15 items from 2016
Time After Time is an excellent time travel movie. Nicholas Meyer‘s 1979 film follows author H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) as he travels to the future to hunt down his former pal, Jack the Ripper (David Warner). It’s an exciting, funny, and often visually stunning picture – the astonishing opening long take lures you right into […]
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- Jack Giroux
Tony Black on the original of Wells vs. The Ripper…
It’s been quite the week for time travel TV shows, as first NBC’s Timeless dropped a trailer (and if that show could have more cliches, I’d love to know how), the announcement that Jeremy Carver has jumped from the good ship Supernatural to head up a TV version of Dennis Quaid/Jim Caviezel 2000 thriller Frequency (I know, you’ve never heard of it, but don’t worry), and now the trailer for Time After Time has landed on ABC. Anyone who’s seen it will understand the concept is simply thus: Hg Wells actually invented that time machine he wrote about *in* The Time Machine and when it’s knicked by his mate, none other than the world’s most infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper, Wells must follow him forward in time to the present day »
- Tony Black
There’s a lot of time travel going on in pop culture these days. The CW has DC’s Legends of Tomorrow where a rag-tag group of misfits travel around with Doctor Who, excuse me, Rip Hunter Time Master, as he tries to stop the immortal villain, Vandal Savage, from killing his family. Oh, and to prevent Savage from really messing up the world… but mostly to save his own family.
In general, I like time travel stories and have ever since I saw The Time Machine (the 1960 one with Rod Taylor, not the 2002 version with Guy Pearce). A great variation on the H.G. Wells story was Time After Time, where H.G. Wells (played by Malcolm McDowell) comes to (then) modern day San Francisco chasing Jack the Ripper (David Warner) and encounters the ever adorable Mary Steenburgen.
I like time travel stories in movies, books, comics, and so on. One »
- John Ostrander
The late ’80s provided a veritable potpourri for horror film fanatics. Slashers had petered out, and filmmakers were keen on exploring other avenues, everything from a parasitic drug slug (Brain Damage) to possession (The Unholy), and all points in-between. Of course, mileage may vary, and many have fallen through the cracks or are best forgotten. Possibly one of the oddest of the bunch is Anthony Hickox’s Waxwork (1988), a goofball mixture of Hammer and Amicus brought kicking and screaming into the modern era with a touch o’ teen comedy sensibility. And in horror, odd never hurts—and sometimes it even helps create an unassuming delight such as this.
Produced and distributed by Vestron Pictures, who scored big the previous year with the terrifying Dirty Dancing, Waxwork was given a limited release in June in the Us and the rest of the world the following year. Made for $1,500,000, it only returned $800,000 domestically. »
- Scott Drebit
Ben Jacoby has written the script for the prequel. Campos directed “Christine,” which premiered at Sundance and starred Rebecca Hall as Christine Chubbuck, the 29-year-old news reporter who committed suicide on live television in 1974.
“The Omen” was directed by Richard Donner from a David Seltzer script. The film, starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and David Warner, revolved around a young child adopted at birth by an American Ambassador and his wife who are unaware that the child is the Antichrist.
- Dave McNary
The final big screen outing for the original crew, we take a look back at Star Trek 6...
Despite my personal opinions, the reception to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was nothing short of disastrous. A Razzie for Worst Picture, derision across the board and enough fallout to kill the career of producer Harve Bennett, and stop William Shatner from ever directing another movie. But Star Trek: The Next Generation fortunately found its feet not long after, and the franchise survived. But what of the ageing original cast? They were unwanted, unloved, too old, and too much of a financial risk. Gene Roddenberry, in rapidly failing health, was using what was left of his clout as Next Generation showrunner (even if the day to day running of the show was something of a power vacuum due to said failing health) to try and get his Starfleet Academy story made. »
What a way to start off the week! The formidable cast list for Showtime's forthcoming Twin Peaks revival series was revealed this morning, and man, is it a doozy. In addition to boasting such key returning players as Kyle MacLachlan (Dale Cooper), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), there are a number of surprising A-listers in the mix including Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, Amanda Seyfried and Naomi Watts. On the downside, a not-insignificant number of cast members from both the original series and the 1992 prequel film Fire Walk with Me are completely absent from the list. Where, for instance, is Lara Flynn Boyle (or Moira Kelly, for that matter)? Michael Ontkean? Piper Laurie? Joan Chen? Anyone from the mill? (Literally, there is no one from the mill.) So while I'm thankful that most of the major players are back in action, I can't help but »
- Chris Eggertsen
Tim here. Now we come to the sad part of our centennial tribute to Mercedes McCambridge. For like so many movie stars, her career ended with a damp fizzle, not with any last triumphs. Worse yet, her career started rolling to a close in the 1970s, when Hollywood hit upon its most degrading scheme ever for what to do with its old legends and workhorses: stuff them into the enormous ensembles of tacky disaster films. At its most prestigious, this phenomenon resulted in Fred Astaire getting his solitary career Oscar nomination for The Towering Inferno. At its least prestigious, you have living legends Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, and Fred MacMurray in a death race to see who can embarrass themselves the worst in The Swarm.
Or, for that matter, you have McCambridge herself, grossly misused and discarded in The Concorde... Airport '79. It's the fourth and final film in the rather dimwitted Airport franchise, »
- Tim Brayton
London — The fifth season of crime drama “Ripper Street” will be its last, Amazon Prime has revealed.
Amazon stepped in to save “Ripper Street” in early 2014, following outcry from fans when the show was cancelled by the BBC after two seasons. The original Tiger Aspect production team was commissioned by Amazon to create season three, which launched exclusively for Prime members in the U.K. in November 2014.
At the same time, seasons one and two were made available for unlimited streaming for Prime members. When season three launched on Prime Video, it was streamed more than any other TV show on the service and was the most popular British drama amongst customers.
In the final season, writer Richard Warlow shows how, as the Victorian age comes to a close, the police officers of H Division attempt to maintain law and order on the streets of Whitechapel. Joseph Mawle (“In the Heart of the Sea »
- Leo Barraclough
Our series on remakes continues with a film which is more of a duplication than an actual remake. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Omen (2006).
If you’ve seen the original version of The Omen (1976) and then you watch the remake from 2006, you have to ask “Why did they even bother?” The remake was barely even a remake. It was a shot-for-shot, scene -for-scene copy of the original. Released on the 30th anniversary of the original, it offered absolutely nothing new, except a more modern cast and some mediocre CGI effects. Other than that, this is a completely unnecessary, gratuitous photo-copy of the first version.
About this film Rolling Stone Magazine wrote, “Not since Gus Van Sant inexplicably directed a shot by shot remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho has a thriller been copied with so little point or impact”. Recently, we did a dissection of the Van Sant remake of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Back in September it was announced that Kevin Williamson (Scream, The Vampire Diaries) is set to adapt Karl Alexander’s 1979 novel Time After Time, and now Deadline is reporting that Freddie Stroma (UnReal) has nabbed the lead role of H.G. Wells.
Time After Time chronicles the epic adventures of the legendary sci-fi author, who pursues Jack the Ripper into the 20th Century San Francisco in order to bring him to justice after the notorious killer uses Wells’ Time Machine to flee Victorian London. The series is said to use Alexander’s novel and Nicholas Meyer’s movie adaptation as “a starting point”, so expect further adventures once Jack the Ripper has been brought to justice.
Stroma, who is also set to appear as Dickon Tarly in season six of Game of Thrones, will step into the shoes of Malcolm McDowell, who portrayed Wells in the 1979 movie alongside David Warner as Jack the Ripper. »
- Amie Cranswick
ABC’s “Time After Time” pilot is filling out its cast.
A reboot of the novel, which inspired the 1979 movie of the same time, “Time After Time” uses the book’s story as a starting point, chronicling the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his Time Machine. Stroma will play H.G. Wells and Bowman will play Jack the Ripper.
H.G. Wells’ (Stroma) nemesis, Bowman’s character John Stevenson is a brilliant and charismatic surgeon who lives a double life as the infamous serial killer. In the movie, the role was played by David Warner and Wells was played by Malcolm McDowell.
The pilot marks a reunion for ABC and Bowman, as the English actor starred in the network’s soapy drama “Revenge,” which was cancelled last season after four seasons. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
"Harry Potter" and "UnReal" star Freddie Stroma has been cast as the lead, author H.G. Wells, in Kevin Williamson's ABC pilot "Time After Time" based on Karl Alexander's fantasy novel. The story follows Wells as he tracks Jack the Ripper through time to the modern day.
The project was previously adapted for the screen as a Nicholas Meyer film in 1979 which starred Malcolm McDowell and David Warner. Marcos Siega is directing the TV version's pilot. [Source: Deadline]
The Great Indoors
The story centers on McHale's Joel, an outdoorsy adventure reporter with a sardonic sense of humor who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss of a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. »
- Garth Franklin
These 25 Star Trek: The Next Generation stories are the series’ unmissable episodes…
Leading the charge back to television for the Star Trek franchise, and paving the way for three further series to follow, Star Trek: The Next Generation's 7 seasons had some very high points, and a couple of very low ones (that some would simply call “season 1....”, not that I’m one of them.)
These are the top 25 “must-watch” episodes, not necessarily the top 25 for quality, or indeed my 25 favourites, but the 25 stories that give you the best flavour of the series and its relatively unplanned story arcs. Just don’t forget that, like The Original Series, The Next Generation is a product of its time, and as such certain issues that writers wanted to bring to the screen not only necessitated allegory, but sometimes stretched it thin so as not to raise issues with censorship. »
If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Torchwood, The Prisoner and anything else quite frankly brilliant then they following information is possibly for you. On the 16th January 2016 Big Finish Day 8 will be taking place at Copthorne Hotel, Slough-Windsor.
The event will be packed with stars of the Big Finish series and those announced so far include Sylvester McCoy, Hugh Fraser, Ian McNeice, Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Niky Wardley, Paul Darrow, Jacqueline Pearce, David Warner, Kai Owen, Beth Chalmers, Lisa Bowerman, John Banks, Tim Treloar, Mark Elstob and James Joyce.
Not only this you’ll also get to meet the Big Finish staffs too, including Nicholas Briggs, David Richardson, Andrew Smith, Barnaby Edwards, Jamie Robertson, James Goss, Justin Richards, Cavan Scott, Phil Mulryne, John Dorney, Guy Adams, Emma Reeves, Blair Mowat, Sue Cowley, Benji Clifford, Tom Saunders, Kris Griffin and Joe Smith.
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15 items from 2016
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