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This may not be the most exciting thing to come out of San Diego Comic-Con today, but the official logo for Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation has been revealed. The logo was on display at the Legendary Pictures booth, along with some weaponry. Take a look at the logo here…
Jones finished shooting Warcraft a few months ago, so hopefully we’ll be seeing some teaser footage or images from the film as Sdcc continues.
Warcraft is an adaptation of the incredibly popular video game franchise, and arrives in theaters on March 11, 2016. It sports a great cast that includes Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Misson: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, X-Men: The Last Stand), Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists), and Clancy Brown (Starship Troopers, »
- James Garcia
With technology rapidly advancing in the world of filmmaking to the point where almost every theatrical genre film or big-budget blockbuster heavily relies on the use of CGI, it’s nice to see guys like Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics still so committed to the artistry and necessity of practical effects in moviemaking.
Both icons in the world of special effects, Woodruff Jr. and Gillis have collectively worked on a vast array of hugely successful and influential films throughout their careers, including The Terminator, Aliens, Cocoon, Predator, The Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead, Demolition Man, Tremors, Alien 3, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Jumanji, Spider-Man, Avp: Alien vs. Predator, and X-Men: First Class.
One of the recent projects the duo were a part of was Universal’s 2011 premake of The Thing, in which they were asked to create stunning practical creature effects to be used throughout production. Unfortunately, for both Woodruff Jr. »
- Heather Wixson
Following strong notices for their breakout zombie film "Undead" in 2003, Australian genre filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig teamed with Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill for the vampire action flick "Daybreakers" back in 2009. Five years on, they're back for their third feature "Predestination" which also stars Hawke along with Noah Taylor and Sarah Snook.
Dropping horror in favor of complicated sci-fi, this might be their best effort yet. Based on "Starship Troopers" author Robert A. Heinlein’s 1960 short story "All You Zombies," the action follows a Temporal Agent who must pursue a criminal that has eluded him throughout time and at the same time ensure his own survival.
Actress Sarah Snook has scored a strong reputation here in Australia for her work on the TV series "Spirited" and films like "Not Suitable for Children". Here she takes on what appears to be a meaty role where half the time they've adjusted »
- Garth Franklin
In case you haven’t been following our Twitter feed you may not have realised that London’s Earl’s Court found itself transformed into the epicentre of all things cult as it hosted the Showmasters annual London Film and Comic Con. Two guests that Thn were very excited to meet were none other than Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer, a.k.a Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores from Starship Troopers.
News has recently broken that a remake of Paul Verhoven’s 1997 cult classic is in the works. After the sequel’s failed to capture the magic of the first film, we at Thn are a little uncertain how you can make the original any better. We seized the opportunity to ask the stars if they’d be up for a reunion. Here’s what they had to say.
Casper Van Dien: If they asked me I would be more than honoured. »
- Kat Smith
"Walking Dead" kiddies Kennedy Brice and Addy Miller are among the cast in L. Gustavo Cooper's June, which just wrapped production. We showed you a teaser clip a couple months back, and now we've got our hands on a fresh batch of stills to tide you over until the trailer!
Check 'em out courtesy of Twitch Film!
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June is the story about a nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves a trail of damaged and destroyed foster homes in her wake. June »
- John Squires
L Gustavo Cooper has wrapped production on his 'coming-of-rage' story June with Kennedy Brice (The Walking Dead) in the title role as a young girl dealing with a demonic presence.June is a horror story about an innocent 9-year-old orphan girl who shares her body with Aer, an ancient supernatural being whose mission is to destroy mankind to allow nature to prevail on earth. June must battle with Aer to save the family she has grown to love.Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt, Eddie Jemison, Addy Miller, Theodora Greece and Lance Nichols round out the rest of the cast. For more details check out the official Facebook page and take a look at the images below! Remember you can click to enlarge....
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In 1914 Edgar Rice Burroughs gave the world the first shirtless superhero, and in the last 100 years, Tarzan has made his way into every part of pop culture, from films and TV, to comics, and even Broadway. He’s been given the Disney treatment, the porn treatment, the WB treatment, and most fabulously … the Carol Burnett treatment.
But of all the incarnations, who has been the best fit for the iconic loincloth? In 1981 Miles O’Keeffe became an instant contender in Tarzan, The Ape Man, and because today is his 60th birthday, let’s pay tribute to Miles and nine other men who we’d love to swing through the jungle with.
As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.
courtesy of toutlecine.com
30. Black Book (2006)
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Conflict: World War II
In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »
- Joshua Gaul
There was never a time in my life where I thought I'd need to compare a war-is-hell science fiction action film to "Groundhog Day," but I guess there's a first time for everything. Based on the light novel “All You Need Is Kill” by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, "Edge of Tomorrow" is the strange yet no less compelling lovechild of "Groundhog Day" and "Starship Troopers," with the high-concept premise and humor of the former and pulpy action of the latter in tact. It may not be as smart as it could've been in the broad strokes, but a clever, well-acted thrill ride like this doesn't really need to have its head fully in the game, now does it? Not to »
- Dylan Green
Director Doug Liman's Sci-Fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow finds the world at war with an alien race known as Mimics. The Mimics have invaded Earth and laid waste to most of Europe. As the Mimics head toward the United Kingdom to continue their path of destruction, the United Defense Force is preparing a major offensive on the shores of France in an effort to halt the offensive.
War is always a tough sell to the masses, but Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) has used his megawatt smile and killer charm to effectively do so. His slick ways have also helped him avoid taking part in any sort of actual combat against the Mimics.
When Cage is informed by a general named Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) that his next round of winning the hearts and minds involves being sent to the frontlines of the upcoming battle to cover it, Cage tries »
Two movies you should see: a buzzy queer indie and a struggling would be blockbuster...
Chris Mason Johnson, a former dancer turned writer/director, really comes into his voice with his second feature. (He previously directed The New Twenty). Test is about a young dancer named Frankie (Scott Marlowe) in San Francisco in 1985 who, like most gay men at the time, fears he might have AIDS. He learns of a new test he could take to find out. The surprise of Test is that it's not really about AIDS despite the setting and time period so much as a slice of life drama about a young man struggling to face his fears and live his dream. Frankie is an understudy learning a dance he might never get to perform. And a young gay man beginning a life he might never get to live. Test is beautifully lensed for a »
- NATHANIEL R
Killer bug and insect invasion films are some of the most challenging to really nail in a memorable manner. I honestly believe that’s why so few directors and production companies will even entertain the idea of approaching the critters.
They’re typically goofy flicks, and most who would consider themselves “serious” filmmakers (whatever that is) probably wouldn’t waste a scoff at the thought of creating one. But every once in a while something special arrives and leaves its mark on our psyche.
Perhaps it’s an over-the-top exploitation piece that happens to piece the puzzle together properly. Maybe it’s a film so astonishingly complex and multi-layered that one cannot avoid the intrigue of a grand mind fuck. It doesn’t matter why bug flicks work or how bug flicks work. What matters is that when the truly innovative minds out there set out to make a film of this nature, »
- Matt Molgaard
With its icy mountain backdrop and emphasis on using practical effects, Harbinger Down no doubt conjures memories of John Carpenter’s The Thing. The film’s new trailer features a creature that would send familiar chills down the spines of R. J. MacReady and company: an organism that infects humans before undergoing nightmare-inducing mutations.
The feature directorial and writing debut of veteran Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis (Aliens, The Monster Squad, Starship Troopers), Harbinger Down stars genre legend Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark, Pumpkinhead) and Matt Winston (Little Miss Sunshine, A.I. Artificial Intelligence), and it’s slated for release sometime soon. In addition to the trailer, we have the synopsis and two posters for you to check out:
“A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship »
- Derek Anderson
No amount of impeccable CGI can replace the feeling of a tangible, practical, on-set special effect. It's why the T. rex breakout scene from Jurassic Park can still wow audiences 20 years later, and it's why the monster effects from The Thing are still mind-blowing today. If you agree, then have we got a movie for you: It's called Harbinger Down, and it's the directorial debut of effects masters Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., who between them have worked on Aliens, The Terminator, Predator, Tremors, Starship Troopers and many, many more genre classics (pictured above are just a few of their company's creations). We last covered Harbinger Down when Gillis and Woodruff Jr. were trying to raise money on Kickstarter to help cover some of their costs...
- Peter Hall
Fed up with Hollywood’s fondness for CGI? Nostalgic for the days of practical effects-heavy horror movies like John Carpenter’s The Thing and the early Alien movies? Then you’re going to want to check out the trailer for the new, Lance Henriksen-starring creature feature Harbinger Down.
The Kickstarter-funded directorial debut of special effects maestro Alec Gillis — whose credits include Starship Troopers and, more recently, Ender’s Game — the movie claims to be an all-practical affair. According to the official synopsis, the film concerns, “a group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to »
- Clark Collis
The Tom Cruise movie that immediately came to mind in the opening scenes of Edge of Tomorrow, the entertaining Groundhog Day-meets-Starship Troopers movie that opened Friday, wasn’t one of his previous science-fiction blockbusters. It was A Few Good Men.
In the new film, directed by Doug Liman, Cruise plays Major William Cage, a charming, TV-ready spokesperson for the global military who’s successfully recruited millions of volunteers for the war against invading aliens. But he’s hardly a soldier — he coasted through Rotc and then ran an advertising agency — and the commander in charge (Brendan Gleeson) of »
- Jeff Labrecque
As you've probably heard, "Edge of Tomorrow" has been blowing critics' minds. It's easily one of the most fun films of this summer blockbuster season. This latest sci-fi/action/whizbang movie to star Tom Cruise has a ton going for it -- plenty of action, great effects, a clever storyline, and committed performances from the leads, along with assured orchestration of all these elements from a well-regarded director.
But, wait, I hate Tom Cruise!
First of all, you shouldn't hate the guy. Beyond the lunatic antics on talk shows, there's not a performer out there who seems more committed to doing whatever it takes to give wide audiences a fun experience at the cinema. As a film nerd I can applaud his work with Kubrick in "Eyes Wide Shut," but at the same time I can celebrate his more visceral thrills brought out via a slew of "Mission Impossible" films, »
- Jason Gorber
Every new Tom Cruise movie these days almost demands immediate analysis about what his latest means for him and his career. In the case of Edge of Tomorrow, the science-fiction war movie that weds Starship Troopers with Saving Private Ryan with Groundhog Day, it means a lot of fun. Cruise plays a military mouthpiece whose only job is to sell the war against invading aliens to the public, but when the commanding general (Brendan Gleason) orders him to the front on D-Day, he tries to talk his way out of it, gets demoted, and finds himself dropped on the French »
- Jeff Labrecque
What to do? Can we survive? The world is under attack from vicious, unstoppable alien forces, it must be…Summertime at the multiplex! This looks like a job for…Tom Cruise! Yes, Tom Cruise, the all-American boy (for you budding archeologists, that’s a reference to the once-popular radio adventure series, Jack Armstrong, who boasted that misnomer. And for a fella’ past fifty, Cruise still has a boyish grin!). But this isn’t the high-flying Maverick from Top Gun or even the more down-to-Earth Jack Reacher. Why this character, John Cage, has never seen combat! But somehow he’s been gifted with an edge courtesy of those invading aliens and only one person can help him use that advantage: a hard-nosed special forces hero played by Emily Blunt! The Brit beauty from The Devil Wears Prada? You wouldn’t expect a by-the-numbers, blast the otherworldly beasties, actioner from gifted director »
- Jim Batts
Last weekend was kind of a lull in the summer movie death match. Sure, Disney's mega-budgeted "Maleficent" and whatever "A Million Ways to Die in the West" was supposed to be opened wide, but neither one was exactly a juggernaut worthy of the bloody gladiatorial race. (And, somewhat predictably, their box office numbers bore this out.)
This week, there are a couple of new contestants: "The Fault in Our Stars," a Ya melodrama starring Shailene Woodley as a young cancer patient, and "Edge of Tomorrow," starring Tom Cruise in a nifty "Groundhog Day"-meets-"Starship Troopers" plot that has Cruise falling victim to an intergalactic time loop that allows him to die, again and again, on a battlefield against an invading army race. (Emily Blunt is a fellow warrior who has suffered similar effects.)
This is Cruise's second sci-fi movie in a row, following last year's big-budget video art installation "Oblivion, »
- Drew Taylor
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