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An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Check out the new poster and trailer for director Gareth Edward’s Godzilla. If some of the effectively eerie music sounds familiar to you sci-fi fans, it’s from the ”Atmospheres” piece by György Ligeti used 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Godzilla series was created in 1954. A lizard contaminated by nuclear bomb radiation, mutates into a 300 ft tall dinosaur/monster hybrid.
In the new film’s slick viral marketing, the group at the heart of this incident is called M.U.T.O. So who exactly are they?
Find out at: http://mutoresearch.net/
- Michelle McCue
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Perhaps no film has benefited from the recent deluge of critics groups announcements more than the new Spike Jonze film Her. The movie was named Nbr’s Best Film of the year, in addition to Best Director, tied for Best Picture with the Los Angeles Film Critics, and was named to the American Film Institute’s top 10 list. It has also picked up citations for its production design, score, screenplay, and even a few mentions for supporting actress Scarlett Johansson. That the film has picked up some citations isn’t a surprise, but the number of awards/nominations it has reaped has created a big surge of momentum for the film. While it is early, many prognosticators have moved the film into their Best Picture predictions, bumping films such as Lee Daniels’ The Butler out. But what has factored in this surge and can it translate to Oscar success? »
- Terence Johnson
It's been two and a half years since AMC gave Frank Darabont the boot from The Walking Dead, the ratings juggernaut that still puts Sunday Night Football to shame. It's the largest gap on his resume since the early '00s, when he took six years to adapt Steven King's 1980 novella The Mist for the silver screen. Now he's back with Mob City, TNT's tense, fast-moving mini-series about 1940's Los Angeles. The script is colorful yet succinct – "the bad guys wear flashy shoes" – with violent visuals that call to »
Frank Darabont is happy to be working in television again. Following his well-documented ouster from AMC's The Walking Dead, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption brings noir to TNT with Mob City, a period drama following the Lapd's attempts to bring down Mickey Cohen and the mob during the 1940s. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the showrunner to discuss TNT's unique broadcast pattern, the appeal of doing the first season as a "limited" event series and why he thinks so many filmmakers and actors are flocking to the small screen. Are you
- Lesley Goldberg
Despite the commercial failure of Frank Darabont’s excellent adaptation of Stephen King’s supernatural novella The Mist (a modern genre masterpiece in my opinion which recently featured in our underrated King adaptations feature), it appears The Weinstein Company is working alongside the writer/director with a plan to bring the story to the small screen. Since its release back in 2007, Darabont’s film led by the brilliant Thomas Jane, has gone on to find an appreciated audience in much the same way as John Carpenter’s celebrated 1982 sci-fi horror classic The Thing.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile and who is no stranger to television (having worked on The Shield, The Walking Dead and currently gangster series Mob City) has proposed 10-part series. It’s currently unknown if this will be a retelling of the Dimension film; continues from that shocking »
- Craig Hunter
Stephen King is one of the world’s most successful contemporary authors. Selling over 350 million books since his career began, King has seen the vast majority of his stories adapted for both the big and small screen. It all started in 1976 when King’s first novel Carrie was adapted by director Brian De Palma. Carrie starred Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and a then unknown John Travolta, and saw outcast Carrie turn the tables on her tormentors at her high school prom thanks to her newfound telekinetic powers. Since the film’s success, numerous other stories by the author have come to life and most have been lucky enough to follow in Carrie’s footsteps. This week we see things come full circle as Carrie receives the remake treatment courtesy of Boys Don’T Cry director Kimberly Peirce. Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) will be stepping into Spacek’s rather big shoes, »
- Kat Smith
“I don’t escape it in my sleep,” Darabont says between sips of coffee. “I go home, and whatever amount of sleep I do get, I’m dreaming about being on set and all the thorny possible things that could happen, but it’s an abstraction of those problems. … It’s just my subconscious messing with me. It’s always been that way.”
Sitting on the floor of his Spanish-style offices in Los Feliz, Darabont takes drags off an e-cig, vaguely resembling the characters in his period drama that draws on the rich heritage of L.A. noir — except that he’s wearing one of his signature Hawaiian shirts, and his nearby iPhone is »
- AJ Marechal
Mob City premieres Dec. 4 at 10/9Ct on TNT. When Jon Bernthal teamed up with Oscar-nominated writer/producer/director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) on the set of Darabont’s apocalyptic AMC drama The Walking Dead, he knew he’d forged a personal and professional partnership that would last long after viewers ultimately discover who comes out on top, the living or the undead. So when the actor, who played loose-cannon former cop Shane Walsh, learned his character’s time was up around the same time Darabont was confoundingly excused from the show he’d helped make a pop-culture phenomenon, there was already … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
In 2002, publisher Cemetery Dance released its first full limited-edition novel by Stephen King: From a Buick 8. It was a visual and tactile treat of a book, issued in three states, or versions: a “gift” edition, a limited numbered edition, and a 52-copy lettered edition, each one more sumptuous than the last. Bernie Wrightson’s illustrations managed to deftly capture the otherworldly strangeness of the creatures that emerge from the titular Buick, despite the fact that they are said to be indescribable. While it wasn’t the first book with Stephen King's work published by Cemetery Dance (that honor goes to 1998’s The Best of Cemetery Dance, which includes the reprint King story “Chattery Teeth”), it set a precedent. Later King publications – Blockade Billy; Full Dark, No Stars; It: The 25th Anniversary Edition; and especially the two Secretary of Dreams compilations – matched or surpassed what From a Buick 8 started, »
- Kevin Quigley
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
(Cbr) Frank Darabont, writer and director of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," served as showrunner for AMC’s "The Walking Dead" in its first season, and worked in the years before its 2010 debut to develop the series for television. He abruptly left the hit drama during production of its second season, with reports later surfacing that he was fired due to issues involving budgetary concerns and an inability to adapt to the quicker pace of TV. Darabont’s recent comments to Variety make it even clearer that it wasn’t an amicable parting. “Oh, God no, why would I,” Darabont replied »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
A devastating indictment of pop culture as propaganda — about its power and the limits of its powers — and an upending of the typical teen-girl romance movie. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Luke Skywalker never suffered from Ptsd.
Well, we can presume he did. We can easily imagine that he woke up from nightmares drenched in sweat. We just never saw it onscreen. Depicting that sort of thing used to be the domain of angsty fan fiction. Nowadays, Tony Stark, in 3D IMAX, can’t sleep after New York. And we get our reintroduction to Katniss Everdeen, cowinner of the 74th Hunger Games, via a tremendously horrific flashback she experiences in what was once her safe place, her secret hunting grounds in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The 53-year-old Hutchison, best known for a stint on "Lost" and a role in "The Green Mile," will still co-manage the 19-year-old Stodden's career, which has thus far consisted of lots of staged photos of herself in revealing clothes and reality-show appearances ("Couples Therapy," "Celebrity Big Brother" in the U.K.) stemming from her marriage.
"After two and a half years of marriage Courtney and Doug have decided to become legally separated," the couple says in a statement to the Daily Mail. "This is a mutual and amicable decision that they're making together. As you know, Courtney was married at a young age. Now, at 19, she's interested in exploring life as an unmarried single young adult -- with the freedom to explore her independence.
"Doug supports Courtney 100%. The two will share custody of their precious pup, »
Sorry ladies. It seems that Russell Brand may no longer be single. In an interview with HuffPostUK the British star admitted that he is dating someone although would not reveal her name. Brand was previously married to Katy Perry but the pair divorced after only 14 months of marriage.
Oops. Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte recently suffered a serious knee injury, and has been forced to take a break from training; after a fan got a bit too over enthusiastic. Yup. E!News reports that the athlete fell over after a teenage fan ran into him causing him to seriously injure himself. While he is expected to make a full recovery we can't help but feel embarrassed for that fan.
Well we have to say we didn’t see this one coming (or not). Courtney Stodden and Dough Hutchison have announced their split after 3-years of marriage. The couple made headlines after »
- reelz staff
From "Star Wars" to "Indiana Jones" to "Back to the Future," there's little denying that Drew Struzan is the world's most famous poster artist. He's also worked several times with filmmaker Frank Darabont on special-edition posters for "The Green Mile," "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Walking Dead".
Now Darabont and Struzan are re-teaming for a special poster for Darabont's upcoming TNT series "Mob City" set in Los Angeles in the 1940s. Check out the results of their work below:
- Garth Franklin
When it comes to movie posters, you can’t find a more legendary name than Drew Struzan.
He’s designed iconic posters that have decorated countless fans’ bedroom walls for the Star Wars films and the Indiana Jones franchise, along with Back to the Future, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and others. He’s also had a long history with writer-producer-director Frank Darabont, having made special-edition posters for his films The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist and The Green Mile, along with that little zombie drama Darabont launched, The Walking Dead (Struzan’s Comic-Con poster for that one is »
- James Hibberd
Rick Grimes is having yet another very bad day. Not a wake-up-from-a-coma-to-find-the-world's-been-overrun-by-zombies bad day or even a my-son-just-shot-my-wife-after-she-gave-birth-to-a-child-that-may-have-been-fathered-by-my-former-best-friend sort of day, but still pretty awful. There's dirt smeared on his face, a gash over his left eye and a soiled white bandage wrapped loosely around one hand. He's gasping for breath as he trudges up a hill outside the prison he and the band of survivors he's leading call home. He looks like he might collapse.
Nine Walking Dead Villains We're Dying to See
Director Ernest Dickerson has yelled "Cut! »
St. Martin's Press and Talenthouse are inviting amateur filmmakers to produce a short horror book trailer for Snowblind, the highly anticipated novel by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden, and the judges include some very familiar names. Read on for the details.
The winning trailer will be heavily promoted and used as part of an integrated marketing and advertising campaign for the book and will also receive a consultation with one or more of the judges to discuss their work.
Helping St. Martin’s Press judge the entries are: author Christopher Golden, Frank Darabont (Academy Award-nominated director and writer of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist; creator of the AMC series "The Walking Dead"), David S. Goyer (writer of Blade; teamed with Christopher Nolan on the screenplays for The Dark Knight Trilogy; also scripted Man of Steel and created the Starz TV series "Da Vinci's Demons »
- Debi Moore
Directed by Frank Darabont
The professional relationship between filmmaker Frank Darabont and author Stephen King is perhaps one of the most notable collaborations in modern cinema, a tale of hero worship turned ostensible business partnership. So many ships it’s a wonder none of the films produced as a result were ever set at sea. A young aspiring filmmaker with untold cinematic vision and a fondness for Maine’s most famed son, Darabont earned his ticket to the big time through the sheer verve and passion of his pitch to King regarding his short story Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption. Parallel to this, King’s sentimentality for such ambitious upstarts meant that the resulting sleeper hit resulted in two of his books becoming legendary motion pictures. Over the course of three such enterprises, Darabont managed to »
- Scott Patterson
Who’d have thought in the Eighties that Tom Hanks, the fresh-faced, amiable sidekick to mermaids ("Splash") and hounds ("Turner & Hooch"), would become Tom Hanks the admired dramatic actor and two-time Oscar winner, who's in the running for a third for "Captain Phillips"? Not many, perhaps, least of all the self-effacing Hanks. Those back-to-back Oscars, for "Philadelphia" (1994) and "Forrest Gump" (1995), revealed his true mettle and an Everyman versatility that would lead him to play an astronaut ("Apollo 13"), a WWII army captain ("Saving Private Ryan"), a prison warden ("The Green Mile"), a mob enforcer ("Road to Perdition") and a U.S. Senator ("Charlie Wilson's War") without anyone raising an eyebrow. What those characters all have in common is a certain dignity, integrity and humor that brings assurance to audiences. During his 33-year career Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was. »
- Demetrios Matheou
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