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It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.
The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model. »
- Tony Hinds
The multi-million dollar success of any movie will inevitably leave Hollywood executives clamouring for a sequel. And while there are plenty of movies whose stories are open-ended enough to warrant a return to the creative well, there are many times when coming up with a follow-up idea requires all sorts of imaginative leaps. Just look at something like Alien: Resurrection, which had to come up an elaborate reason why Ripley had (spoiler alert) managed to survive a swan-dive into a lead foundry in Alien 3.
Which brings us to this list, which is devoted to a few of the weirder sequel ideas that never made it to the big screen. An E.T. sequel in which little Elliott gets tortured by aliens? Forrest Gump dancing with Princess Diana? »
Sony is planning to continue making Spider-Man films, only this time they’ll have help from the experts. Marvel Studios, who has recently added the amazing wall-crawler to the McU will be collaborating with Sony to build a Spider-Man extended universe. How will this work? Read on to find out.
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tom Rothman—the man in charge of Sony’s film division—was asked if Sony had plans to create “a whole Spider-Man universe” beyond 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and whether they will continue working with Marvel Studios. Rothman answered, “Yes to both questions. It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel.”
While Sony still technically has “authority” over Spider-Man’s film rights and future projects, Rothman says that they will be letting Marvel steer the ship for a while. He explains, “Sony has the ultimate authority but we are deferring the creative lead »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
15 years ago today, Fast and Furious started its engines. It was on June 22, 2001 that the first film in the massively successful franchise hit theaters. The franchise began with a movie about a police officer who goes undercover into the world of street racing and semi-truck hijacking. It’s since morphed into a series of heist films, boasting crazy stunts, a tight-knit team in Dom Toretto’s crew, and an admirably diverse cast. The soaring box office achievements of the most recent film, Furious 7, have been attributed in part to the fact that 75% of the audience for the film in North America was non-white — it managed to connect with a diverse audience and looks to be leading the way for the rest of the industry. “There is literally someone within the cast that is relatable on some level to nearly every moviegoer around the world, and this has paid big »
- Emily Rome
The silly season is underway with aliens invading, superheroes saving and orcs doing whatever they’re doing in Warcraft. But can you match the zoomed in movie poster to the summer blockbuster of years past?
Batman & Robin
Die Hard with a Vengeance
Lilo & Stitch
7 and above.
You're a cinematic universe!
4 and above.
You're the sequel no one wanted
0 and above.
You're not getting a sequel
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- Benjamin Lee
Watts is teaming with Italian songwriter Mauro Repetto and French writer Typhanie Soulat on the live-action/animated romantic comedy “Miranda” and psychological thriller “5, 6, 7, 8.” Real Big Hits is the exclusive worldwide sales and distribution agent.
“Miranda” centers on an unborn baby who — with the help of angels — battles witches to ensure that her future parents find each other, fall in love and bring her to life. The film blends traditional animation, computer animation and live action. Repetto, founder of the pop group 883, is writing the script with Soulat. The duo is also writing the soundtrack.
“5, 6, 7, 8” centers on a sociable marketing executive who’s leading a double life as a kidnapper of young women to create a human keyboard that will perform the titular song with a dance routine. »
- Dave McNary
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1828 Feral teenager Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering Nuremberg, claiming to have been raised in total isolation. Theories abound and the story inspires many artists down the road including Werner Herzog in the film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974).
1886 Al Jolson is born. Will later star in the first "talkie" The Jazz Singer (1927)
1894 Silent film star Norma Talmadge is born
1897 Bram Stoker's epistolary novel "Dracula" is published. Never stops being adapted for film and television but our hearts will always belong to Francis Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) despite the aggravating double possessive
1907 John Wayne was born. Did he always talk like that?
- NATHANIEL R
Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to some quality Netflix movies and TV shows as they’ll be leaving the streaming service over the course of the next month. So if you have the time, check out some keepers like Groundhog Day, Private Parts, Wayne’s World or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. If you’re looking for something perhaps you’ve never seen before, try The Station Agent. It was written by Tom McCarthy, who later won an Oscar for Spotlight. It features Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage. Following is the full list. If you want to know what’s coming to Netflix next month, check out the list here. June 1 A Wrinkle in Time About a Boy Bounce Bridget Jones’s Diary The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Clear and Present Danger Click Darkman Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows Dude, Where’s My Car? »
- David Eckstein
No big plans for Memorial Day? Then get busy watching these Netflix titles before they vanish in June. Among the great films leaving Netflix streaming are Disney '90s classics "Mulan," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules" (don't worry, you'll see more from Disney on Netflix Very Soon).
Here's the complete list of titles leaving Netflix in June 2016. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change.
Leaving June 1
"A Wrinkle in Time" (2003)
"About a Boy" (2002)
"Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001)
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)
"Clear and Present Danger" (1994)
"Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows
- Sharon Knolle
Hopefully you got a chance to watch the movies that left Netflix in May, because now there's a whole new crop leaving the streaming service. Great movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Bridget Jones's Diary are disappearing, along with several TV seasons. Don't be the one who logs onto your account next month all ready to finally watch Wayne's World and find that it's gone! Take a look, and make sure you catch all the new movies hitting Netflix in June, as well. Expiring June 1 A Wrinkle in Time About a Boy Bounce Bridget Jones's Diary The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Clear and Present Danger Click Darkman Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows Dude, Where's My Car? Duplex Elias: Rescue Team Adventures, season one The Faculty Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog Ghost Groundhog Day Hamlet Hercules In the Bedroom Jersey »
- Maggie Pehanick
Los Angeles is maybe known world-wide as an entertainment mecca, ground zero for all things that glitter, but it’s also the locale for thrillers and the “hard-boiled” mystery. Everybody from Bogie to Bob Mitchum threw on a trench coat, adjusted their fedoras, and strolled down those dark streets and alleys, looking for danger (and dangerous dames). This week’s new flick somewhat echoes those noir “programmers”. Being a big Summer release, we’ve got two “gumshoes” dodging bullets. And it’s not post WWII California, but rather post Vietnam War “la la land” circa 1977 (near Christmas-time). Now, with two bickering private eyes, you might consider this a variation of the standard “cop buddy” actioner. That’s appropriate since this movie is directed by the screenwriter who set the template for police team-up flicks back in 1987 with Lethal Weapon, Shane Black. It turns out that this movie’s heroes are »
- Jim Batts
Admit it -- somewhere along the way, a kids' movie gave you a grown-up fright, whether from the wolfish Gmork in "The Neverending Story" or a glammed-out David Bowie and his band of baby-stealing Muppets in "Labyrinth." That's because underneath a fuzzy layer of singalongs and talking animals, there's usually a layer of harsh reality. It's a sweet way for kids to learn not-so-sweet lessons, kind of like giving them bubble gum-flavored cough syrup.
But the rabbit hole goes deeper. Some of our biggest and brightest children's stories -- movies, that is -- actually tell tales that started out in the adult realm. And if you've ever had a job with a manager, had to learn what a tax write-off is, or one day found yourself reading the Nutrition Facts on your food , you know the adult realm is a very, very scary place. Here are the movies that go there, »
- Dan Ketchum
On May 20th, Ryan Gosling will give the world a rare comedic performance in the 70s era crime caper The Nice Guys. But if it wasn't for one particular cult movie, he may have never taken on the role. In a recent interview with EW, the actor confessed a love for two 80s classics, both of which convinced Gosling that The Nice Guys was a project he wanted to be involved with.
Nominated in 2007 for a Best Actor Oscar in the drama Half Nelson, Ryan Gosling has a reputation for being a little too serious. As does his Nice Guys co-star Russell Crowe. Their recent on-screen partnership shows the duo in a whole new hilarious light, as they bring director Shane Black's script crackling to life. And it was actually an early script of Black's that greatly influenced Gosling at a young age. Yes, the actor has professed his love for The Monster Squad. »
Title sequences don’t have to be boring. They can be just as exciting, creative, or innovative as the films they introduce. These are our picks for the 10 best opening title sequences of feature films.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
The title sequence for a film is more than a bunch of letters spelling words on a screen. A title sequence is an opportunity for a filmmaker to grab the attention of his or her audience. It’s an ideal spot to introduce musical themes, set a stylistic tone, or establish a directorial style. During the opening titles a filmmaker has the opportunity to explain a backstory, show a flashback, or even dictate the setting to the audience. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
For kids of the 1980s and 90s, our favourite childhood films represent everything that was great about being young in those decades – the clothes, the hair, the music, the slapstick bad guys and underdog heroes. The terrible truth, however, is that kids make awful film critics. As children, we don’t question the cinematography or judge the acting, we are just happy to be along for the ride, no matter how bad it actually is.
Nostalgia is a curious thing, protecting things we loved as children like a blinkered shield, But if we were able to lift that sepia tint, we would see that we often choose to remember the good parts while subconsciously blocking out the bad, and the same goes for the way we remember the movies we watched as children.
While this period in cinematic history did produce some unforgettable and truly iconic kids movies (rest assured, »
- Phil Archbold
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic World” producer Frank Marshall has been named the international filmmaker of the decade and will pick up his honor at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry convention and trade show taking place next month in Las Vegas.
In addition, Marshall will participate in a one-on-one discussion about his career during CinemaCon’s “international day” on April 11. Marshall joins “Birth of a Nation” director Nate Parker and Susan Sarandon among this year’s batch of honorees.
In a career that spans 45 years, Marshall has been closely associated with Steven Spielberg, as well as his wife and producing partner Kathleen Kennedy. The three filmmakers formed Amblin Entertainment, producing hits such as “Hook,” “Gremlins,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy. In 1991, Marshall and Kennedy left to form the Kennedy/Marshall Company, which produced “Signs,” “Seabiscuit” and all four of the “Bourne” films. »
- Brent Lang
There is no project in development right now that is more avidly followed in my own household than Ready Player One. Toshi, my ten-year-old, read the book last year and since then, he's been utterly obsessed with the notion that is going to be a movie, especially with Steven Spielberg set to direct. '80s pop culture in general drives Toshi crazy, and I'm fascinated by his love of it. While I understand what drove Ernie Cline to write the book, I am more confused by a ten year old, born in 2005, who experiences nostalgia for an era that ended fifteen years before he was born. My conversations with people who are working on the film say that it was important to Spielberg that he get legal clearances on all of the '80s stuff before he signed his deal to make the film. This is going to a pop »
- Drew McWeeny
J.J. Abrams has made a name for himself in Hollywood by successfully rebooting dormant franchises. Before turning Star Wars: The Force Awakens into a blockbuster phenomenon, he also relaunched Star Trek as a viable commodity and helped get Mission: Impossible back on the right track. But before any of those happened, he almost had a hand in resurrecting Roger Rabbit for the big screen.
J.J. Abrams recently appeared on the Nerdist Podcast to discuss his latest producing endeavor, 10 Cloverfield Lane. During the interview, the filmmaker recalled a time when he actually met with original Who Framed Roger Rabbit? producer Steven Spielberg to discuss Roger Rabbit 2. It actually turned out to be the first time he ever met with the man behind such classics as Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He explains.
There are a few people in Hollywood who have quite the Midas touch at the moment quite like J.J. Abrams. The writer/director/producer successfully relaunched a cinematic franchise with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and this past weekend, saw "10 Cloverfield Lane" open strong with everyone involved taking on a gamble on announcing the movie's existence just two months ago. Abrams is a storyteller with the kind of ideas that get him into pitch meetings, and on a recent podcast chat with The Nerdist, joined by 'Cloverfield Lane' director Dan Trachtenberg, he shares the story of the first time he met Steven Spielberg. And it just happened to be when he had a concept for a sequel for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Read More: Watch: 13-Minute Video Essay Details The Book Vs. Film Differences In 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' "Years later I got to meet Steven. I went into a meeting … actually, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Speaking with the Nerdist (via Slashfilm), this week to promote "10 Cloverfield Lane," Abrams was asked about Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy which led to him revealing a story about one of the first calls he got from Kennedy back when he was a teenager. It seems at one point he was involved in a 'Roger Rabbit' sequel meeting:
"When I was 16, Kathleen Kennedy called Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and I, to ask if we would repair these 8mm films Steven had made when he was a kid. It happened because we were in a film festival and she had read about us in the La Times. So, of course, we »
- Garth Franklin
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