You’d think that in this day and age that anyone making a movie based on a pre-existing property or franchise would understand that the number one rule is to stay as close as you can to the source material or risk fan outrage. Well, apparently Jason Blum and director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Step Up 2 and 3) did not think that rule should apply to their Jem and the Holograms live-action movie, because the first trailer has arrived online and it looks absolutely nothing like the ’80s cartoon that inspired it. Alas, even the Jem movie is not immune to a serious internet backlash.
I think we all expected them to update the material to an extent, but it’s pretty clear that their target audience is not anyone who grew up with the original show. The movie looks like a very straightforward story of a young singer-songwriter being catapulted to fame (thanks to YouTube, of course) and it contains very few of the fantasy elements that we all remember. The words “Showtime, Synergy” are indeed uttered, but there is no computer that can generate holograms nor is there a rival band named The Misfits. Unless for some reason they just left that stuff out of the trailer? Jem and the Holograms hits theatres on Oct. 23rd; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
We all love to hate remakes but let’s face it: they do occasionally turn out to be better than the original film. This is especially true when the original is not already a masterpiece in its own right. Of course, if the original is unknown or unloved, then a remake won’t necessarily sell tickets based on the name alone… which is why we do see great films being remade, even when there is a strong chance that the new version will be inferior. This week we have learned that Warner Brothers is setting up a new version of a movie that was already a huge critical and commercial success back in 1993: Andrew Davis’ The Fugitive. Can they hope to improve on such a highly praised blockbuster? Somehow I have my doubts.
Update: The first trailer for the show has also been released. Check it out below.
With all the TV network upfront presentations happening this week, we’re continuing to get more announcements about which shows have been officially picked up for the fall season. One of the more interesting ones we’ve heard about is a new version of The Muppet Show, which has been talked about ever since Jason Segel rebooted The Muppets on the big screen back in 2011. Just a few days ago it was confirmed that ABC had officially given the show a full series order and that it would be bringing The Muppets back to primetime. What’s surprising is that this won’t be a variety show like the original series that aired in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Instead it is said to be a mockumentary in the vein of The Office and a more adult-oriented show… for kids of all ages, that is.
In preparation for the upcoming release of Mad Max: Fury Road, we went back to the Australian wasteland to revisit George Miller’s original Mad Max trilogy which so completely defined the post-apocalyptic genre. We also decided to include a bonus discussion about another post-apocalyptic film that was heavily influenced by Mad Max: Kevin Costner’s Waterworld. Topics addressed on this month’s premium podcast include the cinematography of Dean Semler, the amazing stuntwork in all of the films, the Mad Max timeline and Kevin Costner’s hairline. So do the Mad Max films leave too many gaps in plot and logic? Is Waterworld pushing a liberal agenda? Would shoulder pads and bondage gear really be the fashion of the future? Three men enter and one podcast leaves… download this month’s premium podcast below.
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0:00 – Intro 06:22 – Review: Maggie 35:33 – Headlines: Suicide Squad Cast Photo 43:16 – Other Stuff We Watched: Unfriended, Young Einstein, Collateral Damage, Goodfellas, Babe, The Tenant 1:23:08 – Junk Mail: Critical Disparity Between Werner Herzog’s Fiction and Non-Fiction, Is Werner Herzog Pretentious?, Why Do So Many Good Movies Only Get a Limited Release?, Criteria For A Day One Blu-ray Purchase, Happy Birthday Mikey 1:48:27 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
There is an insane number of TV shows based on movies currently in development right now, and Fox just added another one to their 2015 fall line-up courtesy of Amblin Entertainment. Minority Report is, of course, based on the 2002 Spielberg movie of the same name, but it acts as a sequel, taking place several years later with the PreCrime program having been discontinued. There is still one precog who is still getting glimpses into the future, however, and with the help of a detective, he may yet put his gift to good use. The pilot was written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla) and directed by Mark Mylod (Entourage, Game of Thrones) with Spielberg on board as executive producer. The cast includes Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li and Zhane Hall; check out the first official trailer after the jump and see what you think.
If you’ve been dying to see something other than an announcement teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, the latest issue of EW has you covered with a wagon full of photos from the film including portraits of all eight main characters plus some behind the scenes photos and action shots as well. The title characters, in order, are: John Ruth (Kurt Russell), Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern) and Bob (Demian Bichir). I think we can all agree that the snowy setting looks gorgeous and Kurt Russell’s moustache is simply magnificent. The Hateful Eight hits theatres later this year; check out the images after the jump and let us know what you think.
Posted by Sean on May 11th, 2015 Filed under: Polls
Well it came right down to the wire, but after The Dark Knight started with a huge lead, The Avengers eventually battled back to win last week’s comic book movie poll by just a couple of votes. Clearly these are still the two comic book movies to beat as far as most people are concerned and together they accounted for almost 50% of the votes. In third place, Captain America: The Winter Soldier also appears to have very quickly earned a reputation as one of the best superhero flicks ever made, while Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and the first Iron Man rounded out the top 5. Tim Burton’s Batman was the highest vote-getter from outside of the current comic book movie boom (ie. released prior to the year 2000). Beyond that, almost every movie on the poll seemed to have a handful of fervent supporters with both 300 and Superman II ending up in a tie at the bottom of the pile. Do you agree with these results?
1. The Avengers — 24%
2. The Dark Knight — 24%
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier — 13%
4. Spider-Man 2 — 6%
5. Iron Man — 5%
6. Batman (1989) — 4%
7. Guardians of the Galaxy — 2%
8. Watchmen — 2%
9. Superman — 2%
9. Ghost World — 2%
11. Dredd — 1%
11. A History of Violence — 1%
13. V for Vendetta — 1%
13. Hellboy — 1%
15. Road to Perdition — 1%
15. Sin City — 1%
15. Batman Begins — 1%
18. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World — 1%
19. Batman: The Movie (1966) — 1%
19. X2: X-Men United — 1%
21. Kick-Ass — 1%
21. The Crow — 1%
23. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) — 1%
23. Man of Steel — 1%
23. Spider-Man — 1%
26. X-Men — 0%
27. Men in Black — 0%
28. X-Men: First Class — 0%
29. 300 — 0%
29. Superman II — 0%
There was nothing particularly surprising to report from the most recent weekend box office battle as The Avengers: Age of Ultron continued its trajectory, tearing up multiplexes on the way to earning another $77.2 million. That is the second best second weekend ever, behind only the original Avengers‘ incredible $103.1 million. The sequel is now sitting at $875 million worldwide and probably won’t take long much longer to hit $1 billion as it opens in Japan and China this week. In second place, the action-comedy Hot Pursuit was a bit of a disappointment, earning $13.3 million, which is on the low end of what most people were predicting and certainly nowhere near what The Heat did back in 2013. The Age of Adaline, Furious 7 and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile, The D Train starring Jack Black and James Marsden opened out of the top 10 with just $469,000… not good news for IFC Films considering that they acquired it for $3 million at Sundance earlier this year.
1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron — $77.2M
2. Hot Pursuit — $13.3M
3. The Age of Adaline — $5.6M
4. Furious 7 — $5.27M
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 — $5.19M
6. Ex Machina — $3.47M
7. Home — $3M
8. Woman in Gold — $1.65M
9. Cinderella — $1.57M
10. Unfriended — $1.41M
Well we’re one week into a brand new month and it feels like things are a little light in terms of noteworthy new titles on Netflix. In the U.S., May ushered in a handful of classics like The Exorcist, Saturday Night Fever, Harold and Maude, The Last Waltz and Blue Velvet plus some some cult comedies like The Blues Brothers, Wet Hot American Summer and Super Troopers. More recent releases include the Jimi Hendrix biopic All is by My Side and the Tommy Lee Jones western The Homesman. In Canada, the biggest new addition is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but there is also an odd assortment of movies from the late ’90s / early 2000s like Strange Days, The Beach, Private Parts, Lake Placid, School of Rock and Kung Pow: Enter the Fist. Do you see anything here worth queuing up? Check out the full list of new additions after the jump.
0:00 – Intro 3:23 – Headlines: Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 Announced, The Legend of Zelda Wii-U Delayed + Nintendo Goes Mobile, Valve Kills Paid Steam Mods 58:18 – Interview: LOST ORBIT 1:55:59 – Review: Ori and The Blind Forest 2:15:48 – Mini-Review: The Order 1886 1:01:52 – Other Stuff We Played: Hotline Miami 2, Jackbox Collection, Dragon Age Inquisition, Hyrule Warriors, Brothers, DmC, Mortal Kombat X, Shovel Knight, Bloodborne, Drive Club, Dying Light, Evolve, Olli Olli 2, Counterspy, Walking Dead 2, Suikoden III, Final Fantasy Type-0, Minecraft, Skylanders Swap Force, Axiom Verge, The Talos Principle, Mario Kart 3:05:10 – Upcoming Releases 3:07:01 – Outro
The Avengers: Age of Ultron should continue to bring in some serious cash in its second weekend as there aren’t any major releases entering the ring with the exception of Hot Pursuit, the action-comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. Clearly the movie is trying to replicate the success of The Heat, but something tells me it will probably fall short. The only other movie opening on over 1000 screens is The D Train, a dark comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. In select theatres and on VOD we also have the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie flick Maggie; other movies in limited release include the documentary I Am Big Bird and a crime thriller called Skin Trade starring Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa. What will you be watching this weekend?