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Thomas Roach with five Marvel characters who should get their own Netflix TV series….
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding fast with not just films being released each year but now shows on television. Next year we are set for two movies – Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man – but also we will be getting our first Marvel Netflix show, Daredevil. Marvel announced last year that it had made a deal with Netflix to produce four series which would all lead to a Defenders miniseries. So far Daredevil is the only one in production, with actor Charlie Cox playing the title role. We are also set to get Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones series on Netflix over the next few years.
As well as the Netflix shows, we are set to have an Agent Carter TV series on ABC, as well as the continuing series Agents of S.H. »
- Thomas Roach
The deal includes a proceed-to-production commitment.
Stacy Title (“The Last Supper”) will direct from a script adapted by Jonathan Penner from the short story “The Bridge to Body Island” by Robert Damon Schneck, chronicling the harrowing events experienced by three Wisconsin college students in the early 1990s.
Schneck’s story appeared in the anthology “The President’s Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America.”
TWC said the logline and plot details are currently being kept under wraps.
- Dave McNary
Alcon Television Group has inked a deal with Legendary Global Television Distribution to handle international distribution rights for its Syfy series “The Expanse.”
This marks the first property to be sold through Legendary Television’s new worldwide distribution division that is run by recently appointed head, Michael Grindon.
“The Expanse,” which is based on a series of science fiction novels from James S.A. Corey, is set 200 years in the future and follows a detective (Steven Strait) and the captain of a rogue ship (Thomas Jane) as they travel across the galaxy to find a missing girl. In the process, they uncover an interstellar conspiracy. The series was developed by “Iron Man” and “Children of Men” scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who serves as executive producers along with Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Sharon Hall, Naren Shankar, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown.
“We are very excited to be involved with »
- Kevin Noonan
We have a clip to share with you from Drive Hard, the latest from Ozploitation great Brian Trenchard-Smith. In the clip, stars John Cusack and Thomas Jane cross paths with a justice seeking granny. Former race car driver Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane) traded the winner's circle for a 9 to 5 job as a beginners' driving instructor. But his life shifts into overdrive when Simon Keller (John Cusack) hijacks Peter to be his getaway driver in a $9 million heist.Drive Hard is available on VOD as of last Thursday. It will also make pit stops in cinemas on October 3rd before crossing the finish line on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11th. ...
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Leaving a powerful impression on the people around you, particularly with the captivating combination of intense action stunts and quick wit, can be a clever and creative way to prove your talent in thriving in high adrenaline and death-defying situations. The main actors of the new independent action crime comedy, ‘Drive Hard,’ John Cusack and Thomas Jane, formed a natural chemistry together on screen as they infused their characters with the necessary street smarts to outrun the police who are chasing them in gripping car chases. The movie’s co-writer and director, Brian Trenchard-Smith, who has helmed numerous action films throughout his 40-year career, utilized his experience to interlace natural humor [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
There’s only one director who can claim to have introduced the world to Nicole Kidman (in 1983’s BMX Bandits) and directed two Leprechaun films (1995’s Leprechaun 3 and 1997’s Leprechaun 4: In Space). That director’s name? Brian Trenchard-Smith.
The latest film from the prolific auteur and Tarantino favorite is the action-comedy Drive Hard, which stars John Cusack as a criminal who robs a bank run by criminals and Thomas Jane as an ex-race car driver he coerces into becoming his reluctant wheelman. How did the project come about? “Well, I’ve never met a green light I didn’t like, »
- Clark Collis
With a heist in mind, a mysterious American called Keller (Cusack) arrives in Brisbane needing a getaway driver. Rather than recruit one from the local underworld, he tricks a driving school instructor, Roberts (Jane) into taking the wheel.
Keller chose well, Roberts just happens to be a washed out Formula-One driver. Chased by the cops and the mob, Roberts is forced to use his racing skills to evade pursuit on a Hard Drive that takes the two along the Gold Coast of Australia. »
- TFH Team
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Opening with archival footage of Drew Struzan painting the original poster for Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, tells the life-story of an artist that as iconic to my generation as the films themselves. An artist whose work actually graced more films that I imagined and an artist whose work has inspired a new generation of illustrators, even though the poster medium as Drew knew it, is dead.
Starting at the very beginning, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster tells the story of how Struzan who grew up with a family who didn’t love him, his struggles at art school and his early “poor starving artist” years in which he tried to develop his art and support his family. »
- Phil Wheat
Music festivals have never appealed to me. Especially the ones that involve camping in the dead of summer. The bands that are booked for festivals either don’t register or elicit a chuckle. Being around hundreds to thousands of people for that long sounds like one of the ten Chambers of Hell not mentioned in Big Trouble in Little China. Not to mention chronic swamp ass for days.
Six friends are headed to the Free Love Festival nestled deep in the Red Wood forest. Samantha (Jamie King) is hoping to have a good time and put her psycho right wing ex-boyfriend, and bad acid trip behind her. Samantha is excited to spend the time Not everyone is thrilled about the annual freak show. While the Mayor (Rick Overton) is eager for the revenue to fill the town coffers, Sheriff Buzz Hall (Thomas Jane) smells a rat. And they don’t »
- Jeremy Jones
The film centres around the sexual awakening of 17-year-old Kat Connors (Woodley).
At the same time, her beautiful but troubled mother (Green) mysteriously vanishes.
Green can be seen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which will be released this week.
Woodley was most recently seen in The Fault in Our Stars.
White Bird in a Blizzard will be released on iTunes September 25 and in Us cinemas on October 24. A UK cinematic release date is yet to be announced. »
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "White Bird in a Blizzard" thriller, starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, and Angela Bassett. Check it out below. Plot: Kat Connors (Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it's almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it. The new »
After scoring an Oscar nomination for The Descendants in 2012 and starring in the blockbuster adaptation Divergent earlier this year, Shailene Woodley returns to her indie roots with the first trailer for White Bird in a Blizzard. The actress plays 17-year-old Kat Connors, whose repressed mother Eve (Eva Green) suddenly disappears, just as she discovers her own sexuality. After returning home from college a few years later, Kat must confront why her mother really left.
Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's »
Steven Strait (“Magic City”) and Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo (“House of Saddam”) are set to star in Syfy’s “The Expanse,” a 10-episode space opera based on the best-selling book series, the network announced on Thursday.
Set 200 years in the future, “The Expanse” follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a detective and a ship captain named Holden together in a race across the solar system to expose a conspiracy.
Strait will play Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Aghdashloo will appear as Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political legacy who has risen in the ranks of Earth’s governing body without standing for election.
“Steven and Shohreh are both outsanding talents who we feel lucky to have in our series, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Marvel has revealed the identity of that actor spotted on the set of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." the other week with the blue arm, and it turns out he's not playing a member of the Kree race.
Instead, he's actor Brian Patrick Wade ("Generation Kill," "Teen Wolf") and he'll be playing a different Marvel entity - Crusher Creel aka. The Absorbing Man. Creel has the ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches and will appear very early into the new season. [Source: Marvel.com]
Appearing at the annual Edinburgh TV Festival this week, BBC TV chief Danny Cohen said "I hope so" when asked if he could envisage seeing the first female version of The Doctor sometime in the near future once Peter Capaldi leaves the role.
- Garth Franklin
Jake Gyllenhaal goes gritty in "Nightcrawler," a film about a man who joins the rather unethical world of seedy freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. After some strange teasers, a more straight forward full trailer has arrived and promises a gritty drama.
It looks like a fun turn from Gyllenhaal, but even more appealing is the glimpses of Rene Russo back in what looks to be a juicy supporting role. Aside from her all too brief cameos in the "Thor" films, Russo has been away from the screen for a decade so it's great to see her back.
Indie filmmaker Gregg Araki returns with "White Bird in a Blizzard," a new drama starring "Divergent" actress Shailene Woodley alongside the likes of Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett. Woodley plays a teenager who deals with her mother's disappearance while coming into her own, and »
- Garth Franklin
Gregg Araki's White Bird in a Blizzard played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and Magnolia will be releasing it on VOD on September 25 followed by a limited theatrical release on October 24. There are only a handful of reviews listed on RottenTomatoes so it's hard to get an idea for this one based on that, though if I remember correctly there seemed to be a measure of muted praise, and the cast is certainly impressive. The ensemble includes Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Dale Dickey, Mark Indelicato, Sheryl Lee and Angela Bassett and here's the official synopsis: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her »
- Brad Brevet
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV have announced that Steven Strait (pictured; "Magic City") and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Saddam," House of Sand and Fog) will star in "The Expanse," the new 10-episode space opera based on the international best-selling book series, premiering on Syfy in 2015.
Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who's not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot. Aghdashloo portrays Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks »
- Debi Moore
Once considered the angriest, most unconventional, and relentlessly intriguing voices in independent queer cinema, Director Gregg Araki is back with his sexually charged drama White Bird in a Blizzard. Based on the Laura Kasichke novel of the same name, the story takes place in the 1980s and stars Shailene Woodley as a 17 year old whose perfect homemaker mother, Eve, mysteriously disappears. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it. The film received »
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