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After years in the works, we’ve heard recent rumblings of the long gestating The Legend of Conan, which will not only star franchise icon Arnold Schwarzenegger, be a direct sequel to Conan the Barbarian, and ignore all the other movies, but it could be the beginning of yet another new cinematic universe. Conan, and many other characters, is the brainchild of pulp author Robert E. Howard. Swedish producer Fredrick Malmberg has long championed the cause of bringing Conan back to the big screen—he even produced the Jason Momoa-starring 2011 reboot, as well as having his hands in Legend. According to Deadline, his new company, Cabinet Entertainment, has acquired the rights to all of Howard’s work, and he has big plans. He says: These days, it comes down to brands and characters and we are looking at long-term possibilities. We look at how Marvel played out »
Exclusive: UK film and distribution company launches new digital platform.
Vertigo Releasing has launched new digital platform, Vertigo On Demand, offering access to the distributor’s catalogue of films, documentaries and other video content.
The transaction-based service will allow users to either download or rent.
According to the UK outfit, the platform is designed as “a launch-pad for commercially-minded independent cinema” but will also afford access to Vertigo’s back catalogue of titles including Nick Love’s The Football Factory, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson and Gareth Edwards’ Monsters.
There is also a dedicated space for family-oriented films such as Horrid Henry The Movie and the box-office hit Streetdance.
Vertigo On Demand will also offer users free access to extras such as new trailers, behind the scenes footage and exclusive interviews. »
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Speaking to Marie Claire UK, the actress explained: "Those f**king guns are super heavy. You're running with them a lot of the time, and I needed to keep up with/be better than the boys.
"I needed to know what to do to have Arnold go, [adopting Arnie accent] 'Very nice'. That was my goal."
Clarke also went on to reiterate why she did not want the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey.
"I really wanted to work with [the film's director] Sam Taylor-Johnson because she's f**king amazing," the 28-year-old said.
"But there is a huge amount of nudity in the film. »
Vernon Wells has given dozens of memorable performances in everything from his feature acting debut in the second Mad Max film, The Road Warrior, to battling Arnold himself in Commando, as well as countless other entertaining and interesting roles. While being quite the intense characters in front of the camera, the truth is, that Wells is nothing but completely welcoming and friendly to talk to you about his work, past and present. The present is what leads us to this new interview with Wells. We had a chat with the prolific actor regarding those classics roles, as well as his turn in the new SyFy-like film, Cowboys Vs. Dinosaurs, in which he must battle some gnarly CG dinos, tearing stuff up.
Check out what Wells had to say regarding that film, as well the films fans Still consider legendary performances. Read on!
Wells: Hi Jerry.
How’s it going, Vernon? »
- Jerry Smith
Baby got back! Sofia Vergara took to Instagram on Monday to share a sexy new selfie while hitting the gym. In the photo, the "Modern Family" star poses for the camera with her booty on full display while rocking skin-tight white leggings and a sports bra. Spotted just behind the 42-year-old stunner is a cardboard cut-out of her fiance, Joe Manganiello, photographed in all of his shirtless glory. "Who wouldnt [sic] get motivated with that guy in the back staring at u like that hahahhha!!!! #Idontwanttoworkout," the brunette beauty captioned the sexy snap. Sofia and Joe celebrated their engagement party earlier this month, where Arnold Schwarzenegger who gave a toast to the cute couple. The "Magic Mike" star popped the question to Vergara back in December while the two were in Hawaii for the actress' birthday. We can't wait to see Sofia and Joe say "I do." What do you think »
- tooFab Staff
Arnold Schwarzenegger is more than happy to do a cinematic nostalgia tour. This summer he reboots in "Terminator Genisys," "Twins" sequel "Triplets" is in development, and in case you forgot, there's "The Legend Of Conan." At one point, it was promised that the movie would shoot before the end of 2013, and while that didn't happen, there are big plans with hopes for a new trilogy (obviously). Of course, Arnie is quite a bit older than he was in 1982 when "Conan The Barbarian" dropped, but the plan is to ignore the subsequent films, and for "The Legend Of Conan" to be straight up sequel. And writer Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "Furious 6," "Furious 7") has some grand aspirations. "Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later," he told The Arnold Fans. "When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While the attention of most Cannes journalists was fixed on George Miller’s adrenaline-rush “Mad Max: Fury Road,” or trying to make sense of the fight sequences in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin” (where rivals dance around a bit, bow and then walk off into the woods), a select group of people were having their minds blown by “Kung Fury,” a 30-minute homage to all things ’80s — from Chuck Norris to Cannon films, “Street Fighter” graphics to its synthesizer pop score. After premiering last Friday in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, the short hits YouTube this Thursday, and the world will never be the same. Here’s 10 reasons why:
1. It Takes a Foreigner to Truly Appreciate the Insanity of American ’80s Entertainment
Writer-director David Sandberg was born in Sweden. “My family didn’t have cable when I grew up, so I missed out on a lot on the great television shows from the ’80s, »
- Peter Debruge
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff to its friends and those who enjoy acronyms) kicks off again on June 17 this year, featuring films as varied as Pixar's Inside Out and Patrick Bryce's comedy The Overnight. The opening film will be Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut, The Legend Of Barney Thompson.Carlyle’s film, in which he also stars, is described as a darkly comic thriller that also features Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone, and is based on Douglas’s Lindsay’s book series about a socially maladjusted hairdresser who decides to swap cutting locks for the life of a serial killer.brightcove.createExperiences();And that’s just the cinematic tip of the iceberg, part of a programme that will also include such wide-ranging and anticipated titles as Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring zombie drama Maggie, James Marsden and Jack Black in comedy pic The D-Train, Brian Wilson »
In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth, actor Wayne Bastrup discusses his role in the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Terminator Genisys alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke. Bastrup, who has also featured in hit shows CSI: NY and The Mentalist, sat down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis about his acting, his hopes for the future and working alongside Mr. Universe…
Scott Davis: Terminator Genisys is arguably one of the most anticipated summer blockbusters this year – how did you become involved with the film? Did you have to go through an audition process for the role?
Wayne Bastrup: My wonderful manager was able to get me into the audition room. They were looking for an actor to play the younger (1984 version) of J.K. Simmons character. I remember when I read the breakdown and thought to myself, “Really? I look like J.K.?” It had never crossed my mind. He »
- Scott J. Davis
The line-up for the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by new artistic director Mark Adams.
This year’s Eiff (June 17-28) will comprise 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 UK premieres.
Highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the life of singer Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation Inside Out; Arnold Schwarzenegger in zombie drama Maggie; comedy The D-Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden; and a biopic of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy, in which John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of the musician.
Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s Roar, a cult 1981 big cat movie.
This year’s Eiff will present »
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London — Mark Adams, the new artistic director of the Edinburgh Film Festival, unveiled Wednesday his debut lineup, which includes 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 U.K. premieres.
The festival, which runs June 17-28, will showcase 164 features from 36 countries. Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary “Amy,” about the life of singer Amy Winehouse, Disney-Pixar’s animated film “Inside Out,” Arnold Schwarzenegger as a tormented father tending his zombie daughter in “Maggie,” Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul’s “The D-Train,” starring Jack Black and James Marsden, and John Cusack and Paul Dano playing different aged versions of Beach Boys star Brian Wilson in music film “Love & Mercy.”
The festival will also be presenting a series of interviews with leading film personalities, such as Ewan McGregor, who will attend with his new film “Last Days in the Desert,” Jane Seymour and Malcolm McDowell, both in »
- Leo Barraclough
Sneak Peek more new footage from "Terminator Genisys", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney, to be released into 'IMAX' theaters by Paramount Pictures worldwide July 1, 2015.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Terminator Genisys"...
- Michael Stevens
We’ve been talking about The Legend of Conan movie for quite some time now, but the film has yet to go into production. Last summer producer Fredrik Malmberg predicted that they’d start shooting in the spring of 2015, but clearly that never happened so now he’s got his eye on a fall start instead, soon after Arnold Schwarzenegger finishes promoting Terminator: Genisys: “I think this fall would be perfect. The sooner the better!” [caption id="attachment_464173" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via The Movie Database[/caption] On top of that, The Arnold Fans also shared a few quotes from writer Chris Morgan revealing how The Legend of Conan will connect to the 1982 original: “A light-hearted Conan?! Crom! No. Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, »
- Perri Nemiroff
It was only a matter of time before Conan would come back onto the screen to crush enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women, and now it appears the project in question, The Legend of Conan, has once again picked up steam. Screenwriter and producer Chris Morgan (Furious 7) and fellow producer Fredrik Malmberg (the 2011 Conan the Barbarian remake) confirm the script is ready, and it will be a direct sequel to 1982's Conan the Barbarian, taking place 30 years later. As reported previously, Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to return as the titular character. The interview and exclusive comes from TheArnoldFans.com. Among the information mentioned above, the sequel will also apparently not be given "a tame rating" and will feature Schwarzenegger as "aged, pissed and battle ready." Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the '82 film...but 30 years later. »
- Will Ashton
Part and parcel of The Expendables‘ appeal is the series’ star-studded cast of has-beens, with everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren and band leader Sylvester Stallone dusting off their action gear for another stint in the limelight. And despite the third installment being met with middling reviews not to mention a franchise low $40 million at the domestic box office, The Expendables 4 is all but a given thanks to the series’ appeal overseas.
Without a production start date to call its own, there’s still a lot of negotiations before filming begins in earnest, but someone who wants in on the bombastic action is WWE superstar Hulk Hogan, which could potentially pave the way for an unofficial Rocky III reunion.
Speaking to Movieweb, the fan favorite personality – real name Terry Gene Bollea – revealed that he has had talks with Stallone about a potential role in the unannounced sequel, where he »
- Michael Briers
The Legend of Conan, which is set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role after more than 30 years, will be a direct sequel to John Millius' 1982 film. How, you ask? Well, to be even more specific, "think Unforgiven... with a sword-wielding barbarian," said producer/co-writer Chris Morgan of Furious 7 fame. Yes please!
In a recent interview with TheArnoldFans, Morgan, Producer Frank Malmberg and Schwarzenegger himself spilled many beans about the project.
Here are some more choice quotes:
"When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a l [Continued ...] »
While the upcoming "Terminator Genisys" plans to play about with the continuity and tone of the original "Terminator" franchise, the other classic revival of a Schwarzenegger-led franchise has no such plans.
Speaking with TheArnoldFans.com, "The Legend of Conan" producer/co-writer Chris Morgan and Fredrik Malmberg say that the upcoming new 'Conan' film will both stay true to Robert E. Howard's vision, but also be fiercely loyal to John Milieus' legendary original 1982 film. In other words, don't expect an R-rated film here:
"A light-hearted Conan?! Crom! No. Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the '82 film...but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life - a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend - and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven...with a sword-wielding barbarian.
Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. »
- Garth Franklin
In the late ’90s, a pre-Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger nearly headlined a version of Richard Matheson’s post-apocalyptic classic I Am Legend before budget concerns derailed the project. Almost two decades later, the 67-year-old Schwarzenegger is starring in a decidedly different futuristic plague film. In the indie Maggie, Schwarzenegger plays a farmer who brings his infected daughter (Abigail Breslin) home for the last days of her life. No gunfights, no car chases, no “get to the choppers”: it’s essentially an ephemeral mood piece, photographed in widescreen with an emphasis on tight close-ups and naturalistic lighting. The film’s cinematographer, Lukas Ettlin, spoke to […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1982 Conan the Barbarian is finally getting a follow-up and, from the sounds of it, the new pic, titled The Legend of Conan, is even more of a direct sequel than previously thought. Taking place 30 years after the original, the film will bring back “at least three” characters from the first film, according to writer/producer Chris Morgan.
Schwarzenegger is of course reprising the role of Conan, but who are the other two characters? The smart money is on Gerry Lopez’s archer Subotai for one of the returning players, but it’s really anyone’s guess at this point.
Speaking with TheArnoldFans.com, a Schwarzenegger fan site, Morgan spilled new details on Legend of Conan, including that “our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later.” That likely means Conan will still be up to his heroic barbarian tricks, though with less youthful gusto. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Playbill interviews Laura Benanti
Variety the charming animated fable Song of the Sea takes Best Picture at the Irish Film Awards. Have you seen it yet? It was very nearly my favorite of last year's animated pictures.
Guardian interviews Vincent Cassell on his disturbing Australian drama Partisan with a look back at his now-classic breakthrough in La Haine (which might get a sequel)
Variety critics hash out the best and worst of Cannes together with the most fascinating split being on Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Assassin which Debruge finds "impenetrable" and for which Chang expresses rapturous love. (Note: they also seem to admire Carol more than love it - which is why I've always been less bullish than most early Oscar prognosticators in assuming AMPAS's future love for it)
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