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Two films into the Expendables franchise, fans eagerly await the arrival of the third instalment. Thus far we have come to expect certain things. Firstly of course, lots of stuff gets blown up. That’s a given considering the cast which is a group of 80’s and 90’s action Gods. Then there’s the referential humour, that in the second film in particular was almost non-stop. Did the first two films entertain? For many yes. Did they fully deliver on the promise? Not really. The balance has never quite been right. The scripts always felt a bit jumpy and in many cases some key cast members felt wasted (namely Mr Van Damme in number 2).
Now, expectation and the end result can often be two very different beasts. Many felt upon the first announcement of the original Expendables film that this »
- Gary Collinson
The combined entity will be the world’s largest provider of visual effects, animation and 3D conversion services. It will have the Double Negative name, and be led by DNeg managing director Alex Hope and CEO Matthew Holben. “We’ve made it clear from our side: You guys run visual effects, we’ll run 3D conversion and animation,” Prime Focus founder and CEO Namit Malhotra told Variety.
Prime Focus will hold 80% to 85% of shares following merger, Malhotra said in a TV interview today. Hope and Holben will run be members of the new company’s board, with Malhotra as board chairman.
Said Malhotra, “We have ceded control to them. They’ve embarked on a strategy to take Double Negative global. »
- David S. Cohen
For almost 40 years, director David Cronenberg has remained firmly outside the Hollywood studios system, and instead forged ahead with his own line in shocking, bizarre and philosophically troubling films. Cronenberg's had his hits - not least The Fly and A History Of Violence - but his successes have always been made away from the glare of executives and test screenings.
But in a Q&A with the equally wayward filmmaker John Waters at the Provincetown Film Festival, Cronenberg revealed that he recently had the opportunity to make a decidedly mainstream film: the remake of Total Recall.
Flashback and Future Wars creator Paul Cuisset is set to return with a new adventure game called Subject 13...
We're not ashamed to admit that we're old enough to remember spending hours on French game designer Paul Cuisset's work from the 80s and 90s. Future Wars was a point-and-click adventure which took an ordinary window cleaner on a sci-fi adventure through time and space. Flashback was a side-scrolling action game with the slick presentation and atmosphere of a Hollywood blockbuster like Total Recall.
Cuisset's other games also included Cruise For A Corpse, Fade To Black and Moto Racer. His most recent game as director, however, was the critically-derided survival horror game, Amy, from 2012.
Nevertheless, we're excited to learn about Subject 13, which sounds like a return to the sort of games Cuisset was making in the 90s; it's an adventure game, for one thing, and like Flashback, its science fiction »
In case you missed it, check out the trailer.
It’s 1985 in an alternate reality and Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe, Perception) begins to experience strange visions transmitted from an extra-terrestrial source he calls Valis. He and his wife (Katheryn Winnick – Vikings) move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music executive with a secret mission to overthrow the oppressive government led by Us President Fremont (Scott Wilson – The Walking Dead).
- Michelle McCue
It’s no secret that I’m old. I’m so old, in fact, that I saw all the Star Wars movies, the entire summer of ‘82 and ’84, plus the original Clash of the Titans, RoboCop, and Total Recall in the theaters when they were released. No HBO needed for me to see a lot of these classics for the first time. The original Clash of the Titans is of particular note because, aside from some terrible Italian Steve Reeves movies and Jason and the Argonauts, it was the go-to film for the Enlgish teachers of my era to show us when studying Greek Mythology. Trust me, it made for a nice diversion from reading Edith Hamilton’s famous book about the subject. When I studied Greek Mythology in high school, our teacher showed us Clash of the Titans, which led to the inevitable questions of how this all fit together. How »
- Kevin Carr
Wow. Just a month in and this regular post dedicated to the - shall we say - more idiosyncratic, less delicate of movies (or shall we just say “gory horrors and not-quite-b-movies”) has the splendid fortune of getting to review Stuart Gordon’s tongue-in-cheek classic, Re-Animator.
Produced by Brian Yuzna, the warped individual behind the brutal class satire/mutant cannibalism jaunt Society, and starring that rubber-faced icon of the midnight movie, Jeffrey Combs, this remains one of the crowning glories of 80s cult film-making. Re-Animator's essentially an outlandish, sillier take on Hp Lovecraft’s spin on the Frankenstein mad-scientist story, and Combs, who you’ll undoubtedly know from such box-office juggernauts as Doctor Mordrid and Cellar Dweller (reviewed here next month), plays brilliant-if-misguided medical student Herbert West. »
Family Guy reaches new heights of hilarity in this outrageous collection of 22 episodes, including fan-favourite Into Fat Air, where the Griffins rock Mount Everest, plus the comedy jackpot Roads to Vegas and the milestone 200th episode Yug Ylimaf, in which Brian and Stewie develop a curious case of reverse aging thanks to a time machine foul-up. It’s a complete season of laughs with celebrity guest voices Johnny Depp, Jon Hamm, Sofia Vergara and more!
The thirteenth season of Family Guy – well I say say season 13 but if you’re familiar with the DVD situation here in the UK (some of the earlier seasons, which ran over 13 episodes, were split into two “seasons” by Fox UK), this isn’t actually the thirteenth but actually season 11 - is very much a hit and miss season, there are a »
- Phil Wheat
To mark the release of A Fighting Man on 9th June, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD.
Hollywood heavyweights James Caan (The Godfather, Misery) and Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and A Gentleman, Iron Eagle) star in the boxing drama A Fighting Man, written and directed by Damian Lee (A Dark Truth, Breakout) and released on DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on 9 June 2014.
The cast also includes Dominic Purcell (TV’s Prison Break, Breakout, Straw Dogs), Famke Janssen (X-Men, Wolverine, Taken), Kim Coates (TV’s Sons of Anarchy) and Michael Ironside (X-Men First Class, Total Recall).
A Fighting Man tells the story of two men who meet head to head in the ring for a fight that will change their lives. One man fights for redemption and forgiveness while the other fights for hope and change. In the end, win or lose, they realize they »
Only a few days ago, it was announced that Roland Emmerich would be rebooting his 90s sci-fi blockbuster Stargate and it now it seems another 90s cult hit is heading for the remake machine in the form of Starship Troopers.
Annapurna Picture’s Megan Ellison, who is currently working with Alan Taylor on Terminator: Genesis, tweeted some cryptic messages over the weekend hinting that they may also be working towards the Starship Troopers remake that was put on hold a few years back after Total Recall under-performed at the box office.
Her first tweet simply read, “would you like to know more” – a famous line from the movie – which was then followed up by a still from the movie featuring Neil Patrick Harris (A Million Ways to Die in the West) with the single word, “Yes”.
Of course, this is pure speculation and without any official comment, we can’t read too much into this. »
- Luke Owen
Edge of Tomorrow, 2014.
Directed by Doug Liman
Tom Cruise is repeating his final two days in battle as he tries to stop the Earth from the destruction of alien creatures that have the power to control time.
Judging the poster, Edge of Tomorrow looks like a computer game – I wonder, is this the new state of cinema? The clunky, robotic military gear harks back to Total Recall or Starship Troopers – or, in games, Gears of War. Tom Cruise, last seen in similar dystopian-future film Oblivion, is Major Cage, a press-face for the military who suddenly finds himself on the front line of the fight against the alien. Emily Blunt, returning to time-travel films after Looper, is Rita, an outstanding soldier who knows what Cage is going through. »
- Simon Columb
Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is the company that snapped up the rights to the Terminator franchise a year or two back, and remains involved as director Alan Taylor calls the shots on Terminator: Genesis (if that's still the film's name). Annapurna also has several other big movies to its name, including Foxcatcher and the Seth Rogen co-penned animated movie Sausage Party. Most recently, it released the likes of American Hustle and Her.
A teasing Tweet from Megan Ellison however suggests that the firm may well now be in the Starship Troopers business. "Would you like to know more?", she Tweeted, a phrase which Starship Troopers fans know only too well. And when sent a picture of the film in reply, she responded with a simple "Yes".
Now: there may be a »
In 1959, Robert Heinlein's controversial novel Starship Troopers debuted on bookshelves. Nearly 40 years later, Paul Verhoeven's 1997 satirical take became a cult hit and landed an Oscar nomination. Now, it looks like Annapurna Pictures might be involved with a reboot of the sci-fi flick. The first film enjoyed modest critical and box office success, enough to launch a series of direct-to-video sequels in the 2000s. The last we heard of a possible reboot on the franchise was over two years ago when producer Neal H. Moritz and screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz were reported as working on the remake. Hit the jump for more on the property's recent developments.In an age where anything and everything is being adapted, readapted, rebooted, and re-imagined, it's no stretch of the imagination to say a Starship Troopers remake could be on the way. And two of Vehoeven's most iconic films - »
- Dave Trumbore
We are getting thick into the era when Hollywood remakes a lot of ’90s movies. We already saw Total Recall and Dredd, and in the news lately are developments on the next versions of Point Break, Cliffhanger and now Roland Emmerich‘s Stargate, the latest to be officially announced. In a way, Godzilla counts, though it’s a redo of a movie from the ’50s more than the previous American take on the monster (also directed by Emmerich). And I’d maybe also include Atom Egoyan’s The Devil’s Knot, which is basically a dramatic redo of the documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders of Robin Hood Hills. That’s not a Hollywood movie, though, and the original wasn’t either. One thing I realized recently is that I saw a lot fewer blockbusters in the ’90s versus the ’80s. I never saw the 1998 Godzilla. I never saw Cliffhanger. And »
- Christopher Campbell
What true geek doesn't love a great science fiction film? Ever since I saw E.T. in the movie theater as a kid I was hooked on sci-fi. Over the years I've gone back and watched a ton of older films before my time, and continue to enjoy the awesomeness of this genre. Vimeo user 60fotogramas created a fantastic supercut that pays homage to the best sci-fi movies ever made. He calls it "Sci-Fi: Since 1902," and says:
This is a montage of some of the best science fiction films ever made. A total of 62 films ordered by release year, from 1902 to the present. Thanks for watching, enjoy.
I've included a list of all the movies in the video below:
1902- Voyage dans la lune
1929- Fraud in Mond
1933-The invisible Man
1936-The Devil Doll
1953- The War of the worlds »
- Joey Paur
Webster’s Dictionary defines the modern day reboot as thus: *Noun 1. reboot – to take the familiar and make anew; "They are remaking 'Spider-Man' in his own image… again…" Synonyms: refashion, remake, make over, lazy, recycle, give up 2. reboot – to start over your attempt to start over; “Platinum Dunes; “This ‘Friday The 13th’ sucks. Let’s try again.” Synonyms: forgo imagination. It can be potentially just as lazy and uninspired to complain about the modern day film reboot or “reimaginaing” as the actual redos themselves. After all, it’s really easy to be cynical with any cultural commentary. But Hollywood has given audiences little reason believe otherwise. Just look at recent redos like “Total Recall,” “RoboCop” and the “Amazing Spider-Man” series. Funny, those are all Sony projects — well, I’m sure that’s all just a huge coincidence. In Hollywood no project ever dies. It just lays dormant or “develops.” If your project has brand equity, »
- Edward Davis
We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of As I Lay Dying, Metallica, Every Time I Die, We Are Harlot, Down, New Found Glory, Of Mice & Men, Whitechapel, I See Stars, Bury Tomorrow, First Jason and more. Don't touch that dial.
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has been sentenced to six years in jail after attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife. Lambesis shared his story in a lengthy interview for an upcoming documentary, which you can read here. Guitarist Nick Hipa posted a response to the situation.
Hopeless Records has signed pop punk icons New Found Glory. They'll hit the studio in June to begin recording their new album for a fall release.
Stream We Are Harlot's first single, "Denial," here. The band - fronted by Asking Alexandria’s »
- Alex DiVincenzo
Last month, we thought it would be fun to reach out to a few of our friends in the genre, in order to bring you readers an article all about our favorite horror scores. The reception and the contributions exceeded our expectations, so when it was mentioned that “you should do a sequel to that article”, naturally, the next step would be just that: Sequels. So, we asked a few more friends, as well as some of the Icons gang, to give you a few words about our favorite scores to horror sequels. Enjoy! -Jerry
Rob G. (Co-Creator, Icons Of Fright; Host, Killer Pov): Psycho III
For me, Carter Burwell’s original score for Psycho III is one of the best film soundtracks to a sequel ever. Bold words, I know! After all, considering the history of composers behind the Psycho franchise. You can’t think of Psycho without »
- Jerry Smith
A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I enjoy some free-range rude... "Don't fool yourself into thinking he's not in control of what's happening." -Dr. Du Maurier Early in "Tome-Wan," Hannibal explains that he warned Mason about Will because, "I was curious to see what would happen" — a sentiment that motivates his decisions as much as hunger and pride. Soon after, he invites Will to imagine what he would like to see happen between them, and Will pictures a scenario where a barefoot Hannibal is bound in a straightjacket, hanging from a meat hook above Mason's pigs, supplicant and ready to be sliced by Will and eaten by the pigs... ... which is a scenario that more or less comes true much later in the episode, which prompted me to wonder if the whole hour was some kind of "Total Recall" stunt — or the longest "This is »
- Alan Sepinwall
Love him or hate him, writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson is a big name in the movie industry, delivering such action blockbusters as Resident Evil (and a few of its sequels), Mortal Kombat, The Three Musketeers and, most recently, Pompeii.
Starring Kit Harington and Emily Browning, the sandals and swords flick tells the story of Milo, a slave turned gladiator who must save the woman he loves from a corrupt Roman senator. As the title implies, the events take place against the backdrop of the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which puts Milo in a race against time as he watches his beloved city crumble around him.
To promote the film’s upcoming Blu-Ray release (May 20th), I sat down with the director for an exclusive interview. Among other things, we discussed where he found his influences for the project, why he chose Kit Harington for the lead role, the challenges of working in 3D, »
- Jeff Beck
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