20 items from 2015
With a spirit similar to Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing and The Mummy, Oleg Stepchenko's Forbidden Empire is equal parts horror and adventure, with a macabre mystery interwoven throughout its intriguing narrative.
It's the 18th century, and an ambitious cartographer named Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng) is traveling by horse-drawn carriage through the wilderness of Europe to properly map the borders of the world. His journey comes to a literal (and mud-splattered) halt when he comes under attack by ghostly wolves outside a small Ukrainian village run by Lord Dudley (Charles Dance). Jonathan soon learns this small town is cursed—the kind of place you might not leave if you stay overnight. The cause of the town's curse is the church, where Dudley's daughter lies in eternal, perhaps supernatural, slumber.
From this engrossing premise, Stepchenko offers ample amounts of scares delivered in stylish, gothic CGI. A truly transformative dinner table »
- Derek Anderson
New posters featuring the main three characters from the psychological horror film, Sun Choke (which recently made its world premiere at the Stanley Film Festival), are featured in our latest round-up. We also have release details and cover art for One Way Static Records' upcoming vinyl soundtrack release for Mark of the Devil and its sequel, as well as a new poster for the upcoming prison-set thriller, Vendetta, which is directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (See No Evil 2, American Mary).
Synopsis: "Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins »
- Derek Anderson
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.
Revealed at Las Vegas' CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.
In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”
- Derek Anderson
“Warcraft,” based on Blizzard Entertainment’s hit videogame “World of Warcraft,” has shifted from March 11, 2016, to June 10, 2016. Duncan Jones will direct from a script by himself and Charles Leavitt.
Universal has also dated an untitled monster franchise film on March 30, 2018, which has been moved back from its original April 21, 2017, date. The series »
- Alex Stedman
Hocus Pocus – 1.15pm, Film4
Cast a spell over your Easter celebrations with this black comedy from Disney, staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches resurrected on Halloween by a group of children, only to cause havoc in a quest for immortality.
The Mummy – 6.35pm, ITV2
Easy A – 9pm, E4
Channel your inner John Hughes with this '80s-at-heart high school comedy starring Emma Stone as isolated teen Olive, who lies about her sexual exploits in a bid to get noticed without considering the consequences.
Fast Five – 9pm, Film4
This fifth outing for the Fast gang goes up a gear as Torretto (Vin Diesel) and co put together a plan to steel $100 million from a Brazilian drug lord that will set them for life. »
Lloyd Fonvielle, who wrote the screenplays for the 1980s films The Lords of Discipline and The Bride and received a story credit on the 1999 blockbuster The Mummy, has died. He was 64. Fonvielle died Feb. 19 while at his writing desk in his apartment in Las Vegas, according to his friend Eli Selden of Anonymous Content. The cause of death was hypertension and the lung disease Copd, the coroner’s office said. A working writer in Hollywood for more than two decades, Fonvielle also wrote and directed the 1988 Showtime telefilm Gotham, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Virginia Madsen. He penned
- Mike Barnes
Fans don’t want to see it. Studios try to avoid it. But sometimes a recast in the midst of a movie franchise is inevitable.
Whether it be a scheduling conflict, salary negotiations gone wrong, or even an unexpected death – we’re taking a look at six times a movie recast was too obvious to ignore.
1. James “Rhodey” Rhodes – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Terrence Howard played James “Rhodey” Rhodes in 2008’s Iron Man. But a salary conflict stopped Terrence from returning for the sequel. Re-casting Don Cheadle as Rhodey for Iron Man 2 was a bit obvious, so Marvel made a light of it in the 2010 sequel. Cheadle’s first line: “Look, it’s me. I'm here. Deal with it. Let's move on.”
2. The Incredible Hulk – The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Director of The Jackel and Memphis Belle joins $30m fantasy epic.
The film will be an adaptation of a 1968 adventure novel by John Gordon, which centres on three school friends who discover an ancient treasure and become embroiled in the final act of an epic battle of good against evil.
The live-action feature is intended to act as the first in a trilogy, with shooting planned at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios as well as on location in the UK from October 2015. Theatrical release is planned for Christmas 2016.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — “Texas Rising,” which will air on History in the U.S., is set for TV conference MipTV in Cannes as its World Premiere TV Screening.
The first episode will be screened in Cannes’ Palais des Festivals on April 13, and key cast and the creators will walk the red carpet for MipTV’s opening party.
- Leo Barraclough
Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Season 1: Episode 1 – “The Red Serpent”
Written by Steven S. DeKnight
Directed by Rick Jacobson
Originally aired January 22nd, 2010 on Starz
A Short Introduction
Five years ago, Starz premiered Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The series was originally written off by most viewers and critics as being gratuitous, lacking quality storytelling and employing a juvenile aesthetic (or a borrowed one, in the case of the 300 comparisons). During its run on Starz, Spartacus garnered a respectable viewership by the network’s standards, but the number of people who went back to re-evaluate the series and see what was actually there was simply too small in the end. Fast forward to now. Netflix has released the entirety of Spartacus (which features three full-length seasons and a prequel mini-series, all with different subtitles), and subscribers to the streaming service now have a chance to take part in one of television »
- Sean Colletti
Don't think cheerleading is a sport? This workout will change your mind. Developed by Sean Bartram, the official trainer for the Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders, it features essential Hiit (high-intensity interval training) moves that will burn fat and sculpt muscles fast. And just one look at the cheerleaders themselves, who serve as models in his book, High-Intensity Interval Training For Women (and here as well!), and you won't even question it - these women have the strength, endurance, and abs of any elite athlete. Even better news? This total-body workout is just 10 to 16 minutes long, depending on how long you rest between intervals. If you're unsure of what level you should be at, err on the cautious side, and make sure you pay attention to form. "We have one golden rule and that's always form first, speed second," Sean said. "Sometimes when people work against the timer they feel like doing »
Pic sees Liz (Velasquez), an adventurous and confident gay woman faced with an illness that threatens her life. Aware of her appetite for a challenge, yet oblivious to her illness, her friends dare her to seduce the lovely and straight Eva (Eloisa Maturen).
“Bringing ‘Liz in September’ to U.S. audiences is an honor and a pleasure,” said Wolfe Releasing co-president Jim Stephens. “Fina Torres is an incredibly talented filmmaker and I know American audiences are going to fall in love with this film.”
Cmg president Edward Noeltner, »
- Leo Barraclough
Patricia Velasquez, widely considered the first Latina supermodel for her having appeared in several high-profile fashion campaigns in the 1990s, has come out as gay, the Huffington Post reports. Writing in her new book, Straight Walk, which goes on sale Feb. 10, Velasquez, 43, says she was moved to be honest about her sexuality in discussions with her daughter Maya, 8. "It's very difficult to face your past, so I put off doing anything like this for a long time," Velasquez, whose large and small screen credits include The Mummy and 2012's Celebrity Apprentice, told Yahoo! Parenting about her "torturous" secret that she »
- Andrea Billups, @princessmouse
Patricia Velasquez, a Venezuelan supermodel, actress and mom, has come out publicly as gay. In her memoir Straight Walk: A Supermodel's Journey to Finding Her Truth, the 44-year-old star of The Mummy and its sequel writes about how she hid her sexuality from her loved ones for years and dated both men and women. The book was inspired by her daughter Maya, 8, who she shares with ex-partner Lauren, according to Yahoo! Parenting. "It's very difficult to face your past, so I put off doing anything like this for a long time," the actress, who also appeared in The L Word and Arrested Development, told the outlet. "But as my daughter started growing up and I was teaching her to be honest and proud, »
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (“The Mummy” franchise), Mark Burnett (“Son Of God”), Joni Levin (“The Way Back”) and Duncan Henderson (“Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World”). Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (“The Bible”), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. “Ben-hur” also »
- Josh Abraham
Ben-hur is returning to the big screen!
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-hur starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.
The epic 1959 film was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Sam Jaffe and Hugh Griffith. It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The magnificent score is by composer Miklós Rózsa.
Watch the trailer Here.
- Michelle McCue
If you were looking forward to seeing an updated version of the classic Ben-Hur story on the big screen, then you'll be happy to hear that principal photography has officially started on the epic, with a more full cast last revealed as well. Come inside to see.
I'm honestly not sure what to think about a Ben-Hur remake. Done correctly, it could be pretty cool and a great way to introduce a new generation to this story. It also has a good chance of sucking, but that's the risk you take with any remake. Either way, I tend to hold off judgement until I've seen footage, which we've just taken a big step towards seeing as filming has officially started:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
One of these days a filmmaker is going to conjure a vision of a fantastic mummy film and then successfully bring that vision to life on the big screen. It will happen (technically it already has happened as Karl Freunds 1932 Universal effort was a stellar display of terror and passion intertwined) one of these days (okay I confess there are also a few decent mummy movies produced by the legendary Hammer brand as well) but recent attempts to revive this age old character have proven disastrous. Stephen Sommers actionoriented CGIheavy flicks are stomach turning (in large part due to Brendan Frasiers participation) The Mummy Resurrected was an utter embarrassment and the latest to land in our laps Day of the Mummy may as crazy as »
The great Scorpion King and a disloyal rival race against time to find a treasure that possesses the power to rule the world in The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, debuting on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ on January 13, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The epic next chapter in the billion-dollar The Mummy franchise, The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power propels the enormously successful series to new heights with a cast of renowned veterans and icons from the mixed martial arts and professional wrestling worlds as well as the intrigue and pulse-pounding action than fans have come to embrace.
Victor Webster (The Scorpion King: The Battle for Redemption) stars as the heroic warrior Mathayus and is joined by Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Ellen Holman (“Spartacus”), Barry Bostwick (“Cougar Town”), Michael Biehn (The Terminator) and Rutger Hauer (“True Blood,” Blade Runner »
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20 items from 2015
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