Now that Disney's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' swept away the box office this past weekend, all but assuring a sequel with or without the participation of director Sam Raimi, the race is officially on to capitalize on the classic 'Wizard of Oz' tale that largely exists in the public domain. Plenty of efforts past and future could arrive to challenge 'Oz: The Great and Powerful,' but might Dorothy come to TV in a new 'Game of Thrones'-style series titled 'Red Brick Road?' Get the scoop on Warner Bros.' new TV project inside!
Before Steve Carrell returns as the hysterical Brick in 'Anchorman 2,' we'll get to see him as a leading funnyman in 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' where he plays a magician struggling to survive in the modern world of stage magic. Before the film hits theaters March 15, we've got a few tricks of our own to show you. For instance, how about a free prize pack that includes some beer pong sets and a magic kit?
Bryan Singer of 'X-Men' fame has turned his sights to the storybook world of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' for his latest directorial project 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' coming out in theaters March 1. Although we've already given you a good look at the film through a number of trailers, posters and clips, we've got something bigger (dare we say, giant?) to offer -- a prize pack filled with merchandise pegged to the movie.
With a big-budget film like 'The Dark Knight Rises,' there were many drafts of the script, costumes, concept art and the like that did not make the final cut. For one, we all know that one of Bane's original design was more akin to the comic book villain than the one Tom Hardy portrayed on the screen. For another, the promotional artwork went through a number of changes as well. Just take a look at these gun and ammunition-themed posters that Warner Bros. almost used to promote Christopher Nolan's final Batman film.
It's a challenge young Lena (Alice Englert) asks Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) when they first meet and when they say their goodbyes. On the surface it's a response to whether or not the book she's reading (a collection by Charles Bukowski) is worthwhile. On a deeper (but not too deep) level it comments on the true nature of a young woman born into a family of “casters cursed to the dark side.” But from my vantage point, that of a critic readying his review, it was a plea.
'Beautiful Creatures' stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich in what some have called the "'Twilight' replacement," but as they've told us, the film is anything but. Based on the New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, it follows the character of Ethan Wate, a Southern and scholarly teen aching to get out of his boring town until he falls for the new girl at school, Lena Duchannes, a witch with super-charged powers. See, it's nothing like 'Twilight' at all.
I had a chance to sit down with these two upcoming stars during their press tour stop in New York. After quickly gabbing with Alden over studying at NYU (at which he's got one semester left through his both budding and hectic film career), the three of us got to talking about 'Beautiful Creatures,' creating the pair's on-screen chemistry, and that dreaded question -- is 'Beautiful Creatures' the new 'Twilight'? -- all while Alden and Alice are simultaneously doodling on paper because they've been on this press tour for about eight weeks now and you'd probably be doing the same after weeks of interviews.
Many fans were left wondering after the final 'Twilight' movie which of the upcoming Young Adult adaptations would become the new hit sensation. 'Beautiful Creatures' has the potential to be it. This supernatural love story between a teen witch and a mortal boy is revving up for its Valentine's Day premiere, and to satiate the die-hard fans while catching everyone else up to speed, we're giving away a huge prize pack of 'Beautiful Creatures'-themed merchandise.
One would think that we'd be sick of all the 'Jack the Giant Slayer' posters spilling out of the Warner Bros. woodwork -- do we really need separate ones for each of the giants? But the final two (at least, let's hope they're the final two) are actually more visually stimulating than the previous ones. Check them out after the jump.
Let this be an inspiration to all you aspiring writers: you just never know where and when you might be discovered. Take 'Rome, Sweet Rome,' for example: the project was born on the social news and entertainment site Reddit, and now it's moving forward at a major studio. The internet really is good for something!