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How do you like your Disney classics? Old-school animated or live-action updated? [Poll]

When Disney isn’t busy pumping out “Star Wars” spin-offs or Marvel superhero sequels and origin stories, the studio seems bound and determined to recycle every one of its animated classics into a live-action or heavily CGI version. Back in 1994, the House of Mouse did its first live-action redo based on 1967’s “The Jungle Book.” Directed by Stephen Sommers, it took in an Ok $42 million at the box office. It was a step in a new direction from the old days when the studio would do anniversary revivals of their treasured animated features by re-releasing them on the big screen.

That tradition ended when they got more bang out of their remake buck with 1996’s live-action “101 Dalmatians,” based on the 1961 cartoon feature. The big draw was Glenn Close as the malevolent puppy-snatcher Cruella de Vil. The doggy romance hit the spot, grossing $320.7 million worldwide — although its sequel, “102 Dalmatians,
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London’s Calling Hellboy! 5 Huge Movies Set In The British Capital

London has increasingly been used as a backdrop to various blockbuster action films in recent years, from Mission: Impossible to Thor, London has played host to a wide range of action heroes. Hellboy is another soon-to-be released blockbuster largely set in and around London, which features monsters, demons and an ancient sorceress as the iconic character battles to save mankind. The Hellboy trailers feature some serious action set-pieces including a shootout in a chippy, a giant monster destroying Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral surrounded by flying demons.

To celebrate London’s prominent role in Hellboy, we’re going to take a look at our favourite appearances of our beloved city in Hollywood blockbusters from recent years. Hellboy is in cinemas from April 11th.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission Impossible is widely known for the huge range of locations featured throughout the franchise, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout is no exception.
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Black Widow Movie Eyes Rachel Weisz for Major Role

Joseph Baxter Apr 3, 2019

The long-planned Black Widow solo movie is finally getting off the ground, and is in talks with Rachel Weisz to co-star.

For years, we’ve been hearing about a prospective Black Widow solo movie showcasing Scarlett Johansson’s Marvel Cinematic Universe character, a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff. Indeed, had plans been more expedient, it would have been the first female-led feature for the Marvel Studios branding; an honor that would ultimately go to the Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel. However, after years of inertia, things appear to be moving quickly for the Black Widow project, which is now rapidly announcing cast members!

While it was just reported that Stranger Things and Hellboy star David Harbour was cast for the Black Widow movie, a subsequent report from Variety has revealed that Oscar winning actress Rachel Weisz is now in talks for what is being called a key role in the film.
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Every Live-Action Disney Remake, Ranked from Worst to Best (Photos)

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Over the last decade, Disney has found itself dipping increasingly into its own well of nostalgic favorites. Specifically, they’ve been taking their beloved animated classics, remaking them in live-action (or mostly live-action), and producing one blockbuster smash after another.

Not all of these live-action Disney remakes are good, and some of the bad ones have unexpectedly interesting ideas. And some of them actually predate the current (and seemingly never-ending) wave. Let’s take a look at all of the live-action remakes of Disney’s animated classics, going all the way back to the 1990s, to explore which films improved on the original and which ones came up short.

13. “The Jungle Book” (1994)

The first live-action Disney remake of an animated Disney classic is, somehow, still the worst. Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy”) directs this frustratingly inert take on Rudyard Kipling’s stories, which strips the animals of their characterizations and highlights
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Deep Rising

Treat Williams plays a sea captain surrounded by mercenaries and carnivorous monsters in Stephen Sommers’ Alien on the High Seas horror film from 1998. Famke Janssen is William’s reluctant partner and the busy duo hop from speedboat to luxury liner in their attempts to outrun the aggressively nasty tentacled creatures.

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Review: Aquaman

by Chris Feil

There’s an element to Aquaman’s chutzpah that feels lost to contemporary cynicism, as if its as much an artifact as the trident our titular hero chases. Here is a superhero epic that skews closer to something like Stephen Sommers Mummy trilogy, enveloped in sincerity and willingness to dazzle without winks or too-cool posturing.

But cut that with an over-caffeinated, sugar rush aesthetic packed to (forgive me) the gills with technicolor extremity, and you get a superhero film that’s delightfully batshit. It’s both beyond absurd and the guiltiest of pleasures, like Lisa Frank for dudes or gay underwater Indiana Jones. For some it might be an acquired taste, but it succeeds by pairing simplistic narrative ambitions with an authentically wild visual experience.
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‘Scorpion King: Book of Souls’ Review

Stars: Zach McGowan, Nathan Jones, Peter Mensah, Pearl Thusi, Mayling Ng, Inge Beckmann, Katy Louise Saunders, Howard Charles, Rizelle Januk | Written by David Alton Hedges, Frank DeJohn | Directed by Don Michael Paul

A spin-off from 2001′s Mummy sequel, the Scorpion King series – begun in 2002 – has official now out-lived and outlasted the very franchise it was born from. Stephen Sommers Mummy films ran for 9 years and three films, whilst the Scorpion King franchise is now in it’s fifth film with Scorpion King: Book of Souls and has go on for 16 years – with four sequels in the the last ten years alone.

This latest comes once again from Universal 1440, the direct to market arm of Universal which has consistently put out direct to DVD sequels to a myriad of different franchises like Death Race, Bring It On, Jarhead, Tremors and more. This film also sees Universal 1440 stalwart Don Michael Paul in the directors chair,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Scorpion King: Book Of Souls on Blu-ray

Get ready for an all-new adrenaline-filled adventure in the next chapter of the beloved fan-favorite franchise, Scorpion King: Book of Souls, now available on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart-pumping action sequences and intriguing new characters, the historical fantasy film stars Zach McGowan as the legendary Scorpion King alongside Pearl Thusi as the Nubian Princess, Peter Mensah as the evil warlord and Nathan Jones as the noble guardian. Showcasing stunning visuals, Scorpion King: Book of Souls reaches new levels of adventure that will keep viewers mesmerized from start to finish.

Now you can own the Scorpion King: Book Of Souls Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 3 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘King’ in its title?
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Scorpion King: Book Of Souls Arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on October 23rd

Get ready for an all-new adrenaline-filled adventure in the next chapter of the beloved fan-favorite franchise, Scorpion King: Book of Souls, arriving on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on October 23, 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart-pumping action sequences and intriguing new characters, the historical fantasy film stars Zach McGowan as the legendary Scorpion King alongside Pearl Thusi as the Nubian Princess, Peter Mensah as the evil warlord and Nathan Jones as the noble guardian. Showcasing stunning visuals, Scorpion King: Book of Souls reaches new levels of adventure that will keep viewers mesmerized from start to finish.

The legendary Scorpion King returns for an epic adventure in the latest action-packed film in the franchise. In ancient Egypt, the evil warlord, Nebserek (Mensah), discovers a cursed sword that makes the one who wields it more powerful with every soul it strikes down.
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August 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Walking Dead Season 8, The Tingler, Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 3, The Terror Season 1

For all you genre fans who enjoy more serialized storytelling, August 21st features some truly excellent seasons of a variety of cable television series, including the final ten episodes of Ash vs Evil Dead, season 8 of The Walking Dead, and the first season of The Terror, and Kino Lorber has put together a 20th anniversary Blu-ray for Deep Rising. Scream Factory is keeping busy with William Castle’s The Tingler and Strait-Jacket on tap this week, and Shout Select has a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart coming home as well.

Other notable releases for August 21st include Deadpool 2, What Still Remains, First Reformed, Leonor, and The Ninth Passenger.

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 3

Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 features Ash, who – having gone from urban legend to hometown hero –discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with
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Deep Rising

Let’s hear it for ‘undiscriminating’ audiences, the kind that want nothing more in a movie than a hundred minutes of combat action, suspense, scary monsters and gross-out gore. They’ll get their fill in Stephen SommersCuisinart blending of Titanic, Aliens and Die Hard. It’s quality fast food exploitation; just keep your medicine handy if you’re allergic to brainless cornball dialogue.

Deep Rising


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1998 / Color/ 2:35 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date August 21, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O’Connor, Wes Studi, Derrick O’Connor, Jason Flemyng, Cliff Curtis, Clifton Powell, Trevor Goddard, Djimon Hounsou.

Cinematography: Howard Atherton

Film Editor: Bob Ducsay, John Wright

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Special Creature and Makeup Effects designer and creator: Rob Bottin

Second Unit Director: Dean Cundey

Produced by John Baldecchi, Laurence Mark

Written and Directed by Stephen Sommers

Deep Rising must
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Kino Lorber Reveals Full Release Details & Cover Art for Deep Rising 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray & DVD

"Full scream ahead." This year marks two decades since the release of Stephen Sommers' Deep Rising, and to celebrate the sea-centric horror film, Kino Lorber will unleash a 20th anniversary special edition Blu-ray on August 21st. Ahead of its release, we have a look at the cover art and full list of Blu-ray special features and specs, including a restoration taken from a 4K scan of the original camera negative (so get ready to watch that jet ski explosion scene like never before).

From Kino Lorber: "Coming August 21st on DVD and Blu-ray!

Restored from a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative!

Deep Rising (20th Anniversary Special Edition) Includes optional English subtitles

Starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O’Connor, Wes Studi, Jason Flemyng, Cliff Curtis, Clifton Powell and Djimon Hounsou – Music by Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen) – Shot by Howard Atherton (Fatal Attraction) – Edited by
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Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

It has been a long held belief that mainstream video game to film adaptations are cursed to fail. Since the infamous balls up Super Mario Bros. to last year’s muddled Assassin’s Creed, the list of movies that failed to translate the material onscreen is endless and there has yet to be a major studio film based on a video game to enjoy widespread acclaim. Now, obviously, some of us may have different ideas of what has and has not worked so far, for instance I consider Duncan Jones’ Warcraft: The Beginning to be the best video game film yet – it’s a good old fashioned axe swing spell casting fantasy yarn despite the bad reviews saying otherwise. One thing is for sure though, the wait for a big success goes on. So will the newly rebooted Tomb Raider (which is unrelated to the two previous Angelina Jolie Lara
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"ThunderCats" - Enter 'Cheetara'

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The 1980's cartoon series "ThunderCats", continues in development as a live-action feature, to be directed for Sony by Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy"), with interest from actors Dwayne Johnson, Hugh Jackman, Vin Diesel and Milla Jovovich as 'Cheetara' :

'ThunderCats' are a group of cat-like humanoid aliens, created by Ted Wolf for the TV series "ThunderCats"...

...airing from 1985 to 1989, animated by Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation...

...produced, written and voice acted in the Us.

Marvel Comics' 1980's "ThunderCats" series, through their imprint Star Comics...

...included writers David Micheline, Gerry Conway, Tom DeFalco...

...and illustrators including Jim Mooney and Jose Delbo.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "ThunderCats"...
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Dark Universe: the undignified death of a cinematic universe

Ryan Lambie Nov 14, 2017

It's fair to say that The Mummy didn't ignite the multi-movie franchise expected of it. We look at the death of the Dark Universe...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy.

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For some, The Mummy's marketing campaign began not with a bang, but a squeaky Tom Cruise scream. In December 2016, an unfinished trailer for the then-forthcoming film appeared online, and soon went viral: lacking music and proper sound effects, the promo's otherwise dramatic visuals suddenly seemed comically threadbare. A violent plane crash unfolded with only a few chunks of dialogue and an amusing yelp from co-star Annabelle Wallis; Tom Cruise stumbled about in zero-gravity with only a few apologetic 'oofs' and 'eeks' for company.

Steps were taken to have the leaked trailer removed, but as is the way of the web,
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Review: Russell Mulcahy's Tale Of The Mummy (1998), a cheap and cheesy take on the venerable monster

I vaguely remember watching Tale of the Mummy with my parents in a movie theatre when I was a kid. This was back in 1998, when Stephen SommersThe Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser (one of my all-time guilty pleasures, by the way) was at the height of its popularity —films with similar themes and plots, such as Russell Mulcahy’s Tale, were taking advantage of the hype for Universal’s summer blockbuster. As a kid, I really didn’t know the difference between both pictures, and was only excited to see yet another Mummy movie on the big screen. But while Sommers’ film is an entertaining action-adventure populated by memorable characters and featuring state-of-the-art digital effects (for its time), Tale… is a completely different kind of beast....

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10+ Years Later: Can The Mummy Returns Withstand The Test Of Time?

When I saw Stephen Sommers' fun creature feature Deep Rising, back in 1998, I immediately added him to the list of directors to keep an eye on. That was because I had an absolute blast with the film, warts and all, even though many of my friends thought it was garbage. Two things in particular had tickled my fancy: I liked that it contained characters who had a fun chemistry with each other, and I loved that the film deployed a strange timing with regards to the jokes. Especially bad jokes depend on timing and delivery, and apparently Stephen Sommers and I just happened to share the same sense of rhythm. So when early reports on Aint-It-Cool-News told that Sommers' next film The Mummy looked...

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Brendan Fraser: the lost movie star?

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

Brendan Fraser seemed on the verge of being a major movie star in the late 1990s. But it never came to be. We look at why…

I remember going in to watch 1994’s Airheads at the cinema, at the time tempted to do so more by the name of Michael Lehmann on the end credits than Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser above the title. Steve Buscemi’s presence helped too, of course. But Lehmann had, after all, come to the project off the back of the unfairly maligned Hudson Hawk, and also, this is the man who gave the world Heathers. Can’t grumble with that.

I’d not seen Brendan Fraser on the big screen before, although even by this stage, he’d earned some currency. Encino Man – California Man in the UK – had overcome savage reviews to prove a decent hit. School Ties, that I
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'Wonder Woman' Tops Cruise's 'Mummy' for Second Week at #1

'Wonder Woman' Tops Cruise's 'Mummy' for Second Week at #1
While Universal's release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise is the #1 movie worldwide, it fell short of its anticipated mark domestically. The Cruise-led feature had to settle for second place, finishing nearly $25 million shy of Wonder Woman's second weekend, as the DC Comics adaptation enjoyed a #1 finish at the weekend box office for a second week in a row. With an estimated $57 million, Warner Bros. and DC Comics' release of Wonder Woman finished atop the weekend box office for a second week in a row as its domestic cume now totals more than $205 million after just ten days in release. The performance signals a 45% drop compared to the film's massive $103 million debut last weekend. Just to put that drop in perspective, recent DC Films saw significantly larger second weekend dips as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell 69% in its second weekend, Suicide Squad dropped 67% and Man of Steel
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Review: The Mummy (2017) [Monte’s Take]

The legendary Boris Karloff portrayed many iconic characters throughout his long career—The Monster in Frankenstein (1931) and Imhotep in The Mummy (1932) are undoubtedly two of the most recognizable. Mr. Karloff's roles in these films are a fundamental building block in creating the foundation for Universal Pictures, which would go on to make the classic monsters we can all identify today.

And now, Tom Cruise has been chosen to lead the Universal Monster universe in a new direction, with a new franchise. In recent years, the actor has become somewhat typecast as the "smartest guy in the room" action hero, and he's actually quite good playing this character. Mr. Cruise has a charisma about him and a dedication to keep everything authentic, even down to performing his own terrifying stunts or taking roles earlier in his career that were different and out of character. This makes it all the more
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