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Some of you may be looking at Andy Poon's concept art of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) and thinking to yourself, is that Oded Fehr ("The Mummy") or Liam Neeson ("Batman Begins")? If you had either of those thoughts you'd be correct on both accounts. Poon, or as I like to call him Poontang, illustrated his Ra's al Ghul costume designs before the role was cast. For fun, he decided to incorporate the likeness of each actor based on the rumors linking Fehr and Neeson to the part. It does Not in anyway mean they were actually considered. Still neat to look at though. Then there is John Gallagher's awesome Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) costume design, which was not chosen. Boo! Gallagher used elements of the New 52 look for hie Captain Cold design, but producers decided to go in a different direction. The final image below, is »
Exclusive: CBS Films has tapped a new scribe to spin its Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. BAFTA-nominated John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Go) will adapt the iconic book series by Alvin Schwartz that had children of the ’80s and ’90s hearing bumps in the night, penning a new script based on the best-selling spooky story collection.
The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, continuing with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.
- Jen Yamato
Fan art by tohdaryl
During a round table interview with THR, Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, gave a big clue to how the Universal Monster Cineverse is going to work. I listened to the panel last week and completely missed this, thankfully Perri Nemiroff of Collider caught this quote.
Langley on the Universal Monster Cineverse:
“We don’t have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.”
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- Free Reyes
After revealing that at least 3 more Fast & Furious movies are being planned, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley turned her attention to the upcoming Universal Monsters Shared Universe franchise that will kick off with the Untitled Mummy Reboot in 2016 after being teased in this past October's Dracula Untold. And guess what? She claims that this impending slate of films, which is set to also include the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and the ensemble Marvel's The Avengers-style Van Helsing, is not actually part of the horror genre.
Taking a cue from the earlier Mummy franchise reboot starring Brendan Fraser, which debuted in the late 90s, these upcoming Universal Monster movies will be in the action-adventure genre. Here's how she explains it:
"We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years »
Universal has announced a release date for the second film in their upcoming cinematic “Monsterverse.” The as-yet unknown title will arrive in cinemas on Friday April 17th, 2017; a date that’s thus far only snagged by the mystery monster pic.
It was back in July of this year that Universal revealed their plans for a cinematic universe. Their intentions are to revive the studio’s era-defining monster properties via a stream of individual features which will all interconnect. This type of move is obviously influenced by the all-powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner and DC’s almost-as-impressive ‘verse and Sony’s… well, let’s not even mention that. Despite facing stiff competition, the studio have a powerful duo at the controls, with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan overseeing the entire rebooted franchise.
The first official entry, The Mummy, will arrive on June 24th, 2016. Fans of the bandaged romantic will recall that »
- Gem Seddon
Following through on its plan to reboot its classic monster franchies, Universal has dated an untitled monster movie for April 21, 2017.
The untitled monster film is the first movie to be dated on April 21, 2017.
The studio announced plans in July to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around the studio’s classic monsters the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
- Dave McNary
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
It has been a little while since we have heard anything about Alex Kurtzman's upcoming reboot of The Mummy for Universal. Part of a planned cinematic universe of monsters that began with Dracula Untold, The Mummy will be a distinct retelling of the classic Boris Karloff creature that shares no plot similarities to that film or the Brendan Fraser-starring trilogy. Superhero Movie News claims to have gotten their hands on the screenplay for The Mummy and shared a fairly detailed synopsis for »
- Alex Maidy
Universal’s attempt to jump on the cinematic universe bandwagon is in full swing. With the recent Dracula Unborn slotting in an end credits scene to serve as a prequel tie-in, their upcoming slate of rebooted monster pics looks set to rival comic book behemoths Marvel and DC. First up on their docket is their remake of The Mummy, which today we’ve learned could be quite a departure from the Brendan Fraser series.
According to the folks over at SuperHeroMoviesNews, who got their hands on a copy of the script, the story will shrug off the timeline and characters established in previous movies. Their paraphrased version follows, which may be riddled with spoilers if the script they read was indeed genuine:
The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi dessert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. To him and »
- Gem Seddon
1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
Exclusive: The Hobbit star joins Funny Cow cast.
Peake, best known for her roles in British TV dramas Shameless and Silk, will lead cast in Funny Cow, which charts the rise of a stand-up comedienne in the sometimes violent and macho clubs of Northern England in the 1970’s and 80’s.
Richard Hawley is set to score the film.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
It appears the train that started with Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy (1999) has yet to fully derail. Coming just four years after the failed revival of The Wolfman (2010), Universal, unable to tear itself away from the action-adventure spectacle when it comes to its movie monster greats, has decided to introduce a new film to the fold, this time revealing the origins of monster favorite Dracula in Dracula Untold. The results? A film that does its job: allows you to watch Dracula destroy everything around him in epic fashion, throws in a little romance, a dash of creepiness and gore, all while making you root for the lord of all the undead…and all in about 90 minutes. In other words, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it’s short and to the point.
- Seth Paul
As far as classic characters go, the Universal Monsters franchise has for the most part been madly mismanaged or outright ignored. A spooky cabal that includes the Invisible Man, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Universal Monsters have only intermittently been employed in recent decades. In 1999, director Stephen Sommers gave us "The Mummy," a swashbuckling period film that seemed to start a new franchise and suggested that the monsters were on their way back… until Sommers ruined it all with "Van Helsing," a monster mash that most certainly did not turn into a graveyard smash. Since then we've had a lukewarm, creatively strained "The Wolfman" remake and… not much else. But with Universal buckling down and attempting a vast, interconnected mythology along the lines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the monsters should once again flood the big screen. And the first cog in this very large and complicated. »
- Drew Taylor
Fans of the hit Starz series Spartacus can now enjoy the entire three-season run with Spartacus: The Complete Series, which is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. All 33 episodes are included in this boxed set, along with never-before-seen special features such as Spartacus Fan Favorites With Liam McIntyre and The Last Word: John Hannah, which will offer even more entertainment after the series has run its course.
We have a giveaway lined up where fans can take home Spartacus: The Complete Series on Blu-ray to enjoy this show in high-definition, the way it was meant to be seen. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win below.
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The screenwriter of the amazing Fargo series on FX, Noah Hawley, is apparently writing one of Universal Picture's monster horror films. There are no details on which monster he'll be working on. In Deadline's report, it just says, “Hawley, while readying another season of Fargo, is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.”
The studio is hoping to build a cinematic universe with these monsters. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are currently developing a plan to relaunch the studio’s classic monsters starting with the Mummy, which Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote for Kurtzman to direct. That movie will be released on June 24th, 2016. According to Kurtzman, some of the monsters will get their own movie, but other monsters will appear in other films, as secondary characters. They just need to figure out how to balance that out.
- Joey Paur
The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:
We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!
Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »
- Phil Wheat
Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!
Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!
Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »
- Debi Moore
If you pick up Bungie’s highly anticipated new game Destiny this September, you might hear some familiar voices on your journey across the universe. The voice cast is stacked with actors from much-loved TV shows like Firefly and The Walking Dead, lending their voices to a number of characters players will interact with in Destiny’s sci-fi universe.
One of those actors is Lance Reddick, of The Wire and Fringe fame. Reddick voices a character named Commander Zavala, who will give players who choose the game’s Titan specialization their marching orders. It’s not Reddick’s first video »
- Joshua Rivera
While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to save the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.
This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.
As Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. plant flags »
- Marc Graser
Spartacus composer Joseph LoDuca explains how the hit Starz series is a "composer's dream" in our exclusive featurette for Spartacus: The Complete Series, which will debut on Blu-ray and DVD September 16 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
The musician reveals that Spartacus is one of the few television shows to use a full orchestra to compose the score, while highlighting the themes he came up with for characters like the "rock star" Gannicus (Dustin Clare), battle scenes and much more in our exclusive featurette.
Spartacus: The Complete Series is the classic tale of Spartacus, the Republic's most infamous rebel who comes alive in the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Then comes Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the prequel that explores a deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he now carries with him. The second season, Spartacus: Vengeance, continues to follow Spartacus as he is faced with »
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