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Christian Bale was in for a bit of a treat when he stopped by "Good Morning America" to promote his new movie "Out of the Furnace" on Dec. 6. Though he's been a frequent visitor of the show, the ABC morning show reached into its vault to bring up an early appearance.
In the surprise clip from Dec. 18, 1987 -- almost 26 years to the day -- the then-13-year-old Bale talked about his breakout role as Jim Graham in "Empire of the Sun." "I mean, I really enjoyed being at the premiere and I quite liked all the cameras, but I'm quite happy just to relax at home at the moment," the teenager said.
The appearance had Bale cracking up, as his younger self didn't quite get what he wanted. After all, Bale continue to stay popular after his Steven Spielberg from thanks to roles in "Newsies" and "Little Women, »
I've gotta be honest: Matthew McConaughey never was one of my favorite actors. His never-ending streak of romantic comedies were never my cup of tea and the stoner-surfer vibe kind of threw me off. Sure, I've seen my share of his movies including Reign Of Fire and Sahara, but no performance or movie of his slapped me right across the face with its brilliance. However, that all changed when I caught Killer Joe a few months ago. McConaughey's performance blew me away, giving me an intense, »
I've gotta be honest: Matthew McConaughey never was one of my favorite actors. His never-ending streak of romantic comedies were never my cup of tea and the stoner-surfer vibe kind of threw me off. Sure, I've seen my share of his movies including Reign Of Fire and Sahara, but no performance or movie of his slapped me right across the face with its brilliance. However, that all changed when I caught Killer Joe a few months ago. McConaughey's performance blew me away, »
Syfy is delving into the world of fantasy with a new TV series based on the epic poem "Beowulf."
According to Entertainment Weekly, the logline for the new series is an "adaptation of the classic epic poem that further examines the hero's rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel." Considering there's plenty of fodder already in the 3,000-line Old English tale, it's easy to see how Syfy expanding the world would allow a great TV series to unfold.
With shows like "Merlin" well received by fans, it's easy to see the space "Beowulf" could hold in the television landscape. This new series will be written by Matt Greenberg (best known for the films "1408" and "Reign of Fire") and producers Greenburg, Brian Hamilton, Michael Chechik, Andrew Cosby and Paulo de Oliveira.
Previously Syfy made a TV movie called "Grendel" in 2007. "Beowulf" has also been brought to the big »
Syfy has begun development of a TV series adaptation of the Old English epic poem "Beowulf".
The classic poem follows a 5th century Scandinavian hero who agrees to help of the king whose hall has come under attack by a cave-dwelling Viking-slaying monster Grendel.
Beowulf mortally wounds Grendel, only later to engage in fierce battle with Grendel's mother. This series take is said to "further examine the hero’s rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel"
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Vikings could be coming to Syfy. The cable network is working on a TV series version of the Old English epic poem Beowulf.
For those who weren’t (cruelly) assigned the 3,000-line poem in school (or watched Robert Zemeckis’ 2007 animated Cliff Notes film version of the story), Beowulf is the tale of a 5th century Scandinavian hero who agrees to help of the king of the Danes, whose hall has been under attack by a cave-dwelling Viking-slaying monster. The official logline: “Adaptation of the classic epic poem that further examines the hero’s rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel. »
- James Hibberd
This November is a diverse month. Come Thanksgiving, there are all kinds of pictures to experience with your family: a boy preparing for war; a time travel romantic comedy; James Franco antagonizing Jason Statham; and Josh Brolin bashing a few skulls in with a hammer. If only every month had that level of variety, because this November has it in spades. One glaring omission from this list is Thor: The Dark World. I predict James Franco’s performance in Homefront alone will make that Sylvester Stallone-written actioner more of a must-see than Marvel’s biggest clunker to date. Despite Thor: The Dark World, there are still plenty other options to go with. Here they are: Man of Tai Chi Now in limited release and available on VOD/iTunes. Keanu Reeves isn’t only a tip-top actor, but apparently a pretty damn fine director too. His directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, is »
- Jack Giroux
Paramount Pictures started working on a remake of Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" three years ago when the studio hired Matthew Greenberg (1408, Reign of Fire, Halloween: H20, Mimic) to write the script. Since then, several directors have been attached, including Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D). Apparently things didn't work out, because now comes word that "28 Weeks Later" helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has signed on to direct the film. Published in 1983, "Pet Sematary" centered on a family that trades the city life for the country life in Maine, then discovers that they have moved near a pet cemetery that rests on an ancient burial ground. When the husband's toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the father takes the boy's body to the cemetery, where it is resurrected in demonic form. »
"28 Weeks Later" director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, has been making waves of late for the projects he's almost done, rather than anything he's actually moving forward with. He was in the mix for both "Hot Wheels" and "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" but didn't get either gig, and he also walked away from the "Highlander" remake last year (someone else has since been hired). But it looks like the world of Stephen King has come calling... Variety reports that the "Pet Semetary" remake is alive once more, and Fresnadillo will be directing. This project has been brewing since at least 2010, and Alexandre Aja was once eyed for the job, but not much has been heard since. However, with a script from Matt Greenberg ("1408," "Reign Of Fire") and David Kajganich ("The Invasion," "Blood Creek") it looks like this tale of a pet burial site with the power to bring back creatures from the dead, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the world of horror cinema, the best way to fight a monster–be it supernatural, human, or natural one–is with a character that possesses special knowledge and skills. These experts, recruited into battle by other characters or colliding with the conflict intentionally, are the savants of the horror world.
Examples of savant characters include David Warner’s bat expert Phillip Payne in Nightwing, Zelda Rubinstein’s spiritual medium Tangina in Poltergeist, Matthew McConaughey’s dragon slayer Denton Van Zan in Reign of Fire, Lin Shaye’s paranormal investigator Elise Rainier in Insidious, and Otto Jespersen’s monster killer Hans in Trollhunter.
This article, divided into three sections based on what type of monstrous force is being fought, focuses on the greatest savant characters the horror genre has to offer.
Vs. The Supernatural
- Terek Puckett
Based on a cult favorite 2010 Mexican film of the same name, We Are What We Are is a brooding genre film from co-writer/director Jim Mickle about family traditions. For a vampirical family made of actors Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, and Julia Garner, their tradition happens to be cannibalism. When bones start trickling into a small town’s river supply, a cop (Michael Parks) begins investigating their placement, while continuing the search for his missing daughter.
Mickle has gained notoriety in the horror world for his past films, Mulberry Street and Stake Land. He is currently working on Cold in July with Michael C. Hall, described as a western, which also marks another screenwriting collaboration with actor Nick Damici. We Are What We Are screened at Sundance 2013, and also played at the “Director’s Fortnight” section this past year at the Cannes Film Festival.
I sat down with Mickle for »
- Nick Allen
If you search IMDb’s incredibly handy “plot keywords” for the phrase “rollerblading,” only twenty-eight titles pop up, and most of them aren’t even truly concerned with rollerblading as an actual plot element. The number one rated entry is “Skitchin,’” which is actually a video game from 1994. The number two rated entry? The UK’s uproariously funny series “Absolutely Fabulous,” which has absolutely nothing to do with rollerblading. You’ll have to scroll all the way down to the exact middle of the list – entry number 14 – to find Rob Bowman’s Airborne (above 2002’s Rollerball, below an Erik von Detten-starring Disney movie called Brink! about a pack of teens who call themselves “Soul-Skaters” because “Hammy Sad People Skating Together Because You Don’t Get Me, Mom” wasn’t punchy enough), which is an immense cinematic tragedy, simply because Airborne is the best film about rollerblading ever made. It also turns twenty today. There »
- Kate Erbland
At the new Ashford Studios, south of Dublin, mud-spattered Viking warriors take a break from the action to check their email on their smartphones.
Shooting is under way on the second season of History’s “Vikings,” the latest historical blockbuster from veteran Irish co-producer Morgan O’Sullivan.
Ashford opened last summer in time to host the first series. It was built by entrepreneur Joe O’Connor on his own Wicklow estate, at O’Sullivan’s behest and to the exacting specifi cations of various department heads.
With one 30,000-sq.-ft. soundstage and two at 15,000 sq. ft. alongside an extensive backlot, it’s tailormade for the kind of large-scale international projects in which O’Sullivan specializes.
Over the past two decades, O’Sullivan has brought more production into Ireland than anyone else — from movies such as “Braveheart,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Reign of Fire” and “King Arthur »
- Adam Dawtrey
The casting of Ben Affleck as Batman caught Everyone off guard. The way I found out about it was not on twitter, but when the Variety newsletter came into my inbox with the news. I thought it was one of their Hollywood & Swine humor pieces. I couldn’t believe it. Then the Deadline newsletter came in next and I knew it was no joke. Then my phone started blowing up and it set in… Warners got their man. Personally, I think it is an Awesome choice. I dig Affleck as an actor and especially as a filmmaker. I’m excited to see what he brings to the table.
The conversation with my friends and peers have been nonstop since the news broke. I had one cool conversation with my Kings Of Con partner Daniel Alter and told him he should articulate his thoughts into an article. Lo and behold here it is below so enjoy. »
- El Mayimbe
The apocalypse has been given the Hollywood treatment perhaps more than any other scenario, with literally hundreds of films showing the events leading up to it, or life going on after it.
This year has been a big year for the end of the world. Oblivion showed a sci-fi vision of what life might be like on an all but deserted Earth, as did After Earth. This Is The End showed what the final hours of life on Earth what might be like for celebrities, and out today Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright team up for the final instalment in the Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End.
The dictionary definition of ‘Apocalypse’ is 1. The complete final destruction of the world, and 2. An event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale. These are obviously two quite different things, and the existence of the post-apocalyptic genre suggests that »
- Barry Steele
Currently starring in Mud, McConaughey has been working his Southern charm since his rise to prominence in the 90s. Here are a few of his most memorable performances
Matthew McConaughey has been taking on more challenging roles of late, using the opportunity to flex his acting muscles, as well as the other ones. His breakthrough role was David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused, a popular choice for inclusion in his most memorable moments.
Here are five of those moments, including suggestions from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @PatrickJGamble, @BeasleyOnFilm, @rapunzelrobot and @JoshRamsden11. Spoilers and adult material feature in all of the following clips – what scenes would you add to the list?
Reading on mobile? Watching the clip on YouTube
2. Killer Joe
McConaughey shows the world his darker side as a corrupt detective, »
Looking kind of like the Reign of Fire mockbuster The Asylum would have produced a decade ago, the new Halcyon International creature feature Dragon Reign sees dragons from another time on the loose in our time. Well, sort of our time.
After a rip in the fabric of the universe, dragons and magic are a familiar –though unpredictable — fact of life.
Young Amelia goes on a quest to find her older brother, lost in the city. The city and its pockets of magic are controlled by The Monk, who seeks more and greater powers. Unable to develop magic of his own, The Monk steals powers from those close to him — and what he seeks above all is the power to control dragons.
Dragon Reign is the latest from Halcyon International’s “Still Night Monster Movies” series, a series most noteworthy because I’m not sure if a single one of »
Blame the Olympics: there's a rash of movies in which London is being smashed to smithereens, in breathtaking detail
For the briefest of moments, you might have assumed that the new Thor: The Dark World trailer was a sweet little St George's Day gesture from Marvel. After all, the first shot – the very first snatch of footage that anyone has seen of this much-anticipated sequel – is a beautiful aerial shot of London. Not Asgard. Not that weird little desert town from the first movie. London. Thanks, Marvel.
Except, no. Nobody actually thought that, did they? Because this was a shot of London in a film from 2013, which could only ever really mean one thing: imminent destruction. And, sure enough, our payoff came just 23 seconds later – a shot of the Old Naval College in Greenwich being irreparably smashed up by a giant flying crystal or something. A load of oblivious Londoners even get blinded, »
- Stuart Heritage
After a string of bad movies in the late-2000's, Matthew McConaughey's acting career seemed to be spiraling the drain. But, thanks to strong performances in five indie movies in the last two years — The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike and The Paperboy — and major buzz for his upcoming movie, Mud, McConaughey's star is on the rise once again. All McConaughey needs to cement his comeback is a big blockbuster movie and he appears to have found one in acclaimed director Christopher Nolan's (Inception) new sci-fi movie, Interstellar.
Join us in celebrating McConaughey's return by reflecting on the many memorable characters he's played in the past twenty years — from Wooderson, the charismatic stoner with a thing for high school girls in Dazed and Confused, to the title »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Directed by Rob Bowman
UK, Ireland, USA; 2002
Batman, The Man With No Shirt, and a bunch of dragons walk into a post-apocalyptic bar. If not a decent joke, that should at least make for a solid movie, right? In the not-so-distant future, a British mining team drills too far into Earth’s core and awakens a nest of hibernating dragons, who proceed to thank all of humanity by killing everything in sight. Much of Reign of Fire plays out like an environmentalist’s nightmare: the planet is a scorched marble, billions are dead, and any remaining survivors have been reduced to disparate factions warring over land and dwindling resources.
Quinn Abercromby (Christian Bale) heads one such faction from an old castle, vowing to defeat the winged beasts after one took his mother’s life — a sentence that might otherwise sound ludicrous »
- David Klein
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