In Hollywood, nothing is more dangerous than an original idea. These days, it’s nearly impossible for studios to justify greenlighting a big-budget movie and sending it out into the heat of summer battle without the armor of a film franchise. It’s too hard to find the right marketing hook to explain a film’s premise in... Read more »
The movie nearly got an R rating for male nudity 20 years ago before becoming an improbable franchise. Now all the players — including Elizabeth Hurley, Robert Wagner, Michael De Luca, Seth Green and others — open up about awful test screenings, shooting at Scientology headquarters and luring Carrie Fisher.
For the first time, 20 years since the classic was first released, James Cameron and others reveal their behind-the-scenes secrets.
As the Oscar-winning blockbuster nears its 20th anniversary, the director looks back at the tense studio negotiations and strategic release plan in connection with a new book on the studio head who greenlit the movie.
Now that 'Fast & Furious 8' is a confirmed smash hit, surely we're all questioning whether the beef was ever for real.
Marvel opened up its offices for a behind-the-scenes look at the studio that dominates Hollywood before a screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
Dear Universal, Vin Diesel, & Family, A plea. After eight films and $4.4 billion and counting, it’s time for the “Fast and the Furious” series to eye the exit ramp. I’m not saying you have to send Dom Toretto into the great garage in the sky without giving him and Letty and Hobbs and the... Read more »
Ten years after it crashed and burned at the box office, exploitation double bill 'Grindhouse' has made a greater impact on movies and pop culture than anyone would have expected.
With the success of ‘Get Out’ and ‘Split,’ and the likelihood of ‘It’ becoming a box office smash, horror cinema seems to be seeing a resurgence in critical and commercial acceptability. Depending on who you talk to, recent years have been either a treasure trove or a wasteland for horror movies. On a cult level, interest in the genre has arguably never been higher, with innumerable websites and blogs covering all things horror and scores of horror-based film festivals and conventions popping up across the globe.
The first official trailer for ‘Justice League’ made its way online, but the reaction has been mixed. The heroes that make up the Justice League (bar Superman, of course). While we’d seen footage of Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming superhero ensemble before, this was the first proper trailer unleashed, and it packed a huge amount into two-and-a-half minutes.
Films are getting longer, but that’s only because audiences’ appetites have only gotten more voracious. Zack Snyder is a filmmaker who will not be constrained by namby-pamby running times. Snyder’s first superhero epic was his most well-received but it wasn’t until Snyder released the Director’s Cut that 24 minutes of essential material was restored to the run-time, including the death of Hollis, extra Rorschach and some crucial Comedian flashbacks.
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.
The cinema landscape is awash with franchises and the movie trilogy has always been a favourite of filmmakers. But what about those writers and directors whose trifecta of films are connected not by specific plot points, but for more abstract, thematic reasons? Here are some of the best.