In NYMag's The Year in Film: A Collection of mini-riffs, they cover some important topics that made headlines in 2012--like Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron and the Top Two Films of the Year That Involved Someone Riding Through a City in a Stretch Limo (1. "Holy Motors" and 2. "Cosmopolis"). They also consider the tragedy of the "romantic lead trapped in an action hero’s body," Taylor Kitsch: "At the start of 2012, Taylor Kitsch, the 'Friday Night Lights' star, seemed destined for glory. Then came 'John Carter,' which crash-landed. Next up: 'Battleship,' a movie based on a board game that played out as if it were based on a Michael Bay acid trip. A starring role in Oliver Stone’s 'Savage's failed to salvage this disastrous run. And just like that, a promising career seemed to lay in ruin." The modern day Marilyn Monroe »
- Sophia Savage
It's getting to be the end of the year, so lists of the best and worst films, performances and everything from 2012 are going to be trickling onto the internet. Yesterday, Time magazine was the first to publish their list of the Worst Films of 2012 (here's their Best of 2012, too). And yes, it included some worthy terrible films from this year. But then I saw the top two films on Mary Pols' worst list, and my mouth hung wide open. John Carter was at #2 (that's a whole separate conversation that needs to be had), but Tom Tykwer and Andy & Lana Wachowski's ambitious and provoking film Cloud Atlas took the top spot. Obviously this just screams evidence of a magazine in a dying industry desperate for any attention, but still, what the hell? And so, because I so vehemently disagree with this choice (and a glance at the »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney withdrew from the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood back in 2010 and even before then it was hard to put much stock in the Annie Awards. Now it's just sort of a blip on the overall award season radar that manages headlines twice a year, once for their nominees and again for their winners, which this year will be announced on Saturday, February 2, 2013. That said, the org announced their 2013 nominees this morning and their Best Feature Film list was made up of eight nominees (a large list considering the lack of quality animated films I've seen this year) including Brave, Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Rabbi's Cat and Wreck-It Ralph. It is nice not to see something like The Lorax among that list, but I still think this was a year in which the field could have easily been limited to five nominees. »
- Brad Brevet
Our weekly round up of all the latest news stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, The Dark Knight Rises, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, Misfits, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Amazon, Booster Gold and more...
We'll start things off this week with Warner Bros. and its proposed 'DC Universe', with director Zack Snyder dropping the first hint that his upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel will tie in to a cohesive cinematic universe, which will naturally include the studio's planned Justice League team-up: "I don’t know how Justice League is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t. But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that... I can »
I’ve never been much of an admirer of Tarzan, the savage apeman creation of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. While I can’t say that I didn’t like the character, I was always more into science fiction and thus my interest lay with Burroughs’ other, lesser known creation, John Carter of Mars. That’s not to say that I didn’t hate Tarzan, it’s just that he (and his adventures) seemed one-dimensional and pretty tame. After all, what’s there to do in deepest darkest Africa except fight wild animals?
Thanks to the efforts of writer Scott Tracy Griffin, my knowledge of Tarzan and his world has expanded greatly. Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration is Griffin’s new hardcover tome, a 320-page coffee table book that lays out the history of the character, from the original stories written by Burroughs nearly a century ago to Tarzan’s transfer »
- Patrick Sauriol
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences narrowed the Visual Effects Oscar race to 10 films today, with "Looper," "The Hunger Games," "Men in Black III" and -- most surprisingly -- "The Impossible" and "Flight" all left out of the race. The chosen films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Amazing Spider-Man” “Cloud Atlas” “The Dark Knight Rises” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” “John Carter” “Life of Pi” “Marvel’s The Avengers” “Prometheus” “Skyfall” “Snow White and the Huntsman” Check out »
- Peter Knegt
Ten films have been shortlisted to compete for the Oscar in visual effects at the 85th Academy Awards. The films are, in alphabetical order, The Amazing Spider-Man, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, John Carter, Life of Pi, The Avengers, Prometheus, Skyfall and Snow White & the Huntsman.
Men in Black 3 and Battleship were among the hopefuls that didn't make the cut. Neither did the final installment of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, though no film in that franchise has ever made
- Carolyn Giardina
As 2012 draws to a close and the year in movies gets reduced to a bunch of lists, when folks look back on the flops, Disney's "John Carter" will be at the top of the pile next to "Battleship." The studio's long-in-the works sci-fi adventure completely missed with audiences, divided critics, and was at best viewed as a missed opportunity, or worst as an expensive folly. Disney took a $200 million hit on the project, it may have cost Rich Ross his job, and while a small contingent of fans are clamoring for a sequel, that's probably never going to happen. Instead, we can continue to nitpick what went wrong with the movie, and most everyone can agree the marketing did "John Carter" no favors. The Av Club recently chatted with Dominic West, who played the villain in the movie, as part of their Random Roles feature, and he reveals that the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It isn't just a time when it is socially acceptable to eat gelatinous discs of cranberry flavoring and call it respecting tradition, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what is best in life.
We have it good on Planet Fanboy. I mean, we've got the reduced gravity, the constantly clement temperature and the complete ban on that "Tonight We Are Young" song.
Furthermore, there appears to be no end in sight to our stranglehold on big-budget movies. Here, then, a quick list of things we should be thankful for.
*That time Hulk punched Thor.
*That time Hulk threw Loki around like a chew toy.
*That time Hulk skidded across the sides of buildings to save Iron Man as he fell from the sky.
*That time Mark Ruffalo said "I'm always angry" then changed into Hulk on cue to stop that massive Chitauri airship from smooshing the rest of the Avengers. »
- Jordan Hoffman
Despite hurricanes, earthquakes and every movie Taylor Kitsch made, 2012 has been a bounty of riches.
And, since it's Thanksgiving and all, we feel it's high time we took a moment to give thanks for those things (and people!) that have made this year so epically special.
So, without further ado...
1. 'Magic Mike,' for bringing sexy back.
2. Ben Affleck, for growing up to be a damn fine director. Who'd a guessed it?
3. Robert Pattinson, for teaching us what it looks like to truly feel.
5. Javier Bardem, for being one of the Best. Bond. Villains. Ever.
6. The riff-off! (From 'Pitch Perfect')
7. The Hulk, for smashing.
8. Stephen Chbosky, for adapting and directing his own book, and thus making a near-perfect film.
9. Bruce Willis, for always looking so darn confused.
10. Bill Murray, for his various offscreen cameos around the world. »
- NextMovie Staff
Ever since Breaking Bad made him super-popular, Bryan Cranston is popping up in everything these days. This year alone, he’s popped up in six films, including Argo, Total Recall, John Carter and Rock of Ages. Now, along with Alice Eve (She’s Out Of My League), Cranston has signed on to star in an indie thriller titled Eye of Winter, which sounds like a dark and haunting snow-based vampire film or something but is actually about a struggling motel owner (Eve) who is taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal who uses her as a pair of eyes. Cranston is set to play the blind career criminal, which will certainly be an interesting role for a man who has mostly played characters with good visibility.
- T.J. Barnard
Oliver Stone.s Savages Blu-ray release is just around the corner. The drug-oriented flick, which follows two dudes taking on a cartel, will hit Blu-ray on Tuesday, November 13. The set will come with plenty of bonus features, and to celebrate the big release, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has extended us an exclusive bonus clip to share with fans. In .Car Stunt,. Taylor Kitsch talks about training and being pumped to get shot onscreen for the first time during a day of shooting that also features a pretty wild car explosion. It.s weird that the actor has been around for a while and hasn.t dealt with getting a gun pointed at him at any point; then again, Friday Nights Lights and John Carter didn.t feature all that much modern weaponry (Although, how he avoided this in Battleship remains a script mystery). The actual car stunts are pretty impressive. »
"Harry Potter" director David Yates will helm "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. The potential franchise is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of classic books about the Earl of Greystoke's adventures as a "white ape" in equatorial Africa. It's 100 years since the first book, "Tarzan of the Apes," was published. Burroughs also originated the John Carter of Mars series, which recently met with big budget disaster. Tarzan was far more globally well-known via some 89 Hollywood incarnations, from Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weismuller through Christopher Lambert. So far rumors have Yates meeting with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgård for the titular role, while Warners is also eyeing Tom Hardy. Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," out next June, while Hunnam stars in Guillermo del Toro's epic aliens vs. robots film "Pacific Rim," set for July. Skarsgård, »
- Sophia Savage
If the "World War Z" teaser poster was perhaps the low point of studio laziness, then this new one sheet for "Oz The Great And Powerful" is what happens when a marketing department has no idea what they're selling. Or they consult someone on DeviantArt to do some graphic design work for them. Because seriously, Wtf. Utilizing the let's-put-everything-on-here approach, this poster for Sam Raimi's upcoming blockbuster is a ghastly mess. Where Disney and Andrew Stanton were blamed for not really explaining to audiences who "John Carter" is or where he goes and kind of just assuming that audiences will be curious, this takes the opposite tack. Flying monkeys, strange creatures, a hot air balloon and a dwarf are all thrown on here, with the hopes that by osmosis, ticket buyers will be interested. Hey guys, here's an idea: your movie stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
1.) David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, appears to have found his next project in the form of a Tarzan adaptation for Warner Bros. This adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's classic character has been in the works for years as Yates takes over for the most recently attached director, Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow). The studio is reportedly meeting with Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") and Alexander Skarsgard ("True Blood") in regards to the title role, but it sounds like Tom Hardy is the man they're really after if he's interested. Anyone else shocked not to see Chris Hemsworth's name on that list? You might recall the most recent Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation was John Carter, which ended up losing Disney $200 million. Tarzan is, however, a far more recognizable property and the market seems ripe for a new adaptation since we »
- Kevin Blumeyer
The iconic jungle hero Tarzan is returning to the screen in live-action form. Director David Yates is in the early stages of working out the project with Warner Brothers. Several big-name actors are being considered for the title role.
Tarzan is one of the most well-known fictional characters ever created. Dreamed up by author Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 years ago, (The character first appeared in All Stories Magazine in 1912) Tarzan has since been featured in books, movies, comics, television and even plays. He's been adapted in both animated and live action form. The newest project about the king of the jungle will be a live-action, big screen epic directed by David Yates.
Yates made his mark as the director of the last four Harry Potter films, all of which were huge box office hits. The new Tarzan project is in the beginning stages, so there are no plot details yet. However, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
I’ll admit I had no idea what Dinotasia was until I read the following press release, and since then, it’s climbed up my Netflix queue like Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger. Or something that climbs well. The feature length animated film is co-directed by Werner Herzog as well as narrated by the guy (who has one of the top 24 voices in showbiz), and described as Sopranos meets prehistoric times. It has psychedelic drugs, violence, and some awesome visuals. Really, why hadn’t I heard of this before?! Get onboard people. It’s out now on DVD and Blu-Ray. Check out the press release, a trailer, and the cool poster.
From the Press Release:
Creative Differences announces the Tuesday, November 6, 2012, release of Dinotasia, an animated feature film narrated by Werner Herzog, on DVD/Blu-ray and digital platforms in the U.S. and Canada through Flatiron Film Company, a label of »
- Andy Greene
Director David Yates shepherded the Harry Potter franchise through its final four installments. Now, one year after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 2, Yates has nailed down his next project: A new film about Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ferocious tree-swinging wild man. A source close to the production has confirmed the initial report by Vulture that Yates is onboard to helm the new Tarzan. The character has a long cinematic history, from the silent movies through the Johnny Weissmuller era all the way to Disney’s animated Tarzan in 1999. David Yates’ Tarzan film comes fromWarner Bros, »
- Darren Franich
Of course, Yates is most well known for his work on the Harry Potter franchise and obviously, that’s the reason that Warner Bros. wants him on Tarzan. The man made them a ton of money with his Harry Potter films, so it would make sense that they’d want him in the driver’s seat for another big franchise.
Furthermore, Yates has already started taking meetings with various actors who he has his eye on for the lead role. Right now, Tom Hardy is said to be the frontrunner but the director has also been talking with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgard. Not a bad batch of talent if you ask me.
It’s nice to see everything coming together on this one as Warner Bros. »
- Matt Joseph
Dinotasia is a feature-length animated film with narration by Werner Herzog being released November 6th on DVD/Blue-ray and digital platforms, and while you can't quite call it horror, dinosaurs + violence/sex/psychedelics + Herzog = a unique sub-category that we think will appeal to a lot of you.
From the Press Release:
Creative Differences announces the Tuesday, November 6, 2012, release of Dinotasia, an animated feature film narrated by Werner Herzog, on DVD/Blu-ray and digital platforms in the U.S. and Canada through Flatiron Film Company, a label of Cinedigm Entertainment Group (Nasdaq: Cidm). A marriage between classic visual storytelling and CGI dinosaurs, the film is an anthology of humorous prehistoric stories created in the cartoon-style of the Golden Age of animation. The film is co-directed by long-time Herzog collaborator Erik Nelson and Disney character designer David Krentz. The DVD/Blue-ray includes the 83-minute feature film plus an extended scene, a mating rites extra story, »
- The Woman In Black
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