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We’re incredibly used to sequels arriving very quickly. It’s not uncommon for a follow-up to a new movie to be green-lit on opening weekend, while a gap of more than two years between entries feels like an eternity. Heck, Marvel have two new films out every single year; it’s that extreme.
But it’s not always the case. Be it from long standing production issues or a director popping up twenty years later keen to continue a story, the next film in a series can take longer than you’d even think possible to arrive. To highlight just how long some sequels take, here are fifteen films that came out decades after their predecessor.
- Alex Leadbeater
Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...
In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.
Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »
It's the 1969 Academy Awards, and Walter Matthau and a tuxedo-clad chimp present John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for his work on Planet of the Apes. Viewed in retrospect it's one of the more surreal presentations in the ceremony's history, but this was something of a landmark event for the industry. It was only the second time the Academy had dished out a prize to make-up artists (William J Tuttle won four years earlier for 7 Faces of Dr Lao), and it highlighted the growing importance of Hollywood's backstage creative artists.
Fast-forward 45 years and prosthetics are giving way to digital pixels - for characters that require a complexity of movement and expression, performance capture technology gives a director the scope to execute their vision by marrying an actor's performance with visual effects. In its basic form, the actor will strap on a bodysuit that's wired up to a computer. All their »
Mortal Kombat web-series director Kevin Tancharoen is set to develop a new action film project called The Guns of Christmas Past. The movie sounds as awesome as the title, and it was obviously inspired by A Christmas Carol, but with an action-packed twist. In this version of the story we follow a retired hitman who "returns to Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of his friend. During his mission, he must fight his way past three unlikely adversaries from his past, present, and future. In the process, he finds out who he really is."
I absolutely love this concept. The script for the film was written by Andrew Hilton, and this seems like a perfect project for Tancharoen to develop. I enjoyed what he did with the Mortal Kombat series, and his talents should translate well to a movie like The Guns of Christmas Past.
Via: Deadline »
- Joey Paur
Tired of watching Elf, The Polar Express and It’s A Wonderful Life back-to-back every Christmas Eve? Voltage Pictures may have just the thing for you, with news that the studio is moving forward with a ludicrous action flick titled The Guns of Christmas Past and has brought Kevin Tancharoen on board to direct.
The movie, very loosely inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, centers on a retired hitman who finds himself in Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of a friend. That night, the hitman realizes that he must fight three unlikely adversaries from his past, present and future if he’s to avenge his friend’s death and find out who he really is in the process. Andrew Hilton, who also wrote upcoming flicks Bullet Run and The Lost Patrol, penned the script.
Honestly, that premise sounds just nutty enough to work. Typical Christmas movies »
- Isaac Feldberg
Mortal Kombat: Legacy director Kevin Tancharoen is teaming up with Voltage Pictures for an interesting new project. Deadline is reporting Tancharoen will direct the action flick The Guns Of Christmas Past from a script by Andrew Hilton. The planned film is loosely based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and will follow "a retired hitman who returns to Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of his friend, and during his mission, he must fight his way past three »
- Jesse Giroux
Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) has signed on to direct The Guns of Christmas Past. The script by Andrew Hilton is very loosely based on the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol. The story centers on a retired hitman in Chicago on Christmas Eve. The hitman must fight three unlikely adversaries from his past, present, and future while on a mission to avenge the death of a friend. It sounds like a fun premise---after seeing his work in the Mortal Kombat realm, I am happy to see Tancharoen get a chance with a feature budget to make an action movie with a goofy story. Deadline reports Zev Foreman and Nicolas Chartier will produce The Guns of Christmas Past for Voltage Pictures.
- Brendan Bettinger
Tancharoen will direct from Andrew Hilton’s script, loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The story centers on a retired hitman who returns to Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of his friend and faces unlikely enemies from his past, present, and future.
Tancharoen directed the second season of Warner Bros.’ digital series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy.” He also directed “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” and the “Fame” reboot for MGM and decided last year to leave New Line’s “Mortal Kombat” movie after three years of development.
Tancharoen is represented by Verve and Myman Greenspan. Hilton is repped by attorney Craig A. Kessler.
News was first reported by Deadline. »
- Dave McNary
The plot centers on a retired assassin who returns to his hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of his longtime friend. He finds himself going up against three adversaries from his past, present and future, while discovering who he really is in the process.
Andrew Hilton wrote the screenplay, with Voltage Pictures' Zev Foreman and Nicolas Chartier producing. Voltage is also developing Andrew Hilton's script Bullet Run, which Rob Cohen signed on to direct back in 2011. He also has The Lost Patrol set up at Legendary Pictures.
Kevin Tancharoen has been locked to helm The Guns Of Christmas Past. The Andrew Hilton script might have been inspired by A Christmas Carol, but it takes liberties. The film revolves around a retired hitman who returns to Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of his friend. During his mission, he must fight his way past three unlikely adversaries from his past, present, and future. In the process, he finds out who he really is. Zev Foreman and Nicolas Chartier will produce for Voltage Pictures, which is also financing. Foreman is the producer of Andrew Niccol’s upcoming Ethan […] »
Today, we’ve received our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt as daredevil Philippe Petit in Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk. And though it’s in no way an official shot from the movie, hailing from Facebook, we’re still excited to see Gordon-Levitt in character for the first time.
Though we personally preferred the title To Reach the Clouds for Zemeckis’ upcoming film about Petit, who in 1974 successfully strung a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center and walked across it, the Flight director could really call his film whatever he wanted and we’d still go see it. After all, he’s recruited a tremendous actor in Gordon-Levitt, and his supporting cast is also stellar. Gordon-Levitt is pictured above with co-star Charlotte Le Bon, but The Walk also stars Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale.
It will probably be a while until we see a trailer for The Walk, »
- Isaac Feldberg
He debuted with dance in the likes of You Got Served and the Fame remake, but Kevin Tancharoen moved to more violent subject matters with the Mortal Kombat digital series. It appears he’s still in a deadly mood, because he’s signed to direct a bullet-filled version of A Christmas Carol called The Guns Of Christmas Past.Andrew Hilton’s script is loosely inspired by Charles Dickens’ spook-some festive morality classic, but it flies off in very different directions. The plot finds a retired hit man – who, if you know anything about retired hit men in cinema, is not in for an easy time of it – returns home to Chicago on Christmas Eve to celebrate with family. No, wait… He’s there to avenge the death of a friend. Told you it wouldn’t go well.As part of his vengeful quest, he has to fight his way through »
The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
- Jonathan James
HBO led the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations with 99 in total and 19 for its popular series “Game of Thrones.” Other standouts include the new FX miniseries “Fargo” and “American Horror Story: Coven.”
Nominations by Series:
Breaking Bad 16
Sherlock: His Last Vow 12
True Detective 12
Modern Family 10
The Voice 10
Mad Men 8
The Oscars 8
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown 7
67th Annual Tony Awards 7
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America 6
- Variety Staff
I wonder if Andy Serkis ever wishes he was "just" an actor. Probably not. There are few people I encounter in this business who seem to be filled with the same sort of genuine joy as him right now, and all the time. For someone who hasn't spent a lot of time onscreen in a recognizable way, he certainly seems to be recognized everywhere he goes, and based on the way I've seen people react to him, he's beloved. Deservedly so. First, he's a genuinely great actor, a guy who throws himself into a part completely. I've never seen Serkis give anything less than 100% to a role, and it seems like more and more, he's becoming a mentor to other performers who are making the jump from traditional live-action work to this remarkable hybrid that he has mastered. "One of the crucial parts of the process in this one was the ape camp, »
- Drew McWeeny
Motion-capture acting is a relatively new art form; after all, it's only in recent years that we've had computer-generated imagery good enough that it can transform the movement of a performer wearing a rubber suit covered with sensors into a digital character that moves and behaves like an actual human being. Or like an animal with a human-like intelligence, as in this weekend's release "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
In that film, as in 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the simian leader Caesar is a digital creation based on the movements of Andy Serkis, universally recognized as the king of motion-capture acting for his work in Peter Jackson's movies (from his Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies to his King Kong in Jackson's 2005 remake). Many critics have praised Serkis for proving that viewers can be moved by digital performances as much as by live-action ones, »
- Gary Susman
There are people out there who have never seen The Princess Bride. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to society, and generally living happy, semi-fulfilled lives. But whisper a perfectly-timed “mawage” in their direction during a wedding, and the resulting blank stare or awkward chuckle will expose an inconceivable pop-cultural blind spot. Someone failed them when they were growing up.
In many ways it’s too late for them, but we can still save the next generation. The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) is a starting point. This isn’t a list of the 55 “best” kids movies, »
- EW staff
Disney was built on their animated cartoons and films. They've entertained audiences for years, and have inspired us and sparked our imaginations. Like many of you, I've enjoyed watching these movies and shows since I was a little kid, but holy crap! There are some extremely dark and terrifying moments that could really screw a kid up! Disney did some jacked up stuff. I've come up with a list of ten scenes from these kids movies that are the things of nightmares. I should let you know that I wanted to keep this list strictly Disney, so I did not include any Pixar films. I also didn't include such traumatic scenes such as Bambi's mom and Simba's dad dying. Look over the list and let us know of any other scenes that Disney screwed you up with.
Dumbo - Drunken Pink Elephants
As a kid I had no idea what was going on here! »
- Joey Paur
With a potential comeback on the cards for Jim Carrey, Rob looks through the hidden gems of his career.
Alrighty then. To get straight to the point – Jim Carrey’s career hasn’t been up to much lately has it? Certainly as leading man, at least. His last big-hitter was 2009’s A Christmas Carol, while his most recent leading role was 2011’s Mr Popper’s Penguins.
His latest performance outside of cameos was an interesting part in Kick Ass 2 though, a promising turn which left many audience-members wanting more from his character. With the trailer dropping recently for Dumb And Dumber To as well, the hints of a comeback for the iconic performer have continued to grow.
There’s been more positivity towards Dumb And Dumber To in comments than we might have expected (although this welcoming response was far from unanimous), which is undeniably a positive sign for the fledgling star. »
Every actor has to start somewhere — and when it comes to theater performers, their roots are often similar, right down to the roles they cut their teeth on or the songs they first used at an audition.
From Millie to Violet, Sutton Foster has seen and sung it all, and she’s got the stories to share about her time on the Broadway stage — and the much smaller stages in her hometown in Georgia. Foster is the latest theater star to recount some of her favorite (or least favorite) musical memories in Entertainment Weekly’s Firsts & Worsts Series.
Foster was »
- Marc Snetiker
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