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Tomorrowland might not have wowed critics, or pulled in major numbers at the box office (that has more to do with a marketing campaign that was more John Carter than Toy Story than anything else), but it has some great moments. Yes, it’s wayward and yes it doesn’t quite feel like it fits, but it’s an admirable attempt to stem the tide of cynical and pessimistic sci-fi films.
And at least the agenda to try and be optimistic is a courageous move. It’s just a shame that it’s hamstrung by a bit of a hokey script, and that few will accept the spirit of the film as it’s intended.
As Brad Bird said pre-release, the film actually demands multiple viewings: it is, like one of its key settings, a memorabilia store. Though that is actually where most of the Easter Eggs are to »
- Simon Gallagher
After making borderline-animated films for the past few years, Robert Rodriguez is taking on a live-action adaptation of an actual cartoon. THR is reporting that the Sin City director is set to adapt Hanna-Barbera’s Jonny Quest for Warner Bros. with Adrian Askarieh (Hitman: Agent 47) and Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) producing. Rodriguez will write the script alongside Terry Rossio, who penned the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films and The Lone Ranger with writing partner Ted Elliott, but who's been going out on his own as of late. Rodriguez and Elliott will be working from a previous draft written by Dan Mazeu. For those who are unfamiliar with the Johnny Quest series, Wikipedia says the cartoon was in the vein of “Doc Savage, Tom Swift, and John Carter of Mars.” The eponymous character was a young boy who went on adventures with his father Dr. Benton Quest, »
- Matt Goldberg
Remember when Christina Ricci starred opposite a computer-generated array of ghosts in Casper and Mel Gibson donned medieval garb in Braveheart? Those were the two big openers of the 1995 Memorial Day weekend frame 20 years ago – and also the last time this oft-bustling moviegoing weekend failed to see a film hit the $40 million mark. Despite no strong opener over the holiday weekend, making this the lowest-grossing Memorial Day frame since 2001, moviegoers still came out to see a variety of thrilling films, five of which earned more than $20 million over the three days.
In first place was Tomorrowland, an original (and pricey) sci-fi adventure from Disney, which finished with an estimated $32.2 million over its first three days. (The projected four-day estimate is $40.7 million.) That would be a fine start for an original film in summer, but with a $180 million budget, as well as mixed reviews and audience reception (a B CinemaScore), the »
- Jordan Adler
Four years after the greatly entertaining Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird tackles the live action dimension for a second time with Tomorrowland, a massive sci-fi production intended for the whole family. Despite a rather enjoyable first part and Bird's undeniable visual talent, the film unfortunately sinks into over-cheesiness and sacrifices its ending for some damaging Disney propaganda, which is more reminiscent of what the company used to do in the past rather than of the better and riskier productions (John Carter, The Lone Ranger) that they've been doing recently. Although the original story is penned by Jeff Jensen, Damon Lindelhof and Bird himself, Tomorrowland got its inspiration from the homonymous themed land of the Disney parks that were conceived in the 1950s and 1960s....
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Though they seemed to have forgotten we already had two pretty good Star Wars films in the 1980s, you can't really blame Golan and Globus for trying – a decade into their run at Cannon, they needed a big hit to rescue the company from financial ruin. They put everything they had into Masters of the Universe and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and when both flopped, it spelled the beginning of the end for Cannon Films.
Still, they sort of delivered on that Star Wars promise. With its laser guns and Earth-set plot, Masters of the Universe certainly bears little resemblance to the popular cartoon series it shares part of a title with (Filmation's iconic He-Man and the »
Regular readers of this space know my first true love is the city of Chicago, and that I’ll use any excuse to cop a visit to my fatherland. That’s where I was this past week, and I did not need an excuse. The 15th annual Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention was in town, and, therefore, so was I.
It’s a great chance to meet up with old friends and make a couple new ones, all the while gawking at ancient publications printed on ever-deteriorating paper, more permanent facsimile reprints of same, and brand new efforts that replicate the mood, techniques and often the characters of those thrilling days of yesteryear. As my pal Jim Wisniewski says, the comradery echoes the days when comic book conventions were social occasions accessible to all… and were actually about comic books.
For the few of you who may be unaware »
- Mike Gold
Week in geek: The Kick-Ass and Kingsman director is rumoured to be revamping the classic 80s cheesefest. But can you replace Brian Blessed, Queen and Razzie-nommed Sam J Jones and still save every one of us?
The news that Vaughn is in talks to direct a new take on Flash Gordon, the 1930s comic book hero who famously inspired Mike Hodges’s preposterously camp 1980 film, has been rather overshadowed by this week’s revelations about the forthcoming Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel movies. But with Kingsman likely to end up one of 2015’s biggest box-office hits, maybe we should be taking the idea of blasting off once again for planet Mongo a little more seriously.
Related: The week in geek: »
- Ben Child
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
Warcraft - »
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. This week, he turns 34, so to celebrate, we're taking a look at some of his hottest moments. The Canadian actor first won over fans as tough, hunky football hero Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and over the past few years, he's been on the big screen thanks to movies like John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. Soon, he'll be returning to the small screen with a buzzed-about role on True Detective. In any case, now seems like the perfect time to look back at some of his sexiest snaps from over the years, including a mix of red carpet appearances and crazy-hot magazine editorials. Brace yourself - there are some really, really good ones. »
If we wanted a sensible police drama, we wouldn't be watching The Following. Where has all the craziness gone, asks Ron?
This review contains spoilers.
1.7 The Hunt
One of the best things about The Following is that it is set in a world with an infinite supply of serial killers. That's also one of the worst things about The Following, as it lends itself to laziness. Whenever one of the killers we know is in trouble, well, we just have that person turn to someone in his network of murderer pals to help him solve his problem. When it's someone like Arthur Strauss reaching out to one of his many students, it makes sense. We've seen Strauss at work training other killers, we know he's got hundreds of students committing thousands of murders, and it makes sense that they'd be willing to stick their neck out to help the man »
Read More: 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' Creator Jason Katims on When It’s Time to Say Goodbye Despite ratings low enough to keep season renewals in suspense every year, "Friday Night Lights" became a star-maker for an impressive number of actors over the years. Taylor Kitsch landed roles in high profile blockbusters like "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Lone Survivor." Adrianne Palicki has co-starred in everything from "John Wick" to "Agents of Shield." Michael B. Jordan snagged roles in breakout hits like "Chronicle," "Fruitvale Station," plus the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Rocky" spinoff. Yet Kyle Chandler may have benefitted the most from his time in Dillon, TX. The show's star was the only actor to win an Emmy for his work on the show, and he capitalized on that accolade — as well as a newfound and well-defined fandom — in a big way. After "Friday »
- Ben Travers
Read More: 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' Creator Jason Katims on When It’s Time to Say Goodbye Despite ratings low enough to keep season renewals in suspense every year, "Friday Night Lights" became a star-maker for an impressive number of actors over the years. Taylor Kitsch landed roles in high profile blockbusters like "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Lone Survivor." Adrianne Palicki has co-starred in everything from "John Wick" to "Agents of Shield." Michael B. Jordan snagged roles in breakout hits like "Chronicle," "Fruitvale Station," plus the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Rocky" spinoff. Yet Kyle Chandler may have benefitted the most from his time in Dillon, TX. The show's star was the only actor to win an Emmy for his work on the show, and he capitalized on that accolade — as well as a newfound and well-defined fandom — in a big way. After "Friday...
- Ben Travers
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
by Seth Metoyer
In celebratory fashion we have five DVD's of The Burning Dead to give away. Entering is simple. Go like our Facebook page here and our Twitter page here.
Then send an email to theburningdeadgiveaway[at]morehorror.com with the subject line The Burning Dead Giveaway and tell us what your favorite zombie movie is along with your Full Name and physical address. Sorry, only available to the Us and no Po Boxes. That's it. Winners will be chosen randomly.
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From The Press Release
Disney confirmed they will "absolutely prohibit" the depiction of 'smoking', including cigarettes, cigars and weed, for all PG-13 rated productions that fall under their company umbrella including Marvel Studios films.
But will the Disney ban also extend to prohibiting the depiction of excessive violence, evident in past films designated with a PG-13 rating, including "Lone Ranger" with its scores of onscreen deaths and cannibalism ?
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Lone Ranger", "John Carter", "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl":
- Michael Stevens
It is the responsibility of the working film critic not only to see and review as many new releases as possible, but also to constantly revisit films in order to challenge one’s own opinions. Moreover, it is important to review those films as you would any other film, no matter whether you once loved it or hated it. Considering how many movies are constantly available to audiences today, every film should be considered new to someone. Critics should take it upon themselves to form new opinions of even the most revered movies, and to always remind themselves and their audiences that films do not belong on shelves. They must be seen and shared and constantly re-examined. My kids have started asking me questions about Tarzan. Certain characters hold such a permanent place in pop culture that even when there's nothing new in theaters or on TV, the character remains in the mass consciousness somehow. »
- Drew McWeeny
When you ask Robert Rodriguez, the visionary director of "Sin City" and "Desperado," how he was initially drawn to the graphic designs of legendary American illustrator Frank Frazetta, he'll tell you that he and his brother stumbled upon several volumes of artwork at a bookstore while waiting for their father. "We were both into art and drawing and we went to the art section and saw these books that were put out at the time called 'The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta.' We had never seen anything like it," Rodriguez recounts. "I used to cut them out and put them up on my wall." Coming full circle, Rodriguez is opening The Robert Rodriguez Museum during this week's South by Southwest Film Festival and showcasing original Frank Frazetta artwork, along with limited edition prints - like the "From Dusk Till Dawn" image, which we are exclusively unveiling.
For Rodriguez, Frazetta's influence cannot be overstated. »
- Drew Taylor
This year during SXSW in Austin, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will unveil an amazing collection of art from the legendary Frank Frazetta, whose work not only defined the look of a number of properties — including Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and John Carter of Mars series — it also influenced a number of wonderful projects, from The Legend of Zelda to He-Man. Rodriguez, a Frazetta superman himself, is set to direct a remake of Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi’s Ice and Fire. This art show, which will be available to anyone (not just SXSW badge holders) will show off a number of original pieces from Frazetta alongside Frank Miller, Drew Struzan and Sebastian Kruger. To call it a star-studded affair fails to show proper reverence. It’s a legend-studded affair. Information about the show can be found above. It will run in downtown Austin for a week during the South by Southwest Film Festival. There »
- Neil Miller
Birthright #1 – #5 “Homecoming”
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Andrei Bressan
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Published by Image Comics
Fresh from the mind of Joshua Williamson, Birthright is an interesting new series from Image. The concept is quite simple: a young boy by the name of Mikey vanishes seemingly into thin air, causing havoc on his family from his absence to the point of breaking that is until a year later when a stranger arrives, straight out of a fantasy paperback and sporting an arsenal that would make Conan jealous, claims to be Mikey grown up. And yes, it’s actually Mikey. It turns out he was the champion of a far off realm called Terrenos fated to liberate the land from the monstrous God King Lore. However, what he leaves out is how Mikey himself is under the control of Lore himself with a mission to make Earth his next conquest. »
- Grant Raycroft
It looks like March is going to be a big month in VOD releases for genre fans, as there are a handful of great titles to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks. Several highly anticipated indie films are getting released, including It Follows, Spring, Faults and Backcountry, and there are also a handful of other fun films making their way onto digital platforms as well.
Here’s a rundown of what’s heading to VOD in March:
The Burning Dead (Uncork’d Entertainment)- 3/3
Written and produced by Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona (co-writers and producers of Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan), The Burning Dead pits a a horde of lava-filled zombies against a sheriff charged with the plight to rescue an estranged family from a volcano eruption. Trejo plays Night Wolf, a Native American warrior who knows way too much about the curse that unearthed the coffin dodgers. »
- Heather Wixson
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