15 items from 2016
No one should ever have any reason to doubt Guillermo del Toro's status as an enormous movie geek. Movies like Blade II, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak are practically dripping with admiration for the artists and filmmakers that came before him. It's not exactly something del Toro hides in his filmmaking, and apparently it's not something he hides in his day-to-day life, either. Andy Richter visited del Toro's home for Conan and it's basically like taking a tour through Willy Wonka's factory-- if Wonka was obsessed with horror movies and macabre icons of yesteryear. He has life size replicas of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe staged as if they're real people just hanging out in his house. A giant replica of...
- Peter Hall
New column SHOCKing Smackdown pits related horror movies against one another for cinematic supremacy. Director Stephen Norrington and writer David S. Goyer’s 1998 Marvel Comics adaptation Blade blindsided me, as it did many viewers. The film featured action star Wesley Snipes as the titular half-vamp hero, a contemporary incarnation of the tough-talking character first introduced…
- Chris Alexander
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The Films of Albert Brooks
We can think of no better way to celebrate the holiday weekend then curling up with the hilarious, often touching films of Albert Brooks. All of his directorial features — Real Life, Modern Romance, Lost in America, Defending Your Life, Mother, The Muse, and Looking For Comedy in a Muslim World — have now been added to Netflix. What are you waiting for? »
- The Film Stage
Everyone knows Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead, and while we are all awaiting to see who "Lucille" decided to pick on at the end of season 6, he is keeping himself busy. Reedus is currently out promoting his new show Ride With Norman Reedus and as it turns out, there is another comic book character he may want to play. When the subject came up, Reedus said that he would like to take on the role of Ghost Rider.
Reedus was doing an interview with Uproxx about his new show which will be airing on AMC starting on June 12 and at the end of the interview, the subject of a Ghost Rider reboot came up. He was asked point blank if he would like to take on the role of Johnny Blaze and was very enthusiastic about the prospect. Here is what Reedus had to say about the hypothetical opportunity. »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe officially kicked off in 2008 with Iron Man and honestly, the rest is history. However, that was far from the first comic book film to ever race the big screen in the modern Hollywood landscape. Even before X-Men or Spider-Man, there was the vampire hunter Blade, and there is still hope for another movie in that series according to star Wesley Snipes.
Wesley Snipes recently took to Twitter to answer some fan questions and as it often does, the subject of him returning to the Blade franchise came up. Snipes has talked about the prospect of a return to the character for Blade 4 before, especially in recent years as Marvel has been expanding their brand quite a bit. His most recent comments echo things that he has stated previously, but apparently the decision is in the hands of Marvel Studios at this point.
"When it comes to another Blade, »
Fan favorite actor Ron Perlman took to his official Facebook page and Instagram account to put his name in the running to play the mutant Cable in Director Tim Miller's "Deadpool 2" starring Ryan Reynolds. The actor has started a campaign to get cast in the film which would see Reynolds reprise his role as Wade Wilson aka 'Deadpool' alongside the time-traveling mutant Cable.
Perlman has posted photographs of himself side-by-side with Cable from the comic books and the resemblance seems uncanny. The actor shared a pic on Instagram with the caption "Even my fave artist got into the fray..." implying comic book artist Shaine Schroeder who first posted an image of Perlman and Cable. Perlman added another comparison of himself and Cable on his official Facebook account with the caption: "Or hair. I'm the only one with Cable's friggin Hair!."
Even my fave artist got into the fray. »
- J.B. Casas
The truth is, it started with Blade, and it ended with him. The rest of us were just along for the ride.
I won’t try and pretend that Blade: Trinity is anywhere as good as its predecessors—it simply isn’t. What I will say, though, is that it is still a decent sequel that squanders a lot of potential but ultimately has a few cool tricks up its sleeve, which has made me a longtime defender of this often-maligned third installment in the Blade franchise.
In Blade: Trinity, our titular hero has more to contend with than just bloodsuckers, as he’s quickly become a vigilante in the eyes of humankind. City officials and other governmental agencies have refused to publicly acknowledge the existence of vampires and have targeted everyone’s favorite monster hunter. During the film’s opening chase sequence, Blade has the misfortune of mistakenly killing »
- Heather Wixson
Twitch reports that Yen replaces the previously-announced Jet Li who has exited the film for reasons unknown. Production continues on the film under the helm of D.J. Caruso from a script by Chad St. John and F. Scott Frazier.
The new film has Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and assembling a group of thrill-seeking cohorts to take on a deadly alpha warrior and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon called Pandora's Box.
Yen will next be seen as a blind samurai in the forthcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". »
- Garth Franklin
Deadpool is the weekend's most anticipated new release and it will begin screening tonight, Thursday, at 7Pm in theaters across the country. As a result, talk of the film breaking records is one thing we didn't focus on in our weekend preview, but there could be a few up for grabs for the newest comic book adaptation. BoxOfficeMojo remained conservative in its opening weekend projection for the film, expecting something in the $62 million range for the three-day and $72 million for the four-day weekend. As impressive as those numbers are, there is a possibility Deadpool busts down the front-door and starts blowing away records right away. For starters, the record for the largest Thursday preshow in the month of February is currently held by Fifty Shades of Grey at $8.6 million from 2,830 theaters starting at 8 Pm. Deadpool will begin its run an hour earlier and is expected to play in 2,500+ theaters, some »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Deadpool's opening weekend proves that people will turn out R-rated comic book movies. But they have been doing since the 1970s...
Deadpool – an X-Men spin-off for Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Merc With The Mouth’ - is in cinemas now, and in spite of its R-rated tag, it's shattered the box office ceiling for February releases with a stunning $260m global opening weekend. Maybe this is the point where Hollywood realises that if it makes the right R-rated movie - Deadpool, rather than Jonah Hex - people will turn up.
That R stands for Restricted, meaning that under-17s in America will havehad to be accompanied by an adult if they wanted to see Deadpool in cinemas this weekend. It’s a 15-certificate film to me and other denizens of the British Isles, meaning that no under-15s this side of the pond will be permitted to see it in cinemas. »
Many big screen biographies are often accused of taking…liberties…with the facts, often to help the finished film’s pacing. After all, unless it’s a TV mini-series, it’s difficult to compress a remarkable life into an evening at the movies. Film makers will frequently switch the order of events along with the popular practice of using composite characters (a little bit of this fella’, and a bit of this old pal, and…), even inventing supporting roles, or tagging real folks with invented names. And then there are fantasy tales using a real person (and elements of his life) as the story’s heroic center. In Hollywood famous true Western outlaws like Billy the Kid and Jesse James were the leads in many fictional flicks (hey, those two “met” Dracula and Frankenstein’s daughter!). Those on the opposite side of the law like Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson »
- Jim Batts
Here's where angels sit down to weep next to devils -- the often-brilliant Guillermo del Toro's big Gothic romance / gory ghost epic looks mighty fancy but is a mess in too many ways to count. Say it Ain't So, Guillermo! Crimson Peak Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal / Legendary 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver. Cinematography Dan Laustsen Film Editor Bernat Vilaplana Original Music Fernando Velásquez Written by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Quite the wonder child of fantasy and horror, Guillermo del Toro has made near masterpieces in the Spanish language but not fared as well breaking through the Hollywood blockbuster barrier. His top-grossing American film might be Blade II. His equally talented compatriot Alfonso Cuarón has »
- Glenn Erickson
20th century Fox
When you imagine a film shoot, you might picture glitz, glamour and lots of grinning from those lucky enough to be actively involved in the moviemaking industry. Most of the time though, positive preconceptions like these couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes, in filmmaking, serious sh*t goes down.
Just recently, for example, Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant has been singled out as a particularly troubled production with displeased divides forming between the cast and crew. Tension on set seemed rife, with the only grinning in sight coming from those individuals with a ‘grin and bear it’ mentality (Leonardo DiCaprio bear pun very much intended).
The full extent of that film’s behind-the-scenes troubles hasn’t surfaced yet, but Hollywood history is littered with similar stories.
Here are ten film shoots that went woefully off the rails, threatening to ruin major movies in the process… »
- Rob Leane
Now that Crimson Peak has come and gone, and Pacific Rim 2 has been put on the back burner for now, Guillermo del Toro is currently looking for the next film he can sink his teeth into. And he might decide to remake one of science fiction.s classics. The Hollywood Reporter says that the director/writer/producer is in talks to direct and develop a re-telling of Fantastic Voyage. The film would be done in conjunction with 20th Century Fox and James Cameron.s Lightstorm Entertainment. This project would reunite him with David Goyer, the writer of his 2002 film Blade II. The original Fantastic Voyage, which was released in 1966 and starred Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence, among others, told a tale of sci-fi adventure filled with wonder. The story focused on a crew of doctors who are shrunk to atomic size, along with a pilot, a federal agent and an »
With Pacific Rim 2 on hold indefinitely, it seems that Guillermo del Toro may have found his next project, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the filmmaker is in talks with 20th Century Fox and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment about directing a remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage.
The project would reunite del Toro with Blade II screenwriter David S. Goyer, who is writing the script for the remake with Justin Rhodes (Grassroots) and “revolves around a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent in a miniature submarine inside the body of a scientist to save his life.”
- Gary Collinson
15 items from 2016
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