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Snakes on a Plane Becomes a Reality for Terrified Airline Passengers

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Snakes on a Plane Becomes a Reality for Terrified Airline Passengers
Earlier this summer, the cult hit Snakes on a Plane celebrated its 10th Anniversary, and as implausible as that movie was, it just became a reality for a group of Mexican airline passengers. During an AeroMexico flight from Torreon to Mexico City yesterday, passenger Indalecio Medina posted a video to social media, which shows a massive snake, believed to be a venomous green viper, falling from an overhead compartment to the main cabin. The plane was given priority clearance to land in Mexico City so that animal control could properly remove the snake.

While it still isn't known how the snake even got on the plane, Upi reports that Indalecio Medina captured the snake in a blanket and gave it some "magazines to read." He also posted another brief video on Twitter that shows animal control workers removing the snake. Here's what a representative for AeroMexico airlines had to say in a statement.
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Great Job, Internet!: Read This: It’s been 10 motherfucking years since Snakes On A Plane

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It was the incredibly crass, brilliantly stupid title that sank its fangs into the internet and wouldn’t let go: Snakes On A Plane. Directed by the late David R. Ellis, a stuntman turned director, and starring a never louder Samuel L. Jackson, the airborne, serpent-heavy thriller finally reached theaters on August 18, 2006, after months of inescapable online hype. The film turned a modest profit on its not-inconsiderable $33 million budget, but it was considered a disappointment when judged against New Line Cinema’s sky-high expectations. The studio had been banking on the deafening internet buzz and had even tailored the film to meet fan’s expectations, necessitating five days of reshoots. Now that the film is a decade old, it is time to reflect on what Snakes On A Plane achieved and failed to achieve in 2006, as well as what the film’s lasting impact on popular ...
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DVD Review – Kite (2014)

Kite, 2014.

Directed by Ralph Ziman.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Carl Beukes, and Deon Lotz.


When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the apparent help of his ex-partner.

Kite, the live action remake of the 1998 Japanese Anime, sees Samuel L. Jackson continuing his recent run of straight to DVD appearances. As it happens a live action Us version of the popular Anime didn’t quite have enough interest for the big screen. Never-the-less, Brian Cox’s (not that Brian Cox) screenplay is a largely faithful retelling of the original story.

Kite tells the story of Sawa an orphaned girl haunted by the murder of her parents before her eyes. She spends her teens and early adult years dependant on drugs which help keep her memories repressed. She was also trained and raised to become an assassin by Karl Aker (Jackson) her fathers former police partner.
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Kite | Review

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Go Fly One: Ziman’s Anime Adaptation a Denuded, Unnecessary Endeavor

Those familiar with Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1998 fifty minute anime of the same name will be sorely disappointed in Ralph Ziman’s modernized update of the controversial Kite. But a faithful, live action rendition would have crossed the boundaries and limits of what defines exploitation cinema since we’re talking about an orphaned school girl sex slave assassin. A more fitting nod came from Quentin Tarantino, who culled the origin tangent of O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill from Umetsu, in an anime sequence deemed too violent for live action. While a faithful adaptation would have seemed gratuitous, this end product is unable to elicit any kind of response at all, feeling utterly uninspired in look, tone, or content.

In a ravaged world facing the after effects of a global financial collapse, a young girl in Johannesburg named Sawa (India
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Film Review: ‘Kite’

Film Review: ‘Kite’
When it was first announced that Samuel L. Jackson would star in a live-action remake of “Kite,” it sounded as if the new version might meet a wider audience than Yasuomi Umetsu’s cult straight-to-video anime. The super-controversial, often-censored story of an orphaned schoolgirl turned sex slave and assassin isn’t for everyone (and you can’t entirely blame those countries whose strict anti-child pornography laws deemed it wasn’t for anyone), although a slicker, less overtly kinky remake should have been catnip to “Sin City” and “Sucker Punch” fans. But judging by the disappointing results, this uninspired Anchor Bay release awaits homevid obscurity.

In the 16 years since Umetsu’s edgy anime first hit the streets, “Kite” has found such devoted followers as Quentin Tarantino, who counts it among the many references that fed into “Kill Bill” — most notably shaping O-Ren Ishii’s animated backstory and the look of Gogo Yubari’s deadly schoolgirl.
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Tsr Blog: ‘Non-Stop’ and Why It’s Safe for Movie Planes to Crash Again

Through films like Flightplan, Soul Plane, and White House Down, it has taken over a decade for Hollywood to arrive at Non-Stop.

Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are
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New Horror Anthology Fear Paris Teases Directors And Concept

After movies like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, I’m all for horror anthologies abiding by a particular theme. There’s something inherently fun about such a cornucopia of treats, as different directors populate one single film with so many distinctive styles and traits – as long as the segments set the stage for such fun. I’ll always give a horror anthology a try, from Chillerama to The Theatre Bizarre, which is why I’m happy to say we’ve got an exciting anthology coming our way with Fear Paris.

Newly announced, Fear Paris will join the likes of Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Hitman/Frontier(s)), and Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky), as they explore the horrific underworld of France’s iconic capital city. Here’s the full press release, accompanied by a tonal teaser below:

The producers behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Iceman join forces
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Review: 'The Raid 2' delivers visceral thrills on an epic scale

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Review: 'The Raid 2' delivers visceral thrills on an epic scale
Park City - What makes a great action filmmaker truly great? Is it just the ability to orchestrate and shoot mayhem? If so, then David Ellis would have to be considered one of the greats simply for the highway crash sequence in "Final Destination 2," and pretty much every other scene he ever shot would negate that idea. And if pure mayhem is what makes you great overall, then the destruction of Chicago means that none of Michael Bay's weaknesses as a filmmaker matter, right? There are a number of directors out there right now who deserve more credit than they...
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India Eisley and Samuel L. Jackson Kick Butt and Take Names in New 'Kite' Footage

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Back in 2011, news broke that Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis was attached to direct an adaptation of the cult anime Kite. Unfortunately, Ellis passed away unexpectedly in early 2013, which left many wondering if this particular project would ever move forward. Today, we can show you that it did, as we’ve got a new nine-minute clip that has Samuel L. Jackson introducing the film, a trailer, and the opening scenes of the actual movie. India Eisley costars in the feature – playing a young woman who’s out to avenge the murder of her parents while also assassinating members of a group who deal in the trafficking of young women. Yasuomi Umetsu’s anime was renowned for its graphic violence and rape scenes, which will be toned down significantly for...

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Watch: Samuel L. Jackson Introduces First Trailer for Live-Action 'Kite'

The late director David R. Ellis was supposed to reteam with his Snakes on a Plane star for a live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime movie Kite. But since he died just before production was supposed to begin, South African director Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema) had to take over the project. It's been a year since then, and now it sounds like the project is gearing up for the big screen release as Bloody Disgusting has gotten ahold of an early trailer for the film introduced by star Samuel L. Jackson, proclaiming his affection for the original work. There seems to be some cool action, but Jackson could just as easily be playing Shaft again in this film and there wouldn't be much of a difference. Watch it! First trailer for Ralph Ziman's Kite, discovered by Bloody Disgusting (see a 5-minute clip there too): Kite
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Watch Samuel L. Jackson In The First Live-Action Kite Trailer

Upcoming movie Kite is based on Yasuomi Umetsu's anime that is known for its graphic depictions of sex and violence. Samuel L. Jackson plays Karl Aker, a corrupt detective and India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Underworld: Awakening) plays Sawa, a young girl who is out to track down those responsible for killing her father with the help of Aker. Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four, The Great Gatsby) co-stars. Ralph Ziman (Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema, The Zookeeper) took over as director after the death of David R. Ellis, who worked with Jackson on Snakes On A PlaneKite was filmed in Johannesburg and the first trailer is embedded below. ...

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Gandolfini, Monteith, Stapleton, Winters and Goldberg To Receive Special Tributes at Emmys

Gandolfini, Monteith, Stapleton, Winters and Goldberg To Receive Special Tributes at Emmys
James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg will receive special tributes during CBS’ broadcast of the Primetime Emmys on Sept. 22.

Each of the tributes, which will come in addition to the traditional In Memoriam segment, will be delivered by a colleague who had a close relationship with them.

For Gandolfini, it will be “The Sopranos” co-star Edie Falco. Former “Family Ties” star Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to Goldberg, the show’s exec producer. “All in the Family” co-star Rob Reiner will honor Stapleton, Jane Lynch of “Glee” will remember Monteith and Robin Williams will be the one for his former “Mork and Mindy” mate Winters.

“The In Memoriam is a very emotional and evocative segment for the Emmys, or any annual awards program,” said Primetime Emmys exec producer Ken Ehrlich. “These five individuals brought us such great entertainment and joy, so having their
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Live From the Creative Arts Emmys

Live From the Creative Arts Emmys
Nearly 80 awards are scheduled to be presented at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony today at the Nokia Theatre, beginning shortly after 4 p.m Pacific. We’ll be live-blogging the highlights, so keep coming back for updates.

Fxx will air an edited version of the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

Past, present and future “Community” showrunner Dan Harmon is joining series star Joel McHale in presenting the first quartet of Emmys, including three for casting and one for guest comedy actress. The final two Emmys, for reality host and reality program, will be announced by next week’s Primetime Emmys host, Neil Patrick Harris.

A couple handfuls of juried Emmys were announced in August, including kudos for “Adventure Time,” “Portlandia,” “The Simpsons” and the Alex Gibney documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.”

4:05 p.m.: “Tonight, we honor all the creative
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First Look at Samuel L. Jackson in Anime Adaptation Kite

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First Look at Samuel L. Jackson in Anime Adaptation Kite
A gun-toting Samuel L. Jackson squares off against Callan McAuliffe in the first photo from Kite, directed by Ralph Ziman. The story centers on a young woman (India Eisley) who teams up with her dead father's ex-partner (Samuel L. Jackson) on the police force to avenge his death. The project, which is currently in post-production, is a live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu's Kite. David R. Ellis was initially set to direct, before he passed away in January, when Ralph Ziman took over the directing duties. Take a look at the photo, then read on for what Callan McAuliffe had to say about the production.

Callan McAuliffe recently spoke about how much he enjoyed the project, while doing press at the Toronto International Film Festival.

"It was great fun and that should be coming out pretty soon."

He also spoke about the kinds of things he learned from Samuel L. Jackson
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First Look At Samuel L. Jackson In Kite Adaptation

Samuel L. Jackson stars in Ralph Ziman's remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese Ova, Kite. The live-action film stars nineteen-year-old India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) as Sawa, sixty-four-year-old Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Karl Aker (Akai) and eighteen-year-old Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby) as Oburi. If you've seen the original Ova, you know why the ages are important here. The project was very nearly shelved when David R. Ellis (Snakes On A Plane) passed away back in February but Ralph Ziman (Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema ) quickly stepped in to keep the project moving. "Kite, is a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa's policeman father is killed, she vows to track the
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Halo 4 Designer Calls Out Hideo Kojima Over ‘Sexy Character’ Quote

Halo 4 designer David Ellis has called out Hideo Kojima in relation to the Japanese developer’s recent explanation that he wanted to make the character designs of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain more “erotic,” by stating that the comment is “disgusting.”

The controversy over Kojima’s comments all started out, as most things do these days, over some Tweets sent out on September 4th. In describing the on-going development of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima posted:

“I’ve been ordering to Yoji Shinkawa to make the character more erotic, and he did it well. Recently I’ve been making characters this way. I create the setting thoroughly, how he/she spent early life, name, style, favorite phrase, fashion, action to stand the character out. The initial target is to make u want to do cosplay or its figurine to sell well.”

Kojima’s message was
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NewBev to Present Midnight Showing of Final Destination 2 on March 16th

This weekend the New Beverly Cinema, in partnership with Horror Movie a Day, will feature a 35mm screening of Final Destination 2 as part of its ongoing midnight series. It's the tenth anniversary of the popular horror sequel, which is regarded by many fans as the best in the franchise.

The screening is tomorrow night, March 16th, at 11:59 Pm.

But there's more! The film's writer, Eric Bress, will be in attendance along with the original film's scribe, Jeffrey Reddick, for a Q&A session. The screening will also serve as a tribute to the film's director, David R. Ellis, who passed away in January. Fans will also have a chance to answer trivia questions and win some prizes.

The New Beverly Cinema hosts a recurring Midnight Movie that's become a favorite of genre fans. The theater is located at 7165 West Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, one block west of La Brea.
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Oscars In Memoriam 2013 snubs Andy Griffith, Larry Hagman, Phyllis Diller and more

Where were Andy Griffith, Larry Hagman and other well-known celebrities in this year's Oscars In Memoriam montage? They were online at Oscar.com.

Every year it's one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn't make the cut for In Memoriam?

When it comes to the Oscars, these "snubs" are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars -- usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.

However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.

Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the
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Ralph Ziman Takes Over ‘Kite’ From The Late David R. Ellis; India Eisley & Callan McAuliffe Join Samuel L. Jackson

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Almost one month ago, the news hit that director David R. Ellis (“The Final Destination,” “Snakes On A Plane”) had been found dead in his Johannesburg hotel room where he was staying while working on “Kite,” a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film that was set to star Samuel L. Jackson. Now, rest assured that while Ellis is no more, his project will live on. South African director Ralph Ziman is set to take over at the helm. Jackson will stay on board, while India Eisley and Callan McAuliffe have also joined the cast. Ziman’s best-known directing credit is for 2008’s “Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema,” about crime in a post-apartheid black South African neighborhood. The film was generally well-reviewed and praised for its kinetic energy -- something Ziman will need to adapt the dystopian “Kite.” The original anime sparked controversy for its graphic depictions of an orphaned girl turned sex.
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Live-Action 'Kite' Adaptation with Samuel Jackson Gets New Director

When the sudden news of Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis passing away surfaced last month, that left the adaptation of he Japanese anime movie Kite, starring Samuel L. Jackson, in limbo. The project was gearing up to start production when Ellis passed away, and it was unclear what would happen. Now a press release (found via The Film Stage) has revealed that South African director Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema) will take over the project. In addition, Maleficent and Underworld: Awakening star India Eisley and The Great Gatsby and Flipped star Callan McAuliffe have both joined the cast. More below! The story doesn't depart too much from the original anime as it follows a young woman (to be played by India Eisley) living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. Her father, a police officer,
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