There have been plenty of iterations of King Kong over the years, from his debut in the classic RKO picture in 1933 that would influence generations of filmmakers to Peter Jackson’s romantic epic in 2005. But I can guarantee that you’ve never seen a King Kong as badass, stylish and just plain cool as director Jordan Vogt-Roberts delivers in Kong: Skull Island.
It’s been a long time since there’s been a monster movie as bold, daring and gruesome as Kong: Skull Island, and that’s what makes it a refreshing action adventure that is chock full of mesmerizing visuals, startling action and some of the most amazingly repulsive monsters the big screen has seen in awhile.
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It seems crazy to think that Kong: Skull Island will be in theaters in just a little over a month. There doesn’t seem to be enough buzz about the movie just yet, but that will likely change as the release date gets closer. There’s a chance there could even be a Super Bowl spot to help spread the word.
In the meantime, a new Kong: Skull Island IMAX poster has been released that takes an obvious cue from Apocalypse Now, just like the first trailer for the King Kong reboot did. Plus, we finally have confirmation on how Kong Skull Island connects to Godzilla, the reboot of the King of Monsters from 2014. Read More »
In less than two months, a new King Kong movie with Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Brie Larson, Shea Whigham, Tom Hiddleston, and Jason Mitchell comes out. Let’s hope the movie is as good as that sounds, and that it’s as good as it looks because Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ follow-up to The Kings of Summer looks like one big, intense popcorn movie. Did I mention Vogt-Robers film also stars John Ortiz (Togetherness)? He hasn’t been featured prominently in the marketing materials, like the Kong: Skull Island TV spots below, but he’s in it, which is another valid reason to want to see Samuel L. Jackson and a band of soldiers take on some giant monsters.
Below, watch the new Kong: Skull Island TV spot.
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The first wave of reviews for Gold are disappointing. Unfortunately, Stephen Gaghan‘s latest directorial effort, which The Weinstein Company positioned as an awards contender, so far hasn’t connected with critics. Perhaps it’ll fare better with audiences once the film, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez, goes wide at the end of the month.
Below, watch the Gold red band trailer.
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A Monster Calls is a heartbreaking movie. When J.A. Bayona‘s (The Impossible) latest film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, in a nice bit of promotion, tissue boxes were handed out to those in attendance. That was a good call because the film certainly made our own Angie Han choke up once or twice. She praised the drama as a “five-hankie sobfest, a ruthlessly effective tearjerker even by cancer drama standards,” despite a few scenes she found too manipulative.
Below, watch A Monster Calls featurette, which shows how the story came about and evolved.
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Harvey Weinstein‘s name is synonymous with the Academy Awards. The producer has had films famously dominate the awards ceremony before. This year he’s pushing Lion and The Founder as serious contenders, and hopefully Sing Street will get more attention come awards season. Another Oscar hopeful for Weinstein’s is Stephen Gaghan‘s new film Gold, which based on the trailers, also has a chance of finding an audience when it goes wide at the end of January.
Below, learn the new Gold release date.
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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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The cast of The Female Brain has gotten bigger and better. Signing up for actress, comedian, and writer Whitney Cumming‘s (2 Broke Girls) feature directorial debut are actors James Marsden (Westworld), Lucy Punch (Into the Woods), and Toby Kebbell, who stars in this weekend’s Ben-Hur remake. The of three of them are joining Sofia Vergara, Cecily Strong, and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Power Forward, Blake Griffin, in Cumming’s adaptation of Louann Brizendine‘s “The Female Brain.”
Below, learn more about The Female Brain cast.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Pretty much the moment Toby Kebbell was cast in Kong: Skull Island, speculation began about whether he’d be playing King Kong. After all, Kebbell’s resume includes several high-profile mo-cap roles, including the ape Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the orc Durotan in Warcraft; he seemed like a natural fit to play Kong via the magic of motion capture. But earlier this year, Kebbell clarified that while he’d helped out with the role, Terry Notary was the one ultimately playing King Kong.
And that was that, or so we thought until now. In a more recent interview, Kebbell dropped some cryptic comments that suggest he may have been more involved with the King Kong role than previously believed. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Who knew that lonely kids befriending gigantic but surprisingly sweet monsters would turn out to be such a big theme of 2016? Earlier this month we got The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s take on the Roald Dahl classic, and next month we’ll get Pete’s Dragon, David Lowery’s updated version of the 1977 Disney film. Then this fall brings A Monster Calls, J.A. Bayona‘s adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ book.
Lewis MacDougall leads the film as Conor, a 12-year-old who’s having a tough time all around. At home, he’s struggling with his mother’s illness; at school, he’s targeted by bullies. He escapes into a fantasy world with the help of a giant tree monster voiced by Liam Neeson. It all sounds very silly when I put it that way, I know, but A Monster Calls looks like a visually sumptuous treat and a real tearjerker to boot. Watch the A Monster Calls trailer below. Read More »