hellboy reboot

It’s been nine years since fans last saw Mike Mignola’s comic book character Hellboy on the big screen, and though there was a metric ton of discussion about another Guillermo del Toro-directed sequel, we know that his version of Hellboy 3 is never going to happen. But all is not lost: we learned earlier this month that Mignola is taking the character in a new direction with an R-rated movie reboot that features Stranger Things actor David Harbour taking over the title role from Ron Perlman. Now Perlman has weighed in on the new casting, given Harbour his blessing, and described the scope and intentions of the abandoned capper of his would-be trilogy.
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Beauty and the Beast Deleted Scene

Though the remake of Beauty and the Beast was pretty loyal to the animated adaptation that Disney brought to the big screen in 1991, it also added some details to the story, including a few original songs. You’ll be able to see even more of the movie when Beauty and the Beast arrives on home video, and director Bill Condon has revealed one of those extras today.

One of the new musical sequences in Beauty and the Beast is a flashback that reveals more of the Beast’s past as a young prince. It unfurls with the new song “Days in the Sun”, but the original version went a little differently before it had to be changed in the final cut. Watch the Beauty and the Beast deleted scene below. Read More »

Sam Mendes Directing Pinocchio

Disney just keeps tearing through their vault of animated classics in order to bring younger audiences live-action remakes of the movies that their parents fell in love with when they were kids. Beauty and the Beast became a box office sensation this year, and The Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan and Aladdin are marching towards production. Now their remake of Pinnochio is making some progress.

While Pinocchio was announced back in the spring of 2015, news has just surfaced that Skyfall director Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct the remake of the classic 1940 animated film about a woodworker named Geppetto who makes a wish on a falling star for his recently created wooden puppet to become a real boy.

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in defense of the lost ending

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or TV show, or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of the final season of the ABC TV series LOST.)

LOST was once at the pinnacle of the early Golden Age of TV. Ambitious, awe-inspiring, and frustrating, it brought forth a new age in serialized primetime television and was perhaps the last great TV show to command the attention of audiences across the country before streaming and prestige cable shows dispersed them.

You remember those glory days, right? The connective flashbacks, the masterful character work, the scavenger hunt for hints, the jaw-dropping cliffhangers. It was like nothing on TV. And it ended seven years ago today, airing its series finale on May 23, 2010.

So it pains me that LOST, one of the most exciting and daring sci-fi TV series — and one of my favorite shows of all time — is met with derision because of its final season. To be sure, it’s an oddly opaque finale for a show that until then, had operated in grays — espousing realist and borderline nihilistic philosophies that called into question the nature and morals of man. But one of the charms of LOST was that it never tried to answer these questions. Yes, it bludgeoned you over the head with that “man of science, man of faith” debate between Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), but neither were able to ever really win the upper hand.

The finale changed that. The answer, it seemed to say, was faith. And in a show that depended so heavily on sci-fi tropes and staples, this switcheroo understandably angered people.

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game of thrones season 7 images

A few months ago, we heard that the dragons in Game of Thrones season 7 would be the size of 747 jet airliners. Now, a batch of images from the penultimate season of HBO’s flagship series have revealed the dragons and they don’t appear to be quite as big as 747s. However, they’re still big enough to stomp an entire army into red goo and burn their remains into a fine ash, so let’s not get too caught up on the little details.

This photo is one of several Game of Thrones season 7 images to arrive today and the others show off the other corners of Westeros: snow, scheming, and scowling. The usual.

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american gods git gone review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

Bone orchards, man-eaters, fire genies, oh my! The first three episodes of American Gods gave us a lot to swallow, but episode four, “Git Gone,” following Laura Moon’s journey to and from the grave, showed us that things aren’t just not what they seem when it comes to gods, but also when it comes to (seemingly) boring, uninteresting humanity.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Clips

There hasn’t been enough inebriated action coming from Walt Disney Pictures, but that will change soon now that a new Pirates of the Caribbean sequel is arriving in theaters this summer.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales brings back Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow for another round of high seas adventure and drunken antics. In a batch of new clips and TV spots from the sequel, Jack Sparrow gets in trouble with the law yet again, and he’s also being pursued by a cursed pirate hunter named Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). Plus, he finds himself accompanied by Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) the offspring of his previous partner in piracy, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).

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The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

When Universal Studios Hollywood held the grand opening of the west coast version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they did so with a spectacular show which used projection mapping to put elaborate animations on the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At the time of the grand opening, I asked Universal staffers if they might expand the experience for park guests. Universal is situated close to residential neighborhoods, which prevent the park from holding fireworks shows every night like their competitor, Disneyland.

But a nighttime projection show on Hogwarts castle seems like a no-brainer. Today, Universal Studios Hollywood is officially announcing the new nighttime show, which is being called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.”

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The Mummy trailer 3

Universal has just released a third full-length trailer for The Mummy, the Tom Cruise vehicle that the studio intends to use as a jumping-off point for its new cinematic universe of classic monsters.

This new look at the film rounds out a few more pieces of information about Cruise’s character – including the idea that our protagonist must embrace his inner monster if he ever wants to defeat Sofia Boutella’s ancient creature. Come for the classic “Tom Cruise running” shots, stay for the new spin on old mythology. Take a look at the new The Mummy trailer below.
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The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance logo

We hadn’t given much thought to more stories set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal since the long-brewing sequel was abandoned and turned into a comic book last year. But now, during the 35th anniversary year of the original 1982 movie, it looks like we’ll be returning to the world of Thra once again.

Netflix and The Jim Henson Company have announced a new prequel TV series called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Learn everything we know about it and watch a quick teaser below.
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