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12 items from 2009


DVD Review: Spectacular ‘The Shield: The Complete Series Collection’

13 November 2009 11:32 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – All seven season of the Emmy-winning, groundbreaking “The Shield,” easily one of the best programs of the ’00s, have been collected into one absolutely gorgeous set for “The Shield: The Complete Series Collection”. This time of year usually produces several complete series sets to essentially re-sell already available programs to holiday shoppers. This is one of the best.

DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0

The 88 episodes of “The Shield” have been collection on 28 Dvds, beautifully housed in a 34-page bound anthology book filled with photos, quotes, and a special letter from Shawn Ryan. Purely from a packaging perspective, “The Shield” is one of the most beautiful sets that a TV fan could include on their shelf. Sometimes complete series sets are literally nothing more than the previous releases crammed into one box. That’s not the case here as the entire show has been lovingly bound like a book you want to read again. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Mist returns--Black and white with bugs all over!

4 October 2009 3:36 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Stephen King always referred to his classic 1980 novella The Mist as his "black and white Bert I. Gordon bug movie."  At the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend, when the film he was going to run, Give 'Em Hell Malone, got hung up over rights issue, a funny, shoeless Thomas Jane substituted it for a big screen showing of The Mist in black and white!

"This is my favorite way of seeing this movie," Jane said.  "It's the ultimate version of the movie! Frank (Darabont) feels it should be seen this way, too.  I loved playing the main character--David Drayton, the hero--every decision he makes is totally wrong!"

After the grim ending, Thomas Jane joked "That's a real party starter, huh?  I love the movie.  Unfortunately, they released the movie at Thanksgiving--which was obviously the wrong time of year for this kind of movie."

As a Stephen King adapter, writer »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Pat Jankiewicz)

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Fall Frights: Silent Hill (Film Review)

4 October 2009 3:07 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

In the spirit of Halloween '09, we're breaking out reviews (some new, some old) of some Fall Frights you may want to work into your monthly viewing.

Silent Hill - Fangoria Archives: Originally Published 4/2006

Saying that Silent Hill is the best movie yet based on a horror video game will no doubt strike many as damning with faint praise. Sure, when the competition is the likes of Doom, Resident Evil: Apocalypse and the, ahem, oeuvre of Uwe Boll, there’s really nowhere to go but up. This time, though, you get more of a sense of a filmmaker committing to making a real movie out of the source material instead of just hitching a who-cares plot onto a marketable title. Not that the storyline of Silent Hill is especially complex, but director Christophe Gans and screenwriter Roger Avary are clearly committed to recreating the game experience in the cinematic medium; having never played it myself, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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Sound Off For Silent Hill: The Sequel

16 September 2009 3:10 PM, PDT | HollywoodNorthReport.com | See recent HollywoodNorthReport.com news »

Screenwriter Roger "Pulp Fiction" Avary and producer Samuel Hadida of Davis Films will reunite for a Toronto-lensed sequel to their 2006 video game feature adaptation Silent Hill. The first film, lensed in Ontario, based on the Konami video game, starred actors Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean and Canadian actresses Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger and Tanya Allen, directed by Christophe "Brotherhood Of The Wolf" Gans for TriStar Pictures. Davis Films plan to shoot the new film in 2010, after they wrap Resident Evil: Afterlife, now prepping in Toronto with star Milla Jovovich. Avary is also writing the video adaptation Return To Castle Wolfenstein for Davis Films. Click the poster image to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original trailer for Silent Hill »

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Avary and Hadida Returning for "Silent Hill" Sequel

15 September 2009 5:26 PM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Screenwriter Roger Avary and producer Samuel Hadida of Davis Films have signed on for a sequel to their 2006 video game adaptation "Silent Hill". The original, based on the Konami game, starred Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen and Jodelle Ferland. Christophe Gans directed the TriStar Pictures release, which earned $97.6 million worldwide. Davis Films aims to shoot the movie next year after "Resident Evil: Afterlife", which it is now preparing to shoot. Avary is also penning video game adaptation "Return To Castle Wolfenstein" for Davis Films. »

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Roger Avary is Returning to Silent Hill

15 September 2009 10:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There will be more shenanigans in Silent Hill. The 2006 film, directed by Christoph Gans didn't do terribly well, but Konami's game series is a perpetual seller, suggesting that there is room for another film. So screenwriter Roger Avary is re-teaming with producer Samuel Hadida to rebuild the foggy, freaky town. Or perhaps Konami is just jealous that Capcom will soon collect yet another Resident Evil licensing package when they've only nabbed one. (Hadida has the right idea; he produces both franchises.) Can't say this is terribly exciting; Avary's script was arguably the real weak link in the original film. Gan brought fog and atmosphere, Carol Spier did some excellent production design work, and I liked some of the cast, which included Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Alige Krige and Tideland's Jodelle Ferland. But Avary's script had Mitchell running around yelling her daughter's name over and over again, and »

- Russ Fischer

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Screenwriter, producer returning to Silent Hill

15 September 2009 7:22 AM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

News is breaking from the Toronto International Film Festival that screenwriter Roger Avary and producer Samuel Hadida have signed contracts to make a sequel to Silent Hill.

Avary wrote the script for the 2006 movie while Hadida produced under his Davis Films banner. No storyline has been revealed yet but the first film chose to go with an original premise and use characters and situations outside of what appeared in the first Konami video game.

Silent Hill is one of the video game publisher's star properties. Falling under the genre classification of survival horror, each game is about a new person entering the mist-enshrouded small town of Silent Hill in search of answers to the whereabouts of their loved ones. When they start to explore the deserted buildings and streets of the town they encounter twisted human-looking creatures and outright horrific shapes. One being which has the unusual name of Pyramid »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Avary and Hadida Returning to Silent Hill

15 September 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Screenwriter Roger Avary and producer Samuel Hadida of Davis Films have signed on for a sequel to their 2006 video game adaptation Silent Hill . The original, based on the Konami game, starred Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen and Jodelle Ferland. Christophe Gans directed the TriStar Pictures release, which earned $97.6 million worldwide. Davis Films aims to shoot the movie next year after Resident Evil: Afterlife , which it is now preparing to shoot. Avary is also penning video game adaptation Return to Castle Wolfenstein for Davis Films. »

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'Silent Hill' sequel in the works.

14 September 2009 10:55 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Roger Avary and Samuel Hadida of Davis Films will bring a sequel to the successful "Silent Hill." The first film opened on April 21st, 2006 with $20 million before ending off with $46.9 million domestically. Internationally, the horror fared well with a strong $50.6 million grossed. Budget was around $50 million. Apparently Davis Films plans to shoot this after "Resident Evil 4" next year. Film is based on the game by Konani. The cast of the first offering included Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, Alice Krige, Kim Coates and Tanya Allen. »

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DVD Review: Perfect Final Season of ‘The Shield’ Gets Fantastic Release

11 June 2009 8:27 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There was no better show on television in 2008 than FX’s “The Shield” and the seventh and final season is now available on DVD. The dark and often brilliant series about life lived in the gray area between right and wrong had its ups and downs over the course of six seasons but the seventh and final chapter in the life of Vic Mackey was stunningly perfect and I find it hard to disagree with Maureen Ryan of The Chicago Tribune, who is quoted on the cover of the recently released DVD set - “…the most brilliant series finale I’ve ever seen.”

DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0 One of the things I always loved about “The Shield,” a show that I think I have written about more than any other in the decade I’ve been writing about entertainment, was how brilliantly the team behind the show wove together themes and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Roger Avary Directing 'Silent Hill 2'?!

11 May 2009 11:04 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Some pretty huge news has been hiding in an interview with author Brett Easton Ellis for nearly a month now over at Chuck Palahniuk.net. During the chat about The Informers, interviewer "Dennis" asks Ellis if Roger Avary is still attached to direct Glamorama. His reply is shocking. "Hes going to be shooting Silent Hill 2. As far as 'Glamorama', its just very hard to get the money to make it." It's never mentioned again, but that's enough to get me excited. Roger Avary wrote the first Silent Hill, Pulp Fiction and directed the awesome Rules Of Attraction. This news couldn't be more exciting! Your thoughts? Where should they take the sequel if it ever gets off the ground? The first film was directed by Christophe Gan and stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates,Tanya Allen and Jodelle Ferland. »

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Nine sign with APA

3 February 2009 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

APA has signed to represent actors Elizabeth Berkley, Sean Astin, Laurie Holden and Yancey Arias; comedian Louie Anderson; and producers Eddie Feldmann, Stuart Krasnow, Mike Rowe and Ken Topolsky.

Berkley has "Ask-Elizabeth," a self-help unscripted pilot, in consideration at MTV. She is managed by Kritzer Levine Wilkins.

Astin next appears in the comedy feature "Stay Cool." He is managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and also repped by attorney Dave Feldman.

Holden ("The Shield") is managed by Framework and also repped by attorney Alan Wertheimer.

Arias next appears in Sony Screen Gems' thriller "Legion." He is managed by Luber/Roklin.

Anderson performs his show "Larger Than Life" in Las Vegas.

Feldmann ("Dennis Miller Live"), an Emmy-winning writer-producer, is managed by New Wave. Krasnow created and executive produces Oxygen's "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency."

Writer-producer Rowe's credits include "Family Guy." Topolsky ("Kidnapped"), a TV producer-director, is managed by Rain Management Group. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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