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After making borderline-animated films for the past few years, Robert Rodriguez is taking on a live-action adaptation of an actual cartoon. THR is reporting that the Sin City director is set to adapt Hanna-Barbera’s Jonny Quest for Warner Bros. with Adrian Askarieh (Hitman: Agent 47) and Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) producing. Rodriguez will write the script alongside Terry Rossio, who penned the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films and The Lone Ranger with writing partner Ted Elliott, but who's been going out on his own as of late. Rodriguez and Elliott will be working from a previous draft written by Dan Mazeu. For those who are unfamiliar with the Johnny Quest series, Wikipedia says the cartoon was in the vein of “Doc Savage, Tom Swift, and John Carter of Mars.” The eponymous character was a young boy who went on adventures with his father Dr. Benton Quest, »
- Matt Goldberg
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose a director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Andy and Lana Wachowski working collectively as the directing team known as "The Wachowskis".
The Wachowskis originally were comic book writers before they began writing film scripts. They were offered an opportunity to write and direct a feature film, which became 1996’s Bound. That film received good critical reviews and showcased the Wachowskis as an innovative directing team. Their next film was The Matrix, which became a critical and commercial hit in 1999. That success lead to two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003. Next, they took their love for comic books and graphic novels and wrote V For Vendetta (2006), which became another commercial and critical hit. Although they did not direct this film, »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Avengers: Age of Ultron didn't plummet from the sky like that Sokovian fiefdom in the film but, with its $77.2 million 2nd week outing, it did drop 59.6% from its opening take of $191 million. Surprising amounts of Monday-morning quarterbacking this last week noted that Ultron could have become the new #1 film for all-time weekend box office if it hadn't been up against several sporting events that siphoned off eyeballs. Even still the Disney/Marvel property has a lot to celebrate. Domestically it easily dominated the box office at the #1 position with a per theater take of $18K in 4,276 venues. That $77.2M is still the 2nd highest 2nd weekend gross, just ahead of the 2nd weekend of Fox's Avatar ($75.6 million), and is topped only by it predecessor, Marvel's The Avengers ($103.1 million). Ultron's domestic take to date ($313M) has also already surpassed the lifetime domestic cumes of Captain America ($177M), Thor ($181M), Thor: The Dark World »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Wachowski’s are responsible for The Matrix, a movie that reinvented the film landscape. The science fiction classic introduced the world to ‘bullet time’ and cemented Keanu Reeves as an action hero. It was also smarter than your average popcorn-fodder flick, dealing with the idea that our reality is all on elaborate construct devised by our mechanical overlords. The film spawned two sequels but sadly though they broke the box office they couldn’t quite capture the same spark as the first.
Their next venture Speed Racer was met with a lukewarm reception and an even colder worldwide gross. Then came Cloud Atlas which was a love it or hate it kind of film, and most recently they were responsible for Jupiter Ascending a film funny for all the wrong reasons.
We at Thn love an underdog story and are hoping that their latest venture, a Netflix television series »
- Kat Smith
While the Wachowski siblings are best known for their work on The Matrix trilogy, Andy and Lana Wachowski have also garnered a number of fans for their work on films such as Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer, and Bound. Netflix, in the meantime, has collaborated with a number of filmmakers on ongoing and upcoming projects, including David Fincher on House of Cards and Baz Luhrmann on the upcoming The Get Down. Netflix’s next series, however, sees the Wachowskis make the transition to the small screen.
A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.
Ahead of the series premiere, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
As I have, you've probably read a recent article or two on whether The Wachowskis still have *it*, and if their Hollywood filmmaking careers are next to done, given the lackluster critical and commercial performances of the films they've made since the groundbreaking hit that was "The Matrix," which inspired a trilogy. Namely, "Speed Racer," "Cloud Atlas" and most recently "Jupiter Ascending." Time will tell. I'm still an appreciative fan of their ideas, although I can't speak for everyone. If money is the only language film studios speak, then the "Matrix" trilogy, which collectively grossed close to $2 billion worldwide, has »
- Tambay A. Obenson
As I have, you've probably read a recent article or two on whether The Wachowskis still have *it*, and if their Hollywood filmmaking careers are next to done, given the lackluster critical and commercial performances of the films they've made since the groundbreaking hit that was "The Matrix," which inspired a trilogy. Namely, "Speed Racer," "Cloud Atlas" and most recently "Jupiter Ascending." Time will tell. I'm still an appreciative fan of their ideas, although I can't speak for everyone. If money is the only language film studios speak, then the "Matrix" trilogy, which collectively grossed close to $2 billion worldwide, has certainly bought the siblings some time; meaning, a few "failures" will be tolerated. The duo teamed up with Netflix for what sounds like another trippy project (based on the official description of it below) - a new series titled "Sense8." The series' international ensemble...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Every movie can’t be dynamite. Often enough, they suck. Speed Racer is one of those films that many people agree to be not so great. Although this is the popular consensus, it’s a film that some of us can’t help but enjoy.
Many of us know a good movie when we see one. We appreciate what it brings to the table, and for whatever reason it just speaks to us. On the other hand, we can pick out bad movies too. We know when a movie is not living up to its potential. We know when the actors or director are phoning it in. It’s those bad movies that make us appreciate the good ones so much more.
Unfortunately the quality of a film isn’t always black and white. Sometimes a film may be absolutely rubbish, yet we enjoyed the time we spent watching it. »
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Weapon buffs and war-game fanboys will get their money’s worth from the orgy of military regalia paraded in “Wolf Warriors,” a bluntly flag-waving film about a People’s Liberation Army elite squad combating foreign invaders. Audiences captivated by the awesome fighting skills of director-star Jacky Wu Jing (who previously helmed and toplined “Legendary Assassin”) will find themselves stumbling into very different terrain from such Hong Kong chopsocky delights as “Spl” and “Underground Fist.” Still, there’s no shortage of pummeling action to distract them from the crude direction, gag-worthy plot and shoddy 3D conversion. The pic has made a bigger-than-expected incursion into domestic B.O., almost hitting $78 million since its April 2 release; with Arclight Films’ Chinese arm, Easternlight, handling world sales, it should also do well in male-oriented Asian genre niches.
Reportedly a seven-year passion project, this sophomore feature from Beijing national martial-arts champion Wu is a feature-length spinoff of a TV series. »
- Maggie Lee
“Stop struggling. You won.”
The Sterling-Cooper dream team has died and gone to advertising heaven. Jim Hobart enunciates the name “Coca Cola” like he’s asking Don and the other partners how they enjoyed their simultaneous touchless orgasms, but in reality he’s stealing their name, tossing probably half their employees out into the street, and consigning them to serve out in drudgery the four-year contracts they signed when McCann bought their agency. Through seven seasons these people have managed to keep one step ahead of McCann, thumbing their noses at a company they’ve often scorned as a “sausage factory,” and now it’s over. In Ken’s words, “They finally got you. They ate you up.”
The triumph of mediocrity is everywhere in ‘Time & Life.’ Even Lou Avery, squarest of the square and blandest of the bland, finally gets to see his beloved ‘Scout’s Honor’ turned into »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
In the Shonda Rhimes-penned hour that ABC called “the episode America will never forget,” Grey’s Anatomy revealed not only Derek’s whereabouts but his fate as well. Aaand… ? Let’s just say you might wanna keep the tissues handy as you read this recap. A lot of tissues.
Speed Demon | As “How to Save a Life” (named for the show’s favorite song) began, Derek left a message for Meredith, then chatted with Amelia, April and »
It seems such a shame to waste such diabolical talent as Christina Ricci‘s. From “The Addams Family” to “Speed Racer,” “Monster” and on, Ricci adds a twisted gothic spin to anything she appears in. Though it might seem to be, the role of the titular ax-murderer in Lifetime eight-part limited series “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” is not the best use of her unique interpretation of the universe. Sumptuous costuming and a believable period setting aren’t enough to make up for weak storylines that intend to make more of killer Lizzie than she actually was — though some theories do argue that she was. »
- Deborah Day
Whether you’re a fan of CBS’ 1990 version of “The Flash,” “Star Wars,” or comic book culture in general, the March 31 episode of “The Flash” is sure to satisfy, with genre icon Mark Hamill reprising his ’90s role as one of the Scarlet Speedster’s main antagonists, James Jesse — aka The Trickster — a character that demonstrated the actor’s anarchic chops even before he lent his voice to The Joker for “Batman: The Animated Series” and its many offshoots. While the villain starts out safely behind bars (allowing Hamill to channel his inner Hannibal Lecter), it doesn’t take long for chaos to engulf Central City after a copycat Trickster (Devon Graye) starts pulling from the criminal’s explosive playbook.
Not only is “Tricksters” an unrepentant trip down memory lane for fans of the previous show, it also ties into the larger mythology of the current CW series, progressing the »
- Laura Prudom
Expect to see a lot of premature eulogies for Vince Vaughn's career today, after the disastrous opening of "Unfinished Business," just like you saw a lot of premature obituaries last week for Will Smith's career after the lackluster debut of "Focus."
True, "Business" was an especially spectacular flop, premiering in 10th place with only an estimated $4.8 million, less than half of the already modest $10 million pundits were predicting. That the movie is only the latest in a string of Vaughn flops (including "The Watch," "The Dilemma," "The Internship," and "Delivery Man") seems reason enough for pundits to start measuring the coffin.
Weep not for Vaughn. His hands and feet were immortalized in concrete outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre just this past Wednesday. Next month, he'll star in the eagerly-anticipated second season on HBO's "True Detective," which, if nothing else, will remind those viewers who think of him only as »
- Gary Susman
Thanks in part to strong performances from Fifty Shades of Grey and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, overall domestic box office totaled a very solid $765 million in February.That's up nine percent from last year but down around $50 million from the all-time record, which was set in 2012.Through the end of February, total domestic box office was at $1.77 billion. That's 11 percent above the same period last year and 22 percent higher than the same frame in 2013. That year ultimately went on to be the biggest in history at $10.92 billion, which is a number that 2015 has a very strong chance of topping.Fifty Shades of Grey led the February box office with $145 million. Opening over Valentine's Day weekend, the movie set a new February record with its $85.2 million debut. Unfortunately, demand for this title was very frontloaded, which resulted in a stunning 74 percent second weekend drop. Fifty Shades is now »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jupiter Ascending has launched in Australia with $2 million in four days on 415 screens, one of the more respectable debuts for the sci-fi action-adventure.
That's a long way short of recouping the production cost reported to be between $175 million and $205 million, and the hefty P&A bill.
So Jupiter Ascending is shaping as yet another misfire for siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski following WB/Vrp.s Speed Racer ($120 million budget, $93.9 million in global B.O.) and the independently-financed Cloud Atlas ($100 million cost, $130.5 million B.O.).
Pro-rata, the Australian opening is slightly ahead of the $18.4 million Us debut, to the surprise of some exhibitors. Wallis Cinemas program manager Bob Parr tells If, .I didn.t expect that at all because of the Us result, »
- Don Groves
T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) ranks among the 20th Century’s oddest heroes. This short, smart, and mischievous British soldier helped organize the Arab Revolt against Turkey, a secondary front of the First World War. He became Emir Feisal’s trusted ally, painfully conscious that the Allies wouldn’t honor promises of independence. After the Paris Peace Conference, Lawrence retreated into the Royal Air Force and Tank Corps as a private soldier, T.E. Shaw… read the full article.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my »
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my early pop culture intake was a healthy mix of Disney (this included an extensive library of worn-out VHS in the classic white plastic clamshell packaging), Saturday morning cartoons (from DuckTales to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Japanese imports repackaged for North American kids (Power Rangers, Speed Racer). But my one true love was science fiction. And anyone familiar with my work on this website could probably guess that this love begins and ends with Star Wars. Or really, it begins with Princess Leia.
I don’t remember my first viewing of the original trilogy; it exists in my memory as a constant presence. And like any healthy child weaned on TV and movies, »
- Mallory Andrews
8 Actors Who Can Be The Next Spider-Man
We’re not even a year removed from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and already Sony and Marvel are exploring new options on who could be the next webslinger. And we already have some insight that the next Spider-Man is going back to high school, and Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Logan Lerman (Fury) are on Sony’s short list… read the full article.
Five Film Composers that Hollywood Needs Back
Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left »
Actor Emile Hirsch checked into a rehab facility in the wake of an incident in which he allegedly choked a female executive at last month’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened,” Hirsch’s lawyer, Robert Offer, said in statement released Friday.
“Emile takes these allegations very seriously, and is devastated that any of this has occurred,” Offer added. “A few days after the incident, Emile sought help and checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility, where he remains today, to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
Hirsch was charged Thursday with felony assault in connection with the incident at the Tao nightclub on Jan. 25. Police responded to a 4 a.m. call and a Paramount executive, Daniele Bernfeld, described a physical altercation and accused a drunken Hirsch of putting her “in a chokehold. »
- Dave McNary
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