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For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Is there something romantic going on between Chris Evans and Lily Collins? The 33-year-old Captain America and The Avengers star and the 26-year-old Mirror Mirror actress, daughter of rocker Phil Collins, were seen having dinner together at a high-end Italian restaurant in Los Angeles on Friday. The two had first sparked romance rumors a week ago. They have not commented about the nature of their relationship. The two dined solo and sat at a table on the patio. Evans drank a beer and seemed more talkative during their meal, a eyewitness told E! News, adding that both appeared to be flirting. "It for sure seemed like they were on a date," the eyewitness »
Ryan Reynolds's science fiction thriller Self/less has been given a new release date.
Sir Ben Kingsley stars as an affluent aristocrat who seeks to stave off his death from cancer by having his consciousness implanted into a younger body (Reynolds).
He soon discovers that the corporation who organised the procedure is seeking to cover up the frightening true origin of this new body.
Self/less is scheduled to open on July 24 in the UK. »
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- Brad Brevet
Is a romance heating up between Lily Collins and Chris Evans? The Captain America actor, 33, and the Mirror Mirror stunner, 26, have been spending time together, People has learned. The actress has been spotted making visits to Evans's Los Angeles home, according to a source. Evans was last seen with One Tree Hill's Lindsey McKeon, 33, at the start of the New Year. He was also rumored to be rekindling a romance with Almost Human actress Minka Kelly, 34. The former couple (they reportedly first dated back in 2007 and hooked back up in 2012) were seen out and about in L.A. in »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Is a romance heating up between Lily Collins and Chris Evans? The Captain America actor, 33, and Mirror Mirror stunner, 26, have been spending time together, People has learned. The actress has been spotted making visits to Evans's Los Angeles home, according to a source. Evans was last seen with One Tree Hill's Lindsey McKeon, 33, at the start of the New Year. He was also rumored to be rekindling a romance with Almost Human actress Minka Kelly, 34. The former couple (they reportedly first dated back in 2007 and hooked back up in 2012) were seen out and about in L.A. in October »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
“Have courage, and be kind.” That’s the effortless but nonetheless winning message at the heart of Disney’s new Cinderella. In an age of conflicted antiheroes and darkened inversions of fairy tale characters, a film that recaptures the simple charms of its classic source material is the breath of fresh air that audiences may not have realized they needed to take. Cinderella is that film, an earnest and impeccably executed adaptation filled with the same wonder and magic that re-imaginings like Maleficent and Mirror Mirror, among others, evidently deemed too vintage for inclusion.
Their mistake. Director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Chris Weitz know better. By trusting in the power of the original Cinderella story, and only really modernizing it in how they identify themes of empathy, empowerment and positive body image, the pair have delivered an elegant and engaging movie that is leagues above any other fairy-tale reboot Hollywood »
- Isaac Feldberg
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), Alison Brie (Yahoo’s Community), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Dan Stevens (Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast) and Leslie Mann (This is 40) are all already attached to the ensemble pic, which will be directed by Collins’ Love, Rosie helmer Christian Ditter.
The script, based on Liz Tuccillo’s novel of the same name, has gone through multiple iterations, with Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein penning the original, and Dana Fox having been brought in to work on the current draft.
Like He’s Just Not That Into You, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day before it, How to Be Single includes multiple, intersecting storylines and explores singlehood from both male and female perspectives. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sir Ben Kingsley tries to achieve immortality in a new trailer for science fiction thriller Self/less.
Kingsley plays a terminally ill billionaire who attempts to live on by having his consciousness implanted into a young and healthy body (Ryan Reynolds).
He soon discovers that the origin of his new body is quite mysterious, leading him to question the motives of the organisation that assisted him.
Self/less opens on July 31 in the Us and UK. »
Tarsem Singh has always been one for visually dazzling films. His latest output, from Immortals and Mirror Mirror, have been messy disappointments compared to the whimsical charms of the underrated gem The Fall. His latest however places him firmly in thriller territory rather than fantasy spectacle. Self/less stars Ben Kingsley as a wealthy, powerful, successful man who wishes to transfer his mind into a younger body, played by Ryan Reynolds. But the doctor responsible for this procedure (Matthew Goode) is hiding a sinister secret as to the origins of Reynolds’s past life and to the procedure’s side effects.
Granted, the last time Ryan Reynolds starred in a body switch movie it was called The Change-Up. This thankfully looks nothing like that. Self/less is released July 31 and also stars Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, and Derek Luke. Watch the trailer below:
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- Brian Welk
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Tarsem; he is the mono monikered director behind “The Fall” and “The Cell.” After being absent for a few years, he made up for lost time in 2011/2012 with the almost one-two punch of “Immortals” and “Mirror Mirror” — both films were released within five months of each other. And while neither did much to quell the criticism that Tarsem is style over substance, they did decent enough worldwide business to keep the Tarsem brand in business. And so his latest is the biogenic sci-fi thriller “Self/Less,” which is about an extremely wealthy man dying from cancer, who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. Of course things like this don’t always go according to plan. Ben Kingsley stars as the older scion, Ryan Reynolds his younger self, and the movie also co-stars Matthew Goode, »
- Edward Davis
A consistently underrated expert of the visual medium, Tarsem might not always have the material to back up his story, but The Fall, Immortals, and, yes, even Mirror Mirror showed he can defy expectations. His latest film, Self/Less, teams him with Ryan Reynolds (who with The Voices has shown he’s looking for something a bit different) and today the first trailer has arrived. The story follows a […] »
- Leonard Pearce
It has been a few years since filmmaker Tarsem Singh came out with "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror" within just a few months of each other. Now though he's back with all his usual visual style in the first trailer for his new sci-fi thriller "Self/Less".
The plot is best described as a far smarter sounding "Freejack" with Ben Kingsley playing a wealthy but dying scion who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Derek Luke and Mariana Paola Vicente also star in the film which opens July 31st.
- Garth Franklin
It's been a few years since we've seen anything from visionary director Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror, Immortals) but the trailer for his latest, Selfless, is finally here. Right off the bat, you may notice that the visual aesthetic of this film feels quite restrained compaired to his earlier works, but that's where the story takes over. The film follows an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley), dying from cancer, who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers »
- Sean Wist
Many Disney adaptations have already tried placing actors in the roles of live action counterparts, but they haven’t always been on the money. Angelina Jolie did a remarkable job stepping into Maleficent’s cloak, but Julia Roberts as Mirror Mirror’s Queen or Helena Bonham-Carter as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother? Not so much.
It seems that Disney’s Maleficent has triggered production on an influx of live action Disney classics that will soon be seen on the silver screen. Given that 2014’s Sleeping Beauty adaptation has set the bar rather high for those yet to come, it has never been more important to get the casting spot on.
Into The Woods chose Anna Kendrick to play Cinderella, whereas Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming feature thinks Lily James a better fit for the princess. But perhaps the young and vibrant Jennifer Lawrence deserves the glass slipper?
Selected here »
- Anthony Lowery
Sees no need to engage metaphor or dispense with cliché, so when you haven’t seen it before, you can’t believe what you’re seeing. And not in a good way. I’m “biast” (pro): I am desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): science fiction isn’t treated so well at the movies these days
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Oh my god, hooray! A space adventure with a woman at its center! And it’s Mila Kunis, who is awesome! She’s gonna be like a new Luke Skywalker, whisked away from a boring life on Tatooine– er, Earth for more exciting interstellar horizons beyond! Woo-hoo!
Yeah, not so much, as it happens. What happens is more like: Kunis (Annie, Blood Ties) gets drugged, attacked, chased, menaced, threatened, rescued, kidnapped, chased some more, rescued again. Rinse and repeat for a good hour and half. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
An adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s best-selling novel, the British romantic comedy charts two BFFs – Rosie (Collins) and Alex (Claflin) – and their friendship over the course of several years. Things between the pals dramatically shift when Alex’s family moves to America, and they gamble everything to keep their connection alive.
In ETonline’s exclusive sneak peek from the film, in theaters Feb. 6, Alex chases after Rosie after she makes the bold decision to fly across the pond to visit him in the U.S. – and she quickly learns that he’s been hiding a major, life-changing secret.
He’s about to be a father, and Rosie is none too happy about it.
18 items from 2015
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