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Film Review: ‘Beyond Skyline’

Film Review: ‘Beyond Skyline’
A semi-sequel to 2010’s “Skyline” which follows different characters from the same alien-invasion starting point through fantasy perils on a grander scale, “Beyond Skyline” does its predecessor proud in that it, too, is fast-paced and colorful enough to rate as a solid guilty pleasure. This helming debut for Liam O’Donnell, who co-wrote the original, is another showcase for the FX work of the earlier films’ co-directors the Brothers Strause and their company Hydraulx (which has contributed visual effects to numerous recent tentpoles).

All three dudes were centrally involved with 2007’s “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.” If this new movie also seems to have a whole lot of Aliens and Predators running around, well, it’s not the kind of joint you expect originality from, in narrative or even stylistic terms. It is, however, a goofy hybrid that’s never dull and sometimes flat-out ridiculous, never taking itself so seriously for its logical shortcomings to feel truly embarrassing
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Slamdance 2018 Announces Shorts and Emerging Filmmaker-Led Beyond Section Lineups, and More

Slamdance 2018 Announces Shorts and Emerging Filmmaker-Led Beyond Section Lineups, and More
Our bi-weekly Film Festival Roundup column explores notable stories and news updates from the circuit.

– Slamdance has announced the Beyond and Shorts programs for their 24th edition. The 2018 Slamdance Film Festival will run January 19 – 25 in Park City, Utah. This year, several Slamdance Alumni return with highly anticipated presentations in the Beyond lineup. All films program are made by emerging filmmakers working just beyond their first features.

“The films in the Beyond Program exhibit singular directorial vision while sharing a common commitment to challenge audiences to step outside their comfort zones,” said Beyond programmer, Josh Mandel in an official statement. “These bold and adventurous filmmakers represent the most current voices in American independent film, and will continue to push boundaries in the years ahead.”

This year’s short film lineup showcases productions from 26 countries, including: Canada, Iran, USA, and beyond. Shorts in the Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Anarchy, and Experimental sections are
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Santa Barbara Film Festival To Open With Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’

Santa Barbara Film Festival To Open With Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’
The world premiere of Emilio Estevez’s the public has been selected to open the Santa Barbara Film Festival, which kicks off January 31. Estevez wrote, directed and stars with Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Taylor Schilling, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael K. Williams and Jeffrey Wright. The film follows a group of homeless library patrons, who, after learning that emergency shelters are at capacity during a brutal Midwestern…
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Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’ to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’ to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Emilio Estevez’s “The Public” will open the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Arlington Theatre. Directed, written by, and starring Estevez, the film — which will make its worldwide premiere at Sbiff — also stars Taylor Schilling, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, and Jeffrey Wright.

Gabrielle Union, Christian Slater, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Jacob Vargas, and Michael K. Williams are also featured in the film. “The Public” is set in the Midwest during a brutal cold front, which prompts a group of homeless library patrons who refuse to leave Cincinnati’s downtown public library at closing time when they learn that emergency shelters have reached capacity. As a nonviolent act of civil disobedience escalates into a stand-off with law enforcement officials, issues such as homelessness, mental illness, and drug addiction are explored.

“I’ve long admired Emilio Estevez as an artist, actor, and director. With ‘The Public,’ I feel he
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – Real Life Review

Villordsutch reviews Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: Real Life…

We’ve come to season one’s penultimate episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, with this week’s slice of sci-fi being titled, “Real Life”. This new story being from the pen of Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Outlander), was originally published way back in 1954 within the Science Fiction Magazine, “If“, it then going under the title of, “Exhibit Piece”.

We begin in Chicago of the future. Here we find police officers Sarah (Anna Paquin) and Mario (Jacob Vargas) eating, whilst discussing a previous case. It becomes apparent that Sarah is clearly still troubled greatly by this case, in which a number of her fellow officers were massacred around her. Both officers have an ongoing investigation running in search of the murderers, though as yet nothing is coming up.

With the emotional baggage following Sarah home,
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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Trailer Reveals Amazon’s Sci-Fi Anthology

Amazon Studios has just released the first trailer for their upcoming sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, based on a collection of writings from the revered author (who also penned Minority Report, Blade Runner, The Man in the High Castle, and many more). The series will function like Black Mirror, and feature an all-star cast that will include Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Greg Kinnear, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Maura Tierney, Janelle Monae, Richard Madden, Liam Cunningham, Vera Farmiga, Juno Temple, Essie Davis, Benedict Wong, and Jacob Vargas. Wowza! The trailer gives glimpses into many of …
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Skyline 2 Trailer: Awful Movie Gets an Amazing Looking Sequel

Skyline 2 Trailer: Awful Movie Gets an Amazing Looking Sequel
Xyz Films has released the first trailer and poster for Beyond Skyline, which is a follow-up to the 2010 sci-fi thriller Skyline, with a whole new cast. Leading the way this time is action star Frank Grillo, who teams up with The Raid star Iko Uwais. The studio has also debuted the first poster for Beyond Skyline, which will have its world premiere at the Stiges Film Festival, which runs from October 5 through October 15. No release date has been given yet, but that may be announced soon.

Ain't It Cool News debuted the first trailer and poster, which opens with Frank Grillo's character Mark, a Los Angeles detective who is called in to get his son Trent (Jonny Weston) out of some trouble. The trailer also shows that their family has been fractured after the passing of Mark's wife Rose (Valentine Payen), but that's the least of their problems. On the subway ride home,
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Sci-fi sequel Beyond Skyline gets a new trailer

A new international trailer has arrived online for Beyond Skyline, a sequel to the 2010 alien invasion sci-fi thriller Skyline, which sees Frank Grillo as a tough-as-nails detective who embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship; check it out here…

Beyond Skyline is directed by Liam O’Donnell and features a cast that also includes Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Yayan Ruhian, Betty Gabriel, Antonio Fargas, Pamelyn Chee, Jacob Vargas, and Jonny Weston. As yet, there’s no word on a release date for the film, but we’ll keep you posted.
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Terrence Howard, Anna Paquin Join ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’

Terrence Howard, Anna Paquin Join ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’
Anna Paquin and Terrence Howard have both been cast in the upcoming Amazon anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” Variety has learned.

The 10-episode sci-fi series is based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. Paquin and Howard will appear in the episode titled “Real Life” which is written by Ronald D. Moore and directed by Jeffrey Reiner

Paquin will play Sarah, a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George, played by Terrence Howard, a brilliant game designer, as each pursue violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.

Other cast members in“Real Life” are: Rachelle Lefevre, Jacob Vargas, Sam Witwer, and Guy Burnet. They join previously announced cast members in other episodes including Timothy Spall, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong
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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites
“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when,
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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites
“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when,
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 2-8

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

TV Worth Watching

"The Good Wife" (Sunday on CBS at 9 p.m.)

This is it. The end of an era. After seven seasons of heartbreak (she'll always love you, Will!), headaches, incredibly sharp writing, and powerful performances from Julianna Margulies down to the many amazing guest stars, Alicia Florrick's story is coming to an end on May 8. The series finale, appropriately titled "End," was written by showrunners Robert and Michelle King, and directed by Robert King. Margulies told Entertainment Weekly the finale will be "satisfying, uplifting and sad." The showrunners have Not shot down that Josh Charles return rumor, so here's hoping for some kind of flashback/vision/cameo/thing. Also, here's hoping for more of this, from Alicia and Jason:

"Project Runway: All Stars
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April 2016 VOD Releases Include The Invitation, The Forest, Holidays

This April’s VOD offerings are a strong and eclectic bunch, including one of my favorite films out of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, The Invitation, which arrives on digital platforms April 8th.

For you Norman Reedus fans out there, IFC releases the road thriller Sky, in which he plays a supporting role, on April 15th. The latest horror anthology, Holidays, makes its VOD bow on the same day, courtesy of Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films, and if you dig Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, then you have The Tell-Tale Heart to look forward to on April 5th.

Other notable VOD titles for April 2016 include The Girl in the Photographs, Pandemic, The Forest, and 13 Cameras.

The Girl in the Photographs (Vertical Entertainment) – April 1st

In Nick Simon’s The Girl In The Photographs, Colleen’s life isn’t going anywhere. The small town check out girl with natural beauty is bored with
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The Tell-tale Heart DVD & VOD Release Date & Cover Art

Cover art and release details have been revealed for John La Tier’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of a man haunted by his heinous crime, The Tell-Tale Heart will be released on DVD and VOD on April 5th.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2016) — Alchemy is proud to announce the home entertainment release of the haunting, The Tell-tale Heart, directed by John La Tier. Starring Rose McGowan (Charmed, Scream, Grindhouse, Jawbreaker, The Blac), Patrick John Flueger (The 4400, The Princess Diaries, NBC’s Chicago P.D.), Academy Award® nominee Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, HBO’s The Sopranos), Jacob Vargas (Next Friday, Selena, Traffic, Jarhead), and Damon Whitake. The Tell-tale Heart has a running time of 82 minutes and is not rated. The Tell-tale Heart is available on DVD and VOD April 5th, 2016.

A haunting account of a tormented man, haunted by the heart of a man he murdered,
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Exclusive: Key Art Premiere For Action Flick Crossing Point

XLrator Media is releasing Daniel Zirilli's action flick Crossing Point on VOD on May 3rd. We have your first look at the key art for the pic.Michael and Olivia are a young American couple vacationing in Baja. Their romantic idyll takes a harrowing turn when Olivia is kidnapped by a drug dealer, who demands that Michael smuggle a backpack full of cocaine -- stolen from a rival cartel -- over the border into the U.S. within 12 hours or else Olivia will be killed. As Michael navigates the treacherous Mexican underworld, he becomes a force to be reckoned with.  Crossing Point stars Shawn Lock, Jacob Vargas, Rudy Youngblood with Paulina Gaitan and Tom Sizemore and Luke Goss...

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Colm Feore, Alex Kingston & Jacob Vargas Cast In Hulu Comedy Pilot ‘Crushed’

Colm Feore (House Of Cards), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who) and Jacob Vargas (Sons Of Anarchy) will co-star opposite Regina Hall in the Hulu pilot Crushed, from Peeples writer-director Tina Gordon Chism and Lionsgate TV. The comedy, written by Chism, centers on an African-American family, led by brother and sister Will and Celia (Hall) who stumbles into a successful wine business in Napa. The comedy is described as a fish-out-of-water story following the family's unorthodox…
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Colony Recap: Rocking the Boat

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Colony Recap: Rocking the Boat
Rule No. 1 of getting by in a new world order: Never assume anything. Katie takes for granted that her son Charlie is alone on the other side of that wall. But for all she knows, he's been brainwashed to believe his parents abandoned him for a futile Resistance.Only a couple days on the job as Proxy Snyder's inside man, and Will's already wised up to the Occupation's duplicitous ways. Rather than run a counter-Resistance team, he's been relegated to a post as head driver for sanitation and introduced to his real boss, Phyllis (Kathy Baker, she of the orgasmic Edward Scissorhands haircut), who he deduces was once a CIA big shot. Phyllis, in turn, fails to make good on her promise that Will's neighbor Carlos (Jacob Vargas) would be released from lockup and put in his charge as an informant. The only thing more dangerous in occupied L.A.
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Film Review: The 33

Disaster strikes on Aug. 5, 2010, as a copper and gold mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed crew. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit.

The 33 kicks off with a retirement party, where we are introduced to the majority of the cast and gain insight into the close-knit community the miner's families have created. Most of us have heard the adage that a movie must grab the audience’s attention within the first few minutes or risk losing them for good. Due to the nature of the story
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 13; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 13; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, November 13. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide The 33 Director: Patricia Riggen Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Bob Gunton, Gabriel Byrne, Naomi Scott, Jacob Vargas, Oscar Nunez, Juan Pablo Raba Synopsis: "Based on a true story about the collapse at the mine in San Jose, Chile that left 33 miners isolated underground for 69 days." Love the Coopers Director: Jessie Nelson Cast: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Alex Borstein, Jon Tenney, June Squibb, Michelle Veintimilla Synopsis: "When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night...
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XLrator Grabs U.S. Rights To ‘Crossing Point’; Stan Lee’s Pow! Co-Producing Action Thriller ‘Arch Alien’

XLrator Grabs U.S. Rights To ‘Crossing Point’; Stan Lee’s Pow! Co-Producing Action Thriller ‘Arch Alien’
XLrator Media has announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to the film Crossing Point, and will release the film in 2016 through its Turbo action label. The action-thriller stars Jacob Vargas (Traffic, The 33), Rudy Youngblood (Apocalypto), Luke Goss (the Death Race series, Blade II), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Paulina Gaitan (Sin Nombre, Netflix's Narcos), María Gabriela de Faría (Nickelodeon's Isa Tkm) and newcomer Shawn Lock. It’s directed by Daniel…
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