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2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
They may be best known today for their later roles, but these six stars all got their first break by playing super heroes on TV. Maybe these shows aren’t the most memorable or well-made super hero projects, and they aren’t the highlight of the actor’s career, but these little shows jump-started the careers of some future celebrities.
Started out as—Kato, the Kung-Fu fighting sidekick to the Green Hornet in the TV series The Green Hornet (1966).
After that—Lee had a recurring role in the detective series Longstreet before returning to Hong Kong to star in a highly successful trio of films; The Big Boss (1971); the Chinese Connection (1972) and the Way of the Dragon (1972). His first and only Hollywood film was Enter the Dragon (1973). Lee died young and his legend has grown ever since. He is considered by many as the greatest martial arts star in the history of film. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
In indie filmmaker Bradley King’s Santa Monica, Calif. office, Legos cover the desks, and multi-colored index cards line the walls. They’re both tools for King and his writing partner, Bp Cooper, to map out their screenplays. The indie filmmaking duo has a new sci-fi movie in theaters this Friday called “Time Lapse.” The index cards – complete with yarn connecting each plot point – is a familiar writing tool, and King and Cooper are using it now for two in-the-works scripts. One wall of their office is also devoted to breaking down the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” for inspiration. The Legos – and their boxes with labels like “minifigs,” “lights” and “vehicles” – are less commonly seen in writers’ offices, so let King explain: “When you’re playing with toys or dolls you don’t have to be like, ‘What’s this character’s motivation?’ You just immediately are like, »
- Emily Rome
The Craft is getting a remake, and it's fair to say that people are somewhat tentative about the prospect.
Remaking any film that people actually like is always a bold move, but messing about with a teen cult classic from the 1990s is just asking for trouble.
you can't reboot the craft. I Bind You Sony, From Doing Harm
— hella (@goddamnhella) May 14, 2015
So: they're remaking The Craft. We're running away before you shoot the messenger... http://t.co/mee4DaYNJA pic.twitter.com/fCtbAlbsGL
— Den Of Geek (@denofgeek) May 14, 2015
The Craft is in just as much need for a remake as Oldboy and Akira.
Die In A Fire
— Irene Koh (@_PromKnight) May 14, 2015
What The Hell Is Wrong With Hollywood, First Remaking Poltergeist Now The Craft, Don't They Have Any Imagination Anymore Really Makes My Grr
— Sy John Ewing (@SyJohnEwing) May 14, 2015
Just as with Total Recall, I »
Filmmaking duo The Vicious Brothers (Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz) won over genre fans with the found footage horror flick, Grave Encounters, a movie that did pretty well for horror lovers and gained somewhat of a cult following for the film. Their new film, Extraterrestrial (out now on DVD/Bluray via the new partnership between Scream Factory and IFC Midnight), bypasses the found footage approach of their first film in favor of a balls to the wall, terrifyingly entertaining narrative alien abduction tale dealing with a group of friends stumbling into a horrifying and deadly situation.
The filmmaking team took some time to chat with Icons of Fright about Extraterrestrial and their inspiration behind the film, and where they’d like to go next. Read on!
- Jerry Smith
Having produced films by Roman Polanski (“Carnage”) and Brian De Palma (“Passion”) and co-produced David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars”), Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods. will not only produce but distribute in France and sell internationally Isabelle Huppert starrer “Elle,” only the second film in 10 years from Paul Verhoeven.
“I had a strong feeling with this one that I was doing something that I’d never done before, which applied when I made ‘Robocop,’ ” Verhoeven told Variety.
Written by David Birke (“13 Sins), “Elle” is based on “Oh…,” a novel by France’s Phillippe Dijan in which the protagonist, Michelle, played by Huppert, has a son whose girlfriend is pregnant, but by another man. Michelle herself is divorced and having an affair with her best friend’s husband, while her »
- John Hopewell
Like many guys who grew up in the 1980's, I have been a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger for as long as I can remember. His films from back then are exciting, gritty, oftentimes dark, and full of some of the greatest action sequences ever filmed. Schwarzenegger made a real impression on screen in the 1980's. Sure he was a power fantasy for young men, but he was also a symbol of everything that was either right or wrong about the 1980's, depending on who you ask; the decade's excesses, its arrogance, and its exaggerated sense of American exceptionalism.
Critics claimed back then that Schwarzenegger wasn't a good actor, but you just have to watch Predator in order to prove them wrong. Acting is living and doing under imaginary circumstances, and Schwarzenegger, compared to the rest of the cast in that movie, »
Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden to talk about his latest movie Maggie and his upcoming blockbuster sequel Terminator Genisys. But while there was serious promotion on the cards, Schwarzenegger also had some fun with his host by acting out his entire career in six minutes.
See Also: Read Our Review Of Maggie Here
- Scott J. Davis
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been one of the world's biggest box office attractions for 40 years, but which of his many blockbusters is his favourite?
A hilarious sketch on The Late Late Show with James Corden in which Schwarzenegger reenacted all of his famous roles was followed by a chat about the action icon's favourite movie.
"I think Kindergarten Cop [is my favourite]," Schwarzenegger revealed to the surprise of the Late Late Show. "I think one of the comedies [would be my favourite] because for so many years, I tried to get into comedy and I couldn't.
"The studios made all this money from the action movies. They said, 'Why would we go and change the mould? We're making a lot of money with you. We keep giving you action scripts'.
"Then, when I finally met Ivan Reitman »
It appears that one running bit on The Late Late Show with James Corden will have various iconic actors coming into reenact scenes from all of their movies, performing them in under ten minutes. It took Tom Hanks 8 Minutes to get through his entire catalogue of hits and misses. Now, action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined in on the fun. Though, it only takes him 6 minutes to breeze through his filmography.
No stone is left unturned when it comes to revisiting Arnold Schwarzenegger's varied catalogue of action epics and comedies. He, of course, dons his leather T-800 jacket from Terminator Genisys, touching on all the sequels in that franchise. But he also hits on scenes from Twins, Conan the Barbarian, Total Recall and even the bomb Batman & Robin. This frenzied and hilarious video is not to be missed by any fan!
is currently promoting his zombie drama Maggie, which »
Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute The Editor in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, »
- Derek Anderson
Daniel J. Harris on the Oculus Rift and 360-degree films…
Oculus Rift has been around in the gaming world for a little while now. And 360-degree films aren’t exactly new. But, with recent leaps in technology, accessibility and the cost of their production reducing they seem to be the next big thing to take the film industry by storm!
3D films were the big thing a few years ago and many of the top filmmakers jumped on the bandwagon with James Cameron and Avatar to create their own 3D film. For me, it gave me a headache and didn’t enjoy my experience.
The last 12 to 18 months has seen the boom in aerial photography due to the technologies reduction in price, accessibility and simplified consumer versions of the technology flooding the market place. Now, it seems that everyman and their dog has a drone! Some do it better than others, »
- Gary Collinson
Amongst Americans such as myself, there is a certain stereotype about our neighbors to the north. There’s a belief that Canadians are, for lack of a better word, nice. That during a visit to Canada, an American would be more likely to ride a moose around like a horse than hear the F-word. That hockey players are the only remotely dangerous people you could possibly meet in Canada, and even then, that they would only pummel you under the watchful eye of a referee whom they will later respectfully follow to the penalty box. This stereotype is perhaps best summed up by this scene in Michael Moore’s lone fiction film, Canadian Bacon, where Dan Aykroyd politely upbraids an invading group of American revolutionaries for not printing their anti-Canada graffiti in both English and French.
As stereotypes go, it’s a fairly positive one. But making stereotypes, even positive ones, »
- Mark Young
Paul Verhoeven's brand of Hollywood subversion took awhile to become clear even to the most devout cinephiles. This at least partially explains why Starship Troopers, the Danish filmmaker's sublime critique of American militarism and the action genre, never quite got the credit it deserved when the merciless, inventive science-fiction bonanza hit theaters in 1998. Around the time of Verhoeven's equally radical Black Book, which looked at the world of spies in World War II, the director got a thorough, positive reexamination in numerous outlets; Nathan Lee's Film Comment article comparing Verhoeven and David Cronenberg remains the most insightful article written on the helmer's unique brand of parody-satire. So, it's no surprise that the idea of remaking the film has been rumored for several years now, with nothing much coming out of the gossip. But according to HitFix, producer Neal H. Moritz had some news to share about the project »
- Chris Cabin
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1928…
Borag Thungg, Earthlets! This week sees the culmination of creative dream team Rob Williams and Henry Flint’s stint on Judge Dredd. There isn’t an emoticon for Sad Ol’Stoney Face, so you’ll just have to imagine one.
What you won’t have to imagine, though (unless you own a copy of Total Recall), is a three-breasted woman, as a rather fetching mutant stars in this Prog’s Strontium Dog. After ending last week on a Mexican standoff, this instalment jumps straight into the gunfighting action. John Wagner continues the strip’s noir detective-ish tone, having Johnny Alpha hang out at bars, offer bribes and casually outwit foes. Still, the extra bosom can’t detract from this week’s lack of plot progression.
At least you do care about Alpha’s fate, though. Orlock’s, however, is completely inconsequential. This week’s instalment »
- Oli Davis
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
Hoffman, his wife, Susan, and Arata were found guilty Monday of conspiracy to wire fraud in connection with the rehabilitation of a 155-year-old mansion that they converted into a film post-production studio that was used for HBO’s “True Detective” series. Peter Hoffman was also convicted on 21 counts of mail and wire fraud related to the deal.
Arata, the husband of New Orleans Deputy Mayor Emily Arata, was convicted on seven counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements to FBI agents. Susan Hoffman was acquitted on all counts except for the single count of mail fraud.
- Dave McNary
Updated: The Seven Arts Entertainment CEO, his wife Susan and lawyer Michael Arata have been found guilty of conspiracy to wire fraud in Louisiana to the tune of $1.1m.
Hoffman, the former CEO of Carolco Pictures, the powerhouse producer behind such films as Total Recall and Terminator 2, faces up to 405 years in prison after a New Orleans jury reached its verdict on Monday.
The three defendants were found guilty of submitting false documents in 2009 related to the renovation of a New Orleans mansion converted into a post-production facility.
Prosecutors said Hoffman and Arata did this to receive film tax credits although they never incurred expenditure in the first place and hid the fact via “circuitous bank transfers”.
Hoffman was also convicted on 21 related counts of mail and wire fraud
Arata was convicted on seven counts of wire fraud and four of giving false statements and faces a maximum term of 185 years.
Susan Hoffman was found »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
If you have been wondering why Rick was abducted on his wedding day and not a day sooner or later… and why he ultimately resurfaced with dengue fever antibodies… ABC’s Castle filled in the blanks for you this Monday night.
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And you thought Oliver Queen had far-out flashbacks! My head is still spinning from this information download. And while I can see how some may come down against this (partial) reveal, I’m going to give it a qualified thumbs-up, if only because it was just b-a-n-a-n-a-s enough to be entertaining. »
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