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One of the most famous lines uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger's murder-powered cyborg is "I'll be back." And on July 1, the T-800 will once again be true to his word when "Terminator: Genisys" hits theaters.
The fifth "Terminator" movie aims to robo-punch you right in the nostalgia center, much like "Jurassic World" did, with its twisty, time-travel story that pays homage to the franchise's first two films (while completely, and wisely, ignoring the existence of meh entries "Rise of the Machines" and "Salvation.")
To prepare you for another trip to the land of Skynet, here are all the things you need to know about "Genisys," which picks up where James Cameron's original 1984 film left off.
1. It's a Reboot. »
- Drew Taylor
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this Funky Friday? An Ohio movie theater accidentally plays Insidious Chapter 3 instead of Inside Out, Chuck Palahniuk reads Fight Club for kids, Mark Wahlberg plays Head Shots with Jimmy Fallon and much more. We also have a crazy stop motion kung fu battle, Spaceballs Lego sets and a fan breaks the Seinfeld set. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Author Chuck Palahniuk has taken his beloved literary and cinematic classic Fight Club and turned it into a kids book... Although it's still not kid-friendly. The author hilariously tries to keep it clean, turning Fight Club into the "Horsing Around Club," but, eventually, he goes »
Earlier this month, June 15th marked the 10th anniversary of Batman Begins, the franchise reboot from director Christopher Nolan that launched the most acclaimed film franchise adaptation of The Caped Crusader to date. So what better time is there to dive behind the scenes of the film that gave Gotham the hero it deserves? A […]
The post Votd: Feature-Length Look Behind the Scenes of ‘Batman Begins’ for 10th Anniversary appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
With the release of Batman: Arkham Knight this week, Samuel Brace takes a trip back to the Asylum…
This week, as Batman: Arkham Knight hit consoles and PC’s across the globe, I sat there unable to refrain from hearkening back to years past, 2009 in particular and the series debut game that so many of us still hold dearly. Batman: Arkham Asylum, the game that started it all, was released that summer only one short year removed from Christopher Nolan’s seminal superhero feature The Dark Knight, and I very much remember the excitement I felt at that time, the thirst to consume anything and everything Batman, the hunger to put myself into the world of that movie, of that franchise, how desperate I was to put on the virtual cowl and become the Batman.
It didn’t matter that the aesthetic of Asylum was quite different from that of Nolan’s movies, »
- Samuel Brace
In The Karate Kid, it's Mr Miyagi. In Back To The Future, it's Doc Brown. In X-Men, it's Professor Xavier. The mentor is a familiar archetype in the movies, and it's a device which is as old as storytelling itself.
The mentor is commonly characterised as a wise, usually much older being who provides wisdom and useful objects to a story's hero or heroine. The Star Wars movies have introduced numerous mentor figures in the entries released so far: dignified old Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, the benevolent Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn, the mentor for a young Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace.
In each instance, we see the mentor provide their students with teaching and gifts »
Everyone keeps expected video game movies to take off the way superhero movies have, but that just hasn't happened yet, with most being critically derided and not very well received by fans. Hollywood is hoping to change that with two big 2016 releases, Warcraft and Assassin's Creed. If they are as successful as expected, more will surely follow. Including a movie based on the popular Deus Ex franchise. Square Enix, publisher of the title, arrived at E3 2015 with, not news of the movie, but news of an announcement for the movie. Yes, according to producer Adrian Askarieh, we'll definitely know more about the Deus Ex movie sometime this summer.
The new video game sequel Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was being showcased at E3. It is a follow-up to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a title in the franchise that became so popular, it rejuvenated the series and was set up as a movie at CBS Films. »
Disney is reporting that Pixar's Inside Out took in an estimated $34.2M at 3,946 locations Friday, becoming the second best Pixar opening day after Toy Story 3, which hauled in $41.1M nearly five years ago on June 18th, 2010. That puts Inside Out in the range of $84M to $89M for the weekend, making it Pixar's 2nd largest opening weekend, behind Toy Story 3 with $110.3M and ahead of Monsters University with $82.4M. It's Pixar's best opening for a film that's not a sequel and well ahead of the current holder of that title, The Incredibles, which opened with $70.5M in 2004. It seems likely that Toy Story 3 will retain its title of Pixar's #1 opening weekend film once the Monday actuals are in. The third installment in the beloved Toy Story franchise made $10,216 per theater in its 4,028 venues in 2010. Inside Out's per theater take yesterday was $8,667. With an "A" CinemaScore word-of-mouth »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Ten years ago the state of the Batman franchise – and the movie industry – was in a much different place than it is now. In today's movie climate, the term "reboot" is a word bandied about casually and Batman as a character and movie franchise is held in high regard. However, ten years ago things were completely different. Before Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, the future of Batman in live-action was uncertain. With the ten year anniversary of Christopher Nolan's seminal film this week, let's take a look back at how Nolan – before he was the enormously successful filmmaker he is today – redefined Batman and the reboot. In the late 90's, the Batman franchise was at an all-time high. It was just coming off 1995's Batman Forever, which at the time was a big box office success and a hit with audiences. Then along came 1997's Batman & Robin, directed by »
- Dan Marcus
It.s safe to say that Joel Schumacher forever ruined his legacy with the Batman franchise because of Batman & Robin. However, despite the Bat-nipples and Arnie.s campy Mr. Freeze, it turns out that a third Batman film that Scumacher had planned actually sounded rather incredible. Joel Schumacher originally took to the Batman franchise with 1995.s Batman Forever, which had Val Kilmer as the titular caped crusader and was an enjoyable, family-friendly take on the character. It was forgettable fun. That all changed with Batman & Robin, which is widely regarded as one of the worst superhero films ever made, and proved to be such a colossal failure that it took Christopher Nolan.s Batman Begins to rejuvenate the hero. Joel Schumacher would have gone some way toward salvaging his reputation if he.d been given the chance to create his third Batman film, though. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumacher »
Pixar's Inside Out opens in a reported 3,946 venues tomorrow. With excellent reviews and the strong Pixar brand $71M for the three-day weekend seems quite possible. That figure is higher than some estimates, which are placing it around $60M. But, basing it upon an $18K per theater take, which is what director Pete Docter's last Pixar feature, Up averaged on its 2009 opening, gets it to $71M handily. That will not be enough to secure the animated film first place at the weekend box office though. Universal will retain the title there as even with a hefty 59.3% drop Jurassic World would place it at around $85M in its second week. The film has been tearing up the week with $25.3M on Monday, $24.3 on Tuesday and $19.9M on Wednesday so $85M may be too low.Dope, a Sundance hit that is being given a real chance in the market by Open Road Films, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After the critical failure of 1997’s Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. decided to put Batman on hiatus to figure out what the next big screen adaptation for the Caped Crusader should be. Although Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins eventually reinvigorated the franchise, several ideas were looked at, including a Batman Beyond film, based on the animated series airing on Kids WB at the time. Boaz Yakin, whose writing resume consists of films like Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time and Now You See Me, worked on the idea, and it sounds like it would been quite the visual spectacle. As Yakin told IGN that, after directing 2000’s Remember The Titans, his agent suggested that he direct another studio movie rather than go do an independent film. Yakin jokingly said that he would want to do a Batman film (he really want he just »
After the Batman film franchise fizzled out with "Batman and Robin" in 1997, Warner Bros. Pictures tried to revive the property with several different attempts, each of which would've taken the Caped Crusader back in a darker direction.
One was Joel Schumacher's "Batman Triumphant" which was reported about extensively on this site back in its earliest days. Another was Darren Aronofsky's "Batman: Year One" project, and a third was a live action take on the animated series "Batman Beyond" which "Remember The Titans" helmer Boaz Yakin was attached to.
The one least talked about was the latter as the project didn't move very far along. In a new interview with IGN, Yakin has briefly spoken about his early ambitions for it and how he ultimately opted out of the project:
"I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an »
- Garth Franklin
On June 15, 2005, exactly 10 years ago today, moviegoers were first treated to a groundbreaking new adaptation of an iconic franchise in Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan.s reimagining redefined what a comic book movie could become, kicking off one of the most celebrated comic book film trilogies of all time. Upon the anniversary of its launch, this new supercut effectively showcases the highlights of the epic Dark Knight Trilogy. Relive the excitement in the video below! As you can see, Nolan.s Dark Knight Trilogy is effectively represented in Thomas Davidson.s spectacular supercut, showcasing the dramatic beats with brevity. While it certainly serves as no substitute for seeing the actual films, it does effectively manage to isolate the unifying theme of the films; namely the symbolism in Bruce Wayne/Batman.s ostentatious attempt to tackle Gotham.s criminal element. It was a purely personal path and, as we saw in 2008.s »
This may sound like a mad fever dream, but it came close to actually happening in the wake of 1997's Batman & Robin.
Prior to that franchise-killing film's release, director Joel Schumacher and I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich teamed up to work on a script that would return Batman to his dark roots as he faced a roster of psychotic supervillains.
"It was going to be very dark," Schumacher told The Hollywood Reporter. "I remember going to the set of Face »
Following Joel Schumacher’s 1997 franchise killer Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. launched several attempts to reboot the Dark Knight prior to Christopher Nolan’s successful resurrection of the series with Batman Begins.
In August 2000, while Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller were devloping an adaptation of Miller’s Batman: Year One, the studio enlisted director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) to work alongside Paul Dini and Alan Burnett on a live-action adaptation of the animated series Batman Beyond, and now Yakin has shared some details on the ultimately aborted project during an interview with IGN.
“I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an independent film after I make a studio film. I spoke to my agent, and he said, ‘I think you need to do another studio movie before you do that.’ I was just basically like, ‘Well, if I’m »
- Gary Collinson
[6/15/15: 11:41] - Universal is reporting that Jurassic World now holds the title of biggest domestic opening weekend of all time, grossing $208.8M at the box office, surpassing 2012's Marvel's The Avengers at $207.4M. Not content with North American triumphs World also now holds the title for the #1 international opening weekend in history as well, with an estimated $315.6M, besting Warner Bros. 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 at $314M. World was #1 in 66 territories and represented 70% of the total weekend box office around the globe. The film also laid claim to the title of Universal's highest-grossing international weekend, beating the previous record holder Furious 7 with $250.4MThis all led to other firsts: Universal crossed the $1B mark at the domestic box office faster than any studio to date, beating the previous record achieved on June 22, 2008 by Paramount. Worldwide Universal smashed the record for reaching $3B worldwide, previously held by 20th Century Fox, »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
In a little over a year, Margot Robbie will become the first actress to breathe life into the fan-favorite DC Comics villain/anti-hero Harley Quinn in David Ayer's Suicide Squad - though it may surprise you to learn that we almost had a big screen version of the character years ago. Quinn was actually originally considered to make her first live-action appearance in what would have been Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin follow-up, Batman Unchained, and what's more, she might have been played by none-other than Hole front-woman Courtney Love. In a rundown of all the failed Batman-related projects that came and went prior to Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins in 2005, The Hollywood Reporter has the details about Batman Unchained and the version of Harley Quinn that never made it to the big screen. Speaking with Mark Protosevich, who was in charge of penning the script for the film, »
The current state of superhero movies owes a massive debt to two quantities: Marvel Studios and Christopher Nolan. The former pioneered the “shared universe” approach and is going strong with umpteen comic-book movies in development at the moment, but Nolan not only introduced a new tonal approach for comic-book adaptations, but also pretty much invented the “gritty reboot” entirely. How many times have you heard an upcoming film described as “a gritty reboot in the vein of Batman Begins?” With Nolan’s first Batfilm, he reinvented what a Batman movie could be, grounding the characters in the real world while tackling themes and issues not frequently discussed in the superhero genre. The sequel, The Dark Knight, is quite possibly the best superhero movie ever made, and while the muddled The Dark Knight Rises made for a lackluster finale, the impact and value of Nolan’s take on the superhero movie is invaluable. »
- Adam Chitwood
The past few years have seen anti-cgi sentiment rise among film fans who came of age when matte paintings, miniatures and stop-motion animation were the tools of the special effects trade. This year alone has seen many lionize George Miller’s invigorating “Mad Max: Fury Road” for being what most sane fans want: a harmonious blending of practical in-camera effects/stunt work and very considered use of CGI. However, one of the other great recent examples of this marriage of techniques is last year’s divisive “Interstellar.” As far back as ten years ago on “Batman Begins,”Christopher Nolan was relying heavily on miniatures and large sets to conjure up his visions on screen, using CG to augment and convincingly composite the old-school effects work. Nolan went further on his ambitious sci-fi epic, eschewing green screen in favor of using projections of both completed CG-visual effects work and pre-viz to »
- Cain Rodriguez
Jurassic World outperformed even the most optimistic of forecasts with an $82.8M Friday, the third best Friday opening on record, with only Age of Ultron ($84.4M) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 ($91M) still ahead of it. Universal, who was playing it cool with estimates of $100M for the weekend, are now putting the three-day total at an astonishing $181.4M. Some reports are even putting it higher, at $192.7.If we stay with the studio's $181.4M that's still the third biggest opening weekend of all time only behind Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2M) and Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4).If you believe Universal is still being conservative in their estimates and go with the $192.7 Jurassic World goes ahead of Ultron as the second biggest opening weekend to date. This also catapults June from the 6th to the 2nd spot on the top opening weekends by month. Before Jurassic World June stacked »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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