13 items from 2016
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Like Star Wars, Indiana Jones is one of those few film franchises that’s impacted virtually every American has childhood in one way or another. Be it the fedora, the whip, Harrison Ford, or the spirit of high adventure that sticks in our minds, the series is a testament of the human imagination and universal storytelling.
It was with that in mind that in 2007, we were given Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a film while not terribly horrible, had very little in common with the other films in terms of its strength. I personally came out of that film not angry, but underwhelmed. I didn't hate the film like most seemed to, but at no point in the film did I feel a sense of wonder or excitement even remotely approaching that of the trilogy.
For better or worse, we will be getting an Indiana Jones 5, »
- Joseph Medina
It certainly caused some ire amongst the folk on Twitter when Kevin Hart unveiled our first look at the cast of the Jumanji sequel, as many pointed out the ‘male gaze’ nature of Karen Gillan’s costume of thigh-high boots, short shorts and a croptop that exposes her midriff. Anyone who pointed this out isn’t wrong, of course. After all, the men in the photo look more ready to deal with the dangers of the jungle than Gillan is. But perhaps there is a point to it all?
The Rock, looking to defend the costume and the movie, took to Instagram to reveal that their, “dope 90’s vintage costumes will all make sense when our plot’s revealed” and Gillan herself sent out a tweet which read: “Yes I’m wearing child sized »
- Luke Owen
Simon Brew Aug 31, 2016
With rumours of unhappiness between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel left behind – at least for now – on the Fast & Furious 8 set, The Rock is moving onto his next project. And that just happens to be the Jumanji remake/reimagining/sequel/whatever.
Already, Johnson is leading quite a cast here. Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas have already signed on the dotted line, and Jake Kasdan is directing. And now Johnson has announced, via his Facebook account, that Doctor Who alumnus Karen Gillan is joining the Jumanji cast.
In announcing Gillan’s casting, he also confirmed that the film will start shooting next month in Hawaii, and that the new Jumanji is “a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story we love” (we still prefer Jon Favreau’s Zathura ourselves, but we digress).
Brace yourselves, ’90s kids, for another crucial piece of your childhood is at risk of being corrupted by the careless, pocket-lining fat cats of Hollywood. That, at least, seems the only reasonable response to the news that a new “Jumanji” movie is in the works, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is here to assuage our fears. In a typically hashtag-laden Instagram post marking the completion of production on “Fast and Furious 8,” the actor included a tidbit that should come as small comfort to many: “For the record we are Not making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome ‘Jumanji’ story.”
The original film, released in 1995 and starring Robin Williams, was a staple of many a twenty-something’s cinematic youth. As such, the fact that it’s being remade or otherwise revived »
- Michael Nordine
Take a look @ new images of "Twilight Saga" actress Kristen Stewart in the September 2016 issue of "Elle" (China) magazine, photographed by Zack Zhang :
Stewart began her acting career in 1999 with uncredited roles and a minor character appearance in several films before gaining prominence in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller "Panic Room", earning a 'Young Artist Award' nomination for 'Best Leading Actress' in a Feature Film.
She received widespread recognition in 2008 when she landed the role of protagonist 'Bella Swan' in "The Twilight Saga" film series (2008-2012), which grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide.
Outside of the Twilight series, Stewart has appeared in a wide variety of films, including "Adventureland" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), "On the Road" (2012), "Camp X-Ray »
- Michael Stevens
In his long career as a composer, John Debney has written the scores for Hocus Pocus, Cutthroat Island, Liar Liar, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Elf, The Passion of the Christ, Sin City, Zathura and Iron Man 2. Most recently Debney has worked on The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau and Mel Gibson.s Hacksaw Ridge.
It certainly does. I think this was our fourth film together. It was wonderful but it was a challenge. All told it was two years of work, and at the very beginning it was green-screen and stick figures, as it were, »
- Harry Windsor
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
Jon Favreau is building a growing reputation as one of Hollywood’s most versatile directors. He’s followed up his charming comedy drama Chef with a big budget, hugely cinematic take on The Jungle Book. And he spared us some time to natter about it.
Here’s how it went….
Does the sense of achievement feel any different as you get to the end of a film?
[Laughs] It too early days really! I’m not sure I’m counting it as an achievement yet. But I do like that the people I’ve spoken to and seen at the screenings seem to genuinely like what we did here. It is a sense of relief, it is exciting. We worked so long on it. It must be heartbreaking if you »
Jon Favreau has become a major player in the film industry since Iron Man blasted its way into theaters back in 2008. He solidified Marvel’s cinematic universe and has been working his way up the ranks of The House of Mouse ever since. His newest film, a live/computer animated re-imagination of The Jungle Book, is set to hit theaters April 15th of this year, which is only a week and a half away. Little did we know, The Jungle Book is really his exploration of the current state of visual effects for his passion project, “Magic Kingdom.”
Favreau has been working on Magic Kingdom since 2010, and had this to say about it in a recent interview:
Well hopefully now with this collaboration if it works out well we can explore what Magic Kingdom could be. Magic Kingdom is a story I’ve been developing. Michael Chabon wrote the draft about Disneyland coming to life, »
- Jonathan Ricco
Jon Favreau‘s last two major releases, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, were disappointments for some filmgoers. But after those minor missteps, the director of Elf, Zathura, and Iron Man quickly bounced back with his last feature, Chef. Now Favreau’s next upcoming film is The Jungle Book, which is possibly his biggest film to date. Below, watch The Jungle Book featurette, in which the director and cast discuss […]
- Jack Giroux
Jon Favreau’s career is a fascinating one, and like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, he wrote his way into the business. Getting started by writing “Swingers,” which was directed Doug Liman and starred Favreau and his pal Vince Vaughn. After making his directorial debut with “Made” in 2001, the triple threat actor/director/writer kept expanding his horizons, delivering the beloved smash hit “Elf” in 2003. Soon he was immersing himself in the world of blockbuster filmmaking. People wondered if Favreau was the right choice to helm an action-filled super hero movie like “Iron Man” before its release, but forgot, he had already learned the world of CGI and greenscreen on the children’s film “Zathura: A Space Adventure” (which was his training ground for this world). Read More: Watch: First Trailer For Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book' Starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, And Idris Elba Favreau would »
- Edward Davis
Just a few months after Sony Pictures set their Jumanji remake for a Christmas 2016 release, the studio has finally found its director. Deadline reports that Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape) has signed on to direct, although it isn't known when production will get under way. With the studio still sticking with its December 25, 2016 release, date, filming will most likely have to begin fairly soon.
The project has been in development for several years, with Zach Helm coming aboard to write the script back in 2012. The most current version of the script was written by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) and Jeff Pinkner. Our report from October revealed that Jeff Pinkner, who co-created CBS' summer TV series Zoo with Scott Rosenberg, was coming on board to consult with the script, alongside André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
The remake is said to be a high priority for the studio, »
The film is a new take on Chris Van Allsburg’s original 1981 adventure book, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Van Allsburg will also executive produce.
The studio is moving aggressively on the project, given that it plans to release the film in less than a year. The reboot is the first title set for a Christmas release — which means that it opens nine days after the launch of Disney’s “Star Wars: Rogue One” origins movie.
- Dave McNary
13 items from 2016
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