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57 years ago today, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles. It was the last film based on a fairy tale that the House of Mouse made for over 30 years, until 1989’s The Little Mermaid, since Sleeping Beauty underperformed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs at Disney. The successful release of 101 Dalmatians in 1961 ended up saving Disney Animation. Though Sleeping Beauty wasn’t a hit at its debut, the film’s become a beloved Disney classic, with Aurora in her pink dress (you win, Flora) prominent among the lineup of Disney princesses, and with Maleficent now an iconic animated villain. Maleficent got her own movie starring Angelina Jolie in 2014. Other notable January 29 happenings in pop culture history: • 1845: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. • 1942: BBC Radio first aired “Desert Island Discs.” Still on the air today, »
- Emily Rome
See Also: The latest trailer for Knight of Cups
Rick (Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems to put the world out of joint. His symphonic flow of images contrasts cold, »
- Amie Cranswick
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi marks the return of Michael Bay. Some people will meet that news with a shrug of indifference, while others will instantly be overjoyed that Bayhem is about to come back to the big screen in all of its glory. The former are wrong, the latter are right. More than $5 billion in box office receipts shows just how popular the director is. Michael Bay is what blockbuster spectacle is all about. In fact, even in his worst films there is still something to fawn over and be blown away by. While, at their best, his frenetic, action-packed features never give you a moment's rest and are pure escapism. But which Michael Bay film stands above the rest as the best example of his divisive brand of cinema? Well, check out my list below to find out. 12. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen The worst edition of »
“I feel like I’m in a f—ing horror movie,” a soldier murmurs as gunfire erupts around him, and his words turn out to be a pretty accurate assessment of Michael Bay’s noisy, nerve-frying account of the widely contested 2012 terrorist attacks that claimed four American lives in Benghazi, Libya. Taking a break from the cultural atrocities of the “Transformers” franchise with this half-successful bid for seriousness, Bay approaches his tinderbox of a subject pretty much the way you’d expect from Hollywood’s most aggressively pro-military director: Largely avoiding the political firestorm in favor of a harrowing minute-by-minute procedural, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is an experiential tour de force but a contextual blur, a shrewdly dumb movie that captures, and perhaps too readily embraces, the extreme confusion of the events as they unfolded on the ground. Most of all, it’s a tribute to the brave U. »
- Justin Chang
It’s rare that a movie plays as well the second time as it does the first.
For starters, a film has to earn its right to a second viewing (which the majority do not). Few people are likely to ever say to themselves: “Hey, I really feel like watching Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen again tonight… that’s what I’m seriously in the mood for!” Then there’s the little notion that, generally speaking, motion pictures rarely manage to win you over in the same capacity when you revisit them. Remember when we all went to see Avatar and came out thinking that it was the greatest movie ever? And then we all watched it again and realised that it just, like, okay? Kind of embarrassing, right?
And yet, believe it or not, but there is one recent movie that has – against the odds – revealed itself to »
- Sam Hill
There is no doubt that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a box office behemoth, shattering records left and right after just three weeks in theaters. It destroyed Jurassic World's opening weekend record of $208.8 million with $247.9 million, while also setting records for largest opening day ($119.1 million), Thursday night previews ($57 million) and for becoming the fastest to reach $1 billion worldwide (12 days). These are just a handful of the records it has broken so far, but Mashable has a breakdown on some of the records it hasn't quite broken yet, some of which may never be eclipsed.
The most notable records it hasn't broken yet are both held by 2009's Avatar, which still has the highest all-time domestic gross ($760.5 million) and worldwide gross ($2.7 billion). Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently at $750.2 million domestic and $1.536 billion worldwide, and the domestic mark is expected to fall within the next day or two. »
Last summer, Paramount and Hasbro put together a group of writers to come up with ideas for Transformers 5, along with future sequels and spinoffs, with Michael Bay slated to direct, despite stating that Transformers: Age of Extinction would be his last movie in the franchise. Today, the director confirmed that he is coming back to direct Transformers 5, claiming that this new project will, in fact, be his last time at the helm of a Transformers movie. While no official story details have been given yet, a new profile on Michael Bay from Rolling Stone reveals some interesting new details.
During the magazine's time with the filmmaker, they were on hand for a video conference call with Industrial Light and Magic, where the director was shown, "an underwater rendering of a crash-landed alien spaceship, then a new dump-truck Transformer with a cloak." No specific details were given for either »
7 items from 2016
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