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‘Forbidden Empire’ has interesting visuals but a rushed pace

23 May 2015 8:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Forbidden Empire

Written by Aleksandr Karpov and Oleg Stepchenko

Directed by Oleg Stepchenko

Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, 2014

Though we may not like to admit it, some movies simply have the deck stacked against them. Case in point, Forbidden Empire. Forbidden Empire is, in fact, a dubbed and re-cut version of Viy, a 2014 Russian fantasy-horror film with a very interesting pedigree. The film is based off a short story by Nikolai Gogol, one of the more towering figures of classic Russian literature, and was previously adapted into a film of the same name in 1967. The previous version of Viy is regarded as something of an unsung classic, an immensely watchable gem rife creative and memorable effects sequences. The new film, however, eschews most of the practical effects wizardry that made the original what it is in favor of CGI effects. So, in summary, it’s a re-cut, dubbed version of a »

- Thomas O'Connor

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Here's the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones Crossover You Always Wanted

22 May 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Neville Longbottom is starring in a movie with Daenerys Targaryen and Finnick Odair! This week, Harry Potter's Matthew Lewis took to Instagram to share a cute picture with Game of Thrones's Emilia Clarke, as the two stars are filming the movie adaptation of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Emilia isn't the only Game of Thrones actor in the movie, either; Charles Dance, aka Tywin Lannister, is also in the film. As if those crossovers aren't exciting enough, Sam Claflin from The Hunger Games also stars in the film opposite Clarke, with the pair playing the main characters, William and Louisa. Lewis's role hasn't been confirmed, but he and Claflin already look to be getting along, as they posed for a picture in matching shirts, calling out the fact that they also share the same birthday. Too cute, right? Keep reading for more pictures of the cast hanging out together, »

- Laura-Marie-Meyers

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Impressions: Forbidden Empire

22 May 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With a spirit similar to Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing and The Mummy, Oleg Stepchenko's Forbidden Empire is equal parts horror and adventure, with a macabre mystery interwoven throughout its intriguing narrative.

It's the 18th century, and an ambitious cartographer named Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng) is traveling by horse-drawn carriage through the wilderness of Europe to properly map the borders of the world. His journey comes to a literal (and mud-splattered) halt when he comes under attack by ghostly wolves outside a small Ukrainian village run by Lord Dudley (Charles Dance). Jonathan soon learns this small town is cursed—the kind of place you might not leave if you stay overnight. The cause of the town's curse is the church, where Dudley's daughter lies in eternal, perhaps supernatural, slumber.

From this engrossing premise, Stepchenko offers ample amounts of scares delivered in stylish, gothic CGI. A truly transformative dinner table »

- Derek Anderson

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Forbidden Empire – The Review

19 May 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In the grand tradition of Russian fantasy films comes a new version of the supernatural legend of The Viy, written by Nicolai Gogol and previously filmed several times, most memorably by Mario Bava as one of the tales in Black Sabbath, (easily my favorite due to the participation of Boris Karloff.).

In Forbidden Empire, a young English cartographer Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng) takes to the road after being chased out of the house by his lovers Father, played by Charles Dance, after being caught in bed with her.

Looking very much like a Terry Gilliam movie, with the frame over crowded with bizarre machinery, filthy looking characters in period costume (set in the 18th century) and lots of cgi monsters, Forbidden Empire is a beautiful film to behold and more than a little disjointed and episodic.

But like classic Russian fantasy films of the past such as Sword and the Dragon, »

- Sam Moffitt

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London Screenings 2015 unveils first titles

18 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film London’s export market to screen Despite the Falling Snow, Urban Hymn and The ReZort.

Film London announces a selection of new titles set to premiere at the 12th edition of London Screenings in June.

Taking place from June 22-25 at London’s BFI Southbank, London Screenings is a UK export market attended by hundreds of international and domestic buyers every year.

This year’s edition will host the premieres of Cold War drama Despite the Falling Snow (6 Sales) with Charles Dance, 2011 riots story Urban Hymn (Metro International) starring Shirley Henderson and zombie thriller The ReZort (Umedia, formerly Generation Z), with Dougray Scott.

Other titles includeThe Legend of Barney Thomson, which will be distributed in the UK by Icon, and Maxine Peake’s Hamlet, which is being sold by The Little Film Company.

As well as premiering completed features, London Screenings will also meet attendees’ increasing appetite for unseen and work-in-progress titles, with highlights »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Round-Up: Forbidden Empire, Damien, Doomsdays, Heir

12 May 2015 9:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Release details for Forbidden Empire and Doomsdays, along with a promo video for A&E's Damien and details on the horror short, Heir, are featured in our latest round-up.

Forbidden Empire: Starring Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Forbidden Empire hits VOD on May 22nd:

"An 18th century explorer sets out on an epic journey to map the forbidden uncharted lands of Transylvania only to discover its dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical forest."

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Doomsdays: A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Eddie Mullins' Doomsdays hits theaters on June 5th:

"A pre-apocalyptic comedy, Doomsdays follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes in the Catskills. Their commitment to the lifestyle is challenged, however, when a runaway teen and an aimless young woman join their peculiar tribe. »

- Derek Anderson

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Movie Review – Woman in Gold (2015)

9 May 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Woman in Gold, 2015.

Directed by Simon Curtis.

Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany and Max Irons.

Synopsis:

Based on the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey), an Austrian Jewish immigrant and niece of the famous ‘Woman in Gold’ of Klimt’s painting who, with the help of Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds, The Voices), began a lengthy court battle with the Austrian government to reclaim the artwork which the Nazis stole from her family.

There is a place, one can argue, for average sentimental true stories one can safely take their grandmother to. Grannies need movies too. It’s just a shame when the concept for a film lends itself to so much potential, only to peter out in a patchy narrative.

The year is 1998. Ryan Reynolds is hilariously miscast as a timid lawyer, as if sticking a pair of glasses on him »

- Kat Kourbeti

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Game Of Thrones: 10 Actors Whose “Acting” Is Distractingly Bad

8 May 2015 4:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Right now, HBO’s insanely successful Game of Thrones is arguably the most popular show on television. But that doesn’t mean for a single minute that it’s perfect – and that goes double for one particular aspect of production that continues to come up short: the acting.

So whilst Game of Thrones is made interesting for the way in which has brought together so many renowned veterans of the stage – Charles Dance, Jonathan Pryce, Dame Diana Rigg – with such brilliantly cast actors like Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Natalie Dormer (to name but a few), it’s not all a walk around the rose gardens.

Because there are also a good number of actors on the show who are constantly bringing it down. That’s to say, there is a lot of bad acting going on in Game of Thrones, week after week, and it comes »

- Sam Hill

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Time Machine: Sensational Scarlett J. in Purple

7 May 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »

- D. Zhea

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Latest Trailer For The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Is The Most Violent Yet

7 May 2015 9:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

CD Projekt Red have unveiled the latest action-packed trailer for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, and it isn’t exactly a stretch to say that it contains more violence than all of the game’s previous trailers combined.

If anything, it proves that no man or creature should mess with Geralt of Rivia, the series’ grizzled, grey-haired protagonist who returns in this conclusive chapter, and there’s even a snippet of Ciri – Wild Hunt’s second playable protagonist — thrown in for good measure. Traversing across CD Projekt Red will have players journey betwixt the Northern Kingdoms and the foreboding Skellige Islands, and screenshots that surfaced late last week showcased the kind of gameplay we can expect when Wild Hunt makes its long-awaited debut in a couple of weeks’ time.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is much more than just a visual showcase of what the eighth generation consoles can do, »

- Michael Briers

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International trailer for Forbidden Empire

29 April 2015 8:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new international trailer has arrived online for Oleg Stepchenko’s upcoming fantasy film Forbidden Empire, which stars Jason Flemyng and Charles Dance. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

An 18th century English cartographer, Jonathan Green, sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Ukrainian forest.

Forbidden Empire is set for release May 22nd in the States and June 1st in the UK, and features a cast that also includes Aleksey Chadov, Anna Churina, Agniya Ditkovskite, Anatoli Gushchin and Igor Jijikine.

 

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- Gary Collinson

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Six Sales Takes Rebecca Ferguson-Starrer ‘Snow’ (Exclusive)

24 April 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Six Sales has acquired world sales rights to Shamim Sarif’s classically styled love story-cum-suspense thriller “Despite the Falling Snow,” a Cold War tale of betrayal starring Rebecca Ferguson — about to explode on the world as Tom Cruise’s co-star in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Paramount Pictures bows the fifth “Mission Impossible” worldwide on July 5. Demonstrating range, Ferguson (“The White Queen”) will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which she plays Grant’s long-suffering wife.

Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman Nichols & Adler represents North American sales. Six Sales will screen “Snow” at the Cannes Film Market in its market premiere.

Produced by Hanan Kattan for London-based Enlightenment Productions and Sarif’s fourth feature, “Despite the Falling Snow” also stars Charles Dance, celebrated as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; Sam Reid (“Belle,” “Serena,” “The Railway Man »

- John Hopewell

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New Release Dates for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy Reboot, Warcraft

23 April 2015 6:35 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Revealed at Las Vegas' CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:

Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.

In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”

Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, and Matt Smith star in the horror comedy. »

- Derek Anderson

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Teaser trailer for Syfy’s Arthur C. Clarke adaptation Childhood’s End

23 April 2015 5:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A teaser trailer has arrived online for Syfy’s upcoming miniseries Childhood’s End, which is based on Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel of the same name. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Karellen (Dance), the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren. Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent.

Childhood’s End is set to premiere on December 20th on Syfy, with a cast that includes Charles Dance, Mike Vogel, Julian McMahon and Colm Meaney.

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- Gary Collinson

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Low key debut for Deadline Gallipoli

19 April 2015 5:43 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sam Worthington in Deadline Gallipoli.

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Despite massive promotion and widespread critical acclaim, the premiere of Deadline Gallipoli didn.t draw a big audience on Foxtel but the figures for the full week will be a far more accurate measurement.

The 8.30 pm Sunday screening on showcase had 71,000 viewers in the five metropolitan capitals, according to OzTam.

The WW1 drama produced by Matchbox Pictures and Sam Worthington and John Schwarz.s Full Clip ranked just outside the top 20 shows on pay-tv, behind multiple episodes of The Simpsons.

However the producers and Foxtel rate the opening as a solid number and are confident the overall figures will build through the week with time-shifting and catch--up viewing.

.Deadline Gallipoli is one of the finest drama series that Australia has ever produced," Matchbox Pictures MD Chris Oliver-Taylor tells If. "It showcases a defining moment in Australia.s modern history.

"The overnight numbers are a solid »

- Don Groves

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Child 44 | Review

16 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Dirty Snow: Espinosa’s Ungainly Yet Enjoyable Soviet Era Mystery

Grazing lightly over the Soviet era politics of the period and featuring a handsome, gussied up cast that features a tad too many problematic instances of accented English, Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa still manages to make an utterly watchable film out of Child 44, his second studio picture since breaking into Hollywood with 2012’s Safe House. A cadre of diverse actors from Sweden, Poland, France, Denmark, the UK, the Us, Switzerland, and more, portray period Soviets, some to better effect than others.

Based on Tom Rob Smith’s novel, the first in a trilogy, Espinosa and screenwriter Richard Price have clearly tried to retain the source material’s sprawling scope, though the film sometimes gets tripped up in its own skirt layers. Considering the richness of the material, it’s too bad that our seemingly unwavering preference for shorter running »

- Nicholas Bell

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Child 44 review: Tom Hardy is compelling in a paranoid Soviet thriller

16 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Daniel Espinosa; Screenwriter: Richard Price; Starring: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Charles Dance; Running time: 137 mins; Certificate: 15

The Russian accents in Daniel Espinosa's pitiless Soviet thriller adaptation Child 44 have already got more press than the film itself, which is both unfortunate and illustrative of a familiar problem with putting English dialogue in foreign characters' mouths. Adapted from the first novel in a trilogy by British writer Tom Rob Smith, the film is a pensive and bracingly brutal mystery which takes too long to become emotionally engaging.

Tom Hardy is characteristically compelling as Leo Demidov, a runaway orphan-turned-WW2 soldier transformed into a war hero by his role in the Battle of Berlin. Years after the war, Leo and his comrade-in-arms Alexei (Fares Fares) have taken jobs with the secret police in Moscow, under the command of Vincent Cassell's slippery Major Kuzmin.

"There is no murder in paradise, »

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Arclight’s 'Admiral' sets sail for UK, Germany

15 April 2015 4:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arclight Films has sold Roel Reine’s Admiral - set for a gala screening at the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) - to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The Dutch historical epic, which topped the Netherlands’ box office when it was released in January under the title, has sold to the UK (Signature Entertainment), Germany (Lighthouse), Japan (Transformer), Turkey (Aqua Pinema), Vietnam (Galaxy) and the Middle East (Italia Films).

Set in the 17th Century, the film tells the story of Dutch naval hero Michiel de Ruyter and his battles against the English and other forces at a time when the Netherlands was on the verge of civil war.

The film stars Frank Lammers, Sanne Langelaar and Barry Atsma, along with Charles Dance and Rutger Hauer.

“It’s very exciting to be selected for a gala event at the Beijing International Film Festival and have the opportunity to bring Admiral to a larger audience,” said Reine.

“I »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Game of Thrones, Ep. 5.01 “The Wars to Come” promises exciting new alliances

13 April 2015 6:33 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 1: “The Wars to Come”

Directed by Michael Slovis

Written by David Benioff and Db Weiss

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO

After four extraordinary seasons, we’ve come to expect great things from HBO’s flagship series – shocking betrayals, strategic realignments, reversals of fortune, impressive world-building, damsels in distress, femme fatales, epic battles, well choreographed action, blood, death, sex, black magic, dragons and lots of nudity in between the dirty politics. “The Wars to Come” (a line heard several times throughout the episode) was a solid, modest season opener, but as with every season premiere, there seems to be something lacking. The cast of Game of Thrones is comprised of some of the most talented actors on the small screen, and over the years we’ve been blessed with the likes of Charles Dance, Peter Dinklage, Diana Rigg and Sean Bean, to name »

- Ricky

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‘Game of Thrones 5×01: The Wars To Come’ Review

13 April 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

“The future is shit, just like the past.”

Tyrion Lannister punctuates his brief thesis on the value of life by bending over to vomit.  In an episode that begins with a young Cersei slogging through what looks like a mixture of mud and offal and ends with a man being burned alive after leading his people out of the frozen north, it’s a point that bears thinking on.  The future isn’t better just because it’s new, and the past isn’t rosy just because it’s over.  (Though no matter which set of sins he’s mired in remembering, Peter Dinklage can still crack a great one-liner).

Dwelling on the inherent crappiness of life isn’t exactly a guaranteed home run in terms of dramatic pacing, but “The Wars to Come” handles it without devolving into maudlin tears or too much domino-setting.  That isn’t to say the episode crackles, »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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