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Devil in Distress: The Dowdle Bros. Spelunk Their Way to Hell
Known as acolytes of fallen angel M. Night Shyamalan, the output of the Dowdle brothers could be a lot worse. First arriving back in 2008 with the American remake of Rec, known as Quarantine, they followed that up with the painfully terrible Devil, whereby said entity terrorized stereotypes in a stopped elevator (based on Shyamalan’s script). So really, their latest venture, As Above So Below, from producing brother Drew and directing brother John Erick, feels like the first time we’re experiencing their own sensibilities. It’s their best film to date, yet a penchant for overreaching tactics and underbaked explanations forces the potential of their madness into a muddle of silliness. Yet, the film isn’t without an enjoyable amount of tension and fans of the genre may find its intentions, at least, to be in the right place. »
- Nicholas Bell
There is a story about the Paris catacombs that I love dearly. In August of 2004, several police officers were exploring a section of the infamous maze of tunnels near the Eiffel Tower when they came across a particular doorway covered in plastic with a sign that said, "No entry." Inside, the police were momentarily terrified by the sound of attacking guard dogs, but they realized it was a recording. Pushing further into the tunnel, they found a full working cinema, complete with lights, a projector, a bar, a dining area, and seats carved directly into the rocks. When they went topside to report their find to their superior officers, they were pleased with what they'd found. By the time they got back, though, everything was gone, and all that was left was a note that said, "Do not look for us. Signed, The Society Of The Perforated Mexicans." Since then, »
- Drew McWeeny
Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings opens this December, and the casting for the film has been controversial to say the least. Although Ancient Egypt was a racially diverse society, the lead cast — Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, and Aaron Paul as Joshua — is as white as it gets. That's unfortunately standard for a Hollywood movie, but things took a turn when the above photo hit the Internet. As you might have noticed, the important people are white, the slaves and servants are black. People had a problem with that, especially when they found that black and non-white actors were mostly credited with roles like "Egyptian Thief" and "Egyptian Lower Class Civilian." Yikes. Scott recently spoke to Yahoo Australia, and this is what he said about casting the film.
“Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result »
- Mily Dunbar
You can take Thn out of Frighfest, but you can’t take the love of the horror genre out of Thn. That’s right despite having spent an entire four-day weekend surrounded by the macabre, gory and disturbing we can’t wait to see the next cinematic offering that is As Above, So Below.
The film is directed by the Dowdle Brothers whose previous credits include Quarantine and Devil. Both were alright films, Quarantine was never going to be better than the film it was remaking, [Rec], but it still had it’s moments, and Devil which was produced by M. Night Shyamalan was at least a slight return to form for Shayamalan. As Above, So Below will be their first ‘solo’ project in a way, and from what we’ve seen so far we’re intrigued to see what they can pull-off.
Set underneath the Parisian streets deep within the »
- Kat Smith
In a last ditch effort to get audiences to flock to the theaters during a weak time for box office competition, Legendary and Universal have release one final extended red band trailer for the claustrophobic, found footage horror thriller As Above, So Below. Despite the odd title, the first trailer was rather decent, teasing a twisted psychological adventure in the catacombs that lie under Paris. We're not getting our hopes to high since this comes from the Dowdle Brothers, the duo behind Quarantine and Devil, but maybe since this isn't a remake or an M. Night Shyamalan project, it might let them shine as horror filmmakers. Here's the new red band trailer for John Erick Dowdle's As Above, So Below, originally from Yahoo: As Above, So Below is directed by John Erick Dowdle from a script he co-wrote with his brother Drew Dowdle (both of Quarantine and Devil). Miles »
- Ethan Anderton
Lionsgate has released the new trailer for Christian E. Christiansen’s The Devil’s Hand. The film tells the story of an Amish community, New Bethlehem, which fears the potential that every girl may become possessed by the Devil on their eighteenth birthday. Several girls born on the same day are about to turn eighteen on the same day, June 6th, and of course people jump to the conclusion that they are Satan’s children. The film looks like a mix of M. Night Shyamalan’s awful The Villiage, Ken Russell’s incredible classic The Devils, Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, with a few other paranormal horror films sprinkled throughout. Hopefully The Devil’s Hand doesn’t turn out as bad as The Village, but we don’t have to wait long to find out since the film will be released on October 10th. The film stars Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, »
- Max Molinaro
Sorry ladies, Kevin Hart is officially off the market! His proposal to model Eniko Parrish was even caught on camera. [Hollywood Life] Christian Bale and his wife Sibi welcome their baby boy. [Access Hollywood] A social media scare that started in Colorado caused many to believe there would be a real life “Purge.” [USA Today] Scandal‘s Emmy winner Joe Morton wanted a role on Breaking Bad. [E!] Tensions rise in the new Saved by the Bell Lifetime movie trailer. [Vulture] SundanceTV has renewed Rectify for a third season. [Variety] Queen Latifah and her girlfriend share major beach Pda. [Popsugar] Perks of Being a Wallflower star Logan Lerman is ultra sexy in a new Flaunt spread. [Perez Hilton] M. Night Shyamalan brings thriller Wayward Pines to Fox. »
- Taylor Ferber
Horror is something that comes in a whole bunch of different flavours; from volume-spiking jump-scares to grotesque imagery that will haunt you deep into the night, or just an over-reliance on gore to turn your stomach by default.
All of them transfer over to gaming perfectly, as although the medium of film challenges you to watch the events unfold on screen, gaming puts you directly in the shoes of that innocent person exploring a dilapidated old mansion, or the one who has to delve deeper into the depths of somewhere you’d otherwise stay away from just to retrieve an object to forward the story.
For many the first experience of having their horror-cherries popped would have been with either the first Silent Hill or Resident Evil games. Both operating in a manner that’s become known as ‘tank controls’ where your characters could only rotate before heading forward or back, »
- Scott Tailford
Carla Gugino will play a high-powered D.C. lawyer and wife to Tim Robbins’ Secretary of State character in a multi-episode arc on HBO’s The Brink. EW confirmed the news, as first reported by Deadline.
The dark half-hour comedy from Ocean’s Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub focuses on three men in the midst of a geopolitical crisis: the Secretary of State (Robbins), a Foreign Service officer (Jack Black) and a Navy fighter pilot (Pablo Schreiber). They must team up to try to prevent World War III. Thor’s Jamie Alexander also stars.
The Brink does not have a scheduled premiere date yet, »
- Lindsey Bahr
HBO has tapped TV’s erstwhile Karen Sisco for a multi-episode arc on its upcoming dark comedy, our sister site Deadline reports.
Related HBO Renews The Leftovers for Season 2
The Brink focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Gugino will play Joanne Larson, a Washington lawyer in the prime of her career, who proves a formidable match for her Secretary of State husband (played by Tim Robbins). Jack Black and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) also star.
Gugino can next be seen on Wayward Pines, »
The actress is set to recur in Season 4 of the Fox comedy as Ashley, Jess and Cece’s onetime high school nemesis who is now engaged to Jess’ father Bob (returning guest star Rob Reiner), TVLine has learned.
Related New Girl Promotes [Spoiler] to Series Regular
New Girl‘s fourth season kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 9/8c.
Related storiesRatings: Teen Choice Awards Steady, »
The majority of the most engaging and convincing sci-fi stories out there can be boiled down to one simple, concise “what if?” question. Star Trek is “what if humans come together and explore space”, The Matrix is “what if the world is a computer simulation”, and After Earth is “what if we keep letting M. Night Shyamalan make films”. It’s these questions, often derived from our own lived experience and current world, which serve as a way into fantastical fictional worlds full of crazy aliens, awesome spaceships and laser pistols. Especially the laser pistols.
It also means that Sf fans are the most dedicated of any genre, their imaginations being piqued by the questions asked by authors and sent flying off in all directions. The worlds created in science fiction films, TV shows, novels and video games are usually so fully realised that most bases are covered, »
- Tom Baker
Fox’s broadcast of the Teen Choice awards — which among other things reminded us of the painful truth that Kuwk has been on for 10 dang seasons — on Sunday night drew 2.6 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, precisely matching its year-ago numbers.
Over on ABC, Wipeout (3.2 mil/0.8) dropped 16 and 20 percent, while Rising Star (2.9 mil/0.7) tumbled a full 22 percent, hitting new lows.
Related Rising Star Recap: I Know It’s Not Much… Is This the Best They Can Do?
CBS’ numbers »
This can’t end well.
Lost actress Zuleikha Robinson, most recently seen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, is joining The Following‘s third season as the new girlfriend of Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy, Deadline reports.
Related Fall TV Grid: What’s on When? And Versus What?
Robinson, who will be a series regular on the Fox thriller, will play Gwen, an ER doctor and single mom who is the love of murder-magnet Ryan’s life and his first real chance at a family and true happiness. Their relationship will be seriously challenged by the dark »
M. Night Shyamalan delivered some solid cinema with (arguably) his first three films, and quickly turned into a joke afterwards. Lady In The Water underperformed, The Happening was one of the most unintentionally funny films I've ever seen, and then there's the crown jewel; The Last Airbender. While I was excited for Shyamalan to work on something he hadn't written, the end result was his biggest transgression thus far. However, it seems that the director was not completely to blame. Someone »
- Sean Wist
When it comes to its 2015 development slate, Lifetime prefers blondes.
The female-skewing cabler has given the green light to a miniseries about iconic Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe, TVLine has confirmed.
Photos Fall TV Preview: Get the Scoop on 50+ New Shows
The project, titled Marilyn, is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. Stephen Kronish (The Kennedys) will pen the script and Laurie Collyer (Sunlight Jr.) will direct.
So, getting back to the question posed in the headline: Who’s on your short list to play the (thankless) title role?
And the fact that his new cast — which includes Carla Gugino (Political Animals), Toby Jones (The Girl), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Matt Dillon (There’s Something About Mary), Shannyn Sossamon (Mistresses) and Charlie Tahan (Law & Order: Svu) — likens the thriller to Twin Peaks and Twilight Zone indicates that the »
Once in a while a movie is so bad that it actually hurts. Just the thought of having to watch these blunders will make you want to stick a number 2 pencil in your eye. Mariah Carey’s Glitter, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the list goes on. However, sometimes a movie is so bad, so preposterous and so poorly made that they transcend shoddy film-making to become truly entertaining cinema.
We’ve all experienced this. You have your buddies over and you watch a movie that you don’t really know too much about. Come to find out, the movie is horrible. However, you find yourself strangely intrigued with the horribleness you’ve just witnessed. This is an experience (that we totally just made up) that we refer to as “terrible movie comedic liberation”. This is when you are able to watch a bad movie, laugh at it and actually enjoy it, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
James looks back at one of season three's best Star Trek Tng episodes, introducing hapless Lieutenant Barclay...
This review contains spoilers.
3.21 Hollow Pursuits
The episode opens in Ten-Forward, where a character we've never seen before – Lieutenant Reginald Barclay – is causing a scene. He beats up La Forge, then Riker, then is about to sweep Troi off her feet when he's interrupted and called to the cargo bay by… La Forge! Turns out he's actually on the holodeck. Like M. Night Shyamalan if he directed an episode of The Twilight Zone, you did not see it coming.
When Barclay gets to the cargo bay he's given a dressing down by Riker and La Forge for his lateness and generally neglectful behaviour. They lament how such a loser managed to make it onto the Enterprise anyway. Although a better question might be how he made it to Lieutenant when he's basically incompetent. »
If M. Night Shyamalan.s The Last Airbender is famous for anything, it.s for being an absolute disaster. Fans of the animated series were over the moon with anticipation for the film, but now it stands as one of the most reviled big budget blockbusters of the modern era. Usually you can trace a disaster of this proportion to some bad mojo going on behind the scenes, and if a recently unearthed message board post is to be believed, then The Last Airbender is no exception to that. This story comes to us from a fan message board called AvatarSpirit.net, where a user claiming to have behind the scenes knowledge about Shyamalan.s film has spilled the beans on some very dark, corporate details about the production. The user.s story begins by saying that things were all well and good in the first draft of the screenplay »
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