"If the Martians land, they're gonna need a place to stay. Just like everybody else."
Mars. No other planet has inspired as much speculation about the possibility of extraterrestrial life as the Red Planet. There are currently five functioning spacecraft on the surface of Mars, or in orbit above it, searching for signs of life and, while we've yet to find any of the little green men of popular fiction, the latest data from NASA's Curiosity rover indicates that Mars once supported a network of rivers capable of supporting life. But, enough about theoretical microbial Martians. More than anything, Curiosity's discovery got us to thinking about "real" Martians, the kind that thrill and terrify us in popular sci-fi movies, whether they be three-breasted mutant prostitutes, noble savages of a dying planet, or the icky, invader-y type.
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Posted 03.19.13 by BrentJS
"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." — John Lennon
Some of the most imaginative films in motion picture history are inspired by, based on, or even take place within, dreams. This is not really that surprising considering comparisons between the two have been made since the birth of cinema, with Hollywood often referred to as the "dream factory." Psychologists have long noted that the collection of sounds and images that comprise both movies and dreams are heavily steeped in symbolism and latent content and that both experiences arouse similar psychological mechanisms in the participants.
Even the most pedestrian of movies are akin to dreams in the way that they transport us away from our everyday lives and allow us to experience people, places, events, and even emotions that might otherwise be foreign to us. But, the similarities between the two are never more apparent than when dreams are represented on screen. Pour yourself a nightcap or nice cup of chamomile tea, put on your PJs and help us rate the best movies about dreams.Rate the Top 10 Best Movies About Dreams >>
Posted 01.28.13 by BrentJS
Arnie wasn't lying when he said, "I'll be back."
The Austrian Oak, Arnie, the Governator, Ah-nuld, ...whatever you call him, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a class all to himself. Born in Thal, Austria, in 1947, Schwarzenegger rose up from his humble background as the rebellious son of a local police chief in post-War Europe to dominate the world of professional body-building — three Mr. Universe and seven Mr. Olympia titles between 1968 and 1980 — and then he set his sights on Hollywood. Despite one mouthful of a last name and a thick accent, Schwarzenegger tackled Hollywood with the same zeal he put into bodybuilding, becoming Sylvester Stallone's chief competitor for the title of '80s action mega-star, starring in a string of monster hits that, all told, have earned over $3.8 billion at the worldwide box office.
After climbing as high as he could in U.S. politics (limited by the fact that he was born overseas), Schwarzenegger is once again in the entertainment business, popping up in a cameo role in Stallone's ode to he-man action movies, The Expendables, before playing a more significant role in The Expendables 2. Schwarzenegger will team up with Stallone again in the action-thriller The Tomb, take on Mexican drug lords as an aging small-town cop in The Last Stand and is rumored to be involved in some way with a planned fifth movie in The Terminator franchise. Whether Schwarzenegger's second act in Hollywood has a hope of matching his first remains to be seen, but let's look back on the movies that made him great and pick the best ones.
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Last month, Colin Farrell was photographed inside a flying car on the set of director Len Wiseman's (Live Free or Die Hard) remake of Total Recall. New set photos have arrived online which again show Farrell inside the flying vehicle, though both the car and Farrell aren't looking so good.
Based on the late author Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", Total Recall sees Farrell as factory worker Doug Quaid, who, after attempting to take a "vacation" via a memory-implanting company called Rekall, discovers he may be a spy and quickly becomes a hunted man. Farrell takes over the role originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in director Paul Verhoeven's 1990 adaptation, though the remake is said to be following the original short story more closely than the Verhoeven version.
Farrell's Quaid will still square off against Vilos Cohaagen, (a Mars Administrator played by Ronny Cox in Verhoeven's version)the leader of the nation state Euromerica, played in the remake by Bryan Cranston (AMC's Breaking Bad). In an interview with Collider, Cranston revealed his approach to the character. No pounding on the desk for Cranston >> Posted 09.19.11 by Ryan
Though the start of production on director Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake has been pushed back to May 30th from its original May 15th start date, it appears that everything is falling into place for the movie as the cast begins to take shape. Until recently, only Colin Farrell and Bryan Cranston had officially signed on, with Farrell playing the heroic Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who begins to suspect he is a spy for one of the two world powers, New Shanghai or Euromerica (dropping the Mars angle from the 1990 original movie by director Paul Verhoeven that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger), and Cranston playing the villain (Vilos Cohaagen in the original, played by Ronny Cox). Now, it appears as if the rest of the principal actors have been cast as THR follows Collider's recent news that Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale had joined the cast by revealing that Bill Nighy is in negotiations to sign on, as well. what characters will they play? >> Posted 05.26.11 by BrentJS
According to Variety, Jessica Biel has been offered a role in director Len Wiseman's remake of the classic 1990 sci-fi action movie Total Recall that has Irish bad boy Colin Farrell taking over for Austrian Übermensch Arnold Schwarzenegger as Doug Quaid/Hauser, a seemingly average man who decides to take a virtual vacation and ends up convinced that he is a secret agent on the hunt for an alien artifact on Mars. The role that Biel was offered was not specified, but the two most likely roles are that of Doug's wife, Lori (Sharon Stone in the original), or Melina (Rachel Ticotin), a Martian prostitute and resistance fighter who Quaid falls in love with (and may have loved before as Hauser). Other actresses who have tested for the female leads in the movie include Eva Mendes, Kate Bosworth, and Paula Patton. more about the Total Recall Remake >> Posted 04.10.11 by BrentJS
Actor Colin Farrell seemed interested but non-committal when asked about whether or not he would be starring in director Len Wiseman's remake of the classic 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action movie, Total Recall, during a recent interview in support of his new movie, The Way Back. Now, in an update of that interview, producer Neal Moritz has confirmed Farrell will lead the cast of the new Total Recall and provided some additional information about the remake, which he said will begin shooting in Toronoto on May 15th.
What did Moritz reveal about the new Total Recall? >> Posted 01.10.11 by BrentJS
Yeah, we’re putting…the final deal. We’re doing the movie with Colin Farrell.
Irish actor Colin Farrell is no stranger to appearing in TV show adaptations (S.W.A.T., Miami Vice), but his latest work has been in remakes. In May , Farrell was cast in director Craig Gillespie's Fright Night remake, and, in October, Farrell was rumored to be the frontrunner for director Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake.
In Fright Night, Farrell goes vampire in the role Chris Sarandon played in the 1985 original. In an interview with Collider, Farrell couldn't reveal much about Fright Night, but did reveal that it was the script (written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon) that drew him to the remake. Will Farrell head to Mars? >> Posted 01.08.11 by Ryan
Director Len Wiseman's (Live Free or Die Hard) remake of Total Recall is close to filling its lead role. Actors Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender, and Tom Hardy could reportedly land the lead role initially portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 original. Farrell is the frontrunner >> Posted 10.22.10 by Ryan
Columbia Pictures have finally settled on a director for their Total Recall remake. Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) is in final negotiations to helm the project, which hired Salt screenwriter Kurt Wimmer to write the screenplay last June.
Columbia promises a "new, contemporized adaptation" of Total Recall, which was based on the Phillip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale." For Wiseman, the inspiration to join the remake was the story. Re-imagining Total Recall >> Posted 07.30.10 by Ryan