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Revenge Sneak Peek: An Unlikely Alliance

28 December 2012 12:28 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Revenge returns January 6, and when it does, an unlikely alliance will form.

After one of the series' fun winks at itself and its fans - Victoria pretending she's never noticed the view of Emily's beach house from her balcony - she gets down to business and pleads for Emily's help.

Daniel, she says, is in over his head running Grayson Global, lacking the ruthless demeanor required of such a position. Only Emily, Victoria says, can bring her son back from the precipice of ... something.

Very bad things await Danny, she's convinced of that. Obviously Emily agrees to help, and obviously she's going to be running her own game. But where does the Revengenda end and the genuine emotions begin?

Check out the sneak preview clip from "Power" and comment below:

 Revenge 'Power' Clip - In Over His Head »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (Steve Marsi)

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Thn’s 2012 Rundown – May & June

20 December 2012 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As spring bled into summer, we saw the release of the year’s most gargantuan mainstream hit. It was The Avengers (aka Avengers Assemble), in case you spent the last year roaming the arctic regions of Greenland; and even then, an amiable Inuit with a Hulk hoodie probably told you about it.   

May

The long awaited release of The Avengers saw cinema-goers turn out in droves. It was seven years in the making, and many hardcore fans had been waiting far longer than that, so thankfully, the majority were not left disappointed. Otherwise, who knows what level of extreme backlash could have erupted… although millions of geeks acutely describing their grievances in a respectful manner on film forums would have been the most likely scenario. Our very own Dan was delighted by what he saw, and described it as being ‘utterly stimulating, satisfyingly scripted and damn right faultless big screen entertainment. »

- Martin Daniel McDonagh

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Five Things To Know About Jeanne Tripplehorn

26 September 2012 2:02 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

She played a polygamous wife on HBO's Big Love and makes her debut playing an FBI profiler on tonight's season premiere of the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. Here are five things you probably don't know about Jeanne Tripplehorn

1. Became a DJ right out of high school, spinning rock 'n' roll tunes during morning drive time on Kmod-fm in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Video: A 14-Yr-Old Granted His Biggest Wish

2. Made her film debut in 1992's Basic Instinct, playing Michael Douglas's kinky ex-lover/police psychologist Dr. Beth Garner.

3. Was called in to replace a pregnant Robin Wright in the role of Abby McDeere in Tom Cruise's 1993 movie The Firm.

Video: Expect 'More Personal Stories' on Criminal Minds

4. Met her husband Leland Orser on the set of the 1998 film Very Bad Things.

5. Studied in the Drama Division of NYC's prestigious The Juilliard School, as a member of Group 19 (1986-1990), which also included actress Laura Linney.

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Top 10: Christian Slater movies

5 September 2012 2:53 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

As Lionsgate UK releases Sofia onto DVD and Blu-ray on 10th September, we thought we would have a look at leading-man Christian Slater’s Top 10 starring roles.

1) True Romance

Written by King of Cool, Quentin Tarentino, and directed by legendary film-maker Tony Scott, True Romance tells the tale of loveable rogue Clarence Worley (Slater) as he attempts to out-run cops and crooks alike with his hooker-bride (Patricia Arquette) and a ‘suitcase full of trouble’. Featuring appearances from an endless list of A-list talent including Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken and Samuel L Jackson, this cult classic is not to be missed.

2) Pump Up The Volume

Mark (Slater) is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to Arizona from the East Coast. His parents give him a short-wave radio so he can talk to his pals, but instead he sets up shop as pirate deejay Hard Harry, who becomes a »

- Phil

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8 Truly Twisted Movie Weddings

23 August 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s hard to have a wedding in a movie where something terrible doesn’t happen; it wouldn’t really be that fun to watch otherwise. It’s not totally unrealistic – after all, crazy people get married too. If we actually lived in a world of mutants and superheroes, they too would get married and it would probably go as well in real life as it does in the movies. Here are some of the most extreme weddings in films – weddings that, provided the bride and groom survive (and not all do), are going to produce some incredibly crazy offspring. 8. Kyle and Laura in Very Bad Things If you had to call a dark comedy “by-the-book,” this movie would be just that. It’s a film to point to when defining the genre because it has just the right amount of hilarity and horror to make the audience unsure what to feel by the time the credits »

- David Christopher Bell

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Edward Furlong and Christian Slater to Meet The Awakened

19 July 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The classic tale of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has endured the test of time to become one of the most infamous horror stories of all time. After all, who doesn't want to explore their dark side every now and again?

That's exactly what director Arno Malarone does with his modern day twist on the story, The Awakened.

Penned by Joycelyn Engle and Christopher M. Capwell, the flick will star Edward Furlong (Night of the Demons, Terminator 2), Christian Slater (Alone in the Dark, Very Bad Things), Julianne Michelle (Apartment 1303 3D), Steven Bauer (Scarface, Primal Fear, Raising Cain), and Corey Sevier.

The film follows a young woman who returns to her home town after 14 years to find her mother’s killer. Shooting is set to begin September 10 in The Hamptons, New York.

More as it comes.

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Explore your dark »

- Uncle Creepy

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Peter Berg Leaves Board Games and the Gridiron Behind for ‘Father’s Day’

19 June 2012 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Peter Berg has had mixed results throughout his directing career when it comes to critical acclaim and box office success, but he’s also never been one to be pigeon-holed into a specific genre or type of movie. From the very black comedy of Very Bad Things to the under-appreciated action gem that is The Kingdom, Berg likes to flex his creative muscles behind the camera and keep audiences guessing where he’ll land next. He may have been wondering that himself after delivering one of the year’s bigger bombs to theaters in the form of the much reviled and mostly avoided Battleship. The $200m+ blockbuster-to-be has seemingly topped out at under $65 million domestic, and while it made it’s budget back internationally the numbers are still pretty damn grim for what should have been his first summer tentpole. Luckily Berg knows how to plan ahead as before that doomed Hasbro production even hit screens he »

- Rob Hunter

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Review: Prometheus

30 May 2012 2:48 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Prometheus

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender | Written by Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof | Directed by Ridley Scott

Those who remember their Ancient Greek legends will know that Prometheus was the name of the Titan that gave the gift of fire to humankind. This pissed off top-god Zeus, and for his troubles, Prometheus was chained up and an eagle ate out his liver, only for it to grow back ready to be eaten all over again every day forever. Those who like creation myths, stories about the relationship between strange beings and the human race and nasty things happening to people’s insides are probably going to thoroughly enjoy Ridley Scott’s long-awaited prequel to Alien.

As well as an unfortunate Titan and the film in question, Prometheus is also the name of the spaceship carrying Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron »

- Jack Kirby

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[Review] Battleship

18 May 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber actually made paying Hasbro a boatload of cash for their seemingly-unnecessary board game property a relevant story point in their big budget, science fiction actioner Battleship. The fact they had to conjure up a humanoid alien race with reptilian characteristics and cloaking technology to keep gigantic flying nautical vessels off radar is besides the point. The American public loves extra-terrestrial invasions, thinks Andy Roddick‘s wife Brooklyn Decker is hot and cannot help getting revved up when their armed forces are depicted kicking foreign ass. Even bringing a handful of grizzled veterans – actors or not, I can’t quite find a definitive answer – had the guy next to me saying he’d ‘fight alongside those OGs nine times out of ten.’ Yes, we love patriotism and director Peter Berg knows it.

A blink-and-you’ll-miss-him gunner halfway through, Berg knows how to have fun. The guy who helmed both the brilliant, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Battleship – The Review

17 May 2012 10:59 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hasbro may have naming and branding rights to the film, but don’t let the “source material” fool you. Battleship is an action-packed, fun-filled piece of pure popcorn entertainment that deserves a spot amongst the best of it’s kind. The board game-inspired film is directed by Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Very Bad Things) who has given the film it’s greatest strength… a knowledgeable and talented commander at the helm of this summertime blockbuster.

Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Friday Night Lights) stars as Lt. Alex Hopper, a smart yet unfocused and discipline-challenged Navy officer. Alex has no direction in life and nothing but trouble in his future, so his big brother Commander Stone Hopper, played by Alexander Skarsgard (Straw Dogs, True Blood) recruits Alex by way of an ultimatum in an attempt to help turn his life around. Brooklyn Decker (Just Go With It) plays Alex’s girlfriend Sam, »

- Travis Keune

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28 Things We Learned From the Commentary Track for ‘The Kingdom’

17 May 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s a wild career Peter Berg has created for himself. The kid from Shocker and Aspen Extreme grew up to have an eclectic mix of directorial offerings. Everything from wicked, black comedies like Very Bad Things and damn solid action flicks like The Rundown. He’s even dabbled in the Summer blockbuster like Hancock and this Friday’s Battleship. I think that movie made Cole angry. Berg’s most important work of art came in the form of Friday Night Lights, arguably the best show in the past decade. You be the judge which side of that fence I fall on. Clear eyes. Full heart. Can’t Lose. But we can’t exactly run a Commentary Commentary on the full series run of that show. That would take too long, and there’s not enough Monster in the world to keep the writing juices flowing. So we’ll do one on The Kingdom, Berg »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Review: Waterlogged 'Battleship' Is A Cynical, Nonsensical & Boring Blockbuster

17 May 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The following is a reprint of our review from the U.K. release in April.

Expectations are a tricky thing with films. In an age where every teaser, trailer, teaser-for-a-trailer, poster and publicity still are pored over endlessly, many go into a film thinking they know what they'll think afterwards. This can lead to hopes being crushed, or sometimes, for a film that you'd previously dismissed, it turns out to be a pleasant surprise. Last summer, we were dreading "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," only to discover that it was perhaps the best blockbuster of the season. Honestly, very little makes us happier than such a film: a picture that's been mis-marketed that turns out be an absolute treat, that is an entirely different beast to what you thought it was going to be.

"Battleship" is not one of those films. "Battleship" is exactly the kind of film »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Tribeca 2012: ‘Jackpot’ is sick, twisted, and hilarious

24 April 2012 7:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Jackpot

Written by Magnus Martens

Directed by Magnus Martens

Norway, 2011

Perhaps the cold in Norway brings something ugly out of people, or perhaps the ugliness was always there and the cold is merely a coincidence. The new Norwegian comedy Jackpot doesn’t take an opinion either way, but instead simply drops the ugliness on a plate and garnishes it up with so much absurdity that it will be impossible not to laugh.

Oskar (Kyrre Hellum) and three of his co-workers hit the top prize in a soccer-picking lottery, with more than 1.7 million kroner to split between them. As one might imagine, that’s not the end of their problems, but merely the beginning, as they start turning on each other before their celebratory bender is even finished. Then the best-laid plans to get away with the resulting murders go wrong, and the best-laid backup plans go wrong, leading to more »

- Mark Young

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Magnet releases Supernatural Thriller ‘Playback’ on DVD & Blu-Ray

10 April 2012 6:36 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Magnet Releasing is one of those companies that horror & genre fans love. They do right by us by acquiring unique films and releasing them via VOD prior to a theatrical release. Then, if you miss those releases, soon after, they hit DVD, Blu-Ray and, usually, Netflix. Playback is one of those films that I meant to check out but never got the opportunity. However, since it  is Magnet, I should have plenty of options to watch it now.

From the Press Release:

On May 8, get ready to venture to your voyeuristic side when Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Playback under the Magnet Label on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the prequel novella, “Playback: Light and Shadow,” the “original and entertaining piece” (Gashe.com) features Christian Slater (Bobby, Very Bad Things), Johnny Pacar (Wild Child, Discovery Kids’ “Flight 29 Down), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan, Feast of Love), and Amber Childers (“All My Children »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Get Ready for Some Playback in May!

9 April 2012 12:19 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The Michael A. Nickles spooker Playback is on its way to DVD and Blu-ray, and we've get all the details regarding whether you'll watch or just fast forward to the chills. Read on!

From the Press Release

On May 8th get ready to venture to your voyeuristic side when Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Playback under the Magnet Label on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the prequel novella, “Playback: Light and Shadow,” the “original and entertaining piece” (Gashe.com) features Christian Slater (Bobby, Very Bad Things), Johnny Pacar (Wild Child, Discovery Kids’ “Flight 29 Down), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan, Feast of Love), and Amber Childers (“All My Children”).

The unnerving film follows a group of high school students who begin to dig into their town's infamous past and unwittingly unlock a dark secret that has been kept hidden for years. Now an evil spirit has awakened and will stop at »

- Uncle Creepy

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Interview: Peter Berg talks ‘Battleship’

9 April 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

With Universal’s Battleship out Aprill 11th in cinemas nationwide, we sat down with the film’s director, Peter Berg, to discuss naval operations, the USS Missouri and 3D.

Watching the movie, it reminded me of Transformers, Alien and Robocop, are you a big fan of these sci-fi movies, and did you talk to Michael Bay?

I haven’t done a lot of science fiction, I’m a big fan of the navy and I wanted to do a navy film. I wanted to do a big movie, I wanted to do a film that had a big global reach. I didn’t want to make a film that felt really violent and brutal, so the idea of humans fighting humans felt too violent, and I had seen this Stephen Hawking documentary about Goldilocks planets and us reaching out and sending signals, and how Stephen Hawking thought this was a horrible idea, »

- Phil

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Review: The Divide

3 April 2012 1:59 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Divide

Stars: Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Eklund| Written by Karl Mueller, Eron Sheean | Directed by Xavier Gens

I have an interest in nuclear war. Well, I have an interest in stories about nuclear war, to be more precise. I’m a big fan of films such as When the Wind Blows and television such as Threads. One of the books I’m currently reading is a biography of Robert Oppenheimer. So when I read the synopsis of The Divide, I was immediately interested. In the film, nuclear warheads are dropped on New York City and a handful of people manage to take shelter in the basement of a tower block, a sanctuary that becomes a prison and then a madhouse, as Very Bad Things unfold.

The nuclear war aspect is really just a hook on which to hang the real focus »

- Jack Kirby

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Peter Berg interview: directing Battleship, filming at sea, Kevin Costner, Ilm effects and more

2 April 2012 7:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ahead of Battleship’s UK release, we met director Peter Berg to talk effects, aliens, and the perils of shooting movies at sea…

You might think that director Peter Berg’s surname alone would have made him a little nervous about shooting a film at sea, particularly when history proves that movies filmed on the ocean are fraught with problems: see Waterworld, The Abyss and Titanic for a few examples.

Nevertheless, Berg managed to make Battleship – a sprawling tentpole sci-fi epic, with aliens, massive boats, explosions and barnacles – without the nightmarish situations that plagued the films mentioned above - though Mr Berg did throw into the conversation almost casually, "We had sharks show up."

As we found out in our lively, entertaining chat with Berg, which took place a few months ago while Battleship's special effects were still being completed, the shoot went well, even though the potential pitfalls were ever-present. »

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Dinner Parties Turn Deadly in Director David Guy Levy’s Would You Rather

27 March 2012 9:37 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

What happens when you accept a curious dinner party invitation from an admittedly creepy aristocrat? Bad things, my friends. Very bad things, indeed. Below you’ll find the official trailer for director David Guy Levy’s upcoming horror flick “Would You Rather”, a movie about a group of people who discover that the innocent little gathering they’ve attended is actually a violent game perpetrated by a sadistic psychopath. That’s what you get when you accept invitations from strangers. Didn’t your mother warn you about such things? I guess some people just have to learn things the hard way. I know you want to read this official synopsis: In the wake of her parent’s death, Iris struggles to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother. Shepard Lambrick, a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them. When he invites her to an exclusive dinner party, »

- Todd Rigney

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Project X - Movie Review

1 March 2012 7:21 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Hangover.s Todd Phillips gets his hands on the high school generation in the raucously excessive cautionary tale of teens out of control. He.s selling it as a triumph of teen spirit and rebellion, in a familiar ages-old formula. Despite its extremely disturbing content, it.s a brilliantly made, beautifully paced thriller, but it will cause parents a lot of anxiety and that.s a profound takeaway. It.s Superbad, Very Bad Things times ten for impressionable kids which is also profound. The tone is stressful and escalating, and there.s an irrevocable tilt to destruction that you know is going to end badly. That.s why I think, of it as a horror film, that makes this better described as a horror »

- Anne Brodie

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