The decision to change the last Hobbit film’s name got us thinking about big movie name changes that have happened over the years, and whether those changes actually helped or hurt the film. We’ve rounded up 23 of the most memorable changes to decide if the films were named correctly, or if they had it right the first time:
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The latest sketch from New York-based comedy group POYKPAC features a very public breakup between a cheating husband and his pregnant wife. The plot twist to this seemingly overplayed scenario? The couple’s entire breakup conversation is had using only movie titles.
Check out the sketch, aptly named Movie Title Breakup, below: READ FULL STORY
Some franchises add numbers to their sequel titles. Think Spider-Man 2 or Iron Man 3 or Final Destination 5. Other franchises opt for more eccentric, colonized sequel-subtitles, like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End or Thor: The Dark World or the inadvertently flipped The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Sometimes franchises get particularly fanciful with how they incorporate the original film’s title: Die Hard beget Die Hard With a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard, and A Good Day to Die Hard, titles which are uniformly better than their movies. But if a franchise is especially cool, they’ll just avoid the original title all together. We’re talking The Dark Knight, or The Road Warrior, or The Empire Strikes Back, which is what the second Star Wars movie was called before it was retitled Star Wars:
Episode II Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition).
Then there’s the Fast & Furious franchise. READ FULL STORY
Will actor Tom Hardy be playing a psychotic shrink for his Inception director Christopher Nolan in the third Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises? And will the film be based on a well-regarded Batman comic storyline entitled Prey? Those are the popular speculations among hardcore fans of the acclaimed and popular superhero franchise — and just this past Friday, both speculations were reported as proverbial done deals by a couple different websites. In fact, on Friday Nov. 19, the website scriptflags.com reported that an unnamed “P.R. contact” working on behalf of The Dark Knight Rises confirmed the Prey plot. We weren’t as lucky: Representatives for both Warner Bros. and Nolan declined to comment on casting or creative details. So officially, the Hardy-as-Strange casting and Prey plot rumors are still only rumors to us.
What’s fascinating about the evolution of these rumors — and it is indeed an evolution — is that it resembles something of an Internet iteration of the “telephone” whisper game. So let’s figure out how the game started. This is about to get confusing, folks. Are you ready? Here we go: As far as we can tell, it began on Nov. 18 at Digital Spy, a British entertainment website. This is how their definitive-sounding report began: “Tom Hardy is rumored to have been cast as Dr. Hugo Strange in director Christopher Nolan’s film The Dark Knight Rises. Total Film reports that the upcoming sequel will be based on the graphic novel Prey and feature Batman being pursued by Hardy’s deranged police psychiatrist.”
For the Batman ignorant, some explanation. Dr. Hugo Strange: A greedy crook and crooked psychiatrist fixated on turning people into monsters. In one memorable appearance during a classic stretch of Batman stories in the mid-’70s, Strange discovered Batman’s Bruce Wayne secret identity, impersonated him for awhile, then tried to auction off the ID to other villains. In the aforementioned Prey, Batman’s police ally Jim Gordon is pressured to assemble an elite team of cops to hunt and capture the vigilante superhero; Strange assists them and becomes psychotically fixated with the task. Provocative stuff. Hugo Strange is a cool, classic Bat-villain, even if he lacks the name brand recognition of, say The Riddler or Catwoman (although I might argue that casting Hardy in the role would be a tragic misuse of the actor’s good looks). And as many others have noted even before all these rumors hit the web, Prey would seem to be appropriate fodder for Nolan’s third Dark Knight movie, as his second one left off with the hero playing the scapegoat for Two-Face’s homicidal sins and becoming a wanted murderer in the process.
That said, Digital Spy’s report made me curious. Their first paragraph calls the Hardy-as-Strange news a “rumor.” In the second paragraph, the site acknowledges that it was merely repeating information posted by the British film magazine Total Film. So I decided to click over to Total Film to read how they were reporting their news. READ FULL STORY
has news that Avatar director James Cameron is going to help build a 3-D camera on the next-generation Mars rover — called Curiosity — that’s set for launch next year. The plan for the camera had actually been scaled back for budget reasons, but Cameron personally lobbied NASA administrator Charles Bolden when they met in January. He’s now listed as a “co-investigator” for the camera team. Let’s all remember that James Cameron doesn’t kid around. Remember when he followed up the success of Titanic with The APa documentary about his actual exploration of the actual Titanic wreck. How soon do you think it’s going to be before NASA announces that Cameron is going to follow up his 3-D space epic about extraterrestrial life by…actually going to up into space?
It’s no secret that the public perception of Tom Cruise seems to morph more often than Lady Gaga’s outerwear. So now that he’s signed on for yet another Mission: Impossible sequel, it’s worth taking a quick look at what’s transpired in Tommy’s World since the last MI movie released back in 2006.
On one side of the coin, the last few years have been hard on his public image: He and Katie Holmes’ relationship has only gotten bigger and crazier, inviting ridicule from fans and press. There’s also his continued relationship with Scientology, which never seems to become a moot point. Plus, those crazy videos. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, his recent movies Lions for Lambs and Valkyrie, frankly, underwhelmed.
On the flip side, however, Cruise has managed to rehab his image a bit as well: A surprisingly funny turn in 2008’s Tropic Thunder, which got raves; a funny roast of Matt Lauer; and his and Holmes’ lil’ tyke, Suri — well, I think the goodwill for her cuteness has spread to Mr. Cruise himself.
So, all you former/current Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible fans: Are you ready to love him again? Could Mission: Impossible IV be the movie that brings you back into the Cruise fold? Are you willing to put his past aside and embrace what could possibly be another great movie from him and J.J. Abrams? Sound off in the comments below!
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Could this weekend be lucky No. 7 at the box office for James Cameron’s Avatar? Possibly, as it seems that the masterpiece could yet again top the weekend’s box office. But for the first time since it premiered, the flick has a formidable foe in Mel Gibson’s Edge of Darkness. EW’s box office guru Nicole Sperling predicts that the two will battle but that ultimately Avatar will prevail over Darkness. Sperling also sees When in Rome, Legion, and The Tooth Fairy tangled in the $6-8 million range and battling for spots three through five.
But, predictions, shmerdictions: What are you going to see? That’s what I wanna know! Please vote in our totally informal, weekly EW Weekend Box Office Poll below. Oh wait, what you’re planning to hit the theaters for isn’t one of the five choices in the poll and talked about above? Choose the last selection of “Something else!” and then tell us about what you’re going to see in the comment section below. I wanna hear from you! Thanks for playing!
Weekend Box Office Poll: Are you hitting 'Avatar' again? Or maybe—groan, groan, groan!—'The Tooth Fairy' instead?
As the No. 2 movie of all time, Avatar, moves into its sixth weekend in theaters, EW’s box office maven Nicole Sperling is predicting yet another win for James Cameron’s masterpiece. And according to Nicole’s estimates, it’s not like Avatar is just gonna win—it’ll win by a huge margin, taking something like $34 million to The Tooth Fairy‘s $18 million.
But, predictions schmedictions! We wanna know what movies will propel you to hit the theater this weekend. You doubling back for more Avatar? (C’mon, you know you’ve already seen it!) Or will you be flossin’ (UGH on this movie, but at least we can have fun with puns, right?) with The Tooth Fairy and Dwayne Johnson? Maybe you’re gonna get your Lovely Bones on? Tell me in the poll below!
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Box office preview: ‘Tooth Fairy,’ ‘Extraordinary Measures’ and ‘Legion’ will all fall to ‘Avatar’
‘The Tooth Fairy’ review
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‘The Lovely Bones’ review
I admit I was a bit puzzled by news that Lionsgate acquired the feature film rights to the pregnancy guide What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It’s not that Expecting isn’t famous enough to carry a movie—almost a quarter century old, it’s sold 16 million copies and is now in its fourth printing. (USA Today once noted that Expecting is read by 93 percent of pregnant women who buy a pregnancy book.) So what’s the problem? Just a little matter of a—how shall I say?—plot. And main character. And fictional or real-life narrative. I’m making fun, but the truth is, it’s not all that unusual for decidedly un-cinematic how-to or self-help guides to end up on the big-screen. In 1972, Woody Allen went to crazy town with the ür-sexual revolution text Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask). And just last year, the dating guide He’s Just Not That Into You somehow extended its 15 minutes even longer with a big-screen romantic comedy of the same name. What else am I missing? And what totally illogical book would you like to see adapted as a movie? I pick Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. But maybe I’m just hungry.
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