Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer Stills: They Might be Giants

Check out this new batch of stills from Jack the Giant Slayer (click thumbnails to enlarge):

The giants of Jack the Giant Slayer
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  • Jack the Giant Slayer Giant
  • Jack the Giant Slayer Army
  • Ewan McGregor in Jack the Giant Slayer
  • Nicholas Hoult Jack the Giant Slayer
  • Jack the Giant Slayer Image

Nicholas Hoult stars as Jack in this take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. The movie finds Jack, a young farm hand, who accidentally opens a gateway to the Giant realm while trying to rescue a princess.

Ewan McGregor, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, and Eddie Marsan (The World’s End) also star. Bryan Singer directs the film, which will open in theaters March 1.

World of War Craft Movie Gets a Director: Duncan Jones Joins On

It only makes sense that the world’s biggest MMPORG, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, World of Warcraft, would be adapted into a movie.

And while we’ve heard about the production for a while now, the pieces are finally beginning to fall into place. Today Duncan Jones, director of Moon and Source Code, and son of David Bowie, signed on to direct the project.

World of Warcraft Logo

Sam Raimi had previously been rumored to be a in the running to direct, but he gave up on the project for timing reasons in order to direct Oz the Great and Powerful.

World of Warcraft has a built-in audience of over 10 million players, and is expected to have a budget of at least $100 million with a release date for some time in 2015. Read our Source Code review for a look at Jones’ last work.

Best of Warner Bros. Best Pictures Collection Review: Lasting Legacy

Warner Bros. has released an astounding DVD collection of their Best Picture winners, a fantastic way of celebrating the famed studio’s 90th anniversary. As the 2013 Academy Award nominations were just announced, Oscar marks their 85th year. Consider how extraordinary it is that one studio is responsible for just about a quarter of those Best Picture trophies. To have them all in one collection is a gift to any movie fanatic.

Warner Bros. Best Picture Collection

The set is broken down into three parts, 1929-1942 (A New Era), 1946-1959 (The Golden Years) and 1975-2006 (The New Classics). To look over the list of films included in this package is to see the films that defined Hollywood as the premier storytelling institution in the world. And did we mention that every single one scored an Academy Award for Best Picture? It’s honestly pretty overwhelming, but in the best of ways.

Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

With The Broadway Melody in 1929 to 2006’s The Departed as bookends, the series covers numerous genres, landscapes and one could argue that it even does its part to chronicle the evolution of our society. There are iconic films and there are those that highlight the 90th Anniversary Best of Warner Bros. Best Pictures Collection.

Many of the titles are on Movie Fanatic’s Top 100 Films of All-Time including An American in Paris, Ben Hur and our selection for best movie in history, Casablanca.

Other favorites of this Movie Fanatic that are in this fabulous release include Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Amadeus, Chariots of Fire, Driving Miss Daisy, Around the World in 80 Days and 1935’s Mutiny on the Bounty.

This is just one way that Warner Bros. is marking its 90 years of making movie magic… Stay tuned as we bring you more throughout 2013.

Matched Director: Jon M. Chu in Talks to Join the YA Sci-fi Romance

We discussed recently how odd it was that “young-adult futuristic dystopia” was shaping up to be a full-on genre, with movies like The Hunger Games and Divergent introducing the popular book category to film audiences.

Welp, add Matched to the list. Disney is in talks with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu to direct the upcoming adaptation of the popular young adult novel by Ally Condie. Chu would replace David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse), who was previously attached to direct.

Matched Book Cover

The book explores a civilization called “The Society,” where “Officials” decide everything about their citizens, from who they love to when they die. When a girl named Cassia begins to question the Officials’ choices, she discovers that nothing is as it seems.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows writers Michelle and Kieran Mulroney penned the script. There is not yet any shooting or release schedule.

Cinderella Seeks Kenneth Branagh to Direct

Disney is currently working on a live-action Cinderella movie, and the search for a director may be coming to an end. Mark Romanek was previously attached, but left the production earlier this year, and now Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct.

Kenneth Branagh Picture

Branagh is a well-known actor/director who is best known recently for directing 2011’s Thor, and the upcoming action film Jack Ryan.

The title role has yet to be cast, with a shortlist said to include Saoirse Ronan (The Host), Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde. Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit) is attached to play the evil stepmother.

Who do you think should play Cinderella? Let us know in the comments section below!