13 items from 2015
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Get ready for 40 stories of sheer awesome and one of the cooler Blu-ray limited edition packages you will ever lay eyes on with the Nakatomi Plaza: Die Hard Collection.
Fox Home Entertainment has announced this amazing set to time with the start of Comic-Con 2015 in San Diego, California. It's the first Blu-ray and Digital HD combo collection that includes all five Die Hard films starring Bruce Willis, from the 1988 original classic to 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard.
What makes this collection special is the Nakatomi Plaza replica that houses all the films in its base. As you may already know, Nakatomi Plaza in real life sits on the Fox Studios lot »
Anghus Houvouras on the five worst film franchises…
Film franchises are easy targets for writers looking to grind an axe and bemoan the current state of big budget cinema. Like a pinata filled with gold bullion and airplane sized bottles of bourbon, everyone is just a little too eager to take a swing. It’s an easy topic to opine on because of the sheer volume of franchises being produced. They’re growing like weeds planted by studios who hope to create the next cash crop. There are so many terrible franchises in the history of Hollywood. I could spend an entire series of columns detailing cinematic tragedies like Twilight. I mean seriously…. did you sit through any of those Twilight movies? They could have been classified as cruel and unusual punishment under the Geneva Convention.
In an effort to maintain a constructive conversation on the topic, I’m going »
- Anghus Houvouras
The life of a Hollywood screenwriter might sound like a glamorous one, but it's not all premieres and champagne.
As one of the smaller cogs in an often complex machine, the writer can often find his or her work changed almost beyond recognition by other hands. Such is the case with the following movies, which were all changed quite drastically in one way or another between their original draft and their final cut.
Some scripts were pressed into service as sequels. Some began in one genre and wound up in another. Rather than put together an exhaustive list, we've chosen a few examples of the script changes that intrigued or bemused us most.
Nic Cage with lank hair and a thick southern drawl. An »
To celebrate the release of Age Of Kill starring Martin Kemp in his first action hero thriller out in cinemas, digital and VOD on Friday 12th June, and on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 15th June, we take a look at the Top 10 Action Hero Fathers of all time!
While on holiday in England, former CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Ford) witnesses an Ira terrorist attack on a member of the royal family. After successfully preventing the assassination, Ryan and his family are targeted by the Ira faction, forcing him to return to the CIA and hunt them down before the terrorists strike again.
Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger) is a secret agent, but as far as his family is concerned he is a computer salesman. With a terrorist network threatening to bomb the Us, Tasker must reveal his secret identity to ensure his family’s safety. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Variety is reporting that recent "The Good, The Bad & The Badass" subject Jackie Chan is final talks to star in an action thriller titled The Foreigner for Stx Entertainment. Nick Cassavetes (The Other Woman, Alpha Dog) is in negotiations to direct the planned movie from a script by Enemy Of The State and Live Free Or Die Hard screenwriter David Marconi, which is based on the 1992 Stephen... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Nick Cassavetes is in talks to direct a script based on the Stephen Leather novel “The Chinaman,” which was published in 1992. The story centers on a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who is tracking down a group of Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his daughter.
Chan, 61, has acted in more than 150 films since the 1960s and is most famous for his martial arts. He starred in the “Rush Hour” trilogy for New Line.
Cassavetes’ directing credits include “The Other Woman” and “The Notebook.”
Stx was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and Tpg managing partner Bill McGlashan to produce projects in the $10 million »
- Dave McNary
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs will be released on May 19th on Digital HD and On Demand, and we have been given an exclusive clip to share with our readers. Also in this round-up: first photos from #Horror, and trailers for They Will Outlive Us All and American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire.
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs: Press Release -- "An outrageous sci-fi adventure that entertainingly pits two unlikely species against each other, Cowboys vs Dinosaurs battles its way onto Digital HD and On Demand May 19 from MarVista Digital Entertainment (Mvde). Directed by Ari Novak, known for his visual effects work on Live Free or Die Hard, the inconceivable creature/disaster mash-up stars Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Eric Roberts (The Dark Night, The Expendables), Vernon Wells (Throwback, Commando), Rib Hillis (Groom’s Cake, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”), Casey Fitzgerald (The Shift, Sorority Party Massacre), John Freeman (Luna, The Strange Curse of Love), Kelcey Watson (Boots, »
- Tamika Jones
American outlaws and one of the mightiest extinct animal species finally have the chance to battle, as they unexpectedly cross each other in the American West in the new sci-fi film, ‘Cowboys vs Dinosaurs.’ A combat-filled glimpse into their epic fight is showcased in Shockya’s new exclusive clip, ‘Cowboys Rides Dino,’ for the latest action movie from director Ari Novak, who’s known for his visual effects work on ‘Live Free or Die Hard.’ ‘Cowboys vs Dinosaurs’ will be distributed by MarVista Digital Entertainment (Mvde) onto Digital HD and On Demand on Tuesday. The over-the-top creature-feature will be available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo and Vudu, as well as on [ Read More ]
The post Cowboys vs Dinosaurs’ Exclusive Clip Features Title Species in an Epic Showdown appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
The new faith-based movie Risen is set to open in theaters winter of 2016.
Starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Peter Firth (“Spooks”) and Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard), and directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), the action drama will be released on Friday, January 22.
Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman Military Tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal his body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius sets out on a mission to locate the missing body in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
- Michelle McCue
The month of May features a ton of great genre titles coming to VOD and digital platforms, including the highly anticipated zombie drama Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. The Orchard is releasing the Kiwi horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows later this month and we also have both Oren Peli’s Area 51 and the sure-to-be-insane The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) from Tom Six to look forward to as well. The indie spookfest Evangeline is also getting a VOD release from Uncork’d Entertainment and look for the latest from Dark Sky Films, Let Us Prey, which arrives the last week of May.
Private Number (Arc Entertainment) - 5/1
A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. »
- Heather Wixson
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Were these celebrities reincarnated from folks of the past? The photographic evidence sure does suggest so.
From Nicolas Cage (who may or may not be a vampire anyway, which will make sense of this whole thing) to Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, some of today’s most famous faces bear a striking resemblance to people dating back to the 19th century. Prepare to have your mind blow with this gallery of 20 celebrities and their historical doppelgangers.
Travel back in time with Willis, who discusses returning to his iconic character John McClane for Live Free or Die Hard.
[Photo Credit: Getty Images / Imgur] »
- Tara Aquino
Beverly Hills Cop 4 is one of those mythical sequels that existed in the same rarefied air once inhabited by the likes of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and Live Free Or Die Hard, waiting around for decades for rumor to become reality. That all changed when its prospects for production ramped up last year, with both a release date and a director attached to the project. At least, that what we were lead to believe before Eddie Murphy gave an update on the status of the long-awaited sequel. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Eddie Murphy was asked point blank about whether Beverly Hills Cop 4 was currently filming. After all, the film is technically scheduled to be released on March 25th, 2016; and it'd have to be in production within the near future to make that date. Long story short, it looks like that release »
13 items from 2015
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