The Lost Boys From Steven Spielberg’s HOOK Reunite for 25th Anniversary

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It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since Steven Spielberg's Hook was released in theaters. I loved that movie as a kid! It was an incredibly fun and very different version of Peter Pan than I had ever seen before. Robin Williams gave a wonderful performance as Peter Pan, and he was surrounded by a great cast of lovable characters who made up Neverland's The Lost Boys.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the film,  Dante Basco, the actor who played Rufio, teamed up with the rest of the original Lost Boys for a photo shoot. The photos were posted on the 22 Vision Facebook page. As you can see, they are all dressed up in costumes that represent what they wore in the film. Some of them even recreate some of the iconic shots of their characters from the movie. The rest of the actors include Ryan J Francis, Raushan Hammond, Isaiah Robinson, Thomas Tulak, Brett Willis, Ahmad Stoner, Bo Gheorghe, Bryan Willis, and James Madio

It's pretty awesome seeing these characters come back together for this celebration of Hook. Makes me want to watch the movie again! It's been awhile. The photos came with the caption: 

“Throwback Photo Shoot” #‎Hook25th #‎RememberingRobinWilliams"
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The photos were taken by Bradford Rogne.  

Grant Gustin Says Barry Allen Is Forgetting His Powers in THE FLASH Season 3

Some strange things are going to start happening to Barry Allen in the upcoming third season of The Flash. In a recent episode of DC All Access, star Grant Gustin talked a little bit about the Flashpoint storyline. As you all know by now, The Flash traveled back in time to save his mom's life. As you might expect, this comes with big changes and consequences. When talking about some of these changes and consequences, Gustin explains:

"Barry's the only one who knows that the timeline is different. And his memories are gradually being replaced by memories of graduating high school and college, his moments with his family, and when he realizes that those memories are replacing other memories, that's when he starts to realize how selfish of a decision this was."

That's not all, though. As this is all happening and his old memories are being replaced by new ones, he is starting to forget his powers. The actor goes on to say:

"It means he's forgetting his powers, too. He's having a full Back to the Future moment, his hand disappearing in front of him."

This is definitely going to make for an interesting story dynamic. I'm sure he'll get through it all ok, but he's going to have to go through some heavy shit in the process. 

The Flash will be joined by Kid Flash in the new season, and according to actor Keiynan Lonsdale, he plays a "big part of Flashpoint." As for the villains, producer Aaron Helbing teased a couple of major ones, revealing that "one is a speedster, the other is a human." He adds that "they're gonna be a challenge for Barry."

The Flash is my favorite comic book inspired series currently in production, and I'm excited about what's coming in Season 3.  The Flash returns to The CW on Tuesday, October 4th.

Horror Movie Icons and Fun Practical FX Fuel This Trailer for KIDS VS. MONSTERS

If you’re a horror movie fan, then there’s a fun-looking indie family horror film that might be worth checking out called Kids vs. Monsters. You can tell from the trailer that this is a low budget film, but it’s fueled by some horror movie all-star actors, some wacky fun practical effects, and most importantly, horror movie fandom. Here’s the brief plot description:

The six richest people in the world each have one thing still dragging them down — their intolerable kids. Luckily, there is a mysterious entity that is happy to lend a hand. 

The movie stars Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Time After Time), Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Pumpkinhead), Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki (Harbinger Down), Keith David (The Thing, They Live), Richard Moll (House, Evilspeak, Night Court), and Armand Assante (Judge Dredd, I The Jury) just to name a few.

The FX in the film were created by Amalgamated Dynamics, who worked on films such as The Thing and Aliens Vs. Predator. It looks like it could prove to be quite entertaining. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think! Kids vs. Monsters will be released on DVD on August 23rd.

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11-Second ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Promo Teases Cool New Footage

As we wait for the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is supposed to be released tomorrow, Lucasfilm has shared a brief promo spot that teases some cool new footage from the film. It's a great little tease that packs a punch of excitement! I can't wait to see what's going to be in the new trailer tomorrow. There's one scene in these that shows the aftermath of a fight involving Donnie Yen's Chirrut Imwe with a squad of Stormtroopers, none of which are left standing. I want to see how that fight goes down! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16th, 2016.

Funny Sci-fi Comedy Short STRYKA Follows the Life of an Alien Thief in Brooklyn

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Director Emily Carmichael has created a fantastic sci-fi comedy short that you’ve gotta check out! It’s called "Stryka," and it centers around the life of a strong reptile-like alien character from another world, her partner, and their life in crime. The story is set in a futuristic Brooklyn, New York and this is the synopsis:

Stryka is an awesome reptile woman from another planet who does heists and odd jobs with her (literal) partner in crime, Callen. But she has a secret–she’s been stealing with somebody else. (She just wants a partner who cleans up well enough to pull off a fancy jewel heist once and a while–is that so wrong?) Anxious about her career in thievery and torn by her loyalty to competing thieves, Stryka has to figure out where she belongs. Luckily, she has a highly advanced robot therapist to talk it over with.

When talking about her film on kidcandrive.com, Carmichael said:

“I think a playful questioning of accepted story archetypes can have broad-reaching effect on how we encounter stories, ourselves and each othe. There’s an ideological war afoot between those who believe the voices of all people everywhere should be heard, and those who think that’s somehow ‘asking too much,’ or ‘going too far.’ And this is how we will win—by committing ourselves to exposing the untold story, wherever we find it, in our reality or an alternate one.”

The short is extremely well made and wonderfully entertaining. The production value and designs are also insanely impressive. It stars Aimee Mullins as Stryka and Rupert Friend as Callen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Margot Robbie Wants a Harley and Joker Spinoff Film and David Ayer Discusses SUICIDE SQUAD’s Ending

If you’ve already seen Suicide Squad, then you know the ending easily sets up a sequel for the film. I just hope that David Ayer actually gets to make the sequel. At this point, who knows what's going to happen. The movie is doing pretty well at the box office, but the critics have bashed the hell out of it. I’m going to get into some ending details, so if you haven’t seen the film, you might not want to read ahead.

At the end of Suicide Squad, the Task Force X team members are locked back up in Belle Reve prison. Captain Boomerang is begging to be let out, and Harley Quinn is in her cage sipping an espresso when all of a sudden there’s a huge explosion and The Joker comes in to save her like a knight in shining armor. 

The reason Ayer ended the film this way is because he obviously had some ideas about where he wanted to take the sequel if he got a chance to do that. During an interview with Collider, the director said:

“I don't want to give stuff away but ... anything is possible, and that's the thing. For as much control and command Amanda Waller has over these guys, at the end of the day, they're supervillains and they're going to do supervillain stuff. Plus, the Joker/Harley relationship just seemed like the right button for the movie. It opens so many doors, if another one of these were ever to turn up under a rock somewhere.”

I would love to see a movie that takes The Joker and Harley Quinn on a twisted adventure. I wish there would have been a film focused on the two characters before Suicide Squad to help set up their story a little more fully, but I’ll take a continuation of that story in a sequel — even a solo film — if the studio wants to take things in that direction. We already know the studio is planning a Harley Quinn movie, but is that something The Joker would be involved with? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 

Margot Robbie would love a Harley and Joker spinoff movie. While speaking to Tipsy Talk, she said that “there’s just so much more to do.” I couldn’t agree with her more. 

The director also talked about the rating of the film. Jared Leto previously said he thought the film should have been rated R, but the PG-13 rating is something that Ayer was planning from the very beginning, and he said he enjoyed the challenge of making that happen: 

“This was always going to be a PG-13 from its inception. To me Deadpool is a bit of an outlier and I don’t know that that’s something you can model on, I honestly don’t know if that is an itch you can keep scratching with multiple projects, and I think that that’s also such a specific animal, and this thing was never intended to be R-rated so the material to do that didn’t exist and I found myself being my own sort of traffic cop on set just keeping, you know, 'Alright guys let’s keep it family, we’re not gonna do that, chill out. Don’t say that, no, no. Put the blood away, we’re not gonna see it. Say the F-bomb, then do it again without the F-bomb.' It was a bit of an out-of-body experience after the movies I have made in the past, but at the same time we got the rating with no problem and I kind of like it, I liked the challenge of that and it’s almost like in the ‘50s and the ‘40s the writing was spectacular because you had to talk around things and you had to be smart about how you communicate to people, and I enjoyed that challenge.”

If you haven’t seen Suicide Squad yet, you should check it out. I know it’s getting slammed by critics, but go see it and form your own opinion because I thought it was a blast. 

If Warner Bros. does decide to make a follow-up to Suicide Squad, would you rather see a direct sequel with all the characters coming back or a film that focuses on Harley Quinn and The Joker?

The New CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Film Is Moving Forward with LIFE OF PI Scribe and Financing

Tristan Pictures and producer Mark Gordon are teaming up to develop another film in The Chronicles of Narnia franchise. They are developing a big screen adaptation of C.S. LewisThe Silver Chair, which is being financed by Entertainment One. Earlier this year it was reported that this film will be used to reboot the franchise. During a previously interview, Gordon said:

“It’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”

So I assume none of the original cast are going to be coming back either. They’ve hired Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee to adapt the book as a feature film. I loved Life of Pi, so this gives me hope that the movie will at least have a solid script.

I never thought this film franchise reached its full potential. All of the movies have been made so far were ok, but they weren’t great. They’ve never gone to the level of epicness of films like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, and that’s the level that these Chronicles of Narnia films need to be. 

The Silver Chair is set a decade into Narnia’s future. It’s kind of a standalone story, which makes it perfect for a reboot point. If you're not familiar, here’s the official description of the story:

NARNIA...where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell...and where the adventure begins. Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor...or does it? Once again Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face and face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.

I really hope for the best for this adaption of The Silver Chair. It’s a great story and hopefully whatever filmmaking team they bring together to tell this story will be able to give it that fantastical epicness that it deserves.

Source: Variety

Alice Kicks Ass in First U.S. Trailer For RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CAPTER

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Earlier today we posted a brief Japanese promo spot for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Well, Screen Gems has just released a new U.S. trailer for the film, which is loaded with a ton of cool footage. The trailer is labeled as a teaser, but it's over two minutes long, so I'd say it's more of a full trailer. Regardless, the last film in the Resident Evil franchise looks like it will be a lot of fun.

For the most part, I've enjoyed the Resident Evil film franchise since it first launched in 2002. They aren't the greatest films ever, but they have managed to entertain me. I'm happy that it's finally coming to an end and I really hope it goes out on a high note.

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will be released on January 27th, 2017.

Via: IGN

Watch Vincent Price Get Bit by Vampire Kermit on THE MUPPET SHOW in 1977

Here are a couple of great clips from an episode of The Muppet Show in 1977 with the legendary Vincent Price as a guest on the show. He and Kermit the Frog talk about how he is able to turn into a vampire. It’s hilariously charming and at one point Kermit turns into a vampire and attacks Price. 

I grew up watching Vincent Price horror movies, but I had never seen this clip before now. I just thought it was the coolest thing, so I had to share it with you in case any of you haven’t seen it either. Enjoy!

11 Classic Films That Opened to Bad Reviews

As you all know, Suicide Squad opened to some very mixed reviews. A lot of critics didn’t seem to like it at all. I personally enjoyed it and it got me to thinking about other great films that opened to bad reviews that ended up being classics that are loved by movie geeks like myself.

I came up with a list of eleven movies that were met with mixed reviews. Some of them were completely trashed by critics, and I’m sure a lot of you won’t agree with what some of these critics had to say about these films.

I included an excerpt from one review for each film, and there were many other reviews that mirrored some of the statements that were made. The films on this list include Fight Club, The Shining, Predator, The Empire Strikes Back, Psycho, The Exorcist, Alien, Blade Runner, Halloween, and Home Alone. I tried to add several different genres to the mix. Of course, there are several other movies that would fit into this category, but I wanted to keep it limited to eleven. 

So, here are the films accompanied by a bad review and the reviews come from credible critics such as Roger Ebert, Variety, NY Times, and Time. Will Suicide Squad end up being considered a classic years from now? Only time will tell.

Fight Club

“With Fight Club he seems to be setting himself some kind of a test--how far over the top can he go? The movie is visceral and hard-edged, with levels of irony and commentary above and below the action. If it had all continued in the vein explored in the first act, it might have become a great film. But the second act is pandering and the third is trickery, and whatever Fincher thinks the message is, that's not what most audience members will get. "Fight Club" is a thrill ride masquerading as philosophy--the kind of ride where some people puke and others can't wait to get on again.” - Roger Ebert

The Shining 

“The crazier Nicholson gets, the more idiotic he looks. Shelley Duvall transforms the warm sympathetic wife of the book into a simpering, semi-retarded hysteric.” - Variety

Predator

"Predator is a slightly above-average actioner that tries to compensate for tissue-thin-plot with ever-more-grisly death sequences and impressive special effects." - Variety

The Empire Strikes Back

“The Empire Strikes Back is not a truly terrible movie. It’s a nice movie. It’s not, by any means, as nice as Star Wars. It’s not as fresh and funny and surprising and witty, but it is nice and inoffensive and, in a way that no one associated with it need be ashamed of, it’s also silly. Attending to it is a lot like reading the middle of a comic book. It is amusing in fitful patches but you’re likely to find more beauty, suspense, discipline, craft and art when watching a New York harbor pilot bring the Queen Elizabeth 2 into her Hudson River berth, which is what The Empire Strikes Back most reminds me of. It’s a big, expensive, time-consuming, essentially mechanical operation. The Empire Strikes Back is about as personal as a Christmas card from a bank.” - NY Times

Psycho

“There is not an abundance of subtlety or the lately familiar Hitchcock bent toward significant and colorful scenery in this obviously low-budget job… The consequence in his denouement falls quite flat for us… The one thing we would note with disappointment is that, among the stuffed birds that adorn the motel office of Mr. Perkins, there are no significant bats.” - NY Times

The Exorcist 

“A chunk of elegant occultist claptrap… a practically impossible film to sit through… It establishes a new low for grotesque special effects…” - NY Times

Alien 

“Technically slick and commercially singleminded, this film attempts to crossbreed the scare tactics of ‘Jaws’ with the sci-fi hardware of ‘Star Wars.’ The result is a cinematic bastard, and a pretty mean bastard at that. ‘Alien’ contains a couple of genuine jolts, a barrage of convincing special effects and enough gore to gross out children of all ages. What is missing is wit, imagination and the vaguest hint of human feeling.” - Time

Blade Runner

“He seems more concerned with creating his film worlds than populating them with plausible characters, and that's the trouble this time. "Blade Runner" is a stunningly interesting visual achievement, but a failure as a story… The movie's weakness, however, is that it allows the special effects technology to overwhelm its story… The obligatory love affair is pro forma, the villains are standard issue, and the climax is yet one more of those cliffhangers, with Ford dangling over an abyss by his fingertips. The movie has the same trouble as the replicants: Instead of flesh and blood, its dreams are of mechanical men.” - Roger Ebert

Halloween

“Carpenter doesn't seem to have had any life outside the movies: one can trace almost every idea on the screen to directors such as Hitchcock and Brian De Palma and to the Val Lewton productions. Maybe when a horror film is stripped of everything but dumb scariness—when it isn't ashamed to revive the stalest device of the genre (the escaped lunatic)—it satisfies part of the audience in a more basic, childish way than sophisticated horror pictures do.” - The New Yorker

Home Alone

"When Kevin’s parents discover they’ve forgotten him, they find it impossible to get anyone to follow through on their panicked calls – if anyone did so, the movie would be over. The plot is so implausible that it makes it hard for us to really care about the plight of the kid." - Roger Ebert

Caddyshack

"Caddyshack never finds a consistent comic note of its own, but it plays host to all sorts of approaches from its stars, who sometimes hardly seem to be occupying the same movie... Caddyshack feels more like a movie that was written rather loosely, so that when shooting began there was freedom, too much freedom, for it to wander off in all directions in search of comic inspiration." - Roger Ebert