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Marc Streitenfeld — the composer of “Prometheus,” “American Gangster” and the upcoming “Poltergeist” — can trace his musical roots back to a 19th-century troubadour whose family was executed after he wrote a song mocking the emperor of Germany.
“Which is funny, you know?” he says, laughing in his spacious, comfortable Venice, Calif., studio just days after completing the mix for the “Poltergeist” soundtrack. “That’s the only family musical connection I can find.”
It must have been enough.
The 40-year-old German native has joined the ranks of billion-dollar composers with five films for director Ridley Scott, including “Gangster” and “Prometheus,” and four more for other directors including “The Grey,” “Killing Them Softly” and “After the Fall.” He’s now scoring the series “Hand of God” for Amazon.
It seems like a meteoric rise, considering he’s only been composing for nine years. But this ex-guitarist has been working in various capacities in »
- Jon Burlingame
The family film is an original story, separate from the wandering red dog story. Set in the late 1960s, “Blue Dog” is the story of a young boy (Levi Miller) and his dog, growing up on a cattle station in the middle of nowhere. The boy prepares himself for a life of dull hardship but instead finds adventure and friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind pup.
Established Australian actors Bryan Brown (“Australia,” “Beautiful Kate”), John Jarratt (“Wolf Creek”), and U.K. actor Jason Isaacs (“Fury,” “Harry Potter,” “Black Hawk Down”), head the cast, along with newcomer Miller (“Pan,” “Terra Nova”) in the lead as the boy, Mick.
- Patrick Frater
Mario Van Peebles will direct from a script by Cam Cannon and Hannibal Classics principal Richard Rionda Del Castro. Producers are Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, who is financing “Men of Courage” with Hannibal Classics.
Cage, who starred in “Tokarev” for Hannibal, will take on the role of Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs. Their mission was classified, so the »
- Dave McNary
Who doesn’t love a good action movie? They’re among the most fun that Hollywood has to offer, particularly when they’re of a high quality. Later on this week, a reportedly amazing new one in Mad Max: Fury Road is hitting theaters, so to prep us all for that experience (I see it later on today, so yay for that), I wanted to do a countdown of the recent best that the genre has to offer. Essentially, every action flick since 2000 was eligible, and I whittled that down to a top ten list. It’s hardly the definitely “new millennium action movie” list, but I think it’s a pretty solid one, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the list below, which could very well be amended once Mad Max: Fury Road comes to town… Here now are my picks for the ten best »
- Joey Magidson
Director Rene Perez (The Dead and the Damned) has completed shooting on Playing with Dolls 2. The sequel is also a slasher feature, with Prisoner Ayo-886 returning. This time a false reality show is set-up in an isolated wood. But, this location is just a bloody playground, for a roaming sociopath. Playing with Dolls 2 stars Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down), Karin Isabell Brauns, Andy Espinoza Long, Colin M. Bryant and Elonda Seawood. Several photos from the film are hosted here. The stills tell a macabre story. Prisoner Ayo-886 can be seen sitting in his fleshy, remote home. Bodies litter the abode's exterior. As well, other stills show the reality show contestants boarding a plane, or fighting for their lives. Even further stills show bodies tied up, or the villain playing with a corpse or two. All of the stills provide an early look at Perez's latest feature, Playing with Dolls 2. A central setting for both films. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Even before Mel Gibson made an unannounced appearance on the red carpet for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” energy was high at the Hollywood premiere of George Miller’s action epic, as the cast and producers reunited for the first time since the Warner Bros. production wrapped filming more than two years ago.
“It’s so good that this film has finally made it to the screen, because we shot it almost three years ago, and then it’s been an idea of George’s for over a decade,” Megan Gale (Valkyrie) told Variety. “It’s been a labor of love not just for us but definitely for George Miller, so I’m so thrilled for him that it’s here.”
Labor was the operative word, especially for Miller: “People often say it’s like giving birth — it’s the closest a man gets to it, and it’s been a long labor, »
- Laura Prudom
British director Gil Kenan proved his atmospheric take on the horror and fantasy genres with his movies Monster House and City of Ember. Now, with legendary filmmaker and producer Sam Raimi (Spiderman, Evil Dead, The Grudge), Kenan directs the remake of the classic 1982 horror movie Poltergeist.
Poltergeist contemporizes the scary tale about a family – starring Sam Rockwell (Moon, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) and Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man, Rachel Getting Married) – whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces.
When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter (Kennedi Clements) captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
- Michelle McCue
Image Comics series The Activity, written by Nathan Edmondson with illustrations by Mitch Gerads, is getting the blockbuster treatment at Paramount, Edmondson confirmed via Instagram earlier today.
The comic, which published its sixteenth edition last December, centers on a highly trained, top-secret military operations group that deals with situations no other unit is equipped to handle. It has received acclaim and a solid readership since its first issue was published in 2012.
According to Edmondson, Paramount is moving forward with a film adaptation, with producer Dan Lin attached and Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan writing the screenplay. Nolan isn’t a stranger to the series, having written an introduction to the third paperback collection of Activity comics.
Paramount. Dan Lin. Ken Nolan. Blockbuster! The script is amazing. Who do you want to direct? Who would you cast? More announcements very soon. #WarfareWithoutWarning Visit www.warfarewithoutwarning.com with sound on!
- Isaac Feldberg
Giant alien creatures spread to the Middle East in the sequel Monsters: Dark Continent. Here's Ryan's review...
Giant bioluminescent space creatures dominated the horizon but not the plot in Gareth Edwards’ breakthrough film, Monsters. Shot run-and-gun style by Edwards and a tiny crew, Monsters was an unusual blend of road-trip drama with light touches of sci-fi; its focus was the growing friendship between a photograph journalist (Scoot McNairy) and his boss's daughter (Whitney Able) travelling across a Central America ravaged not so much by the title’s Lovecraftian kaiju but by a military intent on keeping them well away from American soil.
Monsters’ success saw Edwards move to Hollywood, where he’s so far headlined the daddy of all kaiju movies, Godzilla, and now set to head up another pop culture giant - the Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One. This left production company Vertigo with a potential franchise on its hands, »
"Are you kiddingc Liam Neeson, come on! He gets mad and then has to kill the people. I love that!" If you think that's just some random Neeson fan talking about the action star in any of his three Taken films -- or perhaps any of his other recent work that fits the description, such as Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones, or Run All Night, to name a few -- you might be surprised to discover you're wrong. That's actually Joss Whedon talking to Film Divider (via The Playlist) about a spec script called Suspension he wrote more than twenty years ago. The film is an action-thriller in the vein of Die Hard and is centered on a man who, shortly upon his release from prison after serving 15 years for shooting a cop, must stop terrorists who have seized control of New York's George Washington Bridge during a traffic jam. »
- Jordan Benesh
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Stars: Adrian Paul, Brandon Auret, Reiley McClendon, Rick Ravanello, Douglas Tait, Joe Reegan, Nic Rasenti, Andy Davoli, Matthew Holmes, Sven Ruygrok, Scott E. Miller, Kenneth Fok, Darron Meyer | Written by Jabbar Raisani, Blake Clifton | Directed by Jabbar Raisani
Jabbar Raisani, a former visual effects maestro, who here turns director – makes his feature debut with a film that mixes a myriad of stereotypes and cliches of the alien invasion genre with the modern war movie (there’s a very good reason the film is described as Independence Day meets Black Hawk Down) in a faux-documentary that sees a camera crew join an elite unit of soldiers at Outpost 37, the most hostile region of what remains of our planet, as they face one of their greatest battles against the “Heavies” alien intruders who, a decade earlier, had invaded Earth with the intention of total annihilation.
- Phil Wheat
For a time during the early 2000s, Josh Hartnett was one of Hollywood's It Boys, starring in Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, and 40 Days and 40 Nights. However, his acting output has been noticeably slim over the last decade, a fact Hartnett attributes in a new interview with Playboy (via Variety) to turning down the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. Yeah, that'll do the trick. In lieu of his decision, Hartnett made some smaller movies, and then he stopped working for a while because, as he tells Playboy, "I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family." Looking back, however, Hartnett wishes he'd have reconsidered his decision to turn down the cape and cowl. "I've definitely said no to some of the wrong people." He further elaborates: "I learned my lesson when Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn't for me. »
- Jordan Benesh
In the early 2000s, young heartthrob Josh Hartnett was in a position that many young actors would envy. He had just starred in two big movies (“Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”) from two very different auteurs, and for a while it seemed like he could be the next top tier star: a new Tom Cruise or Will Smith. But Hartnett avoided being locked down in any possible blockbuster franchise by turning down one superhero role after another, yet there’s one he regrets saying no to. In a short interview with Playboy (via Variety), Hartnett was asked about the times he was asked to play Superman for Bryan Singer in “Superman Returns,” Spider-Man for Sam Raimi’s film of the same name and Batman for Christopher Nolan. What was his reasoning for turning down such potentially lucrative roles? “The intensity of my sudden fame was overwhelming for me, and in the middle of that, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Even the biggest movie stars have career regrets. At least, that’s what Josh Hartnett revealed in an interview with Playboy when he admitted that he turned down an offer from Christopher Nolan to play Batman in his superhero reboot.
“I’ve definitely said no to some of the wrong people,” Hartnett told the magazine. “I learned my lesson when Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman. I decided it wasn’t for me. Then he didn’t want to put me in ‘The Prestige.’ They not only hired their Batman for it, they also hired my girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) at the time.”
Hartnett went on to explain that he didn’t reject the offer due to any beef with Nolan, whom he describes as “incredibly cool and very talented,” but that his decision was a result of his resistance to being boxed in as only a blockbuster star. The »
- Marianne Zumberge
Ridley Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style, and his films frequently showcase memorable imagery of various environments and different time periods be it 2nd century Rome (Gladiator), 12th century Jerusalem (Kingdom of Heaven), 21st century Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), or the future cityscapes of Blade Runner. Although Ridley Scott’s trademarks may not be as apparent as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s, his work continues to influence filmmaker world-wide. Vimeo user Martin Kessler put together this brilliant montage showcasing his eclectic body of work. Kudos to Kessler for not only choosing the best scenes from Scott’s oeuvre, but also picking the right music, ranging from 12thCentury church tunes to Public Enemy’s “Can’t Truss It”. Enjoy!
The post Video of the Day: Ridley Scott’s filmography in seven glorious minutes appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Kyle Reese
To celebrate the release of the new high-octane sci-fi thriller Mankind’s Last Stand – on DVD April 20th – we are giving away a copy! From visual effects maestro-turned-director Jabbar Raisani (Game of Thrones, Predators) comes a gritty tale of survival against alien invaders.
It’s Independence Day meets Black Hawk Down as a documentary crew joins an elite unit of soldiers at Outpost 37, the most hostile region of what remains of our planet… “Sci-fi that’ll blow your mind” – Zoo
Mankind’s Last Stand is available to pre-order today: http://amzn.to/1MF5Hy2
To win a copy of Mankind’s Last Standl on DVD, just answer the following question:
b) The Crow
Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making »
- Phil Wheat
To celebrate the release of the new high-octane sci-fi thriller Mankind’s Last Stand – on DVD April 20th – we are giving away a copy!
“Sci-fi that’ll blow your mind” Zoo
Mankind’s Last Stand is available to order on Amazon today.
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- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek more new footage from Season 2 of the Showtime horror TV series "Penny Dreadful", starring Eva Green ("Casino Royale"), Josh Hartnett ("Black Hawk Down") and Timothy Dalton ("Licence To Kill"), premiering April 26, 2015:
"...'Vanessa' (Green) and 'Ethan' (Hartnett) form a deeper bond as the group, including 'Sir Malcolm' (Dalton), 'Dr. Frankenstein' (Harry Treadaway), and 'Sembene' (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Penny Dreadful: Season 2"...
- Michael Stevens
Ridley Scott has worked in many genres over his career —period pieces (“The Duellists”), war movies (“Black Hawk Down”), con man movies (“Matchstick Men”), sword and sandal epics ( “Gladiator”) and even soggy, feel-good pap (“A Good Year”). Last year’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” had a small faction of staunch vocal supporters, but his landmark sci-fi masterwork “Blade Runner” marks the last time the director made a film that could credibly be described as visionary. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the film on VHS: the images of those towering, terrifying billboards adorned with ghastly, smiling faces burned into my impressionable young mind forever. Woefully misunderstood upon its 1982 release, Scott’s film has since found a devoted following: in fact, a sequel has recently been announced —it's to be directed by “Enemy" and "Prisoners" helmer Denis Villeneuve and with Harrison Ford confirmed to reprise his terrifically grizzled turn as. »
- Nicholas Laskin
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