Only a few days ago news broke that Russell Crowe was being lined up for a role in The Mummy. The Australian actor was in early talks to play a Dr. Jekyll-type character in the first movie that will kick off an entire Universal monster movie universe. The intention was to have Crowe appear in a cameo-like role with the hopes of spinning off into his own movie. Now the news has been confirmed by the actor himself, and he’s given a little more detail about what we can expect from The Mummy remake. Read More »
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I tend to sound like a broken record whenever I write about Universal‘s new slate of films that will unite all of their classic monster characters under one shared universe. I love the Universal monsters and think they are among the greatest figures in the history of cinema, but I remain unconvinced that a Marvel-style franchise is the best way to bring them back. Even with many talented folks working on these projects behind the scenes, it can’t help but smell…well, a little sweaty and a little desperate. But I will give anything to be wrong and for these new movies to be good.
And with that out of the way, it’s time to focus on the business at hand: the new synopsis for director Alex Kurtzman’s upcoming take on The Mummy, which stars Sofia Boutella as a new take on this iconic monster and Tom Cruise as her human nemesis.
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After bringing Les Misérables to the big screen back in 2012, earning a Best Picture nomination and a Best Supporting Actress win for Anne Hathaway, director Tom Hooper has his sights set on another iconic Broadway musical that first debuted in the 1980s.
Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical Cats will get the big screen treatment from Tom Hooper, who will both produce and direct the film for Universal Pictures and Working Title. If you’re somehow not familiar with Cats, or you only know the title, hit the jump for some details. Read More »
We’re just over a month away from the theatrical bow of Warcraft and Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of the hugely popular video game series still looks like one of the summer’s biggest risks. Despite the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series, fantasy is generally a tough sell with audiences…and Warcraft looks like a dungeon master’s notebook brought to life and injected with as many bright colors as humanly possible. It looks goofy. Maybe in a good way. Maybe in a bad way. Who knows yet?
Risky or not, Universal and Legendary Pictures are finally starting to treat this film like a proper event. Although official screenings of the film are set to begin on the evening of Thursday, June 9, 2016, AMC and IMAX are teaming up to host early “Fan First Event” screenings on June 8. And naturally, attendance to one of these screenings comes with a few extra goodies and what-not. Meanwhile, Chinese Audiences will get to see the film earlier than anyone else.
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Unfortunately, geneticists haven’t figured out how to bring dinosaurs back from extinction just yet. Or perhaps they figured it out awhile ago, but they’re just not telling anybody for feat that someone would actually try to make Jurassic Park, or even Jurassic World, a reality. Instead, people have opted to just take on exotic pets like snakes, turtles, ferrets and more.
Now one fan has decided to combine his love for one of his exotic pets with his love for Steven Spielberg‘s modern classic, and the result is a tiny version of Jurassic Park that a tortoise named Louie calls home. Check out the Jurassic Park tortoise house below. Read More »
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Almost two years ago, Universal renewed the rights for Anne Rice‘s 13-part Vampire Chronicles books. News broke that Brian Grazer would produce The Vampire Lestat for Imagine Entertainment with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen. A week or so later after the announcement, The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone entered early talks to write and direct the film. We haven’t heard much about the adaptation since, but Boone just provided an update on the project’s status, which is currently titled Interview with the Vampire.
Learn more about the Interview with the Vampire reboot below.
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At one time, it was believed that Dracula Untold would mark the beginning of a Universal movie monster universe, inspired by all the classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman and more. However, since that movie tanked at the box office, I’m willing to bet it won’t be mentioned in Universal’s new efforts to make the monster cinematic universe happen.
Instead, Universal is looking to kick off this new shared universe with The Mummy, debuting in the summer of 2017. Tom Cruise is locked in to star in the film, and now one more big name may join the cast: Russell Crowe.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Universal’s upcoming slate just got a little bit spookier. The studio has locked down a 2019 release date for the third installment of its nascent Universal Monsters franchise, which kicks off in 2017 with a reboot of The Mummy and continues in 2018 with an as-yet-untitled film. In addition, they’ve also set aside a spring 2018 date for an unrelated R-rated comedy. Read More »
The first Neighbors was such a pleasant surprise that I can’t help but slightly dread Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. After all, you’d need to borrow the hands of your family and friends if you wanted to count every lousy sequel to a great comedy. To its credit, the follow-up to one of 2014’s biggest comedies did get the whole gang back together, with stars Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron back in front of the camera and director Nicholas Stoller behind it. Is this a case where my dread is misplaced?
Maybe. After all, I did chuckle at the new clip from the film Universal just released, which is a good sign.
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