You can tell when a film has really struck a cultural nerve when the fan art and video mash-ups start arriving. Mad Max: Fury Road did decent business at the box office, but it’s making its real impact among the fervent fans it has inspired. Seriously, has there been an artist who has watched the film not immediately sketched Furiosa? Anyway, the latest crazy example of “excited fan with waaay too much time on his/her hands” is this video, which tweaks Fury Road so it’s actually a Mario Kart movie. Really.
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For those interested in film industry inside baseball, World War Z was genuinely fascinating. The production was plagued with one disaster after another, Brad Pitt clashed with director Marc Forster, and the final 40 minutes of the film were completely scrapped, rewritten from scratch, and reshot. And yet the finished film was pretty good and a big financial success. In fact, it’s the highest grossing film of Pitt’s career so far, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s back for the sequel, which has officially landed a release date.
Everything that goes wrong in Poltergeist stems from an act of desecration; the building of a cookie-cutter housing development on top of an old cemetery. Some might find the sheer act of attempting a remake of Poltergeist similarly disrespectful; the 1982 original is something of a masterpiece of suburban terror. But if viewers can look past the sheer audacity of attempting another Poltergeist, they’ll find a solid modernization, the cinematic equivalent of a decent cover version of a great rock song. It’s totally superfluous, and not nearly as satisfying as the original, but well-performed and effective in its own way. It’s nice (or, in this case, deeply unsettling) to revisit an old classic in a new arrangement.
The last time we saw Keanu Reeves, he was the unstoppable title character in the instant action-classic John Wick. So watching the trailer for director Eli Roth’s Knock Knock is bound to give you whiplash, as the beloved actor has never looked weaker or more vulnerable. Reeves is odd casting for an ordinary father and husband who finds himself terrorized by two insane women, but that may very well be the point. He’s the last guy we’d expect to see so thoroughly wrecked.
We’re experiencing something of an awesome trend right now, as more and more women in Hollywood are starting to speak out about the rampant sexism in the industry — Charlize Theron, Kathryn Bigelow, Kristen Stewart and many more have been voicing their opinions, and now you can add Maggie Gyllenhaal to that excellent list. Her revelation may seem a bit surprising, but it’s actually a pretty common — but still totally awful — issue in Hollywood.
It’s hardly shocking news that Chris Pratt is a big ol’ doofus. As Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, Pratt showcased his comedic talents, playing a character that — judging by interviews — was basically a fictionalized, more simple-minded version of himself. Pratt may be exploring a more charismatic side of himself on the big screen right now, but these new behind the scenes featurettes from Jurassic World are here to assure you that he’s still as goofy as ever.
The Girl on the Train, like The Goldfinch, has the potential to move from the New York Times best-sellers list to the box office top 10. Dreamworks optioned the rights to Paula Hawkins’ debut novel last year before the book even hit the stands, which should tell you that the adaptation of The Girl on the Train could be as big of a hit in theaters as its source material is on shelves.
Add yet another live-action project to Disney’s growing pile: the studio is developing a live-action film for Peter Pan’s magical sidekick Tinker Bell, who has earned a rather large following in her own right with various animated films and merchandise. In addition to the announcement of this new development, we’ve also learned that Disney has performed a little casting magic, landing Reese Witherspoon for the title role — which is some seriously perfect casting.
The Magnificent Seven has built itself an interesting cast, but they just lost one valuable member: Jason Momoa has departed Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic western, presumably due to his Aquaman commitments. On the flip side, the film may have lost Momoa, but it just added Peter Sarsgaard in the role of the big bad villain.
Just as many new titles are added to Netflix Instant each month, so must many titles depart the streaming service. A handful of old classics and more recent favorites are disappearing from Netflix next month, which means now may be your last time to enjoy them for a while. Read on for your guide to what’s expiring from Netflix Instant in June.