In the world of pop culture, there are some actors who are only ever best known for a single role they played in a movie or TV show. No matter how much other work they do, they’ll always be that character in the eyes of the audience. Ralph Macchio is The Karate Kid, Macaulay Culkin is Kevin McCallister, Jason Biggs is the guy who fucked a pie, Henry Winkler is The Fonz and Mark Hamill is Luke Skywalker (though he has become well known for voicing The Joker in animated form too).
The same can also be said of Tom Wilson, the man who is known for playing the bully Biff Tannen (and all of his ancestors and descendants) in the Back to the Future trilogy. Now the actor tries to confront the daunting prospect of having become pop art by creating some therapeutic art of his own. Not only is the art pretty cool, but it’s fascinating to see the actor deal with his kind of fame so bluntly and publicly. Check out the Tom Wilson I Am Pop Art video below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
As the international box office and especially the Chinese box office becomes ever more important to Hollywood’s bottom line, studios and filmmakers have been bending over backward to find ways to pump more money out of overseas audiences. That could mean moving a shoot’s location or teaming with homegrown talents or companies; other times it might take the form of region-specific Easter eggs or additional scenes. And sometimes it’s a matter of charging more for admission by cranking out a 3D conversion.
But that latter strategy can backfire, as Universal Pictures has now learned. Earlier this week the studio released Jason Bourne in 3D in China, and while initial figures were good, audiences are apparently none too pleased with the film. If you guessed that it’s because 3D and shakycam make for a literally nauseating combination, congratulations, you’re already one step ahead of the studio. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
You probably had no idea today was National Dog Day until you signed on to Twitter or Facebook this morning, but no matter — it’s as good an excuse as any for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment to drop the first A Dog’s Purpose trailer. Josh Gad voices a dog who keeps getting reincarnated and, over the course of his many lives, finds meaning in his relationships with various humans played by Dennis Quaid, K.J. Apa, John Ortiz, and more. Is that cute or creepy? Judge for yourself with the A Dog’s Purpose trailer below. Read More »
Dwayne Johnson was revealed to be the highest paid actor in Hollywood today, making $64.5 million a year. However, more people are still interested in the feud that was revealed to be taking place between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel on the set of Fast 8.
For those who don’t know, not long before production wrapped on the sequel, Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to call some of his male co-stars “candy-asses” who don’t conduct themselves professionally. Not long after, it was revealed that Vin Diesel was the more specific subject of this post because he was delaying shooting just so he could chill out in his trailer. Since then, details about the tension on set having to be regulated by Universal executive vice president Mark Sourian have made this feud quite a fascinating topic of conversation.
However, it turns out that this feud may all just be some kind of promotional stunt leading to an eventual confrontation at WrestleMania 33 next spring, which happens just before Fast 8 hits theaters. Find out more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Major companies filing patents isn’t always news, because many major companies file patents just because they can. This is especially true in the theme park industry, where potential ride and show technology is patented so it can be utilized in a potential future attraction. You know – just in case. After this is a competitive business. Disney was supposedly planning to utilize Kuka arm technology to build a ride based on The Incredibles, only to watch Universal snatch the exclusive rights to this tech for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the headliner attraction at their The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan.
So don’t look at Universal’s newest patent as solid confirmation for what we might see in a future Harry Potter ride – look at it as a suggestion of what Universal may be considering for a future attraction. And this patent centers around a “video game ride” that will allow riders to to interact with and change their experience.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Over the course of seven (and soon to be eight) movies, the Fast and Furious series has built one of the strangest and most likable ensembles in Hollywood history. Once everyone settled into their roles (and it took some of them a few movies to get there), these movies stopped being all about wacky car action and started being about these characters bouncing off each other, trading barbs and blows, but also stares of deep, brotherly affection and whatnot.
At this point, it’s hard to imagine the series without Dwayne Johnson, whose permanently sweaty Luke Hobbs has become provides the crew with a macho moral compass. That means it’s awfully hard to imagine that the role was originally written for Tommy Lee Jones.
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It’s been 23 years since Jurassic Park trounced into theaters, giving audiences one of the most beloved and entertaining blockbusters of all time. Director Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen as nobody had before, and the result was a mesmerizing adventure that brought the creatures who lived 65 million years ago right in front of our eyes.
Steven Spielberg and his crew brought dinosaurs to life back in 1993, when digital effects and computer animation was still in its infancy. Somehow those visual effects still hold up to this very day, outshining some movies with state of the art visual effects from today. How is this possible? A new video essay explores why the Jurassic Park visual effects still hold up today when compared to the effects a a modern day blockbuster like, say, Jurassic World. Read More »
This weekend brings the sword and sandal epic Ben-Hur to theaters, a new telling of the classic novel by Lew Wallace that was already turned into a movie back in 1959. Therefore, the folks over at Screen Junkies thought it would be appropriate to skewer one of the most successful sword and sandal epics of the past 20 years with an Honest Trailer.
Back in 2000, Gladiator was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and ended up taking home five of them, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe. There are many who don’t think the movie deserved to take home Best Picture that year, and now they can revel in the jokes made at the movie’s expense in the Gladiator Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
If you didn’t see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping this summer, you’re part of the problem. Universal Pictures gave us this glorious, original comedy chock full of outstanding new songs from The Lonely Island, a barrage of incredible cameos, and some of the biggest laughs of the year. And how did audiences respond? Well, they didn’t, because the movie didn’t even hit $10 million in its theatrical run. But next month, you can make up for it when the movie hits home video.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 13, and it will hit VOD a couple weeks earlier on August 30. To help promote the arrival of the movie, a Popstar deleted scene has made its away online featuring an entire song that didn’t make the final cut of the movie (though you could have listened to it on the soundtrack). But beware that this scene is NSFW due to language, because the song is called “Fuck Off,” and they repeat that phrase more than a few times throughout. Read More »