This week on The Collision, we talk about Transcendence and how it’s bad. Really, really bad. This episode contains spoilers about Transcendence because we had to start going into specifics about all the ways it fails, and how it could have been a much better movie. We also discuss technophobia in movies and popular depictions of science as a negative force. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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The Iron Giant is one of my all-time favorite movies. I have two Iron Giant Mondo posters. I have a little Iron Giant toy on my desk. What I don’t have is the movie on Blu-ray because it’s not available in that format. The special edition DVD is nice, but writer-director Brad Bird made a visually impressive movie, and it’s worth a high-end Blu-ray release that not only looks good, but also has plenty of great extras.
Earlier today, Bird was asked on Twitter about when we might see the movie on Blu-ray. Bird explained that he’s spoken with Warner Bros. about it, but he wants more than a bare bones release. I couldn’t agree more. I know it’s kind of a cult film, but plenty of cult movies get excellent Blu-ray releases, and I think WB might be surprised at how many people want The Iron Giant to get the same treatment. As Bird points out, the only way to get an awesome The Iron Giant Blu-ray is to ask for it. Shoot @WBHomeEnt a tweet, and please be polite. And if you feel like crying today, hit the jump.
You can’t keep a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man down. While Sony has certainly gone overboard in their marketing for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that’s an issue to take up with the studio’s marketing department. When it comes to the actual movie, I have hope. There seems to be a greater emphasis on the comedy, and it’s got an undeniably strong cast. Plus, it’s Spider-Man. He’s going to keep on swinging, and I hope that his latest adventure will do the character justice.
I’m please to announce we’re giving away 20 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.
Yesterday, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn talked about Star Wars: Episode VII, but he also touched on some of the studio’s other major projects. After the monster success of Frozen, it was assumed that Disney would fast track a sequel. However, according to THR, Horn says that Frozen 2 “hadn’t even been discussed.” Perhaps there have been no serious discussions when it comes to finding a story or hiring cast and crew, but you don’t get to a over a billion dollars worldwide without someone saying, “Hey, maybe we should do a sequel.” That doesn’t mean one is happening tomorrow. Disney has no reason to rush when the original is still riding high. It’s currently the top selling Blu-ray and soundtrack on Amazon. However, I have no doubt when Horn says they’re primarily focusing on the Frozen musical. Disney loves bringing their animated features to the stage, and a Frozen stage musical is a license to print money.
Hit the jump for more.
Filming on Jurassic World is currently underway in Hawaii, but Colin Trevorrow took some time to reveal a few more details about the film. It should have gone without saying, but he said anyway, “We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot,” the director/co-writer revealed. “We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.” This seems unlikely. I just don’t buy that a major studio would want to take one of their marquee franchises and stretch it beyond this one movie.
In news that is actually newsworthy, hit the jump for what Trevorrow had to say about Omar Sy’s character, using animatronic dinosaurs, and the film’s larger conflict. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, and Judy Greer. Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015. If you missed them, click here to see the first official images from the film.
In the multitude of seemingly infinite memes, I quite enjoy this one taken from the end of The Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo had fun chemistry with Tony Stark playing fast and loose and Bruce Banner going humble and reserved. And you can’t keep a good pair of science bros. down as Ruffalo has tweeted a couple images from set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Obviously, these images aren’t revealing, but they’re still fun, and hopefully we’ll get more as production continues.
Hit the jump to check out Ruffalo’s Avengers 2 images, which includes an image of a Black Widow prizefighter robe (make it merch, Marvel). The film also stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Paul Bettany, and Thomas Kretschmann. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015. [Update: Downey Jr. has gotten in on the fun as well, sharing a photo of his own from the set that amusingly highlights the Avengers assembled.]
Even though the fourth season of Arrested Development ended in a cliffhanger and the promise of a movie, creator Mitch Hurwitz is now moving to develop a new comedy series for Netflix. Additionally, Hurwitz “will develop projects with other creators as a non-writing executive producer and will consult for Netflix on comedy series,” according to Deadline. While Netflix remains in a licensing rights arms race with other streaming services (Amazon Prime just netted HBO content), the popular streaming service is making progress when it comes to original series. They’re doing well in dramas with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, so now it looks like they’re trying to bulk up their comedy roster.
It’s worth noting that while Hurwitz found critical acclaim with Arrested Development, his other series Sit Down, Shut Up and Running Wilde both flopped. However, Netflix also provides more creative freedom than network television. It remains to be seen how Hurwitz’ new deal with Netflix will factor into his plans for the Arrested Development movie and his intent to direct the comedy Guinea Pigging.
While, “Can I get that on Netflix?” still remains the primary question people have when it comes to streaming a title, Amazon Prime refuses to play runner-up. Today, the company announced they had struck an exclusive deal with HBO to stream some of the network’s biggest series including The Wire, The Sopranos, Eastbound & Down, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, and eventually seasons of Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep. It’s a savvy move by both companies. When an increasing number of consumers are ditching their cable subscriptions, HBO can’t rest its streaming business entirely on HBO GO. However, they can’t undermine the service entirely, so they’re carefully selecting what can be shared with another company.
Meanwhile, Amazon may not get the crème-de-la-crème of HBO’s current programming (the press release makes no mention of Game of Thrones or True Detective, the two shows that were so popular they crashed HBO GO), but it gets more than enough to woo more subscribers. The only big loser here is Netflix, who recently announced they’ll probably increase prices for new subscribers. When it comes to streaming, we may now start asking, “Can I get that on Prime?” Hit the jump for the press release. The first wave of content will arrive on Amazon Prime on May 21st.
Amazon’s Deal of the Day is one that gamers should enjoy. For today only, Amazon is selling Titanfall on Xbox 360, Xbox One and the PC for $36.99, which his 38% off the MSRP of $59.99. This is a good deal for a game that came only last month. It’s also scored mostly positive reviews, and if you’re an Xbox One owner who likes first-person shooters, this is going to be one you want in your collection. Click here to go buy it, and hit the jump to check out the trailer.
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We’re trying to get every morsel of Star Wars: Episode VII news we can, and there’s no better source than Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. A few weeks ago, he told an audience at Loyola that second unit filming was underway and that when it came to casting, “We’re just not completely done yet.” Principal photography is currently set to begin in May, and so Horn has provided a few more details. According to Variety, Horn is going to London this week to go over the script with director/co-writer J.J. Abrams. That’s no reason to freak out. There’s no major rewrite on the way. This is probably just a check to make sure both the studio and the production are on the same page before cameras start rolling. Communication is somewhat important when billions of dollars are on the line.
Hit the jump for more Star Wars: Episode VII news from Horn, and to see what he had to say about the budgets of the Star Wars movies, click here. The film opens on December 18, 2015.
At WonderCon this past weekend, Steve sat down with Simon Kinberg to talk about the writer/producer’s high-profile projects. Among Kinberg’s slate of films is X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens next month. During their conversation, Kinberg talked about deleted scenes as well as what’s happening with Anna Paquin being in the film. Four months ago, director Bryan Singer said her scenes had landed on the cutting room floor, but last week a representative for 20th Century Fox said she was still in the movie. Attempting to clear up the confusion, Steve asked Kinberg about it point blank. Kinberg replied, “She’s not in the big main sub-plot that we shot with her in it. That’s all I can say.” When pressed to answer if she at least has a cameo, Kinberg laughed and replied, “I can’t.”
Hit the jump for my theory on how she could still be in the movie, and to learn about the X-Men: Days of Future Past deleted scenes including a subplot featuring the future Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen). X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D on May 23rd. For more from Kinberg, click here for what he had to say about The Fantastic Four.
Sony Pictures has released the first images from The Equalizer. The movie is based off the 1980s TV series, and stars Denzel Washington as a former covert operations officer who dedicates his life to helping people in trouble. However, Washington says it wasn’t the original series that drew him to the project; it was the material. “It’s a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt,” Washington tells USA Today. “You’ll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours.” Washington seems to enjoy making these kinds of movies since five of his last six films have had action elements. The Equalizer could turn into a franchise for Washington since a sequel is already in the works. But Washington remains cautious saying, “You can’t make No. 2 before you make No. 1. It’s called show business. We’ve handled the show part of it. We’ll see how the business part goes.”
Hit the jump to check out The Equalizer images featuring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz. The film opens on September 26th, and also stars Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Haley Bennett.
Back in February, The Fantastic Four finally nailed down its eponymous superheroes and a few weeks ago it got an actor for the villain. Now that we know who’s playing Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), Invisible Woman (Kate Mara), Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), The Thing (Jamie Bell), and Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell), we can move on to the many, many other questions about the movie. One question is how will the costumes compare to the previous Fantastic Four movies? Those costumes stuck fairly close to the comics with the heavy emphasis on blue spandex and the “4″ badge. With a much younger cast set for the reboot, what other radical changes can we expect?
Hit the jump for what Kinberg told us about The Fantastic Four reboot, the costumes, tone, shooting schedule, and more at WonderCon. The Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.
Last week, we reported that Fast & Furious 7 had brought on Paul Walker‘s brothers Caleb and Cody to help finish the production. The specifics of how they’ll help the production haven’t been revealed, but presumably they’ll be working as body doubles. There may be other ways the production tries to fill in Walker’s role whether it’s through CGI and/or re-writes, but at the very least, hiring Walker’s brothers is a sign of respect. It also helps that they look a lot like him. Vin Diesel posted a set photo on his Facebook page, and while I’m not sure which one is Caleb and which is Cody, the brother on the right bears such a strong resemblance that they might even be able to pull off close-ups.
It’s odd to think that a Fast & Furious movie will be so heavily scrutinized right down to how it’s trying to manage Paul Walker’s unfinished scenes. We go to these movies for dumb fun, but there will be a pall over the finished film as it tries to find the balance between big, brash action and deep respect for its deceased star. Check out the set photo after the jump. Fast & Furious 7 opens April 10, 2015.
The Star Wars saga doesn’t stop at the six movies. It’s been able to feed fans for decades with novels, comic books, video games, and TV shows. However, none of this material will be used when it comes to the upcoming films. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who is working on one of the Star Wars spin-offs as well as the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, tells IGN, ” You know, it’s not off-limits, and it’s certainly inspiring — I’m working on an animated show for [Lucasfilm] as well, Star Wars: Rebels, that will take inspiration from everywhere, but — I know for the movies, the canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.”
Hit the jump for Kinberg talking about the Star Wars expanded universe. Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.