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May has been a great month for horror and sci-fi releases so far, and this Tuesday looks to be another great week for fans looking to expand their home entertainment collections.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is bringing home the latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise on May 16th, with several types of releases for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, as well as Resident Evil: The Complete Collection, which brings all the films in the series together.
Scream Factory is keeping busy with their two rat-tastic cult Blu-ray titles on Tuesday, Willard and Ben, and with the new Mummy movie coming our way, Universal has assembled several Universal Monsters box sets that classic horror fans are going to want to pick up this week.
- Heather Wixson
Marta died at his home in Bozeman, Mont., on Apr. 13 after suffering from several years of health issues, his family reported.
Born on Oct. 5, 1943 in Pasadena, Calif., Marta went on to become a founding member and the first president of the Society of Operating Cameramen — now Society of Camera Operators — from 1981-85. He was also one of the early champions of the industrywide labor-management safety committee. In 1996, he received the SoC’s Presidents Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Marta started his career as an uncredited assistant cameraman on “Diamonds Are Forever.” He later worked on such 1970s films as Tom Laughlin’s indie sequels “The Trial of Billy Jack” and “Billy Jack Goes to Washington;” Norman Jewison’s “… And Justice for All,” starring Al Pacino; and »
- Sarah Ahern
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSJonathan Demme with Anthony Hopkins on the set of The Silence of the LambsWe are very saddened to learn that the American director Jonathan Demme has died at 73. Demme won a Best Director Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs, but that hardly summarizes or rewards the remarkable extent of his beautiful filmmaking. Just last year he released one of his very best works, the concert film Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids. Below is his 1985 music video for New Order's "The Perfect Kiss":Last year's jury for the Cannes Film Festival was lambasted as misguided after awarding the Palme d'Or not to Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann but to Ken Loach's I, Blake. The 2017 jury, headed by Pedro Almodóvar, has been announced and seems an attempt to make up for last year's kerfuffle: directors Maren Ade, Agnès Jaoui, »
Premiering back in September at the Toronto Film Festival, Walter Hill‘s The Assignment (formerly known as (Re)Assignment) came not necessarily as a galvanizing work from an old action master, but a charming, off-beat genre exercise as well as show-off for older thespians (chiefly Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shaloub). With the film now in theaters and on VOD, we were able to talk to Hill about the freedom and fun he had in making his first real low-budget film.
The Film Stage: How have action films changed since you returned to directing with Bullet to the Head?
Walter Hill: I think the changes were well in the works before I did Bullet to the Head. Obviously the superhero comic-book film has taken over. They’re now what’s referred to as action films, but I think they’re very different from the kind of movies we used to »
- Ethan Vestby
With a career that started early as Steve McQueen’s screenwriter, Walter Hill has more than made his mark on American cinema. The writer of The Getaway and Alien, and director of Hard Times, The Warriors, 48 Hours, Streets of Fire, Wild Bill, and so many iconic films spoke with me about his latest, the neo-noir crime thriller, The Assignment. The Lady Miz Diva: The Assignment came under controversy practically from the moment it was announced. Do you think there were misconceived notions about the film? What was your take on the controversy? Walter Hill: Well, I certainly think that there are some misconceptions. Where to begin? The movie was attacked because the premise was felt to be in some ways disrespectful to the transgender...
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Stars: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Caitlin Gerard, Tony Shalhoub, Terry Chen, Anthony Lapaglia, Paul McGillion, Paul Lazenby, Ken Kirzinger, Zak Santiago, Caroline Chan, Adrian Hough | Written by Walter Hill, Denis Hamill | Directed by Walter Hill
Frank Kitchen is an assassin at the top of his game. When he’s double-crossed by a group of ruthless gangsters he falls into the hands of a rogue surgeon, known only as The Doctor, who transforms him into a woman against his will. Aided by a nurse with her own set of secrets, Frank the hitman becomes Tomboy the hitwoman and revenge is the first thing on her mind…
Tomboy (aka The Assignment), arrives on DVD and VOD here in the UK to little fanfare. Which, looking at the cast and crew, you’d think is surprising. The film is headlined by Michelle Rodriguez from the Fast & Furious franchise and Aliens’ Sigourney Weaver; with »
- Phil Wheat
Saban Films and Lionsgate have released the first trailer for The Assignment, which puts a unique twist on the assassin thriller genre. Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez lead a diverse and impressive cast in this thriller, which also includes Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard. If that wasn't enough, we also have the first poster for The Assignment, which you can check out below the trailer.
Legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors) gives the revenge film a modern neo-noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he's not the man he thought he was, he's been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. The hitman, now a hitwoman, »
Los Angeles – A shock occurred on Oscar Sunday when it was announced that popular actor Bill Paxton had died after complications during surgery. He had appeared in classic films like “The Terminator,” “Weird Science” “Aliens” “One False Move,” “True Lies,” “Apollo 13” and “Titanic,” and the HBO series “Big Love.” He was 61.
He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and as an eight year old appeared in pictures as John F. Kennedy came out of Hotel Texas there on the morning of November 22th, 1963. His film debut was in Jonathan Demme’s “Crazy Mama,” (1975), followed by small roles in “Stripes” (1981), “Streets of Fire” and “The Terminator” (both 1984). After a cult appearance as Chet in “Weird Science” (1985), he had prominent roles as Private Hudson in “Aliens” (1986), Dale “Hurricane” Dixon in “One False Move” (1992), clueless Simon in “True Lies” (1994), Astronaut Fred Haise in “Apollo 13” (1995), Brock Lovett in the modern part of »
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“The best part of waking up” is drinking a beverage in a creepy creature mug! We have six photos plus release information for these beauties from Scravis Mugs at the top of today’s Highlights. Also: Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer, interactive art initiatives for FX’s Legion, and Alamo Drafthouse premiere details for The Expanse Season 2.
Six Creepy & Creative Creature Mugs Photos: From Scravis Mugs: “We make handmade beer mugs that feature all sorts of creepy creatures – zombies, skulls, devils and other assorted creatures. No molds are ever used which makes each one of a kind.
Each is made on a pottery wheel and hand sculpted from stoneware. Once dry enough, they are painted with underglaze paints and fired in a kiln. They’re dishwasher/microwave safe.
A unique gift – and a great conversation piece for any beer lover. Prices range from 75.00 – 150.00 depending on size and detail. »
- Tamika Jones
It’s one of the more preposterous set-ups for an action movie in recent years, and potentially among the most offensive: a male assassin is kidnapped by his enemies and wakes up as a woman, thus sending them on a vengeful journey. The idea might become easier to jibe with once it’s understood that this is the basis for a new film from Walter Hill — provided that you enjoy his brand of gritty actioner, ranging from The Driver to 48 Hrs. to The Warriors to Streets of Fire, and I’m only taking time to name the ones I’ve seen for myself.
Controversy nevertheless surrounded his new film, (Re)Assignment, when it premiered at Tiff last fall, and even our positive review said, “When expecting more of a real statement on gender, it can’t help but feel a little lacking.” But positive we were, and intrigued I am to see the thing, »
- Nick Newman
Walter Hill hasn’t been as prolific in recent years as he was in his heyday — the genre maestro directed the likes of “48 Hrs.,” “The Warriors” and “Streets of Fire,” among many others — but he’s back with “The Assignment,” which premiered to mixed reviews and no shortage of controversy at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Formerly known as “(re)Assignment,” the film stars Michelle Rodriguez as a killer seeking vengeance after involuntarily undergoing gender-reassignment surgery. Watch the trailer below.
Read More: Michelle Rodriguez’s Ridiculous Gender-Bender ‘re(Assignment)’ Is A Hot Mess — Toronto Review
“This operation is your reminder of the terrible thing you did,” the surgeon responsible (Sigourney Weaver) says as the trailer opens. “This is your opportunity for redemption.” Things progress as you’d expect from there: Rodriguez begins plotting revenge, Weaver offers skewed justification for her act and bodies pile up.
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- Michael Nordine
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