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Zombeavers Review [Toronto After Dark 2014]

4 hours ago

Just about everything you need to know about Zombeavers is right there in the title. Zombie beavers (should) sound ridiculous, and so it’s a ridiculous movie that follows, strangely capturing your attention for some 70-odd minutes of bloody shenanigans.

The story is lifted from a horror template: a group of co-eds are joined by their obnoxious beaus at a cabin retreat where toxic waste has infected some local rodents, and thus mayhem ensues. That’s it. So it is with equal parts earnestness and absurdity that Zombeavers declares itself a feature film, dedicating itself to actual characters and a simple plot while trying to maintain a straight face with antagonists in the form of killer beavers.

It starts hilariously enough, as a pair of truckers exchange snappy, vulgar dialogue while not at all paying attention to the road. Rather, the driver isn’t giving heed, and when an accident occurs, »

- Anthony Marcusa

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Exclusive Interview With The Cast And Director Of The Houses October Built

5 hours ago

Just when you think you have seen every conceivable version of a found footage movie, one comes along with a fresh and unnerving angle. That movie is The Houses October Built, which was co-written and directed by Bobby Roe.

The film follows five friends who rent an Rv and travel from town to town visiting the haunted houses that are put up for Halloween. However, this group isn’t terribly interesting in checking out typical haunted houses. Instead, they are determined to visit some underground Halloween haunts which promise an extremely horrifying time for those who dare to enter them. They soon discover what they’re looking for, but things then take a very, very dark turn.

At the recent press day that was held for the film, I had the chance to speak with Roe, as well as his cast (Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson), for an exclusive interview. »

- Ben Kenber

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Fantasia: Music Evolved Review

5 hours ago

Harmonix is one of the best-known Western developers when it comes to rhythm games, having created Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central over the past decade, but, with the exception of some smartphone experiments, they haven’t made anything unrelated to those franchises for a while. That’s all changed, though, with the release of Fantasia: Music Evolved, a Kinect-centric music-heavy title that takes inspiration from the classic Disney film.

As far as how well the game plays, the final result is a very fun title that, while borrowing from previous Harmonix game templates in some ways, still feels like a unique and new experience. Some of this may not be evident in the early parts of the main campaign, but those willing to tolerate an overly hand-holding intro will find a well-done rhythm title that, in following with the tradition of the Dance Central series, makes good use »

- John Fleury

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Citizen Marc Review

6 hours ago

Marc Emery approves this message. That’s not only because he appears at length for an interview specifically for this documentary about his life, it’s because it’s very clear early on that Marc Emery loves to hear himself speak, and believes that anytime he has screen time, it’s good for Marc Emery.

In Citizen Marc, director Larry Evans follows the life of Emery, a Canadian activist and antagonist who may or may not be fighting causes for those not named Marc Emery.

It’s less a fascinating character study and more simply a straightforward documentary that happens to be about a fascinating character. And an aggravating, at times utterly absurd one at that. A champion of the legalization of marijuana in Canada (and presumably around the world), it’s not long into the film that any audiences unfamiliar with Emery, dubbed the Prince of Pot, discover that »

- Anthony Marcusa

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Young Ones Review

6 hours ago

Water has run dry, robots carry the workload, and children grow up far too quickly in the desolate future of Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.

This gripping familial drama follows three men at different stages in their life as they navigate a haunting, dangerous world where the scarcity of water has forced the creation of a unique environment. It is part Wild West, part post-apocalyptic future, and all parts arid and hot. It’s so effectively atmospheric, in fact, that you feel like a drink of water or a shower as you watch.

The patriarch of our central family is Ernest Holm, played magnificently (as per usual) by Michael Shannon. He is a protector of his two children (Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elle Fanning), imposing and determined, making a living working supply routes and tending desperately to his farm land. Ernest doesn’t hesitate to do away with two apparent water thieves as the film begins, »

- Anthony Marcusa

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Exclusive Video Interview With Adrianne Palicki On John Wick

8 hours ago

As if screening John Wick at this year’s Fantastic Feast and interviewing Keanu Reeves (faints) wasn’t enough, actress Adrianne Palicki was also present to do some interviews in support of the badass action film. While many of you know her as Tyra Collette from the Friday Night Lights television series, comic book aficionados may now know her as Mockingbird from Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, marking her introduction into the Marvel cinematic universe. While I’m sure that fruitful path will open many, many doors, her participation in John Wick is like a nice warm-up for the action sequences that are going to follow while she wears the Mockingbird costume.

Starring opposite Keanue Reeves, Palicki is a sarcastic rivaling agent who knows how to kick some serious ass – and look good doing so. I sat down with the actress to talk about the rigorous physical »

- Matt Donato

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ABC Cancels Manhattan Love Story And Orders More Selfie

9 hours ago

In the first cull of the season, ABC has terminated the fledgling comedy series Manhattan Love Story, after it failed to recover from a shaky start by its third episode. There is much debate about the validity of ratings numbers – at a time when networks are trying to gauge viewership around DVR recordings, while simultaneously scrambling to adapt to changing viewing habits in light of media streaming and ‘binge-watching’ – but it seems the situation for the show was just too dire to continue.

The short-lived series followed Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman) as they embarked on a new relationship together – and explored their “unfiltered internal monologues” in the process. Written by Jeff Lowell (Two And A Half Men), the show got off to a relatively weak start – with ratings indicating that viewers were switching off after Manhattan Love Story’s lead-in show, Selfie. Numbers decreased with each subsequent episode which, »

- Sarah Myles

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Gareth Edwards Nabs Foxcatcher Cinematographer For His Star Wars Spinoff

10 hours ago

Much of the media cycle may be devoted to rumors and speculation surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, but that’s not the only trip moviegoers will be taking to the beloved galaxy far, far away in the next few years. In fact, we’ll be getting one Star Wars movie a year after 2015, and the first film out the gate after Abrams’ franchise revamp is Gareth Edwards’ mysterious spinoff, which is slated for 2016.

Edwards has already brought The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta on board to help pen the script, and has now found another crucial crew member to help him out: Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty cinematographer Greig Fraser.

Fraser announced the news himself today while speaking with HitFix about his stellar resume and extremely busy schedule. As would be expected, he’s extremely excited about working on a Star Wars movie, but was unfortunately pretty »

- James Garcia

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Constantine Review: “Non Est Asylum” (Season 1, Episode 1)

20 hours ago

We’ve already sat through the premieres of Gotham and The Flash, and new seasons of Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and we’ve still got the premiere of iZombie and Netflix’s Daredevil to get through before the TV year is over. But now, it’s time for Constantine, NBC’s highly anticipated series which debuted tonight.

Based on the long-running DC Comics/Vertigo book Hellblazer, and the subject of a somewhat successful yet critically derided Keanu Reeves movie, NBC is hoping that this paranormal detective/master of the dark arts will make a fine Friday night companion for their established hit Grimm. In Constantine‘s favor is that it ably sets up an easy-to-replicate procedural-style format. The pilot is efficiently creepy, and star Matt Ryan seems at least engaging in the title role. But will Constantine prove as engaging as some of its fellow comic book series? That remains to be seen. »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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Lily James And Sam Clafin Eyeing Up World War II Comedy Their Finest Hour And A Half

24 October 2014 3:02 PM, PDT

The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin and Cinderella‘s Lily James are reportedly circling the lead roles in British comedy, Their Finest Hour And A Half. The witty title harkens to the average length of a film, as the movie explores the shenanigans of a film crew trying to helm a cheery wartime pic after the blitz.

Based on Lissa Evans’ 2009 award-winning novel, the adaptation caught the eye of Lone Scherfig (One Day, An Education), who is now attached to direct. Wild Gaze, Number 9 and BBC Films are working together to produce the movie, which will be introduced to buyers in Santa Monica next month at the American Film Market.

Before either actor commits to the flick, they’ll each have a number of titles hitting the market. Claflin can be next seen in The Riot Club and Love, Rosie. While his potential love interest, James, has two aces up »

- Gem Seddon

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Sebastian Stan To Star Alongside Meryl Streep In Ricki And The Flash

24 October 2014 2:42 PM, PDT

Sebastian Stan is on his way to becoming just as much of a household name as his Captain America co-star Chris Evans. After his badass performance as the titular badguy in The Winter Soldier, it looks like his stock went up considerably. Just yesterday we brought you the news that the actor had joined the immense cast of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adaptation, The Martian, and today he’s gone and signed onto another corking pic! Thanks to Deadline, we now know he’ll be joining Meryl Streep in Ricki And The Flash.

In the film, set to be directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs), Stan will play Streep’s estranged son. The Oscar-winning actress will topline the movie as ageing rocker, Ricki, who plays in a local dive bar with her band The Flash. After a chat with her ex-husband (Kevin Kline), she decides she wants to »

- Gem Seddon

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Exclusive Video Interview With David Leitch And Chad Stahelski On John Wick

24 October 2014 2:41 PM, PDT

Making your feature film debut isn’t the easiest feat, but it sure helps to be surrounded with actors like Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Willem Dafoe, and Adrianne Palicki, who bring their A-game to every single scene. That was the scenario for David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, two veteran 2nd unit guys who decided to make the leap to 1st unit for their feature debut, John Wick. You’ve seen their action work in films like The Expendables 3 and The Matrix, but these guys wanted to prove they weren’t just 2nd unit specialists who couldn’t tackle bigger fish.

The action sequences in John Wick emphatically showcase the technical prowess of Leitch and Stahelski, a testament to their action work on numerous blockbuster films, but the duo also prove they can string together a fluid movie as well. A lot of the locations really pop off the screen, especially »

- Matt Donato

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Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter Gets A Release Date

24 October 2014 2:36 PM, PDT

Has Vin Diesel ever done a historical fantasy before? I don’t know: I just cannot think of the guy as that kind of action hero. But the premise of The Last Witch Hunter is based in the idea that we can accept him as a man out of time. Diesel will be an immortal hunter of witches, tasked with stopping the covens of New York City from unleashing a deadly plague on humanity. He will be helped in his endeavors by a sexy witch (Rose Leslie), evoking the age-old question: who hunts the witch hunter? The release date that Lionsgate has given the film is October 23, 2015 – so the covens will come alive just in time for Halloween next year.

The Last Witch Hunter has undergone its share of difficulties, however. The death of Paul Walker delayed production on the film due to the delay of Fast & Furious 7 (and the »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Showtime Financial Drama Billions Lands Paul Giamatti And Damian Lewis

24 October 2014 2:34 PM, PDT

Showtime’s complex new drama pilot, Billions, looks set to explore the world of high finance. It doesn’t sound like the most thrilling concept for a series, except that is, when you throw a couple of extremely talented actors into the mix. Showing us the money will be Homeland‘s Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, who’ve both been tapped to star as the show’s leads. It’s through their experiences that we’ll presumably find high finance to be rather fascinating.

Here’s the first official synopsis for the series:

Billions is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures — the hard-charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge-fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).

Could be that this has the making of a House Of Cards-inspired show. »

- Gem Seddon

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Jack O’Connell In Talks For The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

24 October 2014 2:09 PM, PDT

It’s the movie that would not die! Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has seemed to be nothing more than the director tilting at windmills for a very long time. Back in 2000, Gilliam actually began filming the semi-adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, but the project rapidly fell apart in the wake of natural disaster, an over-ambitious production concept, scheduling conflicts with Johnny Depp, and the illness of lead Jean Rochefort. It was even the subject of a 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha.

But Gilliam has not given up hope; indeed, he’s been trying to relaunch the project for almost a decade now. Now, it looks like he might actually get the film off the ground, this time with John Hurt in the Quixote role and, possibly, Skins star Jack O’Connell in the role vacated by Depp.

In a rumor fueled by John Hurt himself, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Co-Op Features Teased In Latest Trailer For PS4 Exclusive Bloodborne

24 October 2014 1:50 PM, PDT

During the 32nd Annual Golden Joystick Awards in London — which also brought us the stunning opening cinematic for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt — Sony premiered the latest trailer for its upcoming Victorian-era exclusive, Bloodborne.

Fans who have been following the game’s development hitherto will be familiar with its gothic horror sensibilities while also channelling the recognizable gameplay from Hidetaka Miyazaki — game director of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, two titles that Bloodborne undoubtedly draws inspiration from.

Still, Miyazaki’s latest is unique in its own right, introducing a more fast-paced and refined style of combat into the 19th Century — the game’s temporal setting. As a matter of fact, Bloodborne will give players the ability to utilise guns in tandem with the more traditional swords and sorcery. And you’ll need them, too, as a malicious plague has turned the residents of a village into marauding, Resident Evil 4-esque beasts. »

- Michael Briers

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More New Footage From Avengers: Age Of Ultron To Air In The Next Two Weeks

24 October 2014 1:35 PM, PDT

Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron leaked trailer incident has worked in the studio’s favour. Sure, they’d prepared it for release a week later during an episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it turns out the early launch has actually built up a lot of positive buzz about the superhero sequel. If you’ve not already checked it out then do so immediately, and soak up the tyranny of Ultron in his sinister glory. For those of you who’ve already seen it repeatedly, then you might be interested to know when the next batch of never-before-seen footage will land.

Get out your diaries folks, and make a note of these upcoming dates. First off, Marvel have still earmarked the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. October 28th episode, which will be the next site where fans can see new footage. Second, there’ll be a Marvel special broadcast on ABC on Tuesday, »

- Gem Seddon

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Nick Frost Heads To ABC For The Finger

24 October 2014 1:33 PM, PDT

British comedy favourite Nick Frost will headline a new sitcom for ABC, which is being developed by Ben Karlin (Modern Family). The Spaced alum has had a busy time of late, balancing feature films such as The Boxtrolls and Cuban Fury, with television work such as Phineas And Ferb and Mr Sloane – but The Finger might just see his career enter a new phase.

The show will centre on Nick Ferguson (Frost), who is also known as ‘The Finger.’ He is the world’s most infamous jewel thief and, in reassessing his lifestyle, he decides that he wants to retire from his life of crime and spend more time with his nine year old son. He still needs a business, of course, so he opens a sandwich shop. The show will follow his subsequent transition from one high pressure lifestyle to another – albeit a more legitimate one.

Nick Frost will »

- Sarah Myles

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Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle Review

24 October 2014 1:05 PM, PDT

Until this very week, I had no idea that the Tenkai Knights TV show and toy line even existed. That changed, though, when I went to pick up my mail and noticed that a large box from Bandai Namco was somehow wedged into one of the package slots. Inside I found a boxed toy, as well as a copy of a game I’d never heard of, that being Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle for the Nintendo 3Ds.

After giving the toy to my young neighbour, I sat back and researched what I was about to review. After all, the game wasn’t sent to me for no reason at all; there was a note inside asking me to check it out and provide a write-up of my thoughts. It was then that I read about the IP, and took a look at some gameplay videos from the title in question. »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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Everybody Joins The Cast Of James Franco’s Next Movie Zeroville

24 October 2014 1:01 PM, PDT

James Franco’s next filmmaking project, Zeroville, began its journey back in 2011 when the director-actor-writer-poet-artist optioned the rights to Steve Erickson’s novel. Alas, with so many ventures cluttering Franco’s plate it’s easy to see how this zany caper hasn’t received much notice. That is until today, as Screen Daily has learned that the film has already begun shooting – and there’s a ton of big names attached.

In addition to the main man himself nabbing a starring role, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have also signed on to star. The basic premise revolves around a film nerd who relocates to Hollywood in the 1960s to be closer to the ‘biz. However, he “enters a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, the decline of the movie studios and the rise of independent renegade directors. »

- Gem Seddon

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