Thursday brings the first trailer for Jonathan Liebesman‘s reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Monday, however, the trailer debuted at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, NV, where it generated a little wave of controversy. Apparently, the trailer suggests April O’Neil’s father, along with Shredder, helped create the ooze that created the turtles. Read more about the Ninja Turtles movie origin below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
The Muppets are nothing if not self-aware, and Muppets Most Wanted opens with a promising joke. Picking up just moments after the last movie left off, Kermit and company launch into a jaunty, toe-tapping musical number that acknowledges all the pitfalls of a follow-up. “We’re doing a sequel,” they sing. “That’s what we do in Hollywood / And everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good!”
But all the knowingness in the world can’t save the Muppets from the actual pitfalls of doing a sequel. In the end, Kermit’s early admission feels more like a warning than a joke. Muppets Most Wanted isn’t bad; in some parts, it’s very good. Still, it struggles to match the highs that the first one hit so easily.
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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is currently in limbo, thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Iger did a conference call on Tuesday and made it rain with news. He mentioned The Incredibles 2, Star Wars Episode VII, and also mentioned that, despite directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg being attached, the studio has yet to green light the long-in-development fifth film in the mega-blockbuster franchise starring Johnny Depp. Read More »
Even if you take away his two Muppet movies, writer/director James Bobin is a guy you want to talk to. He helped shape Sacha Baron Cohen’s legendary Da Ali G Show and the HBO show Flight of the Conchords, and is helming the next Disney Alice in Wonderland film, Alice Through the Looking Glass. He also helped bring The Muppets back to the big screen in the 2012 hit and co-wrote and directed this week’s hilarious sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. This James Bobin fellow has it going pretty well.
We were lucky enough to speak to Bobin and discussed a myriad of topics. In addition to an Alice tease, we discussed the self-referential nature of Muppets Most Wanted, having to change elements of the story when songs have already been finished, the canon of the Muppets, the rules for shooting and working with the Muppets, action sequences, dance and much more. If you’re a fan of the Muppets, or filmmaking in general, I think there’s a lot to learn here. Read our full interview below. Read More »
The trend of producing live-action adaptations of popular animated films continues. Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct The Little Mermaid, a live-action adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale Disney made into an Oscar-winning film in 1989. Universal Pictures will distribute. Frequent Tim Burton collaborator Caroline Thompson, who wrote Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, is currently rewriting the script. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Laika’s The Boxtrolls doesn’t open for another six months, but the marketing team is already working hard getting the word out there. Today brings yet another new Boxtrolls trailer — the fourth so far — which explains a bit more about the titular tribe of misunderstood monsters. Watch it after the jump.
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“I interviewed Kermit the Frog.” That’s a sentence I’ll probably be bragging to my kids about when I’m old and gray. On the occasion of the Muppets latest film, Muppets Most Wanted, I sat down with the frog, myth and legend to discuss the sequel. We talked about his isolated role in the story, the incredible spot on casting of his doppelgänger Constantine as well as his co-stars including Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais.
But this is Kermit the effing Frog. A Hollywood icon. I also talked to him about his movie going habits, his thoughts on the current state of cinema and if he feels blockbusters will cripple the system. We talked about the on demand generation, his favorite films of 2013 as well as director James Bobin‘s next film, Alice in Wonderland 2.
We also talked about other roles Kermit has been up for, including potential roles as the Hulk or Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Universe and if he contacted J.J. Abrams about Star Wars Episode VII. It was an eclectic, 9 minute discussion which you can not only read, but listen to, in its entirety, below. Read More »
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Saving Mr. Banks wasn’t the runaway award contender Disney hoped for, but a newly found deleted scene sure looks like it was. Featuring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Paul Giamatti, it’s a pretty revealing and well-acted scene that probably gave away too much too soon for director John Lee Hancock. Still, if you want to see almost the entire conflict of the movie condensed into a two-minute scene, this will do it. Check out this Saving Mr Banks deleted scene below. Read More »