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Round-Up: Shout! Factory Acquires The Editor for Us Distribution, RoboCop Marathon on El Rey Network, The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Open for Submissions

1 May 2015 4:39 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.

The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute The Editor in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.

In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, »

- Derek Anderson

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Oculus Rift and 360-Degree Films – The Future?

30 April 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Daniel J. Harris on the Oculus Rift and 360-degree films…

Oculus Rift has been around in the gaming world for a little while now. And 360-degree films aren’t exactly new. But, with recent leaps in technology, accessibility and the cost of their production reducing they seem to be the next big thing to take the film industry by storm!

3D films were the big thing a few years ago and many of the top filmmakers jumped on the bandwagon with James Cameron and Avatar to create their own 3D film. For me, it gave me a headache and didn’t enjoy my experience.

The last 12 to 18 months has seen the boom in aerial photography due to the technologies reduction in price, accessibility and simplified consumer versions of the technology flooding the market place. Now, it seems that everyman and their dog has a drone! Some do it better than others, »

- Gary Collinson

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Michael Ironside: Canadian Badass

29 April 2015 7:23 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Amongst Americans such as myself, there is a certain stereotype about our neighbors to the north. There’s a belief that Canadians are, for lack of a better word, nice. That during a visit to Canada, an American would be more likely to ride a moose around like a horse than hear the F-word. That hockey players are the only remotely dangerous people you could possibly meet in Canada, and even then, that they would only pummel you under the watchful eye of a referee whom they will later respectfully follow to the penalty box. This stereotype is perhaps best summed up by this scene in Michael Moore’s lone fiction film, Canadian Bacon, where Dan Aykroyd politely upbraids an invading group of American revolutionaries for not printing their anti-Canada graffiti in both English and French.

As stereotypes go, it’s a fairly positive one. But making stereotypes, even positive ones, »

- Mark Young

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Is Starship Troopers Heading to The Small Screen?

29 April 2015 10:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Paul Verhoeven's brand of Hollywood subversion took awhile to become clear even to the most devout cinephiles. This at least partially explains why Starship Troopers, the Danish filmmaker's sublime critique of American militarism and the action genre, never quite got the credit it deserved when the merciless, inventive science-fiction bonanza hit theaters in 1998. Around the time of Verhoeven's equally radical Black Book, which looked at the world of spies in World War II, the director got a thorough, positive reexamination in numerous outlets; Nathan Lee's Film Comment article comparing Verhoeven and David Cronenberg remains the most insightful article written on the helmer's unique brand of parody-satire. So, it's no surprise that the idea of remaking the film has been rumored for several years now, with nothing much coming out of the gossip. But according to HitFix, producer Neal H. Moritz had some news to share about the project »

- Chris Cabin

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Comic Book Review – 2000Ad Prog 1928

29 April 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1928…

Borag Thungg, Earthlets! This week sees the culmination of creative dream team Rob Williams and Henry Flint’s stint on Judge Dredd. There isn’t an emoticon for Sad Ol’Stoney Face, so you’ll just have to imagine one.

What you won’t have to imagine, though (unless you own a copy of Total Recall), is a three-breasted woman, as a rather fetching mutant stars in this Prog’s Strontium Dog. After ending last week on a Mexican standoff, this instalment jumps straight into the gunfighting action. John Wagner continues the strip’s noir detective-ish tone, having Johnny Alpha hang out at bars, offer bribes and casually outwit foes. Still, the extra bosom can’t detract from this week’s lack of plot progression.

At least you do care about Alpha’s fate, though. Orlock’s, however, is completely inconsequential. This week’s instalment »

- Oli Davis

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25 underrated 1990s movie soundtracks

28 April 2015 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Muppet Treasure Island to Speed, we take a look at the 90s soundtracks that deserve another listen...

Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.

It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.

But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.

Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.

1. Chaplin - John Barry

Okay, let's start with a big one. Richard Attenborough. Robert Downey Jr. John Barry. »

- simonbrew

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Peter Hoffman Convicted on Tax Credit Fraud in Louisiana

27 April 2015 5:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A federal jury in New Orleans has found producer-attorney Peter Hoffman and producer-actor Michael Arata guilty of defrauding a state tax credit program of $1.1 million.

Hoffman, his wife, Susan, and Arata were found guilty Monday of conspiracy to wire fraud in connection with the rehabilitation of a 155-year-old mansion that they converted into a film post-production studio that was used for HBO’s “True Detective” series. Peter Hoffman was also convicted on 21 counts of mail and wire fraud related to the deal.

Arata, the husband of New Orleans Deputy Mayor Emily Arata, was convicted on seven counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements to FBI agents. Susan Hoffman was acquitted on all counts except for the single count of mail fraud.

In an indictment made public in February 2014, federal prosecutors claimed Peter Hoffman and Michael Arata submitted “materially false and misleading documents” in expenditures on the »

- Dave McNary

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Peter Hoffman convicted of tax credit fraud

27 April 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Updated: The Seven Arts Entertainment CEO, his wife Susan and lawyer Michael Arata have been found guilty of conspiracy to wire fraud in Louisiana to the tune of $1.1m.

Hoffman, the former CEO of Carolco Pictures, the powerhouse producer behind such films as Total Recall and Terminator 2, faces up to 405 years in prison after a New Orleans jury reached its verdict on Monday.

The three defendants were found guilty of submitting false documents in 2009 related to the renovation of a New Orleans mansion converted into a post-production facility.

Prosecutors said Hoffman and Arata did this to receive film tax credits although they never incurred expenditure in the first place and hid the fact via “circuitous bank transfers”.

Hoffman was also convicted on 21 related counts of mail and wire fraud

Arata was convicted on seven counts of wire fraud and four of giving false statements and faces a maximum term of 185 years.

Susan Hoffman was found »

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23 specially-shot movie teaser trailers

21 April 2015 4:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Psycho to Jurassic Park, here are 23 teaser trailers that don't show a frame of footage from the movies they're advertising...

These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.

But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »

- simonbrew

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Castle Recap: Thanks for the Memories

20 April 2015 8:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you have been wondering why Rick was abducted on his wedding day and not a day sooner or later… and why he ultimately resurfaced with dengue fever antibodies… ABC’s Castle filled in the blanks for you this Monday night.

RelatedMay Sweeps/Finale Preview! Get 100+ Spoilers From Your Fave Shows’ Season-Ending Episodes

And you thought Oliver Queen had far-out flashbacks! My head is still spinning from this information download. And while I can see how some may come down against this (partial) reveal, I’m going to give it a qualified thumbs-up, if only because it was just b-a-n-a-n-a-s enough to be entertaining. »

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Watch: 10-Minute Video Essay Breaks Down The Gory Chest Defibrillator Scene From 'The Thing'

17 April 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At Star Wars Celebration yesterday, much was made over the fact that the new BB8 droid is, in fact, a practical effect and not a product of CGI. This was proven to be true when the droid actually made its way on stage, to the delight of “Star Wars” fans all over. Now, obviously, CGI is never going away, but yesterday’s revelation proves that practical, handmade visual effects will always hold a special place in our hearts. That’s why we still love "E.T." and will never stop freaking out over the chestburster scene in “Alien.” Earlier this week, CineFix gave us yet another reason to love and appreciate practical effects. They posted a ten minute video that examined, in great detail, the defibrillator chest-chomping scene in John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” With the help of a top-notch special effect team, lead by Rob Bottin (“RoboCop,” “Total Recall »

- Ken Guidry

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The Geek Beat: An 'Oregon Trail' Movie And More Unbelievable Stuff We Wish Was Real

1 April 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A new month means a new batch of geekery hitting shelves (and theaters), and April is no different. This time around, The Geek Beat has stolen Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth's What-If Machine to pull in highlights from an alternate dimension, showing us what's happened to some of our favorite movies, characters, and comics in alternate realities. From Condorman spinoffs to Total Recall merch, life may actually be better in this other world that is only accessible on April 1st.   What To Read At this point, Stan Lee's cameos in movies based on Marvel Comics characters have become an anticipated – and almost necessary – element in each film, tying them together in a way that represents something greater than studio politics or narrative threads...

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- Rick Marshall

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Watch: Here's How to Create the Magic Behind Cloud Tanks

30 March 2015 11:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Re-Create the 'Interstellar' Black Hole What do "Poltergeist," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Cocoon" and "Independence Day" all have in common? Aside from alien storylines, each feature predominantly uses cloud tank magic in order to depict supernatural weather. You may not have known it by its formal name, but you have no doubt come across cloud tank magic if you have seen any movie in the past several decades, including "Star Trek," "Total Recall," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and dozens more. In a new web video courtesy of PBS Digital Studios and Shanks FX, special effects guru Joey Shanks highlights the process behind cloud tanks. A cloud tank consists of a bottom layer of salt water and a top layer of fresh water; clouds are produced when various forms of liquid are injected into tank. The technique was the Hollywood standard for depicting. »

- Zack Sharf

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Movie Review – Cinderella (2015)

28 March 2015 3:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Cinderella, 2015.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgard, Ben Chaplin and Derek Jacobi.


When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…

We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »

- Martin Burgoyne

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Mario Kassar interview: Carolco, Bot, Hollywood

23 March 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We chat to legendary producer Mario Kassar about the return of Carolco, its forthcoming sci-fi film Bot, Hollywood studios, and more...

First Blood. Total Recall. Terminator 2. For a generation versed in the major action films of the 80s and 90s, the Carolco brand holds a special place in the memory. Its distinctive logo became a byword for bold, often brash movies starring some of the biggest names of the day - not least Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Founded by producers Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar in the 1970s, Carolco went from indie outsider to a company with the size and clout of a Hollywood major; the studio became famous - and infamous in some quarters - for its headline-grabbing deals. (Legend has it that, when Arnie signed up to make Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he was given a $17m private jet.)

At the height of its powers, Carolco was making smaller-scale, »

- ryanlambie

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From Insurgent to Blade Runner: why is the future on film always so grim?

19 March 2015 11:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A miserable vision of tomorrow has taken hold of Hollywood: bad food, lousy transport and Alice Cooper styling. You’re better off dead

We are now living in a golden age of dystopian films; that is, incredibly depressing films set at some point in the future – often, the relatively near future – where life is a complete mess and no one is happy, not even the fascist scum who run things. In the few instances where people seem to be happy, it’s only because the fascist scum have tricked them into thinking they’re happy. Well, they won’t stay happy for long. This is not utopia. This is utopia turned on its head. This is dystopia.

Last year, there was a tsunami of dystopian films, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Robocop, The Purge: Anarchy, Snowpiercer, The Rover, »

- Joe Queenan

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Buzz Aldrin channels Total Recall with "Get your ass to Mars" T-shirt

19 March 2015 7:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Buzz Aldrin channelled sci-fi classic Total Recall this week - by proudly wearing a T-shirt displaying one of the film's most famous quotes.

The former astronaut posted a photo to Facebook which showed him proudly flashing the colourful "Get your ass to Mars" shirt, while standing by iconic British landmark Stonehenge.

Post by Buzz Aldrin.

"While at Stonehenge yesterday I decided to send a message to the cosmos. ‪#‎Gyatm‬," Buzz wrote.

The line is originally said by one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's characters to another (this is sci-fi after all!) and it clearly made an impression on real-life space traveller Buzz.

He has also posted a photo of Stephen Hawking with one of the shirts, suggesting that the famous line is making a real comeback among scientists.

Post by Buzz Aldrin.

Only time will tell if Buzz really will take Arnie's words to heart and get himself to Mars!

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Horror Round-Up: Sleepy Hollow Renewed for a Third Season on Fox, iZombie, 10th Annual Texas Frightmare Weekend

18 March 2015 1:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you've been crossing your fingers for Fox to return to New York's supernatural-charged town of Sleepy Hollow, you can relax your hands, exhale, and settle comfortably back into your couch, because Fox has announced their renewal of Sleepy Hollow for an 18-episode third season, with the network also revealing the series' new showrunner (following Mark Goffman's departure earlier this month). Also included in our latest horror round-up is a trailer for the second episode of The CW's iZombie and details on the 10th Annual Texas Frightmare Weekend that will feature special guest Alexandra Breckenridge from The Walking Dead (as well as many other great guests).

Sleepy Hollow Season 3: Press Release - "Veteran Television Producer Clifton Campbell Signs On As Executive Producer and Showrunner

Fox has renewed mystery-adventure series Sleepy Hollow for a third season, it was announced today by David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. Television »

- Derek Anderson

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Carolco announces sci-fi action film, Bot

16 March 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Exclusive: Carolco producer Mario Kassar talks to us about his forthcoming sci-fi action film, Bot. Here are the first details.

In its 80s and 90s heyday, Carolco and its studio co-founder Mario Kassar specialised in such larger-than-life blockbusters as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Total Recall and Terminator 2.

Twenty years on, and the Carolco brand has been revived by Kassar and new CEO Alex Bafer, with one of its first projects being a new incarnation of the fearsome horror-drama, Audition. Beyond that, Bafer also hinted at something more akin to Carolco's sci-fi action films of old; it is, he said, "a Terminator-type sci-fi summer blockbuster."

That film now has a name: it's called Bot, and it's the first in a potential trilogy of movies penned by Tedi Sarafian - the story writer behind, among other things, 2003's Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.

"Bot's the kind of movie I used »

- ryanlambie

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Stephen King's The Jaunt Gets Optioned

13 March 2015 3:21 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Brad Pitt’s Plan B is building a reputation for shepherding bold, creative projects into life. Selma, 12 Years A Slave, Killing Me Softly and Moneyball have all been lovingly nursed through production with varying degrees of success, and it looks likely that Stephen King’s The Jaunt will join World War Z in representing the more fantastical end of the production house’s slate. Mama duo Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti are now attached to the project.A short story originally published by King in Twilight Zone Magazine, The Jaunt found a home and a fanbase in 1985 short story anthology, Skeleton Crew (also the home of The Mist). The premise, set in the 24th century, sees a dad explaining the basis of ‘jaunting’, a teleportation device with which he’ll transport his family to Mars. So far, so About Time meets Total Recall. Of course, things can – and do – go horribly wrong in the process. »

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