Television News: X-Files, Coach, Legend of Zelda and Preacher

On film the latest craze has seemed to be taking properties from the 80s and remaking them on the big screen.  We’ve had adaptations like Transformers, 21 Jump Street, the A-Team, Chipmunks, Dukes of Hazard, the Equalizer, GI Joe, etc. just to name a few from the past couple of years.  For television they appear to be mining the 90s for material.  In the past week alone two popular television shows from the 90s, the X-Files and Coach, have been confirmed to have new episodes in the works.  Couple this with the previously announced Twin Peaks limited run and the Boy Meets World sequel series that started this season and it looks like this might be becoming a trend.  So let’s take a moment to look at this as well as some additional TV news that recently broke. Continue reading Television News: X-Files, Coach, Legend of Zelda and Preacher

Spielberg Directing Ready Player One

Yesterday it was announced that Steven Spielberg will be directing Ready Player One.  Ready Player One is a science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline rich in “geek mythology and video game imagery” to steal a description from AintItCool News.  The site goes on to describe the book and movie potential by stating, Continue reading Spielberg Directing Ready Player One

Vivica A. Fox Joins Independence Day 2

Vivica A. Fox is on board for Independence Day 2.  She joins a cast that already has the returning Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman (rumored to be returning but no official announcement yet), as well as new cast members Liam Hemsworth (Hunger Games), Jessie Usher (When the Games Stands Tall) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia).  Will Smith is not returning, but Jessie Usher is going to be his character’s son.  The original film came out in 1996 and went on to make over $800 million worldwide so it’s not a surprise that sequel rumors had been floating around for years.  According to Coming Soon, the new movie is expected to begin production in May with a script that was recently rewritten by Carter Blanchard. Continue reading Vivica A. Fox Joins Independence Day 2

New Spider-Man Cast? And Who Will Direct Infinity Wars

Has Marvel found their next Spider-Man?  For a quick rundown of why Spider-Man is being recast and how he is now a part of the Marvel cinematic universe, check out my previous post here.  It has already been stated that Spider-Man will first appear in Captain America: Civil War, which begins shooting in 2 weeks, so it was anticipated that we’d be hearing official casting news any day now.  Most sites have been reporting that Marvel intended to cast someone young, an actual teenager for a high school aged Spider-Man so that he won’t be in his 30’s by the time they’re filming sequels.  That would also allow there to be a distinct difference between the youthful Spider-Man and the more established men already involved with the Avengers.  If the rumors are true, they may in fact have found their next star in Continue reading New Spider-Man Cast? And Who Will Direct Infinity Wars

Review: Cinderella (2015)

As with most people, Disney films made up much of my childhood movie viewing.  I own most of the classics and can’t wait until my son is old enough to watch them for himself.  If nothing else, one of Disney’s most impressive accomplishments with their film library has been creating what many would consider to be the definitive version of these timeless stories.  Peter Pan, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, etc. – all these tales have been remade time and again, but I guarantee that when you think of them you’re picturing the Disney version.  That shouldn’t be understated.  Now Disney has decided to make live action films based on their classic catalogue.  I don’t know why it has taken them decades to start this process, but it should provide them with a means of printing money for years to come.  Out of the movies “remade” thus far, Alice in Wonderland was really a sequel and Maleficent was a considerably different take on the Sleeping Beauty tale.  That leaves Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella as the first true, direct live action adaptation. Continue reading Review: Cinderella (2015)