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The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
*full disclosure: a DVD copy of this title was won in a contest from the horror website Igorslab.com. Director: A.D. Calvo. Writers: Alyssa Alexander, A.D. Calvo, Nevada Grey and Scott Kittredge. Cast: Inbar Lavi, Steven Grayhm, Eddie Hassell, Holland Roden and John Lee Ames. This viewer has seen a number of Argentinian director A.D. Calvo's works. From The Other Side of the Tracks (2008) to the Melancholy Fantastic (2011), this director has had an up and down career, in this critic's opinion. His latest is a haunted asylum thriller, titled House of Dust. Taking a page from Brad Anderson's Session 9 (2001) or the more recent Psych: 9 (2009), several characters find murder in a mental institution. However, this incarnation is nowhere near as interesting as the other two titles mentioned. Instead, House of Dust is a trivial affair and the film is full of filler, in both the story and shooting department. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Hong Kong – The upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival has set “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as its closing film on June 22.
The Michael Bay-directed film was partially shot on multiple locations in China and Hong Kong. It sees China Central Television’s China Movie Channel (CCTV6) as a production partner alongside Paramount Pictures and Dibonaventura Pictures. CCTV6 last year ran a talent show to cast young Chinese actors for supporting roles in the picture.
The film will open around Asia from June 25 and in North America from June 27.
Previous editions of the franchise have done huge business in China. “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” grossed $165 million in China.
The festival will open with the 4K restoration of Chinese classic, “Two Stage Sisters,” bowing some 50 years after its first release.
Siff also completed its main competition line-up with the addition of four more recent movies.
The fest (14-22 June) has »
- Patrick Frater
Exclusive: The show about an immortal living in NYC hasn’t even hit the air yet, but ABC’s drama Forever already is getting some potential legal pushback. Today RadicalMedia sent a pointed letter to producer Warner Bros TV claiming that the supernatural procedural unveiled last week at the upfronts “sounds rather similar” to the best-selling 2003 novel Forever by Pete Hamill about an immortal living in the Big Apple. “This claim is baseless,” said a Wbtv spokesperson today in response. The co-producers of docu Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, on the other hand, note that the titles are the same, the location is the same and that both the character in the novel and in the upcoming TV show from writer/Ep Matt Miller, EPs Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson are “seeking an answer concerning his immortality.” No legal action is in the cards yet, »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
“Black Widow” (2014) #6 Cover art by Phil Noto. I really like the dual widow imagery! “Constantine” #14 Cover art by Victor Ibanez. Who doesn’t like Fire?! “X-o Manowar” #25 Cover art by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Bryan Hitch, Arturo Lozzi, Sean Chen and Terry Dodson “Batman Eternal” #6 Cover art by Andy Kubert and Brad Anderson Ok this one isn’t a cover but being a Captain American fanboy I think he looks pretty Bad Ass with the Infinity Gauntlet! Panel from “Original Sin: Avengers #29” Art by Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan These were our favorites of the week. Whether you read these or not, they are cool to look at. And be sure to check out all of our stuff for each of these heroes plus hundreds more at SuperHeroStuff.com As always, if you want the latest deals, specials, and insider scoop on SuperHeroStuff make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook. »
4 Minute Mile
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Sales: Double Dutch Intl.
Director: Eran Creevy
A young American couple is caught between two ruthless criminals.
Sales: Im Global
Director: Shawn Christensen
Feature based on 2012 Oscar-winning short “Curfew,” about a man forced to look after his precocious 11-year-old niece. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: A. J. Edwards
The story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: Tod “Kip” Williams
Producers: Richard Saperstein, »
- Variety Staff
Among all the new series heading to ABC in the fall is "Forever," a supernatual comedy-drama starring Ioan Gruffudd. A little bit Sherlock Holmes and a little bit "Groundhog Day," the series centers on handsome coroner Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), who has a special advantage over all the other handsome coroners in NYC: He can't die. Every time he buys the farm, he wakes up in his birthday suit in the East River. A curious and, naturally, good looking detective named Jo Martinez ("Law & Order's" Alana De La Garza) starts to look into Morgan's strange past, while Morgan himself tries to unlock the reason for his immortality. TV legend Judd Hirsch is along for the ride as well, as a father figure who knows Morgan's secret. He also adds to the trailer's overall comic tone, and hopefully the dark humor wins out over such "dramatic" lines as "You might not »
- Dave Lewis
Updated With Full Trailers: Check out the first look at ABC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation is underway. The sole holdout: Midseason drama Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stay tuned for that one. Here’s the rest: American Crime – Drama Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/director/executive producer John Ridley and executive producer Michael J McDonald. Forever – Drama Produced by Warner Bros Television. From writer/executive producer Matt Miller, executive producers Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and director Brad Anderson. How To Get Away With Murder – Drama Produced by ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, and director Michael Offer. Secrets And Lies – Drama Produced by ABC Studios and executive producers Kapital Entertainment with Hoodlum Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Barbie Kligman, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
After remaining quiet all spring, ABC monopolized the attentions of the nation's TV critics on Thursday (May 8) with an evening full of big announcements. You can read about seven of the network's renewals here, as ABC extended its relationship with "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "Modern Family" and more. Fortunately, despite all of these renewals, ABC still has a number of bubble shows waiting for news on Friday, which means more content. And you can also read about ABC's renewal of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and pickup for "Marvel's Agent Carter" here. But like the game show host says... That's not all! In addition to "Marvel's Agent Carter," ABC gave series orders to dramas "How To Get Away With Murder," "American Crime," "The Whispers" and "Forever." On the comedy side, "Black-ish," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Selfie" earned series orders. And on the musical comedy fairy tale front? »
- Daniel Fienberg
DC Comics is doing their very best to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight's first appearance with a new weekly series entitled Batman Eternal. Many will immediately scream, "What! Another Batman title?" Bystanders who don't hold a fanatical affection for Gotham's super hero will just stew in their own anger. Caped Crusader enthusiasts will jump up and down in ecstasy… and they have a reason to!
Batman Eternal #1 opens up with the masked avenger and Jim Gordon in pursuit of Professor Pyg. As Pyg makes his way through Gotham City spreading his own brand of chaos with the Dark Knight on his trail, Gordon chases one of the villain's henchmen into the tunnels of Gotham's railway systems. It's only a matter of time before a collision can be averted when two trains speed towards each other, Gordon and a criminal.
Just when you thought there wasn't room for another Gotham-centric series, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Batman Eternal #1
Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by Jason Fabok
Colored by Brad Anderson
Published by DC Comics
With a jaw dropping first page (actually the end of the whole Batman Eternal story), Batman Eternal #1 goes full throttle from the beginning and never lets up on the gas. Scott Snyder and James Tynion have been writing about Batman and Gotham for the past three years, and their knowledge of the character and his supporting cast pays off. Batman Eternal #1 is as much a Jim Gordon or Gcpd story as a Batman one, and Snyder and Tynion re-introduce young policeman (and previous Barbara Gordon flame) Jason Bard to the DC Universe using him as the unreliable Pov character of this issue. The story seems like it is going to be experienced hero (Gordon) training a wide-eyed rookie (Bard), but the result is much darker and twisted. Snyder »
- Logan Dalton
DC Comics brings their latest event which unified its universe to the graphic novel format with Justice League: Trinity War. The cataclysmic battle crossed the pages of Justice League, Justice League of America, Justice League Dark, Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger, Constantine, and the New 52 Free Comic Book Day Special for 2012. It was a colossal endeavor that brought together almost every character from every corner of the DC world.
Pandora has stolen her box back and is scouring the world in search of the perfect or imperfect soul to open it. She believes her actions will put an end to the evil she accidently released on humanity. The members of the three different Justice Leagues are at odds over whether or not Pandora can be trusted or knows what she's doing. Is she misled in her endeavors or can she really wipe the face of evil off the Earth? »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Joel David Moore (Bones, Avatar), Barbara Eve Harris (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Donnie Keshawarz (The Wolf Of Wall Street) have landed series regular roles on ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason – he is immortal. His investigative work with recently widowed Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. Moore, repped by ICM and Underground, will play Lucas, a young M.E. tech who’s a bit of a hipster and easily tongue-tied around pretty women. Harris, with Sdb Partners and Valeo Entertainment, will play Lt. Roark, an old-school NYC cop who is Martinez’s boss. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
De la Garza will star opposite Ioan Gruffudd, who plays medical examiner Henry Morgan. She will play Jo Martinez, a recently widowed homicide detective in New York City who’s intrigued by the insights of Morgan.
- Alex Stedman
Law & Order alumna Alana de la Garza has been tapped as the female lead opposite Ioan Gruffudd in ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason — he is immortal. His investigative work with recently widowed Detective Jo Martinez (de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. De la Garza, repped by Sdb Partners, most recently co-starred on NBC’s Do No Harm. Necessary Roughness co-star Mehcad Brooks has joined the CW pilot Identity, exec produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. It centers on Mia (Ahna O’Reilly), a young New Yorker who learns she needs an organ transplant »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Rome – Hot on the heels of his foreign Oscar victory for “The Great Beauty” Paolo Sorrentino is set to start shooting in May on Michael Caine-starrer “In The Future,” an intimate drama about “friendship between two old people,” the Italo helmer has announced.
Sorrentino said that after his ambitious Oscar-winning tour de force he wants to make “a fresh start” with a “small, intimate film,” he told Italian daily La Repubblica. The helmer’s customary irony is likely to permeate his new pic, which Sorrentino penned himself.
As previously announced, “In The Future” is being shepherded by Sorrentino’s regular producers, Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima via their Indigo Films shingle, with co-financing from Italian distributor Mediaset/Medusa which is planning a late 2014 release in Italy.
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd is set as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason – he is immortal. His investigative work with Detective Jo Martinez and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. Miller exec produces with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz for Wbtv and Lin Pictures. Coincidentally, Gruffudd recently wrapped an indie also titled Forever. In TV, he starred on the CW’s Ringer and did an arc on Fox’s Glee. Repped by ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment and Nelson Davis. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
There are so many sub-genres in horror. The vampire movie, zombie apocalypses, torture porn. But there's nothing more classic and purely fright-inducing than the things that go bump in the night. To celebrate this week's release of The Invoking, we bring you our Top 13 Favorite Haunted House Movies.
Is anything creepier than when your own house turns against you? You can (theoretically) get away from zombies, vamps, slashers and werewolves. But when your own home sweet home is the enemy… it's tough to recover from that.
We have some great Honorable Mentions to start off with. Fantastic director James Wan really seems to have a knack for the haunted house movie as he has one entry on the list itself and also gets a nod for Insidious, a creative look at the inner, an outer, workings of a haunted house. A Haunting in Connecticut was impressive as, in addition to the actual haunting going on, »
- Scott Hallam
This week’s best new releases on all the Instant Watching platforms.
Spring Breakers (2013)
Harmony Korine’s critical darling from last year is likely to be talked about and discussed for a good long while yet. Holding up an uncomfortable mirror to our youth, Spring Breakers works on a lot of levels not only does it work as a surface level tale of four out of control girls on a debauched trip in Florida but it also works as a story about the spiritual death and rebirth of Generation Y and asks some important questions about how post war culture evolved into something where our youth think licking power tools in music videos is something to aspire to.
There is a scene fairly early on where the two most rebellious of our heroines sit in class discussing oral sex on paper as their tutor drones on about world war two, »
- Chris Holt
It wouldn't be film awards season without a critical chorus of complaint following every major announcement – none louder than the one that greeted the best British film Bafta nod for Gravity, that quintessentially English ode to keeping calm and carrying on.
Two of its rivals in the category, as it happens, hit DVD shelves tomorrow; one deserves a lot more than puny secondary prizes. That'd be The Selfish Giant (Artificial Eye, 15), Clio Barnard's astonishing northern morality tale of unguarded children in the industrial wilds of Bradford. A somewhat oblique evocation of the Oscar Wilde fable, it stars ferocious 13-year-old newcomer Conner Chapman as a young terror whose aptitude for scrap metal collection takes him into dangerous adult realms of corruption, compromising his friendship with sweet-natured pal Swifty »
- Guy Lodge
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