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Legendary performer Vincent D’Onofrio continues to mix TV and film projects, with confirmation that he is to play the Wizard in NBC’s upcoming revitalization of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard Of Oz tales. Having dominated the Marvel show Daredevil on Netflix, as the dastardly Wilson Fisk earlier this year, the actor will step behind the curtain on Emerald City, to be directed by his The Cell filmmaker, Tarsem Singh.
This will be welcome news for the production, which already had a false start in 2014, when the network revoked a straight-to-series order for the show. The script has since been re-worked by executive producer David Schulner (The Event), and the addition of an actor of the stature of Vincent D’Onofrio will instantly generate a great deal of interest in the series when it finally comes to air.
“In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20 year old Dorothy »
- Sarah Myles
Vincent D'Onofrio has been set to play The Wizard of Oz in NBC's upcoming ten-episode, straight-to-series drama "Emerald City". The project marks a reunion of sorts with his "The Cell" director Tarsem Singh.
Adria Arjona plays a twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale who, along with her K9 police dog, are transported to the mystical land of Oz, a place of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.
D'Onofrio's Wizard is the enigmatic leader of Emerald City, a man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches. In the series, Dorothy must become a headstrong warrior who holds the land's fate in her hands.
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- Garth Franklin
If you’re paying attention to that man behind the curtain, you’ll notice it’s Vincent D’Onofrio.
The Marvel’s Daredevil and Law & Order: Criminal Intent vet has been cast as the Wizard of Oz in Emerald City, NBC’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation blending elements from author L. Frank Baum’s classic 14-novel collection.
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D’Onofrio’s Wizard is described as “the enigmatic leader of Emerald City. A man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and »
NBC has found their “Emerald City” wizard in Vincent D’Onofrio, Variety has learned.
The “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” alum will play the Wizard of Oz in NBC’s drama, which takes a darker spin on the classic tale. He will co-star alongside Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), who was previously cast as Dorothy.
D’Onofrio’s Wizard of Oz is described as the enigmatic leader of Emerald City. A man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Sometimes it’s psychological. Sometimes it’s visceral. It can be a masked killer’s twisted pastime. A labyrinth our poor heroes must find their way out of. Perhaps a nasty round of torture by the Big Bad. Whatever it is, the sick feeling of impending doom overcomes us as we realize the characters might not make it out alive. Sometimes they can think their way through. Sometimes they can fight. But when the exits are closed and the madman decides to get creative, all bets are off.
Director Juan López Moctezuma came along during the new wave of 70′s Mexican genre pics that expressed radical and subversive views. An important intellectual figure in Mexico in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, Moctezuma produced Jodorowsky’s El Topo and Fando Y Lis. Of his three horror films (which also includes Mansion of Madness, »
Actress Tara Subkoff steps behind the camera to make her directorial debut with the new thriller #Horror, and IFC Midnight has debuted the first trailer today. The studio has set a November 20 release in New York and Los Angeles theaters, along with VOD platforms, putting #Horror up against some stiff competition. The thriller will be facing what could be the biggest movie of the year, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, along with Sony's The Night Before and Stx Entertainment's Secret in Their Eyes
You've got followers. Cyberbullying goes offline during one deadly night. Based on a shocking true story, #Horror follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real. Chloë Sevigny leads an ensemble cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, and Timothy Hutton in Tara Subkoff's directorial debut. »
While The Witch continues to be the most-lauded Satanic horror film-festival favorite, we were a little blindsided by The Devil’s Candy as a worthy demonic competitor, offering all of the rock and roll thrills that its high-brow peer does not. There’s no reason why they both can’t find an audience amongst starving horror fanatics, so we’re here to crank up the volume on one of the most fun and suspenseful indie horror offerings we saw at Fantastic Fest. Pruitt Taylor Vince is the Film’s Best Special Effect We’re pretty sure character actor Pruitt Taylor Vince is a sweetheart of a guy, but he’s made a good name for himself as an unsettling presence, usually plagued by some sort of murderous demon (as seen in The Cell...
- John Gholson
Director: Pavel Khvaleev
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Synopsis: During a mysterious epidemic, two sisters promise to look after one another. When one falls ill, the other must use old rituals and a Shamonic book to enter her sister’s subconscious and destroy the evil.
Eastern european cinema is often slow and precisely plotted for a more calming affair. That’s why III is such a curiosity. It takes on the horror genre, which is not often known for its patience or soothing qualities, but generates a very imaginative, scary, and thoughtful meditation on its themes. Created on a nothing budget by a dedicated team of just 8 people, you see names repeating themselves in the credits. Director Pavel Khvaleev serves as not only the man in charge, but also as editor and visual effects supervisor, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The action follows twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) and her K9 police dog who are transported via tornado to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.
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- Garth Franklin
I remember when I was young, my father, a sort of rogue ecologist who learned everything he knew about rivers and their ecosystems secondhand, told me about these species of bottom feeders that lived in streams all over the Missouri and Mississippi river basins. I don’t remember what species they were but the thing about them was that they only flourished in polluted bodies of water. They didn’t flourish because of the pollution necessarily so much as their natural predators, killed off by the pollution, ceased to keep them in check and so their population would explode. Despite their usefulness as a gauge for the health of a stream, they were generally unwelcome.
- Chris Melkus
Body/mind transference, the central idea behind the thriller Self/Less, is so flush with opportunity that it’s frustrating to see this new movie fly off the rails so early and so completely. Self/Less has the premise for thought-provoking science-fiction, but it doesn’t have the gumption. It would rather be a blockbuster than a mind-bender but it turns out to be neither. Ben Kingsley stars as Damian Hale, a miserly real-estate magnate at death’s door who pays a quarter million dollars for the services of the shadowy corporation known as ‘Phoenix Biogenics’ (we know he’s rich because he’s shown in his Trump-style penthouse complete with solid gold doors and bannister). Albright (Matthew Goode), Phoenix’s spiffy young chief, offers his clients ‘Shedding’, a process of transferring the mind from the old and sick body into a healthy younger human grown organically in their lab. »
- Tom Stockman
No one in sound mind and body wants to die, and that includes Ben Kingsley in the new film by Tarsem Singh. The director made his feature debut with the visually-striking The Cell in 2000, which raised expectations for bizarre and ambitious The Fall (2006), which was also sumptuous in appearance, if narratively lacking. Since then, he has made Immortals (reviewed here) and Mirror Mirror (reviewed here), two films that continued to demonstrate his preference (and reliance) for imagery and motion over story and sense. As far as the visuals are concerned, Self/Less represents the director's most reality-bound effort yet, following along as the very wealthy New York real-estate developer Damian (Kingsley affecting a New Yawk accent) comes to a decision about his future. Damian...
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- Rob Hunter
A brand new you that just might be the old someone else is the quandary at the center of “Self/less,” an initially intriguing parable about man’s lust for immortality that quickly devolves into a substandard shoot-’em-up designed to rebrand star Ryan Reynolds as a brawny action hero in the Jason Statham mold. But even the resourceful, likable Reynolds is at a loss to elevate this rather dreary piece of would-be escapism, which calls out for the wry, pulpy touch of a John Carpenter (or his acolyte David Twohy) and instead gets the strained self-seriousness of director Tarsem Singh. July 10 release from Universal/Focus’ relaunched genre label Gramercy Pictures will have its work cut out for it against the big guns of summer.
- Scott Foundas
In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Director: Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”, “Immortals”) Writers: Alex Pastor & David Pastor (“Carriers,” “The Last Days”) Cast: Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”), Natalie Martinez (“Secrets and Lies”), Matthew Goode (“The Good Wife,” “The Imitation Game”), Victor Garber (“The Flash”), Derek Luke (“Empire”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley Producers: Ram Bergman, James D. Stern, Peter Schlessel Distributor: Gramercy Pictures »
Quick, name the big summer movies that are still on the way. "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," "Ant-Man," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Terminator Genisys," "Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Fantastic Four." Well, Gramercy hopes you remember that "Self/Less" is coming too, though with only a couple of weeks to go until it opens, they're going to have to work hard to get the excitement levels up for this one. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For Tarsem's Biogenic Sci-Fi Thriller 'Self/Less' Starring Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley star in the movie about an old, dying rich dude who decides to test the waters of immortality by getting everything in this brain transferred to a new, hunkier body. The problem? It turns out his new body has old memories that come back to the fore, and behind it is a madman scientist who bends ethical boundaries. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Welcome to your future. There is no turning back. The next phase of the process has begun. Are you ready? The provocative, psychological science-fiction thriller Self/Less comes to theaters nationwide this summer. In this , an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. Directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell) off a screenplay by Alex Pastor and David Pastor, Self/Less stars Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Michelle Dockery, and Academy »
- Pietro Filipponi
With the new film Woman in Gold out this past weekend, it’s a wonder to think what factors casting agents take into account, especially when pairing a revered British actress with a (some would say) mediocre snarky comedic actor. Obviously Reynolds has lately been taking roles that require more dramatic skills than comedic ones. However, this trend of pairing Reynolds with actors above (or below) his caliber has been a thing for a while. Sure it’s something that’s done all the time with other actors, but this specific casting choice of Mirren/Reynolds sticks out in particular. So why not look at some past odd Ryan Reynolds’ pairings to see if this trend is a good or bad thing.
- Sarah Pearce
A number of new movie posters have been released over the past couple of weeks, so in the interest of convenience we’ve rounded up some of the more notable one-sheets for your viewing pleasure. Briefly: Mad Max: Fury Road – A pair of new posters for George Miller’s insane-looking post-apocalyptic actioner look fittingly mad. Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult, the film opens in theaters on May 15th. Hitman: Agent 47 – A new poster for the video game adaptation puts Homeland star Rupert Friend front-and-center with a rather intimidating pose. The film opens in theaters on August 28th. Maggie – Otherwise known as "the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie," this film revolves around a father taking care of his zombified daughter (played by Abigail Breslin). The official one-sheet is perhaps more somber than anticipated. The film will open in theaters and On Demand on May 8th. Insidious: Chapter 3 »
- Adam Chitwood
The release date for the Ryan Reynolds-Ben Kingsley sci-fi thriller “Self/Less” has been moved up three weeks to July 10, distributor Focus Features announced Wednesday. It had been set to roll out on July 31, when “Mission Impossible 5,” an untitled Blumhouse film from Stx and the Weinstein Company’s drama “Southpaw” all debut. “Self/Less,” from “The Cell” director Tarsem Singh, follows a dying billionaire (Kingsley) who agrees to undergo a radical medical procedure that will allow him to live on in a new, younger body (Reynolds). He thinks it’s a clean slate, until he starts getting hit with visions which turn. »
- Todd Cunningham
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