danny boyle james bond

When Danny Boyle was announced as the director of James Bond 25, the movie world was abuzz with what his version of a Bond movie would look like. But alas, that buzz was cut short when Boyle suddenly left the project in August last year, citing that dreaded term: “creative differences.” Boyle hasn’t spoken since on the reason he clashed over the vision of the film with star Daniel Craig and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, but in a new interview, he illuminates why he left the project and why he feels no ill will toward current director Cary Fukunaga. Read More »

Rami Malek bond villain

Daniel Craig is returning to play James Bond once again in the still-untitled Bond 25, and now a new report says that the British spy will be facing off against a villain to be played by recent Oscar winner Rami Malek. Plus, a separate report gives us a broader picture of what roles are left to fill – including a part that seems to be written specifically for Game Night actor Billy Magnussen.
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First Man sneak peek

If you’re hitting up IMAX theaters for Mission: Impossible – Fallout this weekend (and you absolutely should), you’re in for one giant surprise. A First Man sneak peek will play in IMAX before the film, featuring a never-before-seen trailer for the Neil Armstrong biopic from director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling.

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Steven Spielberg child's play

Powerful filmmaker and confirmed mensch Steven Spielberg has a long list of credits to his name. But what you might not have known is that the man had a hand in saving the Child’s Play franchise from oblivion. That’s right – Spielberg saved Chucky.

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Steven Spielberg Poltergeist

Since 1982, claims that Poltergeist writer/producer Steven Spielberg actually directed the film instead of credited director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) have been making the rounds in film magazines and, later, on the internet. It seems like every few years the controversy pops up again with a new comment or piece of evidence supporting one theory or another, and now a new source has surfaced that claims there’s “no question” that the urban legend is true and that Spielberg was the real director of Poltergeist.
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Skull Island: Reign Of Kong

After years of rumors, Universal Studios has finally confirmed and announced the upcoming Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride for Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal Orlando has released concept art of the new attraction alongside the first Skull Island: Reign of Kong trailer, teasing Kong’s return to Florida.

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Lord of the Rings Lost Footage

Lost footage from Ralph Bakshi‘s animated film, The Lord of the Rings, finally expands on a scene fans know all too well from Peter Jackson’s trilogy.

Bakshi’s film, released in 1978, tells the story of two J.R.R. Tolkien books, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. In the live-action versions by Jackson, those films are linked by Gandalf’s battle with the massive Balrog in the Mines of Moria. Bakshi’s film has a version of that battle, but it’s very sparse and, frankly, pretty cheesy.

Now, after 36 years on the cutting room floor, Bakshi’s full early vision of the epic showdown has come to light via lost animation cells  Check out some Lord of the Rings lost footage below. Read More »

VOTD: Back To The Future Part 1 & 2 Scene Comparison

Back to the Future: Part II opens with the ending scene from the first movie. But anyone who has seen the movie more than once will know that the sequence was completely reshot. I’m sure there are a multitude of reasons why they didn’t just use the same footage, including the fact that Claudia Wells, who played Marty McFly’s girlfriend Jennifer Parker in the original film, had been recast with 1980’s movie hottie Elizabeth Shue. Also, the movie was shot nearly five years later, so they probably wanted Marty and Doc’s appearances to seem consistant with the rest of the film. But even then, they needed to try to make the reshot sequence look almost exactly the same as what was shown in the original film. The “a rejuvenation clinic” excuse Doc gives Marty once they arrive in 2015 was likely a excuse to get rid of the old man make-up Christopher Lloyd was forced to wear in the 1985 scenes of the original film.

Justin Taormina has put together a video comparing this repeated sequence. Hit the jump to watch it now. Read More »

Fame Movie Trailer

Fame

MGM has released the full trailer for Kevin Tancharoen‘s remake of the Oscar-winning hit musical Fame. The movie follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts. I’m not a huge fan of big screen musicals. I tend to like the more cinematic contemporary films which escape the boundaries of the stagey Broadway set-ups, but Fame seems to stick close to the stage. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Fletch

Chevy Chase has joined the cast of United Artist’s R-Rated sci-fi comedy Hot Tub Time Machine. The Steve Pink-directed, Josh Heald-scripted film tells the story of a group of guys (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson) who return to the hot tub they once partied in, only to discover it is a time machine that allows them to go back in time to their “days of glory.”We’ve heard many good things about the script.

Case will play a seemingly crazy repairman who might be the only one who can held the trio return to the present day. THR says that the character “dispenses pearls of wisdom and may or may not be behind the metaphysical road trip.”

The article goes on to say that Chase is currently considering reprise the role of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher in a reboot of the Fletch movie series. Apparently The Weinstein Co has a new script which would involve a semi-returned Fletch passing the torch to his journalist nephew, and advising him on his stories. Sounds like a rather lame way of including Chase in the project.
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