Reign of Fire

reign-of-fire-poster“When I’m running for my life, I generally don’t look back at the plumbing.”

The Scoop: 2002 PG-13, directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, and Alexander Siddig

Tagline: They’re extremely intelligent. Highly evolved. And they don’t like sharing the planet.

Summary Capsule: In the year 2000-something, there be lots of people and one dragon. Ten years or so later, it’s pretty much the other way around. With lots of cinders. Can the intrepid British tomato fanciers and rogue American commandos defeat what nukes couldn’t? Stay tuned!

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fanbeastsCan you stretch 54 pages into three movies?  JK Rowling says you can.

The Harry Potter author announced that she’s working with Warner Bros. to take her 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and turn it into a trilogy:

There would be a trilogy of films based on the book, which follows a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander.

Scamander is the author of a guide to magical creatures. Set in New York, the book is neither a sequel nor a prequel, but an “extension” of Harry Potter’s “wizarding world”, Rowling said.

The project, which was first announced in September 2013, will be produced by Harry Potter regular David Heyman, whose recent successes include Gravity.

“I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it,” said Rowling when the film was announced last year.

The book was written by Rowling between the publication of the fourth and the fifth books in the Harry Potter series. It is set 70 years before we first meet Harry.

Justin does The Little Mermaid

mer1“I just don’t see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad. “

The Scoop: 1989 G, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and starring Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, and Rene Auberjonois

Tagline: Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy.

Summary Capsule: Mermaid sells voice for legs in order to get a boyfriend.

 

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Joel does Frozen

Frozen“Oh, look at that.  I’ve been impaled.”

The Scoop:  2013, rated PG, Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, starring the voices of Kristin Bell as Anna, Idina Menzel as Elsa, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Josh Gad as Olaf

Tagline:  From the creators of “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph”

Summary Capsule:  Princess Elsa leaves her homeland in a deep freeze and her sister Anna will do whatever it takes to save it! Continue reading

Justin does The NeverEnding Story III [Before They Were Famous Week]

ne1“It’s not a dragon.  It’s an overgrown pink poodle.”

The Scoop: 1994 G, directed by Peter MacDonald and starring Jason James Richter, Melody Kay, and Jack Black

Tagline: It’s a brand new beginning in the adventure that never ends

Summary Capsule: Bastian accidentally brings Fantasia creatures into our world and faces the wrath… of JACK BLACK!

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Mike does Masters of the Universe [Before They Were Famous Week]

04772837“Let this be our final battle!”

The Scoop: 1987, PG Directed by Gary Goddard and starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster,  Courteney Cox and Robert Duncan McNeil.

Tagline: A battle fought in the stars. Now… comes to Earth.

Summary Capsule: Looking to get some of that sweet, sweet Hollywood coin, Mattel takes a page out of Hasbro’s playbook and pimps out their toys to the big screen. The most 80’s fantasy movie ever ensues.

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