On February 17, 1936, Lee Falk’s comic strip hero The Phantom was introduced to the world. Over the following years—as the character reached millions of fans through an unparalleled-for-that-era level of worldwide syndication—The Phantom became an international sensation. The comic strip (clearly) excelled in many countries around the world, but perhaps none more so than Australia. So it seems fitting that, six decades later, the man who would finally bring this hero to the big screen would be an Australian himself: Simon Wincer.
To learn about how The Phantom was made, I spoke at length with Simon Wincer. But it took a little while before we even got to talking about the masked crusader. Because, frankly, there was just too much to talk about. Like how Wincer swooped into to replace the original director of Free Willy (and ended up helping to save that film). Or how he helmed an Emmy-dominant, prestige miniseries (years before such things were du jour). We spoke about all those things and much more (like the cinematic value of manure). Below is a copy of our conversation…
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Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
We knew Jennifer Lopez as an actress before we knew her as a singer, but it’s been a long time since she’s had a real hit film. Sure, Ice Age: Continental Drift made lots of money, but she only lent her voice to that one. Who even remembers that Parker, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and The Back-Up plan even existed, let alone that she was in them?
Nevertheless, she keeps on keeping on, and the next stop in her cinematic journey will be a thriller called The Boy Next Door. The movie itself doesn’t look all that promising, frankly, but at least the Boy Next Door trailer is kind of entertaining, in a so-bad-it’s-good sort of way. Check it out after the jump.
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In addition to moving Warcraft away from Star Wars Episode VII, Universal dated a slew of major movies on this Thanksgiving Eve. They are as follows:
- An Untitled Michael Mann film starring Chris Hemsworth will be released January 16, 2015.
- Jennifer Lopez‘s thriller The Boy Next Door opens January 23, 3015.
- The long delayed epic Seventh Son gets the new release date of February 6, 2015.
- Andy Muschietti‘s reboot of The Mummy hits April 22, 2016.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Since co-writing Shrek Forever After a few years ago, Darren Lemke‘s built himself a nice career adapting classic kid-friendly fare into big-screen features. He’s one of the scribes behind the fairy tale retelling Jack the Giant Killer and has worked on reinterpretations of both The Nutcracker and The Wizard of Oz. Outside of the fairyland, he’s doing a fresh draft of the R.L. Stine-based Goosebumps for Columbia — and now he’s added the Jennifer Lopez-produced Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? movie to his plate as well. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
There are things it makes sense for Darren Aronofsky to direct. All of his films, obviously. PSAs for young people about the dangers of meth use. A steamy fragrance ad featuring his Black Swan star Vincent Cassel. Possibly even a music video for the unholy union of Lou Reed and Metallica. Nowhere on this list is an upbeat Kohl’s ad for Jennifer Lopez‘s apparel, home, and accessories line, and yet here we are.
This isn’t an insult to Aronofsky, Lopez, Kohl’s, the handsome backup dancers, or anyone else involved with this commercial, by the way. Titled “Classic. Remixed,” the commercial is actually a fun, poppy little video that shows off J.Lo’s considerable dance skills against her cover of Kiki Dee Band’s “I Got the Music in Me.” But who’d ever have expected these two to meet, let alone collaborate? Watch the ad after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not surprising that most of the marketing materials so far for What to Expect When You’re Expecting have focused primarily on the women. It’s inspired by a world-famous pregnancy manual, after all, and (Arnold Schwarzenegger in Junior notwithstanding) men don’t often get pregnant. But with a comedically gifted male cast that includes Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon, Ben Falcone, Rob Huebel, and Dennis Quaid, it’s about time we got to see what the dads have been up to. Watch the dude-centric new trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
In the decade or so since the start of Fox’s Ice Age series, the franchise has pulled in a range of high-profile stars including Jack Black, Will Arnett, Jay Leno, and Simon Pegg to compliment its central quartet of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Chris Wedge.
This time around, for Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier‘s Ice Age: Continental Drift, the core characters are joined by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost, Rebel Wilson, Aziz Ansari, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and more. It’s a very solid cast, but is the project worthy of their talents? Watch the first trailer after the jump and decide for yourself. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
At first glance, What to Expect When You’re Expecting doesn’t seem terribly different from similarly star-studded snoozefests like He’s Just Not That Into You and New Year’s Eve. But the marketing folks are clearly hoping to set themselves apart by putting the emphasis on the “comedy” part of “romantic comedy,” and their latest effort is a series of character posters that play up the film’s raunchy sense of humor.
Or try to, anyway. Mostly, they just succeed in making everyone look very heavily Photoshopped (has Brooklyn Decker always looked that much like Missi Pyle?) with cringeworthy lines next to their heads. Sort of like a Cosmo cover, only without the promise of sex tips. Check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
It was back in 2008 that we first heard about Cocaine Cowboys, the feature film adaptation of Billy Corben‘s 2006 documentary. But development on that project’s been slow and erratic, and at this point it’s been nearly a year since we’ve heard any significant updates on the project.
As Mark Wahlberg does the press rounds for Contraband, however, he’s been chatting up a lot of the movies on his upcoming slate. And according to him, Cocaine Cowboys is not only still alive, it could get going as early as this summer — with Jennifer Lopez as a possibility for one of the juiciest parts. More details after the jump.
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Since the run-up to the release of Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age in 2002, the best spokesman — spokesanimal? — for the film series has been a creature that can barely speak. The acorn-obsessed Scrat, a sabre-toothed squirrel, has starred in trailers and shorts and is one of the most consistently entertaining parts of the actual films. With the latest film in the series, Ice Age: Continental Drift, hitting theaters in July 2012, Fox and Blue Sky are way ahead of the curve in getting the word out. The first part of the short Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up showed up way back in January of this year, and now we’ve got the conclusion. Check it out below. Read More »