Filmmakers, animators, and cast members reunited to reminisce about the making of the film — and disclose some fascinating facts about a project they once nicknamed Bambi in the Jungle. Here are the highlights.
Warning: This story contains potential spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes. Let’s start by stating the obvious: War for the Planet of the Apes is not a direct prequel to the 1968 sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston. Instead, the new Apes, which arrives in theaters this weekend is, in the words of director Matt Reeves, “an answer” to the series of simian sci-fi films of the 1960s and ’70s.
The “Wonder Woman” film offers yet another version of the Amazon’s genesis, cherry-picking from her various comic backstories and tossing in some new details.
A first-hand history of 'Star Wars' toys from one of the Kenner designers there at the beginning, and working on new products 40 years later at Hasbro
The new 'Alien' movie doesn't have time for Predators. It's an origin story that renders the crossover Alien vs. Predator movies obsolete.
When the first teaser for Christopher Nolan’s WW2 epic ‘Dunkirk’ hit the web, many were quick to point out one background artist who’d clearly missed the memo that he was supposed to be scared during this scene.
Wolverine continues to flex his considerable muscles at the box office, with Hugh Jackman’s X-Men swan song Logan already closing in on $300 million in global ticket sales in less than a week. As Marvel fans undoubtedly know, the film is very loosely based on Old Man Logan, an eight-issue 2008 miniseries by writer Mark Millar and artist Steven McNiven. The film distills the Old Man Logan story to its essence: Logan, long retired from crimefighting in a dystopian future bereft of fellow superheroes, embarks on a hazardous road trip with an old friend — a journey of self-discovery in which tragedy spurs a renewed sense of purpose.
If you went into the 2011 Ryan Gosling film expecting a pedal-to-the-metal action flick, you were probably disappointed, even if the resulting drama was still one of the best movies that year. Investment banker Andrew Greene sued the Scorsese movie for using his likeness in a character called Nicky Koskoff, played by actor P.J. O’Byrne, who’s one of Jordan Belfort’s (Leonardo Di Caprio) greedy, amoral trader posse.
Producer James L. Brooks and writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig attend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle’s annual celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. James L. Brooks knows a thing or two about mining fresh filmmaking talent. The writer-director-producer behind films like Terms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets and TV’s landmark The Simpsons is largely responsible for the careers of both Cameron Crowe and Wes Anderson, having mentored them on their respective debuts, Say Anything (1989) and Bottle Rocket (1996).
Post-credit scenes are overrated: the credits themselves are where it’s at… Frozen’s booger warning Young Disney viewers can be an impressionable lot, so the Mouse House have to make sure they their movies don’t encourage any ill behaviour with all manner of warnings and disclaimers. Sometimes, however, they just like having fun. The disclaimer in the end credits of ‘Frozen’ says “The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company.” Bogie bullet dodged. Hot Shots’ fun facts The Abrahams/Zucker movies feature more gags-per-minute than any other franchises, so it’s no surprise their films feature jokes squirreled away in the credits too. The 'Hot Shots’ movies feature secret credits – the first movie has a real recipe for 'Nobby Buns’, while 'Hot Shots! Part Deux’ has a series of fun facts (“Actor Richard Crenna invented tartar sauce”) and has a pop quiz at the end to check you were paying attention.
These are the 10 actors who came within inches of mega-stardom and universal fame… Dougray Scott Was nearly in: ‘X-Men’ Rising Scottish actor Dougray was already considered a hot enough property to play the villain opposite Tom Cruise in ‘Mission: Impossible II’, but shooting ran long on John Woo’s action epic (probably due to all the slow-motion scenes), denying Scott the opportunity to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s 'X-Men’. - Avengers 2 Alternate Ending - Actors That Disappeared - Admiral Ackbar To Return 'A fella wi claws fir hands? Och, it’ll probably never amount to anything,' Scott probably reasoned, before watching mouth agape as 'X-Men’ kickstarted the superhero genre and Hugh Jackman reprised the role of Wolverine in nine movies across 17 years, becoming one of the world’s biggest stars as a result. He was also a front-runner to play Bond before Daniel Craig won the role. Eric Stoltz Was nearly in: ‘Back To The Future’ There are movie stars and there are character actors and there isn’t a whole lot of overlap – once you’re categorised as one, it’s hard to make it as the other.
Lovable Goonies giant Sloth is about as iconic a movie character as it’s possible to be, but the man behind the make-up lived a tragic life worthy of its own Hollywood story.
Plucked from obscurity to star in the biggest franchise of all time, these young actors were barely tweenagers when they first appeared on-screen. See how they’ve changed…
Dismiss ‘The Simpsons’ simply as a cartoon for kids at your peril. Donald Trump may only be a presidential candidate hopeful right now, but his ambition was foreseen by this classic ‘Simpsons’ episode where Bart was shown his future by a Native American. Simon Singh, the author of a book titled ‘The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets’, claims Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs Boson particle 14 years before it was actually figured out for real by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider.
As Damien Thorn, spawn of Satan, he freaked out parents around the world. Legend has it, five-year-old boy Harvey Spencer Stephens won the role of original problem child Damien in ‘The Omen’ when he punched Richard Donner in the balls – at the director’s behest, we should add. The Putney-born lad decided the acting game wasn’t really for him and was too young at the time to truly appreciate what a unique position Donner and 'The Omen’’s producers had put him in.
“Some movies are better than others,” he told Yahoo! Movies. The reality would have been somewhat different, says Father Lampert. Another famous feature of exorcism movies is how the victims of demonic passion behave – from vomiting, uttering obscenities and doing strange things with crucifixes.
When the documentary ‘Living with Michael Jackson’ aired in February 2003, it was watched by an astonishing 15 million people in the UK, and a further 38 million on ABC in the US, as well as many millions more around the world. Conducted by Martin Bashir, who has recently rejoined the BBC as its religious affairs correspondent, it was seen as a way of turning the eccentric singer’s reputation around, following the 1993 accusations of child abuse which had already battered his career. Jackson, who was a huge fan of Diana, Princess of Wales, was keen on receiving the kind of public sympathy Diana got after her now infamous ‘Panorama’ interview with Bashir in 1995.
By 1998, and after years in obscurity, the American singer-songwriter Eva Cassidy had become a huge star, with national radio play and an album at the top of the album charts. ‘Songbird’ would go on to sell well over one million copies in the UK alone, achieving platinum status, and many more around the world. It was thanks in no small measure to a pair of cover versions; ‘Over The Rainbow’, first immortalised by Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and ‘Fields of Gold’, penned by Sting just a few years earlier. A small record label based in Brighton called Hot Records, owned by Tony Bramwell, had picked up on her version of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘People Get Ready’, and released it as a single in the UK.
With one movie he can make a billion dollars. But the next can flop dismally. Of all the Hollywood directors, no one who wants to keep hold of their money would bet on Tim Burton. His iconoclasm might be what endears him to cinema-goers, but big studio accountants will probably warn against saying his name three times in the mirror. Image credits: Disney/Warner Bros/Fox/Buena Vista/Rex Features/The Weinstein Co.
With the release of the latest round of Star Wars merchandise set for this year’s so-called “Rogue Friday” (riffing on last year’s Force Friday) on Sept. 30, Yahoo Movies is looking back at movie merchandise through the years. In today’s opening installment, we go deep on the greatest action-figure mishaps from some of Hollywood’s greatest films. Enjoy! __________________________ Ever since the release of 1977’s Star Wars, kids (and adults) have channeled their love of movies into playing with — and obsessively collecting — action figures based on their favorite big-screen adventurers. And today, many of those replicas are amazingly lifelike, as with those offered by Hot Toys, whose collection of movie-property figures boast astoundingly detailed and accurate facial sculptures and costumes, many using 3-D scans of the real actors. They’re proof that, when done properly, action figures can eerily resemble the iconic heroes and heroines upon which they’re based. But when done incorrectly? Well, that’s another story entirely. While companies like Hasbro, Mattel, McFarlane Toys, and Hot Toys have now set an incredibly high standard for such products, the industry’s history is littered with laughable disasters that fail so miserably at recreating actors and actress’ visages, they seem to have been made without any actual knowledge of their subjects. As our rundown makes clear, when movie action figures fail, they fail badly.
The 1971 movie version makes Wonka’s psychotic tendencies crystal clear when the cocoa pusher takes the kids on an LSD-inspired boat ride, brainwashing them with images so disturbing that even Guantanamo would consider them 'a bit much’ (for example, a huge insect crawling across someone’s face, see below).
Aston, an archeologist who had lectured at Oxford and was made a professor of Landscape Archeology at Bristol University in the mid-90s, played a pivotal role in bringing archeology to the nation, after teaming up with TV producer Tim Taylor in 1988. First there was the short-lived show 'Time Signs’, which then evolved into 'Time Team’ in 1994, with 'Blackadder’ star Tony Robinson on presenting duties. The team also included the likes of surveyors Stewart Ainsworth and Henry Chapman, illustrator Victor Ambrus, and fellow archaeologists Helen Geake and Phil Harding, and gradually the show began to grow its following, introducing a whole new audience to archaeology.
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In 2003, Cilla Black joined the dubious company of Richard Nixon and Edward VIII in quitting their posts live on air. Admittedly, Nixon and Edward VIII’s posts were a tad more venerated than that of the presenter of ‘Blind Date’, but nonetheless, Cilla did indeed join their ranks when she made the announcement that she’d be leaving the show in front of several million viewers after 18 years and as many series. “Over New Year I thought a lot about what I wanted to do in 2003, and decided that it was the right time to move on from Blind Date,” she told the audience (and producers).
On November 20, 1995, the BBC news programme ‘Panorama’ aired Princess Diana’s first solo interview since her marriage to Prince Charles, broadcast two years after the couple had announced their separation. A staggering 22.8 million watched it go out, and it remains one of the highest-rated BBC programmes of all time. The most famous line, uttered after interviewer Martin Bashir quizzed her on Prince Charles’s infidelity, explained how 'there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded’, the third person being Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.