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In this new Shock column, journo Trevor Parker sifts through discount stores for the cheapest and coolest DVD’s and Blu’s he can find and lives to tell the tale…hey, it’s a living! There’s no shortage of pundits out there who are happy to declare physical media to be cold and stiff in its grave. The…
- Chris Alexander
From title changes to the addition of rubber demons, here's a selection of some rather strange movie alterations from cinema history...
The course of film production seldom runs smooth, and even the greatest films can suffer from all sorts of behind-the-scenes problems. For a very recent example, just look at Fantastic Four, a film with which suffered the kind of difficult production that will no doubt inspire books on the subject in the near future.
At any rate, the movies on this list are all examples of strange (and sometimes last-minute) changes, often imposed by producers or executives. In some unfortunate cases, the changes haven't been particularly beneficial, but one alteration turned out to be a pioneering moment in cinema history.
In every instance, the changes are unusual, surprising, or sometimes downright baffling ...
The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1921)
A classic of German cinema, Robert Weine's silent horror film is widely »
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
He may be hard at work on X-Men: Apocalypse – which is due out May 2016 – but Bryan Singer has already been tapped up by Fox to direct a new sci-fi movie called Uprising which will tell the story of a moon colony’s rebellion against Earth.
Uprising is based on the classic 1966 sci-fi novel “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” by American novelist Robert A. Heinlein. Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim will work on the screenplay adaptation and Singer will reportedly take over the project after finishing up on X-Men: Apocalypse.
The original book was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award and won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel the following year. Some of Heinlein’s other works have already been adapted for the big screen including Starship Troopers and The Puppet Masters.
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Keeping one of its most lucrative directors in-house, Fox has set X-Men: Days of Future Past helmer Bryan Singer to tackle an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi classic The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, to be titled Uprising.
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has come aboard to adapt the book, which centers on a lunar colony’s revolt against rulers stationed back on Earth, echoing the historical conflict between the United States and the British Empire. It was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award, honoring the best American writing in fantasy and science fiction, and won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.
Two previous attempts to adapt Heinlein’s novel – one at DreamWorks with a script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and another by Phoenix Pictures involving Harry Potter producer David Heyman – failed, with the rights reverting to the author’s estate.
Singer is also attached in a producing capacity, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bryan Singer has signed on as the director of Uprising.
The project is an adaptation of Robert A Heinlein's sci-fi novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Heinlein's novel is set in 2075 and follows the rebellion of a moon-based colony against their rulers on Earth.
Andrew Mittman and Jason Taylor will serve as executive producers on Uprising.
20th Century Fox secured the rights to the adaptation, following previous attempts by DreamWorks and Phoenix Pictures.
Singer's next project for 20th Century Fox will be X-Men: Apocalypse, which is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016. »
Bryan Singer has signed on to produce an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's 1966 sci-fi novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress for 20th Century Fox, which recently picked up the movie rights. Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim is writing the screenplay adaptation, which will be entitled Uprising. It isn't clear at this time if Bryan Singer is directing the project, or if he will only serve as a producer.
The original novel centers on a lunar colony which plans a revolt against Earth. The book was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award, which goes to the best sci-fi and fantasy novels published in the U.S., and it won the Hugo Award for best sci-fi novel in 1967. There were two planned adaptations of the beloved book in the past. DreamWorks had a script by Terry Elliott and Terry Rossio, and later Phoenix Pictures tried to mount an adaptation with David Heyman. »
He might be deep in pre-production on his latest foray into the mutant world of the X-Men with Apocalypse but Bryan Singer is keeping one eye out for potential other projects. He’s now attached to direct an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s science-fiction tome The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.Marc Guggenheim, best known at the moment for working on shows such as Arrow and The Flash, will write the script drawn from Heinlein’s 1966 novel.The plot finds a lunar colony deciding that it really doesn’t want to be ruled by Earth and the political/military fallout that comes with the choice to revolt. Heinlein was nominated for the Nebula award and took home the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.And given how popular his work has been as fodder for screen adaptations – think The Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers – this is a »
8 items from 2015
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