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Relativity Studios is projecting profits around $105 million by 2017 from its slate of upcoming movie releases, according to documents filed in New York Bankruptcy Court on Monday. Titles like Kate Bosworth‘s “Before I Wake,” Halle Berry‘s “Kidnap” and the Henry Cavill-led sequel to Tarsem Singh‘s “Immortals” will pump the bankrupt film company with cash, the filing claims, while Rooney Mara‘s “Secret Scripture” is projected to clock a loss of $1.4 million. The projections were disclosed in the latest financial reorganization plan submitted by attorneys for Relativity. The plan needs approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael »
- Matt Donnelly
As you creeps well know, there is nothin’ I love more than a band that brings the arcane to their audio, and for my money, there is no one that is doing it with quite so much preternatural panache as Binghamton, NY’s Johnny Unheimlich! And what do ya know—look who just strolled into the Crypt o’ Xiii!
Famous Monsters. The sound of Johnny Unheimlich goes down as smooth as a glass of wine the color of a moonless midnight; it’s all cool creep with a hint of some undefined menace! How did you develop the sound?
Nick Ransom. First off, I’ve got to say thank you massively for that, it’s a huge compliment to both of us. My musical tastes have always been hugely eclectic—my parents are largely to blame or thank for that—and that’s factored hugely into what we play. Our »
Earlier this year, you may have heard of a Tribeca Film Festival drama that starred Faith Hill as a trailer trash mom in the Deep South. It’s true, but that’s not really all that “Dixieland” is about, though having a big country pop star in your movie probably doesn’t hurt. A movie that details cycles of violence, crime, and impoverished circumstances with a Romeo and Juliet-like narrative, “Dixieland” is the directorial debut of Hank Bedford — a former assistant to David O. Russell, Bennett Miller, and Tarsem Singh. Read More: Tribeca Review: ‘Dixieland’ Starring Riley Keough, Faith Hill & Chris Zylka The movie stars Chris Zylka from “The Leftovers” and Riley Keough from “Mad Max: Fury Road” and an actress you’re probably going to know a little bit better in 2016 thanks to leading her own show: Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” from executive producer and creator Steven Soderbergh. »
- Rodrigo Perez
In Self/less, director Tarsem Singh explores the consequences of taking one life so that someone else can live forever. Billionaire businessman Damian Hale (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) is a powerful force — a corporate genius who runs things from his NYC seat of power. When he receives a terminal cancer diagnosis, Hale is determined to access a radical medical procedure, “shedding,” that will give him the chance to beat his destiny. The twist? His consciousness will be transplanted into the body of another person (played by Ryan Reynolds), in theory, an artificially grown human designed for this purpose. The … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
This week, genre fans have an eclectic array of home entertainment titles to look forward to that feature both new and classic titles. Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have teamed up for the release of the revenge thriller Bound for Vengeance this Tuesday and for those of you Manimal fans out there (yes, I’m sure there are a few!), the entire series arrives on DVD tomorrow as well.
Several recent titles are also being released on November 10th, including Terminator: Genisys, Self/Less, and Pay the Ghost, and for those of you looking for something a bit older, we have Blu-rays of Play Misty for Me and Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. arriving on Tuesday. Additionally, Warner Bros. is dusting off a true cult classic this week, The Strangler—a film I highly recommend checking out if you’ve never seen it before.
Other notable titles being released this Tuesday include Queen of Blood, »
- Heather Wixson
Legendary performer Vincent D’Onofrio continues to mix TV and film projects, with confirmation that he is to play the Wizard in NBC’s upcoming revitalization of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard Of Oz tales. Having dominated the Marvel show Daredevil on Netflix, as the dastardly Wilson Fisk earlier this year, the actor will step behind the curtain on Emerald City, to be directed by his The Cell filmmaker, Tarsem Singh.
This will be welcome news for the production, which already had a false start in 2014, when the network revoked a straight-to-series order for the show. The script has since been re-worked by executive producer David Schulner (The Event), and the addition of an actor of the stature of Vincent D’Onofrio will instantly generate a great deal of interest in the series when it finally comes to air.
“In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20 year old Dorothy »
- Sarah Myles
Vincent D'Onofrio has been set to play The Wizard of Oz in NBC's upcoming ten-episode, straight-to-series drama "Emerald City". The project marks a reunion of sorts with his "The Cell" director Tarsem Singh.
Adria Arjona plays a twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale who, along with her K9 police dog, are transported to the mystical land of Oz, a place of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.
D'Onofrio's Wizard is the enigmatic leader of Emerald City, a man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches. In the series, Dorothy must become a headstrong warrior who holds the land's fate in her hands.
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- Garth Franklin
If you’re paying attention to that man behind the curtain, you’ll notice it’s Vincent D’Onofrio.
The Marvel’s Daredevil and Law & Order: Criminal Intent vet has been cast as the Wizard of Oz in Emerald City, NBC’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation blending elements from author L. Frank Baum’s classic 14-novel collection.
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D’Onofrio’s Wizard is described as “the enigmatic leader of Emerald City. A man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and »
NBC has found their “Emerald City” wizard in Vincent D’Onofrio, Variety has learned.
The “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” alum will play the Wizard of Oz in NBC’s drama, which takes a darker spin on the classic tale. He will co-star alongside Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), who was previously cast as Dorothy.
D’Onofrio’s Wizard of Oz is described as the enigmatic leader of Emerald City. A man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.
Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...
But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?
Er, not many as it happens...
Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont »
Sometimes it’s psychological. Sometimes it’s visceral. It can be a masked killer’s twisted pastime. A labyrinth our poor heroes must find their way out of. Perhaps a nasty round of torture by the Big Bad. Whatever it is, the sick feeling of impending doom overcomes us as we realize the characters might not make it out alive. Sometimes they can think their way through. Sometimes they can fight. But when the exits are closed and the madman decides to get creative, all bets are off.
Director Juan López Moctezuma came along during the new wave of 70′s Mexican genre pics that expressed radical and subversive views. An important intellectual figure in Mexico in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, Moctezuma produced Jodorowsky’s El Topo and Fando Y Lis. Of his three horror films (which also includes Mansion of Madness, »
Warner Bros' Pan is this week's new wide release. The film is a new telling of the Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), starring Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard and newcomer Levi Miller in the title role. A week ago it was reported the film's opening weekend was tracking as low as $21-22 million, worrisome numbers for a film said to be budgeted at $150 million, and I'm having a hard time going even that high with my predictions. In an attempt to find similar titles for comparison there are plenty to choose from, one such being Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened to the tune of $79.1 million in 2013. On the opposite end of the box office spectrum there's Universal's attempt at a live-action Pan movie back in 2003, which opened with $11.1 million. Adjusted for inflation, that opening number climbs to $15.4 million, a bit »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fan Art of the Day: What would a Dune animated feature or series look like? Artist Matt Rhodes, who was also influenced by filmmaker Tarsem Singh, shows us in the below image plus more images found at Neatorama. Movie Rip-offs of the Day: Screen Rant shows us 10 hilarious foreign rip-offs of Hollywood movies, including the Brazilian Star Wars and the Italian Jaws: Filmmaker in Focus: You don't know who William Laboury is, so let the filmmaker brilliantly introduce himself through the words of movie characters (via Devour): Vintage Image of the Day: Groucho Marx wearing a Groucho Marx t-shirt. He can do whatever he want today, since...
- Christopher Campbell
Busan — “Ant-Man” topped the Korea box office for the second consecutive weekend. In a very soft week, the Marvel super hero film earned $4.91 million between Friday and Sunday, representing a week-on-week drop of 40%. It has earned $16.8 million from 2.37 million admissions after two weekends.
Ryoo Seung-wan’s hit action comedy “Veteran” remained in second spot, earning $2.61 million from 380,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday. It has amassed a total of $82.8 million from 12.5 million admissions since its Aug 5 release.
Kwon Hyung-jin’s local thriller “Deep Trap” debuted in third place. Opening on Thursday, it earned $1.39 million from 201,000 admissions over its first four days. It has already exceeded the director’s previous feature “Wedding Dress,” which earned $843,000 in 2010.
Local films, “The Beauty Inside” and “Assassination” remained in fourth and fifth spots. Released on Aug, 20 and Jul. 22 respectively, the two big local titles have made $13.3 million and $82.9 million respectively.
Hong Won-chan’s suspense thriller “Office »
- Sonia Kil
Director: Pavel Khvaleev
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Synopsis: During a mysterious epidemic, two sisters promise to look after one another. When one falls ill, the other must use old rituals and a Shamonic book to enter her sister’s subconscious and destroy the evil.
Eastern european cinema is often slow and precisely plotted for a more calming affair. That’s why III is such a curiosity. It takes on the horror genre, which is not often known for its patience or soothing qualities, but generates a very imaginative, scary, and thoughtful meditation on its themes. Created on a nothing budget by a dedicated team of just 8 people, you see names repeating themselves in the credits. Director Pavel Khvaleev serves as not only the man in charge, but also as editor and visual effects supervisor, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
Way back when, Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to star in an remake of Michael Crichton's 1973 feature Westworld. Schwarzenegger became governor, the remake was shelved, but then Tarsem Singh was brought in to direct... nothing came of that film, but now it has arrived at HBO with Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) writing and directing (at least the first episode) and today HBO debuted the first trailer. The series takes place at a technologically advanced amusement park designed for rich vacationers with the goal of satisfying your every dream. Robots staff the park and when a group of vacationers choose a wild west adventure things go haywire and a rogue gunslinging robot begins stalking the guests. The stacked cast includes Ed Harris, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright. No word yet on when exactly the show will arrive, "Coming in 2016" is all the trailer gives us, »
- Brad Brevet
Ben Kingsley gets joint top billing but takes an early bath in this tiresome tale of an ageing executive who pays to have his dying soul transplanted into the body of a younger man. Enter Ryan Reynolds as the empty vessel into which Sir Ben’s spirit is magnetically injected – only to discover that this new body has a mind and memory of its own. Or, as Derek Luke puts it: “You thought you were buying a new car, turns out it has a few miles on the clock.” Recycling riffs from John Frankenheimer’s superior 1966 thriller Seconds (which in turn inspired Face/Off), Tarsem Singh’s dopey romp signally fails to mine the identity-swap promise of its premise. David and Alex Pastor’s script may be lumpen, but Reynolds »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
As far as high concepts go, Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds playing the same person isn't a bad start. But this switcherooo turns out to be one of the least distracting elements of Tarsem Singh's slick, silly sci-fi Self/less, which gets a running start with smart ideas it can't follow through on.
Kingsley is Damian Hayes, a haughty and emotionally detached real estate tycoon with terminal cancer. Desperate to survive at any cost, he crosses paths with a shadowy scientist (Matthew Goode on enjoyably snakelike form) who offers him a radical new procedure known as shedding, whereby his consciousness is transferred into a healthy, lab-grown new body. What do I have to lose, he asks himself, because presumably he's never heard of Faust.
In this excerpt from the Guardian film show Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw watch Sir Ben Kingsley nab the body of Ryan Reynolds in Self/Less, a sci-fi thriller in which a dying billionaire implants his consciousness into a younger man with terrible consequences. Directed by Tarsem Singh and co-starring Natalie Martinez and Matthew Goode, Self/Less is released in the UK on Friday 17 July Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Zoran Trajkovic, Richard Sprenger, Henry Barnes and Andrea Salvatici
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