Tom Cruise is attached to star in Yukikaze, an adaptation of a series of Japanese sci-fi novels by author Chohei Kamayashi. The plot centers around a planetary defense force fighting back against an alien invasion, using a wormhole over Antarctica to set up bases on the aliens’ planet. The novels have previously been adapted into a series of direct-to-video anime movies. Produced by Warner Bros., the movie will continue a bit of a sci-fi streak for Cruise: Currently starring in Oblivion, his next project is director Doug Liman‘s alien war movie All You Need Is Kill, currently slated for a March 4, 2014 release. [Heat Vision]
Following last week’s announcement that the Walt Disney Company has purchased Lucasfilm for over 4 billion dollars and scheduled Star Wars Episode VII for release in 2015, the Internet has been in a flurry of speculation over the future of the saga. Far be it from us not to jump on the bandwagon.
Even more than questioning where the story is supposed to go in the future, everybody seems to be talking about who will direct the next episode of the franchise, given that George Lucas himself is reportedly leaving Star Wars behind (to serve merely as a consultant on Episode VII). Rather than offer any actual suggestions here, let’s take a look at some possible contenders in true Flickchart fashion: two at a time.
It’s only a matter of a few days, but some of this year’s holiday movies are juggling their release dates, moving them up in an attempt to better capitalize on holiday theater traffic. Both of this holiday season’s films that are directed by Steven Spielberg will be coming just a little earlier.
The Adventures of Tintin - Spielberg’s collaboration with producer Peter Jackson, based on the beloved comics character – will open two days earlier, on Dec. 21st. This puts it in direct competition with David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the franchise action movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Brad Bird (of The Incredibles and Ratatouille fame). Ghost Protocol is also getting a jump on the competition, however, as it will now also be releasing five days earlier on IMAX screens in about 300 locations.
Meanwhile, Spielberg’s other holiday film, War Horse – about a boy and his horse, separated from each other during World War I – is moving from a Dec. 28 release date to open on Christmas Day. DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan commented, “After seeing the film, it became clear to us that War Horse is something audiences should be able to see when they’re together with their families on Christmas Day. They have the time to see multiple movies during the holidays, and we want to be one of their choices when they are most available.”
Since our public launch in September, we’ve grown to well over 40,000 users, and garnered a total of more than 60 million rankings. As we approach the close of the year, and the start of a new decade, we thought we might take a moment to showcase the Top 20 films that our users have deemed to be considered the best-of-the-best from 2000-2009. So without further adieu, here are the best ranked films on Flickchart of the decade:
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