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‘Geostorm’ Reviews Quotes Make This Disaster Movie Sound Like a Must-See

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‘Geostorm’ Reviews Quotes Make This Disaster Movie Sound Like a Must-See
Geostorm has had a rough road to the big screen. The Dean Devlin-directed disaster movie was shot back in 2014 but after some reportedly awful test screenings, the film underwent massive and expensive reshoots and was delayed all the way until today, when it finally stumbled into theaters without press screenings or even Thursday night showings in most […]

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Hot Shots!: the last great spoofs

Robb Sheppard Oct 13, 2017

The Hot Shots! movies were the peak of spoof cinema in the 1990s. We take a look back...

Spoof. Say it aloud. Feels like a dirty word doesn’t it?

Aside from even sounding slightly smutty, the spoof movie genre has, of late, been sullied by (five!) Scary Movies, Meet The Spartans and - oh, the irony - Disaster Movie. Transitory, devoid of wit and with the lowest common denominator in their crosshairs, these movies aimed for the tittering teenager, the cheap thrill-seeker and the perpetually stoned.

Perhaps the above seems like a sweeping generalisation, but it’s with good cause. Where these movies and even the term spoof itself have since been eschewed, there remains a series of films which occupy a place of fondness in the heart of - including yours truly, obvs - many a film fan: the Zaz movies.

The writing, directing and producing partnership of David Zucker,
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Final Trailer For Gerard Butler Disaster Movie ‘Geostorm’ [Watch]

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The directorial debut of producer Dean Devlin (“Independence Day”) was always going to draw sneers from disaster-movie haters. Yet Devlin’s long-delayed, wannabe blockbuster “Geostorm” risks failing to live up to the presumably low expectations of fans of films like “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”

Geostorm” stars Gerard Butler as a scientist battling an environmental disaster caused by a malfunctioning satellite system.

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Mother!, The Wicker Man, and All the Other Movies With "F" CinemaScores

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Darren Aronofsky's mother!, with its lowercase title and exclamation point, was always going to push the envelope. The disturbingly vague trailer alone was hint enough that the Jennifer Lawrence-led film was not Hollywood's average horror entry. As a result, many of the scary movie fans who flocked to theaters left disappointed, confused, or a mixture of both. The backlash to the film has been so strong that Paramount actually released a statement defending Aronofsky's "audacious and brave" work. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep mother! from pulling in a shockingly bad "F" rating on poll-based website CinemaScore (the worst score that can be given by audiences). Mother! certainly isn't the first movie to land on CinemaScore's "F" list, but until now, the complete list had yet to be published. Vulture set out to discover the full list of titles by speaking to CinemaScore research analyst Harold Mintz. He
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Darren Aronofsky Reacts To ‘F’ CinemaScore For ‘mother!’

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History will ultimately determine the merits of Darren Aronofsky‘s divisive “mother!,” but among the many things it will be remembered for, is being one of only 19 movies in history receive an F-grade CinemaScore. Determined by exit polls of moviegoers’ opinions of films on opening night, the movies that have been deemed as failures include terrific pictures like William Friedkin‘s “Bug” and Andrew Dominik‘s “Killing Them Softly,” and interesting efforts like Steven Soderbergh‘s “Solaris.” But yes, there is also trash on there too like the Lindsay Lohan flick “I Know Who Killed Me” and the parody flick “Disaster Movie.” However, Aronofsky believes there’s no way his “mother!” could’ve received any other score.

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Embrace the ‘F’: Why CinemaScores Don’t Matter If You Want More Great Movies

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Embrace the ‘F’: Why CinemaScores Don’t Matter If You Want More Great Movies
Hollywood is bonkers for metrics — there’s Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic rankings, and the classic CinemaScore, which provides a handy letter grade at the end of opening weekend for each big-screen release. It’s as easily digested as an elementary school report card, but CinemaScores don’t measure quality. They measure “movie appeal,” which boils down to one major question: Does the movie I saw reflect the movie advertised?

Movies that tend to do well on the CinemaScore curve — recent “A” movies include “Girls Trip,” “Leap!,” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — are typically more mainstream: straightforward marketing for straightforward movies. There’s nothing wrong with marketing films to their audience. However, the system also dings films for going in unusual directions with their marketing, which is further proof that metrics may or may not correlate with quality.

Read More:Paramount Defends ‘mother!’ Against Bad Box Office and ‘F’ CinemaScore: ‘This Movie is Brave’

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Hurricane Irma Proves “The Day After Tomorrow” is the Most Accurate Natural Disaster Movie

The sudden surge of natural disasters is turning a lot of heads these days since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and now Hurricane Irma has come in right on its heels. This is making many people wonder what might be happening in our environment and why these disasters are coming with such frequency. It’s also making a lot of people think that movies such as The Day After Tomorrow are more on point than anyone might want to believe. There are a great many doubters obviously and even cynics that state that Hollywood knows how to make a good disaster thriller

Hurricane Irma Proves “The Day After Tomorrow” is the Most Accurate Natural Disaster Movie
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Movie Poster of the Week: 1970s Disaster Movies

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Whatever happened to the all-star-cast disaster movie? A staple of the box office charts for a good decade, disaster movies were to the 1970s what the superhero movie may be to the 2010s: a cash cow that was eventually milked dry. Starting today the Quad Cinema in New York is reviving the brand with a terrific series called “Disasterpieces,” featuring eight classics of the genre alongside its greatest parody and two precursors.Disaster movie posters are a genre unto themselves. For the most part they have three major elements: an eye-grabbing tagline—“91,000 People. 33 Exit Gates. One Sniper...”, “One Tiny Spark Becomes a Night of Blazing Suspense”, “Something hit us... the crew is dead... help us, please, please help us!”—a painted backdrop of catastrophe in medias res, and, most importantly, the grid of stars.Disaster movies require a large cast because they require a high body count and a measure
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‘Geostorm’ Trailer: Gerard Butler’s New Disaster Movie Looks Like a Disaster of a Movie

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‘Geostorm’ Trailer: Gerard Butler’s New Disaster Movie Looks Like a Disaster of a Movie
I caught some of Independence Day on cable during the Fourth of July, and was struck by how Hollywood doesn’t make many movies like that anymore. Sure, massive blockbusters with ensemble casts are a dime a dozen, but the disaster movie genre isn’t what it used to be. Enter Dean Devlin, the man who wrote and produced Independence […]

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Scandinavian Filmmakers Grab Global Attention in Cannes and Beyond

Scandinavian Filmmakers Grab Global Attention in Cannes and Beyond
That Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s anticipated art-world satire “The Square” is in competition this year is just latest indication that the Scandinavian industry is upping its international game, venturing beyond “Scandi noirs” and becoming a hotbed of innovation at the forefront of the pack in Europe.

The Square,” Ostlund’s English-language follow up to “Force Majeure,” which scooped Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in 2014, is the first Swedish film in the Cannes competition in 17 years. It stars Danish actor Claes Bang (“The Bridge”) and Elisabeth Moss, in a mighty mix of Nordic and U.S. talents that sees the already hot auteur “elevating himself into a new sphere,” according to Swedish Film Institute chief exec Anna Serner.

The same can be said for the entire film and TV industry in the Nordics, which comprises five countries: Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway.

There is a slew of buzzy
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The Week in Star Wars – The Last Jedi plot details, Mark Hamill defends prequels, Rogue One Blu-ray details and more

The Week in Star Wars is back with some possible plot details from Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well as details on the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray, Star Wars Land and more…

Let’s kick things off this week with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and although Josh Gad and Judi Dench have been unable to get answers about the mystery behind the title [see them try here and here], Disney’s Bob Iger has shed some light on the subject. After seeing an advanced screening of the movie, Iger said it was “a great chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga”. Now, does this confirm that Rey is in fact Luke’s daughter, or is this a hint that Mark Hamill will be the focus of the film..?

…Speaking of Mark Hamill, the actor recently spoke out against the fans for bad-mouthing the prequel trilogy – particuarly around the performance of young Jake Lloyd.
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The duo behind Epic Movie & Meet the Spartans turn their sights to Star Wars

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After winning some goodwill as two of the half-dozen screenwriters responsible for Scary Movie, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer spent the next seventeen years turning that success into a series of increasingly terrible parody movies such as Epic Movie, Meet The Spartans and Disaster Movie. The films were relatively cheap to produce and usually made their money back, which has kept the duo in business all this... Read More...
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Scary Movie screenwriters shooting Star Wars spoof for release this year

Given the enormous popularity of the franchise following the blockbuster success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it was only a matter of time before we got this one…

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, co-writers of the Scary Movie franchise, are working on a spoof of the Star Wars franchise, with the “hilarious” title Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.

“Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” said Paul Hanson of Covert Media. “Their fearless take on pop culture has us beyond thrilled to tackle the world’s most popular franchise with the two of them leading us into a galaxy far, far away.”

In addition to the Scary Movie films, Freidberg and Seltzer’s other
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'Star Wars' spoof on Covert Efm sales slate

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'Star Wars' spoof on Covert Efm sales slate
Scary Movie franchise creators Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer will write and direct Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.

Covert Media will fully finance and handle worldwide sales on the project, which CEO Paul Hanson is producing alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner.

The project is in pre-production and the producers have earmarked an autumn shoot. Covert’s Elissa Friedman, Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine, and Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein serve as executive producers.

According to a press release Friedberg and Seltzer – whose credits as writers and producers on the Scary Movie franchise and films like Epic Movie, Date Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet The Spartans and Vampires Suck have grossed more than $1bn worldwide – plan to leave “no convention, cliché, or iconic moment untouched”.

Star Worlds is the second project under the two-year first-look deal between Covert and Broken Road. The partners
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‘Star Wars’ Parody Film in Development From ‘Scary Movie’ Team

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Star Wars” will soon be taken to another galaxy far, far away by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo known for the “Scary Movie” franchise and “Epic Movie.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two will write and direct a parody film titled, “Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue,” a spoof on the George Lucas-created universe.

No additional plot details or cast members were announced, but the film is expected to begin shooting in the fall.

“Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” said Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson. “Their fearless take on pop culture has us beyond thrilled to tackle the world’s most popular franchise with the two of them leading us into a galaxy far, far away.”

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Film Review: ‘Pandora’

Film Review: ‘Pandora’
Clearly influenced by the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in March 2011, South Korean disaster blockbuster “Pandora” is the film no mainstream Japanese director dares to make. Imagining, with harrowing realism, a man-made disaster gone catastrophic, writer-director Park Jung-woo’s uncensored depiction of political incompetence taps right into his compatriots’ current mood of anger and mistrust toward their government in the midst of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment. Resisting the temptation to entertain or offer pat optimism, Park’s commitment to a cause is what gives the yarn its stark power. The first Korean picture acquired by Netflix, it’s sure to go gangbusters locally, as well as heat up niche overseas markets.

A genre that makes ample use of Korean cinema’s leading edge in visual and special effects, disaster movies have always been safe bets at the domestic box office. While the first wave of such films, like “Haeundae” or “The Tower,
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‘Sully,’ ‘Patriots Day,’ ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Could Crack Film Editing Oscar Race

‘Sully,’ ‘Patriots Day,’ ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Could Crack Film Editing Oscar Race
Unlike in years past, when movies outside the best picture fray like “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Speed,” “Se7en” and “Out of Sight” could manage film editing nominations, the editors branch of the Academy has, of late, hued closer to the Oscars’ top category in its collective selections.

That’s increasingly been the case over the last seven years, the era of an expanded best picture field of more than five nominees; only three times during that span of time has a film that wasn’t nominated for best picture landed a film editing nomination, most recently last year for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But there are a number of options at play this time around.

Lucasfilm is back in the mix again, with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” BAFTA-nominated editor Jabez Olssen (“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”) took on the gargantuan task this time,
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‘Patriots Day’ Review: Boston Marathon Bombing Drama is Part Unabashed Tribute, Part Urban Warfare Tale

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‘Patriots Day’ Review: Boston Marathon Bombing Drama is Part Unabashed Tribute, Part Urban Warfare Tale
It’s almost impossible to extricate the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013 from the city itself. From the media coverage after the explosions to the ensuing manhunt that captured international attention, all eyes were fixed on the city, both in its aftermath and its response. To memorialize the efforts of first responders, law enforcement and ordinary citizens, Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day” distills its focus to the principal players. Making this select cross-section of newsmakers may not have captured the entire city, but the film executes those landmark moments on the bombings timeline with haunting tenacity.

Read More: ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Review: A Major Tragedy Becomes a Minor Mark Wahlberg Disaster Movie

Patriots Day” adheres to that timeline, charting the series of events from the early hours in the morning before the attack. Foregoing an ominous title card, Berg instead opts for a montage of principal characters in the hours before the explosion,
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‘USS Indianapolis’ Exclusive Clip: Nicolas Cage Commands A Ship Under Attack In True Life WWII Disaster Film

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‘USS Indianapolis’ Exclusive Clip: Nicolas Cage Commands A Ship Under Attack In True Life WWII Disaster Film
Nicolas Cage’s prolific year began with his performance in the action thriller “The Trust,” continued with a role in Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” and starring roles in Paul Schrader’s “Dog Eat Dog” and Larry Charles’ “Army of One.” Now, he returns with yet another film this year, “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” about the Portland-class cruiser that delivered parts of the atomic bomb used to end WWII. Cage stars Captain Charles McVay as the ship is torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine and now must survive in shark-infested waters with hundreds of other crewmen. The film co-stars Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan”), Thomas Jane (“Hung”), Matt Lanter (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and James Remar (“Sex and the City”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘USS Indianapolis’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Helms a Heroic Ship in WWII Disaster Movie

The film is directed by Mario Van Peebles,
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‘Salt and Fire’ Trailer: Werner Herzog and Michael Shannon Team Up In New Eco-Thriller

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‘Salt and Fire’ Trailer: Werner Herzog and Michael Shannon Team Up In New Eco-Thriller
Director Werner Herzog follows up his last fiction feature film “Queen of the Desert,” a biographical drama based on the life of Gertrude Bell that has yet to be released in the United States, with a new film entitled “Salt and Fire,” about catastrophic ecological disasters the likes of which few have the capacity to imagine. The film follows ecologists Laura (Veronica Ferres) and Fabio (Gael Garcia Bernal) who travel to Bolivia to research an imminent volcanic eruption only to be kidnapped upon arrival by CEO Matt Riley (Michael Shannon) and his cronies. Eventually, both sides must unite in order to combat the volcano from destroying the planet. Watch the trailer for the film below, courtesy of Allocine.

Read More: Werner Herzog’s ‘Salt And Fire’ Poster: Michael Shannon Broods In New Ecological Disaster Movie

Herzog has had two documentaries released this year. The first “Lo & Behold, Reveries of the
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