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Gregory Maguire had no idea what he was unleashing when he wrote Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West in 1995. Since then, a tremendous amount of energy has been spent on revisiting the antagonists from fairy tales to modern fiction in an effort to explain their motivations. Quite often, the opponent is more interesting than the protagonist so there’s an appetite to understanding what made them “evil”.
Another trend has been taking the classic fairy tales and first making them into palatable Disney animated fare followed by live-action adaptations and stage editions. By combining the above, we arrive this year with Maleficent. Perhaps the single most arresting visual in the Disney rogues gallery, this cunning sorcerer has given generations nightmares since the cartoon version arrived in 1959.
With Angelina Jolie as the title character, this had the making of a fascinating character story hidden under layers of action, »
- Robert Greenberger
With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »
- Christopher Clemente
Reviewed by Grace Fontaine, MoreHorror.com
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Director: Tony Randel
Starring: Clare Higgins as Julia Cotton
Ashley Laurence as Kirsty Cotton
Kenneth Cranham as Dr. Philip Channard/Channard Cenobite
William Hope as Kyle MacRae
Imogen Boorman as Tiffany
Doug Bradley as Pinhead/Captain Elliot Spencer
Nicholas Vince as Chatterer/Chatterer II
Simon Bamford as Butterball Cenobite
Barbie Wilde as Female Cenobite
Sean Chapman as Frank Cotton
Hellbound: Hellraiser II could have been an unquestionably inferior sequel to the amazing first film if it had been placed into the hands of a director who had a conflicting visionary approach to material that had been strongly established by Clive Barker, but wouldn’t you know it, director Tony Randel delivers one of those few follow ups that manages to stand on its own merits and follow suit to its predecessor.
After the unusual »
Stars: Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Gaia Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, Johnathon Schaech, Luke Newberry, Kenneth Cranham, Mariah Gale, Sarai Givaty | Written by Sean Hood, Daniel Giat | Directed by Renny Harlin
One of Three films released this year (the other two films surprisingly both star former WWE wrestlers) based on the classic character from Greek mythology, The Legend of Hercules stars Kellan Lutz as the titular hero Hercules, in an epic origin story from iconic action director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Long Kiss Goodnight) and writer Sean Hood – who co-wrote the recent Conan the Barbarian remake as well as penning the original story for a personal horror favourite of mine, Midnight Movie.
In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king (played by the always awesome Scott Adkins). Borne of god and mortal, »
- Phil Wheat
Maleficent (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Robert Stromberg, and starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, Kenneth Cranham, Hanna New, Isobelle Molloy, Ella Purnell, Jackson Bews. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s hard imagine how Disney could have screwed this up. Since her debut fifty-five years ago in Sleeping Beauty, [...]
- Drew Stelter
All I could picture as the closing credits began for "Maleficent," the big-budget fantasy picture that Walt Disney Studios is releasing on Friday, was a whole generation of women explaining how deeply and permanently broken their view of men was by Angelina Jolie when they were just princess-crazy little girls. It is safe to say I will not be taking my kids to see "Maleficent," a film that is so swollen with psycho-sexual subtext that I felt like I was watching a true hijacking of the mainstream. But… by who? Robert Stromberg, who directed the film, is a production designer who has been involved in creating some of the richest, most detailed fantasy worlds on film over the last decade, and who worked in visual effects for 20 years before that, and he certainly brings that skill set to bear on how he establishes a sense of time and place in "Maleficent. »
- Drew McWeeny
Please leave your desire for a well-rounded story in the lockers provided, and keep your arms and legs inside the ride while it is in motion. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have seen the source material (and I am indifferent about it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Beware, children, when attempting to rehabilitate a cartoon villain. Or when updating a fairy tale or beloved classic fantasy story. For you tread on treacherous ground, and a successful completion of your quest is far from certain.
As a warning to you all, behold Maleficent, the “true story” behind Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, and the lesson not learned from Disney’s previous similar outings, Oz the Great and Powerful and Alice in Wonderland. Unless the lesson is: Throw enough theme-park spectacle at audiences and you don’t need to bother with »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, Kenneth Cranham, Hannah New, Isobelle Molloy, Michael Higgins, Ella Purnell, Jackson Bews | Written by Linda Woolverton | Directed by Robert Stromberg
Having never been a fan of the romantic cliches that pervade the majority of Disney films, I wasn’t initially keen on seeing their latest offering, Maleficent. Granted, the Disney of old created some of the world’s most loved characters, but they also crafted the infamous ‘Disney Princess’. The emergence of this mythical personality not only meant a predictable storyline of ‘miserable girl seeks true love in order to live happily ever after’ in a succession of films I watched as a child, but more worryingly it cemented that line of thinking in the minds of generations of young girls. With Maleficent, Disney appears to have taken a different tact – perhaps influenced »
- Joe Cronin
Genre: Drama | Horror Air Date/Time: May 10 at 10/9c Network: BBC America Creator and Writer: Dominic Mitchell Cast: Luke Newberry, Emily Bevan, Harriet Cains, Stephen Thompson, Kenneth Cranham, Wunmi Mosaku, Kevin Sutton, Steve Cooper, Marie Critchley, Sandra Hugget, Gerard Thompson, Gillian Waugh, and Emmett J Scanlan Summary: ‘They’re only one missed dose away from ripping our heads apart’ is the mantra of zombie haters out to destroy the fragile peace […] »
- Erin Willard
Season 2 of "In the Flesh" premieres on BBC America May 10th, and if you're as excited as we are, check out the first four minutes of Episode 1 right here, right now! Not caught up? Season 1 begins streaming on BBCAmerica.com tomorrow, May 2nd.
The expanded six-episode new season of "In the Flesh" picks up nine months after the events of Season 1, and the war to protect the town from the Undead, known as Partially Deceased Syndrome (Pds) sufferers, has ceased.
Luke Newberry (The Legend of Hercules) reprises his role as Kieren Walker and leads the cast together with Emily Bevan ("The Thick of It") as Amy Driver, Harriet Cains ("Doctors") as Jem Walker, Stephen Thompson ("Doctors") as Philip Wilson, Kenneth Cranham (Maleficent) as Vicar Oddie, Kevin Sutton ("Shameless") as Gary, Steve Cooper as Steve Walker, Marie Critchley as Sue Walker, Sandra Hugget as Shirley Wilson, Gerard Thompson as Dean, and Gillian Waugh as Pearl Pinder. »
- Debi Moore
The BBC zombie series, In The Flesh, continues in May and we have a look at new footage from the upcoming episodes. While we don’t have a UK release date at this time, it has been confirmed that it will premiere on BBC America on Saturday, May 10th at 10:00pm. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, here’s a brief overview of the first season:
“The series follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran returns, he is forced to confront his family, »
- Jonathan James
We knew BBC America would be airing Season 2 of "In the Flesh" sometime this year, and now the official premiere date has arrived along with a "first look" teaser video and a few more details of what's coming.
"In the Flesh" creator Dominic Mitchell reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance. The six-parter is a BBC America co-production with BBC Drama Production North.
In the cauldron of Roarton, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace, Kieren is desperately keeping his head down and squirreling money into his ‘escape fund’ for Paris. But in the wider world, fear is in the air. »
- Debi Moore
BBC America's zombie mini-series "In the Flesh," created by Dominic Mitchell, will return for a second season on May 10th. The show will delve back into the world of Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) afflicted teenager who continues to struggle as an outsider in a world where acceptance does not come easy. Newberry leads a cast that includes Emily Bevan, Harriet Cains, Stephen Thompson, Kenneth Cranham, Kevin Sutton, and Steve Cooper, among others. New cast members include Wunmi Mosaku ("Dancing on the Edge") who plays local MP Maxine Martin, and Emmett J. Scanlan ("The Fall") who plays a disciple of the Undead Prophet, Simon. A BBC America co-production with BBC Drama Production North, the six-part "In the Flesh" premieres Saturday, May 10, at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.
- Emerson Gordon
BBC America's zombie mini-series "In the Flesh," created by Dominic Mitchell, will return for a second season on May 10th. The show will delve back into the world of Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) afflicted teenager who continues to struggle as an outsider in a world where acceptance does not come easy. Newberry leads a cast that includes Emily Bevan, Harriet Cains, Stephen Thompson, Kenneth Cranham, Kevin Sutton, and Steve Cooper, among others. New cast members include Wunmi Mosaku ("Dancing on the Edge") who plays local MP Maxine Martin, and Emmett J. Scanlan ("The Fall") who plays a disciple of the Undead Prophet, Simon. A BBC America co-production with BBC Drama Production North, the six-part "In the Flesh" premieres Saturday, May 10, at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. »
- Emerson Gordon
I can't wait for "Maleficent!" Back in 2009, we broke this story about Angelina Jolie being offered the role of Maleficent for Disney's retelling of the Sleeping Beauty villain (See original story here)! Planned director, Brad Bird, has since been replaced by Robert Stromberg, but Jolie remained as the evil witch!
Well behold the new trailer for the film! This one almost makes you fall for her, feel sorry for her, it's all about vengeance! If the movie is successful in making Maleficent a tragic character, then it will be happily ever after! Take a look at the brand new trailer (trailer 3) of "Maleficent" below:
Here's more info on the plot and cast from its Wiki page:
"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and »
Review Louisa Mellor 7 Mar 2014 - 15:00
In The Flesh returns to BBC Three in May with twice the episodes and every bit of the charm of series one…
Un-zombie drama In The Flesh arrived on BBC Three last year fully-formed, having sprung Athena-like from the head of creator Dominic Mitchell. Similar to a carved miniature or a Swiss Army Knife, its containment - a complete story of grief, prejudice and acceptance folded neatly into three hour-long episodes - was part of the attraction.
Doubling the length and broadening the scope for series two then, was a dangerous prospect. A second run of In The Flesh risked being a bloated, diluted version of the first, a drama that had made its point, outstayed its welcome, and was hanging around only to weaken the good work of its predecessor.
Danger averted. The second run is nothing of the sort. In the most natural of ways, »
At the peak of her Brideshead fame, she broke her jaw and lost half her teeth. It might have finished some actors, but not Diana Quick. She talks to Kira Cochrane about agitprop, acting couples – and supporting herself with crochet
There was a moment in the early 1980s when Diana Quick looked bound for one of those Hollywood careers synonymous with swimming pools, paparazzi and giant sunglasses. She had been acting professionally since the late 1960s, landed a major role in Ridley Scott's first feature The Duellists in 1977 and, as the 80s dawned, was working on the British TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Her role as exquisite, troubled aristocrat Lady Julia Flyte made international fame seem assured. When the series aired in 1981, headlines wondered if Quick was the world's most beautiful woman.
But between shooting Brideshead and its TV showing, her life changed dramatically. In San Francisco with her boyfriend of the time, »
- Kira Cochrane
Sometimes it’s good when a project tells you a little less than usual and Disney’s Maleficent gave us a few teasers initially and now the new trailer really does look quite magnificent.
Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut looks stunning, with Angelica Jolie genuinely intimidating but also beautifully unforgettable. The first trailer and little clip don’t show us too much but definitely that visual talent of Stromberg coming through who also worked on Pan’S Labyrinth and The Hunger Games.
This film takes a twist on the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ tale as it’s told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent. It is set to explore the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora – played by the brilliant Elle Fanning, who’s excelled in everything I’ve seen her in.
If you also love the Lana del Rey ‘Once Upon A Dream‘ track, »
- Dan Bullock
At first I was like, was that Angelina Jolie singing? And then voila, like a velvety smoky ray of light, I detected the magical, soothing, mysterious voice of Del Rey!
And let me tell 'ya, I can't wait to see this movie! We broke the news of Jolie's participation, oh, back in 2009, when a super-Disney insider revealed to me the plans! Click here to see the original story.
And now, it's almost here! Del Rey's take on the "Sleeping Beauty" classic "Once Upon a Dream" is just, well, haunting, and pure magic!
I can't wait to see the Robert Stromberg-directed movie when it hits theaters on May 30th!
Here's the rest of the cast, and watch the teaser/trailer below: »
With nearly 500,000 YouTube hits in less than 24 hours, this is one spot you don’t want to miss!
Last night marked the annual 56th Grammy Awards, and during the ceremony the audience were given a new preview of Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut Maleficent. Starring the brilliantly creepy Angelina Jolie (look at those razor-sharp cheek bones!), the film takes the classic Disney tale of Sleeping Beauty and turns it on its head, showing us the perspective of wicked queen Maleficent. Co-starring Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Peter Capaldi, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Kenneth Cranham, Lesley Manville and Ella Purnell, this will definitely be a huge hit for everyone involved. Stromberg was a visual effects artist for the likes of The Hunger Games, Alice In Wonderland and Pan’S Labyrinth, which is obvious throughout the trailer. Spooky with a hint of malice, I have a feeling this will be excellent. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
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