14 items from 2015
Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.
That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »
- Brian Welk
“It just… popped in there.” says Ray Stantz, as played by Dan Aykroyd in the climax of the ’80s classic movie Ghostbusters. An inter-dimensional super-villain named Zuul has started to breach the worldly barriers, and ghosts are appearing in 1980s New York City. These ghosts aren’t friendly. They’re decidedly unfriendly. In fact, they’re generally causing a scene. Cue the Ghostbusters, a rag-tag bunch of college layabouts who discover the secret to catching said spirits, and more importantly, a way to monetize their capture. That’s capitalism, folks.
Zuul, as it happens, is just a minion for a millennia old God named Gozer the Destructor, and (s)he instructs the ‘Busters to choose a form for Gozer to take when he arrives to lay waste to their city. Whatever they think of, that’s what will come to destroy them. And so, our heroes attempt to clear their minds of all thoughts. »
- John Cal McCormick
Harrison Ford had a 5-to-6-inch gash about "the size of a pancake" in his scalp when he emerged from his crashed plane, an eyewitness tells People. "He had a pretty bad laceration. It went from the middle of his scalp down his forehead to the right," says the eyewitness, who arrived on the scene within five minutes of the crash. "It was a clean cut and wasn't bleeding too much, considering," adds the witness. Several onlookers immediately rushed to Ford's aid, including a hospital aid and a spine surgeon who happened to be at the golf course at the time. »
- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber
Harrison Ford had a 5-to-6-inch gash about "the size of a pancake" in his scalp when he emerged from his crashed plane, an eyewitness tells People. "He had a pretty bad laceration. It went from the middle of his scalp down his forehead to the right," says the eyewitness, who arrived on the scene within five minutes of the crash. "You could see his skull. It was a clean cut and wasn't bleeding too much, considering," adds the witness. Several onlookers immediately rushed to Ford's aid, including a hospitalist and a spine surgeon who happened to be at the golf course at the time. »
- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber
Chris Pratt has said that he wouldn't be intimidated by the prospect of playing Indiana Jones.
Speaking to MTV on the Oscars red carpet, Pratt said that the speculation was "all nothing 'till it's something, and so far it's not something".
"I don't think it's overwhelming to contemplate [playing Indiana Jones]," he said. "It'd be cool. No-one's called me, you know, there's a lot of talk about it.
"The pressure would come just because it's a great franchise, you wouldn't wanna get it wrong. So, for me, it would have to be perfect to do it. We'll see."
Pratt can next be seen playing the lead in Jurassic World, which will be executive produced by Spielberg.
Harrison Ford's last Indiana Jones outing, »
Growing up, I was a huge Freddy Krueger fan. I had also become infatuated with Gaston Leroux’s novel, The Phantom of the Opera, which made me a pretty easy mark for Dwight H. Little’s (Halloween 4) 1989 film based on the popular work of fiction. Focusing more on the horror contained within Leroux’s original story, this version is a wickedly ghastly and blood-soaked tale of obsession that allows Robert Englund the room to do what he does best as a performer- go nuts. And after recently checking out the Scream Factory Blu-ray, it was great to see just how well Little’s inventive adaptation has held up over time and how much fun the film still remains, despite its age.
- Heather Wixson
To quote the Grail Knight at the end of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" ... Harrison Ford chose wisely. Instead of suffering through the nearly 4 hours of whatever that was on TV last night, Harrison grabbed his wife Calista Flockhart and hit up the Staples Center to watch the crappy Lakers. But unlike the Academy Awards, Harrison Ford got a surprise ending ... the last place Lake Show actually pulled out a victory over the almost equally bad Boston Celtics. »
- TMZ Staff
There's still more rumour than fact when it comes to the next Indiana Jones film, but those rumours are certainly getting more interesting. The one thing we know for certain is that Disney went to the trouble of acquiring the Indy rights it didn't get when it bought Lucasfilm, snapping them up in a deal with Paramount Pictures a year or so back. So it's presumably keen to make new Indiana Jones films.
Whilst Harrison Ford has remained interested in reprising the role for Indiana Jones 5 though, age is not really on his side there, particularly as there have been precious few signs of the new film coming together (Ford is 73 this year). Thus, while it was a rumour seemingly out of nowhere, the revelation that Chris Pratt was being »
For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.
Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.
Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »
- Heather Wixson
“You love the music. I am the music.” Though he’s best known for portraying the man of your nightmares, prolific actor Robert Englund has played a plethora of memorable roles over his impressive career, including his turn as the titular villain in 1989’s The Phantom of the Opera. Scream Factory is bringing Dwight Little’s take of Gaston Leroux’s classic novel to Blu-ray on February 17th, but you can watch clips and the trailer from the upcoming release right now.
“Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Galaxy of Terror, Freddy vs. Jason) assumes the classic role of The Phantom in this shocking, nerve-jangling retelling of Gaston Leroux’s timeless tale of music, madness and murder!
An aspiring opera singer finds herself transported back to Victorian-era London – and into the arms of a reclusive, disfigured maestro determined to make her a star. The silver-throated Christine (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather »
- Derek Anderson
Chris Pratt has been taking Hollywood by storm - from Guardians of the Galaxy to Jurassic World - and now he may be joining another franchise. The beloved Parks and Recreation star could be stepping into the leather boots and iconic fedora of Indiana Jones!
Disney bought the rights to the franchise from Paramount in 2013, and has been looking for the perfect actor to take up the mantel of the legendary action archeologist from Harrison Ford. According to Deadline, Disney has their sights set on Pratt.
News: 7 Times We Fell in Love With Chris Pratt
While this sounds like the best possible fit – and in all likelihood it would make for an amazing movie – there could be some downsides to casting the 35-year-old heartthrob. Here are six reasons Chris Pratt might be the best or the worst choice to take over the adored franchise.
Why He's The Best Choice:
1. He's Already Proven He Can Play the Part »
Well, if a Fantastic Four trailer didn't set the internet alight today (although it clearly did), this should ice the proverbial cake. Disney is apparently looking to bring back the Indiana Jones franchise, and it's eyeing up Chris Pratt to be its leading man.
We'll give you a minute, whether you like that news or not.
Pratt, who looks pretty Indiana Jones-ish in the Jurassic World publicity shots to date (see above), is a man in demand, thanks to the huge success of The Lego Movie and Guardians Of The Galaxy this year. And Deadline is now reporting that Disney is looking to him as "the swashbuckling archaeologist they hope to build the new franchise around".
Deadline adds that he'd be taking on "the »
The wise-cracking ass-kicking small town ninjas of Ninjas vs Vampires are back with the action-packed horror film Ninjas vs Monsters; and this time the ninjas take on an army of traditional horror movie fiends in order to save mankind…
Dracula has called upon Frankenstein’s monster, The Mummy, Werewolf, and a coven of Witches to wipe out the Ninjas, but our pizza-loving heroes – tougher and wiser after their battles in the 2011 film Ninjas Vs Vampires – now have their own supernatural powers as well as awesome kung fu skills to counter the threat. What follows is non-stop combat with plenty of laughs and gore along the way in director Justin Timpane’s latest horror adventure, which is Executive Produced by Eduardo Sanchez (director of The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly and Exists).
With Ninjas vs Monsters set for a UK release on January 26th and a Us debut on February 3rd, »
- Phil Wheat
Well, almost as successful as the last one, this eighth addition finished with two films completely unguessed and one film that was eventually figured out, but only after I gave a hint on Twitter. To be honest, I'm a little surprised no one figured out numbers 12 and 14, though I wasn't the least bit surprised it took a hint for anyone to guess number four, that was a tough one even I debated including, but thought it would be fun to see if anyone could figure it out. Number one clearly kept some people guessing as it appears if you put a spider in any screen capture Enemy will be everyone's first guess... says something about the effective nature of that film ehc That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or »
- Brad Brevet
14 items from 2015
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