Live Action Fire and Ice Remake

Ralph Bakshi, the animator who did films like Wizards and the first adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, used an early rotoscope animation technique to create the fantasy story Fire and Ice, which adopted character designs by artist Frank Frazetta. Now Robert Rodriguez is going to make his first foray into full-on fantasy epics with a live-action Fire and Ice remake, in an attempt to launch a new fantasy franchise. Read More »

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Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies review

Note: This review originally ran on December 9. We’ve republished now that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters.

Every time Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, we expect something special. All of his Lord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven’t lived up to the achievement of the first three movies, they’ve had their moments. In my reviews of An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug I found things to like about each film, despite their flaws.

So, following the trajectory of the first trilogy, I hoped The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be the best of the bunch. Imagine my disappointment to find out it was the opposite. Below, read our Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies review. Read More »

Peter Jackson Isn’t Ruling Out More Tolkien Movies

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Peter Jackson has now spent six films and most of the past 15 years in Middle-earth, but he’s still not ruling out another return. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director says he’d “probably” be up for another journey into J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world.

If you’ve been entranced by his Hobbit trilogy, this is great news. If, on the other hand, you’re more inclined to agree with the weary Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you’re probably groaning at the news.

In any case, Jackson isn’t planning his return trip just yet. First, he plans to spend some time making films about the parts of New Zealand that haven’t been turned into hobbit holes. Read Jackson’s comments on more Tolkien movies, and watch the Smaug Honest Trailer, after the jump. Read More »

The BFG

Steven Spielberg has chosen a newcomer to play Sophie, the young girl at the center of his next film The BFG. The character Sophie is a young Londoner who meets a “big friendly giant,” to be played by Mark Rylance. Now Ruby Barnhill is The BFG star — she will play Sophie in the film scripted by Melissa Mathison based on the book by Roald Dahl. More info is below. Read More »

CINDERELLA

It seems kind of appropriate that Cinderella should be getting a makeover, since the story itself hinges on a makeover. Disney is the fairy godmother in this case, wielding magic instead of CG and turning Cinderella from a 60-year-old animated feature into a brand-new live-action fantasy.

Of course, in Cinderella’s case the transformation undeniably changes her life for the better. It’s less clear why Cinderella really needed to be retold (aside from the obviou$), but at least this new version looks pretty. Hit the jump to watch the new Cinderella international trailer starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Richard MaddenRead More »

MoonQuake Lake trailer

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built up so much goodwill at this point, they could probably get audiences to watch anything. But even they may be testing their limits with MoonQuake Lake, a third-rate Twilight knockoff starring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna.

Or rather, they might be pushing it if MoonQuake Lake were a real film instead of a pitch-perfect sendup of the fantasy YA subgenre. It’s the best joke from Annie, the new musical by Will Gluck. Watch Lord and Miller’s MoonQuake Lake trailer — and their tongue-in-cheek reaction to the film’s Golden Globes snub — after the jump.  Read More »

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom rumors notwithstanding, it looks like Johnny Depp‘s Jack Sparrow will making new friends (and enemies) in Pirates of the Caribbean 5Javier Bardem was set as the villain a couple months back, while Brenton Thwaites booked the sidekick role a few weeks back. Now Disney is eyeing a whole bunch of up-and-coming actresses for the female lead including Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) and Gabriella Wilde (Carrie).

Get details on the potential Pirates of the Caribbean female lead after the jump.  Read More »

Skull Island Movie

Spider-Man/Juno/Whiplash star J.K. Simmons is the second actor to be officially cast in Universal and Legendary Pictures’ King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island. Hit the jump to learn more about the JK Simmons Skull Island news.

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