Universal Studios Beijing is bringing the magic of the movies to China in the form of a huge new theme park, as well as the signature Universal CityWalk entertainment complex, and two new resort hotels. Today, the seven themed lands that make up the new theme park were revealed, and they include some Universal Studios favorites like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Jurassic World, but also lands for Transformers, Kung Fu Panda, the Minions of Despicable Me, and more.
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Summer has been full of big blockbusters for years, but back in 1995, the biggest bomb was an entire movie called Waterworld. Making just $88 million in the United States on a reported budget of $175 million, the movie was a massive disappointment. If it wasn’t for the budget being made up with the $175 million made in international markets, things would have been much worse for Universal, but the movie still ended up mostly being a wash for the studio. But why?
The Waterworld Honest Trailer shows reminds us exactly why this movie didn’t connect with audiences. Not only is the high concept simply Mad Max soaking wet, but Kevin Costner isn’t exactly the most charismatic leading man for a summer action adventure. He’s not even likeable when standing next to an insane eyepatch wearing Dennis Hopper. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
It’s time for a fresh batch of streaming titles, hot from the oven. As usual, I’ve scoured the streaming service landscape to bring you back the goods. In this edition, you’ll find the best Bond movie ever, a ground-breaking horror anthology film, a mind-blowing documentary, a strange slasher flick, a wuxia masterpiece, a water-logged action film, and more.
These are the best movies streaming right now, and beyond. Let’s get streaming!
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Kevin Costner‘s infamous flop Waterworld is now on Blu-ray courtesy of Arrow Video. And this is no barebones release: Arrow has packed the release to the gills with content, including the fan-created “Ulysses Cut,” which adds nearly 40 minutes of new material to the movie. But is it worth watching? And does it make the film better?
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Hollywood loves a good apocalypse. Post-apocalyptic films continue to flourish, and with the way current events seem to be headed, these movies are becoming even more relevant. Be it exciting adventure films or bleak existential reflections, the end of the world is big business for show business. After all, who doesn’t want to see the human race meet its demise at this point?
This week, those damn dirty apes are back for War For the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the surprisingly excellent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Once again, humanity inches ever-closer to extinction while intelligent apes claim the planet for themselves. Good for them! In the grand scheme of post-apocalyptic films, it’s not that bad, especially when compared to some other films in a similar vein. In the spirit of this latest cinematic excursion into the aftermath of the end of the world, let’s rank some cinematic post-apocalypses from how tolerable they seem to how devastatingly awful they are. Sounds pleasant! Ever wonder how you might fare in the aftermath of the end of the world? Reading this list is the only way to find out!
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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition, tying in with the release of It Comes At Night, asks “What is your favorite cinematic end of the world?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. This week, we are also joined by It Comes at Night writer/director Trey Edward Shults.
If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite cinematic end of the world, please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!
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In today’s Theme Park Bits:
- Disney announces an opening date for Frozen Ever After.
- You’ll have one more chance to ride the original Soarin’ before it’s updated.
- Disney sets a date for its Star Wars fireworks show.
- Universal plans a Waterworld stunt show refurbishment.
- Disney’s nighttime Jungle Book show is just around the corner.
- A Haunted Mansion documentary is currently on Kickstarter.
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Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
The big news this week is Universal Orlando’s expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as you may have noticed from our extensive coverage. But the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts family has plenty to report as well. After the jump:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios is shutting down The American Idol Experience
- No, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is not closing
- The Lion King is coming to Shanghai Disney Resort — in Mandarin
- Go behind the scenes of the new Lion King show at Disney World
- Check out Disneyland’s Frozen pre-parade featuring Anna and Elsa
- Watch the first ad for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille attraction
- See the special annual passholder Q&A for Universal’s WaterWorld
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With movies, rides, updates, and short films, this edition of Theme Parks Bits is jam-packed with goodies. Below, read about the following:
- Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland finished filming, with the last few days done at Disneyland.
- See some details and video from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coming soon to Walt Disney World.
- A huge Paramount-themed theme park is coming to Spain in 2015 featuring Star Trek, Rango, Grease and Mission: Impossible rides.
- Disneyland Paris is getting a Ratatouille restaurant along with the new ride, plus the composer gets to work.
- The Universal Waterworld stunt show is getting a rewrite.
- Some new details on the Despicable Me ride have been revealed.
- There’s “active development” getting Frozen into Disney theme parks.
- Watch an It’s A Small World web series.
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Briefly: It’s a good week for the much-maligned Kevin Costner action film Waterworld, which was a famous flop when released in 1995. This morning we saw the trailer for The Baytown Outlaws, in which the best line is probably the Waterworld joke. And now, from Forbes, comes the news that Syfy is thinking of making a sequel to the film, either as a standalone TV movie, or even a series.
Why? Because whenever Syfy shows Waterworld, it does really well. So, whether because of genuine appeal or the ironic attention given to a famous dud, the movie has a real fan base, and Syfy wants to exploit it. (Personally, I like the movie. It’s goofy, but fun, and next to The Postman looks like genius.) And, thanks to the deal with Universal that saw the creation of Syfy Films, the company has access to Waterworld and a reason to make a movie. Ironically, Syfy president Dave Howe tells Forbes that his company wants to make modestly-budgeted, story-driven films — not exactly the sort of movie for which Waterworld is a poster child. But if the company can turn the setting and story framework into a good story, more power to them.