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‘Elle’ Blu-ray Review

13 July 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Isabelle HuppertLaurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Judith Magre, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet, Alice Isaaz, Vimala Pons | Written by David Birke | Directed by Paul Verhoeven

When you hear the name Paul Verhoeven you can’t help but think of Showgirls. Then of course he has other, beloved (some would say classic) movies like Basic Instinct, RoboCop, and Total Recall. Elle is quite a jump from these movies, but the question that will be asked is, is it a Basic Instinct or a Showgirls? The answer is something very, very, different.

When Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is attacked in her own home, she surprisingly carries on like nothing has happened. The head of a successful video game company, she treats her life and relationships as ruthlessly as she does her business deals. When her attacker continues to goad her though it isn’t long before her obsession with him, »

- Paul Metcalf

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Judge Throws Out ‘Zootopia’ Copyright Suit Against Disney

11 July 2017 12:32 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It’s a fox-eat-fox world out there, and Disney apparently has avoided becoming a meal. A California judge today threw out a big-money copyright lawsuit against its Oscar-winning toon Zootopia by the screenwriter of Total Recall, who had claimed that the studio ripped off his same-titled pitch. Gary L. Goldman’s Esplanade Productions filed the suit March, three weeks after the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. "They copied Goldman's themes, settings… »

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Disney Wins Dismissal of 'Zootopia' Copyright Lawsuit (for Now)

11 July 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A California federal judge has rejected a copyright complaint targeting Zootopia, Disney's Oscar-winning animated film that grossed more than $1 billion two years ago. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled that the plaintiff hadn't show him enough to state a plausible claim for infringement.

Esplanade Productions filed the lawsuit in March. The plaintiff alleged that Zootopia was derived from work pitched by Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include writing Total Recall and Next and producing Minority Report. In his complaint, Goldman described working with Disney on another film and pitching his own project (titled Looney) to the studio at least »

- Eriq Gardner

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Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: 7 reasons to get excited

28 June 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Jun 30, 2017

Channel 4 and Amazon are bringing us a Phillip K Dick anthology series that's worth getting excited about...

Philip K. Dick’s writing has been translated to the screen numerous times, with most of the results being brilliant in their own ways: Blade Runner remains one of the best-loved sci-fi films of all time; Minority Report stands out as one of the best Tom Cruise movies; Total Recall, the first one, has cult classic status; and The Man In The High Castle has really captured imaginations over the last couple of years.

See related  Looking back at Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Now, Amazon and Channel 4 are teaming up to offer fans an unprecedented number of Dick-adapted stories all at once. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is an anthology series, arriving this autumn, which gives short stories from the iconic author a Black Mirror sort of treatment. »

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’: It’s Time to Revamp the Special Achievement Oscar

26 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matt Reeves’ “War for the Planet of the Apes” hits theaters July 14, but the filmmakers and 20th Century Fox are clearly confident in what they have. The review embargo lifted early Monday, more than two weeks ahead of release, while those who saw the film at a handful of early screenings were encouraged to share their enthusiasm on social media immediately.

And there was plenty of enthusiasm to go around. Reeves has crafted an epic and emotional study of grief and vengeance and the folly of man. It’s a truly remarkable tentpole film amid the frenetic summer fray, but it’s also yet another victory lap for the performance capture techniques Andy Serkis has been championing and defending as they’ve slowly but surely moved from industry-threatening boogeyman to wave of the future.

Which leaves the question: Is it time for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to dust off the defunct special achievement »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Baby Driver review

20 June 2017 7:50 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Edgar Wright turns his hand to a hip, 70s style thriller with Baby Driver. We take a closer look...

It’s one of the drawbacks as life as a filmmaker: you can sink months or even years of your life into a screenplay that will never be sold or a movie project that will never go into production. Such was the fate of Ant-Man, director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero; Wright departed the project in 2014, eight years after he began working on it with co-writer Joe Cornish. The film was finally brought to the screen by Yes Man director Peyton Reed; like David Cronenberg’s Total Recall or Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit, Wright’s Ant-Man became one of cinema’s what-might-have-beens.

See related  Deadpool: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick interview Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds on channeling the character

Still, if Wright’s brush with Marvel »

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Starship Troopers: 15 facts you never knew

19 June 2017 12:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Starship Troopers has now been in the world for twenty years. The film, which stars Casper Van DienDina MeyerDenise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris, is somewhat of a cult classic. Set in a future where mankind is at war with a race of giant bugs, and the only way to do pretty much anything is by becoming a citizen, it follows the tribulations of Johnny Rico (Van Dien), a young man who joins the Mobile Infantry. Ever wondered how the film was made? Who was first in line to play Johnny Rico? We have all this and more, just read below if you would like to know more. Check out our 15 Starship Troopers facts below.

Starship Troopers facts

 

1. Originally released in UK cinemas as a 15 certificate, the movie was upgraded to an 18 for the home entertainment release. The BBFC thought that upon further viewing, the film was far »

- Kat Hughes

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'Zootopia' Lawsuit: Plot Similarities Detailed by Writer Suing Disney

6 June 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Can anthropomorphized cartoon animals be substantially similar despite differences in species, dimension and pants-wearing? Believe it or not, that question is at the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit involving Disney's mega-hit Zootopia.

Esplanade Pictures sued Disney in March, claiming its film copied the work of Total Recall writer Gary L. Goldman, who had pitched his Zootopia franchise idea to the animation powerhouse in 2000 and 2009. In May, Disney filed a motion to dismiss, telling the court there isn't enough evidence of substantial similarity between the works for the complaint to proceed and arguing that »

- Ashley Cullins

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Vera Farmiga Joins Cast of Anthology Series ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’

24 May 2017 5:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will follow “Bates Motel” by checking in to another TV series, having signed on to star in an episode of Channel 4 anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Farmiga will star alongside actor Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) in an episode entitled “Kill All Others,” from Emmy-nominated U.S. writer-director Dee Rees.

Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. Rodriguez plays the one man who dares to question the situation and finds himself an instant target. “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Brown co-star in the episode.

Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film “Up in the Air.” She was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for her leading role as Norma Bates in A+E Networks’ “Bates Motel.” Rees was nominated for two Emmys for co-writing and directing single-drama TV biopic »

- Robert Mitchell

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May 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Get Out, Logan, Xx, The Vagrant

22 May 2017 7:30 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

There’s a little bit of something for everyone this Tuesday, as May 23rd’s Blu-ray and DVD releases may not be great in number, but they are a stellar bunch of titles all the same. Jordan Peele’s Get Out arrives on both formats this week, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox is bringing home Logan to 4K Blu-ray as well as standard Blu and DVD discs, too.

For those who might have missed it in theaters, The Great Wall is also being released on Tuesday, as well as the horror anthology Xx, from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Other releases for May 23rd include The Vagrant, Wolf Guy, Wnuf Halloween Special, Voodoo Black Exorcist, and The Magnificent Dead.

Get Out (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family estate, »

- Heather Wixson

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Contest: Win The Vagrant (1992) on Blu-ray

22 May 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A meticulous house owner is forced to face something much more fearsome than any home improvement project or mischievous mice in The Vagrant. Starring the late, great Bill Paxton, the comedic 1992 horror film comes to Blu-ray on May 23rd courtesy of Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Vagrant.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Vagrant Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 29th. »

- Derek Anderson

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16 classic video labels, and what happened to them

22 May 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew May 30, 2017

Cic Video? Medusa? Odyssey? Thorn Emi? We track down the classic video companies of yesterday…

The modern DVD and Blu-ray market? Well, it’s all so corporate isn’t it? No slight on the releases, or the companies involved, but I don’t think anyone gets a frission of excitement when they see a Warner Bros Home Entertainment logo on a box, in the way they used to when the Medusa logo popped up. And whilst there are firms such as Arrow and Eureka keeping the flag of quirky film companies flying, there are still a few names consigned to the VHS recycle bin, whose story is in danger of being lost. Hence, this article…

Tartan Video

For a long time, along with Artificial Eye, Tartan Video was one of the most prominent releases of world cinema in the UK. In the 1990s in particular, its commitment »

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Cannes Virtual Reality Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘Carne y Arena’

20 May 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s always funny to hear how audiences, in 1903, reacted to the outrageous final shot of Edwin S. Porter’s eight-minute film “The Great Train Robbery.” The leader of the film’s outlaw gang, Bronco Billy Anderson, points a gun right at the camera — at the audience — and shoots. People who first saw that thought a gun was actually being fired at them, and so they scrambled to get out of the way. How quaint! But when you experience “Carne y Arena,” the extraordinary six-and-a-half-minute virtual-reality installation that director  is presenting at the Cannes Film Festival (an earlier version was mounted in Los Angeles), you may find yourself having a similar reaction.

It’s pre-dawn, and you’re alone, in the middle of the scrubby vastness of the Sonoran Desert, and when I say in the middle of that’s not a figure of speech. You’re there, staring out at the gray horizon, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Is the four-quadrant movie hurting blockbuster cinema?

16 May 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jun 23, 2017

Harry Potter, Pirates Of The Caribbean, even The Exorcist: they're four-quadrant movies. But what does that even mean...?

The summer of 1990 was a good one for blockbuster cinema. Notwithstanding the fact that Dick Tracy and Gremlins 2 didn’t get the expected financial returns – and in the latter case, that’s a scandal – it saw the emergence, for one, of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bona-fide movie star. He finally reached the top off the back of an 18-rated science fiction Philip K Dick adaptation, Total Recall. In a summer laden with hits, it was one of the biggest.

The film was one of the top ten of the year overall too, notable in particular now because it targeted adults, and was a hard science fiction blockbuster. Other films in that top 10? The tense Jack Ryan feature, The Hunt For Red October. There was Pretty Woman, an R-rated romantic comedy with sinister undertones. »

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The Surge Review

15 May 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

“You may imitate, but never counterfeit,” French novelist Honoré de Balzac famously once said. In other words, imitation is fine, even essential. However, if it’s done so without passion, without heart and without an authentic understanding of what is being imitated, then the endeavour in question becomes as hollow and fake as a pre-fab, cardboard cut-out. I’m saying this as The Surge is an action-rpg that borrows heavily from From Software’s seminal Dark Souls series. Like Deck13 Interactive’s previous medieval fantasy RPG Lords of the Fallen, it very much fits the mould of yet another unabashed love-letter to Hidetaka Miyazaki’s critically lauded franchise. However, it’s important to ask: is this imitation a counterfeit, or is it heartfelt? Well, the short answer is, it’s a bit of both.

The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future closely overseen by a powerful and ominous technology corporation known as Creo. »

- Dylan Chaundy

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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than »

- Anne Thompson

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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than »

- Anne Thompson

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Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

9 May 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.

On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.

Dante, for whom Goldsmith scored “Gremlins,” “Explorers,” “Innerspace” and other films, cited “his brilliance and versatility. Any film he scored was automatically improved tenfold.”

Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Terrence Howard and Anna Paquin join Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

3 May 2017 12:09 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Actors Terrence Howard and Anna Paquin are the latest stars to join the cast of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

The already impressive line up includes recent additions Steve Buscemi and Greg Kinnear, along with Bryan Cranston and Timothy Spall.

The Amazon Prime series will see each of its ten episodes adapt a short story from legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, the author of famed works Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Minority Report, and Total Recall.

Paquin and Howard will be appearing in the episode ‘Real Life’, where Paquin will play a character called Sarah – a policewoman living in the future – and Howard will play George —  a game designer – as each pursue violent criminals while sharing  a mental connection with one another.

Electric Dreams was commissioned by Channel 4 and will air in the UK later this year while also playing in the Us on Amazon Prime. »

- Samuel Brace

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‘Basic Instinct’ Director Paul Verhoeven Follows ‘Elle’ With Movie About Lesbian Nun

26 April 2017 7:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Paul Verhoeven is set to make a second French-language film, following last year’s “Elle,” which garnered an Academy Award nomination for its star, Isabelle Huppert. The Dutch director, best known for “Basic Instinct” and “Total Recall,” is set to re-team with “Elle” producer Saïd Ben Saïd on “Blessed Virgin,” a film centered on Sister Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century nun who suffers from disturbing and erotic visions that lead to a lesbian affair with another nun. Belgian actress Virginie Efira, who starred in “Elle,” will play Carlini. Also Read: Isabelle Huppert, 'Elle' Win France's Cesar Awards The project »

- Nigel M. Smith

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