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After George A. Romero brought Bub to the big screen in 1985’s Day of the Dead, audiences would go on to wait nearly 30 years before his next zombie film, Land of the Dead, shambled into cinemas. Thankfully, the Godfather of the Dead only took a quick breather before returning with his fifth—and arguably most ambitious—zombie movie, Diary of the Dead, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2008 (following its 2007 screening at Tiff).
When the film was shown at Sundance in 2008, the Internet was expanding into more homes and sites like YouTube were making it possible for people to easily access videos from around the globe, increasing the intake of news both real and manipulated. The social structure of the world was literally changing overnight for better and for worse. Romero used Diary of the Dead to explore how this new screen-centered society would hold up against a hypothetical zombie apocalypse, »
- Derek Anderson
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released their upcoming slate of films coming down the pipe for 2017. The release schedule includes some the highly anticipated blockbusters Star Wars: Episode VIII ( Dec. 15, 2017), Cars 3 (June 16, 2017), Beauty And The Beast (March 17, 2017), Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26, 2017) and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017).
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest »
- Michelle McCue
Hardcore Disney fans may know about a few of these upcoming films, but Disney has updated its slate for 2017 with new photos and details of films for the coming year. Here’s what to expect from the mega studio that also releases films from Marvel, Pixar and LucasFilm.
Coming out on March 17 , “Beauty and the Beast” is the newest of Disney’s live action remakes, following “Tarzan” and “The Jungle Book.” The classic tale of romance, trust, and cursed furniture will be told to viewers in an entirely new way. Belle, played by Emma Watson, is captured by Dan Stevens‘ the Beast, a ferocious but misunderstood hermit whose only companions are talking clocks, teapots, and the like. While Gaston, played by Luke Evans, rushes to save the “damsel,” Belle realizes that the Beast is no monster at all, but her newfound true love. The remake also features Stanley Tucci, »
- Dani Levy
Author: Jon Lyus
The marketing bandwagon for Pixar’s 2017 films has already roared off the starting grid with a marvelously dark and portentous trailer for Cars 3, due out in June this year. However there is, for only the second time in their history, another film on its way from the Emeryville animation studio in the next twelve months. Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina and is inspired by the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, itself inspiration for 2014’s The Book of Life and the much-loved LucasArts adventure game Grim Fandango.
Reuniting with his Toy Story 3 producer Darla K. Anderson, Unkrich’s new film will tell the tale of a 12 year-old boy (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) who comes across the guitar of fabled musician Ernesto de la Cruz (played by Benjamin Bratt). Miguel uses the magic in the legendary instrument to open a door »
- Jon Lyus
4 items from 2017
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