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As tempting as it is to go with out gut reaction when watching a film, it’s hard to truly know how good it actually is without a bit of time. It takes numerous rewatches and distance from the hype of release to truly get a measured view on a movie and quite often your opinions will change.
Just look at Avatar. At the end of 2009 it was hard not get swept up in the hype surrounding James Cameron’s sci-fi epic. A few years on, it may still be the biggest film of all time (unadjusted for inflation – those 3D glasses added a lot), but outside of that bubble of release its hard to muster the same enthusiasm for what is a good-looking retelling of a well-worn story.
- Alex Leadbeater
Spartacus, Apocalypse Now, and even Kill Bill all suffered the slings and arrows of editorial misfortune, losing moments their creators thought really tied the project together. Of course, some auteurs go the other way and cut their films in length in order to really put a button on their classics, such as Ridley Scott's Alien clocking in a couple of minutes shorter than the original. In the tradition of those greats, we now have a cut of Muppets Most Wanted, as seen by its most reserved critics: Statler and Waldorf. USA Today was the lucky publication to gain access to the preferred version of one of this year's most underrated comedic gems, and it's a cut that has a lot to talk about. Mainly, the fact that the film is only made up of two scenes, both of which feature the creators to a certain extent. It's daring! It's bold! »
Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer of Halo, has big plans for Microsoft’s flagship series, explaining how she wants to “transform” the way people see the franchise. “Our next step is to try and make the connections between the game and its linear entertainment aspects even more experiential<,” Wolfkill said. “I want to transform how people experience Halo in their living rooms and on their PCs.”
Talking about the potential to move the series into film, Wolfkill makes it clear that Microsoft wants the content to add to the overall narrative. Despite that, Halo is being adapted in a multitude of other ways – Halo: Nightfall, Ridley Scott’s live-action series was debuted at Comic-Con this past weekend [watch the footage here], while another TV series produced by Steven Spielberg is supposedly on the way.
Following 2012′s Forward Unto Dawn, Nightfall and Spielberg’s unannounced series are the second and third live-action Halo series respectively.
- Tom Powter
Based on best-selling American author Cormac McCarthy’s third novel of the same name, Child Of God explores typical McCarthian themes of nihilism, violence and masculinity. The story follows Lester Ballard, an outsider in ’60s Tennessee who ends up going a bit Colonel Kurtz and discovering the inner horror of Man when he runs amok in the countryside, killing people and defiling corpses left, right and centre.
Of course, this is par the course for McCarthy. His novels have featured infanticide, cannibalism, torture and sexual deviancy. No wonder filmmakers are so keen to adapt his work – we’ve already had The Road, No Country For Old Men and All The Pretty Horses, while his screenplay The Counselor was adapted by »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
There are certain eternal questions in life that I doubt we’ll ever find an answer to. Who was Jack The Ripper? What happened on the Mary Celeste? How have there been five Resident Evil movies? And the question we’re going to look at now, why do they make kids' cartoons out of very adult movies?
In some ways it makes sense. As a kid, there are very few moments more exciting than watching an ultra-gory action film or a dodgy sex comedy that you know you’re not supposed to be watching. Everyone knows this, the studios especially. But surely they can’t be that blatant about it? You can’t make a show for kids based on RoboCop! Have you seen RoboCop? Won’t somebody please think of the children?
Imagine being a custodial worker in a bunker that’s the last livable place on Earth. The air outside is unbreathable, and a select group of humans are in cryogenic slumber around you. This is life for workers Bauer and Cartwright, but great responsibility and a dark secret could threaten to destroy their sanity and the human race. Produced by Robert Kirkman and starring Norman Reedus, Air is hitting theaters next spring and a teaser trailer was released yesterday during Comic-Con.
Set to come out in the spring of 2015, Air is the first feature film from Skybound Entertainment. Joining Reedus in the movie is Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond, Fast & Furious 7), who plays Cartwright opposite Reedus’ Bauer. Christian Cantamessa (co-writer of the video game, Red Dead Redemption) makes his directing debut with Air, based off a script by himself and Chris Pasetto. Robert Kirkman is producing the project, along with David Alpert, »
- Derek Anderson
While some filmmakers and show runners are all about insane levels of secrecy regarding their work, "Hannibal" producer Bryan Fuller has no such fears and is happy to talk openly about events in the upcoming third season of the acclaimed NBC series.
The show's panel yesterday at the San Diego Comic Con did just that with the presence of an actor who is returning that many thought was left for dead last season - Dr. Fredrick Chilton (played by Raul Esparza). Despite being shot in the face, it seems Chilton is still alive and will play a huge part of season three. Esparza says no matter what kind of awful mishaps happen to the twisted psychiatrist, Fuller always reassures him that he’ll survive.
Fuller confirms that the introduction of various characters from Harris’ books will come thick and fast next year. The second episode sees the introduction »
- Garth Franklin
Following the banner and trailer released yesterday, XBox Entertainment has released even more new photos from their upcoming video game adaptation Halo: Nightfall.
Set between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming video game Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall centers on Jameson Locke (Mike Colter), a surgically-enhanced super solider with the Office of Naval Intelligence (Oni), the most secretive organization on the planet. He is tasked with investigating a terrorist threat, where they discover a deadly alien threat. Take a look at these photos then read on for more information.
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan is directing the digital series from a script by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, with Ridley Scott serving as an executive producer through his Scott Free Productions company. The series is said to be similar in scope to the 2012 web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, which lead into the Halo 4 video game.
Halo: Nightfall - Season 1: »
In one of its most ambitious undertakings to date, Microsoft is moving forward with the live-action Halo: Nightfall TV series, which will debut for the Xbox One this November. Hailing from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and Microsoft’s 343 Industries, the five-part series is set between the fourth and upcoming fifth Halo video games. Now, we have a taut first trailer for the show, which promises lots of brooding actors and an enigmatic storyline – not much of a surprise, seeing as it was written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring.
Nightfall centers on a new character named Jameson Locke (Mike Colter), described as “a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (Oni), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch.” Locke is the protagonist of Halo 5: Guardians, so Nightfall will act as an origin story for the character. In Nightfall, Locke and his elite unit »
- Isaac Feldberg
To coincide with Comic-Con, Xbox Entertainment has released the first official trailer and banner for their upcoming digital feature Halo: Nightfall! I've got to say… this thing looks extremely cool! This has potential to be a great digital series, and I'm looking forward to checking it out.
The story takes place between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. It stars Mike Colter as Jameson Locke, who is "a surgically-enhanced super soldier who is a rising star in a futuristic Spartan army and troubled by the military industrial complex he inhabits."
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Prison Break) is directing the series, which is being produced by Ridley Scott. It’s also targeting a release before the end of 2014. To see more photos and additional information on the series, click here.
- Joey Paur
The elusive nature of memory can certainly be good fodder for drama. The idea of things remembered, forgotten or selectively recalled motivating the actions of a character is rich territory, but unfortunately, it doesn't really seem to be put to good effect in the forthcoming "Before I Go To Sleep," even when navigated by a cast like this. Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong are the leading trio in this Ridley Scott-produced thriller that follows a woman with an unusual problem: every time she goes to sleep, she wakes up with total amnesia, unable to remember anything about her life. Could a therapist be the one to lead her back to a normal life? Is her husband hiding dark secrets? Guess we'll see, but outside of the concept, this looks like standard genre fare at best. "Before I Go To Sleep" opens on September 12th. Watch below. [EW/Empire] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sigourney Weaver is set to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley alongside co-stars Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronic Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker) from Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic Alien for the upcoming Alien: Isolation video game. Yesterday, Sega and The Creative Assembly debuted a new video at the San Diego Comic-Con, which sees Weaver and the rest of the cast talking about returning to the world of Alien for the upcoming game, and we’ve got it for you here…
Alien: Isolation is set for release on October 7th.
- Gary Collinson
We’ve already seen a few images from the upcoming digital feature Halo: Nightfall [see here], and coinciding with its panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International today, we’ve now got a banner, as well as some first look footage…
Halo: Nightfall introduces a pivotal new character, Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (Oni), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch. When he and his team are caught in a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artifact, where they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives.
Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall is Locke’s origin story which will lend insight and understanding into the character he becomes in Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo: Nightfall is produced »
- Gary Collinson
One of the most popular video game franchises in history is finally coming to life thanks to Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free Productions and Microsoft's 343 Industries. The companies released the first trailer for their ambitions five-part saga set between the fourth and fifth games of the “Halo” series. Also read: Microsoft Will Shut Down Xbox Entertainment Studios “Halo: Nightfall” introduces a new character to the franchise, Jameson Locke, portrayed by “The Good Wife's” Mike Colter. In the series, Locke leads a team of elite soldiers on a mission to find an ancient and dangerous artifact after a devastating biological attack. »
- Jason Hughes
The upcoming Ridley Scott Halo mini-series has its first trailer, and here it be...
The mini-series, which will be available via Xbox Live, and included in Halo: The Master Chief Edition, depicts events that take place between Halo 4 and the next major instalment, Halo 5: Guardians, due in 2015, and it shows new character, Jameson Locke in action. It revolves around a strange element that can be used to target and kill mankind.
The talent behind the series is impressive. Ridley Scott's attachment will be enough for many, but the series also has Battlestar Galactica director, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan working on it, alongside writer, Paul Scheuring.
“With Halo: Nightfall, we're pioneering a new medium in terms of interactive storytelling on Xbox. It »
Here’s the first Halo: Nightfall trailer. The digital series is produced by Ridley Scott, and his Scott Free Productions and Microsoft’s 343 Industries. It stars Mike Colter (The Good Wife) in a story that acts as a bridge between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. (Colter’s character Jameson Locke will play a big role in the forthcoming game.) […]
The post ‘Halo: Nightfall’ Trailer: Bridging the Halo Games With a Digital Series appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Today at Comic Con, GameTrailers’ Geoff Keighly hosted a panel on Halo Nightfall, a co-production of Microsoft Studios, 343 Industries and Scott Free, Ridley Scott’s production company. Halo Nightfall is a five episode “feature length series” that will be included in the Master Chief Collection, a remastering of all of the Master Chief Halo games, out November 11th on Xbox One.
The panel featured Kiki Wolfkill, an executive producer from 343 Industries, Franchise Development Director for Halo Frank O’Connor, David Zucker, President of Television for Scott Free, and actors Mike Colter and Christina Chong, who play Locke and Mazer, respectively.
The panel began with a brief video introduction from Ridley Scott, explaining Scott Free’s involvement in the project and how it coincided with his tastes because Halo, much like movies like many of Scott’s science fiction films, already has an established “visual and characterized universe”, so he was »
- Manny Lozano
Paramount Pictures has released the red-band trailer for Steve Pink’s comedy sequel "Hot Tub Time Machine 2". Adam Scott replaces John Cusack as the leading man, but the other four key characters (Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Chevy Chase) are all back for the new film which opens at Christmas.
Meanwhile, Microsoft have released the first trailer for "Halo: Nightfall," the Ridley Scott-produced live-action digital series based on the popular video game series. It's said the story ties directly into next year's new title in the series "Halo 5: Guardians". The five-episode series will debut on November 11th this year, the same day as "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" hits stores.
- Garth Franklin
Today at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were treated to a special first look at Halo: Nightfall, the live-action digital series from executive producer Ridley Scott and writer/director Sergio Memica-Gezzan. Available in November, the movie is set after the events of Halo 4, placing the story in the “present” in terms of the game’s present timeline, and shows the story leading up the events of Halo 5: Guardians, due to release on Xbox One this December. Hit the jump to watch the Halo: Nightfall trailer and to read my full Comic-Con panel recap. Firstly, here's the trailer: The panel on Thursday morning was made up of cast members Mike Colter and Christina Chong, executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and franchise development director Frank O’Connor from 343 Industries, and Scott Free TV president David Zucker. From the Xbox Wire press release: “Halo: Nightfall follows the origin story of legendary man hunter Jameson »
- Rachel Howard
The very first trailer for Sony and XboX Entertainment's Halo: Nightfall debuted just moments ago at Comic-Con 2014. Watch the first footage from this video game adaptation produced by Ridley Scott, which stars Mike Colter as Locke, who leads his men on an expedition that will tie into the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo: Nightfall introduces a pivotal new character, Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (Oni), Earth's most powerful and secretive military branch. When he and his team are caught in a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artifact, where they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives.
Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall is Locke's origin story which will lend insight and understanding into the »
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