It’s great that Disney and Sam Raimi finally sorted things out with Warner Bros. (who hold the old MGM copyright to The Wizard of Oz) so that the prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, could finally be released in theaters as it was meant to be seen.
If you weren’t aware, Warner Bros. claimed that the new film couldn’t make the Wicked Witch green, since that was something specific to their film, and not L. Frank Baum’s children’s books. So instead we get a Glinda-riffic Michelle Williams all in white, a fashionably red Mila Kunis, and a darkly chic Rachel Weisz (channeling Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman) as the hottest witchy witches since Idina Menzel took the stage as Elpheba in Wicked.
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We can’t believe they’re rebooting the Spider-Man franchise this year—the last one came out in 2007! For proof that, though the series had been in decline, director Sam Raimi still had some intriguing ideas, check out Drag Me To Hell, his 2009 horror film depicting the evils wrought upon a young loan officer who unwisely Read More
Insert aviation-related pun here. Pixar’s Up flew to the top of the box office this weekend, as the animated film brought in an estimated $68.2 million to pace the competition. Not only is that more than last summer’s sensation, Wall*E, grossed during its initial frame, it also marks the third biggest opening in Read More
Highlights and Fangoria subscribers unite! The last weekend in May brings two movies to theaters: One to scare the life out of you; one to make you feel like a kid again. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Drag Me to Hell
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Drag Me To Hell
Running time 99 minutes
Written by Sam and Ivan Raimi
Directed by Sam Raimi
Starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Lorna Raver
The true test of any successful horror flick is how wretched it makes you feel. At the very least, it should inspire a banquet of dread or Read More
The Sundance Film Festival, Hollywood’s bastion of independent film, kicked off on Thursday night. And while, thus far, few films have been picked up for distribution—the only major deal was Senator Entertainment’s acquisition of Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest, starring Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke—that doesn’t mean it has been Read More
James Vanderbilt, writer of the Zodiac and Basic screenplays, will replace the original Spider-Man scribe David Koepp in the drafting of the fourth installment of the superhero series. Producers want more character-driven stories, rather than a focus on special effects, according to Reuters/the Hollywood Reporter.
No deals have been Read More
Running Time 140 minutes
Directed by Sam Raimi
Written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent
Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace
Clocking in at up to $350 million, depending on which moguls you ask and how secure their jobs are prior to the Read More
Showgirls : Still Sucks!
In an attempt to recoup its reputation-and, perhaps, the estimated $25 million deficit between the film’s cost and its U.S. gross-MGM has repositioned the 1995 accidental monstrosity Show-girls as a celebration of badness. But can camp go corporate?
For those who missed Showgirls during its terrifying first run, former crack Read More
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 , from a screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on a screen story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Michael Chabon (and the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko), turns out to be surprisingly and delightfully superior to Mr. Raimi’s first Spider-Man (2002). But you don’t have to take Read More