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Baroness - G.I. Joe Cosplayer: Jenny Poussin * Photographer: Sergio Rico Click Here - More Images G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. Joe team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”). Director: Stephen Sommers * Cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller »
(Cbr) Update: 7/15/204 11:04 Am Pt: Valiant has issued a press release about the current "Archer & Armstrong" film, with further details about its partnership with the Sean Daniel Company. The script by BenDavid Grabinski was fully funded by Valiant Entertainment, similar to Marvel Studios. The press release also included an official synopsis of the film, which follows below. Archer & Armstrong is an action-adventure/buddy comedy colliding a drunk, delinquent immortal who has given up on saving the world and the idealistic young man who needs him for a globetrotting quest to stop history’s oldest conspiracy from toppling modern civilization. The release also contains comments from Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "We couldn’t have more apt partners than Sean Daniel -- who, as an executive at Universal, shepherded the seminal movies in the genre in "Blues Brothers," "Midnight Run" and "Animal House" -- and BenDavid Grabinski, who »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
While Marvel and DC Comics are the top contenders in comic book movies, there are still some lesser known, but beloved, comic book titles that make their way to theaters every now and then. Now one more will make the journey as Valiant Comics has announced that they're adapting their series Archer & Armstrong to film. THR reports the comic book company commissioned a script themselves with friend of the site, BenDavid Grabinski, landing the job of writing it. The man has the perfect sensibility and love of buddy action movies to make this work. The film will also be produced by the Sean Daniel Company, which is also working on remakes of Ben-Hur and The Mummy right now. So what's this comic about? Read on! For those who may not be familiar, Archer & Armstrong is an action buddy comedy in which the young Obadiah Archer is confronted with the “Great »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a "space opera" entitled "The Expanse." Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it's someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter, in "The Expanse."
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey's international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane's Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s »
- Debi Moore
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
The flamboyantly-named Lorenzo di Bonaventura, producer of toy-based G.I. Joe movies The Rise Of Cobra and Retaliation, has confirmed that a third instalment will go ahead in early 2015. The franchise didn’t exactly bolt out the gate with Rise, written and directed by The Mummy’s Stephen Sommers. Amongst its baffling array of elements was a rushed ending and Christopher Eccleston battling a Scottish accent. The sequel was more like a reboot, helmed by Jon M.Chu, that introduced Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson into the mix. That did better at the box office and now plans are underway to make a Johnson-heavy entry. Bonaventura explained that he is:
…trying to get going, starting early next year… I think it’ll be a little later than (January). I think February or March is probably more realistic… We’re just starting (to talk to directors). We’re negotiating with a writer right now, »
- Steve Palace
Since losing his sight in Afghanistan, Army veteran Mal (Alec Newman) has become disillusioned with and withdrawn from society. With his compensation due, however, he plans on escaping the city once and for all by moving to a cottage in the South Downs. Unfortunately, days before his planned departure, Mal’s guide dog goes missing on an otherwise routine walk. Suspecting foul play, he returns the following day in order to search the notorious Greyhawk Estate one occupant at a time. At first frustrated by their pity and reluctant to accept their assistance, Mal eventually employs the help of unemployed mother Paula (Zoe Telford), her rebellious son Jem (Michael Fox), and an enthusiastic Sikh man (Mal Soor) who delights in playing detective.
It’s a struggle to think of a movie about blindness that doesn’t use the subject for comedic or horrific effect. Blindness, maybe. Ray, of course. Or there’s Daredevil. »
- Steven Neish
All hail Spartacus - his legend will live on! Anchor Bay Entertainment releases every season of the acclaimed Starz Original series in a complete muscular thirteen-disc Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD box set on September 16th. From executive producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, here is every moment - uncut and uncensored - of the series that broke all the rules and took no prisoners! Spartacus: The Complete Series is a beautifully packaged collection that contains a full disc of new bonus features. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet edition contains three new audio commentaries for the first season that are exclusive to this collection. A limited edition Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet set packaged with a Spartacus collector's figurine will also be available with an Srp of $199.99. Srp is $149.99 for the Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and $119.98 for the DVD. Pre-book is August 13th. »
Vampire Diaries star Sebastian Roché is married! Roché wed actress Alicia Hannah in the south of France at Chateau Les Bouysses in Mercues on May 31. The weeklong celebration culminated in an intimate ceremony attended by 50 guests of close friends and family. The Mummy actor Oded Fehr, who acted as their officiant, said the festivities were a French fantasy. "Picturesque rolling grape orchard hills, with a river lazily flowing between them. A 700-year-old castle. Local wine. Baguettes with brie that tastes of heaven. A group of strangers whom will forever be friends … All just a lead in to the most incredible wedding, »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Vampire Diaries star Sebastian Roché is married! Roché wed actress Alicia Hannah Kim - now Alicia Roché - in the south of France at Chateau Les Bouysses in Mercues on May 31. The weeklong celebration culminated in an intimate ceremony attended by 50 guests of close friends and family. The Mummy actor Oded Fehr, who acted as their officiant, said the festivities were a French fantasy. "Picturesque rolling grape orchard hills, with a river lazily flowing between them. A 700-year-old castle. Local wine. Baguettes with brie that tastes of heaven. A group of strangers whom will forever be friends … All just a »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
FX have revealed that their upcoming outbreak horror series 'The Strain' will premiere on Sunday 13 July on the network. Based on the novels by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ('Pacific Rim') and Chuck Hogan the show has been developed into the new series which is set to run for 13 episodes. Guillermo will direct the pilot which revolves around the outbreak of a mysterious virus which has all the traits of an ancient strain of vampirism. The show stars Corey Stoll ('House of Cards'), Sean Astin ('Cabin Fever 3'), Kevin Durand ('Lost'), Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde ('The Mummy'), Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez and Mia Maestro. »
Has it really been 20 years? We hadn't noticed. Prepare to feel old, because this week romantic comedy classic Four Weddings and a Funeral celebrates a landmark anniversary.
The Richard Curtis-penned film delivered exactly what its title promised and so much more. It was funny, charming and packed with brilliant performances from a stellar Brit cast. Without it Hugh Grant would never have hit the Hollywood A-list and Wet Wet Wet wouldn't have spent what felt like an eternity at the top of the UK singles chart.
But what are the cast up to two decades on? We take a look at the key players then and now below...
Hugh Grant was a respected supporting actor in the Brit film industry prior to Four Weddings thanks to roles in Remains of the Day and Sirens. Things changed overnight after his role as the ever-so-British and lovelorn Charles.
Heed warning of the new promotional trailer for FX's upcoming horror series 'The Strain'. The show is set to make its debut on the network this coming June with series developer Guillermo del Toro at the helm for the pilot. The show is based on the novel by author Chuck Hogan and revolves around a modern day viral outbreak that is similar to an ancient evil strain of vampirism. 'The Strain' stars Corey Stoll ('House of Cards'), Sean Astin ('Cabin Fever 3'), Kevin Durand ('Lost'), Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde ('The Mummy'), Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez and Mia Maestro. Check out the trailer below. »
Universal is proud of its monsters – from the classic horror pictures with Boris Karloff and Claude Rains to recent reboots with Hugh Jackman and Brendan Fraser. The original The Mummy first rose from his tomb in 1932 and over the course of two decades the studio got several instalments out of the tightly-wrapped menace. That ended with Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy in 1955 before writer/director Stephan Sommers created an Indiana Jones-inspired series in 1999 that saw Darkman star Arnold Vosloo take the title role.
That franchise ended with the belated whimper of The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor by which time Sommers had jumped ship. Underworld’s Len Wiseman was attached to a revival, but when he bailed also Mama director Andy Muschietti came aboard. Like Wiseman he was lured by the prospect of bringing the character back with a darker angle but now he too has opted to close the sarcophagus. »
- Steve Palace
We have bad news for horror fans hoping the next version of The Mummy would venture more into horror territory. While Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall) was originally set to direct the next reboot of The Mummy franchise, he left due to scheduling conflicts and Mama director Andy Muschietti boarded the project.
This time creative differences are to be blamed for Andy Muschetti leaving, with The Wrap reporting that he “wanted to deliver a darker take rather than the four-quadrant, more family-friendly action-adventure blockbuster that Universal now has in mind.”
The Mummy was scheduled for release on April 22nd, 2016 and there is no word on if that date has been pushed back or who Universal is looking to replace Muschetti. Others still involved on the project include producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Sean Daniel, and it’s likely they’ll continue to move forward with the screenplay from Jon Spaihts »
- Jonathan James
The Mummy reboot seems to shedding directors like mouldy bandages. Len Wiseman (Underworld) left the production last year due to scheduling conflicts. Hired in his place was Andres Muschietti (Mama). But now he has left, with his ideas of a darker take on the property clashing with Universal’s more family orientated approach.
This wouldn’t be the first time the series has been rebooted, with the Brendan Fraser films themselves a reboot of the films that were made in the 1930s and 40s. That series was left dormant after a spoof was created in the 1950s, and with 2008′s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor being pretty laughable itself perhaps it’s the right time to start again.
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- Chris Cooper
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