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Altitude Film Entertainment sinks teeth into Australian zombie thriller, which world premieres today.
Mostly self-financed, and using a social media campaign, the film was finished with the support of completion funding from Screen Australia.
Studiocanal has acquired distribution rights to Australia, New Zealand and UK. North American Rights are handled by Xyz Films.
“Australia makes such great genre films,” said writer-director Kiah Roache-Turner. “Films like Mad »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Not much is known about Alex Kurtzman’s Venom film for Sony, apart from the fact that it will feature the famous Spider-Man villain in an anti-hero role. Kurtzman recently talked about how the character provides a darker entry point into the Spidey franchise, as “there are certain lines that Spider-Man won’t cross… Venom, in a weird way, is the representation of every line that will get crossed.” While some characters provide straight-forward adaptation possibilities, Venom is a bit of a different story, because there have been a handful of different versions over the years.
The Venom symbiote has been worn by several characters in Spider-Man lore throughout the years and in various forms of media, the most notable of which are Peter Parker, Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan a.k.a. The Scorpion, Flash Thompson, and Harry Osborn.
Making Eddie Brock the Venom of choice is perhaps the safest bet, »
- James Garcia
Sony is trying to differentiate itself in the shared superhero universe game by leaving its flagship superhero (Spider-Man) alone for a bit, in favor of exploring the darker side of things via two villain-centric movies, Venom and Sinister Six.
While everyone is curious as to how a blockbuster villain team-up film is going to play with audiences, the character of Venom actually got a live-action movie adaption in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 - to almost universal disappointment amongst fans. That being the case, the Venom movie is under a ton of scrutiny, as fans wait to see how director Alex Kurtzman (co-screenwriter of Star Trek Into Darkness) and writer Ed Solomon (Now You See Me, Men in Black) are ...
- Kofi Outlaw
"Excalibur" was a formative theatrical experience for me. It was one of the first R-rated films I specifically decided I wanted to see in a theater. I'd seen other R-rated films before that, but always at random and because someone else decided I was going to see it. With "Excalibur," I was crazy to see it, and the film landed on me like a ton of bricks. Surreal, violent, beautiful, explicit, and for a mythology nut, seeing how the film dealt with each of the characters, each of the Arthurian archetypes, I was in love. One of the guys who made an impression in the film was a young Liam Neeson, and for the rest of the '80s, he racked up a number of performances where, good film or bad, he made an impression. How could he not? No one else looked like him. Slightly over eight feet tall, »
- Drew McWeeny
Drew Struzan might be the name you first think of when someone mentions movie poster artist, but few can argue that the work of John Alvin is not a equally iconic. Alvin’s art has be collected in great effort into one tight package in The Art of John Alvin by his wife Andrea Alvin. The high quality coffee table book collects the late artist’s film poster art in their final form and in the earliest stages when he was just starting to figure out the layouts for some of the posters that would go on to be some of the most iconic of all time.
An introduction gives a brief overview of his life and his earliest experiences painting images from the films that made him fall in love with the art, like 1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and 1960’s Spartacus. It details his life, marriage, and sudden »
- Max Molinaro
It’s not exactly a secret that the new rebooted Spider-Man franchise has failed to live up to all the expectations brought on by the fact that a) both movies thus far have been directed by 500 Days of Summer’s Marc Webb and b) star Andrew Garfield as the titular hero. Despite the fact that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was viewed as enough of a failure (creatively, not financially) to warrant rebooting the entire franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man movies have either felt invariably stale and/or too familiar, or have reprised so many of that picture’s colossal mistakes that it’s hard to know how to take it.
Spider-Man is arguably the most popular superhero of all, so it’s surprising that – with so much brilliant source material to work with and such an eager fanbase – so much of the new franchise has felt entirely lackluster. »
- Sam Hill
The ranks of female film directors are about to swell a little more, as Katie Holmes confirms her plan to helm the upcoming adaptation of the debut novel from Annie Weatherwax – All We Had. The script is being written by Josh Boone (Stuck In Love, The Fault In Our Stars), with Holmes starring and pulling producer duties alongside Jane Rosenthal (Little Fockers) and Berry Welsh (NYC 22).
The story is described as ‘wry and sharply observed’ by publishers Simon And Schuster, and centres on a mother and 13 year old daughter, who find themselves existing on the verge of poverty in small town America, after their old life implodes. Holmes will play the role of the mother, but there is no news yet on wider casting.
While this news will almost certainly be met in many quarters with derision, it is important to note that, of late, Holmes has finally begun to come into her own. »
- Sarah Myles
Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman is currently developing a Venom movie for Sony Pictures that he will direct. Venom is a crazy and cool character and one of my favorites in Spider-Man's universe. I like his dark personality and what he brings to the stories that he's in. Kurtzman discusses this stuff in a recent interview with MTV, and talks about why he wanted to work with the character.
"Well, Venom is sort of the flip side in that there are certain lines that Spider-Man won’t cross because he’s Peter Parker and Peter Parker will only do certain things and Venom is an entirely different character. Venom, in a weird way, is the representation of every line that will get crossed. He’s a much darker character. I wouldn’t even really say more complicated because I think they’re both very complicated characters, but I think »
- Joey Paur
The Spider-Man films have represented a diminishing set of returns, for Sony on the domestic financial front (though we don’t have all data for long-tail revenue) and for audiences in terms of satisfaction. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 often felt surprisingly derivative of Sam Raimi’s own Spider-Man 2. When it did explore new territory, the story threads were unconvincing. […]
- Russ Fischer
So far, all movie audiences have seen of Spider-man's fearsome foe Venom is the rather slapdash attempt at the character in Spider-Man 3, which in no way did the character justice. The antithesis of Spider-Man, was quite a dark character, and his many appearances and solo books really put forward how terrifying a character he was, something completely lost in the third part of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise. With the announcement that the villain is getting his own spin-off from The Amazing Spider-Man, putting him in the role of anti-hero, the sins of Spider-Man 3 (in relation to Venom at least. That movie as a whole is unredeemable) may be erased, with director and co-writer Alex Kurtzman promising to bring the character back to his comic book roots, and make him dark and scary again. Speaking to MTV, Kurtzman said, "Well, Venom is sort of the flip side »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It’s no secret that the superhero film genre has expanded significantly over the last decade. Thanks to the likes of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, Marvel’s expansive cinematic universe, and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, superhero films and comic book adaptations are the hottest comodities in Hollywood right now.
That trend will only quicken over the next few years, too. Marvel is showing no signs of stopping and will soon release three films a year up until at least 2028. Warner Bros. is building an entire DC Cinematic Universe off of last year’s Man of Steel, that includes Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and nine untitled projects slated for release from 2016 to 2020. Fox has finally hit its stride with Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will give way to a sequel in 2016 and various spin-offs »
- James Garcia
Marvel have been pumping out movies on a regular basis for years. Whether it’s through their own studio or via other studios that have the rights to their characters, the comic book giants are very prolific with regards to the number of movies based on their titles.
Now, more than ever, with three ongoing franchises – Marvel Studios’ own Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox’s X-Men (and soon to be Fantastic Four) franchise and Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise – they are firing on all cylinders with regards to movie releases.
Other Marvel titles over the years have included (but are not limited to) Howard the Duck, three Punisher movies, three Blade movies, Daredevil, Elektra, two Ghost Rider movies, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Ang Lee’s Hulk movie and Fox’s first attempt at a Fantastic Four series of movies (as well as some cheap non-theatrical released movies like Man-Thing »
- Kev Stewart
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
As Hollywood looks east, China's influence on blockbuster cinema is growing all the time, Simon writes...
For movie studios with big blockbusters to sell, it would be fair to say that market saturation has become something of a problem. Films, particularly English language films, are a global business, with simultaneous release dates around the globe now very much the exception rather than the norm. Furthermore, declines in American box office takings have been comfortably offset in recent times by burgeoning receipts outside the Us.
Take, for instance, Sony's Spider-Man films. Since the release of Sam Raimi's original movie in 2002, each of the subsequent webslinger adventures has taken less and less at the American box office. The takings outside of the States? The general trend has been more positive than that.
However, in the era where a $1bn-grossing worldwide blockbuster is no longer a novelty - it was only back »
The last panel I attended was the Dynamite pulps one on the last day of the con. It was an informal discussion about the history of pulp stories and comics, and how they’ve evolved and changed over the years while also being responsible for the superhero genre. The panel was full of pulp comics creators and fans, like Michael Uslan (Justice Inc), Matt Wagner (The Shadow Year One), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), and Mark Waid (Green Hornet) and opened with the friendliest sentiments as Michael Uslan, who produced all the Batman films and taught the first college course on comics, saying, “I’m a comic book geek” before launching into a list of his geek credentials, like attending the first comic convention in New York City, hanging around comics companies, and even meeting the creator of The Shadow, Walter Gibson.
The panel began with Uslan asking the other panelists (except Mark Waid, »
- Logan Dalton
After handing out candy, scaring trick or treaters, or camping out on your couch with a big bowl of candy corn, New York City area horror hounds can continue their Halloween celebrations by heading to Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema for the second annual A Nite to Dismember scary movie marathon that begins at the witching hour and will feature sequels of the direct and indirect variety.
The event runs from midnight to noon on November 1st and will include costume contents, drink specials, trivia, a free breakfast, and more, all in addition to the screenings of the following five horror films:
Tickets can be purchased for $50.00 apiece at:
Run Time: 432 minutes
- Derek Anderson
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014.
Directed by Marc Webb.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, Chris Zylka and Denis Leary.
When atrocities threaten New York, Spider-Man must protect the citizens of New York and his loved ones before New York’s heart befalls into tragedy.
Despite helping to change the face of the superhero movie in 21st century Hollywood, the Spider-Man franchise died before our very eyes, delighting and enthralling before crashing and burning. The best intentions of director Sam Raimi notwithstanding, Spider-Man 3 failed, even if it was the franchises’ highest grosser. While many blamed the excess of villains and characters, which led to a horribly disjointed script, it was the studio’s insistence on things (namely Venom) that ultimately derailed our friendly neighbourhood Spidey. Now, 10 years since Spider-Man 2 »
- Scott Davis
Marvel Comics have developed something of a reputation over recent years of doing all they can to fall in line with the Marvel Studios movies, whether it's changing a character's personality and costume or even going to great lengths to introduce those featured on the big screen (for an example of that, look no further than the convoluted story used to introduce an African American Nick Fury into the 616 Marvel Universe). Of course, it's something they've done right back to when Peter Parker was given organic web-shooters following the release of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, so why it hasn't happened for Big Hero 6 seems baffling to say the least, as many have pointed out. Talking to Comic Book Resources recently, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso confirmed that "There are no plans," for any of the Big Hero 6 characters, adding: "The characters and stories that have appeared in our »
★★☆☆☆That (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb's first instalment in this Marvel franchise reboot, 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, failed to live up to its presumptive title was something of a disappointment, as a refreshing take on the web-slinger was much needed after the bloated mess that was Sam Raimi's previous trilogy closer, Spider-Man 3 (2007). Returning to directing duties for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Webb - aided by screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci and Jeff Pinkner - clearly goes for the taken sequel analogy that bigger means better, yet his (and Marvel Studios') drive to piece this sequel together with a larger ensuing collage ultimately proves to be its unfortunate undoing.
- CineVue UK
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