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From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL-E”), JOHN CARTER OF MARS brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (TAYLOR KITSCH), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (WILLEM DAFOE) and Dejah Thoris (LYNN COLLINS).
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The Blunt Reason Finding Dory's Director Is Taking A Break From Animation The Blunt Reason Finding Dory's Director Is Taking A Break From Animation
Director Andrew Stanton has spent almost his entire career in the world of animation, working at Pixar since the original Toy Story and acquiring two Academy Awards in the process, but he's ready to take a break.

The Blunt Reason Finding Dory's Director Is Taking A Break From Animation

Terrible Movies That Killed A Franchise After One Try Terrible Movies That Killed A Franchise After One Try
Not every blockbuster is successful in kicking off a franchise to entertain moviegoers for many years. These are the ones that failed to jumpstart something meaningful.

Terrible Movies That Killed A Franchise After One Try

5 Failed Literary Adaptations That Absolutely Deserve A Second Movie 5 Failed Literary Adaptations That Absolutely Deserve A Second Movie
While the film market still floods itself with literary adaptations, we have five past attempts we'd like to see resurrected. See who deserves better, after the jump.

5 Failed Literary Adaptations That Absolutely Deserve A Second Movie

John Carter Cost Even More Money To Make Than We Thought John Carter Cost Even More Money To Make Than We Thought
John Carter actually cost Disney even more money to make than was originally thought. The box-office bomb, which only took in $284 million when it was released back in 2012, was thought to have cost the studio $250 million to make. But the final sum has now been revealed to be a ridiculous amount.

John Carter Cost Even More Money To Make Than We Thought

Wait, John Carter 2 Might Actually Happen? Wait, John Carter 2 Might Actually Happen?
Nowadays, the name "John Carter" is synonymous with "flop" in Hollywood. Behind-the-scenes problems led to a ballooned budget of $250 million, and when it was released in March 2012 it only managed to make $73 million at the domestic box office. But that failure doesn't mean that the titular hero's time on the big screen is finished.

Wait, John Carter 2 Might Actually Happen?

6 Reasons Disney Needs To Resurrect The John Carter Franchise 6 Reasons Disney Needs To Resurrect The John Carter Franchise
It's been two years since John Carter tried and failed to make a name for itself at the box office. Yet Andrew Stanton and Taylor Kitsch have both recently gone on record as stating that they'd love to return to the series if given the chance. It's time to give them that chance.

6 Reasons Disney Needs To Resurrect The John Carter Franchise

The 10 Most Disappointing Movies Of 2012 The 10 Most Disappointing Movies Of 2012
Looking back a year full of movies you have to remember the bad with the good. We can celebrate the best of the best and express our love and appreciation for them, but for the sake of balance it’s important to look back at the ones that we expected more from – the ones that didn’t deliver on expectations or hopes. These are the titles we see in theaters and leave saying, “Man, I wish that was better.”

The 10 Most Disappointing Movies Of 2012

Director Andrew Stanton Opens Up About John Carter's Failure Director Andrew Stanton Opens Up About John Carter's Failure
The failure of John Carter understandably killed any chance for the sequel Stanton had planned, but he still believes in the movie he made and hopes this won't be the last we hear of the ambitious feature. In fact, he has hope the film will find its following eventually, like Blade Runner and The Wizard of Oz did.

Director Andrew Stanton Opens Up About John Carter's Failure

The Avengers Actually Gave A Boost To John Carter At The Box Office The Avengers Actually Gave A Boost To John Carter At The Box Office
There is some kind of harmony between The Avengers and John Carter. For example, it's kind of funny that the opening weekend domestic box office numbers for The Avengers, $200 million+, was exactly the total thatJohn Carter ended up losing Disney due to production costs and marketing materials. But now another connection has been made between the two movies as ticket sales of one are raising the profile of the other.

The Avengers Actually Gave A Boost To John Carter At The Box Office

John Carter Conquers The Red Planet On Blu-Ray This June John Carter Conquers The Red Planet On Blu-Ray This June
While John Carter was far from a perfect movie, it was orders of magnitude better than you would expect based on the trailers. Hopefully some of those folks who -- understandably -- gave JC a pass in theaters will check it out when it hits Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand this June 5th.

John Carter Conquers The Red Planet On Blu-Ray This June

Disney Will Lose $200 Million On John Carter Disney Will Lose $200 Million On John Carter
With the book seemingly closed on the endless media stories speculating just how big a bomb John Carter would be, I find myself feeling sorry for it-- in a way it was the opposite of the bloated, calculated movies that usually become sinkholes for studios, made because Stanton was passionate about the material

Disney Will Lose $200 Million On John Carter

John Carter Sequel Campaign Launches On Facebook John Carter Sequel Campaign Launches On Facebook
I didn't get the chance to see John Carter until the midnight last Thursday, but walking out of the theater I found myself immensely perplexed. Everything that I read about the movie painted it as an overblown, convoluted mess, but I had a blast watching it and couldn't help but marvel at its scope. I would personally love to see Disney make a sequel to the movie, but the truth is that the first simply cost way too much money...

John Carter Sequel Campaign Launches On Facebook

John Carter In Context: How Does It Compare To Other So-Called Flops? John Carter In Context: How Does It Compare To Other So-Called Flops?
To me, John Carter is a creative failure, and there is plenty of blame to be tossed around about why it wasn't a triumph on the level of Andrew Stanton's previous two films Wall-E and Finding Nemo. But obsessing over its box office and trying to turn it into a historic failure is just wrong

John Carter In Context: How Does It Compare To Other So-Called Flops?

Weekend Box Office: Lorax Cuts A Limp John Carter Down To Size Weekend Box Office: Lorax Cuts A Limp John Carter Down To Size
John Carter has been hyped and re-hyped for months, including recent promotionals touting it as the first major blockbuster of the year. Turns out it isn't even in the top four biggest openings of the year so far.

Weekend Box Office: Lorax Cuts A Limp John Carter Down To Size

John Carter Beats The Lorax At Friday Box Office, But It Won't Hold John Carter Beats The Lorax At Friday Box Office, But It Won't Hold
The audience for John Carter is skewing a good bit older, with nearly 70% of the audience over the age of 25-- the reverse of what usually happens when you've got a big tentpole 3D film that crams in the teenage male audiences. We're still trying to sort out exactly what happened with John Carter to make audiences so uninterested-- you can join the conversation about that

John Carter Beats The Lorax At Friday Box Office, But It Won't Hold

Operation Kino #53: The Messy And Maybe Great John Carter, And Mourning Real Action Movies Operation Kino #53: The Messy And Maybe Great John Carter, And Mourning Real Action Movies
This week on Operation Kino, we're hopping on an airship with our pet alien Woola and taking a trip to Barsoom, otherwise known as Mars. Yes, it's finally time for us to review John Carter, the new outer-space epic from Disney that has been making more headlines for its giant budget than anything else

Operation Kino #53: The Messy And Maybe Great John Carter, And Mourning Real Action Movies

Interview: Taylor Kitsch On Why He Put Himself Through Hell For John Carter Interview: Taylor Kitsch On Why He Put Himself Through Hell For John Carter
It's kind of obvious to say it's fun to talk to Kitsch in person-- he's easy on the eyes, after all-- but in both our longer sit-down interview and the short video conversation, it was surprisingly fun and easy to strike up a conversation. He had just flown in from the South Pacific, where he was doing advance press for Battleship and shooting one last scene for the Oliver Stone drama Savages

Interview: Taylor Kitsch On Why He Put Himself Through Hell For John Carter

John Carter Opens Weak At Midnight: Why Aren't You Going To See It? John Carter Opens Weak At Midnight: Why Aren't You Going To See It?
For weeks and months and maybe even a year, even as Disney pulled out all the stops to market it, there's been a lingering sense of worry that nobody was going to go out to see John Carter. And with the weekend finally upon us, all those predictions seem to be coming true

John Carter Opens Weak At Midnight: Why Aren't You Going To See It?

To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right John Carter Ticket To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right John Carter Ticket
John Carter is an expensive, hugely advertised and CGI-heavy adventure film, and these days that pretty much guarantees it will be shown in 3D. Though the movie wasn't shot in 3D, everything else in the movie is so cutting-edge that Disney is promising the best post-conversion 3D experience you can get on this one too

To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right John Carter Ticket

Interview: Willem Dafoe On Becoming A Giant Green Alien In John Carter Interview: Willem Dafoe On Becoming A Giant Green Alien In John Carter
Dafoe's work on John Carter was much more involved than the last time he worked with director Andrew Stanton, voicing a fish for Finding Nemo. Dafoe traveled to the Utah desert and filmed his scenes in giant stilts to play Tars Tarkas-- he describes one of the most difficult physical challenges of the film as a simple scene where Tars Tarkas goes from lying down to standing

Interview: Willem Dafoe On Becoming A Giant Green Alien In John Carter

Interview: Dominic West On Unleashing His Inner Bratty Child For John Carter Interview: Dominic West On Unleashing His Inner Bratty Child For John Carter
After a winter of blazing through The Wire on DVD, it was plenty surreal to sit down with West on a sunny patio in Arizona, where Disney had gathered the cast of John Carter for a massive press junket. I actually talked to West twice, once on camera, and below you can see our quick on-camera interview, as well as the transcript of our longer conversation

Interview: Dominic West On Unleashing His Inner Bratty Child For John Carter

Interview: Lynn Collins On Becoming A Princess Of Mars In John Carter Interview: Lynn Collins On Becoming A Princess Of Mars In John Carter
John Carter is an enormous movie with a sprawling cast, ranging from relative newcomers like Taylor Kitsch in the title role to respected veterans like Ciaran Hinds and Mark Strong. But among all those people, Lynn Collins was one of the few women, and certainly the only one to show off her swordfighting skills

Interview: Lynn Collins On Becoming A Princess Of Mars In John Carter

Taylor Kitsch Takes On Bryan Cranston In 10-Minute Clip From John Carter Taylor Kitsch Takes On Bryan Cranston In 10-Minute Clip From John Carter
This clip contains one of my favorite sequences of the film, in which John Carter attempts to escape his captors and is constantly brought back in. You get a nice sense of Carter's stubborn personality in the scene, but perhaps even more importantly, you can feel director Andrew Stanton in there

Taylor Kitsch Takes On Bryan Cranston In 10-Minute Clip From John Carter

This Rotten Week: Predicting John Carter, A Thousand Words and Silent House Reviews This Rotten Week: Predicting John Carter, A Thousand Words and Silent House Reviews
My post-Oscar hangover is just starting to wear off. Granted I didn’t drink at all during the show, but the whole thing was just so weird and disjointed that I ended up feeling wasted. Billy Crystal’s lypo-suction and Adam Sandler talking about “making movies” can have that effect on people. But what better way to dust off the cobwebs than Tim Riggins heading to Mars, Eddie Murphy shutting up and houses going quiet?

This Rotten Week: Predicting John Carter, A Thousand Words and Silent House Reviews

Video Blog: A Visit To Mars For John Carter Video Blog: A Visit To Mars For John Carter
As you might be able to tell in the video below, it's a hard thing to describe. At the time we weren't allowed to talk about John Carter the movie at all-- and reviews are still under embargo-- so we were left to talk about the experience of interviewing Andrew Stanton, Taylor Kitsch and company in the unspeakably gorgeous resort setting just north of Phoenix

Video Blog: A Visit To Mars For John Carter

Final John Carter Trailer Is All About The Action Final John Carter Trailer Is All About The Action
With John Carter getting ready to hit theaters next weekend, there's not much time left for Disney to convince moviegoers to jump for their giant blockbuster, an enormous, effects-filled movies coming after a two-month drought in pretty much any movies you'd call a "must-see."

Final John Carter Trailer Is All About The Action

John Carter Does Battle With The White Apes In New Extended Clip John Carter Does Battle With The White Apes In New Extended Clip
Those who read my coverage from last year's D23 Convention may remember me describing a scene from John Carter that involved the titular hero, played by Taylor Kitsch, entering a gladiator arena with his alien friend (Willem Dafoe) and being forced to do battle with a giant creature called a White Ape. While I did my best to describe the sequence, the truth is that the only way to really experience it is to watch it yourself.

John Carter Does Battle With The White Apes In New Extended Clip

Operation Kino Podcast #51: Bullhead Reviewed And John Carter's Budget Discussed Operation Kino Podcast #51: Bullhead Reviewed And John Carter's Budget Discussed
This week on Operation Kino, we're focusing on a smaller recent release with a review of Bullhead, the Belgian film that's nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this weekend's Oscars and is also in theaters now. From there we move on to a conversation about a much bigger movie, John Carter, and specifically the recent rash of news reports that focus on its budget

Operation Kino Podcast #51: Bullhead Reviewed And John Carter's Budget Discussed

New John Carter Clips Explore The Legacy Of The Literary Hero New John Carter Clips Explore The Legacy Of The Literary Hero
Andrew Stanton’s adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel casts Taylor Kitsch as a Civil War veteran transported to Mars, where he’s caught up in an interplanetary battle between some truly bizarre alien races. Stanton reportedly shot in Utah and New Mexico, and you can tell from the expansive vistas of these clips that he made excellent use of the U.S. desert landscapes to replicate the red planet.

New John Carter Clips Explore The Legacy Of The Literary Hero

John Carter Super Bowl Trailer: You Will Remember This Name John Carter Super Bowl Trailer: You Will Remember This Name
With a pricey advertising spot during the Super Bowl, the studio decided not to elaborate so much on the movie's plot or themes, but make sure that you knew the movie's title at all costs. See what I mean when you watch the Super Bowl spot below

John Carter Super Bowl Trailer: You Will Remember This Name

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