It’s not quite October, when the time traveling shenanigans of Back to the Futuretake place, but now’s as good a time as any to rewatch the classic adventure film, which turns 35 this year.
The movie—and its two sequels—are set in the fictional California town of Hill Valley, but it was shot entirely in Los Angeles County, and some of its filming locations (Griffith Park and the Gamble House, for instance) are recognizable LA landmarks in their own right.
Here’s a guide to some of the places seen in the film. As its legion of adoring fans well know, most are around and relatively intact in the future that is the present day.
It might surprise some, then, to find that El Dorado bombed at the box office and was mostly panned by critics. The main complaints? That the story was too derivative, the animation too similar to the pantheon of Disney Renaissance movies that came before it, the audience too unclear, the movie too obviously chasing Disney glory.
Watching it now, it’s obvious why it was a miss at the box office back in 2000. El Dorado is the perfect movie for the internet age. Its downfall is that it came just before the rise of the Very Online generation. But it found a second life and a long-lasting legacy, since it came out at the perfect time to make it a nostalgic movie for people who grew up with the internet.
The Road to El Dorado follows two Spanish con artists, the pragmatic Tulio and the idealistic Miguel, who unwittingly land in El Dorado, the City of Gold. Mistaken for gods by the locals, they hatch a scheme to bring back a boatload of gold to Spain and live like kings. Two problems: Conquistador Hernán Cortés is hot on their tails, and El Dorado’s High Priest Tzelkan is beginning to suspect that these two strangers aren’t gods after all. Elton John does the soundtrack, though the movie isn’t a musical. With the exception of one sung-through song (which the movie sets during a party with heavy drinking), all the songs are montages.
It’s a colorful, vibrant adventure-comedy that doesn’t share much with the Disney movies of the previous decade, despite what the critics of the time argued. At the turn of the millennium, Disney had just come out of its Renaissance period, the international hits The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Any animated movie in the immediately ensuing period was always going to look like a copycat endeavor.
Looking back at how El Dorado compares to the movies of the Disney Renaissance, perhaps the only strong comparison is the animation style, with lush backgrounds and 2D character designs. Unlike the sweeping romances, Broadway-style musicals, and coming-of-age tales under the Disney banner, though, El Dorado is a comedy first and foremost. DreamWorks as a studio was still finding its tonal and stylistic footing. 1998’sPrince of Egypt wove a more mature story meant to eschew the notion that animation was just for children, while the studio’s debut, Antz — infamous because of the controversial public feud between DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steve Jobs and John Lasseter of Pixar — was full of crass humor and pretty grim violence.
El Dorado wobbles a line between these two movies: It’s primarily a comedy, it isn’t as crass and referential as Antz. It isn’t a Biblical epic, with the limited and specific audience that implies, but it shares the visual style and mature approach of The Prince of Egypt. It’s a movie caught between animated movies past (with its lush 2D animation that heavily features song-based storytelling) and future (with its emphasis on comedy that appealed to adults and kids.) So it didn’t make sense to audiences of its time. But the aspects of El Dorado that alienated viewers in 2000 helped it stay relevant 20 years later.
El Dorado is full of GIFable moments — hilarious scenes and quippy dialogue that transcend well to short visual formats. Even people without fond memories of rewinding a Road to El Dorado VHS to relive the highlights have probably seen the GIF of Tulio and Miguel nodding and going “Both? Both. Both is good.” There are other popular favorites, too: Miguel furiously strumming his guitar, the duo’s terrified screech, Miguel popping up on the screen to say “Not today.” The GIFs are the most noticeable memes, but fans have also created a fair number of screencap memes. El Dorado’s quippy banter and the range of animated facial expressions make it prime fodder to live on in GIFs. This is the aspect of El Dorado that’s most likely responsible for its wide reach across the internet.
While some of its moments have become memes, El Dorado, unlike other DreamWorks movies Shrek andThe Bee Movie, hasn’t itself become one giant goof. It’s hard to remember what a great movie Shrek actually is after years of interacting with it primarily through videos and images like the infamous “Shrek is Love” meme from 4Chan. El Dorado hit a sweet spot, becoming the rare internet darling that wasn’t mutated by complex internet in-jokes into something absurd. People still interact with its images without thinking about a bunch of dark offshoots.
El Dorado’s memeability isn’t the only thing contributing to its long-lasting impact. The other standout element is the close relationship and quick banter between Tulio and Miguel, which make the characters the most memorable parts of the movie. Tossing actors Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh into the recording booth together was pure electricity. The dynamic of a more cynical schemer and an optimistic idealist is already a great pairing, ripe for comic potential. The fact that both characters are massively incompetent makes the humor even better.
The two share an easy repartee and a fun relationship. For instance, when they’re tossed in a ship’s brig, Tulio comes up with an elaborate escape plan. Miguel listens attentively, wide-eyed and nodding along. Tulio’s plan to row home afterward sounds ridiculous, which primes the audience to assume Miguel will disapprove. And when he asks “We row back to Spain? In a rowboat? That’s your plan?”, it sounds like the audience is right, and he’s about to point out all the reasons it won’t work. Instead, he takes a beat for viewers to set up their expectations. Then he responds enthusiastically. “Well, I like it! So how do we get on deck?”
Tulio and Miguel’s core relationship is perhaps the most memorable part of the whole movie. The two men care for each other, they infuriate each other, their ideals and motivations clash, but in the end, their friendship prevails. It’s a type of camaraderie that isn’t just fun to watch on screen, but prime for offscreen shipping potential.
There’s a pretty prevalent urban legend that the characters of Miguel and Tulio were originally written as a gay couple, and that the femme fatale co-lead, Chel (voiced by Rosie Perez), was only introduced to appease some higher-ups. The claim remains unverified, but the movie’s subtext is enough. The two banter like an old married couple, change easily in front of one another, strip naked to chill in a hot spring, and talk about how they always thought they’d die together. Toss in Chel, and there are plenty of polyamorous headcanons.
Parts of El Dorado don’t hold up. For one, the concept of white dudes being the heroes of a magical native civilization reeks of colonialist overtones. Chel is the movie’s sole speaking female character, and her design is hypersexualized. With two villains, the pacing suffers, especially at the film’s abrupt climax. On a less drastic note, showcasing the Elton John soundtrack without making the movie a musical means long, winding montages; some, like the “Trail We Blaze” sequence, are full of visual gags and fun moments, while others, like the “Friends Never Say Goodbye” number, just drag with scenes of Tulio and Miguel brooding and making angry faces at each other.
But while movie’s pacing suffers from its descent into lengthy animated Elton John music videos, the characters are dynamic and the story is pleasantly absurd. DreamWorks movies tend to have less straightforward plotlines than Disney films. El Dorado is pretty tame compared to, say, The Bee Movie, where an adult woman leaves her fiancé because she fell in love with Jerry Seinfeld’s bee-sona. The way Miguel and Tulio get through the whole movie by lying, scheming, and just barely managing to pull off great feats isn’t anything like previous Disney heroes, like kind-hearted Belle, fearless Pocahontas, or resilient Quasimodo. Even Disney heroes who lie about their identities either ‘fess up (Aladdin) or do it for the greater good (Mulan). But Tulio and Miguel lie and scheme for riches and adventure — and while they do sacrifice their gold to save the day, no one ever has qualms about the lying and scheming.
The overall message of friendship and adventure taking precedence over gold is true to the tone of the movie. But the lying and scheming is part of what makes the movie so funny and memorable. Miguel and Tulio are so incompetent that they somehow circle back around to being competent. A popular Tumblr post compares the movie to a Dungeons and Dragons campaign where the players only roll 1s and 20s. It’s generally hilarious to watch the characters’ antics unfold on screen. Say what you want about the adventure part of El Dorado, but the movie nailed the buddy-comedy aspect perfectly.
Twenty years after its release, The Road to El Dorado has defied poor critical reviews and bombing box office. Its easily packaged humorous moments weren’t appreciated at its time, but as people who grew up with the movie also grew up with online communities, they took their appreciation to the internet. While the adventure and the plot’s historical aspects aren’t perfect, the characters’ dynamic has transcended the pacing issues and other irritations. El Dorado’s reputation has been reclaimed by generations of people who’ve recontextualized the movie outside of the Disney shadow it was stuck under in 2000.
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I was 12 in a time before there was streaming, before there was Blockbuster, when someone with a VCR in their home boasted playground status roughly equivalent to the captain of the football team combined with the kid whose parents ran a newsagent and could get you free sweets. So your favourite film was either one you had seen a single time in the cinema, or one you had seen on one of the three television channels. In practice it was likely to the latter, because they were the only ones you were able to see more than once.
Certain films retained their blockbuster status on TV. Even though they had been made years before, they were repeated frequently over public holidays. The Great Escape was one, but my favourite – the one that thrilled me to the bone – was Where Eagles Dare. I say it was my favourite film when I was 12, but it was my favourite film when I was 10 as well, and when the great film writer David Thomson asked me a few years ago to name my three favourite films, it was still one then. I’ve just rewatched it, and while I accept there are more emotionally rewarding movies, it was 155 minutes I didn’t begrudge.
It’s not that Where Eagles Dare was a family favourite, one we all sat down to watch together. My mother never much cared for action films; my dad fancied himself a bit of an arthouse buff – the films I recall watching with my family were the old seasons that BBC Two used to show: Hitchcock, Chabrol, Malle and so on. (I just tried thinking of sitting in the living room with my whole family, and the film that sprang to mind was Lacombe, Lucien. Pretentious, moi?) Maybe I loved Where Eagles Dare because it was mine, my solitary pleasure.
It’s hard to credit now, but when I was a kid in the 1970s and 80s, the second world war was pretty much the heart of childhood entertainment: I am of the generation that grew up assuming “Schnell!” and “Achtung!” were pretty much the only words anyone from Germany ever spoke. I watched 633 Squadron and The Bridge at Remagen; I read novels by Sven Hassel; I played with Airfix Afrika Korps soldiers and built models of HMS Hood and the battleship Tirpitz; in the playground, we played the game simply known as “War”, in which everyone divided into English and German and pretended to shoot each other. (It was tacitly agreed that, whichever side you were on, the English got to win.) But Where Eagles Dare seemed to stand, somehow, above that. It was – and I use the word advisedly – classier than the competition.
Even when I was young, Where Eagles Dare looked different. Unlike so many shoot-’em-up-and-churn-’em-out war movies, it was filmed largely on location, in Austria and Bavaria. The Schloss Adler is a real castle; the Alpine village is a real village; the cable car to the castle is a real cable car. It had a brilliant theme tune by Ron Goodwin, over a brilliant opening-credits sequence of a Junkers Ju 52 flying through the Alps at night. It had a pair of proper A-list stars, in Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood (albeit the script required Burton to do little more than bark orders and Eastwood merely to shoot anyone who crossed his path). It had a screenplay by Alastair MacLean, then the king of adventure novelists. And it had stunts – the most daring stunts seen in movies when it was made in 1968, which still looked spectacular more than a decade later: the jump from the cable car, which was real, though to my mind not as thrilling as the sight of Burton and Eastwood (well, their stunt doubles) riding the roof of the car, the valley far beneath them, as they ascend to the Schloss Adler.
Where Eagles Dare is more than a war film, though. I’m not about to claim it’s a meditation on the human condition, because it plainly isn’t, but it skips across genres with a kind of abandon. At various times it is a heist movie (get into impregnable target, get goods, get out), an odd-couple movie (Burton and Eastwood are clearly a very odd couple, even if they don’t ever argue), a suspense movie (will the evil Gestapo major figure out that Mary Ure is One of Ours? Will she give the game away by mistake?) – and it has the brilliant and bonkers central sequence in which Burton bamboozles everyone by swapping sides again and again as he both explains and unravels the plot. That section has more in common with Sleuth than it does The Dirty Dozen.
By modern standards, it’s a leisurely film. The first shots are fired after 50 minutes; the first action sequence is after 59; it’s an hour and 24 minutes in before Burton reveals his multiple-cross; and only after that does the movie enter the period of maximum shooting. It depends on plot and scenario much more than it does on explosions, even though the last hour is constant explosions. It’s the kind of action film I still like, in which you don’t get a headache from constant gunfire.
It’s often terrible, too. The dialogue is cursory (“Some people have a sixth sense. He has a sixth, a seventh and an eighth. He’s our best agent”); poor Ingrid Pitt appears to have been cast as a pair of tits; it rather strains credulity that a group of men who, Eastwood apart, look more like a bank’s darts team than hardened killers have been sent to storm a Nazi fortress. But if you can’t suspend disbelief at the movies, where can you?
A few years ago I made my son sit down with me one half-term to watch Where Eagles Dare. He was the right age for it, I told him. He’d understand why I’d spent years telling him what a great film it was, how much more exciting it was than the things he liked. At the end I turned to him and explained how the stunts were real, how dangerous it all was, what a pioneering film it had been. “They should have used greenscreen,” he replied. “Might have actually made it interesting.”
In Space… No Once Can Hear the hundreds of thousands of Alien fans screaming for some word on the fate of their beloved Alien franchise!
Disney have announced via their official website that a new Alien film is currently in production and is slated for an April 1st, 2022 release date. The title for the new film is currently unknown but sources speculate the film will deviate from the established Prometheus lore created by Ridley Scott and venture into deeper space – uncovering new mysteries surrounding the universe’s Xenomorph infestation. The brief synopsis does mention the iconic Weyland-Yutani corporation however, so we can expect the company to be at the forefront of whatever is to come next:
5 Years after visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott introduced audiences Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in the iconic Alien saga will be uncovered. Releasing April 1st, 2022, Disney and 20th Century Studios invite you to embark on a perilous journey with Weyland-Yutani to the far reaches of space to further explore the Xenomorph terrors which await.
If you’ve read this far and your heart is beginning to race like a Chestburster is eager to exit your rib cage, then I must apologize. If you haven’t clued in yet, today is April Fool’s Day and unfortunately this is merely a joke and none of the above mentioned information is true.
I realize this may anger some of you, myself included are of the majority disappointed by the lack of Alien news being shared since Disney took control of Fox film assets. Every year we take part in April Fool’s Day with a joke. If anything – despite angering some of our fellow fans by pulling on a few heart strings – I hope this piece brings fresh light to the Alien franchise and ignites discussion once again on the prospect of continuing the franchise on in some form or another!
I hope this transmission reaches Disney and they get to work on that new Alien film / TV series so many of us are eagerly waiting for…
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The state of the Alien: Covenant sequel continues to remain uncertain. Ridley Scott has mentioned previously that they have a story already in place and know exactly where the sequel to Covenant will go, however the recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox film properties by Disney have potentially put the rumored-to-be-titled Alien: Awakening on hold for the time being. As new details arise concerning Alien: Covenant 2 we will be your premiere source and you can find information on the Covenant sequel by visiting the About Alien: Awakening page here.
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“Star Wars” actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76.
The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach for actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, died in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday, Jack’s agent Jill McCullough said in a statement.
“Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach,” McCullough said.
Jack appeared in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” as General Ematt, as well as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”
His wife, Gabrielle Rogers, who is quarantined in Australia, posted on social media: “Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”
We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.
Passengers arriving in Australia must isolate in hotels for two weeks.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Greg Grunberg, who co-starred with Jack in Star Wars, wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. Please stay safe. Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack.”
Hiroshi Tanahashi’s family smash to be available as part of NJPW Together!
With Hiroshi Tanahashi starring in the tale of a former top-flight, fan-favourite wrestler trying to reclaim a bond with both the public and his son, My Dad is a Heel Wrestler took Japanese cinemas by storm.
It’s with great pleasure that NJPW World presents the hit movie from April 4 at midnight JST on NJPW World, complete with English subtitles!
As the NJPW Together project continues, get together with your whole family, wrestling fans or not, and enjoy this heart-warming smash!
From April 4, we are excited to bring you the movie ‘My Dad is a Heel Wrestler’ with English subtitles.
However, there are some geographical and time restrictions to streaming the movie, as outlined below.
From within Japan:
The movie can be streamed between April 4 2020 and April 3 2021.
The movie can be streamed in America, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Germany only.
The movie can be streamed between April 4 2020 and September 3 2020.
Following its $760 million worldwide box-office haul, the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham-led “Fast and Furious” franchise spin-off “Hobbs & Shaw” is getting its inevitable sequel.
In an Instagram Live Q&A, Johnson confirmed that another installment is looking to be added to his already busy upcoming schedule: “We are developing now the next film, the next [Hobbs & Shaw] movie, and I’m pretty excited about it…Just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we’re going to go.”
Reviews for the first film were fairly good. No word if his co-stars like Jason Statham and Vanessa Kirby or director David Leitch and screenwriter Chris Morgan will be back, though it’s likely.
One thread likely to be picked up is the identity of the Eteon corporation head and boss of the first film’s villain Brixton (Idris Elba). Only heard as an altered voice, Leitch and Morgan both reportedly want Keanu Reeves for the part and should Reeves’ schedule have a gap – he could well do it.
Good news for everyone who spent their tween and teen years playing Dragon’s Lair in the ’80s: The Hollywood Reporterwrites that the classic arcade game is getting a live-action movie adaptation, courtesy of Netflix. But that’s not all—according to the publication, Ryan Reynolds is in talks to star and produce.
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There’s no word on what role the actor might play in the adaptation, but based on the characters in the 1983 game, we can probably make an educated guess. Created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth (who also did the animation), Dragon’s Lair has you playing as a knight named Dirk the Daring, tasked with saving the Princess Daphne, who’s been trapped by the dragon Singe in the wizard Mordroc’s castle. While it’s unknown at this time how closely Netflix will stick to the game’s storyline and premise, our money’s on Reynolds being a contender for the role of Dirk.
This isn’t the first Dragon’s Lair adaptation. Back in the ’80s, ABC aired a half-hour animated show based on the game, and multiple attempts have been made to do a live-action adaptation since then. Back in 2015, Bluth and frequent collaborator Gary Goldman made a Kickstarter for an animated prequel film, but the project has since been canceled.
Netflix’s Dragon’s Lair will be produced by Bluth, Goldman, Roy Lee, Trevor Engelson, and Jon Pomeroy, according to THR, while Dan and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie; Scary Movies to Tell in the Dark) will write the script. Netflix has yet to announce a release date.
Can you believe it has been 30 years since the first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie hit theaters? Many expected the movie to be a quiet flop that ninja kicked into theaters before cartwheeling out after just one weekend. But a surprising thing happened. The movie was a huge hit, and a big screen franchise was born. Now, go back to where it all began with one of the co-creators of this legendary comic series that spun off into TV shows, movies, books, toys, video games, food and just about anything else you can imagine.
Co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman has announced this weekend that he wants to watch the first movie with you all hunkered in the bunker. Here’s what the man had to say for himself.
The #WatchTMNTWithMe event sounds pretty exciting. Kevin Eastman has some interesting things planned throughout the rest of 2020 to celebrate the movie, the first of three in a trilogy. He recently shined the spotlight on Mark Martin’s 1990 parody book Green-Grey Sponge-Suit Sushi Turtles. He is showing off art from the book on his homepage.
You can check out the art at Kevin Eastman Studios. Last week, Kevin Eastman sent out an inspiring letter to finds in this time of turmoil. He had this to say.
So, hurry to the local store and pick up some frozen pizza if you can find some, hurry back, hunker down, and enjoy the classic original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s going to be a pizza party.
The next James Bond movie may not be out until November, but those looking for an injection of murder, mystery and mayhem can find solace in Season Three of Killing Eve, which is set to arrive two weeks early. All eight episodes will premiere Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. EST on BBC AMERICA and AMC.
“We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now,” Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios said in a release. “This season of Killing Eve digs deep psychologically, and with actors like Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw the results are nothing short of astonishing. We literally couldn’t wait for fans to see it.”
When last we left assassin Villanelle (Comer) and ex-MI6 operative Eve (Oh), the former had shot the latter and left her for dead after a brief love affair and a complicated job involving a famous tech bigwig. The new trailer finds the assassin enjoying her singledom, curiously dressing as a clown at a child’s birthday party and flouncing around in her characteristically fabulous outfits. Soon, however, she discovers what we suspected all along: Eve is alive. Cue Villanelle’s inextinguishable fury — and passion.
“All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again,” the release teases. “The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family and allegiances…and perhaps a share of their souls.”
Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead) is the lead writer for Season Three of Killing Eve. Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Fleabag fame previously wrote for the show and serves as executive producer. The show is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings.
Netflix is trying to stay in the Ryan Reynolds business, while also looking to get in on the high-profile video game adaptation trend at the same time. The streaming service is currently working on a movie based on the 1980s classic arcade game Dragon Slayer. Reynolds is being eyed not only to star in the movie, but also produce as well.
According to a new report, Ryan Reynolds, star of Deadpool and The Hitman’s Bodyguard, is currently in talks for the project. Should the deal close, Reynolds will star in Dragon’s Lair, as well as produce via his Maximum Effort production company. Roy Lee is also on board as a producer through his company Vertigo Entertainment, as is Trevor Engelson for Underground Films. Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Jon Pomeroy are also attached as producers. Dan and Kevin Hageman (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The LEGO Movie) are set to pen the screenplay. There is no word yet on who might end up in the director’s chair.
It’s said that Netflix spent a year trying to lock down the rights to the game. Dragon’s Lair was created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth. Released in 1983, it was revolutionary at the time. The arcade game used Laserdisc technology, which made for groundbreaking graphics that were far ahead of their time. The video game has earned its place in pop culture history and has been referenced in several popular shows including Family Guy and Stranger Things. Simply speaking, the game centers on a knight, Dirk the Daring, who is tasked with rescuing Princess Daphne from the evil dragon Singe and a wizard named Mordroc.
Should the project move forward as planned, it would mark the third major collaboration between Ryan Reynolds and Netflix. The streaming service previously worked with the 43-year-old star on 6 Underground, last year’s big-budget Michael Bay action flick, as well as Red Notice, an original thriller from director Rawson Thurber that will also star Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. This also comes at a time when it seems Hollywood has started to crack the code on video game adaptations after years of trial and error. Sonic the Hedgehog recently did well both critically and commercially, as did 2019’s Detective Pikachu. Coincidentally, the Pokemon flick featured Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu.
This will also mark the second collaboration between Dan and Kevin Hageman and Ryan Reynolds. The Hagemans penned the screenplay for The Croods 2, which is currently set to arrive in theaters in December. Reynolds also has the 20th Century Studios action/comedy Free Guy on deck. At present, it’s set to arrive in July, but given the uncertainty floating around Hollywood right now, that date could shift. Reynolds has also completed The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, a sequel to the 2017 comedy co-starring Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, which is slated for August. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.
Build-A-Bear has continued to be the perfect gift for adults and children of all ages, as it has an enormous collection of cuddly creations ranging from anime, video games, and even horror, but are any more hauntingly beautiful than these (not-so) new additions?
Announced before Halloween last year, a range of bears featuring two of The Nightmare Before Christmas’s most iconic personalities, Jack Skellington and Sally, were available to purchase for you soft-hearted horror fanatics.
The bear displays Jack Skellington’s signature stitched-on grin and round black eyes. Both bears come complete with outfits and song clips and will cost you around $55 if you wish to buy the Jack bear.
If you are interested in collecting your very own lovable The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington or Sally, you can do so HERE!
The hit Disney Halloween/Christmas movie was first released to American audiences back in 1993 and follows Jack Skellington as he attempts to bring Christmas back home, causing controversy among the residents of Halloween Town.
Chris Sarandon (as Jack Skellington), Catherine O’Hara (as Sally), William Hickey (as the Evil Scientist), Glenn Shadix (as the Mayor), Paul Reubens (as Lock), Ken Page (as Oogie Boogie), Edward Ivory (as Santa), Susan McBride (as the Big Witch), and more all featured in the animated horror classic.
Henry Selick, the Oscar nominee, has earned an Annie Award for his work on The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Aside from awards, The Nightmare Before Christmas has been nominated for Cahiers du Cinéma’s Top 10 Film Award, a Saturn Award in the Best Director category, and a Hugo Award in the Best Dramatic Presentation category.
If you are a big ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ fan, you HAVE to check out this adorable but creepy Zero the dog lamp which looks incredible when lit up. You can find it HERE!
In the United States, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was released in two movie theaters in December to qualify for the Academy Awards, but had its official domestic release on Valentine’s Day. Its platform release was interrupted by theater closures amid the coronavirus pandemic. It grossed $3.7 million in the U.S., and more than $23 million globally.
The film, set in 1770, stars Noémie Merlant as Marianne, who is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a young woman who has just left a convent — they fall in love. The Sciamma film has drawn rave reviews. Variety’s Peter Debruge called it a “gorgeous, slow-burn lesbian romance.”
Hulu confirmed that “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was premiering on the streaming service earlier than planned. “The film was scheduled for later this spring but we moved it up a little because the theatrical run, which began 2/14, was cut short,” a spokesperson told Variety.
The shutterings of movie theaters have caused a cascade of films to be rushed to digital services, including Universal’s “The Invisible Man,” “The Hunt” and “Emma,” along with the Warner Bros. films “The Way Back” and “Birds of Prey,” Pixar’s “Onward” and Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog.”
Hulu has given us a first look at the new show from Rick and Mortyco-creator Justin Roiland and former head writer Mike McMahan. Titled Solar Opposites, the show has an uncanny resemblance to the creator’s typically bonkers style.
The show is about an alien family that escapes to Earth, not realizing that the planet is infested with humans. They settle into suburban America and have to do their best to blend in. Their only mission is to protect “the Pupa,” a living supercomputer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them, and terraform the Earth.
Solar Opposites‘ full first season will release on Hulu on May 8. The series stars Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) and Mary Mack (Golan the Insatiable), as well as Roiland himself. And, if the new trailer is anything to go by, the show will channel a lot of the same outrageously in-your-face humor that made Rick and Morty so good.
Widely considered to be one of last year’s best genre films, The Witch director Robert Eggers‘ new movie The Lighthouse came home earlier this year, and now it’s headed to Prime.
The Lighthouse will begin streaming on Amazon Prime on April 16th!
The film stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers losing their grip on reality. A24 describes it as “a hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.” In other words, the perfect movie to watch while you’re stuck at home, self isolating and slowly losing your mind!
Serena Fischer reviewed The Lighthouse for us last year, calling it “a nightmare at sea.” She continued, “Whereas The Witch favored leaving more of the supernatural elements up to the viewers’ imaginations, The Lighthouse presents a montage of gothic-horror imagery coupled with a growing sense of cabin fever and isolation, at times akin to the closed-in atmosphere of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The film’s tiny aspect ratio (1.19:1, to be exact) further adds to its sense of confinement, while its haunting sound design lends it a truly nightmare-like feel. This is certainly a film that will stick around in people’s heads for a long, long time.”
Other genre titles coming to Amazon Prime in April include I Am Legendon April 1st, Rambo: Last Bloodon April 10th and standout sequel Paranormal Activity 3on April 20th.
Stuart Gordon, the film-maker who shot to prominence with the mid-80s cult horror film Re-Animator before co-creating the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series, has died aged 72. His family confirmed the news to Variety magazine; the cause was not released.
Gordon, who was born and grew up in Chicago, began producing radical theatre shows as a student, setting up a company in 1968 called Screw Theater. He staged an anti-war adaptation of Peter Pan (inspired by the Democratic convention riots of that year) which got him and his then girlfriend (and later wife) Carolyn Purdy arrested for obscenity; the case received national attention but the charges were later dropped. He then set up shop as the Organic Theater – described as a “take-off-your-clothes, scream and bleed theater” – which he ran for 16 years: among its successes was the Gordon-directed premiere production of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago in 1974.
Gordon moved into film in the mid-80s, and Re-Animator was his directorial debut: adapting HP Lovecraft’s short-story series, Gordon planned first to create a stage play, then a TV show, before getting backing from producer Brian Yuzna for a feature film. Released in 1985, its mix of gruesome, bloodsoaked special effects (reputedly inspired by photographs of corpses from the Cook County morgue) and savage humour, made it a cult hit, and a key part of the mid-80s comedy-horror wave that included The Evil Dead and The Toxic Avenger.
However, Gordon’s directing career failed to ignite and he returned to sci-fi and horror films, making battling-robot pic Robot Jox (1990), futuristic-prison yarn Fortress (1992) and comedy Space Truckers (1996). In 2003 he adapted Charlie Higson’s noir novel King of the Ants and collaborated again with Mamet on a film version of Edmond (2005). His final directorial credit was Stuck (2009), another comedy horror with Stephen Rea as a hobo wedged in nurse Mena Suvari’s car windscreen.
In 2011, Gordon turned Re-Animator into a successful stage musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Nutter, and featuring copious fake blood in the “splash zone” – the first few rows of the auditorium.
Gordon and Purdy married in 1968, with Purdy regularly appearing in his films – notable for her characters’ frequently spectacular death scenes.
Star Trek’s Sir Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare for Lonely Fans
To entertain fans that might feel lonely during the coronavirus pandemic, sir Patrick Stewart, who before being known as Captain Picard in Star Trek: TNG was a Shakespearian actor, posted this video of himself reading Sonnet 1 and Sonnet 116. Watch below!
2. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn’t much) and as she put it in front of me she would say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So…here we go: Sonnet 1. pic.twitter.com/kDoMNhdqcI
If the prospect of staying home for three months â€“ or possibly more â€“Â seems an insurmountable (though of course necessary) task, thenÂ MUBIÂ is offering some cultural relief.Â Responding to the closure of cinemas across the country, and the world,Â the streaming serviceÂ is inviting users to enjoy three months of film for just Â£1, available to watch online, on yourÂ mobile, tablet, TV or gaming consoles.
For those yet to encounter MUBI, it is a world away from Netflix: each day, their team hand-picks a new film which is then available to watch for 30 days. With films spanning from little-known treasures of cinema past to contemporary indies, the curated list takes awayÂ the need for the endless scrolling encountered on other streaming services.
Films currently on show on MUBI include Claire Denisâ€™ 2018 sci-fiÂ horrorÂ High Life, Ingmar Bergmanâ€™s 1978 dramaÂ Autumn SonataÂ â€“ alongside other Bergman movies as part of â€˜The Inner Demons of Ingmar Bergmanâ€™ season â€“Â andÂ Park Chan-wookâ€™s 2005 mysteryÂ Lady Vengeance.Â
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is certainly a massive success, there have been a few misses. MCU fans are currently debating on social media about whether Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 is the worst movie out of all of them. The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of people indoors these days, leading to fun-spirited arguments like this. For some, picking their least favorite movie is like a parent choosing between their kids. For others, the decision is clear cut and needs no argument.
Just a cursory glance at Twitter proves that a lot of people seem to think that Thor: The Dark World is the clear winner amongst most MCU fans. It has the lowest rating out of any of the movies on Rotten Tomatoes, hanging out with a 66% Fresh Rating, and has been called out as a mess for years. Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki seems to be one of the only bright spots that MCU fans can agree on, which has been declared numerous times throughout this social media debate.
As for Iron Man 3, it has its detractors too. It is towards the bottom of the MCU list on Rotten Tomatoes with a 79% Fresh Rating. However, that places it at number 16 out of 23. Some fans seem to believe that Iron Man 2 should have been the one in the running, while others are going crazy because The Incredible Hulk isn’t getting all of the negative attention that it truly deserves. Whatever the case may be, the general consensus is that Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are the black sheep of the family.
Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 were not the only MCU movies to get dragged over the weekend on social media. There are more than a few fans who have different opinions as to what is the worst, with Captain Marvel getting its fair share of hate, along with Thor: Ragnarok. And former Bob Iger absolutely hated Iron Man 2. As is the case with anything like this franchise, you can’t please everybody and everybody is entitled to their own opinions, though one might suspect that there’s some trolling going on for some attention. It just wouldn’t be the internet without some good old fashioned trolling.
The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of people hunkered down at home in an effort to stop or slow the spreading. The world is full of questions and there are not a whole lot of answers going around at the moment, so it’s nice to have something like the MCU to debate about. People are using social media as they practice social distancing and it has given a lot of fun over the past few weeks. The MCU is still producing movies, so there could be an all-new least-favorite installment still on the way. You can head over to the official Marvel website to see a list of all the MCU movies and then check out some of the debate below.
NOW THAT I KNOW WHY THOR 2 AND IRON MAN 3 ARE TRENDING I THOUGHT WE ALREADY AGREED AS A FAMILY THAT INCREDIBLE HULK WAS THE WORSE MARVEL FILM? THIS DEBATE HAS BEEN OVER FOR YEARS pic.twitter.com/VdlhEkEjth
— Zay (@JustZay16)
Compared to Daredevil and Electra, Iron Man 3 deserves and Oscar
— Juandissimo Magnifico (@IsNotTheFather)
Currently watching Iron Man 3 …started watching on Wednesday at the end now…🙈
Thor 2 is trending and I don’t care if you all think that this movie is a mess or not. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that Tom Hiddleston was top notch in this film and that Loki’s few scenes basically saved the whole thing from flopping entirely. pic.twitter.com/svLVzC8gXG
— Cade Grimm ☀️ LOKI SERIES ४ (@CadeRGrimm)
Iron Man 3 was disappointing, personally, bc I was looking forward to Ben Kingsley playing a large role in the movie, but Thor 2 is the worse of the two, and by far the worst MCU film to date. Which makes Ragnarok all the more impressive, following that horrible film.
Legendary filmmaker John Carpenter has announced that his long-dormant “Live Laugh Love” trilogy will finally see completion at Amazon Studios, and we can’t wait to “OBEY” his invitation for a movie date! Set in the world of his beloved 1988 sci-fi romp “They Live,” sequels “They Laugh” and “They Love” are slated for multi-platform release in the second and fourth quarters of next year.
“Believe it or not ‘They Live’ was always my most spiritual film, and these long-awaited sequels will make that clear” the 72-year-old director said in a surprise Instagram Live video. “Yes, it’s about learning to see the ideological distortions underpinning consumerism, but it’s also about learning to giggle in the autumn breeze, to smell the moonlight on a midnight beach, to dance like nobody’s watching you through your television.”
“Obviously, none of this would be happening without Amazon Studios,” Carpenter added. “Seriously. Like, it’s literally impossible for mid-budget artists to tell stories to a mass audience without the involvement of companies like Amazon.”
Picking up immediately after the 1988 film—in which (spoiler!) Nada and Frank’s high jinks revealed a race of elite alien overlords to humanity, “They Laugh” and “They Love” will follow a fresh cast of human characters as they compartmentalize the implications of their servitude and learn to live and grow alongside their extra-terrestrial masters.
“They Laugh” will follow Kumail Nanjiani as a milquetoast comedian competing on an alien talent show for a lucrative sponsorship deal, while “They Love” is planned to center around a plucky career alien’s romantic entanglement with two working-class Franco brothers. Andy Serkis slated to play all of the aliens.
Producers were quick to assure fans that while much has changed, the new films will still feature many familiar elements of the “They Live” brand, including Nada’s fabulous magical sunglasses, archival footage of John Lawrence as “Bearded Man,” and a ten-minute bravura fight sequence only tangentially related to the plot.
Some high profile celebs have been freaking out about the announcement, including Chris Evens, Miley Cyrus, and Slovenian philosopher and pop culture analyst Slavoj Žižek: “These are the sequels for which I would have sold to a witch the left tit of my grandmother,” said Žižek in an artfully shot black and white Patreon vlog. “To live, within ideology, is, I think, to be enslaved to the fetish of collective false consciousness, but to live, laugh, love? This, I think, reminds me of sandals at the beach, and of kissing in the rain, and so on.”
“They Laugh” and “They Love” will be available for consumption in 2021; no further action is required at this time.
Her sizzling looks and ability to transform into many different characters on screen really gives her a unique edge. MGM mostly like to pick actresses just on the cusp of becoming big and helping that push, that is where is at.
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Cara ticks many boxes. She appeals to a younger audience, has screen fighting experience and is English too. They also feel she could play a fierce spy working alongside the main protagonist who of course can play both sides.
This role would not be arm candy, but a kick ass strong character
It was also revealed on ITV’s Lorraine that Daniel Craig is pretty much a dead cert to return as everyone’s favourite spy.
This puts to bed speculation of a successor to the role after Craig reportedly said that he would rather “slit his wrists” than play Bond again.
It’s also great that they’re thinking about giving the Bond girl a more meaty role, whether it’s played by Delevingne or not.
To be fair, they say that every time and look how it turns out.
Disney announced in a press release that Onward will be listed as available for digital purchase starting March 20 at 8/7c on Xbox, the Playstation Store, and the Microsoft Store. Slash Film reports that FandangoNow and Vudu listed the Pixar film as being up for pre-order to watch soon. The film will be available for purchase for $19.99.
The animated film is just the latest to offer an early release in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Emma, Trolls World Tour, The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and Birds of Prey also announced early releases so fans can enjoy them while social distancing.
“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae said in a statement.
Disney already bumped up another Disney+ release for Frozen 2 with the goal of “surprising families with some fun and joy during this challenging period.” While it isn’t surprising the corporation would bump Onward, it’s very much appreciated by parents trying desperately to fill their kids’ days.
Onward made headlines several months back when Pixar announced it was officially introducing its first-ever animated LGBTQ character. Lena Waithe is voicing a self-identified LGBTQ character Cyclops cop by the name of Officer Specter, Rae confirmed the news to Yahoo Entertainment. “It just kind of happened,” she said during the interview. “The scene, when we wrote it, was kind of fitting and it opens up the world a little bit, and that’s what we wanted.”
Onward, starring Chris Pratt and Tom Holland who play two elf brothers, is set in a fantasy universe with mystical creatures, including wizards and centaurs, who have lost their magic roots. Their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, challenging obstacles, and discoveries that are sure to keep kids and adults captivated (which we could all use right about now).
Thank you to Disney for giving our kids something to look forward to when their lives are being turned upside down.
With so many people fighting over toilet paper in grocery stores across the United States, fans of The Dark Knight are starting to feel that Heath Ledger’s Joker was right all along. In a very memorable scene from the popular 2008 movie, Christian Bale’s Batman interrogates the Joker in an effort to glean more information from the supervillain by seeing what makes him tick. During the tense encounter, the Joker maintains that he’s really not so different from the rest of us, arguing that many others would head down a similar path as soon as they’re removed from their own comfort zones.
“See, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be,” Heath Ledger’s Joker explains to Batman in The Dark Knight. He adds: “I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster, I’m just ahead of the curve.” In the movie, the dialogue serves as an eerie way for the supervillain to explain away his dastardly and terroristic crimes in Gotham City. Now, however, many fans of the movie are turning to social media to insist that maybe the Clown Prince of Crime’s words hit closer to home than we thought at the time.
Further emphasizing that point is a video floating around social media which edits in recent footage from grocery store brawls over toilet paper to the audio of Joker’s Dark Knight dialogue. There’s certainly something creepy about watching two people who appear to be very “ordinary” on the outside, looking like our very neighbors, turning to aggression and even violence over a package of Viva brand bath tissue in a small town grocery store. It would almost be humorous if it wasn’t so sad. You can see what I mean by watching the video in the tweet below.
Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker in The Dark Knight is still highly revered by Batman fans and filmgoers alike. Though he passed away before the movie was released, Ledger still posthumously earned an Oscar for his role for Best Supporting Actor. Although Joaquin Phoenix turned in his own Oscar-winning performance as the Joker in last year’s Joker movie from director Todd Phillips, many fans still prefer Ledger as the ultimate Clown Prince of Crime. That’s partially due to the unforgettable and iconic performance Ledger gave to the character, which many insist will never be beaten.
Still, for as popular as the character continues to be, I don’t believe anybody wants the Joker to be right, even if it feels that he is. Perhaps his words can be seen as a warning, reminding us that it’s better for us to take care of one another rather than turning on each other over toilet paper. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all, so perhaps we should aim to be more like Batman and the Justice League by looking to get through the dark situation together. You can see what other Dark Knight fans are saying about the Joker being right by looking at the tweets below.
This week especially has shown us all how we can get creative and come together in a time of need. From watching Hallmark holiday movies in March to coming together with people all over the world to see Mo Willems draw, the internet has been full of amazing, innovative activities that we can all enjoy from home.
The best thing I have found to keep me entertained while we’re stuck at home is a Harry Potter Themed Digital Escape Room and it’s completely free!
So, how does a virtual escape room work? Starting out, you’re told that this is your first year at Hogwarts. With your house already chosen, you’re told that this is going to be a team building activity.
During this activity, you will be watching clips from Harry Potter movies, answering questions from the clips, heading into Gringotts where you’ll have to figure out the exchange rate between sickles and galleons, figure out how to do different spells and much, much more!
At first, I completed the escape room on my own so I could get a sense of what it was like. It was pretty funny looking at things like a cell phone and keypad as a wizard seeing these strange devices for the first time.
Then, I asked my youngest son if he’d like to come and do it with me. Of course he said yes! I mean, what kid wouldn’t be excited for a Harry Potter escape room!
Doing the virtual escape room with someone else was much more fun because we were able to talk about what it might look like if we were actually there and help each other out when converting the sickles and galleons.
I love how it sparked his imagination and made him really think about what it would be like to visit the wizarding world.
It was really fun to see some of the trailers for the films, which were released so long ago! I mean, Daniel Radcliffe looks like a baby in the trailer for the Philosopher’s Stone!
Following a piece of excellent fan art depicting actor and Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp as Batman villain the Joker, filmmaker Kevin Smith has now chimed in stating that he is very keen to see Depp take on the role in the upcoming DC movie, The Batman.
Kevin Smith remains a pretty well-respected authority on all things Batman, and while speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, he addressed the rumor that Johnny Depp is currently in talks to take on another role featuring garish make-up and hair, the Joker, in director Matt Reeves’ upcoming comic book caper.
Smith declared that Johnny Depp would be “f-cking perfect” for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime, but did downplay the possibility that the character would even be appearing in the movie as there has been no mention of this until now. He did point out though that it would certainly be a lot of fun should Depp land the part, whether that be for this movie or any future sequels.
There have been rumors circulating for the last few weeks that Johnny Depp could be poised to join the cast of The Batman as arch-enemy the Joker, with recent fanart depicting perfectly what he could end up looking like, and why this could well be a great casting choice. Depp is considered to be one of the more popular faces in Hollywood, and as of 2018 was the third-highest-grossing actor in the world thanks to roles in franchises such as Pirares of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland and the Fantastic Beasts series.
There is no doubt that Johnny Depp could do well in the role, with the actor having a particular affinity for off-the-wall characters who usually disguise his leading-man looks under masks and make-up. The actor has also proven time and again his talent for more grounded drama in movies like Donnie Brasco, demonstrating that Depp easily has the ability to carry-off both competing parts of the character.
Of course, the role of the Joker continues to be one that is coveted by actors in Hollywood, with Heath Ledger having won a posthumous Academy Award for his performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight, while Joaquin Phoenix swept up during last awards season for his spell-binding portrayal of the character in director Todd Phillips’ Joker.
As to whether the character will show up in The Batman, this seems very unlikely due to the number of villains that the movie already plans to introduce. Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader already has to contend with Zoe Kravtiz’s Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrel as The Penguin, not to mention all of Gotham’s gangsters which includes John Turturro as Carmine Falcone.
For the time being, Warner Bros. has put the production of The Batman on hold due to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The production was due to be moved from London to Liverpool, but the studio confirmed recently that work will stop in order to promote the safety of the cast and crew.