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It’s easy to understand why Warner Bros. was tempted to make The Legend of Tarzan. Franchise-friendly, FX-heavy, and blockbuster-ready, it also boasts one of those illustrious brand names that everyone knows and Hollywood has yet to capitalize upon. To the studio, especially back when the project was first green-lit, in the wake of Alice in Wonderland and with the juggernaut Harry Potter franchise winding down, Tarzan must have seemed like a no-brainer, at once familiar enough to draw audiences and broad enough to allow a new team of filmmakers to provide a contemporary take on an old mythos.
And yet, times have changed. In this decade of #OscarsSoWhite and Black Lives Matter, audiences are challenging the movie industry to do better when it comes to smartly discussing race and – more prominently in the case of Tarzan – thoroughly banishing the white-savior »
- Isaac Feldberg
The general assumption when it comes to critical consensus and box office success is simple: negative reviews hurt independent films more than they hurt blockbuster tentpoles. Reason being, if a kid (or lets face it, adult) wants to see Action Man Smash Crush, the pouty review in the Friday paper warding them away with cries of contrivances and retina-searing bombast won’t stop them. Yet, for an indie trying to make a name for itself with the trailer featuring leaf-embroiled festival banners and that song you haven’t heard, they need all the help they can get. Thus, year after year we see some of the most poorly-received blockbusters still manage to be amongst the highest-grossing.
However, a recent study conducted by a Reddit user (with a tip of the hat to ScreenCrush) suggests that this general assumption may be as unequivocally fabricated as that visual effects creation socking that »
- Mike Mazzanti
3D was supposed to be the next big thing for cinema. It accounts for just 20% of ticket sales. What went wrong?
In early 2010, James Cameron's Avatar became the USA's 24th most successful cinema release of all time, and it still holds that position today.
I'm measuring that success by the actual number of tickets sold, but perhaps you prefer the way the Hollywood hype machine processes these things. Their version of how this works, in which records can be broken over and over again for a continual stream of back-slaps and headlines, makes Avatar into The Biggest Film of All Time. Don't adjust for inflation but just sum up the numbers on the tickets, and it's true, Avatar is certainly the highest grossing film to ever see the inside of a cinema.
Either way, whether it's top of the pops or holding on strong at number »
Come one, come all! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander. This all-new fantasy arrives under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" blockbusters. Today, Warner Bros. has released a special sneak peek that introduces a new kind of hero.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926. Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.  Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident...Were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble »
Mia Wasikowska upped her fashion game for the Tokyo premiere of Alice Through The Looking Glass Tuesday. Mia Wasikowska’s Latest Look Wasikowska hit the red carpet premiere of the Alice in Wonderland sequel in Tokyo in an embellished black cutout Cavalli Couture gown. She wore her short blond hair swept back and went with a […]
- Chelsea Regan
20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children! From the man who brought us Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish and Alice in Wonderland comes a spooky new family adventure that is unlike anything we've ever seen before. This will be an unforgettable motion picture experience! Get ready to step into the magical world of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is in theaters this fall.
From visionary director Tim Burton and based upon the best-selling novel, comes a strange new wonderful universe of unique characters that is unlike anything ever put on the big screen. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, »
Based on graphic novel The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the drama is set in the days following the Russian leader’s stroke in 1953 as his core team of ministers tussle for control.
The film stars Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Simon Russell Beale (Into the Woods), Paddy Considine (Macbeth), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda), Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Paul Whitehouse (Alice in Wonderland) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) with Adrian McLoughlin (Thunderpants) as Stalin.
The Death of Stalin is a Quad, Main Journey production, in co-production with Gaumont.
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“Homeland” star Rupert Friend has joined the cast of “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s movie “The Death of Stalin,” which toplines “Boardwalk Empire’s” Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale (“Into the Woods,” “My Week with Marilyn”), and Paddy Considine (“Macbeth,” “The World’s End”). Pic is shooting in England and Ukraine.
Also in the ensemble cast are Jason Isaacs (“Fury,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”), Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion,” “Quantum of Solace”), Michael Palin (“Life of Brian,” “A Fish Called Wanda”), Andrea Riseborough (“Birdman,” “Oblivion”), Paul Whitehouse (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent,” “Arrested Development”) with Adrian McLoughlin (“Thunderpants”) as Stalin.
Iannucci said: “‘The Death of Stalin’ has everything: comedy, tragedy, truth, lies, life, death, bravery and cowardice. All under the shadow of Stalin’s Terror. So I’m really pleased we have an amazingly multifaceted cast who can give us all these things and more. »
- Leo Barraclough and Elsa Keslassy
Image Comics has announced the release of three new Image Firsts editions—printings of the first issues of popular series costing just $1 apiece, with Paper Girls #1, Monstress #1 and I Hate Fairyland #1 set to arrive on July 13th.
Paper Girls #1
In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds in this mysterious young adult adventure, starting with a spectacular double-sized first issue.
Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces. The adventure begins in a spectacular triple-sized first issue, with sixty-six pages of story.
I Hate Fairyland #1
The Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness has arrived. In an adventure that ain’t for the little kiddies, (unless you have super cool parents, then whatever), you’ll meet Gert—a six year old girl who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for thirty years and will hack and slash her way through anything to find her way back home. Join Gert and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who hates Fairyland.
- Gary Collinson
25 years ago today, audiences first saw Kevin Costner’s turn as Robin Hood on the big screen. It was on June 14, 1991 that Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves opened in theaters. Facing off against Costner’s heroic outlaw was Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham, just three years after he made his first movie appearance in a role that would become a new classic villain, Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Rickman and Morgan Freeman got critical approval for their performances. Costner and Christian Slater, not so much. Both were nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards for Robin Hood, for Worst Actor and Worst Supporting Actor, respectively. Costner “won” his award, while Slater “lost” to Dan Ackroyd in Nothing but Trouble. Also part of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ legacy: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.” Believe it or not, the theme ballad that Bryan Adams bleated out for this movie earned him an Oscar nomination. But Raspberries or no Raspberries, Oscars or no Oscars, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves found its audience. It was the second-highest grossing movie of 1991, beaten only by Terminator 2: Judgement Day. And it was viewed countless times on VHS for years after that. Other notable June 14 happenings in pop culture history: • 1940: Jimmy Stewart film The Mortal Storm opened in theaters. • 1958: The indoor Alice in Wonderland ride opened next to the Mad Tea Party teacups ride in Disneyland. It was also the day the Columbia Sailing Ship first took passengers around Tom Sawyer Island. • 1959: The Matterhorn Bobsleds, Submarine Voyage, and the Monorail opened at Disneyland. Over 2,000 celebrities, members of the press, and dignitaries attended, including Vice President Richard Nixon. • 1965: Paul McCartney recorded the song “Yesterday” at what is now known as Abbey Road Studios in London. McCartney recorded it without the rest of the group, just with a string quartet, his vocals, and an acoustic guitar, making it essentially the first solo performance by the band. He recorded the song in two takes. • 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono pre-recorded an interview with David Frost that would air on July 10 that year. Lennon said in the interview, “We're trying to sell peace, like a product, you know, and sell it like people sell soap or soft drinks.” • 1970: Eric Clapton’s new band, Derek and the Dominos, gave their first live performance, at London’s Lyceum Theatre. • 1972: Simon & Garfunkel reunited to perform “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at a fundraising concert for presidential candidate George McGovern at New York’s Madison Square Garden. • 1980: The Pretenders fired bassist Pete Farndon, whose drug use had led to an increasingly strained relationship with his bandmates. • 1980: Billy Joel began six weeks atop the Billboard album chart with Glass Houses. • 1985: Family Feud, which had debuted in 1976, aired its final episode on ABC until CBS re-launched the game show in 1988. • 1989: The game Tetris was released for Game Boy in Japan. A North American release followed in July. • 1990: CBS, which had been the national broadcaster for the NBA since 1973, televised an NBA game for the final time. It was Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers. • 1996: Jim Carrey movie The Cable Guy opened in U.S. and Canadian theaters. • 2002: The Bourne Identity and the Sarah Michelle Gellar Scooby-Doo movie opened in theaters. • 2003: Helen Mirren had the order of Dame bestowed upon her when Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II published the list of those she’d chosen to promote to the Order of the British Empire. Three years later, Mirren portrayed Elizabeth II on film in The Queen. Sting and 007 actor Roger Moore were also conferred with the title of “Sir” on this day. • 2011: Andy Grammer released his self-titled debut studio album. Birthdays: Juno writer Diablo Cody (turns 38 today), singer Boy George (55), Reign actor Torrance Coombs (33), Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale (27), actor-motivational speaker J.R. Martinez (33), Glee actor Kevin McHale (28), Falling Skies actor Will Patton (62), Austin Powers director Jay Roach (59), Spy Kids actor Daryl Sabara (24), Blindspot actor Sullivan Stapleton (39) »
- Emily Rome
Exclusive: Helena Bonham Carter is reuniting with Suffragette producer Faye Ward to develop Saint Mazie, the fictional novel by Jami Attenberg based on a real-life character. Scott Lastaiti's Palantir Group is partnering with Ward’s Fable Pictures on the prospective miniseries, which Clara Brennan (Janis) is adapting. Bonham Carter, (The Kings Speech, Alice In Wonderland) will produce and star as Mazie Gordon-Phillips, who Joseph Mitchell first wrote about in the New Yorke… »
0:00 – Intro 8:45 – Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 45:50 – Headlines: Ghostbusters Day, Daniel Craig Undecided About Next Bond Movie + Casting Rumours 59:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Great Outdoors, The Money Pit, Alice in Wonderland, Witness to Murder, The Wrong Man, Letter Never Sent, Neighbors 2: […] »
The first weekend in June 2016 played out mostly as expected, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows taking the #1 spot followed by last weekend's first place finisher, X-Men: Apocalypse. Warner's Me Before You, however, did manage to break out well above expectations while Universal's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping may have received great reviews, but couldn't find much of an audience. Overall, the weekend was a wash compared to last year with estimates for the top twelve coming in just $56,118 higher than last year's actuals, but there are still some highlights to discuss despite something of a slow start to a sequel driven June. Paramount's Ninja Turtles 2 brought in an estimated $35.25 million, which, as discussed in our weekend preview, puts the film pretty much right on the average for so many of today's sequels based on the original film's performance. In the case of Ninja Turtles, this »
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It’s been a long time coming, but Netflix, after penning the deal in 2012, has finally announced that their purchase of the rights to the entire Disney archive will finally be made available this September. Here are our thoughts on the development. First of all: It is time for a happy dance… “I’m just so excited and happy and can’t wait to watch the original ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ and reclaim my childhood because why, Johnny Depp?” Time to realize nights and weekends have been signed away to Netflix and a couch as soon as September hits... ...and our social lives will likely go up in flames. Upset? Me? Nah. Knowing what we’ll say to our laptop/TV screens at 3 a.m.: How we feel when we run into “friends” who aren’t fans and they complain about Netflix being “overrun” with Disney content. “Excuse me while »
Yesterday was a big day for Noah Hawley. Before the Fall, his fifth book — and his first since becoming the award-winning creator and showrunner of FX's Fargo — debuted to rave reviews(*) and a spot at the top of Amazon's bestseller list. And FX chose Hawley's publication date to officially order Legion — an X-Men spin-off of sorts (in the comics, the character is Professor X's son, but the show won't be connected to the films at all) starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, and Rachel Keller — to series. (*) I raced through my copy of the book — which cuts back and forth between the story of a man who survived a plane crash and the backstories of the passengers who died — then went back and reread large chunks of it again and again. It's fantastic. Part of Hawley's day involved an appearance at Word Bookstore in Jersey City, where we talked »
- Alan Sepinwall
The X-Men’s superhero status is challenged but not toppled by Alice Through the Looking Glass, while Love & Friendship gets plenty of affection over bank holiday
Having debuted with £5.31m plus £2.05m in previews, X-Men: Apocalypse looked on course for a solid second weekend, perhaps declining at a similar rate (53%) to the second frame of previous X-Men title Days of Future Past. The challenger: Alice Through the Looking Glass. Predecessor Alice in Wonderland began in March 2010 with £10.56m, on its way to a lifetime total of £42.5m. Not many expected this sequel, which was not directed by Tim Burton, to perform at that level – but residual affection for the franchise should remain?
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- Charles Gant
In comparing Disney’s latest live-action film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, with its 2010 predecessor, Alice in Wonderland, the first thing that comes to mind is the scare factor. Namely, six years ago, when the first film was released, my boys (10, 12) were six years younger (math!), and found it to be very dark and fist-clenchingly scary. Would Alice Through the Looking Glass follow suit? Imagine my surprise when I sat down to write and realized that Alice...
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Ashley Jensen is talking about her career before Extras, the Ricky Gervais series that made her famous a decade ago. “What was weird was that I always considered myself a success when I was working in theatre, because I was supporting myself in my chosen profession,” she says. “America was never on the agenda. Films were something other actors did. But I had a partner, we had quite a nice life – we had a dog, we did the odd job. I honestly never thought, ‘It’s really not working out.’”
Jensen is now sitting among the signs of a successful screen actor: we’re in London in the suite of a Soho hotel, a makeup artist is packing away his tools, the photographer his lights. There is »
- Emine Saner
Earlier this year, we went out on a limb and predicted Alice Through The Looking Glass had the potential to be both one of 2016's biggest flops or modest hits. It's a good thing there wasn't any money wagered on that bet, because one side of the equation looks to have lost out big time, as the Disney sequel is in pretty deep trouble after its first weekend in theaters. The numbers were crunched by the good folks at Variety, who noticed that Alice Through The Looking Glass' $34.2 million domestic opening was a far cry away from Alice In Wonderland's $116.1 million debut on the domestic front. With its Tim Burton directed predecessor racking up a little over $1 billion in ticket sales when all was said and done, the James Bobin directed sequel looks like it'll struggle breaking even, much less matching the previous installment's grosses. To see how »
While the first few months aren't traditionally known for huge box office debuts, 2016 has proven to be an anomaly, with a number of blockbusters arriving in the first half of this year. Deadpool shattered box office records left and right with a $132.4 million opening, en route to becoming the biggest R-rated movie of all time with $763.2 million worldwide. That movie's three-weekend streak atop the box office was ended by another blockbuster, Disney's Zootopia, which has become a huge hit with fans and critics alike, earning a whopping $991.8 million worldwide. While we don't know if it will cross $1 billion yet, with its release on Blu-ray and DVD next week, the animated movie has now become the second biggest original movie in box office history, behind James Cameron's Avatar.
This report from Forbes sheds some light on Zootopia's success, which is even more impressive in today's current movie climate that is oversaturated with reboots, »
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