18 items from 2015
Arriving in cinemas early next year is the new fantasy movie Gods Of Egypt. The film, directed by Dark City's Alex Proyas, tells the story of a collection of Egyptian gods, goddesses and people. Yet after the release of the first posters for the Gerard Butler-headlined movie, and the first trailer, Gods Of Egypt has attracted controversy.
The problem? That its cast is made up almost entirely of white actors, and isn't reflective of the area of the world in which the movie is set.
Turns out that Proyas and Lionsgate - the studio behind the movie - both see the problem and have apologised for it.
Proyas told Forbes that "the process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting »
Alex Proyas is a director firmly on the list of those who don't always get the credit he deserved. He'll always have a particular place in our heart for the marvellous Dark City and the original The Crow. Yet even in a film such as Knowing, which doesn't match the standards of those two, there's a spectacular stand out sequence in the midst of it all.
Knowing was Proyas' last film, back in 2009. His new project, Gods Of Egypt, finally arrives next year. It stars Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. And we've got posters, a synopsis and a trailer for the movie.
The posters you can see by clicking on the gallery at the top. It'd be fair to say that the assorted character posters released thus far have not gone down a storm. »
It wouldn’t be the early months of the year without some sort of green screen-heavy, cheap-looking, mythology-based action-adventure tentpole. Following in the footsteps of Pompeii, Clash of the Titans, Seventh Son, and many more, 2016 will bring Gods of Egypt. Despite some truly awful initial posters (seen below), this one does come from director Alex Proyas, who has shown talent in the past with Dark City and The Crow.
The first trailer has now landed, which looks to pack a bit more inventiveness than your average early-year blockbuster, but still doesn’t have us looking forward to it all that much. Starring Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman, Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, and Elodie Yung, check out the trailer below.
In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero »
- Leonard Pearce
I have to be honest, I completely forgot this movie even existed or was even a thing, but indeed, "Dark City" and "I, Robot" director Alex Proyas has made a big budget swords and sandals flick, "Gods Of Egypt." And today, the first trailer has landed to remind everyone that this movie is indeed coming, offering a first taste of the epic adventure. Chadwick Boseman, Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, and Elodie Yung are part of the ensemble for the movie inspired by classic myths, in which a grand romance and the fate of the world hang in the balance, as they usually do. Here's the official synopsis: In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been over a year since we've heard anything from Gods Of Egypt, the upcoming fantasy adventure flick from Dark City and Knowing director Alex Proyas, but the release of these first posters could mean that the first trailer is on its way. These character posters come courtesy of Lionsgate, Yahoo!, IMDb, EW, Hitfix and Just Jared, and feature stars Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler, Nikolaj... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Gods Of Egypt Character Posters Released. If you’ve never heard of director Alex Proyas, do yourself a favour and watch his masterpiece, Dark City (1998) (and make sure its the director’s cut!). He’s made some missteps in his filmography. There are loads of people that will tell you that his most recent film, Knowing (2009), was a piece of […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Alex Proyas doesn’t make as many movies as we’d like to see from him. The director of Dark City and Knowing is a selective filmmaker. By studio filmmaking standards, he’s an ambitious director. Knowing may not be everyone’s favorite movie, but it does end with the destruction of Earth and the lead character dying, not saving the world. Proyas’ new film, Gods […]
The post Wtf: The ‘Gods of Egypt’ Character Posters Are… Something Else appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
Did you know Alex Proyas has a new film coming out this year? I think I did, but I forgot, and now I wish I could go back to forgetting because these posters for the fantasy film titled Gods of Egypt are very disheartening.
The director of some of my favorite films including Dark City, The Crow and Knowing (yes, I liked Knowing a ton) is either being punked by the Lionsgate marketing department, or the movie will be a multi-coloured disaster.
Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his [Continued ...] »
The Wrap is reporting that director Corin Hardy is in negotiations to helm “The Crow” remake for Relativity Media after the production studio filed for bankruptcy in March. Hardy gained critical acclaim after helming the creature film, “The Hallow”, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
There is currently no lead actor in the role of Eric Draven, a rock star who is brutally murdered alongside his beloved girlfriend by a group of gang members. With the help of a mystical crow, Draven is resurrected from the grave to exact vengeance on the ones that killed him and the love of his life.
Sources say Relativity is investing around $7 million in the remake, which includes $2.5 million to maintain the rights to future prequels, sequels, and remake rights. Producer Edward S. Pressman has filed an injunction against Relativity Media if principal photography does not begin in the next three years. »
- J.B. Casas
When the news broke that Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who, it was said that part of her reasoning was down to landing the lead role in Victoria, ITV’s new period drama about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign.
Today, we’ve got our first look at her in the royal role. Here’s the image…
Interestingly, two other faces from the world of Doctor Who have also joined the cast. Eve Myles of Torchwood and Tommy Knight of The Sarah Jane Adventures have both signed up for unknown roles. Rufus Sewell of Dark City will portray Lord Melbourne, the first Prime Minister to work alongside Queen Victoria.
The show will start with Victoria as an 18-year-old and work up to her marriage with Prince Albert. »
The official first season of Amazon's The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick's alternate history novel of the same name, premieres next week and a new trailer has dropped titled "Defiance". It uses a lot of footage from the season premier which Amazon used to gauge interest in the series a year or so ago, which makes sense as when the whole thing premiers many people will still be unfamiliar with the show. However, there is some new explosive footage near the end of the 2.35 minute run time.
A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII ma [Continued ...] »
You might have forgotten, but a few years ago, Warner Bros. had an ambitious plan in place to make John Milton's "Paradise Lost" a big 3D movie. Alex Proyas ("Dark City") was going to direct and Bradley Cooper (Lucifer), Djimon Honsou (Abdiel, the angel of death), Casey Affleck (Gabriel, God’s noted messenger and angel), Camilla Belle (Eve), and Callan McAuliffe (Uriel, one of seven archangels) were all slated to star. Pre-production was well underway, and a schedule had been set, but the studio got nervous about the cost and eventually scrapped the movie. But big screen adaptations of classic literature seems to be a thing now (see "The Odyssey") so WB is gonna take another bite at the apple. Read More: Hugh Jackman Looking To Take Homer's 'Odyssey' They snapped up the rights to a pitch by Dwain Worrell for "Dante's Inferno." Of course, this effort has "franchise potential, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Witten will attend Comic-Con, where Heavy Metal’s panel is set to disclose its future plans.
Witten’s producer and executive producer credits include an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “Cell,” with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack; “Mother’s Day”; “Chernobyl Diaries”; and 2009’s “Friday the 13th.” Witten was president of Fangoria Film after working as a production exec at Paramount, where he oversaw “Vanilla Sky” and “Mission Impossible 3,” and at New Line, where he presided over “The Wedding Singer,” “Spawn,” “Dark City” and “Final Destination.”
Witten broke into the business in the early 1990s when he partnered with Image Comics co-founder Rob Liefeld on film and TV projects.
Heavy Metal magazine, which began publishing in 1977 in the U.S., specializes in dark fantasy/science-fiction and erotica. »
- Dave McNary
Nb: the following contains spoilers for Jurassic World.
For Universal, the success of Jurassic World is the $500m pay-off to a story which began well over a decade ago. Work on a third Jurassic Park sequel originally began after the release of Joe Johnston’s coolly-received Jurassic Park III way back in 2001, yet the film languished in a pre-production quagmire as writer after writer seemingly struggled to crack the story.
William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) was the first screenwriter to step up to the plate, announced at a time when Keira Knightley was reportedly in the running for a major role. Around that time, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough were also thought to be returning to their respective roles of Ian Malcom and John Hammond. »
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As even a cursory glance at the TV Tropes page will tell you, the idea of a seemingly normal town with a dark secret is one of popular culture’s most frequently explored ideas. The dichotomy of an idyllic life with lurking horrors underneath it has been deployed by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to David Lynch to David E. Kelley, yielding a spectrum of results and interpretations. There’s been so many of them, in fact, that it’s dulled the impact of the genre because the audience is expecting something strange to happen before too long. For a new entry to stand out, it needs to have either an incredibly distinctive voice or a twist on the structure that transcends its stock setting. »
- Les Chappell
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
ITV has found their Beowulf in the form of Da Vinci's Demons' Kieran Bew. Step this way for more casting news and a first look at the set...
ITV is getting in on Game Of Thrones' swords-and-dragons action with its forthcoming Beowulf series, a thirteen-part adventure due to arrive later this year.
The show, which is set to occupy similiar Anglo-Saxon territory as the BBC's new The Last Kingdom and The History Channel's Vikings, has announced its cast. Taking the title role of heroic monster-hunter Beowulf is Kieran Bew (Da Vinci's Demons, The Bletchley Circle), joined by William Hurt (The Host, Dark City) as legendary Danish king Hrothgar, Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall, The Borgias) as Rheda, Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) as Slean, David Ajala as Rate, and more.
The official press bumf describes the series as "essentially, a western set in the Dark Ages of Britain's mythic past", to »
18 items from 2015
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