It was one of the most controversial casting decisions in recent memory, and now it’s fallen apart. Charlie Hunnam is out as Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.
A 250 GB, $299.99 version; a 4 GB with Kinect at $299.99; a $399.99 250 GB and Kinect monstrosity. They each include a select pack of less then stellar games. US retailers will offer a $50 rebate, but Microsoft is going to launch the Xbox One in November, and Sony has the PS4. Microsoft could have done better.
This is the most epic YouTube video... ever... or at least as far as we can find today. Because Todd, a Jedi Master with Etch-a-Sketch, has done a complete recap of Star Wars on the shake and bake drawing pad. There are people who have the time and talent to do this and share it with the rest of us. It is truly a great time to be alive.
Alan Taylor, the director of Thor: the Dark World, is also well known for directing a lot of great TV, like Mad Men, The Sopranos, West Wing, Law & Order, and Game of Thrones. Directing the next Thor film could be a major coup for Taylor, because the Norseman superhero is part of the Avengers, and fans should flock to see it, much like being a part of the Avengers boosted Iron Man’s grosses.
People often wonder why horror films have been so popular lately. One of the big reasons is they’re not expensive to make, which is music to Hollywood’s ears. It’s one big reason a lot of horror films glutted the market after the success of Halloween. When a movie costs $320,000, and makes back $40 million in 1978 money, that grabs people’s attention.
We just reported about Jeffrey Katzenberg’s attempt to keep Breaking Bad going as a pay-per-view event, and now comes the news he’s trying to revive Voltron, He-Man, and Rocky and Bullwinkle. As we’ve seen with the recent 3D revival, which Katzenberg spearheaded, once he latches onto an idea, it’s tough to get it out of his teeth.
The reboot of the Fantastic Four is apparently up and running, and speculation has been hitting the net as to who’s going to play who. Josh Trank, director of Chronicle is directing, and Fox is hoping for a March 6, 2015 release date.
This year marked the birthday of Superman, who debuted in Action Comics 75 years ago. Batman will be hitting his 75th birthday next year, and DC has big plans for their most popular superhero. (Batman is also arguably the most popular superhero in the world right now.)
Shia has been lauded by Steven Spielberg. He crapped on that. He got big bucks for doing the Transformers movies. He crapped on that. He really isn't much to look at when you consider he has been the love interest of Megan Fox (in real life, too, apparently), Michelle Monaghan, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Sarah Roemer. But, he just got a new trailer for Charlie Countryman, and all may be forgiven.
When you make a movie, you can’t just show up somewhere and start shooting. You usually need permits, and a lot of low budget filmmakers used to make movies without them, shoot and run style. However, with camera equipment getting smaller and easier to conceal, it’s probably easier than ever to shoot things under the radar, which is what somebody did at the Magic Kingdom.
So Breaking Bad is finally done, and while Britney Spears and Oliver Stone weren’t nuts about how it all ended, the ratings were huge, and the fans seem satisfied. Every show has to come to an end, except maybe The Simpsons and Sixty Minutes, and it’s good idea for a show to get out while it’s still on top of its game.
Even though George Lucas sold his empire to Disney last year, you know he’ll still be looking out for the universe he created, and have at least some say over the next three Star Wars films. Considering Star Wars is a sacred property to JJ Abrams, you also know he’ll want to do right by George wherever he can.
There’s zombies everywhere we look these days, and it’s been funny to see classic literature like Pride and Prejudice being redone with the undead. We just reported that George Romero will be doing a zombie comic with Marvel, Empire of the Dead, and now zombies will be invading Archie’s hometown of Riverdale.
Okay, so Machete Kills hasn’t been getting great reviews, at least one missive we’ve read used the term “out of gas” to describe it, but there was a point where Robert Rodriquez was actually a very clever, inventive director, and made good movies.
We at TGD have been reading reports that for the next several years at Disney, there’s going to be major focus on two major franchises: Marvel superheroes, and Star Wars. Now the news has hit that Marvel and Disney are going to be doing comics together under a label called Disney Kingdoms.
There have been rumors of another Blade Runner movie for quite some time, and while we wouldn’t be surprised if Ridley Scott directs another installment to the classic Philip K Dick story, we’ve been very dubious about another rumor going around that claims Harrison Ford may be returning.
Back in 1998, you may recall that Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin followed up their smash ID4 with a redo of Godzilla, which was dreadful. Now a new Godzilla movie, directed by Gareth Edwards, is coming next year, and apparently the new look of Godzilla has been revealed.
Genre fans may be interested in The Fifth Estate, the biopic of Julian Assange, for several reasons. Number one, Assange is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and number two, the movie was directed by Bill Condon. Yes, he directed Dreamgirls, as well as one of the Twilight movies, but he’s also a big genre fan who helmed Gods and Monsters, a terrific movie about Frankenstein director James Whale.
We knew there would come a day when an entire movie would be shot on an iPhone, and whether the movie turns out well or not, it’s great that someone finally took this step, and we hope it will inspire others to do the same with low budget tech.
So many people are sick and tired of hearing about 3D, but it’s still great to see an original movie like Gravity become a success. It’s definitely one of those stories that puts 3D to good use, enhancing and amplifying instead of using the technology as a gimmick.