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Andrew Newton reviews Millennium #2…
Fifteen years ago, the end of the world—the anticipated “Millennium Event”—was avoided thanks to the efforts of Frank Black and FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Or was it? Frank’s psychic gifts have been showing him that evil has continued to grow unabated in the world, and he’s trying his best to ignore it. But soon the resurgence of the Millennium Group and their quest to find Frank’s daughter Jordan will pull him into the fray once again whether he likes it or not!
Millennium was always a popular series and the first issue of Millennium seemed to have joined in on that popularity. The sales for the first issue went quite well so it is hoped that #2 will be equally successful.
In this issue Frank’s powers get stronger and signs are given as to the plans of the Millennium Group. »
- Andrew Newton
Currently filming in rocky Colorado, Tarantino's 70mm western "The Hateful Eight" is headed for a Fall release from The Weinstein Company. Ahead of that, you can catch up on the movie-geek auteur's top 20 Italian-produced spaghetti westerns. (Hat tip: Open Culture.) Read More: Production Begins on Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" The list runs the gamut from under-seen obscurities to more obvious favorites, including the original "Django" series starring Franco Nero in the eponymous role. In 2007, Tarantino hosted a massive retrospective of spaghetti westerns at the Venice Film Festival and continues to program his favorites at his New Beverly in Los Angeles. His idol, Sergio Leone, makes more than one appearance throughout the countdown below. What did he leave off? Read More: 12 Must-See Modern Westerns 1. "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Sergio Leone, 1966) 2. "For a Few Dollars More" (Sergio Leone, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
James Caan has departed Fox's multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life following its table read today. Caan was a last-minute addition to the project; he only closed his deal three days ago. Caan had a previous commitment to Sicilian Vampire, a movie written and directed by Frank D’Angelo, which is starting production in Toronto with Paul Sorvino, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Daniel Baldwin, Franco Nero and Eric Roberts co-starring. When Caan signed on for Fantasy Life… »
In the first of a regular indie filmmaker series, Daniel Hutchings talks about how he made his comedy western, Django Away...
Over the coming weeks, we'll be running a series of articles where independent filmmakers can describe the unique challenges of putting together their work, and what drove them to pick up a camera in the first place.
First up, British filmmaker Daniel Hutchings talks about his zero-budget comedy western Django Away, from his initial ideas 2012 to the thrill of the actual shoot...
For me, 2014 turned into 2015 in a haze of post-post-production euphoria and emailing as I worked through a specially compiled list of people I simply had to tell about my zero-budget feature film Django Away!.
This haze was effortlessly blown away when I received a reply from this very site, which, after watching the misadventures of my comedy character and his "Exifestern" (a mash of "Existential" “Sci-fi” and »
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Directed by: Milan Todorovic
As you can see from the very challenging names to spell in the cast, this film has an international flair. Some scenes were filmed in Montenegro and some in Serbia. As of this writing, this film is streaming on Netflix under the title “Killer Mermaid”. I tend to gravitate more towards “Nymph”, the films’ original title. It leaves a little more mystique and still lets the film hold on to that exotic flair I eluded to earlier.
If anyone remembers “She Creature”, it involved a killer mermaid as well. That’s the only other film that I know of that can be compared to this one. I liked it a lot, »
The duo’s feature debut became the second Bulgarian feature in Siff’s 19-year history to receive the international jury’s Grand Prix after Dragomir Sholev’s Shelter in 2011.
The Lesson also picked up the Audience Award, the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize and the award for the Best Bulgarian Feature Film.
Accepting the award, Valchanov pointed to the importance of the Sofia Meetings where The Lesson had originally been pitched and said that this event should be ¨an example¨ to the Bulgarian state to develop a long-term and sustainable film policy for the future.
The sentiment was echoed by international jury president Stephan Komanderev (The Judgement) when he presented the ¨Sofia City Of Film¨ Grand Prix to the young directors.
The Lesson, which is handled internationally by Wide Management, premiered last year »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment has announced that the Serbian creature feature Killer Mermaids (a.k.a. Nymph) is set for a DVD and Download release here in the UK on Monday, June 29th.
Directed by Milan Todorovic, the film stars Kristina Klebe (Halloween), Franco Nero (Django), Natalie Burn (The Expendables 3) and Dragan Micanovic (Layer Cake), and centres on a group of friends who find themselves hunted by the titular killer mermaids on a remote island. Here’s the trailer, followed by the official synopsis…
Friends Kelly (Kristina Klebe) and Lucy (Natalie Burn) travel into the depths of Montenegro to visit an old friend. While there, they decide to explore an abandoned military fortress located on a remote island.
As the summer sun quickly sets, the dark mystery of the night envelopes the girls as they realise they are not alone. There are secrets which must be protected and an evil darkness hidden beneath the island. »
- Gary Collinson
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
With the clock ticking down to the close of Oscar voting at 5 p.m. Pt on Tuesday, nominees are clamoring for face time with Academy members who may not have cast their ballots yet, and Sunday night’s 10th L.A., Italia Awards — a part of the weeklong L.A., Italia Film Fashion and Art Fest, and a sister event to Italy’s Capri-Hollywood and Ischia Global film festivals — offered several of them just that.
The annual gathering draws several hundred people, including a not inconsiderable number of Academy members — many with ties of some sort to Italy (i.e., Camelot actor Franco Nero, Crash co-screenwriter Bobby Moresco and songwriter Tony Renis are members of the fest’s advisory board), but others as well (i.e. “Hound Dog” songwriter Mike Stoller) — and has been described by more than a few as “Felliniesque.”
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- Anjelica Oswald
Composer renowned for his film and TV scores
A composer’s study might be expected to contain artefacts designed to encourage the muse, but you would be hard pressed to find a greater variety than those of Patrick Gowers, who has died aged 78. Music scores of every period, CDs of jazz, Bach cantatas and the French impressionists Debussy and Ravel, mathematical tomes, computers, the Bible, poetry, partially dismantled synthesizers and a battered Bechstein upright piano; this incomplete list reveals only some of Patrick’s eclectic passions, from which he picked certain elements and produced music of great originality.
It made its biggest impact through film and TV scores, from the late 60s onwards. An early break was Hamlet (1969), directed by Tony Richardson and starring Nicol Williamson. The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970) followed, with an impressive cast that included Franco Nero, Joanna Shimkus and Honor Blackman. Patrick’s ability to create »
- Christopher Gunning
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Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Publisher: Idw Publishing
My experience with the world of Chris Carter’s TV shows consists of a few scattered X-Files episodes (specifically ones written by William Gibson or starring Tony Todd) and a half hour of the Millennium pilot (also about fifteen minutes of Harsh Realm). I remember absolutely loving these things but not being able to watch more because up until I was about 16, I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, and certainly not the scary stuff. By the time I was 16, any interest I might have had in TV was scoured away by my devoted passion to my Super Nes. As I’ve gotten older, my caution in sampling The X-Files and Millennium has been due to the size of the commitment; I know the series are intertwined and that The X-Files »
- Chris Melkus
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