They’re Making a House With a Clock in Its Walls Movie!

The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs may be the scariest thing I read as a kid. First published in 1973, it’s the story of Lewis Barnevelt, an orphan sent to live with his uncle in a creepy old house. Lewis hears ticking in the house’s walls and eventually discovers that his uncle practices magic. The hidden clock was created to destroy the world, which Lewis and his uncle and their neighbor Florence (also a witch) […]

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Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Makes Fun of the Comic

I don’t really blame Elizabeth Marston — when you sum up the premise of Wonder Woman like that, as people have done throughout the years, it does sound a little crazy. In this clip from Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, in theaters on October 13, Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) explains his idea for a new comic to his wife (Rebecca Hall) and Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), who are skeptical. The film, written and directed by Angela Robinson, […]

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Movie Sales Down? Blame the Critics!

Box office this summer wasn’t good. Compared to last year, movie studios made 15% less, a 20-year low. (That’s still 3.8 billion dollars, so let’s keep this in perspective.) What’s the problem, say studio heads? According to this NY Times article, Rotten Tomatoes, the website that makes it easy for potential customers to see what critics think of a film. Some studio executives privately concede that a few recent movies — just a few — were simply bad. Flawed marketing […]

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Ghibli Fest in Theaters Adds Additional Dates

This year’s Studio Ghibli Fest, a program running six anime classics in theaters, once a month, is apparently doing quite well. We’re just about halfway through, with Castle in the Sky, the third, airing this coming weekend, and Fathom Events has announced that, “due to the overwhelming success of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service“, they will add a third night to each showing. Previously, the plan was for Sunday shows of the dubbed version, shown at 12:55 PM […]

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Curious George’s Creators Get a Movie

Hans and Margret Rey created Curious George, that standby of children’s books, in the late 1930s, but their lives were interesting beyond that, as I’ve learned from the trailer for Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators. This documentary, directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki and narrated by Sam Waterston, tells of how this couple of German Jews (and their manuscript!) living in Paris narrowly escaped the Nazis to bring their charming little monkey to children all over the world. […]

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Why Didn’t These “Twin” Female-Starring Comedies Get the Same Treatment?

It’s not unusual for Hollywood to put out two movies with similar concepts at the same time. The latest example is a pair of female-starring R-rated comedies about bachelorette party weekends. Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and ZoĆ« Kravitz, came out last month from Columbia/Sony. It cost about $20 million to make and made only $8 million its first weekend, so it’s considered a bomb. Good cast, but the plot, about these women killing a stripper, sounded like […]

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Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Comic Book Epic Tanks

If you want to go see Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets, based on a European comic book series, on the big screen, you’d better do it soon. Luc Besson’s visual extravaganza, made for somewhere between $170 and $200 million, just opened in the US, and it took in only $17 million, coming in fifth for the weekend. With more digital projection systems, it’s a lot easier to swap out underperformers and give more screens to, say, Wonder Woman […]

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A Smattering of Comic Movie Trailers (and Posters)

It’s San Diego Comic-Con weekend, so a bunch of comic book movie trailers (and posters) have been released. Here are the ones I’m most interested in talking about. The Justice League trailer is a lot of unconnected scenes, but they open with Wonder Woman, showing that maybe they learned something from the success of her film. (I do wish Gal Godot would stop looking so puzzled when her character’s supposed to be concentrating, though.) Oh! Don’t watch this if you […]

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