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The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.
In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.
The selections for »
- Frank Ochieng
If there is one comic book movie that is oft-mocked and much maligned, its Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Whether you hate their treatment of Venom, the fact it has too many characters or that dance sequence, it seems that almost everyone on the face of the Earth hates Spider-Man 3.
Apart from the man with the keys to the Marvel castle, Joss Whedon.
In an interview with Empire (who else?) magazine to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon spoke about the difficulties of adding Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into the mix without over-saturating the cast of characters, and used Spider-Man 3 as a comparison piece.
“They have an origin but it’s largely described,” the director said. “They’re already good to go by the time we’re up and running. You don’t want to fall into Spider-Man 3 territory – and I say that as a guy who »
- Luke Owen
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, there was some rather exciting news yesterday announced that Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since then, some names have been banded around by the Internet on who could be the new Spidey once it was revealed that Andrew Garfield would not be suiting up for a third outing as the wall crawler.
Well, let the casting rumour games begin.
According to Variety and their sources “close to the studio”, Sony are “considering” Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Logan Lerman (Fury), but no official meetings have been set up yet. The site also claims that this version of Spider-Man will indeed be a teenager once again in high school, but no decision has been made on whether they will go with Peter Parker or Miles Morales. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will also not be returning to direct. »
- Luke Owen
The world of superhero fandom is still trying to process the groundbreaking news last night that Spider-Man is finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The announcement revealed that the webbed wonder will first appear in a Marvel movie, before a new standalone Spider-Man adventure will hit theaters on July 28, 2017. A report from earlier today claimed that the unspecified Marvel movie will be the first Phase Three adventure Captain America: Civil War, with other reports revealing that Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is not coming back for the reboot. This has yet to be confirmed by Marvel, but it does make the most sense, since Spider-Man was a part of the Civil War comic book, and it is one of only three Marvel movies hitting theaters before July 2017, with Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 being the others. Of course, we aren't counting this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, »
Imagine this scenario. You hire Samuel L. Jackson to play the lead villain in your new spy thriller. You are expecting the gravitas of Nick Fury, the dominance of Jules from Pulp Fiction, and perhaps a sliver of the over-the-top insanity Jackson brought to Snakes on a Plane. But then he brings his interpretation of the character to you. and it.s not what you expected at all. This is how Matthew Vaughn spins it while telling me about his new film Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Sam Jackson.s sinister turn as Valentine. The megalomaniac is cut from the cloth of classic James Bond villains, with an evil plan to rid the world of . well, I don.t want to reveal that. However, when Jackson brought his ideas to Vaughn during pre-production, they included such unusual choices as a lisp, and an extreme aversion to blood. As Vaughn remembers, »
From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season
With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!
Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
Blake Shelton has been the breakout comedic star of The Voice since its premiere in April 2011, and yet it’s taken ’til January 2015 for him to land a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live? (Whoever’s in charge of cross-promotional synergy at NBC has clearly been in a professional freefall since the demise of Law & Order: La.)
Better late than never, though, I suppose. The country music star proved an absolutely terrific choice of emcee — scoring laughs in a wide range of scenarios and not relying on cue cards nearly as much as you’d expect for a neophyte. I »
Roger Corman fans are familiar with at least a few of them, movie memorabilia collectors have hung posters of them on their walls for decades, and some first saw them at double bill matinees on Saturdays or summer nights at the drive-in. If you have fond memories of watching the pulpy onscreen offerings of American International Pictures from the bucket seat of a Buick or the comfortable cushions of your own couch, then you might be pleased to know that ten of the company’s titles have been acquired by Cinedigm and will be remade as individual films linked together by one massive story arc.
Girls in Prison, Viking Women and The Sea Serpent, The Brain Eaters, The She-Creature, Teenage Caveman, Reform School Girl, The Undead, War of the Colossal Beast, The Cool and The Crazy, and Day the World Ended will all be reimagined, with filming slated to start »
- Derek Anderson
Cinedigm is teaming with producers Lou Arkoff (“Inspector Gadget”), Jeff Katz (“Snakes on a Plane”) and Hal Sadoff (“Hotel Rwanda”) to shoot the 10 films with storylines and characters as part of a single story arc. The films will be shot starting in September with cast and directors to be announced soon.
Katz has written all 10 films, which are based on “Girls in Prison,” “Viking Women and The Sea Serpent,” “The Brain Eaters,” “She-Creature,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Reform School Girl,” “The Undead,” “War of the Colossal Beast,” “The Cool and the Crazy” and “The Day the World Ended.”
Cinedigm will handle the theatrical release, DVD, digital, TV and nontheatrical formats including on CONtv, Cinedigm’s upcoming digital network targeted to the Comic-Con audience.
- Dave McNary
After delivering the critically acclaimed and box office success that was Gone Girl, director David Fincher, star Ben Affleck and writer Gillian Flynn are looking to reteam on another project, and it's probably going to raise some eyebrows. Deadline reports the trio are in talks to board a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Strangers on a Train, with the title simplified to just Strangers. However, this time, the setting will be changed a bit, because the thriller will actually unfold on a private plane. So yes, we might as well just call this flick Strangers on a Plane, but we don't want Snakes on a Plane to get upset. Read on! The original Hitchcock film followed a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and is looking to get divorced, but instead he gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of doing a murderous favor for each other. »
- Ethan Anderton
Cast one eye over Samuel L. Jackson’s long and celebrated résumé and you’ll soon find that, even though the actor has starred in some of the best films ever made — Pulp Fiction, in particular — there are some critical duds that somewhat balance the scale. Films such as Snakes on a Plane and Deep Blue Sea were widely panned, yet still managed to carve out an audience thanks to their bizarre plot and yet more bizarre dialogue. And going off of the first trailer for Big Game, the Finnish film could join that, er, echelon.
Playing the President of the United States, Big Game will see Jackson stranded in the woodlands of Finland after he is attacked on Air Force One. Cue questions of corruption and double-crossing. With only a young boy to call a friend — played here by Onni Tommila — the absurd scenario soon gets much, much worse »
- Michael Briers
Ever wondered what would happen if the President of the United States had to team up with a 13-year-old Finnish boy to fight for survival in the wilderness?
Apparently somebody did, because that’s the plot of an upcoming Samuel L. Jackson action movie written and directed by Jalmari Helander, a filmmaker from Finland who is best known for directing Christmas horror movie “Rare Exports.”
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- Greg Gilman
12 items from 2015
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