Disney admits to darkening extras' skin for the live-action Aladdin 

The last time we heard anything from Guy Ritchie’s live-action version of Aladdin—not counting a release date swap with Star Wars—was when Disney announced that it had created a totally new role just so it could find a spot for white guy Billy Magnussen, and the latest update doesn’t make Disney look any better. As…

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur is only fun when it’s acting like a Guy Ritchie movie

Having already put his caffeinated spin on Sherlock Holmes and the mismatched secret agents of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., director Guy Ritchie adds some cockney attitude and time-jumping comic flair to the oft-told legend of King Arthur. Trouble is, it also has to be the lavish, franchise-launching fantasy epic Warner…

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is a dull blockbuster that sends up dull blockbusters

The legendarium of King Arthur and the Knights Of The Round Table is rich in symbolism, mysticism, and visions, and so any attempt to narrowly rewrite it for modern tastes ends up coming across as a failure of imagination. Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur was the last costly wannabe blockbuster to ask what Arthurian legend…

Chicago, kneel before King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword early and for free

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword checks so many boxes on the blockbuster to-do list: There are big names (Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law), magic and spectacle, and of course, monstrous elephants. Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the legend sees Hunnam take on the role of Arthur, the real heir to the throne that Vortigern’s…

It took “1,000 punches a day” for Charlie Hunnam to become King Arthur

Though there are variations on the story, the general thrust of Arthurian legend is that the man became king after getting his hands on Excalibur, the sword that made him a great fighter and established his lineage. Lucky for him, Charlie Hunnam didn’t have to track down a fabled weapon to become the ruler of Camelot…

Guy Ritchie somehow thought he’d make a “straightforward” King Arthur movie

Guy Ritchie doesn’t quite have the same “style over everything” reputation of someone like Zack Snyder, but nobody could really accuse of him of making movies that are “classic” or “straightforward.” His Sherlock Holmes movies reshaped the detective into a guy who is so smart that he’s a punching genius, his Man From…

Armie Hammer convinced The Man From U.N.C.L.E. writer to work on a sequel

One of the writers behind The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has quite literally said “fuck it” and decided to work on a sequel to the critically appreciated, but financially unsuccessful Guy Ritchie film. That’s according to star Armie Hammer, who explained in an interview with /Film that he essentially goaded Lionel Wigram—who…

Final King Arthur trailer acknowledges the giant elephants in the room

A lot of things about the King Arthur legend are pretty iconic, like the sword, the table, and the Holy Grail, but some crucial aspects aren’t quite so well known. Finally, though, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is going to bring a classic component of Arthurian legend to the big screen. We’re talking,…

Crackle’s Snatch is a bland tribute to the Guy Ritchie knockoffs of yesteryear

The crew of semi-anonymous British TV veterans behind the Crackle series Snatch have stumbled into the kind of job that gets pawned off on patsies and chumps: turn the Guy Ritchie movie of the same title into a crime series with the approximate production value of a Guy Ritchie-influenced student film. Like most…

Disney is searching for its live-action Aladdin and Jasmine in an open casting call

Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast, which opens next week, is packed with famous people, including Hermione herself as Belle. But for its forthcoming take on Aladdin, set to be directed by Guy Ritchie, the studio is giving newcomers a shot. This week, a casting call began circulating on the internet explaining…

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur will now face Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 at the box office

These days, every reasonably big movie release is scheduled against whatever the superheroes are doing. The DC and Marvel movies eat up so much attention that it’s crazy for anything targeted at a similar audience to open in theaters on or around the same day, and yet movie studios still do it. The latest unfortunate…

Guy Ritchie, fabulous he, will direct a live-action Aladdin movie for Disney

According to Deadline, Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is going to show you a world, one that’s shining, shimmering, splendid, and may or may not feature a sentient-ish flying carpet, a very expressive monkey, and a genie who has phenomenal cosmic powers but an itty bitty living space. In other words, he’s doing…

Guy Ritchie finds a better blockbuster groove with The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Though he’s now associated with the empty blockbuster excesses of the Sherlock Holmes series, which reimagines the world’s greatest detective as a slow-mo brawler in a CG-heavy quasi-steampunk London, Guy Ritchie hasn’t actually spent much of his career making big studio movies (yet). His British gangster pictures…

The new Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer gleefully goes where many spy flicks have gone before

“Things could get a little messy—end of the world, that kind of thing,” is a telling piece of dialogue from the new Comic-Con trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which effectively sells its spy adventure tropes by treating them more as ornamentation than as substance. The five-minute trailer shows more of the movie…

Take the money and run with it: 11 directors changed by Hollywood success

There are directors with styles so distinctive, they have their own adjectives. David Lynch can’t help but make movies that are Lynchian, and Steven Spielberg’s work will always contain a hint of the Spielbergian. Then there are the journeyman types who can work in any genre, invisibly and without a hint of…