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‘Hobbit’ Star Richard Armitage on Tackling New ‘Hannibal’ Villain Francis Dolarhyde

24 July 2015 6:35 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hannibal,” Bryan Fuller’s gory TV retelling of serial killer Hannibal Lecter’s fictional universe, introduces British stage and screen actor Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde in Saturday’s episode, “The Great Red Dragon.” “The beauty and the operatic luxury of the show is what I think attracted me to it. I knew that Bryan was going to handle this character in a really beautiful, interesting, succinct way,” Armitage said. The actor is especially familiar to U.S. film audiences as dwarf prince Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” film trilogy. He spoke to TheWrap about the lengths »

- Deborah Day

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New Zealand Film Agencies to Merge

24 July 2015 12:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Commission are to join forces with effect from August 1.

The idea is to “[create] a one-stop shop for film makers and screen companies in New Zealand and overseas,” said Patsy Reddy, chair of the board of the Nzfc.

The board of Film New Zealand will resign, and Film New Zealand chief executive Gisella Carr will step down from her role at the time of the integration. Film New Zealand’s staff will move in to Nzfc premises.

New Zealand has been successful in developing a film industry that exports visual effects and post-production services and attracts major international movies, including “Avatar” and “Lord of the Rings” to shoot. This has happened through a combination of factors including the availability of generous financial incentives, the building of high tech facilities and the success of individual talents, notably Peter Jackson.

The country recently reinforced its »

- Patrick Frater

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I, Madman | Blu-ray Review

21 July 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Scream Factory brings late 80’s horror thriller I, Madman to Blu-ray, one of two notable cult classics from Hungarian/Canadian director Tibor Tabaks. Beginning in Canadian television, Tabaks reached notoriety with his 1987 sophomore feature, The Gate, a bizarre creature feature which terrorized children with its forced perspective monsters and introduced the world to child actor Stephen Dorff. He’d follow that up with this pulpy adaptation of a screenplay by David Chaskin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge). A gothic murder mystery plays out in the eternally uneasy streets of a hazy, 1989 Hollywood in this simple yet strange forgotten oddity.

Bookworm Virginia (Jenny Wright) works in a used bookstore, often finding herself attracted to lurid, violent fiction. After an influx of random materials coming in from an estate sale, she finds a 1950s set thriller, Much of Madness, More of Sin, a visceral novel about a mad »

- Nicholas Bell

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Why Ian McKellen turned down Mission: Impossible II

20 July 2015 11:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

"You can't say no to working with Tom Cruise", said Ian McKellen's agent. One day later, Gandalf and Magneto came calling...

Had fate taken a different journey, then Sir Ian McKellen may never have ended up as Gandalf or Magneto on the big screen. In fact, he came very, very close to a schedule clash that would have ruled him out of both roles.

Casting was underway for Mission: Impossible II at the end of the 1990s, and McKellen was offered a role in the movie, opposite Tom Cruise, who was just coming off his lengthy shoot for Stanley Kubrick's final movie, Eyes Wide Shut. So what happened? "They wouldn't let me see the whole script because I might have spilled the beans", McKellen told People. "I only got my scenes".

As it turned out, those scenes weren't enough. "Well, I couldn't judge from reading just those scenes what the script was like. »

- simonbrew

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Fantasia 2015: Deathgasm Is a Hilarious Splatter Flick [Review]

20 July 2015 8:58 AM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

With recent examples like Housebound, What We Do In The Shadows (review), The Devil's Rock and Black Sheep, it's clear that New Zealand is quickly becoming a hotbed of quality quirky genre films. How much of that is due to the direct influence of Peter Jackson and his earlier output like Bad Taste and Dead Alive (aka Braindead) could be up for debate, but when it comes to writer/director Jason Lei Howden's feature debut Deathgasm, there is no question. Howden cut his teeth doing visual effects on many films for Weta Digital, including as senior paint artist on two of Jackson's Hobbit films. But it's his love of practical [Continued ...] »

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Ian McKellen only got to play Gandalf and Magneto because he turned down Tom Cruise

20 July 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ian McKellen has revealed that he only got to be in the Lord of the Rings movies and X-Men series because he turned down a chance to work with Tom Cruise.

The actor explained to People how passing up joining the Mission: Impossible franchise meant that he was free when the other other opportunities arose.

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"I got offered a part in Mission: Impossible II with Tom Cruise, but they wouldn't let me see the whole script because I might have spilled the beans. I only got my scenes," McKellen said.

"Well, I couldn't judge from reading just those scenes what the script was like. So I said no. And my agent said, 'You cant say no to working with Tom Cruise!' and I said, 'I think I will'.

"The next day, Bryan Singer asked me to play Magneto »

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Fantasia 2015: ‘Deathgasm’ is the best Kiwi horror/comedy since ‘Dead Alive’

19 July 2015 12:33 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Jason Lei Howden

Written by Jason Lei Howden

2015, New Zealand

New Zealand hasn’t produced many horror films over the years, but those it has given birth to are remarkably strong entries. The late ’80s and early ’90s witnessed the rise of Kiwi director Peter Jackson who made a name for himself with the Bad Taste (1988) and Dead Alive (1992). Jackson helped shine a spotlight on the countries genre offerings and his success no doubt opened the door for a new generation of Kiwi genre filmmakers. The latest of these films to make its way Stateside is Jason Lei Howden’s outrageous debut feature Deathgasm about a group of suburban metal heads who summon a demonic force.

Milo Cawthorne and James Blake play Brodie and Zakk, two renegade outcasts who quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal and decide to form a band. But their dreams »

- Ricky

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‘Housebound’ DVD Review

18 July 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird | Written and Directed by Gerard Johnstone


Permanently pissed-off Kylie Bucknell is, after a bungled robbery, forced by the courts to return to her family home when she’s given an eight-month home detention sentence. Her punishment for a botched Atm raid is made all the more intolerable by the fact she has to live with her over-bearing motor-mouth mother Miriam who’s convinced the house is haunted. But after dismissing Miriam’s superstitions, rebellious Kylie too starts hearing unsettling whispers in the dark, creaking floorboards and strange bumps in the night. Has she inherited her mother’s overactive imagination or is there indeed evil afoot between the windows and doors?

New Zealand has one hell of a track record when it comes to horror. From the early work of Peter Jackson and his film Bad Taste and »

- Phil Wheat

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Sherlock: 7 Predictions For The Christmas Special

15 July 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Sherlock is returning to our screens later this year… finally. It takes a long time to put together an episode of the show, but in fact it’s a wonder it gets made at all.

The two stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, have gone on to become huge movie actors over in La-La Land, both of them appearing in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and slated for roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year.

It’s a credit to just how good the show is that they keep coming back to it now, with the pair somehow managing to find time in their increasingly busy schedules to fit it in. This in particular applies to Cumberbatch, who despite being a very active actor perhaps spends even more time being linked to projects than actually appearing in them.

The gap between the series is getting longer, but »

- James Hunt

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Duncan Jones on what makes his world of 'Warcraft' unique in film fantasy

13 July 2015 6:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Finding the Legendary booth on the floor of the main exhibition hall at Comic-Con is always fairly easy, because they don't do things by half-measures. This year, all you had to do was look for Ogrim, the giant Orc wielding the massive Doomhammer, and that's exactly where I found Duncan Jones, director of next June's "Warcraft." Google Cardboard struck a deal with Legendary to help them create a very nice viewer for the new Legendary Vr app that was being demoed at the booth. I got to run through all three of the experiences that they've put together, one of which was clearly based directly on last year's full-sized Jaeger Pilot exhibit. They've also created a "Crimson Peak" experience which is one long walk down a haunted hallway in the bones of the home that serves as the focus of Guillermo Del Toro's new film. Finally, they've created a »

- Drew McWeeny

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Tributes flow for Andrew Lesnie

12 July 2015 3:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Andrew Lesnie was remembered as one of Australia.s finest cinematographers and a warm and generous bloke at a celebration of his life and career on Sunday.

Dozens of collaborators and friends including Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Cate Blanchett, George Miller, Chris Noonan, Bill Bennett, Craig Monahan, Jack Thompson and Andrew Mason gathered to pay tribute to Lesnie, who died in April after a heart attack, aged 59.

Ray Martin hosted the event, Remembering Andrew, staged by the Australian Cinematographers Society at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction.

Video tributes from Russell Crowe, Bruce Beresford, Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Barrie Osborne, Don McAlpine, Richard Roxburgh, Dean Semler and Peter Menzies Jnr, among others, were screened.

Among the clips of his work shown were The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (for which he won an Oscar) and other Jackson-directed films, The Water Diviner, Babe, Healing and Two If By Sea. »

- Don Groves

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Production wraps on Pirates of the Caribbean 5

9 July 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

It's been 4 years since the last entry into the Pirates Of The Caribbean saga, and like it or not, the 5th installment is one step closer to theaters. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has just wrapped production according to actor Adam Brown. You may know him as Ori from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, and he just posted the following on Twitter signaling the end of principal photography for... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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Nerd Alert: Stormtrooper Walks to Comic-Con and Conan Takes Fury Road

9 July 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tantalizing Thursday? Conan O'Brien takes Fury Road to San Diego, Mad Max style, a man dressed as a Stormtrooper walks over 500 miles to Comic-Con in honor of his late wife, and Magic Mike Xxl gets an unwanted Nsfw spinoff. Plus, Terminator 2: Judgment Day gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment and the Seinfeld "death by envelope licking" theory is put to the test. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Stormtrooper Walks Over 600 Miles to Comic-Con

Today I complete the first leg of my walk when I arrive in San Diego! It's been an incredible journey.

— 501 Mile Walk (@501MileWalk) July 9, 2015

Fans at Comic-Con will likely see several Stormtroopers this week, »

- MovieWeb

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’100 Bloody Acres’ Blu-ray Review

9 July 2015 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, Jamie Kristian, John Jarratt | Written and Directed by Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes

Australia and New Zealand have a fine tradition of mixing comedy and horror to superb effect. Be it the early work of Peter Jackson such as Bad Taste and Brain Dead, or more recent efforts such as Wyrmwood and The Loved Ones, horror from down under always seems to walk a very fine line be laughs and scares, and 100 Bloody Acres is no different.

The Morgan Brothers’ “Blood and Bone” fertiliser has been a huge boon to their business but there’s a catch to its production – they’ve been using dead car crash victims in the mix! However it’s been months since their last find and an important new customer is waiting on a delivery. When Reg Morgan, the junior partner in the business, comes across three »

- Phil Wheat

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Nerd Alert: The Joker Vs Deadpool and Terminator Genisys Easter Eggs

6 July 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this marvelous Monday? We have a comprehensive video breakdown of all the Easter Eggs in Terminator Genisys, an animated video that shows Sean Connery portraying Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Simpsons gets an Akira mashup. If that wasn't enough, Shia Labeouf's intense motivational speech even gets the anime treatment. But first, we have the ultimate battle between The Joker and Harley Quinn as they square off against Deadpool and Domino. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Super Power Beat Down: Joker & Harley Quinn vs. Deadpool and Domino

The latest episode of Bat In the Sun's series Super Power Beat Down features characters from 2 of next year's highly-anticipated superhero movies, »

- MovieWeb

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Housebound review – a madcap maelstrom of horror-comedy

4 July 2015 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This New Zealand haunted-house romp moves between gore, laughs and eerie suggestion with aplomb

This off-kilter horror-comedy from writer/director Gerard Johnstone (best known for TV’s The Jaquie Brown Diaries) has something of the suburban satire of Peter Jackson’s Braindead mixed with the eeriness of Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs. When stroppy delinquent Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly) is placed under house arrest in her childhood home, she comes to believe that her mother’s tales of hauntings may be more than just small-town madness. Enlisting the help of security-guard-slash-ghostbuster Amos (Glen-Paul Waru), Kylie unravels dark secrets about the house and its grisly history. Swerving between Babadook-style suggestion and outright splatter, Housebound juggles its tonal variations with aplomb. O’Reilly is terrific as the sneery discontent at the centre of the madcap maelstrom, while Rima Te Wiata walks a wonderfully fine line between pathos and »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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The lost projects of Guillermo del Toro: From Justice League Dark to The Hobbit

4 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Guillermo del Toro's exit from Justice League Dark is the latest in a long line of films, video games and TV shows that have gotten away from the Pan's Labyrinth director.

At times, the filmmaker feels like the Hollywood equivalent of The Fast Show's Unlucky Alf - frequently attaching himself to fanboy-friendly properties before seeing them vanish into the wind. We take a look back at the multiple del Toro projects that never made it to the starting line below.

Justice League Dark

The flip side of the regular, primary colours Justice League heroes, DC Comics' Dark united such disparate characters as Deadman, Zatanna, John Constantine and Swamp Thing. Del Toro penned a script for the film but reportedly dropped out to focus on Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim 2.

Warner Bros has a "dark and gritty" mandate for its comic-to-movie properties, leading many to believe that »

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Housebound review – horror-comedy that works as both

2 July 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Clever low-budget Kiwi indie thriller about a scowling teen under house arrest, whose house is ‘disturbed’ – but what, or who, by?

This low-budget Kiwi offering is a rare thing: a horror-comedy with a premise that works both ways. After dynamiting a cashpoint, scowling Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly) is placed under house arrest in the home of her micromanaging mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata); the twist is that this house is – as mum puts it – “prone to certain disturbances”. While we’re waiting for the cause to reveal itself, writer-director-editor Gerard Johnstone gains comic mileage from Kylie’s sullen interactions with those around her, and burrows inventively around his initial, Disturbia-like setup: a ghost story is thus converted into first a hider-in-the-house thriller, then a murder-mystery. Peter Jackson aficionados may recall the overbearing matriarch of 1992’s Braindead, although Te Wiata makes Miriam’s incessant waffling heroic, and the tactics are closer »

- Mike McCahill

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A trip to the newest Universal ride has us thinking about the park's big changes

2 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As I wrote in one of my "25 Years In La" pieces, I was a tour guide at Universal Studios. Technically, we were "studio guides," and in my time at the park, I did many different jobs. I was Leatherface for a full run of Halloween Horror Nights, and I managed to win a nod for "Best Scare" at the end of the event. That doesn't really mean anything, but it felt great at the end of a really tough eleven or twelve straight days. I worked "Backdraft" when it was an attraction that took up a full soundstage, and I made up my own slightly insane tweaks to the script that entertained me, if no one else. My friend and I figured out where we could stand in the "E.T." ride so we could say names to it at the beginning of the ride, since the end of the ride »

- Drew McWeeny

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Michael Keaton and Jk Simmons swing free of Kong: Skull Island

2 July 2015 5:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Scheduling conflicts blamed for key duo’s departure from latest big-budget Hollywood monster epic Kong: Skull Island, which will revisit home of giant ape

A belated sequel to Peter Jackson’s fantasy remake King Kong has seen the sudden departure of two of its key players, with Michael Keaton and Jk Simmons both leaving due to scheduling conflicts.

A property that might otherwise have gone relatively unnoticed, Kong: Skull Island was given a major boost by the arrival of Keaton in January, just as Oscar buzz was mounting for his critically acclaimed turn in Birdman, as a former superhero-movie actor trying to reignite his career via Broadway. The star of Beetlejuice and Tim Burton’s Batman films was later beaten to the best-actor prize by The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne, but he is nevertheless experiencing a Hollywood renaissance, having also been cast in the forthcoming McDonalds biopic The Founder. »

- Ben Child

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