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Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
How often do you rewatch films? New research carried out for the Sky Store has found that one in four people in the UK watch some films up to ten times, often because they've forgotten the plot or are struggling to unravel a complex story. The most popular films for watching again are as follows:-
The survey found that the average person watched at least one film 29 times in their lifetime, though it's not clear if this indicates love for a particular film or simply relates to how often it's on television. »
- Jennie Kermode
It's here! It's finally here! "Sharknado 2" is actually happening!!1! Can the cultural phenomenon about nature's most dangerous disaster strike twice? If today's Twitter trend frenzy is any indication, the answer is a resounding "Heck yes!" But if you need a little encouragement, this handy drinking game should take care of any lingering inhibitions or dignity and allow anyone an enjoyable Sharknado experience! Feel free to snark along in the comments, or even wax Shakespearean on how the "Sharknado" franchise is the most refreshing, honest work to come out of Hollywood in decades. No judgement. Unless you just hate Sharknadoes which means you hate fun, in which case: Let's Do This. 8:58 p.m. Est Being subjected to two...no Three... "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" commercials prior to the start of "Sharknado 2" is our collective penance. But we will preserver. 9:03 p.m Est We open with Kelly Osbourne »
- Donna Dickens
I mother-think it goes without mother-saying that this mother-video is Nsfw. It.s hard not to have a rock solid opinion about Samuel L. Jackson. There is absolute fandom, or there is absolute unfandom; the middle ground is as absent as Mace Windu.s hand. A lot of that comes from the kinds of films that Jackson stars in, which are generally features where the term "motherfucker" can be thrown around willy nilly, and there.s usually a dead body or twelve involved. (His foul mouth is noticeably absent from his Nick Fury appearances and films like Jurassic Park and The Incredibles, but just imagine the possibilities.) As such, the above video will either appeal to you immensely, or it will offend you. And if you clicked on this video knowing that it would offend you, you some kinda dumb motherfucker. Sorry. None of you are dumb motherfuckers. I got »
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Joey Spiotto’s “Storytime: a […]
- Peter Sciretta
Utopia answers and poses just enough questions to keep us on the edges of our seats this week…
This review contains spoilers.
“Have you ever been in a genocide?” Milner asked Carvel years ago at that black tie summit for the brainy and powerful. This week’s episode delivered his answer. Yes, Philip Carvel has been in a genocide. He escaped one as a child under the most traumatic conditions and thenceforth pledged to use his powerful mind to stop anything like it happening again. Eat your heart out, Magneto.
The results of Carvel’s quest to suppress human violence have been ironic to say the least. Not only did his experiments on his infant son create a killer who sees murder as nothing more than “unscrewing a bottle to get to the water”, they also turned Carvel - a concentration camp survivor - into a Mengele-like monster. His first »
Kevin Smith’s horror comedy-drama “Tusk,” Michael Winterbottom’s hot commodity “The Face of an Angel,” and doc-comedy “The Yes Men Are Revolting” are among the titles set to world preem at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which unveiled its auteur-driven Midnight Madness, Masters, Tiff Docs and Vanguard slates this morning.
Midnight Madness, a reliably lively zone for genre-pic launches and pickups, opens with Japanese helmer Sion Sono’s “Tokyo Tribe,” an adaptation of a popular hip-hop-inspired manga comic. The pic receives its international preem, as does Mark Hartley’s “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” (Drafthouse), the second documentary this year about the rise and fall of that filmmaking empire, after the Cannes-premiered “The Go-Go Boys.”
- Jennie Punter
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has also sent along info on their Region 1 home video release of Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley (Divergent), Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Nat Wolff (Stuck in Love), Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park), and based on the hit novel by John Green. The movie will be released in standard Blu-ray and DVD editions, as well as a Little Infinities Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet).
The Region 1 version of the film will be released on September 16th, with a UK and Europe released rumoured to follow in October. We will update you when we get solid info on the UK release as soon as we can.
The Little Infinities Edition Blu-ray will include:
1080p, 1.85:1 HD Video DTS-hd-ma 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio Description and Spanish (Latin) Audio English and Spanish Subtitles Extended Version Extended »
- Scott Davis
If you can avert your eyes from staring at the copious amounts of camel toe and moose knuckle long enough you never know what you'll see hanging around the San Diego Comic-Con. Case in point: These blink and you missed 'em Jurassic World vehicles.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
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- Steve Barton
A couple of years ago, Legendary Pictures surprised audiences at San Diego Comic-Con by revealing test footage of director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. The fan reaction to that surprise was a significant factor in Legendary and Warner Bros.’ decision to greenlight the film, and during the Legendary panel at Comic-Con earlier today, the studio didn’t leave without one more surprise. Some fans were expecting a peek at Jurassic World, though given that Legendary isn’t the primary studio on that film it seemed unlikely. Instead, we were shown an ominous teaser that concluded with the reveal of King Kong himself and the title Skull Island, which the studio intends to release in theaters on November 4, 2016. More after the jump. Now that Legendary is housed at Universal Pictures—home of the monsters—it appears that CEO Thomas Tull is keen on reviving the classic ape King Kong. The Skull Island teaser was incredibly brief, »
- Adam Chitwood
Once again, we have the fantastic, the indomitable, the flying-fingered Jeri Jacqui! on the transcripts!
Some good stuff from yesterday. Since I was on the Maze Runner set (report here), I've read the book and have been itching to see what Wes Ball made of it. They showed it to some fans earlier in the week and it got some good twitter buzz.
Let's check out what Fox offered yesterday at Sdcc!
Wes Ball (director)
James Dashner (author)
Will Poulter - Gally
Kaya Scodelario - Teresa
Dylan O’Brien - Thomas
Ralph Garman (Mod): Please welcome director Wes Ball, author James Dashner, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O’Brien. Dylan, as Thomas, an actor tends to want to use his environment etc. and you have none of those advantages with this character.
Dylan: Yes, there isn’t that much to go off of. Taking it in »
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- Peter Sciretta
Last year HBO announced it was turning Michael “Jurassic Park” Crichton’s Westworld into a TV series, and if it were anyone other than Home Box Office I’d have told them not to bother. There were attempts to remake the 1973 film which made more sense, but an entire season of faulty robot-based escapades…? The show Beyond Westworld didn’t fare well but still… the pedigree alone is enough to hold anyone’s interest. Add to that the production team of one J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub (Tarzan), not to mention Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Person Of Interest) and it gets better. But the new casting announcement of Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood has officially kicked this project into the watch zone for me.
This version appears to take the emphasis away from theme parks gone wrong and has reimagined the concept as a Truman Show-type exploration of identity and artificial intelligence. »
- Steve Palace
Three young friends meet a robot alien in Earth To Echo. Here's Pete's review of a sweet yet uneven family film...
Some of the most memorable family films to come out of America in the 1980s told the stories of ordinary young children (often boys) flung into extraordinary scenarios. Movies such as E.T., The Goonies and Flight Of The Navigator captured our hearts and our imaginations, and have never truly let go of them.
This is particularly true for the makers of Earth To Echo, whose film is an unashamed homage to those beloved classics. It tells the story of three friends spending their final night together before leaving town. Having received mysterious signals on their mobile phones, and seeking one last adventure together, they get more than they bargained for when they find Echo, a small alien robot who needs their help if he is to find his way home. »
If you know your modern visual effects maestros, and if you know your stop- motion tauntaun from your stop-motion ED209, then you’ll know that Phil Tippett has been at the forefront of the visual effects and animation industries for the past forty years. His visual effects outfit, Tippett Studio, can count the recent movies Twilight, Ted and the forthcoming Jurassic World amongst its feature film credits. Outside of the feature film world, Phil has also recently completed work on a stop-motion, independently funded short entitled Mad God.
I had the chance recently for a quick catch up with Phil to chat with him about his studio’s new digital monster app that is a collaboration between his studio and Efexio to create the Tippett Creature Shop. In essence, the app allows users to purchase that ‘off the peg’, ready to use, »
- Gary Collinson
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
I will never understand why Hollywood insists on continuing to crank out the basic-ass bible story movies with whitewashed casts, when they could easily tell riveting stories by borrowing tales from Norse Mythology. Save for the “less-than-accurate” portrayals of Thor and Loki, the Norse mythos don’t get nearly enough cinematic love. Luckily for us, director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose gives us a fix of the Viking lore with the creature-feature, Ragnarok. Ragnarok roughly translates to “final destiny of the gods.” In Norse mythology, Ragnarok was basically the Game Of Thrones “Red Wedding” but with Viking gods. Despite the misleading title, Ragnarok was a genuinely fun and family-friendly monster flick.
The story follows an a single father/archaeologist named Sigurd Svendsen that makes new discoveries within the runes found on the Oseberg (a real Viking ship that was somehow preserved in excellent condition) that predicts the possibility of Vikings having traveled »
- BJ Colangelo
In gestation since early last year, Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan) is prepping himself for his re-teaming with Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park) in the still-untitled film about the incident involving a U-2 spy plane. And if the re-team of Hanks and Spielberg, as well as a script from Joel & Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis) wasn’t enough to get you salivating, the supporting cast in slowly filling up with some great talent.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Amy Ryan (Escape Plan) has signed on to play Hanks’ wife and that Alan Alda (M*A*S*H), Eve Hewson (Enough Said) and Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods) are all currently in negotiations to join them.
Based on the true story of James Donovan, the project follows the American attorney who was tasked with negotiating the release of pilot Gary Powers in the wake of the 1960 international incident, which will be co-financed »
- Scott Davis
TV's the place to be! That's what award-winning movie actors are starting to learn thanks to the critical and financial success of shows like HBO's Game of Thrones and True Detective. The cable network's latest series adaptation tackles Westworld, writer-director Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie that starred Yul Brynner as a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park. While HBO could certainly have gone bonkers with a premise like that, their first casting announcements come with some gravitas. Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe-nominated Evan Rachel Wood have been locked in as series leads. Hit the jump for more. As Film Divider reports, Hopkins and Rachel Wood will star in HBO's Westworld, which now has a green light for its pilot. Developed by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, with writer Lisa Joy Nolan and producer Jerry Weintraub also involved, this new version of Westworld is described as »
- Dave Trumbore
The casting will mark the first potential regular TV gig for the acclaimed Silence of the Lambs and Thor actor, and continues the trend of Academy Award winners taking small-screen roles. He will be joined in the project by actress Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again, True Blood).
No, Hopkins is not playing “the Yul Brynner role.” But the descriptions for both his character and Wood’s shed some insight into the secretive project’s storyline. »
- James Hibberd
In honour of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow released the first poster for the film via his official Twitter account. Featuring beautiful artwork by Mark Englert, according to Trevorrow the poster will be available at Comic-Con to a “resourceful few”. Our guess is that you’ll have to be more than resourceful to get your hands on one of these.
The poster contains quite a few clues about where Trevorrow is going with this new Jurassic Park installment, the most obvious being the return of my favourite and yours, the velociraptor. At first glance, it seems to just be standing on Isla Nublar, but a closer look reveals a mangled and plant-covered Park vehicle with a clutch of eggs in it. »
- Amanda Wood
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