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Kong: Skull Island 3-D

4 hours ago | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Kong is back, transformed into a ‘MonsteVerse’ colossus suitable for combat with Kaiju-sized foes. The key inspiration is video games but the day is saved by capable performers in mostly amusing roles. Even though the show treats its fantasy halfway seriously, it’s still an infantile guns ‘n’ monsters romp, embellished with impressive visual effects.

Kong: Skull Island 3D

3-D Blu-ray + Digital

Warner Home Video

2017 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date July 18, 2017 / 44.95

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Thomas Mann, Brie Larson, Tian Jing .

Cinematography: Larry Fong

Film Editor: Richard Pearson

Original Music: Henry Jackman

Written by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, John Gatins

Produced by Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Much of genre filmmaking is now being corporatized into interrelated ‘shared universes.’ Universal is struggling to shape its horror icons into a Marvel-like gallery of interchangeable ‘fun’ adventure figures. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Peter Jackson Praises Valerian as One of the Best Films In Years

23 hours ago | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson praises Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, calling it the most magical experience in years. »

- Andrew Auger

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Preacher season 2 episode 5 review: Dallas

18 July 2017 1:36 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ron Hogan Jul 18, 2017

Dominic Cooper and Ruth Nega really carry the emotional story of the latest Preacher episode. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.5 Dallas

It seems that no good deed goes unpunished in the world of Preacher. Throughout the series, we've seen multiple characters try to do something good, only to have it backfire on them in spectacular fashion. Most prominent have been the various uses of The Voice by Jesse. Every time he asks someone to do something nice, like when he told Fiore to find peace, it ends up tragic. When he spares the life of someone who he might have otherwise killed, that positive gesture will only last so long before, for example, the Saint of Killers shows up and starts gunning down an entire house full of thugs, »

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16 Stars Who Went to Comic-Con in Disguise, From Justin Timberlake to Henry Cavill (Photos)

17 July 2017 3:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Peter Jackson have avoided the mad crush by going incognito at the San Diego Comic-Con fan event In 2011, Esquire magazine writer Chris Jones accompanied Justin Timberlake at Comic-Con dressed as beloved “Sesame Street” duo Bert and Ernie. While attending 2011’s Comic-Con to promote “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Andrew Garfield pulled a double-fake by dressing as… Spider-Man Former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith put on a Bart Simpson mask to walk the floor at the 2013 event. Bryan Cranston surprised his co-stars at a “Breaking Bad” panel in 2013 with a creepily realistic Walter White mask. Former Harry Potter star. »

- Thom Geier

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George Romero, Rip: 4 Ways He Changed the Modern Horror Genre

16 July 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When George Romero died at the age of 77, he was in the process of developing more zombie movies with the insightful Diy ethos that first put him on the map nearly 50 years ago with “Night of the Living Dead.” The horror community has embraced Romero over the years, and as the decades wore on, he went from being one of the genre’s most exciting contributors to its preeminent guru. Here’s an overview of the factors that contributed his legacy.

The Modern Zombie Movie

While the initial concept of zombies dates back to a mix of African and Haitian folklore, George A. Romero cemented the modern vision with his seminal 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead.” While the word “zombie” is never uttered in the film, his spin on the lurching undead forever changed pop culture. The director cemented this legacy with five more films in the “Night of the Living Dead” series, »

- Eric Kohn and William Earl

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‘Preacher’ Actor Graham McTavish Recalls His First Professional Job on the London Stage

14 July 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

AMC’s “Preacher” is beginning its second season, with Graham McTavish returning as the godlike bounty hunter known as the Saint of Killers. The Scottish actor was a fan of the cult comic books on which the show is based long before he signed on for the series, and the Saint of Killers was his favorite character. Similarly, McTavish was a “Lord of the Rings” aficionado for a decade prior to playing Dwalin in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy. McTavish is also heading into his third season portraying Dougal MacKenzie in the British-American television drama “Outlander” and has guested on “Prison Break,” “Empire” and “24,” among other series, while also voicing video games such as “Call of Duty” and “Assassin’s Creed III.” Variety first mentioned McTavish on Aug. 8, 1984, touting his upcoming solo performance of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” in various London theaters. He worked extensively on the U.K »

- Rebecca Rubin

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Star Andy Serkis to Awards Voters: I’m a Real Actor

13 July 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Andy Serkis has spent the last 17 years of his career playing memorable roles that look nothing like him. Whether as Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, King Kong in Peter Jackson’s version of the giant-ape flick or the chimpanzee leader Caesar in the three recent “Planet of the Apes” movies, Serkis has become the face of performance-capture technology, always alongside the visual-effects artists at the New Zealand-based Weta Digital. “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the new film in which Serkis stars as an angry Caesar who faces off against a brutal human colonel played by. »

- Steve Pond

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How ‘Planet of the Apes’ Started Hollywood’s Franchise Obsession

13 July 2017 3:14 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If Matt Reeves’ much-anticipated “War on the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox) opens Friday to an expected $70 million or more, that would put it ahead (in domestic returns at least) of such recent high altitude-franchise stumbles as “Alien: Covenant,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Transformers.”

Several factors contribute to the elevated respect for the series, going back almost half a century to when the first film, never intended as anything other than a standalone, became a surprise success in 1968.

Let’s track some curious highlights on the unusual trajectory that brings us to the ninth entry in the longest running English-language film series other than James Bond:

The Genesis Was a Stand-Alone Novel

Pierre Boule was well-known for the World War II novel “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which became a David Lean Best Picture winner and massive worldwide hit in the late 1950s. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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July 11th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Species Collector’s Edition, Pulse (2001)

10 July 2017 5:13 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

July 11th is chock-full of some stellar cult classic releases on Blu-ray and DVD, so hopefully you guys have been saving your pennies. Scream Factory is keeping busy with a trio of titles, including The Man From Planet X, a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for Species, and Sex Doll. Arrow Video has put together a stunning special edition set for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse that you’ll definitely want to add to your home media collections, and both The Fifth Element and Peter Jackson’s King Kong are getting a 4K release, too.

Other notable titles for July 11th include Star Crystal, Vampire Cop, The Blessed Ones, Devil’s Domain, The Magicians: Season Two and a Don’t Look in the Basement/Don’t Look in the Basement 2 double feature.

The Man From Planet X (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

From the farthest reaches of space it came … is it friend or foe? »

- Heather Wixson

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Feature-length anime Halo Legends based on the game is on the way

7 July 2017 3:48 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I never really played Halo, because I sucked at it so bad. Anything involving hand-eye coordination was never really my thing. But I appreciated the artistry of the games, and some innovations (such as riding vehicles during multiplayer), and thought it was cool. I was even excited when Peter Jackson was trying to get a movie off the ground with a fresh-faced Neill Blomkamp directing. However, that version was not... Read More »

- Damion Damaske

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Count Dracula Looms Over Creepy New Action Shots For Netflix’s Castlevania Series

7 July 2017 8:50 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Few would argue that July 7th belongs to Spider-Man: Homecoming, but over on Netflix, there’s another high-profile release ready to take flight, and it ought to appeal to those old-school gamers pining for some fantastical nostalgia.

Its name? Castlevania, a four-part animated series conceived by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert, and Dredd producer Adi Shankar. Split across two seasons – the second and seemingly conclusive chapter will air via Netflix in 2018 – Castlevania stays true to the Konami classic in that it follows the disgraced Belmont clan as they rise up against Count Dracula in order to bring peace to Transylvania.

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Behind the scenes, Richard Armitage, who famously played the part of Thorin in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, is at the forefront of an all-star voice cast. Armitage has been cast as vampire hunter Trevor Belmont, »

- Michael Briers

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Jon Watts on how he approached the web-slinging scenes in Spider-Man: Homecoming

5 July 2017 8:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

When it comes to pulling Spider-Man from the pages of the comics, whether it be for a movie or video game, one of the trickiest aspects is his web-slinging.

Many jokes have been made over the years of Spider-Man swinging from webs seemingly attached to clouds. The movies have got very good at keeping Spidey’s web-slinging as realistic as possible, but even Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man had some ridiculous web-slinging moments (remember the cranes conveniently lining up for Spider-Man to swing from?).

So how is Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts handling Spider-Man’s web-slinging? In an interview with Den of Geek, the director reveals his approach:

“Yeah, I wanted it to always be shot as if it were real, you know? If you actually had a Spider-Man who could do all of this stuff, you know, you would shoot it with actual equipment… So, it’s really »

- Jordan Jones

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Director Explains New Technique For Filming Webslinging

5 July 2017 8:38 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sorry Superman, with your flights in your tights. Move over Batman, climbing up walls with grappling hooks. Perhaps the coolest-looking way for a superhero to get around is Spider-Man with his webslinging. The effect of him thwipping through New York has been achieved brilliantly throughout Sam Raimi’s trilogy and Marc Webb’s movies and that will hopefully continue in Spider-Man: Homecoming

We have no reason to think that it won’t, but in a recent interview, director Jon Watts has revealed that he took a different approach to it compared to previous Spider-films. Speaking to Den Of Geek, Watts talked about his desire to make Spidey’s webslinging feel “real,” which inspired him to use only practical equipment to capture it:

“Yeah, I wanted it to always be shot as if it was real, you know? If you actually had a Spider-Man who could do all of this stuff, »

- Christian Bone

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Andy Serkis: Underappreciated Genius

5 July 2017 4:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Helen Murdoch on the underappreciated genius of Andy Serkis

When the actor Andy Serkis’ name is mentioned in a conversation you’re tend to either hear “who’s that?” or “is that the motion cap guy?”. The fact that Serkis isn’t a household name is in my mind a travesty. With the final part of the new Planet of the Apes trilogy being released this month I thought we should celebrate this tremendous and revolutionary actor.

Starting his acting career back in 1989, Serkis spent much of the 90s in an array of soap operas, dramas and mini-series. With the release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings in 2001 and the subsequent two films in 2002 and 2003 everything changed. As the motion capture created Gollum, Serkis gave us a performance like nothing we’d ever seen before. Whilst CGI characters had existed before, none had ever felt as real »

- Helen Murdoch

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Andy Serkis interview: War For The Planet Of The Apes

4 July 2017 1:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 12, 2017

We sit down with the great actor and performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis to talk about his work in War For The Planet Of The Apes...

The process of capturing a performance and applying it to a precisely-rendered digital simian has now been refined to such a degree that the effect is now seamless. The brilliance of Andy Serkis's lead turn in the three Planet Of The Apes films to date has been a series highlight; as a feat of technology and acting, Caesar, the leader of the apes, is an astonishing creation.

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In War For The Planet Of The Apes, Caesar takes centre stage, as his personal vendetta against a human military leader - the ruthless Colonel McCullough (Woody Harrelson) - takes him on a mythical journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape. As an older Caesar, »

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Warner Bros, Tolkien estate settle five-year legal battle

3 July 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The dispute between film studio and estate of the fantasy author ends ‘amicably’.

Warner Bros has settled its five-year legal battle with the estate of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien and his publisher.

The breakthrough came in a legal filing in Los Angeles on Friday (June 30) that both sides said was amicable and stemmed from an $80m lawsuit brought by the estate and publisher HarperCollins in 2012.

The plaintiffs alleged the studio, subsidiary New Line and rights holder Saul Zaentz Co. overstepped their authority and were in breach of copyright and contract.

At issue was the claim that an agreement going back several decades entitled the defendants to create merchandise based on The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings books, but not certain exploitations that came to include online games.

Around the time when Warner Bros was preparing to launch The Hobbit in cinemas, the estate »

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Warner Bros, Tolkien estate reach settlement

3 July 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Battle of five years ends ‘amicably’.

Warner Bros has settled its five-year legal battle with the estate of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien and his publisher.

The breakthrough came in a legal filing in Los Angeles on Friday (June 30) that both sides said was amicable and stemmed from an $80m lawsuit brought by the estate and publisher HarperCollins in 2012.

The plaintiffs alleged the studio, subsidiary New Line and rights holder Saul Zaentz Co. overstepped their authority and were in breach of copyright and contract.

At issue was the claim that an agreement going back several decades entitled the defendants to create merchandise based on The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings books, but not certain exploitations that came to include online games.

Around the time when Warner Bros was preparing to launch The Hobbit in cinemas, the estate filed suit when it got wind of plans for an online slot game »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Warner Bros., Tolkien Estate Settle Massive ‘Lord of the Rings’ Lawsuit

3 July 2017 7:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien have resolved a rights dispute over “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” the two parties said in a court filing.

The settlement ends a legal scuffle that has pitted the film studio and the author’s heirs against one another since 2012. The conflict stemmed from the digital exploitation of the hobbits, wizards, elves, and other fantastical characters from the hit films in online slot machines and other games. The Tolkien estate and publisher HarperCollins alleged that the studio never had rights to license characters for these purposes. Warner Bros. countersued, claiming that the estate cost it “millions of dollars in license fees” from merchandising when it filed a legal challenge.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but a legal filing said the two parties had resolved their »

- Brent Lang

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Who are the contemporary Masters of Cinema?

3 July 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on the contemporary Masters of Cinema…

Sometimes a good movie conversation can lead you to interesting places. Take the discussion around the wildly overpraised Baby Driver; a good movie that’s being called a ‘masterpiece’ (it’s not). During the discussion my friend Simon Columb posted this on Twitter:

Edgar Wright ain't no "master". Bloomin' eck pic.twitter.com/4HJzn2sS8X

— Simon Columb (@screeninsight) July 2, 2017

I love Edgar Wright. I’ve watched the entire catalog of his work many, many times. Hell, I’ve watched the two series of Spaced At Least a dozen times. The man has an amazing sense of style and kinetic storytelling that feels uniquely his own. But even with a gun to my head I would not list him among the modern contemporary masters of cinema (even one that shoots cars). But, thanks to that hyperbolic burst of circle-jerk fandom, a thought came to mind? »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Evil Ed – The Blu Review

2 July 2017 5:01 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Roger Carpenter

What do you get when you mix a bunch of Swedish horror film fans with little film experience and no money but a great deal of gumption?  Why, Evil Ed, of course!

Evil Ed is both a tale of horror as well as a tale of stick-to-it-ness that all aspiring filmmakers should hear, and both are equally entertaining.  Some Swedish kids who grew up on American horror films courtesy of the first video boom and who shared a common goal of making a film that could play in theaters started experimenting with the tools of the trade.  Their first feature was never actually completed before they ran out of steam, but the nucleus of that group, Anders Jacobsen, Goran Lundstrom, and “Doc,” moved right into what would become Evil Ed.  They took the nucleus of a story, about a docile, henpecked film editor forced to cut »

- Movie Geeks

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