The trick for any sequel is to balance the old with the new. A good one should deliver more of what made the last movie a hit, but avoid retracing too many of the exact same steps. But that order gets harder to fill as the series churns out more and more installments, each less surprising than the last. Sometimes, it starts to look like all that’s left to do is simply take the franchise in a whole new direction.

Like, say, shifting the focus from dinosaurs to terrifying human-dino hybrids in a fourth Jurassic Park movie. Or traveling back to 16th century China for The Karate Kid, Part III. Obviously, neither of those concepts actually ever came to be — but concept art from a scrapped idea for Jurassic Park IV and an interview with Karate Kid writer Robert Mark Kamen offer some insight into what could’ve been. More after the jump.

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And here we thought the Alamo Drafthouse was zealous about rooting out cell phone use in theaters. But even their strongly worded PSAs and strict ushers seem downright passive compared to what one theater in London’s Leicester Square is doing.

The Prince Charles Cinema is said to be employing volunteer “ninjas” to regulate good behavior among the audience. The term “ninja” is being used loosely here — they’re really more like glorified ushers in black skintight bodysuits — but whatever you want to call them, it’s certainly an interesting way to keep the peace. More afer the jump.

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Blame Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps for this one, as interest in the Olympic games, and specifically the US-dominated swimming competitions, is likely a big factor in kick-starting a film that has been in development since 1997. Beached is the story of “a chubby 4-year-old child who falls overboard during a family outing, is raised by whales and goes on to become an Olympic swimmer.”

Yeah, you read that correctly. THR says that Jon Turteltaub, director of the two National Treasure movies, is now signed to direct the film for Fox 2000. Ted Griffin originally sold the script back in the late ’90s, and for a while Betty Thomas (Doctor Doolittle) was set to direct. Turteltaub will oversee a new draft, based on the last script turned in by Jordan Roberts.

We complain when another reboot, remake, or needless sequel is added to the parade of films in development, and this one is at least original. Very original, at that, if also very ridiculous. But done well, it could end up in live-action fairy tale territory, and not in the same way that, say, Snow White and the Huntsman wants to do.

 

Take everything you know about Star Wars, ball it up and throw it in the trash. Darth Vader was never mean; he was a rapper. Obi-Wan Kenobi was never stoic; he did stand-up comedy. Han Solo was never a scoundrel; he was a dancer. The Emperor was never evil; he was a chick magnet. Confused? You will be. You. Will. Be.

Star Wars: Detours is an upcoming animated comedy, created by Seth Green and Matt Senreich of Robot Chicken fame, featuring all your favorite Star Wars characters in situations so totally out of character and tone for the series, it makes the Prequels look good. A trailer has just come online featuring bad references, kiddie humor and the kind of bastardizing, canon-crushing images that’ll make you bow down to the Prequels for their wit, logic and flawless, Star Wars storytelling. It’s this generation’s Star Wars Christmas Special. If you dare, watch it after the jump. Read More »

LucasFilm and Disney have long had a very symbiotic relationship. It began when Star Tours first hit Disney parks in 1987 and ever since, Disney characters have dressed up as Star Wars characters, Star Wars actors have done events at Disney, Disney sells tons of Star Wars merchandise, you catch the drift. The latest collaboration between the two brands is a little more surprising however.

Star Wars Celebration VI is currently taking place in Orlando, Florida and at The Disney Collectors Panel it was revealed that the characters from Cars would soon be reimagined as Star Wars characters. Mater as Darth Vader. Lightning as Luke Skywalker, and so on. After the jump, check out a bunch of photos of the characters and discuss this financially sound, but creatively crazy idea. Read More »

A man named Walter White is wanted by authorities for making and trafficking methamphetamine. No it’s not a spoiler for the current season of Breaking Bad, it’s a real-life situation. In one of the most incredible coincidences imaginable, a man who shares the name of the lead character in the award-winning AMC show about cooking meth has now been charged for doing the same thing. That’s the real one on the right, and the fake one – played by Bryan Cranston – on the left. Read the full story after the jump. Read More »

The next two statements are totally true. World Wrestling Entertainment is producing an animated Scooby-Doo film centering on a murder mystery at Wrestlemania, and a man shot himself in the ass while sitting down in a screening of The Bourne Legacy. After the jump, read the details on the crazy but true stories. Read More »

Clive Palmer wouldn’t be the first person to wish he could live in a James Cameron or Steven Spielberg flick long after the credits roll. As a billionaire businessman, however, he may be one of the few with the funds to actually make that dream a reality. The noted eccentric revealed earlier this year that he was working on a replica of the RMS Titanic, to set sail in 2016 as a floating casino, and now rumor has it he’s got his sights set on a real-life Jurassic Park.

How realistic his aspirations actually are, or whether the story’s even true, remains up for debate. But if Palmer didn’t have plans before, perhaps he should pursue them now that the idea’s been floated. Sure, it seems like a really extravagant way of courting death —  but again, this is the same guy who wanted a do-over on the Titanic. More details after the jump.

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