This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Michael Mann‘s action-thriller Heat as it’s been 21 years since the movie starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro hit theaters. But last night, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special screening of the film, remastered in 4K, ironically reminding us how criminal it is that the film didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. But that’s a conversation for another day.
Following the screening, a panel moderated by none other than Christopher Nolan (who was greatly influenced by Heat while shooting The Dark Knight) featured director Michael Mann and leading men Al Pacino and Robert De Niro looking back on the film they made over two decades ago. And while much of the panel included details that longtime fans of the film have probably already heard about, an interesting detail about Al Pacino’s Heat character was finally confirmed by the actor himself. Read More »
This past summer was pretty disappointing in the sequel and remake department, even if the box office numbers weren’t as underwhelming as they may have seemed. This summer’s blockbusters just felt mostly underwhelming, but thankfully there are plenty of smaller independent films that are worth seeking out. However, just because this summer churned out some regrettable sequels and remakes, don’t expect Hollywood to slow down on churning them out.
Next month brings the sequel Blair Witch to theaters, and while it’s a recognizable title, the filmmakers behind it come from the indie world. In fact, the experience of working on a film like this has only solidified why sequels and remakes will continue to be made instead of focusing more on original titles. Producer Keith Calder recently took to Twitter to explain how the kind of attention paid to a movie like Blair Witch compares to his work on movies like The Guest and You’re Next. Read More »
Now that Brie Larson has been officially announced to take the lead role in the forthcoming cosmic superhero flick Captain Marvel, we can start talking about the finer details of the movie. The good news is we’ll get to see Captain Marvel in action in The Avengers: Infinity War, something that was accidentally revealed by Anthony & Joe Russo awhile back. But what about the hero’s own film? What can we expect from her first solo adventure? Well, for one thing, she’ll have a different origin story.
Find out why we’re getting a new Captain Marvel origin story after the jump. Read More »
Ever since the Marvel Studios panel happened at Comic-Con this past Saturday, fans have been clamoring to find out when the footage that played for those lucky enough to be in Hall would be online. People who waited in the line the previous night and into the morning were treated to the first footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, a hilarious mockumentary and behind the scenes sizzle reel from Thor: Ragnarok, a new Doctor Strange trailer (which you can actually watch), and an entire scene and teaser trailer from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
So when can you see this footage? The short answer is that it won’t be online anytime soon, and some of it may never be online in the form that it was shown in Hall H. But director James Gunn wants to make sure you know why the footage is being held back, and he explained as much in a video on Facebook, where he also put up a long post explaining all of the secrets revealed in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con footage and panel. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »
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Over the weekend, the reviews for Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters hit the web, and it turns out the movie is solid. It’s not perfect, not as good as the original, and suffers from adhering to the usual blockbuster formula, but it’s apparently thoroughly entertaining and very funny.
Of course, as any conspiracy theorist out there will tell you, the 75% that the film has on Rotten Tomatoes just shows that Sony Pictures spent a lot of money to get 77 positive reviews (of those recognized by the aggregation website) at the time of this writing. Throwing a wrench in that theory though is the fact that our own Peter Sciretta really didn’t like it, so just let that soak in a bit.
But despite the surprisingly good reviews for Ghostbusters, there is one other criticism that has been fairly consistent across the board. It seems there are too many fan service references and cameos in the movie. But thankfully, one particular element of the reboot was left out of the final draft, and it concerns the origin of the ugly little spud known as Slimer. Get the details on the cut sequence after the jump. Read More »
There are plenty of comic books movies coming down the pipeline. Marvel Studios has new heroes like Black Panther and Captain Marvel getting their own movies, 20th Century Fox has another Wolverine sequel on the way, and Sony has teamed with Marvel to revive Spider-Man yet again. But one superhero we’ve heard nothing about on the feature film side of things is Squirrel Girl. Wait, who?
Believe it or not, Squirrel Girl is a Marvel superhero and she has gained quite the following in recent years. While there’s no indication that a Squirrel Girl movie is even in development, that might change once the folks at Marvel Studios hear that Anna Kendrick may have an interest in playing the superhero. Find out more about this Squirrel Girl movie chatter after the jump. Read More »
This winter it will have been five years since Steven Spielberg teamed with Peter Jackson to bring Hergé‘s iconic intrepid reporter to the big screen in The Adventures of Tintin. The motion-capture performance film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States, earning $77.5 million, but since the comic that inspired it is much more popular overseas, it pulled in $296 million from the rest of the world. That was enough for Jackson and Spielberg to make the next chapter in what they hoped would be a trilogy from the beginning.
In the years since then though, updates have been hopeful, but without an evidence of a sequel actually coming together. Now we have a slight update on the status of Adventures of Tintin 2. The good news is that Spielberg and Jackson still want to make the sequel. But the more interesting news is that Jackson is already working on a secret project for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. What could it be? Read More »
One of the better characters created in the Star Wars prequels was Mace Windu, the Jedi master played by Samuel L. Jackson. If you forgive him for that awful “This party’s over” line from Attack of the Clones, he’s actually a pretty bad ass Jedi. But unfortunately, Mace Windu died at the hands of the Dark Side.
In a battle with Darth Sidious after Anakin Skywalker had turned to the dark side, not only did Skywalker cut off Windu’s arm, but Sidious struck him with Force lightning and then Force pushed him out the window. So we all know that Mace Windu died in Revenge of the Sith. But what Samuel L. Jackson presupposes is, maybe he didn’t? And it sounds like George Lucas was just fine with that. However, at this point, it probably doesn’t matter. Get the details on the possibilities of Mace Windu alive after the jump. Read More »
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At the end of April, the first feature comedy led by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele hit theaters. Unfortunately, it went by the wayside in its second week of release when Captain America: Civil War stormed into theaters and took all the glory. The film only pulled in $20 million on a $15 million budget here in the United States, which isn’t a failure exactly, but it’s not much of a success. Now director Peter Atencio has placed the blame for the film’s unimpressive reception on the film’s marketing.
In a series of posts on Twitter that have since been deleted, the filmmaker revealed his dissatisfaction with the film’s marketing focusing on the adorable title cat instead of accurately representing the R-rated comedy within the movie. However, he doesn’t only point fingers elsewhere, because he considers the film itself a failure of his own doing.
Read what Peter Atencio had to say about the Keanu marketing campaign after the jump. Read More »
Even if Daniel Radcliffe killed a man in cold blood, he would still be most famous for playing Harry Potter in the eight-film franchise that adapted J.K Rowling‘s best-selling book series. I can’t even imagine how many times Radcliffe has been asked if he would ever return to the wizarding world on the big screen, and since he’s making the rounds to promote Swiss Army Man (which is totally worth seeing), that means that same question has popped up again. However, even though he confirmed yet again that he won’t reprise the role anytime soon, he did offer some hope for the future. Read More »