11 items from 2015
When The Maze Runner opened in theaters last summer it was greeted by a tidal wave of support, encouragement and a clutch of positive reviews. Another movie franchise mined from the vast back catalogue of young adult fiction available, its success surprised many. But not the studio, who sensed they had a hit on their hands and optioned the rights to all the novels in James Dashner’s series. Shortly after the first instalment arrived in cinemas, the studio gave sequel - Scorch Trials – the greenlight.
Now, the third expected feature – The Maze Runner: The Death Cure – is pushing forward. Deadline reports that T.S. Nowlin, who co-scripted the first movie and scripted the second, has signed on to pen the third outing. He will also receive an executive producer credit on the movie.
The first Maze Runner grossed $100 million in the U.S. and $238 million worldwide – a surefire sign »
- Gem Seddon
What is generally considered as a dying genre of late, poker films have seen their popularity dwindle in recent years. With big budget Hollywood films like the recently released Paramount Pictures flick, The Gambler flopping amid stiff competition from Unbroken and Into The Woods, many have questioned its staying power in today’s movie landscape.
As the movie may well have drawn in a crowd from the exasperated niche, the film doesn’t just rely on this audience for viewing figures alone. Although centered round a poker table, there’s very little poker play to contend with in this crime, horror thriller.
The film’s lead character, Stan Jeter played by Beau Mirchoff is an upstart cop »
Hitting hard and refusing to let go for even a single second, the Greg Francis-helmed Poker Night does what most horror/mystery films strive to do: keep its audience engaged. Told through flashbacks mixed with a present day mystery, the film is a rare gem, one that boasts an ensemble cast that, together, shows you what bringing your A-game means.
Poker Night begins as Jeter, a celebrated young detective, is welcomed to “Poker Night”, a regular meeting in which all of the best detectives bring a rookie detective into their circle and tell him stories that might help him down the road. That comes in handy, when after leaving the gathering, Jeter (played by Beau Mirchoff) is abducted and put into a game of sorts by a masked man bent on exacting revenge on the young detective. As the masked man begins torturing the young detective, the stories told »
- Jerry Smith
You’ve already read my optimistic review of “Better Call Saul!” And you’ve read my interview with creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould . Now it’s time to hear from the stars of the thing, and the only regular actors to carry over from “Breaking Bad,” in Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. At press tour, we spoke about their eagerness to revisit Saul Goodman (or, as he’s called here, Jimmy McGill) and Mike Ehrmantraut, how they did or didn’t attempt to look six years younger than they did on the previous show, and whether they feel any pressure to live up to the legacy of that show. Also, Banks — as he did throughout his multiple press tour appearances last month — took great pleasure at times in channeling his alter ego and making sure the questions he was being asked were acceptable. At what point in the final »
- Alan Sepinwall
Following in the footsteps of every major movie studio and setting release dates for two and three years into the future, Walt Disney Pictures has recently updated its release schedule to include Pete’s Dragon and Ghost in the Shell alongside some minor adjustments to the release dates for some of its other major films.
First up is Pete’s Dragon, which is about to head into production with a cast that includes Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard. It will open August 12, 2016, putting it opposite Universal’s Dirty Grandpa and Legendary’s Spectral. Sounds like August 2016 will bring something for the entire family.
Ghost in the Shell will not see the light of day until April 14, 2017, which is hardly surprising given that Scarlett Johansson has only just signed on to lead the film. Right now it remains the only film in that spot in April, but it’s still »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
If any of you fright fanatics enjoyed our recent interview with Poker Night star Michael Eklund (here), then you’ll be happy to know that XLrator Media is set to unleash the ensemble serial killer thriller onto DVD/Bluray on Feburary 10th under their Macabre label. Focusing on a detective trying to solve a murderous puzzle while kidnapped, the film features a decently sized cast of great actors and looks like a lot of fun (review soon). Check out the release info/trailer below, and be sure to check out Poker Night on February 10th via XLrator Media.
“In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.”
- Jerry Smith
Walt Disney Pictures has handed out new release dates for the upcoming projects Ghost in the Shell and Pete's Dragon, while swapping dates for The Jungle Book and The Finest Hours. Ghost in the Shell will hit theaters on April 14, 2017, while Pete's Dragon debuts August 12, 2016. The Jungle Book has moved from October 9, 2015 to April 15, 2016, with The Finest Hours taking the October 9 slot.
We reported last week that Scarlett Johansson will star in Ghost in the Shell, which currently has the April 14, 2017 date to itself. The project does fall between two other high-profile releases, Legendary's Pacific Rim 2 (April 7, 2017) and an untitled Universal Pictures monster movie (April 21, 2017). Rupert Sanders is directing Ghost in the Shell, which centers on a member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission covert unit that specializes in fighting cyber-crime.
Pete's Dragon will be going up against Lionsgate's Dirty Grandpa, Sony's Sausage Party and Universal's Spectral on August 12, 2016, with Warner Bros. »
It has been announced by Disney today that Ghost in the Shell will be released on April 14th, 2017. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing from a script which was written by Bill Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Scarlett Johansson is attached to star in Dreamworks' adaptation of the Japanese anime/magna. In other release date news, Jon Favreau's live action/CGI adatation of The Jungle Book has now been pushed back and won't reach us until April 15th, 2016. Scarlett Johansson will also be in that movie, as will Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong'o, and Ben Kingsley. Are you looking forward to these movies? »
In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD: February 10, 2015
Directed by: Greg Francis
Written by: Greg Francis
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
The movie »
- Sharon Knolle
Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead who live in the Midwest and have a special place in their heart for the katana sword-slashing Michonne, the increasingly capable Carol Peletier, or even the conniving, ruthless Governor should be pleased to know that Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and David Morrissey have been announced as guests at Walker Stalker Con: Chicago, taking place in February.
Press Release – “Chicago, Il – In addition to the 19 guests previously announced, Walker Stalker Con has announced that Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, and David Morrissey, will be attending the convention, located at the Navy Pier, downtown in Chicago, Il on February 21 & 22, 2015.
Walker Stalker Con returned to it’s inaugural city of Atlanta in October of 2014 where it’s guest count reached nearly 35,000 attendees across it’s three day span. It also assembled more cast members of The Walking Dead than any other convention has, as well as other horror genre actors. »
- Derek Anderson
11 items from 2015
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