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13 items from 2016


12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »

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Freida Pinto to make her first appearance at Iifa

23 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Global star Freida Pinto is all set to have everyone’s tongues wagging this year and believed to be making her first ever appearance at an Indian awards show this year with Iifa in Madrid, Spain. Not only can we expect her to rule the red carpet but we are also told by insider sources that she will be presented with the award for “International Icon” as a celebration of how she’s shaped her career in the international arena.

Says an industry source, “Slumdog Millionaire was that massive breakthrough point for India in the international film market. While we did see Indian actors be a part of Hollywood films, Slumdog ensured that Indian talent was looked at far more seriously. Freida’s fame and her journey post Slumdog has been incredible – working with some of the most coveted names in the business like Christian Bale, Woody Allen, Tarsem Singh, »

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Freida Pinto to make her first appearance at Iifa

23 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Global star Freida Pinto is all set to have everyone’s tongues wagging this year and believed to be making her first ever appearance at an Indian awards show this year with Iifa in Madrid, Spain. Not only can we expect her to rule the red carpet but we are also told by insider sources that she will be presented with the award for “International Icon” as a celebration of how she’s shaped her career in the international arena.

Says an industry source, “Slumdog Millionaire was that massive breakthrough point for India in the international film market. While we did see Indian actors be a part of Hollywood films, Slumdog ensured that Indian talent was looked at far more seriously. Freida’s fame and her journey post Slumdog has been incredible – working with some of the most coveted names in the business like Christian Bale, Woody Allen, Tarsem Singh, »

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Gods Of Egypt review

17 June 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Gerard Butler shouts and transforms into a robot in Alex Proyas’ fantasy Gods Of Egypt. Ryan reviews a screamingly odd film...

Ancient Egypt - a land of pyramids, colossal statues and unconvincing scorpions. Did you know that, in the time of the pharoahs, gods lived among ordinary mortals and could transform into huge, fire-spouting robots? Director Alex ProyasGods Of Egypt may have been demolished by critics when it appeared in the Us earlier this year, but it’s certainly educational.

Proyas previously brought us such dark and moody delights as The Crow and Dark City, but Gods Of Egypt is completely unlike anything he’s made before. It’s big, it’s camp, it’s awash with CGI which varies in quality from shot to shot. In style and tone, it belongs in that same odd category of action fantasy films as Louis Leterrier’s Clash Of The Titans »

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"Civil War" Actress Joins "Wonder Woman"

1 June 2016 7:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Florence Kasumba, who had a small role as the head of security for T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and engaged in dialogue with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow in a key scene from "Captain America: Civil War," has apparently joined the cast of Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" film at Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films.

Cbm reports that the actress will play Senator Acantha, an Amazon character from the comics. In the original comics, Acantha was one of the Amazonian leaders who argued that Diana should be allowed to serve as an ambassador to the world of 'man'.

Production on the "Wonder Woman" film recently wrapped with post-production now in full swing ahead of the film's June 2017 release.

Even before her Marvel gig, German actress Kasumba had assembled a solid resume over the past decade with roles in the likes of "The Quest," "I Love You Too," "Transpapa" and Syfy's "Dominion »

- Garth Franklin

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Bram Stoker's Dracula, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Peggy Lee Fever

26 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1828 Feral teenager Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering Nuremberg, claiming to have been raised in total isolation. Theories abound and the story inspires many artists down the road including Werner Herzog in the film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974).

1877 Influential dancer Isadora Duncan is born. Vanessa Redgrave gets an Oscar nomination playing her in Isadora! (1968)

1886 Al Jolson is born. Will later star in the first "talkie" The Jazz Singer (1927)

1894 Silent film star Norma Talmadge is born

1897 Bram Stoker's epistolary novel "Dracula" is published. Never stops being adapted for film and television but our hearts will always belong to Francis Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) despite the aggravating double possessive

1907 John Wayne was born. Did he always talk like that?

1913 Peter Cushing is born in England. Later stars in Hammer Horror films with his irl best friend Christopher Lee, the Dracula to his Van Helsing. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Black Panther's Bodyguard Is the Red Hot Wicked Witch in NBC's Emerald City

12 May 2016 11:51 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Florence Kasumba commanded attention in the one Captain America: Civil War scene she was in, and she's set to turn heads again in NBC's Emerald City. Check out the first photo of her as East, a Wicked Witch. In Civil War, Kasumba was credited only as "Security Chief" but fans familiar with Black Panther's story from Marvel comics knew she was likely one of the Dora Milaje, a portion of Wakandan society held in high regard who serve as deadly bodyguards for the King. (HitFix's Emily Rome recently delved into their past.) While we hope to see much more of her, and other Dora Milaje, in Marvel's Black Panther film you can look forward to seeing Kasumba weekly on your television soon. Directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell), the 10-episode Emerald City is yet another take on L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz books. Here's the summary: In Emerald City, »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Lavish Photos From Tarsem's "Emerald City"

12 May 2016 10:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It has taken some time to get to the screen but now the first photos are out from NBC's "Emerald City," its limited event series which re-imagines L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" in a new setting.

"The Fall" and "Immortals" director Tarsem Singh helms all ten episodes of the series which stars Adria Arjona as Dorothy, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lucas 'The Scarecrow' and Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East - all three of which can be seen in the first look pictures below from EW.

The network has yet to set an air date.

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- Garth Franklin

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First look images from NBC’s Emerald City series

11 May 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

NBC has released three first look images from its upcoming fantasy series Emerald City featuring Florence Kasumba as East, Adria Arjona Dorothy Gale and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lucas. Tarsem Singh is set to direct all ten episodes of the season, which is based on L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz book series; take a look below…

Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world – a mystical land in great peril, where an all-powerful wizard has forbidden magic and rules over many kingdoms. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen it before, where lethal warriors roam, wicked witches plot in the shadows and a young girl from Kansas becomes a headstrong heroine who holds the fate of their world in her hands!!!

Emerald City features a cast that also includes Ana Ularu as West, »

- Amie Cranswick

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9 ways to save the DC Extended Universe

2 May 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras with 9 ways to save the DC Extended Universe…

I don’t require much. Just a producer credit on every Warner Bros. DC movie, a balloon payment of $16 million dollars in gold cougarans, and 8% of the merchandising. Wait. Sorry. Got ahead of myself. Before the fans and Warner Bros. shower me in warm, glistening adulation they probably want to hear my amazing, borderline genius ideas on how to save the DC Extended Universe.

Before I unveil my nine part strategy to turn Warner Bros.’ DC movies from languishing, critically panned, polarizing pictures into a money-making, universally loved, acclaimed blockbusters… let me say this:

Personally, I’ve enjoyed Zack Snyder’s DC movies as grotesque monstrosities. Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are two of the most opulent assaults of sight and sound I’ve ever seen. I’d love to see what Zack Snyder does »

- Anghus Houvouras

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[Review] Gods of Egypt

26 February 2016 8:31 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s tempting to want to give too much credit to Alex ProyasGods of Egypt for sheer invention. Not since last year’s polarizing belly flop, Jupiter Ascending, has a blockbuster been so filled to the brim with intricate, nonsensical, transcendently stupid world building. Within the first twenty minutes, an amber-encrusted Egypt obsessed with pageantry and grand gestures becomes a fiery hellscape ruled by winged mechs with designs based on dense Egyptian mythology shooting laser beams at each other.

From there, the mythology keeps building an ornate, jeweled ladder to nowhere, throwing in every manner of insane set decoration, from immortal leviathans made of smoke to chariots led by gigantic scarabs to floating portals to nether realms. But while the film becomes a constant test to outdo itself, the raw ambition isn’t nearly enough to make up for the content of the actual film: an ungainly, ugly, nearly interminable monstrosity. »

- Michael Snydel

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Deadpool 2: everything we know so far

18 February 2016 7:03 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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As The Merc With The Mouth breaks box office records like they’re fourth walls, we look ahead to his next movie, Deadpool 2

Deadpool is currenly raking in more money at the global box office than even the most optimistic 20th Century Fox executive could have possibly imagined. And they probably can imagine a lot. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the sequel has already been announced.

The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but there are plenty of details about the film out in the public domain already. Here’s everything we know about The Merc With The Mouth’s sequel…

Deadpool 2 Creative Talent: Who’S Coming Back?

After he produced, starred in, and helped to write such a hugely successful film as Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds will of course return for Deadpool 2. He’s championed this character since »

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Watch: First Trailer For Thriller 'Criminal' Starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve & Gal Gadot

11 February 2016 9:14 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last year, Ben Kingsley's brain was put into the body of Ryan Reynolds, and the result was the terrible "Self/Less." But if you need your annual quota of brain/body switching movies filled, then the good news is that "Criminal" is on the way, and it boasts a surprisingly deep cast. Read More: Tarsem Singh's 'Self/Less' Starring Ryan Reynolds And Ben Kingsley Directed by Ariel Vroman ("The Iceman"), the movie stars Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, and Ryan Reynolds, in a high concept thriller that sounds like a little "Self/Less" meets "Face/Off." Here's the official synopsis:  The story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission. »

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