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If there is a reliable truism that can coexist alongside the American film industry’s dance of death with economically insane budgets that now routinely soar north of $200 million, it is that (most) critics and potential ticket-buyers can be counted on to review bad buzz and publicized woes of dollars and production instead of the actual movie once it finally finds its way to a screen. And it may in fact be true that the drama behind the scenes often outstrips the quality of the wide-screen finished product, though certainly this is not always the case. The reception of big-budget box-office flops like John Carter, The Lone Ranger, Jupiter Ascending and Oliver Stone’s Alexander are but some late examples of our number-crunching obsession with pop culture minutiae and the fascination of a behemoth’s preordained fall. Most who trudged out to see any of these films during their theatrical »
- Dennis Cozzalio
In the past few years as Disney has essentially become a nuclear superpower in its own right, the studio has had a steady stream of hits both critically and commercially. Yet there's always seemingly one or two films a year that rain on its parade.
These include 2010's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," 2011's "Mars Needs Moms," 2012's "John Carter," 2013's "The Lone Ranger," 2014's "Muppets Most Wanted," and 2015's "Tomorrowland" which were all notable (and costly) duds for the Mouse House.
Now, industry projections have revised the numbers for its Memorial Day release "Alice Through the Looking Glass" downward with Deadline reporting that the $170 million budgeted fantasy sequel is looking to take in just $31 million for the three-day weekend and $40 million for the four-day holiday.
That's considerably down on the $60 million estimates being bandied about earlier this week. Domestically the movie is on track to earn just $9 million on Friday, including »
- Garth Franklin
Teen Lust is definitely a dubious title. It's not one you want to order on the company dime while on a business trip. Nor do you want it read back to you while Visa runs a credit fraud check. And it's probably not a title you want your spouse spotting during that end of the month bill pay. Perhaps that's why we haven't heard too much about it yet. People are afraid. The movie may be hampered by it's gleefully inappropriate nomenclature. But that saucy title barely scratches at the surface of what hides behind it.
Yes, lovers of 80s sex comedies are in for a real treat. And the movie certainly trumps the idea that Hollywood has run out of original ideas. We, as true movie fans, just have to dig a litter deeper. If Teen Lust had of been released in 1986, or even in 1996, untouched, we'd be celebrating its anniversary as a classic. »
Duncan Jones’s adaptation of the online game has a veneer of grandeur and some intriguing characters but its fixation with CGI spectacle makes for a lifeless watch
The World of Warcraft online game apparently had 12 million players at its peak, and every single one of them is going to need to turn up to see this – with their extended families – if it’s ever going to get past its first instalment. It’s an expensive, high-fantasy epic reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. And there’s much to admire in its ambition, its design, even its politics. But there’s also a whiff of the John Carter about it. Like the 2012 Martian flop, it’s a complex, jargon-heavy, deadly earnest battle epic, short on star power and with more than a touch of 1970s fantasy art about it. Its greatest battle could be against widespread indifference. »
- Steve Rose
30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day, »
- Emily Rome
Sharing the screen with two of the world’s most renown actors can be intimidating. It’s especially intimidating when the project is a Shakespeare adaptation and the two actors have delivered some of the most well-regarded modern performances of the Bard’s work. That’s the situation Lynn Collins found herself in when she played Portia in the 2004 film adaptation of The Merchant of Venice. The actress, who has since gone on to appear in movies like John Carter and TV shows like True Blood, starred in Merchant opposite Al Pacino’s Shylock and Jeremy Irons’ Antonio. Collins came to the project with plenty of Shakespeare cred herself, having taking on the Bard’s works onstage several times both professionally and as a student at Juilliard. But when it came time to film the crucial trial scene, a shining moment for Portia, one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines, “I »
- Emily Rome
With just under six months until Marvel's second Phase 3 movie, Doctor Strange, hits theaters, the studio has brought in its composer, Oscar winner Michael Giacchino. The movie will mark his first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he is no stranger to superhero tales, having composed the scores for Pixar's The Incredibles and Disney's Sky High. While this is his first Marvel movie, the composer has a long history with Disney.
Michael Giacchino won his first Oscar for composing the original score for Disney Pixar's Up, and he was nominated two years earlier for his work on another Pixar classic, Ratatouille. He got his start composing music for video games, such as the game tie-in for The Lost World and another Jurassic Park game, Warpath. He eventually moved on to features with The Incredibles, Sky High, The Family Stone, Mission: Impossible III, Speed Racer, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, »
It's the penultimate episode as Manuel has worked his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.
Last week we looked at Nightingale starring David Oyelowo, a film you should definitely seek out if you want further proof that Oyelowo is one of the best actors working right now. This week, the latest Lgbt character to be introduced into the HBO canon: Officer Paul Woodrugh from True Detective’s second season, played by Taylor Kitsch who everyone I know knows from Friday Night Lights and thus keeps trying to convince me is a promising newcomer. I've only ever encountered him in John Carter and The Normal Heart (discussed previously) and neither have really convinced me that this very attractive young man is really all that. Needless to say, I was ready to see what he'd been given to do here.
“I was just tryin' to be a good man. »
- Manuel Betancourt
Luke Owen looks at brand loyalty…
As one would expect, we’ve posted a lot about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War over the last few months. We’re not even halfway through 2016 and already we’ve had three big superhero movies with a lot said about all of them. However the discussions that strike me the most are the ones about the first big screen outing of World’s Finest.
Back in 2012 when Man of Steel was released, we had a lot of defenders in the comments section of the site and on social media denouncing negative reviews and articles about the movie, but not to the level of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s been vehement. Myself and Oli have been slammed on Twitter for bad-mouthing the movie on our podcast and in our Scooperhero News video series, and the comments »
- Luke Owen
At the end of her sophomore year of high school, Lynn Collins was faced with a choice: stick with the popular kids or spend her summer preparing for the school’s production of Hamlet. That’s how Collins described a key turning point in her life. Though she’d discovered a talent for reading Shakespeare aloud in her English class, Collins wasn’t involved with her Houston, TX school’s drama department because of the time she put in as class president freshman year. When she lost in elections for sophomore class president, the drama teacher “cornered me in the hall, in between classes one day, and he was like ‘This is the best thing that could have happened to you because we’re doing Hamlet, and I’d like you to play Ophelia,’” Collins recalled. The drama teacher then said, “I just want you to commit to it and »
- Emily Rome
For four centuries, all the world has been his stage. William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest writer of all time, has influenced the English language and storytelling in countless ways since he penned his plays and poems in the 16th and 17th centuries. This Saturday, April 23, marks 400 years since his death, and it is also the day traditionally recognized as his birthday. Shakespeare’s queens, kings, fairies, fools, and lovers have entranced people across the globe, as his plays continue to resonate with us in new stagings again and again. Thoughout the history of film, a medium invented centuries after his death, the Bard’s work has ignited the imagination of such actors and directors as Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Baz Luhrmann, Julie Taymor, and Joss Whedon, who have shown us the enduring power of his words. “I always believed that there was something inherently cinematic about Shakespeare, particularly »
- Emily Rome
Have you ever wanted G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionairies, M.A.S.K., and Rom to exist in the same cinematic universe? Well, as it was first reported last year, it's happening. Paramount is throwing their hat in cinematic universe ring, committing to bringing a whole bunch of Hasbro brands to life, which they've already done with a pair of middlingly received "G.I. Joe" flicks. And to help build these films, they've tapped a pretty impressive writers room to pull it together. Read More: Hasbro Confirms 10 More Years Of 'Transformers' Movies Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon (whose film credits include "Wonder Boys," "Spider-Man 2" and uh, "John Carter"), acclaimed comic book and TV writer Brian K. Vaughan ("Lost," "Under The Dome"), Nicole Perlman ("Guardians Of The Galaxy," "Captain Marvel"), John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("Spider-Man: Homecoming"), »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When I say that Warcraft looks like the John Carter or Jupiter Ascending of 2016, I say that as someone who unabashedly adores both of those films and finds their singular, off-kilter, and frequently oddball worlds fascinating, charming, and drunk on imagination. However, both of those films were too weird to attract mainstream audiences and died […]
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- Jacob Hall
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Stuart Immonen, Steve McNiven, Sean Gordon Murphy, Skottie Young
Imagine you're married to the worst bad guy from your favorite sci-fi movie. An alien dictator feared throughout the universe, who will kill you if you leave -- but you need to escape for the sake of your three children. All you have are your wits, your bodyguard, and three guns. Welcome to Empress, your new favorite comic.
Mark Millar likes to take known big stories and sort of put his own humane twist on them. It usually starts out with a random question “What if batman was an A*hole” and we got Nemesis, “What if kids really tried to be vigilantes?” We gotKickAss, and so forth. This time around I feel like »
- Jeremy Scully
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. The Canadian star 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. To celebrate the Taylor Kitsch's 35th birthday, take a look back at some of his sexiest snaps from over the years. Brace yourself - there are some really, really good ones. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
It’s time to talk about remakes again. In this installment of our series, we’re going to be looking at a revamped version of one of the most legendary fictional heroes ever. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Mask of Zorro (1998).
The Zorro character was introduced in the 1919 serialized story, “The Curse of Capistrano”, written by Johnston McCulley, and was published in All-Stories Weekly, the same magazine that first published Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” and “John Carter: Warlord of Mars”. Zorro was partly the inspiration for Batman. (Parenthetically, in DC comics, Bruce Wayne and his parents were coming out of a theater after seeing a film version of Zorro when his parents were killed.)
The story has been adapted several times. The first time was a silent film version in 1920, starring the cinema’s first-ever action star Douglas Fairbanks as the title character. However, we »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
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Bubbling up from the depths of the deep blue sea, fans of Stanton’s Finding Nemo will recognize a handful of familiar faces in the gallery above, most notable of which being Ellen DeGeneres’ forgetful fish, Dory. There’s also shots of Marlin and Nemo – voiced by Albert Brooks and Hayden Rolence, respectively, with the latter replacing Alexander Gould from the 2003 original.
Beyond that core trio, Finding Dory is no slouch when it comes to casting, either, with Diane Keaton, Willem Dafoe, Dominic West, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Ed O’Neill, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba and Michael Sheen all on board for Pixar’s aquatic adventure. Speaking to USA Today, Andrew Stanton also touched base on staging a mini reunion for The Wire, with »
- Michael Briers
Kitsch premiered the short film at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest. He played a man facing a massive gambling debt, forcing his best friend (played by Josh Pence) to navigate through the underworld in order to save him. The feature will follow three best friends in Detroit whose lives are forever changed when they intercept a drug run.
Berg directed the movie “Friday Night Lights” and then developed the NBC series of the same name, on which Kitsch starred as Tim Riggins for the five-season run. Berg and Kitsch also collaborated on the movies “Battleship” and “Lone Survivor,” on which Emmett was a producer. »
- Dave McNary
Taylor Kitsch‘s career in front of the camera has an uneven one. He shot to fame playing dreamy Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, but his performance as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was met with shrugs and his would-be franchise-starter John Carter was a big, expensive flop. True Detective sounded like a good next step on paper, but Kitsch had the […]
- Angie Han
That represented a 44% drop from the debut of “Insurgent” at $52.3 million debut in 2015, and a 46% decline from the first “Divergent’s” $54.6 million launch in 2014. Lionsgate’s stock was down roughly 3% in early morning trading at just under $22.
The poor showing raises questions about the commercial viability of the fourth and final “Divergent” film, “Ascendant,” currently scheduled to debut in June 2017, when it will face off against heavy hitters such as “World War Z 2” and a reboot of “The Mummy.”
“It’s kind of asking to get clocked,” said Matthew Harrigan, an analyst with Wunderlich Securities.
“Allegiant’s” headaches comes at a bad time for the company. Last month, the studio saw its ambitions to transform “Gods of Egypt” into a new franchises dashed after the $140 million fantasy adventure collapsed, »
- Brent Lang
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