masters of the universe director

The wheel of fate spins. Another artist is pulled into the vortex of the always-in-the-works, never-coming-to-pass Masters of the Universe reboot. The cycle continues and it shall continue, even as our world turns to dust and the universe slowly stumbles toward oblivion.

In other words, another director has been roped into trying to make a new Masters of the Universe happen. This time around, that director is McG, who is best known for directing the Charlie’s Angels movies and Terminator: Salvation. But don’t get too attached to this news – this property has a long history of attaching talent and losing talent and attaching talent and losing talent and…you know.

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Only fools don’t eagerly anticipate Steven Spielberg movies and only a total cynic wouldn’t want to see one of the greatest filmmakers of all time adapt the work of the great Roald Dahl. So while it’s currently flying a bit under the radar, you should probably start looking forward to the arrival of The BFG, Spielberg’s first collaboration with Disney and his first live action family adventure movie since 1991’s Hook.

A new poster for The BFG has arrived and it’s lovely, teasing colorful imagery, a grand sense of scale, and name-dropping a Spielberg masterpiece that has more than once connection to this new movie.

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Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter

Alan Rickman inhabited several now-classic roles over the course of his 30-year career, from Hans Gruber to Alexander Dane. But his younger fans in particular probably best knew him as Severus Snape, the surly Hogwarts professor who turns out to have hidden depths. Since Rickman’s death last week, his fans, friends, and colleagues been sharing their favorite memories of him, and this week J.K. Rowling herself — the woman who invented Severus Snape — revealed the “secret” detail she slipped to Rickman to help inform his performance.  Read More »

The Magicians pilot

Syfy gave us an early Christmas present last month, in the form of an early broadcast of the pilot episode for its new fantasy series The Magicians. But if you missed it the first time around — or if you did catch it, but like its fantasy-obsessed protagonist are eager to dive back into a world of magic and mayhem — you’re in luck. The network has put the entire first episode online for free, several days ahead of its (second) on-air premiere.

Based on the novels by Lev GrossmanThe Magicians is sort of a grown-up Harry Potter. Quentin (Jason Ralph) is an unhappy young man at the end of his college years. He discovers that the kind of magic he’s read about in children’s fantasy novels is real, and enrolls in a magical graduate school called Brakebills. But this exciting new world isn’t exactly what he imagined. Watch the full The Magicians pilot after the jump. Read More »

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We never gave Alan Rickman enough credit.

When he passed away yesterday at the age of 69, you could feel the tremors throughout all of film fandom. Wave upon wave of memories emerged: nuanced characters, brilliant performances, and an incalculable number of quotable lines. Rickman’s unique presence and one-of-a-kind voice imprinted itself on countless movies. Like so many great actors, especially those so skilled at providing their skills just off-center from the movie stars at the center of their films, we took him for granted.

With the passing of Alan Rickman, we have lost a quiet titan. However, the beauty of cinema is that he can live on forever in his work. His performances will never fade away. We will never stop watching him. Future generations will always discover him. Rickman, a master of raw humanism, chilling viciousness, and droll comedy alike, will be remembered.

So let’s start now.

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Chronicles of Narnia Reboot

It’s been six years since the last movie in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise debuted in theaters, and as it was the worst performer at the box office and the worst film in the franchise, it seemed like the franchise was finally over. Despite news surfacing in 2011 that an adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew was in the works at Walden Media, the franchise remained dormant.

Then just a couple years ago, a press release announced that The Silver Chair would be the next book getting the film treatment. There haven’t been any new updates on that project either, but today brings news that the project is very much still in the works. However, it won’t be bringing back anybody from the original franchise. This will be a Chronicles of Narnia reboot. Read More »

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After more than a decade of planning and a five years of construction, the Walt Disney Company has revealed an opening date for their newest theme park. The Shanghai Disney Resort will open its gates on June 16, 2016, bringing the most popular name in themed entertainment to an audience who is becoming more and more important to every media company’s bottom line.

And while we can (and will) dip our toe into what Shanghai Disneyland means in the grand scheme of theme parks, movies, and the future of mass entertainment, we also have to accept that this is one slick looking destination. Full details, including pictures of several new rides and attractions, can be found below.

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HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler was at HBO’s reception for the Television Critics Association last night and I was able to get a few minutes with him to talk about Game of Thrones. The network announced the premiere date for season six earlier in their sessions.  Read More »