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A Look At the Enduring Popularity of Godzilla

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This week, the first-ever full-length animated Godzilla movie debuts on Netflix. Originally released last year in Japan, Godzilla: Monster Planet is the 32nd Godzilla movie to come out in the past 64 years. Cinelinx takes a look at the big, radioactive reptile, focusing on the many ups-and-downs of the King of Monsters.

What is it about this giant monster that’s kept him so popular for so long? This character, created by Toho Studios over six decades ago, has often been a subject of ridicule—especially some of the later Showa entries of the 1970s—and few people will freely admit to loving Godzilla films. The image of guys wrestling in rubber monster suits and destroying miniature models of Tokyo is what most folks think of when Godzilla is mentioned. And even diehard fans like myself can wince in embarrassment at moments like the Godzilla dropkick from Godzilla vs. Megalon, or
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The Truffles – The 2017 HeyUGuys Alternative Movie Awards

Author: Jon Lyus

Welcome to the annual HeyUGuys alternative movie awards – The Truffles 2017!

As is tradition we asked our writers to give their own bespoke awards of the year, and the are collected here as a choice selection of celebrations and condemnations. The very best of the year lining up against the critical wall with the very worst. These are the films we loved and the ones we hated, the performances that flew under the radar and those which were off the charts awful. We are shining our spotlight on the good, the bad and the emoji movie.

In every year there is much to enjoy, and we firmly hope that some of these choices will prompt you to catch up with the hidden gems of the year. We also hope to steer you away from some of the poorest offerings in the annual basket.

We also wanted to take
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Kenneth Branagh to Return in Murder on the Orient Express Sequel

Kenneth Branagh to Return in Murder on the Orient Express Sequel
20th Century Fox is moving forward with a sequel to the Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express, entitled Death On the Nile. The studio is bringing back Murder on the Orient Express writer Michael Green to pen the script. While there is no deal in place as of yet for filmmaker/star Kenneth Branagh, he is expected to return to the director's chair, while also coming back to star as detective Hercule Poirot. Whether Poirot's epic mustache also returns remains to be seen, but that seems likely as well.

Death on the Nile was first published in 1937, three years after Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express was published. The story finds Hercule Poirot on vacation in Cairo, Egypt, where he becomes entangled in a deadly love triangle. While Poirot is the only character from Murder on the Orient Express to cross over, the story features the same
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King Kong vs. King Kong

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It’s time for a King Kong version of March Madness! Now that we’ve seen the newest iteration of the mighty King Kong, we’re going to put him in a hypothetical brawl against his forbearers to see who is the mightiest of the Kongs.

**Warning - Movie Spoilers!***

Whenever a film franchise goes through several remakes, sequels, and reboots, there’s always the question of which one is the best. King Kong is one such franchise that has returned to the big screen many times over the last 84 years in different variations and versions. The King Kong franchise revolves around its primary attraction, the giant gorilla known as Kong. While the movies have been of differing quality over the years, one thing that has been consistent is that King Kong himself has always been a formidable screen presence. To find out which version of Kong is the best,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Olivier Assayas, Oshima/Godard, ‘Manhattan’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Olivier Assayas’ crazy, thrilling trilogy of international films screens on Saturday.

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Ruggles of Red Gap, and three films by Madeline Anderson will also play.

BAMcinematek

The Oshima/Godard series continues and remains outstanding.

Anthology Film Archives

Numerous Canadian classics of the ’70s will play.

IFC Center

2001, Fury Road, Pulp Fiction, The Terminator, and Twister,
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Here’s your first look at Kong in ‘Kong: Skull Island’

The very first image from the upcoming Warner Bros. blockbuster Kong: Skull Island has been released online courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. We’ve got quite a few more months until this one hits cinemas, but this image gives us our clearest look at King Kong yet.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing the 1970s set film, which stars Tom Hiddleston as a British Special Forces vet and Brie Larson as a war photographer. Vogt-Roberts spoke about the design of his new movie to the entertainment magazine.

“I had a mandate that I wanted a kid to be able to doodle him on the back of a piece of homework and for his shapes to be simple and hopefully iconic enough that, like, a third grader could draw that shape and you would know what it is,” he said. “A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave
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Sliff 2016 – Tribute To King Kong Nov. 6th – Here are the Top Ten Giant Ape Movies of All Time!

A Tribute to King Kong takes place as part of the The St. Louis International Film Festival Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at 6:00pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. The first film screened will be the new documentary Long Live The King, which explores the enduring fascination with one of the biggest stars — both literally and figuratively — in Hollywood history: the mighty King Kong. Produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the creative team behind the award-winning “Beast Wishes,” the documentary devotes primary attention to the 1933 classic, celebrating the contributions of filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot, writer Edgar Wallace, and especially stop-motion innovator Willis O’Brien. But Kong’s legacy is also fully detailed: the sequel “Son of Kong,” the cinematic kin “Mighty Joe Young,” the Dino DeLaurentis and Peter Jackson remakes, even the Japanese versions by Toho Studios.
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With $35 Million 'Magnificent Seven' Tops Another Lackluster September Weekend

With $35 Million 'Magnificent Seven' Tops Another Lackluster September Weekend
It wasn't quite the weekend we forecasted on Thursday afternoon as Sony's The Magnificent Seven remake and WB's animated Storks both fell short of Mojo's lofty expectations. The weekend overall didn't look much better as the top twelve failed to combine for $100 million for the fifth weekend in a row and the weekend itself was down 25% compared to the same weekend last year. At the top, Sony and MGM's The Magnificent Seven turned in an estimated $35 million opening from 3,674 theaters, just a few thousand behind the opening of Sully two weeks ago and just ahead of Denzel Washington's The Equalizer from 2014, which was also directed by Antoine Fuqua. It's tough to say exactly where this one will go from here as Westerns aren't your typical blockbuster for the modern era and films such as The Lone Ranger and Django Unchained began their runs on Wednesday and Tuesday respectively. One
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'Magnificent Seven' and 'Storks' Look to Turn Around Box Office Fortunes

'Magnificent Seven' and 'Storks' Look to Turn Around Box Office Fortunes
On the heels of the worst weekend of the year so far (based on cumulative gross for all titles) this weekend should perk things up a bit as MGM and Sony's The Magnificent Seven remake and WB's animated feature Storks are looking at strong openings. Projecting just how well this weekend's newcomers will perform, however, is something that's raising a few eyebrows in the wake of recent weeks and last week's box office bloodbath where not one, but two of the week's three new wide releases came in well below expectations, and all three failed to open over $10 million. Industry expectations for Magnificent Seven and Storks have both films opening around $30+ million. For Storks this number appears to be about right on target, but for Magnificent Seven it seems grossly conservative. Sony is projecting a $30-32 million weekend, but if it doesn't top $40 million it would be a bit of a surprise.
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Delayed Sequels Have Become Immediate Profits

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Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.

We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.

It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money,
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R.I.P. John Guillermin (1925 – 2015)

Award-winning British director John Guillermin died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles aged 89.

Guillermin is regarded by some as one of best directors of his generation, with such films as The Towering Inferno, King Kong (1976) and Death on the Nile part of his distinguished career.

The Towering Inferno is probably the film he will be remembered most for, with the Paul Newman-Steve McQueen-starrer winning three Oscars as well as grossing $116 million back in 1974, which accounts to over $514 million adjusted for inflation.

Other films in the director’s career included King Kong Lives, Shaft in Africa, Skyjacked, El Condor, Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure and The Bridge at Remagen.

Guillermin’s wife Mary said on Facebook that her husband was “sensitive and passionate, full of a fierce rapture himself.”

Born in London in 1925, the director attended Cambridge University and won the Evening Standard British Film Award for
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John Guillermin, Director of ‘The Towering Inferno,’ Dead at 89

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John Guillermin, Director of ‘The Towering Inferno,’ Dead at 89
John Guillermin, director of such films as “The Towering Inferno” and the 1976 remake of “King Kong,” died on Monday, his wife announced on social media. He was 89 years old. The British filmmaker was best known for big-budget action films, which also included “El Condor,” “Shaft in Africa,” “Death on the Nile,” “Sheena” and the sequel “King Kong Lives.” He has directed actors such as Paul Newman, Jessica Lange, Lee Van Cleef, Steve McQueen, Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Orson Welles, Angela Lansbury, George Peppard, David Niven, Jeff Bridges, Jack Warden, Richard Chamberlain, William Holden and Faye Dunaway. Guillermin was born in London,
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Movie News: 'Fatal Attraction' Ready to Reboot ... on TV; Watch the Action-Packed 'Transporter Refueled' Trailer

Fatal Attraction: Back in 1987, Fatal Attraction captured the zeitgeist of the nation, as cheating husband Michael Douglas pays a heavy price when he has a one-night stand with Glenn Close, who declares, "I'm not gonna be ignored." Adrian Lyne's thriller will now be transformed into an "event series" by Mad Men veterans Maria and Andre Jacquemetton, who will write and produce a new version for television that will once again explore the consequences of adultery. Maybe this time the rabbit lives? [Deadline]   Kong: Skull Island: Sad to say, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons have both departed Kong: Skull Island, a prequel set on the island where King Kong lives amidst an army of dinosaurs. Reportedly, it's because the production start date...

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Netflix: new posters for King Kong and Tarzan shows

Did you know that Netflix have made their own shows about King Kong and Tarzan? Well, they have - here's some posters...

Netflix, as you may already know, is looking to branch further into children's programming with its original content arm. To meet this aim, new shows based around King Kong and Tarzan have been in development for a while at the online streaming service. Today we have some posters to share from both shows, and we'll splice in some plot information too.

First up, here's the poster for the King Kong series, dubbed Kong: King Of The Apes: 

Here's the barmy-sounding synopsis for the show:

"In Kong, the future looks bright for San Francisco.'s Alcatraz Island since its transformation into the most impressive Natural History and Marine Preserve on the planet. But when the star attraction suddenly goes ape and Kong becomes public enemy number one, the villain
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King Kong origin movie, Skull Island, put back to 2017

Kong: Skull Island is the new name for Jordon Vogt-Roberts' King Kong origin-ish story. And we won't now get it until 2017.

Legendary Pictures is taking on something of a gamble with Skull Island. This is the film that digs into the origin story of King Kong, specifically his home. Clearly buoyed by its success with rebooting Godzilla, Legendary announced Skull Island earlier this year, to at first a puzzled response. After all, was this an origin story that we actually needed?

Well, further details have been forthcoming, and there have been one or two changes. Firstly, the film's name is now Kong: Skull Island. Secondly, its had its release date delayed. No longer will the movie be with us in 2016. Instead, you can expect it on March 10th 2017, which sits it a week after the next Wolverine movie in the current schedule.

Then we have a story outline. So, Kong:
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10 remarkable things about King Kong Lives

Top 10 Ryan Lambie 12 Nov 2013 - 07:05

The 1986 monster sequel King Kong Lives was a flop for producer Dino De Laurentiis, but a source of remarkable details for us...

Producer Dino De Laurentiis assembled an all-star cast and gathered a colossal budget for his 1976 remake of King Kong. Once again a story about a giant ape transported to New York and running amok, the 1976 King Kong overcame its production difficulties - including a malfunctioning 40ft tall mechanical ape designed by Carlo Rambaldi - and became a sizeable hit.

A decade later, De Laurentiis decided that it was finally time to make a sequel to King Kong, and brought back director John Guillermin (not to mention a much smaller budget of $10m) to make King Kong Lives. Unfortunately, by the middle of the 80s, nobody seemed to be particularly keen on seeing another giant ape movie - especially one full of countryside
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Ten Best Giant Ape Movies

Article by Tom Stockman

Though he may have been but an animated model given life through primitive special effects, King Kong, with his doomed loved for the beautiful blonde, has become one of the most beloved of all movie characters, revived in remakes, sequels and knock-offs. But Kong wasn’t the only massive simian to grace the silver screen. Here’s a look at the ten best giant ape movies.

Honorable Mention: A*P*E

The ad campaign for the 1976 Korean film A*P*E warned “Not to be confused with King Kong”. A captive giant ape, after escapes from a freighter and sets his destructive sights on Seoul, Korea where he falls for an American actress (Joanna Kerns ) filming a movie there. A*P*E was originally filmed in 3-D so there are countless shots of a man in a moth-eaten ape suit throwing Styrofoam boulders at the camera.
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Fox Animation to Revive ‘King Kong’

King Kong lives! Fox Animation plans to bring back the “King Kong” in a modern day setting. The film will be animated and told from King Kong’s vantage point. The writing team of Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow will be penning the script. The pair worked together on a short called “Bunny” last year and with a spec script “Murder of a Cat.” The new King Kong animated film will be based on a story by Mike Weber, who will also produce the project. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ted Field’s Radar Pictures will produce the project.Source: Deadline
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King Kong Gets Animated

20th Century Fox is developing an animated take on the 1933 classic King Kong , Deadline reports. Said to be an modern re-telling of the "beauty and the beast" tale and told from Kong's point of view, Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow (who previously teamed for a short entitled "Bunny," directed by Snow) are attached to draft the project with Shawn Levy's company, 21 Laps, producing. Mike Weber, who holds the story credit, is also producing. Since the Merian C. Cooper-produced original, King Kong has been remade or reimagined several times over, including in a direct sequel (also released in 1933) entitled Son of Kong . Two remakes were also done, one in 1976 (with a 1986 sequel King Kong Lives ) and, more recently, a 2005 version directed by Peter...
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Horror at the Oscars Part III

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember,
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