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“Poker Night” offers a near-indigestible mix of tricky “Pulp Fiction”-esque structural convolution, torture-porn tropes and a somewhat distasteful level of snark, making for a self-satisfied puzzle that most viewers will run out of patience trying to unravel. This first theatrical feature for TV veteran Greg Francis won’t linger long in theaters after its single-screen Los Angeles launch on Dec. 20. Nonetheless, some familiar cast faces and other marketable elements should make it salable in various markets as a home-format item; it was released on VOD and iTunes earlier this month.
Jeter (Beau Mirchoff, TV’s “Awkward”) is a rookie cop just promoted to detective. After an instance of highly public heroism, he’s invited to the titular ritual evening, where, between playing hands, a circle of older policemen (including Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito and Ron Eldard) school him by relating stories “worth a year’s street experience.” Each invariably »
- Dennis Harvey
The series, which is based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” follows a ruthless warrior (Wu) and a young boy who take a dangerous journey together to find enlightenment.
“After working together with such a talented team of executive producers, writers and executives at AMC, I am excited for the opportunity to bring this character to life,” said Wu, who will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which was ordered straight to series with six one-hour episodes in July.
Emily Beecham (“28 Weeks Later”), Sarah Bolger (“The Tudors”) and Oliver Stark (“My Hero”) round out the cast. David Dobkin (“The Judge”) will be the director and co-executive producer, alongside series creators/showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon”) and executive producers Stephen Fung »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Wu will play Sunny, a ruthless warrior who teams up with a young boy to traverse dangerous lands and find enlightenment. He will also executive produce the six-episode series, which was ordered by the network in July and is set for a late 2015 or 2016 release.
See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014
The Chinese-American actor has starred in over 60 films, including “City of Glass” and “Around the World in 80 Days.” Wu also won the 2006 Hong Kong prize for »
- Travis Reilly
Apparently, if you watch a family animated movie, it's five times more likely that the parent of a main character will die.
A new piece of research that's been published in the British Medical Journal has compared the fate of characters in children's cartoons, compared to live action movies aimed at an adult audience. By children's cartoons - its words - the report is talking about animated movies. And it argues that animated family films are "rife with death and destruction", comparing the content to that of "rampant horrors".
As part of its analysis, the new study looked at the time it took characters to tie in the top 45 grossing children-targeting animated movies, from, er, 1937 to the present day. This took in Snow White through to Frozen.
The study also looked at whether the first screen death in such features was either a murder, or of a main character's parent. »
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Ghost Trap Phone Case […]
- Peter Sciretta
Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry has done its part to ensure the continued existence of the greatest and most important movies ever made. They do this by adding 25 titles at a time to the Library of Congress, where they are maintained and kept in the hopes of keeping them around forever. In the past we.ve seen them add titles like Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, and Silence of the Lambs, and today, the 2014 group of films has been announced. It.s a list with more than a few titles you.ll be happy to see, and you can check out the full list below: 13 Lakes (2004) Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913) The Big Lebowski (1998) Down Argentine Way (1940) The Dragon Painter (1919) Felicia (1965) Ferris Bueller.s Day Off (1986) The Gang.s All Here (1943) House of Wax (1953) Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport (2000) Little Big Man (1970) Luxo »
“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.
The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to »
- Scott Foundas
For over 20 years now The Library of Congress has chosen a select group of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, and this year's titles have just been revealed. Last year's additions included Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Disney's Mary Poppins and Michael Moore's Roger & Me. Now 25 more films will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act as they have been deemed "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history" and represent "the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant." So what made the cut? Variety reports this year's additions include Steven Spielberg's war drama Saving Private Ryan, easily one of the filmmaker's best, Roman Polanski's iconic horror film Rosemary's Baby and John Hughes' comedic classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In addition, the musical adaptation Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder, »
- Ethan Anderton
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: How to Train […]
- Peter Sciretta
It says something about just how profoundly groundbreaking "Pulp Fiction" was that, 20 years later, we're still getting movies in that style, though to continually diminishing returns. But, if you're hankering for a wacky, violent movie, with quips that fly as much as bullets, well, "Kill Me Three Times" may just do the job. Starring Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey, and Luke Hemsworth, the story centers on a young singer (Braga) in a multi-threaded tale of blackmail and revenge that includes a mercurial assassin (Pegg), a gambling addict (Stapleton), and a small town Lady Macbeth (Palmer) among others. Yawn. You've seen this before, right? And indeed, the trailer really brings the energy, but none of it feels remotely involving. Our review out of Tiff notes this is filled with "trite action and insipid characters." No release date yet for the film, but check out the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It started with an infographic. Then more infographics. And some think pieces. And some brief TwitterRage. Over the last year and a half, women’s role in cinema, specifically Hollywood cinema, has become a lightning rod for discussion and debate, and more so than any time in the past, people are approaching film a little more critically in regards to how women are portrayed. The statistics are mind-numbingly bleak, with women representing a fraction of the work force behind the camera, from director to CEO to the best boy. Women in front of the camera rarely fair much better, with roles such as “beautiful and always understanding girlfriend/wife to the hilarious schlub” and “girl with cleavage that shoots guns in tight clothes”.
Last week I happened across a piece about the Best Actress race for the upcoming Academy Award Ceremony and the author talked about how the Actress race »
- Jae K. Renfrow
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Known for her recurring role as Dora Mae Dreifuss on HBO’s Carnivale (amongst countless other projects), Amanda Aday has surely proven herself as much more than “Meat Loaf’s Daughter.” An actress and writer, Aday has recently taken the leap to try her hand at directing, with her new horror flick Painless. Icons of Fright was fortunate enough to have a chat with this jack-of-all trades about the industry, dream projects, and directing while female.
Icons: I know you have been acting for a very long time and you’ve developed a pretty nice career out of it, what made you decide to direct?
Amanda Aday: I think it’s always been in the back of my mind. Even when I was little during class projects, instead of making dioramas or writing papers, my friends and I would always make movies. »
- BJ Colangelo
Spoilersa favorite drama, where Shakespeare’s Hamlet themes fornicated with classic Grindhouse and Pulp Fiction genres, “Sons of Anarchy” on FX has finally come to an end.No longer can we look forward to lingering frames of man-ass, Tig’s (Kim Coates) intense glare or Chib’s (Tommy Flanagan) nearly indecipherable bucking up. Those of us who hung in there for the whole run still miss Piney’s (William Lucking) “Church” side-eyes and his son Opie’s (Ryan Hurst) Zen moments of centering lead character Jax (Charlie Hunnam) who ended the series in a Big Bang. Sons of Anarchy was brought to life by showrunner Kurt Sutter, who played a key […] »
- April Neale
There are weird people out there. It’s just one of those things that we’ve got to learn to accept: They’re out there, with their crazy ideas, watching and waiting.
That being said – weird is far from a bad thing. In fact, weird is wonderful! Weird people gave us Twin Peaks, Star Wars and Pulp Fiction. Weirdos probably invented the doughnut and the car. Weirdos are, hands down, the best of us. It’s being weird that sets anyone or anything aside from the millions of others out there, and in a market as crowded as gaming, this is almost a mantra. Being generic and falling in line is easy enough, but creating an experience that has your character dancing in their boxer shorts on the moon, Risky Business style, to ridiculous J-Pop, is much more fun.
And at the end of the day, what are you going to remember more? »
- Sam Driver
(Jules: "Vincent! We happy?" Vincent: "Yeah, we happy.") My, my, how does time fly... It seems like yesterday that I walked into a Dutch theater and watched Pulp Fiction for the first time, the audience literally rolling over with laughter as John Travolta's Vincent Vega described his adventures in Amsterdam. And now we're all a full two decades older already. Distributor Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK Ltd. noticed the anniversary as well, and has re-released Pulp Fiction in a Deluxe Box edition. So... what's in the box? Trinkets, mostly, and of course the film itself, the disc of which features a fine transfer (albeit region B only) and is stacked with extras. But this article is, of course, about the packaging... Check out the gallery below,...
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Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
Jules: “You know what they call a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese in Paris?”
1994. The year Justin Bieber and Harry Styles were born – luckily the world was not ready yet for those two (was it ever ready?) and instead, we had actual art like Pulp Fiction to lift us from the grave, like The Bride in Kill Bill Vol.2. Interestingly, much like The Bride Pulp Fiction had to fight through the suffocating dirt that went with making an independent film in the 90s. Before we delve further in to the humble beginnings of the iconic film, 1994 was the year Dumb And Dumber, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Interview With The Vampire and Natural Born Killers were released. Not a bad year for film you could say, certainly for a young kid growing up then. I must admit, I wasn’t totally aware of Pulp Fiction at that time, but »
- Louise Tooth
★★★★★It’s hard to believe the film that launched a thousand talky, hipster-inflected indie movies and changed the whole face of the industry is actually twenty years old. The sophomoric effort of a young film geek who had greatly impressed critically (if not commercially) with his debut Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994) has remained a lasting influence over a whole generation of cineastes in the way Star Wars (1977) did for a more populist audience two decades previously. But of late, the film seems to have lost a little of its lustre as the younger horde of Tarantino fans gravitate towards his later work.
- CineVue UK
On The Walking Dead, Josh McDermitt's character, Eugene, is a skilled liar—and also still alive, at least going into the Nov. 30 midseason finale. But McDermitt himself will always give it to you straight, which we learned when he took our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to find out why he didn't enjoy Pulp Fiction, which TV character he'd date in real life, why he picked up the Sweet Valley High book series when he was young, and why a dog once bit him in the butt. »
- Mandi Bierly
Many find Love Actually to be a "Royale" hunk of cheese, but thanks to the creative folks at Screen Junkies, we are all reminded that it also boasts one of the most badass casts of all time. More than 11 years ago, the romantic R-rated comedy movie was released. It received mixed reviews. It also made more than $246 million worldwide and remains a popular chick flick. On Tuesday, Screen Junkies released a parody "honest" trailer calling the 2003 film a "Pulp Fiction for girls, stuffed with eight different plot lines that are creepy and depressing when you actually stop to think about them" and "one of the most subversive chick flicks of all time." It's »
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