Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness is one of the most important “gateway” horror films, which opened the door for many of us into the genre. In fact, I often see people mention that they saw Army before they even knew The Evil Dead or its sequel existed. No matter what order you experienced Sam Raimi’s […] »
"The Conjuring 2" has James Wan once again at the helm following the record breaking success of "The Conjuring," he brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren with much added scares.
Latino Review had the opportunity to speak with director James Wan at a recent press day in Los Angeles. We asked him about bringing this story to London, having his set blessed by a priest, working again with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, working in the Hodgson house and what really scares him.
Why not just do an Amityville film since the film starts from there? Why not make a Amityville film based on the Warren files?
James Wan: I think that the fact that the Amityville case is so documented and done so many times and its just something that I feel that everyone knows about it already. »
- Fernando Esquivel
Stan Lee remains one of the most respected figure in comics today, having helped give life to some of the greatest comic superheroes of all time, including Spider-Man, the Fantatic Four, and the Hulk, among others. With the recent blockbuster success of superhero stories on the silver screen in the past 15 years, it seemed only natural for Lee to pop in for short cameo roles in Marvel films. These cameo roles have only continued to expand as the years go by, getting funnier every time. With all the movies that fans have been able to enjoy, there is one in particular that Lee loves the most. According to a Q&A on Lee's Facebook page, his all time favourite superhero film “was the first one that was such a hit, the first Spider-Man. After that [Spider-Man], everything else seemed easy.” Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, to this day, stands as one of »
It’s been well over a decade since Peter Parker first hit the big screen in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man.” To date, Tobey Maguire’s web-slinger has maintained his seminal status — sure, Marc Webb’s films took a glossier and at times darker approach, but Raimi and co. helped to mold the tone and set our expectations for so […]
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- Gary Garrison
Are there too many superhero movies? And are audiences getting bored?
At the start of the year, it seemed that the big comic book movie hits were relatively easy to call. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse and Captain America: Civil War were the safe bets (each, coincidentally, around the 150 minute mark, and major interchanges in their respective franchises/universes/whatever we're calling them). Deadpool would make a profit, given that its budget was modest. Suicide Squad looked more of a gamble, and Doctor Strange arguably moreso.
We're four films into the superhero-infested waters of blockbuster cinema this summer, and already, it feels as though things have changed just a little. Batman V Superman has fallen just short of $900m in worldwide box office takings, a disappointment against what was expected, »
When you think of Commissioner Jim Gordon from the Batman mythos, you undoubtedly think of a mustachioed older gentleman in a trench coat and glasses. Sometimes he's portrayed a little younger. Sometimes we see him run around with a gun and get his action hero on. You probably rarely envision him as some sort of musclebound bad ass, I'm guessing.
J.K. Simmons, the 61 year old veteran actor best known for films like Whiplash and the Sam Raimi Spider-man trilogy, has apparently been hitting the gym pretty hard lately in preparation for his role as Gordon in Justice League. A couple of photos have been making the rounds, and people seem awfully impressed with the fully bearded, ripped appearance he's been creating for himself.
Every time we »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The Peaceful realm of Azedroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes as set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
Latino Review got an exclusive interview with director Duncan Jones where we spoke to him about his upcoming film Warcraft, being a fan of the game, getting the story right, working with half digital and half life action, the future of the franchise and his next project Mute and if he has plans on making a sequel to Source Code.
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- Fernando Esquivel
Having signed on to direct World War 3 at Warner Bros. back in February, Sam Raimi has now set up another project at the studio, with Variety revealing that he’s developing an as-yet-untitled action-adventure film.
Going by the working title of Stormfall, the project is is said to centre on a heist during a tornado in the Carolinas. Warner Bros. is currently seeking writers to develop a script, while Raimi is eyeing the director’s chair.
Raimi has not directed a feature film since 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, although he did helm the pilot episode of Ash vs Evil Dead, and serves as executive producer on the series. He has also reportedly held talks with Sony this year with a view to directing a remake of the French crime drama A Prophet.
- Gary Collinson
Sam Raimi is developing and may potentially direct an untitled action adventure movie previously titled "Stormfall" which has been set up at Warners Bros. Pictures.
The story is said to be a heist caper set in the Carolinas when a massive tornado touches down, with the action centering on the relationship between one man and his older mentor. Writers are now being sought to pen the script with Raimi set to at least produce.
This is not to be confused with Rob Cohen's "Category 5" which begins filming in August. That project follows a trio of people who must stop a group of hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility in a small coastal town to pull off a major heist and then get away before the facility (and any evidence of their crime) is washed away by the storm of the century.
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- Garth Franklin
Sam Raimi’s been dabbling in various sub-genres of horror since he wrapped up work on the Spider-Man trilogy in 2007. Drag Me To Hell served up a slice of stomach-churning horror, reminiscent of his earlier work, and the more recent Ash Vs. Evil Dead series was a direct continuation of said earlier work. In short? He’s been relishing in the scares for a while. And yes, we’re not forgetting Oz: The Great and Powerful; that was scary in a whole different way.
It looks as if he’s changing tack for his next project though, as THR reports Raimi is developing an action-adventure movie about…. tornadoes. Wait, it gets better. This isn’t a modernized retread of Twister, no, no. It’s being described as a “tornado heist movie.” It makes sense when you consider the popularity of disaster movies And heist movies. Also, who doesn’t like »
- Gem Seddon
The last time Sam Raimi dealt with tornadoes, we ended up not in Kansas anymore, getting a new look at the magical world of Oz in Oz The Great And Powerful. This time he's taking us into a heist thriller. Raimi is developing as a producer an untitled heist caper with the working name Stormfall right now with an eye towards directing it down the line. Currently, the concept is out to writer(s)... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
In the general conversation around the success of Disney‘s live-action remake/fairy tale movies, it’s generally forgotten that one effort missed pretty hard: 2013’s “Oz The Great And Powerful.” The movie didn’t connect with critics, and while it did manage to haul in nearly $500 million worldwide, Disney has politely moved on, and doesn’t seem all that […]
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- Kevin Jagernauth
The project has a working title of “Stormfall” and the studio is seeking writers for the script. Raimi is developing with an eye to direct.
“Stormfall” is the second Raimi movie set up with Warner Bros. this after Bill Block came on to Raimi’s “World War 3” project in February as part of Block’s first-look deal at the studio. “World War 3” is based on predictions in George Friedman’s nonfiction best-selling book “The Next 100 Years.”
Raimi gained notice in 1982 with “The Evil Dead,” followed by “Crimewave,” the sequel “The Evil Dead 2,” “Darkman” and “Army of Darkness” — the third film in the “Evil Dead” series. He also directed “The Quick and the Dead, »
- Dave McNary
Sam Raimi is developing with an eye to direct an untitled action adventure movie set up at Warners Bros. The studio recently picked up the Raimi project, which had a working title of Stormfall, and is now out to writers to pen the script. Raimi will produce and possibly direct. Details are scarce but it is known that the story is a heist caper set in the Carolinas during a tornado storm and centers on the relationship between one man and his older mentor. Raimi is best known for helming the Evil Dead horror movies as well as the original
- Borys Kit
Salon Actor Jake Choi on the odds against Asian actors especially the "de-sexualized" men
La Times 100 people who could help fix Oscar's diversity problem. I'd be surprised though if at least a few of these people weren't already in the Academy since they've been nominated or close to it. The ultra strange thing is they don't list Bradford Young, one of the very best working DPs, under cinematography and I didn't think he was a member yet. Is it just a terrible oversight or did his invitation skip my notice?
- NATHANIEL R
It was over two years ago when it was announced that Sam Raimi would be producing the movie adaptation of Naughty Dog’s critically-acclaimed action-adventure survival horror video game, The Last Of Us. Since then, we haven’t heard much about the project except that it’s not moving very fast. Regardless, we can certainly do the work for them when it comes to casting the two main... Read More »
- Graham McMorrow
By now, Sam Raimi‘s unmade “Spider-Man 4” is something of comic book movie myth and lore. Had things come together, the movie would’ve seen Tobey Maguire‘s webslinger battle Vulture and Black Cat, which had names like John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway linked to the roles, respectively. However, while the movie did get pretty far along […]
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Museum of the Moving Image
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- Nick Newman
Long before the Amazing Spider-Man series and the Web-Slinger being included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony was still keen on continuing Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie series. Although Spider-Man 3 received mixed reviews, it still earned enough to warrant Spider-Man 4 being put into development. Obviously that release never came to pass, but it remains one of the most popular superhero movie “what-ifs?” to contemplate. Yesterday, we learned how Vulture and Mysterio would have been featured in the movie via artwork, but apparently the movie would have also included three other classic villains early on. In our followup interview with storyboard artist Jeffrey Henderson over his Spider-Man 4 reveals, he explained how the idea for Spider-Man 4’s opening was to show Tobey Maguire's Spidey going up against not only a Bruce Campbell-portrayed Mysterio, but C and D-list villains like Shocker, The Prowler and Rhino. He said: »
Following the release of that Spider-Man 4 concept art yesterday, io9 reached out to Jeffrey Henderson to get some further intel about what Sam Raimi was planning for his fourth instalment in that trilogy. For starters, he confirmed that Bruce Campbell was indeed going to play Mysterio in a montage sequence which would have featured, "C and D- list villains that we knew would never be used as main antagonists: Mysterio, the Shocker, the Prowler, the old school-onesie-wearing version of the Rhino, maybe even the Stilt Man, etc." That would have been fun to see, but arguably a waste of some great Spider-Man villains who could have actually held their own in a movie given a chance to shine. As for Vulture, Henderson revealed that he would have been the main villain, and that Raimi had some cool ideas for how he should be portrayed here. "The thing we kept coming back to was that, »
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