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After doing battle on the big screen in Alien Vs. Predator and Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem, the Alien and Predator franchises will clash in the pages of Dark Horse Comics' Prometheus: Fire and Stone, set after the events of Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Take a look at the trailer, along with the comic book artwork, then read on for more details on how this innovative comic book series is formatted.
Prometheus: Fire and Stone follows a team of explorers who set off on a new mission to find out what happened to the original Prometheus team, since they never returned from their journey to Lv-223 in the movie. This new team must uncover the dark mystery that holds not only the fate of the original mission, but possibly their own damnation.
Prometheus: Fire and Stone will be the first in four separate comic series, along with Aliens: Fire and Stone, »
Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). I spoke to Mr. Abrahamson and Ms. Gyllenhaal about their very »
- Eric Walkuski
Activision Blizzard is reportedly looking to create a movie division to make their own video game adaptations. While this report has not been confirmed, Activision CEO Bobby Kostik is rumored to be in talks with different executives to come on board and run this movie division. However, he is said to also be worried that movies may sour fans against these established video game franchises.
The division will allow the company to make only the movies they see fit, instead of licensing their titles out to various Hollywood studios. If this movie division happens, it's possible that Activision's highly popular Call of Duty video game franchise will come to the big screen for the first time (or maybe even a TV series), along with other properties such as Skylanders and some of the more classic titles such as Pitfall, that could also be developed into feature projects.
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You haven't lived until you've stared Frank right in the face. Frank, if you didn't know, is the star of the quirky British comedy of the same name; an eccentric frontman of a band of strange musicians, he never goes anywhere without his gigantic paper mache head. Odd, yes. Odder still when you consider the fact Frank is portrayed by Michael Fassbender, one of the most charismatic leading men in the movies today. But don't let the giant noggin throw you off: »
- Eric Walkuski
< This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2014 coverage. Plot: A young, aspiring musician (Domhnall Gleeson) finds himself the keyboardist in an avant-garde punk-rock band of misfits led by a front-man named Frank (Michael Fassbender), who walks around wearing a giant head-mask, never taking it off. Review: After the first images of Michael Fassbender wearing a Frank Sidebottom mask started to spread over the net, everyone seemed to think Lenny »
- Chris Bumbray
Frank Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director: Lenny Abramson Screenplay: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan, based on Jon Ronson’s original newspaper article Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/9/14 Opens: August 22, 2014 Here in New York, the city with the world’s most diverse population, you’re lucky if one day passes without your spotting at least one crazy out of our seven million people. But I’ve never seen a guy wearing a large plaster mask covering his entire face, hair painted on top, fitted so he is unable to take solid nourishment. [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Who wouldn’t want to go to Italy in the summer for good food and entertaining conversation with a clever traveling companion? Quite a few people did just that, at least vicariously, via IFC Films‘ The Trip To Italy. The light-hearted sequel to The Trip easily had the weekend’s highest bow among specialty films, grossing $71,577 and averaging a tasty $23,859 in three theaters.
“The Trip to Italy opened with one of the highest per-screen (average)s of the summer, playing to sold-out shows this weekend in New York and Los Angeles,” IFC said in a statement. “The Michael Winterbottom-directed sequel has received wonderful reviews and strong word of mouth.” As with The Trip, which also starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a food and talk travelogue across U.K. countryside, the road ahead looks wide open for the Italian Trip. The original opened in June 2011 with a $12,984 PTA in 6 theaters, »
- Brian Brooks
The top stories of the week from Toh! Box Office: 'Expendables 3' Sinks at Friday Box Office, 'Ninja Turtles' and 'Guardians' Still Lead Features: Career Watch: From Instagram to Broadway to Movies – When Will James Franco Fatigue Strike? From Meryl Streep to Expendables Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, Big Stars in Small Roles Boost Summer Blockbusters Festivals: 'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention New York Film Festival Cherry Picks World Fests for Slate of 30 --What's Missing? Toronto Fest Adds to Sprawling Program: Highlights Interviews: Chris Moore Creates "The Chair" Film Competition (Exclusive Trailer) Isabelle Huppert on Embracing the Darkness in Breillat's 'Abuse of Weakness,' Genet's 'The Maids' with Blanchett Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks Reviews: 'Frank,' Starring Michael Fassbender »
Directed by Leonard Abrahamson
United Kingdom, 2014
The pitch for Frank sounds like it might fall somewhere between Rubber and Kevin Smith’s upcoming Tusk: films that seem predicated on a dare, a bet, a drunken night. But Frank is a high concept film masquerading as low concept.
Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a middle-class, It-by-day, aspiring musician who blames his inability to write compelling lyrics on his lack of a dark, crippling past. He lucks into a gig as a keyboardist for a band headed by the charismatic but enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) – a vocalist who wears a giant paper maché head at all times – and enters a mysterious, sometimes dangerous, world of musician dynamics.
Frank is hard to categorize. To call it a drama feels cheap: that or “independent” so often the label for the unlabelable. It’s funny but it isn’t a comedy; it’s dark »
- Neal Dhand
It's safe to say that I won't see anything else like "Frank" this year, because I don't think there's a chance anyone's going to make anything else like "Frank" this year. Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, who previously collaborated on the adaptation of Ronson's book "The Men Who Stared At Goats," this is the story of an ambitious young musician named Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) who is struggling to define his own voice as a songwriter. He crosses paths with Soronprfbs, a very strange band as he watches their keyboardist try to drown himself, and thanks to that meltdown, Jon is given a chance to play with them. What he doesn't realize until he gets to the run-through is that their lead singer, Frank (Michael Fassbender), performs wearing a giant sculpted head. More than that, though, he wears it everywhere, all the time. No one in the band says »
- Drew McWeeny
In the moviegoer’s hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 “Expendables” is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of “Tokyo Story.” Or, to put it in terms more appropriate to its target audience: You need “The Expendables 3” like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. From train-crashing start to back-slapping finish, Lionsgate’s latest and longest showcase for Sylvester Stallone and other aging slabs of B-movie beef — the marquee names this time around include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford — smacks of desperation and teen-audience pandering, from the literally bloodless action to the introduction of a younger, hotter backup team of fighters (call them the Hip Replacements). It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would »
- Variety Staff
"The Expendables 3" finally crashed into theaters everywhere today. Will early online piracy hurt this tired reunion of old action fogies? Who cares, because there are better ways to spend your movie weekend. In select cities, two French auteurs deliver their finest, most introspective works in years: Catherine Breillat's "Abuse of Weakness" dwells in the dark power plays and disabilities of her own life, with Isabelle Huppert giving, as always, a shattering performance. And in Philippe Garrel's rueful "Jealousy," Parisian would-be bohemians (one is played by his son, Louis Garrel) are now parents in their thirties. This lovely black-and-white movie, at a lean, clean 77 minutes, finds beauty in banality. American festival indies also wend their way to art-houses, including the whimsical comedy "Frank" starring Michael Fassbender in a giant fake head, and zombie-rom-com "Life After Beth," with Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza. If »
- Ryan Lattanzio
In the Irish dramedy Frank, Michael Fassbender stars as an undiscovered musical genius whose deep eccentricities include wearing a giant paper mache head at all times. His accomplices in his quest to musical perfection include Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a passionate and sometimes violent Theremin player, and Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a pencil pusher turned keyboard player desperate to become famous. After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Frank hit a slew of film festivals from SXSW to Istanbul, New Zealand to Jerusalem. Now at long last it's coming to theaters in the U.S. and to celebrate, the film's cast and director Lenny Abrahamson sat down with us to talk about what goes on in that big paper mache head of Frank and what makes Fassbender, Gleeson and Gyllenhaal tick. Here's what we learned: Michael Fassbender is an unrepentant goofball. Yes. He's an insanely sexy man who has built a reputation »
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
Some sick, crazy person thought it was a good idea to have Michael Fassbender spend an entire movie under a giant papier-mâché head, depriving all of us of his face — his glorious, wonderful, sexy, sexy face — for hours. So, while we wait for his face to be in another movie, we wanted to celebrate that punim of his. Here are 22 of his absolutely best faces. More like Michael Face-bender. »
- Jesse David Fox
The strangest thing about Frank, a film which Michael Fassbender spends almost exclusively wearing a giant mask over his face, is how un-strange it is. You’d think that the mask would be a prime indication that this is a symbolic, absurdist whatsit, not necessarily meant to be taken at face value. But, as playful as it is, Lenny Abrahamson’s film is mostly a surprisingly earnest story about the compromises and conflicts of art, stardom, and mental illness.The film opens on aspiring musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) as he tries to come up with song lyrics while staring at a beach in his seaside British town. He dreams up the kind of painful verses you might occasionally sing to yourself in the shower to hear how awful they sound. (“Lady in the red coat, what you doing with that bag? ... Lady in the blue coat, do you know the »
- Bilge Ebiri
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Frank opens today in limited release.] “He’s the sanest person I’ve ever met,” band manager Don (Scoot McNairy) tells keyboardist Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) about their lead singer and songwriter, Frank (Michael Fassbender). Frank wears a giant fake head that he never takes off. Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is a funny, warm, thoughtful story about crafting an artistic identity, and needing to seize on to someone else’s expression when you don’t have one of your own. It also provides an insightful look at the fault in trying to forge an identity based on the acceptance of others instead of embracing one’s own oddities and shortcomings even if the world at large sees them as “insane”. Jon is a songwriter and keyboard player who’s struggling to find his own voice. One day, he has a chance encounter with Don, whose keyboardist is in the midst of trying to drown himself in the ocean. »
- Matt Goldberg
The droll wit and formal daring of Frank start with the casting. Michael Fassbender has been an X-Man, a gladiator (300), a sex addict (Shame) and an Oscar nominee (12 Years a Slave). Also a hottie, whose posters get drooled over on dorm walls. So why cast Fassbender as a cult-music icon in the title role in Frank and then ask the swoony bugger to cover his head in plastic for 99 percent of the movie?
Don't ask. I'll tell. Because the role is the kind of risk the reliably ballsy Fassbender likes to take. »
The look of Frank’s title character is based on English musician and comedian Chris Sievey’s guise Frank Sidebottom, very much a cult figure in the UK during the 1980s and 90s but virtually unknown outside of the island. (International audiences may recently have got a glimpse of the late Sievey’s material as Sidebottom in one memorable sequence of Filth.) Lenny Abrahamson’s film, however, is not the story of Frank Sidebottom, with co-writer Jon Ronson instead taking inspiration from his own time as a keyboardist for Sievey in order to explore fictional territory.
Ronson’s fictional stand-in in Frank is, appropriately enough, named Jon, and is played by Domnhall Gleeson. He is a small-town office stooge who dreams of escaping his humdrum life with musical pursuits, despite an apparent lack »
- Josh Slater-Williams
The peculiar life of musician Frank Sidebottom comes to life on the big screen this weekend with the new indie comedy Frank. To help get fans ready for this unique experience, we have an exclusive TV spot which shows some of the nation's critics offering big praise for director Lenny Abrahamson's adaptation of Jon Ronson's book.
Although you can hardly tell from the footage, Michael Fassbender stars as the title character, an eccentric music genius whose identity is concealed by a massive paper mache head that he wears at all times. Domhnall Gleeson, who also stars in next year's highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, plays a young musician who joins Frank's band. Take a look at the new footage before Frank opens in limited release August 15.
Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he »
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