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George Lucas rides off into the sunset on a song, and with a whole lot of love as Strange Magic marks the final film he developed for Lucasfilm before selling his company to Disney. Inspired by Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Strange Magic is a motion capture, CGI musical about the unlikely romance of a faerie princess (Evan Rachel Wood) and the grizzled Bog King (Alan Cumming).
A departure from his previous work, this new fantasy adventure is a frame to frame musical, with popular songs driving the love themed plot. Lucas admits he has been writing Strange Magic for over fifteen years. As Star Wars was mainly meant for boys, Strange Magic is his opus for girls. And it Teaches a much different lesson than traditional, patriarchal fables.
CW has released their prime time listing for the week of February 9th and it has some action packed for it. The Flash will deal with possible nuclear issues and mete-humans. The Vampire Diaries may be saying goodbye to Jeremy that week as well for good while he leaves Mystic Falls. Then we also see the other shows with new episodes and even a Friday night movie with Aubrey Plaza. Here is the official listing.
Monday, February 9
“The Devil is Damned” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. Et) (Content Rating Tbd) (HDTV)
Family Is Power — More dangerous than ever, Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) remains one step ahead after joining forces with a powerful figure from his past. As the threat to Hope’s life grows stronger, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) realizes he has no choice but to place his trust in his siblings to ensure she remains protected. Meanwhile, »
- Sarah Peel
Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in »
- Andre Soares
Vertigo (Guest Star Peter Stormare) Returns And Pits Canary Against Black Canary — Oliver (Stephen Amell) is thrown by the changes within Team Arrow. He’s used to calling the shots but sees that the team has evolved in his absence and tensions quickly escalate in the lair. Oliver is furious that Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has been going out as the Black Canary and tells her to stop risking her life, but when Vertigo (guest star Peter Stormare) hits the streets again, Laurel goes against Oliver’s wishes and tracks down Vertigo who hits her with a full dose of the drug. Laurel’s biggest fears revolve around her sister Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) so the Vertigo causes her to hallucinate an epic fight between Canary and Black Canary. Meanwhile, Chase (guest star Austin Butler) surprises Thea (Willa Holland), and Roy (Colton Haynes) warns Thea to stay away from Malcolm »
Following from last year’s new look and feel FrightFest (in a brand new location), the horror film festival has announced its line-up for their Glasgow counterpart. And, as with every FrightFest, there are a few first looks and premieres!
Included in the line-up is the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine. Also on show is the European prememire of The Atticus Institute, world premire of The Hoarder, European premiere of The Asylum and the UK premiere of the hugely anticipated Clown, produced by Eli Roth. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the UK premieres of [Rec]: Apocalypse and There Are Monsters.
Thurs 26 Feb – Gft Screen 2
21:00 Eliza Graves (UK Premiere)
- Luke Owen
Canadagraphs has managed to get some pretty cool snaps of a scene being filmed for an upcoming episode of Arrow in downtown Vancouver. As you can see they feature Peter Stormare as Werner Zytyl/Count Vertigo being led from a courthouse, as Katie Cassidy's Laurel Lance intervenes. What's up with the creepy Voldemort-ish Halloween mask? Have a read of the scene description below for the details. "The scene starts with Vertigo getting escorted out of a courthouse by an armed U.S. Marshall in Starling City and the media catches him on the steps & he decides to have an impromptu press conference demanding the Arrow show up. Out of no where Laurel Lance barges her way through the scrum of reporters to get to the side of Vertigo when all of a sudden the Marshal escorting Vertigo snaps & starts shooting at the reporters.... Laurel decides that shes had enough »
Kicking off with a special screening on Thursday 26th February and hosting eleven films on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten ‘gore-ious’ years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around – including three World, two European and six UK premieres!
The shocktacular line-up starts on Thurs 26 Feb in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.
Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of The Atticus Institute, the paranormal activity shockumentary of the year, written and directed by Chris Sparling, who wrote ‘Buried’. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Hoarder, starring an on-form Mischa Barton who uncovers the worst horrors in the »
- Phil Wheat
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming.
“Strange Magic” welcomes an extraordinary roster of voice talent, including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”) as Bog King, Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March“) as feisty fairy Marianne, Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “Lee Daniels’The Butler”) as lovelorn elf Sunny, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull as Marianne’s lovesick sister Dawn, »
- Michelle McCue
See Also: Watch the trailer for Strange Magic here
Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Peter Stormare (Arrow) and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull. »
- Gary Collinson
The Dreamworks Animation Studios feature film Penguins of Madagascar will be waddling its way onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on a March 17, 2015 release date.
Penguins of Madagascar is a spin-off from the popular Madagascar films starring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, John Malkovich and Peter Stormare as lovable, mission-driven penguins that mean well but ultimately create a big mess at the end of the day. The film has earned over $287 million at the worldwide box office with roughly $80.8 million of that coming from North America.
Fox and Dreamworks Home Entertainment are releasing Penguins of Madagascar in a variety of different configurations. At launch there will be Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray combos that each come with two Penguin toys, while supplies last. These combos, which also include DVD and Digital HD, will also be available sans toys. There's also a Blu-ray and Digital HD combo pack that doesn't include DVD. »
So who is stalking who?
“Dark Summer” is a great horror thriller about a teenage boy who is under house arrest after stalking a girl from school. Then he witnesses a horrifying incident that leaves an spiritual presence in his very own home.
Latino-Review had an exclusive interview with director Solet on this project. We discussed about the paranormal research, the cast members and the spiritual themes of the movie.
“Dark Summer” is currently available on VOD and will be in theaters for a limited release on January 23rd.
Read the interview below.
Latino-Review: Could you tell me on why you were attracted to “Dark Summer?”
Paul Solet: There was something about that script that was so ready for cinematic interpretation whether it’s visual or oral. »
- Gig Patta
While Dark Summer doesn’t exactly impress as a paranormal thriller, Mike Le’s story does manage to capture an awkward period in society where people would rather sit behind a computer screen and “research” personal facts about others, than strike a human relationship that requires conversation, interaction, and most importantly, a vulnerable connection. In a world of Tweeting, Instagramming, Tindering, and whatever controlling Apps my generation chooses over personal engagements, hacking into someone’s bank of cyber-information seems like a twisted romantic fantasy despite being an invasive breach of security. That’s the true horror of Dark Summer. Exploiting technology’s disillusioned grasp on a devolving society is what it does best. The film fails, however, to portray a convincing cyber-stalking scenario, which unfortunately turns into a lackluster haunted house story that struggles to build tension, spooky momentum, or suicidal scares.
The star of the movie, Daniel, is played by Keir Gilchrist, »
- Matt Donato
With less than a fortnight to go until its U.S. release, Disney has dropped a new ‘Creatures & Cast’ featurette for the Lucasfilm Animation fantasy Strange Magic, as well as a new TV spot. Check them out below after the official synopsis…
“Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.”
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Strange Magic
Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and features a voice cast that includes Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Kristin Chenoweth (Rio 2), Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Bob Einstein (Curb Your Enthusiasm »
- Gary Collinson
Recently, TV Line talked with Arrow's executive producer, Marc Guggenheim, to get more spoiler intel for the back half of season 3. It turns out that we're going to see Laurel finally put on that "Black Canary" suit. They're definitely bringing back the Suicide Squad for action, and more. In their spoiler report, they said: "The three episodes following Oliver's seeming death "are among the best we've ever done. They're incredibly compelling," Ep Marc Guggenheim promises. The fallout at home not only "makes it necessary" for Laurel to don the Canary costume, but also brings together characters that previously haven't shared a lot of screentime. "There's a lot of Thea and Felicity," and "Felicity will have some pretty big moments with Laurel as well." Diggle gets "emotional" in the first hour back, shares David Ramsey, who also hints that the H.I.V.E. storyline will be revisited. Viewers also »
While we anxiously await Star Wars: The Force Awakens' arrival in theaters this December, creator of that franchise George Lucas has actually moved onto an all-new universe filled with magical beings not of this world. Touchstone and Lucasfilm introduce these strange forest dwelling inhabitants and the people who bring them to life in a special sneak preview that looks at the creatures and cast of Strange Magic.
Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011′s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
- Matt Patches
Sentenced to house arrest for cyber-stalking a classmate, what is teenage Daniel to do? As Dark Summer gets underway, parole officer Stokes (Peter Stormare) explains to Daniel (Keir Gilchrist) what is and isn't allowed. Daniel immediately violates the terms of his sentence, enlisting his friends Abby (Stella Maeve) and Kevin (Maestro Harrell) to bring him a laptop computer. (That's two violations in one, since he's not permitted to have any unaccompanied minors in the house.) He's some kind of tech whiz, and he's already laid the groundwork so he can connect to the internet without being detected. (That's violation three.) Now he can resume his cyber-stalking of former classmate Mona Wilson, played by Grace Phipps. (That would be violation four.) Except that Daniel hesitates, and...
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A teen under house arrest is haunted by a girl he’d cyberstalked in “Dark Summer,” a chiller that, like helmer Paul Solet’s prior feature, “Grace,” boasts just a few characters and basically a single interior setting. But his screenplay for that queasy low-key variation on “It’s Alive” was more interesting than Mike Le’s routine one here, in which a clumsily established premise develops into little more than a series of familiar “gotcha!” scares. Opening Jan. 9 on one New York screen (simultaneous with its VOD launch), then Jan. 23 in Los Angeles, the pic will do Ok as a time-filler for genre fans in home formats.
Curt opening exposition finds high schooler Daniel (Keir Gilchrist) being fitted with an ankle bracelet by police officer Stokes (Peter Stormare) for cyberstalking a classmate Daniel is now forbidden to communicate with — though just what happened between them is never really detailed. »
- Dennis Harvey
Spoilers, in case you’ve not caught up on Arrow just yet…
Following the shocking events at the mid-season finale of season three of Arrow, a lot of questions are on the minds of fans about the fate of Oliver Queen – and what will happen in the wake of his death.
As part of TV Line’s Winter Spoiler season, Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim has said that the three episodes coming off the mid-season break are, “are among the best we’ve ever done. They’re incredibly compelling.”
“There’s a lot of Thea and Felicity. [Felicity will] have some pretty big moments with Laurel as well, “Guggenheim added, also stating that the death of Oliver Queen “makes it necessary” for her to suit up as Black Canary.
See Also – Arrow showrunner wants Batman to feature in the show; teases crossover with Supergirl
Guggenheim also adds that the H.I.V. »
- Luke Owen
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