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Fantastic Four will arrive in UK cinemas on August 6 and in the Us on August 7.
We've got a whole new take on Marvel's First Family
In case it wasn't clear from the fresh faces of the cast (and the uniformly bad memories of the 2005 and 2007 films), this movie will reboot the franchise based on Marvel Comics' very first comic book series.
John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.
The advancements in animation he showed during the session earned some roars of approval from the assembled press and industry guests.
“These two studios are filmmaker-driven studios,” Lasseter said. “Our focus is on telling great stories and we celebrate the heritage of each studio. It’s exciting to be constantly breaking new ground.”
“It’s a very special movie for us,” Lasseter said. “When you look at all the films Pixar has made this could be the most important, It makes you think about your own thoughts, emotions, memories in a different way.” The film opens in France on June 17 (under the title [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
A good fight scene is built into the fabric of an action film such that you can sense it coming like a storm on the horizon. It’s in the details of the opponents: the cracking of knuckles, the puffing of chests, the staredowns that say, “It’s about to go down.” A good fight scene makes you want to cover your eyes yet is impossible to look away from. You get tingly waiting for the violence to erupt, and if it’s done its job, you come away dizzy, invigorated, or even nauseated. »
- Shane Ramirez
I’ve written a lot about horror musicals over the years on Icons of Fright, and it would appear that I’m not the only one out there with a deep and abiding love for musical adaptations of beloved horror films. Young Frankenstein, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Evil Dead, Carrie, American Psycho, The Silence Of The Lambs, Re-animator, and Little Shop Of Horrors are just a few horror films to get the musical theatre adaptation. Something about the combination of campy nature of spontaneously bursting into song and blood spraying everywhere is something many of us can’t get enough of. While I’m still waiting for Disney to get their shit together and make a Broadway version of Hercules, I’ve made myself a little dream list of horror films I hope get the musical treatment.
Fred Dekker’s deliciously campy masterpiece is just »
- BJ Colangelo
Rusev lost to John Cena in the “I Quit” match at Payback. It was a controversial finish since the whole point of the match is for one of the competitors to actually say “I Quit”, yet Rusev never said it. Instead, he started ranting in Bulgarian and his manager Lana went in the ring to quit for him.
According to Reddit user named addictedsc2, here’s the translation of Rusev’s ranting at the end of the match:
“Ahhh no…ahhh I give up! Next time we will crush you! I give up! Stop! I told you! I’ll crush you Cena! Damn your old mother, Cena! I will crush you! That’s enough, I told you!”
When reading that, Rusev didn’t specifically say that he quit. He did say that he gave up and that he felt it was enough, so that’s why Lana went »
- John Canton
Recently, Entertainment Weekly chatted up Reign producer, Laurie McCarthy, and she dished up some interesting season 3 spoilerage. It turns out that we're going to see more of England get introduced into the plotline, along with more Queen Elizabeth stuff, and more! Laurie kicked things off by giving us more intel on Queen Elizabeth, stating: "Elizabeth is going to share some of the traits of Mary and some of the traits of Catherine. Because, like those women, she’s feeling very much alone in a man’s world. They live in a patriarchy still. And she’s the ruler of England and she’s feeling threatened. And like Catherine, she thinks the end justifies the means. She is, beyond even Catherine in some ways, a survivalist.” Next, Laurie revealed that season 3 will feature a whole lot of England, Elizabethan court, and more. She said: "The show’s got a certain amount of elasticity to it. »
Teen Titans Go! is an animated TV show that follows the Teen Titans — Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven & Beast Boy — when they are not saving the world. They live in a T-shaped building (cool) together (so cool) as teenagers (Omg even cooler) without adult supervision (Can You Even Imagine!) It’s based on DC’s Teen Titans, so if you watch closely you’ll see some characters you might know. But you should watch because they have an episode where they just say “Waffles” and one where Robin has to house sit the Bat Cave. They also like to sing.
When we were at WonderCon, we had chance to talk with the show’s producers, Michael Jelenic and Aaron Harvath, as well as two of the voice actors, Scott Manville (Robin) and Greg Cipes (Beast Boy). Teen Titan Go! airs Tuesday night at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.
- Maddy and Anya Ernst
Altair, presumably contemplating suicide knowing what lies ahead.
With Failure to Connect, we asked our writers what games they were unable to connect with, regardless of their fiscal and critical success. For the month of May we will attempt to explore this issue in detail on a case by case basis.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is the video game equivalent of one of those ‘Now That’s What I Call Music…’ compilation albums that roll out a few times a year. It doesn’t matter whether anything particularly noteworthy has happened in the world of pop music in the last few months. It doesn’t matter if a seminal band have released a classic single, or if the biggest hit of the last quarter was ‘Cotten Eye Joe’ by Rednex. By hook or by crook, there’ll be a ‘Now’ CD out in time for Christmas. And while some »
- John Cal McCormick
Both the title and premise of Swiss director Nicolas Steiner’s latest documentary mildly echoes the recently released and quickly disregarded found footage horror schlock As Above, So Below, but his Rotterdam premiered endeavor is more heady, heartfelt and a hell of a lot more beautiful in every respect. Weaving together the unconventional lives of the unfortunates subsisting in the subterranean underbelly of Las Vegas and the desolate deserts that surround the city of sin, Above and Below evokes the sly scifi documentation of the daily routine found in Yuri Ancarani’s evocative Platform Moon while posing its own inquisitions into the social stratospheres of dereliction by casting its varying subjects as nothing less than aliens autonomously banished for shame or self preservation.
Steiner’s focus rotates between the dark and soggy sewer dwelling couple Rick and Cindy, their respected tunnel bound neighbor, Godfather Lalo, a former drug addicted truck »
- Jordan M. Smith
Directed by Lewis Milestone
As a teenager, Martha Ivers (Janis Wilson) was a petulant rebel who regularly struck the ire of her caretaking aunt, a wicked woman prone to sucking the joy out of Martha’s life even though she offers the youngling a home in her plush Pennsylvania estate. One of the teen’s attempts to run away with street smart Sam Masterson (Darryl Hickman) changes the rest of her life in ways she could never have anticipated. Caught by the police once again and sent back home, Martha unleashes her frustrations on her aunt, murdering her in the process. The only witness to the killing is young Walter O’Neil (Mickey Kuhn), son of Martha’s tutor. Martha claims an intruder killed the vile old creature amidst a frantic escape. Flash forward years »
- Edgar Chaput
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. While I tend to think of the '80s as a crassly commercial lull between the artistic adventurousness of the '70s and the independent experimentation of the '90s, there were things about the '80s that i hold dear in terms of what I love about movies. And if you're talking about the best of the '80s, the year that crystallized all the things the decade did well was 1988, a year that looks upon closer inspection like an embarrassment of riches. One of my twenty favorite films of all time, as outlined in this article, was released in 1988, which automatically makes it a year worth closer consideration. The '80s may have begun with one of his strongest films, but »
- Drew McWeeny
Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.
Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.
From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...
25. An Innocent Man
Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
This weekend saw the release of two solid action films from performers many fans had already written off, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa — my review of Kung Fu Killer and Skin Trade can be found here — and inspired by this happy surprise we’re doing two things. I’m listing the twelve best movie fight scenes *and* we’re giving away five of Yen’s best movies on Blu-ray (well, technically four of his best plus Iceman)! It’s worth noting that compiling a list of the best fight scenes is a daunting goddamn task. I’m focusing on hand-to-hand fights, with or without weapons, and avoiding gun fights, war movies and the likes of Godzilla vs King Kong. For me the best fights rely mostly on a combination of skill and choreography — while fights accomplished strictly through editing or with a heavy dose of wire-fu/CG can be entertaining and a lot of fun they’re »
- Rob Hunter
It’s impossible to not like Joe Lynch. Quite easily one of the nicest guys around, you can definitely hear the passion for film in his voice, and the mere mention of a film that Lynch is a fan of sparks a lengthy conversation, which is always great to have. Having recently hit DVD/Bluray, Lynch’s newest film, the Salma Hayek-led action film Everly, is an intense and inventive spin on the modern day action film, and features not only good performances by Hayek and a lot of other great actors, but also Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim, The Divide).
We were able to have a chat with both Joe and Jen regarding Everly, what drew them to the project, and what’s coming next for them as well. Read on!
So the last time we spoke was right before the second season of Holliston arrived. You briefly mentioned »
- Jerry Smith
Escape from New York, 1981.
Directed by John Carpenter.
In 1997, when the Us President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.
Conversations about major big budget genre filmmakers of the 70s and 80s tend to center around Lucas and Spielberg, with Kubrick usually thrown into the mix, but John Carpenter deserves a spot in those talks too, even if he typically worked with a much smaller budget than those guys. Look at Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and this review’s subject, Escape from New York: That’s quite a run of films that are well remembered by many fans today, even if they didn’t all set the box office ablaze. »
- Gary Collinson
We all know about the Great Bombay Textile Mill Strike that shook Mumbai in 1982. It affected the lives of scores of people who revolted against the mill owners for increase in wages resulting in the shutting down of 80 mills and in the unemployment of 1,50,000 mill workers. And now, producer Amit Agarwal has teamed up with Kunal Kohli to give us a hard-hitting tale of friendship that survived through one of the most traumatizing period in Mumbai’s history.
“Vartak Nagar” is the story of the four friends Gajya, Satya, Raju and Savio. The film starts with the carefree lives of these kids. They live in Vartak Nagar and go to an English medium school. The fathers of Raju and Satya work in Sitaram mills. The Bombay mill strike of 1982 hits them badly and is the driver for the story of Vartak Nagar. The boys suddenly find themselves in adult like »
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Scream Factory has most certainly done a fine job of bringing a lot of John Carpenter’s filmography to genre fans everywhere. With great collector’s edition Blurays of everything from Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness, They Live and Assault On Precinct 13, to the complete Halloween collection and even Carpenter’s Body Bags anthology. It’s been great to see some of my favorite films not only being re-released with amazing new transfers and sound, and to see films like The Fog and various other Carpenter films find new audiences and appreciation due to the resurgence that the gang at Sf have helped kickstart.
Adding to the growing Carpenter lineup at Sf, is today’s brand new release of the master of horror’s 1981 action classic, Escape From New York. With a brand new 2K scan of the inter-positive and an almost endless supply of supplemental material, this release »
- Jerry Smith
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are putting split rumors to rest. The actors were photographed holding hands in Brisbane, Australia, Monday. It's the first time they had been photographed together since tying the knot. Depp and Heard wed in a small ceremony at his L.A. home Feb. 3 before having a more traditional ceremony on Depp's private island in the Bahamas Feb. 7. Amid rampant speculation by the tabloid media, People also reported Monday that the newlyweds had been leading separate lives; the article was later unpublished. Regardless, Depp, 51, and Heard, 28, are solid. "They've always been together," a source tells E! News. "They travel for work then come home. They live together and are »
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