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Mike Gold: Polishing Icons

23 November 2016 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

There was a time when it was generally perceived that iconic heroic fantasy characters such as The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, The Shadow and Buck Rogers were so popular for so long that they would be around forever. I think of that whenever somebody alleges Superman and Spider-Man will be around forever. Times change, as do our cultural predilections and venues.

Nonetheless, those heroes have become part of our cultural fabric. Most Americans (at least) who have neither read, seen, nor heard the adventures of these characters have heard their names and have some vague idea of their modus operandi. Just as DC Entertainment has kept Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman “alive” through their comic books while merchandisers and movie producers such as Michael Uslan could enhance their visibility through their more profitable endeavors.

Right now all of the retired heroic fantasy characters I mentioned above are being kept »

- Mike Gold

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The Upshot of ‘Billy Lynn’: Movies and Virtual Reality Don’t Mix, But Shouldn’t They?

20 November 2016 11:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is the most accomplished and provocative movie in a long time that ever went down as a debacle. From the moment it premiered at the New York Film Festival in October, it has been viewed by media culture as a colossal misfire, a highbrow “Ben-Hur,” a movie no one seeking a good night out at the movies would want to go near. Now that the film has opened wide and the numbers are in, the dire reaction seems complete: No one wanted to go near it.

Yet the film’s failure to connect isn’t as simple as it sounds. You might call “Billy Lynn” an audacious experiment that got cut off at the knees. Directed by Ang Lee, it’s an earnest drama about Iraq War soldiers that was filmed in a brave new format (3D 4K at 120 frames per second), but it »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie review: reparo movens ad imaginem

17 November 2016 2:22 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Forget about magical creatures: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them could use some help finding itself, and in figuring out who its protagonist is. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Harry Potter saga, love most of the movies

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Eddie Redmayne

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Forget about magical creatures: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them could use some help finding itself. I can’t figure out what this movie is about. Worse, I don’t think director David Yates or screenwriter J.K Rowling even know what their movie is about. It’s barely even about fantastic beasts and where to find them, except to the degree that wizard naturalist Newt Scamander accidentally lets a few escape from his mobile collection lab–research library–menagerie in 1926 New York City and »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Taking a closer look at the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

17 November 2016 6:56 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Taking a closer look at the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemTaking a closer look at the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemAdriana Floridia11/17/2016 9:56:00 Am

This November, we'll be meeting a whole new cast of characters from the mind of J.K. Rowling when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits Cineplex theatres on November 18th. When Harry Potter first came out, the films didn't just give us Harry, Ron and Hermione, but also Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

While some of the members of this new cast are familiar faces, for many of them this is the biggest project they've yet to be a part of, and the film is bound to introduce these actors to a whole new audience. We're taking a closer look at the cast, one by one.

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne has been in the »

- Adriana Floridia

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Michael Giacchino to score Spider-Man: Homecoming

6 November 2016 5:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If a post on Reddit is to be believed, Doctor Strange composer Michael Giacchino will be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year, with Kevin Feige reportedly announcing him as composing the score for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Giacchino has worked extensively with Disney in the past, scoring the likes of  Up, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars 2, Inside Out, Zootopia, John Carter, Tomorrowland. He was also recently announced as taking over from Alexandre Desplat on next month’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Desplat becoming unavailable due to the reshoots on the Anthology movie.

See Also: Listen to Michael Giacchino’s main theme from Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Update: It’s no longer a rumour, as Giacchino has confirmed it on Twitter…

The rumors are true…

Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) November 6, 2016

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch an exclusive clip from urban thriller ‘Panic’

28 October 2016 7:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hitting cinemas in just a couple of weeks is a British film already being hailed as a Taxi Driver for the 21st century. Panic is set against the ruthless backdrop of London’s exploitation of migrant labour, and features a star-making turn from rising international talent David Gyasi (Interstellar, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises).

We have a new, exclusive clip to share from the gritting thriller, which you can watch in our player below. Here’s the official synopsis:

Music journalist Andrew Deeley (David Gyasi, Interstellar) lives in a high-rise tower block, cut off from the world, psychologically scarred after a vicious street attack. He spends his evenings watching his neighbours and becomes infatuated with Kem, a beautiful young Chinese woman.

When Amy, a married woman he meets online, witnesses Kem’s kidnapping, Deeley tries and fails to get the police involved. He is left with no choice but »

- Paul Heath

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Watch an exclusive clip from British thriller Panic

24 October 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Director Sean Spencer’s urban thriller Panic opens in the UK next month, and we have an exclusive clip from the film, which stars David Gyasi (Interstellar, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, Doctor Who) and Pippa Nixon (Cuffs, Containment, John Carter). Check it out below, or over on our YouTube channel…

See Also: Read our ★★★★ review of Panic

See Also: Watch the trailer for Panic here

Music journalist Andrew Deeley (David Gyasi, Interstellar) lives in a high-rise tower block, cut off from the world, psychologically scarred after a vicious street attack. He spends his evenings watching his neighbours and becomes infatuated with Kem, a beautiful young Chinese woman.

When Amy, a married woman he meets online, witnesses Kem’s kidnapping, Deeley tries and fails to get the police involved. He is left with no choice but to try and find Kem himself, fighting his own anxieties as he strives »

- Gary Collinson

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Luc Besson has a great reason why people need to see Valerian

21 October 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Sci-fi movies can be a tricky sell, because unless they're part of a franchise (Star Wars) or have a more down-to-earth tone (Interstellar), they can risk being expensive box office disasters rather than mega-hits. For instance, Avatar became the highest-grossing movie ever made without any franchise affiliation, while Disney’s John Carter is one of the most famous box office disasters in history.... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Kevin Pollak, Daryl Sabara Join Dating Movie ‘The Lost Year’ (Exclusive)

19 October 2016 3:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kevin Pollak, Daryl Sabara and Grace Phipps are in negotiations to join the cast of Ryan O’Leary’s upcoming movie “The Lost Year,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will be produced by Anthony Pedone’s Film Exchange. Chris Bellant (“Loserville”) and Amy Bruckner (“Phil of the Future”) are also in the cast.

O’Leary is directing from his own script. Producers plan to go into production early next year.

Sabara will play a young man who, after a rough breakup, dives headfirst into the world of online dating, guided by his charismatic best friend (played by Bellant). He   meets a charmingly complicated woman, portrayed by Phipps, and is forced to confront the challenges of maintaining a relationship in the digital age.

Pollak made his narrative directorial debut on the indie comedy “The Late Bloomer,” based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body.” He »

- Dave McNary

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Rai Com adds Sofia Coppola’s 'La Traviata' to All’Opera strand

19 October 2016 2:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Big budget, 4K recording captured performance of sell-out production at Rome’s Teatro dell’ Opera last May.

Rai Com has added Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome last May to its All’Opera strand devoted to bringing the best Italian opera productions to the big screen.

All 15 performances of Coppola’s opera directorial debut – featuring costumes by Valentino and sets by Batman, Interstellar and John Carter production designer Nathan Crowley – were sold out.

The ensemble included singers of the caliber of Francesca Dotto, Antonio Poli, Roberto Frontali and Anna Malavasi. The orchestra of the Rome Opera was led by Jader Bergamini.

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Philippe Le Sourde (The Grandmaster) topped the high-end shoot featuring multiple state-of-the art 4K cameras and up to 100 microphones.

The opera’s broadcast in Germany and France by Arte/Zdf was one of the highlights of the station’s cultural programming »

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The God Of Thunder And The Incredible Hulk Take On Hela In This Fan-Made Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

18 October 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok isn't due to hit theaters until around this time next year, so it'll probably be quite some time before we see an official trailer for the Marvel threequel. In the meantime though, we have this fan-made effort from the guys over at We Got This Covered. The trailer uses footage of Thor and The Hulk from their previous Marvel movie appearances, but obviously they had to improvise when it came to the likes of Cate Blanchett's Hela, so her scenes are taken from the first Elizabeth movie and The Lord of the Rings. There are also shots from Immortals and John Carter in there. What do you think? Sound off in the usual place. »

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9 Worst Grossing ‘Mars’ Movies of All Time (Photos)

11 October 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Wrap revisits the string of flops based on the fourth planet from the sun, from “Mars Attacks!” to “John CarterInvaders From Mars (1986) The ’50s sci-fi remake opened to a disastrous $2 million and earned less than $5 million on a budget of $7 million. Mars Attacks (1996) Tim Burton‘s blockbuster streak was broken with the Earth-invasion flick, which earned less than $10 million in its opening weekend and ending just north of $100 million after costing $70 million. My Favorite Martian (1999) Starring Jeff DanielsChristopher Lloyd, Daryl Hannah and Elizabeth Hurley, this big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series earned just under $37 million on a $65 million budget. »

- Matt Hejl

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Review: 'Westworld' welcomes new guests and revisits old traumas in 'Chestnut'

9 October 2016 7:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's Westworld coming up just as soon as I have a little fear of clowns... "When you find yourself in a bad dream, close your eyes, count backwards from three, wake yourself right up." - Maeve The Westworld pilot threw its audience into the deep end of the pool, starting us inside the park, and from the perspective of Dolores and the other hosts. And even as the story pulled out to introduce us to the staffers running the place, there wasn't a lot of narrative hand-holding. We were going to simply watch how the park ordinarily functions, within and without, before we started to see what it looks like when things start to go awry. After that immersion experience, "Chestnut" pulls back slightly and gives us an audience point-of-entry character in William (Jimmi Simpson), a guest who's never been to the park before, and who needs »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Valerian’ photos are exactly the right amount of sci-fi crazy you’d expect

6 October 2016 2:21 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There’s not enough bonkers science-fiction these days. We’re living in the Golden Age of Geek, with sci-fi and fantasy permeating pop culture, and yet there is very little in the way of decadent space opera pulp. Jupiter Ascending made of a go it. So did John Carter, and don’t get me started on how Disney dropped the ball there. Star Wars is close, but somehow being ubiquitous and beloved dilutes any remaining camp. Luckily, is why Luc Besson exists. It’s been years (nearly 20!) since The Fifth Element, so it’s about time Besson returned to science-fiction. While 2014’s Lucy was a toe-dip into the genre, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks ready to fill the space opera adventure hole in my heart. In celebration of New York Comic-Con, Valerian put a poster, a detailed synopsis, and brand-new photos. I mean, if the concept »

- Donna Dickens

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‘Friday Night Lights’ 10th Anniversary — Where the Stars are Now

3 October 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Friday Night Lights” debuted on NBC a decade ago today.

The high school football drama was based on H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger’s book “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream” and the 2004 film starring James Van Der Beek.

The NBC show ran for five seasons and was a favorite among fans and critics. The show earned four consecutive Emmy nods for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, winning in 2007. Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler were both nominated twice in the lead acting categories, with Chandler winning in 2011.

Writer Jason Katims won the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in 2011 for the series finale, entitled “Always.”

In addition to Britton and Chandler, the ensemble cast included Taylor Kitsch, Michael B. Jordan, Scott Porter, Minka Kelly, Adrienne Palicki, Zach Gilford, and many more.

Kitsch, who played running back Tim Riggins, leapt from the small screen to the big screen in the disastrous “John Carter.”

Michael »

- Lawrence Yee

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Monster Trucks: new trailer lands

21 September 2016 10:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Nov 18, 2016

Paramount unleashes a new trailer for the Monster Trucks movie - and you can see it right here...

Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for its upcoming Monster Trucks movie, that’s also been moved forward to a December 26th 2016 release date in the UK (it’s still set for mid-January in America).

The film was attracting headlines earlier in the year for the amount of money the studio has invested in the movie (you can read more on that below), but the trailer does give a sense that the cash is on the screen.

See for yourself…

From September 2016

Here’s an odd one. We’re used to reading the occasional story of how a major studio has had to incorporate a financial writedown when a movie doesn’t hit its expected box office numbers. Whatever you thought of both John Carter and Tomorrowland for instance, »

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Could Passengers be the next Avatar, or will it disappear into a black hole?

21 September 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as star-crossed lovers in space, there’s a lot riding on Passengers. Will it ascend to the box-office heavens?

Some might say that the era of the big budget romance died when Pearl Harbor took a critical drubbing in 2001. And yet James Cameron’s Avatar proved beyond doubt seven years ago that audiences will still sign up for a good old-fashioned love story, provided there’s plenty of spectacle among the lingering glances. By somehow managing to bring together the kind of filmgoer who will pay to see an alien movie with those who would rather spend their last dollar on a late-night screening of The Notebook (as well as looping in some brilliantly synapse-boggling 3D), Cameron briefly appeared to have single-handedly rescued Hollywood from certain doom.

But while Pearl Harbor would never have existed without the success of Cameron’s Titanic four years previously, »

- Ben Child

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Gets Star Trek Composer Michael Giacchino

16 September 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in pre-production, many wondered and worried if J.J. Abrams would replace the iconic John Williams with the director's own longtime collaborator Michael Giacchino as composer on this rebooted sci-fi adventure series. While that didn't happen, Michael Giacchino has found an opportunity to weasel his way into this hugely popular franchise. The man will now compose the soundtrack for this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

While some classic themes will be utilized to keep the movie in line with what has come before it, this first Star Wars spin-off will be 'whistling a new tune' as it were. While John Williams was never intended to return for these new standalone adventures, which will stand outside the Skywalker saga, Rogue One originally had Alexandre Desplat set in place to record the score.That all changed with the extensive reshoots that happened earlier this »

- MovieWeb

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Michael Giacchino replaces Alexandre Desplat as composer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

16 September 2016 1:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like the extensive reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has led to scheduling conflicts for composer Alexandre Desplat, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the Oscar-winner is no longer available to score the film.

Stepping in as Desplat’s replacement is another Academy Award-winner in Michael Giacchino, who has worked extensively with Disney in the past on the likes of Up, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars 2, Inside Out, Zootopia, John Carter, Tomorrowland and the upcoming Doctor Strange.

Giacchino will not have the distinction of becoming the first composer aside from John Williams to score a Star Wars movie. He is also a huge Star Wars fan, and made a cameo as a Stormtrooper in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was directed by his friend J.J. Abrams.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, »

- Gary Collinson

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Summer Box Office Wrap Up: 7 big lessons from a season full of disappointments

6 September 2016 3:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's been a bit of confusion in the media as of late about the performance of this year's crop of summer movies. Pieces abound about the so-called dismal state of the season, and yet when you look at it purely from a numbers perspective, 2016 actually ranks as the second-best summer ever in terms of domestic box office (2013 remains firmly in first place). So why all the doomsaying? First, let's take a look at a list of this summer's out-and-out "flops" -- a designation that can roughly be judged by measuring a film's budget-to-gross ratio. Historically, for a title to be deemed "profitable" it has to have made at least two times its production budget, and by that measure, the last four months have produced a total of six outright box office failures. They are: Star Trek Beyond Budget: $185 million Worldwide gross: $285 million Ghostbusters Budget: $144 million Worldwide gross: $219 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »

- Chris Eggertsen

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