Big summer blockbusters are so rarely optimistic that it's tricky to know how to take this movie, its utopian view of the future is a refreshing antidote to both dystopic-nightmare thrillers and those blood-boiling, doom-and-gloom documentaries about how the end of the world is nigh. Even more interesting is the idea that this movie is essentially based on Walt Disney himself, who believed creativity and invention were the key to a happy tomorrow. So it's a bit of a shame that everything feels so childish.
The story centres on the restless Casey (Britt Robertson), an almost frighteningly brainy teenager who's trying to keep Nasa from closing down the launch pad where her dad (Tim McGraw) works. Unknown to her, the eerily ageless young Athena (Raffey Cassidy) is watching, leaving a pin that's a key to a magical glimpse of a parallel space-age future. Investigating this, Casey travels to Houston, where she gets in trouble at a sci-fi collectible shop. Rescued by Athena, they travel to New York to meet Frank (George Clooney), a grumpy old man who was once a wide-eyed inventor like Casey and has known Athena since 1964. Together they work out a way to get back to Tomorrowland to confront its pessimistic leader Nix (Hugh Laurie), who seems to have accepted the fact that the world is falling apart.
The script briefly grazes against big ideas like global poverty and climate change, which gives the film a hint of weight to balance out a plot that is clearly aimed at a 10-year-old. It's all rather simplistic, which means it doesn't quite speak to grown-ups, although the positive approach can't help but catch the interest. Director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) keeps the imagery whizzy, with fabulous gadgets and thrilling effects work that beautifully imagines a city of the future. Plus a pretty cool Eiffel Tower revelation. He also makes sure that the characters' intelligence shines through, which allows Robertson and Clooney to inject a sparky sense of rivalry.
Continue reading: Tomorrowland Review
The plot for the Brad Bird directed movie is still under wraps.
It's now time to get excited for what looks to be one of the most visually stunning movies of the year as the first full trailer for George Clooney's 'Tomorrowland' arrives, bringing with it adventure, danger, fantasy, and a whole lotta mystery.
George Clooney is a scientist again in 'Tomorrowland'
There's not a lot of information being revealed out this upcoming magical, sci-fi journey, but from what we gather we can expect a shedload of futuristic gadgets, an object of extreme power, a mystical land beyond reach and angst-ridden teenaged hero. Standard fantasy stuff then - but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Damon Lindelof will play things differently with 'The Leftovers'.
We're not going to go into the ending of Lost. It was clearly ridiculous and Damon Lindelof was burned badly by the backlash. Most would agree that the final two seasons of the show were so poorly put together that it was almost impossible to conclude with a coherent finale.
Justin Theroux in 'The Leftovers'
Now, Lindelof is back with his latest series The Leftovers, a downbeat drama about life in a U.S town after the rapture. The first episode was melancholy and slow moving and left critics a little bemused. However, as Mark A. Perigard of the Boston Herald pointed out, we may as well strap ourselves in for a long, complex ride because Lindelof just isn't going to try do any explaining.
Continue reading: Will HBO's 'The Leftovers' Suffer From Lost's Dreadful Ending?
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse - Celebrities attend 2014 PaleyFest presentation of 'Lost' 10th Anniversary Reunion at The Dolby Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 16th March 2014
Brad Pitt is on-board for a World War Z sequel.
Brad Pitt has confirmed that he and his team are developing a sequel to the surprise zombie hit World War Z, though could put the stoppers on the project if the script isn't good enough. Plagued by production problems, Pitt's movie rallied to score solid reviews and a whopping $553 million at the worldwide box office earlier this year.
Brad Pitt In World War Z
"We're certainly talking about it [a sequel], yes," he told Variety in a new interview. "We have so many ideas on the table from the time we spent developing this thing and figuring out how the zombie worlds work.We gotta get the script right first to determine if we go further."
Continue reading: Brad Pitt Working On Script For World War Z Sequel: A Good Idea?
A sequel to the cable disaster movie Sharknado - about a tornado which triggers man-eating fish to take down the residents of Los Angeles - has been confirmed by Asylum Films. Premiering on the Syfy network on July 10, the movie reeled in just 1.3 million viewers though Sharknado was mentioned 5,000 times on Twitter during the broadcast alone.
The production company have cottoned onto the fact that people on Twitter like to watch people chainsawing out of Shark's mouths - they like to talk about how bad it is, but they're talking about it nonetheless.
"Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm - on television. The fans are clamouring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel. What we can guarantee is that Sharknado 2 will be lots of fun. We'll be announcing more details very soon. But we didn't want our fans to worry they wouldn't get their fill of more shark fin, I mean, fun next year," said Syfy's Thomas Vitale.
Continue reading: Sharknado Sequel: Producers Begin Quest To Lure Johnny Depp
Brad Pitt's World War Z surprised everyone by pulling in over $60 million in North America alone during its opening weekend.
Brad Pitt and Marc Forster's World War Z is undoubtedly a success given the state the movie was in some 6 months ago. Working on a huge budget, the zombie apocalypse movie was shaping up to be one of the biggest flops in cinematic history with murmurings of re-shoots, changed endings and discontent leaking from the set on a weekly basis.
According to a report in the New York Magazine's Vulture section, relations between Pitt and Forster became so fraught that the pair stopped speaking to each other altogether. Things apparently got so bad that when Forster had notes on a scene for Pitt, they had to be relayed through an intermediary.
Brad Pitt At The World War Z Premiere in New York
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Starting as a clever Contagion-style investigative thriller, this fiercely paced apocalyptic adventure begins to fall apart early on when smart logic is jettisoned for the more visceral thrills of seeing Brad Pitt save the planet. Sadly, almost every major plot point makes no sense at all, and by the time the film reaches its corny finale, we can no longer suspend our disbelief. But at least it's packed with exciting set pieces that get our pulses racing.
It's set in the present day, as strange unrest breaks out around the world. And when the marauding hordes of undead arrive in Philadelphia, the Lane family barely escapes with their lives. Gerry (Pitt) is a former UN military officer who gets help from an ex-boss (Mokoena) to evacuate his wife (Enos) and children to the safety of an aircraft carrier off the coast. Then he's put to work on a globe-hopping mission to find the source of the infection, travelling first to ground zero in Korea, then to infection-free Israel and finally to a World Health centre in Wales. Along the way he picks up a sidekick in the form of feisty Israeli commando Segen (Kertesz).
The script is only ever interested in Gerry, so the filmmakers never bother deepening any other characters. There's some nice chemistry between Pitt and Kertesz, but she remains essentially irrelevant. As the film goes along, Pitt assumes the responsibilities of experts, soldiers and scientists, so he can singlehandedly solve the mystery. It's utterly preposterous, especially since he has to miraculously survive frequent zombie attacks that kill everyone else. And we won't speak of a shockingly ill-conceived plane crash, which removes what's left of the plot's credibility.
Continue reading: World War Z Review
After his successful re-imagining of the Star Trek universe four years ago, Abrams dives even deeper into the mythology, which is thrilling for fans but might leave newcomers feeling a bit lost. This sequel surges forward with action, drama, romance and a lot of comedy while constantly nodding back to the earlier TV series and films. And the smart screenplay finds ways to deepen all of the characters along the way, as well as offering an unusually complex villain.
The action picks up soon after the first film ends, as Kirk (Pine) is once again in trouble for disobeying the Prime Directive not to interfere with a planet's culture. But his punishment is short-lived, as Starfleet becomes the victim of brutal attacks in London and San Francisco, sending Kirk, his first officer Spock (Quinto) and the gang (Saldana, Urban, Yelchin and Cho, with Pegg following later) into enemy space to chase the villainous John Harrison (Cumberbatch). But of course, there's a much bigger story going on, and Harrison has a reason for his violent behaviour, leading to a series of terrifying showdowns as they all return to earth.
While the script is packed with shadowy characters, there's not much actual "darkness" in this movie. It's a pretty bouncy, energetic ride, continually making us laugh at tetchy interaction and throwaway one-liners, all of which are cleverly character-based rather than merely silly gags. This gives each actor a chance to shine, with Pegg and Urban offering much of the humour with their amusing crankiness, while Saldana provides the stereotypical female emotional beats. As usual, the strongest scenes are between Kirk and Spock, and their shifting bromance is well-played by Pine and especially Quinto. But dominating the whole film is a meaty turn from Cumberbatch as a particularly fearsome nemesis who also happens to be both brainy and openly emotive.
Continue reading: Star Trek Into Darkness Review
The cast and crew of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' discuss their biggest challenges on the movie, their successful auditions and working with each other at the official UK press conference for the movie. Among them are producer Bryan Burk, writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, director Jj Abrams and actors Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine.
Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof has reflected on the moment he first heard that Disney had bought LucasFilm and intended to make new Star Wars movies. The studio will make Star Wars Episode 7 for a 2015 release, something that excites Lindelof.
"I was in a production meeting next to Brad Bird for a movie we're working on together," he told Rolling Stone magazine, "A bunch of guys at the table started passing notes to each other. Suddenly I'm like the teacher at the front of the class. I was like, 'Is there something you'd care to share with the rest of the class?' I grabbed a napkin, and someone had written on it, 'Disney bought Lucas Film!'" Though this was enough to halt the meeting for a brief time, Lindelof recalls how news of a new Star Wars movie was enough to end the gathering for good. "Someone said, 'Disney is making Star Wars VII for 2015,' We stopped the meeting and everyone went online to see what the story was." More intriguing was Lindelof's take on casting for the new movie. Harrison Ford is reportedly enthusiastic about the possibility of returning to the franchise, something the Lost creator appeared to support, "As far as casting, my feeling is that they have to bring back the original actors. How can you express that these movies take place after the original trilogy unless some of those characters are in it?", he said.
As for his choice of director, Lindelof suggested Christopher Nolan, Sam Raimi or Rian Johnson could take the reins. All will become clearer in the near future.
Continue reading: Lost Creator Backs Harrison Ford For Star Wars Episode 7
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