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For better or worse, the Tales From the Darkside TV series reboot isn't moving forward at The CW, but Syfy is still working on bringing new horror anthology goods to the small screen with Channel Zero, a new project from Max Landis and Nick Antosca.
Coined as Channel Zero: Candle Cove, season one of Syfy's in-the-works horror anthology series will be based on a seriously unsettling 2009 creepypasta.com short story titled "Candle Cove."
Antosca, who is also penning the new Friday the 13th movie, is set to write the Channel Zero series with Landis slated to produce and overlook the creative efforts of the show along with Antosca. We have the official press release with full details below, and if you haven't read the "Candle Cove" story (written in faux forum posts style), you can read it by visiting:
Press Release (via SpoilerTV): "Universal City, »
- Derek Anderson
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
Early next year, zom-rom-com fans will finally be able to see the living dead roam the 19th-century English countryside in the manners/zombie mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Ahead of its big screen release in February, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel will be teased next month in Hall H at Comic-Con.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Gems will bring two end-of-the-world projects to Comic-Con's Hall H at 12:15pm on Saturday, July 11th:
"Screen Gems will premiere exclusive first look footage from Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, bringing Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith to the stage along with director Burr Steers, and the book’s author Seth Grahame-Smith. Screen Gems will also be debuting the first look footage from Patient Zero, which stars Smith and Natalie Dormer. Director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le will also take the stage. »
- Derek Anderson
Ahead of its UK release this August, Signature Entertainment has dropped a new trailer for Admiral, a historical epic starring Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Admiral Michiel de Ruyter is the most famous, and one of the most skilled admirals in Dutch history, most celebrated for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. He was held in the highest esteem by his sailors and soldiers, who used the term Bestevaêr (Grandfather) for him, as a result of his disregard for hierarchy and his refusal to back away from risky and bold undertakings despite his usually reserved and calculated nature.
Get swept away with this visually stunning, swashbuckling story of legendary naval battles, civil war, and one of the most fearless admirals of all time!
Admiral sails onto DVD on August 3rd.
- Gary Collinson
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's Game of Thrones season finale, "Mother's Mercy."] Game of Thrones' season five finale shook up the game in a big way. The field of contenders for the Iron Throne has been whittled down, and fan favorite Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) watch has ended. The series is known for major shakeups, from Eddard Stark's (Sean Bean) death in season one to last year's finale murder of Tywin (Charles Dance). Sunday's finale leaves the field of contenders in more disarray than ever — and presents many key questions for season six. Who is still competing for the throne? Stannis
- Aaron Couch
The distributor will release Admiral via its Turbo action label in early 2016.
Roel Reiné directed and Klaas de Jong produced the 17th century-set story that takes place during the Anglo-Dutch naval wars and centres on Holland’s Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer and Frank Lammers star.
“Audiences will be blown away by the amazing cinematography and action set-pieces, coupled with stunning performances from the entire cast. As proven by the huge success of the Game Of Thrones series and our own recent Ironclad films, action fans have a huge appetite for exciting content based on historical facts and themes.
“Admiral is a unique »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
XLrator Media has snagged North American distribution rights to Admiral, with plans to release the pic on its Turbo action label in early 2016. Set in the 17th century during the Anglo-Dutch naval war, the film follows the famous heroic figure Admiral Michiel de Ruyter as he leads the Dutch fleet in a battle against England, Germany, and France at a time when the young republic of Netherlands was on the brink of its own civil war. Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Rutger… »
Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.
5. Forbidden Empire (VOD)
While fantasy narratives, period costuming and CGI effects are often left for either the studio Oscar bait season or the occasional Hollywood blockbuster, lower and lower budget indie releases are getting access to higher and higher quality below-the-line craft work. Take Oleg Stepchenko’s Forbidden Empire for example. »
- Joshua Brunsting
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
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, »
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
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
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
"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."
"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
Woman in Gold, 2015.
Directed by Simon Curtis.
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
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
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
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
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.
- Gary Collinson
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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