Hook 4K

I realize it’s popular to crap on Hook, Steven Spielberg‘s 1991 movie that tells the story of what happens to Peter Pan when he becomes an adult. But even if Spielberg himself doesn’t look back on it fondly, the film still has its fair share of supporters – including yours truly – and they may be interested to know that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is about to release a Hook 4K Blu-ray.

The new home video release’s special features will include 11 never-before-seen deleted scenes, and you can read more about the new transfer below.
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Hook Honest Trailer

There have been countless adaptations of Peter Pan over the years, but undoubtedly the most beloved take on J.M. Barrie’s classic fantasy is actually a sequel from director Steven Spielberg.

Hook takes the story of Peter Pan and basically forgets about the whole thing. Well, at least it makes it so that Peter Pan himself has forgotten all of his adventures in Neverland, opting to become a stressed out, grumpy business man named Peter Banning played by a totally clean shaven Robin Williams. But when Peter is forced to go back to Neverland to save his kidnapped children from Captain Hook, we get a magical adventure full of child abandonment and neglect, depressed pirates, and perpetual war between adults and kids. You know, a real family film perfect for the Honest Trailers treatment. Read More »

/Answers: The Movies That Define Our Childhood

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Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, tying in with the release of Ready Player One, we ask “What movie defines your childhood? What nostalgic favorite floats to the top of your brain whenever your think back on your early film fandom?”

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Spielberg Documentary

Steven Spielberg is one of our greatest living filmmakers. While some may want to write the Jaws filmmaker off as nothing more than a purveyor of popular blockbusters, very few directors understand the language of cinema as well as Spielberg. While many filmmakers can’t block a shot to save their lie, Spielberg can convey an entire story wordlessly with his imagery. He’s one of the medium’s true masters.

Susan Lacy‘s new HBO documentary Spielberg takes a look at the successful filmmakers vast career, and we picked out 10 revealing facts from the Spielberg documentary that you should know. And then you should watch the doc for yourself, of course.

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Hook - Rufio Short Film - Bangarang

Earlier this year, you might remember hearing that Hook star Dante Basco was trying to Kickstart a short film that would act as a prequel to Steven Spielberg’s Peter Pan movie and give us the origins of his character, the Lost Boys leader known as Rufio.

Written and directed by Jonah Feingold, the project was said to focus on a 13-year old kid named Roofus whose mother is forced to put him into foster care. But Roofus may find an escape from the situation in a little place called Neverland.

Watch the Rufio short film Bangarang below and see what you think. Read More »

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(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)

Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about our favorite pirates from film and television. We then opened the floor to our readers: who is your favorite onscreen pirate? And you let us know!

We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question, in honor of Wonder Woman: who is your favorite female badass from the movies? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com!

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Hook Prequel

Steven Spielberg’s 1991 fantasy sequel Hook is one of the filmmaker’s easier targets. Spielberg himself as admitted to being disappointed in the film, but plenty who grew up with the Peter Pan follow-up still have a special place in their heart for their film. Hell, I’m one of them. I even have a ticket from one of Robin Williams’ stand-up shows and I had him sign it, “Bangarang!” The question is, how many people like me are interested in seeing a Hook prequel?

Well, Hook co-star Dante Basco, who played the mohawked Lost Boy leader named Rufio, is hoping there are enough fans of the original movie to help support a Kickstarter for a short film that shows us who Rufio was before he went to Neverland. It’s basically Hook Origins: Rufio, but the film is called Bangarang, and you can find out more about it below. Read More »

carrie fisher script doctor

This week we’ve all been thinking about Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this week at the age of 60. While most people know her for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a lot of people don’t realize that her written career spans farther than the bestselling books and novels that she penned over the years.

Entertainment Weekly once described Carrie Fisher as “one of the most sought after [script] doctors in town.” She worked without credit on films ranging from Hook to Last Action Hero to the Star Wars prequels and much more. Learn about her unknown legacy of uncredited work on big Hollywood screenplays in our Carrie Fisher Script Doctor primer.

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Hook reunion

For children of the 90s, there is a lot of love for Steven Spielberg’s fantasy sequel Hook. The 1990 film was a legacyquel more than 20 years before they became all the rage in Hollywood. As someone who grew up on the movie, I’ll be the first to admit that the film hasn’t aged well, has plenty of flaws, but still holds a special place in my heart. And that sense of nostalgia is even stronger for the kids lucky enough to star alongside Robin Williams in it as The Lost Boys of Neverland.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Hook hit the big screen (or at least it will be this December), but in honor of the milestone anniversary, a company called 22 Vision (specializing in celebrating pop culture through viral content) rounded up all of The Lost Boys from Hook for a little reunion photoshoot, and it’s probably one of the coolest things you’ll see today.

Check out the Hook reunion photo after the jump. Read More »

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Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is a deliciously dark and twisted piece, set in the most gorgeous, most decrepit haunted house you’ve ever seen and anchored by three mesmerizing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and most especially Jessica Chastain. It’s also not the horror movie that’s being sold in the trailers, but a Gothic romance. Think Jane Eyre plus ghosts, not The Conjuring plus corsets.

That’s not such a bad thing if you happen to love costume dramas, but it can be an unpleasant surprise if you don’t. And that misleading marketing doesn’t seem to be doing it many favors. I’ve seen a lot of critics ding it for being ineffective as a horror movie — which of course it is, because it isn’t really one. The B- Cinemascore and limp box office might also reflect the discrepancy between what Crimson Peak seems to be, and what it actually is.

Admittedly, it’s not difficult to understand why Universal chose to market Crimson Peak as a horror movie. A Brontë-esque romance is a much harder sell outside the arthouse than a spooky, seasonally appropriate haunted house flick. And it’s hardly the first time a marketing team has chosen to sell a completely different movie. Sometimes it’s part of a savvy strategy and sometimes it’s a desperate ploy; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Below, let’s look back at 15 movies with misleading trailers. Warning: Some spoilers ahead.  Read More »