Before the Twilight franchise swept the box office, the Underworld series had a monopoly on the cinematic war between vampires and werewolves. Led by Kate Beckinsale, the original 2003 film spawned three sequels—and now it appears the series is getting rebooted.
As The Hollywood Reporter originally reported, the studio behind Underworld, Lakeshore Entertainment, has hired Cory Goodman to pen the reboot’s script. Goodman’s previous work includes the vampire-human war depicted in Priest, as well as the upcoming Vin Diesel film The Last Witch Hunter.
The last film in the series, Underworld: Awakening, debuted in 2012 and went on to become the franchise’s highest earner at the worldwide box office by a wide margin. But despite that recent success, Lakeshore should be sure to choose the reboot’s star wisely: The only Underworld film not to feature Beckinsale, 2009’s Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, finished its run as the worst-performing entry in the franchise.
Wow i cant beleive they want to reboot this film so soon! i am shocked but lets see where the new series takes us!
The world was introduced to some new information about Sanrio mascot Hello Kitty recently, though some of what emerged from an L.A. Timesarticle ended up causing widespread confusion. You wouldn’t think the world would go so topsy turvy just by reading that Hello Kitty isn’t a cat, but that’s precisely what happened thanks to a few things getting lost in translation.
The article was written in advance of the upcoming “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” retrospective that opens at the Japanese American National Musem in L.A. on October 11. The article taps University of Hawaii anthropologist Christine R. Yano for some insight into the hugely popular kitty, and one of the bombs she dropped was that Hello Kitty is not actually a cat.
From the article:
When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” she says. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”
Sanrio has since followed up with multiple sites like Kotakuto clarify that, yes, Hello Kitty is most definitely a cat. She just happens to be an anthropomorphic one, and should be regarded as a personification along the lines of Mickey Mouse. The latter may behave like a human in many ways, but he’s still a mouse, or at least a representation of one.
So, there you have it, heated controversy and debate deftly dodged! Feel free to enjoy the rest of the less dubious info about Hello Kitty in the article, including the fact that she’s British, has the full name Kitty White, and, understandably, holds a special significance to Asian Americans.
The Mark XXXVI armor is designed by Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 to be a Riot Control Suit. The brightly-colored suit is also nicknamed as the “Peacemaker” because it is built to control riots and keeping peace.
Today Hot Toys is delighted to continue expanding the “House Party Protocol” and introduce the 1/6th scale Peacemaker (Mark XXXVI) Collectible Figure as a 2014 Summer Exclusive item featuring special metallic orange, dark grey and silver painting with distress effect on armor, LED light-up functions, and figure base.
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HBO and Paramount TV are teaming up to bring Martin Scorsese’s creepy horror flick Shutter Island to the small screen.
Deadline is reporting that the new series, possibly titled Ashecliffe, is centered around the creation of the island-located mental institution. So this would predate the 1954-set film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Rumor has it Scorsese will return to direct the pilot and Dennis Lehane, author of the original novel, will pen the script.
According to Deadline, “The focus is the past of hospital, and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders who erected the hospital in the early 20th Century and developed the methods of treatment use for the mentally ill.” Sounds like more American Horror Story fodder but with a potential historical bent (if you’re involved, Scorsese). One thing’s certain, this period medical drama can’t be bloodier than The Knick, right? Oh god, we hope so.
We’ve known for some time now that Dwayne Johnson is attached to a DC Comics movie, which the actor all but said was Shazam a few weeks ago, but now it seems Johnson has yet to make a crucial decision – which character he’s going to play.
Speaking with The Associated Press, Johnson revealed that has still can’t decide between playing the alter ego of Billy Batson, Shazam, or his arch-enemy, Black Adam. Johnson has previously mentioned that Black Adam is one of his favorite characters from the DCU, but perhaps Warner Bros. doesn’t want to see Johnson in the antagonist role for a film that could potentially be a huge family hit.
Rest assured though that whichever character Johnson takes on in the film, he says fans won’t be disappointed: “I am putting my heart and soul and my bones into this role.”
A rumor back in June pointed toward a Shazam film opening in 2016 along with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and though there is a DC based film set for release August 5 of that year, it hasn’t been confirmed as being Shazam. Check back her for more info on the film as we learn it.
Director Andy Serkis has cast Benedict Cumberbatch in Warner Bros. big screen adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This is the first casting announcement for this film, and the actor will provide the voice for Shere Khan, the villainous man-eating tiger, and his voice is perfect for the character!
Jungle Book is based on the short stories written by Kipling that center on Mowgli, “an orphaned boy raised by wolves who befriends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. The tiger Shere Khan is a lifelong enemy of Mowgli’s, with each vowing to slay the other.”
The script for the film was written by Callie Kloves. Her father is Steve Kloves, who worked on the Harry Potter movies, and he is producing Jungle Book.
The Warners Bros. adaptation of this story is competing against Disney’s adaptation, which has been fully cast with Jon Favreau directing. Idris Elba (Thor) is voicing Shere Kahn in that version.
Who do you think will have the better Jungle Book movie?