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Just yesterday I wrote an article discussing which Original Trilogy characters could potentially appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [read it here], and now a rumour is circulating which suggests that Darth Vader, Mon Mothma and Bail Organa won’t be the only familiar faces in the hotly-anticipated Anthology movie.
Now, the rumour comes from Reddit, so it’s by no means confirmed, although we do feel pretty confident that this one could be accurate, so turn back now if you want to avoid spoilers. You have been warned…
The poster claims to have had access to the end credits for Rogue One, and lists several actors and characters reportedly appearing in the film.
First up is Grand Moff Tarkin, who was looking to be an odds on bet, especially after this TV spot, and will be played by Guy Henry (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), with “special thanks to »
- Gary Collinson
Gary Collinson looks at some Original Trilogy characters we could see in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…
In a week’s time, director Gareth Edwards will take us back to the galaxy far, far away with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the hotly-anticipated first Anthology movie from Disney and Lucasfilm. And we’ll be in a very familiar timeline too, with the movie detailing the Rebels’ efforts to steal the plans to the original Death Star, which ultimately allows Luke Skywalker to destroy the dreaded battle station in the original Star Wars, a.k.a. A New Hope.
Given its setting, Rogue One provides the perfect opportunity for Lucasfilm to revisit some of its most iconic characters, including of course the legendary villain Darth Vader, who will hopefully have more to do this time than standing on a bridge with his arms folded and screaming “Noooo! »
- Gary Collinson
Mark Harrison Dec 2, 2016
How each Doctor responds to the Daleks for the first time reveals something about them...
Pearl Mackie was announced as the new companion for Doctor Who Series 10 back in April, with a specially filmed clip broadcast during Match Of The Day's Fa Cup semi-final. Aside from befuddling Gary Lineker, the purpose of a trailer like this, as opposed to a press release or a lavish announcement programme, is to show a character in action, and there was really no better way to define the character of Bill Potts than to show how she acted in the face of the Daleks.
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The Daleks are almost as old as the show itself and different Doctors respond to them in different ways. In some eras, Dalek stories have been an early fixture of a new Doctor’s run, »
Another day, another Rogue One media dump to peruse. On this particular occasion, Disney and Lucasfilm have lifted the lid on not one, but two enticing promos for the Gareth Edwards-directed pic, with the second TV spot teasing the return of another iconic Star Wars villain – and no, we’re not referring to the rasping Darth Vader.
First and foremost, and in the interest of keeping spoilers at bay, let’s focus on the all-new featurette. Entitled “Living in Star Wars,” the footage up above largely revolves around Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) as he spearheads the Rebel fight on Scarif, the tropical planet on which much of Edwards’ anthology movie appears to take place. Andor, a chief Alliance Intelligence officer, is one of Rogue One‘s key players alongside Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, and we even get to see shots of those two heroes going undercover to infiltrate the Empire and, »
- Michael Briers
While everyone's hearts are aflutter with the very Darth Vader-heavy TV spot that was just released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, some may have missed the subtle inclusion of another classic villain from that galaxy far, far away.
There was a blink-and-you-miss-it glimpse at the back of someone's head, and that someone seemed to be Grand Moff Tarkin!
Here's the bit you might have missed in the Rogue One TV spot:
This won't be the first time that Moff Tarkin has been resurrected for a Star Wars film. When Revenge of The Sith came out in 2005, long after Cushing's death, George Lucas hired actor Wayne Pygram (beneath a ton of makeup) to appear as the character.
We've heard for a while that Tarkin would be appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The UK’s Horror Channel has announced that it will be screening eleven premieres throughout November, including the UK TV premieres of Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead, Antiviral, Final Girl, The Shrine and Beneath, along with network premieres for Cockneys vs Zombies, The Hills Have Eyes, Honeymoon, Blood Rage, House and Horror Express. Here’s the full line-up of premieres in transmission order…
Fri 4 Nov @ 21:00 – Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012) * Network Premiere
There’s Geezer Gore galore in what director Matthias Hoene calls Evil Dead 2 meets Withnail & I. Workers on a Docklands building site uncover a burial ground sealed up in 1666. However some of the corpses aren’t Brown Bread at all, and before you know it London’s East End is infested with hungry zombies. Can bank robber brothers Terry and Andy Macguire get to the Bow Bells Care Home, run by their granddad, in time to rescue everyone? »
- Gary Collinson
My good deed for the day is using an image of Peter Cushing instead of Hugh Jackman at the top of a news article concerning the in-the-works Van Helsing reboot. You’re welcome. Today’s volley of Universal Monsters news comes from screenwriter Jon Spaihts, who is penning the next big screen outing of the infamous monster hunter […]
- Jacob Hall
Yesterday, amid a crush of sweaty people desperate for last-minute props, I visited a local Halloween superstore with my daughter, looking for a Pikachu mask. Well, there wasn’t much to choose from in the Cute Kid Division. But this particular hall of Halloween hell definitely had the adult sensibility covered. Of course there were the usual skimpy or otherwise outrageous costumes for purchase —ladies, you can dress up like a sexy Kim Kardashian-esque vampire out for a night of Hollywood clubbing, and gents, how about impressing all the sexy Kim Kardashian vampires at your party by dressing up like a walking, talking matched set of cock and balls! It’s been a while since I’ve shopped for fake tools of terror, but it seems there’s been a real advance in sophistication in the market for “Leatherface-approved” (I swear) chainsaws with moving parts and authentic revving noises, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Last year, fans were introduced to a new villain in Star Wars lore, with Adam Driver's Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As powerful as this new villain is, even he bows down to the iconic Darth Vader, in a memorable scene where he claims to finish what Vader started. Darth Vader will finally make his return to the big screen in the first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars, in theaters December 16, and today we have new details on how he fits into the story from director Gareth Edwards, plus more on another new villain, Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn).
Rogue One is set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, following a group of rebels lead by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) who are tasked with stealing the plans for the original Death Star. Ben Mendelsohn's Director Orson »
Craig Lines Nov 2, 2016
In the 1970s, Hammer joined forces with Shaw Brothers Studios, to try and inject fresh blood into the former's Dracula franchise...
The final film in Hammer's Dracula series is perhaps the least talked about, despite being the weirdest. By 1974, Hammer's star was fading. The seminal British studio struggled to keep up with the changing tastes of genre audiences and attempts to cram their gothic ghouls into modern film styles weren't working. While some experiments - like the campy Dracula Ad 1972 or Satanic Rites Of Dracula - have a certain cult appeal now, they were poorly received at the time and drove their star Christopher Lee to quit the franchise for good.
Not to be dissuaded, Hammer decided to inject new blood into the Dracula franchise one last time by cashing in on the latest cinematic craze – kung fu.
Meanwhile in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers studios were prolifically »
Halloween is almost here. This is the time of year for putting your favorite horror films in the DVD player. When you think of horror movies over the decades, there are certain actors whose names are indelibly linked to the horror genre. In honor of Halloween 2016, Cinelinx looks at the nine greatest horror films stars of all time.
9) Robert Englund: He made a name for himself as the burnt-faced dream demon Freddy Kruger. His body of horror work includes...A Nightmare On Elm Street, Anoes 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Anoes 3: Dream Warriors, Anoes 4: The Dream Master, Anoes 5: The Dream Child, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Freddy Vs. Jason, The Phantom of the Opera, Nightmare Café, Night Terrors, Mortal Fear, The Mangler, Urban Legend, Sanitarium, The Funhouse Massacre, etc.
8) Jamie Lee Curtis: The woman who created the trend of females »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Now that September is finally underway, you can expect to see a lot of horror and sci-fi offerings making their way to Blu-ray and DVD from now until Halloween. This Tuesday, we have a handful of selections to look forward to, including a double dose of Hammer Films double features, Haunted Honeymoon (directed by and starring the late, great Gene Wilder), and a trio of new releases: The Neighbor, Tale of Tales, and The Ones Below.
For more than four decades, Hammer Films’ unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this impeccable collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination! »
- Heather Wixson
While the Blu-ray / DVD cover art and special features for The Skull have not yet been revealed, we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details. In the meantime, we have a look at Kino Lorber's official announcement below, as well as the film's poster and trailer. Will you be adding The Skull to your home media collection?
From Kino Lorber: "Coming Soon on DVD and Blu-ray! Bonus Features to be Announced Soon!
The Skull (1965) Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green, Patrick Magee, Michael Gough, George Coulouris and Peter Woodthorpe - Based on story "The Skull of the Marquis de Sade" by Robert Bloch - Screenplay by Milton Subotsky - Directed »
- Derek Anderson
Why Size and Scope Have Always Been the Franchise’s Best Friends.
Earlier this week, I was talking to someone about the upcoming Star Trek Beyond when a half-forgotten memory came tumbling from the dusty corners of my mind. It is of me and my brother, still children, sprawled out on the floor of the First National Bank in our small hometown. To help make ends meet, my parents took on several shifts as the overnight cleaning crew for the local branch; they would begin every shift by rolling the break room television into the manager’s office so my brother and I could watch old episodes of Star Trek they’d picked up from the nearby Blockbuster. As my family did not own a television until years later, these episodes of Star Trek, dated as they may have seemed, were a Big Deal for the two of us. I was pretty much hooked.
- Matthew Monagle
Earlier this month, production began on Universal's The Mummy reboot, which will be the first full-fledged adventure in Universal's monster universe. We got our first glimpse at this unique world in a post credit sequence for 2014's Dracula Untold, where Luke Evans' title character is transported to present day. But, aside from The Mummy, we don't know which project is next in this sprawling universe. One of the movies being included is Van Helsing, and today we have some new details from writer Eric Heisserer.
Eric Heisserer came aboard to write the script alongside The Mummy writer Jon Spaihts back in November, but the project still doesn't have a director yet and there is very little we know about the story. Eric Heisserer recently spoke with Hitfix, while promoting the new thriller Lights Out, which he co-wrote, where he revealed that this version of Van Helsing was inspired by another iconic character. »
I'm just going to come right out with it:
I think a Van Helsing film series is a brilliant concept.
That said, I don't have faith in anyone getting it right after that unruly mess of a Hugh Jackman movie in 2004. I think the concept is fantastic, though. You have a main character- a monster hunter (!!!)- that can, essentially, navigate his way throughout an entire shared, cinematic universe. And the universe he lives in is inhabited by legendary monsters like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and The Mummy! And one of the things that made those monsters legendary was the mystique surrounding them, and the way they could be used sparingly to create maximum tension and anticipation. Therefore, the idea of making the star of those movies a single, human protagonist means you don't have to over-expose your famous beasts!
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Not much is yet known about Universal’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-style Monster reboots, which have been racking up quite the cadre of A-list stars over the last several months. While shooting on The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella is already complete and two of the other installments -- The Wolf Man and another untitled monster project -- have been given release dates, there are a total of six other films in the series that remain in some phase of development. One of those developing projects is Van Helsing, which is being scripted by Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts and will serve as a big-screen vehicle for the eponymous monster-hunter who has been portrayed in various incarnations by Peter Cushing (Hammer’s Dracula series), Laurence Olivier (1979’s Dracula), Anthony Hopkins (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Christopher Plummer (Dracula 2000) and Hugh Jackman, who embodied the character in Stephen Sommers' »
- Chris Eggertsen
In typical Killjoys fashion, a ton of stuff went down during this action-packed hour.
However, it's safe to say that Killjoys Season 2 Episode 2 was all about returning home and to the rest of the gang missing from the premiere. As Michelle Lovretta teased in our exclusive interview, "It's the beginning of really emotionally, I think, compelling and classic science fiction type storylines."
I'm still bummed about how Hills went out, but I think Jelco is a brilliant adversary.
Was that mirror bit at the top a hint there are multiple Dutch's out there? Clones? Alvis mentioned that scarbacks hadn't stepped foot on Arkyn for over 200 years. So how did D'av see Dutch killing them in that "very old memory"?
Is it possible Khlyen (via the green-goo) was implanting memories in D'av or is their some truth to what he saw? What the hells is going on, guys? So many cool »
- Henry A. Otero
Hammer hits one out of the park with this 'ripping good' Sherlock Holmes tale, tilted heavily toward gothic mystery and horror. Peter Cushing and André Morell excel in heroic roles, while Christopher Lee doesn't have to play a monster, just a coward. Terence Fisher's directing skill is at its height. The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1959 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 86 min. / Ship Date June 14, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis De Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon. Cinematography Jack Asher Production Designer Bernard Robinson Film Editor Alfred Cox Original Music James Bernard Written by Peter Bryan from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle Produced by Michael Carreras & Anthony Hinds Directed by Terence Fisher
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In addition to their straight-up gothic horrors, Hammer films produced films in other genres, such as costume adventures and war pictures. »
- Glenn Erickson
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