Percy Jackson Author Hates the Movies

The best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series was turned into a film franchise that 20th Century Fox hoped would become their own Harry Potter. But after just two movies, it seemed the interest just wasn’t there, so fans never got to see the rest of the books brought to the big screen. That doesn’t seem to bother author Rick Riordan though, because he has been very outspoken about his hate for the movies, and he says the upcoming Disney+ series will not follow that same path of disappointment. Read More »

Percy Jackson TV Series on Disney+

Back when Harry Potter was all the rage and studios were snatching up every young adult fantasy book series they could get their hands on, 20th Century Fox launched Percy Jackson as a film franchise. It wasn’t quite as successful as the likes of Chronicles of Narnia, but it stood out from the rest of the pack. However, following the release of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the sequel Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters saw a lower box office turnout, and the series was seemingly abandoned. But now that Fox is under the Disney banner, Percy Jackson is about to be revived in the form of a Disney+ series. Read More »

The Incredibles

Frozone will be back with his BFF for the Incredibles sequel, according to Samuel L. Jackson. Also after the jump:

  • Logan Lerman says Percy Jackson 3 is “not happening”
  • Jonny Weston is signing on for Taken 3
  • Jurassic World will be shooting at the Honolulu Zoo
  • Peter Jackson is putting the final touches on the final Hobbit film
  • The Conjuring franchise could be stalled by a lawsuit
  • See the How to Train Your Dragon 2 score being recorded
  • Cameras are rolling once more on Fast & Furious 7
  • Sharknado 2 gets a poster and a premiere date
  • Peek behind the scenes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • A Haunted House 2 has a red-band trailer to share

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Fox Developing ‘Percy Jackson’ Sequel

Let’s imagine for a moment that all of Hollywood exists in a universe written by Stephen King. It’s an awkward metaphor, I know, but we only need it for a minute. Because in one corner of Hollywood there is a veritable Pet Sematary full of would-be youth lit franchise openers — films intended as the first chapter in series that were never meant to be. City of Ember, The Golden Compass and Lemony Snicket come to mind; there are many more. Percy Jackson looked ready to be buried back there, but now it seems that ol’ Percy could be this metaphor’s Gage Creed, rising with glowing red evil eyes to menace the hapless inhabitants of a Maine town all over again.

OK, let’s ditch the terrible metaphor and just cut to it: while it looked as if Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief might not kickstart a series when released last year, there is word that Fox 2000 is now actively developing a film based on The Sea of Monsters, the second novel in Rick Riordan‘s series of books about young Olympians. Read More »

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Rent It

Hot Tub Time Machine is so aware of how absurd its storyline is that it doesn’t even attempt to justify it. In place of extensive exposition explaining the logistics of time travel and what it means for them, the characters cover all bases through Terminator references and extensive cocaine usage. The downside to making this sort of deliberately silly comedy is that the audience never has a chance to invest in the growth of the characters or care about what’s at stake, but sometimes, being funny is enough. And aside from a cute little romance, that’s the only area in which Hot Tub Time Machine hopes to succeed—and does. While the film adheres to the utmost basics of story structure and formula, it never does so at the expense of a quick gag, and is mostly an excuse to engage its immensely likable cast in a series of outrageous situations highlighting one of two things (and frequently both): time travel, and the ’80s. Oh, and drugs, too.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as Theatrical Promotional Spots (“Production: Acting Like Idiots”, “Chevy Chase: The Nicest Guy in Hollywood”, “Totally Radical Outfits: Dayna Pink”, “Crispin Glover: One Armed Bellhop”), and a digital copy of the film.

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Percy Jackson & The Olympians Trailer 2

Though it settles into exactly the same groove as the previously released teaser trailer just half of the way through, the new, second trailer for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief finally gives us a look at what we want to see – the name-actor stars of the film. There’s Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson, Steve Coogan and Sean Bean in here, if rather briefly. I have to say I’m digging Pierce’s beard – check it out for yourself in the embed below the break.

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You can see the first Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief teaser trailer embedded after the break. There isn’t any wonder that it features title cards announcing that it is from Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone/Chamber of Secrets. The entire enterprise is standing on the shoulders of Potter, irrespective of any help it might or might not actually need from the boy wizard, or indeed the relative quality of the books and films.

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