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Marvel’s Cancelled 1994 Fantastic Four Movie Is Now On YouTube To Watch

Marvel’s Cancelled 1994 Fantastic Four Movie Is Now On YouTube To Watch
In 1994, Roger Corman finished production on the first live-action film adaptation of the classic Stan Lee comic The Fantastic Four. The movie then promptly went straight into hiding. Despite trailers promising it was coming, it was never to see a full release. The reason for this mysterious disappearance is simple: it’s absolutely terrible. But now you can easily see just how terrible it is as the full thing has been uploaded to YouTube for your viewing displeasure.

As you’ll discover, the film easily lives up to its bad reputation, with costumes that look like they’ve been scraped out of a dollar store, laughable special effects and a general feeling of being rushed towards completion as quickly as possible. And that’s precisely what happened.

In 1983, the production company Neue Constantin purchased the Fantastic Four movie rights from Marvel for a song, but with a contract stipulating that
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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died Monday, according to THR. He was 95.

Working alongside fellow comics titans like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby during the 1960s, Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values. Concepts and plots remained as colorful and weird as ever. But Marvel characters, written with complex, realistic personalities and mundane private lives, often had to resolve family, dating and even financial challenges while protecting the public from an increasingly packed roster of supervillains.

This new approach to superhero comics debuted in “The Fantastic Four,” a team of superheroes presented as a dysfunctional but loving family unit that Lee co-created with Kirby in 1961. Lee credited his wife, Joan, for
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Why 'A Star Is Born' Isn't Wowing Overseas Audiences

Why 'A Star Is Born' Isn't Wowing Overseas Audiences
Why aren't foreigners going gaga for A Star Is Born?

Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, which features Lady Gaga in her first big-screen leading role, has wowed U.S. critics and audiences alike — earning some $178 million to date at the domestic box office and topping many awards season best-of lists.

But internationally, in many countries at least, A Star Is Born has failed to ignite.

The Warner Bros. release has earned $144.8 million to date outside of North America, just less than 45 percent of its total take of $322.8 million, while studio-style releases of this sort ...
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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires

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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires
In the wake of the devastating Southern California wildfires, Netflix has canceled its second AFI red carpet for the Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box out of respect to the victims and those battling the tragedy. The screening for the movie will go on as planned at the Tcl Chinese Theatre tonight at 7:30Pm.

Last night Netflix cancelled the red carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also cancelled their red carpet and after party for the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne movie Instant Family yesterday due to the fires.

Below is a statement from Netflix about the cancellation of Bird Box‘s red carpet tonight.

Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned.
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Netflix Cancels 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Red Carpet at L.A.'s AFI Fest Amid Fires

Netflix Cancels 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Red Carpet at L.A.'s AFI Fest Amid Fires
Netflix on Sunday said it was canceling the red carpet portion of its premiere for the Coen brothers' new movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs amid the fires raging through California.

The screening of the film was set to take place as planned Sunday night at AFI Fest, which said it supported Netflix in its decision.

"Our hearts are with the victims and families of the Borderline shooting and of the California wildfires," Netflix said in a statement. "In light of the tragedies this week, we will be cancelling tonight's AFI Fest red carpet coverage for The ...
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Douglas Rain, Voice of Hal 9000 in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Dies at 90

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Douglas Rain, Voice of Hal 9000 in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Dies at 90
Douglas Rain, who voiced the soft-spoken Hal 9000 robot that went rogue in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” has died. He was 90.

The Stratford Festival, which Rain, who was a dedicated Shakespearean actor, co-founded in 1952, said that Rain had died of natural causes in Stratford, Ont. in Canada.

The festival said Rain performed at the festival for more than 45 years.

“Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development,” the festival’s artistic director, Antoni Cimolino, said in a press release Sunday, according to CTV.

“Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors.”

Rain was born in Winnipeg, Man. in 1928, studied at the Old Vic in London, and performed at theaters and festival across Canada. He received a Tony nomination in 1972 for his role in Robert Bolt’s production of “Vivat! Vivat! Regina!”

All of Rain’s
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What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained

What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained
Leave it to “Toy Story” to grapple with the big questions in life. Why are we here? Why are we alive? What is life about? And who — or what — is Forky?

That’s the question confusing many online after Disney and Pixar released the first teaser for “Toy Story 4.” The trailer features the toys prancing in a slow motion circle to the tune of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” only for a spork with googly eyes and red pipe cleaners (as voiced by “Veep’s” Tony Hale) to shriek in terror, “I don’t belong here.”

Because Forky may not be a “toy.” Director Josh Cooley explains in the announcement for the teaser that he is an actual spork-turned-craft-project. And though Bonnie, the new young girl and owner of all of Andy’s old toys, plays with Forky as though he were one, he feels he doesn’t belong.
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German Playboy Stands By Ennio Morricone Interview Featuring Composer Bashing Quentin Tarantino

German Playboy has released an official statement standing by its publication of an interview in which Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone criticized Quentin Tarantino (via Variety). The interview, conducted by music journalist Marcel Anders, appeared in German Playboy’s December 2018 issue and went viral over the weekend for quotes in which Morricone called Tarantino a “cretin” and referred to his movies as “trash.” Morricone later issued a statement denying the contents of the interview.

“We are surprised that composer Ennio Morricone denies giving an interview to German Playboy,” the publication said in a statement. “In fact, the conversation took place on June 30, 2018, at his estate in Rome. The interview, about the concert organizer Semmel Concerts, which was also present at the interview, had been agreed to with German Playboy. We also cannot understand that parts of the published statements were apparently not found to have been accurate.”

Morricone provided the original
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Director Rob Marshall Breaks Down the New Cast [Set Visit]

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Director Rob Marshall Breaks Down the New Cast [Set Visit]
I visited the London set of Mary Poppins Returns back in 2017 and came away thoroughly charmed. Director Rob Marshall‘s upcoming sequel to the Disney classic looks to have its heart in the right place every step of the way, complete with two thoroughly charming leads, elaborate musical numbers, and even an extended animation sequence […]

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First ‘Child’s Play’ Poster Reveals the Reboot’s Release Date

Orion Pictures has released the first poster for the upcoming Child’s Play reboot along with the film’s release date: June 21, 2019. Yes indeed, the studio must be bullish on that redo because not only is that release date smack dab in the middle of the summer movie season, it’s the same day that Disney is poised to release Toy Story 4. This “update” of the iconic horror film stars Aubrey Plaza as a mother who gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Lars Klevber (Polaroid) directs from a …
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Rashida Jones Reveals What It Was Like to Make ‘Quincy,’ the Netflix Documentary About Her Dad

Rashida Jones Reveals What It Was Like to Make ‘Quincy,’ the Netflix Documentary About Her Dad
Rashida Jones and her “Quincy” co-director Alan Hicks had unprecedented access to their documentary subject (and Rashida’s dad), Quincy Jones, but she said that he’s refreshingly unguarded no matter who you are.

“I think that’s he beauty of him. Whether you’re family or a fan…he gives you access,” Rashida told the audience at a Q&A following a screening of their Netflix film at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series in Los Angeles.

Hicks and Jones shot 800 hours of footage over a period of nearly four years, but just as valuable as that intimate footage is the discovery of never-before-seen interviews and film from the artist’s own collection.

“We were working in Quincy’s archive in his basement and it took us nearly a year to get through the whole archive,” said Hicks, who met the elder Jones when he produced Hicks
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Emily Blunt on ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and Finding a New Take on the Character

Last April, a group of fellow journalists and I went to London to visit the set of Mary Poppins Returns. For those unfamiliar with the upcoming sequel, the story has Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returning to help a new generation of Banks children after the family suffers a tragic loss. With the help of her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Mary is able to bring some magic back into the lives of the Banks family. While we were on set, we got to have a group interview with Emily Blunt. During our conversation, Blunt talked about her familiarity with Mary …
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Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Feige and More Pay Tribute to Comic Book Legend Stan Lee

Superheroes took over Twitter Monday as celebrities from across Hollywood paid tribute to the late comic book legend Stan Lee who died this week. He was 95.

Chief executive officer of Disney, Bob Iger released this statement in response to the news, “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”

Actor Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool in the Marvel franchise of the same name, honored Lee with a picture of the comic book artist at a DJ booth, before thanking him for his legacy of work. “Damn… Rip Stan. Thanks for everything,” he wrote.

Damn… Rip Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios,
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Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot to Hit Theaters in June 2019

Orion Pictures will release the reboot of “Child’s Play,” starring Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman, on June 21, 2019.

Plaza will portray the mother who gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Henry will play the role of a police detective and Bateman will portray the son. Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, and Carlease Burke are also in the cast.

Lars Klevberg (“Polaroid”) directed from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith, based on the original motion picture released in 1988 about the soul of serial killer Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray being transferred into a doll, which is then given as a gift to a young boy by his widowed mother, who was played by Catherine Hicks in the original. The original film was a box office hit and grossed more than $44 million against a production budget of $9 million. Brad Dourif vocalized Chucky
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‘Vox Lux’ Director Brady Corbet Compares Natalie Portman’s Character to Kanye West

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‘Vox Lux’ Director Brady Corbet Compares Natalie Portman’s Character to Kanye West
Natalie Portman’s pop-star persona in “Vox Lux” has already earned comparisons to Lady Gaga for her eye-catching aesthetic, but the film’s writer-director has a different performer in mind: “If anything, I feel like the character’s closest to Kanye West,” Brady Corbet told Vulture at the film’s AFI Fest screening. Portman agrees: “Oh! That’s a good example!” she said. “That’s funny that he said that! I wasn’t thinking Kanye but now that he said it I totally could see it.”

“I love his work,” Corbet said. “I’m sort of fascinated by his persona. I don’t know what to take seriously or not, to be honest, so I don’t ever find anything he says to be particularly offensive…hopefully he likes it.”

“The idea was that the character would be sort of an amalgamation of many, many, many, different real-life personages,” the filmmaker added.
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Stan Lee, Remembered: Chris Evans, Kevin Feige, and More of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Honor the Comic Book Genius

Stan Lee, Remembered: Chris Evans, Kevin Feige, and More of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Honor the Comic Book Genius
The stars and directors behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe have taken to social media to mourn the loss of Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel Comics icon and former editor-in-chief of the company. Lee passed away November 12 in Los Angeles at the age of 95.

“There will never be another Stan Lee,” wrote Chris Evans, who has played Captain America on the big screen since 2011. “For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives.”

One person who owes much to Stan Lee is Bog Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. The Marvel Cinematic Universe got its start under Paramount Pictures, but Disney quickly jumped at the chance to produce and distribute the superhero movies and purchased Marvel Entertainment before the release of “The Avengers.”

“Stan
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Netflix Cancels Sandra Bullock’s ‘Bird Box’ AFI Fest Red Carpet as California Fires Continue to Rage

As the Woolsey fire continues to rage, Netflix has canceled another red carpet out of respect for the victims and first responders of the deadly inferno.

The streaming giant announced that the carpet for Monday’s AFI Fest gala screening of Sandra Bullock’s latest film “Bird Box” has been called off.

“Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires,” Netflix said in a statement. “In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for ‘Bird Box.’ The screening will continue as planned. We thank you in advance for understanding and encourage you to support one of the many organizations who are helping those impacted.” Netflix has urged movie goers to donate to the Red Cross and the Humane Society.

Netflix also called off the carpet for AFI’s Sunday screening of
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George R.R. Martin Admits ‘Game Of Thrones’ TV Success “Is A Considerable Weight To Bear” & Impedes His Writing

It’s been a couple years since the “Game of Thrones” TV show’s storyline ran past the novel series. For years, it was assumed that George R.R. Martin’s series of novels would finish long before the TV show. However, as the HBO series enters its eighth and final season in 2019, Martin has released only one novel in his acclaimed fantasy series that inspired the show in the last seven years.

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Playboy Stands by Its Ennio Morricone Story and His Scathing Comments on Quentin Tarantino

Playboy magazine in Germany defended its story in which Ennio Morricone called Quentin Tarantino “a cretin” whose movies are “trash,” saying Monday that the comments were made by the legendary Italian composer in an interview at the end of June.

Morricone had said over the weekend that he had not spoken to Playboy and that the scathing comments about Tarantino, with whom he had worked on the film “The Hateful Eight,” were fabricated. But Hubert Burda Media, the international publishing group which owns Playboy in Germany, rejected that disavowal.

“We are surprised that composer Ennio Morricone denies giving an interview to German Playboy,” the company said in a statement issued Monday evening. “In fact, the conversation took place on June 30, 2018, at his estate in Rome. The interview, about the concert organizer Semmel Concerts, which was also present at the interview, had been agreed to with German Playboy. We also cannot
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That ‘Alf’ Reboot is No Longer Happening

Sorry, everyone. Alf is dead. The reboot, that is. The actual Alf is a puppet, so he was never alive to begin with. Earlier this year, we learned that an Alf reboot would bring everyone’s favorite cat-eating alien back to the boob tube, but apparently, that idea has been nixed. Perhaps the powers that be had a meeting […]

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