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To Go On Two Legs: Gregory’s Fascinating Recapitulation of a Cinematic Train Wreck
Documentarian David Gregory graduates from an extensive history of shorts with his first feature length achievement, the verbosely titled Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau. However, the title is something of a misnomer, much like another recent examination of a project that never came to fruition with its originating director, Jodorowsky’s Dune. Stanley, who had gained a successful cult following in the early 90s for Hardware (1990) and the Miramax distributed Dust Devil (1992), would engage in the sort of uphill production battle that rivalled historical studio horror stories. Weather, nervous producers, pampered diva personalities, and ultimately, Stanley’s own limitations in reigning in such aggressive setbacks would result in his being fired from the set. However, the strangeness doesn’t stop there. Gregory manages to convey the extremity of a much maligned production, »
- Nicholas Bell
One of the all-time greatest cinematic train wrecks is given blow-by-blow chronicling in “Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau.” The creation of the H.G. Wells’ story’s third official screen incarnation was beset by disasters even more bizarre than the delirious mess of a feature finally released in 1996, with stars Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer reportedly rivaling even Mother Nature as destructive on-set forces. Though not so imaginatively packaged as another recent unmaking-of docu, “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” David Gregory’s pic can hardly help but fascinate with its mix of archival materials and surviving-collaborator testimonies. A hit at genre fests, the pic should do well in specialized cable sales and home formats.
Writer-helmer Stanley was an Aussie horror/sci-fi prodigy who’d attracted favorable fan notice with modestly budgeted thrillers “Hardware” (1990) and “Dust Devil” (1992). A fan of Wells’ tale since childhood, he was »
- Dennis Harvey
The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and Texas Rising details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. General Sam Houston (Paxton), the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to fight for freedom despite insurmountable odds and to »
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at History Channel's upcoming eight-hour mini-series "Texas Rising," which stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, and Kris Kristofferson. Check out the photos below. Plot: The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and "Texas Rising" details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna. »
The History Channel did so well with Hatfields And McCoys in 2012, that they are re-teaming with star of that series, Bill Paxton, for Texas Rising – and it is Paxton that features in the first image from the production, from Entertainment Weekly. The eight hour miniseries details the rise of the Texas Rangers after the events at the Alamo, and also numbers Brendan Fraser among its all-star cast.
Paxton stars as Sam Houston – namesake of the Texas city, and the American politician and soldier that helped bring Texas into the United States. During his career, in addition to being the first and third President of the Republic of Texas, he was instrumental in the victory that secured the independence of Texas from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. The Texas Rangers – about whom this miniseries is made – were technically founded by Stephen F. Austin in 1823, when he employed ten men »
- Sarah Myles
Cinedigm has signed a 12-film deal with Brand Inc over three years and will funnel the original titles through multiple platforms including its Ott channels.
The partners said they aim to produce a wide array of films covering family, action, Western, urban and holiday season genres.
Cinedigm acquired all North American rights for the 12 including theatrical, digital, VOD and physical home entertainment.
Ott destinations include Cinedigm’s CONtv aimed at Comic Con enthusiasts and Dove Movie Channel for the faith-based and family crowd.
Christopher Barish and Jim Valdez’s Brand Inc plans to release its first three features this year: Zoey To The Max with Amy Smart and Grant Bowler; Little Loopers with Rob Morrow and Natalie Imbruglia; and Ghost Squad starring Kevin Nealon.
“Fight Club” screenwriter Jim Uhls will adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s 2005 novel “Spin” for Syfy’s miniseries of the same name, the cabler announced Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.
The six-hour miniseries will follow the novel’s tale of a young scientist on a mission to save the world from an impending apocalypse due to a mysterious cloud that has covered planet Earth, blacking out all the stars.
Wilson’s “Spin” is the first book in a trilogy, which also includes “Axis” and “Vortex.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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