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Schwarzenegger shows surprising delicacy as a man trying to prevent his child succumbing to a deadly virus
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a man ruefully getting by in an America yet again afflicted by the walking dead; for once, a movie in which he’s the person least likely to say: “I’ll be back.” But this is a zombie story less about sudden scares than about emotional notes, for Schwarzenegger’s character has a daughter (Abigail Breslin) who’s been bitten and is fated to turn “necroambulist”, as the clinical term has it here.
An enterprisingly low-key debut by British title sequence designer Henry Hobson, Maggie conjures up a world that has turned an acrid blend of grey and sepia; the grim lyricism suggests a profoundly depressed Terrence Malick. As a tragedy of teenage terminal illness, Maggie belongs less in the horror cycle than with those stories of premature death (eg »
- Jonathan Romney
There’s a moment in the daisy field of Henry Hobson’s Maggie where Maggie (Abigail Breslin) begs her father Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to please make the pain of ‘the turn’ stop and kill her and all I could think was Yes! please make this painfully slow film stop and if not, please put me out of my misery by killing me first.
Alas, neither of us were that lucky but as the final credits rolled and I awoke from the film’s induced catalepsy, I slowly began to appreciate -despite it’s snail paced everything- just how ballsy this cross-genre debut feature really is.
It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but if you do fancy a challenge, it’s nice to at least go in somewhat prepared for the extremely delicate observation of terminal illness and the emotional toil it inflicts within a family.
- Sacha Hall
“Maggie, we need to talk about your strawberry jam cravings.”
Director Henry Hobson knew that the visual effects would be an important part of the final look of the film, Maggie. For a film with a modest budget, the success of the 250 visual effects shots would be essential for creating the realism he was determined to achieve.
The visual effects in Maggie were largely created by British visual effects veterans Cinesite, the experts behind films including San Andreas, Iron Man 3, Edge of Tomorrow, Skyfall, World War Z and the highly successful Harry Potter series. Their team of 60 created many of the shots in just over two months.
Henry Hobson, Director
“Coming from a visual effects world, I was very conscious of its potential benefits. »
- Oli Davis
It’s a zombie film staple: that awful moment when a loved one has been infected by the virus and now you’ve got some hard choices. Maggie stretches this idea out to one interminably boring and mawkish film, overlaid with Ya-dystopian self-pity. In a standard-issue post-apocalyptic world of car-wreck-strewn highways and creepy deserted convenience stores, Maggie (Abigail Breslin) has been infected by the zombie bug; she’s in the initial stages of skin discolouration on her hands, being cared for by her grizzled old uninfected dad, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has already had the task of taking his axe to his erstwhile lovely neighbours, who came shambling on to his property. Now he has to decide if and when to flick the safety off his shotgun and lead poor, confused »
- Peter Bradshaw
When Scream Queens debuts in September, it'll introduce a fresh brand of hell to college Greek life with the ladies of Kappa Kappa Tau. They're called the Chanels, after their "bitch" of a tyrant, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts), whom we get a closer look at in a new series of character profiles. As Roberts puts it lightly, she's not exactly "warm and fuzzy." We also meet the rest of her mean-girl clique, starting with Ariana Grande's Chanel No. 2. Creator Ryan Murphy felt Grande might enjoy the role because she's into all that "messed-up horror, Gothic, crazy, weird stuff." And then there's Chanel Nos. 3 and 5 (the fate, or even existence, of Chanel No. 4 remains a mystery). They're the Gretchen and Karen of the group, played by Billie Lourd and Abigail Breslin, just two of the many "super-good-looking and chill" sociopaths you'll presumably love to hate this fall. »
- Dee Lockett
Allow us to introduce you to the Chanels, the similarly named mean girls at the center of executive producer Ryan Murphy’s new horror series on Fox, “Scream Queens” — come fall, you’ll be dying to be part of their clique.
Emma Roberts stars as Chanel Oberlin, the queen bee of Kappa Kappa Tau. “She isn’t exactly the nicest person, definitely not warm and fuzzy,” says Roberts. “She’s a b—-, for lack of a better word.” Never fear, though, Roberts promises there’s still plenty of humor in store. “‘Scream Queens’ is horror, but it’s a dark comedy,” she adds. “We were surprised by how funny the script is.”
Ariana Grande plays sorority sister Chanel #2. “She’s a loyal friend… she’s the most timid of the group,” says Grande. “She might be the safest, least daring one of the group.”
What’s Chanel #2’s goal? »
- Debra Birnbaum
Warner Home Entertainment’s “Get Hard” held off a pair of newcomers to top the national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week.
The latest Will Ferrell comedy, which grossed $90.4 million at the domestic box office, was No. 1 again the week ending July 12 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc-only chart.
Debuting at No. 2 on both charts was Lionsgate’s “Maggie,” a horror movie in which aging action star Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father whose daughter (Abigail Breslin) comes down with a disease that will ultimately turn her into a zombie. The film opened with a limited theatrical release, and simultaneously debuted on VOD, on May 8.
Another newcomer, Anchor Bay’s “Woman in Gold,” debuted at No. 3 on the First Alert chart (and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart). The film, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Tyler Shields’ Final Girl is more than a straight forward revenge tale. Star Abigail Breslin plays a girl who has been trained for a very specific purpose. Take revenge on a sadistic group of one-percenters who play a wicked game of kill-the-blond.
With an eerie, evocative feel to it, Shields says, “the idea behind Final Girl was no CGI, no fake effects. I wanted it to be as real as it could be. The fights are real, the cold was real, and therefore, the performances are real.
A group of deranged teenage boys dress up in black-tie and ceremoniously lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. But their lates [Continued ...] »
Before the world premiere of the Scream Queens pilot at San Diego Comic-Con, Jamie Lee Curtis emceed the event like it was last call the night before the Navy leaves the Golden Coast, and there was still plenty of partying to do. By the time Curtis had introduced the cast, including Emma Roberts and Lea Michele, and paid her respects to Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy, the mood in the room was wild, jubilant, and maybe a little nuts. So in many respects, it reflected the tone of the maniacally entertaining television series they were about to watch.
While I have vowed not to give away any spoilers for the first hour of Fox’s high-concept slasher/comedy/soap opera/mystery thriller, I can definitely say that at »
This past weekend, The American Horror Story season 5: Hotel and new "Scream Queens" season 1 peeps arrived at the huge 2015 Comic-Con event in San Diego,California to participate in the Q&A spoiler panel in Hall H. The panel featured : Ryan Murphy, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Lea Michelle, Kathy Bates, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and others. (video below). In the new clip, they served up about 40 minutes worth of new spoilers for what's going to take place in the new season for both shows when they start up this Fall 2015. At one point, Ryan talked about how they came up with the concept for Scream Queens. All the stars of the 2 shows talked about who their characters are and what they'll be doing, and more. »
- Andre Braddox
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in Maggie along alongside Academy Award Nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), and J.D. Evermore (Dallas Buyers Club). Schwarzenegger plays Wade Vogel, a husband and father who searches for his eldest daughter, Maggie (Breslin), only to find her in a hospital after being bitten and thus infected with a […]
- Anya Ferguson
On August 14th, Cinedigm will release Tyler Shields’ directorial debut, Final Girl, which features Abigail Breslin as a young assassin-in-training who, as her final test, must kill a group of men who have been terrorizing and methodically murdering women as part of their own twisted game. During the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Shields about the making of his film, working with Breslin and co-star Wes Bentley, and much more.
Let’s start off by discussing the idea behind the story of Final Girl - it definitely was a bit different than I was expecting and it was cool to see Abigail kicking ass as well.
Tyler Shields: You know, it’s funny because I love to shoot women in very powerful scenarios. I’m also a photographer and so I’ve always seen women as being very powerful. All of my friends were like, »
- Heather Wixson
In simpler times, Maggie would be a revolutionary zombie drama about the inevitable clutches of death that take hold after a victim becomes infected. But we live in a world where there’s not one, but Two shows based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, plus we’ve had zombie period pieces (Fido/Exit Humanity), romantic zombie movies (Warm Bodies), child zombies (Cooties), and just about every other zombie movie incarnation you could dream up. So why do writer John Scott 3 and director Henry Hobson get a pass for their eerily human zombie tragedy? Easy: Arnold Schwarzenegger. And no, not ass-kicking Arnold, either. A sad, broken, helplessly distraught fatherly Arnold – which is a version of Arnold the world needs more of.
- Matt Donato
The "American Horror Story and Scream Queens" panel mash-up was a high-spirited meeting of Ryan Murphy’s impressive stable of talent, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin, and Keke Palmer. Here’s what we learned: The character names for American Horror Story: Hotel cast: Matt Bomer is Donovan, Evan Peters is Mr. March, Sarah Paulson is Hypodermic Sally, and Kathy Bates is Iris. Ryan Murphy added that characters are connected to different seasons. Murphy showed his fanboy side in a big way when he revealed he didn’t want to make “Scream Queens without Jamie Lee Curtis. It was Curtis’s first time at Comic-Con. When asked why she'd never gone before, she replied, “I’ve been selling yogurt that makes you shit for the last 6 years.” Look for Curtis to “kick some ass” in Scream Queens as Murphy knows »
- Diane Gordon
Comic-Con 2015 wrapped up Sunday evening with FX closing out Hall H with “The Strain” and Denis Leary’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” For the final day, the San Diego Convention Center was full of familiar faces (Con favorite Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries”), newbies (Jamie Lee Curtis who stole the show during “Scream Queens'” debut panel) and, of course, hotly anticipated TV shows, including the return of “Heroes.”
Check out the best quotes from Comic-Con Day 4.
“‘Delena’ sounds, potentially, like a disease. ‘Steroline’ sounds like the cure for the disease.” — Paul Wesley playfully mocks “The Vampire Diaries” ship names, given by fans, for his character and panelist Candice Accola’s, plus Ian Somerhalder’s and Nina Dobrev’s, who exited the CW series earlier this year
“By the way, I have no problem playing a 17-year-old in my mid 60’s.” — Wesley, 32, joked about job security, to which his costar Somerhalder replied, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
American Horror Story is still going strong, but in the fall, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are brining a brand new anthology series to Fox, Scream Queens. The horror-comedy centers on Kappa, the top sorority on campus with sky-high standards. When Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) demands that Kappa accept all new pledges, “Queen Bitch” Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) isn’t happy about it. However, that should be the least of her worries because there’s also a devil-clad killer racking up a body count on campus. Earlier today Murphy along with cast members Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd hit the Hall H stage alongside Angela Bassett, Matt Bomer, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates of American Horror Story: Hotel for one, big joint panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack. We didn’t see any footage from either show, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Knowing that the audience for Fox’s upcoming Scream Queens will be impatient to find out whodunit, showrunner Ryan Murphy isn’t going to make viewers wait: He’s introducing the murderer in the series’ premiere. But, of course, there’s a catch.
Though fans will “definitely meet the killer” in the horror-comedy’s two-hour launch on Sept. 22, Murphy said at a joint American Horror Story/Scream Queens panel at Comic-Con on Sunday that they won’t realize at the time who it is. However, “if you go back and watch that episode at the end [of the season], I think it’s very clear. »
The stars of Fox's new horror comedy anthology Scream Queens gave Comic-Con attendees plenty to, well, scream about Sunday. At a panel for the new series, stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Billie Lourde were joined by co-creator Ryan Murphy, who teased the new series as "Halloween meets Heathers." The mention of the latter elicited big screams from the crowd for Halloween star Curtis, who was attending Comic-Con for the first time. To the joy of the crowd, Curtis said she will pay tribute to her breakthrough role on Scream Queens.
- Kate Stanhope
This a week of releases that really spread all across the board, with everything from Scream Factory’s releases of Dark Summer and Alien Outpost, to the Schwarzenegger-led zombie drama Maggie, and tons of other films that really give cinephiles a solid amount of variety to choose from. We thought we’d take a few of the films hitting shelves this week and give you fright fanatics a heads up on which ones are ones to pick up and perhaps some of the ones that you might want to wait for Redbox for. Read on!
Aliens and ghosts and robots fill up Scream Factory’s three releases this week, with Jabbar Raisani’s Fx-driven Alien Outpost, Stuart Gordon’s Robot Jox and the eerie and effective Paul Solet film Dark Summer. Both films are very solid entries into their respective genres, »
- Jerry Smith
Entertainment Weekly has debuted fifteen character posters for Scream Queens, the upcoming horror-comedy anthology series from the creators of Glee and American Horror Story, and we have them for you here…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Scream Queens
The first season of Scream Queens is set to premiere on September 22nd and will revolve around a college campus rocked by a series of murders. Set to feature in the cast are Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joe Manganiello, Lea Michele, Oliver Hudson, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Skyler Samuels, Lucien Laviscount, Diego Boneta, Glen Powell, Nasim Pedrad, Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas.
- Gary Collinson
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