• 20th Century Fox

    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was No. 1 at the box office, with an estimated $73 million haul -- making it the first sequel to a remake of 2014 to earn both serious critical praise and major financial success. The post-apocalyptic action film, starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke, and Andy Serkis, certainly isn’t the first sequel to a remake to ever find audience, nor will it be the last, if the Hollywood trend of rebooting every franchise in sight continues.

    Sequels to remakes aren’t a new phenomenon by any means. As long as Hollywood has been remaking movies, they’ve also been following up those remakes with sequels.

    One of the first high profile remake sequels was 1989’s “The Fly II” (or, as it should have been titled, "How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Jeff Goldblum Movie by Adding Eric Stoltz"), an inferior and much-maligned follow-up to director David Cronenberg’s critically-acclaimed 1986 remake of the 1958 horror classic.

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, sequels to

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  • For most of Hollywood's history, movie aliens and other creatures who arrived on Earth in flying saucers were always something to be feared. Films like "The Thing From Another World," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," and "Alien" centred on dangerous extraterrestrials with little love for humanity.

    Steven Spielberg was one of the first filmmakers to try to change that perception -- first, with 1977's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and its benevolent, music-loving beings from outer space, and then again in 1982 with the sci-fi family adventure "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," starring the most lovable squashy guy from another solar system ever to grace the silver screen.

    But what if Spielberg had followed the Hollywood rule that all aliens are bad? What if "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" were actually a horror movie? Well, it might look something like the fake trailer above.

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  • The original cast of "Alien" appear as video game characters in "Alien: Isolation." (Sega)

    It’s been more than 35 years since Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic “Alien” first hit theatres -- and in that time, the film's cast has aged accordingly. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at the new trailer for the upcoming video game “Alien: Isolation.”

    The survival horror game will include a "Nostromo" add-on, due out this fall, and the original "Alien" cast have all returned for the ride. In the trailer for the game, stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto, and Veronica Cartwright look just as they appeared when the film first terrorized audiences in May 1979.

    All five actors are lending their voices and likenesses to an “Alien: Isolation” bonus mission, which allows players to experience the events of the film from the perspective of Ellen Ripley and her crew mates. No word on whether actor Ian Holm (who played the villainous android Ash) will be providing his voice as well.

    “Alien: Isolation” acts as a direct sequel to “Alien,” and the added

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  • Disney

    Instead of a beloved cartoon mouse, perhaps studio Walt Disney Pictures should consider changing their corporate mascot to a snake eating its own tail. Apparently uninterested in creating original film properties anymore, the house that Mickey built now seems more interested in looking back to its glory days for inspiration. According to the Hollywood Reporter a live-action movie based on 1941’s “Dumbo” is now in the works.

    The “Dumbo” remake is latest in a long list of Disney projects (including the recently released “Maleficent," and the upcoming "Cinderella," "The Jungle Book," and "Beauty and the Beast" live-action adaptations) which are re-imaginings of the studio’s animated classics.

    “Dumbo” (the story of a young circus elephant whose oversized ears give him the ability to fly) seems an odd candidate for a remake, especially given the fantasy bent of most of Disney's current reboot roster. The new version will reportedly flesh out the story by adding a family whose own plot runs

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  • DreamWorks

    Unfortunately for many employees of DreamWorks, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is being considered a financial disappointment.

    Released on June 13 opposite “22 Jump Street,” “HTTYD2” had a respectable $50 million opening weekend. However, that total was far below the $65-70 million range many had predicted. Since then it’s been nothing but bad news for the film, which has seen its domestic box office totals basically halved each weekend ($25 million the second weekend, $13 million the third weekend, and $8 million last weekend). Though it’s made close to $300 million worldwide, the movie's domestic box office has yet to match its massive $145 million budget.

    "How to Train Your Dragon 2" has still made an obscene amount of money. However, when compared to its massive budget, the return on investment just isn't there for DreamWorks. The financial failure of "HTTYD2" is believed to be part of the reason DreamWorks began laying off employees of its animation division this week. The company has reportedly let go between 40 to 50 employees so far.

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  • Thinkstock

    There are very few things in life that can rival Saturday night on the couch with a good movie. But your enjoyable night in isn't exactly ideal for movie theatre owners.

    Naturally, these business owners want you to spend your Saturday nights at their cinemas, and to show they mean it they’re willing to spend big bucks to rival that homey couch experience. According to the Wall Street Journal, North American theatre chain AMC is spending upwards of $600 million dollars over the next five years to revamp their auditoriums.

    What does the revamp entail? AMC will remove 50 to 70 per cent of the current seats in their theatres and replace them with larger chairs (about 8 inches or 36 per cent wider) that can recline. The upgrade will cost the company between $350,000 and $500,000 per auditorium. Many of the theatres will also offer full food and drink options.

    Basically, it means more room for patrons to stretch out and enjoy the film, and more tickets sold for the theatre. The WSJ reports

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  • There is no mistaking a Michael Bay movie. Reviled by the film critic establishment and loved by audiences (the director’s latest film “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has raked in an astonishing $600 million worldwide since its June 27 release), Bay is one of the most divisive figures in Hollywood.

    From the over-the-top destruction, the frantic cutting, the explosions, the dramatic 360-degree shots, more explosions, more destruction, more cutting -- more, more, MORE -- Bay’s movies are blockbuster exercises in cinematic excess. You could easily edit together a reel of his movies at random and still get pretty much the same experience.

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    Director and geek icon Kevin Smith recently attended the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland to take part in an in-depth Q&A session with his fans. Fresh from his visit to the set of "Star Wars Episode VII," the filmmaker revealed about as much as he was legally allowed to about his brief visit to a galaxy far, far away.

    “It looks fantastic,” Smith said after being asked about “Episode VII.” “So anyone out there wondering if [Abrams] is going to pull it off, he’s pulling it off. He showed me cut scenes, he showed me sequences, images, pictures. I cried and I hugged that guy.”

    A lifelong fan of the series (yes, even of the prequels), Smith has a reputation for being slightly hyperbolic when it comes to things related to “Star Wars.” He heaped praise on the critically reviled “Attack of the Clones” when it was first released and has been equally defensive of Episodes I and III in the years since they hit theatres. With that in mind, it might be worth taking his on-set

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  • A young girl disappears from the back of a car at a truck stop… and then things get really disturbing.

    That’s the set-up for Atom Egoyan’s new abduction thriller, “The Captive,” and we have the first look at the new trailer and movie poster from eOne.

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    Starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos as the parents of the missing girl, the film follows the twists and turns into the investigation. While the detectives (Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman) do their best to find the young girl, it turns out that what’s happened to her is far more nefarious than they thought.

    This might be the most high-action film ever made by Egoyan, who has become known for emotional and psychological dramas like “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Chloe.” But with the film’s A-list cast and terrifying subject matter, there’s no doubt we’ll be on the edge of our seats when “The Captive” is released in theatres on Sept. 5.

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  • "No, I am your father."

    Darth Vader’s revelation to Luke Skywalker in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” is one of the most famous lines in movie history. It’s also one of the most misquoted. When the subject of “Star Wars” comes up, many casual fans like to trot out the line “Luke, I am your father.” Die hard fans of a galaxy far, far away know that Vader doesn't say it exactly like that.

    But what does that famous quote sound like in other languages? Does the Sith Lord’s Cloud City confession carry the same weight in Spanish as it does in English? What does Vader sound like in German or Japanese?

    We now know the answers to those questions thanks to a handy video compilation featuring Darth Vader’s famed line in multiple languages. We're particularly fond of the grim German delivery and the inexplicably calm Hebrew line reading.

    The fact that "The Empire Strikes Back" has been translated and dubbed into so many languages speaks to the popularity of "Star Wars." Vader's line is just as

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