Everyone expected It to be a hit, but no one guessed just how big a hit It would be. The adaptation of the Stephen King novel had the largest opening ever for a horror movie ever and continued its momentum into this past weekend, crossing $US200 million ($251 million). We talked to the film's director and producer duo, Andy and Barbara Muschetti, to try and find out why.
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Depending on what version of Blade Runner you've seen or preferred, it's possible to make strong arguments that main character Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a human or an artificially created Replicant himself. It's a question fans have debated since the movie came out in 1982 — and it's a debate the star and director are still having to this day.
Dungeons & Dragons is, intrinsically, a very physical experience: You're surrounded by pens, stacks of paper and rulebooks; rolling dice; talking to your friends. But Wizards of the Coast is planning to help modernise the way fans play the game with the introduction of Beyond, a new app that wants to help balance the physical experience of role-playing D&D with a decluttered, all-digital support system.
At the end of May, I got on a school bus just as the sun was setting and was driven into the woods 20 minutes south of one of Austin's Alamo Drafthouse theatres. At a campsite tucked away off a walking trail, I saw one of the year's most disturbing films projected onto an outdoor movie screen. The next day, I asked director Trey Shults where he found the inspiration for the harrowing It Comes at Night, which hits cinemas today.
Most times when we see the personification of death in fiction, it's presented as a cold or grim persona. Not so for Anubis on the TV show adaptation of American Gods. Here, the Egyptian god of the afterlife is stoic but unexpectedly warm; he has a job to do, one that fills most people with dread, but he doesn't seem like that bad a guy. And that's largely due to the performance of actor Chris Obi.
At first glance, Baby Driver doesn't look like it uses genre conventions in the way that Edgar Wright's other works have. While you can easily see the homages to zombie horror and paranoid sci-fi in Shaun of the Dead and World's End, the fusion at the heart of Baby Driver's DNA is initially more elusive to parse. But once you put sunglasses on and deconstruct it, it's right there: The new movie is a musical where car chases are the "songs". And it rocks.
One of the best things about the first season of American Gods was how its thematic ambitions came to life inside the cast's stellar performances. Things often got weird and elliptical on the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel, but you couldn't stop watching because of the excellent acting on display. Here's how some of the show's players brought their characters to life.
In early 2015, 33-year-old Chris Herron was declared legally blind, and was told he had an 80-per cent chance of losing his sight entirely in three months. Now, he's almost fully recovered, and has launched an audiobook channel that helps scifi and fantasy authors... just like how they once helped him.
After five movies playing a ruthless pirate, you might think an Oscar-winning actor like Geoffrey Rush would be tired of it. He is not. He relishes playing Captain Barbossa, the longtime nemesis of Jack Sparrow, because he believes Pirates of the Caribbean is the rare franchise that stands out in a world dominated by franchises.
This weekend's episode of Doctor Who revealed a strange new twist in the Doctor and Missy's tumultuous relationship. We recently had the chance to talk to Michelle Gomez about her time on the show, and now that "Extremis" is out in the wild, we had to get her spoilery thoughts on Missy's latest appearance.
Syfy's 12 Monkeys is in an… interesting situation. The show has already been renewed for a fourth and final season, but season three is going to air in its entirety over the course of this weekend in the US. In Australia, Syfy will air the complete third season in a single day marathon on May 27. We talked to star Amanda Schull, who plays Cassandra Railey, about this unusual release and what's next, now that her character is pregnant with the messiah of her greatest enemies.
Nostalgia is a huge part of the charm in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. There's the classic pop music, of course, but also the reverence Chris Pratt's character Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, has for the pop culture of his childhood, things the character loved before he was snatched off Earth. This posed a problem in the sequel, which Pratt really wanted to make way, way worse.
It's been 16 long years since Neil Gaiman wrote American Gods, a tale of the clash between the beliefs of the old world and the obsessions new. Near the end of a very long press day for Starz's TV adaptation of the book, Gaiman said that, as much as the cast and crew couldn't wait for everyone to see the show, at least they were no longer waiting for anyone to see it.
If the first season of Syfy's The Magicians was about our heroes learning how to master magic, the second season proved they can't control crap and everyone is doomed. On the heels of the amazing finale, we chatted with some of the stars about what the hell happened this season, and what's around the corner. Spoilers: No one knows.
The idea for Colossal sounds exactly that: "Colossal." A woman in the US can sometimes, when she's drunk and in the right place, become a giant monster in Seoul, South Korea. Add to that Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway, and it sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster. But that isn't what Colossal is at all.