11 items from 2013
Our Mr. Dark got an early look at Matthan Harris' The Inflicted (review here) at the 2012 Texas Frighmare Weekend, and now the film's making a run at this year's American Film Market with some updated sales art and a new trailer.
TomCat Films is taking the psychological thriller to Afm. It's written, produced, and directed by Matthan Harris and stars horror icons Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), and Giovanni Lombardo Radice (City of the Living Dead).
Harris also appears as the film's serial killer, David O'Hara. Lindsay Hightower, Charles Duran, Gerardo Davila, Amy Erin Amory, Matt Socia, Terry Spector, Ka Beesler, Allison Victoria, and Ian Maurer co-star.
In 1992 six-year-old David O’Hara witnessed his father, Richard O’Hara, murder his two-year-old sister in Waco, Texas. David also lost his mother two years prior when she died while giving birth to his sister. »
- Debi Moore
A movie is hardly epic, poignant, or heroic if it doesn't star Tom Hanks, an actor we've seen fight in wars, survive on an island, and even journey to space.
This week, in Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips," Hanks stars as the eponymous character who gets taken hostage by Somali pirates. The intense drama is based on the real-life hijacking of the Maersk Alabama ship off the coast of Africa in 2002.
While we've seen many sides of the beloved Oscar-winning actor on screen, there are probably a handful of things you didn't know about the man. From his relation to a famous Us president to his favorite collector's item, check out these facts about Tom Hanks that you may not know.
1. Hanks has hosted "Saturday Night Live" eight times, making hims a member of the Five-Timers Club, a term which was coined in a sketch during Hanks' fifth time hosting. »
- Erin Whitney
In some ways, British detective John Luther (Idris Elba) of BBC America's drama "Luther" is a classic noir hero -- he wears a long coat; he is burdened with pain and grief; he consorts with unsavory people; he never looks well-rested; and he walks on the edge of the law (often at night and/or in the rain).
Stuart Heritage, who reviews the show for the newspaper The Guardian, wrote of the first installment, "... you're sick with terror. You've covered your eyes. You're regretting your decision »
Some like it rough — and TV doesn't get much rougher or darker than BBC America's brutally compelling crime drama Luther, mining new depths of depravity and tragedy in its third cycle (airing as a four-night miniseries this Tuesday through Friday at 10/9c, except Wednesday, when it airs an hour earlier as the lead-in to the even more shattering Broadchurch). Once again, Luther's Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning star Idris Elba attacks his signature role of the tormented, damaged London detective John Luther with raw magnetism. He has a way of absorbing others' pain and isn't afraid to inflict some of his own, but Luther's history of explosively reckless behavior has made him the target of a relentless Internal Affairs cop (the excellent David O'Hara), who tries to turn Luther's loyal partner Ripley (Warren Brown) against him.
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- Matt Roush
Brown's character Justin Ripley was killed off in a shock twist in the BBC drama's third and possibly final series, but a movie prequel has previously been mooted.
"There's been talk of a film since the first series, so potentially it could go to the big screen, which I think would be fantastic," Brown told Digital Spy.
"It's always had a very cinematic feel. I could very easily see it transferring onto film. If there's a market or an audience for it, then fantastic."
The 35-year-old actor added that he would be happy for Luther to wrap on television, rather than see the show "outlast its welcome".
"Some shows get flogged and flogged and run out of ideas," Brown suggested. "It's been fantastic to be part of a great piece of television. »
The sound of a gunshot. Actor Warren Brown flying through the air. Five million TV viewers left in a state of despair, horror and sniffling with tears like big babies.
Last night's episode of Luther was an incredible hour of television, topped off by the biggest twist in the show's history. The lovable, huggable and general good egg DS Justin Ripley (Brown) ended up getting his chest rearranged by a sinister vigilante
Twitter inevitably responded with an outpouring of tears and shock at Ripley's demise. The rekindling of his bromance with Luther ("This is my mate Justin... and I love him") earlier in the episode, merely rubbed salt into the wounds.
Will Luther be able to »
In its second week back on the box, Luther relies less on the showy, attention-grabbing horror theatrics that defined last Tuesday's series opener - there's certainly no moment here to match the superb 'monster under the bed' sequence.
The slasher movie scares are reserved for the episode's final act and even then, they're more subtle than part one's chills and spills. But in their place is a lingering, building sense of dread which is every bit as effective.
This week, the original Creeper is exposed as William Carney, a bitter old man with a simple-minded protégé in Paul Ellis (Kevin Fuller) - the son of one of his past victims, forged into a killer by the crime he witnessed as a child. It's the brilliantly creepy Ned Dennehy who steals the show as Carney - a true grotesque with a stomach-turning turn of phrase.
Not only are we treated to »
Let's get this out of the way straight off the bat - Luther is very, very silly. If you're looking for gritty realism, then Idris Elba's hulking maverick cop ain't for you. But if you're not a telly snob, then Luther - three series in - remains enormous fun.
At times, this series opener takes on more of a cartoonish sensibility than ever before, but that's not a criticism - the killer sliding out from under his unsuspecting victim's bed in the opening sequence is utterly ludicrous, but an undeniably effective play on childhood fears. Luther's entire remit is firmly re-established in that one fantastic moment.
The 'slasher movie' vibe is stronger here than it's ever been before on Luther - the scenes in the hapless couple's attic could have been plucked from a Halloween movie.
But again, what might sound like a criticism isn't intended as one »
Luther is finally returning to BBC One - but, as ever, it's far from smooth-sailing for London's most imposing copper. Relentlessly pursued by a ruthless ex-cop, Dci John Luther (Idris Elba) finds even his closest friends turning against him, including DS Justin Ripley (Warren Brown).
Digital Spy and other journalists spoke to Brown about the four new hour-long episodes, whether the rumours about Luther coming to an end are true and whether we might ever see Ripley again...
It's been a while since the last series - have Luther fans been demanding to know when the show will be back?
"Yeah, I've certainly had people really interested, saying 'When's it on, when's it on?' - non-stop Twitter people, fans, which is great, that people are eager to see it."
What is it about Luther that the fans have latched onto so strongly?
"I don't know. For me, it's one »
*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Ketchup Entertainment. Director: Terry George. Writers: Thomas Gallagher and Terry George. Cast: Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney, Martin McCann, Yaya Alafia and David O'Hara. Stand Off is an Ireland shot comedy from Oscar Award winner Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). From the promotional material, the film looks like a heist thriller. However, Stand Off is a light-hearted film that deals with family issues. The United Kingdom actors provide some realistic Irish brogue and the film has some solid dramatic moments, but the film is missing a much needed edge. The film is set in the director's hometown, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Here, a desperate man, Jimbo (Martin McCann), owes a local gangster over 5K Ir£. He only has a short window to make the money back. Or the hood, Mad Dog Flynn (David O'Hara), will take Jimbo's child. Understandably, Jimbo is motivated »
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Oscar-winning Irish director Terry George (The Shore, Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road) returns this weekend with a new crime comedy shot in and around Belfast. Stand Off stars Brendan Fraser and Colm Meaney in the tale of a fish market robbery gone wrong. When a young dad attempts to pay back a local mobster by carrying out a dangerous hiest, he accidentally steals from mob boss instead, setting up a chain reaction of events that eventually find him locked in a local curio shop run by a man that could possibly be his illegitimate father.
Brendan Fraser stars as Joe Maguire, the absentee parent in question. To celebrate the movie's release in theaters starting today, Friday, February 22nd, we caught up with this icon of humorous high adventure for a chat about his experiences on set. Fraser arrived in Belfast as one »
11 items from 2013
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