CHICAGO – Different isn’t bad and might be great, but you’d better have an irrefutable reason to change what was never broken. Campy being the only word to accurately convey this alternate-reality version of Sherlock Holmes with an original script, writer Greg Kramer and director Andrew Shaver try too hard to be different without ever figuring out why.
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Sight & Sound’s top 20 Films of the Year: How Can One List Contain Hou Hsiao-Hsien and George Miller and Pixar?
Of the hundreds of “best of the year” lists assembled by various publications around the world, Sight & Sound magazine’s top 20 always tends to be the most fascinating. This year is no different. It’s hard to argue with any list that finds room to contain brutal holocaust immersions and artful LGBT romances and post-apocalyptic action adventures and tear-jerking animated family movies and stirring stop-motion animated dramas and high-concept horror movies and unrelenting documentaries about genocide and stoner film noir.
As usual, the list skews arthouse (there are a few titles here that we aren’t familiar with at all), but consider this list a homework assignment – if it’s on this list, it’s surely going to be worthy of any serious movie fan’s time. Check out the complete Sight and Sound best of 2015 ranking after the jump.
The result of a poll given to 168 film critics from around the world, the annual Sight & Sound list paints a vital portrait of international cinema. This isn’t what one website or one country thinks about the past year in film – this is what film experts from the around the world consider the most valuable moviegoing experiences of the past 365 days. Note that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice is included because it didn’t receive its international release until this year. So, without further ado, here’s their list:
1. The Assassin
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Arabian Nights
5. Cemetery Of Splendour
6. No Home Movies
7. 45 Years
8. Son Of Saul
9. Amy (tie)
9. Inherent Vice (tie)
11. It Follows (tie)
14. Girlhood (tie)
14. Hard To Be A God (tie)
14. Inside Out (tie)
14. Tangerine (tie)
14. Taxi Tehran (tie)
19. Horse Money (tie)
19. The Look Of Silence(tie)
A few of these are no-brainers. Of course Todd Haynes‘ Carol, which has been the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of the arthouse scene when it comes to buzz, would rank so high. If anything, it’s a little surprising that Hou Hsiao-Hsien‘s The Assassin managed to top it for the number one spot. While undeniably one of the most beautifully crafted films of the year, it has proven divisive amongst the critical community for its deliberate (i.e., slooow) pace.
Other obvious choices include László Nemes‘ (absolutely brutal) Son of Saul, Jafar Panahi‘s Taxi Tehran, Miguel Gomes‘ Arabian Nights, and Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s (stunningly original) Anomalisa. On the “totally heartbreaking for totally different reasons” documentary front, Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Look of Silence and Asif Kapadia‘s Amy made the list.
The more surprising selections are the mainstream choices. Critics fell head-over-heels for Mad Max: Fury Road, but seeing George Miller‘s action masterpiece land in third place is still a very pleasant surprise. The same goes for Inside Out, which was one of the year’s biggest box office smashes in addition to winning over the world’s toughest critics. However, it’s the inclusion of David Robert Mitchell‘s It Follows that has us grinning. It’s rare for horror movies to make any kind of end-of-year list, so seeing one of the most clever and frightening films of its kind get this recognition is kind of life-affirming.
If you want a taste of this list ASAP, both the Independent Spirit Award nominated Tangerine and the Hitchcock-Flavored Phoenix are arriving on Netflix next month. So, you know, no excuses. Get watching, people.
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There’s already a live-action Barbie movie in development at Sony Pictures with a script from Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2), rewritten by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), and slated for release on June 2nd, 2017. But now a movie about Barbie’s origins is in the works, focusing on how the creator came up with the idea for the iconic doll.
Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea are developing a film based on Robin Gerber’s book Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her, chronicling “how one visionary woman and her product changed an industry and sparked a lasting debate about women’s roles.”
Here’s a synopsis of the book, detailing some of the story we’ll see in the movie:
“Co-founder of the Mattel Company, Ruth Handler and her husband, Elliot, turned the toy industry upside down, not only with the 1959 creation of Barbie and the subsequent introduction of boyfriend Ken but also with Hot Wheels and prescient advertising tie-ins to the Mickey Mouse Club. Yet the behind-the-scenes journey is just as fascinating as the public persona: born the tenth child of Polish-Jewish immigrants, Ruth was raised by her sister—and, early on, recognized the talent of her husband as a designer. Motherhood was not her natural state of being, though she named both dolls after her children. After being forced out of Mattel in the 1970s, Ruth then founded a second company, “Nearly Me,” producing prosthetics designed for women who had undergone mastectomies—just like her. Tragedy, unfortunately, continued to strike the family; son Ken died of AIDS in 1994, and Ruth herself lost her battle with cancer in 2002.”
The inception of Barbie came after seeing her daughter Barbara playing with paper dolls, having trouble situated clothes on them. Hoping to create a doll that suited her daughter’s play needs better, she found a novelty toy somewhere else in the world, turned it into a toy, presented it at the American International Toy Fair in 1959, and the rest is history.
Witherspoon and Papandrea are developing the project through their Pacific Standard production banner and have set up the project at Bold Films, according to Tracking Board, and the two will also produce the film.
As of now, Witherspoon is only involved in a producing capacity, but there’s always the chance she could end up playing Ruth Handler in the movie as well. In fact, she was even rumored to be one of the stars that Sony wanted to play Barbie in their developing movie. However, it seems like Witherspoon already did that with a little movie called Legally Blonde, which got a sequel and may be getting a third installment sometime down the road too.
More recently Barbie has come under fire for creating a false body image for young girls to live up to, but it seems like the toys have done far more good for little girls to aspire to be anything they want to be. After all, the body image issue is something that extends to society in general and didn’t originate with Barbie. But I digress.
It sounds like this project is early in development, so stay tuned to see how it pans out. Otherwise, if anymore details on Sony’s Barbie movie come to light, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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We’ve been hearing rumors of Gremlins reboot for quite some time now and while a significant portion of movie fandom would rather the Powers That Be leave this one alone, the massive success of Jurassic World seems to have galvanized everyone involved. “If one beloved franchise can get away with a sequel that is also a reboot set decades after the original film, why not Gremlins?” is the line of thinking on display.
The latest news on the project comes from Zach Galligan, the star of the first two movies. You should grab the requisite pinch of salt before reading his new statements on the subject of Gremlins 3 – this would be like asking Mark Hamill about the plot of a new Star Wars movie in 2012.
Speaking at a Q&A following a screening of the original 1984 Gremlins at London’s Prince Charles Cinema (via Games Radar), Galligan says that the new movie, which hired a new writer earlier this year, won’t be a remake. It will be a proper sequel to the first two movies and you can thank Chris Columbus for that:
“It’s not going to be a reboot. It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade.”
Columbus, who wrote the original Gremlins before becoming one of the most in-demand directors of the ’90s and ’00s, is producing this “rebootquel,” which Galligan claims will follow the Jurassic World template:
“So the only thing they will be – and apparently are going to be – doing is something along the lines of like Jurassic World, where it will be 30 years later.”
This actually aligns with news from well over a year ago. The Jurassic World namedrop is new, but the whole “30-years-later” sequel thing is something we heard way back in 2014. With this project constantly dying and being resurrected, it can be hard to track exactly what’s going on with it and what it’s supposed to be. In any case, this is probably the best case scenario. At the very least, a proper sequel that pushes the Gremlins story forward is instantly a better idea than a remake that treads on familiar ground.
Columbus has been hesitant about a Gremlins remake/sequel/reboot for years, but he claims that the kernel of this new movie got him to throw caution to the wind and dive back into this world. Back when he gave this quote, the inspiration was more Star Wars: The Force Awakens than Jurassic World:
“I am involved. Initially I remember back in ’84-’85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We’ve told the story, that was that’s 1980’s thinking. And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with an idea that really sounded like an interesting version. It’s not a remake of the movie at all. It’s a, it’s just a reinvention of it.”
One thing we do know is that original director Joe Dante probably won’t be involved. Which is a shame – his manic, nasty energy is what gave the original movie its life-force. It should also be noted that his Gremlins 2: The New Batch is one of the most insane movies ever made and a masterpiece of genre deconstruction. It also feels like some kind of definitive final statement for this entire franchise. How do you top the Gremlins actually destroying the film you’re watching and interrupting the narrative so they can do shadow puppets for a few minutes? The whole movie feels like Dante wringing every last idea out of this concept. “You don’t need a Gremlins 3!” laughs Gremlins 2.
Without Dante at the helm, is a Gremlins movie really a Gremlins movie? That’s probably the second most asked question Columbus and his team face every day, right after “Are we sure this is a good idea?”
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Chewie, get us Star Wars Bits! This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:
- Japan has a Star Wars train to go with their Star Wars plane
- The Star Wars monorail is also up and running at Disney World
- Apple bought the motion-capture company that worked on The Force Awakens
- Watch the trailer for The Force Awakens playset for Disney Infinity 3.0
- French arthouse theaters want more copies of The Force Awakens
- A new look at the Anakin & Obi Wan comic coming in January 2016.
- A glimpse of a possible new wookiee in Rogue One or Episode VIII?
- Details on Battle of Jakku DLC for Star Wars Battlefront
- What is the first word spoken in The Force Awakens?
- Read a memo sent to executives about Star Wars in 1976
- See a new image of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens
- A video runs through every Jedi in Star Wars canon
- A Chrome extension can block Star Wars spoilers for you
- Fox News reporter received death threats after making a Star Wars joke
- Omaze launches a new charity contest to win trip to The Force Awakens premiere
We know Japan has a couple sweet Star Wars planes flying around now, and the country has just added another Star Wars themed mode of transporation with a train. It’s decked out in The Force Awakens promotional imagery and is now in service. So if you happen to be in Japan, hop aboard the Star Wars train, though it won’t make the jump to lightspeed. See more images over at Kotaku.
Speaking of Star Wars transportation, Disney World has their monorail all covered with The Force Awakens images too. From Rey’s speeder to BB-8 to TIE Fighters and the Millennium Falcon, the monorail is a literal representation of the hype train headed to The Force Awakens. See more photos at Inside the Magic right here.
In tech news, Apple has bought the motion-capture company Faceshift, who is fresh off working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The company created software that was used to make non-human characters more human-like in their expressions, and Apple has decided that they need to have that company in their efforts to take over the world. [TechCrunch]
Here’s a trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens playset for Disney Infinity 3.0, arriving December 18th.
There’s a bit of a strange battle being waged among cinemas in France right now as some arthouse theaters battle for the right to show Star Wars: The Force Awakens on their screens. Some believe Disney is denying certain theaters the chance to show the movie, who want to screen it due to their general love for movies and for a bit of profit to help keep them going as arthouse cinemas, but the studio already has The Force Awakens booked in about 282 arthouse theaters across France. It seems like a very odd predicament, but everyone wants a piece of the Force pie. Get the full story over at Deadline.
Above is a sneak preview of the forthcoming comic book Obi-Wan & Anakin, available in January of 2016. It’s a a five-issue miniseries from Marvel by writer Charles Soule and artist Marco Checchetto, set between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, finally pulling back the curtain on a previously unexplored era, when they were just Master and apprentice. See a couple more pages at StarWars.com right here.
— i hope u are all enjoying this — star wars bonanza — pic.twitter.com/1s6atohmJg
— Phil Tippett (@PhilTippett) November 24, 2015
Phil Tippett (who worked on the Tauntauns in The Empire Strikes Back and the Rancor in Return Of The Jedi) recently posted this image on Twitter. That doesn’t looks like Chewbacca, so is this a new wookiee that we’ll see in Star Wars: Rogue One or Star Wars: Episode VIII? We’ll have to wait and see. [MakingStarWars.net]Continue Reading Star Wars Bits >>
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If there’s one thing to be thankful for this weekend besides friends, family and that new Star Wars: The Force Awakens extended TV spot that arrived yesterday, it’s the potential return of one of the most wonderful drinks from the late 80s and early 90s.
Even for kids who were inexplicably not fans of Ghostbusters in the 90s, the Hi-C juice flavor Ecto-Cooler was a staple in lunchboxes and sleepovers, featuring Slimer on the box as the drink’s mascot. It was all the rage from when The Real Ghostbusters series started and lasted well past the cancellation of the animated series. But it’s been gone for years. However, there might be hope of a comeback as Coca-Cola just recently re-registered the trademark for Ecto-Cooler back in September.
Even though Slimer left the Ecto-Cooler box in 1997, the name Ecto-Cooler was discontinued until 2001 when it was renamed Shoutin’ Orange Tangergreen, though many store receipts kept the old name. In 2006 it was changed to Crazy Citrus Cooler and then a year after that it was gone completely, though a recipe began circulating online to recreate it thanks to the Ghostbusters Chicago Division.
It’s important to note that simply renewing a trademark doesn’t mean Coca-Cola has Ecto Cooler coming back for sure. They may just want to renew it so they don’t lose the rights to the name, leaving someone else to cash in on the nostalgia factor. But since there’s a Ghostbusters reboot arriving next summer (which may or may not include Slimer), and people love things from the past being brought back just for the hell of it, the return of Ecto-Cooler doesn’t seem impossible.
Also, let’s not forget that Coca-Cola recently brought back Surge due to popular demand, and since Ecto-Cooler probably has more people clamoring for that drink to make a comeback, I think it’s a no-brainer for this to happen. It might be strange to get excited about throwing more money at a multi-billion dollar corporation who loves to sell us overpriced sugar water, but this is America, so what do you expect?
The new Ghostbusters movie is slated to arrive on July 15th, 2016, and it would be nice to have an ice cold, refreshing Ecto-Cooler to sneak into the movie theater when we watch the movie or build that great new LEGO Ghostbusters firehouse coming next year.
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Within the past couple weeks, Prometheus 2 officially got a new title and a synopsis detailing the sequel to the prequel to the Alien franchise from director Ridley Scott. The movie is called Alien: Covenant, and the fast track for this project ended up pushing back Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 to an undetermined time, and if Scott’s new plan for the Alien franchise continues, it might be a long time before we see that movie.
At a press conference in Sydney, Australia where Scott is in pre-production on Alien: Covenant, he revealed that this will actually be the first in a new trilogy that will lead us all the way back to the original Alien from 1979. More below!
THR has the details from the press conference where Scott spoke vaguely about Alien: Covenant and what we can expect from the follow-up to Prometheus:
“It’s a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1. Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.”
As we know now, Alien: Covenant will follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. And this is just the beginning as Scott revealed a whole Alien prequel trilogy in the works:
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979. So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”
Honestly, there’s a part of me that doesn’t really want to know the origins of the xenomorphs from Alien, if only due to the risk of being disappointed. That’s a risk you take with any movie, but since Prometheus was largely disappointing, I’m skeptical about Scott being able to deliver something great that satisfies longtime fans of his classic sci-fi horror film that has influenced so many filmmakers over the years.
But this movie is happening whether we’re optimistic or not, and it sounds like two more will be following it. However, since this is Ridley Scott we’re talking about, who knows how long it will take for him to get those off the ground.
In the meantime, Alien: Covenant is set to shoot at Fox Studios in Sydney for 16 weeks beginning in March of 2016 with Michael Fassbender confirmed to return and Noomi Rapace appearing briefly in Covenant (as confirmed by Scott). Scott will be using a mix of location and studio sets including “monumental forest and monumental rock [sets] and the rest will be in the studio with fairly formidable CGI.”
Here’s hoping this sequel is worth waiting for when it arrives on October 6th, 2017
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is such a preposterous concept that it’s hard to believe it was published as a novel before it became a feature film. But here we are: a movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s parody is on the way and a new trailer has arrived to once again prove its existence. You just know that this whole endeavor has Jane Austen rolling over in her grave, which, considering the subject matter, is probably appropriate.
Watch the new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trailer after the jump.
As the title implies, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is essentially a loose retelling of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice except, you know, set during the post-apocalypse. It’s still set in early 19th century England and still focuses on the burgeoning romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, but there are now hordes of the undead hanging around, making courtship a bit more, for lack of a better term, interesting.
This entire project is odd enough to warrant our curiosity, but it does seem to missing the entire point of Grahame-Smith’s book. The whole joke of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on the page is that the book is a straightforward retelling of the events of the original novel, with zombies sprinkled in to shake things up here and there. The whole thing is one deadpan joke, an exacting recreation of something iconic that just-so-happens to have this bizarro twist.
This trailer (as well as the previous one) seems to have ejected the straight faced comedy in favor of making Resident Evil for 1813. There’s nothing wrong with this just being a cool action movie (and it could very well be just that), but a proper riff on the source material would see this thing being shot like a traditional, sweeping period piece romance…just with zombies. The final movie could look and feel different than this trailer, but it’s already starting to seem like a missed opportunity.
This film’s road to the big screen has been a rocky one, with actors like Natalie Portman and directors David O. Russell, Mike White, Neil Marshall, Mike Newell, and Matt Reeves all turning down the chance to to participate. In the end, Burr Steers (of Igby Goes Down and 17 Again) took the gig, directing a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Lena Headey, and Charles Dance. Go ahead and drink if your pop culture bingo card includes “Game of Thrones cast reunions in other projects.”
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opens on February 5, 2016.
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You’ll like Captain Solo right where he is with this geeky new Star Wars wall or desk decoration featuring Han Solo in carbonite. This new item is the perfect decoration for your seedy palace where you deal with bounty hunters and watch Twi’lek girls dance. Or it’s probably good for your office too. Whatever works.
Check out the Han Solo in carbonite sculpture after the jump!
Check out a couple images of the Han Solo in carbonite sculpture right here:
Here’s the official product description:
Everyone could use a bit of Han Solo. The adventure he brings is so much fun. But, being a galactic smuggler, sometimes he just can’t sit still. Thank the Force that someone froze his butt (and the rest of him) in carbonite. Now Han has all day to listen to our stories and schemes and Vogon poetry.
This Han Solo in Carbonite Novelty Desk Light has a stand so it can hang out on your desk but the stand is also removable so that you can hang it flush against a wall if you’d prefer. It has red LED lights on the front, which you can turn off with a switch if you don’t want to drain the batteries.
The item is officially licensed Star Wars merchandise, measuring 18″ tall x 10 1/2″ wide x 2″ deep. Plus those red LED lights on the bottom almost give it that effect like the carbonite chamber is being deactivated.
The Han Solo in carbonite sculpture is available for purchase right now at ThinkGeek for $49.99, which isn’t bad when you consider that a real life-size Han Solo in carbonite would cost you thousands of dollars.
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For anyone who has ever seen a classic movie from the 1950s and before, at least the ones that have sound, you’ve probably noticed that pretty much all the actors speak in a very unique accent that doesn’t sound like it comes from any particular region. It’s fast-talking, usually with prominent t-sounds and dropped r-sounds at the end of words.
If you’ve ever thought that it’s a bit strange to hear people talk like that, you’re not the only one, and there’s actually an explanation as to why people on movies and the radio talked like this. It’s called the Mid-Atlantic accent, and you can find out more about it below.
Here’s a video explaining the Mid-Atlantic accent from BrainStuff:
Named for a non-existent origin somewhere between American and Britain, the faux accent is a hybrid of each countries dialect of English, and it was even taught in schools, with some influence from the theater of high society. And since it didn’t have an exact region where it came from, it is believed that’s why Hollywood liked it so much, perhaps adding an heir of mystery to characters and/or celebrities.
Among classic Hollywood stars, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are the best examples of this accent in action on the big screen, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any movie from the 1930s and 1940s that didn’t have this accent. But it really started to die out after World War II, mostly because it wasn’t being taught in schools anymore. Plus, once stars like Humphrey Bogart came around, studios realized Americans liked seeing versions of themselves played out on the screen instead.
If you want to know more about the Mid-Atlantic accent, check out a great article examining it over at The Atlantic.
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Thanks to the magic of Thanksgiving, this week is a little shorter than all the rest, leaving us free to stuff our faces full of turkey and enjoy plenty of good movies. And since it’s a holiday weekend, you’ll probably be looking to escape the house for a few hours just so you don’t have to hear your family argue about politics. Or maybe you want to get everyone out of the house so you can enjoy a movie as a family.
Well, we’ve got you covered for a variety of cinematic occasions with a list of 28 movies to watch this Thanksgiving, and some of them you can even enjoy from the comfort of your own home.Index
Our selection of 28 Thanksgiving movies is broken up into five sections: Family Films, Oscar Contenders, Dramas (Mostly) for Adults, Comedy, Action & More and Indies. Not all of the films are new this weekend, and (especially with older or more obscure titles) we can’t guarantee that all of them are playing at a theater near you. But whether you’re looking to spend the entire weekend in a theater alone, or only have time for one quick jaunt with the entire family, we should have something for you.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – Since it’s only been about a week since the finale of The Hunger Games franchise hit theaters, there’s a good chance that some people in your family haven’t seen this one yet. Since the book series is so popular, and so is Jennifer Lawrence, you’re likely to have someone in the family who wants to go to the theaters to finish the games. This one tests the limits of PG-13 in its intensity though, so beware of that if you’re taking some little ones.
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material
Availability: In theaters everywhere
The Peanuts Movie – It’s the only G-rated film out in theaters right now, so if you’re looking for the kind of movie that’s perfect for grandparents and parents who grew up with Charlie Brown, or just something with bright colors and kid characters to keep your rugrats entertained outside of the house for a bit, then this is your best bet. You can’t go wrong with Snoopy and the gang, and you just may enjoy it yourself since it has an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Availability: In theaters everywhere
The Good Dinosaur – Another great option for adults and kids alike, Pixar’s latest offering goes back millions of years to an alternate reality where dinosaurs weren’t destroyed by a giant asteroid that hit Earth. We follow a little apatosaurus named Arlo who must learn to face his fears when he gets separated from his family. It’s a touching, uplifting story for the whole family, so make sure you bring some tissues for the tears that will eventually come out of your face.
Rating: PG for peril, action and thematic elements
Availability: In theaters everywhere
Love the Coopers – If you’ve got a family who doesn’t really have any little ones to satisfy, but you’ve got some adults who aren’t necessarily up for some drama, Love the Coopers should do the trick. Olivia Wilde stars in what is this year’s family Christmas comedy that deals with the trials and tribulations of not being able to choose your relatives. This one doesn’t have a great Rotten Tomatoes score at 21%, but I’ve heard that it’s pretty charming nonetheless thanks to Wilde. And with a cast that includes Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Ed Helms, June Squibb and Marisa Tomei, you’re bound to find someone you like in it.
Rating: PG -13 for thematic elements, language and some sexuality
Availability: In theaters everywhere
Inside Out – Pixar’s summer release is a funny, beautiful tale of growing up and dealing with the complicated emotions inside your head. After seeing this one a couple times, it quickly rose up to be my second favorite Pixar movie of all-time (behind The Incredibles), and I haven’t met a single soul who didn’t love it. Honestly, it’s better than The Good Dinosaur if you don’t feel like heading to the theaters, just pick this one up to watch at home.
Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and some action
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If you’re not busy cooking for the big feast for Thanksgiving tonight, then you can sit back and watch a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens extended TV spot that features some new dialogue from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), along with some cool new action shots, including what appears to be the weapon inside Starkiller Base being fired as a legion of First Order troops look on.
Enjoy this great appetizer from a galaxy far, far away below!
Here’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens extended TV spot from JoBlo:
As you can see, we finally get an answer to the question as to whether Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has felt the awakening that was inquired about in the first teaser trailer almost exactly a year ago. Kylo confirms that he has felt the awakening, and then we get some new dialogue from Snoke saying, “Even you have never faced such a test. It is time.”
That’s a very intriguing line. Snoke seems to imply that Kylo Ren has already faced some big challenges, but that whatever is coming down the road will end up being his real test. That makes me wonder just what else Kylo Ren has been doing this whole time. Will we found out about this seemingly extensive backstory in this movie, or will it be shrouded in mystery for awhile?
Meanwhile, we get some rousing lines from Poe Dameron telling the Resistance pilots to give it everything they’ve got, and he’s either in space or it’s nighttime on that particular assault, so that might be from a scene we haven’t seen at all yet since all the dogfighting we’ve seen has been above the surface of planets during the day.
And finally, Maz Kanata also pushes our new heroes by saying “You must face them. Fight them.” Considering Finn’s advice is to run from the First Order, clearly the new heroes might need some encouragement to stand up against these new villains.
There’s a few other cool action shots in there, including that new riot control Stormtrooper getting blasted away. Part of me wonders if there will be a bit where Finn can’t do any damage to that soldier with the lightsaber, and then out of nowhere Han Solo blasts him followed by some kind of glance that only Harrison Ford can deliver. We’ll find out soon.
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Lionsgate has released the trailer for their animated adventure comedy Norm of the North. Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch vet Trevor Wall‘s film tells the story of a majestic polar bear named Norm, who alongside “the world’s coolest party animals” are hitting the big city. Watch the Norm of the North trailer now embedded after the jump. Is this
Here’s the Norm of the North trailer:
While the story might be very different, sadly this film looks like a B-level Madagascar copy complete with the little cute lemmings filling in for the penguins from the previously mentioned Dreamworks Animation film franchise. This is the first theatrical feature from Splash Entertainment, who has been producing animated television series and direct to video movies for franchises like Bratz and Strawberry Shortcake for the past decade. While this certainly doesn’t look like a direct to video or television production, it immediately feels leagues beneath the top their content coming from Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DreamWorks Animation.
Here is the official plot synopsis for Norm of the North:
A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.
The voice cast for Norm of the North includes Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Gabriel Iglesias, Loretta Devine, Michael McElhatton, Colm Meaney and Bill Nighy. The screenplay was written by newcomers Jack Donaldson and Derek Elliott. NORM OF THE NORTH will hit theaters on January 15th, 2016.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially PG-13. That’s the rating we all expected, but some fans worried Disney would try to make the film a completely kid-friendly picture — something we shouldn’t expect from J.J. Abrams or this franchise. Even the PG installments, like The Empire Strikes Back, would’ve been rated PG-13 today.
Abrams’ sequel is the second Star Wars film to be rated PG-13. After the jump, learn what the Force Awakens’ rating is and isn’t for.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is rated PG-13 for — wait for it — “sci-fi action violence”. The PG-13 wasn’t invented until 1984, so none of the original films were eligible for the rating. Strangely, George Lucas‘ first two prequels were PG, though. The Phantom Menace was rated PG for “sci-fi action/violence,” while Attack of the Clones was rated PG for “sustained sequences of sci-fi action/violence.”
The MPAA has never been a fan of consistency. If somebody can explain to me what the hell the difference between “sci-fi action/violence” and “sustained sequences of sci-fi action/violence” is, I’d appreciate it.
Seeing the explanation for why The Force Awakens is PG-13, we now know what not to expect from Abrams’ sequel. Here are some classic MPAA descriptors not used for The Force Awakens:
- “Salty language and innuendos.”
- “High-tech horror violence.”
- “Brief historical smoking.”
- “Extensive use of extremely explicit sex-related dialogue.”
- “Graphic violence including scenes of dental torture.”
- “PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.”
- “Brief video images of violence and sexy dancing.”
- “Intense depiction of very bad weather.”
So, let me get this right, we will see no bad weather, dental torture, salty language, or brief images of sexy dancing in The Force Awakens? It sounds like Abrams really doesn’t understand the appeal of Star Wars. Whether this movie is rated PG or PG-13 doesn’t matter. We all know this movie is going to be a monster at the box-office. The Star Wars brand is stronger than Jurassic Park‘s, and look at how well the PG-13 Jurassic World performed this summer.
Will The Force Awakens top Colin Trevorrow‘s sequel? The other day Disney chairman, Alan Horn, attempted to manage box-office expectations:
It’s natural for people to want to view this and compare this to a summer blockbuster, but films in December don’t have the same historical release patterns as summer films. In December it’s rare to see a big debut — there’s only a handful above $70 million by the way, with the record being something like $84 million. People are shopping, they’re traveling, they also know that their kids are going to be on vacation in a week and they’re going to all go see movies together.
But most films in December don’t mark the return of Star Wars. Yes, it’s a busier time of the year than summer, but this is Star Wars. Obviously Horn can’t come out and say, “This is going to be one of the biggest films of all time,” because that wouldn’t look too good if the movie underperformed, but, again, this is Star Wars. We all know this PG-13 sequel is going to make a dent at the box-office.
Source: Film Ratings
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A big year just got bigger for Jennifer Lawrence. The Hunger Games franchise was recently completed with Mockingjay – Part 2, and later next month we’ll see her in David O. Russell‘s Joy, a potential Awards contender. The 25-year-old actress just announced she’ll soon make her directorial debut.
Learn more about Lawrence’s potential film after the jump.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the actress said she’s always been keen on directing. Now, she’s finally taking the plunge. Here’s what Jennifer Lawrence had to say about the film she’s recently signed on to helm:
I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it. I’ve signed on to direct something called Project Delirium — it’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong. It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.
The article she’s probably referring to, titled “Operation Delirium,” a pretty wild story, is an ambitious project for a first-time filmmaker. The period piece is about secretive experiments, in which the U.S. government tested nerve gas and other chemicals on its own soldiers. 5,000 veterans were affected by the tests, conducted during the Cold War.
Lawrence is getting more involved behind-the-camera. She’s also writing her first script with Amy Schumer (Trainwreck). The story follows two sisters, played by Schumer and Lawrence. Here’s what she had to say about that project back in August:
Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing Trainwreck.
Lawrence is already at a point in her career where she can take big chances. Once she’s done with the X-Men franchise, she doesn’t have any other tentpole films lined up. The actress has found wild success in dramas with David O. Russell, so she’s proven to be a draw in movies not called X-Men or The Hunger Games. We’ll see if that success carries over to her directorial and writing work. There’s no word on when we’ll see the Jennifer Lawrence directorial debut.
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This December, Netflix is gifting its subscribers with a whole bunch of cool movies and TV shows. Just in time for the holidays: Sam Raimi’s first superhero movie, one of the most critically acclaimed independent films of 2015, a Christmas variety special starring Bill Murray, and another dose of the darkest science fiction show to ever emerge from England.
Read on for our picks for the best shows and movies coming to Netflix this December (as well as a complete list of every new title).
Darkman (December 1)
12 years before he made Spider-Man, director Sam Raimi tried to get a film version of The Shadow off the ground. When that failed, he went out and made his own superhero: Darkman. Played by the great Liam Neeson, this hideously scarred, half-insane master of disguise feels like he stepped right out of an old pulp novel or a ’60s comic book – he feels legit. Fans of the Raimi’s later movies will note that that Darkman is very much a test run for the blockbusters he’d crank out in the ’00s. Tonally, this is the bizarre, R-rated cousin to his Spider-Man trilogy. It just so happens to have been made while Raimi was still deep in his Evil Dead phase.
Ray (December 1)
If you’ve seen one musician biopic, you’ve seen 95% of all musician biopics. However, Taylor Hackford‘s Ray is one of the better examples of this tried and true genre. Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for playing singer Ray Charles and it is a very good performance, coming from an era where most audiences didn’t think he had this kind of a dramatic work in him. As a movie, Ray is perfectly entertaining and totally fine, but as the turning point in Foxx’s career, it’s especially noteworthy.
Stir of Echoes (December 1)
It may not break any new ground, but David Koepp‘s Stir of Echoes is meat-and-potatoes genre filmmaking that is perfect viewing for a cold, winter’s night. Although overshadowed by the (far superior) The Sixth Sense, the film is a rock-solid supernatural thriller with just enough scares, twists, and turns to be worthy of your valuable time. It helps that Kevin Bacon is the lead here, lending gravity to all of the ghostly nonsense surrounding him. Sometimes, a well-told, minor ghost story is just what you need and this one fits the bill nicely.
Tangerine (December 2)
When Tangerine exploded onto the festival scene earlier this year, its calling card was the fact that it was shot on an iPhone. However, audiences soon realized that this movie is far more than a low-budget gimmick – this hilarious, character-driven, and (literally and figuratively) colorful film is something special. Now that it’s been nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, Netflix will let you see what all the fuss is about.
A Very Murray Christmas (December 4)
Netflix could have just thrown together a slapdash holiday variety show hosted by Bill Murray and we would have found time to watch it. Instead, this is the next project from the always-interesting Sofia Coppola and it looks like a quirky, low-key joy. This streaming-only special follows Murray, playing himself, as a winter storm forces the cancellation of the Christmas special he’s supposed to host. With nothing better to do, he wanders around the hotel, drinks a lot, hangs out with his friends, and has what looks to be a wry, melancholic Christmas Eve. We’re in.
Phoenix (December 8)
Despite racking up accolades from critics around the world during its time on the film festival circuit, Christian Petzold‘s thriller Phoenix never quite took off in theatrical release. Now, everyone that missed this Hitchcock-tinged psychological drama will get a chance to see what all the fuss was about. Set right after the conclusion of World War II, Phoenix follows a concentration camp survivor whose face has been altered after surviving a horrific injury. When her husband, who may or may have sold her out to the Nazis, mistakes her a stranger who just bears a striking resemblance to his “dead” wife, things start to get complicated.
Black Mirror: White Christmas (December 25)
Big things are in the near future for Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker‘s acclaimed science fiction anthology series. Its first two seasons premiered on Channel 4 in the U.K., but it wasn’t until the show made its way to Netflix that it truly exploded in popularity. These tales of grisly horror and razor-sharp satire, all connected by the theme of technology dominating our everyday lives, feel like The Twilight Zone for the digital age. Netflix has already stepped in and ordered a third season (why deal with the middleman?), but last year’s Christmas special, a feature-length episode titled “White Christmas” starring Jon Hamm, will arrive just in time for, well, Christmas. Like every Black Mirror episode, this will probably ruin your day (in the best possible way), so maybe you should wait until the holiday season has passed before diving in.Continue Reading the best movies and shows coming to Netflix >>
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It’s been a while since we’ve seen Will Smith in a great movie. You could argue we’ve never seen the actor in a great movie, but he did have the opportunity to be a part of one a few years ago. Smith passed on starring in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. He missed out on a strong role, a role he didn’t feel was substantial enough. Smith, who’s on the Oscar hunt for Concussion, now claims he turned the part down for a different reason.
Learn why we didn’t see Will Smith in Django Unchained after the jump.Why We didn’t See Will Smith in Django Unchained
Smith’s comments a few years ago on why he said no to the project were somewhat revealing about the actor’s process; he couldn’t play what he perceived as a supporting role. This is what he told Entertainment Weekly back in 2013:
Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead! I was like, “No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!” I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me.
To say Django isn’t the lead is a misreading of the film. Putting aside the fact Django is the titular role, look at the difference between the character in scene one and the ending. His change is remarkable, and the only significant arc in the film. Yes, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) drives much of the plot, but that doesn’t make him the lead. Also, Django does kill the villain. Calvin Candie (Leonardo Di Caprio) isn’t the big bad of the film. Candie’s protector, the real brain behind the plantation, Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), is.
Another reason why Smith wasn’t onboard for Django Unchained? He took issue with the violence. Considering Tarantino’s picture takes place in one of the most horrific periods in American History, that’s a rather peculiar view of the film. Here’s what Smith had to say to The Hollywood Reporter:
I wanted to make the greatest love story that African Americans had ever seen. We talked, we met, we sat for hours and hours about it. I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was, it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story. We can’t look at what happens in Paris (the terrorist attacks) and want to fuck somebody up for that. Violence begets violence. I just couldn’t connect to violence being the answer. Love had to be the answer.
Maybe I’m wrong, but something tells me love wouldn’t have been enough for Django to reunite with his wife back in the 1858…
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Kung Fu Panda 3 is only two months away from release and you know what that means – a whole new collection of “Pandas are fat!” jokes. Which is perfectly fine, if fat pandas doing fat panda things is your idea of great comedy. There are definitely some of you out there since they’ve made three of these things.
As we’ve seen in the previous trailers, the third film in DreamWorks Animation’s series will find Jack Black‘s unlikely (because he’s a fat panda) kung fu master reuniting with his long-lost fat panda father, returning to his ancestral fat panda home, and training his fat panda brethren how to kung fu so they can stop an evil villain who is surely going to underestimate an army of fat pandas. A new clip from the film has arrived online and it contains no shortage of fat panda jokes. Hey, if the formula isn’t broken…
Watch the new Kung Fu Panda 3 clip after the jump.
Here’s the Kung Fu Panda 3 clip:
This clip, which finds Po arriving a the Secret Panda Village and meeting members of his own kind for the first time, is cute enough. It’s mostly fat panda jokes, but hey, it’s hard to argue with over a billion dollars in international grosses between two movies. The world needs, nay, demands their fat panda jokes!
The first Kung Fu Panda was an entertaining enough movie, its sequel diminishing returns, and the third film looks like more of the same. And that’s okay. That’s fine. Kids are the intended audience for this thing and they’re going to eat all of this up like a bowl of perfectly prepared dumplings.
The supporting cast is a murderer’s row of talented folks, some returning from the previous films and others new to the series. Among those lending their voices to the film: Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston, and J.K. Simmons.
Here is the official synopsis for the film:
In the animated feature film sequel, Po, continuing on his now legendary adventures of awesomeness, must face two hugely epic, but very different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
Kung Fu Panda 3 will open on January 29, 2016.
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Brad Bird has made it official, and tweeted out a video showing his long time collaborator Michael Giacchino signing the contract to return to score The Incredibles 2. Hit the jump to see that video.
Here is the tweet from The Incredibles 2 director Brad Bird:
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 25, 2015
What follows is Jack Giroux’s original story from October 30th 2015:
For years now director Brad Bird has been fielding questions regarding The Incredibles 2, and he should expect the same kind of questions for the next three and a half years of his life, considering Disney recently set a 2019 release date for the long-awaited sequel. Today, he even answered one: Not only is Bird returning with, presumably, the main cast, but so is the first film’s composer. Michael Giacchino (Star Trek) is now confirmed to score The Incredibles 2.
A month ago Bird shared where he was at in the development process.
I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it.
The director is currently working with a small team, and he just shared on Twitter that Giacchino is a part of that group.
Yep. You can’t do better than a perfect fit…! https://t.co/tDmVrd8cV1
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) October 29, 2015
The two recently collaborated on Tomorrowland. Say what you will about that movie — and, personally, I’m a fan of its optimism, Frank and Athena’s arc, and its more intimate approach to a blockbuster — but nobody can say Giacchino’s score isn’t without its sense of wonder, danger, and mystery. It’s an old school kind of score, and both he and Bird approached The Incredibles with a slightly similar old-fashioned sensibility.
When the first film came out, Giacchino discussed his and Bird’s influences.
When I first met with Brad, he asked me what I grew up listening to I told him I loved the Pink Panther movies, Star Wars, Jonny Quest, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Twilight Zone – all these things. And we quickly realized what he and I both had a love for those 1960s jazz orchestra scores. It was an amazing time, when they were just going for it, with those jazz influences. No one was saying, “Oh that sounds cheesy” – it was what it was, and you believed in it, and just went with it. Brad’s point was, when he was a kid he would hear that theme to Jonny Quest and would want to be Jonny Quest. And that’s what he wanted for The Incredibles. He wanted the orchestral jazz energy that they used to have in the Bond movies, Pink Panther movies, and everything else I mentioned – the quasi-big band stuff. That’s what he wanted in the score to his film. The whole film carries that sensibility – from the architecture, to the design, color palettes – it’s all influenced by this time that we grew up in, and it’s nostalgic. But the challenge was to make it nostalgic, but new – and something that’s not made fun of. Because many times when you hear these kinds of scores today, they’re used in a way to parody something.
There weren’t many major superhero franchises when The Incredibles came out, while there’s no shortage of them today. The first movie commented a little on superhero tropes, and I wonder if after all these comic book movies if Bird will deconstruct the conventions of the genre with his sequel. Or, preferably, if he’ll just focus on the Parr family and the next adventure they go. Whatever his approach is, thankfully Michael Giacchino is returning, because his score brought a lot of personality to the first movie.
The Incredibles 2 opens in theaters on June 21, 2019.
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