“Will you accept that marriage is dead?” The Film Arcade has unveiled an official trailer for the new film written/directed by Lake Bell (of the excellent In a World… previously) titled I Do… Until I Don’t. The film is an ensemble comedy following three couples “stuck in the web of a jaded filmmaker looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.” Lake Bell stars, along with Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Wyatt Cenac, Amber Heard, and Dolly Wells. I’ve been waiting to see another film directed by Lake Bell, and I’m so happy to have another one out this year! This looks entertaining, if not a bit depressing, but I’m just excited to see Bell directing again. Fire this up below. ›››
Trust us: you don’t really want a real life hoverboard — at least not in the first few iterations of the future tech.
Sure, you’ve probably been impatiently waiting for the day you’d finally be able to zoom above the pavement from the moment you saw Marty McFly defy the laws of gravity in Back to the Future Part II — but there’s more than just a crew of angry bullies that could make the practice IRL a bad and dangerous idea.
Your dream hoverboard would probably be a floating injury machine at first, with potentially sketchy internals, a super-high price tag, and a high level of skill needed just to take it for a spin. Read more…
In honor of the Girls finale, which airs on HBO Sunday at 10:00 PM, Refinery29 and HBO will present a Girls exhibition this weekend. The exhibit will “celebrate the finale of the show that gave a voice to a generation” with “a unique retrospective encompassing favorite moments from Girls.” Along with the exhibit, there will be free Girls goodies available and other surprises. The free event will take place on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Fans can RSVP at https://r29xhbogirls.splashthat.com/.
Are you ready to return to the mystical world of Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth? TriStar Pictures sure hopes you are, because after years of stops and starts, they’ve hired director Fede Alvarez to helm a continuation. Yes, I assure you that you read that correctly: the guy who made Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake is making a new Labyrinth movie.
Labyrinth wasn’t a hit upon initial release, but the movie has since become a cult classic and a cultural touchstone, especially for women who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s. I came to the film late – I only saw it for the first time a few years ago – but it has great characters led by a young Jennifer Connelly and an absolutely mesmerizing performance by David Bowie, and I can see why a generation holds it close to their hearts.
But now Deadline reports that TriStar has hired Alvarez to direct and co-write the screenplay with Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent), and there’s no mention of Perlman’s name anywhere, so it seems like she’s off the project. She’s currently writing Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel with Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve.
But let’s take a step back and talk about how strange of a choice Alvarez is for this material. Deadline’s sources assure them that this Labyrinth movie will be a “new story within the universe created in the original movie,” it’s specifically “not a remake,” and David Bowie’s character – Jareth the Goblin King – won’t be involved. So even though we don’t know anything about its plot, it’s safe to assume The Henson Company and TriStar, who are co-producing this film, will attempt to recapture the original’s tone so they can aim at a similar age group. (Jim Henson directed the first film, and his daughter Lisa Henson will be a producer on the new installment.)
Alvarez has directed a violent Evil Dead remake, the disturbing and suspenseful Don’t Breathe, and he’s now working on The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Sony’s sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. None of those projects are anywhere near “family friendly,” so this strikes me as a peculiar choice. But when I was watching Don’t Breathe, I remember being incredibly impressed by his ability to stretch tension to its breaking point, so if he’s able to tackle a more lighthearted tone with that same level of control, he might actually do the impossible and make a Labyrinth movie that lives up to expectations of fans who adore the original.
What do you think? Is Alvarez the right guy to tackle a new Labyrinth movie?
Labyrinth reboot signs Don’t Breathe’s Fede Alvarez to direct
First announced in early 2016, TriStar Pictures‘ Labyrinth reboot has at last found a director, which Deadline reports will be Evil Dead remake and Don’t Breathe helmer Fede Alvarez. His first two films were for Sony Pictures (TriStar’s parent company), and he’s currently working on the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reboot The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony as well.
While Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman was initially brought aboard to supply the screenplay, Alvarez is bringing in his Spider’s Web scribe Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) to co-write the film with him. The Labyrinth reboot will not be a remake, but it will take place within the same universe as the original film, making it possibly more of a spin-off than a sequel.
“’Labyrinth’ is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking,” said Alvarez. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to expand on Jim Henson’s mesmerizing universe, and take a new generation of moviegoers back into the Labyrinth.”
Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy classic Labyrinth starred Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. Scripted by Terry Jones from a story by Dennis Lee, the original Labyrinth was the final project from Henson. Connelly plays a young woman, Sarah, who accidentally offers up her baby brother to the Goblin King, Jareth (Bowie). To rescue the child, Sarah must navigate a fantastical world of creatures and magic until she can ultimately face off against Jareth himself.
The Henson Company‘s Lisa Henson will produce the Labyrinth reboot, which Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar.
Back in 2013, it was reported that Walt Disney Pictures was developing their own film titled Labyrinth. Although that project is not connected to the Henson film, it is said to follow a similar storyline with the central protagonist being a princess who has to traverse a dangerous maze in order to save her father. The current status of Disney’s Labyrinth project is unknown.
How do you feel about a Labyrinth reboot? Is Fede Alvarez a good choice to direct? Share your thoughts in the comments below.