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Not only was the 1985 Making Contact directed by Stargate, Godzilla, and Independence Day‘s Roland Emmerich, but it also carries heavy Et, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Poltergeist influences, while also having been a potential inspiration behind James Wan’s films, especially Dead Silence. Kino Lorber is releasing the 80’s classic, also known as Joey, on Blu-ray and DVD […] »
- Brad Miska
Long live Michael Laughlin. Two years after he released one of my favorite early ‘80s oddities, Strange Behavior (I wrote about it here), he was back to unleash the next chapter in a proposed ‘Strange’ trilogy, Strange Invaders (1983). And while the former is a tribute to Mad Scientist films of the ‘50s via an updated Slasher take, the latter tips its fedora to the great Alien Invasion films of the same era. It may not reach the same dizzyingly weird heights, but Strange Invaders is an affectionate romp that captures the feel of those bygone drive-in classics and solidifies Laughlin’s unique voice.
A co-production between Emi Films and Lone Wolf McQuade Associates, Strange Invaders was released by Orion Pictures in mid September stateside to positive reviews and lackluster box office. Returning only a quarter of its $5 million plus budget, this was the Way of the Laughlin – everyone liked his movies, »
- Scott Drebit
With the Amazon Princess’ live-action solo movie fast approaching, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a Commemorative Edition re-release of the acclaimed 2009 DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Wonder Woman, which is set to hit Digital, Blu-ray and DVD this May. Take a look at the cover art, synopsis, special features and trailer here…
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It »
- Gary Collinson
Burbank, CA (March 28, 2017) — Return to the realm of Amazonian warriors, Greek gods and mythological creatures – all unleashed on modern civilization – as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment honors the world’s greatest female super hero with the release of Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition. The feature-length, PG-13 rated animated film, one of the best-reviewed entries in the decade-long history of the DC Universe Original Movies (we liked it when the film was first released in 2009), will be distributed on Digital HD on May 2, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on May 16, 2017.
Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp) starting May 16, 2017. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital HD.
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. »
- ComicMix Staff
With the Wonder Woman live action movie set to arrive in theaters in just over two months, it’s understandable that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will want to put out as much merchandise bearing the likeness of the Amazon Princess as possible. One item in particular that’s worthy of attention is that of the forthcoming Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition.
Truth be told, it’s technically not a new offering, but rather a repackaging of the amazing animated film originally released back in 2009. Unfortunately, no R-rated cut will be included as was previously reported. Despite any second guessing you may have, do know that one exists out there somewhere, as the filmmakers have admitted they had to make some alterations in order to get the PG-13 rating because, at the time, WB didn’t afford as much leeway with mature content as they do now.
Moving on to the official synopsis, »
- Eric Joseph
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: O'Shea Jackson Jr., who made his acting debut by portraying his father, Ice Cube, in Straight Outta Compton (above), is in negotiations to join Godzilla: King of the Monsters. If things work out, he would join Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga in the monster sequel, which is scheduled for theatrical release on March 22, 2019. [Variety] The Underground Railroad: Barry Jenkins (above), who just won an Academy Award for Moonlight, has been busy lately writing a miniseries based on Colson Whitehead's book The Underground Railroad. It revolves around two slaves who escape a plantation in Georgia and head for safety. Now streaming service Amazon has picked up the series for further development. Jenkins is...
- Peter Martin
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: O'Shea Jackson Jr., who made his acting debut in Straight Outta Compton (above) portraying his father, Ice Cube, is in negotiations to join Godzilla: King of the Monsters. If things work out, he would join Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga in the monster sequel, which is scheduled for theatrical release on March 22, 2019. [Variety] The Underground Railroad: Barry Jenkins (above), who just won an...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters: O'Shea Jackson Jr., who made his acting debut by portraying his father, Ice Cube, in Straight Outta Compton (above), is in negotiations to join Godzilla: King of the Monsters. If things work out, he would join Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga in the monster sequel, which is scheduled for theatrical release on March 22, 2019. [Variety] The Underground Railroad: Barry Jenkins (above), who just won an Academy Award for...
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DC. Marvel. Industry giants, yet not the only names in comics. Not by a long shot.
Valiant is one such company that has been around for quite a while, founded in 1989 by former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and Steven Massarsky. Like the two industry leaders, we have the Valiant Universe including such titles as X-o Manowar, Harbinger, and Shadowman. Valiant already has a five-picture deal with Sony to bring the Valiant Universe to life, including movie versions of Bloodshot and Harbinger, leading to an Avengers style event in Harbinger Wars.
Heat Vision has learned that now that Valiant is developing Archer & Armstrong in house before being shopped around to studios. The project certainly won't be a hard sell, considering the talent that just joined the film.
- Nick Doll
King Kong might end up ruling the weekend thanks to “Kong: Skull Island”, which looks set to dominate all competition. But how does the giant ape stack up against other oversized creature feature creatures? Read on to find out. These are the movies that stand tall as the kings of the monsters, as determined by domestic box office. Note: All figures are from Comscore and Box Office Mojo, and are not adjusted for inflation. 10.) Godzilla (1998) $136M Domestic Roland Emmerich’s overhaul of Toho’s most famous kaiju was panned by critics, including Siskel and Ebert, whom Emmerich mocked with characters meant. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Movies are the new Television. Well, sort of. In recent years, in the midst of mass sequelization and the rise of long-running film franchises, it’s become commonplace to plan out your movies well in advance of their release. Perhaps best known for this is Marvel Studios. Following the success of Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they’ve announced their slate of films beforehand in advance. The folks over at Paramount took this idea and escalated it to the next level, but announcing a writers room led by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to map out the future of the Transformers franchise. Now, it sounds like the folks over at the MonsterVerse will be doing the same for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie.
According to THR, Legendary and Warner Bros have hired screenwriter Terry Rossio — best known for co-writing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies with Ted »
- Joseph Medina
Spoilers for the end of Kong: Skull Island below! For anyone who saw Kong: Skull Island and couldn't get enough of the entertaining action flick, we have good news. Thanks to the crazy post-credits scene at the conclusion of the film, it seems like there's going to be a lot more King Kong in our future. The only downside? It probably won't hit theaters for a long, long time. If you stick around after the miles and miles of credits finally finish scrolling, you'll be treated to a scene of Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston's characters - who are among the only people who survive the film and make it off Skull Island - being held in Project Monarch headquarters (a top-secret government organization that was first introduced in 2014's Godzilla, and is to the "MonsterVerse" what S.H.I.E.L.D. is to superheroes). There they're told »
- Quinn Keaney
“Kong: Skull Island” is opening in theaters this Friday, March 10. But Legendary Entertainment is already gearing up for the next film in their MonsterVerse, “Godzilla vs. Kong.” As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has started assembling a writers’ room to brainstorm story ideas and beats for the next installment in the series of films featuring the giant super-species, which is eyeing a release date of May 29, 2020.
The writers’ room will be lead by veteran screenwriter Terry Rossio, best known for co-writing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Working with Rossio will be John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, co-writers of “Star Trek Beyond” and “Star Trek 4;” T.S. Nowlin, writer of the “Maze Runner” movies and “Pacific Rim 2”; and J. Michael Straczynski, who worked on “World War Z” and is the »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Just as Kong: Skull Island crashes into theaters, The Hollywood Reporter brings word today that Legendary is beginning to make serious headway on its main event, Godzilla Vs. Kong. A writers room has officially been established, with Lindsey Beer (The Kingkiller Chronicles) and Pirates of the Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio among those on board to canvas ideas.
Rossio will oversee the creative process, before a single writer will be elected to hash out a screenplay. THR notes that Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek 4), Cat Vasko (Queen of the Air), T.S. Nowlin (Pacific Rim: Uprising) and comic book scribe J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z, Sense8) have also signed on to pitch their story ideas into the proverbial hat.
Legendary’s decision to hatch a writers room shouldn’t be all that surprising – in fact, the idea was originally proposed back when Godzilla: »
- Michael Briers
Kong: Skull Island, 2017
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Thomas Mann, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Eugene Cordero, Will Brittain, and Richard Jenkins.
A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.
By now, it’s a given that Kong: Skull Island is an explosive stop on the road to the hugely tantalizing future prospect of King Kong squaring off against Godzilla in a showdown of metaphorical and literal epic proportions. However, what may surprise some is that this early slice of 2017 blockbuster fare is not some half-assed, get the movie shot and in the can solely to tease the real main event, lifeless exercise in big-budget studio filmmaking. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts »
- Robert Kojder
After working closely with Roland Emmerich, producing Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, and more, producer Dean Devlin is in fitting territory with his directorial debut. Geostorm imagines a world where the climate is controlled by satellites, but things soon take a turn for the worse when technology goes awry, causing disaster across the globe.
The film, which will have begun shooting three years ago when it finally arrives this fall, reportedly recently had about $15 million worth of re-shoots under the direction of Judge Dredd helmer Danny Cannon and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Does it spell bad weather? Judging from the trailer, it looks to be VFX-heavy spectacle-driven adventure, but let’s just hope it’s not as brainless as Emmerich’s last film.
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, »
- Leonard Pearce
Early on in the development of Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, writer-director Jordan Vogt-Roberts pitched the idea of setting said creature feature against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, at a time when napalm was the weapon of choice. Much to his surprise, the Powers That Be gave the go-ahead, allowing Vogt-Roberts to craft a monster movie dripping with a very particular, Apocalypse Now-esque aesthetic.
Situating Skull Island in the early ’70s also allowed the director to call upon some of the greatest and most iconic rock ballads of the era – Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones…you name it – but for whatever reason, the fourth and presumably final trailer comes packing a noisy and frankly off-putting score that doesn’t really jive with a Vietnam War pic involving a 100ft ape.
But beyond the questionable selection of music, we should warn you that the trailer above strays far into spoiler territory, »
- Michael Briers
This October, the entire world will face deadly, devastating weather that will be impossible to survive in Geostorm. The first trailer for this thriller will erupt like molten lava tomorrow. Today, Warner Bros. and Skydance have unleashed several teasers from around the globe.
The first tease has a series of deadly twisters setting down to destroy the landscape. The second video shows a giant tidal wave hitting a city. And the third clip is so hot, it literally cooks eggs on the sidewalk. This footage is all very reminiscent of the grand disaster movies we've seen over the past couple of decades. From Independence Day, to The Day After Tomorrow to Twister and the more recent San Andreas. Geostorm looks like all of these movies put in a blender and served with a wild side of 'Oh, My Gosh!'
Logan may not be tethered with a post-credits sequence at launch – James Mangold’s actioner instead features a wonderful glimpse at Ryan Reynolds back in the Deadpool suit – but make no mistake, you’ll want to hang around after the credits roll on Kong: Skull Island.
Pegged for release on March 10th, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s sky-scraping creature feature will follow in the monstrous footsteps of Godzilla to become the second entry into Warner Bros. and Legendary’s interconnected MonsterVerse. Given Skull Island is angled as a prequel, one that takes place during the height of the Vietnam War, many fans have been left wondering how exactly the Powers That Be plan to bridge the gap between each movie in time for Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomping into theaters in two years’ time. Well, wonder no more. Flickering Myth attended an early screening of Kong: Skull Island, and has now posted a detailed, »
- Michael Briers
Vera Farmiga has faced all sorts of horrors onscreen, from a sinister adopted daughter in Orphan to a budding serial killer son in Bates Motel to the malicious spirits of The Conjuring. Her next new role will have her facing her biggest monster yet: Farmiga has just signed on for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Michael Dougherty‘s sequel to Gareth […]
- Angie Han
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