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“Art is anything you can get away with… destroy it all.” Welcome to The Electric Sublime—where art history, madness, and expression meet in a Pollock-splatter of thrilling crime adventure! When a mysterious change in the composition of a famous painting begins poisoning the minds of its spectators, Margot Breslin—director of the Bureau of Artistic Integrity—must pull famed “art detective” Arthur Brut out of a mental institution and back into the insanity that sent him there in the first place. Featuring a treasure trove of classical works, under-the-radar art, and a seven-foot talking mannequin, this is comics, imitating art, imitating life.
The Electric Sublime #1 is out on October 19th, priced $3.99. »
- Amie Cranswick
Not only does the title of next week’s episode of Gotham, “Mad City: Follow The White Rabbit,” cause one to recall either Alice in Wonderland or The Matrix, but it also starts to provide clues as to where the whole “Mad City” story arc is going. Given that the following episode happens to be titled “Red Queen,” it looks as though the Mad Hatter has everything to do with it, which is actually quite obvious in hindsight.
As we saw in last night’s instalment, Jervis Tetch has lost even more of his marbles (as if that were thought possible) and has now begun his pattern of killing women that he dubs “Alice,” paying some kind of bizarre tribute to his now deceased sister who shared that name. Fans of the comics are familiar with this proclivity of his, so it comes as no surprise that the producers have opted to explore this, »
- Eric Joseph
David Crow Oct 17, 2016
Westworld has its best episode yet in The Stray, which confirms its status as the most accomplished new Us show of 2016...
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 The Stray
“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
These are famous words about the stories we tell ourselves, explaining how a culture can rewrite its history, its reality, and presumably its destiny. They were first uttered in John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and at the time directly reflected the romanticisation of the Old West, with a newspaperman refusing to print the truth about Jimmy Stewart’s decades-old lie about being the hero that plugged the titular bad man. And now in Westworld, Anthony Hopkins’ Dr »
Westworld‘s Teddy is one cute, sharp-cheekboned cowboy. But, if things continue apace, he’s going to have to rely on more than his looks, manners and tragic backstory to keep the love of his country cutie.
See, Delores is becoming a sentient being before our very eyes — a development that Sunday’s episode, “The Stray,” makes rather clear. And her fledgling personhood means she’s no longer swayed by her beau’s scripted promises of how they’ll be happy “someday.”
Delores needs someone with whom she »
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are like the Patrick Star and SpongeBob SquarePants of presidential politics. No, they’re more like the Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar of politics. Or maybe they’re the Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of politics. In truth, they’re all these things and more in Trump X Hillary: I Love To Hate You, a half-delightful, half-disturbing series of images by Brazilian artist and graphic designer Butcher Billy, who defines himself as “a pop culture mean butcher.” The project consists of a series of diptychs, each one presenting the candidates as different pop culture characters whose relationship is defined by a potent mixture of affection and enmity. Here they are, for instance, as the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s 2010 film Alice In Wonderland. Trump seems to be in a puckish mood, enjoying the irritation he is causing Clinton.
- Joe Blevins
Gotham: Season 3, Episode 4 is here! What type of fall-out will we get from last week's episode? Will Nygma and Cobblepot continue their masterminding ways in the Penguin's bid for Mayor? What will Bruce's doppleganger do to Selina? Will Tetch find Alice and reveal to viewers his actual intentions? Read my review to find out!
****Spoilers for Gotham: Season 3, Episode 4****
Gotham begins with Bullock and Gordon speaking to Alice at the Gcpd. Alice states that Jervis had kept her a prisoner, which she escaped, and Strange eventually found her and locked her in Indian Hill. She claims that she isn’t a monster, but her brother is… Alice lets Lee know that she was born with her condition, while she is having test run on her. She lets Lee know that Jervis preys on fear, regret, pain, etc. and that once he is in one’s head, the individual is dead. »
- Mark Cook
Disney theme parks have really been changing things up in the past few years. First, they took away Disney Dollars; then it was the Tower of Terror, and now it's one of the most iconic parades in the park. Sad to say, they're doing away with the historic Main Street Electrical Parade. Disney fans know this is a big deal, simply because of how long it's been around. It first started in the '70s, with light-up floats including Alice In Wonderland, Dumbo's Circus, "It's a Small World," and Cinderella's Ball, according to Wdw News Today. If you've seen it in person or even just in pictures, you know it's the epic parade with floats covered in Christmas lights. Back before it began, »
Luke Owen looks to the future of Disney’s live-action output…
Following the announcement of a live-action version of The Lion King [read my thoughts on that here], I thought we should collate together all the information we have on Disney’s other upcoming live-action adaptations. To date, there are a whopping seventeen of these in development, but all are at very different stages.
We’ll try and keep this page as updated as possible.
Beauty and the Beast (release date: March 2017)
Based on the Award-winning 1991 classic, Beauty and the Beast features an impressive all-star cast and is directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2). Emma Watson will play Belle against Dan Stevens as The Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston with Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor Ian McKellen, Josh Gad Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw providing supporting roles. A teaser trailer was released a few months ago [watch it here] and we got our first »
- Luke Owen
“Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children” topped the foreign box office, racking up $42.5 million and bolstering the expensive fantasy film’s chances of turning a profit.
The adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ best-seller about a school for superhuman children cost $110 million to produce and millions more to market. It has only been a modest performer in the U.S., where it has earned $51.1 million. Fox backed the film, enlisting Tim Burton of “Batman” and “Alice in Wonderland” fame to direct, with the hopes of creating a new young adult franchise.
It’s too early to tell if those ambitions will be realized, but overseas crowds have been receptive. “Miss Peregrine’s” showed on 12,187 screens in 75 international markets this weekend, opening to $5.8 million in Russia, $5.4 million in France, and racking up $5.9 million in its second weekend in South Korea. Globally, “Miss Peregrine’s” has grossed $145.1 million.
“Operation Mekong,” a Chinese-Hong Kong »
- Brent Lang
Three new TV spots have arrived from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And if they seem overly familiar to you, perhaps its because this new Harry Potter spin-off is curbing from the original Ghostbusters and it's recent sequel. As we see in this latest footage, Newt Scamander is responsible for unleashing an army of crazy critters on New York City. And now, he must clean up the mess and save the day!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander, played by acclaimed actor Eddie Redmayne, 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 »
Disney spares no expense when it comes to their live-action talent. Even for their underwhelming ones, they manage to snag some of the best actors in Hollywood. You need look no further than movies like Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and upcoming Beauty and the Beast to notice. They’ve done a great job not only at getting great talent, but in actually casting them in roles that have fit them (no matter your opinion on the end product).
One of the next big live-action films coming around the pike is a Mary Poppins sequel, appropriately entitled Mary Poppins Returns. So far Emily Blunt is set to play Mary Poppins herself, and joining her in a supporting role is Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Joseph Medina
This Halloween, what's old is new again. Thanks to plenty of live-action Disney remakes and cable networks obsessed with reviving the '80s, you can channel your favorite movies and TV shows from childhood for a dose of nostalgia on Oct. 31. Whether you're an updated take on Alice in Wonderland or one half of the Lethal Weapon team, it's going to be a very #Tbt Halloween. Related Stories:The Pop-Culture-Inspired Group Costumes You and Your Friends Need to Dress Up in This YearThis Year's Hottest Pop Culture Halloween Costumes For WomenThe Ultimate Guide to 2016's Hottest Pop Culture Halloween Costumes »
- Quinn Keaney
Though people seem to generally associate Tim Burton with a very narrow idea of stylistic and/or thematic efforts, it is becoming less meaningful as time goes on. With Big Eyes, Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, and Sweeney Todd, Burton may have a certain penchant for letting visuals take over, but he isn’t in the pigeonhole of what leaps to mind when you hear his name. Big Eyes, in fact, is downright “normal.”
But, when Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children comes along with Tim Burton in the chair, it’s difficult to avoid certain expectations.
Those expectations are met well through the first half of the film, but somewhere around the introduction of Samuel L. Jackson as Barron, the villain in our adventure, the movie goes mostly cartoony, and the fun fizzles out.
- Marc Eastman
Last March, Disney started developing a live-action remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan, following in the footsteps of recent live-action remakes such as Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book, which have all been big hits at the box office. Today we have word that the project will be a 3D live-action remake, with the studio setting a November 2, 2018 release date. As of now, no other movies are set for release on that date, but it will come a week before Universal's Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas on November 9, 2018 and two weeks before Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 on November 16, 2018.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that there is no director attached to the project yet, but Jason Reed will produce along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. The studio has also brought on screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
“Gotham” is digging deeper into the roster of Batman villains in Season 3, and this week the show has introduced one of the lesser-known but odder foes from the franchise: Jervis Tetch, a.k.a. The Mad Hatter. While not the most physically imposing villain, The Mad Hatter specializes in psychological warfare with his mastery of hypnosis and mind games. But while he plans to terrorize Gotham City with his tricks, he also suffers from delusions of his own, namely his obsession with “Alice In Wonderland,” and the Alice in his own life. While “Gotham” has changed Jervis’ background so that the Alice. »
- Jeremy Fuster
This weekend three new studio wide releases —”Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox), “Deepwater Horizon” (Lionsgate) and “Masterminds” (Relativity) — grossed a total of $56 million! Compare that to the $54 million that “The Martian” grossed by itself exactly one year ago.
With “Queen of Katwe” (Disney) drawing little interest, “The Magnificent Seven” diving 55% on its second weekend and other films not holding well, the weakness is widespread. Only “Sully” is thriving among fall openers.
This is distressing news for theaters. The 27 days of the season show a drop of 9% from last year. That’s $50 million. During the fall season a strong film or two (“The Girl on the Train” and “The Birth of a Nation” take their chances next week) can quickly change the direction, so it’s not fatal. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Miss Peregrine has a home at #1! Unusual kids with unreal abilites brought in the audiences this weekend to put Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children in first place at the box office with an estimated opening of $28.5 million! For director Tim Burton, that opening is closer to Sleepy Hollow ($30 million) or Dark Shadows ($29.6 million) than something like Alice In Wonderland's... Read More »
- Dave Davis
That’s a mediocre start given the fantasy film’s $110 million budget. However, the adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ best-selling young adult novel is doing well overseas where it made $36.5 million from 59 territories, so its global grosses could push it into the black. Burton is responsible for blockbusters such as “Batman” and “Planet of the Apes,” but his commercial touch has been spotty of late. He hasn’t had a major hit since 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” with audiences rejecting the likes of “Dark Shadows,” “Frankenweenie,” and “Big Eyes.” Fox and Chernin Entertainment backed “Miss Peregrine’s.”
Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said he was pleased with the results, but maintains that it is too early to say whether or »
- Brent Lang
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including Time-Warner’s CEO on when we’ll see a solo Batman movie, Disney making a live-action adaptation of The Lion King, Doctor Strange being confirmed for Avengers: Infinity War and more…
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The Circle of Hollywood Life, where successful films either get sequels or remakes. Recycling. It’s environmentally friendly, in a way.
Disney have announced that Jon Favreau will be making a live-action adaptation of their 1994 animated classic The Lion King this week. Twitter didn’t react well, despite Favreau making the superb live-action version of The Jungle Book earlier this year, and Lion King already being an adaptation itself – being based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Save the scorn for when Kevin James is cast as Pumbaa. »
- Oli Davis
Tim Burton is one of the most iconic and prolific directors in Hollywood.
His 18th film — “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” — opens this weekend.
In his review of “Miss Peregrine’s”, Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge says the film — based Ransom Riggs’ novel about a group of special children with extraordinary powers — may as well have been written for Tim Burton to direct.
Debruge notes Burton successfully revisits and expand motifs and themes from his earlier work, including “Big Fish,” “Frankenweenie,” and perhaps his best known work, “Edward Scissorhands.” It not unexpected for a director as prolific as Burton — who’s been making films for three decades — to draw upon the past.
See Also: Tim Burton Talks Lack of Diversity in New Film ‘Miss Peregrine’
But not all of his past movies are winners, and box office success doesn’t always equate to critical success. “Alice in Wonderland »
- Lawrence Yee
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