Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Fandom is a group of people united by a shared passion. They all love something enough to follow it, to memorize it, to criticize it, and to get genuinely angry when it lets them down. Fans tend to feel a smidgen of ownership over the movie or TV show or book series that has appropriated so much of their time. In other words, fans tend to overreact. A lot.
And can you blame them? After all, you surely know the feeling. You know what it’s like to watch from outside the bubble as something you love is put through the wringer by creatives who have no idea what the hell they’re doing. When you’re not in the room, when you don’t know the reasoning for a certain casting choice or a certain creative decision, it can be nerve-wracking. What are they doing to the thing that you love?
However, not ever knee-jerk fan reaction has been accurate. Movie fans have recoiled against some truly great ideas and they have recoiled against aspects of films that, in the end, simply didn’t matter. You may very well remember these movie fan controversies. You may have tried to do the wise thing and forget these controversies. As these examples show, sometimes movie fans are the absolute last people you actually want making decisions in the moviemaking process.
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Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Sarah Wayne Callies has plenty of experience avoiding the walking dead, but her new film sends her running from dead people of a more spiritual sort. In The Other Side of the Door, she plays a mother who has lost her son in a tragic accident. In grieving desperation, she turns to a supernatural ritual that will allow her to speak to her son through a portal located in an ancient temple.
The only catch? She’s not to open that door, no matter what happens. Of course, that’s exactly what she does, and now the balance between life and death is all topsy-turvy. Watch The Other Side of the Door trailer after the jump. Read More »
With Trumbo, Spotlight and Brooklyn expanding to more theaters this past weekend, it’s safe to say that awards season is in full swing, and there will only be more potential Oscar contenders hitting theaters in December. One of those movies is David O. Russell‘s drama Joy, inspired in part by the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. The trailers have kept that detail mostly to the side in favor of dysfunctional family drama, but a couple new Joy TV spots put it front and center. Read More »
Within the past couple weeks, Prometheus 2 officially got a new title and a synopsis detailing the sequel to the prequel to the Alien franchise from director Ridley Scott. The movie is called Alien: Covenant, and the fast track for this project ended up pushing back Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 to an undetermined time, and if Scott’s new plan for the Alien franchise continues, it might be a long time before we see that movie.
At a press conference in Sydney, Australia where Scott is in pre-production on Alien: Covenant, he revealed that this will actually be the first in a new trilogy that will lead us all the way back to the original Alien from 1979. More below! Read More »
One of the year’s biggest disappointments, not just for audiences but for 20th Century Fox, was the reboot of Fantastic Four from director Josh Trank. The new adaptation of Marvel’s first family was an absolute mess and not even in a way that was fun to laugh at because it was so bad. It simply exists.
And that makes the Fantastic Four Honest Trailer a real treat as they point out that it would be more interesting to watch a movie about the debacle of making this movie instead of the awkward, moody and low energy comic book movie we got instead. Watch! Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Nobody liked Fantastic Four. Not critics, based on the reviews, and not audiences either, based on the box office. Not even its own director, who jumped on Twitter to distance himself just as the movie was opening in theaters. Nevertheless, 20th Century Fox continued to insist that it was “committed” to the franchise, with a sequel already dated for 2017.
But now Fox has taken a step back, too. In perhaps the least surprising superhero movie news of the year, the studio has quietly pulled Fantastic Four 2 off its upcoming calendar. Plus, Murder on the Orient Express, The Other Side of the Door, and Eddie the Eagle all get new release date. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Neill Blomkamp‘s proposed Aliens sequel is probably not going to get made. The District 9 director ignited a whole tank full of flammable internet passion when he revealed that he was developing a direct sequel to James Cameron’s 1986 classic, which would’ve ignored the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and followed Ellen Ripley and a no-longer-dead Corporal Dwayne Hicks on a new horror-tinged sci-fi adventure. Fans were split: some loved the idea of revisiting these characters while others thought it was an insult to the franchise and to the flawed-but-fascinating sequels.
In any case, Ridley Scott, the godfather of this whole series and the director of the original 1979 Alien, put an end to Blomkamp’s movie by moving ahead with Alien: Covenant, the sequel to his Alien prequel, Prometheus (this probably sounds very confusing to non-initiated). However, this hasn’t stopped actor Michael Biehn, who played Hicks in Aliens, from chatting about Blomkamp’s vision, which would have reunited Ripley with Newt, her surrogate daughter.
For word on what could have been with Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel, hit the jump.
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Over the summer we learned that Thor and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit director Kenneth Branagh would be at the helm of the Murder on the Orient Express remake, based on Agatha Christie’s classic novel of the same name. In addition to also producing the film, he’s taking on another job on the production by also snagging the lead role as detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American business tycoon on a train. Read More »
Depending on what kind of multiplex you go to, you may have noticed that cardboard movie theater standees have gotten more complex in recent years. Some are just 3D versions of movie posters, while others allow fans to interact or pose for photos that make them look like they’re part of the poster.
And that’s exactly what 20th Century Fox and Marvel movie have delivered with the latest fun standee you might spot at your local theater. This Deadpool standee has the Merc with a Mouth acting as Santa Claus, so you can sit on his lap for a nice Christmas card photo for your friends and family. Look! Read More »