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The new Predator Minimates set by Diamond Select Toys contains many of your favorite Predators and is available now to pre-order. Also in this round-up: a way to resurrect old MySpace profile photos courtesy of Victor Frankenstein, Kill Game Blu-ray / DVD release details and three chapters from Il Sonnambulo.
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Case includes the following sets: 3x Dutch, 4x Dillon, 4x Harrigan, and 1x Muddy Dutch. »
- Tamika Jones
With Victor Frankenstein out in theaters this week, Tamika was recently invited to take part in a press conference with Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, who talked about the new take on Mary Shelley's classic novel:
James McAvoy: Victor's always been maniacally obsessional. Way back from Mary Shelley's original. We tried to investigate that in a real kind of post-Freudian world. Not just go, "He's a bit energetic and he's a bit obsessed." Then, halfway through the book, he goes home for a vacation for a year and comes back completely healthy and sane and goes, "Oh, what, the monster's alive? Thank goodness I'm really healthy now and I can go kill it."
Whereas we tried to stay in the kind of post-Freudian world and why is he so maniacal, »
- Tamika Jones
It’s taken a whole laboratory of mad scientists to conceive Victor Frankenstein, the latest exploitation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, but the resulting schizophrenic lump of stitched-together cinematic remains hardly deserves the moniker ‘alive.’ Not the first adaptation of the original to monkey with the rather esoteric source material—in truth, almost every version has staged a grand departure—Paul McGuigan’s take isn’t a failure for ditching the original text, but for lacking the gumption to take any of its intended diversions and extrapolate them into something lively, fresh or fearsome. If there’s any real juiciness in this carcass, it’s in the performances of James McAvoy, whose Victor is a preening, pompous charmer of a deranged scientist, and Daniel Radcliffe, who imbues his carnival hunchback-cum-brilliant physician and social climber with an introverted sensitivity that is one of the few sincere touches on display.
The special effects, »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
"You've heard this story before..." Those are the first words spoken by Daniel Radcliffe's disembodied voice at the start of Victor Frankenstein. This is said to remind the audience of the many film adaptations of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, at the same time implying that this version brings something new to the table. Although this iteration does breathe some much-needed freshness into this almost 200-year-old monster story, its glaring flaws keep the film from truly standing out from its predecessors.
What does stand out about this particular story is that it goes beyond Shelley's cautionary tale of what happens when you "play God," focusing more on the relationship between Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) than their creations. James and Daniel have an electric chemistry (no pun intended) and when the story focuses on the two of them working together, the movie truly feels compelling.
The creatures »
- Tamika Jones
Written by Max Landis
Directed by Paul McGuigan
There is no denying the preposterous energy of Victor Frankenstein. There’s also no denying that the latest iteration of Mary Shelley’s classic is pretty terrible. Telling Frankenstein’s story through Igor’s eyes is an interesting notion, but director Paul McGuigan gets lost somewhere between these two tortured souls. That same indecisiveness plagues the entire film, which can’t decide if it wants to be an action-comedy or a morose reflection of the dreary source material. The result is a monster that barely gets off the slab.
Right out of the gate, Victor Frankenstein can’t figure out what it is. A hunchback in a flea-bitten circus is kicked and beaten for the amusement of bored onlookers. He studies medical journals and hones his scientific knowledge because that’s what circus hunchbacks do in their spare time, »
- J.R. Kinnard
“You know this story,” begins Victor Frankenstein, the umpteenth revival of perhaps science fiction’s most enduring creation. The 20th Century Fox picture – not to be confused with last year’s I, Frankenstein, or next year’s Fox procedural, The Frankenstein Code - opens with a roll call of the expected trappings: bolts of lightning, a body hovering above a decrepit keep, dark intonations about the nature of men and monsters. Such iconography and ideas are hardwired into the cultural consciousness, so the above hypothesis is indeed correct for assuming we already know Frankenstein’s story. But what Victor Frankenstein actually presupposes, in its ramshackle, miserable manner, is that…maybe we don’t?
Speaking on behalf of those who haven’t cracked the spine on Mary Shelley’s classic since middle school, it’s possible that Victor Frankenstein is shrewder in its allusions and references to the source material than I’m giving it credit. »
- Sam Woolf
Max Landis, writer of “Victor Frankenstein,” has taken to Twitter with strong criticism for newly-minted awards favorite “The Revenant,” which was shown to the industry for the first time on Monday. Landis is thus far the sole voice of dissent following a Los Angeles screening of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film, with hilarious if harsh words for performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Landis wrote, “‘The Revenant’ is the ultimate in cinematic overkill.” It’s unclear given the timing of the tweets if the writer and son of director John Landis attended the L. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy make for an unlikely yet extremely likable pairing in Victor Frankenstein, which transforms Mary Shelley's dark novel into a cheeky action-adventure picture. On the face of it, the idea of making Igor the hero is ridiculous. Since James Whale's famed adaptation of the source material in 1931, Dr. Frankenstein's assistant has been portrayed as a hunchbacked man, in my mind most memorably played by Marty Feldman in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. In fact, the character does not appear in Shelley's novel, and so writer Max Landis -- properly credited for both screen story and screenplay -- conjures up a nameless, severely hunchbacked man who has been raised in a circus in the latter part of the 19th century. The man...
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Offering a slightly skewed angle on Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Paul McGuigan’s “Victor Frankenstein” stitches together a patchwork of ideas — some new and novel, some pilfered and tired — but the final product never shows enough sparks of life to justify reanimating its nearly 200-year-old source. Told from the perspective of lab assistant Igor, this reimagining features some fun production design and a performance of undiluted bug-eyed flamboyance from James McAvoy as the titular pale student of unhallowed arts, but its reservoirs of energy and ingenuity run dry long before the finale, leaving the film to lumber to its half-hearted conclusion. Set to bow amid a tough crowd of Thanksgiving weekend competition, the Fox release will have trouble galvanizing much of an audience.
- Andrew Barker
Mary Shelley probably isn’t rolling in her grave over “Victor Frankenstein,” but she’s definitely rolling her eyes. The latest familiar property to get the origin story/preboot/prequel treatment isn’t as soul-crushing as, say, “Pan,” but the movie feels as stitched together as one of the title character’s monsters, flirting with horror, action, comedy and even romance but committing to nothing but loud messiness. Early on, you get occasional glimpses at the successful movie that director Paul McGuigan (“Lucky Number Slevin”) and writer Max Landis (“American Ultra”) might have crafted from this material, but ultimately you »
- Alonso Duralde
Best known for their work in other franchises, Harry Potter and X-Men, respectively, Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy enter today's press conference looking rather similar to each other and different than in those other parts. For roles in upcoming films, both have their heads shaved. Neither is completely bald, but they do have a lot of scalp showing.
Instantly, questions are asked about their heads, and Radcliffe says that his haircut is for a movie where he's playing an undercover FBI Agent whereas McAvoy, more obliquely, just says it's for a movie he's just started in Philly and that the role requires it. No one asks whether it could be a Professor Charles Xavier thing, but the »
- Josh Lasser
A new clip for director Paul McGuigan (Push) and screenwriter Max Landis' (Chronicle) decidedly modern take on Mary Shelly’s classic tale has come our way, giving us another chance to see James McAvoy relish playing an utter bastard in the title role, as well as Andrew Scott doing what Andrew Scott does best: being absolutely menacing without raising his voice above a whisper. Released: 25th November (U.S.)/5th December (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
USA Today has unveiled three new photos from Rawson Marshall Thurber's action comedy "Central Intelligence" which opens June 17th. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team-up from the project as former classmates who reunite at their 20-year high school reunion - the once fat and nerdy Johnson is now a deadly CIA agent who has been framed and has to enlist the help of the once popular turned mild-mannered accountant Hart.
"Star Trek Beyond" co-scribe Doug Jung has been hired to pen a re-write of the modestly-budgeted, Julius Onah-directed, sci-fi thriller "God Particle" which J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce. Oren Uziel wrote the original screenplay which follows an American space station crew who, believing they have destroyed Earth via a Hadron accelerator, allow the crew of hostile nations to board their ship with disastrous results... full details
- Garth Franklin
"Be careful, Mr. Frankenstein. You toy with wrathful forces, and there's no mercy in nature." Igor and Victor are suspected of deadly deeds by Inspector Turpin (Andrew Scott) in a new clip from 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein, hitting theaters on November 25th.
"James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation."
Directed by Paul McGuigan, written by Max Landis, and produced by John Davis, Victor Frankenstein stars Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, and Freddie Fox. 20th Century Fox will release »
- Derek Anderson
Here's the press release:
New York – November 18, 2015 – Syfy announced today that it has greenlit a new limited anthology series, Channel Zero, from Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday the 13th, Teen Wolf) and Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio for this twelve-hour order, which will air on Syfy in two self-contained, six-episode seasons in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 as the centerpiece of the channel’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming event. »
Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
Victor Frankenstein is a “Frankenstein” movie unlike any other. While inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic novel and the countless interpretations of that story, screenwriter Max Landis’ “regeneration” focuses on the relationship between Victor and his best friend and assistant Igor.
- Michelle McCue
Dipping its toes back into the horror genre for a change, Syfy announced today that it has greenlit new limited anthology series “Channel Zero.” The series hails from Nick Antosca (“Hannibal,” Friday the 13th (2017), “Teen Wolf”) and Max Landis… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Syfy is continuing to amp up its scripted slate of originals, now with an anthology series that has landed a two-season order upfront.
Variety has learned the NBCUniversal cabler has greenlit twelve hours of “Channel Zero,” a limited horror anthology series, which will feature a different story each season, kicking off with “Channel Zero: Candle Cove,” based on the tale written by Kris Straub, which gained popularity online as a “creepypasta” — user-generated horror stories that are passed around the internet.
“Candle Cove” centers on a man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980’s, and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Syfy has ordered two seasons of anthology series “Channel Zero,” which is set for a Halloween 2016 launch. The project from Nick Antosca and Max Landis, produced by Universal Cable Productions, comes with a 12 episode order. Six hours will premiere next fall, and six more around Halloween 2017. The series will anchor Syfy’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming event. The first installment of “Channel Zero” will be titled “Candle Cove,” based on a Kris Straub tale. “Candle Cove” centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s — and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might. »
- Tony Maglio
Syfy has given a greenlight to Channel Zero, the limited anthology series from Nick Antosca and Max Landis that the network put on fast track development back in June for its latest order from sibling Universal Cable Productions. The network has ordered 12 episodes, which will air in two self-contained, six-episode seasons in fall 2016 and fall 2017 and be the centerpiece of the channel's annual 31 Days of Halloween programming event. The first six-episode installment, Can… »
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