My newest interview subject, Mark A. Mangini, is an accomplished sound designer and editor. He’s helped create the soundscapes for films of all sorts. Ranging from multiple films in the Star Trek franchise to a frequent collaboration with Joe Dante, from Disney Renaissance classics like Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin to Mad Max: Fury Road, which would win him his first Oscar, Mark A. Mangini has created memorable soundscapes for almost half-a-century, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Mark took some time to speak with me this past December, and today I share my epic conversation with this great talent.
We don’t get nearly as many action platformers based around new movies as we used to — considering the quality of most of those, some would consider that a good thing. But publisher Outright Games and development studio PHL are going to try giving it another go. They’ve made a deal with MGM to create a 3D action game based on the Addams Family, just in time for their next movie in October — a sequel to the animated flick from a couple years prior.
Orion’s Child’s Play remake, which hit theaters June 21 (the same day as Toy Story 4), is heading to your electronic devices next month. Let’s hope Chucky doesn’t take them over.
We have a visual on the plastic menace set to terrorize the neighborhood this summer. MGM’s latest trailer for the Child’s Play remake was released today, and for the first time in the entire campaign, the “new” Chucky has been revealed.
We’re just as surprised to be writing this as you are to be reading it, but the Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider movie is getting a sequel.
There’s a point in Futurama where Zapp Brannigan is condemned to death by Snu-Snu, and the news causes his face to contort into a wildly fluctuating expression of both happy and horrified at once. We had a similar reaction this weekend when Mark Hamill was confirmed as the voice of Chucky in the upcoming Child’s Play remake.
The Child’s Play franchise has taken a weird turn in the last six months. Creator Don Mancini announced plans to create an eight-part miniseries for television, centered around his famous murderous doll. Then MGM announced they were putting together a Child’s Play remake with a new director, new actors, new Chucky and everything. Apparently both these projects can legally go forward, independent of each other.
Part machine, part man, all cop: What was once known as Alex Murphy is stomping back to the big screen. Robocop Returns is the name, and Neill Blomkamp is the director.
Lock your toybox, because pudgy dolls are getting in a stabby mood again. According to THR, MGM is making plans to reboot the Child’s Play franchise with a new movie. This proposed feature would be written by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2), produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (It) and directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid).
It’s been 18 years since I was first introduced to the concept of DVDs. The family of my girlfriend at the time had a DVD player, and I was so fascinated by the technology in 1999 that I knew I wanted one for myself. I was even buying DVDs before I got a DVD player as a Christmas present the following year. I came to fall in love with the format and how all sorts of titles were coming out with wonderful extras. Even something as simple as a theatrical trailer could excite me. Eventually, DVD gave way to Blu-Ray, and while I’ve yet to make the upgrade to Blu-Ray (mainly because I can’t find an All Region player for my PC, which is how I view movies), there’s one studio that’s still willing to help those who haven’t been able to make the leap to Blu-Ray. That studio is Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
I was first introduced to DVDs by my high school girlfriend. The relationship ended up not working out, mainly because as I was still adjusting to a diagnosis of Aspergers’ Syndrome, I was having difficulty figuring out how relationships are supposed to go. One thing I can thank her for, though, is my love of DVDs, and more importantly, DVD extras. I had read about the extras DVDs contained in several online articles, but I wouldn’t really know until the lead-up to Christmas of 2000, when I got my first DVD player. One of the very first DVDs I can recall watching, if not the first altogether, was 1988’s Earth Girls Are Easy, which had some amazing extras.