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The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid), and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. I’ve had the Criterion Blu of Seijun Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter on my shelf for over a year now, and I finally decided to open and watch it this weekend. The film follows a Yakuza tough guy left to the wind after his particular clan disbands. Rather than becoming a ronin-like tale though of a warrior without a master this particular enforcer is just looking to drift away into retirement. His fellow Yakuza have other plans though. The story is just engaging enough, but what makes the film a delight are the stylistic choices in »
- Rob Hunter
We all knew it was coming to an end but HBO's long-running erotically charged vampire series 'True Blood' is finally due to kick the bucket following it's seventh and final season. The network has announced that the airing of the final 10 episodes will begin on Sunday 22 June at 9:00pm. HBO programming head Michael Lombardo praised the show when the announcement of the final season was made last September for its defining qualities ' that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey.' 'True Blood' stars Anna Paquin ('Scream 4'), Alexander Skarsgard ('Battleship'), Ryan Kwanten and Stephen Moyer and is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by bestselling author Charlaine Harris. You can check out a new season 7 teaser below. »
Dost thou have the insatiable appetite for LARPing role-players, mystical creatures, and foul spells of horror that would make even the bravest of knights rust their armor? Ah, yes, it’s with great sorrow that Joe Lynch’s Knights of Badassdom Director’s Cut was snatched from our possession by feudal kings drunk on power, but the cut we’re left with still sweetly smells of Lynch’s love for invigorated genre work. Whist commoners pretend to know the valor and bravery of knighthood, Lynch gives untested souls the chance to fight real monsters and cast true spells of wizardry – what one can only presume is a LARPer’s dream. Brandish some cold hard steel and vanquish your enemy for good, what sounds better than such a quest?! Oh, right, not having your face torn off by a succubus – but that’s what makes this geeky horror comedy so damn endearing. »
- Matt Donato
It takes a lot of skill, creativity, and good humor to combine geek culture, broad humor, low-budget action scenes, and a big splash of horror mayhem -- and have your movie turn out to be a success. Doubly so when your movie has been sitting on a shelf for a year after suffering through some ugly and well-documented post-production trauma. But given the tone, the trouble, and the multi-genre-style weirdness behind the clunky but energetic Knights of Badassdom, it's pretty amazing that the final product is actually halfway entertaining.
Much of the praise goes to an eclectic ensemble that seems to know how to strike the right tone between poking fun at the "Live Action Role Playing" community and just being mean-spirited. Ryan Kwanten is an affable wannabe rock star who (against his will) joins his pals Eric (Steve Zahn) and Hung (Peter Dinklage) for a long weekend of huge »
- Scott Weinberg
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Can Ron Burgundy and his team up their game to take on the 24-hour news cycle? Will they take a bite out of the Big Apple or choke? Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate return for more unclassy antics.
Why We're In: Anyone who's watched a Will Ferrell/Adam McKay film knows that the alternate and extended scenes are endlessly watchable. That goes double for "Anchorman 2," which was initially released as a PG-13 film and later upgraded to a "super-sized R."
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- moviefone (@moviefone) March 31, 2014
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
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- Jenni Miller
There's nothing worse than finding a cool book or scroll or other form of communique containing a bunch of mysterious incantations. It's always a kick in the ass when you unsuspectingly read one of them aloud, and next thing you know... bad things start happening. Bad things, man.
Such is the case for our heroes in the upcoming film Knights of Badassdom. One little thing goes wrong, and the next thing you know our crew (played by Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) are fighting for their lives against the forces of evil.
This got us thinking back to some other unfortunate souls who did the same thing and found themselves with their asses in a sling when accidentally bringing something to our world from another realm. I can't even get the cable guy to come out to make a service call when I need him, and these guys are conjuring demons from beyond? »
- Scott Hallam
True Blood actress Amelia Rose Blaire looks forward to what's to come on the HBO vampire series, as the show’s final season will kick off in June. Blaire, who plays Willa on the show, dished on the final season and working with series favorite, Alexander Skarsgard, in an exclusive interview with Uinterview.
Blaire’s most memorable scene from the last season of True Blood was likely when Eric Northman (Skarsgard) turned her into a vampire. The process, according to Blaire was long and arduous, requiring multiple takes because of all the faux blood involved. The big question for the character is whether or not she’ll regret letting Eric make her into a vampire.
“I don’t know if she's going to regret being turned,” admitted Blaire. “But I definitely think that’s she's going to be going through some emotional journey having »
While the last two will have conventional cinema releases, the Wolf Creek sequel will premiere on Video-On-Demand platforms on April 17, a month before it launches in cinemas in at least 10 cities.
Greg Mclean.s serial killer saga may be the second Australian film to be released in what is known as the Ultra-vod window; Fighting Fear, a surfing docudrama featuring Mick Fanning, took that route in 2012.
Consumers pay a premium price of $US9.99 to watch a film on VoD before it.s released in cinemas. The VoD fee reverts to the regular $5 when the film opens theatrically. The slasher sequel has grossed nearly $4.5 million after its fourth weekend.
Bachelorette was a prominent Ultra-VoD release in 2012 and wound up earning $418,000 in cinemas »
- Don Groves
Jousting its Way Into More Than 75 Markets, this 2014 Theatrical Release Also Starring Summer Glau (“Firefly”), Debuts on Blu-ray ($24.98srp) and DVD ($19.98srp) on April 1, 2014 with Bonuses Including Cast Interviews, Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, the San Diego Comic Con Panel and More.
New York, NY – Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens and one blood-thirsty demon from the netherworld in Knights Of Badassom. Starring Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”, The Station Agent), Steve Zahn (“Treme”, Dallas Buyers Club), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, Dead Silence) and Summer Glau (“Arrow”, “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles”), this 2014 theatrical release called “a blast and a half” (Max Nicholson, IGN), marches onto extras-loaded DVD and Blu-ray editions on April 1 from Entertainment One. »
- Jess Orso
[Editors Note: Knights of Badassdom had a very long and very troubled journey to release and the version available now in the Us is not director Joe Lynch's original vision, the film having been taken out of his hands and re-edited by the producer(s). Read more about it here and here]
Larpining (or Live Action Role Playing) is subcultural phenomenon that is continuing to gain notoriety. For some it is a way of life, while for others they are not sure what language the word Larpining originates from. Larpining has had some cinematic spotlight in the past including the documentary Darkon and probably most infamously in the Paul Rudd & Seann William Scott comedy Role Models. However, director Joe Lynch takes his film Knights of Badassdom in an entirely different direction.
Knights of Badassdom asks the question of what happens when you take real life pretend fantasy and add true demonic forces. Based on the premise and cast the potential is rich with uniqueness. This could easily be in the same vein as films like Evil Dead, Cabin in the Woods, »
- Dan Clark
Jeremiah Chechick's The Right Kind of Wrong has more wrong than right and plays like an ode to testicle jokes.
In this Wedding Crashers-on-crack romcom, Leo (Ryan Kwanten) is a failed writer whose ex-wife, Julie (Kristen Hager), rises to fame with her blog-turned-book, Why You Suck — a collection of embarrassing examples covering the loserdom of Leo.
He descends into a world of self-wallowing, working as a dishwasher and left with only the latter half of his and Julie's cat couple, Snow and Balls.
All this changes when his coworker's two precocious children lure Leo outside his house as a wedding takes place across the street; one of the kids accidentally throws a football at the back of the bride, sparking love at first punt when she ki »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 1, 2014
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.98
Studio: Entertainment One
Dinklage plays Hung, a dedicated LARPer (Live Action Role Player) along with his friends Joe (Ryan Kwanten, Red Hill) and Eric (Steve Zahn, TV’s Treme). They go in the woods for a dungeons and dragons-like retreat, and accidentally conjure up a blood-lusting succubus from the pits of hell.
Now they’re in the middle of an all-out battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures, with their courage and friendships tested.
The fantasy film was only screened in a handful of theaters and got mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers.
Bonuses on the DVD and Blu-ray include:
The producer's cut of the flick which is LARPing as a Joe Lynch film, Knights of Badassdom, is coming home to both Blu-ray and DVD; and we have all the details you need to know about its upcoming release.
From the Press Release
Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens, and one bloodthirsty demon from the netherworld in Knights Of Badassom.
Starring Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones," The Station Agent), Steve Zahn ("Treme," Dallas Buyers Club), Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood," Dead Silence), and Summer Glau ("Arrow," "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles"), this 2014 theatrical release called "a blast and a half" (Max Nicholson, IGN) marches onto extras-loaded DVD and Blu-ray editions on April 1 from Entertainment One. Cans't thou handle it?
Knights Of Badassdom follows three best friends (Dinklage, Zahn, and Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they »
- Uncle Creepy
[Press Release] New York, NY - Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens and one blood-thirsty demon from the netherworld in Knights Of Badassom. Starring Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones", The Station Agent), Steve Zahn ("Treme", Dallas Buyers Club), Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood", Dead Silence) and Summer Glau ("Arrow", "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles"), this 2014 theatrical release called "a blast and a half" (Max Nicholson, IGN), marches onto extras-loaded DVD and Blu-ray editions on April 1 from Entertainment One. Cans't thou handle it? Knights Of Badassdom follows three best friends (Dinklage, Zahn and Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a »
- Pietro Filipponi
When "True Blood" enters its seventh and final season this summer, not all of its characters will come out alive -- or still undead. Zap2it spoke with Ryan Kwanten while he was promoting his new movie "The Right Kind of Wrong," and he says some big surprises are in store in Season 7.
"There will have to be something, I dare say," Kwanten says. "Some more favorite [characters] are going to appear, and some more favorites are actually going to be on the chopping block."
Though Season 6 ended on a bit of a series reboot, Kwanten says Season 7 will harken back to earlier seasons. Because the show is coming to an end, he says the actors are »
News Ryan Lambie 5 Mar 2014 - 08:43
The Raid 2: Berandal is out next month, and it's already being touted as a great action film. But while the fame of both the series and those involved in it continue to rise, American production company Screen Gems has been working away on an English-language remake of The Raid, having snapped up the rights shortly after it screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
Kurt Wimmer penned the script for the new film which shifts the action from surfing and skydiving to a more extreme sports angle. Filming aims to begin this Summer.
Bracey played Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," was recently cast in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Best of Me," and was said to be a major contender for the "50 Shades of Grey" film adaptation.
- Garth Franklin
We first reported on the project back in November 2011, after director Gareth Evans' original movie The Raid: Redemption debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Raid: Redemption starred Iko Uwais as Rama, an Indonesian cop who is part of a massive raid on a 30-story building that houses the area's most violent criminals and killers. The remake is expected to have a similar story line, although it isn't known where the movie may be set.
The Raid: Redemption was praised by critics and fans alike for its highly inventive fight scenes. While the remake may not boast the same level of action, Screen Gems is hoping that fans who flock to Gareth Evans' upcoming sequel The Raid »
Efm: Brisk business for Beta Cinema; Pandastorm buys five.
Beta Cinema’s two Competition titles – Dietrich Brüggemann’s Stations Of The Cross and Edward Berger’s Jack – were the Munich-based sales company’s top-selling titles at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).
Stations Of The Cross has been sold to France (Memento), Italy (Satine Film), Spain (Caramel), Poland (Aurora), Benelux (Wild Bunch), Portugal (Vendetta Films), Greece (7 Films), Scandinavia and the Baltic States (Nonstop), Ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Hungary (Circo).
Further interest has been shown from the Us and Australia for the Ufa Fiction production, which received the Silver Bear for Best Script and the Ecumenical Jury’s prize for the best film in the Competition..
Jack has been acquired for France (Diaphana), Japan (Showgate), Norway (Europa »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
The producer's cut of the flick which is LARPing as a Joe Lynch film, Knights of Badassdom, is actually doing pretty well via VOD as it's the #1 horror film on iTunes and also the #9 action film and #10 comedy film! Check out an exclusive clip!
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Knights Of Badassdom follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some »
- Uncle Creepy
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