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18 items from 2008


NBC Brings Xiii To TV

10 December 2008 11:10 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

NBC has announced this morning that they will be airing the TV adaptation of “Xiii”, the classic Belgian comic series political thriller, airing February 8 and 15, 2009. The television event will star Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff, Stephen McHattie, and Jessalyn Gilsig. The adaptation, called “Xiii: The Conspiracy”, originally aired in France this year on the premium TV channel Canal+ before coming to the Us and other territories. The anonymous protagonist is on the run, wanted by the Us government after the assassination of the first female President of the Us and the uncovering of a mysterious conspiracy in the government. “Xiii” was created by the Franco-Belgian team of Jean [...] »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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First Images Of Depp & Bale In ‘Public Enemies’

2 December 2008 7:48 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Empire Magazine has been the big provider of much of our news during our slow last week. In addition to a new picture of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine from the cover of an upcoming issue and the very first picture of Taylor Kitsch as Gambit, the first images of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in costume were released for their upcoming film, Public Enemies.

 

Public Enemies is a film about the infamous bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and his exploits during the depression. The film will center around the FBI, led by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) attempting to put a stop to the notorious gansters: John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd.

While Dillinger was pulling off heists against the looked-down-upon banks (for leading the country into the depression), the FBI tried to take advantage of the situation and use the case to increase its power »

- Rob Keyes

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Review: Alone In The Dark II

5 November 2008 12:25 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

You have to feel at least a little bit sorry for Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer, the writer/directors of the in-name-only follow-up to Uwe Boll’s notorious creature-feature flop Alone In The Dark. Having cut their teeth penning that film and the snooze-inducing House Of The Dead II, the twosome recently turned to calling the shots behind the camera with the low-budget vampire opus Brotherhood Of Blood and this far more extravagant outing—which, nevertheless, still suffers from an obvious lack of greenbacks.

Thus, whereas the original Alone In The Dark (which few people will dispute was a convoluted, badly acted mishmash of pathetically timed jump scares, lousy monster FX and sci-fi mumbo jumbo) at least looked lavish enough to pass muster as a theatrical attraction, this installment has a lot less to fall back on. So not only did the two have to try and reinvent a franchise »

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Review: Alone In The Dark II

5 November 2008 12:25 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

You have to feel at least a little bit sorry for Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer, the writer/directors of the in-name-only follow-up to Uwe Boll’s notorious creature-feature flop Alone In The Dark. Having cut their teeth penning that film and the snooze-inducing House Of The Dead II, the twosome recently turned to calling the shots behind the camera with the low-budget vampire opus Brotherhood Of Blood and this far more extravagant outing—which, nevertheless, still suffers from an obvious lack of greenbacks.

Thus, whereas the original Alone In The Dark (which few people will dispute was a convoluted, badly acted mishmash of pathetically timed jump scares, lousy monster FX and sci-fi mumbo jumbo) at least looked lavish enough to pass muster as a theatrical attraction, this installment has a lot less to fall back on. So not only did the two have to try and reinvent a franchise »

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U.S. has growing appetite for French TV

16 October 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cannes -- After a British invasion on stateside small screens, the Union Jack is being replaced by the French tricolore as Gallic TV programs become increasingly a la mode in the U.S.

The miniseries "Xiii" proved to be a lucky number for French pay TV network Canal Plus, with the English-language drama giving the channel its highest ratings yet for a homegrown fiction series.

The $20 million, four-hour production attracted 1.1 million viewers for each of the two-part episodes, which aired Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. NBC will broadcast "Xiii" in the winter, and Canal Plus is planning a sequel, depending on NBC's ratings.

The adaptation of Jean Van Hamme and William Vance's popular comic book, produced by Cipango, stars Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff. M6 and Canal Plus put up 2 million euros ($2.7 million) each for the political thriller and Canada's Power TV and prodigy funded the remaining budget for the European majority co-production. »

- By Rebecca Leffler

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THE GATE: 20 YEAR LATER Not Happening Anymore?

22 September 2008 11:51 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

There's been no word on the proposed 3D sequel to THE GATE, THE GATE: 20 YEARS LATER since our last news post back in May. (Click HERE!) Attached to direct was FX guru Randall William Cook who did the FX on the original, as well as on genre flicks such as FRIGHT NIGHT, I MADMAN, GHOSTBUSTERS, a few of Full Moon's PUPPET MASTER movies, and most recently Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and KING KONG. Randy Cook was present for a recent FRIGHT NIGHT commentary session for ICONS OF FRIGHT, which took place prior to the FRIGHT NIGHT reunion screening at the Nuart and admitted to ICONS staffer Tim Sullivan that THE GATE sequel wasn't happening anymore. At least not with his involvement. Apparently, the "script was terrible" and the producers putting the project together wouldn't give Cook the opportunity to work on it further to get it more to his liking. »

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Poster Alert! The Gate

10 September 2008 4:56 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Ahh the wonderful 80’s. A time when tons of cheap horror films entertained a young horror junkie like myself over weekends. The Gate actually creeped me out back in the day, not so sure that stop motion goblins will do that today but at that time the film tapped in to the same vein as The Goonies and The Monster Squad did to a young mind who craved adventure.

The Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz will host a free screening of this classic Stephen Dorff gem in their Terror Thursday lineup on sept 11th and asked Lil Tuffy to design a poster for it. And design he did. This looks fantastic in its simplicity and very striking.

It will be mine.

Mondotees.com will only be selling 30 of these so act fast if you are interested.

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- Swarez

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Newlywed 24 Star Gets Naked For Prison Drama

2 September 2008 11:58 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pregnant 24 star Marisol Nichols is set to shock fans of the show by baring all in a harrowing new prison drama.

The newlywed, who is expecting her first child with husband Taron Lexton next month, is forced to strip in new film Felon, which stars Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff.

The actress, a Scientologist, plays espionage agency boss Nadia Yassir in 24. »

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Heres a Brand New Clip From The Upcoming Film Felon Featuring Val Kilmer

9 August 2008 2:51 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released this brand new movie clip titled “Tatoos” for the upcoming drama film “Felon” by director Ric Roman Waugh and starring Val Kilmer (Knight Rider), Stephen Dorff, Harold Perrineau (Lost), Sam Shepard and Marisol Nichols as Laura Porter. Synopsis: A loving family man with a promising future loses everything when he accidentally kills the burglar who broke into his home. Covicted of involuntary manslaughter, he is sentence to spend the next three years inside a maximum security facility where the rules of society no longer apply. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock TV for the latest “Felon” movie news and trailers. »

- Brian Corder

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Felon

17 July 2008 9:23 PM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

A good cast and disciplined di rection add some distinction to Ric Roman Waugh's "Felon," which is basically the old tale about an innocent man corrupted by a stay in prison.

Stephen Dorff plays a dad who accepts a plea deal for hard time after he loses it and accidentally kills a home invader. This makes our blue-eyed hero prey for a sadistic guard (Harold Perrineau) who pits him against black and Latino prisoners for sport.

Protection comes in the form of our hero's cellmate, »

- By LOU LUMENICK

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Opening This Week: British gangsters, mock doormen, Lou Reed

15 July 2008 4:57 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

This week sees the opening of "The Dark Knight." Advance marketing and coverage might have you believe that that, apparently, is all, but there are other films coming out this week well worth your time. (Besides, "The Dark Knight" is totally going to be sold out.)

"A Very British Gangster"

With Britain in the midst of a youth crime epidemic, Irish investigative reporter Donald McIntyre takes an unflinching look at Dominic Noonan, a granddad of the English gangland who's spent over half his life behind bars. Having legally changed his name to Lattlay Fottfoy (an acronym of the Noonan motto . "Look After Those That Look After You; Fuck Off Those That Fuck Off You"), the openly gay head of Manchester's most notorious crime family shows off his gentler side as a man who uses his reputation to position himself as a "problem solver" more concerned with the »

- Neil Pedley

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Dorff Beaten Up In Prison Drama

10 July 2008 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star Stephen Dorff was glad when gritty prison drama Felon was over - because he spent the entire shoot nursing bangs, scrapes and concussions.

The Backbeat star shot scenes in a working prison and the tense atmosphere onset led to over-enthusiastic fight scenes.

He explains, "I got hit a couple of times. The fights we had were so real and so frenetic and they weren't choreographed, so it was a melee of mixed martial arts and grappling, strength and power.

"We were all just basically knocking the c**p out of people. In doing that, I bumped heads a few times. I got a concussion a couple of times. My face swelled up a little bit and I had a big knot on my head.

"But I've got hurt in movies where I hadn't done anything, silly things like you're jumping off a car as it's moving at slow speed and you tweak your back." »

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Dorff Tattooed By Ex-convict Pal

10 July 2008 7:02 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Stephen Dorff has a permanent reminder of his time on the set of gritty prison drama Felon - a former inmate he bonded with during the shoot tattooed him.

Dorff, co-star Val Kilmer and the cast and crew of the film mingled with real-life prisoners and ex-convicts while shooting the movie at a working correctional facility in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

And the Backbeat star admits it was difficult not to befriend guys who had committed terrible crimes.

He explains, "What was tricky was we're all in this prison yard and you talk to people in between lighting set-ups and (you) get to know people and make friends.

"Some of these guys were really cool and really nice and they wanted to hang out with you. Ric (Roman Waugh, the director) would constantly have to remind me, `Stephen, don't get too close because you don't want to be inviting them home for the weekend.'

"But, I made friends with one guy, who's name was Isaac... He was an incredibly sweet guy; he had been in prison for about eight years, grew up in juvenile hall with prison values.

"While we were shooting Felon together he told me about his two little kids and his wife and everything was really sweet.

"He's a tattoo artist and I became friends with him, so, after the movie, he gave me two tattoos; one of my initials on my forearm and then a rose that I got for my family. I connected with him." »

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Dorff/Piven Feud Is Over

10 July 2008 12:37 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star Stephen Dorff is laughing off reports of an ongoing feud with Entourage star Jeremy Piven, insisting their altercation was a one-off thing that happened years ago.

The two actors got into a shoving match at New York club Bungalow 8 in 2006 but Dorff insists it was a one-night scuffle.

The Backbeat star says, "Everybody keeps loving to talk about that. We had a little verbal exchange maybe three years ago in New York and ever since then it's been about us fighting again.

"I can't believe it's still in (New York Post gossip column) Page Six." »

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'The Gate' Revisited 20 Years Later

13 May 2008 9:50 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

An odd announcement out of Cannes this evening as Andras Hamori's H20 Motion Pictures has green-lighted The Gate -- 20 Years Later, a sequel to the 1987 hit teen horror title. The film was originally announced here this past December as a 3-d remake, but it looks as it's now being billed as a sequel. Special effects wizard Randall William Cook, a three-time Oscar winner for his visual effects on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, is still set to make his directorial debut with "The Gate -- 20 Years Later." The original film starred Stephen Dorff and Louis Tripp as kids who accidentally open a gate to hell in their backyard, releasing deadly pint-sized demons. »

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Clip and Trailer From Warner's 'Botched'

9 April 2008 10:44 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Arriving on DVD May 13 from Warner Home Video is Botched, which takes place during a heist in Russia, where a professional thief (Stephen Dorff) finds himself dealing with twin serial killers, insane hostages, double-crossing psycho Russian hardmen and the real possibility of a horrible death. Today we were provided with the trailer and an exclusive clip from the film, which can be found inside. »

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Stephen Dorff Gorefest 'Botched' Gets DVD Date

19 February 2008 3:44 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Warner Home Video announced today, Botched, which will be arriving on DVD May 13. Starring Stephen Dorff, during a heist in Russia, a professional thief (Dorff) finds himself dealing with twin serial killers, insane hostages, double-crossing psycho Russian hardmen and the real possibility of a horrible death. The film itself will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track. No extra features have been announced yet. »

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Cotillard among those to join Mann's crime drama

28 January 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Though it might be set during the depression, La Vie en rose's Marion Cotillard's stock couldn't be further from a decline. Along with a foursome of young, tough-looking actors to play the roles of the Dillinger gang, Cotillard is joining Michael Mann's Public Enemies - she is set to play Billie Frechette, the lover of the country's most notorious gangster, John Dillinger (Depp). Variety reports that  Channing Tatum will play outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd,  Giovanni Ribisi will play Alvin Karpis, Stephen Dorff is near a deal to play Homer Van Meter, and Jason Clarke will play John "Red" Hamilton. That quartet repped a Dillinger gang that knocked off banks all over the Midwest during the Depression. Cotillard has one of those faces that can play many eras - perhaps on the same level as Cate Blanchett's facial advantages. Shooting begins in March.     »

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