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"Is this the moving picture ship?"—Opening line of King Kong (1933)You can get close to madness trying to fit the entire cultural legacy of the original King Kong into a single box. Even setting aside the two Hollywood remakes, you're still left with hastily made or quickly buried sequels, follow-ups like Mighty Joe Young (1949), a Universal Studios ride, a direct-to-video cartoon, a children’s TV series, and a set of 1960s Japanese-American co-productions—Kingu Kongu!—which saw the big ape square off against Godzilla and "Mechani-Kong" in showdowns with worse special effects than the film that preceded them by thirty years. Apologies for anything I've left out, because by this point King Kong is a cottage industry unto itself, an old-fashioned self-perpetuating Hollywood myth that's morphed in meaning and presentation but never entirely gone away. The sight of King Kong atop the Empire State Building, with its a mixture »
Word has hit that the next film in the saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, could see events returning to classic planets from previous movies.
There are certain things one tends to think when it comes to Star Wars; of course there are lightsabers, the force, Jedi, Sith, droids et.c, and there are also the planets. And certain ones stand tall in Sw legend, be it for their important events or unique looks.
Well, it looks like we could get the chance to revisit some of those old locations, as MakingStarWars.net is reporting that three such planets will be seen again very soon, according to their source:
“To cut to the chase, the three returning planets are Tatooine, Endor, and Mustafar, although we might not see them in that exact order”.
How reliable the is source? Who knows, but Making Star Wars did have a very good track »
- Samuel Brace
Dapper as usual in a tartan-print suit, Paul Feig entered the Scottish-themed Tam O’Shanter’s in Hollywood's Los Feliz neighborhood Tuesday evening to a dim room full of bright women.
The Ghostbusters director volunteered his Tuesday night to mentor eight women in the film industry, each hailing from a different discipline. The woman are members of the non-profit Cinefemme – a group of key creatives that work to connect female filmmakers and foster opportunities to greenlight their films.
The Dinner with Dames event is one such opportunity. Writer/director and program director Jenna Payne started the intimate gatherings last September and has been able to snag mentors like Simon Barrett (The Guest, You're Next), Zoe Bell (Camino, The Hateful Eight), Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future), Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale), Joseph Weisberg (The Americans) and Byron Willinger (The Commuter).
“I want things to actually get made and not just sponsor people,” Feig explained »
Jurassic Park is one of the best films of all time. Period. So far it has spawned three sequels including 2015's Jurassic World, which served as a jumping off point for a new trilogy of films starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Whether you loved it as much as I did, or despised it, Jurassic World was a smash hit, proving the franchise still has legs. Legs with feet sporting one giant sharp claw, that is.
The next installment of the franchise, currently known as Jurassic World 2 -- though hopefully they lose the "2" and get a new title -- has already begun production in order to make its June 22, 2018 release date. Howard, Pratt, and Bd Wong (as Dr. Henry Wu), are returning for the sequel, in addition to exciting additions including James Cromwell, Toby Jones, and Rafe Spall, some of whom will likely be eaten, or simply disemboweled. Taking »
- Nick Doll
At the risk of stealing Hamilton‘s thunder, James Corden unveiled his own musical about a certain polarizing politician on Monday’s Late Late Show.
VideosBeauty and the Beast Cast, Corden Recreate Disney Musical in L.A. Traffic
Alongside Timeless star Abigail Spencer, Ben Platt of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen and comedian Tim Minchin, Corden presented Donald: The Musical, a four-minute parody of Potus and his White House staff. (Fun fact: The song being spoofed is “When I Grow Up” from the musical Matilda, for which Minchin wrote the music and lyrics.)
In the video above, Minchin plays a kid version of Trump, »
Director J.A. Bayona has just shared a new behind-the-scenes photo from Jurassic World 2 that is arguably the most encouraging thing we have seen since shooting started on the sequel. It had previously been stated that there would be more animatronics used in Jurassic World 2, but the director just put his money where his mouth is. He has now showcased the massive team of puppeteers who are on set to help bring these dinosaurs to life.
J.A. Bayona, who is taking over directing duties from Colin Trevorrow this time around, took to his personal Twitter account to share this latest photo from the set of Jurassic World 2. In it, we see a group of eleven puppeteers who are bringing an unidentified, animatronic dinosaur to life in the movie. Here is what the director had to say about the photo in the caption he provided with his tweet.
"11 puppeteers working under our »
‘Beauty and the Beast’ maintains today’s biggest box office trend.
“It was Beauty and the Beast killed the beast…at the box office.” — paraphrasing fictional character Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong/Dudley Moore/Jack Black) seems appropriate on the occasion of Disney’s latest remake crushing the competition over the weekend. Both Logan and The Belko Experiment ran ads telling people to see “the beast” instead of “the beauty,” though that campaign would have made the most sense for Kong: Skull Island given King Kong is the source of that quote above. Well, Beauty and the Beast made more than three times as much as all those movies put together in its debut. Moviegoers overwhelmingly preferred the beauty.
Today is the rare Monday morning where a hit really does look like history. The spin and hype about Beauty and the Beast being a big deal is deserved. Taking in a $175m domestic gross, the »
- Christopher Campbell
‘Lilo & Stitch’ deserves better.
Lilo & Stitch is the “Barb” of Disney movies. Yes, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet exist. However, neither of those films have seen as much success and then sunk back into Disney-relative obscurity quite like Lilo & Stitch. The film was a full-fledged franchise in its heyday spawning multiple television series, two direct-to-video sequels, a Kingdom Hearts cameo, and its own video game. To be fair, Disney did have a reference to Lilo & Stitch in Moana — early on, Moana helps a baby turtle make its way into the ocean by obscuring it from birds under a palm frond. A solid “save the cat” moment that creates a presumption of goodness and a sly reference to Lilo & Stitch. Stitch, in a post-credit image, is seen shadowing a turtle and its child in the same way. It’s a fun little throwback to Disney’s first foray into depicting Polynesian culture.
- Francesca Fau
Back in April of last year it was rumoured that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will feature an appearance from Master Yoda, which was supported by a further report in September which suggested that a new puppet had been created for the hotly-anticipated Episode VIII. And now the man behind Yoda, Frank Oz, has further stoked the fires of speculation with an interview in Variety.
“I feel like I’m a prisoner at war here, and I can only give you my name, rank and serial number,” said Oz when asked about an appearance in The Last Jedi. “To be true to the people who asked me, and they are kind of my family, I have to say I’ve been asked not to talk about it. I love Yoda. I would be happy to talk to you about it at the time they let me.”
Now, it is of »
- Gary Collinson
Though Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. has had a good run on ABC, there has always been talk of Samuel L. Jackson getting his own stand-alone Nick Fury movie. But guess what? The actor doesn't seem so interested in that. And he has a better idea. He wants to co-star in John Wick 3.
Samuel L. Jackson hasn't ever really held the same kind of 'franchise viagra' mantra that fueled Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's path to superstardom, but he has appeared in his fare share of sequels, outside of the Marvel universe. After becoming a true household name with his appearance in Pulp Fiction, Jackson immediately took on a key role in Die Hard 3. He also brought quite a bit of gravitas to the Star Wars prequels as Mace Windu. And he's a permanent fixture in the xXx movies. Now, he wants in on John Wick's territory. »
What if you could access and download the extraordinary abilities of others as if they were part of a database? That's the intriguing question explored in the new sci-fi thriller MindGamers, co-starring Tom Payne (who plays Jesus on The Walking Dead) and Sam Neill (In the Mouth of Madness, Jurassic Park). With the film coming out in theaters on March 28th, we caught up with co-writer / director Andrew Goth to discuss working with Payne and Neill, the real-life relevance of his latest film, and much more.
Andrew Goth: Joanne was already into the field of quantum theory and consciousness. I love science, but I’m not that bright. We had to find an entertaining premise that did not »
- Derek Anderson
With Emma Watson M.I.A., it was up to Corden’s Belle to romance Stevens’ Beast, slow-dancing on a busy Los Angeles street as the crosswalk theater production held up traffic and befuddled observers sitting in their cars.
“That was incredible. It was the most invigorating thing I’ve ever done,” Stevens said after the final number. »
Exploring the director’s fascination with spying.
The cinema of Steven Spielberg is one that’s built around fascination and a need to understand. As a director he is an explorer, but not one interested in unearthing grand artifacts, rather one in search of intimate treasures, an explorer of explorers, so to speak, someone to whom the process of discovery is much more interesting than the discoveries themselves.
As such, his films are rife with surveillance, characters spying on or otherwise surreptitiously watching other characters, tracking their behavior, their actions, their being, for the purposes of gathering information, good and bad. Think of the Nazis on the trail of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark peering over newspapers, or the future crime detectives in Minority Report scanning time for illegalities, or the government scientists after E.T. creeping about suburbia.
Spielberg is constantly exploring surveillance and the various mindsets behind it, and »
- H. Perry Horton
Luke Owen praises the news of the Matrix reboot…
Back in 2014 I wrote an article titled Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is everything wrong with reboots. In it I argued that the idea behind rebooting the classic 1980s comedy was good in principle (it’s an easy enough premise to adapt and update) but the execution was horrible. Rather than take it in a new direction with original ideas, Feig and his team simply made the same movie again but with their brand of humour. They made constant references to the original movie, they boasted cameos from the original cast and even used the same theme song. It was an utterly pointless exercise and a wasted opportunity.
- Luke Owen
Den Of Geek Mar 14, 2017
Westworld season 2 is coming (eventually), but it may be a very different show when it gets here.
This article contains spoilers for Westworld season 1.
This isn't exactly a shocking revelation since William was revealed to be the Man in Black in the first season, and flashbacks to his past daliances with Dolores might seem moot. Simpson also hinted at the possibility of his not returning when he chatted with CinemaBlend:
"So far, my involvement in [season 2] is unclear," he admitted. "If they have more for William, »
The on-screen sisters are set to appear in an upcoming episode of Carpool Karaoke, Apple Music’s spinoff of the popular James Corden segment. The announcement was first made via the show’s Twitter feed on Sunday.
STARKpool Karaoke? Lane of Thrones?@SophieT and @Maisie_Williams from @GameOfThrones are shooting a #CarpoolKaraoke for @applemusic! pic.twitter. »
One of the things I admire most about the movie Jurassic Park is that this film was made in 1993. Even today those dinosaurs look real. They really do. We’re talking 24 years of technology taking place after this film and I still get freaked out by those raptors. Speaking of which, there’s a clip that got uploaded way back in 2012 that’s generated over 7 million views that I’ve never seen before and wanted to share with you guys. It’s called “Evolution of a Raptor Suit” and it’ll truly make you appreciate how the “coming to life” of dinosaurs
Evolution of a Raptor Suit Will Make You Appreciate Practical Effects »
- Nat Berman
It’s ugly, it’s violent, it’s graphic novelist Frank Miller’s nasty vision through and through. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition brings out the amazing backstory of the production of this stop-motion- intensive first sequel to RoboCop. Druglord Caine is a menace, but we’re just as appalled by the film’s vivid depiction of a greater terror: Predatory Privatization.
Shout! Factory / Scream Factory
1990 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Collector’s Edition / Street Date March 21, 2011 / 34.93
Cinematography: Mark Irwin
Production Design: Peter Jamison
Original Music: Leonard Rosenman
Produced by Jon Davison
Directed by Irvin Kershner
I wish I could say that 1990’s RoboCop 2 has been »
- Glenn Erickson
I got a shiver of anticipation when I read the announcement on Monday that Steven Spielberg would direct “The Post,” a drama about The Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers, starring Tom Hanks as the fabled Post editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham. Set in 1971, the movie will center on the paper’s war with the White House over whether the Post had the right to publish the top-secret military documents — first leaked to The New York Times by Daniel Ellsberg — that charted the escalation and futility of the Vietnam War. I have no idea if Spielberg has been mulling this movie over for a while (the rights were bought by producer Amy Pascal last fall), but everything about the timing suggests that it’s no coincidence the announcement was made 45 days after the inauguration of Donald Trump. “The Post” is clearly a »
- Owen Gleiberman
As he took the stage of the Paramount Theatre on Friday night, Ridley Scott admitted this was his first trip to Austin. He complimented the local food as good and the tequila as even better. But this wasn’t a holiday for the prolific 79-year-old director.
Scott was at SXSW to introduce 15 minutes of footage from “Alien: Convenant,” the sixth installment of the Twentieth Century Fox tentpole, which opens on May 19. “My mantra has always been to scare the living sh-t out of you,” he said, just as the lights dimmed.
That wasn’t an empty promise. Judging from the Austin crowd–a fairly accurate bellwether for box office success–“Alien Covenant” is now poised to be one of the biggest hits of the summer. The reaction among the fanboys (and girls) was uniformly enthusiastic, with screams and hoots erupting in the theater.
After 2012’s “Promethus,” which was met »
- Variety Staff
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