7 items from 2016
A dauntless sheriff and a roving bladesman defend a city under siege in “Call of Heroes,” a solid, muscular action period film with an apt if overstated political allegory. Hong Kong action blockbuster director Benny Chan (“The White Storm”) gamely riffs on Westerns and samurai films, while Sammo Hung’s sinewy action choreography is a glorious throwback to the rustic vigor of Shaw Brothers films of the ’80s.Overseas buyers from multiple territories have responded favorably to “Call,” but its China opening hasn’t quite taken off. If anything, the lukewarm response confirms that mainland audiences either prefer contemporary subjects or like their period films larded with fantasy and visual effects. The film can be viewed as a 3D conversion in China.
The setting is China’s Warlord Era (1916-1928), when military strongmen commanding armies of thugs ran rampant in the north. Early on, warlord Cao Ying seizes Stone City, »
- Maggie Lee
Kirsten Howard Jul 19, 2016
So far in this series of pieces that look at the straight-to-dvd or VOD movies of some of our favourite actors who have fallen on hard times, we’ve only looked at men (to date: Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Travolta). That’s because, mostly, actresses find themselves almost completely out of the game once they hit 30ish – an unnecessary full stop that a lot of us would like to see removed in the future.
Denise Richards, sadly, is no different. After marrying a man she found herself in an abusive relationship with, her career climb stumbled and she was forced back down into TV roles, where she’s currently still putting in the hours.
Richards had a sparkling, American Dream-like start in life. »
Re-enact the war against Skynet with the new Endoskeleton figure from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys. Also: production details for Dead Rising: Endgame, a trailer for the horror thriller Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, details on Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 & 2) in Terror Tales, and the Scream Queen Stream.
Terminator: Genisys Figure: From Sideshow Collectibles: “In Terminator: Genisys, Judgment Day has arrived and more than 30 billion human lives have been lost in the attacks by Skynet. Survivors were captured and put into camps for extermination. In 2029, Human Resistance leader John Connor has led a final intense battle against Skynet and its menacing armies of Endoskeletons in order to eliminate the hellish artificial intelligence.
Sideshow and Hot Toys are pleased to officially present the new sixth scale Endoskeleton Collectible Figure from Terminator: Genisys.
The Endoskeleton collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the terrifying robot from the film. It features »
- Tamika Jones
Cherry Falls, starring the late Brittany Murphy, is getting the Blu-ray treatment courtesy of Scream Factory on March 29th! Also: a trailer for Darling, The Eyes of My Mother acquisition news, Nitehawk Cinema's programming schedule for March, Baskin release details, and Everlasting at the Nevermore Film Festival.
Cherry Falls: Press Release: "Lose your innocence…or lose your life. On March 29th, 2016, Scream Factory presents teen thriller Cherry Falls in its Blu-ray debut packed with new extras including audio commentary with Geoffrey Wright and interviews with writer/co-executive producer Ken Selden and producer Marshall Persinger.
A serial killer is stalking the peaceful town of Cherry Falls. At first, it seems that he is just targeting teenagers, but after the third killing, it becomes clear that all the victims have been virgins. When the town's students hear about this, they realize that there is only one way to protect themselves and »
- Tamika Jones
By Seth Metoyer
Principal photography has kicked off in La for the thriller The Deep End from Citizen Skull Production's.
The cast appears to be a killer one, which includes Nora-Jane Noone from the Oscar Nominated Brooklyn and horror hit The Decent, Alexandra Park from the E! Show's The Royals, Tobin Bell from the Saw films and television and movie actress Diane Farr.
The upcoming thriller is being directed by Matt Eskandari. Eskandari previously directed Victim a psychological thriller released by IFC Midnight and the recent movie Game of Assassins for Lionsgate starring Bai Ling. The Deep End was written by Eskandari and Michael Hultquist.
Bell portrayed the widely known iconic antagonist John Kramer/Jigsaw character in all seven “Saw” films spanning from 2004 to 2010. His complex character as a former engineer played games with select peoples' will to live by putting them in elaborate death traps as symbols »
He joins Nora-Jane Noone (“Brookyln”) and Alexandra Park (“The Royals”), who are playing sisters who become trapped under the fiberglass cover of a public pool. Shooting starts Monday in Los Angeles for three weeks.
Matt Eskandari is directing from a script he co-wrote with Michael Hultquist. Citizen Skull’s Mark Myers, executive producer of “Manson Family Vacation” and “Experimenter,” will oversee the production with executive producers Fernando Szew, Sharon Bordas and Hannah Pillemer.
Bell portrayed the iconic John Kramer/Jigsaw character in all seven “Saw” movies between 2004 and 2010. His demented character — a former engineer — tested others’ will to live by placing them in deadly traps as symbols of what he saw as a moral flaws in the victims, in hopes that survivors would gain a new appreciation for their lives.
Bell most recently appeared in “Manson Family Vacation. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Nora-Jane Noone, whose most recent credit is Fox Searchlight's now-Best Picture Oscar-nominated pic Brookyln, has joined the cast of the indie thriller The Deep End. The Ireland-born actress will star opposite The Royals‘ Alexandra Park as sisters who become trapped under the fiberglass cover of a public pool. Matt Eskandari, who helmed IFC Midnight’s Victim and the Bai Ling-starrer Game Of Assassins, is directing a script he co-wrote with Michael Hultquis… »
7 items from 2016
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