Posted on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
J.A. Bayona‘s adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ A Monster Calls is a five-hankie sobfest, a ruthlessly effective tearjerker even by cancer drama standards. The sniffles start with the premise. A boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggles with his mother’s terminal illness, and calls upon a giant tree monster for help. The monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) forces a deal upon the boy: he’ll tell three stories, after which the boy will have to reveal his own deepest, darkest secret.
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Right now we’re in a bit of a dead zone between the blockbuster summer season and awards season, but that’s going to change once Snowden arrives in the middle of September as we start to move into October. However, one of the movies that I was looking forward to quite a bit has just been bumped back from its original October release date into December.
A Monster Calls will no longer arrive this fall, but the good news is that this date looks like a vote of confidence in the film’s quality to potentially be in contention for some awards. Find out the new A Monster Calls release date below. Read More »
Now that the dust has settled around the hotly debated Ghostbusters reboot from director Paul Feig, we wanted to take a look back at all the Easter eggs and references the new film made to the original 1984 classic from director Ivan Reitman. One of the biggest complaints was that the reboot aimed for too much fan service with an abundance of references to the original film, right down to cameos from almost every single key cast member.
Once you check out our complete Ghostbusters Easter eggs guide below, you can decide for yourself. Some of them are obvious, others might have gone over your head. But we rounded up all of them, because there might be some viewers out there who aren’t as well-versed with the original Ghostbusters as some of the most hardcore fans. That’s why you’ll see us referencing everything from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to a tribute the late Harold Ramis to a couple of obscure ghosts you forgot about. Read More »
While Sir Ridley Scott is currently shooting Alien: Covenant in Australia, Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien sequel remains on hold. Because Scott was adamant about his follow-up to Prometheus reaching theaters first, Blomkamp and star Sigourney Weaver have gone off to work on other projects, at least in the meantime. There was — and there probably still is — some doubt over whether the sequel will get made, but Weaver remains confident it’ll happen.
Below, get the latest Alien sequel update from Sigourney Weaver.
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20th Century Fox and the Alamo Drafthouse recently celebrated the Alien franchise with Alien Day, but there’s still more celebrating to be done with this series. July 18th marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron‘s Aliens. For the occasion, Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, and more will participate in a panel at the quickly approaching San Diego Comic Con.
Below, learn more about the Aliens 30th anniversary celebration.
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A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to chat with writer/director Andrew Stanton about his new Pixar film Finding Dory. The film hit theaters this past weekend and earned an estimated $136.2 million, breaking the record for the biggest animated opening of all time. (Looks like my Summer Movie Wager pick wasn’t that stupid after all, although we’ll have to see how it does in the second weekend to see if it really has a chance to beat Captain America: Civil War this summer.)
I decided to hold off until after release to publish the full interview as we talk about some spoilers (so stop now if you haven’t seen the film). I talked with Andrew about the real and unexpected meaning behind the film’s title, how he tried (or didn’t try) to avoid the traps of “sequelitis,” how the sea lions and Sigourney Weaver got involved, and of course that story about the symbiotic relationship between the Disney’s story trust and Pixar brain trust that I shared last week. Read the full interview now, after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
At one point, it looked like the Alien franchise could branch off into two directions, with Ridley Scott helming a series of Prometheus movies while Neill Blomkamp revived the Alien films. But then Blomkamp’s Alien movie was put on hold and then delayed indefinitely while Scott finished Prometheus 2 — which was subsequently renamed Alien: Covenant. At this point, it’s unclear when we’ll see Blomkamp’s planned Alien sequel. But star Sigourney Weaver assures fans the project is still on. It’s just a matter of when. Read More »
Last year, fans went crazy for Back to the Future Day on October 21st, 2015, celebrating the day that Doc and Marty go into the future in Back to the future Part II. Now 20th Century Fox is hoping to gin up the same kind of excitement for Alien with a special celebratory day.
On April 26th, fans can celebrate Alien Day, inspired by the planet LV-426 (get it?) from the original Alien. If you’re an Alien fan, this day comes with a slew of cool goodies, contests and screenings, including things like official Reebok shoes inspired by the ones Ripley wears in Aliens, new action figures, and an online trivia contest. Get the details below. Read More »
Over the past couple months, we’ve reported on a few cameos being made in Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters by cast members of the original 1984 paranormal comedy. However, this hasn’t been something that has pleased us.
We would much rather these cameos were surprises when seeing the movie. But when all the trades, blogs and Ghostbusters fans are spreading the news like wildfire without any regard for spoilers, it doesn’t make much sense for us to try to keep it secret.
And director Paul Feig has succumbed to this same problem as he has just revealed on Twitter that… Read More »