Meanwhile…Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t the only sequel coming out this week! Nia Vardalos and her Portokalos brood are back with a big family secret in the follow-up to My Big Fat Greek Wedding,  a word-of-mouth smash that made hundreds of millions of dollars when it was first released. But we’re a long ways away from 2002 now and just how much demand for a sequel was built up in-between? This question inspires this week’s gallery: 24 sequels nobody asked for (and how they turned out)!

This week’s new releases include a few Hollywood takes on science fiction (Fox’s remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still; the 1984 sequel 2010: The Year We Make Contact on Blu-ray), and a few that fall into the fantasy genre (Adam Sandler’s Bedtime Stories; Jim Carrey in Yes Man, where he romances the 18-years younger Zooey Deschanel — a middle-aged male fantasy if there ever was one). Awards-watchers have an Oscar-nominated film new to DVD (Doubt) and a new double-dip from a Coen brothers classic in the making (No Country for Old Men Collector’s Edition). Read on for more!

The Day the Earth Stood Still — 20%

When studios remake films, the question always arises: Why fix it if it ain’t broken? (The original 1951 sci-fi classic sits pretty at a robust 94 percent on the Tomatometer.) The folks at Fox apparently don’t like such questions, because they decided to “update” the tale of an alien visitor named Klaatu who brings a message of peace — and then, potential destruction — to the callow denizens of Earth. Keanu Reeves‘ monotone delivery as Klaatu didn’t help TDTESS‘s clunky direction and script, though in his defense, he was doing it on purpose. Find the 3-Disc version for a plethora of bonus materials (production photos, storyboards, and concept art) and tons of thematic and making-of featurettes; unfortunately, the lone commentary track does not feature the film’s stars or its director, Scott Derrickson. The good news? Limited editions of the 2-Disc and 3-Disc DVDs also come with the original The Day The Earth Stood Still, so you might get some enjoyment out of the release after all.

Next: Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories

Back again with another family-friendly comic clunker, Adam Sandler stars as a goofball uncle named Skeeter who entertains his niece and nephew with fantastical stories — stories that begin to come to life! Although the appealing Keri Russell co-stars as Sandler’s love interest, and the rascally Russell Brand as his best friend, this high concept comedy fell flat. Even director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) couldn’t breathe enough pep and life into the proceedings, and he was able to make people enjoy watching John Travolta in drag. Special features include pieces on the film’s special effects, child actors, and computer-generated guinea pig, bloopers, deleted scenes, and an infomercial-type appearance by Big Daddy co-stars Cole and Dylan Sprouse (now bonafide Disney idols).

Next: Multiple Oscar nominee, Doubt

Doubt — 78%

Oscar-watchers absolutely must see this Certified Fresh chamber piece, which earned five Academy Award nominations and was adapted by director John Patrick Shanley from his own Pulitzer-winning play. With creds like these, is there any, ahem, doubt, that serious moviegoers should move this to the top of their Netflix queue this week? A strong cast led by Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams give this period piece about suspicion and the specter of abuse in a 1950s parish serious weight, though a brief, powerhouse performance by Viola Davis steals the show.

Next: Say maybe to Jim Carrey’s Yes Man

Jim Carrey is a shadow of his former self in Yes Man, a predictable comedy about a straight-laced banker who battles his mid-life crisis by embracing a single word: yes. Unfortunately, critics overwhelmingly disagreed with the film’s central theme (“Say yes to everything!”), despite a winning if strained performance by Carrey, who plays against his strengths as the straight man with the occasional glimmer of that slapsticky, classic Carrey. And then, there’s Zooey Deschanel. Always winning as the token “manic pixie dream girl,” she’s extra-quirky in a role as a scooter-driving, rock band-fronting, Silverlake-dwelling free spirit who, naturally, falls in love with Carrey (18 years her senior in real life). Deschanel’s musical performances, included in full as bonus features, are the highlight of Yes Man on DVD – watch one below!

Next: Contemplate your credit history with I.O.U.S.A.

I.O.U.S.A. — 91%

Economy got you in a funk? If watching an entire documentary about the nation’s money woes won’t sink you further into depression, then we fervently recommend picking up I.O.U.S.A. (maybe a rental — it’s more cost-effective). This nonpartisan doc aims to educate America about fiscal responsibility — but in an entertaining way, unlike your bank’s customer service agents — utilizing engaging graphics to make its terrifying point. Another bonus: I.O.U.S.A. is directed by award-winning filmmaker Patrick Creadon, whose 2006 doc Wordplay introduced audiences to the nation’s biggest crossword nerds — and won a Golden Tomato award to boot.

Next: Yup, someone made a movie entitled Donkey Punch

Donkey Punch — 47%

The title does bear explanation, but you’ll have to watch this film to find out what it means. It’s got a promising premise; this British thriller follows a group of young partiers adrift on a boat trip that takes a dangerous turn at sea. Critics liked it to a point, but gave it negative reviews for giving way to tired genre cliché. Brutal violence, drug use, and general hedonism abound, if you like that sort of thing…but while curiosity is bound to get the best of anyone looking for sordid thrills, Donkey Punch might turn out less impactful than its own title.

Next: Painterly animation and adventure in The Tale of Despereaux

When it comes to animation, it would seem that American studios (Pixar, DreamWorks) have a monopoly on critical success. European studio Framestore Animation nonetheless tried their hand with The Tale of Despereaux, whose titular character is a mouse of particular courage and manners. Despereaux aimed to capture the imaginations of young audiences but ended up splitting critics, who credited it with handsome, painterly CG visuals but complained of a lack of spirit. The bland allegory, based on the novel by author Kate DiMillo, might serve hardcore fans of animation (and those with small children) best; all else, be warned. A few games and making-of featurettes highlight the DVD.

Next: Get naughty and nostalgic with the Pre-Code Hollywood Collection

Hearken back to an Old Hollywood unencumbered by silly “morals,” before that stuffy Hays Code took effect, with six delightfully dirty classics: The Cheat (1931, pictured above), Merrily We Go To Hell (1932), Hot Saturday (1932), Torch Singer (1933), Murder at the Vanities (1934), and Search For Beauty (1934). Among the set are films starring the likes of Tallulah Bankhead, Cary Grant, Lucille Ball and Claudette Colbert, with salacious storylines that span the un-PC themes of adultery, wedlock, murder, and good old-fashioned smut. (Bankhead’s The Cheat plays like an early version of Indecent Proposal, as an indebted woman considers paying the ultimate price to a “lecherous scoundrel.”) A mini-handbook reprint of the infamous 1934 Production Code accompanies the set; here, we share our favorite bylaws: “Revenge in modern times shall not be justified” and “Excessive and lustful kissing, lustful embraces, suggestive postures and gestures, are not to be shown.”

Next: Should you double dip with the No Country For Old Men Collector’s Edition?

No Country For Old Men Collector’s Edition Blu-ray — 94%

Double-dip home video releases are never enticing to fans who already own a title, but this week’s Blu-ray release of the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men comes with enough new bonus material that fervent Coen fans should take a look. When No Country first hit DVD and Blu-ray a while back, only a trio of features accompanied the film; all three of those features are ported over to the new Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray and 3-Disc DVD, and share space with a wealth of new extras, which include Josh Brolin‘s behind-the-scenes feature, a Q&A with Joel and Ethan Coen and cinematographer Roger Deakins, and nine additional pieces featuring the Coens and their stars talking with various media programs about No Country. If you’ve spent hours analyzing the film’s ending, shot compositions, or Anton Chigurh’s hairdo of choice, consider these materials study guides to the Coen classic.

Next: 2010: The Year We Make Contact hits Blu-ray

It was an audacious idea to begin with; who in their right mind would attempt to follow Stanley Kubrick‘s science fiction classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, with a sequel? In the year 1984, that person was director Peter Hyams (Capricorn One, The Star Chamber, Timecop), whose adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s follow-up novel picked up nine years after the events of 2001. Roy Scheider stars as Dr. Heywood Floyd, a now-disgraced aeronautics expert investigating the HAL 9000 glitch, who along with John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, and Bob Balaban, tries to unlock the secret of the monolith. While the release comes with woefully few bonus features (a vintage featurette and the theatrical trailer), it’s a great High Def release for science fiction purists.

Until next week, happy renting!

Arthur C. Clarke, the science fiction novelist whose bestselling books included 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: The Year We Make Contact, has passed away at the age of 90.

Clarke, who had suffered from post-polio syndrome for decades, died in what the Associated Press described as “his adopted home of Sri Lanka.” An aide told the AP that Clarke passed away after experiencing difficulty breathing.

Though best-known as a science fiction writer, and perhaps most closely identified with the series of books he started with 2001 and continued through to 2061 and 3001: The Final Odyssey, Clarke had a wide variety of skills and interests. A few of his non-sci-fi accomplishments, as listed by the AP:

He was credited with the concept of communications satellites in 1945, decades before they became a reality. Geosynchronous orbits, which keep satellites in a fixed position relative to the ground, are called Clarke orbits.

He joined American broadcaster Walter Cronkite as commentator on the U.S. Apollo moonshots in the late 1960s.

Clarke’s non-fiction volumes on space travel and his explorations of the Great Barrier Reef and Indian Ocean earned him respect in the world of science, and in 1976 he became an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Divorced since 1964, Clarke had no children; he did, however, make plans to have his DNA sent into space, joking with the AP that “One day, some super civilization may encounter this relic from the vanished species and I may exist in another time. Move over, Stephen King.”

Source: Associated Press

Actor Roy Scheider, who earned Oscar nominations for his work in The French Connection and All That Jazz, passed away of undisclosed causes over the weekend. He was 75 years old.

Though Scheider’s work encompassed everything from stints on soap operas to a star turn in 2010: The Year We Make Contact, he’s probably best remembered for his appearance as police chief Martin Brody in Jaws and Jaws 2. Though he never broke through to the sort of leading roles enjoyed by contemporaries such as Gene Hackman, Scheider worked steadily for decades on television and film.

Scheider died at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, where spokespersons declined to reveal his cause of death. According to Variety, however, Scheider “had been diagnosed with myeloma in 2004 and subsequently underwent a bone marrow transplant.”

Scheider is survived by his wife, Brenda, and three children.

Source: Variety

No it’s not part of the series that includes "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010," but it looks like Michael Bay is going to helm the science-fiction adventure "2012: The War for Souls," based on an upcoming novel by Whitley Streiber.

The screenwriting / producing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who just got done working with Mr. Bay on "Transformers," are the ones who convinced the director to grab the gig, and it looks to be the director’s next project.

According to Variety, the story’s about "an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to stop an apocalypse foreseen by the ancient Mayans."

Up next for Kurtzman & Orci is the J.J. Abrams version of "Star Trek." (Looks like these guys survived the "Island" implosion just fine.)

Source: Variety

We’ve got more exclusive "Cars" pics for your perusal! By now, we all know the story: Lightning McQueen is held against his will in an out-of-the-way town called Radiator Springs until he completes his community service by fixing a stretch of road he damaged during an unfortunate turn of events. Here are a couple more pics of the town and its automotive inhabitants.

"Cars" is the latest animated feature from John Lasseter, who also directed the "Toy Story" series. "Cars" hits theaters Friday June 9th. See the pics here.

Tag Cloud

zombie high school TCA Winter 2020 video Tumblr 93rd Oscars Grammys screenings CBS All Access Turner Classic Movies comic genre Watching Series 2016 Disney Channel PBS legend Star Trek Video Games television SundanceTV Character Guide supernatural nfl Lifetime robots vampires Sundance TV TCM science fiction based on movie cats Amazon Studios RT21 feel good werewolf Crunchyroll Cannes golden globe awards book adaptation international cancelled TV shows A24 Winners Arrowverse 79th Golden Globes Awards cars TCA 2017 royal family Peacock pirates of the caribbean DC Comics asian-american stoner NBA adenture Instagram Live 90s OneApp Paramount Plus Chernobyl black comedy laika Trophy Talk Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt X-Men strong female leads what to watch indie WarnerMedia SDCC Neflix cancelled television Trivia Certified Fresh italian Women's History Month south america Chilling Adventures of Sabrina jurassic park halloween tv composers hidden camera MCU 2019 scorecard stop motion Pixar fast and furious indiana jones NBC OWN movies football Crackle GIFs prank Music ABC Signature Mystery spy thriller dreamworks Brie Larson Disney The CW Black History Month worst movies Western Quiz scene in color debate Fall TV The Academy movie Pride Month Emmys Heroines free movies MSNBC ITV french TruTV comics zero dark thirty historical drama E3 slashers The Walking Dead natural history adaptation comedies classics dceu sag awards latino Interview adventure Sundance Now DC streaming service Turner Masterpiece 007 razzies LGBTQ Shondaland all-time kids cartoon streaming thriller spanish language japan posters scary movies TV movies heist movie TLC Super Bowl Musical nature CBS Warner Bros. venice theme song USA Netflix San Diego Comic-Con obituary black Esquire Baby Yoda cancelled AMC Plus documentaries Universal CW Seed Mary Poppins Returns Biopics universal monsters 73rd Emmy Awards President Lifetime Christmas movies versus concert satire Sneak Peek The Arrangement VICE mcc biography renewed TV shows dc Polls and Games ghosts award winner revenge Broadway romance anime anthology YouTube Oscars Tarantino psycho 71st Emmy Awards sitcom crime Shudder die hard directors elevated horror new star wars movies Spike quibi History Hollywood Foreign Press Association trophy transformers binge screen actors guild stand-up comedy kaiju diversity 1990s A&E live event Apple TV Plus FXX El Rey Britbox breaking bad finale disaster Classic Film TNT TBS Spectrum Originals NYCC MTV facebook BBC Television Academy Dark Horse Comics Mary poppins canceled TV shows gangster war Schedule biopic mob Amazon Prime Video Christmas lord of the rings batman festival Winter TV blockbuster Calendar Nickelodeon aliens FOX deadpool rt labs critics edition Disney streaming service technology 4/20 TCA political drama remakes emmy awards YouTube Red Exclusive Video james bond new zealand vs. dogs spider-verse TCA Awards BBC One Comic-Con@Home 2021 Summer HFPA Disney+ Disney Plus TV One video on demand toy story E! Action DC Universe ABC Family cooking kong IFC Infographic PaleyFest mockumentary Freeform unscripted BBC America police drama Elton John superhero Black Mirror Vudu PlayStation blaxploitation king kong zombies name the review Starz Pop TV serial killer SXSW trailers The Purge Year in Review festivals rom-coms halloween canceled doctor who parents RT History sequels discovery franchise WGN japanese Tokyo Olympics Marvel Television game of thrones Drama films Star Wars Stephen King Paramount live action new york HBO independent Trailer Animation godzilla Disney Plus hispanic TIFF Spring TV richard e. Grant BET slasher 20th Century Fox Ovation Awards reboot Set visit tv talk chucky Alien Teen ViacomCBS boxoffice Election Showtime Fantasy Best and Worst olympics popular 2015 saw AMC crossover Tubi cults American Society of Cinematographers Apple TV+ Premiere Dates Tags: Comedy twilight archives Nat Geo Universal Pictures Pacific Islander 99% Amazon Prime blockbusters harry potter cancelled TV series National Geographic hispanic heritage month DGA Funimation australia The Walt Disney Company critics miniseries true crime Sony Pictures Paramount Network rt archives Academy Awards toronto VOD Cartoon Network Comedy Television Critics Association Horror Musicals space dramedy APB Fox News Fox Searchlight docudrama Song of Ice and Fire CMT women Mindy Kaling New York Comic Con 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards child's play BAFTA Writers Guild of America Creative Arts Emmys Opinion ESPN FX reviews 2017 Film Prime Video Comedy Central Syfy Box Office Image Comics medical drama Podcast documentary Pirates period drama comic book movie telelvision Captain marvel Netflix Christmas movies know your critic critic resources sports GLAAD 2020 foreign Columbia Pictures Acorn TV Mary Tyler Moore Marvel Toys TV scary VH1 Comics on TV Holidays boxing action-comedy animated rt labs joker Fargo HBO Max Red Carpet Binge Guide Discovery Channel Hulu Reality Competition Walt Disney Pictures Cosplay fresh comiccon spinoff Martial Arts Rock Legendary Country Pop psychological thriller 24 frames CNN comic book movies justice league worst Marvel Studios game show crime drama aapi Superheroes rotten movies we love Valentine's Day Reality golden globes christmas movies IFC Films Wes Anderson TV renewals series Nominations streaming movies green book children's TV USA Network Tomatazos FX on Hulu Hear Us Out politics witnail dark TV Land book DirecTV dexter 45 travel young adult leaderboard Ghostbusters king arthur jamie lee curtis hist Hallmark Christmas movies Awards Tour Mudbound marvel comics Holiday Food Network Countdown HBO Go best 21st Century Fox talk show nbcuniversal superman LGBT Bravo comic books Marathons Avengers YA Superheroe GoT mission: impossible basketball wonder woman news ratings Rom-Com teaser cinemax cops rotten Apple Amazon Adult Swim First Look Travel Channel Emmy Nominations ID sopranos a nightmare on elm street Extras target Thanksgiving sequel casting Hallmark art house social media The Witch Anna Paquin spain Ellie Kemper romantic comedy Film Festival docuseries hollywood marvel cinematic universe singing competition Kids & Family See It Skip It Rocketman BET Awards Lionsgate 72 Emmy Awards Endgame Sci-Fi spanish monster movies Lucasfilm spider-man Comic Book First Reviews Logo ABC Epix Family crime thriller 2018 dragons 2021 YouTube Premium mutant criterion Sundance Pet Sematary Photos suspense IMDb TV Rocky