As popular as his movies are, James Cameron himself is slightly mysterious. Sure, he’ll get out to promote his work, or use his celebrity status to speak about important issues. Those occasions just don’t provide a great chance to meet the man himself.
Which is why when James Cameron took to Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything session, it was so incredibly fascinating. He talked about his family life, songs he sings in the shower, and his preference between dogs and cats. Below, however, you won’t find any of that. Below we’ve complied the best of Cameron’s film-related answers. There’s some really great stuff.
Cameron offers an update on the status of the Avatar sequels and Battle Angel, discusses whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear, comments on the possibility of True Lies 2, offers his thoughts on Prometheus, Titanic criticisms, Oculus Rift, Avatar Land, why all movies should be in 3D, if he’s excited for the new Terminator films, and explains why he loves Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil. One Redditor even got him to change a line of dialogue in an Avatar sequel. Read all about the James Cameron AMA below. Read More »
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The NFL is a notoriously cautious company. For years, it has not allowed official logos to be used by Hollywood; the NFL did not feel that a negative representation of football benefited the brand in any way. It makes sense, and also casts an odd light on Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, the first film ever officially licensed by the NFL. Obviously, the film does not shine a negative light on the league, something other football films definitely have done. There’s no mention of drug use or concussions. The lack of controversy actually works to the film’s advantage, creating a very broad entry point to a subject that might initially seem limiting. Draft Day doesn’t need controversy or on-field action to create drama. Read More »
Want to see an awesome new 75th anniversary Batman short film? Which popular DC hero might show up on Arrow? Where can you listen to the full score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? How is the tracking for the Spidey sequel? When well we see the new X-Men Days of Future Past trailer? Want to heard about some Captain America: The Winter Soldier deleted scenes? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
These days it feels like every horror movie can be easily categorized. Either it’s a possession movie, a found footage movie, a slasher movie or some inane combination. Finding something different is rare. Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, at the very least, strives to be different. Combining elements from several subgenre columns into something that feels new and fresh, Oculus is the story of a brother and sister who try to destroy a haunted mirror that drives people to wild hallucinations, blurring lines between what’s real and what’s not.
Flanagan’s script is a psychological jumping bean as it hops wildly between multiple timelines, putting the audiences in the shoes of the characters, everyone totally unaware of precisely what’s going on. The whole thing has a fluid feeling that’s not exactly innovative, but exciting enough to potentially kick off a new franchise. Read more of our Oculus movie review below. Read More »
Fans so regularly look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one huge entity, it’s easy to forget the effort that goes into each individual film. Yes, the narratives tie together and characters jump between films, but the #1 rule at Marvel Studios is make each movie good on its own. They’re not always successful to the same degree, but it’s hard to deny how each new installment raises the bar both in terms of scope.
Last year’s Thor: The Dark World is a prime example. In pure dollars and cents, it wasn’t quite the juggernaut of Iron Man 3 or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but director Alan Taylor definitely swung for the fences in terms of what the characters go through and the size of the action. Now, a new visual effects video details the final, Portal-inspired mega battle. Check it out below. Read More »
On the calendar, Guardians of the Galaxy is the Marvel Cinematic Universe film that immediately precedes next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. That might lead some to think the new characters in James Gunn‘s sci-fi action film will appear alongside Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and the rest in May. Well, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige long ago crushed those hopes, saying Guardians of the Galaxy was almost totally its own story.
This is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though. It’s all connected. Thanos, who appeared in The Avengers, finally reappears in Guardians and those Infinity Gems that have been carefully placed all across the films, likely do too. Now, the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy has just made everything nice and simple. He’s confirmed what we’d all assumed: Guardians of the Galaxy will tie into Avengers 3. Read More »
There are many reasons to be sad Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert are no longer with us. One reason, way down on the list, would be their occasional specials dedicated to the films of a particular director. Every once in a while, the legendary Chicago critics would dedicate an episode of their show not to a bunch of new releases, but to the art and beauty of one single filmmaker’s body of work.
One such example is a 1984 episode aired close to the release of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, on the work of Steven Spielberg. This is thirty years ago, which is nuts considering how much Spielberg has done since. But in 1984, Siskel & Ebert were already looking back at his development and filmmaking language in an episode of the show. Watch the Steven Spielberg Siskel and Ebert episode below. Read More »
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We haven’t even hit the summer of 2014 and the summer of 2016 is beginning to fill up. We know there will be two Marvel movies (one of which is Captain America 3), Batman vs. Superman, X-Men Apocalypse, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Finding Dory, Independence Day 2 and now Guy Ritchie is getting in the fun with what could be the start of a whole new franchise.
Warner Bros. has just dated Ritchie’s 3D King Arthur film for July 22, 2016. Joby Harold (2007?s Awake) wrote the script, which is tentatively planned to be the first in a six film series. No casting has been made official yet but Ritchie has been attached for several years.
The Guy Ritchie King Arthur release date all but assures Batman vs. Superman stays in May, as Warner Bros. wouldn’t want two of their own movies to cannibalize each other. [THR]