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Will Joe Wright's Pan fly like a fairy or founder on the rocks of controversy?

16 July 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood’s latest revisionist fairytale boasts child-stealing pirates and a Hook who’s morphed into Indiana Jones. But Rooney Mara’s turn as a psychedelic-tressed Tiger Lily won’t do much to offset accusations of ‘whitewashing’

It’s an unwritten rule of fantasy film-making that if you can’t make a great movie, at least make one that’s utterly outlandish. This is why, for all their failings, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, with their giant-headed queens, excitable talking animals and gorgeous warring witches, will always be remembered more fondly than furrow-browed Angelina Jolie-vehicle Maleficent, or any of the distinctly po-faced Narnia films.

If the 20 minutes or so of footage shown to journalists and bloggers in London earlier today is anything to go by, Joe Wright’s Pan won’t want for bombastic nuttiness. One particular scene in which »

- Ben Child

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George Lucas and Danny Elfman to Be Named Disney Legends at D23

14 July 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »

- MovieWeb

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Disney to honour George Lucas, Danny Elfman, and others at D23.

14 July 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Disney have become such a phenomenon that they can hold their own Comic Con these days. Of course Disney has always been huge, but there was a time when their name was synonymous with animated movies and catchy songs. Now they own Marvel and the Star Wars brands. Those last two properties alone are enough to assemble a mountain of geeks in convention halls to scream at news announcements.

This year Disney will be taking the opportunity to name some big names and important Disney employees as Disney legends. George Lucas seems to have jumped to the front of the queue, as his Star Wars creation looks set to bring Disney a few more billions into the bank. Elsewhere Tim Burton favourite, composer Danny Elfman also joins the legends having composed scores for the likes of Alice In WonderlandOz The Great And Powerful, and of course Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Disney to produce ‘Prince Charming’ live-action

7 July 2015 12:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Continuing with the production of live-action fairytales, Disney have reportedly purchased a script based around the backstory of Prince Charming, with the intention of carrying on with their trend.

Matt Fogel (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) has penned the script, with Alex Young (The A Team), David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman (both producers for Beauty And The Beast) and Tripp Vinson (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) on board to produce.

Having already transformed the stories of Maleficent, Cinderella, Oz The Great and Powerful and Alice In Wonderland into epic live-action adventures (with Beauty And The Beast in the works) Disney have obviously found another facet of the market to milk. If it’s not broken don’t fix it, eh?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

 

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- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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20 Best Movie Franchises, As Ranked By Their Villains

5 July 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Some of the most memorable characters in movie history are antagonists. Here are our picks for the franchises that have make the biggest impression based on their villains alone.

A great antagonist in a film can make the effort of the protagonist seem more important. The hero’s plight becomes elevated to have meaning beyond just simple entertainment. It is those struggles that define some of the best movies ever made, and give the audience something to really cheer about.

It’s challenging enough to make one good antagonist, but what happens when you need to make a sequel? What happens if your antagonist has died but your protagonist needs more adventures to keep them busy or complete their story? Maintaining quality villains in a movie franchise is not easy to do. Some movie franchises have had better success at maintaining great antagonists, to the point of often being more »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Review: Poltergeist

23 May 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

On Thursday, I saw the Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember)-directed movie Poltergeist, a remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 masterpiece. David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful, Rise of the Guardians) re-adapted the script from the original film, which had been conceived and co-written by Steven Spielberg. I expected the new movie to completely suck, so I'm surprised to disagree with many of my fellows and say that it's not great, but it's sort of okay.

If you haven't watched the 1982 Poltergeist, which stars Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams and Zelda Rubinstein, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. Find it on disc or online. It's the apex of family horror films and the greatest haunted house movie ever made, so it's little surprise Kenan would be chosen to direct the remake, based on his earlier Monster House. Hooper's original figures heavily in this review, and you »

- Mike Saulters

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Poltergeist movie review: they’re here (remakes, that is)

22 May 2015 12:59 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

If you have any inclination to see this, just rewatch the original. You will lose nothing, and you’ll have a far better time. I’m “biast” (pro): love Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt

I’m “biast” (con): big fan of the 1982 original

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I don’t understand why this movie exists. There’s no reason for it. I mean, I get the business reason why someone decided it was a good idea to cash in on a nearly 35-year-old movie that many critics (including me) and fans consider one of the greatest horror movies ever made. But no one on the supposed creative side of this “new” Poltergeist could be bothered to even pretend to have something to add, something fresh to say that wasn’t said back in 1982 about the trials of a suburban American family whose house is menaced by nasty spirits. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Michelle Williams To Mine For Gold With Matthew McConaughey

15 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Outside of her supporting role in blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful, Michelle Williams has been keeping a relatively low profile since her Oscar-nominated turn in My Week with Marilyn. Now, though, with anticipated drama Manchester by the Sea in the can, the actress is lining up another highly promising project in mining drama Gold.

Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez are already attached to star in the “inspired by true events” pic, which dramatizes and takes some liberties with the story of the 1993 Bre-x Minerals mining scandal. Williams will be taking on the role of McConaughey’s wife.

Some may remember the high-profile incident, in which one part of the company fraudulently reported that it had unearthed a massive gold deposit at its Indonesian site. Stock prices soared, until gold samples were found to be a fraud, at which point Bre-x collapsed and its shares became utterly worthless.

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- Isaac Feldberg

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The 10 new versions of Robin Hood in development

8 May 2015 8:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Film, TV and games companies have big plans for legendary tights-wearer Robin Hood. Here’s our primer on all the new versions…

Note: we've taken images from old Robin Hood projects because these new films and things, um, don't exist yet. Maximum geek points to whoever can remember what they're all from.

You don’t need us to remind you, but these days Hollywood and TV executives seem to have one target in mind – big franchises, hopefully with spin-offs and tie-ins galore across all possible forms of media.

An interesting consequence of all this is that the entertainment industry has begun looking beyond capes and cowls in their ‘what can we make a franchise out of?’ discussions. ‘What about other sorts of legendary characters?’ you can imagine them asking, before a big eureka moment… ‘What about Robin bloody Hood?!’

Almost simultaneously, it seems like every studio in Hollywood has latched »

- rleane

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It Follows actress Maika Monroe joins Independence Day 2

27 April 2015 10:58 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

She’s already run from an unstoppable killing machine in The Guest and a terrifying entity in It Follows, and now Maika Monroe is set to face off against aliens, as she’s officially joined the cast of Independence Day 2. Director Roland Emmerich announced the news himself via Twitter:

I have another addition to announce. The beautiful & talented Maika Monroe is officially signed on 2 the Independence Day Sequel!

Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 27, 2015

It has not yet been revealed what role Monroe will be playing in the long-gestating sequel to the 1996 blockbuster, though many sites are citing her as the female lead.

Monroe joins series newcomers Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse), Charlote Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Travis Tope (The Town that Dreaded Sundown) and Joey King (Oz the Great and Powerful), as well as original stars Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch. »

- James Garcia

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35 Movies You Need to See This Summer

18 April 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!

1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, »

- MovieWeb

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Michelle Williams a Saucy Blonde for Spring in Elle UK (photos, video)

18 April 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Michelle Williams is startling with tousled blonde hair in a new photo spread in the UK edition of Elle magazine that celebrates bright spring colors. Williams has a new movie on the way about forbidden love in World War II. The film, “Suite française,” is her first since 2013’s “Oz the Great and Powerful,” a Disney blockbuster that was atypical for her career. Williams, 34, has always favored smaller indie productions like 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain,” 2010’s “Blue Valentine” and 2011’s “My Week with Marilyn.” ...Read More »

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Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch returning for Independence Day 2

18 April 2015 6:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like we can add two more returning stars to the cast of next year’s Independence Day sequel, with director Roland Emmerich revealing that Bill Pulman and Judd Hirsch will both be back as President Whitmore and Julius Levinson respectively.

The duo will join the returning Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner in the cast of Independence Day 2, along with new additions Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Joey King (Oz the Great and Powerful) and Travis Tope (The Town That Dreaded Sundown).

Independence Day 2 is set to go into production next month ahead of a release on June 24th, 2016.

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- Gary Collinson

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Soundtrack Digital Album Set For Release April 28 Physical CD Available May 19

16 April 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Marvel Music and Hollywood Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron on April 28, 2015.

The physical CD will be available on May 19, 2015. The score features music by Brian Tyler (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “Furious 7″) and Danny Elfman.

The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron in theaters on May 1, 2015.

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Brian Tyler has scored over 70 films and recently won Film Composer »

- Michelle McCue

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Joey King and Brent Spiner join the cast of Independence Day 2

10 April 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The cast of Independence Day 2 has swelled further this week, with director Roland Emmerich revealing via Twitter that actress Joey King (Oz The Great and Powerful, Wish I Was Here) has joined the sequel, as well as confirming the return of Brent Spiner, who featured in the 1996 original as Dr. Brackish Okun.

The duo will join a cast that already includes Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Travis Tope, as well as the returning Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox. Bill Pullman is also rumoured to reprise his role as President James Whitmore.

Set to start production in May, Independence Day 2 is written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, with rewrites from James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Carter Blanchard (G vs E), and produced by Devlin and Harald Kloser.

Independence Day 2 opens June 24th 2016.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Two More Join The Independence Day 2 Cast, One Old And One New

9 April 2015 11:27 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

With the May shooting date fast approaching, Roland Emmerich has announced two more cast members joining Independence Day 2, with Joey King (Oz The Great and Powerful, White House Down) coming onboard along with another face from the past, Brent Spiner (known to  an entire generation of sci-fi fans as Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation), returning as Area 51 scientist, Dr. Brackish Okun. King's arrival brings the number of newcomers up to five, along with Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsborough, and Travis Tope, while Spiner joins fellow old guard Vivica A. Fox and Jeff Goldblum, with the possibility of Bill Pullman joining as well. Independence Day 2 is set to hit the big screen 24th June 2016. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Jupiter Ascending Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

6 April 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Wachowski's latest science fiction adventure, Jupiter Ascending, may not have lit up the box office, but there was still plenty of fun for movie-goers willing to give it a chance.  Today, Warner Bros. have announced details on the film's blu-ray release, including a date and special features, so you can check it out at home!

While I didn't "love" Jupiter Ascending as much as I wanted to, I didn't hate the film either.  It has a lot of great elements behind it, with impressive visuals and characters you want to know more about.  While I wish it had been paced differently, I don't exactly get all the hatred the movie gets either.  I thought it was still a lot of fun, and if you skipped out on it, I think it's worth watching when it hits blu-ray on June 2.  Check out the features coming on the disc when it »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Box Office Report: Insurgent Surges To #1, Gunman Misses Mark

22 March 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For the second weekend in a row, young girls packed movie houses while their fathers ignored new R-rated thrillers. Leading the pack this weekend was Insurgent, which grossed an estimated $54 million. That is slightly below the $54.6 million that Divergent began with exactly one year ago. Considering the muted response to its predecessor – the film only has a 6.8 user rating on IMDb – and competition from Cinderella, that is a solid start to the young adult adaptation. Regardless, with 3D surcharges and more interest in 2014 breakout stars Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller, some expected the film to easily best Divergent‘s initial sum.

Nervetheless, that is still a fine total. Remember: the first sequel in the Harry Potter franchise, Chamber of Secrets, made less in its opening weekend ($88.4) than Sorcerer’s Stone ($90.3 million). While sequels have a certain rush-out factor, Insurgent was actually less front-loaded than Divergent. It made an estimated $21.3 on Friday, »

- Jordan Adler

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'Insurgent' Trails 'Divergent' on Friday

21 March 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Divergent Series: Insurgent opened nearly on par with its predecessor, while The Gunman and Do You Believe? each started off with less than $2 million on Friday.Insurgent opened to an estimated $21.3 million, which is slightly lower than Divergent's $22.8 million on the exact same day last year. When it comes to sequels, dropping a bit from one installment to the next is actually above-average. Still, if there is going to be a bump, it usually takes place between the first and second installment, so it's a bit disappointing that it didn't happen here. If Insurgent plays like Divergent, it will earn just over $50 million this weekend.At the start of its second weekend, Cinderella (2015) fell 59 percent to an estimated $9.53 million. That drop is roughly on par with Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Maleficent, but is noticeably off from Oz The Great and Powerful. If Cinderella follows the same pattern as Oz and Alice, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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What's in a Trailer Viewc Do Viewing Records Even Matterc

20 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

By the end of 2014, the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey was the most viewed trailer of the year with a reported 93 million total views. Second was the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens with 81 million after it was reported earlier in the year the Star Wars trailer had amassed 58.2 million views in its first four days, besting the current record (at the time) held by Avengers: Age of Ultron, which finished 2014 with an estimated 78 million online views. What does all this meanc Well, one thing is for certain, it means if your movie gets a lot of trailer views it's likely to make a lot of money. This is good news for the likes of Jurassic World and Furious 7, but what of the recent press release from Sony announcing the trailer for Pixels was the studio's #1 trailer launch of all timec Sony announced the »

- Brad Brevet

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