Let’s get this out of the way: I have not yet seen Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott’s big-budget retelling of the Moses story, and God willing, I won’t have to. For starters, it looks like a yet another dirge-like epic on the order of his earlier Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood, and (yes, I’ll say it) Gladiator, a dull slog through the past from a director who works best in the present and the future. But the setting and story aren’t the only elements of Exodus that are tied firmly to the past, as considerable controversy has brewed around Scott’s old-Hollywood decision to cast this story of Egyptian pharaohs and prophets with a cast roughly as diverse as the industry seats at an Eagles concert. And now, facing a backlash from commentators and social media, the people responsible for the movie are in spin mode, prompting a spectacle surely more entertaining than anything Sir Ridley put on screen. … Read More
I know the timing on this doesn’t quite work out—projects like this are in development for years—but a look… Read More
The year 1984 was a treasure trove for movie lovers. Classics like The Karate Kid, Footloose, and A Nightmare on Elm Street made their way to theaters, but it was an especially fine time for comedies. The foul-mouthed Beverly Hills Cop, teen sex romp Revenge of the Nerds, Police Academy, Gremlins, and Romancing the Stone are just a few of the movies that debuted that year. But let’s not forget the film that combined elements of horror, slapstick funnies, big special effects, and some of the best comedic actors: Ghostbusters. This August, audiences will have the opportunity to catch Ghostbusters on the big screen. They’ll also get to enjoy a 30th-anniversary Blu-ray edition. To prepare for these moments, we’ve gathered 25 fun facts about the movie that you might have missed. … Read More
We were overjoyed to hear that Clueless director Amy Heckerling was re-teaming with Alicia Silverstone for a supernatural comedy called Vamps. But it was over two-and-a-half years ago when the news broke that Silverstone and the wonderful Krysten Ritter would star as the film’s titular party-girl vampires. With few recent updates, we feared that Vamps was stuck in production hell. Thankfully, that is not the case. The movie now has a trailer and a release date (November 2nd), and this first glimpse is very promising.
First and foremost, the cast is excellent. We’ve got Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Johnston, Richard Lewis, Wallace Shawn, Justin Kirk, Dan Stevens, Todd Barry, Marilu Henner, and Malcolm McDowell. Yes, one of the problematic love interests is none other than Downton Abbey’s beloved Cousin Matthew, Weeds’ Uncle Andy plays a guyliner-wearing vamp with an Eastern European accent, and Weaver just full-on kicks ass. Watch the trailer and join in our excitement below. … Read More
Our friends at Mental Floss published an article yesterday revealing a list of literary characters that almost had entirely different names. We agree that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Bladorthin the Grey wouldn’t have rolled off the tongue as nicely as Gandalf the Grey does and felt relieved that J.K. Rowling, Raymond Chandler, and other writing giants had the good sense to wise up.
The list left us wondering about the original names of film characters. The best fictional heroes and villains aren’t remembered solely for their names, but a creative and original moniker can make an otherwise forgettable figure truly stand out. It’s also a great way to shed an interesting light on a character’s backstory. Click through to find out what disastrous, cinematic names directors and screenwriters evaded throughout film history. If you know of a particular lemon we didn’t cover, drop it in the comments below. … Read More