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Risen – The Review

Risen is a modest but engaging riff on the old post-crucifixion Easter legend as told through the eyes of a non-believer. In 33 Ad Jerusalem, Roman occupiers are under threat of a Jewish uprising. The Jews claim a Nazarene named Yeshua (aka Jesus – played by Clifton Curtis) is the Messiah, so Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) promptly has him crucified, then orders Roman officer Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) to witness the execution and help dispose of the body. Three days later Jesus’ corpse has vanished from its cave tomb, though the entrance was blocked with a boulder and watched by guards. Pilate orders Clavius and Lucius (Tom Felton), to find Jesus and his disciples at all costs, for fear that if they don’t quickly produce a corpse, the Jews will rise up. Thus begins a manhunt of biblical proportions.

Risen is the latest Christian-friendly production from (now Sony-owned) Affirm Films, which has
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Jason Patric to Star in Wayward Pines Season 2

This summer, Fox's Wayward Pines is back for a second season with a star-studded cast which now includes Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, Narc).

Press Release: Jason Patric (“Rush,” “Narc”) has been cast in a leading role in Wayward Pines, the hit psychological thriller event series returning for a second season this summer on Fox. Patric will portray Dr. Theo Yedlin, a confident, driven surgeon whose leadership skills will prove invaluable to the residents of Wayward Pines.

From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “The Visit”) and based on the world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books, the 10-episode, second season will pick up after the shocking events of Season One, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. Dr. Theo Yedlin – a new resident of Wayward Pines – awakens from suspended animation and finds himself
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“You read every script as if you’re waiting for somebody to die.” Our visit to the set of Vikings

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“Ah, you f*cking idiot,” says Travis Fimmel with a broad grin and a glint in his eye, and unfortunately it’s aimed directly at this HeyUGuys writer.

It’s almost the end of our second and final day on the set of Vikings in County Wicklow, a short distance from Dublin, and we’ve finally tracked down the enigmatic lead actor who seems to have been kept busy ever since we arrived. He’s in-between scenes and in full Viking garb – his wild beard and magnificent dreadlocked hair have him looking every inch the intimidating part – and we retreat to a quiet corner of the set to begin our interview. After a polite introduction we take a seat opposite Fimmel and begin to relax. Only, this HeyUGuys writer relaxes a little too much, leaning back too far on the flimsy canvas chair, ripping the fabric, ending up sprawled across
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Disney’s Hunchback To Become A Musical

With The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast and more recently Aladdin having found loving homes on Broadway, it is now the turn of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Though it may not be heading to the bright lights of New York, a stage adaptation of the 1996 Disney classic will be performed at California’s La Jolla Playhouse from October 28th until December 7th.

But this isn’t the first time the Paris-set musical has been seen, starting out as a German production over a decade ago. 1999′s ‘Der Glockner von Notre Dame’ was directed by James Lapine – screenwriter of Disney’s upcoming Into The Woods – and the House of Mouse are keeping it in the family with Scott Schwartz (son of songwriter Stephen) taking up the directing challenge. Lapine’s German book has been rejigged by The West Wing‘s Peter Parnell, with Smash‘s Josh Bergasse on choreographing duties.
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White House Down Blu-Ray Review

Director: Roland Emmerich

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, James Woods.

Running Time: 131 minutes

Certificate: 12

Extras: Dynamic Duo: Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx, Men Of Action, Meet The Insiders, Roland Emmerich: Supporting Cast, Gag Reel, Inside Story, The Beast, The Full Arsenal, Presidential Treatment, Crashing The Oval Office, Drowning The Beast, Recreating The White House, VFX Boundaries Down, Lights – Camera – Heart-Pumping Action.

It’s easy to forget that predictability is all about context. While the likes of Avatar looks great, it encourages that disbelieving eye-roll as it fights to be cleverer than it is but when it’s White House Down, you’ve got the best old-school entertainment and is probably, wait, definitely what A Good Day To Die Hard desperately wanted to be.

For every clichéd character, including a tech-geek with a penchant for classical music, Roland Emmerich has created an explosive,
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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us'

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us'
"It's like a Syfy Channel movie with extra gore," is precisely how my friend, colleague, and astute schlock aficionado Peter S. Hall described the latest "direct-to-video" horror flick from Universal. "Does it seem like the movie has any connection to the Benicio del Toro remake of The Wolfman?", was my next question, and for that answer I had to watch the movie. Short answer: no. Louis Morneau's Werewolf: The Beast Among Us has no connection to Joe Johnston's The Wolfman. What we have here is a very broad, very obvious, and very low-budget piece of anachronistic period-piece horror silliness that, while peppered with familiar faces and (as Pete mentioned) enthusiastic moments of gruesome gore, amounts to little more than a goofy trip to Romania for a visit with some werewolf hunters that don't actually hunt werewolves all that frequently.   The over-plotted and broadly written screenplay is overstuffed with subplots and extraneous characters,
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Guy Maddin: 'Blizzards of nipples'

The avant-garde director's new film is a woozy homage to Homer and gangster movies. He explains his vision

Even with a new film to sell, Guy Maddin is not your standard-issue eager-to-please director. "So many people are baffled," he says, with well-practised irony. "The movie will be crystal-clear upon your third viewing." This is Keyhole, Maddin's ninth full-length film since 1988; and against all the odds it's secured a theatrical release in the UK. Most of Maddin's work simply doesn't get to Britain, so resolutely has he followed his own path.

If you know him at all, it is probably for his ballet film Dracula: Pages from a Virgin Diary, or just possibly My Winnipeg, his heartfelt docu-essay tribute to his Canadian hometown. More energetic cineastes may remember 2003's The Saddest Music in the World, Maddin's most determined shot at the mainstream, an elaborate parody musical starring Isabella Rossellini. The
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Toxic Birthday Suits

Your cinematic birthdays for 12/02. If it's your big day, let us know.

Steven, Lucy and Warren

1894 Warren William, charming snake, pre-code movie star who was often paired with formidable actresses like Claudette Colbert (Imitation of Life, Cleopatra), Joan Blondell (Gold Diggers of 1933, Stage Struck) and Bette Davis (Three on a Match, Satan Met a Lady)

1914 Ray Walston, the Damn Yankees! devil had a lengthy career on screens small and large

1914 Adolph Green, musical giant of 'Comden & Green' fame. I can't even begin to choose a favorite song by that duo. Plus they wrote the screenplay to Singin' in the Rain!

1923 Maria Callas, La Divina. Fanny Ardant recently played her in Callas Forever. The next actress who'll have a go at her is Eva Mendes in Greek Fire

1925 Julie Harris was Oscar nominated for her film debut (The Member of the Wedding), co-starred with James Dean (East of Eden) and
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Late Actor Swayze's "Black Dog" Released On DVD

The Patrick Swayze film "Black Dog" is currently available on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Released on Sept. 22, the 1998 action film, co-starring country music star Randy Travis and rock singer Meat Loaf, focuses on a longtime trucker who finds himself in dire straits and in need of cash.

Swayze plays ex-convict Jack Crews, who turns the highway into a war zone with his partner (Travis) as they struggle to escape from a psychotic rival (Meat Loaf) while delivering their final haul. The stakes get higher and higher as Jack's family is taken hostage and federal agents get thrown into the mix. The PG-13 film also features performances by Gabriel Casseus, Charles S. Dutton and Stephen Tobolowsky and is directed by actor Kevin Hooks. Hooks's directorial filmography includes the Wesley Snipes action movie "Passenger 57," the Laurence Fishburne/Stephen Baldwin vehicle "Fled," and episodes of both the Fox crime drama
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