We already know that many things went very wrong behind the scenes of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. We also know that, once upon a time, the film was significantly different than the finished product. The latest “Wow, here’s how much this movie changed from conception to execution!” revelation comes from a concept artist who worked on the film. Early on, he was tasked with illustrating Doctor Doom’s castle, a location that doesn’t even exist in the final version.
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It Follows was a major sleeper hit when it was released earlier this year. Originally meant for VOD, director David Robert Mitchell’s film performed so well in a limited release, it was expanded to over 1,200 theaters two weeks later. Audiences loved it and it has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yesterday, in an interview with Vulture, Quentin Tarantino said that he liked the film, but was frustrated because it could have been great. How could it have been great? Allow Quentin to explain.
Yesterday, photos of Bruce Willis filming director Woody Allen’s latest (and currently untitled) movie surfaced online and the everything seemed fine. Just another late-era Allen production that inexplicably features a killer line-up of movie stars! Move along, nothing to see here! However, something seems to have gone horribly wrong between yesterday and today because Willis has abruptly dropped out of the film. That’s the news. What follows is gossip, albeit interesting gossip.
The Star Wars movies have always been very straightforward tales of good versus evil, of light versus dark, of plucky young farm boys versus cyborgs and old men with electricity powers. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is how it looks to reinvent this dynamic. The bad guys aren’t so easily defined this time around. At least that’s what director J.J. Abrams keeps on telling us.
While it’s not actually the house that inspired Up, there is a house in Seattle that bears a striking resemblance to the one inhabited by Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s contemporary classic. And Fox Searchlight is now developing a film based on that house and its late owner, Edith Macefield, who also had a bit in common with the fictional Fredricksen.
Aside from the Bill Murray Christmas special coming this December to Netflix, we haven’t heard much about Sofia Coppola since 2013's The Bling Ring. She was attached to direct The Little Mermaid for Universal, but recently parted ways with the project over the typical “creative differences.” But fans of Coppola may be in for a treat, as a new report suggests that she’s reuniting with Kirsten Dunst for a new film next year.
It’s been a little while since we had an update on the third installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise. So far, we know Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is on board to helm the sequel, with screenwriter Mark Bomback also returning. Today brings the first piece of casting for the film, which is operating under the working title War of the Planet of the Apes and has just cast newcomer Gabriel Chavarria in a leading role.
Steve Jobs isn’t following the typical biopic formula — director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin constructed the film in three acts to mirror the launch of three iconic Apple products. As such, it will hopefully offer riveting glimpses into the life of the Apple co-founder and CEO. But the format of the film isn’t the only unconventional aspect of production. According to co-star Michael Stuhlbarg, Boyle and Sorkin had a very interesting and somewhat unusual approach to shooting the film.
A few weeks back we learned that a few actresses were on 20th Century Fox’s shortlist to star opposite Channing Tatum in Gambit: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson, Mad Max: Fury Road’s Abbey Lee, and Spectre’s Lea Seydoux. Ferguson declined to take the part, leaving just Lee and Seydoux, but it looks like the latter has the part locked down…if she wants it.
In addition to returning to theaters and releasing a premium Blu-ray box set this fall, Back to the Future will also celebrate its 30th anniversary with a pretty big celebration. Today comes news of some exciting plans to help fans further celebrate the release of one of the best films of all time — there’s just one catch: it’s all taking place in Los Angeles.