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For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies based on books. This is a look at the best movie franchises that are either based on a book or several books.
It’s one thing to have a movie that is based on a book. It happens all the time. It’s more rare to have an entire franchise of films based on a book or set of books. Over the last two decades, it seems like we have been seeing more and more franchises emerge that are based on books. This seems to be happening for a few reasons. First, Hollywood is more than ever looking for established properties on which to base films. Book, have been and always will be one of the best established properties for a movie to be based upon. Second, if the books have a big following, chances are that the »
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The television series Hannibal was a unique breed of network show. Airing on NBC, the show featured thirteen episodes a season, more akin to the cable and streaming model than the typical 20 to 24 episodes each season of network television show features. The show was created by Bryan Fuller and adapted the Thomas Harris novels Hannibal and Red Dragon, more or less. It starred Mads Mikkelsen as the horrifying title character, who brought his own recipe of evil to the role rather than simply imitating Anthony Hopkins' performance; a role much darker than even his villainous turns in Casino Royale or Doctor Strange. Hugh Dancy (The Path) played the lead, Will Graham, with incredible likability. Graham being a gifted criminal profiler who visualized himself committing the murders he investigated to understand the killers' behaviors. It was a fantastic show, truly the same quality as a series from FX, AMC, or Netflix, »
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Charades, the Paris-sales banner recently launched by Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte and Pierre Mazars — former sales execs at Wild Bunch, Gaumont and StudioCanal, respectively — rolled into Cannes with its first slate, headlined by Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” (working title), Peter Webber’s “Inna de Yard,” Juan Solanas’ “My Name Is Luz” and Devashish Makhija’s “Ajji.”
“Inna de Yard” is a documentary feature directed by Webber, who previously helmed “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” “Emperor” and “Hannibal Rising.” Laurent Baudens, Laurent Flahault and Gael Nouaille are producing the doc via Borsalino Prods.
Taking place above Kingston in Jamaica, the film follows legendary voices of reggae including Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I and Cedric Myron, who reunite to record the “Inna de Yard,” which revisits their staple songs. The film also delivers a snapshot of everyday lives of these musicians, who reminisce about their collaborations with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff. »
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Scott McCall (as a human and as his wild werewolf self) and best bud Stiles have their very own Funko Pop! figures now. Collect whichever vinyl figure tickles your fancy this spring! Also in today's Highlights: Wesley Snipes reveals The Recall's release date at CinemaCon 2017, a look at the teaser trailer for Deep Shock, and the Tribeca Games Festival announcement.
Photos & Release Details for Funko's Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: “Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!
Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school, Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his human form, or as a werewolf!
Add them to your collection this spring!
Coming in May!”
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Gabriel Bergmoser Mar 20, 2017
Whisper it, but are movie and TV prequels a little better than they used to be?
It doesn’t feel like all that long ago that sequels came in for a lot of derision. The second one, people reasoned, is never as good, with The Godfather Part II being the exception that proved the rule rather than a decent rebuttal. Nowadays, however, things have changed in a big way. It’s fairly unremarkable when a sequel is considered superior to the original, and in some cases films get a lot of slack from people who say “yeah but they’re just setting things up for a better second one”. For a long time now, sequels have been fairly respectable, meaning the derision of filmgoers has shifted instead to remakes and prequels.
Writing off an entire category of film is narrow minded, but to be fair prequels have »
Louisa Mellor Jan 15, 2017
Sherlock series 4 bows out on an ultra-tense, heightened episode that unearths Holmes family secrets. Spoilers ahead…
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In Thomas Harris’ The Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal Lecter tells Clarice Starling “Nothing happened to me […] I happened. You can’t reduce me to a set of influences.” It’s an elegant, invincible line, one that waves away the tricks of their trades as psychiatrist and FBI agent, and paints Lecter as pure evil.
Twenty-five years later, Harris scrapped all that to explain in Hannibal Rising that Lecter is what he is because Nazis ate his sister. »
6 items from 2017
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