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When Will Shared Universes End?

18 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway questions how long cinematic shared universes can last…

It was announced on Thursday that Margot Robbie – given the sweetener of an Executive Producer to boot – had signed on for a Harley Quinn solo movie. This followed hot on the heels of the news that Anne Hathaway would be open to a Catwoman movie (because that was a success the last time they tried, wasn’t it?). I’m sure the section of the internet that want to make Rule 34 a reality can come up with a story line for a movie that combines them both.

With slates full of Batman solo movies, Superman solo movies, Spider-Man stand-alone films, the shared universe is here to stay. Chuck in the Star Wars movies like Rogue One and the Han Solo Story (A Han Solo solo film?), and we’re in the age of the film you have to »

- Neil Calloway

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Matt Zoller Seitz on ‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ and the Decline of American Cinema

15 September 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s safe to say Oliver Stone isn’t exactly fashionable these days, a matter apparent in how the trailer for Snowden instantly became a punching bag on this writer’s Twitter feed. Yet film critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s behemoth of a book, The Oliver Stone Experience, should, with any luck, shift the conversation. Framed as a series of interviews with Stone conducted over the past half-decade or so and interspersed with everything from personal photos to studio-executive notes to archival reviews, this feels like the definitive text on someone once at the center of American cinema. It might not change anyone’s mind on Stone’s films, but with the man being such a raconteur, you’ll still find yourself tearing through it.

We were lucky enough to chat with Seitz over the phone about his undertaking, as well as some thoughts on American politics and cinema in general. »

- Ethan Vestby

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Why We All Love Flops

11 September 2016 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway argues that we enjoy it when a film fails at the box office…

This week brought the news – unsurprising to most – that this year had been less than stellar at the box office, with several films disappointing in terms of their grosses The Bfg, Alice Through The Looking Glass and Ben-Hur have joined Ghostbusters in not pulling in the crowds.

Much of this has been blamed on sequel and franchise fatigue, though two of the biggest films of the year have been Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory, so it certainly doesn’t explain everything, but of course we all love a good flop.

Part of it is that we like to see big studios come a cropper when they remake beloved classics; schadenfreude at seeing Hollywood studios ailing and part of it is just that disasters have more interesting stories behind them. Recent documentaries have been »

- Neil Calloway

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‘Muriel’s Wedding’ Is Heading to the Stage in 2017

8 September 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As if anyone could forget Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths‘ spirited rendition of Abba’s “Waterloo” in the surprise hit “Muriel’s Wedding.” For fans of the 1994 critical darling about two Aussie women who awkwardly search for love and happiness, a musical based on comedy-drama has been a long time coming. Hitting the stage Nov. 6 through Dec. 30, 2017, “Muriel’s Wedding the Musical” will enjoy its first world-premiere run at  the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Sydney, Australia, Global Creatures CEO Carmen Pavlovic announced on Thursday. Also Read: 'Top Gun' 30th Anniversary: Anatomy of the Iconic (and Homoerotic) Volleyball Scene »

- Meriah Doty

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The Decline Of British TV

4 September 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at the state of TV coming from the UK at the moment…

This week, Jane Lush, the new head of BAFTA, accused British TV companies of losing their nerve and subjecting viewers to a tsunami of nostalgia. Quite a brave move from someone whose job it is to promote British TV; it’s almost a Gerald Ratner moment, when the chairman of the eponymous jewellery stores described one of their products in less than glowing terms – he was, of course sacked and the company collapsed a few years later.

Lush has a point. More than a point. While you’ve all been binging on Stranger Things and House of Cards, the BBC have been remaking sitcoms from the 1970s such as Are You Being Served? and Porridge and ITV have been producing an update to Cold Feet. It’s hardly inspiring. Nobody (apart from my »

- Neil Calloway

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New to Streaming: ‘The Neon Demon,’ ‘Wiener-Dog,’ ‘To the Wonder,’ ‘Heaven’s Gate,’ and More

2 September 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Captain America: Civil War (Russos)

In seeking to create an expansive multi-film universe, Marvel has managed to both bless and curse each of its subsequent films. The blessing comes in the form of a character development that takes place over the course of films and phases instead of scenes and acts. Characters who we met eight years ago have grown and changed before our eyes, and »

- The Film Stage

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Val Kilmer: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

28 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kirsten Howard Sep 13, 2016

We examine the recent Val Kilmer movies, that happened to have bypasses cinemas...

Once upon a time, Val Kilmer’s individual look - defined by a little Swedish blood from his mother’s side - had hearts pumping. Those looks, along with his arrogant, edgy attitude and acting style, helped him clinch plenty of complimentary roles during the 80s and early-90s. Films like Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow and my personal favourite Real Genius were pushing him toward a stellar career back then, and his star was steadily rising.

See also: a closer look at what may be Val Kilmer's weirdest film

But Kilmer came down from a serious high of Heat and Tombstone in the mid-90s when he signed on to the notorious clusterfuck that was The Island Of Dr. Moreau, and only recently has the part he played in its disastrous production come to light. »

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Does This List Really Reveal The Best Films Of The Century?

28 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway takes a look at a list claiming to reveal the best films of the 21st Century…

Earlier this week, casual film fans were sent running first to IMDb and then to Netflix or Amazon at the news that David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive was named in a poll of 177 film critics as the best movie of the 21st Century so far.

It’s been on my “I need to re-watch that” list for a while, and from what I remember it’s a fine film, but I don’t think it’s the best of this century. I don’t think the critics who put it at the top of the list believe it is either.

Only 16 of the 177 – less than 10% named it as their number one film (and at my count 150 critics didn’t include it at all), but it appeared in the top five in many lists. »

- Neil Calloway

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What’s New on Netflix in September: ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Luke Cage’ Coming, ‘Fringe’ Leaving (Photos)

26 August 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

From Disney smash animated hit “Zootopia” to Netflix Originals “Narcos” and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” to “Jaws,” here’s the best of what Netflix is adding in September, and what you need to watch before it leaves. Available Sept. 1: What better time to stream “Jaws” than at summer’s end? You can even create a “Jaws” marathon, since “Jaws 2,” “Jaws 3” and “Jaws: The Revenge” will also come to Netflix that day. Available Sept. 1: Tell your dad “Saving Private Ryan” will now be available to stream. It’ll make his weekend. Available Sept. 1: We’re not »

- Oriana Schwindt

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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In September 2016, Including ‘Zootopia’ and ‘The Imitation Game’

26 August 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next month over on streaming giant Netflix offers up a giant selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar contender to…not so much — and we’ve picked seven (well, really 11) that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.

1. “Footloose” (available September 1)

If you’ve never experienced the original “Footloose” — no, not the one starring Miles Teller, though he is quite serviceable in a charming role — do yourself a favor and check out Herbert Ross’ 1984 classic. Yes, the concept of a town outlawing dancing is bizarre and outdated, but Ross and his cast (including Kevin Bacon in the kind of star-making role that’s so rare these days) really sell the concept, thanks to some serious drama and hard-earned emotion. But there is also dancing! It’s joyous and gymnastic and pure, »

- Kate Erbland

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Why Liking Bad Films Means You’re Smarter Than Average

21 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’re constantly getting abuse from your friends about your taste in films, Neil Calloway says help may be at hand from a recent study…

In what appears to be the cinematic equivalent of those studies that receive an inordinate amount of publicity when they trumpet the fact that gorging yourself on chocolate and red wine makes your healthier,“Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions” from the Max Planck Society argues that more intelligent people enjoy bad films. Now you have an excuse for your collection of Uwe Boll and WWE movies; you watch them because you’re intelligent.

Of course, correlation does not mean causation (the more films Nicolas Cage appears in in a given year, the more people drown in swimming pools); watching Roger Corman and Troma Movies doesn’t make you smarter, it’s just more intelligent people are more like to enjoy trashier films. »

- Neil Calloway

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Peter Bart: ‘Ben-Hur’ Might Need A Hail Mary As Another Redo Tries To Find Footing

18 August 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It's here — again! The opening of Ben-Hur tomorrow reflects Hollywood's unstinting determination to plunder its past. Each week carries word of new reboots, remakes and re-imaginings: Splash, Papillon, Jumanji, Top Gun, Ocean’s 8, etc., not to mention all the superhero regurgitations. Why create a new story when you can mess up an old one? The producers of the new Ben-Hur answer this question by pointing out their remake is aimed at the faith-based. From the tracking… »

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Why Music In Films Matters

14 August 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway argues that soundtracks and scores can make or break films…

This week, Flickering Myth’s own Oli Davis made the persuasive case that Suicide Squad‘s various cuts could be seen in the music they used; with David Ayer’s original version using different styles of music to the final cut by Trailer Park. There was also the release of a report titled “The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers’ Perceptions of Sharks” that suggested people are afraid of sharks because of the ominous music used to score film scenes where they are present.  Personally, I’m frightened of sharks because I don’t want one to bite my leg off, leaving me to die an agonising death in the water while wearing only swimming shorts.

What both these stories remind us is the huge part scores and soundtracks play in films; when you get »

- Neil Calloway

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Old Dominion Breaks Down the 20 (Yes, 20!) Songs It Name-Checks in 'Song For Another Time'

12 August 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For Old Dominion, their third single - "Song For Another Time" - might just be their most charming, and certainly their most unique, yet. "This song means so much to me and I'm so proud of how it came out," frontman Matt Ramsey tells People of the band's follow-up to their big hits "Break Up with Him" and "Snapback." What makes it so special? The lyrics are actually made up of 20 other song titles - and the song almost didn't make the album. It was written on their tour bus one evening last summer on the Kenny Chesney tour, just »

- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000

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Why Are Film Sets Increasingly Troubled Places?

7 August 2016 7:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at why franchise movies seem to spawn arguments between film-makers and studios…

Rumours of a troubled production – and two differing cuts – of Suicide Squad add to a growing list of films that appear to have led to arguments and disagreements between the creative teams behind them and the studios bankrolling them.

Ghostbusters, Rogue One and of course Fantastic Four have all had difficult gestations, perhaps unusually so. It could be that these are just reported now, or it could be that studios are interfering more so that they get the film they want.

There is an increasing amount of press around to cover on set fall outs and arguments – websites and podcasts need fodder all the time – and these places just didn’t exist to cover the trouble Jaws, or Star Wars had as they were produced, so small difficulties that any major project will encounter are amplified and dissected, »

- Neil Calloway

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Flula Has an Olympics-Worthy Playlist to Pümp You Up for the Opening Ceremony

5 August 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "m65zZBfglhw"] Flula is most definitely getting into the Olympic spirit. Leading up to the big games in Rio, the online star has been interviewing Olympians for NBC - an outtake from his interview with Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps ran on Instant Friday. But that's not the only way the Pitch Perfect 2 actor is gearing up for the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday evening. He's also put together a pup-up playlist exclusively for People. Whether you're an Olympic swimmer or just a couch surfer, the ten tracks Flula has curated is guaranteed to pump you up for the big events »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Flula Has an Olympics-Worthy Playlist to Pümp You Up for the Opening Ceremony

5 August 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "m65zZBfglhw"] Flula is most definitely getting into the Olympic spirit. Leading up to the big games in Rio, the online star has been interviewing Olympians for NBC - an outtake from his interview with Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps ran on Instant Friday. But that's not the only way the Pitch Perfect 2 actor is gearing up for the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday evening. He's also put together a pup-up playlist exclusively for People. Whether you're an Olympic swimmer or just a couch surfer, the ten tracks Flula has curated is guaranteed to pump you up for the big events »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Why The VHS Tape Changed Films

31 July 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway remembers the humble VHS tape with fondness…

With VCRs no longer being produced, the death knell of videotapes has finally come. In reality, its heyday only lasted at most twenty years – from the 1980s to the year 2000, overtaken by DVDs, hard disc recorders, Blu-rays and now streaming services.

VHS – and its rival Betamax (the competition was a prelude to the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD wars of the early 21st Century) – were revolutionary in terms of movie watching. Films went from something you had to catch at the cinema, or on TV (one of the three TV channels available if you were in the UK) to something you could watch – repeatedly – in the comfort of your own home. Sure, before, a few people had projectors and 16mm prints of films, but now you could pause, rewind, stop films and even fast forward through the boring bits. Or, for teenage boys, »

- Neil Calloway

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Meg Ryan’s directorial debut Ithaca gets a trailer and poster

27 July 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After working in Hollywood for over three decades, primarily as an actress, Meg Ryan has finally decided to take a step behind the camera to make her directorial debut with Ithaca, an adaptation of William Saroyan’s 1943 book The Human Comedy. The first trailer and new poster for the film have been released and can both be seen below…

Ryan rose to fame in the mid-to-late 80s with roles in such now-classics as Top Gun and When Harry Met Sally and continued her success in the 90s with Sleepless in SeattleCourage Under Fire and You’ve Got Mail. Her most famous performances are generally considered to be those alongside Tom Hanks, who, as a matter of fact, has a role in the film. Those expecting to see a lot of Hanks when they go to the theaters should temper their expectations, however, as he is only briefly in the »

- Justin Cook

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Films of 1986; Aliens Hits The 30 Year Mark

27 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Game over, man, game over!” It’s rare for a sequel to live up to the original film, but James Cameron managed to fulfill expectations with Aliens (July 18, 1986). This summer marks the 30th Anniversary of the action-packed sci-fi classic, so “stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.”

Tune-in Saturday, July 23, to an exclusive Aliens YouTube live stream Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from San Diego Comic-Con! Submit your questions in the comments below for a chance to get them answered. #Aliens30th

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens (1986), San Diego Comic-Con will host an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Attendees include director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.

Subscribe to Fox Movies and follow on https://www.facebook.com/AlienAnthology so you don’t miss this exclusive live event.

The terror continues in James Cameron »

- Movie Geeks

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