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If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.
Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »
Terminator Genisys, 2015
Directed by Alan Taylor
John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.
Terminator Genisys was always going to struggle. Not only was it going to be a franchise sequel to what many believe is the cornerstone of both the action and science fiction genres, but it also had a rough ride in the early days of its marketing campaign. The announcement of its misspelled title was met with much amusement and mockery from the Internet and its first trailer received nothing but puzzled faces, cocked slightly to the left while mouthing the word, “what?”. But it’s not because it’s a sequel/reboot/reset to the Terminator franchise that Terminator Genisys fails. »
- Luke Owen
Studios seem to struggle with how to reboot a franchise. Do they attempt to pull a Star Trek where an alternate timeline keeps the previous material intact while making way for a new adventure? Do they go even more hardcore like X-Men: Days of Future Past and wipe away most of the previous movies from canon? Or do they go with the Superman Returns route and just ignore the crappy sequels? Franchise building is monumentally important to the modern day studio system, but in order to retain what audiences loved, movies are bending over backwards to service old fans while trying to open up new stories. No reboot tries as hard as Terminator Genisys to restart a franchise. The movie is part reboot, part sequel, part prequel entirely confusing, and incredibly asinine if you consider the plot for more than a half-second. Genisys tries to charm us by playing into nostalgia, »
- Matt Goldberg
The Screening House
Everyone has presumably sat down to a movie so inherently terrible that afterwards they’ve turned to a friend and said: “Well, that’s the last we’ll be seeing of that actor.”
Yes, movies have been killing careers in Hollywood for a long ‘ol time – Showgirls destroyed Elizabeth Berkley, Son of the Mask finished Jamie Kennedy, Superman Returns ended Brandon Routh’s chances at stardom, and The Love Guru finished off Mike Meyers.
It takes a seriously terrible work of filmic awfulness to end an entire career, but it does happen… from time to time. Be it a fresh-faced newcomer or an established star clinging to his or her last ounces of fame, a really bad movie has the power to destroy everything it touches – directors, writers, actors; a truly naff flick is something akin to career suicide.
What follows, then, is a list of 8 movies »
- Sam Hill
Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World is closing in on $1 billion at the worldwide box office and it’s fairly easy to see why: people like dinosaurs, adults like their childhoods more, and kids, who like dinosaurs even more than everyone else, need an adult (in other words an extra ticket-purchaser) to get into the theatre thanks to that restrictive-but-not-really PG-13 rating. Add all that up, and you have a recipe for a movie that might as well act as a generator to conjure money out of thin air. Of course, with any widely-reached audience comes a healthy share of derision, and among more film-oriented corners of the internet (read: Twitter), World has become somewhat of a whipping boy. Even though it currently sits at a healthy 71% “fresh” rating on the Tomatometer, the film has been lambasted for being cynically-packaged, wildly stupid, unoriginal, and oddly mean-spirited. The out-of-control product placement and »
- Mike Kowzun
Yesterday, certain people got very excited when it was learned that Jesse Eisenberg, in a daring move, would participate in a promotional event for "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice," by appearing at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con. Regardless, no matter what movie the actor is promoting, he's going to be asked about 'Batman' until Zack Snyder's movie comes out next spring, and the question at the forefront right now is how his baddie Lex Luthor is different from the version played by Gene Hackman in the '80s (and I guess everyone wants to forget about Kevin Spacey's crack at the part in "Superman Returns"). Eisenberg has shared a couple of morsels about what you can expect from his Luthor and the movie itself. Read More: 4 'Superman' Movies That Never Took Flight "There's an emotional core to character. It's not a silly villainous character, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
1) Inconsistency is the name of this franchise Whether it be the fluctuating quality of their films or disjointed timeline, there is no better way of describing this franchise than it is inconsistent. To start off, the first 2 Xmen directed by Bryan Singer love em or hate em were well received by critics and audiences. Things were going smoothly until Singer decided to ditch production on the third for Superman Returns. Fox was forced to look elsewhere, and hired the unqualified Brett Ratner on to the project. And thus we got X3, which derailed the franchise. Singer on the other end would muck up Superman Returns. So effectively, he ruined 2 films by leaving Xmen. Superman Returns aside, since X3 the franchise has been in a state of flux both quality wise and continuity wise. We would get a film like Origins Wolverine that critics and fans deplored, then a »
Fan service is a big part of movies lately, and one of the most popular ways to provide this service is to retcon franchises that have gone sour. Superman Returns picked up as a direct follow-up to Superman II, ignoring the other sequels that came after it, for example. Sometimes a franchise can get clever with the service and totally wipe out events of an unliked sequel via time travel, a la X-Men: Days of Future Past (which like Superman Returns was directed by Bryan Singer). Retconning is so favored an idea that it's become easy fodder for rumors. Jurassic World was wrongly reported to be a direct sequel to Jurassic Park that dismisses the other two installments. Similarly, many were happy to hear that Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Alien movie...
- Christopher Campbell
Remember the handwringing over the past couple of weeks, when everyone was worried that May's weak box office meant we were in for a summer slump, one that would leave Hollywood's earnings trailing last summer's by more than $700 million?
The opening weekend for "Jurassic World," at $209 million, didn't just set a whole bunch of records. (Biggest opening weekend of all time, biggest June opening ever and biggest debut ever for Universal). It also single-handedly lifted Hollywood out of the box office doldrums it's been in all summer.
At the end of May, the box office was 17.7 percent behind the same period last year. Now, it's up 7.2 percent over last year (May 1 through June 14). This weekend's total theater earnings were twice the size of last week's. And the next several weekends are full of likely blockbusters -- "Inside Out," "Ted 2," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Terminator: Genisys," "Minions," "Ant-Man," "Mission: »
- Gary Susman
Thomas Tull’s rough year at the box office is about to get a whole lot better, thanks to the sort of company the film financier is keeping.
The Legendary Entertainment CEO’s co-production and co-financing arrangement with Universal Pictures will get him a 25% cut of “Jurassic World,” the dinosaur thriller that is on its way to be a global blockbuster and is expected to ring up $125 million domestically this weekend.
Already, the movie has made an initial splash overseas, opening to $24.5 million in China, France and six smaller markets including France, Belgium, Egypt and Indonesia and including $3.5 million from late night previews in a dozen other territories.
While studios sometimes wall off their biggest franchises from partnerships — keeping the lion’s share of the risk and reward in house — Universal is sharing the cost and spoils of the fourth installment in the “Jurassic” franchise, sources confirmed. The first three »
- James Rainey
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
Over the last few years, in an age where multiple blockbusters are vying for attention, filmmakers have had to step up their marketing game, giving us some of the best movie trailers ever. This week, I’m breaking down the most engaging trailers we’ve seen in the past five years.
[Be sure to check out last week's Movielinx article in which we broke down the origins of movie trailers and how they got where they are!]
On the outset, looking just five years back may seem like an odd choice. Truthfully, however, in my years here at Cinelinx, I’ve chronicled the best trailer from the last couple of decades already. More to the point, I feel like movie trailers have changed just in the last few years to be something else.
I’ve always felt like a trailer is an art form in and of itself, and in the new climate of mega franchises, studios are having to do more with their movie trailers to Wow audiences and snag their attention. As such, this »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Three Reasons Why Marvel Have Nothing To Worry About From DC 3) Newer Is Not Always Better While there’s no debating that some things are better when they’re like nothing you’ve ever seen before, like Iron Man or The Avengers, sometimes the first movie is just a decent movie that becomes a stepping stone to a kickass sequel. Or sometimes it’s just Superman Returns. I mean seriously, remember when everyone was excited for the first Superman movie in twenty years? Let’s go through the recent examples: Batman Begins was solid, but The Dark Knight eclipsed it in nearly every way. Captain America The First Avenger was so-so, but The Winter Soldier zipped to the top of nearly everyone’s favourite McU movie. Spider-Man 2, X-Men 2, or Days of Future Past. Hell, even Fantastic Four Rise Of The Silver Surfer was better than the “new” original. Guardians of the Galaxy »
James Marsden (September 18, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and former model. He is known for starting his career with guest appearances on shows like Saved by the Bell: The New Class before working his way to more prominent roles like the X-Men film series and Superman Returns. Marsden then moved on to roles […]
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- Ryan McDonnell
If you’re a regular visitor of this site (or other nerdy corners of the web), you might think you already know everything there is to know about the abandoned 1990s comic book movie Superman Lives. Indeed, the story of Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, Nicolas Cage and Jon Peters' super-sized sparring is the stuff of geek legend.
As someone who has read and written many words about the film, I was in that camp, too. I’m happy to report, though: no matter how off-the-chart your geek cred levels are, you’ll want to check out The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?
With Mad Max: Fury Road currently melting minds at multiplexes worldwide, it seems like the right time to remind everyone that the film's director, George Miller, was once set to helm a Justice League movie back around 2008. The project was known as Justice League: Mortal and it was far more than an unproduced script. A full cast was in place, sets and costumes were in production from Weta Workshop, and filming was all set to begin in Australia before things got...complicated.
It's a shame, too. Based on the script I read, Justice League: Mortal would have been a fairly impressive, very recognisable representation of DC's flagship super team. It also would have beaten The Avengers to the big screen by at least a couple of years.
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. "The Loft," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Read More: Watch: James Marsden is Reluctant to Go 'Into the Grizzly Maze' in Exclusive ClipIf you like your thrillers full of twists, "The Loft," based on the 2008 Belgian thriller of the same name (minus the "The"), should do the trick. The film follows five men who begin to turn on each other after finding a murdered woman in the penthouse apartment they share for extramarital affairs. The story of what happened is unraveled slowly, through flashbacks involving each man's individual encounters in the apartment. Erik Van Looy, who directed the original, also handled the English-language remake. James Marsden ("X-Men," "Superman Returns") and Karl Urban ("Star »
- Becca Nadler
The CW and DC Comics have just released the trailer for the upcoming "Legends of Tomorrow" comic book TV series. Check it out below. Plot: Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat . one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. The new show stars Victor Garber ("Alias"), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Arthur Darvill ("Doctor Who"), Caity Lotz ("Arrow"), Ciarra Renee ("Pippin"), Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow), Dominic Purcell ("Prison Break") and Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break"). Check it out below. Trailer: »
Wrapping up its most watched season in seven years, The CW Network presented its 2015-16 broadcast schedule today to advertisers, affiliates and national media at New York City Center in New York City. The indie-pop band Of Monsters and Men kicked off the presentation with a live performance of their latest single "Crystals," and their international hit song "Little Talks." Here's what CW's Mark Pedowitz had to say in a statement.
"This has been a terrific season for The CW, and is a result of a strategy we set in motion a few years ago to broaden out and grow our audience. We had our most watched season, and our highest-rated season among men, in seven years. We launched The CW's most watched series ever with The Flash, and with The Flash and Jane the Virgin, we received more critical acclaim than ever before. The CW is heading into »
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