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How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick have been one of Hollywood’s hippest Bff brigades ever since they joined quick wit forces on “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” five years ago. Now, thanks to the “Zac Efron train,” as Plaza described it to Elle Magazine, they teamed up on the big screen again for “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” — which Plaza alternatively titled “Alice and Tatiana Will F–k Up Your Wedding” because sweet, sweet sarcasm and such. Anna Kendrick Said 'Aloha' To Hawaii In The Most Anna Kendrick Way Ever Just as we expected, the two had a complete blast on the film’s Hawaiian set — and not just because of all the rainbows, crystal blue waters and rampant Efron shirtlessness going down in the Aloha State — so they’re already scheming up the next sick Aubrey-Anna collaboration, this time for the small screen. “Anna and I have had »
You’ve seen Mark Webber on the big screen in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as Stephen “The Talent” Stills, and in a variety of solid indies like Happy Christmas, For a Good Time Call… and Save the Date. We’ll also see him in Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier’s thriller Green Room, opening at Tiff next month. But Webber […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Inspired by console, computer, or arcade games, movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wreck It Ralph, and the Resident Evil franchise take us into the often unrealistic world of gaming, where double-sided axes are as popular as iPhones, dinosaurs are totally real, and Michael Cera is an action hero.
This weekend, Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Ciarán Hinds ("Game of Thrones," but also, like, everything) enter into the video game 'verse with Hitman: Agent 47.
To celebrate all things pixel-related, we threw together a supercut of some of our favourite video game movies. Watch the video below, and you’ll gain 43Xp, 87Hp, and the irresistible urge to run straight home and kill some Resident Evil zombies.
Continue? 10, 9, 8…
- Sasha James
The signal-to-noise disconnect within social media, vociferous fan boys, nerd culture and every day moviegoers has been apparent in recent years. It seems the gap is closing and the geeks are close to inheriting the earth. But for every populist super hero movie or blockbuster that has crossed over into mainstream culture (“Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Jurassic World”), there’s always an outlier; a geek film that doesn’t connect outside the Comic-Con crowd (see “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” “Kick Ass” parts one and two, “Dredd” and “Cowboys And Aliens” to name a few). But as super hero films and the like become the dominant form of big budget entertainment, are we entering an era where there will be far fewer misses than hits? Read More: 15 Comic-Con Movies And How They Performed In The Real World In a way, this puts a lot of pressure on 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men” spin-off movie “Deadpool. »
- Edward Davis
Last week, it was confirmed that the red band trailer for the highly-anticipated Deadpool will debut on TBS' Conan tonight, Tuesday, August 4. The late-night talk show even changed the rating of their show to TV-ma, so they can show the violent and foul-mouthed R-rated footage on the air. With just hours left until the trailer debuts, Conan O'Brien posted a photo on his Twitter account, which reveals the host pictured next to Ryan Reynolds in his full Deadpool costume.
It isn't known if Ryan Reynolds will spend his entire appearance in the Deadpool costume, or what other antics the Merc With the Mouth will have in store for viewers tonight. Since the talk show's rating was changed to TV-ma, it's possible that both Ryan Reynolds and Conan O'Brien will take full advantage of the adult rating to curse up a storm throughout the night. It also isn't known if the »
Mark Webber, mostly known for his role in "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" as part of the Sex Bob Omb band with Alison Pill and Michael Cera and as Kiera Knightly’s fiance in "Laggies," is halfway through his first Kickstarter campaign for his secret movie and halfway to his goal of $50,000. Read More: 8 Things I Learned from My Failed Kickstarter Campaign Trying to figure out how much you can scrape up to pledge for a movie you do know something about and can get behind is difficult enough, but Webber is banking on his track record and his network of loyal fans to help him through this one. "I'm not just some Joe Shmoe asking for money for a secret movie," he explained to Indiewire recently. From what can be gleaned from the images on his Kickstarter page, it seems the narrative feature set to shoot this fall will be about his mother, »
- Valentina I. Valentini
The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the latest comic book movie to feature a heroine, but women are still woefully underrepresented in the genre overall
Not many comic book movies start with a scruffy, smiling 15-year-old girl confessing: “I had sex today … Holy shit.” If we met Minnie, the protagonist of Marielle Heller’s adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s 2002 graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl in any other comic book adaptation, she’d most likely be the high school siren and love interest. If she’s lucky she might be a feisty foil in the mould of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman or Anna Kendrick’s Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But she wouldn’t have thoughts or a movie of her own.
The forthcoming films of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are long overdue, and hopefully will fare better than a lot of other past big-budget, »
- Isabel Stevens
With the number of individuals who enjoy both movies and video games increasing everyday, the former medium has adapted a number of the latter’s flagship franchises, with the Resident Evil series, Silent Hill, and Max Payne among the videogames that have made the jump to the big screen, with adaptations of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed on the way. Numerous films have also been openly influenced by videogames while not being direct adaptations, such as Wreck-It Ralph and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Now, on the eve of the release of Pixels, another film that falls in the latter category, a supercut video of numerous videogame adaptations and influenced movies has been made. The video, in addition to featuring all the released films mentioned above, with the exception of Pixels, also includes scenes from Prince of Persia, Tron: Legacy, and Gamer, among others. The video can be seen below. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
At a young age, Brie Larson has already built a remarkable resume of varied performances. She can do broad comedies (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “21 Jump Street”), indie dramas (“The Spectacular Now,” “Short Term 12”) and hold her own alongside some of the biggest names in movies like “The Gambler.” She’s also shown her stuff behind the camera, having written and directed (with Jessie Ennis and Sarah Ramos) the short film “The Arm,” which won a Short Film Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
Larson can currently be seen on the bigscreen in the Judd Apatow hit “Trainwreck” as Kim, the younger, yet more mature sister to Amy Schumer’s hard-partying journalist Amy. The role is a family affair, as Schumer’s real-life sister, Kim Caramele, serves as an associate producer on the film, in addition to being a writer-producer-performer on her sister’s hit series “Inside Amy Schumer. »
- Jenelle Riley
Directed by Ryan Wise
2015, USA / Canada /Finland / Sweden
Heavy metal lyrics and performance styles are often associated with masculinity, aggression, and machismo but even by Heavy metal standards, the artist known as Thor (a.k.a. Jon Miki Thor) is an absolute beast!
The Norse god impersonator, semi-professional bodybuilder, performance artist, b-movie actor, and all-around nice guy is the subject of I Am Thor, an 84 minute documentary by director Ryan Wise which shines some insight into Thor’s wild life and documents his long-running come back. With a music career spanning five decades, Thor is one of the legends of rock-n-roll that not enough people know exists —and hopefully this film will change that. 15 years in the making and I Am Thor is finally here, and totally worth the wait.
I’ve seen some remarkable screenings over my 19 years of attending the Fantasia Film Festival. I’ll never forget the enthusiastic, »
After premiering at SXSW earlier this year, the indie comedy 7 Chinese Brothers will put Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, Scott Pilgrim vs. The world) back into unlikeable mode next month. But thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the arrogant prick that he played in the Sundance selected Listen Up Philip. This time […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Will Arnett reprises his role as The Dark Knight for the film, which is set for release in 2017 and will be directed by The Lego Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Linconl: Vampire Hunter).
With the news that Cera has snagged the role of Robin, his rumoured link to the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is now dead in the water, with the actor bowing out of talks for the film.
The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on May 26th, 2017.
- Scott J. Davis
Lego Batman has found its Robin! In what seems like a spot-on bit of voice-casting, THR report that Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World's Michael Cera has signed on to give life to the animated minifig version of the Boy Wonder in the flick, which is a spinoff from the mega-successful The Lego Movie. Cera's Arrested Development cast-mate Will Arnett will return to provide the voice of the Dark Knight, but we don't have any plot details just yet. Rumors have circulated that former live-action Batman actors such as Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Adam West etc were being courted to cameo, but there's been nothing official on that. Chris McKay will helm from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, with the original movie's directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on board as producers. The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10, 2017. »
2nd Forecast Update: Ant-Man pulled in $22.6M on Friday, with its Thursday take of $6.4M representing 28% of its gross. That figure is better than the Friday take of 2008's The Incredible Hulk, which brought in $21.5M. There's an asterix on that number, however, as the big green guy had a per-screen average of $6,125 on 3,505 screens. The latest Marvel entry from director Peyton Reed was on 3,856 screens for $5,872 per screen. Trainwreck is coming into the station faster than expected. Its three-day estimate stands at $28.9M, from a $10.7M Friday start on 3,178 screens and a $3,336 per screen average. This Friday tally too has a qualification. Director Judd Apatow's latest has a Friday total better than his biggest hit, Knocked Up, which made $9.8M, but Knocked was on 307 fewer screens (2,871) and had a better per-screen average of $3,415. Forecast Update: Ant-Man opened to $6.4M from Thursday shows, a respectable start but one that »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Things looked bleak for Ant-Man. Filmmaker Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) stepped away after a long, slow dance with the project, leading fans to devour ashes and wear sackcloth and wait out the end of the world. Some of us got over it quicker than others. Marvel didn’t waste any of their own time with doom and gloom. They hired Adam McKay (Anchorman) to re-work Wright’s screenplay, and though McKay would’ve made an interesting directorial replacement, Marvel tapped Peyton Reed (Bring It On) to bring the superhero to life. It’s been a long year since this all went down, and the short memory of our news cycle and the internet outrage it’s often coupled with have settled to a place in which we’re all pretty okay now with this new...
- John Gholson
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Marvel’s tiniest hero! Now starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s smallest movie so far. Also its most run-of-the-mill movie so far.
This was bound to happen eventually. There are only so many ways you can take a guy — always a guy! — who’s a little bit messed up but basically a decent fellow who just needs a little redemption to set him on the right road, expose him to a little magical mad science, give him a special suit to run around in, and set him loose on the bad guys.
We have seen this all before. Oh, sure, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“Minions,” which this weekend scored the second biggest opening ever for an animated feature, is just the latest hit from Universal Pictures in a year that has overflowed with breakouts and blockbusters.
Thanks to the “Despicable Me” spinoff, “Pitch Perfect 2″ and “Jurassic World,” Universal tops all of its rivals in terms of market share, and is likely to be the first studio in history to field three films that top $1 billion globally in a single year.
The studio’s remarkable run is in marked contrast to five years ago, when Universal was mired in last place among the six major Hollywood players, weighed down by costly disappointments such as “The Green Zone” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Its hard climb back to the top is a reminder that, just as Nathaniel Hawthorne famously said of American families, studios are always rising and falling in Hollywood.
Going into 2015, most »
- Brent Lang
Lindsey Bahr, AP Film Writer
San Diego (AP) - There's a Hulk-sized hole at Comic-Con this year. Three of the major studios and Disney/Marvel are not hosting a panel in the main hall at the annual fan festival. That means no Iron Man, no Captain America, and no Spider-Man - at least their filmed versions.
Going back to 2010, Marvel has been a main event at Comic-Con, with their Disney properties usually serving as the marquis presentations. With a slate that extends through 2019, a film currently in production ("Captain America: Civil War") and another coming out next week ("Ant-Man"), it seems like an odd choice.
Their absence in the San Diego Convention Center's huge Hall H is not only dispiriting to fans, it's also a subtle sign that the 45-year-old pop-culture extravaganza has become less relevant to the shifting marketing strategies of the major studios.
Sony Pictures, which just »
- The Associated Press
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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