Adaptations can be a straight-up crapshoot. Whether it’s a movie or television series based on a novel, a comic book based on a movie, a movie based on a video game—or any flipside of those examples—you’d be right to feel apprehensive going into the experience. Too often, we’re left wondering why (aside from money) screenwriters, directors, developers, and authors have trouble taking something of high (or at least decent) quality and making something in another medium of equal (or perhaps greater) quality. Too often these projects are rushed or simply muddy the message of the original piece of art, which leaves us as the audience feeling ripped off.
October will see the release of Colin Firth’s latest sure-to-be blockbuster, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Firth will star alongside Hollywood legends Samuel L Jackson and Sir Michael Caine in the role of Secret Service agent Harry Hart, who’s tasked with turning a juvenile delinquent into a ruthless killer.
At last! The first Mockingjay teaser with more than President Snow’s propaganda babblings! Apparently, it brought down the house at comic-Con 2014. Check it out after the jump.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 premieres on November 21st.
To refresh your memory 4DX is an immersive, interactive theater experience that makes you feel like you are in the movie. Seats move and shake, and the environment (rain, smells, etc) changes based on what’s happening in the movie. I was in Vegas in March when South Korean company CJ4DPlex (they need a better company name) unveiled their partnership with Regal Cinema and AEG Live to bring their new 4DX theater technology to the US. The fruits of their labor is now upon us as Regal officially launches the technology on 4 screens this weekend in one of their flagship theaters - Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14.
I always say that it is ok for Critics to have a bias when we walk into a theater, a good movie will be good regardless of your initial opinion, a truly great movie has the ability to turn you into a fan and change your mood. To make glad you dragged yourself out to the theater. Yeah, I know people are whining and complaining about Transformers, but are people complaining about the movie or just projecting their irrational hatred and jealousy of Michael Bay onto the film? He knows his audience and delivers everything a fan of this franchise could want and more.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is just a month-and-a-half away and Marvel is taking it to the streets with a series of ‘bus top’ character posters beginning with Peter ‘Star Lord’ Quill (above). Follow the jump for Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and the team of Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy rockets (sorry!) into theaters on August 1st.
Writer, Director, Actor, and Producer Seth MacFarlane’s latest flick A Million Ways To Die In The West is more of a vanity piece than an actual movie. If you don’t like MacFarlane’s brand of humor stop reading right now, this movie isn’t for you. It is nearly impossible to objectively review a comedy. At the end of the day, no matter how poorly a comedy may be directed, written, acted, the only thing a good comedy needs to do is make you laugh. What makes someone laugh is a very subjective thing.
Zac Braff’s Wish I Was Here has a new poster that’s almost as DIY as the Kickstarter-funded film itself. It’s actually kind of charming. Check it out after the jump.
Wish I Was Here opens in select theaters on July 18th and goes wider on July 25th and August 1st.
We all know former WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has parlayed his wrestling fame into a full fledged film career. He’s following in the footsteps of other notable athletes turned movie stars.
This is one of those times when I really hate being a film critic. While watching X-Men: Days of Future Past, I thought to myself “This is an ugly looking film, but I’m enjoying the heck out of it.” Now that I really have to think about it, its flaws are too big to simply ignore.
EM’s very own LA correspondent Lora Bofill had a chance to catch up with Seth’s MacFarlane’s acting coach Aaron McPherson who talks about “A Million Ways to Die in the West”.