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Director: Howard J. Ford
Running Time: 93 mins
Synopsis: A single mother on vacation, takes the law into her own hands to take back her abducted child.
Ever since Liam Neeson first shook off the cobwebs and muscled his way in to a new on-screen action persona with 2008’s surprise smash hit Taken, movie theatres across the globe have suddenly been flooded with kidnap-thrillers attempting to replicate the shock success of the franchise. The latest of these, Howard J. Ford’s Never Let Go, does little to differentiate itself from the pack, and rather than shaking up the formula with new ideas, seems content to stick firmly to the Bryan Mills – mold. »
- Nick Martin
It’s time to put the Michael Bay Transformers movies behind us and move on – that’s what Platinum Games seems to be doing with Transformers Devastation. The PlayStation blog has just been updated, showing off a brand new trailer for the title that reveals gameplay for Grimlock, Wheeljack and Sideswipe.
According to the blog, Platinum Games have gone the extra mile with Devastation by attempting to infuse each character with an authentic-feeling personality for each Autobot. There’s even a detailed description of how each playable bot has their own unique move-set and play style:
Platinum Games, the developer behind Transformers: Devastation, spent a lot of time trying to match each character’s personality with a complementary fighting style. Bumblebee, for example, attacks faster than any other Autobot, but he sacrifices a fair amount of power. And Wheeljack’s mechanical ingenuity translates into an attack pattern that centers on ranged weapons. »
- Joe Pring
Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
Creating the robotic birthday treat for his young son, YouTuber RussellMunro collaborated with his wife to build the jaw-dropping party piece.
Nonchalantly summing up his work, Munro said in the video's description: "My boy asked for a Transformers cake for his 6th birthday. I decided to up the ante, my wife did the actual cake."
It turns out that the secret to the showstopper was Styrofoam, as Munro explained in the comments:
"Yes they can and did eat it, the mud cake and icing," he said. "Some of the red cab was Styrofoam to lighten the load a bit as mud cake is real dense and heavy."
You can see how the cake works without the cake - so to speak - below:
Take note, Paul "bread lion" Jagger from The Great British Bake Off »
From action figures to trading cards to board games, some film favorites are rooted in the spirit of play. Much like the toys at the center of the upcoming “Max Steel,” about the team-up between teenager Max McGrath and his alien friend, Steel, these stories have come to the big screen in a big way. Starring Ben Winchell, Andy Garcia, Josh Brener, and Maria Bello, “Max Steel” is set to be released Aug. 28, just months before the anticipated production based on the TV show and Hasbro toys “Jem and the Holograms,” out October 2015. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up five films originally born from the imaginations of toy designers! “Transformers”The first of the live-action films based on the ’80s-era Hasbro robot toys debuted in 2007. It was the year that pushed Shia Labeouf out of the Mickey Mouse wheelhouse and into the series that would solidify Michael Bay’s status »
Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group is launching an interactive publishing division to offer content from printed graphic novels with digital video.
The graphic novels will debut at New York Comic-Con in early October, with 451 Media offering a sneak peak of the content on Machinima.
The creators for 451’s graphic novels include Scott Rosenberg (“Con Air”), Skip Woods (“Wolverine”), George Pelecanos (“The Wire”), Mark Mallouk (“Black Mass”), Clay McLeod Chapman (“The Avengers”) and Peter and Paul Williams (vfx for “Avatar,” “The Avengers”).
451 Media is touting Touchcode technology from T+ink to span print and digital worlds, in which ink used in the printing process of graphic novels published by 451 will unlock access to exclusive content on users’ touch-screen-enabled mobile and tablet devices.
“We discover great stories by way of our team of top-notch writers, screenwriters and authors and then work with our technology partners to turn those stories into truly immersive entertainment experiences, »
- Dave McNary
Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Olson will be on hand at the 41st Normandie-set Deauville film festival to receive the Hollywood Rising Star Awards and present the French premiere of their respective movies, “Life” (pictured above) directed by Anton Corbin, and “The Green Inferno” helmed by Eli Roth.
Following the footsteps of Gail Ann Hurd, Paula Wagner and Brian Grazer, vet producer Lawrence Bender will receive Deauville’s career tribute and participate in a masterclass co-organized by the PGA and the French producers guild, Apc.
Deauville’s competition roaster brings together Sophie Barthes’ “Madame Bovary” with Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller and Paul Giamatti, Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” with Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern, Jon Watts’ “Cop Car,” Zoe Cassavetes’ “Day Out of Days,” Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope,” Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back” with Sarah Silverman, »
- Elsa Keslassy
French beachfront festival unveils full line-up.Scroll down for full line-up
The 41st edition of the beachfront festival, taking place in the northern French resort of Deauville, announced the new prize at its line-up press conference on Monday (Aug 24).
Opening and closing films
Some films are bad. In fact some films are so bad, even the actors promoting them can't deny just how bad they are, as these cinematic turncoats prove...
1. George Clooney: "I think we might have killed the franchise."
Film: Batman & Robin (1997)
Box office: $238.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%
"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!
"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie. I think we might have killed the franchise."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's the worst film I have ever made."
Film: Red Sonja (1985)
Box office: $6.9 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
"It's the worst film I have ever made. »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Warning – minor spoilers below…
We’ve seen some set photos of Gary Anthony Williams and WWE Superstar Sheamus as Bebop and Rocksteady pre-mutation, and it was always assumed they would end up as the rhino and warthog that we know an love from the cartoon.
Well, looks like that is the case.
Former WWE Superstar and current Ufc trainee was originally in line to play the role of Rocksteady, before the role went to his former colleague Sheamus. “I just assumed Sheamus is a bigger dude, so they gave it to the big guy,” Punk told the Chicago Tribune. “It makes sense. They were looking for two big, muscly bouncer types. Sheamus fits the role. I think they end up getting mutated half way through. You didn’t hear that from me, though.”
So, looks like we will be getting the classic looks for the characters, though this is hardly »
- Luke Owen
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Learn how to make your very own Diy pulse rifle from Alien, we have a breakdown of the 10 most important film movements, and nine Game of Thrones mysteries are broken down. But first, the iconic Straight Outta Compton music video gets recreated in Grand Theft Auto V. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Straight Outta Compton Music Video In Grand Theft Auto V *Nsfw Language
With the success of Straight Outta Compton at the box office last weekend, Animal Robot has created the iconic rap group's music video for the hit song through the blockbuster video game Grand Theft Auto V. Be warned, if you're underage or at work, »
TNT has picked up a drama pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer, Variety has learned.
The thriller, titled “Home,” was previously set up at Fox with then-chairman Kevin Reilly, who picked up the project at the cabler where he is now prez.
“Home” delves into the secrets lingering behind the facade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family. The series revolves around Rose Altman, a newly pregnant woman who has a successful business as an accomplished designer and a wonderful home life with her husband Joe, a highly regarded prison psychologist, and his two sons, to whom she’s enjoying being their stepmother. But when she discovers long-buried secrets, Rose’s perfect family and life is shattered.
Aron Eli Coleite (pictured below) wrote the pilot. The writer-producer’s past credits include “Crossing Jordan,” “Hostages” and “Heroes,” on which he served as a writer and producer for the majority of its four-season run, eventually rising to co-exec producer. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It all started with a big bang.
Can you believe it has been over seven years since we first met Penny (Kaley Cuoco), the stunningly attractive blonde who moved across the hall from physicists Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory’s first episode.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Penny (surname still unknown) moved to California to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress, working at the Cheesecake Factory waiting for her Hollywood career to take off. However she soon realised that this was a lot harder than she first thought and Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg haven’t come calling for her just yet.
Her relationship with Johnny Galecki’s Leonard is one of the main themes throughout the show but it’s really the relationship between the unlikely sevensome of Penny, Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, Howard, Amy and Bernadette that has turned The Big Bang Theory »
- Laura Holmes
Ouija, the teen horror from first-time director Stiles White, may not have spoken to the critics much, but managed to manifest a healthy box-office haul. It beat John Wick to the top of the charts on its opening weekend last October, and managed a worldwide gross just under $100 million. A sequel was inevitable, and while we already knew that the Oculus team of Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard had agreed to proved the screenplay, the news this morning is that Flanagan has also now signed on to direct. And suddenly Ouija 2 is that much more interesting a prospect.Adding further Oculus DNA is Annalise Basso, who played the young Karren Gillan in that film and will take one of Ouija 2's leading roles. The plot will revolve around the same haunted board as the first Ouija, with Basso's character unwisely using it to attempt contact with her recently deceased father. »
Anghus Houvouras on superhero movies and the military-industrial complex…
To say that comic book movies have become formulaic is like saying that Michael Bay enjoys explosions and hot women. It’s painfully obvious and hardly a revelation.
I sat through Fantastic Four last week, and like many of you checked out around the halfway point, and began to pick apart some of the lazy choices and uninspired bits. This was easier that finding Waldo in an orgy. There were so many comic book movie mainstays that felt cribbed from the superhero movie playbook, but one of them started to needle me the more I thought about it.
After our group of super-intelligent young people get bestowed super powers, they are immediately whisked away to a secret bunker to be experimented on by the Government. It’s a highly plausible scenario in the super-grounded reality that so many of these movies are trying to achieve, »
- Anghus Houvouras
The living will communicate with the dead once again next October 21st, when Universal and Blumhouse unleash Ouija 2 into theaters. Announced earlier this year, Ouija 2 now has a director and lead actor, and both are familiar to viewers of last year's horror hit Oculus.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Flanagan will helm Ouija 2 and Annalise Basso will play one of the lead roles. Flanagan became a director to watch after the well-received release of his mind-bending Oculus, which centers around the horrific effects of a supernatural mirror.
Annalise Basso starred as the young version of main character Kaylie Russell in Oculus, and Basso will team up with Flanagan again in Ouija 2, as she's been set to play "a young girl grieving the death of her father" in the film. With a title like Ouija 2, you can imagine what this "young girl" might use in »
- Derek Anderson
Flanagan will also co-write the script with Jeff Howard.
Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing for Platinum Dunes while Jason Blum will produce for Blumhouse Productions and Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis will handle things for Hasbro. Universal’s director of development Sara Scott will oversee for the studio.
The original revolved around a group of friends fighting the supernatural forces behind the ancient spirit board, which will be at the center of this plot as well. The original was made for $5 million and made more than $100 million worldwide.
The pic is set to bow on Oct. 21, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
Mike Flanagan ("Oculus," "Absentia") is set to direct and Annalise Basso ("The Red Road," "Oculus") is set to star in the sequel to the horror thriller "Ouija" at Universal, Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro
The first film revolved around a group of friends fighting the supernatural forces behind the ancient spirit board game. Said board will be at the center of this film as well.
A sequel isn't surprising - the first film cost just $5 million to make and made more than $100 million worldwide.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Well creeps, July has been one big sea of batsh*t! Between workin’ overtime to fill the ol’ haunted halls o’ FM with a S-ton of my usual standard substandard nonsense, I’ve also been workin’ my arse off on a slew of upcomin’ secret projects which I’ll share with you soon! But for now; how about a heapin’ helpin’ o’ revoltin’ reviews (don’t worry if yer watchin’ yer figure—they’re as fat free as they are entertainment free)!
• Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray
• Directed By: Stuart Gordon
I couldn’t believe my eyes as a lil’ creep when I saw the trailer for horror maestro Stuart (Re-animator, From Beyond) Gordon’s Robotjox; it looked like someone had somehow ripped all of the mech action from animated shows I loved like Tranzor Z »
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