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Star Wars Celebration kicked off this morning at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California in grand fashion, with the long-awaited panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it surely didn't disappoint, with plenty of surprise appearances and, as expected the debut of the first full-length trailer. The panel kicked off with moderator Anthony Breznican introducing director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy (who was wearing a Star Wars shirt she actually purchased from Celebration last night). They were met with raucous applause. The panel started with J.J. Abrams discussing how important the franchise was to him, after he saw Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope when he was just 11 years old.
"I'm sure, like many of you, the experience I had seeing Star Wars for the first time was mind-blowing. I was 11 years old when it came out, and 11 is a great age to have your mind blown. »
It's a new Earth Day tradition: every year, Disneynature celebrates our little blue marble by introducing us to some of its most fascinating creatures. After spending some time with African big cats, chimps and bears, this year we meet the macaques of Monkey Kingdom.
Narrated by Tina Fey, the documentary follows monkey mom Maya and her newborn son Kip, living the wild life with their extended family in the ancient ruins hidden deep in the Sri Lankan jungle. As we travel with the troupe and get to know their simian society, we are reminded of all our fave primates on the big screen : Ed, Mvp, Dunston, Mighty Joe Young, Amy the talking gorilla in Congo...
Here is our personal army of 12 movie monkeys!
After the ape-ocalypse, our last chance for peace might be to go back to the dawn of Man. With so many sequels, »
- Martin Gignac
Sequels have become so ingrained in the popular culture now that it’s hard to remember a time they were frowned upon. It used to be that directors and actors would want to move on to new projects, and in the rare case a film went on to spawn a series (e.g. The Planet Of The Apes) the sequels did about half the business of the original. Obviously, there’s been a profound shift in that dynamic in the last 20 years or so.
But even in the past movie business was still a business, so if studios though there was a chance to milk a bit more money out of a property, they gave it an honest try. The original film didn’t leave room for more stories? The original cast isn’t interested in returning? There’s seemingly little appetite from the audience for more? Doesn’t matter. »
- Padraig Cotter
The 1980s were an important period for comics as they transitioned from the Bronze Age to the Modern or Dark Age of Comics with books like Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. It was also an incredibly creative time for Marvel Comics with Chris Claremont and John Byrne beginning the decade with their “Dark Phoenix Saga” epic in Uncanny X-Men, Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil as well as the first event crossover Secret Wars and ending with the rise of artists, like Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee, who would later found Image Comics.
At East Coast Comicon, comics historian and researcher of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe Peter Sanderson, former Uncanny X-Men editor and Daredevil writer Ann Nocenti, and former Amazing Spider-Man editor Jim Salicrup chatted and swapped stories about what Marvel was really like in the 1980s.
After saying comics were his drug of choice then, Jim Salicrup »
- Logan Dalton
Sci-fi anime space opera Space Dandy is on UK Netflix now. Ryan explains why it’s essential viewing, and shares his favourite episodes...
Continuity. Character arcs. Sub-plots and cliffhangers. They’re the bones on which a lot of great TV’s draped - the elements that have us rushing back to our favourite shows week after week, whether it’s House Of Cards, Attack On Titan or Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
But can a TV show blithely shun things like continuity and recognisable character arcs and still provide something reliably amusing, thrilling, even moving? Space Dandy, the animated series from Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Shamploo director Shinichiro Watanabe, plays fast and loose with the episodic TV format, frequently giving continuity short shrift, yet the result is one of the most fascinating anime shows I’ve seen in years.
To quote the opening credits sequence, Space Dandy is a dandy in space: a preening, »
The high-concept film sees the film's actors favouring grunts for traditional dialogue, a la Quest for Fire. That's really all we know at this point.
Let's just say we're extremely excited to see what
Recommended Release: Sightseers
[Continued ...] »
When I wrote for Film Threat, I reviewed every Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD set released by Shout! Factory, so I was happy to bring my reviews to Flickering Myth and continue the streak. I’ve been a fan of the show since I discovered it in college, back around 1990 or 1991, when finding a blank videotape and programming a Vcr was a real pain in the ass. In those days, if you really liked a show, you made sure you were in front of the TV at the appointed day and time.
I never joined MST3K’s “keep circulating the tapes” movement, which exhorted fans to record episodes and pass the videotapes around. That concept, along with fanzines and play-by-mail chess, seems so quaint today, although the last several years of the show’s run coincided with the rise of the Internet, »
- Gary Collinson
We have been chomping at the bit here at TwitchFilm to get a look at Steve Oram's directorial feature debut, Aaaaaaaah! (that's eight "As") and now the first teaser trailer for the film has arrived.Pitched as "Romeo & Juliet meets Planet of the Apes", Oram's debut is an insanely surreal concept, with all performers eschewing traditional dialogue in favour of simian-like grunts, roars and howls. Featuring a who's who of British comedy talent, including Oram himself, Alice Lowe, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt and 80s punk princess Toyah Wilcox to name just a few, Aaaaaaaah! is quickly becoming one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year. It doesn't have a release date yet, but it better be soon!Check out the first teaser...
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Another great WonderCon weekend is behind us. For those of you unfamiliar with Wondercon, it’s a smaller comic, sci-fi and pop culture convention presented by Comic-Con International. This year, the event took place April 3rd-5th at the Anaheim Convention Center, and hosted over 50,000 cosplayers, collectors, and nerd culture enthusiasts eager to explore the convention hall floors.
To show you a glimpse of what went on this year on the floor, I’ve comprised a highlight video just for you! I’m so sweet, aren’t I? Check it out here:
I think my favorite booth to look at this year was from Pcs Collectibles. You can see their He-Man and Planet of the Apes sculptures in the clip above. They are Beautiful!
- Melissa Howland
Congratulations WonderCon 2015 cosplayers, you impressed me. While I’ve attended many WonderCons and Comic-Cons, the amount of people dressed up this year might have been a record. No matter where I stood, I always saw someone doing cosplay and what was especially cool about the cosplay this year was the number of new costumes. If you look back on some of the previous years, you’ll see a few people wearing similar outfits, but this year I saw new things like Planet of the Apes, Batman, Captain Planet, Kill Bill, Star Wars, X-Men, Deadpool, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Planet, Scott Pilgrim, Kill Bill, Tomb Raider, Doctor Who, Watchmen, Playboy bunnies, and more anime characters that I can mention here. Due to taking almost 450 cosplay pictures, I posted the first half the other day and here’s the second half. Some great stuff below. click on any »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The battle for conquest of the Planet of the Apes comes to a climax! Can Captain Kirk wrest control of the Gorilla army from the Klingons?
- Gary Collinson
You see, now this? This we don’t just like… We Love It! Following in the footsteps of their stellar collector’s releases of Planet of the Apes and Predator 3D, 20th Century Fox has just unveiled a very special collector’s edition… Continue Reading →
The post The Strain Gets a To Die For Collector’s Edition! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
From Crystal Lake Publishing, Jasper Bark's Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts is now available worldwide in bookstores and online and we've been provided with one of the collection's short stories, "Taking the Piss" (a truly haunting revenge tale), to share with Daily Dead readers. Also included in our latest round-up are Blu-ray release details and cover art for Troma's The Toxic Avenger: Part II and Class Of Nuke ’Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, as well as details on an upcoming auction of film props from make-up effects mastermind Rick Baker.
Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts: "A word of caution gentle reader, these tales will take you places you’ve never been before and may never dare revisit. They’ll whisper truths so twisted you can only face them in the darkest hours of the night. They’ll unlock desires so decadent you’ll never wash their taint from your flesh. »
- Derek Anderson
The 1980s sci-fi movie Alien Nation looks like it's next to get the remake treatment...
The plans to bring Alien Nation back to the screen we thought had died a quiet death. The Sci-Fi Channel, as it was then known, was considering a reboot back in 2009, but since then, we've heard barely a whisper.
Given that everything else seems to have been remade and/or rebooted, that's something of a surprise. Not least because there are themes in the original movie and subsequent TV show that have hardly lost their relevance.
Perhaps that's why the remake is now back on, although it seems to be a cinema project this time around. 20th Century Fox has hired a pair of writers to come up with a screenplay for a new Alien Nation film, and it's recruited Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who co-penned the first Iron Man. They also worked on »
It's likely that one day we will see remakes of every single genre movie released in the 1980s, and apparently the next title in line for a modern update is the Graham Baker-directed sci-fi flick Alien Nation. A new version of the story is now in development at 20th Century Fox, and the studio has hired two new screenwriters to help make the feature a reality. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Fox has given the job to Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, the screenwriters best known for penning the first Iron Man movie all the way back in 2008. Right now, very few details are available about the Alien Nation remake, but the trade does mention two interesting tidbits. For starters, the movie is being looked at as the launching point for a franchise not unlike the one that has grown out of the rebooted Planet of the Apes. »
Depending on your personal sway when it boils down to remakes, you may be jumping for joy at today’s news or shrugging your shoulders in apathy. The next property mined from the back catalogue of Films That Are Fine As They Are hails from The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd, whose 1988 movie Alien Nation has been selected for renovation.
A sci-fi buddy cop movie with a heavy social conscience, the plot revolved around a future Earth recently beset upon by aliens. In an attempt to get along, humans and aliens – who look like people with shoddy prosthetics – integrate and begin to live somewhat harmoniously. James Caan starred as a prejudiced cop whose new partner, played by Mandy Patinkin, is an extraterrestrial called Sam Francisco. A reasonable success at the time, it managed to inspire a short-lived TV series, a brief comic run and several TV movies.
Now, 20th »
- Gem Seddon
According to reports, the studio is looking to replicate the success of their recent "Planet of The Apes" relaunch...
...with an origin story of "...how and why the aliens came to Earth..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Alien Nation"...
- Michael Stevens
Alien Nation was a 1988 sci-fi/buddy cop movie directed by Graham Baker, and starred James Caan as a prejudiced police offer who reluctantly partners with an alien "newcomer" by the name of Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin). It was a moderate success, spawning a TV series, novels, and comic books; and has attained something of a cult following over the years. Now THR report that a remake is in the works at Fox with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (best known for their work on the first Iron Man) writing the script. According to the site, the studio hopes to replicate the success of their recent Planet of The Apes relaunch. Though plot details are scarce, this first film will apparently begin by telling the story of "how and why the aliens came to Earth." »
20th Century Fox is developing a reboot of the 1988 sci-fi movie Alien Nation, with Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway coming aboard to write the screenplay. The project doesn't have a producer on board at this stage. The studio is envisioning a re-imagining of the original movie, with the hopes of starting a franchise similar to their rebooted Planet of the Apes movies.
The original Alien Nation was set in a future where humans and an alien race were forced to co-exist with each other, as the humans keep the alien species segregated from the general population with very little rights. The plot followed the first ever alien police officer (Mandy Patinkin) on Earth, who is paired up with a racially-biased cop (James Caan). Although they have their differences, a case comes up that causes them to form a mutual respect for one another. The original movie spawned »
Alien Nation arrived in cinemas in 1988, using a sci-fi concept of aliens integrating into human society to explore ideas of immigration, segregation, culture clash and slavery wrapped in a mismatched buddy cop action film starring James Caan as human cop Matthew Sykes and Mandy Patinkin as “Newcomer” detective Samuel “George” Francisco. The film spawned a TV series, which ran for a season and a few TV movies. Now 20th Century Fox is looking to revisit the idea with Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.The story of the original saw Sykes dealing with his own prejudice towards the Newcomers, a sentiment shared by many humans wary of the outsiders, who have strange customs (they get drunk on sour milk, for example) and are largely forced to stay within their own communities.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plan is to re-envision the movie from the ground up in »
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