Cut the vagina subplot: 12 great movies made from bad books

For as long as cinema has looked to literature for inspiration, there’s been someone around to study the results and helpfully remind all of us that “the book was better.” Usually, they’re right: Moving a story from page to screen doesn’t tend to improve it, if for no other reason than the things you might love about…

Rod Serling’s original Planet Of The Apes script is being adapted into a graphic novel

Before 1968's Planet Of The Apes took the shape we know today, Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling scripted it as a more ambitious take on Pierre Boulle’s original novel. He wanted our human star to stumble into an advanced ape society, one living in a city and parodying modern life, but that interpretation was deemed…

It’ll be fine: 15 revamps that turned out better than expected

There is nothing more galling to loyal fans, more creatively bankrupt, more wholly unnecessary than the “revamp”—taking a beloved property and giving it a splashy makeover that renders it nigh-unrecognizable, all in the patently desperate hope to appeal to a new audience and extend its lifespan. Except maybe,…

The ambitious War For The Planet Of The Apes ends up surrendering to formula

Are the apes—the bipedal, horseback-riding Planet Of The Apes apes—us? Matt Reeves’ War For The Planet Of The Apes, the third and most technically accomplished entry in the Planet Of The Apes prequel series, almost answers this question “no,” and that’s about as close as any of these movies have gotten to breaking…

Neither Charlton Heston’s “cold, dead hands” nor his films get their due in a new biography

In the opening lines of Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon, the biographer Marc Eliot references the notorious moment when Heston, the movie-star-turned-NRA president, thundered that the government could take his rifle “from my cold, dead hands.” Starting here is a plea on Eliot’s part. “There was so much more to…

War For The Planet Of The Apes might finally show those maniacs blow that thing up

In retrospect, we don’t really need to tiptoe around spoiling one of the most iconic moments in movie history with that headline, but there’s probably someone out there who hasn’t seen Planet Of The Apes (or any of the million things that have referenced it) and they would’ve gotten pissed at us. It’s a classic film,…

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