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Film Review: ‘Spark: A Space Tail’

14 April 2017 11:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Parents who make the sacrifice of watching “Spark: A Space Tail” with their children may be modestly amused by writer-director Aaron Wooley’s wink-wink allusions to “Star Wars,” “Starship Troopers,” and the “Transformers” franchise. But there’s nothing much else here to hold the interest of anyone old enough to travel to the multiplex alone. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine that even the least demanding of tykes will ask for a second sampling of this thoroughly second-rate animated feature, which has all the charm, and twice the volume, of a barking dog.

Most of the action, in want of a better term, unfolds on Bana, a simian-dominated planet that is conquered, and partially destroyed, by an evil and seriously height-challenged ape named Zhong (voiced by Alan C. Peterson). Thirteen years after Zhong does his dirty work with the aid of a fearsome whatzit called a Space Kraken, Spark (Jace Norman »

- Joe Leydon

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‘Altitude’ VOD Review

14 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Jonathan Lipnicki, Greer Grammer, Stephen Graybill, John Posey, Chelsea Edmundson, Chuck Liddell, Jordi Vilasuso, Kirk Barker | Written by Jesse Mittelstadt | Directed by Alex Merkin

FBI agent Gretchen Blair is on a flight to Washington D.C. when the man seated beside her makes an unusual offer. He explains that the plane they’re on is about to be hijacked, and promises to pay her millions of dollars if she can get him safely back on the ground. When a gang of professional thieves takes control of the plane, she realizes he isn’t joking. Soon Gretchen finds herself caught in the middle of an elaborate mid-air heist, fighting to save the passengers while the thieves tear the plane apart, searching for the stolen loot hidden somewhere on board.

Made by the writer/director duo behind 2009′s underrated mystery thriller Across the Hall (one of actress »

- Phil Wheat

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’500 Mph Storm’ DVD Review

11 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Casper Van Dien, Michael Beach, Sarah Lieving, Bryan Head, Keith Meriweather, Chad Brummett, James Lawrence Sicard, Dale O’Malley, Hayley Derryberry, Alex Knight | Written by Kuang Lee, Hank Woon Jr. | Directed by Daniel Lusko

When an experiment into a new source of natural fuel goes disastrously wrong, a rash of massive hurricanes rips across North America. A scientist, originally responsible for the design of the new power plant but who has walked away from the project, must get his family to safety before the hurricanes merge, creating a “hypercane” with the power to wipe America off the map.

A ridiculous plot, terrible CGI and a former Hollywood superstar slumming it with a bunch of B-list actors… Seems like a step back for mockbuster kings The Asylum if you ask me – especially when their recent films have see the company step up production values and storytelling to craft some great direct-to-market films. »

- Phil Wheat

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Sound Editor Michael J. Benavente Joins Formosa Group

2 April 2017 5:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Supervising sound editor Michael J. Benavente has joined audio postproduction company Formosa Group.

His feature credits range from comedies such as Bad Santa and Paul Blart: Mall Cop to horror films such as Drag Me to Hell, as well as such pics as Starship Troopers and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. In 2015, Benavente won an Emmy for his work on History Channel’s docudrama Houdini.

Upcoming credits include Zach Braff’s Going in Style, Andrew Cohen’s The House and Philip Noyce’s Above Suspicion.

A graduate of the UCLA Film School, Benavente began his career under the tutelage of award-winning sound editors Richard »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Let Us Now Praise The Mad Genius Of Richard Harland Smith

2 April 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A few years ago, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of influential film critic Pauline Kael, I wrote the following:

“I think (Kael) did a lot to expose the truth… that directors, writers and actors who often work awfully close to the surface may still have subterranean levels of achievement or purpose or commentary that they themselves may be least qualified to articulate. It’s what’s behind her disdain for Antonioni’s pontificating at the Cannes film festival; it’s what behind the high percentage of uselessness of proliferating DVD commentaries in which we get to hear every dull anecdote, redundant explication of plot development and any other inanity that strikes the director of the latest Jennifer Aniston rom-com to blurt out breathlessly; and it is what’s behind a director like Eli Roth, who tailors the subtext of something like Hostel Part II almost as »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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The use of ads in RoboCop, Total Recall & Starship Troopers

31 March 2017 2:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Apr 6, 2017

Adverts and TV form an integral part in Paul Verhoeven's classic sci-fi films, RoboCop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers...

"I looked at American society in a kind of dazed way when I was doing RoboCop," director Paul Verhoeven told us earlier this year. Back in the mid-80s, when he was better known for his Dutch films like Soldier Of Orange and The Fourth Man, Verhoeven was still getting used to the pace and tone of American culture - and his outsider status arguably fed into the wry, spikily satirical edge in all three sci-fi films he made while in Hollywood.

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"It was all so different from living in Holland," Verhoeven recalled. "A lot of my, let's say, amazement, at American society is in RoboCop; in the commercials, in »

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Denise Richards and Mischa Barton Play in ‘The Toybox’

22 March 2017 2:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Denise Richards (Starship Troopers, Valentine) and Mischa Barton (The Sixth Sense, The Malevolent, Homecoming) are set to star in The Toybox, a supernatural thriller from the team behind the 2016 horror pic ClownTown, reports Deadline. The film follows a family who go on a cross-country trip across America and get stranded in the desert by a supernatural force that is slowly killing […] »

- Brad Miska

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A Handy Guide to Amazon’s Trash Pilots

21 March 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Are these new pilots from Amazon trash? Of course they are! Here’s a guide.Just Robb Stark over here, wearin’ shades in outer space

Crowds may not be able to fund things, but they can give opinions. Or, at the very least, that’s been the idea behind Amazon’s occasional Pilot Season, generating enthusiasm for their programming by giving ordinary folk like yourself the opportunity to watch pilots and say, gee, this blows and vote them a big n’ meaningful thumbs down. Last year, they took everything, so it might just be a load of promotional nonsense. But it might not.

So, what’s hip in this line of potential programing? Once canceled TV-hands like Steve Dildarian and Amy Sherman-Palladino return with their latest attempts to enthuse audience with binge-worthy hours of spectacle and movie men like James Ponsoldt and Kevin Macdonald try to get into this golden age of TV they’ve been hearing »

- Andrew Karpan

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RoboCop 2

11 March 2017 5:15 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It’s ugly, it’s violent, it’s graphic novelist Frank Miller’s nasty vision through and through. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition brings out the amazing backstory of the production of this stop-motion- intensive first sequel to RoboCop. Druglord Caine is a menace, but we’re just as appalled by the film’s vivid depiction of a greater terror: Predatory Privatization.

RoboCop 2


Shout! Factory / Scream Factory

1990 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Collector’s Edition / Street Date March 21, 2011 / 34.93

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Robert DoQui, Tom Noonan, Gabriel Damon, Belinda Bauer, Felton Perry.

Cinematography: Mark Irwin

Production Design: Peter Jamison

Original Music: Leonard Rosenman

Special Effects: Phil Tippett, Rob Bottin, Peter Kuran, Rocco Gioffre.

Written by Frank Miller, Walon Green from characters created by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner

Produced by Jon Davison

Directed by Irvin Kershner


I wish I could say that 1990’s RoboCop 2 has been »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Predator Adds Jake Busey In A Mysterious Role

11 March 2017 10:50 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though Arnold Schwarzenegger sadly won’t return to engage his old extraterrestrial nemesis in battle again in The Predator, director Shane Black has assembled an impressive cast of potential victims to take his place. The likes of Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Keegan Michael-Key (Keanu), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter) are already in the firing line, and now we can add one more to the list.

The movie has been shooting for a couple of weeks already, so we figured the cast was all filled out, but now Deadline reports that Jake Busey has signed on to join the fun. Though he’s never been a very prolific actor, Busey has had memorable turns in the likes of From Dusk Till Dawn (the series), The Frighteners, Starship Troopers and Identity.

No details on his role were provided, but he has made a career »

- Mark Cassidy

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The Predator Adds Jake Busey to the Cast

10 March 2017 9:56 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

His father fought one of the galaxy's greatest hunters in Predator 2, and it now looks like Jake Busey could do the same, as the actor has reportedly joined the cast of Shane Black's The Predator.

Deadline reports that Jake Busey is now on board The Predator, which recently began filming in Canada. Busey's role is unknown at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.

Jake joins a cast that includes Alfie Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Sterling K. Brown, and Olivia Munn. Director Shane Black shared a photo of some of the core cast, following his initial cast image reveal on the first day of filming.

Horror fans have recently seen Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Identity) portray Professor Aiden Tanner, aka Sex Machine (see above image), on El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. »

- Derek Anderson

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Paul Verhoeven interview: Elle, creative risks and RoboCop

6 March 2017 10:57 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Mar 7, 2017

Legendary director Paul Verhoeven talks to us about his unmissable new drama-thriller, Elle, and the relevance of his 80s classic, RoboCop.

For well over 40 years now, director Paul Verhoeven has thrilled and horrified audiences with his bold, confrontational films. Whether they’re war dramas (Soldier Of Orange, Black Book), sci-fi action movies (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers) or thrillers (The Fourth Man, Basic Instinct), Verhoeven’s movies are smart, sometimes violent and frequently threaded with a sense of mischief.

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In Michele, the central character played by Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Verhoeven might have found his fictional muse. A Parisian businesswoman who plays by her own rules, Michele’s fearless, often bewildering approach to life is fascinating to watch. Nominally, Elle’s a thriller, but like Philippe Djian’s source novel, »

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Horror Highlights: Candy Corn, The Evil Within, Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania, Paranormal Lockdown, Phoenix Forgotten, The Last Scout

2 March 2017 7:13 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Candy corn, the staple of the Halloween season, is now the name of a new horror movie? What a match made in heaven! Directed by Josh Hasty, Candy Corn's crowdfunding campaign and official poster are at the top of today's Highlights. Also: The Evil Within DVD release details, Bloodmania's worldwide distribution deal, a clip from the new episode of TLC's Paranormal Lockdown, and trailers for Phoenix Forgotten and The Last Scout.

Candy Corn's Indiegogo Campaign and Poster: Press Release: "Cleveland, Oh - March 1, 2017-  Buzz has been growing rapidly around the new indie film, Candy Corn, from Josh Hasty (Director, In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn) and Butch Von Dreaux (Butchovision). The film, which stars Pancho Moler (Rob Zombie’s 31), has gained so much interest from fans that Hasty and Von Dreaux have decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to get the fans involved. The 31-day campaign, which launched at midnight, »

- Tamika Jones

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The Great Wall Review

16 February 2017 10:35 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When I think about China’s Song dynasty, the first thing that comes to mind is Matt Damon. You too, right? A movie like The Great Wall is just screaming for a “William” to save the day, because native warriors surely can’t fend for themselves (duh). A little whitewashing, a dash of CGI monsters and voilà! You’ve got yourself a generic slash-em-up atop, in front of and behind China’s most wondrous landmark. Director Yimou Zhang splatters rocky landscapes with colorful costumes and fiery explosions, but it’s not enough to salvage snooze-worthy drama whenever characters start to jabber. Did you expect something more than swift monster mutilation? I seriously hope not, you crazy loon.

Damon’s William is but a weary mercenary looking for some magical weapon known as “black powder.” The Chinese possess it, so he sets out with a party to “barter.” After a harsh spell of travel, »

- Matt Donato

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Verhoeven, Gyllenhaal Talk Sex, Violence and Movies at Berlinale Talents

12 February 2017 11:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Opening the Berlinale Talents panel discussion series on Sunday, festival jury president Paul Verhoeven and jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal took part in a candid and humorous conversation with film historian Peter Cowie spanning politics, religion, music, astronomy, art and, unsurprisingly, sex and violence. Asked about the role of politics in film, Verhoeven, director of the Golden Globes-winning “Elle” as well as earlier hits like “Basic Instinct” and “Total Recall,” rejected the notion that politics need to be part of film while noting that time and distance offer better opportunities to tackle political subject matter. “It’s very difficult for an artist to react immediately to what’s happening. You need distance to transcend. Reacting now to the crisis we face with this Mr. Trump from a film point of view would be extremely difficult because there is so much happening. The politics of the moment will ultimately be important in the next 10 or 15 years. »

- Ed Meza

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Fantasy Fridays: Scully & Mfr Cast Masters Of The Universe!!

10 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

We'd like to forget all about the last attempt at a live-action Masters of The Universe movie. Sorry, Dolph! Great hair, though.

Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two real-life best friends (Jeremy Scully and I, Mario-Francisco Robles) get together to cast/pitch our dream movies. 

In the past, we've tackled everything from The Batman to the Universal Monsters.

This week, we turn our attention towards the long-gestating cinematic reboot of Masters of The Universe. Jeremy and I grew up on the classic 80s cartoon, and I had a ton of the old action figures. Yet even we knew, as children, that the 1987 movie starring Dolph Lundgren was crap. That's why we'd like to put our own spin on what the reboot should look/feel like.

Over the years, many filmmakers and various studios have tried and failed to get a Masters of The Universe movie off of the ground. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Horror Highlights: Blood & Gourd, Havenhurst Q&A, Blind Sun, MST3K Vol. 38 DVD, Arbor Demon, Plaga Zombie: American Invasion

10 February 2017 6:57 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Comic readers who are fans of Blood & Gourd can now download the first two issues of the series on ComiXology. Also in today's Highlights: a Q&A with Havenhurst director Andrew C. Erin, a clip and a trailer for Blind Sun, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 38 DVD release details, Arbor Demon acquisition info, and the trailer for Plaga Zombie: American Invasion.

Blood & Gourd Comixology Digital Download Details: The first two issues of Blood & Gourd are now available as digital downloads on ComiXology! If you prefer to collect your comics in physical form, you can limited print copies at


Q&A with Havenhurst Director Andrew C. Erin: From the Press Release: "Brainstorm Media and Twisted Pictures have announced the February 10th limited theatrical and nationwide Cable VOD and Digital HD release of Andrew C. Erin's Havenhurst. Co-written by Erin (Sam's Lake, Simple Things) and Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening, »

- Tamika Jones

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According to the film’s director, there’s no word on Warcraft 2 – yet

10 February 2017 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Although it didn’t have a great domestic theatrical run, Duncan Jones’ Warcraft was a huge success overseas and became the most successful video game movie ever made. We did hear word late last year that a sequel was in development solely designed for the Chinese market, but now the director has thrown some shade on those discussions.

When asked on Twitter if a sequel was getting made, Jones simply replied, “Id love it to happen! Waiting to hear from [the studio].

.@WellMax81 Id love it to happen! Waiting to hear from @Legendary

Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 9, 2017

Me too! Up to @Legendary

Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 9, 2017

@hanimishka Definitely. The hard work is done! The next film would be so much fun!

Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 9, 2017

He then retweeted praise from fans of the film, presumably in the hopes to get a sequel off the ground.

Jones did »

- Luke Owen

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Saluting the film scores of Paul Verhoeven movies

9 February 2017 4:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Mar 16, 2017

From Total Recall and RoboCop through to Turkish Delight and Flesh+Blood, we look at the musical scores of Paul Verhoeven films...

The Netherlands' arch-provocateur and filmmaker extraordinaire Paul Verhoeven is back in cinemas right now with Elle. A characteristically confrontational and provocative thriller, it spins a rape-revenge storyline into a mordantly funny, blackly comic and off-kilter odyssey, and has garnered an Oscar nomination for extraordinary lead Isabelle Huppert in the process.

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It's exactly what we've come to expect from a veteran director who's done it all, having made jaws drop in both Europe and Hollywood - but beneath Verhoeven's love of excess and shock tactics lurks real artistry, and nowhere is this more evident than in the remarkable run of film scores »

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Paul Verhoeven’s Elle Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Details & Cover Art

2 February 2017 8:16 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Witness Paul Verhoeven’s (Total Recall, Robocop, Starship Troopers) direction and writing, along with Isabelle Huppert’s Golden Globe-winning performance, for yourself in Elle, set to be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on March 14th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (January 31, 2017) – The Golden Globe® winner for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language and Certified Fresh (89% on Rotten Tomatoes), Sony Pictures ClassicsElle debuts on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital March 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Acclaimed international actress Isabelle Huppert also won a Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama) for her role in the film, one of the best of her career. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct), Elle is the compelling story of Michèle (Huppert), a woman who brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to her business. After an unknown assailant attacks her in her home, »

- Tamika Jones

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