This past summer was pretty disappointing in the sequel and remake department, even if the box office numbers weren’t as underwhelming as they may have seemed. This summer’s blockbusters just felt mostly underwhelming, but thankfully there are plenty of smaller independent films that are worth seeking out. However, just because this summer churned out some regrettable sequels and remakes, don’t expect Hollywood to slow down on churning them out.
Next month brings the sequel Blair Witch to theaters, and while it’s a recognizable title, the filmmakers behind it come from the indie world. In fact, the experience of working on a film like this has only solidified why sequels and remakes will continue to be made instead of focusing more on original titles. Producer Keith Calder recently took to Twitter to explain how the kind of attention paid to a movie like Blair Witch compares to his work on movies like The Guest and You’re Next. Read More »
Earlier this month, we learned that The Crazies director Breck Eisner may be lined up to direct the next iteration of the Friday the 13th franchise, which has been in the works for years now. However, the future of the slasher film series may be uncertain with the rights to Friday the 13th now at the center of a new legal battle.
Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller has filed a notice of termination for the rights to the horror franchise that would see current rights holder Horror Inc. and collaborator the Manny Company forced to revert them them back to Miller. How is this even possible? Find out more about the Friday the 13th rights lawsuit after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
In a summer marked by one cinematic disappointment after another, Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon‘s Sausage Party has emerged as a rare success story: a truly original feature that got great reviews and great box office. Even more impressively, Sausage Party managed all that on a reported budget of under $20 million. For comparison, Pixar’s latest release, Finding Dory, cost around $200 million to make.
But alas, that win may have come at an unfair cost to many of the people who worked on it. Anonymous commenters claiming to be animators who worked on the movie have accused the filmmakers and the production company, Nitrogen Studios, of forcing artists to work overtime for free, and then failing to credit many of them onscreen. Dig into the Sausage Party animators controversy below. Read More »
Even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ended up raking in over $872 million worldwide, Warner Bros. Pictures was still disappointed with the box office returns. This was a movie they were counting on sailing past $1 billion, and it didn’t even end up hitting the lower-end prediction of $900 million. That means all eyes are on Suicide Squad‘s box office performance this weekend, which is already outpacing Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool internationally, and could make as much as $145 million in its opening weekend. However, one territory likely won’t help Suicide Squad rake in the cash.
Over in China, the DC Comics cinematic universe action ensemble has not received an official release date, and it doesn’t sound like the film will ever end up hitting the big screen due to its dark subject matter. Find out more about the Suicide Squad China release date after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Suicide Squad was supposed to be the hero Warner Bros. needs right now. After the divisive reactions to Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, David Ayer’s supervillain team-up promised to bring fun back to the DC universe. But when the first wave of reviews hit yesterday, they weren’t pretty. (Mine was one of the few positive ones.) So what exactly went wrong? A new report offers a peek into the Suicide Squad problems behind the scenes. Read More »
When the sci-fi action flick Lockout arrived in theaters in 2012, many reviews pegged the film written by Luc Besson as a half-ass remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 classic Escape from New York with the action transported to a space prison instead of a dark future. It appears critics weren’t the only ones annoyed with the similarities between the two films because director John Carpenter actually ended up suing writer Luc Besson because the script plagiarized the 1981 movie.
Previously, a court ruled that Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production banner, along with the film’s directors/co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather had to pay $95,000 (or 85,000 Euros) to John Carpenter, co-writer Nick Castle and StudioCanal. But Besson decided to appeal that ruling, and now the appeals court has finalized their ruling, and yet again, it’s not good news for The Fifth Element director. In fact, it’s worse than it was previously. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been a brutal summer for the major studios, who’ve suffered one expensive flop after another, but it turns out now’s not really a great time to be a moviegoer, either. The National Association of Theatre Owners reports that average ticket prices in the U.S. have hit an all-time high of $8.73, thanks in a large part to premium formats like IMAX and 3D for smash hits like Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War. Read More »
Over a week ago, there were rumblings of some new MoviePass subscription plans being tested with the subscription service’s CEO Mitch Lower looking to offer a variety of pricing options with an eye towards even offering a plan as low as $20. Now Movie Pass has officially announced their new pricing plans, and the lowest plan actually comes in at $15, but there are some specifics that will change how much you’ll end up paying for the subscription you want.
Find out about the new MoviePass prices and plans after the jump. Read More »
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Virtual reality technology has been making a comeback in a big way with the Oculus VR hitting shelves along with Samsung and PlayStation creating their own devices for the immersive innovation in entertainment. Slowly but surely, the technology is starting to make its way into filmmaking as VR movies have been playing at various film festivals recently.
However, director Steven Spielberg doesn’t sound too keen on the technology making its way into cinemas and he believes it could be “dangerous” to the nature of storytelling. Read the Steven Spielberg’s remarks on virtual reality movies remarks after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
That shiny new logo isn’t the only big change coming to DC Entertainment. Following the disappointing reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. is reorganizing its executive team. DC chief content officer Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. executive vice president Jon Berg will now oversee the newly created DC Films division, which will handle the studio’s fledgling DC Extended Universe franchise. In other words, DC finally has its own Kevin Feige. Sorta. Read More »