Tarantino, Nolan, Abrams And More Pressure Studios To Keep Buying Film Before It's Gone Forever
We’ve witnessed the perks of technological advancements in cinema over the past decade, but there has been a downside. As digital media usurps film-based cinema, some companies are struggling to survive — like the famous Eastman Kodak. The Wall Street Journal reports that “Kodak's motion-picture film sales have plummeted 96% since 2006, from 12.4 billion linear feet to an estimated 449 million this year.”
The numbers are staggering, which is why a group of Hollywood studio heads are negotiating to set up an agreement that requires them to purchase a set quantity of film over the next several years, regardless if they will use that film or not. Several directing giants are persuading the studios to ink the deal, including Quentin Tarantino... Read More
Fun Fact: Star-Lord's Ship in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Named After This '80s Dream Girl
If you're someone who grew up in the late '80s, Guardians of the Galaxy is totally your jam. There are so many fun, nerdy references from that era littered throughout the latest Marvel Studios movie, but there's one particular reference you may have missed.
In the film, Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord, aka Chris Pratt) has his own spaceship called The Milano. But why is it called The Milano? Is that some hardcore Marvel reference buried deep within the Guardians' comic history? Nope. The Milano is named after Peter Quill's childhood crush, Alyssa Milano.
As per director James Gunn:
For those of you who asked, yes, Quill’s ship The Milano is named after his awesome childhood crush @Alyssa_Milano. #GuardiansoftheGalaxy
— James Gunn... Read More
Movie News: Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World' Photo; Hemsworth's 'The Huntsman' Confirmed for 2016
Jurassic World: Director Colin Trevorrow shared a new photo of Chris Pratt from Jurassic World, marking it with the caption: "See you next summer, Star-Lord." Pratt, of course, stars as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, which smashes into theaters today; Jurassac World hits cinemas on June 12, 2015. [Twitter via Coming Soon]
The Huntsman / The Mummy: The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman now has an official release date (April 22, 2016), a confirmed director (Frank Darabont), and a new, official title: The Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will return in starring roles. Universal Studios also announced that their reboot of The Mummy, to be directed by Alex Kurtzman, is moving from April 22 to June 24, 2016, marking it as a summer... Read More
The Last Sci-fi Blog: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is the Movie 'Green Lantern' Should Have Been
This column has been watching Guardians of the Galaxy with great interest for the past year or so for a number of reasons, but it ultimately boils down to two succinct points:
1. There needs to be a popular science fiction adventure franchise out there that doesn't have "star" or "wars" in the title.
2. Someone needed to officially wash the taste of Green Lantern out of our mouths and deliver a proper comic book space opera.
And yes, the rumors are true: James Gunn's new film delivers on both of those.
The Marvel movie universe has already dabbled in plenty of science fiction ideas, with its high-tech Iron Man armor and it's lab-experiment-gone-wrong hero, the Hulk. Even Thor got in on the sci-fi, transforming the Norse gods... Read More
Poster-Crop Quiz: Can You Guess These Sci-fi Comedies?
For god's sake, readers, strap yourselves in! We're blasting off into another Poster-Crop Quiz! This week, in honor of those incorrigible Guardians of the Galaxy, we thought we'd celebrate our favorite films that similarly managed to blend sci-fi and/or fantasy with comedy. We've gathered posters from 10 of our favorite genre mash-ups and then let Rocket Raccoon test his latest hoverblade gadget on them. It... didn't work so well.
See if you can identify the posters from their cropped images. The first person to correctly name all 10 in the comment section below will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. It's no infinity stone, but it's definitely worth something to the right collector.
Guardians of the Galaxy may just be the best... Read More
Need More 'Sharknado'? See the Awesome Poster for Roger Corman's 'Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda'
If you survived last night’s Sharknado sequel, don’t leave your storm room just yet – there are more deadly sea monsters on the horizon.
Roger Corman is set to unleash the imaginatively titled Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda: A Love Story onto unsuspecting Syfy audiences this Saturday night – and we’ve got some nifty artwork to share from what promises to be the most romantic movie about genetically modified sea creatures with a taste for human flesh released this year.
In the new film, the offspring of Sharktopus goes fin-to-fin with the Pteracuda – which is just what the name describes: a half-barracuda, half-pterodactyl hybrid that’s all business. Robert Carradine and Katie Savoy star in the new film, but both have been upstaged by an... Read More
Watch: The Schmoes Review 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, not only have their Schmoes Know Movie Show on Movies.com—they're reviewing movies for us too. You can watch more of their reviews here.
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This Year's Most-Watched Movie Trailer Might Surprise You
Expect to see infinite headlines about the Sam Taylor-Johnson remake of E. L. James’ best seller Fifty Shades of Grey until its debut on February 13, 2015. What originally started as Twilight fan fiction (yes, really) eventually sold over 100 million copies worldwide in novel form.
Centered on the BDSM relationship between a featherbrained college grad, Anastasia Steele, and a brooding entrepreneur, Christian Grey, James’ book has been adapted for the big screen. The first trailer for the erotic drama made headlines a week ago. That clip has racked up over 36.4 million YouTube views since then, according to tech firm Zefr (so states the Hollywood Reporter). The website goes on to report that the Fifty Shades trailer had the best opening week for any... Read More
Watch James Gunn's 2008 Movie About a Superhero and a Talking Raccoon
People are calling Guardians of the Galaxy a "weird" movie, but in many ways it's the least weird movie of James Gunn's career. The director and cowriter of the latest Marvel cinematic universe installment has always had a strange sense of humor, and the fact that he got his start at Troma Entertainment only nurtured that taste. We'd argue that even his scripts for the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies are at times weirder than anything in GOTG.
If you want to see Gunn's sensibility at its weirdest, though, look to his short films. His first directorial credits include a couple sketches for Troma's Edge TV program in the U.K. One called Sgt. Kabukiman Public Service Announcement and is just Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman ranting about NYC's homeless... Read More
'Into the Woods' Trailer: Check Out Disney's Next Big Movie Musical
Christmas just got a whole lot merrier now that the first teaser trailer for Disney's Into the Woods has arrived online. Due in theaters on Christmas Day, Into the Woods is an adaptation of the popular Broadway musical that mashes up a bunch of iconic fairytale characters into one fantastical story about a couple (played by Emily Blunt and James Corden) who venture into the woods to see about lifting a family curse.
Watch the teaser trailer below.
This first look at what's sure to be one of the biggest films of the holiday season does a great job teasing the spectacle--from the music to the incredible ensemble cast, it's impossible to watch this and not immediately want more. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides... Read More
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