11 items from 2017
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - days of the week, sure, but also cinema's latest female ass-kickers du jour in What Happened to Monday, Netflix's brutal, bloody sci-fi romp starring Noomi Rapace. The Swedish actress stars in the streaming network's dystopian action flick, out Aug. 18, as identical septuplets named after each day of the week. All seven sisters have grown up living in hiding thanks to the government's law restricting families to one child only due to overpopulation, so their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) allows them out of the house only on the day corresponding with their name. They're able to maintain one public identity through adulthood, until a government agency led by the steely Glenn Close picks up on the scam. Monday doesn't return home after her day out, and soon enough her sisters savagely work their way through a long line of agents (and end up »
- Quinn Keaney
Following Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, Disney has live-action remakes of its animated classics planned out farther than their Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. We're talking remakes for decades! The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, The Lion King, and Mulan are all in the works, and that's just the tip of the iceberg! Perhaps the most interesting project in the bunch is Aladdin, with Guy Ritchie set to direct.
Ritchie is known for his less than family-friendly fare such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and RocknRolla, though he has recently been specializing in PG-13 potential-franchise films, including both Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and one of this summer's many flops/critical disappointments, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Take this news with a grain of salt, as you should all news that comes from "a source" that isn't identified, »
- Nick Doll
MaryAnn’s quick take… Derivative, rote, devoid of heart and hope. Guy Ritchie has found no reason to retell Arthur’s story, or to render a mythic hero as a self-serving thug. I’m “biast” (pro): big fantasy fan
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There are no heroes anymore. There are self-centered bastards who accidentally stumble into heroics. There are sociopaths who abuse women and are lauded for it. There are criminals who receive official sanction for their antisocial behavior. And we’re meant to cheer for them all. But true heroes in the more traditional meaning of the word? Difficult to find onscreen at the moment.
There are no heroes anymore, just criminals and sociopaths we’re meant to cheer.
- MaryAnn Johanson
The legendarium of King Arthur and the Knights Of The Round Table is rich in symbolism, mysticism, and visions, and so any attempt to narrowly rewrite it for modern tastes ends up coming across as a failure of imagination. Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur was the last costly wannabe blockbuster to ask what Arthurian legend would be like if it were boring, and before that, there was Jerry Zucker’s First Knight. Maybe it’s a once-in-a-decade phenomenon, with the gritty (but not too gritty) 2010s iteration being King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, directed and co-written by Guy Ritchie, the former Brit-crime hotshot who’s since gone on to a career of giving the Guy Ritchie treatment to uninspiring journeyman material (this film, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) with varying degrees of success. The best and worst thing »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Scott McCall (as a human and as his wild werewolf self) and best bud Stiles have their very own Funko Pop! figures now. Collect whichever vinyl figure tickles your fancy this spring! Also in today's Highlights: Wesley Snipes reveals The Recall's release date at CinemaCon 2017, a look at the teaser trailer for Deep Shock, and the Tribeca Games Festival announcement.
Photos & Release Details for Funko's Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: “Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!
Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school, Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his human form, or as a werewolf!
Add them to your collection this spring!
Coming in May!”
- Tamika Jones
Nope, nope and nope. The trailer traumatize me, and the poster for the sci-fi adventure thriller Rupture, starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Drop) and Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, The Shield), has spiders crawling all over it. But I’ve got to confront my fears because this movie looks awesome. […] »
- Brad Miska
“Why don’t you blow off a little steam.” The trailer traumatize me, and the poster for the sci-fi adventure thriller Rupture, starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Drop) and Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, The Shield), has spiders crawling all over it. But I’ve got to confront my fears because […] »
- Brad Miska
If the new trailer didn’t traumatize both Jon and myself already, the poster for the sci-fi adventure thriller Rupture, starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Drop) and Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, The Shield), has spiders crawling all over it. Rupture is a science-fiction thriller about a single mother (Rapace) […] »
- Brad Miska
As Sherlock Holmes turns 130 this year, Audible is bringing Stephen Fry to take on another classic book series. Famous for narrating all of the British audiobooks for “Harry Potter” and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Stephen Fry is not only tackling the complete Sherlock Holmes collection, but also creating exclusive introductions for each book.
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This is not Fry’s first foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes, having portrayed Mycroft Holmes in the 2011 sequel, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” directed by Guy Ritchie. Fry cites Sherlock Holmes as being one of the formative pieces of art that made him love stories and become a story-teller. In his introduction for “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” Fry credits Holmes as being the first superhero and delves into the mythos of the superhero: “Heroes with remarkable gifts »
- Maya Reddy
“Stockholm” is written and directed by Robert Budreau. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and will offer it to buyers for the first time at the European Film Market in Berlin at the Berlin Film Festival.
Scott Aversano and Will Russell-Shapiro will executive produce and oversee the thriller via the Aversano Films banner along with Jason Blum at Blumhouse Productions. Nicholas Tabarrok will produce through his Darius Films banner, with Budreau via his Lumanity banner, and Jonathan Bronfman at his JoBro Productions banner.William Santor, John Hills and Andrew Chang-Sang are also executive producing for financier Productivity Media.
The project is based on the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” written by Daniel Lang. Hostages bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, »
- Dave McNary
In August, 1993, the live-action superhero children’s TV series “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” began airing on Fox Kids and introduced a generation of kids to the adventures of a special team of teenagers, aided by their mentor Zordon, who are tasked to save and protect the world. The original series produced two feature films and a host of video games, but 24 years after the original series first debuted, Lionsgate has a reboot and re-imagining of the original series set for release this year, starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and a young cast of new Rangers. Watch the new trailer below.
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In the trailer, the five teenagers accidentally stumble upon their superhuman powers and are provided guidance by Cranston’s Zordon. Soon, they’re tasked to fight Rita Repulsa (Banks), an alien invader and enemy to the Rangers. »
- Vikram Murthi
11 items from 2017
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