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Welcome back for the next installment of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide where we try and find you guys some of the best deals on great gift ideas for all the horror and sci-fi lovers in your life (or maybe even just picking up a few things for yourself!). For day four, we’re featuring two very unusual books, Scream Factory’s recent release of Demon Knight, Fright Rags, assorted geek-themed Monopoly sets, Star Wars for kids and more.
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- Heather Wixson
The latest animated adventure from Pixar has been No. 1 for three weeks on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart. And on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, “Inside Out” regained the No. 1 spot for the week ending Nov. 22 after ceding the spot to Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys” the prior week.
The fifth “Terminator” film slipped to No. 4 on both charts after bowing the prior week at No. 2 on the overall disc chart and No. 1 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. In its fifth week in stores, Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World” moved back to No. 2 on both charts from No. 4 the prior week.
Debuting at No. 3, also on both national home video sales charts, was Warner’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” big-screen remake of the 1960s spy TV series. The theatrical underperformer only made $45.5 million in U. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Icons of Fright recently sat down for an exclusive interview with veteran actor Michael Biehn to talk about his latest feature film, "24 Hour Rental." Biehn had the opportunity to work with legendary director James Cameron on three of his biggest blockbusters which included 1984's "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens" (1986) and "The Abyss" (1989). Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") was announced earlier this year as the director for a new "Alien" film which would be a continuation from Cameron's "Aliens" sequel and feature the return of lead protagonist Ellen Ripley (Weaver) and Corporal Hicks (Biehn).
Biehn talked about the newly announced "Alien" film saying:
"They're talking about doing another "Aliens" movie, with Neill Blomkamp, and Fox came and announced it and Sigourney (Weaver) has come out and announced it. The basic idea is acting like "Alien 3" and 4 never existed, so if you go on Neill Blomkamps site, everyone can see all the artwork for that. »
- J.B. Casas
Producers didn't want to make it. Many fans were outraged by it. To this day, David Fincher won't talk about it. Released in 1992, Alien 3 was a violent and some would say disappointing contrast to James Cameron's triumphant, Reagan-era Aliens.
Where Aliens formed the near-perfect chapter to Alien, reintroducing Sigourney Weaver's Ripley as an emotionally wounded survivor who faces down her inner demons, Alien 3 served as a mercilessly downbeat coda. The treasures that Ripley managed to snatch away from the loathsome aliens at the end of the 1986 sequel - a surrogate daughter in Newt, a faithful partner in Hicks - were eliminated during Alien 3's opening credits. Ripley the triumphant victor was recast as a lonely warrior at the end of her journey. »
Hollywood Banker, directed by Frans Afman’s daughter Rozemyn, charts the bankers early days working with producer Dino De Laurentiis through to his fall out with Credit Lyonnais Nederland over the company’s financing of MGM to Giancarlo Parretti, which would result in both the bank and the studio’s bankruptcy.
It’s hard to believe that, before Afman, there really was no model for independent studios to “easily” finance their projects. Yet today Afman’s model of pre-sales and completion guarantees seems simple. It’s no wonder how easily Afman managed to make himself the go-to guy for filmmakers in the 80s. A prime example being Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong remake, which was the first film to bring Afman’s financial nous to the attention of more than just the independent studios of the time. After all, the pre-sales model not only made it easier to finance movies »
- Phil Wheat
Four new releases with theatrical pedigrees were among the top 10 home video sellers in the week ending Nov. 15, but none could take the No. 1 spot away from Walt Disney Studios’ “Inside Out” – not even Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest “Terminator” movie.
“Inside Out,” the latest animated adventure from Pixar, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week on the Nielsen VideoScan overall disc sales chart.
Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys,” with a domestic box office gross of just under $90 million the lowest earner among the original 1984 action classic’s four sequels, finished a strong second, with 74% as many unit sales as the Pixar pic.
The fifth “Terminator” film did, however, debut at No. 1 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart – although it beat out “Inside Out” for the top spot by just 1%. “Terminator Genisys” generated 64% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, Nielsen data shows.
- Thomas K. Arnold
When I joined the Icons of Fright team as a contributor a few years back, the first interview I conducted was with a childhood hero of mine, Michael Biehn. Biehn and his wife/producing partner Jennifer Blanc-Biehn were in Los Angeles, doing a signing at Burbank’s Dark Delicacies and were both nice enough to take a few moments out of their schedule to chat about the film they were signing for, The Victim (interview here). It was a big deal to me, and something that helped push me into working my ass off as a writer, and a real turning point for me on a personal level. This previous week, I spoke to Biehn about what’s happened since our first interview, his role in XLrator Media’s mobster comedy series 24 Hour Rental (now available via Hulu), and about what to expect from director Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film, »
- Jerry Smith
He always said he'd be back, and even though it may have taken 12 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man true to his word. His seven-year stint as California's governor caused him to miss out on starring in Terminator Salvation, but he came back as the iconic T-800 in this summer's Terminator Genisys. As an added bonus, fans were treated to more than one Arnold this time around!
The story initially follows the same conceit as The Terminator, with John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sending Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), and safeguard the future. But an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future. »
"I'll be back"? Uhh, no thank you. We're good. Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers have run the gamut on which bad blockbusters they skewer—and their latest target is an "awful" summer sequel that was a disappointment for so many of us, Terminator: Genisys. Starring an aged Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jai Courtney, a.k.a. "the homeless man's Channing Tatum," the film features a ton of tired catchphrases and plot points so confusing that even the film's characters don't know what is happening. So wait, what is Skynet now? An already outdated technology that's coming to fruition through some sort of pubescent hologram? We want to understand you, »
★★☆☆☆ It's a problem that has plagued more than one studio in the past 24 years: how to continue the Terminator franchise after James Cameron's brace of sci-fi landmarks. So far, every attempt has, to some degree, been a failure - two films, Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines (2003) and Terminator Salvation (2009) were rejected by critics and public alike, while TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' cult status could not save it from cancellation after two seasons.
- CineVue UK
The fifth installment in Paramount's Terminator franchise may have been saved from flopping financially thanks to an impressive international run - but that didn't stop the movie from sucking in the eyes many viewers. Despite all of James Cameron's promises, Terminator Genisys failed to get the popular sci-fi franchise back on track - at least from a critical viewpoint. Naturally, the folks at Screen Junkies have torn the film a new one with their latest Honest Trailer - directing plenty of abuse towards its overcomplicated plot and lack of originality. Oh, and Hollywood's biggest scapegoat, Jai Courtney. Of course. You can check it out below! What did you think of the movie? Are Screen Junkies full of shyt, or do they make some valid points? Rant away in the comments below! Also, at the risk of sounding completely hypocritical, be sure to enter Cbm's sweet Terminator Genisys giveaway. Hey. »
As the producers behind "Terminator Genisys" look at the franchise and, ahem, "readjust" following this summer's disappointing box office showing, terrible reviews from critics and a dreadful reception from fans, it's time to take a look back at how it all went wrong. Screen Junkies have given the movie the Honest Trailer treatment and pretty much nails it. Read More: Review: 'Terminator: Genisys Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtenay & Jason Clarke Bereft of any originality and with constant callbacks to the previous films in the series, 'Genisys' also tried to revamp the storyline in the style of "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," but it was a narrative that constantly needed explaining and made little sense. Then there was the "twist" involving Jason Clarke's character given away in the film's marketing, plus Jai Courtney once again making a franchise appearance, as Hollywood continues to try and make him. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
It's time to join the flock! The geniuses behind "Wallace & Gromit" and "Chicken Run" are back with the warm, funny "Shaun the Sheep" movie, which is out on Digital HD November 10 and Blu-ray/DVD on November 24. Shaun's adventure in the big city was adored by critics, who gave it a 99 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases all come with multiple special features, including a "Making the Shaun Movie" featurette, "Meet the Characters," "Join Shaun Behind the Scenes," "Meet the Crew," and a parody poster gallery.
Here's an exclusive clip behind-the-scenes, showing how they made the models:
- Gina Carbone
Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Terminator franchise came back this past summer with the part sequel/part reboot Terminator Genisys. This new wrinkle on the Terminator mythology added Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke to the mix and is the first in a planned trilogy of films that could still move forward thanks to solid overseas box office business.
Terminator Genisys will make its home video debut on November 10th on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. We have teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer a pair of readers the all-encompassing Terminator Genisys Blu-ray 3D combo pack in this contest.
One lucky grand prize winner will also take home a Terminator Genisys duffle bag, hat and t-shirt (pictured above) to go along with their combo pack of the movie.
For a chance to be selected as one of the three winners, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. »
Things haven’t been going so well for Arnold Schwarzenegger at the box office. The sorely underrated Maggie pretty much bypassed cinemas in the Us, getting a small release in the UK. And then there was Terminator Genisys, which in the end did solid box office worldwide, but may yet prove to be another Terminator franchise killer off the back of the scathing reviews it attracted.
The movie is about a father who goes for the air traffic controller who he believes was responsible – at least in part – for the death of his daughter. It sounds closer to the dramatic part he took in Maggie, »
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is set to finance and produce the dark drama "478" with Arnold Schwarzenegger set to star.
The "Terminator" actor and former Governor will play a man whose wife and child die in a plane crash, a tragedy caused by an air traffic controller's screw-up. Vilified for his mistake, the controller is placed into protective custody but Schwarzenegger's character cannot let it go and wants vengeance.
Elliott Lester (HBO's "Nightingale") will direct from a script by Javier Guillon ("The Double," "Enemy"). Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Eric Watson, Randall Emmett, George Furla and Peter Dealbert will produce.
Filming is set to kick off mid-December in Ohio.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
In the new installment of The Terminator series, John Connor, leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Conner, from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission to reset the future.
See Also: VFX featurettes for the opening and closing battles of Terminator Genisys
- Gary Collinson
Here are the posters for Terminator Genisys that we didn't get when the film was heading to cinemas...
Terminator Genisys may just about have made enough cash around the world to keep the flickering light of the franchise going, but it's a film that few people champion. James Cameron thinks it's great, of course, but it's a muddled mess of a movie, and a long, long way away from what made the original films work so well.
The film splutters onto DVD and Blu-ray in the UK this week, and in the Us in eight days' time. And to make its release, Paramount has revealed some new promotional artwork that looks a damn sight more interesting than what we got around release time.
We'd still hardly recommend going out of your way to catch the movie, but we though you'd like to see these new posters anyway. »
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future… Terminator: Genisys will feature: Director: Alan Taylor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the original T-800 Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese Jason Clarke as John Connor/T-3000 J.K. Simmons as Detective O'Brien Matt Smith as Tim/T-5000 Lee Byung-hun as the T-1000 Courtney B. Vance as Miles Dyson Dayo Okeniyi as Danny Dyson Gregory Alan Williams as Detective Harding Sandrine Holt as Detective Cheung Michael Gladis as Lietenant Matias Aaron V. Williamson »
Movie sequels are meant to follow the law of diminishing returns, but the following fought that law - and won.
Of course, this is all a matter of opinion, and if you personally think Babe: Pig in the City is better than the original - hint: it's not - do let us know in the comment box below.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
The best of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Undoubtedly. Quite why it's so great is hard to put a finger on, because there are so many reasons, from Heath Ledger's stunning turn as The Joker to that truck flip.
Endlessly rewatchable, this is a dark and complex crime film that brings the very best out of the superhero genre. Just don't talk about The Dark Knight Rises, okay?
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
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