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Some franchises add numbers to their sequel titles. Think Spider-Man 2 or Iron Man 3 or Final Destination 5. Other franchises opt for more eccentric, colonized sequel-subtitles, like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End or Thor: The Dark World or the inadvertently flipped The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Sometimes franchises get particularly fanciful with how they incorporate the original film’s title: Die Hard beget Die Hard With a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard, and A Good Day to Die Hard, titles which are uniformly better than their movies. But if a franchise is especially cool, they »
- Darren Franich
Star Trek Into Darkness box office: Solid or disappointing domestic debut? (Photo: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness) J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, has to date grossed $13.4 million in North America, including from 336 late-night Wednesday IMAX shows and all-day showtimes at 3,668 locations on Thursday. As explained by Ray Subers at Box Office Mojo, first-day figures may have been below par because Paramount Pictures changed Star Trek Into Darkness‘ release date last week — the Star Trek sequel was to have opened on Friday. (Addendum: Barring an unexpected Saturday and Sunday surge, “disappointing” is the word for Star Trek Into Darkness’ domestic box-office debut.) For comparison’s sake: With $11.53m on Thursday proper, Star Trek Into Darkness had the 11th biggest Thursday opening ever (not adjusted for inflation). Its Thursday debut, »
- Zac Gille
Saturday Am Update: Star Trek Into Darkness added $22 million on Friday for a two-day total o $35.5 million. That Friday figure is a bit lower than 2009's Star Trek ($26.9 million), and it appears that four years of anticipation and help from 3D ticket prices isn't really giving Into Darkness much of a boost. Paramount is projecting $83.5 million for the four-day opening, though the comparables are all over the place and it could very easily wind up diverging significantly from that figure. One positive note: the movie did receive an "A" CinemaScore, which suggests overall word-of-mouth may be better than the mixed chatter online. Friday Update: Star Trek Into Darkness earned $11.5 million yesterday, which adds up to a $13.5 million total when including its Wednesday night IMAX showings. That figure is less than half of what 2009's Star Trek had earned through its first full day ($30.9 million), and is also less than half »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
When Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” raises the curtain on the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it will serve, among other things, as an indication that the love affair between the festival and Hollywood is alive and well — much more than the last time Luhrmann opened Cannes, 12 years ago, with “Moulin Rouge.” Back then, relations between Cannes and Tinseltown had hit something of a low, with few studio films of the late ’90s making the trek to the Croisette (“Beyond Rangoon,” anyone?). When he joined Cannes in 2001, festival director Thierry Fremaux was immediately tasked by fest president Gilles Jacob with a peacemaking mission to the West Coast, and the decade since has been one of the richest for le cinema Americain on the Riviera — even if the biggest Cannes-launched Oscar winner of recent years was a French production: “The Artist.”
As opening night draws near, I asked Fremaux to reflect on »
- Scott Foundas
Raquel Welch wigs vs. Ray Harryhausen monsters: One Million Years B.C. [See previous post: "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Dies."] Without Charles H. Schneer as producer, Ray Harryhausen created the visual effects for the 1966 camp classic One Million Years B.C. — though, admittedly, his work in that movie played second fiddle to Raquel Welch’s physical effects as a blonde-bewigged (?) cavewoman parading around Earth’s pre-history in a cleavage-enhancing fur bikini. Whereas in producer Hal Roach’s 1940 effort One Million B.C., lizards made up as dinosaurs made life difficult for Victor Mature and Carole Landis, in the creationist-style pre-history of the 1966 (sort-of) remake, Raquel Welch and fellow caveman John Richardson had to square off against Harryhausen’s stop-motion models of giant reptiles. (Photo: Raquel Welch One Million Years B.C.) [Please scroll down to check out TCM's beautiful Ray Harryhausen tribute.] Starring James Franciscus and featuring Earth vs. the Flying Saucers‘ Richard Carlson, The Valley of Gwangi (1969) was Harryhausen’s next-to-last mid-level effort. Both The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), with John Phillip Law, »
- Andre Soares
Welcome to We Got This Covered’s Deals of the Day. In this brand new column, we’ll be scouring the web in order to bring you hot deals on Blu-Rays and video games. Today, we’re featuring Star Wars, as Amazon is running some pretty good deals on all six films in the saga. Check out the details below.
1) Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV – VI)
With Star Wars: Episode VII currently in the works, why not re-visit the original trilogy that started it all? Marked down 53% and selling for $32.99, the Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Blu-Ray box set is an excellent purchase for any fan of George Lucas’ classic sci-fi films. Included here is Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, »
- Matt Joseph
For every great film that we see we all take away those great moments, the scenes that we will remember for years to come and look forward to seeing over and over again. Weather it is the end of Planet of the Apes or the “You talkin’ to me?” scene form Taxi Driver, even the greatest of films have their standout moments.
So what about bad movies? Could it really be the case that an average or even bad film could have no great scene? In some cases the answer is yes, such as the perennially suggested example of bad filmmaking that is Catwoman. I forced myself to watch the film again recently and I can officially confirm that there is no redeeming quality to be found.
Now, I am well aware that Catwoman is an easy target and my intention is not to further Insult it because there is »
- Matt Martindale
The MTV Movie Awards turns 22 this Sunday, April 14, which means yes, our beloved awards show has been drinking legally for a year.
In people years, the MTV Movie Awards still wouldn't be able to rent a car at the regular rate; but in the accolades-passing-out universe, 22 consecutive years of awarding popcorn statues to the A-list, producing the funniest movie spoofs ever, trying to wrangle Jim Carrey through his many stunts and witnessing the horror that was Borat's booty in Eminem's face has made it one of the most fun, most can't-be-missed awards shows in all Awards Show Land.
To celebrate the upcoming show (Sunday, April 14, 9:00 p.m. Et, MTV), here's our walk down memory lane with stops along the way to recall the 20 most memorable Movie Awards moments ever.
2000: When Tom Cruise Met Tom Crooze
Ben Stiller cut short his honeymoon and hopped onto a 15-hour »
- Kim Potts
For this article I’m going to open with a generalised (or to put it a better way – hopeful) statement but it’s one that I am confident in;
We have all watched and loved the Star Wars films (some more than others), whether it’s the sequels or the prequels.
No matter what generation you are, or which films you grew up watching, there is no denying it was a thrill ride of adventure and conquest. Following the characters and rooting for them as they fought the evil of the universe (or perhaps you rooted for the bad guys? – I’ll confess I did from time to time.)
And like me, I am sure that many of you have longed to own anything and everything that you saw within the movies. Wishing that every gadget was as real as the DVD (or VHS) you’re holding and just as easy to get hold of. »
- Thomas Weller
Take a deep breath. You only need shot — make it count.
From Yoda to Morpheus to Professor Dumbledore there are plenty of iconic movie characters with a seemingly endless amount of wisdom to share. Load up on some profound silver-screen musings with this epic supercut from Superluminal805's YouTube page, and feel far more enlightened in only seven minutes.
Link | Posted 4/9/2013 by reelz
The Lion King | Forrest Gump | Ferris Bueller's Day Off | Terminator 2: Judgment Day | The Shawshank Redemption | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi | The Matrix | Dead Poets Society | Ratatouille | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones | The Bucket List »
- reelz staff
All the way through its E3 debut last year, LucasArts was cagey with details about the story for its gritty shooter, "Star Wars 1313." Well, it seems like part of the reason for that was because behind the scenes, as recently as that May, George Lucas was signing off on focusing "Star Wars 1313" on fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett, according to a report from Kotaku.
The concept art above, shared by a LucasArts source, offers the only proof that the Mandalorian clone was to be the protagonist in "Star Wars 1313" which was set in the bowels of the space metropolis of Coruscant. If true, this would be the second "Star Wars" game with a Fett at the lead following 2002's "Attack of the Clones" tie-in "Star Wars: Bounty Hunter."
Making Boba Fett the lead was apparently one of several rethinks for the shooter which appears to have suffered some creative »
- Charles Webb
One of the most popular and beloved activities to do on the Internet is to nitpick movies, tv shows, books, you name it. We can’t get enough of our hate to imperfection, to make fun and destroy a movie when it doesn’t take the time to explain something important. But, is it really the movie’s fault? After all, the writer and director count on us to do some thinking while watching the movie, so that they don’t have to explain it all, and even then people complain when a movie explains too much.
What we’ll see now are 10 of the most infamous plot holes in movies that actually have a reasonable explanation but because the audience was focusing their brain on hating the plot entirely, they didn’t take the time to think on what they were watching.
So, let’s get started.
10. Star Wars: Episode II »
- Alejandro Montanaro
All six Star Wars movies can be watched at the same time, thanks to one YouTube user.
The feature-length video plays the films concurrently, with the audio tracks overlapping each other.
(Update: The video has since been taken down on copyright grounds)
Out of the six episodes, Episode IV: A New Hope finishes first, while Episode II: Attack of the Clones is the longest and thus cuts to black last.
The cut was uploaded onto YouTube late last year, but has in the last couple of days found popularity on the internet.
"Half of this video sucks," quipped one commenter. »
Marvel continues its re-launch of the Guardians of the Galaxy with a new, free digital comic from their Infinite line, Rocket Raccoon. This is the second comic following on from their first Guardians/Infinite issue which featured Drax, and introduces maybe the most intriguing character in the line-up, an intelligent, talking raccoon with guns.
Like the Drax issue, Brian Michael Bendis has chosen to set this comic in a bar with Rocket regaling the barflies with tales from his past before hitting on a bar chick and ending in a fight outside the bar. Bendis’ vision of these new Guardians seems less heroic and more like they’re space townies, which I find strangely endearing. The nod to Rocket’s convoluted backstory is nice too – hopefully Bendis will jettison most of it and come up with something better (back when the character was first conceived Rocket had a companion who »
- Noel Thorne
Despite several new releases this past weekend, Oz: The Great and Powerful finished in first place at the box office again. With a domestic total of $145 million and counting, the L. Frank Baum prequel has already proven to be immensely profitable for its Disney overlords, and boy do the overlords know it. With word out that screenwriter Mitchell Kapner has already begun working on a purported sequel, questions of the Oz franchise’s direction have gotten mixed into the half-furor of movie blog-dom. Which characters might return? Is Sam Raimi coming back? What’s even left to tell?
That last question might be the most compelling of all, since the Oz franchise seems to be setting itself on a trajectory similar to the Star Wars Prequels. And that’s probably not a good thing.
Roses are CGI, Violets are CGI, Everything Is CGI
Oz’s most distinctive feature was its bright, »
- David Klein
Went to the old Google to settle a dispute amongst friends over the ranking of Star Wars films from worst to best and was appalled by what I found. Typically Metacritic and I are on the same page when it comes to reviews but this blew my mind.
Debate all you want about the validity of ranking Empire and Sith on the same level, but there's no denying that Return of The Jedi is better than Phantom Menace. How can such a reputable news source say this about Return in the 80's...?
Return of the Jedi doesn't really end the trilogy as much as it brings it to a dead stop. The film...is by far the dimmest adventure of the lot.
Only to turn around and say this about Phantom Menace years later? »
- Mick Joest
It seems the new Star Wars overlords – which is to say, Disney – have little interest in reminding us the prequels exist, or that George Lucas did indeed think they would be an alright idea at the time. Earlier this week it was announced the Clone Wars TV show would be ending, and all videogame announcements have been indefinitely postponed. And, earlier this year, the 3D re-releases of the rest of the prequels were also cancelled.
While these decisions have supposedly come from Lucasfilm, it’s obvious Disney’s hand may have forced them somewhat. It appears, therefore, the big D wishes to cut any and all ties with the prequels in light of the upcoming trilogy. But this, I feel, is a mistake. There’s plenty to be celebrated about The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith. They are an epic trio of motion pictures. »
- Chris Wharfe
Force foiled. We might be expecting a whole new raft of Star Wars movies, but the shift in focus to the new trilogy has led to a casualty - Lucasfilm are pulling the plug on The Clone Wars animated TV series. The show has been running for eight years, notching up over 100 episodes that tell stories around the period of time between Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith. »
It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, what with all the build-up to the new trilogy spearheaded by Jj Abrams with Episode VII. But it appears the focus on fresh filmmaking comes at a cost, specifically to Lucasfilm Animation, as the company has announced that long-running ‘toon Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be ending, and Seth Green’s planned official parody series Star Wars Detours is being put into carbonite for now. With eight years and more than 100 episodes under its belt, the Clone Wars series has been the principal supplier of stories from the galaxy far, far away in the last decade, set between the events in Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith.Yet with the shift in focus to the new trilogy, the Lucasfilm team has decided to close the door on that fragment of the universe. “We feel the »
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