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Remember that opening scene from Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula in which we see Vlad "The Impaler" curse God and damn himself to walk the Earth as a vampire? Well, add a few things here and there, extend it to 90 minutes and you have Dracula Untold. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing mind -- especially if you're a fan of the mythology. In what is apparently now being touted as the first movie in Universal's planned series of rebooted "Monsters" flicks, we find reformed murdering bastard Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) attempting to live the good life as Prince of Wallachia with his adoring wife (Sarah Gadon) and son (Art Parkinson). When the Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper) arrives on his doorstep demanding 1,000 young boys (including Vlad's) to train as soldiers, Tepes turns to an ancient horror lurking in the mountains (Charles Dance) to harness the power to »
It seems this weekend's "Dracula Untold" may not be the standalone project it was once thought, rather it serves as a mini-prologue to Universal's proposed cinematic universe boasting a mashup of its classic monsters range.
Major Spoilers Ahead
"Dracula Untold" includes a coda set in the modern day involving Luke Evans' Dracula character and the vampire character (turned more human like) played by Charles Dance both hanging around a market on the streets of a major city.
According to Badass Digest, reshoots were conducted a few months ago to include this very scene. While the upcoming "Mummy" reboot will be the first official film of the initiative, this 'Untold' coda sets the whole thing off.
It's also discardable enough that if the film is a failure, Universal can opt instead to make it retroactively standalone and go forward with another take on Dracula.
- Garth Franklin
Fans who head to the theaters for Dracula Untold next weekend will reportedly be treated to a tie-in scene at the end which connects the film to Universal Pictures' sprawling classic monsters reboot franchise.
A new report from Badass Digest reveals that reshoots were conducted a few months back, which include a scene at the very end that reveals Dracula (Luke Evans) in a modern-day market.
Here's what Badass Digest's Devin Faraci said about the scene in a tweet from earlier today.
"The Dracula Untold 'tie in' scene is at the very end, Dracula in a market in the modern day.
When Universal launched this franchise in July, the studio announced that the Untitled Mummy Reboot will be the first official project, but this Dracula Untold scene is believed to be a prologue to the whole initiative. The scene in question isn't largely important, so if Dracula Untold tanks at the box office, »
With a new trailer for espionage thriller The Imitation Game on its way this week, the good folks at StudioCanal have sent us a short Vine – which contains new footage from the trailer – to whet our appetites.
The film examines the life of Alan Turing, a codebreaker who is credited with breaking the German Enigma Code during WWII. The full trailer will be launched at StudioCanal’s YouTube channel at 9.30 a.m. GMT on Thursday 2nd October.
Check out the vine below:
Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing along with Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard and is out in cinemas November 14th. It is also the opening night gala screening at the London Film Festival on 9th October.
For all our coverage of The Imitation Game, click here.
Source: StudioCanal »
- Amanda Keats
For the last while now, we’ve been drowning in a sea of vampire movies. Arguably one of the greatest cinematic monsters of all time, the whole Dracula thing has been done to death. However, it’s mildly refreshing to get an origin story, which sees Luke Evans assume the role of Vlad the Impaler. Vlad, after spending his childhood being trained as a great warrior by the local Sultan, is all grown up now and has returned to his people. When the new Sultan (Dominic Cooper) decides he wants 1000 Transylvanian kids as conscripts for his army, including Vlad’s own son, things take a turn for the worse for the local Transylvanians. Out numbered, out speared and out sworded, Vlad strikes a deal with a Vampire (Charles Dance), after stumbling upon him in a cave previously. Drinking a skull cup of his vampire blood, Vlad finds himself bestowed with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Horror cinema has a long tradition of creating iconic characters and none more so than those borne in the early days of the genre: characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and, of course, Dracula – the king of horror. A character who, despite his many cinematic deaths, always returns to the silver screen for one more bite of flesh… As he does this week in Dracula Untold, which features Luke Evans as the evil Vlad Tepes.
With that in mind we thought we’d rundown the ten best unforgettable Dracula performances in cinema. Check them out below and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree!
Dracula (1958) is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films. Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula (1958) stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and Michael Gough. Retitled Horror of Dracula »
- Phil Wheat
There’s nothing new under the moon in “Dracula Untold,” a decorous but dull origin story that attempts to turn history’s most famous vampire into a kind of male Maleficent — a misunderstood husband/father/ruler who turned to the dark side out of the noblest intentions. What next? “Freddy Krueger Meets Dr. Freud?” Lavishly mounted by first-time feature director Gary Shore, minus the cheeky good humor that propelled his 2006 creature-feature short “The Draft,” this Legendary-Universal co-production (which opens today overseas, 10 days ahead of its domestic bow) looks to scare up only modest Halloween-season biz amid competition from Warners’ “Annabelle” (out Oct. 3) and U’s own “Ouija” (out Oct. 24).
Like Bram Stoker before them, screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (the forthcoming “Gods of Egypt”) take their inspiration from the real historical figure of Vlad Dracula (aka Vlad the Impaler), a 15th-century Transylvanian prince, taken hostage as a teenager »
- Scott Foundas
Following last week's featurette that explores Vlad Tepes history in Universal Pictures' Dracula Untold, the studio has released a new behind-the-scenes video that showcases Vlad's better half, Milena, played by Sarah Gadon.
This upcoming adventure blends both fact and fiction, combining the legacy of Bram Stoker's classic vampire Bram Stoker with the real-life figure Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, whom Dracula was loosely based on. In the film, Vlad's relationship with his loving wife Milena is the reason he goes down this path to becoming the legendary vampire Dracula.
Sarah Gadon explains how she tried to define a real relationship in her rehearsals with co-star Luke Evans, while stating that the actor was born to play this iconic character. We also hear from Luke Evans, who praises Sarah Gadon's performance and director Gary Shore in this behind-the-scenes featurette for Dracula Untold that includes plenty »
Dracula Untold is all about Vlad’s (Luke Evans) choice to become a vampire so that he can defend his people against Mehmet’s (Dominic Cooper) threat, but one of the main reasons he makes that decision at all is due to his undying love for his wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon). Clearly Dracula Untold will be loaded with fangs, bats and epic battles, but it’s also a movie rooted in romance and family. Hit the jump to find out more about Mirena’s effect on Vlad in a brand new Dracula Untold featurette and if you’d like even more information on the character, click here to check out my interview with Gadon from our set visit. Dracula Untold hits theaters in 2D and IMAX on October 17th and also stars Charles Dance, Noah Huntley and Art Parkinson. Here’s the synopsis for Dracula Untold: Almost an entire »
- Perri Nemiroff
The origins of Bram Stoker's legend are explored in a medieval action fantasy that brings fresh blood to the vampire tale. Luke Evans stars as Transylvania's Prince Vlad who, after incurring the wrath of the all-conquering Ottoman warlord Mehmud (Dominic Cooper), makes a pact with an immortal demon (Charles Dance) to save his family and his realm. But his new powers come with an insatiable craving that could cost him everything he holds dear. »
Now that summer movie season is over, it’s Oscar season. During winter and fall many Oscar-hopeful movies are released. This is our overview of what you can expect leading up to the 2015 Oscars.
For fans of film, fall and winter are the best times of the year. This is when, typically, some of the most well-received films are released. Unofficially, we call it Oscar Season, and there’s good reason that the year’s best films are saved for last. Any film released before the end of the year is eligible for Oscar nomination. Therefore, if you release your film towards the end of the year, it will be fresher in audience and critic minds when awards time rolls around in early March/late February (February 22nd, 2015 to be exact).
In preparation for the fall and winter movie season, we’ve put together this preview of films that have been getting lots of attention. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Dracula has been a popular draw for cinema audiences since the earliest days of cinema. Just the mere mention of the name will conjure up a variety of actors who’ve made the Transylvanian blood sucker their own, from Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee to Gary Oldman and, er, Dominic Purcell. Very little screen time has been devoted to Dracula’s origins, though, so in keeping with the year one (Untold’s original title) trend that’s punctuated many a movie re-launch over the past decade or so - in the likes of Casino Royale and X-Men: First Class - the prince of darkness finally has a little light shone on how he came to be.
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new fantasy film “Dracula Untold” starring Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper!
“Dracula Untold,” which opens on Oct. 10, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson, Diarmaid Murtagh, Paul Kaye and William Houston from director Gary Shore, writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and producer Michael De Luca.
To win your free “Dracula Untold” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We recently saw an enigmatic and intriguing poster for The Imitation Game and now we have Benedict Cumberbatch – who plays Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing in the film – staring out at you. Well, behind every code is an enigma, so says the poster.
The film, which will be arriving in the UK for the London Film Festival, also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear and Charles Dance. It has already proven popular at the Toronto International Film Festival, winning the People’s Choice Award.
Check out the poster below and remind yourself what to expect with the exciting trailer:
Source: StudioCanal »
- Amanda Keats
(Cbr) In a move destined to delight genre fans, Deadline reports that popular "Game of Thrones" actors Charles Dance and Lena Headey will mix it up with the undead — no, not wights — in the film adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." This announcement follows hot on the heels of the casting of "Doctor Who" alum Matt Smith, and (last month) Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote. Along with this casting update comes news that Screen Gems has acquired the U.S. distribution rights, following deals already set up with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions in Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 mashup that introduces the walking dead into the world of the Jane Austen classic, the long-gestating film is written and directed by Burr Steers. »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Last week we got a new poster for Morten Tyldum’s (Headhunters)’s World War II drama The Imitation Game, and now we have another one-sheet for the Toronto prize winner, which puts the focus squarely onto Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the famed British codebreaker Alan Turing…
Read our review here
The Imitation Game is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing. The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
- Gary Collinson
Vlad the Impaler's real-life story is told this October in a thrilling new take on the vampire legend Dracula Untold, which finds Luke Evans as an average man trying to defend his people who succumbs to a curse that turns him into a supernatural superhuman with an insatiable blood-lust. The actor offers a look at the real man behind the monster in a featurette that brings never-before-seen footage from this Halloween thriller.
Video: 'Dracula Untold' exclusive featurette
Dracula Untold comes just as Universal begins to relaunch their Classic Monsters franchise, with Dracula, The Mummy, The Werewolf, The Creature and more all inhabiting a shared universe. It is unclear if Dracula Untold will be part of this new cinematic world, which is officially set »
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley brings a unique history lesson, marking the English-language debut of Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters). Benedict Cumberbatch is Alan Turing in this true-story of a brilliant mathematician who helped break the German Enigma code, allowing the Allies to win WWII, only to later be prosecuted for his sexuality. "Behind every code is an enigma" promises the new poster, hinting that not all is as it seems with Turing in this stirring new drama. The Imitation Game is in theaters this November, just in time for awards season.
In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but »
Game of Thrones stars Charles Dance and Lena Headey are the two latest actors to join the cast of the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. They join the previously cast Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcoate, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, and Suki Waterhouse.
The story follows the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England, and things become even more overly complicated when there's an outbreak of zombies. The mashup book that the film is based on is absolutely ridiculous, and it should make for a very entertaining flick.
Source: Deadline »
- Joey Paur
I adore the HBO program "Game Of Thrones". Something about seeing high quality actors sink their teeth into meaty dialogue really tickles my fancy. You can keep all the blood and guts you want with that show and just give me an hour of Charles Dance and Lena Headey saying very passive aggressive things to one another. Now, we will get the chance to see them outside of King's Landing and on the big screen, as the two have signed on for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was just picked up by Screen Gems for U.S. distribution. The film is based on the popular Jane Austen parody by author Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). It follows the story we have all seen countless versions of about Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her love interest Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley). Except this time there is a zombie uprising. The film also stars Matt Smith, »
- Mike Shutt
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