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This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Here on Dread Central we always breathe a big ol' sigh of relief when a film we've been talking about for years finally heads home. Such is the case with Odd Thomas, which is at long last primed and ready for mass consumption. Full details await!
From the Press Release
The action/adventure film, based on the best-selling novel by Dean Koontz, was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Hunter), and Addison Timlin (Stand Up Guys, That Awkward Moment). Odd Thomas will be available on DVD for a Srp of $29.96 and Blu-ray/DVD combo for a Srp of $34.97.
Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a »
- John Squires
Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner have signed on to produce a live-action movie based on the popular PlayStation3 video game “The Last of Us,” which will be distributed by Screen Gems, the company announced Thursday. Naughty Dog developed the game, and its creative director Neil Druckmann will write the screenplay. Druckmann will also produce with Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as game director Bruce Straley and Raimi. Also read: ‘Spider-Man's’ Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Good Universe Acquire ‘Angelfall’ Rights Released in June of 2013, “The Last of Us” follows hardened survivor Joel and a. »
- Jeff Sneider
It’s my new goal to see as much of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as I can without ever setting foot in a theatre. Sony has been most obliging in this endeavor, releasing a never-ending stream of trailers, teasers, featurettes, clips, and promotional ads. The latest of these puts the focus on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his relationship to the lovely and talented Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).
While the featurette might not give away the whole plot, it certainly is making effort to do so. It contains brief clips of Garfield, Stone, producer Avi Arad, and even original creator Stan Lee discussing the complex relationship between Spider-Man and his best girl. The undeniable chemistry between Spidey and Gwen was arguably the best part of The Amazing Spider-Man and made huge strides away from the damsel-in-distress mentality that characterized the love interest in earlier Spider-Man flicks. Other than that, it’s still the old story, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
“Los Angeles, March 6, 2014 – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, announces the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo release of Odd Thomas. The action/adventure film, based on the best-selling novel by Dean Koontz, was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Hunter) and Addison Timlin (Stand Up Guys, That Awkward Moment). Odd Thomas will be available on DVD for a Srp of $29.96 and Blu-ray/DVD combo for a Srp of $34.97.
Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs – predators who »
- Jonathan James
To understand The Grand Budapest Hotel, one must first consider the films somewhat peculiar origin before then attempting to understand the idiosyncratic nature of its director.
Few split opinions like Wes Anderson. For some, the man is a genius - a breath of creative fresh-air in an otherwise dreary market - yet others find his unique style perturbed and acid-like. Of course, while their opinion on the man himself is mixed, general critical feedback remains positive, with three academy award nominations to date ( for The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom respectively) and cult status in abundance.
Likewise, Stefan Zweig - a somewhat forgotten Austrian novelist whom Anderson credits as a major influence behind The Grand Budapest Hotel - also divided opinion. Zweig's writing was considered lightweight and superficial by some and beautifully simple and humanistic by others, yet it remains of fundamental importance in regards to Anderson »
"Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker have always had a colorful relationship."
With Peter Parker's origin story successfully retold in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, it isn't any surprise that director Marc Webb and his team would find ways to complicate Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) life in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Thus far, those complications have come in the form of adversaries like Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti), but, as fans of the comic book character know full well, it's Peter's personal life that is the most turbulent.
A new featurette released by The Daily Mail bears this out, showing that while Peter is busy trying to save New York, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) has plans of her own which may compromise their relationship if Peter remains committed to being Spider-Man. Featuring interviews with Stone, Garfield and even Stan Lee, it looks like Peter Parker could lose everything in the upcoming, »
- Ryan Gowland
Gwen Stacy loves Spider-Man — but she loves Peter Parker even more. Midtown Science High School's valedictorian, and Spidey/Peter's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, admits as much in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," directed by Marc Webb. In the featurette, producers like Avi Arad and Stan Lee as well as stars Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield swing into one of the central conflicts of the "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel: The growing divide between Peter ...
By Josh Wigler »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s in theaters
Alan Partridge (aka Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa): comedian Steve Coogan is still, hilariously, the same old awful, insecure jerk, but the media satire that has always revolved around the character is somewhat diminished [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Broken Circle Breakdown: heartbreaking melodrama about married musicians and the impact a sick child has on their relationship [at Amazon Instant Video] Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is the whole wonderful movie; Disney is finally getting it [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
L.A. Confidential: dazzling noir thriller of organized crime, sleazy tabloid journalism, and murder [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Usual Suspects: find out who Keyser Söze is again [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to stream
- MaryAnn Johanson
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson (American Hustle) chatted with TheWrap on the red carpet this weekend about his work on Batman vs Superman. Makes sense that he’d want to tackle that subject since he is, after all, the man tasked with costuming the iconic characters Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman in their cinematic incarnations for the foreseeable future.
Of note, while the bulk of interview centers on his ideas for the Wonder Woman suit, Wilkinson did volunteer that he’s “tweaking the Superman suit.” Should be interesting to see how the suit will evolve. Could it just be a simple color alteration, like we saw between Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man films? Or will it be more like the subtle- yet classic- overhaul we’re seeing happen between Marc Webb’s first two Spider-Man movies? Could the red briefs be coming back? Who knows? All we do know is »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
One thing you can always count on with a new Spider-Man movie mixed with today's technological wizardry is a lot of crazy-angled shots of the webhead swinging through the city. From Sam Raimi's first trilogy to Marc Webb's latest one, we have seen the comic book page come to life in ways never thought possible and the trend continues in The Amazing Spider-man 2. Today, we have a look at two new motion posters that show off some of the dizzying new ways Peter Parker will be swinging around on »
- Paul Shirey
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers 3, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Spectacular Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Heroes Reborn and more...
Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
"Forty years ago, Duke McQueen was the space hero who saved the universe. But then he came back home, got married, had kids, and grew old. Now his children have left and his wife has passed away, leaving him alone with nothing except his memories...until a call comes from a distant world asking him back for his final and greatest adventure. This issue launches the much-anticipated Millarworld Universe. Get in on the start of something Massive!"
It's been a long time since a comic book created a strong emotional reaction within me. I've been exhilarated by titles like Zero and have been enjoying a lot of Marvel's recent output with titles like Superior Spider-Man and Uncanny X-Men. I've laughed at dry, funny fare like Hawkeye and Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Mark Millar and Goran Parlov's new series Starlight manages to dig a little deeper and »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel Studios has Kevin Feige serving as the “chief architect” for its movie universe, while Simon Kinberg is currently shepherding the Fox side of the Marvel film world with the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties. In the meantime, director Marc Webb has become a key creative force behind Sony’s rebooted Spider-Man universe.
Ever since the 2012 release of The Amazing Spider-Man, the filmmaker has been entrenched in Spidey’s world, prepping this summer’s sequel as well as laying groundwork for future installments and spin-offs. While we’re not sure exactly how long Webb will remain onboard as captain on the franchise (we now know that he ...
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Beckinsale will star as female lead Catherine and romantic interest to Neil, played by Simon Pegg. The British actress recently finished shooting Eliza Graves with Michael Caine, and Michael Winterbottom’s Face of an Angel with Daniel Bruhl.
The Absolutely Anything cast also includes Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley, in addition to a voice cast featuring Jones alongside his Python co-stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin alongside Robin Williams.
The comedy follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space. As he struggles »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.
With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for…
- Eli Reyes
He denied that Johnny Depp was in the running for the lead role of Stephen Strange.
"Well, that article was true that we're meeting a lot of people now," he told IGN. "That article was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is. But we're actively looking."
On the Depp rumour, Feige said: "No, no. When you have a project that's been around as long as Doctor Strange, there is sometimes, 'Oh, I've met with Stan [Lee] about this', or, 'I did that'.
"So Strange is one of those projects that predates me by a long shot. Obviously the character does, but even in its cinematic brewing. So there's »
Hollywood studio that owns rights to Marvel character has ambitious plans to create multi-character universe along lines of The Avengers
• Video: Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer
The head of Hollywood studio Sony has revealed ambitious plans to release a new Spider-Man film in cinemas every year.
Co-chairman Amy Pascal confirmed the proposal would be implemented by expanding the world of the iconic masked vigilante to include other linked characters the studio owns the rights to. "We are expanding the Spider-Man universe into the Sinister Six and Venom, so that we have Spider-Man movies every year," Pascal told Variety.
- Ben Child
As we prepare for Liam Neeson's latest action film Non-Stop, a movie in which an entire plane full of people learn it's not a good idea to mess with Liam Neeson, it seems like an opportune time to inventory the many reasons why this is a guy you're better off leaving alone. Just in case you were thinking about maybe lifting his wallet or something. Even His Superhero Is Lethal After Evil Dead II and before Spider-Man, Sam Raimi made an R-rated superhero movie called Darkman. For those who have yet to see it, Darkman is not a nice superhero. He has severe rage issues and unlike wimps like Batman, does not hesitate to kill his enemies. A lot. To help make sure everyone knows this character's severity, Sam Raimi wisely cast Liam Neeson in the role. Because...
- Evan Saathoff
When you think about it, it's pretty rare for the same director to helm a full trilogy of modern superhero movies. Tim Burton only made two Batmans, Jon Favreau only made two Iron Mans, and Bryan Singer only made two X-Men - not to mention the incredibly long list of filmmakers who only got a shot to direct one film in a trilogy. There are some exceptions to this of course, two being Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) and Christopher Nolan (Batman), but today we learn that list is about to become one name longer. Variety is reporting that Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, has made a deal with Sony to come back and direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for its June 2016 release date. Of course, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Sony's future plans for the wall »
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