12 items from 2017
When we last saw Denis Villeneuve, with 2015's Sicario, Anthony Lane began his review for The New Yorker with a pair of blunt questions: "What does Denis Villeneuve do for fun? Does he know what fun is?" Lane's tone was more bemused than derisive, but he has a point: Villeneuve's cinematic world is grim, full of sickly color tints, sterile or impersonal settings, ominous silences broken by rattling gunfire, a pervasive atmosphere of doom, and protagonists who comport themselves like wide-eyed lambs on their way to the slaughter. After all, his are films where a lonely Emily Blunt can't meet a man at a bar and a bored Jake Gyllenhaal can't rent a movie without both turning into paranoid nightmares. "Sometimes it's best not to know," a weary witness tells the heroine of Villeneuve's Incendies (2010), a time-shifting French-Canadian mystery that picked up an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film and »
Manhunt movies have taken a shift over the years. Gone are the days of prohibition gangster heroism, liberating the common folk from the great depression with free flowing liquor. Times have changed and as Patriots Day shows us, heroes come in many forms and are often right under our noses.
Patriots Day exposes the stories of the everyday heroes involved in the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers following the devastating Boston Marathon attack in 2013. To celebrate the release of Peter Berg’s latest ‘based on true events’ film we’ve pulled together a list of the best manhunt movies currently at large.
The exhausting hunt for Osama bin Laden was something the world was certainly aware of, but the cloak and dagger operation kept things under wraps until the evening of 1st May 2011 when in a seemingly sudden move, at least to the general population, bin Laden »
- The Hollywood News
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is looking to give fans of HBO's Westworld more insights into the series than ever before with their upcoming March 6th Digital HD/Sd release of the series' first season. Westworld Season 1 will also be released on Blu-ray and DVD before its second season premieres in late 2017 or early 2018, but in the meantime, fans can look forward to plenty of bonus features on the Digital HD release:
Press Release (via Rama's Screen): Burbank, CA (February 17, 2017) – What happens in a world free of consequences and morality? From creators Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight films) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), and executive producer J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek), Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings one of the most viewed HBO series ever to Digital HD for the first time: Westworld: The Complete First Season. In its critically acclaimed inaugural season, »
- Derek Anderson
Four episodes of Seinfeld got made at at the cost of a Bob Hope birthday special, Will & Grace got developed despite concerns about the gay lead character on the part of NBC’s West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer, John Wells carved the ER pilot out of an old Michael Crichton script with decades out of date medical references. These and other stories emerged when a bunch of industry bigwigs reminisced about their misspent youth at NBC, in the network’s halcyon Must See TV… »
Simon Brew Feb 3, 2017
When a movie hits big out of the blue, it’s unwritten Hollywood law that the imitators aren’t too far behind. That’s why, after American Pie brought Porky’s-esque sex-tinged (late) teen comedies back to prominence in 1999, the box office was flooded with similar fare for years after. The Blair Witch Project, meanwhile, hit out of nowhere, and found footage horror is only now dying away. The late Wes Craven, meanwhile, wryly noted just how quickly Hollywood had cashed in on the success of 1996’s Scream, when spoof Scary Movie popped out the year after.
Going back to 1992, though, and it was the turn of the erotic thriller to enjoy its resurgence. »
Writer Lisa Joy, co-creator/executive producer and co-showrunner of the breakout HBO drama series Westworld, has signed with Wme. Joy started her writing career on Bryan Fuller’s cult ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies, sharing in the show’s WGA Award nomination. She later served as a co-producer on Matt Nix’s long-running USA series Burn Notice. Joy co-created and co-showruns Westworld — based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie — with writer/director Jonathan Nolan. The married… »
Screenwriter of .Speed., showrunner of FX.s much-mourned .Justified. and all-round good guy Graham Yost talks to Harry Windsor about the streaming revolution, his new Amazon series .Sneaky Pete. and adapting ABC series .The Code...
This interview has been edited and condensed.
How did you start as a writer?
My first scripted job was writing things for Nickelodeon, working on one of their first scripted shows, Hey Dude. Then I got a job on a network show, Full House. That didn.t work out. I was always working on screenplays..
How did you get the Nickelodeon job?
It.s one of those stories. A friend was playing softball, there was a cute girl there, I became friends with her, then I found out she had a boyfriend. I met the boyfriend, he was editing for Nickelodeon, and he brought me in. They were looking for joke writers, I wrote jokes, »
- Harry Windsor
In the aftermath of a brutal war between the living dead and the strictly living, a zombie safari offers a unique type of therapy and closure for traumatized survivors, but as our exclusive clip from the new horror film The ReZort shows, a new battle may just be beginning within the shores of the eerie island attraction.
Today, Content Media released The ReZort on digital platforms in the Us, and as a special treat for Daily Dead readers, they provided us with the exclusive clip below. (Fear The Walking Dead fans will especially want to keep an eye out for Dougray Scott as Archer.)
We also have the official press release with full details, and in case you missed it, check out this image gallery from The ReZort.
- Derek Anderson
The theatrical and VOD / Digital HD release of Dagen Merrill's Atomica from Syfy Films is slated for mid-March, and casting as well as a synopsis for the film kicks off today's Horror Highlights. Also: info on The Bye Bye Man soundtrack from the Newton Brothers, images and release details for the zombie film The ReZort, and a trailer for Hostage to the Devil.
Atomica Release Details & Still: Press Release: "New York, NY -- January 11, 2017 -- Syfy Films is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated sci-fi thriller Atomica, in theaters on March 17, 2017, and on VOD and Digital HD on March 21, 2017. The film is directed by Dagen Merrill (“Beneath,” “Broken Hill,” “Murder in the Dark”) and written by Kevin Burke (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” Marvel’s “Avengers Assemble,” “Beneath”), Fred Fernandez-Armesto and Adam Gyngell. The cast includes Dominic Monaghan (the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Pet”), Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan, »
- Tamika Jones
Disclaimer: This article will contain spoilers for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Strange Tales, August 1965 -- First Lmd appearance
Last night, one of the first shows to come back from their midseason break was aired: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They have retired Ghost Rider for the time being and decided instead to focus on robots that can pass for humans. LMDs, or Life Model Decoys, I believe were originally created in the comics as a plot device to explain a death and bring a character back to life. Over time, they have become the "shield" of central characters to save them in a kill attempt and more than once the LMDs have gone rogue, the most recent being a Lmd of Jake Fury (Nick's brother) and the robot doesn't even know that it is an artificial lifeform.
So we have robots masquerading as humans in an attempt to gain power, and as Mack would say, »
- Drew Carlton
Part rejected network pilot, part Michael Crichton-esque what-if, the clumsy, cheap-looking sort-of thriller The Crash presents a very near future in which the U.S. government secretly enlists a white-collar crook from Chicago named Guy Clifton (Frank Grillo) to put together a team of hackers and analysts who can stop an imminent computer attack on the stock market. Whatever fun one might have with this junky premise is neutralized by the fact that the movie has zero narrative momentum. At once oversimplified and overcomplicated—the type of film where shadowy elites cackle sinisterly while meeting at an abandoned carnival in broad daylight—The Crash fumbles between bad diatribe and bad domestic drama, complete with subplots about absent parents and childhood cancer. Only occasionally does writer-director Aram Rappaport remember that what he’s supposed to be making is a bad techno-thriller, the kind where people shout information at each other »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
There’s no denying the fact that J.J. Abrams has had one hell of a career thus far. Sure, it’s the popular thing to naysay the guy’s work and dismiss it as shallow blockbuster garbage, the he’s made an amazing impact on the industry — one that will resonate for years to come. That impact comes in no small part due to his work in remakes and reboots.
The big ones that come to mind are the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises — which were both rebooted under his direction within a decade’s time. What’s more is that both franchise’s emerged with a renewed vigor after his involvement, and that’s not a coincidence. Even more recently, Abrams also had his hand in the critically acclaimed Westworld series on HBO, which itself was a remake of the Michael Crichton film of the same name from decades back. »
- Joseph Medina
12 items from 2017
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