(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises.)
1984 was a transitional period for Hollywood. You don’t have to be deep in the weeds of film history to know this is the year when the MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating, a response to frustrated parents who felt that the PG-rated films Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were far too inappropriate for their children. But while the PG-13 rating had, and continues to have, major ramifications on the industry and the types of films it makes, 1984 was a transitory year for the Walt Disney Company too. This month marks the 35th anniversary of a major step forward for the company as a whole: the release of Ron Howard’s Splash. Read More »
Every film genre has tropes, recurring themes or elements that sometimes help define the kind of movie we’re watching. They can be portals in the sky, training montages, the final girl, or as a new video essay called Born Sexy Yesterday explains, a naive but mature, sexualized female character with the mind of a child.
Jonathan McIntosh, aka Pop Culture Detective on YouTube, put together this video essay to explain a trope that you might not have even realized was so prevalent in sci-fi. But it’s right there in movies such as TRON: Legacy and The Fifth Element, not to mention other sci-fi-esque fantasy movies Splash or Enchanted. Watch the Born Sexy Yesterday video essay after the jump to see what we’re talking about. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is developing a TV sequel to Enemy of the State.
- Tom Cruise doesn’t have much to say about Top Gun 2.
- Nicolas Cage has even less to say about National Treasure 3.
- Several Bad Moms sequels are in the works.
- Yes, Tom Hanks would like to be in that Splash remake.
- John Wick: Chapter 2‘s director lavishes praise on Keanu Reeves.
- No, James Gunn isn’t making Tron 3.
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Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s surely just a matter of time before Disney gets around to making a live-action remake of its animated classic The Little Mermaid, but in the meantime they’re diving headfirst into a different project about fish people. Disney’s remake of Splash has just caught Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell, who previously co-starred in 22 Jump Street. But there’s a twist: Tatum will be the one playing the mermaid, and Bell will be the human. Read More »
There comes a point where you stop getting angry about the number of remakes in the Hollywood pipeline and just get a little sad and a little irritated. I’m not particularly perturbed that producer Brian Grazer has revealed that he’s working on a new version of Splash, but I did sigh and mutter “of course you are” as I started typing this paragraph after failing to concoct an even somewhat clever headline.
The truth is that a Splash remake could be good! The original isn’t sacred territory by any means! It’s a perfectly decent little movie with a fun high-concept premise! The original won’t vanish into thin air once the remake hits theaters! But you do reach a point where something has to give with this remake business. Right?
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On Saturday June 13th 2015, Gallery 1988 celebrated the opening night of “No Sad Stuff,” a group art show paying tribute to the film career of Tom Hanks, but only depicting movies from the years 1984-1994. The show features paintings, prints and sculptures inspired by films like Big, A League Of Their Own, The Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, The Burbs, Forrest Gump, Splash and Bachelor Party. Hit the jump to see some of the best pieces from the Tom Hanks art show “No Sad Stuff”.
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