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'Highlander' Creator Gregory Widen to Pen Lionsgate's 'Black Samurai'

'Highlander' Creator Gregory Widen to Pen Lionsgate's 'Black Samurai'
Yasuke is one step closer to the big screen.

Lionsgate has tapped Highlander creator Gregory Widen to script Black Samurai, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing the film as a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions.

The period action drama is based on the historical tale of Yasuke, who is known to be the first black samurai to serve a warlord in Japan. Under a warlord named Oda Nobunaga in the mid-1500s, he is known to be the only known African to reach that ranking in feudal Japan.

Widen co-wrote Highlander, the 1986 film about...
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Lionsgate Taps ‘Highlander’ Creator Gregory Widen To Script Film On First Black Samurai

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Lionsgate Taps ‘Highlander’ Creator Gregory Widen To Script Film On First Black Samurai
Exclusive: Lionsgate has commenced Highlander creator Gregory Widen to script Black Samurai, an action drama grounded in the historical tale of Yasuke, reputed to be the first black-skinned samurai to serve a warlord in Japan. Mike De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing, and the film is a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions. Yasuke lived in the mid-1500s, and history on his origins and exactly how he came to become a sword for a warlord…
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'Sin City', 'Wild Tales' producers team for Gregory Widen fantasy movie

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'Sin City', 'Wild Tales' producers team for Gregory Widen fantasy movie
Exclusive: Highlander creator to direct first film since The Prophecy; team also includes UK outfit Bad Penny Productions.

An eclectic array of international producers are assembling on intriguing European Film Market (Efm) script See How We Are, the new project from Gregory Widen, the creator of the Highlander and The Prophecy franchises.

Producers on the fantasy project include Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) of Solipsist Films, Phin Glynn (Mad to be Normal) of Bad Penny Productions and Wild Tales [pictured], The Secret In Their Eyes and Neruda producer Axel Kuschevatzky.

Widen, who also wrote 90’s thriller Backdraft, has written the script and will direct, marking only his second feature as director after the first instalment in The Prophecy (1995) franchise, starring Christopher Walken and Viggo Mortensen.

Bad Penny Productions, the fledgling UK outfit whose slate includes David Tennant projects Mad To Be Normal and You, Me And Him, will also finance
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DVD Review – Highlander Director’s Cut: 30th Anniversary Edition

Highlander Director’s Cut: 30th Anniversary Edition

Directed by Russell Mulcahy.

Starring Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown and Sean Connery.

Synopsis:

“There can be only one.” Cult classic film Highlander arrives on Blu-ray and two-disc DVD in a new 30th Anniversary Edition that features new interviews with director Russell Mulcahy and star Christopher Lambert, along with a commentary with Mulcahy, a two-hour documentary, deleted scenes, and an archival interview with Lambert.

Highlander is a movie I hadn’t watched since I first saw it way back when, probably on cable or on VHS at a friend’s house, so I was intrigued to revisit it for this new 30th Anniversary Edition. I remember thinking at the time that it was a cool concept and a fun movie, but my jaded late-40s-year-old self now sees an uneven film, one that went for camp too many times.

The movie stars Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod,
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Fangoria Podcast Network: Joe & Pat worship “The Prophecy” on “We’LL See You In Hell”!

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Fangoria Podcast Network: Joe & Pat worship “The Prophecy” on “We’LL See You In Hell”!
Happy Hangsgiving, Fangoria Fans! What are you thankful for this horrorday season? Well, if it’s for a new episode of We’LL See You In Hell, you’re in luck as we’ve got a brand new installment with all the trimmings. And on this We’LL See You In Hell, Joe & Pat go biblical on Gregory Widen’s […]
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Production begins in Wa on Ben C. Lucas' Other Life

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Filming has started in Western Australia on the new Ben C. Lucas science fiction thriller, Other Life,.

The film, starring Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Cocquerel, and Tj Power, will be shot of five weeks, with Entertainment One taking care of the release in Australia and New Zealand.

This is the second feature for Lucas, whose debut, Wasted on the Young, was acquired by Paramount in Australia and nominated for an Aacta Award after a successful festival circuit including Sydney Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, South By Southwest Film Festival, and Torino Film Festival.

Otherlife will be produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Pontin, Janelle Landers, Aidan O.Bryan, Marco Mehlitz,Tommaso Fiacchino, and Bo Hyde. Executive producers include Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Kendal Morgan Rhodes,Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu, and Stephen Boyle.

OtherLife is based on the popular novel, Solitaire, by Kelley Eskridge. The screenplay has
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Sci-fi feature to shoot in Wa

  • IF.com.au
A high concept science fiction feature OtherLife will be made in in Western Australia, starting production in June. The project will be directed by expat Western Australian filmmaker Ben C. Lucas (Wasted on the Young) and produced by Jamie Hilton of See Pictures (The Little Death, The Waiting City) and Aidan O.Bryan and Janelle Landers from Western Australian based production company Wbmc (Son of a Gun, Wasted on the Young), alongside international producers Cherry Road Films. It is the third film confirmed to be shot in Western Australia with ScreenWest support this year (the others being Jasper Jones and Blue Dog), and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has also confirmed a further three feature films are in the final stages of financing. ..This is positive news for the Western Australian screen industry,. he said in a statement issued to the media. .Western Australia is being recognised as
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Satanic Sunday: Ranking Portrayals of the Devil

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It’s hard to nail down the personification of the ultimate evil. The Prince of Darkness deserves to be more than just a cackling, dark figure in the background or an over-the-top sleaze. This is an angel who has been cast out of Heaven and carries a major grudge. Neglecting the depth of his pain or not seizing the opportunity to have a little fun in the exercise of his machinations is always a problem, with no discernible representation able to strike a perfect balance yet. The best contemporary performances on film leave something to the imagination and twist our perception of the iconic role just enough to make it seem fresh or threatening. What follows is a list of cinematic Satans that have made an indelible impression, ranked from worst to best.

Gabriel Byrne in “End of Days

Gabriel Byrne in End of Days (1999)

Byrne is a talented actor
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31 Netflix Instant Titles to Get You Ready for Halloween

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With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.

Happy Haunting!

Invaders from Mars (Tobe Hooper)

David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.

Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)

Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.

Fright Night (Tom Holland)

When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.

Creepshow 2 (Michael Gornick)

Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror,
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'Iron Man 3' director Shane Black signs to bring the 'Predator' series back to life

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'Iron Man 3' director Shane Black signs to bring the 'Predator' series back to life
Oh, I see what you did there, Fox. Sneaky. I like it. I'm not even remotely surprised that Fox is working to make a new "Predator" movie. I don't really care what they call it… reboot, remake, sequel, update… whatever. They'll never stop making "Predator" movies. They'll do it anytime they've got an idea that's even vaguely commercial, because it's an evergreen property for them. They don't have to license any rights. They're not playing with someone else's material. Like with the "Alien" series, they own "Predator" completely, and they've proven repeatedly that they're willing to bend those icons in a million different ways. Attaching Shane Black to co-write and direct the film is, for anyone who knows the first film, an especially sly move. Black is in the original film, playing one of the soldiers, and he appeared in that film during the heyday of what are known as the Pad O' Guys days,
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Miramax Ramping Up Production, Taps Zanne Devine

Miramax has hired veteran producer and executive Zanne Devine as executive VP of production and development, signaling an expansion for the company.

The move comes a month after Miramax signed a 20-year deal with Harvey and Bob Weinstein for co-production and co-distribution of movies, TV and stage for titles in the Miramax library such as “Shakespeare in Love,” “Swingers” and “Good Will Hunting.”

Devine reports to Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., and Miramax CEO Steve Schoch. She will lead content acquisition, production and development for Miramax, overseeing both film and television.

Devine has been working with Miramax for past three years as a producer and strategic advisor on Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” TV series; Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn” TV series, currently in production; “The Ninth Life of Louis Drax” written by Max Minghella; “Mimic” from writer John Shiban and “The Prophecy” with writer and director Gregory Widen.
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Creepy Casting: “Highlander” Fancast

Creepy Casting: “Highlander” Fancast
For a movie who’s most famous tag line is “there can be only one,” there are sure a ton of Highlander sequels, TV spinoffs (live action and animated), novels, comic books, and reboots. But that should come as no surprise; this is Hollywood, and the immortal Scottish swordsman epic is one of the most indelible franchises of the past 30 years.

The original Highlander arrived in 1986, and is easily the most hallowed of all Highlander properties, featuring the holy triumvirate of genre stars: Christopher Lambert (NCIS: La, Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes, Mortal Kombat), Sean Connery (The James Bond, Dr. Jones, The Rock, The Untouchables, The Hunt For Red October), and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers, ER, Flubber, Pet Sematary II, John Dies At The End, and ubiquitous voice actor). The hit spawned Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991), a TV show starring Adrian Paul that
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Summit Sets Cedric Nicolas-Troyan To Helm ‘Highlander’ Feature Reboot

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Summit Sets Cedric Nicolas-Troyan To Helm ‘Highlander’ Feature Reboot
Exclusive: Summit Entertainment has found a director for its reboot of Highlander, the tale of a sword-wielding Scottish immortal Connor MacLeod. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will make his feature directorial debut after serving as visual effects supervisor and second unit director on Snow White And The Huntsman. Summit is moving ahead with script by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway that hews close to the 1986 Russell Mulcahy-directed original that starred Christopher Lambert as the title character, who, after being mentored by Ramirez (Sean Connery), spends centuries dueling rivals until it’s only him and the murderously brutal barbarian Kurgan (Clancy Brown). They battle to be the final immortal who’ll influence mankind’s future. For Kurgan, that means raining hell on the world if MacLeod can’t stop him. Neal H. Moritz is producing with original film and series producer Peter Davis. Justin Lin, who once planned to direct,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1995

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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...

The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.

As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't.
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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1990′s

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Villains have always been and will always be some of the most fascinating and memorable characters in the world of genre film. Here we will take a look at the greatest villains of cinema from the 1990’s.

The criteria for this article is the same as in my previous articles Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s and Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct of indirect lethal threat. The villains can either be individuals or small groups that act as one unit.

The villains must be human or human in appearance. Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes of their respective films were excluded.

Brad Dourif as The Gemini Killer in The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty, 1990): Veteran actor Dourif is intense and unforgettable as an executed murderer inhabiting someone else’s body in
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A Walken Legend: Christopher’s Most Memorable Performances

He’s one of cinemas most intense performers and one of my all-time favourite movie icons, but Oscar-winner Christopher Walken has more in his locker than a menacing thousand-yard stare and gravity-defying hair-do. This week sees the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Martin McDonagh’s brilliant black comedy, Seven Psychopaths, in which Walken steals the show from under the nose of Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, as a loveable dog-napping petty crook, devoted pal and husband.

Over his 60 year career, which currently features over 12o credits, he’s featured in superhero blockbuster Batman Returns, gothic horror Sleepy Hollow; taken on suave British super spy 007 in A View To A Kill; chased rodents and marsupials in family favourites, Mousehunt and Kangaroo Jack, and tripped the light fantastic in Fatboy Slim’s memorable music video for Weapon Of Choice. Now Thn has picked out some of our favourite, and
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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Backs Out On ‘Highlander’ Remake!

‘The Can Be Only One‘, proclaimed Christopher Lambert’s immortal head-lopping hero Connor McLeod in Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 actioner Highlander (probably best known for Queen’s memorable soundtrack as well as that rubbish television spin-off series). Well, Intruders director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has said about the remake, ‘It ain’t gonna be me’ and has now officially vacated the project citing that old chestnut ‘creative differences’.

Fresnadillo has been guiding the film to production since he was confirmed very early in the year. Ryan Reynolds, who only came on board to play sword-swinging McLeod recently, is still set for the aforementioned lead. There’s no word yet on who will be taking over but with Fast & Furious frequenter Justin Lin serving as an executive-producer and work almost complete on the sixth in the series, don’t be surprised to see him rescue the project for Summit Entertainment.

Are there any
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Ryan Reynolds Officially Confirmed For ‘Highlander’ Remake!

Last month, Thn announced Ryan Reynolds was in the running to take the lead of Connor MacLeod in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Highlander remake. The immortal Scottish swordsman was previously played by Christopher Lambert in Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 classic sci-fi as well as three sequels.

Thn can now confirm that Reynolds will indeed take the role created by Gregory Widen. The actor who made his name with comedies like Van Wilder and Just Friends, has created himself as something of action hero after impressing with roles in Buried and Safe House. With the unfortunate Green Lantern and X-men Origins: Wolverine, I’ve always felt, much like Adam Sandler, he’s an actor that’s difficult not to like even with those dire efforts on his resume.

So with his confirmation as the sword-swinging immortal, the focus of the casting will now turn to that of Sean Connery’s mentor and the towering villain,
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‘Anonymous’ Actor Added To Paradise Lost

Soon to be seen in Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare conspiracy Anonymous, actor Sam Reid has been cast in Alex ProyasParadise Lost. The film is based on John Milton’s 17th century poem about the war in heaven between battling angels that eventually lead to Lucifer being banished to hell.

This type of plot has been attempted a few times before (although never based on John Milton source material), the best being Gregory Widen’s The Prophecy (1995) a fantastic and enjoyable attempt at the idea of warring angels. A magnificent Christopher Walken appeared as the archangel Gabriel attempting to get to a hold of a deceased evil military colonel who was said to have the darkest soul of all. Viggo Mortensen also starred in a small scene-stealing turn as Lucifer. Four sequels soon followed but were all poor in comparison.

Paradise Lost will star Bradley Cooper in the lead role of Lucifer,
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Summit's "Highlander" Makes The Cut

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Summit Entertainment has confirmed that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") will direct a 're-imagination' of the cult film "Highlander", to be co-financed by Rcr Media Group.

Summit acquired the rights to remake the film from Davis-Panzer Productions, Inc., May 2008.

Summit's "Highlander" is written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis will produce the project along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza. Rcr Media Group's principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will executive produce the film with Justin Lin.

The original, $16 million "Highlander" feature, released in 1986 by 20th Century Fox, was directed by Russell Mulcahy, based on a story by Gregory Widen, following 'Connor MacLeod', an immortal Scottish swordsman.

The film depicted the climax of an ages-old battle between warriors, focusing on an elaborately-interwoven past integrated into present day storylines.

"...From the 'Dawn of Time' we came, moving silently down through the centuries,
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