15 items from 2012
Mystical cameras, living and breathing plants, creepy librarians, missing campers in the woods, and a mischievous ventriloquist dummy are just some of the reasons why many kids did not sleep well in the 90′s. These nightmares were put on the page by the now legendary children’s author R.L. Stine. Goosebumps first arrived on book shelves in 1992 courtesy of the New York writer and has spawned other series stemming from the original name and even a TV series. Stine’s series was a fun foray into horror for young people who were just getting into the world of ghosts, mummies, and werewolves. I was a huge collector of the books and have even kept and re-bought many of my favorites from my younger days. Back in the day, Waldenbooks used to call me and hold a copy of each new book behind the front desk for me. If I got »
- Michael Haffner
And now for your in-flight viewing pleasure, watch a movie likely to make you start squirming and possibly screaming in your cramped seat.
Movies like "Up in the Air," which is a sophisticated look at the life of a million-mile-club executive, and "Bridesmaids," which has one of the funniest plane sequences ever on the big screen, are passenger-approved. But there's nothing like an airline disaster movie to freak out even the mellowest of frequent fliers. As we wait for our "Flight," here are nine movies that should probably be saved for when you're firmly on land.
To quote its gushing review of Robert Zemeckis' first live-action film in 12 years, the Hollywood Reporter describes the movie's pivotal flight sequence (in which Denzel Washington's hungover pilot successfully orchestrates an emergency landing) as a "gripping 20-minute interlude" that will "mesmerize and terrify audiences in a manner that will »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
The Red Dawn remake, like the excellent The Cabin in the Woods, was another victim of MGM’s bankruptcy a few years back. It too was filmed in 2009, but unfortunately had to be delayed, causing people to wonder if it would ever show up at their local theater. But now, thanks to Open Road Films, we know that the film will finally be released this fall.
Today, thanks to First Showing, we have a look at the first official poster for the film. It’s not exactly mind-blowing and in fact, it’s merely a step away from being a simple “floating heads” design.” However, we do get a good look at some of the cast, which includes Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, and Josh Hutcherson.
You may recall that the original film was about a group of teenagers defending their town and country from invading Soviet forces. However, this remake »
- Jeff Beck
A big screen adaptation of this popular graphic novel has been "in the works" since 2008 when I first wrote about it on my old blog, although nothing's been reported on its progress in years, so it's anyone's guess whether it'll eventually happen. The producer of A History Of Violence and Red Eye (Jc Spink) owns the rights to the property and planned to adapt the critically acclaimed fanboy/fangirl classic titled, Y: The Last Man. In the comic book series, Yorick Brown, a young amateur escape artist, and his monkey, Ampersand, suddenly become the last two men on earth after something mysterious wipes out every mammal on the planet possessing a Y »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Tokyo Shock is bringing the very underated "Red Eye" (not to be confused with Wes Craven's 2005 flop of the same now), which stars Jang Shin-Young, Song Il-Gook, Kwak Ji-Min, and Lee Eol, hits DVD on July 10th, 2012. Plot Synopsis: Its Mi-sun's first day as a rail attendant. Her assignment is an overnight trip through Korea, and she is understandably nervous. But its not the motley group of passengers that has her feeling uneasy, its the t… »
Please do not confuse this enjoyable 2005 horror flick with the dreadful Wes Craven thriller of the same name. They are different in so many ways. For instance, director Kim Dong-Bin’s “Red Eye” is an entertaining and frequently spooky ghost story, while Craven’s offering is an entirely dull and truly uninspired affair. They may share monikers, but they couldn’t be more different. Drastically different. Really freaking different. Anyway, the folks over at Tokyo Shock are bringing this underrated little gem to DVD later this summer. If you’re still into buying DVDs, maybe you should pick up a copy. Anyway, here’s a synopsis: It’s Mi-sun’s first day as a rail attendant. Her assignment is an overnight trip through Korea, and she is understandably nervous. But it’s not the motley group of passengers that has her feeling uneasy, it’s the train itself. Some of »
- Todd Rigney
Inspired by true events, the romantic tale follows Paige (McAdams) and Leo (Tatum) after they survive a car accident that leaves Paige without any memory of the man she fell in love with or their marriage. It’s up to Leo to win back her heart and her mind.
Right. Ok. First off, despite my Channing Tatum man-crush, I’m definitely not the target audience for The Vow which, for one, made watching the film somewhat of an excruciating experience and two, this review is going to be really hard to write…
Rachel McAdams has found her big-screen niche as a very specific kind of fairytale heroine - a big-eyed beauty who can't fail to bring out the protective side in her admirers, yet succeeds in keeping female fans on side, too. She could be a natural successor for the title of America's sweetheart after a catalogue of hits - The Time Traveller's Wife, The Notebook are the biggies - but she's also displayed a comic turn - Sherlock Holmes, Morning Glory, Midnight in Paris.
This week sees the DVD release of The Vow, an unashamed weepy about a girl, Paige, who loves a boy, marries him, but loses her memory in a car crash and forgets she even knew him. Sounds completely unrealistic? It's based on a true story. Here, McAdams explains what drew her in and, inevitably, her own views on romance »
- The Huffington Post UK
Now that the Suzanne Collins’ novel adaptation The Hunger Games is officially a box office success—and calling the first film in the franchise with a record-breaking $153 million opening weekend simply a “success” might be one of the biggest understatements of the year—all eyes are now focused on the sequel Catching Fire, a film that is already under dangerous pressure to keep up the success of its predecessor. Where part of Games’success and brilliance lay was in its casting, bringing in big names as well as turning small stars into huge ones, you can bet that upcoming roles for the film, including parts for Finnick Odair, Plutarch Heavensbee, Johanna Mason, Beetee, and more will be some of the most sought-after parts in Hollywood, as well as highly contested by fans.
Cast/Vote: Which Hollywood Hunk Should Play Finnick?
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- Terron R. Moore
Whilst eyes today are on the fresh casting news for the 'Carrie' remake lest we forget that back in the day it was filmmaker Brian De Palma who bought us his iconic vision of the troubled telekinetic teen. Today, however, 35 years on here are we bringing you some new sexy assets from De Palma's new thriller remake 'Passion'. A set of new pics including some behind the scenes stills from the project, a remake of French erotic thriller 'Love Crime', have popped up online featuring the always gorgeous Rachel McAdams ('Mean Girls', 'Red Eye'). The lingerie clad McAdams (below) stars alongside Noomi Rapace ('Prometheus'), Dominic Cooper ('Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'), Paul Anderson ('Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'), Karoline Herfurth ('Errors of the Human Body') and Rainer Bock ('War Horse'). Check out the new stills below. »
At the start of the week, we examined the state of the A-list leading man, and why, outside of those who've been big draws for years -- Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Johnny Depp et al. -- so few stars seemed to be reliable at bringing audiences to their pictures. But when you look at the leading ladies, things are even more puzzling.
Put simply, the number of actreses who can be deemed consistent box office draws seems to diminish, rather than grow, as each year goes on. In part, it's because it's so rare for the major blockbusters to be lead by a woman: of the top 20 worldwide grossers last year, only "Twilight" could arguably be said to be led by a woman, and holding up those films as a victory for womankind would be an error, given their prehistoric sexual politics. 2010 was a little better, thanks to "Black Swan" and "Alice in Wonderland, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
It's been a year or two now since we last heard anything about New Line's upcoming adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan's Vertigo comic book series Y: The Last Man. It was definitely starting to look like the project would be forever trapped in development hell, but this week the movie is once again showing signs of life as New Line has hired a new pair of screenwriters to take another crack at a script. According to THR, they have hired Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Human Target, Jericho) to take the movie "back to the drawing board." The screenwriters are not necessarily recognizable or even respected names, but at the very least, I am glad to see the movie hasn't been abandoned just yet and that we may eventually get a new director and star to replace D.J. Caruso and Shia Labeouf. For those unfamiliar with the comic, Y: The Last Man »
Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, The Vow Safe House: Denzel Washington's Biggest Box-Office Hit Since American Gangster The Ryan Reynolds / Denzel Washington thriller Safe House was closely followed by two movies: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds with $7m — down a whopping 55% on its second weekend out — at no. 5 and the Josh Hutcherson / Dwayne Johnson / Vanessa Hudgens 3D adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with $6.92m (-48%) at no. 6, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Good Deeds' total is a mediocre $25.74m; The Mysterious Island has a more impressive $85.61m cume. At no. 7, Rachel McAdams / Channing Tatum's The Vow scored $6.1m. Cuming at $111.71m, that means Michael Sucsy's romantic drama has become Rachel McAdams' biggest personal box-office hit — excluding the Robert Downey Jr / Jude Law Sherlock Holmes movies and the Vince Vaughn / Owen Wilson comedy Wedding Crashers. A while back, The Vow surpassed »
- D. Zhea
Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, The Vow Act Of Valor #1, Tyler Perry/Good Deeds So-So: Box Office Trailing Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh's Act of Valor and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds on Friday, at no. 3 the Rachel McAdams / Channing Tatum romantic drama The Vow added $3.25 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Vow's current total domestic gross is $96.25 million, which means it should be passing the $100 million milestone some time today — or at the very latest tomorrow afternoon. The Vow has a rotten 26% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics, but that certainly won't stop it from becoming Rachel McAdams' biggest personal box-office hit (not including the Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes movies and the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson comedy Wedding Crashers). The Vow is already ahead of The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) and Red Eye (2005), it's far ahead of Morning Glory (2010), and without adjusting for inflation, »
- Zac Gille
Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, The Vow Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds/Safe House Surprise No.1: Box Office Starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, Michael Sucsy's romantic drama The Vow continues to perform quite well at the domestic box office, collecting $26.6 million (slightly less than early estimates indicated) in the Us/Canada this extended Presidents Day weekend, as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Though generally dismissed by critics — The Vow has a lowly 26% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics — the Tatum-McAdams movie has already collected $88.52 million domestically. Following box-office estimates for Friday, The Vow was expected to top Presidents Day weekend. But after surging on the weekend proper, the Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds action-thriller Safe House turned out to be the weekend's no. 1 movie if studio estimates are correct. Domestically, The Vow may become Rachel McAdams' biggest personal box-office hit (not including Robert Downey Jr »
- Zac Gille
15 items from 2012
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