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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
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
This is just one of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Rosamund Pike has found another post-“Gone Girl” project, opposite Jon Hamm in Radar Pictures’ political thriller “High Wire Act.” Brad Anderson will direct the Oscar nominee and former Don Draper in a script from Tony Gilroy, about a retired U.S. diplomat and CIA operative attempting a rescue mission in 1980s’ Beirut. Hamm will star as Mason Skiles, called back into service to save a former colleague. Pike will play the field agent responsible for his safety. Also Read: Rosamund Pike Thriller 'Return to Sender' Sells to Image Entertainment Mike Weber is producing with partner Ted Field and Gilroy. »
- Matt Donnelly
Set in 1980s Beirut, Hamm plays a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Pike plays a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy who’s tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring the mission is a success.
Pike is represented by CAA, United Agents and Magnolia Entertainment.
- Dave McNary
Rosamund Pike has joined Jon Hamm in High Wire Act, a political action thriller being directed by Brad Anderson. Tony Gilroy wrote the script for the project, which hails from Radar Pictures. Set in 1980's Beirut, the story sees Hamm as a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family's death. The British actress will play a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy who’s tasked with keeping the diplomat alive and ensuring the mission is a success. Ted Field, Gilroy
- Borys Kit
Midverse Studios's mobile game, Penny Dreadful: Demimonde, is currently in development and you can sign up for the beta version is going on now. Universal Cable Productions projects update and exclusive Frank Forte and Asylum Press prints are also featured in this round-up.
Penny Dreadful Mobile Game: Press Release: "Midverse Studios, a Silicon Valley mobile gaming company, announced that it is developing a game based on the Showtime hit TV Series Penny Dreadful. The new game called Penny Dreadful: Demimonde, will allow fans of the show to engage with their favorite characters and content from the series.
The game, under license by CBS Consumer Products, is currently under development and will be launched this fall for mobile phones and tablet devices. Penny Dreadful: Demimonde will be released via the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Kindle store, with a Facebook version of the game set to follow. »
- Tamika Jones
Dark Horse Comics has paired with Universal Cable Productions to produce at least four comic book TV shows, including Umbrella Academy…
Will we ever be finished updating our list of upcoming comic book TV shows? Probably not, and today we have four more to add to the roster. This is due to Dark Horse Comics’ decision to sign a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions.
Under this new alliance, four new shows have been put straight into development: Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook's Harrow County; Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy (previously touted to be a film); Paul Chadwick's Concrete; and, an adaptation of Tom Vaughn’s feature script Back Up. That last one's the anomaly, seeing as no Dark Horse comics under that title have been published, yet.
Here are the official descriptions of these new projects, from the official press bumf…
"Emmy has always known that the deep, »
Featuring a stellar British cast including Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Flemyng, Academy Award® Winner Sir Ben Kingsley and two‐time Academy Award® Winner Sir Michael Caine and directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) Stonehearst Asylum is a gothic psychological thriller based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
When Edward (Sturgess), a young doctor fresh out of college, arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprentice position, he is warmly welcomed by the superintendent, Dr Lamb (Kingsley) and his “staff”, including Finn (Thewlis) and a mesmerising woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Beckinsale).
Edward is intrigued by Lamb’s modern methods until a series of unusual events lead him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and proving that no-one is who or what they appear to be.
Stonehearst Asylum is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 22nd June »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sinéad Cusack, Edmund Kingsley, Ciara Flynn, Christopher Fulford | Written by Joe Gangemi | Directed by Brad Anderson
If you were told about a film based on an Edgar Allen Poe short story with stars including Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Brendan Gleeson I’d be surprised if your interest wasn’t peeked. Stoneheart Asylum (aka Eliza Graves) is just that… based on The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Poe it tells the tale of an Asylum where not all is as it seems.
When Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) a medical school graduate arrives at Stonehearst Asylum he finds himself transfixed by Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale) a patient supposedly suffering from “Hysteria.” Working under Dr. Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley) he finds himself impressed with the doctor’s unconventional methods of treatment. »
- Paul Metcalf
Featuring a stellar British cast including Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Flemyng, Academy Award Winner Sir Ben Kingsley and two‐time Academy Award Winner Sir Michael Caine and directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) Stonehearst Asylum is a gothic psychological thriller based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
When Edward (Sturgess), a young doctor fresh out of college, arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprentice position, he is warmly welcomed by the superintendent, Dr Lamb (Kingsley) and his “staff”, including Finn (Thewlis) and a mesmerising woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Beckinsale). Edward is intrigued by Lamb’s modern methods until a series of unusual events lead him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and proving that no-one is who or what they appear to be.
Stonehearst Asylum is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 22nd June »
- Phil Wheat
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