As you know, Universal is hoping to copy the Marvel Studios formula by launching their own cinematic universe of classic movie monster reboots. And now it looks like they might have landed a major star for The Mummy reboot: Tom Cruise. More details in the possible Tom Cruise Mummy reboot, after the jump.
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Set in the 1960s, Brian Helgeland‘s Legend opens with East London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray already at the top of the food chain, avoiding the typical rise-and-fall structure we see in most biopics. Everyone knows the gangsters, and not just because they’re two bulky, hard-hitting twins. Everyone loves Reggie, a charming, friendly face with a sense of panache. His brother, Ronnie, however, is less popular. The hulk of a man is a bit mad and doesn’t share his brother’s good looks or smarts.
Both twins are played by actor Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road). A dual performance is tricky for a variety of reasons. Even if Hardy delivered a simply good performance, it might not have been enough to prevent an audience from focusing on the gimmick of two Tom Hardys in a scene together. But Hardy is fantastic in Legend because he’s serving the story, not showing off his acting or technical trickery.
Helgeland credits Hardy and his director of photography, Dick Pope (Mr. Turner), for making the two performances disappear into the story. But of course, Helgeland also deserves recognition for pulling off such a feat. The director made seemingly minor but vital decisions to make an audience believe Hardy in both roles.
Here’s our Brian Helgeland interview, in which he discusses brotherhood, Tom Hardy’s performance, the American mafia, and recreating the 1960s. Read More »
By the Sea is bombing at the box-office. Angelina Jolie‘s third directorial effort wasn’t as expensive to make as Unbroken, but it’s still a considerable loss of around $40 million for Universal. After its financial failure, it sounds like the studio wants to bring the actress and director back to more audience-friendly fare.
Read more about Universal’s hope for Angelina Jolie For The Bride of Frankenstein and Wanted 2 after the jump.
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It took a long time for Riddick to make it to the big screen. The sequel that followed Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick wasn’t exactly a runaway hit, pulling in $98 million worldwide. But it did that on a budget of $38 million, and the sci-fi franchise starring Vin Diesel has quite the cult following that made it the #1 movie on the home video charts when it was released back in January of 2014. That prompted Universal to tell the actor that they wanted to make another sequel, and now that’s finally happening. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida is nothing short of amazing. It’s the kind of stunning, next-generation step forward theme park fans hope to see every decade or so. The sense of place, the small Wizarding community of Hogsmeade and the the nearby Hogwarts Castle, is astonishing. The rides, namely Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, do things we’ve never seen done before. It’s a triumph of design and execution.
It’s also increased attendance at Universal’s Florida parks enough to get Disney nervous, so it was inevitable that Universal would eventually bring their Harry Potter attractions to their California location. Why make mountains of gold Galleons on one coast when you can rake in the big bucks on both? Now, nearly four years after it was announced, a new video tour has been released, giving us our first look at the Universal Studios Hollywood version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that isn’t a gallery of construction site photos.
Check out the new video for the Universal California Harry Potter attractions after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Melissa McCarthy seemingly can do no wrong when it comes to the box office, and she’ll try to continue her hot streak next year with two more new comedies. We’ve already heard all about one of them, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, and today we finally have a first look at the other.
The Boss stars McCarthy as, well, the boss. Not as in Bruce Springsteen, but as in the epitome of every terrible, shady, ruthless corporate boss that sank the economy. After Michelle Darnell is finally convicted for insider trading, she re-emerges from prison ready to start fresh. The comedy is directed by McCarthy’s frequent collaborator (and real-life husband) Ben Falcone, who also directed her in Tammy.
Watch The Boss trailer after the jump. Read More »
Next month, it feels like everyone in the world will be heading to the movies to catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But there are plenty of people who simply don’t give a damn about the sci-fi franchise and may be in the mood for something completely different. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have you covered.
Sisters brings the Saturday Night Live veterans together on the big screen yet again, following their team-up on Baby Mama and their brief cameo in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But this time they’re really cutting loose by throwing one last huge party in the house their parents just sold, and you can see how it goes in the new Sisters international trailer. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
The full trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War debuts next week, but in the meantime, Universal has released a teaser for the trailer. The sequel/spinoff features an excellent cast, which is why, after the underwhelming first film, Snow White and the Huntsman, this might actually be worth seeing.
After the jump, watch a whopping 15 seconds from The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
UPDATE: Shortly after we shared the first The Huntsman teaser, the first full-length The Huntsman trailer went up. Watch it below.
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