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Peter T Chattaway

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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_3TzdE0m5c
  2. Links to our threads on fellow Mattel movies Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008), Barbie (in development), Magic 8 Ball (in development), Major Matt Mason (in development), Masters of the Universe (in development) and Thomas the Tank Engine (in development). Links to our threads on the Hasbro movies Transformers (2007-2017), G.I. Joe (2009-2013), Battleship (2012), Ouija (2014) and Jem and the Holograms (2015), as well as in-development films based on Beyblade, Candy Land, Clue, Dungeons & Dragons, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Monopoly, My Little Pony, Play-Doh, Risk and Stretch Armstrong. To say nothing of the Mr Potato Heads and other real-life toys that appear in the Toy Story movies (1995-2019). Links to our threads on other toy- and game-based movies Asteroids (in development), Erector Sets (in development), Micronauts (in development), Missile Command (in development), Rampage (in development), Space Invaders (in development) and Tetris (in development). - - - Mattel & MGM Partner For Movie Based On View-Master Classic Toy Mattel, Inc. and MGM will develop a live action motion picture based on Mattel’s classic toy line View-Master. The toy-based film would be the second recent Mattel-MGM collaboration following the Feb. 15 announcement about a film based on Mattel’s American Girl doll brand. View-Masters are the stereoscope toys that have been a childhood staple for more than 75 years. More recently, Mattel updated the viewers with View-Master VR, a virtual reality product that brings what the toymaker calls “a whole new level of realism” beyond the 3-D versions. Deadline, February 27
  3. John Simon says "you might just as well be watching a[n] animated cartoon" as though that were a *bad* thing. Ebert's comeback that "These are the sorts of movies the Disney people *should* be making" is, um, interesting, given who owns the Star Wars franchise now. It's also funny how Siskel refers to The Empire Strikes Back at least twice as "Jedi" -- three years before Return of the Jedi came out and "Jedi" became the shorthand title for that film. But yeah, Simon doesn't come off very well in that interview clip.
  4. We're seriously complaining about the movie-within-the-movie being too white -- and too American! -- now? In a movie that's basically a critique of American consumerism?
  5. Yeah, I wasn't a fan of this one either. (Curious: why rename the thread? Or has it already been renamed?)
  6. We have a title. The Dark Knight Rises, anyone?
  7. Peter T Chattaway

    Shazam! 2

    Links to our threads on the DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Shazam! (2019), Joker (2019), Wonder Woman 1984 (2019), Birds of Prey (2020), The Batman (2021), Suicide Squad 2 (2021) and Aquaman 2 (2022), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, Justice League Dark and Supergirl movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Justice League and Joker sequels. - - - ‘Shazam!’ Writer Henry Gayden Will Return to Write Sequel (Exclusive) “Shazam!” screenplay writer Henry Gayden has been tapped to write the DC superhero movie’s sequel for DC and New Line, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The filmmaking team of David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran are also expected to return. TheWrap.com, April 8
  8. Dwayne Johnson says it starts shooting next year.
  9. Yeah, I went to the film expecting something goofy and kid-friendly (though I was aware of the PG-13 rating it got in the U.S.), and within the first ten minutes my nine-year-old goddaughter (who had come with her parents and me) had to leave the theatre because the villain's origin story (which is how the movie opens, and which is pretty dark) was kind of traumatizing for her. So, that coloured how I saw the rest of the film as well. And then the later scenes with the boys going to a strip club (seen only from the sidewalk, never from the inside) etc. didn't win me over either. Given the film's explicit nods to the Tom Hanks movie Big, there's nothing *quite* as problematic here as the scene in that film where the kid-in-an-adult-body has sex with a woman, but I was still somewhat disappointed. I mean, the wizard has been looking for someone pure of heart for years etc., but it seems like he gives his power to Billy Batson simply because he's run out of time and he has to give his power to *somebody*. Does Billy Batson really *seem* more pure of heart than the average person? Given his penchant for lying and stealing etc. when we first meet him? All that being said, there was certainly a lot of fun to be had here. But it didn't leave me giddy the way Aquaman did. Then again, Aquaman explicitly sold itself as an over-the-top epic, and Shazam! never even remotely pretended it was even trying to be *that*.
  10. Now being developed by the Russo brothers, aka the only people who have directed *four* Marvel movies (Captain America 2 + 3 and Avengers 3 + 4).
  11. Link to our thread on the 2019 movie.
  12. Link to our thread on the TV series (2010-2015). Deadline has a description of the new trailer. The teaser, released late last year, is below. The movie comes out in September.
  13. Time to update the thread. The movie's new title is A Hidden Life.
  14. Joel Mayward wrote: : Captain Marvel has crossed $1 billion at the box office. Yup. It's the 7th Marvel movie to do that (behind Avengers 1 + 2 + 3, Black Panther, Iron Man 3 and Captain America 3), the 10th comic-book movie to do that (also behind Aquaman and The Dark Knight 2 + 3), and the 38th movie overall to do that (also behind Avatar, Titanic, Star Wars 1 + 7 + 7a + 8, Jurassic 1 + 4 + 5, Furious 7 + 8, Harry Potter 8, Frozen, Beauty & the Beast, Incredibles 2, Minions, Transformers 3 + 4, The Lord of the Rings 3, Skyfall, Toy Story 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 + 4, Despicable Me 3, Finding Dory, Alice in Wonderland, Zootopia and The Hobbit 1).
  15. Coming September 11, 2020. It will tell "the story of Bill Ramsey, also known as The Southend Werewolf. After a lifetime of bizarre events including rage attacks, unexplained moments of superstrength and reports of transforming into a werewolf and assaulting people, Bill Ramsey was visited by the real Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1980s, who convinced the man to undergo an exorcism, believing he was possessed by a demon. Following an intense exorcism with the Warren’s specialist Bishop Robert McKenna, Ramsey reported in the early ’90s that there have been no further incidents and has been quiet ever since."
  16. FWIW, it was just announced today that this film will be getting a series of "event" screenings in six Canadian theatres for one week only, beginning April 12. The theatres in question are in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Mississauga, Toronto and Montreal. So apparently this film is not getting a regular release here -- this will probably be one of those things where it shows only once or twice a day, and at different times on different days, or something like that.
  17. FWIW, it was just announced today that this film will be getting a Canadian release on April 12 -- one week after the American release.
  18. Saw it. Liked it. Can't recall if I've ever seen the original film. The new film felt *familiar* in a few places, but only in the vaguest of ways, and I couldn't remember seeing any specific scenes before. I wondered sometimes if the song choices were a little on-the-nose, but then, people do tend to listen to songs that express what they're feeling, etc. It just hit me that Julianne Moore and John Turturro were both in The Big Lebowski over two decades ago.
  19. Incidentally, I mention these points (about the 1941 climax and the 2019 first-act twist, etc.) because I think I heard some discussion before I saw the film about how it "pads" the story in order to double the running time... but the change to the script is really a lot more profound than that, a lot more basically *structural* than that. It's not like the new film follows the same narrative beats as the original film but kills more time between them. Instead, the new film fundamentally reimagines what the story is *about*, or what *kind* of story it is.
  20. Nick Alexander wrote: : So, in other words, if you want to watch a quality Disney live action remake, but only have forty minutes to spare, you can leave after 40 minutes. #expensivebutcool I wouldn't go *that* far. The first 40 minutes of this film are sufficiently different from the original film (no talking animals, and way too many talking humans, for one thing) that I wouldn't call it a "quality Disney live action remake" even on *that* level. I did think it was interesting that the new movie treated the happy ending to the original film as merely the end of the first act in this film, though. (I forget what Syd Field and other screenwriting "experts" might have called it, but they often talk about how there has to be a major plot twist about half an hour into the movie -- so basically the new movie turns the climax of the original film into that half-hour plot twist.) But oh, so dark. The chaos when Mrs Jumbo tries to protect Dumbo doesn't just bring down the circus tent, it *kills* somebody (admittedly, somebody who looks ugly and is mean and is basically someone the audience has been conditioned to hate, but still). And then Mrs Jumbo has to be saved from someone who wants to kill her and make shoes from her skin.
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