There’s a lot to admire about Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s gore-strewn return to the sci-fi horror franchise he kickstarted back in 1979. As a piece of visual, physical spectacle it’s extraordinary: visually elegant and sleek, never going in for cheap shocks but fully engaging us in an otherworldly atmosphere. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the world-builder responsible for the original Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and countless other handsome spectacles. As a piece of storytelling however, it’s an altogether different proposition, more on which momentarily.
Sadly it appears that Scott, who it goes without saying is one of cinema’s truly great visionaries, has past form in this area. In particular, the quality of Scott »
- Sean Wilson
Shamus Kelley May 22, 2017
Even the return of an old favourite can’t save this weak Prison Break episode...
This review contains spoilers.
5.7 Wine Dark Sea
The conspiracy plot was eventually going to come to a head, wasn’t it?
Prison Break has always been tied into these bigger conspiracy plots. In the first season they kind of worked. Lincoln was framed for murder. He was a little guy caught up in the big system. However, as the series went on the conspiracy plot got deeper and deeper and it just got weird. It eventually took over the show in season four and we all know that season wasn't the best by a long chalk.
When this new season was announced I hoped the show would find »
Simon Brew May 16, 2017
I can’t think of too many more recent well-deserved sci-fi blockbuster hits than The Martian. I really like the film a lot. Expertly directed by one of cinema’s best ever world builders, Ridley Scott, it of course told the story of a man stranded on the red planet, with the simple task of staying alive for, er, a long time before help could be found. Given that the Mars movies we got in the early 2000s were Mission To Mars and Red Planet, I’m happy to call The Martian a substantial upgrade.
I’d also suggest it brought the best out of Ridley Scott.
Scott came to The Martian relatively late in the day. »
We live in scary times that can often feel like lot more unsettling than any fictional horror movie, but some of the best horror movies tap into real world terrors — and that’s especially true of the highlights from the last two decades of the genre, one of the most varied in its history. From graphic depictions of gory showdowns to subtler looks at psychological dread, the best horror movies of the 21st century typically focused on a handful of people struggling to survive a dark force beyond their comprehension. Who can’t relate to that? Here are 20 of the most potent examples, ranked from top to bottom.
20. “The Descent” (2005)
Neil Marshall’s economical monster movie takes place almost exclusively within the confines of a shadowy cave and the terrible, terrible things lurking within it. After a gradual beginning in which coworkers and friends venture into a cave during their »
- David Ehrlich and Eric Kohn
It looks like we are going to have to wait just a little bit longer for those first Deadpool 2 set pics, everyone. Production on the highly-anticipated sequel has been delayed, but not by that much. Deadpool 2 was originally slated to begin production on June 19, but that has now been bumped back to June 26. So it is just a week, but that is still one week less that the creative team will have to lock the movie after production before the release of Deadpool 2 next year.
The news comes courtesy of Omega Underground who are reporting that production on Deadpool 2 is now going to start on June 26 and will wrap on October 6. This is coming from local production sources working in Vancouver. Hearing that things have been delayed, even if it is just a week, may trigger some minor alarms for some fans. But it is just »
Artemis, the follow-up sci-fi novel from The Martian author Andy Weir, will hit shelves in the U.S. and Canada on November 17, Crown Publishing Group said today. The news comes as 20th Century Fox and New Regency recently acquired film rights to the book; Fox released the Ridley Scott movie, starring Matt Damon and adapted by Drew Goddard, which landed seven Oscar noms in 2015. The Martian book sold more than 3 million copies since its 2014 bow. Crown describes Artemis as… »
Simon Brew May 9, 2017
With summer blockbuster season 2017 in full swing, and with Fast & Furious 8 speeding over the $1bn mark already, a bunch of filmmakers are furiously putting together their films for release this time next year (or thereabouts). Here, as things stand, is the state of summer blockbuster season 2018. We’ve veered towards UK release dates on the whole, but as always, things can quickly change.
Also, we’ve not included unnamed films: Universal, for instance, has reserved a slot for one of its classic monster universe movies, but not told anybody what it is yet. As more information pops up, we’ll keep this list up to date…
March Tomb Raider (March 16th)
Summer blockbuster season effectively kicks off in March in 2018, with the Warner Bros-backed big »
Simon Brew Apr 28, 2017
The actors whose role in a film was shot, but chopped out of the final cut...
What I’ve tried to find here is a mix of reasonably known and less known instances of an actor being cut out of a film after they’ve filmed sequences for it. I’ve also tried to get to the reason they were left out as well.
Whilst all this may still sound like an exercise in clickbait, being cut out of a production does have a consequence beyond ego hurting a bit. For the side effect »
It took 20th Century Fox long enough. But we finally have an official release date for Deadpool 2. The movie has been given some prime summer real estate with a June 1, 2018 launch. Ryan Reynolds will return as Wade Wilson, the Merc with a Mouth, and this time out, he'll share top billing with Josh Brolin, who'll be making his X-Men debut as time traveling mutant Cable.
20th Century Fox has also announced a number of other release dates, including Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama starring Tom Hanks, Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody, two more Marvel superhero movies that include the X-Men spin-off, New Mutants and the sequel Dark Phoenix, and lastly Steve McQueen's Windows. But who cares about any of that? Deadpool 2 is the hot ticket item here.
Arriving in 2016 as one of the biggest releases of that year, and one of the top selling R-Rated releases of all time, »
Fox has set “Deadpool 2” for a June 1, 2018, release date — giving the much-anticipated sequel a prime summer opening as the first title to land on the date.
Reynolds is also a producer on the films with “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning along with Drew Goddard assisting. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch came on board to lead “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.
Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release
“Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to a surprisingly strong $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »
- Dave McNary
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Who doesn’t want to watch detective Joaquin Phoenix stumbling around Los Angeles trying to solve the disappearance of his former girlfriend while fried out of his mind? “Inherent Vice” has a stoner protagonist so funny and oddly charming that he could be the proud face of 4/20. But a lot of what makes the movie such a perfect stoner film is how Paul Thomas Anderson filters Thomas Pynchon’s novel through his own hazy, stoned-out filter. Watching “Inherent Vice” provides the actual sensation of being spaced out. You’ll be laughing nonstop one minute and then scratching your head the next. Long stretches seem to fade into each other. When it comes to stoner movies, “Inherent Vice” is a new classic.
The seminal marijuana movie for many Generation Xers, 1998’s “Half Baked” also marked the »
- Indiewire Staff
It still hasn't been announced when Deadpool 2 will finally start filming, but the puzzle is coming together quite nicely. We know that there are going to be some new mutants along for the ride this time around in the form of Cable and Domino, but there are also going to be some fan favorite characters returning from the first Deadpool. The latest cast member who is confirmed to be returning is Leslie Uggams, who played Wade Wilson's roommate Blind Al.
The news was confirmed by Leslie Uggams recently at a party for her new HBO show, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The actress spoke very briefly with Black Film and was asked about her possible return in Deadpool 2. While she didn't offer up many details, she did say that she will "definitely" be back as Blind Al for the highly-anticipated sequel. She may not have had »
Exactly one week ago, after months of speculation, it was finally confirmed that Josh Brolin has signed on to play the iconic Marvel character Cable in Deadpool 2. Today we have new artwork from Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, who shares a hand-drawn pencil sketch of Josh Brolin as Cable, along with new artwork from celebrated artist BossLogic that brings the sequel's cast together, and even a few behind-the-scenes images from Josh Brolin himself. While these photos doesn't show what he looks like as Cable just yet, he did share the first step in the long process to becoming the time traveling mutant.
Rob Liefeld took to Instagram yesterday to showcase his own artwork, which highlights the iconic scars over Cable's right eye. By the time we finally get to see what Cable looks like on the big screen, he could look vastly different than this depiction, but it's still interesting »
Today, after months of rumors, shortlists and a bunch of waiting, Fox finally announced who will be playing Cable in Deadpool 2. Surprisingly, it is going to be Josh Brolin, who many Marvel fans know is already playing Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. That didn't seem to get in the way of the deal getting done, so we now finally know who is going to be alongside Ryan Reynolds for the ride in the highly-anticipated sequel. And now the Deadpool actor has officially responded to the news.
Not long after the official announcement was made public, Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter in order to address the casting of Josh Brolin in a true Wade Wilson fashion. The actor posted a very bizarre photo, featuring Deadpool's glove, a condom with all of the Gold Girl's names on it, a couple of dominos and a cup of »
The wait is over, and the news everyone's been waiting for since the Deadpool post-credit scene is finally here. No Country for Old Men and Avengers: Infinity War star Josh Brolin has officially been cast to play Cable in Deadpool 2. The Oscar-nominated actor beat out a bunch of other famous and up-and-coming actors for the major role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Brolin managed to beat out Michael Shannon, who was reported as Fox's top choice for the role, but it was said that his busy schedule may prevent him from actually being able to play Cable. Whether or not that is ultimately the reason Michael Shannon didn't get the big role in Deadpool 2, the result is still the same. Josh Brolin is the man now tasked with bringing the fan-favorite mutant to the big screen for the very first time. Though, Marvel fans may find this »
Rob Leane Apr 7, 2017
Aren't tabletop board games great? Gathering a few of your chums around and battling it out of an evening is an endless source of fun. And, of course, adding a geeky bent to proceedings can only make that better.
So, if you're fed up with your Monopolies and your Cluedos, here are some geeky tabletop board game options that our chums at Amazon are offering...
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We are still waiting to hear some official word from Fox on who is going to be playing Cable in Deadpool 2, but in the meantime, it looks like we can cross one name off the list. Probably. A few months ago rumors started swirling that former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan will be playing the fan-favorite mutant in the movie, thanks to a picture that both Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman posted online. But the actor has now publicly denied that he is playing Cable.
The actor recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new AMC show The Son. At one point, Jimmy Kimmel brought out a copy of the famed photo, which features Hugh Jackman, Pierce Brosnan and Ryan Reynolds in a hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil pose. Brosnan was very aware of the rumors that he was in the running to »
We all know that Steven Spielberg floats at the top of the Hollywood food chain. He’s Hollywood’s most reliable director brand, and can get movies made that would never get a greenlight anywhere else — like Oscar-winning historical drama “Lincoln.” His next move? A high-profile Pentagon Papers film rumored to star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep that Variety reports will open on December 22, and will inevitably be an Oscar contender.
How does he keep his enviable status, even at age 70?
Spielberg is a moving target, even for those at Amblin Entertainment who work closely with him every day. While he’s worth some $3 billion and likes to make money, his directing choices are driven by a complicated set of variables. He seeks to avoid any risk of failure. It all depends on where his confidence — and artistic drive — takes him. Is he ready to »
- Anne Thompson
We all know that Steven Spielberg floats at the top of the Hollywood food chain. He’s Hollywood’s most reliable director brand, and can get movies made that would never get a greenlight anywhere else — like Oscar-winning historical drama “Lincoln.”
How does he keep his enviable status, even at age 70?
Spielberg is a moving target, even for those at Amblin Entertainment who work closely with him every day. While he’s worth some $3 billion and likes to make money, his directing choices are driven by a complicated set of variables. He seeks to avoid any risk of failure. It all depends on where his confidence — and artistic drive — takes him. Is he ready to direct a commercial sequel (Disney’s “Indiana Jones 5” brings back Harrison Ford for one last bout in the title role for 2019) or a tentpole packed with innovative VFX (Warner Bros. »
- Anne Thompson
Author: Sean Wilson
As if last year’s nostalgia-infused sensation Stranger Things didn’t make it clear enough, the world is currently going mad for all things eighties. Not the big hair or the shellsuits, mind – rather woozy synthpop, blood-rich neon and anything related to the heyday of creepy body horror.
With Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s splattery new gorefest The Void out now, one that gleefully mashes up loving homages to H.P. Lovecraft John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and more, here are the essential throwback horror movies that you need to watch in preparation.
Writer/director Ti West is at the forefront of recent revival horror and this deliciously slow-burning spooker remains one of his best. Drawing on the ‘Satanic panic’ craze that swept America during the eighties, it’s the unbearably suspenseful story of a young woman (Jocelin Donahue) whose babysitting job at a creaking, »
- Sean Wilson
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