Even Quentin Tarantino will tell you his taste in movies is far from in line with any one person. Much like his movies, Tarantino has a very unique and personal sensibility, which is part of the reason why his movies are so unique. The Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director recently put those tastes on display by revealing his ten favorite movies of 2013 (so far). Some are expected: Gravity, This is the End, and Before Midnight. But there are some very curious entries. One in particular, in fact: Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. Read More »
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Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings series was three films, shot on film, each well over two hours long, with groundbreaking special effects. They were nominated for 30 Oscars, won 17 and grossed about $3 billion worldwide. That’s a lot of money, which is why Warner Bros. wanted Jackson to return to the world with The Hobbit.
The Hobbit will also be three films. They’re shot digitally, in 48FPS 3D, and also feature incredible special effects and will likely all end up over two hours each. The first film, An Unexpected Journey, got three Oscar nominations and the second film, The Desolation of Smaug, will be out on December. The first film grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the second most successful film of the franchise.
Lots of numbers there, but there is one set of numbers that aren’t so close. The original trilogy reportedly cost $281 million to make. The Hobbit trilogy has cost $561 million… so far. That’s not including post-production on the third film or reshoots this past summer to extend the series into a trilogy. Read More »
Nothing is official yet, but multiple outlets are reporting Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street is highly unlikely to hit its November 15, 2013 release date.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Jean Dujardin, and rumor has it Scorsese recently turned in a near-three hour cut and needs to slim it down closer to two. That’ll take some time, and that time will likely mean the film misses the 2013 Oscar race. Read More »
Note: This article contains spoilers for Man of Steel.
The final act of Man of Steel is filled with a few things that caused all kinds of controversy. Besides the wanton destruction of Metropolis, many fans were not happy that Superman resorted to murder to defeat General Zod. Their argument is that Superman, a being who is (ideally) utterly good, would never have killed his enemy. He’s beyond such actions, and a “no killing” policy has been adhered to for decades in many of Superman’s stories.
David S. Goyer, however, disagrees. The writer of Batman Begins, Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman vs. Superman recently spoke about his work in the DC Universe. He doesn’t think the “Superman doesn’t kill” rule is necessarily valid in the films. He also suggested the act will have ramifications moving forward, in films such as Batman vs. Superman. Read his quotes and more below. Read More »
Update: Variety has since confirmed that Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer “will not seek to renew a first-look deal when it expires next year.” Original story from September 17th 2013 follows.
Jerry Bruckheimer has been in the news a lot recently. The mega-producer was forced to delay the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and might head to Paramount once again to work on the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Those two pieces of news act as a skeleton for a new article that suggests Bruckeheimer’s long-standing relationship with Disney (which not only includes Disney films, but innumerable films released under the Touchstone banner) could be coming to an end. He’s scheduled to meet with Disney studio head Alan Horn soon to discuss new terms of their current relationship.
How could a studio potentially lose a producer as powerful and profitable as Bruckheimer? One answer could be the success of deals with Marvel and Lucasfilm. Read More »
A document recently leaked online detailing a version of the hit TV show Lost that never was. It details a show that’s much more episodic, less mythological and almost the exact opposite of the show that ran for six seasons on ABC. Dated May 5, 2004, four months before the first episode aired, some might look at this document and laugh. “Oh look, they really didn’t ever understand what this show is!”
However, we went to the source — show creator Damon Lindelof – who gave us the full details on this document.
This document outlines the version of Lost the network wanted, but one that Lindelof and J.J. Abrams didn’t. In going against this design, we were rewarded with one of the best and most polarizing TV shows of all time. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Thirty-three years after its release, The Shining is regarded by most cinephiles and horror junkies as one of the all-time highlights of the genre. But there are a still a few who don’t agree with that assessment, and one of them is a guy who knows the story better than anyone.
In a recent interview, Stephen King, who wrote the original source material, stated that he regards Stanley Kubrick‘s film as “cold.” In addition, he takes particular issue with the portrayal of Shelley Duvall‘s character Wendy Torrance, whom he believes to be “”one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film.” Strong words, those. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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These days, it feels like Vin Diesel is the new president of Marvel Studios. Since revealing he took a meeting with the company in late June, the Riddick star seemingly can’t stop talking about Marvel movies. He’s teased various different announcements culminating in his voicing the tree character Groot in 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy. But for most fans, that felt like a very anti-climactic finish to Diesel’s summer of Marvel madness.
Now it seems Groot might just be the beginning. In a new interview, Diesel suggests he might be doing more with Marvel in the future, and teases Phase Three features “a merging of brands.” Read More »