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Yes, gaining great power brings with it great responsibility but that does not mean a character cannot revel in the sudden ability to do the seemingly impossible. After a decade of films with tortured protagonists, all in the name of gritty reality, the arrival of the CW’s The Flash series has garnered near universal praise because, for a change, the protagonist is having some fun. Out now from Warner Home Entertainment, The Flash: The Complete First Season is well worth having.
Grant Gustin makes for an appealing and engaging Barry Allen because he’s young and an unlikely hero, who is having fun running faster than the speed of sound. He’s a pumped, hyper-active puppy hero, eager to use his powers for as much good as possible, from helping paint buildings to rescuing stray animals. He wants to do it all and thinks he can.
Along the 22 episodes of the first season, »
- Robert Greenberger
One of the things the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been careful about so far is tying events in the movies too closely to events in real life. Even though part of the draw of the original Marvel comics was that its characters lived and worked in the world we recognized, in New York and Chicago and all over the Earth, it was still a world with some big fantasy elements mixed in, heightened. As a result, they've been careful not to use real world leaders in the films, instead creating their own characters. President Ellis (William Sandler) showed up in "Iron Man 3," where he came into direct contact with Tony Stark, and last night, he resurfaced on "Marvel's Agents Of Shield," announcing the formation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit. And why wouldn't he? After all, an evil robot tried to make humanity extinct by dropping an entire country in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron, »
- Drew McWeeny
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes a grab for our affections with McU cameos, super-powered showdowns and snappy dialogue…
This review contains spoilers.
3.1 Laws Of Nature
Gee whizz, what an opening five minutes that was! With a new superpower in action, a capture-the-flag style race against time between rival shady organisations and a visually pleasing gadgetry getaway, this pre-credits sequence was essentially what we always wanted Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be. And we haven’t even mentioned Skye’s – sorry, Daisy’s – big superhero moment.
This truly felt like a sequence from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or at least like one of the loveable One Shots that they used to make. The set-up was simple, the effects were cool, and there was a sense of tension and fun to proceedings. Add to that the reveal of the new half-plane/half-helicarrier base (how on Earth are they bankrolling this?), and you’ve got a massive statement of intent. »
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Blue Bloods" episode 2 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Absolute Power," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting and dramatic stuff go down as Erin contemplates applying for a judgeship. A serial killer sends disturbing messages to Danny, and more! In the new, 2nd episode press release: A Possible Serial Killer Sends A Chilling Message To Danny, On "Blue Bloods." Press release number 2: Danny and Baez are going to investigate a possible serial killer who sends a chilling message to Danny, and Erin will toy with the idea of applying for a judgeship. Also, Frank will be in a bind when mayoral candidate ,Katherine Tucker (Mary Stuart Masterson), accuses him of secretly investigating her husband, and Eddie will face her estranged father when he winds up in the hospital. Guest stars feature: Mary Stuart Masterson »
James Callis Interview
One of this weeks more limited cinema releases is Narcopolis, a science fiction murder mystery. The story is set in the near future of 2044 where all drugs are legal thanks to businessman Todd Ambro.
Ambro is played by British actor James Callis, best known to mass audiences as Bridget Jones’ friend Tom in the Bridget Jones movies. He is of course also better known to many as Giaus Baltar from the phenomenal television series Battlestar Galatica.
James Callis Interview
How did you come to be involved with Narcopolis?
They sent me a script, I really liked it and said i wanted to do it, and that was essentially it.
What was »
- Kat Smith
The Mist is somewhat of a cult hit. Released in 2007 and directed by Frank Darabont it came out of nowhere and thanks to some smart casting and a kicker of an ending the film has wormed it’s way into the hearts of film fans all over.
Continuing a tradition he started with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, Darabont again looked to the work of Stephen King, The Mist being one of his novellas. Set the in a sleepy town in Maine the story saw David Drayton, his son and half of the town stranded in the local supermarket enveloped in mist. It being a Stephen King story there is much more to the tale than that with the mist housing giant alien insect and marine life reminiscent creatures.
Hoping to strike oil a second time the story is now set to be explored as a television series »
- Kat Smith
Better lock your doors and windows! The Mist is creeping into TV from Dimension Television. This sci-fi horror series will be based on both the Stephen King's classic novella and the feature film from director Frank Darabont. At this time, no cast members have been announced. And it isn't known if Frank Darabont will return to direct one or more episodes.
Coming off the success of the recently renewed Scream TV series on MTV, Dimension Television announced today that they are resurrecting The Mist in a similar fashion. The project, which has Stephen King's blessing, is a continuing series from acclaimed writer Christian Torpe. Christian Torpe created the successful show Rita in Denmark, which is now finishing its fourth season. Christian Torpe has also been developed programming for both Showtime and AMC.
Using the book and movie as influences, The Mist series tells an original story about a »
William Sadler is one of those actors better known for his face than his name. Appearing in over 154 productions, his cv includes parts in Die Hard 2, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. He’s also a popular face on television, starting out in Tales from the Crypt before starring in the full three-season run of Roswell.
With a career so extensive there was no way we could squeeze all our questions into the standard fifteen minute time slot so instead we sought out Mr Sadler, Bill to his friends, and took him out to dinner. Over the course of our meal we delved into pretty much everything he has ever done, finding out everything from how he found directing, to what it’s like to fight Bruce Willis and, of course, whether the Grim Reaper »
- Kat Smith
Two of the Cryptkeeper's big screen stories—Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood—will receive stellar home media treatments this fall from Scream Factory, with both films set to be released as Collector's Edition Blu-rays on October 20th. In early July, the cover art for the anticipated releases was revealed, and now their full lists of special features have been announced.
Scream Factory's guaranteeing the ultimate Halloween treat for fans of Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood, as the special features list for the former includes a new audio commentary with Demon Knight director Ernest Dickerson, while the latter has a new audio commentary with Bordello of Blood co-writer and producer A.L. Katz.
Below, we have the official press release with the full special features lists, and in case you missed it, we also have a look at the final cover art for the Collector's Edition releases.
Press Release: Just in time for Halloween festivities, »
- Derek Anderson
Bill and Ted 3 is one of those sequels that has been sitting on the shelf just waiting to be made. More than a few original castmembers - including Keanu Reeves - have expressed interest in getting the movie into production, yet Hollywood keeps stalling and not getting the job done. There are likely multiple reasons for this, but now William Sadler - one of the stars of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey - has identified one key issue that is preventing the project from moving along: the death of George Carlin. The Hollywood Life recently interviewed Sadler, and it was during their conversation that the subject of Bill and Ted 3 came up. The actor has spoken before about the idea of reprising his role as The Reaper from Bill and Ted's first sequel, and while he's still game for the part, he identifies the fact that George Carlin isn't around »
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey have a soft spot in all our hearts. Everyone has a favourite between the two, and although I myself am a sap for the first film, there is no denying that William Sadler as the Grim Reaper in the second film was inspired casting.
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey ended in such a way that it seemed that the story had all been tied up, yet the last couple of years have been littered with rumours that a third film was in the works. Leads Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves has both vocally expressed an interest in another outing but they of course weren’t the only members of World Peace inducing band Wyld Stallyns; they also had the Grim Reaper himself.
Recently we spoke exclusively with William Sadler and enjoyed a lovely meal with him. »
- Kat Smith
Frank The Bastard? Try again. Maybe a more apt title would be Frank The Underwhelming? Frank The Undercooked? Frank The Utterly Lifeless Cinematic Endeavor?
The actual title of Brad Coley’s weightless drifter story suggests a rural nightmare akin to something more sinister. I’m not saying such a title suggests Jeepers Creepers material, but as far as bastards go, Frank is no Yellow Bastard (Sin City). Hell – he’s not even Fat Bastard from Austin Powers. Frank is a fraudulent foe in the face of Coley’s familial fiasco (holy eff), and the whole thing comes together like a mysterious fable told by your absent-minded granny. This one’s more like a bedtime story, lulling viewers to sleep with a particularly uninteresting “mystery.”
It all starts when a divorced city girl named Clair (Rachel Miner) heads home to Edgeport, Maine, determined to uncover the truth about her mother’s unfortunate death. »
- Matt Donato
Like sands through the hourglass, the soap-operatic thriller “Frank the Bastard” drizzles out tiny tidbits of expository information scene-by scene throughout its nearly two hour running time, and when it’s done, one is left with little more than an awareness that a unit of time has elapsed. A Nor’easter Gothic with a strong sense for its coastal Maine setting, but little understanding of how to draw the viewer into a convoluted mystery involving broadly drawn motivations and thinly sketched characters, Brad Coley’s slow-paced, overstuffed genre piece offers a decent cast, but should nonetheless struggle to do much business beyond VOD.
We’re first introduced to 33-year-old New Yorker Clair (Rachel Miner) as she suffers a debilitating panic attack just as she’s finalizing her divorce. Later that night, Clair turns to her free-spirited best friend Isolda (Shamika Cotton) for consolation, and she rather improbably suggests that the »
- Andrew Barker
Read More: IFC Midnight Acquires Tribeca Fest Thriller 'Replicas' Starring Selma BlairBrad Coley's ("The Undeserved") second feature film tells a multigenerational saga through the eyes of Clair, (Rachel Miner) a 33-year-old New Yorker who decides to return to her childhood home in New England for the first time since fleeing after the mysterious death of her mother. As she reencounters locals and her family's murky history, Clair realizes that secrecy pervades her small town, mostly through Cyrus Gast (William Sadler), a local bigwig whose revitalization plans for the town are not what they seem to be. Watch in the clip above as Clair confronts Cryus' son, Frank Byron (Andy Comeau,) and finds that she has more in common with him than she thought. The thriller co-stars Rachel Miner ("Supernatural"), William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Chris Sarandon ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") and Andy Comeau »
- Sarah Choi
Like their forerunners, the two latest Star Trek films, in their semi-rebooted, alternative universe, are replete with famous faces from outside the franchise, surprising cameos and multiple little touches that raise a smile.
With the third film in the rebooted series coming next year, the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek on TV in 1966, let's take a look at a few of the geeky nods in Jj's Trek films.
1. Star Trek Nemesis left a lot of dangling threads, on purpose, as a story treatment for a direct sequel was already being worked on. Unfortunately due to some less than stellar decisions by executives, the release date of the film was repositioned and the decision was made to »
Ernest Dickerson’s awesome Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight will be coming to Blu-ray alongside Bordello of Blood, thanks to Scream Factory. The 1995 favorite, directed by Dickerson and starring Billy Zane and William Sadler, is a highly requested title by the cult and horror label. An extension of the series, Demon Knight sees the…
The post Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight Comes to Blu from Scream Factory appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Two of the Cryptkeeper's big screen stories will receive a stellar home media treatment this fall. Scream Factory has announced that on October 20th, they will release the Tales From the Crypt films Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood in respective Collector's Edition Blu-rays.
From Scream Factory: "You asked for them...and we got em! Both Tales From The Crypt films Demon Knight (1995) and Bordello Of Blood (1996) will be coming out on 10/20 as separate "Collector Edition" Blu-rays. We have no additional information at this time except that newly-commissioned artwork will be revealed next month and that extras will be announced in Late Summer.
The cat (crypt keeper?) was let out of the bag (coffin?) earlier today over a leak on the internet that caught us by surprise and hence the out-of-the-blue announce today. Originally, we had planned to reveal these two highly-requested titles sometime next week. smile emoticon We hope »
- Derek Anderson
A project we first profiled in 2012, and previously thought was dead... Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in a drama that was initially titled "Something Whispered," was later retitled "Carry Me Home," and is now being released as "Freedom," which tells a tale set in 1850, of a man named Samuel (Gooding), who attempts to free his family from institutionalized slavery, heading north towards Canada, via the famed Underground Railroad, intent on escaping from the tobacco plantation they have been forced to call their home for two generations. Sharon Leal plays Cuba's wife in a cast of many that also includes William Sadler as one of the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton (William Sadler). Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom.
100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel’s great grandfather whose survival is »
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Arc Entertainment Acquires Civil War Thriller 'Echoes Of War' Arc Entertainment announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Freedom" for a day-and-date release on June 5, 2015. The film was directed by Peter Cousens ("Return to Eden") and was written by Timothy A. Chey ("The Genius Club"). "Freedom" follows the true story of Samuel Woodward, a slave who attempts to escape from a plantation in Monroe, Virginia using the Underground Railroad in 1856. Woodward's story is woven together with that his great grandfather, whose 1748 voyage to America with slave trader Captain John Newton inspired Newton to write the song "Amazing Grace." The song touches the lives of all of the characters in the film. Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. ("Jerry McGuire") stars in the film alongside William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Sharon Leal ("Guiding Light"), David »
- Becca Nadler
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