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.
James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequel feels like it’s been a lifetime in the making, with the follow-up to the 2009 sci-fi adventure still on its way. What’s more, Cameron has confirmed a third, fourth, and fifth instalment will be made, each released in 2020, 2022, 2023. In the Toronto Star, director James Cameron revealed that ‘Avatar 2’ is now delayed yet again, but despite its unconfirmed arrival he did say the remaining four sequels are all one giant entity in terms of getting them made.
To be fair, Sean Connery and Harrison Ford are two ageless men: movie stars who seem forever preserved in cinematic amber. Ford, 74, still dating Calista Flockhart, 52, has never let an age gap worry him.
You’ve heard of movie stars breaking America, and we know some obscure entertainment acts often make it big in Japan, but have you ever heard of anyone being big in Albania? The little country in the Eastern Bloc only has a population of 2.7 million, so they’re not exactly known for producing homegrown talent that shines on the international stage. Albania wasn’t really a fun place to live in the second half of the 20th century.
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.
When you think of films with empowering female characters you might focus on the likes of ‘Erin Brockovich’, ‘Wild’ or ‘The Blind Side’ but in reality the role of women on screen was revolutionised, far before any of these pictures existed, with what started on the pages of a comic book. Despite being portrayed as a man in the comic books for over 50 years, Hollywood broke gender stereotypes casting the brilliant Tilda Swinton as a female version of the character.
In 2013 Jordan Vogt-Roberts, a fresh-faced and clean-shaven 29-year-old director of short comedy films, was riding high at Sundance Film Festival after his his debut feature ‘Kings of Summer’ had been nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Fast forward to March 2017, and the now-heavily bearded filmmaker (seriously, his facial hair puts ZZ Top to shame) is in London to launch his second film, the star-laden, mega-budgeted tentpole ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (in cinemas 9 March). It’s a gargantuan step up for the self-confessed film nerd in pretty much every conceivable way, but for Vogt-Roberts he’s exactly where he aimed to be.
Mia Bays is the producer of 12 features and 4 short films (including 2005 Oscar-winner ‘Six Shooter’, and 2008’s BAFTA-nominated ‘Scott Walker – 30 Century Man’, exec produced by David Bowie ) and Director of Birds Eye View Film, a UK charity that advocates and elevates the female perspective in film, since 2015. Birds Eye View believes in the power of film to reflect and effect change within society. Established in 2002, Birds Eye View ran a film festival until 2014 that showed films by women from all over the world to audiences at the BFI Southbank annually and through touring work and smart female-focused initiatives.
Yahoo Movies visited the set of ‘Wonder Woman’ back in early 2016 to speak to the cast and crew. The film was shooting in Leavesden Studios in Watford (home of The Making Of Harry Potter tour) with the back lot completely transformed into a WW1 trench for our visit. ‘Wonder Woman’ is a follow-up to ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ but is mostly set in 1918, and tells the origin story of the iconic female superhero.
Let’s face it, they do pretty well money-wise in their day jobs on the big and small screen. But for these stars, hocking a product proved really lucrative.