Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the 1991 gritty reboot of the Robin Hood legend, turns 30 today. And while there are plenty of warranted criticisms against the film, there’s also plenty of stuff to love, too. Sure, the movie has no real grasp on the historical elements it injects into the mythology, and Kevin Costner‘s attempt at an English accent is laughable. But Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is not without its charms. So here are five things to love about Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Fred Topel
In the middle of Die Hard, hero John McClane (Bruce Willis) meets terrorist thief leader Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), posing as a hostage. McClane suspects something is off and gets away. In the film, it could be McClane’s police instinct or Gruber’s European choice of cigarettes. Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza had a more specific intention, but only scant remnant are left in the film.
Speaking at a 30th-anniversary screening of his other movie, The Running Man, de Souza said there used to be a bigger plot point about the 12 “terrorists” all wearing the same watches.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A few months ago, Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69 and film fans the world over mourned the death of one of our finest actors. And today serves as another crushing reminder that we’re never going to see another performance from Rickman, since it has been revealed that his death led the cancellation of a planned sequel to the 199 comedy/science fiction classic Galaxy Quest. In a new interview, original cast member Sam Rockwell revealed that Galaxy Quest 2 almost happened, but Rickman’s death and other factors caused the whole thing to come undone.
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Last night, ABC aired The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. The two-hour special was a star-studded celebration of Disney’s storied past, from Mickey Mouse to Beauty and the Beast to Star Wars: The Force Awakens… but the studio also took the chance to look forward at some of its upcoming offerings. In addition to new concept art for Star Wars Land, the studio also served up new footage from its three live-action fairy tales due out this year: Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Mia Wasikowska returns for that last one as Alice, who get caught up in a race against Time — literally, since Time turns out to be a man played by Sacha Baron Cohen. The Alice in Wonderland sequel also features the returns of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, and the voice of Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, in what has turned out to be his final film. Watch the latest Alice Through the Looking Glass TV spot below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
There are still another three months before Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in theaters, but Disney knows it can’t afford to be late for its very important date. So it’s wasting no time getting the word out for the fantasy sequel, which brings Alice (Mia Wasikowska) back to Wonderland.
James Bobin replaces Tim Burton in the director’s chair this time around, and Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans join returning stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, and Anne Hathaway in the cast. Watch the latest Alice Through the Looking Glass TV spot after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Alan Rickman inhabited several now-classic roles over the course of his 30-year career, from Hans Gruber to Alexander Dane. But his younger fans in particular probably best knew him as Severus Snape, the surly Hogwarts professor who turns out to have hidden depths. Since Rickman’s death last week, his fans, friends, and colleagues been sharing their favorite memories of him, and this week J.K. Rowling herself — the woman who invented Severus Snape — revealed the “secret” detail she slipped to Rickman to help inform his performance. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We never gave Alan Rickman enough credit.
When he passed away yesterday at the age of 69, you could feel the tremors throughout all of film fandom. Wave upon wave of memories emerged: nuanced characters, brilliant performances, and an incalculable number of quotable lines. Rickman’s unique presence and one-of-a-kind voice imprinted itself on countless movies. Like so many great actors, especially those so skilled at providing their skills just off-center from the movie stars at the center of their films, we took him for granted.
With the passing of Alan Rickman, we have lost a quiet titan. However, the beauty of cinema is that he can live on forever in his work. His performances will never fade away. We will never stop watching him. Future generations will always discover him. Rickman, a master of raw humanism, chilling viciousness, and droll comedy alike, will be remembered.
So let’s start now.
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Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
British actor Alan Rickman, known for his roles in films like Die Hard, Galaxy Quest, and the Harry Potter series, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Traditional war movies are still around, but as drones increasingly replace or complement soldiers on the ground, real wars are looking less and less like them. Over the past few years we’ve seen a few films attempt to grapple with the new reality, and the latest to try is Gavin Hood‘s Eye in the Sky.
The thriller, which premiered at TIFF earlier this year, weaves together all the different concerns, conversations, and choices that go into a drone strike. Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman play military leaders, Aaron Paul a drone pilot, and Barkhad Abdi an undercover agent. All are anxious to prevent a potential suicide bombing, but their mission becomes infinitely more complicated when a little girl enters the kill zone.
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Just last week, the first teaser trailer for Alice Through the Looking Glass arrived, the sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. It’s quite an early tease for the film that won’t arrive until next summer, and now a batch of posters featuring some of the prominent Wonderland characters and one new face have surfaced.
Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter all get their own posters, reprising their characters from the first film. In addition, Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays a part-human, part-clock manifestation of Time gets his own poster as well, with all of the character surrounded by trippy, melting clocks. Read More »