As long as there are successful Hollywood franchises, there will be rip-offs. This is true in America, where companies like the Asylum have built an entire business model around making movies that look just similar enough to major blockbusters to confuse grandparents and stoners. However, it’s especially true on the international stage, where scrappy filmmakers all over the world have been abusing copyright for decades now. I highly recommend Remake, Remix, Rip-Off, a wonderful documentary about the anarchic world of Turkish cinema in the ’60s and ’70s if you want so see examples of some truly, beautifully shameless filmmaking.
But today, we’re turning our eyes to China, who have produced a Kung Fu Panda rip-off that looks like it clawed its way out of the deepest recesses of your nightmares. And because the universe is cruel (or because parents will confuse it with the other movie about the martial artist panda bear and will pick it up without knowing better), it’s getting an American release courtesy of Lionsgate.
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After tackling entertainment icon Marlon Brando with last year’s documentary Listen to Me Marlon, filmmakers R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man) have reunited for a new documentary about one of comedy’s most revered names: John Belushi.
John Belushi was a comedy legend who skyrocketed to fame and sadly left this world all too soon. Now his life story and carer will be chronicled with a feature length documentary that has the full cooperation of Belushi’s widow, Judisth Belushi Pisano. Find out more about the John Belushi documentary after the jump. Read More »
Illumination Entertainment has a couple of new animated movies hitting theaters this year. The first is the animal adventure The Secret Life of Pets, arriving this summer. But just before Christmas, Illumination will get musical with Sing. In what is basically Zootopia meets American Idol, one koala (Matthew McConaughey) decides to put on a huge singing competition to save his theater, and some average animals with incredible pipes look at it as their opportunity for a better life. Of course, it’s all fueled by an endless array of popular songs from yesterday and today.
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This summer brings Finding Dory to theaters, the sequel to Pixar Animation’s hit film Finding Nemo from 13 years ago. The story follows Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) as she sets out to find her family. And as the new Finding Dory trailer illustrates, she lost them a long time ago, when she was a much younger fish. There’s also the introduction of the marine life institute that Dory gets arrives at when some divers find her caught in those pesky, plastic pop can rings. At the institute she meets a whole array of new colorful underwater friends who might be able to help her out.
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If you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan, there’s probably no way of knowing how many times you’ve seen the original film from 1977. However, we can guarantee that you’ve never seen the movie like this.
An illustrator and graphic novelist from Geneva, Switzerland took the time to adapt Star Wars: A New Hope into a single infographic that measures 123 meters long. It’s really impressive how he took the entire movie and created a scrolling presentation of the story. It includes dialogue, ships, settings and all the important details. Check out the Star Wars A New Hope infographic after the jump. Read More »
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During Sunday night’s premiere of Preacher, a new TV spot for Sausage Party aired. Continuing to play up the R-rated spin on familiar animated movies, Rogen makes an appearance, in the spirit of Walt Disney, to introduce his latest creation, Frank (voiced by Rogen). With horn-rimmed glasses, an old-fashioned suit, and a retro setting, the co-writer, producer, and voice actor shows off his “Animation Imaginatorium.”
Below, watch the Sausage Party Walt Disney spoof.
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When the original Star Wars arrived in theaters in 1977, it was an innovative piece of filmmaking for a number of reasons. Even though the film didn’t take home any of the big awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay or Best Director, it did take a bunch of technical awards home for costume design, art direction, visual effects, editing, score and sound.
It’s the latter arean that a new video focuses on by isolating dozens of sound effects from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Obviously the movie borrows plenty of familiar sounds that originated in the first Star Wars nearly 40 years ago, but there are plenty of new ones to appreciate as well. And just like the original Star Wars, they were created by sound master Ben Burtt, who was given a special honorary Oscar for his work on the movie back in 1977.
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It’s been almost 14 years since we last saw Austin Powers on the big screen. The third installment in the series, Austin Powers in Goldmember, was a massive hit. Director Jay Roach‘s sequel made over $300M worldwide at the box-office, which is three times more than what the first film made.
There have been talks of another Austin Powers sequel for around a decade now. Roach–whose latest film, All the Way, premiered last night on HBO–confirmed he’s still discussing an Austin Powers 4 with Myers. Below, read what the director had to say about the Austin Powers sequel.
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Last night, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and showrunner Sam Catlin pulled off what was once considered impossible to some filmmakers: they successfully adapted Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s Preacher. Rogen, Goldberg, and Catlin ground the often wacky and wild story without excluding Ennis’ dark sense of humor or the spirit of the characters. The pilot retains some of the series’ key elements while also taking the story in a slightly different–and arguably more somber–direction.
To celebrate AMC’s adaptation, Gallery 1988 will release a new Preacher poster following all of the first season’s 10 episodes. Check out their first Preacher poster below.
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