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"This is going to be fun." Rlj Entertainment has unleashed another new full-length trailer for an under-the-radar sci-fi epic titled The Osiris Child, or rather, The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One in full. You may remember hearing about this, as we posted an international trailer earlier in the year. It's not getting a Us release in the fall. Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonization, the story is about a drifter, played by Kellan Lutz, who gets mixed up with a lieutenant named Kane who works for a military contractor. They form an alliance and head out to rescue Kane's daughter amid an impending global crisis. Also stars Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas, Rachel Griffiths, and Teagan Croft. This seems crazy ambitious with impressive VFX for an indie production, I just hope it isn't a complete disaster. Take a look. The second trailer for Shane Abbess »
- Alex Billington
Ahead of its home entertainment release later this month, Lionsgate has released a UK trailer for writer-director Shane Abbess’ upcoming sci-fi adventure Origin Wars (a.k.a. The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One) which stars Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas, Luke Ford, Rachel Griffiths, and Temuera Morrison; watch it below after the official synopsis…
Set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonisation, Sy (Kellan Lutz, The Twilight Saga), escapes a brutal prison where mysterious experiments have been taking place under the watch of a savage warden (Temuera Morrison, Star Wars Episodes 2 & 3, Once Were Warriors). After orchestrating an escape, Sy meets Kane (Daniel MacPherson, The Shannara Chronicles), a lieutenant working for an off-world military contractor – Exor, who have set in motion a plan to wipe out all life from the face of the planet in an attempt to cover up their crimes – when their terrifying “experiments” escape. »
- Amie Cranswick
No matter what else, I have to begin this review by saying that Origins Wars (2016) is an ambitious film. For good or bad, it knows what it wants to be, which is to say a science fiction blockbuster in the spirit of Serenity (2005) or Star Wars (1977), and it does its best to be that. But only that. This is a paradox of a film that at once has enough ambition to be the best “inspired by” movie ever but not to do anything really original. That’s not a bad thing – after all, a good story is a tight story, but the problem is that watching Origin Wars (2016) is like watching a film that you’ve seen thousands of times before late at night after a long, long day.
There’s an alien planet.
Which is cool, don’t get me wrong – and, to the film’s credit, even looks pretty cool. »
- Ian Bailey
Last night I was unfortunate enough to stumble upon a film I’ve not seen in nearly a decade. It’s an epic failure of a movie, an odious mess of horribly-shot action, gross depictions of women, bizarrely-placed racism and woefully bad writing. The movie was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and I would argue to this day that it’s the worst movie ever made.
— Luke Owen (@ThisisLukeOwen) June 22, 2017
I watched more of it than I wanted to, really, but only because watching it in 2017 took me back to that fateful night I saw it in theatres in 2009. I wasn’t overly keen on the first Bayformers because – childishly – it wasn’t “my Transformers”, it wasn’t the same robots in disguise that I loved so dearly as a child. Instead it was a typical Bayhem blockbuster, complete with overt sexism and hilariously bad product placement. But Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a whole new level of awful. It was insulting, incoherent and down-right unpleasant. In my review at the time I called Transformers: Age of Extinction a “three hour headache”, but on reflection Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was way worse.
What struck me this time around was just how distasteful and reprehensible the film was when it came to its approach of female characters. I was aware of it back in 2009 – how could you not be – but I’d almost forgotten just how bad it was. Bay films Megan Fox the same way he sexualises the vehicles the Transformers transform into; objects to make small-minded, primitive male audience members salivate. It’s frankly vulgar. In an age where we’re praising Wonder Woman for a great portrayal of women on screen, it’s easy to forget that less than ten years ago this is what we had.
People took Marvel and Scott Derrickson to task – quite rightly so – for more-or-less forgetting that Rachel McAdams was in Doctor Strange, but Bay’s treatment of Megan Fox and co-star Isabel Lucas in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is something else. Fox’s character is draped over a motorcycle with a tight vest and tighter shorts, and Bay makes sure we get a full view of her ass before her face. In a scene where Isabel’s Decepticon shape-shifter tries to seduce Shia LeBeouf’s bumbling Sam, Bay places the camera so we can see her panties. One would imagine this would be the reveal that she’s actually a robot, but the camera is more interested in the colour of her underwear than her character.
While promoting the film Fox let it slip to Jason Soloman at The Guardian that her audition wasn’t your usual affair. “She told me she went to director Michael Bay’s house to audition and he made her wash his Ferrari while he filmed her,” Soloman wrote. “She said she didn’t know what had happened to that footage. When I put it to Bay himself, he looked suitably abashed. ‘Er, I don’t know where it is either.'” She also compared Bay to Hitler, an interview that got her in so much hot water several crew members posted an open letter to Fox calling her, “dumb as rocks” among other things. “When facing the press, Megan is the queen of talking trailer trash and posing like a porn star,” the loathsome note stated. “And yes we’ve had the unbearable time of watching her try to act on set, and yes, it’s very cringe-able. So maybe, being a porn star in the future might be a good career option. But make-up beware, she has a paragraph tattooed to her backside (probably due her rotten childhood) easily another 45 minutes in the chair!'” Well doesn’t that sound like a nice crew to be around? I wonder who could breed this kind of contempt for their female co-workers?
“Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment stuff that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women,’ LeBeouf told the Los Angeles Times in 2011.”Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think she never got comfortable with it. This is is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact.”
So Michael Bay objectifies women, what else is new? We all knew he was like this and we’ve oddly just let it slide while his idiotic movies make billions of dollars around the world. But what makes me so sad about all this, what upsets me the most, is that these are movies targeted at kids.
The Transformers are, and always will be, glorified toy commercials. The original 1986 movie was made simply to take out the old toyline and bring in a new one. Paramount and Hasbro penned the deal for a live-action Transformers movie to make and sell more playthings to kids. And, to be honest, there’s nothing wrong with that. Star Wars is the most toyetic movie ever made, but it features rich, deep, loveable characters who go on wonderful adventures. Bay’s Transformers movies feature none of that, and instead paints a picture that women are there to be ogled and drooled over. The producers can claim they’re aiming the Transformers movie series at the teenage market (as if that was a good excuse), but the figures sure as hell aren’t. They’re sold to small, impressionable children.
As a comparison, let’s compare Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to the 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie. One features a song which features the lyrics, “dare to be all that you can be” while the other has a woman dry-humping a motorcycle for teenage boys to jack off to. Both are marketed to kids. Just think about that.
Bay putting this sort of nonsense in Bad Boys II is one thing, but a movie designed to make children pester their parents for action figures is something entirely different. And that’s why Michael Bay is a disgusting, deplorable director – and he should be ashamed of himself.
Luke Owen is the Deputy Editor of Flickering Myth, the co-host of the Flickering Myth Podcast and the author of Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made (which you can pre-order from Amazon UK and Amazon Us). You can follow him on Twitter @ThisisLukeOwen. »
- Luke Owen
Although it may be hard to believe, it's already been five years since Cavitycolors started releasing eye-popping horror apparel, and they're celebrating this week with a special new enamel pin. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a trailer and key art for The Gracefield Incident and details on Rlj Entertainment acquiring North American rights to The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1, starring Kellan Lutz.
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- Derek Anderson
Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated action/science fiction film The Osiris Child. Directed by Shane Abbess (Infini, Gabriel), who also co-wrote the film with Brian Cachia (Infini), the film stars Kellan Lutz (Twilight Franchise), Daniel MacPherson (The Shannara Chronicles, “Apb”), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, […]
The post Rlj Entertainment Acquires The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1 appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Jeff Stevens
Distributor plans theatrical and VOD day-and-date autumn launch.
Lutz plays a drifter who teams up with a military contractor to rescue the latter’s daughter as catastrophe looms.
“We’re excited to be releasing this action-filled, science fiction film,” the distributor’s chief acquisitions officer Mark Ward said. “Writer-director [link=nm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
David Wenham on set of his directorial feature debut, 'Ellipsis'..
Wenham had watched the restored movie twice, at the Sydney Film Festival and at the Chauvel cinema, rating it as a visceral experience and an incredible piece of filmmaking.
- Don Groves
The film will star Thomas Cocquerel (Red Dog: True Blue) as the Tasmanian-born Flynn alongside Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen (Vikings), Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty), Isabel Lucas (The Water Diviner), David Wenham (Lion) and Dan Fogler..
.What I want to bring to the screen is Flynn.s unapologetic and uninhibited desire to experience a full, adventurous and spectacular life, and reveal his deeply rooted belief in himself and an ability to survive on charisma and bravado,. said Mulcahy.
As well as starring in the film, Large will produce with James M. Vernon »
- Jackie Keast
Highlander filmmaker Russell Mulcahy is set to direct a biopic about the life of legendary Hollywood leading man Errol Flynn. Variety reports that the film is an action-adventure movie titled In Like Flynn, and it has already started shooting down in Australia.
Flynn starred in over 60 movies and TV career before his death in 1959 at the age of just 50.
The trade says that the film follows Flynn as a young man whose magnetism inspires a rag-tag team of friends to set sail on a thrilling adventure in search of elusive New Guinea gold.
“I want to bring Flynn’s unapologetic and uninhibited desire to experience »
- Paul Heath
David Crow May 9, 2017
Errol Flynn is one of Hollywood’s very first action stars. Known for his dashing good looks (and his notorious after hours affairs), Flynn enjoyed a swashbuckling career in Hollywood throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, famously defining the pirate subgenre with turns in Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940), and going West, young man, for the genre’s first Technicolor extravaganza Dodge City (1938), as well as the classic piece of historical revisionism that is They Died With Their Boots On (1941). Of course, to many, he simply remains the definitive Prince of Thieves from The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Sorry, Kevin.
But Flynn had plenty of adventures before he fell into movie song, drink, and lechery. And it appears it will be getting »
8 May 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The adventure film, now shooting on the Gold Coast in Australia, portrays Flynn as a young man whose magnetism inspires a rag-tag team of friends to set sail in search of elusive New Guinea gold. The pic also stars Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen, Callan Mulvey, Isabel Lucas, Nathalie Kelly, David Wenham and Dan Fogler.
- Etan Vlessing
Producers are James M. Vernon and Corey Large. Executive producers are Joan LeSeur, Gary Ousdahl, Felipe A Dieppa and Luke Flynn — the grandson of Errol Flynn. Luke Flynn is also appearing in the film as an older Errol Flynn.
The story follows Flynn as a young man whose magnetism inspires a rag-tag team of friends to set sail on a thrilling adventure in search of elusive New Guinea gold. The screenplay is written by Corey Large, Steve Albert, Luke Flynn and Alexander Djamirze.
- Dave McNary
An intriguing trailer has launched for a new sci-fi movie series titled The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (or, vice versa, as Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child) from Australian filmmaker Shane Abbess. Described as an "adrenaline-fueled sci fi adventure", the story takes place in the future in a time of interplanetary colonization, about a father who has to rescue a young woman amidst a global crisis. The full cast includes Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas, Luke Ford, Rachel Griffiths, Temuera Morrison, Bren Foster, Dwaine Stevenson, and Teagan Croft. As much as I was expecting this to look cheesy or too low budget, it actually looks pretty damn good, with some impressive visual effects and an interesting story. I don't know if the movie is any good, but I'm very curious about checking this out. Here's the first trailer for Shane Abbess' Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child, »
- Alex Billington
Director Shane Abbess (Infini, 2015) is reteaming with Daniel MacPherson, for The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One. Aka Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child, this science fiction thriller will release in Australia, later this month. The film will be shown in a series of screenings, via Madman Entertainment. The film also stars: Kellan Lutz and Isabel Lucas. The film's first trailer has debuted and it can be found here. The story for Osiris Child begins with interplanetary colonization. Also involving military contractors and assorted personnel, two men co-operate over an "impending global crisis." One man must rescue his daughter, while the other hides his background. Together, they must fight a growing number of threats, on a hostile planet. The trailer is a good one. The CGI elements look well done. Though, the film does not rely on computer generated images. Instead, the clip focuses on the characters and action sequences, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Click your heels together three times and make a wish, Oz fans. EPs Shaun Cassidy and David Schulner are ready, willing, and able to make a second season of the Emerald City TV show, should NBC choose to take them up on it. The first 10-episode limited season concluded its run on Friday, March 3rd, with the finale episode, "There's No Place Like Home."A limited event series, Emerald City starred Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Gerran Howell, Jordan Loughran, Joely Richardson, and Vincent D'Onofrio. Isabel Lucas, Roxy Sternberg, Stefanie Martini, Rebeka Rea, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson recurred on the NBC fantasy drama, based on the Oz novels by L. Frank Baum.Read More… »
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is well under way and will be screening films through Saturday, February 11. One of these films is the Australian comedy “That’s Not Me” from filmmaking team Gregory Erdstein and Alice Foulcher. The film follows Polly (Foulcher) who wants to make it as an actor, but those dreams are shattered when her identical twin sister Amy lands a role on an HBO show and starts dating actor Jared Leto. Frequently mistaken for her sister, Polly decides to use her sister’s celebrity to her own advantage, ultimately leading to disastrous consequences. The film co-stars Isabel Lucas (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), Richard Davies (“Offspring”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
This is Erdstein and Foulcher’s debut feature. Erdstein has collaborated with Foulcher on a number of short films, »
- Vikram Murthi
17 items from 2017
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