A new live-action Sesame Street movie has been in the works since at least 2012, and last year, we learned that Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel was hired to direct it. Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway has been confirmed to star and production was originally supposed to get underway next month, but a new report says shooting has been delayed for nine months, which means it’s unlikely the movie will be able to hit its original release date.
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Whether you like it or not, the remake of Child’s Play is bringing a new version of Chucky to the big screen. Making the prospect of the horror redux a little more palatable is the fact that Star Wars icon Mark Hamill is using his versatile voice to bring the serial killing doll to life. However, it wasn’t easy for the actor to tackle such a revered and beloved character who was already brought to life to fantastically by Brad Dourif. In fact, Mark Hamill was intimidated nearly as much as when he landed the role of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Read More »
Before he wrote and directed the indie darling Eighth Grade last year, Bo Burnham was known for his stand-up comedy. More specifically, he was most famous for writing raunchy original songs for his stand-up act, something he became famous for on YouTube. The content was extremely adult in nature, but his songwriting skills can’t be denied, and that’s why Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM are bringing him in to write some original songs for the Sesame Street movie coming in 2021. Read More »
(Welcome to 1939: Revisited, a column dedicated to taking a look back at some of the films of one of the most highly-praised years in film history and explaining why they still matter today. In this inaugural entry: Jessica Mason takes a whirlwind twister ride and revisits The Wizard of Oz.)
We live in a world with more movies and television available than we could ever hope to consume. With so much media all around us, it’s easy to forget a time when television didn’t even exist and movies were an event as exciting as a Broadway show, and sometimes just as hard to see. How we see movies nowadays is so different from how they were viewed in the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood, but the films of that era still loom large over our cultural landscape.
Classic films exist as a shared iconography, their influence extending so deep into our imaginations that we may not even know how important they were until we take a deeper look. And an astonishing amount of iconic films debuted in the year 1939: The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, The Women, Ninotchka, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and more. Eighty years later, the films of 1939 still matter, not just because of what they achieved at the time, but how they influenced and continue to impact culture to this day. This series will explore the classics of 1939 with 80 years of perspective; how they came to be, their influence on media, and what they still have to say. Since we’re looking at iconic movies, there’s no better film we could start with than The Wizard of Oz. Read More »
After Bohemian Rhapsody became such a huge hit for Universal Pictures at the box office, studios have been far more interested in rock star biopics. This past weekend Elton John’s fantastical life story Rocketman debuted in second place at the box office this past weekend. That appears to have made studios even more eager to cash in on the fanbases of music’s biggest stars from the 1970s and 1980s, but the next rock star to get their own biopic is a surprising one.
Boy George, the androgynous lead singer of the group Culture Club, responsible for such hits as “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, will be getting his own biopic at MGM, and the filmmaker behind it should make it an interesting retelling of his life story. Read More »
Riding in on the wave of gender-swapped remakes, The Hustle is a comedy whose timing is late in every sense of the word. Based on the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which is itself a remake of 1964 Bedtime Story, The Hustle attempts to reboot the story of two wildly different con artists for the modern age with a female-led cast, but instead ends up feeling painfully out of date. Fat jokes and gay digs run amok in a film that is barely saved by the sparkling chemistry of its duo, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, who do their best with a film that scams you out of your time.
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Update #1: An official plot synopsis for James Bond 25 has been released. Read it below.
Update #2: James Bond 25 will be the first in the 007 franchise to utilize IMAX cameras.
The Bond producers revealed the official cast and a few key plot details for James Bond 25 at a grand event at one of 007’s most iconic locations, in an announcement that was streamed live worldwide. Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role as the dashing British MI6 spy one more time, in a film directed by Cary Fukanaga.
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Today in “shut up and take my money” news, MGM is set to make Yasuke, a film based on the true story of the only African samurai in history. Yasuke was perhaps the first black man to set foot in Japan, and his arrival caused an uproar and piqued the interest of a warlord named Oda Nobunaga. There’s no director or actor attached to the Yasuka movie yet, but this is the kind of original project that is bound to get a lot of attention.
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This week, I had the chance to get an early look at a scene from the upcoming Child’s Play remake, which just released a brand new trailer. I also spoke with director Lars Klevberg and producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg about why they wanted to modernize a popular horror character, their approach to the new story, and more.
Check out our description of the scene and their quotes below, including some brief updates about Grahame-Smith’s rumored Fantastic Four script and the feature-length Kung Fury film. Read More »
“I’d buy that for a dollar!” Actually, you’ll be paying significantly more than a dollar for this life-size RoboCop bust that is available for pre-order today from Chronicle Collectibles. It’s a completely new sculpt from the one they previously created for the 1/2 scale bust a little while back, and it’ll make creeps think twice before they come busting down your door. Read More »