13 items from 2014
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
The $30m Chinese-language film will star Bai Baihe (Personal Tailor), Kai Ko (You Are The Apple Of My Eye) and Jiang Wu (A Touch of Sin).
Based on the supernatural classic Strange Tales From A Chinese Studio, the film will feature Woba, a CGI protagonist who is the last of the monster kings embroiled in a war with humans that has lasted generations. His quest is to bring unity to the two races with the help of characters played by Bai and Ko.
“We give this classic tale a new spin by reducing the horror element and reinventing it with family-friendly fantastical characters and settings in an epic style,” said Hui.
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Monster Hunt: Will this friendly looking creature be the next Shrek? Raman Hui certainly hopes so. Hui, the character designer for Shrek and codirector of Shrek the Third, unveiled the design for his latest creation, Woba, who will star in Monster Hunt, due out in Asia in February 2015. The live-action project is a family-friendly fantasy about Woba, who seeks to bring peace between monsters and humans; the character will be animated for the movie. [Variety] The Snowden Files: Oliver Stone, who has often tackled controversial subjects, plans to make a movie about Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. Stone considers Snowden a "hero" and will adapt Luke Harding's book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most...
- Peter Martin
Based on a story from supernatural collection “Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio,” the film is budgeted at $30 million and backed by Hong Kong’s Edko Films.
Set in a fictional world where humans have raged war against monster for generations, the story begins with the birth of Woba, the last royal bloodline of the monster king, and centers on his quest to bring unity to the two races. “We give this classic tale a new spin by reducing the horror element and reinventing it with family-friendly fantastical characters and settings in an epic style,” said Hui at a press event in Beijing.
While the central character Woba will be entirely CGI, the human cast includes Bai Baihe (“Personal Tailor”) and Kai »
- Patrick Frater
Bill Kong’s Hong Kong-based Edko Films presented its big-budget 3D fantasy adventure Monster Hunt, which will mark the feature debut of animation director Raman Hui (Shrek the Third), at a news conference Sunday in Beijing. The cast will include big regional stars such as Bai Baihe (Personal Tailor), Kai Ko (You Are the Apple of My Eye), Jiang Wu (A Touch of Sin) and a CGI character called Woba. The movie is Hong Kong-born Hui’s Chinese-language and live-action feature directorial debut. Photos: Hong Kong Filmart: The Best of the Worst One-Sheets The movie is
- Clifford Coonan
It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.
The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »
- Gary Susman
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You might not have thought about it, but the month of May has played host to some of the biggest movie releases of all-time. Not generally considered to be a month of much importance – well, compared to those later summer months, anyway – there’s far more to May than meets the eye when it comes to the filmic calender – so much so, in fact, that it happens to be the month in which a famous bearded filmmaker decided to kick off a certain prequel trilogy that had everyone on the planet giddy going wild; the third highest-grossing film of all time was also released in May.
Join us, then, as we take a look back at the 10 highest-grossing movies to have landed in May since the year 1982 (the point where box office numbers tend to get a little fuzzy – according to those listed on BoxOfficeMojo.com, »
- Sam Hill
(Cbr) According to The Wrap, "Saturday Night Live" alum Maya Rudolph has signed on for a lead role in Marvel and Disney's "Big Hero 6" animated feature. Disney representatives declined comment, but if true, Rudolph would join comedian Tj Miller, who is voicing Fredzilla, and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" actress Jamie Chung, who is voicing GoGo Tomago. While Rudolph is likely best known for her many years on "Saturday Night Live," she has a lengthy credits sheet, appearing in everything from the critically acclaimed films "Bridesmaids" and "The Way Way Back" to NBC's recent sitcom "Up All Night" with her new series "The Maya Rudolph Show" set to debut May 19. The actress has also had her fair share of voiceover work, recently playing Precious in "The Nut Job" with roles in "Shrek the Third," "The Simpsons" and "Turbo." The current known cast has not yet been officially »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
Stop what you’re doing right now, because I have some news that’s going to blow the lid Right Off your naïve, happy little life. You think you can trust the media to tell you the Truth?! You think you can sit your kids down in front of 90 minutes of happy-go-lucky animated entertainment without them turning into Godless Heathens?! You Can’T. You’re not safe. None of us are safe. Shrek the Third is an abomination, a disgrace to all freedom-loving Americans. Here’s why: Reason 1: It has a Cat entering a Donkey. A Donkey entering a Cat. What kind of liberal perversions are the fat cats at DreamWorks trying to show our kids here?! Watching the scene in Shrek the Third where bumbling magician Merlin performs a body-swapping spell on Donkey and Puss—despite the fact that Donkey and Puss don’t even have insurance, and if that doesn’t scream socialized medicine »
- Rebecca Pahle
New Delhi, March 6: Members of Grammy Award winning Australian hard rock band Wolfmother, songs of which have featured in movies like "The Hangover and "Shrek The Third", are on their maiden visit to India. They are loving the experience and gorging on "upma and curries".
"We want no English breakfast while we are here, we are loving the upma (a thick porridge made of dry roasted semolina) and the lentils," Stockdale, the band's founder, vocalist and guitarist, told Ians.
"We are enjoying the curries here three times a day," he added over phone. »
- Lohit Reddy
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is pretty confident that we'll see a fifth Shrek movie sometime in the future. For now, the franchise is taking a rest, but rest assured, everyone's favorite Ogre and his friends will return.
Yesterday, it was announced that Merlin Entertainments has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation to create the Shrek themed attraction 'Far Far Away Adventure' in London, with future versions to appear throughout the world over the course of the next few years. Jeffrey Katzenberg recently conducted an interview about this huge endeavor with Fox Business Network, where he revealed that Shrek isn't dead, but merely taking an extended siesta,
"We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest, but I think you can be confident that we'll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We're not finished, and more importantly, neither is he."
Shrek became a global phenomenon in »
Saturday, February 22, 2014 ratings — New episodes: About a Boy and 48 Hours. Sports: The Daytona 500 Bash at the Beach and Xxii Winter Olympics. Specials: Shrek the Third (movie). Reruns: Mike & Molly, The Crazy Ones, CSI, and The Following.
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
13 items from 2014
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