In general it seems that Netflix originals are mostly disappointing, but one genre the streaming service seems to get right is the romantic comedy. In To All The Boys I've Loved Before we meet a High School Junior struggling with the usual teenaged angst and insecurity who is thrust into more drama when some secret love notes she wrote find their way to 5 different boys. But is this one worth an hour and half of your time?
John August, the writer behind films such as Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie, has shared details on a pitch he made to Warner Bros. for a solo Catwoman film back in 1998.
After Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Batman Returns the popularity of the character exploded. They spent years trying to get the film off the ground until finally in 2004 they made that movie with Halle Berry, which was terrible!
August's version of the film seemed like it would have been much better! But, the studio had no idea what they wanted from it. His first initial tweet says it all:
Catwoman at Warners in 1998. Sequel with Michelle Pfeiffer returning. Producer excited. After pitch, exec insisted it needed to be Sarah Michelle Gellar and involve hair-washing scene, then showed me Matrix trailer. #ShareYourRejections
It's a shame that Warner Bros. didn't know a decent story for the character when it was staring them right in the face. Some might argue that not much has changed about the studio over the years in regards to their DC film properties.
What do you think about the August's pitch for Catwoman?
Netflix has long been a safe-haven from advertising, but it's possible those days could be at an end. This news comes on the heels of a Reddit user from the U.K. telling the following story about a recent Netflix watch session that was interrupted by an unskippable ad for Better Call Saul:
So I'm just sitting winding down after work watching some Rick and Morty and the episode finished. Rather than give me the option to skip to the next episode it came up with a full screen 'up next' for Rick and Morty and 'but first..." and proceeded to play a full screen trailer for it and I couldn't goto the next episode of R&M. It had what youtube ads have, a timed skip button meaning I'm forced to watch ads.
Another user on the thread reported a similar thing happening when he was watching Bob's Burgers, although the ad was for the Netflix series I Am A Killer. Netflix has yet to comment on what's happening, and we certainly would like to know. Would you stick with Netflix if they started to show you unskippable trailers for shows you might be interested in?
H.G. Wells classic novel The Time Machine is getting yet another adaptation as Deadline reports Sky is taking a shot at making a version in a BBC-backed production. Apparently, things are in the "very early stages," of development, but the ultimate goal is for this television project to air on the international network Sky Atlantic.
The Time Machine, which was published in 1895, and the story follows an "English scientist living in Victorian England who recounts that time is simply a fourth dimension and demonstrates to his dinner guests how to travel through it."
The project is being developed by Nick Payne (Wanderlust) and director Kibwe Tavares (Noughts & Crosses).
No word on an American channel that could pick up the adaptation, but I'm sure if the project starts to pull some Hollywood talent, that decision will be made sooner than later. Are you excited to see yet another rendition of The Time Machine, or do you think this is one property that needs to be left behind?
The Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron comedy Flarsky has changed its release date. It was originally planned to release February 8, 2019. However, Lionsgate has pushed the film back to June 7, 2019, and put Liam Neeson’s Hard Powder in the February 8 slot. Flarsky is said to come from a Black List script by Dan Sterling and Jonathan Levine is directing it.
Whenever movies are pushed back, I get a little worried for them. I hope it means they're just trying to not rush the film, but there are moments you wonder if the film is just doomed.
Some people enjoy getting together with friends and family during Thanksgiving, while others loathe it because of all the family drama that can potentially be unleashed. This upcoming film, The Oath, focuses on the later as things get completely out of control when a family starts discussing a new White House policy at the dinner table. It's a fun dark comedy that is a commentary on the political climate that we currently find ourselves in the middle of.
The film stars Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish and it comes from the producers of Get Out and BlacKkKlansman. Here's what the film is about:
A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in The Oath, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal. But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris’s own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails.
The Oath hits theaters this fall on October 12, 2018.
Yesterday, Battlefield V has revealed the Gamescom trailer, called Devastation of Rotterdam, which showcased the upcoming battle royale mode of the game that is a new feature in the Battlefield series.
The trailer showed Battlefield’s approach on how they plan to bring players closer together in the field in the game’s take on the last man standing mode. Popular battle royale games such as Fortnite uses a storm that closes in from the edge of the map right down to the middle, forcing players to come in direct contact with each other. In Battlefield V, a ring of fire is seen slowly shrinking the play space, which we assume would serve the same purpose.
It may not be a detailed preview of the battle royale mode, but it more than what was shown at E3. Moreover, the upcoming game will see the return of the War Stories, which are short episodes focusing on the events of World War II. Lastly, Battlefield V will also dump Premium Passes and replace it with The Tides of War, which will be a live service that aims to continuously add content such as maps to the game for free.
Battlefield V is scheduled to release on October 19, 2018, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
MoviePass is really screwing up and the other subscription services are taking advantage. For example, Sinemia has started up a referral program where Sinemia customers can get $10 of credit for each new user who makes the jump from a competing service such as MoviePass or AMC Stubs A-List.
The best part? Your friend also gets $10 for making the switch. This program is currently available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Australia. I’m hearing more and more people switching to Sinemia in our comments section and several users are really enjoying it. This Refer-A-Friend program seems like a great idea, I just hope that Sinemia has a better plan for dealing with the financial problems that MoviePass has run into.
For those of you who twisted horror fans that enjoy insane amounts of crazy blood and gore in their movies, you're going to love the hell out of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. Look, the Puppet Master film franchise isn't for the normal movie-going audiences. It's kind of a silly franchise, I know, but I can't help but enjoy these films! I love the campiness of them and how crazy brutal they can be in terms of blood, gore, and violence.
So, when I got invited to an early screening of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich I had to go! I was already excited about the movie because it was written by the writer and director of Bone Tomahawk, S. Craig Zahler. I had to see what kind of demented story he came up with for the Puppet Master franchise!
Well, the story he came up with is set at a convention where a bunch of people who have been collecting these killer puppets over the years gathers together to auction them off. As you might imagine all hell breaks loose and the puppets come to life and go on a psychotic bloody killing spree of insanity.
The film centers around a man named Edgar (Thomas Lennon) who returns to his childhood home after being divorced to reassess his life. While he's rummaging through his deceased brother's old bedroom, he discovers a Blade puppet in mint condition. So, to grab some quick cash he sets off on a road trip to the convention in Oregon with his new girlfriend Ashley (Jenny Pellicer) and his comic book nerd friend Markowitz (Nelson Franklin) to sell the puppet. The convention is being put on to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. As you might expect there are a lot of nutty characters.
Once the puppets come to life at the convention, there's no stopping the unbelievably berserk carnage that follows. If you're a fan of this franchise, you're in for a real treat because this might just be the most jacked-up film in the franchise. There are visuals burnt into my brain that cannot be unseen. I'm not going to spoil any these things for you, but they sure did come up with some over-the-top and unique death scenes. Seriously.... wow! There were some shocking scenes that had the audience bursting into laughter and had others left with their jaws dropping to the sticky floor of the theater.
The violence in this movie is relentless and they don't hold back. In fact, they had no problem crossing line with some things. They just went for it and you can tell from the audience that what they went for paid off. This is certainly not a film for anyone that is easily offended.
If you aren't familiar with the Puppet Master franchise, you need to know before watching this that these films are meant to be campy. This movie knows what it is and they have a shit ton of fun playing around with that. The whole campiness aspect of the film is what makes these kinds of movies so damn fun to watch. If you enjoy watching classic 80s B horror films, you'll probably dig this. But, there's also the chance it just might be too much for you.
The ridiculous dialogue, the holes in the plot, the choppy editing, and all the things that don't make sense... it's all part of the films deranged charm. I can't wait to see more of the films that Fangoria makes! You can watch the trailer for Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich below.
I'm really curious to see what people think about this movie, especially hardcore horror movie fans.
There are so many times I mention a show from my childhood and no one has any idea what I’m talking about. That is the inspiration behind this new series of articles. I want to see who actually remembers some of the great shows from the past, but apparently, most people forgot. Today, we’re going to tackle shows that aired on Cartoon Network outside of anime in the early 2000s. Let me know if you remember these gems and what other shows you feel have been lost to the sands of time.
Sheep in the Big City
I’m going to be completely honest, I remember watching and loving Sheep in the Big City, but I had forgotten what it was about. I did a little digging, though, and was reminded how silly the premise for the show was. The show was dripping with puns and humor. It wasn’t great from a storytelling perspective, but it wasn’t designed to be. It was designed (or at least I saw it) as an almost slapstick comedy show that had a bit more of a story than Looney Tunes. Here’s a plot synopsis:
Time Squad was such a great show in my opinion. I’ve even gone back and re-watched some episodes and I still found myself enjoying the show. The premise is pretty wacky, but simple. You have an idiot time-traveling cop and his unhelpful robot sidekick trying to make sure nothing bad happens to the timeline. When they go back to stop Eli Whitney from building flesh-eating robots instead of the cotton gin, they end up in the year 2001 (because they don’t know their history at all) and come across an 8-year-old orphan who happens to be really good at history. The orphan, Otto, then joins the cop and robot to help fix the problems in the timeline using his expert knowledge.
This show was brilliant, and I think they could even find a way to revive it for kids these days if they so desired. I’m normally against reviving shows and would prefer original content, but this is one of the few times that I’ll make an exception.
If you scrolled past the credits videos on the last two shows, stop reading this and go listen to the credits to this show right now! I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain any further why Megas XLR was great. Giant robots, alien monsters, and plenty of humor. I have a hard time finding people who remember this show existed though. I don’t understand why. I’ll be honest here and say I don’t remember how the series ended, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t wrap everything up and I wouldn’t mind them bringing this show back either if only to run a couple episodes and finish it properly. As a testament to how great this show is, this is the clip I think of every time I have to go to the DMV: