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Shannara TV show is Go with Jonathan Liebesman and John Favreau at the helm

11 July 2014 1:47 PM, PDT

Terry Brooks' beloved Shannara series has been on the table for adaptation for years now, but MTV have picked up the gauntlet, green-lighting a 10 episode first season. I can only assume the decision to finally invest in the sprawling post-apocalyptic/Fantasy series is due to the popularity of HBO's Game of Thones, but who cares, I honestly never thought we'd see this day.

Shannara is unique to epic fantasy in that it's still earth as we know it, but the world is a post-nuclear future version of Earth where humans have mutated into elves and dwarves and the land mass of the planet is all swapped around.

Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: La, Wrath of the Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes while Iron Man's John Favreau will produce.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Is A Must-See Spectacle [Review]

11 July 2014 8:37 AM, PDT

When the first trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes appeared three years ago, the comments broke into a surprise discussion of how Tim Burton's attempt to reboot the franchise with Mark Wahlberg wasn't such a terrible thing. It seemed that a lot of the dislike of the trailer for the second reboot attempt went back to the casting of James Franco who, around these parts at least, isn't exactly as well revered as in other circles so when faced with Franco, the thing to do was go back to the thing that wasn't so bad. It's not clear how our readers reacted after seeing Rise of the Planet of the Apes but for my tastes, Rupert Wyatt mad [Continued ...] »

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Images and Posters for the Spierig Brothers' Time Travel Thriller Predestination

10 July 2014 3:20 PM, PDT

Daybreakers fans will be excited to hear that the Spierig Brothers' new time travel thriller has been wowing festival audiences pretty consistently, so it sounds like Predestination could be this year's Looper. And let's face it, there's always room for another intelligent time travel flick.

Predestination is loosely based on a Robert Heinlein Short story " All You Zombies" and stars Ethan Hawke as a cop who recruits himself to chase a cranial through time. On the surface that sounds like a ton of other films (Time Cop comes to mind), but from the look of some early reviews, Predestination packs a pretty emotional punch.

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Predestination chronicles the lif [Continued ...] »

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Radio Free Albemuth Successfully Captures Pkd's Themes [Review]

10 July 2014 3:20 PM, PDT

Editor's Note: Also be sure to check out Ben's review of the movie from Sci-Fi London

Adaptations of Philip K. Dick stories are commonplace but they rarely manage to be successful, often taking great ideas and sucking out what makes them great leaving an oft glossy but empty shell. John Alan Simon's debut Radio Free Albemuth takes a different approach. The independently produced feature written and directed by Simon, is more prudent in production but keeps most of Dick's ideas in tact and the resulting feature emerges a little better because of it.

The story unfolds in a fascist state where Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe), a radio store [Continued ...] »

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Atom Egoyan's The Captive Looks Promising [Trailer]

10 July 2014 11:53 AM, PDT

Canadian director Atom Egoyan has not been enjoying a good streak over the last few years and it's getting to the point now where his output of mediocre (or down right terrible) will begin to outweigh the highlights of his career.

The Captive looked like it could be a change of pace for the director whose previous genre entries have left a lot to be desired. Co-written by Egoyan and David Fraser, the movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos as parents whose daughter mysteriously disappears. Eight years later, they begin to see indications that she might still be alive.

Along with Reynolds and Enos, The Captive rounds up an all-star Canadian cast including S [Continued ...] »

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Read This: Suffer The Children by Craig Dilouie

10 July 2014 9:59 AM, PDT

Long time Qe readers will recognize Craig Dilouie as the author of some of the most intense and unique Pa and zombie fiction published over the last few years. Gaining traction quickly on the indie scene with titles like Tooth and Nail and his Infection series with Permuted Press, Dilouie has now caught the eye of the big boys at Simon & Schuster who have published his latest novel Suffer the Children.

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Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings Certainly Looks Pretty [Trailer]

8 July 2014 6:35 PM, PDT

Well this is timely. Hot on the heels of the terrible key art released earlier today, the marketing folks have opted to try and save their hides by releasing the first trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings. As to whether their plan is successful... I'm not convinced.

The trailer certainly looks pretty enough but I'm not sure Christian Bale as Moses and Edgerton as Ramses are really enough to make this story of childhood friends who grew up into men who hate each other, interesting.

Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 12.

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First poster for Kevin Smith's Tusk Arrives

8 July 2014 2:17 PM, PDT

Briefly: Kevin Smith shared the first poster for his new horror film Tusk with his legion of twitter followers. Interestingly, the director used his twitter handle, @ThatKevinSmith as credit because he believes the film wouldn't have existed without the power of Twitter.

The film stars Haley Joel Osment and Justin Long and takes place in Canada.


When his best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada, a young guy joins forces with his friend's girlfriend to search for him.

Here it is embiggened:

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Eye Popping New Look at Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem [Trailer]

8 July 2014 2:07 PM, PDT

Have you forgotten about Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem? I wouldn't blame you if you had. It's been over a year since we caught a first glimpse at Gilliam's "second wind" (as our reviewer called it) and with a release date finally on the books we get a newly minted, surprisingly straight forward (if a little zany) trailer.

Waltz plays Qohen Leth, a reclusive genius hacker who is trying to solve the Zero Theorem but his attempts are constantly thwarted by an entity known only as Managemen. In a brash attempt to sideline Leth's work, Management send [Continued ...] »

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New on Blu-ray and DVD: The Raid 2! Southern Comfort & More!

8 July 2014 12:47 PM, PDT

If Frank Pavich's wonderful Jodorowsky's Dune exposes even one person to the director's legacy of work then I consider it a success. Whether anyone thinks that Jodorowsky's version of Dune would have been the transcendent experience that he believes it would have been, I think we can all agree that it would have been something unique indeed and the world is kind of a worse place for the lack of it. Personally, I'm a fan of Lynch's Dune, warts and all. Not so much the Toto soundtrack, but that's another story.

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Initial Key Art for Ridley Scott's Exodus Is Eye-Meltingly Terrible [Gallery]

8 July 2014 12:21 PM, PDT

You may have heard by now that Ridley Scott is working on his own biblical adaptation with Exodus: Gods and Kings. The movie that, until now, appeared to be a serious retelling of the story of Moses (with a really shitty title), has taken a turn for the worst. Think... marketing suicide.

The choice to cast Christian Bale to play Moses and Edgerton for the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses has caused quite a bit of ruckus but the movie, the first stills for which appeared a few weeks ago, was looking mighty good. And then this nightmare happened. The marketing team really needs to re-think their approach because this is definitely not working. At all.

So basically, early buzz for Exodus isn’t particularly positive. Wonder if this will end up more or less successful than N [Continued ...] »

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Karlovy Vary 2014: First Look at Andrew Huculiak's Violent [Trailer]

8 July 2014 10:33 AM, PDT

Andrew Huculiak is best known as a musician - the drummer for Vancouver based We Are the City. The band's first debut was accompanied by 26 minute long short film made up of music videos so it's not too shocking that for their second full length album, the band wanted to make a companion movie. What is odd is that they decided to make that movie in Norway and in Norwegian.

Violent, Huculiak's feature film debut (co-written with fellow band members), stars relative newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen as a young woman who, while experiencing a "catastrophic event" recalls memories of the people who loved her most. It sounds pretty esoteric and the trailer is pretty much what you'd expect fr [Continued ...] »

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Fantasia 2014: First Look at Horror Comedy Bloody Knuckles [Gallery]

8 July 2014 10:05 AM, PDT

Ever wonder what would happen if Thing dragged one of the Adams kids through a seedy underworld of dirty comics, contraband pesticides and underground sex clubs? That's kind of what Bloody Knuckles is about.

The feature film debut of writer/director Matt O'Mahoney stars Adam Boys as Travis Warner, an underground comic book artist whose latest comic offends a Chinatown crime boss who retaliates by cutting off the artist's hand. Unable to draw, Travis descends into a drunken stupor and is then dragged out of it when his severed limb returns from the great beyond and drags him through a seedy adventure in search of revenge.

It sounds ridiculous and I'm sure it'll be ridiculous. In the best way possible. In a press release for the movie, O'Mahoney explained that the movie is a res [Continued ...] »

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