The Addams Family is back from the grave with all new ooky and kooky adventures. MGM released the official trailer for the animated sequel that takes the beloved gothic gang out of their decrepit mansion and on the road across America for some good old-fashioned family bonding. Read More »
Increasingly, Hollywood seems to be reaching outside the realm of earlier films and TV shows when it comes to adapting recognizable intellectual property into new stories. Here’s another example of a toy serving as the basis for a film: Lena Dunham (Girls, Tiny Furniture) is set to write and direct a Polly Pocket movie for Mattel Films and MGM, and the film will be based on the toy that became a phenomenon in the 1990s. Lily Collins (Mank) is set to star as the title character.
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Blacula is rising from the dead once again. A Blacula reboot is in the works at MGM, which is teaming up with Bron and the Hidden Empire Film Group for a “modern reimagining” of the 1972 Blaxploitation horror classic.
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As of this morning, Amazon has officially purchased legendary Hollywood movie studio MGM in a deal worth $8.45 billion. That means the MGM library, which consists of over 17,000 hours of television shows and more than 4,000 movies, will help bolster the offerings on Amazon Prime Video – but a handful of major MGM classics will not be among them. If you’re wondering why films like The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, and Gone With the Wind are not included in the MGM/Amazon deal, we have the answer. Read More »
Today, Amazon closed a deal to buy MGM. That deal includes a backlog of James Bond films, which might make some folks immediately assume that any new Bond movie will be dropping directly onto Amazon Prime Video instead of heading to theaters. But it looks like that’s not the case. Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have both committed to keeping 007 a theatrical experience. Of course, it’s also worth noting that the rights to Bond aren’t as simple as you might think.
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Amazon has just shaken and stirred up the movie industry. A week after it was reported the corporate giant was “weeks into negotiations” on a deal to acquire MGM and its thousands of valuable titles, Amazon has officially bought MGM for a whopping $8.45 billion.
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Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Clifford
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Smart, hyperactive and dangerous 10-year-old Clifford (Martin Short) has a lifelong dream: to visit the Dinosaur World theme park, no matter what it takes to get there. Luckily, his Uncle Martin (Charles Grodin) has agreed to take him in an effort to impress his girlfriend who doesn’t believe he has any desire to have kids. But when Martin suddenly reneges on his promise, Clifford hatches a devious plan to get even and teach his uncle a lesson.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Clifford was a critical and box office failure, making only $7.4 million and earning a half-star review from Roger Ebert. What else would you expect from a film that sat on a shelf for a few years when Orion Pictures was in rough financial waters? But for me, Clifford is an obnoxious, oddball comedy that works better than most give it credit for, and it’s all because of how Charles Grodin and Martin Short make such fantastic foils for each other. Read More »
It’s been a hot second since we had a musician biopic, so here comes Respect. Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in the film, which follows Franklin’s “career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.” Interestingly enough, this isn’t the only Aretha Franklin-based dramatization we’ve had this year. In March, Cynthia Erivo played the Queen of Soul in the anthology series Genius: Aretha. Now, there’s a new Respect trailer, and you can watch it below.
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Towards the end of last year, we learned that MGM was exploring a possible sale to the highest bidder. Along with getting one of the oldest studios names in Hollywood, the buyer would also get the rights to valuable titles like James Bond, The Hobbit, Rocky/Creed, RoboCop, The Pink Panther, Stargate and The Silence of the Lambs. Now it sounds like Amazon may be the one who ends up landing MGM in a deal that’s currently being negotiated around $9 billion. Read More »
Cult movie fans have been wanting to see a sequel to Killer Klowns From Outer Space since the late 1980s, and despite several stops and starts as it snaked its way through development hell, it’s now been over 30 years and it still hasn’t happened. It was only a few years ago that Syfy announced the network would be making the long-in-the-works Killer Klowns sequel, but in a recent interview, director Stephen Chiodo explained exactly why that version of the movie fell apart before it really got going. Read More »