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Roger Corman is a legend, his film career having spanned decades after decades, providing a constant onslaught of entertaining B and exploitation films for film lovers. No stranger to the absurd, Corman is now prepping the release of Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf (yes, you read that right), the third chapter in the SyFy channel series, this time featuring a hybrid horror showdown between two pissed off creatures, with Casper Van Dien and Co. right in the middle of it.
The trailer for the Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf has officially dropped and it looks like one wacky film, rivaling the hit Sharknado in not taking itself too seriously, and being big on the entertainment side. What do you fright fanatics think? Will you be watching this one, when it makes its SyFy premiere on Sunday, July 19th?
- Jerry Smith
Warning: the power of Christ may compel you while watching the new featurette from the Neveldine-directed film The Vatican Tapes. Also showcased in this round-up: "The Battle of Endor" episode of the Real Fake History series and a teaser for Fear the Walking Dead.
"The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father »
- Tamika Jones
As we learned from one of Community’s best ever episodes, Ken Burns’ heralded documentary films are also ripe targets for parody. Now, Machinima is taking aim at Burns’ signature filmmaking style with a series called Real Fake History, a mockumentary that pretends pop culture stories are historical events.
Each episode of Real Fake History dives into a different pop culture franchise. Across ten installments, the series will visit everything from Starship Troopers to Game of Thrones to Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. The first episode, however, treads upon the familiar nerd territory of Star Wars by examining the Battle of Endor. Narrator Phil Morris (Seinfeld’s Jackie Chiles) leads the way, The Guild co-star Jeff Lewis provides the most comedic punch, and, as you might expect, the camera slowly pans across every single image it encounters. It’s pretty fun stuff, though the commenters seem more interesting in explaining how, »
- Sam Gutelle
Image Entertainment/Rlj seem to be everywhere these days, with picking up titles ranging from Joe Dante’s Burying The Ex to one that I’m excited as hell to check out, Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Some Kind Of Hate. Adding yet another interesting title to the mix, Image/Rlj has announced their acquisition of L. Gustavo Cooper’s June, which is being described as a “coming of rage” film, which sounds like something I could definitely be on board with. Having previously directed The Devil Incarnate, Cooper’s new film deals with a nine year old girl cursed with having a demon living inside of her. Sounds like a fun time to me. Co-written by Sharon Y. Cobb (On Hostile Ground), June stars Kennedy Brice (Fox’s “Red Band Society,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead”), Casper Van Dien (Sleepy Hollow, Starship Troopers) and Victoria Pratt (Hush Little Baby, Mutant X).
Regarding the acquisition announcement, »
- Jerry Smith
Medicom Toy Corporation will release two vinyl figures of the "King of the Monsters" in October. Also in this round-up: acquisition details on Image Entertainment's June and a look at preview pages from Gunsuits #2.
Godzilla Figures: These Godzilla action figures are part of the Godzilla Vinyl Wars line, which is a collaborative effort between Medicom Toy Corporation and Japanese Sofubi manufacturers.
According to Figures.com, the new figures are due to be released in late October:
"The bright green 1967 Sofubi is modeled after the kaiju depicted in Son of Godzilla, a film which helped bring Godzilla to younger audiences. The Gmk Sofubi is a modern take on the character, styled after Godzilla's grittier, spikier appearance in the 2001 film Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
• Godzilla Vinyl Wars Godzilla 1967 Sofubi (Item Code: JUN152393, Srp: $70)
• Godzilla Vinyl Wars Gmk Godzilla Sofubi (Item Code: JUN152394, Srp: $60)"
Image courtesy of Figures. »
- Tamika Jones
Rlj Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to science fiction thriller June, the company said today. The film follows a young orphan girl sharing her body with an ancient supernatural monster called Aer, bent on the destruction of humankind. She is forced to save herself from Aer after she’s adopted by a loving family. Kennedy Brice (The Walking Dead), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Victoria Pratt (Hush Little Baby) star. Directed by L. Gustavo Cooper and… »
On May 26th, 1995, music video director and artist Robert Longo made his directorial debut with Johnny Mnemonic, an adaptation of William Gibson’s futuristic short story of the same name (Gibson also penned the screenplay) that starred Keanu Reeves in the titular role as a “mnemonic courier” who finds himself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy with implications for all of mankind.
Johnny Mnemonic celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and while it may not necessarily be a film many sci-fi fans celebrate, it’s always held a special place in my heart, undoubtedly being one of the coolest films I saw that year and one that also revitalized the cyberpunk film movement (yes, even before The Matrix came along and did it a bit more effectively).
For the uninitiated, Johnny Mnemonic transports us to the year 2021; in the opening text crawl, we learn that corporations have taken over »
- Heather Wixson
We’re just over a year away from the release of Duncan Jones’ adaptation of popular Mmorpg series World of Warcraft and we’ve been given our first look at Orgim (via Wired), who will be played by Robert Kazinksy (Pacific Rim).
Check out the image below:
“We were looking for someone who would be able to perform the gruffness, the humor, and the toughness of this character,” Duncan Jones told Wired. “We’ve gone beyond the point where these are just creatures in movies. We now have the technology and the ability to make new characters entirely.”
- Luke Owen
With Paul Verhoeven’s (RoboCop, Starship Troopers) latest film being shopped around Cannes, the first images have arrived online for Elle, an adaptation of French author Phillippe Dijan’s novel Oh…, and we have them for you here…
When Michelle, the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving her 75-year-old sex kitten mother, her imprisoned mass murderer father, her spoiled and immature son, her ex-husband and her lover, all with the same icy equanimity.
Elle features a cast that includes Isabelle Huppert, Christian Berkel, Anne Consigny, Virginie Efira, Laurent Lafitte, Charles Berling, Lucas Prisor, Raphaël Lenglet, Vimala Pons and Judith Magre and is expected to arrive in 2016.
- Gary Collinson
Filmmaking duo The Vicious Brothers (Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz) won over genre fans with the found footage horror flick, Grave Encounters, a movie that did pretty well for horror lovers and gained somewhat of a cult following for the film. Their new film, Extraterrestrial (out now on DVD/Bluray via the new partnership between Scream Factory and IFC Midnight), bypasses the found footage approach of their first film in favor of a balls to the wall, terrifyingly entertaining narrative alien abduction tale dealing with a group of friends stumbling into a horrifying and deadly situation.
The filmmaking team took some time to chat with Icons of Fright about Extraterrestrial and their inspiration behind the film, and where they’d like to go next. Read on!
- Jerry Smith
Having produced films by Roman Polanski (“Carnage”) and Brian De Palma (“Passion”) and co-produced David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars”), Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods. will not only produce but distribute in France and sell internationally Isabelle Huppert starrer “Elle,” only the second film in 10 years from Paul Verhoeven.
“I had a strong feeling with this one that I was doing something that I’d never done before, which applied when I made ‘Robocop,’ ” Verhoeven told Variety.
Written by David Birke (“13 Sins), “Elle” is based on “Oh…,” a novel by France’s Phillippe Dijan in which the protagonist, Michelle, played by Huppert, has a son whose girlfriend is pregnant, but by another man. Michelle herself is divorced and having an affair with her best friend’s husband, while her »
- John Hopewell
Today’s Sequel Bits has a bit of everything: Tons of casting news, some cute set photos, and a bunch of red-hot posters. After the jump: Lifetime’s The Omen sequel Damien moves to A&E An Absolutely Fabulous movie will shoot this year Heroes Reborn picks up The 100 and True Blood alums Jeff Daniels boards the train for the Divergent sequels Common […]
- Angie Han
Paul Verhoeven's brand of Hollywood subversion took awhile to become clear even to the most devout cinephiles. This at least partially explains why Starship Troopers, the Danish filmmaker's sublime critique of American militarism and the action genre, never quite got the credit it deserved when the merciless, inventive science-fiction bonanza hit theaters in 1998. Around the time of Verhoeven's equally radical Black Book, which looked at the world of spies in World War II, the director got a thorough, positive reexamination in numerous outlets; Nathan Lee's Film Comment article comparing Verhoeven and David Cronenberg remains the most insightful article written on the helmer's unique brand of parody-satire. So, it's no surprise that the idea of remaking the film has been rumored for several years now, with nothing much coming out of the gossip. But according to HitFix, producer Neal H. Moritz had some news to share about the project »
- Chris Cabin
Though CinemaCon was held last week in Las Vegas, a few important quotes from interviews conducted at the confab are only now making their way to light.
At last report, the new take would follow the original Robert A. Heinlein novel closer than Paul Verhoeven's well regarded 1997 sci-fi feature. What's surprising in the quote today is that the future for the franchise may no longer be on the big screen. Moritz says:
"We're developing it. We've actually been talking about either doing it as a feature or doing it as a television show. So, we'll see."
The original film made just $121 million worldwide on a budget of over $100 million, but has since become a cult classic that spawned two direct-to-dvd sequels and an animated TV series. »
- Garth Franklin
Las Vegas - Though a feature-film remake/reboot of Paul Verhoeven's 1997 sci-fi actioner "Starship Troopers" (based on the Robert A. Heinlein novel of the same name) has been rumored for some time, according to producer Neal H. Moritz the project could well end up on the small screen -- as a TV series. "We're developing it. We've actually been talking about either doing it as a feature or doing it as a television show," Mortiz told me while promoting the upcoming R.L. Stine movie "Goosebumps" at CinemaCon. "So, we'll see." Set in the future, "Starship Troopers" centers on humanity's fight for survival against a race of giant man-eating bugs. Verhoeven's version was considered a box-office flop, with only $121 million worldwide on a budget of over $100 million. The film nevertheless spawned two direct-to-dvd sequels and an animated TV series. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
The downfall that faced Tobe Hooper's creative relationship with The Cannon Group in the eighties wasn't much different than the fate of George A. Romero's collaboration with Orion Pictures. After leaving an iconic legacy for horror in the previous decade, Hooper had a reputation to live up to when he made a three picture deal with Golan and Globus that resulted in the ambitious, but entertaining failure Lifeforce, the misunderstood parody The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and the family friendly remake of Invaders From Mars that helped sink Cannon out of Hollywood forever.
When considering the talent involved in this production that included screenwriting duties from Dan O' Bannon and special effects from legends like Stan Winston (who was simultaneously working on James Cameron's Aliens), John Dykstra (Star Wars) and Alec Gillis, this quite frankly should have been an exhilarating fantasy spectacle at the very least. Ironically, »
- Sean McClannahan
Time to give away some Blu-rays!To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Killers by Indonesian madmen The Mo Brothers, Well Go USA and TwitchFilm have teamed up to give away a pair of discs to some lucky readers. Killers was one of my favorite films from the Asian Film Festival of Dallas in 2014, and I can't wait to share the perverse joy of this film with others. Our Jason Gorber reviewed the film following its premiere at Sundance last year and had lots of great things to say, like this:Killers is to the likes of Dexter what Starship Troopers is to Triumph of the Will, a sly and extremely erudite examination of the horrors of horror. It reminds of the likes of Kim-Ki...
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Sketchy discusses Gunbuster aka Aim For The Top!, a series much beloved by Matt that was condensed into a 90-minute film that seems like a mash-up of Pacific Rim, Starship Troopers and Interstellar. We discuss the film, which was difficult due to some scenes being left out. So, if you get a chance, watch the series first. And enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
Calling all able-bodied citizens. The universe just got smaller and settlements are being attacked and overrun by bugs, cyborgs and the celestial-like Illuminates. Pick up a weapon, go through the training, and join the fight as a Helldiver!
Helldivers, from developer Arrowhead and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, is a top-down, twin stick shooter exclusively for the PlayStation family of game systems. All of them. The cross-play feature allows for players to play together via the Psn, no matter which PlayStation they are on. Even the Vita.
Helldivers borrows it's story from Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers (both the classic novel and the Paul Verhoeven film). Humanity has evolved to a "super earth," and the rest of the galaxy is not happy about it. A war breaks out and players are tasked with fighting that war over three theaters to bring "freedom" and to spread "managed democracy."
The server-based, asynchronous war is constantly being fought, »
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