15 items from 2014
In Hollywood, there’s always a battle for attention. The legends and icons are forced to fend off the pretty young things that pop up every year. But sometimes, a generation of starlets and studs are more than just pretty faces — they are the new Hollywood. They transform into talented, award-winning actors who take over both the big and small screen. They include the likes of Jonah Hill, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson and Shailene Woodley, all of who have been featured in Vanity Fair’s Young Hollywood series.
While there have been a number of hits featured in the magazine of the years, there have also been a number of misses — Vinessa Shaw and Sarah Wynter anyone? Like them, we want to know where they are all now.
Starting with 1999 — the unofficial “Young Hollywood” issue — we look back on the hottest, youngest, brightest, freshest faces of the past 15 years.
- Stacy Lambe
Tyrion Lannister, Daryl Dixon, John Diggle... These are the TV characters we couldn't bear to lose...
Following the rumour that a monster-ratings show about to go into its fifth season has killed off yet another character, we at Den Of Geek thought we'd do our bit to protect our TV loved ones. It may well be dramatically expedient or a narrative necessity for a few cast-members to be sent their P45s from time to time, but there are some characters we simply can't let them take away.
To this end, we've harnessed the power of the desperate, snivelling beg. Below, our writers have chosen the vulnerable TV characters from currently-airing shows that they'd be lost without, and in unison we ask, please please don't kill them off.
So TV gods, if you're listening, hear our prayers...
Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead
Those of us who have more »
After many rumors that it was happening only to be told it wasn't, it turns out it is finally happening!
According to the official Boondock Saints page, a new movie is in the works. The page posted a few pages from a script and notes that The Boondock Saints 3 is in production. The post reads as follows:
"Troy has been working on the script for Boondock Saints III, I snagged a couple of pages for everyone. It Is going to happen."
According to the leaked script both main characters (Connor and Murphy) will be returning. Which as fans will know means that both Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus will be coming back! The movie could easily get a huge boost thanks to the popularity Reedus has gained from The Walking Dead.
Of course it is still in the screenwriting stage so anything could happen beyond this point, but it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
Set to visit 16 cities in 2014, Wizard World’s plethora of comic book booths, clothing vendors, and impressive line-up of celebrities are always enough to sate the appetite of any pop culture enthusiast, but prior to their visit to Minneapolis May 2nd–4th, I was wondering how much horror would be had in the aisles within the Convention Center’s cavernous confines.
As it turns out, Wizard World had more than enough entertainment for horror fans to dig into, and they picked the perfect horror headliner for Wizard World Minneapolis: Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger, the living legend of our nightmares and realities.
One of my first destinations upon entering Wizard World Minneapolis was Robert Englund’s booth. I weaved my way through a crowd of eye-grabbing cosplayers—Hellboy, Darth Maul, and a perfectly matched Spider-Man and Black Cat couple were of particular notice—before stepping in line to »
- Derek Anderson
The traveling Walker Stalker Con has met with success in Atlanta and Chicago thus far, and next on its radar is Beantown, where zombie fans will be able to find stars from "The Walking Dead," Night of the Living Dead, and more!
From the Press Release:
Walker Stalker Con, a zombie- and horror-themed fan‐centric convention, will be held at The Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Mass., on June 13-15, 2014. Fan access to celebrity guests will be the primary focus of this event.
In Atlanta, Ga, on November 1‐3, 2013, Walker Stalker Con made its debut, where it assembled more “The Walking Dead” cast members than any other convention ever before, along with other actors from zombie and horror films. The inaugural event had over 10,500 attendees. In Chicago, Il, on March 14‐16, 2014, Walker Stalker Con made its second appearance as a convention and the first Walker Stalker Con of 2014. Now, Walker Stalker Con »
- Debi Moore
(20th Century Fox)
A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.
— Justin »
- Variety Staff
A hardened cop and a desperate crook form an unlikely alliance that helps bring down an organized crime syndicate in “Bad Country,” a blandly executed action-thriller whose cast names (Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe) and mild ’80s Louisiana flavor offer only modest compensations for the story’s workmanlike construction and routine twists. Opening for a brief theatrical run on April 11, this first and final directorial effort by “The Boondock Saints” producer Chris Brinker — who died of an aortic aneurysm last year, while the film (then titled “Whiskey Bay”) was still in post-production — feels like home-viewing fodder through and through, and should rack up a few downloads on the basis of its top-billed duo.
The loosely fact-inspired story (credited to four writers including Jonathan Hirschbein, who wrote the screenplay) begins in 1983 south Louisiana, also known as “hell with the lid off,” in the cynical parlance of Det. Lt. Bud Carter (Dafoe, sporting »
- Justin Chang
Let’s face it: being bad is always so much more interesting than being good. Much of my early years were spent in a small church, filled with many youth sleepovers in which a young Jerry would get scared shitless by people saying that Satanists were kidnapping and killing kids everywhere and that I would burn in hell if I listened to metal or watched horror films. Bummer for those folks, because talks of cults and the devil and metal and horror films only led to what ended up becoming an obsession, due to those subjects being so “bad” and taboo.
I grew up with an obsession and adoration of horror films involving cults, the devil and witches, and since April is Icons of Fright’s 10-year anniversary, we wanted to provide a nonstop assault of fun, original content, all written in our own respective voices. When thinking of that, »
- Jerry Smith
To mark the release of Bad Country on 11th March, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter (Dafoe) busts contract killer Jesse Weiland (Dillon), he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter’s death and Weiland is ID’d as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob and the crime boss (Berenger) who ordered the hit. Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart and Tom Berenger star in Bad Country, a gritty action thriller from director Chris Brinker, a producer of The Boondock Saints.
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He plays fan favorite Daryl Dixon on AMC’s apocalyptic smash hit The Walking Dead, and now Norman Reedus is making the jump back to the silver screen with his first toplining action role since The Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day. The actor will team with his Walking Dead executive-producer Robert Kirkman for the sci-fi thriller Air. Blood Diamond‘s Djimon Hounsou is also attached to star in the film.
Air takes place in a future underground cryogenic facility, after nuclear fallout has rendered Earth’s atmosphere toxic. Reedus and Hounsou play the facility’s two custodial workers, who struggle to maintain their own sanity and stay alive whilst protecting the facility’s dormant inhabitants, intended to repopulate society at some point in the far future, and maintaining the delicate atmosphere of the facility.
- Isaac Feldberg
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: April 29, 2014
Price: DVD $Tba, Blu-ray $Tba
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Dafoe plays Bud Carter, a Louisiana detective who busts contract killer Jesse Weiland (Dillon) and convinces him to become an informant. Damon’s job is to rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. When the syndicate orders Carter’s death and ID’s Weiland as a snitch, the two must join forces to take down crime boss Lutin (Berenger), who ordered the hit.
Bad Country wasn’t screened in theaters, making the DVD and Blu-ray its debut format.
Both formats contain two special »
Squeals of delight can be heard from facial hair aficionados across the land upon devouring the newly released trailer for Bad Country. Willem Dafoe and his expansive mustache square off against Matt Dillon’s equally stunning example of facial masculinity in the upcoming thriller from first-time director Chris Brinker. The film, previously known as Whiskey Bay, is being distributed by Mandalay Pictures and will likely be released in digital formats and direct-to-dvd later this year.
Inspired by true events, Bad Country follows contract killer turned police informant Jesse Weiland as he battles against his former criminal employer throughout the Louisiana Bayou. Amy Smart, Tom Berenger, Bill Duke and Neal McDonough fill out the excellent supporting cast. Unfortunately, early impressions of the film have not been favorable. Audiences have become numb to the typical cop and robber stories and this trailer does not do much to give an impression of originality. »
- Dominick Grillo
Here at Reelz, we have been watching a lot of our daytime programming, and after seeing the true-crime stories featured on Snapped, Solved and Solved: Extreme Forensics, we were amazed at how likable and upstanding murderers can be. But maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering how many of our favorite fictional killers are charming and empathetic. In honor of all those upstanding murderers, we bring you our top seven fictional characters who have had some experience with homicide.
Walter White from Breaking Bad
The total count of lives taken by the hands of Walter White gets pretty high when you factor in the group of Neo-Nazis he hired to kill off nine witnesses and one lawyer who were former employees of drug lord Gus Fring. Don’t forget the many deaths he is indirectly responsible for.
Why we like him: The reason we root for the great Walter White »
- Megan Rivera
The Boondock Saints had a long road to becoming the nationally recognized success it is today. In the late 90s, then bartender and low level rocker Troy Duffy was offered a very generous deal by Miramax and Harvey Weinstein to make his first feature film. He was to be given $300,000 for his script, a $15 million budget along with final cut and final casting decisions and Weinstein even offered to buy Duffy the bar he worked in so they could co-own it together. The wannabe filmmaker’s overnight success rocked movie news outlets everywhere.
However, it wasn’t long before the film deal fell apart and Duffy was nearly ostracized from Hollywood for his antics (shown in a rather biased »
- Gary Collinson
In 1994, actor Brandon Lee, son of the legendary Bruce Lee, was tragically shot and killed. This was no act of criminal violence; the trigger was pulled by an actor on set during the filming of Alex Proyas’ supernatural revenge-thriller The Crow, an adaptation of James O’Barr’s comic. A dummy bullet trapped in the gun was overlooked when blank cartridges were being inserted – a mistake, but one which would make The Crow Lee’s last film. Script changes, clever editing and digital effects were used to complete the film without its lead actor, coincidentally giving the entire film a strange, melancholic air when the viewer is aware of Lee’s death.
3 sequels followed the highly-praised original, all of which received ‘meh’ responses. A Canadian television series, The Crow: Stairway To Heaven, was also produced, during which another accidental death occurred when an unexpected explosion killed stuntman Marc Akerstream. Now, »
- Tom Durbin
15 items from 2014
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