The Predator Comic-Con

At San Diego Comic-Con, director Shane Black brought a new sneak peek of the latest entry in the Predator franchise that he was part of all the way back in the 1980s. But rather than slinging some inappropriate jokes in the jungle as a supporting star, this time he’s behind the camera for The Predator, bringing the galaxy’s most dangerous hunter to a new generation of audiences. So is The Predator up to the task of slaying in 2018? We attended The Predator Comic-Con 2018 panel in Hall H to find out. Read More »

Comcast Fox

We thought the Disney/Fox deal was done at the end of last year, but Comcast wasn’t ready to go quietly into the night. It stormed back into the fray with one final charge, topping Disney’s initial offer for 21st Century Fox’s media assets in the hopes of adding them to its own empire, which already includes companies like NBC and Universal. But now the boardroom battle is over, and as the metaphorical smoke clears, Comcast is walking away and paving the way for a Disney acquisition. The idea of a Comcast Fox deal is officially dead.
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Mark Englert The Last Jedi

All eyes are about to turn to San Diego Comic-Con, but before the convention kicks into full gear, we wanted to bring some incredible new art prints to your attention – including one of the best pieces of Star Wars: The Last Jedi art I’ve seen thus far. See that below, as well as pieces celebrating Alex Garland‘s sci-fi stunner Annihilation and the David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell to Earth.
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Omega Red in Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 featured its fair share of notable mutants from X-Men lore, but there are so many characters in that universe that there’s never enough time to do them all justice on the big screen.

One mutant who has never been given his due in a live-action X-Men movie is a Russian villain named Omega Red. He’s slated to appear in one of the bonus features on the upcoming Blu-ray release of Fox’s Deadpool 2, and now one of the movie’s makeup artists has given us our first good look at the character. Read More »

Bohemian Rhapsody trailer

An all-new Bohemian Rhapsody trailer is here. It’s a bit better than the previous one, but it still looks to be buried under the weight of biopic cliches. At the very least, it’s clear Rami Malek is going to make a great Freddie Mercury. Watch the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer below.

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The Darkest Minds trailer

After directing Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson is making the jump to live-action with The Darkest Minds, an adaptation of a YA novel about kids who develop super powers and strike back against their oppressive captors. 20th Century Fox has just released a new trailer, which concentrates more on the love story between Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) and Liam (Harris Dickinson), two of the most powerful mutants – uh, I mean, super-powered teenagers – of the revolution. Read More »

Call of the wild

Harrison Ford has some free time on his hands now that Indiana Jones 5 has been bumped back to 2021. As a result, the grumpy actor prone to occasionally crashing his private plane has decided to take a role in another film: Call of the Wild. The Jack London adaptation will find Ford playing a grizzled prospector.  Read More »

Die Hard influences

(This week marks the 30th anniversary of Die Hard, arguably the greatest action movie of all time. To celebrate, /Film is exploring the film from every angle with a series of articles. Today: we spoke with ten modern filmmakers about why the movie still holds up, how it influenced their work, and more.)

The first shot in Die Hard is a plane landing on a runway. But the second shot does something relatively atypical for the testosterone-fueled action movies of the 1980s: it established a weakness in its protagonist. New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is afraid of flying, and the first thing we see of him is his hand tightly gripping his armrest. His seat neighbor gives him an odd remedy for stress relief, and when McClane eventually gives it a try during a Christmas party at L.A.’s Nakatomi Plaza, a hostile takeover leaves him barefoot at the worst possible moment.

But that weakness gives the character some much-needed humanity, a far cry from the muscle-bound lugs embodied by actors like Schwarzenegger and Stallone at the time. That humanity and relatability is a huge part of the reason the film remains a stone cold classic three decades after its release. In the latest entry in our series of articles looking back on Die Hard, /Film spoke with a handful of modern Hollywood directors and writers about the impact the film had on them, how it influenced their work, why the movie has stood the test of time, and more. Read More »

Die Hard interviews

(This week marks the 30th anniversary of Die Hard, arguably the greatest action movie of all time. To celebrate, /Film is exploring the film from every angle with a series of articles. Today: the cast and crew look back on the making of an action classic.)

John McTiernan‘s 1988 action tour de force is one of my favorite movies ever made. It’s a masterclass on every level: building entertaining characters, crafting escalating action, establishing and navigating geography, and putting an empathetic hero through the ringer in the face of extraordinary odds. McTiernan and his collaborators made this all look easy, but as the rash of Hollywood imitators that followed quickly proved, it was anything but.

Die Hard turns 30 years old this weekend, and to celebrate, I spoke with cinematographer Jan de Bont, writer Steven E. de Souza, and actor Reginald VelJohnson (who played Sergeant Al Powell) about why the film still holds up, how some of its most memorable scenes came together, and much more.  Read More »

These ‘Aliens’ Posters Are Out of This World

Aliens posters

The debate about whether Ridley Scott’s Alien or James Cameron’s Aliens is the better movie will likely rage on until humanity is eventually wiped out by a real life species of acid-bleeding killer aliens. But until then, we can also argue about the best poster that pays tribute to the ongoing sci-fi film franchise, and a couple of new contenders have come along from artist Rory Kurtz that make a strong case for Aliens. Check out both of these new Aliens posters below. Read More »