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The surge in remakes, and their collateral damage

25 June 2015 8:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With everything from The Craft to Kindergarten Cop getting some kind of remake right now, what's the real damage that's being done?

It might just be us, but the number of remake announcements we've seen in 2015 seems to be on the increase. In recent weeks alone we've had the cheery news that new takes on Big Trouble In Little China, Sister Act, The Craft and Kindergarten Cop are getting new takes of various sizes. And the response is both understandable and predictable: has Hollywood run out of ideas?

Well, probably. And yet I'd argue it's not that simple. That, in part, the dependency on remakes and sequels is a little bit down to us, but even more so, down to the fact that fewer big movies are being made, and studios want as much on their side when they're committing a nine figure spend to a film.

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- simonbrew

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24 Ridiculously Sexy Taylor Kitsch Pictures That Might Make You Blush

22 June 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. The 34-year-old Canadian 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. This week, he returned to the small screen with his buzzed-about role on True Detective. In other words, now is 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. »

- Laura-Marie-Meyers

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The Nightmare of 'Jaws': 10 on-set disasters that plagued Spielberg's 1975 classic

19 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"When I think of 'Jaws' I think about courage and stupidity. And I think of both of those things existing underwater." That's a quote from Steven Spielberg on his time directing the 1975 horror classic, which turns 40 this Saturday. Proving that sometimes greatness can spring from unimaginable misery, the film was famously a nightmare to shoot, with numerous production problems including the frequent malfunctioning of "Bruce," the collective name given to the film's trio of animatronic sharks. But don't take my word for it. Below are ten hellish behind-the-scenes straight from the mouths of those involved that will make you wonder how they managed to finish the film at all. 1. This is what happens when you hire a stuntman with no diving experience When husband-and-wife shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor were commissioned to get footage of actual Great Whites attacking a cage (for the famous Richard Dreyfuss underwater sequence), the »

- Chris Eggertsen

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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

11 June 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »

- simonbrew

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Disney could lose up to $140 million on Tomorrowland

10 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite its visuals and imagination, Disney’s Tomorrowland has sadly disappointed at the box office this summer, becoming a rare misfire for the studio goliath in financial terms. Time Magazine is today reporting that the Brad Bird sci-fi adventure is set to lose the studio anywhere in the range of $120 million and $140 million by the time it finishes its global release, and will be Disney’s biggest flop since 2013’s The Lone Ranger, which ended up with losses over $190 million (2012’s John Carter was also a flop with a loss of over $200 million)/

Costing upwards of $330 million for both the film’s production and marketing expenses, Tomorrowland was expected to light-up the summer box office with its array of talents, including star George Clooney and director Brad Bird, whose last film Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol brought in almost $700 million. Sadly, the film#s opening wasn’t stellar, with only $42.7 million »

- Scott J. Davis

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Disney to Lose $140M on 'Tomorrowland', What's Next for Original Tentpolesc

10 June 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is having some troubles when it comes to new live=action properties as the studio stands to lose between $120-140 million on Brad Bird's blockbuster fantasy adventure Tomorrowland. The studio previously lost $200 million on John Carter and $190 million on The Lone Ranger, and while the end result for Tomorrowland may not be as harmful to the studio's bottom line -- especially with Avengers: Age of Ultron taking the box office by storm, two different Pixar movies hitting theaters this year, and the Star Wars franchise returning to the big screen at Christmas time -- it is perhaps just as telling about the current state of big-budget filmmaking. The Tomorrowland news marks yet another blow to studios looking to produce films with nine-digit budgets that aren't sequels or spin-offs, aren't part of a larger cinematic universe, or don't already have a built-in fan base. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Disney To Lose $140M On "Tomorrowland"?

10 June 2015 9:39 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Brad Bird's fantasy adventure "Tomorrowland" sadly looks like it could be a major dud for Disney Studios, though not quite as large a one as their other big-budget write-offs in recent years like "John Carter" and "The Lone Ranger".

THR reports that the project, which cost $180 million to produce and a further $150 million to market, currently sits at $169.9 million at the worldwide box-office and isn't expected to gross much more than $200 million by the time it finishes its global rollout (China in particular has seemingly ignored the movie).

That means it could be a $120-140 million loss for the company, their first financial misfire in two years and the third major one of 2015 so far in the wake of both "Jupiter Ascending" and "Seventh Son". Of course, with Disney's track record and other films this year, the loss is not expected to have much impact at all. »

- Garth Franklin

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Round-Up: Doomsdays Photo Gallery, Backcountry, The Harvest Blu-ray Release Details, Watch Catalyst Pilot

5 June 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A new gallery of images has been revealed for the horror comedy Doomsdays. Also showcased in this round-up: Blu-ray release details for IFC Midnight's Backcountry and The Harvest, as well as a look at the Catalyst series pilot.

Doomsdays: Directed by Eddie Mullins, Doomsdays is now available to watch in select theaters and on VOD:

"A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Doomsdays follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes in the Catskills. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their peculiar tribe."


Backcountry and The Harvest: From Scream Factory: "We are proud to announce that we have new IFC Midnight titles planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this Fall!

Backcountry – Based on true events, this terrifying account of a couple stranded in »

- Tamika Jones

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Jupiter Ascending | Blu-ray Review

2 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Premiering as the ‘secret screening’ at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival shortly before its theatrical premiere, the latest sci-fi extravaganza from the Wachowskis opened to general critical disdain and dismal box office returns. With a budget of 179 million, the opening weekend numbers tallied 19 million, and proffered a wave of dismal predictions as concerns the fate of future original properties being financed by major film studios. Though Jupiter Ascending isn’t without its supporters (not unlike the duo’s last outing, the ambitious Cloud Atlas in 2012). Thankfully, the foreign box office managed to curb the damaging domestic box office (it would only score a little over 47 million in the Us), and it’s arrival on Blu-ray should further enhance the film’s shelf-life, even if it seems doubtful the Wachowskis will ever regain the acclaim they attained with 1999’s sci-fi classic The Matrix

Bloated with insensate characters, repetitive and overly familiar (albeit skilled) visuals, »

- Nicholas Bell

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'Tron 3' Cancelled at Disney as 'Tomorrowland' Flops

30 May 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

As quickly as Tron 3 (aka Tron: Ascension) popped up on the radar it's gone. In late March reports surfaced the Tron: Legacy follow-up would begin shooting in Vancouver from early October thru February, but now The Hollywood Reporter reports Disney has chosen not to move forward with a third installment in the sci-fi series. The decision comes following the lackluster performance of Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, which was budgeted at $190 million and opened to a meager $33 million last weekend. Add to that the recent disappointments such as The Lone Ranger and John Carter and Disney has struggled with big budget blockbusters as of late... at least those that weren't already established properties (i.e. Marvel) and/or live action fairy tale adaptations. Tron 3 was expected to move forward with Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski returning along with stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund and THR reports Jared Leto »

- Brad Brevet

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Disney Cancels ‘Tron 3’ Following The Disappointment Of ‘Tomorrowland’

30 May 2015 6:08 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Disney’s acquisitions have them rolling in money, or soon-to-be money — Marvel movies, LucasFilm movies, etc. — when the studio itself tries to mount an original or semi-original blockbuster, they haven’t had a lot of luck these last few years (aside from live-action fairy tale adaptations like “Maleficent”). There’s been a string of big expensive flops: “John Carter” cost at least $250 million and couldn’t even crack the $75 million mark domestically, “The Lone Ranger” cost around the same and failed to surpass $90 million at home, and just recently, Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” (reportedly costing $190 million minus the $60 million or so to market), pretty much stalled out at the Memorial Day box-office weekend. Being that “Tomorrowland” wasn’t based on an existing property or known brand, the Disney film might eventually be even in worse dire straits than the aforementioned properties if it doesn’t take off over seas. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Tomorrowland: 25 Easter Eggs, References & In-Jokes

26 May 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


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

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Robert Rodriguez to Direct Jonny Quest Movie

26 May 2015 12:09 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Box Office Report: Tomorrowland Tops Mild Memorial Day Weekend

24 May 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Review: Tomorrowland, Yearning For The Past, Dripping With Disney Spirit

17 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

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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In Defense Of... Masters of the Universe, Dolph Lundgren's fantasy flop

3 May 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

When Masters of the Universe was pitched to financiers by infamously grandstanding Cannon Films execs Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, it was described as "the Star Wars of the '80s".

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 »

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Mike Gold: Forward, Into The Past!

22 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

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

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Flash arghhhhh!? Is Matthew Vaughn rebooting Flash Gordon a good idea?

16 April 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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?

Gordon’s Alive! And he’s coming back to the big screen in a new effort from Matthew Vaughn, the British director of Kick-Ass, Stardust and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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

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Looking ahead to the big blockbusters of summer 2016

9 April 2015 5:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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 - »

- simonbrew

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The Following season 3 episode 7 review: The Hunt

8 April 2015 4:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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 »

- louisamellor

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