18 items from 2015
Even if the only movies that Francis Ford Coppola ever made were the three Godfather films, he'd still be a cinematic legend. But he didn't just stop there: The Conversation, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Dracula, Apocalypse Now. The list goes on and on. He is, simply put, one of the Greats. That's why Coppola is such a welcome choice for The Director's Chair, a fantastic ongoing series on El Rey Network where Robert Rodriguez chats candidly with filmmakers about the entirety of their careers. In the past he's hosted Guillermo del Toro, Quentin Tarantino and John Carpenter, and they've all resulted in very worthwhile conversations about the realities of being a working artist in Hollywood. Speaking of that, we've got a clip from the upcoming The...
- Peter Hall
Goth is dead, long live goth! “Crimson Peak” is bringing back the heyday of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” A luscious color palette can be just as menacing as a blue filter. Sometimes more so, since audiences are unnerved by a pop of canary yellow when Color Theory is telling the hindbrain it should be slate grey. And of course, what gothic tale would be complete without an enigma in a crushed velvet waistcoat? Tom Hiddleston is a man of many talents. One of the his most appreciated ones is breathing life into dangerous, brooding men. His breakout role as Loki in “Thor” led to his turn as Adam in “Only Lovers Left Alive,” and now the mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak.” Based on the trailer above, Victorian ladies aren’t the only ones who will be getting the vapors. I mean, is del Toro trying to kill us? »
- Donna Dickens
In a close battle for the top-selling disc the week ending Feb. 8, a reboot of one of Universal’s classic monster franchises narrowly outsold the latest Keanu Reeves actioner.
Universal Pictures’ “Dracula Untold” debuted atop the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales charts, which combine DVD and Blu-ray unit sales data, and the dedicated Blu-ray disc sales chart. The film, which grossed $56.3 million at the domestic box office, stars Luke Evans in a story about how the famed vampire came to be.
Lionsgate’s “John Wick” was a close No. 2 on both sales charts, selling 95% as many total copies and 97% as many Blu-ray discs; 50% of “Wick” unit sales were on Blu-ray, compared with 49% for “Dracula.”
“Wick,” a critically lauded thriller starring Keanu Reeves, grossed $43 million at the domestic box office, and also debuted atop Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week. “Dracula,” like most Universal new releases, is held »
- John Latchem
We belong to each other now, for better, for worse, like love – only real. – Frank Cotton, Hellraiser Intellectually, love is a many splendid things. It is an emotion that overtakes, infiltrates and can consume us. While our mind can romanticize love and all that comes with it, rarely do we see the physical…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Our obsession with big screen vampires dates back nearly a century since the blood-sucking undead Nosferatu stalked his way through the shadows in F.W. Murnau’s 1922 film. An unliscensed version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu paved the way for every vamp from Blacula and those vamps slayed by Buffy to Edward Cullen and co.
Now we’re getting a look at a whole new crop of vampires in Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s uproarious mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. The hilarious film focuses on four vampires – Viago, Vladislav, Petyr, and Deacon – who are flatmates in Wellington, New Zealand. Along with their human friend Stu, the immortal souls struggle with the mundane everyday tasks like paying the bills and the covering their share of household work via the chore wheel, because vampires! They’re just like us!
The riotous film has been touring the festival circuit for over a year, »
- Rachel West
Exclusive: Partners behind Breathe Umphefumlo reteaming on new slate of films.
The partners behind Berlinale Special world premiere Breathe Umphefumlo – Cape Town, South Africa-based Isango Ensemble, Advantage Entertainment, and the UK’s Film & Music Entertainment (F&Me) – are reteaming on a slate of new films starting with an adaptation of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera to shoot in Cape Town in August.
Dornford-May said, “The Beggar’s Opera is a savagely funny satire on money, morals and marriage — as relevant and biting today as it was when first written. Setting the film in post war colonial Cape Town will give it a visual style and a music flair that will inform the original – and take it further.”
“We have a number of other film ideas in development »
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“Breathe — Umphefumlo,” which transports the classic Puccini opera to a Cape Town township, will have its world premiere Feb. 8 as a special presentation at the 65th Berlinale.
As with “U-Carmen,” which was an adaptation of Bizet’s opera, featuring South Africa’s award-winning Isango Ensemble, helmer Mark Dornford-May looked for a way to translate “La Boheme” to a modern South African township setting — a hallmark of the group, which was founded in 2000 by Dornford-May, and draws its performers from the distinct neighborhoods surrounding Cape Town.
The director says he found parallels between the Paris of “La Boheme” and contemporary Cape Town in an unlikely place: Tuberculosis claims the life of one of the main characters in the original opera, set in the 1840s, and continues to »
- Christopher Vourlias
*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by Universal Pictures. Director: Gary Shore. Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless and Bram Stoker. Cast: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper and Art Parkinson. Dracula Untold is a major horror release. This title was released in theatres, throughout 2014. And, the film made over 200 million in domestic and international markets. Now, the early telling of Dracula's (Luke Evans) early life is making its way to home entertainment platforms. The film's use of quality settings and costumes enhanced the film's visual appeal. As well, steeped in supernatural elements, Dracula Untold tells an ancient story of creatures living off of mortals' blood. The supernatural elements detract from any believability, but the film is consistently full of conflict and action. Dracula gets a chance to show his true colours in this major release and those colours are blood red. The film begins with Vlad the Impaler. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Earlier this week, "Dracula Untold," the 2014 epic from Universal and Legendary that starred Luke Evans as the war-torn leader forced into making a very literal deal with the devil (and turning into the famous bloodsucker we know so well), was released on home video platforms, including digital download. To make the occasion, Universal flew a bunch of journalists out to Romania to walk around ancient castles from the era of the real-life historical figure, Vlad the Impaler. I, however, was not one of those journalists. (When your invitation is delivered via bat, it's easy to see how it would get lost in transit.) So instead we got on the phone and spoke to the very charming Evans.
During the conversation, we talked about whether or not any previous big screen incarnations of Dracula inspired his performance, what the special features on the Blu-ray will offer fans of the film, where »
- Drew Taylor
Jupiter Ascending, 2015
Written and directed by The Wachowskis
In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by a ruthless son of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.
In an age where comic book movies, reboots, remakes and films based on toys reign supreme, a movie like Jupiter Ascending should be praised for at least being “original”. It’s a movie that doesn’t play it safe with its $175 million budget and instead makes the sort of film one wouldn’t expect to see in this age of cinema. And who better to do this than The Wachowskis, who wowed us back in 1999 with the fantastic The Matrix, »
- Luke Owen
When it comes to the character of Dracula, cinema has had more than its fair share of great actors take on the role. Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, and Gary Oldman are just a few of the superb actors to play the iconic role and now Luke Evans is the latest to take up the mantle. The man took on Vin Diesel and The Rock in Fast And Furious 6 and brought down the mighty Cumberbatch dragon in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. I'd say »
- Sean Wist
"Bees don’t lie," assures Sean Bean. "Feel my skin!" implores Tuppence Middleton. "I love dogs," swoons Mila Kunis. Say what you will about the Wachowskis’ space fairytale Jupiter Ascending, it’s not short of quotable lines.
Since they struck box office gold with The Matrix in 1999, the Wachowskis have turned out a string of bold films with varying success, from the bewilderingly hectic (Speed Racer) to the bravely intricate (their 2012 adaptation of Cloud Atlas, with co-director Tom Tykwer). Jupiter Ascending emerges as a manic compendium of most of their films to date: it has the dark conspiracies of The Matrix trilogy, the high-octane action sequences of Speed Racer, which whiz past your eyes in a blur of pixels, and the labyrinthine plotting of Cloud Atlas.
In essence, Jupiter Ascending »
Dracula Untold producer Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Ghost Rider, Moneyball, Captain Phillips) talks about what brought him to the journey of uncovering the monster’s origins: “As a kid, I always wanted to know who turned Dracula into a vampire. I wondered, ‘Was he the first? Were there others?’ It was a delicious, unanswered question that’s not been covered, even in Bram Stoker’s novel.” When a script by the writing team of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless landed on De Luca’s desk, it ignited the filmmaker’s imagination. “I thought it was ingenious,” he says, adding, “the untold origin story and an unknown chapter … Continue reading →
The post VOD Spotlight: Dracula Untold appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Wow. I mean, just wow. We’ve already been as hooked on House of Cards as a test lab mouse is on Pepsi sugar. As if they just can’t toy with us enough, they show the final season of the award winning show right after Kevin Spacey’s Golden Globe win for the character we’ve come to love… and fear.
In an ill twist of fate, audiences would have to wait two whole weeks (Ok that’s a lie, it’s thirteen days, but no one noticed right?) for the season to be released; February 27th compared to last year’s ironic release on Valentine’s Day. As we have just learned how to cope with the denial of this being the series’ final season, we have enough from the commercial to sustain us these long four weeks.
Well that’s a flat out lie. We know nothing. »
- Catherina Gioino
There are times, o’ fiends, when yours cruelly sits back in his coffin and thinks “Damn, this gig is really n’ truly tha sh**’!”, and let me tell ya, this is ‘tha sh**tiest’ time I’ve had here yet! Wait… that doesn’t sound right… let me try again. Writin’ for ol’ Famous Monsters is a nightmare come true for the ol’ Ouija Board Kid, and what follows this ramblin’ non-sensory just proves that putrid point, as I get to chew tha fat with one of my favorite artists in the comics biz today: Tom Scioli! So why not join us as we wax all nostalgic-like and geek tha F out in the process!
Famous Monsters. So, you’re currently goin’ ape on the new Transformers Vs G.I. Joe series over at Idw, but how did you get started on the ol’ scintillatin’ sequentials biz?
Tom Scioli. Some of »
Adam Sandler has lined up a ridiculous cast for “Ridiculous 6,” a Happy Madison production that will be the first film under his groundbreaking deal with Netflix, TheWrap has learned.
According to insiders close to the project, Sandler will star alongside “Grown Ups 2″ frat boy Taylor Lautner, three-time Oscar nominee Nick Nolte, “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton and comedian Whitney Cummings, as well as Happy Madison regulars Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice, the »
- Jeff Sneider
One of the most enduring and captivating figures of all time unveils his beginnings in Dracula Untold, a gorgeously realized, never before seen, story of the legendary vampire’s origin story. Dracula Untold debuts on Digital HD on January 20, 2015 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand February 3, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.
For almost a century, the legend of Dracula has mesmerized audiences with the story of a charismatic royal who feasts on the blood of innocents after the sun goes down. Dracula Untold reveals the man behind the myth in the thrilling, action-packed tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Fast & Furious 6), who makes a terrifying deal with a supernatural ally that will allow him to save his family and his country – at the cost of his soul. »
- Movie Geeks
Bolt the doors! Board up the windows! Turn out the lights! Get under the covers…. Wait! Hands off! It’s time for the Mondo Squallido “Not-so Annual Not-so Halloween” Halloween Special! Do you have the courage to face Count Dracula!? No! Not Bela Lugosi or Christoper Lee! Jamie Gillis!
Yes that’s right! Tonight we tackle Dracula Sucks, an adult re-imagining of the Bram Stoker classic! Our creep host (me) is about to dissect this star studded cult classic…. Can you stomach it? Yes! Nice!
- Mondo Squallido
18 items from 2015
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