Chucky, that infamous doll possessed by a serial killer, first scared audiences in 1988 via the film, Child’s Play. The film garnered a total gross of $44,196,684 worldwide. Since then, Chucky has given birth to a film franchise that left horror-loving movie fanatics and the larger movie folk having a love-hate relationship with dolls—especially the creepy variety. After seven movies, an eighth is about to jump from the big screens beginning this June 20 in the Philippines, a day earlier than its US release. Child’s Play, the horror favorite has been reimagined for the contemporary times by producer Seth Grahame-Smith. You may also like: Review: ‘Brightburn’ is the Superman-gone-evil film that could have really flown Review: If you want to see a master class in staging a breakdown, watch ‘Greta’ Review: Pet Sematary’s brilliant storytelling is ruined by its last 15 minutes Review: ‘The … [Read more...] about Chucky has been reimagined for today’s tech-obsessed generation
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By Kristen Page-Kirby The Washington Post Thu., May 9, 2019 It may be surprising, to put it mildly, to read a review of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu that also mentions Blade Runner. (More on this later.) But in a world where goldfish turn into dragons and baby dinosaurs walk the streets with tails aflame, stranger things have been known to happen. For the uninitiated, Pokémon are mythical creatures of varying types that each have special abilities. (Ask your local 10-year-old to list a few of the many species and their powers.) Working with human trainers, they battle one another for supremacy by using their powers to attack opponents. The phenomenon started in the 1990s with video games, evolving into a cartoon series, a card game and eventually the ever-present cultural juggernaut it is today. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, the first live-action/animated entry into the canon, is only the latest fuel to keep the fire burning — and the money flowing. … [Read more...] about Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is far better than it should be
Charlize Theron does not want to talk about politics at our interview for the new romantic comedy Long Shot, even though she plays the US secretary of state preparing to make a run for the presidency. She tried to explain at our interview at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills: "Obviously, we are selling a very specific film, and I feel like when we start talking about real politics, it throws the fun out of this movie, and that is the clickbait that everyone throws out there. "Don't kill me here, I am selling a comedy. Help me out, I am begging you." Okay, so why this movie then? The Oscar-winning 43-year-old South African actress said: "I pick projects where I ask myself, 'Is there something in this that scares me that I haven't done before? That I feel like maybe I can't do but want to try?' I never thought I would be in a romantic comedy. Ever. So that is fun and also scary." In Long Shot, which sneaks today and tomorrow before opening on Thursday, Theron is Charlotte Field, … [Read more...] about Doing romcom ‘fun and scary’: Long Shot star Charlize Theron
By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times Mon., April 29, 2019 So who had “Game of Thrones will just wrap up its whole Night King/humanity-unifying climate change allegory in 82 minutes” in their office pool? After all the talking that until now made up the final season of HBO’s fantasy blockbuster, the Battle of Winterfell arrived with a vengeance Sunday night. But for all the bad omens, fond farewells and seeming inevitability of mass casualties (imagined by at least one viewer, anyway), the great war ended on the side of humanity with Arya killing the Night King (and everyone else in his army) with her Valyrian steel dagger. Needless to say, Arya doesn’t pay for a meal anywhere in Westeros the rest of her life — at least until she meets whatever’s ahead in sunny King’s Landing. But before getting too far into the lethal blow that came at the precise, telegenic moment when all seemed lost for the humans of the North, it’s worth … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell stuck its landing. What happens next?
By Bruce Arthur Sports Columnist Sun., April 28, 2019 Maybe Kawhi Leonard can be better, even after laying waste to a city for a day. (Best player in the world suddenly seems closer than it used to, right?) And maybe Pascal Siakam can be better, even as he creates seemingly new shots out of the air. (They are not all new shots.) It’s possible, though tricky to count on. But after the Toronto Raptors crushed the Philadelphia 76ers 108-95 in Game 1 of their much-anticipated second-round series, you got the sense that the Raptors can still improve. They haven’t all spent the season working together, so they are improvising as they go, under escalating pressure, with championship hopes. But it’s probably easier to try that tightrope act with basketball geniuses around. “I think we’re really smart,” said Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry Sunday. “Our starting five, our group overall IQ, is really high. I think our starting five … [Read more...] about High-IQ Raptors are hacking the NBA playoff system