Even in this shaky and clearly nervewracking screen test for the first "Harry Potter" film, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint had palpable on-screen chemistry. That chemistry helped spawn eight films and an incredible $7.7 billion in box office receipts.Read More »from VIDEO: Watch Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint in their first ‘Harry Potter’ screen test
VIDEO: Watch Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint in their first ‘Harry Potter’ screen testBy Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Tue, 3 Jun, 2014 12:55 PM EDT
- Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Fri, 30 May, 2014 2:54 PM EDT
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. (20th Century Fox)
Even in his very first "X-Men" audition, it’s difficult to separate Hugh Jackman from the role of Wolverine.
And it’s no wonder. The Australian actor has now played the part of clawed Canadian mutant Logan in seven films (more times than any modern actor has played a single superhero), the first being 2000’s “X-Men” and the most recent current box office champ “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
The Wolverine role undoubtedly helped make Jackman’s career what it is today. But did you know that he wasn’t the first choice to play Logan? He wasn't even the second choice!Read More »from Watch Hugh Jackman’s original Wolverine audition that DIDN’T land him the role
Tom Cruise surprises Toronto on a whirlwind ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ tour, and takes a ‘selfie’ with the audienceBy Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Fri, 30 May, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
After London, Paris and NYC yesterday, I thought it would be fun to visit more fans today. Any guesses where I am? pic.twitter.com/2QejiHfnze
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) May 30, 2014
Tom Cruise certainly lived up to his globetrotting movie star image this week by quite literally trotting a large portion the globe -- all part of the publicity tour for his upcoming film “Edge of Tomorrow.”
Travelling around the world to plug a big movie is not unusual for Hollywood actors, but what made Cruise’s recent promotional odyssey so impressive was the pace and scale of it.
The megastar began his “Edge of Tomorrow” journey with a Wednesday morning premiere in London, England, hitting the Paris, France premiere that afternoon, and arriving in New York City later that day just in time for the U.S. premiere. The magic of time zones!
Cruise continued the journey on Thursday, making surprise stops at “Edge of Tomorrow” screenings in Toronto and Chicago. That’s five major movie markets in under 48Read More »from Tom Cruise surprises Toronto on a whirlwind ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ tour, and takes a ‘selfie’ with the audience
- Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Thu, 29 May, 2014 2:58 PM EDT
There's a very good reason why "Sleeping Beauty" villainess Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) got her own movie: She's one of the most iconic villains, not only in the history of Walt Disney animated films, but in all of movie history.
But how do the other Disney villains stack up? There are literally hundreds of other baddies in Disney canon, so we’ve narrowed the list down to 12 of the most famous and recognizable villains created by the studio and ranked them from worst to best.
12) Monstro, “Pinocchio” (1940)Read More »from Ranking the 12 most famous Disney villains from worst to best
While Monstro - the enormous whale who swallows Geppetto and company in the 1940 animated classic “Pinocchio” - is easily one of the most fearsome creatures ever animated by Disney, is it really fair to call him a villain? Although it’s never clearly stated, “Pinocchio” takes place around the turn of the 20th century, at a time when commercial whaling was at an all-time high. Having likely seen his kind nearly hunted to extinction, the whale is no doubt extremely wary of humans
- Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Wed, 28 May, 2014 2:57 PM EDT
Despite stellar early reviews (currently 93 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes) and a fantastic elevator pitch (“Groundhog Day” meets “Starship Troopers”?!), Tom Cruise’s upcoming film “Edge of Tomorrow” might be headed for financial failure, according to box office watchers.
The $178 million sci-fi adventure stars Cruise and Emily Blunt as a pair of alien-fighting soldiers doomed to relive the same disastrous day over and over again. “Edge of Tomorrow” sounds great on paper and the trailers are compelling enough. So why the gloomy box office forecast?
What is movie tracking?Read More »from Does movie tracking mean anything? 4 movies that bucked Hollywood box office expectations
According to publications with knowledge of such matters (like The Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo, and BoxOffice.com) “Edge of Tomorrow” isn’t tracking well. What is tracking? It’s a prediction or forecast of how a movie is going to perform at the box office. Tracking takes into account things like star power, the financial performance of similar films, how crowded the release calendar is, and general buzz (usually
- Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Wed, 28 May, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
What if movies like “X-Men: Days of Future Past” or “American Hustle” had been made in another decade? Who would star in them? And -- most importantly -- what would the posters look like?
Those are the questions answered by New York-based graphic designer Peter Stults in his ongoing poster series “What If: Movies Reimagined.” Transplanting familiar films into past decades, Stultz creates era appropriate poster art featuring actors and actresses from that period.Read More »from Modern movies re-imagined with classic movie posters
If the marketing for Disney’s “Maleficent” is to be believed, villains are the new heroes. In the upcoming fantasy film, megastar Angelina Jolie brings the evil sorceress from "Sleeping Beauty" to life, exploring the character's mysterious past and examining how that past shaped the events of the famous fairy tale.
Disney has already toyed with this idea a bit in the past, most notably with 2010's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (inspired by the segment of the same name from "Fantasia") and the in-development Cruella de Ville movie. But "Maleficent" is the first time that the House of Mouse has really mined one of its beloved animated films like this.
If applied correctly, the villain angle could provide Disney with some very cool opportunities in the future. There are plenty of other Disney antagonists whose back stories could be mined for their own stand-alone films:
Read More »from 5 Disney Villains Who Deserve Their Own Movies
Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”)
Much like Maleficent, Ursula is also an outcast of sorts. There’s a reason she lives alone
- Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Fri, 23 May, 2014 3:04 PM EDT
Director Xavier Dolan is the toast of Cannes 2014 with his film "Mommy."
Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan is big in France. The 25-year-old Montreal native has been a darling of the Cannes Film Festival ever since his award-winning 2009 fest debut “I Killed My Mother,” and he now appears to be poised for even greater success. Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” is rumoured to be this year’s frontrunner for Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) award.
Touching on themes that Dolan has addressed in past films, "Mommy" tells the story of a single mother (Anne Dorval) struggling to raise her troubled and violent teenage son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon). Things begin to change for the family when a neighbour (Suzanne Clement) offers to help. The film premiered this week at the glitzy Mediterranean festival to rave reviews from both critics and famous attendees.
Variety critic Peter Debruge called the film "A funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work." The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton labelled it "an explosively emotional portrait of a troubled mother-sonRead More »from Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’ considered the frontrunner for the Cannes Palme d’Or
- Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Fri, 23 May, 2014 12:41 PM EDTAdam Sandler and Drew Barrymore went to South Africa to film "Blended." (Warner Bros.)
We all suspected it, but it took Adam Sandler to finally admit it: Most of the funnyman’s movies are basically just an excuse to go on a sweet paid vacation.
Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week to promote his latest comedy “Blended,” Sandler answered in the affirmative when Kimmel asked if his movies are just an excuse to go somewhere nice on vacation.
“Yes,” came Sandler’s unequivocal answer. “I have done that since ‘50 First Dates.’ It was written in another place. I said, ‘Imagine if we did it in Hawaii, how great that movie would be?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, that’s a very artistic idea.’ I’ve been doing that ever since.”
It’s true. Ever since the 2004 rom-com “50 First Dates” (which also stars his “Wedding Singer” and “Blended” collaborator Drew Barrymore), most of Sandler’s movies have either been filmed in or heavily featured exotic locales. Parts 2008’s “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” was filmed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and 2011’s “Just Go With It” shot almost entirelyRead More »from Adam Sandler confesses what we already knew: His movies are paid vacations
Haley Joel Osment’s Canadian comeback: ‘I’ll Follow You Down’ trailer stars the grown-up child actorBy Will Perkins | Wide Screen – Thu, 22 May, 2014 12:05 PM EDT
Making the leap from child star to adult actor is difficult. No matter how successful a career a young performer has, very few are able to make the transition successfully.
Rember “Sixth Sense” star Haley Joel Osment?
voice acting in cartoons and video games.After the success of M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural thriller, there was no bigger child actor in Hollywood. Osment landed major role after major role, like 2000’s “Pay It Forward,” opposite Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, the starring role in Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film “A. I. Artificial Intelligence,” and 2003’s “Secondhand Lions.” But then he pretty much disappeared from the public eye, spending much of the past decade
Well, now Osment is back, and in a pretty big way. The actor popped up online this week in the first trailer for the Canadian sci-fi thriller "I'll Follow You Down." Osment plays Erol, the son of a scientist whose mysterious disappearance haunts his family for years. Directed by Richie Mehta ("Siddharth"), theRead More »from Haley Joel Osment’s Canadian comeback: ‘I’ll Follow You Down’ trailer stars the grown-up child actor
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