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Channing Tatum Really Didn’t Want to Be in the G.I. Joe Movies

Channing Tatum Really Didn’t Want to Be in the G.I. Joe Movies
“G.I. Joe is the codename for America’s daring, highly trained, special mission force.” So declares the voiceover in the theme song for G.I. Joe, the cartoon show that dominated after-school televisions in the 1980s. And by that criteria, Channing Tatum seems like the perfect choice to play Duke, leader of the Joes. Is he highly trained? Of course! Have you seen Step Up or Magic Mike? Is he daring? Anyone who caught his cameo in This is the End would give a resounding “yes”!

But the song also tells us that G.I. Joe “never gives up” and is “always there.” On that account, Tatum might fall a little bit short.

Recently, Tatum agreed to strap on a lie detector and answer questions for Vanity Fair. And to test the actor’s resolve, Vanity Fair went right for the tough questions: “You played Duke in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
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‘Castlemont’ Teaser Trailer Announcement

‘Castlemont’ Teaser Trailer Announcement
A late ’90s period drama exploring pain, loss, divorce, grief, and the cinematic arts shown through the perspective of Ephraim, a 10-year-old Filipino boy set during May 1999 in San Jose, California.

The project is helmed by Filipino storyteller, Mark Schoonmaker with an original screenplay penned by Schoonmaker. Produced by Phillip Michael Ramos and Schoonmaker underneath their Cold Moon Productions banner. The film features Steve Wilcox (Dc’s Swamp Thing), Jamie Pasquinelli (The Black Phone), and introduces Isaac Smelcer-Zhang. The film features original music composed by Matt Cunningham (3 Demons, The Spore). The film is due out to release in late 2023.

Statement from Schoonmaker: “The film’s an ode to cinema and my influences – Steven Spielberg, 1930s/1990s horror movies, Stephen Sommers (director of The Mummy (1999)), and it also explores a deep look into the cinematic arts, ambition, pain, divorce and grief. Film actor, Ethan Hawke (Sinister) inspired the
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Which Is Better The Mummy 1999 or The Mummy 1932?

Which Is Better The Mummy 1999 or The Mummy 1932?
The original Universal Monster movies were a massive deal between the 1930s and 1950s. It's as if Dracula and Frankenstein movies were always being pumped out into theaters. When most audiences think of this series, images of crumbling castles, miscellaneous lab equipment, dark rolling hills, and tiny lamp-lit villages come to mind. They were quiet, chilly pictures that typically brought classic literature or mythic tales to the big screen. One of these pictures was 1932's The Mummy, directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff as the titular mummy, Prince Imhotep. While not a game changer in the series like the original Dracula or The Bride of Frankenstein, it's a reliable, shadowy, eerie entry in the Universal Monster series. The original Mummy film would spawn several sequels, spin-offs, and eventually remakes, namely the 1999 re-imagining, The Mummy, directed by Stephen Sommers. For many that grew up in the 1990s and 2000s,
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‘National Treasure: Edge of History’ Review: Disney+ Series Is a Joyful, Throwback Adventure

‘National Treasure: Edge of History’ Review: Disney+ Series Is a Joyful, Throwback Adventure
The legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer helped to usher Disney into the franchise age with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, a gung-ho historical epic chock full of charm that helped the House of Mouse keep up with the likes of “The Matrix” and “The Lord of the Rings.” The king of the high-concept blockbuster is all about what he once referred to as “the transportation business. We transport audiences from one place to another,” and the “National Treasure” movies, starring Nicolas Cage, are a perfect example of his ethos, albeit on a more family-friendly ethos than the work of his Don Simpson days.

The set-up of a ragtag group of adventurers hunting treasure and taking on bad guys is the stuff of old-school Hollywood dreams, so of course it was perfect for the small-screen treatment, courtesy of Disney+. And fans of the two movies (with a third in the works
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The 15 Best Disney Live-Action Remakes, Ranked By Letterboxd

The 15 Best Disney Live-Action Remakes, Ranked By Letterboxd
Walt Disney Pictures made cinematic history when they began releasing feature-length animated films with quality that was just as good as live-action motion pictures. Walt Disney elevated simple cartoons to an art form and, over the years, most of these films have become classics.

Recently, Disney has cashed in on nostalgia and has been making many live-action remakes of some of their animated classics, mostly from the more recent 1990s period, known as the Disney Renaissance. These films are usually successful because they have a built-in audience of viewers who grew up watching them, but the remakes have been released with varying success. The website Letterboxd allows movie lovers to share their thoughts, creating a better sense of the public response to a movie depending on its average rating on a 5-point scale.

Updated by Meagan Bojarski on November 29, 2022:

The trend of live-action remakes has continued to attract audiences,
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A Dark Universe Revival Should Be Easy: Tie The Mummy Into Van Helsing

A Dark Universe Revival Should Be Easy: Tie The Mummy Into Van Helsing
The Dark Universe could have a second chance at success by creating a crossover between The Mummy movies and Van Helsing. The Dark Universe was conceived as Universal Pictures' ambitious idea to launch a cinematic universe devoted to classic Universal monsters. It kicked off with 2017's reboot of The Mummy, but that film's negative reception and its lower-than-expected box office performance led to Universal greatly overhauling its plans for the Dark Universe. It has come to be remembered as the shortest-lived cinematic universe in history.

Universal would find success with 2020's The Invisible Man as a standalone movie, and there are other upcoming Universal monster movie reboots. However, the Dark Universe has several existing movies on which it can base its potential revival, namely Stephen Sommers's Mummy films and his 2004 monster movie, Van Helsing. Although all four films are over a decade removed from their original theatrical releases, The Mummy
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Was The Mummy's Anuk-Sun-Amun A Real Person?

Was The Mummy's Anuk-Sun-Amun A Real Person?
In 1999's The Mummy, Egyptian concubine Anck-su-namun (Patricia Velasquez) plays a key role as a character motivation for the villain, Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), but it is unclear whether she was a real person in Ancient Egypt. Imhotep's curse wreaks havoc in The Mummy as he sets out to resurrect Anck-su-namun, as they were lovers during their lifetimes. Just like Imhotep, her character is based on real Egyptian history, but not in the way the movie makes it out to be.

In reality, Anck-su-namun was an Egyptian princess, not a concubine. Named Ankhesenamun, she was the daughter of Pharaoh Ankhenaten and Queen Nefertiti, and later married Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Unlike Anck-su-namun in The Mummy, she lived in the mid-1300s Bce, while Imhotep lived in the 27th century Bce. So even though she was real, she never would have been able to meet Imhotep, let alone fall in love with him.

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Wait, How Many Mummies Did Brendan Fraser Kill In The Mummy Trilogy?

Wait, How Many Mummies Did Brendan Fraser Kill In The Mummy Trilogy?
Brendan Fraser's Rick O'Connell killed a Lot of mummies in The Mummy trilogy. 1999's The Mummy had a long road to the big screen, with the project starting as a smaller, horror-focused remake of the Universal Monsters classic. Filmmakers like George A. Romero and Clive Barker developed takes, but it was Stephen Sommers who landed the job. His pitch merged The Mummy with Indiana Jones, and a surprise box-office smash was born. In addition to receiving two direct Mummy movie sequels - 2001's The Mummy Returns and 2008's The Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor - the trilogy also received a spin-off saga with The Scorpion King movies.

While the reception to The Mummy sequels was (rightfully) mixed, the 1999 movie is fondly regarded. A big part of that is down to Fraser's endearing performance as protagonist Rick O'Connell, with the role combining the actor's talent for physical comedy and action.
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Brendan Fraser Explains What Made The Mummy Filming So Chaotic (& Fun)

Brendan Fraser Explains What Made The Mummy Filming So Chaotic (& Fun)
The Mummy star Brendan Fraser details the very chaotic set environment of the 1999 hit film but makes clear that it was still a ton of fun. Directed by Stephen Sommers, The Mummy tells the story of adventurer Rick O'Connell as he deals with the consequences of accidentally waking up an ancient Mummy, who is determined to be reunited with his long-lost love. While earning somewhat mixed reviews from critics, the action-adventure movie was a big with audiences and helped launch Fraser's career. Fraser would reprise his role two sequels, The Mummy Returns in 2001 and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008.

In a recent career retrospective interview with GQ, Brendan Fraser reflects on his time making The Mummy and reveals that the production felt a little chaotic at times. In addition to shooting many of The Mummy's sequences on location in Morocco, Fraser explains that Sommers' directing style
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The Mummy Movies in Order (How to Watch the Film Trilogy)

The Mummy Movies in Order (How to Watch the Film Trilogy)
International audiences fell in love with the handsome “Rick O’Connell and the sharp librarian Evelyn” and the Mummy’s ghost in the action-adventure movie The Mummy from 1999, which served as the first series of films.

The unusual duo fights against the undead Egyptian high priest Imhotep as he pursues his campaign to exterminate humanity in Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of the 1932 classic creature film.

It was combating the supernatural powers and terrifying plagues that unleash upon the land. This is entirely different from the 1930s and 1940s Universal horror films and Hammer horror films.

The Sommers mummy’s curse brilliantly incorporates humor, amazing effects, and exciting action sequences into the gripping Egyptian story, shifting their focus away from being short horror movies and toward adventure and romance.

The Mummy Movies in Order of the Release Date The Mummy (1999) The Mummy returns (2001) The Scorpion king (2002) Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in The Mummy
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Bones & All Director Luca Guadagnino Wants To Remake The Mummy

Bones & All Director Luca Guadagnino Wants To Remake The Mummy
Director Luca Guadagnino would like to get the chance to remake The Mummy. Guadagnino is a writer and director most known for his Oscar-nominated work on Call Me By Your Name. Guadagnino’s newest work is Bones and All, a drama-horror film that will come out later this month. Based on the Camille DeAngelis novel of the same name, Bones and All follows the story of a young woman named Maren (Taylor Russell) who lives on the margins of society because she has a quality to her that is quite different from those around her: Maren is a cannibal. Throughout the film, Maren meets other people who eat flesh, as she attempts to maintain her cannibalistic urges.

Guadagnino shares with Collider that he would like to remake the 1932 film The Mummy. In an interview for Bones and All, Guadagnino was asked what horror classic he would like to remake. Guadagino
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Was The Mummy's Imhotep A Real Person?

Was The Mummy's Imhotep A Real Person?
As The Mummy's chief antagonist, Imhotep plays a major role in the movie, but was he a real person? The Mummy is of the finest action-adventure films of the 1990s, featuring exciting set-pieces, memorable one-liners, and charming performances from Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. But, as a movie based around black magic, featuring the malevolent undead and carnivorous scarab beetles that can strip the flesh of a human being in seconds, it takes some creative liberties with its ancient Egyptian source material.

In The Mummy, Imhotep is portrayed as the high priest of Pharaoh Seti I. The film's prologue, set in 1290 BC, establishes that Imhotep had an affair with Anck-su-namun, the Pharaoh's mistress. Imhotep and Anck-su-namun murder the Pharaoh after he discovers their illicit love before the latter takes her own life. Imhotep tries to resurrect Anck-su-namun but is stopped by the Medjai, the Pharaoh's royal guard, and buried
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Brendan Fraser Recalls First Meeting The Rock After Making Mummy 2

Brendan Fraser Recalls First Meeting The Rock After Making Mummy 2
Though they starred in The Mummy Returns together, Brendan Fraser has revealed his first meeting with Dwayne Johnson took place long after filming wrapped. The Mummy Returns was the sequel to the action-adventure fantasy film The Mummy, itself a remake of the 1932 film of the same name. It was written and directed by Stephen Sommers. Fraser starred in the movie alongside Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo in the titular role.

In 2001, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joined the original Mummy cast for the sequel, starring as Mathayus, aka the Scorpion King, a villain with a mission to conquer the world. Despite mixed reviews, following the commercial success of The Mummy Returns, Johnson went on to lead a prequel film called The Scorpion King, set 5,000 years before the events of The Mummy. Though the two actors never properly shared the screen as Johnson's character was mostly computer-generated, Johnson has been
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The Mummy 1999's Original Ending Explained (& Why It Changed)

The Mummy 1999's Original Ending Explained (& Why It Changed)
Imhotep's death scene in 1999's The Mummy was augmented in a key way from how it was originally planned to appear. Stephen Sommers' The Mummy blended real history and fiction and brought an adventure-driven flair to its story of the villainous mummy Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), a priest mummified alive in ancient Egypt. Thousands of years later, Imhotep is accidentally resurrected in 1926 during an expedition to the ancient city of Hamunaptra.

In the final showdown, after Imhotep is rendered mortal by Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) and fatally stabbed by Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), he slips into a bog with his body returning to its rotten state as Rick, Evelyn, and Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah) watch. However, Imhotep's death was originally a more basic villain demise. It later became clear to director Stephen Sommers that The Mummy needed to end on a more supernatural note.

Related: Was The Mummy's Seti A Real Person?
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Dwayne Johnson Supports Brendan Fraser Oscar Win For The Whale

Dwayne Johnson Supports Brendan Fraser Oscar Win For The Whale
Dwayne Johnson believes Brendan Fraser should win Best Actor for The Whale. Fraser has made his comeback as a leading man in the Darren Aronofsky-directed film as Charlie, a reclusive English teacher struggling to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Sadie Sink). Fraser rose to fame in the early 2000s with various quirky comedies such as George of the Jungle, and as the face of the action-adventure Mummy franchise. Though the actor became an acclaimed Hollywood star on the rise due to his charisma and excellent timing, his career took a back seat to several unfortunate personal issues and the actor appeared less frequently on-screen, particularly in leading roles. The Whale has already earned a few standing ovations at festival screenings and Fraser has been applauded for his performance, showing a triumphant return to the spotlight.

Johnson has also enjoyed the limelight lately, most recently for his starring role in DC's latest film Black Adam.
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It was no fun: Brendan Fraser on Tom Cruise-starrer 'The Mummy' failing

It was no fun: Brendan Fraser on Tom Cruise-starrer 'The Mummy' failing
Hollywood actor Brendan Fraser, who immortalised (pun intended) ‘The Mummy’ franchise, feels that the 2017 reboot of the film with Tom Cruise as the lead, was no “fun”. When Universal rebooted ‘The Mummy’ in 2017, Fraser wasn’t invited back to the party, reports Variety.

Instead, it was Tom Cruise who was left to deal with the consequences of unearthing an ancient tomb. Brendan told Variety: “It is hard to make that movie. The ingredient that we had going for our Mummy, which I didn’t see in that film, was fun. That was what was lacking in that incarnation. It was too much of a straight-ahead horror movie. ‘The Mummy’ should be a thrill ride, but not terrifying and scary.”

“I know how difficult it is to pull it off,” Fraser added. “I tried to do it three times,” he added.

Fraser also shared that he’s open to revisiting the
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Brendan Fraser Would Love To Make A Fourth Mummy Movie, Knows Why Tom Cruise's Reboot Failed

Brendan Fraser Would Love To Make A Fourth Mummy Movie, Knows Why Tom Cruise's Reboot Failed
Universal Pictures' infamous Dark Universe was not an inherently bad idea. The studio had enjoyed great success crossing over its classic monster movie series going back to the 1940s, at one point even pairing them with comedy duo Abbott and Costello for a run of films. Then, director Stephen Sommers gave "The Mummy" a fresh coat of paint with his 1999 remake, a delightfully cheeky mix of "Indiana Jones"-style action/adventure and supernatural horror that would spawn two sequels and a series of spinoff films about The Scorpion King (a role originated by Dwayne Johnson in 2001's "The Mummy Returns").

Since then, however, Universal has struggled to effectively re-imagine most of its other monsters for the 21st century. Many of its attempts to do so have seen the studio trying to repurpose these characters as superheroes, starting with Sommers' 2004 movie "Van Helsing" and continuing on to 2014's "Dracula Untold," a
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Brendan Fraser would be down for another Mummy sequel and thought Tom Cruise’s version was not fun enough

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Brendan Fraser would be down for another Mummy sequel and thought Tom Cruise’s version was not fun enough
Good ol’ Brendan Fraser is on the path of a major comeback. Darren Aronofsky, who is no stranger to revitalizing an actor with a fallen career, cast Fraser in an intimately intense role in his new drama, The Whale. The Whale has been making the film festival rounds and, on more than one occasion, moved the audience into giving applause and standing ovations for the former action movie star.

Oscar buzz is already building for Fraser, and in an age of nostalgia kicks and legacy sequels, the actor is sure to find out how much he’s missed in his former popular roles. Variety reports on a question Fraser had been asked on whether he’d be interested in returning to the Mummy franchise or not. The star of the supernatural-adventure series responded, “I don’t know how it would work. But I’d be open to it if someone
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Brendan Fraser Is ‘Open’ to Fourth ‘Mummy’ Movie, Says Tom Cruise’s Reboot Flopped Because It Wasn’t Fun

Brendan Fraser Is ‘Open’ to Fourth ‘Mummy’ Movie, Says Tom Cruise’s Reboot Flopped Because It Wasn’t Fun
Brendan Fraser landed on the A-list thanks to his roll as the rollicking adventurer Rick O’Connell in “The Mummy” and its two sequels. And he hasn’t returned to the land of the undead since 2008’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” but Fraser says he’s open to revisiting the franchise that made him a megastar.

“I don’t know how it would work,” he admits. “But I’d be open to it if someone came up with the right conceit.”

Fraser shared his thoughts on the film series as part of a Variety cover story on the making of “The Whale,” a drama about an obese man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. That film has landed him in the thick of the Oscar race.

As part of the story, Fraser looked back on his matinee idol days. “The Mummy” director Stephen Sommers said he cast
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The Mummy's Hanging Scene Wasn't Entirely Fake For Brendan Fraser

The Mummy's Hanging Scene Wasn't Entirely Fake For Brendan Fraser
Let it never be said that Brendan Fraser isn't willing to risk it all to inject a bit of realism into a role. Part of the reason we're seeing a "Brenaissance" revival at all today is because of the beloved memorability of his characters. From the delightfully naive George in "George of the Jungle" to the swashbuckling Rick O'Connell from "The Mummy." While his early typecasting as the handsome good guy often overshadowed just how much he made what could've easily been two-dimensional characters into lively and even nuanced ones.

But that kind of commitment almost got him into trouble while filming "The Mummy," a role he was only considered for because director Stephen Sommers saw him in "George of the Jungle." Early in the film Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) finds herself negotiating the release of O'Connell in order to enlist him in guiding her to the lost city of Hamunaptra.
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