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James Cameron’s Guilty Pleasure is Resident Evil, Weighs in on Prometheus

14 April 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

​It's no secret that Paul W.S. Anderson worships the works of James Cameron. Anderson has enthused about Aliens in countless interviews. The director has cited influences Cameron has had on him. He has to be happy to know that one of James Cameron's guilty pleasures is none other than...Resident Evil. During a Reddit chat, Cameron was asked to reveal his favorite guilty pleasure to which the Avatar helmer replied...

The post James Cameron’s Guilty Pleasure is Resident Evil, Weighs in on Prometheus appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Two New Pompeii TV Spots Online

3 April 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

As Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii nears eruption on April 30, there are a few more rumbles from on high to announce its arrival. Today, that comes in the shape of two new TV spots from the film, which largely feature trailer clips we've seen before but have a slightly new spin. Take a look below. brightcove.createExperiences();The story, aside from chronicling the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79Ad that reduced the nearby Roman city of Pompeii to an ash pit, follows Kit Harington's gladiator slave Milo and his love for Emily Browning's high-born Cassia. The difference in their social statuses is just the beginning, however: she's also engaged to a much older Senator (Keifer Sutherland) and, er, the city's about to be destroyed.  brightcove.createExperiences();The film also stars Carrie Anne Moss, Jared Harris and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and should do for ancient Rome's second city what »

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Box-office bombs litter the weekend

23 March 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

It.s every exhibitor.s worst nightmare: Four mainstream films open on the same weekend, three are instant flops and the other is just Ok.

Except on this occasion there were no surprises as Ride Along, Pompeii, Cuban Fury and I, Frankenstein all arrived with minimal expectations, at least from exhibitors if not the distributors.

Ride Along has raked in $US133 million in the Us, drawing a sizable African-American audience, but buddy-cop comedies rarely replicate that. level of success internationally, including Australia, with a few exceptions such as the Rush Hour, Bad Boys and Beverly Hills Cop franchises.

The caper starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube as an Atlanta detective and his pal, a high school security guard and wannabe cop who get mixed up in a deadly arms deal, took $926,000 on 145 screens, according to Rentrak's weekend estimates.

Big-budget disaster movie Pompeii was a debacle in the Us last month, »

- Don Groves

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Our Daily Bread #5

17 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Moon, the opposite of the sun, hovers over us by night, the opposite of day. 

In F.W. Murnau’s Tabu (1931), Reri, the sacred maiden of the small island of Bora Bora, writes this to her lover Matahi: 

And indeed, when Matahi chases after her, the moon spreads its path on the sea.

He runs and swims after her, moving faster than a normal human being, defying the laws of gravity. 

Miraculously, he catches up to the boat. 

Thus, he must die, sinking back into a void…

…while ghost ships linger on in the distance…

…carrying another hopeless romantic, and a moving corpse—A second Nosferatu.

The moon is absent in Murnau’s earlier film, made nearly ten years before Tabu, but it is in the one he made nearly five years after Nosferatu, when George O’Brien leaves his wife for a midnight rendezvous with another woman. 

And indeed, »

- Neil Bahadur

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Best Trailers for Bad Movies

28 February 2014 10:30 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

First impressions are everything, which is why the art of the movie trailer has become the most vital tool in the film industry. A bad trailer can sour you on the best movie, but most of the time it’s the other way around. If Hollywood does anything right, it’s selling us a slow-cooked turd as delicious chocolate.

So here are Dread Central’s picks for great horror movie trailers that overshadowed their lesser films:

The Hills Have Eyes 2

Exciting trailers for bad movies are a dime a dozen, but what about the ones that are shot just for marketing? You won’t find a better example of an ad eclipsing a film than the brilliant teaser for The Hills Have Eyes 2. Completely wordless with only the sounds of dragging bodies and Devendra Banhart’s “Insect Eyes,” the teaser showed more artistry and directorial flare than anything in the actual movie. »

- Sirand

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Box office preview: It's Liam Neeson vs. Jesus as 'Non-Stop' debuts against 'Son of God'

27 February 2014 3:01 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

This weekend is a box office wild card.

Liam Neeson is an earnings force unto himself, and his latest turn as an air marshal on a hijacked transatlantic flight in Non-Stop should evict The Lego Movie from its three-weekend stronghold on the No. 1 spot. But the big, looming unknown is Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God. Its weekend prospects have analysts stumped, with estimates ranging anywhere from $12 million to $30 million. And even the high end of that could be wildly off.

With that said, here’s how things might play out. And, to change things up a bit, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Movie Review: '3 Days to Kill'

27 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

3 Days to Kill

Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld

Directed by McG

Rated R

Before I or we move further with this review, I would like you to take a minute to look at the resume of one Luc Besson.  Go ahead, click on his name and take a peak…I’ll wait.  He’s one prolific dude huh?  Just looking at his writing credits over the past few years, something tells me he doesn’t spend a lot of time laboring over a script…turn and burn is a good term to use.  But that also leads to most of the movies he’s involved with (along with his production company Europa) are moderately priced  easily disposable action movies that could be good, but always seem to feel incomplete and way sillier than any action movie has any right to be.  But Besson, like Paul W.S. Anderson, has »

- Craig Dietz

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‘Resident Evil 6′ Not Arriving Any Time Soon

27 February 2014 1:26 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Although I doubt that many of you are clamouring for another instalment in the Resident Evil series, the franchise is seemingly as undefeatable as its undead antagonists. The fifth and most recent film in the franchise Resident Evil: Retribution, was a hit at the worldwide box office and made $240 Million on a $65 Million budget. This quickly lead to Sony green lighting a sixth film in the incredibly lucrative series based on the video games from Capcom.

With an official release date of September 12th 2014 and virtually no updates since its announcement, it was beginning to look very very unlikely that Milla Jovovich would be back to the zombie-killing action so soon. Now series writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race, The Three Musketeers) has given an update on the currently untitled Resident Evil 6 whilst promoting his new film Pompeii. You can read what Anderson had to say below: »

- Ben Read

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Constantin Unhurt By "Pompeii" Fizzle

26 February 2014 10:39 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Germany's Constantin Film plans to continue business as usual despite the poor recent opening of Paul W.S. Anderson's big-budget disaster movie "Pompeii". The $100 million epic opened to just $10.3 million in the U.S. while and another $22.8 million in 37 markets abroad.

Constantin's film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz tells THR that the financial hit won't affect them: "Constantin is still going to do everything. International, studio-level films as well as German-language movies, German TV productions and international TV."

Asked about the opening, he says "[It] isn't a disaster. We knew a film like this with a, shall we say, very international subject matter, wouldn't do $100 million in the U.S. Internationally, in the territories where it has come out -- Korea, France, Russia -- the results have been in line with our expectations." He adds that Anderson's films tend to perform stronger globally, doing "around 25 percent U.S. and 75 percent international. »

- Garth Franklin

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Director Paul W.S. Anderson Talks Pompeii, the Visual Effects, Deleted Scenes, Resident Evil 6, and More

26 February 2014 10:32 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  The film also stars Jared HarrisAdewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeCarrie-Anne MossSasha RoizJessica Lucas, and Paz Vega. At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Anderson.  He talked about the challenge of bringing Pompeii to life, the visual effects, deleted scenes, whether the script changed during the development process, the status of Resident Evil 6, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say. Paul W.S. Anderson: The challenge of making Pompeii come to »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Alejandro González Iñárritu Was Originally Attached To 'True Detective' & More Revelations From Cary Fukunaga

26 February 2014 2:25 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There is a reason everyone you know is talking about "True Detective": it's that fucking good. With two episodes to go on HBO's breakout hit, and frontrunner for TV show of the year (and hell, the damn-thing-you'll-watch-in-any-medium of the year), the focus is turning to toward writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga, who collaborated to put forth a singular, riveting vision for their Southern philosophical mystery. Far from an ordinary procedural, certainly not a noir, and fairly uncategorizable—that's what makes the show so special. With two hours to go before we find out the secrets behind the haunted murders that populate "True Detective," The Daily Beast caught up with Cary Fukunaga for what turns out to be an awesomely no-holds-barred interview about the genesis of the show, Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii" and so much more. We're gonna run through the highlight reel of the stuff you need to know, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Alejandro González Iñárritu Was Originally Attached To 'True Detective' & More Revelations From Cary Fukunaga

26 February 2014 2:25 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There is a reason everyone you know is talking about "True Detective": it's that fucking good. With two episodes to go on HBO's breakout hit, and frontrunner for TV show of the year (and hell, the damn-thing-you'll-watch-in-any-medium of the year), the focus is turning to toward writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga, who collaborated to put forth a singular, riveting vision for their Southern philosophical mystery. Far from an ordinary procedural, certainly not a noir, and fairly uncategorizable—that's what makes the show so special. With two hours to go before we find out the secrets behind the haunted murders that populate "True Detective," The Daily Beast caught up with Cary Fukunaga for what turns out to be an awesomely no-holds-barred interview about the genesis of the show, Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii" and so much more. We're gonna run through the highlight reel of the stuff you need to know, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Pompeii: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

26 February 2014 9:14 AM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Pompeii is ambitious: it strives to be an epic, sword-and-sandal action thriller romance in a disaster movie that is also historically-accurate! KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) evaluate if director Paul W.S. Anderson pulls it off:

"Pompeii, a mashup between Titanic and Gladiator, adds itself to the list of unusual Valentine's Day movies in the box office this year. It is indeed a love story, two people destined for each other but prohibited by social class, only interrupted by gladiator tournament fighting and blood. The performances of Kit Harington, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Emily Browning were fantastic and really draw the audience into the film. The special effects were stunning, showing how Mt. Vesuvius' colossal 79 Ad eruption utterly destroyed the beautiful city of Pompeii in less than 24 hours. While the storyline was predictable at times, the movie was still enjoyable. Please note: there are »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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The Noteworthy: "Psychos", In Conversation with Kent Jones, Critic Encyclopaedia

26 February 2014 6:28 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

During "The Noteworthy"'s three weeks on hiatus, a triptych of essential pieces by David Bordwell have appeared on his blog. One is a piece on the bridging of theory and practice in the cultural writings of Noël Carroll and others. The other two focus on the emergence of a new type of film criticism in the mid-20th century, signaled in particular by the great James Agee, Manny Farber, and Parker Tyler. Firstly, in what is already a sequel-article of sorts, Bordwell contextualizes the critical scene of the 1940s. Secondly, he hones in closer on Agee and his work:

"It’s terribly easy to be sentimental about Agee, and almost as easy to be hard on him. (Brutality, as Stroheim and Griffith knew, has its sentimental side.) But I think that reading him can do something rare in film criticism: He calls you to your best instincts. His dithering can be frustrating, »

- Adam Cook

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'Pompeii' Studio Says It Can Survive Disastrous U.S. Box Office

26 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Pompeii, Paul W.S. Anderson's big-budget disaster movie, is the latest costly production fully financed by Germany's Constantin Film to flop at the U.S. box office. The $100 million epic, starring Kit Harington and Carrie-Anne Moss, got buried in ash over the Feb. 21 weekend, grossing just $10.3 million in the U.S. while collecting another $22.8 million in 37 markets abroad. It follows last year's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which grossed a paltry $31 million domestic and 2011's

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- Scott Roxborough

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Why ‘Pompeii’ Doesn’t Blow

25 February 2014 2:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

History suggests that it took about six hours for Mt. Vesuvius to bury Pompeii in a thick coat of lava and ash. It took most critics even less time to bury “Pompeii” the movie in volcanic invective, resulting in a woeful 28% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an only slightly more encouraging 41 on Metacritic. Meanwhile, the vox populi has spoken, leading to a dismal $10 million opening weekend (against a reported $100 million budget). But look closer and, like those flailing limbs jutting out from the real Pompeii’s petrified in-situ corpses, a few persuasive dissenters can be heard amid the dismissive din. They douse the violent inferno with enthusiastic praise for the movie’s action sequences, for its use of 3D, and above all for its director, Paul W.S. Anderson. And they are not wrong to do so. Welcome to the cult of the vulgar auteur.

Of course, one can scarcely »

- Scott Foundas

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Movie Review: 'Pompeii'

24 February 2014 10:34 AM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Pompeii

Starring: Kip Harrington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

Rated PG-13

 

Dear Movie 43 and The Host,

You may no longer be the worst movies I have ever seen.  There is a new sheriff in town.

That right there could be my entire review.  And believe me, it hard for me to not just leave it like that.  But I’m an adult, damn it and I have a lot to say about Pompeii. First though, I would like to say this is the second movie I have seen by Paul W.S. Anderson (the first being the equally awful Event Horizon).  Since then, the only time I’ve mention the lesser Anderson’s name is to either make a joke, or correct someone when they think he directed Boogie Nights.  Anderson’s movies, despite being the fodder for people who liken him to Uwe Boll (and »

- Craig Dietz

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Required Reading: Middle-Age Sex in Hollywood and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Insane Vision

24 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Hollywood is still confused by sex and the middle-aged girl” — Kathryn Laskaris at The Star makes a stretched connection from Gravity‘s moderate skin-showing, but raises some interesting questions about how we view older women on film. “The Other Paul Anderson: The Psychotic Action Vision of Pompeii Director Paul W.S. Anderson” — Matt Patches at Grantland interviews the director about some of his signature scenes. The piece somehow doesn’t launch a pool of blood at your face. “America’s next Wal-Mart: The indie film industry” — Beanie Barnes at Salon looks at the numbers and makes a case that thousands of movies are being made every year that no one has any intention of seeing. Supply is crushing demand. “Cool Story, Bro” — Emily Nussbaum at The New Yorker reports from the future (March »

- Scott Beggs

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Box Office Weekend: Lego Movie Builds Up to Retain Top Spot

23 February 2014 10:19 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Once again, The Lego Movie (of which a sequel was recently announced) managed to impress, grossing $275.7 million worldwide box office (in no little part to its continued success, with an estimated $31.5 million this weekend). It handily beat out the two big new releases, the Kevin Costner action thriller 3 Days to Kill (estimated $12.3 million) and the latest from Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson, Pompeii (estimated $10 million). Neither film is critically on par with The Lego Movie, either, but 3 Days to Kill has a much smaller $28 million budget to make up compared to Pompeii’s $100 million, making the latter less likely to earn back its keep.

RoboCop, meanwhile, has to rely on foreign dollars to make back most of its money, its estimated $9.4 million making it not much to talk about in the United States (though it has done well enough worldwide to make up its shortcomings). The Monuments Men (estimated »

- Seth Paul

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Box Office: Can a Plane Stop The Lego Movie?

23 February 2014 5:21 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Amir with the weekend’s box office report. The Lego Movie managed to fend off meek competition and remain in the number one spot. Three weeks at the top and the amount of money it has cashed in so far have warranted Warner Brothers to announce a sequel, already planned for 2017! But don’t expect it to stay number one next week, when the Liam Neeson no-snakes airplane thriller, Non-Stop (featuring Lupita Nyong'o in an abrupt change of pace) hits the screens. That film has taken its title as a cue for its advertising and I suspect enough people are intrigued to see it despite what sounds like a ludicrous plot.

Box Office

01. The Lego Movie $31.4M (cum. $183.1m)

02. 3 Days To Kill $12.3m new

03. Pompeii $10m new

04. Robocop $9.4m (cum. $43.6m)

05. The Monuments Men $8.1m (cum. $58m)

This weekend saw two new wide openings: Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii, which »

- Amir S.

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