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I unabashedly love Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf and, on July 14, the patron saints of classic cult film- Scream Factory- are resurrecting Philippe Mora’s sequel on Blu-ray. In honor of its release, I was fortunate to be able to speak with Mora about his experiences working on the film, collaborating with both Sybil Danning and the legendary Christopher Lee, and how the latter had quite a lifetime of experiences even before he became one of the greatest actors to grace the silver screen.
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me, Philippe- I am a huge fan of Howling II and I even have an original one-sheet hanging in my kitchen.
Philippe Mora: Oh, thank you so much! Let me tell you how that image came about. One day we were filming a scene with Sybil who is supposed to be in »
- Heather Wixson
If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.
Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »
Anghus Houvouras with the five best film franchises…
As we continue to examine the state of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, it’s time to dole out a little love. We’ve looked at the Five Worst Film Franchises and Five Film Franchises on the Fence. It’s time for the Five Best Film Franchises. Yes, there are franchises that deserve love. Movie series that consistently entertain and deliver at the box office. Films that make the concept of franchises more palatable, even when studios are trying to crap garbage like G.I. Joe: Retaliation down you’re throat.
Once again, we are only considering franchises that have films actively in production with two or more installments previously produced.
With that in mind… here’s the best of the best:
1. James Bond
The longest film franchise is still the best. Super-Spy James Bond has been entertaining audiences since the 1960’s with his alcohol fueled sexual exploits. »
- Anghus Houvouras
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
How many Mark Wahlbergs are there? I ask because I like the guy who showed up in this week's "Ted 2." I like goofball Mark Wahlberg. I like belligerent Boston Mark Wahlberg. I like dancing silly Mark Wahlberg. I like dim bulb but well-meaning Mark Wahlberg. I do not, however, care for "I'm smarter than I look" Mark Wahlberg. I do not like humorless Mark Wahlberg. I do not particularly care for serious action mode Mark Wahlberg. And when I look at the ones I don't like side-by-side with the ones I like, I find it hard to reconcile that this is all one person. So again… I ask… how many Mark Wahlbergs are there? When Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" was released, it was a breakthrough for the young actor, part of a banner year in his nascent acting career. He had made a few films before that, including »
- Drew McWeeny
“Humans” is certainly timely, and there’s nothing subtle about the show’s central apprehensions regarding what’s being sacrificed by potentially handing over more of our lives to gadgets. Yet that actually works against this British co-production airing on AMC and the U.K.’s Channel 4, which mashes together renegade-robot themes in a manner that feels both derivative and a trifle boring. Sure, there’s something inherently creepy about artificially intelligent beings that look like us, but instead of this take, go see “Ex Machina,” rent “Blade Runner” or wait for HBO’s “Westworld” reboot.
Part of the challenge facing this series, written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent and adapted from a Swedish drama, is that the first two episodes prove so scattered. The main point of entry for the audience is the Hawkins family, living in the midst of suburban London. The upper-middle-class parents are grappling with marital woes, »
- Brian Lowry
Chernin Entertainment chairman Peter Chernin is moving his company’s TV division from 20th Century Fox TV to NBCUniversal under a new two-year overall deal with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.
Chernin’s TV division, which produces the Fox comedy “New Girl,” can now find alignment with Universal Television’s roster of writers and producers while having the option of producing independently for cable and other streaming platforms.
The deal also includes the promotion of Jenno Topping to Chernin’s president of film and television. She will now oversee television as well as film for the company. A head of television development and production will be named shortly, as the pact follows former TV head Katherine Pope’s departure from Chernin.
“Peter Chernin is, without a doubt, one »
- Whitney Friedlander
This could just be the beginning, as the title's originality in choosing Resurgence as the subtitle may lead to copycats like Terminator: Resurgence of the Machines and Resurgence of the Planet of the Apes.
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- Christopher Campbell
Another big week of DVD and Blu-ray releases for genre fans out there as we’ve got several cult classics coming to Blu-ray and more than a dozen indie films headed home on DVD as well on June 23rd. Scream Factory is showing Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers some love on Tuesday with their Collector’s Edition Combo set and Kino Lorber is also giving a high-def overhaul to both Needful Things and The Island of Dr. Moreau too. The provocative horror fantasy Horsehead is also arriving on both Blu and DVD and for any longtime Ryan Gosling fans out there, you’ll undoubtedly want to snag a copy of Young Hercules: The Complete Series which is coming to DVD for the first time ever this week.
A group of soldiers dispatched to the Scottish Highlands on »
- Heather Wixson
An alien craft shaped like an artichoke? A vessel with breasts? Here's our pick of 15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships...
For decades, heroes have crossed the universe in rocket ships and modified light freighters. Aliens have conquered galaxies in disc-shaped craft of varying sizes.
Yes, as long as there's been science fiction on the silver screen, spaceships have captured our imagination, from the matinee serials of the 30s to the sci-fi blockbusters of the present.
We all have our own idea of what a great spaceship should look like. For some, it's Han Solo's fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. For others, it's the more graceful USS Enterprise, or maybe the utilitarian craft of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what about cinema's more unusual, outlandish spaceships? The ramshackle ones, the anachronistic ones, the ones that look a bit rude, or just plain scary? Those are »
Universal has set a holiday season release of Dec. 9, 2016, for Christmas romance “Let It Snow.”
The studio acquired movie rights to “Let It Snow” in September. Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber (“Ted”) and Dylan Clark (“Planet of the Apes” series) will produce from a script by “Pitch Perfect” writer Kay Cannon in which three unexpected romances take place over the course of one Christmas Eve.
The project does not have a director or cast attached yet. Green is also the author of “Paper Towns” and “Looking for Alaska.”
- Dave McNary
Villordsutch reviews Star Trek #46…
In “The Tholian Webs,” Part 1 of 2, The Five-year Mission of the Starship Enterprise continues! In this epic re-imagining of a classic Star Trek episode, the crew of the new movie timeline encounters a mysterious and deadly alien force… and not all of the crew will make it out alive!
After our three-parter of Eurydice and with the Enterprise having to make its way back home from the Delta Quadrant to the Alpha Quadrant, I was a little surprised to open Part One (of Two) of The Tholian Webs to discover that the Enterprise is just within range of the Alpha Quadrant boundary; still I’m guessing this hopefully means Kirk and Co. shan’t be running into the Borg anytime soon. Taking a nerd moment and looking at the Galaxy Quadrant Map (link here) however I’m unsure where the boundry line they’re discussing is, »
Nothing helps a movie more than lowered expectations, and I'm not sure I could have walked into Jurassic World with my expectations any lower. Walking out, the story and character development delivered on expectations, but I was wowed by the sheer spectacle of it all. Next up, Terminator Genisys, which looks even worse based on the film's trailers and today we get a new bus-flipping clip from the film that looks like it's taking the overturned semi from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight to another level, and setting it on the Golden Gate Bridge a la Rise of the Planet of the Apes only this time it's a robot fight rather than an ape fight. Much of the marketing for this new Terminator has made it look like a movie we've seen before -- if not previous Terminator movies then other movies such as what I mentioned above. This »
- Brad Brevet
This time last year we got word that Magic Mike himself, Aka Channing Tatum, would take up the role of a particularly fan-favorite mutant within the X-Men franchise: the bayou-native gambler Gambit. Since then, his standalone film has been gestating without a director, but Deadline now reports that Rupert Wyatt has boarded the superhero franchise.
Wyatt last directed Mark Wahlberg in, ironically, The Gambler, and before that did a bang-up job rebooting Planet of the Apes with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt will be taking over a script from Josh Zetumer (Robocop) and expects to begin production on Gambit in October.
Gambit first made an appearance in the X-Men universe in X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, when he was played by Taylor Kitsch, but this will be the first time the character’s real fan-service is due. It’s further expected that Tatum may appear as Gambit in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, »
- Brian Welk
When Spaceballs premiered in 1987, four years after Return of the Jedi and with no other Star Wars films on the horizon, critics said director-writer-star Mel Brooks had waited too long to make it and that Lucas's trilogy was too easy a target. Audiences seemed to agree - the film only did moderate box office, taking just $38m on its Us run (with a reported budget of $22m) and finishing 31st in the list of hits for that year. However, it subsequently became a cult favourite on video, Laserdisc and DVD, and was popular enough to receive the full-blown 25th Anniversary treatment (complete with Mel Brooks commentary) on Blu-Ray in 2012.
Needless to say, Spaceballs wasn't Mel Brooks's first foray into parody - he had enjoyed enormous success with his previous films and had already targeted Westerns (Blazing Saddles), horror movies (Young Frankenstein), silent movies (Silent Movie), Hitchcock thrillers (High Anxiety »
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have this week released their brand new Movie of the Day app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, giving movie fans everywhere the opportunity to purchase their favourite Fox films on Digital HD through daily flash sales. The app is available now, only on Apple’s App Store.
The Movie of the Day app gives consumers a 24-hour window to buy a brand new movie each and every day at a discounted price of up to 70% off and add it to their iTunes library. Available now in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France, fans can get great deals on films from some of the biggest franchises on Digital HD as they become available through the app including Alien, Die Hard, Planet of the Apes, Rio, The Sound of Music, X-Men and more.
The Movie of the Day app is loaded with content, »
- Phil Wheat
Beloved movie makeup artist and Oscar winner Rick Baker will be retiring soon. In an interview with 89.3 Kpcc's The Frame (via Slashfilm), Baker announced his upcoming exit from major work in the film industry and the auction of some of his various film creations from over the years. "I said the time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now," Baker said. "I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do." "I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do," he added. "So I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don't think I will have a huge working studio anymore." Baker teamed up with The Prop Store to auction off »
- Cory Woodroof
Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The first official image of Andy Serkis filming his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived online, revealing his part will be done entirely with motion-capture technology, a la his previous work in the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes movies. Remember these two? Yup, same guy. Serkis is pretty much the king of motion-capture technology. The new image, via the Star Wars website, is part of a longer interview with famed photographer Annie...
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Sad news today for fans of old school visual effects, as seven-time Oscar winner Rick Baker has announced that he’s set to retire from the industry, having contributed to some of the most memorable special effects of the past four decades.
“First of all, the CG stuff definitely took away the animatronics part of what I do,” Baker told 89.3 Kpcc (via SlashFilm). “It’s also starting to take away the makeup part. The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don’t think I will have a huge working studio anymore.”
Baker’s hugely impressive CV includes the likes of Star Wars, »
- Gary Collinson
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