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This Proof of Concept Trailer For an Animated Terminator Film Called Extermination Has Potential

Animated versions of sci-fi movies are often hit or miss. We've seen plenty of sci-fi films play with animation like Matrix's the Animatrix, Starship Troopers, Rambo the animated series, and um.. Robocop the animated series. Whether it's done with animation or CGI, it can be an interesting way to tell new stories, and that is what Bruce Stirling and John Knox are trying to do with the Terminator franchise.

This animated trailer serves as a proof of concept for a Terminator film project called Extermination and it has a lot of good concepts, great art, and some decent voice acting. They are obviously trying to make something fresh and good. I wholly support this idea, or rather, I support the making of something good with Terminator. The past few movies haven't been good, so a new animated film could change things up and make it interesting.

As you know James Cameron
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MipTV: Spain’s José Luis Moreno on High-End Series ‘Queens’ (Exclusive)

MipTV: Spain’s José Luis Moreno on High-End Series ‘Queens’ (Exclusive)
Cannes — A TV institution in Spain – a once TV ventriloquist turned variety act and then comedy producer – few of the country’s TV figures can claim as big a format adaptation hit abroad as Jose Luis Moreno whose “Escenas de Matrimonio,” comic sketches of marital life heavily influenced by Spain’s sainete humor, were adapted in France by M6 as “Escènes de menage.” It proved a French TV phenomenon.

Now Moreno is returning to international TV markets with his most ambitious production yet, “Queens,” an English-language costume drama with mostly British actors. Launched by Spanish pubcaster Radio Television Española (Rtve) at MipTV and created, produced and co-directed by Moreno, it chronicles the tragic confrontation between Queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary Stuart. That conflict’s resolution – Mary’s execution, forced upon Elizabeth, Moreno claims – consolidated Elizabeth’s power, help lay the foundations of a British empire.

An Anglophile – the interview was conducted
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Watch: Animated Pitch for New Terminator Film Is Worth Your Time

It's no secret that the Terminator franchise is in trouble. Minus the ill-fated television series, the films have been on a downward spiral since T2. The series needs something fresh to bring old fans back to the series and entice new ones without using Arnold Schwarzenegger

I'm sharing this animated movie pitch because I think German Bruce Stirling John Knox is on to something here. I'm so tired of films concerned with the timeline! Give me a film that shows Skynet and humans in an all-out war with as much of the budget as possible launched at the effects and not making Arnold look like he's in his late 30s! 

Here's hoping this gains some real traction! Thanks to Screen Rant for the tip. 
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Reign Season 3 Episode 18 Review: Spiders in a Jar

At one point this season, it seemed quite possible there would be no Reign Season 4. After this season finale, Reign Season 3 Episode 18, I am gutted, heartbroken, and then gutted again. 

And I'm also totally ready for Reign Season 4 and finding out exactly where this series is going now that Mary is all alone.

If you've read just about any of my other reviews, particularly of CW shows, you know that I have beef with the fact that literally no one ever gets to be happy. Someone is always breaking up with someone else, running away, being, I don't know, kidnapped, or dying. 

Tonight we got not one, but Two gut-wrenching deaths, and I don't even know what life is right now.

Lola is dead. Lola is dead, and I cannot even.

I clasped my hands over my mouth and right now I sort of feel tears welling up in my
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Dear Scotland: here are 76 things we'd like to apologise for, love England

Hadrian's wall, Culloden, the poll tax, Jacob Rees-Mogg: yes, England has inflicted an awful lot of angst and pain on Scotland down the centuries – but, look, we still don't want you to leave

1 Sorry for calling every last one of you "Jock". We now know it's offensive, especially if you're a woman.

2 So sorry for the years of heartless Conservative governments that you never voted for that ripped the heart out of the Scottish mining, steel and shipbuilding industries, butchered public services and imposed an unwonted, dismal neo-liberal ethos on a land to which such a callous political and economic philosophy was inimical.

3 And for making you guinea pigs for Margaret Thatcher's disastrous poll tax, inflicting it on you a year before England and Wales, and then – somehow! – forgetting to backdate the rebate for the tax when it was abolished in the early 90s.

4 Sorry for the 1746 Dress Act that banned tartan,
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Dear Scotland: here are 76 things we'd like to apologise for, love England

Hadrian's wall, Culloden, the poll tax, Jacob Rees-Mogg: yes, England has inflicted an awful lot of angst and pain on Scotland down the centuries – but, look, we still don't want you to leave

1 Sorry for calling every last one of you "Jock". We now know it's offensive, especially if you're a woman.

2 So sorry for the years of heartless Conservative governments that you never voted for that ripped the heart out of the Scottish mining, steel and shipbuilding industries, butchered public services and imposed an unwonted, dismal neo-liberal ethos on a land to which such a callous political and economic philosophy was inimical.

3 And for making you guinea pigs for Margaret Thatcher's disastrous poll tax, inflicting it on you a year before England and Wales, and then – somehow! – forgetting to backdate the rebate for the tax when it was abolished in the early 90s.

4 Sorry for the 1746 Dress Act that banned tartan,
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‘Zombie Horde’ DVD Review

Stars: Johnny Gel, Fred Williamson, Joseph Scott Anthony, Tommy Beardmore, Jerry Lynch, Alicia Clark, Tokkyo Faison, Didrik Davis | Written and Directed by Ryan Thompson

At the end of civilization, zombies greatly outnumber people and every day is a fight to see tomorrow. Just when he is about to give up this fight, rugged wanderer John Knox winds up being saved by a ragtag group of survivors. After initial suspicion, Knox proves his worth and slips into his new family in the wasteland. However when a war party of maniacal raiders assaults the camp they kidnap Sarah, Knox’s love interest and it’s up to Knox and the few who escaped the attack to gather what resources they can (including zombies!) to launch an all-or-nothing rescue mission on the raiders’ home fortress.

Seeing it as another low-budget zombie flick, I had little hope for Zombie Horde – however despite some flaws,
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Locarno Film Review: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

Locarno Film Review: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’
Mary, Queen of Scots, ranks among the most gripping figures in the romantic imagination, and she’s no stranger to artistic license, including Stefan Zweig’s 1935 psychological imagining, “Maria Stuart.” Thomas Imbach’s adaptation of the Zweig, “Mary Queen of Scots,” tries hard to capture the character of a woman torn between duty, love and realpolitik, yet the very nature of the monarch’s often inconsistent behavior trips him up — that, plus a weak lead and an ambiguous relationship to the notion of costume drama. If not for Mehdi Dehbi’s high-wattage charisma, Imbach’s “Mary” would soon be forgotten.

The prolific Zweig was concerned about biography but wanted even more to delve inside Mary’s head, imagining the emotional life of this anomalous sovereign who became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, queen of France at 16, and headless corpse at 44. Keenly proud of her position
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It's Fred Williamson Versus Zombies in Z War

Fred Williamson toplines a zombie film whose title is heavily informed by a prominent big budget summer flick. Are you ready for Z War? Well, we've got a trailer to share with you. Give the synopsis a read first...

At the end of civilization, zombies greatly outnumber people, and every day is a fight to see tomorrow. Rugged wanderer John Knox is saved by a ragtag group of survivors and acquaints himself with this new family.

A war party of maniacal raiders assaults the camp, and they kidnap Sarah – Knox’s love interest. Knox and the few who escaped the attack join up with the zombies and launch an all-or-nothing rescue mission on the raiders’ home fortress.

No distro/release plans for this one yet; we'll keep you posted.

Read more...
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Vince Vaughn to produce 'The Risk Agent' - Realbollywood.com News

Vince Vaughn to produce 'The Risk Agent' - Realbollywood.com News
London, July 27: Actor Vince Vaughn is all set to produce and star in the big screen adaptation of Ridley Pearson's thriller novel titled "The Risk Agent".

The 42-year-old has teamed up with Wild West Picture Show Productions to co-produce the movie, reports contactmusic.com.

The action film will follow hostage extraction specialists Grace Chu and John Knox, who are recruited by a company called Rutherford Risk to save a Chinese national and his.
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Vince Vaughn To Take On The Risk Agent As Both Producer And Star

Vince Vaughn has fallen into somewhat of a slump lately with his film choices. Although he has shown audiences that he has a definite range with titles like Swingers and Domestic Disturbance, he’s become somewhat of an exclusive comedic presence in recent years. The trailer for his latest film, The Watch, was released a few weeks ago and the first time I saw it in theaters the person next to me couldn’t help but to remark, “hasn’t he done this already?”

It looks like someone else may have been listening to that comment too because Deadline is reporting that Vaughn and his production company, Wild West Picture Show Productions, have acquired the rights to Ridley Pearson’s novel, The Risk Agent, which was released just last month. Vaughn plans to both produce and star in the project, which the company secured with their discretionary funds.

The story,
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Vince Vaughn to Star in and Produce The Risk Agent

Vince Vaughn and his Wild West Picture Show Productions have acquired the rights to Ridley Pearson's thriller novel The Risk Agent. Vaughn will star in and produce the movie for Universal Pictures. The Risk Agent is the first book in a planned series. The thriller is set in China. "When a Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight and his one-man security detail goes missing as well, the call goes out to Rutherford Risk. That firm specializes in hostage extraction, from negotiation to recovery. Since private investigation is illegal in China, the company recruits two experts. One, Grace Chu, is a female forensic accountant who follows the money; the other, John Knox, is well trained in both combat and culture. They overcome their differing styles to try and get the hostages back before it’s too late."

This is definitely new ground for Vaughn,
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Vince Vaughn Acquires The Risk Agent

Vince Vaughn Acquires The Risk Agent
Vince Vaughn has acquired the rights to Ridley Pearson's new novel The Risk Agent for an adaptation which he will star in and produce. Michael Lerner has been hired to adapt the screenplay.

The story is set in Shanghai, China and centers on a Chinese National, working for an American construction company, who is kidnapped in broad daylight. The plot follows Grace Chu, a forensic accountant, and John Knox, a combat operative, hired by Rutherford Risk to recover the hostage. It isn't known what role Vince Vaughn will play at this time.

Vince Vaughn will produce with his Wild West Picture Show Productions partners Victoria Vaughn and Sandra J. Smith. The novel was published last month by Putnam, and will be the first in a series of books.

It isn't known when production will begin at this time. Vince Vaughn will next be seen in theaters this weekend with The Watch,
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Vince Vaughn bought himself a China-set political thriller to star in

According to Deadline, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Productions has "used its discretionary fund"—normally set aside for shitty comedy tours and sandwiches—to buy Vaughn's way back into the drama business. The company has just optioned The Risk Agent from suspense author Ridley Pearson, with Vaughn attached to star as John Knox, a Shanghai-based security expert, who teams with Grace Chu, a local female forensic accountant, to rescue the kidnapped Chinese contractor of an American construction company. Playing a tough military type in a political thriller will be something of a departure for Vaughn, who's ...
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Vince Vaughn Wants To Be 'The Risk Agent'

Vince Vaughn Wants To Be 'The Risk Agent'
Vince Vaughn is really eager to switch up his usual smart mouthed comedy thing for something with a bit more grit. Just last week it was revealed he had lined up "Gunslingers," an action adventure flick from "Braveheart" writer Randall Wallace. And earlier this year, he was linked to "Lucky Strike" with Tony Scott of all people. And now comes another movie that will potentially see him flexing some kind of acting muscles we've rarely seen from the guy who turned the word "earmuffs" into an instantly quotable piece of dialogue. The actor's production shingle Wild West Picture Show has snagged the rights to Ridley Pearson's novel "The Risk Agent," and have taken it over to Universal to start the ball rolling on a big screen adaptation that would star Vaughn. He would presumably play John Knox, a civilian with exceptional combat skills and cultural knowledge, who is teamed with forensic accountant Grace Chu,
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Vince Vaughn Takes ‘The Risk Agent’

Vince Vaughn’s company, Wild West Productions, has acquired the rights to a book published a mere month ago. The Risk Agent, by Ridley Pearson, is not your usual Vaughn project – though he’ll star, presumably, as main character John Knox. Working as a hostage extraction expert based in China, Knox (along with a colleague) must save a Chinese national before it’s too late. With Michael A. Lerner (August, Eighth) set to pen the script this could be a nice surprise, or it could go as other serious roles have for Vaughn – anyone remember Psycho?

Source: Deadline
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Vince Vaughn Finds The Risk Agent

Vince Vaughn Finds The Risk Agent
Vince Vaughn really does seem to be on an action kick of late, at least as regards the projects he picks up to develop. A few days ago, he nabbed Randall Wallace’s Gunslingers script, and he’s now followed up by acquiring the rights to Ridley Pearson’s thriller novel The Risk Agent.Using his Wild West Picture Show Productions company, Vaughn splashed the cash to buy the book, and he’s intending to develop it for Universal, where he has a deal.The Risk Agent is set in China, and finds a Chinese national snatched from the streets of Shanghai along with his one-man security detail. Since they worked for an American construction company, the suits put a call in to hostage extraction company Rutherford Risk. Though private eyes are illegal in the country, the team sends in forensic accountant Grace Chu and culturally trained tactical specialist John Knox
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Vince Vaughn Acquires and Plans to Lead ‘The Risk Agent’; Michael Ross Scripting ‘Bzrk’

Despite this week’s The Watch being a likely hit — all the better that it looks funny — Vince Vaughn will step outside that typical, comfortable parameter with a new outing. (Unless you hold Gus Van Sant‘s Psycho or Domestic Disturbance as benchmarks of his career.) Deadline reports that his Wild West Picture Show Productions are partnering with Universal on The Risk Agent, an international thriller that will see him in the field of action. For the sake of courtesy, please stifle your laughter.

Ridley Pearson‘s novel, from which they’ll be working, centers on two employees of Rutherford Risk, an extraction company hired, in this case, to retrieve a kidnapped Chinese national and his security guard. The two agents sent out into the field — Grace Chu, “a female forensic accountant who follows the money,” and John Knox, an agent who has “combat and culture” to his advantage — dig
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Vince Vaughn Picks up Novel The Risk Agent as Starring Vehicle

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Productions has acquired the rights to Ridley Pearson's new novel The Risk Agent.  Per Deadline, the China-set thriller features the characters of Grace Chu, a female forensic accountant, and John Knox, a combat/culture specialist.  The duo must overcome their differences when they're tasked with rescuing a Chinese National who goes missing on the streets of Shanghai.  The novel is billed as the first entry in a new series by Pearson, so Vaughn could be eyeing this as a potential franchise.  The story is a major departure for the actor, who has kept his leading roles to comedies ever since 2001's Domestic Disturbance.  I personally think a change-up is long overdue for Vaughn, who has not only stuck to comedies, but also to his fast-talking, know-it-all character that has grown increasingly tiresome over the years (although it plays well off of Jonah Hill
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Vince Vaughn Acquires Ridley Pearson Novel ‘The Risk Agent’ As Star Vehicle

Exclusive: Wild West Picture Show Productions has used its discretionary fund to acquire the Ridley Pearson novel The Risk Agent. It will be developed as a star vehicle for Vince Vaughn, who’ll produce with his Wild West cohorts Victoria Vaughn and Sandra J. Smith. They’ve already set Michael Lerner to write the script. The book was published last month by Putnam. The project will be developed for Universal, where Vaughn has his producing deal. It’s a departure for the actor, a thriller that is set in China. When a Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight and his one-man security detail goes missing as well, the call goes out to Rutherford Risk. That firm specializes in hostage extraction, from negotiation to recovery. Since private investigation is illegal in China, the company recruits two experts. One, Grace Chu,
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