If you’re old enough to remember the 1997 Val Kilmer movie The Saint, it might not necessarily strike you as a property being worthy of a reboot. But if you’re old enough to remember even earlier incarnations of the character, you probably know that he has been around since the 1920s, originating in a long-running series of books by Leslie Charteris and eventually featuring in over a dozen movies, a radio drama and a popular ’60s TV series starring Roger Moore (among others). Simon Templar is a gentleman thief / spy / anti-hero figure, and although the Val Kilmer version strayed from the source material in certain ways, Paramount is now looking to give the character another shot at a big budget movie franchise. Hit the jump for more details.
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SNL star Pete Davidson is poised to have a breakout year in 2020 with his semi-autobiographical Judd Apatow-directed comedy The King of Staten Island hitting theatres this summer. Before that happens, however, his upcoming movie Big Time Adolescence will arrive in select theatres followed by a release on Hulu one week later. The movie stars Davidson as a college dropout who takes his ex-girlfriend’s younger brother under his wing and helps him navigate high school with some questionable (but ultimately good-hearted) guidance. Griffin Gluck (American Vandal), Sydney Sweeney (The Handmaid’s Tale), Machine Gun Kelly and Jon Cryer also co-star. Big Time Adolescence hits select theatres on March 13th and Hulu on March 20th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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Between Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, we’ve already seen a couple of successful TV shows exploring the potential spread of fascism across America. Now HBO is throwing their hat in the ring with an upcoming adaptation of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. This is an alternate history novel that finds Charles Lindbergh defeating Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election and turning the country towards xenophobic and anti-Semitic policies. The show is created and written by David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire) and it is a six-episode miniseries starring Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Winona Ryder and John Turturro. The Plot Against America premieres on HBO on March 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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With Little America and Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet having given Apple TV+ a pretty good start to the year, the streaming service is about to unveil their highest profile original series to date. Amazing Stories is a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s classic ’80s sci-fi / fantasy anthology series, which at the time featured a who’s who of established and upcoming genre filmmakers including Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Joe Dante, Robert Zemeckis, Brad Bird and Tobe Hooper. The new show doesn’t have quite the same calibre of directors but it does have Spielberg as a producer and a cast that includes Dylan O’Brien, Victoria Pedretti, Josh Holloway, Edward Burns, Sasha Lane and Robert Forster (in his final role). That being said, the show will live and die based on the strength of the stories, so we will have to wait and see just how imaginative they are this time around. Amazing Stories premieres on March 6th with five episodes and the other five will roll out in the coming weeks; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Video game movies are back in a big way with Sonic the Hedgehog racing to a $57 million debut for Paramount over the weekend. That surpasses the opening weekend for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu last year, giving Sonic the biggest opening ever for a movie based on a video game. The movie also earned an estimated $68 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend and $111 million worldwide, pushing it beyond expectations and overcoming the initial negative buzz that resulted from the very first trailer (clearly that character redesign paid off). Elsewhere, Birds of Prey fell to second with $17 million followed by Fantasy Island and The Photograph neck in neck for third. Bad Boys for Life rounded out the top 5. Parasite also jumped into the top 10 following its expansion and big Oscar win while Downhill opened at #10, which seems low for a Will Ferrell / Julia Louis-Dreyfus movie (to be fair, it didn’t have a huge marketing push behind it).
1. Sonic the Hedgehog — $57M
2. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn — $17.1M
3. Fantasy Island — $12.4M
4. The Photograph — $12.3M
5. Bad Boys for Life — $11.3M
6. 1917 — $8.1M
7. Jumanji: The Next Level — $5.7M
8. Parasite — $5.5M
9. Dolittle — $5.1M
10. Downhill — $4.7M
In the words of Mikey Walsh… Goonies never say die. We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a Goonies sequel for many years now with director Richard Donner stating back in 2014 that it was happening with both Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg apparently on board to produce. Of course, that was six years ago and it would seem that once again they hit a dead end… until now. This week we are hearing that there is a brand new Goonies-related TV show in the works, but it’s not exactly what you might expect. Hit the jump for more info.
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Although the movie is still over a year away, filming has finally begun on Matt Reeves’ The Batman as confirmed by the director on Twitter last month. Now this week he has taken to social media to release a much more interesting behind-the-scenes tidbit: an official camera test featuring the world’s first look at Robert Pattinson in the new Batsuit. Although the short video is bathed in red light and doesn’t give a full shot from head to toe, it does give us a glimpse of a metallic bat-symbol on the chest as well as Pattinson wearing the cape and cowl. The whole thing is set to a small taste of the upcoming score by Michael Giacchino. The Batman hits theatres on June 25th, 2021; check out the camera test video below and let us know what you think.
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Fresh off her appearance at the Oscars where she performed “Yesterday” during the In Memoriam segment and made confused faces at Eminem, Billie Eilish has dropped her theme song for the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die. Keeping in line with many of the classics, the song is simply called “No Time to Die” and it has a very reverent, stripped down feel despite the fact that she is the youngest artist ever to record a Bond theme. Co-written by her brother Finneas O’Connell and featuring orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr on guitar, this might be one of the strongest themes from the Daniel Craig era aside from Adele’s “Skyfall”. What do you think of the new Bond theme? Listen to Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die” after the jump.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! It’s bound to be a busy weekend at multiplexes and we’ve got quite a few new releases hitting theatres in order to facilitate date night. Ironically, the biggest release of the week is not a particularly romantic one even if you’re a gamer: Sonic the Hedgehog, based on the classic Sega video game series. Other major releases include the Blumhouse horror TV adaptation Fantasy Island, romantic drama The Photograph starring LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae, and Downhill, the Force Majeure remake starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is also expanding to over 2000 theatres following its Best Picture win. In select theatres, we also have the acclaimed French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Ordinary Love starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville and Buffaloed starring Zoey Deutch. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is also arriving in select theatres and on Netflix. What will you be watching this weekend?
If you’ve been wondering what The Raid director Gareth Evans has been working on as a follow-up to his last film, Apostle, the answer probably won’t surprise you: he’s moving to TV. Evans is producing a TV series called Gangs of London that looks to bring his bone-crunching style of action to a serialized format with cinematographer Matt Flannery also coming along for the ride. The show stars Joe Cole (A Prayer Before Dawn) as the son of a murdered London crime boss (Colm Meaney) who is intent on hunting down his father’s killers. Evans directs half of the episodes himself with Corin Hardy (The Nun) and Xavier Gens (Hitman) handling the rest. Gangs of London arrives on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and Cinemax in the U.S. sometime this year; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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David Lowery has had an interesting career as a filmmaker thus far, alternating between mainstream Disney projects like Pete’s Dragon and indie art house films like A Ghost Story. He currently has a live-action Peter Pan movie in development at Disney as well, but before that happens he will release a fantasy film set up at A24. The Green Knight is described as a re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Gawain being King Arthur’s nephew). However, this is clearly not a big budget action-oriented take on the material, seemingly placing more emphasis on atmosphere and mood instead. The Green Knight stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Sarita Choudhury, Kate Dickie and Barry Keoghan and it hits select theatres on May 29th; check out the teaser trailer below and let us know what you think.
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In what could be one of the greatest marketing ploys in recent memory, Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be facing off in a Chinese-Russian action movie called The Iron Mask (aka Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask). Granted, it looks like pure VOD trash and they probably only have about five minutes of total screen time, but I mean, come on… how can you resist? The movie is a sequel to the 2014 film Viy (aka Forbidden Kingdom aka Forbidden Empire) and the story revolves around English cartographer Jonathan Green (played by Jason Flemyng) who sets out to map the Russian Far East and ends up in China battling the Dragon King. Sounds about right. The Iron Mask hits select theatres and VOD in the U.K. on April 10th, but no word yet on a U.S. release. Check out the glorious trailer below and see what you think.
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