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From Dusk Till Dawn director Robert Rodriguez is ready to take on his next venture as founder of the El Rey network, which is described on its website as “a white-knuckled suicide leap into a chum bucket filled with the sex, gore, and fist-pumping action that’ll have you screaming.”
And Tuesday night, the network will premiere a new TV version of Rodriguez’s 1996 film, also titled From Dusk Till Dawn. But first, we sat down with the director/founder to talk about the movie that scared him as a child, his first celebrity crush, and more. To get you warmed up, »
- Samantha Highfill
April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.
BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time
New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »
- Erin Willard
Oscar Pistorius vomited in court on Monday in South Africa as a pathologist detailed the findings of the autopsy performed on his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius Trial Update
Charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp, who he claims to have mistaken for an intruder, Pistorius appeared physically distressed to hear the analysis of the shots he took that ended her life. Following a string of witnesses, pathologist Gert Saayman was the trial’s first expert, giving facts of the case for Judge Thokozile Masipa.
According to Saayman, Steenkamp suffered three bullet wounds – to the arm, to the hip and to the chest. He explained that any one of the three gunshots could have potentially caused unconsciousness or death upon impact, meaning that it’s possible that Steenkamp didn’t scream after she was hit. Saayman also revealed that the bullets were Black Talon bullets, which expand to create maximum damage, »
It was a rough week for Oscar Pistorius. Sometimes sobbing, other times covering his ears, the former Olympian sat in court as witness after witness testified about the night that he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Neighbors and paramedics described his anguished behavior on the night of Feb. 14, 2013, as Steenkamp lay dying of multiple gunshot wounds. But even worse for Pistorius was testimony that painted him as irritable, short-tempered and obsessed with firearms. While his defense attorney tried to mitigate the damage, it was clear that the man known as Blade Runner faces an uphill battle in court. Gunshots »
- Steve Helling
Terry Gilliam is making a comeback this year. In July, the ex-Monty Python animator will reunite with his Flying Circus colleagues for an O2 residency. Before then, though, Gilliam returns to dystopian sci-fi with The Zero Theorem, a film whose patchwork aesthetic can't help but recall his 1985 masterpiece, Brazil.
Apt really, considering how prescient his visionary fable has become. Never mind the imminent World Cup. Gilliam's Brazil – a land where the authorities wield information as a weapon and where dreams are shackled by callous austerity – is even more pertinent to life in 2014.
What is Brazil? It's the story of clerk Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), whose diligence in resolving a messy, fatal paperwork trail brings him into contact with Jill (Kim Greist) – the girl who haunts his dreams of combat with a giant baby-faced samurai, and who may or may not be a terrorist.
Where is Brazil? "Somewhere in the 20th century, »
International Women's Day, Bristol & London
Bristol's Translation/Transmission takes International women's day at face value with a documentary survey of women's activism around the world. The scope is equally diverse, from a 1970s deconstruction of Rapunzel to poet Audre Lorde's Berlin years. Each screening is accompanied by discussions and/or introductions. Taking a different tack, April's Birds Eye View film festival launches with a BFI screening of doc Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines, a celebration of female super-empowerment taking in the likes of Xena, Riot Grrrl and, of course, Lynda Carter.
Watershed, Sun to 30 Mar; BFI Southbank, SE1, Sat
Blending his visual virtuosity with a mystifying Scottish sci-fi story, Glazer's latest movie is beguilingly strange and highly anticipated. But the questions just »
- Steve Rose
Austin maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is set to launch his small-screen reboot of his cult-favorite film From Dusk Till Dawn, but his TV ambitions don’t stop there. With his new Latino-themed/English-speaking cable network El Rey, the Spy Kids and Desperado writer-director-producer-editor is trying to carve a whole new path for cool TV shows that sheds the usual big network note-giving development process. We interviewed Rodriguez at his Austin-based Troublemaker Studios about his new network and Dusk (which will premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival this weekend). Below Rodriguez reveals how the genre-mashup Dusk got made, teases »
- James Hibberd
★★☆☆☆There are many charming discrepancies in Terry Gilliam's creative output but one miscalculation lingers; is it us or him who's lost the plot? Are we too wired into our own pragmatic nightmares to appreciate his homegrown brand of sociopolitical lampooning? Or is his genius simply burning out? A decade of 'hmmms' have left us craving for something altogether undeniable. In The Zero Theorem (2013), possibly the most conspicuous dead ringer to his faultless Brazil yet, hermetic number-cruncher Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) undertakes menial corporate tasks in a pre-Blade Runner dystopia as he waits for a call from an unknown celestial deity.
- CineVue UK
As the girlfriend he shot lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday. "Oscar was crying all the time," radiologist Johan Stipp said at the double-amputee athlete's murder trial in South Africa. "He was praying to God, 'Please let her live.'" The testimony in a Pretoria court was the first detailed, public description of the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, by the Olympian in the predawn hours of Feb. »
- Associated Press
Review Billy Grifter 5 Mar 2014 - 09:45
The last Almost Human of the season provides a fond farewell rather than any platform for the future...
This review contains spoilers.
1.13 Straw Man
The path to get through Almost Human season one has been far from smooth at times. It’s like they’d made Kennex’s artificial leg a little longer than the real one. This isn’t strange for a new series; the creative people behind the show try to judge what’s working, what’s not, and how best to move forward.
From the pilot it was obvious Almost Human had a major success with the combination of Karl Urban and Michael Ealy. It just gelled, and every scene they had together lit up the screen. The issue, and it didn’t really take long to emerge, is what to surround that strong character relationship with.
That’s what Straw Man massively underlined. »
Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius arrived to court in South Africa for Day 1 of his murder trial Monday -- and it's already getting intense ... with a neighbor saying she heard "bloodcurdling screams" the night of the shooting. Pistorius -- aka "Blade Runner" -- shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 -- and he's been charged with premeditated murder. Oscar pleaded not guilty to the shooting -- and claims it was accidental because he thought Reeva »
- TMZ Staff
The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing "blood-curdling" screams before the sound of four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend. Michelle Burger, a woman who lives on an estate next to Pistorius's gated community, said she and her husband were awoken by the screams in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14, 2013, when Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp by shooting four times through a door in his bathroom. Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp by mistakenly thinking she was a dangerous intruder in his house, but prosecutors believe the world-famous athlete shot his girlfriend »
- Associated Press
Oscar Pistorius Trial Update
In addition to being charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV star, Pistorius is also facing two unrelated gun charges for incidents in 2012. On the first day of the trial in South Africa, Pistorius issued his plea and testimony was heard from a witness for the prosecution.
Neighbor Testifies She Heard Screams, Gunshots
Michelle Burger, a woman who lives roughly 200 yards from Pistorius’ home in Pretoria, South Africa, took to the witness stand on Monday to give her account of events on Feb. 14, 2013. Burger claims that she heard screams from a woman, followed by gunshots. She also alleges she heard a second, male voice, screaming for help.
"It was very traumatic, »
Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.” What an incredible lineup! Apart from “American Hustle” (a blatant knockoff of Scorsese’s superior, Oscar-unrewarded “Goodfellas”) and Scorsese’s own equally unwieldy “The Wolf of Wall Street,” I would be happy to see any of these films go home victorious. And yet, “12 Years a Slave” strikes me as an achievement above the rest, inviting people to empathize with a human being caught at the center of a system whose implications and aftermath society still refuses to confront. Considering Hollywood’s belief in the healing power of Holocaust movies, it’s scandalous how long America’s slaveholding legacy had gone unexamined — until now.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.” Though I know some are predicting “Gravity” for the top prize, direction is surely the category where this mind-blowing, mostly virtual achievement most warrants recognition. Cuaron delivers a visceral cinematic experience nonpareil, »
- Variety Staff
Peter Debruge: Ok, gentlemen, time to guess who will win the Oscar for best picture. I say “guess” because the word “predict” seems entirely too confident when it comes to the Academy Awards. Despite all the ink and all the effort that people put into anticipating who will win on Sunday night, all the logic and algorithms that factor into their prognostications, I still think it’s a crapshoot — and I say this as someone who once managed to win Variety’s office Oscar pool. That’s no humblebrag, mind you. Quite the opposite. My point is that only once in the last 20 years of the Academy Awards have my preferences aligned with the Academy’s — a group that prefers “Argo” to “Amour” and “The Lord of the Rings” to “Lost in Translation,” while overlooking what I consider to be the best film of 2013: “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
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- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
When "The Counselor" was released last fall, it was an intriguing conundrum: how had Ridley Scott, the one-time bad boy auteur behind "Blade Runner" and "Alien," taken the first original screenplay by legendary American author Cormac McCarthy (of "No Country for Old Men" and "The Road" fame), and turned in something so vacant and bizarre? We puzzled over this at the time, both in our review and in comparing the final version to the lengthier, filthier, more philosophically-minded screenplay. With the recent release of the Blu-ray, not only do we get a more satisfying cut of the movie, but its accompanying commentary provides a shockingly honest and insightful glimpse into who Scott is as a filmmaker today. As Scott acknowledges in the commentary, the running time of "The Counselor" has ballooned from just shy of two hours to nearly two-and-a-half hours. That's quite a difference. The transformative power of the »
- Drew Taylor
It may be that I'm biased and love the movie Blade Runner, but I think this trailer is the best fan-made creation I've seen in a while. Using the music of Kavinsky, whose song "Nightcall" can be heard at the beginning of Drive, and quick cuts, Vanderthrust manages to give an updated feel to a classic piece of science fiction. For you music lovers who may be interested, the song is called "Odd Look"!
- Mick Joest
Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall reveals how its most ‘grand’ production to date came together and what the future holds.
It marks the launch night for the latest production of Secret Cinema, the immersive ‘live film’ company that Riggall founded in 2007 and attracted more than 100,000 people to its shows last year, offering a night of interactive theatre before screening the movie around which it is themed.
This latest show could be their most ‘grand’ to date, a far cry from the prison setting of its Shawshank Redemption production or the dirty future created for screenings of Alien and Blade Runner.
Ticket holders arrive in smart evening wear carrying guest cards, identity »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
• More on Psycho
While his self-imposed retirement from cinema may still be in effect, Steven Soderbergh appears to be keeping his creative urges sated. With the TV show The Knick and Off-Broadway production The Library on the way, a cinematic curiosity has popped up on the Oscar-winning filmmaker's website Extension 765. Soderbergh has edited a feature length "mash up" of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Gus Van Sant's 1998 shot-for-shot remake.
Shown mostly in black-and-white and named Psychos, the film is undoubtedly an exercise in "what if?", rather than an attempt to improve on either film, but still, it offers some interesting moments. For the most part, a scene from one film will be followed by a scene from the other. (The opening apartment »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, Son of Batman, Teen Titans Go! and more...
Well, they sure made us wait, but this week Marvel Studios gave us our first look at August's cosmic superhero adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, and boy did they deliver, with the reveal of the first trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! leading to what's been described as a "social media smash", with more mentions in the first 12 hours across Facebook and Twitter following its release than Man of Steel managed in 24 hours. The fun got underway on Monday with the arrival »
- Gary Collinson
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