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Madrid – Mexico City-based Fotosintesis Media, a joint initiative of Mexico’s Mantarraya Group and writer-director Miguel Uriegas, is producing “The Angel in the Clock,” a 2D animation film which is launching cause-driven entertainment in Mexico.
Written by Rosanna Curiel from an original idea by Uriegas, who provided concept art on Mantarraya’s first toon pic production, pre-school “The Incredible Story of the Stone Boy,” taking a co-director credit, “Angel” turns on an eight-year-old girl, Emilia, whop has leukemia, and wants to stop time. She meets Malachi, an angel who lives inside her cuckoo clock, who takes her to a magical realm, the fields of time, where hundreds of clock-castles soar to the sky, protecting human time on earth. There she learns the importance of living in the here and now, what the present can give us allowing us to fight for what we want the most.
The real world is kept pretty realistic, »
- John Hopewell
Special Mention: Battle Royale
Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku
The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, leaving 15 percent unemployed and 800,000 students boycotting school. The government passes something called the Millennium Educational Reform Act, which apparently provides for a class of ninth-graders to be chosen each year and pitted against one another on a remote island for 3 days. Each student is given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water, and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. With 48 contestants, only one will go home alive. Yes, this has been often cited as the original Hunger Games; whether or not Suzanne Collins borrowed heavily »
- Ricky Fernandes
The pint-sized burlap-clad Sam is back in the four-part graphic novel Days of the Dead from Michael Dougherty, the creator of Trick 'r Treat. Also: release details for Lavalantula, an excerpt from Mark Morris' The Society of Blood, and a special Halloween weekend iTunes release for Crazy Bitches.
Trick 'R Treat Graphic Novel: "From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) alongside a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields (Krampus), Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.
- Tamika Jones
Drew Goddard cut his teeth in the entertainment industry as a writer for Joss Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Since then he's stayed largely in the TV world, having worked on Alias, Lost, and Marvel's Daredevil series, but he continues to flex some increasingly big movie muscles. He wrote Cloverfield, he directed Cabin in the Woods (which he co-wrote with Whedon), and he was supposed to write and direct The Sinister Six before the Andrew Garfield-version of Spider-Man fell to the wayside. Goddard's latest movie credit is as the screenwriter of The Martian, which he adapted from Andy Weir's fantastic book about an astronaut who gets mistakenly left for dead on Mars. In fact, Goddard was the original director on the project but had to pass when The...
- Peter Hall
Despite a ratings dip, Bones was not cancelled after season 10. Fox renewed Bones for season 11. Now, E! is breaking news that star David Boreanaz (Angel) is looking forward to a series wrap, at least for his character, Booth. There no response yet, from Brennan's alter-ego, co-star Emily Deschanel (Providence). Bones season 11 premieres tonight on Fox. Is this the beginning of the end?
...if Boreanaz has his way, the 11th season of Bones will be the last. "For me, personally, I think it's time. I think that 11 seasons is great," he explained. "I mean, one season is great! I don't really count it as seasons but what we've given to the show and what we can do, for me it's great to see the show come to an end and do it the way we want to do »
1. Don’t get attached to a contestant on the basis of his/her intro package alone — not even if she’s a sweet young woman from Coal City, Wv who tearfully tells the grandparents who raised her that her audition wouldn’t be possible without them.
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2. Don’t get thrown by next-level buffoonery from Adam Levine — i. »
The penultimate episode of The Strain season 2 does nothing to rectify the lack of momentum that has characterised this run...
This review contains spoilers.
2.12 Fallen Light
I’ve complained for a while that this show has the attention span of a drugged narcoleptic, but Fallen Light takes the tendency to spiral away from the central storytelling to new extremes.
It also continues to delude itself that viewers care about these characters, their supposed relationships and dubious motivations. This episode just about erased the last vestiges of my interest in any of their personalities, and next week I’d be rooting for the Master, if he actually can be bothered to make a rare appearance.
It starts incomprehensively by taking us back ten years to the point where Ephraim had a really bad hairpiece, presumably for some contractual obligation to Sean Astin, who returns as the affable, but now very dead and therefore irrelevant Jim Kent. »
Once Upon A Time welcomes Brave's Merida to its gaggle of Disney fairy tale characters in a strong season five opener...
This review contains spoilers.
5.1 Dark Swan
Flashbacks, questionable CGI, Lost easter eggs, and new Disney princesses? That’s right, Once Upon A Time is back.
The new season kicks off right where we left it; with the awesome cliffhanger of learning Emma Swan is the new Dark One. As season arcs go, this is much preferred over the Frozen storyline, which lost its popularity quicker than Olaf melting in the sun. Once can sometimes get caught up by its ‘new Disney character of the week’ and lose clarity, so refocusing back onto the core cast and exploring their characters can only make for a stronger season.
However, it wouldn’t be Once Upon A Time without some of the episode showcasing Disney merchandise, and our first experience is with Merida, »
This piece contains a spoiler for World War Z.
If you’re a fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Marvel’s Daredevil or the superb comedy horror, Cabin In The Woods, you’ll almost certainly have heard of Drew Goddard. Beginning as a staff writer on Buffy and Angel before gradually building his way to directing Cabin In The Woods (which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon), Goddard is now one of Hollywood’s most sought-after writers and filmmakers.
His latest project to reach the screen is The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir’s best-selling novel and now director Ridley Scott’s new movie. A visually captivating account of an astronaut’s survival after an incident leaves him stranded alone on Mars, it features a superb central performance from Matt Damon, »
Watch the Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel - it's hilariously funny
The Norns also prophesise that a human sacrifice must be made to defeat Ultron.
The scene features on the Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD and Blu-ray, which was released earlier this month.
The DVD's release caused controversy after Black Widow was carefully removed from the cover.
Put down your buckets of pig's blood kids, it will not end well for you. In this round-up, we have a Q&A with Emily Lopez from Carrie the Musical which opens on October 8th. Also: more details from Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn season 2, and Shawn Scott's novel Apocalypse Swordsman.
Carrie the Musical Q&A: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – August 19, 2015) Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that Carrie The Musical will return to Los Angeles at the historic Los Angeles Theater, the first theatrical musical at that venue.
Tickets are available beginning Monday, August 24th at www.ExperienceCarrie.com. Carrie The Musical begins previews on October 1, 2015, and officially opens on October 8, 2015. Performances are on sale through November 22.
Directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Lee Martino, this immersive staging of Carrie takes the legendary musical off the stage and »
- Tamika Jones
We're willing to bet that we aren't the only ones who missed this little Easter egg in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Joss Whedon slipped a callback to his Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel into the summer blockbuster, which apparently no-one noticed until he pointed it out on the DVD commentary (via Screen Crush).
The figures dressed as a wolf, a ram and a hart seen in Thor's trippy vision scene are a callback to the interdimensional law firm from the series, which ran from 1999-2004.
The organisation - led by the three sort-of-titular demons - was the main antagonist of the show.
Whedon had previously said that there "aren't a ton of Easter eggs" in the Avengers sequel.
"It's so hard for me to make a movie, especially this movie," he said. "I don't spend a lot of time going, 'You know what else would be hilarious?!' »
Clinger, the first to be announced in the second wave of films in Shriekfest 2015's lineup, takes the concept of "the clingy ex" to a whole new level. Also: details on the Halloween party happening on the Terminus set from The Walking Dead, a new Shark Lake trailer, and three images from Girl in Woods.
Shriekfest 2015: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA) - Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival is thrilled to announce its second surge of films for the Fifteenth annual festival! Shriekfest brings you the Best in independent horror and sci-fi! "We are so excited for our 15th year and this slate of films!" says festival director Denise Gossett. Shriekfest is Oct 1-4. www.shriekfest.com
- Tamika Jones
Yield Entertainment has released a new poster and stills for Jeremy Benson’s Girl in Woods. The latest thriller from the director of Shutter and Live Animals, the titular girl must battle nature and her own demons for her survival and sanity in a deserted part of the Appalachian Mountains. On his latest film, Benson said:
Girl in Woods was a passion project for us. The idea of doing an origin story to what would be a slasher film interested me, and being able to wrap that inside of a psychological thriller seemed to add a level of storytelling that, as a horror fan, I felt would be welcomed. This film is the birth of an urban legend; one of a mysterious savage that is believed to be killing people in the mountains. I want audiences to be disturbed by what is happening to Grace, and at the end understand »
- Phil Wheat
Marvel has been peppering their movies with fun little Easter Eggs ever since they put a replica of Captain America's shield on Tony Stark's workbench in the first Iron Man. Since then some of them have been important, like the Infinity Gauntlet showing up in Odin's Trophy Room in Thor, and some have been irreverent, like Cosmo the space dog popping up in Guardians of the Galaxy. But perhaps none of them have been as highly specific and dang near impossible to spot than the Wolfram & Hart Easter Egg in Avengers: Age of Ultron. What makes this such a fun and true Easter Egg is that it has nothing to do with Marvel properties whatsoever. In Angel, Joss Whedon's spin-off series from his fantastic Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Wolfram & Hart is a lawfirm...
- Peter Hall
ScreenCrush have had a listen to the Avengers: Age of Ultron director's commentary, and have revealed a very interesting Easter Egg which has so far been overlooked. When Thor had a vision of Asgard - which was supposed to include Loki before Tom Hiddleston was cut - a lot of very strange and trippy imagery could be seen, including three strange masked characters standing in doorways. On closer inspection, you can see that they're wearing wolf, ram, and hart/stag masks. As it turns out, this is actually a very clever nod to Joss Whedon's old series, Angel (which was of course a Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff). The site points out, "On Angel, The Wolf, The Ram and The Hart were an ancient trio of true demons who, in present day Earth, are 'senior partners' at the Los Angeles law firm Wolfram & Hart. Through this organization, they enact their evil will, »
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is one of the most popular television programs of the last 20 years. So, when its creator Joss Whedon was hired as the writer and director of The Avengers, and its follow-up Avengers: Age Of Ultron, fans of the show couldn.t have been prouder. And to showcase his own devotion to the Buffyverse, Joss Whedon even managed to sneak a little Easter egg to Buffy and its spinoff, Angel into Age Of Ultron. The Easter egg was hidden in the scene when Thor had his visions of Asgard in Age Of Ultron after the Scarlet Witch performed her voodoo mind-trick on him. This saw Joss Whedon go all crazy with his images, framing, and quick cuts, to represent the prince's mind being taken over by Elizabeth Olsen.s character. In amidst this sequence was a quick image of three masked men standing in the archways of »
U.S. Customs Agent Dale Jakes may have something — feelings — to declare, upon making the acquaintance of a beautiful stranger this Thursday on Graceland.
As seen in these exclusive photos from Season 3’s antepenultimate episode (USA Network, 10/9c), Annie Ilonzeh (Charlie’s Angels, Arrow) will recur as Courtney, a high-powered attorney for the incredibly wealthy/morally bankrupt, whom Jakes (Brandon Jay McLaren) meets as he and Charlie move along their plan to infiltrate Germaine’s business.
As series creator Jeff Eastin previously told TVLine, this season’s cliffhanger heavily involves Jakes, »
The Performer | Frank Dillane
The Show | Fear the Walking Dead
The Episode | “Pilot” (Aug. 23)
The Performance | We’d only watched the first few minutes of The Walking Dead spinoff — the artful opening vignette in which Frank Dillane took junkie Nick Clark from drug-addled confusion to abject terror — before we knew: A star had been born.
The English actor was so in the moment, so vulnerable and palpably afraid, that we couldn’t help but be drawn in. It was as if, like his character, we were seeing a zombie for the very first time. (And, considering how many walkers we’ve seen by now, »
Syfy’s Defiance on Friday night closed Season 3 with one of the most series finale-est episodes one could imagine, apparently choosing not to hedge any bets about its future.
The hour picked up where last week left off, with vicious Kindzi planting her purple paws on li’l Lucas Tarr. Stahma did all she could to wrest the child away from the Omec, even offering to be Kindzi’s slave, but to zero effect. Luckily, just as Kindzi began laying her tongue on the tot’s noggin, »
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