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John Cusack in Trailer for Artificial Intelligence Sci-Fi Film 'Singularity'

"I am a survivor. But I am not alone." Voltage Pictures has released an official trailer for a super weird, out-of-nowhere sci-fi film called Singularity, in reference to the theoretical "singularity" moment within computing / technology. John Cusack stars as the CEO of a company that is about to released a "super computer designed to end all wars." Surprise! The computer determines humans must be eradicated, and unleashes an army of robots upon the world. This is less like Transcendence, much more of a Terminator rip-off meets Transformers meets Divergent, or something like that. The cast includes Julian Schaffner, Jeannine Wacker, Eileen Grubba, and Carmen Argenziano. It can also be filed under why-is-John-Cusack-making-such-terrible-movies, since it looks as bad as they come. This is one trailer worth skipping. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Robert Kouba's Singularity, direct from Voltage's YouTube: In 2020, Elias van Dorne (John Cusack), CEO of Va Industries,
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Cinedigm acquires two films produced by James Franco

The actor’s Elysium Bandini Studios produced the projects in association with Los Angeles film schools.

Cinedigm Corp. has acquired all North American rights to The Heyday Of The Insensitive Bastards and Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman Of La Mancha, produced by James Franco, Jennifer Howell and Vince Jolivette’s Elysium Bandini Studios.

The Heyday Of The Insensitive Bastards was produced in conjunction with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and stars Franco, Tyler Labine, Kate Mara, Jim Parrack, Natalie Portman, Rico Rodriguez, Abigail Spencer, Amber Tamblyn, Thomas Mann and Kristen Wiig.

The film has a unique structure comprised of a series of vignettes that run the whole gamut of emotions as the film delves into universal themes of memory, longing and loss.

Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman Of La Mancha was produced in conjunction with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and was written and directed by students in Franco’s USC graduate
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Review: "When A Stranger Calls" (1979) Starring Carol Kane And Charles Durning; Region 4 Blu-ray Release

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Just after the school year ended in June 1984, I went to a friend’s house on a Friday night to watch the premiere of Carlin on Campus, an HBO concert of one of my favorite comedians, the legendary George Carlin. When the concert was over, my friend switched around until he reached NBC-tv. They were airing When A Stranger Calls, a 1979 thriller starring Carol Kane, Charles Durning, and Colleen Dewhurst. I saw the film from the beginning, and the first twenty or so minutes had me utterly captivated. It presented a scenario that I found to be terrifying, and apparently so did Rex Reed, whose proclamation “some of the most terrifying sequences ever filmed” was used in the newspaper ads. I thought it was so original – until I saw Bob Clark’s frightening Black Christmas (1974) four years later and saw where the “inspiration” may have come from.
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‘Graduation Day’ Blu-ray Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, E. Danny Murphy, Michael Pataki, E.J. Peaker, Richard Balin, Carmen Argenziano, Beverly Dixon, Hal Bokar, Denise Cheshire, Bill Hufsey, Linnea Quigley, Vanna White | Written by Herb Freed, David Baughn, Anne Marisse | Directed by Herb Freed

Laura, played very briefly by Ruth Ann Llorens (The Comeback Kid) is a talented high school track runner who meets her demise during a race, where she collapses and dies on the spot in front of her whole school (how embarrassing! Even more so due to the fact she won!) Fingers are immediately pointed towards Coach Michaels, played by the ever charming Christopher George (City of the Living Dead, The Exterminator) because he is a determined and often ruthless son of a gun! A couple of months pass and Laura’s sister Anne, played by Patch Mackenzie (Serial, It’s Alive 3) returns home from the Navy to honour her sister’s graduation.
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‘Punishment Park’ Blu-ray Review (Masters of Cinema)

Stars: Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano, Luke Johnson, Katherine Quittner, Scott Turner, Stan Armsted, Mary Ellen Kleinhall | Written and Directed by Peter Watkins

“Under the provision of Title 2 of the 1950 Internal Security Act, also known as the McCarran Act, the President of the United States of America is still authorized, without further approval by Congress to determine an event of insurrection within the United States and to declare the existence of an “internal security emergency”. The President is then authorized to apprehend and detain each person as to whom there is reasonable ground to believe probably will engage in certain future acts of sabotage. Persons apprehended shall be given a hearing, without right of bail, without the necessity of evidence and shall then be confined to places of detention.”

Peter Watkins, a British filmmaker who would work for the BBC in the 1960’s before finally directing Punishment Park in
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Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) Review

Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Directed By: Scott Derrickson

Written By: Scott Derrickson & Paul Harris Boardman

Starring: Doug Bradley (Pinhead), Craig Sheffer Joseph Thorne), Nicholas Turturro (Det. Tony Nenonen), James Remar (Dr. Paul Gregory), Nicholas Sadler (Bernie), Noelle Evans (Melanie Thorne), Lindsay Taylor (Chloe), Matt George (Mr. Parmagi), Michael Wiles, Sasha Barrese (Daphne Sharp), Kathyrn Joosten (Mother), Jessica Elliot (Young Joseph’s Mother), Carmen Argenziano (Captain), J.B. Gaynor (Young Joseph)

If you listen to some fans of the series, every movie after the fourth film is not worth watching. With that viewpoint being told so often, I went into this movie with lower expectations. I thought my expectations couldn’t get much lower with “Hellraiser: Bloodline” which was a bit of a mess that even the director removed his name from it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much of an improvement this was! I am aware the term
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What Red Scorpion can teach us about guerrilla combat

With Red Scorpion out now on Blu-ray, we take a look at what this 80s action fest can teach us about guerrilla warfare…

Standing at six feet five inches tall, Dolph Lundgren was the strapping alpha male of 80s cinema. After landing a tiny role in the James Bond movie A View To A Kill in 1985, the latter half of the decade saw the chemical engineering graduate, ex-bodyguard and Karate champion at the height of his rippling powers.

Lundgren punched Apollo Creed to death in front of James Brown in Rocky IV in 1985, starred as He-Man in Masters Of The Universe in 1987, and two years after that, headed off to Namibia to shoot his toughest assignment yet: the action epic, Red Scorpion.

Apparently fated to play Russian characters – his brief appearance in the 007 flick was as a Kgb henchman – Lundgren plays Nikolai Rachenko, an elite Soviet soldier sent on a mission to Africa.
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Three Cute Sisters Unleashed Onto VOD Courtesy Of Thriller Amber Lake

Even though its tagline reads like a female version of 'Weekend at Bernie's', 'Three sisters. Two days. One dead father.', the Joe Robert Cole helmed thriller 'Amber Lake' is anything but comical. The new thriller stars the delightfully beautiful Mekenna Melvin, the superbly stunning Natalie Smyka, the terrifically hot Polly Cole, oh and Carmen Argenziano and Timothy V. Murphy. And this bad boy is now a available on both VOD and iTunes! Check out the plot details and the full trailer below....
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[TV] Criminal Minds: Season Four

Crime procedurals often get lumped into one large genre with little distinguishing qualifications made to separate them from one another. If any distinction is made it’s between the more technically oriented CSI and the more character driven Law and Order series, of which there are many. Criminal Minds takes a third route and explores an alternate venue: the psychological profile. With a new serial killer for each episode, you’d think the shtick would have gotten tired by its fourth season; but you’d be wrong. The show remains as compelling as ever and makes for some great episodic television.

Since Mandy Patinkin (as Jason Gideon) walked off the set of Criminal Minds after the second season, the reins fell into the lap of Agent Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Gideon’s once right-hand man. Under Hotch, the Behavioral Analysis Unit has successfully profiled dozens of killers and remained a tight-knit group.
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New on DVD This Week

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic and not-so-classic movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Criterion version of The Last Days of Disco, Batman: Brave and the Bold and the debut of thirtysomething, Booker and Wiseguy on DVD for the first time.

Check them out.

Movies

Adventureland ~ Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds,(DVD and Blu-ray)

Children of the Corn ~ Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong (Blu-ray)

Duplicity ~ Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Julia Roberts (DVD and Blu-ray)

Fighting ~ Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard (DVD and Blu-ray)

How Bruce Lee Changed the World ~ Bruce Lee (DVD)

The Informers ~ Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thorton (DVD and Blu-ray)

The Last Days of Disco (Criterion Collection) ~ Chloë Sevigny,
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Fiona Dourif Is a Mafiosa

Fiona Dourif has signed on to star in the mob thriller Mafiosa, portraying the daughter of a murdered U.S. Army officer who faces off against an organized crime family.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yusaka Mizoguchi is directing from an original screenplay by Veronica Russo.

The cast also includes Jordi Vilasuso, Jason Gerhardt, Carmen Argenziano, Blake Berris, Katrina Law, Damien Luvara and Brian Burnett.

Mafiosa has begun filming in Orlando, Fla.
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Fiona Dourif joins 'Mafiosa'

Fiona Dourif joins 'Mafiosa'
Fiona Dourif will play the daughter of a murdered U.S. Army officer who faces off against an organized crime family in the mob thriller "Mafiosa," which has begun filming in Orlando, Fla. Yusaka Mizoguchi ("Still Breathing") is directing from an original screenplay by Veronica Russo.

Russo is also producing for Back of the Buss Entertainment.

The cast also includes Jordi Vilasuso, Jason Gerhardt, Carmen Argenziano, Blake Berris, Katrina Law, Damien Luvara and Brian Burnett.
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

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