11 items from 2016
I found myself thinking recently about films that have been repressed to the dark recesses of forgotten cinema. The sort of films where you find yourself snapping a finger and exclaiming “oh yeah…I remember that!” These could be great films that have somehow not stayed in the consciousness of the mainstream. Then there is another band of films that perhaps didn’t quite get the love they deserved. In the course of time some films find that love. Blade Runner is a great example of this. With this in mind I will begin to explore films that should be shown more love, be they merely forgotten, or dismissed without due attention to their finer points.
With Sly Stallone hitting the comeback trail in such wonderful style in Creed, and »
- Amie Cranswick
See Also: New poster for Leatherface
In this prequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a young nurse is kidnapped by a group of violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind, molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.
- Amie Cranswick
Just in case you missed it, Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced on January 11, 2015 that principal photography has started in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on Bad Santa 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit Bad Santa.
As was previously reported, the film boasts an all-star cast led by Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, and Brett Kelly. Joining the already announced cast are Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls), comedian Jenny Zigrino (50 Shades of Black), and Jeff Skowron (The Good Shepherd). Hansen will play Regent Hastings, who runs a charitable organization with his wife Diane (Hendricks). Zigrino and Skowron play security guards Gina and Dorfman, respectively. The trio joins Thornton (television series Fargo, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) reprising his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, and Bates (Misery, Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) who plays Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Cox »
- Mike Tyrkus
Time traveling twists and a robot on a rampage will hit Blu-ray in February via Scream Factory's double feature Blu-ray of Millennium and R.O.T.O.R., and we have a look at the release details. Also in this round-up: teaser trailers for Sable and Chateau Sauvignon: terroir.
Millennium / R.O.T.O.R. Blu-ray: Press Release: "The future is yours with time travel and a killer robot! Scream Factory presents a sci-fi double feature to shout about when Millennium & R.O.T.O.R. come to Blu-ray on February 23, 2016. These two cult classics from the 80s are now finally available for the first time on Blu-ray, in a release including an alternate ending for Millennium.
Leap into thrilling, time-travelling mayhem with Millennium.When safety investigator Bill Smith (Kris Kristofferson, Blade) looks into a disastrous airplane crash, he soon makes a shocking discovery – one that will impact the future of humanity itself. The beautiful but mysterious Louise (Cheryl Ladd, »
- Derek Anderson
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When you imagine a film shoot, you might picture glitz, glamour and lots of grinning from those lucky enough to be actively involved in the moviemaking industry. Most of the time though, positive preconceptions like these couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes, in filmmaking, serious sh*t goes down.
Just recently, for example, Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant has been singled out as a particularly troubled production with displeased divides forming between the cast and crew. Tension on set seemed rife, with the only grinning in sight coming from those individuals with a ‘grin and bear it’ mentality (Leonardo DiCaprio bear pun very much intended).
The full extent of that film’s behind-the-scenes troubles hasn’t surfaced yet, but Hollywood history is littered with similar stories.
Here are ten film shoots that went woefully off the rails, threatening to ruin major movies in the process… »
- Rob Leane
Guillermo del Toro is touted for every movie under the sun, so take this with a grain of salt, but if things work out, he will be going under the skin for a new version of Fantastic Voyage. He is in talks to develop and direct the film, according to THR. The remake will be produced by Twentieth Century Fox and James Camerson's Lightstorm Entertainment. David Goyer wrote the current script; he and del Toro previously worked together on Blade 2, and if things work out, they will reunite to develop the project. The 1966 original was a medical thriller that followed a team that was shrunken to microscopic size inside a submarine and injected into the bloodstream of an important scientist in order to save his life....
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Outside of his gothic passion project, Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro struggled to garner much luck in 2015. Not only was Pacific Rim 2 shelved indefinitely, but the filmmaker’s collaboration with decorated video game developer Hideo Kojima for the now-canned Silent Hills reboot quickly unravelled after Kojima’s much-touted fallout with Konami.
As such, the passionate Mexican director is actively casting the net in search of a new project, and it appears del Toro has settled on his next venture: a remake of classic 60s sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that the celebrated filmmaker has opened talks to helm the modern retelling that’s in the works over at Twentieth Century Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.
- Michael Briers
Considering how his version of The Hobbit never saw the light of day and intriguing projects like At the Mountains of Madness never came to fruition, it was a bit disappointing when Guillermo del Toro‘s latest film, the entertaining gothic horror/romance Crimson Peak, failed to truly connect with audiences. Perhaps as a response, with Pacific Rim 2 shelved, he’s now looking to direct something with a wider appeal.
According to THR, he’s in talks to helm a James Cameron-produced remake of the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. The original revolved around a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent on a miniature submarine to save the life of a defecting Soviet scientist. The story then followed the biological adventures the team encounters in trying to save the scientist and themselves.
It’s quite the long-gestating project, having been in the hands of Paul Greengrass, »
- Leonard Pearce
For years and years now, James Cameron has been shepherding and developing a remake of of the 1966 sci-fi Fantastic Voyage. Shawn Levy ("Night At The Museum," "The Internship") was attached to direct at one point, and a couple years back, David S. Goyer was hired to pen a treatment. Then things went quiet. But now the project is back to life with a pretty exciting name attached to helm. Guillermo del Toro will now direct the flick about a group of scientists who are miniaturized and sent into a human body in a submarine to remove a blood clot from a colleague’s brain. Goyer, who last worked with del Toro on "Blade 2," is now writing the script, and will develop the story with del Toro, with the movie aimed to be tentpole sized, because obviously. Meanwhile, Cameron, who was behind del Toro's efforts to make "At The Mountains Of Madness, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Is there a fourth Blade movie in the works? Wesley Snipes told IGN at last year's San Diego Comic Con that he and Marvel are indeed developing another film in the cult vampire-action franchise, but don't ask Blade I-iii writer (and Blade: Trinity director) David S. Goyer about it -- he's not even in on the discussions. "I'm not involved with it," Goyer told me while out promoting his forthcoming supernatural horror film The Forest. "I don't know to what extent Marvel really has been working on that or not. I can tell you I was with [Blade 2 director] Guillermo del Toro today and we were talking about it, and he's heard nothing about it either. So if Marvel's working on it, they're not working on it with us, which is perfectly fine. I'm not sure that I would do a Blade film again." He's not kidding. According to various reports (including »
- Chris Eggertsen
With Pacific Rim 2 shelved, Guillermo del Toro is actively seeking his next project and could follow up his Gothic romance Crimson Peak by going small in a really big way. The filmmaker is in talks to develop and direct Fantastic Voyage, the remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic which is being made by Twentieth Century Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment. The project not only reunites del Toro with Cameron, with whom he once tried to launch his passion project At the Mountains of Madness, but reteams him with David Goyer, the writer of his vampire action movie, Blade
- Borys Kit
11 items from 2016
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