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While promoting the release of the first season of The Strain, Guillermo Del Toro slipped new details about the upcoming Pacific Rim 2. We learned in the past that the second film was going to be different from the first and now we have some tidbits about it.
This is what Del Toro said about the upcoming Kaiju sequel:
“It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It’s quite a jump.”
It seems that the world is having a period of peace before a new Kaiju attack takes place. It’ll be interesting to see how the world has changed without Kaiju presence. Del Toro also confirmed that Charlie Day and Burn Gorman who »
- Munir Abedrabbo
With filming scheduled to start next fall, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is teasing new story details for his highly-anticipated sequel Pacific Rim 2. The director has revealing just how long after the original Pacific Rim this sequel is set, and confirms that Charlie Day (Dr. Newton Geisler) and Burn Gorman (Gottlieb) will both reprise their roles.
When asked about the timeline of this sequel, Guillermo del Toro had this to say, revealing that it takes place a few years after the first movie, in a world now free from Kaiju monsters.
"It's a few years after the first one. It's not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after - what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It's quite a jump."
Today, director Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy") confirmed that Charlie Day ('Dr. Newton Geiszler') and Burn Gorman ('Dr. Hermann Gottlieb') will return for the Pacific Rim sequel. Day and Gorman played the co-heads of the K-Science Lab in the first film. “Yes. It’s quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really – I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman) so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn's] in Crimson Peak for that reason, because I love working with him." As for the film itself, Guillermo del Toro says you can expect very different kaijus and robots. He also said the sequel will »
The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché
Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his award winning triumph to feature length with Before I Disappear. Something gets a little lost in the translation, however, in this tale about a vagabond hipster loser who actually inspires less empathy the more time we experience his dilemma on screen. It takes the right blend of melancholy personality to strike the correct balance of the loveable, love-struck loser (i.e., Joaquin Phoenix in Her) and Christensen, who casts himself in the lead, doesn’t feel quite right, though character and narrative development are partially to blame for the ambivalence as well. It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending. »
- Nicholas Bell
*an online screener of this film was provided by XLrator Media. Director/writer: Greg Francis. Cast: Beau Mirchoff, Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Corey Large, Titus Welliver and Halston Sage. This reviewer has been patiently waiting for an opportunity to review Greg Francis' Poker Night, for over a year. This film, which was shot in this critic's hometown (Victoria, B.C.), is set to release in late 2014. Poker Night is a blend of genres, including those of: horror, crime thriller and even comedy. Though, the comedic moments are often very dark and involve the film's central killer. Poker Night is also well produced and the film offers a recognizable cast. This viewer enjoyed the complex story and many film fans will find something to like here. In the story, Jeter (Beau Mirchoff) is a rookie cop, invited to a game or two of poker. His fellow co-workers and police detectives »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Samcro is feeling the heat – and not just because they live in a fictional town in California. Even with all his best intentions in tow, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) has managed to drag his club into a chaos that rivals anything the Sons of Anarchy have encountered under previous leadership. And, that’s saying a lot considering his predecessor was Clay (Ron Perlman). For better or worse, Sons of Anarchy is headed into the final leg of a long journey where with Kurt Sutter at the helm, anything is still possible – within reason.
It feels a little wrong to keep mentioning the ticking clock that the writers are working under, but it’s hard not to point it out when the end is so close that you can almost feel the narrative slowly collapsing in on itself. All of the elements of Sons of Anarchy are starting to converge to create »
- Lindsay Sperling
The Blacklist‘s post-Super Bowl episode has scored a casting touchdown.
Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) will guest-star in the high-profile Feb. 1 installment of the NBC sophomore as Luther Braxton, a meticulous and ruthless thief who faces off with James Spader’s Red Reddington, TV Guide Magazine reports.
Perlman headlines the upcoming Amazon series Hand of God.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
The series is currently in the midst of a break, the second season's first eight episodes wrapping up many of the key storylines. Yet seeds were also planted regarding what's to come next and the series returns with a high profile, post-Super Bowl episode on February 1st.
Perlman will appear as Luther Braxton, a meticulous thief who plans his international heists over the course of several months or years. He creates great diversions and chaos to get what he wants, and soon faces off with Red Reddington (James Spader).
Perlman is just the latest high-profile guest star on the series which has seen the likes of Paul Reubens, Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Fonda, Krysten Ritter, Peter Stormare and Alan Alda appearing in recent episodes. »
- Garth Franklin
“The Blacklist” taps Ron Perlman to play the Super Bowl episode’s villain The next episode of the NBC drama, airing after the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, will feature the “Sons of Anarchy” alum as "Luther Braxton, a meticulous thief who plans his international heists over the course of several months or years," according to TV Guide. TNT cancels “Perception” after 3 seasons The 2nd half of Season 3 of the crime drama starring Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, LeVar Burton and Kelly Rowan is still scheduled to continue in February. “Marry Me” gets Nia Vardalos to play Casey Wilson’s biological mom The "My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star will play Pam, a former friend of Wilson’s character’s two dads. Click Read Full Post For More “Cake Boss” told cops: “You can’t arrest me. I’m the Cake Boss!” According to the prosecutor, Buddy Valastro also said: “Is there anything we can do? »
- Norman Weiss
Poker Night is a creepy new horror-suspense film from the mind of writer/director Greg Francis, whose previous work was in the realm of television. According to his IMDb page, he has a knack for putting together series of the eerie and dramatic variety, such as "Devil in the Details" and "A Haunting." And, he is embracing those same ideas in his first motion picture, which had its artwork and trailer revealed recently. As noted by XLrator Media, the film centers on the story of a young detective (named Jeter) and his girlfriend. At some point in the film, Jeter is "caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he [and his girlfriend are] kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer." His only way out is to use the knowledge he learned from the older detectives in his precinct—played by the likes of Ron Perlman and Giancarlo Esposito, who regularly share their »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Sons Of Anarchy is kicking into gear just in time for its last ever season finale. Here's Gabriel's review...
This review contains spoilers.
7.10 Faith And Despondency
We have movement.
It’s taken a long time, it’s taken a painful amount of filler and contrived complications, but the final season of Sons Of Anarchy has reached the place it needs to be, and, despite everything, my fingers are crossed for a killer final few episodes. This was a strong, effective instalment that covered a lot of ground and left us with a tantalising set up for next week.
In any other season, it is very possible that the various club politics subplots would not have seemed nearly as irritating. Nothing about any of what has happened the last few weeks has been especially out of character for the show, but it felt extremely frustrating when the audience has been fully »
Greg Francis` thriller Poker Night will be on VOD and iTunes on December 5th and in Theaters on December 19th. We have the premiere of the key art as well as a bevy of stills from the production. I have include the rather taut trailer for your perusal as well. In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.Poker Night stars Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito (Revolution), Beau Mirchoff (I Am Number 4), Titus Welliver (Sons of Anarchy), Michael Eklund (The Divide and Errors of the Human Body), Ron Eldard...
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You may not have heard of director Shawn Christensen, but there’s one thing you should know about him – he’s an Oscar winner. Back in 2013, the filmmaker bagged the Best Live Action Short golden statuette for Curfew. Embracing the Academy’s reception of his little movie, he took his victory as a sign that he should adapt the gritty drama into a feature. Now, one year later, the full-length version, retitled Before I Disappear, looks set to follow in the footsteps of the original.
Christensen’s updated take expands on the story we were first introduced to in the short. For those of you who’ve not had the chance to see it, you can get a good glimpse at what’s in store via the latest trailer. With a brilliant cast this time around, the movie follows a precocious 11-year old (Fatima Ptacek) who winds up in the »
- Gem Seddon
Conan & Max Weinberg reunite after nearly 5 years Weinberg, who was Conan O'Brien's bandleader from 1993 until Conan's "Tonight Show" ended in January 2010, made his first appearance on the "Conan" TBS show, helping fill in on drums. Neil Patrick Harris: “In a perfect world, in five years I’m Ed Sullivan” Harris talked about his variety show dreams with Charlie Rose: "Once a week I’d get to, like, show everyone amazing performances on Broadway, amazing magicians, this great restaurant that we went to — to be a bit of a tastemaker. I’d get to be P.T. Barnum.” Plus: Will Harris save variety — or bury it? This is how the “Game of Thrones” Iron Throne is supposed to look Martin has said the show got the Iron Throne wrong: "I said repeatedly the Iron Throne is huge. It towers over the room like a great beast. And it's ugly. »
- Norman Weiss
The writer-director-actor's comedy received an Audience Award at SXSW.
Before I Disappear centres around struggling Richie (Christensen), who agrees to look after his estranged sister's 11-year-old daughter.
After a day of misadventures, Richie begins to realise that he may be the one who needs to grow up.
Before I Disappear will open on November 28 in the Us. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
Shawn Christensen might not be an immediately familiar name, but in 2013 he took home an Best Live Action Short Oscar for "Curfew." Now he's returned with "Before I Disappear," a feature length take on the same story which earned him an Audience Award from SXSW among other honors from festivals around the world. And now the film is headed to theaters. Starring Emmy Rossum, Ron Perlman, Paul Wesley, Fatima Ptacek, and Christensen, "Before I Disappear" tells the tale of the unraveling Richie, who's tasked with looking after his 11 year-old niece. And while that might seem a familiar premise, the trailers suggests a unique, heartfelt perspective. The movie also screened at the Venice Film Festival as well this summer, suggesting the film is more than just another quirky indie. "Before I Disappear" opens on November 28th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The animation is fresh, unique, and gorgeous. But we don’t need another tale of a man having exciting adventures while a woman waits around to marry him. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The animation, a CGI explosion of Mexican folkloric motifs, is fresh, unique, and gorgeous, if the design is at times so frenetic and overstuffed that it threatens sensory overload. The story the animation is used to tell, however, is so familiar as to be blandly generic, and totally unsurprising in both its overarching themes and its specific details.
Two deities who oversee realms of the afterlife — La Muerte (the voice of Kate del Castillo), who rules the Land of the Remembered, and Xibalba (the voice of Ron Perlman: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Pacific Rim), who rules the Land of »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Now in theaters from Producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez is The Book of Life. Gutierrez's charming and innovative take on the tradition of Dia de los Meurtos embraces the spirit of the holiday and imagines a stunning vision of the afterlife where the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the vibrant Land of the Remembered, while those beyond recall languish in the desolate Land of the Forgotten. As Xibalba, mischievous ruler of the Land of Forgotten, Ron Perlman lends his signature booming voice, and as usual, brings an undeniable presence and magnetism to the screen. I recently sat down with Perlman for an exclusive interview in anticipation of the film's release. We talked about his creative partnership with Guillermo del Toro, why he loved the character of Xibalba, embracing the tradition of Dia de los Muertos, and more. He also talked about his Amazon series Hand of God »
- Haleigh Foutch
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez; Screenwriters: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Douglas Langdale; Starring: Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube; Running time: 95 mins; Certificate: U
Mexican mythology provides the inspiration for The Book of Life, a sunny and spirited animation that's as much about what happens after we leave this mortal coil. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna lend their voices, each in the corner of a love triangle that spans three beautifully realised worlds: the Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.
At the centre of some cosmic turbulence is Manolo (Luna), the son of a bullfighter who is expected to follow in dad's footsteps, but Manolo would rather play his guitar and serenade the town beauty Maria (Saldana). Rivalling him for Maria's affections is best pal Joaquin (Tatum), a bit of a blowhard who »
Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez‘s charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts Gutierrez’s vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while the souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten. The film’s events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends – should Maria (Zoe Saldana) choose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered. I recently sat down with Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana »
- Haleigh Foutch
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