Tonight brings the telecast for the 88th Academy Awards, honoring what some select people working on the film industry as the best achievements in motion pictures for the previous year. With Chris Rock hosting, it’ll be interesting to see how he skewers the Academy for the all-white nominees this year, not to mention poking fun at Hollywood’s biggest stars. But before that, the 2016 Razzie Awards have dished out some blows to some of the worst movies and performances of the year.
20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four landed the not-so-coveted Worst Picture prize, but it wasn’t alone, because Fifty Shades of Grey tied with the comic book flop for the title as well. But Fifty Shades of Grey got razzed a little more than Fantastic Four since both of the film’s stars, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, took home the Worst Actor and Worst Actress awards, not to mention being named the Worst On-Screen Combo. That’s rough.
Get the full list of 2016 Razzies Winners after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fifty Shades Darker inherited its two leads from the last installment of the nascent BDSM franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, but it’s got some new characters to introduce as well. The first addition to the sequel cast is Kim Basinger as Elena Lincoln, sort of the Mrs. Robinson to Christian Grey’s Ben Braddock. But kinkier, of course, because Fifty Shades. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.
To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Universal Pictures has tied up a director for the next two Fifty Shades movies. James Foley, who was offered the job of directing Fifty Shades Darker back in August, is now confirmed to shoot both that film and its sequel, Fifty Shades Freed. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will return as kinky lovers Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Get the latest on the Fifty Shades sequels after the jump. Read More »
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Update: Two weeks after this news first broke, Variety reports that Foley has been officially offered the job directing Fifty Shades Darker. Talks are reportedly beginning now. Whether this will be a two-fer deal, with Foley also set to direct the third film, remains to be seen. Original story follows.
Even as Fifty Shades of Grey was being released to theaters this past February, we knew that director Sam Taylor-Johnson wasn’t likely to be back to direct the adaptation of the sequel novel, Fifty Shades Darker. There was talk of a power play on the part of novel author E.L. James, who reportedly wanted to write the sequel script herself, the better to keep it close to the novel. The screenwriting gig for the sequel went to Niall Leonard, who is married to James, but the director’s chair for the sequel has remained open.
Now James Foley (House of Cards, Fear, Glengarry Glen Ross) has turned up as the likely Fifty Shades sequel director.
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In recent years, there’s been a lot of backlash against CGI visual effects as movie studios rely on them more and more instead of practical set pieces, models and make-up effects (mostly because there’s some pretty terrible visual effects out there). We’ve already highlighted a thoughtful look at how CGI effects are actually great when not relied upon too heavily and blend seamlessly with practical filmmaking techniques.
But sometimes CGI special effects are just downright unnecessary and baffling, and the folks at Dorkly have assembled a short list of five of the most unnecessary CGI special effects, but beware of some brief NSFW nudity. Somehow one of the Star Wars prequels only appeared on the list once. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Today we have updates on a sequel that definitely isn’t happening, and several more that definitely are. After the jump:
- Olivia Wilde responds to Tron 3 cancellation
- TMNT2 will give away a role for charity
- The 50 Shades stars aren’t set for a spinoff
- Elisha Cuthbert joins the Goon sequel
- Jurassic World gets biggest IMAX release ever
- See Peeta and Gale in new Mockingjay pics
- Peek behind the scenes of Barbershop 3
- ATL star confirms a sequel is in the works
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Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
For their 100th episode, the Honest Trailers gang has decided to tackle a movie that’s simply begging to be punished: Fifty Shades of Grey. Based on an erotic novel that was famously conceived as a piece of Twilight fan-fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey is, as the Honest Trailer narrator puts it, “the film adaptation that ended up leaving millions of people around the world asking, ‘Is that it?'”
Watch the Fifty Shades of Grey Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Fifty Shades of Grey made crazy money at home and internationally, but that doesn’t mean the creation of a sequel is an easy task. There’s already source material, in the form of the novel Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James. But the first film’s screenwriter and director, Kelly Marcel and Sam Taylor-Johnson, will not return for the second movie. Reportedly, that is in part due to clashes with James. Furthermore, there have been reports that James was lobbying to script the sequel herself.
Now the producers and Universal have a new solution to the 50 Shades sequel script problem. It will be written by Niall Leonard, an author with TV and film experience. He even contributed to the Fifty Shades of Grey script. And he happens to be E.L. James’ husband. Read More »
Since even before the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, there was conflict evident between director Sam Taylor-Johnson and the novel’s author E.J. James. Once the film was released, despite its success, that conflict became one of the defining conversations about the movie. Sam Taylor-Johnson quickly seemed like she was distancing herself from the series in general, and specifically that she was increasingly less interested in directing the sequel.
Now the word is out: Sam Taylor-Johnson has definitively removed herself from the series, so Fifty Shades Darker needs a new director. Read More »