A live-action adaptation of the iconic manga comic (also filmed as a seminal 1988 anime) has been in Hollywood development hell for decades with many huge names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Keanu Reeves, and Christopher Nolan all linked with the project at various stages. 1982-1990 – Katsuhiro Otomo launches his original manga. Set in Neo-Tokyo, 2019 after the nuclear apocalypse, it tells the epic story of youngsters Kaneda, Tetsuo against the backdrop of gang violence, psychic kids and motorbike chases.
Disney has pulled the release of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Malaysia, because film censors said it would only be given a certificate if its now infamous ‘gay moment’ was removed. According to The Guardian, the two main cinema chains in Malaysia had expected to begin showing the film on Thursday but said it had now been postponed. The chairman of the Malaysian film censorship board Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said that he did not know why the movie’s release had been pulled, because a PG13 certificate had been approved as long as the cut was made.
Films about King Kong have a chequered history – for every great Ray Harryhausen stop-motion battle, there’s a cheesy cash-in featuring the mega-monkey’s offspring. Kong survives the fall from the Empire State Building, is fitted with an artificial heart – yes, really – then falls in love with a Lady Kong and has a kid with her.
Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine has brought in the crowds, with ‘Logan’ delivering a sturdy $237.8 million (that’s just shy of £200 million) at the box office. Clearly the r-rated take on Jackman’s troubled hero has proved a draw, this latest iteration from director James Mangold being the most brooding and brutal yet. Presumed to be the final outing for Wolverine, it plays more like a late period John Wayne western than it does like a conventional superhero film’.
It’s not long until audiences get to see the anticipated animation-to-live-action adaptation of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’; with the critics releasing their verdicts on the film.
Guillermo Del Toro broke nerd hearts around the world today when he shared what he says is “the final” word on ‘Hellboy 3’. Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. The 52-year-old Mexican filmmaker wrote and directed 2004’s ‘Hellboy’ and 2008’s ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’, with fan demand for a third film growing ever since.
We got our first introduction to Emma Watson’s singing voice in a snippet from the live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie broadcast during the Golden Globes coverage back in January. But now Disney has revealed an extended clip, as the ‘Harry Potter’ star gets to grips with the opening number ‘Belle’. And those pipes do indeed appear to be rather enviable. Watson’s heroine proceeds through her French village home, as the locals remark upon her general oddness – well, she is singing to herself, but then so is everyone else. ...
30 years ago this month, Hollywood’s best and brightest gathered together to celebrate the greatest cinematic achievements of the year, one of which just happened to be the super-gross practical effects of David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’. Like the Academy honoured Seth Brundle’s grisly transformation from man to fly, we now honour the greatest and most disgusting visual effects in movie history.
With awards season in full swing, it was the turn of the Brits last night to take their time in the limelight at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards last night. Who were the big winners and losers of the night?
The 70th EE British Academy Film Awards just wrapped up at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with ‘La La Land’ the big winner on the night picking up 5 awards from 11 nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress for Emma Stone, Best Original Music, and Cinematography.
Filming on the long-awaited ‘Mary Poppins’ sequel has begun! The Walt Disney Studios confirmed principal photography on ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is now underway at London’s Shepperton Studios in a press release loaded with piles of new supercalifragilisticexpialidocious information. Most excitingly perhaps is the news that Meryl Streep is confirmed to be playing Topsy, Mary’s “eccentric cousin”, while Dick Van Dyke’s role has been revealed to be Mr. Dawes Jr., “the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank”, who we presume is the son of the secondary character he played in the 1964 original. ...
The latest two projects are freaky doll sequel ‘Annabelle 2’ and the remake of Stephen King’s coulrophobic waking nightmare ‘It’, eschewing the really rather lame PG-13 indictment that has dogged so many so-called horror movies in recent years. ‘It’, which is being made by Andrés Muschietti, who made the Spanish supernatural horror ‘Mama’, will land in September. The ‘Conjuring’ spin-off ‘Annabelle 2’, meanwhile, helmed by ‘Lights Out’ director David F. Sandberg, could also now be anticipated as a potentially worrisome affair – and after all ‘Lights Out’ was successfully terrifying.
First there was ‘The LEGO Movie’, this week sees the release of ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’, and next up in the animated LEGO franchise will be ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’, coming to cinemas in October.
The lavish final trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has landed. And there’s the most footage yet of ‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens’ beast, not to mention the reimagining of the film’s theme tune by John Legend and Ariana Grande (originally sung by Angela Lansbury, of course). There are packs of wolves, dazzling set designs, CGI renderings of Lumière (Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Sir Ian McKellen), and villagers with flaming torches lead by Luke Evans’ blusterous Gaston, chanting ‘kill the beast!’. ...
The Bond series has always been a producer-driven affair, going back to the 1960s heyday of the suave British super-spy. Production company Eon may have allowed film-makers of the calibre of Marc Forster (’Monster’s Ball’) and Lee Tamahori (’Once Were Warriors’) to take on 007 over the past two decades, but there’s a reason Quentin Tarantino was never hired despite making it clear he would have loved the job. The ‘Pulp Fiction’ director would have delivered a typically eccentric, stridently idiosyncratic take on Her Majesty’s top secret agent, shifting M’s man radically away from the basic Bond blueprint that has worked so well for decades.
Sienna Miller says being seen as a “celebrity” held her back early in her career and now that she’s stepped back from the limelight she’s being taken more seriously as an actor. Just recently she’s moved on from bit parts in films like ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ to meaty character roles in awards contenders like ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘American Sniper’, ‘High-Rise’, and the new Ben Affleck-directed ‘Live By Night’ (in cinemas now). “I look back on some of the work that i’ve done that I’m very proud of, performance-wise,” Miller explains to Yahoo Movies in our video above.
It might have been over two decades in the making, but the box office response to Martin Scorsese’s latest movie ‘Silence’ has been rather muted. Set in Japan in the 17th century, it finds Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver playing two Jesuit priests sent from Portugal to find their missing mentor. Not quite in the same crowd-pleasing vein as his last movie, the financial romp ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, it’s clearly proved to be a hard sell, though it may still be up for Oscar nominations.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s revivalist musical ‘La La Land’ has swept the board at the nominations for this year’s BAFTAs. The movie received 11 nods in all, including those for Best Movie, Best Actor and Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ also hauled in nine nominations each. Meanwhile, up for Outstanding British film are ‘American Honey’, ‘Denial’, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’, ‘Notes On Blindness’, and ‘Under The Shadow’. ...
Whatever way you look at it ‘Rogue One’, the first of Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ standalone movies directed by Gareth Edwards, has been a roaring success.
Robin Williams really wanted to join ‘Harry Potter’. During an interview with The Huffington Post, ‘Harry Potter’ casting director Janet Hirshenson revealed that the legendary actor and comedian was refused a role due to his nationality. According to Hirshenson, the film’s producers had decided upon a ‘Brits Only’ rule when it came to casting ‘Harry Potter’.
2016 has been another huge year for Hollywood. It has now been projected by comScore, via The Hollywood Reporter, that the box office revenue in 2016 will eventually finish at $11.3 billion, surpassing the $11.14 billion of 2015. On Monday the continuing success of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Sing’ meant that 2016 passed $11.05 billion at the box office, which was 2.3 percent more than this time last year.
Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the ‘Star Wars’ saga, has died at the age of 60 following a cardiac arrest suffered on a plane travelling from London to Los Angeles. A family spokesman released a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, which said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 (PDT) this morning. Following her heart attack on Friday 23 December, Fisher was rushed to hospital where she remained in a critical condition over Christmas.
Peter Jackson classic ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ turned 15 years of age this week and to mark the anniversary star Orlando Bloom has shared some unseen photos from behind the scenes. Bloom, who played elven archer and Fellowship member Legolas in the fantasy epic, shared pictures of him with cast members including Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, stunt doubles and crew members.
The return of a heavy-breathing dark lord, first contact like we’ve never seen it before, a humanitarian scrapping with a CGI bear, a 20-storey Paul Rudd – it’s safe to say that in 2016, we’ve seen it all.