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‘Guardians of the Tomb’ DVD Review

Stars: Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz, Wu Chun, Kelsey Grammer, Stef Dawson, Shane Jacobson, Jason Chong, Eva Liu | Written by Kimble Rendall, Gary Hamilton, Jonathan Scanlon, Paul Staheli | Directed by Kimble Rendall

After her brother Luke (Chun) disappears on an expedition, scientist Jia (Li) goes in search of him with the aid of CEO Mason Kitteridge (Grammer) and paramedic Ridley (Lutz). Their quest leads them to an underground tomb, which houses an ancient Chinese emperor from 200 BC, and sees them battling hordes of giant spiders as they endeavour to find Luke and make it out of the deadly tomb alive.

After debuting in China cinemas at the beginning of the year, scoring $6 million on its opening weekend, this Chinese-Australian co-production goes direct to DVD in the UK, placing it alongside its China-financed brethren such as Lost in the Pacific and Skiptrace, whereas you can clearly tell the filmmakers were looking for
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Rampage Review

When it was announced that a sequel to Jumanji would be made, I, still licking the wound of Robin Williams’ untimely death, thought to myself that this here was a movie I did not ask for. I kept asking “what’s the point?”Actually, I think a lot of people wondered the same thing. But what a surprise Welcome to the Jungle turned out to be.

The original Rampage arcade game came out in 1986, almost ten years before the first Jumanji movie. All I remember about it is that there were a lot of big buildings left at the mercy of overly big, and destructive animals. It turns out that was all there was to remember, and now, thirty years later, we have Rampage, another movie nobody asked for. This time, though it did have The Rock, there was no surprise.

The immediate blockade facing the pic was finding a
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Can we all just admit Ready Player One was terrible?

Anghus Houvouras on Ready Player One…

Every movie doesn’t need to be a movement. These are some wise words spoken by one of cinema’s most prolific and revered voices: Myself. This deep kernel of wisdom was uttered sometime around the turn of the century when everyone was freaking out about the tragedy of Star Wars: A Phantom Menace and praising The Matrix as the future of cinema. Film fans are a hyperbolic lot. They’re constantly looking at movies to be something more than two hours of entertainment and weigh the film’s significance in the pop culture landscape. We’ve seen this happen with movies like Wonder Woman and Black Panther. People want to gloss over a movie’s entertainment value and speak to what the success of the film means to society.

I’m often amused by people who try to call out a movie as a significant social marker.
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Was Grey's Scare Cruel? Was ABC Ok With Roseanne's Diss? Did Five-0 Skip a Beat? Hydra High School? And More Qs

Was Grey's Scare Cruel? Was ABC Ok With Roseanne's Diss? Did Five-0 Skip a Beat? Hydra High School? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Roseanne, NCIS: New Orleans, Grey’s Anatomy and Arrow!

1 | Having seen how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Hale and then Ruby were raised, are you kinda hankering for a Hydra High School spinoff via Disney Channel?

2 | Did Hawaii Five-0 totally skip the part where they figured out who it was that shot Danny…?

3 | What are the chances any of the Jesus Christ Superstar Live cast members have completely removed
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‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar

‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar
Starting with “Close Encounter of the Third Kind” (1977), nine films directed by Steven Spielberg have earned Oscar nominations in Best Visual Effects. This year, with the CGI extravaganza “Ready Player One,” a 10th Spielberg picture is poised to contend in this category.

The film, based on Ernest Cline‘s eponymous novel, finds earth on the verge of collapse in the year 2045. Providing the human race a distraction is Oasis, a virtual reality universe created by the oddball James Halliday (Mark Rylance). Prior to his death, Halliday devised a three-part contest which, if won, will provide the lucky champion with Halliday’s fortune and exclusive control over Oasis. Among those competing for this glory is young wannabe-hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan). After Wade emerges the first conqueror of part one of the contest, he collaborates with friends on the dizzying journey to winning the remaining two parts.

Of the film’s visual effects,
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Last Jedi Director Brushes Off Mark Hamill's Stinging Criticisms

Last Jedi Director Brushes Off Mark Hamill's Stinging Criticisms
While the box office success of The Last Jedi ($620.1 million domestic, $1.3 billion worldwide) was no surprise, many aspects of the story certainly were surprising to fans, including the arc of the iconic Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), which came to an end in The Last Jedi. There had been talk that Hamill and writer-director Rian Johnson had "clashed" over their differing perspectives on how to handle Luke Skywalker, and during an interview at the SXSW Film Festival, Rian Johnson admits that they "butted heads" throughout the production. Although, he claims that they didn't necessarily have a contentious relationship. Here's what the director had to say.

"It was definitely a thread throughout the whole (making of the film) and it was a conversation with Mark throughout the whole thing. We talked about it, we thought through it, we butted heads about it... we did all the stuff that you always do with an actor with a part,
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‘Ready Player One’: Inside Steven Spielberg’s Epic Tribute to Stanley Kubrick

‘Ready Player One’: Inside Steven Spielberg’s Epic Tribute to Stanley Kubrick
The following contains spoilers for “Ready Player One.”

As Ernest Cline and Zak Penn adapted “Ready Player One” into a Steven Spielberg movie, they wanted to create a sequence that featured a film within the film for one of the contests mounted by the Oasis founder James Halliday. They first proposed Rutger Hauer chasing the kids in a sequence reimagining the original Ridley ScottBlade Runner”; Warners shot that down, as the studio was about to release “Blade Runner 2049.”

So Cline and Penn came up with another ’80s classic released by Warners from a world-class auteur, one revered by Spielberg: Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic “The Shining.” They never thought Spielberg would agree to it. After all, Kubrick and Spielberg had been friends; when Kubrick finished shooting “The Shining” at London’s Elstree Studios, Spielberg took over the Overlook Hotel set to film the
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‘Ready Player One’: Inside Steven Spielberg’s Epic Tribute to Stanley Kubrick

‘Ready Player One’: Inside Steven Spielberg’s Epic Tribute to Stanley Kubrick
The following contains spoilers for “Ready Player One.”

As Ernest Cline and Zak Penn adapted “Ready Player One” into a Steven Spielberg movie, they wanted to create a sequence that featured a film within the film for one of the contests mounted by the Oasis founder James Halliday. They first proposed Rutger Hauer chasing the kids in a sequence reimagining the original Ridley ScottBlade Runner”; Warners shot that down, as the studio was about to release “Blade Runner 2049.”

So Cline and Penn came up with another ’80s classic released by Warners from a world-class auteur, one revered by Spielberg: Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic “The Shining.” They never thought Spielberg would agree to it. After all, Kubrick and Spielberg had been friends; when Kubrick finished shooting “The Shining” at London’s Elstree Studios, Spielberg took over the Overlook Hotel set to film the
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The Biggest Oscar Snubs

Henry Bevan on the biggest Oscar snubs…

You can never escape the Oscars. Even once the winner has been crowned, publications start talking about the next crop of hopefuls. There have already been vague articles on this already and people are already talking about Black Panther’s chances at becoming the first superhero movie to get a Best Picture nomination. One of the more fun and subjective lists that appear in the aftermath of Hollywood’s favourite pseudo-event is the “snubbed” list of nominees the writer thought should have won on the night. The type that scream that Laurie Metcalf was robbed!

Well, we at Flickering Myth want to take this one step further. We’ve had a group therapy session and created our “Greatest Oscar Snubs of All Time” list focusing on those great gems that somehow weren’t gifted a nomination.

Best Picture

The Truman Show

Yes, every
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Notes on Streaming: Wild Wild Country Digs Deep Into Fear and Religion

Where were you in 1981? In June of that year, I attended a lonely Saturday morning screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Unable to convince any of my friends to accompany me to a movie widely perceived as a 1930s-style serialized adventure by the guy who made that bomb 1941, I found myself nearly alone in the cavernous Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. I was instantly enthralled. That same year, a large ranch near the tiny town of Antelope, Oregon was purchased. Neighbors didn't think much of the land, which had long ago ceased being a working ranch and was almost part of the wilderness. Soon, however, the land entered into a phase of rapid development, preparing for the arrival of devout adherents to...

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DVD Review – Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Score: A Film Music Documentary, 2016.

Directed by Matt Schrader.

Featuring Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Williams, James Cameron, Trent Reznor, Quincy Jones, and Howard Shore.

Synopsis:

A documentary detailing the role of the film score and the people who create them.

Reviewing a documentary can often be a futile exercise, more often than not resulting in preaching to the converted about a subject with little appeal outside of a select core of diehards. However, everybody has heard, been affected by or even, casually and without realising it, whistled the theme tune from a movie, be it from Rocky, James Bond or Star Wars. Hell, in the cases of Jaws or Psycho the theme tunes have transcended being merely whistled or hummed and have taken on a life of their own in pop culture, resulting in descriptive hand actions or simply just being the byword for mimicking terror.

And so we
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Steven Spielberg movies: Every film from ‘Ready Player One’ director ranked from worst to best

Steven Spielberg movies: Every film from ‘Ready Player One’ director ranked from worst to best
A man-eating shark. A friendly alien. An adventurous archeologist. A ragtag WWII platoon. A heroic German businessman in the Holocaust. The eclectic career of director Steven Spielberg has virtually defined what a blockbuster could be in the past four decades, but he’s also been able to craft more personal films as well. His 31st directorial achievement, the upcoming “Ready Player One,” opens this Thursday, March 29. In recognition of this new movie, we are ranking Spielberg’s entire filmography from worst to best in a new photo gallery above of his 30 prior theatrical features (therefore, not including the TV movie “Duel”).

Based on Ernest Cline‘s bestselling book, “Ready Player One” imagines a future where the creator of a virtual reality world called Oasis challenges his users to find an Easter Egg which will give the recipient a vast fortune. It’s a return to the kind of rollicking entertainments
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Review: Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' is a World of Pure Imagination

In a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Steven Spielberg changed the film industry with his influential science fiction and adventure movies. Timeless films, such as Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), are revered as archetypes of contemporary Hollywood escapist cinema. Along with other pop culture touchstones of the era, like Star Wars (1977) and Superman: The Motion Picture (1978), Spielberg's movies paved the way for the massive blockbusters that now dominate the box office year-round. With his new film, the unabashedly entertaining Ready Player One, Spielberg adapts author Ernie Cline's NY Times bestseller, a love letter to the 1980s that would not exist without the director's unparalleled output. Set in the year 2045 - the world is a harsh place, beset by unemployment, poverty, overcrowding, and utter hopelessness. 18-year-old Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan of Mud and X-Men: Apocalypse) lives
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‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit

‘Ready Player One’: Steven Spielberg Is the King of Blockbusters, and He Needs a Hit
It’s hard to believe that Steven Spielberg, 71, needs a hit. In 45 years as a feature director, he’s made 31 features with a total domestic gross of over $5 billion (all numbers adjusted to 2018 ticket prices). Among those, 20 films grossed over $100 million, and only two appear to have lost money: “Empire of the Sun” (1987) and “The Bfg” (2016). However, at a reported cost of $175 million, “Ready Player One” is his most expensive film in a decade. And it comes at a time where, if only by Spielberg standards, his track record has fallen into something of an ebb.

Across his career, Spielberg’s movies seemed to gross $100 million almost as a matter of course. In the ’70s, there was “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and “1941;” the ’80s had “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “The Color Purple,” and
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Steven Spielberg Praises Emma Gonzalez’s ‘Profound’ Speech at March for Our Lives: ‘Everybody Was Crying’

Steven Spielberg Praises Emma Gonzalez’s ‘Profound’ Speech at March for Our Lives: ‘Everybody Was Crying’
At the premiere of “Ready Player One” in Los Angeles, Steven Spielberg was full of admiration for the high school student activists.

Spielberg, who attended March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on March 24, praised Emma Gonzalez from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in particular.

“We were so proud of every speaker,” Spielberg said. “Emma Gonzalez’s six and-a-half minutes of silence was profound. Everybody was crying.”

Gonzalez is a survivor of the Feb. 14 massacre at the high school and a co-founder of the gun control advocacy group Never Again Msd. Spielberg said he was hopeful about the impact of the activism.

“College students helped stop the Vietnam War,” Spielberg said. “Maybe high school students can do something about gun control.”

Steven Spielberg calls Parkland student @Emma4Change's moment of silence "profound" at #ReadyPlayerOne premiere #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/jdtCSTElxr

— Variety (@Variety) March 27, 2018

“Ready Player One” held its premiere
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'Ready Player One' Premiere Featured a 'Back to the Future' Reunion

'Ready Player One' Premiere Featured a 'Back to the Future' Reunion
Steven Spielberg has returned to the world of blockbuster fun with Warner Bros.' Ready Player One, which he brought to its Hollywood premiere on Monday.

The filmmaker noted it felt good to make a popcorn flick following awards-season movies like last year's The Post and 2015's Bridge of Spies.

“Honestly, it was a relief to do this film. I’ve done a lot of history films lately, but this is a real crowd-pleaser," the director told The Hollywood Reporter. "It reminds me of the days when I did Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark. I had so much fun...
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Ready Player One’s Indiana Jones Joke Isn’t Mocking Spielberg

Ernest Cline has revealed Ready Player One director Steven Spielberg never mentioned the book’s dig at Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. While Raiders Of The Lost Ark is almost universally considered the best, fans hold a special place in their hearts for all three of the original Indiana Jones movies. The trilogy is considered a sacred text in fandom – which can’t be said of belated 2008 sequel Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
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‘Requiem’: A Shocking Ending Ties Up Another Great Netflix Puzzle, One That Doesn’t Need Any More Answers

‘Requiem’: A Shocking Ending Ties Up Another Great Netflix Puzzle, One That Doesn’t Need Any More Answers
When you cast an actor like Brendan Coyle, a familiar, welcoming face to people who’ve seen popular British television before, there’s an expectation that he’s going to be an important figure in the story. After the fact that he doesn’t show up until the second episode of “Requiem,” the new Netflix/BBC supernatural co-production, it’s almost instantly clear that his biggest moments will come late in this story. And come they do, in the form of a betrayal that’s not exactly surprising, but is still the last shocking piece of a puzzle six episodes in the making.

[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Requiem” Season 1, including the ending.]

The aftermath of Stephen Kendrick luring Matilda (Lydia Wilson) to an underground lair as an offering for an ancient ritual helped to cap off a fascinating season. As “Requiem” ends with a visibly altered Matilda smiling, the credits roll without explaining whether
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Steven Spielberg movies: Every film ranked from worst to best

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Steven Spielberg movies: Every film ranked from worst to best
A man-eating shark. A friendly alien. An adventurous archeologist. A ragtag WWII platoon. A heroic German businessman in the Holocaust. The eclectic career of director Steven Spielberg has virtually defined what a blockbuster could be in the past four decades, but he’s also been able to craft more personal films as well. His 31st directorial achievement, the upcoming “Ready Player One,” opens this Thursday, March 29. In recognition of this new movie, we are ranking Spielberg’s entire filmography from worst to best in a new photo gallery above of his 30 prior theatrical features (therefore, not including the TV movie “Duel”).

Based on Ernest Cline‘s bestselling book, “Ready Player One” imagines a future where the creator of a virtual reality world called Oasis challenges his users to find an Easter Egg which will give the recipient a vast fortune. It’s a return to the kind of rollicking entertainments
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‘Pacific Rim Uprising,’ ‘Jurassic World 3’ Writer Emily Carmichael Was Born to Pen Tentpoles

After double-majoring at Harvard University, writing the script to a big-budget tentpole like “Pacific Rim Uprising” should have been a cakewalk, and screenwriter Emily Carmichael somewhat agrees.

Carmichael, who majored in both literature and visual & environmental studies, has become one of Hollywood’s go-to scribes when it comes to blockbusters. In addition to co-penning the “Pacific Rim” sequel, she is also on board to co-write the script to 2021’s “Jurassic World 3.”

With “Pacific Rim Uprising” out now, Carmichael talked with Variety about the excitement of taking on the new installment, what she learned from veteran Hollywood producer Mary Parent and director Colin Trevorrow, and what she has in store for her first directing gig.

What was tougher, writing a script for a major studio movie or getting a dual degree at Harvard?

[Laughter] Anybody who walks into the right office has to be a dual major at Harvard.

It was
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