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Universal Studios is planning to adopt the same strategy being used so successfully by Marvel Entertainment, hoping to unite their classic monsters—like Dracula, the Wolfman and the Frankenstein Monster—into one combined cinematic universe.
Monsters unite…on film. The most famous monsters of film land may be linked together in a mass film universe. Remakes of the classic monster films are being planned, with the ultimate goal of combining the franchises Avengers-style.
Universal was once the trend-setter for combing different franchises into one mixed cinematic universe. In the 1930s-1940s, Universal was the king of monster films, having produced the Frankenstein films, the Dracula franchise, the Wolfman series, the Mummy franchise, the Invisible Man films and the Gill-Man (Creature from the Black Lagoon) movies. The studio also came up with the idea of combining these popular franchises together, with films like Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, the House of Frankenstein, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
While movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will undoubtedly live on forever in more formats that I can imagine, a huge chunk of cinema.s earliest masterpieces are forever lost, and the damage is probably worse than you think. The Library of Congress has released a study authored by archivist and film historian David Pierce that revealed only around 14% of the 10,919 U.S.-produced silent films still exist in their original 35mm format, while another 11% have lived on in lesser formats or in foreign versions. Three-quarters of a modern artform.s entire output, lost after the artform itself became mostly obsolete. Multiple goals were tied into this study. One, of course, was to catalog the individual surviving films and where they are in the world right now into an easy-to-use database. The second purpose, the success of which we will be able to tell in time, is a call »
With only a small lead over Disney toon “Frozen,” Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is expected to win the Thanksgiving extended frame with upwards of $85 million.
The actioner earned $20.7 million Wednesday, bringing its domestic cume to $206.4 million in only six days. It is now the sixth fastest film to cross the $200 million mark after “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “The Dark Knight Rises” (“Rises” also took six days, but wound up with $211.8 million).
“Frozen” bowed Wednesday to $15.2 million and is expected to earn between $70 million and $80 million catering to families with young children this weekend. Though Thanksgiving Day isn’t generally a big moviegoing day, “Frozen” should see about 11% of its five-day haul from the holiday itself.
Other openers counterprogramming the weekend’s big bows are doing so with mixed success.
Open Road bowed »
- Michael Sullivan
Hollywood is positioning 2015 to be the single biggest year for movies in the history of the medium, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Batman Vs. Superman, Mission: Impossible 5 and Bond 24 all arriving within months of each other. But standing in the way are the twelve months of 2014. While the New Year doesn't quite pack the heated punch of 2015, it does bring some highly anticipated fare that we simply can't wait to see. From plenty of superheroes, to evolved apes, to giant robots, to teenage vampires, and even the return of Dominic Toretto, here are the 14 movies guaranteed to get us standing in front of that box office window buying a ticket before 2015 does its ultimate damage on our savings account.
Nick Jonas and Dermot Mulroney’s new movie, “Careful What You Wish For,” is a sexy thriller with an important message: Don’t hook up with a married woman, because she just might be using you to cash in his life insurance policy. The young woman in question is played by Isabel Lucas (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), and she is just one of many things Mulroney owns that the young Jonas Brother envies. He’s also a fan of the wealthy investment banker’s huge house, his boat and his Jaguar. Also read: Jonas Brothers Have Broken Up: ‘It »
- Greg Gilman
Fear not, Jonas Brothers fans: Your life is about to be filled with at least one of your favorite bros.
In a new teaser for the thriller Careful What You Wish For, Nick Jonas is seen pining after the life Dermot Mulroney leads, from his house to his Jag to his wife, who’s played by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’s Isabel Lucas. By the end of the 23-second teaser, it seems Doug Martin (Jonas) is the one who better be careful, considering the fire he faces and the married woman he kisses.
Watch the teaser below:
- Samantha Highfill
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are the it men of the moment. Having written numerous blockbusters over the last few years including Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cowboys & Aliens and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they're ready to continue their domination of the big budget Hollywood blockbuster. With the duo currently writing and producing the reboots of Van Helsing and The Mummy, they have hinted towards a shared universe of the classic movie monsters.
Orci and Kurtzman said, "There’s an interesting thing that could happen at Universal where they have this amazing library of their old monsters and these kinds of heroes, and the idea of trying to create a universe. [We're doing] Van Helsing, and we’re also producing the Mummy for them. We’re kind of imagining updating these kinds of things. You don’t want to just make remakes when you’re doing a thing, »
- Gary Collinson
The score album for Summit Entertainment’s epic adventure Ender’S Game, featuring music composed by Steve Jablonsky, will be available in stores and through all digital retailers on October 22, 2013 on Varèse Sarabande Records, the label announced today.
Jablonsky brings his composing experience to the film, experimenting with musical sound design in which he took human vocal recordings and processed them heavily to create an otherworldly vocal sound.
Have a listen to Jablonsky’s rousing score.
“Ender’s Game is big but also very personal, which is an interesting combination for any composer,” says Jablonsky. “For some scenes, I’m using an 80 piece orchestra and 32 member choir, while in other scenes I am using a simple solo instrument. Ender is a very isolated character for much of the film so I felt that a solo cello would play that isolation nicely and it became an important element in the score. »
- Michelle McCue
Mark Kermode's latest book Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics brilliantly puts the shifting sands of contemporary film criticism under the microscope.
In an age when emerging digital platforms mean anybody can voice their opinion on film (and be heard), and newspapers scale back the number of critics in full-time employment, Kermode has adeptly moved with the times, utilising radio, TV, podcast, video blog and print (he recently stepped into the Observer shoes of the esteemed Philip French) to cement himself as Britain's foremost movie critic.
His third book Hatchet Job is a passionate look at his profession past and present, the emerging friction between paying public and critic and the "first but wrong" online culture that favours speed of reaction over quality of argument.
In the opening chapter, Kermode acknowledges that a critical pan, or "hatchet job", will often provoke a bigger reaction from his listenership. With that in mind, »
Good on you if Sleepy Hollow is your kind of television. Why’d he drop that gun? Because it only has one shot and he’s from the Revolutionary War – get it? What’s the internet? Why do you like Starbucks so much?
If Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are using Sleepy Hollow to talk about how absurd the modern day is and they used Star Trek: Into Darkness to show how 9/11 will be an inside job even in the future (please note: this author does not believe 9/11 was an inside job), what could they possibly be telling us about the past?
Well, nothing. Unless your name is Peter Parker, then they have the capability to tell you everything about your past, because these writers plus their Lost-trained, Fringe-tested cohort Jeff Pinkner are in charge of the story and script now. The only person that’s missing »
Sony, no doubt, had to pay the big bucks to get screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci – the writer/producer duo whose resume includes Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Transformers and… Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (mostly the good parts, to be fair) – along with Jeff Pinkner (Kurtzman/Orci’s collaborator on the television series Alias and Fringe) onboard to pen the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, drawing from an earlier draft written by James Vanderbilt (who co-wrote the first installment).
The studio had already confirmed that Kurtzman and Orci will be staying onboard as executive producers for the next two Amazing Spider-Man movies. However, today we have an update ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Given that the Transformers sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon both had subtitles, some have wondered what the full title for Transformers 4 may be. Last week, the brand protection agency MarkMonitor registered the website domain names TransformersApocalyspe.com, TransformersLastStand.com and TransformersFutureCast.com.
Of course, these domain names could be for any number of projects, including future video games or potential TV shows. However, MarkMonitor is the same company that registered the domain name TransformersDarkOfTheMoon.com back in 2010. In addition, Hasbro has applied for several trademarks for Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the domain name TransformersAgeOfExtinction.com has also been registered.
"There are rumors flying around from various media sites about the title of the next Transformers. I wanted »
Just weeks after Digital Domain was sold to Sun Innovation, a Hong Kong-listed company, the VFX house promoted Terry Clotiaux to president of its feature film production division and Rich Flier to president of its advertising and games division. Both were previously vps of their respective divisions. Clotiaux served as executive producer of the company’s feature film division from 2007 to 2009 and rejoined the company as vp of the division in March. Prior to that he was president of global VFX production at Prime Focus. His credits include Avatar, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Matrix: Reloaded
- Carolyn Giardina
That Puppet Game Show debuted with 2.37m viewers on Saturday (August 10), overnight data suggests.
BBC One's latest Saturday night entertainment offering attracted 15.3% of the available audience from 6.45pm.
It was followed by I Love My Country, which continued with 2.77m (16.2%), down 190k on last week's opener.
The National Lottery: Break the Safe scored 3.86m (21.1%) at 8.15pm, while Casualty was watched by 4.32m (22.8%) at 9.15pm and Mrs Brown's Boys pulled in 4.09m (23.6%) at 10pm.
Meanwhile, ITV showed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to 4.21m (23.8%) at 7pm. The latest episode of The Americans was seen by 860k (5%) at 9.50pm.
The fifth instalment of drama Top of the Lake attracted 880k viewers (4.6%) from 9.15pm, after which Qi: Xl had 700k (4.4%) at 10.15pm. »
I love Pacific Rim. Like, really love it. Its flaws are as easy to spot as any of the film’s lumbering, gargantuan beasties (Kaiju, to the uninitiated), but that hasn’t stopped it from being my favorite blockbuster released since The Dark Knight. At a time when the summer season means you can expect plenty of remakes, comic book movies, and a nasty undercurrent of cynicism waiting for you in theaters, for Pacific Rim to not just exist, but be as joyously entertaining as it is, is to have a grand blue bolt of awesome strike an otherwise barren big-budget landscape. Here’s a film that offers the same big, loud, dumb spectacle every other summer blockbuster has been trying to sell you, but actually understands the restraint required to make being big feel as such, the cadence of loud that turns noise into Rock & Roll, and that oversized entertainment can be dumb, »
- Sam Woolf
The Biggest Summer Blockbusters since 1980, From Worst to Best That’s right, it’s Indiana Jones vs. Star Wars vs. Batman vs. Forrest Gump! By Ted Pillow With the summer blockbuster season in full swing, already yielding giants such as Iron Man III and Despicable Me 2, and with the potential smash hit Elysium mere days away, it’s a great time to look at some of the most popular movies of summers past. This list includes the highest grossing film of each summer (in the film industry, that means early May all the way through the end of August) since 1980. So all these movies made a ton of money, but which are the absolute best? That’s right, it’s Indiana Jones vs. Star Wars vs. Batman vs. Forrest Gump! 32. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) I think we all saw that coming, right? This Transformers sequel is particularly idiotic, »
- Ted Pillow
The Lone Ranger didn’t live up to expectations this summer, and Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, director Gore Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer all agreed about what went wrong: It was the critics’ fault.
Promoting the film this week in Great Britain, all four men concluded that American movie critics unfairly bashed the expensive Western, leading to a disastrous opening weekend that crippled the movie’s chances with audiences and led to its paltry $87 million take so far. “I think the reviews were written seven or eight months before we even released the film,” Depp told Yahoo! UK.
- Jeff Labrecque
Erik Van Looy's self-directed remake of 'The Loft' was put on hiatus when Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment switched bases from Warner Bros and headed over to Universal. Now the switcheroo has been made its time to give this overlooked redo its day, which just so happens to be its new official release date of the 29 August 2014. The sexually orientated thriller stars James Marsden ('Straw Dogs'), Wentworth Miller ('Prison Break'), Karl Urban ('Star Trek'), Eric Stonestreet ('Modern Family'), Matthias Schoenaerts, Rachael Taylor ('666 Park Avenue'), Valerie Cruz ('True Blood'), Rhona Mitra ('Doomsday') and the awesome ass of Isabel Lucas -below ('Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'). »
To say the Internet went collectively nuts when Nick Jonas posted this photo of his banging new physique on Instagram is an understatement.
The 20-year-old singer surprised plenty of people -- Jonas Brother fans and non-fans alike -- when he showed everyone just what he's been hiding underneath his shirt, and he recently chatted with Ryan Seacrest to discuss the amazing reaction he's been getting.
Pics: Summer's Sexiest Shirtless Men
"It's been a pretty hilarious reaction," he said during an interview on On Air with Ryan Seacrest Thursday. "There's a lot of people running around without their shirts on these days, so I just didn't want to add to the noise, but I felt like as a diabetic … it's twice as hard for us diabetics to stay in shape. I've met a lot of diabetics recently who have come to me and said, 'Thank you for being so vocal about fitness and health' because it's helping them. I »
Using 99 different movies from the works of directors such as Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon, Michael Bay, the Wachowskis, Neill Blomkamp, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Guillermo del Toro and even Darren Aronofsky and Terrence Malick, video director Vadzim Khudabets (official site) delivers the following 6:10 minute compilation of "epic" moments from a slew of recent movies (all listed below the video) for a video titled "Eterna". I'm featuring it here for two reasons; 1.) because it's very well done and 2.) I think it highlights the issues I have with today's blockbuster cinema. The first point is self-explanatory, but to the second point just watching this reminds me of every problem I have with so many of today's big budget spectacle features from the fact they are more style and size over substance and, like the video, overstay their welcome. For as well made as this video is, at the 2: »
- Brad Brevet
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