Today in Movie Culture: Darren Aronofsky, 'Big Trouble in Little China,' Hayao Miyazaki, 'The Maze Runner' and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
A supercut of Darren Aronofsky movies this good deserves a name, and it has one: "Pupil" (via The Playlist):
One mom turned her kids' room into a shrine to Toy Story. For more pics, visit the woman's Facebook gallery (via Cinema Blend):
Check out a rocket-powered cat in alternate early scenes that didn't make it into Big Hero 6 (via USA Today):
It sure didn't take long for someone to mash the new Fantastic Four trailer with the Interstellar trailer (via Reddit):
ReAction Figures has a new Big Trouble in Little China series of toys. My favorite is Lo Pan, seen below... Read More
Exclusive 'Fury' Behind-the-Scenes Clip: Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf Champion David Ayers
Fury, which hits Blu-ray and DVD today, is about the five-man crew of a United States army tank that set out on a potentially suicidal mission behind enemy lines to stop the Nazis from gaining a crucial foothold against the Allied armies. Anchoring everything around this single tank and its team already sets it apart from other WWII movies, but what takes it even a step further is that director David Ayer isn't just making a generic action movie with tanks.
War is hell, and few movies show that hellscape better than Fury. Death lingers in nearly every corner of the frame, and this constant visual that the world is burning and crumbling and bleeding around these five men gives the movie this unbelievable sense of dread that's more apocalyptic than most movies that are... Read More
The New 'Ghostbusters': Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones
The '80s reboot-recasting movie news continues today, and while Chris Pratt as Indiana Jones is heavily just a rumor for now, the all-female Ghostbusters lineup has officially filled out a bit. According to various sources, these are the four lucky ladies who will all be bustin' some ghosts:
Those first two names were obvious considering director Paul Feig already worked with both on Bridesmaids, and their names have been swirling around ever since he landed the high-profile remake. If you don't recognize those last two names, however, you may want to tune in to Saturday Night Live. They're both cast members on this current season, and both are very funny comedians primed for a bigger... Read More
Disney Reportedly Wants Chris Pratt As Its New 'Indiana Jones'
Back when Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, all eyes were on Star Wars. And rightfully so, since the main reason Disney wanted the house George Lucas built was so that it could make a new trilogy (and then some). But that was far from the only lucrative property under Lucas' thumb. They also have one of the most beloved film characters of all time in the mix: Indiana Jones.
Since that acquisition, there have been quite a few rumors about a new Indiana Jones movie, but nothing solid has risen to the surface. Now there's a new rumor to throw in the mix, but this one is so obvious and logical that it may very well be true: Disney wants Chris Pratt to headline a new Indiana Jones franchise.
It is strictly a rumor at this point, as Deadline insists Disney won't comment so... Read More
New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: 'Nightcrawler' Sneaks Home Two Weeks Before Disc
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix.
Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods
Fury (WWII-set action-drama; Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena; rated R)
Gone Girl (twisty thriller directed by David Fincher; Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris; rated R)
The Judge (drama; Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton; rated R)
Low Down (drama; John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close; rated R)
My Old Lady (drama; Kevin Kline... Read More
A 'Rush Hour' TV Show Is Coming from the Creator of 'Scrubs'
Buddy-cop comedies used to be all of the rage back in the day. Heck, in the 1980s, movie studios were legally required to make every other movie a cop comedy. (Note: May not be historically accurate.) They waned a bit in the '90s, but then Rush Hour came along and seemed to reinvigorate audience's appetites for mismatched cops coming together to take down a criminal boss.
Since then, the cop comedy has once again gone into a bit of hibernation on the big screen, but it's alive and well on the small screen. Shows like Castle and Elementary are big hits, and they're basically just buddy-cop shows where one of the partners technically isn't a police officer. And since they are still popular in TV land, that's where the Rush Hour franchise is heading.
Or... Read More
'Fantastic Four' Trailer Is Here: The Thing! Johnny Storm! The Negative Zone!
The first teaser trailer for the Fantastic Four reboot has arrived! The superhero movie stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell as the titular quartet and is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle).
Yesterday Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg broke their long silence about the movie, revealing a few unexpected details to Collider. The most surprising of the bunch? Trank's biggest influence on the way he made Fantastic Four wasn't a comic line or another brand of superhero movie, it was the dense, difficult sci-fi of director David Cronenberg.
"I would say that the science fiction of it is a big thing that sets it apart from most of the other superhero genre films. I’m a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic... Read More
Movie News: First Official Look at 'The Fantastic Four'; 'Star Wars' Spin-off Finds a New Writer
The Fantastic Four: Director Josh Trank has shared the first official behind-the-scenes photos from The Fantastic Four. Due in theaters on August 7, the movie teams Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell as the titular superheroes. Trank confirms that it's an origin story, and adds that David Cronenberg's Scanners and The Fly were "big influences on the look of the film." We'll have to wait a few more months to see what, exactly, all that means. [Collider]
Star Wars: A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Gary Whitta, the writer for the first Star Wars spin-off movie, had departed the project. Now comes word that an Academy Award-nominated writer Chris Weitz (About a Boy, Disney's upcoming Cinderella) is replacing him. The... Read More
What's the Best Movie to Watch When You're Snowed In?
While the northeast part of the United States gets bombarded with a blizzard today, a lot of people are snowed in and staying indoors. And we know what's best to do when you're stuck inside the house: watch movies!
But what movies? There are different ways to go, of course, depending on how much you're looking to put things into perspective or experience a necessary level of escapism or finally get through that really long box set you've been putting off for a rainy -- I mean snowy, really snowy -- day.
First, the perspective: what we mean here is the choice of movies that sort of mirror what's happening outside, but giving you a more extreme scenario that makes your blizzard look like a light flurry. There's Snowpiercer, Frozen, Fargo, Ice... Read More
Today in Movie Culture: 'Avengers,' 'The Empire Strikes Back,' 'Blade Runner,' 'Interstellar' and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
Here are two variant covers for the new issue of Empire Magazine, one with the heroes and one with a close-up on the villain of Avengers: Age of Ultron (via First Showing):
Now let's revisit the first Avengers with a trailer in the style of the one for The Watchmen (via Geek Tyrant):
And now, to keep the franchise theme, read these Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic strips in the style of Peanuts. Click on the image to enlarge (via Popped Culture):
Do you want to draw a snowman? It's a good day for it... Read More
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