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In case last year’s 1984 Retrospective series didn’t confirm it, this writer is a huge fan of the Gremlins movies. The first film turned thirty (along with myself) last year and I spent pages and pages telling you all just why it is still so amazing today (it’s here if you missed it). With this all in mind it was quite obvious that when the lead actor from both movies, Zach Galligan, was announced for London’s Film and Comic Con, I seized the opportunity to interview him.
That being said, I had met Galligan at a previous London and Film Comic Con a couple of years previous. It was before my time at Thn and I hadn’t quite managed to reign in the inner fan girl and I fear I may have come across as rather excitable. »
- Kat Smith
Here's why I hated writing that "Pixels" review: I really like Chris Columbus. I remember reading about "Gremlins" before it came out, and part of what was so appealing about it was the story of the 19-year-old writer from Nyu who sold his script to Steven Spielberg. I mean, come on… that was the dream narrative for an '80s kid who was crazy about movies. I can't actually tell you where or when I met him for the first time, but every single conversation I've had with him, I have enjoyed enormously. That includes the conversation I had with him last week about "Pixels." This is longer than the typical video interview we run here, and it was conducted one afternoon on the Sony lot in the middle of a big day of press for Columbus. Despite that, from the moment he rolled in, he seemed like he was »
- Drew McWeeny
It's a long time since director Chris Columbus launched the Harry Potter movie series. He directed the first two films in the series - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets - before handing the controls over to Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates for the subsequent movies.
Columbus is just about to release his new feature, Pixels, and while promoting that, he's revealed that he'd been keen to revisit the world of Potter.
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly radio, he said that "I would love to go back and do another one".
"Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing", he said, referring to the new spin-off trilogy about to go before the cameras, and set »
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Chris Columbus stating that he’s “heavily developing” reboots to Gremlins and The Goonies at Warner Bros., and now he’s admitted that he’s keen to revisit another of his past glories at the studio, with the filmmaker revealing to Entertainment Weekly that he wants to make another Harry Potter movie.
“I would love to go back and do another one. Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters — Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I’m just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There’s 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories. I don’t have the courage to actually mention that to [J.K. Rowling] because I have such respect for her. She should »
- Gary Collinson
Depending on which way you look at it, this is either very bad news or very good news...director Chris Columbus is still trying very hard to bring a Goonies reboot and a Gremlins reboot to the big screen. As someone who grew up on those movies, I have mixed feelings. I think there's room for a Gremlins follow-up, whether it be a remake or a straight sequel, and the film could actually benefit from the advances in special effects. The Goonies though, should never be touched. It's a stone cold childhood classic, and I believe that any director would struggle to capture the magic of the original. For his part, Columbus maintains that he is staying attached to the projects - which have both been stuck in development limbo for quite some time - so that at least he can have a say in how they are done and »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
Reissue, repackage, re-evaluate. Remakes and reboots, obviously, continue to be an important line at the studio movie factory, but two projects surprisingly stuck on the conveyer belt are Gremlins and The Goonies. Gremlins, we learned a few months ago, has a new writer after its years in development hell. But what of The Goonies, of which we've heard nothing for well over a year. According to original writer Chris Columbus, it's still in active development, and he himself is carefully overseeing."The stuff that I’m involved with — the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance," says the man who went on to direct Home Alone and the first two Harry Potters, "they would do those without me. So, I’m staying involved just so I can be protective and actually protect what people love about those movies so it doesn’t go off track."So far, so ho-hum. What's interesting »
Before making the jump to directing, Chris Columbus got his start writing a pair of ’80s classics in Gremlins and The Goonies, and as all manner of remakes and franchise updates continue to dominate the box office, Columbus has become embroiled in attempts by Warner Bros. to bring both properties back to the big screen. Of course, with rabid fans of both films instinctively being wary of studio attempts to cash in on their nostalgia, WB is treading carefully.
Now, with Columbus’ blockbuster Pixels about to hit theaters, the director is out on the press circuit and has confirmed that he’s “heavily developing” the two remakes at WB. However, he added that, “it’s a slow process and I don’t think it will happen too quickly.” You don’t say?
This is really little more than a “never say die” update from Columbus, with the director commenting that »
- Isaac Feldberg
Over the past few years, we’ve lost count of the number of times there’s been talk that the long-rumoured new instalments of Gremlins and The Goonies could be moving forward, only for the projects to seemingly slip back into development hell.
Well, now we have another update direct from Chris Columbus, writer of the original two movies, who has told Screen Crush that he’s “heavilty developing” both projects with Warner Bros.:
“The stuff that I’m involved with — the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance — they would do that without me. So, I’m staying involved just so I can be protective and actually protect what people love about those movies so it doesn’t go off track.”
- Gary Collinson
Chris Columbus wrote both Gremlins and Goonies before he segued into directing, and he is involved in reboots of both those films. Both, particularly Gremlins, have been the object of a great deal of talk for several years, with (thankfully) no concrete results to show for the development efforts. With the new Columbus film, Pixels, […]
- Russ Fischer
Fans have been waiting years for sequels to two of Amblin's most beloved 80s movies. Way back in April of 2014, original Goonies director Richard Donner claimed that The Goonies 2 was definitely happening with the entire cast set to return. Since that time, we've seen little to no development on the project. And producer Seth Grahame-Smith has been promising a Gremlins reboot for almost as long. It would be easy for fans to assume neither of these projects is actually ever going to happen. But Chris Columbus, promoting his new sci-fi action comedy Pixels, assures us neither movie is dead. And both are still in 'heavy development'.
With both movies promised for so long, hardcore fans have tuned out most recent updates, writing it off as filmmakers who simply wish to keep their titles in the public consciousness. Both The Goonies 2 and Gremlins have gone in and out of development. »
Before he began a successful career as a director starting with 1987's "Adventures in Babysitting," Chris Columbus began his career as a screenwriter. Two of his first scripts have since gone on to become bonafide classics - "Gremlins" and "The Goonies".
Both films, now just over thirty years old each, have also been the subject of rumored reboots in recent years, with new takes on both properties in early development. So far though, they still seem to be stuck in that stage and have yet to progress.
Ahead of the release of Columbus' new film "Pixels," the director is out doing press and was asked by Screen Crush how the two reboots are going. He says they are still in active development, but that they're very slow going:
"The stuff that I'm involved with - the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance - they would do that without me. So, »
- Garth Franklin
It may only be July, but it can take a while to get in just the right mood for certain annual festivities. So, thank goodness for the early arrival of a trailer for Tales Of Halloween – an anthology horror movie featuring ten different segments, directed by eleven different directors.
“Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only, to terrorise unsuspecting residents.”
In many respects, an advantage of a horror anthology is the fact that it allows for many filmmakers to showcase their work, giving the whole project a fascinating blend of flavours. However, what is notable about Tales Of Halloween, is that – despite – featuring the work of very individual directors, there is an overall tone that snakes through each one, making it feel very much like part of a larger whole. »
- Sarah Myles
I remember when Legendary Pictures threw a panel in a smaller room in the San Diego Convention Center, giving away copies of "Mass Effect 2" to anyone who showed up to hear them talk about their plans for movies like "Seventh Son," "The Great Wall," and an adaptation of "Mass Effect." They've come a long way. At that point, they were partnered with Warner Bros., and they were looking to define who they were are a company. Oh, sure, they were major financial and creative players on any number of big films already, like Nolan's first two Batman films, Snyder's "300" and "Watchmen," "The Hangover," "Inception," and my beloved "Where The Wild Things Are." But talking to Thomas Tull, talking to Jon Jashni, it was clear that what they craved were films that were theirs from start to finish, movies that they felt undisputedly reflected their sensibilities. It was strange seeing them »
- Drew McWeeny
A first trailer has been released at San Diego Comic-Con for the upcoming horror anthology Tales of Halloween, which we’ve got for you right here…
Tales of Halloween brings you Halloween night like you’ve never seen it before. Ghouls, imps, aliens, axe murderers and more appear in one neighborhood on Halloween to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Tales of Halloween is set for release October 30th in the States and features segments from directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), and Paul Solet (Grace).
- Gary Collinson
In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.
Great Scott! This week marks 30 years since Marty McFly travelled back to 1955 to kick off a trilogy of classic Back to the Future movies.
Back to the Future and its two sequels remain hugely popular to this day, but there are plenty of facts and Easter eggs that even the biggest fans may not have noticed. Here are 30 geeky pieces of trivia to mark 30 years of time-travelling.
1. Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, but he can still be seen very quickly in the film in a couple of shots. »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Director Joe Dante is revered by his fans not only as a filmmaker but also because of his genuine passion for classic and cult cinema. Dante, like so many other filmmakers and actors who became successes, was a protégé of Roger Corman, starting out as an editor. Before long, he had progressed to directing and had a hit with his 1978 horror flick "Piranha". His deft ability to make audiences cringe as well as laugh became his trademark. More successful films followed including a segment of the "Twilight Zone" feature film, his werewolf classic "The Howling", "Gremlins", which is considered a classic by the generation who saw it as children, "Innerspace", "Amazon Women on the Moon", "The 'Burbs", "Matinee" and "Small Soldiers". In recent years, Dante has been busy operating his extremely popular web site Trailers From Hell, which showcases original movie trailers from decades ago, complete with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Joe Dante's (Gremlins, The 'Burbs) zombie comedy Burying the Ex. From a script by Alan Trezza, the film stars Anton Yelchin as Max, a nice guy eager to break up with his overbearing girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) when fate intervenes and she gets hit by a bus. Weeks later he meets his dream girl Olivia (Alexandra Daddario, who is making a career out of playing dream girls), but everything goes to hell when Evelyn rises from the grave convinced she and Max are still an item. After visiting the set last year (you can check out my on-set interviews with Greene here and Yelchin here), I recently had an opportunity to speak with Trezza about the film. He talked about going from a self-produced short film to landing Joe Dante as the director, what makes Dante so special, finding the right leads, »
- Haleigh Foutch
It takes a lot of work to get films right. This means that a lot of changes occur throughout the history of the film. Sometimes this happens in the writing stage, or during pre-production, or while shooting, even when editing. However there are some ideas that you would think a creative team would immediately recognize as bad. The latest addition to this list comes from Gremlins, after Joe Dante admitted that they tried to use a monkey to play one of the titular beasts. However there was just one problem; the monkey did what was completely natural to him and simply wreaked havoc across the editing suite. Joe Dante made this revelation to Yahoo, admitting that alongside producer Michael Finnell and executive producer Steven Spielberg, the trio struggled to figure out how to create these characters in a pre-cgi era. During this process the flirtation of using animals as the »
Gizmo from Gremlins is one of the great, iconic creatures of cinema. He's as easily recognized as Frankenstein and as lovable as E.T. and it's all thanks to a movie that's edgy enough to hook in kids and adults alike. But, in some alternate reality, Gizmo may have traumatized kids. Director Joe Dante, who has the fun new horror comedy Burying the Ex out on VOD now, recently mentioned in a Reddit Ama that they originally had very different plans for Gizmo and that it was producer Steven Spielberg who pushed for the more family friendly mogwai we've all loved for decades. He was originally supposed to turn into Stripe, before Steven Spielberg took a shine to him and decreed he should be the hero's pal for the run of the story. That sent the FX people into...
- Peter Hall
There’s a regular opinion of popular filmmakers hitting their peak and not being able to make good films after said peak. Masters of horror such as Carpenter, Argento and Hooper are quite often thrown into those false statements because of a film here or there (sometimes more than one), and as fan of those filmmakers, it’s somewhat of an irritating thing to hear. After Gremlins/The Howling director Joe Dante gave audiences the family friendly film The Hole, those who were once Dante fanatics seemed to be throwing him into that awful opinion, not having realized that The Hole was pretty much a kids’ horror film. Proving the naysayers completely wrong with the zombie horror/comedy Burying The Ex, Dante returns with a fresh and rejuvenated approach, and a film that not only pay homage to the days of E.C. Comics, but to horror fans and Los Angeles as well. »
- Jerry Smith
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