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Earlier this week, “Hook” actor Dante Basco (best known for his turn as fan favorite Lost Boy Rufio in the 1991 new classic from director Steven Spielberg), launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of funding a short fan film about his character’s pre-“Hook” life, entitled “Bangarang.” The campaign is currently asking for $30,000 to fund the story of the orphaned “Roofus,” long before he added a kicky mohawk and headed off to Neverland. Added bonus? If the campaign hits its stretch goal of $200,000, Basco (who is serving as an executive producer on the project), along with writer and director Jonah Feingold, executive producer Rawn Erickson III and the rest of the “Bangarang” team, would set to work on a full feature.
IndieWire spoke with Basco, Feingold and Erickson just as the campaign was really taking off (as of this writing, the campaign has made over $23,000, and seems well on »
- Kate Erbland
16 February 2017 10:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection is a three-disc retrospective due out March 17 from Sony Classical and includes new recording of Williams' scores. Listen to a new recording and reworking of "Marion's Theme" from Raiders of the Lost Ark and watch a behind-the-scenes video at the bottom of this story.
It's an update of a previous collection, which over two discs included music for Spielberg films that Williams recorded with the Boston »
- Aaron Couch
He’s outrun boulders; he’s ingeniously escaped danger a multitude of times from practically anything that moves; he’s drank from the Holy Grail; he’s defeated the Nazi’s, twice; he hates snakes and he always gets the girl. His name is Indiana Jones, and he’s everyone’s favorite audacious archeologist.
After three marvelous and valiant international adventures – Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (and another one with a nuclear-proof refrigerator for some reason) – Disney announced early last year that there will be a fifth installment to the Indy franchise, set to be released in July 2019. The plot is unknown at this time, but rumors of a younger actor like Chris Pratt or Bradley Cooper taking up the whip and fedora were laid to rest when Harrison Ford announced that Indiana Jones veteran, Steven Spielberg, »
- Luke Parker
Fans got their first look at Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry in a memorable but brief cameo appearance in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but they'll get to see a whole lot more of this iconic character in this year's Justice League, in theaters November 17. The actor is also prepping to star in his stand alone Aquaman movie, shedding new details about the story in a recent interview. According to the actor, this movie will take fans to places they've never seen before in a movie. When asked about what an Aquaman video game might look like if he were in charge, the actor had this to say.
"I read the Aquaman script and let me just put it this way, I've never seen a movie that's anything like this. It's going to be a world that you've never seen before, which is really cool. We went to space, »
The DC Extended Universe has been making headlines lately, and as I’m sure you know, the headlines haven’t been pretty. Actor/director Ben Affleck’s involvement seems like a constant question mark, and fans are only left to wonder if they’ll be left out in the cold when all said and done. Plus, as great as the footage has been for the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films, fans can’t help but wonder if they’ll be treated to another Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad in terms of disappointing end products.
Throughout all this drama, however, there is one DC film that seems to be trucking along quite nicely. In the face of any doubts mainstream audiences may have about the execution of the Aquaman character, director James Wan seems to have everything under control. Every so often we get a casting update, and »
- Joseph Medina
So far, 2018 is not shaping up to be a good year for Warner Bros. The Flash is undergoing a complete page one rewrite which will likely push it into 2019, while The Batman…well, it’s hard to say exactly what’s going on with that movie right now, but it doesn’t exactly seem very positive. As a result, the only DC Extended Universe entry coming next year for sure is Aquaman.
“I read the (Aquaman) script and let me just put it this way, I’ve never seen a movie that’s anything like this. It’s going to be a world that you’ve never seen before, which is really cool. We went to space, we traveled all over different worlds, »
- Josh Wilding
Warner Bros. may be struggling with its plans for The Flash and The Batman, but 2018’s Aquaman movie seems to be moving forward smoothly as it gears up to go into production in Australia (although of course, it didn’t quite manage to avoid the obligatory “It’s a DC movie so there must be problems” rumour, which director James Wan swiftly debunked).
As he prepares to reprise the role of Arthur Curry for the third time after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League, leading man Jason Momoa has been chatting to Digital Trends about his excitement over the movie, and promising it will show us “a world that you’ve never seen before.”
“The cool thing with Aquaman is how it taps into the native culture and that’s something that we’re only taught a little about, so there’s a lot of interesting things, »
- Gary Collinson
With production set to begin on James Wan's Aquaman this May, star Jason Momoa has been particularly outspoken with his excitement to make the first Dceu installment post-Justice League. In an interview with Digital Trends, Momoa praised the script for the film and the unique nature of the underwater setting, along with the action-adventure films it draws some influence from. “I read the (Aquaman) script and let me just put it this way, I’ve never seen a movie that’s anything like this. It’s going to be a world that you’ve never seen before, which is really cool. We went to space, we traveled all over different worlds, but we never went underwater. So it’s just a really cool spin on what’s below and it uses a lot of great movies that I already love — whether that be Raiders of the Lost Ark »
I left John Wick: Chapter 2 with a bloody nose and a limp that refuses to be shaken off. It’s a ballet of bullets, a grand opera of all things “fu.” Alongside a few others, I had the pleasure of talking with director and veteran stunt man Chad Stahelski about Keanu, Chan and forcing friends to fall downstairs.
See Also: Read our review of John Wick: Chapter 2
Was That The Most Difficult Scene (an opening sequence involving a “gang bang of cars” as Wick attempts to steal back his own) To Coordinate?
Actually no, it was pretty easy. When you come from that background-one of my best friends Darren Prescott, our stunt coordinator for that-we started doing stunt work way back in 1992 and he did a lot of the Bourne films. »
- Amie Cranswick
It is without question John Williams is one of the greatest composers of our time. Throughout the span of his career, the man has churned out several memorable pieces of music for films that can only be described as iconic. Whether its for Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones or another film, everyone has heard at least one piece of music done by him.
Ricky Church – ‘Clash of the Lightsabers’ (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
- Ricky Church
Note: Comments from Paul W.S. Anderson are taken from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which is available for pre-order now.
Regular listeners to the Flickering Myth Podcast will know that my movie tastes aren’t the norm when it comes to being a paid ‘film critic’. I have little interest in The Godfather or Citizen Kane, but will happily talk ad nauseam about the Child’s Play series or Friday the 13th. When it comes to Spielberg I’m more Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark than Jaws and Schindler’s List, and I loathe the works of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. I’ve not seen any of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Not one. Come to think of it, I didn’t see any of last year’s either. »
- Luke Owen
Brogan Morris Feb 8, 2017
Some films earn critical acclaim and you only want to watch them once. Goodfellas? We could watch it on loop...
What is the most compulsively watchable film of all time? Not the greatest film – there are lists dedicated to solving that particular conundrum scattered all over the internet. Rather, the one film that begs you to return again and again, the one you can’t help but see through to the end when you happen to bump into it on a late night channel surf. Citizen Kane, Vertigo, 8 ½: greats, undisputed classics long vaunted by critics, but not necessarily the kinds of movies with the irresistible pull of a truly, compulsively watchable movie.
What could be the best of these? Raiders Of The Lost Ark, with its peak-Spielberg action-adventure stylings? Airplane!, a riotous and unfailingly quotable comedy that spawned a thousand imitators? Could even one as »
A good horror flick injects fear into aspects of our everyday lives, and home invasion (and manipulation) has that in spades, as seen in The Vagrant (1992), starring Bill Paxton (Aliens, Twister, Titanic), which is getting the Blu-ray treatment courtesy of Scream Factory this May.
From Scream Factory: “We are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming release of the 1992 horror comedy The Vagrant which makes its Blu-ray format debut in the U.S. & Canada! Release date is planned for May 23rd.
Ambitious young executive Graham Krakowski (Bill Paxton–Aliens, Titanic) has plotted out every move of this life and career. What he didn’t plan on was a creepy vagrant living opposite his new home. And when the mysterious man (Marshall Bell–Total Recall, Virus) sneaks into Graham’s home and starts playing sick mind games, he is driven to take matters into his own hands. Detective Ralf Barfuss (Michael Ironside »
- Tamika Jones
By: Carson Blackwelder
With the dust settling after the big reveal of the nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards, there’s one film with a very uncertain future: Arrival. Yes, the film was nominated for best picture as well as garnered attention in a slew of other categories, but it was noticeably overlooked in one major area. We are, of course, talking about Amy Adams not being nominated for best actress. How does not having any acting nominations had an effect on a film’s chances at winning best picture in Oscar history?
Heading into the big show, Arrival has eight shots at taking home a trophy. Here are the categories the Denis Villeneuve-directed flick is nominated for: best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best film editing, best production design, best sound mixing, and best sound editing. What we »
- Carson Blackwelder
Warner Bros. and MGM have closed the deal just in the nick of time, too, as Roar Uthaug’s live-action video movie is now on the brink of entering production. Alicia Vikander has been selected as the title archeologist, spearheading a cast comprised of Walter Goggins, Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands, Warcraft) and now West. Best known for his work on The Affair, Money Monster and HBO’s The Wire, Dominic West is a fine choice to play Papa Croft. For those not familiar with the source material, the character is an aristocrat, an archeologist and ultimately an instrumental figure in the Tomb Raider lore, and we understand that the 2018 reboot will involve Vikander’s heroine searching far and wide to locate her missing »
- Michael Briers
Kung Fu Yoga, which casts the sixtysomething Jackie Chan as a mild-mannered archeologist named (wait for it) Jack Chan, is an exercise in quantity over quality: an attempted return to the star’s Hong Kong action-slapstick roots, randomly assembled from pieces of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Pink Panther-era caper comedies, and the little-loved mid-2000s Chan vehicle The Myth (for which it serves as a bizarre quasi-remake), with a Lord Of The Rings fantasy battle sequence, a Fast And Furious-type luxury car chase, a Bollywood dance number, and not one, not two, but four different scenes involving CGI animals thrown in for the hell of it. The non-stop cycling of locations, crowd-pleaser modes, and groan-inducing gags makes for some watchable silliness. But Chan, who reunites here with his Police Story 3: Supercop and Rumble In The Bronx director Stanley Tong (who also helmed The Myth), is no longer »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Once it gets rolling, the exceedingly silly Kung Fu Yoga made me very happy. Jackie Chan stars as an archaeology professor, and if that puts you in mind of Chan's role as a globe-trotting treasure hunter in Armor of God and Operation Condor, rest assured that's intentional. The early films were directly influenced by Raiders of the Lost Ark and spun tales revolving around bigger and improbably wild stunts. Unlike Cz 12 (aka Chinese Zodiac), Chan's 2012 attempt to resurrect his Armor of God character in a new adventure, this time around the directorial reins have been handed off to Stanley Tong. While it's true that Tong co-wrote and co-produced Cz 12, the change in approach is noticeable. For one thing, Tong is solely credited...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
MaryAnn’s quick take… Not a terrible excuse for entertainment, just very, very familiar, all paradigms that desperately require a shift, in Hollywood and in the real world. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Do you like money? Do you enjoy movies about men who make lots of money? Do you enjoy watching men get excited about making lots of money? Then have I got a movie for you! Come on down to Gold! If you kinda liked The Big Short and The Wolf of Wall Street but found them a bit too pretentious with their “satire” and their “relevance,” then Gold is just the thing. There’s nothing fancypants here… just underpants, like a potbellied Matthew McConaughey prancing around in tighty whities. Fun for the whole family!
Not quite the wolf of Wall Street, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Jim Dandy Jan 26, 2017
This review contains spoilers.
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2.9 Raiders Of The Lost Art
And that’s how we got Jar Jar.
It’s so easy for this show to slip into outright camp. The closer they get to current events, the further away from character-focused story, the easier it is for them to devolve into the ridiculous. But the camp is pretty much built into Legends Of Tomorrow, right? While Flash is a show about trying to explain Hypertime without understanding it, and Arrow is a show about how Batman’s TV rights weren’t really available, Legends is an excuse to explore every ridiculous corner of time travel that they use to explore every »
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When fisticuffs and a futuristic firefight quickly broke out, thanks to Legion of Doom members Damien Darhk and Malcolm Merlyn, George was scared off of filmmaking, meaning no Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark movies would ever come to be. As a result, Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood saw their respective smarts fade away, having never »
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