14 items from 2015
Luke Evans is exhausted. "Just talking about it brings back those cold days...when I was fighting 70 stunt guys with a broomstick as a sword," said the actor of "Dracula Untold," his first studio feature as a leading man. Though we were on the phone to discuss that film's upcoming Blu-ray release, there's certainly a lot more for Evans be tired about - since taking on his first major role in the 2010 fantasy actioner "Clash of the Titans," he's starred in a string of high-profile Hollywood films, from Paul W.S. Anderson's "Three Musketeers" to "Immortals" to "Fast and Furious 6" to the last two installments of Peter Jackson's epic "Hobbit" trilogy. So how did it feel to finally have his name above the title? "I was ready for it," said Evans, calling from the set of his latest film. "I've been working super hard for the last eight years to get this opportunity, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Those who love the fusion of science fiction and horror are going to be happy to learn that Resident Evil The Final Chapter is finally moving forward. Production on the film had been called to a halt after franchise staple Milla Jovovich announced her second pregnancy with hubby and Resident Evil mastermind Paul W.S. Anderson. Well were finally moving beyond all that baby business and getting back into the world of zombies monsters and scientific insanity that feels impossible to truly figure out (thats not to say that a good portion of this franchise is anything less than a blast). »
The Resident Evil franchise has certainly received it fair share of negativity from a critical perspective, however casual moviegoers seem to have quite a fascination with Paul W.S. Anderson’s weird and wonderful post-apocalyptic world. Despite the fact that Milla Jovovich and her leather-clad exploits have failed to make a positive impact with critics, the series has made almost a billion dollars at the worldwide box office with only five films.
This is an extremely large commercial intake considering that Screen Gems have hardly dedicated the largest budget to their game-based horror franchise. I for one, have always been a huge fan and supporter of the films, as I strongly believe that they represent a thoroughly entertaining brand of B-Movie cinema, that is predominantly forgotten in todays market. Now, five months after announcing a delayed release date for the sixth film (thanks to her unexpected pregnancy), Jovovich has now confirmed »
- Ben Read
You can’t keep a successful franchise down, not even with a newborn baby. Last year, Milla Jovovich and her husband director Paul W.S. Anderson announced they were expecting a second child together, which delayed the filming of the final film in the Resident Evil franchise, The Final Chapter. But word from Jovovich on her Facebook page suggests she is almost ready to return.
Says Jovovich, “I’m really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 lbs.) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil- The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously.”
Shooting was set to roll in Cape Town, South Africa for what is set to be the last part in the long-running Resident Evil franchise, after the last one part, Retribution, was released in 2012.
Targeting a September 2016 release, »
- Scott J. Davis
"Resident Evil" star Milla Jovovich revealed last summer that the upcoming sixth and final film in that series, "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," would delay production due to her falling pregnant with her second child with husband/director Paul W.S. Anderson.
This week, the actress has done a post on Facebook indicating that the film's new schedule is in place and shooting will begin this August:
"I'm really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 lbs.) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice's new 'easy mama access' costume;)) so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to 'action hero' mode!"
The film was in pre-production in Cape Town, »
- Garth Franklin
Last August, it emerged that work on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter had been halted because director Paul W.S. Anderson and star/wife Milla Jovovich are expecting their second child. Now Jovovich has hit Facebook with a post (spotted by Coming Soon) that points to an August shoot for what is described as the final visit to Anderson’s Resident Evil universe.“I'm really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 lbs.) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in August of this year,” the actress writes in typically candid style, “and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice's new 'easy mama access' costume;)) so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to 'action hero' mode!” Yes, »
Fourteen years is a long time for anything in life, but doubly so for a franchise of films based off of a wildly popular video game. Much like the games it loosely borrows its name and story from, the Resident Evil movies have fallen upon hard times, with their box office power declining after the fourth entry, Resident Evil: Afterlife. So much like Saw before it, the folks behind the zombie saga's production have decided to pull the plug with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and it looks like we finally have info on when this final outing will get off the launchpad. Through a recent post on her official Facebook page, Milla Jovovich mused about getting ready to give birth to her second child with husband/writer-director of the Resident Evil franchise, Paul W.S. Anderson. Thankfully, part of that message contained the following kernel of information as to »
Back in August, Resident Evil franchise star Milla Jovovich revealed that production had been delayed on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, because she and her husband/director Paul W.S. Anderson are expecting their second child. She said then that shooting wouldn't happen until the summer of 2015. Now, the actress confirms in a new Facebook post that shooting will begin this August. Here's what she had to say in her post from Tuesday.
"I'm really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 lbs.) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice's new 'easy mama access' costume;)) so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to "action hero" mode! »
Last August, actress Milla Jovovich announced that she and her husband Paul W.S. Anderson were expecting their second child together, thus delaying the shooting of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Now she has taken to Facebook (tip of the hat to Bobby Napoli) with word that she is already preparing to return as Alice for…
- Max Evry
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson shared the news back in August that filming of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was being postponed due to the franchise star learning she was pregnant. Since star and director are married, it was pretty obvious that production would hinge on when they would be ready to move forward and now it appears that they have it all figured out. Jovovich shared the news regarding the updated timetable for production on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter via her »
- Alex Maidy
Just watched the trailer for "The Lazarus Effect" (watch it above), and I'm happy to report that its No. 5 placement on my ranked list of 2015 horror movies so far appears to be justified. At the very least, I predict a serviceable contemporary spin on "Flatliners," with a side of "Pet Semetary" thrown in for good measure. Do not screw with science, y'all. Oh, but wait, there's more! Because I'm a sick person who's watched too many horror movies, my mind was positively buzzing with visual references as I watched this. Below are five other movies (plus one book!) the "Lazarus Effect" trailer reminded me of. "The Others" The part where brought-back-from-the-dead Olivia Wilde is under the sheet conjured up this creepy "I am your daughter" scene from the 2001 chiller starring Nicole Kidman. "Event Horizon" Ollivia Wilde has the blackest eyes...just like Sam Neill's dead wife in this worse-than-you-remember Paul W.S. Anderson sci-fi. »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Wall Street Journal reports “overall North American box-office receipts and attendance for 2014 declined more than 5% to $10.35 billion from $10.92 billion in 2013, according to box-office tracker Rentrak Corp. – the worst results since 2011.”
Kicking off 2015 with “Best of” lists and awards season on the minds of many Cinephiles, we offer our look back at the worst of 2014. Some awful, some horrendous, we were disappointed and flummoxed by some of the movies Tinseltown released into theaters (and on moviegoers) over the past 12 months.
As we shake our Wamg heads over the biggest letdowns, here we go with our Top 10 list of the Worst Films of 2014.
Dishonorable Mention: Horns
In Horns Daniel Radcliffe played a grieving young man who inexplicably grows horns from his forehead after the community he lives in finds him culpable for the death and murder of his girlfriend. Horns was a mishmash of genres that never quite fit together; crime drama, »
- Movie Geeks
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
Whenever an artistic medium dares to cheat on its loyal fanbase by scurrying over to another, anger and thinkpieces likely follow. Technology has amped up an uncanny-valley-sort of realism in video games. Movies have added more CGI to its blockbuster spectacles and animation. Thus, the previously distinct media have drawn blurrier lines with consumers none too pleased. Games like Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain earn the title of “cinematic”, either as mere descriptor or complaint. A quick gameplay video affirms this: most of the action simply propels the player through a grounded narrative with only a few promptly-timed button mashes driving what looks like an animated movie. Cinema-goers as well have lambasted recent multi-million-dollar projects like Gravity for sequences of first-person, graphics-laden action, not unlike a Call of Duty cut-scene (the latest of which, by the way, features CGI-fied Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey »
- Zach Lewis
14 items from 2015
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