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Movie posters are there to sell the movie. But some of them sell the movie too well, making you think a bad film will be a really, really good one.
To celebrate those rare moments when the publicity succeeds where the movie doesn't, here are just ten examples of great posters for terrible films.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%
The teaser poster for the second coming of Star Wars was screaming-in-the-street exciting when it first hit bus stop billboards. Intriguingly, there's no mention of hyper-annoying sidekicks or intergalactic tax systems anywhere on it. Hmm.
2. Cobra (1986)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 13%
So masculine it made men pregnant, the poster for action disasterpiece Cobra drips with virility. Alas, the film dripped with so much blood that the first cut earned an X rating, forcing reshoots that made an already preposterous plot crumple like a crisp packet in Sly's massive manly fists. »
In 2005, fans of Joss Whedon’s shiny space western “Firefly” had spent a couple years deploring the show’s cancelation on Fox, and the sci-fi series had only just begun to garner its cult following thanks to the power of the DVD. With support from its growing fanbase and with some persistence from Joss the Boss, the canceled series finally got a conclusion to the tale of the ragtag crew of the Firefly-class ship Serenity with the release of a feature film. That film — named for the crew’s beloved spaceship — was released in theaters 10 years ago today, on Sept. 30, 2005. The film featured all nine regular cast members of “Firefly,” along with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the antagonist role, years before his Oscar nomination, and a brief appearance from Sarah Paulson, before TV viewers would come to know her for “American Horror Story.” “Serenity” ultimately under-performed at the box office, »
- Emily Rome
If the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders sounds to you like the most boring villains in the history of cinema (with the possible exception of the Trade Federation blockade in “The Phantom Menace”), you would not be wrong. You'd also be forgiven if a movie's central crisis concerning the inability to transfer earned pension benefits to a domestic partner sounds as compelling as a trip to the Dmv. These are some of the insurmountable problems in “Freeheld,” a would-be but not-actually-inspiring movie about a landmark Lgbt rights case that loses sight of the flesh and blood people at its heart, gets bogged down in tedious municipal politics and fails to find a way to compellingly dramatize an important story. A movie about people deeply in love, who are denied basic human rights and who struggle to their dying breath to ensure their struggles are not in vain »
- Rodrigo Perez
The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, the original soundtracks of Star Wars Episodes I-vi will be reissued by Sony Classical in three new, definitive editions – Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs), Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) and Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection (hi-resolution download).
All composed by the legendary five-time Oscar-winning composer, John Williams, these unique collector’s sets are being reissued after the latest chapter in the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters. All three of Sony Classical’s new soundtrack editions will be released worldwide January 8, 2016.
Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection includes each of the six film soundtracks – from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork. Audio »
- Michelle McCue
In this week’s edition of The Week in Star Wars, we look at a rather dubious rumour about Hayden Christensen returning to the Star Wars Universe, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie talk The Force Awakens and more…
Kicking things off as we usually do on The Week in Star Wars by looking at the latest from The Force Awakens. And this week John Boyega sat down to talk about his role as Finn and said that his story mirrors that of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo: “When I read the script I cried, and I’m not really a big crier. I’m more like a frog-in-the-throat kind of guy, who’ll try to hold it in and make sure I don’t let it all out. Finn is dope. His story is so epic. It’s a story that’s never been seen before, but it »
- Luke Owen
Lucasfilm has announced that Sony Classical is set to release a deluxe set of the soundtracks to the Star Wars saga this January, which will feature John Williams’ scores for The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
The scores will be available in three formats, all of which contain all six soundtracks: Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection, Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition, and Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection.
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The sets will be available from January 8th. Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States.
- Gary Collinson
Following in the ignominious footsteps of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace," "Prometheus," and similar ill-conceived prequels, "Pan" explains that which needed no explanation — and does so in a manner that drains every last ounce of magic from its predecessor. In concocting an origin story for Peter Pan, the Neverland boy who never grows up, director Joe Wright proceeds from the fundamentally flawed premise that Peter is a figure of such tantalizing mystery that the means by which he became the leader of the Lost Boys is a tale worth inventing. However, unlike Darth Vader, a cloaked and hooded icon whose true nature was shrouded in secrecy, Pan’s heroism — and dedication to protecting fellow orphans in search of a home — has never demanded any elaboration. And it certainly has never required the sort of half-baked, derivative gobbledygook offered up by this sloppy first installment in a planned trilogy. »
- Nick Schager
It’s one of the most memorable moments in cinema: Kevin McCarthy, the only witness to an alien takeover of a small California town, runs down a street shouting, “They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next!”
In Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, spores from outer space grow into huge pods capable of producing an exact likeness of another person, but with one telling difference: each “pod person” is completely lacking in human emotion.
Update the story to present day Hollywood, with soulless duplicates attempting to create a world free of complexity, emotion and individuality, and certain creative decisions made by the studios begin to make more sense. How do movies like Terminator Genisys get made? Because Pod People run Hollywood, and their agenda is to keep the masses ignorant and apathetic.
Think about it: faceless Corporations now control all the movie studios, which in turn control everything we see. »
- Ian Watson
Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills have been exploited ad nauseam across the Taken trilogy – and will soon inspire a spinoff TV series – though Deadline is bringing word that the Northern Irish acting veteran is enlisting for Ruben Fleischer’s action-comedy, The Revenger. Yes, after laying siege to most of mainland Europe, Neeson is ready for a new spin on the action genre.
Working from a script served up by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant – best known for their work on Night at the Museum – Fleischer’s film will set up shop at Universal. Granted, there’s little-to-no information to go on for director’s latest venture behind the camera, but considering the irreverent, self-referential tone of Zombieland coupled with the unbridled silliness of the Museum franchise, we’re hoping that Neeson’s take on what we assume will be title character is more comedy than out-and-out action. »
- Michael Briers
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming this December, but you're going to want to buy your tickets well in advance, as many believe the film could be sold out for weeks. Of course, we heard the same thing said when Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace opened back in 1999. And as many remember, tickets were readily available at the box office the day of release. Still, many fans are eagerly awaiting the moment they can pre-order their tickets. And that time may be soon, if a new rumor is to be believed.
FullofSith claim to have some inside intel on the exact date Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets are going on sale. If their calculations are correct, that date will be October 19th. As of now, that date has in no way been confirmed by LucasFilm or Disney. This is what FullofSith had to say on their Facebook Page. »
If the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders sounds to you like the most boring villains in the history of cinema (with the possible exception of the Trade Federation blockade in “The Phantom Menace”), you would not be wrong. And you'd also be forgiven if a movie's central crisis concerning the inability to transfer earned pension benefits to a domestic partner sounds as compelling as a trip to the Dmv. These are some of the insurmountable problems in “Freeheld,” a would-be but not-actually-inspiring movie about a landmark Lgbt rights case that loses sight of the flesh and blood people at its heart, gets bogged down in tedious municipal politics and fails to find a way to compellingly dramatize an important story. A movie about people deeply in love, who are denied basic human rights and who struggle to their dying breath to ensure their struggles are not in »
- Rodrigo Perez
It says a great deal about the human condition that some people would spend tens of thousands of dollars to climb one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
One early scene in director Baltasar Kormakur’s survival thriller perfectly illustrates this point: a climber totters above an unfeasibly long drop into a deep trench of ice and snow. He’s standing on a rickety ladder most of us wouldn’t use to climb up into a loft. Just as the climber gets his footing, a nearby sheet of ice the size of a double decker bus shears off, leaving the ladder shuddering in its wake. For most of us, this is the kind of situation we’d pay thousands to avoid.
Based on the tragic true story of a 1996 climbing expedition, »
"Roger Roger". Those two words probably make people who hate the film "The Phantom Menace" wince each and every time they hear them now. After all, that was the phrase that would come out of the most ineffectual weapons ever utilized by the bad guys in a "Star Wars" film… the Battle Droid. It's funny that I'd be thinking of Battle Droids this weekend, after completely sitting out what was referred to as "Force Friday." I remember the equivalent day in '99 when all of the "Phantom Menace" merchandise went on sale. I was working at the time as a closed-captioner, and one of the many thing I bought for myself at that midnight sale was a Battle Droid onboard his little flying scooter thingy. It sat on my desk for months, and I would look at it and imagine what we might get from the actual film. As with many things in the prequels, »
- Drew McWeeny
Have you successfully recovered from Force Friday? Well, don't get too comfortable just yet! There's always more merchandise on the way. And today, we get a look at the exciting 3D glasses coming to RealD 3D movie theaters nationwide. There are four different pairs of 3D glasses to choose from, all based on the new characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though, oddly enough, three out of the four are representing the villains in this adventure.
Who do you get to choose from? Representing the light side of the force is new ball droid Bb-8, who is proving to be a true fan favorite despite no one having yet seen what he does in the movie. We don't get any glasses based on Rey even though she dons a pretty cool pair of goggles that fans are already clamoring for and attempting to make themselves. Poe Dameron's X-Wing pilot isn't represented here, »
The French tourism board really needs to send some flowers to Disney.
The movie will then open in the UK a day later on Thursday, December 17th before hitting Us cinemas and the rest of the world on Friday, December 18th.
Of course, there will be midnight screenings and likely other various special previews but as it would seem right now, the first time the general public will be seeing J.J. Abrams’ newly envisioned Star Wars universe will be Dec. 16th.
And that will likely mean many faithful Jedis around the world rushed to their computer today to book flights and accommodation in France this Christmas. Don’t underestimate the power of the Star Wars fandom!
Depending on where you live, »
- Matt Holmes
This week, Neil Calloway asks whether 2015 has been a good year or a bad one at the box office…
2015 is looking to be the best year ever for box office. As things stand, two films released this year – Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron – are in the all time Us box office top ten. Is there anyone that doubts that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be joining them by the end of the year?
There are actually three other films from 2015 in the domestic top forty – Furious 7, Inside Out and Minions. Part of this is because it costs more to go to the cinema than ever before, so cinema takings are even higher, but if that were true films from 2014 would also dominate the charts, and they don’t. (the highest grossing film from last year is American Sniper, which is currently sandwiched between Furious 7 »
- Neil Calloway
Anghus Houvouras on Force Friday…
The minute I heard the words “Force Friday”, I knew we were in trouble. When I say ‘we’, I mean ‘society’.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is arriving in theaters this holiday season, and unlike the first film you will not have to wait months to get your hands on the toys. They’re already available at a retailer near you, or at least they were for the 10 minutes or so they were available before rabid fans scooped them up off the shelves like canned food in the hours before a hurricane hits.
The whole idea of ‘Force Friday’ is one of those brilliant marketing strategies developed by Mega-Corporations who long ago figured out that fandom is bereft of logic or reason. Make a date, give it a catchy name, and make sure to have plenty of countdown timers going to let fans know »
- Anghus Houvouras
There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it? It’s as if millions of fanboys and girls all woke at the same time to empty their bank accounts buying new Star Wars merchandise.
Okay, maybe they all won’t be waking up at the same time due to time zones and all, but they will be depleting their bank accounts and/or racking up credit card debt all over the world at midnight for Force Friday. Already taking place in some overseas markets and online, loads of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens product—and some Star Wars product unrelated to Tfa—have been making their way into the hands of rabid collectors. All I can say is, I am very happy that I have narrowed my collecting to a select few companies, because this madness could very possibly bankrupt a guy.
In all seriousness, tonight marks the »
- Dominic F
The first time the actor saw C-3Po, he felt kinship – and went on to play the android in all six Star Wars movies. Ahead of The Force Awakens, he talks about being censured by Disney, working with Jj Abrams and playing the worrywart robot once more
At the end of the hour that I spend with the actor Anthony Daniels, he reaches unprompted into his bag and removes a severed head. The pale gold exterior is tarnished and distressed. The static dots of its pupils stare out from behind tiny grilles. The mouth, an oblong slit like a tiny letterbox, conveys alarm. It is, unmistakably, C-3Po, the finicky, worrywart droid whom Daniels has played in all six Star Wars films, and plays again in the latest instalment, The Force Awakens, which is due out in December.
Fans’ expectations for the new film are stratospheric for several reasons. The »
- Ryan Gilbey
The Force Awakens hype made our correspondent feel as though he was behind on a film that isn’t out for three months
Star Wars was a breakout success for many well-discussed reasons, but one powerful factor was how it easily lent itself to creative backyard play. Kids of all stripes swung imaginary lightsabers, fired imaginary blasters and, when The Phantom Menace came along, engaged in complex imaginary trade negotiations. Luckily, George Lucas had the foresight to license his creation to toy companies, so children could harass their parents to buy them officially branded gewgaws. (He also took a lower salary on the first film to retain the toy rights, the first of a number of shrewd moves that made him the most successful independent film-maker in history.)
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- Jordan Hoffman
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