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Peter Joseph’s highly anticipated new film series inches towards its 2016 release.
By Alex Simon
In a time of great social strife and growing inequality and public outcry, it’s no wonder Peter Joseph's work has gained more and more prominence in the counter-culture each year. Love him or hate him, Joseph continues to challenge the “zeitgeist”, leading the charge towards a new society. Art is his weapon… and the thousands of dedicated fans don’t hurt either.
Peter Joseph is a producer who created the Zeitgeist Film Trilogy, a series of films critical of society and culture. These works exploded online starting in 2007 with millions of views and can now be found in major media outlets such as Netflix. His third film, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, had the largest grassroots, non-profit theatrical release in history, with almost 350 screenings in 60 countries in 25 languages. While I may not agree with everything in his films, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Ahead of its UK release this August, Signature Entertainment has dropped a new trailer for Admiral, a historical epic starring Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Admiral Michiel de Ruyter is the most famous, and one of the most skilled admirals in Dutch history, most celebrated for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. He was held in the highest esteem by his sailors and soldiers, who used the term Bestevaêr (Grandfather) for him, as a result of his disregard for hierarchy and his refusal to back away from risky and bold undertakings despite his usually reserved and calculated nature.
Get swept away with this visually stunning, swashbuckling story of legendary naval battles, civil war, and one of the most fearless admirals of all time!
Admiral sails onto DVD on August 3rd.
- Gary Collinson
The distributor will release Admiral via its Turbo action label in early 2016.
Roel Reiné directed and Klaas de Jong produced the 17th century-set story that takes place during the Anglo-Dutch naval wars and centres on Holland’s Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer and Frank Lammers star.
“Audiences will be blown away by the amazing cinematography and action set-pieces, coupled with stunning performances from the entire cast. As proven by the huge success of the Game Of Thrones series and our own recent Ironclad films, action fans have a huge appetite for exciting content based on historical facts and themes.
“Admiral is a unique »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Back in 1980 during its original theatrical run, The Empire Strikes Back was accompanied by a short film from Oscar-winning art director Roger Christian (Star Wars) entitled Black Angel, which was thought lost until it was discovered gathering dust in Universal’s archive in 2013.
“It’s my passion project, has been for 35-36 years,” Christian tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I guess ‘patience is a virtue’ is a true saying. I can make a huge epic film with that [budget]. I’m going down and dirty, I want the audience to smell the blood and the sweat and the tears. I’ll be doing fights in mud and rain.”
Black Angel is set for an eight-week shoot in Scotland, and will centre »
- Gary Collinson
Another Star Wars spin-off? Not so fast.
While Disney plans to push the sci-fi franchise down our throats for the rest of our lives, it seems like an Indiegogo campaign will bring back a short that was attached to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the 1980s. Titled Black Angel, the project is looking to get funded and is referred to as Game of Thrones meets Valhalla Rising.
While not related to Star Wars in any way, the project was a short film that played before Empire Strikes Back when it came to Europe and Australia in 1980.
It is still looking to get funded, with the campaign starting today, but it already has two big name cast members. Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones star John Rhys-Davies and Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer are set to play King Aeolus and High Priest Sirdar.
According to Variety, the film »
- Zach Dennis
Hardcore "Star Wars" fans are well aware of the legend of "Black Angel," the short film that screened overseas before "The Empire Strikes Back" in 1980 and disappeared for more than three decades. Just last month, many of those fans were able to see the lost film for the first time when director Roger Christian, the original "Star Wars" art director, uploaded a restored version to YouTube. Read More: 10 Commandments for Promoting Your Film Campaign on Social Media Originally commissioned by George Lucas, "Black Angel," which some consider to be a crucial part of the "Star Wars" legacy, will be made into a feature film starring John Rhys-Davies ("The Lord of the Rings") and Rutger Hauer ("Blade Runner"). Production is slated for September 2015, with filming locations to include Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland. The film will be directed and written by Christian »
- Paula Bernstein
A long time ago – well, 35 years – in a place not quite so far away, an art director named Roger Christian, who had won an Oscar for his work on Star Wars, was asked by that film’s director, George Lucas, to make a short film to accompany The Empire Strikes Back. The result, Black Angel had a short life in cinemas and was presumed lost until recently, but now Christian is turning it into a full-length feature with genre stalwarts Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies, at the head of the cast.Despite the short lingering in limbo until it was discovered in Universal’s extensive archives in 2013, it has been something of a cult sensation, and is cited as an influence on other films including John Boorman’s Excalibur.Christian, who in the intervening years became a director on the likes of Nostradamus, Masterminds and (whisper it) Battlefield Earth, is »
It’s been an awful long time since Roger Christian’s fantasy short Black Angel debuted alongside Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – 35 years, in fact – but now the filmmaker is turning to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to transform his dormant dream into a reality.
Interest in the so-called “lost” feature was piqued a fortnight ago when the 25-minute short reared its head on YouTube. A time capsule in every sense of the word, the recovered Black Angel soon went viral as fans and newcomers where once again whisked away to the rolling hills of Scotland. In 1980, the medieval film was shot on a budget of £25,000; now, Christian is hoping for a $15 million allowance to spin out his passion project into a fully-fledged feature.
- Michael Briers
All copies of the cult 25-minute film went missing after airing in cinemas in 1980, until a Universal Studios archivist found a negative in 2011.
Roger Christian, who wrote and directed the original 25-minute fantasy short, will return to helm the project, while John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) will star.
Christian is encouraging fans to be a part of the film by crowdfunding the project, which has a fundraising target of £66,000. Contributing will allow individuals the opportunity of perks such as an invite to the premiere, an opportunity to be part of the film or an all-expenses-paid mentorship with the audio department.
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- Christopher Campbell
As Star Wars prepares to mount a big-screen comeback, so does Black Angel, the “lost” short that debuted in front of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. A Black Angel feature film is now in the works, with Roger Christian back to write and direct and Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies set to star. […]
- Angie Han
The short film Black Angel screened with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, but then the original negatives were lost so it was never included on any VHS or DVD release. However, not only were those negatives found and put on iTunes, but now Black Angel is also getting the feature treatment. According to THR, Roger Christian is returning to write and direct Black Angel: The Feature Film. Here’s what he had to say about the long wait to turn his short into a feature: “It’s my passion project, has been for 35-36 years. I guess ‘patience is a virtue’ is a true saying.” [caption id="attachment_466823" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via Black Angel Indiegogo Campaign[/caption] George Lucas commissioned the 25-minute short about a warrior who must face an evil force called the Black Angel in order to save a young maiden. I can’t say the film is a particularly riveting piece of cinema, »
- Perri Nemiroff
A short film shown before screenings of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, is to be adapted into a new feature film starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and John Rhys-Davis (Lord of the Rings).
Black Angel: The Feature Film has partnered with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to launch a 45-day campaign aimed at raising $100,000 (£66,000) which goes live from today http://igg.me/at/blackangel.
Production is slated for September 2015, with filming locations to include Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland.
Carnaby International will handle worldwide sales and distribution on the film, which is a co-production between Belgium, Hungary, Canada and UK.
Rewards in the crowdfunding »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
A 45-day campaign has begun on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo in the hopes of getting together some supplemental financing for "Black Angel: The Feature Film". Roger Christian, who penned and directed the original short, will return in those capacities here.
A Belgium, Hungary, Canada and U.K. co-production, the film aims to be shot in an "earthy and authentic style combining high adventure with high drama". Production is slated for September in Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland.
The story follows a knight who undertakes a classic hero’s journey to fight the Black Angel, the Demon Kings commander in the lands of Serandal. Guided by a sorcerer and the daughter of a rival king, they take on an epic adventure. »
- Garth Franklin
A feature-length version is to be produced of “Black Angel,” a short film that George Lucas commissioned to accompany screenings of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980. Among the cast of the new pic are John Rhys-Davies, who played the dwarf Gimli in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, and Dutch thesp Rutger Hauer, who starred in “Blade Runner,” “Batman Begins” and “Sin City.”
“Black Angel: The Feature Film” has partnered with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to launch a 45-day campaign, which goes live from today. The film will be shot in “an earthy and authentic style combining high adventure with high drama hot on the heels of fantasy icons ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hunger Games,’” according to promotional material accompanying the campaign. Production is slated for September, with filming locations to include Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland. Carnaby Intl. will handle worldwide sales.
The film will »
- Leo Barraclough
A lost 'Star Wars' mini-film is to be remade through crowd-funding. 'Black Angel' - which was first screened as a short in cinemas over 35 years ago alongside 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' - is to be turned into a feature-length epic that will star 'Lord of the Rings' actor John Rhys-Davies and Dutch star Rutger Hauer, who appeared in 'Blade Runner'. Original director Roger Christian said: ''I wrote 'Black Angel' as an epic adventure inspired by the great Samurai films. ''For the feature film, I want the audience to experience the intensity of the battles where life or death is the only prize. ''Like the first 'Star Wars' and 'Alien' we are going for absolute reality, engaging the audience in the drama so they feel like they are really there in this ancient world, shot in staggeringly beautiful landscapes, ancient cities and castles. ''With flying demons and sorcerers, »
When Warner Bros. pulled the plug in 2008 on Justice League Mortal, which George Miller wanted to shoot in Australia, the local industry lost a production that would have employed hundreds of crew and supporting actors.
Director Ryan Unicomb and producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell believe there is a fascinating story in the aborted superhero adventure, which they aim to chronicle in a feature-length documentary.
Announced today, the doc has the working title Miller.s Justice League Mortal. It will seek to give an unbiased account of the project.s development, preproduction and cancellation, as well as the impact on the Australian film industry.
The producers have enlisted film writer/author Maria Lewis to help develop the doc. The plan is to interview some of the cast and crew who would have worked on the film and gain access to never-before-seen artwork and costumes.
They have yet to approach Miller »
- Don Groves
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
‘It’s Ready Steady Cook meets Whiplash, and would be unbearable were it not for Hauer’s scat commentary. “Spread it, baby!” he hoots at one point’
They broke the replicant mould when they made Rutger Hauer. For years, the puckish Dutchman was the face of Guinness, bringing a sliver of sly wit to a parade of overly art-directed black-and-white head-scratchers that channelled Dalí as much as Dublin.
These days, Hauer is the disembodied voice of Lurpak, trumpeting the benefits of butter in short, self-amused exclamations that make him sound like a forgetful wizard dispensing cryptic advice to adventurers. “Let’s find a groove!” he declares in the latest campaign for Lurpak Spreadable, an ad that goes to excessive lengths to conflate cooking with improvised jazz, encouraging us to frisbee all those boring recipe books out of the window and go – gulp! – freestyle.
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- Graeme Virtue
New posters featuring the main three characters from the psychological horror film, Sun Choke (which recently made its world premiere at the Stanley Film Festival), are featured in our latest round-up. We also have release details and cover art for One Way Static Records' upcoming vinyl soundtrack release for Mark of the Devil and its sequel, as well as a new poster for the upcoming prison-set thriller, Vendetta, which is directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (See No Evil 2, American Mary).
Synopsis: "Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins »
- Derek Anderson
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