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Hit Me: How Johnny Mnemonic Helped Redefine Cyberpunk Cinema in the ’90s

22 May 2015 3:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On May 26th, 1995, music video director and artist Robert Longo made his directorial debut with Johnny Mnemonic, an adaptation of William Gibson’s futuristic short story of the same name (Gibson also penned the screenplay) that starred Keanu Reeves in the titular role as a “mnemonic courier” who finds himself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy with implications for all of mankind.

Johnny Mnemonic celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and while it may not necessarily be a film many sci-fi fans celebrate, it’s always held a special place in my heart, undoubtedly being one of the coolest films I saw that year and one that also revitalized the cyberpunk film movement (yes, even before The Matrix came along and did it a bit more effectively).

For the uninitiated, Johnny Mnemonic transports us to the year 2021; in the opening text crawl, we learn that corporations have taken over »

- Heather Wixson

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Comics Legend Geof Darrow on 109-Page Zombie Fights, Designing The Matrix, and Hating Super Friends

21 May 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

No one draws violence quite like Geof Darrow, and nothing he’s drawn is quite as violent as his latest graphic novel. The 59-year-old artist first became famous for 1990’s Hard Boiled, his insanely bloody collaboration with legendary comics writer Frank Miller, and since then has garnered acclaim for epic works like the monsters-and-robots tale The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and the kung-fu/Western mash-up The Shaolin Cowboy — as well as his now-legendary concept art for The Matrix. But even die-hard fans couldn’t have anticipated just how insane Darrow’s newest offering would be. The Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet is on shelves now, and I can safely say it has the best dialogue-free, 109-page zombie fight scene you’ll read all year. The novel, published by Dark Horse, follows the titular martial-arts master as he attacks a seemingly endless pack of zombies in the desert and »

- Abraham Riesman

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New on Netflix: June 2015

21 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

New on Netflix this June: "Sense8," the new sci-fi drama from Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix" trilogy) and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski, in which eight strangers suddenly find themselves mysteriously connected. Also, look for the return of Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black" on June 12.

As for movies, you won't want to miss Jake Gyllenhaal's terrifyingly great turn in "Nightcrawler." Also new: "Life of Crime" and "Cake" with Jennifer Aniston; Philip Seymour Hoffman's last completed film, the spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man"; Gina Prince-Bythewood's acclaimed film "Beyond the Lights" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a rising singer; not to mention the critically panned "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace.

Below is a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in June 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered »

- Sharon Knolle

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Watch the Honest Trailer for the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending

20 May 2015 5:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Okay, so this one’s a bit of an easy target…

Screen Junkies has posted its latest Honest Trailer, which focusses on Jupiter Ascending, this year’s critical and commercial flop from The Matrix directors Andy and Lana Wachowski; check it out here…

It’s just like The Matrix, but starring Mila Kunis as a bee-whispering alien goddess and Channing Tatum as 50% abs, 50% wolfman, and 100% hover-roller-blader. Step Aside, Scientology, you got nothing on the ludicrous plot of Jupiter Ascending.

See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here


- Gary Collinson

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'Jupiter Ascending' Is Destroyed in Harsh (But Hilarious) Honest Trailer

20 May 2015 4:17 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Weirdly enough, Screen Junkies' absolute evisceration of "Jupiter Ascending" may make you want to watch it even more. It looks like one of the best (unintentional) comedies of the year. So send them some thank you flowers, Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum!

Here's the start of Screen Junkies' latest Honest Trailer:

From the directors of The Matrix and nothing else worth mentioning comes the last time anyone will give The Wachowskis money -- 'Jupiter Ascending.' Look out, Scientology, there's a ridiculous new space opera in town and it makes even less sense than 'Battlefield Earth.' So full of such terrible performances, stupid dialogue, and ridiculous characters that it's actually kind of hilarious."

This Honest Trailer is more than kind of hilarious; as usual, the sharp critiques are not only witty, they're insightful and nail the key issues. As they note: "If you've been waiting for a female sci-fi »

- Gina Carbone

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Directors' Trademarks: The Wachowskis

19 May 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose a director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Andy and Lana Wachowski working collectively as the directing team known as "The Wachowskis".

The Wachowskis originally were comic book writers before they began writing film scripts. They were offered an opportunity to write and direct a feature film, which became 1996’s Bound. That film received good critical reviews and showcased the Wachowskis as an innovative directing team. Their next film was The Matrix, which became a critical and commercial hit in 1999. That success lead to two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003. Next, they took their love for comic books and graphic novels and wrote V For Vendetta (2006), which became another commercial and critical hit. Although they did not direct this film, »

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Cannes: John Collee To Adapt Chinese Fantasy Franchise ‘The Mirror’

19 May 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Master and Commander” screenwriter John Collee will adapt “The Mirror: Twin Cities,” as the first of a series of bestselling Chinese novels that are intended to be adapted into a potential English-language movie franchise.

The contemporary fantasy books are written by Chinese novelist Cang Yue, and have sold over 7 million copies. An English-language book deal is set to be announced next week.

Development of the film is by China’s Ruyi Films and Syon Media from Montreal, Canada. Production of the film is by Liming Ke (“So Young,” “Tiny Times”), Danny Bergeron (vfx producer on “Jupiter Ascending,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Andrew Mason (“The Matrix,” “The Water Diviner”).

The six “Mirror” books span decades and oceans in Eden, a fantastical world of sorcery, tragic romance, thrilling quests and a colorful cast of characters. It combines ancient Chinese mythology and martial arts with fantasy and the supernatural.


- Patrick Frater

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100 Essential Action Scenes: One on One Fights

19 May 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

A good fight scene is built into the fabric of an action film such that you can sense it coming like a storm on the horizon. It’s in the details of the opponents: the cracking of knuckles, the puffing of chests, the staredowns that say, “It’s about to go down.” A good fight scene makes you want to cover your eyes yet is impossible to look away from. You get tingly waiting for the violence to erupt, and if it’s done its job, you come away dizzy, invigorated, or even nauseated. »

- Shane Ramirez

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Former Lobo Director Explains Why The Film Hasn’t Been Made (Yet)

18 May 2015 11:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Back in October, Warner Brothers officially released its ambitious slate of DC Comics adaptations. The ten-film lineup includes such films as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, two Justice League films, and solo pictures for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg and Green Lantern. While solo Batman and Superman films are also expected to be crammed somewhere between now and 2020, one character is noticeably absent from this roster: blue skinned Czarnian anti-hero Lobo.

Back in 2012, Journey 2: The Center of the Earth director Brad Peyton was brought on with The Matrix producer Joel Silver to bring DC’s resident intergalactic bounty hunter to the big screen, with Dwayne Johnson tentatively attached to star.

As you can see by WB’s DC slate, Lobo is nowhere to be found, and has likely fallen into the treacherous realm of Hollywood limbo, where many finished screenplays and ambitious ideas sit »

- James Garcia

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New Photo from AMC’s Preacher Pilot Revealed by Seth Rogen

15 May 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and Arseface (Ian Colletti) are silhouetted in a new photo from the set of AMC's Preacher pilot, which is currently being directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Rogen recently Tweeted the image, which shows Jesse having what looks to be an intense conversation with fan favorite Arseface, aka Eugene Root, a young man who, in the comic books, was spurred on to attempt suicide after Kurt Cobain's death, only to survive a gunshot to the face.

Joining Rogen and Goldberg behind the camera is Bill Pope, who's worked as the director of photography on The Matrix films, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, Edgar Wright's The World's End, and much more. Rogen and Goldberg are directing from a screenplay they wrote with Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad).

Along with Cooper and Colletti, Preacher stars Joseph Gilgun as Irish vampire Cassidy, Ruth Negga as Tulip, W. Earl Brown as Sheriff Root, »

- Derek Anderson

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health and for the Health of Democracy

13 May 2015 6:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Insider' movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe 'The Insider' movie: 1999 exposé of CBS news show barks, but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: "It's old news. ... We'll be ok," says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the CBS news show 60 Minutes. "These things have a half-life of 15 minutes." "No, that's fame," replies 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). "Fame has a 15-minute half-life. Infamy lasts a little longer." The infamous "things" referred to by Hewitt and Wallace are the series of scandals that erupted in early 1996, when it was revealed that CBS had refused to air an interview with a tobacco company whistleblower because the network feared the (financial) consequences. What Freedom of the Press? Based on Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article about the events that led up to that embarrassing – and disturbing – incident, The Insider tells the story of scientist Jeffrey Wigand »

- Andre Soares

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Teased in Two New Photos

13 May 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Beauty, obsession, and the sinister side of Los Angeles inhabit Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon. With principal photography on The Neon Demon almost finished, two photos from the film have been revealed.

"When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).

The Neon Demon is produced by Space Rocket Nation's Lene Borglum in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont. »

- Derek Anderson

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Rescues & Escapes

12 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »

- Shane Ramirez

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New synopsis for Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones

8 May 2015 3:43 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following hot on the heels of the news that Daredevil star Rosario Dawson has signed on to reprise the role of Claire Temple / Night Nurse in Netflix’s various Marvel series, a new synopsis has arrived online for the streaming service’s next offering, A.K.A. Jessica Jones:

See Also: Mike Colter talks Luke Cage and A.K.A. Jessica Jones

“Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of Ptsd, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.”

A.K.A. Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter (The Following) as Luke Cage, »

- Gary Collinson

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Could ‘Sense8′ Restore Faith In The Wachowski’s?

8 May 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Wachowski’s are responsible for The Matrix, a movie that reinvented the film landscape. The science fiction classic introduced the world to ‘bullet time’ and cemented Keanu Reeves as an action hero. It was also smarter than your average popcorn-fodder flick, dealing with the idea that our reality is all on elaborate construct devised by our mechanical overlords. The film spawned two sequels but sadly though they broke the box office they couldn’t quite capture the same spark as the first.

Their next venture Speed Racer was met with a lukewarm reception and an even colder worldwide gross. Then came Cloud Atlas which was a love it or hate it kind of film, and most recently they were responsible for Jupiter Ascending a film funny for all the wrong reasons.

We at Thn love an underdog story and are hoping that their latest venture, a Netflix television series »

- Kat Smith

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First trailer and images unveiled for the Wachowskis’ Netflix series Sense8

8 May 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Netflix has revealed the first look at the anticipated sci-fi Sense8 with a trailer and images for the original series, which has been co-created by the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending) along with writer J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z) and Grant Hill, who worked with the siblings on both The Matrix Trilogy and Cloud Atlas.

Sense8 “is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival.”

Featuring in the show are Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix), alongside Jamie Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt.

Sense8 debuts on Netflix on June 5th.


- Scott J. Davis

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Trailer for Wachowskis' Sense8 Sci-Fi TV Series

8 May 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the trailer for Netflix's upcoming "Sense8" sci-fi TV series, created by "The Matrix" directors Andy and Lana Wachowski. Check it out below. Plot: A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order. All 12 episodes will be available to stream on Netflix on June 5th. Trailer: »

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Netflix releases the first trailer for upcoming Wachowski series ‘Sense8′

7 May 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While the Wachowski siblings are best known for their work on The Matrix trilogy, Andy and Lana Wachowski have also garnered a number of fans for their work on films such as Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer, and Bound. Netflix, in the meantime, has collaborated with a number of filmmakers on ongoing and upcoming projects, including David Fincher on House of Cards and Baz Luhrmann on the upcoming The Get Down. Netflix’s next series, however, sees the Wachowskis make the transition to the small screen.

Titled Sense8, the series is co-created by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, and stars Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Freema Agyeman, and Doona Bae. The plot synopsis is as follows.

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

Ahead of the series premiere, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Netflix Premieres Trailer For ‘Sense8’, The Wachowskis’ Sci-Fi Thriller

7 May 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

For more than two years, Andy and Lana Wachowski have been working on Sense8, a sci-fi thriller set to premiere June 12th on Netflix. Ahead of that date, the streaming video platform has dropped a trailer for the series that gives viewers a taste of the thrills to come.

Judging from the trailer, Sense8 shares plenty in common with The Wachowskis’ previous projects. The sibling duo rose to fame for directing The Matrix, and Sense8 appears to share that film’s splendid fight choreography and “free your mind” attitude. Its plot, which revolves around eight people who all have access to each others’ minds, returns to the theme of metaphysical connection The Wachowskis explored in their most recent film, Cloud Atlas. One of that film’s stars, Doona Bae, also portrays one of Sense8’s main characters.

When Sense8 arrives on Netflix, it will become the streaming platform’s first original sci-fi series. »

- Sam Gutelle

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First Trailer For The Wachowski’s Sense8 Arrives

7 May 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lana and Andy Wachowski are about to branch out into a new medium, and anticipation is high as audiences ponder whether their particular brand of storytelling might fare better on the streaming platform Netflix than in cinemas. Since the mixed reactions to 2012’s Cloud Atlas, and the undeniable disappointment of the recent Jupiter Ascending, the heady days of The Matrix brilliance seem increasingly to be a fading memory. For this reason, the arrival of the first trailer for Sense8 is a significant development.

Woven together with a seemingly omnipresent Naveen Andrews, we find eight characters suddenly and inexplicably linked through their own senses. Executive producer Grant Hill outlined the premise of the series to Games Radar.

“At its heart it’s a drama, it’s love stories, it’s contemporary, so it doesn’t have that futuristic element. It has this one basic conceit, which is very much the core »

- Sarah Myles

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