14 items from 2017
Author: Dave Roper
Science Fiction has been with us for as long as we’ve had cinema. Méliès made his Trip to the Moon, Lang built and displayed his dystopian Metropolis and Jules Verne’s rich science fiction novels fed into cinema’s early efforts to showcase the fantastical.
Thankfully, cinema’s relationship with science fiction has also generally proved to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Spectacle, as with the disaster epics of Irwin Allen’s 1970’s heyday, has always had its place, but alongside that films as diverse as Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Soylent Green and Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave us much to consider about human nature, society and our relationship with our fragile planet.
- Dave Roper
If you’ll recall, James Cromwell has already been the warden of a jail. Well, a fictional jail, The Green Mile. So now he’s going to have a chance to actually see the big house. It’ll only be for seven days but jail is still jail. The Oscar-nominated actor has been sentenced to jail for refusing to pay fines related to his arrest at a protest at a New York power plant. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports a town judge in Wawayanda on Thursday sentenced the 77-year-old Cromwell to seven days in jail Cromwell was among a group found guilty
James Cromwell Sentenced to Jail for Plant Protest Near his Home »
- Nat Berman
The first trailer has dropped for the upcoming thriller “Wind River,” which stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. The film is written and directed by “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water” scribe Taylor Sheridan, marking his second directorial effort following his 2011 horror film, “Vile.”
Set in the remote Wind River Indian Reservation in the state of Wyoming, “Wind River” centers on the killing of a young woman. When FBI agent Jane Banner (Warren) is called upon to investigate the murder, she must enlist the help of the town’s veteran game tracker Cory Lambert (Renner), who found the dead body, in order to solve the case. The cast also includes Jon Bernthal (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Eric Lange (“Narcos”), Kelsey Asbille (“The Amazing Spider-Man”), Graham Greene (“The Green Mile”), and Julia Jones »
- Yoselin Acevedo
If you grew up a huge Stephen King fan, 2017 is turning out to be the wet dream you never could have planned for. This year alone, we’re getting adaptations of two pieces of his seminal works: It and The Dark Tower. Additionally, work has begun on Castle Rock, a series that works as something of a shared universe between a lot of his stories, and Mr. Mercedes is also set to premiere this fall. If all that wasn’t enough, Spike will also be remaking one of his shorter novellas, The Mist, into a new TV series.
Related: Comparing It's Trailer With Its 1990s Miniseries Counterpart
The name may sound familiar, even if you haven’t read the novel, as a movie adaptation was made back in 2007, crafted by Stephen King expert Frank Darabont (the man behind the film classic The Green Mile — not to mention creator of The Walking Dead »
- Joseph Medina
Of all the films and TV shows that Frank Darabont has been involved with, The Green Mile was always one of my favorites. In fact I would place it right behind The Shawshank Redemption when it comes to his best movies. People always seem to forget that The Shawshank Redemption was a box office failure despite how amazing a film it was. Critics loved it. The Academy loved it. But for some reason it never caught on in the theaters. Today it’s considered one of the best films of all-time. I bring this up because The Green Mile was a
What the Cast of “The Green Mile” Looks Like Today »
- Nat Berman
Author Stephen King has had a very hit and miss track record when it comes to adaptations of his stories. For every Shawshank Redemption, The Shining and The Green Mile, there’s a The Lawnmower Man, Sleepwalkers and Maximum Overdrive. Even within some of his projects that are seen as a success, there can be weak moments. Take the TV mini-series based on his door-stop-thick novel, It – the first two thirds were fantastically freaky, spawning a generation of coulrophobics, but the last third is somewhat of a let down.
Hoping to rectify this is director Andrés Muschietti. His previous project Mama proved that he can do creepy, and this first trailer for his version of It brings all the scares.
- Kat Hughes
Movies are undoubtedly our most powerful art form: they can make us laugh, cringe, scream and sing. But, they also make us cry. Film, if executed properly (and that varies by genre), reenacts life, and depending on the subject, it can hit close to home for any number of people. For example, if your dog just died a few days ago, watching Old Yeller probably is not the way to go.
However, though these scenes may be upsetting, they are what make the film shine; it’s what we remember; it draws our attention towards and gives us a reason to care about what’s going on. These strong, emotional responses are what filmmakers are always looking to achieve, and when they have their audience reaching for the tissue boxes, that’s how they know they’ve done their job.
It’s true in all aspects of storytelling that time »
- Luke Parker
Jurassic World was a huge hit, both for the Millennials and for the people that saw Jurassic Park when it first came out in the theaters. There is something compelling about a world of gigantic ravenous dinosaurs that could devour you in one bite and demolish entire cities. But hey, is that not what most mega blockbusters are these days anyways -- the threat of total annihilation? Jurassic World 2 is sure to follow the trend, but the first picture shared today by Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first installment and co-wrote part two along with Derek Connolly, may tell a different story. Take a look!
First photo from the set. JW2 lives! #JW2 #JurassicWorld pic.twitter.com/ENLQCrlzW6
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) March 8, 2017
What we see here appears to be a gigantic skull of a Triceratops, and at least one Velociraptor (front-left) along with some other dinosaurs, that could possibly be »
- Drew Carlton
Stephen King and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions have teased the impending arrival of a secret new Hulu project titled Castle Rock, named after the fictional Maine town that serves as the setting of many of the author's stories.
"Jj Abrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. Soon. Be afraid," King warned on Twitter after the minute-long teaser was revealed.
The video that accompanied the unveiling lists the names of many of the characters, places and creatures that lurked in and around Castle Rock – Shawshank State Prison, »
The presence of James Cromwell is always a very welcome one, and over his long career the actor has certainly built himself a very impressive filmography with appearances in L.A. Confidential, Star Trek: First Contact, Six Feet Under, The Green Mile, Boardwalk Empire, and, of course, Babe. Cromwell's latest project will see him stand toe to claw with some of our world's largest and... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The studio is keeping details about Cromwell’s character information under wraps. “Jurassic World” generated $1.67 billion worldwide in 2015 — the fourth-best grosser of all time, trailing only “Avatar,” “Titanic” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Summer Box Office is Second Biggest in History Thanks to ‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Avengers’
Cromwell joins Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who are reprising their roles, along with Toby Jones and Justice Smith. Shooting begins next month with “A Monster Calls” director J.A. Bayona helming.
- Dave McNary
The Jurassic World sequel is being directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), based on a script by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow (Star Wars: Episode IX, Jurassic World). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Passengers) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Spiderman 3, The Help) reprise their roles as Owen and Claire while new additions include Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Black Mirror), Justice Smith (The Get Down), Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs) and Daniella Pineda (The Detour).
The movie is expected to start filming this »
- Tai Freligh
Actors Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott will be diving into the cutthroat world of Washington D.C. politics for House of Cards season 5, according to Entertainment Weekly. Netflix revealed the casting news at a press event in New York City yesterday, where a number of announcements were made about their upcoming shows.
Take a look at three brand new images released by the platform; the first and second show Clarkson as she sits down to speak with Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood and the third highlights Campbell as he seems to be getting down to business with Joel Kinnaman’s Will Conway…
No details about either of these two new characters have surfaced, but the stills above suggest that they’ll be on opposite sides of the political spectrum/Underwood-Conway presidential election.
- Justin Cook
Robin Bell Jan 13, 2017
You know you're a fan of something when that fandom is put to the test. Did you stick with Community when Dan Harmon wasn't writing it? During the barren 90s did you cling onto the hope that Doctor Who would return and be fantastic? Those moments when your patience and perseverance are tested are what make the privilege of being a fan important.
14 items from 2017
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