12 items from 2017
In Hollywood, nothing is more dangerous than an original idea.
These days, it’s nearly impossible for studios to justify greenlighting a big-budget movie and sending it out into the heat of summer battle without the armor of a film franchise. It’s too hard to find the right marketing hook to explain a film’s premise in a 30-second ad, particularly when so many people are skipping the multiplexes in order to settle in with Netflix and chill. To combat the urge to stream, studios are betting heavily on the tried and true, offering up 15 reboots, sequels or spinoffs between May and August.
“As much as people like to decry the lack of originality in sequels, audiences tend to want to bet their money on more of a sure thing,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
On paper, at least, Hollywood has assembled a veritable armada of “sure things. »
- Brent Lang and Seth Kelley
Liam Hoofe on Rick and Morty and Szechuan sauce…
The surprise premiere of Rick and Morty season 3 last weekend has sent the internet into meltdown [read our review here]. Fans have started a petition to bring back the Mulan Szechuan sauce and are now waiting in eager anticipation for what the rest of the season has to offer.
‘The Rickshank Redemption’ saw Rick escape from his prison and return to earth, reclaiming his seat as the alpha male of the house with Jerry and Beth potentially getting divorced.
At the end of the episode, in a crazed rant reminiscent of the one at the end of the very first episode – Rick began screaming at Morty about how the Mulan Szechuan Sauce is now his character arc, and how he cares about nothing else but bringing that back. Some people on the internet have theorised that this was to show that Rick had finally gone insane, »
- Liam Hoofe
Las Vegas — Warner Bros. addressed the elephant in the room during its presentation to theater owners at CinemaCon, which made for an uneasy few minutes on Wednesday afternoon.
Moments after worldwide marketing and distribution president Sue Kroll made a pitch for shortening the amount of time between a film’s theatrical debut and its premiere on home entertainment platforms, director Christopher Nolan all but shunned the idea.
“The only platform I’m interested in talking about is theatrical exhibition,” Nolan quipped.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker was there to introduce footage from “Dunkirk,” his upcoming World War II epic, which he said would be available on IMAX, 70mm, and 35mm screens at cineplexes.
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Kroll, who worked with Nolan on all three “Dark Knight” movies, had stressed just moments prior that any changes must be made in concert with the exhibition community. »
- Brent Lang
Have you truly paid your dues? You can find out later this year in Big Trouble in Little China: The Game, a new board game collaboration between Everything Epic, Boom! Studios, and 20th Century Fox, and we've been provided with the game's incredible artwork and a look at the detailed character miniatures to share with Daily Dead readers.
From Everything Epic: "They told you to go to hell… and that’s just where you’re going... Play as Jack Burton or one of his brave friends, on the mysterious quest to rescue the green-eyed beauty, defeat Lo Pan’s ancient magic, and save Chinatown from his evil minions... in Big Trouble in Little China the Game!
There is a secret world where ancient evil weaves a modern mystery… they call it Little China. It’s where Big Trouble was waiting for Jack Burton and his friends as they uncover an ancient diabolical plot. »
- Derek Anderson
On Star Season 1 Episode 12, Big Trouble took the big stage at Atlanta Next Fest for their final performance.
And for a moment, to which this entire season has been building up, it felt a bit...rushed.
We didn't see any of the other performers, only Big Trouble. And while their overall performance was perhaps the most cohesive we've ever seen them, the song itself was not a standout.
Better than the song was the way the girls seem to have finally meshed together as a group. Their three distinct personalities still shine through, but they no longer feel like they're clashing. Instead, they're complementary.
I'm glad Star, Simone and Alex have become such a tight-knit group. Catty infighting is such a stereotype in these kinds of stories. I hope that they can continue to work together and support each other without trying to sabotage each other.
After all, Alex is »
- Lee Jutton
Star has been a decent fill-in for Empire this past winter, though it has not quite reached the heights of Lee Daniels' original music-fueled soap opera.
While Empire edges out its little sibling show when it comes to compelling characters and banging tunes, one cannot deny that Star has done a lot to entertain throughout its debut season – enough to earn a second season order from Fox.
In Star Season 1 Episode 11, all of that drama reached a head when Star was smacked across the face by psychopathic boyfriend Hunter.
Hopefully, Star finally realize that while Hunter may be a famous footballer, that doesn't make him worthy of her time – especially when he encourages her to give up her dreams to stay at home in the big house (or rather, cage) that he bought her.
But Star isn't the only one being forced to make big choices in Star's upcoming season finale, »
- Lee Jutton
How do you think the percentage of condoms that break in real life compares to the percentage of condoms that break on television?
It seems as though every single time a character on television finds out she's pregnant, it's because a condom broke.
I know condoms aren't foolproof, but it feels like if condoms broke in real life as often as they do on television, the condom industry would have gone out of business back in the Eighties.
I assume this is because television producers don't want to portray irresponsible, unprotected sex as something common and everyday. They want the characters to appear to have made smart life choices, but they also want the drama that a surprise baby brings.
So, they blame the condoms and call it a day.
Why did I just go on a seemingly unprovoked rant about the fragility of fictional condoms? Well, on Star Season »
- Lee Jutton
Star might have forced Jahil's hand and made him choose her over Eva when it came to Big Trouble, but it turns out, that decision only led to even more trouble for the embattled group.
On Star Season 1 Episode 10, the girls learned that because Jahil signed them up for the next round of the Atlanta Next Fest competition as a foursome, they cannot go ahead and perform unless they find a fourth girl to join them.
So, they have little choice but to approach the girl that Jahil wanted to be their fourth in the first place, much to Star's chagrin: Eva.
Star is so desperate to make it to the next round of the competition that she reluctantly agrees to accept Eva into the group, as long as Eva doesn't attempt to have any creative control or input into Big Trouble.
However, this is easier said than done, as »
- Lee Jutton
They did not save her life. They stole it. If Paramount’s Super Bowl trailer for Ghost in the Shell wasn’t cool enough, this full trailer is going to blow your mind. The new footage for Rupert Sanders’ adaptation, starring Scarlett Johansson, looks like a mix between Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, Jupiter Ascending, and even Michael Jackson’s “Captain […] »
- Brad Miska
One day after what would have been Sandra Bland's 30th birthday, Star devoted an episode to honoring another black woman who died at the hands of police after a supposed routine traffic stop.
While the woman at the center of this show, salon employee Danielle Jackson, might be fictional, her story is all too real. Like Sandra Bland and so many others before her, Danielle was needlessly cut down before her time.
And like those other men and women, Danielle's tragic death becomes a rallying cry for the black community, especially when it appears that those responsible for her death will go unpunished.
Whatever you may think about movements like Black Lives Matter, you cannot deny that Star Season 1 Episode 7 was a powerful and timely reminder that amidst all of the other issues currently populating the news, racial tension remains at the forefront of American culture.
After Danielle's emotionally wrenching funeral, »
- Lee Jutton
Over the course of one episode Star went from being the apple of Jahil's roving, dilated eye to someone he wanted out of the group as quickly as possible. Why the sudden change of heart towards the mirror image of his beloved Mary?
Well, on Star Season 1 Episode 6, Jahil was about to be offed by the traffickers he screwed over. But, Arlene saved the day by paying off his debts in the nick of time.
Arlene wants three things in return for bailing out Jahil. She wants a financial stake in the girl group he is managing, she wants to kick Star out of said group, and she wants Star as far away from her son as possible.
Jahil [on Star's role in the group]: They've got a performance tomorrow night.
Arlene: Good. Make it be her last. No, make her want it to be her last.
Permalink: Make it be her last. No, make »
- Lee Jutton
This coming Wednesday sees Boom! Studios releasing The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China, the companion book to The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China, which presents a first-ever look at the artistic world behind the beloved John Carpenter movie and its expanded universe. Check out a preview here…
Packed with never-before-seen images, including costume designs by Oscar nominee April Ferry; original set designs by Production Designer John J. Lloyd; original storyboard art by George Jensen; and development art from Funko’s “Big Trouble” series.
Exclusive new interviews with Cinematographer Dean Cundey, Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, Special Makeup Effects artist Steve Johnson, and with artist Drew Struzan and a look at his early pencils for the iconic film poster.
- Gary Collinson
12 items from 2017
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