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If you’re a fan of end-of-the-world movies such as The Road Warrior, Escape from New York and The Terminator, then you may want to check out Flickering Myth contributor david j. moore’s new book World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies, which has recently been released by Schiffer Publishing.
The deluxe hardback book is packed with over 800 movie reviews, ranging from blockbusters such as The Hunger Games, The Matrix Trilogy and World War Z to cult B-movies like Cyborg, Fortress and Hell Comes to Frogtown, providing the definitive guide to the genre.
As well as the exhaustive selection of reviews, the book also contains interviews with over 60 filmmakers and actors, including Albert Pyun, Russell Mulcahy, Neil Marshall, Roger Christianson, Martin Campbell, Paul W.S. Anderson, John Hillcoat and Roddy Piper, and 427 colour photographs.
You can order World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies via Amazon. »
- Gary Collinson
My hometown Mom-and-Pop video store used to have a magical “freebie” bin. This bin was the resting place for any excess promotional materials the store procured. The freebie bin rarely held any blockbuster movie posters, but it was always stocked with horror titles, and being a diehard horror fan, I outfitted my room with materials I collected from the freebie bin. (Plus, I once found a Ghost Dad shirt lurking in the bottom!) One of my favorite finds was a giant poster from Cast a Deadly Spell. This means that while many girls my age had New Kids on the Block or a fresh from T2 Edward Furlong pasted on their walls, my room was adorned with a scruffy Fred Ward. And thus, I was set on the horror path I am still ambling down today.
- Ryan Turek
Every once in a while, a television drama comes along that perfectly encapsulates the mood of the time in which it was made. In the 1980s - a decade best remembered in the United Kingdom for Thatcherism and the omnipresent threat of nuclear war - that drama was Edge of Darkness.
Edge of Darkness - a six-part serial - is the story of Ronnie Craven, a Yorkshire police detective who initiates an off-the-books enquiry into his daughter's murder, only to discover that her death has broader political implications.
Soon, Craven is drawn into a world of corrupt politics and eco-terrorism, culminating in an ill-fated excursion into a radioactive waste facility known as 'Northmoor' - the hub of a power-hungry plot by malevolent forces. »
"I had a lot of meetings on Casino Royale," he told Empire.
The filmmaker added: "So much so that the head of MGM offered me it. I had a 24-hour period where I thought I was directing Casino Royale."
Vaughn said of casting Firth as a »
Loosely adapted from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ espionage comic-book, Kingsman: The Secret Service sees Matthew Vaughn finally doing what he so nearly did back in the mid-noughties and making a spy flick. “I had a lot of meetings on Casino Royale,” he reveals of the Bond that got away, exclusively in the new issue of Empire (out Thursday, June 25). “So much so that the head of MGM offered me it. I had a 24-hour period where I thought I was directing Casino Royale.” The whole experience was, he understates, “a bit of a downer”.Any lingering disappointment at being 00-sixed – it was Martin Campbell, of course, who ultimately landed the gig – has been more than salved by an action-thriller that teams up Colin Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton as a kind of Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle of fighting, shooting and wearing very smart suits. Firth’s character, Harry Hart, »
Snyder and co. promise to introduce a whole new roster of heroes, many never before seen on the big screen, and the prospect is undeniably an exciting one. A new take on Batman to look forward to from Ben Affleck, to say nothing of the first real Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and plenty more where they came from.
If Dawn of Justice does well in May 2016, there’s no telling what could come next. Justice League, for sure, and then stand-alone franchises for the above characters and more.
- Kenji Lloyd
If you were a regular watcher of NBC's "Dracula" you're no doubt familiar with Victoria Smurfit, who played Lady Jane Wetherby on the show. Up next, Smurfit stars in a revenge thriller, and we've got the skinny for ya today. Read on!
Per Screen Daily, Smurfit (pictured) stars alongside Joanne Mitchell and Jonathan Slinger in the film, which has just begun production over in West Yorkshire. It's being directed by Jonathan Brunt, who previously helmed the 2012 horror flick Before Dawn.
The Taking tells the story of two women who turn the tables on a vicious loan shark, and it's one of the new films on the slate of newly minted UK sales outfit Metrodome International.
The shoot is due to wrap on May 18.
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- John Squires
Since being introduced back in 1997, Parkour has become a key part of many fast-paced action sequences. With the aim being to get from A to B as quickly as possible, it’s easy to see why our protagonists would favour this mode of ‘transport’. With the upcoming release of Brick Mansions on May 2nd, starring Paul Walker and Parkour founder, David Belle (pictured below), we’ve taken a look at some of the best Parkour and free-running scenes, as well as a few that we enjoyed for other reasons.
David Belle, widely regarded as a founder of the modern parkour movement, eludes a gun-toting gang in a gut-wrenching chase through a French estate block. Impossible precision and stomach-churning drops are the order of the day although we’re unconvinced that the bit with the ladder is allowed in Parkour rules. Casino Royale (2006) dir. Martin Campbell »
- Phil Wheat
Despite the fact that the last time Warner Bros. and DC Comics tried to put Green Lantern on the big screen it ended in disaster, writer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) still wants to give the character the feature-film that he deserves. While speaking to Collider, he said that he would love to reboot the property at some point:
“I would love to do ‘Green Lantern,’” Goyer said when he was asked about the way the alien world was depicted in Man of Steel versus how it was shown in Green Lantern. “I really wanted to showcase Krypton as a truly alien world. That was one of the things I wanted to do from the beginning when I got involved in the project. At his heart, Superman’s always been a science fiction story. I wanted to lean into that, and so did Chris, and so did Zack, »
- Matt Joseph
The X-Men cinematic universe is about to explode. Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the mega-budgeted, hugely ambitious, and biggest entry in Fox’s 14 year old series will be arriving in theaters later this year. It will then lead to another massive X-Men event film, X-Men: Apocalypse. Along the way, several plotlines are going to be remixed, rebooted, and retconned- thanks to the time travel elements of DoFP. Singer is going to get the chance right a few of the wrongs that occurred in the X-universe after he left it (I’m looking at you, X-Men: The Last Stand), and reposition certain characters. But where does this leave Logan, aka Wolverine?
The last time we saw him, he had a successful spin-off film called The Wolverine, which was directed by James Mangold and which starred- once again- Hugh Jackman. A few months back, Mangold and Jackman gave opposing »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds told the story of a rustic seaside town that finds itself menaced by hellish flocks of seagulls and crows. Now the 1963 classic looks set to suffer its own form of molestation courtesy of a Hollywood remake by Transformers director Michael Bay.
Loosely adapted from a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds cast Tippi Hedren in the role of Melanie Daniels, a San Francisco socialite who comes horribly unstuck on a visit to northern California. Reports suggest that Bay's version will return to tale to its original English setting, while Naomi Watts is rumoured to be considering the Hedren role.
Variety reports that the film will be directed by the Dutch film-maker Diederik Van Rooijen, »
- Xan Brooks
It’s been so long since we’d heard anything concrete about Platinum Dunes' plans to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s classic beaky chiller The Birds that we started to wonder whether it had contracted Avian Flu, kicked the development bucket, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible. But it would appear that re-imagined parrot is alive and squawking, as Variety reports that Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will handle the megaphone.Well, we say, “will”. We’ve been here before on the Birds front, with Martin Campbell previously attached to call the shots and Naomi Watts linked with the lead role in the past. Neither is still involved.Universal and the Platinum Dunes team are, somewhat sensibly, making it clear that this redo will owe more to Daphne du Maurier’s short story than Hitchcock’s film, though the plot is still largely a secret, with Jonathan Herman »
It's been a long time since we've heard anything about Universal Pictures, Mandalay Pictures and Platinum Dunes' remake of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, but if you were hoping that Michael Bay's production company had forgotten about its plans, then I'm afraid you're out of luck.
Variety is reporting that Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped, Daylight) has signed on to direct the film, which Bay is producing alongside Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Peter Guber and David Zelon. The project has previously passed through the hands of Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) and Dennis Iliadis (Hardcore, The Last House on the Left), while Naomi Watts was attached to the Tippi Hedren role back when it was first announced in 2007.
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to an ongoing trend of people watching Alfred Hitchock movies and deciding that they could probably do a much better job, there are numerous existing remakes of Hitchcock films and usually at least one or two more in development at any one time.
One planned remake that has been languishing in development hell for years is Universal’s re-imagining of The Birds. Originally set to star Naomi Watts with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directing, producer Brad Fuller later admitted that the film was not at the top of the priorities list for studio Platinum Dunes.
That was several years ago, however, and apparently Platinum Dunes isn’t ready to give up just yet. THR reports ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds has been in development for a long time. Martin Campbell was attached at one point, but for about five years, the idea has sat on a shelf picking up dust. Until today. Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Bay just hired Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen to helm The Birds […]
The post ‘The Birds’ Remake Gets Its Director appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
A remake of Alfred Hitchcock's tale of avian terror has been rumored and talked about since way back in 2007, but it's been quite some time since we've heard anything about it. Now it looks like The Birds reboot is back on track. Read on for details!
Variety reports that Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Pictures have tapped Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped) to direct a modern day version of The Birds, replacing previously attached directors Martin Campbell and Dennis Iliadis.
The original plotline followed a San Francisco socialite who moves to a small northern California town that is suddenly under attack from various types of birds. Plot details for the remake are unknown at this time.
Universal Pictures executive vice president of »
- John Squires
Movies frequently use 'casinos' as important settings in their stories, with the excitement of 'poker' games contributing to the thrill of those gaming sequences.
In the film, superspy Bond plays a high stakes poker game against evil terrorist 'Le Chiffre', who has his sights on a large pot that he plans to use, to fund his international criminal activities.
A plan which Bond tries his best to foil, with the last hand of the game showing Bond with a hand that doesn't amount to much.
However, in true '007' fashion, Bond wins the hand and (again), saves the world from tyranny.
Many movies set in the 'Old West' also rely on casino scenes, including the 1939 feature "Sunset Trail", also focusing on a high stakes poker game.
During the sequence, the main character has »
- Michael Stevens
You’d think it would be self-evident that there’s no way to tell whether a movie is good or bad until actually seeing it, but it’s not always the case. Although it’s increasing in fervor lately, the anticipatory intensity leading up to a movie’s release has always swayed movie fans’ perception one way or the other. Sometimes the pre-conceived notions of a movie’s quality are accurate, sometimes things thought to be sure-thing masterpieces are anything but. Sometimes, things everyone spends months dreading turn out to be terrific; the stellar reviews for The Lego Movie indicate that it may very well be one of them, and even the Robocop remake, getting some positive early notices, might be one as well. Here are five more movies we all covered our heads for before seeing the light. Casino Royale Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as James Bond yielded one legit Bond classic (Goldeneye) and a handful »
- Danny Bowes
Martin Campbell has signed on to direct the ABC drama pilot “Warriors.”
Project revolves around a group of military doctors and nurses at a facility inspired by the cutting-edge work done at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Campbell’s known for helming Bond pics “Goldeneye” and “Casino Royale,” along with 2011′s “Green Lantern” and 2005′s “The Legend of Zorro.” His previous TV pilot directing jobs have included recent ABC dramas “Killer Women” and “The Last Resort.”
- Cynthia Littleton
The James Bond franchise has had its ups and downs over its 50 year run run, but where it came together for a lot of people after several missteps was the 21st entry. Casino Royale was parallel to other successful reboots like Star Trek, Batman Begins, and X-Men: First Class which honored what had came before whilst injecting new life into their respective franchises.
Martin Campbell was chosen for the film which made sense because he had already cut his teeth on one of the more critically praised Brosnan Bond movies, GoldenEye. GoldenEye had come after a six year hiatus following Timothy Dalton resigning the role which essentially made GoldenEye a 90's version of Casino Royale. Predictably Campbell delivered in spades, pulling in little bits of inspiration from Batman Begins and the Bourne movies to create a grittier, more realistic Bond, pushing the gadgets and supercars to the background. The result »
- Gary Collinson
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