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Even if you're not one to pay attention to the names behind the scenes, it's a sure bet that you're very familiar with the work of production designer Rick Carter. Carter began working with director Robert Zemeckis on 1989's Back to the Future Part II and has worked creatively with the helmer ever since on films like Death Becomes Her , Forrest Gump and Cast Away . He has also teamed with Steven Spielberg on more than half a dozen projects, including both Jurassic Park and The Lost World and, most recently, Lincoln , which won him his second Academy Award. As if that's not impressive enough of a resume, Carter won his first Oscar for his work on James Cameron's Avatar and is currently hard at work doing production design for J.J. Abrams much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode »
In Back to the Future Part II, it was comedically predicted that Jaws 19 would be in theaters in the year 2015. Obviously, that won't be happening in the next two years, but 2015 is already becoming one of the most crowded years for blockbusters in recent memory. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Tomorrowland, Fantastic Four, Ted 2, Terminator 5, Ant-Man, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Assassin's Creed and Jurassic World are just some of the titles. Now we can add one more to the mix as Mission: Impossible 5 will arrive December 25th, 2015. The new from Exhibitor Relations puts the action spy sequel in theaters one week after Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18th. Paramount must really want to try to punish J.J. Abrams for leaving Star Trek behind for a galaxy far, far away. Though we imagine the sequel won't »
- Ethan Anderton
“About Time,” Richard Curtis’ third and final film as a director, is — wait a second. Today’s theme being time travel, let’s suspend that thought and return to the not-terribly-distant past — specifically, to the fall of 1980, when Universal (the distributor of “About Time”) was launching a very different sci-fi love story in theaters. That film was “Somewhere in Time,” a now cult-beloved weepie that starred Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour as lovers whose passion transcended time, sense and the derision of most critics. Faced with a work of such swooning preposterousness, Roger Ebert could only shrug and ask, “Isn’t it a little futile to travel 68 years backward in time for a one-night stand?”
See Also: Film Review: “About Time”
In his Variety review, Joseph McBride proved kinder than most, writing that “Somewhere in Time” “harks back to such 1940s Hollywood romantic classics as ‘Portrait of Jennie’ and ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, »
- Justin Chang
Earlier this week we got the first word on Reclaim, a thriller coming our way from Paradox Entertainment, and now an official press release containing more details has arrived. Read on to learn the latest.
From the Press Release:
Reclaim, a new suspense-thriller inspired by real-life events, with a dynamic and powerful cast that includes John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver, and Luis GUZMÁN, is about to make the move from pre-production into production.
“We’ve assembled a brilliant cast and have an extremely talented director who will deliver something truly unique and unforgettable,” added producers Brian and Josh Etting.
- Debi Moore
With Grand Piano getting rave reviews (read ours here), John Cusack is a hot commodity again; and he, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver, and Luis Guzman are all starring in Reclaim, a suspense-thriller inspired by true events.
Phillippe ("Damages," The Lincoln Lawyer) and Lefevre ("Under the Dome," Twilight) play an American couple who head to Puerto Rico to finalize the adoption of their new seven-year-old daughter, a Haitian orphan named Nina. They take the time to explore the idyllic coast to bond as a new family, when Steven clashes with an intimidating local (Cusack, pictured above) and Nina disappears from her bed one night.
- Debi Moore
Exclusive: John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver and Luis Guzman are starring in Reclaim, a suspense thriller inspired by true events. The film is just getting underway in Puerto Rico, directed by Alan White (Erskineville Kings). The most recent script draft is by Luke Davies, from an original script by Carmine Gaeta. Phillippe and Lefevre (The Twilight Saga) play an American couple who head to Puerto Rico to finalize the adoption of their new 7-year-old daughter, a Haitian orphan named Nina. When take the time to explore the idyllic coast to bond as a new family, Steven clashes with an intimidating local (Cusack), and Nina disappears from her bed one night. The film is being produced by Paradox Entertainment’s Fredrik Malmberg and Silvio Muraglia, and Brian and Josh Etting of Paradox Entertainment. Arclight Films is handling international sales and Paradox will make the domestic deal. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Turturro, best known for roles in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the Transformers franchise, will be presented with the festival’s Special Award to Actor-Director at a ceremony in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
A regular collaborator with the Coen brothers, Turturro most recently wrote and directed comedy Fading Gigolo, which will receive its Polish premiere at the festival.
The production designer and art director also boasts credits including Amistad,A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Cast Away, War of the Worlds, What Lies Beneath, Jurassic Park, and Back to the Future Part II »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Though they costarred in 1989's Back to the Future Part II and 1990's Part III, Elisabeth Shue (who played Marty McFly's girlfriend, Jennifer) and Lea Thompson (who played Marty's mom, Lorraine) appeared together in only one scene. So it came as a rare treat for them to reunite for a November episode of Shue's CSI, in which Thompson guest stars as an investigator who is looking into a misconduct claim against Greg (Eric Szmanda). "We both had to sign a bunch of Back to the Future Part II posters for the crew," Thompson says. "A lot of people, including Eric, were totally geeking out."
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- William Keck
It’s been talked about to death all over the internet: Hollywood loves sequels. That’s just the name of the game. If something is a success, you do it again. They don’t call it show business for nothing, and often a sequel (and franchise) can mean big bucks for the studio. Unfortunately, this can have a negative effect on the original film that either tarnishes the film’s legacy, or blatantly milks an idea for all it’s worth.
What people don’t often discuss is the fact that the studios aren’t the only ones to blame. That falls upon the audience as well, who often love something so much that they can’t help but ask for more. Nowadays, before a film is even released, the first question on everyone’s lips is: when is the sequel coming out?
I’ve decided to take a look »
- James Garcia
Is time travel possible? Can history be changed?
Imagine you had a time machine and went back into the past. While there you meet and accidentally kill your grandfather before he got married and had kids, one of them your own parent. Then you automatically wipe out your own existence, right? But if you have never existed, then how do you go back in time and kill Grandpa?
This is called The Grandfather Paradox, and it is probably the most famous example of what is termed a temporal paradox. This scenario was first described by science fiction writer Rene Barjavel in his 1943 book, Le Voyager Imprudent – translated, The Imprudent Traveler. (I didn’t know that, either. I looked it up.)
The Grandfather Paradox is not exclusive to killing Gramps. The entire plotline of Back To Future depends on Marty, um, “pre”-uniting his parents after he inadvertently interfered with his father, »
- Mindy Newell
Odd List Ryan Lambie 14 Aug 2013 - 07:45
When an actor can't reprise their role in a sequel, how do you fill the gap without the audience noticing? Here are a few solutions...
Filmmaking's a tricky business, and creative decisions are often informed by pesky details like conflicting schedules, retirement plans and pay disputes. So when studio executives give the greenlight to a film sequel, and an actor in a major role suddenly can't - or won't - appear, filmmakers often have to come up with some creative ideas to make sure their star's absence doesn't distract cinemagoers too much.
From recycling snippets of old stock footage to the strategic application of eye patches, here's a selection of the clever things directors, writers and producers have done to cover the absence of an actor in a sequel. And we start with an infamous case that prompted a fairly major change in »
News Simon Brew 9 Aug 2013 - 10:15
You don't need us to tell you that Crispin Glover was one of those who appeared in Back To The Future, but never returned for the sequels. Why? Well, depending on who you're talking to do, it had to do with money, Glover not wanting to do it, Robert Zemeckis not wanting him, difficult behaviour, or perhaps a dodgy horoscope. And a lawsuit. Who knows?
Glad you asked that actually, as Crispin Glover is clearly one of those who does know the answer, and he's been chatting to the Opie and Anthony Show to explain just why he never returned.
Before he got to that, he touched on the fact that he appeared in Back To The Future Part II without his consent, »
We recently posted a lengthy interview from Comic-Con with Simon Pegg for The World’s End over breakfast of all things, and next on tap in our series is none other than co-writer and director Edgar Wright.
During our time with Wright, the ever-busy filmmaker discussed his approach to the story of The World’s End, how the “Cornetto Trilogy” parallels his own life in some ways, why he’s never made a sequel, his thoughts on another trilogy with Pegg and Nick Frost, and much more.
Wright on Not Being Afraid of Going “Too Dark” with The World’s End:
I think the thing that we tried to do was to- and it’s a ballsy thing to kind of do because people aren’t expecting it- but we decided to get a bit dark and emotional at the end. But because it has been six years since the »
A bunch of Czech companies worked together to create a flying bicycle. It's not quite the real-life hoverboard we've been dreaming about since Back to the Future Part II, but it's an amazing spectacle that makes us pine for our very own E.T. to ride through the night sky with. Geekologie shares that "the rig weighs [209 pounds] and consists of a bicycle, a large electric rotor in the front and back, and a smaller one on each side." Since it's still in the test phase, it's not capable of lifting an actual human being yet (which is kind of the point, jeez), so the figure you see flying through a warehouse is a dummy test pilot. The future is pretty amazing, guys. The inventors may have some competition, though. Just days ago, CNN reported that...
- Alison Nastasi
When I was in sixth grade, the teacher told my class that by the time we could get driver's licenses hover cars would be all the rage and we'd be cruising around on air! Of course, it's 2013 now and we still haven't mastered the technology of Back to the Future Part II's hover board, much less mass-marketed hover mobiles. Still, at least society hasn't devolved so far that Manhattan has become a maximum-security prison. And while class struggle is frequent topic of conversation, let's be glad "bonejacking" a la Freejack hasn't come to fruition yet. And these are just a few of the observations we can enjoy thanks to Dan' Meth's sci-fi movie timeline. As you can see in the infographic above, Meth has charted the production dates and time settings of a wide array of science fiction features, from Blade Runner and Children of Men, to Dune and Alien. »
Movie cliches are unavoidable; the director only has two-odd hours to take you from start to finish, so whether a high school's social structure is built on a thin foundation of classic nerd and jock stereotypes or a wedding is abruptly interrupted by the aw-shucks nice guy who's finally ready to spill his guts, there's bound to be some shortcuts along the way.
But sometimes Hollywood takes it a bit further, hitting us with cliches that are so oddly specific (and frequently divorced from reality) that they make you wonder if they've been written by a random plot-generating robot with limited resources and a tenuous grasp on the human experience. So sit back, relax, and set your deja vu detectors to "on" as we break down ten insanely specific things that are commonplace in the movieverse.
1. Character Dislikes Past/Future Version of Themselves
- Adam D'Arpino
Warning: Spoilers all up in the conference room.
Never trust an organized entity, especially if it has a 401K plan.
As this week's new thriller "The East" chronicles a former FBI agent's transition to a private job at a sinister intelligence agency, we thought we'd look back at the rich history of evil movie corporations and separate the maniacally, outrageously, inexcusably evil from the "Aw, that's cute, look at them trying to be evil" evil.
Our extensive audit resulted in the following cinematic analysis. Proceed with caution, employees and non-employees alike.
15. Initech ('Office Space')
Peter Gibbons' corporate hell, personified in the passive-aggressive overtime demands of Lumbergh and stapler-fetishizing mumblings of Milton, wasn’t bent on world domination or the complete destruction of humanity. The evil here was much more subtle, realistic and soul-crushing. Thankfully, Peter escaped with a swanky blue collar job cleaning up filth — a better »
- Adam D'Arpino
As cinephiles, we love movie posters. Right now on my wall there are original double sided one sheets for The Dark Knight, Minority Report, Back to the Future Part II, Dick Tracy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and many more not even in frames. For us, posters are used to show our love for certain films, but first and foremost they are used to promote films. But not everyone has access to posters, and in the West African nation of Ghana, traveling movie shows have paintings created by local artists, and some of them are hilariously terrifying recreations of the films, and some of them are mind-numbingly ridiculous. Look! Here are some of these Ghana movie poster paintings from Awesome Robo: These are just a handful of these paintings, and you can see dozens more right here. Some of these will haunt your dreams and don't even resemble the films they're trying to promote. »
- Ethan Anderton
Luke Owen reviews the first issue of the 12-part Worlds Collide series...
"Worlds Collide: Part One" – The crossover event of 2013 starts Here! The Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog epic kicks off with a bang as the Blue Blur and Blue Bomber meet for the first time! And considering how hard they're fighting each other, it might be the last! Why are the heroes trying to take each other down? Drs. Eggman and Wily know, and they're loving every minute of it! You cannot miss this historic first meeting of two of the biggest video game icons in the entire world!"
There have been some great crossovers in the history of film, TV and comics, but this is one that I have been really excited for. I grew up a Sonic kid due to my Mega Drive obsession »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, The Avengers 2, Doctor Strange, S.H.I.E.L.D., Justice League, Dark Universe, Man of Steel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Kick-Ass 2, Arrow, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Inhumans, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Teen Titans Go! and more....
For those of us here in the UK, there's less than three weeks to go now until Disney and Marvel Studios kick-off Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe with the release eagerly-anticipated Iron Man 3 on April 25th (our North American readers will have to wait a little longer, with the film opening on May 3rd), and so naturally the marketing machine has continued to roll on these past seven days as we count down to the »
- Flickering Myth
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