Not like this, Sonic. Not like this. Sega has announced that its gotta-go-fast mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, is getting a new movie, courtesy of a partnership with Sony Pictures. The company’s CEO, Hajime Satomi, broke the news in an extensive interview with The Worldfolio: Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie scheduled for release in 2018. Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved. Advertisement Now, Sonic is no stranger to adaptations outside of his video games. There was, of course, the classic ‘90s cartoon where the character developed a love of chili dogs (because... the ‘90s?), and the more recent CG animated series Sonic Boom, which has been surprisingly successful considering the character is more known for his terrible modern games than for the Sega … [Read more...] about Unfortunately, a ‘Live-Action Hybrid’ Sonic the Hedgehog Movie is Happening
Eli Roth directed the smart, infamous gore movie Hostel, played the violent "Bear Jew" in Inglourious Basterds, and just produced horror-suspense flick The Last Exorcism, opening Friday. We talked to him about horror movies, and what he's working on. Roth's work is in the tradition of gore exploitation started in the 1960s by exploitation filmmakers like Herschell Gordon Lewis (2000 Maniacs, Wizard of Gore), but he's also an auteur who uses extreme violence to make a point (Hostel, for example, deals a lot with class conflict). I asked him why he was drawn to produce The Last Exorcism, which - despite what you see in ads - is actually a character-driven suspense film with very little viscera. Most of the horror comes from atmosphere and tension. Advertisement Roth said: I love Herschell Gordon Lewis' gore, of course, but I also love George Romero's gore, where you get a whole layer of subtext underneath. I've always wanted to bring back blood to the screen. And you know, mission … [Read more...] about Eli Roth is obsessed with possession, and drops hints about his next movie
It looks like X-Force, Gambit, and Doctor Doom are all shelved. Many were wondering how Disney's acquisition of Fox would affect any of the current Marvel projects that are in development, and with the deal reportedly set to finalized in March, we may have lost three movies. It appears that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios may have other plans of introducing the Fox Marvel properties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could be a good thing in the long run. Feige and the studio have an excellent track record of bringing Marvel Comics to the big screen. Out of the three movies, it appears that Gambit and Doctor Doom are completely toast. Both projects have been in development for quite some time without any forward momentum. Gambit came close to starting production with Channing Tatum in the starring role. Since talks of the acquisition started happening, many believed there was a real possibility these movies would be shelved, so this shouldn't come as too big of a surprise to … [Read more...] about X-Force, Gambit & Doctor Doom Movies All Dead at Fox?
Today, The Criterion Collection announced that it would be partnering with FilmStruck, a new web-only streaming service from Turner Classic Movies. That’s great if you were dying to add another streaming service to your credit card bill, and very sad if you subscribe to Hulu. As part of the deal, FilmStruck, which will launch this fall, will receive exclusive access to Criterion’s archives. But while that’s great news for Turner Classic Movies and its parent company Time Warner, it’s bad news for Hulu, which currently offers over 900 Criterion movies to Hulu Plus subscribers. Advertisement “The Criterion offering on Hulu will still be available into the month of November, but after that, FilmStruck and the Criterion Channel will be our exclusive streaming home,” the company wrote in a blog post today. Be sure to catch up on our favorites—as well as your own—before November rolls around: The 400 Blows Diabolique The Great … [Read more...] about 21 Classic Movies Getting Yanked From Hulu Soon
Last week, I asked “where did all the good movies on Netflix go?” Now we have our answer: Canada and Brazil. According to analysis by both The Streaming Observer and AddonHQ, Canada and Brazil have the best content ecosystems, when it comes to movies on Netflix. But wWhen it comes to good movies, Brazil is tops. The Streaming Observer found that Brazil had 85 movies from IMDb’s Top 250 in its library. Advertisement The site also put together a ridiculously huge chart if you want to see exactly which movies are available on each service. It’s worth checking out. Brazil has movies that those of us in America could only dream of streaming, like The Godfather Part II, Fight Club, and The Empire Strikes Back. Mexico and Sweden have solid showings too, with 73 and 70 movies from the IMDb’s Top 250 in their respective libraries. On the bottom end, the UK has only 28 movies in the top 250 and us suckers in the US only have 33 out of 250. Canada comes in third … [Read more...] about All the Good Netflix Movies Are in Canada and Brazil
Netflix’s content library isn’t just getting smaller, it’s also increasingly losing its best movies. The Streaming Observer did some analysis, and found that only 31 movies from the IMDb Top 250 are currently available on Netflix. The IMDb Top 250 isn’t a perfect barometer for “best movies ever,” but as crowdsourced film ratings databases go, it’s solid. And hey, The Shawshank Redemption is an excellent film. Advertisement Even worse than the paltry selection of movies, it’s noteworthy that this figure is actually down 12 percent from 2014, when a Reddit user documented the 49 available films from the IMDb Top 250 then available on Netflix. The IMDb Top 250 has changed over the last two years as well, but the decrease in titles is still significant. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Back in 2012, Netflix’s streaming deal with Starz ended, taking more than 2,000 movies (some of them good!) with it. At the time, Starzageddon … [Read more...] about Where Did All the Good Movies on Netflix Go?