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Going into this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, I had no real enthusiasm for Kong: Skull Island. Peter Jackson’s King Kong from 2005 didn’t really do anything for me, and I had no real enthusiasm for the original like a lot of film/monster movie fans. Additionally, I was one of the viewers who was also let down by by 2014’s Godzilla.
While Godzilla was an okay film — I liked Godzilla herself well enough — I felt the time spent with the normal humans was completely dull. The idea of mixing King Kong and Godzilla into one big film, frankly, didn’t interest me too much. Sure, on paper it seemed like a cool idea, but there was nothing that made me think it was different or innovative. I simply didn’t care enough. When I saw the first footage of Kong: Skull Island, however, my tune changed. King Kong was gargantuan, »
- Joseph Medina
In just a little over a month, we'll be apparated right back into the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a whole new batch of characters, led by Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander, in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Earlier this afternoon, Warner Bros. Pictures & WaterTower Music officially revealed the track list for James Newton Howard's upcoming Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Howard's previous work includes The Hunger Games, King Kong, Maleficent, The Sixth Sense, Signs, & The Fugitive. There's no release date just yet, but it's expected to become available sometime next month in various formats, likely right around the film's release date. Check out the full track list below, and beware of any potential *Spoilers* 1. Main Titles – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2:54) 2. There Are Witches Among Us / The »
I’ve sung the praises of the currently-running Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy time and again. It’s a franchise that had terrible Hollywood drivel written all over it from the start. Like with the Star Wars prequel trilogy, it had a definite potential to over-explain things, as well as simply go through the motions of a plot in a totally heartless and uninspired way.
Instead, from the onset, we were treated to the great Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a movie that was a lot better than it needed to be. A few years later, we got Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. As good as Rise was, Dawn absolutely topped it in every imaginable way. The story was unpredictable, the characters likable, and the stakes all too primal.
Now, with the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, we’ll be getting what »
- Joseph Medina
Savant uncovers the true, hidden ending to this Fritz Lang masterpiece. The moral outrage of Lang's searing attack on lynch terror hasn't dimmed a bit -- with his first American picture the director nails one of our primary social evils. MGM imposed some re-cutting and re-shooting, but it's still the most emotionally powerful film on the subject. Fury DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1936 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 92 min. / Street Date August 2, 2016, 2016 / available through the WB Shop / 17.99 Starring Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis, Walter Brennan, Frank Albertson, George Walcott, Arthur Stone, Morgan Wallace, George Chandler, Roger Gray, Edwin Maxwell, Howard C. Hickman, Jonathan Hale, Leila Bennett, Esther Dale, Helen Flint. Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg Film Editor Frank Sullivan Original Music Franz Waxman Written by Bartlett Cormack, Fritz Lang story by Norman Krasna Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Directed by Fritz Lang
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
It is very difficult to become a highly respected director in Hollywood and it can be equally hard to get paid well for the type of work that gets one that kind of respect. In many cases, respect doesn't equal a massive payday, but in the chase of Christopher Nolan, the two are going hand in hand. His latest movie Dunkirk, a World War II epic due out next summer, has officially made him the highest paid director in Hollywood.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Nolan will be getting paid $20 million up-front for Dunkirk, which represents a small fortune on its own. However, the director is also said to be getting 20 percent of the gross for Dunkirk and If his last handful of directorial efforts are any indicator, that will represent a tremendous payday. This is said to be the most lucrative deal for a director since Peter Jackson »
Realizing just how much “Memento” proved Christopher Nolan to be a visionary storyteller, Warner Brothers quickly recruited the young director to helm their remake of the Norwegian murder mystery “Insomnia.” Released in 2002, the movie earned strong reviews and, most importantly, over $113 million at the worldwide box office, over two times its $43 million budget. “Insomnia” proved just how lucrative the Nolan business could be, and Warner Brothers has stuck by the filmmaker’s side for each massive new blockbuster ever since. But for the director’s new WWII epic “Dunkirk,” that meant signing off on one of the richest film deals ever.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan is earning a huge $20 million pay day for “Dunkirk,” plus 20% of whatever the film ends of grossing at the box office. Not since Peter Jackson and “King Kong »
- Zack Sharf
According to a report on THR, Nolan is said to be getting $20 million upfront and 20 percent of the gross for Dunkirk. That will be the richest deal since Peter Jackson got the same for King Kong. The studio must have a lot of confidence in Nolan. Let's just hope the film is not a dud. Dunkirk is the filmmaker's first full-length feature since 2014's Interstellar, which had mixed reviews.
The film focuses on the 1940 evacuation of Allied soldiers by the British Army from the city of Dunkirk, France.
Dunkirk is scheduled to hit movie theaters July 21, 2017.
What do you folks think of Nolan's deal? »
- Kellvin Chavez
Naomi Watts is keeping calm and carrying on. The actress was spotted walking her dog in New York City Monday evening shortly after news broke that she and longtime love Liev Schreiber called it quits after 11 years together. The King Kong star looked casual in cuffed jeans and a red and white striped shirt, which she paired with a pair of Vans shoes. Watts kept her head low as she made her way through the NYC streets. "Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple," the couple said in a statement to E! News Monday. "It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children »
Writer-director Hulme’s BFI-backed follow up to his 2014 Cannes Official Selection debut Snow In Paradise charts the story of a young boy (Robert) brought up in a world of evangelical Christianity that has taught him to look for signs and to believe that evil is waiting just outside the front door.
Caught between his mother, who’s determined to bring Jesus’s love to a dead mining town, and his best friend who has introduced him to teenage rebellion, Robert becomes embroiled in a spiritual tug of war as he tries to escape his religious beliefs. It’s then that he discovers a dead body in the woods and realises that God has sent »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– L.A.-based outfit Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Michael O’Shea’s Cannes premiere “The Transfiguration.” The film was sold by Protagonist Pictures at Toronto, and it marks the feature debut of writer-director Michael O’Shea. The atmospheric feature puts a new spin on the vampire movie.
– Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced that Joel Potrykus’s latest dark comedy, “The Alchemist Cookbook,” will be available worldwide for pay-what-you-wish via BitTorrent Now on October 7, before it screens in select theaters across the country. »
- Kate Erbland
Movies never end up as they were originally envisioned. For various reasons, directors often decide not to film a section of the shooting-script. Also, throughout the production and post-production process of filmmaking, the cutting-room floor becomes cluttered with scenes, plots or characters that were chosen for deletion. Sometimes, these deleted scenes or subplots would have changed the entire film. Here are 9 movies with abandoned storylines would have altered the way we look at the overall movie.
The Cloverfield Monster was a young child: We never find out very much about the rampaging monster that attacks New York in Cloverfield. Where did it come from and why did it attack the city? Jj Abrams has said that, in the original conception of the story, the creature was a child belonging to an ancient Lovecraftian race that lies sleeping in the depth of the ocean. A young child from this race is awoken by a crashing satellite. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Casting is a hugely important part of the filmmaking process. Unfortunately, sometimes Hollywood gets it very wrong. When the wrong person gets the part, it can spoil the whole movie. Here are eight instances where bad casting damaged a big movie.
Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequel trilogy: This bit of bad casting not only ruined a film, it wrecked three films. While the Star Wars prequels had numerous problems, the worst was the portrayal of iconic villain Darth Vader—Aka Anakin Skywalker—as a sulky, petulant teenager. Christensen’s bland performance made the problem 10-times worse. How do you follow the voice of James Earl Jones with the whiny voice of Christensen? He also had no chemistry at all with his co-star and love-interest Natalie Portman, who played Queen Amidala.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is one's ability to run into actors, filmmakers and other random celebrities at any time. While I get to talk to actors and filmmakers regularly as part of my job, it's always pleasant when you run into someone in public, who is just genuinely nice and cool. In January, while waiting in a concessions line at a movie theater, I realized I was standing in front of Toby Kebbell. I eventually introduced myself, told him I was a fan, and we had a pleasant and brief conversation. Over the weekend, when we met again to chat about Ben-Hur, I was surprised he remembered our conversation from the "candy line," from more than eight months ago.
While fans of the Deadpool character may have been looking forward to the Deadpool movie that came out earlier this year, not even the most hardcore of hardcore fans could have predicted what a runaway success the R-rated superhero comedy would be. It'd be easy to dismiss the success of the film and give credit to the immature humor prevalent throughout the film -- it was certainly a breath of fresh air for the genre, to be sure. However, one of the strongest points of the film was how well it treated its characters. Sure, they were stupid and immature on many levels, but they gave the film just enough depth so that viewers weren't left with a hollow feeling inside after watching.
Let's hope that with Deadpool 2, the writers remember that it's that they have to put the characters first, and one of the most important steps there, of course, »
- Joseph Medina
Hello again, dear readers. This week sees the release of Suicide Squad, the latest DC Comics film adaptation. In the meantime, the latest Trailer Trashin’ is my quick take on some of the major movie trailers to come out of the recent San Diego Comic-Con.
Premise: After Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the world’s top neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who becomes Strange’s mentor in the mystic arts.
My take: After the huge superhero brawl of Captain America: Civil War earlier this summer, the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes things in a very different direction. This is an exposition-heavy trailer, laying out the basics of who Doctor Strange is and the nature of his powers to help general audiences get on-board with »
- Timothy Monforton
Ryan Lambie Aug 9, 2016
There are some movies whose images and ideas are so indelible, it's difficult to imagine a world without them. Yet films are by their nature delicate things; they're the end-product of months or even years of craftsmanship, and whether they're stored on celluloid or captured digitally, they're as vulnerable to the ravages of time or acts of god as any other artform.
Cinema history is littered with stories of lost and damaged movies. Back in the 1920s, eminent director Erich von Stroheim made Greed, an expensive, nine-and-a-half hour epic that was repeatedly cut until only 140 minutes of its original footage remained. Legend has it that a janitor accidentally threw out the removed footage and, just like that, years of work were gone - seemingly forever. »
The Flickering Myth Team react…
Well it was a trailer heavy edition of San Diego Comic Con this year, with Warner Bros releasing the trailers for Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and Justice League (sort of) for the public to watch online which, Doctor Strange notwithstanding, was not a tactic shared by Marvel. There was also trailers of Louis Theroux’s new documentary and the highly-anticipated Kong: Skull Island. As we usually do here at Flickering Myth, we got together to give our thoughts on the trailers and react to them accordingly.
So, let’s kick off with the non-comic book trailer in Kong Skull Island:
Chris Cooper: Looks decent. Intrigued how Hiddleston will be in a more action orientated film (I don’t think of »
- Luke Owen
Brie Larson had a pretty good Saturday at Comic-Con, I think it’s safe to say. She's had to do a fair amount of juggling around this film so far. When she won her Oscar this spring, she had to fly in from where she was shooting Kong: Skull Island to do so, and Saturday, they had to pull her away from her press duties for Kong: Skull Island to take the stage in Hall H to announce that she is officially signed to play Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, in what will easily be one of the most eagerly awaited films Marvel has ever made. But before we get all crazy about a movie that doesn’t even have an announced director yet, let’s look at the other film she came to San Diego to discuss today, because that is a seriously awesome trailer. Jordan Vogt-Roberts and screenwriters Max Borenstein, »
- Drew McWeeny
Saturday’s Comic-Con was filled with a slew of brand new trailers, one of them being the first look at “Kong: Skull Island.” Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the action/adventure flick is set in the ‘70s and centers on King Kong’s origins.
This time audiences are transported to the birthplace of one of the most legendary monster myths. When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson take on the colossal beast in the first trailer, alongside Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman.
Read More: ‘Kong: Skull Island’: The Beast Awakens In First Poster
In this new film, Kong is bigger than ever before. “In terms of actual size, »
- Liz Calvario
Every studio in Hollywood is currently trying to put together some form of shared cinematic universe, but Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have one of the few in town that we actually we want to see. The studio is planning on making their giant monsters meet in future movies, and they already stated that process with Godzilla in 2014. Next up is reboot of King Kong, Kong: Skull Island, and we just got the very first trailer for the studio's next monster epic.
Warner Bros. premiered the footage at San Diego Comic-Con, which is currently taking place at the San Diego Convention Center in California. The studio decided to take a break from teasing their upcoming DC Comics superhero movies to deliver fans a first look of the latest attempt to bring King Kong to the big screen, and everything seems very promising. The last time we saw the legendary creature »
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