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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. »
At Star Wars Celebration yesterday, much was made over the fact that the new BB8 droid is, in fact, a practical effect and not a product of CGI. This was proven to be true when the droid actually made its way on stage, to the delight of “Star Wars” fans all over. Now, obviously, CGI is never going away, but yesterday’s revelation proves that practical, handmade visual effects will always hold a special place in our hearts. That’s why we still love "E.T." and will never stop freaking out over the chestburster scene in “Alien.” Earlier this week, CineFix gave us yet another reason to love and appreciate practical effects. They posted a ten minute video that examined, in great detail, the defibrillator chest-chomping scene in John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” With the help of a top-notch special effect team, lead by Rob Bottin (“RoboCop,” “Total Recall »
- Ken Guidry
A new month means a new batch of geekery hitting shelves (and theaters), and April is no different. This time around, The Geek Beat has stolen Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth's What-If Machine to pull in highlights from an alternate dimension, showing us what's happened to some of our favorite movies, characters, and comics in alternate realities. From Condorman spinoffs to Total Recall merch, life may actually be better in this other world that is only accessible on April 1st. What To Read At this point, Stan Lee's cameos in movies based on Marvel Comics characters have become an anticipated – and almost necessary – element in each film, tying them together in a way that represents something greater than studio politics or narrative threads...
- Rick Marshall
Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Re-Create the 'Interstellar' Black Hole What do "Poltergeist," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Cocoon" and "Independence Day" all have in common? Aside from alien storylines, each feature predominantly uses cloud tank magic in order to depict supernatural weather. You may not have known it by its formal name, but you have no doubt come across cloud tank magic if you have seen any movie in the past several decades, including "Star Trek," "Total Recall," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and dozens more. In a new web video courtesy of PBS Digital Studios and Shanks FX, special effects guru Joey Shanks highlights the process behind cloud tanks. A cloud tank consists of a bottom layer of salt water and a top layer of fresh water; clouds are produced when various forms of liquid are injected into tank. The technique was the Hollywood standard for depicting. »
- Zack Sharf
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…
We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »
- Martin Burgoyne
We chat to legendary producer Mario Kassar about the return of Carolco, its forthcoming sci-fi film Bot, Hollywood studios, and more...
First Blood. Total Recall. Terminator 2. For a generation versed in the major action films of the 80s and 90s, the Carolco brand holds a special place in the memory. Its distinctive logo became a byword for bold, often brash movies starring some of the biggest names of the day - not least Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Founded by producers Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar in the 1970s, Carolco went from indie outsider to a company with the size and clout of a Hollywood major; the studio became famous - and infamous in some quarters - for its headline-grabbing deals. (Legend has it that, when Arnie signed up to make Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he was given a $17m private jet.)
At the height of its powers, Carolco was making smaller-scale, »
A miserable vision of tomorrow has taken hold of Hollywood: bad food, lousy transport and Alice Cooper styling. You’re better off dead
We are now living in a golden age of dystopian films; that is, incredibly depressing films set at some point in the future – often, the relatively near future – where life is a complete mess and no one is happy, not even the fascist scum who run things. In the few instances where people seem to be happy, it’s only because the fascist scum have tricked them into thinking they’re happy. Well, they won’t stay happy for long. This is not utopia. This is utopia turned on its head. This is dystopia.
Last year, there was a tsunami of dystopian films, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Robocop, The Purge: Anarchy, Snowpiercer, The Rover, »
- Joe Queenan
The former astronaut posted a photo to Facebook which showed him proudly flashing the colourful "Get your ass to Mars" shirt, while standing by iconic British landmark Stonehenge.
Post by Buzz Aldrin.
"While at Stonehenge yesterday I decided to send a message to the cosmos. #Gyatm," Buzz wrote.
The line is originally said by one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's characters to another (this is sci-fi after all!) and it clearly made an impression on real-life space traveller Buzz.
He has also posted a photo of Stephen Hawking with one of the shirts, suggesting that the famous line is making a real comeback among scientists.
Post by Buzz Aldrin.
Only time will tell if Buzz really will take Arnie's words to heart and get himself to Mars!
If you've been crossing your fingers for Fox to return to New York's supernatural-charged town of Sleepy Hollow, you can relax your hands, exhale, and settle comfortably back into your couch, because Fox has announced their renewal of Sleepy Hollow for an 18-episode third season, with the network also revealing the series' new showrunner (following Mark Goffman's departure earlier this month). Also included in our latest horror round-up is a trailer for the second episode of The CW's iZombie and details on the 10th Annual Texas Frightmare Weekend that will feature special guest Alexandra Breckenridge from The Walking Dead (as well as many other great guests).
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: Carolco producer Mario Kassar talks to us about his forthcoming sci-fi action film, Bot. Here are the first details.
Twenty years on, and the Carolco brand has been revived by Kassar and new CEO Alex Bafer, with one of its first projects being a new incarnation of the fearsome horror-drama, Audition. Beyond that, Bafer also hinted at something more akin to Carolco's sci-fi action films of old; it is, he said, "a Terminator-type sci-fi summer blockbuster."
That film now has a name: it's called Bot, and it's the first in a potential trilogy of movies penned by Tedi Sarafian - the story writer behind, among other things, 2003's Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.
"Bot's the kind of movie I used »
Brad Pitt’s Plan B is building a reputation for shepherding bold, creative projects into life. Selma, 12 Years A Slave, Killing Me Softly and Moneyball have all been lovingly nursed through production with varying degrees of success, and it looks likely that Stephen King’s The Jaunt will join World War Z in representing the more fantastical end of the production house’s slate. Mama duo Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti are now attached to the project.A short story originally published by King in Twilight Zone Magazine, The Jaunt found a home and a fanbase in 1985 short story anthology, Skeleton Crew (also the home of The Mist). The premise, set in the 24th century, sees a dad explaining the basis of ‘jaunting’, a teleportation device with which he’ll transport his family to Mars. So far, so About Time meets Total Recall. Of course, things can – and do – go horribly wrong in the process. »
Having debuted on History in January, the exciting miniseries Sons of Liberty is now available on Google Play (clickHere) and Amazon (clickHere). We recently caught up with actor Dean Norris, who stars as Ben Franklin in this 3-part look at our rich American History. Sons of Liberty is a dramatizing of the early American Revolution events in Boston, Massachusetts, the start of the Revolutionary War, and the negotiations of the Second Continental Congress which resulted in the drafting and signing of the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence.
Directed by Kari Skogland, the series theme music was composed by Hans Zimmer. Best known as DEA Agent Schrader on Breaking Bad, Dean Norris currently stars in Under the Dome, where he plays town councilman James "Big Jim". His other credits include TV's NYPD Blue, The X-Files, The West Wing, and Lost and films such as Lethal Weapon 2, Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, »
The adaptation of Jk Rowling's novel lost around 200,000 viewers from last week for its final episode at 9pm, which attracted a 20.4% audience share. Earlier, Countryfile was watched by 7.04m (32.8%) at 7pm.
Call The Midwife remained top of the ratings with 8.64m (34%) at 8pm.
ITV's Off Their Rockers gathered 3.49m (15.7%) at 7.30pm (93k/0.4% on +1), while All Star Family Fortunes continued with 3.01m (11.9%) at 8pm (179k/0.8%). The latest episode of Mr Selfridge was watched by 3.52m (15.7%) at 9pm (252k/1.7%).
Channel 4's Indian Summers shed another 400,000 viewers, with 1.46m (6.5%) tuning in for its third instalment at 9pm (169k/1.6%).
Earlier in the evening, Four Rooms brought »
Verhoeven, a 73-year-old director with two feature film credits, is suing Cannes for “homophobia” because the festival did not select “Teenagers,” a gay drama dealing with terrorism, back in 2009.
The claim has been perceived by local journos as absurd since the Cannes festival has supported many movies dealing with gay issues, notably Abdellatif Kechiche’s romance “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which won a Palme d’Or.
Verhoeven’s lawsuit is reportedly the first ever filed against the high-profile festival.
“Teenagers” earned poor reviews but managed to win one nod for best narrative feature at the California Film Awards.
- Elsa Keslassy
From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...
You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.
Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »
Before I get started on this week’s musings, here are a couple of housekeeping items:
1) Have I mentioned lately how great the other writers here at ComicMix are? It’s probably been awhile, so let me take a quick minute to do so (again). If you somehow found ComicMix via me and primarily read my column here on the site, a) Cool, thanks! and b) I highly recommend you give the other folks here a try. Even in just reading through the last few days of columns, from Mindy Newell’s thoughts on Battlestar Galactica to Marc Alan Fishman’s discussion of guarding one’s creative integrity versus going for a payday and wider success, to Molly Jackson’s rejoicing over the awesomeness that is Agent Carter, I am reminded of how quality the folks who write for this site are, and how lucky I am to be amongst them. »
- Emily S. Whitten
Of all the tech categories, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing may be the toughest to predict, not least of all because many have trouble distinguishing between the two. For this, let's focus on Sound Editing, which is the selection and assembling of the various recorded tracks – dialogue, effects, and music – before the final mix occurs. The Motion Picture Sound Editors honored "Unbroken" (for Dialogue and Adr), "American Sniper" (Sound Effects and Foley) and "Birdman" (Music), and since 1987, when Mpse first started giving out their Golden Reel Awards, at least one of their winners has repeated at the Academy 16 times: -Break- 1988: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (Dialogue and Adr) 1990: "The Hunt for Red October" (Dialogue and Adr; tied with "Total Recall") 1993: "Jurassic Park" (Sound Effects and Foley) 1994: "Speed" (Sound Effects and Foley) 1995: "Braveheart" ...' »
While the world of comic book movies is pretty strong, the straight-up action genre has been struggling for years now. From mediocre sci-fi remakes like Total Recall and RoboCop to lackluster sequels like Taken, there are very few pure action movies worthy of praise like The Raid franchise and last year's John Wick. The stories are lame, the action is bland, the characters are hollow and it all just feels like the same old garbage. Now Chris Stuckmann has put together a video essay examining the problems with action movies today, and he even has some suggestions for how to fix these problems and take the genre back. Here's Chris Stuckmann's The Problem with Action Movies Today (via The Playlist): Some of these problems you may not have realized were as rampant as they really are, but we're seeing far too many invincible heroes going through the same motions »
- Ethan Anderton
Space battles, alien showdowns and, of course, light saber duels. Sci-Fi films are packed full of some of cinema’s greatest, and most visually stunning, action scenes, and upcoming sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending is no different.
Epic gravity boot chases through Chicago, military ships travelling vast distances and laser guns shoot outs aplenty, the film – starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean – comes to cinemas from February 6th and to celebrate we take a look at the top five action scenes in sci-fi films:
1) Star Wars: A New Hope
With a Star Wars film, you’re pretty much guaranteed a great action scene. Nevertheless, it’s hard to beat the destruction of Death Star One in the very first film, Star Wars: A New Hope. Luke Skywalker takes an X-wing fighter for a run through the trenches of the enormous weapon, avoiding the assault from Darth Vader. »
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