Moonfall

This weekend brings Independence Day: Resurgence to theaters 20 years after the original destroyed the world’s major cities, and while it leads right into the possibility of a third film to follow, that won’t be director Roland Emmerich‘s next movie. And the idea for this new project is just as ridiculous as you’d expect.

Universal Pictures has just thrown down seven figures for Moonfall, a sci-fi spec script that Emmerich wrote with Harald Kloser (writer, producer and composer for his disaster flick 2012) and Spencer Cohen (who wrote the developing Extinction for Good Universe and Mandeville). The plan is for Emmerich to direct the film and also produce with Kloser again. So what’s Moonfall about? Find out after the jump if you haven’t figured it out already. Read More »

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dwayne johnson the wolf man

I’ll give Universal this much: they appear to be hellbent on ensuring that their upcoming Universal monster revivals are major events. The original films were B-movies in the classic sense of the word, produced for small budgets by clever filmmakers forced to work within the confines of a genre that many audiences and artists simply did not take seriously. Time has been kind to Dracula and Frankenstein and the rest of their cinematic siblings, but it took a few decades for the original run of classic monster movies to truly earn their place in the larger cultural canon.

And now, we’re looking at a possible future where Dwayne Johnson, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, is apparently being eyed to star in a new version of The Wolf Man.

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warcraft IMAX 3D

If you live in the U.S., you might reasonably have assumed that Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft was an epic flop. After all, it’s scraped together a paltry $37 million in its first two weekends playing at home — a mere fraction of the $160 million it cost to make. But you’d be wrong. In truth, not only is Warcraft a hit, it’s actually the most successful video game movie of all time. And we have all the other countries to thank (or blame) for that.  Read More »

Centrai Intelligence Review

Take one of the biggest movie stars in the world and team him up with one of the smallest, and it sounds like a gimmick in the making. On paper, just the sight of Dwayne Johnson standing alongside Kevin Hart will incite a smile. But do the two have what it takes to lead an action comedy that is funny, exciting and overall entertaining?

Thankfully, in Central Intelligence, from We’re the Millers director Rawson Thurber Marshall, the answer is mostly yes. However, this may only be because Johnson and Hart are such an irresistible duo that they make you forget that the action and plot surrounding them is hollow, dull and merely acts as an excuse for these two to engage with each other for laughs.

Continue reading our Central Intelligence review after the jump.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch the entire Shanghai Disneyland grand opening gala…
  • …and the slightly less dynamic resort dedication ceremony.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood teases a new announcement.
  • Watch new video of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride in action.
  • Shanghai Disneyland attraction posters are here and they look great.
  • The Disney company grapples with a series of tragedies.
  • A cool look at the man behind the new Tomorrowland.
  • And more!

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wicked movie

There has been talk of bringing the beloved Broadway musical Wicked to the big screen for years now. Once upon a time (actually 2010), J.J. Abrams was supposedly in the running to make it. A year later, it had somehow transformed into a television miniseries. A year after that, director Stephen Daldry was being courted to take the helm. In 2015, producer Marc Platt talked about wanting go have a movie version in theaters by 2016 and that certainly didn’t come together.

But something finally clicked behind the scenes, because Universal has officially announced a Wicked movie and has given it a very friendly release date.

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Jason Bourne spot

This weekend marks the premiere of Pixar’s Finding Dory, a heartwarmer about a friendly fish who sets out to rediscover her forgotten past. But if you prefer your amnesiac heroes a little grittier and angrier, just wait a few more weeks for the opening of Jason Bourne, which brings back Matt Damon as the super-skilled spy. Twelve years have passed since the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, but that hiatus doesn’t seem to have mellowed him out one bit. If anything, the new Jason Bourne spot suggests, he’s only gotten more intense.

To be fair, Jason Bourne has plenty of reason to be upset. In the latest preview, Jason Bourne yells some spoiler-y stuff about the motives that got him into this whole mess to begin with, which may or may not turn out to have been built on lies.

Returning with Damon to the franchise is Paul Greengrass, who helmed the second and third Bourne movies, and Julia Stiles, who starred opposite Damon in earlier installments. Newcomers to the series include Tommy Lee JonesAlicia VikanderAto Essandoh, and Vincent Cassel. Watch the Jason Bourne spot below.  Read More »

Helen Mirren Red 2

Helen Mirren has played queens and soldiers and monsters and Shakespeare heroines. She’s a household name and a fashion darling, not to mention one of the few performers ever to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (winning an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy). But there’s one goal that’s eluded her until now. After confessing her “great ambition” last year to be in a Fast and Furious movie, Mirren reveals she’s finally managed to get herself cast in the next one.  Read More »

dungeons and dragons warcraft review

When Warcraft opened last week, the big screen adaptation of Blizzard’s opeugely popular fantasy franchise was greeted with scathing reviews from critics and lackluster box office from domestic audiences. For many viewers, director Duncan Jones‘ high fantasy epic of orcs and wizards and magic and war was dead on arrival. Normal people, it seemed weren’t interested in this movie or its world. It was too outlandish, too nerdy, too inscrutable.

However, every movie deserves a fair shake and I decided the best way to approach Warcraft would be to view it through the lens of the nerdiest people I know, the people who would be most open to what this movie was selling. If my Dungeons & Dragons group couldn’t embrace Warcraft, who would?

So I gathered my fellow adventurers at the local tavern to chat about this divisive film and it turns out that even people who spend hours going on fantastical adventures that only exist on paper and in dry erase marker were also thoroughly divided. Here’s our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity. Each participant is identified by their D&D character class and race (I’m the human rogue, for the record) and we get into major spoilers.

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