Great stories come from times of conflict, confusion and fits of emotion, so it’s no surprise that movies about young people finding their way through life are so timelessly endearing.
2016 was an eventful year for comic book movies, with an array of successes, disappointments, and downright disasters. ‘Deadpool’ was one 2016’s success stories. While the first film’s writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were talking to Comicbook.com about their new sci-fi-horror ‘Life’, the pair commented on how ‘Deadpool 2’ would be cast imminently.
‘Avatar 2’ was originally set to arrive in cinemas in December 2014. It’s March 2017 now, and director James Cameron has revealed the film has been delayed yet again, and will no longer meet its planned 2018 release date. Cameron took his time with ‘Avatar’, which was released twelve years after his previous feature film ‘Titanic’, and given they’re the two highest-grossing films of all time it makes sense that he’d be given time to develop a sequel. Not just one sequel either, four, in what is sure to be one of the most expensive film productions in history if the films are indeed set to release in quick succession and be shot back-to-back.
It’s also the second film in a Legendary Pictures mega-monster cinematic universe that began with 2014’s ‘Godzilla’. The idea, following 2019’s ‘Godzilla 2’, is for the King of Monsters to face off with King Kong in a earth-shaking, skyscraper-bothering rematch, following their big screen clash in 1962.
Disney have undeniably had roaring success over the past six year after something of a creative slump. Studio Ghibli have arguably been at the forefront of the game for decades, with the Japanese studio producing jaw-dropping feature after jaw-dropping feature. Above: Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning triumph ‘Spirited Away’.
Tomorrow (8 November), the United States of America heads to the polls to decide the next leader of the free world. Whoever wins between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - it’s safe to say a lot of people will be left upset. Never before have the two front-runners for the US presidency been so enormously unpopular, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the excellent fictional presidents we’d sooner vote for.
Before running for president Donald J. Trump was an eccentric, bizarre but somewhat harmless c-list celebrity, thanks primarily to his real estate empire and role as chief hirer and firer in the US version of ‘The Apprentice’. It is not very good.
It’s a film starring Daniel Radcliffe as a flatulent corpes and despite what you might assume hearing the synopsis, it’s been getting rave reviews. Having a cadaver for a lead character isn’t what makes Swiss Army Man unique however, in fact it’s just the latest in a long line of comedies about the recently-deceased. Cult 80s comedies don’t come much strange than 'Weekend at Bernie’s’ (above), a film about idiot everymen and the inability of people recognise a corpse when they see one.
There’s not long until Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Disney adventure ‘Moana’ hits cinemas, so here’s a roundup of what to expect from the movie that could challenge for Best Animation Oscar next year. ‘The Little Mermaid’s’ Ron Clements and John Musker co-direct this sea-based adventure for Disney who are on something of a role over the past few years, with mega hits such as ‘Frozen’, ‘Big Hero 6′, and this year’s ‘Zootropolis’ under their belt. Throw in Best Animation Oscars the past four years (including Pixar) and huge praise from critics and long term fans, anything released by The Mouse House is a massively exciting prospect and ‘Moana’ is no different.
Ben Affleck got the week off to a surprising start when he posted a live action video of Batman villain Deathstroke on social media. Despite the footage being shot on the set of next year’s ‘Justice League’, a later report confirmed that the reveal was teasing Deathstroke as the main antagonist of the upcoming solo Batman movie. It’s an unexpected but interesting choice given that most cinema-goers likely don’t have the first clue who the character is. With that in mind, we thought we’d tell you all you need to know about Deathstroke.
With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ proving to be the surprise hit of 2014, a sequel was never in question. Ravagers leader Yondu (Michael Rooker) is back, probably not best pleased after Star-Lord tricked him by offering up a fake orb, but he’ll either serve as a subplot antagonist or an ally.
The Royal Family’s relationship with the media is a complicated one, guarded at best and deeply suspicious at worst. Called simply ‘Royal Family’, the fly-on-the-wall doc, directed by the then-head of the BBC’s documentary department Richard Cawston, it aired on June 21, 1969, was repeated one week later on ITV and then variously that year, before being locked away deep in the BBC vaults and never shown again. It represented the first time that TV cameras had been given permission to document the Royals going about their daily business in such a manner, with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward all featuring, and a voiceover penned by 'Yes Minister’ mastermind Sir Antony Jay.
Whenever a new actor applies white make-up, dyes their hair green and dons a purple jacket to take on the iconic role of Batman’s nemesis The Joker, it’s a special occasion. Over the years the part has taken on an almost mythical quality, thanks to three especially-towering performances. As Jared Leto prepares to take his first bow as the Clown Prince of Crime in ‘Suicide Squad’, we’ve decided to take a look at him and the four other major big-screen Jokers to date.
In the final episode, ‘Time On Our Hands’, we’d rejoiced as the Trotters finally became the millionaires they’d always dreamed of becoming thanks to a rare antique watch. The show finished with Rodney, Del Boy and Uncle Albert walking into a cartoon sunrise (see below), with Del Boy quipping: “This time next year, we’ll be billionaires.” It was the snug dovetail that all fans of the show had hoped for. Five years later, writer John Sullivan revived the show for three more Christmas specials in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
In recent years Pixar has been criticised for leaning too heavily on sequels instead of generating original ideas, but people keep forgetting one important thing: it’s still Pixar. This week’s marks the UK release of ‘Finding Dory’, so we thought we’d look back at Pixar’s sequels to date and rank them from best to worst. 'Toy Story 2’ was Pixar’s only sequel in the fifteen years between the 1995 original and 'Toy Story 3’.
If horror movies are to be believed, it’s only a matter of time before your house is invaded by some maniac or gang of wrong ‘uns. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) has the good sense to set her house up with a load of booby traps, setting her nemesis Freddy Kruger (Robert Englund) on fire, before catching him with a swift one to the family jewels courtesy of a spring-loaded sledge hammer. To be fair, she knew Freddy was coming – but to be completely safe, it’s best to get the house booby trapped in preparation for potential intruders.
Daily Star reporter Emma Kelly went undercover at X Factor auditions last year. George Calombaris, who judges the Australian version of the show revealed: “It has always been cold and it always will be cold but we taste everything hot off camera.
You might not think of the North Wales’ valleys as a horror hotspot, but as you’ll see in Neil Marshall’s (’Game of Thrones’) chiller ‘Dark Signal’, there’s plenty there to be terrified of.
The charms of British TV are not merely the preserve of us normal folk. Oh no. There is a legion of unlikely movie stars who, rather than watching endless edgy art house movies all day to hone their craft, would much rather be watching Homes Under The Hammer.
What’s more, the pink-faced alien was part of the action figure line, even getting his own Black Series sculpt. After Entertainment Weekly investigated the matter, one of the key members of the Lucasfilm story group, Pablo Hidalgo, was able to shed some light on the matter. Without any knowledge or certainty how much, or indeed little, we’d see of Zuvio in the final film, Hldalgo nevertheless created a back-story for the character as part of his obligation to toy manufacturers and in case any comic book writers included him in any short stories.
As The Voice reaches the 2016 final, let’s take a look back over the past series to find out what the winners and runners-up are up to now. It’s a mixed bag, to be honest. Image credits: Rex Features/Getty/WENN
It’s been over a decade since Sabrina The Teenage Witch wound up its final series (and 20 years since it started, way back in 1996). Based on the Archie comic book series, it centred around Melissa Joan Hart’s sparky sorceress, her aunts Hilda and Zelda and talking cat Salem. The show ran for seven seasons, attracting audiences of up to 12 million in the US in its heyday. But what are its stars doing now?
Kim Kardashian has been paid $25,000 for a single tweet about Armani. Sister Khloe costs much less, at around $13,000 for a sponsored tweet. If you want Snooki from 'Jersey Shore’ publicising your product to her six million followers, it’s $7,800.
To say the finale of The Brittas Empire felt like a bit of a cop-out is to understate the matter somewhat. Original writers Andrew Norriss and Richard Fegen left after five series, but it carried on for a further two, winding up with the insane episode ‘The Curse of the Tiger Women’. After leisure centre manager Gordon Brittas (Chris Barrie) is cursed by a gypsy, things get apocalyptic when people start dying after eating his food.
The new Godzilla was rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.” Creature violence! That is the kind of very specific warning that has become a hallmark of the rating board at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) since the 1990s. While they tend to harp on the same basic potentially kid-scarring taboos — violence, language, sexuality, nudity, drug use, and smoking — the MPAA gets incredibly precise noting just what type of potentially offensive variation is shown.