Hungry little Om Nom is jumping from the smartphone screen to the big screen. ZeptoLab and Blockade Entertainment are developing an animated feature based on the Cut the Rope, the popular mobile game about a little green monster who demands candy. Hit the jump for plot details, a teaser poster, and more from the Cut the Rope movie. Read More »
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You know him, you love him, you’ve used his arm as a cannon and now he’s coming back to TV. Popular video game character Mega Man will be resurrected in a new animated, 26-episode TV series by Man of Action Entertainment. They created the Disney TV shows Ben 10, Generator Rex and worked on Disney’s Big Hero 6. The aim is to have the show ready for air in 2017, which is the 30th anniversary of the franchise. Read the full press release about the Mega Man animated series below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 1st, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The first chapter of Ernie Cline’s Armada is now online for you to preview. Find out more after the jump. Germain’s original story from February 25th 2015 follows:
Considering this site is called “Slashfilm,” we don’t cover a lot of books. But most books aren’t written by Ernie Cline. Cline first hit our radar as the writer of Fanboys, the Star Wars fan story directed by Kyle Newman. He then truly hit a home run with Ready Player One, a massive sci-fi adventure influenced by movies, music, video games and more. It’s currently being developed into a movie by Warner Bros. That’s why Cline’s work fits so well on this site. Those who live and breathe pop culture will truly appreciate it.
His second novel, Armada, sounds like it further explores some of the concepts he’s played with before. The movie rights were picked up last year and, finally, Random House has announced an official release date for the book: July 14. Along with that, we now have the cover and a full synopsis. However, in that synopsis is something very odd. It seems Cline is drawing heavily from The Last Starfighter. Could that actually be? Read the Armada synopsis below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
The slow but steady integration of Star Wars into the world of Disney continues. Television was first with Star Wars Rebels, movies are on the way like The Force Awakens, theme parks will be later and video games are next. The first new Star Wars console game is an integration into Disney’s already popular Disney Infinity series, which was announced earlier this month. Now several new images from the prequel themed playset, Twilight of the Republic, have been revealed along with new images of the figures. Check out all the new Star Wars Disney Infinity images below. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
After starring in the riveting sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which you can still catch in theaters, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is on the rise to stardom. Aside from being sexy and mysterious in Alex Garland’s magnificent film about artificial intelligence, we’ll also see Vikander in Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E., the chef-centric Adam Jones starring Bradley Cooper and the potential awards contender The Danish Girl, with Eddie Redmayne.
And now she looks to be getting an even bigger boost as Alicia Vikander joins Assassin’s Creed, the video game adaptation at New Regency, and Universal’s developing Jason Bourne sequel with Matt Damon. Get more details after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
By now, you probably know if you’re going to see Pixels or not. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan as former video game champions who are asked to save the world when real life video game characters invade Earth. Think Independence Day starring the cast of The King of Kong.
If you still aren’t sure and are hoping for some new nugget to get excited about in this second Pixels trailer, it’s probably not going to do it. There is some new footage in here, including a bit with Kevin James killing a Smurf, as well as some background on the characters, but for the most part its the same few set pieces as the last trailer. The optimist in me is hoping Sony is simply holding back lots of other moments for the theater, but that tends not to be the case with the films of James and Sandler. Watch the new Pixels trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
It feels like Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft has been in production since before the Horde or Alliance came into existance. The director finished filming about a year ago and ever since, has been very carefully showing hints and teases at big events like Comic-Con and BlizzCon. Most recently, the film’s release date was pushed back from Spring to Summer 2016 (the above logo is wrong), which disappointed fans but mostly meant the studio is confident in the film. Now we have an idea why.
The first official images from Warcraft have now been revealed showing off one of the film’s stars, the orc leader Orgrim Doomhammer. He’s played by Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim, True Blood) but beyond that performance he’s almost entirely the work of Industrial Light and Magic. Check out the Warcraft images below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
For years the enigmatic opening credits to Mad Men have provoked viewers into many entertaining questions. How literal is the opening animation meant to be? What does it mean for Don Draper, and by implication the rest of the characters? While the metaphoric thrust of the credits is evident to anyone who watches the show, it’s still fun to talk about.
Now a teaser for the new film Hitman: Agent 47 shows us the truth behind the Mad Men credits, just in time for the AMC show to broadcast its final leap into the sky. No surprise: in this conception, it isn’t a leap, but a violent fall. Read More »
Chris Columbus Talks ‘Pixels’, Video Game Licenses, Pac-Man Creator, Return to Amblin Era and John Hughes
Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.
In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.
We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.