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One of the more exciting “shared universe” ideas that’s been bandied about following the success of Marvel’s The Avengers is Universal Pictures’ plans to bring together some of their classic movie monsters like Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and presumably Frankenstein as well.
Late last year, Universal President Donna Langley said that the company’s slate will include new movies based on The Mummy, already in production, as well as new versions of Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman.
A couple years ago, Luke Evans starred in Dracula Untold with his own interpretation of Vlad the Impaler, who would be the basis for the legend of Count Dracula, and it had an end sequence that set up the opportunity for a shared universe by bringing Dracula into the present day.
- Edward Douglas
While I, like many, have my problems with the DC Extended Universe thus far, I have few problems with the actual characters set in their universe. Superman (to me) is an interesting study of an alien trying to find his place on Earth, Batman and Wonder Woman are all kinds of badass, and based on what we've seen of the Flash, I really enjoy Ezra Miller's more lighthearted and smartass take on Barry Allen. Yes, there have been some problems in the overall execution, but at the end of the day, I'm beyond excited to see DC play in the sandbox they've created.
As of this writing, most eyes are firmly set on the next two films -- Wonder Woman and Justice League. While we're eagerly awaiting to see what those movies may offer to this growing world, we can't forget that Warner Bros. has some other irons in the coals, »
- Joseph Medina
You know the House of Mouse likes to keep things in the family. I know a good number of people over at Disney, and it's one of those places that once you're foot is in the door, you have a real potential to rise from within. While I can't necessarily speak as to whether or not that culture extends to its subsidiaries, I'm certain it does to some degree, especially on the TV front.
We haven't seen a whole lot from Netflix's upcoming series Iron Fist just yet, but if Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and (based on early reviews) Luke Cage are any indication, we may be in for a real unique treat. However, there seems to be some news that may be our first indication that Marvel Entertainment is pleased with the work done on Iron Fist.
On Twitter, someone by the name of Tamara Becher, a TV writer who »
- Joseph Medina
If there is one series that's a real testament to how different TV is nowadays compared to 20 years ago, it may be Sherlock. In a world where A-list actors weave in and out of TV and film like a car in traffic, Sherlock is a testament that actors will generally return to roles they find endeering, so long as the demand is there -- even if it takes some time to get it done.
Season 1 (and yes, I know I'm using the American vernacular for series) hit TV in 2010, and it took two years for its follow-up in Season 2, and so on for Season 3 -- pretty much, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman seem to be doing the show whenever they have time between their $100 million-plus blockbusters. It's a freeing new world we live in where a show doesn't have to be constantly be on the air in order to happen. »
- Joseph Medina
Based on the trailers I'd seen for the Netflix series Stranger Things, I was expecting the series to be good on some level -- it showed a great premise and a very intriguing visual style. I, however, did not necessarily expect it to succeed on as many levels as it did. From its love not to 1980s entertainment, to its solid young cast, and overall quality storytelling, it not only surprised me, but surprised a great number of TV fans as well.
Where the first season launched on Netflix with minimal marketing and little-to-no expectations, it's confirmed second season (which is set to launch next year) will be facing a mountain of expectations on the heels of its success. As great as it is for everyone involved, there's no denying that there's an added pressure to the process that was not there before.
Speaking with Southern California Public Radio (via Collider), Shawn Levy, »
- Joseph Medina
We're nearing Halloween season -- the season for chills, thrills, and jumpscares. Yet despite this fact there certainly seems to be a definite lack of horror fare heading to theaters in the coming month, and with the delay of the film Rings, the only real contenders are 31, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and (most terrifyingly) Boo! A Madea Halloween.
While this year has been a definite win for horror, for some reason, this October is totally lacking. This next trailer for the upcoming horror flick, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, doesn't necessarily make things any better for this Halloween, but it certainly seems it could add to the long list of strong scary movies for the year as a whole.
Check it out below!
- Joseph Medina
Ever since Kevin Feige came out on stage and introduced the ambitious Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's been assumed that the then-two-part-film Avengers: Infinity War would be an "all hands on deck" kind of thing. In essence, practically every superhero we've been introduced two over the course of the decade-long McU would show up in some capacity to take on the series' big bad Thanos.
This was never confirmed, but the momentum in the series really seemed to heading in that direction, with each film acting as a small piece of the ever-growing puzzle. Some even went so far as to believe the Netflix superhero shows could be involved to some capacity (though we all know now that that's incredibly unlikely). As such, it was assumed that Doctor Strange would be making his grand return in Avengers: Infinity War along with the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy. »
- Joseph Medina
Back in 2005, the book Men Who Hate Women was published in Sweden by publisher Norstedts Förlag. The novel was a posthumous publication from author and journalist Stieg Larsson, and in 2008, it was published in English under the name The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. From there, the novel went on to be an international sensation, and was adapted into a trilogy of films in Sweden. In true Hollywood style, it was acquired for an American adaptation, and was eventually released in 2011.
Directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, the film proved to be a faithful and compelling take on the original source material (many even felt it was superior to the original Swedish movie). While the film had stellar reviews and great word of mouth, it wasn't exactly the feel-good film of the holiday season, and only went on to make around $230 million at the box office off its $90 million budget. »
- Joseph Medina
Last week saw the release of the trailer for the Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt science fiction film, Passengers. This was especially notable because it marked our first look at the film produced from the Jon Spaihts script that had landed on the Black List -- a list of some of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood -- back in 2007. There it wallowed for a good eight years before Jennifer Lawrence and Christ Pratt both signed on to star in the film last year.
In addition, this was a production that had its share of rumored issues -- with some sources saying the film caused a lot of headaches, and that a documentary surrounding its making would be better than the movie itself. Whether or not these rumors end up being true will have to wait until the film's release, but until then, I'm hooked by the premise and talents of the leads. »
- Joseph Medina
Entertainment One stuck to the railway motif from the previous night’s premiere when they staged the London press conference for The Girl on the Train. And the imposing hotel at St Pancras Station was equally aware of its heritage (check out the little engine in front of Luke Evans below).
Stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett and Evans lined up alongside director Tate Taylor and author of the best-seller, Paula Hawkins, to take questions on the characters in the story, the change from the novel’s original location and how the film reflected the many pressures faced by women today.
Hawkins also found herself being asked about the standard of rail services in this country, while Evans revealed his reasons for not appearing in Only God Forgives and this year’s Lff closer, Free Fire.
The event was nearly de-railed by the youngest member of the press corps, a babe »
- Freda Cooper
The Girl on the Train is a film that might wander through a host of different theories, and films that may seem like similar theories pop up a few times a year, as direct-to-video or cable network efforts.
I hope potential audiences take into account the well-received book this is based on, and Director Tate Taylor‘s abilities when deciding on this one. Taylor, of The Help and Get On Up, should fit well in this odd ride, even if his work doesn’t make that obvious to everyone. He has knack for conversations and moments of introspection that should translate brilliantly to this, admittedly Rear Window-esque, thriller.
Of course, Emily Blunt may convince you as well.
The film has finally released some looks at more of what’s going on in the film, notably other members of the cast who make up what The Girl on the Train is looking at. »
- Marc Eastman
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez and Lisa Kudrow star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl On The Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods).
In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
The Girl On The Train opens in theaters on October 7.
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He’s slain dragons and played psychopaths. Sometimes the dark roles even spill over into real life. So why is Luke Evans singing show tunes and talking about starting a family?
Not every actor knows the secret of his or her appeal. Not every actor wants to. But Luke Evans gets it in one: “I’ve been told I give off a very masculine vibe.” He says this almost reluctantly, as though he has been asked during a job interview to list his most appealing qualities. “I’ve got an expressive face and I’ve played a lot of angry, tormented creatures. The feedback is that I present myself as a very strong man who can love as much as he can kill. He can care for his children and he can also turn around and fight 15 men.” He continues more quietly in his Valleys lilt: “I don’t have children. »
- Ryan Gilbey
“The Girl on the Train” pulled into Leicester Square Odeon in London Tuesday night, returning home for its world bow.
The thriller’s inherent intrigue left a key question resonating around the U.K. premiere: Why has the tale had been transposed from London to New York? The story’s “Girl,” Blunt, was on hand to give a sober segue around the obstacle. “I just think that suburban commute is so universal, you can transplant the book and put it anywhere really,” she said.
The film’s villain/victim, Evans, explained his instinctive draw to the killer project, “It touches on human behavior and social situations that we hear of, experience, and watch on TV all the time.”
Director Tate Taylor took the stage before the screening, »
- Helen Jackson
We present our interviews for the premiere of The Girl on the Train, based on the book by Paula Hawkins and directed by Tate Taylor. The captivating tale of suspicion and addiction has a fine cast lead by Emily Blunt and has been touted as this year’s Gone Girl. The much-awaited film comes after the […]
- Jon Lyus
Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, and last night, the studio brought this timeless classic to Alice Tully Hall in New York City for an anniversary screening. Fans were in for quite the surprise when Angela Lansbury, who voiced Mrs. Potts in the movie, took to the stage, alongside Alan Menken to sing the iconic theme song. As you can see in the video below, Angela Lansbury can still belt out a tune at 90 years old.
The video, which comes courtesy of ABC News, shows the iconic actress even delivering a line from the film towards the end of her song, which was met with laughter and applause from the New York crowd. For fans who weren't able to attend this screening, Disney will release the 25th Anniversary edition of Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray September 20.
One of the most acclaimed and »
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our special edition of Tiff-only buys, just as the annual fall festival is wrapping up in the Far North.
– IFC Films has announced that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Philippe Falardeau’s “The Bleeder.” The film, directed by Falardeau and written by Jeff Feurzeig and Jerry Stahl, stars Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts. The feature had its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival followed by its North American premiere in Toronto this week.
It is “is the true story of Chuck Wepner, the man who inspired the billion-dollar film series Rocky—a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In his ten years in the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, eight broken noses, and 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside »
- Kate Erbland
Exclusive: Netflix has moved toward an exclusive negotiation to acquire Message From the King, the Fabrice Du Weiz-directed drama that stars Chadwick Boseman, Teresa Palmer, Luke Evans, Natalie Martinez and Alfred Molina. I’ve heard the deal being discussed is in the mid-seven-figure range for U.S. and some foreign territories. Financed by eOne, the film premiered last Thursday in the Vanguard section here at Toronto. It is a vigilante tale, anchored by Captain America: Ci… »
Black Panther, meet Walter White? According to star Chadwick Boseman, his onscreen version of the famed Marvel Comics character will have some "anti-hero" traits when Black Panther arrives on screen in 2018. "This is an anti-hero, sort of," Boseman said inside the People/EW/InStyle portrait studio at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, using a term used often reserved for characters like White on Breaking Bad, Tony Soprano on The Sopranos and Don Draper on Mad Men. "I feel like although he is a superhero, he is a super anti-hero." Boseman is in Toronto to promote the revenge thriller Message from the King, »
- Christopher Rosen
Whereas some filmmakers try to put humanity’s best foot forward, Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz finds hearts of darkness wherever he looks: an off-the-path country inn (“Calvaire”), the shadowy fringes of post-tsunami Thailand (“Vinyan”), the dark recesses of a homicidal couple’s dysfunctional romance (“Alleluia”). In “Message from the King,” Du Welz turns his lens on Los Angeles, and instead of palm trees and sunshine, he sees rainstorms and unsettled scores — inventions of “Unknown” screenwriters Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell, whose ugly and oddly unengaging revenge tale takes the trouble to name its otherwise identity-less vigilante, Jacob King (Chadwick Boseman), if only to justify a title far more stylish than anything it describes.
“The King” in this case is an ambiguous South African visitor — “I have no intention of working or staying,” he tells the customs officers at the U.S. border — who hides his unnervingly violent potential behind a stoically handsome expression. »
- Peter Debruge
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