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Two hot TV projects, an environmental zombie and an unhinged park ranger were among highlights at the eighth edition of the horror market.
Frontières International Co-Production Market continued to showcase its growth at Fantasia International Film Festival as it kicked off its eighth edition on Thursday [July 21].
Earlier this year, the genre market announced a new partnership with the Marché du Film at Cannes, and the popularity of its pitching session at Fantasia meant that it moved to the festival’s bigger venue to accommodate the growing industry interest.
This edition’s 20 projects also saw the market’s remit expand to include two television projects for the first time.
Centred on 15-year-old Carly as she navigates Winnipeg’s child welfare system, each episode »
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Universal Pictures is certainly shooting high when it comes to casting for its Classic Monsters Universe. Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are on board for The Mummy and Johnny Depp has signed on for The Invisible Man, while other rumoured names include Dwayne Johnson (The Wolf Man), Scarlett Johansson (Creature from the Black Lagoon) and Angelina Jolie (Bride of Frankenstein).
Well, it looks like we may soon be adding another name to the star-studded universe, with Variety reporting that Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No County For Old Men) is in talks to star in Frankenstein, although it’s unclear whether he’ll be portraying Dr. Victor Frankenstein, or his monstrous creation.
The Universal Monsters movie universe is set to launch with The Mummy on June 9th 2017, followed by two as-yet-untitled releases on April 13th 2018 and February 15th »
- Gary Collinson
What’s the most you ever lost on a science experiment? Universal is looking to answer that question, as the studio is reported by Variety to be in talks with Javier Bardem to star in its “Frankenstein” reboot. The studio’s burgeoning Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe already counts the likes of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe among its stars, and Bardem — who won an Oscar for playing a different kind of monster in “No Country for Old Men” — would be another get.
Cruise is headlining the rebooted “Mummy” franchise, with next year’s film also starring Crowe as Dr. Jekyll — a role for which Bardem was previously considered. Among the movies being developed by the studio is a new take on “Bride of Frankenstein,” but Bardem (or whoever the role ends up »
- Michael Nordine
Like just about every other franchise, “The Mummy” is in the process of being rebooted as part of a shared universe. Tom Cruise is headlining the new series, which differs from the Brendan Fraser–led trilogy in that it’s set in the present day, with Sofia Boutella as the eponymous monster. Set photos from the film’s shoot in London reveal an early look at her version of the character.
Boutella, who previously appeared in “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and will next be seen in this month’s “Star Trek Beyond,” is preceded by the likes of Boris Karloff, Tom Tyler and Arnold Vosloo. Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe all star in the film as well, with Crowe as Dr. Jekyll — part of »
- Michael Nordine
That initiative kicks off with the currently filming reboot of "The Mummy" starring Tom Cruise as the man trying to take down an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella) who has awoken and is wreaking havoc in present-day London.
Sources indicate it's currently unknown which monster feature Bardem would first appear in, but it's expected he will show up in another monster's film before the proposed "Bride of Frankenstein" feature which is currently in development.
- Garth Franklin
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One of Oli and Luke’s most anticipated cinematic universes on the horizon (and there are many) is Universal’s Classic Monster-Verse, with characters like Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Dracula.
The studio are going for the big names, too. Tom Cruise is already signed to star in The Mummy, and Scarlett Johansson being rumoured for Creature From The Black Lagoon. And the latest star reportedly in talks is Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson for The Wolf Man.
Yes. Yes please.
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- Oli Davis
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and »
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Universal Studios is trying to bring a lot of star power to its planned Shared Monster-verse. The latest rumor is that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will sign with Universal to play the Wolf Man in multiple films. Will the Rock’s star power help make the Universal Monsters Shared Continuity a success?
Universal Studios is a little late getting on-board the shared Universe train (which is ironic since they actually created the first shared Universe in 1943 when Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man came out) and they’re trying to stack the deck with big stars to help their shared monster-verse have the same success that Disney is having with Marvel films. So far, they’ve nailed down Tom Cruise for a Mummy remake (due out June 2017) and Johnny Depp for a new Invisible Man film (due April 2018). Russell Crowe is appearing as Dr. Jekyll in The Mummy which will probably lead to a Dr. »
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…We’ll kick things off this week with the news that Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is set to return to the Alien universe as a part of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. According to Deadline, the actress is currently on the set of the film in Australia, where she will shoot “weeks worth of scenes.” The size of her role is unknown at the time, but you can check out a new behind the scenes image featuring co-star Danny McBride here…
…Speaking of aliens, and it was assumed that former Lucasfilm owner George Lucas »
- Luke Owen
IndieWire calls The Shallows the best shark movie since Jaws. Wow... but then, on the other hand, are there any good shark movies since Jaws so maybe that's not such high praise?
Tfe... which we reviewed in April, icymi
YouTube the new Ghostbusters theme song "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" by Fall Out Boy is basically a cover with some new flourishes including Missy Elliott so it won't be Oscar nominated (or even eligible) like the original tune from 1984
Us Magazine there's a Golden Girls Cafe opening in NYC but "cheesecake" isn't the menu headliner so fire everyone. (If you read the fine print it's actually a restaurant in honor of Rue McClanahan. »
- NATHANIEL R
Universal, home of the most famous monsters of filmland, continue to reboot their creature catalogue as part of a 'shared monster universe' including 'The Mummy', 'Dracula', 'Wolfman' and a whole lot more:
Actor Tom Cruise stars in "The Mummy" reboot, opening June 9, 2017, directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a screenplay by Jon Spaights, set in the modern era, with a female mummy (Sofia Boutella ) as the main female lead.
Other new films, to be developed by Kurtzman will include reboots of "Dracula"...
..."The Invisible Man"...
...."Phantom Of The Opera"...
....and "Creature From The Black Lagoon"...
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Universal Monsters'...
- Michael Stevens
It! The Terror from Beyond Space, 1958.
Directed by Edward L. Cahn.
An alien only known as It terrorises the first manned expedition to Mars.
1973: Col. Edward Carruthers (Marshall Thompson) is the only surviving member of the expedition to Mars, and he is accused of murdering his crew. A rescuing ship arrives to escort Carruthers back to Earth to stand trial. Carruthers denies this allegation, but Commander Col. Van Heusen (Kim Spalding) does not believe him and insists a member of the crew is always watching him. In fact, nobody from Heusen’s crew believes Carruthers as they openly espouse suspicion of their prisoner. In this setup one can already detect the McCarthy context of the film. Allowing Carruthers to roam freely on the spacecraft may make minimal plot sense (honestly, »
- Matthew Lee
In a new interview with Agence France-Presse, writer-director Shane Black has reiterated that his forthcoming sequel/reboot The Predator will be "significantly bigger" than previous entries in the franchise, giving us the first bona fide "event picture" of the long-running film series. No doubt this is an exciting prospect for longtime fans, but it also raises the question of whether a franchise that has been viewed as "genre" for 30 years can successfully be reinvented as a blockbuster. First, some context. The first Predator, which starred the then-unstoppable action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, was budgeted at a mere $15 million (or about $31 million adjusted for inflation) and brought in a total of $98 million worldwide -- an unqualified mid-range box-office success. In 1990, the Schwarzenegger-less Predator 2 received a significantly higher budget ($35 million) but underperformed relative to its predecessor with $57 million worldwide, effectively ending the franchise until the critic-loathed but financially-successful Alien vs. Predator films »
- Chris Eggertsen
Russell Crowe is in early talks to join Universal Pictures' "The Mummy" reboot, the first film in a burgeoning cinematic universe featuring the studio's classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
Crowe is not a lock for this screen incarnation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson character, in fact he's the third actor who has been in talks for the role with both Tom Hardy and Javier Bardem also in talks before those fell apart.
The storyline is set in the modern day with Cruise playing a special forces soldier, »
- Garth Franklin
Universal has just released a press release, claiming a new release date for one of its upcoming monster movies. The as-yet-untitled film will act as the third entry in a burgeoning cinematic universe featuring its iconic pantheon of classic movie monsters.
Universal has yet to say which film it just announced, only saying that it will arrive on February 15, 2019. The film will share a universe with the upcoming reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise (slated to arrive on June 9, 2017), and Johnny Depp’s The Invisible Man, which lacks a definite release date. That particular project could either take this new February 2019 slot, or a previously-claimed April 13, 2018 release date also occupied by an “untitled monster movie.”
The new Universal monsters movie universe is being headed by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Chris Morgan (Furious 7). We’re still not sure which monsters will end up occupying the movie universe, »
- James Garcia
The rebooted world of the Universal Monsters continues to take shape, with Universal now scheduling a release date for a third film that will offer a new take on a classic cinematic creature.
Deadline reports that an untitled Universal Monster movie has received a February 15th, 2019 (Presidents’ Day weekend) debut date.
Universal previously announced that The Mummy will hit theaters on June 9th, 2017, and the studio also has April 13th, 2018 marked down for a Universal Monster movie release.
Set to star Johnny Depp, The Invisible Man is moving forward and still needs a release date, so it could very well end up taking either the 2018 or 2019 slot on the release slate. Also needing a spot on the calendar is the new Bride of Frankenstein film is being written by David Koepp.
- Derek Anderson
Courtney B. Vance is coming off some absolutely incredible work in FX’s excellent The People Vs. Oj Simpson, and it seems as if Hollywood has sat up and taken notice of his performance, as the actor has been cast alongside Tom Cruise in Universal’s The Mummy.
The report didn’t include any details on Vance’s role here, other than the fact that he’s playing a colonel (who will likely share a lot of scenes with Cruise’s Navy Seal). Regardless of how heavily he factors into things, Vance is a very strong talent who just recently did some career best work in the aforementioned FX series, so we’re definitely excited to see him join a high-profile film like this one.
- Josh Wilding
Well, here we are again, back in Corman waters. Why do we keep coming back? What is the pull of a Roger Corman production that calls to us like a syphilitic siren wailing from the rocks, beckoning us home? My guess is quality chafing the walls of quantity. There are a lot of exploitation movies out there, and most were justified their position on the lower rung of a double bill on a Tuesday night at the drive-in. But un film du Corman is different – he’s always had an innate gift for corralling talent on the rise, and kind enough to foster it on the way down. His turn of the decade monster mash Humanoids from the Deep (1980) is a perfect storm of his wondrous cinematic sensibilities.
And of course I mean ‘wondrous’ as it applies to our station, the gloriously trashy and deliciously weird. Humanoids fits neatly into »
- Scott Drebit
By 1995, it was safe to say that John Carpenter’s best days as a filmmaker were behind him. He had made the last of his many masterpieces one year earlier with 1994’s In the Mouth of Madness and would, in fact, direct only four more theatrical features in his career (as of this writing, at least). It would be difficult to argue for any of the four as being his best work.
Though his filmography boasts a handful of detours, most were movies Carpenter made to demonstrate his ability to do something other than horror—the romantic drama of Starman, the would-be commercial FX comedy Memoirs of an Invisible Man. He’s only ever made two movies that feel like dispassionate for-hire gigs. One is The Ward. The other is Village of the Damned, new to Blu-ray from Scream Factory.
A remake of the 1960 film of the same name, Village of the Damned »
- Patrick Bromley
I Am Belfast, 2015.
Directed by Mark Cousins.
Born in Belfast, director Mark Cousins fondly recalls the poetic beauty of the capital of Northern Ireland
Mark Cousins, filmmaker, artist and writer, has leapt from the expansive, sprawling Gombrichian scale of The Story of Film to the personal and intimate I Am Belfast. It is a recognizable cityscape, shot with the gaze of a painter. Belfast, and all its foibles, is hoisted up onto a reluctant podium. A strange grey area, between drama and documentary, Cousins latest film soaks you into Belfast’s water. From the salt mountains to the fearsome raindrops and storms, I Am Belfast refuses to insult or resent. After his upbringing in Northern Ireland, Cousins moved from the city when he was twenty years old. Clearly, as he notes, the Troubles pushed him out; one »
- Simon Columb
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