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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
Bill Hader has yet to make a bad move. After crushing Saturday Night Live for years, he started with small parts in memorable movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. He graduated to lead voice work with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, then went against type in the dramatic The Skeleton Twins. Later […]
- Germain Lussier
The first trailer for acclaimed Sundance comedy People, Places, Things has debuted online, and we have it for you below…
What We Do In The Shadows star Jemaine Clement leads the cast as Will, a New York City professor and graphic novel writer who sees his dreams of marriage destroyed when he finds his long-term girlfriend cheating with one of their friends. A year later, Will is struggling to get his life back on track, as well as bring up his two daughters.
Co-starring Regina Hall (The Best Man Holiday), Jessica Williams (Delivery Man), Michael Chernus (Men in Black 3) and Stephanie Allynee (In A World), People, Places, Things debuts in Us cinemas on August 14th.
- Scott J. Davis
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Typically commercials make me mad, but the DirecTV commercials featuring model Hannah Davis and Jemaine Clement as a talking horse I actually enjoy and not because of Davis, though I'm not complaining about her involvement, but because of Clement as the horse. I will admit, however, I didn't actually remember they were DirecTV commercials (I thought they were for Geico), so as much as I find them funny I guess they aren't really all that effective. Go figure. I only mention this because as funny as I find Clement, I haven't actually seen a lot of his work. I'm not at all familiar with "Flight of the Conchords", never saw Eagle vs. Shark and, well, other than Men in Black 3 and hearing his voice as one of the Despicable Me minions (though I only learned that today from IMDb), I guess I've only caught him in passing and in YouTube videos. »
- Brad Brevet
Often brought in to offer character flavour to films such as Men In Black 3, Lincoln, Hugo and Blue Jasmine, Michael Stuhlbarg has also scored some prime leading man roles, such as in The Coens’ A Serious Man. He’ll be one of the main parts in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi film Story Of Your Life.Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are already aboard for the film, written by Eric Heisserer. The story of Story follows the Twilight Zone-esque tale of aliens landing on Earth and the military calling in linguistics specialist Dr. Louise Banks (Adams) to communicate with the occupants of the interplanetary craft. As she explores their language and mindset, Dr. Banks figures out how to think as they do, developing the ability to "chrono-synclastically" perceive time from the outside. In a nutshell, she's able to "remember" the future, which has implications, since she can see the »
Here in the Noun: Strouse’s Familiar, Charming RomCom
The kids are basically all right in People, Places, Things, director James C. Strouse’s third outing as director, but the adult characters are having a much harder time navigating existence after divorce. While a rather standard set of issues are examined, with a slight edge considering this is from the perspective of a jilted father figure, the scribe-helmer continues to display his strengths for creating well-rounded, genuinely effective principal characters. Featuring a flawed yet appealing group of people struggling to overcome unplanned circumstances, this standard but nicely streamlined venture features winning performances. Despite a lack of novelty, Strouse’s film stands out in a mix familiar to any purveyors of the glossier side of American indie cinema.
A successful graphic novelist and professor at the School of Visual Arts, Will’s (Jemaine Clement) life swiftly unravels when he finds his »
- Nicholas Bell
Beloved movie makeup artist and Oscar winner Rick Baker will be retiring soon. In an interview with 89.3 Kpcc's The Frame (via Slashfilm), Baker announced his upcoming exit from major work in the film industry and the auction of some of his various film creations from over the years. "I said the time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now," Baker said. "I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do." "I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do," he added. "So I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don't think I will have a huge working studio anymore." Baker teamed up with The Prop Store to auction off »
- Cory Woodroof
We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
While the world of blockbuster filmmaking is decidedly overrun with CG, the art of special effects is not dead. Mad Max: Fury Road and AMC’s The Walking Dead prove that the artform lives on, though maybe not as strongly as it once did. Indeed, there once was a time before Avatar and performance-capture technology when Hollywood relied on a different kind of artist to bring magic to the big screen: the makeup artist. One of the most well-known and renowned makeup artists of our time is one Rick Baker, who pioneered the field with his work on An American Werewolf in London and continues to work wonders to this day on films like Men in Black 3 and Maleficent. And now you can own a piece of movie history crafted by Baker himself. An auction will be held live at the Universal Sheraton on May 29th with over 400 lots of materials created by Baker. »
- Adam Chitwood
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Arc Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the family drama “Freedom,” which stars Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as a slave, it was announced Tuesday by the company’s head of acquisitions, Scott Moesta. Peter Cousens directed from a script by Timothy A. Chey, and the film co-stars William Sadler (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Sharon Leal (“Guiding Light”), David Rasche (“Men in Black 3”), Terrence Mann (“Critters”) and Michael Goodwin (“Stuck in Love”). Arc Entertainment will be releasing the film on VOD, digital and in theaters on June 5. “Freedom” tells the true story of two men separated by 100 years »
- Jeff Sneider
The month of May features a ton of great genre titles coming to VOD and digital platforms, including the highly anticipated zombie drama Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. The Orchard is releasing the Kiwi horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows later this month and we also have both Oren Peli’s Area 51 and the sure-to-be-insane The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) from Tom Six to look forward to as well. The indie spookfest Evangeline is also getting a VOD release from Uncork’d Entertainment and look for the latest from Dark Sky Films, Let Us Prey, which arrives the last week of May.
Private Number (Arc Entertainment) - 5/1
A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. »
- Heather Wixson
Sony Pictures are officially developing two new movies based around their 21 Jump Street series, it has been revealed. The Wrap report that Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs will write the previously reported female Jump Street, while producer Neal Moritz and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will oversee it while the developing a seperate movie which will cross over into the Men In Black universe.
The plot of the second movie will see Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum jump into the land of the Men In Black, battling hidden aliens, while sending-up the crazy world in which we live where cross-over movies are becoming more common place.
- Paul Heath
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Sonnenfeld returns after a three year hiatus following 2012’s Men in Black 3, while Garner and Amell join Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Christopher Walken (Jersey Boys) and Malina Weissman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) in the film which “follows a workaholic executive who, following some kind of accident, finds himself trapped in the body of his family’s pet cat.”
Scripted by debutants Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin, the film is set to shoot this year with a 2016 release mooted.
- Scott J. Davis
Now playing in theaters is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip T.I. Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Tip T.I. Harris. He talked about working with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell, if he got to see Kevin laugh a lot during takes, how much of his dialogue was scripted versus improvised, Marvel’s Ant-Man, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="puNXg3dDpe8LJBwBNmjaWtq_x6_Mp65j" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] T.I. Harris: How does he manage six kids? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Opening this weekend is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Alison Brie. She talked about working with Will Ferrell, Community season 6, if people ever realize she’s the voice of Unikitty in The Lego Movie, Sleeping with Other People, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="FkNWw3dDoaK8jL_JXNxDsO4s10Tgssgy" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Alison Brie: What was it like working with Will Ferrell? How she’s »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
If there's one thing a movie starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart guarantees, it's mixed-to-negative critical reception and decent-to-stellar audience reaction. Both seem like strong possibilities this Friday with the release of the duo's new comedy Get Hard (2015), in which a wealthy tycoon (Ferrell) insists that his employee (Hart) show him the ins-and-outs of how to survive in prison after he himself is sentenced. Early screenings of Get Hard have brought claims of homophobia and racial stereotyping, yet the popularity of the movie's two stars should be enough to potentially carry the comedy to a healthy run at the box office.
Should Get Hard succeed, it will be another victory for director and co-writer Etan Cohen, who has found success writing such hits as Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3. Yet for a select few, his collaboration with Mike Judge on the hilarious and somewhat horrifying Idiocracy (2006) remains his best work. »
- Frank Calvillo
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