Last year, Columbia Pictures released a special collection of classic movies on 4K Ultra HD in a big collectible box set. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Strangelove, Gandhi, A League of Their Own, and Jerry Maguire filled out that first volume of classics from Columbia Pictures, and now a second volume is coming with six more movies.
The Columbia Classics Volume 2 4K Ultra HD Collection box set will arrive this fall with Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility, and The Social Network arriving in the high quality format for the first time ever. In fact, the 4K Ultra HD discs for these movies will only be available in this special limited edition collector’s set. Get more details below. Read More »
As of now, Ghostbusters: Afterlife won’t be coming to theaters until November. There’s always a chance Sony Pictures chooses to bump up the release of the movie now that movie theaters are opening up and the box office is growing in a substantial way. But in the meantime, Ghostbusters fans will have a sweet treat to hold them over until whenever the eagerly awaited sequel arrives.
Calling back to the nostalgia of the original Ghostbusters franchise and The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, there’s a new Ghostbusters: Afterlife cereal coming to shelves from General Mills. And the good news is that you should be able to find it on grocery shelves right now! Read More »
The first-ever Columbia Pictures theme park is coming to Thailand. The new Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse theme park and water park will open in Thailand in October this year, bringing to life characters from Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Bad Boys, Men in Black, and Hotel Transylvania.
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The Movie: Surf’s Up
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: Cody, a Rockhopper penguin, journeys from his home in Shiverpool, Antarctica, to take part in the Big Z Memorial Surf-Off on beautiful Pen Gu Island. Young Cody is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of “Big Z,” a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans, isn’t just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Immediately standing out from every animated movie released by a major studio, Surf’s Up hopped on the mockumentary comedy craze back in 2007 with a story that unfolds through the lens of a documentary crew. The subject is Cody, a young penguin with big dreams of becoming a champion surfer like his idol Big Z. What follows is a coming-of-age underdog sports story with genuinely hilarious gags, a fantastic ensemble of characters, and a bodacious soundtrack. Read More »
The Karate Kid has already enjoyed a reunion in the form of the original series Cobra Kai, which recently made the jump from YouTube to Netflix. With a third season debuting on the streaming service in January 2021, there’s no better time for Josh Gad to round up the cast and filmmakers from both The Karate Kid film franchise and the Cobra Kai series on Reunited Apart for one of the most packed episodes yet. So get ready to wax on and off while sweeping the leg in this latest nostalgia trip. Read More »
Hasbro has taken over the Ghostbusters license for toys and collectibles. That means we’ll be getting Ghostbusters: Afterlife figures sometime this summer when the movie comes out. But before we see what the merchandise looks like for the anticipated sequel, Hasbro is reaching back to the original Ghostbusters movie to create a new line of figures with the classic characters. Who made it into the first wave of Hasbro Ghostbusters action figures, and what do you get if you collect them all? Find out below. Read More »
The 92nd Academy Awards have come and gone and while Jordan Peele’s sophomore film Us went unrecognized — even in the Best Actress category, where Lupita Nyong’o’s versatile dual role surely deserved a nomination — horror aficionados know the real score regarding the best films of last year. So does Janelle Monae, whose opening musical number featured back-up dancers in red Us jumpsuits and white Midsommer dresses, with Monae herself being crowned the flowery May Queen and other notable snubs like Dolemite Is My Name and Queen & Slim adding to the costume flair.
Two years ago, when Peele was on the awards trail for his first feature, Get Out, he participated in a THR writers roundtable where he was asked to name one screenplay that had particularly influenced him. He gave an appropriately doppelgänger answer, citing not one, but two films based on Ira Levin novels: The Stepford Wives and Rosemary’s Baby. The 1975 film adaptation of The Stepford Wives hit theaters forty-five years ago today, and at first glance, its influence on Get Out (another improbably good February movie) is more immediate. However, Peele has identified Rosemary’s Baby as his favorite film and, like the Tethered in Us, it’s easy to see movements mirrored between his two modern horror gems and both those classic Levin adaptations.
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An Anaconda reboot will soon be slithering to a theater near you. The late 1990s cult horror hit is getting a modern reboot from Sony’s Columbia Pictures, which has tapped Snow White and the Huntsman writer Evan Daugherty to pen the script.
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What is the best film ever made? Don’t think too long about that question, or the various ways in which it could be broken down regarding “best” vs. “favorite.” Though many of us can likely agree on some of the greatest films ever made, we each have different answers about what is or isn’t the best ever, hands down. Online, where people never agree about anything pop-culture-related, it might seem even harder to find consensus on this kind of question.
But one of the most reliable sources of movie-industry information, the Internet Movie Database, is well known for its IMDb Top 250, listing out the 250 films rated highest by its users. And for a long time, the number-one film on that list has been the same: The Shawshank Redemption. Read More »
There’s a line in The Shawshank Redemption where Morgan Freeman’s character, Red, tells us, “Prison is no fairy tale world.” Except that’s exactly what it is in this movie. Make no mistake about it: Frank Darabont’s 1994 prison drama, based on a Stephen King novella, endures as a kind of modern fairy tale, albeit one that transplants the most basic of all human emotions to the least romantic of all story settings. Instead of happening in space, like The Empire Strikes Back, this tale unfolds in a penitentiary.
Interpretations of Shawshank abound; depending on who you ask, the film might resonate as everything from a simple bromance to a biblical allegory. However, by using the prison as a canvas for a humanistic hope parable, the film managed to tap into something sublime and all-inclusive, something that cuts across demographics and appeals to people’s innermost yearning selves. Or, as Red puts it, “something so beautiful it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it.”
The story of wrongfully convicted inmate Andy Dufresne, played with glassy-eyed stoicism by Tim Robbins, speaks to the imprisoned dreamer in all of us. He’s a man, Red tells us, “who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.” Anyone who’s ever felt trapped by their circumstances, anyone who’s ever hoped for a better life, can relate to Andy’s decades-long struggle in Shawshank State Prison. As The Shawshank Redemption turns 25, it remains essential fuel for the film-lover’s soul: inspirational and heart-aching, but also perhaps richer and more multi-layered than you remember.
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