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If you’re a fan of end-of-the-world movies such as The Road Warrior, Escape from New York and The Terminator, then you may want to check out Flickering Myth contributor david j. moore’s new book World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies, which has recently been released by Schiffer Publishing.
The deluxe hardback book is packed with over 800 movie reviews, ranging from blockbusters such as The Hunger Games, The Matrix Trilogy and World War Z to cult B-movies like Cyborg, Fortress and Hell Comes to Frogtown, providing the definitive guide to the genre.
As well as the exhaustive selection of reviews, the book also contains interviews with over 60 filmmakers and actors, including Albert Pyun, Russell Mulcahy, Neil Marshall, Roger Christianson, Martin Campbell, Paul W.S. Anderson, John Hillcoat and Roddy Piper, and 427 colour photographs.
You can order World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies via Amazon. »
- Gary Collinson
"30 Days of Night" and "Hard Candy" director David Slade has earned small screen cred having directed five episodes (including the pilot) and served as executive producer on the first two seasons of NBC's acclaimed and gruesome "Hannibal."
His dark yet visually stunning style is now about to set the stage for another high-profile small screen project - the TV series adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' acclaimed graphic novel series "Powers".
Slade will direct the first two episodes of the "Powers" series and will serve as executive producer on them alongside their writer Charlie Huston. The series is set to premiere exclusively on Sony's Playstation network in December.
Blending superheroes, crime noir and cop drama, the story is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities. Rather than focusing on them, we follow two homicide detectives assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with said abilities. »
- Garth Franklin
With the San Diego Comic-Con International fast approaching, Warner Bros. has revealed its full schedule for the con, which includes movies such as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, Into the Storm and Godzilla, as well as a range of TV shows including The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine and The Flash. Oddly, there’s no mention of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so if those rumours about a teaser trailer and a big DC Cinematic Universe announcement are true, WB must be trying its best to keep it a surprise. Check out the full press release here…
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Planet Hulk, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse and more…
As we approach the San Diego Comic-Con and an expected announcement from Warner Bros. on the future of the DC Cinematic Universe, the studio has given us our first look at Henry Cavill suited up as the Man of Steel in 2016′s Batman v Superman, with a promotional image arriving online just one day after we also caught our first glimpse of Cavill in his civvies as Clark Kent. Having already seen Ben Affleck as Batman last month, that just leaves Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman as the only member of the Trinity still under wraps, »
- Gary Collinson
While this may not seem like that big of a deal to those unfamiliar with Hellblazer comics, Constantine pilot director Neil Marshall has confirmed that John Constantine will be forced to buy some nicotine gum, as he’s not allowed to smoke on the upcoming NBC series.
In order to fully understand the eventual backlash and possible storytelling repercussions of this news, you need to understand just how important Constantine’s addiction is to his character. There’s a reason that just about every image you see of the character includes a cigarette hanging from his mouth. Smoking is an integral part of who he is, and the consequences of that addiction, including cancer, are a very important part of his story.
- James Garcia
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment have announced that they will present a three-hour special at Comic-Con that will include new footage a number of their TV shows, including Constantine, and screenings of their Gotham and The Flash pilot episodes:
“Burbank, Calif. (June 30, 2014) — Get ready for a spectacular Saturday night at Comic-Con 2014, courtesy of Warner Bros. Television (Wbtv) and DC Entertainment (Dce). For the first time ever at Sdcc, Wbtv and Dce will present a three-hour special event on Saturday night, July 26, designed specifically for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics’ greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama series Gotham (the only screening of Gotham at this year’s Comic-Con), followed by a screening of the complete pilot of new action-drama The Flash, and exclusive video presentations from returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. »
- Jonathan James
Get ready for a spectacular Saturday night at Comic-Con 2014, courtesy of Warner Bros. Television (Wbtv) and DC Entertainment (Dce). For the first time ever at Sdcc, Wbtv and Dce will present a three-hour special event on Saturday night, July 26, designed specifically for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics' greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama series Gotham (the only screening of Gotham at this year's Comic-Con), followed by a screening of the complete pilot of new action-drama The Flash, and exclusive video presentations from returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make special appearances throughout the night.
Gotham World Premiere:
Good news for anti-hero John Constantine, who smokes thirty or so Silk Cut cigarettes a day, he’s been cured! All he had to do was talk to the standards & practices department at NBC and he is now on the right track to a cleaner lifestyle. Seriously though, with the upcoming show Constantine arriving on network television, it has been revealed that the character is not allowed to smoke according to pilot director Neil Marshall. Collider spoke to Marshall who explained »
- Graham McMorrow
While David S. Goyer has promised that NBC’s Constantine TV show will remain more much faithful to the comics than the previous Keanu Reeves-headlined movie, it appears that Matt Ryan’s (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) supernatural detective will have to quit the cigarettes, with pilot director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) revealing that television network regulations will prevent him from lighting up.
“No we’re not [having him smoke,” Marshall tells Collider. “It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess. On network it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see.”
Marshall also confirmed that the pilot episode makes no reference to Constantine having any form of cancer, before going to to work in the the dark tone of the comic books despite airing on NBC:
“Hannibal is on NBC, and that’s pretty dark and disturbing. Whatever the regulations are, you can be as dark and disturbing as you want and we’re going to go in that direction. The intention is to be as dark and scary as possible with the show. »
- Gary Collinson
One of the many identifying character traits of occult master John Constantine is his notorious chain smoking, and even though executive producer David Goyer said there was a chance we would see it on the upcoming TV series, director Neil Marshall (who helmed the pilot) says it's not happening. "It's the one thing, a compromise I guess," the director said in an interview with Collider. "On network, it's the one thing you can't smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We're working around that. We're trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We'll see."
The post John Constantine Won’t be Lighting Up Any Cigarettes in the TV Series appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
They got the mac, the crumpled suit, the blonde hair and the (sort of) Scouse accent, but NBC has forbidden one aspect of John Constantine's Hellblazer character from being translated to the small screen: the exorcist will not be smoking in the forthcoming series.
Producer David S. Goyer was asked about Constantine's many-a-day habit when the series was first announced and said the chain-smoking was under negotiation with NBC. Those negotiations must have been lost by the creative team, because pilot director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game Of Thrones) has confirmed that the newest iteration of John Constantine will not be a smoker.
Marshall described the smoking ban as "very frustrating" in an interview with Collider, explaining, "It's the one thing, a compromise I guess, On network [TV] t's the one thing. »
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Constantine" (NBC) The Pitch: For most networks? "It's a DC Comics property with reasonably good name recognition." For NBC? "Well, it's ghostbusting procedural that'll probably do better on Fridays than 'Dracula' and 'Hannibal.'" Quick Response: Neil Marshall is a good director and, what's more important for this purpose, he's generally a very good TV director, which is a gig that's all about aiming big, while also understanding budget and production limitations and delivering bang-for-your-buck. [Starz' "Black Sails" pilot is the exception. As with David Slade on "Crossbones," pirate dramas can render the best of TV helmers anonymous.] I appreciated what Marshall brought to the table in "Constantine." There are creepy moments early on, a couple well-delivered action set pieces and there are effects sequences that made me say, "Huh. That's kinda cool," which doesn't happen frequently with digital effects on TV. But if Marshall is doing »
- Daniel Fienberg
Last Thursday Collider hit up the Saturn Awards to cover the red carpet and meet the most eclectic group of Hollywood and not-quite-Hollywood talents imaginable. In addition to our exclusive interviews with James Gunn, Len Wiseman, Neil Marshall, Robert Rodriguez, Walking Dead Executive Producer Scott M. Gimple, and Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller, we also go to meet and talk to the man who shot Micheal Meyers in 1978 and the guy who rebooted him in 2007. Early in the evening, legendary Director of Photography Dean Cundey - a man who shot the first three Halloween films and Jurassic Park - as well as producer Malek Akkad, who took over the family business and worked on the five most recent Michael Myers outings. During the two discussions, we talked about early applications of Steadicam, the legal issues involved in wearing a William Shatner mask for over 30 years, the end of the Thorn, what happened to Halloween 3D, »
- Hunter Daniels
Well, this isn’t good.
We’ve known for some time that a cigarette-smoking John Constantine might not be featured in the upcoming Constantine TV show, as producer David S. Goyer previously said it was under negotiation with NBC. Now it seems it’s official – the famously cancer-stricken, chain-smoking Constantine will not be allowed to light up so much as a single cigarette during his self-titled series.
During a recent interview with Collider, Constantine pilot director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) confirmed that the occult detective will be missing what many would consider an essential ingredient of the character – a move largely attributed to network standards and practices. That loud ...
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- Michael Kennedy
One point that has been in question about NBC's upcoming TV series adaptation of the "Constantine" graphic novels has been the character's chain smoking. U.S. network television has little problem showcasing gore and violence, but smoking is an absolute no-no these days.
Filmmaker Neil Marshall directed the series' pilot and serves as an executive producer, and he was recently asks by Collider about whether or not the character of John Constantine (Matt Ryan) will be allowed to smoke in the series. The answer is disappointing:
"No we're not. It's the one thing, a compromise I guess. On network it's the one thing you can't smoke on network. That's one of his character traits. We're working around that. We're trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We'll see."
Marshall says that despite that decision, one he's as frustrated with as the rest of us, NBC »
- Garth Franklin
The 40th Annual Saturn Awards were held this past Thursday, June 26th, and a what great show it was from (as Johnny Carson used to say) "beautiful downtown Burbank"! Here's the full list of winners and more.
Actually, we were high above the city at the famous Castaway restaurant and banquet hall. The Saturn Awards has been held here for the past few years, and it really is a fabulous venue with the best views of the San Fernando Valley anywhere.
Among the winners are Dread Central favorites "The Walking Dead," "Hannibal," The Conjuring, and Vera Farmiga's no holds barred performance as Norma Bates in "Bates Motel." The eye candy and updates from the carpet come from director Neil Marshall; the Curse of Chucky crew - Don Mancini, Brad Dourif, and Fiona Dourif; Insidious 3's Lin Shaye; and more. There's even some Ghostbusters 3 non-news!
It was a star-studded event, »
- Staci Layne Wilson
In a recent interview with Collider, Constantine director Neil Marshall was asked about whether or not Matt Ryan's John Constantine will be allowed to smoke in the series, and the answer might just disappoint some fans! "No we’re not. It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess. On network it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see." As you may already know, the comic book version of Constantine suffers from lung cancer, but actually rids himself of it after selling his soul to two demons and tricking them into curing him. It's feasible then that this series takes place after those events, hence why he's no longer a smoker. At the end of the day, »
Last Thursday, Collider attended the red carpet festivities for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, held at at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, Calif. Always one of the best events for geeks with eclectic tastes, this is the only award show where you can find cinematographers from obscure exploitation movies walking the red carpet right alongside A-list directors, with both getting equal attention. While working the carpet we got a chance to chat with director Neil Marshall about a slew of his past, present and future projects. During the conversation, we discussed how The Descent is arguably scarier than a gun pointed at your head, the upcoming book of essays on the film’s themes, the origins of Doomsday and his thoughts on the new Mad Max: Fury Road stills, how network censors cured Constantine of lung cancer, what the NBC series’ monsters may look like and more. Here's the video interview with Marshall. »
- Hunter Daniels
When Game of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss promised the season four finale would be their finest yet, they weren’t lying. Some very huge, notable moments sent the show out of the year in style, but more importantly, “The Children” changed the playing field dramatically. It is such a big episode (with extra time allotted) that it features three of the best scenes of the series so far. Here are the best moments of season four. Enjoy!
#19. How to Chain Your Dragons
One of the most heartbreaking scenes of season four comes when The Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains is faced with a tough decision, and has to chain her own dragons who have become a major threat to the people of Meereen. This is one of Emilia Clarke’s best emotional moments of the series, and a sure sign that Dany isn’t prepared for the burdens of ruling. »
With season 4 not even cold in its grave, we take a spoiler-free look ahead to what Game Of Thrones season 5 has in store…
Warning: contains major spoilers for the season four finale, The Children, but designed to be safe for non A Song Of Ice And Fire readers.
“Season five gives me nightmares”. It may not be the most inspiring quote from Game Of Thrones co-showrunner David Benioff, but as A Song Of Ice And Fire readers will tell you, his fears aren’t unjustified.
Book four of George R.R. Martin’s series - A Feast For Crows, the events of which would ordinarily be adapted for season five - is easily the saga’s least popular volume. Were season five to follow it slavishly, we wouldn’t see fan favourites Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen or Jon Snow back next year as none features in the fourth book. Instead, »
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