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Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
With the number of individuals who enjoy both movies and video games increasing everyday, the former medium has adapted a number of the latter’s flagship franchises, with the Resident Evil series, Silent Hill, and Max Payne among the videogames that have made the jump to the big screen, with adaptations of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed on the way. Numerous films have also been openly influenced by videogames while not being direct adaptations, such as Wreck-It Ralph and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Now, on the eve of the release of Pixels, another film that falls in the latter category, a supercut video of numerous videogame adaptations and influenced movies has been made. The video, in addition to featuring all the released films mentioned above, with the exception of Pixels, also includes scenes from Prince of Persia, Tron: Legacy, and Gamer, among others. The video can be seen below. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Less than a week after Disney announced a live-action version of Aladdin, The Hollywood Reporter reveals the studio is also developing a live-action remake of The Sword in the Stone. Disney has hired Bryan Cogman, a writer and producer on HBO's Game of Thrones, to write the screenplay. Brigham Taylor, a former Disney production executive, is serving as a producer on the project.
The original animated movie The Sword in the Stone was released in 1963, the studio's last animated movie to debut before the death of Walt Disney himself in 1966. The story is loosely inspired by T.H. White's novel of the same name, which was later added into his multi-book King Arthur series The Once and Future King. The plot centers on a young King Arthur who begins training with the wizard Merlin, leading to Arthur pulling the enchanted sword from the stone to become the king of England. »
The generational theme of J.J. Abrams' "The Force Awakens" naturally carried over to the crew, including the production design partnership between two-time Oscar winner Rick Carter ("Lincoln," "Avatar") and up-and-comer Darren Gilford ("Oblivion," "Tron: Legacy"). Gilford told me it was a very fluid, symbiotic collaboration built on a back-to-basics, hybrid philosophy via Abrams for maintaining continuity with the original trilogy. This entailed shooting as much in-camera as possible and using lots of practical sets, models and matte paintings. They also reverse-engineered the VFX to accommodate, for example, 2D forced perspective backings rather than relying on CG set extensions from Industrial Light & Magic. You can glimpse this in a corridor shot in the Comic-Con making-of reel (see below). Of course, there's plenty of CG but only when expedient. "A big part of it was the two generations working together, and »
- Bill Desowitz
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? Game of Thrones gets its own version of the Risk board game, Iron Man gets an Honest Trailer and the emotions of Inside Out get mashed up with the mind-bending Inception. For those handy Diy types, we also show you how to build your own Terminator robotic arm. And Adidas has finally revealed their line of Marvel's The Avengers basketball sneakers. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Iron Man Honest Trailer
As Marvel Phase Two comes to a close next week with Ant-Man, Screen Junkies goes back to where the McU first started with an honest trailer for 2008's Iron Man. The three minute video skewers Marvel's tried-and-true formula, »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
We live in a world where, no matter how long it.s been, the possibility of getting a sequel to a beloved motion picture is never entirely beyond the realm of possibility, no matter how unlikely it seems. Hell, Tron: Legacy hit 28 years after Tron, and it took 30 to get Mad Max: Fury Road. Well, if Bette Midler has anything to say about it, we could still see Hocus Pocus 2. Just last year, Midler, along with Hocus Pocus costars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy expressed interest in revisiting their roles as the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches in the original 1993 film. There has been no movement since then, but that.s not getting the Divine Miss M down. According to Broadway World, during a recent concert in Phoenix, Arizona, she performed "I Put a Spell on You" dressed as here character Winifred, and at one point she yelled: »
So far, we don't know a huge amount about Gotham season 2. We've been told that Cameron Monaghan's Jerome might be back, and that Nicholas D'Agosto's Harvey Dent will have a larger role to play this time around. Beyond that, not much has been revealed.
Today, though, another tiny piece of the jigsaw has slotted into place, in the form of a new character.
James Frain - who played Leet Brannis with creepy aplomb in Agent Carter - has jumped ships to Gotham in order to play Theo Galavan. Deadline's report has described Theo as "the savior the city has been waiting for — he is sexy, heroic, and lovingly devoted to his sister Tabitha."
Speaking of Tabitha Galavan, Theo's sister will go on to become the villainous Tigress (a »
Like Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy, this CG younger version of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys looks all kinds of wrong, but I guess that's why Paramount is getting it out there as much as possible, spoiling what would have actually been a very cool scene for Terminator fans had they gotten it right. Instead, and perhaps this is just due to the online quality of the video, we get harsh lighting, dead eyes and plastic skin from the CG version of Schwarzenegger's Terminator from the 1984 original. As much as I hope this film isn't a complete travesty, the way Paramount is marketing it and the fact they aren't screening it for press here in Seattle until only a day before it begins hitting theaters gives me very little confidence. Tell me, am I reading too much into thisc Do you have reason to believe this could be better than »
- Brad Brevet
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Warning: The following contains major thematic spoilers for a movie nobody has seen.
It hadn’t been 2 weeks since its release when Brad Bird’s new film Tomorrowland had been dubbed a “failure” by the very studio that released it. In those two weeks the film was beaten at the box office by the sequel to a movie where glee club girls slid around in vomit, was projected unable to make back its reported 190 million dollar budget and became Disney’s convenient scapegoat for scrapping production on “Tron 3” – which caused internet trolls to take a break from complaining about Tron: Legacy and the abundance of sequels and remakes to complain that they won’t get to see “Tron 3”.
As with all news that goes viral, the reaction was swift and disproportionate, allowing box office performance to tarnish the film’s image and shut down discussion of the movie itself. A »
- Charlie Sanford
Disney decided against moving ahead with the third instalment of the sci-fi series last month.
Writing on Twitter, Wilde quipped: "Tron fans! Don't trip. Now I don't have to live on seaweed juice and tofu dust for 6 months to fit into a rubber suit."
Tron fans! Don't trip. Now I don't have to live on seaweed juice and tofu dust for 6 months to fit into a rubber suit.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 2, 2015
Preparations for filming were already under way in Vancouver before Disney pulled the plug on the project.
2010's Tron: Legacy brought the franchise to a whole new generation of fans, taking roughly $400 million »
Update 6/1/15: If you need a reminder of how fickle Hollywood can be, it took less than two months to go from "Tron 3 is happening this fall!" to "Tron 3 is definitely not happening." There is no specific reason given for Disney dropping the project, though if you look at the big box office for movies like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, and then look at the much smaller numbers for movies like Tron: Legacy and Tomorrowland, you can make a pretty good guess as to why they pulled the plug. But, if you are the eternally optimistic Tron fan, there is a petition to get the third movie going again. Good luck. Previously 3/11/15: Yesterday a blog dedicated to news in and around Vancouver broke the word that Disney was booking some of the city's...
- Peter Hall
It looks like Tron 3 is officially off the grid... or release schedule, at least. Disney has decided to pull the plug on the Tron: Legacy follow-up only a couple of months after the film looked like it was officially happening. Both Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde were set to return alongside Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, with production to begin this fall. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film -- and franchise? -- has been scrapped, with no...
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Disney has decided not to move forward with Tron 3, a proposed third installment of the popular sci-fi franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources close to the project say the film was never officially greenlit, though prep work had already begun.
Joseph Kosinski, director of 2010's Tron: Legacy, previously signed on to helm the film, with co-stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund both set to reprise their roles. Production was planned to begin this fall, with Vancouver cited as a possible location. The change in plans comes as a shock for financial reasons, »
Disney made waves last Friday when it de-rezzed Tron 3, which had been all set to shoot this fall with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski back behind the camera and stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde returning. The studio didn’t give a reason for pulling the plug, but many have speculated that the disappointing haul for Tomorrowland turned execs off pricey sci-fi, at least while they continue to plot more lucrative fairy-tale adaptations. Of course, fans aren’t just rolling over and taking this – it’s the Internet age, after all.
Fan Lucas Lowman has started a petition on Change.org to get Tron 3 back on schedule. More than 11,000 people have signed as of now, and Lowman’s goal is 15,000.
His official statement reads as follows:
Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully realize the world created in the original Tron. It’s a shame »
- Isaac Feldberg
Late last week, it was reported that Disney had decided to axe the developing "Tron 3" aka "Tron: Ascension." Things had been moving along slowly over the past few months, with production aiming to gear up this fall in Vancouver, with director Joseph Kosinski, and stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, all slated to return. But then, "Tomorrowland" underwhelmed both critically and commercially, and perhaps fearing sinking money into a sci-fi sequel which there might not be an audience for, Disney decided to yank the plug on "Tron 3." So, game over, right? Well, not so fast for some fans. A petition has started up to save the movie on Change.org, and it has already amassed 10,000 signatures, with a goal of 15,000. Here's what Lucas Lowman, who started the campaign, has to say about the push to keep the project alive: Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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