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Comic Book Review – The First Kingdom Vol. 5 – The Space Explorers Club

20 August 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch reviews The First Kingdom Vol. 5 – The Space Explorers Club…

With the conclusion of The First Kingdom, human champion, Tundran, and his children, fulfil their ultimate destiny and bring down the pantheon of the gods, heralding a new epic! From a far-flung future of space-faring humans to races of strange new gods, The Space Explorers Club is published here Exclusively for the First time by Titan Comics, expanding what is considered by many to be the first true graphic novel!  Vol. 5 comes with exclusive all-new interviews and special features!

I am unsure whether I should admit to never being aware of Jack Katz’s The First Kingdom (Volumes 1 through 4). I don’t know if I’ll be escorted from the comic book fraternity as a fraud, my peers will turn their backs on me and I’m forced to hand back my ceremonial robes of office and keys to the front door. »

- Villordsutch

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See The Original Dune Handout That 'Helped' Fans Follow Along

19 August 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

One of the key reasons that prognosticators under-estimated the performance of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is because modern audiences haven't always proven to be up for big space adventures that aren't already part of their own established cinematic brand. In the last couple of years we have seen big budget epics like John Carter and Ender's Game completely fail to capture attention, perhaps because people weren't interested in keeping track of the special terminology and following the progression of new world building. As it turns out, studios were paranoid about this kind of reaction to complex sci-fi dating all the way back to 1984, as evidenced by these Dune "glossaries" that have found their way online. What you see above and below are two full pages of definitions that were handed out to patrons paying to see director David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's famous sci-fi »

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"Dune" Author's "Soul Catcher" Gets Optioned

15 August 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Producer Dimitri Villard ("Flight Of The Navigator") has optioned the film rights to "Dune" author Frank Herbert's acclaimed 1972 novel "Soul Catcher".

The story follows a militant Native American student who kidnaps the thirteen-year-old white son of a U.S. politician, intending to sacrifice the child for vengeance against wrongs committed against his people.

As the captor and the captive flee from hunters across the Pacific Northwest, they form a bond that throws the planned act into question.

Villard pursued the rights to the project in the 1980s before his career took him away from film altogether. Now he's back and after a year of negotiation with the Herbert estate he scored the rights. He's currently seeking a director.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Dune’ Author Frank Herbert’s ‘Soul Catcher’ Gets Optioned

15 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Frank Herbert’s most famous work of fiction Dune is the topic of this week’s 1984 look back series. Showing uncanny timing news has reached us that another of the author’s works has just been optioned. The story in question is Soul Catcher, a story that was first published in 1972.

Surprsingly although Herbert has the accolade for having written the best-selling science fiction novel ever, Dune remains his only work to be transformed into celluloid. That might have some to do with the reception the Dune film received, with director Lynch distancing himself from the project (read all about it in our feature). Before his death in 1986 Herbert had written dozens of stories including several Dune sequels.

Soul Catcher appears to have a rather strange and interesting plot. A militant Native American student seeking vengeance for his people kidnaps the teenage son of a Us politician. The pair then »

- Kat Smith

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Dune writer Frank Herbert's Soul Catcher optioned for film

15 August 2014 2:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Frank Herbert's Soul Catcher has been optioned for film.

The rights to the Dune writer's novel have been acquired by producer Dimitri Villard, reports Deadline.

Villard is best known as the producer of '80s cult hits Flight of the Navigator and the Jim Carrey-starring Once Bitten.

Soul Catcher centres around a young Native American student who kidnaps the 13-year-old son of a Us politician, planning to sacrifice him in vengeance for the wrongs committed against his people.

As the pair flee from federal hunters, they form a bond which threatens to derail the plan.

"The book is an extraordinary example of Frank Herbert's brilliant writing, and it is something I've always wanted to turn into a film," said Villard.

"I remember the rights being unavailable when I first pursued the Soul Catcher project in the '80s, but as my producing career developed I never forgot »

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Producer Options ‘Soul Catcher’ By ‘Dune’ Author Frank Herbert

14 August 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Four decades after Dune scribe Frank Herbert published his acclaimed 1972 novel Soul Catcher, the book has been optioned for the big screen by producer Dimitri Villard. The Flight Of he Navigator and Once Bitten producer first pursued the Herbert tome during the 1980s but tabled his film career to run music company ArtistDirect until last year. Now he’s returning to the screen biz with Soul Catcher, about a militant Native American student who kidnaps the 13-year-old white son of a U.S. politician, intending to sacrifice the child for vengeance against wrongs committed against his people. As the captor and the captive flee from hunters across the Pacific Northwest, they form a bond that throws the planned act into question.

The late Herbert’s seminal Dune remains the best-selling science fiction of all time and was adapted into a 1984 feature film by David Lynch and a TV miniseries and sequel in the 2000s. »

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Frank Herbert's Soul Catcher Optioned For The Screen

14 August 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Despite a prodigious output spanning many novels and short stories, the only Frank Herbert screen adaptation to make any sort of impact was Dune, first in 1984 with David Lynch’s film and then with the 2000 miniseries. Producer Dimitri Villand is looking to change that, grabbing the option to turn Herbert’s 1972 book Soul Catcher into a movie.Soul Catcher finds a militant Native American student kidnapping the teenage son of a white Us politician, threatening to sacrifice the lad as vengeance for the wrongs against his people. But as the captor and his charge flee from hunters across the Pacific Northwest, the man starts to bond with the teen, and has second thoughts about the slaying.“The book is an extraordinary example of Frank Herbert’s brilliant writing, and it is something I’ve always wanted to turn into a film,” Villard says in a statement picked up by Deadline. »

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"Jodorowsky's Dune" Might Have Been (But Maybe Shouldn't Have)

13 August 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

I did not want LSD to be taken, I wanted to fabricate the drug's effects.

Imagine, if you will, that an odd fellow with a history of experimental (or just weird) filmmaking took up an adaptation of the classic science fiction novel, Dune by Frank Herbert. Well, ten years before that actually happened (to critical calamity) in the 1984 film from David Lynch, it kind of almost happened with Alejandro Jodorowsky in the mid-70's. Jodorowsky's work is weirder even than the weirdest in Lynch. For example, in one Jodorowsky classic, The Holy Mountain (1973), a character relieves himself of a golden turd. So, the pairing of such a, shall we say, liberal imagination with an epic, philosophical science fiction story could have revolutionized the genre for film years before Star Wars (1977). Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) relates the elaborate pre-production process undertaken by Jodorowsky with the talking heads of crew, critics, Nicolas Winding Refn, »

- Jason Ratigan

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Kyle MacLachlan Plays The Doctor In ‘Marvel’s Agents Of Shield’

8 August 2014 3:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

He’s appeared in many of the USA’s biggest shows over the past 25 years, now Kyle MacLachlan has further cemented his iconic credentials by joining the Marvel universe for Agents Of Shield. The square-jawed, quirky actor is playing the father of Skye (Chloe Bennet) and will reportedly have an air of mystery about him. It wouldn’t surprise me if he possessed some superheroic tendencies – they’d be mad not to at least have him levitating a cup with his mind or something! Intriguingly, some sites list him as “The Doctor”. Surely this isn’t a fanboy-mind-melting crossover in the works!?

MacLachlan is still perhaps best known as Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks and for his work with that project’s co-creator David Lynch in Dune (his feature debut) and Blue Velvet. Since then he’s been in the regular casts for Sex And The City, Desperate Housewives, »

- Steve Palace

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Twin Peaks the Missing Pieces: What do the Fire Walk With Me deleted scenes tell us?

31 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

First comes a warning.

Some Spoilers For ‘Twin Peaks’ & ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ Contained

Everyone has their white whale; that elusive treasure or goal that they fetishise and dare to find and covet. For some it was the lost footage from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. For others it was the mythical buried reels of The Wicker Man, which rather ludicrously had been rumoured for years to be buried in the concrete foundations of an English motorway. For me it was always the deleted scenes of David Lynch’s much maligned Twin Peaks prequel Fire Walk with Me.  Even in a pre-internet, pre-dvd extras age, I obsessed over this rumoured material and what possible insights it may offer into Lynch’s labyrinthian mystery. And now, thanks to the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set, they are finally here. So how do they stack up? What do they tell us? »

- Michael Parkes

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A closer look at Jodorowsky's Dune

25 July 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Frank Pavich's documentary takes a tour of a classic sci-fi film that never was. Jules-Pierre takes a look at Jodorowsky's Dune...

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"There are more unmade movies than there are made movies," says Frank Pavich, director of Jodorowsky's Dune, the documentary chronicling director Alejandro Jodorowsky's efforts to adapt Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel for the big screen. His effort began almost a decade before the generally unsatisfying David Lynch version hit theatres in 1984.

Back in the mid 70s, widely credited as the creator of the Midnight Film genre with the release of El Topo (which caused a riot during its viewing at a film festival in Mexico), and fresh from the success of The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky was given his choice of subject for his next movie. He elected to adapt Dune, even though he had never even read the book.

"Dune will be the coming of a god, »

- ryanlambie

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

22 July 2014 5:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.

30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon

Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Unfortunate ‘Tremors’ Reboot On The Horizon

22 July 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Deep under the surface of Hollywood ideas, treatments and discarded scripts roams something hideous, gliding blindly and occasionally breaking the surface whenever enough buzz about it is at a certain pitch.  It never takes much noise, just the aloud musings of one executive as he ponders, “Reboot.”

Not long ago, the reboot has replaced the remake as the Hollywood trend for critics to complain about.  And this most recent news doesn’t do anything to sway opinion toward the positive.     Arrow In the Head is reporting that director Don Michael Paul is talking about taking over the Tremors franchise.

“After I finish up “Company Of Heroes: The Fourth Reich” I will be headed to Johannesburg, South Africa to reboot the “Tremors” franchise for Universal,” Paul wrote.

Paul, whose previous work includes Lake Placid: The Final Chapter and other sequels that involve colons.

As you may recall, Tremors began as »

- Kenny Hedges

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Rapture Blu-ray Review

22 July 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: John Guillermin

Starring:  Melvyn DouglasPatricia GozziDean Stockwell, Peter Sallis, Leslie Sands, Ellen Pollock

Running time: 105 minutes

Certificate: 12

John Guillermin’s 1965 Rapture is a strange and mesmerising beast: part melodrama and part dark gothic fantasy. This French and American production explores a teenage girl’s coming of age and sexual awakening, all against the dramatic backdrop of the Brittany coastline. It’s a visually stunning production, filmed in black and white Cinemascope which does the landscape justice. Combined with Georges Delerue’s haunting score, Rapture immediately weaves a spell over the viewer, drawing you into its strangeness.

And this is definitely an odd film. Agnes (Patricia Gozzi) is a sort of girl-woman, kept isolated by her father in the middle of nowhere, frozen on the cusp of womanhood as she plays with her dolls. She exists in a kind of semi-fantasy world where she invests a scarecrow with sentience, »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Jodorowsky’s Dune Blu-ray Review

14 July 2014 3:28 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

There are some novels that simply can’t successfully be made into motion pictures. With material far too vast and dense to convey properly over the course of two to three hours, Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune is certainly one of those literary works. Hollywood certainly has tried. David Lynch tried in 1984 to bring the Paul Atreides saga to movie screens, but that production fell victim to studio interference, demands and you guessed it, dense source material. On the plus side, the failure of Dune may have been a motivating factor for Lynch to make Blue Velvet, so maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

Roughly a decade before Lynch gave Dune a shot Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky chose to make Herbert’s sci-fi epic his next film following his one-two cult clasics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. The filmmaker’s quest to bring his »

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Jodorosky’s Dune Blu-Ray Review

14 July 2014 3:28 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

There are some novels that simply can’t successfully be made into motion pictures. With material far too vast and dense to convey properly over the course of two to three hours, Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune is certainly one of those literary works. Hollywood certainly has tried. David Lynch tried in 1984 to bring the Paul Atreides saga to movie screens, but that production fell victim to studio interference, demands and you guessed it, dense source material. On the plus side, the failure of Dune may have been a motivating factor for Lynch to make Blue Velvet, so maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

Roughly a decade before Lynch gave Dune a shot Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorosky chose to make Herbert’s sci-fi epic his next film following his one-two cult clasics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. The filmmaker’s quest to bring his »

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Top 5: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Guardians Of The Galaxy Set Visit, Gone Girl Trailer, Boyhood, Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer

12 July 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

New to Blu-ray this week is the fascinating documentary Jodorowsky's Dune. I caught the film earlier today and have no reservation calling it a must-see for sci-fi fans. Seeing Alejandro Jodorowsky passionately recant the events that led to his convincing the likes of Orson Welles and Salvador Dalí to join the pic is a joy in its own right, but illustrating the impact his unmade movie had on future science-fiction films is one of the doc's greatest achievements. The level of imagination, creativity, detail, and ambition that Jodorowsky and his visionary team put into their adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel is staggering and a bit awe-inspiring when you consider its influence on future entries such as Star Wars, Alien, The Terminator, and more. Ahead of its time doesn't even begin to describe it. For better or worse, I'm not sure that the world is prepared for the »

- Jason Barr

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

8 July 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

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.

We saw this film and [Continued ...] »

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Halfway Mark: The Best Movies of 2014 (so far) Part 1

1 July 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.

A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »

- Ricky

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Alejandro Jodorowsky Discusses His Legendary Career In Recent One-Hour Conversation

30 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Alejandro Jodorowsky, the eccentric Chilean filmmaker behind surreal works like El Topo, Santa Sangre, and The Holy Mountain, has finally returned this year. He was the subject of a documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune — one of the year’s best — which chronicled the artistic vision of his never-realized adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s sci-fi epic. That mythical production included collaborations with Orson Welles, Mick […] »

- Zade Constantine

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