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Justice League #47
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Jason Fabok
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Publisher: DC Comics
Act Three of the biggest DC Event yet begins here and like the issues preceding it…you begin to see the connections and plot threads begin making steps forward to what’s no doubt going to be a phenomenal endgame in the next few issues.
Wonder Woman remains the anchor for the events that go down, and it’s nice of Geoff Johns to call on relationships of characters and events that reference past Justice League arcs (Some greater than others.). After going through versions of their personal Godhood, members of the Justice League finally begin to realign and focus their efforts on the one common enemy that’s been plaguing them since the beginning. There are certain bits that start to feel like they’re replaying scenes from different views and more »
- Terrence Sage
The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2
Pencils by Andy Kubert (Backup art by Eduardo Risso)
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Brad Anderson (Backup colors by Trish Mulvihill)
Letters by Clem Robins
Published by DC Comics
The Dark Knight III #2 contains a pair of prison escapes that set in motion what is the series’ conflict for now: Carrie Kelly’s Batman vs. Lara, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman. Or to put it in a more epic sense: divinity versus humanity. Writers Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello make Lara like Superman if he had no tether to humanity through his humble secret identity as Clark Kent and upbringing by Jonathan and Martha in Smallville. She has no secret identity and believes that it is the destiny of the Kryptonians to rule the universe. Ray Palmer, »
- Logan Dalton
Director: Pål Øie. Writers: Kjersti Helen Rasmussen and Pål Øie. Cast: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Baard Owe, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen and Ellen Dorrit Petersen. Norway continues to develop a frightening horror scene. From the Fritt Vilt slasher series to Død snø (2009), this cold country has lots of scary tales to tell. The latest is titled Villmark 2. Shot twelve years after the first film, this time a crew of workers are tasked with identifying toxic materials in an ancient asylum. Very reminiscent of Session 9 (2001) and definitely an homage, Villmark 2 is very slow in its build up of tension. However, into the third act, events take a brutal turn as the film's World War II mythology comes to the forefront. Sound design and production values are high. But, Villmark 2 fails to find its own original story and direction, which makes a viewing of this film very predictable and slightly unexciting. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1
Pencils by Andy Kubert (Backup pencils by Miller)
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Brad Anderson (Backup colors by Alex Sinclair)
Letters by Clem Robins
Published by DC Comics
After legions of variant cover announcements, some scintillating black and white unlettered previews, and no small amount of Internet tongue wagging, the third chapter of Frank Miller’s legendary Dark Knight saga The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 finally debuted. And Miller isn’t alone in bringing yet another tale about an aging Batman, a dying Gotham, and a mistrust of god-like heroes to life as he is joined by co-writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), penciler Andy Kubert (“Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader”), inker extraordinaire Klaus Janson (Daredevil), and colorist Brad Anderson (Convergence ), who adds a dark or light digital sheen to the proceedings depending on the situation in the story. »
- Logan Dalton
After director Brad Anderson elevated The Man in the High Castle's previous episode, "End of the World" turns directorial duties over to Karyn Kusama, the filmmaker behind Girlfight and Aeon Flux, as well as two great chapters of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. It's a well-paced, emotionally resonant, and technically accomplished hour of television. With two episodes left in the season, series creator Frank Spotnitz seems to be wrapping up the big narratives on a high note.In a brief prologue, Lem (Rick Worthy) is given a code that orders him to go to San Francisco, secure the newest film in circulation, and bring it to the Man in the High Castle. This is an unusual task; Lem doesn't leave the Neutral Zone. This new film must be important. Juliana (Alexa Davalos) goes to tell her mom and stepdad about Trudy, whose body she found in a mass grave »
- Brian Tallerico
It doesn't seem coincidental that The Man in the High Castle's best episode yet was shot by James Hawkinson, the visual artist who turned Hannibal into one of television's most striking shows, and directed by Brad Anderson, the filmmaker behind Session 9, Transsiberian and The Machinist. The writing and performances were top-notch in this episode, but I don't think it would be as much of a success without Hawkinson's visual fluency and Anderson's confident hand."Truth" begins where the last episode left off: Smith (Rufus Sewell) has caught Joe (Luke Kleintank) rifling through the folders in his home office. As Smith stands in the doorway, he expresses his disappointment in a deeply menacing way. He orders Joe to tell him everything that happened in Canon City: "Truth time. Tell me about the girl." Meanwhile, Juliana (Alexa Davalos) has discovered that her stepfather Arnold (Daniel Roebuck) works in a surveillance »
- Brian Tallerico
Yang will adapt and direct the film, which is being set up at Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Hairun Films. The two production companies are in final negotiation with the owners of the original film Troika Pictures and WWE Studios for the remake rights.
“The Call” originally starred Halle Berry and was directed by Brad Anderson. It involves a 911 operator who takes a life altering call from a teenage girl and is forced to confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl. It was released by TriStar Pictures.
The remake will be the second picture, after “Mountain Cry” on a five-film slate being jointly produced by Vrpa and Hairun.
Also on the slate is “My Other Home, »
- Patrick Frater
HitFix's Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, which highlights the 100 greatest horror films of all time as voted on by over 100 genre filmmakers and experts, not only showcased the enduring power of No. 1 finisher "The Exorcist," it also cemented the status of the '70s and '80s as a Golden Age of horror (films released during those decades took up nearly half of available slots). The '70s and '80s, incidentally, saw the artistic rise and mainstream breakthroughs of both Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, horror icons who placed more films in the Top 100 than any other director (four titles each). Meanwhile, the list revealed one undeniably bleak statistic: only one movie in the Top 100 was directed by a woman. For me, the most gratifying moment of our Ultimate Horror Poll came when compiling the data was finally over, and I could take a step back and fully appreciate, as a reader, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Just weeks after winning his first Emmy Award for the final season of Mad Men, Jon Hamm has signed on to star in writer-director Edgar Wright's new action-comedy Baby Driver. Variety reports that Jamie Foxx has also joined the cast, which includes Ansel Elgort and Lily James. No details were given for Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx's characters at this time.
The story centers on a young getaway driver, dubbed "Baby" due to his boyish looks, who uses his own "personal soundtrack" as he strives to become the best in this illicit business. His life is turned upside down when he's coerced into working for a mafia boss, and, after a heist goes bad, he is forced to go on the run, putting his life on the line. The story is partially inspired by the music video for Mint Royale's Blue Song. Edgar Wright directed the video »
Ricky Church reviews Justice League #44…
Darkseid versus Anti-Monitor! A corrupted Superman versus Lex Luthor! Myrina Black versus Grail! This chapter of “Darkseid War” has it all—plus an ending that will change the League forever!
Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok once again pull the carpet out from the readers as they deliver a stunning twist in the climax of Justice League #44, part four of ‘The Darkseid War’. The war between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor heats up, drawing the Justice League in even more than they already were. It’s an intense chapter as they’re stuck between two gods and their armies fighting a very destructive battle.
The League is still split up with Batman and Green Lantern investigating the mysterious origins of the Anti-Monitor, Superman and Luthor still trapped on Apokolips and the rest of the League fighting against the two powerful gods. It could have been a tough juggling act, »
- Ricky Church
Every year, we here at PopOptiq celebrate the month of October with a series of articles we like to call 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list to 200 movies, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles.
Note: Since there are so many great horror films and so much to choose from, I am including documentaries, short films and animated films as special mentions in order to make it easier for me to decide what to include.
Special Mention: King Kong
The granddaddy of all monster movies is arguably King Kong. Decades after its release, no other monster »
Directed by Oz Perkins
Screenplay by Oz Perkins
USA, Canada 2015
There is a slowly emerging trend in the horror genre, that of the slow burn. One hears “it’s a slow burn,” more and more as the years go by. While certianly not originating in 2001, the term was certainly used for films like Brad Anderson’s Session 9, and one is almost guaranteed to hear it with this year’s February.
February begins its slow burn in an all girl’s boarding school, where we are introduced to Kat, a young and awkward girl who, while not explicitly discussed, seems to have some sort of developmental or social disability. When she is addressed by her teacher or priest, her responses are deeply thought out, and she is delayed on the uptake. In contrast, we have Rose, a pretty upperclassman who is socially deft, and easily manipulative. The two girls, »
- Trevor Trujillo
Additionally, JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist), Harris Dickinson (Some Girls) and Sawyer Barth (Black Box) have landed co-starring roles in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced project, which delves into the secrets lingering behind the façade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family.
Home centers on the not-yet-cast Rose Altman, an accomplished designer with a successful business who is expecting a child with husband Joe (Buchan), a highly regarded prison psychologist. »
Ricky Church reviews Justice League #43…
“The Darkseid War” event rages on as Batman takes a dark journey into the depths of Godhood and unlocks the forbidden knowledge of the DC universe! Meanwhile, arch-enemies Superman and Lex Luthor must stand together in order to survive, and Wonder Woman leads the Justice League in an offensive against the Anti-Monitor and Darkseid! But what is Grail’s true mission during this war-—and what is the secret she holds over Wonder Woman?
The choice between the lesser of two evils has been one Geoff Johns loves to play off of in many of his stories. Since the beginning of Forever Evil and Lex Luthor’s inclusion in the Justice League, that has been a strong theme throughout DC’s flagship title. This theme jumps into high gear in Justice League #43 as the forces of Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor clash on Earth with most »
- Ricky Church
Kerry Bishe ("Halt and Catch Fire") is set to appear in an episode of Showtime's new drama series "Billions". Bishe plays Elise, an alluring young musician who forces hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) to question his life choices.
The show, which premieres January 17th, stars Paul Giamatti as a savvy U.S. attorney on a collision course with the aforementioned hedge fund manager. [Source: The Live Feed]
TNT has picked up the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama pilot "Home" which was originally setup at Fox. Aron Eli Coleite wrote the pilot and will executive produce alongside Jonathan Littman and Brad Anderson who will direct.
The story follows a newly pregnant woman who has a successful business as an accomplished designer and a wonderful home life with her prison psychologist husband Joe and his two sons. When she discovers long-buried secrets, her perfect life is shattered. [Source: Variety]
Showtime has acquired the »
- Garth Franklin
TNT has picked up a drama pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer, Variety has learned.
The thriller, titled “Home,” was previously set up at Fox with then-chairman Kevin Reilly, who picked up the project at the cabler where he is now prez.
“Home” delves into the secrets lingering behind the facade of a seemingly idyllic suburban family. The series revolves around Rose Altman, a newly pregnant woman who has a successful business as an accomplished designer and a wonderful home life with her husband Joe, a highly regarded prison psychologist, and his two sons, to whom she’s enjoying being their stepmother. But when she discovers long-buried secrets, Rose’s perfect family and life is shattered.
Aron Eli Coleite (pictured below) wrote the pilot. The writer-producer’s past credits include “Crossing Jordan,” “Hostages” and “Heroes,” on which he served as a writer and producer for the majority of its four-season run, eventually rising to co-exec producer. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Director Brad Anderson (The MacHinist, Session 9) has not been in the spotlight lately, but that may change with his latest project. Written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), Anderson's next venture will be an action/thriller by the name of High Wire Act. As exciting a combination as those two are, the film already has two stars guaranteed to make heads turn: Rosamund Pike and Jon Hamm. The official... Read More »
- Sean Wist
High Wire Act takes place in 1980s Beirut as a Us diplomat gets recalled into service to save a colleague from the group that was possibly responsible for his own family’s death.
Pike plays a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy tasked with protecting the diplomat, played by Hamm.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Back in May, it was revealed that Jon Hamm and The Call’s director Brad Anderson were attached to a political action thriller called High Wire Act. Now we know that Rosamund Pike will also be on board. Written by Michael Clayton’s Tony Gilroy, the film is set in 1980s Beirut and finds Hamm as a former American diplomat returned to service to save an old colleague from the violent group believed to be responsible for his own family’s death. And he’ll have help from Pike, a CIA agent assigned to keep him alive and make sure the mission is a success.There’s still no sign of when the film might kick off shooting, as it’s still listed in development and both its stars’ schedules are relatively busy. Hamm is at work on Greg Mottola’s new comedy Keeping Up With The Joneses, and is »
After earning an Oscar nomination for her chilling portrayal of maybe-sociopath Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has landed another role that may be worthy of her formidable talent. The actress has signed on to star opposite Jon Hamm in Brad Anderson’s political thriller High Wire Act, which boasts a script by The Bourne Identity screenwriter Tony Gilroy.
Set in 1980s Beirut, the thriller will follow a former U.S. diplomat named Mason Skiles (Hamm) who is called back into action in order to prevent the murder of a former colleague from the group that may be responsible for his own family’s death. Pike will take on the role of a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy, who makes it her mission to keep Mason alive and ensure his top-secret mission goes off without a hitch.
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- Isaac Feldberg
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