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Generally when a sequel is in the planning stages, things are fairly vague. The themes are uncertain, the setting is unclear, and many of the narrative hooks have yet to be worked out. One thing that’s always a given, though, is the characters. As the driving force of the original story, the characters are always the first thing that people will think of when they hear about a sequel. So what happens when a so-called ‘sequel’ jettisons the original cast almost completely? Well, to this day, Chrono Cross remains an intriguing answer to that question.
Being the successor to the much beloved classic, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross had a pretty strong pedigree preceding it, and, as such, a great degree of hype in turn. However, when the game was first unveiled, the originals atmospheric medieval setting had shifted to that of a tropical island, »
- Mike Worby
As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »
- Catherine Bray
To the surprise of no one, Chuck Todd was tapped Thursday to replace David Gregory in the anchor chair at NBC’s struggling “Meet the Press.” Rumors of his demise had been rampant for so long that his removal was a foregone conclusion.
Even Gregory’s harshest critics should have some sympathy for the guy. He had some bumps in the road but for the most part proved himself just as tough an interviewer as his peerless predecessor, Tim Russert. Perhaps Russert was really the problem here: When a legend casts a shadow that long, no one underneath it really has a shot at shining through.
NBC threw out the baby instead of the bathwater that is the show’s real problem: its format. Terrific an interviewer as Gregory is, there was too much airtime devoted to overheated, predictable rhetoric from both sides of the aisle. What few light tweaks »
- Andrew Wallenstein
The 'Idol' alum has a new album out -- and now his son approves.
Kris Allen won over hearts across America on the eighth season of American Idol, but his newborn son wasn't initially a fan of dad's music. "I remember when he was first born, I would play stuff for him he did not dig it -- he would start crying," Allen tells Et of his son Oliver, 1. "My wife is not a singer and she would sing for him, and he would love it. It would calm him and make him feel good."
The new dad admits with a laugh that his baby's reaction did make him consider, "Maybe this song is terrible." But not to worry, Oliver is totally into his talented dad today.
"Now if I pick up my guitar, he’s just »
What a wonderful coincidence: just as a big budget movie version of Guardians Of The Galaxy is released Marvel begins publishing a new run featuring the film’s break out character (*sideways glance at camera, raises eyebrow*).
Publishing decent comics that hook in new readers attracted by other forms of media is something that Marvel is really good at (take note DC), and once I had heard that both writing and art duties on Rocket Raccoon would be handled by Skottie Young, I was pretty stoked about this new series. So here we are, two issues in, and it looks like my excitement was justified: Rocket Raccoon is a riot - quite literally at one point.
First, a quick bit of backstory: this issue picks »
For fans who hadn’t read the comics, the big gut-wrenching surprise at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the death of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), but the filmmakers originally had second shocker planned after that one.
In time for the Blu-ray release of Spider-Man 2 on August 19, EW’s gotten a look at some of the bonus footage, including 13 deleted scenes and 100 minutes of extras, in advance. In on such scene Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds his mourning interrupted by a man who seems a lot like his deceased dad. Is the man lying? Does he have an alternate agenda? »
- Jackson McHenry
Electro only had to fall into a vat full of electric eels once to get his superpowers. But when Jamie Foxx played the supervillain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he had to spend a large chunk of his day in makeup every time he needed to get into the role.
In time for the release of Spider-Man 2 on DVD, EW has behind-the-scenes footage from inside Jamie Foxx’s makeup room. In it, Foxx and makeup effects designer Howard Berger discuss all the pieces of Foxx’s headpiece, and what it takes to make Electro’s electric blue skin blend together. »
- Jackson McHenry
David Gordon Green is that rarest of directors - unpredictable and eclectic. He's directed gripping arthouse dramas like his debut George Washington (2000), stoner comedies like Pineapple Express (2008) and the historical spoof Your Highness (2011) - which America's Salon Magazine somewhat hastily suggested might be the worst film ever made. In time, the latter may be remembered as a poor film made by one of America's true talents, a director who was once compared to Terrence Malick - who now seems to be inspiring others (see the films of Jeff Nichols and David Lowery). Wanting a change from broad comedy, he made the low-key but well-liked Prince Avalanche (2013) under the radar but now returns to his early form with Joe (2013), a Southern noir set in deepest darkest Mississippi.
- CineVue UK
You can’t keep a good zombie down. Ever since Seth Grahame-Smith’s goofy Jane Austen spoof Pride and Prejudice and Zombies became a surprise hit back in 2009, conversations about turning the Victorian horror-comedy into a movie have been taking place. Directors like Craig Gillespie and Mike White have come and gone, along with a slew of female stars like Blake Lively, Emma Stone and Lily Collins. The one constant throughout the film’s development has been its script, which David O. Russell penned back when he was set to direct. Today, however, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has finally firmed up.
Downton Abbey actress Lily James will lead the film, along with fellow Brit Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Australian actress Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, In Time). James will portray Elizabeth Bennet, with Riley playing her suitor Darcy and Heathcote on board as one of the Bennet sisters (it’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to watch the pilot for Fox’s Batman prequel, Gotham. It was one of the best pilot episodes I’ve seen in recent memory. They really have created a rich, expansive world that begs to be explored further. Every member of the cast remained faithful and familiar to those beloved and infamous characters while, at the same time, bringing something new and exciting. Even though the many unknown actors were most entrancing (Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot is a revelation!), the more well-known actors also disappeared into their new roles.
The casting choices have been perfect so far, so I fully trust they’ll make good use of Dexter’s David Zayas, who has been cast as mafia boss Salvatore Maroni. The character was previously featured in The Dark Knight, and was played by Eric Roberts.
Deadline, who broke the news, also provided »
- Eli Reyes
Robert Halmi Sr. – who has died at the age of 90 – would never tell you how he financed his larger-than-life TV projects. Coyly, he would reference international sales, even though others who dealt in the same arena insisted the numbers simply didn’t add up.
In a way, though, that was also part of Halmi’s charm. The consummate showman, the producer never wanted to be bothered with the business details, as if to say, in that thick Hungarian accent, “Hey, we’re doing a huge miniseries about the Bible! Why are you worrying about how I’m going to pay for it?”
For a time, Halmi cast an enormous shadow over the TV landscape. In the 1990s, he provided NBC with a stream of sweeping epics – “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Odyssey,” “Merlin,” “Noah’s Ark” – that drew blockbuster ratings. He brought the “Gone With the Wind” sequel “Scarlett” to CBS, »
- Brian Lowry
The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
Falling Skies is halfway through its fourth season, which saw a lot of changes from season 3, along with the addition of new showrunner David Eick. With the 2nd Mass separated after an Espheni attack, our ensemble cast found themselves in very different worlds from one another.
“In Tom’s world we were in darkness. Lexi’s world—it was light. It was almost like Munchkinland,” Eick said during the show’s Comic-Con panel. “In Anne’s world it was very gritty but stripped down.”
At Comic-Con, Eick and the show’s cast hinted at what’s to come on Falling Skies »
- Emily Rome
Sega announced today that the latest re-imagining of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Sonic Boom, will be coming to the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3Ds in November.
Scheduled for release on November 11 is Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, which is a Nintendo 3Ds title developed by Sanzaru Games, the team behind Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time. The following week will see the release of the Nintendo Wii U-exclusive Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. This effort marks the first release for developer Big Red Button Entertainment, a team that was founded by two ex-Naughty Dog employees in 2008.
Although both Sonic Boom titles will feature their own separate storylines, they will both tie into the forthcoming animated series based around the supersonic hedgehog, which is currently set to debut on the Cartoon Network later this year and is being crafted by the team at OuiDo! Entertainment.
While I remain skeptical of »
- Eric Hall
A genetic engineer tormented by the accidental death of his son resorts to cloning in “The Reconstruction of William Zero,” a basement mad-scientist movie from Dan Bush, one third of the team behind 2007’s “The Signal.” Cinematically speaking, this high-concept, low-budget sci-fi mind-bender falls into the same category as Shane Carruth’s shoestring marvel “Primer,” relying on creative ingenuity rather than elaborate effects to keep geek auds ensnared by its multi-layered mystery. But the more apt comparison seems to be with such literary classics as “The Invisible Man” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” in which tragedy strikes when mortals fool with Mother Nature.
Four years after backing over his son’s bicycle on the way to work, Next Corp scientist William Blakely (played by co-writer Conal Byrne) still hasn’t found a way to cope with the guilt of his negligence. After the accident, he abandoned his grieving wife, »
- Peter Debruge
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
You know Robert Lasardo; some of you just don't know you know him. If you're a fan of horror or action movies or television, you've seen Lasardo's work, probably multiple times. In the new movie Parlor, Lasardo is finally getting his chance to be the leading man and carry a film.
He recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about it.
Although Lasardo has over 100 acting credits on his resume that spans nearly three decades, he's never been the main character in a film.
"Parlor, the way it was written, with me in mind, represents a renaissance because I was introduced to something that, in the 28 years I've been in entertainment, I've never been introduced to before," Lasardo said. "To stare at 2000 words of dialogue that was written for me, to some extent, and channeled through the writers, Kenny Gage and Devon Downs, was at first a bit overwhelming, »
- Scott Hallam
"Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson will be taking a break from that blockbuster life to reunite with his "Sinister" collaborator C. Robert Cargill for some spooky sci-fi goodness in "The Outer Limits."
The dynamic duo will be taking a crack at adapting one episode of the creepy '60s TV series, "Demon With a Glass Hand" by Harlan Ellison. On the show, Robert Culp plays a man who wakes up with a crazy computerized hand and no memory of his life, aside from the past 10 days. There are aliens and time travel and all sorts of crazy stuff, and it sounds like Ellison's original vision for the story was much larger than what "The Outer Limits" could afford, so it will be cool to see how the filmmakers play with Ellison's screenplay.
Ellison, a fantastic (and fantastically prolific) author, wrote a ton of scripts for TV, with credits on "Star Trek, »
- Jenni Miller
Ballistic #5 (Black Mask): It’s over. Sniffle. But Adam Egypt Mortimer and Darick Robertson’s Ballistic goes out with multiple bangs, as Gennie morphs into a new super-being, Butch and his Gun ride a skeletal catbus, and our ultimate villain is actually a conglomeration of many heads (gene sequences, natch). The most satisfying bit is that the cast and the comic itself both acknowledge that the talking gun has become the star—who can resist lines like “I have the urge to go fullmetal flamethrower!”—by giving it the autonomy to pull its own trigger and explode the face of a villain without Butch’s help. You go, Gun. This collected mini-series is going to likewise blow the heads off of everyone who thinks they know what science fiction is. 10/10
The Auteur #4 (Oni): This series has been nothing but balls-out fun since the beginning, so I regret to »
- Holly Interlandi
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