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Quentin Tarantino is talking about his retirement again

Quentin Tarantino is really serious about this retirement business, isn't he? It would appear that every time he gets a chance to speak, he wants to make sure everyone knows that, after he registers 10 films to his credit, he's hanging it up to go do something else - novels, plays, angry Reddit threads about ruined childhoods, something. He reiterated that very same point...
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My Little Pony ponies up to land Emily Blunt for first full-length feature

Today Hasbro and Lionsgate announced that Emily Blunt has agreed to voice a character in the first full-length animated feature film for the My Little Pony brand, effectively named MY LITTLE PONY THE MOVIE. Who that character is at this point is unknown, but Blunt isn't the first recognizable outside name to enter into the world of Twilight Sparkle. Kristin Chenowith had already signed...
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Why It Works: Inglourious Basterds

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** Quentin Tarantino 's THE HATEFUL EIGHT hits theaters on Christmas Day, and early reports suggest we'll be getting the celebrated, unsettling, and polarizing film we'd...
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Mean Girls director Mark Waters set to helm Bad Santa 2

When bringing Billy Bob Thornton back for a BAD SANTA sequel, you might as well recruit a director who has a "mean" history of their own. Mark Waters , best known for directing MEAN GIRLS, has landed the gig to helm BAD SANTA 2 for Broad Green Pictures and Miramax. The FREAKY FRIDAY filmmaker will lead Willie Stokes through the next chapter of his life, but he won't have to do so...
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Bad Santa 2 to start production in January for 2016 holiday season release

After almost twelve years of "will there or won't there be a BAD SANTA 2," Miramax and Broad Green Pictures have officially announced that filming for the sequel will begin this January in Montreal, and the plan is to release it during the 2016 holiday season. In a press release, Miramax’s EVP of Film & TV Zanne Devine said “We’ve been waiting...
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Exclusive Interview: Brad Bird talks Iron Giant, Tomorrowland flop, & more!

While attending the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, I was contacted by Warner Bros with an interesting proposal. They wanted to know if would be interested in a solid fifteen minute interview with director Brad Bird to celebrate the return of THE IRON GIANT to theaters (see my TIFF review here ). Obviously the answer was a resounding yes. THE IRON GIANT, while a...
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Why Rupert Wyatt walked away from Gambit and several other studio films

2 weeks ago it was announced that director Rupert Wyatt (THE GAMBLER, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) had walked away from 20th Century Fox's GAMBIT film due to conflicts with another project. Makes sense given that production was moved from this fall to March of next year, but that may not have been the whole story. At least, not for Rupert Wyatt . The Hollywood Reporter...
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Review: The Iron Giant: Signature Edition (TIFF 2015)

PLOT: Hogarth Hughes  ( Eli Marienthal ) lives with his mother ( Jennifer Aniston ) in Rockwell, a picturesque small town in 1950's middle-America. A sci-fi buff, Hogarth's dreams of adventure come true when he discovers a giant robot ( Vin Diesel ) with no memory of his origin or purpose. The two become fast friends, but a pesky government investigator ( Christopher...
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Vin Diesel teases sequel to Brad Bird's The Iron Giant

THE IRON GIANT was a big box office bomb, grossing only a little over $30 million worldwide against a budget of $70 million, however it received critical acclaim from critics, and many consider it to be one of the best animated movies of all time. Vin Diesel provided the voice of the titular robot in the Brad Bird film, and in a recent post on his Facebook page about The Iron Giant...
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Brad Bird's The Iron Giant will return to theaters this fall

Brad Bird didn't exactly make waves with his latest feature, TOMORROWLAND. Given the man's track record, it seems fair that a dent would finally be made in an otherwise immaculate filmography. Back in 1999, Bird released his first feature-film, THE IRON GIANT. The animated tale followed an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal )...
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Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings join the voice cast of The Croods 2

You wouldn't have expected a recent movie starring Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds to have been a box office hit with their recent track records, but 2013's THE CROODS grossed almost $600 million worldwide, thereby guaranteeing a sequel. Now, THE CROODS 2 has found two new voice actors for to compete with the prehistoric clan. The Hollywood Reporter has Kat Dennings...
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Director Doug Ellin hopes to start shooting Bad Santa 2 this fall

Last year Billy Bob Thornton said he was waiting for the BAD SANTA 2 script, and the latest word on the sequel is that the script still isn't done, but filming may start this fall. Director Doug Ellin ( ENTOURAGE , KISSING A FOOL) joined the development hell project back in 2013, and while speaking with Collider , said if they can get the script right, he's supposed to...
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