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• The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton will star opposite Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and Kill Your Darling’s Dane DeHaan in upcoming period drama, Life. Anton Corbijn (The American) will direct the film, which centers around the real life friendship that blossomed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the iconic movie star for Life magazine in 1955. Edgerton will portray Magnum Photography editor John Morris, the man who brokered the deal for the photographs with Life. [Variety]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Around these parts we love us some Casper Van Dien. We've had a soft spot for him since his days as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers. We know the guy has the goods, and hopefully he gets a chance to stretch his legs a bit with the new feature June!
L. Gustavo Cooper (Velvet Road) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb. Gregor Habsburg (Hellbenders), Jacquelyn Frisco (Tell-Tale), and Duane A. Sikes will produce with Raven Banner Entertainment partners Michael Paszt, »
- Uncle Creepy
L. Gustavo Cooper (“Velvet Road”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb. Gregor Habsburg (“Hellbenders”), Jacquelyn Frisco (“Tell-Tale”) and Duane A. Sikes will produce with Raven Banner Entertainment partners Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew T. Hunt.
- Dave McNary
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Ahead of the release of The Single Moms Club, a film written, directed, produced by and starring Tyler Perry, we thought it was worthwhile looking back on all the Tyler Perry Productions (Tpp) that came before it. In total, Perry has produced 16 films (including Smc) from the ongoing Madea franchise to stand-alones, such as Temptation and Why Did I Get Married? All of the films have been met with varying degrees of praise and success. But who has actually sat down and watched all of them? Inspired by that question, I decided to review all of Perry’s film in order to grade and rank each film.
To see how they fall in order (from worst to best), flip through the gallery above. For a more in-depth, critical analysis keep on reading!
(Warning: The films were not watched in order of release. In fact, if watched in »
- Stacy Lambe
Amy Smart is one of the stars of Tyler Perry’s latest comedy-drama, The Single Moms Club. In the film she plays Hillary, a wealthy woman who has just gotten divorced after 12 years of marriage and sees the financial support from her husband quickly evaporate. It doesn’t take long for Hillary to find herself completely unprepared for this situation and overwhelmed with responsibilities that she had previously been able to elude. Thankfully, she soon finds a group of single moms from different walks of life who are also dealing with the immense challenges of raising children without a father around. Through their collective friendship they discover how they can become better parents than they already are.
- Ben Kenber
Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor Jamie Price and visual effects supervisor Nordin Rahhali about bringing a robotic enhanced law enforcement officer to the futuristic streets of Detroit once again...
“I saw the original in the theatre when it came out in 1987,” recalls Jamie Price (The A-Team) who was chosen by filmmaker José Padilha (Bus 174) to supervise the visual effects for RoboCop (2014). “I watched it and the sequels again before we made this movie to re-familiarize myself because sometimes your recollections don’t always match the reality of it. One of my first questions to José was, ‘What approach are you thinking for the movie?’ In a lot of ways the original is untouchable. He had the same feeling and was clear that we weren’t remaking RoboCop. We were making our version of it.” The subject matter would be the same though the tone shifted away from »
Here at Dread Central we love Ashley Bell, and any time word comes that she's in something genre-related, we get all bent up like Nell from The Last Exorcism in anticipation! That being said, her latest flick, Sparks, is getting ready to hit DVD, and we have an exclusive clip and more!
Directed by Christopher Folino (The Troll, Gamers) and Todd Burrows, Sparks stars Bell along with Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Clint Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jake Busey (Starship Troopers), and William Katt ("The Greatest American Hero").
Look for it on DVD and Digital Download on March 18, 2014, via Image Home Entertainment.
After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group, known as The Rochester 13, gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks (Williamson) doesn’t feel remotely super… but after his parents’ death, he throws himself into battle against the »
- Uncle Creepy
Last week I attended a footage reveal for the upcoming sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow. I don’t usually do these things, because they’re pure PR and I try not to whore for the studios. I mean, you can’t even pretend to offer anything like an honest review of a movie when you’ve seen only a small part of it, so everything I can offer here, positive or negative, must be hedged with “but I could be wrong; we’ll know when we see the actual film” and “I can’t say for sure without seeing the whole movie.”
So why did I attend this event? Well, I’m really hopeful for this one: it’s from director Doug Liman, who makes action movies for people who don’t want to have to turn their brains off, which is a rare thing. And I’m such »
- MaryAnn Johanson
A pedestrian animated “sequel” to H.G. Wells’ original story, awkwardly titled “War of the Worlds: Goliath,” turns that tale of Victorian-era Martian invasion into a generic series of noisy “Transformers”/”Starship Troopers”-style battle scenes set around the onset of Wwi. Rote character writing, voicing and animation devalue the more impressive design elements of Joe Pearson’s long-aborning project, which began production in 2009 after more than a decade’s development. The film’s North American bow this Friday on single New York and Los Angeles screens, simultaneous with VOD and iTunes availability, marks its first theatrical exposure since a late 2012 opening in its principal producing nation, Malaysia. Home formats beckon internationally.
David Abramowitz’s script takes place 15 years after the events of Wells’ 1899 novel. (Neither book nor author merits attribution in the credits here, rather oddly.) Civilization has rebuilt itself after the Martians’ devastating attack, which claimed 140 million lives before »
- Dennis Harvey
Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) wakes up in Heathrow airport, which is now a military base on the frontline in the war against alien invaders known as Mimics. He’s about to be shipped off to France in one final push against the ever-growing extra-terrestrial threat. He feels like he’s been here before though, and that’s because he has. An encounter with the “Omega” Mimic has left Cage in a time loop, waking him up back at the base a day earlier every time he dies.
That’s the pitch for Edge of Tomorrow, a bonkers mix of Starship Troopers and Groundhog Day that’s based on a Japanese novel fantastically titled All You Need is Kill. Earlier this week, we had the chance to preview about 20 minutes of the film and we’re happy to report that there’s a lot to be excited about.
We’re first »
- Dominic Mill
In my review for Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable I lamented the lack of love for “b-games,” the low-budget no-man’s-land of the video game world. Aaa titles with behemoth budgets will receive reams of recognition (or drown in derision when they come out poorly), and tiny indie titles will usually find a cult following to join them under the radar of the masses.
B-games, however, don’t get that love. They don’t have the massive production values of the big boys, nor do they have the artistic merit of their micro-budget indie brethren. Earth Defense Force 2025 falls squarely into this sad void, which is a damn shame, as it’s unabashedly stupid, loud, and most of all fun.
8 years have passed since the Ravagers were repelled by the Earth Defense Force (in Earth Defense Force 2017, of course), and mankind has breathed a collective sigh of relief. We quickly fell »
- Carl Lyon
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Glory Road: based on a true story about the first interracial college basketball team, this predictable sports drama succeeds mainly thanks to its engaging cast, including Josh Lucas as the coach [at Netflix] A Hijacking (Kapringen): harrowing Danish drama of modern-day piracy as a sort of illicit corporate takeover; riveting and exhausting [my review] [at Netflix] Love Is All You Need: charming and wise, this is a delightful romantic dramedy about making the most of whatever life throws at you [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Ender’s Game: the Big Sf Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
Oscar noms I caught up with
The Broken Circle Breakdown: heartbreaking melodrama about »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The title is terrible: it’s so generic, and wasn’t there a TV soap called Edge of Tomorrow years back? (It was two soap operas, in fact: Search for Tomorrow and The Edge of Night.) And I keep wanting to call it Welcome to Yesterday, which also would appear to apply.
Also, my boyfriend Bill Paxton is in this, according to the IMDb.
I’m attending a footage reveal tomorrow morning, which won’t be embargoed, so I’ll have some more to say asap afterward.
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Paul Verhoeven filmography screens at the Tiff Bell Lightbox through April 4th, culminating in a screening of his new “crowdsourced” film, Tricked.
Common wisdom dictates that cynicism and sentimentality are carefully linked, if not outright synonymous. In filmic terms, the most comfortable formulation of that argument is to align, for instance, romantic comedies with socially-acceptable (and, often, utterly noxious) notions of gender politics. Through the deployment of relationships and character profiles that support popular notions of how women and men behave, these movies are able to exploit comfortable mores in order to mainline easy pathos. What’s less common is to consider how that relationship between affect and effect can be subverted, perhaps because it’s relatively rare for truly subversive artists to be handed the proverbial keys to the kingdom.
- Simon Howell
The El Rey Network has unveiled 5 cool new character posters from Robert Rodriguez's new reimagined horror show 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series'. Thankfully the network and marketing team have decided against the usual drab background-less poses that many a show tends to opt for these days. Instead we have a batch of vibrant, colourful and bloody new posters featuring many of the key cast members including the Gecko brothers, the Fuller family and the sexy Santanico Pandemonium. The series stars D.J. Cotrona ('G.I. Joe: Retaliation'), Zane Holtz ('Holes'), Wilmer Valderrama ('That 70's Show'), Robert Patrick ('Terminator 2: Judgment Day'), Madison Davenport ('Shameless'), Brandon Soo Hoo ('Ender's Game'), Don Johnson, Adrianne Palicki ('Friday Night Lights'), Jake Busey ('Starship Troopers'), Lane Garrison ('Prison Break') and Eiza Gonzalez. Check out the posters below. »
Ahead of its premiere in just under a fortnight, the El Rey Network has released five blood-soaked character posters for Robert Rodriguez's upcoming small screen adaptation From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which we've got for you right here....
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series sees D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) taking over from George Clooney and Tarantino as the Gecko brothers, while the rest of the cast includes Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files) as Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless) as Kate Fuller, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game) as Scott Fuller, Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) as Sheriff Earl McGraw, Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Vanessa Styles, Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State) as Professor Aiden Tanner, Lane Garrison (Bonnie & Clyde, Prison Break »
- Gary Collinson
El Rey Network and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are excited to announce the premiere episode of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on the big screen in nine Alamo Drafthouse theaters around the country timed to its El Rey Network debut on Tuesday, March 11 at 9Pm Et/8Pm Ct. Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO, will host a Q&A with Robert Rodriguez and the cast of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series following the premiere and screenings. The Q&A will be live at the Austin theater, while simultaneously streaming to all eight of the other Alamo theaters and on the El Rey Network YouTube channel. The 30-minute Q&A will begin at 10Pm Et/9Pm Ct.
El Rey Network and Alamo Drafthouse are proud to be collaborating to bring a unique experience to fans nationwide, whether watching from home or on the big screen. Created and executive produced »
A 3D movie entitled Higher Mission starring Casper Van Dien as a Us Senator trying to prevent corrupt Russian politicians from being transformed by God into giant rats, from the producer of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now? What an age we live in.
Oscar-winning producer Gray Frederickson also executive produced Uhf so, after reading the rather lengthy synopsis below, you might find yourself surprised that Higher Mission wasn’t one of the parody programs “Weird” Al Yankovic aired on that network.
From Academy Award-winning producer Gray Frederickson comes a stereoscopic 3D movie that revolves around a highly respected United States senator, John Perryman, who gets a higher calling from superior forces above. Through his dreams he is given an important mission: to expose and to warn the corrupted government officials of Russia to stop taking bribes or else the superior forces will literally turn them into rats.
The Russian »
The premiere of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is almost here and we have five posters that give us a look at the main characters, including The Gecko Brothers:
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is a 10-episode supernatural crime saga which debuts March 11 at 9 pm Et/Pt on El Rey Network (check local listings). The series features an international cast including D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State, Identity); Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges); Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew); Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files); and Lane Garrison (Bonnie & Clyde, »
- Jonathan James
From the psychopathic, Christopher Lambert-bothering Kurgan in Highlander to tyrannical prison warden Byran Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption through to new recruit-maiming drill sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers, it's safe to say that I am one of the many movie fans who have more than just a handful of favourite Clancy Brown roles.
Brown joins an impressive cast that includes Anne Heche and James Tupper for Nothing Left To Fear, the first horror film to come from former Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash's production company 'Slasher Films'. Akin to Seventies horror classics The Wicker Man and Rosemary's Baby, Anthony Leonardi III's debut feature channels fears of the occult, secret societies and the supernatural with a modern twist.
We snapped up the chance to get the first word from Clancy himself on his latest role as the ominous Pastor Kingsman, head of a mysterious Baptist church »
- Aaron Williams
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