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Kurt Russell Stands Up for Fired Guardians 3 Director James Gunn

Kurt Russell Stands Up for Fired Guardians 3 Director James Gunn
Kurt Russell is going to bat for fired filmmaker James Gunn, who directed him in last year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Russell doesn't directly address Disney or ask for the studio to give Gunn his old job back. Russell won't be returning in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for obvious reasons if you've seen the movie, which tears his character apart. But Russell does feel everyone is getting a little too overly sensitive.

Russell is no stranger to Disney. During his younger career, he was contracted by the studio and appeared in a number of classic family favorites like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Strongest Man in the World and Now You see Him, Now You Don't, which could aptly be the title of James Gunn's current situation. The director has literally disappeared from social media after being fired by Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Film Review: Paul Rudd’s Shrinking Hero Returns for Buzzier Sequel

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Film Review: Paul Rudd’s Shrinking Hero Returns for Buzzier Sequel
Perhaps the best way to approach “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the sequel to the 2015 Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure that introduced the shrinking superhero, is as a Disney movie rather than a Marvel one. And when I say “Disney movie,” I mean a very specific kind: the goofy Dexter Riley comedies.

From 1969 to 1975, Kurt Russell played affable college student Dexter, who kept running afoul of science experiments that rendered him strong, super-smart or even invisible. Substitute Paul Rudd’s amiable ex-con Scott Lang for Dexter — with Michael Douglas subbing for scientist William Schallert, and Walton Goggins taking the Keenan Wynn/Cesar Romero role of the nefarious mobster — and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is basically “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” for the 21st century.

Mind you, I mean this as a compliment; after a rough start in the previous entry, director Peyton Reed (“Down With Love”) seems much more comfortable balancing wacky antics,
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Sky High 2 in the Works with Original Director

Sky High 2 in the Works with Original Director
Are we about to get Sky High 2? A sequel to the 2005 Disney superhero comedy? Perhaps, as original director Mike Mitchell is currently working on the screenplay alongside Walt Dohrn. Though, the duo is torn between moving forward on the Sky High sequel or returning to the Shrek franchise, which they've both contributed to in the past.

When Sky High opened back in 2005, it was a big deal as it reunited Kurt Russell with Disney, and payed homage to some of his earliest family classics. It was a hit with critics and audiences alike, but proved to be more of a success on home video than at the box office, pulling in just $63.9 million domestically off a $35 million budget. It would go onto gross $86.3 million worldwide, and it was clearly set up for a sequel.

The original Sky High revolved around a school in the sky where teens learn how to be superheroes.
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Tomorrowland: A World Beyond review

From the director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles comes the sci-fi adventure, Tomorrowland. Here's Ryan's review...

Director Brad Bird has an almost immaculate run of form when it comes to bringing larger-than-life entertainments to the screen. The Iron Giant was one of the most acclaimed animated films of the 1990s. The Incredibles and Ratatouille are among Pixar's best films so far. His live-action debut Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, while not perfect, was perhaps the most entertaining movie entry since the first.

Bird brings his blue-sky storytelling to bear on Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, a eyed sci-fi fairytale with elements taken straight from classic pulp magazine stories. It’s The Wizard Of Oz retold by Ray Bradbury or Hugo Gernsback, with bits of The Terminator and Buck Rogers thrown in for good measure. It’s an entertaining yet sometimes befuddling bag of intricately moving parts, not all of which fit together too well.
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Celebrating cinema's 15 less famous killer robots

Never mind The Terminator and Ed-209, what about Eve, Hector or Warbeast? Here's a pick of 15 less famous killer robots from the movies...

"They say Zapp Brannigan single-handedly saved the Octillion system from a horde of rampaging killbots!" enthused Leela in classic the Futurama episode, Love's Labour's Lost In Space.

It was, reflected the alcoholic, cigar-smoking robot Bender, "A grim day for Robotkind", before adding as an afterthought, "Eh, but we can always build more killbots."

Killer robots are a longstanding staple of science fiction cinema, and if we were to compile the list of the best and most celebrated, it would probably read pretty much like everyone else's - The Terminator, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Sentinels from X-Men: Days Of Future Past would all get a mention.

But what about the less famous killer robots from film history - the ones that have been largely eclipsed by
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Paul Bettany: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

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This week sees the UK release of Transcendence, the debut directorial effort from Wally Pfister. The man who shot Christopher Nolan’s Gotham trilogy and won an Oscar for his work on Inception is now calling the shots himself, following in the footsteps of other talented cinematographers like Nicolas Roeg, Barry Sonnenfeld and Jan de Bont. Critical reaction over in the States (and from our very own Ed Owen) has been lukewarm at best, but if you’re a fan of old-school sci-fi like Brainstorm, Westworld and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, you should still give it a chance.

But beneath the hubbub over whether Pfister has succeeded or failed, Transcendence also gives us an opportunity to reassess the career of Paul Bettany. He may never have quite ascended to the heights enjoyed by his co-star Johnny Depp, and there have been a handful of bad performances along the way.
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Transcendence | Review

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes: Pfister’s Debut Oversteps Limited Reach

Hopes were perhaps set a bit too high for the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, whose work as cinematographer for Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films and a cast headlined by Johnny Depp made Transcendence seem promising, at the very least. But to say that Pfister’s debut is merely disappointing would be a polite euphemism, for it fails on every conceivable level, unsure of whether it wants to be a romantic drama, a hi-tech thriller, or a lesson in the dangers of advancement and dependence on artificial intelligence. Worse, the film’s shockingly lackluster visual artistry can’t even awe or distract us away from the empty headedness transpiring on screen.

Opening with a mournful Max Waters (Paul Bettany), we hear his omniscient narration about a horrible fusion of mankind and technology that seems to have returned the world,
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Kurt Russell: The Hollywood Interview

Kurt Russell Teaches Us The Art Of The Steal

By Alex Simon

If you’re a guy of a certain age (think Gen X), Kurt Russell was that actor you discovered as a child who wasn’t just a familiar face on the big and small screen, he was your buddy you grew up with. Not a peer, necessarily, but the cool, slightly older kid who lived next door who you just knew, if you played your cards right, you might grow up to be: handsome, self-assured in sports, with girls and in your place on the planet. Especially if you could hang out with him on a regular basis and learn the tricks to his magic, and magic was something Kurt Russell had from the beginning.

The son of the late actor Bing Russell, best remembered as Deputy Sheriff Clem Foster on Bonanza, Kurt literally grew up on a soundstage,
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Five things we learned about John Carpenter's horror classic 'The Thing' at EW's CapeTown Film Fest

Five things we learned about John Carpenter's horror classic 'The Thing' at EW's CapeTown Film Fest
You know you’re among some true horror fans when below-the-line filmmakers get eager cheers.

At the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival on Thursday, the mention of frequent Carpenter collaborators cinematographer Dean Cundey and special makeup effects designer Rob Bottin got lots of applause and cheers. But a standing ovation was reserved for the man of the hour, horror master John Carpenter. The celebrated director of all things gross and creepy participated in a Q&A moderated by American Cinematheque programmer Grant Moninger before Antarctica-set sci-fi horror flick The Thing screened at the packed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The event
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Twelve of Our Favorite Kurt Russell Performances in Honor of His Birthday

Happy birthday to Kurt Russell! We would have sent him a card or an Elvis Presley bobble-head, but we seem to have lost his address. So instead we’ve decided to honor the day and the man by highlighting twelve of his greatest performances and films. Why twelve? Why the hell not. Russell is one of those actors whose presence in a film immediately elevates its level of awesome. This is fact. Also true is the unfortunate reality that he isn’t in nearly enough movies these days. His early career found him working within the Walt Disney machine, but he broke out in the early eighties to become a star across a wide variety of films. He excelled in romantic comedies, action films and the occasional straight-up dramatic role, but the last several years have seen a slow down in his output. Sure it’s depressing for those of us who consider ourselves fans, but
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Looking back at Disney’s The Black Hole

It was Disney’s earliest attempt to replicate the success of Star Wars. Here’s our look back at the rather weird sci-fi odyssey, The Black Hole...

Before The Black Hole, Disney’s live-action output consisted of breezy stuff like Freaky Friday, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo - the kind of flicks you could take your grandma to see without fear of scaring her to death. The arrival of Star Wars in 1977, with its motion-control special effects, colourful characters and sprawling universe, suddenly made Disney’s family fantasies look somewhat quaint.

Released a little over two years after Star Wars, The Black Hole was Disney’s attempt to try something new; it was an epic space opera which rode the crest of George Lucas’ astral wave. In the final analysis, though, The Black Hole is a strange fusion of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s metaphysical ponderings and cute robots,
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The top 50 sci-fi movie protagonists

Whether they’re male or female, old or young, they’ve illuminated some classic movies. Here’s our top 50 list of sci-fi heroes and heroines…

On the face of it, compiling a list of truly great sci-fi protagonists should be easy. Pick a load of familiar names from a hat, write some breathlessly adoring drivel beneath them, and head off to the pub to reward a job well done.

Except it was never going to be as simple as that – and compiling lists seldom is. For every character making an appearance in the list below, there were at least two other possible candidates who didn't quite make the cut. Some sci-fi heroes were removed, then quickly reinstated. The order was jiggled around, then reordered again.

At one point, your humble writer realised there were more than 50 entries, and then had the unenviable task of hunting back through to decide which poor soul to eliminate.
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Our enduring fascination with The Thing

With a third version of The Thing out in cinemas on Friday, Terence examines why a story originally written in 1938 is so enduringly popular…

Note: this article discusses the 1951 and 1982 Thing movies in depth, but we have been careful not to mention specific details about the new film.

There is now a third movie in what could now be referred to as The Thing franchise. Like the titular shape-shifting creature, the story and basic premise of The Thing has mutated and adapted to the themes, issues and even fears of the various times in which the films were made.

There has consistently been a new movie version of The Thing every 30 years or so since 1951. The original novella, Who Goes There?, written by legendary sci-fi writer John W Campbell Jr under the pseudonym Don A Stuart, was first published in the 1930s. If you take into account the underlying archetypal themes of the story,
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Quentin Tarantino Lassoes Don Johnson

After months of courting, Quentin Tarantino has finally roped Don Johnson for Django Unchained, the director's next romp in the genre sandbox.

The former star of TV's Miami Vice will join Tarantino's upcoming spaghetti western as wealthy, vile plantation owner Spencer Bennett, who may or may not force his female slaves into prostitution and his male slaves into Mandingo-style death matches as Leonardo DiCaprio's character does — but, if we're lucky, Johnson's Bennett will definitely bedeck himself in pastel leisure suits with rolled-up sleeves. (Editor's note: Young people, that's funny because those are the clothes that Johnson wore as Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice when you were just a toddler playing in your standard-issue sandbox.)

Boy, Johnson is making quite a name for himself these days playing hateful character roles. He was last seen on the big screen starring as a loathsome, racist sheriff in Machete, Robert Rodriguez's grindhouse homage.
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Roundtable with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Director, Jon Turteltaub

With The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on Blu-ray and DVD (here) in stores now, Killer Film catches up with the film’s director, Jon Turteltaub to talk about the film. Read on!

With the success of the “National Treasure” films, how was it like to work with Nicholas Cage in a different type of film, especially with a film that is very visual effect driven?

Jon Turteltaub: Nic and I had a great conversation before starting this film. Basically, we talked about how he let me take the reins in a lot of ways on National Treasure. That was such a buttoned-up character with a lot of intellectual and historical mumbo-jumbo to say. Balthazar, however, is a renegade… an outsider… a rock-and-roll-style hero. So this time, I let Nic take me on the ride… and I loved it.

Is there any special content made for the Blu-ray version? And are
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Commission us: films that only get better with a good DVD commentary

You asked us to shine the spotlight on DVD commentaries that enhance the viewer's enjoyment of films, good or bad

There are plenty of bad DVD commentaries out there but some really do add to the enjoyment of a film, often in surprising ways, as Haigin88 points out. Here are five of my favourites, each one taking a different slant on the act of commenting. Feel free to suggest your own faves.

The Matrix Trilogy

Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson

The first film is great, but the sequels display the same lack of understanding about what made it great that George Lucas showed with his Star Wars prequels. Unlike Lucas, though, the Wachowskis (or Warners) are good enough sports to let the critics have their say. The commenters here are three well-respected critics who make smart, incisive remarks about the first film, then just tear the
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Zac Efron wants to remake Back to the Future

Great Scott! Will Zac Efron just leave the 80’s alone?

Speaking to Teen Hollywood, the High School Musical and 17 Again star was all jazzed up about playing the role made classic by Michael J. Fox. Much of his enthusiasm seems to come from his childhood, as he told the website: “Growing up, my favorite thing was to go into the car and play Back to the Future. I would pretend I was Marty McFly.”

On top of this, Efron even has his own DeLorean, which was reportedly given to him by his grandfather.

As concerned as I may be, I’m also confused. Did this mean Efron used to play with the car radio or obtain plutonium illegally?

For the record, there has indeed been talk of another Back to the Future - but not in a good way. Writer/producer of the trilogy Bob Gale said last year said that there are no plans.
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