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Rlj/Image Entertainment is getting prepared to make fans ecstatic, when they unleash The Twilight Zone: The Complete ’80s Series onto DVD next week (August 26th). The updated take on Rod Serling’s classic and beloved series lasted three seasons, from 1985 to 1989 and showcased episodes like two of my favorites, the heartbreaking William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Sometimes They Come Back)-led episode “The Call“, and Wes Craven’s “Shatterday” episode with Bruce Willis.
“Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans. The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Martin Landau to name a few – in compelling tales of intrigue by such noted »
- Jerry Smith
If there’s one thing that can be said about Automata based on its trailer, it’s that the film isn’t afraid to wear its influences on its sleeve. That’s probably a good thing, because Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibañez has stuffed his movie to the gunwales with nods to the science fiction masterpieces of yesteryear and modern classics alike; watching the clip, one might detect hints of District 9‘s Diy polish or a dash of Wall-e‘s environmental woes peppered among top notes of Blade Runner.
That’s just to name a few movies among many, many others (I, Robot chief among them). More importantly, though, the myriad allusions and riffs on display in the preview might not necessarily matter. For one thing, it’s just refreshing to see a director own their sources ...
- Andy Crump
Robots are people, too, in the first trailer for Millennium Entertainment's upcoming science fiction release “Automata.” The futuristic thriller, which looks like a mix of “Blade Runner,” “I, Robot” and “District 9,” stars Antonio Banderas as a robotics corporation insurance agent who routinely investigates cases of people manipulating robots. He begins to view the machines in a new light, however, when he pursues a robot altering other robots. Also read: Harrison Ford Courted for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel And according to co-star Melanie Griffith, “self repairing implies some idea of a conscience.” The thought appears to be the big idea behind the movie, »
- Greg Gilman
Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics get an intriguing update in this internationally flavoured Sf thriller from Millenium Films. Antonio Banderas stars as an investigator (hello, Blade Runner nod) who discovers that some robots are altering themselves and evolving beyond their programming.
The year is 2044. Earth is in political and ecological turmoil. An insurance agents of a robotics corporation routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Not sure about the theatrical run, but the film will see some kind of release October 10th.
Here's the trailer:
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Millennium Entertainment has released the first Automata trailer for director Gabe Ibáñez’s upcoming sci-fi thriller. The I, Robot-esque story takes place in the year 2044 where robots are ubiquitous and operate under two fundamental laws that prevent them from harming humans or themselves. Antonio Banderas plays an insurance agent of the Roc robotic corporation who discovers that the robots may be more human than people are led to believe. Though we’ve seen this story many times before, the film actually looks quite good. Dylan McDermott fills the role of the robot-hating human, while Ibáñez imbues the picture with a washed out aesthetic reminiscent of Blade Runner that reflects the dire nature of humanity. Hit the jump to watch the Automata trailer. The film also stars Melanie Griffith and will be released in theaters and VOD on October 10th. Trailer via Yahoo! Movies. Here’s the official synopsis for Automata: »
- Adam Chitwood
"If you want to survive, you must stay with us." Just recently, we highlighted two teaser posters for an upcoming sci-fi flick called Automata, starring Antonio Banderas. Now the first trailer has arrived, and it definitely has our attention. It seems like a mix of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot mixed with Blade Runner and a hint of District 9. It's gritty, with practical robots, and some impressive visuals for such a low profile sci-fi project. Of course, the question is whether or not the big ideas teased in the trailer are effectively transferred to the big screen, unlike the Will Smith attempt to adapt Asimov's classic work. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Gabe Ibáñez's Automata, originally from Yahoo: Automata is directed by Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez (Hierro) from a script he wrote with Igor Legarreta and Javier Sánchez Donate. The film, set 50 years in the future, »
- Ethan Anderton
Criterion Collection Pedro Almodóvar write about his experience making Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down (1990). I so love that one. So weirdly romantic in spite of its whole Stockholm Syndrome business
Natasha Vc Brad Pitt before and after makeup. Hee
In Contention Tapley wonders if Eastwood's American Sniper will have an impact on Oscar with its Christmas release
Buzzfeed investigation into 80s arcana: who deserved credit for Flashdance and didn't get it?
The Hairpin the best friends of romcom heroines, in order
The Guardian on "my favorite city in film: Blade Runner's La
i09 Have you ever wondered how Replicants are made in Blade Runner?
Salon interesting piece on Lauren Bacall (and Bogey's) political activism which the obits have steered clear of mostly
Chiseler Bacall's recent death also »
- NATHANIEL R
One of the greatest poster illustrators ever gets a volume devoted to his work. Here's Ryan's review of the lavish Art Of John Alvin...
In 2008, John Alvin died at the tragically young age of 59, robbing the world of one of its finest poster designers. Although his signatures were often erased from his artwork, Alvin's individual style rang out from every image he produced: his work for movies such as E.T., Blade Runner, Cocoon and Short Circuit displayed a keen eye for colour, space and proportion.
Although technically gifted, it was Alvin's talent for crystalising a film's subject tone in a single, clear image that really set him apart from other illustrators. His best posters often focused on one or two objects suspended against an expanse of sky or stars, such as the alien and child's fingers touching in his poster for E.T., or the silhouette of a boy in Empire Of The Sun. »
Contrary to what some believe, acting isn’t always such a serious endeavor. A lot of actors are really just big kids at heart. If you give them a costume and an audience they couldn’t be happier. Because of this, sometimes an actor might find it hard to break character, and that usually makes for great entertainment for the rest of us.
Today we are going to be listing the ten most awesome things actors have done while they were still dressed like the character they were portraying on screen. Let’s get started.
During the early ’90s nearly every actress in the world wanted the role of Selina Kyle A.K.A Catwoman in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated sequel Batman Returns. Raquel Welch, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cher, Madonna, Ellen Barkin, and »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Since the Golden Age of Hollywood movie studios have held test screenings of soon-to-be-released movies to gauge audience reactions by asking those in the audience to fill out questionnaires or take part in focus groups to discuss how the movie they saw could be improved. Many directors feel it isn’t fair that studio executives will drastically change movies based on the opinions of small groups of people, and there are plenty of horror stories about masterpieces like Blade Runner being recut in the attempt to make the films more mainstream. There is also the legendary mind-boggling story of a test audience for The Wizard Of Oz suggesting that producers remove Over The Rainbow because they thought the song was too slow (thankfully, they didn’t listen). With those examples in mind, it’s easy to side with the directors, right?
Actually, in some cases test audiences are more »
- Chris McKittrick
For the third week of August, there are a handful of great horror and sci-fi titles being released this week on DVD and Blu-ray including Jim Jarmusch’s stunning vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Scream Factory’s high definition release of Leviathan and much more.
The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. »
- Heather Wixson
The Highlander franchise has always had one, and forgive the tautology, enormous elephant in the room, and that elephant is the first film, which was the end point of the story. The series has always been about immortals, and their battles to “be only one” (as the tagline reminds you incessantly). Indeed, by the end of the film there is only one. Or to be more exact, there aren’t any at all, as it turns out the prize is mortality (and magic mind powers or something). Thus ends the story. No more immortals.
The 80s really wasn’t the time of the movie franchise, especially with a decidedly quirky fantasy film like Highlander, so really there was no need for a sequel. Highlander was never going to sell toys, »
To mark the release of The Art of John Alvin on 22nd August, we’ve been given 3 copies of the book to give away.
From diehard sci-fi to beloved kids’ animations, the late John Alvin’s dynamic film posters realized the spell-binding storytelling of almost half a century’s worth of cinematic magic, including legendary films such as The Lion King, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner and Jurassic Park. Titan Books is to publish a comprehensive monograph containing a carefully curated selection of his most iconic pieces.
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Outside of the independent circuit, it would be safe to say that cinema is no longer a director’s medium. The studio executives that bankroll these projects now have the power to overrule the director at almost every turn, which frequently leads to the filmmakers being forced to compromise their artistic and creative vision. In recent years, that problem has been somewhat remedied by the home video market and the advent of the Director’s Cut.
These versions, along with extended and/or unrated editions, are often a chance to see a markedly different version of the movie than the one that hit theaters, or in some cases just an opportunity to rake in a few extra bucks. While The Lord of the Rings extended editions expand upon already-great movies, three different cuts of Oliver Stone’s Alexander still failed to cover the movie’s basic shortcomings. »
- Scott Campbell
By the time Johnny Mnemonic was released in 1995, screenwriter William Gibson had been writing innovative science fiction for almost 20 years. Since his first short story – the brilliant Fragments Of A Hologram Rose – was published back in 1977, Gibson had been making serious waves in the sci-fi community. He's perhaps most well-known for his game-changing 1984 novel, Neuromancer, a dark neo-noir filled with console-cowboys, sentient AIs and virtual reality – all common elements now, but Gibson's work still stands as a milestone in sci-fi literature. Gibson created the term 'cyberspace' and is seen as one of the forefathers of cyberpunk.
It's weird, then, that his novels and stories never translated to the silver screen before the mid-90s. Gibson himself had taken a pass at Alien 3 (though most of his ideas were quickly disposed of, »
Every film buff has a few cult classics lined up in their collection of favourite movies. Whether it’s the science fiction classic Blade Runner, to gross-out excesses of Pink Flamingos or the transgressive violence of Battle Royale, cult films hold a special place for us in the archives of cinema history.
Movies acquire a cult following for a number of reasons – often obscure films made outside of the mainstream, their cult popularity usually flies in the face of average-at-best box office returns, their fanbase emerging following on from the theatrical release. Cult movies can redefine genres, flipping conventional filmmaking on its head, and are often controversial, as was seen in the underground and midnight movies which earned themselves cult followings in the 1970s.
Occasionally a movie is released which is deemed to be an “instant cult classic”, although given that the definition of a cult film »
- Andrew Dilks
We've seen movies like Kill Bill and Blade Runner turned into 8-bit video games, but YouTube user and San Francisco State University student Phillip Raupach has decided to do something different inspired by old school video games. Instead of taking The Matrix Reloaded and turning it into an 8-bit video game, he merely took footage from the film, a fight scene with Neo and thugs in the house of the Merovingian, and replaced all of the music and sounds with those you would find in these early video games. The result is funny and impressive, as his work won him Best Sound Design at Sfsu's BECAfest last year. Watch below! Here's Phillip Raupach's 8-bit version of The Matrix Reloaded (via Movies.com): For those who don't know, BECAfest 2014 is the annual showcase of student work produced in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts. It's pretty clear why this won Best »
- Ethan Anderton
With 1993’s red and black stenciled "Jurassic Park" poster, artist John Alvin achieved a triumph of graphic design — a piece so iconic it trumps the actors and CGI monsters themselves in its ability to evoke the spirit of the film. Now you can peruse 13 dino-themed drafts that might have changed the legacy of Steven Spielberg’s classic film forever, had they been selected. Though you may not know Alvin’s name, he was the genius behind some of the most memorable movie posters of all time, including those for "E.T.," "Blade Runner," "Batman" (see an unused concept here), "The Lion King," and "Gremlins." So renowned is he that a 140-page collection of his works, “The Art of John Alvin," is set to be published August 26th. As for their poster of choice, we suppose the proof is in the pudding, with Alvin’s basic design still being used to promote "Jurassic World" three sequels later. »
- Tess Hofmann
Where were you when you first saw an ad for Jurassic Park? Watching TV? In the theater? Driving down the highway? Wherever you were, you stopped and stared at the above image. It was striking, but minimalist, with echoes of the infamous yellow oval Batman posters that flooded multiplexes all throughout 1988 and 1989. But what if we told you that there were several different pitches for Jurassic Park and that they weren't meant to be seen by us? Somehow... life finds a way. As the Jurassic World promotional campaign threatens to start sometime soon, we take a look into the past with IGN's exclusive peak at "The Art Of John Alvin". This collection hits shelves on August 22nd, and it features several alternate poster takes on the likes of Blade Runner, Batman, and others. But most interesting is the glimpse into the Jurassic Park ad campaign we never once saw. This »
From legendary producer Roger Corman, the director of Dinoshark, and the screenwriter of Sharktopus comes Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, and the Epix original movie is available Now on various VOD platforms.
Kevin O’Neill directs. Former Georgia Teen USA 2007 Jena Sims stars as Cassie Stratford, an aspiring college cheerleader who consumes an experimental drug that grants her beauty and enough athletic ability to make the cheer squad. It also has a very unfortunate side effect that you should be able to ascertain from the film’s title.
Sean Young (Blade Runner) appears as Cassie’s mom, and Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) plays a professor. Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), Ryan Merriman (“Pretty Little Liars”), and Treat Williams (Deep Rising) also appear in this cheerily campy Corman creation.
Cheerleader Cassie Stratford (Sims) downs an experimental drug that’s supposed to enhance her looks and athletic abilities. But instead, »
- Steve Barton
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