asylum animated movies

Even if you haven’t actually sat down and watched their movies, you have probably brushed shoulders with the work of The Asylum. The independent film production company reached a new level of notoriety with their Sharknado films, but they’ve been working the low-budget, direct-to-video corner of the film industry for nearly two decades. Their modus operandi: hustle easily confused movie fans by making low-budget “mockbusters” that resemble actual movies when given a quick glance. This method has survived into the age of streaming: they make cheap, fast junk that exists so it can be mocked by hipsters or accidentally rented by someone who mistakes Transmorphers for Transformers or Age of Tomorrow for Edge of Tomorrow.

And now, The Asylum is creating an animated film division. Place your bets on which famous movie they’re ripping off first!

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westworld stops production

HBO has temporarily halted production on its long-gestating television adaptation of Westworld, claiming that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy need more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. If you read between the lines, that’s obviously B.S. It’s clear to anyone who really thinks about it that the network is currently dealing with a robot uprising and that they’ve had to lock down the sets until they know how to deal with the cowboy androids currently racking up a body count of helpless production assistants and interns.

But go ahead and believe what you want. HBO is still confident that their ambitious science fiction series will air in 2016.

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world war z sequel director

Someone needs to write a book about the production of World War Z. It shouldn’t happen now – too many people involved have a vested interest in keeping their mouths shut – but as the years roll on and lips start to loosen, someone needs to track down everyone involved and get the whole story. The infamously troubled production, which endured several calamities before its final 45 minutes were completely scrapped, rewritten, and reshot, sounds like a genuinely fascinating ordeal.

And its sequel isn’t getting off to a smooth start, either. A little more than two years after signing up for the job, director Juan Antonio Bayona has stepped away from the film, which was supposed to shoot this year for a 2017 release. Are we allowed to talk about this series being cursed yet? Because it’s one more major setback away from being totally cursed.

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Community Season 6

Yahoo Screen saved Community, but it seems Community couldn’t save Yahoo Screen. Yahoo has confirmed it’s shutting down the streaming video platform, which launched two years ago to house both original and syndicated programming. The content that already exists will be folded into other sections (sorry, “digital magazines”) at Yahoo. More about the end of Yahoo Screen, and what this might mean for Community, after the jump.  Read More »


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scriptbook software

Gather ’round the campfire, young ones, but be silent and remain nimble. For the Hunter Killers are on patrol tonight and their motion sensors can detect movement. It is time we told ya a story. It was time we told ya how the world ended. For first, the machines came for our movies. And then they came for us. And we let it happen ’cause we got greedy. We got too lazy to read our own screenplays, so we let them do it for us. Let me read to ya from an ancient document, a “movie news post,” to show ya how the end of the world began…

A new start-up claims that its new algorithm can examine a screenplay and predict its financial viability before a single frame is shot. The ScriptBook program, which is expected to make its debut sometime next year, wants to be the best friend to movie studios and producers, helping them determine whether or not a movie is hit before they commit to actually making it. In other words, here’s an early contender for one of the worst-sounding ideas of 2016.

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halloween franchise

Dimension Films has been spearheading the Halloween franchise since 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Under their banner, the violent saga the masked “boogeyman” Michael Myers continued on for three sequels before it was rebooted under director Rob Zombie. After two films, Zombie stopped away and Marcus Dunstan boarded the franchise to helm a third movie that would have acted as a soft reboot of the whole series. Halloween Returns was supposed to film in July. It didn’t.

Now, whatever behind-the-scenes problems were plaguing Dimension and this iconic series have spilled into the public eye. The studio has lost the rights to the Halloween franchise, which means… Well, it certainly means something, although we have no idea what that something means quite yet.

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most overpaid actors

In news that should come as no surprise the millions of people who went out of their way to avoid Mortdecai and Transcendence, Forbes has compiled its annual list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood and Johnny Depp is sitting not-so-pretty at number one. And when you look at the raw numbers, no one else is even close.

However, there’s a little more going on here than a great excuse to kick Johnny Depp and his collection of dumb hats while they’re down. The disparity between what “movie stars” are paid and what their movies end up grossing at the box office is shifting. The age of the movie star is effectively over and you can see this reflected in the full list below.

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Netflix price increase

It’s been a busy few months for Netflix subscribers. Just as we were finishing up Aziz Ansari’s Master of NoneW/ Bob and David hit. When we were finally done with that, Jessica Jones debuted. And then Real Rob premiered, and we all breathed a sigh of relief because we needed a lull to catch up on all the other great shows Netflix has put out throughout the year, from Sense8 to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

But if you thought you spent a lot of time binge-watching Netflix this year, it’ll be nothing compared to next year. The streaming service has promised to double its original TV output in 2016, bringing the total number of scripted comedies and dramas to 31. And that’s not even counting the movies, comedy specials, etc. Read More »

Paris Je T'aime

In case you haven’t heard, late last night, Paris was hit hard by a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that have left at least 127 dead. Explosions, shootings and a hostage situation at a concert hall have left the City of Lights shaken, and the aftermath of these events will be felt for a long time.

So out of respect for those mourning and because of the shock from these attacks, the entertainment industry is responding with some cancellations of events that were to take place in Paris over the next few days, including a live U2 concert that was to air on HBO. In addition, major movie theater chains and arthouse cinemas are closing for the day as well. Get all the details below. Read More »

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While the rest of the world gets transported to a galaxy far, far away next month, China will still be sitting there wondering what the hell Luke’s been up to for the past 30 years, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t open there until January or later. But as a small consolation, they’ll be the very first to watch another big Hollywood action movie.

The Point Break remake is set to open in China December 3, three weeks before it hits the U.S. on December 25. Which doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it speaks to China’s continuing influence on Hollywood studios. More about the complicated forces behind the early Point Break China release after the jump.  Read More »