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Zachary Leeman reviews The Frank Darabont Collection…
Frank Darabont is a name not spoken nearly enough among film lovers. He can often go unappreciated despite being the man that directed IMDb’s top rated film and having originally developed one of television’s smash hits, The Walking Dead.
Despite being an artist of undeniable talent, there’s always something that has kept Darabont from getting the accolades he deserves. The Shawshank Redemption may be a hit now, but it was a flop upon first release, The Walking Dead got a new showrunner fast and some of his other films haven’t been able to muster the giant audiences a Spielberg or a Tarantino can earn from their names on posters.
- Gary Collinson
Universal is quickly assembling a stellar cast for The Huntsman, its upcoming attempt to turn 2012’s box office smash Snow White & the Huntsman into a franchise property. Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has closed a deal to star opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in the film, which takes place before Kristen Stewart’s Snow White ever entered the picture.
Emily Blunt is also primed to join The Huntsman, which tells the story of how the title character (Hemsworth) first crossed paths with Ravenna (Theron). Details beyond that are vague, but Blunt is rumored to be playing the Snow Queen, Ravenna’s powerful sister who zeroes in on the Huntsman in hopes of getting revenge after he comes searching for a stolen magic mirror. No word on the specifics of Chastain’s role just yet.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, a VFX specialist who was Oscar-nominated for his work on the first film, will helm, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Prison-break indie RPG The Escapists provides a punishing challenge, Ryan writes...
I’m saving up for a screwdriver. The inmate from the cell next door has said he’ll give me $30 if I can find a dice for him - though what he needs the dice for, he won't say. Joe says he’ll give me some cash if I create a diversion in the canteen at dinner time. If I can keep on doing little tasks like this, I should be able to scrape together the $60 Tony wants for his screwdriver.
One of the inmates - a little guy called Rory - seems to have taken a thorough dislike to me for some reason. This may be because he caught me rummaging through the desk in his cell once, which is quite petty, really - I was only looking for a roll of luxury toilet paper and perhaps a spare sock. »
Weve seen a plethora of Stephen King adaptations over the last handful of decades. Some are good some are bad and some truly truly shine. A Good Marriage holds the appeal and polish of some of Kings greatest transfers. The flick ranks right up there with superb features like The Shawshank Redemption 1408 The Green Mile The Mist and Stand By Me. If youre going to seek out any of the recent King transfers do not hesitate for a moment to add A Good Marriage to your mustsee list. Grade A work right here »
I love movie and television soundtracks. I’ll often use a given soundtrack while I work, letting it fuel my writing. I can’t listen to music with lyrics in them; that interferes with my process. I’ll get themes, characters, even scenes or whole plots from the music. Soundtrack music is in service of the story that the film is trying to tell; it’s a part of the narrative, heightening the emotion that’s being invoked.
I have my own particular favorites. The composers usually have a large body of work but certain key works resonate within me – Jerry Goldsmith’s Chinatown and Patton, James Horner with Field of Dreams, Shaun Davey’s Waking Ned Devine, Elmer Bernstein’s To Kill A Mockingbird (has there ever been a more beautiful and evocative theme?) and, of course, The Magnificent Seven.
I’ve also been very fond of Alan Silvestri »
- John Ostrander
The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, who directed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, has abruptly vacated the director’s chair on The Huntsman, Universal’s upcoming spinoff from the dark fantasy epic Snow White & the Huntsman. Sources say that “creative differences” were the reason for the split, which was amicable. The studio reportedly has another helmer lined up, which should help the spinoff stick to its planned 2016 release date, and moreover, they’re still in talks with Edge of Tomorrow star Emily Blunt about the possibility of her taking on a key role.
Whatever you may have thought about Snow White & the Huntsman, the fact is that it made $396.5 million at the worldwide box office, and with a figure like that, it was only a matter of time until Universal came up with a way to expand the property. The Huntsman will focus mostly on Chris Hemsworth’s character, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Directed by: Peter Cornwell
Cast: Chandler Riggs (George), Dylan McDermott (Jim Swann), Mark Duplass (Uncle Lanning), Francess O’Connor (Rebecca), Joel Courtney (Buddy), Hana Hayes (Girl Next Door), Amanda Walsh (Charlotte), Chris Browning (Frank), Shirley Knight (Mercy)
If you notice from the credits, “Mercy” is a feature length film that is based on a short story from the modern day master of horror himself, Stephen King. In my humble opinion, I don’t think that Stephen King is one of those guys who you either love or hate. Regardless, of whether you judge him exclusively within the horror genre or when films based on his work crossed out of horror, such as “The Green Mile”. There is something from Stephen King for everyone, and at least one of the many things he wrote that resonates »
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