14 items from 2016
About two years ago, I wrote a book on the films of Michael Bay. This unauthorized critical examination saw release in November 2014 under the title Michael F-ing Bay: The Unheralded Genius in Michael Bay’s Films. I knew I was throwing down a gauntlet with a provocative title like that and the reaction to that mere declaration. One troll kept loudly accusing me of writing the book so Michael Bay would hire me. He must have really liked this joke because he made it on several posts, across many websites that carried the announcement of my book. (The Broken Projector was one such outlet and I had a very interesting conversation with Scott Beggs about the book.) This suggested to me that not only did he have no understanding of how Hollywood worked, he almost certainly hadn’t read the book.
That question “Why would someone write a book about Michael Bay?” has »
- The Bitter Script Reader
With Captain America: Civil War proving to be another huge hit for Marvel Studios, Scarlett Johansson has been propelled past Cameron Diaz to become the highest grossing female movie star in history. Who knows, perhaps this news will finally convince Marvel to move forward with an Avengers spinoff movie for Black Widow!
The numbers are certainly impressive enough to give Kevin Feige and company food for thought anyway, as Johansson has earned a whopping $3.3 billion over the course of her career. A good chunk of that comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the actress has obviously also done pretty well thanks to the likes of Lucy, The Island, and Hail, Caesar! among others.
As of right now, The Avengers star ranks above names like Will Smith, Adam Sandler, and even Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe. With Avengers: Infinity War right around the corner, chances are that the actress could »
- Josh Wilding
It’s a well known fact at this stage that 20th Century Fox slashed Deadpool‘s budget before shooting was set to begin, a decision which led to a couple of major action sequences being scrapped and the disappearance of a few villains. With director Tim Miller forced to save money by any means possible, one eagle eyed fan has now brought to light that the film seems to have borrowed footage from a previous X-Men movie.
As you can see in the video above, the scene featuring the X-Jet taking off from Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters in Deadpool has been lifted directly from X-Men: The Last Stand, with only the design of the Blackbird changed slightly.
It’s hard to say exactly how much money this would have saved, but it’s not exactly going to ruin Deadpool on repeat viewings and is far from the first »
- Josh Wilding
The other night my wife and I were watching Lucy and a ridiculous thought crossed my mind: what if all of Scarlett Johansson’s movies are connected? And what if the center of that universe is actually Lucy? My mind started to wander and, after pulling up IMDb, connections seemed to fall right into place. As a result, I present The Grand Unified Theory of Scarlett Johansson Movies.
This has spoilers for Scarlett Johansson’s entire career. So, you’ve been warned.
This could very well be my final descent into true madness. But whatever, let’s do this. The timeline begins with Ghost World.
In Ghost World, Scarlett plays Rebecca, a teenager eager to embrace the world. She and her friend Enid have grand plans… but life often doesn’t work out as teenagers imagine and Rebecca ends up working a crappy job at a coffee shop. This »
- Justin Cox
Want to win a “Women Kicking Ass” Prize Pack? What’s in the prize pack? Blu-ray of “Jane Got A Gun,” “Everly,” “In The Blood,” and “Free Fall.” Tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick entries at random. Entries Must be in by 12Pm Est on Tuesday, April 26. U.S. Only Please. Thanks for entering and good luck!! Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton (Black Mass, The Gift, The Great Gatsby), Ewan McGregor (August: Osage County, The Island), Rodrigo Santoro (Focus, 300: Rise of an Empire), Noah Emmerich (TV’s “The Americans”, Little Children), and Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Run All Night). Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) has built a life [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Almost nobody would’ve expected Ava DuVernay to become a leading fantasy filmmaker, yet the director’s post-Selma path has been littered with one such project after the other. Following offers for Black Panther and word of an Amblin-backed, Lupita Nyong’o-starring sci-fi tale comes, from Deadline, news that she’s been tapped by Disney adapt A Wrinkle in Time, that perennial classic of Ya sci-fi literature.
If you attended elementary school in an English-speaking country, you’ll have at least seen Madeleine L’Engle‘s book on a library shelf at some point or another. That ubiquity betrays, I think, the oddity of this story, in which a brother-sister pairing (as well as a friend from school) travel through space, dimensions, and across numerous planets, to find their missing scientist father. Adapted properly, A Wrinkle in Time would make for a massive-scale and visually overwhelming epic — no small order, »
- Nick Newman
The career of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who on Feb. 26 will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has few — if any — parallels in the history of film music.
The composer for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Cinema Paradiso” and an estimated 375 other feature films (not to mention another 90 or so TV projects) is perhaps the most prolific in Western cinema.
He is also among the most respected. Filmmakers from Terrence Malick to John Boorman, Mike Nichols to Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski to Bernardo Bertolucci, Roland Joffe to Brian De Palma, have sought him out to contribute to their films.
Reached at his home in Rome, he says via interpreter, that receiving the star is “a great accolade,” adding, “I can only anticipate how I’m going to feel when I’m there in L.A.”
It’s just the latest honor for the 87-year-old maestro. »
- Jon Burlingame
I admire Michael Bay as a director, I really do. He is a filmmaker without guile, his images transparent in their vapid grandiloquence. The qualities and values of maximalism, crassness and jingoism that have consistently garnered mockery and acrimonious distain by many are not ones audiences are cleverly exposing, but most often are simply accurate characterizations of the attitudes such films as the two Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor, and his solely-helmed Transformers franchise directly espouse. It may be hard to imagine a film more gaudily self-evident in its values and the force of its aesthetics as the sprawling effects goliath and techno-anti-humanist Transformers: Age of Extinction, but in fact Bay’s most tidily budgeted and CGI free films of recent years, 2013’s true crime Pain & Gain and this year’s true war 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi are his most honest and perceptive, and, because of this, his best. »
- Daniel Kasman
One of the trailers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest to ignite grumbles about just how much is given away in promos for movies.
This list looks at 25 films where the trailer has given away more than it really should in its promos - and it goes without saying that spoilers lie ahead for each of the movies. Don't read or click on individual entries of films you've not seen if you don't want to be spoiler sullied!
25. Jurassic World
Director Colin Trevorrow was amongst those who expressed disappointment at this one particular promo for Jurassic World. In it, we see Chris Pratt riding on his motorbike, alongside velcoraptors that surprisingly don't appear to be eating him. Presented out of context, the scene just looked a little daft. But »
Michael Bay, emperor of the action blockbuster, king of the fireball, may demand that everything in his life be awesome. So why were the opening weekend grosses of "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" anything but awesome?
Here was Bay's biggest stab at seriousness since "Pearl Harbor" 15 years ago: a based-in-fact war drama about recent events, staged with the kind of movie mayhem that no one does better (or at least bigger and louder), with the bonus of being tied to a hot-button issue that has much of red-state America up in arms. Plus, it follows on the heels of other patriotic, pro-military hits released during January, like "Lone Survivor" and "American Sniper."
Yet, it came in fourth with an estimated $16.0 million, ranked behind "Ride Along 2." "13 Hours" came in behind modest projections of $18 to $20 million. It's the lowest opening for the "Transformers" franchise director since his sci-fi flop "The Island »
- Gary Susman
Heading into the weekend, moviegoers weren't really given quality new products, and they responded in kind. The debuts of "Ride Along 2" and the Donald Trump-approved "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi" couldn't stop the box office from taking a 22% dive from the same frame last year. The Ice Cube and Kevin Hart buddy cop sequel took in $34 million, which is actually less than the opening weekend haul of $41 million the first movie earned in 2014. It's likely not what Universal was hoping for, but perhaps the mostly negative reviews, coupled with the fact that "Ride Along 2" offered little deviation from the formula from the first film, played a role. Read More: 2015: The Hits, The Flops, And The Year In Box Office Michael Bay's Serious Explosions Movie will likely wind up with $19 million after the long weekend wraps, making his first film since 2005's "The Island" to debut under $20 million. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ride Along 2 was unable to top its predecessor but an estimated $34 million is enough to top the weekend box office, followed closely by Fox's The Revenant, which dropped only 26% in its second weekend in wide release. Both films finished ahead of domestic box office king Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which fell to third in its fifth weekend in release while becoming only the fifth film to ever cross a major international milestone. Meanwhile Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi performed just slightly under expectations while Lionsgate's animated pick-up Norm of the North exceeded our most pessimistic of expectations. A selection of this past Thursday's Oscar nominees also added a few theaters, delivering results worth taking a look at. Starting at the top, 2014's Ride Along debuted with a whopping $41.5 million over the three-day weekend and $48.6 million for what was a four-day, Martin Luther King weekend record. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Saturday Update: Ride Along 2's Friday estimates came in at $12 million, $2.4 million short of the original. Similarly, the film fell short of its predecessor's "A" CinemaScore, pulling in a "B+" from opening day audiences. Depending on your source, estimates for the four-day weekend range from $35-40 million, putting it anywhere from $8-13 million short of the original's impressive 2014 performance and possibly push the comedy sequel to second place for the weekend behind our next film. With an estimated $9.3 million, The Revenant took second on Friday, but could score a #1 finish for the weekend as it targets a $37-38 million over the four-day. Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi took in an estimated $5.9 million on Friday. The film scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which should keep it on track for a $20-21 million four-day. The weekend's final newcomer is Lionsgate's Norm of the North, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When things go wrong on a cinema trip, from bad customer service, noisy audiences, to, er, 'other things'...
As part of our survey on the behaviour of audiences in British cinemas, and how well cinema chains respond to it, we asked a couple of open questions. In this post, we're looking at where we asked for specific examples of good or bad behaviour and practice you've experienced from your cinema visits. We had over 2000 responses, so we've had to pick and choose. But here's a flavour of what you told us.
We've quoted verbatim, save for correcting the odd typo...
"We went to see The Martian at Cineworld in Nottingham recently. The first ten minutes of the movie was unwatchable, as the projector wasn't in focus. We went to alert the staff, who, while very off-hand and disinterested, did get the problem fixed. People arrived »
14 items from 2016
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