warner Bros. panel tease Justice League? As always, Hall H will be The place to be for the biggest announcements. We already know the Trinity will be in attendance — Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) — but what surprises might be in store? Perhaps Jason Momoa will put in an appearance as Aquaman. Would Would David Ayer take time out from his “Suicide Squad” shooting schedule to show off footage to die-hard fans? Will we get the logo or the full »
- Donna Dickens
Univeral Pictures’ Jurassic World has pushed its worldwide gross to $1.385 billion in its fourth weekend, overtaking Frozen ($1.274 billion), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($1.341 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.383 billion) to climb to fifth in the list of the highest grossing movies of all time.
Jurassic World now sits behind fellow Universal release Furious 7, which has pulled in $1.511 billion and is currently the highest grossing movie of the year, although the dino sequel will surely have something to say about that in the coming weeks. As of course will Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December.
See Also: Read our reviews of Jurassic World here, here, here and here
Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howward (The Help), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3 »
- Gary Collinson
Can anything put a halt to Jurassic World's box office dominance? Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the best chance in December, but until we return to the galaxy far, far away Universal's dinos will likely continue to chew up the competition. The Colin Trevorrow directed sequel raked in another $42M in 66 territories over the weekend for an international total of $826.9M, surpassing Avengers: Age Of Ultron as the fifth highest grosser ever with $1.385B. Critics were not overly fond of Paramount's Terminator Genisys, but it's not doing too badly at the Bo... at least, internationally. The Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer took in an estimated $85.5M overseas, giving it a global total of around $130M. To find out how animated adventures Inside Out and Minions are doing, click the link below. »
Two reports have emerged this week suggesting that filming is already underway at London's Pinewood Studios on "Star Wars: Rogue One," the upcoming first of the "Star Wars Anthology" films that will be released between the upcoming episodic entries in the series.
A production start date has yet to be confirmed for the film, but Sw Aficionado claims that filming has been under way for the past three weeks with a 'massive air/ground bombardment' currently being done along with a major action sequence involving Felicity Jones' character.
There's also at least one scene aboard the Death Star with the production redressing sets from 'Force Awakens' to show off new areas of the Battle Station. Meanwhile Making Star Wars reports that several trees have been brought into the studio for a scene involving a ship's landing in the jungle. There has also reportedly been some second unit shooting »
- Garth Franklin
You know him...you love him...now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile. Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship...but has he bitten off more than he can chew? Writer Charles Soule (Death Of Wolverine, Inhuman, She-hulk) and artist Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Spider-woman, Moon Knight) bring us the tale of a scoundrel in his natural element—trouble! Star Wars: Lando #1 Written by Charles Soule Pencils & Cover by Alex Maleev Variant Cover by Skottie Young »
I want to get the basics out of the way first. If you don’t like or want spoilers don’t read on. I will tell you the point of a person reading a book and then sitting down to write up about what they didn’t just read when there is one. Seems like a waste of time to me.
Dark Disciple is thus far the best of the new, in-canon, Star Wars novels. It is so by a healthy margin and I was aware of it probably 1/3 of the way through my reading of it which is a great feeling to have but in turn allows entry for trepidation as you become aware of your desire to not be let down by the conclusion. Because of this, though not the only reason, I found myself being very satisfied if the story would have ended at a couple of »
- Jay Tomio
With Disney and Lucasfilm taking Star Wars to San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s expected that we’ll be getting a new trailer for December’s hugely-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens to coincide with the panel this coming Friday, July 10th. Well, it seems we may now have a description of said trailer, with an alleged breakdown arriving online via Reddit. If you’re interested, and don’t mind potential spoilers, you can check it out below…
See Also: Promotional poster for The First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
See Also: Star Wars: The Force Awakens costume sketches for Han Solo, Finn and Poe Dameron
Snowy landscape. Speeders zoom past.
The same military gathering from previous trailer. Kylo Ren walks down landing ramp and in front of legion to chants.
Max Von Sydow narrating. Detailing the icy planet, the number of stormtroopers, Captain Phasma, »
- Gary Collinson
Backed by a live orchestra and a receptive crowd, Back to the Future celebrated its 30th anniversary in some style at last night's (July 4) Royal Albert Hall performance.
The time-travel comedy is one of those rare films that feels just about perfect. Robert Zemeckis's fluid, faultless direction doesn't have a frame out of place, and the script is a tight-as-a-drum masterclass in setup, pay-off and ticking-clock suspense.
Musically, the roaring guitars of 'The Power of Love' and 'Johnny B. Goode' lend the film rock 'n' roll edge, so it's easy to forget just how great Alan Silvestri's score is. As far as film music goes, Silvestri's familiar Back to the Future theme is easily on par with John Williams's formidable hat-trick of Star Wars, Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In this Amblin era blockbuster scores weren't afraid to be big, bold and adventurous. The hummable, »
Kicking things off with only a couple bits of The Force Awakens news (which is bound to explode this coming week with Disney heading to Comic-Con this week to promote the film), and a couple of toy displays have given us some new details on the new First Order and their legion of Stormtroopers. The tyranny of imperial rule sparked rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall,” the packaging reads. “Now, the rise of the First Order ushered in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.” Read the rest of the packing here, and check out a promo »
- Luke Owen
While we often lament some of the films that end up stuck in development Hell, never to become realized on the big screen, there are some films we should all be glad never came to fruition.
Sometimes they don’t get it! We all know that the film industry is a business and they want to make money, but Hollywood doesn’t always realize that the best way to do that is to make a good film. Sometimes, Hollywood’s habit of taking a known property and stretching them out to absurd proportions proves that they just don’t get the point. Fortunately, there are times when someone recognizes a bad idea and puts on the brakes. Below is a list of 14 films where someone was smart enough to notice that they were making a pile of trash and threw in the towel.
Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian
Due to the success of Beetlejuice, »
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Next week, some of the biggest movies and TV shows Hollywood has to offer will head a few hours south to San Diego for Comic-Con 2015, which runs from Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12. Last week, before the official Comic-Con schedule was released, we tried to break down some of the surprises that the studios and networks may have in store for fans, since many of the big events at every Con aren't found on the official schedule. This year will surely be no exception, and several of the studios are even feeding into this, with the lineups for Open Road Films and 20th Century Fox still shrouded in mystery. We can speculate on what movies these studios will showcase until the cows come home, but we won't know for sure what exactly will be on display until everyone has been seated in Hall H for each presentation. Last year, the »
As a kid, you can’t be picky where you find your fix of sci-fi and horror. Sometimes it’s the big screen, but often (for me, anyway) it was that living room landmark, television. I remember being seven and watching a Western where a couple of guys are on vacation at a resort where you can be a cowboy and have gunfights with androids (Sci-Fi, sweet!). And then…bad things start to happen. The androids break down, and now they’re killing the guests (ooh, Horror!). My head reeled from this magical swirl, a mesh of circuitry and chaos. Welcome to Westworld (1973), and its parent resort, Delos. Their slogan: Have we got a vacation for you.
- Scott Drebit
The effect that San Diego Comic-Con can have on a movie is a strange thing; the excitement generated from footage seen at the show can turn a project into a must-see — within a certain demographic, at least — or, alternatively, into a target for derision and snark, should the Comic-Con hive mind decide that it's not something that lives up to their collective expectations. This year, there are a couple of high-profile projects that run the risk of disappointing fans, and thus watching their buzz go sour: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman v.
- Graeme McMillan
We have news on Star Wars Rogue One filming: It has started! Yes, the Gareth Edwards-led movie, which will be the first Star Wars stand-alone movie, has kicked off shooting at Pinewood Studios, just outside of London. There are various reports suggesting that it just the second unit that have begun putting stuff before the camera, but there are others that Felicity Jones has also shot her first scene.
Making Star Wars and Star Wars Aficionado say that ‘loads of trees are being brought into the studio’ to shoot a ‘jungle landing’ scene, and some of the Star Destroyer sets and models have been brought over from The Force Awakens to be re-used on Rogue One. Blimey, this excites me.
- Paul Heath
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