By and large, almost every feature film, play or anime that’s been released concerning Mary Shelley’s indelible literary legend focuses on the creation of the monster itself, and while that’s still true to a certain degree in Paul McGuigan’s soon-to-be-released supernatural feature, Victor Frankenstein is as much about the core dynamic between James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe’s leading duo as anything else.
Scripted by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, the aforementioned pairing will assume the roles of Victor and his brilliant but reclusive protégé Igor Strausman, respectively, who set out to defy the laws of nature and resurrect the dead. It’s a dark and slightly horrifying idea, though it’s easy to get drawn into the estranged vision of McAvoy’s lead in today’s debut clip.
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Showcasing a tenacious energy as the original mad scientist, early signs are certainly »
- Michael Briers
Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle) breaks down the unique approach to the action movie genre in our exclusive preview for American Ultra. Before you pick up this action-comedy on Digital HD Novmeber 10, you can take a look at new behind-the-scenes footage, while Max Landis compares his story to Scream, since it pokes fun at the genre while delivering thrilling scenes. We also hear from producer David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and star Tony Hale (Veep), who discuss their thoughts on the writer's unique script.
Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) star as two slackers-turned-secret weapons in American Ultra. The movie arrives on Digital HD November 10, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand November 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The knockout adventure from the director of the hit comedy Project X also stars Topher Grace, Connie Britton, »
It’s November: the month of Thanksgiving, the societal horror that is Black Friday, the marketing horror that is Cyber Monday, the disintegration of your favorite football team’s season, and, if you live in Los Angeles, a small chance that the temperature falls below 70. Which is to say it's a mixed bag of a 30-day stretch. Fresh off the worst box-office weekend of the year, can the same be said for the month's upcoming movie releases? Let me tell you and, in the process, rank these things accordingly! One thing's for certain: It has to be better than Floptober.10. Victor FrankensteinWhile you can count me among the supporters of Max Landis, the ultraprolific screenwriter behind Chronicle, American Ultra, and 200 other movies coming to a theater near you, I’m still skeptical about the chances of his next film, Victor Frankenstein, which comes out November 25. Despite the dynamite pairing of »
- Kevin Lincoln
Film fests such as the Toronto Int. Film Festival afford us the best of opportunities to get instantly familiar with new faces in the world of cinema. With last week’s The Conversation, I gave you a rundown of the talent behind the camera with the 2015 Tiff Top Ten New Voices. Today, we look back at the best performances from fresh and relatively new crop of actors and actresses. Almost evenly split genderwise, we’ll surely look back on these early performances from these youthful players as the moment where they received their big break and if they’re not familiar now, they surely will be in the coming years. In deliberating this top ten list, I focused on offerings either unique to the festival or near concurrent premieres in Locarno and Venice.
#10. Karelle Tremblay – Les Etres Chers
- Nicholas Bell
Ahead of its release next month, DC Entertainment has debuted a first look preview of Superman: American Alien #1, the first issue of the new seven-part limited series from writer Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra); check it out here and click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…
Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner Award nominee Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra, Adventures Of Superman) joins forces with top comics artists including Jock, Francis Manapul and Jae Lee to bring you Superman: American Alien, a 7-issue miniseries chronicling the life of Clark Kent and his development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become. But these are not the stories of the iconic “Superman” as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, »
- Gary Collinson
2015 has certainly been the year of the Spy Movie, and Warner Bros. attempt with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is heading to blu-ray next month. Come inside to check out all the details on what's coming with it.
Danger has never seemed so alluring when “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on November 17. The film will also be available early on Digital HD on October 27.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
It’s a rather short edition of The Week in Star Wars, but there’s still some news about The Force Awakens, casting for Episode VIII and some toy bits from New York Comic Con…
Kicking things off with the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it was announced this week that the movie will have its world premiere on December 14th, 2015. The premiere will take place in Los Angeles before heading to London ahead of its worldwide release on December 16th…
…The Force Awakens star John Boyega was asked about the fan backlash he received back in February when it was revealed that he was – shock – playing a black Stormtrooper. He was, of course, right on the money. “I’m in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don’t. I’m not saying get used to the future, »
- Luke Owen
Though filmmaker Josh Trank dropped out of the second "Star Wars" spin-off film which was rumored to focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett, a new report is now linking his "Chronicle" and "Fantastic Four" star Michael B. Jordan to the project.
The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider appeared on the Meet the Movie Press podcast (via Lr) recently where he dropped the announcement fairly casually, but did not go into any further details. Sneider's track record with rumors though is usually quite reliable so it has some weight to it.
The project was originally slated to be released between "Star Wars: Episode VIII" and "Star Wars: Episode IX," a position that's instead been given over to Phil Lord & Chris Miller's Han Solo spin-off. When the film will go ahead now is unclear. »
- Garth Franklin
Chalk this one up firmly as a rumour, but according to The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider on Meet the Movie Press, Disney and Lucasfilm are reportedly considering Michael B. Jordan for the role of Boba Fett in a Star Wars Anthology movie.
Sneider claims that Jordan could have potentially reunited with his Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank on the spinoff, before Trank’s exit from the project. Apparently, Straight Outta Compton helmer F. Gary Gray had also been under consideration to replace Trank before he was confirmed as directing Fast & Furious 8.
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Now, before anyone cries race change, it is suggested in the novel Star Wars: Aftermath that Fett’s Mandalorian armor has been recovered by Jawas post-Sarlaac, so it is entirely possible that someone else could take on the mantle of the fearsome bounty hunter. It »
- Gary Collinson
With Fantastic Four finishing up its North American box office run with a dismal $56 million, it’s fair to say that 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the Marvel comic book series has been an unmitigated disaster. Speaking to THR, writer-producer Simon Kinberg has revealed that he was “disappointed” by the reception of the film, as well as commenting on Josh Trank’s decision to bash the film on Twitter ahead of its release.
“I haven’t really done a full diagnosis,” states Kinberg when asked where the film went wrong. “It was a hard movie to make, but I’ve made a lot of hard movies. I do think that there is a great Fantastic Four movie with that cast. But there’s so many different elements that need to come together perfectly. It’s like a collaboration between all these strangers. And if there’s a few things that don’t go right, »
- Gary Collinson
From day one, no one seemed particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of a Fantastic Four reboot. Much of that stemmed from a desire to see the rights revert to Marvel Studios, but with Josh Trank (Chronicle) hired to direct and an impressive cast assembled in the form of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, things started looking up.
The teaser trailer for Fantastic Four also appeared to signal good things to come, and even those who had been doubting the movie from day one were forced to admit that there was a good chance it would do what X-Men: First Class did back in 2011 and exceed everyone’s expectations.
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That was despite some hard to believe rumours about issues behind the scenes, but those suddenly became a lot easier to buy into when the first wave of reviews for Fantastic Four surfaced. »
- Josh Wilding
There are great places to start for anyone unfamiliar with Japanese animation. You need a basis for visuals like Akira and Ghost in the Shell, for action like Ninja Scroll or Redline, but I wouldn’t know where to send someone for heart and humor. I’m sure most people would say Hayao Miyazaki films are the way to go, right? See, I’m not a big anime fan. I’ve got favorite films like those above, and there are series I adore like Cowboy Bebop, but I’m not anxious or often hunting new items. Mamoru Hosoda is a director I’m not familiar with, but after seeing the trailer for The Boy and the Beast a while back and hearing nothing but raves, I was ecstatic when it was added to the Fantastic Fest roster. It didn’t disappoint.
A nine year old boy has run away from »
- Mike Hassler
It’s no secret that Fantastic Four has been somewhat of a disaster for 20th Century Fox. Director Josh Trank started the blame game with the studio days before its release, some actors haven’t even seen the movie yet (while others are poking fun at its poor box office run), and there is a wild rumour that they’ve already scraped the sequel in favour of Deadpool 2.
Back in January, we sat down with Mark Millar to get his thoughts on the movie (which he served as a creative consultant) and now in an interview with IGN he discusses much of the controversy mentioned above, while also touching upon the future of the franchise.
“It’s a shame because I think elements of it were good,” he said. “Some bits were good. I remember the first half in particular works well. [Josh Trank] is brilliant. Chronicle was my favorite superhero movie »
- Robert Kojder
One of Mark Millar's many jobs is as creative consultant for 20th Century Fox on its Marvel movies. But that doesn't mean that his eyes aren't open to things that have gone right, and in the case of the recent Fantastic Four movie, gone wrong.
In a new interview over at IGN, Millar has been chatting about the new Fantastic Four film, and admits that its failing is "a shame, because I think elements of it were good".
"I remember the first half in particular works well", Millar argues, describing director Josh Trank as "brilliant" and adding that "Chronicle was my favourite superhero movie in 2012 - and be reminded Avengers was out that year".
As for Fantastic Four, though, "it's just a shame sometimes things don't work out as planned. Nobody goes »
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot will likely go down as one of the biggest critical and commercial superhero movie flops of all time, having cost 20th Century Fox about $100 million and scoring an unprecedented 9% on review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes. Comic book writer Mark Millar is a creative consultant for Fox, and in the buildup to the movie’s release he was very vocal in his support for the project and its director – but now that he’s seen it, Millar has to admit that it didn’t live up to expectations
Here’s what he had to say about it during an interview with IGN:
It’s a shame because I think element of it were good. Some bits were good. I remember the first half in particular works well. [Josh Trank] is brilliant. Chronicle was my favorite superhero movie in 2012 — and be reminded Avengers was out that year. I really love Chronicle. »
- Mark Cassidy
Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot was a huge critical and commercial failure, and as things currently stand, it's both one of the worst reviewed comic book movies of all-time and has lost Fox around $100 million. It's not clear just how much of a role Mark Millar has in these movies as a creative consultant, but even he was willing to acknowledge the movie's failings in a recent interview with IGN. "It's a shame because I think element of it were good," he confessed. "Some bits were good. I remember the first half in particular works well. [Josh Trank] is brilliant. Chronicle was my favorite superhero movie in 2012 -- and be reminded Avengers was out that year. I really love Chronicle. It's just a shame sometimes things don't work out as planned. Nobody goes in hoping it's not going to work out. Everybody is trying their best and those guys »
Plot: A cheerful hit-man (Sam Rockwell) falls for an unlucky-in-love young woman (Anna Kendrick) but their relationship is threatened by his murderous former mentor (Tim Roth) and an army of contract killers looking to take him out. Review: The word is that Mr. Right was the screenplay that got Max Landis (Chronicle) noticed in Hollywood, with him having gone on to pen American Ultra, and Victor Frankenstein.... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
It must be noted that Robert Pattinson has moved on from the Twilight phase. His A-List status can convey he can choose carefully what his next projects will be and many Pattinson fans will view his next feature just like anyone will view the next Tom Cruise flick. Unfortunately, Twilight fans will be highly disappointed with his next film, Life as the target audience are for people over the age of thirty-five.
Be that as it may, even if you are over thirty-five and want to educate yourself about an era where Hollywood was evolving to new heights, adding onto learning about a cultural icon, then the chances of enjoyment will be adequate. But only adequate is the strongest word »
- Aly Lalji
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? The Warriors gets a new remake pitch, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials premiere is forced to move for a disgusting reason and the 80s classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment. But first, writer-director Max Landis offers his Man of Steel 2 pitch. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Chronicle and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis has revealed a very interesting pitch for Man of Steel 2 for a Screen Junkies segment dubbed Dream Sequels. This pitch essentially ignores everything that will happen in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it's still a »
For most, “reformed hit man” suggests someone who used to kill people but doesn’t anymore. In the case of “Mr. Right,” however, the label has an altogether different meaning: Instead of bumping off the targets he’s hired to eliminate, Sam Rockwell’s born-again executioner kills the folks who contracted him instead. Not an especially sustainable work model, professionally speaking (it’s murder on word-of-mouth, for starters), but then, this fixer is ready to make some changes in his own life, maybe even find romance with an on-the-rebound Anna Kendrick — which is where Max Landis’ ultra-cutesy script picks up, asking whether a character like that can find and sustain love … or else die trying. For about a decade after “Pulp Fiction,” such quirky hit-man comedies were all the rage, though in the post-“Gigli” era, (the eerily similar) “Mr. Right” just feels wrong.
That’s not to say audiences »
- Peter Debruge
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