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These days, the movies that never happened are almost as popular as the movies that did. In some cases, maybe more so. Disney's adaptation of John Carter bombed so badly that many likely now wish Paramount's take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel had happened -- presuming it wouldn't have been any worse. Just as in the case of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune and Tim Burton's Superman Lives and others on the way, the story of Kerry Conran's abandoned version of John Carter for Paramount could probably do well as a crowdfunded documentary. But why wait for that to see a bunch of concept art, test footage and other goodies from Conran's pre-production on John Carter? Ain't It Cool News head honcho Harry Knowles, who was attached to Paramount's...
- Christopher Campbell
Most of the time, folks in Hollywood defend their films, even when they are critical and commercial failures. Johnny Depp defended both Transcendence and The Lone Ranger while Taylor Kitsch has defended John Carter. Sometimes these movies enter and exit the zeitgeist and you don't give them a second thought until someone chimes in with their opinion. Producer Brian Grazer... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
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 marvelous Monday? We have a comprehensive video breakdown of all the Easter Eggs in Terminator Genisys, an animated video that shows Sean Connery portraying Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Simpsons gets an Akira mashup. If that wasn't enough, Shia Labeouf's intense motivational speech even gets the anime treatment. But first, we have the ultimate battle between The Joker and Harley Quinn as they square off against Deadpool and Domino. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Super Power Beat Down: Joker & Harley Quinn vs. Deadpool and Domino
The latest episode of Bat In the Sun's series Super Power Beat Down features characters from 2 of next year's highly-anticipated superhero movies, »
UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb
ITV's crime drama wrapped up its three-episode arc with 5.14m (23.5%) at 9pm, while a further 313k (1.9%) tuned in on +1. The series lost just short of 700,000 viewers from its first to its last episode.
Earlier, Catchphrase entertained 2.44m (13.5%) at 7.15pm (125k/0.6% on +1), while Surprise Surprise averaged 3.36m (17.0%) at 8pm (123k/0.6%).
However, it was BBC One's Countryfile that was Sunday night's most-watched programme, bringing in 5.48m (30.7%) at 7pm. Fake or Fortune? interested 4.85m (24.5%) at 8pm, while 7/7 drama A Song for Jenny moved 3.12m (14.8%) at 9pm.
Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year continued with 1.29m (6.5%) at »
Before Disney brought John Carter to movie theaters, resulting in one of the biggest box office bombs in recent memory, the film was in development at Paramount Pictures. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow director Kerry Conran was attached to direct the adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough‘s classic sci-fi novel John Carter of Mars, […]
The post Votd: Pitch Reel for Paramount’s Abandonded ‘John Carter of Mars’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
John Carter was a very public disappointment for Disney, the studio posting an $84 million dollar loss on the Edgar Rice Burrough’s beloved series of sci-fi novels. But there was a time, before the property landed in the House of Mouse, that the project, at the time called John Carter of Mars (a better title, in my opinion, because it let audiences know what they were in for) was in the hands of Paramount and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow director Kerry Conran, and before that project was axed, Conran made a presentation reel of his vision for the movie, complete with concept art and very early effects work. A lo-res version has been doing the rounds for some time, but below you can find a much more clean and crisp version, uploaded by Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles, who was also set to produce the Conran directed adaption, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Once upon a time Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) was slated to direct an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's beloved science fiction series John Carter of Mars for Paramount. Of course, that didn't pan out, and what we ended up with was Disney's John Carter, the Taylor Kitsch-led box office disaster that generated a bizarre amount of hate for what I understand was just a kind of okay movie. For those who wanted to see what Conran's version might have looked like, today's your luck day. Harry Knowles, who was set to produce the axed adaptation, has released a high-res version of the presentation reel, featuring tons of gorgeous artwork and some solid fight choreography. A low-res version of this video has been floating around the internet for a while, but this version is crisp and offers a solid idea of what Conran had in mind for his film's aesthetic. »
- Haleigh Foutch
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.
Let's deal with »
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. »
"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
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...
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, »
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
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
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
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.
"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
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
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
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
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
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