12 items from 2017
Director Christian Rivers and producer Peter Jackson have found their female lead for Mortal Engines, with Deadline reporting that Hera Hilmar (The Oath, Da Vinci’s Demons) has signed on to appear in the upcoming adaptation of Philip Reeve’s book series.
Mortal Engines “is set in a world many thousands of years in the future. Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources. On one of these massive Traction Cities, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the Outlands who will change the course of his life forever.”
The film has been written by Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and will mark the feature directorial debut of Jackson’s long time collaborator Rivers, who won an Oscar for his VFX work on King Kong. It is set for release on December »
- Gary Collinson
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
When it comes to film, there are few cinematic wonders as big as King Kong. From the 1933 original to Peter Jackson's iteration, King Kong has always been an event of epic proportions, and Kong: Skull Island from Warner Bros. and Legendary will be no different. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is a relative newcomer in the world of feature film, having directed the 2013 Sundance hit The Kings... Read More »
- Sean Wist
In December of 2015, the folks at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. extended an offer no sci-fi/fantasy geek journalist could resist: the chance to spend two days on the Hawaii set of their then mystery-laden adventure film Kong: Skull Island. At the time, little was known about Kong but speculation was rampant: Was the film a sequel or prequel to Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong or any other previous Kong adventures? Or was it a complete reboot, a la Legendary’s Godzilla (2014)?...
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1933. That’s the year King Kong first roared onto the big screen and since then, the film landscape has never quite been the same. Indeed, few movie monsters hold a candle to the enduring legacy of the iconic Kong, who so famously scaled the Empire State Building in Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s age-old classic before beauty ultimately killed the beast. But it’ll take more than just romance to topple the 100ft behemoth in Kong: Skull Island.
Pegged for release on March 10th, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ lavish creature feature is set to introduce moviegoers to Kong like they’ve never seen him before. Housed up on the primordial Skull Island right around the time of the Vietnam War, King Kong is more akin to a lonely god than anything else. However, you don’t go into someone’s home unless you’re picking a fight, which is »
- Michael Briers
He has played an ape’s showman in King Kong, a sweet mortician-turned-murderer in Bernie and now a polka maestro/Ponzi scheme impresario in The Polka King. Larger-than-life characters seem embedded in Jack Black’s DNA, so playing the real-life Polish immigrant Jan Lewan — a Grammy nominee, friend of Pope John Paul II, gift shop owner, ex-con and loving husband — makes perfect sense. Black received a copy of The Man Who Would Be Polka King, the documentary on which Polka Ki… »
I love me some King Kong. I loved the original '33 version, I loved Peter Jackson's 2005 version, and even liked some of the stuff in the '70s version. Hell, I don't even hate the cash-in Son Of Kong sequel! So I'm definitely down for Kong: Skull Island, unnecessary as it is. And if it means a showdown between him and Godzilla down the line? More power to it!... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
This banner from yesterday featured a slightly calmer-looking King, as Brie Larson's beauty appeared to be in the process of reasoning with the beast. However, these latest official Kong: Skull Island posters depict the iconic creature in all his rage-filled glory, as he unleashes hell on the island's interlopers. Tell us, are you looking forward to this movie, or so you think King Kong should have been laid to rest with Peter Jackson's reboot back in 2005? A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong. Starring Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Jing Tian, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell, Kong: Skull Island is set to be released on March 10th, 2017. »
Author: Jon Lyus
The marketing for Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong Skull Island has been very impressive so far. The forthcoming monster movie has teased its biggest asset very well, with the latest movie poster giving us a peek at one of the movie’s biggest moments.
So far we’ve had ourselves a very story heavy first trailer, then a very excitable, monster-focused Japanese version, and now we have an update to the already impressive poster line up for Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ film. The new poster echoes the famous moment in previous King Kong films where the huge monster meets the film’s leading lady. Twelve years ago it was Naomi Watts who tamed the beast, a modern take on the iconic Fay Wray role of the 1933 film. Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson, is this film’s sole female lead and it seems she too will have a close encounter with Kong. »
- Jon Lyus
Simon Brew Jan 17, 2017
Work starts in earnest on Tremors 6 next week, it's been confirmed...
Recently, we went through the back catalogue of direct to DVD Tremors sequels, and were happy to report there were some pleasant surprises in there. You can find that article here.
We’re going to have to extend it in due course though, as we’ve now learned that Tremors 6 is going to go before the cameras this week. Michael Gross is reprising the role of Burt Gummer in the movie, with Jamie Kennedy also appearing in the movie.
The shoot will take place in South Africa, and Don Michael Paul will be back to direct as well.
Here’s the post from Michael Gross confirming the news…
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When Kyle Chandler was preparing for his role in Kenneth Lonergan’s eagerly awaited new drama, Manchester by the Sea, he admits that the prospect of nailing his character’s distinctive accent was troubling him.
“I think I almost said ‘no’ just because of the Boston accent. I might have even asked Kenny, ‘can I keep my Texas accent? Does that work? Maybe my character went away and came back!’” he laughs. “But we had a wonderful dialect coach, and that all worked out. I think I did a pretty good job, and she kept a whip over me.”
Kyle spent many of his childhood years in Georgia and now lives in Texas with his wife and family, and his natural voice has that distinctive southern drawl. But he certainly did more than a “pretty good job” playing Joe. »
- Gary Collinson
Ryan Lambie Jan 10, 2017
Platinum Games' promising-looking action RPG Scalebound has been axed by Microsoft, it's been announced...
From the studio that previously brought us such pieces of cult brilliance as Bayonetta, Vanquish and The Wonderful 101, Scalebound was Platinum Games' most ambitious project in its history. An action RPG in which the player is assisted in battle by a huge dragon, the game had a number of false starts before production finally began in 2013.
Work progressed well, with playable demos of the game shown off at Gamescom and other expos in 2015 - the overall impression we got was of a less murky Dark Souls, fused with the demented fighting and huge bosses of Bayonetta.
Sadly, it appears that Microsoft wasn't impressed with Platinum Games' progress, since it's announced that Scalebound has been cancelled. »
12 items from 2017
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