Dorking Out Episode 51: The Mummy Dearest Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we review the first installment in Universal’s Dark Universe THE MUMMY, starring Tom Cruise. In our second segment, we’re talking about the whole messy subject of cinematic universes, the latest blockbuster trend that may or may not be fizzling out. Peter Brown from Assignment X joins us to talk about the Dark Universe, counting your movie franchise eggs before they’re hatched, Marvel’s new BLACK PANTHER trailer, and what the success of WONDER WOMAN means for the DC Universe. All of that, plus what we’re dorking out about this week, including the cancellation of SENSE8 […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MUMMY starring Tom Cruise

THE MUMMY movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnston Writers: David Koepp and Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, story by Jon Spaihts and Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet Director: Alex Kurtzman Distributor: Universal Release Date: June 9, 2017 THE MUMMY isn’t a remake of the ‘30s Boris Karloff version, the ‘50s Peter Cushing edition or the ‘90s/’00s trilogy starring Brendan Fraser. It has its own mythology and its own look, both of which are very strong. The two big problems here are first that this MUMMY doesn’t know how to lay out its narrative so that […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT ABOUT TRAILERS – Episode 4: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI and THOR: RAGNAROK

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. Welcome to the fourth episode of Dorking Out About Trailers, our monthly roundtable discussion about movie trailers, co-hosted by Chris, Sonia and Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X. In this month’s podcast, we talk about THE LAST JEDI, THOR RAGNAROK, BABY DRIVER, ATOMIC BLONDE, THE BAD BATCH, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD and THE MUMMY. THE LAST JEDI Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score Sonia: 90 Peter: 95 Chris: 94 THOR RAGNAROK Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score Sonia: 80 Peter: 75 Chris: 82 BABY DRIVER Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score Sonia: 90 Peter: 82 Chris: 87 ATOMIC BLONDE Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score […]Read On »

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LIMITLESS: Executive producer Alex Kurtzman the CBS series, SLEEPY HOLLOW and Universal’s MONSTER UNIVERSE – Interview

Jake McDorman as Brian Finch n LIMITLESS - Season 1 | © 2015 CBS/John Paul Filo

In the 2011 film LIMITLESS, Bradley Cooper played Eddie Morra, an ordinary man who gained extraordinary mental acuity, thanks to NZT, a (fictional) neuro-enhancement drug that lets the human brain access one hundred percent of its power. In the new CBS series LIMITLESS, Tuesdays at 10 PM, Eddie – still played in a recurring role by Cooper, who is one of the series’ executive producers – is now a senator, who is guiding Jake McDorman’s character Brian Lynch, who is enabled by NZT to help the FBI solve crimes. Alex Kurtzman (of FRINGE, TRANSFORMERS and the new STAR TREK films) […]Read On »

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SLEEPY HOLLOW co-creator Alex Kurtzman on Season 2 – Interview

Nicole Beharie in SLEEPY HOLLOW - Season 2 - "Mama" | © 2014 Fox/Brownie Harris

SLEEPY HOLLOW is now in its second season on Fox, Mondays at 9 PM. With the episode order expanded to eighteen from last year’s ten, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) – supernaturally buried during the American Revolution and revived last year – and police lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) face even more complications trying to stave off the Apocalypse. Series co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman is at a SLEEPY HOLLOW Q&A panel Fox holds for the Television Critics Association. Kurtzman, who also co-created FRINGE and a screenwriter/producer currently also an executive producer on HAWAII FIVE-0 (which he also co-created), SCORPION and MATADOR, […]Read On »

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DVD Review: UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30 FILM COLLECTION | ©2014 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $199.99 As with most home entertainment divisions, re-issuing previously released material in new box sets has become the norm. However, some times it can be a good thing as is the case with the excellent new box set UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION. Corralling every important monster movie from the Universal archives from 1931-1956, this is a must-have even for those who owned the previous 2004 Legacy monster sets and want them all in one place. Those editions from ten years ago, took every important monster (Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Creature, The […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: John Hannah lords over SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA

John Hannah in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

In the last episode of Starz’s SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, Spartacus, played by Andy Whitfield, set the stage for revolt by putting a blade through the throat of gladiator owner Batiatus, played by John Hannah. Hannah, whose credits include the MUMMY films and FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, understandably thought that his SPARTACUS job was over, but then Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hoping Whitfield would be able to return to work after a year, the SPARTACUS producers decided that instead of doing a conventional second season, they would instead to a prequel, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, showing […]Read On »

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