11 items from 2015
An impossible, but true story, the new film from Robert Zemeckis, The Walk is a live-action, PG-rated entertainment for all audiences, ages 8 to 80. A love letter to the World Trade Center, the film is a 3D and IMAX visual experience, unlike anything audiences have seen.
On August 7, 1974 – the day before Richard Nixon announced he would be resigning from office – Philippe Petit, a French aerialist, surprised the city of New York with a high-wire walk between the towers of the almost-completed and partially occupied World Trade Center. Passersby without a moment to spare stopped in their tracks and looked up. They saw the impossible: a man dancing high in the sky, seemingly in the thin air.
Now, forty years later, Zemeckis – one of cinema’s most accomplished filmmakers at integrating technology in the service of emotional storytelling – is putting moviegoers in Petit’s shoes. The Walk, an epic, big-screen cinematic spectacle, »
- Michelle McCue
It's not that long ago that a sequel that did 65% of the original's business was deemed a success. Tell that to Spider-Man today...
When Tim Burton's Batman Returns was released in the summer of 1992, Warner Bros had high hopes. It was the follow-up to his 1989 Batman movie, which had shattered the record for a film's opening weekend at the Us box office (marking the first $40m+ opening on record in the States).
Batman went on to gross $251m at the American box office alone, and is credited as being a major stepping stone in the invention of the modern blockbuster (after the likes of Jaws and Star Wars). Hopes were not small for the sequel.
Even as late as the early 1990s, the main indicator of a film's commercial success lay in its American box office takings. By that kind of measure, this summer's Terminator: Genisys would have been »
20th Century Fox
Dwayne Johnson’s always had presence, even from his earliest days on WWE. His immense physical stature, playfulness and natural charisma marked him out as both a fantastic entertainer and powerful athlete. He harbours extreme warmth underneath his phenomenal physique, a quality upon which he’s built a huge fan-base.
After a false start with 2001’s The Mummy Returns, Johnson’s ascension up the Hollywood ranks has been sustained by a selection of diverse choices, including 2003’s underrated actioner The Rundown and 2008’s spy caper Get Smart. Things came to a head in 2013, where the combination of Fast 6, Pain & Gain, G.I Joe: Retaliation and Snitch rendered him the most successful movie-star that year at the box-office. Since then, the hits have kept coming, including Furious 7 and this summer’s San Andreas.
The star’s upcoming slate is pretty full, and befitting of any thorough-bred A-lister, »
- Daniel Kelly
Not every special effect is created equal. For every photorealistic shot, there are dozens that don't quite pass the test. Though we love to celebrate great work as much as the next site, sometimes it's more fun to look at the stuff that just doesn't work. Running just over three-minutes-long, "The Worst Movie Special Effects Ever Compilation". from World Wide Interweb (via Slashfilm) is a perfect toast to the anti-ILMs and anti-WETAs of the film industry. While some choices were spot on — The Rock in the climax of "The Mummy Returns" is a prime example — others seem like a cheat, specifically the inclusion of something like "Birdemic." Most of the egregious offenders are poorly composited CG elements and bad animation, though some practical effects do sneak their way in as well. Read More: Explore 136 Years Of Special Effects In 3-Minute Supercut Watch the compilation of worst ever movie VFX below »
- Cain Rodriguez
Special effects have come a long way in a very short amount of time, and that becomes especially obvious after taking a look at the two videos below. The first is a supercut of the worst special effects of all-time, highlighting scenes from Deep Blue Sea (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), King Kong (2005) and more. Funny thing is, I saw all three of those movies in theaters and it isn't until looking back at them in this video that I recognize how poor their effects are. Will there come a time where we do the same with today's filmsc The second video is yet another super cut, this one focused specifically on the ten worst practical effects of all-time. It contains a few honorable mentions in the form of the dam jump in The Fugitive (1993) and the bed scene in Howard the Duck (1986), among others, but here are the ten films that »
- Jordan Benesh
As I wrote in one of my "25 Years In La" pieces, I was a tour guide at Universal Studios. Technically, we were "studio guides," and in my time at the park, I did many different jobs. I was Leatherface for a full run of Halloween Horror Nights, and I managed to win a nod for "Best Scare" at the end of the event. That doesn't really mean anything, but it felt great at the end of a really tough eleven or twelve straight days. I worked "Backdraft" when it was an attraction that took up a full soundstage, and I made up my own slightly insane tweaks to the script that entertained me, if no one else. My friend and I figured out where we could stand in the "E.T." ride so we could say names to it at the beginning of the ride, since the end of the ride »
- Drew McWeeny
The widespread popularity of SyFy's Sharknado series isn't something I totally understand, but I suppose I'm not included in their target audience of people who like over-the-top madness full of dodgy CGI; I have The Mummy Returns for those purposes thank you very much. SyFy has released our first look at the third film in the franchise, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, and it looks to... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
After mowing down a helicopter with a minigun in Furious 7, this weekend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson goes up against an earthquake in disaster flick San Andreas. Today we’ll be looking at the former wrestler’s top films of his career, from The Mummy Returns and up to the ridiculously successful Furious 7. San Andreas is […]
Read Box Office: Top 10 Most Successful Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Movies on Filmonic.
Dwayne Johnson has gone from wrestling superstar to Hollywood A-lister right before our very eyes. The performer and athlete had breakout acting roles in films "The Mummy Returns" and "The Scorpion King" back in the early '00s, and has since gone on to star in some of the last decade's biggest blockbusters. This Friday you can catch him battling a mega-earthquake in "San Andreas," and he'll also be headlining HBO's football comedy, "Ballers," this June. Let's go back and revisit this charismatic entertainer's Hollywood career in photos for this week's edition of #Tbt. Just look at that smile. (And that sweet vest-with-no-shirt ensemble.) What's not to love?
- Alana Altmann
Fans don’t want to see it. Studios try to avoid it. But sometimes a recast in the midst of a movie franchise is inevitable.
Whether it be a scheduling conflict, salary negotiations gone wrong, or even an unexpected death – we’re taking a look at six times a movie recast was too obvious to ignore.
1. James “Rhodey” Rhodes – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Terrence Howard played James “Rhodey” Rhodes in 2008’s Iron Man. But a salary conflict stopped Terrence from returning for the sequel. Re-casting Don Cheadle as Rhodey for Iron Man 2 was a bit obvious, so Marvel made a light of it in the 2010 sequel. Cheadle’s first line: “Look, it’s me. I'm here. Deal with it. Let's move on.”
2. The Incredible Hulk – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
The World Soundtrack Awards will celebrate its 15th anniversary by feteing one of the most brilliant film composers of his generation, also known for his scores of Back To The Future and Forrest Gump.
The Brussels Philharmonic will perform the compelling scores by Alan Silvestri, conducted by Dirk Brossé and accompanied by film fragments on the big screen. The traditional film music concert will be held during the second part of the World Soundtrack Awards. The WSAwards will once again be the festive closing event of the 42nd Film Fest Gent.
With his percussion driven scores and arrangements one can only compare with roller coasters, Alan Silvestri has emerged as one of the major Hollywood composers that broke through in the eighties. Although Silvestri has succeeded in writing successful scores »
- Michelle McCue
11 items from 2015
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