17 items from 2015
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Now that it’s graduated from just sharing cat pictures, the internet lives off movie facts. It’s just a shame so many of them are completely made up.
Did you know the run-time of Titanic is the same as the time it took for the ship itself to sink? That little factoid’s recently done the rounds, despite being categorically false – the ship went down in two hours, forty minutes, while James Cameron’s Oscar sweeping blockbuster goes on for another half an hour. A quick fact check would have revealed that, but instead people run around shouting it just so they can make jokes about how long the movie is.
Despite the entirety of human history (pretty much) at anybody’s finger-tips, people seem to take facts at face value, letting rumour reign supreme and trivia become a tangle of speculation.
In the early days of the internet, »
- Alex Leadbeater
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
We just reported on Anchor bay’s upcoming release of Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard (due to make its mark on DVD/Bluray on February 3rd), and for all of you zombie fanatics wanting not just a taste of the film, but the Entire thing, USC is hosting a special sneak preview of the B. Harrison Smith-helmed film on January 27th at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which director B. Harrison Smith graduated from in ’85.
Following the special sneak preview, the cast and members of the crew will be on hand to meet fans and take part in a Q&A regarding Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard, so if you’re in the area, stop by and check it out. For full details, see below!
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 27th; 7:00pm
Where: USC School of Cinematic Arts
Ray Stark Family Theatre, Sca 108
George Lucas Bldg. Lobby
900 E. »
- Jerry Smith
If you are a fan of wolves French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's latest film, Wolf Totem, may just be up your alley. It will screen at the Efm in Berlin before it opens in his native France on February 25th. You can watch the trailer below. Oscar-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud's epic film adaptation of Jiang Rong's best-selling novel follows a student being sent to Inner Mongolia at the height of the Cultural Revolution and forges a bond with the wolves.Annaud brought on Avatar and Titanic composer James Horner to create the score. It all has this Chinese/French Dances With Wolves/The Grey sort of vibe to it. ...
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The Dive is a movie version of the life of couple Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras and Audrey Mestre. They submerged themselves for daredevil free-dives to see who could last the longest underwater on one puff of sweet, sweet oxygen. Appropriately enough the producer is James Cameron, who’s no stranger to deep sea antics. The Abyss famously depicted experiments in breathing below the surface, not to mention his fictional and actual exploration of the wreck of the Titanic.
Cameron co-produces with Rae Sanchini via Lightstorm Entertainment, alongside Barry Josephson. The script is by Dana Stevens. Lawrence certainly likes to mix it up a bit as the project likely follows her Magic Mop creator biopic Joy, co-starring Robert De Niro.
Source: Variety »
- Steve Palace
It was back in 2009 that James Cameron released his last movie into the world. That film was, of course, Avatar, which stands as the most commercially popular movie of all time at the worldwide box office. And in second place is Cameron's Titanic film.
The plan for some time has been to make sequels to Avatar, and James Cameron has since confirmed that Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 are all going to be shooting back to back. Furthermore, it had been announced that the first of those would be in cinemas at the end of 2016.
But things have now changed.
We're going to get real for a second: When Titanic came out, we saw it in the theaters no less than 13 times. And during those 13 viewings (which, truth be told, have at least doubled by now), we managed to catch pretty much every not-so-subtle joke that James Cameron snuck in. (Picasso not amounting to anything, anyone?) But apparently, Jim had a few more wisecracks up his sleeve—at least according to this recently-surfaced deleted scene. The latest gag comes courtesy of everyone's favorite Unsinkable Molly Brown (played by Kathy Bates). As Mrs. Brown sits in one of the Titanic's restaurants downing drinks and harassing the waitstaff for more ice, the infamous iceberg floats by in the »
By now, you likely know that James Cameron is planning a full-on trilogy of sequels to the top-grossing film of all-time, 2009's Avatar. He's hired several people to help him co-write each of the tree films, and the plan has been to film all of them together and then release them a year apart. Now, the original plan was for this all to begin at the end of 2016, but the Associated Press is reporting that Cameron is pumping the brakes a bit on that timeline.
Cameron says he's delaying the whole thing a year, meaning we won't see another Avatar film until later 2017, a full 8 years after the original became a worldwide phenomenon. His reasoning, though, makes the decision hard to question. Quality control has always been a huge factor in how Cameron approaches his films, which is why he never seems to be in a rush to simply "churn something out. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The Associated Press reports the Academy Award winner behind “Titanic” and “The Terminator” dropped the bad news for fans hoping to see the first of three new movies in 2016 while promoting the local film industry in Wellington, New Zealand with “Hobbit” director Peter Jackson. Cameron filmed the 2009 blockbuster there, and has returned to produce the three sequels, which will be released over three consecutive years.
See photos: Disney Releases First Look at ‘Avatar »
- Greg Gilman
The CW just had the biggest panel of this press tour, with 13 actors from "Arrow" and "The Flash" — Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Katie Cassidy, John Barrowman, Colton Haynes, David Ramsey, Tom Cavanagh, Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Robbie Amell, Victor Garber and Matt Nable(*) — plus producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. Panels that size — particularly involving two different shows, even if they're linked like these two — are usually unwieldy and leave lots of people sitting silently on stage, but this superheroes and villains panel was lively, had a lot of interplay between the two casts, and almost everyone had at least one good line or moment. (The only exceptions: Colton Haynes and Matt Nable from "Arrow," neither of whom got asked anything.) (*) You'll note Cassidy was the only woman from either show. After the panel, Berlanti admitted to a small group of reporters that he had messed up on that. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
“Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while now. You’re different. Now, don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer.” Ant-Man may feature a superhero who can shrink to microscopic sizes, but that unique ability could expand Marvel’s cinematic universe in a big way. Marvel has released the first trailer for Ant-Man, featuring a lot of screen time for Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, while also teasing an impressive supporting cast.
Press Release – “Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
The film »
- Derek Anderson
Amazon has revealed its first slate of 13 pilots for 2015, including an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's cult classic novel The Man in the High Castle executive produced by Ridley Scott, a Civil War-era drama co-written by Lost's Carlton Cuse and a dark comedy about floundering 40-somethings executive produced by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan.
This batch of new pilots — six comedies and dramas, six children's shows and one docuseries — will be available for free on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S., U.K. and Germany starting on January 15th. »
Amazon Studios’ first pilot season of 2015 will debut Thursday, Jan. 15, unveiling seven drama and comedy projects as well as a half-dozen kid-centric pilots.
Already due to debut via Amazon Studios this year are the first full seasons of Bosch, Hand of God and Red Oaks, plus Season 2 of Transparent. (Chris Carter’s The After meanwhile just had its series order scrapped.)
The dramas and comedies are as follows (click photos to zoom):
No relationship is official until it's Instagram official! Sam Smith and boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel crossed that threshold over the holidays, going public on the photo-sharing site with some cute couple-y pics! The 22-year-old "Stay With Me" singer and his new beau have been vacationing with pals in Sydney, Australia. During their Down Under getaway, both Instagrammed some snaps—including the obligatory #selfie and a silly shot of Jonathan standing on a park bench looking down at Sam. Perhaps best of all, though, was a picture of Sam and Jonathan recreating Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's famous Titanic scene on the bow of the boat. "I'm flying Jack, I'm flying," »
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If there’s one thing the film-obsessed side of the internet loves more than complaining about how dinosaurs should have feathers and lightsabers don’t need a cross-guard, it’s fan theories. Clogging up social media feeds and countless blogs is a never-ending stream of fan-created ideas that expand upon beloved movies (normally those created by Disney or Pixar).
Now some movies have hidden layers that have to be worked to uncover (Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, for example, has a mind-melting alternate reading that, judging from interviews, was very much intended), but sometimes a yellow Vw really is a yellow Vw. And that’s generally the problem with fan theories – more often than not it’s just someone with an overactive imagination willingly overlooking set-in-stone elements of a film to pursue their own ideas.
Take the countless “Person X was just in Person »
- Alex Leadbeater
30. Apollo 13 (1995)
Lost to: Braveheart
In 1995, director Ron Howard brought a true life story of hope in the face of peril and started sweeping up awards. He won the Directors Guild Award. He won the Producers Guild Award. He won the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award. He lost the Golden Globe Drama to “Sense and Sensibility,” though he was nominated. Nothing could beat “Apollo 13.” Oscar night came and the Academy decided to hand the award to Mel Gibson’s historical epic about William Wallace, whose only precursor award was a surprise directing win at the Golden Globes. I’m not saying “Apollo 13″ is a greater film than “Braveheart.” It’s just proof that even the mighty may fall if a charismatic actor/director is at the helm.
29. L.A. Confidential (1997)
Lost to: Titanic
- Joshua Gaul
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