split review

Every filmmaker finds themselves in a rough patch every now and again, but few directors have had quite as public a rough patch as M. Night Shyamalan. It wasn’t enough that the immensely talented director of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs was stumbling with duds like The Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender – his name had become synonymous with disappointment for many moviegoers. He had become a punchline.

But now, it’s looking like Shyamalan has started to get his groove back. The Visit was one of last year’s more pleasant surprises and now Split, which held its world premiere as part of a secret screening at Fantastic Fest, has seemingly revealed his future going forward: he’s going to keep on making low-budget horror movies until someone tells him to stop. If his latest film is any indication, few people are going to tell him to stop anytime soon.

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Sadako vs Kayako review

“Who would win in a fight?” is the great conversation starter. You yell about it on the playground. You debate the finer points in the bar. Who you back in a match-up between two fictional characters can sometimes say a lot about you and your tastes. Batman or Superman? Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees? Alien or predator?

And now we’ve reached peak versus with the arrival of Sadako vs Kayako, which pits the evil spirits from The Ring and The Grudge against each other in an absurd supernatural throwdown. In one corner, you have a longhaired young woman with a penchant for possessing outdated physical media. In the other, you have a broken-bodied, frog-throated demoness who really doesn’t like visitors. And when they do fight, will anyone care?

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Sam Neill in Jurassic World 2

Just over the weekend, we got word from Sam Neill that he recently spent a couple days on the set of Thor: Ragnarok, shooting some kind of small role in the Marvel sequel. And with Jeff Goldblum already having a role in the film as The Grandmaster, that means Marvel is hosting a mini Jurassic Park reunion. Sadly that might be as close as we get to Neill and Goldblum getting back together.

While out promoting Hunt for the Wilderpeople (which was also directed by Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi), Neill was asked if he might ever return to the world of dinosaurs in something like Jurassic World 2. Rather than dodging the question or flat out saying now, he offered a narrative reason as to why Dr. Alan Grant may not be available to return. Read More »

‘Pacific Rim 2’ Casts Levi Meaden As A New Cadet

Pacific Rim 2

Aftermath star Levi Meaden has joined the cast of Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim 2. He will star alongside John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian.

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Chinese Actress Jing Tian Joins ‘Pacific Rim 2’

Chinese actress Jing Tian

Legendary Pictures has announced that Chinese actress Jing Tian has joined the cast of the next installment in the Pacific Rim franchise. Tian has appeared in a bunch of Chinese films like Special ID, Police Story: Lockdown and Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn, and will soon appear in The Great Wall and Kong: Skull Island, both of which were also produced by Legendary. Hit the jump to learn more about the Jing Tian Pacific Rim 2 casting.
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scarface remake

It’s hard to get too worked up about Antoine Fuqua remaking Scarface. After all, Brian DePalma’s 1983 crime classic is a remake of Howard Hawks’ 1932 crime classic and, aside from the plot revolving around the rise and fall of a dangerous criminal, they couldn’t be more different from one another. Honestly, if someone wants to make a new Scarface ever 30 years or so to reflect the changing landscape of crime in America, I’d say just go for it. As long as each new filmmaker brings something new to the template, why not?

And from the sound of things, Fuqua’s film will align itself with what troubles us in 2016, using elements from the real world to explain the motivation of a new drug empire.

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Jurassic World 2 Budget

UPDATE: A reliable source in the Jurassic World camp has revealed to us that J.A. Bayona did not reveal the budget for Jurassic World 2. In fact, development hasn’t even reached a point where a budget can be finalized, though our source said that the budget will not be anywhere near $260 million. Despite the fact that this was a tangible print source, the information about the budget was either misinterpreted or fabricated. Our original story from the morning of September 19th follows.

About a week and a half after Jurassic World dominated the box office last summer, Universal Pictures announced that Jurassic World 2 would arrives a few years later on June 22, 2018. Since then, studio chairman Donna Langley has confirmed that a trilogy is in the works, and director J.A. Bayona just recently reiterated that fact while confirming that Colin Trevorrow is still very much involved with the development of the sequel.

Now another interesting detail about Jurassic World 2 has just surfaced as J.A. Bayona is making the rounds promoting his latest film, an adaptation of A Monsters Calls, on the festival circuit. The director has revealed that the Jurassic World 2 budget will be $260 million, which is more money than most of us will ever see in our lifetime. Read More »

Paul Walker Returning for Fast and Furious Sequels

Next spring, we’ll be sitting in our seats waiting to see what kind of high octane action comes in Fast 8, the next installment in the surprisingly long-running action franchise that started all the way back in 2001. But as we learned last fall, there’s plenty more Fast and Furious action on the way with two more sequels dated for 2019 and 2021, delivering on the promise that Vin Diesel made for one last trilogy in the franchise. And while Furious 7 seemed to give a proper send-off to Brian O’Conner, the character played by the late Paul Walker, there’s a chance he may come back before the franchise comes to an end.

Find out about the possibility of Paul Walker returning for Fast and Furious sequels below. Read More »

Live-Action Little Mermaid movie

Chloë Grace Moretz keeps busy. Maybe not Samuel L. Jackson busy, but the 19-year-old actress is seen pretty often on the big screen. This year, she starred in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and The Fifth Wave, and she has potentially two other movies coming out before 2016 wraps up. As of this moment, though, Moretz isn’t attached to any future projects, including Universal’s live-action reimagining of The Little Mermaid. The actress isn’t taking a long hiatus from acting, but she is stepping back to reevaluate her choices.

Below, find out why Moretz dropped out of the live-action Little Mermaid movie.

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Back to the Future Chiasmus Theory

Longtime fans of the Back to the Future trilogy know that there are many parallels that run between all three of the films. For example, one of the biggest parallels between all three films is a big chase that happens in the middle of Hill Valley’s town square. There’s also Marty McFly waking up from what he thinks is a dream in every single movie, only to realize that he’s not dreaming when some form of Lea Thompson is in front of him. But it turns out there might be more than just shared sequences, plot points, etc.

A couple years ago, Back to the Future fan Robert Lockard proposed the theory that the entire sci-fi trilogy from director Robert Zemeckis is actually one big chiasmus. What’s a chiasmus? A video explains the Back to the Future chiasmus theory after the jump so you can better understand. Read More »