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2:56 PM 5/20/2013 by Jeff Giles
Officially coming to terms with a reality that pretty much everyone else could see from 20,000 leagues away, Disney has reportedly postponed production on David Fincher's long hoped-for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake, acknowledging that due to its complete lack of a cast or an official greenlight from the studio, it was fairly unlikely to start filming next month.
2:27 PM 5/20/2013 by Jeff Giles
We remain 90 percent mortified that Sony insists on turning Angry Birds into a movie, but give them this much: they at least seem to recognize that if you're going to take a repetitive one-fingered puzzle game and somehow make a film out of it, you'd better hire some pretty creative people to do the job.
3:06 PM 5/17/2013 by Jeff Giles
It's become something of a scapegoat for Hollywood's current love affair with loud, effects-reliant, mostly soulless tentpole pictures, but CGI spectacle isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's only when filmmakers use it to try and distract from under-developed ideas that it ends up feeling hollow; like any tool, it's only as effective as its user allows it to be.
2:52 PM 5/15/2013 by Jeff Giles
Riddick didn't get where he is by being a relaxed, friendly, happy-go-lucky guy, so it should come as something of a relief to fans of the Vin Diesel-portrayed sci-fi antihero that his next outing -- the simply titled and long-promised Riddick -- will find the character doing exactly what he does best:
2:27 PM 5/15/2013 by Jeff Giles
So, uh...how often are you playing Angry Birds these days? Anywhere near as much as you were a few years ago? And, um, do you think you'll still be playing it in 2016?
3:34 PM 5/14/2013 by Jeff Giles
He may have said "no thanks" to Quentin Tarantino's efforts to cast him in Django Unchained, but that doesn't mean Will Smith is allergic to a good old-fashioned Western, and here's the proof: the Wrap reports that Smith's got his eye on a remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic The Wild Bunch.
3:08 PM 5/14/2013 by Jeff Giles
If you let out a cry of befuddled anguish when you heard that Warner Bros. was planning on putting together another Dungeons & Dragons movie, good news: Hasbro is right there with you.
10:54 AM 5/13/2013 by Jeff Giles
They may have spent nearly two decades getting ready to follow up 1996's Independence Day -- with sequels that, by the way, still aren't a done deal -- but give Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin credit for this much: They've got no shortage of ideas for where to take the original film's mythology next.
6:55 AM 5/13/2013 by Jeff Giles
It's one of those long-mooted projects whose general lack of updates has lulled us into hoping that cooler heads have prevailed at the studio, but no such luck: that Gremlins remake that Warner Bros. has been trying to get off the ground is still very much in development.
5:45 PM 5/9/2013 by Jeff Giles
There's been a lot of debate over the last several years about the value of the American space program and how much opportunity for scientific/social progress we're wasting by not devoting more resources to sending people off-planet, but what both sides of the argument often tend to ignore is that space is very, very scary.